Thursday, August 30, 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.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

BECKER GETS O'DELL

October 24, 1964
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

Hero GEORGE BECKER and the arrogant HOMER O'DELL will face off in a wrestling special at the LEXINGTON YMCA tonight, and BECKER is so anxious for the match that he has agreed to beat O'DELL two falls within twenty minutes or he'll work for free.

The match is one of several on another all-star agenda, which also includes a two-out-of-three falls tag team battle between the polished duo of NICK KOZAK and 'IRISH' MIKE CLANCY taking on the 'BLONDE BOMBERS' of the sport, RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON.

Another best-of-three falls tag contest features O'DELL's team of ALDO BOGNI and BRONCHO LUBICH facing the popular twosome of JESSE JAMES and DOUG GILBERT.

The 8:15 opening match will feature colored girls BETTY ANN SPENCER meeting SWEET GEORGIA BROWN in a special encounter.

HOMER O'DELL

GEORGE BECKER

RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON

NICK KOZAK

ALDO BOGNI and BRONCHO LUBICH

'IRISH' MIKE CLANCY

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

1962 STATESVILLE, N.C. WRESTLING - PART TWO

May 4, 1962
STATESVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA


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And the results:

Monday, August 20, 2018

1962 STATESVILLE, N.C. WRESTLING - PART ONE

April 6, 1962
STATESVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA


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I actually have memories of attending this JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS wrestling card, although my recollection was a bit flawed.

All these years, I had it in my mind that GEORGE BECKER wrestled BULL RAMOS in the main event.

When I came across these newspaper clippings of the show, I was surprised that BECKER's opponent was the diabolical PANCHO VILLA. That's OK, because now I know that I actually saw PANCHO wrestle in person, not just on TV.

JOHNNY WEAVER shared some great VILLA stories with a group of us driving to Virginia a few years ago. Unfortunately, I can't retell those stories here without "dilluting" them to the point they would lose their humor.

The specifics of this wrestling I recall are few. I have no recollection of the matches, except for the main event.

What I do recall...my Grandfather took me to this show, which was fitting, as he is the person responsible for getting me "hooked on pro wrestling." I'll always be in his debt for that. The other thing that comes to mind is that GEORGE BECKER lost the main event to PANCHO VILLA, an occurence so traumatic to little eleven-year-old me that I cried in the car on the way home because my hero had been defeated.

That's all I can tell you.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

WILD SIX MAN ACTION

JANUARY 31, 1966
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

52 Years Ago


A brief Christmas hiatus from wrestling ends tonight when four matches, including a SIX MAN TAG TEAM contest, helps ring in 1967 at the LEXINGTON YMCA.

Popular KLONDIKE BILL and young BOBBY SHANE will be joined by big and rough IKE EAKINS for six man action against rugged opponents ALDO BOGNI, BRONCHO LUBICH and "COLONEL" HOMER O'DELL, who will be making an infrequent appearance as a wrestler. These two threesomes will battle it out for the best two falls out of three, with a one hour time limit.

Three singles contests compliment the big main event.

JESSE JAMES battles tough PEDRO ZAPATA.

Rough operator BIG BOY BLONDELL clashes with fellow meany PEDRO GODOY.

TINKER TODD and EL GAUCHO kick things off at 8:15.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

SIBLINGS vs SIBLINGS, sort of

June 9, 1969
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA

48 Years Ago

Any time THE INFERNOS and manager J. C. DYKES enter an arena, trouble is on the way. DYKES and his masked team approach the art of wrestling as if they're engaging in war, and DYKES can make matters even worse.

The team challenging THE INFERNOS tonight is SILENTO RODRIGUEZ and GREG PETERSON, and they have promised to give the hooded duo a tough outing on the PARK CENTER wrestling card, starting at 8:15. And this is only the semi-final match of the night.

"We will win fair and square, as we always do," smirked the red-haired manager DYKES. "THE INFERNOS are the hottest (pun intended) team in professional wrestling today. I say bring them all into the ring. The team that marches out the victors will be my blue tigers."

