Sunday, March 24, 2019

CLASSIC RASSLIN' RESULTS

RALEIGH, N.C. - 1968
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LARSGENE and OLE ANDERSON defeated RIP HAWKSWEDE HANSON and NELSON ROYAL.

GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT took ALEX MEDINA and JESSE JAMES.

ABE JACOBS won from FRANK HICKEY.

THE AMAZING ZUMA bested 'BULLDOG' LEE HENNING.


CHARLESTON, S.C. - 1969
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RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON lost to NELSON ROYAL and PAUL JONES.

JESSE JAMES and RANDY CURTIS beat PEDRO and PANCHO VALDEZ.

MATTI SUZUKI topped SONNY FARGO.

EL LOBO pinned RON CHARLES.


CHARLESTON, W.V. - 1969
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SAILOR ART THOMASNELSON ROYAL and PAUL JONES bested ALDO BOGNIBRONCHO LUBICH and GEORGE 'TWO TON' HARRIS in six man action.

BOBBY RED CLOUD toppled BOB GRIFFIN.

PANCHO VALDEZ and GREG PETERSON wrestled to a draw.


RALEIGH, N.C. - 1969
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NELSON ROYALPAUL JONES and SANDY SCOTT topped LARSGENE and OLE ANDERSON in six man action.

BOB GRIFFIN won from BOBBY PAUL.

GEORGE SCOTT bested PEDRO VALDEZ.

KOA TIKI pinned EL GAUCHO.

Friday, March 22, 2019

LIKE TWO LOAVES OF BREAD - FOUR HEELS


December 9, 1968
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA

51 Years Ago




Promoter JIM CROCKETT has announced the complete wrestling card set for tonight at PARK CENTER starting at 8:15.

The headliner finds two of the nation's toughest tag teams opposing one another. GENE and OLE ANDERSON, known as the "MINNESOTA WRECKING CREW", will go hammer and tong with the brutal combination of THE MISSOURI MAULER and HIRO MATSUDA. As usual, HOMER O'DELL will second the MAULER and his Japanese partner. It's set for two-out-of-three falls.

Since the ANDERSON and O'DELL teams have both been steady winners at tag team efforts, the outcome will be interesting for the fans. It will also provide a key to future main event shots for the winning combination.

Towering ART THOMAS, the wrestling sailor from Arkansas, and THE AMAZING ZUMA will test the talents of the brother duo TERRY and RONNIE GARVIN. This one is also for the best-of-three falls.

JESSE JAMES grapples with LEON BAXTER in one of the prelims.

The opener offers SILENTO RODRIGUEZ, the Mexican swifty, against EL GAUCHO in a "south of the border" contest.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

DEBUTS OF ANDERSON BROTHERS & KLONDIKE BILL

JULY 9, 1966
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

53 Years Ago



Fan favorite JOHNNY WEAVER gets another crack at the SOUTHERN HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP when he meets title holder THE MISSOURI MAULER in tonight's LEXINGTON YMCA pro wrestling two-out-of-three falls main event.

It will be a rematch of a thriller here several weeks ago in which the MAULER was able to hang on to his title only by a thread.

WEAVER employed his famous "sleeper hold" for what would have been the deciding fall, but he was outside the ropes, and the brutal (and fortunate) champ was allowed to retain his belt when the referee was forced to disqualify WEAVER.

JOHNNY has promised a different outcome tonight.

In the evening's tag team battle, the popular duo of ABE JACOBS and RUDY KAYE will meet LARS and GENE ANDERSON, a rugged twosome from Minnesota, who are making their Lexington debut.

This match is also for two-of-three falls.

Another big man of wrestling, Kodiak, Alaska's KLONDIKE BILL, also makes his first appearance here when he faces the tough veteran EL GAUCHO in one of two supporting bouts.

The 8:15 opener will send two bullies, IKE EAKINS and TONY NERO, against one another.

Monday, March 18, 2019

FIVE OF THE GREAT ONES

...to five great wrestling stars who each sold plenty of tickets for JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS and always gave the fans their money's worth...

DICK MURDOCH
(1946-1996)


He wrestled as a 'babyface' or as a 'heel'. Either way, the fans LOVED him, and so did the other wrestlers. A second generation wrestler. They'll never be another like him.

KLONDIKE BILL
(Bill Soloweyko)
(1931-2000)

A main eventer for JCP in the 1960s, then lower card as his career come to a close. Stayed with the company after active ring work and was head of the ring crew.
A gentle giant of a man whom everyone liked.


JOHNNY WEAVER
(1935-2008)

Rich Landrum dubbed him 'The Dean of Professional Wrestling'. He could do it all---wrestle, book, promote. Johnny was at the top of the heap for CROCKETT PROMOTIONS for at least ten years, both as a single and tag partner. To state it bluntly, JOHNNY was THE MAN before there was a Flair.)


BLACKJACK MULLIGAN
(Robert Windham)
(1942-2016)

Here's a man who did it all in the business, and regardless of what he did, he was over BIG TIME. The fans loved BJ---and loved to hate him when they were supposed to do so. Ask any wrestler who knows him, and I'm sure you will hear a great story about a guy who gave his all to the business.


