Indianapolis, Indiana:  Thursday, January 3, 1957
(The Armory) … Wilbur Snyder b. Stu Gibson (2-0) … The Zebra Kid b. Rocky Monroe (2-0)
… Billy McDaniel b. Bill Longson (DQ) (24:00) … Billy Darnell b. Carlos Moreno (12:00)
(airplane spin) … (matchmaker:  Dick Patton) … (referee:  Harry Burris) … (television:  
WTTV (channel 4) (10:00 p.m.)
Notes:  The Indianapolis Star said that Stu Gibson as a “former New Albany High School
athlete and a No. 1 roughhouse expert in the pro mat profession.” Rocky Monroe was billed
as being from Wichita, Kansas.  Referee Burris was from Anderson, Indiana.

Indianapolis, Indiana:  Thursday, January 10, 1957
(The Armory) … The Russians (Boris and Nicoli Volkoff) b. The Lisowski Brothers (Reggie
and Stanley Lisowski) to capture the World Tag Team Title (2/3) (Boris pinned Reggie for
the first fall, Reggie pinned Boris for the second, and the Russians won the third fall when
Stanley was counted out) … Carlos Moreno and Rocky Monroe drew (30:00) … The Zebra
Kid b. Billy McDaniel (1-0) (McDaniel was unable to continue) … (matchmaker:  Dick Patton)
Notes:  The Indianapolis Star said “Tag Crown to Russians” over its article about the
evening prior’s wrestling matches in its January 11, 1957 newspaper.

Indianapolis, Indiana:  Thursday, January 17, 1957
(The Armory) … The Zebra Kid b. Carl Engstrom (14:00) … Bob McCune b. Danny
Ferrazza … Pat O’Connor b. Johnny Kace (O’Connor was originally booked to wrestle Stu
Gibson) … “Wild” Bill Longson b. Rocky Monroe (Longson was originally scheduled to
wrestle Reggie Lisowski) … (matchmaker:  Dick Patton)

Indianapolis, Indiana:  Thursday, January 24, 1957
(The Armory) … Bob McCune and The Zebra Kid drew (bloody match) … Billy Darnell and
Stu Gibson drew (30:00) (televised match) … Billy McDaniel and Angelo Poffo drew (20:00)
… Mike Paidousis b. Frank Townsend (14:00) … (matchmaker:  Dick Patton) … (2,600 fans)

Indianapolis, Indiana:  Thursday, January 31, 1957
(The Armory) … The Zebra Kid b. Bob McCune (2/3) (third by countout) … Billy Darnell b.
Mike Paidousis … Bill Longson b. Sammy Ford … Sharon Lass b. Alice Mason …
(matchmaker:  Dick Patton) … (2,700 fans)
Notes:  Lass was billed as being from Denver, while Mason was from Schererville, Indiana.

Indianapolis, Indiana:  Thursday, February 7, 1957
(The Armory) … The Zebra Kid b. Bill Longson (2/3) … Bob McCune b. Killer Kowalski (2-0)
(first fall by DQ) … Billy Darnell b. Frank Townsend (13:00) … Mike Paidousis b. Billy
McDaniel (DQ) (14:00) … (matchmaker:  Dick Patton) … (referee:  Lou Thomas) … (2,700
fans)

Indianapolis, Indiana:  Thursday, February 14, 1957
(The Armory) … Bill Longson and The Zebra Kid wrestled to a no contest (1-1) (a riot broke
out during the third fall) … Billy Darnell and Billy McDaniels drew … Red Lyons b. Stu
Gibson … Bob McCune b. Mike Paidousis (2/3) … (matchmaker:  Dick Patton) … (referee:  
Wayne Pale) … (2,000+ fans)
Note:  Referee Pale was from Evansville.

