Monday, June 26, 2017

ANDERSON BROTHERS, KLONDIKE BILL DEBUT

JULY 9, 1966
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

51 Years Ago

Fan favorite JOHNNY WEAVER gets another crack at the SOUTHERN HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP when he meets title holder THE MISSOURI MAULER in tonight's LEXINGTON YMCA pro wrestling two-out-of-three falls main event.

It will be a rematch of a thriller here several weeks ago in which the MAULER was able to hang on to his title only by a thread.

WEAVER employed his famous "sleeper hold" for what would have been the deciding fall, but he was outside the ropes, and the brutal (and fortunate) champ was allowed to retain his belt when the referee was forced to disqualify WEAVER.

JOHNNY has promised a different outcome tonight.

In the evening's tag team battle, the popular duo of ABE JACOBS and RUDY KAYE will meet LARS and GENE ANDERSON, a rugged twosome from Minnesota, who are making their Lexington debut.

This match is also for two-of-three falls.

Another big man of wrestling, Kodiak, Alaska's KLONDIKE BILL, also makes his first appearance here when he faces the tough veteran EL GAUCHO in one of two supporting bouts.

The 8:15 opener will send two bullies, IKE EAKINS and TONY NERO, against one another.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Thursday, June 22, 2017

FLAIR / STEAMBOAT - NOBODY DID IT BETTER





RICKY STEAMBOAT

RIC FLAIR

Referee TOMMY YOUNG insists the combatants follow the rules...

YOUNG looks on as FLAIR refuses his 'official' request...



Whether they were opponents or partners, the matches of FLAIR and STEAMBOAT lit up the JCP territory as much as anything during the 1970s and 1980s.

Steamboat has the upper hand (arm actually).

Flair returns the favor.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

LIKE TWO LOAVES OF BREAD - FOUR HEELS


December 9, 1968
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA
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49 Years Ago



Promoter JIM CROCKETT has announced the complete wrestling card set for tonight at PARK CENTER starting at 8:15.

The headliner finds two of the nation's toughest tag teams opposing one another. GENE and OLE ANDERSON, known as the "MINNESOTA WRECKING CREW", will go hammer and tong with the brutal combination of THE MISSOURI MAULER and HIRO MATSUDA. As usual, HOMER O'DELL will second the MAULER and his Japanese partner. It's set for two-out-of-three falls.

Since the ANDERSONs and O'DELL's team have both been steady winners at tag team efforts, the outcome will be interesting for the fans. It will also provide a key to future main event shots for the winning combination.

Towering ART THOMAS, the wrestling sailor from Arkansas, and THE AMAZING ZUMA will test the talents of the brother duo TERRY and RONNIE GARVIN. This one is also for the best-of-three falls.

JESSE JAMES grapples with LEON BAXTER in one of the prelims.

The opener offers SILENTO RODRIGUEZ, the Mexican swifty, against EL GAUCHO in a "south of the border" contest.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

TWO MAIN EVENTS FOR THE PRICE OF ONE

May 24, 1969
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

48 Years Ago

Power-packed action is offered wrestling fans in an all-star card at the LEXINGTON YMCA tonight, kicking off at 8:15.

The first of two big tag team matches will send the "BLONDE BOMBERS" RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON against the popular Texas twosome of NELSON ROYAL and PAUL JONES. The Texans are fast and high-flying, the "BOMBERS" mean and rugged, so the clash of styles could make for just a plain old battle.

Co-featuring the agenda will be a tag battle between the popular duo of Hawaiian SAM STEAMBOAT and partner MR. WRESTLING when they face the highly dangerous combo of THE INFERNOS. Interesting that STEAMBOAT is the only participant who doesn't hide his true identity behind a mask. Both teams have been on a winning streak lately, so something's gotta give in this one. Add in THE INFERNOS' crafty manager, J.C. DYKES, and anything might happen.

Both tag matches will go the best-of-three falls.

Rough PANCHO VALDEZ meets young RANDY CURTIS and fan favorite GREG PETERSON will contest BOBBY PAUL in the evening's first match.

