Nashville, Tennessee:  Tuesday, July 1, 1952
(The Hippodrome) … Al Galento and Sugy Hayamaka b. Fritz Schnabel and Roy Welch
(2/3) … Tiny Roe b. Pee Wee James (2-0) … Johnny Kostas b. Frank Ferrazo …
(promoter:  Nick Gulas) … (referee:  Don Cortez) … (sponsored by:  American Legion
and D.A.V.)

Nashville, Tennessee:  Tuesday, July 8, 1952
(The Hippodrome) … Southern Junior Heavyweight Champion Henry Harrell b. Sugy
Hayamaka (2/3) (Hayamaka’s first Nashville loss) … Tex Riley b. Harold King (2-0) …
Fritz Schnabel b. Al Getz … (promoter:  Nick Gulas) … (sponsored by:  American Legion
and D.A.V.)
Note:  Harrell was said to be from Mississippi.

Nashville, Tennessee:  Tuesday, July 15, 1952
(The Hippodrome) … Tex Riley b. Southern Junior Heavyweight Champion Henry Harrell
(2-0) (second fall by DQ) (title doesn’t change hands by disqualification) (Harrell threw
both Riley and the referee) … The Welch Brothers (Herb and Lester Welch) b. Count
Luigi and Sugy Hayamaka to capture the Southern Tag Team Title (2/3) … Count Luigi b.
Lester Welch (16:00) (Luigi was reportedly making his Nashville debut) … (promoter:  
Nick Gulas) … (referee:  Lucky O’Rourke)

Nashville, Tennessee:  Tuesday, July 22, 1952
(The Hippodrome) … NWA World Junior Heavyweight Champion Danny McShain b. Tex
Riley (2/3) … The Welch Brothers (Herb and Roy Welch) wrestled Sugy Hayamaka and
Sockeye McDonald to a draw (1-1) … Sockeye McDonald (Nashville debut) b. Roy Welch
(16:00) … (promoter:  Nick Gulas) … (referee:  Don Cortez)
Note:  The Sunday, July 27, 1952 edition of the Nashville Tennessean reported that “[Tex
Riley] came close to regaining the belt [NWA World Junior Title] he held for 2 ½ years.”

Nashville, Tennessee:  Tuesday, July 29, 1952
(The Hippodrome) … Southern Tag Team Champions The Welch Brothers (Herb and
Lester Welch) b. The Great Togo and Sugy Hayamaka (2/3) … Tex Riley b. Fritz
Schnabel (2-0) … Sugy Hayamaka b. Lester Welch (10:00) … (promoter:  Nick Gulas)

Nashville, Tennessee:  Tuesday, August 5, 1952
(The Hippodrome) … Southern Junior Heavyweight Champion Herb Welch b. Count Luigi
(2-0) … Count Luigi won a five man wrestle royal to earn the title shot (number
eliminated:  Sockeye McDonald, Riley, Galento, McGee, King) … Don McGee b. Hal King
… Tex Riley b. Al Galento … (promoter:  Nick Gulas)

Nashville, Tennessee:  Tuesday, August 12, 1952
(The Hippodrome) … Millie Stafford b. Lilly Bitter (2-0) (Stafford earned a match with
Mildred Burke) … Jack “Sockeye” McDonald, Pat O’Brien and “Rowdy” Red Roberts b.
Don McGee, Tex Riley and Roy Welch (2-0) … Don McGee b. Red Roberts (DQ) … Roy
Welch b. Pat O’Brien … (promoter:  Nick Gulas) … (referee:  Don Cortez) … (500 fans)

*On Saturday, August 16, 1952, Wrestling was featured at 10:00 p.m. on WSM-TV,
channel 4.  This was likely the Chicago feed.

Nashville, Tennessee:  Tuesday, August 19, 1952
(The Hippodrome) … Pat O’Brien and Red Roberts b. The Welch Brothers (Herb and
Lester Welch) to capture the Southern Tag Team Title (2/3) … Tex Riley b. Jack
“Sockeye” McDonald (2-0) … George Cologne b. Al Getz (18:00) … (promoter:  Nick
Gulas)

Nashville, Tennessee:  Tuesday, August 26, 1952
(The Hippodrome) … Baron Michele Leone b. Tex Riley (2/3) … The Welch Brothers
(Herb and Roy Welch) b. Ivan and Karl Kowalski (2/3) … Lee Fields b. Don Cortez (18:
00) … (promoer:  Nick Gulas) … (sold out with 1,000 fans turned away) (reportedly a
record crowd)
Note:  Leone had to catch a plane on August 27 to Los Angeles, where he was
scheduled to wrestle at the Olympic Auditorium.


Research by Tim Hornbaker
March 5, 2008
Nashville Wrestling Results - 1952