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1/5/56 Beloit, WI @ Skateland Armory
6 Man Battle Royal with The Sheik of Araby, Bruiser Afflis, Billy Goelz, Gypsy Joe, Bronko Lubich and Seymour Koenig.
Order of elimination determined the night’s bouts

1/11/56 Madison, WI @ Dane County Fairgrounds Arena
Dick the Bruiser beat The Sheik of Araby 2/3
1 Bruiser beat Sheik
2 Sheik beat Bruiser
3 Bruiser beat Sheik
Tiny Tim beat Irish Jackie via pin
Bronko Lubich & Jim Siskay beat Rudy Kay & Duke Demetri (sub for Benito Gardini, who was still ill).

1/12/56 Beloit, WI @ Armory
Bruiser Afflis vs Art Bull
Mixed Tag Match
Angelo Poffo & Tiny Tim vs Seymour Koenig & Irish Jackie
Jon Arjon vs. Jim Siskay

1/13/56 Fond Du Lac, WI @ Armory E
Dick the Bruiser beat Roy McClarty 2/3
Benito Gardini & Duke Demetri & Don DeCortez vs Jon Arjon & Don Pollack & Wally Steele
Seymour Koenig vs Bronko Lubich.
Att: Large

1/14/56 Milwaukee, WI @ Auditorium
NWA Champion Lou Thesz beat Dick Afflis dq
Roy McClarty & Shirley Strimple beat Mario DeSousa & Lorraine Johnson
Angelo Poffo beat Billy Goelz
Wilbur Snyder beat Rudy Kay
att: 6,187 sellout

1/16/56 Fort Wayne, IN @ Coliseum
Hans Schmidt & Hans Hermann beat Roy McClarty & Dick The Bruiser
The Sheik beat Mr New York
Shirley Strimple beat Lorraine Johnson
Att: 1,307

1/17/56 Rockford, IL
Angelo Poffo no contest Dick the Bruiser in 3rd fall
Billy Goelz & Seymour Koenig beat Don DeCotez & Zack Malkov 2/3
Gypsy Joe beat Jon Arjon

1/18/56 Racine, WI @ Memorial Hall
Dick "The Bruiser" Afflis vs The Sheik of Araby
Lorraine Johnson vs Rose Roman
Seymour Koenig & Luis Martinez vs Bronco Lubich & Mario DeSouza
Promoter: Einar Olsen
Note: Mario DeSouza billed as the Portuguese Champion

1/25/56 Madison, WI @ Dane County Fairgrounds Arena
Dick the Bruiser & Roy McClarity beat Angelo Poffo & Hans Schmidt on a 3rd fall dq
Luis Martinez beat Mitzu Arakawa 2-0
Jon Arjon beat Zach Malcov dq

1/26/56 Beloit, WI @ Armory
Bruiser Afflis vs Hans Hermann (first Beloit appearance)
Midwest Tag Team Champions Luis Martinez & Seymour Koenig vs Mitsu Arakawa & Tony Ross
third bout to be announced.

1/27/56 Chicago, IL @ International Amphitheatre
United States TV Champion Verne Gagne beat Dick the Bruiser
NWA Champion Lou Thesz beat Hans Schmidt
Wilbur Snyder beat Mighty Atlas
The Sheik & Angelo Poffo beat Roy McClarty & Seymour Koenig
Lorraine Johnson beat Shirley Strimple

1/28/56 Fond Du Lac, WI @ Armory E
Dick the Bruiser beat Angelo Poffo 2/3
1 Poffo beat Bruiser
2 Bruiser beat Poffo
3 Poffo was counted out of the ring
Gypsy Joe beat Don DeCortez (sub Reggie Lisowski)
The Sheik of Araby beat Zack Malkov
6 Man Battle Royal opened the card and determined the night's matches
Zack Malkov was eliminated first, followed by The Sheik, Gypsy Joe and Don DeCortez, leaving Bruiser and Poffo.
Att: Another large turnout

2/10/56 Watertown, WI @ Turner Hall
Dick "The Bruiser" Afflis beat Reggie Lisowski 2/3
Note: Taken from the Reggie "The Crusher" Lisowski Record Book published by George Lentz. George might have the complete card.

2/13/56 Fort Wayne, IN @ Coliseum
Dick The Bruiser beat Roy McClarty
Verne Gagne beat Hans Hermann
Jean Ballard & Shirley Strimple beat Lorraine Johnson & Kay Starr
Att: 1,612

2/14/56 Indianapolis, IN @ The Armory
Verne Gagne beat Dick “Bruiser” Afflis on a 3rd fall dq
Reggie Lisowski & Stan Lisowski beat Seymour Koenig & Roy McClarty 2/3
promoter: Dick Patton
referee: Harry Burris

2/15/56 Racine, WI @ Memorial Hall
Dick The Bruiser beat Angelo Poffo on a 3rd fall COR
1 Poffo pinned Bruiser
2 Bruiser beat Poffo
3 Poffo was counted out of the ring
Tiny Tim & Cowboy Bradley beat Irish Jackie & Fuzzy Cupid 2/3
1 Irish Jackie & Fuzzy Cupid won 1st fall
2 Tiny Tim & Cowboy Bradley won 2nd fall
3 Tiny Tim & Cowboy Bradley won 3rd fall
Luis Martinez beat Martino Angelo with a Boston Crab
Promoter: Einer Olsen
Att: "near capacity crowd"

2/16/56 Milwaukee, WI @ South Side Armory
Dick Afflis beat Roy McClarty 2/3
Gypsy Joe beat Jon Arjon
Great Yamato beat Zack Malkov
Note: Bruiser was also booked in Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin that night against Angelo Poffo. Hans Hermann subbed for Bruiser and beat Poffo by disqualification.

