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1/2/56 Hollywood, CA @ Legion Stadium
Rocky Valentine beat Tom Rice
Wilbur Snyder beat John Tolos
Prince Mia Via beat Joe Blanchard
Tony Martin beat John Swenski
Nick Bockwinkel beat Lee Henning
Also in Action: Sampson Berg

1/3/56 El Paso, TX @ Coliseum
NWA Champion Lou Thesz drew Wilbur Snyder
Henry Piluso beat Herb Parks
Carol Cook & China Mira beat Mary Jane Mull & Dot Dotson
Vic Christy no decision Ripper Leone
Ted Christy drew George Scott

1/5/56 Bakersfield, CA @ Strelich Stadium
Wilbur Snyder & Prince Maiava beat Tom Rice & John Tolos when Prince pinned Tolos in the 3rd fall
Oyama Kato beat Joe Blanchard 1-0 utc
Tony Martin beat Juan Hernandez
Ricky Waldo drew Karl Davis

1/6/56 Santa Monica, CA @ Ocean Park Arena
Tom Rice & John Tolos drew Wilbur Snyder & Prince Maiava
Rocky Brown beat Joe Blanchard
Ricky Waldo beat Tony Martin
Gene LaBell drew John Swenski

1/7/56 San Bernardino, CA @ Arena
International Television Champion Wilbur Snyder no contest Tom Rice in 3rd fall
Prince Maiava beat John Tolos 2/3
Rocky Brown beat Ted Christy in 8:48
Nick Bockwinkel drew Tony Martin 20:00

1/9/56 Hollywood, CA
Rocky Valentine beat Wilbur Snyder

1/13/56 St Louis, MO
Handicap match
Pat O'Connor & Wilbur Snyder beat Wladek Kowalski
Whipper Billy Watson beat Stu Gibson
Bobby Managoff drew Ike Eakins
Little Beaver & Pee Wee James beat Otto Bowman & Ivan the Terrible
Ed Gardenia beat Al Warshawski

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 Memphis, TN @ Ellis Auditorium
NWA Champion Lou Thesz beat Ike Eakins on a 3rd fall dq
Stu Gibson no contest Wilbur Snyder in 3rd fall
Red McKim beat Sonny Myers
Mario Galento beat Chris Bunkers (sub Jesse James"

1/18/56 Evansville, IN
Wilbur Snyder vs Bobby Managoff

1/19/56 Columbus, OH
Wilbur Snyder vs Bob Orton canceled due to bad weather

1/21/56 Chicago, IL @ Marigold Arena
Wilbur Snyder beat Bill Longson in 3:19
Angelo Poffo beat Johnny Gilbert 2-0
Seymour Koenig & Luis Martinez beat Bronko Lubich & Wally Steele
Hans Herbert beat Roy Rogers
Billy Goelz beat Tony Ross
Mitsu Arakawa beat Mitch Lassen
Don Cortez beat Billy Crist
promoter: Fred Kohler

1/23/56 Memphis, TN @ Ellis Auditorium
Dick Hutton & Wilbur Snyder beat Ike Eakins & Stu Gibson 2/3
Sonny Myers beat Mario Galento 2-0
Red McKim beat Tommy Martindale

1/25/56 Evansville, IN
Wilbur Snyder vs Ike Eakins

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 Chicago, IL
NWA Champion Lou Thesz drew Wilbur Snyder 30:00

1/30/56 Memphis, TN @ Ellis Auditorium
NWA Junior Heavyweight Champion Ed Francis beat Red McKim 2/3
Texas Death Match for $50
Ike Eakins & Stu Gibson beat Dick Hutton & Wilbur Snyder after 4 falls when Snyder could not continue due to an injured leg
Mario Galento beat Chris Belkas 2-0

2/1/56 Evansville, IN
Wilbur Snyder beat Ike Eakins

2/3/56 St Louis, MO
NWA Champion Lou Thesz beat Pat O'Connor
Wilbur Snyder beat Ramon Cernandes
Guy Brunetti & Joe Tangaro no contest Ike Eakins & Stu Gibson
Ray Gunkel drew Ed Gardenia
Johnny Kostas drew Joe Dusek

2/4/56 Indianapolis, IN
NWA Champion Lou Thesz drew Wilbur Snyder
Women's Champion June Byers vs Cathy Branch
Tag bout featuring Ray Gunkel
Promoter: Billy Thom
Att: 11,500, Gate: $15,000

