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Big Jim L September 08th, 2012 03:56 GMT Print this post
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     If I have figured out this gosh darn computer, I want to start posting clips along with results and lineups from 1967 in Dayton, Ohio.

     This was part of the Sheik Farhat territory. I will also try to explain some of the angles being shot at the time as Dayton had its own live TV show which aired just hours before the house show.
     Some of the clips will show a second TV show. Prior to the live TV show, they would tape shows for that channel for the number of weeks to the next house show.

    The dates appear somewhat regular, but some times nearly a month could lapse before the next show. Some times main events do not make much sense from show to show because of the staggered dates.

    Let me know if I am giving enough info or if things just aren't interesting, let me know that also.
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Big Jim L September 08th, 2012 04:06 GMT Print this post
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1967 Dayton clips A

   Sheik ran at Hara Arena most times in Dayton. It was built for hockey and seated 5,000 for that with another 400 to 500 ringside seats.
   In the postings, all matches are at Hara unless noted.
   Please excuse to clips as they were enlarged before photocopied.

Tuesday, Jan. 24, 1967
The Sheik vs Flying Fred Curry for U.S. title
Bobo Brazil vs Big Bill Miller
Tokyo Joe vs Billy Red Lyons
Chief White Owl vs Dr. Jerry Graham (they worked a return match)
Women's match

Friday, Feb. 10, 1967
Dr. Jerry Graham pinned Chief White Owl
Fred Curry over Sailor Art Thomas (a heel) by DQ
Billy Red Lyons pinned Big Bad John
Tokyo Joe pinned Mike Loren
Midget tag match

    I did not attend either of the first two shows. The results came from a clip. Sailor Art Thomas was working as a heel at this time. Not sure if he was a heel in any other territory.

   The clips in the bottom right refers to the next show to be held on Friday. Feb. 24. The ad will bein my next scan.
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Larry September 08th, 2012 05:29 GMT Print this post
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I cannot remember Sailor Art Thomas as a heel in any other promotion.

Certainly he was a face during his various tours of Florida.
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jsdspif September 08th, 2012 09:12 GMT Print this post
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I love this stuff . The time frame is just a tad early for me but I enjoy it and recognise most names
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Big Jim L September 08th, 2012 18:11 GMT Print this post
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1967 Dayton clips B

   The next card was held on Feb. 24 with Graham and White Owl on top. That match actually got top billing in the ad and on TV over the Sheik-Siki match.
    I attended this card, but for the life of me could only recall the top two matches.

Friday, Feb. 24, 1967
Dr. Jerry Graham pinned Chief White Owl after KO with object in an Indian Strap Match match
The Sheik pinned Sweet Daddy Siki wh had his legs tied up in the bottom and middle rope

  The March 17 show marked the debut of the Mighty Igor in Dayton. Accompanied by his manager Ivan Kalmikoff, Dick Garza was able to make this gimmick believable. Jerry Graham was being pushed as a top heel at this time, but would soon be gone.

Friday, March 17, 1967
1st - Lou Klein & Ivan Kalmikoff drew 15 minutes
2nd - Tokyo Joe pinned Chief White Owl with karate thrust to neck
3rd - Mighty Igor over Mr. X (Mike Loren) with a Bear Hug
4th - Billy Red Lyons over Dr. Jerry Graham by DQ
5th - The Sheik over Bobo Brazil by DQ

  Following a string of strong TV wins and feats of strength by Igor, he was tabbed to face The Sheik for the title on his second show in Dayton.
   This show also marked the debut of The Internationals (Al Costello & Karl Von Brauner. They were managed by Gary Hart, who was a decent interview and interfering in matches. Hart had appeared in the territory a couple years earlier as a mid-card wrestler who feuded with Fred Curry.
   Interesting match up with White Owl & Volkoff teaming. Just two years before the Volkoff Brothers were top heels, on TV anyway.

Friday, April 7, 1967
1st - Tokyo Joe pinned Mike Loren
2nd - Fred Curry pinned Big Bad John with a Flying Body Press
3rd - The Internationals over Chief White Owl & Nicoli Volkoff (Costello pin Volkoff)
4th - Billy Red Lyons pinned Dr. Jerry Graham
5th - The Sheik over Mighty Igor by DQ (Put Sheik in bear hug through the ropes while Farhat was standing on apron and wouldn't break hold)

  The clip in the bottom right corner is for a May 12 show.
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This is Great stuff Jim!!!  Thanks so much. I LOVE IT !!!!!!
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chitown rich September 08th, 2012 20:09 GMT Print this post
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My thanks too Jim.

