The McGuirk/Watts Wrestling Almanac - Chapter 3 (Q2 1960)

Welcome to Chapter 3 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.

Every month we will post a new Chapter, with each chapter covering a three-month period of time.

Previous chapters:
Chapter 1 (Q4 1959)
Chapter 2 (Q1 1960)

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THE McGUIRK/WATTS WRESTLING ALMANAC
CHAPTER 3 (Q2 1960)




ADVERTISED LINEUPS FOR ALL KNOWN HOUSE SHOWS

3/28/60 Tulsa, OK (Fairgrounds Junior Arena)
Ali Bey vs Timmy Geohagen
Danny Hodge vs Jack Donovan
Carlos Rodriguez vs Jody Hamilton

3/29/60 Little Rock, AR (Robinson Auditorium)
Ali Bey vs Danny Hodge
Jack Donovan vs Timmy Geohagen
Carlos Rodriguez vs Jody Hamilton

3/30/60 Fort Smith, AR (Sports Arena)
Carlos Rodriguez vs Hassan Bey
Jody Hamilton vs Timmy Geohagen

3/30/60 Marshfield, MO (Marshfield High School)
Ali Bey & Jack Donovan vs Danny Hodge & Oni Wiki Wiki
Plus 2 other bouts, likely singles bouts involving the four wrestlers in the tag team match

3/31/60 Carthage, MO (Memorial Hall)
Ali Bey & Jack Donovan vs Oni Wiki Wiki & Pepi Pasquale
Ali Bey vs Pepi Pasquale
Jack Donovan vs Oni Wiki Wiki

4/1/60 Oklahoma City, OK (Stockyards Coliseum)
One-night tournament for the vacant Oklahoma Junior Heavyweight title featuring Ali Bey, Carlos Rodriguez, Danny Hodge, Don Kent, Hassan Bey, Jack Donovan, Jody Hamilton, Oni Wiki Wiki, Pepi Pasquale and Timmy Geohagen

4/4/60 Shreveport, LA (Municipal Auditorium)
Don Kent vs Oni Wiki Wiki
Danny Hodge vs Jack Donovan
Carlos Rodriguez vs Jody Hamilton

4/4/60 Tulsa, OK (Fairgrounds Junior Arena)
Ali Bey vs Red McKim
Hassan Bey vs Timmy Geohagen
Cowboy Bradley & Pepi Pasquale vs Taro Miyaki & Tiny Roe

4/5/60 Little Rock, AR (Robinson Auditorium)
Ali Bey vs Timmy Geohagen
Carlos Rodriguez vs Jody Hamilton
Don Kent vs Pepi Pasquale

4/6/60 Fort Smith, AR (Sports Arena)
Don Kent vs Oni Wiki Wiki
Jack Donovan vs Pepi Pasquale

4/6/60 Springfield, MO (Shrine Mosque)
One-night tournament for the Missouri Junior Heavyweight title featuring Ali Bey, Carlos Rodriguez, Danny Hodge, Hassan Bey, Jody Hamilton, Red McKim and Timmy Geohagen

4/8/60 Oklahoma City, OK (Stockyards Coliseum)
Oklahoma Junior Heavyweight title: Ali Bey vs Danny Hodge
Jack Donovan vs Jody Hamilton
Frank Murdock vs Timmy Geohagen
Carlos Rodriguez vs Pepi Pasquale

4/11/60 Canton, OK (Canton High School Gymnasium)
Carlos Rodriguez & Jack Donovan vs Danny Hodge & Pepi Pasquale
Plus 2 other bouts, likely singles bouts involving the four wrestlers in the tag team match

4/11/60 Tulsa, OK (Fairgrounds Junior Arena)
NWA World Junior Heavyweight title: Ali Bey vs Angelo Savoldi
Don Kent & Hassan Bey vs Jody Hamilton & Timmy Geohagen
Oni Wiki Wiki vs Red McKim

4/12/60 Little Rock, AR (Robinson Auditorium)
NWA World Junior Heavyweight title: Ali Bey vs Angelo Savoldi
Jack Donovan vs Jody Hamilton
Hassan Bey vs Oni Wiki Wiki

