Saturday, December 30, 2017

BIG MEN IN TOWN

July 10, 1965
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

THE KENTUCKIANS
TINY ANDERSON and BIG BOY BROWN


MIKE GALLAGHER

LITTLE BOY BLUE

CHICO SANTANA

THE BEAST

THE ALASKAN

TONI ROSE

THE VIKING
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Professional wrestling returns to the LEXINGTON YMCA tonight following a week's lay-off, and a big card featuring big men has been signed.

THE KENTUCKIANS, TINY ANDERSON and BIG BOY BROWN will face two rough and tough opponents when they collide with THE ALASKAN and THE BEAST.

This two-out-of-three falls match is a renewal of a fierce feud, and it appears to be reaching a boiling point. THE KENTUCKIANS will be matching their mammoth size against the rugged tactics of THE ALASKAN and the totally unorthodoxed wildman, THE BEAST.

Girl wrestlers BETTY BOUCHER and TONI ROSE square off in a ladies match.

In an added midgets contest, LITTLE BOY BLUE faces CHICO SANTANA.

There are two singles prelims as well.

Heavyweight DALE LEWIS meets tough guy MIKE GALLAGHER, and 'TIGER' JACK VANSKY will test THE VIKING.

Belltime is 8:15.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

TWO HEEL TEAMS GO TO WAR

September 18, 1969
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA

SKULL MURPHY and BRUTE BERNARD

RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON

Professional wrestling's 'BLONDE BOMBERS' RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON plan a 'From Here to Eternity" battle with skinheads BRUTE BERNARD and SKULL MURPHY at PARK CENTER tonight in the most heralded rematch of the year.

HAWK and HANSON were the losers in their last battle with MURPHY and BERNARD, but they have a legitimate beef in the final countdown (which cost them the match). They yelled long and loud and convinced promoter JIM CROCKETT the foursome should do it again.

CROCKETT agreed, but set up unusual terms for tonight's clash. The match has been made with the stipulation that the winning team must record THREE-out-of-FIVE falls, not the usual two-out-of-three.

"It may take all night, but we're going to find out who can go the distance," said 'BIG JIM'. "If you have ever seen a train wreck, you know how devastating that can be. That's about what we're going to have at PARK CENTER."

A star-packed prelim card will support this huge main event.

Belltime is 8:15.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

CAPTAIN LOU ALBANO IN JCP

January 14, 1963
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA

Nearly 55 Years Ago


A return tag team match is on tap for tonight at PARK CENTER when THE FLYING SCOTTS, GEORGE and SANDY, are rematched against THE SICILIANS, LOU ALBANO and TONY ALTAMORE, in the two-out-of-three falls main event.

The two teams staged a frantic battle last week, with THE SILCILIANS winning the lone fall before the hostilities were halted by the time limit. Tonight's contest will have NO TIME LIMIT, and both teams are chomping at the bit to get back into the ring to settle it all.

A special event brings in midgets girls, BABY CHERYL and DARLING DAGMAR, for a one fall skirmish. Refereeing this match will be another midget girl, DOLLY DARCELL. All three weigh in at less than 100 pounds each.

In other bouts tonight, fan favorite JOHNNY WEAVER faces tough IKE EAKINS, and PANCHO VILLA takes on LARRY HULIN, an up-and-coming star from Asheboro.

Belltime is 8:15.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

CHARLOTTE CHRISTMAS WRESTLING

December 25, 1968
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA


A total of eighteen professional wrestlers will participate in a charity program at the CHARLOTTE COLISEUM tonight, presented by JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS.

A FENCE MATCH is the top attraction this Christmas. SAILOR ART THOMAS, GEORGE BECKER and JOHNNY WEAVER face THE MISSOURI MAULER, HIRO MATSUDA and HOMER O'DELL in this specialty. A seven-foot chain link steel fence is to be rigged around the squared circle. Contestants will do-or-die to the finish in this match, as neither team will be able to escape before the match is over.

The MINNESOTA WRECKING CREW, GENE and OLE ANDERSON, will tangle with JIMMY and BILLY HINES in the semi-final best-of-three falls match. Fans may recall that the HINES brothers wrestled a few years back as THE MASKED RED DEMONS.

There will be a special ladies wrestling contest.

Midgets are also on this holiday variety card. LORD LITTLEBROOK will defend his mighty honor against THE MIGHTY ATOM.

"BULLDOG" LEE HENNING will be out to take down NELSON ROYAL in a one-fall contest.

The opener sends TINKER TODD against PAUL JONES.

