The McGuirk/Watts Wrestling Almanac - Chapter 23 (Q2 1965)

Welcome to Chapter 23 of The McGuirk/Watts Wrestling Almanac, an in-depth data-driven look at the wrestling territory run by Leroy McGuirk (and later, Bill Watts). The territory is most commonly known as Tri-State Wrestling and/or Mid-South Wrestling, though neither of those names were actually used until September 1979 when Watts split from McGuirk.

Each chapter covers a three-month period of time and will list our exclusive statistics:

1) SPOT (Statistical Position Over Time) Ratings, which measure a wrestlers average position on the cards
2) Frequent Partners & Frequent Opponents, which let you see who a wrestler was teaming up with on a regular basis (if any) and who they were regularly wrestling against in meaningful matches high up on the cards
In addition, we list the advertised lineups for all known house shows in the territory during the time period, an index of newcomers and other wrestlers (special attractions, women, midgets, etc) that passed through the territory, and a match-by-match, town-by-town recap of at least one feud during the quarter.

Previous chapters:
Chapter 1 (Q4 1959)
Chapter 2 (Q1 1960)
Chapter 3 (Q2 1960)
Chapter 4 (Q3 1960)
Chapter 5 (Q4 1960)
Chapter 6 (Q1 1961)
Chapter 7 (Q2 1961)
Chapter 8 (Q3 1961)
Chapter 9 (Q4 1961)
Chapter 10 (Q1 1962)
Chapter 11 (Q2 1962)
Chapter 12 (Q3 1962)
Chapter 13 (Q4 1962)
Chapter 14 (Q1 1963)
Chapter 15 (Q2 1963)
Chapter 16 (Q3 1963)
Chapter 17 (Q4 1963)
Chapter 18 (Q1 1964)
Chapter 19 (Q2 1964)
Chapter 20 (Q3 1964)
Chapter 21 (Q4 1964)
Chapter 22 (Q1 1965)

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THE McGUIRK/WATTS WRESTLING ALMANAC
CHAPTER 23 (Q2 1965)

Here is the roster for the quarter. Wrestlers are listed in descending order by their average SPOT Rating during the quarter. Directly below their week-by-week SPOT Ratings is a list of their Frequent Partners and Frequent Opponents (if applicable):


NEW TO THE TERRITORY THIS QUARTER
(wrestlers either making their first-ever appearance as a regular in this territory, their first appearance since Sep 1959, or appearing in a significantly different role/gimmick than when they were here previously)

BOBBY SHANE – Robert Lee Schoenberger was born in 1945 and turned pro in May 1964, a few months shy of his 19th birthday. Shane came here in early April from Central States, working as a babyface and billed as a “teen sensation.” He got a nice push for a 19-year-old barely starting his second year as a pro, getting victories over various mid-card and preliminary heels and trading wins and losses with Jack Donovan, Treach Phillips, and Terry Garvin. He returned to Central States in mid-June before going to Florida for the first time in September. He had several notable runs in Florida and Georgia over the following years. Seemingly destined for superstardom, he would be brought in to work big shows in major markets in the early 70s for Mid-Atlantic, NWA Hollywood, Big Time Wrestling (Shire), and even the WWWF (where he wrestled against Tim Woods once and Jack Brisco twice). Shane went back to Florida in February 1975 to work not only as a wrestler but also as booker and was said to have been viewed as a potential future World Heavyweight champion by many behind the scenes. Sadly, Shane died in the early morning hours of February 20th, 1975, when the plane being flown by fellow wrestler Buddy Colt crashed into the Tampa Bay. Colt and two others on the flight, Gary Hart and Mike McCord (Austin Idol), survived but suffered serious injuries.

DON SOTO – Don and his brother Roberto crisscrossed North America for a couple of decades, sometimes together and sometimes apart. When teaming up, Don was sometimes billed as Cyclone Soto and his brother would be Hurricane Soto. When they teamed in Mid-Atlantic, Don worked under a mask as El Rayo, though his brother was unmasked and billed as Roberto Soto.

DOUG GILBERT – Douglas Allen Lindzy turned pro in the late 50s, first wrestling as Doug Lindsay before taking on the Gilbert surname (no relation to the Tennessee-based Gilbert wrestling family). Doug was a member of several successful tag teams with various partners, including Curtis Smith (as the masked Super Infernos), Reggie Parks, Bobby Shane, and Dick Steinborn (he and Steinborn were billed as Mr. High and Mr. Low).

GENE DUNDEE – Gene Sanizzaro spent several years wrestling as Gene Dundee, mostly wrestling for Nick Gulas. For a few years, however, he was known as Flash Monroe, wrestling in Florida, Georgia, and Gulf Coast. As Flash, he would often team with Rocket Monroe (Maury High, the second Rocket).

IKE EAKINS – According to urban legend, Ike was brought in by promoter Leroy McGuirk to “get” Jack Donovan after McGuirk heard that Jack was going to start opposition to him. As the story goes, Ike and Jack knew each other prior to this, and Ike couldn’t bring himself to do it. Ike was born in Harlan, Kentucky and was a teenager during the Harlan County War labor conflicts of the 30s, so he had likely been exposed to violence and bloodshed long before becoming a pro wrestler.

