Tuesday, April 30, 2019

WEAVER CHASES SOUTHERN TITLE

June 11, 1966
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA



The SOUTHERN HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP will be at stake in tonight's LEXINGTON YMCA feature attraction.

THE MISSOURI MAULER, holder of the coveted belt designating the championship, will defend his honor against the popular JOHNNY WEAVER, probably the most popular wrestler in the Carolinas, who has held this title himself.

The two-out-of-three falls encounter matches two long-time adversaries within a one-hour time limit.

A tag team battle is also set, and a battle it should be when GEORGE BECKER (WEAVER's regular tag partner) joins his old buddy ABE JACOBS to meet the brutal German brother combination of KURT and HENRY VON STROHEIM in a two-of-three falls contest.

"Johnny's title match gives ABE and me a chance to team back up like we used to. ABE and I are going to take care of the Germans, then watch JOHNNY become the new SOUTHERN HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION," BECKER has stated.

In the prelim matches, which kick off the 8:15 p.m. card, the tough veteran EL GAUCHO meets North Carolina's own LUTHER LINDSAY, and KEN HOLLIS dukes it out with RUDY KAYE.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

FIVE OF THE GREATS


BORIS (THE GREAT) MALENKO
Had a great run in JCP during the 1960s, often teaming with THE MISSOURI MAULER (Larry Hamilton), big singles program with KLONDIKE BILL (Bill Soloweyko).
He died in 1994.

HOMER O'DELL
No question, throughout the 1960s, no performer in JCP generated more heat than this man, and he seldomed wrestled. MR. O'DELL, later COLONEL O'DELL, then GENERAL O'DELL managed ALDO BOGNI / BRONCO LUBICH for a number of years and was on top in programs with every major babyface team in the territory, but most notably GEORGE BECKER and JOHNNY WEAVER. HOMER later managed RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON. This man was so hated, I doubt he could walk down a city street in any Carolina / Virginia town without being accosted.
MR. O'DELL has passed away.

NELSON ROYAL
Top fan favorite who actually entered JCP as a heel (SIR NELSON ROYAL). Worked on top with all the JCP babyfaces during the mid and late 1960s, most notably with TEX McKENZIE, and later with PAUL JONES.
NELSON passed away in 2002.

And speaking of TEX McKENZIE (Hugh McKenzie)...
TEX and NELSON ROYAL were a top JCP team for several years, feuding with all the major heel teams. TEX also worked a number of six-mans with GEORGE BECKER and JOHNNY WEAVER.
TEX passed away in 2001.

GEORGE HARRIS
Mostly known as 'Two Ton', GEORGE also used the nicknames 'Bunk' and 'Baby Blimp'. A top heel fans genuinely 'loved to hate'. Always proud of his wavy hair, he lost a hair vs. hair match against JOHNNY WEAVER and received a free haircut in the wrestling ring. Later turned to managing such teams as THE MASKED RED DEMONS and ALDO BOGNI / BRONCO LUBICH.
'Bunk' died in 2002.

Any fan who followed JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS on their local TV or in their local arenas will certainly remember (and I hope fondly), the five gentlemen I spotlight today.

Sadly, all five are gone, but as long as any of us who booed them or cheered for them are still here, they will live on.

Friday, April 26, 2019

TAKE YOUR BEST SHOT


THE ASSASSIN (JODY HAMILTON) takes control.



MR. WRESTLING (TIM WOODS) has GENE ANDERSON bloodied, but unbowed.



Two WORLD CHAMPIONS battle...
JACK BRISCO versus DORY FUNK JR.



RIC FLAIR versus DUSTY RHODES
Two more WORLD CHAMPIONS...



PAUL JONES and BARON VON RASCHKE admire their tag team championship belts.



GORDON NELSON whips Indian star BILLY TWO RIVERS.



TINY ANDERSON (aka GRIZZLY SMITH) of THE KENTUCKIANS has matters well under control.



GREG VALENTINE takes down WAHOO MCDANIEL.
But the Chief would get back up...

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

SOME FAMILIAR FACES

DUSTY RHODES
(that's HARLEY RACE in the headlock)

NELSON ROYAL

KLONDIKE BILL

THE ASSASSIN
JODY HAMILTON

HARLEY RACE

BARON VON RASCHKE


Monday, April 22, 2019

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME

Actually, today isn't my birthday. It isn't for five more months.