2/6/56 Memphis, TN @ Ellis Auditorium
Stu Gibson beat Johnny Kostas (sub Wilbur Snyder) 2/3
NWA Junior Heavyweight Champion Ed Francis beat Red McKim 2/3
BUtch Boyette beat Tommy Martindale 2-0
Johnny Kostas beat Danny Plechas

2/8/56 Louisville, KY
Stu Gibson & Dich Hutton beat Wilbur Snyder & Ike Eakins

2/11/56 Chicago, IL
Wilbur Snyder beat Hans Herrman

2/15/56 Louisville, KY
Stu Gibson beat Wilbur Snyder

2/17/56 St Louis, MO
Wladek Kowalski beat Wilbur Snyder
Guy Brunetti & Joe Tangaro beat Ike Eakins & Stu Gibson
Bobby Bruns beat Hans Hermann
Ed Gardenia beat Johnny Kostas
Aldo Bogni drew Dick Hutton

2/20/56 Peoria, IL
Wilbur Snyder & Bill Melby beat Reggie Lisowski & Stan Lisowski

2/22/56 Kansas City, MO @ Folly Theater
Ike Eakins beat Wilbur Snyder 2/3
Dick Hutton beat Johnny Kostas 2/3
Red McKim beat Tony Austeri
Bob Clay beat Sammy Ford
NOTE: This was the first card at this site was located at Twelfth and Central Streets.

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

2/26/56 Beloit, WI
US Title Match
Wilbur Snyder vs Hans Schmidt

2/27/56 Benton Harbor, MI
Wilbur Snyder beat Hans Schmidt

3/1/56 Salt Lake City, UT
Roy Shire beat Wilbur Snyder

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 Montreal, Quebec, Canada @ The Forum
Wladek Kowalski ddq Argentina Rocca in 3rd fall for fighting outside the ring
1 Kowalski pinned Rocca after a series of knee drops
2 Rocca beat Kowalski with a backbreaker
3 Both men were dq’ed
Wilbur Snyder beat Bill Miller via pin
Karl Von Albers & Fred Atkins drew Manuel Cortez & Johnny Rougeau 30:00
Larry Moquin beat Harry Lewis
Emile Dupre beat Les Ruffin via pin

3/8/56 Ottawa, Ontario, Canada @ Auditorium
Argentina Rocca beat Karl Von Albers 2/3
Wilbur Snyder vs Fred Atkins
Manuel Cortez vs Harry Lewis
Emile Dupre vs Larry Moquin

3/13/56 Indianapolis, IN @ The Armory
Wilbur Snyder beat Angelo Poffo 2/3
Hans Herman beat Don Pollock in 13:00
Sheik of Araby beat Mighty Atlas in 16:00
promoter: Dick Patton

3/14/56 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Wilbur Snyder beat Wladek Killer Kowalski dq

3/15/56 Ottawa, Ontario, Canada @ Auditorium
Wilbur Snyder & Manuel Cortez beat Al Smith & John Smith 2/3
Larry Moquin vs Angelo Savoldi 30:00
Maurice Vachon vs Johnny Rougeau
Ovila Asselin vs Larry Kasabonski

3/19/56 Peoria, IL
Wilbur Snyder beat Angelo Poffo

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 @ Shrine Temple
Verne Gagne beat Dick the Bruiser 2/3
Wilbur Snyder beat Rudy Kay 2-0
Ada Ash beat Joan Ballard
Note: New promoter Fred Kohler

3/22/56 Milwaukee, WI @ South Side Armory
Reggie Lisowski & Stan Lisowski beat Mario DeSousa & Bob DeMarce
Wilbur Snyder beat Hans Hermann
Len Rossi beat Zack Malkov

3/23/56 St Louis, MO
NWA Champion Whipper Billy Watson beat Leo Nomellini
Bobby Bruns beat Ramon Cernandes
Chest Bernard beat Johnny Kostas
Hans Schmidt & Dick Hutton & Ike Eakins beat Wilbur Snyder & Guy Brunetti & Joe Tangaro
Aldo Bogni beat Finis Hall

3/24/56 Chicago, IL
Wilbur Snyder beat Mighty Atlas

3/31/56 San Bernardino, CA @ Arena
International Television Champion Wilbur Snyder ddq Lord Leslie Carlton in 3rd fall
Tito Carreon beat Lee Henning 2/3
Alo Leilani drew Tom Rice 30:00
Roy Heffernan beat Vic Christy in 17:38

4/4/56 Montreal, Quebec, Canada @ The Forum
Wilbur Snyder beat Montreal World Champion Wladek Kowalski dq

4/5/56 Ottawa, Ontario, Canada @ Auditorium
Fritz Von Erich & Karl Von Schober beat Manuel Cortez & Wilbur Snyder on a 3rd fall dq when Cortez slugged both referees
Larry Moquin ddq Angelo Savoldi in 19:20
Ronnie Etchison beat Tony Angelo in 5:00
Larry Kasabonski drew Al Tucker 20:00
Att: “2,500 hysterical fans”
Note: Sammy McConnell was one of the referees.

