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Sheik Abdullah Flair
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Here are some cards from Owensboro, Ky of various unknown promoters who ran opposition to Gulas/Jarrett in the 1970s. I've been asking around trying to find out who ran these shows and what the promotions were called. I've heard possibilities such as Phil Golden, Dale Mann, etc.

Thesz's UWA ran Owensboro in 1976 but most of the talent was different from the 1976 cards I'm showing here, and the ads had a different logo with "Lou Thesz 6 times N.W.A. champion presents Universal Wrestling" at the top. But perhaps they're still the same?

If anyone can positively identify these promotions and promoters, I would greatly appreciate it. I have no other way of knowing. I'll post some examples of the newspaper ads, too. Thanks.


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January 25, 1972

National Guard Armory
Promoter unknown

Jerry Barber & Lavon Stone vs. Mack York & Eric Steinke

Mr. X vs. Ricky Kelso

Abe Griffin vs. Jesse Morales
*******

February 8, 1972

National Guard Armory
Promoter unknown

Lavon Stone & Jerry Barber vs. Mack York & Eric Steinke

Roy Bass vs. Buddy Allen

Abe Griffin vs. Gene Conrad

Special referee for the evening Phil Hedden
*******


February 19, 1972

National Guard Armory
Promoter unknown

Mack York & Eric Steinke vs. Jerry Barber & Lavon Stone

Phil Hedden vs. Roy Bass

Abe Griffin vs. Dr. Death
*******

February 26, 1972

National Guard armory
Promoter unknown

Mack York/Eric Steinke/Dr. Death vs. Ricky Kelso/Lavon Stone/Jerry Barber

Phil Hedden vs. Roy Bass

Plus two other matches
*******


March 4, 1972

National Guard Armory
Promoter unknown

Roy Bass & Gary Parlor vs. Jerry Barber & Abe Griffin

Mack York & Eric Steinke vs. Phil Hedden & Abe Griffin

*7-man Battle Royal
Mack York/Eric Steinke/Lavon Stone/Jerry Barber/Roy Bass/Gary Parlor/Abe Griffin
*******

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March 25, 1972

Nationl Guard Armory
Promoter unknown

Jerry Barber & Bobby Whitlock vs. Mack York & Eric Steinke

Phil Hedden & Abe Griffin vs. Gene Conrad & Joe Crosby

Plus one other match
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February 23, 1975
National Guard Armory

Cowboy Bob Ellis & Tex Bronson vs. The Cuban Assassins

Little Donna vs. Tess Anderson & Dorothy Mecohe

Little Koko vs. Lumber Jack

Plus two other matches
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National Guard Armory


February 9, 1976

Big Dale Mann & Chuck Connors vs. Pretty Boy Morgan & The Intern

*9-man Blindfold Rassle Royal
Dale Mann, Dale Starr, Mighty Yankee, Chuck Connors, The Intern, The Cuban Assassin,
Mr. Wrestling, Space Man, Pretty Boy Morgan

Dale Starr vs. The Cuban Assassin

Cora Combs vs. Satan Lady
*******

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February 23, 1976

The Islanders Sika and Afa vs. Pez Whatley & Mr. Wrestling

Chief Black Eagle vs. Phil Hedden

Big Dale Mann & Chuck Connors vs. The Masked Interns w/Dr. Ken Ramey
*******

March 1, 1976

Big Dale Mann & Chuck Connors vs. The Masked Interns w/Dr. Ken Ramey

Ethel Johnson vs. Martha Scott

*Mens - Single - Match
A Challenge Match
Pez Whatley and Martha Scott

Pez Whatley & Martha Scott vs. Phil Hedden & Ethel Johnson
*******

March 8, 1976

Big Dale Mann & Chuck Connors vs. The Infernos w/manager Phil Hedden

Little Koko vs. Little Curly Joe

Chief Black Eagle vs. Mark Starr
*******

March 15, 1976

Big Dale Mann & Chuck Connors vs. The Blue Infernos w/manager Phil Hedden handcuffed
at ringside to Mr. Wrestling

Buddy Hack & Cora Combs vs. Intern No. 1 & Barbie Dahl

Mr. Wrestling vs. Dale Starr
*******

March 22, 1976

The McGuire Twins vs. The Blue Infernos w/Phil Hedden
Two referees for this match: Walt Hafer (boxer) and Wee Willie Davis