JACK BRISCO – Jack was born Freddie Joe Brisco in 1941 in Seminole, Oklahoma, a town that had grown exponentially in population after the discovery of a high-producing oil well fifteen years earlier. His family moved to Blackwell, OK when he was a teenager. According to Jack, his younger brother Gerald was the first Brisco to get on a wrestling mat in school, taking up the sport in middle school after failing to make the basketball team. Jack, his elder by five years, took up wrestling soon thereafter. Jack went to Oklahoma State University, coming in second place in the 1964 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships as a junior in the 191 lb. weight class and winning it all in 1965 as a senior. This made him the first Native American to win an NCAA Wrestling championship. His teammate, Yojiro Uetake, came in first in the 130 lb. weight class in both 1964 and 1965 and won Olympic Gold medals in 1964 and 1968 in Freestyle wrestling as a bantamweight. Another teammate of Brisco’s, Bobby Douglas, also competed in Freestyle wrestling in the 1964 and 1968 Olympics. Douglas finished 4th in 1964 and won the Silver medal in 1968 as a featherweight. Brisco had been contacted a few weeks prior to the 1965 tournament by Leroy McGuirk, and Leroy formally offered to train him once wrestling season was over. Jack’s training consisted of working out with various wrestlers in the Cimarron Arena (actually a ballroom) in Tulsa the afternoons of the weekly Monday night matches there. Jack wrestled his first match at a live TV taping on May 15, 1965, in Oklahoma City against Ronnie Garvin. He wrestled on TV the following week against Treach Phillips before starting on the road the following week. And the rest, as they say, is history.

RETURNING TO THE TERRITORY THIS QUARTER

Don Kent, Mark Starr, Tiny Smith, and Tom Bradley

OTHER WRESTLERS NOT LISTED IN THE SPOT RATINGS

NATIONALLY KNOWN STARS
Hiro Matsuda (wrestled Hodge twice in April in Oklahoma City)

PART-TIMERS OR JUST PASSING THROUGH
Jim Wehba, Lon Stuart, Mr. X (almost certainly not anybody of note), Oni Wiki Wiki, Paddy Osborne, Paul DeGalles, Terry Garvin, and Tommy Peterson

WOMEN WRESTLERS
Betty Ann Spencer, Betty Boucher, Fabulous Moolah, Fran Gravette, Jessica Rogers, Mrs. Jack Donovan, and Sweet Georgia Brown
Their average SPOT Rating here was a .72

MALE MIDGET WRESTLERS
Chief Little Hawk and Lord Littlebrook
Their average SPOT Rating here was a .44

WOMEN MIDGET WRESTLERS
Darling Dagmar and Diamond Lil
Their average SPOT Rating here was a .60

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CHAMPIONS & KNOWN TITLE CHANGES

NOTE: Title histories are sometimes not “linear”; title changes can be acknowledged in one market but not others, or perhaps acknowledged in others at a later date. Also, the concept of titles being “held up” can sometimes refer to a town-specific angle to build to a rematch and may not be acknowledged in other markets. This represents my best effort to accurately portray title histories using the tools now available. While I do try to put these histories together on my own, I often refer to wrestling-titles.com and wrestlingdata.com

NWA WORLD JUNIOR HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE
Angelo Savoldi was the champion at the beginning of the quarter. Danny Hodge defeated Savoldi to win the title on April 23rd in Oklahoma City, OK. After defeating Savoldi in a series of rematches around the horn, Hodge left in mid-May to go to the Gulas territory.

MISSOURI JUNIOR HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE
This title had been vacated when Karol Krauser was injured the previous year. Hodge won a tournament in November to win it, but never defended the title and it wasn’t acknowledged again until a tournament was announced for April 3rd in Joplin. Red McKim won the tournament and the title, beating Treach Phillips in the finals.

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ANATOMY OF A FEUD

Here’s a look at the feud between Joe McCarthy and Treach Phillips, looking at all the known matches between them with stipulations noted where available. The matches are arranged chronologically by city, so you can easily see which cities had multiple matches between them.

Keep in mind that some newspapers didn't list details, so just because a match isn't specified as a title match, we don't necessarily know for a fact that it was non-title and the same can apply for stipulation bouts.

This feud seems to have started with a television angle. In newspaper articles in several different towns building up their first singles match there, it mentions the two teamed up previously and came to blows, with the Wichita Falls newspaper saying Treach nailed his partner with “a right cross that put McCarthy out of business for two weeks with a badly damaged eye” (see picture below).


OKLAHOMA CITY
4/16 Treach beat McCarthy

TULSA
4/19 Treach drew McCarthy when “the match was stopped because of injury to both contestants received during the bloody milling” in the third fall
4/26 McCarthy beat Treach

LITTLE ROCK
4/20 Treach drew McCarthy when the match was stopped by the ringside physician after “neither could make it through” the third fall.

SPRINGFIELD
4/28 Treach beat McCarthy, winning the first and third falls. Treach won the first fall with an “abdominal squash”, McCarthy won the second fall with “his famous toe hold”, and Treach won the third fall “with a right elbow to the jaw.”
5/12 McCarthy puts up "Cherokee", his prized coon hunting dog (valued at $1000): McCarthy won the first fall in 30 seconds with a flying tackle, Phillips won the second fall, and then Phillips won the third fall with a “bomb buster.” According to the newspaper report, “McCarthy then gave Phillips the dog and immediately went to his knees and asked for the dog. This infuriated Phillips. He took the chain off the dog and hit McCarthy over the head, causing the decision to be reversed and the dog to return to its original owner.”
5/19 10 rounds boxing: Treach KO’d McCarthy in the 7th round after what was referred to as “unorthodox methods leading up to the winning punch.”

