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Tim Hornbaker
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Anyone have any results for Gene Kiniski in the 1962-'63 time-period? Thanks in advance for any help.
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NWA title shots:

'62:

7-31 Vancouver BC Buddy Rogers L DQ

10-25 Bridgeport CT (as Gene Kelly) Buddy Rogers L

'63:

4-24 Atlanta Lou Thesz D

11-4 Vancouver BC Lou Thesz D

So long from the Sunshine State!

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From James Melby's Wrestling Facts:

1962

November 23, Winnipeg - lost(DQ) to Yukon Eric.

November 24, Victoria - lost(DQ) to Yukon Eric.

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8/6/62 Tacoma: Thesz-L
7/27/63 Vancouver?: Billy Watson-W Won Vancouver version of British Empire title

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(NOTE TO CRIMSON MASK: I believe the “Gene Kelly” in the WWWF area in the fall of 1962 was a local jobber; Kiniski was working almost fulltime for the Amarillo office at the time.)

Vancouver BC: January 15, 1962
Whipper Billy Watson & Roy McClarty beat Wladek Kowalski & Gene Kiniski (dq)

Vancouver BC: February 5, 1962
Whipper Billy Watson drew Gene Kiniski

Vancouver BC: February 12, 1962
Whipper Billy Watson & Roy McClarty beat Wladek Kowalski & Gene Kiniski (dq)

Vancouver BC: February 22, 1962
(Pacific Coast Tag Title*) Gene Kiniski & Wladek Kowalski beat Whipper Billy Watson & Roy McClarty

Edmonton AB: February 27, 1962
Whipper Billy Watson & George Scott beat Gene Kiniski & Paul Vachon

Vancouver BC: March 5, 1962
(Pacific Coast Tag Title*) Whipper Billy Watson & Mr. Kleen beat Gene Kiniski & Wladek Kowalski

Vancouver BC: March 26, 1962
(Pacific Coast Tag Title*) Gene Kiniski & HB Haggerty beat Whipper Billy Watson & Mr. Kleen

Amarillo TX: March 29, 1962
Gene Kiniski beat Enrique Romero ... Dory Funk beat Nelson Royal ... Wahoo McDaniel beat The Viking (dq) ... Johnny Como, Dan Miller & Eric Rommel beat Crybaby Cannon, Nick Roberts & Mark Starr … NOTE: It has been said that when the NWA recognized Buddy Rogers as world champion, Dory Funk, Sr., Doc Sarpolis and the Amarillo office wrote to Sam Muchnick stating that they would not recognize Rogers as NWA champion; instead, Gene Kiniski was recognized as champion until Rogers gave up the belt to Lou Thesz

Vancouver BC: April 9, 1962
HB Haggerty & Gene Kiniski beat Whipper Billy Watson & Mr. Kleen

Winnipeg MB: April 13, 1962
Whipper Billy Watson beat Gene Kiniski (dq)

Winnipeg MB: April 27, 1962
(Lumberjack Match) Whipper Billy Watson & Edouard Carpentier beat Gene Kiniski & HB Haggerty

Winnipeg MB: May 18, 1962
Whipper Billy Watson beat Gene Kiniski (dq)

Amarillo TX: May 24, 1962
Gene Kiniski beat Dan Miller ... Dory Funk beat Miguel Castro ... Enrique Romero beat Sputnik Monroe ... Nick Roberts & Eric Rommel beat Nelson Royal & The Viking (dec) ... Miguel Castro beat Vic Christy ... Crybaby Cannon beat Pancho Pico

San Francisco CA: June 2, 1962
Leo Nomellini beat Gene Kiniski

Winnipeg MB: July 5, 1962
Whipper Billy Watson & Edouard Carpentier beat HB Haggerty & Gene Kiniski

Vancouver BC: July 9, 1962
(Pacific Coast Tag Title*) Whipper Billy Watson & Bearcat Wright beat Gene Kiniski & HB Haggerty

Amarillo TX: July 19, 1962
Gene Kiniski & Fritz Von Erich beat Dory Funk & Enrique Romero ... Karl Kox beat Dan Miller ... Sputnik Monroe nc Nelson Royal (ddq) ... The Viking beat Nick Roberts ... Ali Ali beat Miguel Castro