Friday, June 16, 2017

A HOMETOWN WRESTLING SHOW

June 20, 1968
STATESVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA

49 Years Ago




And I was there...in my $2.00 ringside seat.
The main event ended in the third and deciding fall. MR. WRESTLING and THE AMAZING ZUMA won the match via disqualification when manager GEORGE "TWO TON" HARRIS illegally entered the ring and gave THE AMAZING ZUMA a "big splash."

The crowd went home happy.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

RING THE BELL AND LET'S GET STARTED!

GREAT WRESTLERS!  GREAT MATCHES!  GREAT FUN!

New Zealander ABE JACOBS (with partner MR. WRESTLING looking on) ties up one of THE INFERNOS.

A bad night for the VON STEIGERS.

THE GREAT BOLO stomps a helpless opponent.

'BATTLE OF THE BULLIES' time when HAWK and HANSON met the VON STROHEIMs.

NELSON ROYAL in a bit of a fix.


BILLY TWO RIVERS gives GORDON NELSON a "tomahawk chop".

ART NELSON puts the boots to a downed FRANK MONTE as referee ANGELO MARTINELLI looks on.

It was a 'Clash of the Titans' anytime JOHNNY VALENTINE faced SWEDE HANSON.

JIM DILLON begs for mercy in a match with TERRY FUNK.

TERRY KAY attempts to put NORMAN FREDERICK CHARLES III of THE ROYAL KANGAROOS to sleep.

Manager GEORGE 'TWO TON' HARRIS tries to revive his man ALDO BOGNI from the effects of a JOHNNY WEAVER 'sleeper'.

Monday, June 12, 2017

LET'S PLAY CARDS

May 18, 1972
GREENSBORO, N.C.

JOHNNY WEAVER and ART NELSON defeated RIP HAWK and 'PLAYBOY' GARY HART.

GENE and OLE ANDERSON topped KLONDIKE BILL and NELSON ROYAL via DQ.

SANDY SCOTT and JERRY BRISCO bested ROCK HUNTER and MATTI SUZUKI.

PENNY BANNER pinned TONI ROSE.

SWEDE HANSON won over ARGENTINA APOLLO.

LES THATCHER beat FRANK MORRELL.

'BAD BOY' BILLY HINES won over RANDY CURTIS.


August 31, 1972
GREENSBORO, N.C.

JOHNNY WEAVER and ART NELSON won the ATLANTIC COAST TAG TEAM titles from THE MISSOURI MAULER and BRUTE BERNARD.

RIP HAWK, SWEDE HANSON and 'PLAYBOY' GARY HART defeated JERRY BRISCO, GENE and OLE ANDERSON.

THE ROYAL KANGAROOS bested THE KENTUCKIAN and JIM DILLON.

THUNDERBOLT PATTERSON beat GEORGE 'TWO TON' HARRIS.

LES THATCHER took 'BAD BOY' BILLY HINES.

FRANK HESTER and CHARLIE FULTON wrestled to a draw.


December 26, 1972
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.

JOHNNY WEAVER and ART NELSON beat THE ROYAL KANGAROOS.

JACK and JERRY BRISCO versus GENE and OLE ANDERSON - DOUBLE DQ.

COWBOY LANG and DEBBIE JOHNSON pinned BILLY THE KID and TONI ROSE.

LES THATCHER topped FRANK MORRELL.

RANDY CURTIS won over DICK SHANNON.

'BAD BOY' BILLY HINES defeated JOE FURR.


March 15, 1973
GREENSBORO, N.C.

RIP HAWK, SWEDE HANSON and 'KILLER' KARL KOX won the TEXAS DEATH MATCH over JOHNNY WEAVER, THUNDERBOLT PATTERSON and JERRY BRISCO.

ART NELSON demolished HOMER O'DELL.

GENE and OLE ANDERSON beat NELSON ROYAL and RONNIE GARVIN.

THE ROYAL KANGAROOS bested BOBBY and TERRY KAYE.

GEORGE SCOTT whipped BOBBY SHANE.

SANDY SCOTT squashed FRANK MORRELL.


April 12, 1973
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.

GENE and OLE ANDERSON lost to THUNDERBOLT PATTERSON and JERRY BRISCO via DQ.

WAHOO MCDANIEL topped RIP HAWK.

