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
(1938-2002)

KEN PATERA
The World's Strongest Man

PENNY BANNER
(1934-2008)
The First Lady of MID-ATLANTIC Wrestling

EDWARD 'BEARCAT' WRIGHT
(1932-1982)

VITTORIO 'ARGENTINA' APOLLO
(1943-1984)

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

"LEGEND" - A WORD OFTEN OVERUSED


BUT NOT 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

WAHOO MCDANIEL

SKULL MURPHY and BRUTE BERNARD

JACK BRISCO

Sunday, September 8, 2013

N.W.A. WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONS

ALOYSIUS MARTIN "LOU" THESZ
(1916-2002)
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
(1924-1990)
Won the title in 1959, defeating DICK HUTTON.

'NATURE BOY' BUDDY ROGERS (HERMAN C. ROHDE JR.)
(1921- 1992)
In 1961, defeated PAT O'CONNOR for the championship.
Lost the title to LOU THESZ in 1963.

EUGENE NICHOLAS 'GENE' KINISKI
(born 1928)
Won the title from LOU THESZ in 1966.

DORRANCE 'DORY' FUNK JR.
(born 1941)
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).

Friday, August 9, 2013

COLOR PHOTOGRAPHS - A RARE COMMODITY

All of the wrestling magazines of the past, going back as far as fifty-fifty years, were great. I guess we all had our favorites (I always liked WRESTLING REVUE). But one thing missing (I suppose for cost purposes) were photos of our favorite grapplin' stars in full color. And I mean true color. Not the 'air-brushed' photos in which the artists who colored them must have been on some strange chemicals when they worked.

How in the world did THE INFERNOS end up on a magazine cover, and their outfits were orange?

I actually have such a magazine.

So, on the rare occassion, when a reader ran across a nice full-color picture of his favorite wrestler, it was special.

Here are a few that caught my eye...

CHIEF WAHOO McDANIEL

HARLEY RACE and NELSON ROYAL

I particularly like this photo because of the grouping of then NWA WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION RACE, who for the most part was working 'heel' at the time, and NELSON ROYAL, a big-time 'babyface'.

RIC FLAIR, J.J. DILLON, TULLY BLANCHARD and an obvious young FOUR HORSEMAN fan

JOHNNY WEAVER

NWA WORLD CHAMP JACK BRISCO

Another WORLD CHAMPION - DORY FUNK JR.

and finally, MRS. BUTCHER's favorite son, ABDULAH

Sunday, March 24, 2013

MORE OF THOSE GREAT COLOR PHOTOS


All of the wrestling magazines of the past, going back as far as fifty years, were great. But one thing missing (I suppose for cost purposes) were photos of our favorite grapplin' stars in full color. And I mean true color. Not the 'air-brushed' photos in which the artists who colored them must have been on some strange chemicals when they worked.

So, on the rare occassion, when a reader ran across a nice full-color picture of his favorite wrestler, it was special.

Here are a few that caught my eye...

GEORGE 'CATALINA' DRAKE

ANDRE THE GIANT versus ABDULLAH THE BUTCHER

THE SPOILER / THE SUPER DESTROYER
(DON JARDINE)

JOHNNY WEAVER versus J.J. DILLON

KILLER KARL KOX

MR. X 1 & 2
(GORDON NELSON & GEOFF PORTZ)

RIC FLAIR versus ANDRE THE GIANT