Thursday, January 31, 2019

RIP & SWEDE & the LOS ANGELES RAMS

February 12, 1966
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

53 Years Ago



What were the LOS ANGELES RAMS doing in LEXINGTON last Saturday night?

The truth of the matter is...they were wrestling...and they're going to do it again tonight.

Professional NFL teammates DON CHUY and JOE CAROLLO, who wowed fans at the LEXINGTON YMCA, will return for more ring action tonight in a featured two-out-of-three falls tag team main event.

CHUY and COROLLO, who play side-by-side in the LOS ANGELES RAMS line and who use body blocks and other gridiron tactics in their matches, will meet wrestling's "BLONDE BOMBERS" - RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON.

Hawk has stated that these "boys" need to stick to football and leave wrestling - a tough sport - to "men."

The other tag team match of the night pits GEORGE and SANDY, THE FLYING SCOTTS, against the bald-headed bullies SKULL MURPHY and BRUTE BERNARD. This will be a renewal of a grudge rivalry of long-standing. This one's set for the best-of-three falls as well.

Two singles matches are set as STEVE BOLUS, a fan favorite, takes on the rugged JIM GRABMIRE, and young ALEX MEDINA takes on tough guy JOHNNY HEIDEMAN.

Action begins at 8:15.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

BRIGHT STARS EVERY NIGHT

The skies may have been cloudy some nights, but when JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS brought MID-ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING to your town, the stars came out every night...


BRONCHO LUBICH

'JUMPIN' JIM BRUNZELL

DINO BRAVO

'CRUSHER' JERRY BLACKWELL

BOB ORTON JR. and SR.

BOBBY SHANE and KLONDIKE BILL

BILLY and JIMMY HINES
(The UNMASKED RED DEMONS)

Saturday, January 26, 2019

THEY WORKED HARD FOR THEIR MONEY

Working for JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS meant lots of hours on the road, going from city to city, almost EVERY day.

And once they arrived at their destinations, they worked hard to give us, the wrestling fans, our entertainment dollar's worth.

They seldom failed...

RUFUS R. JONES feels the impact of a HARLEY RACE piledriver.


GENE ANDERSON grimaces as KOA TIKI puts on the pressure.


LUTHER LINDSAY attempts to remove the hood of THE MASKED MARVEL.


BELLE STARR and PENNY BANNER slug it out.

RONNIE GARVIN lets the air out of an opponent.


JERRY BRISCO and SANDY SCOTT work on the leg of SWEDE HANSON.


THE MUMMY puts the boot to a downed opponent.


GEORGE 'TWO TON' HARRIS takes a time-out during a TV match taped at WBTV-CHARLOTTE.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

LABORING ON LABOR DAY

September 4, 1961
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA

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

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

One of the year'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 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 wide paths in tag team avenues since coming here, so something's gotta give in this two-out-of-three falls clash.

KURT and KARL VON BRAUNER
with 'GENTLEMAN' SAUL WEINEGROFF

THE MEDICS

JOHNNY VALENTINE

CHIEF BIG HEART

P.Y. CHUNG

GEORGE BECKER

EDDIE GRAHAM

The co-main event also packs a wallop when popular Osage Indian star CHIEF BIG HEART faces rugged JOHNNY VALENTINE.

Then come the girls as BABS WINGO joins forces with LULA MAE PROVO to meet RAMONA ISABEL and PEARL BATES.

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

'DOCTOR' EDDIE GRAHAM will test Oriental P.Y. CHUNG, and the 8:15 opener sends RAY VILLMER opposite GYPSY JOE.

Advance tickets on sale at THE NATIONAL HAT SHOP in downtown CHARLOTTE and at the COLISEUM box office.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

EVERY MATCH A MAIN EVENT

AUGUST 10, 1959
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA
-
60 Years Ago

Many wrestling fans are saying that promoter JIM CROCKETT has outdone himself with tonight's pro wrestling card. Every match on the program could headline any wrestling show anywhere in the United States.

But it is the fans in the CHARLOTTE area who shall reap the benefits.

In tonight's headliner at PARK CENTER, the devious duo of MR. MOTO and DUKE KEOMUKA will face another challenge for their SOUTHERN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP. The Japs, who have protected their titles at any cost against all comers in the month they have had the belts, will face a severe challenge when they meet fan favorites GEORGE BECKER and BILLY TWO RIVERS, the top-ranked contenders. The championship encounter is set for the best two-of-three falls, with a one hour time limit.

The semi-final squares off PAT O'HARA and THE GREAT BOLO. Perhaps tonight will be the lucky night for the Irishman in his quest to unmask the hooded ruffian. O'HARA has come close a few times, but THE GREAT BOLO has managed to hang on to his mask...so far. This one's also two-out-of-three falls, forty-five minute limit.

The main prelim sends popular DANO O'SHOCKER against the rugged LARRY 'CRUSHER' HAMILTON for one fall, thirty minutes.

And the 8:15 opener, set for one fall and twenty minutes, has REGGIE PARKS, the handsome Canadian scraper from Ontario, meeting CYCLONE ANAYA.

Fans are encouraged to arrive early to guarantee a seat.

Friday, January 18, 2019

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
---
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.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

WHO WON

KURT VON STROHEIM
---
RICHMOND, VA. - 1966

SANDY SCOTT beat THE GREAT MALENKO in a RUSSIAN DEATH MATCH.

