Friday, March 30, 2018

MAULER: "WEAVER IS A CHICKEN THIEF"

July 16, 1966
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

THE MISSOURI MAULER

THE GREAT MALENKO


ABE JACOBS

LUTHER LINDSAY

PENNY BANNER

GEORGE 'CATALINA' DRAKE
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Popular JOHNNY WEAVER, at least 'temporary' SOUTHERN HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION, will take New Zealander ABE JACOBS as a partner tonight and will face THE MISSOURI MAULER and THE GREAT MALENKO in a two-out-of-three falls tag team main event at the LEXINGTON YMCA.

Last Saturday night in the ring, WEAVER had one fall in a championship bout against the title-holding MAULER when all types of excitement broke out. Referee Walter Buckner was injured and could not continue officiating. WEAVER, trying to aid the fallen ref, was attacked by the MAULER, and JACOBS came in to lend a hand. The MAULER took the low road and ran, with WEAVER grabbing the championship belt, saying he plans to keep it until the NWA officials make a ruling. Tonight's grudge match grows out of the turmoil.

"He never beat me for the belt, but he stole it anyway," claims the MAULER. "He's just as low down as the chicken thieves we've got back home in St. Jo. As far as I'm concerned, WEAVER is nothing but a chicken thief, and he's gonna pay."

Another tag match is scheduled with two falls necessary to determine a winner. Popular power hitters GEORGE 'CATALINA' DRAKE and Negro star LUTHER LINDSAY will meet CORSICA JEAN and Lexington newcomer 'BRUISER' BOB MORGAN.

MISS PENNY BANNER and MISS DIXIE JORDAN face off in a special ladies match, and IKE EAKINS battles KEN HOLLIS in the opening match, which gets underway at 8:15.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

NELSON ROYAL & PAUL JONES DEBUT IN CHARLOTTE

April 1, 1969
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA

Two tag team matches that will follow the pattern of science against "no holds barred" tactics rate equal billing on tonight's professional wrestling program at PARK CENTER kicking off at 8:15.

Local fans will be anxious to take their first look at the Texas team of NELSON ROYAL and PAUL JONES. The swift twosome was the rage in the Orient recently.

ROYAL and JONES will face the rugged duo of THE MISSOURI MAULER and HIRO MATSUDA. Add the judo skills of MATSUDA to the rough brawling of the MAULER, and they make quite a twosome.

The other tag battle will send the masked MR. WRESTLING and SAM STEAMBOAT up against "The Blonde Bombers," RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON. These two teams are locked in a bloody feud (see poster) these days, and nothing has been settled ...yet. It's been a brutal brawl every time these men have locked horns.

Both tag matches are governed by the best-of-three falls, one hour time limits.

MIKE SHANE will open the card in his one-fall contest with villainous "Bulldog" LEE HENNING.

Monday, March 26, 2018

1987 - BACK TO THE BASH


JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS, into its sixth decade of operation, would soon be no more.
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The sale of the company to TURNER ENTERTAINMENT was on the horizon.
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In one of its final big programs, THE GREAT AMERICAN BASH was a month-long event, starting July 1 in Lakeland, Florida and ending July 31 at the Orange Bowl in Miami. But in-between these two Sunshine State shows, The BASH journeyed as far west as Los Angeles and San Francisco, and north as Landover, Maryland. Cross-country shows were held in Chicago, Atlanta, Richmond, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Oklahoma City, Baltimore, Charlotte, Greensboro, Norfolk, Dallas, Houston, Philadelphia and Cleveland, among others.

ROAD WARRIOR HAWK and 'Total Package' LEX LUGER lock up.

THE MIDNIGHT EXPRESS ('Sweet' STAN LANE and 'Beautiful' BOBBY EATON) double-team FREEBIRD MICHAEL HAYES.

TULLY BLANCHARD shows the toll on his body after battling DUSTY RHODES.

MIKE ROTUNDO catches one from former WORLD CHAMP DORY FUNK, JR.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

THE BULLIES BATTLE

August 12, 1967
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

THE MISSOURI MAULER

PAMPERO FIRPO

RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON

HARU SASAKI

LUTHER LINDSAY

SONNY FARGO
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Super rough tag teams will collide in a BATTLE OF THE BULLIES in tonight's wrestling feature at the LEXINGTON YMCA.

It will be THE MISSOURI MAULER and his rowdy jungle partner, PAMPERO FIRPO, meeting wrestling's BLONDE BOMBERS RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON.

THE MAULER and FIRPO have laid claim to the SOUTHERN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP, but have yet to get the belts. They want to prove they are worthy by defeating the best tag teams around these parts, and HAWK and HANSON are certainly included in that group.

