Pittsburgh – 1963

Feb. 4, 1963
Civic Arena (att. 9,373, gate $28,861)
First show of year
1) Buddy Rogers b. Bruno Sammartino, 2/3 falls
    Fall one) Rogers p. Sammartino, knee to face and body press, 11:39
    Fall two) Sammartino b. Rogers, bearhug, 6:59
    Fall three) Rogers b. Sammartino, COR, 4:02. Sammartino had Rogers in a bearhug and released the hold,
    mistakenly thinking Rogers submitted. Rogers then kicked him out of the ring.
2) Sailor Art Thomas b. Skull Murphy, bearhug, 12:33
3) Killer Kowalski b. Bobo Brazil, referee’s decision
4) Chico Santana & Pee Wee Lopez b. Tiny Bell & Marcel Sinard,2/3 falls
5) Ace Freeman b. Jim Grabmire, cradle, 11:34
6) Killer Austin b. Gene Kelly, 9:49
7) Johnny DeFazio b. TNT Napolitan, dropkicks and press, 9:51

Mar. 18, 1963
Civic Arena (att. 5,586)
1) Buddy Rogers b. Killer Kowalski, 2/3falls
    Fall one) Kowalski p. Rogers, body press, 7:30
    Fall two) Rogers b. Kowalski, leg lock,4:40
    Fall three) Kowalski unable to continue due to knee injury, 1:19
2) Bobo Brazil & Dory Dixon b. Johnny Barend & Magnificent Maurice, 2 straight falls
3) Bruno Sammartino b. Killer Austin, 6:29, countout on mat
4) The Shadow b. Sailor Art Thomas, hangman’s noose, 11:37
5) Ace Freeman b. Ivan Zukoff, 11:35
6) Johnny DeFazio b. Ron “Bull” Johnson, airplane spin, 14:09
7) Bobby “Hurricane” Hunt drew TNT Napolitan, 15:00

Apr. 17, 1963
Civic Arena (att. 3,200, gate $7,684)
Wednesday night show
1) Bruno Sammartino, Argentina Apollo & Bobo Brazil b. The Shadow, Great Mortier & Killer Austin, 2 straight falls, second by DQ, 14:47
2) Great Mortier b. Sailor Art Thomas, full nelson
3) Ace Freeman b. TNT Napolitan, body press, 19:47
4) Johnny DeFazio b. TNT Napolitan (double duty), body press, 11:03
5) Bobby “Hurricane” Hunt drew Chuck Martoni, 15:00

June 3, 1963
Civic Arena (att. 5,376, gate $15,283)
Sammartino’s first title defense in Pittsburgh
1) Bruno Sammartino b. Great Mortier, 2/3 falls
    Fall one) Mortier b. Sammartino, full nelson, 6:37
    Fall two) Sammartino b. Mortier, bearhug, 5:03
    Fall three) Sammartino p. Mortier, 6:37, as he fell back on him as Mortier applied his finishing full nelson
2) Bobo Brazil b. The Shadow, DQ, 4:52, for use of illegal object
3) The Fabulous Kangaroos (Al Costello & Roy Heffernan) b. Ace Freeman & Argentina Apollo, 10:14
4) Baron Gattoni (billed as Baron Gattoni Piamonti) b. Jerry Dorsey, 7:52, and Ivan Zukoff, 2:03, handicap match
5) Duke Hoffman b. Tommy O’Toole,15:53
6) Johnny DeFazio b. Ron “Bull” Johnson, cradle, 12:23
7) Frank Holtz b. Bill Scholl, body slam, 10:11

July 16, 1963
Northside Islam Grotto
1) Bruno Sammartino b. Baron Gattoni, 2/3 falls. Sammartino won first and third falls, the final one with a kick off the ropes.
2) The Fabulous Kangaroos b. Argentina Apollo & Ace Freeman, 26:00
3) Johnny DeFazio b. Mountain Hosley, 16:00
4) The Shadow b. Duke Hoffman, DQ, 14:00
5) Bobby “Hurricane” Hunt drew Tony Simon, 20:00

July 30, 1963
Northside Islam Grotto (att. 1,000)
1) Bruno Sammartino & Johnny DeFazio b. The Fabulous Kangaroos, 2 straight falls
    Fall one) Sammartino b. Al Costello, 13:19
    Fall two) Sammartino & DeFazio by DQ, 10:25
2) Bobby “Hurricane” Hunt b. Jim Windle, 18:00
3) Ace Freeman & Tony Simon b. Chet Wallick & Gypsy Joe, 2/3 falls, 19:00
4) Baron Gattoni b. Duke Hoffman, 10:00

Sept. 23, 1963
Civic Arena (att. 6,253, gate $18,763)
1) Bruno Sammartino b. Crusher Lisowski, 2/3 falls
    Fall one) Crusher b. Bruno, body slam, 10:59
    Fall two) Bruno b. Crusher, backbreaker, 5:51
    Fall three) Crusher DQ’ed for choking Sammartino, 7:29
2) Edouard Carpentier b. Baron Gattoni, reverse jackknife, 10:39
3) The Shadow b. Ace Freeman, body press,10:41
4) Johnny DeFazio b. Chet Wallick, DQ, 13:01
5) Duke Hoffman b. Tony Simon, 17:12
6) Gorilla Monsoon b. Arnold Skaaland, body press, 3:21
7) Bobo Brazil & Dory Dixon b. The Fabulous Kangaroos, 2/3 falls

Oct. 18, 1963
Civic Arena (att. 9,230, gate $27,684)
1) Bruno Sammartino b. Crusher Lisowski, backbreaker, 20:12, no DQ or COR stipulation
2) Gorilla Monsoon b. The Shadow, 5:00, special referee Jersey Joe Walcott
3) Edouard Carpentier b. Great Mortier, DQ
4) Pancho Lopez & Sonny Boy Cassidy b. Fuzzy Cupid & Pedro Gonzales
5) Ace Freeman b. Gino Brito, 11:02
6) Baron Gattoni b. Frank Holtz, 10:00
7) Johnny DeFazio b. Gene Kelly, 12:00

Nov. 4, 1963
Civic Arena (att. 5,035, gate $11,993)
1) Bruno Sammartino b. Killer Kowalski, body press, 24:10
2) Baron Gattoni b. Norman Rasp, bearhug, 5:56
3) Klondike Bill b. Dick Dunn, big splash, 5:31
4) Sonny Boy Cassidy & Pancho Lopez b. Fuzzy Cupid & Farmer Pete, 2/3 falls
5) Argentina Apollo b. Ivan Malinko, 15:06
6) The Fabulous Kangaroos drew Johnny DeFazio & Ace Freeman, 2/3 falls, DDQ in third
7) Great Mortier b. Edouard Carpentier, full nelson, 21:46

Dec. 10, 1963
Civic Arena (att. 2,477, gate $7,100)
1) Gorilla Monsoon b. Bruno Sammartino, DQ, 12:59
2) Bobo Brazil b. Great Mortier, 8:49
3) Killer Kowalski b. Dory Dixon, 10:43
4) Baron Gattoni & Klondike Bill b. The Fabulous Kangaroos, 2/3 falls, with one fall by DQ
5) Chief White Owl b. Frank Hickey, 11:00
6) Ace Freeman b. Bill Scholl, 12:00
7) Argentina Apollo b. Prince Nero, 9:16
8) Johnny DeFazio b. Arnold Skaaland, 15:40