Friday, December 25, 2015

A CROCKETT CHRISTMAS CARD FOR YOU


December 25, 1969
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA
46 Years Ago

Promoter JIM CROCKETT has slated another CHRISTMAS DAY spectacular for the CHARLOTTE COLISEUM, starting at 8:15 p.m.

It is a charity card with a FENCE MATCH set as the headliner.

This type of match takes place inside a seven-foot high steel barrier, which eliminates any escape routes by the combatants.

The two teams confined will be fan favorites GEORGE BECKER and JOHNNY WEAVER and the angry twosome of SKULL MURPHY and BRUTE BERNARD.

In their last meeting, MURPHY enlisted the aid of a steel chair, smashing WEAVER's head into a bloody mess, then bolting to the dressing room. The fence will prevent MURPHY (or anyone else) from doing it this time.

This main event is set for two-out-of-three falls, within a one-hour time limit.

"Two other tag team matches are booked on tonight's card," said CROCKETT.

ABE JACOBS and LES WOLFE will face KURT VON STROHEIM and ART NELSON in one of them.

In the other, SAILOR ART THOMAS and LUTHER LINDSAY will collide with GENE and OLE ANDERSON, the MINNESOTA WRECKING CREW.

"It's a wrestling card with something for everybody," said CROCKETT, pointing to the Christmas spirit of the event. "We'll also have midgets and girls as well."

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

Monday, December 21, 2015

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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.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

VILLA TIMES TWO

October 27, 1962
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA
53 YEARS AGO

IKE EAKINS

DON CURTIS

JOE SCARPA

GEORGE 'TWO TON' HARRIS

PENNY BANNER

TINKER TODD

Not one VILLA, but two, will be appearing tonight on Lexington's professional wrestling card at the YMCA.

PANCHO VILLA, the rugged Mexican, will return with his rough partner, big IKE EAKINS, to do battle with the popular combo of DON CURTIS and JOE SCARPA in the evening's two-out-of-three falls feature match.

MRS. PANCHO VILLA, who many say is as brutal as her husband, will also be on hand tonight in a girls match against the very popular PENNY BANNER.

The opening match of the night will match two ruffians, TINKER TODD and GEORGE 'TWO TON' HARRIS, against one another.

Belltime is 8:15 p.m.


Joe Scarpa later wrestled as Chief Jay Strongbow.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

THE ARGENTINIAN LEGEND

October 19, 1963
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

52 Years Ago

The spectacular wrestling team of GEORGE BECKER and ARGENTINA ROCCA will battle evil foes ALDO BOGNI and BRONCHO LUBICH in a LEXINGTON YMCA main event feature tonight.

Both BECKER and ROCCA, extremely popular with fans everywhere, are returning to Lexington after lengthy absences to meet 'COLONEL' HOMER O'DELL's rulebreaking duo. And yes, 'COLONEL' O'DELL will be in the corner of his men. The match is set for the best-of-three falls with a one-hour time limit.

Two big men will slug it out in the night's two-out-of-three falls semifinal match as big and tough IKE EAKINS takes on JACK LANZA. *

The respected Indian wrestling star, BOBBY RED CLOUD, makes his debut here tonight when he faces rugged ANGELO SAVOLDI in one of the evening's prelim matches.

Opening the card at 8:15 will be PRINCE OMAR facing the versatile JOHNNY 'RUBBERMAN' WALKER.


* JACK LANZA later changed his ways and wrestled heel as BLACKJACK LANZA.

Friday, December 11, 2015

THE ONE AND ONLY BRUTE






Dressed to the 'nines'...

Doing his thing...

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.

Monday, December 7, 2015

WEAVER AND A HAYSTACK

May 23, 1964
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA
51 Years Ago

Powerful villains of the wrestling world BRUTE BERNARD and SKULL MURPHY will have plenty of opposition in a LEXINGTON YMCA wrestling main event tonight because they are going to meet the mighty HAYSTACK CALHOUN and his speedy partner JOHNNY WEAVER in a two-of-three falls tag team contest.

CALHOUN and WEAVER, slated for Y action tonight, heard about the rowdy disposition of the two "skinheads," MURPHY, an Irishman and the Canadian BERNARD, and asked to meet the bullies in the confines of the ring.