LAWTON
4/29 Treach vs McCarthy, results not available

MONROE
5/4 Treach beat McCarthy
5/18 Ring enclosed by steel fence: McCarthy beat Treach

FORT SMITH
5/5 Treach beat McCarthy, winning the first fall with “a big bounce” and the third fall with “a right cross to the chin.”

WICHITA FALLS
5/6 Treach wrestled McCarthy to a no decision, with the referee stopping it because “it got so rough and tumble.” Both men continued to fight after the match was stopped and also beat up promoter Bob Clay and “local wrester” Jim We[h]ba when they tried to stop them.
5/13 McCarthy's prized coon dog on the line: McCarthy beat Treach

SHREVEPORT
5/10 Treach beat McCarthy, winning the third fall “with a blow to the head.”
5/17 McCarthy puts up "Cherokee", his prized coon hunting dog, against an "equal property" of Phillips': McCarthy beat Treach, winning the third fall with a submission toe hold.

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Here is the calendar of known house shows for the quarter.


ADVERTISED LINEUPS FOR ALL KNOWN HOUSE SHOWS

3/29/65 Shreveport, LA (Municipal Auditorium)
NWA World Junior Heavyweight title, no disqualification, referee stationed outside ring and only enters to count pin attempts: Angelo Savoldi vs Jack Donovan
Kurt Steiger vs Willie Garrett
Chief Little Hawk vs Lord Littlebrook

3/29/65 Tulsa, OK (Assembly Center)
Mountaineer style: Danny Hodge vs Treach Phillips
Joe McCarthy vs Tony Manos
Frankie Cain vs Lu Kim
Alex Medina vs Tim Woods

3/30/65 Little Rock, AR (Robinson Auditorium)
Mountaineer style: Danny Hodge vs Treach Phillips
Joe McCarthy vs Tony Manos
Lu Kim vs Tim Woods
Frankie Cain vs Jerry London

3/30/65 Monroe, LA (Roll Arena)
NWA World Junior Heavyweight title, ring enclosed by steel fence: Angelo Savoldi vs Jack Donovan
Chief Little Hawk & Willie Garrett vs Kurt Steiger & Lord Littlebrook
Chief Little Hawk vs Lord Littlebrook
Kurt Steiger vs Willie Garrett

3/31/65 Fort Smith, AR (Sports Arena)
Angelo Savoldi & Lu Kim vs Tim Woods & Willie Garrett
Al Velasco vs Alex Medina
Angelo Savoldi vs Willie Garrett
Lu Kim vs Tim Woods

3/31/65 Springfield, MO (Shrine Mosque)
Mountaineer style: Danny Hodge vs Joe McCarthy
Tony Manos vs Treach Phillips
Jack Donovan vs Jerry London

4/1/65 Lawton, OK (National Guard Armory)
NWA World Junior Heavyweight title: Angelo Savoldi vs Tony Manos
Chief Little Hawk & Frankie Cain vs Lord Littlebrook & Lu Kim
Chief Little Hawk vs Lord Littlebrook
Frankie Cain vs Lu Kim

4/1/65 Wichita Falls, TX (4-H Arena)
Mountaineer style: Danny Hodge vs Treach Phillips
Kurt Steiger vs Tim Woods
Al Velasco & Alex Medina vs Jack Donovan & Joe McCarthy

4/2/65 Oklahoma City, OK (Stockyards Coliseum)
Danny Hodge vs Hiro Matsuda
Joe McCarthy vs Tony Manos
Frankie Cain vs Jack Donovan
Kurt Steiger vs Tim Woods
Lu Kim vs Willie Garrett

4/3/65 Joplin, MO (Memorial Hall)
One-night tournament for Missouri Junior Heavyweight title: Al Velasco & Angelo Savoldi & Jerry London & Red McKim & Tim Woods & Tony Manos & Treach Phillips

4/5/65 Shreveport, LA (Municipal Auditorium)
Mountaineer style: Danny Hodge vs Joe McCarthy
Alex Medina vs Treach Phillips
Al Velasco vs Jerry London

4/5/65 Tulsa, OK (Assembly Center)
Battle royal: Angelo Savoldi & Bobby Shane & Jack Donovan & Kurt Steiger & Lu Kim & Tim Woods & Tony Manos & Willie Garrett
Billed as for the “Negro Girl’s Championship”: Betty Ann Spencer vs Sweet Georgia Brown
Plus 4 other bouts

4/6/65 Little Rock, AR (Robinson Auditorium)
NWA World Junior Heavyweight title: Angelo Savoldi vs Tony Manos
Billed as for the “U.S. Negro Girl Title”: Betty Ann Spencer vs Sweet Georgia Brown
Bobby Shane vs Kurt Steiger
Jack Donovan vs Willie Garrett

4/6/65 Monroe, LA (Roll Arena)
Mountaineer style: Danny Hodge vs Treach Phillips
Jerry London vs Joe McCarthy
Al Velasco vs Alex Medina