HAYSTACK CALHOUN won over 'KILLER' KARL KOX via DQ.

PENNY BANNER pinned PEGGY PATERSON.

SWEDE HANSON stopped BOBBY KAY.

THE MENACE topped TERRY KAY.

LES THATCHER beat MIKE HALL.

TERRY SAWYER and JOHNNY HEIDEMAN wrestled to a draw.


April 5, 1973
GREENSBORO, N.C.

JOHNNY WEAVER, THUNDERBOLT PATTERSON and JERRY won the TEXAS DEATH MATCH over 'KILLER' KARL KOX, RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON.

GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT lost to GENE and OLE ANDERSON.

FRANK MORRELL submitted to ART NELSON.

MIKE YORK pinned JIM DILLON.

THE MENACE disposed of JOHNNY RINGO.

FRANK MONTE toppled LES THATCHER.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

JIMMY, MIKE and VELMA GO TO RASSLIN'



Maybe you had to have been there.


And I wish you had, as this was a most memorable evening.

Backtracking a bit, I should point out that Jimmy Lewis and I had become good friends, having been in the same fourth grade class at N.B. Mills Elementary School. But the opening of Northview the following school year took care of that, at least for a while. I remained at N.B. Mills, but Jimmy was in the newly-developed Northview district, and off he went. Two years later, because of the Center Street dividing line, we continued apart - - he went to Oakwood and I went to D. Matt.

But the summer before SHS found us reunited in the classroom basement of the high school gymnasium trying to grasp the elusive concepts of Algebra I, something neither of us had accomplished in our final year of junior high. Cutting to the chase, we quickly became good friends once again and remained nearly inseparable our three years at SHS. In fact, Jimmy lived with my mother and me our senior year.

One memorable occurence I clearly recall is the night of June 13, 1966.

I had watched CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING most Saturday afternoons on WBTV-Channel 3 for several years, and aside from attending a few live wrestling shows on the rare instances they were held in Statesville, had never been to see them in the metropolis of Charlotte.

Jimmy and I had watched the wrestling show on June 11th and decided we wanted to go to see the live matches in Charlotte which were advertised on that week's TV show. But there was a problem - - how to get there. Both of us were still fifteen, thus no driver's licenses.

So we put our two skulls together and decided to ask my mother to take us. It wouldn't be an easy task of getting her to agree to our request. But Jimmy could be quite persuasive and so could I, and together as a tag team, we liked our chances. So we placed our one-sided proposal on the table, and my mother said yes. It had been much easier than we had expected.

In fact, my mom (Velma) asked a co-worker to go with us, and it became a foursome.

We left Statesville that Monday as soon as she got off work at 5:00 and headed for the "big city." Of course, no interstate to Charlotte then, so we went south on Highway 21 through Troutman (hey, there's the fair grounds), the then tiny hamlet of Mooresville and we eventually came into Charlotte. Our destination for wrestling was the Park Center (now Grady Cole Center). Being close to the then-popular Charlottetown Mall, we went to the S&W Cafeteria for a nice meal. Then off to the matches.

We arrived at Park Center, parked our really hot 1963 Plymouth Valiant (which would go from zero-to-sixty in ten minutes), and bought our RINGSIDE tickets.

I was soon sitting in the famous (to me) building, which held around three thousand. By the time the starting time of 8:15 rolled around, I doubt there was a seat to be sold.

I recall really nothing about the preliminary matches, except for the Missouri Mauler being in one of them. Everyone remembers the Missouri Mauler, right?

After an intermission, it was time for the main event match, and it was just not any main event, this match was for the Southern Tag Team Championship, which at the time, I thought, really stood for something, but I later discovered it was just a gimmick.

Up to this time, Jimmy and I had cheered and booed the wrestlers a little, but Velma and her friend sat silently. I assumed they were not having a great time. Mom would probably have been satisfied to be home watching THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW and BEN CASEY. After all, she had to go to work the next morning, and with school just out, Jimmy and I could sleep until noon.

The crowd roared with approval when George and Sandy Scott made their way to the ring. They were the "good guys" and were known as The Flying Scotts because they used an arsenal of high-flying maneuvers such as drop-kicks and flying head scissors.

