Thursday, November 29, 2018

ANYTHING COULD HAPPEN

As 'ROWDY' RODDY PIPER use to say, "Just when you figure out the answers, they change the questions."

Even the self-proclaimed 'fan experts' were often fooled when it came to predicting what was going to happen at a JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS' MID-ATLANTIC WRESTLING show...

But it was always fun trying to second-guess them.

THE GREAT BOLO is the recipient of a STEVE BOLUS knee-lift.

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

LUTHER LINDSAY goes to work on a bloodied KURT VON STEIGER.

DUSTY RHODES and DICK MURDOCK stomp that proverbial 'mud hole' on an opponent.

In a 'BATTLE OF THE BULLIES' showdown, SWEDE HANSON lays a punch in on HENRY VON STROHEIM as RIP HAWK looks on.

TERRY FUNK
(Insert your own caption.)

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

HAWK / HUNTER WANT BOLOS

December 10, 1962
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA

56 Years Ago



A rematch of the tag team bout between two rowdy combos, THE GREAT BOLO and BOLO and RIP HAWK and ROCK HUNTER, headlines tonight's wrestling card at PARK CENTER.

The two teams collided last Monday night, with HAWK and HUNTER receiving a disqualification loss for going beyond the rule limitations allowed. RIP and ROCK apparently entered the ring with that intention, and maybe were willing to take the DQ in order to wreck havoc on THE BOLOs, which they did. When the BOLOs exited the ring, one was a bloody mess, and the other's mask was ripped half-way off his head.

HAWK and HUNTER have vowed they will finish the job tonight, and the reign of terror of THE BOLOs will be over. This week's two-out-of-three falls match, however, will be fought under a NO DISQUALIFICATION stipulation, meaning either team can do virtually anything they choose without risk of penalty.

In the evening's other tag battle, GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT, both winners in individual competition last Monday, are reunited as "THE FLYING SCOTTS" when they collide with IKE EAKINS and PANCHO VILLA in a best-of-three falls encounter.

Single actions finds popular JOHNNY WEAVER facing BILL PARKS and RAY VILLMER battling FELIX LAMBAN.

Action begins at 8:15.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

THE INFERNOS AT WORK AND PLAY

If anyone ever 'pinned me down' (pardon the pun) and made me 'cry uncle' as to who was my all-time favorite pro wrestling 'heel' team, I could have the hold released immediately by saying...

THE INFERNOS
with Mgr. J.C. DYKES


The original men behind the blue hoods were Frankie Cain and Roland 'Rocky' Smith. After a few years, Frankie left the team to become known as The Great Mephisto.

Filling the vacancy was Rocky's brother Curtis Smith.

Later, others would wear the masks before the official Infernos were done, and to this day, there are knock-off Infernos.

But none come close to the greatness as J.C. DYKES and his blue tigers, THE INFERNOS.


The original pairing of THE INFERNOS
Rocky Smith and Frankie Cain (standing)
J.C. Dykes (seated)

Then came THE INFERNOS trio of
Rocky Smith, J.C. Dykes, Curtis Smith



Here is a great photo of THE INFERNOS unmasked and away from the wrestling ring.
Rocky Smith, J.C. Dykes, Curtis Smith

The photo, I believe, is from the collection of David Smith, Rocky's son. I borrowed it from THE MASKED INFERNOS Facebook page. Since some of my webpage photos are on THE MASKED INFERNOS Facebook page, I hope they won't mind I took this photo from their's.


Friday, November 23, 2018

TERRITORY TRAVELING


PAUL JONES and NELSON ROYAL
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GREENVILLE, S.C. - 1971

NELSON ROYAL and PAUL JONES beat THE MASKED MARVELS.

JOE FURR and JIM DILLON lost to GENE ANDERSON and ART NELSON.

TOMMY SEIGLER topped BILL BOWMAN.

JOE TURNER and BUTCH JACKSON wrestled to a draw.


GORY GUERRERO
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RICHMOND, VA. - 1966

GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT defeated 'BIG' BOB ORTON and THE GREAT MALENKO.

