Hereford, Texas was just 16 miles down the road from my Father’s Flying Mare Ranch in Umbarger, Texas.
The Hereford Lions Club was the sponsor of professional wrestling in the Hereford
Bull Barn. Mr. Doul was the promoter and representative for the Lions Club.
The Main Event was Bob Geigel and Dory Funk Sr. vs Eddie Graham and Art Nelson.
Referee that night was our high school freshman football coach, John Ussury, Son of the
Wrestling Promoter in Littlefield, Texas John Ussury Sr.
John was small but a good athlete having played halfback for The Eastern New Mexico
University Lobos the previous year. John was prematurely bald and we often called him
It was always fun in the dressing room. Hereford had an easy attitude, No big time pressure,
just a fun night.
Main Event – All four men were in the ring at once and Referee, John Ussury was trying to push Bob Geigel back to his corner when Eddie Graham reached up and grabbed John by the back pocket of his referee pants and yanked hard. The The whole back end came out of his referee pants and to the shock of all the fans he had no underwear on. John mooned everybody in the Hereford Bull Barn.
Shortly thereafter, Dory Funk Sr. won the match with the spinning toe hold. The referee
continued the match even holding Dory Sr. and Bob Geigel’s hand up seemingly never knowing
his pants were torn and his bare buttocks was shinning brightly.
As we returned to the dressing room, Dory Sr., Ricky Romero, Bob Geigel and John Ussury were setting around laughing. John was holding a pair of blue underwear in his hands. The Promoter,
Mr. Doul came into the dressing room and demanded an explanation.
Referee, John Ussury looked up and said, “Would you believe this is the first time I ever forgot to put my under tights on before going into the ring?”