Wednesday, April 8, 2020

AROUND CROCKETTLAND in 1967


THE GREAT MALENKO
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SPARTANBURG, S.C. - 1967

GEORGE BECKER and JOHNNY WEAVER beat THE MISSOURI MAULER and THE GREAT MALENKO.

PENNY BANNER pinned PEGGY ALLEN.

RAY GARDINI was stopped by CORSICA JEAN.
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BOBBY SHANE topped JOHN GUDISKI.


GENE KINISKI
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GREENVILLE, S.C. - 1967

LOU THESZ and ABE JACOBS topped GENE KINISKI and IKE EAKINS.

LUTHER LINDSAY and GEORGE 'CATALINA' DRAKE defeated THE GREAT MALENKO and THE MISSOURI MAULER via DQ.

JOHNNY WEAVER pinned LARS ANDERSON.

GENE ANDERSON bested BOBBY SHANE.

PENNY BANNER
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NORFOLK, VA. - 1967

RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON lost a TEXAS DEATH MATCH to GEORGE BECKER and JOHNNY WEAVER. (The match went twenty falls.)

ALDO BOGNI and BRONCHO LUBICH with HOMER O'DELL stopped KARL GOTCH and ALEX MEDINA.

PENNY BANNER pinned JUDY GRABLE.

KEN HOLLIS downed JOHN GUDISKI.

KLONDIKE BILL
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GREENSBORO, N.C. - 1967

GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT defeated THE MISSOURI MAULER and THE GREAT MALENKO via DQ.

GENE ANDERSON and KARL GOTCH fought to a draw.

KLONDIKE BILL upended TONY NERO.

GEORGE 'CATALINA' DRAKE topped LARS ANDERSON.

BOBBY SHANE won over JAN MADRID.

SANDY and GEORGE SCOTT
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CHARLESTON, S.C. - 1967

THE GREAT MALENKO beat SANDY SCOTT in a RUSSIAN CHAIN MATCH.

GEORGE SCOTT won from THE MISSOURI MAULER via DQ.

BOBBY SHANE and JESSE JAMES toppled JAN MADRID and JOHN GUDISKI.

KEN HOLLIS pinned ANGELO MARTINELLI.

Monday, April 6, 2020

A FAN CLUB FOR RIP AND SWEDE

The tag team combination of RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON was a duo wrestling fans loved to hate. And then again, many fans just loved them.

I was one of those fans. Another was a young man named ROCK RIDDLE. ROCK was much more ambitious than I. He started a HAWK / HANSON fan club and actually had a convention for his 'BLONDE BOMBER' heroes (maybe more than one), and 'The Profile' attended.

Here's RIP and ROCK at the convention.



The meeting shall come to order (ROCK is at bottom left).

RIP and SWEDE taking care of business.

The 'BLONDE BOMBERS' actually being besieged by autograph seekers. (HAWK and HANSON were getting ready to wrestle THE MISSOURI MAULER and HIRO MATSUDA, so maybe that's why.)

Young ROCK RIDDLE grew up and became a professional wrestler.

Saturday, April 4, 2020

HOW TO UNMASK THE GREAT BOLO

April 22, 1963
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA
57 Years Ago

Special terms will be in effect tonight when CHIEF BIG HEART and THE GREAT BOLO are rematched again in a wrestling feature at the LEXINGTON YMCA.

THE GREAT BOLO, wrestling's hooded menace, has agreed, for this match only, to remove his mask in the ring if he loses the match, no matter how it might happen.

Last Saturday, he lost his second match within a month to the big Indian, but again through a disqualification.

BIG HEART was busted open during the melee, and BOLO's yellow mask was stained red, himself cut badly.

In the past, BOLO has agreed to unmask if he lost two falls by pinfall or submission, and that's it. Tonight, it will be different, and the best-of-three falls match has a NO DISQUALIFICATION clause added anyway.
However, if BOLO is counted out of the ring, that would constitute losing a fall, and the mask must come off.

"I know I am a better wrestler than this redskin. He's a tough competitor, I'll give him that, but no one is a better wrestler than I am," shouted THE GREAT BOLO. "I am that confident of a victory that I have baited the CHIEF back into the ring by putting my mask on the line if he can beat me two falls in any manner. He can't and I'll prove it. It's probably the last chance for the wrestling fans to see the Indian wrestler, because I'm going to hurt the man really bad."

ANGELO MARTINELLI and BOB BOYER, a new winning tag team, will meet TERRY GARVIN and MARK STONE in a two-out-of-three falls semifinal.

