Monday, March 26, 2018

1987 - BACK TO THE BASH


JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS, into its sixth decade of operation, would soon be no more.
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The sale of the company to TURNER ENTERTAINMENT was on the horizon.
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In one of its final big programs, THE GREAT AMERICAN BASH was a month-long event, starting July 1 in Lakeland, Florida and ending July 31 at the Orange Bowl in Miami. But in-between these two Sunshine State shows, The BASH journeyed as far west as Los Angeles and San Francisco, and north as Landover, Maryland. Cross-country shows were held in Chicago, Atlanta, Richmond, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Oklahoma City, Baltimore, Charlotte, Greensboro, Norfolk, Dallas, Houston, Philadelphia and Cleveland, among others.

ROAD WARRIOR HAWK and 'Total Package' LEX LUGER lock up.

THE MIDNIGHT EXPRESS ('Sweet' STAN LANE and 'Beautiful' BOBBY EATON) double-team FREEBIRD MICHAEL HAYES.

TULLY BLANCHARD shows the toll on his body after battling DUSTY RHODES.

MIKE ROTUNDO catches one from former WORLD CHAMP DORY FUNK, JR.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

MAN VERSUS BEAR

July 8, 1961
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA
57 Years Ago


TERRIBLE TED


THE VON BRAUNERS with GENTLEMAN SAUL WEINGROFF


KURT AND KARL VON BRAUNER

A wrestling bear comes to the LEXINGTON YMCA this week to provide addition excitement to an all-star pro wrestling card.

TERRIBLE TED, 500 pounds and standing seven feet tell, will be matched against a tough wrestler in the likes of FIRPO ZYBSKO in a special attraction.

The German team of KURT and KARL VON BRAUNER, who missed their LEXINGTON debut last week because of injuries, are matched against LEE GARCIA and ANGELO MARTINELLI, impressive last week in a victory over substitutes for the Germans, in this week's co-feature.

The SOUTHERN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP, recently won by the VON BRAUNERs, will be on the line in a best-of-three-falls contest.

The German duo, who are managed by GENTLEMAN SAUL WEINGROFF, are also the WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS.

COWBOY BILL COLE will face BILLY COX, and GENE DUBOIS squares off against HERB LARSEN in the week's preliminary matches.

Action gets underway at 8:15.

Monday, March 12, 2018

A LOT OF BEEF

April 21, 1962
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA
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56 Years Ago

Fan favorite GEORGE BECKER will be back at the LEXINGTON YMCA tonight in wrestling action.

The popular BECKER will meet the rough and tough PANCHO VILLA, the Mexican with an impressive winning record in the business, in the evening's headliner. Bad blood already exists between these two, and the two-out-of-three falls battle is expected to be a wild one.

HAYSTACK CALHOUN, the world's largest professional wrestler, returns to town and will meet the rugged SWEDE HANSON in the semi-final best-of-three falls contest.

Negro girl wrestlers, SWEET GEORGIA BROWN and DIANA BEAMON, meet in a special event.

The 8:15 opening match sends REGGIE PARKS against "JUDO" JACK TERRY.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

SOME OF JCP'S TOP TAG TEAMS OF THE 60'S


A salute to five of the top tag teams who filled arenas all across the JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS territory during the 1960s...

Without question, THE tag team for nearly the entire decade...
GEORGE BECKER and JOHNNY WEAVER

PAUL JONES and NELSON ROYAL

KARL and KURT VON STEIGER

THE KENTUCKIANS
TINY ANDERSON and BIG BOY BROWN

THE MICHIGAN WRECKING CREW
JOHN and CHRIS TOLOS