2/23/56 Denver, CO @ City Auditorium Arena
Women’s Champion June Byers beat Penny Banner 2/3
Wilbur Snyder beat Angelo Poffo 2/3
Dick the Bruiser beat Danno McDonald
Bob Orton beat Dr. Lee Grable
Mitsu Arakawa & Juan Garcia beat Dr. Bill Herman & Tom Renesto
promoter: Mike London
4,200 fans, gate: $8,901

2/25/56 Benton Harbor, MI @ Armory
Dick "The Bruiser" Afflis beat Luis Martinez 2/3
1 Martinez pinned Bruiser after a series of dropkicks
2 Bruiser beat Martinez with a backbreaker in 3:00
3 Bruiser beat Martinez with an upside down scissors hold
Rudy Kay & Zack Malkov ddq Hans Hermann & Tony Ross in 3rd fall
1 Rudy Kay & Zack Malkov won 1st fall
2 Hans Hermann & Tony Ross won 2nd fall
3 The referee dq'ed all four wrestlers
Jon Arjon beat Mitch Lassen in 22:00

2/29/56 Benton Harbor, MI @ Armory
Bill Melby beat The Sheik of Araby on a 3rd fall COR
1 Melby beat Sheik im 1:00
2 Sheik beat Melby with a neck twist in 2:00
3 Sheik was counted out of the ring in 3:00
Rudy Kay & Zack Malkov beat Al Szasz & Joe Gordon 2/3
1 Rudy Kay & Zack Malkov won 1st fall
2 Al Szasz & Joe Gordon won 2nd fall
3 Rudy Kay & Zack Malkov won
Dick the Bruiser beat Tony Ross 2-0 when Ross could not continue after Bruiser subdued him with a full nelson.

3/1/56 Beloit, WI @ Armory
World Tag Team Champions Reggie Lisowski & Stan Lisowski vs The Sheik of Araby & Gypsy Joe
Bruiser Afflis vs Rudy Kay
Rose Roman vs Kathy Starr

3/2/56 Chicago, IL @ International Amphitheatre
NWA Champion Lou Thesz beat Wilbur Snyder dq
Bill Melby drew Angelo Poffo
Reggie Lisowski & Stan Lisowski beat Rudy Kay & Mighty Atlas
Brian (Dennis?) Clary beat Dick the Bruiser dq
Ada Ash beat Lorraine Johnson

3/3/56 Milwaukee, WI @ Arena
NWA Champion Lou Thesz beat Dick Afflis
World Tag Team Champions Reggie Lisowski & Stan Lisowski beat Angelo Poffo & Sheik of Araby
Wilbur Snyder beat Mighty Atlas
Gypsy Joe beat Len Rossi
att: 10,200

3/5/56 Fort Wayne, IN @ Coliseum
Verne Gagne beat Dick The Bruiser
Wilbur Snyder beat The Sheik
Bill Melby & Seymour Koenig beat Hans Herrman & Mighty Atlas dq
Att: 1,500

3/6/56 Indianapolis, IN @ The Armory
Wilbur Snyder bear Angelo Poffo on a 3rd fall dq when manager Bronko Lubich interfered with his cane
Dick “Bruiser” Afflis no contest Hans Herrman
1 Herrman beat Bruiser dq in 8:00
2 Afflis and Herrman and brawled after the initial fall and the match was stopped
promoter: Dick Patton
referee: Lou Thomas

3/7/56 Benton Harbor, MI @ Armory
Dick the Bruiser no decision Bill Melby in 3rd fall
1 Bruiser beat Melby with a reverse backbreaker
2 Melby beat Bruiser with a leglock
3 Referee Jack Cooper dq'ed both wrestlers for fighting outside the ring
Seymour Koenig & Luis Martinez beat Rudy Kay & Zack Malkov 2/3
1 Rudy Kay & Zack Malkov won 1st fall
2 Seymour Koenig & Luis Martinez won 2nd fall
3 Seymour Koenig & Luis Martinez won 3rd fall
Dave Jons beat Don DeCortez dq

3/14/56 Sheboygan, WI @ The Playdium
Dick The Bruiser vs Hans Schmidt
Dave Jons & Jon Arjon vs Zack Malkov & Tony Ross
Jim Hady vs George MacArthur

3/20/56 Indianapolis, IN @ The Armory
Dick “Bruiser” Afflis dcor Wilbur Snyder in 3rd fall
Ada Ash & Lorraine Johnson dcor Rose Roman & Shirley Strimple in 3rd fall
promoter: Dick Patton
referee: Rosey “Kid” Baker

3/21/56 Rockford, IL
Verne Gagne beat Dick the Bruiser 2/3
Wilbur Snyder beat Rudy Kay 2-0
Ada Ash beat Joan Ballard

3/22/56 Fond Du Lac, WI @ Armory E
Dick the Bruiser beat Angelo Poffo on a 3rd fall dq
1 Poffo beat Bruiser
2 Bruiser beat Poffo
3 Poffo was dq'ed when his manager, Bronko Lubich, interfered
Shirley Strimple beat Jean Noble
Seymour Koenig & Luis Martinez beat Tony Ross & Zack Malkov
Att: Large turnout

3/29/56 Milwaukee, WI @ South Side Armory
Dick Afflis beat Seymour Koenig
Jim Bernard beat Len Rossi
Dave Jons beat Zack Malkov

4/2/56 Fort Wayne, IN
Argentina Rocca beat Dick The Bruiser
Hans Schmidt beat Jimmy Sixsay
Tiny Roe & Pee Wee James beat Otto Bowman & Ivan The Terrible
Att: 2,000

4/4/56 Madison, WI @ Dane County Fairgrounds Arena
Dick the Bruiser Afflis & Hans Schmidt beat Angelo Poffo & Luis Martinez
1 Bruiser pinned Poffo
2 Poffo pinned Afflis
3 Schmidt pinned Martinez
Gypsy Joe beat Seymour Koenig
Mario DeSouza beat Len Rossi

4/5/56 Denver, CO @ Auditorium Arena
Verne Gagne drew Bob Orton drew when the 60 minute time limit expired in the 3rd fall
Enrique Torres beat Bulldog Danny Plechas 2-0
Tom Renesto beat Dick the Bruiser
Jack Allen & Juan Garcia beat Mitsu Arakawa & Tor Yamato
promoter: Mike London
Att: 3,212 fans, gate: $5,918
Note: Bruiser was also booked in Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin that night against Hans Schmidt. Angelo Poffo subbed for Bruiser and lost to Schmidt on a countout in the 3rd fall.