As soon as the crowd's screaming died down, out came the "bad guys," who were also the current champs. Aldo Bogni and Broncho Lubich were their names, and they were not well-respected among wrestling fans. And they also had an ace-in-the-hole. They used the services of a manager. His name was Homer O'Dell. Mr. O'Dell always was donned in a formal tuxedo and was dressed to the nines. He also carried a cane, which he was known to use for everything except walking. By everything, I mean he used the cane to choke, to poke and to outright hit anyone who opposed his charges. O'Dell was easily the most-hated man in Charlotte-area wrestling for the entire decade. Big Bill Ward often said of him on TV that Homer was "so low he'd have to walk on stilts to look a snake in the eye."

The match began.

These four wrestlers were at the top of the business at that time, and they REALLY knew how to get the crowd involved. Ring psychology in wrestling was always a key to being successful in the business, and these guys had masters' degrees in their craft. The crowd was up and down more than a Lutheran church service, screaming their lungs out, cheering and booing. O'Dell used the cane on the Scott brothers, nearly inciting a riot. Fortunately, no one went overboard to the point the Queen City's finest had to get involved.

I looked over at Velma and her friend, and they were going wild just like everyone else.

The full sixty-minute time limit on the match expired, the referee separated the participants, and the villains scurried out of the ring with their championship belts and went to their dressing room. The "good guy" Scott brothers remained in the ring for a while, accepting the crowd's cheers and applause for a job well done, even if they had come up short becoming the new champions.

They finally exited the ring and headed up the aisle back to their dressing room. It happened to be the aisle where we were sitting. Velma was on the end of the row. Keep in mind, these guys had been going at it for a full hour and under the hot ring lights, they looked as if they had been dropped into a well. As the two grapplers passed her, she reached out and patted one of them on the back. The perspiration went everywhere, including all over Velma.

It got her good. But she shrugged it off and we all headed for the parking lot. The show was over.

As we headed out of Charlotte, we stopped for a snack at Krispy Kreme, capping off the evening.

Then the long drive back to the City of Progress.

An evening well spent.





RING RESULTS

History made in the MID-ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING territory fifty years ago...

JIM GRABMIRE
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RALEIGH, N.C. - 1968

ABE JACOBS and LUTHER LINDSAY lost to HIRO MATSUDA and THE MISSOURI MAULER.

LES THATCHER and JIM OSBORNE bested 'BULLDOG' LEE HENNING and JIM GRABMIRE.

PANCHO VALDEZ and BOB NANDOR wrestled to a draw.

PEPPY GOMEZ topped FRANK HESTER.

LUTHER LINDSAY
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RICHMOND, VA. - 1965

GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT and JOHNNY WEAVER bested ALDO BOGNIBRONCHO LUBICH and HOMER O'DELL in six man action.

'BIG' BOB ORTON topped STEVE BOLUS.

JOHNNY WEAVER won from PEDRO ZAPATA.

LUTHER LINDSAY defeated RAY DURAN.

THE AMAZING ZUMA
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CHARLESTON, S.C. - 1968

GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT whipped THE MISSOURI MAULER and HIRO MATSUDA.

GEORGE BECKERJOHNNY WEAVER and NELSON ROYAL toppled J.C. DYKES and THE INFERNOS in six man action.

THE AMAZING ZUMA pinned 'BULLDOG' LEE HENNING.

THE MATADOR beat JACK RICE.

THE TOLOS BROTHERS
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CHARLESTON, S.C. - 1965

THE KENTUCKIANS topped BRUTE BERNARD and SKULL MURPHY via DQ.

JOHN and CHRIS TOLOS wrestled NELSON ROYAL and STEVE BOLUS to a draw.

MIKE PAIDOUSIS won over CHRIS AVEROFF.

GEORGE 'CATALINA' DRAKE defeated MIKE GALLAGHER.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

HAWK AND HANSON ON THE REBOUND

February 6, 1965
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA


The "BLONDE BOMBERS" of professional wrestling return to the LEXINGTON YMCA tonight after a disappointing experience here last week.

RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON, who boast of an incredible win record, came up short last Saturday at the hands of THE FLYING SCOTTS.