Tickets are available at the NATIONAL HAT SHOP and the COLISEUM box office. Doors open at 7:00 and the matches begin at 8:15.

Friday, December 22, 2017

1967 IN CROCKETTLAND


THE GREAT MALENKO
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SPARTANBURG, S.C. - 1967

GEORGE BECKER and JOHNNY WEAVER beat THE MISSOURI MAULER and THE GREAT MALENKO.

PENNY BANNER pinned PEGGY ALLEN.

RAY GARDINI was stopped by CORSICA JEAN.
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BOBBY SHANE topped JOHN GUDISKI.


GENE KINISKI
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GREENVILLE, S.C. - 1967

LOU THESZ and ABE JACOBS topped GENE KINISKI and IKE EAKINS.

LUTHER LINDSAY and GEORGE 'CATALINA' DRAKE defeated THE GREAT MALENKO and THE MISSOURI MAULER via DQ.

JOHNNY WEAVER pinned LARS ANDERSON.

GENE ANDERSON bested BOBBY SHANE.

PENNY BANNER
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NORFOLK, VA. - 1967

RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON lost a TEXAS DEATH MATCH to GEORGE BECKER and JOHNNY WEAVER. (The match went twenty falls.)

ALDO BOGNI and BRONCHO LUBICH with HOMER O'DELL stopped KARL GOTCH and ALEX MEDINA.

PENNY BANNER pinned JUDY GRABLE.

KEN HOLLIS downed JOHN GUDISKI.

KLONDIKE BILL
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GREENSBORO, N.C. - 1967

GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT defeated THE MISSOURI MAULER and THE GREAT MALENKO via DQ.

GENE ANDERSON and KARL GOTCH fought to a draw.

KLONDIKE BILL upended TONY NERO.

GEORGE 'CATALINA' DRAKE topped LARS ANDERSON.

BOBBY SHANE won over JAN MADRID.

SANDY and GEORGE SCOTT
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CHARLESTON, S.C. - 1967

THE GREAT MALENKO beat SANDY SCOTT in a RUSSIAN CHAIN MATCH.

GEORGE SCOTT won from THE MISSOURI MAULER via DQ.

BOBBY SHANE and JESSE JAMES toppled JAN MADRID and JOHN GUDISKI.

KEN HOLLIS pinned ANGELO MARTINELLI.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

LONG HAIR / NO HAIR

November 21, 1964
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

Two of the biggest men in professional wrestling will collide with two of the roughest and most unpredictable men of the sport. The impact will be felt tonight at the LEXINGTON YMCA. Action begins at 8:15.

It will be THE KENTUCKIANS, TINY ANDERSON and BIG BOY BROWN, all 750 pounds of them, facing the skin-headed duo of BRUTE BERNARD and SKULL MURPHY in the two-out-of-three falls main event.

The big boys from the hills want to settle some old scores with the ruffians from Canada and Ireland. Encounters between the two teams in the past have been wild and wooly affairs.

While the tag team battle is the evening's bill of fare, there will be three singles matches as well.

BILL PARKS squares off against MARIO MILANO.

JESSE JAMES meets FRANK HICKEY.

The opener sends GEORGE GRANT against PAT O'BRIEN.

Monday, December 18, 2017

THE ONE AND ONLY BRUTE






Dressed to the 'nines'...

Doing his thing...

Saturday, December 16, 2017

A CHRISTMAS CARD FROM THE CROCKETTS


December 25, 1969
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA
48 Years Ago

Promoter JIM CROCKETT has slated another CHRISTMAS DAY spectacular for the CHARLOTTE COLISEUM, starting at 8:15 p.m.

It is a charity card with a FENCE MATCH set as the headliner.

This type of match takes place inside a seven-foot high steel barrier, which eliminates any escape routes by the combatants.

The two teams confined will be fan favorites GEORGE BECKER and JOHNNY WEAVER and the angry twosome of SKULL MURPHY and BRUTE BERNARD.

In their last meeting, MURPHY enlisted the aid of a steel chair, smashing WEAVER's head into a bloody mess, then bolting to the dressing room. The fence will prevent MURPHY (or anyone else) from doing it this time.

This main event is set for two-out-of-three falls, within a one-hour time limit.

"Two other tag team matches are booked on tonight's card," said CROCKETT.

ABE JACOBS and LES WOLFE will face KURT VON STROHEIM and ART NELSON in one of them.

In the other, SAILOR ART THOMAS and LUTHER LINDSAY will collide with GENE and OLE ANDERSON, the MINNESOTA WRECKING CREW.

