Houston, Texas:  Friday, March 17, 1939
( ) … NWA World Heavyweight Champion Lou Thesz b. Everette Marshall (39:00)

Houston, Texas:  Friday, June 2, 1939
(City Auditorium) … Bronko Nagurski b. Joe Cox (26:00) (Cox was unable co continue) …
El Pulpo b. Chief Little Beaver (16:00) … Bill Sledge b. Lou Plummer (11:00) … Rusty
Wescoatt b. Tom Zaharias (decision) (After the match, Zaharias went after referee Dr. Karl
Sarpolis, but the latter knocked him from the ring) … Karl Lundeen b. Juan Humberto
(decision) … (promoter:  Morris Sigel) … (referee:  Dr. Karl Sarpolis)

Houston, Texas:  Friday, June 9, 1939
(City Auditorium) … Bronko Nagurski b. Bill Sledge (2-0) … El Pulpo b. Tom Zaharias (14:
36) … Ben Morgan b. Lou Plummer (decision) … Joe Crawford and Ray Eckert drew (20:
00) … Terry McGinnis b. Gorilla Macias … (promoter:  Morris Sigel) … (referee:  Jack

*On Sunday, June 18, 1939, National Wrestling Association World Heavyweight Champion
Lou Thesz worked out at the Waugh Drive Arena from 3-4:00 p.m.  He worked out with
Frank Brown, Ray Eckert and Lou Plummer in preparation for his title defense against
Bronko Nagurski.  Nagurski worked out the hour prior with Chief Little Beaver, George
Mansor and Ben Morgan.

Houston, Texas:  Friday, June 23, 1939
(The Coliseum) … Bronko Nagurski b. Lou Thesz to capture the NWA World Heavyweight
Title (2/3) (Thesz won the first fall, lost the second and then the third) (Thesz suffered a
fractured knee cap when he fell from the ring during the second fall) (A doctor proclaimed
that Thesz would not wrestle for three months) (Nagurski was accompanied by his
manager Tony Stecher) (Nagurski was presented with the $10,000 diamond studded belt
by Houston Mayor Holcombe … Emil Dusek b. Chief Little Beaver … Rudy Dusek b. Joe
Cox … Everette Marshall b. Ernie Dusek (DQ) … El Pulpo b. Lou Plummer … (promoter:  
Morris Sigel) … (in attendance:  Houston Mayor Oscar Holcombe, National Wrestling
Association President Col. Harry Landry) … (9,000 fans)

Research by Tim Hornbaker
March 8, 2008
Houston Wrestling Results - 1939