Beauregarde on Portland Wrestling

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Beauregardes Music Video “Testify”
Filmed in Portland Oregon in 1970.
It has scenes of Downtown Portland and the Portland Fountain, beau’s tri-bike
and the late Portland Sports Arena.

 

Wrestling poster 1968NWA wrestling card poster 1968

 

In 1967 Beau went to Portland Oregon to
work with NWA promoter Don Owen.
Owen’s promotion was highly respected in
the world of Professional Wrestling for his
fairness and willingness to give anyone a
chance to prove themselves.

Many big league promoters would send
their new talent to Don in Portland to learn
the ropes and to refine their TV character
in front of KPTV’s live cameras.
Don Owen’s Portland Wrestling helped
start the careers of some of the most
famous names in the industry.

Gorgeous George
Gorilla monsoon
Mil Mascaras
Jimmy Snuka
Jesse Ventura
Roddy Piper
Playboy Buddy Rose
Moondog Mayne
Super Star Billy Gram
Ric Martel
Jay Youngblood
Steve Regal
Curt Henning
Pedro Morales
Stan Stasiak
Mad Dog Vachon
To name a few, got their start on KPTV’s
Portland Wrestling.
Don Owen’s focus was to build strong
TV characters using KPTV’s cameras.

Don understood the power of live TV interviews.
Beauregarde soon became Don Owen’s top act and received
the best TV interviews slot times because Beau understood
theater and how to use the cameras and draw huge crowds.

Frank Bonama interviews Beauregarde

 

Beauregarde with one half of the NWA
Heavyweight Championship Belts he and Lonnie Mayne
won from Pat Patterson and Ray Stevens at the
Glass Palace 1969 and brought the belts back to Portland

Within a few months of wrestling on
KPTV’s Portland Wrestling, Beauregarde
became a main event draw in the
Pacific Northwest.

 

Moondog Lonnie Mayne was Beauregarde’s
tag team partner in 1968-69

 

Beauregarde does a number on
Stan (the Crusher) Stasiak
Portland 1971

 

Beau’s TV approach to his character
was so advanced that promoter Don Owen
instantly encouraged Beau’s creativity by
giving him more TV air time.

Many wrestlers were good in the ring,
but only a few could master the ability to
create a powerful and convincing character on live
TV interviews in the 1960’s-1970’s with no re-takes
or modern day video editing.

Being good in TV interviews was the main way
to raise the blood pressure of people
watching at home to the point of getting
them to go to live matches.

 

Riding his bike in downtown Portland

 

Beau makes an appearance at the Portland zoo

 

Beauregarde with the NWA belt

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