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Tim Hornbaker did the Dallas research. I took some partials from the Buddy Rogers record book and researched Galveston, Corpus Christi and San Antonio myself. A few Houston cards came from Jim Melby's Pepper Gomez scrapbook.

1/2/56 Waco, TX @ Arena
Rocky Columbo vs Len Hughes 2/3 90:00
Joe Christie vs Ray Gunkel
Skull Murphy vs Alvero Velasco 2/3 60:00

1/3/56 Dallas, TX @ Sportatorium
Duke Keomuka beat Danny McShain 2/3
Ray Gunkel beat Don Evans dq when Evans used a chair
Manuel Cortez beat Joe Christie by decision
Tiny Mills beat Doug Donovan COR
Len Hughes (sub Larry Chene) drew Skull Murphy

1/4/56 San Antonio, TX @ Wrestlethon
Referee Otto Kuss
Danny McShain beat Rocco Columbo 2/3
Tonina (sub Doug Donovan) beat Skull Murphy dq
Duke Keomuka drew Len Hughes 20:00
Alvaro Velasco beat Larry Chene via pin
Ray Gunkel drew Dr Jerry Graham 15:00

1/4/56 Victoria, TX @ Sportatorium
Don Evans beat Texas Champion Pepper Gomez on a 3rd fall dq
1 Evans pinned Gomez after a body slam
2 Gomez beat Evans by submission with an Indian Death Lock
3 Gomez refused to break the hold between falls and knocked referee Marvin Jones out of the ring earning a dq in the process.
Manuel Cortez beat Joe Christie on a 3rd fall dq
1 Cortez beat Christie with a “scissor hold”
2 Christie beat Cortez
3 Christie was dq’ed for hitting the referee
Clyde Steeves beat Tiny Mills

1/5/56 Corpus Christi, TX @ Town Hall Arena
Joe Christie beat Ray Gunkel when Gunkel could not answer the bell for the 3rd fall
Pepper Gomez beat Duke Keomuka dq when Joe Christie interfered
Skull Murphy drew Manuel Cortez
Rocco Columbo beat Len Hughes by Referee’s decision

1/5/56 Galveston, TX @ City Auditorium
Luther Lindsay vs Danny McShain 2/3 60:00
Don Evans vs Alvero Velasco 2/3 45:00
Dr Jerry Graham vs Clyde Steeves
Tiny Mills vs Doug Donovan

1/6/56 Houston, TX
Danny McShain beat Pepper Gomez dq
Duke Keomuka vs Luther Lindsay
Joe Christie vs Manuel Cortez
Rocco Columbo vs Skull Murphy
Jerry Graham vs Don Evans
Tony Borne vs Alvaro Velasco

1/7/56 Angelton, TX @ Brazoria County Fairgrounds
Ray Gunkel vs Skull Murphy
Luther Lindsay vs Tony Borne
Dr Jerry Graham vs George Frankovich 15:00
Note: First time for a Negro wrestler in Angleton

1/9/56 Waco, TX @ Arena
Joe Christie beat Rocky Columbo via pin
Alvero Velasco beat Len Hughes 2/3
Referee Marvin Jones
Luther Lindsay beat Len Hughes (sub Tex Grady) in 11:00 with a suplex hold

1/10/56 Dallas, TX @ Sportatorium
Luther Lindsay beat Duke Keomuka 2/3
1. Lindsay won the first fall
2. Keomuka won the second when Tiny Mills interfered
3. Lindsay pinned Keomuka for the third with Danny McShain counting the three when the Referee Roy Carter was laid out outside the ring
Referees confered and agreed to give Lindsay the victory
Danny McShain & Skull Murphy beat Manuel Cortez & Luigi Macera
Don Evans drew Ray Gunkel
Tiny Mills beat Joe Christie dq
Sugi Sito beat Tony Borne
Att: large crowd, standing room only

1/11/56 San Antonio, TX @ Wrestlethon
Referee Otto Kuss
Doug Donovan ddq Luigi Macera
Jerry Graham beat Tony Borne via pin after a series of body slams
Sugi Sito drew Alvaro Velasco
Skull Murphy beat Ray Gunkel
Danny McShain beat Rocky Columbo via pin after an atomic drop
Luigi Macera won a 10 Man Battle Royal for $1,000

1/11/56 Victoria, TX @ Sportatorium
Texas Champion Pepper Gomez beat Don Evans on a reverse decision in the 3rd fall when Luther Lindsay alerted referee Marvin Jones that Joe Christie interfered
1 Evans beat Gomez
2 Gomez pinned Evans
3 Referee Marvin Jones reversed his decision and declared Gomez the winner
Luther Lindsay beat Joe Christie 2/3
1 Christie won 1st fall
2 Lindsay won 2nd fall
3 Lindsay won 3rd fall
Manuel Cortez beat Clyde Steeves

1/12/56 Corpus Christi, TX @ Town Hall Arena
Non Title Match
Joe Christie beat Texas Champion Pepper Gomez when Gomez could not answer the bell for the 3rd fall
Manuel Cortez beat Duke Keomuka
Len Hughes beat Johnny Bence
Skull Murphy drew Rocky Columbo

1/12/56 Galveston, TX @ City Auditorium
Luther Lindsay beat Danny McShain on a 2nd fall dq
Luigi Macera beat Doug Donovan 2/3
Clyde Steeves beat Don Evans in 8:00
Alvero Velasco drew Tiny Mills (sub Sugi Sito) 15:00

1/13/56 Houston, TX
Texas Champion Pepper Gomez beat Danny McShain
Luigi Macera beat Joe Christie
Alvaro Velasco drew Skull Murphy
Manuel Cortez beat Don Evans dq
Ray Gunkel drew Jerry Graham
Len Hughes beat Doug Donovan

1/16/56 Waco, TX @ Arena
Luther Lindsay beat Joe Christie on a 3rd fall COR
Rocky Columbo beat Doug Donovan on a 3rd fall dq
Alvero Velasco beat Johnny Bence in 28:00

1/17/56 Dallas, TX @ Sportatorium
Duke Keomuka no contest Luther Lindsay 3/5 after seconds of both principals broke from cages and entered the melee which was stopped by two Referees and called a draw
Tiny Mills, second for Keomuka, and Danny McShain, second for Lindsay, were initially locked in cages to prevent outside inteference
Johnny Bence beat Tony Borne
Don Evans beat Len Hughes
Luigi Macera beat Sugi Sito
Manuel Cortez beat Skull Murphy by decision
Danny McShain beat Tiny Mills after McShain received some outside help from Luther Lindsay

1/18/56 San Antonio, TX @ Wrestlethon
Danny McShain beat Texas Champion Pepper Gomez on a 3rd fall dq
Luigi Macera drew Skull Murphy 20:00
Sugi Sito beat Doug Donovan with an arm claw in 7:59
Alvaro Velasco beat Kinji Shibuya dq in 8:25

1/18/56 Victoria, TX @ Sportatorium
Referee Marvin Jones
Luther Lindsay beat Don Evans 2-0, 1st fall by dq
1 Evans was dq’ed for refusing to break a choke hold
2 Lindsay pinned Evans after a series of drop kicks
Duke Keomuka dcor Manuel Cortez in 3rd fall
Joe Christie beat Tiny Mills
Note: After the main event was finished, Joe Christie entered the ring and attempted to hit Lindsay. Lindsay ducked and Christie hit Evans by mistake. Once Evans recovered, he argued with Christie and “went after him.”

1/19/56 Corpus Christi, TX @ Town Hall Arena
Texas Champion Pepper Gomez beat Joe Christie on a 3rd fall dq
Manuel Cortez beat Len Hughes
Duke Keomuka beat Rocky Columbo
Ray Gunkel drew Skull Murphy

1/19/56 Galveston, TX @ City Auditorium
No Time Limit, No dq Match
Luther Lindsay & Luigi Macera beat Danny McShain & Doug Donovan when Macera pinned Donovan in the 3rd fall at the 26 minute mark after McShain accidentally hot Donovan with a chair
Referee Otto Kuss
Alvero Velasco beat Kinji Shibuya on a 3rd fall dq
Dr Jerry Graham drew Johnny Bence 20:00
Clyde Steeves beat Tiny Mills via pin in 12:00

1/21/56 Angleton, TX @ Brazoria County Fairgrounda
Ray Gunkel vs Jerry Graham 60:00
Pepper Gomez vs Kinji Shibuya 45:00
Skull Murphy vs Clyde Steeves

1/23/56 Waco, TX @ Arena
Referee Marvin Jones
Luther Lindsay beat Joe Christie 2/3
Pepper Gomez beat Doug Donovan 2/3
Clyde Steevea beat Alvaro Velasco

1/24/56 Dallas, TX @ Sportatorium
Texas Tag Team Champions Duke Keomuka & Tiny Mills beat Luther Lindsay & Danny McShain on a 3rd fall dq when Lindsay threw Mills over the top rope
Rocky Columbo beat Skull Murphy
Ray Gunkel beat Len Hughes
Don Evans beat Luigi Macera COR
Johnny Bence drew Alvaro Velazco

1/25/56 San Antonio, TX @ Wrestlethon
Sugi Sito vs Kinji Shibuya 2/3
Danny McShain vs Johnny Bence 20:00
Texas Champion Pepper Gomez vs Tiny Mills
Luigi Macera vs Skull Murphy
Rocky Columbo vs Doug Donovan 15:00

1/25/56 Victoria, TX @ Sportatorium
Referee Jesse “Babe” Juarez
Don Evans ddq Joe Christie in 3rd fall
Referee Marvin Jones
Manuel Cortez beat Duke Keomuka on a 3rd fall dq when Keomuka put referee Jones in a claw hold disabling Marvin for the main event.
Clyde Steeves drew Alvero Velazco
Promoter: Ray Adcock

1/26/56 Corpus Christi, TX @ Town Hall Arena
Pepper Gomez & Manuel Cortez beat Joe Christie & Duke Keomuka 2/3
Ray Gunkel vs Rocky Columbo
Sugi Sito vs Skull Murphy
Joe Christie drew Manuel Cortez

1/26/56 Galveston, TX @ City Auditorium
Texas Death Match
Danny McShain beat Doug Donovan when Donovan could not answer the bell for the 4th fall
Luigi Macera drew Kinji Shibuya when the 45 minute time limit expired in the 3rd fall
Alvero Velasco beat Don Evans dq
Dr Jerry Graham beat Len Hughes

1/27/56 Houston, TX
Tournament
Jerry Graham beat Clyde Steeves
Kinji Shibuya beat Ray Gunkel
Luigi Macera beat Danny McShain
Manuel Cortez beat Duke Keomuka dq
Luigi Macera beat Don Evans
Pepper Gomez beat Kinji Shibuya dq
Jerry Graham beat Manuel Cortez
Pepper Gomez beat Jerry Graham to win tournament to earn a title shot against NWA Champion Lou Thesz

1/28/56 Angleton, TX @ Brazoria County Fairgrounds
Kinji Shibuya vs Dr Jerry Graham 2/3 60:00
Joe Christie vs Alvaro Velasco 2/3 45:00
Len Hughes vs Johnny Bence

1/30/56 Waco, TX @ Arena
Joe Christie vs Duke Keomuka 90:00
Manuel Cortez vs Len Hughes
Jerry Graham vs Clyde Steeves

1/31/56 Dallas, TX @ Sportatorium
Danny McShain beat Duke Keomuka 2/3
Don Evans drew Luigi Macera drew when the 60 minute time limit expired in the 3rd fall
Skull Murphy beat Len Hughes (sub Prince Maiava)
Rocky Columbo drew Dr. Jerry Graham (Dallas debut)
Johnny Bence beat Clyde Steeves
Annual benefit for the March of Dimes
Notes: McLemore’s 17th anniversary show.

2/1/56 San Antonio, TX @ Wrestlethon
No dq Match
Texas Champion Pepper Gomez beat Danny McShain 2/3
Sugi Sito beat Skull Murphy dq
Kinji Shibuya beat Johnny Bence with a sleeper hold
Rocky Columbo beat Tiny Mills
Luigi Macera beat Doug Donovan

2/1/56 Victoria, TX @ Sportatorium
Joe Christy beat Don Evans dq when Duke Keomuka interfered
Referee Manuel Cortez
Marvin Jones beat Duke Keomuka dq
Alvaro Velasco drew Dr. Jerry Graham

2/2/56 Corpus Christi, TX @ Town Hall Arena
Joe Christie beat Manuel Cortez on a 3rd fall dq
Pepper Gomez vs Don Evans 20:00
Alvaro Velasco vs Len Hughes
Rocky Columbo vs Sugi Sito

2/2/56 Galveston, TX @ City Auditorium
Danny McShain beat Skull Murphy (sub Prince Maiava) 2/3
Referee Otto Kuss
Texas Junior Heavyweight Champion Luigi Macera beat Kinji Shibuya on a 3rd fall dq when Duke Keomuka interfered
Duke Keomuka beat Clyde Steeves via pin in 8:00 after a series of judo chops
Dr Jerry Graham drew Johnny Bence 15:00

2/3/56 Houston, TX
Texas Champion Pepper Gomez beat Kinji Shibuya dq
Danny McShain beat Rocco Columbo
Len Hughes drew Jerry Graham
Don Evans beat Clyde Steeves
Manuel Cortez beat Tiny Mills

2/4/56 Angleton, TX @ Brazoria County Fairgrounds
Kinji Shibuya vs Skull Murphy 2/3 60:00
One Fall to a Finish
Johnny Bence & Clyde Steeves vs Len Hughes & Dr Jerry Graham
Len Hughes vs Clyde Steeves
Dr Jerry Graham vs Johnny Bence

2/6/56 Waco, TX @ Arena
Duke Keomuka beat Joe Christie
Manuel Cortez beat Dr Jerry Graham
Len Hughes beat Sugi Sito via pin
Att: 2,000 “capacity crowd”

2/7/56 Dallas, TX @ Sportatorium
Pepper Gomez & Luigi Macera beat Duke Keomuka & Tiny Mills to capture the Texas Tag Team Title 2-0
Prince Maiava beat Danny McShain 1-0
McShain was not allowed to continue after suffering a head cut
Skull Murphy beat Clyde Steeves
Dr. Jerry Graham beat Johnny Bence
Don Evans drew Terry Foster
Head banging contest
Prince Maiava beat Skull Murphy

2/8/56 San Antonio, TX @ Wrestlethon
Danny McShain beat Rocky Columbo 2/3 to win Brass Knuckles Trophy
Luigi Macera beat Kinji Shibuya dq
Johnny Bence beat Tiny Mills via pin after a series of dropkicks
Skull Murphy beat Alvaro Velasco
Dr Jerry Graham drew Sugi Sito

2/8/56 Victoria, TX @ Sportatorium
Referee Marvin Jones
Bull Curry ddq Prince Maiava in 3rd fall
1 Curry pinned Maiava
2 Maiava pinned Curry
3 Both men were dq’ed when several wrestlers interfered
Joe Christie & Manuel Cortez beat Don Evans & Duke Keomuka when Cortez pinned Keomuka in the 3rd fall
Pepper Gomez beat Terry Foster 2-0
Att: “capacity crowd”
Promoter: Ray Adcock
Notes: Christie deserted Cortez in the tag bout. Gomez helped Cortez score the winning pin fall over Keomuka.