Vancouver BC: July 30, 1962
(att. 16,000) … (NWA Title) Buddy Rogers* beat Gene Kiniski … Whipper Billy Watson & Bearcat Wright beat Wladek Kowalski & Dory Funk (as The Outlaw) … Lou Thesz beat Hard Boiled Haggerty (dq) … Sweet Daddy Siki drew Roy McClarty … Hercules Cortez beat Vince Montana … Don McClarty drew Clyde Steeves … Sonny Redwing beat Pedro Morales (as Johnny Como) … Danno McDonald beat Pierre LaChappelle … NOTE: This is not confirmed, but I believe this may have been the last time Rogers and Kiniski ever met in the ring.

Calgary AB: August 2, 1962
Whipper Billy Watson vs Lou Thesz … Gene Kiniski vs Wladek Kowalski … Mark Lewin vs Clyde Steeves … Bearcat Wright & Ronnie Etchison vs Mighty Ursus & Hans Hermann … Czaya Nandor vs Mike Valentino … Sandor Kovacs vs Paul DeGalles … George Gordienko vs Johnny Foti

Victoria BC: August 4, 1962
Lou Thesz vs Gene Kiniski

Vancouver BC: August 7, 1962
(Pacific Coast Tag Title*) Gene Kiniski & HB Haggerty beat Whipper Billy Watson & Bearcat Wright

Amarillo TX: August 16, 1962
Gene Kiniski & Fritz Von Erich beat Dory Funk & Enrique Romero ... Karl Kox beat The Viking ... Cowboy Carlson beat Nelson Royal (dq) ... Dan Miller drew Nick Roberts

Winnipeg MB: September 13, 1962
Whipper Billy Watson & Verne Gagne beat Bulldog Brower & Dory Funk, Sr. (as The Outlaw) … Gene Kiniski beat Bill Miller

Winnipeg MB: October 3, 1962
Gene Kiniski beat Bill Miller

Amarillo TX: October 18, 1962
Dory Funk & Enrique Romero beat Gene Kiniski & Fritz Von Erich ... Bob Ellis beat Jack Dalton (dq) ... Cowboy Carlson beat The Viking ... Joe Scarpello beat Karl Kox (dec) ... Nelson Royal beat Jim Dalton

Amarillo TX: October 25, 1962
Dory Funk beat Gene Kiniski ... Lou Thesz beat Fritz Von Erich (dq) ... Jack Dalton & Jim Dalton beat Johnny Como & Joe Scarpello ... Cowboy Carlson & Bob Ellis beat Nelson Royal & The Viking ... Mr. Clean beat Great Mephisto (dq)

Amarillo TX: November 8, 1962
Fritz Von Erich beat Gene Kiniski ... Dory Funk & Enrique Romero beat Jack Dalton & Jim Dalton ... Bob Ellis beat The Viking ... Cowboy Carlson drew Joe Scarpello

Vancouver BC: November 12, 1962
Whipper Billy Watson & Hercules Cortez beat Mike Valentino & Bill Wright … Gene Kiniski & Clyde Steeves beat Whipper Billy Watson & Hercules Cortez

Amarillo TX: November 22, 1962
Gene Kiniski beat Mike DiBiase ... Bob Ellis beat The Viking ... Cowboy Carlson & Enrique Romero beat Jack Dalton & Jim Dalton ... Dory Funk drew Joe Scarpello ... Karl Kox beat Mr. Clean

Winnipeg MB: Novembetr 23, 1962
Yukon Eric beat Gene Kiniski (dq)

Victoria BC: November 24, 1962
Yukon Eric beat Gene Kiniski (dq)

Amarillo TX: January 17, 1963
Mike DiBiase beat Dory Funk ... Gene Kiniski beat Hercules Cortez ... Joe Scarpello & Ricky Romero drew with Nelson Royal & Don Duffy ... (Midgets) Cowboy Bradley beat Tiny Roe (dq) ... (Ladies) Judy Glover beat Jessica Rogers