4/7/65 Fort Smith, AR (Sports Arena)
Mountaineer style: Danny Hodge vs Joe McCarthy
Tim Woods vs Treach Phillips
Al Velasco vs Jerry London

4/7/65 Springfield, MO (Shrine Mosque)
NWA World Junior Heavyweight title: Angelo Savoldi vs Tony Manos
Billed as for the “U.S. Negro Girl Title”: Betty Ann Spencer vs Sweet Georgia Brown
Bobby Shane vs Lu Kim

4/8/65 Lawton, OK (National Guard Armory)
Alex Medina & Tony Manos & Willie Garrett vs Kurt Steiger & Lu Kim & Treach Phillips
Tony Manos vs Treach Phillips
Alex Medina vs Lu Kim
Kurt Steiger vs Willie Garrett

4/8/65 Wichita Falls, TX (4-H Arena)
Angelo Savoldi vs Joe McCarthy
Danny Hodge vs Tim Woods
Betty Ann Spencer vs Sweet Georgia Brown
Bobby Shane vs Jack Donovan

4/9/65 Oklahoma City, OK (Stockyards Coliseum)
Danny Hodge vs Hiro Matsuda
Billed as for the "U.S. Negro Girls Championship" Betty Ann Spencer vs Sweet Georgia Brown
Jack Donovan vs Tony Manos
Bobby Shane vs Treach Phillips
Jerry London vs Mark Starr

4/10/65 Joplin, MO (Memorial Hall)
NWA World Junior Heavyweight title, no disqualification : Angelo Savoldi vs Red McKim
Danny Hodge vs Tim Woods
Alex Medina & Sweet Georgia Brown vs Betty Ann Spencer & Lon Stuart

4/12/65 Shreveport, LA (Municipal Auditorium)
Danny Hodge vs Treach Phillips
Jerry London vs Joe McCarthy
Alex Medina vs Kurt Steiger

4/12/65 Tulsa, OK (Cimarron Arena)
NWA World Junior Heavyweight title: Angelo Savoldi vs Tony Manos
Betty Ann Spencer & Lu Kim vs Bobby Shane & Sweet Georgia Brown
Jack Donovan vs Tim Woods
Mark Starr vs Willie Garrett

4/13/65 Little Rock, AR (Robinson Auditorium)
NWA World Junior Heavyweight title: Angelo Savoldi vs Tony Manos
Betty Ann Spencer & Jack Donovan vs Sweet Georgia Brown & Willie Garrett
Bobby Shane vs Mark Starr

4/13/65 Monroe, LA (Roll Arena)
Danny Hodge vs Joe McCarthy
Jerry London vs Treach Phillips
Alex Medina vs Kurt Steiger

4/14/65 Fort Smith, AR (Sports Arena)
Danny Hodge & Tim Woods vs Joe McCarthy & Treach Phillips
Billed as for the "Negro Girl's Championship": Betty Ann Spencer vs Sweet Georgia Brown
Danny Hodge vs Treach Phillips
Joe McCarthy vs Tim Woods

4/14/65 Springfield, MO (Shrine Mosque)
NWA World Junior Heavyweight title: Angelo Savoldi vs Tony Manos
Bobby Shane vs Lu Kim
Jack Donovan vs Willie Garrett

4/15/65 Wichita Falls, TX (4-H Arena)
Angelo Savoldi & Fran Gravette vs Jack Donovan & Mrs Jack Donovan
Alex Medina & Bobby Shane vs Joe McCarthy & Treach Phillips
Plus 2 other bouts

4/16/65 Oklahoma City, OK (Stockyards Coliseum)
Joe McCarthy vs Treach Phillips
Jack Donovan vs Tony Manos
Angelo Savoldi vs Tim Woods
Betty Ann Spencer & Mark Starr vs Bobby Shane & Sweet Georgia Brown

4/17/65 Carthage, MO (Memorial Hall)
Angelo Savoldi & Mark Starr & Treach Phillips vs Danny Hodge & Tony Manos & Willie Garrett
Angelo Savoldi vs Willie Garrett
Danny Hodge vs Treach Phillips
Mark Starr vs Tony Manos

4/19/65 Shreveport, LA (Municipal Auditorium)
Alex Medina & Danny Hodge vs Angelo Savoldi & Kurt Steiger
Ted Naifeh vs Willie Garrett
Danny Hodge vs Kurt Steiger

4/19/65 Tulsa, OK (Cimarron Arena)
Joe McCarthy vs Treach Phillips
Jack Donovan vs Tony Manos
Bobby Shane vs Mark Starr
Al Velasco vs Lu Kim

4/20/65 Little Rock, AR (Robinson Auditorium)
Joe McCarthy vs Treach Phillips
Bobby Shane vs Jack Donovan
Al Velasco vs Tony Manos

4/20/65 Monroe, LA (Legion Memorial Stadium)
NWA World Junior Heavyweight title: Angelo Savoldi vs Danny Hodge
Alex Medina & Willie Garrett vs Kurt Steiger & Ted Naifeh
Plus 2 other bouts

4/21/65 Fort Smith, AR (Sports Arena)
Angelo Savoldi vs Danny Hodge
Bobby Shane & Jessica Rogers vs Jack Donovan & Mrs Jack Donovan
Jessica Rogers vs Mrs Jack Donovan
Bobby Shane vs Jack Donovan

