Friday, March 31, 2017

A STEAMBOAT BATTLE

March 8, 1969
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

48 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.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

SOMETIMES YOU WIN, SOMETIMES NOT


TINKER TODD
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CHARLESTON, S.C. - 1969

GENE and OLE ANDERSON topped MR. WRESTLING and ABE JACOBS.

JIMMY HINES whipped TINKER TODD.

BOB RAMSTEAD and JESSE JAMES wrestled EL GAUCHO and PEDRO GODOY to a draw.

BILLY HINES defeated BILLY SPEARS.


ARGENTINA APOLLO
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RICHMOND, VA. - 1971

ARGENTINA APOLLO and LES THATCHER topped GENE ANDERSON and ART NELSON.

KOA TIKI and LUTHER LINDSAY defeated JIM GRABMIRE and JOHNNY HEIDEMAN.

NICK RUSSO won over JOE FURR.

BRUTE BERNARD stopped JIM DILLON.

GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - 1966

GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT beat KURT and HENRY VON STROHEIM.

PENNY BANNER defeated LINDA CARROLL.

DON CHUY bested TONY NERO.

RUDY KAY downed JACK DANIELS (cheers!).

ABE JACOBS topped CORSICA JEAN.

THE KENTUCKIANS
TINY ANDERSON and BIG BOY BROWN
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LYNCHBURG, VA. - 1967

THE KENTUCKIANS bested P.Y. CHUNG and HARU SASAKI.

JESSE JAMES and LES THATCHER wrestled to a no contest with JAN MADRID and GENE DUNDEE.

CHIEF LITTLE EAGLE defeated BULL RAMOS.

NELSON ROYAL toppled ANGELO MARTINELLI.

BRUTE BERNARD
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RICHMOND, VA. - 1971

GEORGE BECKER and JOHNNY WEAVER defeated GENE ANDERSON and ART NELSON.

BRUTE BERNARD and THE MISSOURI MAULER topped KOA TIKI and LUTHER LINDSAY

BARBARA NICHOLS won from TAMMY JONES.

JESSE JAMES beat ANGELO MARTINELLI.

Monday, March 27, 2017

WRESTLING UNDER THE STARS

August 24, 1959
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA

DUKE KEOMUKA

THE GREAT BOLO

MR. MOTO

LARRY 'CRUSHER' HAMILTON

IKE EAKINS

GEORGE BECKER

RITA CORTEZ
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Professional wrestling moves outdoors tonight with a big five-bout card slated for CHARLOTTE MEMORIAL STADIUM.

Heading the starlite program presented by promoter JIM CROCKETT is a battle for the SOUTHERN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP, which gives the challengers LARRY 'CRUSHER' HAMILTON and his masked partner THE GREAT BOLO another shot at the titleholders, the Oriental combo of MR. MOTO and DUKE KEOMUKA.

The two teams have gone at it several times already with all of the matches ending in wild brawls. Neither team has any respect for the rule book, so this time, CROCKETT is adding the NO DISQUALIFICATION and NO TIME LIMIT clauses to the mix, ensuring a definite winner. The tag team championship will be decided by the best two-out-of-three falls.

A pair of top fan favorites are on hand tonight facing tough competition.

Popular GEORGE BECKER will meet an old foe in that of 'BIG' IKE EAKINS.

Mohawk Indian BILLY TWO RIVERS will try to tomahawk chop rugged JACK CURTIS down to defeat.

A special girls tag team match is set with PAT LYDA and JUDY GRABLE facing MARGIE RAMSEY and RITA CORTEZ. This one is schedule for the best-of-three falls.

The 8:15 opening bout sends good-looking BOB BOYER against Charlotte newcomer BILLY STRAWN.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

TOP TAG TEAMS

The JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS / MID-ATLANTIC WRESTLING area was known in the business as the top tag team territory in the U.S.
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Here are five duos who contributed to earning that reputation...