However, while doing some research at our local public library, I came across some clippings going back to 1979. Difficult to believe that it's been forty years.

My birthday is September 9th, so when I saw the ad in the SALISBURY POST stating that MID-ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING was returning to SALISBURY, N.C. the night before my natal anniversary, I thought to myself, "What a great birthday present!"

So, two friends and I (along with about another thousand people) headed to the baseball park at CATAWBA COLLEGE for the show.

The ring was set up at home plate, with ringside seats (folded metal chairs) set up all around. Naturally, we were at ringside.

Here's the card.



SALISBURY POST, September 8, 1979

A professional wrestling card, featuring two main events, will be held tonight at Newman Park. Action will begin at 8:15 o'clock.

The features will send BLACKJACK MULLIGAN against JOHN STUDD and JIM BRUNZELL against KEN PATERA.

MULLIGAN, 285 pounds of Eagle Pass, Texas, holds the UNITED STATES HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP. STUDD weighs in at 330 pounds.

PATERA is a native of Portland, Oregon, and weighs 300 pounds. He is a former U.S. heavyweight champion and OLYMPIC weightlifting champion. BRUNZELL, a relative newcomer to the MID-ATLANTIC area, is a 230 pounder.

A tag bout will match 'SPECIAL DELIVERY' JONES and BOB MARCUS against BRUTE BERNARD and SGT. JACQUES GOULET.

DON KERNODLE will meet DAVID PATTERSON.

A women's battle will send BARBARA MARTIN against VICKI WILLIAMS.

The program is sponsored by the SOUTHERN ROWAN EMERGENCY RADIO SERVICE, and proceeds will go to the SOUTHERN ROWAN CHRISTMAS PARADE.

THE RESULTS


It wasn't my most memorable live wrestling experience by any means. I was never a big fan of either STUDD or BRUNZELL.

But having BLACKJACK and BRUTE BERNARD in town, even for only a few hours, was neat. By 1979, I had loved watching BRUTE work for nearly fifteen years, and I had been in JACK's corner (either 'babyface' or 'heel') since he came to JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS.

It was a good birthday.

Saturday, April 20, 2019

I WAS NEVER AN OPTIMIST

...however, I was indebted to the optimists, the SALISBURY, N.C. OPTIMIST CLUB, that is, because in the Spring and Summer of 1976, the club, to raise money for their projects, sponsored JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS / MID-ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING in the city of Salisbury, N.C. (where I live).

Not once...not twice...but THREE times within a six month period.


ANGELO MOSCA

March 18, 1976 - SALISBURY POST

WAHOO MCDANIEL

A crowd nearing twelve hundred witnessed 'Chief' WAHOO MCDANIEL pin big ANGELO MOSCA in the main event last night at CATAWBA COLLEGE's GOODMAN GYMNASIUM. The professional wrestling show was sponsored by the SALISBURY OPTIMIST CLUB. Long-time favorite JOHNNY WEAVER and his partner TIGER CONWAY JR. topped JACK EVANS and BILL WHITE in the evening's tag team contest. GEORGE HARRIS, known as 'Two Ton', belly-splashed a much-smaller GREG PETERSON to win his match, and veteran SWEDE HANSON used a neck breaker to subdue BILL HOWARD. OPTIMIST CLUB officials announced they were very pleased with attendance and would be negotiating to bring wrestling back to SALISBURY very soon.


May 8, 1976 - SALISBURY POST

BLACKJACK MULLIGAN


May 9, 1976 - SALISBURY POST

AUGUST 3, 1976 - SALISBURY POST

August 4, 1976 - SALISBURY POST


May 6, 1976 - SALISBURY POST

The wrestler referred to as Red Bastian, was in fact, Red Bastien.

Three great evenings of JCP in my home town, and I had to drive only ten miles round trip for each show. Considering the many, many miles I drove throughout the years to see MID-ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING, this was a welcome change.

