Wednesday, October 31, 2018

MAULER / MALENKO ROBBED


July 23, 1966
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA
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THE MISSOURI MAULER and THE GREAT MALENKO are crying about losing last Saturday night and will be rematched against JOHNNY WEAVER and ABE JACOBS in tonight's LEXINGTON YMCA featured wrestling main event.

JOHNNY and ABE were awarded a victory on a reversed decision after wild action last week. MALENKO and the MAULER claimed they were robbed, and WEAVER and JACOBS, wanting to prove the win was no fluke, agreed to the best-of-three falls rematch, which should really get exciting.

WEAVER and the MAULER have been battling for the SOUTHERN HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP as of late in singles competition. The MAULER remains the official champion, although JOHNNY has physical possession of the title belt. The champion wants his belt back.

Another tag battle this week pits the power-packed hero combo of GEORGE 'CATALINA' DRAKE and LUTHER LINDSAY against the very tough Minnesota duo of brothers LARS and GENE ANDERSON. This one is set for the best two-out-of-three falls within a forty-five minute time limit.

Two singles matches featuring top stars will open the card at 8:15.

LUTHER LINDSAY

THE GREAT MALENKO

GEORGE 'CATALINA' DRAKE

LARS and GENE ANDERSON

THE MISSOURI MAULER

ABE JACOBS

JOHNNY WEAVER

Saturday, October 27, 2018

CROCKETT GAVE US THE BEST

Wrestling fans who had the opportunity to see JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS and MID-ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING were treated, year after year, to the very best in the business...

GENE ANDERSON opens up GREG VALENTINE.

A bloodied DUSTY RHODES battles back against THE ASSASSIN.

HARLEY RACE at a disadvantage at the hands of WAHOO McDANIEL.

PAUL JONES about to drop his former partner, RICKY STEAMBOAT, on his noggin'.

THE FABULOUS MOOLAH takes a short cut by choking PENNY BANNER.

WAHOO McDANIEL clamps a vice-like rear chin lock on GREG 'THE HAMMER' VALENTINE.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

HOT RING ACTION EVERY NIGHT



RIC FLAIR and HARLEY RACE battle for the WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP.


A TRIPLE THREAT...
RIP HAWK, "PLAYBOY" GARY HART, SWEDE HANSON

An INDIAN STRAP MATCH featuring RIC FLAIR and WAHOO McDANIEL

A familiar sight for wrestling fans...
DUSTY RHODES out cold.

JERRY BRISCO relaxes...


A battle of masked men...
THE ASSASSIN versus MR. WRESTLING 2

Referee ANGELO MARTINELLI raises the hand of LES THATCHER.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

RALEIGH ROCKED

The capital city of North Carolina was a regular site for JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS.

Tarheels (and a lot of Virginia folks) made the almost weekly trek to DORTON ARENA to see great wrestling.

THE MISSOURI MAULER
(LARRY HAMILTON)
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RALEIGH, N.C. - 1968

THE MISSOURI MAULER and PAMPERO FIRPO lost to GEORGE BECKER and JOHNNY WEAVER.

HAYSTACK CALHOUN and THE AMAZING ZUMA beat RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON via DQ.

NELSON ROYAL pinned BULL RAMOS.

CHIEF LITTLE EAGLE bested GENE DUNDEE.


LOU THESZ
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RALEIGH, N.C. - 1965

LOU THESZ retained the WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP defeating GEORGE SCOTT.

ALDO BOGNI and BRONCHO LUBICH with HOMER O'DELL toppled NICK KOZAK and 'IRISH' MIKE CLANCY.

SIR NELSON ROYAL and THE VIKING bested DALE LEWIS and PEPPY GOMEZ.

JOHNNY WEAVER topped THE MATADOR.

PRINCESS LITTLE CLOUD pinned JUDY GRABLE.


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

RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON trounced PEPPY GOMEZ and RUDY KAY.

NICK KOZAK and 'IRISH' MIKE CLANCY toppled SIR NELSON ROYAL and THE VIKING.

CHIEF BIG HEART and LORENZO PARENTE defeated JOHNNY KACE and PRINCE OMAR.

MIKE VALENTINO pinned JACK VANSKY.


JOHNNY WEAVER
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RALEIGH, N.C. - 1965

LOU THESZ retained the WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP over JOHNNY WEAVER.

GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT and ABE JACOBS took a disputed decision over BRONCHO LUBICHALDO BOGNI and HOMER O'DELL in six man action.

