This page features various stories, articles and interviews pilfered from an array of sources that have some interest related to the Indiana wrestling scene or major players from the heyday.

Ruthless 10,Bruiser/Barnett Indianapolis 1964,Shires Face Archie Moore,New York Riot,Bruiser and Jarrett in the 80's(Addendum 9/17/09),Bob Luce as Chicago Promoter, Chain Gang Articles, Bruiser & Snyder Go Into Business For Themselves,Dick the Bruiser Chicago Record,Lou Thesz Wins Title From Bill Longson 1948,Bruiser vs. Gene Kiniski Indianapolis Bout 10/30/65,WWA Reports 1989,Bruiser's Grave At Find A Grave,Blackjacks Page,Lou Thesz Wrestles Aging,Sam Menacker Farewell Article, Obituary For Bruiser's Mom, Poffos File Lawsuit, Tom Demarco Reports


(More than likely, this was just more Bob Luce-ish hyperbole that was his specialty. However, seeing Cleveland named in this, and several AWA/WWA stars like Arakawa and Moto and the Chain Gang were appearing in Cleveland at the time, it made me stop and pause if this might have actually been on the books at the time? Note that Bob has his P.O. Box listed at the end of this article to, one would assume, elicit feedback from the public. Certainly, this idea WAS feasible in the early 70's, it took until the 1980's for a fellow named McMahon to bring this idea to fruition, with mixed results.)

SHOWDOWN BREWING FOR THE RUTHLESS 10

“……..Mark these names well, fans, for here are the ringleaders of the RUTHLESS BREED in wrestling. These are the masters of mat mayhem who are infecting the proud profession with a brutality credo that defies every respectable ambience of true sportsmanship.

  1. Jack Dillinger
  2. Frank Dillinger
  3.  Mad Dog Vachon
  4. Butcher Vachon
  5.  Pampero Firpo
  6.  Dr.X
  7. Bobby Heenan
  8. Blackjack Lanza
  9. Larry Hennig
  10. Lars Anderson

 The wrestling fan reading this article does not have to be quoted the many battle misdeeds perpetrated by the above RUTHLESS TEN. Their infamous ring brutalities are forever imprinted on the minds of each of us. That they are a disgrace to professional wrestling is the understatement of the century. But what of a solution? How do we rid American sport of the RUTHLESS TEN?

 There is only one sure way to accomplish the project, and that is to match each with a superior wrestling machine. Let each of the RUTHLESS TEN taste final, humiliating defeat at the hands of a greater mat athlete.

 We propose the wrestling stars picked to battle the RUTHLESS TEN truly represent the greatest professional talent in America.

 We therefore select the team of TEN wrestlers to oppose the RUTHLESS TEN as the HALL-OF-FAME STARS.

  1. Dick the Bruiser
  2. Verne Gagne
  3.  Wilbur Snyder
  4.  Cowboy Watts
  5.  Edouard Carpentier
  6. The Crusher
  7. Yukon Cholak
  8. Luis Martinez
  9. Cowboy Ellis
  10.  Red Lyons

  All that now remains is the pairing of the RUTHLESS TEN versus the TEN HALL-OF-FAME STARS who we have selected to oppose them in the Spectacular to end all Spectaculars. I propose this historic spectacular of spectaculars involve the FIVE greatest wrestling cities in America. The 5 being: Cleveland, Chicago, Minneapolis, Milwaukee and Indianapolis.

 Each of these 5 major cities has a famous Arena for the many thousands who will storm the box-office to witness the final humiliation of this RUTHLESS TEN!

 We propose the promoters involved with this gigantic undertaking make arrangements to carry the complete 10-bout all-star card to all the cities involved via closed-circuit television. Thereby offering the wrestling fans in all 5 arenas the opportunity to view the complete, final humiliation of the RUTHLESS TEN!

  Imagine yourself seated in one of the 5 major arenas in those cities mentioned. Directly ahead of you, suspended over the ring in perfect view to every seat location, a huge four-sided screen is anchored. Suddenly the Arena house lights are turned down and the giant screen suspended over the ring comes alive with a brilliant, clear picture eminating from the Minneapolis Sports Arena or Indianapolis Coliseum. In the ring is world-famous Dick the Bruiser. Directly opposite him is his opponent. The wrestlers are introduced…………..they receive their instructions from the referee………….the fans around you sense the excitement of the moment…………..the bell rings and the first Nation-Wide 5-City closed-circuit telecast of a 10-bout major wrestling spectacular is underway. You the fan have an exciting evening in store.

 The Bruiser match will be carried over the closed circuit TV to the other 4 cities. At the conclusion of the bout, another city will switch in and the second bout on the RUTHLESS 10 versus the 10 HALL-OF-FAME STARS will be underway. At the conclusion of that bout, the closed-circuit TV coverage will pick up the action direct from the 3rd city. Then on to the 4th and finally the 5th. Each of the 5 major cities in turn, according to the time and planned co-ordination of consecutive city-by-city switching will be tuned in. Each city will feature 2 live Bouts.

 What a treat for the true sports fan. Major-league wrestling featuring the RUTHLESS 10 versus the HALL-OF-FAME 10. 20 great stars in 10 spectacular bouts. Here will surely be the final humiliation of the RUTHLESS 10 in one night…………….witnessed by thousands of wrestling fans.

 Would you like to see the greatest wrestling spectacular of all time, well, what are you waiting for…….get out a pencil or pen and send us your vote of approval on a post card. Write WRESTLING SPECTACULAR---P.O. Box 95-------Chicago Illinois 60690

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Obit For Bruiser's Mom, Margaret Afflis Johnston

From the Tuesday, April 18, 1967 edition of the Anderson Daily Bulletin

State Demo Leader Dies

Indianapolis (AP)
Mrs. Margaret Afflis Johnston, 60, president of the Indiana Democratic Women's Club and former Democratic national committeewoman from Indiana, died Monday after suffering a heart attack.

Mrs. Johnston started her career in politics as a township trustee in Delphi. She served as vice chairman for Carroll County and the 2nd district and was a national committeewoman from 1960 to 1964. She was elected as the president of the Women's Club in 1965.

She served 15 years on the board of the Indiana Women's Prison and was appointed state probation director by the late Henry F. Schricker during both his terms as governor.

She is survived by her husband, Leroy O. Johnston; a son, Richard Afflis of Indianapolis, and a sister, Mrs. Ethel Patterson of Delphi.

Funeral services will be held Thursday morning at Second Presbyterian Church, with burial at Delphi.

Gordon St. Angelo, Democratic state chairman, said Mrs. Johnston "represented the very best qualities that have made the Democratic party great - idealism, dedication, imagination and tireless energy. Her death is a great loss to her many friends in Indiana and across the nation."

Mrs. Agnes Woolery, state vice chairman, said the death of Mrs, Johnston was "a great personal loss to me and a tremendoss loss to the Democratic Party in Indiana."

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Bruiser/Barnett and the WWA

 I was surfing the web not too long ago and came upon the Wikipedia entry for the Indianapolis WWA and read this entry,” The World Wrestling Association (WWA) was established in 1964 by Dick Afflis and Wilbur Snyder. The duo purchased the Indianapolis NWA promotion in 1964 from its longtime owner Jim Barnett, who at that time was attempting to start up a promotion in Australia. The name of the promotion was taken from the former promotions in the Chicago and Los Angeles areas.” It wasn’t long after this I read a blog from my old acquaintance Jerry Wiseman where he stated “In 1964 Dick the Bruiser and Wilbur Snyder, two of the biggest names and draws in professional wrestling sat down with promoter Jim Barnett and held him up for a percentage of the Indianapolis, Indiana territory, threatening not to work the show that night unless he acquiesced. Barnett gave in and Bruiser and Snyder became the principle owners of the WWA that night.” One fanciful story that both Jerry and I had heard involved Wilbur and Dick holding Barnett outside a window of the Claypool Hotel 3rd floor wrestling office, a story I first heard back in the early 70’s in colorful detail. All of these stories sound interesting, but what really happened?

