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I tried something a bit different for 1964. I've typed up all the newspaper articles (that I could find) to give more than just the bare results for the town. If anyone wants this in PDF form for themselves, drop me a PM.

From the January 1 El Paso Herald-Post: “The International City tag team trophy will be on the line Saturday at the Judging Arena when Gory Guerrero and Bassil Battah meet the Godos for the third straight time. Guerrero and Battah whipped the Godos last week to annex the throne in a fray which went 25 minutes. Previously, the same fighters clashed in a battle ruled a ‘no contest’. Saturday’s renewal is booked for one hour or two-out-of-three falls. A top-ranked border newcomer, Czaya Nandor of Canada, is matched against Gypsy Biviano in the co-feature. Next week, the regular Tuesday show resumes at the Coliseum.

From the January 3 El Paso Herald-Post: “Sam Menacker, the impresario who sparked the border wrestling scene into its zenith nearly a decade ago, is back again at the helm. The hefty ex-grappler was signed by International Wrestling Enterprises to handle matchmaking chores for 1964. Menacker will also continue his post as ring announcer and commentator, a task he assumed six months ago. After leaving El Paso in 1955, Menacker achieved a national reputation as a TV announcer. His contracts took him to Canada, where he stayed for one year, and later to Philadelphia and Boston. Afterwards, he accepted a three-year contract in Detroit, handling a popular TV show. In addition to his mat activities, Menacker enjoyed a brief film career, taking minor rolls in 17 Hollywood films. During his days as an El Paso impresario in 1953 and 1954, Menacker’s flashy personality and razzle-dazzle lifted the border grappling industry into the big time. El Paso became one of the nation’s hottest wrestling towns, according to gross receipts. Mencacker’s top event was a world title match between Baron Leone and Lou Thesz, which packed the Coliseum and stuffed a record $17,000 into the till. Menacker now plans to ‘revive the heyday of border wrestling’ with a slate of nationally known fighters and top programs. His first act was to sign Czaya Nandor, the Canadian and European heavyweight champ, into a border campaign. Nandor, a former Freedom Fighter during the Hungarian Revolt, won his Canadian belt in 1962 by halting the nationally known Killer Kowalski. Menacker also plans to bring Kowalski to El Paso. Another big event slated for this month is a world title defense by Thesz. Pat O’Connor, former world champ, will also fight in El Paso this month. Menacker’s first booking of the season will unfold Tuesday at the Coliseum with a colorful one-night tournament. Eighteen battlers will join the runoff. ‘I think El Paso fans deserve the best, and that’s that I hope to bring them,’ Menacker said.”

From the January 3 El Paso Herald-Post: “The Caveman, a mat villain from Mexico, will debut before border fans on tomorrow’s lineup in the Judging Arena behind the Coliseum. Gordo Chihuahua was assigned the task of meeting the Caveman. The Caveman wears a goatskin getup, with shaggy beard, and performs barefooted. In the mainliner, Gory Guerrero and Bassil Battah will team up in their maiden defense of the international City trophy. They’ll face their old foes, the Godos. The bout won’t be televised.”

From the January 4 El Paso Herald-Post: “The Godos will be back in the wrestling spotlight tonight in the Judging Arena when they try to reclaim the International City tag team championship. The Spaniards won the local crown n Nov. 20, but tumbled to defeat last week at the hands of Gory Guerrero and Bassil Battah. Guerrero and Battah will make their maiden defense under three-fall conditions without a time limit. Czaya Nandor, the Canadian champ, was signed to meet Gypsy Biviano in the co-feature, but Nandor suffered minor injuries in a car crackup in Toledo. He plans to reach the border next week.”

Saturday, January 4, 1964 – Judging Arena – El Paso, TX
1) Pancho Pico defeated Paul Harrison
2) Jimmy Ballard defeated Ray Duran
3) The Caveman defeated Gordo Chihuahua
4) International City Tag Team Champions Gory Guerrreo & Bassil Battah defeated The Godos (Felix & Marcos)

From the January 6 El Paso Herald-Post: “Bearcat Wright, a 275-pound grappler with a national reputation, will make a special appearance on tomorrow’s card in the Coliseum. The strongman from Jamaica, a perennial contender for the world heavyweight hrone, will stop off in El Paso while en route to the eastern circuit from California. The promoters today were busy lining up a contender for Wright. The rest of tomorrow’s program will consist of a one-night tourney, with a field of 18 grapplers shooting for a $2,500 jackpot. In Saturday’s matches, Gory Guerrero and Bassil Battah successfully defended their International City crown against the Godos; the Caveman defeated Gordo Chihuahua; Jimmy Ballard defeated Ray Duran; Pancho Pico deadlocked Paul Harrison.

From the January 7 El Paso Herald-Post: “A toss of the coin will decide starting berths for tonight’s mat tourney in the Coliseum when a field of 18 grapplers shoot for a $2,500 jackpot. The flashy event is staged by International Wrestling Enterprises. The first round will be comprised of nine matches. A total of 17 bouts will complete the tourney. The local tag team kings, Gory Guerrero and Bassil Battah, face the possibility of meeting one another in the sudden-death runoff. The same irony may befall the Godos. Other fighters in the tournet: the Caveman, Juan Gacia, Chris Belkas, Bob Raider, Jimmy Ballard, Paul Harrison, Gordo Chihuahua, Kiko Torres, Pancho Pico, Ray Duran, Ray Valadez, Leon Kirilenko, Big Gypsy Biviano and Alberto Reyes. All collisions, except for the finale, are booked for one fall or 15 minutes. Bearcat Wright, a strongman prominent on the national scene, will appear in a special event.”

Tuesday, January 7, 1964 – Coliseum – El Paso, TX
1) Ray Valadez defeated Felix Godo
2) Marcos Godo defeated Alberto Reyes
3) Ray Valadez defeated Chris Belkas
4) Marcos Godo defeated Juan Garcia
5) Ray Valadez defeated Leon Kirilenko
6) Marcos Godo defeated Jimmy Ballard
7) Marcos Godo defeated Ray Valadez
This card featured an 18-man tournament which also included Kiko Torres, Bassil Battah, Gory Guerrero, The Caveman, Bob Raider, Pancho Pico, Gypsy Biviano, Ray Duran, Gordo Chihuahua and Paul Harrison.

From the January 8 El Paso Herald-Post: “Marcos Godo today ruled the El Paso grappling scene, but two ‘longshots’ in last night’s tournament in the Coliseum nearly derailed the Spaniard’s victory chain. The Godo used his stormy style to sweep four straight wins, a $2,500 jackpot, and an upcoming shot at Danny Hodge, world junior heavyweight king. But Jimmy Ballard, in the semi-final, kept the Spaniard back-peddling before a bloody forehead forced him out. Ballard, cheered by the fans, lasted seven minutes against the Godo. All matches in the sudden death tournament were carded for one fall. Both fighters were spattered with blood at the final bell. But, without time for a respite, Marcos jumped back into action to meet Ray Valadez, former Mexican Olympic champ, who showed surprising ability to reach the final. At first, Marcos was victimized by his pet strategy, the ‘thunderbolt backbreaker’. He suffered seven tastes of the spine=jarring smash. But after six minutes of fierce fighting, Marcos applied the flashy maneuver and halted the Mexican ace. Previously, Marcos had little trouble disposing of Juan Garcia in seven minutes, and Alberto Reyes, also in seven. Valadez’ wins came against Leon Kirilenko, Chris Belkas and Felix Godo. Gory Guerrero’s fiery skirmish against the Caveman was an early highlight in the run-off which covered 17 battles and three hours.”

From the January 10 El Paso Herald-Post: “Czaya Nandor, the former European heavyweight champion, will be teamed with Chris Belkas against the Godos in Tuesday’s wrestling card in the Coliseum. Originally, Gory Guerrero and Bassil Battah, holders of the International City tag team crown, had been slated to meet the Godos in defense of their title, but the bout was rubbed out when Guerrero, during last week’s tournament, suffered a gash of the forehead when he was bitten by the Caveman. The wound required eight stitches and forced the popular Mexican into the sidelines. The Tuesday highlight is booked for two-of-three falls with a one-hour limit. A co-main event is planned by matchmaker Sam Menacker. Tomorrow’s card, normally held in the Judging Arena, was shifted to the Hercules Gym at 806 Texas Avenue. The lineup features the Caveman, Belkas and Nandor.”