Other matches send JACK BERNARD against European star BOB NANDOR, and CHARLIE LAYE will face JACK MARSHALL.

Belltime is 8:15.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

RIP and SWEDE on the REBOUND

February 6, 1965
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA



The "BLONDE BOMBERS" of professional wrestling return to the LEXINGTON YMCA tonight after a disappointing experience here last week.

RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON, who boast of an incredible win record, came up short last Saturday at the hands of THE FLYING SCOTTS.

They will attempt to reverse their bad fortunes tonight when they tangle with another top team in that of NICK KOZAK and "IRISH" MIKE CLANCY.

"Last week's loss was a fluke, and I promise it won't happen again," shouted RIP HAWK, as partner HANSON nodded. SWEDE doesn't say much.

Another top tag battle is signed when fan favorites RUDY KAYE and ANGELO MARTINELLI take on the rulebreaking duo of "SIR" NELSON ROYAL and THE VIKING, who have been on a hot streak as of late.

Both tag team matches are set for the best-of-three falls with one hour time limits.

Singles action opens the card at 8:15 when LORENZO PARENTE faces THE BEAST.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

ROCK HUNTER - HUMAN or VAMPIRE



A vampire is a fictional being...or is it?

MID-ATLANTIC WRESTLING fans might have disagreed back in 1972. Some might have been convinced there was a vampire-like wrestler in JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS who got as much pleasure drawing blood from his opponents as Count Dracula himself.

The wrestler was ROCK HUNTER.

MR. HUNTER enjoyed making two men in JCP suffer more than any others...KLONDIKE BILL and NELSON ROYAL.

"KLONDIKE 'FATSO' BILL and 'COWGIRL' NELSON are my two favorite victims," said HUNTER (not me). "Why? Because they're the easiest. They don't have a brain between them. Wrestling them is like having a night off."

Fans (including me) would disagreed. I loved BILL and NELLIE.

ROCK would continue boasting, "I'd wrestle them both in a handicap match, but none of the promoters would allow it...I had to get a partner, so I picked my friend MATTI SUZUKI. We got our match in Asheville, N.C."

NELSON and KLONDIKE before the start of the Asheville, N.C. match.

"SUZUKI took care of the Alaskan goof, so I could concentrate on ROYAL, my victim of the evening. I beat on him until he could no longer stand."...ROCK HUNTER

"Then I applied my 'squeeze' hold on that Texas noggin'. I squeezed and squeezed until..."

"his head popped open like a melon. Oh, it was beautiful. That cowgirl never knew what hit him."

Maybe ROCK HUNTER couldn't count that night, but the referee could. And when ROCK refused to break his 'squeeze' hold at five, he and partner SUZUKI were disqualified, and KLONDIKE BILL and NELSON ROYAL were the winners that Asheville night.

Sunday, March 29, 2020

MAULER: "WEAVER IS A CHICKEN THIEF"

July 16, 1966
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

THE MISSOURI MAULER

THE GREAT MALENKO


ABE JACOBS

LUTHER LINDSAY

PENNY BANNER

GEORGE 'CATALINA' DRAKE
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Popular JOHNNY WEAVER, at least 'temporary' SOUTHERN HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION, will take New Zealander ABE JACOBS as a partner tonight and will face THE MISSOURI MAULER and THE GREAT MALENKO in a two-out-of-three falls tag team main event at the LEXINGTON YMCA.

Last Saturday night in the ring, WEAVER had one fall in a championship bout against the title-holding MAULER when all types of excitement broke out. Referee Walter Buckner was injured and could not continue officiating. WEAVER, trying to aid the fallen ref, was attacked by the MAULER, and JACOBS came in to lend a hand. The MAULER took the low road and ran, with WEAVER grabbing the championship belt, saying he plans to keep it until the NWA officials make a ruling. Tonight's grudge match grows out of the turmoil.

"He never beat me for the belt, but he stole it anyway," claims the MAULER. "He's just as low down as the chicken thieves we've got back home in St. Jo. As far as I'm concerned, WEAVER is nothing but a chicken thief, and he's gonna pay."

Another tag match is scheduled with two falls necessary to determine a winner. Popular power hitters GEORGE 'CATALINA' DRAKE and Negro star LUTHER LINDSAY will meet CORSICA JEAN and Lexington newcomer 'BRUISER' BOB MORGAN.

MISS PENNY BANNER and MISS DIXIE JORDAN face off in a special ladies match, and IKE EAKINS battles KEN HOLLIS in the opening match, which gets underway at 8:15.

