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From Tim Hornbaker at legacyofwrestling.com,

Indianapolis, Indiana:  Thursday, February 14, 1957
(The Armory)
Bill Longson and The Zebra Kid wrestled to a no contest (1-1) (a riot broke out during the third fall)
Billy Darnell and Billy McDaniels drew
Red Lyons b. Stu Gibson
Bob McCune b. Mike Paidousis (2/3)
(matchmaker:  Dick Patton)
(referee:  Wayne Pale)
(2,000+ fans)
Note:  Referee Pale was from Evansville.

Indianapolis, Indiana:  Thursday, February 21, 1957
(The Armory)
Buddy Rogers b. Mike Paidousis (2-0) (Rogers won the first fall in 30 seconds)
The Zebra Kid b. Bob McCune (2/3) (McCune was unable to continue)
Bill McDaniel b. Red Lyons (DQ)
Fritz Von Erich b. Sammy Ford (4:00)
(matchmaker:  Dick Patton)
(3,200 fans) (capacity) (largest attendance in two years)
Notes:  The Indianapolis Star stated that Buddy Rogers “ranks among the nation’s top five heavyweight matmen and number one at the box office.” Fritz Von Erich was a “newcomer.” According to the reports, Zebra Kid was angry with the matchmaker for booking Buddy Rogers’s match in the main event, and not his bout.  They flipped a coin to see who would wrestle in the top spot) (Rogers challenged Zebra Kid)

Indianapolis, Indiana:  Thursday, February 28, 1957
(The Armory)
Buddy Rogers b. The Zebra Kid (2/3) (third fall by DQ when the Golden Terror interfered)
The Golden Terror b. Billy Darnell (1:00)
Red Lyons b. Mike Paidousis (13:00)
Fritz Von Erich b. Billy McDaniel (16:00)
(matchmaker:  Dick Patton)
(referee:  Harry Burris)
Note:  The Golden Terror reportedly only weighed 228 pounds.

Indianapolis, Indiana:  Thursday, March 7, 1957
(The Armory)
Bill Longson and Bob McCune wrestled The Golden Terror and The Zebra Kid to a no contest (1-1)
Billy Darnell and Stu Gibson drew
Red Lyons b. Billy McDaniel (9:00)
(matchmaker:  Dick Patton)
(referee:  Lou Thomas)
Note:  Red Lyons was from Toronto, Ontario

Indianapolis, Indiana:  Thursday, March 14, 1957
(The Armory)
The Zebra Kid b. “Wild” Bill Longson (1-0) (Longson was unable to continue after losing the initial fall)
Billy Darnell b. Ian Campbell (DQ) (21:00) (Campbell punched the referee)
Bob McCune b. Mike McGee (15:00)
Stu Gibson and Red Lyons drew (20:00)
(matchmaker:  Dick Patton)
(referee:  Harry Burris)

Indianapolis, Indiana:  Thursday, March 21, 1957
(The Armory)
NWA World Heavyweight Champion Lou Thesz and The Zebra Kid drew (1-1) (60:00)
Women’s World Champion June Byers b. China Mira (2/3)
Buddy Rogers b. Lou Plummer (3:00) (sleeperhold)
Red Lyons vs. Bob McCune
(matchmaker:  Dick Patton)
(3,500 fans) (overflow crowd)

Indianapolis, Indiana:  Thursday, April 4, 1957
(The Armory)
Bob McCune and Buddy Rogers b. The Golden Terror and The Zebra Kid (2-0)
(first fall by DQ and Rogers took the second fall over the Terror with a sleeper)
Fritz Von Erich b. Ian Campbell (15:00)
Red Lyons b. Lou Plummer (10:00)
(matchmaker:  Dick Patton)
(referee:  Ralph Hamilton)
Notes:  Ian Campbell was said to be from Aberdeen, Scotland.  Tickets for the wrestling events were sold in the Claypool Hotel lobby.

Indianapolis, Indiana:  Thursday, April 11, 1957
(The Armory)
NWA World Heavyweight Champion Lou Thesz and Buddy Rogers wrestled to a double countout in the third fall (1-1)
(Thesz won the first fall and Rogers took the second)
The Golden Terror and The Zebra Kid b. Billy Darnell and Red Lyons (DQ)
Ian Campbell and Lou Plummer drew (15:00)
Fritz Von Erich b. Bob McCune (11:00)
(matchmaker:  Dick Patton)
(referee:  Harry Burris)
(2,600 fans)
Notes:  Rogers was called a “dropkick expert.”