 First off, the Wiki article is wrong in the fact that Chicago was never a WWA office until Dick and Wilbur went in with Kohler in 1964. The name was from the L.A. promotion, except the L.A. office was Worldwide Wrestling Associates, and Dick and Wilbur could never quite decide if their promotion was Worldwide Wrestling Alliance, World Wrestling Alliance, or World Wrestling Association. Association tends to get the nod historically.

 Second, there’s no evidence of any card where Dick and Wilbur might have done a “hold up” of Barnett and received principle share of the office. The truth is that Dick and Wilbur ran opposition to Barnett and Balk Estes, and who would run opposition to themselves? (See results 1963 and 1964 for comparison, as well as the clippings page for news ads of the time.) Yet, there are people associated with the business back then who insist that Dick and Wilbur bought Barnett out. Are they wrong?

One has to ask themselves, “What would Dick and Wilbur have gained in buying Barnett out”? A company? No, Dick and Wilbur had Championship Wrestling, Inc., so they didn’t need Barnett’s Indiana Wrestling, Inc. that Barnett purchased from Billy Thom. A license? No, Bruiser and Snyder’s license were in the names of their wives and on paper, they worked for the little women. Towns? No, they were running around the state as well as at the Southside Armory and Victory Field in opposition to Barnett, who had been running weekly on Tuesday nights at the Tyndall Armory. Once opposition started, Barnett’s output waned considerably. Some of the talent even worked for both offices, such as Bill Miller. No, other than eliminating the competition, the only thing Barnett had that Dick and Wilbur didn’t have would have been strong TV. Locally, WTTV Channel 4 was a stronger signal than some other stations, and they were an independent station, and as such, had more flexibility in their programming, not being tied to a network. Barnett had used WTTV off and on for years, both going on location and taping right in the Bluff Road studio. Covering local sports, WTTV had the facilities to tape remote, and with the Southside Armory (where Dick and Wilbur ran their Indianapolis cards) being very close to WTTV, it made doing business much easier.

My “guess” is that Dick and Wilbur “bought out” Barnett in a fire sale. Barnett and Doyle had sold Detroit to Sheik reportedly for $50,000, and were keen to go to Australia, where they promoted successfully for many years. Barnett had the TV contract and lease on the Tyndall Armory, a better location to run from for Bruiser and Snyder while still using until the early 70’s the Southside Armory for TV until it was sold. Plus, in buying Barnett out, Dick and Wilbur eliminated all competition until the late 70’s, when the State Athletic Commission no longer oversaw pro wrestling. As it was, the last Indianapolis Barnett card was on 9/18/64. On Dick and Wilbur’s next card, slated for 9/26/64, it was advertised as the 1st Live TV Card. Oddly enough, that must have fallen through, as the October 3rd card also carried the same legend in the adverts. (Prior to this, Dick had guested on the Don Melvoin show, a local talk/variety show, which was on WLWI Channel 13, an ABC affiliate at the time. Don also served as guest announcer at some of the early WWA shows in Indianapolis. Dick’s widow had told me of tapes from the L.A. promotion where Dick had been working at that time in her collection, and I’m guessing perhaps they were broadcasting these L.A. tapes with local promos on 13. WLWI was the weakest signal at that time, and very hard to get in with the rabbit ears.)

Like Barnett before them, even though they weren’t under the NWA banner (Barnett’s office was the AWA), over time, both NWA champs Lou Thesz and Gene Kiniski made appearances for the WWA; in Indianapolis usually unification bouts that never had any resolution.

 Check out the results sections for cards from that era, and the clippings page for adverts from the era.

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New York Riot with Bruiser

MATMEN FINED FOR POST-MATCH RIOT (Associated Press, November 22, 1957) NEW YORK -- The New York State Athletic Commission threw the book at four wrestlers and a promoter today as the result of a riot after a tag-team match last Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden. Antonio Rocca of Argentina and Dr. Jerry Graham of Hollywood, Calif., each were fined $1,000. Dick Afflis of Chicago was assessed a $500 fine, and Edouard Carpentier of France $100. In addition, Chairman Julius Helfand of the Commission canceled a wrestling show booked for Nov. 30 at the Garden by promoter Walter Smallshaw. This was part of the general fine, for the promoter was held partly responsible for the conduct of the wrestlers. Approximately 500 of the 12,987 fans rioted soon after Rocca and Carpentier, the heroes, gained a two-of-three falls verdict over the villains, Graham and Afflis. Graham and Rocca tussled on the ring apron after the bout was ended, and two policemen were hurt when the crowd closed in and the fracas began. One officer was hit on the head by a bottle. Extra police were summoned to quell the disturbance. The Commission approved Smallshaw's application for a wrestling show at the White Plains County center, Nov. 29, but warned that in the future it would not tolerate any similar actions. Promoter Willie Gilzenberg of Newark, N.J., announced shortly after the Commission's action today that he had booked the four fined wrestlers for the Jersey City (N.J.) Armory, Saturday, Nov. 30. That's the date Smallshaw lost at the Garden.

$1,000 LEVIES; GARDEN SHOW CANCELED (New York Times, November 23, 1957) By Michael Strauss One of the most entertaining wrestling shows of the season took place before only a few dozen spectators yesterday. Directly involved were four wrestlers and a referee. No, this was no tag match. The session was conducted by members of the New York State Athletic Commission. The commission, headed by Julius Helfand, was eager to determine the cause of the riot at the conclusion of last Tuesday night's mat show at Madison Square Garden. One thing was certain. No one was prepared to accept the blame. Even Antonio Rocca and Jerry Graham, who emerged from the extracurricular fracas with bloodied faces, couldn't throw much light on the subject. When the hearing in the commission's offices was over, all four grapplers had taken the count -- a financial one. Rocca and Graham were fined $1,000 each. Dick Afflis of Chicago, who had paired with Graham in the team match, was hit for $500. Edouard Carpentier of France, who had paired with Rocca, was penalized only $100. A poor hand with this English, he testified through an interpreter. "See," said one of the observers with a snicker. "It pays to have a mouthpiece." To emphasize that he meant business, Helfand also canceled a wrestling show booked for next Saturday night at the Garden by Walter Smallshaw, the promoter. The commissioner said that "if the state's wrestling rules are not obeyed in the future, the commission may take action that will endanger the future of wrestling in New York State." Helfand, however, gave permission to Smallshaw to hold a program in White Plains next Friday night. Smallshaw can move as fast as some of his grapplers. He immediately booked Rocca and Graham for the Westchester show. They will not wrestle each other. Willie Gilzenberg, a New Jersey promoter, moved almost as quickly. With the Garden program canceled, he announced that Rocca, Graham and Carpentier would star at his program in Jersey City next Saturday. Those developments were anti-climactic to the testimony at the hearing. The wrestlers presented a study in contrasts. Rocca was apologetic. He said he was sorry there had been trouble. Graham, who appeared with a patch on his right temple, said he only recalled seeing onrushing spectators. Carpentier, despite the aid of his interpreter, was unable to shed any light on the affair. He testified that he didn't even know how the trouble had started. "How could I?" he asked. "My back was turned at the time." As for Afflis, he didn't even recall seeing a fight among the wrestlers. What he did remember was that at least one incensed fan had reached up through the ropes and tugged on his leg. "At that point I lost all interest in my rivals" he said. "I concentrated on the crowd." Evidence was furnished during the hearing that Rocca and Graham had begun fighting on the ring apron after Rocca and Carpentier received the victory on a disqualification. Before long, Carpentier and Afflis were lending helping hands. Within seconds spectators -- a crowd of 12,987 was present -- joined in the melee. Chairs were smashed as the fans -- most of them partial to Rocca -- stormed the ring in an attempt to reach the wrestlers. Two city policemen were injured and two arrests were made but not before the situation had become critical. At one point a chair was dropped from the third-deck balcony. It barely missed fans trying to get out of the Fiftieth Street exit. Helfand said that the commission no longer would sanction the staging of more than one tag match during any one program. The tag match -- it involves four wrestlers, only two of whom are supposed to grapple at any one time -- had been the repeated source of trouble, Helfand said. He recalled that Graham had been involved in a similar incident in a tag match at the Garden last month. Wrestling shows -- officially called exhibitions in New York -- usually provide a rousing and unexpected finish. Yesterday's hearing proved no exception. The concluding touch was provided by "a wrestling fan" who received permission to give his opinion at the end of the hearing. The fan did not pin the blame on Graham, Rocca, Carpentier or Afflis for the trouble. The culprit? It was, he said, the referee, Danny Bartfield, a former lightweight boxer. Bartfield, the fan insisted, had allowed the situation to get out of hand.