Friday, March 27, 2020

NELSON ROYAL & PAUL JONES DEBUT IN CHARLOTTE

April 1, 1969
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA



Two tag team matches that will follow the pattern of science against "no holds barred" tactics rate equal billing on tonight's professional wrestling program at PARK CENTER kicking off at 8:15.

Local fans will be anxious to take their first look at the Texas team of NELSON ROYAL and PAUL JONES. The swift twosome was the rage in the Orient recently.

ROYAL and JONES will face the rugged duo of THE MISSOURI MAULER and HIRO MATSUDA. Add the judo skills of MATSUDA to the rough brawling of the MAULER, and they make quite a twosome.

The other tag battle will send the masked MR. WRESTLING and SAM STEAMBOAT up against "The Blonde Bombers," RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON. These two teams are locked in a bloody feud (see poster) these days, and nothing has been settled ...yet. It's been a brutal brawl every time these men have locked horns.

Both tag matches are governed by the best-of-three falls, one hour time limits.

MIKE SHANE will open the card in his one-fall contest with villainous "Bulldog" LEE HENNING.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

LOU ALBANO IN JCP

January 14, 1963
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA

57 Years Ago


A return tag team match is on tap for tonight at PARK CENTER when THE FLYING SCOTTS, GEORGE and SANDY, are rematched against THE SICILIANS, LOU ALBANO and TONY ALTAMORE, in the two-out-of-three falls main event.

The two teams staged a frantic battle last week, with THE SILCILIANS winning the lone fall before the hostilities were halted by the time limit. Tonight's contest will have NO TIME LIMIT, and both teams are chomping at the bit to get back into the ring to settle it all.

A special event brings in midgets girls, BABY CHERYL and DARLING DAGMAR, for a one fall skirmish. Refereeing this match will be another midget girl, DOLLY DARCELL. All three weigh in at less than 100 pounds each.

In other bouts tonight, fan favorite JOHNNY WEAVER faces tough IKE EAKINS, and PANCHO VILLA takes on LARRY HULIN, an up-and-coming star from Asheboro.

Belltime is 8:15.

Monday, March 23, 2020

BULLIES BATTLE

August 12, 1967
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

THE MISSOURI MAULER

PAMPERO FIRPO

RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON

HARU SASAKI

LUTHER LINDSAY

SONNY FARGO
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Super rough tag teams will collide in a BATTLE OF THE BULLIES in tonight's wrestling feature at the LEXINGTON YMCA.

It will be THE MISSOURI MAULER and his rowdy jungle partner, PAMPERO FIRPO, meeting wrestling's BLONDE BOMBERS RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON.

THE MAULER and FIRPO have laid claim to the SOUTHERN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP, but have yet to get the belts. They want to prove they are worthy by defeating the best tag teams around these parts, and HAWK and HANSON are certainly included in that group.

The clash will be decided by the first team to win two-falls-out-of-three.

Three singles matches will round out tonight's card.

Oriental partners HARU SASAKI and P.Y. CHUNG will be dividing up tonight as SASAKI meets SONNY FARGO, and CHUNG faces JERRY LONDON.

The 8:15 opening match sends popular LUTHER LINDSAY against rugged 'APACHE' BULL RAMOS.

BULL RAMOS

Saturday, March 21, 2020

HAWK & HUNTER WANT THE BOLOS

December 10, 1962
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA

58 Years Ago



A rematch of the tag team bout between two rowdy combos, THE GREAT BOLO and BOLO and RIP HAWK and ROCK HUNTER, headlines tonight's wrestling card at PARK CENTER.

The two teams collided last Monday night, with HAWK and HUNTER receiving a disqualification loss for going beyond the rule limitations allowed. RIP and ROCK apparently entered the ring with that intention, and maybe were willing to take the DQ in order to wreck havoc on THE BOLOs, which they did. When the BOLOs exited the ring, one was a bloody mess, and the other's mask was ripped half-way off his head.

HAWK and HUNTER have vowed they will finish the job tonight, and the reign of terror of THE BOLOs will be over. This week's two-out-of-three falls match, however, will be fought under a NO DISQUALIFICATION stipulation, meaning either team can do virtually anything they choose without risk of penalty.

In the evening's other tag battle, GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT, both winners in individual competition last Monday, are reunited as "THE FLYING SCOTTS" when they collide with IKE EAKINS and PANCHO VILLA in a best-of-three falls encounter.

Single actions finds popular JOHNNY WEAVER facing BILL PARKS and RAY VILLMER battling FELIX LAMBAN.

Action begins at 8:15.