Vancouver BC: January 28, 1963
Whipper Billy Watson & Haystack Calhoun beat Gene Kiniski & Mr. X

Victoria BC: March 9, 1963
Whipper Billy Watson beat Gene Kiniski (dq)

Toronto ON: March 14, 1963
(MLG, att. 9,000) … (NWA Title) Lou Thesz* beat Bruno Sammartino (24:44) … Johnny Valentine & Bulldog Brower beat John Paul Henning & Fred Atkins (12:35) … Gene Kiniski beat Stan Stasiak … The Beast beat Billy Red Lyons (cor) … Hans Schmidt drew Jim Hady … Taro Sakuro drew Ilio DiPaolo

Amarillo TX: March 28, 1963
Dory Funk, Jr. beat Gene Kiniski ... Dory Funk Sr. & Ricky Romero beat Mike DiBiase & Bob Stanlee ... Sputnik Monroe vs Nelson Royal ... Wahoo McDaniel beat Steve Stanlee … NOTE: Funk may have taken the Amarillo title version in this match, prior to losing it back to Thesz.

Vancouver BC: July 1, 1963
Whipper Billy Watson drew Gene Kiniski

Vancouver BC: July 22, 1963
(British Empire Title*) Gene Kiniski beat Whipper Billy Watson

Tacoma WA: August 6, 1963
Whipper Billy Watson beat Gene Kiniski (dq)

Vancouver BC: August 12, 1963
Gene Kiniski beat Whipper Billy Watson (dq)

Tacoma WA: August 13, 1963
Whipper Billy Watson beat Gene Kiniski (cor)

Vancouver BC: September 3, 1963
Whipper Billy Watson drew Gene Kiniski

Vancouver BC: October 14, 1963
Whipper Billy Watson drew Gene Kiniski

Victoria BC: December 14, 1963
Whipper Billy Watson drew Gene Kiniski

New Westminster BC: December 19, 1963
Whipper Billy Watson beat Gene Kiniski (dq)

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quote:
Originally posted by Old Fall Guy:
(NOTE TO CRIMSON MASK: I believe the “Gene Kelly” in the WWWF area in the fall of 1962 was a local jobber; Kiniski was working almost fulltime for the Amarillo office at the time.)

Thanks. I sort of wondered about that.
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quote:
Originally posted by Old Fall Guy:
Amarillo TX: March 29, 1962
Gene Kiniski beat Enrique Romero ... Dory Funk beat Nelson Royal ... Wahoo McDaniel beat The Viking (dq) ... Johnny Como, Dan Miller & Eric Rommel beat Crybaby Cannon, Nick Roberts & Mark Starr … NOTE: It has been said that when the NWA recognized Buddy Rogers as world champion, Dory Funk, Sr., Doc Sarpolis and the Amarillo office wrote to Sam Muchnick stating that they would not recognize Rogers as NWA champion; instead, Gene Kiniski was recognized as champion until Rogers gave up the belt to Lou Thesz

I'm going to be interviewing Terry Funk for PSP this week, and this is on my list of things to ask him about.
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quote:
Originally posted by Crimson Mask I:
quote:
Originally posted by Old Fall Guy:
(NOTE TO CRIMSON MASK: I believe the “Gene Kelly” in the WWWF area in the fall of 1962 was a local jobber; Kiniski was working almost fulltime for the Amarillo office at the time.)

Thanks. I sort of wondered about that.
Old Fall Guy is right. I remember the WWWF Gene Kelly, and I remember when Kiniski came through the WWWF as a Sammartino opponent. No resemblance at all.

Kiniski appeared in tv matches, starting in October 1964. Gene Kelly was also in the territory, although he wasn't being used on tv as much as he had been some months earlier. In fact, they appeared on a couple of the same cards from DC:

January 9, 1965 (air date in NYC):

The Golden Terror [Clyde Steeves] beat Steve Stanlee (straight falls)
Gene Kiniski and Waldo Von Erich beat Victor Rivera and Ken Ackles (straight falls)
Jerry Graham beat Gene Brito
Argentina Apollo beat Gene Kelly
The Jamaica Kid beat Sky Low Low
Don McClarity drew Smasher Sloane

January 16 (NYC air date):

Smasher Sloane beat Victor Rivera (straight falls)
Gene Kiniski and Waldo Von Erich beat Frank Martinez and Cyclone Soto (straight falls)
Don McClarity beat Steve Stanlee (straight falls)
Haystack Calhoun beat Humberto Mercado and Tony Newberry
Bruno Sammartino and Bill Watts beat Gene Kelly and Boris Malenko

Kiniski left the territory in March. I saw him for the last time at a house show in Asbury Park on March 5.