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Bruiser and Jarrett in the 1980's

 

On the Wrestling Classics message board I asked Jerry Jarrett a question about his involvement with Bruiser in the 80's and Dick and Wilbur's "ownership" of Louisville and Evansville, and got the interesting reply from him:
That is a great question and really goes to the heart of how the business was in the old territory days. I was an eager beaver and was running spot shows in and around Tennessee and southern Ky. My success increased my drive for bigger and better towns. I was venturing north and someone asked me why I did not go right up the road to Louisville. I asked Gulas/Welch the same question and they replied because to run a major town required television. I became a fixture at the television stations in Louisville. Finally John Dorkin felt sorry for me seeing me sit in the lobby for hours and allowed me a meeting. After many, many trips I talked him into giving me a chance. We began poorly, but after about 8 weeks we had a sell-out in Louisville. Things were rolling along good and I had the same success opening up Lexington, Ky. and Evansville, Ind. All of a sudden my little spot show company had major towns. Then one night Bruiser and Snyder showed up and told me that they owned Louisville and Evansville. I was full of **** and vinegar and told them that this was America and nobody owned any town. They left and called Nick Gulas and Roy Welch the next morning. Nick and Roy called me into the office and explained how the cookie crumbles. I was using Gulas/Welch television and talent and was informed that I could either work out a deal with Bruiser and Snyder or be out of business. At the time I did not realize the power of the NWA even though I had attended the Alliance meetings. I met with Bruiser and Snyder and paid them 10% for many many years on both Louisville and Evansville. After WWF began running everywhere and the NWA began folding, I called Bruiser and told him that this next check was the last check. He said he understood and that there were no hard feelings. Later, when Dick fell on very hard times he called and asked for my tape and talent. I sent him tapes from Memphis for about 8 weeks and then booked cards in the towns he suggested. The deal was that Dick did the local promotion, (newspaper, radio, etc.) and I would furnish the television and talent and we would split the money. Kamala was red hot then and I booked him on the first week of cards. When we arrived in town and began seeing window posters out, I was surprised to see that Kamala was wrestling Dick the Bruiser. LOL, he had changed our card and inserted his own interview in place of the interview slot I had booked. When I got to the area and asked Dick about the situation, he sheepishly answered that he thought we would draw more money with him on the card. Dick's style was to be very strong during his matches and he proceeded to kill in 10 minutes what we had built in 8 weeks. We finished the tour and it seems like we did one or two more after Dick assured me he would not change any more of my cards. Of course the temptation was just too great for Dick to have matches and not be the star of the show. Thus ended our business relationship. Somehow, I never was angry with Dick in spite of all this history. There are just some people who are bigger than life characters. Dick the Bruiser was one of these people.

( Note: Ye Olde Ed here left for Texas in September or October of that year, working my last date in for Bruiser in Peoria in August of 82, and I have no idea when Jerry and Bruiser started running together. They hadn't up to the point I left. Dick's last Market Square Arena card was 7/10/82, with Dick headlining against Harley Race. My earliest Indianapolis date for the joint venture in Indianapolis is 11/25/82, with Kamala against Terry Taylor, and Dick is not featured on the card. Dick wasn't back until 1/15/83, after Jarrett and Bruiser had ceased to do business. While I'm not disputing Jerry in any way, what I'm looking for is anyone having the results/town(s)/clippings/recollections to go along with Jerry's story.) Addendum 9/17/09: Here it is. It was Ft. Wayne In. It also appears Kamala did the honors for Terry Taylor the night before in Indianapolis, so.......? As it was, the partnership was very short lived.

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Bob Luce's Emergence as Chicago "Promoter".

(From the Kayfabe Memories message board from some time back.)

From Flying Vic:

First Card Promoted by Bob Luce

I ran across this article in the June 1966 issue of The Ring boxing magazine. I've retyped as it was originally written:

Chicagoland Wrestling by Ken Ames

        The king bowed out in December, and the new king was sworn in several weeks ago. Fred Kohler who has promoted wrestling of every kind here in Chicago, has signed over the wrestling promotion business to the new Chicago Wrestling Club. Kohler will now devote all his time to the electrical engineer business he runs with his son. The CWC, is being headed up by one of wrestling’s most exciting personalities, Bob Luce, with famed Buddy Lee acting as matchmaker. Their first card proved successful before a crowd of 7000. A triple main event was presented on this first card, and featured stars from all over the world.
        The featured main event had NWA World Heavyweight Champion, Gene “Big Thunder” Kiniski in a Congo Death Match against the meanest man in wrestling, Dick The Bruiser. It was a non-title match and the rules stipulated no pin falls, no disqualification, and no time limit. The match lasted 49 minutes before the referee stopped it and awarded the match to the champion Kiniski. Believe it or not the fans were behind the Bruiser in this bout. The second main event brought together Wilbur Snyder and Johnny Valentine in another of their wild and bloody matches. This one was declared a no contest.
        In an unprecedented move, the CWC brought back the one big star Chicago fans had pestered Kohler for several times in the past. This was Verne Gagne, who is the greatest star wrestling has ever produced. Verne’s opponent was the Great Chris Markoff, who had racked up great victories since coming to America. The bout went down to the wire with Gagne picking up a sensational victory. In a tag team event, World Tag Team Championship claimants The Assassins wasted no time in disposing of Huey Long and George Drake. The match lasted only about ten minutes. Other matches: The Crusher drew with Prince Pullins and Jose Betancourt defeated Boris Volkoff.

Mat Notes
        The long and loud standing ovation given to Verne Gagne proved to Verne that Chicago hadn’t forgotten him. Gagne had his doubts about his popularity in Chi, since he hadn’t appeared in seven years. He hasn’t now.
        Pretty Boy Henning and Harley Race are making their Chicago debut.
        Dale Lewis has been waiting a long time to appear in the Windy City and Chicago fans have waited long to see him. It took the CWC to get him here.

Some questions begs to be asked: 1) date of the show? 2) who's (was) Buddy Lee? 3) by chance, was Gagne AWA champion on this date and maybe he wasn't billed as such with Kiniski there? And was this Kiniski's only appearance in Chicago as champ before somehow Gagne took over with his AWA? 4) Pullins drew with The Crusher??? 5) Anyone have the results from the second Luce card?
6) Again, I ask, did Bob Luce really have anything to do with booking cards?

 

Clawmaster responded with:

Re: First Card Promoted by Bob Luce

Great article Flying Vic. The questions you raised have been ones we have all been trying to figure out for a long time.

Here's the card referred to in the article.

