RESULTS: 1956

Promoter: 
ED McLEMORE
(Dallas)
KEN MOORE [Jan-Oct], R.G. McELYEA [possibly in Nov-Dec] (Fort Worth)

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1/3/56 Dallas
Duke Keomuka beat Danny McShain
Ray Gunkel beat Don Evans DQ
Manuel Cortez beat Killer Joe Christie, referee's decision
Tiny Mills beat Doug Donovan COR
Len Hughes (sub for Larry Chene) drew Skull Murphy

1/10/56 Dallas
Luther Lindsay beat Duke Keomuka
Danny McShain & Skull Murphy beat Manuel Cortez & Luigi Macera
Don Evans drew Ray Gunkel
Tiny Mills beat Killer Joe Christie DQ
Sugi Sito beat Tony Borne

1/17/56 Dallas
Duke Keomuka DDQ Luther Lindsay, three out of five falls (Keomuka's second Tiny Mills and Lindsey's second Danny McShain locked in cages)
Johnny Bence beat Tony Borne
Don Evans beat Len Hughes
Luigi Macera beat Sugi Sito
Manuel Cortez beat Skull Murphy, referee's decision
Danny McShain beat Tiny Mills

1/24/56 Dallas
Texas Tag Team champions Duke Keomuka & Tiny Mills beat Danny McShain & Luther Lindsey DQ
Rocky Columbo beat Skull Murphy
Ray Gunkel beat Len Hughes
Don Evans beat Luigi Macera COR
Johnny Bence drew Alvaro Velasco

1/31/56 Dallas
Benefit card for the March of Dimes.

Danny McShain beat Duke Keomuka
Don Evans drew Luigi Macera
Skull Murphy drew Len Hughes (sub for Prince Maiava)
Rocky Columbo drew Dr. Jerry Graham
Johnny Bence beat Clyde Steeves

2/7/56 Dallas
Pepper Gomez & Luigi Macera beat Duke Keomuka & Tiny Mills to win Texas Tag Team titles
Prince Maiava beat Danny McShain, blood stoppage
Skull Murphy beat Clyde Steeves
Dr. Jerry Graham beat Johnny Bence
Don Evans drew Terry Foster
Prince Maiava beat Skull Murphy, "head banging contest"

2/14/56 Dallas
Prince Maiava beat Danny McShain DQ
Duke Keomuka drew Luigi Macera
Pepper Gomez beat Dr. Jerry Graham
Ray Gunkel drew George Bollas
Terry Foster beat Alvaro Velazco
Rocky Columbo drew Don Evans

2/21/56 Dallas
Bull Curry beat Danny McShain to win Texas Brass Knuckles title
Duke Keomuka & Kinji Shibuya beat Pepper Gomez & Luigi Macera to win Texas Tag Team titles

Prince Maiava beat Dr. Jerry Graham
Ray Gunkel beat Johnny Bence
Rocky Columbo drew Alvaro Velazco

2/27/56 Fort Worth
NWA World Heavyweight champion Lou Thesz DCOR Pepper Gomez
 Bull Curry beat Dr. Jerry Graham
Duke Keomuka beat Terry Foster
Kinji Shibuy abeat Alvaro Velazco
Sammy Berg drew Skull Murphy

2/28/56 Dallas
Texas Brass Knuckles champion Bull Curry DDQ Duke Keomuka
Kinji Shibuya beat Prince Maiava
Pepper Gomez beat Skull Murphy
Ray Gunkel beat Len Hughes
Luigi Macera beat Alvaro Velazco

3/6/56 Dallas
Pepper Gomez & Luigi Macera beat Texas Tag Team champions Duke Keomuka & Kinji Shibuya DQ
Killer Joe Christie beat Rocky Columbo
Prince Maiava beat Len Hughes
Cowboy Orville Carlson drew Danny McShain
Ray Gunkel beat Bull Curry DQ

3/13/56 Dallas
Texas Tag Team champions Duke Keomuka & Kinji Shibuya beat Pepper Gomez & Luigi Macera
Clyde Steeves beat Len Hughes
Cowboy Orville Carlson beat Terry Foster
Ray Gunkel beat Killer Joe Christie DQ
Bull Curry DCOR Tarzan the Wrestling Bear