RAY VILLMER wrestled THE ALASKAN to a draw.

THE BEAST whipped THE VIKING.

PENNY BANNER pinned JUDY GRABLE.

EDWARDO CASTILLO topped THE MATADOR.


GEORGE BECKER versus THE MASKED RED DEMONS
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RALEIGH, N.C. - 1967

GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT and GEORGE BECKER won over THE MASKED RED DEMONS and GEORGE 'TWO TON' HARRIS in a six man battle.

FRENCHIE LAMONTE lost to LORD LITTLEBROOK.

THE MUMMY pinned DON KENT.

IKE EAKINS triumphed over PEDRO GODOY.

Friday, October 19, 2018

SEE YOU AT RINGSIDE

November 25, 1967
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

51 Years Ago


The wild man from the Pampas, PAMPERO FIRPO, and his rugged tag team partner, THE MISSOURI MAULER, will be out to halt the winning streak of the popular Indian duo of BOBBY RED CLOUD and CHIEF LITTLE EAGLE in tonight's wrestling main event at the LEXINGTON YMCA.

The Indians have been on the warpath lately with victories over highly-touted teams and have built up a loyal following. Their opponents tonight are extremely rough and powerful, and the best-of-three falls contest should be loaded with action.

"Back to the reservation to make moccasins," THE MISSOURI MAULER predicts. "When Mr. FIRPO and I are finished with them, their squaws will have to nurse them both back to health."

Another two-out-of-three falls tag encounter pits two new combinations against one another. Popular LES THATCHER joins RUDY KAYE to face "BULLDOG" LEE HENNING and the mysterious masked wrestler THE MUMMY.

TINY MILLS, a big operator, meets popular Negro star LUTHER LINDSAY, and young ALEX MEDINA takes on newcomer CHUCK STANLEY in the singles matches of the evening.

Bell time is 8:15.

Monday, October 15, 2018

A HOT JANUARY NIGHT

January 11, 1969
Lexington, North Carolina

MR. WRESTLING and SAM STEAMBOAT

RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON

TERRY and RONNIE GARVIN

JESSE JAMES

Professional wrestling's 'Blonde Bombers' --- RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON --- will take on the hero unit of Hawaiian star SAM STEAMBOAT and the masked man MR. WRESTLING in tonight's main event at the Lexington YMCA.

The Canadian brother duo of TERRY and RONNIE GARVIN will meet fan favorites BOB RAMSTEAD and JESSE JAMES in the semi-final tag team match.

Both tag contests will be decided under a best two-of-three falls stipulation.

Preliminary singles bouts will find rugged ROCK HUNTER meeting young BILLY SPEARS and TINKER TODD facing another masked man in the guise of EL LOBO.

The action gets underway at 8:15 p.m.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

QUEEN CITY ACTION

I wish I had kept an accounting of how many times I made the trip from Statesville, N.C. or Salisbury, N.C. to Charlotte to see MID-ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING.

The trip from Statesville to Charlotte was during 1960's non-Interstate highway days, meaning slow-downs in the then-hamlets of Troutman and Mooresville, then entering the 'Queen City' through one of its least desirable areas.

But this was for wrestling, so why would personal safety be an issue?

Once in the city, it was on to PARK CENTER or, on occasion, to the original COLISEUM, known as 'The Big Dome'.

No specific memories that I may have witnessed any of the CHARLOTTE cards below, but somebody had a good time at them.

BILLY TWO RIVERS *
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - 1966

GEORGE BECKERTEX McKENZIE and BILLY TWO RIVERS toppled ALDO BOGNIBRONCHO LUBICH and HOMER O'DELL in six man competition.

'BIG' BOB ORTON retained the SOUTHERN STATES CHAMPIONSHIP when JOHNNY WEAVER was disqualified.

PAT O'CONNOR bested IKE EAKINS.

STEVE BOLUS and JESSE JAMES lost to JOHN and CHRIS TOLOS.

NELSON ROYAL got past THE GREAT MALENKO via DQ.


BRONCHO LUBICH
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - 1966

BRONCHO LUBICH and ALDO BOGNI with HOMER O'DELL lost to RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON.

BOB BOYER pinned JOHN GUDISKI.

SLAVE GIRL MOOLAH squashed PRINCESS WHITE DOVE.

SUNI WAR CLOUD topped TONY NERO.