01/08/66 Chicago, IL International Amphitheatre

Gene Kiniski beat Dick the Bruiser- Kiniski had won the NWA title from Lou Thesz the night before in St Louis, Missouri. Bruiser had defeated Kiniski for the WWA title on 12/25/65 in Indianapolis, Indiana. So in essence this was the NWA champion defeating the WWA champion. Kiniski and Bruiser had been feuding over the WWA title throughout the second half of 1965. This was Kiniski's last Chicago appearance as Chicago became an AWA city later in 1966 and Kiniski was on the road defending the NWA belt in NWA cities.

Johnny Valentine and Wilbur Snyder battled to a no decision.

Verne Gagne downed Chris Markoff

The Assassins (Guy Mitchell and Joe Tomasso) defeated Dennis Hall and Huey Long.

The Crusher beat Prince Pullins

Jose Bentancourt downed Boris Volkoff

Fred Kohler was the promoter in Chicago since the early 50s. Sometime around the summer of 1963, Jack Pfefer began promoting in Chicago. It's not clear whether Kohler gave Chicago to Pfefer or if Pfefer bought the territory from Kohler or there was some type of power play. Instead of booking great wrestlers like the Fabulous Kangaroos and Buddy Rogers, Pfefer began booking sound a like famous wrestlers such as Bummy Rogers, Hobo Brazil and Bruno Nassartino. Pfefer killed the Chicago territory with his promotional shenanigans.

Dick the Bruiser bought an interest in the Chicago promotion sometime in the middle of 1964. Pfefer's band of freaks were ushered out and the territory had to be rebuilt. For several months, Bruiser used his Indianapolis crew on the Amphitheatre cards in Chicago. In late 1965 or early 1966, Verne Gagne struck a deal with Bruiser and the two became partners in Chicago. The first time AWA wrestlers appeared alongside WWA wrestlers on an Amphitheatre card is the January 8th 1966 card listed above.

Bob Luce was the publicist for the Chicago promotion and worked in the office. Bruiser and Gagne were in charge but since Bruiser lived in Indiana and Gagne in Minnesota and Illinois law required a state resident be the promoter of the cards, Luce was listed as the promoter.

Hope I've answered some of your questions Vic. Chi Town Rich or M DuPree can probably add more.

Jim

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Dick the Bruiser Chicago Record 1955-1971

(List from Motor City Wrestling mag, believed to be compiled by Ron Dobratz.)

6/10/55 W/Ivan Rasputin,10/28/55 L/Verne Gagne,11/18/55 L/Reggie Lisowski,12/9/55 W/Reggie Lisowski,1/27/56 L/Verne Gagne, 3/2/56 DQ'D/Brian Clary, 4/6/56 W/Bill Melby, 5/4/56 W/Stan Lisowski, 6/1/56 W/Bob Orton, 7/6/56 with Hans Schmidt DQ'd/Lisowskis, 9/14/56 with Lisowskis L/Antonio Rocca/Verne Gagne/Wilbur Snyder, 10/19/56 DQ'd/Rocca, 11/9/56 Drew/Angelo Poffo, 4/26/57 L/DQ Wilbur Snyder, 8/15/57 W/Larry Chene, 12/13/57 W/US title Wilbur Snyder, 1/31/58 NC/Wilbur Snyder, 3/7/58 with Hans Schmidt W/Wilbur Snyder/Verne Gagne, 4/11/58 L/Verne Gagne, 6/6/58 W/Roy McClarity, 7/11/58 W/Gorgeous George, 8/8/58 L/Verne Gagne, 9/5/58 with Hans Schmidt/Killer Kowalski L/Verne Gagne/Edouard Carpentier/Roy McClarity, 10/17/58 W/Yukon Eric, 11/7/58 with Hans Schmidt L/Volkoffs, 1/8/60 L/Yukon Eric, 5/15/64 NC/Pat O'Connor, 9/12/64 W/Pat O'Connor, 10/17/64 L/DQ Johnny Valentine, 11/7/64 W/Pat O'Connor, 12/12/64 W/Art Thomas, 1/23/65 NC Johnny Valentine, 2/27/65 W/Johnny Valentine, 3/27/65 with Moose Cholak W/Wilbur Snyder/Johnny Valentine, 5/1/65 with Moose Cholak NC/Pat O'Connor/Bobby Managoff, 5/29/65 with Moose Cholak L/Volkoffs, 10/23/65 W/Pat O'Connor, 11/6/65 W/Moose Cholak, 12/11/65 L/Gene Kiniski, 1/8/66 L/Gene Kiniski death match, 1/22/66 NC/Johnny Valentine, 2/5/66 W/Johnny Valentine, 2/26/66 L/DQ Mad Dog Vachon WWA vs. AWA title bout, 3/26/66 L/Mad Dog Vachon lost WWA title; Chicago version, 4/16/66 with Pat O'Connor NC Larry Hennig/Harley Race, 5/21/66 W/Mad Dog Vachon no title Death Match, 6/24/66 with the Crusher NC Assassins, 7/15/66 with the Crusher W/Assassins, 9/16/66 with Crusher W/The Big K/The Alaskan, 10/21/66 W/Alaskan, 7/28/67 with the Crusher W/Chris Markoff/Angelo Poffo, 8/11/67 W/Johnny Valentine, 9/2/67 with the Crusher W/Poffo/Markoff, 9/16/67 with the Crusher L/Hennig/Race, 12/2/67 NC Dr. X, 12/30/67 NC Dr. X, 3/5/68 with Crusher NC Mitsu Arakawa/Dr.Moto, 5/4/68 with Crusher W/Mitsu Arakawa/Dr. Moto, 6/1/68 with Crusher L/Mitsu Arakawa/Dr.Moto, 9/7/68 with Crusher W/Angelo Poffo/Chris Markoff, 9/28/68 with Wee Willie Wilson L/Harley Race/Larry Hennig, 11/2/68 with Crusher DQ'd/Harley Race/Larry Hennig, 11/23/68 with Crusher W/Harley Race/Larry Hennig, 12/28/68 with Crusher W/Mitsu Arakawa/Dr.Moto won AWA tag team title, 1/21/69 with Crusher W/Chain Gang, 3/1/69 with Crusher W/Chain Gang, 5/17/69 with Crusher W/Vachon Brothers, 7/5/69 with Crusher NC/Chain Gang, 7/26/69 with Crusher W/Chain Gang, 8/30/69 with Crusher L/Vachon Brothers lost AWA tag team title, 9/13/69 W/Dr. X Hall Of Fame bout, 12/16/69 with Moose Cholak L/Jack/Jim Dillinger, 2/27/70 W/Baron von Raschke, 3/16/70 with Moose Cholak L/Jack/Jim Dillinger, 5/5/70 NC/Baron von Raschke, 5/18/70 with Crusher L/Jack/Jim Dillinger, 6/2/70 with Crusher W/Jack/Jim Dillinger, 6/30/70 with Crusher, Ernie Ladd W/ Blackjack Lanza/Vachons, 8/14/70 with Crusher L/Vachons, 10/20/70 L/Lanza/Heenan handicap bout, 12/12/70 with Bobob Brazil NC/Fabulous Kangaroos, 1/23/71 with Crusher, Bull Bullinski L/Kangaroos/Blackjack Lanza, 2/13/71 NC/Blackjack Lanza, 3/6/71 W/Blackjack Lanza, then Bobby Heenan, 3/20/71 L/Baron von Raschke, 4/24/71 DQ'd/ Shozo Kobayashi, 6/4/71 W/Shozo Kobayashi loser leaves the country bout, 8/7/71 NC/Nick Bockwinkel, 8/28/71 DQ'd/Nick Bockwinkel, 10/30/71 L/Blackjack Lanza, 11/20/71 NC/Blackjack Mulligan, 12/11/71 with Dr. X DQ'd the Blackjacks.

