Friday, November 16, 2018

HAWK / HANSON / MAULER / MATSUDA

March 29, 1969
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

49 Years Ago



Anything is likely to happen tonight...

RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON, "The Blonde Bombers" of the pro wrestling world, tear loose against an equally rough duo of THE MISSOURI MAULER and HIRO MATSUDA in tonight's LEXINGTON YMCA wrestling feature, kicking off at 8:15.

"Colonel" HOMER O'DELL, the diabolical manager of MATSUDA and the MAULER, will be accompanying his men and could get mixed up in the BATTLE OF THE BULLIES main event, scheduled for the best two-out-of-three falls.

"Let O'DELL stick his nose in the ring while I'm wrestling," said HAWK. "I've got a piledriver waiting with his name on it!" HAWK's partner HANSON had no comment.

Popular GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT will be back tonight, fresh off a victory here last week. "Bulldog" LEE HENNING and "Big" JIM GRABMIRE are the foes facing "The Flying Scotts" tonight. Two falls will decide the winning team.

Single matches send young BOBBY PAUL against the rugged ROCK HUNTER, and RANDY CURTIS will test tough EL GAUCHO in the opening match.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

HOMER IN HOT WATER

October 31, 1964
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

THE KENTUCKIANS
TINY ANDERSON and BIG BOY BROWN

GEORGE BECKER

BRONCHO LUBICH and ALDO BOGNI

THE BEAST

GEORGE 'TWO TON' HARRIS

RUDY KAYE

JESSE JAMES
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The HOMER O'DELL gang may find their Halloween to be a haunting one tonight at the LEXINGTON YMCA when they face THE KENTUCKIANS, TINY ANDERSON and BIG BOY BROWN, and their hero partner GEORGE BECKER.

It's tonight's big main event.

Last Saturday night, O'DELL, after losing one fall to BECKER, tucked tail and ran like a scalded dog, bringing an abrupt ending to their match. Tonight, the 'COLONEL' will have his two rulebreaking men, BRONCHO LUBICH and ALDO BOGNI, to cower behind during their SIX MAN TAG TEAM MATCH. O'DELL will need that protection in the best-of-three falls match, as BECKER wants another piece of HOMER's hide for his taking a powder last time. THE KENTUCKIANS have promised to look after BOGNI and LUBICH.

Another big crowd is expected to witness this big contest, as well as the three fine supporting matches on the card.

DOUG GILBERT will test PEDRO ZAPATA.

RUDY KAYE faces THE BEAST. *

JESSE JAMES squares off against GEORGE 'TWO TON' HARRIS in the 8:15 opener.

Rudy Kaye and The Beast were, in fact, brothers. Rudy's real name was Jean-Louis Cormier. The Beast was Yvon Cormier.

Monday, November 12, 2018

SENSATIONAL SIXTIES SKULLDUGGERY

THE MISSOURI MAULER
(LARRY HAMILTON)
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SPARTANBURG, S.C. - 1969

RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON bested THE MISSOURI MAULER and HIRO MATSUDA.

SAILOR ART THOMAS and ABE JACOBS won over TERRY and RONNIE GARVIN.

RICK HUNTER defeated MIKE SHANE.

LES WOLFE topped TONY NERO.


THE MUMMY
(BENJI RAMIREZ)
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BURLINGTON, N.C. - 1967

TEX McKENZIE and NELSON ROYAL lost to RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON.

GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT won from ALDO BOGNI and BRONCHO LUBICH with HOMER O'DELL via DQ.

THE MUMMY defeated RONNIE HILL.

MIKE PAIDOUSIS topped ANGELO MARTINELLI.


SKULL MURPHY
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ASHEVILLE, N.C. - 1966

BRUTE BERNARD and SKULL MURPHY lost to ALDO BOGNI and BRONCHO LUBICH with HOMER O'DELL.

NELSON ROYAL and SUNI WAR CLOUD topped GEORGE 'TWO TON' HARRIS and 'ROWDY' RED ROBERTS.

RAY DURAN and MIKE PAIDOUSIS wrestled to a draw.

STEVE BOLUS topped TONY NERO.


KURT and HENRY VON STROHEIM
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RALEIGH, N.C. - 1967

GEORGE BECKERJOHNNY WEAVER and HAYSTACK CALHOUN defeated BRONCHO LUBICHALDO BOGNI and HOMER O'DELL in six man action.

GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT bested KURT and HENRY VON STROHEIM.

HARU SASAKI pinned PAUL DEMARCO.

PEGGY ALLEN topped TAMMY JONES.


JESSE JAMES versus JIMMY HINES
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CHARLESTON, W.V. - 1969

BRONCHO LUBICH and ALDO BOGNI with GEORGE 'TWO TON' HARRIS stopped SAM STEAMBOAT and MR. WRESTLING.

JESSE JAMES and GREG PETERSON lost to JIMMY and BILLY HINES.

PANCHO VALDEZ and BILLY SPEARS wrestled to a draw.

JIM GRABMIRE toppled DAVE COX.


ABE JACOBS
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RALEIGH, N.C. - 1966

HAYSTACK CALHOUNGEORGE BECKER and JOHNNY WEAVER bested ALDO BOGNIBRONCHO LUBICH and HOMER O'DELL in six man action.

ABE JACOBS defeated 'BIG' BOB ORTON.