RUDY and BOBBY KAYE
(Fans may remember OLE ANDERSON smashing BOBBY's heirloom guitar into pieces against the ring post.)


RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON
(The Blonde Bombers)
None better anywhere...ever!


THE MASKED RED DEMONS
(JIMMY AND BILLY HINES)
with Manager GEORGE 'TWO TON' HARRIS


THE ROYAL KANGAROOS
(LORD JONATHAN BOYD and NORMAN FREDERICK CHARLES, III)
Brass Knuckles Champions...as rugged as a team could be.


SANDY and GEORGE SCOTT
(THE FLYING SCOTTS)
Next to Becker and Weaver, the top 'babyface' team in JCP during the 1960s.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

MOST BABY BOOMERS REMEMBER THE GREAT BOLO


I specifically remember THE GREAT BOLO and BOLO wearing this garb when they returned to the Charlotte Coliseum in the late 1960s to face JACK BRISCO and TIM (MR. WRESTLING) WOODS.

THE GREAT BOLO and BOLO work over one of THE KENTUCKIANS in one of the biggest money-making feuds in pro wrestling history.

THE GREAT BOLO (Renesto) reaches for his 'foreign object' while working on BIG BOY BROWN of THE KENTUCKIANS. (Note the tape under the mask to cover Renesto's mustache.)

Big TEX McKENZIE works over the masked man.

Even bigger HAYSTACK CALHOUN tries to physically rip THE GREAT BOLO's hood off, along with the head the mask covers.

A 1961 posed photo of BOLO and THE GREAT BOLO when the two were working for JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS.
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From the time I first started pro wrestling on TV, I was fascinated by a mysterious man who wore a mask and went by the name THE GREAT BOLO. This rulebreaker was the top heel in JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS and drew money like nobody's business.

Every week, all across the Carolinas and Virginia, droves of people tuned in and turned out to see the likes of GEORGE BECKER, 'Irish' MIKE CLANCY, CHIEF BIG HEART and GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT rip off the hood of this hoodlum so we could all find out who he was (not taking into account that just because we might see his face, we would automatically know his name), but that was a mute point.

The mask of THE GREAT BOLO was his championship belt. To lose the mask was to destroy his wrestling career. Many years after the fact, we now know that THE GREAT BOLO was a superb grappler named TOM RENESTO. But according to an interview the late Mr. Renesto gave a few years before his passing, at the time, the other wrestlers did not actually know who was under the mask of THE GREAT BOLO. Promoter Jim Crockett demanded that Renesto travel alone and don the hood before entering the wrestling venue.

Very similar scenario as the old-time movie serials in which the villains were named The Scorpion, The Wrecker, The Crimson Ghost , The Lightning, etc. Only in the last chapter would the identity of the evil doer be exposed to the audience.

But, ironically, the identity of THE GREAT BOLO would be revealed by only one person in the wrestling business. That person was...THE GREAT BOLO.

A number of years after leaving JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS, THE GREAT BOLO (Renesto) and his partner BOLO were wrestling in Georgia as THE ASSASSINS when Renesto decided it was time to leave the business as an in-ring combatant.

He removed his own mask, and THE GREAT BOLO was no more.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

CLASH OF THE TITANS

In 1981 and 2010, movie goers could visit their local theatres to see an adventure / fantasy production entitled CLASH OF THE TITANS.

However, some years earlier, fans of JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS could witness
their own CLASH when two of the longest-running and most vicious heel tag teams went at it.

It was RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON (The Blonde Bombers) versus GENE and OLE ANDERSON (The Minnesota Wrecking Crew).

Here's a 1972 card featuring the BATTLE OF THE BULLIES match as held in RICHMOND, VIRGINIA.

OLE ANDERSON and RIP HAWK throw the rule book out the window.

OLE has the upper hand on RIP.

RIP appears to be on the attack as Manager 'Playboy' GARY HART looks on.
Hey, get down off that ring apron, Gary.

HAWK in trouble again.

