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Wrestling Archive Project, volume 1

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Wrestling Archive Project, volume 1 by Scott Teal


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Wrestling Archive Project: Classic 20th Century Mat Memories, volume 1
by Scott Teal

For years, readers have been asking us to reprint the interviews featured in the classic "Whatever Happened to ...?" magazines.  In what will be an entire series of books filled with interviews, both old and new, we are now publishing all the interviews we've done with the professional wrestling legends of yesteryear!

Scott Teal conducted most of these interviews in the days of "kayfabe," a time before anyone else was getting the inside scoop on the business of professional wrestling, and most of the people he talked with have never been interviewed by anyone else.

The "MAIN EVENT" for the first volume is a 117-page, never-before-published, interview with BUDDY COLT.  Two other exclusive interviews never-before seen in print are with Adrian Street and Mac McMurray.  Filling out the 406-page book are interviews with Benny McGuire, Dandy Jack Donovan, Dick Cardinal, Frank Martinez, Gene Dundee, Gene Lewis, Gorgeous George Grant, Ernie "Hangman" Moore, Joe Powell, Lord Littlebrook, Lou Thesz and Pepper Gomez.  They open up to Scott with details about their lives and careers as they have with no one else — before or since.

Go behind the scenes with the true legends of professional wrestling with indepth, hard-hitting, no-holds-barred interviews.


— A note from pro wrestling historian J Michael Kenyon —

  Finally!  Scott Teal has returned to doing what he does better than just about anyone else — sitting down with the wrestling legends and asking them tough, probing, insightful questions that give us an insight into what professional wrestling was all about in the days before ďsports entertainment" became vogue.

  I have — actual count — 511 computer files full of things Scott has said, or has heard someone else say, or is going to say, or has written down about professional wrestlers who have strode the planet Earth in the past 80 or 90 years.

  The files average 80,000 words apiece.  Do the math and youíll know my files contain over FOUR HUNDRED MILLION words generated, one way or another, by Scott Teal about the history of the grapple game.

  I kid you not.

  I mean, if I have 400 million words, can you imagine how many words Teal himself has collected at Crowbar Press headquarters in central Tennessee?

  Thank goodness, before itís too late, heís now getting around to sharing some of it with the rest of us.

  Now I am kidding Ö because Scott Teal HAS been making available his interviews with professional wrestlers for Ö oh, say the past 40 years, beginning with excerpts planted in the arena programs he knocked out as a young man for Nick Gulasí Nashville-based promotion.

  But that was kid stuff, compared to when he got serious about recording what hundreds of wrestlers — male and female — had to say about their lives and careers. The first real fruits of those labors wound up filling 53 volumes — issued between 1996 to 2003 — of an incredible publication called Whatever Happened to Ö ?

  Teal, meanwhile, continued to churn out dozens of volumes full of newspaper clippings, results and/or photos Ö all the while co-writing/editing and publishing full-length autobiographies and biographies of some of the gameís greatest stars.  The latter list of fascinating tomes is now at the two dozen mark Ö and guess what?

  As this book goes to press, Teal is about to quit what he calls his FT (full-time) job for UPS.  All the above was the product of a part-timer.   The mind boggles at the thought of what may spring from the industry of this tireless Tennessean as his burning love of pro wrestling history advances from avocation to a full-time vocation.

  I, for one, can scarcely wait.

— J Michael Kenyon
    2010 Jim Melby Award recipient National Wrestling Hall of Fame


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Chapter titles and contents

Acknowledgements
Foreword by Scott Teal

INTERVIEWS

1. Buddy Colt

  Buddy has been interviewed less than a handful of times, but this is the time he decided to open up completely about all phases of his life.  In this interview, he talks about —

—  how he got into wrestling
—  wrestling his idol, Buddy Rogers
—  run-ins with the law due to being so brutal in (and out) of the ring
—  the story behind his winning several titles
—  his tag team partners
—  the people he likes and those he doesnít
—  making the switch from babyface to heel
—  what he thinks about Eddie Graham, Jack Brisco, Danny Hodge, Ole Anderson, Leo Garibaldi, Hiro Matsuda, and many others
—  wrestling in Japan and how he adapted to the different style
—  his favorite bookers
—  being involved in riots
—  the promoters who were good payoff men, and those who werenít
—  buying into the Georgia and Florida promotions and whether or not he profited
—  breaking Brian Blair into the business
—  working as a manager, a referee, and in the Florida office
—  who worked in the Florida wrestling office and what their duties were
—  his thoughts on using a blade
—  staying in shape while on the road
—  drugs in the wrestling business
—  Eddie Grahamís suicide and a conversation he had with Mike Graham that foretold future events.
—  and much, much more!

  For the first time, Buddy really opens up and gives a play-by-play description of the airplane crash that took the life of his friend and tag team partner, Bobby Shane, and prematurely ended his in-ring career.  He puts an end to all the false stories about how Bobby died and the fabrications made in a book written by one of the wrestlers who was in the plane crash.  He tells about what happened in the months that followed the wreck ó his recuperation, how he was treated by the wrestling office and the other wrestlers, ensuing health problems that stemmed from the accident, managing King Curtis Iaukea, refereeing, doing color commentary with Gordon Solie on Championship Wrestling from Florida, and how his life changed completely.

  Finally, he talks about an attempt to resurrect pro wrestling in Tampa; his life and hobbies after wrestling; whether or not he misses wrestling; attending wrestling reunions; and what he would do differently if he could go back and do it again.

Other interviews include:

Adrian Street
Benny McGuire
Dandy Jack Donovan
      A Letter of Explanation, by Len & Joe Rossi
Dick Cardinal
Frank Martinez
Gene Dundee
Gene Lewis
Gorgeous George Grant
Hangman Ernie Moore
Joe Powell
Lord Littlebrook
Lou Thesz
Mac McMurray
Pepper Gomez
Index
 

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Excerpts from The Hard Way

Excerpt from the interview with Buddy Colt
Copyright 2015 © Scott Teal

As an owner, did you have any say in what went on?
  Yes, I sure did.  More than I ever had before.  At one point, Harley Race came in as the booker.  At the time, Harley and I were the top heel singles.  Harley brought Andre the Giant [Andrť Renť Roussimoff] in for a match and he wanted me to do a job for him on TV.  I said, "No way in hell."  I said, "How would that help either Andre or me?"
  A match between Buddy Colt and Andre the Giant could headline any town in Georgia, Florida, or the Carolinas.  Our tape went into the Carolinas, and the people in north Florida could pick up the show when it was aired in the southern Georgia cities.  If I did a job for Andre on TV, all that goes out the window.  Harley was looking out for himself.  If I put Andre over in the middle of the ring, it would position Harley as the top heel in the territory, but it wouldnít draw a house.  Harley was in the office with Jim Barnett when he came up with the idea.  Jim called me and said, "Buddy, my boy.  I think you need to come down to the office.  Thereís something we need to go over with you."  I was flabbergasted that Harley wanted me to do that.  When I explained my position, Barnett said, "You know, Harley. I kind of agree with Buddy."
  The people didnít expect anybody to beat Andre on TV, so we agreed on a double count-out on the floor, which is what happened.
If it was such a good idea, maybe Harley should have gone in there and done the job.
  I told Harley that.  "Why donít you do the job for the Giant?"
  "No, we canít do that."
  Normally, you donít question the booker, but I owned part of the territory.
The situation with Harley goes back to what we were talking about earlier, about bookers actively wrestling.
  Absolutely.  They book the territory in favor of themselves.  Doing a job for Andre wouldíve killed me everywhere.  Iím sure Harley realized that.  He was pretty slick.  They brought the Sheik [Edward Farhat] into Atlanta to wrestle me.  I was a heel.  Itís hard to wrestle the Sheik when youíre a heel.  He pulled chains and pencils out of his trunks.  It was too unbelievable.


Excerpt from the interview with Adrian Street
Copyright 2015 © Scott Teal

Where did you get your first ring gear?
  We used to get boots from Lonsdale, but they were boxing boots.  I donít think there was any such thing as wrestling boots, but they had some that looked somewhat like wrestling boots.  I had them make me some that were a powder blue, like a baby blue.  Nobody had ever seen any boots like them.  They were all black or brown in those days.  I had trunks made to match and a jacket that was powder-blue velvet with a lining.  It had the puffy sleeves that became so popular later on.  When I walked out there, I imagined Iíd get a great response, like, "Oh, doesnít that guy look tough?  Doesnít he look great?"
  I came struttiní out, with the long blond hair and all.  I was a good guy, too, at the time.  That wasnít quite the response I got, though.  "Ooh, isnít she cute?  I could give you a kiss.  Iíll see you later, Mary."
  One guy yelled, "Hey, Wooly-Woofter!"  Again, that was Cockney slang.  Wooly-Woofter Ö poufter, a male homosexual.  People would call them Ginger Ö for Ginger Beer Ö queer.
  Ohh!  It really pissed me off.  I was so upset.  I kept thinking to myself, "This is not the reaction I was looking for, for crying out loud."  I suddenly realized, "Itís not the reaction I was looking for, but nobody else ever got a reaction like this."
  A lot of promoters told me, "Donít do that!  Youíre a good wrestler.  You donít need to go in there and do all that bloody poofy stuff."  The thing is, I was captivated by the reaction from the people.  I wasnít giving that up for nothing.  I was like a heroin addict.  I was addicted to all the shoutiní and screaminí.  There was no controlling me after that.


