Monday, April 27, 2015

SOME FAMILIAR FACES

DUSTY RHODES
(that's HARLEY RACE in the headlock)

NELSON ROYAL

KLONDIKE BILL

THE ASSASSIN
JODY HAMILTON

HARLEY RACE

BARON VON RASCHKE

ABE JACOBS

Saturday, April 25, 2015

RIVAL TEAMS DUKE IT OUT

March 27, 1965
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

50 Years Ago

The two bitter rival tag teams of the pro wrestling world, GEORGE BECKER and JOHNNY WEAVER and the skin-headed duo of BRUTE BERNARD and SKULL MURPHY, will clash in a best-of-three falls main event headlining tonight's action-packed wrestling card at the LEXINGTON YMCA.

These two teams have a hatred for one another going back several years and have battled all over the country with nothing really settled.

LEXINGTON is the battlefield tonight.

The co-feature is also a tag team affair with popular ABE JACOBS and EMIL DUPREE facing the tough combo of "SIR" NELSON ROYAL and THE VIKING. Two recorded falls is required for a victory in this match as well.

Single competition opens the card when RAY VILMER opposes MIKE VALENTINO * and KEN YATES takes on "TIGER" JACK VANSKY in the 8:15 opener.


Mike Valentino later wrestled as Baron Mikel Scicluna.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

1967 RASSLIN' RESULTS


ABE JACOBS
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CHARLESTON, S.C. - 1967

THE MASKED RED DEMONS bested TEX McKENZIE and NELSON ROYAL.

LARS and GENE ANDERSON defeated JOHN HIGGINS and TINKER TODD.

ABE JACOBS topped BOB MORGAN.

CORSICA JOE beat TONY NERO.

LITTLE BEAVER
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RALEIGH, N.C. - 1967

KLONDIKE BILL and ABE JACOBS versus KURT and HENRY VON STROHEIM - DOUBLE DQ

THE MASKED RED DEMONS beat JESSE JAMES and ALEX MEDINA.

DON KENT won over TINKER TODD.

LITTLE BEAVER pinned BILLY THE KID.

KLONDIKE BILL
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GREENSBORO, N.C. - 1967

KURT and HENRY VON STROHEIM topped TEX McKENZIE and NELSON ROYAL.

GEORGE BECKER and JOHNNY WEAVER bested THE MASKED RED DEMONS.

KLONDIKE BILL and ABE JACOBS lost to ALDO BOGNI and BRONCHO LUBICH with HOMER O'DELL.

PENNY BANNER bested MILLIE STAFFORD.

BORIS THE GREAT MALENKO
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RALEIGH, N.C. - 1967

TEX McKENZIE and NELSON ROYAL topped RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON.

THE GREAT MALENKO and THE MISSOURI MAULER bested PAUL DEMARCO and STEVE BOLUS.

JOHNNY WEAVER and IKE EAKINS wrestled to a draw.

LUTHER LINDSAY defeated LARS ANDERSON - DQ

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

EVERY MATCH A MAIN EVENT

AUGUST 10, 1959
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA
-
56 Years Ago

Many wrestling fans are saying that promoter JIM CROCKETT has outdone himself with tonight's pro wrestling card. Every match on the program could headline any wrestling show anywhere in the United States.

But it is the fans in the CHARLOTTE area who shall reap the benefits.

In tonight's headliner at PARK CENTER, the devious duo of MR. MOTO and DUKE KEOMUKA will face another challenge for their SOUTHERN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP. The Japs, who have protected their titles at any cost against all comers in the month they have had the belts, will face a severe challenge when they meet fan favorites GEORGE BECKER and BILLY TWO RIVERS, the top-ranked contenders. The championship encounter is set for the best two-of-three falls, with a one hour time limit.

The semi-final squares off PAT O'HARA and THE GREAT BOLO. Perhaps tonight will be the lucky night for the Irishman in his quest to unmask the hooded ruffian. O'HARA has come close a few times, but THE GREAT BOLO has managed to hang on to his mask...so far. This one's also two-out-of-three falls, forty-five minute limit.

The main prelim sends popular DANO O'SHOCKER against the rugged LARRY 'CRUSHER' HAMILTON for one fall, thirty minutes.

And the 8:15 opener, set for one fall and twenty minutes, has REGGIE PARKS, the handsome Canadian scraper from Ontario, meeting CYCLONE ANAYA.

Fans are encouraged to arrive early to guarantee a seat.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

TWICE THE BOLOS...TWICE THE TROUBLE

November 17, 1962
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA


It looks as if things just got worse for professional wrestling's good guys.

THE GREAT BOLO, the masked menace of the sport, has taken a partner, simply known as BOLO. It is reported that BOLO is equally as rugged and tough as the team captain THE GREAT BOLO. Tonight, LEXINGTON fans will get the opportunity to judge for themselves as wrestling returns to the YMCA starting at 8:15 p.m.

THE GREAT BOLO, many believe, has been the toughest rule-breaking grappler in this area for the last four years, and with the addition of a look-alike partner, who is also masked, tag team wrestling should really heat up.

The hooded duo makes its LEXINGTON debut tonight against the combo of SWEDE HANSON and RAY VILLMER, a prize team working together for the first time. The match is set for the best-of-three falls within a one hour time limit.

The card also features an all-star roster that returns the Hawaiian sensation, JOHNNY 'RUBBERMAN' WALKER, and Canada's JERRY TURRENNE after debuts last week.

