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1/2/76 Fort Wayne, IN @ Coliseum
Pepper Gomez won a 14 Man Alamo Pole Battle Royal
Chris Taylor beat Fernando La Pantera
Wilbur Snyder beat Rodeo Jones
Chuck O’Connor beat Pepper Gomez
Moose Cholak beat The Strangler
Jacques Goulet beat Bobby Bold Eagle
Paul Christy beat Soldier LeBeouf
Johnny Starr beat Spike Huber
Att: 3,500

1/17/76 Chicago, IL @ International Amphitheatre
AWA Champion Nick Bockwinkel no contest The Crusher
Jimmy Valiant & Johnny Valiant beat Larry Hennig & Jos Leduc
Wilbur Snyder beat Baron Von Raschke dq
Ali Vaziri beat Dick Reynolds
Chris Taylor beat Ivan Krankovic
Steve Regal beat Tom Demarco

1/30/76 Fort Wayne, IN
Ox Baker & Chuck O’Connor won a tag team tournament to earn a WWA Tag Title Shot on 2/20
Other teams entered were Moose Cholak & Spike Huber, Legionairres Jacques Goulet & Soldier LeBeouf, Bobby Bold Eagle & Paul Christy, Wilbur Snyder & Pepper Gomez, The Strangler & Johnny Starr, Art Thomas & Moose Cholak (sub Prince Pullins) and Rauol Guzman & Fernando La Pantera (sub Jimmy Valiant)

2/2/76 Davenport, IA @ Palmer Auditorium
Verne Gagne & Wilbur Snyder & Jim Brunzell beat Blackjack Lanza & Bobby Duncum & Bobby Heenan
Pepper Gomez beat Rene Goulet
Moose Cholak beat Chuck O'Connor dq
Kim Duk beat George Gadaski

2/7/76 Chicago, IL @ International Amphitheatre
AWA Tag Team Champions Dick the Bruiser & the Crusher no contest Jimmy Valiant & Johnny Valiant
Bobby Duncum beat Verne Gagne dq
Wilbur Snyder beat Sgt. Jacques Goulet
Bobby Heenan drew Jim Brunzell
Jos LeDuc beat Soldier LeBoeuf
Larry Hennig drew Chuck O'Connor
Sailor Art Thomas beat Kim Duk

2/21/76 Indianapolis, IN @ Exposition Convention Center
Ox Baker & Chuck O'Connor no contest WWA Tag Team Champions Dick the Bruiser & the Crusher when the main referee who had been knocked unconscious and the second referee disagreed on which team won the match.
Wilbur Snyder beat Soldier LeBeouf
WWA Champion Pepper Gomez dcor The Strangler
Johnny Starr beat Bob Kelly
Baron Von Krupp beat Art Thomas via pin after a boot to the face
Spike Huber beat Max Blue
Att: 5,500

3/20/76 Chicago, IL @ International Amphitheatre
Verne Gagne & Greg Gagne & Jim Brunzell beat Nick Bockwinkel & Bobby Heenan & Bobby Duncum
Ox Baker drew Jos LeDuc
Wilbur Snyder no contest Masked Strangler
Chuck O'Connor beat Pepper Gomez
Blackjack Lanza drew Moose Cholak
Johnny Kace beat Steve Regal
Jan Nelson beat Scott Irwin

4/10/76 Hammond, IN @ Hammond Civic Center
WWA Tag Team Champions Ox Baker & Chuck O'Connor beat Wilbur Snyder & Moose Cholak
Art Thomas beat Johnny Kace
Paul Christy & Blackie Guzman beat Emilio Zapata & Chi Chi Rosario
Steve Regal beat Max Blue

4/17/76 Milwaukee, WI @ Auditorium
Verne Gagne beat AWA Champion Nick Bockwinkel dq
Greg Gagne & Jim Brunzell & Russ Francis beat Blackjack Lanza & Bobby Duncum & Bobby Heenan
Wilbur Snyder beat Mad Dog Vachon on a reverse decision dq
Mad Dog actually pinned Snyder, but then kept going after him, so the referee reversed the decision and dq'ed the Dog.
Billy Red Cloud drew Dick Reynolds 20:00
Marva Scott beat Ethel Johnson
Dick Blood beat Buck Zumhofe
Att: 6,079

