Sunday, April 23, 2017

WE CALLED HIM SANDY



ANGUS MACKAY "SANDY" SCOTT

May 27, 1934 - March 11, 2010

What didn't Sandy Scott do in the world of professional wrestling?

Answer: Very little, I'd say.

Whatever task he tackled, he did it well. He was a great singles wrestler, a world champion tag team wrestler, a matchmaker, a road agent, a promoter, a TV announcer, a TV "management character" - and probably other jobs I'm not aware.

Besides George Becker and Johnny Weaver, SANDY SCOTT was the top babyface wrestler in JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS for twenty years, then moving behind-the-scenes to help run the company.

We fans loved Sandy anytime we saw him, regardless of in what capacity.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

TAKE HIS MASK OFF

At this point in time, this is certainly not startling information.

There are a number of websites on the net that contain long lists of past MASKED WRESTLERS and their real identities.

But I haven't seen any that show us what faces goes with what names.

Here are several that wrestled in JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS...

BILL EADIE
THE MASKED SUPERSTAR
(photo from THE MID-ATLANTIC GATEWAY)


LYNN DENTON
(THE GRAPPLER)

TOM RENESTO
(THE GREAT BOLO / ASSASSIN)

FRANKIE CAIN
(one of the original INFERNOS)

JODY (JOE) HAMILTON
(BOLO / ASSASSIN)

DON JARDINE
(THE SUPER DESTROYER / THE SPOILER)

Thursday, April 6, 2017

THE ROYAL KANGAROOS

In all of the years that JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS was in existence, two of the very top heel teams who ever wrestled in the territory were THE ROYAL KANGAROOS and THE INFERNOS.

These guys were rugged and down-right brutal in their matches.

THE INFERNOS would kick their opponents in the head with a loaded boot or even throw fire in your face (just ask Les Thatcher about that).

THE ROYAL KANGAROOS would beat their opponents to a bloody pulp, then attack them with boomerangs.

Fans absolutley HATED these two teams. Fans also bought thousands of wrestling tickets to see them.

THE ROYAL KANGAROOS and THE INFERNOS did what they were supposed to do night after night. They filled wrestling arenas.

During their run in the MID-ATLANTIC WRESTLINA area, THE ROYAL KANGAROOS consisted of LORD JONATHAN BOYD and his cousin NORMAN FREDERICK CHARLES III. Sadly, BOYD has passed away, but CHARLES is still with us.

The original twosome who formed THE INFERNOS was ROCKY SMITH and FRANKIE CAIN. Their manager, J.C. DYKES, and ROCKY are  gone, but FRANKIE survives.

Today, I salute JCP greats NORMAN FREDERICK CHARLES III and FRANKIE CAIN and thank them for their dedication and sacrifices they gave to the business.

NORMAN FREDERICK CHARLES III as one of THE ROYAL KANGAROOS

NORMAN FREDERICK CHARLES III in 2009.

INFERNO FRANKIE CAIN and J.C. DYKES take exception to my blog.

A post-INFERNO CAIN as THE GREAT MEPHISTO.

FRANKIE CAIN in 2009.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

A CHALLENGE FOR HAWK AND HANSON

May 14, 1966
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

51 Years Ago

Popular cowboy TEX McKENZIE is the subject of dispute by RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON after they lost last week's wrestling feature here to GEORGE BECKER and JOHNNY WEAVER.

HAWK claims that McKENZIE shoved WEAVER into position for the winning fall, and the "BLONDE BOMBERS" are so angry at the cowboy for his "illegal participation" that they have challenged lanky TEX and his swift-moving buddy NELSON ROYAL to meet them in tonight's LEXINGTON YMCA main wrestling event.

The Texas duo agreed willingly to the HAWK and HANSON challenge, pointing to a scorcher of a two-of-three-falls match.

"We're going to have to teach McKENZIE a lesson about sticking his nose in someone else's business. He had no right getting involved in our match last Saturday, and he's going to learn the lesson the hard way...a good old whipping," said RIP HAWK.

Two winners from last week, IKE EAKINS and GORY GUERRERO, will meet in the evening's semifinal encounter.

Two additional singles matches, featuring top wrestling stars, will open the card at 8:15.