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From the October 27 El Paso Herald-Post: “Thunderbolt Patterson has allowed International City Wrestling Club promoter Saul Paredes to go ahead with plans to match Patterson and Dory Funk, Jr. in a ‘brass knucks’ match Monday in the Coliseum. P.M. Kessel, El Paso wrestling commissioner, had indicated his intention of recommending a suspension for Patterson to the State Wrestling Commission in Austin following Patterson’s attack on Funk this past Monday. Paredes interceded for the hulking Thunderbolt, and Kessel relented to the point that Patterson has been placed on probation, and any flagrant infractions will result in his indefinite suspension. Monday’s ‘brass knucks’ bout will call for both battlers to have their hands heavily taped, and they will be allowed to flail away at will. A fall, in this case, will not be the usual three count with an opponent’s shoulders on the mat, but will require a full 10 count with the opponent down any way he can be put there. Dory Funk, Sr. returns to El Paso to meet his old nemesis, the Medic, I co-main action. It was the Medic who ran Funk out of town several months ago, and the durable grappler from Umbarger has just now been allowed to return to El Paso. Two other bouts will round out the card. Cyclon Castro and Dr. Blood team against Gory Guerrero and Luis Hernandez in a one-fall tag team fray, and Koa Tiki meets newcomer Bobby Gonzalez of Spain in the curtain raiser.”

Monday, October 30, 1967 – Coliseum – El Paso, TX
1) Bobby Gonzalez fought Koa Tiki to a draw
2) Gory Guerrero & Luis Hernandez defeated Dr. Blood & Cyclon Castro
3) Dory Funk, Sr. defeated The Medic in three falls
4) Brass Knuckles Match: Thunderbolt Patterson defeated Dory Funk, Jr. in three falls

From the October 31 El Paso Herald-Post: “The mat fortunes of the battling Funks of Umbarger, Tex. rose and fell last night in the Coliseum as Dory Sr. clobbered the Medic, but then Dory Jr. succumbed to Thunderbolt Patterson. Funk the elder was forced to submit to Medic in first fall action as the masked grappler punished the patriarch’s arm with a series of twists and then dropped him to the canvas and further worried the injured arm with a series of knee drops. Papa Funk wasn’t through, however, as he came back and took two straight falls with a spinning toe hold, and then later pressed Medic after slamming him into the corner ring post. Junior Funk engaged Patterson in a ‘brass knucks’ match in which each fighter’s hands were taped and all the rules thrown out the window. Junior managed the middle fall after Thunderbolt had decked him for opening kudos, and then Patterson, an ex-professional boxer, came back and took the third fall with relative ease. Gory Guerrero and Luis Hernandez stopped Dr. Blood and Cyclon Castro in a one-fall tag team fray, and Bobby Gonzalez and Koa Tiki battled to a draw to round out the card. Promoter Saul Paredes said that Guerrero and Hernandez would keep their team intact and challenge Blood and the Medic for the North American tag team championship next Monday. He also reported that next week’s card would be staged in the Judging Arena at the Coliseum instead of the Coliseum proper which has other commitments.”

From the November 3 El Paso Herald-Post: “Medic and Dr. Blood will defend their North American tag team championship in main event action at International City Wrestling Club’s weekly grapple card Monday in the Judging Arena on the Coliseum grounds. Challenging Medic and Blood for their belts will be Gory Guerrero and Luis Hernandez who successfully combined to stop Blood and another partner, Cyclon Castro, in their last outing. Blood and Medic together, however, have proved invincible to date. Thunderbolt Patterson and Dory Funk, Jr. continue their feud in co-main action, this time in a ‘Mexican strap match’. The two adversaries will be tied together by the wrists with an eight-foot length of leather strap with the rules tossed out the window. The bout is scheduled for two of three falls. In special event action, Evelyn Stevens, the blond beauty from Amarillo, will defend her Texas Women’s championship against Mae the Queen from Hollywood, Calif. The gals will go one fall to a finish.”