4/9/76 St. Louis, MO @ Kiel Auditorium
Dick the Bruiser beat Blackjack Lanza
Gene Kiniski beat Bob Backlund
Non Title Match
Missouri Champion Harley Race drew Pat O’Connor 30:00
Wilbur Snyder & Ray Candy beat Chuck O’Connor & Ox Baker when Snyder beat O’Connor
Betty Niccoli beat Joyce Grable
Lord Alfred Hayes beat Guy Mitchell
Tank Patton beat Paul Christy
att. 4,848
Notes from Larry Matysik: By this date, from a booking viewpoint, it should have been pretty obvious how important Bobby Heenan was to the dynamic of Blackjack Lanza drawing, particularly against Dick the Bruiser. Granted, business was slow in 1976 from a combination of things, with too many house shows over the past couple years to use of talent. But Heenan was the key to Lanza being a drawing card. Jack was a strong presence, a good ring general, and a perfect foe for Bruiser’s type of match at this time. But the string had pretty well been played out for confrontations between the two of them, especially with Heenan out of the picture. Credit stubbornness, though, for trying this as a co-feature again in December, and drawing another lousy crowd.

4/23/76 St. Louis, MO @ Kiel Auditorium  
NWA Champion Terry Funk beat Dick the Bruiser on a 3rd fall dq
Bob Backlund beat Harley Race to win the Missouri State Title
Pat O’Connor & Chris Taylor beat Blackjack Lanza & Von Raschke when Taylor beat Raschke
Wilbur Snyder beat Kim Duk
Ray Candy beat Bulldog Bob Brown
Haiti Kid & Little Coco beat Billy the Kid & Little John 2/3
1 Billy beat Coco
2 Coco beat Billy
3 Haiti beat John
Russ Francis beat Tank Patton
att: 7,567
Notes from Larry Matysik: Oh, what could have been! Russ Francis, then an All-Pro tight end for football’s New England Patriots, had everything to be a superstar in wrestling. Big, strong, fast, athletic, handsome, charismatic, and with the football stature, Francis had most promoters – including Sam – drooling. Francis’ father Ed had been a wrestler and promoter in Hawaii, so Russ knew the game. Just this match verified everything insiders were saying. Francis, though, could make more money in football by this time. Football players were getting more money and not searching as they once did for extra bucks in the off-season, or a career after football. Francis stayed on the gridiron and wrestling was poorer for that loss of great potential. Ironically, also on this bill was 400-plus pounder Chris Taylor, who had gained national attention as a collegiate champion. A truly nice guy, Taylor simply never grasped pro wrestling. Plus, he would have been difficult to book with his huge size and lack of agility in aprofessional ring. Every promoter sensed potential, but quickly noted the difficulties. Unfortunately, Taylor passed away very young and, aside from initial mainstream publicity for going into pro wrestling, never amounted to much in the play-for-pay ranks.

4/24/76 Hammond, IN @ Hammond Civic Center
Mexican Death Strap Match
Pepper Gomez vs Johnny Starr
Art Thomas & Paul Christy & Wilbur Snyder vs Johnny Kace & Chi Chi Rosario & The Strangler
Spike Huber vs Blackie Guzman

5/1/76 Indianapolis, IN
Cage Match
Dick The Bruiser & The Crusher beat Ox Baker & Chuck O'Connor to win the WWA Tag Team Title
The Strangler beat Pepper Gomez to win the WWA title
AWA Champion Nick Bockwinkel beat Art Thomas
Art Thomas won a 16 man battle royal
Bounty Hunters beat Steve Regal (sub Bob Kelly) & Bobby Bold Eagle
Wilbur Snyder beat Blackjack Heddon (sub Baron Von Krupp)
Johnny Starr beat Raoul Guzman
Moose Cholak beat Emile Zapata
Paul Christy beat Cashbox Jim Kent

5/7/76 St. Louis, MO @ Kiel Auditorium
Missouri Champion Bob Backlund beat Lord Alfred Hayes
Gene Kiniski beat Wilbur Snyder
Pat O’Connor & Ray Candy beat Jimmy Valiant & Johnny Valiant dq
Greg Gagne (sub Russ Francis) drew Von Raschke
Blackjack Lanza beat Lanny Poffo (sub Randy Poffo)
Ronnie Etchison & Paul Christy beat Tank Patton & Gary Fulton 2/3
1 Patton beat Christy
2 Etchison beat Fulton
3 Christy beat Fulton
att: 4,680