Two other matches are slated.

FRANK VALOIS, trying for another victory, will face JACK ALLEN.

Young ALEX MEDINA squares off against TOMMY O'TOOLE in the 8:15 opening match.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

MOTHER NATURE WINS IN STRAIGHT FALLS

January 16, 1965
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA
50 Years Ago



ABE JACOBS and DOUG GILBERT will pair up as a new wrestling team tonight at the LEXINGTON YMCA when they meet the rugged duo of RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON, known in wrestling circles as the "BLONDE BOMBERS."

JACOBS, the New Zealand flash, is returning here after a long absence, and his dynamic style should fit well with the spectacular moves of young GILBERT. HAWK and HANSON, very rough operators, are a veteran combination, so the best-of-three fall contest should prove interesting.

Another two-out-of-three fall contest is scheduled as THE FLYING SCOTTS, GEORGE and SANDY, face a new brute force combo in THE ALASKAN and THE BEAST.

PEPPER GOMEZ and MIKE VALENTINE will square off in the evening's opening match at 8:15.


MIKE VALENTINE later wrestled as BARON MIKEL SCICLUNA.


This card, as it turned out, never took place on the scheduled night, being cancelled due to a heavy snow.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

CHARLOTTE WELCOMES JOHNNY WEAVER

February 5, 1962
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA
53 Years Ago


HANS SCHMIDT, a brutal 240 lb. German, will headline tonight's wrestling card at PARK CENTER.

SCHMIDT, noted as one of the very toughest wrestlers on the American circuit, will face another rugged grappler in that of LENNY MONTANA *.

The bout, which will be a test for both wrestlers, is set for two-out-of-three falls, with a one hour time limit.

The rest of the card is dotted with new faces.

The semi-final brings in newcomer BILL DROMO, a youngster with a big reputation, to meet the rough and tough SWEDE HANSON. DROMO is from Detroit and specializes in the scientific approach to the sport, unlike HANSON.

Another prelim will unveil two newcomers to the Charlotte area when young JOHNNY WEAVER ** takes on EDDIE AUGER.

The 8:15 opener brings in still another new face, SIR ALLAN GARFIELD, who will team with TINKER TODD to face the combo of STEVE BOLUS and KEN COOPER.



* Montana would later appear as Luca Brasi in the 1972 landmark film THE GODFATHER.

** This was JOHNNY WEAVER's debut working for JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

MAN VERSUS BEAR

July 8, 1961
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA
54 Years Ago


TERRIBLE TED


THE VON BRAUNERS with GENTLEMAN SAUL WEINGROFF


KURT AND KARL VON BRAUNER

A wrestling bear comes to the LEXINGTON YMCA this week to provide addition excitement to an all-star pro wrestling card.

TERRIBLE TED, 500 pounds and standing seven feet tell, will be matched against a tough wrestler in the likes of FIRPO ZYBSKO in a special attraction.

The German team of KURT and KARL VON BRAUNER, who missed their LEXINGTON debut last week because of injuries, are matched against LEE GARCIA and ANGELO MARTINELLI, impressive last week in a victory over substitutes for the Germans, in this week's co-feature.

The SOUTHERN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP, recently won by the VON BRAUNERs, will be on the line in a best-of-three-falls contest.

The German duo, who are managed by GENTLEMAN SAUL WEINGROFF, are also the WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS.

COWBOY BILL COLE will face BILLY COX, and GENE DUBOIS squares off against HERB LARSEN in the week's preliminary matches.

Action gets underway at 8:15.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

HAWK - HANSON - BERNARD - MURPHY...WAR!

September 18, 1969
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA

SKULL MURPHY and BRUTE BERNARD

RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON

Professional wrestling's 'BLONDE BOMBERS' RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON plan a 'From Here to Eternity" battle with skinheads BRUTE BERNARD and SKULL MURPHY at PARK CENTER tonight in the most heralded rematch of the year.

HAWK and HANSON were the losers in their last battle with MURPHY and BERNARD, but they have a legitimate beef in the final countdown (which cost them the match). They yelled long and loud and convinced promoter JIM CROCKETT the foursome should do it again.