4/6/56 Chicago, IL @ International Amphitheatre
Verne Gagne & Wilbur Snyder beat Reggie Lisowski & Stan Lisowski 2/3
1 Lisowskis won first fall in 18:55
2 Gagne & Snyder won 2nd fall in 12:00
3 Snyder pinned Reggie Lisowski in 11:50
Hans Schmidt beat Angelo Poffo in 7:39
Dick the Bruiser beat Bill Melby when Melby suffered an injury in the match and was unable to continue
Tiny Roe beat Ivan The Terrible
Sheik of Araby beat Luis Martinez
Att: 9,522 and a gross gate of $25,903.28

4/12/56 Hagerstown, IN
Dick "Bruiser" Afflis vs The Sheik of Araby
Shirley Strimple & Rose Roman vs Lorraine Johnson & Ada Ash
Two matches featuring the female wrestlers

4/19/56 Fond Du Lac, WI @ Armory E
Angelo Poffo & Joan Ballard (sub Kathy Starr) beat Stan Lisowski (sub Dick the Bruiser) & Shirley Strimple
Reggie Lisowski beat Zack Malkov
Stan Lisowski beat Bob DeMarce

4/23/56 Bluffton, IN @ County Building
Wilbur Snyder beat Dick The Bruiser
Ada Ash beat Lorraine Johnson
Bill Melby beat Gypsy Joe

4/25/56 Sheboygan, WI @ The Playdium
World Tag Team Champions Reggie Lisowski & Stan Lisowski beat Gypsy Joe & Bill Melby
Dick "The Bruiser" Afflis beat Dave Jons
Seymour Koenig beat Bozo Brown dq

4/27/56 Benton Harbor, MI @ Armory
Bill Melby beat Dick the Bruiser on a 3rd fall dq
1 Bruiser pinned Melby
2 Melby beat Bruiser with a surfboard hold
3 Bruiser was dq'ed for pushing referee Leo Amelio
Angelo Poffo beat Stan Lisowski 2/3
Seymour Koenig & Len Rossi beat Hans Hermann & The Sheik of Araby 2/3
1 Koenig won first fall
2 Sheik beat Rossi
3 Koenig won third fall
Bad Boy Joe beat Dave Moore

5/3/56 Milwaukee, WI @ South Side Armory
Hans Schmidy & Dick Afflis beat Dave Jons & Mario DeSousa
Gypsy Joe beat Seymour Koenig
Zack Malkov beat Don DeCortez

5/4/56 Chicago, IL @ International Amphitheatre
Verne Gagne drew Wilbur Snyder
Reggie Lisowski beat Bill Melby
Dick the Bruiser beat Stan Lisowski dq
Rose Roman & Shirley Strimple beat Ada Ash & Lorraine Johnson

5/7/56 Fort Wayne, IN @ Coliseum
Dick The Bruiser vs Hans Schmidt
Bill Melby vs The Sheik
Ada Ash & Lorraine Johnson vs Rose Roman & Ramona TeSelle
Matchmaker: Bruff Cleary

5/9/56 Madison, WI @ Dane County Fairgrounds Arena
World Tag Team Champions Reggie Lisowski & Stan Lisowski beat Bruiser Afflis & Bill Melby
1 Lisowskis won
2 Bruiser won the fall with a backbreaker.
3 Lisowskis beat Melby
Dave Jons beat Mario DeSouza 2-0
Luis Martinez beat Tony Ross (sub Rudy Kay)

5/10/56 Toledo, OH @ Sports Arena
Dick the Bruiser beat Mario DeSouza 2/3
1 Bruiser beat DeSouza
2 DeSouza beat Bruiser
3 Bruiser beat DeSouza
Rip Hawk & Dutch Schultz beat Marco Polo & Benny Mata
Billy Fox beat Chris Belkas
Promoter: Cliff Maupin

5/11/56 Anderson, IN @ National Guard Armory
Ada Ash vs Rosa Roman
Bruiser Afflis vs Luis Martinez
Davy Jons vs Gypsy Joe

5/12/56 Milwaukee, WI @ Arena
World Tag Team Champions Reggie Lisowski & Stan Lisowski beat Hans Schmidt & Dick Afflis
US TV Champion Wilbur Snyder beat Angelo Poffo
Bill Melby drew Mighty Atlas
Ada Ash beat Lorraine Johnson
att: 7,352

5/17/56 Toledo, OH @ Sports Arena
Seymour Koenig beat Dick the Bruiser on a 3rd fall dq, 2nd fall by dq as well
Harry Lanzi (sub Wilbur Snyder) beat Bozo Brown 2-0
Marco Polo beat Black Panther
Dutch Schultz beat Benny Matta
Promoter: Cliff Maupin

5/19/56 Oshkosh, WI @ Merrill School
no time limit - winner takes all
Billy Goelz & David Jones vs Angelo Poffo & his Mgr. Bronco Lubich 2/3 60:00 
Dick The Bruiser vs Gypsy Joe 2/3 30:00
Tiny Tim vs Fuzzy Cupid 30:00

5/21/56 Fort Wayne, IN @ Coliseum
Dick The Bruiser beat Hans Schmidt
Reggie Lisowski & Stan Lisowski beat Len Rossi & Seymour Keonig
Dave Jons beat Bozo Brown

6/1/56 Chicago, IL @ International Ampitheatre
Wilbur Snyder beat Hans Schmidt
Reggie Lisowski & Stan Lisowski beat Sheik of Araby & Angelo Poffo
Dick the Bruiser beat Bob Orton
Bill Melby beat Billy Goelz
Rose Roman beat Ramona TeSelle
Don Pollock beat Zack Malkov