2/9/56 Corpus Christi, TX @ Town Hall Arena
Danny McShain beat Manuel Cortez 2/3
Joe Christie beat Rocky Columbo
Don Evans beat Alvaro Velasco
Len Hughes beat Tiny Mills

2/9/56 Galveston, TX @ City Auditorium
Referee Otto Kuss
Bull Curry no contest Prince Maiava in 3rd fall
Texas Champion Pepper Gomez beat Duke Keomuka
Kinji Shibuya beat Texas Junior Heavyweight Champion Luigi Macera 1-0 45:00
1.    Shibuya pinned Macera at the 20 minute mark
2.    The 45 minute time limit expired before either man could score the winning fall
Dr Jerry Graham beat Clyde Steeves via pin in 9:00
Att: “packed house of nearly 3,000 fans”

2/13/56 Waco, TX @ Arena
Marvin Jones & Duke Keomuka beat Joe Christie & Len Hughes on a 3rd fall dq
Manuel Cortez beat Skull Murphy
Duke Keomuka drew Len Hughes
Clyde Steeves beat Joe Christie dq

2/14/56 Dallas, TX @ Sportatorium
Prince Maiava beat Danny McShain on a 3rd fall dq
Duke Keomuka drew Luigi Macera
Pepper Gomez beat Dr. Jerry Graham in less than a minute
Ray Gunkel beat George Bollas
Terry Foster beat Alvaro Velazco
Rocky Columbo drew Don Evans

2/15/56 San Antonio, TX @ Wrestlethon
Referee Otto Kuss
Brass Knuckles Champion Danny McShain no contest Duke Keomuka in 3rd fall
Luigi Macera beat Dr Jerry Graham in 14:52
Johnny Bence beat Kinji Shibuya on a reverse decision dq
Rocky Columbo beat George Bollas via pin in 11:20
Skull Murphy beat Alvaro Velasco via pin in 12:45

2/15/56 Victoria, TX @ Sportatorium
Pepper Gomez & Manuel Cortez & Prince Maiava beat Bull Curry & Don Evans & Joe Christie 2/3
Prince Maiava dcor Joe Christie
Bull Curry drew Pepper Gomez
Manuel Cortez beat Don Evans dq
Sammy Berg beat Sugi Sito

2/16/56 Corpus Christi, TX @ Town Hall Arena
Manuel Cortez beat Danny McShain dq
Luigi Macera beat Joe Christie dq when Don Evans interfered
Don Evans drew Clyde Steeves 15:00
Len Hughes beat Terry Foster

2/16/56 Galveston, TX @ City Auditorium
No Time Limit
Prince Maiava beat Bull Curry on a 3rd fall dq
Non Title Match
Texas Champion Pepper Gomez drew Kinji Shibuya when the 45 miunte time limit expired in the 3rd fall
Dr Jerry Graham beat Rocky Columbo via pin in 9:00
George Bollas drew Johnny Bence 15:00 but Bence was awarded the decision by Referee Otto Kuss when Bollas kept beating on Bence after the time limit expired
Att: “over 2,200 fans”

2/20/56 Waco, TX @ Arena
Prince Maiava beat Joe Christie on a 3rd fall dq when Len Hughes interfered
Len Hughes beat Clyde Steeves
Rocky Columbo drew Manuel Cortez 20:00

2/21/56 Dallas, TX @ Sportatorium
Bull Curry beat Danny McShain 2/3 to capture the Texas Brass Knuckles Title
Duke Keomuka & Kinja Shibuya beat Pepper Gomez & Luigi Macera 2/3 to capture the Texas State Tag Team Title
Prince Maiava beat Dr. Jerry Graham
Ray Gunkel beat Johnny Bence
Rocky Columbo drew Alvaro Velazco
Note: The Dallas Morning News reported that Pepper Gomez wrestled NWA champion Lou Thesz to a draw on Monday in Fort Worth.

2/22/56 San Antonio, TX @ Wrestlethon
Duke Keomuka & Kinji Shibuya beat Rocky Columbo & mystery partner Danny McShain when Keomuka beat Columbo with a sleeper hold in the 3rd fall
Referee Otto Kuss
Texas Champion Pepper Gomez beat Skull Murphy dq
Luigi Macera drew Clyde Steeves
Dr Jerry Graham drew Alvaro Velasco
Johnny Bence drew Len Hughes

2/22/56 Victoria, TX @ Sportatorium
Prince Maiava beat Don Evans dq in 29:48 when Evans hit referee Marvin Jones
Bull Curry beat Joe Christie 2-0
Sammy Berg beat Manuel Cortez in 13:05

2/23/56 Corpus Christi, TX @ Town Hall Arena
Pepper Gomez & Luigi Macera vs Don Evans & Joe Christie 2/3 90:00
Danny McShain vs Clyde Steeves
Manuel Cortez vs Len Hughes
Luigi Macera vs Don Evans

2/23/56 Galveston, TX @ City Auditorium
Referee Otto Kuss
Duke Keomuka beat Bull Curry on a 3rd fall COR
Prince Maiava beat Kinji Shibuya on a 3rd fall dq
Ray Gunkel beat Dr Jerry Graham via pin after a series of body slams
Skull Murphy drew Alvero Velasco 15:00

2/24/56 Houston, TX
NWA Champion Lou Thesz beat Pepper Gomez
Prince Maiava no contest Bull Curry
Duke Keomuka beat Len Hughes
Danny McShain beat Jack Bence
Sammy Berg drew Joe Christie

2/27/56 Fort Worth, TX @ North Side Coliseum 
NWA Champion Lou Thesz dcor Pepper Gomez in 3rd fall
Bull Curry beat Dr. Jerry Graham
Duke Keomuka beat Terry Foster
Kinji Shibuya beat Alvaro Velasco
Skull Murphy drew Sammy Berg

2/27/56 Waco, TX @ Arena
Texas Junior Heavyweight Champion Luigi Macera beat Rocky Columbo 2/3
Danny McShain beat Joe Christie COR
Ray Gunkel beat Len Hughes dq

2/28/56 Dallas, TX @ Sportatorium
Bull Curry ddq Duke Keomuka in 3rd fall, match was billed as being for the Texas State Brass Knuckles trophy
Kinji Shibuya beat Prince Maiava
Pepper Gomez beat Skull Murphy
Ray Gunkel beat Len Hughes
Luigi Macera beat Alvaro Velazco

2/29/56 San Antonio, TX @ Wrestlethon
Prince Maiava vs Skull Murphy
Pepper Gomez vs Kinji Shibuya
Danny McShain vs Johnny Bence
Duke Keomuka vs Rocky Columbo
Dr Jerry Graham vs Clyde Steeves

2/29/56 Victoria, TX @ Sportatorium
No Referee, No Time Limit
Bull Curry beat Joe Christie in 19:45
Don Evans drew Luigi Macera when the 45 minute time limit expired in the 3rd fall
Sammy Berg beat Len Hughes by submission with an abdominal stretch in 8:33

3/1/56 Corpus Christi, TX @ Town Hall Arena
Prince Maiava beat Joe Christie on a 3rd fall dq when Don Evans interfered
Pepper Gomez drew Don Evans 20:00
Luigi Macera beat Len Hughes
Clyde Steeves beat Rocky Columbo

3/2/56 Galveston, TX @ City Auditorium
Texas Tag Team Champions Duke Keomuka & Kinji Shibuya beat Bull Curry & Danny McShain when Keomuka pinned Curry in the 3rd fall
Skull Murphy drew Ray Gunkel 45:00
Superman Sammy Berg beat Dr Jerry Graham with a full nelson
Alvero Velasco beat Terry Foster by submission in 9:00

3/5/56 Waco, TX @ Arena
Joe Christie & Len Hughes beat Pepper Gomez & Luigi Macera when the match was stopped in the 3rd fall due to Macera bleeding too badly
Danny McShain beat Clyde Steeves
Pepper Gomez drew Joe Christie
Luigi Macera beat Len Hughes

3/6/56 Dallas, TX @ Sportatorium
Pepper Gomez & Luigi Macera beat Texas Tag Team Champions Duke Keomuka & Kinji Shibuya on a 3rd fall dq when Keomuka tossed Gomez over the top rope
Joe Christie beat Rocky Columbo
Prince Maiava beat Len Hughes
Cowboy Orv Carlson drew Danny McShain
Ray Gunkel beat Bull Curry dq

3/7/56 San Antonio, TX @ Wrestlethon
Referee Dick Raines
Texas Champion Pepper Gomez beat Skull Murphy 2/3
Referee Otto Kuss
Prince Maiava ddq Kinji Shibuya
Duke Keomuka drew Clyde Steeves 20:00
Cowboy Orv Carlson beat Joe Christie in 13:07
Bill Savage drew Johnny Bence 15:00

3/7/56 Victoria, TX @ Sportatorium
Danny McShain vs Rocky Columbo 2/3
Bull Curry vs Sammy Berg 2/3
Don Evans vs Luigi Macera 2/3

3/8/56 Corpus Christi, TX @ Town Hall Arena
Joe Christie & Don Evans beat Pepper Gomez & Clyde Steeves when Christie pinned Steeves in the 3rd fall
Johnny Bence beat Skull Murphy
Bill Savage drew Luigi Macera
Clyde Steeves beat Joe Christie dq

3/8/56 Galveston, TX @ City Auditorium
10 Rounds Combination Boxing and Wrestling
Danny McShain beat Bull Curry on a 3rd fall dq when Curry used a blackjack
Non Title Match
Texas Tag Team Champions Duke Keomuka & Kinji Shibuya vs Ray Gunkel & Prince Maiava 2/3 45:00
Sammy Berg beat Len Hughes with an abdominal stretch
Alvaro Velasco vs Cowboy Orv Carlson

3/9/56 Houston, TX
Texas Tag Team Champions Duke Keomuka & Kinji Shibuya beat Pepper Gomez & Bull Curry
Joe Christie drew Tarzan the Bear
Don Evans drew Ray Gunkel
Prince Maiava beat Danny McShain dq
Sammy Berg beat Skull Murphy
Bill Savage beat Alvaro Velasco

3/12/56 Waco, TX @ Arena
Danny McShain beat Texas Junior Heavyweight Champion Luigi Macera on a 3rd fall dq when Macera tossed McShain over the top rope
Texas Champion Pepper Gomez beat Joe Christie
Ray Gunkel beat Jack Bence

3/13/56 Dallas, TX @ Sportatorium
Texas Tag Team Champions Duke Keomuka & Kinji Shibuya beat Pepper Gomez & Luiga Macera 2/3
Clyde Steeves beat Len Hughes
Cowboy Orv Carlson beat Terry Foster
Ray Gunkel beat Killer Joe Christie dq
Bull Curry dcor Tarzan the Bear
Note: Tarzan the Bear was billed as being 400-pounds.

3/14/56 San Antonio, TX @ Wrestlethon
Bull Curry beat Skull Murphy 2/3
Prince Maiava beat Bill Savage
Duke Keomuka beat Clyde Steeves with a sleeper hold
Kinji Shibuya beat Cowboy Orv Carlson
Joe Christie beat Johnny Bence

3/14/56 Victoria, TX @ Sportatorium
Pepper Gomez in action
Clipping too smudged to read.

3/15/56 Corpus Christi, TX @ Town Hall Arena
Tournament bouts with eventual winner to face NWA Champion
Pepper Gomez beat Dick Raines 2/3
Joe Christie beat Johnny Bence 2/3
Luigi Macera beat Don Evans 2-0
Bill Savage beat Alvaro Velasco 2-0

3/15/56 Galveston, TX @ City Auditorium
Referee Otto Kuss
Prince Maiava beat Danny McShain on a 3rd fall COR
Tarzan the Wrestling Bear beat Bull Curry COR in 4:00
Sammy Berg beat Duke Keomuka on a 3rd fall dq when Kinji Shibuya interfered
Ray Gunkel drew Kinji Shibuya 15:00
Cowboy Orv Carlson beat Len Hughes via pin in 10:00 after a bulldog headlock

3/16/56 Houston, TX
Don Evans beat Pepper Gomez

3/17/56 Angleton, TX @ Brazoria County Fairgrounds
Bull Curry vs Skull Murphy 2/3
Prince Maiava vs Len Hughes
Bill Savage vs Johnny Bence

3/19/56 Waco, TX @ Arena
Joe Christie beat Marvin Jones 2/3
Referee Ray Gunkel
Danny McShain beat Cyclone Anaya on a 3rd fall dq
Luigi Macera beat Duke Keomuka by Referee Gunkel’s decision

3/20/56 Dallas, TX @ Sportatorium
Match can only end with the claw
Pepper Gomez drew Duke Keomuka when Doctor Allen F. Rowson refused to allow Gomez to continue
Clyde Steeves beat Terry Foster
Ray Gunkel beat Johnny Bence
Cowboy Orv Carlson beat Bull Curry dq when Curry smashed Carlson with a chair

3/21/56 San Antonio, TX @ Wrestlethon
Duke Keomuka & Kinji Shibuya beat Prince Maiava & Cowboy Orv Carlson when Shibuya pinned Carlson in the 3rd fall
Ray Gunkel drew Joe Christie 20:00
Cyclone Anaya beat Skull Murphy dq in 6:15
Bull Curry beat Dick Raines in 7:35
Bill Savage drew Alvaro Velasco 15:00

3/21/56 Victoria, TX @ Sportatorium
Tarzan The Bear beat Danny McShain dq
Pepper Gomez & Luigi Macera beat Don Evans & Len Hughes 2/3
Note: Clipping very hard to read.

3/22/56 Corpus Christi, TX @ Town Hall Arena
Tournament Semi Finals
Pepper Gomez beat Bill Savage 2/3
Joe Christie beat Luigi Macera 2/3
Non Tourney Bouts
Don Evans vs Johnny Bence
Ray Gunkel vs Clyde Steeves

3/22/56 Galveston, TX @ City Auditorium
Bull Curry & Prince Maiava beat Texas Tag Team Champions Duke Keomuka & Kinji Shibuya on a 3rd fall dq when Keomuka tossed Curry over the top rope
Danny McShain drew Cyclone Anaya when the 45 minute time limit expired in the 3rd fall
Sammy Berg drew Cowboy Carlson 15:00
Ray Gunkel beat Len Hughes in 10:00 with an abdominal stretch

3/23/56 Houston, TX
Texas Champion Pepper Gomez vs Don Evans
Bull Curry vs Sammy Berg
Texas Tag Team Champions Kinji Shibuya & Duke Keomuka vs Ray Gunkel & Prince Maiava
Danny McShain vs Luigi Macera
Bill Savage vs Len Hughes

3/24/56 Angleton, TX @ Brazoria County Fairgrounds
Bull Curry ddq Prince Maiava
Joe Christie vs Cyclone Anaya 2/3 60:00
Bill Savage vs Alvaro Velasco 15:00

3/26/56 Waco, TX @ Arena
Luigi Macera beat Danny McShain in 47:00 to win Texas Junior Heavyweight Title
Joe Christie drew Duke Keomuka 60:00
Clyde Steeves beat Len Hughes

3/27/56 Dallas, TX @ Sportatorium
Pepper Gomez drew Duke Keomuka
Gomez smashed Keomuka with a chair five times and Keomuka was carried from the ring after being knocked out
Cowboy Orv Carlson & Prince Maiava beat Joe Christie & Danny McShain
Cowboy Orv Carlson drew Joe Christie
Prince Maiava beat Danny McShain dq
Clyde Steeves beat Alvaro Velazco
Ray Gunkel beat Skull Murphy

3/28/56 San Antonio, TX @ Wrestlethon
Bull Curry beat Prince Maiava on a 3rd fall dq when Prince’s manager Coconut Willie interfered
Cowboy Orv Carlson beat Don Evans
Clyde Steeves beat Kinji Shibuya dq in 12:58
Cyclone Anaya beat Skull Murphy in 12:50 with a cobra hold
Len Hughes drew Duke Keomuka 20:00

3/28/56 Victoria, TX @ Sportatorium
Pepper Gomez beat Danny McShain
Wild Bill Savage vs ??
Joe Christie beat Sammy Berg
Note: Another smudged, hard to read clipping.

3/29/56 Corpus Christi, TX @ Town Hall Arena
Tournament Final with Winner to face NWA Champion Whipper Billy Watson
Joe Christie beat Pepper Gomez
Luigi Macera vs Wild Bill Savage
Don Evans vs Ray Gunkel
Kinji Shibuya vs Alvaro Velasco

3/29/56 Galveston, TX @ City Auditorium
No Time Limit, Referee Otto Kuss
Brass Knuckles Champion Bull Curry beat Duke Keomuka when Keomuka was unable to answer the bell for the 8th fall
Cyclone Anaya beat Danny McShain 2-0, 1st fall by dq
Prince Maiava beat Skull Murphy via pin
Cowboy Orv Carlson beat Len Hughes via pin in 12:00 after a bulldog headlock

3/30/56 Houston, TX
Texas Champion Pepper Gomez vs Ray Gunkel
Bull Curry vs Danny McShain for Brass Knucks title
Don Evans vs Prince Maiava
Cyclone Anaya vs Joe Christie
Lou Plummer vs Alvaro Velasco
Bill Savage vs Clyde Steeves

3/31/56 Angleton, TX @ Brazoria County Fairgrounds
Bull Curry beat Prince Maiava
Ray Gunkel & Sammy Berg vs Skull Murphy & Len Hughes
Ray Gunkel vs Skull Murphy
Len Hughes vs Sammy Berg 15:00

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4/2/56 Waco, TX @ Arena
Texas Death Match
Duke Keomuka beat Joe Christie after 7 falls
Referee Marvin Jones
Luigi Macera beat Duke Keomuka dq
Cyclone Anaya beat Clyde Steeves in 17:00

4/3/56 Dallas, TX @ Sportatorium
Tournament for World Title Match
Joe Christie beat Clyde Steeves
Ray Gunkel beat Alvaro Velazco
Ray Stern beat Len Hughes
Duke Keomuka beat Prince Maiava COR
Pepper Gomez beat Kinji Shibuya
Sammy Berg beat Skull Murphy
Ray Gunkel beat Joe Christie
Duke Keomuka beat Pepper Gomez
Ray Stern beat Sammy Berg
Duke Keomuka beat Ray Stern
Ray Gunkel beat Duke Keomuka to win the tournament

4/4/56 San Antonio, TX @ Wrestlethon
Tournament with winner to face NWA Champion Whipper Billy Watson next week
Final
Bull Curry beat Pepper Gomez in 6:07 to win tourney
Semi Finals
Pepper Gomez beat Duke Keomuka in 12:45
Bull Curry bye
Second Round
Bull Curry beat Sammy Berg in 6:55
Pepper Gomez beat Don Evans dq in 6:11
Duke Keomuka beat Clyde Steeves in 7:50
First Round
Bull Curry beat Len Hughes in 5:59
Pepper Gomez beat Skull Murphy in 8:07
Duke Keomuka beat Sammy Berg in 11:50
Don Evans beat Prince Maiava in 6:50
Clyde Steeves drew Cowboy Orv Carlson but won a coin flip to advance
Sammy Berg drew Ray Gunkel but won a coin flip to advance

