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.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

BECKER BOLO BATTLE

September 12, 1960
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA

57 Years Ago

The long-awaited return bout between fan favorite GEORGE BECKER and the much-hated masked man, THE GREAT BOLO, will headline tonight's PARK CENTER wrestling card starting at 8:15.

Hero BECKER, who recently returned to the ring after a six month absence due to a severe knee injury, has won three straight matches here preparing for his return tussle with the hooded BOLO.

In their first meeting, BECKER won the first fall, and then the pair fought a standoff the remainder of their one hour time limit.

Perhaps a technical BECKER victory, it was not an official one as two winning falls were not recorded, therefore THE GREAT BOLO was NOT required to unmask. BOLO has a stipulation in his contracts stating that he will unmask in the ring after losing two-out-of-three falls to a pinfall or submission.

Tag team action makes up the semifinal tonight when GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT face JAN MADRID and GYPSY JOE in another best-of-three falls contest.

Singles action opens the card with FARMER JONES returning to Charlotte to meet TOM BRADLEY, and JACK CURTIS goes against LOUIS TILLET in the opening contest.

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.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

CLASSIC RASSLIN' RESULTS

RALEIGH, N.C. - 1968
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LARSGENE and OLE ANDERSON defeated RIP HAWKSWEDE HANSON and NELSON ROYAL.

GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT took ALEX MEDINA and JESSE JAMES.

ABE JACOBS won from FRANK HICKEY.

THE AMAZING ZUMA bested 'BULLDOG' LEE HENNING.

CHARLESTON, S.C. - 1969
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RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON lost to NELSON ROYAL and PAUL JONES.

JESSE JAMES and RANDY CURTIS beat PEDRO and PANCHO VALDEZ.

MATTI SUZUKI topped SONNY FARGO.

EL LOBO pinned RON CHARLES.

CHARLESTON, W.V. - 1969
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SAILOR ART THOMASNELSON ROYAL and PAUL JONES bested ALDO BOGNIBRONCHO LUBICH and GEORGE 'TWO TON' HARRIS in six man action.

BOBBY RED CLOUD toppled BOB GRIFFIN.

PANCHO VALDEZ and GREG PETERSON wrestled to a draw.

RALEIGH, N.C. - 1969
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NELSON ROYALPAUL JONES and SANDY SCOTT topped LARSGENE and OLE ANDERSON in six man action.

BOB GRIFFIN won from BOBBY PAUL.

GEORGE SCOTT bested PEDRO VALDEZ.

KOA TIKI pinned EL GAUCHO.

Friday, July 14, 2017

WOW! 51 YEARS AGO

March 12, 1966
LEXINGTON, N.C.

NELSON ROYAL

TEX McKENZIE

KURT VON STROHEIM

BRUTE BERNARD and SKULL MURPHY

STEVE BOLUS

GORY GUERRERO
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The wrestling tag teams of TEX McKENZIE / NELSON ROYAL and BRUTE BERNARD / SKULL MURPHY will return to the LEXINGTON YMCA tonight for more professional wrestling action, but each shall be meeting different foes.

The cowboys, TEX and NELSON, who gained a disputed win over BRUTE and SKULL last Saturday, will face the rugged German brother combo of KURT and HENRY VON STROHEIM.

The co-feature tonight pairs BERNARD and MURPHY against the NFL L.A. RAMS duo of DON CHUY and JOE CAROLLO.

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

Singles action tonight finds popular STEVE BOLUS against Mexico's GORY GUERRERO.

There is also an 8:15 opening match.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

THE INFERNOS versus BOGNI & LUBICH

One of the top tag teams to ever wrestle for JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS was the mean and rugged duo of BRONCO LUBICH and ALDO BOGNI. These guys wrestled on top in MID-ATLANTIC WRESTLING for much of the 1960s.

Now, I should point out that this duo was not adored by JCP fans, by any means. In fact, they were at the top of the territory's 'hate list'. LUBICH and BOGNI were ruffians who had no regard for the rulebook, and to make matters worse, the two were always accompanied to the ring by their manager, MRHOMER O'DELL, without question, the decade's most fan-hated man on the CROCKETT payroll.

WBTV's wrestling commentator, 'Big' BILL WARD, often stated on the air that HOMER O'DELL was "so low he would have to walk on stilts to look a snake in the eye."