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Longson Loses Mat Title To Thesz Here
By Bob Stranahan, Star Sports Editor

The world’s heavyweight wrestling championship changed hands last night before 6,500 fans at the Fairgrounds Coliseum.
Lou Thesz,236-pound St. Louis challenger and a former title holder himself, carried off the crown from “Wild Bill” Longson by winning the second and third falls of a three-fall match.
Thesz used a step-over toe hold, made famous by the late Frank Gotch, to whip his Salt Lake City rival after losing a protracted first fall.
After Thesz missed a series of dropkicks Longson gained the first fall in 23 minutes with a body slam and press.
It took Thesz but eight minutes to square matters following the short rest period. He didn’t appear to spent after the first-fall mauling and surprised Longson with threw toe-hold grip—and his aggressiveness.
In the deciding fall, Longson practically beat himself. Thesz got him up in the air and was bent on pitching him out of the arena when Longson broke away, accomplishing the trick himself. He landed in the first row of seats, hurting his leg, and crawled back into the ring in bad shape after a 17 count.
When Thesz applied his favorite hold again, Longson gave up. The official time on the final fall was 11 minutes.
In the preliminary offerings, also heavyweight tussles, “Jumping Joe” Savoldi, Three Oaks Mich., defeated Don McIntyre, Otterville, Mo., in 21 minutes with a flying dropkick and Bobby Managoff, Chicago, and Al Lovelock, Windsor, Can., fought 30 minutes without reaching a decision. (Newspaper account from the Indianapolis Star, July 21st, `1948.)

*Hi Lou (and Charlie!),
Lou, I was wondering how Indianapolis was picked for the 1948 title change over Bill Longson, and what were some of your memories of Billy Thom, who I believe was also the wrestling coach at I.U.? Chris Parsons


*You hit on the reason. I respected and adored Billy Thom, so I had the power, at that time, to influence the decision. Actually, few could say "no" to Billy because he was such a terrific person. When he asked for a title change in his territory, we did it. He represented wrestling with class and honor and we all loved him for that.
Lou

*I know that the match was even afforded more publicity than usual (for the time) in the press. The buildup was like a prize fight.
Thanks for taking time to answer, Lou. Much appreciated. Chris Parsons (Exchange between myself and Lou Thesz from the Lou Thesz forum on the Wrestling Classics message board 7/4-9/2000. Posted here for historical interest.)

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Bruiser vs. Gene Kiniski Indianapolis Bout

10/30/65:(from the Indianapolis Star) "Several hundred boiling mad wrestling fans milled around the hallway in front of the dressing room at the Coliseum for better than an hour last night after Dick the Bruiser was declared unfit to continue in a Texas "death match." Dr. L. J. Holliday  of Lafayette, state athletic commissioner who also is team physician for  Jeff's Bronchos, stopped Bruiser's match with Gene Kiniski because of blood flowing from a cut in Bruiser's forehead. The cut was inflicted, according to ringside reports, before the match began when Kiniski clouted Bruiser with the championship belt. Six stitches were required, and official said. The crowd became enraged because Kiniski purportedly was out on the mat, while Bruiser, with blood streaming down his face, still was ready to fight. Bruiser had thrown Kiniski 5 times prior to the stopping of the bout. Police were unable to move the crowd out. Shouts of "fake" and demands for money returns were made, but  eventually the fans dispersed. They were calling and visiting The Star with bitter complaints. More than 6,000 attended the match."

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World Wrestling Association Report 1989

By Doug Hendricks

Pt.1

"WWA Superstars", formerly known as Bruiser Bedlam, make it's return to Toledo on March 12 with Jerry Graham Jr. and Don Kent defeating Chris Carter and Tommy "Wildfire" Rich for the tag team championship in the main event.

They are taping new TV programs during March in Windsor, Ontario. They will determine the new WWA world champion on April 16 between Calypso Jim and the Golden Lion. The title was vacated when the Great Wojo retired last year. Speaking of Wojo, his retirement was only a brief one as he will be returning to the ring against Tommy Rich on the next Toledo card.

Appearing now for the WWA include: Chris Carter, El Bracero, Tim Dixon, Monster Murdoch, Mahamaad Saad, Taras Bulba, Kurt von Steiger along with ones listed above.

No mention was made if Dick the Bruiser is still affiliated with this group or not.

Their new TV show airs Saturday night at 11:30 on WNWO-TV channel 24 with Terry Sullivan and Jerry Graham Jr. with Hal Sullivan doing the ring introductions and Ox Baker helped with commentating at the last Windsor tapings.

Pt.2

Quite a big happening lately in the WWA. First, the Golden Lion won the vacant WWA world title over Calypso Jim with the help of outside interference of Kurt von Schnieder.

Also on the April card in Toledo, the Sensationals (Mickey Doyle and Al Snow) defeated Jerry Graham Jr. and Bulldog Don Kent with the help from the outside by a vengeful Tommy "Wildfire" Rich.

Dick the Bruiser appeared at the May card handcuffed to Jerry Graham Jr. to prevent Graham's interference during the Rich-Great Wojo event,

After struggling with poor attendance with the first three return appearances in Toledo, they drew about 500 fans to see the Great Wojo defeat boxer Leon Spinks by count out with he help of outside interference by Graham Jr. A post match comedy routine ensued with Spinks wife flooring both Graham and the referee with her purse.

Right now the group is on summer hiatus offering to do shows for the non profit organizations. For those groups interested, they may be reached at: P.O. Box 6883, Toledo, Ohio 43612.

On recent programs, they've been going through the WWA archives retracing the Graham-Carter feud. Also showing some great bouts with Scott Rexsteiner (now Scott Steiner with the NWA) taking on Carter when he was a heel during 1987. Also, they've been forming an allegiance between Carter and Wojo-Graham against Kurt von Schnieder (supposedly the son of a Nazi General in hiding) Taras Bulba, and Muhamaad "Jihad" Saad. Carter, Graham and Wojo are "defending the honor of America" against the three "pinkos". In the long run, I haven't really been able to figure out if Carter will turn heel or stay as a babyface or if Graham and Wojo will become faces.

I think and pretty sure that Tommy Rich has left since the NWA have been giving him try-outs in preliminary matches on cards in the south. The NWA has also demanded that Rich lose some weight before considering him to join them full-time.

Also appearing on WWA cards with the ones listed earlier: El Bracero, The Kansas Outlaws, Sweet Daddy Malcolm Monroe, Denny Kass (now doubling as a play by play announcer), Monster Murdoch, George Fulton, Bulldog Don Kent, and various jobbers who drift in and out.

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Shire Brothers Meet Archie Moore

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Poffos File Lawsuit Against Other Promoters

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Tom Demarco was a wrestler that worked underneath for both Dick the Bruiser and Verne Gagne back in the early 70's.Before that he apparently was a big fan of the game,and wrote detailed reports of the shows he went to in Chicagoland and Hammond.I was fortunate enough to get some programs from his collection with his typed reports.It's one thing to see results but the dynamics I thought might be of interest.

Tom DeMarco Report #1
 

12/6/69


Hammond, In


Dick the Bruiser beat Blackjack Lanza in 2 out of 3 falls in a wire cage match. The cage was over 8 feet high with Lanza, Bruiser and Lanza�s manager Bobby Heenan locked inside. At first, Heenan wanted to go inside but once he was inside and the door was locked he wanted out. However, it was too late. The Bruiser won the first fall with stomps from the top rope and body press. Lanza evened things up with a bulldoggin� headlock and body press. In the third fall Heenan kept interfering breaking up Bruiser�s try for pinfalls. Bruiser kept warning Heenan and finally Bruiser went after Heenan, splitting his forehead wide open. Heenan tried to climb the ropes to get away but Bruiser grabbed him and threw him on top of Lanza who was starting to come after the Bruiser. Bruiser then jumped on top of both of them and pinned them for the victory.
The Chain Gang, Jack & Jim Dillinger, beat the Fabulous Kangaroos in 2 out of 3 falls. Don Kent pinned Jim Dillinger in 9:45 to win the first fall. With an elbow smash and body press Jim Dillinger pinned Al Costello in 5:15 to even things up. In the third fall Don Kent was working over Jim Dillinger when Jack put on a leather studded glove and punched Kent in the throat while the referee was chasing Costello out. When the referee turned around Jim Dillinger was pinning Kent with the referee counting Kent out. The time was 5:10. It was announced later that the Chain Gang was fined $500 for their actions.
Tokyo Joe Tomasso pinned Prince Pullins in a one fall match that lasted 19:10.
In the opening match Jim Valen pinned Kenny Russell in a one fall match that lasted 15:30.

