Friday, August 26, 2016

CAGED LIKE WILD ANIMALS

January 11, 1965
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA
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51 Years Ago


Wrestling moves to THE BIG DOME, the CHARLOTTE COLISEUM, tonight as promoter JIM CROCKETT offers a big six bout card that should offer the most avid fans more than their money's worth.

Heading the huge COLISEUM card is a rematch --- with a few extra stipulations thrown in. In one corner will be all 700 pounds of THE KENTUCKIANS, TINY ANDERSON and BIG BOY BROWN, plus fan favorite GEORGE BECKER as their partner. Opposing them will be the hated trio of HOMER O'DELL, BRONCHO LUBICH and ALDO BOGNI.

O'DELL is usually clad in a tuxedo and stationed outside the ring, but tonight, he's in wrestling attire and included as the sixth participant.

"We're going to enclose the ring in a seven-foot tall chain link steel fence," CROCKETT announced, "Everybody's tired of Mr. ODELL running away when the going gets too hot. The fence should put a stop to that."

"There's also NO TIME LIMIT and NO DISQUALIFICATION in the two-out-of-three falls match," added CROCKETT.

Another tag team contest, also for the best-of-three falls, pits the popular combo of CHIEF BIG HEART and RUDY KAYE against the rugged duo of "BULLDOG" LEE HENNING and MIKE PAIDOUSIS.

A one-fall singles match promising to be very interesting sends the people's choice, JOHNNY WEAVER, against the always wild and unpredictable grappler, THE BEAST.

A special LADIES MATCH is on tap with the lovely PENNY BANNER taking on PENNY STRATTON in a one-fall contest.

Two other singles matches round out the card, which begins at 8:15.

New Zealand native ABE JACOBS faces a tough challenge against GEORGE "TWO TON" HARRIS, and EDUARDO CASTILLO meets a newcomer from the North Country who wrestles under the name of THE ALASKAN.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

EXPLOSIVE AS THE PLANET KRYPTON

The MID-ATLANTIC WRESTLING rings were always loaded with dynamite, and the explosion usually occurred !

TIM WOODS applies a headlock to his opponent.

RIP HAWK attempts an old-fashioned hanging on NELSON ROYAL.

LARS and GENE ANDERSON demonstrate their double-knee drop on GEORGE BECKER.

THE ASSASSIN (JODY HAMILTON) is caught in an abdominal stretch.

Big SWEDE HANSON does some dental work on one of the VON STROHEIMS.

One of THE INFERNOS goes for a ride.

PAUL JONES is about to feel the wrath of GREG VALENTINE's 'hammer'.

Monday, August 22, 2016

THE SUPER D IN JCP


One of the epic battles between the masked villain and Swede Hanson

Swede not faring too well at this point.

Super D clamps 'the claw' on Swede's noggin'.

Sonny King feels the wrath of the Super Destroyer


The year was 1973. JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS brought back one of their most popular wrestlers, GEORGE SCOTT, not as a ring competitor, but rather as head booker. One of Scott's priorities was to shift emphasis from tag team competition to singles matches.

To accomplish this, Scott brought in a couple of top heels he felt could achieve the transition. One was Johnny Valentine. The other, a rugged, vicious man in a mask, known in many territories as THE SPOILER.

However, in MID-ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING rings, he would be known as THE SUPER DESTROYER.

Regardless of his in-ring monocle, the man who wore the mask and pulverized his opponents was the 6' 4", 270 pound Canadian named DON JARDINE (1940-2006). Already in the pro wrestling business for nearly twenty years, Jardine was known as an incredibly agile worker for such a big man, known for 'walking the ropes' before lowering the boom on his competition. His ring style was rough and tough and, being the consumate 'heel', rulebreaking was a big part of his m.o.

THE SUPER DESTROYER rose to main event level in JCP almost immediately, going against such greats as Johnny Weaver, Bearcat Wright, Wahoo McDaniel, Paul Jones, Rufus R. Jones and Sonny King.

A major program involving THE SUPER DESTROYER would be with a hooded 'babyface' who called himself THE AVENGERThe battle between these two escalated to a MASK VERSUS MASK battle in which the loser would reveal his identity. I witnessed the Greensboro, N.C. encounter between these two (seems like it was on Thanksgiving night) in which THE AVENGER was eventually pinned and revealed to be none other than Reggie Parks. This same type match was probably held in other cities as well.

However, the program with THE SUPER DESTROYER I enjoyed the most was his incredible matches with SWEDE HANSONThe long-time JCP heel, big SWEDE was now a single, as partner RIP HAWK had bolted to the newly-formed IWA. Swede joined forces with SUPER D as a new tag team, but things went sideways between the two, with the masked man humiliating Hanson after a defeat. From this point on, Swede turned 'babyface' and went after his ex-partner.

The two went from town-to-town in the MID-ATLANTIC territory fighting each other in mostly bloody battles. It would be Swede's swan song as a JCP main eventer. After this program, Hanson would finish his career as a mid-card wrestler, splitting his time between JCP and the then-WWF.

