Monday, July 24, 2017

LIGHTS! CAMERA! WRESTLING ACTION!

ONLY THE BEST FOR MID-ATLANTIC WRESTLING FANS

THE ASSASSIN getting "stretched" in a match.

PAUL JONES on the short end of a BLACKJACK MULLIGAN arm bar.

"ROWDY" RODDY PIPER blows into the magic bag.

HARLEY RACE takes to the top rope.

Now, PAUL JONES is fired up and ready to go.

BARON VON RASCHKE
"And that is all the people need to know."

Now it's RIC FLAIR's turn to be stretched by WAHOO McDANIEL.

Monday, July 10, 2017

LEXINGTON LUMBERJACKS

September 10, 1966
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

51 Years Ago

A LUMBERJACK MATCH has been scheduled to see if two top wrestling tag teams, TEX McKENZIE and NELSON ROYAL on one side, the MASKED RED DEMONS on the other, can settle their differences at the LEXINGTON YMCA tonight.

Six other wrestlers will spot themselves around the ring to prevent any runouts of any type taken by the RED DEMONS two weeks ago.

The Texas duo won that match on a count out. Tonight's main event is set for two-out-of-three falls within a one-hour time limit.

Huge Alaskan KLONDIKE BILL, with lumberjack experience, will join forces with fast-moving New Zealander ABE JACOBS to meet behemoths GEORGE 'TWO TON' HARRIS and BIG BOY BLONDELL in another best-of-three falls contest.

A special event will send girl wrestlers TONI ROSE and DIXIE JORDAN against one another in what should be a crowd-pleasing event.

Newcomer DON KENT, who debuted here last week, meets CORSICA JEAN in a singles bout, kicking off the card at 8:15.


KLONDIKE, JACOBS, HARRIS, BLONDELL, KENT and JEAN will serve as the six lumberjacks during the headliner.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

BULLDOG HENNING GETS WORLD TITLE SHOT

February 17, 1969
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA

48 Years Ago

Two men who have experienced the thrill of being a world champion are part of tonight's big wrestling card at the CHARLOTTE COLISEUM. Belltime is 8:15 p.m.

One is JOE LOUIS, known world-wide as the "BROWN BOMBER" and great champion of the boxing world. He held the heavyweight title for twelve years. LOUIS will confront wrestlers tonight in the capacity of special referee.

Also on the card is DORY FUNK JR., the newly-crowned WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION of the wrestling universe. The Texan dethroned the long-time champ GENE KINISKI just last week. FUNK will make a title defense against the unpredictable and rugged "BULLDOG" LEE HENNING. The belt is on the line in a two-out-of falls match with a one-hour time limit.

Champ JOE LOUIS has been chosen by the NWA to police the SIX MAN TAG TEAM co-main event.

The battle finds GEORGE BECKER, JOHNNY WEAVER and SAILOR ART THOMAS going against THE MISSOURI MAULER, HIRO MATSUDA and their manager HOMER O'DELL (who will be in ring attire, not his usual tuxedo). This encounter will be of the NO DISQUALIFICATION venue, and the losing team will leave with empty pockets. Promoter JIM CROCKETT says the winning team gets both purses. It's also best-of-three falls. And with NO DQ and JOE LOUIS, anything is likely to happen.

Another tag team battle on tap will send the popular duo of ABE JACOBS and STEVE BOLUS against the rough and tough combo of RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON.

The ladies will shine tonight in the ring when PENNY BANNER takes on JEAN DORSEY.

Polynesian favorite KOA TIKI will face the Cuban native PANCHO VALDEZ in the one-fall opener.

An autograph session for the fans to meet their favorite wrestlers will take place before the matches begin.



An observation - - - "BULLDOG" LEE HENNING in a World title match?
By this time in his career, he was already "jobbing". Makes one wonder who else would be contenders for FUNK's belt - - - JESSE JAMES, BILLY SPEARS?

I was eighteen at the time. Maybe I should have had a shot at the championship.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

TWO TON'S IN TOWN

July 18, 1968
STATESVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA

49 Years Ago



The summer of 1968 was a great season for Statesville, N.C. Crockett wrestling fans. Three outdoor cards were promoted by the Community Baseball organization, and the weather cooperated for them all.

This was the second wrestling show of the three.

As per usual, my rump was parked in my $2.00 metal ringside chair to see...

Bob Nandor win over Alex Medina

Pancho Valdez in a rare victory, this time over Bobby Nichols

Abe Jacobs and the Amazing Zuma besting Tinker Todd and Johnny Heideman

and

the George "Two Ton" Harris duo of Broncho Lubich and Aldo Bogni drop their second straight Statesville match, this one to fan favorites Nelson Royal and Paul Jones.

(Bogni, Lubich and Harris had been disqualified in their June 20th Statesville match against Zuma and Mr. Wrestling.)

Statesville, then known as "The City of Progress" was not proving to be a great town for these three scalawags, but they would return the following month in the summer's final wrestling program.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

FROM WEST VIRGINIA TO SOUTH CAROLINA


THE INFERNOS and J.C. DYKES
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NORFOLKVA. - 1968

GEORGE BECKERJOHNNY WEAVER and LUTHER LINDSAY won from THE INFERNOS and J.C. DYKES via DQ.

BOB NANDOR and JIM OSBORNE versus JOHNNY HEIDEMAN and FRANK MARCONI ended in a draw.

MARVA SCOTT pinned THE BLACK VENUS.

PEPPY GOMEZ defeated FRANK HICKEY.


THE FLYING SCOTT BROTHERS
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ROANOKE, VA. - 1968

LARS and GENE ANDERSON toppled GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT.

BOBBY RED CLOUD and CHIEF LITTLE EAGLE bested JOHNNY HEIDEMAN and FRANK MARCONI.

PEPPY GOMEZ defeated FRANK HICKEY.

MARVA SCOTT pinned THE BLACK VENUS.

ABE JACOBS
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LYNCHBURG, VA. - 1968

ABE JACOBS and LUTHER LINDSAY topped LARS and GENE ANDERSON.

TERRY and RONNIE GARVIN defeated PEPPY GOMEZ and JACK RICO.

BOB NANDOR bested PANCHO VILLA.

THE MATADOR lost to JESSE JAMES.

JESSE JAMES
---
CHARLESTON, W.V. - 1968

GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT wrestled LARS and GENE ANDERSON to a draw.

ABE JACOBS and LUTHER LINDSAY toppled LEON BAXTER and EL GAUCHO.

OLE ANDERSON whipped JESSE JAMES.

BOB NANDOR defeated TINKER TODD.

BOBBY KAY won from JACK VANSKY.

THE VIKING
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GREENVILLE, S.C. - 1965

THE KENTUCKIANS bested THE ALASKAN and THE BEAST.

RON REED * and GEORGE 'CATALINA' DRAKE defeated THE VIKING and FELIX LAMBAN.

STEVE BOLUS won from JACK VANSKY.

JACK VANSKY lost to NELSON ROYAL.


RON REED later wrestled as BUDDY COLT.