LARS ANDERSON
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - 1967

GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT topped GENE and LARS ANDERSON.

RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON smashed JESSE JAMES and DON KENT.

BOBBY SHANE pinned EL GAUCHO.

JOHN HIGGINS lost to GEORGE 'TWO TON' HARRIS.


GEORGE 'CATALINA' DRAKE **
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - 1965

ALDO BOGNI and BRONCHO LUBICH with HOMER O'DELL won the SOUTHERN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP from EDDIE GRAHAM and SAM STEAMBOAT.

GEORGE 'CATALINA' DRAKE topped SWEDE HANSON.

RON REED *** pinned THE VIKING.

DALE LEWIS defeated TONY NERO.

CHRIS AVEROFF bested SONNY FARGO.


JOHN and CHRIS TOLOS
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - 1966

BRONCHO LUBICH and ALDO BOGNI with HOMER O'DELL versus RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON ended in a no contest.

TEX McKENZIE and NELSON ROYAL defeated JOHN and CHRIS TOLOS.

BOB BOYER beat IKE EAKINS.

TONY NERO lost to JESSE JAMES.


A while back, I watched the 2004 movie TAKING LIVES starring Angelina Jolie. BILLY TWO RIVERS has a speaking role in the film within the first ten minutes.

** GEORGE 'CATALINA' DRAKE died at the young age of 39 of a heart attack. He appeared in an episode of the ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN in 1951 entitled NO HOLDS BARRED.

*** RON REED later became a wrestling superstar under the name BUDDY COLT

Sunday, October 7, 2018

BOY DO WE NEED THEM NOW

GREG PETERSON

KEN PATERA

BULL RAMOS

THE IRON SHEIK

GENE ANDERSON

SKY LOW LOW

THE KENTUCKIANS

JACK BRISCO

PENNY BANNER

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

LONG TIME RIVALS GO TO WAR

March 27, 1965
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

The two bitter rival tag teams of the pro wrestling world, GEORGE BECKER and JOHNNY WEAVER and the skin-headed duo of BRUTE BERNARD and SKULL MURPHY, will clash in a best-of-three falls main event headlining tonight's action-packed wrestling card at the LEXINGTON YMCA.

These two teams have a hatred for one another going back several years and have battled all over the country with nothing really settled.

LEXINGTON is the battlefield tonight.

The co-feature is also a tag team affair with popular ABE JACOBS and EMIL DUPREE facing the tough combo of "SIR" NELSON ROYAL and THE VIKING. Two recorded falls is required for a victory in this match as well.

Single competition opens the card when RAY VILMER opposes MIKE VALENTINO * and KEN YATES takes on "TIGER" JACK VANSKY in the 8:15 opener.


Mike Valentino later wrestled as Baron Mikel Scicluna.

Monday, October 1, 2018

1967 RASSLIN' RESULTS


ABE JACOBS
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CHARLESTON, S.C. - 1967

THE MASKED RED DEMONS bested TEX McKENZIE and NELSON ROYAL.

LARS and GENE ANDERSON defeated JOHN HIGGINS and TINKER TODD.

ABE JACOBS topped BOB MORGAN.

CORSICA JOE beat TONY NERO.


LITTLE BEAVER
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RALEIGH, N.C. - 1967

KLONDIKE BILL and ABE JACOBS versus KURT and HENRY VON STROHEIM - DOUBLE DQ

THE MASKED RED DEMONS beat JESSE JAMES and ALEX MEDINA.

DON KENT won over TINKER TODD.

LITTLE BEAVER pinned BILLY THE KID.

KLONDIKE BILL
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GREENSBORO, N.C. - 1967

KURT and HENRY VON STROHEIM topped TEX McKENZIE and NELSON ROYAL.

GEORGE BECKER and JOHNNY WEAVER bested THE MASKED RED DEMONS.

KLONDIKE BILL and ABE JACOBS lost to ALDO BOGNI and BRONCHO LUBICH with HOMER O'DELL.

PENNY BANNER bested MILLIE STAFFORD.


BORIS THE GREAT MALENKO
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RALEIGH, N.C. - 1967

TEX McKENZIE and NELSON ROYAL topped RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON.

THE GREAT MALENKO and THE MISSOURI MAULER bested PAUL DEMARCO and STEVE BOLUS.

JOHNNY WEAVER and IKE EAKINS wrestled to a draw.

LUTHER LINDSAY defeated LARS ANDERSON - DQ