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.

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.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

BOLO BATTLES IN TEXAS DEATH MATCH

August 4, 1958
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA
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59 Years Ago

They're going to settle something, and someone is likely to get hurt really bad when ERNIE DUSEK takes on THE GREAT BOLO for the third straight week in the feature bout of tonight's PARK CENTER wrestling card, presented by promoter JIM CROCKETT.

The reason for the possible injuries - - this time the two roughnecks will go at each other under TEXAS DEATH MATCH rules. This means that the two vicious veterans will battle each other until one hollers "I'VE HAD ENOUGH," or one is injured and unable to continue.

"Falls will not count, and it's strictly dog-eat-dog," says CROCKETT. There will be NO DISQUALIFICATION - - such as the match that ended last week when it appeared that DUSEK would unmask the hooded BOLO. The match two weeks back ended in a one-hour draw with falls equal. Both bouts ended in blood flowing from both opponents. Tonight's clash may not be for the squeamish.

Three other bouts make up the card.

The main prelim pairs CYCLONE ANAYA and GORY GUERRERO in a tag team match against ANTONE LEONE and FRNAK JARES. The scrap is set for one hour and two-of-three falls.

There is a styled-for-action singles contest which has popular GEORGE BECKER facing HANS SCHNABEL, the barrel-chested veteran from Milwaukee. It's carded for one fall and 45 minutes.

The 8:15 opener sends NICK ROBERTS against 'Crybaby' BOB CORBY for one fall and 30 minutes. ROBERTS is the handsome Atlanta grappler who gave WORLD CHAMPION DICK HUTTON such a tough bout here two months ago.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

THE PROFILE AND THE MEDICS

December 18, 1961
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA

56 Years Ago




There's an old adage that "nice guys finish last," and that's the promise of the mystery team of THE MASKED MEDICS and RIP "The Profile" HAWK, joining forces to take on three "nice guys" at tonight's PARK CENTER wrestling card.

Opposing "The Profile" and THE MEDICS will be ABE JACOBS, LENNY MONTANA and DON McCLARITY, three tough cookies who prefer to wrestle cleanly. Just whether each trio will stick to its tested methods, and what the opposition will do if this is the case, will make for an interesting two-out-of-three falls main event.

The semi-final will send Indian CHIEF BIG HEART against rugged GYPSY JOE, and the main prelim squares off BILL PARKS against tough LAVERNE BAXTER.

The 8:15 opener bills HENRY PHILLIPS against "Roughhouse" SONNY FARGO for a one fall, twenty minute match.

Monday, September 4, 2017

THE ORIGINAL "NATURE BOY"

September 15, 1956
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA
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61 Years Ago

'NATURE BOY' BUDDY ROGERS

DICK STEINBORN

GEORGE BECKER and JACK WITZIG

SKULL MURPHY

KARL VON HESS

LEN ROSSI
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Wrestling attendance may have been lagging at the LEXINGTON YMCA in recent weeks, but it gets a major shot in the arm tonight with a double main event attraction that would grab notice at any arena in the country.

Local sponsors of the grappling pastime are making plans to pull a big attendance for this week's slate that includes tag team and singles action.

One of ringdom's most colorful individuals, 'NATURE BOY' BUDDY ROGERS, a great (but disliked) champion from the Northeast, makes his local debut in the main event. The strutting blonde-headed genius will have his hands full because he'll be opposing one of the fastest-rising young stars in the wrestling business. The man is DICK STEINBORN, and this is the match the young man has been asking for since learning ROGERS was headed this way.

ROGERS is but the first of a series of stellar standouts who will be invading the Carolinas on tour.

Tonight's tag team match could well be one of the best ever presented in the 4500 seat YMCA arena. It's one that the fans themselves have demanded.

It sends the glamour gentlemen of the sport, GEORGE BECKER and JACK WITZIG, against the roughest of the rulebreakers, SKULL MURPHY and KARL VON HESS. Fans have waited a long time to see BECKER and WITZIG have a chance to lambast these villains, and tonight it comes to fruition.

Both of these matches will be contested under a best two-out-of-three falls stipulation, within a one-hour time limit.

The opening match of the evening should also be a corker, because it matches the always explosive youngster, LEN ROSSI, against the stubborn Texas roughie, 'LARRUPIN' LOU PLUMMER.

Belltime is 8:15. It is recommended fans get to the arena early.