4/13/60 Fort Smith, AR (Sports Arena)
Ali Bey & Hassan Bey vs Jody Hamilton & Pepi Pasquale
Ali Bey vs Jody Hamilton
Hassan Bey vs Pepi Pasquale

4/15/60 Oklahoma City, OK (Stockyards Colisem)
NWA World Junior Heavyweight title: Ali Bey vs Angelo Savoldi
Jack Donovan & Karol Krauser vs Jody Hamilton & Pepi Pasquale
Don Kent vs Oni Wiki Wiki
Karol Krauser vs Pepi Pasquale

4/18/60 Shreveport, LA (Municipal Auditorium)
Carlos Rodriguez & Don Kent vs Danny Hodge & Jody Hamilton
Hassan Bey vs Timmy Geohagen
Carlos Rodriguez vs Danny Hodge
Don Kent vs Jody Hamilton

4/18/60 Tulsa, OK (Fairgrounds Junior Arena)
NWA World Junior Heavyweight title: Ali Bey vs Angelo Savoldi
Jack Donovan vs Luis Martinez
Karol Krauser vs Pepi Pasquale

4/19/60 Little Rock, AR (Robinson Auditorium)
NWA World Junior Heavyweight title: Ali Bey vs Angelo Savoldi
Don Kent vs Jack Donovan
Hassan Bey vs Timmy Geohagen

4/20/60 Fort Smith, AR (Sports Arena)
Hassan Bey vs Pepi Pasquale
Jack Donovan vs Timmy Geohagen

4/20/60 Springfield, MO (Shrine Mosque)
NWA World Junior Heavyweight title: Ali Bey vs Angelo Savoldi
Carlos Rodriguez & Don Kent vs Danny Hodge & Luis Martinez
Carlos Rodriguez vs Danny Hodge
Don Kent vs Luis Martinez

4/21/60 Mountain Home, AR (High School Gymnasium)
Battle royal featuring Angelo Savoldi, Bob Clay, Carlos Rodriguez, Danny Hodge and Luis Martinez
Plus two matches determined by order of elimination

4/21/60 Sand Springs, OK (Health and Physical Education Building)
Ali Bey & Hassan Bey vs Jody Hamilton & Pepi Pasquale
Ali Bey vs Pepi Pasquale
Hassan Bey vs Jody Hamilton

4/22/60 Oklahoma City, OK (Stockyards Coliseum)
NWA World Junior Heavyweight title: Ali Bey vs Angelo Savoldi
Danny Hodge & Timmy Geohagen vs Don Kent & Jack Donovan
Carlos Rodriguez vs Luis Martinez
Jack Donovan vs Timmy Geohagen

4/22/60 Urbana, MO (Skyline High School)
Ali Bey & Tiny Roe vs Cowboy Bradley & Pepi Pasquale
Plus 2 other bouts, likely singles bouts involving the four wrestlers in the tag team match

4/25/60 Tulsa, OK (Fairgrounds Junior Arena)
Angelo Savoldi & Carlos Rodriguez vs Danny Hodge & Luis Martinez
Battle royal featuring Terrible Ted
Jack Donovan vs Timmy Geohagen
Gene DuBois vs Hassan Bey

4/26/60 Little Rock, AR (Robinson Auditorium)
Battle royal featuring Terrible Ted
Ali Bey vs Luis Martinez
Carlos Rodriguez vs Timmy Geohagen
Don Kent vs Gene DuBois

4/27/60 Fort Smith, AR (Sports Arena)
Best three out of five falls: Jack Donovan vs Timmy Geohagen
Carlos Rodriguez vs Luis Martinez

4/27/60 Springfield, MO (Shrine Mosque)
Battle royal featuring Terrible Ted
Non-title match: Angelo Savoldi vs Pepi Pasquale
Ali Bey vs Danny Hodge
Don Kent vs Gene DuBois

4/28/60 Blackwell, OK (Stock Pavilion)
Battle royal featuring Terrible Ted
Danny Hodge vs Hassan Bey
Don Kent vs Gene DuBois
(battle royal also included Jack Donovan)

4/29/60 Harrison, AR (Harrison High School Gym)
Battle royal featuring Terrible Ted
Jack Donovan vs Red McKim
Don Kent vs Gene Dubois
(battle royal also included Bob Clay)

