Saturday, November 30, 2019

A HOT NIGHT IN LEXINGTON

July 16, 1966
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA


THE MISSOURI MAULER


THE GREAT MALENKO



ABE JACOBS


LUTHER LINDSAY


PENNY BANNER


GEORGE 'CATALINA' DRAKE

Popular JOHNNY WEAVER, at least 'temporary' SOUTHERN HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION, will take New Zealander ABE JACOBS as a partner tonight and will face THE MISSOURI MAULER and THE GREAT MALENKO in a two-out-of-three falls tag team main event at the LEXINGTON YMCA.

Last Saturday night in the ring, WEAVER had one fall in a championship bout against the title-holding MAULER when all types of excitement broke out. Referee Walter Buckner was injured and could not continue officiating. WEAVER, trying to aid the fallen ref, was attacked by the MAULER, and JACOBS came in to lend a hand. The MAULER took the low road and ran, with WEAVER grabbing the championship belt, saying he plans to keep it until the NWA officials make a ruling. Tonight's grudge match grows out of the turmoil.

"He never beat me for the belt, but he stole it anyway," claims the MAULER. "He's just as low down as the chicken thieves we've got back home in St. Jo. As far as I'm concerned, WEAVER is nothing but a chicken thief, and he's gonna pay."

Another tag match is scheduled with two falls necessary to determine a winner. Popular power hitters GEORGE 'CATALINA' DRAKE and Negro star LUTHER LINDSAY will meet CORSICA JEAN and Lexington newcomer 'BRUISER' BOB MORGAN.

MISS PENNY BANNER and MISS DIXIE JORDAN face off in a special ladies match, and IKE EAKINS battles KEN HOLLIS in the opening match, which gets underway at 8:15.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

LET'S PLAY CARDS

May 18, 1972
GREENSBORO, N.C.

JOHNNY WEAVER and ART NELSON defeated RIP HAWK and 'PLAYBOY' GARY HART.

GENE and OLE ANDERSON topped KLONDIKE BILL and NELSON ROYAL via DQ.

SANDY SCOTT and JERRY BRISCO bested ROCK HUNTER and MATTI SUZUKI.

PENNY BANNER pinned TONI ROSE.

SWEDE HANSON won over ARGENTINA APOLLO.

LES THATCHER beat FRANK MORRELL.

'BAD BOY' BILLY HINES won over RANDY CURTIS.


August 31, 1972
GREENSBORO, N.C.

JOHNNY WEAVER and ART NELSON won the ATLANTIC COAST TAG TEAM titles from THE MISSOURI MAULER and BRUTE BERNARD.

RIP HAWK, SWEDE HANSON and 'PLAYBOY' GARY HART defeated JERRY BRISCO, GENE and OLE ANDERSON.

THE ROYAL KANGAROOS bested THE KENTUCKIAN and JIM DILLON.

THUNDERBOLT PATTERSON beat GEORGE 'TWO TON' HARRIS.

LES THATCHER took 'BAD BOY' BILLY HINES.

FRANK HESTER and CHARLIE FULTON wrestled to a draw.


December 26, 1972
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.

JOHNNY WEAVER and ART NELSON beat THE ROYAL KANGAROOS.

JACK and JERRY BRISCO versus GENE and OLE ANDERSON - DOUBLE DQ.

COWBOY LANG and DEBBIE JOHNSON pinned BILLY THE KID and TONI ROSE.

LES THATCHER topped FRANK MORRELL.

RANDY CURTIS won over DICK SHANNON.

'BAD BOY' BILLY HINES defeated JOE FURR.


March 15, 1973
GREENSBORO, N.C.

RIP HAWK, SWEDE HANSON and 'KILLER' KARL KOX won the TEXAS DEATH MATCH over JOHNNY WEAVER, THUNDERBOLT PATTERSON and JERRY BRISCO.

ART NELSON demolished HOMER O'DELL.

GENE and OLE ANDERSON beat NELSON ROYAL and RONNIE GARVIN.

THE ROYAL KANGAROOS bested BOBBY and TERRY KAYE.

GEORGE SCOTT whipped BOBBY SHANE.

SANDY SCOTT squashed FRANK MORRELL.


April 12, 1973
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.

GENE and OLE ANDERSON lost to THUNDERBOLT PATTERSON and JERRY BRISCO via DQ.

WAHOO MCDANIEL topped RIP HAWK.

HAYSTACK CALHOUN won over 'KILLER' KARL KOX via DQ.

PENNY BANNER pinned PEGGY PATERSON.

SWEDE HANSON stopped BOBBY KAY.

THE MENACE topped TERRY KAY.