4/21/65 Lawton, OK (National Guard Armory)
Joe McCarthy vs Tony Manos
Lu Kim vs Red McKim
Al Velasco vs Mark Starr

4/22/65 Waurika, OK (Grade School Gym)
10 rounds boxing: Angelo Savoldi vs Jack Donovan
Bobby Shane & Willie Garrett vs Mark Starr & Mr X
Plus 2 other bouts

4/23/65 Oklahoma City, OK (Stockyards Coliseum)
NWA World Junior Heavyweight title: Angelo Savoldi vs Danny Hodge
Tony Manos vs Treach Phillips
Bobby Shane vs Kurt Steiger
Alex Medina vs Mark Starr

4/24/65 Elkins, AR (High School Gym)
Joe McCarthy & Ted Naifeh vs Red McKim & Willie Garrett
Joe McCarthy vs Red McKim
Ted Naifeh vs Willie Garrett

4/24/65 Joplin, MO (Memorial Hall)
Danny Hodge vs Treach Phillips
Missouri Junior Heavyweight title: Lu Kim vs Red McKim
Kurt Steiger vs Tony Manos

4/26/65 Tulsa, OK (Cimarron Arena)
Angelo Savoldi & Fabulous Moolah vs Jack Donovan & Mrs Jack Donovan
Joe McCarthy vs Treach Phillips
Bobby Shane vs Kurt Steiger
Plus 1 other bout

4/27/65 Monroe, LA (Roll Arena)
NWA World Junior Heavyweight title, two referees: Angelo Savoldi vs Danny Hodge
Lu Kim vs Willie Garrett
Al Velasco vs Mark Starr

4/28/65 Fort Smith, AR (Sports Arena)
Bobby Shane vs Jack Donovan
Womens’ World title: Fabulous Moolah vs Mrs Jack Donovan
Kurt Steiger vs Willie Garrett

4/28/65 Springfield, MO (Shrine Mosque)
NWA World Junior Heavyweight title: Angelo Savoldi vs Danny Hodge
Joe McCarthy vs Treach Phillips
Mark Starr vs Tony Manos

4/29/65 Lawton, OK (National Guard Armory)
Joe McCarthy vs Treach Phillips
Bobby Shane vs Ted Naifeh
Al Velasco vs Kurt Steiger

4/29/65 Wichita Falls, TX (4-H Arena)
NWA World Junior Heavyweight title, no disqualification: Angelo Savoldi vs Danny Hodge
Womens’ World title: Fabulous Moolah vs Mrs Jack Donovan
Jack Donovan vs Tony Manos

4/30/65 Oklahoma City, OK (Stockyards Coliseum)
NWA World Junior Heavyweight title: Angelo Savoldi vs Danny Hodge
Fabulous Moolah & Joe McCarthy vs Jack Donovan & Mrs Jack Donovan
Bobby Shane vs Treach Phillips
Lu Kim vs Tony Manos

5/1/65 Joplin, MO (Memorial Hall)
Angelo Savoldi vs Treach Phillips
Fabulous Moolah & Tony Manos vs Jack Donovan & Mrs Jack Donovan
Fabulous Moolah vs Mrs Jack Donovan
Jack Donovan vs Tony Manos

5/3/65 Shreveport, LA (Municipal Auditorium)
Paul DeGalles vs Willie Garrett
Joe McCarthy vs Lu Kim
Tony Manos vs Treach Phillips

5/3/65 Tulsa, OK (Cimarron Arena)
NWA World Junior Heavyweight title: Angelo Savoldi vs Danny Hodge
Womens’ World title: Fabulous Moolah vs Mrs Jack Donovan
Bobby Shane vs Jack Donovan
Kurt Steiger vs Red McKim

5/4/65 Little Rock, AR (Robinson Auditorium)
Angelo Savoldi & Fabulous Moolah vs Jack Donovan & Mrs Jack Donovan
Mark Starr vs Willie Garrett
Fabulous Moolah vs Mrs Jack Donovan
Angelo Savoldi vs Jack Donovan

5/4/65 Monroe, LA (Roll Arena)
Joe McCarthy vs Treach Phillips
Lu Kim vs Tony Manos

5/5/65 Fort Smith, AR (Sports Arena)
Angelo Savoldi vs Bobby Shane
Joe McCarthy vs Treach Phillips
Red McKim vs Ted Naifeh
NOTE: The Savoldi vs Shane match was billed as an NWA World Junior Heavyweight title match despite Savoldi having lost that title to Danny Hodge a week and a half earlier, a switch which had been acknowledged in other cities

5/5/65 Springfield, MO (Shrine Mosque)
Danny Hodge & Fabulous Moolah vs Jack Donovan & Mrs Jack Donovan
Kurt Steiger vs Tony Manos
Fabulous Moolah vs Mrs Jack Donovan
Danny Hodge vs Jack Donovan

5/6/65 Lawton, OK (National Guard Armory)
Bobby Shane & Fabulous Moolah vs Jack Donovan & Mrs Jack Donovan
Ted Naifeh vs Willie Garrett
Plus 1 other bout

5/6/65 Wichita Falls, TX (4-H Arena)
NWA World Junior Heavyweight title: Angelo Savoldi vs Danny Hodge
Joe McCarthy vs Treach Phillips
Lu Kim vs Tony Manos