4/29/60 Oklahoma City, OK (Stockyards Coliseum)
Non-title match: Angelo Savoldi vs Danny Hodge
Ali Bey & Hassan Bey vs Luis Martinez & Pepi Pasquale
Carlos Rodriguez vs Timmy Geohagen
Hassan Bey vs Luis Martinez

5/2/60 Shreveport, LA (Municipal Auditorium)
Battle royal featuring Terrible Ted
Don Kent vs Red McKim
Carlos Rodriguez vs Gene DuBois
(battle royal also included Timmy Geohagen)

5/2/60 Tulsa, OK (Fairgrounds Arena)
Non-title match: Angelo Savoldi vs Danny Hodge
Jack Donovan vs Luis Martinez
Hassan Bey vs Jack Curtis Jr

5/3/60 Little Rock, AR (Robinson Auditorium)
Angelo Savoldi vs Danny Hodge (this was likely a non-title match)
Carlos Rodriguez & Don Kent vs Jack Curtis Jr & Luis Martinez
Don Kent vs Luis Martinez
Carlos Rodriguez vs Jack Curtis Jr

5/3/60 Tahlequah, OK (City Auditorium)
Battle royal featuring Ali Bey, Gene DuBois, Jack Donovan, Pepi Pasquale, Terrible Ted and Timmy Geohagen
Plus two other bouts

5/4/60 Fort Smith, AR (Sports Arena)
Wrestle royal featuring Terrible Ted
Hassan Bey vs Jack Donovan
Bob Clay vs Gene DuBois

5/4/60 Springfield, MO (Shrine Mosque)
Non-title match: Angelo Savoldi vs Danny Hodge
Carlos Rodriguez vs Luis Martinez
Don Kent vs Jack Curtis Jr

5/5/60 Springdale, AR (High School Gym)
Battle royal featuring Angelo Savoldi, Danny Hodge, Don Kent, Gene DuBois, Terrible Ted and Timmy Geohagen
Presumably there were additional bouts but no further information is available

5/6/60 Oklahoma City, OK (Stockyards Coliseum)
Angelo Savoldi & Carlos Rodriguez vs Jack Curtis Jr & Luis Martinez
Battle royal featuring Terrible Ted
Don Kent vs Jack Donovan
Gene DuBois vs Hassan Bey
Carlos Rodriguez vs Jack Curtis Jr

5/9/60 Shreveport, LA (Municipal Auditorium)
Carlos Rodriguez & Hassan Bey & Jack Donovan vs Danny Hodge & Jack Curtis Jr & Red McKim
Carlos Rodriguez vs Red McKim
Danny Hodge vs Hassan Bey
Jack Curtis Jr vs Jack Donovan

5/9/60 Tulsa, OK (Fairground Junior Arena)
Angelo Savoldi & Taro Miyaki vs Luis Martinez & Terrible Ted
Ted Christy vs Timmy Geohagen
Gene DuBois vs Lorenzo Parente
Luis Martinez vs Taro Miyaki

5/10/60 Little Rock, AR (Robinson Auditorium)
Angelo Savoldi & Ted Christy vs Danny Hodge & Luis Martinez
Carlos Rodriguez vs Jack Curtis Jr
Angelo Savoldi vs Luis Martinez
Danny Hodge vs Ted Christy

5/10/60 Woodward, OK (Convention Hall)
Battle royal featuring Terrible Ted
Jack Donovan vs Lorenzo Parente
Gene DuBois vs Hassan Bey
(battle royal also included Bob Clay)

5/11/60 Fort Smith, AR (Sports Arena)
No disqualification: Hassan Bey vs Jack Donovan
Jack Curtis Jr vs Timmy Geohagen

5/11/60 Springfield, MO (Shrine Mosque)
Angelo Savoldi & Ted Christy vs Luis Martinez & Red McKim
Jessica Rogers vs Kathy Starr
Angelo Savoldi vs Luis Martinez
Red McKim vs Ted Christy

5/12/60 Vinita, OK (National Guard Armory)
Battle royal featuring Terrible Ted
Jack Curtis Jr vs Jack Donovan
Gene DuBois vs Hassan Bey

