Tuesday, December 25, 2018

TOP TAG TEAMS TUSSLE

LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA
May 22, 1965


ALDO BOGNI and BRONCHO LUBICH


GEORGE SCOTT slams BRONCHO LUBICH


HOMER O'DELL and BRONCHO LUBICH


HOMER O'DELL
Without question, the most hated JCP performer of the 1960s...


SANDY SCOTT stretches BRONCHO LUBICH


ALDO BOGNI applies his 'corkscrew' finisher...
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Those popular FLYING SCOTT BROTHERS, GEORGE and SANDY, get a crack at one of the top villain teams in the sport, ALDO BOGNI and BRONCHO LUBICH, in tonight's two-out-of-three falls wrestling main event at the LEXINGTON YMCA.

Three straight wins over BRUTE BERNARD and SKULL MURPHY have led to the SCOTTS' signing to meet BOGNI and LUBICH.

But, when you face ALDO and BRONCHO, one must also deal with crafty manager HOMER O'DELL, who is always lurking about with his deadly cane. The cane is often used for more than just walking support.

RAY VILLMER, victorious two weeks straight, will also be back tonight to tackle tough TONY NERO.

THE VIKING faces EDUARDO CASTILLIO, and PEPPI GOMEZ will combat ANGELO MARTINELLI in the 8:15 opening match.


SANDY and GEORGE SCOTT

Sunday, December 23, 2018

WHERE WERE YOU IN '62?

Moviegoers of 1973 and beyond may remember the advertising slogan from the hit film AMERICAN GRAFFITI.

It was a catchy phrase that stayed in the minds of folks for quite a while.

So, since I'm spotlighting some great 1962 JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS shows from GREENSBORO, N.C., I'll ask again...

WHERE WERE YOU IN '62?

FEBRUARY 15, 1962

ARGENTINA ROCCA defeated RIP HAWK.

U.S. HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION PAT O'CONNOR won over HANS SCHMIDT via DQ.

DON McCLARITY topped SWEET DADDY SIKI.

STEVE BOLUS and ANGELO MARTINELLI whipped SONNY FARGO and JACK VANSKY.

RITA CORTEZ pinned JUDY GRABLE.

GUY LA ROSE bested ANGELO SAVALDI.



APRIL 5, 1962

WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION BUDDY ROGERS retained the title over BILLY 'TARZAN' DARNELL.

REGGIE PARKS and STEVE BOLUS beat KURT and KARL VON BRAUNER via DQ.

GEORGE BECKER topped RIP HAWK.

BABY CHERYL pinned DARLING DAGMAR.

CHIEF BIG HEART and PANCHO VILLA wrestled to a draw.

LUTHER LINDSAY whipped MIKE PAIDOUSIS.



MAY 3, 1962

ARGENTINA ROCCA and HAYSTACK CALHOUN topped KURT and KARL VON BRAUNER via DQ.

IVAN KAMEROFF and JOHN SMITH stopped JIM LA-ROCK and JERRY LONDON.

JOHNNY WEAVER pinned ANGELO SAVALDI

STEVE BOLUS and PAT O'BRIEN wrestled to a draw.

TINY SMITH won from JACK VANSKY (subbing for JACK TERRY).



MAY 24, 1962

JOHNNY VALENTINE stopped JOHNNY WEAVER.

RIP HAWK won over GEORGE BECKER.

HAYSTACK CALHOUN and ABE JACOBS toppled SWEDE HANSON and GYPSY JOE.

JOHN SMITH and IVAN KAMEROFF defeated TONY BAILLERGEON and MAURICE LA POINTE.

RAY VILLMER bested PANCHO VILLA.




JULY 5, 1962

HANS SCHMIDT defeated PAT O'CONNOR.

GEORGE BECKER and ARGENTINA ROCCA stopped P.Y. CHUNG and TARO MYAKI.

RIP HAWK won over JOHNNY WEAVER via DQ.

PENNY BANNER topped ANN LAVERNE.

ABE JACOBS and ROCK HUNTER wrestled to a draw.

DICK STEINBORN pinned ANGELO SAVALDI.



OCTOBER 18, 1962

RIP HAWK and ROCK HUNTER defeated GEORGE BECKER and BILLY TWO RIVERS.

THE GREAT BOLO topped JOHNNY WEAVER.

REGGIE PARKS and RAY VILLMER bested JOHN SMITH and IVAN KAMEROFF.

PAT SHERRY pinned BRENDA SCOTT.

EDUARDO CASTILLO lost to P.Y. CHUNG.

Monday, December 17, 2018

NEW TAG TEAM CHAMPS

September 22, 1962
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

56 Years Ago



There are new SOUTHERN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS in the pro wrestling world, and the title holders will defend their newly-coveted belts in tonight's main event at the LEXINGTON YMCA.

DON CURTIS and JOE SCARPA, who recently annexed the championship from the German duo of KURT and KARL VON BRAUNER, make their local debuts tonight when they defend their titles against the rugged bully team of SWEDE HANSON and P.Y. CHUNG in a best-of-three falls contest.

HANSON and CHUNG would like to make the new champs' title reign a short one by dethroning them tonight. The challengers are tough enough to do so.