Monday, November 6, 1967 – Judging Arena – El Paso, TX
1) Joe Turco fought Alberto Lujan to a draw
2) Texas Women’s Champion Evelyn Stevens defeated Mae the Queen
3) Mexican Strap Match: Thunderbolt Patterson defeated Dory Funk, Jr. in three falls
4) Gory Guerrero & Luis Hernandez defeated The Medic & Dr. Blood in three falls to win the North American Tag Team Title

From the November 7 El Paso Herald-Post: “Newly crowned North American tag team champions Gory Guerrero and Luis Hernandez may find their laurels short lived. They face the huge Von Brauner brothers, Kurt and Karl, next Monday night. International City Wrestling Club promoter Saul Paredes announced the match immediately following the Guerrero-Hernandez victory over the Medic and Dr. Blood last night in the Judging Arena on the Coliseum grounds. Blood and Medic had held the belts since the two paired several months ago following a breakup of the two Medics. Blood won the first fall for the ex-champs with a claw hold on Guerrero, but Gory came back quickly for a pin on Medic, and then Hernandez sewed it up by stretching Medic for the count. In supporting action, Thunderbolt Patterson measured Dory Funk, Jr. in a ‘Mexican strap match’. Evelyn Stevens successfully defended her Texas Women’s championship against Mae the Queen, and Joe Turco and Alberto Lujan went to a draw. Paredes announced that next week’s matches would also be staged in the Judging Arena instead of the Coliseum proper, since the Coliseum will still be unavailable.”

From the November 10 El Paso Herald-Post: “A pair of Teutonic twins, Kurt and Karl Von Brauner, will make their first appearance in El Paso in the headline event of International City Wrestling Club’s weekly grapple card Monday in the Judging Arena adjacent to the Coliseum. The Von Brauners will collide with newly crowned North American tag team champs Gory Guerrero and Luis Hernandez in a two out of three fall encounter, but the belts will not be at stake. The terrible twins from Germany have been wrestling in this county since 1962 under the direction of their manager, General Saul Weingeroff, one of the all-time bad guys of the mat world. Jerry Kozak, the giant killer from Vancouver, Canada, will return to the border to take on Thunderbolt Patterson, who has been spending the past several weeks working over the Funk clan. Kozak’s lightning speed and wrestling finesse will be sorely tested against the lumbering, but seemingly indestructible, Patterson. This one is also scheduled for two of three. Dirty Dick Murdoch of Amarillo will make his El Paso debut against Terry Funk in another two of three encounter, and promoter Saul Paredes said that one more match would be scheduled as the curtain raiser. Paredes also emphasized that the matches would again be held in the Judging Arena behind the Coliseum, but that wrestling would move back into the Coliseum itself the following week.”

Monday, November 13, 1967 – Judging Arena – El Paso, TX
1) Pancho Pico defeated Ray Duran
2) Thunderbolt Patterson defeated Jerry Kozak
3) Terry Funk defeated Dick Murdoch in three falls
4) Kurt Von Brauner & Karl Von Brauner defeated Gory Guerrero & Luis Hernandez in three falls

From the November 14 El Paso Herald-Post: “When you win, you learn to like a place, and so Germany’s massive mat twins, Kurt and Karl Von Brauner, will be back in El Paso to tangle with Ricky Romero and Luis Hernandez in the Coliseum next Monday night. International City Wrestling Club promoter Saul Paredes announced the pairing following the Von Brauners’ win last night over Hernandez and Gory Guerrero in feature action. The Teutonic twins did not show much finesse in accomplishing their win; however their relentless tactics backed by brute strength could not be denied. Kurt took the first fall over Guerrero with a leg stretch, and then took the third fall over Hernandez with a stomach stomp and a press after Hernandez had scored with an abdominal stretch over Karl. Terry Funk took two out of three over Dirty Dick Murdoch, who lived up to his description; Jerry Kozak joined the ever-growing fraternity of wrestlers who have been defeated by Thunderbolt Patterson; and Pancho Pico outlasted Ray Duran. Paredes also announced that next week’s card would feature a rematch between Funk and Murdoch. He also emphasized that action would return to the Coliseum proper following two weeks in the Judging Arena.”

From the November 17 El Paso Herald-Post: “Ricky Romero and Luis Hernandez will put their speed and mat finesse against the relentless bulk and strength of Kurt and Karl Von Brauner in the main event of International City Wrestling Club’s weekly card Monday in the Coliseum. The Von Brauners, twin brothers from Munich, Germany, wore down Hernandez and Gory Guerrero in their first appearance in El Paso last week, and they are given a slight nod against Hernandez and his new partner this time. The bout is scheduled for two of three falls with a one hour time limit. It will be strictly a battle bad guys when Thunderbolt Patterson tangles with Dr. Blood in co-main action, also scheduled for two of three. Monday’s card will be rounded out with a return engagement between Dirty Dick Murdoch and Terry Funk, a first meeting between Gory Guerrero and Koa Tiki, and a curtain raiser sending Pancho Pico against Tony Barbetta.”