4/4/56 Victoria, TX @ Sportatorium
Kinji Shibuya vs Ray Thunder Stern 2/3 45:00
Luigi Macera vs Joe Christie
Cyclone Anaya vs Wild Bill Savage

4/5/56 Corpus Christi, TX @ Town Hall Arena
Ray Gunkel beat Don Evans on a 3rd fall dq
Luigi Macera beat Bill Savage
Duke Keomuka beat Clyde Steeves
Kinji Shibuya drew George Drake

4/5/56 Galveston, TX @ City Auditorium
10 Man Tag Bout, Team that wins the most falls wins the match and $2,500
Prelim bouts start match
Bull Curry beat Prince Maiava COR in 4:00
Len Hughes beat Alvaro Velasco via pin
Ray Stern beat Cyclone Anaya via pin in 9:00
Cowboy Orv Carlson beat Skull Murphy in 12:00
Pepper Gomez beat Joe Christie COR
Bad Guys up 3-2
Prince Maiava & Pepper Gomez & Cowboy Orv Carlson & Cyclone Anaya & Alvaro Velasco beat Bull Curry & Skull Murphy & Len Hughes & Ray Stern & Joe Christie 3-1 so the good guys ended up winning five falls to four

4/6/56 Houston, TX 
Texas Champion Pepper Gomez beat Bull Curry
Prince Maiava beat Kinji Shibuya
Cyclone Anaya beat Don Evans dq
Luigi Macera drew George Drake
Ray Stern beat Joe Christie dq
Sammy Berg beat Len Hughes

4/7/56 Angleton, TX @ Brazoria County Fairgrounds
Brass Knuckles Champion Bull Curry beat Joe Christie 2-0
Ray Gunkel vs George Drake
Len Hughes vs Alvero Velasco

4/9/56 Waco, TX @ Arena
Cyclone Anaya & Luigi Macera beat Duke Keomuka & Kinji Shibuya 2/3
George Drake beat Joe Christie dq
Duke Keomuka beat Luigi Macera
Cyclone Anaya drew Kinji Shibuya

4/10/56 Dallas, TX @ Sportatorium
NWA Champion Whipper Billy Watson beat Ray Gunkel 2/3
1. Watson beat Gunkel
2. Gunkel beat Watson
3. Watson beat Gunkel
Gunkel was “easily” the crowd favorite
Duke Keomuka beat Prince Maiava dq when Maiava unintentionally threw Keomuka over the top rope
Ramon Torres (Dallas debut) beat Joe Christie
Don Evans drew Ray Stern
Cowboy Orville Carlson drew Luigi Macera
Sammy Berg beat Len Hughes

4/11/56 San Antonio, TX @ Wrestlethon
NWA Champion Whipper Billy Watson beat Bull Curry 2/3
Duke Keomuka beat Len Hughes in 14:01 with a sleeper hold
Cyclone Anaya beat Bill Savage with a cobra hold in 15:25
Don Evans dcor Prince Maiava
Ray Stern drew George Drake 15:00

4/11/56 Victoria, TX @ Sportatorium
Pepper Gomez vs Kinji Shibuya
Joe Christie vs Ramon Torres
Luigi Macera vs Jack Vansky
Cowboy Orv Carlson vs Al Velazco
Referee Marvin Jones
Note: Black Guzman managing Pepper Gomez

4/12/56 Corpus Christi, TX @ Town Hall Arena
NWA Champion Whipper Billy Watson beat Joe Christie 2/3
Duke Keomuka beat Prince Maiava by Referee’s decision
Luigi Macera beat Kinji Shibuya
Cyclone Anaya drew Don Evans
Att: 2,900

4/12/56 Galveston, TX @ City Auditorium
Referee Otto Kuss, Rough house Match
Bull Curry beat Ray Stern 2/3
Pepper Gomez & Ramon Torres beat Jack Vansky & Bill Savage when Torres pinned Vansky in the 3rd fall
Sammy Berg drew Ray Gunkel 15:00
George Drake beat Len Hughes by submission in 11:00

4/13/56 Houston, TX
NWA Champion Whipper Billy Watson vs Pepper Gomez
Ray Gunkel vs Don Evans
Bull Curry vs Ray Stern
Ramon Torres vs Joe Christie
Jack Vansky vs Luigi Macera

4/14/56 Angleton, TX @ Brazoria County Fairgrounds
Bull Curry vs Ray Gunkel
Luigi Macera vs Len Hughes
Sammy Berg vs Alvero Velasco 15:00

4/16/56 Waco, TX @ Arena
Brass Knuckles Champion Bull Curry beat Joe Christie
Luigi Macera beat Bill Savage dq
Cyclone Anaya beat Sammy Berg in 19:00 with a cobra twist
Att: 1,800

4/17/56 Dallas, TX @ Sportatorium
Two teams of five in a series of bouts with a point system – five singles matches and a five-on-five tag team bout (winning team was decided on points with one point per fall and the winners were to share $6,000)
Cowboy Orv Carlson & Luigi Macera & Prince Maiava & Ray Stern & Ramon Torres vs Sammy Berg & Joe Christie & Don Evans & Duke Keomuka & Wild Bill Savage
Ray Stern beat Sammy Berg
Joe Christie beat Luigi Macera
Duke Keomuka beat Cowboy Orv Carlson
Prince Maiava beat Don Evans
Ramon Torres beat Bill Savage
(at this point, the team of Carlson, Macera, Maiava, Stern and Torres were ahead 3-2 on poiints)
tag team match)
Sammy Berg, Joe Christie, Don Evans, Duke Keomuka and “Wild” Bill Savage won to make the score 3-3
extra team run off)
Cowboy Orv Carlson & Luigi Macera & Prince Maiava & Ray Stern & Ramon Torres won when Torres pinned Evans

4/18/56 San Antonio, TX @ Wrestlethon
Texas Champion Pepper Gomez beat Bull Curry 2/3
Don Evans beat Hugh McKenzie in 8:17
Cyclone Anaya beat Bill Savage
George Drake beat Joe Christie on a reverse decision
Luigi Macera drew Ray Stern 15:00

4/18/56 Victoria, TX @ Sportatorium
Referee Marvin Jones
Duke Keomuka beat Prince Maiava on a 3rd fall COR
1 Keomuka pinned Maiava in 11:30 after a series of judo chops
2 Maiava pinned Keomuka in 2:00
3 Maiava was counted out of the ring while attending to his injured manager Coconut Willie
Ramon Torres beat Jack “The Neck” Vansky 2/3
Cowboy Orv Carlson drew Danno McDonald

4/19/56 Corpus Christi, TX @ Town Hall Arena
Duke Keomuka beat Prince Maiava 2/3
Cyclone Anaya beat Bill Savage
Cowboy Orv Carlson beat Don Evans dq
Danno McDonald beat Luigi Macera

4/19/56 Galveston, TX @ City Auditorium
Texas Champion Pepper Gomez beat Bull Curry 2-0, 1st fall by dq
Ramon Torres beat Joe Christie on a 3rd fall COR
Sammy Berg drew Ray Stern 20:00
George Drake beat Jack Vansky by Referee’s decision

4/21/56 Angleton, TX @ Brazoria County Fairgrounds
Samoan Strap Match
Prince Maiava beat Bill Savage
Sammy Berg vs George Drake 2/3
Cowboy Orv Carlson vs Danno McDonald

4/23/56 Waco, TX @ Arena
Winner to meet NWA Champion Whipper Billy Watson
Bull Curry beat Cyclone Anaya COR
Joe Christie beat George Drake dq
Bill Savage drew Cowboy Orv Carlson 20:00
Att: “capacity crowd”

4/24/56 Dallas, TX @ Sportatorium
Ramon Torres beat Don Evans on a 3rd fall COR
Samoan-style match, left wrists of Maiava and Curry bound together with leather rope
Bull Curry beat Prince Maiava
Coconut Willie threw in a towel once Curry locked in a chokehold
Bill Savage beat Ruffy Silverstein dq
Joe Christie beat Sammy Berg
Nanjo Singh beat Luigi Macera
Pepper Gomez drew Ray Stern when Stern suffered an injury and Gomez refused a victory

4/25/56 San Antonio, TX @ Wrestlethon
Pepper Gomez & Luigi Macera & Cyclone Anaya beat Bull Curry & Don Evans & Joe Christie 2-0
Pepper Gomez drew Don Evans 15:00
Luigi Macera drew Bull Curry 15:00
Cyclone Anaya beat Joe Christie dq
Nanjo Singh beat Alvaro Velasco in 1:20
George Drake drew Ruffy Silverstein

4/25/56 Victoria, TX @ Sportatorium
Combination Judo Style & Samoan Style Match
Duke Keomuka vs Prince Maiava
1 Judo Style
2 Samoan Style with both men tied together
3 Fastest fall winner gets his choice of Judo Style or Samoan Style
Ramon Torres vs Wild Bill Savage 2/3 45:00
Cowboy Orv Carlson vs Jack The Neck Vansky

4/26/56 Corpus Christi, TX @ Town Hall Arena
Duke Keomuka vs Cyclone Anaya 2/3 60:00
Bull Curry vs Don Evans 2/3 60:00
Alvaro Velasco vs Cowboy Orv Carlson
Danno McDonald vs Sammy Berg

4/26/56 Galveston, TX @ City Auditorium
Samoan Strap Match
Prince Maiava beat Joe Christie in 6:00
Joe Christie & Jack Vansky beat Pepper Gomez & Ramon Torres in 17:00 when Christie pinned Torres
Ramon Torres beat Jack Vansky
Pepper Gomez beat Joe Christie dq when Jack Vansky interfered
Prince Maiava dcor Nanjo Singh 15:00
George Drake drew Ruffy Silverstein 15:00

4/28/56 Angleton, TX @ Brazoria County Fairgrounds
Don Evans & Bill Savage & Jack Vansky vs Luigi Macera & Danno McDonald & Alvaro Velasco
Don Evans vs Danno McDonald 15:00
Luigi Macera vs Bill Savage 15:00
Jack Vansky vs Alvaro Velasco 15:00

4/30/56 Fort Worth, TX 
Duke Keomuka vs Ramon Torres
Ray Gunkel beat Nanjo Singh
Pepper Gomez & Luigi Macera beat Mike DiBiase & Danny Plechas
Sammy Berg vs Danno McDonald
Cowboy Carlson vs Jack Vansky

5/1/56 Dallas, TX @ Sportatorium
Texas Champion Pepper Gomez beat Texas Brass Knuckles Champion Bull Curry 2-0, second fall by dq
Danny Plechas beat Sammy Berg
Ramon Torres beat Joe Christie
Luigi Macera beat Iron Mike DiBiase dq when Bulldog Danny Plechas interfered
Bill Savage (sub Nanjo Singh) drew Ray Stern

5/2/56 San Antonio, TX @ Wrestlethon
Joe Christie beat Otto Kuss 2/3
Bull Curry beat Nanjo Singh 2-0 in 5:36
Pepper Gomez drew Mike DiBiase 20:00
Cyclone Anaya beat Bill Savage via pin
Luigi Macera drew George Drake 15:00

5/2/56 Victoria, TX @ Sportatorium
Duke Keomuka vs Ramon Torres 2/3 60:00
One Fall to a Finish
Bulldog Danny Plechas & Jack Vansky vs Cowboy Orv Carlson & Ray Stern
Bulldog Danny Plechas vs Cowboy Orv Carlson 15:00
Jack Vansky vs Ray Stern 15:00

5/3/56 Galveston, TX @ City Auditorium
Ramon Torres beat Joe Christie 2-0, 1st fall by dq
Luigi Macera beat Jack Vansky 2/3
Mike DiBiase beat Ray Stern in 11:00
George Drake beat Nanjo Singh dq in 10:00
Referee Otto Kuss

5/4/56 Houston, TX
Texas Champion Pepper Gomez beat Nanjo Singh
Don Evans beat Ramon Torres
Ray Gunkel beat Danny Plechas
Mike DiBiase beat Sammy Berg
Danno McDonald drew Luigi Macera
Joe Christie beat George Drake

5/7/56 Waco, TX @ Arena
Texas Champion Pepper Gomez beat Bull Curry on a reverse decision 3rd fall dq
Cowboy Orv Carlson beat Don Evans dq
Bill Savage beat Alvaro Velasco

5/8/56 Dallas, TX @ Sportatorium
Texas Champion Pepper Gomez beat Edmund Francis 2/3
1. Francis won the first fall
2. both men were counted out in the second fall but Francis claimed the title, claiming that Gomez had lost two falls. Texas Deputy Wrestling and Boxing Commissioner Bill Hughes stated that Gomez had “lost only half-a-fall,” according to the Dallas Morning News, and “ordered the third fall to proceed.”
3. Gomez pinned Francis 
Ramon Torres beat Texas Brass Knuckles Champion Bull Curry dq
Bulldog Danny Plechas beat Ray Stern
Jack Vansky beat Alvaro Velazco
Iron Mike DiBiase beat Luigi Macera

5/9/56 San Antonio, TX @ Wrestlethon
Otto Kuss & Pepper Gomez & Cyclone Anaya beat Joe Christie & Bull Curry & Don Evans when Anaya beat Christie with a cobra hold in the 3rd fall
Don Evans beat Otto Kuss via pin in 8:59
Cyclone Anaya beat Bull Curry with a cobra hold
Pepper Gomez drew Joe Christie
Mike DiBiase beat George Drake via pin in 10:20
Luigi Macera drew Danno McDonald 15:00

5/9/56 Victoria, TX @ Sportatorium
Ramon Torres vs Duke Keomuka 2/3 60:00
Jesse “Babe” Juarez beat Wild Bill Savage on a 3rd fall dq
1 Juarez beat Savage with a “flying head scissor lock”
2 Savage beat Juarez with a “back body breaker”
3 Savage was dq’ed for refusing to break a choke hold
Ed Francis vs Bulldog Danny Plechas 2/3
Cowboy Orv Carlson vs Jack Vansky

5/10/56 Galveston, TX @ City Auditorium
Referee Paul Boesch
Edmund Francis beat Ramon Torres on a 3rd fall COR
Texas Junior Heavyweight Champion Luigi Macera beat Don Evans 2-0, both falls by dqs
Mike Dibiase beat George Drake via pin in 16:00
Joe Christie beat Ray Stern via pin in 10:00 after a series of knee lifts

5/11/56 Houston, TX
Pepper Gomez vs Mike DiBiase
Cyclone Anaya vs Bull Curry
Cowboy Carlson vs Duke Keomuka
Danno McDonald vs Danny Plechas
Luigi Macera vs Don Evans
Ramon Torres vs Joe Christie
Macera & Gomez & Anaya & Carlson & McDonald & Torres vs DiBiase & Keomuka & Curry & Plechas & Evans & Christie

5/12/56 Angleton, TX @ Brazoria County Fairgrounds
Don Evans & Bulldog Danny Plachas & Bill Savage vs Cowboy Orv Carlson & Danno McDonald
Plus three matches involving the wrestlers in the 6 man tag bout.