5/13/60 Collinsville, OK (High School Gymnasium)
Battle royal featuring Carlos Rodriguez, Hassan Bey, Jack Donovan, Red McKim and Timmy Geohagen
Plus two matches determined by order of elimination

5/13/60 Oklahoma City, OK (Stockyards Coliseum)
NWA World Junior Heavyweight title: Angelo Savoldi vs Danny Hodge
Jessica Rogers vs Kathy Starr
Luis Martinez vs Ted Christy
Jack Curtis Jr vs Ray Duran

5/16/60 Shreveport, LA (Municipal Auditorium)
NWA World Junior Heavyweight title: Angelo Savoldi vs Danny Hodge
Lorenzo Parente vs Ray Duran
Jack Donovan vs Timmy Geohagen

5/16/60 Tulsa, OK (Fairgrounds Junior Arena)
Luis Martinez vs Taro Miyaki
Jack Curtis Jr & Jessica Rogers vs Kathy Starr & Ted Christy
Jessica Rogers vs Kathy Starr
Jack Curtis Jr vs Ted Christy

5/17/60 Little Rock, AR (Robinson Auditorium)
NWA World Junior Heavyweight title: Angelo Savoldi vs Luis Martinez
Jessica Rogers & Lorenzo Parente vs Kathy Starr & Ted Christy
Lorenzo Parente vs Ted Christy
Jessica Rogers vs Kathy Starr

5/18/60 Fort Smith, AR (Sports Arena)
Angelo Savoldi vs Jack Donovan (unsure if this was a title match or not)
Jessica Rogers vs Kathy Starr

5/18/60 Shawnee, OK (Municipal Auditorium)
Carlos Rodriguez vs Danny Hodge
Battle royal featuring Terrible Ted
Hassan Bey vs Luis Martinez
(battle royal also included Gene DuBois)

5/18/60 Springfield, MO (Shrine Mosque)
Red McKim vs Ted Christy
Jack Curtis Jr vs Lorenzo Parente
Ray Duran vs Timmy Geohagen

5/19/60 Bartlesville, OK (Municipal Stadium)
Angelo Savoldi vs Jack Curtis Jr (unsure if this was a title match or not)
Battle royal featuring Terrible Ted
Danny Hodge vs Hassan Bey
(battle royal also included Gene DuBois)
*due to inclement weather, this event was rescheduled for Sunday 5/22 with the exact same advertised card

5/19/60 Stillwell, OK (Stillwell High School Gymnasium)
Jessica Rogers & Luis Martinez vs Kathy Starr & Ted Christy
Plus 2 other bouts, likely singles bouts involving the four wrestlers in the tag team match

5/20/60 Hobart, OK (Municipal Baseball Park)
Battle royal featuring Bob Clay, Gene DuBois, Hassan Bey, Jack Donovan, Luis Martinez and Terrible Ted
Plus two matches determined by order of elimination

5/20/60 Oklahoma City, OK (Stockyards Coliseum)
NWA World Junior Heavyweight title: Angelo Savoldi vs Danny Hodge
Dick Hutton vs Ted Christy
Carlos Rodriguez vs Timmy Geohagen
Jack Curtis Jr vs Lorenzo Parente

5/21/60 Broken Arrow, OK (part of Rooster Day celebration)
Angelo Savoldi & Ray Duran vs Jack Curtis Jr & Lorenzo Parente

5/22/60 Bartlesville, OK (Municipal Stadium)
See 5/19/60 Bartlesville above for advertised lineup

5/23/60 Shreveport, LA (Municipal Auditorium)
Battle royal featuring Hassan Bey, Jack Curtis Jr, Jack Donovan, Lorenzo Parente, Mr X and Ray Duran
Plus three matches determined by order of elimination

5/23/60 Tulsa, OK (Fairgrounds Junior Arena)
NWA World Junior Heavyweight title: Angelo Savoldi vs Danny Hodge
Luis Martinez vs Taro Miyaki
Red McKim vs Ted Christy
Bob Clay vs Carlos Rodriguez

5/24/60 Grove, OK (High School Gym)
Battle royal featuring Angelo Savoldi, Bob Clay, Carlos Rodriguez, Danny Hodge and Jack Curtis Jr
Plus two matches determined by order of elimination

