Category Archives: 1971

Pro Wrestling Slated

Richmond County Daily Journal – August 11, 1971

Paul Jones and Nelson Royal 8-11-1971


Four action-packed matches are slated for the Rockingham Ball Park on Thursday, Aug. 19, at 8 p.m. as professional wrestling comes to Rockingham.

Paul Jones and Nelson Royal meet Art Nelson and Gene Anderson in the headliner. Nelson and Anderson aren’t winning many friends, but they are an impressive pair when they apply the pressure. Continue reading

Weaver Fighting Mad At Mention Of Nelson

Richmond County Daily Journal – February 23, 1971

Johnny Weaver George Becker 2-23-1971

Johnny Weaver and George Becker
…will appear at Rohanen Thursday night

Johnny Weaver and Art Nelson are much like the mongoose and the cobra.  They’re enemies to the very end and each meeting becomes a savage encounter.  They’ll clash once again in the Rohanen High School gym on Thursday night. Continue reading

Wrestling Slated Here

Richmond County Daily Journal – August 19, 1971

Penny Banner 8-19-1971

PENNY BANNER will match her skills against Belle Starr in one of three prelims slated for the Rockingham Ball Park tonight, The main event of the all-star card pits Paul Jones and Nelson Royal against Art Nelson and Gene Anderson. The card is sponsored by the Hamlet Jaycees.

Paul Jones and Nelson Royal, two extremely capable and popular professional wrestlers have a rough test ahead on the mat card at Rockingham Ball Park Thursday evening.

Jones and Royal collide with Gene Anderson and Art Nelson on the main event of the all-star program. It will be for two-of-three falls with a one-hour time limit. Continue reading

Boyd Tangling With Savage

Eugene Register-Guard – November 11, 1971

Dutch Savage will tangle with Johnny Boyd, Northwest heavyweight champion, in a nontitle main event on Friday night’s wrestling card at the Lane County Fairgrounds. Continue reading

Buck Night At Wrestling

Panama City News-Herald – December 6, 1971

Wrestling fans will not only be admitted for $1 each but will see an 11-man battle royal and five other matches Thursday night at Rainbow Garden.

Fans’ appreciation night will be observed.  Lee Fields will join 10 other wrestlers in a battle royal for $250 purse. Continue reading

11-Man Battle For Mat Fans

Panama City News-Herald – December 5, 1971

wrestlers Dick Dunn and Cowboy Bob Kelly sign their contracts alongside promoter Rocky McGuire

WRESTLERS SIGN – Two of the 11 wrestlers who will compete in the big battle royal Thursday night at Rainbow Garden sign up with Promoter Rocky McGuire. Left is Dick Dunn, right is Cowboy Bob Kelly. They usually wrestle as a team.

An 11-man battle royal for a $250 purse, featuring the return of long time favorite Lee Fields, is scheduled for next Thursday night’s wrestling card at Rainbow Gardens, when Fans’ Appreciation Night will be observed with everyone admitted for $1. Continue reading

Brisco Meets Mr. Wrestler

The Miami News – October 6, 1971

The Florida heavyweight wrestling championship is at stake when Mr. Wrestling meets Jack Brisco in the 9:30 main event tonight at the Miami Beach Auditorium.  The sub-feature pits ladies Sherry Lee and June Peterson against Bonnie Watson and Sarah Corsica. Continue reading

Mat Card Completed

Milwaukee Sentinel – July 29, 1971

The all-star pro wrestling show Saturday night at the air-conditioned Arena was completed Wednesday by promoter Dennis Hilgart with the signing of four more matches. Continue reading

Savage Defeated But It Took Two

Eugene Register-Guard – January 23, 1971

The Avenger defeated Northwest heavyweight champion Dutch Savage at the Lane County Fairgrounds Friday night but the championship belt won’t change hands because of a disqualification when The Avenger got some unwanted help.

Mad Dog Morowski jumped into the ring and aided in the defeat of Savage, but the Eugene Wrestling Commission nullified the victory and allegedly fined Morowski $100.

In other matches, the Von Stieger Brothers defeated Crusher Stasiak and Carlos Belafonte in a non-title tag team match, Joey Russell and Sunny Boy Hayes beat Little Brutus and Sky Low Low, and Morowski whipped Dean Kalani.

Pesek Captures Midwest Crown

Lincoln Journal – July 4, 1971

Jack Pesek took the Midwest championship away from The Claw Saturday night at the Pershing Auditorium in the pro rassling match by taking two of three falls. The second fall was given to Pesek on a disqualification.

In another match, Cowboy Bob Ellis took five falls to Ox Baker’s one in a Texas Tornado match. Gerry Miller won over Ali Ben Khan and Treach Phillips and Tony Russo drew in other matches.