DINO BRAVO
(Adolfo Bresciano)
(1949-1993)

In JCP, held the WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP with MR. WRESTLING (TIM WOODS). Top main eventer in whatever territory he worked. Was murdered in his Quebec home.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

FLAIR / STEAMBOAT - NOBODY DID IT BETTER





RICKY STEAMBOAT

RIC FLAIR

Referee TOMMY YOUNG insists the combatants follow the rules...

YOUNG looks on as FLAIR refuses his 'official' request...



Whether they were opponents or partners, the matches of FLAIR and STEAMBOAT lit up the JCP territory as much as anything during the 1970s and 1980s.

Steamboat has the upper hand (arm actually).

Flair returns the favor.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

RING RESULTS 50+ YEARS AGO

History made in the MID-ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING territory fifty+ years ago...

JIM GRABMIRE
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RALEIGH, N.C. - 1968

ABE JACOBS and LUTHER LINDSAY lost to HIRO MATSUDA and THE MISSOURI MAULER.

LES THATCHER and JIM OSBORNE bested 'BULLDOG' LEE HENNING and JIM GRABMIRE.

PANCHO VALDEZ and BOB NANDOR wrestled to a draw.

PEPPY GOMEZ topped FRANK HESTER.


LUTHER LINDSAY
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RICHMOND, VA. - 1965

GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT and JOHNNY WEAVER bested ALDO BOGNIBRONCHO LUBICH and HOMER O'DELL in six man action.

'BIG' BOB ORTON topped STEVE BOLUS.

JOHNNY WEAVER won from PEDRO ZAPATA.

LUTHER LINDSAY defeated RAY DURAN.


THE AMAZING ZUMA
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CHARLESTON, S.C. - 1968

GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT whipped THE MISSOURI MAULER and HIRO MATSUDA.

GEORGE BECKERJOHNNY WEAVER and NELSON ROYAL toppled J.C. DYKES and THE INFERNOS in six man action.

THE AMAZING ZUMA pinned 'BULLDOG' LEE HENNING.

THE MATADOR beat JACK RICE.


THE TOLOS BROTHERS
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CHARLESTON, S.C. - 1965

THE KENTUCKIANS topped BRUTE BERNARD and SKULL MURPHY via DQ.

JOHN and CHRIS TOLOS wrestled NELSON ROYAL and STEVE BOLUS to a draw.

MIKE PAIDOUSIS won over CHRIS AVEROFF.

GEORGE 'CATALINA' DRAKE defeated MIKE GALLAGHER.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

SOUTHERN TITLE UP FOR GRABS

April 8, 1967
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

52 Years Ago



The SOUTHERN HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP is on the line tonight when the current title holder, THE MISSOURI MAULER, defends against the former champ, KLONDIKE BILL, in the headline match at the LEXINGTON YMCA.

KLONDIKE, the popular Alaskan, is out to regain the title from the MAULER, the man he first lifted it from a few months ago.

The MAULER managed to regain the belt from BILL recently under a dark cloud of controversy. KLONDIKE says that justice will prevail tonight in LEXINGTON. The title match is under stipulations of a one-hour time limit with the winner gaining two falls out of three.

The torrid Texan team of cowboys TEX McKENZIE and NELSON ROYAL will have their hands full when they meet big and rugged "Apache" BULL RAMOS and the mysterious masked grappler THE MUMMY. This best-of-three falls co-feature should produce plenty of action.

In single matches, the mammoth HAYSTACK CALHOUN returns to the YMCA to meet rough PEDRO GODOY.

Popular GREG PETERSON squares off against FRANK MARCONI in the 8:15 opening match.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

WERE THESE GUYS YOUR FAVORITES?

No one can dispute the fact that JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS always had the top stars of the business.

Here are seven of them...

OX BAKER

'ROWDY' RODDY PIPER

'LUMBERJACK' JOE LEDUC

JOHNNY VALENTINE

JACK BRISCO

THUNDERBOLT PATTERSON

BARON VON RASCHKE

Friday, March 8, 2019

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

RING THE BELL!

GREAT WRESTLERS!  GREAT MATCHES!  GREAT FUN!

New Zealander ABE JACOBS (with partner MR. WRESTLING looking on) ties up one of THE INFERNOS.

A bad night for the VON STEIGERS.

THE GREAT BOLO stomps a helpless opponent.

'BATTLE OF THE BULLIES' time when HAWK and HANSON met the VON STROHEIMs.

NELSON ROYAL in a bit of a fix.


BILLY TWO RIVERS gives GORDON NELSON a "tomahawk chop".

ART NELSON puts the boots to a downed FRANK MONTE as referee ANGELO MARTINELLI looks on.

It was a 'Clash of the Titans' anytime JOHNNY VALENTINE faced SWEDE HANSON.

JIM DILLON begs for mercy in a match with TERRY FUNK.

TERRY KAY attempts to put NORMAN FREDERICK CHARLES III of THE ROYAL KANGAROOS to sleep.

Manager GEORGE 'TWO TON' HARRIS tries to revive his man ALDO BOGNI from the effects of a JOHNNY WEAVER 'sleeper'.