Excerpt from the interview with Benny McGuire
Copyright 2015 © Scott Teal

  I rode to Louisville with Sam Bass one time, but I didnít ride back.  Heís crazy!  He had a brand, new car.  Heíd go through those toll booths at 100 miles an hour, so he wouldnít have to pay toll. (laughs)  Heíd drink a half pint of liquor before he went to the arena, and the other half when he got out.  He said, "Ride back with me."
  I said, "No.  Iím gonna catch a ride back with my brother.  Thank you very much."
  Thatís the last time I rode with him. (laughs)  The guys used to get their soda pop by shooting out the soda machines at service stations out in the middle of nowhere.  Sam Bass, especially.  He carried a gun to the ring.
  When we was coming back from Birmingham ... you know how we used to do.  All the guys decided theyíre gonna moon Nick [Gulas].  We got about fifty miles outside of town, out in the middle of nowhere.  Usually, now, me and Billy was the first ones to drop our britches and moon Ďem.  We decided not to do it that night, and everybody else did.  It happened to be that Nickís wife [Katherine] was in the car that night.  She didnít usually go.  Nick sent word to the Sam Davis Hotel, where all the rasslers used to stay, for all the rasslers to be at the office at eight oíclock in the morning.  He gave everybody down the pike.  He said, "You boys take these McGuire twins.  Theyíre good people." (laughs)  And that was the first time we didnít do it.
He was very protective of Katherine.
  Yeah.  He used to drive a hundred miles an hour.  He had that special permit and would pass me when I was doiní eighty.  Heíd blow his horn and go on.
  We used to have contests on a full moon night to see who could drive the farthest without their headlights on.  The problem with that is you couldnít see how fast you was going.  You could be doing a hundred miles an hour, you could be doing fifty.
  One night, a highway patrolman got in behind us and turned his lights off.  He radioed ahead and here comes the cops to pull us over.  We talked our way out of it, but the other cops charged everybody else with a fine. (laughs)  We gave Ďem autographed pictures.  The other guys were mad over that.  They said, "Yeah, the McGuire twins get out of everything." (laughs)  "We had to pay a seventy-five dollar fine."   Back then, it was kayfabe from the get-go.  Now they expose the business to everybody.  You know how Nick was about kayfabe.  People paid their dues back then, too.  You come out of Goldís Gym, pay your licensing fees, and youíre rassliní.


Excerpt from the interview with Jack Donovan
Copyright 2015 © Scott Teal

    Well, it climaxed the next day [July 18, 1972] at the television studio.  I went to the television station to make the interviews.  We made all the interviews for the towns on Wednesday.  Nick [Gulas] had been on vacation, but got back in time to make the interviews for that week.  He was late getting to the station, though.  The McGuire Twins [Benny and Billy McCrary] were there, the Garvins [Ronnie & Terry].  Len Rossi came in and picked me out of the crowd and said, "Come here.  I want to talk to you."  I thought it was something pertaining to the night before, but he didnít mention it.  He just said, "Nick and [Jerry] Jarrett want to talk to you after the interviews are over."
  I said, "Yeah, I probably know what itís about."
  Anyhow, he says, "I donít know what itís about."  He looked at his watch and said, "I have to go do an interview for Johnson City."
  Well, he hadnít been gone for two minutes when the door opened and Tojo [Yamamoto] popped into the room.  Right behind him was Jerry Jarrett.  Right behind him was Jackie Fargo.  I just sat there.  Tojo had his hand in his pocket.  When I realized I was going to have to defend myself, I stood up.  Tojo swung at me with his left hand and I ducked under it.  When I did, I went behind him and shoved him up against the wall.  He had a gun in his hand, but it was stuck in his pocket.  He had on those double-knit pants, and the hammer hung on the pocket.  I just concentrated on the hand he had the gun in.  When he got it out, it fell onto the floor and spun around.  It was a snub-nosed .38.
  While I struggled with him, I heard Jackie Fargo go, "Get that gun.  Itís mine."
  When I shoved Tojo, I watched Fargo to see what he was going to do with the gun when he picked it up.  I didnít know whether he was going to shoot me or not.  The next thing I know, Fargo and Jarrett are each holding one of my arms, while Tojo hit me over the head with that wooden shoe of his.  The next time weíre together, Iíll show you that scar on the end of my nose.  He also busted my lip.  One of the blocks across it hit me on the top of the head and split my head open, and it just took the end off of my nose and split my lip clear up through my nostril.  When he hit me on the head, I went to my knees and I could hear someone say, "Close the door!  Close the door!"  Luckily, they had left the door open when they came in.  If they had closed it, I honestly believe they might have killed me.  I was probably five foot from the door.  They already had me on my knees, but I just caught my foot on the edge of the shower and used it to launch myself at Tojo and knock him back onto the chair.  I went on out the door and got outside where all the boys was.  I turned around and waited for them to come out, but they didnít come out that way.  They went out the other door.  There were two doors.  One came out into the hall, the other out into the studio.


Excerpt from the interview with Gene Dundee
Copyright 2015 © Scott Teal

Did you ever wrestle in Boston again?
  I had been back several times.  I was booked into the Boston Garden one night when Jack Pfefer was the one who was promoting it.  He was using my fatherís boys.  I got a copy of the program and I donít see my name nowhere.  No "Gene Dundee," no "Kilroy."  Jack comes in and I said, "Jack, am I working tonight?"
  He says, "Yeah, yeah, yeah.  I told you Iíd make you a hundred dollars."
  Well, the crowd was dead, it was the middle of winter, and a snowstorm was howling outside.  The trains werenít even coming in.  So, just before it comes time for me to go into the ring, he tells me whoís who.  Well, Wild Bull Montana and me were the Jumping Zangaroos.  [Bull] Curryís kid [Fred] was on the card that night and it was probably one of his first matches.  Mario Galento was up there with another guy and they wrestled as ... I canít remember.  They were cowboys.
You could write a book about the deals and characters that Jack Pfefer created.
  There was nothing too sacred for Jack.  We billed one guy as Bruno Sanmartino, just changed the first "m" to an "n."  It made them money.  There was a time in Boston, before the New York office really got a firm hold, that when Bruno Sammartino did come to Boston, they thought he was an imposter.  Like Buddy Rogers.  Pfefer had a hard-on for Buddy Rogers and didnít like the guy.  So he had a Bummy Rogers ... and a Hobo Brazil.
  A lot of people either disliked or were afraid of Jack Pfefer, but being associated with Jack, I think that really helped my father.  Heíd bring in talent from all over the country.  He was strong right up until the time he died.  My father took care of him in his dying days.  He put him in a nursing home there in New England, visited him every day, and made sure he got all the attention he needed.


Excerpt from the interview with Gene Lewis
Copyright 2015 © Scott Teal

  I was with [Skandor] Akbar in a group called Devastation, Incorporated, along with Kamala and Friday.  Their TV syndication almost doubled during that time.  It was the hottest TV on the air.  I was like the third or fourth heel on the totem pole, but when they ran spot shows, they could book me with the Von Erichs, or Chris Adams, in the main event.  The crew they had was such that, they could take the top and bottom guys, switch them back and forth, and it didnít matter.
  I was there through that whole transition period.  I first went to Dallas when ... I think it was Ď83, when they had the Von Erichs, the Freebirds, Kamala.  The territory was just starting to come up.  They were on Channel 39 and ran about fifty markets.  A year later, they were in 159 markets.  Actually, they were promoting out of their area before the WWF was, and before Atlanta made the big move.  They went up to Boston and a couple other markets and just did great.  Except for TV, the people hadnít seen the Von Erichs.  Kenny [Mantell] got it to the point where the Von Erichs were dead in Texas, but they had the whole world.  They had 159 markets to go to.
  Kennyís idea was to put the boys on the road to get them out of Texas, so they wouldnít burn out, but Fritz didnít want to expand.  They had the chance and the talent to do it, but Fritz didnít want to do it.  I think it just killed Kenny because he was building up to that point, to have two crews on the road.  The TV was getting top ratings and they could have gone into any town, any major city across the country.  After that, it was constant fighting with the boys.  I mean, you can imagine what that territory was like, not only having to deal with Fritz, but with Kevin and Kerry.  David was alright.  He was pretty cool.