LES THATCHER beat MIKE HALL.

TERRY SAWYER and JOHNNY HEIDEMAN wrestled to a draw.


April 5, 1973
GREENSBORO, N.C.

JOHNNY WEAVER, THUNDERBOLT PATTERSON and JERRY won the TEXAS DEATH MATCH over 'KILLER' KARL KOX, RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON.

GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT lost to GENE and OLE ANDERSON.

FRANK MORRELL submitted to ART NELSON.

MIKE YORK pinned JIM DILLON.

THE MENACE disposed of JOHNNY RINGO.

FRANK MONTE toppled LES THATCHER.

Sunday, November 24, 2019

A CHARLOTTE CARD I REMEMBER WELL

October 24, 1966
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA

53 Years Ago

The very first Monday night after I received my driver's license in September 1966, found my friend Jimmy and me planted in our ringside seats at Charlotte's Park Center.

Even though that was a school night, I was permitted to flex my independence somewhat and make my first trip to Charlotte as a licensed driver.

Once this venture was over, I was informed that wrestling (at least attending live matches) would have to be sacrificed for the time being. I had just started high school, and I was expected to hit the books, make good grades so I could get into a good college, so I could have a brilliant career in...whatever. You know the drill.

So back to the regular confinement of seeing wrestling only on WBTV and WGHP every Saturday.

With much begging and persuasion, the ban was lifted six or seven weeks later when I was permitted to return to the Queen City for a "wrestling extravaganza." I was permitted to attend ONLY because the show was at the Charlotte Coliseum, a building I had visited only a couple of times since it opened in the late 1950s. Once was for the Ringling Bros. Circus and the other for some ACC basketball game that I was dragged to by a friend.

KLONDIKE BILL was in the midst of his big push by JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS at this time. He had been "injured" by THE GREAT MALENKO during the summer, building to the Russian's annihilation by the Alaskan on the Charlotte Labor Day card.

KLONDIKE then set his sights on MALENKO's tag team partner, THE MISSOURI MAULER, who held the SOUTHERN HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP. BILL would take the belt from the MAULER, eventually losing it back to his nemesis.

The Texas team of TEX McKENZIE and NELSON ROYAL were working a program with BRONCHO LUBICH and ALDO BOGNI during the Fall of 1966. With nothing really settled, the JCP bookers decided to head this Coliseum show by putting TEX and NELLIE in a match with BOGNI and LUBICH and to toss their evil manager HOMER O'DELL into the mix as a wrestler. To even up the sides, the red-hot KLONDIKE BILL was added to the Texas side of the ledger.

NELLIE took fall number one over LUBICH with his atomic drop. A triple-team body slam by the villains (with the far-sighted referee missing it completely) put BILL's shoulders down for the count to square the match. Then KLONDIKE's big splash on O'DELL closed the show.

BOBBY SHANE (one of David Crockett's proverbial young lions) was getting a CROCKETT push at the time. In fact, SHANE would soon be teaming with KLONDIKE in tag team main events. On this night, he faced GEORGE "TWO TON" HARRIS, in his final days as a headliner. Young BOBBY grabbed a DQ victory over TWO TON.

Girls were featured on the show, and probably for the 500th time, the great PENNY BANNER pinned TAMMY JONES.

The rugged German duo of KURT and HENRY VON STROHEIM, a B-plus to A-minus team faced another young lion in PAUL DEMARCO and veteran JESSE JAMES. With JESSE involved, it was no more than a TV match. DEMARCO could hold his own, but JESSE's career was dissolving as fast as did Lance Armstrong's. The Berlin boys won.
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The match of the card which interested me the most was the semi-final. The SOUTHERN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS and favorites of most all area wrestling fans, GEORGE BECKER and JOHNNY WEAVER were battling the rowdy duo of the MASKED RED DEMONS, with red-headed TWO TON HARRIS at ringside as their manager.

BECKER and WEAVER had been feuding with the DEMONS since the summer when the masked men first appeared in the CROCKETT territory. After a short while, the DEMONS added the tutorial skills of TWO TON, who quickly dyed his locks red and obtained a bright red suit, with a belt buckle the size of Rhode Island, which was comparable to HOMER O'DELL's cane, i.e., a weapon.

I had witnessed these two teams go to a double DQ back in a Statesville, N.C. summer card.

JIM CROCKETT, for this match, added a stipulation to the proceedings. One of these masked men had to wear a white mask so the referee and participants could tell the ruffians apart. "Too much switchin' goin' on," said the boss. "It's too confusin." TWO TON protested. Too bad.

Much to my disappointment, when the RED DEMONS entered the ring for war, one wore a white tobogon, pulled all the way down over his face, with eye, nose and mouth holes cut out.