Saturday, January 11, 1964 – Hercules Health Studios – El Paso, TX
Featuring The Caveman, Chris Belkas and Czaya Nandor.

From the January 13 El Paso Herald-Post: “Ray Valadez, the former Mexican Olympic champ, gets his first crack at top billing on tomorrow’s grapple slate in the Coliseum. Valadez, who scored a surprise on last week’s tourney by reaching the finale, is booked against the Caveman in one of two mainliners. An hour time limit will prevail in both toppers. In his last appearance, the Caveman put Gory Guerrero out of commission by biting him on the forehead. The Godos, roughest tag duo on the local scene are matched against Chris Belkas and Czaya Nandor in the other feature. An unusual aspect of the match will be the use of two referees.”

From the January 14 El Paso Herald-Post: “Marcos Godo, joined by partner Felix, will make his first appearance on tonight’s wrestling show at the Coliseum since conquering the top fighters on the local scene. Marcos used his rough style to advantage in last week’s one-night tourney, when he rolled through five foes to capture the runoff and a $2,500 jackpot. In tonight’s one hour feature, the Godos are booked against Chris Belkas and Czaya Nandor. The border newcomers will face the task of solving the Godos’ ‘thunderbolt backbreaker’. Two referees will officiate the test. Nandor is a former European heavyweight king, while Belkas, known for his stormy antics, is a one-time Texas heavyweight champ. The co-mainliner, also set for 60 minutes, will put the wild struggling of the Caveman against clean-fighting Ray Valadez.”

Tuesday, January 14, 1964 – Coliseum – El Paso, TX
1) Paul Harrison defeated Ray Duran
2) Pancho Pico fought Juan Garcia to a draw (20:00)
3) Bassil Battah defeated Gypsy Biviano
4) The Caveman defeated Ray Valadez in three falls
5) Czaya Nandor & Chris Belkas defeated The Godos (Felix & Marcos) in three falls

From the January 15 El Paso Herald-Post: “The Godos, unable to solve Czaya Nandor’s ‘reverse cradle roll’, tumbled to defeat in last night’s wrestling show at the Coliseum. Nandor, coupled with Chris Belkas, conceded the first fall, but bounced back with two snappy pins to cop the feature in 27 minutes. Nandor dominated the match with his fancy legwork and scissor grips. He used the flashy cradle roll to hamstring Marcos Godo for the middle fall, then clinched the match by applying the same grasp on Felix Godo. The winners received a strong ovation. Two referees officiated the battle, and kept matters under control. The Caveman scored a high-point on the cartel by using his wild attack to bewilder Ray Valadez. The Mexican, bleeding from a wound of the forehead, lasted only 14 minutes. Action went three falls, with Valadez managing to salvage the middle pin. Bassil Battah took 14 minutes to whip Big Gypsy Biviano. Pancho Pico and Juan Garvia went the 20-minute limit, and ended in a draw; Paul Harrison stopped Ray Duran with a 13-minute clocking.”

From the January 17 El Paso Herald-Post: “The Fabulous Godos today laid plans for a defense of their International City Tag Team Championship on tomorrow’s card at the Judging Arena. A five-bout card gets underway with the Godos meeting Gory Guerrero and Bassil Battah in the hour-long title topper. The Godos are threatening possible legal action against the promoting International Wrestling Enterprises if two referees are used in tomorrow’s title bout. The use of two officials was a major cause of their upset by Czaya Nandor and Chris Belkas last Tuesday, the Godos maintained. Felix Godo said two referees are not permitted under the rules of the Texas Boxing and Wrestling Commission and he and his brother will seek an injunction to make certain only one official is used in the title bout. Matchmaker Sam Menacker said plans call for two officials in the title match ‘with or without an injunction’. Other bouts tomorrow night send Nandor, the Hungarian freedom fighter, against La Tonia, while Belkas meets Jimmy Ballard. A special event sends the storming Caveman against Paul Harrison, and the opening matches Pancho Pico with the Cisco Kid.”

Saturday, January 18, 1964 – Judging Arena – El Paso, TX
1) Pancho Pico vs. The Cisco Kid
2) The Caveman vs. Paul Harrison
3) Chris Belkas vs. Jimmy Ballard
4) Czaya Nandor vs. La Tonia
5) International City Tag Team Champions The Godos (Felix & Marcos) vs. Bassil Battah & Gory Guerrero

From the January 20 El Paso Herald-Post: “Seven bouts, headed by a world junior heavyweight championship clash, are on tap for tomorrow night’s big wrestling show in the El Paso Coliseum. Danny Hodge, called by Sports Illustrated the ‘greatest athlete in the world’ will put his junior title on the line against controversial Marcos Godo in the hour-long topper. Rocky Montero, the Spanish strong-boy, tackles Chris Belkas in the semi-final with the winner slated for a shot at World Heavyweight Champion Lou Thesz later this month. Other bouts will find the Caveman testing Juan Garcia, Bearcat Wright meeting Gypsy Biviano, Czaya Nandor tackling Ray Valadez, Jimmy Ballard meeting Felix Godo and Bassil Battah battling Pancho Pico. Hodge, who won the world title in 1969, is also a boxer of renown and may have to resort to fists to stop the onslaught of Marcos Godo, the irrepressible battler who loves a good scrap.”

From the January 21 El Paso Herald-Post: “Sam Menacker, whose flair for the big show brought El Paso to the wrestling heights in the mid-1950s, unveils his first star-studded attraction tonight in the E Paso Coliseum. Menacker, matchmaker for the promoting International Wrestling Enterprises, will return popular Danny Hodge, world’s junior heavyweight champion, for a title defense against Marcos Godo in the topper on the seven bout card. Another newcomer making his debut will be Rocky Montero, the battling Basque, who has drawn Chris Belkas, the Golden Greek. A shot at World Heavyweight Champion Lou Thesz is in the offering for the winner of this bout. The other five bouts include a scrap between the Caveman, the wild-haired madman from Mexico, and Juan Garcia; a battle of the behemoths featuring Bearcat Wright (275 lbs.) against Gypsy Biviano (245 lbs.); Bassil Battah against Pancho Pico; Czaya Nandor against Ray Valadez; and Jimmy Ballard against Felix Godo.”

Tuesday, January 21, 1964 – Coliseum – El Paso, TX
1) Chris Belkas defeated Gypsy Biviano
2) The Caveman defeated Juan Garcia
3) Bassil Battah defeated Pancho Pico
4) Jimmy Ballard defeated Felix Godo via DQ
5) Czaya Nandor defeated Ray Valadez
6) Bearcat Wright defeated Rocky Montero
7) World Junior Heavyweight Champion Danny Hodge defeated Marcos Godo in two straight falls

From the January 22 El Paso Herald-Post: “Bearcat Wright, a mountainous heavyweight who hits like Sonny Liston, today readied for his shot at World Champion Lou Thesz next Tuesday night in El Paso Coliseum. Wright, who packs 260 pounds on a 6-8 frame, cakewalked to a win over Rocky Montero last night in the semi-windup on a seven bout card. Montero, somewhat bewildered by Wright’s antics, ran into a solid elbow smash, a body drop and a press which nearly pushed him through the ring. The ring did come apart in the main event when Marcos Godo arm-whipped World Junior Heavyweight Champion Danny Hodge into a turnbuckle. The ropes fell apart, but Hodge came whistling back to knee-lift Godo into position for the bout-winning second fall. Hodge will also see action on next Tuesday’s Parade of Champions card. Other results last night saw Czaya Nandor whip Ray Valadez, Jimmy Ballard win on disqualification over Felix Godo, Bassil Battah topple Pancho Pico, Caveman defeat Juan Garcia, and Chris Belkas tame Gypsy Biviano. Battah announced after his bout that he will fly to Denver Thursday for a world junior middleweight bout against Danny Mouka. Battah is currently welterweight champion, but has added 20 pounds and will enter the title match at 175 pounds.”