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Tom DeMarco Report #2

11/22/69 

Chicago International Amphitheatre

 Baron von Raschke won a twelve man Battle Royal. Crazy Luke Graham was eliminated first followed by Man Mountain Mike, Red Lyons, Butcher Vachon, Red Bastien and Edouard Carpentier. Lanza pulled out a small stick that he used earlier and hit Watts in the back of the head. Watts then chased Lanza out of the ring and because both went over the top rope both were eliminated. With Cholak, Jack & Jim Dillinger and Baron von Raschke left Jim grabbed Moose from behind and Jack grabbed him in a headlock and they tried to throw Cholak over the top rope. Then Raschke grabbed Jack Dillinger’s leg and threw all three wrestlers out to win $10,000 and the right to meet Verne Gagne in a world title match. Each wrestler paid and entry fee of $500 and the Chicago wrestling club put up $4000.

 Yukon Cholak beat Jack Dillinger with a bearhug in 9:08 of a one fall match.

 Cowboy Watts beat Blackjack Lanza on a disqualification in a one fall match that lasted 12:20. Lanza pulled out a small piece of wood from his trunks and struck Watts in the throat with it.

Baron von Raschke pinned Red Bastien in a one fall match that lasted 10:50. Bastien tried to apply the Atomic Drop but Raschke came down on the ropes and Bastien tried to pull him loose. After a couple of tugs Raschke came loose and Bastien fell backwards taking a hard fall. Von Raschke then pinned him.

 Edouard Carpentier beat Butcher Vachon in a one fall match that lasted 10:10. Vachon had Carpentier in a hammerlock and Edouard flipped over backwards over Vachon and ran him into the ropes applying a reverse rolling cradle to pin Vachon.

 In the opening match Billy “Red” Lyons and Jim Dillinger wrestled to a 15 minute draw.

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Tom Demarco Report #3

12/16/69 

Chicago International Amphitheatre

  The Chain Gang, Jack & Jim Dillinger, beat Dick the Bruiser & Yukon Moose Cholak in two out of three falls. In the first fall the Moose tried a running body block on Jim Dillinger but he ducked and Moose went over the top rope then Jack pulled the Moose back into the ring and pinned him. The time was 6:06. In the second fall with Jim Dillinger bleeding from a headcut after Bruiser bounced his head into one of the chairs at ringside the Bruiser then pinned him in 7:19. In the third fall the Chain Gang were working over the Bruiser and when Moose tried to come in and help he was stopped by the referee and while the referee was trying to get Moose out of the ring Jack Dillinger put on a studded black leather glove and he punched Bruiser in the throat and then Jim Dillinger covered the Bruiser for the pin. The referee finally turned around and counted Bruiser out.

 Baron von Raschke beat Pat O’Connor in a one fall match that lasted 20:11. Von Raschke won the match with a stomach claw.

 Cowboy Bill Watts pinned Mr.Kleen in a one fall match that lasted 7:10. Watts used the Oklahoma Stampede and a body press to win.

 Edouard Carpentier pinned Larry Hennig in a one fall match. Carpentier used a steamroller flip and body press to win.

 Pepper Gomez pinned Joe Tomasso in a one fall match that lasted 9:18.

 In the opening match Dr.X pinned Luis Martinez in a one fall match that lasted 18:20. Dr.X caught Martinez with a knee to the chest and then he pinned him.

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Tom Demarco Report #4 Double Header

1/3/70

Chicago International Amphitheatre

  Verne Gagne retained the A.W.A. World Title by beating Cowboy Bill Watts in two out of three falls. Gagne caught Watts with a flying scissors and a pin to win the first fall in 11:42. Watts used the Oklahoma Stampede and a body press to even things up in 13:49. In the third fall Watts charged Gagne but Gagne moved and Watts ran into the turnbuckle and then Gagne pinned him for the victory.

 The Chain Gang, Jack & Jim Dillinger, beat the team of Yukon Moose Cholak & Wilbur Snyder in two out of three falls. Cholak tried a running body tackle on Jim Dillinger and then a body drop and then he pinned Jim Dillinger to win the first fall. Cholak again tried a body tackle on Jim Dillinger but this time he moved out of the way and Cholak ran into the turnbuckle. Jim Dillinger then pinned him to even the match up. In the third fall Snyder tried a running tackle on Jack Dillinger but Snyder missed and caught his neck in the two top ropes. When he was finally freed Jack pinned him for the third and deciding fall.

 Baron von Raschke pinned Larry Hennig (sub for Crazy Luke Graham) in a one fall match that lasted 14:14.

 Pepper Gomez pinned Angelo Poffo in one fall. The time was 11:21. Gomez used a leap from the top rope which he calls the Mexican Drop and a body press to win.

 Apache Louie used a body scissors and press to beat Jack Pesek in one fall.

 In the opening match Jim Valen pinned Kenny Russell in a one fall match.

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1/20/70

Chicago International Amphitheatre

  Verne Gagne beat Baron von Raschke in 2 out of 3 falls to retain the A.W.A. World Heavyweight Title. Von Raschke caught Gagne with an elbow to the throat, a backbreaker dropping Gagne across his knee, and a body press to win the first fall. Gagne won the second fall with his Sleeper hold to even things up. In the third fall while Gagne was on the ring apron outside the ropes Von Raschke ran Gagne head first into the iron ring post for which Von Raschke was disqualified for.

 The Chain Gang, Jack & Jim Dillinger, beat Red Bastien & Red Lyons in 2 out of 3 falls. Jack Dillinger pinned Red Bastien in 7:25 to win the first fall. In the second fall Bastien used the Atomic Drop in Jack Dillinger then Lyons applied the Figure-Four to win the second fall in 9:20. In the third fall Bastien again used the Atomic Drop on Jack Dillinger then Lyons came in to apply the Figure-Four but Jim Dillinger climbed to the top rope and knee dropped Lyons across the chest and then helped Jack on top of Lyons for the pin. While all of this happened the referee was trying to keep Bastien out of the ring because Bastien was in illegally and when the referee turned around all he could do was count Lyons out and award the match to the Dillingers.

 Wilbur Snyder used a jack-knife to pin Butcher Vachon in a one fall match that lasted 12:15.

 Blackjack Lanza pinned Mr. Kleen in a one fall match. The time was 12:15. Mr. Kleen had Lanza in a full nelson but Lanza ducked forward and Mr. Kleen hit his head on the turnbuckle. Lanza dropped Kleen across his knee then he used a knee drop across the chest and a body press.

 Pepper Gomez pinned Crazy Luke Graham in a one fall match. The time was 7:15. Gomez used his Mexican Drop from the top rope coming down on a prone Graham.

 In the opening match Prince Pullins pinned Buddy Smith in a one fall match that lasted 14:10.

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Tom Demarco Report #5

2/27/70

 Aragon Ballroom 

Chicago Ill.

 Dick the Bruiser beat Baron von Raschke in two out of three falls. Von Raschke won the first fall with a stomach claw hold. While Von Raschke had the claw on the referee counted Bruiser out for the pin. The time was 12:30. In the second fall the Bruiser reversed the situation pinning Von Raschke with the stomach claw. The time was 6:36. In the third fall Von Raschke opened a cut over the Bruiser’s right eye then the Bruiser came back by throwing Von Raschke out of the ring and then working on him on the arena floor. In the meantime the referee started his count on both wrestlers and just before the count of ten Bruiser jumped inside the ring leaving Von Raschke outside. Because Bruiser made it inside the ring before ten he was declared the winner. The time of the third was 4:30.

