Dallas, Texas:  Friday, January 27, 1950
(The Sportatorium) ... Monty LaDue vs. Frank Taylor ... Jim Blood vs. Ray Piret ... Jack
Allison and Fred Smith vs. Bob Gurley and Jim Moore ... (broadcast on KBTV at 8:30)





Dallas, Texas:  Tuesday, October 10, 1950
(The Sportatorium) … Texas Heavyweight Champion Verne Gagne b. “Wild” Red Berry
(2-0) … Cyclone Anaya b. Sheik Lawrence (Cobra Twist) … Johnny Balbo and Billy
Varga drew … Rito Romero b. Buckskin Leslie … Duke Keomuka b. Buddy Knox …
(promoter:  Ed McLemore)
Note:  Romero was reportedly returning after a three week “training session” in Mexico
and introduced a new hold, which was called a “chin lift” by the Dallas Morning News.

Dallas, Texas:  Tuesday, October 17, 1950
(The Sportatorium) … NWA World Heavyweight Champion Lou Thesz and Rito Romero
drew (90:00) (1-1) (Thesz won the first fall with an airplane spin in 45:00 and Romero
won the second) (Romero was a late substitute for Cyclone Anaya, who was injured) …
Little Beaver b. Irish Jackie Cusic …. Duke Keomuka b. Verne Gagne (special judo jacket
submission match) … Miguel Guzman and Sheik Lawrence b. Buckskin Leslie and “Wild”
Red Berry (Guzman pinned Leslie) … Johnny Balbo and Dennis Clary drew …
(promoter:  Ed McLemore)
Note:  Irish Jackie was billed as being from Flint, Michigan.

Dallas, Texas:  Tuesday, October 24, 1950
(The Sportatorium) … Little Beaver and Jimmy Little b. Irish Jackie Cusic and Tom Thumb
(Beaver pinned Thumb) … Rito Romero b. Ali Pasha (2-0) … Duke Keomuka b. Verne
Gagne (2-0) (combination catch match and judo jacket match) … Johnny Balbo b. Miguel
Guzman (match stopped due to a cut over Guzman’s eye) … Jacobo Macias b. Leon
Kirilenko … (promoter:  Ed McLemore)

Dallas, Texas:  Tuesday, October 31, 1950
(The Sportatorium) … Duke Keomuka b. Rito Romero (2/3) (Romero was the Texas State
Champion and the title was not on the line) … Miguel Guzman b. Johnny Balbo … Verne
Gagne b. Sheik Lawrence … Billy Varga b. Danny Savich (DQ) … Yaqui Tepraka b.
Buddy Knox … (promoter:  Ed McLemore)

Dallas, Texas:  Tuesday, November 7, 1950
(The Sportatorium) … Texas Heavyweight Champion Rito Romero and Duke Keomuka
wrestled to a no contest (match stopped due to excessive blood loss by both wrestlers)
(1-1) … Ellis Bashara and “Wild” Red Berry wrestled Verne Gagne and Billy Varga to a
draw … Danny Savich b. Johnny Balbo … Dennis Clary b. Sheik Lawrence … Emerson
Cozier b. Willie Love … (promoter:  Ed McLemore) … (referee:  Leo Voss)
Note:  The Dallas Morning News reported that Savich “proved to be the roughest matman
on the card.”

Dallas, Texas:  Tuesday, November 14, 1950
(The Sportatorium) … Duke Keomuka b. Miguel Guzman (2/3) (Keomuka’s sixth straight
Dallas win) (Keomuka was scheduled to wrestle Rito Romero for the Texas Title, but
Romero was injured in a wild brawl prior to his match) … Verne Gagne and Danny Savich
drew … Miguel Guzman b. “Wild” Red Berry (DQ) (43 seconds) … Little Beaver b. Tom
Thumb … Johnny Balbo and Billy Varga b. Ellis Bashara and Abe Stein … (promoter:  Ed
McLemore)

Dallas, Texas:  Tuesday, November 21, 1950
(The Sportatorium) … Texas State Heavyweight Champion Verne Gagne b. Duke
Keomuka (2/3) (first defense of the title) (third fall by DQ) … Rito Romero b. Danny
Savich … Ellis Bashara and Little Beaver b. Tiny Roe and Billy Varga … “Wild” Red Berry
b. Dennis Clary … Bob Gurley b. Tommy Phelps … (promoter:  Ed McLemore)

Dallas, Texas:  Tuesday, November 28, 1950
(The Sportatorium) … Duke Keomuka b. Danny McShain (2-0) (second by DQ) … Texas
State Heavyweight Champion Verne Gagne b. Miguel Guzman (2-0) … Rito Romero and
Danny Savich drew (15:00) … Dutch Hefner and Sonny Kurgis drew … Chico Garcia b.
Bad Boy Brown … (promoter:  Ed McLemore) … (referees:  Dutch Hefner, Leo Voss) …
(6,400 fans)
Note:  After the first fall of the main event, Texas Deputy Wrestling Commissioner Bill
Hughes “ordered” referee Hefner out of the ring and put in Leo Voss.

Dallas, Texas:  Tuesday, December 5, 1950
(The Sportatorium) … Wladek “Killer” Kowalski b. Duke Keomuka (1-0) (Keomuka was
unable to continue after being hit with a backbreaker) … Danny McShain b. Dutch Hefner
… Rito Romero b. Danny Savich (DQ) … Ellis Bashara b. Sonny Kurgis … Chico Garcia
b. Abe Stein … (promoter:  Ed McLemore)

Dallas, Texas:  Tuesday, December 12, 1950
(The Sportatorium) … Wladek “Killer” Kowaksi b. Danny McShain … Rito Romero b.
Duke Keomuka … Ellis Bashara and Danny Savich drew … “Wild” Red Berry failed to
beat Leo Voss in a special handicap match (Berry had to throw Voss three times) (Voss
reportedly weighed 150 pound to Berry’s 200) … Dutch Hefner b. Chico Gracia …
(promoter:  Ed McLemore)
Note:  Kowalski earned a shot at Lou Thesz’s NWA World Title next Tuesday, the final
show of 1950.

Dallas, Texas:  Friday, December 15, 1950
(The Sportatorium) … Chico Gracia vs. Duke Keomuka … Bob Gurley vs. Sonny Kurgis
… Dutch Hefner vs. Pearshape Powell … Jim Moore vs. Tommy Phelps … Bob
Huddleston vs. Woodrow Wilson … (promoter:  Ed McLemore) … (benefit for the
Exchange Clubs of Dallas) (according to the Dallas Morning News, “all proceeds of the
benefit bill will go to the club’s fund for the welfare of the underprivileged children of
Dallas.”)

Dallas, Texas:  Tuesday, December 19, 1950
(The Sportatorium) … NWA World Heavyweight Champion Lou Thesz b. Wladek “Killer”
Kowalski (2/3) (Thesz was accompanied by Ed “Strangler” Lewis) … Bill Longson and
Danny McShain drew … Duke Keomuka b. Rito Romero … Billy Raburn b. Dutch Hefner
… Ellis Bashara b. “Wild” Red Berry … (promoter:  Ed McLemore)
Notes:  Kowalski was billed as the “National Wrestling Alliance’s No. 1 rated challenger;”
next show on January 9, 1951.


Research by Tim Hornbaker
February 22, 2011
Dallas Wrestling Results - 1950