Excerpt from the interview with Gorgeous George Grant
Copyright 2015 © Scott Teal

  Lillian Ellison [Fabulous Moolah] will verify this.  There were two burlesque houses in Toledo ó one down on Front Street and one on River Street.  Every wrestler that worked for Pfefer would go to the burlesque houses free of charge.  There was a girl stripper, an Indian, Princess Bonita.  At that time, Pfefer brought in an Indian named Indio Cherokee [Jesus Vasquez].  Pfefer brought him into Toledo and booked him as Lone Eagle.  He got Bonita to work in his corner and beat the drum for him.  They eventually got married.
  We were drawing tremendous crowds at the Sports Arena in Toledo.  One night, when Buddy Rogers was Pfeferís version of the world champion, Pfefer was giving Rogers and Lone Eagle the finishes.  He told him that heíd be getting the best of Lone Eagle in the third fall.  Bonita would start beating the drum and that was the signal for Eagle to make the comeback and beat Rogers.  Rogers got very indignant and said, "Alright, Jack.  You want me to put your Indian over?  Iíll do it."
  Rogers got in the ring and mopped the ring up with Lone Eagle.  After slamming him four times, he picked him up the fifth time and fell over backwards with the Indian on top of him for the three count.  In the second fall, Rogers did the same thing.  He put Lone Eagle over two straight.  Rogers stood up in the middle of the ring, dusted his hands off, and went back to the dressing room.  Pfefer was screaming and hollering the whole time.  Pfefer could cuss more vile than anything you ever heard.  Rogers just ignored him, got his bag, turned to Billy Darnell, and said, "Come on, Billy.  Letís go."  They walked out and went over to Al Haft.
  Columbus really boomed when Buddy Rogers took the book over for Al Haft.  Thatís when Roy and Ray [Stevens] Shire broke in.


Excerpt from the interview with Lord Littlebrook
Copyright 2015 © Scott Teal

Did you start your career as Lord Littlebrook?
  When I first started in the wrestling business, I really had a strong brogue because I was English, and I hadnít been over here very long.  Jack Britton said, "Weíre gonna make a Lord out of you."
  I said, "Hell, if anything, Iím a peasant.  Iím not a Lord!  I come from the rough part of London."  But thatís what he wanted.
  He said, "Youíre Lord Littlebrook."
Did Jack Britton arrange all your bookings?
  Yeah.
Did Bert Ruby or Harry Light have much to do with the midgets?
  Oh, yeah.  They were part of the booking, too, but nobody ever thought of them as bosses.  Jack Britton was our boss.  Jack would travel on the road a lot with the boys.  When we went on the road back in those days, we had a driver.  We werenít allowed to drive.  They figured, "Small man, small brains, canít drive a car!"  That was their feelings towards us.  Iím sure of that, so we had to have a big guy drive the car for us.  That big guy used to be trained to steal the money from us for the office.
(laughs)
  I ainít jokiní! (laughs)  I ainít jokiní!  We wasnít allowed to pick up our own money [from the promoters].  It would have to be given to the driver, then the driver called the office and told them all this shit about what was made.  Weíd get whatever he told us we got.  I found out from one of the big guys that we made a hell of a lot more than what they told us.  Supposiní we had a thousand-dollar week.  Heíd have to call in and tell the boss.  "They did a thousand dollars this week."  Of course, we werenít allowed to be there when he talked to the boss.  Heíd say, "What do you want me to do?"
  Theyíd say, "Well, take three off the top for the office."
  On top of that, we had to pay 35 percent.  That was booking.  They didnít know we knew that.  The driver told me what they were doiní to us.  That was when I quit and left.
  So, I spoke to Gust Karras.  He said, "My job is to send the money in, but Iíll tell you what.  If you ever want to break away from Ďem, Iíll book you."
  I said, "That sounds good to me."
  Within a week, I had three other boys that wanted to leave, too.  We came in here and Iíve been here ever since.
Did they pay you on a percentage of the house?
  We were never told any of that stuff.  We were too stupid.  We were just midgets.  All we knew was we got a check at the end of the week.  They gave it to the driver.


Excerpt from the interview with Lou Thesz
Copyright 2015 © Scott Teal

Who were some others who were trained in hooking?
  George Tragos, one of my coaches.  Rudy Dusek.  A lot of people didnít know that, but Rudy was a damn good wrestler.  Ray Steele, Jim Londos, Dick Shikat.  Ed Don George, a two-time Olympian who learned to wrestle.  That sure wasnít a very nice thing to say (laughs), but he learned something about hooking after he got out of the Olympics.  I wrestled him one time up in Montreal.  It must have been Ď48 or so.  He was a pretty good wrestler.  He used to work out at [George] Bothnerís.  A lot of the good wrestlers used to work out there ... Ed Lewis, George Tragos.  Bothner himself was a hell of a good wrestler.  I worked with Don [George] one time in Montreal.  We wrestled ... oh, I think it was a thirty-minute broadway or something.  But, I really enjoyed it because with guys like Don George, if all else failed, all you had to do was wrestle.  Thatís what we call it.  If you hook a guy, and have him nailed, you just loosen up and let him get away.
Considering his reputation, what promoters would dare use Tragos?
  Tragos couldnít get booked anywhere outside of St. Louis because the promoters just didnít trust him.  When he made his mind up, it couldnít be changed.  There was a fellow by the name of Ford who owned coal companies up in Missouri.  He was a very wealthy man and liked to work as a referee.  He offered George a thousand dollars to put him over.  George just said, "No, no.  People would never believe it."
  He said, "Well, Iíll offer you two thousand dollars."
  Now, that was a lot of money at that time.  You could buy a house with that.  George said, "No, you couldnít beat me and the people would know it."
  If Ford had gotten into the ring with George, they would have really known it. (laughs)  Anyway, thatís the way George was, and you couldnít change him.  He had a ramrod in his back and he wouldnít bend for anyone.  But, that was George.  He didnít fool around too much.


Excerpt from the interview with Mac McMurray
Copyright 2015 © Scott Teal

  Another night, we were in Barbourville.  The dressing room window was at ground level.  You open the window and you can pat the ground.  I made the mistake of telling [Ronnie] Garvin where to find M-80 fireworks.  Later that day, I was down at the car wash where we used to keep the ring truck.  I had the hood up, checking the oil, and all of a sudden I heard this loud bang.  I look over and saw a big cloud of smoke, but I didnít see anybody.  The next thing I know, I hear another bang ... and I felt that one.  It blew a hole in my right ankle.  I was hollering bloody murder.  Garvin walked up and said, "Man, Iím sorry.  I didnít mean to do that."
  I couldnít work for two weeks.  I told him, "I will get you back."
  One night we were back in Barbourville and it was really cold.  It was well below freezing.  I was getting dressed before the matches and looked out the door to see Garvinís truck not too far from the window.  I found a garden hose and sprayed down that truck until it was nothing but solid ice.  I laughed so hard.  I rolled up the hose, went back inside, and we had the show.
  When the matches were over, Ronnie walked in while I was changing.  He was getting ready to leave.  He said, "Be careful going home.  Iíll see you tomorrow."
  I said, "Okay."
  I ran over to the window to watch, laughing my butt off the whole time ... and saw this poor, little redneck with his penknife, trying to chip the ice off the door to his truck.  It was a dead-ringer for Garvinís truck. (laughs)  I went out and helped him get the door open so he could turn on the heat and melt the ice. (laughs)  By the time we finished, I was frozen to the bones, so the joke was on me.


Excerpt from the interview with Pepper Gomez
Copyright 2015 © Scott Teal

    I made a lot of money, and I made Verne [Gagne] a lot of money, but he wanted to get me out of there.  It killed Verne when I outdrew him.  For instance, I was the man in Denver [CO], and he couldnít stand the competition, so he told me that Fritz Von Erich wanted me in Texas.  I said, "I donít want to go to Texas.  Iím doing fine here.  What do I want to go for?"
  He says, "Well, he promised me heíd make you a lot of money."
  I said, "Well, if thatís what you want."
  Then he tells me, "Pepper, if it doesnít work out, you come back."
  I says, "Okay."  That was understandable.
  I went to Dallas and Fritz put me on the first match.  Go through.  The second match.  Go through.  All this stuff.  He took everything away from me.  I said to Fritz, "No, no, no!  Youíve got no plans for me."  I called Verne and said, "Verne, this guy brought me here to kill me."  I was such a big card there that Fritz wanted to kill me.  He wanted his sons and him to be the top men there.  I says to Verne, "I want to come back."
  Verne says, "Well, Pepper.  Weíve got all these guys coming in.  Maybe next time."
  I said, "Okay, Verne.  Thank you," and I left.  I came back to California.  Verne was an asshole.  I never forgot him and I never forgot Fritz.


