Wednesday, December 23, 2015

LET'S TAKE TIME FOR THIS COMMERCIAL MESSAGE

ABOUT THE MID-ATLANTIC WRESTLING EVENTS COMING UP IN YOUR AREA...



GREENSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA
(Typo on card: 'Rick' Hunter was actually 'Rock Hunter'.)



RICHMOND, VIRGINIA
(What a booking for DORY FUNK JR.---wrestling 'Bulldog' LEE HENNING in a prelim.)



RICHMOND, VIRGINIA
(from the MID-ATLANTIC GATEWAY)



RICHMOND, VIRGINIA



NORFOLK, VIRGINIA

Saturday, December 19, 2015

THE MAN

On November 3, 2007, in Rocky Mount, Virginia, a tribute was held to celebrate the wrestling career of the man who, more than ANYONE else, was synonymous with the terms MID-ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING and JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS...

JOHNNY WEAVER

Johnny getting the better of a long-time ring nemesis...George 'Two Ton' Harris.

Weaver in ring action.

Johnny's pin of Gene Anderson thwarted by 'brother' Lars Anderson.

Johnny shows Ole Anderson the quickest way to the mat.


THE MAN and me


JOHNNY WEAVER...the wrestling world will never have another like him.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

WHERE WILL THIS ONE END?

June 23, 1969
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA
46 Years Ago

There may be occasion to pin a wrestler anywhere in the PARK CENTER building tonight.

A SIX MAN TAG TEAM rematch between all three of the ANDERSON BROTHERS (LARS, GENE and OLE) and their foes, PAUL JONES and the SCOTT BROTHERS (GEORGE and SANDY), has been contracted.

Because of wild romps their last time out, it has been decided that the referee can make his count either inside or outside of the ring.

"We'll catch them any way or any where we can," promises SANDY SCOTT, speaking for his team, the winner's last Monday night. "We'll play the ANDERSONs' game---and beat them at it!"

The FALLS COUNT ANYWHERE match is for the best-of-three falls within a one-hour time limit.

Young BOBBY SHANE will tangle with veteran TOM BRADLEY, bushy-haired and rough from the opening bell, in the semi-final event.

JOHNNY HEIDEMAN, a fellow who loves to spend his off hours on a handball court, takes on RON CHARLES, a newcomer, in the 8:15 opening match.

Friday, November 27, 2015

THIS AND THAT

IN 1983, THESE ARE THE TV STATIONS WHERE NORTH CAROLINA FANS COULD FIND MID-ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING / WORLD WIDE WRESTLING


RICHMOND, VA. - OCTOBER 8, 1972

GREENSBORO, N.C. - JULY 4, 1976
(and I was there)

How in the world did I get myself into this?
(Moments after the picture was taken, I broke the 'cobra' and gave MASKED SUPERSTAR the beating of his life. And if you believe that...)

All I did was ask KAMALA if I could borrow some money.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

EARLY ON WITH HAWK AND HANSON

June 22, 1963
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA


ERIC POMEROY


TINKER TODD

FRANK VALOIS

RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON

JESSE JAMES

The current SOUTHERN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS, RAY ANDREWS and ERIC POMEROY, delayed in making their LEXINGTON YMCA debut two weeks ago, will definitely be on hand tonight in pro wrestling action.

The popular champions have powerful opposition tonight when they defend their tag crowns against tough guys RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON in a best-of-three falls title match.

Two other bouts have been signed for tonight's card.

JESSE JAMES, a fan favorite from the Lone Star State, will face Ireland's bad boy TINKER TODD.

To kick off the evening at 8:15, LEXINGTON newcomer DANNY DALE will test the veteran Frenchman FRANK VALOIS.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

BECKER MEETS A MAMMOTH

January 7, 1961
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

Wrestling fans, who have been waiting out a two week holiday period of action at the LEXINGTON YMCA, will be treated to a big four bout card tonight starting at 8:15.

The sensational brother team from Peru, LEE and JOE GARCIA, will meet the unusual combination of the Oriental P.Y. CHUNG and Spain's JAN MADRID in the evening's two-out-of-three falls main event. CHUNG is making his Lexington debut tonight.

In a special attraction, HAPPY HUMPHREY, a 750 lb. behemoth from Georgia, makes his debut here and will face the ever-popular GEORGE BECKER.

In the prelims, WALDO VON ERICH battles JIM QUEEN, and BILLY COX squares off against MARK STONE in the opening match.

GEORGE BECKER

WALDO VON ERICH
LEXINGTON, N.C. YMCA

Thursday, October 1, 2015

TWO WRESTLING LEGENDS COLLIDE

May 9, 1960
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA

ARGENTINA ROCCA
(Antonino Biasetton)

GORGEOUS GEORGE
(George Raymond Wagner)

Trademark ROCCA dropkick.

GEORGE prepares to do battle...

HAYSTACK CALHOUN


Two of the best-known professional wrestling stars in the world, ARGENTINA ROCCA and GORGEOUS GEORGE, will tear into each other in the feature match of tonight's PARK CENTER mat card.

