Thursday, January 28, 2016

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, January 24, 2016

BROTHER TEAMS GO AT IT


August 14, 1965
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

GEORGE 'CATALINA' DRAKE

'ROWDY' RED ROBERTS

SANDY and GEORGE SCOTT

STEVE BOLUS

JOHN and CHRIS TOLOS
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Popular GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT, better known in professional wrestling circles as THE FLYING SCOTTS, will face another top-rated team of brothers, JOHN and CHRIS TOLOS, nicknamed THE MICHIGAN WRECKING CREW, in tonight's main event of wrestling at the LEXINGTON YMCA starting at 8:15.

This two-out-of-three fall headliner tops a four match card that includes standout singles competition as well.

GEORGE 'CATALINA' DRAKE and PEDRO ZAPATA will oppose one another in the top prelim.

Young STEVE BOLUS goes up against tough guy FELIX LAMBAN.

Two Lexington newcomers will meet when the rugged 'ROWDY' RED ROBERTS faces the young Indian star SUNI WAR CLOUD.

Friday, January 22, 2016

CHARLOTTE - 55 YEARS AGO

October 9, 1961
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA

SWEDE HANSON

KURT and KARL VON BRAUNER

RIP HAWK

EDDIE GRAHAM
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The rugged German team of brothers KURT and KARL VON BRAUNER has become the scourge of tag team wrestling in the Carolinas, and they're reveling in the notoriety.

And the team that would like most to unseat the vicious Germans as tag team 'kingpins', SWEDE HANSON and DR. EDDIE GRAHAM, gets another chance in the headliner of tonight's PARK CENTER wrestling card.

HANSON and GRAHAM have lost two furious bloody bouts to the VON BRAUNERs recently and are greedy for revenge. They'll get one hour and two-of-three falls to pull off the whipping they're predicting they will dish out to the Germans.

The card's semi-final event has TOM BRADLEY going against fan favorite GEORGE BECKER, and the main prelim sends DON McCLARITY against RIP 'THE PROFILE' HAWK.

Action kicks off at 8:15.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

IT'S BEEN 53 YEARS

February 16, 1963
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

FRANK VALOIS

SWEDE HANSON

BILLY TWO RIVERS

SANDY and GEORGE SCOTT

The Canadian brother team of GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT will return in tonight's two-out-of-three fall wrestling main event at the LEXINGTON YMCA after an extended absence and will have their hands full when they meet rough guys SWEDE HANSON and TONY ALTAMORE.

Mohawk Indian sensation BILLY TWO RIVERS faces MARK STONE in the semi-final match.

A rugged Canadian, FRANK VALOIS, makes his local debut when he squares off against the Spanish hero EDUARDO CASTILLIO in one of two preliminary matches.

The opening encounter pits 'Tiger' JACK VANSKY opposite DOUG KINSLOW.

The card gets underway at 8:15 sharp.


Tonight's program will close out wrestling at the YMCA for two weeks because of upcoming basketball tournaments. Wrestling returns to LEXINGTON on March 9.

Monday, January 18, 2016

A TRAGIC DAY MANY OF US REMEMBER


October 15, 1986


November 28, 1986

Thursday, January 14, 2016

BECKER BACK IN LEXINGTON


LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA
August 15, 1961



GEORGE BECKER and ABE JACOBS, a couple of top heroes with local wrestling fans, will return to the LEXINGTON YMCA for mat action tonight.

The two gladiators, who recently have operated as a tag team, will divide their forces this week to meet rugged opponents in a pair of singles main events.

BECKER will battle the mighty Greek star, CHRIS AVEROFF, while JACOBS will scrap with big SWEDE HANSON.

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

Midget stars take over in a tag team match pitting popular little guys FRENCHY SEMARD and TINY BELL against the not-so-popular duo of FARMER McGRUDER and PEE WEE LOPEZ.

A preliminary match between SID JONES and PRINCE OMAR will open the card at 8:15.

Friday, January 8, 2016

BACK TO THE FIFTIES

February 21, 1959
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

THE CHAMPIONS

THE CHALLENGERS

The coveted SOUTHERN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP of professional wrestling is up for grabs on tonight's WRESTLING agenda at the LEXINGTON YMCA when the bearded Russian brothers, AL and JOHN SMITH, risk their titles against the popular Mexican duet of ENRIQUE and ALBERTO TORRES. The championship will be decided in a best two-out-of-three falls contest.

PAIDOUSIS

PAUL ANDERSON, the 'World's Strongest Man' will face the always tough and powerful MIKE PAIDOUSIS in a special attraction.

'DANDY' JACK DONOVAN

RAY STEVENS


TONY BAILLARGEON


CRIS ZAHARIAS

There will also be three other bouts featuring top grappling stars.

'DANDY' JACK DONOVAN will make his local debut when he opposes young RAY STEVENS.

TONY BAILLARGEON squares off against CRIS ZAHARIAS, and in the 8:15 opening match, ROMAN CERNANDAS faces TARZAN TOURVILLE.

The ticket office opens at 6:00.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

SOMEONE HAD TO JERK THE CURTAIN

Not every wrestler who worked for JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS could headline the wrestling card.
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Someone had to work underneath at mid-card or lower level to fill out the show. But that certainly didn't mean that these guys didn't give their all, night after night, to give the audience their admissions' worth.
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And because of their efforts, I give recognition to five of the many guys who fit into this category, at least during their tenure with JCP.

JIM LANCASTER

ROBERTO SOTO

TOMMY SEIGLER

SGT. JACQUES GOULET

S.D. (SPECIAL DELIVERY) JONES