Chuck Connors & Mr. Wrestling vs. The Black Executioner & Doctor X

Mr. Wrestling vs. The Black Executioner
*******

March 29, 1976

*15-man Coal Miners Pole Match
Chuck Connors, Mr. Wrestling, Rip Collins, Chuck Conley, The Canadian Lumber Jack,
Phil Hedden, The Spoiler, Steve Kojak, Dale Starr, George Strickland Ron Hitchpath,
Dr. Death, The Mighty Cecil Stronge, Max Blue, Walt Hafer

The Scuffling Hillbilles Rip Collins & Chuck Conley vs. Max Blue & Steve Kojak

Chuck Connors & Mr. Wrestling vs. Phil Hedden & The Spoiler

*Handicap match
Lumber Jack vs. Steve Kojak & Walt Hafer

George Strickland vs. Dr. Death
*******

April 5, 1976

Gentle Ben wrestling bear vs. all challengers Phil Hedden, Cecil Strong, Little Bruiser

Mr. Wrestling vs. Phil Hedden

The Fabulous Untouchables w/manager The Magnificent Mario Galento vs. Chuck Connors & The Lumber Jack

Mario Galento vs. Steve Kojak

*******

April 12, 1976

*8-man Elimination Tag Team Match
Jerry Cox/Leeroy Nation/Phil Hedden/The Space Man vs. Guy Mitchell/Jimmy Barns/Farmer Zack/Mr. Wrestling

Phil Hedden vs. Mr. Wrestling

Leeroy Nation vs. Guy Mitchell

Jerry Cox vs. Jimmy Barns
*******

April 19, 1976

*9-man battle royal
Royal Gentle Ben Bear, Untouchable Pink Panthers, Mario Galento, Mr. Wrestling,
Phil Hedden, Nick Adams, Dale Starr, Giant Lumber Jack, Chuck Connors

Untouchable Pink Panthers vs. Chuck Connors & Giant Lumber Jack

*Hair vs. Mask match
Phil Hedden vs. Mr. Wrestling

*Ladies Championship match
Cora Combs vs. Barbie Dahl

Mario Galento vs. Chuck Connors
*******

April 26, 1976

*15-round boxing match
Phil Hedden seconded by Mario Galento vs. Irish Pat Clancy seconded by Bobby Fargo
Walt Hafer special referee

Fabulous Bobby Fargo & Prince Pullins vs. Pink Panthers w/Mario Galento

Little Bruiser vs. Little Curly Joe
*******

May 3, 1976

*Double ring elimination battle royal
Bobby Fargo, Hoss Don Baker, Big Tom Shaft, Pepe Lopez, Irish Pat Clancy, George Strickland,
Dr. Jerry Watson, The Masked Spoiler

Tag Team Match As Paired Off From The Battle Royal

Plus three other singles matches
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January 3, 1977
National Guard Armory

Phil Hedden vs. Unmasked American

Red Devil & Dale Bass vs. Pat Clancy & Frankie Vale

Destroyer vs. Scufflin' Hillbilly

Plus one other match

NOTE: Pat Clancy billed as former Mr. Wrestling.
*******


January 17, 1977
National Guard Armory

*No time limit, No DQ
Phil Hedden vs. Unmasked American w/special referee Sufflin' Hillbilly

*Vale's $500 vs. Devil's Mask
Red Devil vs. Frankie Vale

Bad Dale Bass & Red Devil vs. Frankie Vale & Scufflin' Hillbilly

Plus one other match

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A few things come to mind. Phil Golden was running against Gulas in Kentucky during the early 1970s, so it's possible he promoted cards from that era. Frankie Cain later ran a territory in West Virginia and Kentucky circa 1976-77 that Angelo Poffo had a hand in, getting the latter on the ground for ICW. So it's possible they're involved somehow in the later stuff.
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Good find. I'm only sure about the Pez Whatley one being a Lou Thesz promoted card for UWA.
The early cards have some Phil Golden workers ; but not tons that I have seen prior. So could be some local promotion but I bet it was associated with Golden.
I found Phil Hedden's obituary one time and he was Owensboro born and bred. Didn't work too far way from that town from what I've seen.
But love to see odd cards like these.

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Phil Heddin wrestled as Blackjack Heddon for Bruiser's WWA for awhile. He came back later to the WWA as a Russian. I think it was The Russian Stomper.
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I suspect Dale Mann is involved in some of the cards, as more than a worker.
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Afa and Sika were outlaws. How did they get into to mainstream?
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I like under The Scufflin' Hillybilly how is sys "guaranteed appearance."