Popular young star JOHNNY WEAVER, who has created quite the sensation since arriving on the local wrestling scene several months ago, will meet SID JONES in what looks to be a scientific semi-final two-out-of-three falls match.

The 8:15 opener sends 'Roughhouse' SONNY FARGO against the equally rugged, but larger, GEORGE 'TWO TON' HARRIS.

JOE SCARPA later wrestled as CHIEF JAY STRONGBOW.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

THANKSGIVING AT CHARLOTTE'S BIG DOME

November 21, 1966
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA

52 Years Ago

The Charlotte Observer reported 5460 fans in attendance, and I was one of them, sometimes sitting in my ringside seat.

It was a BIG night of wrestling.

The card started like most of all of them. LUTHER LINDSAY facing PEDRO GODOY in a yawner, the kind of match you want to end so you can get closer to the main events. LUTHER won and most of us didn't care. We wouldn't have cared if PEDRO had won either.

Things started to pick up in the next match when favorite NELSON ROYAL squared off against GEORGE 'TWO TON' HARRIS'. Most everyone loved NELLIE and most everyone hated 'TWO TON' but I loved the big guy because his matches were always entertaining. 'TWO TON' always got the most out of the fans because he was a master at 'working' a crowd. I can't remember what naughty he pulled, but the match went to NELLIE on a DQ. But 'TWO TON' would be back later as he was also manager of the MASKED RED DEMONS.

THE AMAZING ZUMA or ARGENTINA ZUMA, whichever you prefer, took the toll of HENRY VON STROHEIM, one-half of a pseudo-main event German heel team. I believe HENRY (can I call him Hank?) was probably getting ready to leave the area, because his partner KURT was no where to be found that night. Maybe he was back at the hotel packing.

The little people were up next in a tag match. I usually enjoyed the novelty of 'Midget Matches' (we can't say that anymore, ya know) for about five minutes, then it was time to move on. On this night, LITTLE BEAVER and SONNY BOY CASSIDY pinned SKY LOW LOW and BILLY THE KID (not the real one). I'd love to know how many times in their careers that BEAVER and LOW LOW worked one another. I'm sure it was in the thousands.

Now, it was time to get serious.

Two of the all-time heel combos in JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS history were to do battle. RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON versus ALDO BOGNI and BRONCHO LUBICH with, of course, their snake-like manager, HOMER O'DELL.

On this night, the crowd was behind the BLONDE BOMBERS all the way. I can't recall which team won which fall, but they were even at one apiece. The third fall found BOGNI & LUBICH beating RIP to a pulp. HAWK was thrown over the top rope to the cement floor (and on MY side of the ring). O'DELL, welding that dreaded cane, cracked 'The Profile' on the noggin' and before HAWK could get to his feet, it looked as if he had lost three gallons of the red stuff.

He managed to crawl back into the ring, but it looked like it was R.I.P. for R-I-P. After teasing all of us for a few more minutes with 'not quite a tag,' HAWK found HANSON's hand, made contact, and in came the big SWEDE. The crowd was hysterical!

SWEDE could have taken on the 300 Spartans at this point. He beat ALDO and BRONCHO at will, then grabbed O'DELL on the apron and 'welcomed' him into the ring via the top rope. Just as the SWEDE is about to ruin the creases in HOMER's tuxedo, he was double-attacked by O'DELL's cronies. HANSON got his hands on the cane and broke it over O'DELL's back about the same time as RIP entered the ring with a metal chair. Observing everything, referee ANGELO MARTINELLI must have figured it was time for a cold one, so he called off any further mutiliation in this one, and it ended in a double DQ, or a no-contest (what was the difference, by the way?).

I have witnessed several thousand wrestling matches in my years, and I can easily say, this was one of the best I EVER saw. Boy, did these five wrestlers know how to work a match and a crowd.

The show actually slumped a bit when the WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP match came next. First of all, I was never fully into TEX McKENZIE's fan club. He couldn't work any better than my lazy uncle who never worked at all, and I always resented the fact that TEX always made NELSON ROYAL take the beatings when they teamed together.

So, here is McKENZIE, a guy whose legs were longer and clumsier than Olive Oyl's, going up against GENE KINISKI for the WORLD belt. Add in the fact that there was no way (in the 1960s) the NWA was going to let their champion lose the title in Charlotte. KINISKI won the first fall. TEX came back and pinned the champ with a knee lift and judo chop off the ropes, those being the only two moves he knew. And then, KINISKI pinned McKENZIE again to win the final fall.

I suspect the concession stands were plenty busy during the world title match.

Now it was time for BECKER and WEAVER against the MASKED RED DEMONS...one more time.

This time, GEORGE and JOHNNY's SOUTHERN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP is on the line again, but on this night, under TEXAS DEATH MATCH rules. And in addition, it's the BELTS versus the MASKS. One team would walk out with BOTH.

Falls didn't figure in determining the winner (but was a great means of giving the participants a rest break). The Charlotte Observer reported the match went twelve falls (that I don't remember), but at the bell for unlucky fall number thirteen, the masked men were whipped to the point that they couldn't answer the bell, and even 'TWO TON' couldn't get them to their feet.

