Monday, September 21, 2015

THATCHER DEBUTS IN LEXINGTON


May 11, 1963
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

TONY 'CRUSHER' ANGELO

BOLO and THE GREAT BOLO

SWEDE HANSON

LES THATCHER

GEORGE 'CRYBABY' CANNON

FRANK VALOIS

SONNY FARGO

Two big tag team matches will be co-featured for wrestling fans tonight at the LEXINGTON YMCA, starting at 8:15.

Partners THE GREAT BOLO and BOLO, the masked terror duo, meet a big and rough combination in the guises of TONY 'CRUSHER' ANGELO and big SWEDE HANSON in what must be billed as a 'BATTLE OF THE BULLIES' affair.

Popular brothers GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT go against the rugged duet of FRANK VALOIS and GEORGE 'CRYBABY' CANNON in the other tag battle.

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

Newcomer LES THATCHER will face the rowdy SONNY FARGO in singles competition, with one more match scheduled to open the card.

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.