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GADSDEN, ALABAMA 1933 (From the Gadsden Times)

The Gadsden Times announced on January 12th that Promoter Noel W. Ray would begin running weekly wrestling shows for the American Legion Etowah Post No. 5 in a new arena on 3rd Street just north of Broad Street.  Ray would be using wrestlers provided by Chris Jordan.

Gadsden, AL:  Friday, 20 January 1933
Promoter: Noel W. Ray
Attendance: <700
(American Legion Arena)
• Dale Haddock vs Al Santell
• Dutch Green beat Kid Lott

Gadsden, AL:  Friday, 27 January 1933
Promoter: Noel W. Ray
Attendance: ~500
(American Legion Arena)
• Jim Hesslyn beat Ernest Kelly (41:00, 2-1)
• Tarzan the Ape Man beat Dutch Green (2-1, 3rd fall COR)
• Referee: Fred DeMurray

Gadsden, AL:  Friday, 03 February 1933
Promoter: Noel W. Ray
Attendance: 850
(American Legion Arena)
• Joe Dillman beat Jim Hesslyn (2-0. via 2nd fall DQ)
• Eddie Pope beat Eddie Elzea (2-1)

Gadsden, AL:  Friday, 10 February 1933
Promoter: Noel W. Ray
(American Legion Arena)
• Tarzan the Ape Man beat Kid Lott (30:01, 2-1)
• Jimmy Demos beat Roy Allen (27:06, 2-0)
• Referee: Sammy Milller

Gadsden, AL:  Friday, 17 February 1933
Promoter: Noel W. Ray
(American Legion Arena)
• Ernest Kelly beat George Harben (2-1)
• Tarzan the Ape Man drew Eddie Pope (60:00, 1-1)
• Referee: Roy Allen

Gadsden, AL:  Friday, 24 February 1933
Promoter: Noel W. Ray
(American Legion Arena)
• Stanley Buersch beat Kid Lott (37:25, 2-1)
• Jim Hesslyn beat Eddie Elzea (41:50, 2-1)
• Referee: George Harben

Gadsden, AL:  Friday, 03 March 1933
Promoter: Noel W. Ray
(American Legion Arena)
• Joe Dillman beat Lon Chaney (31:35, 2-1, 3rd fall forfeit)
• Fred Lassiter beat Dutch Green (26:41, 2-1)

Gadsden, AL:  Friday, 10 March 1933
Promoter: Noel W. Ray
(American Legion Arena)
• Tarzan the Ape Man beat Rough House Hagan (22:10, 2-1)
• Fred Lassiter beat Cowboy Roland (19:32, 2-1)

Gadsden, AL:  Friday, 17 March 1933
Promoter: Noel W. Ray
(American Legion Arena)
• Ernest Kelly beat Joe Dillman (35:40, 2-1)
• Lon Chaney beat Fred Lassiter (26:43, 2-1)

Gadsden, AL:  Friday, 24 March 1933
Promoter: Noel W. Ray
(American Legion Arena)
• Jim Hesslyn beat Ernest Kelly (44:35, 2-1)
• Georgin Harben beat Eddie Elzea (39:52, 2-0)
• Referee: Sammy Miller

Gadsden, AL: Friday, 31 March 1933
Promoter: Noel Ray
(American Legion Arena)
• Lon Chaney beat Jim Mellon (37:12, 2-0)
• "Rough House" Jack Hagen beat Jack Sherry (30:56, 2-1)
• Bob Burns beat Max Weiner (9:20)
• Referee: Ernest Kelly
Jack Mellon (or Mellen) was listed as 170 lbs, wrestling fireman from Battle Creek, Michigan
Bob Burns was referred to as a former University of Alabama wrestler

Gadsden, AL: Friday, 07 April 1933
Promoter: Noel W. Ray
(American Legion Arena)
• Eddie Pope beat Roy Allen (8:00) in one fall, Allen was unable to continue after suffering a strained back from Pope's "crab hold"
• Eddie Pope beat Sammy Miller (24:52, 2-0)
• Cowboy Roland beat Jack/Jacques Moreau (24:41, 2-1)
Pope wrestled twice to make up for the no-show by Scotty McNaught, who had been heavily advertised

Gadsden, AL: Friday, 14 April 1933
Promoter: Noel W. Ray
(American Legion Arena)
• Ernest Kelly beat Al Stecher (33:25) via dq
• Jim Hesslyn drew Joe Dillman (60:00) with no falls
• David Lee Reid beat Bill Stewart (13:10)
• Referee: George Harben
Reid and Stewart were listed as Gadsden locals