Arnold Skaaland beat Tony Newberry
The Golden Terror beat Smasher Sloane
Jerry Graham beat The Magnificent Maurice
Bill Watts beat Miguel Perez
Wahoo McDaniel and Bruno Sammartino beat Gene Kiniski and Waldo Von Erich
First fall: Kiniski/Von Erich
Second fall: Sammartino/McDaniel
Third fall: Sammartin/McDaniel via DQ

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That's alot of traveling going back and forth from Canada to Texas. I wonder if he drove or flew. If he drove, I wonder why he didn't schedule a match in St. Louis or Omaha. Maybe he did.
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No matches in St. Louis during that time period.
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quote:
Originally posted by justahamandegger:
That's alot of traveling going back and forth from Canada to Texas. I wonder if he drove or flew. If he drove, I wonder why he didn't schedule a match in St. Louis or Omaha. Maybe he did.

Flew. But the hunch is to check California results for this time period.

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As noted by JMK he worked alot in Washington and British Columbia during this period. He was working almost weekly in Seattle and Tacoma.

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bump for the Kiniski Amarillo info.

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Kiniski was appearing very often in Washington during this period. Here are some of the results.

Tacoma WA: January 3, 1962 Tacoma Armory att: 1,600
Tona Tomah & Jackie Hammond beat Judy Grable & Fran Gravette (1-1 dq)- Ladies Match
Gene Kiniski beat Roy McClarity (1-1 dec) Mr.Kleen beat Bob Morse & Bill Write- handicap match (1st Fall in 7:54, 2nd Fall 13:20)
Jackie Nichols drew Buddy Knox (30:00) {Promoter: Cliff Olson}
{Ed. Note: Cliff Olson announced next weeks show will be on a special Thrusday night.}

Tacoma WA: January 11, 1962 Tacoma Armory
Mr.Kleen won 10 man Battle Royal, entrants: Biil Wright, Buddy Knoz, John Foti,Gene Kiniski, George Kosti, Chief Crazy Horse, Roy McClarity, Alex Perez, Jackie Nichols
Alex Perez beat Jackie Nichols
Roy McClarity beat Buddy Knox
Gene Kiniski beat John Foti
Chief Crazy Horse beat Bill Wright
{Promoter: Cliff Olson}
{Ed. Note: Special Thursday night card.}

Tacoma WA: January 17, 1962 Tacoma Armory
Gene Kiniski ddq Killer Kowalski (1-1)
Mr.Kleen beat Bill Wright & George Kosti- handicap match
Alex Perez beat Chico Garcia
Roy McClarity beat John Foti (2-1)
{Promoter: Cliff Olson/ Referee: Glen Detton}
{Ed. Note: During the main event time keeper Al McLain was hit over the head by the participants, Mr.Kleen used his hold called the “Kleen Sweep”.}

Tacoma WA: January 24, 1962 Tacoma Armory
Gene Kiniski beat Alex Perez (2-1)
George Kosti beat Bill Wright
Mr.Kleen beat John Foti
Roy McClarity beat Chico Garcia
{Promoter: Cliff Olson}

Tacoma WA: January 31, 1962 Tacoma Armory
Gene Kiniski beat Chief Crazy Horse (2-1)
Killer Kowalski drew Roy McClarity (60:00)- billed as double main events
Mr.Kleen beat Bud Rattal
Alex Perez beat George Kosti
{Promoter: Cliff Olson}