5/14/56 Waco, TX @ Arena
Winner to meet Women’s Champion June Byers next week
Mars Bennett beat Mary Jane Mull
Cyclone Anaya beat Bull Curry
Don Evans & Bill Savage beat Cowboy Orv Carlson & George Drake
Att: 2,400 “turn-away crowd”

5/15/56 Dallas, TX @ Sportatorium
Texas Champion Pepper Gomez beat Edmund Francis on a 3rd fall dq
Iron Mike DiBiase & Bulldog Danny Plechas beat Ray Gunkel & Luigi Macera
Reportedly the first “of a series of tandem bouts to determine new state tag team champions,” according to the Dallas Morning News
George Drake drew Bill Savage
Mars Bennett beat Belle Starr to earn a title shot against Women's Champion June Byers

5/16/56 San Antonio, TX @ Wrestlethon
Don Evans beat Cyclone Anaya 2/3
Mars Bennett beat Belle Starr via pin in 8:25 after a knee drop
Non Title Match
Texas Champion Pepper Gomez beat Joe Christie in 16:30
Danno McDonald beat Duke Keomuka dq when Duke tossed Danno over the top rope
Mike DiBiase beat Ray Gunkel via pin
Att: 1,809

5/16/56 Victoria, TX @ Sportatorium
Referee Marvin Jones
Women’s Champion June Byers beat Mary Jane Mull 2/3
1 Mull beat Byers
2 Byers beat Mull
3 Byers beat Mull
Bull Curry beat Ramon Torres when Torres could not answer the bell for the 3rd fall
1 Torres beat Curry
2 Curry beat Torres COR
3 Torres could not answer the bell for the 3rd fall
Cowboy Orv Carlson beat Bulldog Danny Plechas when Plechas attacked referee Marvin Jones
Luigi Macera drew Gentleman Ed Francis 20:00
Att: “near capacity crowd”

5/17/56 Galveston, TX @ City Auditorium
Ramon Torres beat Edmund Francis on a 3rd fall dq when Francis tossed Torres over the top rope
Winner to face Women’s Champion June Byers next week
Mary Jane Mull beat Belle Starr 2/3
Don Evans beat Joe Christie by submission
Mike DiBiase drew Luigi Macera 15:00
George Drake beat Jack Vansky via pin in 11:00
Att: “approximately 1,100 fans”

5/18/56 Houston, TX
NWA Champion Whipper Billy Watson beat Lou Thesz

5/19/56 Angleton, TX @ Brazoria County Fairgrounds
Brass Knuckles Champion Bull Curry vs Bulldog Danny Plechas
Duke Keomuka vs Cyclone Anaya 2/3
Jack Vansky vs Wild Bill Savage

5/21/56 Waco, TX @ Arena
Women’s Champion June Byers beat Mars Bennett 2-0
Referee Marvin Jones
Cyclone Anaya & George Drake & Cowboy Orv Carlson beat Don Evans & Joe Christie & Bill Savage dq when Evans attacked Referee Jones
Joe Christie drew Cyclone Anaya
George Drake beat Don Evans dq
Bill Savage beat Cowboy Orv Carlson

5/22/56 Dallas, TX @ Sportatorium
Iron Mike DiBiase & Bulldog Danny Plechas beat Pepper Gomez & Luther Lindsay 2/3 to reportedly capture a claim to the vacant Texas Tag Team Title 
Plechas beat Gomez in the third fall according to one Referee, while another wanted to give the bout to Gomez and Lindsay
Women’s Champion June Byers beat Mars Bennett
Edmund Francis drew Luigi Macera
Cyclone Anaya beat Jack Vansky by decision
Ramon Torres beat Bill Savage

5/23/56 San Antonio, TX @ Wrestlethon
Don Evans beat Luigi Macera 2/3
Women’s Champion June Byers beat Mars Bennett 2-0
Luther Lindsay beat Ricky Waldo
Ramon Torres beat Duke Keomuka
Cyclone Anaya beat Joe Christie
Danno McDonald drew Mike DiBiase

5/23/56 Victoria, TX @ Sportatorium
Referee Marvin Jones
Pepper Gomez beat Bull Curry when promoter Ray Adcock reversed the decision in the 3rd fall
Belle Starr beat Mary Jane Mull 2/3 in 31:00
George Drake beat Wild Bill Savage
Bulldog Danny Plechas beat Gentleman Ed Francis

5/24/56 Galveston, TX @ City Auditorium
Luther Lindsay beat Bull Curry on a 3rd fall dq
Mike DiBiase & Don Evans beat Ricky Waldo & Luigi Macera in 21:00 when Iron Mike pinned Macera
Women’s Champion June Byers beat Mary Jane Mull 2-0
Edmund Francis beat Cowboy Orv Carlson via pin in 14:00
Att: 2,500

5/26/56 Angleton, TX @ Brazoria County Fairgrounds
Bull Curry vs Don Evans
George Drake vs Jack Vansky
Cyclone Anaya vs Danno McDonald

5/28/56 Waco, TX @ Arena
Marvin Jones beat Don Evans to win $100 when Evans failed to pin Jones five times in the alloted time limit. Evans only pinned Jones twice.
George Drake beat Bull Curry
Cyclone Anaya beat Bill Savage dq

5/29/56 Dallas, TX @ Sportatorium
Iron Mike DiBiase & Bulldog Danny Plechas beat Pepper Gomez & Luther Lindsay to capture a full claim to the Texas Tag Team Title 1-0 after Lindsay suffered a leg injury and was forced to give up
Duke Keomuka drew Ramon Torres
Luther Lindsay beat Bulldog Danny Plechas dq when Iron Mike DiBiase interfered
Iron Mike DiBiase beat Pepper Gomez COR
Leo Newman beat Jack Vansky
Edmund Francis beat Cowboy Orv Carlson
Len Rossi beat Don Evans dq

5/30/56 San Antonio, TX @ Wrestlethon
Texas Champion Pepper Gomez beat Don Evans 2/3
Luigi Macera drew Jack O’Reilly 20:00
Ramon Torres beat Jack Vansky via pin
Duke Keomuka beat Danno McDonald with a sleeper hold in 12:05
Mike DiBiase drew Len Rossi 15:00

5/30/56 Victoria, TX @ Sportatorium
Brass Knuckles Trophy Match
Bulldog Danny Plechas beat Bull Curry in 3:13 of the 3rd fall to win Brass Knuckles Trophy
Non Title Match
World Colored Champion Luther Lindsay beat Will Bill Savage on a 3rd fall dq
Ricky Waldo beat Ed Francis
Cyclone Anaya beat George Drake

5/31/56 Corpus Christi, TX @ Town Hall Arena
Danny Plechas beat Polo Torres cnc knee
Len Rossi beat Duke Keomuka
George Drake beat Cowboy Orv Carlson
Cyclone Anaya beat Bill Savage
Danno McDonald beat Jack O’Reilly

5/31/56 Galveston, TX @ City Auditorium
Luther Lindsay & Ricky Waldo beat Bull Curry & Don Evans when Lindsay beat Curry in the 3rd fall
Luther Lindsay beat Bull Curry dq
Ricky Waldo dcor Don Evans
Pepper Gomez drew Mike DiBiase 20:00
Edmund Francis drew Luigi Macera 20:00
Att: 2,500

6/1/56 Houston, TX
Buddy Rogers beat Pepper Gomez to win Texas Title

6/4/56 Waco, TX @ Arena
Special Referee: Jack Dempsey
Don Evans beat Marvin Jones 2/3
Edmund Francis drew Cowboy Orv Carlson when the time limit expired in the 3rd fall
Ricky Waldo drew George Drake

6/5/56 Dallas, TX @ Sportatorium
Iron Mike DiBiase & Bulldog Danny Plechas ddq Don Evans & Duke Keomuka
Wild match, reportedly “another bout in the tourney to select team champions for the vacant state title”
Texas Champion Buddy Rogers beat Ramon Torres 2/3
Lou “Shoulders” Newman vs Ricky Waldo
George Drake vs Edmund Francis
Cowboy Orv Carlson vs Len Rossi
Note: According to the Dallas Morning News, Buddy Rogers won the Texas Heavyweight Title from Pepper Gomez in Houston on Friday; the newspaper was giving conflicting reports to the status of the tag team title between May 22 and June 5.

6/6/56 San Antonio, TX @ Wrestlethon
Ramon Torres beat Duke Keomuka 2/3
Larry Chene drew Jack O’Reilly 20:00
Buddy Rogers beat George Drake in 12:05 with a paralytic headlock
Danno McDonald beat Don Evans dq in 17:03
Lou Newman drew Len Rossi 15:00

6/6/56 Victoria, TX @ Sportatorium
Cyclone Anaya vs Bulldog Danny Plechas
Texas Junior Heavyweight Champion Luigi Macera vs Mr America Steve Stanlee
Mike Dibiase vs Ricky Waldo
Jim LaRock vs Cowboy Carlson

6/7/56 Galveston, TX @ City Auditorium
Texas Champion Buddy Rogers beat Ricky Waldo 2/3
Referee Otto Kuss
Don Evans & Duke Keomuka beat Larry Chene & Luigi Macera 1-0 45:00
1.    Chene & Macera were dq’ed in 17:00
2.    Neither team could score another fall before the 45 minute time limit expired
Steve Stanlee beat Cowboy Orv Carlson in 15:00
Danno McDonald drew Edmund Francis 15:00

6/8/56 Houston, TX
Texas Champion Buddy Rogers beat Ramon Torres dq

6/9/56 Angleton, TX @ Brazoria County Fairgrounds
Ricky Waldo vs Edmund Francis 2/3
Bill Savage vs Lou Newman 2/3
Danno McDonald vs Jack O;Reilly

6/11/56 Waco, TX @ Arena
Luigi Macera beat Duke Keomuka
Don Evans beat Larry Chene dq
Lou Newman beat George Drake
Ricky Waldo drew Cowboy Orv Carlson 20:00

6/12/56 Dallas, TX @ Sportatorium
Fence Match
Iron Mike DiBiase & Bulldog Danny Plechas beat Don Evans & Duke Keomuka 2/3 to capture the Texas Tag Team Title
(reported as a “rematch for the vacant Texas team wrestling title,” according to the Dallas Morning News
Texas Champion Buddy Rogers beat Len Rossi, Rogers used a “paralytic headlock”
Ramon Torres beat Cowboy Orv Carlson
George Drake drew Ricky Waldo
Larry Chene beat “Shoulders” Lou Newman by decision

6/13/56 San Antonio, TX @ Wrestlethon
Ramon Torres beat Don Evans
Larry Chene drew George Drake
Buddy Rogers beat Edmund Francis via pin
Duke Keomuka beat Jack O’Reilly
Lou Newman beat Danno McDonald
Att: 1,460

6/13/56 Victoria, TX @ Sportatorium
Referee Jim LaRock
Cyclone Anaya beat Mike Dibiase 2/3
Bulldog Danny Plechas beat Luigi Macera “when the attending physician ruled Macera unable to take the ring for the 3rd fall”
1 Macera won 1st fall
2 Plechas won 2nd fall with help from DiBiase
3 The physician made his ruling
No Time Limit. No dq Match, No Holds Barred, Fight to the Death
Referee Marvin Jones beat Wild Bill Savage in 10:35 with a “flying scissor hold”
Ricky Waldo beat Steve Stanlee dq when Stanlee slugged referee LaRock

6/14/56 Corpus Christi, TX @ Town Hall Arena
Texas Champion Buddy Rogers beat Cyclone Anaya 2/3
Mike DiBiase beat Ramon Torres COR
Danny Plechas beat Jim LaRock
Lou Newman beat Jack O’Reilly

6/14/56 Galveston, TX @ City Auditorium
Larry Chene beat Duke Keomuka on a 3rd fall dq
Luigi Macera beat Don Evans on a 3rd fall dq
Ricky Waldo & Danno McDonald vs Steve Stanlee & Bill Savage
Edmund Francis vs Len Rossi

6/15/56 Houston, TX
Texas Champion Buddy Rogers beat Ramon Torres

6/16/56 Angleton, TX @ Brazoria County Fairgrounds
Ramon Torres vs Edmund Francis 2/3
Lou Newman vs Cyclone Anaya 2/3
Cowboy Orv Carlson vs George Drake

6/18/56 Waco, TX @ Arena
Texas Junior Heavyweight Title Match
Luigi Macera beat Danny McShain on a 2nd fall dq
Referee Marvin Jones
Larry Chene no contest Don Evans in 3rd fall
Tiny Tim beat Tom Thumb
Lou Newman beat Martino Angelo in 25:00

6/19/56 Dallas, TX @ Sportatorium
Battle to the Finish Match
Iron Mike DiBiase & Bulldog Danny Plechas beat Don Evans & Duke Keomuka
Tiny Tim beat Tom Thumb
Ramon Torres beat Martino Angelo
Larry Chene beat George Drake
Cyclone Anaya drew Len Rossi

6/20/56 San Antonio, TX @ Wrestlethon
Ramon Torres vs Danny McShain
Tiny Tim vs Tom Thumb
Edmund Francis vs Lou Newman

6/20/56 Victoria, TX @ Sportatorium
Referee Jim LaRock
Mike Dibiase & Bulldog Danny Plechas ddq Marvin Jones & Cyclone Anaya
Lord Clayton Littlebrook beat Irish Jackie 2/3
Luigi Macera beat Steve Stanlee
Promoter: Ray Adcock

6/21/56 Galveston, TX @ City Auditorium
Barbed Wire Match, Referee Otto Kuss
Larry Chene & Luigi Macera ddq Don Evans & Duke Keomuka in 3rd fall
Cowboy Carlson & Tiny Tim beat Edmund Francis & Tom Thumb
Larry Chene beat Edmund Francis
Tom Thumb beat Tiny Tim in 7:00
Len Rossi beat Angelo Martino
Att: 1,200

6/22/56 Houston, TX
Texas Champion Buddy Rogers beat Duke Keomuka

6/25/56 Fort Worth, TX
Mike DiBiase & Danny Plechas vs Buddy Rogers & Duke Keomuka

6/25/56 Waco, TX @ Arena
Luigi Macera & Larry Chene beat Don Evans & Lou Newman in 31:00
Cyclone Anaya beat Edmund Francis 2/3
Lou Newman drew Larry Chene
Luigi Macera beat Don Evans

6/26/56 Dallas, TX @ Sportatorium
Texas Tag Team Champions Iron Mike DiBiase & Bulldog Danny Plechas beat Paul Boesch & Otto Kuss 2/3
Texas Champion Buddy Rogers beat Ramon Torres
Duke Keomuka beat Cyclone Anaya
Jack O’Reilly beat George Drake
Don Evans drew Jim LaRock

6/27/56 San Antonio, TX @ Wrestlethon
Rogers must beat Torres twice in a row
Ramon Torres beat Buddy Rogers
1. Rogers beat Torres with a paralytic headlock
2. Torres beat Rogers with neck twists
Lou Newman beat Len Rossi
George Drake beat Don Evans
Edmund Francis beat Steve Stanlee via pin
Ian Campbell beat Jack O’Reilly dq when Jack tossed Ian over the top rope
Al Kashey drew Larry Chene

6/27/56 Victoria, TX @ Sportatorium
Fight to the Finish, Wire Fence around the Ring
Mike DiBiase & Bulldog Danny Plechas vs Cyclone Anaya & Marvin Jones 2/3
Duke Keomuka vs Luigi Macera 2/3 45:00
Bulldog Danny Plechas vs Cyclone Anaya

6/28/56 Corpus Christi, TX @ Town Hall Arena
Texas Champion Buddy Rogers dcor Cyclone Anaya
Bulldog Danny Plechas beat Marvin Jones
Mike DiBiase vs Luigi Macera
Lou Newman vs Ian Campbell

6/28/56 Galveston, TX @ City Auditorium
10 Round Australians Rules Match
Larry Chene beat Don Evans in 6th round
Referee Otto Kuss
Ramon Torres beat Duke Keomuka on a 3rd fall dq
Len Rossi beat Jack O’Reilly in 14:00
Al Kashey beat Edmund Francis in 12:00

6/29/56 Houston, TX
Texas Champion Buddy Rogers beat Tony Martin

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7/2/56 Fort Worth, TX
Texas Champion Buddy Rogers beat Danny Plechas

7/2/56 Waco, TX @ Arena
Duke Keomuka vs Luigi Macera 2/3
Lou Newman vs Larry Chene 2/3
Tony Martin vs Leo Garibaldi

7/3/56 Dallas, TX @ Sportatorium
Texas Champion Buddy Rogers beat Iron Mike DiBiase
DiBiase was accompanied by Danny Plechas, who battled Rogers, Gene Kelly brawled with DiBiase
Gene Kelly (billed as a newcomer) beat Edmund Francis
Bulldog Danny Plechas beat Duke Keomuka by Referee’s decision
Tony Martin drew Ramon Torres
Cyclone Anaya beat Jack O’Reilly
Jim LaRock beat Steve Stanlee

7/4/56 San Antonio, TX @ Wrestlethon
Texas Champion Buddy Rogers drew Ramon Torres when the 90 minute time limit expired in the 3rd fall
Leo Garibaldi beat Duke Keomuka dq
George Drake beat Jack O’Reilly via pin
Tony Martin beat Larry Chene
Al Kashey beat Len Rossi

7/4/56 Victoria, TX @ Sportatorium
Texas Death Match
Mike Dibiase & Bulldog Danny Plechas vs Marvin Jones & Cyclone Anaya
Gene Kelly vs Luigi Macera 2/3 45:00
Mike Dibiase vs Marvin Jones

7/5/56 Corpus Christi, TX @ Town Hall Arena
Texas Champion Buddy Rogers beat Cyclone Anaya
Bulldog Danny Plechas ddq Marvin Jones
Leo Garibaldi beat Jim LaRock
Duke Keomuka vs Luigi Macera
Mike DiBiase beat Ian Campbell

7/5/56 Galveston, TX @ City Auditorium
Tony Martin beat Larry Chene on a 3rd fall COR
Ramon Torres & Al Kashey beat Al Smith & John Smith on a 3rd fall dq
Gene Kelly beat Len Rossi in 2:30 with an abdominal stretch
George Drake beat Steve Stanlee in 14:00
Att: 1,100

7/6/56 Houston, TX
Texas Champion Buddy Rogers beat Duke Keomuka

7/9/56 Fort Worth, TX
Texas Champion Buddy Rogers beat Johnny Valentine

7/9/56 Waco, TX @ Arena
Duke Keomuka vs Larry Chene 2/3
Tony Martin vs George Drake 2/3
Jack O’Reilly vs Leo Garibaldi

7/10/56 Dallas, TX @ Sportatorium
Texas Tag Team Champions Iron Mike DiBiase & Bulldog Danny Plechas beat Gene Kelly & Duke Keomuka on a 3rd fall dq when Kelly threw both his opponents over the top rope
Mike DiBiase beat Gene Kelly COR when Kelly was outside the ring brawling with DiBiase’s partner Danny Plechas
Duke Keomuka beat Bulldog Danny Plechas after Keomuka received help from Gene Kelly
Non Title Match
Texas Champion Buddy Rogers beat Texas Junior Heavyweight Champion Larry Chene
Johnny Valentine beat Ian Campbell
Tony Martin beat Len Rossi