"It's a wrestling card with something for everybody," said CROCKETT, pointing to the Christmas spirit of the event. "We'll also have midgets and girls as well."

Thursday, December 14, 2017

GOING BACK 58 YEARS

October 17, 1959
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

GEORGE BECKER

LARRY 'CRUSHER' HAMILTON

GEORGE BECKER, hero of many wrestling fans of the Carolinas and Virginia, will have a big task awaiting him when he returns to the LEXINGTON YMCA tonight after a lengthy absence.

The grappling idol is scheduled to meet nasty LARRY 'CRUSHER' HAMILTON, a brusing heavyweight, in the main event of a four bout program.

HAMILTON asked for a crack at BECKER when he heard the hero was moving back into the area.

"He might be coming back, but he won't be here for long," stated HAMILTON. "After I whip him like a dog, he'll tuck tail and run back to wherever he was."

Tag team action is also on tap for tonight with MARTINO LORENZA and ENRIQUE TORRES teaming to battle the veteran ruffians TED CHRISTY and JOE KAPA.

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

Two preliminary bouts are set with CYCLONE ANAYA meeting CHARLIE LAY, and in the 8:15 opening match, PRINCE OMAR faces popular STEVE BOLUS.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

RED HOT RINGS = RED HOT BUSINESS

A journey around the JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS / MID-ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING territory always found great mat action...

PAUL JONES works on the arm of GENE ANDERSON.

Referee TOMMY YOUNG checks to make sure GREG VALENTINE's chin lock on JOHNNY WEAVER isn't a choke hold.

TOMMY SEIGLER has the advantage over THE GREAT MALENKO.

What's this? The boomerang of THE ROYAL KANGAROOS in the possession of THUNDERBOLT PATTERSON.

PAUL JONES takes a body block from RIP HAWK as NELSON ROYAL observes.

THE MISSOURI MAULER makes use of a chair to even the odds in a match with WAHOO McDANIEL.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

THE GREAT BOLO = FRANCHISE

In the late 1950s, JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS was virtually built around one guy, a really 'bad guy'...THE GREAT BOLO.

He wore a yellow gold mask with matching attire. No wrestling fan knew his true identity, and according to a lengthy interview by the man under the hood himself (TOM RENESTO), the other wrestlers didn't, at the time, know either. This idea, he said, was designed by JIM CROCKETT himself. BIG JIM felt that keeping the wrestler's identity a real secret made for a more realistic approach to the storyline.

THE GREAT BOLO had his own private dressing room, and he wore the mask into the building upon arrival and out of the building when he left.
(I'm not sure if I really buy into that, but true or not, it makes a great story.)

THE GREAT BOLO was BIG! Fans laid out their money every night in some city hoping to find out who the guy really was. All of the top wrestlers ('babyfaces' and 'heels') in the territory worked the masked man.

I experienced my first LIVE wrestling event fifty-eight years ago at the old semi-pro baseball park one summer night in Statesville, North Carolina. The main event was Indian star BILLY TWO RIVERS VERSUS THE GREAT BOLO. Next to GEORGE BECKER, BILLY was the top 'good guy' in JCP at the time.

Most of us tikes in the neighborhood went. We lived in a black and white world in the late Fifties, and when THE GREAT BOLO stepped out of one of the dugouts and made his way towards the ring, we were stunned by the bright gold colors. Up to that point, we could only guess what colors he wore. On black and white TV, it could have been most any shade.

My group, along with some other local kids, made a dash towards the masked man, whopping it up and trying to taunt him. A threatening move and a loud growl-like sound scattered us all back to our grandstand seats in record-setting speed.

Several years later, with tag team wrestling becoming extremely popular, THE GREAT BOLO brought in a partner BOLO (JODY HAMILTON). From this point on, the duo was billed as THE GREAT BOLO and BOLO, or simply THE BOLOS.

Either way, they were just as hot as RENESTO had been as a single.

In one of the hottest and biggest JCP feuds of all time, a bloodied BOLO (ripped mask and all) battles BIG BOY BROWN of THE KENTUCKIANS.

It's going to be a long way down anytime TINY ANDERSON of THE KENTUCKIANS gives you a body slam.

BOLO makes a bumpy landing in this non-JCP photo.
Had this been in the MID-ATLANTIC area, the bleachers would have been packed with fans.

The BOLO applies a chin lock to ABE JACOBS.

GEORGE BECKER and partner ENRIQUE TORRES put a hurtin' on THE BOLOS.