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Abdullah the Butcher, 81, 291
Adams, Chris, 241
Adams, Nick, 44-45
Akbar, Skandor, 241-242, 251
Alfonso, Bill, 121
Ali, Muhammad, 74-75, 101, 260
Al-Kaissie, Adnan, 17
All South Wrestling Alliance, 76
All-Star Championship Wrestling, 366
Anderson, Bud, 194, 201
Anderson, Gene, 37-38, 363
Anderson, Lars (Heiniemi, Larry), 37-38
Anderson, Ole, 38, 81, 240-241
Anderson, Ox, 288
Andre the Giant, 77, 79, 162, 244, 259-260, 362-364, 371
Andrews, Eamonn, 133
Angelo, Martino (Angelo Curto), 264-265
Angelo, Tony, 21
Anoai, Rodney, 167
Arakawa, Mitsu, 393
Arion, Spiros, 85
Armstrong, Bob, 61-62, 75, 360, 364, 373
Assassin #2 (Joe Hamilton), 102
Assassins (Roger Smith-Gene Lewis), 240-241, 251
Assassins, The (Tom Renesto-Joe Hamilton), 37, 58, 178
AT shows, 196-197, 199-205
Atkins, Fred, 212
Atlas, Tony, 240
Austin, Buddy, 25, 27, 34, 84
Austin, Norvel, 373
Baarns, Mickey, 23, 99-100, 353
Baba, Ali, 245
Baba, Shohei, 244
Baby Doll (Nickla Roberts), 275
Ball, Dean, 352, 356
Barnett, Jim, 33, 77, 79-80, 92, 261, 367-368
Baron, Robby, 140
Barrett, Paddy, 24
Barrett, Pat, 378
Basilio, Carmen, 124
Bass, Don, 155
Bass, Ma, 155
Bass, Ron, 109, 120, 155, 244
Bass, Sam, 155, 216
Bastien, 34, 322, 330, 393
Battman, The (Tony Marino), 110
Bauer, Charlie, 351
Baumann, Max, 345
Bayfront Center (St. Petersburg FL), 102, 109
Bearman, The, 158
Becker, George, 34
Becker, Izzy, 276
Bednarski, Joe, 234
Beefcake, Brutus, 246
Beitelman, Don (see Curtis, Don)
Belkas, Chris, 278
Belloise, Steve, 263
Benoit, Chris, 244
Bernard brute, 26,34, 244, 274
Berry, Wild Red, 26
Bertucci, Lou, 264
Beyer, Dick, 178
Big Daddy, 139-140
Bill, Klondike, 153, 233
Billy Jack (Haynes), 244, 259-260
Black Bart, 243
Blair, Brian, 16, 67, 86, 112-113, 115, 118, 120
Blanchard, Joe, 141, 284
Blanchard, Tully, 141
Blassie, Fred, 20-22, 59, 291, 394
blood/blade, 87-89, 159-160, 202, 258, 290, 373
Bloomfield, Jack, 170
Blue Demons, The, 214-216
Blue Infernos, The, 213, 215-217, 297
Bockwinkel, Nick, 34-35, 57, 258
Bockwinkel, Warren, 341
bodybuilding, 382-383
Boesch, Paul, 390
Boggs, Jim, 20
Bogni, Aldo, 34
Bollas, George, (see Zebra Kid, The)
Bond, Nina, 22, 185, 317
Bonita, Princess, 265
Boston Arena, 220
Boston Garden, 222, 389
Bothner, George, 310, 344
Bothnerís Gym, 310
Bottoms, Verne, 39, 45-46, 175, 186-187, 189
Bounty Hunters, The, 167
Bowen, Russ, 206
Bowman, Bill, 295-296
Bowser, Paul, 219, 269, 389
Boyd, Jonathan, 146
Boyer, Bob, 26-27
Bradshaw, Tom, 288
Brazil, Bobo, 27, 81
Brisco, Jack, 16, 64, 68-69, 77, 90, 92, 108, 228-229, 234, 249
Brisco, Jerry, 16, 42-44, 77, 108, 112, 234, 249, 361, 366, 370-372
Brito, Gino, 318
Britton, Jack, 311, 314, 317-319, 328
Britton, Lou, 318
Brody, Howard, 110, 111-115, 121
Brower, Bulldog, 34
Brown, Bearcat, 182
Brown, Bill, 370
Brown, Bob, 32, 36-37, 259
Brown, Jerry, 189
Brown, Orville, 320
Bruiser, Dick the, 33, 393
Brunk, Terry, 115
Bruno, Fred, 269
Bruns, Bobby, 33-34, 176, 178, 320
Buff, John, 195-196, 198, 200-201, 206
Buffalo University, 342
Bundy, King Kong, 241, 254, 260
Burke, Frank, 390
Burns, Farmer, 339
Busey, Frank, 295-296
Bushwhackers, 260
Cactus Jack, 259
Cain, Frankie, 52, 233, 239, 258
Cain, Jack, 178
Caldwell, Whitey, 357-358
Calhoun, Haystack, 60, 152-154, 353-354, 378
Calhoun, Pretty Boy, (see Graham, Luke)
Campbell, Bo, 202
Candlestick Park, 391
Candy, Ray, 259
Cannonball Powell, 297
Canterbury Tales, 146
Capelli, Eddie, 137
Capital Airlines, 11
Capitol Arena, 14, 24
Capitol Sports, 222
Capral, Ed, 61
Card, Dick, 202
Cardinal, Dick, 193-207
Carpentier, Edouard, 27, 37, 322-323, 389
Carr, Charlie, 295
Carson, Don, 28, 30, 378-379
Carson, Johnny, 166
Cash, Porkchop, 232
Castillio, Vincent, 142
Cauliflower Alley Club, 193, 219, 258, 370
Cazana, George, 351
Cazana, John, 182, 195, 351, 353, 356
Centaur Promotions, 142
Central States tag team title, 240
Central States title, 33, 35
Charles, Johnny, 131
Charles, Tony, 135-136, 352
Chase, Liz, 370
Cherokee, Indio, 265
Childs, Johnny, 129, 145
Chilhowee Park, 368-369
Cholak, Moose, 389
Chong, Rae Dawn, 146
Christie, Joe, 283-384, 389
Christy, Ted, 193
Chyna, 370
Civic Auditorium (Fresno CA), 390-391
Civic Coliseum (Knoxville TN), 355, 366, 369
Clancy, Mike, 173
Clark, Sailor Jim, 285
Clark, Tom, 268
Clary, Barbara, 103
Clay, Bob, 172-173
Cobo Hall, 154
Cochran, Derrell, 62, 75
Cody, Harry, 302
Coffman, Juanita, 290
Coliseum Video, 254
Colon, Carlos, 82
Colorado Kid, 115
Colt, Buddy (origin of name), 47-48
Colt, Buddy, 8-121, 178-180, 188, 351, 353-354, 364
Connors, Rick, 352
Corino, Steve, 121
Cortez, Chico, 273-274
Costello, Al, 26
Count Rossi, 384
Cousin Junior (Lanny Kean, Jr.), 246-247
Cousin Luke, 246, 250, 252
Cow Palace (San Francisco CA), 156, 161
Crabtree, Brian, 139
Crabtree, Max, 139
Crabtree, Shirley, 139-140
Crawford, Dandy Jack, 75
Crockett, David, 109, 152
Crockett, Jr., Jim, 109-110, 240
Crockett, Sr., Jim, 58, 159, 176, 221, 325
Crusher, Russian, 21
Culkin, George, 232-233, 240
Curley, Jack, 264
Curry, Bull, 32, 222, 287
Curry, Fred, 222
Curtis, Don, 16, 70, 72-73, 92, 234, 342
Curtis, Dottie, 16, 70
Curtis, Jack, 233
Curtis, Jr., Jack, 232
Curtis, King (see Iaukea, Curtis)
Curtis, Randy, 232
Cyborg (Kevin Donofrio), 112-115
DíOrazio, Joe, 139
Dail, Brent, 114
Dale Martin Promotions, 127-128, 134-135, 138, 145
Dale, Billy, 138
Dale, Jack, 127, 128, 138
Dale, Johnny, 138
Danny, Darling, 264, 266
Darnell, Billy, 265, 276
Davis, Ernie, 205
Davis, Killer Karl, 263
Davis, Mike, 120
De Mott, Bill, 250
De Souza, Mario, 274
DeArtiz, Bob, 278
Deep South Wrestling (Jackson MS), 247
DeGlane, Pierre, 271
DeMarco, Paul, 57
Dempsey, Jack, 279
Derone, Johnny, 288
Destroyer, Sensational, Intelligent, 178
Detton, Glen, 206
Devastation, Inc., 241
DeWitt, Jonathan, 297
Diablo, Black, 221
Diablo, El, 221
Dianabol, 15
DiBiase, Mike, 33, 51
Dillon, Blackjack, 169
Donahue, Phil, 166
Donovan, Dandy Jack, (see Donovan, Jack)
Donovan, Irish Jack (see Donovan, Jack)
Donovan, Jack, 21, 37, 39-40, 42-43, 45-46, 121, 168-192
Doyle, Johnny, 263, 389
Dr. Death #1 & #2, 214
Drake, George, 34, 386
Drake, Tom, 20