7/11/56 San Antonio, TX @ Wrestlethon
Duke Keomuka & Tony Martin beat George Drake & Leo Garibaldi
Buddy Rogers beat Al Kashey in 11:59
Lou Newman beat Ian Campbell in 8:25
Johnny Valentine beat Larry Chene in 12:49
Jack O’Reilly drew Len Rossi 15:00
Att: 1,280

7/11/56 Victoria, TX @ Sportatorium
Mike Dibiase & Bulldog Danny Plechas vs Marvin Jones & Gene Kelly 2/3 60:00
Al Smith & John Smith vs Jim Larock & Ramon Torres 2/3 60:00
Bulldog Danny Plechas vs Marvin Jones
Mike Dibiase vs Gene Kelly
John Smith vs Ramon Torres
Al Smith vs Jim LaRock

7/12/56 Corpus Christi, TX @ Town Hall Arena
Leo Garibaldi drew Larry Chene when the time limit expired in the 3rd fall
Duke Keomuka & Marvin Jones beat Mike Dibiase & Danny Plechas dq
George Drake drew Jim LaRock
Mike DiBiase drew Duke Keomuka

7/12/56 Galveston, TX @ City Auditorium
Texas Champion Buddy Rogers beat Ramon Torres on a 3rd fall dq
Referee Jack O’Reilly
Al Kashey beat Tony Martin on a 3rd fall dq
Gene Kelly drew Johnny Valentine
Al Smith & John Smith beat Len Rossi & Ian Campbell when Al Smith beat Rossi with a half boston crab
Att: 1,000

7/13/56 Houston, TX
Texas Champion Buddy Rogers no contest Gene Kelly

7/16/56 Fort Worth, TX
Texas Champion Buddy Rogers beat Ramon Torres

7/16/56 Waco, TX @ Arena
Duke Keomuka vs Larry Chene
Tony Martin beat Leo Garibaldi 2/3 45:00
George Drake vs Chico Casasola

7/17/56 Dallas, TX @ Sportatorium
Buddy Rogers beat Larry Chene 2/3
Gene Kelly beat Iron Mike DiBiase 2-0, both falls by dq when Danny Plechas interfered
Jerry Woods beat George Drake
Bulldog Danny Plechas beat “Shoulders” Lou Newman
Chico Casasola drew Jim LaRock
Tony Martin beat Ian Campbell

7/18/56 San Antonio, TX @ Wrestlethon
Referee Otto Kuss
Ramon Torres beat Texas Champion Buddy Rogers on a 3rd fall dq
Jerry Woods beat Lou Newman in 12:30
Duke Keomuka beat Al Kashey in 14:59
Jim LaRock beat George Drake in 12:42
Len Rossi beat Tony Martin on a reverse decision dq

7/18/56 Victoria, TX @ Sportatorium
Texas Tag Team Champions Mike Dibiase & Bulldog Danny Plechas vs Al Smith & John Smith 2/3 90:00
Larry Chene vs Gene Kelly
Chico Casasola vs Jack O’Reilly

7/19/56 Corpus Christi, TX @ Town Hall Arena
Larry Chene beat Mike DiBiase 2/3
Leo Garibaldi beat Bulldog Danny Plechas
Jim LaRock drew Len Rossi
George Drake beat Jack O’Reilly dq
Jerry Woods beat Lou Newman

7/19/56 Galveston, TX @ City Auditorium
Texas Champion Buddy Rogers beat Al Kashey 2/3
Tony Martin & Duke Keomuka beat Ramon Torres & Chico Casasola in 11:00 when Martin pinned Torres
Al Smith & John Smith beat Ian Campbell & Gene Kelly when Al Smith pinned Campbell in the 3rd fall
Tony Martin drew Ramon Torres 15:00
Chico Casasola beat Duke Keomuka dq in 9:00
Att: 1,200

7/20/56 Houston, TX
Buddy Rogers & Danny McShain beat Chico Casasola & Ramon Torres

7/23/56 Fort Worth, TX
Texas Champion Buddy Rogers beat Johnny Valentine

7/23/56 Waco, TX @ Arena
Duke Keomuka & Tony Martin vs Larry Chene & Leo Garibaldi 2/3 60:00
Danny McShain vs Chico Casasola 45:00
Duke Keomuka vs Leo Garibaldi
Tony Martin vs Larry Chene

7/24/56 Dallas, TX @ Sportatorium
Danny McShain beat Larry Chene 2/3 to capture the Texas Junior Heavyweight Title
Texas Champion Buddy Rogers beat Gene Kelly on a 3rd fall dq when Kelly “inadvertently” threw Rogers over the top rope
Chico Casasola & Pepper Gomez beat Iron Mike DiBiase & Bulldog Danny Plechas on a 3rd fall dq after throwing the wrestlers and both Referees from the ring
Johnny Valentine beat Al Kashey
Tony Martin drew Jerry Woods

7/25/56 San Antonio, TX @ Wrestlethon
Duke Keomuka & Tony Martin drew Pepper Gomez & Ramon Torres when the 60 minute time limit expired in the 3rd fall
Non Title Match
Texas Champion Buddy Rogers beat Leo Garibaldi in 14:35 with an octopus clamp
Danny McShain beat Jerry Woods in 5:26
Johnny Valentine drew George Drake 20:00
Jim LaRock drew Jack O’Reilly 15:00
Referee Otto Kuss

7/25/56 Victoria, TX @ Sportatorium
Gene Kelly vs Bulldog Danny Plechas
Larry Chene vs Mike Dibiase
Chico Casasola vs Al Smith
Len Rossi vs John Smith

7/26/56 Corpus Christi, TX @ Town Hall Arena
Johnny Valentine beat Larry Chene 2/3
Ramon Torres beat Danny McShain
Jerry Woods drew Len Rossi 15:00
Leo Garibaldi beat Jim LaRock

7/26/56 Galveston, TX @ City Audditorium
Texas Champion Buddy Rogers beat Duke Keomuka 2/3
Handicap Match, Referee Otto Kuss
Gene Kelly beat Al Smith & John Smith on a 3rd fall dq
Tony Martin drew Chico Casasola 20:00
Al Kashey beat Jack O’Reilly in 9:00 with an abdominal stretch
Att: 1,000

7/27/56 Houston, TX
Texas Champion Buddy Rogers beat Pepper Gomez dq
Duke Keomuka & Tony Martin beat Danny Plechas & Mike DiBiase to win Texas Tag Title
Gene Kelly beat Ramon Torres
Jerry Woods beat Johnny Valentine dq,
Larry Chene drew Chico Casasola
Danny McShain beat Al Kashey
Att: "close to 9,000"

7/30/56 Fort Worth, TX
Texas Champion Buddy Rogers beat Johnny Valentine dq

7/30/56 Waco, TX @ Arena
Duke Keomuka & Tony Martin & Danny McShain & Leo Garibaldi & Mystery Partner
Tony Martin vs Leo Garibaldi
Danny McShain vs Larry Chene
Duke Keomuka vs Mystery Partner

7/31/56 Dallas, TX @ Sportatorium
Texas Champion Buddy Rogers no contest Danny McShain in 3rd fall when both Rogers and McShain, plus the Referee Jones all ended up with cuts and bleeding
Pepper Gomez beat Tony Martin
Gene Kelly & Johnny Valentine beat Iron Mike DiBiase & Bulldog Danny Plechas
Jim LaRock beat Jerry Woods
Chico Casasola drew Larry Chene
Pepper Gomez won a roulette match over 12 other wrestlers

8/1/56 San Antonio, TX @ Wrestlethon
Texas Champion Buddy Rogers beat Danny McShain COR
Tony Martin drew Al Kashey
Jerry Woods beat Johnny Valentine
Ramon Torres beat Jack O’Reilly
Bulldog Danny Plechas beat Len Rossi
Att: 1,493

8/1/56 Victoria, TX @ Sportatorium
Larry Chene vs Gene Kelly 2/3 60:00
Al Smith & John Smith vs Leo Garibaldi & Chico Casasala
Al Smith vs Leo Garibaldi
John Smith vs Chico Casasala

8/2/56 Corpus Christi, TX @ Town Hall Arena
Johnny Valentine beat Ramon Torres 2/3
Larry Chene beat Danny McShain dq when McShain tossed Chene over the top rope
Tony Martin beat Len Rossi
Leo Garibaldi drew Jerry Woods

8/2/56 Galveston, TX @ City Auditorium
No Time Limit
Buddy Rogers beat Duke Keomuka 2/3
Gene Kelly & Al Kashey beat Mike DiBiase & Danny Plechas
Gene Kelly beat Danny Plechas
Al Kashey beat Mike DiBiase dq
Al Smith & John Smith beat Chico Casasola & Jim LaRock
Chico Casasola beat John Smith in 7:00
Jim LaRock beat Al Smith dq

8/3/56 Houston, TX @ Sam Houston Coliseum
Pepper Gomez beat Buddy Rogers 2/3 to win Texas title
Gene Kelly & Danny McShain & Duke Keomuka & Tony Martin beat Danny Plechas & Mike DiBiase & Al Smith & John Smith
Gene Kelly beat Mike DiBiase
Danny McShain beat Danny Plechas dq
Duke Keomuka beat Al Smith
Tony Martin drew John Smith
Johnny Valentine beat Len Rossi
Jim LaRock beat Dick Lever
Att: 7,500

8/6/56 Fort Worth, TX
Jim LaRock beat Buddy Rogers

8/6/56 Waco, TX @ Arena
Tony Martin vs Ramon Torres 2/3 60:00
Danny McShain vs Larry Chene 2/3 60:00
Duke Keomuka vs Gene Kelly 2/3

8/7/56 Dallas, TX @ Sportatorium
Buddy Rogers beat Danny McShain to earn a World Title match with NWA Champion Whipper Billy Watson
Iron Mike DiBiase & Bulldog Danny Plechas failed in a special handicap bout against Referees Paul Boesch, Roy Carter, Marvin Jones and Otto Kuss (Jones was pinned before Boesch beat Plechas, ending the bout)
Pepper Gomez beat Iron Mike DiBiase
Gene Kelly beat Danny Plechas
Chico Casasola drew Bob Hood (sub Johnny Valentine)
Larry Chene drew Al Kashey

8/8/56 San Antonio, TX @ Wrestlethon
Winner to meet NWA Champion Whipper Billy Watson next week
Ramon Torres beat Buddy Rogers 2/3
Danny McShain beat Larry Chene
Tony Martin beat Al Kashey
Johnny Valentine beat Mike DiBiase
Bulldog Danny Plechas drew Jerry Woods
Att: 1,575

8/9/56 Galveston, TX @ City Auditorium
Winner to meet NWA Champion Whipper Billy Watson next week
Gene Kelly beat Buddy Rogers when Rogers was unable to answer the bell for the 3rd fall
Texas Tag Team Champions Duke Keomuka & Tony Martin beat Al Smith & John Smith when Keomuka defeated Al Smith in the 3rd fall
Ramon Torres beat Mike DiBiase dq in 11:00
Bulldog Danny Plechas drew Jim LaRock 15:00

8/10/56 Houston, TX
NWA Champion Whipper Billy Watson drew Pepper Gomez
Buddy Rogers beat Johnny Valentine dq
Gene Kelly vs Duke Keomuka
Larry Chene vs Danny McShain
Robin Hood vs Iron Mike DiBiase
Danny Plechas vs Leo Garibaldi

8/13/56 Waco, TX @ Arena
Gene Kelly no contest Buddy Rogers in 3rd fall
Jerry Woods beat Danny McShain 2/3
Duke Keomuka beat Ramon Torres via pin

8/14/56 Dallas, TX @ Sportatorium
NWA Champion Whipper Billy Watson beat Buddy Rogers 2/3
1. Rogers won first fall
2. Rogers was counted out of the ring.
3. Rogers was unable to continue, it reportedly marked Buddy’s first loss in Dallas
Gene Kelly & Danny McShain beat Al Smith & John Smith
Johnny Valentine beat Ramon Torres
Al Kashey beat Jim LaRock
Larry Chene beat Jack O’Reilly

8/15/56 San Antonio, TX @ Wrestlethon
NWA Champion Whipper Billy Watson beat Ramon Torres 2/3
Danny McShain ddq Johnny Valentine
Tony Martin beat Chico Casasola with a sleeper hold
Al Smith drew Larry Chene
Al Kashey beat John Smith

8/15/56 Victoria, TX @ Sportatorium
Referee Jack O”Reilly
Pepper Gomez vs Duke Keomuka 2/3 60:00
Leo Garibaldi vs Gene Kelly
Robin Hood vs Len Crosby

8/16/56 Corpus Christi, TX @ Town Hall Arena
Texas Champion Pepper Gomez beat Johnny Valentine when Valentine was unable to answer the bell for the 3rd fall after being attacked by Danny McShain
Al Smith & John Smith beat Larry Chene & Al Kashey
Larry Chene beat John Smith
Al Kashey beat Al Smith dq

8/16/56 Galveston, TX @ City Auditorium
Referee Paul Boesch
NWA Champion Whipper Billy Watson beat Gene Kelly on a 3rd fall dq
Referee Otto Kuss
Chico Casasola beat Duke Keomuka on a 3rd fall dq when Tony Martin interfered
Tony Martin beat Robin Hood in 16:00 with a Japanese sleeper hold
Jim LaRock beat Jack O’Reilly in 13:00
Att: 1,800

8/17/56 Houston, TX
Gene Kelly beat Pepper Gomez 2/3 to win Texas title
Texas Tag Team Champions Duke Keomuka & Tony Martin beat Leo Garibaldi & Larry Chene
Danny McShain drew Chico Casasola
Johnny Valentine beat Jim LaRock
Al Kashey beat Jack O'Reilly

8/18/56 Texas City, TX @ Municipal Stadium
Pepper Gomez vs Danny McShain 2/3 90:00
Al Smith & John Smith vs Larry Chene & Paul Boesch

8/20/56 Waco, TX @ Arena
Handicap Match
Gene Kelly beat Duke Keomuka via pin but failed to beat Tony Martin during the 30 minute time limit so Gene lost the match
Jerry Woods beat Al Smith 2-0
Leo Garibaldi drew John Smith

8/21/56 Dallas, TX @ Sportatorium
Lou Thesz beat Gene Kelly 2/3 (according to the Dallas Morning News:  “Kelly appeared to have the match won by taking the last fall as he did the first with a suspension shoulder backbreaker hold.  However, Referee Otto Kuss ruled that Kelly illegally applied the hold on Thesz while the ex-champ was on the apron of the ring and not in the ring”)
Duke Keomuka beat Al Kashey
Danny McShain drew Johnny Valentine
Larry Chene & Leo Garibaldi beat Al Smith & John Smith
Larry Chene beat Al Smith
Leo Garibaldi beat John Smith by decision
Note: Kelly was billed as the “newly crowned” Texas Heavyweight Champion and gained Count Rossi as a manager.

8/22/56 San Antonio, TX @ Wrestlethon
Pepper Gomez vs Tony Martin 2/3
Danny McShane vs Johnny Valentine
Al Smith & John Smith vs Al Kashey & Larry Chene
Maurice LaPointe vs Jerry Woods
Jose Castillo vs Bob Hood

8/22/56 Victoria, TX @ Sportatorium
Duke Keomuka vs Gene Kelly 2/3 60:00
Leo Garibaldi vs Len Crosby 2/3 45:00
Jim LaRock vs Chico Casasola

8/23/56 Corpus Christi, TX @ Town Hall Arena
Johnny Valentine vs Danny McShain 2/3 90:00
Gene Kelly vs Al Smith
John Smith vs Maurice LaPointe
Al Kashey vs Leo Garibaldi

8/23/56 Galveston, TX @ City Auditorium
Texas Tag Team Champions Duke Keomuka & Tony Martin beat Pepper Gomez & Chico Casasola in 15:00 when Keomuka defeated Casasola with a stomach claw
Duke Keomuka beat Chico Casasola via pin in 19:00 after a series of judo chops
Pepper Gomez beat Tony Martin with a surfboard hold in 15:00
Len Crosby beat Jim LaRock in 12:00 with a leg lock
Larry Chene drew Jerry Woods 15:00
Att: 1,100

8/24/56 Houston, TX
Pepper Gomez & Ray Gunkel vs Gene Kelly & Len Crosby (Len Montana)
Red Donovan vs Danny McShain
Duke Keomuka vs Robin Hood
Al Smith vs Mighty Hercules
Maurice Lapointe vs Johnny Valentine

8/27/56 Waco, TX @ Arena
Texas Champion Gene Kelly beat Ray Gunkel on a 3rd fall COR
Marvin Jones beat Tony Martin on a 3rd fall dq
Hercules drew Leo Garibaldi 30:00

8/28/56 Dallas, TX @ Sportatorium
Duke Keomuka beat Texas Champion Gene Kelly on a 3rd fall dq (Kelly was accompanied by his manager Count Rossi)
Red Donovan beat Danny McShain to capture the Texas Junior Heavyweight Title 2-0
Doug Donovan vs Pepper Gomez
Ray Gunkel vs Johnny Valentine
Chico Casasola vs Leo Garibaldi
Larry Chene vs Jerry Woods
Note: The Dallas Morning News stated that the Kelly-Keomuka bout was “one of the rouhest (sic) bouts seen in Dallas;” In the preview for the program on August 28, the newspaper claimed that McShain was defending his title against Red Donovan and was “pushed into the junior heavyweight title match by his older brother Doug, a one-time state champion in that class.” The August 29 newspaper reported that “Danny McShain, the Texas junior heavyweight title-holder, lost in straight falls to newcomer Doug Donovan.”