6/7/56 Toledo, OH @ Sports Arena
Reggie Lisowski & Stan Lisowski beat Bill Melby & Dick the Bruiser
Billy Fox beat Rip Hawk
Frenchy Roberre beat Dutch Schultz

6/8/56 Freeport, IL @ High School Gymasium
Dick The Bruiser & Angelo Poffo vs Reggie Lisowski & Stan Lisowski
Billy Goelz vs Dave Jons
Bozo Brown vs Seymour Koenig

6/9/56 Angola, IN @ Buck Lake Ranch
Bill Melby vs Dick the Bruiser
Rose Roman vs Ramona TeSelle
Reggie Lisowski & Stan Lisowski vs Gypsy Joe & Don DeCortez

6/14/56 Toledo, OH @ Sports Arena
Reggie Lisowski & Stan Lisowski ddq Dick the Bruiser & Hans Schmidt in 2nd fall
Black Panther beat Rip Hawk
Billy Fox beat Frenchy Roberre
Promoter: Cliff Maupin

6/19/56 Hammond, IN @ Civic Center
Antonino Rocca & Wilbur Snyder beat Dick the Bruiser & Angelo Poffo 2/3
1 Bruiser & Poffo won 1st fall
2 Rocca & Snyder won 2nd fall
3 Bruiser was pinned after Poffo left the ring after a falling out with Bruiser
Gypsy Joe beat Harry Lewis via pin
The Sheik beat Don Pollack
Promoter: Balk Estes

6/22/56 Janesville, WI @ Senior High School Gym
Argentina Rocca beat Dick the Bruiser
World Tag Team Champions Reggie Lisowski & Stan Lisowski beat Seymour Koenig & Harry Lewis
Nick Bockwinkel beat Don DeCortez via pin
Att: near capacity 3,000 (local record crowd).

6/24/56 Angola, IN @ Buck Lake Ranch
Hans Schmidt vs Dick the Bruiser Afflis
Reggie Lisowski & Stan Lisowski vs Gypsy Joe & Don De Cortez
Rose Roman vs Ramona TeSelle

6/31/56 Marinette
Wilbur Snyder beat Dick The Bruiser 2/3
Att: 1,000

7/3/56 Hammond, IN @ Civic Center
US Champion Wilbur Snyder dcor Dick the Bruiser
Dave Jons vs Nick Bockwinkel 2/3 45:00
Hans Hermann vs Benito Gardini 30:00
Bill Savage vs Don DeCortez 20:00
Note: Snyder was billed as "Heavyweight Champion."
Promoter: Balk Estes

7/6/56 Chicago, IL @ International Ampitheatre
NWA Champion Lou Thesz drew Wilbur Snyder
Reggie Lisowski & Stan Lisowski beat Hans Schmidt & Dick the Bruiser dq
Sheik of Araby beat Nick Bockwinkel
Bill Melby beat Benito Gardini
Angelo Poffo over Don Pollock

7/10/56 Appleton, WI @ Goodland Field
NWA Champion Lou Thesz beat Dick The Bruiser 2/3
1 Bruiser pinned Thesz in 7:00
2 Thesz pinned Bruiser in 7:00
3 Thesz pinned Bruiser
World Tag Team Champions Reggie Lisowski & Stan Lisowski beat Jack Allen & Don Pollack 2-0
1 Stan won by pin in 20:00
2 Reggie won by submission with a full nelson in 10:00
Gypsy Joe beat Bill Savage with a gypsy neckbreaker in 30:00
Att: over 1,000

7/11/56 Madison WI @ Breese Stevens Field
NWA Champion Lou Thesz beat Dick the Bruiser on a 3rd fall COR
1 Bruiser beat Thesz with a chokehold
2 Thesz pinned Bruiser after a dropkick
3 Bruiser caught his legs in the ropes and was counted out of the ring
Thesz was managed by Ed “Strangler” Lewis
Dave Jons & Seymour Koenig beat The Sheik of Araby & Bozo Brown dq
Benito Gardini beat Jack Allen when Allen was hurt on the turnbuckle.
Att: 1,500
Notes: Mayor Edward Dowling of Hammond, and Indy 500 racing stars Tony Bettenhausen and Johnny Parsons were at ringside. Wilbur Snyder billed as "the heavyweight champion". Poffo deserted Dick the Bruiser in the third fall of the main event

7/12/56 Fort Wayne, IN @ Zollner Stadium
NWA Champion Lou Thesz beat Dick The Bruiser dq
Mighty Atlas & Benito Gardini drew Maurice Roberre & Nick Bockwinkel

7/13/56 Freeport, IL @ Read's Park West Ball Diamond
Dick The Bruiser vs Wilbur Snyder
Ada Ash vs Ramona Teselle
Angelo Poffo vs Don Pollack

7/17/56 Hammond, IN @ Civic Center
US Champion Wilbur Snyder beat Dick the Bruiser 2/3
Angelo Poffo vs Dave Jons
Nick Bockwinkel beat The Sheik
Bill Savage vs Benito Gardini
Promoter: Balk Estes
Note: Wilbur Snyder said to be defending "the heavyweight mat title"

7/24/56 Hammond, IN @ Civic Center
US Champion Wilbur Snyder vs British Empire Champion Dave Jons
Dick the Bruiser vs Nick Bockwinkel 45:00
Hans Hermann vs Stan Lisowski
Karl Gray vs Duke Demetri
Notes: Snyder was billed as "Heavyweight Champion." Jons billed as "British Empire Champion."