Dreamer, Tommy, 250
Drink Out of the Bottle, A, 146
Dromo, Bill, 75
Dubois, Gene, 331
Dugan, Red, 170, 174-175
Duggan, Hacksaw (Jim), 244, 260
Dundee, Angelo, 74
Dundee, Bill, 146-147, 366
Dundee, Chris, 74
Dundee, Gene, 218-225, 297
Dunlop, Bunny, 332
Dunn, Dick, 20-21, 223
Dunn, Roy, 223, 345-346
Dunnavant, Jack, (see Donovan, Jack)
Dunnavant, Sam, 169
Dusek, Danny, 185, 213, 351-352
Dusek, Ernie, 345
Dusek, Joe, 35-36, 38, 57, 178, 181, 249, 324, 345
Dusek, Rudy, 344-345
Dykes, J.C. , 221, 297
Eadie, Bill, 257
Eagle, Don, 349
Eagles Auditorium (Seattle WA), 384
Eakins, Ike, 172-173, 287
Eaton, Cal, 263
El Lobo, 228
El Torito, 117
Elephant Boy, 264, 276
Ellis, Cowboy Bob, 18
Ellison, Lillian (see Fabulous Moolah, The)
Elrington, Bruno, 140
Empire Wrestling Federation, 292-293
Eric the Red, 238-239
Evans, Giant, 213, 215
Evans, Johnny, 291
Evans, Moose, 213, 215
Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW), 250
Fabulous Kangaroos, The, 26
Fabulous Moolah, The, 163, 175, 264-265, 370, 378
Faietta, Tony, 383-384
Fargo, Don, 177, 288
Fargo, Jackie, 177, 182-185, 189-192, 213, 222, 279
Farm Center (Dothan AL), 177
Fenton, Rod, 205
Fields, Bobby, 20, 59, 297
Fields, Don, 20, 59
Fields, Lee, 20-21, 59, 220-221, 269, 295, 297
Figueroa, Pepe (see Joe, Gypsy)
Finklestein, Harry, 23
Finley, Charlie, 391
Firpo Brothers, The, 225
Five Sandies, The, 310
Flair, Ric, 43, 89, 109, 145, 240, 291, 367-368
Flanagan, Pat, 287
Fletcher, Bill, 201, 207
Flores, Francisco, 145
Florida heavyweight title, 114
Florida, Mr., 60
Flowers, Timothy, 146-147
Fort Benning, 170
Fort Homer Hesterly Armory, 110-111, 229, 297
Fort Leonard Wood, 44
Fort Whiting Auditorium (Mobile AL), 296
Fowler, Nora, 123
Fox, Billy, 175
Francis, Ed, 34, 153
Frank Martinez, Frank, 208-217
Frank, Pretty Boy, 214
Frazier, Stan, 224
Freebirds, The, 241
Freed, Ralph, 367-368
Freeman, Ace, 175, 268, 277
Freeman, Herbie, 176
Friday, 241
Frost, David, 163, 165-166
Fuller, Buddy, 28, 63, 92, 221, 269, 295-296, 357
Fuller, Gene, 221
Fuller, Robert, 357, 361
Fuller, Ron, 64, 73, 350-353, 356-357, 359, 364-369, 372-376
Funk, Jr., Dory, 43, 57, 81, 93, 106, 111, 113-115, 229, 234, 249, 257-258
Funk, Sr., Dory, 33, 47, 50-51, 57, 81, 152, 221, 281
Funk, Terry, 43, 57, 178, 189, 234, 249, 259
Gagne, Verne, 35, 249, 274, 342, 391-392
Galento, Al, 176-177
Galento, Mario, 214, 216, 222, 296
Galento, Smokey, 216
Galento, Spider Al, 19, 274
Galey, John, 101
Gallagher, Doc, 284
Gallagher, Mike, 284
Garagiola, Joe, 353
Gardenia, Ed, 384
Garea, Tony, 240
Garibaldi, Leo, 22, 57, 59, 62-63
Garvin, Jimmy, 364
Garvin, Ronnie, 182-183, 291, 351, 362, 364-366, 371-372, 374, 377
Garvin, Terry, 182-183, 159, 261, 291, 364
Geigel, Bob, 31-32, 33, 35, 81, 178-179, 181, 212, 215
Gene Lewis, 226-261
Geohagen, Timothy, 61, 284
George Jr., Gorgeous, 42, 44, 47-54, 70, 87, 121, 152
George, Ed Don, 342, 344
George, Gorgeous (Wagner), 144, 173-174, 180-181, 265-266, 268, 295
George, Mike, 231
George, Pinkie, 346
Georgia Championship Wrestling, 76, 78-81, 106
Georgia heavyweight title, 21, 85
Gilbert, Buddy, 121
Gilbert, Tommy, 257
Gilliam, Hot, 20
Gilmore, Matt, 322
Gladiator, The (Dick Steinborn), 362
Global Wrestling, 141
Golden, Jimmy, 368, 375-376
Gomez, Pepper, 220, 380-394
Gonzales, Chito (Tony), 175
Gonzales, Gypsy Joe, 223
Gonzalez, Tony, 271
Gordy, Terry, 239, 241, 248
Gossett, Eddie (see Graham, Eddie)
Gossett, Michael (see Graham, Mike)
Gotch, Frank, 339
Gotch, Karl, 34, 67-68, 85, 142, 244, 339, 247
Gott, Jack, 172
Gouldie, Archie (see Mongolian Stomper)
Goulet, Rene, 361, 371
Grable, Lee, 193
Graham, Dr. Jerry, 23, 28, 124, 175-176, 205, 223
Graham, Eddie, 56, 59, 63-66, 69-70, 76-78, 80, 82, 84, 86-88, 92-94, 98, 102-109, 175-176, 214, 228-229, 231, 234, 256, 271, 297, 351, 366, 392
Graham, Luke, 23, 228-229
Graham, Mike, 66, 73, 82, 105, 107, 215, 366, 370
Grand Circus Rosaire, 309
Grant, Chuck (Charles Stewart), 267-268
Grant, George, 262-281
Grant, Gorgeous George, (see Grant, George)
Grant, Gorgeous George, (see Grant, George)
Graziano, Rocky, 124
Green Hornet, The, 264
Green Shadow, The, 178
Greene, Al, 20, 214, 216-217, 317
Greene, Betty, 281
Greene, Don, 20, 281, 317
Gregoire, Lucien, 27
Gregory, Bull, 245
Griffin, Lolly, 248
Griffin, Merv, 166
Grunt! The Wrestling Movie, 146
Guerrero, Eddie, 152
Guerrero, Gory, 28, 50, 151-152, 160
Guinness Book of Records, 151, 161, 165-166
Gulas, Katherine, 155-156
Gulas, Nick, 16, 20, 22-23, 59, 78-79, 153-156, 158, 166-167, 175, 177-178, 181-186, 191, 212-213, 215, 221-222, 239-240, 268-269, 281, 317, 351-352, 356-357, 392
Gulf Coast heavyweight title, 239, 296
Gulf Coast tag team title, 239
Gulf Coast Wrestlersí Reunion, 167, 224, 281, 295, 365-366
Gunkel ann, 75, 79-80
Gunkel, Ray, 21, 58-59, 61-64, 75, 346
Gunther, Joe, 268-269
Gustafson, Cliff, 193
Guys and Dolls, 271
Guzman, Blackie, 388
Haft, Al, 264-365, 347
Hager, Tex, 199, 201, 265-266
Haggerty, Hardboiled, 170
Halpern, Raphael, 279-281
Hamid-Morton Shrine Circus, 309-310
Hamilton Spectator, 292
Hamilton, Joe (Jody), 37, 60, 75, 79, 178-179, 362
Hamilton, Larry, 68-69, 102
Hansen, Stan, 85-86, 244-345
Harben, Charlie, 275-276
Hardy Boys, 112
Harringay Arena, 307
Harris, George, 295
Harris, Rolf, 133
Harry Codyís Circus, 302-305, 307
Hart, Gary, 90-95, 97
Hart, Jimmy, 144
Hart, Stu, 154
Harty, Russell, 133
Hatfield, Speedy, 221
Hattori, Tiger, 69
Hawaiian heavyweight title, 34
Hawkins, Betty Jo, 274
Hayes, Lord Alfred, 140
Hayes, Michael, 106, 108, 239, 241
Haystacks, Giant, 140
Hebner, Dave, 367-368, 371
Hebner, Earl, 371
Heffernan, Roy, 26
Heidemann, Johnny, 233-234
Hennig, Larry, 99
Henning, Lee, 287
Herlong, Albert, 169
Herring, Richie, 256
Hessel, Gordon, 199, 206
Hill, Jack, 283-284
Hillbilly Jim, 246-247, 254
Hines, Billy, 20, 24, 215
Hines, Jimmy, 215
Hippodrome Arena, 22
Hodge, Danny, 42-47, 67-68, 171, 235-236, 258, 343, 377-378
Hogan, Hulk, 67, 86, 112, 322, 371
Hollywood Blondes, The, 189
Hooker, 335
Humperdink, Sir Oliver, 240, 250, 259
Hunsinger, Chuck, 170
Hunter, Ray, 140
Hunter, Rock, 102
Hutton, Dick, 261
Iaukea, Curtis, 88, 90, 99-103, 239