Art Thomas is the LAST guy I can imagine as a heel.

I could believe Brazil, Snyder, Gomez, Ellis or Igor as a heel before I could believe Thomas as a heel. Thanks for the info.
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Big Jim L September 09th, 2012 19:23 GMT Print this post
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1967 Dayton clips C

    The first show was another match between Bobo Brazil and The Sheik. However, since Dayton its own TV show Farhat would shoot different angles and have different tag champs than he was using in Detroit.
    This card was the first hint of Fred Curry & Red Lyons being world tag champs although that would change quickly. Their opponents were journeyman Bill Frazier and Mr. X assumed to be Mike Loren.

Friday, April 28, 1967
The Sheik vs Bobo Brazil for U.S. title
Fred Curry & Red Lyons (champs) vs Bill Frazier & Mr. X for World tag titles
Big Bad John vs Prince Pullins
women's tag match

     The following show was two weeks later on May 12. No angle was shot involving Bill Miller and Sheik, and The Internationals show up on TV as the tag champs. No town or date was discussed of a title switch, just "here are the new champs".

Friday, May 12, 1967
1st - Ernie Ladd (a babyface) pinned The Spoiler (Bob Harmon)
2nd - Irish Jackie pinned Little Brutus
3rd - Bobo Brazil pinned Mr. X with a head butt
4th - The Internationals (champs) over Fred Curry & Red Lyons by DQ
5th - The Sheik vs Bill Miller double DQ (both bloody)

      The next show saw Bill Miller continue as a babyface by teaming with Brazil. Mortal enemies for years, now friends in a title quest. Sailor Art Thomas continued his role as a heel in a battle of the strongmen with Igor.

Friday, May 26, 1967
1st - Lou Klein & Ivan Kalmikoff drew 15 minutes (2nd time for that match this year)
2nd - Chief White Owl over Big Bad John by DQ (Owl bloody)
3rd - Mighty Igor vs Sailor Art Thomas was a double DQ
4th - The Internationals over Bobo Brazil & Bill Miller by DQ

  The June 2 show had an interesting twist. I turned on the live TV show that aired just hours before the house show anticipating an interesting build up to Sheik vs Big Bad John. They announced that BBJ and Sheik were friends and he was asked to face Bill Miller in the main event instead of Sheik.
   Miller and BBJ did some funny stuff back and forth on TV mostly with BBJ using a hard hillbilly twang to his voice. The ads also carried a couple errors.
     This was also the first appearance of The Oklahoma Kid aka Elmer Gearlds of Tennessee. He would die of a heart attack in Australia following his time working for Farhat.

Friday, June 2, 1967
Bill Miller & Big Bad John was a double DQ
Mighty Igor vs Sailor Art Thomas (Not listed was the No DQ angle)
Oklahoma Kid & Lou Klein vs Tokyo Joe & Zilas Amara (aka Abdullah the Butcher) newspaper had the teams matched incorrectly
Karl Karlsson vs Ivan Kalmikoff
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Big Jim L September 10th, 2012 02:10 GMT Print this post
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1967 Dayton clips D

   These clips pick up from the previous posting with the $2,000 No DQ challenge match between Bill Miller and Big Bad John. The TV was hilarious as each man was to put up $1,000 in a winner-take-all bout.
    It began with Miller presenting his $2,000 check to the TV announcer Ernie Roth (Abdullah Farouk & Grand Wizard) to hold for that night's match. Several times throughout the rest of the show BBJ would come on talking about he was in the process of raising his money. Finally, he pushed in a wheel barrow filled with pennies which Miller eventually kicked over and BBJ going nuts as the TV signed off.
    This show also marked the debut of a young Bobby Shane. Clean cut all-American type youth that all the girls would want to take home to mom and dad. Was put in semi-final after big TV build up.

Friday, June 9, 1967
1st - Prince Pullins pinned Steve Stanlee with sunset flip
2nd - Fred Curry pinned Tokyo Joe with flying body press
3rd - The Internationals (champs) over Red Lyons & Bobby Shane (Costello pin Shane)
4th - Bill Miller pinned Big Bad John to win $2,000 challenge match

      The next show gives us a look at the booking logic of Farhat. Exactly one week after being cleanly pinned in the second match, Tokyo Joe shows up in the main event.
      In teaming the Miller Brothers they played off the Bill vs BBJ angle, but Tokyo Joe being there was a mystery.
     The Shane-Von Brauner match was a special challenge since Karl had KOed Shane with a boomerang in their tag match the week before. The fact that Costello nor Gary Hart were on the card tells me they ran another town that night.

