Where Wrestling's Regional History Lives!
- Mike Norris
This month I want to continue our
timeline journey through Gulf Coast Championship Wrestling by taking a
look at 1972. Cowboy Bob Kelly’s battles with Donnie Fargo escalate and
develop with some drastic results. Gorgeous George Jr. arrives in the Gulf
Coast and makes an immediate impact. The California Hippies tag team is
formed and challenges Rip Tyler and Eddie Sullivan for tag team supremacy.
Cowboy Bob Kelly and Bobby Fields continued their battle
with Donnie & Johnny Fargo. Johnny Fargo left the territory the second
week of January, leaving Donnie to go it alone. Donnie lost the Gulf Coast
title to Cowboy Bob Kelly, but this was just the beginning of what would
turn out to be a long and bloody war. Fargo introduced the Brass
Knuckles Championship trophy to the area. In this special type of
match the combatants are allowed to fight with their fists heavily taped.
Unfortunately for Fargo, he lost that title to Kelly also. These two
couldn’t get within eyesight of one another without it breaking into a
brawl. During one television program, Fargo and Kelly fought all over the
studio before they were separated. Both men looked as though they had been
in a car accident. At one point the whole right side of Kelly’s face
looked like raw hamburger meat from the pounding he had taken in the brass
knuckles matches with Fargo.
Kelly and Mike “Hippie”
Boyette lost the United States tag team championship to the team of Rip
Tyler and Eddie Sullivan. This was Tyler and Sullivan’s second reign as
champions. Just prior to winning the belts, S&T had dropped a couple
of matches. One to the team of Frank Dalton and The Wrestling Pro, and
another to Dalton and Boyette. They redeemed themselves, however, by
winning when the belts were at stake.
Gorgeous George Jr. made his very first appearance in the Gulf Coast on January 19. Like Bobby Shane and Donnie Fargo before him, he faced popular “Dynamite” Dick Dunn in his first match. And like Shane and Fargo, he defeated the Dunn. His valet, Frenchy (Frenchy Bernard) always accompanied George to ringside. George made it clear that like his “father” before him, his goal was to wear the Gulf Coast Championship. Also like his father, despite the fancy frilliness and blonde curls, when it came time to wrestle he could go. Of course, he wasn’t above taking short cuts either.More...