Sunday, November 26, 2017

A LOT OF BEEF

April 21, 1962
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

55 Years Ago

Fan favorite GEORGE BECKER will be back at the LEXINGTON YMCA tonight in wrestling action.

The popular BECKER will meet the rough and tough PANCHO VILLA, the Mexican with an impressive winning record in the business, in the evening's headliner. Bad blood already exists between these two, and the two-out-of-three falls battle is expected to be a wild one.

HAYSTACK CALHOUN, the world's largest professional wrestler, returns to town and will meet the rugged SWEDE HANSON in the semi-final best-of-three falls contest.

Negro girl wrestlers, SWEET GEORGIA BROWN and DIANA BEAMON, meet in a special event.

The 8:15 opening match sends REGGIE PARKS against "JUDO" JACK TERRY.

Friday, November 17, 2017

TRY AGAIN

January 20, 1968
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA
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49 Years Ago



A wrestling card slated last Saturday night and called off because of heavy snow is set for tonight (almost intact) at the LEXINGTON YMCA.

The Indian team of BOBBY RED CLOUD and CHIEF LITTLE EAGLE will face the rugged duo of LARS and GENE ANDERSON in the evening's best-of-three falls main event.

The supporting affair also remains the same as ABE JACOBS and LUTHER LINDSAY face the Hispanic team of PANCHO VALDEZ and THE MATADOR. This, too, is for the best two-out-of-three falls.

BOB NANDOR will face "BULLDOG" LEE HENNING as originally scheduled.

The only change from last week will send young CHUCK CONLEY against a newcomer from Texas, PAUL JONES.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

ROGERS DEFENDS TITLE AGAINST STEINBORN

September 15, 1956
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

61 Years Ago



Wrestling attendance may have been lagging a bit 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 in any arena in the nation.

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

One of ringdom's most colorful individuals, "NATURE BOY" BUDDY ROGERS, a great (but disliked) WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION from the Northeast, makes his local debut for 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 business, DICK STEINBORN.

This is a match that STEINBORN has been requesting since hearing the Champ was headed this way.

ROGERS' championship could seriously be challenged in this two-out-of-three falls title match.

Tonight's tag team match could well be one of the best-ever presented in the 4500 seat YMCA arena.

It's one the fans demanded themselves.

It sends the glamour gentlemen of the sport, GEORGE BECKER and JACK WITZIG against those roughest of mean men, KARL VON HESS and SKULL MURPHY. Fans have wanted to see BECKER and WITZIG get a chance to lamblast these villains, and tonight, it comes to fruition. They'll battle for the best-of-three falls.

The opener tonight should also be a corker, because it matches the explosive young LEN ROSSI against the stubborn Texan roughie, "LARRUPIN" LOU PLUMMER.

Friday, November 3, 2017

BOGNI AND LUBICH DEBUT IN LEXINGTON

March 9, 1963
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

ALDO BOGNI

FRANK VALOIS

JOHNNY RUBBERMAN WALKER
(later MR. WRESTLING 2)

HOMER O'DELL and BRONCHO LUBICH

LEXINGTON YMCA
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Professional wrestling returns tonight to the LEXINGTON YMCA following a two week layoff due to basketball tournaments.

JOHNNY 'RUBBERMAN' WALKER will face TONY 'CRUSHER' ANGELO in the main event.

Popular young LARRY HULIN (from nearby Asheboro) will pair up with LOUIS BONE to face the duo of FRANK VALOIS and ALDO BOGNI. BOGNI, a rugged competitor from Argentina, is making his local debut tonight.

Another newcomer to the area, BRONCHO LUBICH, who is accompanied by his manager, HOMER O'DELL, takes on fan favorite EDUARDO CASTILLIO in one of the pre-lims, while Negro stars JIMMY BALLARD and PAUL HARRISON square off in the 8:15 opener.