Friday, June 8, 2018

AROUND THE CROCKETT TERRITORY

Traveling the MID-ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING territory from Norfolk to Columbia...

JOHN and CHRIS TOLOS
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COLUMBIA, S.C. - 1966

JOHN and CHRIS TOLOS topped GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT.

ANGELO MARTINELLI beat RAY DURAN.

'ROWDY' RED ROBERTS lost to GORY GUERRERO.

EL GAUCHO
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LEXINGTON, N.C. - 1967

GEORGE BECKER and JOHNNY WEAVER won over KURT and HENRY VON STROHEIM.

THE MISSOURI MAULER defeated TEX McKENZIE.

NELSON ROYAL pinned EL GAUCHO.

PAUL DEMARCO lost to BULL RAMOS.

P.Y. CHUNG
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LEXINGTON, N.C. - 1968

RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON beat TEX McKENZIE and NELSON ROYAL.

TINY MILLS and STEVE STANLEE won from RICK HUNTER and JERRY LONDON.

P.Y. CHUNG pinned BOB NANDOR.

LUTHER LINDSAY topple JIM GRABMIRE.

ABE JACOBS
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CHARLESTON, S.C. - 1966

GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT bested THE GREAT MALENKO and 'BIG' BOB ORTON.

ALDO BOGNI and BRONCHO LUBICH with HOMER O'DELL wrestled BILLY TWO RIVERS and SUNI WAR CLOUD to a draw.

STEVE BOLUS whipped IKE EAKINS.

CORSICA JEAN won over KEN YATES.

ABE JACOBS topped TONY NERO.

SWEDE HANSON and RIP HAWK
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NORFOLK, VA. - 1966

RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON lost to BRONCHO LUBICH and ALDO BOGNI with HOMER O'DELL.

KARL GOTCH and ALEX MEDINA topped HANS SCHMIDT and IKE EAKINS.

GORY GUERRERO wrestled ROGER KIRBY to a draw.

LUTHER LINDSAY downed JACK DANIELS

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

YOUNG LIONS

Watching the MID-ATLANTIC / WIDE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING TV shows each week, viewers became accustomed to hearing specific 'catch-phrases' on a regular basis...
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There was BOB CAUDLE's curtain line..."So long for now."
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There was JOHNNY WEAVER's singing..."Turn Out the Lights."
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And there was DAVID CROCKETT's weekly reference to the "Young Lions" of professional wrestling.
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This was a reference to a number of young wrestlers who primarily jobbed for the main eventers for TV matches, or in plain terms, lost week after week. But that was their purpose.
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Most of these youngsters, however, worked very well and gave good matches, even though viewers generally knew they wouldn't win.
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Some of these guys went on to become big stars in the business, either for JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS, or other wrestling organizations.
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Today, these men absorb the spotlight...


ED WISKOSKI
(born 1945)
Became a big star as Colonel DeBeers in the AWA

JAY YOUNGBLOOD
(STEVEN ROMERO 1955-1985)
Teamed with RICKY STEAMBOAT to become one of JCP's all-time popular tag teams.

TERRY SAWYER
(Norfolk, Va. native - was a Virginia high school State Wrestling Champion)

DEWEY ROBERTSON
(BYRON JAMES JOHN ROBERTSON 1939-2007)
Very successful as THE MISSING LINK in MID-SOUTH WRESTLING and WORLD CLASS WRESTLING.
MID-ATLANTIC TAG TEAM CHAMPION twice, once with JOHNNY WEAVER and once with GEORGE WELLS.

DOUG SOMERS
(first wrestled in 1971)
Always a great worker, either in JCP or later as a top AWA star.

BILL HOWARD
(I know little about his career away from JCP, but always enjoyed his work in the MID-ATLANTIC territory.)