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This looks like complete outlaw stuff to me.

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Wonder who "Mr. Wrestling" was - Tim Woods or Dickie Steinborn?

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Dale Mann ran as "Mountain State Wrestling" but AFAIK, that was a few years later. As suggested, might have been learning the ins & outs of big time promoting here, feeding the bear, dealing with these nationally known stars etc.

OK, enough saecasm, I am sure it was decent entertainment value. Given the level of talent...the "Guy Mitchell" billed here...geez, I kinda have my doubts.

ENJOYED the post muchly, a nice example of the endless mysteries of barely-documented little promotions. I've been trying to sniff out more on "Mountain State" for a bit.

In 2013 terms, would we be scoffing at this stuff as NWA indy / backyard stuff with sparse attendance & no podcast?

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I would like to know more about the Unmasked American. Was he the Masked American and lost the mask in a match? Was he actually American?

Scufflin' Hillbilly mania running wild baby!! They guaranteed his appearance to make sure they sold out the Armory.

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quote:
Originally posted by Armageddon_T_Thunderbird:
I would like to know more about the Unmasked American. Was he the Masked American and lost the mask in a match? Was he actually American?

^^^THIS^^^

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Chuck Conners = Big John Studd ???

Jerry Barber and Lavon Stone both make the GCWR each year....and were relatively well known in Tennessee and Kentucky in this timeframe.

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quote:
Originally posted by The Outlaw J.D. McKay (better?,,,):
Chuck Conners = Big John Studd ???

Jerry Barber and Lavon Stone both make the GCWR each year....and were relatively well known in Tennessee and Kentucky in this timeframe.

Nick always called Barber "The Southern Gentleman" shortly before he went out and got squashed

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Chuck Conners definitely isn't Studd, who was billed as Chuck O'Conner. Conners appeared on Dale Mann's shows for years.
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[QUOTE]Originally posted by The Outlaw J.D. McKay (better?,,,):
[QB] Chuck Conners = Big John Studd ???

If this old memory serves me correctly i THINK he was at one time part of the Hillbillies along with Rip (NOT RIPPER) Collins and Cousin Alfred,Chuck's main sthick was that he could lay on the top rope jest like a lazy ol' hillbillie

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Thanks for the responses, all.

Poffo historian, I found all of the ICW Owensboro cards from the '70s. You did a good job with your research. You already have all of them on your site.

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Thank YOU Abdullah - nice to get some fresh stuff with an air of mystery to it.

I am likely to never sample tho hospitality of these parts...BUT, I would be sure to address Chuck Conley and Chuck Conners by their correct names! They were in the same BR so are likely two different dudes.

CONLEY & Collins were The (Scufflin') Hillbillies. Conners - while he may be a legit hillbilly - didn't get billed that AFAIK. Actually I know nothing about this Chuck Conners. Let's start calling him RICK Conners and really get mixed up.

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quote:
Originally posted by Chitown Rich:
Phil Heddin wrestled as Blackjack Heddon for Bruiser's WWA for awhile. He came back later to the WWA as a Russian. I think it was The Russian Stomper.

Ivan Volkoff, the Russian "Brain". LeBeouf was the Russian Stomper.

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quote:
Originally posted by Blind Guy:
Thank YOU Abdullah - nice to get some fresh stuff with an air of mystery to it.

I am likely to never sample tho hospitality of these parts...BUT, I would be sure to address Chuck Conley and Chuck Conners by their correct names! They were in the same BR so are likely two different dudes.

CONLEY & Collins were The (Scufflin') Hillbillies. Conners - while he may be a legit hillbilly - didn't get billed that AFAIK. Actually I know nothing about this Chuck Conners. Let's start calling him RICK Conners and really get mixed up.

Rick was a totally different performer altogether.

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quote:
Originally posted by Sheik Abdullah Flair:
Here are some cards from Owensboro, Ky of various unknown promoters who ran opposition to Gulas/Jarrett in the 1970s. I've been asking around trying to find out who ran these shows and what the promotions were called. I've heard possibilities such as Phil Golden, Dale Mann, etc.

Thesz's UWA ran Owensboro in 1976 but most of the talent was different from the 1976 cards I'm showing here, and the ads had a different logo with "Lou Thesz 6 times N.W.A. champion presents Universal Wrestling" at the top. But perhaps they're still the same?