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

4/7/56 Chicago, IL @ Marigold Arena
Wilbur Snyder beat Verne Gagne (sub Bill Melby) in 19:40 to win the United States TV Title
Hans Schmidt beat Jack Wilson
Dave Jons beat Jim Bernard
Reggie Lisowski beat Harry Lewis
Rudy Kay drew Tony Ross
Don Pollack beat Don Cortez
promoter: Fred Kohler
Note: Bill Melby said to be injured

4/11/56 Montreal, Quebec, Canada @ The Forum
Special Referee: Jack Dempsey, 2 out of 3 falls to a Finish
Killer Kowalski beat Wilbur Snyder when Snyder could not answer the bell for the 3rd fall
1 Snyder pinned Kowalski after a series of drop kicks
2 Kowalski pinned Snyder after three knee drops
3 Snyder was unable to answer the bell for the 3rd fall
Ronnie Etchison beat Karl Von Albers via pin after a giant swing
Yvon Robert beat Len Montana with a Japanese short arm scissors
Manuel Cortez drew Angelo Savoldi 20:00

4/14/56 Milwaukee, WI @ Auditorium
Two Referees
World Tag Team Champions Reggie & Stan Lisowski beat Verne Gagne & Antonino Rocca
US Champion Wilbur Snyder beat Hans Hermann
Angelo Poffo beat Sheik of Araby
Bill Melby beat Luis Martinez
att: 7,013 SRO

4/18/56 Rockford, IL
Wilbur Snyder beat Hans Schmidt 2/3
Seymour Koenig beat Hans Hermann
David Jons drew Angelo Poffo

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

4/24/56 Minneapolis, MN
Ivan Kalmikoff & Karol Kalmikoff no contest Wilbur Snyder & Verne Gagne
Paul Baillargeon drew Ilio DiPaolo 30:00
Johnny Barend beat The Skull by dq 13:39
Lionel Baillargeon beat Firpo Zbyszko via pin in 20:28
Att: 3,945
Note: Snyder was making his debut in the Twin Cities.

4/27/56 Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada @ Civic Auditorium
Referee Frenchy Champagne
Wilbur Snyder & Ilio DiPaolo beat Ivan Kalmikoff & Karol Kalmikoff on a 3rd fall dq
1 Snyder pinned Karol in 12:00 after a drop kick
2 Ivan pinned Snyder in 10:00 after Wilbur missed a “flying body block”
3 Karol was dq’ed in 8:00
Referee Harold Nelson
Al Mills beat Paul Baillargeon dq in 27:00
Johnny Barend beat Firpo Zbyszko via pin in 15:10 after a flying mare
Skull Murphy beat Brian Clary via pin in 18:10
Att: “3,500 patrons”

4/28/56 Chicago, IL
US Champion Wilbur Snyder beat Rudy Kay

5/1/56 Indianapoolis, IN
Wilbur Snyder drew Dick The Bruiser

5/2/56 Rockford, IL @ Shrine Temple
Reggie Lisowski & Stan Lisowski beat Bill Melby & Wilbur Snyder
David Jons beat Seymour Koenig
Bily Goelz beat Tony Ross

5/3/56 Denver, CO @ City Auditorium Arena
Wilbur Snyder drew Lou Thesz
Don Leo Jonathan beat Bob Orton 2-0
Malcolm Brenner beat Carolos Moreno
Jack Allen & Jerry Woods drew Juan Garcia & Tom Renesto
Promoter: Mike London
Att: 3,500 fans

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

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

5/16/56 Racine, WI @ Memorial Hall
Wilbur Snyder beat Angelo Poffo on a 2nd fall dq
1 Snyder beat Poffo with a "cobra hold"
2 Poffo was dq'ed when his manager Bronco Lubich hit Snyder in the head with a cane
Don DeCortez & Benito Gardini (sub Rudy Kay) beat Mario DeSouza & Tony Ross 2/3
Gypsy Joe beat Len Rossi 2-0

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 Chicago, IL
US Champion Wilbur Snyder beat Ike Eakins