 The Chain Gang, Jack and Jim Dillinger, beat Pepper Gomez & Edouard Carpentier in 2 out of 3 falls. Jim Dillinger caught Carpentier with an elbow to the throat after Carpentier cartwheeled over him then pinned him in 11:12. In the second fall Carpentier flipped on top of Jim Dillinger twice then Gomez came in and used the Mexican Drop twice on Jim then Carpentier pinned him with a jack-knife pin in 6:05. In the third fall Carpentier again used two flips on Jim Dillinger and then Gomez used two Mexican Drops and then Gomez tried for another jack-knife pin but Jack Dillinger came in and stomped Gomez on the throat while the referee was trying to keep Carpentier from coming into the ring. Jack then helped Jim on top of Gomez for the final pin. The referee not seeing what Jack did could do nothing but count Gomez down.

 Dr. X beat Luis Martinez with the figure four grapevine in a one fall match that lasted 13:55. Martinez whipped Dr. X into the turnbuckles then tried a flying body block connecting once but missing the second time and then Dr. X applied the figure four after softening Martinez up.

 Yukon Moose Cholak beat Blackjack Lanza on a disqualification in a one fall match that lasted 14:25. Cholak applied the bear hug a few times but Lanza broke that up by gouging Cholak in the eyes. The final time Lanza signaled for his manager Bobby Heenan to come in and help which he did by jumping on Cholak’s back. The referee then disqualified Lanza. Cholak tried to get his hands on Heenan but couldn’t.

 Angelo Poffo beat Prince Pullins in a one fall match that lasted 13:45. Poffo used the Italian neckbreaker and a body press for the pin.

 In the opening event Golden Boy Paul Christy pinned Kenny Russell in a one fall match. The time was 12:40. Christy climbed the ropes and as Russell came towards Christy Paul used a flying body tackle and then pinned Russell for the win.

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Tom Demarco Report #6

 3/16/70 

Chicago International Amphitheatre

 The Chain Gang, Jack & Jim Dillinger beat Yukon Moose Cholak & Dick the Bruiser in two out of three falls. In the first fall the Bruiser was working over Jack Dillinger when Jim interfered then Bruiser knocked Jim to the ring apron outside the ropes and then from behind Jack attacked Bruiser with a forearm smash knocking Bruiser out of the ring. When Bruiser tried to return Jim who was lying on the floor grabbed a hold of Bruiser’s right leg which kept the Bruiser from returning to the inside of the ring before the count of five therefore giving the Dillingers the first fall. The time was 13:19. In the second fall Dick the Bruiser pinned Jack Dillinger in 5:19 to even things up. In the third fall Cholak used a body drop and press on Jack near the Dillinger’s corner and while the referee tried to chase the Bruiser from the ring Jim climbed to the top turnbuckle and knee dropped Cholak across the small of the back breaking the pin. Then Jack pinned Moose to in the final fall. The time of the third fall was 6:36.

 In the other half of the main event which took place last on the card the Crusher beat Mad Dog Vachon in two straight falls. In the first fall Mad Dog didn’t let the Crusher even out of the corner as he stomped and kicked the Crusher. Because of this he was disqualified in just 23 seconds. Vachon started to work over the Crusher again in the second fall then finally Crusher came to life first of all punching Vachon on the bandage that Mad Dog had on the right side of his forehead then he ripped the bandage off and he split his head open by ripping at it and punching it. Earlier in the fall he bit Mad Dog’s left ear causing it to bleed also. Crusher ended the match with a Bolo punch and body press. Te time of the fall was 15:22. Crusher had previously split Mad Dog’s head open in a TV match a few weeks earlier causing Mad Dog to receive 23 stitches.

 Baron von Raschke beat Red Bastien in a one fall match that lasted 7:06. Bastien tried an Atomic Drop but when Von Raschke came down it was on top of the ropes. When Bastien tried to pull him free after a few tugs Von Raschke came loose and both wrestlers fall backwards with Bastien falling on the back of his head. Von Raschke then pinned him.

 Edouard Carpentier pinned Crazy Luke Graham in a one fall match that lasted 10:52.

 Pepper Gomez pinned Larry Hennig in one fall. The time was 7:18.

 In the opening match Red Lyons and Blackjack Lanza wrestled to a twenty minute draw.

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Tom Demarco Report #7

5/5/70 

Chicago International Amphitheatre

 Dick the Bruiser and Baron Von Raschke wrestled to a draw in two out of three falls. Von Raschke won the first fall by using the claw hold on Bruiser’s head and by pinning him with it. The Bruiser came back to win the second fall with a body press after splitting Von Raschke’s fore-head open. In the third fall Bruiser threw Von Raschke out of the ring then he followed him and then he worked him over outside the ring. The referee counted to ten and neither wrestler returned to the ring so the match was declared a draw.

 The Chain Gang, Jack & Jim Dillinger, beat Crusher & Edouard Carpentier in two out of three falls. In the first fall the Crusher entered the ring to help Carpentier work over the Chain Gang and the referee disqualified the Crusher & Carpentier giving the first fall to the Chain Gang in 6:32. Edouard Carpentier pinned Jack Dillinger in 5:26 to even the match up. In the third fall Carpentier tried three back flips on Jim Dillinger the first two were successful but on the third one Jack who was standing on the ring floor grabbed Jim’s leg  and pulled him out of the way and Carpentier landed on his back. Then the referee who was trying to send Crusher back to his corner while all of this was happening turned around to count Carpentier out as Jim pinned him in 4:48.

 Pepper Gomez beat Dr.X in two out of three falls on a disqualification. Dr. X won the first fall with a body slam and a body press. In the second fall when Dr. X was whipped into the turnbuckles one came loose and Gomez hit Dr. X on the head with the steel turnbuckle but did not get disqualified. Gomez did win the fall with a Mexican Drop and jack-knife press. In the third fall the turnbuckle came loose again, this time two of them, and Dr. X hit Gomez on top of the head with one of them. The referee disqualified Dr. X and awarded the match to Gomez.

 Big Bill Miller pinned Billy “Red” Lyons in a one fall match that lasted 7:28. While Miller was against the corner turnbuckles Lyons charged him and Miller caught him with a right knee to the head. Then he pinned him.

 Ernie Ladd pinned Big Bob Windham in a one fall match that lasted 5:28.

 Mitsu Arakawa pinned Joe Scarpello in a one fall match in the opening event. Scarpello charged Arakawa while Arakawa was in the corner against the turnbuckles and Arakawa caught him with a chop with the right hand against Scapello’s throat. The time was 9:22.

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Tom Demarco Report #8 

7/7/70 

Chicago International Amphitheatre

 Mad Dog & Butcher Vachon retained the A.W.A. World Tag Team Title beating Bobo Brazil & Ernie Ladd in two out of three falls. Butcher Vachon pinned Brazil to win the first fall in 5:15. Brazil came back to even things up by pinning Butcher in 13:10. In the third fall Ladd was trying to get back into the ring near the Vachon’s corner but he was unable to return before the count of ten so the match was awarded to the Vachons. The time of the third fall was 6:62.

 Baron Von Raschke beat Dr. Bill Miller in a one fall match that lasted 14:44. Von Raschke applied the face claw on Miller then he pinned him with it.

 Paul Diamond made Dr. X submit in a one fall match that lasted 14:15. Diamond used a reverse chin lock to subdue Dr. X.

 Lars Anderson and Red Bastien wrestled to a twenty minute draw.

 Pepper Gomez pinned Mitsu Arakawa in a one fall match. The time was 11:47.