OMAR ATLAS and MIKE PAIDOUSIS were both disqualified.

JOHNNY HEIDEMAN lost to JESSE JAMES.

SONNY FARGO wrestled PEDRO ZAPATA to a draw.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

THOSE INFERNAL INFERNOS

I make no apologies for throwing the spotlight once again on these guys for a number of reasons:
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They could really work in the ring.
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They really drew heat.
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And I just plain liked them!
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THE INFERNOS made several passes through JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS in the mid-late 1960s, and each time, went straight to the top of the card, feuding with not just the top 'babyface' teams, but also a number of the other 'heel' duos as well.

THE INFERNOS set every wrestling territory they worked in on fire!
Often, J.C. DYKES was forced to join his men in the ring as pictured here in a match against a team headed by EDDIE GRAHAM.

The helpless referee tries to no avail to prevent THE INFERNOS from double-teaming a hapless opponent.

THE INFERNOS
(These are the originals - Manager J.C. DYKES (left), ROCKY SMITH (center), FRANKIE CAIN (right).

Looks like things didn't go well for J.C. on this night.

JOHNNY WEAVER is at the mercy of one of the masked maulers.
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One INFERNO memory I have occurred in the late 1960s one summer night at the old semi-pro baseball park in Statesville, North Carolina.
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DYKES and his men were making their approach to the ring for their main event match. J.C. was wearing a brown paisley tuxedo jacket. Some idiot, out of nowhere like Ruby on Oswald, threw a large cup of Coca-Cola right in the manager's face and all over the jacket, then like the fool he was, took off running towards the center field fence (where there was no escape - the fence was at least ten feet high). Duh!
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Both INFERNOS took off after the goof. Whichever wrestler was wearing the 'loaded boot' actually got to him first, tackled him in the outfield and started slugging him. His masked partner was right behind and began beating the **** out of the poor guy with the metal canteen DYKES always carried to the ring.
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Eventually, the local police (60-inch girths and all) made it to the outfield and relieved the wrestlers of what was left of their attacker and escorted him out of the ball park and took him to the local police department, where I'm sure he spent the night at the expense of the citizens of Statesville.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

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.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Co-MAIN EVENTS TOP CARD

August 21, 1961
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA



The long-simmering feud between CHIEF BIG HEART and the dastardly duo of P.Y. CHUNG and SWEDE HANSON comes to a boil in the headline bout on tonight's PARK CENTER pro wrestling card, presented by JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS.

CHIEF BIG HEART has picked up the very capable RAY VILLMER as his partner to battle CHUNG and HANSON in two-out-of-three falls tag team warfare. It's set for a one hour time limit.

The co-main event promises to be equally as exciting as the fan favorite combo of GEORGE BECKER and ABE JACOBS take on THE MASKED MEDICS in a 45-minute, best-of-three-falls encounter.

THE MEDICS have been going through opposition with great regularity as of late, and BECKER and JACOBS will be out to put a stop to it.

Two singles bouts will complete the card.

One squares off PAT O'BRIEN against LEE GARCIA, and the 8:15 opener has GENE MURPHY, a newcomer, battling TITO CARREON.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

CAROLINA CAT FIGHT





BELLE STARR makes her point to the hot crowd.

BARBARA and BELLE go at it while referee ANGELO MARTINELLI looks on.

BELLE got a kick out of this.

While just about every section of the country and every town in that section claims that they have the most rabid wrestling fans, few will argue the claim that the loudest and wildest of them all come from the Carolinas. What makes these fans so? Well, those wild and woolly matches that they are presented with week after week could be the reason.

A recent match between 'Blonde Venus' BARBARA NICHOLS and the saucy brunette, BELLE STARR, was an occasion for rejoicing as these two gals just plain don't like each other, and when they climbed through the ropes to do battle, the sparks really flew.

As actions and pictures speak louder than words - we will let the photos tell the story.

From a 1969 WRESTLING REVUE article by Gene Gordon.

Friday, November 2, 2018

LONG TIME RIVALS CLASH

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

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

MAULER / MALENKO ROBBED


July 23, 1966
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA
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THE MISSOURI MAULER and THE GREAT MALENKO are crying about losing last Saturday night and will be rematched against JOHNNY WEAVER and ABE JACOBS in tonight's LEXINGTON YMCA featured wrestling main event.

JOHNNY and ABE were awarded a victory on a reversed decision after wild action last week. MALENKO and the MAULER claimed they were robbed, and WEAVER and JACOBS, wanting to prove the win was no fluke, agreed to the best-of-three falls rematch, which should really get exciting.

WEAVER and the MAULER have been battling for the SOUTHERN HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP as of late in singles competition. The MAULER remains the official champion, although JOHNNY has physical possession of the title belt. The champion wants his belt back.

Another tag battle this week pits the power-packed hero combo of GEORGE 'CATALINA' DRAKE and LUTHER LINDSAY against the very tough Minnesota duo of brothers LARS and GENE ANDERSON. This one is set for the best two-out-of-three falls within a forty-five minute time limit.

Two singles matches featuring top stars will open the card at 8:15.

LUTHER LINDSAY

THE GREAT MALENKO

GEORGE 'CATALINA' DRAKE

LARS and GENE ANDERSON

THE MISSOURI MAULER

ABE JACOBS

JOHNNY WEAVER