Monday, June 27, 2016

HIGH FLIERS versus MASKED TERRORS

August 1, 1964
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

'IRISH' MIKE CLANCY

THE BOLOS

GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT

BOB BOYER
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The mysterious terror duo of professional wrestling, THE GREAT BOLO and BOLO, will try to ground the airborn tactics of THE FLYING SCOTTS, brothers GEORGE and SANDY, in tonight's main event collision at the LEXINGTON YMCA.

Tonight's best-of-three-falls battle is a rematch of a thriller of two weeks ago won by the SCOTT BROTHERS on a reversed decision. The referee had raised the hands of THE BOLOS in victory but then found a 'foreign object' in the mask of the hooded competitor who scored the third fall.

GEORGE and SANDY asked for another shot with the masked men.

'IRISH' MIKE CLANCY will face TOMMY O'TOOLE in the evening's semifinal.

Dashing young DOUG GILBERT makes his LEXINGTON debut against JOHN HEATH.

BOB BOYER and TINKER TODD square off in the 8:15 opener.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

PAUL JONES and the RUSSIAN ASSASSINS


Near the end of his NWA run, #1 Paul Jones became the manager of the RUSSIAN ASSASSINS, a team put together, for the most part, to work a program against IVAN and NIKITA KOLOFF.

I liked them. The last old school hooded combo I really recall.

During their run, a bunch of whining fans, announcers and wrestlers claimed that PJ would hand his ASSASSIN # 2 the dreaded "foreign object," who would quickly load his mask (making sure that everyone in the immediate area, except the referee, saw it) and headbutt his opponent into the Twilight Zone for a quick pin.

The foreign object gimmick was far from original but even after decades of use by probably hundreds of hooded workers, it still created heat.

I say HOGWASH.

Please examine the provided photos and make up your own mind. I, for one, don't believe a FO was utilized. I'm sure it got hot wearing a mask and working under strong lights. RA #2 was probably just letting in a little fresh air when he fiddled with the red covering. (LOL)

Take a closer look...




Let's look again...




OK. Let's examine things and see what turns up...






Ref Teddy Long finds nothing. See, I told you PJ and the RA wouldn't stoop to such levels to win their matches.

I'm glad we got this cleared up.








Thursday, June 23, 2016

1962 STATESVILLE, N.C. WRESTLING - PART FOUR

June 29, 1962
STATESVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA



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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

CHARLOTTE, CHARLESTON and GREENVILLE


PHIL (BUCK) ROBLEY
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - 1969

GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT won from THE INFERNOS with J.C. DYKES via DQ.

BRUTE BERNARD and SKULL MURPHY topped ABE JACOBS and LES WOLFE.

JOHNNY WEAVER whipped MATTI SUZUKI.

BOBBY RED CLOUD topped PHIL ROBLEY.

LES THATCHER
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GREENVILLE, S.C. - 1968

LARSGENE and OLE ANDERSON toppled ARGENTINA ZUMALES THATCHER and PAUL DEMARCO in six man action.

JESSE JAMES topped PEPPY GOMEZ.

PANCHO VALDEZ pinned JACK RICO.

BOB RAMSTEAD wrestled JOHNNY HEIDEMAN to a draw.

GEORGE BECKER and JOHNNY WEAVER
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CHARLESTON, S.C. - 1965

GEORGE BECKER and JOHNNY WEAVER won over BRUTE BERNARD and SKULL MURPHY.

THE KENTUCKIANS bested THE ALASKAN and THE BEAST.

GEORGE 'CATALINA' DRAKE topped EDUARDO CASTILLO.

PEE WEE LOPEZ pinned JIM DANDY.