7/26/56 Fort Wayne, IN @ Zollner Stadium
Wilbur Snyder beat Dick The Bruiser dq
Mighty Atlas & Don Cortez beat Johnny Gilbert & Mitch Lasson
The Sheik beat Bill Savage

7/28/56 Chicago, IL @ Marigold Arena
Wilbur Snyder beat Hans Hermann
Dick The Bruiser beat Bill Savage
Seymour Koenig beat Bozo Brown dq
Bill Melby drew Angelo Poffo
Jack Allen beat Harry Lewis
Karl Gray beat Reyes Rodriguez
Duke DeMetri beat John Smitherman

7/31/56 Minneapolis, MN
Referees: boxer Jack Sharkey and Frank Taylor
Verne Gagne & Leo Nomellini beat Ivan Kalmikoff & Karol Kalmikoff 2/3
1 Gagne beat Karol with a sleeper hold
2 Ivan pinned Gagne after a throat stomp
3 Gagne pinned Ivan after referee Jack Sharkey knocked Ivan flat on his back with a smashing right to the chin
Ilio DiPaolo beat Jim Bernard
Dick (Bruiser) Afflis beat Seymour Koenig
Roy McClarty beat Aldo Bogni 22:12
Att: 7,286

8/2/56 Fort Wayne, IN @ Zollner Stadium
Dick The Bruiser & Hans Schmidt no contest Reggie Lisowski & Stan Lisowski, match went into crowd police called 
Gypsy Joe beat Karl Gray
Nick Bockwinkel beat Don Cortez

8/4/56 Milwaukee, WI @ County Stadium
Special Referee : Jack Demspey
Verne Gagne beat US Champion Wilbur Snyder on a 3rd fall dq
1 Snyder pinned Gagne after a backbreaker
2 Gagne beat Snyder with a sleeper hold sleeper
3 Snyder was dq'ed
World Tag Team Champions Reggie Lisowski & Stan Lisowski beat Hans Schmidt & Dick the Bruiser
5 girl battle royal: Ada Ash outlasted Raymonde Coty, Lorraine Johnson, Ramona Teselle and Rose Roman to win
Bill Melby beat Benito (Fatso) Gardini in 17:00
Promoter: Johnny Heim
Att: 16,069 (Record-setting in city), Gate: $33,689.90

8/7/56 Appleton, WI @ Goodland Field
World Tag Team Champions Reggie Lisowski & Stan Lisowski beat Dick the Bruiser & Hans Hermann
1 Lisowskis won
2 Bruiser & Herman won
3 Lisowskis won
Kathy Starr beat Joan Ballard (sub Rose Roman)
Midwest Champion Dave Jons beat Bozo Brown 2-0
Att: "estimated over 1,200"

8/8/56 Racine, WI @ Memorial Hall
World Tag Team Champions Reggie Lisowski & Stan Lisowski vs Verne Gagne & Dick the Bruiser
Midwest Champion Dave Jons vs Nick Bockwinkel
Don DeCortez vs Don Pollack

8/10/56 Elkhorn, WI @ Stock Pavilion
Verne Gagne beat Dick the Bruiser 2/3
Dave Jons beat Gypsy Joe (Dorsetti) on a third fall dq
Jack Allen & Bill Savage beat Bozo Brown & "a sub for Hans Hermann."
Att: "Packed house."

8/16/56 Fort Wayne, IN @ Zollner Stadium
Two referees
Reggie Lisowski & Stan Lisowski beat Dick The Bruiser & Hans Schmidt
The Sheik beat Karl Gray
Don Pollack beat Don Cortez

8/17/56 Freeport, IL @ Read's Park West Ball Diamond
Dick The Bruiser vs Hans Schmidt
Bill Melby vs Dave Jons
Jack Allen vs Gypsy Joe

8/21/56 Hammond, IN @ Civic Center
Stan Lisowski vs Seymour Koenig
Dick the Bruiser vs The Sheik
Rose Roman vs Kathy Starr
Benito Gardini vs Bill Savage

8/25/56 Milwaukee, WI @ Auditorium
NWA Champion Lou Thesz dcor US Champion Wilbur Snyder in 3rd fall
World Tag Team Champions Reggie Lisowski & Stan Lisowski beat Angelo Poffo & Gypsy Joe
Antonino Rocca beat Dick Afflis
Bill Melby beat Sheik of Araby
att: 4,083

8/30/56 Denver, CO @ Auditorium Arena
United States Champion Wilbur Snyder beat John Tolos 2/3
1 Snyder won the first fall in 8:41 with an abdominal stretch
2 Tolos won the second in 6:05 with a Boston Crab
3 Snyder won the third in 1:45
The Bat beat Dick the Bruiser when Bruiser tossed his opponent out of the ring, then attacked him there
Bat suffered a concussion
Bulldog Danny Plechas beat Scotty Williams in 8:48
Luis Martinez drew Hans Von Schupp 15:00
Tito Carreon drew Chief Red Cloud 15:00
promoter: Mike London
referee: Leo Bahl

8/31/56 Round Lake Park, IL
Reggie Lisowski & Stan Lisowski vs Dick the Bruiser & Nick Bockwinkel
Mighty Atlas vs Bozo Brown
Karl Gray vs Jack Allen

9/1/56 Chicago, IL @ Marigold Gardens
Verne Gagne beat Hans Hermann
Angelo Poffo beat Nick Bockwinkel 2/3
Dick The Bruiser beat Maurice Roberre
Mighty Atlas beat Bill Savage
Bobby Carillo beat Ned Taylor
Dave Jons & Billy Goelz beat Duke DeMetri & Mitch Lassen

9/4/56 Hammond, IN @ Civic Center
US Champion Wilbur Snyder vs The Sheik 60:00
Dick the Bruiser vs Bill Melby
British Empire Champion Dave Jons vs Bozo Brown
Benito Gardini vs Maurice Roberre

9/6/56 Fort Wayne, IN @ Zollner Stadium
Hans Schmidt beat Dick The Bruiser
Mr America & Bill Melby beat Hans Hermann & The Sheik
Joan Ballard beat Kathy Starr
The Sheik beat Mr America

9/8/56 Benton Harbor, MI @ Armory
Farmer Don Marlin (sub Dave Jons) beat Dick the Bruiser on a 3rd fall dq
Johnny Gilbert & Don Pollack beat bad Boy Joe & Benito Gardini
Bozo Brown beat Rod Vico (sub Farmer Don Marlin)