5/21/56 Omaha, NE
Wilbur Snyder & Antonino Rocca no contest Ivan Kalmikoff & Karol Kalmikoff

5/22/56 Minneapolis, MN
Verne Gagne drew Wilbur Snyder
The Skull beat Dan Geohagen
Tiny Mills beat Lionel Baillargeon
Roy McClarty drew Johnny Barend 30:00
Att: 1,875

5/29/56 Indianapolis, IN
Wilbur Snyder beat Dick The Bruiser

5/30/56 Madison, WI @ Dane County Fairgrounds Arena
US Champion Wilbur Snyder beat Reggie Lisowski on a 2nd fall dq
1 Snyder pinned Reggie Lisowski
2 Reggie Lisowski was dq'ed when Stan Lisowski interfered
Bill Melby beat Stan Lisowski
1 Stan Lisowski beat Melby
2 Melby beat Stan Lisowski
3 Melby beat Stan Lisowwski
Gypsy Joe & Bozo Brown beat Luis Martinez & Seymour Koenig 2/3 to win Midwest Tag Team Title
1 Koenig beat Brown with a cobra twist
2 Brown pinned Koenig
3 Joe beat Martinez with a backbreaker
Note: the newspaper said that Koenig & Martinez had won the Midwest Tag Team Championship from Reggie Lisowski & Stan Lisowski

5/31/56 Milwaukee, WI @ South Side Armory
Gypsy Joe no contest Dave Jons
Wilbur Snyder vs Bob Orton
Angelo Poffo vs Luis Martinez

6/1/56 Chicago, IL @ International Ampitheatre
US Champion 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

6/4/56 Hollywood, CA @ Legion Stadium
Wilbur Snyder beat Lord James Blears 2/3
Rito Romero & Chief War Cloud beat Tom Rice & Lee Henning
Matt Murphy drew Nick Bockwinkel
Irish Jackie & Major Tom Thumb drew Little Beaver & Cowboy Bradley
Pablo Martinez beat Martino Angelo

6/7/56 Elkhorn, IN
Wilbur Snyder beat Hans Schmidt dq

6/9/56 North Hollywood, CA @ Valley Garden Arena
Wilbur Snyder drew Ray Stern when the 60 minute time limit expired in the 3rd fall
Cowboy Bradley beat Irish Jackie 2/3
Jungle Boy beat Broadway Venus
Martino Angelo beat Pedro Martinez

6/14/56 Denver, CO @ City Auditorium Arena
Don Leo Jonathan vs Wilbur Snyder
Ethel Johnson & Lulu Mae Provo vs Marva Scott & Babs Wingo
Elias Garcia & Juan Garcia vs Jack Allen & Jerry Woods
Zack Malkov vs Tom Renesto
Promoter: Mike London

6/16/56 Milwaukee, WI @ Auditorium
Two Referees
World Tag Team Champions Reggie Lisowski & Stan Lisowski drew Verne Gagne & Antonino Rocca when the 60 minute time limit expired in the 3rd fall
US TV Champion Wilbur Snyder beat Sheik of Araby
Midwest Champion Dave Jons drew Bill Melby 30:00
Brown Panther beat Tiny Roe
att: 7,125 SRO

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

6/21/56 Elkhorn, IN
Wilbur Snyder & Bill Melby bs Reggie Lisowski & Stan Lisowski

6/22/56 Milwaukee, WI @ South Side Armory
Wilbur Snyder beat Verne Gagne (sub Sheik of Araby)
Verne Gagne beat Bozo Brown
Jack Allen beat Tony Ross

6/23/56 Green Bay, WI
Wilbur Snyder beat Bozo Brown

6/26/56 Toledo, OH
Wilbur Snyder drew Verne Gagne

6/27/56 Rockford, IL @ Beyer Stadium
World Tag Team Champions Reggie Lisowski & Stan Lisowski beat Verne Gagne/ Wilbur Snyder
Billy Goelz beat Don Pollack
Dick the Bruiser beat Bill Melby
Ada Ash beat Raymonde Cody

6/28/56 Fon Du Lac, WI
Wilbur Snuder beat Mighty Atlas 2-0

6/29/56 Elkhorn, WI @ Stock Pavilion
Wilbur Snyder beat The Sheik of Araby 2/3
1 Snyder beat Sheik
2 Sheik beat Snyder
3 Snyder beat Sheik
Seymour Koenig & Dave Jons beat Bozo Brown & Don DeCortez
1 Koenig beat Brown withn a cobra twist
2 Brown & DeCortez won
3 Jons won with a backbreaker
Rose Roman beat Ramonde Coty in 8:00
Att: 600