The championship looked to be in jeopardy when one DEMON pinned WEAVER for the first fall. Between falls, with the referee distracted, TWO TON gave JOHNNY a "big splash" with that giant belt buckle strategically placed on WEAVER's sternum. JOHNNY barely made it to his feet for the second fall.

BECKER abdominal stretched one of the DEMONS, and the match was even.

The winner of the third fall would claim the titles. And for a time, it appeared the masked men would take the crown. But our heroes battled back. Soon the DEMONS were getting thrashed. BECKER tossed the white-clad DEMON out of the corner, and the tobagon came off. Of course, his regular red mask was underneath. Then the hooded duo tried their usual switcheroo, but to no avail. JOHNNY had one of them in the corner and was ripping at the mask. At this point, TWO TON gave the "clear out" signal. But before the DEMON got away from WEAVER, the front of his mask was torn to the point that it flapped open and I remember seeing his face as clear as a bell. Of course, at that time, I had no idea who he was, but I remember this as if it happened this morning. I saw his face.

The three sped up the aisle and BECKER and WEAVER were awarded the match on a count-out.

Three months before JOHNNY passed away, I asked him about this particular match. Was he supposed to tear the mask as he did, or was it an accident? He said he didn't remember what I described to him.

"You remember lots of these matches better than I do. George and I wrestled these guys so many times in a six-month period, I can't keep them straight."

That is completely understandable.

I saw George and Johnny work these guys, maybe four times, out of the probable one hundred matches they had with one another.

"What I do remember about these guys is that they were both small as wrestlers go, and you could throw them a mile. They took great bumps. Many times it scared me the way they took bumps. I just knew for sure that they weren't going to get back up, but they did. Oh...and they both loved their liquor."

Another story Johnny told me about the DEMONS...Some of the wrestlers had complained a little about smelling alcohol on the them during some matches. One night, in a small Virginia town, the promoter told IKE EAKINS to watch them like a hawk and make sure they didn't have any booze to drink before their main event. IKE assured the promoter he would take care of it. But when the DEMONS got to the ring, they smelled like a still.

After the show, the promoter got in IKE's face and chewed him out for not doing as he was asked. "I was with them the entire time in the dressing room before they went out. They did NOT take a drink," IKE replied. "Were you with them the ENTIRE time?" the promoter wanted to know. "ABSOLUTELY, except when they used the bathroom before their match."

Hearing that, the promoter and IKE went into the bathroom. The promoter found a bottle of booze hidden in the toilet tank.

Friday, November 22, 2019

SIXTY LONG YEARS AGO

October 17, 1959
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

GEORGE BECKER

LARRY 'CRUSHER' HAMILTON

GEORGE BECKER, hero of many wrestling fans of the Carolinas and Virginia, will have a big task awaiting him when he returns to the LEXINGTON YMCA tonight after a lengthy absence.

The grappling idol is scheduled to meet nasty LARRY 'CRUSHER' HAMILTON, a brusing heavyweight, in the main event of a four bout program.

HAMILTON asked for a crack at BECKER when he heard the hero was moving back into the area.

"He might be coming back, but he won't be here for long," stated HAMILTON. "After I whip him like a dog, he'll tuck tail and run back to wherever he was."

Tag team action is also on tap for tonight with MARTINO LORENZA and ENRIQUE TORRES teaming to battle the veteran ruffians TED CHRISTY and JOE KAPA.

Both matches are set for the best two-out-of-three falls.

Two preliminary bouts are set with CYCLONE ANAYA meeting CHARLIE LAY, and in the 8:15 opening match, PRINCE OMAR faces popular STEVE BOLUS.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

GERMAN TEAM DEMANDS REMATCH

December 10, 1966
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA



Two tag teams plus a battle between two pretty girl grapplers give interest to tonight's LEXINGTON YMCA mat card, kicking off at 8:15.

The popular duo of KLONDIKE BILL and ABE JACOBS are rematched tonight against KURT and HENRY VON STROHEIM. The German brothers made demands for this return match after a disputed loss to BILL and ABE here last Saturday.

PAUL DEMARCO and LUTHER LINDSEY, hero winners last week, return to face top competition in the likes of RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON, wrestling's "BLONDE BOMBERS."

Both tag team battles are set for the best two-out-of-three falls.

PENNY BANNER, the most popular girl wrestler around these parts, faces stiff competition when she faces TAMMY JONES, a not-so-nice lady, in a special one fall event.

TINKER TODD clashes with EL GAUCHO in the opening bout of the night. Don't look for many rules to be followed in this one.