They will attempt to reverse their bad fortunes tonight when they tangle with another top team in that of NICK KOZAK and "IRISH" MIKE CLANCY.

"Last week's loss was a fluke, and I promise it won't happen again," shouted RIP HAWK, as partner HANSON nodded. SWEDE doesn't say much.

Another top tag battle is signed when fan favorites RUDY KAYE and ANGELO MARTINELLI take on the rulebreaking duo of "SIR" NELSON ROYAL and THE VIKING, who have been on a hot streak as of late.

Both tag team matches are set for the best-of-three falls with one hour time limits.

Singles action opens the card at 8:15 when LORENZO PARENTE faces THE BEAST.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

SOUTHERN TITLE TO BE DEFENDED

April 8, 1967
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

50 Years Ago

The SOUTHERN HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP is on the line tonight when the current title holder, THE MISSOURI MAULER, defends against the former champ, KLONDIKE BILL, in the headline match at the LEXINGTON YMCA.

KLONDIKE, the popular Alaskan, is out to regain the title from the MAULER, the man he first lifted it from a few months ago.

The MAULER managed to regain the belt from BILL recently under a dark cloud of controversy. KLONDIKE says that justice will prevail tonight in LEXINGTON. The title match is under stipulations of a one-hour time limit with the winner gaining two falls out of three.

The torrid Texan team of cowboys TEX McKENZIE and NELSON ROYAL will have their hands full when they meet big and rugged "Apache" BULL RAMOS and the mysterious masked grappler THE MUMMY. This best-of-three falls co-feature should produce plenty of action.

In single matches, the mammoth HAYSTACK CALHOUN returns to the YMCA to meet rough PEDRO GODOY.

Popular GREG PETERSON squares off against FRANK MARCONI in the 8:15 opening match.

Friday, June 2, 2017

NEW TAG CHAMPS DEFEND BELTS

September 22, 1962
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA
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55 Years Ago

There are new SOUTHERN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS in the pro wrestling world, and the title holders will defend their newly-coveted belts in tonight's main event at the LEXINGTON YMCA.

DON CURTIS and JOE SCARPA, who recently annexed the championship from the German duo of KURT and KARL VON BRAUNER, make their local debuts tonight when they defend their titles against the rugged bully team of SWEDE HANSON and P.Y. CHUNG in a best-of-three falls contest.

HANSON and CHUNG would like to make the new champs' title reign a short one by dethroning them tonight. The challengers are tough enough to do so.

Popular young star JOHNNY WEAVER, who has created quite the sensation since arriving on the local wrestling scene several months ago, will meet SID JONES in what looks to be a scientific semi-final two-out-of-three falls match.

The 8:15 opener sends 'Roughhouse' SONNY FARGO against the equally rugged, but larger, GEORGE 'TWO TON' HARRIS.
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JOE SCARPA later wrestled as CHIEF JAY STRONGBOW.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

ANOTHER HOME TOWN WRESTLING SHOW

June 20, 1968
STATESVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA

49 Years Ago




And I was there...in my $2.00 ringside seat.
The main event ended in the third and deciding fall. MR. WRESTLING and THE AMAZING ZUMA won the match via disqualification when manager GEORGE "TWO TON" HARRIS illegally entered the ring and gave THE AMAZING ZUMA a "big splash."

The crowd went home happy.

Monday, May 29, 2017

THEY WORKED HARD FOR THEIR MONEY

Working for JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS meant lots of hours on the road, going from city to city, almost EVERY day.
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And once they arrived at their destinations, they worked hard to give us, the wrestling fans, our entertainment dollar's worth.
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They seldom failed...

RUFUS R. JONES feels the impact of a HARLEY RACE piledriver.

GENE ANDERSON grimaces as KOA TIKI puts on the pressure.

LUTHER LINDSAY attempts to remove the hood of THE MASKED MARVEL.

BELLE STARR and PENNY BANNER slug it out.

RONNIE GARVIN lets the air out of an opponent.

JERRY BRISCO and SANDY SCOTT work on the leg of SWEDE HANSON.

THE MUMMY puts the boot to a downed opponent.

GEORGE 'TWO TON' HARRIS takes a time-out during a TV match taped at WBTV-CHARLOTTE.