Ref MARTINELLI signaled it was over and raised BECKER and WEAVER's hands in victory. They held onto their titles and now would be able to discover exactly who these soon-to-be UNMASKED RED DEMONS were. With both men still prone on the ring from their beating, GEORGE took off one mask and JOHNNY the other and held them high in the air to the crowd's approval.

"Find out who they are Angelo," ring announcer GEORGE HARBEN requested over the microphone. Supposedly, MARTINELLI went over to them and said something ingenius like, "Hey, who are you?"

ANGELO went over to HARBEN, whispered in his ear, and HARBEN announced to all of us, "Ladies and Gentlemen, the RED DEMONS are JIMMY and BILLY HINES."

Everyone yelled, even though it really didn't mean anything. I'd never heard of JIMMY and BILLY HINES anyway. What it did mean, however, was pretty much the end of the main event run of this team who had been in JCP since late spring. I always liked the main event masked teams like THE BOLOS and THE INFERNOS, and now there wouldn't be one.

The HINES boys had a few more main event matches with 'TWO TON' but soon left the territory. When the hoods came off, so did the luster and mystique of the team.

But we still had GEORGE BECKER and JOHNNY WEAVER as our SOUTHERN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS.

But lurking in the bushes would be BOGNI & LUBICH, HAWK & HANSON or BRUTE BERNARD & SKULL MURPHY waiting for their night when they would win the belts.

And, of course, that night would come.

I related my recollections of this particular match to JOHNNY a few months before he passed away, and he said, "Yes, we did that same match all over the territory."

I was sorry he told me that.

But after I thought about what he said, it made me appreciate the fact that these men, even though they would work each other night after night, still could make each audience feel they were seeing something special.

That's how great they were.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

BECKER MEETS A MAMMOTH

January 7, 1961
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

Wrestling fans, who have been waiting out a two week holiday period of action at the LEXINGTON YMCA, will be treated to a big four bout card tonight starting at 8:15.

The sensational brother team from Peru, LEE and JOE GARCIA, will meet the unusual combination of the Oriental P.Y. CHUNG and Spain's JAN MADRID in the evening's two-out-of-three falls main event. CHUNG is making his Lexington debut tonight.

In a special attraction, HAPPY HUMPHREY, a 750 lb. behemoth from Georgia, makes his debut here and will face the ever-popular GEORGE BECKER.

In the prelims, WALDO VON ERICH battles JIM QUEEN, and BILLY COX squares off against MARK STONE in the opening match.

GEORGE BECKER

WALDO VON ERICH
LEXINGTON, N.C. YMCA

Friday, December 7, 2018

CLASH OF THE TITANS

In 1981 and 2010, movie goers could visit their local theatres to see an adventure / fantasy production entitled CLASH OF THE TITANS.

However, some years earlier, fans of JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS could witness
their own CLASH when two of the longest-running and most vicious heel tag teams went at it.

It was RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON (The Blonde Bombers) versus GENE and OLE ANDERSON (The Minnesota Wrecking Crew).

Here's a 1972 card featuring the BATTLE OF THE BULLIES match as held in RICHMOND, VIRGINIA.

OLE ANDERSON and RIP HAWK throw the rule book out the window.

OLE has the upper hand on RIP.

RIP appears to be on the attack as Manager 'Playboy' GARY HART looks on.
Hey, get down off that ring apron, Gary.

HAWK in trouble again.

Generally, when wrestling another heel team, the crowds pulled for RIP and SWEDE. I remember that to be the case when they wrestled ALDO BOGNI and BRONCO LUBICH, BRUTE BERNARD and SKULL MURPHY and THE INFERNOS.

The only time I ever saw GENE and OLE getting the cheers was when they tangled with RIC FLAIR and GREG VALENTINE.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

TEXANS versus BOMBERS

July 20, 1968
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON

PAUL JONES and NELSON ROYAL

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

PAUL DEMARCO

JESSE JAMES
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A rematch of a thriller of several weeks ago features wrestling tonight at the LEXINGTON YMCA with the 'BLONDE BOMBERS', RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON, meeting the popular Texas duo of NELSON ROYAL and PAUL JONES.

The last time the two teams met, each had a fall when the one hour time limit ran out, and a draw was declared. Neither team being satisfied with letting it go at that, both combos have asked for a rematch. Requests granted. Both teams predict a victory in tonight's best two-out-of-three falls battle.

In another two-of-three-falls match, the hero unit of young PAUL DEMARCO and BOBBY NICHOLS will challenge the rugged duo of ALDO BOGNI and BRONCHO LUBICH, who will be joined by their pesky manager GEORGE 'TWO TON' HARRIS.

In supporting singles matches, JACK RICO meets the wily PANCHO VALDEZ, and JESSE JAMES takes on FRANK HICKEY in the 8:15 opener.

After tonight's card, professional wrestling at the LEXINGTON YMCA will be discontinued for a temporary basis until late September. The reason is the extreme hot weather that has made the YMCA gymnasium uncomfortable for large crowds. Wrestling fans are reminded that this move is only a temporary one until cooler weather arrives.