5/21/76 St. Louis, MO @ Kiel Auditorium  
Special Referee: Pat O’Connor
Jack Brisco & Gene Kiniski beat NWA Champion Terry Funk & Dory Funk Jr 2/3
1 Dory beat Brisco
2 Brisco beat Terry
3 Kiniski beat Dory
Missouri Champion Bob Backlund beat Roger Kirby
Harley Race beat Jerry Brisco
Wilbur Snyder & Ray Candy beat Killer Karl Krupp & Tank Patton on a 3rd fall dq
1 Candy beat Patton
2 Patton beat Candy
3 Snyder beat Krupp dq
Hubert Gallant beat Buddy Wayne
Ronnie Etchison beat David Shults (yes, that David Shults)
att: 7,656

5/22/76 Minneapolis, MN @ Auditorium
AWA Champion Nick Bockwinkel beat Red Bastien
Greg Gagne & Jim Brunzell no contest Bobby Heenan & Blackjack Lanza
Wilbur Snyder beat Kim Duk dq
Ethel Johnson beat Marva Scott
Scott Irwin beat Armando Rodriguez

6/12/76 Chicago, IL @ International Amphotheatre
AWA Champion Nick Bockwinkel beat Chris Taylor
The Crusher beat Bobby Duncum dq
Blackjack Lanza beat Red Bastien
Wilbur Snyder beat Billy Red Cloud
Pepper Gomez beat Johnny Starr
Moose Cholak beat Scott Irwin
Steve Regal beat Mark Manson

6/25/76 Indianapolis, IN
Ox Baker & Karl Von Krupp beat Art Thomas & Pepper Gomez
WWA Champion The Strangler drew Wilbur Snyder
Bounty Hunters beat Paul Christy & Spike Huber
Johnny Starr drew Steve Regal

7/10/76 Indianapolis, IN
WWA Tag Team Champions Dick the Bruiser & the Crusher no contest Ox Baker & Karl Von Krupp
WWA Champion The Strangler beat Pepper Gomez
Bounty Hunters beat Wilbur Snyder & Steve Regal
Dominic DeNucci drew Bounty Hunter II
Bobby Bold Eagle beat Jim Kent dq
Paul Christy beat Gilbert Guerrero
Spike Huber beat Karl Von Krupp dq
Bill Miller beat Bobby Vann

7/23/76 Chicago, IL @ International Amphitheatre
Blackjack Lanza & Bobby Duncum beat Dick the Bruiser & The Crusher to win the AWA Tag Team Title
AWA Champion Nick Bockwinkel beat Wilbur Snyder
Greg Gagne & Jim Brunzell beat Mad Dog Vachon & Baron Von Raschke dq
Ox Baker beat Jos LeDuc
Pepper Gomez beat Buddy Wolff
Spike Huber beat Buck Zumhofe

7/31/76 Indianapolis, IN
WWA Tag Team Champions Dick the Bruiser & The Crusher beat Ox Baker & Karl Von Krupp
WWA Champion The Strangler beat Wilbur Snyder dq
Bounty Hunters beat Pepper Gomez & Paul Christy
Bill Miller beat Jose Pantera
Spike Huber beat Emilio Zapata
Jim Kent beat Blackie Guzman
Sandy Partlow beat Chita Rivera
Steve Regal drew Bobby Bold Eagle

8/14/76 Indianapolis, IN @ Convention Exposition Center
Bounty Hunters beat Dick the Bruiser & The Crusher to win the WWA Tag Team Title
Non Title Mexican Strap Match
Pepper Gomez beat WWA Champion The Strangler
Wilbur Snyder beat Ox Baker
Spike Huber drew Paul Christy
Bounty Hunter I beat Gilbert Guerrero
Bobby Bold Eagle beat Jim Lancaster
Bill Miller beat Johnny Starr dq
Steve Regal drew Jim Kent
Moose Cholak beat Jim Lancaster
Bounty Hunter II beat Tom Lynch

