Buddy Rogers Injured in Locker Room Attack

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NWA World Heavyweight Champion Buddy Rogers was injured in a pre-match incident at the Fairgrounds Coliseum in Columbus, Ohio. Rogers, who supposed to match up again Johnny Barend, suffered a broken arm in a confrontation with wrestlers Karl Gotch and Bill Miller. Promoter Al Haft was forced to refund $2,500 of the $8,000 gate.

Rogers filed charges against the two wrestlers, saying they attacked him without notice and slammed his arm in a door. Miller claimed later that he and Gotch approached Rogers about allegedly having them blackballed on the NWA circuit. He stated that the two slapped Rogers around a bit, but didn’t know how his arm was broken. Rogers ended up missing a month of action because of the injury.