9/11/56 Hammond, IN @ Civic Center
Antonino Rocca & Dave Jons vs Dick the Bruiser & Hans Schmidt
Angelo Poffo vs Benito Gardini
Zack Malkov vs Harry Lewis

9/12/56 Madison, Wi @ Breese Stevens Field
Antonino Rocca vs Bruiser Afflis
Carl Engstrom & Dave Jons vs Bozo Brown & Harry Lewis
Midwest Champion Angelo Poffo vs Billy Goelz

9/14/56 Chicago, IL @ International Ampitheatre
Verne Gagne & Argentina Rocca & Wilbur Snyder beat Dick the Bruiser & Reggie Lisowski & Stan Lisowski
Angelo Poffo beat Mighty Atlas
Bill Melby drew Carl Engstrom
Don Pollock beat Benito Gardini
Joan Ballard beat Jean Noble
Note: Perhaps the first time Bruiser & Crusher were ever paired together.

9/15/56 Angola, IN @ Buck Lake Ranch
Dick the Bruiser Afflis vs Farmer Don Marlin
Rose Roman & Joan Ballard vs Ada Ash & Ramona TeSelle
Zack Malkov vs Roy Rogers

9/20/56 Milwaukee, WI @ South Side Armory
Dick Afflis beat Mahmut Yousef when Yousef could not continue
Bill Melby & Carl Engstrom beat Nick Nichevich & Al Warshawski 2-0
Brown Panther beat Fuzzy Cupid

9/21/56 Fort Atkinson
Wilbur Snyder vs Dick The Bruiser

9/22/56 Milwaukee, WI @ Auditorium
No Referee
Verne Gagne beat Wilbur Snyder
World Tag Team Champions Reggie Lisowski & Stan Lisowski beat Dick Afflis & Mighty Atlas
Midwest Champion Angelo Poffo beat Carl Engstrom
Ada Ash beat Joan Ballard
att: 7,038 SRO

9/26/56 Benton Harbor, MI @ Armory
World Tag Team Champions Reggie Lisowski & Stan Lisowski beat Dick the Bruiser & Mighty Atlas 2/3
1 Lisowskis won first fall
2 Bruiser beat Stan with a backbreaker
3 Lisowskis won third fall
Farmer Don Marlin beat Bozo Brown
Seymour Koenig beat Zack Malkov
Lou Eisenhart drew Doug Evans

9/27/56 Fond Du Lac, WI @ Cow Palace
Wilbur Snyder & Bill Melby beat Dick the Bruiser & Angelo Poffo 2/3
1 Bruiser pinned Melby.
2 Melby pinned Bruiser.
3 Poffo was pinned after Bruiser walked out on him.
Ramona TeSelle (sub Jean Antone) beat Joan Ballard
Benito Gardini beat Zack Malkov dq (sub match for Don Pollack vs Don Moore)

9/28/56 Zion, IL
Dick the Bruiser vs Wilbur Snyder
Bill Melby vs Angelo Poffo
Rose Roman vs Ada Ash

9/29/56 Chicago, IL
Dick The Bruiser beat Wilbur Snyder

10/2/56 Hammond, IN @ Civic Center
Wilbur Snyder vs Reggie Lisowski
Dick the Bruiser vs Stan Lisowski
Benito Gardini vs Louie Papineau
Zack Malkov vs Don Moore
NOTE: Snyder said to have been "recently dethroned (as) national heavyweight mat champion"

10/3/56 Benton Harbor, MI @ Armory
Wilbur Snyder beat Dick the Bruiser dq when Bruiser threw Snyder out of the ring and would not let him return
Angelo Poffo beat Seymour Koenig
Farmer Don Marlin & Hans Hermann beat Gypsy Joe & Benito Gardini
Hermann, a spectator at the card, replaced Lou Eisenhart, who started the match but injured his leg.
Eisenhart was subbing for Lou Papineau

10/4/56 Denver, CO @ Auditorium Arena
Verne Gagne beat United States Heavyweight Champion Wilbur Snyder on a 3rd fall dq
1 Gagne beat Snyder in 19:29
2 Snyder beat Gagne in 5:52
3 Snyder was dq'ed in 7:30
title does not change hands
Dick the Bruiser no contest Bulldog Danny Plechas in 3rd fall
1 Plechas beat Bruiser in 9:34
2 Bruiser beat Plechas in 5:16
3 match stopped due to blood loss in 1:43
Mike DiBiase beat Hans Von Schupp in 21:43
Luis Martinez drew Tony Pervetti 30:00
promoter: Mike London
referee: Tommy Corbett
Att: 3,472 fans
Note: Snyder still billed as US Champion in Denver.

10/5/56 Fort Wayne, IN @ Zollner Stadium
Reggie Lisowski ddq Dick The Bruiser
Wilbur Snyder beat Stan Lisowski
Boris Volkoff & Nicoli Volkoff beat Bill Melby & Don Pollack
Ada Ash beat Rose Roman

10/9/56 Hammond, IN @ Civic Center
Dick the Bruiser vs Carl Engstrom 60:00
Rose Roman vs Ada Ash 45:00
Paul Bunyan vs Don DeCortez
Billy Goelz vs Don Pollack

10/10/56 Madison, WI @ Dane County Fairgrounds Arena
US Champion Hans Schmidt beat Bruiser Afflis
Rose Roman beat Ada Ash dq
Billy Goelz beat Jack Allen when Goelz pinned Allen with a reverse backdrop in the third fall
Paul Bunyan beat Duke Demetri via pin in 3:00

10/11/56 Milwaukee, WI @ South Side Armory
Angelo Poffo beat Dick Afflis
Boris Volkoff & Nicoli Volkoff beat Johnny Kace & Don Pollack
Gypsy Joe beat Joe Carollo

10/17/56 Benton Harbor, MI @ Armory
Boris Volkoff & Nicoli Volkoff beat Dick the Bruiser & Mighty Atlas 2/3
1 Volkoffs won in 11:00
2 Bruiser & Atlas win in 3:00
3 Volkoffs won in 7:00
Paul Bunyan beat Zack Malkov (sub Bozo Brown) via pin in 7:00
Jack Allen beat Zack Malkov dq
Lou Eisenhart beat Bryan O’Cleary
Att: 1,539. Largest crowd of the season.