3/20/56 Dallas
Pepper Gomez drew Duke Keomuka, must be won with clawhold, doctor stops match
Clyde Steeves beat Terry Foster
Ray Gunkel beat Johnny Bence
Cowboy Orville Carlson beat Bull Curry DQ

3/27/56 Dallas
Pepper Gomez drew Duke Keomuka
Cowboy Orville Carlson & Prince Maiava beat Killer Joe Christie & Danny McShain
Cowboy Orville Carlson drew Killer Joe Christie
Prince Maiava beat Danny McShain DQ
Clyde Steeves beat Alvaro Velazco
Ray Gunkel beat Skull Murphy

4/3/56 Dallas
TOURNAMENT FOR WORLD TITLE MATCH
First Round:

Killer Joe Christie beat Clyde Steeves
Ray Gunkel beat Alvaro Velazco
Ray Stern beat Len Hughes
Duke Keomuka beat Prince Maiava COR
Pepper Gomez beat Kinji Shibuya
Sammy Berg beat Skull Murphy
Second Round:
Ray Gunkel beat Killer Joe Christie
Duke Keomuka beat Pepper Gomez
Ray Stern beat Sammy Berg
Semifinal:
Duke Keomuka beat Ray Stern
Final:
Ray Gunkel beat Duke Keomuka to win tournament

4/10/56 Dallas
NWA World Heavyweight champion Whipper Billy Watson beat Ray Gunkel
Duke Keomuka beat Prince Maiava DQ
Ramon Torres beat Killer Joe Christie
Don Evans drew Ray Stern
Cowboy Orville Carlson drew Luigi Macera
Sammy Berg beat Len Hughes

4/17/56 Dallas
This card featured two teams of five men each, wrestling in five singles matches and a ten-man tag match, with each winning fall scoring one point and the team winning on points splitting a $6,000 purse.

Ray Stern beat Sammy Berg
Killer Joe Christie beat Luigi Macera
Duke Keomuka beat Cowboy Orville Carlson
Prince Maiava beat Don Evans
Ramon Torres beat Bill Savage
Berg, Christie, Evans, Keomuka & Savage beat Carlson, Macera, Maiava, Stern & Torres (ties score 3-3)
Carlson, Macera, Maiava, Stern & Torres beat Berg, Christie, Evans, Keomuka & Savage in runoff match to win $6,000 purse

4/24/56 Dallas
Ramon Torres beat Don Evans COR
Bull Curry beat Prince Maiava, "Samoan-style match" (left wrists bound together with leather rope)
Bill Savage beat Ruffy Silverstein DQ
Killer Joe Christie beat Sammy Berg
Nanjo Singh beat Luigi Macera
Pepper Gomez drew Ray Stern (Stern injured, Gomez refuses win)

4/30/56 Fort Worth
Pepper Gomez & Luigi Macera beat Iron MIke DiBiase & Danny Plechas
Ray Gunkel beat Nanjo Singh
No results available:
Duke Keomuka vs Ramon Torres
Danno McDonald vs Sammy Berg
Cowboy Orville Carlson vs Jack Vansky

5/1/56 Dallas
Texas Heavyweight champion Pepper Gomez beat Texas Brass Knuckles champion Bull Curry DQ
Danny Plechas beat Sammy Berg
Ramon Torres beat Killer Joe Christie
Luigi Macera beat Iron Mike DiBiase DQ
Bill Savage (sub for Nanjo Singh) drew Ray Stern

5/8/56 Dallas
Texas Heavyweight champion Pepper Gomez beat Edmund Francis
Ramon Torres beat Texas Brass Knuckles champion Bull Curry DQ
Danny Plechas beat Ray Stern
Jack Vansky beat Alvaro Velazco
Iron Mike DiBiase beat Luigi Macera

5/15/56 Dallas
Texas Heavyweight champion Pepper Gomez beat Edmund Francis DQ
Iron Mike DiBiase & Danny Plechas beat Ray Gunkel & Luigi Macera
George Drake beat Bill Savage
Mars Bennett beat Belle Starr to earn World Women's title match
Ramon Torres beat Jack Vansky