Monday, November 18, 2019

BIG MEN IN TOWN

July 10, 1965
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

THE KENTUCKIANS
TINY ANDERSON and BIG BOY BROWN


MIKE GALLAGHER

LITTLE BOY BLUE

CHICO SANTANA

THE BEAST

THE ALASKAN

TONI ROSE

THE VIKING
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Professional wrestling returns to the LEXINGTON YMCA tonight following a week's lay-off, and a big card featuring big men has been signed.

THE KENTUCKIANS, TINY ANDERSON and BIG BOY BROWN will face two rough and tough opponents when they collide with THE ALASKAN and THE BEAST.

This two-out-of-three falls match is a renewal of a fierce feud, and it appears to be reaching a boiling point. THE KENTUCKIANS will be matching their mammoth size against the rugged tactics of THE ALASKAN and the totally unorthodoxed wildman, THE BEAST.

Girl wrestlers BETTY BOUCHER and TONI ROSE square off in a ladies match.

In an added midgets contest, LITTLE BOY BLUE faces CHICO SANTANA.

There are two singles prelims as well.

Heavyweight DALE LEWIS meets tough guy MIKE GALLAGHER, and 'TIGER' JACK VANSKY will test THE VIKING.

Belltime is 8:15.

Saturday, November 16, 2019

HEELS versus HEELS

March 29, 1969
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

50 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.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

TWO MAIN EVENTS FOR PRICE OF ONE

May 24, 1969
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

48 Years Ago

Power-packed action is offered wrestling fans in an all-star card at the LEXINGTON YMCA tonight, kicking off at 8:15.

The first of two big tag team matches will send the "BLONDE BOMBERS" RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON against the popular Texas twosome of NELSON ROYAL and PAUL JONES. The Texans are fast and high-flying, the "BOMBERS" mean and rugged, so the clash of styles could make for just a plain old battle.

Co-featuring the agenda will be a tag battle between the popular duo of Hawaiian SAM STEAMBOAT and partner MR. WRESTLING when they face the highly dangerous combo of THE INFERNOS. Interesting that STEAMBOAT is the only participant who doesn't hide his true identity behind a mask. Both teams have been on a winning streak lately, so something's gotta give in this one. Add in THE INFERNOS' crafty manager, J.C. DYKES, and anything might happen.

Both tag matches will go the best-of-three falls.

Rough PANCHO VALDEZ meets young RANDY CURTIS and fan favorite GREG PETERSON will contest BOBBY PAUL in the evening's first match.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

TWO TON and the SCOTTS

September 30, 1967
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT

BOBBY RED CLOUD

GEORGE 'TWO TON' HARRIS

THE MUMMY

PENNY BANNER versus TAMMY JONES

PAMPERO FIRPO versus LUTHER LINDSAY
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SIX MAN tag team action headlines tonight's WRESTLING card at the LEXINGTON YMCA.

The 'FLYING SCOTTS', GEORGE and SANDY, will be joined by equally popular LUTHER LINDSAY to test the power of an arrogant brutal threesome consisting of THE MISSOURI MAULER, PAMPERO FIRPO and GEORGE 'TWO TON' HARRIS.

Another tag team battle welcomes the great Indian team of BOBBY RED CLOUD and CHIEF LITTLE EAGLE back to town to meet the ruffian duo of JIM OSBORNE and the mysterious masked man THE MUMMY.

Both tag matches will be settled under the best two-out-of-three falls stipulation.

Girl wrestles are also scheduled when popular PENNY BANNER faces long-time nemesis TAMMY JONES.

GREG PETERSON will face PANCHO VALDEZ in the 8:15 opener.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

LONG HAIR versus NO HAIR

November 21, 1964
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

Two of the biggest men in professional wrestling will collide with two of the roughest and most unpredictable men of the sport. The impact will be felt tonight at the LEXINGTON YMCA. Action begins at 8:15.

It will be THE KENTUCKIANS, TINY ANDERSON and BIG BOY BROWN, all 750 pounds of them, facing the skin-headed duo of BRUTE BERNARD and SKULL MURPHY in the two-out-of-three falls main event.

The big boys from the hills want to settle some old scores with the ruffians from Canada and Ireland. Encounters between the two teams in the past have been wild and wooly affairs.

While the tag team battle is the evening's bill of fare, there will be three singles matches as well.

BILL PARKS squares off against MARIO MILANO.

JESSE JAMES meets FRANK HICKEY.

The opener sends GEORGE GRANT against PAT O'BRIEN.

