Thursday, September 29, 2016

A SCALPING FOR HAWK AND HANSON?

May 4, 1968
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON are fond of their golden hair. They wouldn't be pro wrestling's 'Blonde Bombers' without it. Could a good scalping be in the future when HAWK and HANSON meet Indian stars BOBBY RED CLOUD and CHIEF LITTLE EAGLE tonight at the LEXINGTON YMCA?

Two out-of-three falls and a one hour time limit will determine the outcome.

Two tough guys, JIM GRABMIRE and 'BULLDOG' LEE HENNING will join forces for the first time here to take on the fast-moving hero unit of ABE JACOBS and LUTHER LINDSAY, returning for another week.

Young ALEX MEDINA will tackle the Russian rule-breaker NIKITA MULKOVICH and JACK RICO will battle THE MATADOR in the evening's singles contests.

Belltime is 8:15.

RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON


BOBBY RED CLOUD

'BULLDOG' LEE HENNING

JIM GRABMIRE

LUTHER LINDSAY

NIKITA MULKOVICH

Sunday, September 25, 2016

WAS THE THIRD TIME A CHARM?


August 8, 1968
STATESVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA

48 Years Ago

The event date of July 18 is incorrect. That was the date of the previous card in Statesville.

The correct date of this event was August 8th.







For the third straight month, ALDO BOGNI, BRONCHO LUBICH and their manager GEORGE "TWO TON" HARRIS appeared at the Statesville ball park, and for the third straight month, the bad guys took it on the chin (or in Two Ton's case - the double chin).

This time out, GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT "flew" past them, winning the first fall clean, then winning the second fall on a disqualification.

LES THATCHER and PAUL DEMARCO took the toll of THE GAUCHOS.

SAM STEAMBOAT bested TINKER TODD.

BOB RAMSTAD (listed in the publicity as LES RAMSTAD) topped BILLY SPEARS (but then, who couldn't top BILLY SPEARS).

Three wrestling shows in three months for Statesville, North Carolina.

Plus my weekly Monday night journeys to Charlotte for JCP wrestling.

Nice

Friday, September 23, 2016

LABOR DAY WRESTLING IN LEXINGTON


September 3, 1966
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

50 YEARS AGO 


Tough guys RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON, known as wrestling's 'Blond Bombers,' will test the prowess of the Texas hero team TEX McKENZIE and NELSON ROYAL in tonight's Lexington YMCA wrestling main event feature.

TEX and NELLIE are fresh from a victory over the MASKED RED DEMONS last week and want to keep their winning streak going. HAWK and HANSON are returning to Lexington after an absence and have plans to stop the cowboys in their boots. Two-out-of-three falls will determine the winner.

Popular KEN HOLLIS will join forces with youngster BOBBY SHANE to meet the rugged sibbling duo of LARS and GENE ANDERSON in the other tag team event, also for the best two-out-of-three falls.

JESSE JAMES faces EL GAUCHO and DON KENT makes his local debut against TINKER TODD in the 8:15 opening contest.

Monday, September 19, 2016

THE ORIGINAL 'NATURE BOY'

September 15, 1956
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA
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60 Years Ago

'NATURE BOY' BUDDY ROGERS

DICK STEINBORN

GEORGE BECKER and JACK WITZIG

SKULL MURPHY

KARL VON HESS

LEN ROSSI
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Wrestling attendance may have been lagging at the LEXINGTON YMCA in recent weeks, but it gets a major shot in the arm tonight with a double main event attraction that would grab notice at any arena in the country.

Local sponsors of the grappling pastime are making plans to pull a big attendance for this week's slate that includes tag team and singles action.

One of ringdom's most colorful individuals, 'NATURE BOY' BUDDY ROGERS, a great (but hated) champion from the Northeast, makes his local debut in the main event. The strutting blonde-headed genius will have his hands full because he'll be opposing one of the fastest-rising young stars in the wrestling business. The man is DICK STEINBORN, and this is the match the young man has been asking for since learning ROGERS was headed this way.

ROGERS is but the first of a series of stellar standouts who will be invading the Carolinas on tour.

Tonight's tag team match could well be one of the best ever presented in the 4500 seat YMCA arena. It's one that the fans themselves have demanded.

It sends the glamour gentlemen of the sport, GEORGE BECKER and JACK WITZIG, against the roughest of the rulebreakers, SKULL MURPHY and KARL VON HESS. Fans have waited a long time to see BECKER and WITZIG have a chance to lambast these villains, and tonight it comes to fruition.

Both of these matches will be contested under a best two-out-of-three falls stipulation, within a one-hour time limit.

The opening match of the evening should also be a corker, because it matches the always explosive youngster, LEN ROSSI, against the stubborn Texas roughie, 'LARRUPIN' LOU PLUMMER.