And for the record, I was never an OPTIMIST. I was a CIVITAN. We sold fruitcake.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

BATTLE ROYAL TIME

October 2, 1965
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

54 Years Ago

ABE JACOBS

HAYSTACKS CALHOUN

IKE EAKINS

JOHNNY HEIDEMAN
--
JESSE JAMES

'ROWDY' RED ROBERTS
---
A wild type of professional wrestling comes up at the LEXINGTON YMCA tonight when ten heavyweights, including mammoths HAYSTACKS CALHOUN and TWO TON HARRIS collide in an OVER-THE-TOP ROPE BATTLE ROYAL.

The rules stipulate that a wrestler must be thrown over the top rope down to the arena floor to be eliminated from the match. The last man standing in the ring will be declared the winner and shall receive the top paycheck.

The ten wrestlers involved will first be paired up in five singles matches, then shall return for the evening's BATTLE ROYAL finale.

The five matches are as follows:

HAYSTACKS CALHOUN versus GEORGE 'TWO TON' HARRIS

ABE JACOBS versus IKE EAKINS

STEVE BOLUS versus PEDRO ZAPATA

JESSE JAMES versus 'ROWDY' RED ROBERTS

PEPPY GOMEZ versus JOHNNY HEIDEMAN

Action begins at 8:15.

GEORGE 'TWO TON' HARRIS

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

LET THEM ENTERTAIN US...

...AND THEY DID!

Not necessarily during the same time frame, but nevertheless, they put bodies in the arena seats and always gave us fans plenty of excitement!


'THE BIG CAT' ERNIE LADD
(1938-2007)

One of the first athletes in pro football (AFL) to wrestle during the off season, starting in 1961. 


WILLIAM DEE (HAYSTACK or HAYSTACKS) CALHOUN
(1934-1989)

He worked for probably every major wrestling organization in the world and was a chief pioneer for the sport’s super-heavyweight attractions.


'THE HOT ROD' ROWDY RODDY PIPER
(RODERICK GEORGE TOOMBS)
(1954-2015)

Began wrestling as a pro at age 16 in 1970, highly successful on the West Coast, arriving in JCP in 1980. A top worker in every territory he performed and was inducted into the WWE HALL OF FAME in 2005 by his friend RIC FLAIR.


ABDULLAH THE BUTCHER
(LAWRENCE ROBERT SHREVE)

Known as one of the most brutal pro wrestlers of all-time. Not really from the Sudan area, but rather Canada. Many of his top matches were literal 'bloodbaths' by both himself and his opponent.


'COWBOY' BOB ORTON JR.
(ROBERT KEITH ORTON JR.)

Son of the 'BIG O' BOB ORTON, brother of wrestler BARRY ORTON (BARRY O) and father of current WWE superstar RANDY ORTON. Began wrestling in 1972. Best remembered in the MID-ATLANTIC territory as being one of the wrestlers (DICK SLATER the other) who collected a $25,000 bounty by then NWA World Champion HARLEY RACE to end the career of RIC FLAIR. This led to STARCADE '83's title match in which FLAIR defeated RACE.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

BECKER BATTLES BOLO

September 12, 1960
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA

59 Years Ago



The long-awaited return bout between fan favorite GEORGE BECKER and the much-hated masked man, THE GREAT BOLO, will headline tonight's PARK CENTER wrestling card starting at 8:15.

Hero BECKER, who recently returned to the ring after a six month absence due to a severe knee injury, has won three straight matches here preparing for his return tussle with the hooded BOLO.

In their first meeting, BECKER won the first fall, and then the pair fought a standoff the remainder of their one hour time limit.

Perhaps a technical BECKER victory, it was not an official one as two winning falls were not recorded, therefore THE GREAT BOLO was NOT required to unmask. BOLO has a stipulation in his contracts stating that he will unmask in the ring after losing two-out-of-three falls to a pinfall or submission.

Tag team action makes up the semifinal tonight when GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT face JAN MADRID and GYPSY JOE in another best-of-three falls contest.

Singles action opens the card with FARMER JONES returning to Charlotte to meet TOM BRADLEY, and JACK CURTIS goes against LOUIS TILLET in the opening contest.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

HEEL TEAMS GO TO WAR

September 18, 1969
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA

SKULL MURPHY and BRUTE BERNARD

RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON


Professional wrestling's 'BLONDE BOMBERS' RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON plan a 'From Here to Eternity" battle with skinheads BRUTE BERNARD and SKULL MURPHY at PARK CENTER tonight in the most heralded rematch of the year.