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

7/5/56 Milwaukee, WI @ South Side Armory
Wilbur Snyder beat Bill Melby
Gypsy Joe & Angelo Poffo beat Bill Savage & Don Pollack
Bill Savage beat Don DeCortez dq

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
Att: 8.853

7/10/56 Minneapolis, MN
Referees Joe Valento and Billy Wicks
Ivan Kalmikoff & Karol Kalmikoff drew Wilbur Snyder & Ilio DiPaolo 
Jim Bernard beat Mario DeSouza in 20:01
Roy McClarty beat Frank Taylor in 13:00
Red Bastien beat Billy Wicks in 20:06
Att: 3,408

7/12/56 Denver, CO @ City Auditorium Arena
Referee Tommy Corbett
Verne Gagne dcor US Champion Wilbur Snyder in 3rd fall
United States Champion Wilbur Snyder dcor Verne Gagne in 3rd fall
1 Gagne beat Snyder in 22:48
2 Snyder beat Gagne in 8:32
3 Both men were counted out of the ring
John Tolos beat Danno McDonald
Tolos needed police protection away from the ring
Richard Brown vs Tony Pervetti
Martino Angelo vs Hans Von Schupp
Lord Littlebrook & Tiny Tim vs Irish Jackie & Tom Thumb
promoter:  Mike London
Att: large crowd, Gate: $5,000+

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

7/14/56 Chicago, IL
Wilbur Snyder beat Dave Jons

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"

7/18/56 Racine, WI @ Memorial Hall
Wilbur Snyder & Nick Bockwinkel beat Angelo Poffo & Bronco Lubich 2/3
1 Poffo & Lubich won 1st fall
2 Bockwinkel pinned Poffo after a series of drop kicks
3 Snyder pinned Lubich after a series of body slams
Hans Hermann beat Jack Allen (sub Jerry Woods) with a sleeper hold
Bill Savage beat Gypsy Joe on a 3rd fall dq
Promoter: Einer Olson
Att: "near capacity crowd"

7/21/56 Angola, IN
Wilbur Snyder vs Hans Hermann
The Sheik vs Tony Ross
Angelo Poffo vs Stan Lisowski
Ada Ash vs Raymonde Coty

7/23/56 Peoria, IL
Wilbur Snyder drew Hans Schmidt

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."

7/25/56 Madison, WI @ Breese Stevens Field
US TV Champion Wilbur Snyder beat Hans Schmidt (Schmidt out cold on mat)
Gypsy Joe beat Don Pollack
Dave Jons & Seymour Koenig beat Nick Bockwinkel & Bill Savage.
Notes: Jons is Midwest Champion. Savage is from Joliet, IL. 
Att: One of the season’s largest crowds

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

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 LaGrange, IL
US Champion Wilbur Snyder beat Sheik of Araby

8/14/56 Hammond, IN @ Civic Center
Wilbur Snyder vs Hans Schmidt
Stan Lisowski vs Bill Savage
Bozo Brown vs Benito Gardini
Hans Hermann vs Karl Gray

8/15/56 Madison, WI @ Breese Stevens Field
US TV Champion Wilbur Snyder beat Nick Bockwinkel 2/3 (sub Bill Melby)
Raymonde Coty & Rose Roman beat Ramona TeSelle & Joan Ballard (sub Ada Ash) 2/3
Angelo Poffo beat Hans Hermann (sub Nick Bockwinkel)
Notes: Poffo is the newly crowned Midwest Champion. Melby reportedly was called home due to a death in the family.

8/16/56 Milwaukee, WI @ South Side Armory
Wilbur Snyder beat Hans Hermann
Angelo Poffo & Gypsy Joe beat Nick Bockwinkel & Seymour Koenig 2/3
Jack Wilson beat Bozo Brown

8/20/56 South Bend, IN
Wilbur Snyder beat Hans Schmidt

8/21/56 Appleton, WI @ Goodland Field
US Champion Wilbur Snyder beat Bill Melby
Dave Jons & Don Pollack beat Don DeCortez & Bozo Brown 2-0
Angelo Poffo beat Nick Bockwinkel
Att: 700 to 800
Note: Poffo was managed by Bronko Lubich.