From the January 23 El Paso Herald-Post: “A bout many wrestling fans felt could never be made will be held in the El Paso Coliseum Tuesday when World Heavyweight Champion Lou Thesz defends his title against dynamic Danny Hodge, world’s junior heavyweight champion. Hodge asked for and was given the chance to face Thesz after a previous opponent, Bearcat Wright, agreed to the change. Hodge, called by Sports Illustrated as America’s greatest athlete when he competed in the U.S. Olympics, will also headline Saturday’s wrestling card in the Hercules Health Studios, 806 Texas Avenue.”

From the January 24 El Paso Herald-Post: “World Junior Heavyweight Champion Danny Hodge will headline tomorrow’s wrestling card at the Hercules Health Studios, 806 Texas Avenue. Hodge, who faces Lou Thesz for the heavyweight title in the Coliseum Tuesday, will meet both Ray Valadez and Rocky Montero in the special contest. Other bouts will send the Godos against Czaya Nandor and Chris Belkas in a tag team match and the Caveman will meet the Cisco Kid. A special feature will be the appearance of Bearcat Wight, the Sonny Liston of wrestling. Wright is matched with Gypsy Biviano.”

From the January 25 El Paso Herald-Post: “Six matches are scheduled for tonight’s big wrestling card in the Hercules Health Studios at 806 Texas Avenue. World Junior Heavyweight Champion Danny Hodge will meet Ray Valadez and Rocky Montero in a headline attraction. Hodge is prepping for his shot at World Heavyweight Champion Lou Thesz Tuesday night in the Coliseum. The Fabulous Godos will meet Czaya Nandor and Chris Belkas in a tag team bout on tonight’s card. Other wrestlers slated to see action include Bearcat Wright, Caveman, Gory Guerrero and Bassil Battah, new world’s middleweight champion. Battah defeated Danny Mouka for the title Thursday night in Denver.”

Saturday, January 25, 1964 – Hercules Health Studios – El Paso, TX
1) Bearcat Wright vs. Gypsy Biviano
2) The Caveman vs. The Cisco Kid
3) The Godos (Felix & Marcos) vs. Czaya Nandor & Chris Belkas
4) Handicap Match: Danny Hodge vs. Ray Valadez & Rocky Montero

From the January 27 El Paso Herald-Post: “El Pasoans tomorrow at the Coliseum will view a wrestling match that’ll have world-wide circulation via television. The bout between Heavyweight Champion Lou Thesz and Junior Heavyweight Champion Danny Hodge will be filmed and sold to Sports Enterprises of London for European distribution. In the El Paso card, other world champions include June Byers, the women’s title holder, vs. Verne Bottoms; Middleweight Champion Bassil Battah vs. Rocky Montero; Light Heavyweight Champion Gory Guerrero vs. Czaya Nandor; and the Fabulous Godos, International City tag team champions vs. Paul Harrison and Jimmy Ballard. In special bouts, Bearcat Wright faces two men, while the Caveman opposes Chris Belkas.”

From the January 28 El Paso Herald-Post: “With an air of confidence and a year of waiting for the match, Danny Hodge, world junior heavyweight wrestling champion, goes into the ring tonight against World Heavyweight Champ Lou Thesz in the El Paso Coliseum. A crowd of more than 5,000 fans is expected to attend the ‘Parade of Champions’. Hodge said that he felt he was slightly stronger than Thesz, who will have a 15-pound weight advantage and much more experience on the twice Olympic wrestler. ‘My advantage points are youth and speed,’ Hodge said, ‘although I do have 20 years of wrestling experience, but not as much as Thesz. To win the heavyweight title would be my biggest achievement in wrestling.’ Thesz, a veteran champion, has held the heavyweight title longer than any other wrestler. It will be the first meeting for Thesz and Hodge. Other titlists putting their crowns on the line include Women’s Champion June Byers, who meets Verne Bottoms; Gory Guerrero, light heavyweight champ, who faces Czaya Nandor, and the Godos, who risk their International City tag team title against Paul Harrison and Jimmy Ballard. Other bouts wills end Bassil Battah, new middleweight champ, against Rocky Montero, and the Caveman against Chris Belkas. Opening match will find Bearcat Wright facing two men at the same time.”

Tuesday, January 28, 1964 – Coliseum – El Paso, TX – 5,300
1) Bassil Battah fought Juan Garcia to a draw
2) The Caveman defeated Chris Belkas
3) Handicap Match: Bearcat Wright defeated Gypsy Biviano & La Tonia
4) Gory Guerrero defeated Czaya Nandor
5) World Women’s Champion June Byers defeated Verne Bottoms
6) International City Tag Team Champions The Godos (Felix & Marcos) defeated Paul Harrison & Jimmy Ballard
7) World Heavyweight Champion Lou Thesz fought Danny Hodge to a draw in three falls (60:00)

From the January 29 El Paso Herald-Post: “Danny Hodge, with the world’s heavyweight title almost within his grip last night, today counted upon public support for another chance against present titlist Lou Thesz. Hodge, who had Thesz visibly whipped before 5,300 fans in the Coliseum last night, still feels he has the equipment to beat Thesz, even though he was held to a draw by the aging champion. ‘I feel that if I had just five more minutes there would have been no doubt about the outcome, but Mr. Thesz refused to grant me an extension of time and I’ll have to wait for another chance,’ said Hodge. Sam Muchnick, president of the National Wrestling Alliance and a spectator at last night’s big ‘Parade of Champions’ card, tried to use his influence in gaining an extension of the bout, but was vehemently turned down by the tired and obviously injured Thesz. The champion had taken the first fall after 35 minutes of savage battling, then fell to a rolling cartwheel by Hodge with only 10 minutes remaining in the bout. Thesz used the ropes and some other unsavory tactics to stave off the challenger and seemed quite content with the draw. Other results saw the Fabulous Godos whip Paul Harrison and Jimmy Ballard to retain the International City tag team title; World Champion June Byers stop Verne Bottoms; Gory Guerrero outwrestle Czaya Nandor; Bearcat Wright make mincemeat of Gypsy Biviano and La Tonia; Caveman wallop Chris Belkas and Bassil Battah go to a draw with Juan Garcia.”

From the January 31 El Paso Herald-Post: “A double main event will headline tomorrow’s wrestling card at the Hercules Health Studios at 503 Texas Avenue. Bearcat Wright, the Sonny Liston of wrestling, will face both the Fabulous Godos in a handicap affair to headline the card. Paired with the Wright handicap match is the duel between Gory Guerrero, world’s light heavyweight champion, and Rocky Montero, the highly regarded Spanish import. Others on the big television card will be Chief White Eagle, the Caveman and Steve Stanlee, a newcomer to local circles.”

From the February 1 El Paso Herald-Post: “Leo (The Lion) Newman, whose antics are reminiscent of Count Rossi, will again handle the strategy for the Caveman when the wild-haired wrestler meets Chief White Eagle in a bout on tonight’s card in the Hercules Health Studios, 806 Texas Avenue. Newman, vociferous and belligerent, caused quite a commotion during last Tuesday’s card when he assisted the Caveman in a win over popular Juan Garcia. Two main events headline tonight’s card. Gory Guerrero meets Rocky Montero in one feature, while Bearcat Wright tried to handle bot of the Fabulous Godos at the same time in a handicap match. The card opener sends Chris Belkas against newcomer Steve Stanlee.”

Saturday, February 1, 1964 – Hercules Health Studios – El Paso, TX
1) Chris Belkas vs. Steve Stanlee
2) The Caveman (w/ Leo Newman) vs. Chief White Eagle
3) Gory Guerrero vs. Rocky Montero
4) Handicap Match: Bearcat Wright vs. The Godos (Felix & Marcos)

From the February 7 El Paso Herald-Post: “Wrestling’s biggest performers, both in size and reputation, will appear on tomorrow night’s card at the Hercules Health Studios, 806 Texas Avenue. Bearcat Wright, 6-8, 278-pounder and called the Sonny Liston of wrestling, faces stylish Steve Stanlee in one of the four bouts. Killer Kowalski, 6-7 and 260 pounds, faces the Cisco Kid in a co-feature. The bouts will be tune-ups for Wright and Kowalski who collide in the main event next Tuesday night in the Coliseum. Other bouts Saturday night send the Caveman against Kiko Torres, while a tag bout matches the Godos against Gory Guerrero and Juan Garcia.”