For the full story of the history of THE BOLOS (later THE ASSASSINS), every wrestling fan should read JODY HAMILTON's fantastic book, ASSASSIN: THE MAN BEHIND THE MASK, co-written by SCOTT TEAL.

Friday, December 8, 2017

GREAT CHRISTMAS GIFTS

TWO GREAT MERCHANDISING OFFERS TOO GOOD TO PASS UP !
BE THE FIRST IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD TO TAKE ADVANTAGE !



Wednesday, December 6, 2017

MAYBE YOU WERE THERE


CHARLESTON, W.V. - 1969

GEORGE BECKER and JOHNNY WEAVER topped THE MISSOURI MAULER and HIRO MATSUDA

HAYSTACK MULDOON beat NIKITA MULKOVICH

SAILOR ART THOMAS and THE AMAZING ZUMA bested EL GAUCHO and PEDRO GODOY

BOB RAMSTEAD lost to 'BULLDOG' LEE HENNING



CHARLOTTE, N.C. - 1971

THE INFERNOS with J.C. DYKES whipped RONNIE and TERRY GARVIN

JACK BRISCO and SANDY SCOTT topped NIKITA MULKOVICH and JOHNNY HEIDEMAN

ROCK HUNTER bested ALEX MEDINA

JERRY BRISCO beat JOE SOTO



CHARLOTTE, N.C. - 1969

HAYSTACK CALHOUN, SAM STEAMBOAT and THE AMAZING ZUMA beat BRONCHO LUBICHALDO BOGNI and GEORGE 'TWO TON' HARRIS in six man action.

GREG PETERSON beat LEON BAXTER

LES WOLFF topped EL GAUCHO

SILENTO RODRIGUEZ bested BILLY SPEARS



NORFOLK, VA. - 1968

LARS and GENE ANDERSON won from GEORGE BECKER and JOHNNY WEAVER on a disqualification

TONI ROSE defeated DONNA CHRISTENELLO

PAMPERO FIRPO and THE MISSOURI MAULER stopped RUDY KAYE and LES THATCHER

BOB NANDOR topped GEORGE 'TWO TON' HARRIS

THE AMAZING ZUMA over JERRY LONDON




LEXINGTON, N.C. - 1967

GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT topped HARU SASAKI and P.Y. CHUNG

LARS and GENE ANDERSON beat CHIEF LITTLE EAGLE and JERRY LONDON

PEDRO GODOY over SONNY FARGO

ROGER KIRBY and THE MUMMY wrestled to a draw.



CHARLESTON, S.C. - 1969

GENE and OLE ANDERSON defeated GEORGE BECKER and JOHNNY WEAVER

PENNY BANNER beat BELLE STARR

THE MASKED RED DEMONS lost to SAM STEAMBOAT and BOBBY NICHOLS via DQ

BOB RAMSTEAD wrestled 'BULLDOG' LEE HENNING to a draw

Monday, December 4, 2017

HOMER HAUNTED ON HALLOWEEN

October 31, 1964
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

53 YEARS AGO

THE KENTUCKIANS
TINY ANDERSON and BIG BOY BROWN

GEORGE BECKER

BRONCHO LUBICH and ALDO BOGNI

THE BEAST

GEORGE 'TWO TON' HARRIS

RUDY KAYE

JESSE JAMES

The HOMER O'DELL gang may find their Halloween to be a haunting one tonight at the LEXINGTON YMCA when they face THE KENTUCKIANS, TINY ANDERSON and BIG BOY BROWN, and their partner, hero GEORGE BECKER.

It's tonight's big main event.

Last Saturday night, O'DELL, after losing one fall to BECKER, tucked tail and ran like a scalded dog, bringing an abrupt ending to their match. Tonight, the 'COLONEL' will have his two rulebreaking men, BRONCHO LUBICH and ALDO BOGNI, to cower behind during their SIX MAN TAG TEAM MATCH. O'DELL will need that protection in the best-of-three falls match, as BECKER wants another piece of HOMER's hide for his taking a powder last time. THE KENTUCKIANS have promised to look after BOGNI and LUBICH.

Another big crowd is expected to witness this big contest, as well as the three fine supporting matches on the card.

DOUG GILBERT will test PEDRO ZAPATA.

RUDY KAYE faces THE BEAST. *

JESSE JAMES squares off against GEORGE 'TWO TON' HARRIS in the 8:15 opener.


Rudy Kaye and The Beast were, in fact, brothers. Rudy's real name was Jean-Louis Cormier. The Beast was Yvon Cormier.