Saturday, April 19, 2014

THE SENSATIONAL SIZZLING SIXTIES

From West Virginia to South Carolina, JCP fans had no trouble finding great wrestling entertainment...


ABE JACOBS
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CHARLESTON, W.V. - 1969

ABE JACOBSGEORGE and SANDY SCOTT topped LARSGENE and OLE ANDERSON in six man action.

LITTLE BRUISER pinned COWBOY LANG.

PAUL DEMARCO and BOB RAMSTEAD lost to THE RED DEMONS.

LES WOLFE toppled TINKER TODD.

GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT
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LYNCHBURG, VA. - 1968

GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT bested HARU SASAKI and P.Y. CHUNG.

BOBBY RED CLOUD and CHIEF LITTLE EAGLE won over THE INFERNOS with J.C. DYKES via DQ.

CHUCK CONLEY topped THE MATADOR.

ROGER KIRBY pinned ALEX MEDINA.

JOHN and CHRIS TOLOS
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GREENVILLE, S.C. - 1966

JOHNNY WEAVER defeated JOHN and CHRIS TOLOS in a Handicap Match.

GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT bested MIKE GALLAGHER and PEDRO ZAPATA.

'THE BIG O' BOB ORTON stopped RON REED*

LUTHER LINDSAY pinned 'ROWDY' RED ROBERTS.

'THE BIG O' BOB ORTON
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RICHMOND, VA. - 1966

KURT and HENRY VON STROHEIM beat GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT.

GEORGE BECKER and JOHNNY WEAVER won from 'THE BIG O' BOB ORTON and THE GREAT MALENKO.

IKE EAKINS topped JIM GRABMIRE.

DON CHUY pinned MIKE PAIDOUSIS.

TEX McKENZIE
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - 1966

ALDO BOGNI and BRONCHO LUBICH with HOMER O'DELL lost to TEX McKENZIE and NELSON ROYAL.

RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON defeated ABE JACOBS and RUDY KAYE.

PAUL DEMARCO topped GENE ANDERSON.

GEORGE 'CATALINA' DRAKE pinned GORY GUERRERO.

JESSE JAMES
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ROANOKE, VA. - 1969

ALDO BOGNIBRONCHO LUBICH and GEORGE 'TWO TON' HARRIS won over GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT and LES WOLFE in six man action.

GREG PETERSON and JESSE JAMES bested TOM BRADLEY and JOHNNY HEIDEMAN.

RANDY CURTIS defeated GEORGE GRANT.

EL GAUCHO topped RON CHARLES.
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RON REED later wrestled as BUDDY COLT.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

LONG TIME RIVALS CLASH AGAIN

May 7, 1966
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

A LUMBERJACK MATCH arrangement should keep blonde ruffians RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON in the ring tonight when they are rematched against their long-time nemesis team of GEORGE BECKER and JOHNNY WEAVER in the main event match of the LEXINGTON YMCA wrestling card.

Eight husky grapplers slated for action in the evening's supporting bouts will be stationed around the ring to keep the contestants contained and to avert a runout of the type employed by HAWK and HANSON last Saturday night.

Another tag team contest is on tap when the terrific Texans, TEX McKENZIE and NELSON ROYAL return to meet the German rulebreakers KURT and HENRY VON STROHEIM.

Both tag matches are set for the best two-of-three falls.

Big IKE EAKINS squares off against ROGER KIRBY in singles competition.

In the 8:15 opening match, Mexican GORY GUERRERO faces 'ROWDY RED ROBERTS'.

GEORGE BECKER and JOHNNY WEAVER

RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON

HENRY VON STROHEIM and TEX McKENZIE

NELSON ROYAL

HENRY and KURT VON STROHEIM

'ROWDY' RED ROBERTS

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

CONSIDER THE BRUTALITY

GENE ANDERSON and ART NELSON versus RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON

TEXAS DEATH MATCH
No Disqualification...No Time Limit. Falls don't count. The winner is determined only when one team is unable to continue.

Just consider climbing into the wrestling ring to face any of these individuals...not me!

But imagine, after pairing them up, these four would go at it until the opposing team was beaten down so badly they couldn't go any more.

That's exactly what happened one wrestling night in 1972 in GREENVILLE, S.C.

At this point, GENE ANDERSON has RIP HAWK in a compromising situation.

Big SWEDE HANSON evens things up.

The match now taking its toll on everyone.

Especially RIP (that 'Profile' may be changed permanently).

But as HARLEY RACE stated at NWA FANFEST 2007, "Pound for pound, RIP HAWK was as tough as anyone who was ever in the wrestling business."

ART NELSON took a beating as well.
Referee SAM 'LUCKY' ROBERTS looks on.

GENE GORDON witnessed the match and gave the following account..."I believe this TEXAS DEATH MATCH was the roughest, most vicious and bloody match I had seen in many years, and I go all the way back to the likes of COWBOY LUTTRELLDANNY McSHANE and STRANGLER BOB WAGNER. There was not a lot of wrestling. It was more like something out of the days of the Roman gladiators who battled to the death. No one paid any attention to any of the normal rules. The referee was knocked down several times and thrown to the floor once. He wanted to stop the match but couldn't under the stipulations. All four wrestlers looked like they had been run through a sausage grinder. They were so exhausted they could hardly leave the ring at the end. I saw one woman faint and a few others left in disgust, unable to stand the brutality and gore. I know I'll never forget it."