10/18/56 Beloit, WI @ Armory
Antonino Rocca beat Bruiser Afflis dq
Billy Goelz & Don Pollack beat Gypsy Joe & Bozo Brown
Mighty Atlas (sub Don Moore) drew Harry Lewis
Att: SRO.

10/19/56 Chicago, IL @ International Ampitheatre
Hans Schmidt beat Wilbur Snyder COR
Argentina Rocca beat Dick the Bruiser dq
Boris Volkoff & Nicoli Volkoff beat Bill Melby & Don Pollock
Angelo Poffo beat Carl Engstrom
Joan Ballard beat Ada Ash

10/23/56 Hammond, IN @ Civic Center
Boris Volkoff & Nicoli Volkoff beat Dick the Bruiser & Bill Melby
Stan Lisowski vs Jack Wilson
Zack Malkov vs Mahmout Yousef
Notes: Volkoffs were called Ivan & Gregory Volkoff the first couple of weeks they showed in Hammond, at least in newspaper advertisements.

10/24/56 Benton Harbor, MI @ Armory
Boris Volkoff & Nicoli Volkoff beat Dick the Bruiser & Bill Melby 2/3, 1st fall by dq
1 Bruiser was dq'ed.
2 Melby won with a  backstretch
3 Volkoffs won third fall
Reggie Lisowski beat Zack Malkov 2-0, both by full nelsons
Jack Wilson dcor Don Pollack when both were disqualified for fighting outside the ring.

10/25/56 Washington, DC
Dick Bruiser Afflis vs Don (dan?) Miller
Skull Murphy vs Don Arnold
Dick Steinborn vs Cowboy Tom Bradley
Ricki Starr vs Wally Lamb
Wild Man Fargo vs Miguel Perez

10/27/56 Milwaukee, WI @ Arena
US Title Match
Hans Schmidt beat Verne Gagne dq
Non Title
Dick Afflis beat Midwest Champion Angelo Poffo
Yukon Eric beat Hans Hermann
Boris Volkoff & Nicoli Volkoff beat Bill Melby & Carl Engstrom
att: 6,479

11/1/56 Washington, DC
Ricki Starr vs Red Bastien
Dick Bruiser Afflis vs Wally Lamb
Don Arnold vs Wild Man Fargo
Skull Murphy vs Dick Steinborn
Miguel Perez vs Cowboy Tom Bradley

11/6/56 Hammond, IN @ Civic Center
Reggie Lisowski vs Dick the Bruiser
Stan Lisowski vs Mahmout Yousef
Gypsy Joe vs Carl Engstrom
Jack Wilson vs Benito Gardini

11/7/56 Benton Harbor, MI @ Armory
Wilbur Snyder beat Stan Lisowski 2/3
1 Snyder won 1st fall
2 Lisowski won 2nd fall
3 Snyder won 3rd fall
Reggie Lisowski ddq Dick the Bruiser in 3rd fall for fighting outside the ring
Luis Martinez drew Gypsy Joe 30:00
Jack Wilson beat Dale Patrick (probably a sub bout for Mahmut Yousef vs Benito Gardini)
Att: 740

11/8/56 Washington, DC
Antonino Rocca vs Wildman Fargo
Ricki Starr vs Dick Steinborn
Gino Garibaldi vs Skull Murphy
Dick Afflis vs Jerry Gordet

11/9/56 Chicago, IL @ International Ampitheatre
Reggie Lisowski & Stan Lisowski beat Verne Gagne & Wilbur Snyder dq
Dick the Bruiser drew Angelo Poffo
Yukon Eric beat Bozo Brown
Paul Bunyan beat Hans Hermann
Bill Melby beat Billy Goelz

11/13/56 Hammond, IN @ Civic Center
World Champion Verne Gagne vs Dick the Bruiser
Joan Ballard vs Ilse Schmidt
Gino Angelo vs Zack Malkov
Luis Martinez vs Jack Wilson

11/15/56 Washington, DC
Karl Von Hess vs Ricki Starr
Stan Lisowski vs Dick Bruiser Afflis
Reggie Lisowski vs Don Arnold
Skull Murphy vs Dick Steinborn
Miguel Perez vs Cowboy Tom Bradley

11/19/56 Newburgh, NY @ Municipal Auditorium
Dick the Bruiser vs Wild Man Fargo
Plus two other bouts
The promoter was Troy Bayley of Troy, NY.

11/20/56 Baltimore, MD
Dick Afflis beat Skull Murphy COR on ring apron
Great Scott beat Rocky Lee dq
Carol Cook beat Mary Jane Mull 2/3
Wildman Fargo beat Nick Roberts in 22:00
Dick Steinborn beat Jerry Gordett in 25:00

11/22/56 Washington, DC
Karl Von Hess vs Ricki Starr
Babe Zaharias vs Skull Murphy
Dick Afflis vs Jack Bence
Mary Jane Mull vs Carol Cook
Cowboy Rocky Lee vs Buddy Lee

11/24/56 Milwaukee, WI @ Arena
NWA Tag Team Champions Boris Volkoff & Nicoli Volkoff beat Reggie Lisowski & Stan Lisowski
Wilbur Snyder beat Dick Afflis dq
Angelo Poffo beat Bill Melby
Paul Bunyan beat Hans Hermann
att: 9,112

11/26/56 New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
Antonino Rocca beat Dick Afflis
Hans Schmidt beat Dick Steinborn
Mr. Moto beat Jackie Fargo
Miguel Perez beat Kenny Ackles
Skull Murphy drew Great Scott
Cowboy Lee beat Harry Lewis
Lord Littlebrook & Little Beaver beat Fuzzy Cupid & Ivan the Terrible
Att:10,400, Gate: $30,300