Gadsden, AL: Friday, 21 April 1933
Promoter: Noel W. Ray
(American Legion Arena)
• Ernest Kelly beat Jim Hesslyn (34:20, 2-0)
• Eddie Pope beat Freddie Lassiter (27:12, 2-0)
• Referee: "Rough House" Hagen

Gadsden, AL: Friday, 28 April 1933
Promoter: Noel W. Ray
(American Legion Arena)
• Al Stecher beat Eddie Pope (2-1)
• Ed "Bull" White beat Charlie Cure (17:20, 2-1)
• Referee Roy Allen
Ed White listed as former Army football player and pro football All-American tackle

Gadsden, AL: Friday, 05 May 1933
Promoter: Noel W. Ray
(American Legion Arena)
• Joe Dillman beat Francis (Francois) Journee (26:42, 2-1)
• Ernest Kelly beat Clint McLeod (2-1)
• Lopez Brazile beat Lawrence Vinson (3:10)
Vinson listed as local high school football star
Brazile's name is also spelled Brazell and Brazill in subsequent mentions in the newspaper

Gadsden, AL: Friday, 12 May 1933
(American Legion Outdoor Arena)
• First show at the newly contructed outdoor arena at the American Legion golf course on First Street... Al Stecher beat Pat Corrigan (26:23, 2-1)
• Eddie Pope beat Pete Demetroff (2-1)
• Noel "Kid" Ray beat Dr. Roller (10:44, 2-1) This was Noel Ray's first professional wrestling match
... the Times claims Corrigan was on the recent Savoldi-Londos card in Chicago (7 April @ Chicago Stadium), but the pre-show card and show results listed in the Chicago Tribune do not support that claim

Gadsden, AL: Friday, 19 May 1933
Promoter: Noel W. Ray
(American Legion Outdoor Arena)
• Stanley Buersch beat Kid Lott (25:17, 2-1)
• Tarzan, the Ape Man (George Romanoff) beat "Rough House" Jack Hagen (60:00, 1-0)
• Lopez Brazile beat Jimmy Price (1:55)

Gadsden, AL: Friday, 26 May 1933
Promoter: Noel W. Ray
(American Legion Outdoor Arena)
• Al Stecher beat George Romanoff (17:12, 2-0)
• Kid Lott beat Jack Hagen (9:10, 2-0)
• Clarence Bynum drew Kit Pritchett (15:00)
Bynum is listed as from Emma Sansom High School

Gadsden, AL: Friday, 02 June 1933
Promoter: Noel W. Ray
(American Legion Outdoor Arena)
• Al Stecher beat Jack Freeman (32:00, 2-1)
• Stanley Buersch beat Hans Wagner (34:22, 2-1)
• Noel Ray beat Red Sanger (10:20)

Gadsden, AL: Saturday, 10 June 1933
Promoter: Noel W. Ray
(American Legion Outdoor Arena)
• Ernest Kelly vs Stanley Buersch (2/3 Falls, 2 hr time limit)
• Al Stecher vs Ripper Reeves (2/3 falls, 60 min time limit)
show was delayed a day due to rain, no results were published

Gadsden, AL: Friday, 16 June 1933
Promoter: Noel W. Ray
(American Legion Outdoor Arena)
• Hans Wagner beat Stanley West (29:15, 2-1)
• Freddie Knichel beat Bulldog Mallory (23:49, 2-0)

Gadsden, AL: Friday, 23 June 1933
Promoter: Noel W. Ray
(American Legion Outdoor Arena)
• Joe Dillman beat Walter Roxy (9:40, 2-0)
• Bobby Jackson beat Ripper Reeves (26:12, 2-1)
Roxy is listed as a University of Indiana wrestling star whose only collegiate loss came in the 1930 Big Ten tournament
Reeves is listed as a former University of Florida All-Southern guard in football.

Gadsden, AL: Friday, 30 June 1933
Promoter: Noel W. Ray
(American Legion Outdoor Arena)
• Joe Dillman beat Bobby Burns (21:55, 2-0)
• Bobby Jackson beat Freddie Knichel (40:15, 2-1)
Gadsden Times says Burns' real name is 'Tony Rico', a member of the 1928 U.S. Olympic wrestling team.

