Mike Cline's MID-ATLANTIC GRAPPLIN' GREATS
A fond look back at the great days of JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS professional wrestling.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
A TIP OF THE MASK TO...
...to five great wrestling stars who each sold plenty of tickets for JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS and always gave the fans their money's worth...
EDWARD 'WAHOO' MCDANIEL
The World's Strongest Man
The First Lady of MID-ATLANTIC Wrestling
EDWARD 'BEARCAT' WRIGHT
VITTORIO 'ARGENTINA' APOLLO
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
"LEGEND" - A WORD OFTEN OVERUSED
WHEN SPEAKING OF THE FOLLOWING...
These guys did it all in the world of professional wrestling. They were all impact players in every territory they worked, and that certainly includes the JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS area.
RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON
SKULL MURPHY and BRUTE BERNARD
Sunday, September 8, 2013
N.W.A. WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONS
ALOYSIUS MARTIN "LOU" THESZ
Won the title on six different occassions, the first being in 1937. Held the title a combined ten+ years, longer than any other wrestler.
PATRICK JOHN 'PAT' O'CONNOR
Won the title in 1959, defeating DICK HUTTON.
'NATURE BOY' BUDDY ROGERS (HERMAN C. ROHDE JR.)
In 1961, defeated PAT O'CONNOR for the championship.
Lost the title to LOU THESZ in 1963.
EUGENE NICHOLAS 'GENE' KINISKI
Won the title from LOU THESZ in 1966.
DORRANCE 'DORY' FUNK JR.
Defeated GENE KINISKI in 1969 for the title.
Lost the title in 1973 to HARLEY RACE.
FUNK was NWA WORLD CHAMPION for four and a half years (the second-longest uninterrupted reign (THESZ holds that record, being champion from 1949 to 1956).