Gary Gibson first became a fan of Dallas-Fort Worth area wrestling in 1964 and has previously contributed vintage program scans and results to WCM. He will be sharing his memories of the early years of Southwest Sports/Big Time Wrestling on this page as time permits. We welcome comments from readers with questions, or with their own recollections of the period; comments are moderated to prevent spam and ensure a pleasant experience for all.

November 29, 2009

Bulldog Danny Plechas

One of the people responsible for the success of the booking office in Dallas during the '60s and '70s was "Bulldog" Danny Plechas. According to the book written by Gary Hart, Plechas was the booker when Hart came in with Al Costello and Karl Von Brauner. Plechas had wrestled in Texas years earlier as a partner of Mike DiBiase, the father of Ted.

Bulldog Plechas returned to Fort Worth on 9-12-66. This was also the time that Fritz Von Erich and Ed McLemore broke away from the Houston booking office. Plechas must have become the booker then.

As a wrestler, Plechas was always on the undercard. The only main event that I can remember him being on was when he was teamed with Waldo Von Erich against Karl Von Brauner and Gary Hart. He usually put people over while winning a few matches here and there. Plechas would use "concealed weapons" from his trunks to draw heat. Boyd Pierce, who was the ring announcer in Fort Worth, would ask people to not bark at the Bulldog. Of course, this would get people barking louder.

After reading Gary Hart's book and looking back at the matches, I realize that Plechas was very unselfish in his booking. Many bookers who were wrestlers put themselves over in the main events. When the Bulldog wrestled, he put others over and taught young wrestlers how to have a match. Dusty Rhodes' first match in Fort Worth was against Bulldog Plechas.

Even thought Bulldog Plechas was a heel, he was one of my favorite wrestlers. I was glad to see him become a referee after his wrestling days were over.


Blogger Bill said...

I remember staying up Saturday night to watch "Main Event Wtestling" at the Sportatorium in Dallas. It seems in my memory that ye rarely, if ever, won a fight. I always felt a little sorry for him.

01 July, 2011 22:18  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If I remember right, when someone would get him in a hold, particularly in a headlock, he would bark like a dog. Scared me to death when I was a 7 year old watching TV late on Saturday night.

19 June, 2013 19:24  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Watched Danny referee many a match on cable TV in Lubbock in the late 60's & 70's.

20 June, 2013 11:49  

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