Saturday, February 8, 1964 – Hercules Health Studios – El Paso, TX
1) The Godos (Felix & Marcos) vs. Gory Guerrero & Juan Garcia
2) The Caveman vs. Kiko Torres
3) Killer Kowalski vs. The Cisco Kid
4) Bearcat Wright vs. Steve Stanlee

From the February 10 El Paso Herald-Post: “If it takes big men for big-time wrestling, El Pasoans get a chance to see a super clash tomorrow night in the Coliseum when Bearcat Wright, 6-8 and 275, faces Killer Kowalski, 6-7 and 260. The bout is expected to attract a large crowd, due to the rivalry between the two big men, and partly because of an excellent undercard. The Caveman faces Gory Guerrero in a co-feature, while the Fabulous Godos meet Juan Garcia and Chief White Eagle in a tag bout. Bassil Battah faces Paul de Galles, and Steve Stanlee meets Kiko Torres in other bouts.”

From the February 11 El Paso Herald-Post: “Bearcat Wright, who has been battling two men at a time in his El Paso wrestling stay, may have his hands full with just one tonight when he meets huge Killer Kowalski in the feature of a five-bout card in the Coliseum. Wright, 6-8 and 275, will be going against someone his own size in 6-7 and 260-pound Kowalski, former world’s heavyweight champion. Other matches send Gory Guerrero against the Caveman; Juan Garcia and Chief White Eagle against the Godos; Bassil Battah against Paul de Galles; Steve Stanlee against Kiko Torres.”

Tuesday, February 11, 1964 – Coliseum – El Paso, TX – 5,000
1) Paul de Galles fought Chief White Eagle to a draw
2) Bassil Battah defeated Felix Godo
3) Juan Garcia defeated Marcos Godo
4) The Caveman (w/ Leo Newman) defeated Gory Guerrero
5) Killer Kowalski defeated Bearcat Wright in three falls (referee: Mike Burnell)

From the February 12 El Paso Herald-Post: “’There just ain’t no justice’ was the reaction of Bearcat Wright today. The huge wrestler, who has drawn more fans to the Coliseum in recent weeks than any other man, got the poor end of a highly disputed decision last night before 5,000 enraged fans. Wright, facing big Killer Kowalski, had clamped on his unbreakable ‘figure four’ leg lock but failed to notice that Kowalski was partially out of the ropes. When Wright could not break the hold, referee Mike Burnell gave the third and deciding fall to Kowalski. The decision ended a seven bout streak for the popular Bearcat. Other results saw the Caveman use some unsavory tactics, including his manager Leo Newman, to topple Gory Guerrero; Juan Garcia whip Marcos Godo; Bassil Battah stop Felix Godo and Paul de Galles draw with Chief White Eagle.”

From the February 13 El Paso Herald-Post: “A tag team match will be one of the highlights of Saturday’s all-star wrestling card in the El Paso Judging Arena, immediately behind the El Paso Coliseum. Gory Guerrero and Juan Garcia, a formidable tag duo, will test rugged newcomers Steve Stanlee and Paul de Galles in the topper on a four-bout program. Slated to be seen in action for the first time is Leo (The Lion) Newman, who will team next to his protégé, the Caveman, in the feature of that card.”

From the February 14 El Paso Herald-Post: “The wild and unpredictable Caveman and his antagonizing strategist, Leo Newman, will be featured in tomorrow’s wrestling card at the Hercules Health Studios, 806 Texas Avenue. The caveman will battle newcomer Chief White Eagle on the all-star card. A tag team battle will send Gory Guerrero and Juan Garcia against Paul de Galles and Steve Stanlee, while Bassil Battah draws La Tonia. Other bouts are planned for the card.”

From the February 15 El Paso Herald-Post: “Wrestling returns to the El Paso sports scene tonight with another all-star card in the Hercules Health Studios, 806 Texas Avenue. The tag team topper on the card will match Gory Guerrero and Juan Garcia against Paul de Galles and Steve Stanlee. Others who will be in action are the Caveman, Gypsy Biviano and several newcomers.”

Saturday, February 15, 1964 – Hercules Health Studios – El Paso, TX
1) Bassil Battah vs. La Tonia
2) Gory Guerrero & Juan Garcia vs. Paul de Galles & Steve Stanlee
3) The Caveman (w/ Leo Newman) vs. Chief White Eagle

From the February 17 El Paso Herald-Post: “Wrestlers of assorted sizes, shapes and sex invade the El Paso Judging Arena tomorrow for another all-star card. A girls’ tag team match will be one of the co-features, while the popular Hillbillies make their return to border mat action in a companion feature. The girls’ battle will send Margarita Garcia and Lucille Dupree against Mary Jane Mull and Andrea Swanson. The Hillbillies, Slim and Willie, will tackle powerful La Tonia and Gypsy Biviano. Cousin Alfred, the wily sage of the Ozarks, will again manage the Hillbillies. Other bouts will see the wild and wooly Caveman wrestle Juan Garcia, while Gory Guerrero faces Paul de Galles.”

From the February 18 El Paso Herald-Post: “Two tag team matches headline another all-star card tonight in the El Paso Judging Arena with four girls making one of the bouts the best crowd-pleaser. The Hillbillies, Slim and Willie, will face La Tonia and Gypsy Biviano in the male tag battle, while the girls’ scrap wills end Mary Jane Mull and Andrea Swanson against Lucille Dupree and Margarita Garcia. Other bouts will send Gory Guerrero against Paul de Galles, while the Caveman meets Juan Garcia.”

Tuesday, February 18, 1964 – Judging Arena – El Paso, TX
1) Paul De Galles defeated Juan Garcia
2) Mary Jane Mull & Andrea Swanson defeated Margarita Garcia & Lucille Dupree
3) Gory Guerrero fought The Caveman to a double-DQ
4) The Scufflin’ Hillbillies (Slim & Willie) (w/ Cousin Alfred) defeated La Tonia & Gypsy Biviano

From the February 19 El Paso Herald-Post: “Make room for the Hillbillies! That was the war cry today as the Levi-clad wrestlers from the Ozarks returned to El Paso to batter La Tonia and Gypsy Biviano before an overflow crowd in the Judging Arena last night. Aided by Cousin Alfred, Slim and Willie wasted little time in proving their superiority and popularity, but the real action on the card saw Gory Guerrero and the Caveman fought to a bloody double disqualification. The latter pair hardly got in a wrestling hold before falling into the ringside seats to continue a battle which saw both bleeding profusely at the end. The highly-touted girls match saw Mary Jane Mull and Andrea Swanson whip Margarita Garcia and Lucille Dupree while Paul de Galles surprised Juan Garcia.”

From the February 20 El Paso Herald-Post: “The Hillbillies, who made an auspicious debut on Tuesday’s card, will headline Saturday night’s wrestling show in the El Paso Judging Arena. The scufflin’ boys from the backwoods will take on Rocket Monroe, long an antagonist of El Paso wrestling fans, and his partner, Paul de Galles. Three other bouts, including a girls’ match, are also slated for the action.”

From the February 21 El Paso Herald-Post: “El Paso Judging Arena will be the site for tomorrow night’s big wrestling show which will go on without two star performers. Gory Guerrero and the Caveman have received indefinite suspensions from wrestling commissioner John Evans, stemming from the wild brawl between Guerrero and the Caveman Tuesday. Heading tomorrow night’s program will be a tag team battle between the Hillbillies and two roughsters: Paul De Galles and Rocket (Boots) Monroe. A girls’ battle will match Mary Jane Mull against Lucille DuPree, while Steve Stanlee faces Chief White Eagle. The opener will send Bassil Battah against Bobby Joe Franco.”

