Thursday, September 27, 2018

There's ACTION...ADVENTURE and MYSTERY

Actually, that is the phrase that was used for TV's ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN.

But, think about it. It could also apply to the great story lines and matches of JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS throughout the years.

The greatest wrestling talent in the world worked in the MID-ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING territory.

Here are but a few...

JOHNNY RINGO has the upper hand, at least for the moment, in this battle with MIKE 'THE ALASKAN' YORK.

One of THE INFERNOS comes to the aid of his masked partner in this match featuring a very young TERRY FUNK.

BOB BRUGGERS and DANNY MILLER turn the tables on CHUCK O'CONNOR (later known as JOHN STUDD).

You can't see his face, but that's NELSON ROYAL taking a beating from the German duo of KURT and HENRY VON STROHEIM.

Not one, but two referees attempt to get SWEDE HANSON away from THE SUPER DESTROYER (Don Jardine).

PRINCESS LITTLE CLOUD and BETTE BOUCHER prove the ladies can be just as rough as the guys.

'Camel Clutch' time for GEORGE 'TWO TON' HARRIS. RONNIE GARVIN is in charge.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

WHO WON and WHO DIDN'T


GEORGE BECKER and JOHNNY WEAVER
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RICHMOND, VA. - 1971

GEORGE BECKER and JOHNNY WEAVER defeated ART NELSON and GENE ANDERSON

BRUTE BERNARD and THE MISSOURI MAULER whipped KOA TIKI and LUTHER LINDSAY

ANGELO MARTINELLI lost to JESSE JAMES

BARBARA NICHOLS bested TAMMY JONES


SAILOR ART THOMAS
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LYNCHBURG, VA. - 1969

RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON beat THE MISSOURI MAULER and HIRO MATSUDA

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

LES WOLFF bested JOHNNY HEIDEMAN

JESSE JAMES wrestled BOB RAMSTEAD to a draw


BOBBY RED CLOUD
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CHARLESTON, S.C. - 1968

LARS and GENE ANDERSON whipped ABE JACOBS and LUTHER LINDSAY

BOBBY RED CLOUD and CHIEF LITTLE EAGLE wrestled TERRY and RONNIE GARVIN to a draw

NIKITA MULKOVICH beat ALEX MEDINA

PEPE GOMEZ won from JIM GRABMIRE

THE MISSOURI MAULER
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - 1967

THE INFERNOS with J.C. DYKES topped ALDO BOGNI and BRONCHO LUBICH with HOMER O'DELL

JOHNNY WEAVER defeated THE MISSOURI MAULER

GEORGE BECKER demolished HOMER O'DELL

PENNY BANNER bested TAMMY JONES

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

HEEL TEAM DEBUTS IN LEXINGTON

JUNE 4, 1966
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

52 Years Ago



A speedy team of popular heroes meets brutal and deliberate opponents in featured tag team wrestling at the LEXINGTON YMCA tonight starting at 8:15.

GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT, the "FLYING SCOTTS" as they are known in the wrestling business, pit their spectacular offense against the skin-headed bullies SKULL MURPHY and BRUTE BERNARD in the main event match. These two teams are long-time rivals.

The other tag battle matches the flashy RUDY KAYE and ABE JACOBS against rugged ruffians THE GREAT MALENKO and THE MISSOURI MAULER, teaming here for the first time.

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

A special attraction tonight matches two top-ranked Negro girl stars, as SWEET GEORGIA BROWN takes on PRINCESS UBANGI.

Popular STEVE BOLUS meets big JOHN GUDISKI in the opening match.

Monday, September 17, 2018

ROGERS versus VALENTINE - Newcomer JOHNNY WEAVER

February 12, 1962
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA


Two championships will be at stake tonight at the CHARLOTTE COLISEUM when one of the most ambitious wrestling programs ever staged here gets underway at 8:15.

WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION "Nature Boy" BUDDY ROGERS puts his coveted crown in the spotlight in a defense against the extremely rugged challenger JOHNNY VALENTINE.

The controversy between these two giants of the ring goes back a long while. VALENTINE is responsible for breaking the arm of ROGERS in a match last year, and the champ has not forgotten...nor forgiven.

UNITED STATES HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION PAT O'CONNOR faces skilled SWEET DADDY SIKI, and his title is on the open market as well.

"It would be most ironic," grinned SIKI, "if I should emerge the winner." SIKI, who hails from Jamaica, claims he is in his best physical condition ever. The ebony panther claims to be unbeaten in the South.

Both title defenses will have stipulations of two-out-of-three falls with one hour time limits.

For variety, there is a ladies match sending FRAN GRAVETTE against the Mexican "boom boom" girl, RITA CORTEZ.