Monday, November 13, 1967 – Coliseum – El Paso, TX
1) Pancho Pico defeated Tony Barbetta
2) Gory Guerrero defeated Koa Tiki
3) Terry Funk defeated Dick Murdoch
4) Kurt Von Brauner & Karl Von Brauner defeated Ricky Romero & Luis Hernandez in three falls

From the November 21 El Paso Herald-Post: “International City Wrestling Club promoter Saul Paredes announced today that Bobo Brazil, billed as the world’s biggest grappler, will be in El Paso next week to headline the club’s weekly card at the Coliseum. Brazil stands 6-feet 10-inches and weighs 360 pounds. Probable opponent for the giant mat man will be the Medic. The Von Brauners last night continued their winning ways, this time in tag team action against Ricky Romero and Luis Hernandez. They also took on several ringside fans, one of whom was decked by Kurt and the other hustled from the arena by deputies. Terry Funk continued his mastery of Dirty Dick Murdoch; Gory Guerrero, who defends his world light heavyweight title in San Salvador this week, stopped Koa Tiki; and Pancho Pico dumped Tony Barbetta to round out action.”

From the November 25 El Paso Herald-Post: “International City Wrestling Club promoter Saul Paredes has molded Thunderbolt Patterson and Ricky Romero into a team in his continuing effort to come up with a local combination which can cope with North American tag team champs Kurt and Karl Von Brauner of Germany. Romero and Patterson will meet the Von Brauners in main event action in the weekly grapple card Monday in the Coliseum. The Teutonic twins wore down Gory Guerrero and Luis Hernandez in their first appearance here two weeks ago, and then continued their winning ways against Hernandez and Romero last week. In Patterson, Romero will be gaining a partner who has run roughshod over all opponents for the past two months. The new team is afforded a good chance to knocking off the German duo. The tag team fray is cheduled for two of three falls with a one hour time limit. Bobo Brazil, billed as the world’s largest wrestler, will meet the Medic in semi-final action. Brazil stands 6-feet 10-inches and weighs 360 pounds.

Monday, November 27, 1967 – Coliseum – El Paso, TX
1) Luis Hernandez defeated Koa Tiki
2) Terry Funk fought Jerry Kozak to a draw
3) Bobo Brazil defeated The Medic in three falls
4) Kurt Von Brauner & Karl Von Brauner defeated Ricky Romero & Thunderbolt Patterson in three falls

From the November 28 El Paso Herald-Post: “Lou Thesz, who is generally ranked along with Ed Strangler Lewis as the greatest wrestlers of all time, will meet Gene Kiniski of Canada for the world heavyweight mat championship in the headline event of next Monday’s International City Wrestling Club card in the Coliseum Judging Arena. Thesz, who first won the world title from Everett Marshall way back in 1937, will be meeting the man who took the diadem from him just one year ago in St. Louis. Bobo Brazil made an impressive border debut last night in the Coliseum by stopping the Medic in the third and deciding fall of their match with an acrobatic head butt into the ring post. Bobo had stretched Medic in the opening fall, and Medic had evened the match with a sleeper hold. Medic had again applied the sleeper in third fall action when Bobo charged across the ring, ducked at the right moment, and cracked Medic’s head into the post. Medic was clinging to Brazil’s back with the sleeper. The Von Brauner twins, Kurt and Karl, kept their border record clean with a questionable win over Ricky Romero and Thunderbolt Patterson. Romero took the first fall over Karl, and then Kurt dropped Romero for the count with a neck breaker. It appeared that Patterson and Romero were on their way to a victorious third fall when Karl whacked Patterson with manager Saul Weingeroff’s cane while the referee was distracted. Terry Funk and Jerry Kozak fought to a draw in a special match, and Luis Hernandez stopped Koa Tiki in opening action.

Monday, December 4, 1967 – Judging Arena – El Paso, TX
1) World Heavyweight Champion Gene Kiniski vs. Lou Thesz


December newspapers unavailable at the moment.



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