ALEX MEDINA and GORY GUERRERO lost to KURT and HENRY VON STROHEIM.

GEORGE SCOTT topped HANS SCHMIDT on a DQ.

KARL GOTCH demolished 'ROWDY' RED ROBERTS.

STEVE BOLUS whipped SONNY FARGO.


LITTLE BOY BLUE
---
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - 1966

HAYSTACK CALHOUN and ABE JACOBS slipped by JOHN and CHRIS TOLOS.

NELSON ROYAL pinned MIKE PAIDOUSIS.

LITTLE BOY BLUE and JIM DANDY defeated PEE WEE LOPEZ and CHICO SANTANA in a midgets tag battle.

THE VIKING lost to GORY GUERRERO.

SANDY and GEORGE SCOTT
---
CHARLESTON, S.C. - 1966

GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT defeated THE GREAT MALENKO and THE MISSOURI MAULER.

PAUL DEMARCO beat HENRY VON STROHEIM via DQ.

KEN HOLLIS toppled LARS ANDERSON.

SWEET GEORGIA BROWN pinned PRINCESS UBANGI.

ALEX MEDINA won over JOHN GUDISKI.

IKE EAKINS pinned RAY GARDINI.

BOB ORTON
---
GREENVILLE, S.C. - 1966

TEX McKENZIE and JOHNNY WEAVER defeated THE GREAT MALENKO and 'BIG' BOB ORTON.

BILLY TWO RIVERS and SUNI WAR CLOUD wrestled JOHN and CHRIS TOLOS to a draw.

ABE JACOBS topped PEDRO ZAPATA.

STEVE BOLUS whipped CORSICA JEAN.

PAMPERO FIRPO
---
ROANOKE, VA. - 1968

PAMPERO FIRPO and TINY MILLS lost to GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT.

GEORGE BECKER and JOHNNY WEAVER defeated THE MUMMY and 'BULLDOG' LEE HENNING.

BOB NANDOR topped STEVE STANLEE.

STEVE STANLEE beat JERRY LONDON.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

MACW MEANT ACTION

All of the announcers on the various MID-ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING TV shows used to say the fans in the JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS territory were the best wrestling fans in the world.

Maybe we were...at least we'd like to think so.

If, indeed, that was true, it was to a large degree because we witnessed the greatest professional wrestling in the world.

Whether it was the 1960s, 1970s or 1980s, JCP gave its fans the top stars in the business, and they promoted their product well.

It was definitely a relationship between a company and its customers in which all parties benefited...tough to find something like that today.


KURT VON STEIGER lays it on BOBBY KAYE.


BRONCO LUBICH distracts the referee while his manager HOMER O'DELL makes use of his cane on a hapless opponent.


GREG VALENTINE and JACK BRISCO in the heat of battle.


A bit of double-teaming by THE INFERNOS.


BLACKJACK MULLIGAN clamps a chin lock on PAUL JONES.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

TWO LEGENDARY CROCKETT TEAMS TANGLE

January 30, 1965
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

Action galore is on tap for professional wrestling fans fortunate enough to attend
the big card tonight at the LEXINGTON YMCA starting at 8:15.

GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT, known world-wide as THE FLYING SCOTTS, and victorious here last Saturday, will face long-time rivals RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON, wrestling's BLONDE BOMBERS, in the featured two-out-of-three-falls main event.

A top semifinal match is scheduled with popular young JOHNNY WEAVER taking on rugged ex-footballer MIKE PAIDOUSUS.

Two other singles matches will round out the program when Indian star CHIEF BIG HEART faces MIKE VALENTINO *, and TONY NERO will face a newcomer to Lexington when he squares off against THE ALASKAN (JAY YORK).


GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT

MIKE PAIDOUSUS

MIKE VALENTINO

JOHNNY WEAVER
RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON
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* MIKE VALENTINO wrestled in the WWWF as BARON MIKEL SCICLUNA.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

WORLD CHAMP IN CHARLOTTE

JANUARY 2, 1961
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA

58 Years Ago



The complete card for tonight's professional wrestling at PARK CENTER has been finalized and announced by promoter JIM CROCKETT.

The New Year will kick off with the WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION, PAT O'CONNOR, risking his title against top contender DANNY McSHANE.

Newcomers MAURICE and PAUL VACHON, brothers from Canada, take on FRANKIE CAIN * and BOBBY WINDER in a semifinal tag battle.

Both the championship match and the tag team match are set for the best two-out-of-three falls.

The main prelim has THE BRUTE going against another Charlotte newcomer, HAPPY HUMPHREY, a mammoth 700 pounder from Macon, Georgia.

The card's 8:15 opening bout features WALDO VON ERICH battling BOB NANDOR in a one fall, twenty minute match.

* FRANKIE CAIN later became one of the original INFERNOS.

Friday, January 4, 2019

ALWAYS PLENTY OF ACTION


Women yes...Ladies maybe...
BETTY BOUCHER slams LINDA CARROLL to the concrete floor.

HARLEY RACE and DUSTY RHODES go at it.

NWA WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION RIC FLAIR versus PAUL JONES.

Two true legends of the business...
GENE ANDERSON and JOHNNY WEAVER

JOE LE DUC slams STEVE STRONG.

STEVE KEIRN whips BOB ORTON JR. into the ring corner.

WAHOO MCDANIEL about to taste the ringpost at the hands of KIM DUK.