Saturday, July 21, 2018

DOUBLE THE BOLOS...DOUBLE THE TROUBLE

November 17, 1962
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA


It looks as if things just got worse for professional wrestling's good guys.

THE GREAT BOLO, the masked menace of the sport, has taken a partner, simply known as BOLO. It is reported that BOLO is equally as rugged and tough as the team captain THE GREAT BOLO. Tonight, LEXINGTON fans will get the opportunity to judge for themselves as wrestling returns to the YMCA starting at 8:15 p.m.

THE GREAT BOLO, many believe, has been the toughest rule-breaking grappler in this area for the last four years, and with the addition of a look-alike partner, who is also masked, tag team wrestling should really heat up.

The hooded duo makes its LEXINGTON debut tonight against the combo of SWEDE HANSON and RAY VILLMER, a prize team working together for the first time. The match is set for the best-of-three falls within a one hour time limit.

The card also features an all-star roster that returns the Hawaiian sensation, JOHNNY 'RUBBERMAN' WALKER*, and Canada's JERRY TURRENNE, who made his debut here last week.

WALKER will face RAY DURAN, and TURRENCE battles PEDRO ZAPATA.

In other singles action, DON WHITTLER will meet EDDIE AUGER.


JOHNNY 'RUBBERMAN' WALKER, of course, later donned the MR. WRESTLING 2 hood.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

A TEXAN NAMED MULLIGAN


BJ has the upper hand over Wahoo in an Indian Strap match as referee Sonny Fargo looks on.

Look out Thunderbolt Patterson...Mulligan is coming in for a landing...

Former World Heavyweight Champion TERRY FUNK gets an idea of what size boots BJ wears...

The American Dream feels like anything but in this battle with BJ...

T-Bolt is about to become another BJ 'claw' victim...
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Wherever he wrestled, as a heel or babyface, he was 'over' big-time.
BLACKJACK MULLIGAN drew fans to the TV screen or the arenas like a flame attracts a moth.

His MID-ATLANTIC feuds with Paul Jones, Wahoo McDaniel, John Studd, Bobby Duncam, Ric Flair and The Masked Superstar sold as many tickets as JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS could print.

His interviews are as legendary as Paul Bunyan and Johnny Appleseed. Who will ever forget the stories of Odessa, Sweetwater, 'Spider Grip' and 'Reba Joe'?

There has been a large number of 'cowboy' wrestlers throughout the years, but none were ever as colorful and entertaining as BLACKJACK MULLIGAN (Bob Windham).

Thank you, Sir, for all the entertainment you gave JCP fans.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

STEAMBOAT SAVES PARTNER'S LIFE




TIME LINE: 1969

One of the top 'babyface' teams in the JIM CROCKETT / MID-ATLANTIC territory was SAM STEAMBOAT and MR. WRESTLING (TIM WOODS).

Being near the top of the rankings put the duo in line for title matches for the ATLANTIC COAST TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP, then held by the blonde duo of RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON.

Naturally, RIP and SWEDE claimed STEAMBOAT and MR. WRESTLING were not deserving of a title run, and to prove it, signed to meet their new challengers in a NON-TITLE match in CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA.

The Hawaiian and the masked man prevailed, thrashing the champs the best two-out-of-three falls.

The champs no longer could duck giving the non-title victors a championship match. It would be held in NORFOLK, VIRGINIA.

It was ALL-OUT WAR!


Early in the title match, RIP softens up challenger STEAMBOAT, but the 'good guys' won the first fall anyway.



Second fall action saw a badly battered MR. WRESTLING try to injure SWEDE HANSON as well.



The second fall went to HAWK and HANSON after MR. WRESTLING had been badly bloodied.



Desperate to save their ATLANTIC COAST TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP, RIP attacked STEAMBOAT and MR. WRESTLING with the ring announcer's metal microphone.



RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON double team MR. WRESTLING with that same microphone.



This was the result.



However, both teams took a beating. Here RIP's 'profile' is rearranged.



HANSON and STEAMBOAT battle it out.



SAM STEAMBOAT and MR. WRESTLING after the match.
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When it was all over, RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON had escaped with their ATLANTIC COAST TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP.

STEAMBOAT and MR. WRESTLING had escaped with their lives.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

BECKER and ROCCA

October 19, 1963
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

GEORGE BECKER

JOHNNY 'RUBBERMAN' WALKER

ALDO BOGNI and BRONCHO LUBICH

HOMER O'DELL

JACK LANZA

ARGENTINA ROCCA

IKE EAKINS
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The spectacular tag team of GEORGE BECKER and ARGENTINA ROCCA will battle evil foes ALDO BOGNI and BRONCHO LUBICH in tonight's LEXINGTON YMCA wrestling main event.

Both BECKER and ROCCA, extremely popular with mat fans everywhere, are returning to LEXINGTON after long absences to meet HOMER O'DELL's rulebreaking duo. The match is set for the best two-of-three falls with a one hour time limit.

Two huge men will slug it out in tonight's semi-final match when big JACK LANZA * takes on rugged IKE EAKINS.