8/29/56 San Antonio, TX @ Wrestlethon
Loser Leaves Town
Johnny Valentine beat Danny McShain 2/3
Valentine must pin timekeeper Zavalza twice in 10 minutes
Johnny only pinned Ramon Zavalza once in 10 minutes so Zavalza was declared the winner
Tony Martin beat Pepper Gomez
Pepper Gomez beat Duke Keomuka
Tony Martin beat Bob Hood
Chico Casasola drew Al Kashey
Jim LaRock drew Maurice LaPointe

8/29/56 Victoria, TX @ Sportatorium
Non Title Match
Texas Champion Gene Kelly vs Ray Gunkel
Len Crosby vs Hercules
Doug Donovan & Red Donovan vs Leo Garibaldi & Suni War Cloud

8/30/56 Corpus Christi, TX @ Town Hall Arena
Texas Champion Gene Kelly beat Johnny Valentine on a reverse decision 3rd fall dq when Valentine would not stop beating on Kelly after winning the 3rd fall
Tony Martin beat Leo Garibaldi
Chico Casasola beat Jerry Woods
Ray Gunkel beat Maurice La Pointe

8/30/56 Galveston, TX @ City Auditorium
Referee Marvin Jones
Pepper Gomez ddq Len Crosby (sub Duke Keomuka) in 3rd fall
Jim LaRock beat Texas Junior Heavyweight Champion Red Donovan on a 3rd fall dq when Doug Donovan interfered
Suni War Cloud beat Mighty Hercules (sub Larry Chene) in 9:00 with an Indian death lock
Doug Donovan drew Al Kashey 15:00

8/31/56 Houston, TX
Pepper Gomez beat Texas Champion Gene Kelly dq (Texas belt held up)
Len Crosby beat Ray Gunkel
Handicap Match
Jerry Woods & Maurice Lapointe beat Mighty Hercules
Doug Donovan & Red Donovan beat Tony Martin & Leo Garibaldi
Suni War Cloud beat Johnny Valentine
Handicap Match
Jim LaRock beat Franklin Lelano Clarke & Danny LaMadrid

9/4/56 Dallas, TX @ Sportatorium
Gene Kelly beat Duke Keomuka 2/3
First fall was a judo-jackets style match and was won by Keomuka, Keomuka suffered torn ligaments in an ankle
Pepper Gomez beat Tony Martin dq
Doug Donovan & Red Donovan beat Leo Garibaldi & Ray Gunkel
Larry Chene beat Al Kashey
Jim LaRock beat Bob “Robin” Hood
Note: LaRock issued a challenge to any wrestler, professional or amateur, next week

9/5/56 San Antonio, TX @ Wrestlethon
Pepper Gomez beat Tony Martin 2-0, 1st fall by dq
Mel Brenner beat Babe Zaharias
Leo Garibaldi drew Chico Casasola
Johnny Valentine beat Al Kashey
Jim LaRock drew Maurice LaPointe

9/5/56 Victoria, TX @ Sportatorium
Six Matches, Double Program.
Ray Gunkel & Suni War Cloud vs Gene Kelly & Len Crosby
Suni War Cloud vs Gene Kelly 15:00
Ray Gunkel vs Len Crosby 15:00
Jerry Woods & Larry Chene vs Doug Donovan & Red Donovan
Larry Chene vs Red Donovan 15:00
Jerry Woods vs Doug Donovan 15:00

9/6/56 Corpus Christi, TX @ Town Hall Arena
Texas Champion Gene Kelly beat Johnny Valentine 2/3
Ray Gunkel drew Leo Garibaldi
Chico Casasola beat Al Kashey
Larry Chene beat Tony Martin dq

9/6/56 Galveston, TX @ City Auditorium
Two Referees Marvin Jones & Suni War Cloud
Pepper Gomez beat Len Crosby on a 3rd fall dq when manager Count Rossi interfered
Doug Donovan & Red Donovan beat Suni War Cloud & Jerry Woods in 19:00 when Doug Donovan pinned Woods
Suni War Cloud beat Doug Donovan via pin
Non Title Match
Jerry Woods beat Texas Junior Heavyweight Champion Red Donovan via pin
Robin Hood beat Babe Zaharias dq in 9:00 when Zaharias tossed Hood over the top rope

9/7/56 Houston, TX
Pepper Gomez beat Gene Kelly to win Texas Title

9/11/56 Dallas, TX @ Sportatorium
Texas Champion Pepper Gomez beat Gene Kelly 2/3
Texas Junior Heavyweight Champion Red Donovan beat Larry Chene 2/3
Herb Freeman & Ray Gunkel beat Duke Keomuka & Tony Martin 2/3 to capture the Texas Tag Team Title
Jim LaRock vs any wrestler, amateur or professional, over 21 years of age, over 190 pounds, willing to sign a waiver and passing of a standard physical) (McLemore agreed to pay anyone $250 that could defeat LaRock in 15:00
Chico Casasola vs Doug Donovan
Bob Hood vs. The Sheik
Big Humphrey vs. Babe Zaharias
Note: Pepper Gomez reportedly won the Texas championship on Friday in Houston from Gene Kelly.

9/12/56 San Antonio, TX @ Wrestlethon
Johnny Valentine vs Stu Gibson
Pepper Gomez vs Doug Donovan
Tony Martin vs Big Humphrey
Red Donovan vs Jim LaRock
The Sheik vs Maurice LaPointe

9/12/56 Victoria, TX @ Sportatorium
Marvin Jones vs Len Crosby 2/3 60:00
Suni War Cloud vs Gene Kelly 2/3 60:00
Herb Freeman vs Babe Zaharias
Referee Robin Hood
Note: Count Rossi to be in the corner of Crosby and Kelly.

9/13/56 Corpus Christi, TX @ Town Hall Arena
Doug Donovan & Red Donovan vs Tony Martin & Maurice LaPointe 2/3
Carlo Gonzales vs Hercules
Robin Hood vs Blackie Mendoza

9/14/56 Houston, TX
4 man tournament with winner to meet Lou Thesz on 9/21
Pepper Gomez beat Len Crosby
Gene Kelly beat Suni War Cloud
Pepper Gomez beat Gene Kelly to earn shot vs Thesz
Herb Freeman beat Johnny Valentine
Stu Gibson beat Big Humphrey
The Sheik beat Gus Zaharias
Jim LaRock beat Bill Connolly (challenger from audience)

9/15/56 Texas City, TX @ Municipal Stadium
Texas Champion Pepper Gomez vs Gene Kelly 2/3 90:00
Texas Junior Heavyweight Champion Red Donovan vs Leo Garibaldi 2/3 90:00
8 Man Battle Royal featuring Tony Martin, Big Humphrey, Babe Zaharias, Maurice LaPointe, Johnny Valentine, Jim LaRock, Robin Hood & Stu Gibson

9/18/56 Dallas, TX @ Sportatorium
Texas Champion Pepper Gomez beat The Sheik of Araby on a 3rd fall dq
Len Crosby & Gene Kelly beat Herb Freeman & Ray Gunkel to capture the Texas Tag Team Title 2-0
(Freeman was injured, leaving Gunkel to wrestle alone) (second fall by countout) (Gunkel battled Count Rossi outside the ring)
Duke Keomuka beat Big Humphrey
Dick Raines beat Tony Martin
Maurice LaPointe beat Chico Casasola
Jim LaRock beat two audience members willing to accept his challenge
Note: LaRock was billed as a 1952 Olympic finalist.

9/19/56 San Antonio, TX @ Wrestlethon
Stu Gibson vs Big Humphrey
Suni War Cloud vs Red Donovan
Maurica LaPointe vs Doug Donovan
The Sheik vs Chico Casasola
Jose Castillo vs Jim LaRock

9/19/56 Victoria, TX @ Sportatorium
Texas Champion Pepper Gomez vs Gene Kelly
Marvin Jones vs Len Crosby
Herb Freeman vs Chito Gonzales

9/20/56 Galveston, TX @ City Auditorium
Stu Gibson beat Len Crosby on a 3rd fall dq when manager Count Rossi interfered
Gene Kelly beat Suni War Cloud 2/3
Jim LaRock beat Chico Casasola in 11:00
Big Humphrey beat Mighty Hercules via pin in 7:00 after a series of head butts
Texas Negro Champion Tex Brady beat Joe White in 8:00
Att: 1,000

9/21/56 Houston, TX
Pepper Gomez beat Lou Thesz COR
El Medico beat Larry Chene
Argentina Zuma beat Len Crosby
Tiger Conway beat Tex Brady to win Texas Negro title
Stu Gibson drew Herb Freeman
The Sheik beat Cheto Gonzales

9/25/56 Dallas, TX @ Sportatorium
Ray Gunkel & Lou Thesz beat Texas Tag Team Champions Len Crosby & Gene Kelly on a 3rd fall dq when Count Rossi interfered, no title change
Sheik of Araby beat Maurice LaPointe
Dick Raines beat Cheeto Gonzales
El Medico beat Jim LaRock
Amazing Zuma beat Mighty Hercules
Jim LaRock beat two members of the audience (Oba Yancy from Fort Worth and Bill Fellis of Corsicana)

9/26/56 San Antonio, TX @ Wrestlethon
Lou Thesz drew Suni War Cloud when the time limit expired in the 3rd fall
El Medico dcor Ray Gunkel
Maurice LaPointe beat Stu Gibson dq
Doug Donovan beat Jim LaRock
The Sheik beat Johnny Bence
Referee Dick Raines
Att: 1,815

9/26/56 Victoria, TX @ Sportatorium
Texas Champion Pepper Gomez vs Amazing Zuma
Manager Count Rossi barred from building
Otto Kuss & Marvin Jones vs Gene Kelly & Len Crosby 2/3
Otto Kuss vs Len Crosby
Marvin Jones vs Gene Kelly

9/27/56 Corpus Christi, TX @ Town Hall Arena
Texas Champion Pepper Gomez beat Sheik of Araby 2/3
El Medico beat Red Donovan
Suni War Cloud beat Hercules in 7:00 with an Indian Death Lock
Doug Donovan drew Herb Freeman
Note: Last card for Promoter Barney Myers

9/27/55 Galveston, TX @ City Auditorium
Amazing Zuma beat Stu Gibson on a 3rd fall dq when Gibson tossed Zuma over the top rope
Marvin Jones no contest Len Crosby
Ray Gunkel beat Gene Kelly dq in 18:00 after Len Crosby & manager Count Rossi interfered
Jim LaRock beat Maurice LaPointe via pin in 11:00
Att: 1,000

9/28/56 Houston, TX
Texas Champion Pepper Gomez beat El Medico dq
Duke Keomuka & Tony Martin beat Ray Gunkel & Herb Freeman
Great Bolo beat Suni War Cloud
Texas Negro Champion Tiger Conway beat Emerson Crozier
Gene Kelly vs Argentina Zuma
The Sheik beat Maurice Lapointe

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10/1/56 Waco, TX @ Arena
Lee Chona LaClaire beat Libby Gonzales 2/3
Len Crosby & Tony Martin beat Ray Gunkel & Herb Freeman
Gene Kelly beat Sheik of Araby 2/3

10/2/56 Dallas, TX @ Sportatorium
Duke Keomuka no contest Dick Raines when Texas Commissioner Bill Hughes halted their match due to blood (match had to end on a sleeperhold) 
Amazing Zuma beat Len Crosby 2/3
Ray Gunkel drew Gene Kelly
Sheik of Araby beat Tony Martin
Lee Chona LaClaire beat Libby Gonzales
El Medico beat Suni War Cloud

10/3/56 San Antonio, TX @ Wrestlethon
Suni War Cloud beat Doug Donovan 2/3
Olga Zepeda beat Lee Chona LaClaire
Stu Gibson beat Jerry Woods
El Medico beat Red Donovan
Referee Dick Raines
Leo Garibaldi beat Sheik of Araby dq
Att: 1,967

10/3/56 Victoria, TX @ Sportatorium
Elimination Match, Referee Herb Freeman
Pepper Gomez & Marvin Jones & Amazing Zuma vs Gene Kelly & Len Crosby & Duke Keomuka
Women’s Champion June Byers vs Libby Gonzales 2/3
Marvin Jones vs Duke Keomuka
Amazing Zuma vs Len Crosby
Pepper Gomez vs Gene Kelly

10/4/56 Corpus Christi, TX @ Town Hall Arena
Suni War Cloud beat Texas Champion Pepper Gomez on a 3rd fall dq
Women’s Champion June Byers beat Olga Zepeda
Red Donovan drew Herb Freeman
El Medico beat Doug Donovan
Sheik of Araby beat Jerry Woods

10/4/56 Galveston, TX @ City Auditorium
Gene Kelly & Len Crosby beat Stu Gibson & Marvin Jones when Kelly pinned Jones in the 3rd fall
Lee Chona LaClaire beat Linny Gonzales 2/3
Amazing Zuma beat Tony Martin
Duke Keomuka drew Leo Garibaldi 15:00
Att: 1,000

10/8/56 Waco, TX @ Arena
Women’s Champion June Byers beat Olga Zepeda 2-0
Pepper Gomez beat Sheik of Araby 2/3
Ray Gunkel beat Tony Martin dq
Suni War Cloud dcor Len Crosby

10/9/56 Dallas, TX @ Sportatorium
Duke Keomuka beat Dick Raines (fourth round of scheduled ten round match)
Amazing Zuma beat Sheik of Araby on a 3rd fall dq when Sheik threw Zuma over the top rope
El Medico beat Tony Martin
Ray Gunkel & Lee Chona LaClaire beat Len Crosby & Dot Dotson when LaClaire pinned Dotson
Texas Junior Heavyweight Champion Red Donovan drew Suni War Cloud
Jim LaRock beat two audience members (Joe N. Lewis of Garland, Texas, lasted 6:00 and William Crowder of Tennessee) (LaRock had defeated eight individuals by this time in his challenge series)

10/10/56 San Antonio, TX @ Wrestlethon
Suni War Cloud beat Stu Gibson on a 3rd fall dq
Olga Zepeda & Libby Gonzales beat June Byers & Dot Dotson when Zepeda pinned Dotson in 12:45
El Medico beat The Sheik via pin after a series of body slams in 6:47
Gene Kelly beat Jerry Woods in 10:42
Doug Donovan beat Leo Garibaldi with an atomic drop in 13:14

10/10/56 Victoria, TX @ Sportatorium
Referee Marvin Jones
Match can only end on a claw hold submission
Pepper Gomez vs Duke Keomuka
Lee Chona LaClaire vs China Mira 2/3
Amazing Zuma vs Tony Martin 20:00
Len Crosby vs Herb Freeman

10/11/56 Galveston, TX @ City Auditorium
Amazing Zuma beat Len Crosby on a 3rd fall dq when Crosby hit Referee Marvin Jones
Women’s Champion June Byers beat Olga Zepeda 2/3
Leo Garibaldi & Jerry Woods beat Gene Kelly & Tony Martin in 13:00 when Garibaldi pinned Keomuka
Stu Gibson beat Herb Freeman via pin in 11:00
Att: 1,500

10/15/56 Waco, TX @ Arena
Pepper Gomez & Tommy McCloskey beat Sheik of Araby & Curly Cunningham
Leo Garibaldi beat Len Crosby
Suni War Cloud beat Tony Martin dq

10/16/56 Dallas, TX @ Sportatorium
El Medico vs Duke Keomuka
Amazing Zuma & Herb Freeman & Ray Gunkel & Duke Keomuka & Suni War Cloud vs Len Crosby & Doug Donovan & Red Donovan & El Medico & Sheik of Araby
Len Crosby vs Herb Freeman
The Sheik vs Suni War Cloud
Doug Donovan vs Ray Gunkel

10/17/56 San Antonio, TX @ Wrestlethon
The Sheik & Stu Gibson beat Suni War Cloud & Dick Raines when The Sheik pinned Raines in the 3rd fall
Doug Donovan beat Jerry Woods via pin in 12:33 after an atomic drop
El Medico beat Gene Kelly in 9:05 with a spanish cross
Leo Garibaldi beat Jim LaRock via pin in 7:39
Big Humphrey beat Red Donovan in 8:17

10/17/56 Victoria, TX @ Sportatorium
Amazing Zuma & Pepper Gomez vs Duke Keomuka & Tony Martin
Amazing Zuma vs Duke Keomuka 2/3 60:00
Pepper Gomez vs Tony Martin 2/3 60:00
Ray Gunkel vs Len Crosby 15:00
Herb Freeman vs Great Bolo 15:00

