National Wrestling Alliance - Los Angeles (194?-1958)
The tumultuous times in Los Angeles were brought to an end with the formation of the National Wrestling Alliance. Like the Big Six Trust of yesteryear, these promoters were looking to unify the country under one umbrella. Johnny Doyle was the NWA's representitive in Los Angeles. The premier wrestling arena in L.A. was the Olympic Auditorium, which was run by Cal and Aileen Eaton. In 1950, Doyle began working with the Eatons. They were joined by Max Hirsch, who ran the Ocean Park Arena, and Hugh Nichols who promoted Hollywood and San Diego. This foursome would form a powerful monopoly in Southern California. They manipulated TV contracts, threatened to blacklist stars and crushed independent promoters. This group began following apart over money, Doyle and Nichols ran the talent, but Eaton and Hirsch ran the arena. Disputes over money were hard to rectify even though they were raking in the money. Eventually, Doyle sold his NWA assets to his partners and proclaimed he would return East to work with Toots Mondt. Instead, Doyle stayed and opened up opposition to the NWA. The two sides began to battle for control of Los Angeles, but Doyle could not defeat the NWA, even with his many local contacts and TV deals. Instead, he went to the Justice Department, which began to investigate the NWA as a nationwide monopoly, this California group being one of the prominent local monopolies. The case was eventually set aside and the NWA's Los Angeles affiliate remained strong. Until 1958 when Jules Strongbow bought into Los Angeles and led the Eatons away from the NWA with great success. 



Wild Red Berry
Lord James Blears
Nick Bockwinkel
Bobo Brazil
Primo Carnera
Gorgeous George
Black Guzman
Lee Henning
Hans Hermann
Don Leo Jonathan
Gene Kiniski
Baron Michele Leone
Tex McKenzie
Danny McShain
Mr. Moto
Argentine Rocca
Reggie Siki
Wilbur Snyder
Sandor Szabo
Rocky Valentine (Johnny Valentine)
Tosh Togo
John Tolos
Enrique Torres



World Wrestling Association (1958-1968)
While Cal Eaton had been an independent-minded promoter with ruthless tendencies, it was Jules Strongbow that really took Los Angeles to new hieghts in the 1960s. Strongbow booked Los Angeles beautifully with charismatic Freddie Blassie as their keystone and some great in-ring talent, colorful characters and ethnic draws to support him. In 1961, Eaton's old partner-turned-nemisis Johnny Doyle returned, trying to start up a group aligned with San Francisco's Ray Shire, who was not affiliated with the NWA. Although they had potential, they were squashed by the star power of Freddie Blassie. While they were offically the "North American Wrestling Alliance" for several years, the promotion went from a continental company to a world company. The promotion ran strongly through the mid-1960s with ties to Rikidozan's JWA promotion and the WWA title was perhaps second only to the NWA title in prominence. In 1966, Cal Eaton died and Aileen brought her sons Gene and Mike LeBell into the promotion. Mike became the real political power, while Gene was the muscle and Strongbow and Blassie were the brains. Things were slowing down however, so in 1968, Los Angeles returned to the NWA fold. 


Assassins
Buddy Austin
Wild Red Berry
Freddie Blassie
Lord James Blears
Nick Bockwinkel
Bobo Brazil
Haystack Calhoun
Edouard Carpentier
The Destroyer
Mike DiBiase
Dick the Bruiser
Bob Ellis
Fabulous Kangaroos (Al Costello & Roy Heffernan)
Pampero Firpo
Karl Gotch
Luke Graham
Great Goliath
Hard Boiled Haggerty
Hans Hermann
Cowboy Dick Hutton
KIM Il (Kintaro Ohki)
Don Leo Jonathan
Killer Karl Kox
Frankie Laine
Mark Lewin
Luis Martinez
Mil Mascaras
Gorilla Monsoon
Pedro Morales
Mr. Moto
Jess Ortega
Thunderbolt Patterson
Antonio Pugliese (Tony Parisi)
Rikidozan
Ricky Romero
Ricki Starr
Sam Steamboat
Sandor Szabo
Lou Thesz
Bearcat Wright




NWA - Hollywood Wrestling (1968-1982)
By the late 1960s, Los Angeles was on a downturn following the glory days of Freddie Blassie in the first half of the decade. Mike LeBell, who had assumed authority over the company had overseen a realignment with the National Wrestling Alliance. Amazingly, Blassie's greatest program, an extended feud with John Tolos, was yet to come. The feud took L.A. to another peak and even after Blassie stopped appearing and wrestling regularly, Tolos was able to draw well as a top heel. Throughout the 1970s, Blassie's returns sparked interest, but they could never replace him. The company began to turn more and more toward its Latino stars and audience. As the 1970s came to a close, it was becoming increasingly clear that pro-wrestling was changing. Numerous companies were pushing themselves to knew heights and breaking away from the NWA. Los Angeles, like San Francisco, was unable to replace its old talent completely since they could not hang on to the new stars they had. In the early 1980s, the LeBells were forced to close the company and Los Angeles has never been a strong city for a regular pro-wrestling company. 


Chris Adams
Ox Baker
Ron Bass
Black Gordman
Freddie Blassie
Bobo Brazil
Leroy Brown
The Canadian (Roddy Piper)
Porkchop Cash
Ciclon Negro
Allen Coage (Bad News Allen)
Ripper Collins
Alfonso Dantes
Dory Dixon
Don Fargo
Pampero Firpo
Keith Franks (Adrian Adonis)
Dory Funk Jr.
Terry Funk
Ryuma Go
Great Goliath
"Superstar" Billy Graham
Dr. Jerry Graham
Chavo Guerrero
Gran Hamada
Rocky Johnson
Paul Jones
Kid Koby (Kuniaki Kobayashi)
Killer Kowalski
Ernie Ladd
Frankie Laine
Peter Maivia
Ken Mantell
"Moondog" Lonnie Mayne
Rey Mendoza
Mil Mascaras
Don Muraco
Pat Patterson
Roddy Piper
Tom Prichard
Bull Ramos
Victor Rivera
Nelson Royal
Masa Saito
Terry Sawyer (Buzz Sawyer)
The Sheik
Kinji Shibuya
Pak Song
The Spoiler #2 (Ron Starr)
Adrian Street
Takachiho (Great Kabuki)
Toru Tanaka
Texas Red (Red Bastien)
Les Thornton
John Tolos
Mr. Toyo (Rusher Kimura)
Greg Valentine
Larry Zbyszko

I'd like to thank Wes Mulholland, Vik Berry, Bill Balch, Kurt Brown, from kayfabememories.com for their articles. And, of course Royal Duncun and Gary Will's contributions to wrestling-titles.com