8/24/56 Chicago, IL @ International Ampitheatre
Wilbur Snyder & Argentina Rocca beat Reggie Lisowski & Stan Lisowski
Hans Schmidt beat Roy McClarty
Angelo Poffo beat Bill Melby
Nick Bockwinkel beat Hans Hermann
Ada Ash beat Kathy Starr

8/25/56 Milwaukee, WI @ Auditorium
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

8/29/56 Hammond, IN @ Block Stadium
Reggie Lisowski & Stan Lisowski vs Wilbur Snyder & Bill Melby
Angelo Poffo vs Nick Bockwinkel
Ramona Te Selle vs Raymonde Coty

8/30/56 Denver, CO @ Auditorium Arena
United States Champion Wilbur Snyder beat John Tolos 2/3
1 Snyder beat Tolos in 8:41 with an abdominal stretch
2 Tolos beat Snyder in 6:05 with a Boston Crab
3 Snyder beat Tolos 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

9/1/56 Angola, IN
Wilbur Snyder vs Hans Schmidt
The Sheik vs Gypsy Joe
Joan Ballard vs Ramona TeSelle
Jack Allen vs Don Pollack

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

9/7/56 Freeport, IL @ High School Gym
US Champion Wilbur Snyder vs Hans Schmidt
Midwest Champion Angelo Poffo vs David Jons
Gypsy Joe & Sheik of Araby vs Don Pollack & Karl Gray

9/8/56 Chicago, IL
US Champion Wilbur Snyder beat Bill Melby
Att: 1,118

9/11/56 Indianapolis, IN
Wilbur Snyder beat Reggie Lisowski

9/13/56 Fort Wayne, IN
Wilbur Snyder beat Angelo Poffo

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 Chicago, IL
Hans Schmidt beat Wilbur Snyder on a 3rd fall COR to win US Title

9/19/56 St. Charles
Wilbur Snyder beat Angelo Poffo

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

9/25/56 Indianapolis, IN
Reggie Lisowski & Stan Lisowski beat Wilbur Snyder & Bill Melby

9/26/56 Madison, WI @ Dane County Fairgrounds Arena
US Champion Wilbur Snyder beat Bill Melby 2/3
1 Snyder beat Melby in 10:30
2 Melby beat Snyder
3 Snyder beat Melby in 5:15
Carl Engstrom & Billy Goelz beat Angelo Poffo & Bronko Lubich 2/3
Gypsy Joe beat Don Moore in 14:45
Note: 8’3” giant wrestler  Paul Bunyan was introduced to the crowd. Interesting to see Snyder still billed as US Champion.

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 @ Benton High School
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.

10/6/56 Indianapolis, IN
Wilbur Snyder beat Hans Hermann

10/9/56 Indianapolis, IN @ The Armory
US Champion Hans Schmidt beat Bill Melby 2/3
Wilbur Snyder beat Hans Hermann 2-0
Gypsy Joe beat Danny Ferrazza in 14:00
Brown Panther beat Irish Jackie in 8:00
Referee: Connie Marcum

10/10/56 Racine, WI @ Memorial Hall
Wilbur Snyder & Bill Melby beat Angelo Poffo & Bronco Lubich
Irish Jackie vs Brown Panther
Danny Ferrazza vs Don Pollack

10/11/56 Sheboygan, WI @ Municipal Auditorium
US Title Match
Hans Schmidt beat Wilbur Snyder 2/3
1 Schmidt pinned Snyder after a backbreaker
2 Snyder pinned Schmidt after a series of slams and drop kicks
3 Schmidt beat Snyder
Rose Roman beat Ramon Coty
Seymour Koenig & Jack Allen beat Zack Malkov & Bozo Brown
Promoter: Fred Kohler

10/13/56 Oshkosh, WI @ Merrill Gym
US Title Match
Wilbur Snyder vs Hans Schmidt
Rose Roman vs Ramona TeSelle
Gypsy Joe & Zack Malkov vs Billy Goelz & Don Pollock

10/16/56 Minneapolis, MN
Verne Gagne & US Champion Wilbur Snyder beat Fritz Von Erich & Karl Von Schober
1 Snyder beat Von Schober with a punishing crab hold 12:27
2 Von Schober pinned Snyder 5:50
3 Von Erich dq'ed by ref Jack Pesek for hitting the other ref Billy Wicks
Roy McClarty beat Bill Melby via pin in 14:49
Jack Pesek beat Johnny Moochy via pin in 21:20
Att: 2,775
Note: Snyder still billed as US Champion in Minneapolis.