10/18/56 Corpus Christi, TX @ Town Hall Arena
Texas Champion Pepper Gomez vs Duke Keomuka 2/3 90:00
Sheik of Araby vs Suni War Cloud
Great Bolo vs Herb Freeman
Gene Kelly vs Jerry Woods

10/18/56 Galveston, TX @ City Auditorium
El Medico beat Paul Boesch when Boesch was unable to answer the bell for the second fall
Len Crosby & Stu Gibson beat Amazing Zuma & Leo Garibaldi when Crosby pinned Garibaldi in 12:00
Amazing Zuma beat Len Crosby dq in 8:00 when manager Count Rossi interfered
Leo Garibaldi drew Stu Gibson 20:00
Red Donovan beat Jim LaRock via pin in 12:00
Att: 1,500

10/19/56 Houston, TX
El Medico beat Pepper Gomez to win Texas title
Ray Gunkel & Jim LaRock beat Duke Keomuka & Tony Martin
Argentina Zuma beat The Sheik dq
Gene Kelly beat Suni War Cloud
Stu Gibson drew Doug Donovan

10/22/56 Waco, TX @ Arena
Pepper Gomez beat Great Bolo 2/3
Texas Junior Heavyweight Champion Red Donovan dcor Leo Garibaldi in 3rd fall
Sheik of Araby beat Tony Martin
Otto Bowman beat Cowboy Bradley 2/3

10/23/56 Dallas, TX @ Sportatorium
United Nations Wrestling Tournament
The Sheik beat Herb Freeman
Pepper Gomez beat Gene Kelly
El Medico beat Suni War Cloud
The Sheik beat Dick Raines
Amazing Zuma beat Len Crosby
Amazing Zuma beat Pepper Gomez after a coin flip win (they initially wrestled to a draw)
Amazing Zuma beat The Sheik
Duke Keomuka beat El Medico dq
Duke Keomuka beat Ray Gunkel by decision
Duke Keomuka beat Amazing Zuma in the finals of the tournament (13:00) (Keomuka won a $4,000 prize and a special trophy)
Sky Low Low beat Cowboy Bradley

10/24/56 San Antonio, TX @ Wrestlethon
Texas Death Match
Stu Gibson beat Dick Raines when Raines could not answer the bell for the 9th fall
The Sheik dcor Suni War Cloud in 8:17
Sky Low Low beat Tito Infante via pin in 10:32
Len Crosby beat Lou Klein via pin in 11:38 after a bodyslam
El Medico beat Doug Donovan in 9:21
Leo Garibaldi drew Red Donovan 15:00

10/24/56 Victoria, TX @ Sportatorium
Amazing Zuma & Pepper Gomez vs Duke Keomuka & Tony Martin 2/3 60:00
Cowboy Bradley vs Otto Bowman 2/3 45:00
Ray Gunkel vs Great Bolo 15:00

10/25/56 Corpus Christi, TX @ Town Hall Arena
Duke Keomuka no decision Sheik of Araby in 2nd fall
1.    Sheik beat Keomuka
2.    The Referee declared the bout a no decision after Sheik cut Duke’s forehead with a bottle cap
Otto Bowman beat Tito Infante
Pepper Gomez drew Great Bolo
Suni War Cloud beat Doug Donovan
Herb Freeman drew Leo Garibaldi

10/25/66 Galveston, TX @ City Auditorium
Texas Champion El Medico beat Len Crosby 2-0
Stu Gibson & Sky Low Low beat Amazing Zuma & Cowboy Bradley in 12:00 when Sky Low Low pinned Cowboy Bradley
Cowboy Bradley beat Sky Low Low via pin in 10:00 after a series of body slams
Amazing Zuma drew Stu Gibson 20:00
Lou Klein vs Red Donovan
Att: 1,500

10/29/56 Waco, TX @ Arena
Pepper Gomez & Tito Infante beat Great Bolo & Otto Bowman
Leo Garibaldi beat Sheik of Araby 2/3
Lou Klein drew Red Donovan 30:00

10/30/56 Dallas, TX @ Sportatorium
Texas Champion El Medico beat Duke Keomuka 2/3
Bull Curry beat Tony Martin
Amazing Zuma & Tito Infante beat Len Crosby & Sky Low Low
Suni War Cloud vs Stu Gibson
Lou Klein vs Sheik of Araby

10/31/56 San Antonio, TX @ Wrestlethon
Referee Otto Kuss
El Medico beat Stu Gibson 2/3
Duke Keomuka beat Suni War Cloud with a sleeper hold in 15:40
Cowboy Bradley & Amazing Zuma beat Sky Low Low & Doug Donovan in 18:39
Herb Freeman beat Len Crosby dq
The Sheik beat Red Donovan via pin
Att: 1,713

10/31/56 Victoria, TX @ Sportatorium
Pepper Gomez & Tito Infante vs Tony Martin & Otto Bowman 2/3 60:00
Bull Curry vs Lou Klein 2/3 60:00
Leo Garibaldi vs Great Bolo 2/3 60:00

11/1/56 Corpus Christi, TX @ Town Hall Arena
No dq Match
Sheik of Araby vs Duke Keomuka 2/3 90:00
Pepper Gomez & Cowboy Bradley vs Great Bolo & Otto Bouman
Len Crosby vs Suni War Cloud
Lou Klein vs Doug Donovan

11/1/56 Galveston, TX @ City Auditorium
El Medico beat Amazing Zuma when Zuma could not answer the bell for the 3rd fall
Bull Curry beat Stu Gibson 2/3
Sky Low Low beat Tito Infante in 16:00
Herb Freeman drew Ray Gunkel 15:00 when Gunkel refused the victory after Freeman hit Gunkel with a shoulder block below the belt
Att: 1,800

11/5/56 Waco, TX @ Arena
Amazing Zuma beat Tony Martin 2-0
Marvin Jones ddq Len Crosby
Great Bolo beat Sheik of Araby
Lee Henning drew Jose Guadalupe

11/6/56 Dallas, TX @ Sportatorium
Texas Champion El Medico beat Pepper Gomez when Referee Roy Carter pushed Gomez leading to the pin in the 3rd fall
Jerry Dugas beat Lee Henning dq
Amazing Zuma beat Larry Chene
Doug Donovan & Red Donovan & Stu Gibson beat Paul Boesch & Lee Henning & Tarzan Tourville
Note: Texas Commissioner Bill Hughes held up the purses of Medico and Gomez because of the disputed decision.

11/7/56 San Antonio, TX @ Wrestlethon
El Medico beat Duke Keomuka on a 3rd fall dq
Zuma beat Doug Donovan
Stu Gibson beat Herb Freeman
Tarzan Tourville beat Tony Martin dq
Sheik of Araby drew Len Crosby
Att: 1,926

11/7/56 Victoria, TX @ Sportatorium
Bull Curry vs Pepper Gomez 2/3 60:00
Great Bolo vs Elephant Boy 2/3 45:00
Ray Gunkel vs Lee Henning
Leo Garibaldi vs Jose Guadalupe

11/8/56 Corpus Christi, TX @ Town Hall Arena
Amazing Zuma beat Duke Keomuka 2/3
Pepper Gomez beat Sheik of Araby dq
Stu Gibson beat Tony Martin
Great Bolo beat Doug Donovan

11/8/56 Galveston, TX @ City Auditorium
El Medico beat Len Crosby when Crosby was unable to answer the bell for the 3rd fall
Bull Curry dcor Elephant Boy in 3rd fall
Jose Guadalupe beat Lee Henning dq in 11:00
Jerry Dugas drew Herb Freeman 20:00

11/12/56 Waco, TX @ Arena
Texas Death Match
Marvin Jones beat Len Crosby after six falls
Amazing Zuma beat Sheik of Araby dq
Lee Henning & Great Bolo beat Ray Gunkel & Jose Guadalupe

11/13/56 Dallas, TX @ Sportatorium
El Medico beat Pepper Gomez on a 3rd fall COR when Gomez was brawling with Great Bolo
Bull Curry beat Stu Gibson (Gibson was attacked before the match by The Great Bolo) (Bolo also fought with Curry)
Jerry Dugas drew Tonina
Sam Steamboat (Dallas debut) beat Red Donovan
Amazing Zuma beat Doug Donovan dq
Lee Henning beat Herb Freeman

11/14/56 San Antonio, TX @ Wrestlethon
Tonina & El Medico beat Duke Keomuka & Tony Martin when Tonina pinned Martin in the 3rd fall
Tarzan Tourville beat Stu Gibson dq
Zuma beat Len Crosby in 6:20
Larry Chene drew Doug Donovan
The Sheik beat Herb Freeman in 10:54

11/15/56 Corpus Christi, TX @ Town Hall Arena
Pepper Gomez beat Great Bolo 2/3
Amazing Zuma beat Stu Gibson on a 3rd fall dq
Larry Chene beat Tarzan Tourville
Gerry Dugas drew Tonina
Sheik of Araby beat Herb Freeman

11/15/56 Galveston, TX @ City Auditorium
Elephant Boy beat Duke Keomuka (sub El Medico) on a 3rd fall dq when Bull Curry interfered
Brass Knuckles Champion Bull Curry beat Len Crosby 2/3
Ray Gunkel & Sam Steamboat beat Doug Donovan & Red Donovan in 17:00 when Steamboat pinned Doug Donovan
Jose Guadalupe beat Tony Martin via pin in 13:00 after a series of dropkicks

11/19/56 Waco, TX @ Arena
Amazing Zuma beat Sheik of Araby with help from Stu Gibson
Ray Gunkel beat Lee Henning
Maurice Vachon beat Herb Freeman via pin

11/20/56 Dallas, TX @ Sportatorium
Bull Curry & Pepper Gomez beat El Medico & Great Bolo 2/3
Lee Henning beat Ray Gunkel
Amazing Zuma drew Stu Gibson
Sam Steamboat beat Gerry Dugas
Doug Donovan beat Herb Freeman

11/21/56 San Antonio, TX @ Wrestlethon
Texas Champion El Medico beat Duke Keomuka 2/3
Stu Gibson beat Tonina
Larry Chene & Amazing Zuma drew Doug Donovan & Red Donovan
Sam Steamboat double knockout The Sheik
Herb Freeman beat Eddie Montemayor
Att: 2,191

11/21/56 Victoria, TX @ Sportatorium
Winners of 1st and 2nd match & Losers of 3rd and 4th match vs Lsers of 1st and 2nd match & Winners of 3rd & 4th match
Maurice Vachon vs Bull Curry
Pepper Gomez vs Lee Henning
Great Bolo vs Elephant Boy
Jesse Juarez (sub Gary Dugas) drew Jose Guadalupe
Notes: This was billed as a 3rd anniversary card. The Friday edition of the paper listed the one opening match result and said Juarez, a spectator, had to also referee when Marvin Jones was injured. No notes on the other matches.

11/22/56 Corpus Christi, TX @ Town Hall Arena
Doug Donovan & Stu Gibson beat Ray Gunkel & Amazing Zuma 2/3 to win Texas Tag Title
Pepper Gomez beat Sheik of Araby
Tonina beat Red Donovan
Larry Chene beat Eddie Montemayor
Otto Kuss beat Cotton Jones

11/22/56 Galveston, TX @ City Auditorium
Referee Marvin Jones
Bull Curry & Duke Keomuka beat El Medico & Great Bolo when Keomuka pinned Bolo in the 3rd fall
Elephant Boy beat Jose Guadalupe 2/3
Sam Steamboat beat Lee Henning (sub Tarzan Tourville) dq when Henning hit Referee Marvin Jones
Maurice Vachon beat Herb Freeman via pin in 11:00 after a series of knee lifts to Herb’s chin
Att: 1,500

11/26/56 Waco, TX @ Arena
Stu Gibson beat Sheik of Araby when Sheik could not answer the bell for the 3rd fall
Amazing Zuma drew Maurice Vachon
Big Humphrey beat Lee Henning dq

11/27/56 Dallas, TX @ Sportatorium
El Medico beat Bull Curry 2/3
Pepper Gomez beat Elephant Boy dq
Duke Keomuka beat Big Humphrey (sub Amazing Zuma)
Larry Chene drew Lee Henning
Sam Steamboat beat Stu Gibson

11/28/56 San Antonio, TX @ Wrestlethon
El Medico beat Bull Curry 2/3
Stu Gibson beat Amazing Zuma
Doug Donovan beat Big Humphrey
Duke Keomuka beat Larry Chene
Sam Steamboat beat Red Donovan via pin

11/28/57 Victoria, TX @ Sportatorium
Pepper Gomez vs Mad Maurice Vachon 2/3 60:00
El Mortero aka The Mortician vs Elephant Boy 2/3
Tonina vs Lee Henning 2/3 60:00

11/29/56 Corpus Christi, TX @ Town Hall Arena
Texas Tag Team Champions Doug Donovan & Stu Gibson vs Pepper Gomez & Larry Chene 2/3 90:00
Sheik of Araby vs Jose Guadalupe
Tonina vs Big Humphrey

11/29/56 Galveston, TX @ City Auditorium
El Medico beat Bull Curry on a 3rd fall dq when Duke Keomuka & Lee Henning interfered
Duke Keomuka & Lee Henning & Maurice Vachon & Red Donovan beat Amazing Zuma & Sam Steamboat & Johnny Kovacs & Elephant Boy when Henning pinned Elephant Boy in the 3rd fall
Johnny Kovacs beat Maurice Vachon dq when Vachon tossed Kovacs over the top rope
Elephant Boy beat Lee Henning via pin in 7:00 after a series of head butts
Sam Steamboat beat Red Donovan via pin in 7:00
Att: 2,000 “one of the largest crowds in several years”

12/3/56 Waco, TX @ Arena
Bull Curry beat Stu Gibson 2/3
Amazing Zuma beat Red Donovan
Lee Henning beat Maurice Vachon

12/4/56 Dallas, TX @ Sportatorium
Wrestling Tournament for NWA World Title Match
Duke Keomuka beat Tex Brady
Bull Curry beat Elephant Boy
Lee Henning beat Pepper Gomez
Larry Chene beat Stu Gibson
Sam Steamboat beat El Medico
Duke Keomuka beat Larry Chene
Lee Henning beat Sam Steamboat
Bull Curry beat Lee Henning
Duke Keomuka beat Bull Curry to win the tournament
Note: Luther Lindsay was scheduled to wrestle Duke Keomuka in the opening round, but had his plane grounded due to bad weather. He had been, reportedly, coming in from Canada and was substituted for by Tex Brady.

12/5/56 San Antonio, TX @ Wrestlethon
El Medico beat Stu Gibson on a 3rd fall dq
Tonina beat Duke Keomuka dq
Bull Curry beat Big Humphrey via pin
Amazing Zuma beat Red Donovan
Doug Donovan beat Sam Steamboat

12/5/56 Victoria, TX @ Sportatorium
No Referee inside the ring, No Time Limit, No dq Match
Pepper Gomez vs Mad Maurice Vachon 2/3
Larry Chene vs El Mortero 2/3 45:00
Lee Henning vs Elephant Boy 2/3 45:00

12/6/56 Corpus Christi, TX @ Town Hall Arena
Pepper Gomez vs Stu Gibson
Larry Chene vs Doug Donovan
Tonina vs Elephant Boy
Amazing Zuma vs Red Donovan

12/6/56 Galveston, TX @ City Auditorium
No Time Limit
Bull Curry & Duke Keomuka vs El Medico & El Mortero 2/3
Sam Steamboat vs Maurice Vachon 2/3 45:00
Lee Henning vs Big Humphrey 15:00
Ramon Zavalza vs Jose Guadalupe 15:00

12/7/56 Houston, TX
Texas Champion El Medico vs Pepper Gomez
Lee Henning vs Bull Curry
Duke Keomuka vs El Mortero
Sam Steamboat vs Stu Gibson
Argentina Zuma vs Maurice Vachon
Tiger Conway vs Red Donovan

12/10/56 Waco, TX @ Arena
No Time Limit
Bull Curry beat Stu Gibson
Amazing Zuma beat Larry Chene dq
Luther Lindsay beat Tex Grady
Lee Henning beat Red Donovan

12/11/56 Dallas, TX @ Sportatorium
Luther Lindsay beat Duke Keomuka (Lindsay reportedly saved a $5,000 guarantee bond with the win and earned a match with Lou Thesz)
El Medico beat Elephant Boy
Pepper Gomez beat Judo Jack Terry
Larry Chene & Sam Steamboat beat Doug Donovan & Red Donovan
Stu Gibson drew Lee Henning

12/12/56 San Antonio, TX @ Wrestlethon
Tournament with winner to meet NWA Champion Lou Thesz next week
Finals
Pepper Gomez beat Duke Keomuka
Semi Finals
Pepper Gomez beat Bull Curry
Duke Keomuka bye
Second Round
Pepper Gomez beat Stu Gibson
Bull Curry drew Amazing Zuma but won a coin toss to advance
Duke Keomuka beat Tonina
First Round
Tonina beat Doug Donovan
Duke Keomuka beat Jack Terry
Stu Gibson beat Tony Olivas
Pepper Gomez drew Maurice Vachon but won a coin toss to advance
Amazing Zuma beat Red Donovan
Bull Curry beat Jose Guadalupe via pin
Att: 1,943