Tacoma WA: February 7, 1962 Tacoma Armory
Mr.Kleen nc Gene Kiniski (due to blood loss)
Roy McClarity beat George Kosti
Hard Boilded Haggerty beat Alex Perez
Roy McClarity & Chief Crazy Horse beat Bill Wright & George Kosti
{Promoter: Cliff Olson}

Tacoma WA: February 21, 1962 Tacoma Armory att: 2,000
Mr.Kleen beat Gene Kiniski (2-1 dq)
Hard Boiled Haggerty beat Roy McClarity
Chief Crazy Horse beat George Kosti
Hurricane Smith beat Bud Rattal
Cylcone Smith drew Alex Perez
{Promoter: Cliff Olson/ Referee: Pat Morgan}
{Ed. Note: Hard Boiled Haggerty was Mr.Kleen’s second during the match.}

Tacoma WA: February 28, 1962 Tacoma Armory
Gene Kiniski & Hard Boiled Haggerty beat Mr.Kleen & Roy McClarity (2-1)
Haji Baba beat Alex Perez (2-1)
Chief Crazy Horse beat Hurricane Smith
Hard Boilded Haggerty drew Roy McClarity {Promoter: Cliff Olson}

Tacoma WA: March 7, 1962 Tacoma Armory
Mr.Kleen beat Hard Boiled Haggert (1-1 dec)
Gene Kiniski drew Roy McClarity (60:00)
Alex Perez beat Hurricane Smith
Haji Baba drew Chief Crazy Horse
Danny Pleachas beat Cyclone Smith
{Promoter: Cliff Olson}
{Ed. Note: Gene Kiniski KO’s Mr.Kleen behind the bleachers before the 3rd fall.}

Tacoma WA: March 14, 1962 Tacoma Armory
Roy McClarity & Mr.Kleen beat Gene Kiniski & Hard Boiled Haggerty (2-1)
Danny Pleahas beat Chief Crazy Horse (2-1)
Tony Nero beat Haji Baba
Alex Perez beat Cylcone Smith
{Promoter: Cliff Olson}

Tacoma WA: March 21, 1962 Tacoma Armory
Mr.Kleen won Battle Royal, entrants: Roy McClairty, Danny Pleachas, Hard Boiled Haggerty, Alex Perez, Gene Kiniski, Tony Nero, Haji Baba, Crazy Horse, Hurricane Smith
Danny Pleachas beat Hurricane Smith
Hard Boiled Haggerty beat Chief Crazy Horse
Gene Kiniski beat Tony Nero
Alex Perez beat Haji Baba
{Promoter: Cliff Olson}

Tacoma WA: April 5, 1962 Tacoma Armory att: 2,800 (Turnaway Crowd)
Gene Kiniski beat Mr.Clean- Texas Death Match (4-3 Falls, 27 minutes of action)
Don & Roy McClarty beat Hard Boilded Haggertey & Tommy O’Toole
Oliver Winrush beat Tony Nero
Lord Alan Garfield beat Haji Baba
{Promoter: Cliff Olsen}

I will follow up with more when I get more time.

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Kiniski could not have driven Texas to Winnipeg to Victoria in 48 hours. How he caught flights that got him from Amarillo to Winnipeg must have made for a hell of a long day.

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Tacoma WA: April 11, 1962 Tacoma Armory
Gene Kiniski & Hard Boiled Haggerety* beat Roy & Don McClarty- Pacific Coast Tag Team Titles
Oliver Winrush beat Tommy O’Toole (2-1)
Lord Alan Garfield beat Tony Nero
Johnny Demchuck beat Cal Roberts
{Promoter: Cliff Olson}

Tacoma WA: April 18, 1962 Tacoma Armory
Don McClarty beat Gene Kiniski (2-1 via dq)
Oliver Winrush & Lord Alan Garfield beat Tommy O’Toole & Hard Boiled Haggertey
Roy McClarty beat Johnny Demchuck
Tommy O’Toole drew Lord Alan Garfield
{Promoter: Cliff Olson}

Tacoma WA: April 25, 1962 Tacoma Armory att: 1,200
Gene Kiniski & Hard Boiled Haggerety* beat Roy & Don McClarty (1-2 dq)- Pacific Coast Tag Team Titles
Oliver Winrush beat Tommy O’Toole (2-0)
Johnny Como beat Tony Nero
Lord Alan Garfield beat Johnny Demchuck
{Promoter: Cliff Olson/ Ring Announcer: Stan Naccarento}