Sunday, April 13, 2014

WE ALWAYS GOT OUR MONEY'S WORTH


JERRY BRISCO at the mercy of THE ROYAL KANGAROOS (NORMAN FREDERICK CHARLES III and LORD JONATHAN BOYD).

'NATURE BOY' RIC FLAIR punishes TIGER CONWAY JR.

It's 'BATTLE OF THE BULLIES' time with RIP HAWK and OLE ANDERSON.

WAHOO McDANIEL whips GREG VALENTINE across the ring.

Another victory with the JOHNNY WEAVER roll.
This time the victim is PANCHO VALDEZ.

Friday, April 11, 2014

THE SUPER SIXTIES IN JCP

Forty-five years have passed since the end of the 1960s, but not the memories...

GEORGE BECKER and JOHNNY WEAVER
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LEXINGTON, N.C. - 1966

GEORGE BECKER and JOHNNY WEAVER won over RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON.

TEX McKENZIE and NELSON ROYAL toppled KURT and HENRY VON STROHEIM.

IKE EAKINS beat ROGER KIRBY.

STEVE BOLUS finished off JACK DANIELS.

GORY GUERRERO bested 'ROWDY' RED ROBERTS.


THE MUMMY
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NORFOLK, VA. - 1968

RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON defeated GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT.

THE MUMMY and 'BULLDOG' LEE HENNING lost to TEX McKENZIE and NELSON ROYAL.

LUTHER LINDSAY topped STEVE STANLEE.

ROCK HUNTER bested THE MATADOR.


BRONCHO LUBICH, HOMER O'DELL and ALDO BOGNI
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GREENSBORO, N.C. - 1967

RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON lost to BRONCHO LUBICH and ALDO BOGNI with HOMER O'DELL.

TEX McKENZIE and NELSON ROYAL edged BRUTE BERNARD and SKULL MURPHY.

GEORGE BECKER and JOHNNY WEAVER whipped LARS and GENE ANDERSON.

RUDY KAY topped EL GAUCHO.

'ROWDY' RED ROBERTS was pinned by LUTHER LINDSAY.


TEX McKENZIE
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CHARLESTON, S.C. - 1967

TEX McKENZIE and NELSON ROYAL turned back BRONCHO LUBICH and ALDO BOGNI with HOMER O'DELL.

PEGGY ALLEN topped MARGIE RAMSEY.

IKE EAKINS defeated TINKER TODD.

JACK 'THE NECK' VANSKY was pinned by JOHNNY HEIDEMAN.

KLONDIKE BILL
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ROANOKE, VA. - 1967

THE AMAZING ZUMA and GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT defeated BRONCHO LUBICHALDO BOGNI and HOMER O'DELL in six man action.

PEDRO GODOY wrestled TONY ROMANO to a draw.

KLONDIKE BILL bested FRANK MARCONI.

JOHNNY HEIDEMAN topped IAN MacBIRD.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

MAT MELEE

The Heavyweights ! The Ladies! The Midgets!

JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS gave us the BEST!

LITTLE BEAVER press slams SKY LOW LOW.

'The Big O' BOB ORTON dishes out a piledriver to a helpless opponent.
(Orton was the first wrestler I saw who used that dreaded maneuver.)

Referee ANGELO MARTINELLI watches OLE ANDERSON lay into TERRY KAY.

Top women stars PENNY BANNER and THE FABULOUS MOOLAH in action.

THE KENTUCKIANS BIG BOY BROWN and TINY ANDERSON loosen up before a big match.

One of THE INFERNOS has a long night in the ring.

Monday, April 7, 2014

HIGH SCHOOL BAND FUNDRAISER


March 19, 1963
SALISBURY, NORTH CAROLINA
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51 Years Ago

Some of professional wrestling's biggest stars will be featured on an all-star card at the PRICE HIGH SCHOOL * gymnasium in Salisbury, N.C., tonight.

GEORGE BECKER and BILLY TWO RIVERS, perhaps the most popular tag team to ever work together in the Carolinas, will clash with rugged bullies SWEDE HANSON and ALDO BOGNI in the two-out-of-three falls main event.

HANSON, who is sometimes called "Big Foot" for the simple reason that he wears a size fourteen shoe, is one of the most brutal grapplers on the wrestling circuit. He specializes in drop-kicks, and his huge feet come in mighty handy in this maneuver.

TWO RIVERS, a full-blooded Indian, is particularly popular with the younger generation of fans. Many Carolina younsters have copied his "Mohawk" style haircut (probably to the dismay of many parents).

Negro wrestlers are featured in the other matches.

SWEET GEORGIA BROWN, from Columbia, S.C., clashes with EDNA CHARLES of Jackson, Mississippi, in a girls' match.

PAUL HARRISON, from Dallas, Texas, and JIMMY BALLARD, from Memphis, Tennessee, two rugged Negro grapplers, will face one another in the opening contest.