Imperial Lounge (Tampa), 101
Indian Rubberman, 278
Infernos, The, 52
Inoki, Antonio, 74-75, 156, 244, 260, 339
International Wrestling Association, 238-239
Iron Sheik, The, 241
ito, 55
Ito, Mr., 52, 216
IWA (Rob Russen), 247
IWE USA title, 53
Jackson, Bulldog, 205-206, 347
Jacksonville (FL) Coliseum, 70
Jacob Building (Knoxville TN), 359
Jacobs, Abe, 34
Jacobs, Mike, 264
James, Jesse, 223
James, Johnny, 266
Jardine, Don, 229
Jares, Brother Frank, 383
Jarrett, Christine, 182-183, 185-186, 269
Jarrett, Jerry, 182, 184-185, 184, 190-192, 269, 366
Jerry Springer Show, The, 318
Jim, Gentleman, 214
Joe Louis Arena, 259
Joe, Gypsy, 210, 212-214, 217, 268
John, Big Bad, 58, 71, 372
Johnson, Dwayne, 112
Johnson, Lorraine, 274-275
Johnson, Melvin, 351
Johnson, Rocky, 99
Joint Promotions, 127, 133-134, 139-140
Jonathan, Don Leo, 128, 390
Jonathan, Kid Tarzan (Adrian Street), 128, 140, 142, 145
Jones, Buzz, 266
Jones, Paul (promoter), 75, 170, 173-174, 263, 353-354
Jones, Paul (wrestler), 30-31, 38, 43, 60, 70-71, 73-74, 101, 353-354
Jones, Tom, 230
Jordan, Chris, 269
Jungle Boy, 264
Kaffner, Alex, 206
Kale, Herman (Red), 194, 201, 204-205, 207
Kamala, 241
Kameroff, Ivan, 387
Kane, 112
Karbo, Wally, 274-275
Karl & Hildegarde (K&H), 24, 230
Karras, Gust, 31-33, 36, 38, 42, 62, 175, 181, 314, 319-321, 324
Kasaboski, Larry, 269-270, 291, 321
Katan, John, 283
Katonen, Paavo, 384-385
Keirn, Steve, 17, 87, 112-113, 115, 260
Keomuka, Duke, 92, 106, 109, 388-389, 392, 394
Kerr, Joe, 297
Khan, Kubla, 225
Kharma (Gene Lewis), 243-244
Kilroy, Johnny, 131, 134
Kilroy, The Great, 220
King Jamesí Hall, 125
Kiniski, Gene, 284
Kinslow, Doug, 21
Kirby, Roger, 121
Kirilenko, Leon, 206
Knight, Fuzzy, 296
Knox, Buddy, 202
Knoxville Zoo, 368
Kobayashi, Strong, 53
Kohler, Fred, 336, 346
Koloff, Ivan, 80, 240
Koppel, Ted, 354
Kovacs, Sandor, 283
Kovacs, Steve, 358
Kowalski, Killer, 12, 26, 220, 223, 389-391
Kox, Killer Karl, 52
Kozak, Nick, 34-35
Kray, Reginald, 140
Kray, Ronald, 140
Kroc, Ray, 207
Krueger, Skeets, 206
Kruskamp, Hardy, 265-266, 268
KTVU-TV (Oakland CA), 394
Kwango, Johnny, 140
Kwariani, Kola, 176
Ladd, Ernie, 233, 240, 253
Lamontagne, Ray, 385
Lancaster, Jim, 167
Landell, Terry, 373
Lane, Bobby, 268
Larson, Logger, 198
Laskin, Jack, 285-286
Lathan, Terry, 231
Lauer, Joanie, 370
Laverne, Ann, 268
Lavinis, Frank, 207
Layton, Lord Athol, 284
LeBell, Mike, 145
LeDuc, Joe, 73, 373, 375-376
Lee Civic Center (Fort Myers FL), 361
Lee, Don, 271-273
Lee, Jackie, 264
Leesburg (AL) High School, 169
Legion Hall (Lake Worth FL), 349
Lehman, Bill, 231
Leipler, Bob, 289
Levesque, Paul, 112
Lewin, Donn, 284, 291
Lewin, Mark, 99, 109, 239, 244, 284
Lewis, Dale, 68-69, 228-231, 233-238, 240, 247, 249-250, 252, 254, 258, 340, 344-346, 383, 388
Lewis, Ed (Strangler), 336
Lewis, Gene, 226-261
Lewis, Kimberly, 228
Life magazine, 151
Light, Harry, 314, 318
Lincoln, Paul, 140
Lindsay, Luther, 34, 386-387
Lislowski, Stan, 284
Lisowski, Reggie, 284
Little Bear, Chief, 278
Little Wolf, Chief, 204
Littlebrook, Lord, 57, 298-333
Littlebrook, Roger (see Littlebrook, Lord)
Logan, ďIron ManĒ Steve, 126
Lombardi, Al, 195-196
London Palladium, 138
London, Mike, 277
Londos, Jim, 336, 344
Lone Eagle, 265
Long, Jack, 25
Long, Johnny, 264
Lopez, Ray, 210
  Lortie, Bob, 270-271
Lortie, Don, 271
Lortie, Paul, 270
Los Angeles Athletic Club, 383
Loth, Bill (Cue Ball), 195, 197, 200-201
Lott, Jimmy, 172
Louis, Joe, 45, 264, 296-297
Love, Reginald, 291
Lozano, Garza, 277
Lubich, Bronko, 34
Luce, Bob, 391
Luger, Lex, 67, 89, 108-109
Luke, Cousin (see Lewis, Gene)
Lulu, 133
Luttrall, Cowboy, 170, 176, 220, 278, 291, 297
Lyons, Billy Red, 291, 293
MacDill Air Force Base, 169
Madison Square Garden (Phoenix AZ), 54
Madison Square Garden, 26-27, 113-114, 151, 210, 212, 240, 307
Madrid, Jan, 21
Malenko, Joe (Jody), 110, 119-120
Malenko, The Great (Frank Fozo), 296
Malenko, The Great (Larry Simon), 42, 69-70, 76, 108, 110, 228, 306, 364-365
Malone, Butch, 373
Malone, Pat, 177-178, 213
Manos, Tony, 171
Mansfield, Eddie, 354
Mantell, Johnny, 242-243, 248, 257
Mantell, Ken, 241-242, 258
Maple Leaf Garden, 284
Marciano, Rocky, 296
Marella, Gino, 235
Marella, Joey, 371
Marigold Arena, 284
Marino, Mike, 140
Marino, Tony, 85, 87, 110, 120, 153
Markoff, Chris, 72-73
Marlin, Eddie, 182-184
Martel, Rick, 356
Martin, Caswell, 132
Martin, Les, 127-128, 138, 141
Martin, Pepper, 289
Martin, Tony (see Renesto, Tom)
Martin, Wayne, 177
Martinez, Eusevia, 209
Martinez, Frank, 208-217
Marvin, Tommy, 307
Masked Marvel, The, 306
Masked Medics, The, 271
Massey, Al, 279
Matsuda, Hiro, 16-17, 67, 69, 86, 89, 106, 108, 173, 228, 234, 366
Matuszak, John, 228
Mauler, Missouri (see Hamilton, Larry)
Maupin, Cliff, 264
Maynes, Carlos, 145
Mazurki, Mike, 296
McClarity, Roy, 284
McCord, Dennis, 90-92, 95, 97
McCord, Mike (see McCord, Dennis)
McCrary, Tammie, 160-163, 165, 167
McCullough, Mac, 296
McDaniel, Wahoo, 108, 152, 178, 229
McDonald, Danno, 385-386
McGill, Everett, 146
McGraw, Bugsy, 120
McGuire, Benny, 148-167, 183
McGuire, Billy, 148-167, 183
McGuire, Rocky, 221
McGuirk, Dorothy, 172
McGuirk, LeRoy, 37, 42-43, 47, 153, 171-173, 176-179, 189, 233, 251, 269, 346
McIntyre, Don, 21-22, 59, 170-171, 173, 264
McIntyre, Drew, 117
McIntyre, Red, 171, 185
McKay, Darling Danny, 270
McKigney, Dave, 158, 290, 331
McKinney, Jim, 61-62
McLemore, Ed, 345
McMahon, Shane, 371-372
McMahon, Vince J. (Sr.), 18, 27, 84, 210, 223, 331-332
McMahon, Vince K. (Jr.), 17, 77, 106, 108-110, 166, 247, 331-332, 371
McManus, Mick, 140
McMillen, Jim, 336
McMurray, Mac, 167, 348-379
McQuay, Leon, 228
McTavish, Duncan, 288
Meeker Shows, 201
Melby, Bill, 270
Menacker, Sam, 383
Mendoza, Carlos, 277-278
Mephisto, The Great, 258
Mercer, Joe, 15-19, 24, 40, 81-82, 88
Meroney, Mike, 273
Midgets, 49
Beautiful Bobby, 330
Billy the Kid, 327
Bobo Johnson, 320, 326-328
Bradley, Cowboy, 327
Brown Panther, 315, 327, 332
Beau Brummel, 319
Colt, Buddy (midget), 56-57
Bull Brummell, 319
Cowboy Bradley, 319, 324
Cuddles Anderson, 328
Darling Dagmar, 379
Frenchy Lamonte, 328
Fuzzy Cupid, 327
Irish Jackie, 311, 313, 326
Ivan the Terrible, 311