If anyone can positively identify these promotions and promoters, I would greatly appreciate it. I have no other way of knowing. I'll post some examples of the newspaper ads, too. Thanks.


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January 25, 1972

National Guard Armory
Promoter unknown

Jerry Barber & Lavon Stone vs. Mack York & Eric Steinke

Mr. X vs. Ricky Kelso

Abe Griffin vs. Jesse Morales
*******

February 8, 1972

National Guard Armory
Promoter unknown

Lavon Stone & Jerry Barber vs. Mack York & Eric Steinke

Roy Bass vs. Buddy Allen

Abe Griffin vs. Gene Conrad

Special referee for the evening Phil Hedden
*******


February 19, 1972

National Guard Armory
Promoter unknown

Mack York & Eric Steinke vs. Jerry Barber & Lavon Stone

Phil Hedden vs. Roy Bass

Abe Griffin vs. Dr. Death
*******

February 26, 1972

National Guard armory
Promoter unknown

Mack York/Eric Steinke/Dr. Death vs. Ricky Kelso/Lavon Stone/Jerry Barber

Phil Hedden vs. Roy Bass

Plus two other matches
*******


March 4, 1972

National Guard Armory
Promoter unknown

Roy Bass & Gary Parlor vs. Jerry Barber & Abe Griffin

Mack York & Eric Steinke vs. Phil Hedden & Abe Griffin

*7-man Battle Royal
Mack York/Eric Steinke/Lavon Stone/Jerry Barber/Roy Bass/Gary Parlor/Abe Griffin
*******

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March 25, 1972

Nationl Guard Armory
Promoter unknown

Jerry Barber & Bobby Whitlock vs. Mack York & Eric Steinke

Phil Hedden & Abe Griffin vs. Gene Conrad & Joe Crosby

Plus one other match
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February 23, 1975
National Guard Armory

Cowboy Bob Ellis & Tex Bronson vs. The Cuban Assassins

Little Donna vs. Tess Anderson & Dorothy Mecohe

Little Koko vs. Lumber Jack

Plus two other matches
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National Guard Armory


February 9, 1976

Big Dale Mann & Chuck Connors vs. Pretty Boy Morgan & The Intern

*9-man Blindfold Rassle Royal
Dale Mann, Dale Starr, Mighty Yankee, Chuck Connors, The Intern, The Cuban Assassin,
Mr. Wrestling, Space Man, Pretty Boy Morgan

Dale Starr vs. The Cuban Assassin

Cora Combs vs. Satan Lady
*******

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February 23, 1976

The Islanders Sika and Afa vs. Pez Whatley & Mr. Wrestling

Chief Black Eagle vs. Phil Hedden

Big Dale Mann & Chuck Connors vs. The Masked Interns w/Dr. Ken Ramey
*******

March 1, 1976

Big Dale Mann & Chuck Connors vs. The Masked Interns w/Dr. Ken Ramey

Ethel Johnson vs. Martha Scott

*Mens - Single - Match
A Challenge Match
Pez Whatley and Martha Scott

Pez Whatley & Martha Scott vs. Phil Hedden & Ethel Johnson
*******

March 8, 1976

Big Dale Mann & Chuck Connors vs. The Infernos w/manager Phil Hedden

Little Koko vs. Little Curly Joe

Chief Black Eagle vs. Mark Starr
*******

March 15, 1976

Big Dale Mann & Chuck Connors vs. The Blue Infernos w/manager Phil Hedden handcuffed
at ringside to Mr. Wrestling

Buddy Hack & Cora Combs vs. Intern No. 1 & Barbie Dahl

Mr. Wrestling vs. Dale Starr
*******

March 22, 1976

The McGuire Twins vs. The Blue Infernos w/Phil Hedden
Two referees for this match: Walt Hafer (boxer) and Wee Willie Davis

Chuck Connors & Mr. Wrestling vs. The Black Executioner & Doctor X

Mr. Wrestling vs. The Black Executioner
*******

March 29, 1976

*15-man Coal Miners Pole Match
Chuck Connors, Mr. Wrestling, Rip Collins, Chuck Conley, The Canadian Lumber Jack,
Phil Hedden, The Spoiler, Steve Kojak, Dale Starr, George Strickland Ron Hitchpath,
Dr. Death, The Mighty Cecil Stronge, Max Blue, Walt Hafer