ALDO BOGNI and BRONCHO LUBICH with HOMER O'DELL smothered GORY GUERRERO and OMAR ATLAS.

RUDY KAY pinned CORSICA JEAN.

DON CHUY polished off JACK DANIELS (haven't we all).

HANS SCHMIDT drew with ABE JACOBS.


BRONCHO LUBICH, GEORGE 'TWO TON' HARRIS, ALDO BOGNI
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LYNCHBURG, VA. - 1969

NELSON ROYALPAUL JONES and ABE JACOBS defeated ALDO BOGNIBRONCHO LUBICH and GEORGE 'TWO TON' HARRIS in a six man contest.

THE AMAZING ZUMA and BILLY HINES went the time limit.

JIMMY HINES beat BOBBY KAY.

LES WOLFE topped PANCHO VALDEZ.


LES THATCHER
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - 1968

TEX McKENZIE and NELSON ROYAL lost to RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON.

THE INFERNOS with J.C. DYKES defeated LES THATCHER and RUDY KAYE.

BOB NANDOR pinned TINY MILLS.

'BULLDOG' LEE HENNING topped ALEX MEDINA.

PAMPERO FIRPO
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CHARLESTON, S.C. - 1968

GEORGE BECKER and JOHNNY WEAVER defeated LARS and GENE ANDERSON.

HAYSTACK CALHOUN and THE AMAZING ZUMA beat THE MISSOURI MAULER and PAMPERO FIRPO.

DENNIS HALL lost to 'BULLDOG' LEE HENNING.

RUDY KAYE whipped JERRY LONDON.

LES THATCHER topped CHUCK CONLEY.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

FOUR TOP TEAMS ON DISPLAY

July 8, 1967
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

 52 Years Ago



Professional wrestling returns to the LEXINGTON YMCA tonight following a one-week layoff, and two gigantic tag team matches headline the program, starting at 8:15 p.m.

The big guys of the sport, TINY ANDERSON and BIG BOY BROWN, known as THE KENTUCKIANS, square off against the crafty and sneaky Oriental duo of HARU SASAKI and P.Y. CHUNG in tonight's top match.

THE KENTUCKIANS have a massive size advantage, but their opponents from the Far East are experts in ju-jitsu and karate, in addition to having many tricks up their sleeves, so anything could happen.

The other tag team affair will pit the crowd-pleasing combo of NELSON ROYAL and THE AMAZING ZUMA against the masked terror team of THE INFERNOS, who will have their manager J.C. DYKES in their corner.

All four wrestlers are gifted with great speed and ring smarts, but DYKES, who some fans believe bears a resemblance to Woody Woodpecker, could get involved and make a difference.

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

LUTHER LINDSAY returns after an absence and will test tough TONY ROMANO in one of the night's singles matches.

The card opener sends popular GREG PETERSON against veteran PEDRO GODOY.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

GREAT WRESTLERS / GREAT MATCHES


RIC FLAIR chokes opponent WAHOO McDANIEL in an INDIAN STRAP match.

BLACKJACK MULLIGAN pounds on nemesis PAUL JONES.

GREG VALENTINE attacks a helpless opponent.

RODDY PIPER headlocks SGT. SLAUGHTER.

MR. WRESTLING (TIM WOODS) demonstrates his scientific skill.

THE SUPER DESTROYER (DON JARDINE) begs for mercy.

OLE ANDERSON saves brother GENE from a MR. WRESTLING pinfall.

Friday, November 16, 2018

HAWK / HANSON / MAULER / MATSUDA

March 29, 1969
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

49 Years Ago



Anything is likely to happen tonight...

RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON, "The Blonde Bombers" of the pro wrestling world, tear loose against an equally rough duo of THE MISSOURI MAULER and HIRO MATSUDA in tonight's LEXINGTON YMCA wrestling feature, kicking off at 8:15.

"Colonel" HOMER O'DELL, the diabolical manager of MATSUDA and the MAULER, will be accompanying his men and could get mixed up in the BATTLE OF THE BULLIES main event, scheduled for the best two-out-of-three falls.