Saturday, February 22, 1964 – Judging Arena – El Paso, TX
1) Bassil Battah vs. Bobby Joe Franco
2) Steve Stanlee vs. Chief White Eagle
3) Mary Jane Mull vs. Lucille DuPree
4) The Scufflin’ Hillbillies (Slim & Willie) vs. Paul De Galles & Rocket Monroe

From the February 25 El Paso Herald-Post: “Danny Hodge, who missed winning the world’s heavyweight championship by 10 seconds here Jan. 28, gets his awaited return match tomorrow night when he faces champion Lou Thesz in the topper of a ‘Parade of Champions’ card in the Coliseum. The usual Tuesday night card was shifted to Wednesday to avoid conflict with the closed-circuit telecast of the Sonny Liston-Cassius Clay title fight. Hodge had Thesz in an unbreakable hold and was on the verge of pinning him when the champion got one leg outside the ropes. By the time action could be resumed, time had run out. Thesz at first refused a rematch, but later consented after a plea from National Wrestling Alliance president Sam Muchnick. Other bouts Wednesday will send Women’s Champion June Byers against top challenger Mary Jane Mull, while the Scufflin’ Hillbillies tackle Rocket Monroe and Paul de Galles. A strong support card is also planned.”

From the February 26 El Paso Herald-Post: “Will tonight be the final night of reign for Heavyweight Champion Lou Thesz? That is the belief of many wrestling fans who are expected to jam the El Paso Coliseum for Thesz’ return bout with Junior Heavyweight Champion Danny Hodge, the man who almost toppled Thesz here last Jan. 28. The big heavyweight title fight is the topper on another ‘Parade of Champions’ card. World Women’s Champion June Byers faces Mary Jane Mull in a title contest, while Bassil Battah, world’s middleweight champion, will also be in action. A tag team battle sends the Scufflin’ Hillbillies against the combined duo of Steve Stanlee and Rocket Monroe. The opener will see Paul de Galles, the man in the leopard leotard, tackle Hank Williams.”

Wednesday, February 26, 1964 – Coliseum – El Paso, TX
1) Bassil Battah defeated Gypsy Biviano
2) Steve Stanlee & Rocket Monroe defeated The Scufflin’ Hillbillies (Slim & Willie)
3) Bearcat Wright defeated Rocket Monroe
4) World Women’s Champion June Byers defeated Mary Jane Mull
5) World Heavyweight Champion Lou Thesz defeated Danny Hodge in three falls (referee: Mike Burnell)

From the February 27 El Paso Herald-Post: “Lou Thesz, his shoulder heavily bandaged, but his heavyweight title still intact, left El Paso today after another narrow escape. Thesz was within seconds of losing his heavyweight championship last night in the Coliseum to Danny Hodge. However, the wily veteran trapped Hodge with one of the junior heavyweight’s pet holds, the rolling cradle, to retain the crown. With the falls even, Hodge applied an arm bar and started his rolling cradle. Thesz braced at the top of one roll and held Hodge long enough for referee Mike Burnell to count off a pin. After the fight it was revealed that Thesz had suffered a shoulder injury as a result of the arm bar. Earlier matches saw June Byers whip Mary Jane Mull to retain her women’s title; Bearcat Wright stop Rocket Monroe; Monroe and Steve Stanlee whip the Hillbillies; and Bassil Battah win over Gypsy Biviano.”

From the February 28 El Paso Herald-Post: “A mixed doubles tag team match will headline tomorrow’s wrestling card in the Judging Arena. Mary Jane Mull and Paul De Galles will face Lucille DuPree and Bassil Battah in the unusual bout. Other matches are scheduled.”

From the February 29 El Paso Herald-Post: “Provided the bout isn’t halted by police, tonight’s wrestling card at the Judging Arena will see a mixed doubles tag team battle for the first time in present wrestling history. Mary Jane Mull and Paul De Galles are scheduled to face a similar man-woman combination of Bassil Battah and Lucille DuPree. According to the rules, the girls can only wrestle against each other and the same holds for the men. But accident sometimes happen. Other bouts will send Bearcat Wright against Fred Shikat of Germany, while the Hillbillies, Slim and Willie, take on La Tonia and Rocket Monroe in solo bouts.”

Saturday, February 29, 1964 – Judging Arena – El Paso, TX
1) Hillbilly Willie vs. Rocket Monroe
2) Hillbilly Slim vs. La Tonia
3) Bearcat Wright vs. Fritz Von Shikat
4) Paul De Galles & Mary Jane Mull vs. Bassil Battah & Lucille DuPree

From the March 2 El Paso Herald-Post: “Girls, midgets and heavyweights mix and mingle on tomorrow’s program in the Coliseum. Topper on the four-bout program is a six-man team match which finds Cousin Alfred joining his Hillbilly nephews, Slim and Willie, for a battle against Rocket Monroe, Steve Stanlee and Fritz Von Shikat. The midgets, Frenchy Semard and Pee Wee Lopez, will clash in a special bout. Matchmaker Sam Menacker has denied that the tony Lopez is really Senor Dinero, the famed handicapper of the Herald-Post. Other bouts will see Czaya Nandor face Paul de Galles, while Mary Jane Mull clashed with Lucille DuPree.”

From the March 3 El Paso Herald-Post: “Mary Jane Mull, who nearly upset June Byers in a women’s title match last week, returns to action tonight on the Coliseum wrestling card, squaring off against Lucille DuPree. The woman’s battle is one of several unusual features on the all-star card. There will be a six-man team match which sends the Hillbillies, bolstered by Cousin Alfred, against Rocket Monroe, Steve Stanlee and Fritz Von Shikat. Midgets make their first appearance of the year, when Frenchy Semard tackles Pee Wee Lopez. Another bout sends Czaya Nandor against Paul de Galles.”

Tuesday, March 3, 1964 – Coliseum – El Paso, TX
1) Mary Jane Mull vs. Lucille DuPree
2) Frenchy Semard vs. Pee Wee Lopez
3) Paul De Galles vs. Czaya Nandor
4) The Scufflin’ Hillbillies (Slim & Willie) & Cousin Alfred vs. Steve Stanlee & Rocket Monroe & Fritz Von Shikat

From the March 7 El Paso Herald-Post: “The last man standing is the winner in tonight’s eight-man battle royal which headlines tonight’s El Paso Judging Arena wrestling card. Favorite for the every-man-for-himself action will be the big Alaskan, a 386-pound grappler from Kodiak. Others in the field include Paul de Galles, Czaya Nandor, Fritz Von Shikat, Bobby Joe Franco, Paul Harrison, La Tonia and Leo Escobar. Adding interest to the card will be a midget match which returns Frenchy Semard for another shot at Pee Wee Lopez.”

Saturday, March 7, 1964 – Judging Arena – El Paso, TX
1) Frenchy Semard vs. Pee Wee Lopez
2) The Alaskan won a 8-man Battle Royal (other participants: Alaskan, Paul de Galles, Czaya Nandor, Fritz Von Shikat, Bobby Joe Franco, Paul Harrison, La Tonia, Leo Escobar)

From the March 10 El Paso Herald-Post: “Four tag team matches are scheduled for tonight’s big wrestling card in the Coliseum. A tag team tournament, plus a tag battle which pits a heavyweight and midget wrestler against a similar combination are planned. Headliner on the card introduces the 336-pound Alaskan who manhandled seven men in a Battle Royal Saturday night. Tonight he draws rugged and speedy Paul de Galles. The teams in the tag tournament include Bassil Battah and Czaya Nandor, Joe Franco and Von Shikat, Tony Barbetta and La Tonia, Paul Harrison and Mingo Chappa. The teams will draw for pairings. Rounding out the card will be a tag scrap which sends midget Frenchy Semard and Ray Valadez against midget Pee Wee Lopez and Ray Duran.”

Tuesday, March 10, 1964 – Coliseum – El Paso, TX
1) Mingo Chappa (sub. Ray Valadez) & Frenchy Semard defeated Ray Duran & Pee Wee Lopez
2) Czaya Nandor & Bassil Battah won a 4-team tournament (other participants: Bobby Joe Franco & Fritz Von Shikat, Tony Barbetta & La Tonia, Paul Harrison & Mingo Chappa)
3) The Alaskan defeated Paul De Galles in two straight falls

From the March 11 El Paso Herald-Post: “Where’s the Bearcat? El Paso wrestling fans were clamoring for a return of the giant Negro grappler as the logical foe for the 386 pound Alaskan who continued his devastation among local wrestlers last night by whipping Paul de Galles in two straight falls. In other results: Czaya Nandor and Bassil Battah took the tag team tournament title, while Frenchy Semard and Mingo Chappa won a ‘mixed’ tag battle. Sam Menacker announced his resignation as matchmaker for International Wrestling to concentrate on the group’s television and promotion duties.”

