Thursday, August 14, 2014

Count Coffin & Mr. Madd

Wanting to come to Arizona soon are Count Coffin & Mr. Madd, a pair of wrestlers who have worked the Midwestern circuits most recently as a set of psychos in the tradition of Abdullah The Butcher & The Sheik.

Okay. Comparing these two to the likes of Abdullah and Sheik may be pressing it.

Still , the two will make a great addition to whatever of the many independent groups in Arizona they might work for.

Mr.. Madd does the eye rolling total basket case routine, where Count Coffin does the talking.

This should go over well in Arizona, which has always loved the nut routine.

The pair have some obligations in West Virginia and Pennsylvania in Fall, but want to escape the Midwestern snows soon to follow.  .

Pedro Gomez & Pepper Morales

In the 1960s, Ernie Muhammad started taking a page from the books of Tony Santos, by using sound alike name son his promotion now and again. He had a Jack Frisco later down the road and a Gene Viniski under a mask.  Granted, he was smart enough to not pull this all the time and burn his bridges with the fans, but sometimes he snuck such ripoffs in.

While Ernie ran a good show overall and lasted for many years, Don Fargo reamed him as a fool in his recent Hard Way book. At times, Ernie did do dumb things and this was one of them.

One of the worst monstrosities when he did do the ripoff was to have a team named Pedro Gomez and Pepe Morales.

The idea was to sound like Pedro Morales and Pepper Gomez, with fans thinking there was a misprint in the adds.

Ernie didn't stop to think when he aired these two on television the fans in the know would realize what was up .

He didn't even have them winning.

I have no idea who these two really were.

They remained in Arizona for a short time, losing in both tag team matches and in ingles competition, barring a rare win.  One must note a very rare win!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ernie did some great things, to be sure. He brought in a lot of top antes as well. Pedro Gomez and Pepper Morales were not two of them.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Death Of Ken Lucas

Ken Lucas died in Augusta after  a lengthy illness.

Lucas started out in Arizona and was a major star there in the 1960s, most notably feuding with Tito Montez, though he faced many others. His last Arizona actions came in the 1980s.

Lucas was likewise a major attraction in the southern states, where he spent many years facing the likes of Jerry Lawler, Eddie Sullivan, Rip Tyler, Cowboy Kelly and others..

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Death Of Jimmy Garcia

Midget wrestler Jimmy Garcia passed away in Arizona at the age of 59 following an extended illness.

Garcia was popular in the 1970s and 1980s, usually wrestling with Mayor Danny/Dirty Danny.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Rudy Laditz

Rudy Laditz was a popular journeyman in the 1940s who traveled about the USA, though he eventually came to be based out of California.

From his California location, it seemed only natural for him to make it to Arizona, which he did in his prime. He was seen at the Phoenix Madison Square garden as well as other venues in  Yuma, Tucson, Douglas, Camp Verde and Flagstaff.

Rudy lost more than he won in the ring, but wa always counted on to give his all.
He later became a booking agent sending younger wrestlers to various promotions for a cut in the action.

Sadly, his name has faded into the history books like so many others and you do not hear much on him any more. .

Friday, July 18, 2014

Dirty Sanchez

You gotta love a guy named after a sexual act in porn films, I suppose, though the name went over the heads of many.

El Matador Tito Santana, he wasn't.

Still, the man did have some creativity.

Working as a Latin Lover type, though there were doubts he was even Hispanic, the man entered this ring in this matador cap and swished about like he thought himself the hottest thing on either side of the border.

At least he was good at working the crowd.

He was a decent heel to be sure, but never made it past the smaller independent groups and like many, evidently became jaded. He packed it in around 2004 or so.

Gossip has excised that he emerged in the Midwest under a new routine and alias, but who knows?

He wasn't anything to set the world on fire, but at least he tried.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

New Book

Referee and writer Tim Hicks has announced a new book via Lateral Press, The Pictorial History of Wrestling In The West for late this year via Lateral Press.

The book will include a number of rare photos of big name and lesser known people from carnival times to the present.

Jim Londos, Legs Lavin, The Great  Balbo, Chris Colt, Billy Anderson, Don Fargo, Tony Hernandez, the Time Traveler, Kurt Von Hess, Mil Mascaras, Jody Arnold, Ray Stevens, Dory Funk Jr., Pedro El Grande, Mike Mazurki, Paavo Katonan, Dizzy Davis, Freddie Gomez, Tito Montez, Luis Martinez, Mike Gordon, John Ringer, Rudy Kay, Wally Plumber, Hans Schnabel, Fritz Schnabel, Cowboy Bob Yuma, Wild Red Berry, Bobby Jaggers, Moose Morowski, Daisey Maye, Paul Harvey, David Rose, Greg Gagne, Nick Bockwinkel, Ben Justice, Igor, Jerry Kozack, Ivan Robert, Ali Pasha, Crusher, Red Bastein, Gorgeous George, Phil Melby, Rainbow, Section 8, Attacullaculla, Smokin Guns, King Milo, Rat Man Garvan, Bill Barker, Jeff Jarrett, Gold Dust, Hank James, Kurt Von Steiger, Ron Dupree, Billy Graham, Jerry Graham, Johnny Legend and Marvin Mercer will be just a few of the many depicted.