Indianapolis, Indiana:  Thursday, February 21, 1957
(The Armory) … Buddy Rogers b. Mike Paidousis (2-0) (Rogers won the first fall in 30
seconds) … The Zebra Kid b. Bob McCune (2/3) (McCune was unable to continue) … Bill
McDaniel b. Red Lyons (DQ) … Fritz Von Erich b. Sammy Ford (4:00) … (matchmaker:  
Dick Patton) … (3,200 fans) (capacity) (largest attendance in two years)
Notes:  The Indianapolis Star stated that Buddy Rogers “ranks among the nation’s top five
heavyweight matmen and number one at the box office.” Fritz Von Erich was a “newcomer.”
According to the reports, Zebra Kid was angry with the matchmaker for booking Buddy
Rogers’s match in the main event, and not his bout.  They flipped a coin to see who would
wrestle in the top spot) (Rogers challenged Zebra Kid)

Indianapolis, Indiana:  Thursday, February 28, 1957
(The Armory) … Buddy Rogers b. The Zebra Kid (2/3) (third fall by DQ when the Golden
Terror interfered) … The Golden Terror b. Billy Darnell (1:00) … Red Lyons b. Mike
Paidousis (13:00) … Fritz Von Erich b. Billy McDaniel (16:00) … (matchmaker:  Dick Patton)
… (referee:  Harry Burris)
Note:  The Golden Terror reportedly only weighed 228 pounds.

Indianapolis, Indiana:  Thursday, March 7, 1957
(The Armory) … Bill Longson and Bob McCune wrestled The Golden Terror and The Zebra
Kid to a no contest (1-1) … Billy Darnell and Stu Gibson drew … Red Lyons b. Billy
McDaniel (9:00) … (matchmaker:  Dick Patton) … (referee:  Lou Thomas)
Note:  Red Lyons was from Toronto, Ontario.

Indianapolis, Indiana:  Thursday, March 14, 1957
(The Armory) … The Zebra Kid b. “Wild” Bill Longson (1-0) (Longson was unable to
continue after losing the initial fall) … Billy Darnell b. Ian Campbell (DQ) (21:00) (Campbell
punched the referee) … Bob McCune b. Mike McGee (15:00) … Stu Gibson and Red Lyons
drew (20:00) … (matchmaker:  Dick Patton) … (referee:  Harry Burris)

Indianapolis, Indiana:  Thursday, March 21, 1957
(The Armory) … NWA World Heavyweight Champion Lou Thesz and The Zebra Kid drew (1-
1) (60:00) … Women’s World Champion June Byers b. China Mira (2/3) … Buddy Rogers b.
Lou Plummer (3:00) (sleeperhold) … Red Lyons vs. Bob McCune … (matchmaker:  Dick
Patton) … (3,500 fans) (overflow crowd)

Indianapolis, Indiana:  Thursday, March 28, 1957
(The Armory) … Buddy Rogers b. The Zebra Kid (2/3) (third fall by DQ when The Golden
Terror interfered) … The Golden Terror and Bob McCune wrestled to a no contest (18:00)
… Ian Campbell and Lou Plummer drew (15:00) … Fritz Von Erich b. Stu Gibson (9:00) …
(matchmaker:  Dick Patton) … (referee:  Connie Marker)


Indianapolis, Indiana:  Thursday, April 11, 1957
(The Armory) ... NWA World Heavyweight Champion Lou Thesz and Buddy Rogers were
both counted out in the third fall (1-1) (Thesz won the opening fall and Rogers took the
second) ... The Golden Terror and The Zebra Kid b. Billy Darnell and Red Lyons (DQ) ...
Ian Campbell and Lou Plummer drew (15:00) ... Fritz Von Erich b. Bob mcCune (11:00) ...
(matchmaker:  Dick Patton) ... (referee:  Harry Burris) ... (2,600 fans)

Indianapolis, Indiana:  Thursday, April 18, 1957
(The Armory) ... Buddy Rogers b. Fritz Von Erich (2/3) (third fall by DQ when Von Erich
attacked referee Jersey Joe Walcott) (Walcott proceeded to punch Von Erich out and the
latter was carried from the ring unconscious) (Rogers won the second fall in 25 seconds
with a "paralytic head lock") ... American Tag Team Champions Donn Lewin and Mark Lewin
b. The Golden Terror and Lou Plummer (one fall bout) (14:00) (Mark pinned Plummer) ...
Billy Darnell b. Ian Campbell (5:00) (airplane spin) ... (matchmaker:  Dick Patton)
Note:  Donn and Mark Lewin of Buffalo were said to be the "American heavyweight tag team
champs."

