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

Thursday, September 28, 2017

PAUL JONES and THE RUSSIAN ASSASSINS


Near the end of his NWA run, #1 Paul Jones became the manager of the RUSSIAN ASSASSINS, a team put together, for the most part, to work a program against IVAN and NIKITA KOLOFF.

I liked them. The last old school hooded combo I really recall.

During their run, a bunch of whining fans, announcers and wrestlers claimed that PJ would hand his ASSASSIN # 2 the dreaded "foreign object," who would quickly load his mask (making sure that everyone in the immediate area, except the referee, saw it) and headbutt his opponent into the Twilight Zone for a quick pin.

The foreign object gimmick was far from original but even after decades of use by probably hundreds of hooded workers, it still created heat.

I say HOGWASH.

Please examine the provided photos and make up your own mind. I, for one, don't believe a FO was utilized. I'm sure it got hot wearing a mask and working under strong lights. RA #2 was probably just letting in a little fresh air when he fiddled with the red covering. (LOL)

Take a closer look...




Let's look again...




OK. Let's examine things and see what turns up...






Ref Teddy Long finds nothing. See, I told you PJ and the RA wouldn't stoop to such levels to win their matches.

I'm glad we got this cleared up.

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.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

CAROLINA CAT FIGHT





BELLE STARR makes her point to the hot crowd.

BARBARA and BELLE go at it while referee ANGELO MARTINELLI looks on.

BELLE got a kick out of this.

While just about every section of the country and every town in that section claims that they have the most rabid wrestling fans, few will argue the claim that the loudest and wildest of them all come from the Carolinas. What makes these fans so? Well, those wild and woolly matches that they are presented with week after week could be the reason.

A recent match between 'Blonde Venus' BARBARA NICHOLS and the saucy brunette, BELLE STARR, was an occasion for rejoicing as these two gals just plain don't like each other, and when they climbed through the ropes to do battle, the sparks really flew.

As actions and pictures speak louder than words - we will let the photos tell the story.

From a 1969 WRESTLING REVUE article by Gene Gordon.

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.