5/7/65 Oklahoma City, OK (Stockyards Coliseum)
Womens’ World title: Fabulous Moolah vs Mrs Jack Donovan
Bobby Shane vs Treach Phillips
Angelo Savoldi vs Willie Garrett
Joe McCarthy vs Lu Kim
Kurt Steiger vs Tony Manos

5/8/65 Joplin, MO (Memorial Hall)
NWA World Junior Heavyweight title: Angelo Savoldi vs Danny Hodge
Fabulous Moolah vs Mrs Jack Donovan
Jack Donovan vs Jim Wehba

5/10/65 Shreveport, LA (Municipal Auditorium)
Joe McCarthy vs Treach Phillips
Kurt Steiger & Lu Kim vs Tony Manos & Willie Garrett
Kurt Steiger vs Willie Garrett
Lu Kim vs Tony Manos

5/10/65 Tulsa, OK (Cimarron Arena)
Texas rules: Angelo Savoldi vs Danny Hodge
Darling Dagmar vs Diamond Lil
Ike Eakins vs Jack Donovan
Bobby Shane vs Terry Garvin

5/11/65 Little Rock, AR (Robinson Auditorium)
NWA World Junior Heavyweight title: Angelo Savoldi vs Danny Hodge
Ike Eakins vs Willie Garrett
Bobby Shane vs Terry Garvin

5/11/65 Monroe, LA (Roll Arena)
Joe McCarthy & Tony Manos vs Lu Kim & Treach Phillips
Darling Dagmar vs Diamond Lil
Joe McCarthy vs Lu Kim
Tony Manos vs Treach Phillips

5/12/65 Fort Smith, AR (Sports Arena)
Handicap match (Eakins must win 3 falls within 45 minutes): Ike Eakins vs Jack Donovan
Terry Garvin vs Tony Manos
Kurt Steiger vs Red McKim

5/12/65 Springfield, MO (Shrine Mosque)
NWA World Junior Heavyweight title, Savoldi will leave town if he doesn't win the belt: Angelo Savoldi vs Danny Hodge
McCarthy puts up "Cherokee", his prized coon hunting dog (valued at $1000): Joe McCarthy vs Treach Phillips
Bobby Shane vs Mark Starr

5/13/65 Lawton, OK (National Guard Armory)
Bobby Shane vs Jack Donovan
Ike Eakins & Ted Naifeh vs Red McKim & Tony Manos
Ike Eakins vs Red McKim
Ted Naifeh vs Tony Manos

5/13/65 Wichita Falls, TX (Wichita Speedway)
NWA World Junior Heavyweight title: Angelo Savoldi vs Danny Hodge
McCarthy's prized coon dog on the line: Joe McCarthy vs Treach Phillips
Darling Dagmar vs Diamond Lil
Lu Kim vs Terry Garvin

5/14/65 Oklahoma City, OK (Stockyards Coliseum)
No referee: Angelo Savoldi vs Danny Hodge
Darling Dagmar vs Diamond Lil
Bobby Shane vs Terry Garvin
Ike Eakins vs Willie Garrett
Lu Kim vs Tony Manos

5/15/65 Joplin, MO (Memorial Hall)
Missouri Junior Heavyweight title: Red McKim vs Terry Garvin
Bobby Shane & Diamond Lil vs Darling Dagmar & Mark Starr
Plus 2 other bouts

5/17/65 Shreveport, LA (Municipal Auditorium)
McCarthy puts up "Cherokee", his prized coon hunting dog, against an "equal property" of Phillips' : Joe McCarthy vs Treach Phillips
Jack Donovan vs Oni Wiki Wiki
Paddy Osborne vs Ted Naifeh

5/17/65 Tulsa, OK (Cimarron Arena)
Bobby Shane vs Terry Garvin
Ike Eakins vs Willie Garrett
Kit Fox vs Lu Kim
Mark Starr vs Tony Manos

5/18/65 Little Rock, AR (Robinson Auditorium)
Bobby Shane & Willie Garrett vs Ike Eakins & Terry Garvin
Darling Dagmar vs Diamond Lil
Lu Kim vs Tony Manos
Bobby Shane vs Terry Garvin

5/18/65 Monroe, LA (Roll Arena)
Ring enclosed by a steel fence: Joe McCarthy vs Treach Phillips
Jack Donovan vs Ted Naifeh

5/19/65 Fort Smith, AR (Sports Arena)
Jack Donovan vs Tony Manos
Bobby Shane vs Terry Garvin
Kit Fox vs Mark Starr

5/19/65 Springfield, MO (Shrine Mosque)
10 rounds boxing: Joe McCarthy vs Treach Phillips
Darling Dagmar vs Diamond Lil
Ike Eakins vs Willie Garrett

5/20/65 Lawton, OK (National Guard Armory)
Bobby Shane & Tony Manos vs Ike Eakins & Ted Naifeh
Darling Dagmar vs Diamond Lil
Plus 2 other bouts

5/20/65 Wichita Falls, TX (4-H Arena)
Jack Donovan & Lu Kim & Treach Phillips vs Joe McCarthy & Tiny Smith & Willie Garrett
Jack Donovan vs Tiny Smith
Joe McCarthy vs Lu Kim
Treach Phillips vs Willie Garrett