12/12/56 Victoria, TX @ Sportatorium
Texas Champion El Medico vs Lee Henning 2/3 60:00
Larry Chene vs Luther Lindsay 2/3 45:00
Sam Steamboat vs El Mortero 20:00
Note: Lindsay billed as “World’s Colored Champion”

12/13/56 Corpus Christi, TX @ Town Hall Arena
Texas Champion El Medico vs Pepper Gomez
Larry Chene vs Stu Gibson
Elephant Boy vs Tonina
Amazing Zuma vs Jose Guadalupe

12/13/56 Galveston, TX @ City Auditorium
No dq Match, Referee Marvin Jones
Luther Lindsay beat Bull Curry on a 3rd fall COR
El Mortico beat Duke Keomuka on a 3rd fall dq
Sam Steamboat beat Jack Terry via pin in 11:00
Maurice Vachon dcor Lee Henning in 18:00
Att: 1,500

12/14/56 Houston, TX
NWA Champion Lou Thesz beat El Medico

12/17/56 Fort Worth, TX
NWA Champion Lou Thesz beat Pepper Gomez

12/17/56 Waco, TX @ Arena
Duke Keomuka beat Bull Curry
Larry Chene & El Mortero beat Stu Gibson & Lee Henning
Lee Henning beat El Mortero
Stu Gibson beat Larry Chene

12/18/56 Dallas, TX @ Sportatorium
NWA Champion Lou Thesz beat Luther Lindsay 2/3
1. Thesz won first fall
2. Lindsay won second fall
3. Thesz won third fall
(Thesz, “who is in his fifth reign as world wrestling champion, thereby gained a $5,000 guarantee, posted by Lindsay,” according to the Dallas Morning News)
Texas Brass Knuckles Champion El Medico beat Bull Curry
Dick Beyer (Dallas debut) beat Duke Keomuka dq
Amazing Zuma drew Larry Chene
Sam Steamboat beat Stu Gibson

12/19/56 San Antonio, TX @ Wrestlethon
NWA Champion Lou Thesz beat Pepper Gomez when Pepper’s manager Black Guzman tossed in the towel during the 3rd fall
Otto Kuss beat Stu Gibson dq
Duke Keomuka drew Zuma
Tonina ddq Maurice Vachon
Sam Steamboat beat Tony Olivas via pin

12/19/56 Victoria, TX @ Sportatorium
No Time Limit, No Holds Barred, No dq Match, Extra Police at ringside, Ambulance on hand.
Marvin Jones vs Lee Henning
El Medico & El Montero vs Larry Chene & Luther Lindsay 2/3
Lee Henning vs Judo Jack Terry
Larry Chene vs El Medico
El Mortero vs Luther Lindsay
Note: Last Card of the season. Next card 1/2/57.

12/20/56 Corpus Christi, TX @ Town Hall Arena
Larry Chene beat Amazing Zuma 2/3
Non Title Match
Texas Junior Heavyweight Champion Maurice Vachon beat Jack Terry
Lee Henning beat Elrphant Boy
Byron Czichos beat El Montero

12/20/56 Galveston, TX @ City Auditorium
Luther Lindsay beat Texas Champion El Medico on a 3rd fall dq
Referee Dick Raines
Duke Keomuka dcor Lou Plummer (sub Marvin Jones) in 3rd fall
Sam Steamboat beat Benny Matta via pin in 11:00 after a flying mare
Tonina beat Eddie Montemayor by submission in 8:00 with a backbreaker
Att: 1,056

12/27/56 Corpus Christi, TX @ Town Hall Arena
Texas Junior Heavyweight Champion Maurice Vachon beat Larry Chene 2/3
Lee Henning beat Duke Keomuka
Sam Steamboat beat Jack Terry
Byron Czichos beat Ramon Zavalza

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Gene Kelly aka Gene Kiniski
Tony Martin aka Tom Renesto
Manuel Cortez aka Frank Scarpa

Amazing Zuma was sometimes billed as Argentina Zuma and sometimes as Zuma.



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Added listings from Waco and Angleton.



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clawmaster wrote: Gene Kelly aka Gene Kiniski
Tony Martin aka Tom Renesto
Manuel Cortez aka Frank Scarpa

Amazing Zuma was sometimes billed as Argentina Zuma and sometimes as Zuma.
 

Prince Maiava was Neff Maiava not Peter. Neff shockingly was a head butt specialist. He was managed by a guy named Coconut Willie.

El Medico was a masked Mexican dude. He was sorta like Johnny Valentine in terms of style. He would elbow guys in the head until it knocked his opponent unconscious.



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El Medico who headlined in Texas in the late '50s and passed away in 1960, who there's been some degree of wondering about, little crosschecking with Don Luce confirms that he was one and the same as Cesareo Anselmo Manriquez Gonzalez, the original El Medico Asesino in Mexico, who held the EMLL Mexican National heavyweight title from 1956 till his death, and was the original of all the white mask/white gear Medico/Medic/Doctor gimmicks, and btw was the star of the first lucha movie.



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Turns out the info on El Medico has been known for some time. Found this while googling.

Médico Asesino
When listing the all time great heavyweights in Mexico, the names that are quickly pointed out by most fans are Mil Máscaras, Canek and Dos Caras, and if we only count track record and not work quality, Cien Caras. But when coming up with any respectful list, in this select group we need to include Médico Asesino, the lost great heavyweight in Mexico.

Cesáreo Manríquez González, Medico's real name, was born on August 27, 1920 in Chihuahua, Chihuahua. Details with lucha libre birthdates are sketchy and several of the ones in this webpage are likely to be wrong, with the actual "real" magazines being at fault for some of the mistakes, but this one is 100% correct as it was taken off a copy of Medico's birth certificate.

At age five, Cesáreo moved to Torreón, Coahuila, where he studied first grade at the "Escuela Centenario". When he was a teen, he had his first job in the business, as he was the timekeeper at the old local Palacio de los Deportes where Giraldo del Hierro was the promoter. He then moved on to be a referee, and sometimes it provided for funny visuals because he was huge compared to all of the wrestlers. Del Hierro took notice of this and offered young Cesáreo, who had a day job as a bus driver, a spot in the roster as a full-time wrestler, as many times during his free time he hanged out with the wrestlers around the gym where he was being trained just for fun. The three luchadores that would be considered his maestros were Verdugo (the original one, not to be confused with Pirata Morgan's brother), Joe Marín and Polo Torres.

He wound up making his debut as "Don Cesáreo". He had the size but was not the most exciting of wrestlers, so to speak, as he wasn't a "natural" who learned fast. But he kept wrestling in several arenas around the country, until a year later he made it to Guadalajara where he wrestled for Elías Simón.

Historically, Simón (who ran shows at the Arena Oblatos and the Plaza de Toros El Progreso) is one of the local promoters of the old days that had a good eye for new talent. He saw that Cesáreo needed to spice up his act and gave him the name of "El Asesino", wearing black trunks, boots and mask.

Simón sent him to Monterrey to wrestle for Jesús "Chucho" Garza. He later wrestled as La Bestia (not to be confused with the wrestler with the same name at Arena Mexico in the mid 60s that lost his mask to Rayo de Jalisco) but on September 23, 1945 lost his mask against local idol and later international star Rito Romero at the Plaza de Toros El Progreso in Guadalajara, Jalisco. Unmasked, his status dropped and ended up going into retirement, working as a transporter. Things weren't actually going bad for him at all and he was financially secure, but he decided to give lucha libre another try, and asked his old boss Garza for a spot in the "carteleras" again.

With his natural size and ability, he was a diamond in the rough, but Garza still hadn't figured out how to make him a star until Televicentro (now Televisa) decided to show wrestling on TV. Garza booked Cesáreo for the first taping, who arrived to the studio/arena and didn't see his name in the line-ups. He went to ask Garza about it, but Garza told him not to worry while giving him a black suitcase, black mask and a white medic vest. Then he said "Now, you'll become El Médico Asesino".

Under that guise he made his debut on February 9, 1952 teaming with Wolf Ruvinskis to beat Enrique Llanes and Tonina Jackson... and he was an instant hit, thanks to his heel mannerisms and timing, his fierce attitude and his overall impressive wrestling ability.

Now, the first wrestling TV star in the history of lucha in Mexico was born! Just like in the early 90s non-fans would turn on their TV's to watch Octagon and Vampiro, from 1952 to 1955, every Saturday, turning on the TV at 8:30 PM to watch the luchas of Televicentro with El Médico Asesino, was like a ritual.

Also in 1952, Médico was the star of a movie called "El Enmascarado de Plata", written by José G. Cruz, directed by René Cardona and produced by Filmex. The movie originally was a vehicle for El Santo, whose comic strip had been published by Cruz during several months by that point. Santo rejected the offer and the role was given to the man the movie industry saw as the number two star in wrestling. After this movie, Médico also appeared in "El Luchador Fenómeno" and "La Bestia Magnifica" (in this one, as a wrestling action stuntman for Crox Alvarado). Even after his death, his image was still used on a couple other genre films.

Médico eventually changed his attire to his most famous all-white clothing, and dressed that way, formed vicious heel teams with Carnicero Butcher, El Espectro and El Bulldog. He also was the first wrestler in Mexico to ever have a woman with him at ringside, a pretty lady that went by the name "La Enfermera del Médico Asesino". This idea wasn't seen with good eyes by some, so she was somewhat "replaced" later with El Enfermero, a good brawler and technician of his era, who later became his most famous tag team partner as well as his best friend outside the ring.

During his Televicentro run, his major match was on Spring of 1952 against Gardenia Davis at Plaza México. The legend says that it featued an "impressive sold-out crowd". A record of the real crowd size will probably never be found, but chances are this may have been one of the biggest crowds ever in Mexican wrestling history.

The promotion ran by Chucho Garza, and funded by media mogul Emilio Azcárraga (owner of several TV and radio stations and newspapers, known as the Televicentro imperium) took a final hit when in 1955, Mexico City Mayor Ernesto P. Uruchurtu banned wrestling from TV due to it being a bad influence for the children.

But, unlike other "gimmick workers" or second rate stars whose career as headliners pretty much ended with Televicentro closing shop, Medico was enough of a hot commodity to be taken by the Lutteroths.

His style was unique in that he was around 190 cms, which is monster height for a Mexican (even more so back then), but he could work a technical bout on the mat. His strong point was his brawling, as he could use maneuvers like bodyslams or a swinging full nelson and make it look like he was toying with his opponent like he playing with a rag doll. His most famous finisher was the "castigo a las carótidas", a choke where he'd grab his opponent's neck with his enormous hands and apply pressure on the sides, to theoretically stop the blood influx to the brain from the carotids (the two main arteries on the neck).

Perhaps his most famous career match was on April 27, 1956, at the grand opening of the rebuilt Arena Mexico, when he teamed with El Santo to go over Rolando Vera and Blue Demon in an epic battle where he got over huge because, after defeating their opponents, Medico kept beating them up while the referes unsuccessfully tried to stop him. The semi-main event match that evening was El Enfermero versus El Gladiador.

On July 10, Medico joined forces with Enfermero and Santo, as the first "Ola Blanca" (White Wave) beating Polo Torres, Joe Grant and Blue Demon, also at Arena Mexico. Two days before, he'd headlined a sold-out Arena Coliseo defeating rival Joe Grant in a Super Libre match.

His popularity was such, that the Empresa relaunched the literally dead Heavyweight division, that hadn't largely meant much since the 30s when it was used as a promotional tool to push Charro Aguayo. Asesino beat Gran Lothario (José Lothario) in a tournament final on September 7 at Arena Mexico to capture the National Heavyweight championship that he'd never lose.

That same year he started wrestling in Texas, through the Garza connection, where he was simply known as El Medico. He was pushed quickly to the top as a foe for the local Latin star, Pepper Gomez, who he beat right away for the NWA Texas Heavyweight Title on October 19 in Houston. Medico's initial short stay lasted more than two years, with him holding the NWA Texas belt a grand total of five times, as well as the NWA Texas tag team titles two times with Pepper Gomez, as they had an in-ring friendship-hate relationship that went back and forth at least twice.

Other famous feuds he had in Texas were against Duke Keomuka and Johnny Valentine, whose hard-hitting style mixed well with Medico's rough style. Valentine and Medico, who was the tecnico here, often faced each other in the famous Houston City Auditorium in 2 out of 3 falls matches featuring plenty of blood. The popularity of this rivalry was such, that they headlined over local hero Pepper Gomez. Both wrestlers were protected in the feud, as then Valentine beat Medico on July 12, 1957, Medico had his foot on the ropes, and two weeks later (July 26), Valentine lost in the third fall after the match was ended via blood stoppage.

By this point, Medico was the highest positioned wrestler on the cards along with Gomez, Valentine and Don Leo Jonathan, and it was very extremely rare to see him lower than in the semi-main event. The city was in such fire, than they ran the bigger Houston Coliseum for bigger matches, which usually meant Lou Thesz coming to town to defend the NWA World Heavyweight Title against one of the top guns.

Medico got a total of four Heavyweight title shots against Thesz, the most famous one on August 9, 1957 at the Morris Sigel 41st Anniversary Show, where Thesz went over Medico in 3 falls via DQ. That show drew 11,000 fans and turned 5,000 away. To put things in contrast, when Jonathan challenged Thesz a month before, the house was of 9,200 fans. Medico's other recorded shots against Thesz were on December 14, 1956 in Houston, Feburary 28, 1957 in San Antonio and August 21, 1957 in Corpus Christi.

It's also interesting that around this time, El Medico got El Santo to work middle of the card matches at the Coliseum. Santo was well protected, even though he did jobs. On the other hand, Gory Guerrero was in the first or second matches usually losing to wrestlers without a name like Luigi Macera. Also of note is that on July 1, 1957, Guerrero lost against Medico cleanly in the third match from the top.

Being in Houston in 1958, he started feeling ill, and returned home. Back in Torreón he got examined, and during surgery in 1959 in Monterrey he got diagnosed with a very advanced cancer that his family always kept a secret from him. The strongman's looks quickly deteriorated, and Tonina Jackson (who was one of his best friends) and Jesús Garza convinced him to get a life insurance just in case something happened to him. Médico, not knowing how little time he had left, always refused, saying that he'd gain the weight back up and return to Houston where he would earn top money again.

On June 16, 1960, less than a year after the diagnosis, Medico died in his hometown, weighing less than 50 kilograms. He spent most of his latter months playing dominoes with his friends, such as Espanto II, Tonina Jackson, and even El Santo who also came to visit him. He saved the money he made in Texas and he wisely got life insurance, so his widow Socorro Silva and his five kids (ranging from 1-12 years of age) were able to build a new home and didn't suffer economically after his death. He was also very well liked by his peers, and the wrestler's syndicate held a major benefit show for him in Guadalajara. With the money collected, all of the kids were able to study and it's curious how the wife of Medico, after his death, worked as an "Enfermera" at a local hospital.

The news of his death made national headlines, equal to a policitian or movie star dying, and the following days, pictures of Polo Torres, Broadway Venus and Tonina Jackson crying made it to the lucha magazines. What made it unusual is that all three of them had lost hair matches against him and they were his worst enemies inside the ring, even though they were among his best friends in real life. El Enfermero was working at Arena Coliseo in Monterrey when Ciclón Veloz, the promoter, told him the news. Enfermero sat on the floor and started crying, ending a tale of friendship that would be written over and over again in the Box y Lucha magazine historical section decades after it actually happened.

None of Medico's son followed in his steps, and even though there has been (and there is) several wrestlers called Hijo del Médico Asesino and Médico Asesino Jr., they aren't "authorized" juniors.

On April of 1989, Médico was inducted at the Mexico City Box y Lucha Commission "Hall of Fame", but this hall has been largely been ignored and forgotten.



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Broadway Venus was apparently a exotico wrestler. According to the Royal Duncan & Gary Will list his name was John Bemus. He was pretty much only in California active.

So you have an gringo exotico in Mexico during the 1950s. Wow. I am intrigued. I wonder if Yohe knows about him



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Ask Yohe on the Thesz forum at WC. He'll respond.



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Tonina Jackson
Real Name: Héctor Jaime Garza Lozano
Debut:13th April 1941 as "Delfín Garza".

In the US I have seen him listed as Tonina, Great Tonina, Tonina The Bull, Tonina. Do you guys have more variations?



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I've mainly seen Tonina & Great Tonina.



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Added Victoria, Texas listings from the google news archives.



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(Mighty) Hercules was likely Mal Brenner.

Found a newspaper clipping that says Hercules was a finalist at the 1953 Mr. America, and though that might very well be completely kayfabe, at least 3 pro wrestlers reached the finals for Mr. America that year.

Besides Brenner, both Dick Garza (Mighty Igor) and Tony Silipini (Tony Marino) participated. Garza was doing his Mr. Michigan gimmich in Michigan/Ohio at the time and is out of consideration. Silipini had a couple of dates in the Capitol territory and is a long shot, whereas Brenner had at least one appearance in Texas at the time under his own name.

Can anyone confirm the Mighty Hercules to be Mal Brenner?

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