11/27/56 Bridgeport, CT @ Brass Recreation Center
Dick Afflis vs Skull Murphy
Miguel Perez vs Danny Farazzio
Lord Littlebrook & Little Beaver vs Fuzzy Cupid & Ivan the Terrible

12/1/56 White Plains, NY @ Westchester County Center
Dick the Bruiser vs Hans Schmidt
Soldier Barry & The Great Scott vs Tony Martinelli & Gino Garibaldi
Irish Jackie & Fuzzy Cupid vs Little Beaver & Little Brook
Gene Dubuque vs Cowboy Rocky Lee

12/6/56 Indianapolis, IN @ Armory
Main Event
Ilse Cook & Ramona Teselle beat Joan Ballard & Sharon Lass
1 Cook beat Lass with a Boston Crab hold in 8:00
2 Ballard beat Teselle in 6:00 with a rolling body scissors
3 Teselle beat Ballard with a a leg breaker in 4:00
Bruiser Afflis ddq Bill Melby in the 3rd fall
1 Afflis dq'ed for failing to break
2 Melby pinned Bruiser after a a dropkick in 8:00
3 Both men were dq'ed for fighting outside the ring
Bronko Lubich beat Jack Wilson in 15:00
Angelo Poffo beat Luis Martinez 2/3
1 Martinez beat Poffo dq in 10:00
2 Martinez was counted out of the ring in 12:00
3 Martinez was unable to continue thus conceded the fall
Referee: Connie Marker

12/7/56 Chicago, IL @ International Ampitheatre
Wilbur Snyder drew Hans Schmidt
Boris Volkoff & Nicoli Volkoff beat Dick the Bruiser & Yukon Eric
Roy McClarty beat Angelo Poffo
Bill Melby beat Gino Angelo
Gypsy Joe beat Seymour Koenig

12/10/56 Bridgeport, CT @ Brass Recreation Center
Antonino Rocca vs Jackie Fargo
Dick Afflis vs Frank Gerwin
Alfonso Valdez vs Gene Dubuque
Harry Lewis vs Ken Ackles

12/11/56 Baltimore, MD
Dick Afflis ddq Skull Murphy
Ricki Starr beat Jerry Gordett in 5:00
Wildman Fargo & Herb Larson beat Len Rossi & Gene Dubuque 2/3
Ted Lewin beat Fritz Von Wallich

12/15/56 Milwaukee, WI @ Auditorium
World Tag Team Champions Boris Volkoff & Nicoli Volkoff beat Verne Gagne & Wilbur Snyder
Penalty Belt Match
Dick Afflis beat Hans Schnabel
Handicap Match
Angelo Poffo & Gypsy Joe beat Paul Bunyan
Ramona TeSelle beat Sharon Lass
att: 6,060

12/19/56 Benton Harbor, MI @ Armory
Dick the Bruiser beat Bill Melby 2/3
1 Bruiser won with a  backbreaker.
2 Melby won with a cobra twist
3 Bruiser pinned Melby
Jack Allen & Don Pollack beat Gypsy Joe & Jack Wilson
Hans Hermann beat Don DeCortez dq when DeCortez pushed the referee.

12/20/56 Indianapolis, IN @ Armory
Sharon Lass & Rose Roman beat Alice Mason & Ramona TeSelle 2/3
Dick “Bruiser” Afflis beat Bill Melby dq
Angelo Poffo beat Reggie Lisowski in 15:00
Paul Bunyan beat Zack Malkov
referee: Bob Luce

12/26/56 Benton Harbor, MI @ Armory
Dick the Bruiser no contest Hans Hermann in 3rd fall
1 Bruiser pinned Hermann
2 Hermann beat Bruiser with a neck twist.
3 Bruiser pitched Hermann into referee Frank Cooper, who was stunned and fell to the mat.
He ruled “no contest” when he recovered
Handicap Match
Don DeCortez & Bozo Brown beat Paul Bunyan
1 Bunyan beat DeCortez.
2 The 20 minute time limit expired
Bill Melby beat Don Pollack
Att: 920

12/27/56 Indianapolis, IN @ Armory
Gino Angelo beat Seymour Koenig 2/3
1 Angelo pinned Koenig after a body slam in 15:00
2 Koenig beat Angelo with a grapevine
3 Angelo beat Koenig in 6:00 with a boston crab
Boxing match
Bill Melby dq'ed in the 5th round over Bruiser Afflis for "wrestling"
Joan Ballard beat Alice Mason in 16:00
Carl Engstrom beat Don DeCortez in 6:00

Indianapolis research from Tim Hornbaker. Wisconsin & Benton Harbor research from George Lentz. Chicago research from Jim Melby. Washington DC research from Ron Witmer. Toledo research from Jim Mandl. Hammond research from George Lentz & JMK. Rockford research from bitterwind. Angola research from Will Morrisey.

I'll see if I can find some other Indiana Bruiser listings on newspaperarchive.com. Terre Haute and Anderson are possibilities.

Note: Added one Anderson Indiana card.

Note: Added a Hagerstown, Indiana card.

Note: Added a few more cards.

Note: Added some stuff from George Lentz's Reggie The Crusher Lisowski record book.

Note: Added four Denver cards from Tim Hornbaker.

Note: Added some Chicago Marigold cards from Redman.

Note: Added some Freeport, Illinois listings from newspaperarchive.com.

Note: Made several more needed edits.

Note: Added multiple listings from George Lentz, JMK and Tim Hornbaker.

Note: More editing done and added more George Lentz Wisconsin research.

Note: Added a New York State card from Kriss. 

Note: Added a Zion, IL card from George Lentz via Rich Tito.

Note: Added a Benton Harbor, MI card from One Fan Gang

Note: Added two Angola, IN cards from Will Morrisey.

Note: Added a Gary, IN listing from Mike DuPree.

Note: Added a Racine, WI card from One Fan Gang.

Note: Added Indiana cards from Tim Tassler

Note: Added the complete Fort Wayne cards from Tim Tassler



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