Tacoma WA: May 2, 1962 Tacoma Armory
Don McClairty beat Gene Kiniski (2-1 dq)
Hard Boiled Haggerty beat Oliver Winrush
Roy McClarity beat Johnny Demchuck
Johnny Como & Lord Allen Garfield beat Tony Nero & Tommy O’Toole
{Promoter: Cliff Olson}

Tacoma WA: May 16, 1962 Tacoma Armory
Gene Kiniski, Hardboiled Haggerty beat Roy & Don McClarty (2-1) Pacific Coast Tag Title Match
Tona Tomah beat Kathy Starr (2-1)- Ladies Match
Oliver Winrush beat Johnny Demchuck
Johnny Como beat Lord Allen Garfield
{Promoter: Cliff Olson}
{Ed. Note: Winner of the ladies match is set to challenge Womens Champion June Beyers May 29th.}

Tacoma WA: May 29, 1962 Tacoma Armory
June Beyers beat Tona Tomah (2-1)- Womens World Title
Gene Kiniski beat Oliver Winrush (2-1)
Johnny Como beat Pierre LaChapelle
Lord Allen Garfield beat Johnny Demchuck
{Promoter: Cliff Olson}
{Ed. Note: Special Tuesday night card.}

Tacoma WA: June 20, 1962 Tacoma Armory
Gene Kiniski beat Don McClarty- Texas Death Match
Oliver Winrush & Lord Allen Garfield beat Hard Boiled Haggerty & Vince Montana (2-1)
Roy McClarty beat Johnny Como
Pierre La Chappelle drew Cal Roberts
{Promoter: Cliff Olson/Referee: Johnny Buff}

Tacoma WA: June 27, 1962 Tacoma Armory
Gene Kiniski beat Mr.Clean (2-1)
Hard Boiled Haggerty beat Roy McClarty (2-1)
Don McClarty beat Vince Montana
Johnny Como & Oliver Winrush beat Lord Allen Garfield & Pierre La Chappelle
{Promoter: Cliff Olson}

Tacoma WA: July 4, 1962 Tacoma Armory att: 1,800
Bearcat Wright beat Hard Boilded Haggerty (2-1)
Roy & Don McClarty beat Gene Kiniski & Vince Montana
Danno McDonald beat Lord Allen Garfield
Oliver Winrush beat Johnny Como
{Promoter: Cliff Olson}

TACOMA NEWS TRIBUNE: Sunday July 8, 1962; WRIGHT, KINISKI TAGLE AT ARENA WEDNESDAY- Bearcat Wright and Gene Kiniski, two giant grapplers will meet in the professional wrestling main event at Tacoma Sports Arena Wednesday night. This will be the initial wrestling show at the Arena (Old Ice Arena) at 38th and South Tacoma Way. Wright is 6-6 and weighs 280lbs while Kiniski is 6-5 and 277lbs.

Tacoma WA: July 11, 1962 Tacoma Sports Arena
Bearcat Wright beat Gene Kiniski (2-1)
Hard Boiled Haggert beat Danno McDonald (2-1)
Roy McClarty beat Vince Montana
Don McClarty beat Lord Allen Garfield
Johnny Como beat Pierre LaChappelle
{Promoter: Cliff Olson/ Referee: John Buff}

Tacoma WA: July 25, 1962 Tacoma Sports Arena
Bearcat Wright dco Gene Kiniski (1-1)
Hard Boiled Haggerty beat Don McClarity
Danno McDonald beat Vince Montana
Roy McClarity beat Johnny Como
Sonny Red Wing beat Pierre LaChapelle
{Promoter: Cliff Olson/ Referee: John Buff}

Tacoma WA: August 6, 1962 Tacoma Sports Arena att: 1,756
Lou Thesz drew Gene Kiniski (45:00)
Bearcat Wright beat The Outlaw (2-1, dq)
Don McClarity beat Vince Montana
Hard Boiled Haggerty beat Sonny Red Wing
Danno McDonald beat Johnny Como
{Promoter: Cliff Olson}
{Ed. Note: This was moved to Monday nights at the Tacoma Sports Arena.}