Friday, June 16, 1967
1st - Oklahoma Kid pinned Johnny Kace with a bulldog
2nd - Red Lyons over Sailor Art Thomas by DQ
3rd - Fred Curry pinned Steve Stanlee with flying body press
4th - Bobby Shane over Karl Von Brauner by DQ
5th - Bill & Dan Miller over Big Bad John & Tokyo Joe (Bill pinned Joe)

  The June 23 show again featured Miller continuing as a babyface in what appears to be the Plan B group in Sheik's territory. It had been years since The Student had appeared on TV in Dayton, but was put in the main event.
   Not all main matches for the night were listed in the ad. Six matches with four DQs and a draw. Anyone see a pattern.

   The Green Hornet listed in the ad was being portrayed at the time by Al Friend of Toledo. Just breaking into the business at the time, Friend was a referee and would haul the ring to towns for Farhat. They put him in the ring for a while under that gimmick.
     Al would later be known as Percival A. Friend, an evil manager in the KC territory
    Friend claims to be the third Green Hornet in the territory over the years. Lou Klein was the first and some guy connected with Ch. 9 in Windsor, Ontario, that worked behind the scenes during TV matches there.
    Al couldn't remember this night with his name in the ad. He was either refereeing or in another town.
    The White Owl vs Tokyo Joe match did not occur.

Friday, June 23, 1967
1st - Lou Klein & Ivan Kalmikoff drew 10 minutes (3rd time in 1967)
2nd - Prince Pullins over The Beast (John Yachetti) by DQ
3rd - Mighty Igor vs Sailor Art Thomas was a double DQ
4th - Oklahoma Kid & Lucille Dupree over Tom Jones & Mary Jane Mull (Dupree pin Mull)
5th - Bobby Shane vs Karl Von Brauner a double DQ
6th - Bill Miller over The Student (George Steele) by DQ

    For some reason I didn't make it to the June 30 show. So there's a main event that had no connection to the previous week's show, but it was The Sheik.
    Obviously, Farhat and The Internationals retained their titles. Also, Dan Miller is now a heel with no explanation.

Friday, June 30, 1967
The Sheik vs Flying Fred Curry for U.S. title
The Internationals vs Red Lyons & Bobby Shane for World tag titles
Oklahoma Kid vs Dan Miller
Chief White Owl vs Tokyo Joe
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TerryWWWF67 September 10th, 2012 06:07 GMT Print this post
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We were getting this territory's TV on a West Virginia station in the fall of '67, so I remember these names well.

Ernie Roth was always chirping about "Flying Fred and Billy Red." I remember the big pushes for Bobby Shane and the Oklahoma Kid, too. I believe Tokyo Joe was managed by Tokyo Tom?  

Didn't The Internationals do some elaborate warm-up where they'd face each, extend both arms and clasp hands, then pump their arms?  

As a young mark, I felt I'd discovered a huge secret when I saw The Student and recognized him as George Steele. A couple of years later, I would come to learn why Abdullah Farouk was never on the show to be interviewed by Ernie Roth!


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Big Jim L September 10th, 2012 17:35 GMT Print this post
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    Hello Terry.....Tokyo Tom (Rey Urbano) had not yet joined Joe as his manager, but does soon in the timeline I'm in right now.

    The "clasping hands" pre-match  regiment was done by The Kangaroos. Al Costello did it with all the different partners he had over the years.

   I remembered The Student being on TV from when I was younger, but he seldom worked Dayton. I never really put that George Steele aspect together until years later.

   Looking back at Ernie Roth doing the TV announcing, he was seldom seen on camera. He sat far away from the ring and wore sunglasses most of the time. He always seemed to have his back to the camera during interviews also.
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1967 Dayton clips E

    The Sheik worked a return with Fred Curry from the previous show. Curry never gave fans real hope of him winning the title.

Friday, July 7, 1967
1st - The Oklahoma Kid pinned Steve Stanlee with bulldog
2nd - Tokyo Joe pinned Prince Pullins with karate thrust
3rd - Bill Miller pinned Tank Morgan
4th - Bobby Shane over The Student by DQ
5th - The Sheik over Fred Curry by DQ

     The July 14 TV show opened with great news. Bill & Dan Miller had won the world tag team titles the night before in Columbus from The Internationals. Von Brauner was leaving the territory and Hart would soon follow.