From the March 14 El Paso Herald-Post: “Sam Menacker has resigned from International Wrestling Enterprises. He plans to return to the Midwest for a television series.”

Saturday, March 14, 1964 – Judging Arena – El Paso, TX
1) Bobby Joe Franco vs. Fritz Von Shikat
2) Czaya Nandor & Bassil Battah vs. Tony Barbetta & Joe Turco
3) Handicap Match: The Alaskan vs. unknown & unknown

From the March 19 El Paso Herald-Post: “Tuesday’s wrestling card, normally staged in the Coliseum, has been switched to the Judging Arena. Six matches, including a triple main event, are on tap. The Mighty Alaskan, in one of the mainliners, will test the border invader, Killer Karl Kox. The hefty fighter will prep for the collision during Saturday’s show, also at the Judging Arena, by facing two foes at the same time, Fritz Von Shikat and Big Gypsy Biviano.”

From the March 20 El Paso Herald-Post: “The Mighty Alaskan, undefeated in his El Paso grappling campaign, will take on two foes in a special one-fall match on tomorrow’s slate in the Judging Arena. Fritz Von Shikat and Big Gypsy Biviano will try to halt the 401 pound colossus from Fairbanks. International Wrestling Enterprises said the Alaskan’s standard offer of $1,000 to anyone who whips him will be valid for the two-against-one skirmish. Bob (Bomber) Hamby and the wily villain, Paul de Galles, are booked in the one-hour mainliner. Three other events are on tap.”

From the March 21 El Paso Herald-Post: “A pair of villainous mat men from Italy, Tony Barbetta and Joe Turco, will join forces in tonight’s semi-final battle in the Judging Arena. They will meet Bobby Joe Franco of the Dominican Republic and the Cisco Kid of El Paso. In the mainliner, Bob (Bomber) Hamby opens his current border campaign with a 60 minute test against Paul de Galles. The Mighty Alaskan will attempt to whip two foes: Fritz Von Shikat and Big Gypsy Biviano. Chuck Morris meets Freddie Barron and Golden Boy Feurst goes against Ray Duran.”

Saturday, March 21, 1964 – Judging Arena – El Paso, TX
1) Ray Duran defeated Golden Boy Feurst
2) The Caveman defeated Chuck Morris
3) Handicap Match: The Alaskan defeated Fritz Von Shikat & Gypsy Biviano
4) Tony Barbetta & Joe Turco defeated Bobby Joe Franco & The Cisco Kid
5) Bob Hamby defeated Paul de Galles

From the March 23 El Paso Herald-Post: “The Caveman, back in El Paso after a 30-day suspension, will share the spotlight in tomorrow’s mat warfare in the Judging Arena with a 6-minute collision against Paul de Galles. During the suspension, the Caveman campaigned in Canada. He returned to El Paso over the weekend, substituted for Freddie Barron in Saturday’s show, and conquered Chuck Morris in a one fall skirmish. The Mighty Alaskan used his ‘pulp crusher’ to flatten Fritz Von Shikat and Bug Gypsy Biviano. The losers were both floored at the final bell. Bob (Bomber) Hamby got a disputed win over de Galles; Joe Turco and Tony Barbetta bested Bobby Joe Franco and the Cisco Kid; Ray Duran edged Golden Boy Feurst in the opener.”

From the March 24 El Paso Herald-Post: “The English grappler, Sir Nelson Royal, will be back in the local mat spotlight in tonight’s six-bout card in the Judging Arena. The 220-pound strongman who hides a crafty style beneath an air of elegance is matched against Bob (Bomber) Hamby. In another feature, the Mighty Alaskan, risking a $1,000 payment in the event of defeat, takes on Killer Karl Kox. The skirmish will go one fall to the finish. The third headliner puts the frantic attack of the Caveman against Paul de Galles. A toss of a coin will decide the order of the three features. In the prelims, each set for 20 minutes, Paul Harrison meets Czaya Nandor, Tony Barbetta battles Bobby Joe Franco, and Joe Turco tests Babe Chuck Morris.”

Tuesday, March 24, 1964 – Judging Arena – El Paso, TX
1) Paul Harrison fought Czaya Nandor to a draw
2) Bobby Joe Franco defeated Tony Barbetta
3) Joe Turco defeated Babe Chuck Morris
4) Killer Karl Kox fought The Alaskan to a draw
5) Paul de Galles defeated The Caveman via DQ
6) Sir Nelson Royal defeated Bob Hamby

From the March 25 El Paso Herald-Post: “Bob (Bomber) Hamby gave a spirited performance, won the strongest ovation of the night, but couldn’t overcome the brawling tactics of Sir Nelson Royal. The action came during last night’s mat warfare in the Judging Arena. The Caveman battered around Paul de Galles, with the approval of the fans, but was ruled out for evidently hurling the Frenchman over the top rope. Killer Karl Kox managed to draw blood from the Mighty Alaskan’s forehead, but had little more success. The skirmish ended in a deadlock. Joe Turco whipped Babe Chuck Morris, Bobby Joe Franco decisioned Tony Barbetta, and Paul Harrison stalemated Czaya Nandor.”

From the March 27 El Paso Herald-Post: “A five-man tag team match, the first to be staged in El Paso, will top tomorrow’s wrestling agenda in the Judging Arena behind the Coliseum. The Mighty Alaskan, a 401 pound fighter who’s made a habit of licking two foes at the same time, will take on a partner for the 60-minute feature. The Alaskan, aided by Bobby Joe Franco, will battle a trio of villains: Paul de Galles, Joe Turco and Tony Barbetta. Included in the undercard will be a skirmish between two gal wrestlers, Bambi Ball of Boston and Betty Ann Spencer of Atlanta.”

From the March 28 El Paso Herald-Post: “The Caveman, one of the roughest grapplers on the border, will use Czaya Nandor as his target for tonight’s one-fall skirmish in the Judging Arena. Last week, the Caveman was disqualified by the referee for rough tactics against Paul de Galles. On the same card, Nandor struggled to a cleanly fought draw with Paul Harrison. In tonight’s mainliner, booked for an hour, the Mighty Alaskan and Bobby Joe Franco will engage three opponents: Joe Turco, Tony Barbetta and de Galles. In terms of total weight, the battle is well balanced. The trio will check in at 646 pounds, compared to 596 for the Alaskan and Franco. A girls’ match, between Bambi Ball and Betty Ann Spencer, is included in the undercard.”

Saturday, March 28, 1964 – Judging Arena – El Paso, TX
1) The Caveman vs. Czaya Nandor
2) Bambi Ball vs. Betty Ann Spencer
3) Handicap Match: The Alaskan & Bobby Joe Franco vs. Paul De Galles & Joe Turco & Tony Barbetta

From the March 30 El Paso Herald-Post: “The Mad Mongol returns to the border wrestling wars tomorrow at the Judging Arena to engage Paul de Galles in a mainliner carded with a 60-minute limit. Last season, the Mongol developed his ‘abdominal claw hold’ and turned into one of the border’s biggest stars. One June 19, he joined forces with the Mummy, in a tag team fray against the Mysterious Medics. A crowd of nearly 6,000, second largest in El Paso since 1956, turned out for the match. De Galles, owner of the European Junior Heavyweight crown, is known for his rough tactics. The International City Tag Team championship will also be disputed, with Bassil Battah and Czaya Nandor defending against Joe Turco and Tony Barbetta. The skirmish is booked for 45 minutes. The Caveman will try his wild attack against Bob (Bomber) Hamby in another 45-minute duel.”

From the March 31 El Paso Herald-Post: “The Mad Mongol tests his ‘claw hold’ of the stomach on Paul de Galles in tonight’s wrestling topper in the Judging Arena behind the Coliseum. Since campaigning in El Paso last season, the pig-tailed Mongol toured the Northwest, where he became co-owner of the Northwest Tag Team crown. Tonight’s feature, marking the Mongol’s return to border grappling, is booked for two-out-of-three falls an hour limit. De Galles, most successful ‘villain’ on the local scene, owns the European Junior Heavyweight title. The 45-minute scuffles are included in the five-bout agenda. Czaya Nandor and Bassil Battah, a pair of clean-fighting strongmen, will defend the International City trophy against Joe Turco and Tony Barbetta. The Caveman is carded against Bob (Bomber) Hamby.”