CROCKETT agreed, but set up unusual terms for tonight's clash. The match has been made with the stipulation that the winning team must record THREE-out-of-FIVE falls, not the usual two-out-of-three.

"It may take all night, but we're going to find out who can go the distance," said 'BIG JIM'. "If you have ever seen a train wreck, you know how devastating that can be. That's about what we're going to have at PARK CENTER."

A star-packed prelim card will support this huge main event.

Belltime is 8:15.

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.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

A LOT OF BEEF

April 21, 1962
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

53 Years Ago

Fan favorite GEORGE BECKER will be back at the LEXINGTON YMCA tonight in wrestling action.

The popular BECKER will meet the rough and tough PANCHO VILLA, the Mexican with an impressive winning record in the business, in the evening's headliner. Bad blood already exists between these two, and the two-out-of-three falls battle is expected to be a wild one.

HAYSTACK CALHOUN, the world's largest professional wrestler, returns to town and will meet the rugged SWEDE HANSON in the semi-final best-of-three falls contest.

Negro girl wrestlers, SWEET GEORGIA BROWN and DIANA BEAMON, meet in a special event.

The 8:15 opening match sends REGGIE PARKS against "JUDO" JACK TERRY.

Monday, November 16, 2015

A CARD 53 YEARS AGO

June 16, 1962
LEXINGTON, N.C.


TONY BAILLARGEON


PEE WEE LOPEZ

P.Y. CHUNG

CHICO SANTANA

RAY VILLMER

Two tag team matches, including both heavyweights and midgets, are included on an all-star wrestling card tonight at the LEXINGTON YMCA.

French-Canadian stars TONY BAILLARGEON and MAURICE LAPOINTE will make their initial appearance here as a team when they meet the crafty Oriental villian duo of P.Y. CHUNG and TARO MYAKI in the heavyweight scrap.

The midget contest sends teams of FARMER MCGRUDER and PEE WEE LOPEZ against LITTLE BOY BLUE and CHICO SANTANA. This is SANTANA's Lexington debut.

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

RAY VILLMER meets BIG JIM WRIGHT * in a semi-finals match to open the card at 8:15.
---
BIG JIM WRIGHT would die in the ring the following year (1963).

Saturday, November 14, 2015

GOING BACK 56 YEARS

October 17, 1959
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

GEORGE BECKER

LARRY 'CRUSHER' HAMILTON

GEORGE BECKER, hero of many wrestling fans of the Carolinas and Virginia, will have a big task awaiting him when he returns to the LEXINGTON YMCA tonight after a lengthy absence.

The grappling idol is scheduled to meet nasty LARRY 'CRUSHER' HAMILTON, a brusing heavyweight, in the main event of a four bout program.

HAMILTON asked for a crack at BECKER when he heard the hero was moving back into the area.

"He might be coming back, but he won't be here for long," stated HAMILTON. "After I whip him like a dog, he'll tuck tail and run back to wherever he was."

Tag team action is also on tap for tonight with MARTINO LORENZA and ENRIQUE TORRES teaming to battle the veteran ruffians TED CHRISTY and JOE KAPA.

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

Two preliminary bouts are set with CYCLONE ANAYA meeting CHARLIE LAY, and in the 8:15 opening match, PRINCE OMAR faces popular STEVE BOLUS.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

IF AT FIRST YOU DON'T SUCCEED

January 20, 1968
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA
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47 Years Ago



A wrestling card slated last Saturday night and called off because of heavy snow is set for tonight (almost intact) at the LEXINGTON YMCA.

The Indian team of BOBBY RED CLOUD and CHIEF LITTLE EAGLE will face the rugged duo of LARS and GENE ANDERSON in the evening's best-of-three falls main event.

The supporting affair also remains the same as ABE JACOBS and LUTHER LINDSAY face the Hispanic team of PANCHO VALDEZ and THE MATADOR. This, too, is for the best two-out-of-three falls.

BOB NANDOR will face "BULLDOG" LEE HENNING as originally scheduled.

The only change from last week will send young CHUCK CONLEY against a newcomer from Texas, PAUL JONES.