The clash will be decided by the first team to win two-falls-out-of-three.

Three singles matches will round out tonight's card.

Oriental partners HARU SASAKI and P.Y. CHUNG will be dividing up tonight as SASAKI meets SONNY FARGO, and CHUNG faces JERRY LONDON.

The 8:15 opening match sends popular LUTHER LINDSAY against rugged 'APACHE' BULL RAMOS.

BULL RAMOS

Thursday, March 22, 2018

LIKES AND DISLIKES by J.C. DYKES






A bloodied WEAVER after being kicked with the loaded boot of THE INFERNO.

Happy 'Birthday Suit' to you, J.C. DYKES

WEAVER takes a tumble to the floor.

A battered INFERNO receives medical care.
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During the JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS terror tenure of J.C DYKES and THE INFERNOS, the weekly wrestling souvenir program at JCP arenas often contained articles written by the red-headed manager in which he expressed his personal opinions of the competition as it pertained to his blue-masked duo.

Without any doubt, the two wrestlers he despised the most were GEORGE BECKER and JOHNNY WEAVER, then the top 'babyface' team in MID-ATLANTIC WRESTLING.

THE INFERNOS battled BECKER and WEAVER all over the JCP territory in one of the 'hottest' feuds in 1960's pro wrestling history.

One evening, after a jam-packed house at Charlotte's PARK CENTER, Gene Gordon was able to corner DYKES and ask him a few questions.

J.C. had been shooting off his mouth about what his boys would do to that 'old bum' and his 'half-witted partner'. The match that night was thrown out by the referee for uncontrollable wildness. 'We beat them to a pulp tonight, and only the prejudiced referee saved their skins. They're as yellow as can be and will probably never sign to wrestle us again."

'BECKER is a low life, he eats berries and bugs,' shouted DYKES. 'As far as Weaver, he's on the silly side."

GEORGE and JOHNNY, however, rushed to the promoter, demanding their schedules be changed so that they could get THE INFERNOS back in the ring right away. 'That mouth without a brain and those two cowards who are afraid to let the public see their ugly faces, are in for a real surprise,' countered BECKER.

The following Monday night, the rematch took place, again at PARK CENTER. And again, the house was packed to see THE INFERNOS and DYKES 'get their's'.

WEAVER recorded the first fall, putting one of the masked men in slumberland from his trademark 'sleeper' hold. DYKES yelled and screamed to the official that JOHNNY had choked his man unto he passed out. The referee was not impressed by J.C.'s protest.

The second fall started with a very groggy INFERNO trying to stay on his feet, still reeling from the 'sleeper'. But then DYKES distracted the referee while the other INFERNO kicked WEAVER square in the head with the 'loaded boot' for the pin.

Fans rushed handkerchiefs and tissue to BECKER to help stop the bleeding of his partner. One fan offered his shirt.

The match was even.

The bell rang for the deciding fall. WEAVER barely answered the bell, his face a Gordon Solie 'crimson mask'. But he managed to continue, finally making a tag to BECKER, who came in like a madman. He floored both INFERNOS, knocking one out to the floor. GEORGE followed his rival outside the ring, ran the 'loaded boot' masked man into the ring post. Soon, this INFERNO was as bloody as WEAVER.

JOHNNY had cornered the other INFERNO and had the blue mask about half off when DYKES jumped into the fray. Approaching WEAVER (from behind, of course) with his metal canteen, his path was cut off by BECKER who battered DYKES until he could barely stand.

BECKER and WEAVER weren't able to remove a mask that night, but maybe they did one better. They removed J.C.'s clothes almost down to his 'birthday suit'. At this point, he blew his whistle, and a half-nude manager and his masked men (one a bloody pulp) set sail for the dressing room, forfeiting the match on a countout.

On a tirade in the dressing room, while his bloodied INFERNO received medical attention, DYKES began his ranting again, 'We will get BECKER and WEAVER if it takes a lifetime. That bug-eating BECKER and mule ears WEAVER have disgraced, humiliated and shamed my INFERNOS and me. Can you image two grownup men like these two dolts tearing my clothes off out there in front of thousands of people? If they want to act like children, they should both be placed in reform school with the other dirty-minded brats! When we first came to JCP, BECKER took off and went into hiding in the mountains somewhere until WEAVER sent out a posse to bring him back. WEAVER told BECKER a lie when he came back. He said that one of my INFERNOS burned his face with a fireball or something ridiculous like that. That is not what made the scar on old mule ear's face. Sailor Art Thomas dropped WEAVER on his head carrying him out of the ring after we beat the two of them one night. They're both no-good liars, and we'll send them into retirement before we leave the Carolinas. That's a promise.'