Lang, Cowboy, 49-50, 327
Little Beaver, 311, 319
Little Bruiser, 327-328
Little Coco, 328
Little Hawk, 328
Little John, 327
Little Mr. T, 328
Little Tokyo, 327
Mighty Atom, 326
Pee Wee James, 317-318
Sky Low Low, 311, 317, 325, 328, 332
Tiny Roe, 311, 317, 319, 327
Tiny Tim, 327
Tiny Todd, 327
Tom Thumb, 313, 318, 326-327
Midnight Rider, 243-244
Mike, Man Mountain, 51, 66, 104, 152-154
Miller, Danny, 120, 240
Miller, Dr. Bill, 142, 347
Miller, Ron, 239
Millich, Joe, 341
Miquet, Al, 133
Missing Link, The, 242, 291
Mitchell, Guy (Stomper), 283, 293
Miyamoto, Koji, 339
Mohammed, Ernie, 54
Molakai (Gene Lewis), 243-244
Momberg, Dutch, 289
Mondt, Toots, 175-176, 268, 277
Mongol, El, 58-59
Mongol, Geeto, 241
Mongolian Stomper, 32, 360-361, 364, 368-369, 375
Monroe, Flash (see Dundee, Gene)
Monroe, Jet, 221
Monroe, Rocket (Bill Fletcher), 201
Monroe, Rocket (Maury High), 221, 224-225, 239, 297
Monroe, Sputnik, 73, 83, 89, 102, 221
Monsoon, Gorilla, 75, 371
Mont, Joe, 382
Montana, Bull, 220, 225
Montana, Hombre, 385
Montana, Lenny, 21
Montreal Forum, 270, 386
Moondogs, The, 251
Moore, Don, 174, 197
Moore, Ernie, 282-293
Moore, Hangman Ernie, 282-293
Mooseface, Chief, 204
Morales, Pedro, 25, 27, 210-211, 240, 391
Moran, Gentleman Geoff, 129-131
Moran, Sailor, 169
Morgan, Ray, 14, 24
Morgan, Rip, 332
Morris, Hugh, 250
Mortier, Hans, 25-26
Morton, Paul, 351
Morton, Ricky, 351
Mr. Florida, 38
Mr. Knoxville (Ron Garvin), 364-365
Mr. Muscle Beach, 382
Mr. Nils, 38
Mr. Texas (bodybuilding), 15
Mr. Washington D.C. (bodybuilding), 12-14
Mr. Wrestling II, 67, 234
Mr. Wrestling, (see Woods, Tim)
Mr. Wrestling, 77
Mulkovich, Nikita, 53
Mulligan, Blackjack, 240, 243, 257, 367-368
Murdoch, Dick, 234, 249
Murdock, Jimmy, 170
Murphy, ďIron JawĒ Joe, 131
Murphy, Matt, 271
Murphy, Skull, 12, 26, 34
Murray, Bob, 199, 384
Mutoh, Keiji, 67
Myers, Sonny, 98, 175, 181, 330-331
Nagurski, Bronko, 387
Nature Boy (Tommy Phelps), 276
Nelson, Art, 268
Nelson, Bill, 341, 345
New Japan Pro Wrestling, 159, 339
Neyland Stadium, 361
Nichols, Hugh, 389
Noble, Kay, 324
Novak, David, 167
Novak, Jerry, 167
Nulty, Mark, 121
Nurnberg, Walter (see Von Stroheim, Skull)
NWA world heavyweight title, 43
NWA Wrestling Legends Fanfest, 119
NWA, 24, 76, 110, 115, 121, 147, 206, 233, 366, 370
OíConnor, Pat, 31-33, 37, 181, 215, 220
OíDay, Larry, 239
OíDell, Digger, 277
OíDell, Homer, 57-59, 61, 73, 100, 241, 277
OíToole, Tommy, 24
Ogle, Leon, 60
Oklahoma State, 235
Olivas, William Victor, 264, 276
Olson, Cliff (Swede), 196, 205
Olympic Auditorium, 263
Omni, 67
Ontario Stadium, 386
Opa-locka Marine air base, 10
Orndorff, Paul, 42, 67, 86, 227, 246, 371
Orton, Jr., Bob, 246, 364-366, 371, 373
Osmond, Chic, 127
Owen, Don, 386-388
Pacific Coast junior heavyweight title, 388
Packs, Tom, 336, 341, 345
Pallo, Jackie, 134, 137-138
Papineau, Louie, 288
Parker, Cliff, 201, 205
Parris Island, 10
Pasolini, Pier Paolo, 146
Patterson, Pat, 28, 52, 261, 371
Patterson, Thunderbolt, 88-89
Pedersen, Eric, 279, 288, 384
Pedicino, Joe, 141
Peratis, Tom, 383
Perez, Alex, 221, 230
Perez, Eduardo, 228
Perez, Miguel, 209-210, 212
Perlman, Ron, 146
Peters, Tony, 356
Peterson, Dave, 323
Peterson, Greg, 19-20, 268
Petit, Gene (see Lewis, Gene)
Pfefer, Jack, 219-222, 264, 269, 274, 276-277
Phelps, Tommy, 276
Phillips, Treach (Henry), 20, 265
Pico, Roberto, 268
Piper, Roddy, 240, 246, 250
Pizza, Joe, (see Mercer, Joe)
Pizzatola, Joe, (see Mercer, Joe)
Plummer, Lou, 340
Poffo, Angelo, 386
Poffo, Lanny, 365
Poisson, Gilles, 244-245
Portz, Geoff, 140
Powell, Joe, 294-297
Powers, Johnny, 163, 290
Prater, Jerry, 73, 92
Presley, Elvis, 117
Professional The (Doug Lindzy), 58-59
Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame, 261
Purple Haze, The, 99, 244
Pusser, Buford, 358
Putski, Ivan, 230, 234
Quasimodo, 142
Quest for Fire, 146
Quinn, Eddie, 288, 389
Race, Harley, 25, 42, 50-51, 77-78, 87, 121, 240, 259-260, 331, 392
Raines, Dick, 340
Rainey, Phil, 372
Ramey, Dr. Ken, 190-192
Rapada, Michael, 115
Read, Lorraine, 116-117
Read, Ronnie, (see Colt, Buddy)
Red Devil, The, 297
Redbird, Richard, 203
Reed, Cowboy Ron, (see Colt, Buddy)
Reed, Johnny, 293
Reed, Robin, 201
Reed, Ron, (see Colt, Buddy)
Reese, Pat, 173
Reeve, Christopher, 289
Reeves, Steve, 141
Renesto, Tom, 37, 59, 61-62, 75-76, 79-80, 178-179, 264
Reyes, Frankie, 113
Reynolds, Dave, 174, 265-266
Reynolds, Jack, 266
Rhodes, Dusty, 101, 103, 109-110, 234, 243-244, 259
Richard, Cliff, 140
Rileyís Gym, 136
Road Warriors, The, 236, 245
Roberto Clemente Stadium, 81-82
Roberts, Cal, 206
Roberts, Jake, 248
Roberts, Nick, 274-275
Roberts, Rowdy Red, 296
Robertson, Dewey, 247, 291
Robinson, Billy, 87, 339, 343
Robinson, Tiger Joe, 141
Robley, Buck, 65, 70, 72-73
Rocca, Antonino, 209-210, 212, 347
Rock, The, 112
Rodriguez, Silento, 230
Rodz, Johnny, 250
Rogers, Buddy, 12, 24-28, 75, 106, 113-114, 124, 136-137, 141-143, 145, 222, 248, 265, 276, 347, 391
Rogers, Bummy, 222
Rogers, Tommy, 248
Romero, Ricky, 49, 52
Roop, Bob, 89, 100-101, 108-109, 228, 234, 365-366, 392-393
Rosario, Gypsy Joe, 230
Rossi, Joey, 190-192
Rossi, Len, 183, 190-192, 222, 224
Rossitani, Vic, 293, 322
Rougeau, Jacques, 156
Rougeau, Johnny, 156
Royal Albert Hall, 133
Ruby, Bert, 314, 318
Russen, Rob, 247
Rutledge, Jack, 384
Ruuk, Java, 250
Rye, Rocky, 128
Sabu, 115, 121
Sakaguchi, Seiji, 156
Sam Davis Hotel (Nashville), 155
Sam Houston Coliseum, 18
Sammartino, Bruno, 25, 27, 84, 113, 222
Sammartino, David, 240
San Francisco Cow Palace, 84
Sanderson, Joe, 341
Sandow, Billy, 345, 383
Sanger, Lord George, 303-305, 307
Sanger, Lord John, 303
Sanmartino, Bruno, 222
Sannizzario, Anthony (Tony), 222, 224
Santana, Tito, 356
Santel, Ad, 194, 340-341
Santos (Sannizzaro), Tony, 219, 222, 264, 269-270
Sasaki, Haru, 268
Saturday Night Main Event, 246
Sauer, Pete (see Steele, Ray)
Savage, Daniel Boone, 263
Savage, Randy, 365, 371
Savage, Wildman Danny, 263-264
Scarborough, Chief, 204
Scarlo, Tony, 131
Scarpa, Joe, 34, 67, 80, 278
Scarpello, Joe, 337
Schmidt, Hans, 245, 291
Schuller, George, 350
Schultz, David, 362
Schwartz, Stu, 87, 119, 278, 353-354, 376
Scoma, Joe, 393
Score, Art, 195
