Saturday, September 24, 2011


Laveen on the outskirts of Phoenix looks like something from a Wild West movie. When you got here you halfway expect to have to avoid stepping in cow shit and to hear Charles Bronson playing his harmonica before his climatic gunfight with Henry Fonda in Once Upon A Time In The West.

Yet a small school gym there provided much action in the 1970s through the early 1990s. A number of different offices from both Arizona and Mexico ran spot shows there.

Wrestlers who appeared there included Mr,. Southern Comfort, Convoy Bob Yuma, John Ringer, The  Lumberjacks, Danny Snyder, Hercules Stevenson, Tito Montez, Mike Gordon, Tom Ramirez, Tony Hernandez, Gran Chanoc, The UFO, Pedro El Grande, Flama Roja, Flama Azul, Indio Youngblood,, The Comancheros, Freddie Gomez, John Shane, Kurt Von Steiger, Orcida, Juan Garcia, Orca, Professor Sacorro, The Medics, Benny Mendeblis, Jody Arnold, Crazy Horse, Danny Medina, The Assassins, Chuck Karbo, Eddie Sullivan, Princess Inez, Hiram Dirt, Gran Apollo, Kiko Torres, Pepe Romero, Eddie Lopez and Los Commandos De La Muerte.

For some reason nothign has been held in thsi town or this building in quite a few years. The only question is why. It is hoed the tradition of sporadic, but grate Indy wrestling will not die in Laveen.

Well, maybe one day soon the bell will ring again in Laveen.

Perhaps a few of the numerous promotion now running in Arizona should take note.

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