Tag team action will find the villainous brother duo of AL and DON GREENE against fan favorites BILL DROMO and HENRY PHILLIPS for the best-of-three-falls.

The immensely popular CHIEF BIG HEART will have his hands full with the rugged SWEDE HANSON.

Two men new to Charlotte, EDDIE AUGER and JOHNNY WEAVER, will face off.

Bombastic HANS SCHMIDT, a regular storm trooper in ring tactics, will oppose the incredible BILLY "Tarzan" DARNELL.

LENNY MONTANA and MARQUIS DEPARE slam in another action tiff.

Tickets are on sale at the NATIONAL HAT SHOP in downtown Charlotte and the Charlotte Coliseum box office.

Get there early for an autograph session with your favorite wrestling stars.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

FLAIR THROUGH THE YEARS




(Circa 1973)

The FLAIR cockiness beginning to appear...

It's there...

Applying a half-crab on an opponent.

Body slam time...looks like a POFFO to me.

An AWA body block on GREG GAGNE.

A knee-drop to the chest (later the knee moved northward to the forehead).

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

THE MAN IN WHITE

He wrestled barefaced as TIM WOODS. He donned an all-white mask and wrestled as MR. WRESTLING. Either way, he sold a lot of wrestling tickets.

Ole Anderson about to taste a MR. WRESTLING elbow.

GEORGIA HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION

Gene Anderson takes a tumble from the masked man.

Ready for ring action.
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George Burrell Woodin began his wrestling career at the age of 29 using the ring name TIM WOODS. He was given the name 'MR. WRESTLING' by Nebraska promoter Joe Dusek. Woodin would go on to become a main event superstar in the Georgia, Florida, Texas and the MID-ATLANTIC territories.

During his tenures with JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS, TIM WOODS had several title runs - - MID-ATLANTIC TV CHAMPION, U.S. HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION, MID-ATLANTIC TAG TEAM CHAMPION (with Dino Bravo) and WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPION (also with Bravo).

Tim (along with Ric Flair, Johnny Valentine, Bob Bruggers, David Crockett and pilot Michael Farkas) was aboard the 1975 Wilmington, N.C. bound aircraft that
came up short in landing and crashed. Pilot Farkas eventually died from injuries and Valentine never wrestled again. Woods and Bruggers were 'babyface' wrestlers, the rest were 'heels'. To protect the business from exposure, when arriving at the Wilmington hospital, Tim gave his real name and said he was a wrestling promoter. And to quash rumors among wrestling fans that Tim Woods had been on the plane with the 'heels', he was back in the ring within two weeks.

Ric Flair later said in his book 'TO BE THE MAN', that Tim Woods was more than just MR. WRESTLING that day---he was the man who saved the wrestling business.

A gentleman in and out of the ring, Tim Woods passed away November 30, 2002. It's difficult to imagine he's been gone that long.

Just imagine what a hit Tim would have been if he had attended wrestling fan gatherings.

Friday, September 7, 2018

1962 STATESVILLE, N.C. WRESTLING - PART THREE

June 1, 1962
STATESVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA




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The results:



Monday, September 3, 2018

LABOR DAY WRESTLING AT CHARLOTTE'S BIG DOME

September 4, 1961
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA
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57 Years Ago

Eighteen wrestlers, including four girl grapplers, will make up the summer's biggest wrestling card at the CHARLOTTE COLISEUM tonight.

Heading the big LABOR DAY spectacular will be a tag team match that pits two teams noted for rough tactics and no regard for the rule book.

No doubt, one of the season's rowdiest bouts will occur when the German brother team of KURT and KARL VON BRAUNER meet THE MASKED MEDICS. 'Gentleman' SAUL WEINEGROFF will be in the corner of the Germans, as usual, displaying his managerial skills. THE MASKED MEDICS, who claim they were both kicked out of medical school for not following 'protocol,' say they will handle WEINEGROFF if he gets out of line. Both teams have cut paths in tag team avenues since coming here, so something's gotta give in the best-of-three falls clash.

The co-main event will also pack a wallop tonight as fan favorite CHIEF BIG HEART meets the rugged JOHNNY VALENTINE, also set for two-out-of-three falls.

Then come the girls as BABS WINGO and LULA MAE PROVO take on PEARL BATES and RAMONA ISABEL in tag team action.

Yet another tag encounter has GEORGE BECKER teaming with New Zealander ABE JACOBS against LAVERNE BAXTER and TOMMY O'TOOLE.

'DR.' EDDIE GRAHAM will face Oriental P.Y. CHUNG, and the 8:15 opener sends RAY VILLMER against GYPSY JOE.