Tuesday, March 31, 1964 – Judging Arena – El Paso, TX
1) Fritz Von Shikat defeated Paul Harrison
2) The Caveman defeated Bob Hamby
3) Babmbi Ball defeated Sweet Georgia Brown
4) Joe Turco & Tony Barbetta defeated Czaya Nandor & Bassil Battah via CO in three falls to win the International City Tag Team Title
5) The Mad Mongol defeated Paul de Galles

From the April 1 El Paso Herald-Post: “The Mad Mongol got his 1964 border invasion off to a flying start last night in the Judging Arena by trouncing the roughest ‘villain’ on the local scene. The pig-tailed judo expert earned the biggest applause of the night by forcing Paul de Galles to the canvas with his punishing abdominal ‘claw hold’. Tony Barbetta and Joe Turco gained ownership of the International City Tag Team trophy by subduing Bassil Battah and Czaya Nandor in 40 minutes. The battle ended unexpectedly, with action pegged at one fall each, when Battah toppled out of the ring and couldn’t get back in time. Bambi Ball conquered Sweet Georgia Brown, and earned the right to meet the Mexican ace, Rita Cortez, in El Paso on May 5. Bob (Bomber) Hamby lost a rough battle with the Caveman, and Fritz Von Shikat conquered Paul Harrison.”

From the April 4 El Paso Herald-Post: “Paul de Galles gets a chance to square the record against the Mighty Alaskan when the two collide on tonight’s mat lineup in Segura McDonald V.F.W. Hall, near Dudley Field. The Frenchman, who is approximately half the size of the Alaskan, came out second best in a Coliseum tussle staged on March 10. De Galles lasted only two falls. Tonight’s version is one-fall-to-the-finish. De Galles will check in at 212 pounds, compared to 401 for the brawny Alaskan. In the mainliner, the Mad Mongol and the Caveman will try to wrangle the International City trophy from Joe Turco and Tony Barbetta. Action returns to the Coliseum on Tuesday.”

Saturday, April 4, 1964 – Segura McDonald V.F.W. Hall – El Paso, TX
1) Bob Hamby defeated The Cisco Kid
2) Pancho Pico defeated Fritz Von Shikat
3) Paul de Galles defeated The Alaskan
4) The Mad Mongol & The Caveman defeated Joe Turco & Tony Barbetta in two straight falls to win the International City Tag Team Title

From the April 6 El Paso Herald-Post: “The Mongol and the Caveman, new owners of the International City Tag Team trophy, will make their second appearance together on tomorrow’s mainliner in the Coliseum. The duo will face Killer Karl Kox and Sir Nelson Royal in a skirmish carded for three falls or one hour. On Saturday’s show, the Mongol and the Caveman debuted as a tag duo, and had no trouble wrangling the International crown from Joe Turco and Tony Barbetta. The duel lasted 30 minutes and covered two falls. In other action, Paul de Galles scored a surprise upset over the Mighty Alaskan, Pancho Pico shaded Fritz Von Shikat, and Bob (Bomber) Hamby put away the Cisco Kid. Tomorrow’s semi-final puts Czaya Nandor against Hamby in a one-fall battle set for 45 minutes.”

From the April 7 El Paso Herald-Post: “The Mongol, with his abdominal claw hold and help of his partner, the Caveman, get into the ring tonight with Killer Karl Kox and Sir Nelson Royal at the Coliseum with the match booked as the feature. Other matches will find Bob (Bomber) Hamby against Czaya Nandor and the Mighty Alaskan and Pancho Pico against three foes: Paul de Galles, Joe Turco and Tony Barbetta.”

Tuesday, April 7, 1964 – Coliseum – El Paso, TX
1) Paul De Galles defeated Fritz Von Shikat
2) Pancho Pico defeated Tony Barbetta
3) Handicap Match: Paul de Galles & Joe Turco & Tony Barbetta defeated The Alaskan & Pancho Pico
4) Bob Hamby defeated Czaya Nandor
5) Killer Karl Kox & Sir Nelson Royal defeated The Mad Mongol & The Caveman via DQ

From the April 8 El Paso Herald-Post: “Local wrestling promoters today were contemplating the possibility of re-matching Killer Karl Kox and Sir Nelson Royal against the Mad Mongol and the Caveman. Last night’s mainliner at the Coliseum turned into a 22 minute brawl, with the Mongol and the Caveman being ruled out by referee Mike Burnell for failing to break a hold. In the semi-final, Bob (Bomber) Hamby dropped Czaya Nandor in 13 minutes, but the triumph was ill-received by the fans. Paul de Galles, Joe Turco and Tony Barbetta teamed up to flatten the Mighty Alaskan and Pancho Pico. In other tussles, Pico drew against Barbetta and de Galles put away Fritz Von Shikat.”

From the April 11 El Paso Herald-Post: “The Caveman and Paul de Galles will get two cracks at one another in tonight’s wrestling cartel at the Judging Arena. The pair will meet in a one fall match, booked with a 15 minute time limit, then return to the spotlight to join the six-man mainliner. The Caveman will be joined by the Mad Mongol and Pancho Pico for tonight’s 60-minute headliner. De Galles will be aided by Joe Turco and Bob (Bomber) Hamby. Three other battles are slated.”

Saturday, April 11, 1964 – Judging Arena – El Paso, TX
1) The Caveman vs. Paul de Galles
2) Bassil Battah vs. Fritz Von Shikat
3) Paul de Galles & Bob Hamby & Joe Turco vs. The Mad Mongol & The Caveman & Pancho Pico

From the April 14 El Paso Herald-Post: “Bob (Bomber) Hamby will spot the Mighty Alaskan 186 pounds when the two clash in a special ‘handicap match’ on tonight’s wrestling docket at the Coliseum. Under the rules of the match, the Alaskan must pin Hamby three times within 15 minutes to gain the victory. The Alaskan fights at 401 pounds, compared to 215 for the agile Bomber. Tonight’s feature brings out the Mad Mongol and the Caveman in the first defense of the International City Tag Team crown. They’ll face Killer Karl Kox and Sir Nelson Royal in a one-hour combat.”

Tuesday, April 14, 1964 – Coliseum – El Paso, TX
1) The Alaskan vs. Bob Hamby
2) International City Tag Team Champions The Mad Mongol & The Caveman defeated Killer Karl Kox & Sir Nelson Royal via DQ in three falls

From the April 15 El Paso Herald-Post: “For about five minutes, Killer Karl Kox and Sir Nelson Royal were the new ‘owners’ of the International City Tag Team trophy, and began climbing through the ropes with the four-foot ornament, but referee Mike Burnell, who had been accidentally floored by Sir Nelson, got off the canvas to reverse the decision of his co-official in the mat feature. The action came last night, in the Coliseum, and kept the International trophy in the hands of the Caveman and the Mad Mongol. With action pegged at one fall each, activities became snarled when Sir Nelson grabbed a chair from ringside, and accidentally banged Burnell over the head. Next, he put away the Mongol in similar manner. Kox took advantage of the situation to pin the Mongol, and referee Eddie Morales called the three-second countdown.”

Saturday, April 18, 1964 – unknown arena – El Paso, TX
1) Bobby Joe Franco defeated Tony Barbetta
2) Bob Hamby & Joe Turco defeated Bassil Battah & Pancho Pico
3) The Caveman defeated The Alaskan
4) The Mad Mongol defeated Czaya Nandor in three falls

From the April 20 El Paso Herald-Post: “Bassil Battah, the local grappling favorite, is booked against Bob (Bomber) Hamby to headline the undercard in tomorrow’s top wrestling slate in the Coliseum. In Saturday’s action, The Mad Mongol squeezed by Czaya Nandor in rough three-fall tiff. The Caveman overpowered the Mighty Alaskan in 12 minutes. Other results: Hamby and Joe Turco edged Battah and Pancho Pico; Bobby Joe Franco bested Tony Barbetta.”