Scott, George, 58, 70, 238, 240, 246
Seattle Ramblers, 386-387
Sepp, August, 193-203, 207
Serrano, Don, 216-217
Severn, Dan, 337-338
Sexton, Ron, 361, 379
Shane, Bobby, 43, 90-93, 95, 98, 351, 364
Sharpe, Mike, 259-260
Sheepherders, The, 146
Sheffield, Dan, 263
Sheik, The (Ed Farhat), 33, 78, 154, 263, 287
Sherman, Ben, 201
Shibuya, Kinji, 393
Shikat, Dick, 344
Shikina, Oki, 61
Shire, Ray, 265
Shire, Roy, 84, 174, 265-266, 270, 291, 389-390, 393-394
Short, Vic, 194-195, 206-207
Sigel, Morris, 30, 345, 385-391
Silver Star Hotel & Casino, 248
Silverstein, Ruffy, 336-337
Silverstone, Dean, 193, 199, 205, 207
Silverstone, Ruth, 207
Simon, Larry (see Malenko, The Great)
Simpson, George, 181
Simpsons, The, 166
Sims, Jimmy (Red), 283
Simunovich, Lucky, 263
Singh, Maha, 108
Singh, Tiger Jeet, 159
Skaaland, Arnold, 23, 25, 27, 53, 211-212
Slater, Dick, 227, 370
Slaughter, Sgt., 255
Smith, Charlie, 86-87, 173
Smith, Curtis, 233
Smith, Cyclone, 284
Smith, Eddie, 173
Smith, Grizzly, 153, 236-238, 258, 371
Smith, Harry, 66, 174-175
Smith, Hurricane, 284
Smith, Rocky, 52, 358
Smith, Roger, 240, 251, 261
Snuka, Jimmy, 240, 260
Solie, Gordon, 16, 73, 99, 103-104, 108
Sonnenberg, Gus, 346
Soto, Roberto, 61, 64-65, 86
Soto, Tamayo, 213-217
Southern Championship Wrestling (Lolly Griffin), 248
Southern heavyweight title, 84
Spears, Billy, 62-65
Spittles, Al, 283-286
Stallings, Mike, 362
Stamp, Dennis, 378
Stampede Wrestling, 154
Stanke, Siegfried, 231
Stanlee, Gene, 124, 280-281
Stanlee, Steve, 280-281
Stanley, John, 235
Starr, Al, 196
Starr, Freddie, 133
Starr, Kathy, 324
Stasiak, Stan, 288
Steamboat, Ricky, 240
Stecher, Joe, 339
Stecher, Tony, 274, 346
Steele, Ray, 336-337, 340-341, 344-345
Steele, Tommy, 140
Steinborn, Dick, 18, 165, 362, 393
Stern, Ray, 393
Stevens, Ray, 240, 265, 389, 391, 394
Stewart, Nell, 269
Stojack, Frank, 387
Stomper, The (Joe Powell), 297
Street, Adrian, 122-147
Street, Linda, 132, 135, 145-147
Stringers, 307
Strongbow, Chief Jay, 80, 259, 278, 371
Strongbow, Jules, 278
Studd, Big John, 240, 290
Sullivan, Ed, 166
Sullivan, Kevin, 108-109, 243-244, 364
Sultan High School, 203
Super Assassins, 216
Super Destroyer, The, 239
Superfly (Ray Candy), 259
Superman II, 289
Swayze, Bruce, 238
Sweetan, Bob, 235, 239-240, 254, 261
Sykes, Leo, 231
Takada, Nobuhiko, 338
Talaber, Frankie, 337
Tallahassee Sports Stadium, 78
Tampa Sportatorium, 66-67, 69
Tanaka, Toru, 352, 358-359
Tanny, Vic, 18
Tasker, Tiger, 289
Taylor, Terry, 248
Taz, 250
Teal, Scott, 193, 206, 379
Terlazzo, Tony, 382-383
Terry, Judo Jack, 60
Texas Red, 244
Thatcher, Les, 365-366, e73, 377
Thesz, Lou, 25, 31-33, 43, 74, 81, 113-114, 141, 193, 258, 334-347, 385, 387-388
Thom, Billy, 266
Thomas, Sailor Art, 14, 273
Thornton, Harry, 185
Thunderbird, Chief, 203
Thye, Ted, 207
Tillet, Louie, 31, 59-60, 62-66, 75, 270, 362
Tillman, Larry, 230
Titan Sports, 254
Todd, Tinker, 123
Tolos, Chris, 27, 34, 287, 291, 293
Tolos, John, 27, 34, 291
Torres, Alberto, 38
Torres, Chet, 211
Torres, Ramon, 38
Torres, Sylvia, 175
Tortas, Ted, 383
Tourville, Camille, 270
Tovey, Eric (see Littlebrook, Lord)
Tragos, George, 340-345, 347
Triple H, 112
Truesdale, Tuffy, 278
Turk, The, 245
Turner, Joe, 296
Tyler, Rip, 219, 224, 239
Tyler, Tarzan, 270, 287, 291
U.S. heavyweight title, 53, 114
Ultimate Warrior, The, 379
Uncle Elmer (Stan Frazier), 224, 246
University of Florida, 169-170
University of Minnesota, 263
University of Oklahoma, 235
University of Tennessee, 361, 373
Ursus, Mighty, 284
UWFI, 337-339
Vachon, Butcher, 36
Vachon, Mad Dog, 36
Vader (Leon White), 338-339
Valdez, Pancho, 21
Valentine, Greg, 110, 246
Valentine, Johnny, 18, 44, 74, 101, 106, 229, 279, 332-333
Valiant, Jimmy, 136-137
Valiant, Johnny, 246
Venture, Jesse, 240, 246
Vic Tannyís Gym, 382
Victory, Jack, 332
Viking, The, 37, 181, 189
Villa, Pancho, 268, 296
Villmer, Ray, 170
Von Erich, David, 242
Von Erich, Fritz, 178, 241-242, 338, 391-392
Von Erich, Kerry, 242, 259
Von Erich, Kevin, 242
Von Erichs, The, 241
Von Hess, Kurt, 293
Von Krupp, Otto, 306
Von Poppenheim, Kurt, 388
Von Stroheim, Karl, 16, 108, 110, 114, 214, 217
Von Stroheim, Kurt (Willi Kurt Rutkowsky), 61
Von Stroheim, Leo, 114
Von Stroheim, Skull (see Von Stroheim, Karl)
Von Stroheim, Skull, 60-61
Walcott, Jersey Joe, 74-75
Walker, Johnny, 67, 85, 94, 234
Wallick, Leo, 177
Ward, Fred, 263-264
Ward, Fred, 28, 30, 60, 62, 78, 173, 263, 268, 367-368
Ward, Tommy, 263, 268
Warren, Lola, 17-18
Washington National Airport, 11
Washington State University, 193
Watson, Whipper, 284-285
Watts, Bill, 77, 102, 189, 229, 231-234, 239-240, 243, 248, 366
Wayne, John, 10
WCW TV title, 240
Weathers, Tommy, 376
Weaver, Johnny, 34
Webb, Tedd, 73
Welch, Edward, 269
Welch, Lester, 63, 75, 77, 79-80, 273-274, 278, 296
Welch, Roy, 59, 268-269, 281, 317
Wentworth, Jack, 283-284, 286, 291
Wepner, Chuck, 260
West, Ronnie, 182-183, 185, 353, 376
Western Shows, 201
Western States tag team title, 48
Weston, Mae, 155
Wetjen, Skip, 20
Whatley, Charlie, 296
Wheaton College, 194
White Wolf, Billy, 17-18
White, Ed, 336
Wicks, Billy, 296
Wild World of Wrestling, 254
William, Sweet, 250
Williams, Billy, 322
Williams, Luke, 146
Williams, Vicki, 378
Wilson, Don, 180-181
Wilson, Jim, 81
Windsor, Adam, 113
Wolfe, Billy, 264
Wolfe, Ed, 356, 358
Woman (Nancy Sullivan), 244
Woods, Tim, 24, 26-27, 36-38, 44, 62, 68-69, 77, 79, 81-82, 119, 121
World Championship Wrestling, 112, 254
World Organization Wrestling, 222
World Wide Wrestling Federation (WWWF), 222
World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), 117, 370
World Wrestling Federation (WWF), 112-113, 241, 246-248, 253-256, 260, 356, 365, 379
Wrestle Reunion, Tampa, 119
WrestleMania 3, 331
WrestleMania, 246
Wrestling bears
Gorgeous Gus, 176
Sonny, 44-45, 278-279
Terrible Ted, 331
Victor, 278
Wrestling Pros, 297
Wright, Alex, 136
Wright, Bearcat, 80-82
Wright, Don, 356, 360
Wright, Ron, 189, 356, 358-360
Wright, Steve, 136
Yamamoto, Tojo, 182-185, 190-192, 213, 222
Yokouchi, Chati, 52, 55, 216
York, Jay, 332-333
Zangaroos, Jumping, 222
Zapata, Pedro, 61


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