8/27/76 Chicago, IL @ Comiskey Park
Cage match
AWA Tag Team Champions Blackjack Lanza & Bobby Duncum beat Dick the Bruiser & the Crusher  
AWA Champion Nick Bockwinkel no contest Andre the Giant
Wilbur Snyder & Greg Gagne & Jim Brunzell beat Baron Von Raschke & Mad Dog Vachon & Ox Baker
Moose Cholak beat Buddy Wolff
Peter Maivia beat Kim Duk
Art Thomas beat Bounty Hunter I dq
Pepper Gomez beat Johnny Starr
Bounty Hunter II beat Bobby Bold Eagle

8/28/76 Rockford, IL @ Boylan High School
Bobby Duncum beat the Crusher
Larry Hennig no contest Ox Baker
Wilbur Snyder beat Blackjack Lanza
Pepper Gomez drew Buddy Wolff
George Gadaski beat Kenny Jay

9/3/76 Terre Haute, IN
Dick the Bruiser beat WWA Champion The Strangler dq
Wilbur Snyder & Paul Christy & Pepper Gomez beat Bounty Hunters & Ox Baker
Art Thomas beat Johnny Starr dq
Jim Kent drew Spike Huber
Bobby Bold Eagle beat Bobby Vann

9/4/76 Indianapolis, IN @ Convention Exposition Center
WWA Tag Team Champions Bounty Hunters beat Dick the Bruiser & the Crusher 2/3
WWA Champion The Strangler beat Art Thomas
Wilbur Snyder & Pepper Gomez beat Ox Baker & Johnny Starr
Paul Christy beat Jose Pantera
Chita Rivera beat Lucille DuPree
Bounty Hunter II beat Steve Regal
Bobby Bold Eagle beat Bounty Hunter I
Spike Huber beat Chi Chi Rosario
Jim Kent beat Tom DeMarco

9/17/76 Terre Haute, IN
WWA Tag Team Champions Bounty Hunters beat Wilbur Snyder & Pepper Gomez
Non Title Texas Death Match
Paul Christy beat WWA Champion The Strangler
Bobby Bold Eagle drew Johnny Starr
Jim Kent beat Steve Regal

9/18/76 Chicago, IL @ International Amphitheatre
AWA Champion Nick Bockwinkel beat Dick the Bruiser dq
Ox Baker beat Blackjack Lanza
Bounty Hunters defeat Wilbur Snyder & Pepper Gomez
The Strangler beat Sailor Art Thomas
Peter Maivia beat Buddy Wolff
Pierre Poisson beat Billy Red Cloud
Spike Huber drew Jim Kent

9/24/76 St. Louis, MO @ Kiel Auditorium
Jack Brisco beat Pat O’Connor 2/3
Pedro Morales & Bob Backlund & Wilbur Snyder beat Baron Von Raschke & Bob Geigel & Tank Patton when Backlund beat Patton
Ox Baker beat Guy Mitchell
Bob Slaughter beat Buddy Wolff
Akio Sato & Skip Young beat John Foley & Mike Hammer 2-0
1 Young beat Hammer
2 Sato beat Foley
att: 3540

10/1/76 Terre Haute, IN
Bounty Hunters & Jim Kent beat Wilbur Snyder & Pepper Gomez & Ox Baker
Moose Cholak beat WWA Champion The Strangler dq
Paul Christy beat Bobby Bold Eagle
Steve Regal drew Phil Heddon

10/8/76 St. Louis, MO @ Kiel Auditorium  
NWA Champion Terry Funk beat Bob Backlund 1-0 60:00
1 Funk beat Backlund in 46:30.
2 The 60 minute time limit expired before either man could score another fall.
Dick the Bruiser & Rocky Johnson beat Blackjack Lanza & Von Raschke dq
Jack Brisco beat Ox Baker
Vicki Williams beat Leilani Kai
Wilbur Snyder drew Bob Geigel  
Skip Young beat Joe Palardy
Ronnie Etchison beat David Novak
att: 7,830

10/9/76 Indianapolis, IN @ Convention Exposition Center
Dick the Bruiser beat WWA Champion The Strangler dq
WWA Tag Team Champions Bounty Hunters beat Bill Miller & Wilbur Snyder
Heart Punch vs Sleeper
Ox Baker beat Pepper Gomez
Paul Christy beat Bounty Hunter I dq
Bobby Bold Eagle beat Ricky Hamilton
Jose Pantera beat Prince Pullins
Steve Regal beat Duke George
Spike Huber beat Ricky Hamilton
Jim Kent beat Jackie Ruffin
att: 5,100