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 Indianapolis, IN @ The Armory
Wilbur Snyder beat Reggie Lisowski 2/3
Joan Ballard & Rose Roman beat Ada Ash & Ramona TeSelle 2/3
Wilbur Snyder beat Gypsy Joe (sub Farmer Don Marlin)
referee: Lou Thomas
Note: Farmer Don Marlin was “held at Fowler for speeding.”

10/27/56 Chicago, IL
Wilbur Snyder beat Zack Malkov

10/30/56 Rockford, IL @ Shrine Temple  
US Champion Hans Schmidt beat Wilbur Snyder
Dick the Bruiser beat John Siska
Tom Thumb & Tiny Roe beat Pee Wee James & Brown Panther
Note: Schmidt billed as champion on this card.

11/1/56 Indianapolis, IN @ The Armory
Televised match
Wilbur Snyder beat Gypsy Joe in 12:00
Televised match 
Angelo Poffo beat Jack Allen in 14:00
Duke DeMetri beat Don Pollock in 19:00
Farmer Don Marlin drew Zack Malkov when the time limit expired in the 3rd fall
referee: Harry Burris
sponsored by: Indiana Wrestling, Inc.
Television Show Debut

11/6/56 Beloit, WI @ Armory
Boris Volkoff & Nicoli Volkoff beat Seymour Koenig & Don Pollack
Wilbur Snyder drew Bill Melby
Paul Bunyan beat Bozo Brown
Att: SRO

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 Indianapolis, IN @ The Armory
Carl Engstrom (sub Farmer Don Marlin) beat Bozo Brown 2/3 
Carl Enstrong beat Jack Wilson in 6:00
Paul Bunyon beat Duke DeMetri in 5:00
Angelo Poffo beat Seymour Koenig in 16:00
Wilbur Snyder beat Bill Melby in 6:00

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

11/10/56 Oshkosh, WI @ Merrill Junior High School Gym
World Tag Team Champions Reggie Lisowski & Stan Lisowski vs Wilbur Snyder & Bill Melby
Paul Bunyan vs Bozo Brown
Don Pollack vs Jack Allen

11/13/56 Rockford, IL @ Shrine Temple 
Wilbur Snyder no contest Hans Schmidt in 2nd fall
1 Schmidt was dq'ed
2 The referee ruled the bout a no contest
Boris Volkoff & Nicoli Volkoff beat Bill Melby & Don Pollack
Sharon Lass beat Ramon TeSelle

11/14/56 Benton Harbor, MI @ Armory
Angelo Poffo (managed by Bronko Lubich) beat Wilbur Snyder 2/3
1 Poffo beat Snyder with a backbreaker in 10:00 
2 Snyder beat Poffo with a leglock in 4:00 
3 Poffo pinned Snyder in 4:00
Luis Martinez & Jack Allen beat Jack Wilson & Zack Malkov
Gino Angelo beat Mitch Lassen
Lou Eisenhart drew Tim Hampton

11/15/56 Indianapolis, IN @ The Armory
Wilbur Snyder beat Angelo Poffo on a 3rd fall dq
Carl Engstrom beat Zack Malkov (sub Johnny Gilbert) 2/3 
Paul Bunyan beat Hans Herman
Bill Melby beat Zack Malkov
Referee: Lou Thomas

11/21/56 Buffalo, NY
NWA Champion Lou Thesz beat Baron Gattoni
Whipper Billy Watson beat Karl Karlsson
US Champion Wilbur Snyder dcor Verne Gagne
Yukon Eric beat Sky Hi Lee
Buddy Rogers beat Ilio DiPaolo COR
Dick Hutton beat Steve Stanlee
Att: 11,221

11/22/56 Milwaukee, WI @ South Side Armory
Wilbur Snyder beat Jack Wilson
Mahmut Yousef & Luis Martinez beat Hans Hermann & Zack Malkov
Sharon Lass beat Joan Ballard dq

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 Monroe, WI @ Turner Hall
Wilbur Snyder beat Hans Hermann 2-0
Rose Roman & Bill Melby beat Gypsy Joe & Ramona TeSelle 2-0
1 Melby pinned Gypsy Joe
2 Roman beat TeSelle
Jack Allen beat Seymour Koenig
Note: Snyder billed as US TV Champion.
Att: "more than 600"

11/27/56 Rockford, IL @ Shrine Temple  
Wilbur Snyder beat Reggie Lisowski dq
Angelo Poffo beat Stan Lisowski dq
Paul Bunyan beat Zach Malcov
Bill Melby beat Don Pollack