THE SUPER DESTROYER would continue on in JCP for a while, later leaving abruptly over 'corporate issues', with JCP announcing on its weekly wrestling programs he had been unmasked and showing Jardine's photograph without the mask.

Some thought this was not the most professional way to end things between the company and the employee, but we see things like this in the corporate world everyday, don't we?

Saturday, August 20, 2016

THOSE INFERNAL INFERNOS

I make no apologies for throwing the spotlight once again on these guys for a number of reasons:
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They could really work in the ring.
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They really drew heat.
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And I just plain liked them!
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THE INFERNOS made several passes through JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS in the mid-late 1960s, and each time, went straight to the top of the card, feuding with not just the top 'babyface' teams, but also a number of the other 'heel' duos as well.

THE INFERNOS set every wrestling territory they worked in on fire!
Often, J.C. DYKES was forced to join his men in the ring as pictured here in a match against a team headed by EDDIE GRAHAM.

The helpless referee tries to no avail to prevent THE INFERNOS from double-teaming a hapless opponent.

THE INFERNOS
(These are the originals - Manager J.C. DYKES (left), ROCKY SMITH (center), FRANKIE CAIN (right).

Looks like things didn't go well for J.C. on this night.

JOHNNY WEAVER is at the mercy of one of the masked maulers.
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One INFERNO memory I have occurred in the late 1960s one summer night at the old semi-pro baseball park in Statesville, North Carolina.
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DYKES and his men were making their approach to the ring for their main event match. J.C. was wearing a brown paisley tuxedo jacket. Some idiot, out of nowhere like Ruby on Oswald, threw a large cup of Coca-Cola right in the manager's face and all over the jacket, then like the fool he was, took off running towards the center field fence (where there was no escape - the fence was at least ten feet high). Duh!
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Both INFERNOS took off after the goof. Whichever wrestler was wearing the 'loaded boot' actually got to him first, tackled him in the outfield and started slugging him. His masked partner was right behind and began beating the **** out of the poor guy with the metal canteen DYKES always carried to the ring.
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Eventually, the local police (60-inch girths and all) made it to the outfield and relieved the wrestlers of what was left of their attacker and escorted him out of the ball park and took him to the local police department, where I'm sure he spent the night at the expense of the citizens of Statesville.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

VICTORS AND VICTIMS

MID-ATLANTIC WRESTLING fans witnessed the following shows over forty-five years ago...

LUTHER LINDSAY
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ROANOKE, VA. - 1968

ALDO BOGNIBRONCHO LUBICH and HOMER O'DELL versus HAYSTACK CALHOUNTHE AMAZING ZUMA and LUTHER LINDSAY ended in a no contest.

ROGER KIRBY beat JAN MADRID.

ALEX MEDINA topped BULL RAMOS.

DENNIS HALL and THE MUMMY wrestled to a draw.


THE AMAZING ZUMA
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ROANOKE, VA. - 1967

GEORGE BECKERJOHNNY WEAVER and HAYSTACK CALHOUN topped ALDO BOGNIBRONCHO LUBICH and HOMER O'DELL in six man action.

PENNY BANNER defeated TAMMY JONES.

TONY ROMANO lost to THE AMAZING ZUMA.

THE MUMMY and PEDRO GODOY fought to a draw.

BRONCHO LUBICH, MGR. HOMER O'DELL, ALDO BOGNI
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - 1967

THE MISSOURI MAULER lost to GEORGE BECKER and JOHNNY WEAVER in a handicap match.

THE AMAZING ZUMA and NELSON ROYAL lost to ALDO BOGNI and BRONCHO LUBICH.

THE INFERNOS with J.C. DYKES whipped JERRY LONDON and CHIEF LITTLE EAGLE.

PAMPERO FIRPO demolished JESSE JAMES.

THE MISSOURI MAULER
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ROANOKE, VA. - 1967

THE INFERNOS with J.C. DYKES topped NELSON ROYAL and THE AMAZING ZUMA.

THE MISSOURI MAULER bested CHIEF LITTLE EAGLE.

LUTHER LINDSAY defeated PEDRO GODOY.

BULL RAMOS and JERRY LONDON wrestled to a draw.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

WEAVER GOES FOR SOUTHERN TITLE

June 11, 1966
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

The SOUTHERN HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP will be at stake in tonight's LEXINGTON YMCA feature attraction.

THE MISSOURI MAULER, holder of the coveted belt designating the championship, will defend his honor against the popular JOHNNY WEAVER, probably the most popular wrestler in the Carolinas, who has held this title himself.

The two-out-of-three falls encounter matches two long-time adversaries within a one-hour time limit.

A tag team battle is also set, and a battle it should be when GEORGE BECKER (WEAVER's regular tag partner) joins his old buddy ABE JACOBS to meet the brutal German brother combination of KURT and HENRY VON STROHEIM in a two-of-three falls contest.

"Johnny's title match gives ABE and me a chance to team back up like we used to. ABE and I are going to take care of the Germans, then watch JOHNNY become the new SOUTHERN HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION," BECKER has stated.

