Thursday, February 26, 2015

RIP AND SWEDE'S CHALLENGE

May 14, 1966
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

49 Years Ago

Popular cowboy TEX McKENZIE is the subject of dispute by RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON after they lost last week's wrestling feature here to GEORGE BECKER and JOHNNY WEAVER.

HAWK claims that McKENZIE shoved WEAVER into position for the winning fall, and the "BLONDE BOMBERS" are so angry at the cowboy for his "illegal participation" that they have challenged lanky TEX and his swift-moving buddy NELSON ROYAL to meet them in tonight's LEXINGTON YMCA main wrestling event.

The Texas duo agreed willingly to the HAWK and HANSON challenge, pointing to a scorcher of a two-of-three-falls match.

"We're going to have to teach McKENZIE a lesson about sticking his nose in someone else's business. He had no right getting involved in our match last Saturday, and he's going to learn the lesson the hard way...a good old whipping," said RIP HAWK.

Two winners from last week, IKE EAKINS and GORY GUERRERO, will meet in the evening's semifinal encounter.

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

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

A STEAMBOAT BATTLE

March 8, 1969
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

46 Years Ago

Last week's wrestling card was called off due to heavy snowfall, but action returns tonight to the LEXINGTON YMCA with a star-studded card, beginning at 8:15.

SAM STEAMBOAT, the Hawaiian sensation, will be joined by his regular partner, the masked MR. WRESTLING, to meet the villainous duo of ALDO BOGNI and BRONCHO LUBICH, in the evening's two-out-of-three fall main event. And where BOGNI and LUBICH go, so does their manager HOMER O'DELL.

THE MINNESOTA WRECKING CREW, GENE and OLE ANDERSON, slated to meet STEAMBOAT and MR. WRESTLING last Saturday, will battle the hero unit of New Zealander ABE JACOBS and gridironer LES WOLFE in the night's semi-final tag battle, also for the best-of-three falls.

Singles matches will pit young DAVE COX against tough TONY NERO, and BILLY SPEARS faces veteran "BULLDOG" LEE HENNING in the opener.

Monday, February 16, 2015

SEVEN YEARS AGO

JOHNNY WEAVER
(November 17, 1935 - February 15, 2008)




There are SO MANY legendary wrestling performers who, during their careers, worked for JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS.

The list could fill a book the size of Webster's Dictionary.

None would be listed higher in that book than the name Johnny Weaver.

Johnny came to JCP in 1962 and immediately rode his skyrocket to the top of the territory.

For the most part, he would work for the Crockett family for the next twenty-five years.

Even people living in the MID-ATLANTIC section of the country who weren't wrestling fans knew the name Johnny Weaver.

He worked with many partners, he wrestled as a single, he announced the JCP wrestling TV shows, he booked CROCKETT territories.

He could do it all.

AND WE LOVED HIM.

AND WE REMEMBER HIM.

He left us seven years ago.

WE MISS HIM.