Friday, January 19, 2018

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

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

MOTHER NATURE WINS STRAIGHT FALLS

January 16, 1965
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA
53 Years Ago



ABE JACOBS and DOUG GILBERT will pair up as a new wrestling team tonight at the LEXINGTON YMCA when they meet the rugged duo of RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON, known in wrestling circles as the "BLONDE BOMBERS."

JACOBS, the New Zealand flash, is returning here after a long absence, and his dynamic style should fit well with the spectacular moves of young GILBERT. HAWK and HANSON, very rough operators, are a veteran combination, so the best-of-three fall contest should prove interesting.

Another two-out-of-three fall contest is scheduled as THE FLYING SCOTTS, GEORGE and SANDY, face a new brute force combo in THE ALASKAN and THE BEAST.

PEPPER GOMEZ and MIKE VALENTINE will square off in the evening's opening match at 8:15.


MIKE VALENTINE later wrestled as BARON MIKEL SCICLUNA.


This card, as it turned out, never took place on the scheduled night, being cancelled due to a heavy snow.

Monday, January 15, 2018

RED CLOUD / LITTLE EAGLE WIN STREAK

JANUARY 13, 1968
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA
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50 Years Ago

Winning tag teams on last week's card will go against each other on tonight's LEXINGTON YMCA professional wrestling card.

This means that the Indian team of BOBBY RED CLOUD and CHIEF LITTLE EAGLE, victorious over P.Y. CHUNG and THE MUMMY last Saturday, will be facing LARS and GENE ANDERSON, who defeated HAYSTACK CALHOUN and THE AMAZING ZUMA in their encounter.

Another tag team contest is scheduled with ABE JACOBS and LUTHER LINDSAY meeting the Spanish / Mexican duo of PANCHO VALDEZ and THE MATADOR.

Both tag contests are for the best two-out-of-three falls.

Popular BOB NANDOR, the Hungarian freedom fighter, meets "BULLDOG" LEE HENNING, and young ALEX MEDINA squares off against CHUCK CONLEY in the supporting events.

The first bell rings at 8:15.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

NO BETTER MAT ACTION ANYWHERE

...Fans of the MID-ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING territory were always in for a great evening when the stars of JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS came to their towns...

ARGENTINA APOLLO tosses SWEDE HANSON.

BILLY SPEARS and PANCHO VALDEZ go at it.

FRANK MORRELL puts the boot to the back of MATTI SUZUKI.

KOA TIKI has the advantage over GENE ANDERSON at this moment.

ABE JACOBS is at the mercy of PHIL ROBLEY.

UNMASKED MARVEL BILLY GARRETT clamps a nerve stinger on DANNY MILLER while the other MARVEL JIM STARR looks on.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

JOHNNY WEAVER DEBUTS IN CHARLOTTE

February 5, 1962
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA
56 Years Ago



HANS SCHMIDT, a brutal 240 lb. German, will headline tonight's wrestling card at PARK CENTER.

SCHMIDT, noted as one of the very toughest wrestlers on the American circuit, will face another rugged grappler in that of LENNY MONTANA *.

The bout, which will be a test for both wrestlers, is set for two-out-of-three falls, with a one hour time limit.

The rest of the card is dotted with new faces.

The semi-final brings in newcomer BILL DROMO, a youngster with a big reputation, to meet the rough and tough SWEDE HANSON. DROMO is from Detroit and specializes in the scientific approach to the sport, unlike HANSON.

Another prelim will unveil two newcomers to the Charlotte area when young JOHNNY WEAVER ** takes on EDDIE AUGER.

The 8:15 opener brings in still another new face, SIR ALLAN GARFIELD, who will team with TINKER TODD to face the combo of STEVE BOLUS and KEN COOPER.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

THE ARGENTINE LEGEND

October 19, 1963
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

55 Years Ago

The spectacular wrestling team of GEORGE BECKER and ARGENTINA ROCCA will battle evil foes ALDO BOGNI and BRONCHO LUBICH in a LEXINGTON YMCA main event feature tonight.

Both BECKER and ROCCA, extremely popular with fans everywhere, are returning to Lexington after lengthy absences to meet 'COLONEL' HOMER O'DELL's rulebreaking duo. And yes, 'COLONEL' O'DELL will be in the corner of his men. The match is set for the best-of-three falls with a one-hour time limit.

Two big men will slug it out in the night's two-out-of-three falls semifinal match as big and tough IKE EAKINS takes on JACK LANZA. *

The respected Indian wrestling star, BOBBY RED CLOUD, makes his debut here tonight when he faces rugged ANGELO SAVOLDI in one of the evening's prelim matches.