"Let O'DELL stick his nose in the ring while I'm wrestling," said HAWK. "I've got a piledriver waiting with his name on it!" HAWK's partner HANSON had no comment.

Popular GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT will be back tonight, fresh off a victory here last week. "Bulldog" LEE HENNING and "Big" JIM GRABMIRE are the foes facing "The Flying Scotts" tonight. Two falls will decide the winning team.

Single matches send young BOBBY PAUL against the rugged ROCK HUNTER, and RANDY CURTIS will test tough EL GAUCHO in the opening match.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

HOMER IN HOT WATER

October 31, 1964
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

THE KENTUCKIANS
TINY ANDERSON and BIG BOY BROWN

GEORGE BECKER

BRONCHO LUBICH and ALDO BOGNI

THE BEAST

GEORGE 'TWO TON' HARRIS

RUDY KAYE

JESSE JAMES
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The HOMER O'DELL gang may find their Halloween to be a haunting one tonight at the LEXINGTON YMCA when they face THE KENTUCKIANS, TINY ANDERSON and BIG BOY BROWN, and their hero partner GEORGE BECKER.

It's tonight's big main event.

Last Saturday night, O'DELL, after losing one fall to BECKER, tucked tail and ran like a scalded dog, bringing an abrupt ending to their match. Tonight, the 'COLONEL' will have his two rulebreaking men, BRONCHO LUBICH and ALDO BOGNI, to cower behind during their SIX MAN TAG TEAM MATCH. O'DELL will need that protection in the best-of-three falls match, as BECKER wants another piece of HOMER's hide for his taking a powder last time. THE KENTUCKIANS have promised to look after BOGNI and LUBICH.

Another big crowd is expected to witness this big contest, as well as the three fine supporting matches on the card.

DOUG GILBERT will test PEDRO ZAPATA.

RUDY KAYE faces THE BEAST. *

JESSE JAMES squares off against GEORGE 'TWO TON' HARRIS in the 8:15 opener.

Rudy Kaye and The Beast were, in fact, brothers. Rudy's real name was Jean-Louis Cormier. The Beast was Yvon Cormier.

Monday, November 12, 2018

SENSATIONAL SIXTIES SKULLDUGGERY

THE MISSOURI MAULER
(LARRY HAMILTON)
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SPARTANBURG, S.C. - 1969

RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON bested THE MISSOURI MAULER and HIRO MATSUDA.

SAILOR ART THOMAS and ABE JACOBS won over TERRY and RONNIE GARVIN.

RICK HUNTER defeated MIKE SHANE.

LES WOLFE topped TONY NERO.


THE MUMMY
(BENJI RAMIREZ)
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BURLINGTON, N.C. - 1967

TEX McKENZIE and NELSON ROYAL lost to RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON.

GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT won from ALDO BOGNI and BRONCHO LUBICH with HOMER O'DELL via DQ.

THE MUMMY defeated RONNIE HILL.

MIKE PAIDOUSIS topped ANGELO MARTINELLI.


SKULL MURPHY
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ASHEVILLE, N.C. - 1966

BRUTE BERNARD and SKULL MURPHY lost to ALDO BOGNI and BRONCHO LUBICH with HOMER O'DELL.

NELSON ROYAL and SUNI WAR CLOUD topped GEORGE 'TWO TON' HARRIS and 'ROWDY' RED ROBERTS.

RAY DURAN and MIKE PAIDOUSIS wrestled to a draw.

STEVE BOLUS topped TONY NERO.


KURT and HENRY VON STROHEIM
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RALEIGH, N.C. - 1967

GEORGE BECKERJOHNNY WEAVER and HAYSTACK CALHOUN defeated BRONCHO LUBICHALDO BOGNI and HOMER O'DELL in six man action.

GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT bested KURT and HENRY VON STROHEIM.

HARU SASAKI pinned PAUL DEMARCO.

PEGGY ALLEN topped TAMMY JONES.