5/22/65 Joplin, MO (Memorial Hall)
Bobby Shane & Tiny Smith vs Joe McCarthy & Mark Starr
Betty Boucher & Darling Dagmar vs Diamond Lil & Fran Gravette
Plus 4 other bouts

5/24/65 Shreveport, LA (Municipal Auditorium)
Jack Donovan vs Kit Fox
Joe McCarthy vs Tom Bradley
Mark Starr vs Paddy Osborne

5/24/65 Tulsa, OK (Cimarron Arena)
Ike Eakins & Lu Kim vs Tiny Smith & Willie Garrett
Bobby Shane vs Treach Phillips
Tom Bradley vs Tony Manos
Plus 2 other bouts

5/25/65 Little Rock, AR (Robinson Auditorium)
Ike Eakins & Lu Kim vs Tiny Smith & Willie Garrett
Tony Manos vs Treach Phillips
Ike Eakins vs Tiny Smith
Lu Kim vs Willie Garrett

5/25/65 Monroe, LA (Roll Arena)
Jack Donovan vs Joe McCarthy
Kit Fox vs Tom Bradley
Mark Starr vs Paddy Osborne

5/26/65 Fort Smith, AR (Sports Arena)
Bobby Shane & Fran Gravette & Jack Brisco & Tony Manos vs Jack Donovan & Mark Starr & Mrs Jack Donovan & Paddy Osborne
Jack Brisco vs Mark Starr
Paddy Osborne vs Tony Manos
Fran Gravette vs Mrs Jack Donovan
Bobby Shane vs Jack Donovan

5/26/65 Springfield, MO (Shrine Mosque)
Ike Eakins & Treach Phillips vs Tiny Smith & Willie Garrett
Red McKim vs Tom Bradley
Ike Eakins vs Tiny Smith
Treach Phillips vs Willie Garrett

5/27/65 Lawton, OK (National Guard Armory)
Bobby Shane vs Ted Naifeh
Joe McCarthy vs Tom Bradley
Kit Fox vs Treach Phillips

5/27/65 Wichita Falls, TX (4-H Arena)
Ike Eakins & Jack Donovan vs Tiny Smith & Willie Garrett
Mark Starr vs Tony Manos
Kit Fox vs Treach Phillips

5/28/65 Oklahoma City, OK (Stockyards Coliseum)
Ike Eakins & Lu Kim vs Tiny Smith & Willie Garrett
Joe McCarthy vs Tony Manos
Bobby Shane vs Tom Bradley
Jack Brisco vs Treach Phillips

5/31/65 Shreveport, LA (Municipal Auditorium)
Mrs Donovan will be chaperoned by a police officer at ringside: Jack Donovan vs Kit Fox
Tom Bradley vs Willie Garrett
Bobby Shane vs Ted Naifeh

5/31/65 Tulsa, OK (Cimarron Arena)
Ike Eakins & Lu Kim vs Tiny Smith & Tony Manos
Doug Gilbert vs Treach Phillips
Jack Brisco vs Mark Starr
Plus 1 other bout

6/1/65 Little Rock, AR (Robinson Auditorium)
Ike Eakins & Lu Kim vs Tiny Smith & Tony Manos
Doug Gilbert vs Treach Phillips
Jack Brisco vs Mark Starr
Lu Kim vs Tony Manos

6/1/65 Monroe, LA (Roll Arena)
Bobby Shane vs Jack Donovan
Tom Bradley vs Willie Garrett
Kit Fox vs Ted Naifeh

6/2/65 Fort Smith, AR (Sports Arena)
Tony Manos vs Treach Phillips
Bobby Shane vs Mark Starr
Jack Brisco vs Tom Bradley

6/2/65 Springfield, MO (Shrine Mosque)
Ike Eakins & Lu Kim vs Tiny Smith & Willie Garrett
Doug Gilbert vs Red McKim
Ike Eakins vs Willie Garrett
Lu Kim vs Tiny Smith

6/3/65 Lawton, OK (National Guard Armory)
Ring enclosed by steel fence: Bobby Shane vs Ted Naifeh
Kit Fox vs Tom Bradley
Jack Brisco vs Mark Starr

6/3/65 Wichita Falls, TX (4-H Arena)
Ike Eakins & Lu Kim vs Tiny Smith & Willie Garrett
Doug Gilbert & Tony Manos vs Jack Donovan & Treach Phillips
Ike Eakins vs Tiny Smith
Plus 1 other bout

6/4/65 Oklahoma City, OK (Stockyards Coliseum)
Two referees: Ike Eakins vs Tiny Smith
Jack Donovan vs Kit Fox
Lu Kim vs Tony Manos
Jack Brisco vs Mark Starr
Doug Gilbert vs Tom Bradley

6/7/65 Shreveport, LA (Municipal Auditorium)
Fran Gravette & Kit Fox vs Jack Donovan & Mrs Jack Donovan
Bobby Shane vs Tom Bradley
Jack Donovan vs Kit Fox
Fran Gravette vs Mrs Jack Donovan

6/7/65 Tulsa, OK (Cimarron Arena)
Texas rules: Ike Eakins & Lu Kim vs Tiny Smith & Tony Manos
Don Kent vs Doug Gilbert
Jack Brisco vs Treach Phillips
Plus 1 other bout