The first match starts at 8:15 p.m. A large crowd is expected, so come early.



And the results...

GEORGE BECKER and BILLY TWO RIVERS were too much for SWEDE HANSON and ALDO BOGNI in the main event wrestling match at PRICE HIGH SCHOOL last night. The good guys took two straight falls over the bad guys. BECKER took BOGNI for the first fall with his "abdominal stretch." TWO RIVERS' war dance followed by tomahawk chops took the toll of HANSON for the second and deciding fall.

In the other matches, EDNA CHARLES won over SWEET GEORGIA BROWN, and PAUL HARRISON pinned JIMMY BALLARD.

A crowd topping 1200 attended with proceeds going to the PRICE HIGH SCHOOL band program. Another wrestling show may be booked in the near future, it was reported.



* PRICE HIGH SCHOOL was the then all-black high school in the Salisbury City School system.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

A SATURDAY SALUTE TO THESE MAT STARS

One would have to go back fifty or more years to remember all of these superstars who appeared in JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS...

Semi-reluctantly, I admit I am one who qualifies...

RAMON and ENRIQUE TORRES

TONY GAREA

JOHNNY VALENTINE

SKULL MURPHY

THUNDERBOLT PATTERSON

TEX McKENZIE

Thursday, April 3, 2014

TWINKLE, TWINKLE LITTLE STAR

The stars came out every night in the MID-ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING territory...

DICK STEINBORN executes one of his legendary drop kicks.

LUTHER LINDSAY has PAMPERO FIRPO on the ropes.

HIRO MATSUDA strikes a nerve of BOBBY NICHOLS.

THE GREAT BOLO scores another victory.

ABE JACOBS submits to ALDO BOGNI's 'corkscrew' finisher.

Strongman KEN PATERA has the upper hand on his opponent.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

CARROLL HALL, MYSTERY SOLVER

WERE YOU THERE?

MR. WRESTLING

CHARLESTON, S.C. - 1970

GENE and OLE ANDERSON versus THE INFERNOS with J.C. DYKES ended in a double DQ

BOB GRIFFIN and MR. WRESTLING downed JOHNNY HEIDEMAN and TOM BRADLEY

PEPE GOMEZ and GREG PETERSON wrestled to a draw

JESSE JAMES defeated BOBBY RED CLOUD


PAMPERO FIRPO

RALEIGH, N.C. - 1967

GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT no contested LARS and GENE ANDERSON

PAMPERO FIRPO beat DON CHUY

THE MISSOURI MAULER defeated NELSON ROYAL

THE FABULOUS MOOLAH and TONI ROSE topped DONNA CHRISTENELLO and DORA NICHOLS

THE AMAZING ZUMA over BULL RAMOS

'BULLDOG' LEE HENNING

RALEIGH, N.C. - 1968

THE INFERNOS and J.C. DYKES whipped ABE JACOBSNELSON ROYAL and LUTHER LINDSAY in six man action

TERRY and RONNIE GARVIN defeated PEPE GOMEZ and JACK RICO

'BULLDOG' LEE HENNING bested ALEX MEDINA

PAUL JONES toppled JIM GRABMIRE

NIKITA MULKOVICH

LYNCHBURG, VA. - 1969

THE INFERNOS with J.C. DYKES fell to GEORGE BECKER and JOHNNY WEAVER

NELSON ROYAL and PAUL JONES topped JIM GRABMIRE and 'BULLDOG' LEE HENNING

PEPE GOMEZ bested JOHNNY HEIDEMAN

NIKITA MULKOVICH lost to LUTHER LINDSAY


BRUTE BERNARD and SKULL MURPHY

GREENVILLE, N.C. - 1970

GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT defeated GENE and OLE ANDERSON

BRUTE BERNARD and SKULL MURPHY lost to JOHNNY WEAVER and JOHN L. SULLIVAN *

JOHNNY HEIDEMAN beat JOE FURR (who didn't beat Joe Furr?)

TINKER TODD topped JIM GRABMIRE



* JOHN L. SULLIVAN had me baffled. I have no recollection of this man working for JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS, especially working on top with JOHNNY WEAVER.

So I went to the man who would have the info, if anyone would. And he did.

CARROLL HALL of WRESTLING MEMORIES provided the following:

"JOHN L. SULLIVAN was not here that long. He went on to become 'LUSCIOUS' JOHNNY VALIANT. It was sort of being in the right place at the right time. I remember seeing him only once or twice on TV.

According to the records kept by JOHNNY WEAVERGEORGE BECKER's mother-in law passed away on March 26,1970. That night in Greensboro, North Carolina, GEORGE and JOHNNY dropped the ATLANTIC COAST TAG TEAM belts to GENE and OLE ANDERSON, most likely because BECKER and WEAVER were booked solid at the time, and BECKER was going to take nearly three weeks off.

GEORGE's name was marked through in JOHNNY's records and replaced with 'SULLY' (SULLIVAN) for a portion of those matches. It looks like SULLIVAN was not working out as JOHNNY then marked through some of the booked tag team opponents' names and changed them to singles matches between himself and one of the other guys."

Thanks CARROLL.