From the April 21 El Paso Herald-Post: “The border’s first version of ‘lumberjack style’ wrestling will be staged tonight at the Coliseum when Gory Guerrero and the Caveman clash in the mainliner. The wild tussle is booked without falls and without a time limit. Action will continue until one of the strongmen is no longer able to continue. Under lumberjack rules, 10 grapplers will be stationed outside the ring to prevent either fighter from falling through the ropes, attempting to leave, or receiving outside assistance. A referee will be in the ring to prevent strangle holds. A one-night tourney, aimed at picking a border contender for Lou Thesz’ world heavyweight belt, is also on tap. Killer Karl Kox, the Mad Mongol, Sir Nelson Royal and Czaya Nandor will complete the tourney field.”

Tuesday, April 21, 1964 – Coliseum – El Paso, TX
1) Joe Turco defeated Bobby Joe Franco
2) Bob Hamby defeated Bassil Battah
3) Sir Nelson Royal defeated unknown
4) The Mad Mongol defeated Killer Karl Kox
5) Texas Death Match: The Caveman defeated Gory Guerrero
6) The Mad Mongol defeated Sir Nelson Royal

From the April 22 El Paso Herald-Post: “The Mad Mongol, champ of the local wrestling situation, faces the biggest chance of his career Tuesday when he tries his ‘abdominal claw hold’ on Lou Thesz. The Mongol earned a crack at Thesz’ world heavyweight crown by conquering Killer Karl Kox and Sir Nelson Royal in last night’s tourney at the Coliseum. A paid crowd of 1,782 – second largest of the season – gave the Mongol a standing applause after he clawed Sir Nelson in the finale. Killer Kox, who jumped into the ring to aid Sir Nelson, was also quieted by the abdominal grasp. Both Kox and Sir Nelson were also weakened by the Mongol’s judo chops. Last night’s crowd was the biggest since Jan. 28, when Thesz fought Danny Hodge in the Coliseum before 3,500 fans. The Caveman spoiled Gory Guerrero’s return to mat warfare with a savage triumph which left the Mexican ace bleeding from the scalp; and bruised about the eyes and cheeks. Guerrero collapsed after 27 minutes of the ‘death match’. In the prelims, Bassil Battah gave in to Bob (Bomber) Hamby’s brawny strategy, and Joe Turco whipped Bobby Joe Franco.”

From the April 24 El Paso Herald-Post: “The Mad Mongol, prepping for a shot at Lou Thesz’ world heavyweight throne, will undergo a ‘tune-up’ on tomorrow’s card in the Judging Arena by facing four foes in a row. The unusual action will be limited to five-minute skirmishes. Targets in the drill will be Joe Turco, Bob (Bomber) Hamby, Czaya Nandor and Gory Guerrero. Tomorrow’s mainliner puts Guerrero and Nandor against Hamby and Beatnik Duke. The battle will be limited to three falls or 45 minutes. Joe Turco meets Paul Harrison in the semi-final. In the prelims, Bobby Joe Franco engages Loco Mendez, and the Beatnik squares off against Cisco Kid.”

From the April 25 El Paso Herald-Post: “Gory Guerrero and Czaya Nandor will team up for the first time to head tonight’s wrestling card in the Judging Arena. The clean-fighting duo go against Bob (Bomber) Hamby and Beatnik Duke in a fray limited to three falls or 45 minutes. Tonight’s card will mark the return of Beatnik Duke to border wrestling. He campaigned in El Paso in 1962, and fought in a handful of main events. Both Hamby and the Beatnik are known for their rough styles. In the semi-final, cagey Joe Turco meets Paul Harrison in a 45-minute skirmish. The Mad Mongol, in a special event, will take on four foes in four five-minute battles.”

Saturday, April 25, 1964 – Judging Arena – El Paso, TX
1) Beatnik Duke vs. The Cisco Kid
2) Bobby Joe Franco vs. Loco Mendez
3) The Mad Mongol vs. Joe Turco
4) The Mad Mongol vs. Bob Hamby
5) The Mad Mongol vs. Czaya Nandor
6) The Mad Mongol vs. Gory Guerrero
7) Joe Turco vs. Paul Harrison
8) Gory Guerrero & Czaya Nandor vs. Bob Hamby & Beatnik Duke

From the April 27 El Paso Herald-Post: “The Mad Mongol scored an impressive drill on Saturday’s wrestling program while sharpening his ‘claw hold’ in preparation for tomorrow’s crack at the world heavyweight crown. Four grapplers: Gory Guerrero, Czaya Nandor, Joe Turco and Bob (Bomber) Hamby succumbed to the abdominal claw in a special match. Each tussle was limited to five minutes. The Mongol earned his world title shot by copping a one-night runoff last week, and will take on Lou Thesz in tomorrow’s feature at the Coliseum. Action will go the marathon distance of 90 minutes.”

From the April 28 El Paso Herald-Post: “Lou Thesz, world heavyweight wrestling king, returns to the border tonight to defend his crown against the Mad Mongol in a battle booked for three falls or 90 minutes. According to the promoters, the champ has made at least 12 title defenses in El Paso over the last 10 years, and has never been defeated. Thesz, one of wrestling’s top attractions, has always drawn well in El Paso. On Jan. 28, a crowd of 3,600 was on hand for his tussle against Danny Hodge. Before that, on Nov. 19, 1963, Thesz successfully defended against Fritz Von Erich before 3,136 El Pasoans. A crowd of 5,510 fans watched on Sept. 24, 1953, when Thesz and Rito Romero grappled into a deadlock. Four other matches, each set for one fall, will round out the big cartel. Sir Nelson Royal faces the Caveman in the 45-minute semi-final. Gory Guerrero and Czaya Nandor will seek their second win in as many tries against Killer Karl Kox and Joe Turco. Bassil Battah will meet Bob (Bomber) Hamby. Joe Franco tackles Beatnik Duke.”

Tuesday, April 28, 1964 – Coliseum – El Paso, TX – 1,540
1) Bobby Joe Franco defeated Beatnik Duke
2) Bob Hamby defeated Bassil Battah via DQ
3) Gory Guerrero & Czaya Nandor defeated Killer Karl Kox & Joe Turco
4) The Caveman defeated Sir Nelson Royal
5) World Heavyweight Champion Lou Thesz defeated The Mad Mongol via DQ in three falls

From the April 29 El Paso Herald-Post: “Lou Thesz, world heavyweight wrestling champ, will never win a popularity contest in El Paso – but he keeps winning matches, one way or another. The champ, jeered by last night’s turnout of 1,540 fans in the Coliseum, squeezed by the Mad Mongol on a technicality. The battle ended with Thesz on his knees. He was aided from the ring by referees Mike Burnell and Eddie Morales. Burnell ruled out the Mongol for reaching through the ropes to clamp his effective claw hold on Thesz’ stomach. The action came with Thesz sprawled on his back, on the apron of the ring. Earlier in the match, Thesz was repeatedly booed for such tactics as pulling the Mongol’s pig-tail, refusing to break cleanly, sticking his legs through the ropes to escape a tight hold, and ducking his head under the top rope. But when he fought, Thesz showed power, sound mat knowledge, and a flashy attack which evidently baffled the local star in the opening minute. Thesz smeared the Mongol for a first fall clocking of 10 minutes and 26 seconds. A flying bounce off the ropes, and a body press did the trick. But the Mongol evened the match with his claw grip and draw screaming applause from the fans. Time of the middle pin was two minutes and thirty-five seconds. Thesz seemed groggy from the claw hold, and tried to avoid the Mongol. Burnell’s ruling came after one minute and three seconds. In the semi-final, the Caveman roared through Sir Nelson Royal in five minutes for an impressive win. Gory Guerrero and Czaya Nandor conquered Killer Karl Kox and Joe Turco; Bob (Bomber) Hamby got a disqualified win over Bassil Battah; and Bobby Joe Franco put away Beatnik Duke in 11 minutes.”

From the May 2 El Paso Herald-Post: “The Mad Mongol will make two appearances on tonight’s wrestling card in the Judging Arena with 15-minute battles against Gory Guerrero and Kenny Mack. In the topper, set for three falls, Bob (Bomber) Hamby and Joe Turco will make their first try as a tag team by taking on Guerrero and Bassil Battah. Another local star, the Caveman, will head the cartel with a 45-minute encounter against Bobby Joe Franco.”

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