Gadsden, AL: Friday, 07 July 1933
Promoter: Noel W. Ray
(American Legion Outdoor Arena)
• Ernest Kelly beat Stanley Buersch (2-1) .. Bobby Jackson beat Walter Roxy (28:30, 2-1)
• David Lee Reid beat Bill Stewart via countout
Buersch's loss reportedly ended a 180 match winning streak

Gadsden, AL: Friday, 14 July 1933
Promoter: Noel W. Ray
(American Legion Outdoor Arena)
• Ernest Kelly vs Stanley West
• Joe Gunther vs Vic Webber
• Noel Ray vs Bulldog Mallory

Gadsden, AL: Friday, 21 July 1933
(American Legion Outdoor Arena)
• "Queen's Night"
• Tuffy Cleet beat Ernest Kelly (48:30, 2-1)
• Henry Kolln beat Farmer Vance (21:34, 2-1)
• Noel Ray beat Bulldog Mallory (20:00) via dq

Gadsden, AL: Friday, 27 July 1933
Promoter: Noel W. Ray
(American Legion Outdoor Arena)
• Tuffy Cleet beat Frank Buersch (20:15) via countout
• Vic Webber beat Mike Longon (24:49, 2-1)
• Referee: Ripper Reeves

Gadsden, AL: Friday, 04 August 1933
Promoter: Noel W. Ray
(American Legion Outdoor Arena)
• Vic Webber beat Dale Haddock (28:50, 2-1)
• Gus Pappas beat Pete Ramos (25:30, 2-1)
• Kid Ray drew Jimmy Shaber (15:00)
• Shaber is listed as "welterweight champion of Albania"

Gadsden, AL: Friday, 11 August 1933
Promoter: Noel W. Ray
(American Legion Outdoor Arena)
• Stanley Buersch beat "Pop" Papas (27:40, 2-0)
• Vic Webber beat John Felix (36:19, 1-1) via dq
Papas substituted for Cleet who was not cleared to wrestle by the on-site doctor due to a carbuncle

Gadsden, AL: Friday, 18 August 1933
Promoter: Noel W. Ray
(American Legion Outdoor Arena)
• Jim Hesslyn beat Mickey McGuire (2-1)
• Henry Kolln beat Pete Demetroff (15:25, 2-1)
• Referee: Pappas

Gadsden, AL: Friday, 25 August 1933
Promoter: Noel W. Ray
(American Legion Outdoor Arena)
• Jim Hesslyn beat Frank Buersch (22:42, 2-1)
• John Felix beat Dale Haddock (35:10, 2-1)

Gadsden, AL: Friday, 01 September 1933
Promoter: Noel W. Ray
(American Legion Outdoor Arena)
• Jim Hesslyn beat Ernest Kelly (45:42, 2-1) via dq
• Vic Webber beat Eddie Baker (28:22, 2-1)

Gadsden, AL: Friday, 08 September 1933
Promoter: Noel W. Ray
(American Legion Outdoor Arena)
• Joe Dillman beat Tom Galbos (39:50, 2-1)
• John Felix beat Pete Demetroff (20:05, 2-1)

Gadsden, AL: Friday, 15 September 1933
Promoter: Noel W. Ray
(American Legion Outdoor Arena)
• Mickey McGuire beat Jack Purdin (35:20, 2-1)
• Vic Webber beat Al Thompson (30:10, 2-0)
• Referee: Farmer Vance
Purdin was a substitution for Tuffy Cleet who had been suspended by the state athletic commission.  This may refer to an issue mentioned in the August 5th commission meeting minutes concerning Tuffy Cleet striking a spectator during a show in Sheffield, resulting in a $10 fine.

Gadsden, AL: Friday, 22 September 1933
Promoter: Noel W. Ray
(American Legion Outdoor Arena)
• Tuffy Cleet vs Roughhouse Sam Nelson
• John Felix vs Eddie Baker

Gadsden, AL: Friday, 29 September 1933
Promoter: Noel W. Ray
(American Legion Outdoor Arena)
• Tuffy Cleet vs Ace Judkins
• Freddie Knichel vs Eddie Baker

Gadsden, AL: Friday, 06 October 1933
Promoter: Noel W. Ray
(American Legion Outdoor Arena)
• Frank Buersch beat Otto Matulka (55:20, 2-1)
• Mike London beat Gorilla Tucker (2-0)

Gadsden, AL: Wednesday, 11 October 1933
Promoter: Noel W. Ray
(American Legion Outdoor Arena)
• World Light Heavyweight Champion Hugh Nichols beat Frank Buersch (33:50, 2-1)
• Jack Purdin beat Jack Spurgin (sub Otto Matulka) (11:00, 2-0)

Gadsden, AL: Friday, 20 October 1933
Promoter: Noel W. Ray
(American Legion Outdoor Arena)
• Frank Buersch vs Bill Fulton
• Jack Purdin vs John McKee

HUNTSVILLE, ALABAMA 1933 (From the Huntsville Times)

Huntsville, AL: Wednesday, 01 February 1933
The local "40 and 8" organization announces its intent to begin bi-weekly matches at the Dallas Street National Guard Armory, with Chris Jordan promoting, provided the could deliver the cards as advertised. A brief attempt at wrestling had failed the previous August & September due partly to frequent card changes as well as poor weather. The initial card, scheduled for Tuesday, February 2nd, was to include Eddie Pope vs Kid Lott and Dutch Green vs Tarzan the Ape Man (George Romanoff).