The Indian star, BOBBY RED CLOUD, makes his LEXINGTON debut tonight and will face ANGELO SAVOLDI in one of the prelimary matches.

Opening the card at 8:15 tonight will be the versatile JOHNNY 'RUBBERMAN' WALKER ** opposing the evil PRINCE OMAR.



* JACK LANZA later wrestled as BLACKJACK LANZA.
** JOHNNY 'RUBBERMAN' WALKER later wrestled as MR. WRESTLING 2.

Friday, July 13, 2018

TWINKLE, TWINKLE LITTLE STAR

The stars came out every night in the MID-ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING territory...

DICK STEINBORN executes one of his legendary drop kicks.

LUTHER LINDSAY has PAMPERO FIRPO on the ropes.

HIRO MATSUDA strikes a nerve of BOBBY NICHOLS.

THE GREAT BOLO scores another victory.

ABE JACOBS submits to ALDO BOGNI's 'corkscrew' finisher.

Strongman KEN PATERA has the upper hand on his opponent.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

A LONG TIME AGO IN A GALAXY (you know the rest)


THE GREAT MALENKO
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CHARLESTON, S.C. - 1967

SANDY SCOTT defeated THE GREAT MALENKO in a RUSSIAN DEATH MATCH.

ABE JACOBS and RUDY KAY topped LARS and GENE ANDERSON via DQ.

KARL GOTCH pinned EL GAUCHO.

CORSICA JEAN lost to GEORGE 'CATALINA' DRAKE.

IKE EAKINS
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ASHEVILLE, N.C. - 1966

TEX McKENZIE and NELSON ROYAL defeated BRONCHO LUBICH and ALDO BOGNI with HOMER O'DELL.

KURT and HENRY VON STROHEIM versus BILLY TWO RIVERS and SUNI WAR CLOUD ended in a no contest.

IKE EAKINS pinned BOB BOYER.

JOHN GUDISKI topped KEN YATES.

RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON
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LEXINGTON, N.C. - 1965

RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON took the measure of ABE JACOBS and DALE LEWIS.

'IRISH' MIKE CLANCY and FRANKIE CAIN * defeated SONNY FARGO and THE MATADOR.

RAY VILLMER spoiled THE VIKING.

EDUARDO CASTILLO turned back JACK VANSKY.

* FRANKIE CAIN would soon don a mask and join ROCKY SMITH as the original INFERNOS, who would be managed by J.C. DYKES.

PEDRO GODOY
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CHARLESTON, S.C. - 1967

GEORGE BECKER and JOHNNY WEAVER won over THE MISSOURI MAULER and THE GREAT MALENKO.

IKE EAKINS and PEDRO GODOY topped ALEX MEDINA and 'COWBOY' RONNIE HILL.

TAMMY JONES beat PEGGY ALLEN.

JIM OSBORNE wrestled EL GAUCHO to a time limit draw.

GEORGE BECKER and JOHNNY WEAVER
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NORFOLK, VA. - 1967

GEORGE BECKERRIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON lost to ALDO BOGNIHOMER O'DELL and BRONCHO LUBICH in six man action.

JOHNNY WEAVER topped RUDY KAY.

LUTHER LINDSAY defeated GENE ANDERSON.

LARS ANDERSON was stopped by ABE JACOBS.

Monday, July 9, 2018

THE MICHIGAN WRECKING CREW

July 31, 1965
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

GEORGE 'TWO TON' HARRIS

JOHN and CHRIS TOLOS

RON REED

DALE LEWIS

THE VIKING

ABE JACOBS

LUTHER LINDSAY
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Brothers JOHN and CHRIS TOLOS, known as 'THE MICHIGAN WRECKING CREW', will face tough competition in a LEXINGTON YMCA pro wrestling feature tonight.

This time out, the TOLOS brothers, victorious last Saturday over GEORGE 'CATALINA' DRAKE and RON REED, will be pitted against the stellar and spectacular duo of New Zealand's ABE JACOBS and former AAU and Olympic mat star DALE LEWIS. The two teams will go at it in a two-out-of-three falls encounter.

RON REED will return tonight and will face THE VIKING, a rugged competitor, in the evening's semi-final. It's the best-of-three falls as well.

LUTHER LINDSAY, a local Negro star, and very popular with the fans, meets the Frenchman FELIX LAMBAN in one preliminary.

In the opening contest, young ROY DURAN will attempt to halt big bully GEORGE 'TWO TON' HARRIS, who has been on quite a tear of late.

Action gets underway at 8:15 tonight.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

WEAVER / COWBOY / BOLOS

February 3, 1964
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA


A return tag team match which throws the masked BOLOs against COWBOY BOB ELLIS and JOHNNY WEAVER headlines tonight's PARK CENTER wrestling card.

The hooded BOLO and THE GREAT BOLO gained a draw with ELLIS and WEAVER in an earlier match here when the time limit forced a one-hour stand-off. Tonight, there is NO TIME LIMIT, so a winner should be determined.

BOB and JOHNNY won the only fall recorded in the earlier contest, but could not apply the clincher before the sixty minutes ran out.