11/28/56 Madison, WI @ Dane County Fairgrounds Arena
Reggie Lisowski & Stan Lisowski beat Wilbur Snyder & Carl Engstrom 2/3
1 Lisowskis won 1st fall
2 Snyder & Engstrom won 2nd fall
3 Lisowskis won 3rd fall
Don Pollack beat Bozo Brown 2/3
Sharon Lass beat Joan Ballard
Promoter: Jimmy Demetral

11/29/56 Indianapolis, IN @ The Armory
World Tag Team Champions Reggie Lisowski & Stan Lisowski beat Mitch Lassen & Roy Rogers 2-0
Luis Martinez beat Bozo Brown in 16:00
Angelo Poffo beat Wilbur Snyder on a 3rd fall dq
Carl Engstrom beat Gino Angelo in 21:00
referee: Harry Burris

11/30/56 Watertown, WI
Wilbur Snyder beat Reggie Lisowski dq

12/4/56 Beloit, MI @ Armory
Reggie Lisowski & Stan Lisowski vs Wilbur Snyder & Bill Melby
Sharon Lass vs Joan Ballard
third bout not announced
Note: Last card of the year

12/6/56 Denver, CO @ City Auditorium Arena
Hans Schmidt beat Wilbur Snyder 2/3 to win United States Title
1 Schmidt beat Snyder in 11:00 with a backbreaker
2 Snyder beat Schmidt in 5:03
3 Schmidt beat Snyder
Jim Wright beat Danny Plechas 2/3
Great Kato beat Juan Garcia via pin in 22:46 after a Judo smash
Mitsu Arakawa dcor Mike DiBiase in 16:58
Promoter: Mike London
Att: 3,000 fans

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 Racine, WI @ Memorial Hall
Boris Volkoff & Nicoli Volkoff beat Wilbur Snyder & Bill Melby on a 3rd fall COR
1 One of the Volkoffs beat Snyder
2 Snyder pinned one of The Volkoffs after a series of flying tackles and drop kicks
3 Melby was counted out of the ring
The Giant Paul Bunyan beat Hans Hermann
Luis Martinez beat Don Pollock 2/3
Promoter: Einar Olsen
Att: "near-capacity crowd"

12/12/56 Benton Harbor, MI @ Armory
Wilbur Snyder & Carl Engstrom beat Angelo Poffo & Bronko Lubich 2/3
1 Engstrom beat Poffo via pin after an airplane spin
2 Poffo beat Engstrom
3 Snyder pinned Lubich after a body slam
Bill Melby beat Hans Schnabel
Tim Hampton beat Lou Eisenhart
Att: 890

12/13/56 Indianapolis, IN @ The Armory
Boris Volkoff & Nicoli Volkoff beat Carl Engstrom & Seymour Koenig 2-0
Wilbur Snyder beat Angelo Poffo on a 3rd fall dq
Bozo Brown drew Johnny Gilbert 20:00
Gypsy Joe beat Jack Allen in 22:00
referee: Harry Burris

12/14/56 Watertown, WI @ Turner Hall
Wilbur Snyder beat Angelo Poffo on a 3rd fall dq

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

12/22/56 Chicago, IL @ Marigold Arena
Wilbur Snyder beat Bozo Brown 2-0
Bill Melby beat Reggie Lisowski on a 3rd fall dq
Angelo Poffo beat Luis Martinez
Carl Engstrom beat Jack Allen
Jack Wilson beat Zack Malkov dq
Billy Goelz & Don Pollock beat Gino Angelo & Don Cortez 2/3
promoter: Fred Kohler

12/27/56 Janesville, WI @ Senior High School
Wilbur Snyder vs Reggie Lisowski
Angelo Poffo & Ramona TeSelle vs Billy Goelz & Rose Roman
Jack Allen vs Don Pollack

12/28/56 Chicago, IL @ International Ampitheatre
Boris Volkoff & Nicoli Volkoff beat Reggie Lisowski & Stan Lisowski on a 3rd fall COR
Wilbur Snyder beat Angelo Poffo
Billy Melby beat Gypsy Joe
Paul Bunyan beat Angelo Savoldi
Ramona TeSelle beat Sharon Lass
Carl Engstrom beat Jack Wilson
promoter: Fred Kohler
6,620 fans, gate: $16,002

12/29/56 Chicago, IL
Wilbur Snyder beat Jack Wilson

edit: Added some Rockford cards from bitterwind.

edit: Added a San Bernardino card from Kriss.

edit: Added a Kansas City, MO card

edit: Added another San Bernardino card from Kriss

Last edited on Wed Feb 19th, 2014 06:36 pm by clawmaster



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