Friday, July 14, 1967
1st - Little Beaver & Joey Russell over Sky Low Low & Fuzzy Cupid (Russell pin Cupid)
2nd - Darling Dagmar pinned Diamond Lil
3rd - Bobby Shane & Dan Miller drew 30 minutes
4th - Bobo Brazil & Mighty Igor over The Internationals in 2 straight falls (Brazil head butt Von Brauner and Igor bear hug Costello) After the match, Brauner & Costello pummeled Igor outside the ring while Hart knocked out Brazil with a boomerang. He awoke just in time to demand a match with Hart next week.

    The theme of the July 21 card was the revenge factor on Hart. The Miller Bros also proved they were back as heels.

Friday, July 21, 1967
1st - Irish Jackie pinned Cowboy Bradley
2nd - Chief White Owl over Al Costello by DQ
3rd - Miller Brothers over Mighty Igor & Ivan Kalmikoff (Bill pin Ivan)
4th - Bobo Brazil pinned Gary Hart with a head butt
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Tojo Mojo September 10th, 2012 19:37 GMT Print this post
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Great nostalgia--thanks much for posting all of this.
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Larry September 10th, 2012 22:49 GMT Print this post
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Fantastic material, with your comments adding SO MUCH to the clippings.

Many thanks.
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1967 Dayton clips F

     The big TV build up was the heel Miller Brothers jumping in on Shane during a TV match. Haystacks Muldoon made his only appearance in Dayton as a poor man's Haystack Calhoun.
      Gary Hart was leaving the territory and being on this card was almost a distraction. His big blow off was putting over Brazil the week before and he should not have been brought back.
     Tokyo Tom (Rey Urbano) showed up as Tokyo Joe's manager for the first time as they soon would be leaving the territory also.

Friday, July 28, 1967
1st - Tom Jones & Bob Harmon drew 15 minutes
2nd - Tokyo Joe over Haystack Muldoon by count out (Both on floor, Joe beat the 20 count back into the ring)
3rd - Oklahoma Kid over Gary Hart with bulldog
4th - Bobo Brazil & Bobby Shane over Miller Brothers by DQ

      It was two weeks before the next show. The first big announcement was The Kangaroos were the world tag champs. No explanation of when or where, just here's your champs.
     Costello had taken on Ray St. Clair (Tinker Todd) as a partner and got strong TV win. They bantered with White Owl and Kid on TV, but not much else.
      The Tokyos salted Bobo down pretty good then karate chopped him into oblivion. He was head butting Joe all over the place at the end of the TV show

Friday, Aug. 11, 1967
1st - Bobby Shane pinned Johnny Kace with a roll up
2nd - Fred Curry over Bill Miller by DQ
3rd - The Kangaroos over Chief White Owl & Oklahoma Kid (Costello pin Owl after KO with boomerang) in a title match
4th - Bobo Brazil over Tokyo Joe by DQ when Tokyo Tom interfered. Fred Curry made the save and they got a tag match on the next show.

     Please note that I have two clips in the above scan backwards. Sorry about that. The next show is Aug. 18 at the far right side. Interesting that two heel teams were being pushed underneath on this card.

Friday, Aug. 18, 1967
1st - Miller Brothers over Lou Klein & Prince Pullins (Dan pin Pullins)
2nd - The Kangaroos over Bobby Shane & Oklahoma Kid (Costello pin Shane after KO with boomerang)
3rd- Bobo Brazil & Fred Curry over Tokyo Joe & Tokyo Tom in 2 straight falls (Curry over Joe with flying body press and Bobo over Tom with head butt)

   The next show was held Aug. 25. I never found an ad, but they did run a small write up at the bottom of the scan.

Friday, Aug. 25, 1967
1st - John L. Sullivan (Johnny Valiant) drew with Tom Jones 20 minutes
2nd - Chief White Owl over Mr. X (Mike Loren) with tomahawk chop
3rd - The Kangaroos (champs) drew with Miller Brothers 30 minutes in title match
4th - The Sheik over Bobo Brazil by DQ

    The final show for this scan was Sept. 1. The attendance was included in the results for the first time.

Friday, Sept. 1, 1967  (att: 2,492)
1st - Miller Brothers over Tom Jones & Johnny Kace (Dan pin Jones)
2nd - Fred Curry pinned Big Bad John
3rd - The Kangaroos over Bobby Shane & Oklahoma Kid (Costello pin Shane after KO with boomerang AGAIN!)
4th - The Sheik over Bobo Brazil by count out in a No DQ match with 2 refs
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