Friday, November 8, 2019

THE BIG DOME WILL EXPLODE

May 20, 1963
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA



When four of the roughest and toughest wrestlers EVER to appear in the Carolinas face off against each other, there's bound to be quite a collision. Add to that a tuxedo-wearing, cane-carrying "gentleman" who provides even more dirty work while operating at ringside, and you have a rousing night's work cut out for a wrestling referee.

That will be the scenario at the CHARLOTTE COLISEUM tonight when THE GREAT BOLO and BOLO, the masked roughnecks who have kept their identities secret for so long, go against equally rugged BRONCHO LUBICH and ALDO BOGNI (accompanied by their manager HOMER O'DELL) in a two-out-of-three falls BATTLE OF THE BULLIES clash.

It's the headline bout on a seven match card which gets underway at 8:15 p.m. Tickets for this big show are now available at the COLISEUM box office and the NATIONAL HAT SHOP in downtown Charlotte.

ARGENTINA ROCCA, the man who has filled New York City's Madison Square Garden to capacity no less than fifteen times, is also on the card in a special match against ruffian FRANK VALOIS in a one-fall event.

THE KENTUCKIANS, TINY ANDERSON and BIG BOY BROWN, will also make an appearance. They will put their combined 700 pounds against another huge team in SWEDE HANSON and "CRYBABY" CANNON. This tag match is set for the best-of-three falls.

RIP (don't call me chicken) HAWK, yet another vicious character, returns to Charlotte for the first time since Christmas to meet popular Indian star BILLY TWO RIVERS in the main prelim match.

Three more single matches featuring top mat stars will round out tonight's gigantic wrestling event.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

LEXINGTON LUMBERJACKS

September 10, 1966
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

53 Years Ago

A LUMBERJACK MATCH has been scheduled to see if two top wrestling tag teams, TEX McKENZIE and NELSON ROYAL on one side, the MASKED RED DEMONS on the other, can settle their differences at the LEXINGTON YMCA tonight.

Six other wrestlers will spot themselves around the ring to prevent any runouts of any type taken by the RED DEMONS two weeks ago.

The Texas duo won that match on a count out. Tonight's main event is set for two-out-of-three falls within a one-hour time limit.

Huge Alaskan KLONDIKE BILL, with lumberjack experience, will join forces with fast-moving New Zealander ABE JACOBS to meet behemoths GEORGE 'TWO TON' HARRIS and BIG BOY BLONDELL in another best-of-three falls contest.

A special event will send girl wrestlers TONI ROSE and DIXIE JORDAN against one another in what should be a crowd-pleasing event.

Newcomer DON KENT, who debuted here last week, meets CORSICA JEAN in a singles bout, kicking off the card at 8:15.


KLONDIKE, JACOBS, HARRIS, BLONDELL, KENT and JEAN will serve as the six lumberjacks during the headliner.

Monday, November 4, 2019

ONLY ONE BRUTE BERNARD






Dressed to the 'nines'...

Doing his thing...

Saturday, November 2, 2019

INFERNOS and INDIANS

November 11, 1967
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA


THE INFERNOS
with Manager J. C. DYKES


CHIEF LITTLE EAGLE


BOBBY RED CLOUD
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"Failure to continue" will determine the winner when top professional tag teams are matched for the fifth time in recent weeks in tonight's main event mat feature at the LEXINGTON YMCA.

It will be a TEXAS DEATH MATCH tonight when the popular Indian combo of CHIEF LITTLE EAGLE and BOBBY RED CLOUD clash with the dreaded masked duo of THE INFERNOS. In this match, falls will not count. There is NO DISQUALIFICATION and NO TIME LIMIT. The match will proceed until one of the teams is incapable of participating. This is pro wrestling's version of a "fight to the finish".

THE INFERNOS will have their red-headed manager, J. C. DYKES, in their corner. He will, no doubt, have with him his metal canteen and loud whistle. The canteen, DYKES claims, is for "refreshment" purposes for his masked men, but fans have seen J. C. use it as a weapon in the past. The whistle is to give instructions to THE INFERNOS during their match. But lately, fans have been bringing their own whistles to the matches, causing confusion between the managers and his wrestlers.


TEX McKENZIE


NELSON ROYAL


P. Y. CHUNG


HARU SASAKI

The co-feature on tonight's card is for two-out-of-three falls and will send the torrid Texan team of fan favorites TEX McKENZIE and NELSON ROYAL against the sly and crafty Oriental combo of P. Y. CHUNG and HARU SASAKI. A definite clash of cultures is present here.


BOB NANDOR

Popular RUDY KAYE meets TINY MILLS, and spectacular BOB NANDOR takes on newcomer STEVE STANLEY in the evening's single matches.

MILLS, much larger than his nickname implies, returns after a long absence.

The first bell is at 8:15.