In the headliner tonight, two sets of brothers will be feuding again, as a return tag match pits GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT (really brothers) against GENE and OLE ANDERSON (not so).

The "FLYING SCOTTS" were disqualified their last time out with the "MINNESOTA WRECKING CREW" and tonight, that can't happen as the match will be fought with a NO DISQUALIFICATION stipulation, so anything goes.

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

In a special event, ladies PENNY BANNER and TONI ROSE will offer their contrasting brands of wrestling in a one-fall encounter. PENNY wrestles according to the rulebook and TONI throws that book out the window.

Tough Cuban PANCHO VALDEZ tangles with SONNY FARGO in the opening one-fall contest.

Fans are encouraged to arrive early as a sellout is expected.

Friday, August 10, 2018

TEXAS vs GERMANY

October 29, 1966
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

TEX McKENZIE

KURT and HENRY VON STROHEIM

NELSON ROYAL

MASKED RED DEMON

EL GAUCHO

JESSE JAMES

ANGELO MARTINELLI
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The torrid Texas team of TEX McKENZIE and NELSON ROYAL will return to the LEXINGTON YMCA tonight after a lengthy absence and will run head-on into the tough German brother duo of KURT and HENRY VON STROHEIM in the evening's main event. The Germans are on a hot streak, and the cowboys will do all they can to put a halt to their opponents' winning ways.

McKENZIE's towering 6 foot 9 inch, 290 pound frame, coupled with ROYAL's 230 pounds, gives the heroes a weight advantage over the brothers, who combine at 504 pounds. But the VON STROHEIMs are rugged, intelligent and down right mean. The best two-out-of-three falls clash should be a great one.

Another dangerous combo, the MASKED RED DEMONS, tangle with two more Texans in the persons of JESSE JAMES and KEN HOLLIS in the best-of-three falls co-feature. JESSE and KEN are fan favorites but will have their hands full as the DEMONS are tearing up all competition, fresh from a victory here last week over RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON, and that's no easy feat. The identities of the MASKED RED DEMONS remain an unsolved mystery.

Supporting matches pit a bright newcomer JIM OSBORNE taking on veteran JAN MADRID, and the 8:15 first match will find rugged EL GAUCHO against ANGELO MARTINELLI.

Monday, August 6, 2018

TEXANS BATTLE FOR U.S. CHAMPIONSHIP

PAUL JONES battles TERRY FUNK for the UNITED STATES HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP






Saturday, August 4, 2018

WEAVER AND A DIFFERENT PARTNER

January 9, 1965
Lexington, North Carolina

Two extremely popular mat stars, NICK KOZAK and JOHNNY WEAVER, join forces tonight for action when they face wrestling's 'Blonde Bombers' RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON in the main event match at the LEXINGTON YMCA.

Another tag team match is scheduled, sending fan favorite RUDY KAYE and his partner ANGELO MARTINELLI against the rough and tough duo of MIKE GALLAGHER and 'Bulldog' LEE HENNING.

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

Two other bouts are slated...

PEPI GOMEZ takes on GEORGE 'Two Ton' HARRIS.

PAT O'BRIEN meets DOUG GILBERT.

Action gets underway at 8:15.

NICK KOZAK

JOHNNY WEAVER

THE BLONDE BOMBERS
RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON

RUDY KAYE

GEORGE 'TWO TON' HARRIS

Thursday, August 2, 2018

THE BIG NAMES WRESTLED FOR CROCKETT


JERRY BRISCO locks the 'figure four' on TERRY FUNK

When he first came to JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS, he was the rulebreaking 'SIR' NELSON ROYAL.

PAUL JONES has to battle both of 'THE MINNESOTA WRECKING CREW' GENE and OLE ANDERSON.

KEN PATERA applies a rear chin lock on then-WORLD CHAMPION HARLEY RACE.

RUFUS R. JONES about to wind up that 'freight train'.

DUSTY RHODES batters THE GREAT MALENKO.

None were dirtier than 'DIRTY' DICK SLATER.

Remember THE HOLLYWOOD BLONDES?
A pre-Freebird BUDDY ROBERTS and JERRY BROWN with SIR OLIVER HUMPERDINK.