Indianapolis, Indiana:  Thursday, April 25, 1957
(The Armory) ... American Tag Team Champions Donn and Mark Lewin b. The Golden
Terror and The Zebra Kid (1-0) (Donn Lewin pinned Terror for the only fall in 45:00) ...
Buddy Rogers and Fritz Von Erich wrestled to a no contest (1-1) (Rogers won the first fall in
30 seconds with a drop kick and lost the second in 11:00) (before the second fall, Lou
Plummer and Von Erich beat Rogers up) ... Red Lyons and Lou Plummer drew ...
(matchmaker:  Dick Patton) ... (referees:  Billy Darnell, Connie Marker)
Note:  Darnell refereed the Rogers-Von Erich bout.

Indianapolis, Indiana:  Thursday, May 2, 1957
(The Armory) ... Jersey Joe Walcott b. Fritz Von Erich (boxing match) (third round TKO)
(Von Erich used wrestling moves during the third round) ... Buddy Rogers b. Red Lyons
(UTC) ... American Tag Team Champions Donn and Mark Lewin b. Lou Plummer and The
Zebra Kid (2/3) (third fall by DQ) ... Ian Campbell and Stu Gibson drew ... (matchmaker:  
Dick Patton) ... (referee:  Ralph Hamilton) ... (2,500 fans)
Notes:  Publicity called this show a "combination boxing-wrestling card." Walcott and Von
Erich used eight-ounce boxing gloves and the bout had 12 rounds.  Von Erich reportedly
"never battled with boxing gloves during his six years in the professional ring." Joe Louis
was at ringside for this show.  He was in town to work with the city park department.  Rogers,
according to the Indianapolis Star, refused to accept the second fall win because he "felt he
had fouled Lyons." He then used a figure-four grapevine to win the second fall and Lyons
was unable to continue.  Rogers was a fan favorite in Indianapolis.

Indianapolis, Indiana:  Thursday, May 9, 1957
(The Armory) ... Buddy Rogers b. Fritz Von Erich (Texas Death Match) (both Rogers and
Von Erich had both scored two falls when Von Erich quit) ... Stu Gibson and Lou Plummer b.
Donn and Mark Lewin to capture the American Tag Team Title (2/3) ... Bobby Managoff b.
Red Lyons (15:00) ... (matchmaker:  Dick Patton) ... (referee:  Harry Burris)
Note:  The Indianapolis Star stated that the Rogers-Von Erich bout marked the "first Texas
Death match staged in Indiana."

Indianapolis, Indiana:  Thursday, May 16, 1957
(The Armory) ... Buddy Rogers b. The Zebra Kid (2-0) (Kid unmasked to reveal George
Bollas) ... Stu Gibson b. Ian Campbell ... Red Lyons b. Lou Plummer ... Billy Darnell and
Bobby Managoff drew ... (matchmaker:  Dick Patton) ... (referee:  Ralph Hamilton)

Indianapolis, Indiana:  Thursday, May 23, 1957
(The Armory) ... American Tag Team Champions Stu Gibson and Lou Plummer b. Bobby
Managoff and Buddy Rogers (2-0) ... Richard Brown and Red Lyons drew (30:00) ... Billy
Darnell b. Ian Campbell (17:00) (airplane spin) ... (matchmaker:  Dick Patton) ... (referee:  
Connie Marker)
Notes:  The main event was full of controversy and Gibson and Plummer nearly incited a riot
through their illegal actions.  After the bout, around 500 fans stormed ringside to protest the
decision and the way referee Connie Marker overlooked the illegal moves.  Rogers got into
it physically with Marker, throwing him "three times." The Indiana State Athletic Commission
withheld the purse for the match and scheduled a rematch for next week with two officials
regulating the bout.  Fans were said to have antagonized Campbell on the way to the
dressing room and one even placed a lit cigarette against the wrestler's neck.

Indianapolis, Indiana:  Thursday, May 30, 1957
(The Armory) ... American Tag Team Champions Stu Gibson and Lou Plummer wrestled
Bobby Managoff and Buddy Rogers to a no contest (1-1) (Gibson pinned Managoff in 12:00
for the first fall and Managoff pinned Gibson in 5:00 for the second fall) ... Richard Brown
and Ian Campbell drew (30:00) ... Red Lyons b. Sheik of Araby (DQ) (6:00) ...
(matchmaker:  Dick Patton) ... (referees:  Harry Burris, Virgil Howell)
Notes:  Howell was from Fort Wayne and Burris from Anderson.  Brown was the son of
Orville Brown and from Overland Park, Kansas.  Campbell was said to be from Scotland.








Research by Tim Hornbaker
November 13, 2010
Indianapolis Wrestling Results - 1957