5/22/56 Dallas
Iron Mike DiBiase & Danny Plechas beat Pepper Gomez & Luther Lindsey
Women's World champion June Byers beat Mars Bennett
Edmund Francis drew Luigi Macera
Cyclone Anaya beat Jack Vansky, referee's decision
Ramon Torres beat Bill Savage

5/29/56 Dallas
Iron Mike DiBiase & Danny Plechas beat Pepper Gomez & Luther Lindsay UTC
Duke Keomuka drew Ramon Torres
Luther Lindsey beat Danny Plechas DQ
Iron Mike DiBiase beat Pepper Gomez COR
Leo Newman beat Jack Vansky
Edmund Francis beat Cowboy Orville Carlson
Len Rossi beat Don Evans DQ

6/5/56 Dallas
Iron Mike DiBiase & Danny Plechas DDQ Duke Keomuka & Don Evans
Texas Heayweight champion Buddy Rogers beat Ramon Torres
No results available:
Lou Newman vs Ricky Waldo
George Drake vs Edmund Francis
Cowboy Orville Carlson vs Len Rossi

6/12/56 Dallas
Iron Mike DiBiase & Danny Plechas beat Don Evans & Duke Keomuka to win vacant Texas Tag Team titles, fenced ring
Texas Heavyweight champion Buddy Rogers beat Len Rossi
Ramon Torres beat Cowboy Orville Carlson
George Drake drew Ricky Waldo
Larry Chene beat Lou Newman, referee's decision

6/19/56 Dallas
Iron Mike DiBiase & Danny Plechas beat Don Evans & Duke Keomuka
Tiny Tim beat Tom Thumb
Ramon Torres beat Martino Angelo
Larry Chene beat George Drake
Cyclone Anaya drew Len Rossi

6/26/56 Dallas
Texas Tag Team champions Iron Mike DiBiase & Danny Plechas beat Paul Boesch & Otto Kuss
Texas Heavyweight champion Buddy Rogers beat Ramon Torres
Duke Keomuka beat Cyclone Anaya
Jack O'Reilly beat George Drake
Don Evans drew Jim LaRock

7/2/56 Fort Worth
Texas Heavyweight champion Buddy Rogers beat Danny Plechas

7/3/56 Dallas
Texas Heavyweight champion Buddy Rogers beat Iron Mike DiBiase (accompanied by Danny Plechas)
Gene Kelly (Gene Kiniski) beat Edmund Francis
Danny Plechas beat Duke Keomuka, referee's decision
Tony Martin drew Ramon Torres
Cyclone Anaya beat Jack O'Reilly
Jim LaRock beat Steve Stanlee

7/10/56 Dallas
Texas Tag Team champions Iron Mike DiBiase & Danny Plechas beat Gene Kelly & Duke Keomuka DQ
Iron Mike DiBiase beat Gene Kelly COR
Duke Keomuka beat Danny Plechas
Buddy Rogers beat Larry Chene
Johnny Valentine beat Ian Campbell
Tony Martin beat Len Rossi

7/16/56 Fort Worth
Texas Heavyweight champion Buddy Rogers beat Ramon Torres

7/17/56 Dallas
Buddy Rogers beat Larry Chene
Gene Kelly beat Iron Mike DiBiase DQ
Jerry Woods beat George Drake
Danny Plechas beat Lou Newman
Chico Casasola drew Jim LaRock
Tony Martin beat Ian Campbell

7/23/56 Fort Worth
Texas Heavyweight champion Buddy Rogers beat Johnny Valentine
Pepper Gomez beat Gene Kelly
Al Kashey drew Jim LaRock
Jerry Woods beat Jack O'Reilly
Al & John Smith NCO Iron Mike DiBiase & Danny Plechas

7/24/56 Dallas
Danny McShain beat Larry Chene to win Texas Junior Heavyweight title
Texas Heavyweight champion Buddy Rogers beat Gene Kelly DQ
Pepper Gomez & Chico Casasola beat Iron Mike DiBiase & Danny Plechas DQ
Johnny Valentine beat Al Kashey
Tony Martin drew Jerry Woods