WALKER will face RAY DURAN, and TURRENCE battles PEDRO ZAPATA.

In other singles action, DON WHITTLER will meet EDDIE AUGER.

Friday, April 17, 2015

A LONG TIME FEUD

GEORGE BECKER and JOHNNY WEAVER ruled the tag team world in JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS for most of the 1960s.

They faced every top 'heel' team that passed through the territory. The longest ongoing program was with RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON. The next longest would probably be with ALDO BOGNI and BRONCHO LUBICH, but right up there was the on-and-off again feud that BECKER and WEAVER had with THE ANDERSON BROTHERS.

It would start with the duo of LARS and GENE ANDERSON. Later, OLE was brought in, and while the younger 'brother' was being broken in, there were three ANDERSONs. LARS then left the MID-ATLANTIC area, and THE MINNESOTA WRECKING CREW was redefined as GENE and OLE ANDERSON.


GENE ANDERSON attempts to ram JOHNNY WEAVER'S head into the ring apron...or worse!


Judging from the blood on WEAVER's face, GENE was successful.


BECKER pummels a cornered LARS ANDERSON.


JOHNNY just can't seem to get away from GENE's fist.


GENE decides to work on BECKER for a while.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

FANS LOVED THE LITTLE GUYS

and they all worked for JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS

BILLY THE KID and COWBOY BRADLEY

FARMER PETE and COWBOY LANG

FRENCHY LAMONTE

JAMAICA KID and LITTLE BEAVER

LITTLE BRUISER

LORD LITTLEBROOK

LITTLE TOKYO

Monday, April 13, 2015

BECKER & WEAVER & DEMONS

June 18, 1966
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA
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49 Years Ago

They wrestled apart here last Saturday, but the fans' favorite duo, GEORGE BECKER and JOHNNY WEAVER, are back together as a unit tonight at the LEXINGTON YMCA in pro wrestling action.

Belltime is 8:15 p.m.

And it looks as if they will have their hands full when they enter the ring to meet a newer team to this wrestling area, THE MASKED RED DEMONS.

Just as their name implies, this tag team hides their identities behind red masks and are very rough in the ring.

BECKER and WEAVER issued the following statement concerning their main event match for tonight, "We don't know who these men are or where they come from, but since coming to the area, they've beaten some good teams. And just like HAWK and HANSON and BOGNI and LUBICH, they win any way they can, with no regard for the rule book. So we'll have our hands full. But we're going to try to put a stop to them before they can get a foothold here."

THE MASKED RED DEMONS had no comment.

Another tag team loved by the fans, TEX McKENZIE and NELSON ROYAL, will be on tonight's card and will face the rugged veteran duo of IKE EAKINS and EL GAUCHO.

Both tag team matches will go the best two-out-of-three falls.

GEORGE "CATALINA" DRAKE will return here after an absence to face LUTHER LINDSAY, North Carolina's own top Negro star. These two have teamed together in the past, so the match should prove interesting.

In tonight's opening match, up-and-coming star, young PAUL DEMARCO squares off against veteran JOHN GUDISKI.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

HEELS VERSUS HEELS

March 29, 1969
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

46 Years Ago

Anything is likely to happen tonight...

RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON, "The Blonde Bombers" of the pro wrestling world, tear loose against an equally rough duo of THE MISSOURI MAULER and HIRO MATSUDA in tonight's LEXINGTON YMCA wrestling feature, kicking off at 8:15.

"Colonel" HOMER O'DELL, the diabolical manager of MATSUDA and the MAULER, will be accompanying his men and could get mixed up in the BATTLE OF THE BULLIES main event, scheduled for the best two-out-of-three falls.

"Let O'DELL stick his nose in the ring while I'm wrestling," said HAWK. "I've got a piledriver waiting with his name on it!" HAWK's partner HANSON had no comment.

Popular GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT will be back tonight, fresh off a victory here last week. "Bulldog" LEE HENNING and "Big" JIM GRABMIRE are the foes facing "The Flying Scotts" tonight. Two falls will decide the winning team.

Single matches send young BOBBY PAUL against the rugged ROCK HUNTER, and RANDY CURTIS will test tough EL GAUCHO in the opening match.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

A HOT AUGUST NIGHT IN LEXINGTON

August 5, 1967
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

48 years ago

THE SCOTT BROTHERS

RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON

HARU SASAKI

P.Y. CHUNG

NELSON ROYAL

THE AMAZING ZUMA

PEDRO GODOY
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Wrestling's 'BLONDE BOMBERS' RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON will be out to see if they can halt the winning streak of THE FLYING SCOTT BROTHERS, GEORGE and SANDY, in tonight's two-out-of-three falls main event at the LEXINGTON YMCA.

The SCOTTS, former WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS, have a victory string going, including a recent disputed win over HAWK and HANSON. RIP and SWEDE want another shot at GEORGE and SANDY and have predicted a win tonight.

The sizzling duo of NELSON ROYAL and THE AMAZING ZUMA face a tough test tonight when they face the crafty (some say sneaky) Oriental combo of HARU SASAKI and P.Y. CHUNG in the other best-of-three falls tag encounter.

In singles action, GENE DUNDEE will square off against JERRY LONDON, and in the 8:15 opener, two toughies, 'APACHE' BULL RAMOS and PEDRO GODOY will meet.