Where Wrestling's Regional History Lives!
- Mike Norris
This month it is time to look at the
year of 1973. World Champions Jack Brisco, Danny Hodge and the Fabulous
Moolah all defended their titles in the area, and the Bass Family makes
its presence known.
Before I start,
there is a name that will figure prominently in this chapter and that is
the name of The Mysterious Medic.
Tony Gonzales, the original Mysterious Medic passed away this past week in
his home near Mobile, Alabama. Tony was a large part of the Gulf Coast
promotion for several years and will be greatly missed by his many friends
and fans. Rest in Peace, Tony. We loved you.
The big story
as the Holidays wound down and the New Year kicked into gear was the team
of the Wrestling Pro and the Mysterious Medic, along with their manager
Frenchy Bernard. The two masked men in white were holding tough to the
United States Tag Team titles. They were being strongly challenged by the
team of Cowboy Bob Kelly and Ken Lucas. The first meeting between the two
teams saw the Kelly/Lucas team with a decided advantage for the first
twenty minutes of the match and they appeared on their way to winning the
championship. However the Pro and the Medic managed to fight back before
the match got totally out of control. With all four men refusing to break,
illegal tagging and fighting outside of the ring, referee Paul Morton had
no choice but to disqualify both teams. The belts were held up, as were
the paydays for all four men. The second pairing of the teams resulted in
much the same, with Kelly being knocked unconscious and Lucas severely
bloodied by the masked ruffians. In addition to the belts and pay being
held up once again, all four men were fined for their tactics. Neither
team fared any better the third week, as again all four men, along with
Frenchy were fighting in the ring at the same time. The month ended with
neither team winning the title or getting paid for their efforts.
Another feud developed between Pensacola native Rick Gibson and newcomer Jim Bass. It started with an eight-man tag match that occurred in Mobile. Besides Gibson and Bass, the participants were Frank Dalton, Flash Monroe and newcomers Nick Russo, Ronnie Paul, Frank DeFoe and Jesse Morales. Gibson pinned Bass to win the $250 prize. Bass disputed Rick's win and challenged him to a single's match with the prize money at stake. Gibson quickly accepted the challenge. The match was a torrid affair with Gibson finally winning after hitting Bass with a dropkick off the ropes.More...