 In the opening event Blackjack Lanza beat Joe Scarpello with a sleeper hold (Ed: probably the Cobra Hold) in 13:31.

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Tom Demarco Report #9

4/21/70

Chicago International Amphitheatre

  Mad Dog & Butcher Vachon retained their A.W.A. World Tag Team title by wrestling to a one hour draw against the Crusher & Edouard Carpentier. The Crusher won the first fall with a Bolo punch and a body press over Mad Dog in 1:03. In the second fall the Crusher bit Mad Dog’s left ear causing it to bleed and then he caused the Butcher’s nose to bleed. With all four wrestlers in the ring bouncing off the ropes in different directions Mad Dog collided with Crusher knocking the Crusher out of the ring to the arena floor. The Crusher was unable to return before the count of ten so the fall was awarded to the Vachons. The time of the fall was 56:30. Just before the remaining time ran out the Crusher applied the back-breaker on Mad Dog but the bell rang signaling the end of the match.

 Jack Dillinger pinned Pepper Gomez in a one fall match that lasted 11:35. Jim Dillinger who was at ringside attempted to enter the ring which caused Gomez to turn towards him. While this was happening Jack came from behind and elbow smashed Gomez on the back of the neck then he pinned him for the win. Jack used his left elbow for the smash.

 Jim Dillinger beat Wilbur Snyder in a one fall match on a disqualification in 13:30. As Dillinger came off the ropes Snyder back flipped him and he went flying over the top rope to the arena floor causing Snyder to be disqualified.

 Baron von Raschke made Bob Windham submit to the stomach claw hold in 15:12 of a one fall match.

 Blackjack Lanza pinned Bill Howard in a one fall match that lasted 11:20. While Lanza was in the corner Howard charged and Lanza caught him with a knee. Then he dropped him across his knee and pinned him.

 Lars Anderson used the Atomic Drop and a body press to beat Paul Christy in the opening match. The time of the fall was 9:10.

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Tom Demarco Report #10

10/20/70

Chicago International Amphitheatre

  In a handicap match Blackjack Lanza and Bobby Heenan beat Dick the Bruiser in two out of three falls. The Bruiser won the first fall by pinning Lanza then Lanza came back to even things up by pinning the Bruiser. In the 3rd fall the Bruiser split Heenan’s forehead open by running him into the turnbuckles and ring post. Heenan also received a cut near his right cheekbone during the rest period before the third fall began when someone threw what appeared to be a cup of ice. The match ended when Bruiser threw Heenan out of the ring and then he followed Heenan out to the ring floor and the Bruiser stared working Heenan over by ramming his head into the ring post. The referee then counted the Bruiser out and he awarded the match to Lanza & Heenan because Bruiser was unable to return before the count of ten to the ring.

 In a World Tag Team Title match the team of Red Bastien & Pepper Gomez wrestled to a No Contest against the defending champions Mad Dog and Butcher Vachon, Mad Dog pinned Bastien to win the first fall then Bastien came back to even things up by pinning Mad Dog to win the second fall. In the third fall all four wrestlers entered the ring to battle it out and the referee disqualified both teams. Pepper Gomez had a bloody nose from the match and the Vachons retained the tag team title.

 Edouard Carpentier pinned Dr. Big Bill Miller in a one fall match that lasted only 4:15. Miller lifted Carpentier into the air with a choke hold near the corner of the ring. Carpentier pushed off the ropes with his feet causing Miller to fall backwards with Carpentier on top for the winning pin.

 Larry “Pretty Boy” Hennig beat Billy Red Cloud in a one fall match in 11:25. Red Cloud whipped Hennig into the turnbuckles then he charged Hennig but Hennig lifted his right knee which has a knee pad on it and Red Cloud caught the knee in his chest. Hennig then applied the winning pin.

 Bobo Brazil pinned Mitsu Arakawa in 10:35 in a one fall match. Bobo used his Coco butt and body press to win.

 In the opening match of the evening Paul Diamond pinned Bob Windham in a one fall match. The time of the match was 12:40.Diamond won with a jack-knife pin.

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Tom Demarco Report #11 

12/12/70 

Chicago International Amphitheatre

 The Fabulous Kangaroos, Don Kent & Al Costello, wrestled to a No Contest against the team of Dick the Bruiser & Bobo Brazil in two out of three falls. The Bruiser was disqualified in the first fall for working both of the Kangaroos over insides and out of the ring. In the second fall Brazil and Bruiser worked Kent over splitting his forehead open then Brazil applied the abdominal stretch making Kent submit the fall. In the third fall Brazil again applied the abdominal stretch on Kent but as the referee was chasing the Bruiser back to his corner Al Costello entered the ring and chopped Brazil across the throat which broke the hold. Costello then pushed Kent on top of Brazil for the pin and the referee counted Brazil out. However the commissioner who was sitting at ringside reversed the decision ruling both teams were disqualified.

 Baron von Raschke beat Pepper Gomez in a one fall match that lasted 9:38. Von Raschke caught Gomez with a knee as Pepper came off of the ropes. Then the Baron pinned him.

 Igor Vodik beat Dr. Big Bill Miller in a one fall bout that lasted 8:58. When Igor and Miller collided straight on the impact knocked Miller under the bottom rope onto the ring apron. He was unable to re-enter the ring before the count of five so Igor was declared the winner.

 Mil Mascaras whipped the Big K  in a one fall match in 8:12. Mascaras used a flying body tackle from the top turnbuckle and then a body press to defeat the Big K.

 Kobayashi pinned Ivan Kalmikoff in a one fall match. Kobayashi used a chop across the throat and body press to win in 6:22.

 In the opening event Lars Anderson pinned Paul Christy.

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Tom Demarco Report #12 

9/18/71 

Chicago International Amphitheatre

Last Report 

Bobby Heenan won a 12 man Battle Royal and the $12,000 prize money. With Heenan, Lanza and Robinson left in the ring Robinson lifted Lanza up for a body slam but Heenan hit Robinson with a body tackle knocking both Lanza and Robinson over the top rope eliminating them both. The other wrestlers were eliminated in the following order: 1st- Scarpello, 2nd- Christy, 3rd- Anderson, 4th- Thomas, 5th- Hennig, 6th- Bockwinkle, 7th- Crusher, 8th- Snyder, and 9th- Stevens.

 Larry Hennig & Lars Anderson beat Crusher & Bull Bullinski in a one fall match that lasted 15:32. With the referee’s back turned while he as trying to force the Crusher back to the corner Bullinski climbed the top rope to jump on Hennig but Anderson interfered by slugging Bullinski across the back knocking him hard to the mat. Hennig then pinned Bullinski.

 Bobby Heenan was declared the winner over Billy Robinson in a special one fall, 5 minute match. Robinson had Heenan pinned with just seconds to go but Henan stuck his foot over the bottom rope to break the count up. Since Robinson was unable to pin Heenan within 5 minutes Heenan was the winner.

 Nick Bockwinkle pinned Sailor Art Thomas in a one fall match. Thomas hit Bockwinkle with three head butts then he whipped him into the corner. Then as Thomas tried a running tackle Bockwinkle caught Thomas with a knee, Bockwinkle then body pressed Thomas. The time 11:38.

 Ray Stevens made his first appearance in Chicago a successful one by pinning Paul Christy in a one fall match that lasted 11:33. The end came when Christy whipped Stevens into the corner turnbuckles then Christy attempted a flying tackle but Stevens ducked and Christy hit the turnbuckles. Stevens then bodypressed Christy.

 In the opening match of the evening Blackjack Lanza pinned Joe Scarpello in a one fall match. Scarpello whipped Lanza into the turnbuckles then he charged Lanza but Lanza caught Scarpello with a boot to the face. Lanza then pinned Scarpello for the win. The time of the match was 9:15.

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07/21/2014 02:53 AM