6/8/65 Little Rock, AR (Robinson Auditorium)
Texas rules: Ike Eakins & Lu Kim vs Tiny Smith & Willie Garrett
Jack Brisco vs Treach Phillips
Don Kent vs Doug Gilbert
Ike Eakins vs Willie Garrett

6/8/65 Monroe, LA (Roll Arena)
Bobby Shane & Fran Gravette vs Jack Donovan & Mrs Jack Donovan
Kit Fox vs Tom Bradley
Bobby Shane vs Jack Donovan
Fran Gravette vs Mrs Jack Donovan

6/9/65 Fort Smith, AR (Sports Arena)
3 out of 5 falls, 90 minute time limit: Tony Manos vs Treach Phillips
Don Kent vs Willie Garrett
Kit Fox vs Tom Bradley

6/9/65 Springfield, MO (Shrine Mosque)
Two referees: Ike Eakins vs Tiny Smith
Doug Gilbert vs Lu Kim
Jack Brisco vs Mark Starr

6/10/65 Lawton, OK (National Guard Armory)
Bobby Shane & Kit Fox vs Tom Bradley & Treach Phillips
Jack Donovan vs Willie Garrett
Plus 2 other bouts

6/10/65 Wichita Falls, TX (4-H Arena)
Fight to a finish, no referee: Ike Eakins vs Tiny Smith
Don Kent vs Tony Manos
Doug Gilbert vs Lu Kim

6/11/65 Oklahoma City, OK (Stockyards Coliseum)
Texas rules, ring enclosed by steel fence: Ike Eakins vs Tiny Smith
Doug Gilbert vs Jack Donovan
Jack Brisco vs Treach Phillips
Bobby Shane vs Tony Manos
Tom Bradley vs Willie Garrett

6/14/65 Shreveport, LA (Municipal Auditorium)
Bobby Shane vs Jack Donovan
Kit Fox vs Lu Kim
Don Soto vs Tom Bradley

6/14/65 Tulsa, OK (Cimarron Arena)
Danny Hodge vs Ike Eakins
Jack Brisco vs Treach Phillips
Don Kent vs Tony Manos
Doug Gilbert vs Mark Starr

6/15/65 Little Rock, AR (Robinson Auditorium)
3 out of 5 falls, no referee: Ike Eakins vs Willie Garrett
Don Kent vs Doug Gilbert
Jack Brisco vs Treach Phillips

6/15/65 Monroe, LA (Roll Arena)
Texas rules: Bobby Shane vs Jack Donovan
Kit Fox vs Lu Kim
Don Soto vs Tom Bradley

6/26/65 Fort Smith, AR (Sports Arena)
Bobby Shane & Red McKim & Tony Manos vs Don Kent & Ted Naifeh & Treach Phillips
Don Kent vs Tony Manos
Red McKim vs Ted Naifeh
Bobby Shane vs Treach Phillips

6/16/65 Springfield, MO (Shrine Mosque)
Ike Eakins vs Willie Garrett
Doug Gilbert vs Lu Kim
Jack Brisco vs Tom Bradley

6/17/65 Wichita Falls, TX (4-H Arena)
Battle royal: Don Kent & Doug Gilbert & Ike Eakins & Jack Donovan & Lu Kim & Red McKim & Tony Manos
Plus 3 other bouts

6/18/65 Oklahoma City, OK (Stockyards Coliseum)
No referee: Doug Gilbert vs Jack Donovan
Ike Eakins & Lu Kim vs Joe McCarthy & Willie Garrett
Bobby Shane vs Don Kent
Don Soto vs Jack Brisco

6/21/65 Shreveport, LA (Municipal Auditorium)
Texas rules: Jack Donovan vs Tom Bradley
Kit Fox vs Treach Phillips
Don Soto vs Tony Manos

6/21/65 Tulsa, OK (Cimarron Arena)
Ike Eakins vs Joe McCarthy
Don Kent vs Willie Garrett
Doug Gilbert vs Gene Dundee
Jack Brisco vs Lu Kim

6/22/65 Little Rock, AR (Robinson Auditorium)
Battle royal: Don Kent & Doug Gilbert & Gene Dundee & Ike Eakins & Jack Brisco & Joe McCarthy & Lu Kim & Red McKim
Plus 4 other bouts

6/22/65 Monroe, LA (Roll Arena)
Jack Donovan vs Kit Fox
Tom Bradley vs Tony Manos
Don Soto vs Treach Phillips

6/23/65 Fort Smith, AR (Sports Arena)
Don Kent vs Tony Manos
Lu Kim vs Willie Garrett
Jack Brisco vs Mark Starr

6/23/65 Springfield, MO (Shrine Mosque)
Doug Gilbert vs Ike Eakins
Jack Donovan vs Red McKim
Gene Dundee vs Joe McCarthy

6/24/65 Wichita Falls, TX (4-H Arena)
Ike Eakins & Lu Kim vs Jack Donovan & Red McKim
Don Kent vs Don Soto
Plus 2 other bouts

6/25/65 Oklahoma City, OK (Stockyards Coliseum)
Don Kent vs Doug Gilbert
Ike Eakins vs Lu Kim
Loser leave town: Jack Donovan vs Kit Fox
Don Soto vs Gene Dundee
Jack Brisco vs Tom Bradley

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