Saturday, September 30, 2017

COLOR PHOTOS - A RARE COMMODITY

All of the wrestling magazines of the past, going back as far as sixty years, were great. I guess we all had our favorites (I always liked WRESTLING REVUE). But one thing missing (I suppose for cost purposes) were photos of our favorite grapplin' stars in full color. And I mean true color. Not the 'air-brushed' photos in which the artists who colored them must have been on some strange chemicals when they worked.

How in the world did THE INFERNOS end up on a magazine cover, and their outfits were orange?

I actually have such a magazine.

So, on the rare occassion, when a reader ran across a nice full-color picture of his favorite wrestler, it was special.

Here are a few that caught my eye...

CHIEF WAHOO McDANIEL

HARLEY RACE and NELSON ROYAL

I particularly like this photo because of the grouping of then NWA WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION RACE, who for the most part was working 'heel' at the time, and NELSON ROYAL, a big-time 'babyface'.

RIC FLAIR, J.J. DILLON, TULLY BLANCHARD and an obvious young FOUR HORSEMAN fan

JOHNNY WEAVER

NWA WORLD CHAMP JACK BRISCO

Another WORLD CHAMPION - DORY FUNK JR.

and finally, MRS. BUTCHER's favorite son, ABDULAH


ANDRE THE GIANT versus ABDULLAH THE BUTCHER

THE SPOILER / THE SUPER DESTROYER
(DON JARDINE)

JOHNNY WEAVER versus J.J. DILLON

KILLER KARL KOX

MR. X 1 & 2
(GORDON NELSON & GEOFF PORTZ)

RIC FLAIR versus ANDRE THE GIANT

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

CROCKETT GAVE US THE BEST


RIP HAWK shows he could wrestle as well as break the rules.

JOHNNY WEAVER in control of his match.

Russian "bad guy" NIKITA MULKOVICH prepares for battle.

SKULL MURPHY having a bad day at the office.


A bloodied GREG VALENTINE and partner RIC FLAIR puttin' it to RUFUS R. JONES.


GENE ANDERSON and DUSTY RHODES trading blows.

The match over, RIC FLAIR hops into his Caddy and heads back to Charlotte.


ED CAPRAL interviews #1 PAUL JONES on TV's WIDE WORLD WRESTLING.

Referee SONNY FARGO tries to get GREG VALENTINE and RIC FLAIR off WAHOO McDANIEL.

Friday, September 22, 2017

JUDO CHOP vs TOMAHAWK CHOP

November 18, 1967
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA


Oriental wrestlers HARU SASAKI and P. Y. CHUNG will have their judo wizardry challenged again when they are rematched against the spectacular Indian combo of CHIEF LITTLE EAGLE and BOBBY RED CLOUD at the LEXINGTON YMCA, starting at 8:15.

The Indians, winners of a disputed verdict in an earlier encounter, have their "tomahawk chops" which are very close to the "judo chops" used by the Orientals.

They'll battle for the best-of-three falls to determine a winner.

Two other top teams will meet in the week's two-out-of-three falls co-main event. The hero combination of HAYSTACK CALHOUN and THE AMAZING ZUMA will tangle with wrestling's "Blonde Bombers", RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON.

Preliminary bouts have a "south of the border" flavor.

Mexico's PANCHO VALDEZ will challenge young DENNIS HALL.

THE MATADOR, also from Mexico, faces ANGELO MARTINELLI in the opener.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

58 YEARS AGO IN CHARLOTTE

August 11, 1959
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA

MR. MOTO


DUKE KEOMUKA


GEORGE BECKER


BILLY TWO RIVERS


THE GREAT BOLO

PAT O'HARA


LARRY 'CRUSHER' HAMILTON


DANNO O'SHOCKER

REGGIE PARKS

CYCLONE ANAYA

MR. MOTO and DUKE KEOMUKA will face another top challenge for their SOUTHERN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP in the headline bout of tonight's pro wrestling card at the PARK CENTER here in CHARLOTTE.

The Japs, who have protected their crown against all comers for the past month, will defend their belts against the clever and immensely popular tandem of GEORGE BECKER and BILLY TWO RIVERS. The championship match is set for two-out-of-three falls with a one-hour time limit.

The semi-final tonight squares off fan favorite PAT O'HARA against the dreaded masked man, THE GREAT BOLO. Perhaps tonight will be the lucky night for the Irishman in his quest to unmask the hooded ruffian. It's also two-of-three falls.

The top prelim will send the rugged LARRY 'CRUSHER' HAMILTON against young DANNO O'SHOCKER, and the 8:15 opener, set for one fall, twenty minute limit, has the handsome Canadian scrapper from Ontario, REGGIE PARKS, against the very tough CYCLONE ANAYA.

Monday, September 18, 2017

A MONDAY SALUTE TO THESE CROCKETT STARS

One would have to go back fifty or more years to remember all of these superstars who appeared in JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS...

Semi-reluctantly, I admit I am one who qualifies...

RAMON and ENRIQUE TORRES

TONY GAREA

JOHNNY VALENTINE

SKULL MURPHY

THUNDERBOLT PATTERSON

TEX McKENZIE

Saturday, September 16, 2017

INTERESTING PHOTOS OF CROCKETT STARS

In doing research for future blogging topics, I have come across some photographs of a number of wrestling stars who, during their careers, entertained MID-ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING fans throughout the many years.
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For a variety of reasons, these pictures jumped out at me as being "out of the norm", so I thought I would share them with you all...


DICK MURDOCH

Here is DICK with a farm animal.
Fill in your own caption on this one.


FRENCHIE LAMONT versus LORD LITTLEBROOK

No, this photo isn't printed wrong side up. It was taken this way, proving how acrobatic the 'midget' wrestlers could be.

I about freaked when I saw this one.

It's JIM 'BRUTE' BERNARD with a full head of hair.

A great backstage shot of three wrestling greats...

LITTLE BEAVER, BIG BOY BROWN (of THE KENTUCKIANS) and TIM (MR. WRESTLING) WOODS.

BARON VON RASCHKE

There have been many German-character wrestlers, and generally, they wrestled as 'heels' in the U.S., continuing the political turmoil between the two countries during two World Wars.

It was generally assumed that the German guys would wear the 'German Cross' as their symbol to the homeland, NOT Nazi emblems (for obvious political reasons).

So this really knocked me for a loop when I saw this photo of our beloved BARON VON RASCHKE breaking the wrestling tradition and utilizing the Nazi insignia in his character.

The BARON never used this in JCP. It was at a point in his career before he worked in the MID-ATLANTIC territory.

Here is MR. WRESTLING (TIM WOODS) at a wrestling show with MRS. WRESTLING (TIM's wife).


WALLY DUSEK

Many remember WALLY as the WGHP-TV wrestling show and GREENSBORO COLISEUM announcer. Here's a photo of when WALLY wrestled as one of the infamous DUSEK brothers.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

CHILLIN' WITH RIP AND SWEDE

First, they work on their tans...

Then, it's off to the links...

"Swede, I wish you would hit Becker and Weaver as hard as you hit that last drive."

Time for a bit of refreshment...

Perhaps, 'politically incorrect' by today's standards, but it was all in fun.


Anyone who ever saw RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON wrestle knows that when the rugged duo was in the ring, it was all business. Just ask their opponents.
But even JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS' "BLONDE BOMBERS" needed some 'down time' away from the squared circle.
Time to relax, refocus, and just have a good time.
Here's how RIP and SWEDE spent their time away from the arenas.