Generally, when wrestling another heel team, the crowds pulled for RIP and SWEDE. I remember that to be the case when they wrestled ALDO BOGNI and BRONCO LUBICH, BRUTE BERNARD and SKULL MURPHY and THE INFERNOS.

The only time I ever saw GENE and OLE getting the cheers was when they tangled with RIC FLAIR and GREG VALENTINE.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

WHO WON AND WHO DIDN'T

KURT VON STROHEIM
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RICHMOND, VA. - 1966

SANDY SCOTT beat THE GREAT MALENKO in a RUSSIAN DEATH MATCH.

ALEX MEDINA and GORY GUERRERO lost to KURT and HENRY VON STROHEIM.

GEORGE SCOTT topped HANS SCHMIDT on a DQ.

KARL GOTCH demolished 'ROWDY' RED ROBERTS.

STEVE BOLUS whipped SONNY FARGO.


LITTLE BOY BLUE
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - 1966

HAYSTACK CALHOUN and ABE JACOBS slipped by JOHN and CHRIS TOLOS.

NELSON ROYAL pinned MIKE PAIDOUSIS.

LITTLE BOY BLUE and JIM DANDY defeated PEE WEE LOPEZ and CHICO SANTANA in a midgets tag battle.

THE VIKING lost to GORY GUERRERO.

SANDY and GEORGE SCOTT
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CHARLESTON, S.C. - 1966

GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT defeated THE GREAT MALENKO and THE MISSOURI MAULER.

PAUL DEMARCO beat HENRY VON STROHEIM via DQ.

KEN HOLLIS toppled LARS ANDERSON.

SWEET GEORGIA BROWN pinned PRINCESS UBANGI.

ALEX MEDINA won over JOHN GUDISKI.

IKE EAKINS pinned RAY GARDINI.

BOB ORTON
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GREENVILLE, S.C. - 1966

TEX McKENZIE and JOHNNY WEAVER defeated THE GREAT MALENKO and 'BIG' BOB ORTON.

BILLY TWO RIVERS and SUNI WAR CLOUD wrestled JOHN and CHRIS TOLOS to a draw.

ABE JACOBS topped PEDRO ZAPATA.

STEVE BOLUS whipped CORSICA JEAN.

PAMPERO FIRPO
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ROANOKE, VA. - 1968

PAMPERO FIRPO and TINY MILLS lost to GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT.

GEORGE BECKER and JOHNNY WEAVER defeated THE MUMMY and 'BULLDOG' LEE HENNING.

BOB NANDOR topped STEVE STANLEE.

STEVE STANLEE beat JERRY LONDON.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

THE SENSATIONAL CROCKETT SIXTIES


THE VIKING
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CHARLESTON, S.C. - 1965

THE ALASKAN and THE BEAST lost to GEORGE BECKER and JOHNNY WEAVER.

GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT topped THE VIKING and SIR NELSON ROYAL.

MIKE VALENTINO submitted to ED CASTILLO.

GREG PETERSON rolled 'ROWDY' RED ROBERTS.

SWEDE HANSON and RIP HAWK
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ROANOKE, VA. - 1969

GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT defeated LARS and GENE ANDERSON.

LUTHER LINDSAY and ABE JACOBS topped RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON via DQ.

OLE ANDERSON pinned BOB NANDOR.

PAUL DEMARCO won over TINKER TODD.

ANGELO MARTINELLI lost to BOB RAMSTEAD.

GORY GUERRERO
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RICHMOND, VA. - 1966

TEX McKENZIE and NELSON ROYAL won via a reversed decision over RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON.

DON CHUY and JOE CAROLLO beat IKE EAKINS and JOHN GUDISKI.

THE GREAT MALENKO bested ROGER KIRBY.

JOHNNY HEIDEMAN lost to GORY GUERRERO.

BRUTE BERNARD
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GREENSBORO, N.C. - 1966

GEORGE BECKER and JOHNNY WEAVER topped BRUTE BERNARD and SKULL MURPHY.