5/24/60 Little Rock, AR (Robinson Auditorium)
Luis Martinez vs Ted Christy
Hassan Bey vs Jack Curtis Jr
Lorenzo Parente vs Ray Duran

5/25/60 Fort Smith, AR (Sports Arena)
Luis Martinez vs Ted Christy
Lorenzo Parente vs Ray Duran

5/25/60 Springfield, MO (Shrine Mosque)
Battle royal featuring Angelo Savoldi, Carlos Rodriguez, Danny Hodge, Hassan Bey, Jack Donovan and Lorenzo Parente
Plus three matches determined by order of elimination

5/26/60 Ponca City, OK (Conoco Gym)
Angelo Savoldi & Ray Duran vs Danny Hodge & Jack Curtis Jr
Plus 2 other bouts, likely singles matches involving the four wrestlers in the tag team bout

5/27/60 Oklahoma City, OK (Municipal Auditorium)
10 round boxing match: Angelo Savoldi vs Danny Hodge
Hassan Bey & Jack Donovan vs Terrible Ted
Carlos Rodriguez vs Ted Christy
Jack Curtis Jr vs Luis Martinez
Lorenzo Parente vs Ray Duran

5/30/60 Shreveport, LA (Municipal Auditorium)
Jack Curtis Jr vs Ray Duran
Hassan Bey vs Lorenzo Parente
Carlos Rodriguez vs Ken Hill

5/30/60 Tulsa, OK (Fairgrounds Junior Arena)
Danny Hodge & Luis Martinez vs Taro Miyaki & Ted Christy
Jack Donovan vs Ray Gordon
Danny Hodge vs Taro Miyaki
Luis Martinez vs Ted Christy

5/31/60 Little Rock, AR (Robinson Auditorium)
Battle royal featuring Terrible Ted
Carlos Rodriguez vs Jack Curtis Jr
Hassan Bey vs Lorenzo Parente
Gene DuBois vs Ray Duran

6/1/60 Fort Smith, AR (Sports Arena)
Lorenzo Parente & Luis Martinez vs Ray Duran & Ted Christy
Lorenzo Parente vs Ted Christy
Luis Martinez vs Ray Duran

6/1/60 Springfield, MO (Shrine Mosque)
Carlos Rodriguez & Hassan Bey & Jack Donovan vs Danny Hodge & Jack Curtis Jr & Red McKim
Carlos Rodriguez vs Danny Hodge
Jack Curtis Jr vs Jack Donovan
Hassan Bey vs Red McKim

6/3/60 Hope, AR (Hope Fair Park)
Battle royal featuring Terrible Ted
Danny Hodge vs Ray Duran
Gene DuBois vs Ted Christy

6/3/60 Oklahoma City, OK (Stockyards Coliseum)
Luis Martinez vs Tony Morelli
Jack Donovan vs Red McKim
Hassan Bey vs Jack Curtis Jr
Carlos Rodriguez vs Lorenzo Parente

6/6/60 Shreveport, LA (Municipal Auditorium)
Cowboy Bradley & Jack Curtis Jr vs Hassan Bey & Tiny Roe
Carlos Rodriguez vs Ray Duran
Cowboy Bradley vs Tiny Rose
Hassan Bey vs Jack Curtis Jr

6/6/60 Tulsa, OK (Fairgrounds Junior Arena)
Bull Brummel & Tony Morelli vs Danny Hodge & Lord Littlebrook
Lorenzo Parente vs Taro Miyaki
Jack Donovan vs Luis Martinez

6/7/60 Little Rock, AR (Robinson Auditorium)
Carlos Rodriguez & Tiny Roe vs Cowboy Bradley & Jack Curtis Jr
Luis Martinez vs Taro Miyaki
Lorenzo Parente vs Ray Duran

6/8/60 Fort Smith, AR (Sports Arena)
Ray Duran vs Tony Morelli
Carlos Rodriguez vs Lorenzo Parente

6/8/60 Springfield, MO (Shrine Mosque)
Cowboy Bradley & Jack Curtis Jr vs Taro Miyaki & Tiny Roe
Jack Donovan vs Luis Martinez
Jack Curtis Jr vs Taro Miyaki
Cowboy Bradley vs Tiny Roe

