Category Archives: 1979

Heenan Goes Up Against Tommy Rich

Rome News-Tribune – November 8, 1979

Bobby Heenan, who doesn’t make too many friends in the ring and who usually tries to stay outside of it, finds himself in the spotlight for tonight’s weekly professional wrestling match at Rome’s Memorial gymnasium. Continue reading

Rhodes, Kox Win Feature

Palm Beach Post – February 6, 1979

Dusty Rhodes and Killer Karl Kox won the feature wrestling match last night by defeating Mr. Uganda and Jos le duc.  In a Florida title match, Jim Garvin retained his crown with a win over Sonny King. Continue reading

Dusty Objected Royally To King

St. Petersburg Independent – March 14, 1979
By Gene Taylor

TAMPA – Grudges die hard in professional wrestling, and sometimes the matches arranged to settle them don’t.  That was probably the case last night at Fort Homer Hesterly Armory, as an overflow crowd watched Dusty Rhodes and Sonny King attempt to pound out a solution to their differences. Continue reading

Bad News Brooks Dumps Dutch Savage

Eugene Register-Guard – February 10, 1979

Bad News Brooks tuned up for his match next week with Jesse Ventura by dumping Dutch Savage two out of three falls in pro wrestling action Friday night at the Lane County Fairgrounds. Continue reading

Garvin Got It Back

St. Petersburg Independent – May 2, 1979
Gene Taylor

TAMPA – For a moment Tuesday night at Fort Homer Hesterly Armory, Jim Garvin saw his Florida Heavyweight title slip into the clutches of Bugsy McGraw while the referee was looking the other way. Continue reading

Rhodes Seeks Title Belt Tonight

The Ledger – December 4, 1979

TAMPA – Dusty Rhodes meets champion Bad Le Roy Brown for the Southern Heavyweight Championship here tonight in wrestling action at Fort Homer Hesterly Armory. Continue reading

Burial Of Twin To Cause Problem

StarPhoenix – July 17, 1979


Transportation and burial of a 747-pound man, one of the world’s largest twins, will create some problems for the operator of a Hendersonville funeral home. Continue reading

Savage Wins Battle With Seven Wrestlers

Eugene Register-Guard – October 6, 1979

Dutch Savage came out on top in an eight-man battle royal in one $1,000 main event on the pro wrestling card Friday night at the Lane County Fairgrounds.

In the preliminaries, Savage defeated Rip Rogers in one fall.  Crazy Butch Miller beat King Kong Parsons in another one-fall prelim, and Playboy Buddy Rose was disqualified, handing a victory to John Mantell.  Luke Williams bettered Steve Pardee in one fall in the opener.

Savage Triumphs

Eugene Register-Guard – June 30, 1979

Dutch Savage defeated Rip Rogers in the main event on the pro wrestling card at the Lane County Fairgrounds after Rogers replaced Buddy Rose, who was unable to make flight connections from Hawaii in time to arrive for his scheduled match with Savage.  In preliminary bouts, Lord Jonathan Boyd defeated Kurt Von Steiger and Adrian Adonis bested Dale Lewis.

Savage And Brooks Vie For ‘Coal Miner’s Glove’

Eugene Register-Guard – April 5, 1979

Dutch Savage and Bad News Brooks will meet in a “coal miner’s glove match” Friday night in the pro wrestling feature at the Lane County Fairgrounds.  The combatants will go after a steel-laced glove at the top of a 10-foot pole, and the one who gets it first can use it on his opponent.

In prelims, Adrian Adonis and Ron Starr will team against Buddy Rose and Ed Wiskowski, Roddy Piper will test Hector Guerrero and George Wells will take on Bob Kincaid.  Fans may call 345-9717 for reservations for the 8 p.m. card.