Although the two teams battled many more times, that promise went unfulfilled.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

MAN VERSUS BEAR

July 8, 1961
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA
57 Years Ago


TERRIBLE TED


THE VON BRAUNERS with GENTLEMAN SAUL WEINGROFF


KURT AND KARL VON BRAUNER

A wrestling bear comes to the LEXINGTON YMCA this week to provide addition excitement to an all-star pro wrestling card.

TERRIBLE TED, 500 pounds and standing seven feet tell, will be matched against a tough wrestler in the likes of FIRPO ZYBSKO in a special attraction.

The German team of KURT and KARL VON BRAUNER, who missed their LEXINGTON debut last week because of injuries, are matched against LEE GARCIA and ANGELO MARTINELLI, impressive last week in a victory over substitutes for the Germans, in this week's co-feature.

The SOUTHERN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP, recently won by the VON BRAUNERs, will be on the line in a best-of-three-falls contest.

The German duo, who are managed by GENTLEMAN SAUL WEINGROFF, are also the WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS.

COWBOY BILL COLE will face BILLY COX, and GENE DUBOIS squares off against HERB LARSEN in the week's preliminary matches.

Action gets underway at 8:15.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

CLASSIC CONFRONTATIONS


One of the many brutal clashes of RIC FLAIR and WAHOO McDANIEL.

Arm bar time for STEVE KEIRN and MIKE 'THE JUDGE' DUBOIS.

THE GREAT BOLO has STEVE BOLUS at his mercy.

Two NWA HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONS go at it...
DUSTY RHODES and HARLEY RACE

The 'NATURE BOY' has THE AVENGER (REGGIE PARKS) at bay.

JACK BRISCO about to pass out at the hands of the MISSOURI MAULER.

KLONDIKE BILL sends COWBOY PARKER for a ride.

Wrestling was never rougher than when WAHOO McDANIEL fought JOHNNY VALENTINE.

Friday, March 16, 2018

BASHIN' IN '87 - THE END WAS NEAR



FLAIR and RHODES go at it again...

BIG BUBBA ROGERS throws BARRY WINDHAM for a loss.

DR. DEATH STEVE WILLIAMS lands one upside DICK MURDOCH.

RICK STEINER and STING, former partners, now feuding.
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JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS, into its sixth decade of operation, would soon be no more. The sale to TURNER ENTERTAINMENT was on the horizon.
In one of its final big programs, THE GREAT AMERICAN BASH was a month-long event, starting JULY 1 in Lakeland, Florida and ending July 31 at the ORANGE BOWL in Miami. But in-between these two Sunshine State shows, THE BASH journeyed as far west as Los Angeles and San Francisco, and north as Landover, Maryland. Cross-country shows were held in Chicago, Atlanta, Richmond, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Oklahoma City, Baltimore, Charlotte, Greensboro, Norfolk, Richmond, Dallas, Houston, Philadelphia and Cleveland, among others.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

BOGNI AND LUBICH MEET THE INFERNOS


The other day, I realized I have (for no particular reason) slighted one of the top tag teams to ever wrestle for JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS. Today, I shall correct my mistake.

The team I refer to is the duo of BRONCO LUBICH and ALDO BOGNI. These guys wrestled on top in MID-ATLANTIC WRESTLING for much of the 1960s.

Now, I should point out that this duo was not adored by JCP fans, by any means. In fact, they were at the top of the territory's 'hate list'. LUBICH and BOGNI were ruffians who had no regard for the rulebook, and to make matters worse, the two were always accompanied to the ring by their manager, MRHOMER O'DELL, without question, the decade's most fan-hated man on the CROCKETT payroll.

WBTV's wrestling commentator, 'Big' BILL WARD, often stated on the air that HOMER O'DELL was 'so low he would have to walk on stilts to look a snake in the eye.'

O'DELL, when managing, always wore a tuxedo and carried his legendary cane, and believe me when I say, this cane was responsible for putting lumps on many an opponent's noggin' in JCP wrestling rings.

Through the years, I witnessed many BOGNI and LUBICH and O'DELL matches, both on television and in Charlotte's Coliseum and Park Center.

But one match I recall was unique in that the fans actually cheered and pulled for these three rulebreakers the night at the Charlotte Coliseum when, in a Six Man Tag Team MatchBOGNILUBICH and O'DELL faced J.C. DYKES and THE INFERNOS. Both managers donned wrestling attire and joined their men as wrestlers.