Opening the card at 8:15 will be PRINCE OMAR facing the versatile JOHNNY 'RUBBERMAN' WALKER**.


* JACK LANZA later changed his ways and wrestled heel as BLACKJACK LANZA.

** JOHNNY 'RUBBERMAN' WALKER later became MR. WRESTLING 2.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

CHARLOTTE - 60 YEARS AGO

AUGUST 26, 1958

RED BASTIEN

THE GREAT BOLO
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August 26, 1958
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA
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A 'fight to the finish' will highlight tonight's wrestling card at Charlotte's PARK CENTER.
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The NO TIME LIMIT two-out-of-three falls match will give popular RED BASTIEN another shot against THE GREAT BOLO, and if BASTIEN can take two falls from the masked hoodlum, off will come BOLO's prized mask.
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Last week, the two battled to a one-hour draw without a single fall recorded by either participant.
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"There must be a winner this time," says promoter JIM CROCKETT. "I don't care if they wrestle two hours. Someone is going to win."

GEORGE BECKER

CYCLONE ANAYA

FRITZ VON ERICH

WALDO VON ERICH

ERNIE DUSEK
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MIKE PAIDOUSIS
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The semi-final best-of-three falls scrap is a tag team scuffle that pairs GEORGE BECKER with CYCLONE ANAYA to do battle with the rugged German brothers FRITZ and WALDO VON ERICH.
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The Germans were disqualified last week in a match with BILLY TWO RIVERS and his partner, but showed that they are one of the toughest duos in the wrestling business today.
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Two single bouts make up the undercard.
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One match has ERNIE DUSEK taking on NICK ROBERTS, while MIKE PAIDOUSIS faces TINKER TODD in the 8:15 opening match.

Friday, January 5, 2018

HOMER AND HIS BOYS

January 18, 1969
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA


SANDY and GEORGE SCOTT


THE MISSOURI MAULER
(LARRY HAMILTON)


HIRO MATSUDA


THE GARVINS


'BULLDOG' LEE HENNING
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Two different CANADIAN brother tag teams * will be taking parts in a pair of LEXINGTON YMCA tag wrestling matches tonight.

The action begins at 8:15.

Popular GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT, former World Tag Team Champions, and known as THE FLYING SCOTTS, will battle the treacherous duo of the rowdy citizen of St. Jo, Missouri, THE MISSOURI MAULER and his Japanese judo expert partner, HIRO MATSUDA. MAULER and MATSUDA will be accompanied to the ring and advised by their manager GENERAL HOMER O'DELL.

The evening's second tag battle will send good guys SILENTO RODRIGUEZ and GREG PETERSON against rowdies RONNIE and TERRY GARVIN. 

Both tag matches will be fought under the best two-out-of-three fall rules.

The hated NIKITA MULKOVICH squares off against ex-footballer LES WOLFE, and ANGELO MARTINELLI faces 'Bulldog' LEE HENNING in the card's singles contests.

* GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT were really brothers, the GARVINS were not.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

A LEXINGTON NIGHT 52 YEARS AGO

July 16, 1966
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA


THE MISSOURI MAULER


THE GREAT MALENKO



ABE JACOBS


LUTHER LINDSAY


PENNY BANNER


GEORGE 'CATALINA' DRAKE

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.

Monday, January 1, 2018

'RING' IN THE NEW YEAR


JANUARY 4, 1969
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

49 Years Ago

A rematch between tag teams of SAILOR ART THOMAS and ABE JACOBS and THE MINNESOTA WRECKING CREW has been ordered to feature the first wrestling card of the new year tonight at the LEXINGTON YMCA.

Last week, GENE and OLE ANDERSON took a hurried and early leave during an exciting third fall, and THOMAS and JACOBS were declared winners by way of a "count out". A double purse goes to the winning team of tonight's two-out-of-three falls battle.

A BATTLE OF THE BULLIES is set in the evening's best-of-three fall semifinal when ruffians JIMMY and BILLY HINES battle Jap star HIRO MATSUDA and scrapper THE MISSOURI MAULER. The HINES boys wrestled here previously as THE MASKED RED DEMONS.

Two special matches are slated to open tonight's card of action.

COWBOY LANG and LITTLE BRUSIER battle in a one-fall MIDGETS MATCH.

Lovely BARBARA OWENS and DONNA CHRISTIAN square off in a LADIES MATCH, with unlady-like antics predicted.

Belltime is 8:15 for the NEW YEARS card.