6/10/60 Oklahoma City, OK (Stockyards Coliseum)
Jack Curtis Jr vs Tony Morelli
Cowboy Bradley & Lorenzo Parente vs Taro Miyaki & Tiny Roe
Jack Donovan vs Luis Martinez
Hassan Bey vs Ray Duran

6/13/60 Shreveport, LA (Municipal Auditorium)
Hassan Bey vs Jack Curtis Jr
Red McKim vs Tony Morelli
Bob Clay vs Carlos Rodriguez

6/13/60 Tulsa, OK (Fairgrounds Junior Arena)
Danny Hodge vs Jack Donovan
Lorenzo Parente vs Taro Miyaki
Karol Krauser vs Ray Duran

6/14/60 Little Rock, AR (Robinson Auditorium)
Jack Curtis Jr vs Taro Miyaki
Danny Hodge vs Jack Donovan
Lorenzo Parente vs Tony Morelli

6/15/60 Fort Smith, AR (Sports Arena)
Karol Krauser & Ray Duran vs Lorenzo Parente & Tony Morelli
Lorenzo Parente vs Ray Duran
Karol Krauser vs Tony Morelli

6/15/60 Springfield, MO (Shrine Mosque)
Wrestle Royal featuring Carlos Rodriguez, Danny Hodge, Jack Curtis Jr, Jack Donovan, Red McKim and Taro Miyaki
Plus three matches determined by order of elimination

6/16/60 Poteau, OK (Rodeo Grounds)
Carlos Rodriguez & Taro Miyaki vs Danny Hodge & Jack Curtis Jr
Plus 2 other bouts, likely singles bouts involving the four wrestlers in the tag team match

6/17/60 Oklahoma City, OK (Stockyards Coliseum)
Wrestle Royal featuring Carlos Rodriguez, Danny Hodge, Hassan Bey, Jack Curtis Jr, Jack Donovan, Karol Krauser, Lorenzo Parente, Ray Duran, Taro Miyaki and Tony Morelli
Plus four matches determined by order of elimination

6/20/60 Shreveport, LA (Municipal Auditorium)
Carlos Rodriguez vs Jack Curtis Jr
Chief Red Cloud vs Ray Duran
Bolo Jr vs Lorenzo Parente

6/20/60 Tulsa, OK (Fairgrounds Junior Arena)
Bob Clay & Danny Hodge & Red McKim vs Jack Donovan & Karol Krauser & Taro Miyaki
Bob Clay vs Karol Krauser
Danny Hodge vs Taro Miyaki
Jack Donovan vs Red McKim

6/21/60 Little Rock, AR (Robinson Auditorium)
Battle Royal featuring Jack Curtis Jr, Karol Krauser, Lorenzo Parente, Ray Duran, Taro Miyaki and Tony Morelli
Plus three matches determined by order of elimination

6/22/60 Fort Smith, AR (Sports Arena)
Danny Hodge vs Karol Krauser
Lorenzo Parente vs Taro Miyaki

6/23/60 Muskogee, OK (City Hall Auditorium)
Danny Hodge & Red McKim vs Jack Donovan & Karol Krauser
Danny Hodge vs Jack Donovan
Karol Krauser vs Red McKim

6/23/60 Shawnee, OK (Municipal Baseball Park)
Jack Curtis Jr & Lorenzo Parente vs Taro Miyaki & Tony Morelli
Jack Curtis Jr vs Taro Miyako
Lorenzo Parente vs Tony Morelli

6/24/60 Oklahoma City, OK (Stockyards Coliseum)
No time limit: Danny Hodge & Jack Curtis Jr vs Jack Donovan & Karol Krauser
Chief Red Cloud vs Taro Miyaki
Lorenzo Parente vs Ray Duran
Jack Curtis jr vs Karol Krauser

6/25/60 Oklahoma City, OK (Springlake Amusement Park)
Carlos Rodriguez vs Danny Hodge
*this was part of WKY-TV’s “All Sports Day”

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NEW TO THE TERRITORY THIS QUARTER

GENE DuBOIS – Primarily known as “the Canadian Wildman” Dave McKigney, DuBois was Terrible Ted’s trainer and handler. Ted’s heyday was between 1958 and 1974. McKigney was killed on July 4, 1988 in the same accident that took the lives of Adrian Adonis and Victor Arko (one of the Kelly twins; his brother, William Arko, was driving the van and suffered significant injuries) when the van they were riding in swerved to avoid hitting a moose and crashed.