Huntsville, AL: Wednesday, 07 February 1933
Due to bad weather, and a poor expected turnout, the "40 and 8" contacted Chris Jordan to cancel the event.

Huntsville, AL: Wednesday, 21 February 1933
(National Guard Armory, Dallas Street) The announced card of Tarzan the Ape Man vs Stanley Buersch and Joe Dillman vs Ernest Kelly is cancelled when a crowd of less than 100 people, including free passes, is all that shows up. This would be the last attempt at wrestling in Huntsville until October.

Huntsville, AL: Wednesday, 04 October 1933
(National Guard Armory, Dallas Street)
• Jack Purdin beat Lon Chaney (2-1) via DQ
• Gus Pappas beat Otto Matulka (35:50, 2-1)
• Referee: Musso ...Promoter: Fred Demeritte/Chris Jordan
Local wrestler Clifford "Happy Jack" Helton challenges Chaney after the main event

Huntsville, AL: Wednesday, 11 October 1933
(National Guard Armory, Dallas Street)
• Jack Purdin beat Gus Pappas (18:30, 2-0)
• Eddie Baker beat Mike London (27:30, 2-1)
• Promoter Fred Demeritte/Chris Jordan
Helton again makes his presence known; the paper says he trained under Ralph Smith and has been working Smith's circuit in West Tennessee

Huntsville, AL: Wednesday, 18 October 1933
(National Guard Armory, Dallas Street)
• Jack Purdin beat "Rough House" Sam Nelson (2-1) via DQ
• Francis Stull (sub for Bobby Burns) beat Stanley Hackney (28:00, 2-1)
• Referee: Bill Rush
• Promoter: Fred Demeritte

Huntsville, AL: Wednesday, 25 October 1933
(National Guard Armory, Dallas Street)
• Tuffy Cleet beat Jack Purdin (32:002-1 )
• Freddie Knichel beat Francis Stull (25:00, 2-1) via countout when Stull missed a flying tackle and knocked himself out on the floor
• Promoter: Fred Demeritte

Huntsville, AL: Wednesday, 01 November 1933
(National Guard Armory, Dallas Street)
• Rough House Nelson beat Tuffy Cleet () via COR
• Rex Mobley beat Jack Spurgin (21:00, 2-1) via DQ
• Referee: Tuffy Cleet (opener), Jack Spurgin (main event)
• Spurgin and Nelson brawled to end the show
• estimated attendance was close to 500

Huntsville, AL: Wednesday, 08 November 1933
(National Guard Armory, Dallas Street)
• World Welterweight Champion Jack Reynolds beat Francis Stull (13:00, 2-0)
• Rough House Nelson beat Jack Spurgin (45:00, 2-1)
• Promoter: Fred Demeritte

Huntsville, AL: Wednesday, 15 November 1933
(National Guard Armory, Dallas Street)
• World Light Heavyweight Champion Hugh Nichols beat Rough House Nelson (18:00, 2-0)
• Tuffy Cleet beat Walter Logan (2-1)
• Promoter: Chris Jordan

Huntsville, AL: Wednesday, 22 November 1933
(National Guard Armory, Dallas Street)
• Red Lyons beat George LaMarr (43:00, 2-1, 3rd fall forfeit)
• Tuffy Cleet drew Dude Chick (60:00, 1-1)
• Referee: Tuck

Huntsville, AL: Wednesday, 29 November 1933
(National Guard Armory, Dallas Street)
• Dude Chick beat George Sauer (2-1, 3rd fall forfeit)
• Joe Shimkus beat Red Lyons (30:00, 2-1)
• Referee: Coy Martin

Huntsville, AL: Wednesday, 06 December 1933
(National Guard Armory, Dallas Street)
• Joe Shimkus (sub for Tuffy Cleet) beat Dude Chick (34:00, 2-1)
• Basanta Singh beat Francis Stull (21:00, 2-1)

Huntsville, AL: Wednesday, 13 December 1933
(National Guard Armory, Dallas Street)
• Joe Shimkus beat Jack Newell
• Al Bafert beat Pat Murphy (sub for Tony Catalina) (31:00, 1-0)
• Promoter: Fred Demeritte

Huntsville, AL: Wednesday, 20 December 1933
(National Guard Armory, Dallas Street)
• Joe Dillman beat Walter Logan (24:00, 2-0)
• Suleyman Bey beat Jack Spurgin (29:00, 2-1)
• Promoter: Fred Demeritte

Last edited on Thu May 4th, 2017 05:08 pm by DaClyde