Sunday, July 30, 2017

TAG TEAM TITLES ON THE LINE

July 13, 1963
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

54 Years Ago

Wrestling fans who like tag team action will get a double dose in an all-star card tonight at the LEXINGTON YMCA.

The current SOUTHERN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS, RAY ANDREWS and ERIC POMEROY, will defend their honor and belts against the savage challengers, ALDO BOGNI and BRONCHO LUBICH, who are managed by their strutting, cane-carrying manager HOMER O'DELL.

Popular stars REGGIE PARKS and JOHNNY WEAVER return after an absence to face the mammoth duo of "big and round guys" GEORGE 'CRYBABY' CANNON and GEORGE 'TWO TON' HARRIS in the co-main event.

Both tag team matches are set for the best-two-out-of-three falls.

Action will get underway at 8:15 when two more big men, FRANK VALOIS and PAT O'BRIEN, meet in the opener.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

COWBOYS AND BOMBERS

May 21, 1966
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

51 Years Ago

Wrestling fans will get a chance to witness a rematch between the teams of TEX McKENZIE / NELSON ROYAL and RIP HAWK / SWEDE HANSON at the LEXINGTON YMCA tonight.

Demands for the return came after the popular Texans lost a disputed match to the BLONDE BOMBERS last Saturday night. It has been contended that HAWK used the ropes in an illegal manner to produce the decisive fall when ROYAL was in position to win it all for his team.

The two-out-of-three falls tag match highlights the card which also contains the following other matches:

Newcomer PAUL DEMARCO meets veteran tough guy IKE EAKINS in the semifinal.

KARL GOTCH takes on CORSICA JEAN, while two other newcomers, RAY GARDINI and KEN HOLLIS, clash in the 8:15 opening match of the evening.

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.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

UNDER THE DOME in CHARLOTTE

September 7, 1959
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA
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58 Years Ago

JOHNNY HEIDEMAN

PAT O'HARA

DICK STEINBORN

CYCLONE ANAYA

THE GREAT BOLO

'DANDY' JACK DONOVAN

STEVE BOLUS
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Eighteen wrestlers, the most to ever appear on a single wrestling card in the history of CHARLOTTE grappling, will make tonight's LABOR DAY mat program at the CHARLOTTE COLISEUM a most memorable one.

The huge holiday card features three tag team matches, one of which matches six wrestlers.

Headlining the card is the SIX MAN setto, with the Jap trio of MR. MOTO, DUKE KEOMUKA and SUIGI taking on ruffians LARRY 'CRUSHER' HAMILTON, PAT O'HARA and the masked man, THE GREAT BOLO.

None of these men respect the rules of the sport, so it is bound to be an explosive skirmish. It's scheduled for the best two-out-of-three falls with a one-hour time limit.

The semi-final brings in four colored girls for tag action. One team has BABS WINGO and MARVA SCOTT to face the opposition of CAT WINBLEY and ETHEL JOHNSON.

Then comes a pair of single tussles, one sending crowd favorite GEORGE BECKER against STEVE BOLUS, and the other featuring DICK STEINBORN against DANNY MERCE.

The third tag battle will open the 8:15 card when JOHNNY HEIDEMAN and partner 'DANDY' JACK DONOVAN square off against the duo of JOHN FOTI and CYCLONE ANAYA.

Advance tickets are available at the NATIONAL HAT SHOP in downtown Charlotte.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

ANOTHER SIDE OF RIP HAWK



This is the way JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS wrestling fans saw RIP 'The Profile' HAWK...entering the ring to do battle and to win any way he could. Hair pulling, trunk pulling, piledriving...any way.

RIP was a 'heel' mainstay for JCP for nearly fifteen years and was at the top of many fans' "Most Hated" list.

But there was a wrestling side of 'The Profile' the general public never saw, and with the aid of this article which originally appeared in the September, 1975 issue of Sports Review WRESTLER, I'd like to share it with you...

RIP HAWK oversees a group of high school wrestlers. RIP generously gives his time to these youngsters.

Every man is a combination of things. When you think you know someone, he or she will very often do something that is as uncharacteristic as it is unexpected. Rip Hawk was no exception to that rule.

Most of the world knew HAWK as one of the most ruthless rulebreakers in wrestling, a man incapable of mercy or honor. Instead of denying these charges, HAWK would boast of his cruelty with glee.

Yet, when the spotlights were turned away from him, RIP could be found in a local high school gym teaching members of the school's wrestling team. RIP would go over the fundamentals of the sport and correct the youngsters when necessary. And one thing that RIP stressed above all else is that the grapplers must be scrupulously clean !

"Before you break the rules," HAWK said when no students were present, "you've got to master the rules. What I hope to do is give these kids a sound base from which they can grow. And who the hell wants kids bleeding and crippled anyway? For professionals, it's different. We earn a living by winning - - at all costs. Kids wrestle to develop a team spirit, a physical discipline and a sense of fairness. Though the basics may be the same, the goals are completely different."

Wrestler TERRY SAWYER also lends a helping hand.

Yet, why did a man who tortured his opponents with animal abandon want to help youngsters at all? RIP hesitated before he answered the question, and one got the feeling he wasn't quite sure himself.

"Someone was needed," RIP said, "and I was available. Anyway, if a sport gives you a lot, you owe it something in return. This is my way of paying some long outstanding dues.


If one wasn't familiar with RIP HAWK, it would be easy to swear that the wrestling instructor and the wrestler were two different people. HAWK the wrestler strutted arrogantly, whereas HAWK the instructor moved with unassuming grace.

When grappling for money, RIP would explode at any slight provocation. When teaching the kids a complicated hold, he would become the most patient of men, calmly going over and over the maneuver until the youth felt comfortable executing it.

After devoting time at the high school, RIP went straight to the arena to wrestle. He was his vicious self, making his opponent a bloody mess. If you had told the victim about what HAWK had done hours earlier, he'd have called you crazy. And as the doctor stitched up his wounds, who could blame him?

RIP instructs the students in technique.

Amazingly, thirty-five years after this article was originally published, RIP HAWK, at the local YMCA in the Texas town in which he resided, was still instructing kids the art of wrestling.

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
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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.