JACK CURTIS JR – Curtis joined his father in wrestling rings after leaving the Air Force in 1967. They may have been one of the first father/son tag teams in wrestling. His father and George Culkin (aka George Curtis) were brothers-in-law. When George & his son Gil split from McGuirk and ran their own territory in Mississippi in the late 70s, Jack Jr was tapped to promote McGuirk cards in Jackson and Vicksburg in opposition to his own family (it should be noted that Gil and Jack Jr later made amends). The Jackson shows were often held on the same night of the week, with the venues about 4 ½ miles apart.

LORENZO PARENTE – Best known for teaming with Canadian Bobby Hart as the Continental Warriors in the eary 70s, Parente defeated Danny Hodge to win the NWA World Junior Heavyweight title in January 1966 in a title switch that may have been necessitated by injuries Hodge suffered in a car accident earlier that morning while returning from a show in Wichita Falls the night before.

LUIS MARTINEZ – Martinez wrestled from the 50s through the mid 70s for numerous territories. He had been here previously for two separate stints, one in 1953 and one in 1955. Held titles in Arizona, Indiana and Detroit among other areas. Frequent opponents over the course of his career included Don Kent and the Sheik, while his frequent tag team partners included Pepper Gomez and Ricky Romero.

RAY DURAN – Duran began his career in Mexico in the late 30s, eventually coming to the U.S. and wrestling primarily in the southwest. His career wound down in the late 60s with his last known appearances being on a part-time basis for Gulas in the early 70s.

TARO MIYAKI – Hawaiian-born George Halealoha Kahaumia began his career in Hawaii and northern California billed as George Kongozan. He first started using the Taro Miyaki name in 1959. After several years bouncing around various North American territories, he settled in Hawaii in 1966 and spent the next few years wrestling there as Kongozan.

TED CHRISTY – Brother of Vic Christy, “Terrible” Ted (not to be confused with the wrestling bear named Terrible Ted who was here at the same time as Christy) teamed up with brother Vic in numerous territories over the years. He also had a number of TV and movie credits over the years, including around 20 uncredited appearances on Gunsmoke.

TONY MORELLI – Morelli came in from Amarillo, and it appears he was used as a fill-in for Angelo Savoldi after Savoldi was injured (short version: Danny Hodge’s father legit attacked Savoldi with a pen knife during a match in Oklahoma City). Morelli had been wrestling since the mid-30s, with numerous stints here and in Amarillo, Arizona and southern California among other territories.

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OTHER WRESTLERS NOT LISTED IN THE SPOT RATINGS

NATIONALLY KNOWN STARS / TOURING ATTRACTIONS:
Dick Hutton

PART-TIMERS:
Bob Clay
Bolo Jr. (identity unknown; a number of wrestlers portrayed “secondary” Bolos over the years as a partner/ally of Al Lovelock, usually billed as The Mighty Bolo but sometimes as Bolo Jr.)
Frank Murdock (worked one show in Oklahoma City; this may have been Hoyt Richard Murdoch aka Frankie Hill Murdock aka Dick Murdoch’s stepfather; he had pretty much retired a few years earlier but had a handful of bookings in the southwest as late as 1961)
Ken Hill
Ray Gordon (worked one show in Tulsa, coming in from Central States)

WOMEN WRESTLERS:
Jessica Rogers
Judy Glover
Kathy Starr
Laura Martinez
Lorraine Johnson
(the overall SPOT Rating for the women wrestlers in the territory this quarter was a .65)

MIDGET WRESTLERS:
Bull Brummel
Cowboy Bradley
Lord Littlebrook
Tiny Roe
(the overall SPOT Rating for the male midget wrestlers in the territory this quarter was a .81)

OTHER ATTRACTIONS
Terrible Ted the wrestling bear (Ted’s SPOT rating for the quarter was a .91)

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