ROCCA has never tasted defeat in the Queen City, while the GORGEOUS one has lost but one match here - a disputed decision to THE GREAT BOLO.

The card's semifinal also is slated for action. It features MIKE PAIDOUSIS battling HAYSTACK CALHOUN, wrestling's largest participant.

Both events are scheduled for two-of-three falls under one hour time limits.

PAT O'BRIEN will skirmish with RAY ANDREWS in the main prelim, while BOB BOYER tackles HARRY LEWIS in the opening match.

Action is underway at 8:15.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

56 YEARS AGO


May 30, 1959
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

GEORGE BECKER

BILLY TWO RIVERS
IKE EAKINS

CRIS ZAHARIAS

GEORGE 'TWO TON' HARRIS

TINKER TODD


The SOUTHERN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP will be on the line once again when current champs GEORGE BECKER and BILLY TWO RIVERS defend against the dastardly duo of 'Big' IKE EAKINS and JIM WRIGHT in tonight's two-out-of-three fall main event at the LEXINGTON YMCA.

The two teams were slated to meet last Saturday night for the title, but BILLY TWO RIVERS was injured, so the battle was postponed until this evening.

A new stipulation has been added calling for two referees, one in the ring and one on the arena floor.

A trio of other bouts will round out the evening's card.

TINKER TODD will face CRIS ZAHARIAS in the semi-final.

PAT O' HARA will face a huge test meeting GEORGE 'TWO TON' HARRIS.

Two Lexington newcomers, MARK STONE and JIMMY SMITH, will square off in the 8:15 opening contest.

Friday, September 11, 2015

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME

Actually, today isn't my birthday. It was a few days ago.

However, while doing some research at our local public library, I came across some clippings going back to 1979. Difficult to believe that it's been over thirty years.

My birthday is September 9th, so when I saw the ad in the SALISBURY POST stating that MID-ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING was returning to SALISBURY, N.C. the night before my natal anniversary, I thought to myself, "What a great birthday present!"

So, two friends and I (along with about another thousand people) headed to the baseball park at CATAWBA COLLEGE for the show.

The ring was set up at home plate, with ringside seats (folded metal chairs) set up all around. Naturally, we were at ringside.

Here's the card.
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SALISBURY POST, September 8, 1979

A professional wrestling card, featuring two main events, will be held tonight at Newman Park. Action will begin at 8:15 o'clock.

The features will send BLACKJACK MULLIGAN against JOHN STUDD and JIM BRUNZELL against KEN PATERA.

MULLIGAN, 285 pounds of Eagle Pass, Texas, holds the UNITED STATES HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP. STUDD weighs in at 330 pounds.

PATERA is a native of Portland, Oregon, and weighs 300 pounds. He is a former U.S. heavyweight champion and OLYMPIC weightlifting champion. BRUNZELL, a relative newcomer to the MID-ATLANTIC area, is a 230 pounder.

A tag bout will match 'SPECIAL DELIVERY' JONES and BOB MARCUS against BRUTE BERNARD and SGT. JACQUES GOULET.

DON KERNODLE will meet DAVID PATTERSON.

A women's battle will send BARBARA MARTIN against VICKI WILLIAMS.

The program is sponsored by the SOUTHERN ROWAN EMERGENCY RADIO SERVICE, and proceeds will go to the SOUTHERN ROWAN CHRISTMAS PARADE.

THE RESULTS
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It wasn't my most memorable live wrestling experience by any means. I was never a big fan of either STUDD or BRUNZELL.

But having BLACKJACK and BRUTE BERNARD in town, even for only a few hours, was neat. By 1979, I had loved watching BRUTE work for nearly fifteen years, and I had been in JACK's corner (either 'babyface' or 'heel') since he came to JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS.

It was a good birthday.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

LOOK, UP IN THE SKY

The JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS heavens were filled with stars...

ROBERTO SOTO

SUSAN GREEN

KOA TIKI

SGT. JACQUES GOULET

RIC FLAIR knows it was a smart move coming to JCP.

BEARCAT WRIGHT

PAUL ORNDORF

Sunday, August 23, 2015

BACK TO THE BALL PARK

DAVID CROCKETT tries his hand at pitching.

'Hands of Stone' RONNIE GARVIN anchors right field.

'Rock 'n' Roll'er RICKY MORTON at shortstop.

'Gorgeous' JIMMY GARVIN pitches as well.

A bit of offense from 'Rock 'n' Roll'er ROBERT GIBSON
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On a summer afternoon in 1987, in Charlotte, North Carolina, CROCKETT PARK was the scene of one of the most fascinating sports competitions in the Tarheel state's history.

It wasn't Duke playing North Carolina, it wasn't the LA Dodgers against the SF Giants, not even the Boston Red Sox against the NY Yankees.

On this day, before the advent of the CHARLOTTE HORNETS, the CAROLINA PANTHERS or the CHARLOTTE BOBCATS, the professional wrestlers of JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS took on a team of employees of the Queen City's WSOC RADIO station for a softball charity fund raiser.

Oh yes, if you're interested, the boys of JCP won the game 4 - 0.