Tacoma WA: August 13, 1962 Tacoma Sports Arena
Hard Boiled Haggert & Gene Kiniski beat Roy & Don McClarity (2-1)- Win Pacific Coast Tag Team Titles
John Foti beat Tarzan Zimba
Clyde Steeves beat Danno McDonald
Sonny Red Wing beat Johnny Como
{Promoter: Cliff Olson}
Tacoma WA: August 20, 1962 Tacoma Sports Arena
Bearcat Wright & Roy & Don McClarity beat Gene Kiniski & Hard Boiled Haggerty & Clyde Steeves (2-1)
Sonny Red Wing beat Pepe Gonzales
Hercules Cortez beat Vince Montana
Sweet Daddy Siki drew John Foti
{Promoter: Cliff Olson}

Tacoma WA: September 3, 1962 Tacoma Sports Arena Roy & Don McClarity & Danno McDonald beat Hard Boiled Haggerty & Clyde Steeves (2-1)
Pepe Gonsalez beat Sonny Red Wing
Hercules Cortez beat Vince Montana & Tarzan Zimba- Handicap Match
Gene Kiniski drew Roy McClarity
{Promoter: Cliff Olson}

Tacoma WA: September 10, 1962 Tacoma Sports Arena Gene Kiniski beat Clyde Steeves (2-1)
The Outlaw beat Don McClarity (2-1)
Hard Boiled Haggerty beat Sonny Red Wing
Hercules Cortez beat Danno McDonald
Roy McClarity beat Vince Montana
{Promoter: Cliff Olson}

Tacoma WA: September 17, 1962 Tacoma Sports Arena
Gene Kiniksi & Hard Boiled Haggerty beat The Outlaw & Clyde Steeves (2-1)
Hercules Cortez won 8 Man Battle Royal, entrants: Vince Montana, Pepe Gonzalez,Sonny Red Wing, Danno McDonald, Roy & Don McClarity, Tarzan Zimba
Pepe Gonzales beat Tarzan Zimba
Don McClarity beat Vince Montana
Roy McClarity beat Danno McDonald
{Promoter: Cliff Olson}

Tacoma WA: September 24, 1962 Tacoma Sports Arena
Herculez Cortez beat Hard Boiled Haggerty (2-0)
Paul DeGaulles beat Pepe Gonzales
Gene Kiniski beat Don McClarity
Danno McDonald beat Sonny Red Wing
Roy McClarity beat Vince Montana
{Promoter: Cliff Olson}

Tacoma WA: October 2, 1962 Tacoma Sports Arena
Hercules Cortez & Danno McDonald & Roy McClarity beat Gene Kiniski & Vince Contana & Hard Boiled Haggart (2-1)
Paul DeGalles beat Sonny Red Wing (2-0)
Peppy Gonzales beat Cal Roberts
Hard Boiled Haggarty beat Danno McDonald{Promoter: Cliff Olson}

Tacoma WA: October 22, 1962 Tacoma Sports Arena
Gene Kiniski beat The Outlaw (unmasked as Dory Funk ) (2-1)
Dan Miller & Marcel Semond beat Hard Boiled Haggarty & Pee Wee Lopez- Mixed Match
Eric Froelich drew Sandor Kovacs
Roy McClarity beat Bill Wright
Hercules Cortez won a match
Chico Santano won a match - Midget Match
{Promoter: Cliff Olson}
{Ed. Note: Cliff Olson announced cards will now be held on Tuesday nights}

Tacoma WA: October 30, 1962 Tacoma Sports Arena att: 2,000
Gene Kiniski beat Hercules Cortez (2-1)
Mike Valenti beat Eric Froelich
Dan Miller beat Bill Wright
Roy McClarity beat Paul DeGalles
{Promoter: Cliff Olson}
{Ed. Note: First fall went 32 seconds. Which is a new record as the old record was reported as 45 seconds set by Mr.Kleen win over Bob Morris. 2nd Fall wnet 12:12, 3rd went 23:25. It was also reported that Kiniski was hit by numerous chairs thrown by two fans}