JESSE JAMES versus JIMMY HINES
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CHARLESTON, W.V. - 1969

BRONCHO LUBICH and ALDO BOGNI with GEORGE 'TWO TON' HARRIS stopped SAM STEAMBOAT and MR. WRESTLING.

JESSE JAMES and GREG PETERSON lost to JIMMY and BILLY HINES.

PANCHO VALDEZ and BILLY SPEARS wrestled to a draw.

JIM GRABMIRE toppled DAVE COX.


ABE JACOBS
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RALEIGH, N.C. - 1966

HAYSTACK CALHOUNGEORGE BECKER and JOHNNY WEAVER bested ALDO BOGNIBRONCHO LUBICH and HOMER O'DELL in six man action.

ABE JACOBS defeated 'BIG' BOB ORTON.

OMAR ATLAS and MIKE PAIDOUSIS were both disqualified.

JOHNNY HEIDEMAN lost to JESSE JAMES.

SONNY FARGO wrestled PEDRO ZAPATA to a draw.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

THOSE INFERNAL INFERNOS

I make no apologies for throwing the spotlight once again on these guys for a number of reasons:
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They could really work in the ring.
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They really drew heat.
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And I just plain liked them!
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THE INFERNOS made several passes through JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS in the mid-late 1960s, and each time, went straight to the top of the card, feuding with not just the top 'babyface' teams, but also a number of the other 'heel' duos as well.

THE INFERNOS set every wrestling territory they worked in on fire!
Often, J.C. DYKES was forced to join his men in the ring as pictured here in a match against a team headed by EDDIE GRAHAM.

The helpless referee tries to no avail to prevent THE INFERNOS from double-teaming a hapless opponent.

THE INFERNOS
(These are the originals - Manager J.C. DYKES (left), ROCKY SMITH (center), FRANKIE CAIN (right).

Looks like things didn't go well for J.C. on this night.

JOHNNY WEAVER is at the mercy of one of the masked maulers.
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One INFERNO memory I have occurred in the late 1960s one summer night at the old semi-pro baseball park in Statesville, North Carolina.
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DYKES and his men were making their approach to the ring for their main event match. J.C. was wearing a brown paisley tuxedo jacket. Some idiot, out of nowhere like Ruby on Oswald, threw a large cup of Coca-Cola right in the manager's face and all over the jacket, then like the fool he was, took off running towards the center field fence (where there was no escape - the fence was at least ten feet high). Duh!
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Both INFERNOS took off after the goof. Whichever wrestler was wearing the 'loaded boot' actually got to him first, tackled him in the outfield and started slugging him. His masked partner was right behind and began beating the **** out of the poor guy with the metal canteen DYKES always carried to the ring.
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Eventually, the local police (60-inch girths and all) made it to the outfield and relieved the wrestlers of what was left of their attacker and escorted him out of the ball park and took him to the local police department, where I'm sure he spent the night at the expense of the citizens of Statesville.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

PAUL JONES and the RUSSIAN ASSASSINS


Near the end of his NWA run, #1 Paul Jones became the manager of the RUSSIAN ASSASSINS, a team put together, for the most part, to work a program against IVAN and NIKITA KOLOFF.

I liked them. The last old school hooded combo I really recall.

During their run, a bunch of whining fans, announcers and wrestlers claimed that PJ would hand his ASSASSIN # 2 the dreaded "foreign object," who would quickly load his mask (making sure that everyone in the immediate area, except the referee, saw it) and headbutt his opponent into the Twilight Zone for a quick pin.

The foreign object gimmick was far from original but even after decades of use by probably hundreds of hooded workers, it still created heat.

I say HOGWASH.

Please examine the provided photos and make up your own mind. I, for one, don't believe a FO was utilized. I'm sure it got hot wearing a mask and working under strong lights. RA #2 was probably just letting in a little fresh air when he fiddled with the red covering. (LOL)

Take a closer look...




Let's look again...




OK. Let's examine things and see what turns up...






Ref Teddy Long finds nothing. See, I told you PJ and the RA wouldn't stoop to such levels to win their matches.

I'm glad we got this cleared up.