HAWK and HANSON were the losers in their last battle with MURPHY and BERNARD, but they have a legitimate beef in the final countdown (which cost them the match). They yelled long and loud and convinced promoter JIM CROCKETT the foursome should do it again.

CROCKETT agreed, but set up unusual terms for tonight's clash. The match has been made with the stipulation that the winning team must record THREE-out-of-FIVE falls, not the usual two-out-of-three.

"It may take all night, but we're going to find out who can go the distance," said 'BIG JIM'. "If you have ever seen a train wreck, you know how devastating that can be. That's about what we're going to have at PARK CENTER."

A star-packed prelim card will support this huge main event.

Belltime is 8:15.

Sunday, April 7, 2019

DEAL THOSE CARDS

THE YEAR WAS 1969
...it was a very good year...

GREENSBORO, N.C.

GENE KINISKI beat SAM STEAMBOAT to remain World Heavyweight Champion

GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT topped GENE and OLE ANDERSON

THE MISSOURI MAULER & HIRO MATSUDA with MGR. HOMER O'DELL defeated ABE JACOBS & LES WOLFF

TONI ROSE bested BARBARA OWEN

MR. WRESTLING defeated "BULLDOG" LEE HENNING

EL LOBO over JESSE JAMES


GREENSBORO, N.C.

THE MISSOURI MAULER beat JOHNNY WEAVER to become Southern Heavyweight Champion

SIX MAN MATCH between GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT and GEORGE BECKER versus RIP HAWK, SWEDE HANSON and ROCK HUNTER ended in a Double DQ

SAM STEAMBOAT and HIRO MATSUDA  wrestled to a draw

MR. WRESTLING over EL GAUCHO

KOA TIKI beat JIMMY HINES

BILLY HINES topped GREG PETERSON


WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.

GEORGE BECKER, JOHNNY WEAVER and SAILOR ART THOMAS over HOMER O'DELL, THE MISSOURI MAULER and HIRO MATSUDA

SANDY and GEORGE SCOTT versus THE INFERNOS with MGR. J.C. DYKES ended in a Double DQ

MR. WRESTLING and GENE ANDERSON wrestled to a draw

OLE ANDERSON topped GREG PETERSON

SAM STEAMBOAT over RONNIE GARVIN


WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.

GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT beat THE INFERNOS with MGR. J.C. DYKES

SAILOR ART THOMAS & ABE JACOBS  won over ALDO BOGNI & BRONCHO LUBUCH with MGR. GEORGE "TWO TON" HARRIS via DQ

NELSON ROYAL topped EL GAUCHO

PAUL JONES bested BOB GRIFFIN

LES WOLFF defeated PANCHO VALDEZ


WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.

DORY FUNK JR. retained the World's Heavyweight Championship by defeating RIP HAWK

BRUTE BERNARD & SKULL MURPHY beat SANDY and GEORGE SCOTT

NELSON ROYAL & PAUL JONES topped THE INFERNOS with MGR. J.C. DYKES via DQ

BOBO JOHNSON & COWBOY LANG over MIGHTY ATOM & LITTLE CRUSHER

SWEDE HANSON & ABE JACOBS wrestled to a draw


GREENSBORO, N.C.

GEORGE BECKER & JOHNNY WEAVER toppled BRUTE BERNARD & SKULL MURPHY

SAILOR ART THOMAS & MR. WRESTLING over OLE and GENE ANDERSON via DQ

PAUL JONES & NELSON ROYAL beat PEDRO GODOY & PHIL ROBLEY

TONI ROSE bested DONNA CHRISTIAN

MATTI SUZUKI won over PANCHO VALDEZ


WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.

GEORGE BECKER, JOHNNY WEAVER and MR. WRESTLING topped J.C. DYKES and THE INFERNOS

SAILOR ART THOMAS & LUTHER LINDSAY over "BULLDOG" LEE HENNING & PHIL ROBLEY

LORD LITTLEBROOK beat MIGHTY ATOM

TONI ROSE pinned BETTY BOUCHER

NELSON ROYAL defeated JOHNNY HEIDEMAN

BOBBY RED CLOUD bested TINKER TODD