Indianapolis, Indiana:  Thursday, April 25, 1957
(The Armory)
Buddy Rogers and Fritz Von Erich wrestled to a no contest
(Rogers won the first fall in 30 seconds, Von Erich took the second in 11:00)
(prior to the second fall, Lou Plummer and Von Erich teamed to beat up Rogers)
American Tag Team Champions The Lewin Brothers (Donn and Mark Lewin) b. The Golden Terror and The Zebra Kid (1-0) (45:00)
Red Lyons and Lou Plummer drew
(matchmaker:  Dick Patton)
(referees:  Billy Darnell, Connie Marker)

Indianapolis, Indiana:  Thursday, May 2, 1957
(The Armory)
“Jersey” Joe Walcott b. Fritz Von Erich (boxing match) (third round TKO) (Von Erich resorted to wrestling moves)
Buddy Rogers b. Red Lyons (2/3)
(Lyons won the first fall, Rogers initially refused the second fall when he felt that he had fouled Lyons, then won the second fall with a figure-four grapevine)
(Lyons was unable to continue for the third fall)
The American Tag Team Champions The Lewin Brothers (Donn and Mark Lewin) b. Lou Plummer and The Zebra Kid (2/3) (third fall by DQ)
Ian Campbell and Stu Gibson drew
(matchmaker:  Dick Patton)
(referee:  Ralph Hamilton)
(in attendance:  Joe Louis)
(2,500 fans)
Notes:  Walcott and Von Erich would both use eight-ounce gloves for the 12 round boxing match.  “Although Von Erich claims he’s never battled with boxing gloves during his six years in the professional ring, the Prussian figures to be a rugged for for the famed “Pappy Guy” of the prize ring,” according to the Indianapolis Star.  Louis was in town for three days “working with the city park department.”

Indianapolis, Indiana:  Thursday, May 9, 1957
(The Armory)
Buddy Rogers b. Fritz Von Erich (Texas Death match) (both men had taken a fall when Von Erich conceded the bout)
Stu Gibson and Lou Plummer b. The Lewin Brothers (Donn and Mark Lewin) to capture the American Tag Team Title (2/3)
Bobby Managoff b. Red Lyons (15:00)
(matchmaker:  Dick Patton)
(referee:  Harry Burris)
Notes:  This “Texas Death match” was said to be the “first to be staged in Indiana.” The Indianapolis Star reported that “In death matches, falls do not count toward victory, but the winner of each fall receives $25 which is deducted from the loser’s purse.  There will be three-minute rest periods between falls.  The match must continue, without a time-limit, until one contentant concedes defeat.” The Lewins held the “American tag team heavyweight championship” and the “American [gold] cup.”


Indianapolis, Indiana:  Thursday, May 16, 1957
(The Armory)
Buddy Rogers b. The Zebra Kid (2-0)
(Kid was forced to unmask, revealing George Bollas of Columbus, Ohio, “a former Big Ten heavyweight champion at Ohio State)
Stu Gibson b. Ian Campbell
Red Lyons b. Lou Plummer
Billy Darnell and Bobby Managoff drew
(matchmaker:  Dick Patton)
(referee:  Ralph Hamilton)
Notes:  The Zebra Kid was told to unmask by referee Hamilton, “by orders of Inspector Frank Krahalik of the State Athletic Commission.”

Indianapolis, Indiana:  Thursday, May 23, 1957
(The Armory)
American Tag Team Champions Stu Gibson and Lou Plummer b. Bobby Managoff and Buddy Rogers (2-0)
(fans were irate at the heel tactics of Gibson and Plummer, and the official’s lack of regulation during the match)
(Rogers ended up throwing referee Marker three times) (500 fans stormed ringside, nearly causing a full blown riot)
Richard Brown and Red Lyons drew (30:00)
Billy Darnell b. Ian Campbell (17:00) (Campbell nearly brawled with fans on the way back to his dressing room)
(matchmaker:  Dick Patton)
(referee:  Connie Marker)
(small crowd)
Note:  The Indiana Athletic Commission withheld the purses for the main event wrestlers and demanded a rematch with two referees officiating.

Indianapolis, Indiana:  Thursday, May 30, 1957
(The Armory)
American Tag Team Champions Stu Gibson and Lou Plummer wrestled Bobby Managoff and Buddy Rogers to a no contest in the third fall (1-1)
Richard Brown and Ian Campbell drew (30:00)
Red Lyons b. The Sheik of Araby (DQ) (6:00)
(matchmaker:  Dick Patton)
(referees:  Harry Burris, Virgil Howell)
Notes:  Burris was from Anderson and Howell was from Fort Wayne.

Indianapolis, Indiana:  Thursday, June 6, 1957
(West 16th Street Midget Speedway)
Stu Gibson, Lou Plummer and The Sheik of Araby b. Billy Darnell, Red Lyons and Bobby Managoff (2/3)
Judy Glover b. Millie Stafford (2-0)
The Mighty Ursus b. Ian Campbell (9:00)
(matchmaker:  Dick Patton)
(corporation:  Indiana Wrestling, Inc.)
Notes:  First outdoor wrestling show of the season.  The local paper said that Billy Darnell “recently won a most popular wrestler contest here.  The title was voted to him by fans of this area.” Judy Glover was called the Florida State champ and Millie Stafford was the “Eastern Seaboard titlist.”

Indianapolis, Indiana:  Thursday, June 13, 1957
(Midget Speedway)
Wrestling Tournament
Wilbur Snyder b. Dick Afflis in the tournament final
Dick Afflis b. Bobby Managoff
Wilbur Snyder b. Stu Gibson
Bobby Managoff b. Lou Plummer
Dick Afflis b. Red Lyons
Stu Gibson b. Ian Campbell
Wilbur Snyder b. The Sheik of Araby
(matchmaker:  Dick Patton)
Note:  The winner of the tournament was to meet NWA World Champion Lou Thesz next Thursday night.



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