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.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

MID-ATLANTIC WRESTLING WARS

TERRY KAY feels the wrath of KURT VON STEIGER.

LES THATCHER applies a headlock on RIP HAWK. That's referee ANGELO MARTINELLI, with THATCHER's partner JOHNNY RINGO in the background.

Referee TOMMY YOUNG looks as PAUL JONES applies a hammerlock on RIC FLAIR at CHARLOTTE's PARK CENTER.

A rare sight---referee SAM 'LUCKY' ROBERTS raises the hands of EL GAUCHO and TINKER TODD in victory.

P.Y. CHUNG has GEORGE BECKER at his mercy.

INFERNOS manager J.C. DYKES asks a poor fellow to check his shoe size.

JOHNNY WEAVER and DORY FUNK JR. battle for the NWA WORLD title.

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

Friday, August 24, 2018

WISH I COULD SEE THESE CARDS RIGHT NOW

Great JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS action throughout the MID-ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP area...

SILENTO RODRIGUEZ
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SPARTANBURG, S.C. - 1969

SAM STEAMBOAT and MR. WRESTLING defeated HIRO MATSUDA and THE MISSOURI MAULER.

PENNY BANNER defeated BELLE STARR.

GREG PETERSON and SILENTO RODRIGUEZ upset JIMMY and BILLY HINES.

LES WOLFF beat TINKER TODD.


THE INFERNOS with J.C. DYKES
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CHARLESTON, S.C. - 1970

GEORGE BECKERJOHNNY WEAVER and TERRY KAY topped J.C. DYKES and THE INFERNOS in six man action.

PENNY BANNER bested TAMMY JONES.

BOB RAMSTEAD and RONNIE GARVIN wrestled to a draw.

LES WOLFF shaded TERRY GARVIN.


TEX McKENZIE
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CHARLESTON, S.C. - 1967

THE MASKED RED DEMONS defeated GEORGE BECKER and JOHNNY WEAVER on a disqualification.

TEX McKENZIE and NELSON ROYAL won over GENE and LARS ANDERSON.

PENNY BANNER bested PEGGY ALLEN.

ANGELO MARTINELLI topped TONY NERO.


THE MISSOURI MAULER
(LARRY HAMILTON)
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CHARLOTTE - 1968

THE MISSOURI MAULER and HIRO MATSUDA defeated HAYSTACK CALHOUN and THE AMAZING ZUMA.

GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT won from LARS and GENE ANDERSON.

TANK MORGAN lost to BOBBY RED CLOUD.

CHIEF LITTLE EAGLE topped THE MATADOR.


RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON
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ROANOKE, VA. - 1969

RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON beat ALDO BOGNI and BRONCHO LUBICH in a slugfest.

TAMMY JONES bested BELLE STARR.

ABE JACOBS won from JOHNNY HEIDEMAN.

JESSE JAMES beat EL GAUCHO on a disqualification.

BOB BURNS toppled CARL GOSSLIN.

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.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

NOTHING HOTTER THAN KENTUCKIANS VERSUS BOLOS

January 7, 1963
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA

55 Years Ago

It started out as what could be called an ordinary rough and tough wrestling feud, but last week, it escalated into hatred of gigantic proportions.

That's the background for the best two-out-of-three falls match that headlines tonight's PARK CENTER wrestling card. The contest tonight gives THE KENTUCKIANS team of BIG BOY BROWN and TINY ANDERSON another shot at the villanous and hated masked team of THE GREAT BOLO and BOLO.

THE KENTUCKIANS succeeded in ripping off one BOLO mask during a recent TV bout seen on WBTV, but the other BOLO quickly stripped off his shirt and hid his partner's identity. Tonight, BROWN and ANDERSON say they'll rip off BOTH masks, boots, shirts and even tights, if necessary.

In the evening's other tag battle, THE FLYING SCOTTS, GEORGE and SANDY, will face the rugged duo of THE SICILIANS, LOU ALBANO and TONY ALTIMORE. This one is also set for the best-of-three falls.

DON WHITTLER takes on FELIX LAMBAN, and "TIGER" JACK VANSKY meets DOUG KINSLOW in singles action.

Belltime is 8:15, and a huge crowd is expected.

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.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

WE WUZ ROBBED!

October 21, 1968
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA

HAYSTACK MULDOON

SAM STEAMBOAT

BRONCHO LUBICH, GEORGE 'TWO TON' HARRIS, ALDO BOGNI

THE AMAZING ZUMA

GREG PETERSON
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What has turned into the most devastating grudge match of the Fall climaxes tonight at the CHARLOTTE COLISEUM with a SIX MAN TAG TEAM MATCH as the number one attraction.

HAYSTACK MULDOON and SAM STEAMBOAT took a highly controversial win last Monday night over ALDO BOGNI and BRONCHO LUBICH. At first, referee ANGELO MARTINELLI gave the BOGNI - LUBICH team the nod, then changed his decision.

The chief reason for the referee's switch was an arm-waving testimony from THE AMAZING ZUMA, who was at ringside. ZUMA made it clear that GEORGE 'TWO TON' HARRIS, who manages BOGNI and LUBICH, was in the ring and was involved with the so-called final pinfall.

HARRIS, as usual, has been wringing out the crying towel. The entire purse of the last outing went to MULDOON and STEAMBOAT. HARRIS dug into his vocabulary and pulled out the old boxing saying of Mike Jacobs that, "WE WUZ ROBBED!"

Promoter JIM CROCKETT told HARRIS to put his body where his mouth is, and 'TWO TON' agreed to do just that. So HARRIS will don the tights tonight and will amble into the ring with his two "partners in crime," and ZUMA will be added to the MULDOON - STEAMBOAT combo for the two-out-of-three falls bash. Plenty of action is guaranteed in this one.

GREG PETERSON of Alabama, a favorite here several months past, returns to action against Florida's bad boy LEON BAXTER in one of the five preliminary matches, which get underway at 8:15 p.m. in the BIG DOME.

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.