7/30/56 Fort Worth
Texas Heavyweight champion Buddy Rogers beat Johnny Valentine DQ
Al Smith beat Len Rossi
Chico Casasola drew John Smith

7/31/56 Dallas
Texas Heavyweight champion Buddy Rogers NCO Danny McShain, blood stoppage
Pepper Gomez beat Tony Martin
Gene Kelly & Johnny Valentine beat Iron Mike DiBiase & Danny Plechas
Jim LaRock beat Jerry Woods
Chico Casasola drew Larry Chene
Pepper Gomez won battle royal

8/7/56 Dallas
Buddy Rogers beat Danny McShain to earn NWA World Heavyweight title match
Referees Paul Boesch, Roy Carter, Marvin Jones & Otto Kuss beat Iron Mike DiBiase & Danny Plechas, handicap match
Pepper Gomez beat Iron Mike DiBiase
Gene Kelly beat Danny Plechas
Chico Casasola drew Bob Hood (sub for Johnny Valentine)
Larry Chene drew Al Kashey

8/14/56 Dallas
NWA World Heavyweight champion Whipper Billy Watson beat Buddy Rogers UTC
Gene Kelly & Danny McShain beat Al & John Smith
Johnny Valentine beat Ramon Torres
Al Kashey beat Jim LaRock
Larry Chene beat Jack O'Reilly

8/21/56 Dallas
Lou Thesz beat Gene Kelly
Duke Keomuka beat Al Kashey
Danny McShain drew Johnny Valentine
Larry Chene & Leo Garibaldi beat Al & John Smith
Larry Chene beat Al Smith
Leo Garibaldi beat John Smith, referee's decision

8/28/56 Dallas
Duke Keomuka beat Texas Heavyweight champion Gene Kelly DQ
Red Donovan beat Danny McShain to win Texas Junior Heavyweight title
No results available:
Doug Donovan vs Pepper Gomez
Ray Gunkel vs Johnny Valentine
Chico Casasola vs Leo Garibaldi
Larry Chene vs Jerry Woods

9/4/56 Dallas
Gene Kelly beat Duke Keomuka, combination judo jacket/catch-as-catch-can match
Pepper Gomez beat Tony Martin DQ
Doug & Red Donovan beat Leo Garibaldi & Ray Gunkel
Larry Chene beat Al Kashey
Jim LaRock beat Bob Hood

9/11/56 Dallas
Texas Heavyweight champion Pepper Gomez beat Gene Kelly
Texas Junior Heavyweight champion Red Donovan beat Larry Chene
Herb Freeman & Ray Gunkel beat Duke Keomuka & Tony Martin to win Texas Tag Team titles
No results available:
Chico Casasola vs Doug Donovan
Bob Hood vs Sheik of Araby
Big Humphrey Pennyworth vs Babe Zaharias
Jim LaRock vs ??? (open challenge to any amateur or pro wrestler, to be paid $250.00 if they beat LaRock within 15 minutes)

9/18/56 Dallas
Texas Heavyweight champion Pepper Gomez beat Sheik of Araby DQ
Len Crosby & Gene Kelly beat Herb Freeman & Ray Gunkel to win Texas Tag Team titles
Duke Keomuka beat Big Humphrey Pennyworth
Dick Raines beat Tony Martin
Maurice LaPointe beat Chico Casasola
Jim LaRock beat two members of audience, names unknown, open challenge

9/25/56 Dallas

Ray Gunkel & Lou Thesz beat Texas Tag Team champions Len Crosby & Gene Kelly DQ
Sheik of Araby beat Maurice LaPointe
Dick Raines beat Cheeto Gonzales
El Medico beat Jim LaRock
Amazing Zuma beat Mighty Hercules
Jim LaRock beat audience members Oba Yancey & Bill Fellis, open challenge

10/2/56 Dallas
Duke Keomuka NCO Dick Raines, blood stoppage, match must be won by sleeperhold
Amazing Zuma beat Len Crosby
Ray Gunkel drew Gene Kelly
Sheik of Araby beat Tony Martin
LeeChona LaClaire beat Libby Gonzales
El Medico beat Suni War Cloud