Tacoma WA: November 6, 1962 Tacoma Sports Arena
Herculez Cortez beat Gene Kiniski (2-1 dq)
Roy McClarity beat Tarzan Timba
Dan Miller & Sandor Kovacs beat Bill Wright & Clyde Steeves
Mike Valenti beat Pepe Gonzalez
Eric Froelich drew Paul DeGalles
{Promoter: Cliff Olson/Referee: Rocky Hanon}

Tacoma WA: November 13, 1962 Tacoma Sports Arena att: 1,000
Dan Miller beat Gene Kiniski
Roy McClarity beat Mike Valenti
Eric Froelich drew Clyde Steeves
Hercules Cortez beat Bill Wright
Sandor Kovacs beat Paul DeGalles
{Promoter: Cliff Olson}

Tacoma WA: November 20, 1962 Tacoma Sports Arena
Dan Miller & Sandor Kovacs beat Mike Valenti & Clyde Steeves
Dolly Darcel beat Baby Chery- Midget Girls
Gene Kiniski beat Eric Froelich
Roy McClarity beat Bill Wright
{Promoter: Cliff Olson}
{Ed. Note: Cliff Olson announced Yukon Eric will return to Tacoma and Mr. X will debut too}

Tacoma WA: December 4, 1962 Tacoma Sports Arena att: 3,500
Gene Kiniski beat Hercules Cortez- Tezas Death Match
Mr. X beat Roy McClarity
Kinji Shibuya beat Sandor Kovacs
Dan Miller beat Clyde Steeves- TV Special Match
Seymour Koeing drew Mike Valenti
Eric Froelich beat Bill Wright
{Promoter: Cliff Olson}
{Ed. Note: It was reported that this was one of the largest crowds to watch wrestling in Tacoma’s history.}

Tacoma WA: December 11, 1962 Tacoma Sports Arena
Kinji Shibuya beat Sandor Kovacs (2-1)
Gene Kiniski & Mr. X beat Dory Funk & Hercules Cortez (2-1)
Clyde Steeves beat Eric Froelich
Dan Miller beat Mike Valenti
Seymour Koeing beat Bob Morse
Roy McClarity beat Bill Wright
{Promoter: Cliff Olson}

Tacoma WA: December 18, 1962 Tacoma Sports Arena Kinji Shibuya won 13 Man Battle Royal, entrants: Bill Wright, Eric Froelich, Hercules Cortez,Gene Kiniski, Mike Valenti, Sandor Kovacs, Bob Morse, Mr. X, Dan Miller, Clyde Steeves
Sandor Kovacs beat Mike Valenti
Dan Miller beat Bob Morse
Kinji Shibuya beat Eric Froelich
Gene Kiniski beat Roy McCLarity
Mr.X beat Bill Wright
{Promoter: Cliff Olson}
{Ed. Note: Cliff Olson announce no card next week due to Christmas. Will be returning New Years Day with a Texas Death Match between Gene Kiniski & Hercules Cortez.}


Not sure when Gene bought into the Vancouver office, but he was working here almost weekly. Cliff Olson and his wife were the local promoters for cards in Tacoma for over a decade. At the time the state gave induvidual licenses to run the city. And as you can see most of the guys on these cards came from the Vancouver office. Others like Danno McDonald were locals who worked for everyone. It should be mentioned that this was not a part of the same loop as Seattle.

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Interesting to see the name Johnny Como in your Tacoma research. That of course was Pedro Morales.

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Was 'Mike Valenti' Mike Scicluna?

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Mask, I believe it was.

During this era my father was an usher at the Tacoma Armory. He musta been 18 or 19 at the time. He and his friend for school became friends with some of the wrestlers. Gene Kiniski, Mr. Kleen and a few others. It was a pretty rowdy arena at the time from what I've heard, and the stories that were shared to me about either Kiniski or Kleen getting into fights with fans always stick out in my mind.

Another thing I heard was Mr. Kleen, who indeed looked the part would do hand stand push-ups.

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