EL LOBO
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GREENVILLE, S.C. - 1969
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GEORGE BECKER and JOHNNY WEAVER defeated LARS and GENE ANDERSON.
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BOB GRIFFIN and LES WOLFE lost to BRUTE BERNARD and SKULL MURPHY.
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OLE ANDERSON whipped BOBBY RED CLOUD.
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JOHNNY HEIDEMAN topped EL LOBO.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

1962 STATESVILLE, N.C. WRESTLING - PART THREE

June 1, 1962
STATESVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA




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The results:



Saturday, June 18, 2016

ROGERS versus VALENTINE - NEWCOMER JOHNNY WEAVER

February 12, 1962
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA


Two championships will be at stake tonight at the CHARLOTTE COLISEUM when one of the most ambitious wrestling programs ever staged here gets underway at 8:15.

WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION "Nature Boy" BUDDY ROGERS puts his coveted crown in the spotlight in a defense against the extremely rugged challenger JOHNNY VALENTINE.

The controversy between these two giants of the ring goes back a long while. VALENTINE is responsible for breaking the arm of ROGERS in a match last year, and the champ has not forgotten...nor forgiven.

UNITED STATES HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION PAT O'CONNOR faces skilled SWEET DADDY SIKI, and his title is on the open market as well.

"It would be most ironic," grinned SIKI, "if I should emerge the winner." SIKI, who hails from Jamaica, claims he is in his best physical condition ever. The ebony panther claims to be unbeaten in the South.

Both title defenses will have stipulations of two-out-of-three falls with one hour time limits.

For variety, there is a ladies match sending FRAN GRAVETTE against the Mexican "boom boom" girl, RITA CORTEZ.

Tag team action will find the villainous brother duo of AL and DON GREENE against fan favorites BILL DROMO and HENRY PHILLIPS for the best-of-three-falls.

The immensely popular CHIEF BIG HEART will have his hands full with the rugged SWEDE HANSON.

Two men new to Charlotte, EDDIE AUGER and JOHNNY WEAVER, will face off.

Bombastic HANS SCHMIDT, a regular storm trooper in ring tactics, will oppose the incredible BILLY "Tarzan" DARNELL.

LENNY MONTANA and MARQUIS DEPARE slam in another action tiff.

Tickets are on sale at the NATIONAL HAT SHOP in downtown Charlotte and the Charlotte Coliseum box office.

Get there early for an autograph session with your favorite wrestling stars.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

1962 STATESVILLE, N.C. WRESTLING - PART TWO

May 4, 1962
STATESVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA


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And the results:

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

SYNONYMOUS

WHEN YOU THINK OF ONE...
YOU THINK OF THE OTHER...

JOHNNY WEAVER

GENE and OLE ANDERSON

RIC FLAIR

PAUL JONES

THE ASSASSIN

RICKY STEAMBOAT

BRONCHO LUBICH and ALDO BOGNI

THE FLYING SCOTTS
SANDY and GEORGE

BLACKJACK MULLIGAN

HOMER O'DELL

Sunday, June 12, 2016

1962 STATESVILLE, N.C. WRESTLING - PART ONE

April 6, 1962
STATESVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA


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I actually have memories of attending this JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS wrestling card, although my recollection was a bit flawed.

All these years, I had it in my mind that GEORGE BECKER wrestled BULL RAMOS in the main event.

When I came across these newspaper clippings of the show, I was surprised that BECKER's opponent was the diabolical PANCHO VILLA. That's OK, because now I know that I actually saw PANCHO wrestle in person, not just on TV.

JOHNNY WEAVER shared some great VILLA stories with a group of us driving to Virginia a few years ago. Unfortunately, I can't retell those stories here without "dilluting" them to the point they would lose their humor.

The specifics of this wrestling I recall are few. I have no recollection of the matches, except for the main event.

What I do recall...my Grandfather took me to this show, which was fitting, as he is the person responsible for getting me "hooked on pro wrestling." I'll always be in his debt for that. The other thing that comes to mind is that GEORGE BECKER lost the main event to PANCHO VILLA, an occurence so traumatic to little eleven-year-old me that I cried in the car on the way home because my hero had been defeated.

That's all I can tell you.