This match was equivalent to a pair of locomotives hitting head-on. Referee Angelo Martinelli certainly earned his payday on this night.

The first fall went to O'DELL's team when BOGNI put one of the masked men out cold with his patented 'corkscrew' hold. The fans went wild. I was stunned. Cheers for HOMER O'DELL! I thought, 'what's next...a man on the moon?"

DYKES was able to revive his men and rally his troops in the second fall, which ended with LUBICH on the receiving end of a 'loaded boot' kick to the head, putting him into dreamland.

With the match even at this point, the third fall quickly became an all-out brawl. It must have been a NO DISQUALIFICATION match (I can't recall), but had it not been, referee Martinelli would have had to toss it out due to the rulebraking and brutality. Both O'DELL and DYKES were lacerated, and one INFERNO was also dripping blood from a much-torn mask.

Then, out of seemingly nowhere, was a huge flash! BOGNI was screaming and down, rolling around the ring in agony.
LUBICH and O'DELL grabbed their scorched partner, and bolted for the dressing room.

ANGELO MARTINELLI made the twenty-count, and raised the hands of DYKES and THE INFERNOS.

On Charlotte TV the next week, ironically, HOMER O'DELL claimed that 'DYKES and THE INFERNOS were the most brutal forms of humanity and a disgrace to the wrestling business and should be barred from the profession.' Odd that statement coming from him.

DYKES denied that he had thrown fire at anyone. 'Whether it's O'DELLBOGNILUBICH, or any wrestling fans who say so must have been hopped up on LSD or something. The marks on BOGNI's ugly face are mat burns, where me and my men ground his mug into the wrestling mat. If he can't take it, he should find another way to make a living.'

These guys could really make me believe...

BOGNI's 'corkscrew' takes its toll...

A bloodied DYKES cracks O'DELL's coconut with a metal canteen.

An INFERNO gives ALDO BOGNI a free ride to the arena floor...

HOMER comes to the aid of BRONCO LUBICH.

DYKES and THE INFERNOS have their arms raised in victory, at least on this night.

Monday, March 12, 2018

A LOT OF BEEF

April 21, 1962
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA
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56 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.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

WEAVER CHALLENGES THESZ FOR WORLD TITLE

JUNE 27, 1964
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

It's the opportunity of a wrestler's lifetime!

JOHNNY WEAVER, one of the most popular wrestlers in the Carolinas, will get a chance to capture the NWA WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP at the LEXINGTON YMCA tonight when he faces the champion LOU THESZ in the featured main event.

WEAVER is considered a top contender for the coveted championship due to his excellent record since arriving in the Carolinas about two years ago. THESZ is known as a champion who dodges no one.

"WEAVER is a very worthy opponent who can hold his own with anyone," said the World Champion. "I'll need to be at 100% to leave Lexington with the title, but I intend to do just that."

The title match is for the best-of-three falls with a one hour time limit.

Co-featuring the program will be a top tag team match between the bullish duo of BRUTE BERNARD and SKULL MURPHY facing the great Osage Indian star CHIEF BIG HEART and his new partner RONNIE ETCHINSON. Also for two-out-of-three falls, this match has a 45 minute time limit.

AAU champion TIM WOODS will be challenged by rugged PAT O'BRIEN in one preliminary match.

The 8:15 opener sends young ALEX MEDINA against the crafty TINKER TODD.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

WAHOO AND MALENKO CHAINED

Fans who witnessed a RUSSIAN CHAIN MATCH between Chief WAHOO McDANIEL and The GREAT (BORIS) MALENKO knew it wouldn't be a Greco-Roman wrestling contest.

It was KILL OR BE KILLED!

As if a long stretch of steel chain wasn't weapon enough, MALENKO tried to add to his arsenal before the match begin with a walking cane (Homer O'Dell must have been nearby).

The mad Russian gives WAHOO's noggin' a massage with the cold steel.

The Chief is in serious trouble.

It's going to be a long walk to the pay window.

In spite of the photos showing the Chief getting the short end, somehow WAHOO won the battle, beating MALENKO at his own match.

Perhaps all of those Indian Strap Matches WAHOO had paid dividends.

EDWARD 'WAHOO' MCDANIEL, Choctaw-Chickasaw Native American, was a born athlete who achieved World fame in both football and wrestling. WAHOO passed away in 2002. 

THE GREAT MALENKO (Lawrence Simon), like Wahoo, was a huge wrestling star all over the world, in both single and tag team competition. He was responsible for training many young men as they broke into the pro wrestling business. He died in 1994.