William K. Helm
William K.Helm was born in Louisville, Kentucky December
22 1945 to Otto and
He was the 3rd born of 4 children.
He passed away May 25 2001 in Louisville Kentucky.
Thanks to my Brother Mike for providing so much information!
William K. Helm Circa 1958
This page is dedicated
to him as a professional wrestler.
Billy Helm was a fireman in the early 1970's and this is where his
wrestling career starts.
.Joe Ball was a Louisville policeman, Buck Moore was his Police
Captain.Billy Helm was a fireman and a friend of Ball's.
Bill and Joe worked a lot for the CWA Memphis territory, even being the
WWA Southern Tag Team titles champs. They worked under the hood as
well....Masked! . Both had full time jobs outside the ring.
they did work in Ky.('72-'73) for Phil Golden--Jimmy Golden's
uncle.They worked very briefly for Nick Gulas in '71, as the masked Mr.
Wrestling 1 & 2.I do not know which heel tag team beat &
unmasked them. Joe & Bill were both good workers. "wrestlers!"
Joseph A. Ball and William K.
From time to time a group would form
and try to promote wrestling somewhere in the
territory against the established Gulas. In the fall of 1972, Phil
Golden opened up a
promotion based out of Paducah, KY and ran several cities in opposition
to Gulas using
such stars as Mike Pappas, Joe Ball and Bill Helm, Mario Galento, Paul
Poffo, Pez Whatley, Chico Cortez and others. The promotion was based
around longtime Gulas
villains Kurt and Karl Von Brauner and their manager Gentleman Saul
Weingeroff, who left
the Gulas promotion at the end of the summer of 1972. The promotion
folded in the spring
of 1973. It should be noted that Golden was the brother of Bill Golden,
who opened up the
Montgomery, AL territory in 1971. Bill Golden, the father of Jimmy
Golden, had married
into the famous Welch family that had strong ties to the Gulas
From time to time a group would form and try to
promote wrestling somewhere in the territory against the established
Gulas. In the fall of 1972, Phil Golden opened up a promotion based out
of Paducah, KY and ran several cities in opposition to Gulas using such
stars as Mike Pappas, Joe Ball and Bill Helm,
Evansville , IN , Wednesday, July
Kurt Von Brauner & Karl Von Brauner managed by Saul Weingeroff
(World tag champions) vs. Sputnik Monroe & Robert Fuller
Joe Ball & Bill
Helm vs. Frank Martinez & Dandy Jack Donovan
Cora Combs vs. Barbara
3-22-1973 starting at 8pm at warren easts gymnasium
corsica joe and the masked spoiler take on joe ball and bill helm.
# WWA Southern Tag Team titles w/Psycho Perry Reid defeating Joe Ball
& Billy Helm (June 1973 in Fort Campbell, KY);
# July 1973: Joe Ball & Billy Helm defeated The Reid Brothers to
win the WWA Southern Tag Team titles..
This was a southern promotion booked and run by Saul Weingeroff in
opposition to Nick Gulas..
Notable Feud between Joe Ball, Bill Helm against The Reid
who were " Tom Hankins "Aka Crazy Charlie Reid & Psycho
July 1973: Joe Ball & Billy Helm
defeated The Reid Brothers to win the WWA Southern Tag Team titles..
~~~~~~This was a southern promotion booked and run by Saul
Weingeroff in opposition to Nick Gulas..
7/13/78 Louisville, KY @ New Commonwealth Convention Center
Mid-America champion Dutch Mantel vs Whipper Watson Jr
Texas Tornado Death Match
Bobby Eaton & George Gulas vs Tojo Yamamoto & Gypsy Joe
Lucas agrees to beat Louie five times in ten minutes or donate his pay
Ken Lucas vs Las Vegas Louie
Ron Garfield vs Arvil Hutto
Joe Ball & Bill Helm vs Tamayo Soto & the Viking
8/29/78 Louisville, KY @ New Commonwealth Convention Center Gulas card
Mid-America champion Masked Blue Yankee vs Dutch Mantel
Loser leaves town, no time limit, no DQ
Ken Lucas & Rocky Johnson vs Ripper Collins & Whipper Watson Jr
the Beast vs Bobby Eaton
Wenona Little Heart vs Pepper Labianco
Joe Ball & Bill Helm vs Eric Embry & the Masked Assassin
Buck Forrest & Lee Forrest vs the Masked Odysseys
Disco Kid vs Eric Embry
Joe Ball and Billy Helm
Joseph A. Ball Jr., who was a retired police officer and a former pro
wrestler passed away in Louisville, KY. Ball was an US Army veteran and
a 4th degree Knight of Columbus. During his wrestling career, Ball
worked mainly in the Louisville area in the early 1970s and formed a
tag team with Billy Helm.
The Cauliflower Alley Club sends its condolences to the family and
friends of Joe Ball.
Here is a picture of William (Billy) Helm and Joe Ball Holding the 1972
Kentucky Tagteam Championship Trophy.
Thanks Chris Spiardi for the