O'DELL, when managing, always wore a tuxedo and carried his legendary cane, and believe me when I say, this cane was responsible for putting lumps on many an opponent's noggin' in JCP wrestling rings.

Through the years, I witnessed many BOGNI and LUBICH and O'DELL matches, both on television and in Charlotte's Coliseum and Park Center.

But one match I recall was unique in that the fans actually cheered and pulled for these three rulebreakers the night at the Charlotte Coliseum when, in a Six Man Tag Team MatchBOGNILUBICH and O'DELL faced J.C. DYKES and THE INFERNOS. Both managers donned wrestling attire and joined their men as wrestlers.

I, being a huge mark for THE INFERNOS, cheered for the masked men, and only hoped I could get to my car in the parking lot at evening's end.

This match was equivalent to a pair of locomotives hitting head-on. Referee Angelo Martinelli certainly earned his payday on this night.

The first fall went to O'DELL's team when BOGNI put one of the masked men out cold with his patented 'corkscrew' hold. The fans went wild. I was stunned. Cheers for HOMER O'DELL! I thought, 'what's next...a man on the moon?"

DYKES was able to revive his men and rally his troops in the second fall, which ended with LUBICH on the receiving end of a 'loaded boot' kick to the head, putting him into dreamland.

With the match even at this point, the third fall quickly became an all-out brawl. It must have been a NO DISQUALIFICATION match (I can't recall), but had it not been, referee Martinelli would have had to toss it out due to the rule breaking and brutality. Both O'DELL and DYKES were lacerated, and one INFERNO was also dripping blood from a much-torn mask.

Then, out of seemingly nowhere, was a huge flash! BOGNI was screaming and down, rolling around the ring in agony. LUBICH and O'DELL grabbed their scorched partner, and bolted for the dressing room.

ANGELO MARTINELLI made the twenty-count, and raised the hands of DYKES and THE INFERNOS.

On Charlotte TV the next week, ironically, HOMER O'DELL claimed that "DYKES and THE INFERNOS were the most brutal forms of humanity and a disgrace to the wrestling business and should be barred from the profession." A rather odd statement coming from him.

DYKES denied that he had thrown fire at anyone. "Whether it's O'DELLBOGNILUBICH, or any wrestling fans who say so must have been hopped up on LSD or something. The marks on BOGNI's ugly face are mat burns, where me and my men ground his mug into the wrestling mat. If he can't take it, he should find another way to make a living."

These guys could really make me believe...

BOGNI's 'corkscrew' takes its toll...

A bloodied DYKES cracks O'DELL's coconut with a metal canteen.

An INFERNO gives ALDO BOGNI a free ride to the arena floor...

HOMER comes to the aid of BRONCO LUBICH.

DYKES and THE INFERNOS have their arms raised in victory, at least on this night.

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.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

SIBLINGS VERSUS SIBLINGS, however

June 9, 1969
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA

48 Years Ago

Any time THE INFERNOS and manager J. C. DYKES enter an arena, trouble is on the way. DYKES and his masked team approach the art of wrestling as if they're engaging in war, and DYKES can make matters even worse.

The team challenging THE INFERNOS tonight is SILENTO RODRIGUEZ and GREG PETERSON, and they have promised to give the hooded duo a tough outing on the PARK CENTER wrestling card, starting at 8:15. And this is only the semi-final match of the night.

"We will win fair and square, as we always do," smirked the red-haired manager DYKES. "THE INFERNOS are the hottest (pun intended) team in professional wrestling today. I say bring them all into the ring. The team that marches out the victors will be my blue tigers."

In the headliner tonight, two sets of brothers will be feuding again, as a return tag match pits GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT (really brothers) against GENE and OLE ANDERSON (not so).

The "FLYING SCOTTS" were disqualified their last time out with the "MINNESOTA WRECKING CREW" and tonight, that can't happen as the match will be fought with a NO DISQUALIFICATION stipulation, so anything goes.

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

In a special event, ladies PENNY BANNER and TONI ROSE will offer their contrasting brands of wrestling in a one-fall encounter. PENNY wrestles according to the rulebook and TONI throws that book out the window.

Tough Cuban PANCHO VALDEZ tangles with SONNY FARGO in the opening one-fall contest.

Fans are encouraged to arrive early as a sellout is expected.

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.