10/9/56 Dallas
Duke Keomuka beat Dick Raines, ten-round match
Amazing Zuma beat Sheik of Araby DQ
Texas Junior Heavyweight champion Red Donovan drew Suni War Cloud
El Medico beat Tony Martin
Ray Gunkel & LeeChona LaClaire beat Len Crosby & Dot Dotson
Jim LaRock beat audience members Joe Lewis and William Crowder, open challenge

10/16/56 Dallas (no results available)
El Medico vs Duke Keomuka
Amazing Zuma, Herb Freeman, Ray Gunkel, Duke Keomuka & Suni War Cloud vs Doug & Red Donovan, Len Crosby, El Medico & Sheik of Araby
Len Crosby vs Herb Freeman
Sheik of Araby vs Suni War Cloud
Doug Donovan vs Ray Gunkel

10/23/56 Dallas
Sky Low Low beat Cowboy Bradley
UNITED NATIONS TOURNAMENT FOR $4,000 PURSE
Sheik of Araby beat Herb Freeman
Pepper Gomez beat Gene Kelly
El Medico beat Suni War Cloud
Sheik of Araby beat Dick Raines
Amazing Zuma beat Len Crosby
Amazing Zuma beat Pepper Gomez, coin flip after time limit draw
Amazing Zuma beat Sheik of Araby
Duke Keomuka beat El Medico DQ
Duke Keomuka beat Ray Gunkel, referee's decision
Duke Keomuka beat Amazing Zuma to win tournament

10/30/56 Dallas

Texas heavyweight champion El Medico beat Duke Keomuka
Bull Curry beat Tony Martin
Amazing Zuma & Tito Infante beat Len Crosby & Sky Low Low
No results available:
Suni War Cloud vs Stu Gibson
Lou Klein vs Sheik of Araby

11/6/56 Dallas
Texas Heavyweight champion El Medico beat Pepper Gomez (lost after being pushed by referee, both purses held up)
Jerry Dugas beat Lee Henning DQ
Amazing Zuma beat Larry Chene
Doug & Red Donovan & Stu Gibson beat Paul Boesch, Lee Henning & Tarzan Tourville

11/13/56 Dallas
El Medico beat Pepper Gomez COR
Bull Curry beat Stu Gibson
Jerry Dugas drew Tonina
Sam Steamboat beat Red Donovan
Amazing Zuma beat Doug Donovan DQ
Lee Henning drew Herb Freeman

11/20/56 Dallas
Bull Curry & Pepper Gomez beat El Medico & Great Bolo
Lee Henning beat Ray Gunkel
Amazing Zuma drew Stu Gibson
Sam Steamboat beat Jerry Dugas
Doug Donovan beat Herb Freeman

11/27/56 Dallas
El Medico beat Bull Curry
Pepper Gomez beat Elephant Boy DQ
Duke Keomuka beat Big Humphrey Pennyworth (sub for Amazing Zuma)
Larry Chene drew Lee Henning
Sam Steamboat beat Stu Gibson

12/4/56 Dallas
TOURNAMENT FOR NWA WORLD TITLE MATCH
First Round:

Duke Keomuka beat Tex Brady (sub for Luther Lindsey)
Bull Curry beat Elephant Boy
Lee Henning beat Pepper Gomez
Larry Chene beat Stu Gibson
Sam Steamboat beat El Medico
Second Round:
Duke Keomuka beat Larry Chene
Lee Henning beat Sam Steamboat
Semifinal:
Bull Curry beat Lee Henning
Final:
Duke Keomuka beat Bull Curry to win tournament

12/11/56 Dallas
Luther Lindsey beat Duke Keomuka to win NWA World Heavyweight title match
El Medico beat Elephant Boy
Pepper Gomez beat Jack Terry
Larry Chene & Sam Steamboat beat Doug & Red Donovan
Stu Gibson drew Lee Henning

12/17/56 Fort Worth
NWA World Heavyweight champion Lou Thesz beat Pepper Gomez

12/18/56 Dallas
NWA World Heavyweight champion Lou Thesz beat Luther Lindsey
Texas Brass Knuckles champion El Medico beat Bull Curry
Dick Beyer beat Duke Keomuka DQ
Amazing Zuma drew Larry Chene
Sam Steamboat beat Stu Gibson