Tonight's semi-final could be a main event on any wrestling card at any location. It pairs the gigantic duo of THE KENTUCKIANS BIG BOY BROWN and TINY ANDERSON against wrestling's "BLONDE BOMBERS," RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON. This battle has a 45-minute time limit.

Both of tonight's tag matches are for the best two-out-of-three falls.

EMIL DUPREE takes on TOMMY O'TOOLE in the top prelim.

The 8:15 opener sends TED EVANS against JOE TOMASSO.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

ONE 'HOT' TAG TEAM

THE INFERNOS with Manager J.C. DYKES

JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS, throughout the 1960s, was known in the professional wrestling world as the top territory for tag team wrestling. Probably more than ninety percent of the time, a JCP card was topped off with a tag match.

The list of main event teams who worked the MID-ATLANTIC area is a 'Who's Who' of the greatest combos ever in the business.

Other than THE BOLOS, the best masked team to ever hit the Carolinas and Virginia was a couple of guys who went by the ring name of THE INFERNOS. Along side them was a red-headed manager J.C. (Jimmy) DYKES.

There were, through the years, several incarnations of the INFERNO team (and countless impersonators), but the original two 'blue tigers' (as Dykes often called them) were FRANKIE CAIN and ROCKY SMITH. Neither men were big in stature by wrestling standards, but could they ever work!

In interviews, DYKES claimed the duo was European and spoke little English. He was the only person who could really communicate with them well, and did much of it by the use of blowing a whistle during their matches to give them strategic commands.

The wrestling fans, to create problems for the evil trio, soon began bringing their own whistles to the matches. The areas would become deafening with several hundred whistles being blown at the same time. A great way for the fans to be involved in the match.

DYKES also carried a metal canteen to the ring, giving his men a needed refreshment between falls of their matches. Naturally, the metal canteen often found its mark on the noggins of many a 'babyface' opponent.

And it was not beneath the dignity of J.C. to throw an occasional fireball at their adversaries. I recall George Becker and Les Thatcher at the receiving end on two different occasions.

But the 'gimmick' of THE INFERNOS that got the most heat (and this team's heat was as hot as the sun) was the loaded boot.


THE INFERNOS and DYKES drew big money in every territory they appeared, be it the Carolinas and Virginia, Florida, Texas, etc. They headlined countless wrestling cards facing each area's top teams (including other 'heel' teams).

J.C. DYKES died in 1993. ROCKY SMITH has also passed away. FRANKIE CAIN was the first to leave the team when he became pro wrestling's THE GREAT MEPHISTO.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

RASSLIN' RESULTS

Results from JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS shows of the past...

THE GARVINS
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RALEIGH, N.C. - 1968

JOHNNY WEAVER and HIRO MATSUDA wrestled to a draw

GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT defeated THE INFERNOS with J.C. DYKES

TERRY and RONNIE GARVIN topped BOB NANDOR and JESSE JAMES

ALEX MEDINA lost to 'BULLDOG' LEE HENNING

GENE KINISKI
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ROANOKE, VA. - 1969

GENE KINISKI defended the WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP successfully beating PAUL JONES

NELSON ROYALGEORGE and SANDY SCOTT topped THE INFERNOS and J.C. DYKES in six man action

THE MATADOR whipped JACK RICE

JIM GRABMIRE and JESSE JAMES wrestled to a draw


MR. WRESTLING and SAM STEAMBOAT
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CHARLESTON, W.V. - 1969

RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON versus SAM STEAMBOAT and MR. WRESTLING ended in a double DQ

EL GAUCHO and LEON BAXTER topped BOB RAMSTEAD and JESSE JAMES

TINKER TODD lost to ROCK HUNTER

BOBBY KAY beat TONY NERO


EL GAUCHO
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - 1969

SAILOR ART THOMASGEORGE BECKER and JOHNNY WEAVER won over HIRO MATSUDATHE MISSOURI MAULER and HOMER O'DELL in six man action

GENE and OLE ANDERSON bested ABE JACOBS and LES WOLFF

JESSE JAMES got by 'BULLDOG' LEE HENNING

BOB RAMSTEAD lost to EL GAUCHO

LORD LITTLEBROOK topped LITTLE BRUISER

THE AMAZING ZUMA beat LEON BAXTER


LES WOLFF
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RALEIGH, N.C. - 1969

THE MISSOURI MAULERHIRO MATSUDA and HOMER O'DELL won over SAILOR ART THOMASNELSON ROYAL and PAUL JONES

LES WOLFF wrestled SWEDE HANSON to a draw

BILLY HINES topped BILLY SPEARS

JIMMY HINES bested JESSE JAMES


PAUL JONES and NELSON ROYAL
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RALEIGH, N.C. - 1970

NELSON ROYAL and PAUL JONES wrestled THE INFERNOS with J.C. DYKES to a draw

RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON topped ABE JACOBS and LES WOLFF

PANCHO VALDEZ lost to LUTHER LINDSAY

PEDRO VALDEZ beat PEPE GOMEZ