10/15/76 Fort Wayne, IN
Saloon Match
The Crusher beat Ox Baker
WWA Champion The Strangler beat Wilbur Snyder
WWA Tag Team Champions Bounty Hunters beat Pepper Gomez & Bobby Bold Eagle
Spike Huber drew Cashbox Jimmy Kent

10/16/76 Chicago, IL @ International Amphitheatre
The Crusher & Ox Baker no contest AWA Tag Team Champions Blackjack Lanza & Bobby Duncum
AWA Champion Nick Bockwinkel beat Wilbur Snyder dq
The Strangler beat Pepper Gomez
Moose Cholak drew Bounty Hunter I
Bounty Hunter II beat Steve Regal
Princess Jasmine & Chita Rivera beat Sandy Partlow & Lucille Dupree

11/5/76 St. Louis, MO @ Kiel Auditorium  
Superstar Billy Graham won a Wrestle Royal by outlasting in order out Sam Bass, Gary Fulton, Skip Young, Akio Sato, Andre the Giant, Don Fargo, Buddy Wolff, Pat O’Connor, Lord Alfred Hayes, Wilbur Snyder, Bob Backlund and Von Raschke together
Harley Race beat Dory Funk Jr
handicap tag bout
Andre the Giant beat Buddy Wolff & Von Raschke by beating Wolff
Tag Elimination Match
Superstar Billy Graham & Don Fargo & Lord Alfred Hayes beat Pat O’Connor & Bob Backlund & Wilbur Snyder (sub Bobo Brazil) when Graham emerged as the sole survivor
1 Snyder dcor Hayes
2 Graham beat Backlund
3 O’Connor beat Fargo
4 Graham beat O’Connor.
Akio Sato drew Buddy Wolff (both subs, for Jack Brisco and for billed as Dutch Malone, most likely Mantell)
Skip Young beat Gary Fulton
Akio Sato beat Sam Bass
att: 6,979

11/6/76 Indianapolis, IN @ Convention Exposition Center
Non Title Saloon match
Dick The Bruiser & The Crusher beat WWA Tag Team Champions Bounty Hunters
Wilbur Snyder beat WWA Champion The Strangler dq
Bobby Bold Eagle beat Jackie Ruffin
Chita Rivera beat Lucille Dupree
Art Thomas beat Jose Pantera
Bill Miller beat Rick Hamilton
Spike Huber & Paul Christy beat Johnny Starr & Jim Kent
att: 6,100

12/9/76 Fort Wayne, IN
The Strangler & The Sheik beat Dick The Bruiser & Ox Baker
WWA Tag Team Champions Bounty Hunters beat Bobo Brazil & Wilbur Snyder
Handicap Match
Moose Cholak beat Jimmy Cashbox Kent & Johnny Starr
Spike Huber drew Steve Regal
Bobby Bold Eagle beat Rick Hamilton

12/10/76 Terre Haute, IN
Wilbur Snyder beat Bounty Hunter I

12/11/76 Chicago, IL @ International Amphitheatre
Nick Bockwinkel & Ray Stevens beat Verne Gagne & Ernie Ladd dq
Pedro Morales beat Baron Von Raschke dq
Billy Francis beat Bobby Heenan
Farmer Pete & Little Poco beat Sonny Boy Hayes & Billy Colt
Wilbur Snyder beat Juan Zapata (sub Buddy Wolff)
Roger Kirby beat Tom DeMarco

12/27/76 Indianapolis, IN @ Convention Exposition Center
The Sheik & Eddie Creachmann beat Dick the Bruiser & Sam Menacker
WWA Champion The Strangler beat Ox Baker dq
WWA Tag Team Champions Bounty Hunters no contest Bobo Brazil & Wilbur Snyder
The Sheik beat Prince Pullins
Steve Regal beat Lou Klein
Paul Christy beat Rick Hamilton
Moose Cholak beat Ken Dillinger
Bobby Bold Eagle beat Buck Robley
Spike Huber & Bill Shirk beat Johnny Starr & Jim Kent

12/29/76 Terre Haute, IN
Non Title Cage Match
Dick the Bruiser beat WWA Champion The Strangler
WWA Tag Team Champions Bounty Hunters beat Wilbur Snyder & Ox Baker
Moose Cholak beat Johnny Starr
Bobby Bold Eagle drew Buck Robley



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