The Scuffling Hillbilles Rip Collins & Chuck Conley vs. Max Blue & Steve Kojak

Chuck Connors & Mr. Wrestling vs. Phil Hedden & The Spoiler

*Handicap match
Lumber Jack vs. Steve Kojak & Walt Hafer

George Strickland vs. Dr. Death
*******

April 5, 1976

Gentle Ben wrestling bear vs. all challengers Phil Hedden, Cecil Strong, Little Bruiser

Mr. Wrestling vs. Phil Hedden

The Fabulous Untouchables w/manager The Magnificent Mario Galento vs. Chuck Connors & The Lumber Jack

Mario Galento vs. Steve Kojak

*******

April 12, 1976

*8-man Elimination Tag Team Match
Jerry Cox/Leeroy Nation/Phil Hedden/The Space Man vs. Guy Mitchell/Jimmy Barns/Farmer Zack/Mr. Wrestling

Phil Hedden vs. Mr. Wrestling

Leeroy Nation vs. Guy Mitchell

Jerry Cox vs. Jimmy Barns
*******

April 19, 1976

*9-man battle royal
Royal Gentle Ben Bear, Untouchable Pink Panthers, Mario Galento, Mr. Wrestling,
Phil Hedden, Nick Adams, Dale Starr, Giant Lumber Jack, Chuck Connors

Untouchable Pink Panthers vs. Chuck Connors & Giant Lumber Jack

*Hair vs. Mask match
Phil Hedden vs. Mr. Wrestling

*Ladies Championship match
Cora Combs vs. Barbie Dahl

Mario Galento vs. Chuck Connors
*******

April 26, 1976

*15-round boxing match
Phil Hedden seconded by Mario Galento vs. Irish Pat Clancy seconded by Bobby Fargo
Walt Hafer special referee

Fabulous Bobby Fargo & Prince Pullins vs. Pink Panthers w/Mario Galento

Little Bruiser vs. Little Curly Joe
*******

May 3, 1976

*Double ring elimination battle royal
Bobby Fargo, Hoss Don Baker, Big Tom Shaft, Pepe Lopez, Irish Pat Clancy, George Strickland,
Dr. Jerry Watson, The Masked Spoiler

Tag Team Match As Paired Off From The Battle Royal

Plus three other singles matches
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January 3, 1977
National Guard Armory

Phil Hedden vs. Unmasked American

Red Devil & Dale Bass vs. Pat Clancy & Frankie Vale

Destroyer vs. Scufflin' Hillbilly

Plus one other match

NOTE: Pat Clancy billed as former Mr. Wrestling.
*******


January 17, 1977
National Guard Armory

*No time limit, No DQ
Phil Hedden vs. Unmasked American w/special referee Sufflin' Hillbilly

*Vale's $500 vs. Devil's Mask
Red Devil vs. Frankie Vale

Bad Dale Bass & Red Devil vs. Frankie Vale & Scufflin' Hillbilly

Plus one other match

A general "guess" is the 72 dates were offshoots of Phil Golden's promotion, the 76 and later had Dale Mann's thumbprint on them. I worked for Dale in Owensboro right after I got back from Idaho in the summer of 1980. I also think Phil Heddon, who was from Owensboro was also involved. Since Hedden was doing dates for Bruiser then, he was probably able to get guys like Ellis and Mitchell(if it was the real Mitchell) on off days. in 76, Dick wasn't running too many towns due to the economy I would guess. Odd thing was Mitch was under the hood at the time as the Strangler.Frankie Vale and Dale Bass both worked for Georgetown, Kentucky promoters Mann and Cliff Lilly. Rip Collins also had a license and ran for years down there. It's not much different than the indie circuit is today, if one person runs a town and draws at all, ten others line up the next week.
Willie Davis was an old hand from the 40's that used to promote Louisville with Bruiser and Snyder. I think he was also on the Louisville police force, which had two other workers named Joe Ball and Billy Helm that he might have had a hand in training. I think they worked for Gulas some, certainly for Dale Mann under the hoods as the Masked Superstars.

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Thanks Mike, esp. on putting some explanation on Mr. Heddon getting a sprinkling of WWA guys.

My Rick Conners point was because I was agitated over John Studd being made a Scufflin' Hillbilly by guys that know better!

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Thanks for the additional insight, M.DuPree. I've been in the process of recording the entire history of professional wrestling in Owensboro from the 1800s through the 1980s. I'm actually going to do the '80s next. Glad to know I'll find something for sure in 1980.

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