In the prelim matches, which kick off the 8:15 p.m. card, the tough veteran EL GAUCHO meets North Carolina's own LUTHER LINDSAY, and KEN HOLLIS dukes it out with RUDY KAYE.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

THERE'S ACTION, ADVENTURE AND MYSTERY


Actually, that is the phrase that was used for TV's ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN.

But, think about it. It could also apply to the great storylines and matches of JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS throughout the years.

The greatest wrestling talent in the world worked in the MID-ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING territory.

Here are but a few...

JOHNNY RINGO has the upper hand, at least for the moment, in this battle with MIKE 'THE ALASKAN' YORK.

One of THE INFERNOS comes to the aid of his masked partner in this match featuring a very young TERRY FUNK.

BOB BRUGGERS and DANNY MILLER turn the tables on CHUCK O'CONNOR (later known as JOHN STUDD).

You can't see his face, but that's NELSON ROYAL taking a beating from the German duo of KURT and HENRY VON STROHEIM.

Not one, but two referees attempt to get SWEDE HANSON away from THE SUPER DESTROYER (Don Jardine).

PRINCESS LITTLE CLOUD and BETTE BOUCHER prove the ladies can be just as rough as the guys.

'Camel Clutch' time for GEORGE 'TWO TON' HARRIS. RONNIE GARVIN is in charge.

Friday, August 12, 2016

MORE SALISBURY, NC WRESTLING

After the smashing success of the JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS card held in Salisbury, North Carolina on JUNE 10, 1986, MID-ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING returned to CATAWBA COLLEGE's GOODMAN GYMNASIUM ten months later for another session of television tapings.

The event date was APRIL 14, 1987.

Two big main event matches topped the program.

OLE ANDERSON, having left THE FOUR HORSEMEN, was feuding with TULLY BLANCHARD. TULLY had been very vocal about OLE sherking his HORSEMEN duties for family reasons. In return, OLE had slapped all of the bodily fluids out of TULLY's nose on a WTBS broadcast, then walked away from TULLY, ARN ANDERSON, RIC FLAIR and J.J. DILLON.

A great build-up to a great program.

SALISBURY was a witness to the animosity.


A potentially great tag battle was on tap as well that night with WAHOO MCDANIEL teaming with BARRY WINDHAM to face LEX LUGER and ARN ANDERSON.

Other top names to appear for TV matches included RIC FLAIR, DUSTY RHODES, IVAN & NIKITA KOLOFF and THE MIDNIGHT EXPRESS with JIM CORNETTE.

The dilemma: For a reason that I cannot recall, I did NOT attend this show and have no memory of it at all. Only by chance, doing some research, did I discover this event occurred.

The event was not sponsored by the SALISBURY JAYCEES, as the show ten months earlier had been. In fact, the newspaper ad pictured above has no mention of any sponsor.

So, I'm sorry to say, this is all I can report on the show.

Something big must have been going on in my life to prevent my going to a JCP wrestling show four miles from my home.

I wonder what it was...

LEX LUGER

ARN ANDERSON

WAHOO MCDANIEL

BARRY WINDHAM


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There were three other MID-ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING shows in the SALISBURY, NORTH CAROLINA area during this same time frame:
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OCTOBER 27, 1986 - PFEIFFER COLLEGE - MISENHEIMER, N.C.
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MARCH 17, 1987 - SOUTH ROWAN HIGH SCHOOL - CHINA GROVE, N.C.
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SEPTEMBER 29, 1987 - PFEIFFER COLLEGE - MISENHEIMER, N.C.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

CO-MAIN EVENTS TOP LEXINGTON CARD

August 21, 1961
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA

The long-simmering feud between CHIEF BIG HEART and the dastardly duo of P.Y. CHUNG and SWEDE HANSON comes to a boil in the headline bout on tonight's PARK CENTER pro wrestling card, presented by JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS.

CHIEF BIG HEART has picked up the very capable RAY VILLMER as his partner to battle CHUNG and HANSON in two-out-of-three falls tag team warfare. It's set for a one hour time limit.

The co-main event promises to be equally as exciting as the fan favorite combo of GEORGE BECKER and ABE JACOBS take on THE MASKED MEDICS in a 45-minute, best-of-three-falls encounter.

THE MEDICS have been going through opposition with great regularity as of late, and BECKER and JACOBS will be out to put a stop to it.

Two singles bouts will complete the card.

One squares off PAT O'BRIEN against LEE GARCIA, and the 8:15 opener has GENE MURPHY, a newcomer, battling TITO CARREON.

Monday, August 8, 2016

A TOUGH DAY AT THE OFFICE


ABE JACOBS catches a well-placed knee from THE GREAT BOLO.

Diamond Lil and Darling Dagmar go at it.

GENE ANDERSON takes a backdrop from GEORGE SCOTT.

KURT VON STEIGER has an opponent at his mercy.

ARGENTINA APOLLO gets a neck 'adjustment' from MATTI SUZUKI.

Big SWEDE HANSON dares an opponent (THE SUPER DESTROYER) to get back into the ring.

THE INFERNOS attempt to get their manager, J.C. DYKES, out of harm's way.