TEX McKENZIE and NELSON ROYAL lost to BRONCHO LUBICH and ALDO BOGNI with HOMER O'DELL.

KARL GOTCH bested HENRY VON STROHEIM.

KURT VON STROHEIM pinned ROGER KIRBY.

RUDY KAY beat IKE EAKINS.

ABE JACOBS kee-wee rolled HANS SCHMIDT.

THE MUMMY
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LYNCHBURG, VA. - 1967

HAYSTACK CALHOUN won a ten man BATTLE ROYAL.

THE AMAZING ZUMA topped IAN MACBIRD.

HAYSTACK CALHOUN squashed HENRY VON STROHEIM.

SANDY SCOTT defeated THE MUMMY.

PEDRO GODOY beat TONY ROMANO.

JESSE JAMES wrestled KURT VON STROHEIM to a draw.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

ANYTHING COULD HAPPEN...AND USUALLY DID

As 'ROWDY' RODDY PIPER use to say, "Just when you figure out the answers, they change the questions."

Even the self-proclaimed 'fan experts' were often fooled when it came to predicting what was going to happen at a JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS' MID-ATLANTIC WRESTLING show...

But it was always fun trying to second-guess them.

THE GREAT BOLO is the recipient of a STEVE BOLUS knee-lift.

HARLEY RACE and RIC FLAIR battle for the NWA WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP.

LUTHER LINDSAY goes to work on a bloodied KURT VON STEIGER.

DUSTY RHODES and DICK MURDOCK stomp that proverbial 'mud hole' on an opponent.

In a 'BATTLE OF THE BULLIES' showdown, SWEDE HANSON lays a punch in on HENRY VON STROHEIM as RIP HAWK looks on.

TERRY FUNK
(Insert your own caption.)

Sunday, March 12, 2017

TERRITORY TRAVELING


PAUL JONES and NELSON ROYAL
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GREENVILLE, S.C. - 1971

NELSON ROYAL and PAUL JONES beat THE MASKED MARVELS.

JOE FURR and JIM DILLON lost to GENE ANDERSON and ART NELSON.

TOMMY SEIGLER topped BILL BOWMAN.

JOE TURNER and BUTCH JACKSON wrestled to a draw.


GORY GUERRERO
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RICHMOND, VA. - 1966

GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT defeated 'BIG' BOB ORTON and THE GREAT MALENKO.

ALDO BOGNI and BRONCHO LUBICH with HOMER O'DELL smothered GORY GUERRERO and OMAR ATLAS.

RUDY KAY pinned CORSICA JEAN.

DON CHUY polished off JACK DANIELS (haven't we all).

HANS SCHMIDT drew with ABE JACOBS.


BRONCHO LUBICH, GEORGE 'TWO TON' HARRIS, ALDO BOGNI
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LYNCHBURG, VA. - 1969

NELSON ROYALPAUL JONES and ABE JACOBS defeated ALDO BOGNIBRONCHO LUBICH and GEORGE 'TWO TON' HARRIS in a six man contest.

THE AMAZING ZUMA and BILLY HINES went the time limit.

JIMMY HINES beat BOBBY KAY.

LES WOLFE topped PANCHO VALDEZ.

LES THATCHER
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - 1968

TEX McKENZIE and NELSON ROYAL lost to RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON.

THE INFERNOS with J.C. DYKES defeated LES THATCHER and RUDY KAYE.

BOB NANDOR pinned TINY MILLS.

'BULLDOG' LEE HENNING topped ALEX MEDINA.

PAMPERO FIRPO
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CHARLESTON, S.C. - 1968

GEORGE BECKER and JOHNNY WEAVER defeated LARS and GENE ANDERSON.

HAYSTACK CALHOUN and THE AMAZING ZUMA beat THE MISSOURI MAULER and PAMPERO FIRPO.

DENNIS HALL lost to 'BULLDOG' LEE HENNING.

RUDY KAYE whipped JERRY LONDON.

LES THATCHER topped CHUCK CONLEY.