Belltime is 8:15. It is recommended fans get to the arena early.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

LEXINGTON, N.C. - 59 YEARS AGO

July 20, 1957
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

DICK STEINBORN

GEORGE BECKER

THE GALLAGHER BROTHERS

BILLY TWO RIVERS

RAY STEVENS
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'MAD MAN' DOC GALLAGHER and his rowdy kid brother MIKE GALLAGHER, a couple of tough heavyweights, are returning to the LEXINGTON YMCA tonight after a lengthy absence to share a featured wrestling spot against the great combo of GEORGE BECKER and DICK STEINBORN.

The GALLAGHER BROTHERS, as rough as they come in the wrestling world, have been very successful in their operations in other parts of the country in a recent tour and are returning to this area in quest of the SOUTHERN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP.

In facing BECKER and STEINBORN, they will be taking on the ultimate competitors as far as mat fans are concerned.

The match will be decided when one team wins two-out-of-three falls.

A co-feature tonight, which should spout out the excitement, brings two outstanding young stars together in a head-to-head contest when RAY 'WONDER BOY' STEVENS faces the great Indian brave, BILLY TWO RIVERS, in another two-out-three falls match.

Two other singles bouts round out the card which kicks off at 8:15.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

A HOT JANUARY NIGHT

January 11, 1969
Lexington, North Carolina

MR. WRESTLING and SAM STEAMBOAT

RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON

TERRY and RONNIE GARVIN

JESSE JAMES
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Professional wrestling's 'Blonde Bombers' --- RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON --- will take on the hero unit of Hawaiian star SAM STEAMBOAT and the masked man MR. WRESTLING in tonight's main event at the Lexington YMCA.

The Canadian brother duo of TERRY and RONNIE GARVIN will meet fan favorites BOB RAMSTEAD and JESSE JAMES in the semi-final tag team match.

Both tag contests will be decided under a best two-of-three falls stipulation.

Preliminary singles bouts will find rugged ROCK HUNTER meeting young BILLY SPEARS and TINKER TODD facing another masked man in the guise of EL LOBO.

The action gets underway at 8:15 p.m.

Monday, September 5, 2016

ACTION IN THE 'QUEEN CITY'

I wish I had kept an accounting of how many times I made the trip from Statesville, N.C. or Salisbury, N.C. to Charlotte to see MID-ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING.

The trip from Statesville to Charlotte was during 1960's non-Interstate highway days, meaning slow-downs in the then-hamlets of Troutman and Mooresville, then entering the 'Queen City' through one of its least desirable areas.

But this was for wrestling, so why would personal safety be an issue?

Once in the city, it was on to PARK CENTER or, on occasion, to the original COLISEUM, known as 'The Big Dome'.

No specific memories that I may have witnessed any of the CHARLOTTE cards below, but somebody had a good time at them.

BILLY TWO RIVERS *
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - 1966

GEORGE BECKERTEX McKENZIE and BILLY TWO RIVERS toppled ALDO BOGNIBRONCHO LUBICH and HOMER O'DELL in six man competition.

'BIG' BOB ORTON retained the SOUTHERN STATES CHAMPIONSHIP when JOHNNY WEAVER was disqualified.

PAT O'CONNOR bested IKE EAKINS.

STEVE BOLUS and JESSE JAMES lost to JOHN and CHRIS TOLOS.

NELSON ROYAL got past THE GREAT MALENKO via DQ.

BRONCHO LUBICH
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - 1966

BRONCHO LUBICH and ALDO BOGNI with HOMER O'DELL lost to RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON.

BOB BOYER pinned JOHN GUDISKI.

SLAVE GIRL MOOLAH squashed PRINCESS WHITE DOVE.

SUNI WAR CLOUD topped TONY NERO.

LARS ANDERSON
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - 1967

GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT topped GENE and LARS ANDERSON.

RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON smashed JESSE JAMES and DON KENT.

BOBBY SHANE pinned EL GAUCHO.

JOHN HIGGINS lost to GEORGE 'TWO TON' HARRIS.

GEORGE 'CATALINA' DRAKE **
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - 1965

ALDO BOGNI and BRONCHO LUBICH with HOMER O'DELL won the SOUTHERN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP from EDDIE GRAHAM and SAM STEAMBOAT.

GEORGE 'CATALINA' DRAKE topped SWEDE HANSON.

RON REED *** pinned THE VIKING.

DALE LEWIS defeated TONY NERO.

CHRIS AVEROFF bested SONNY FARGO.

JOHN and CHRIS TOLOS
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - 1966

BRONCHO LUBICH and ALDO BOGNI with HOMER O'DELL versus RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON ended in a no contest.

TEX McKENZIE and NELSON ROYAL defeated JOHN and CHRIS TOLOS.

BOB BOYER beat IKE EAKINS.

TONY NERO lost to JESSE JAMES.

A while back, I watched the 2004 movie TAKING LIVES starring Angelina Jolie. BILLY TWO RIVERS has a speaking role in the film within the first ten minutes.

** GEORGE 'CATALINA' DRAKE died at the young age of 39 of a heart attack. He appeared in an episode of the ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN in 1951 entitled NO HOLDS BARRED.

*** RON REED later became a wrestling superstar under the name BUDDY COLT