Wednesday, August 28, 2019

FROM GRIDIRON TO GRAPPLING




CROCKETT WRESTLING fans of the late 1960s will remember LES WOLFF.

Often teamed with veteran New Zealander ABE JACOBS, Les worked single and tag team matches at mostly the mid-card level, occasionally some small town main events.

LES worked very well, and the fans really took to him. Ticket buyers always got their money's worth with WOLFF on the show.

Here's LES and a young fan.

Saturday, August 24, 2019

TWINKLE, TWINKLE LITTLE STAR

The Stars Came Out Every Night in the MID-ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING territory...

DICK STEINBORN executes one of his legendary drop kicks.

LUTHER LINDSAY has PAMPERO FIRPO on the ropes.

HIRO MATSUDA strikes a nerve of BOBBY NICHOLS.

THE GREAT BOLO scores another victory.

ABE JACOBS submits to ALDO BOGNI's 'corkscrew' finisher.

Strongman KEN PATERA has the upper hand on his opponent.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

A LONG TIME AGO IN A GALAXY (you know the rest)


THE GREAT MALENKO
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CHARLESTON, S.C. - 1967

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

ABE JACOBS and RUDY KAY topped LARS and GENE ANDERSON via DQ.

KARL GOTCH pinned EL GAUCHO.

CORSICA JEAN lost to GEORGE 'CATALINA' DRAKE.


IKE EAKINS
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ASHEVILLE, N.C. - 1966

TEX McKENZIE and NELSON ROYAL defeated BRONCHO LUBICH and ALDO BOGNI with HOMER O'DELL.

KURT and HENRY VON STROHEIM versus BILLY TWO RIVERS and SUNI WAR CLOUD ended in a no contest.

IKE EAKINS pinned BOB BOYER.

JOHN GUDISKI topped KEN YATES.


RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON
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LEXINGTON, N.C. - 1965

RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON took the measure of ABE JACOBS and DALE LEWIS.

'IRISH' MIKE CLANCY and FRANKIE CAIN * defeated SONNY FARGO and THE MATADOR.

RAY VILLMER spoiled THE VIKING.

EDUARDO CASTILLO turned back JACK VANSKY.

* FRANKIE CAIN would soon don a mask and join ROCKY SMITH as the original INFERNOS, who would be managed by J.C. DYKES.

PEDRO GODOY
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CHARLESTON, S.C. - 1967

GEORGE BECKER and JOHNNY WEAVER won over THE MISSOURI MAULER and THE GREAT MALENKO.

IKE EAKINS and PEDRO GODOY topped ALEX MEDINA and 'COWBOY' RONNIE HILL.

TAMMY JONES beat PEGGY ALLEN.

JIM OSBORNE wrestled EL GAUCHO to a time limit draw.


GEORGE BECKER and JOHNNY WEAVER
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NORFOLK, VA. - 1967

GEORGE BECKERRIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON lost to ALDO BOGNIHOMER O'DELL and BRONCHO LUBICH in six man action.

JOHNNY WEAVER topped RUDY KAY.

LUTHER LINDSAY defeated GENE ANDERSON.

LARS ANDERSON was stopped by ABE JACOBS.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

A BATTLE FOR THE AGES

One of the prestigious titles in JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS was the EASTERN HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP.

One of the biggest feuds over the Eastern title was between RIP 'The Profile' HAWK and JERRY BRISCO. On February 14, 1972, RIP defeated JERRY's older brother Jack Brisco, in Charlotte, N.C. to become Eastern Champion. RIP and Jack traded the belt back and forth before JERRY entered the title picture.

Champion RIP HAWK

Challenger JERRY BRISCO

June 13, 1972 was the date on which JERRY BRISCO became the EASTERN HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION for the first time. The match took place in Columbia, S.C. HAWK would win it back in Greenville, S.C. some two months later. This title reign for RIP would be a short one as the very next week, again in Greenville, JERRY would capture the championship again.

HAWK finished the year of 1972 on an upswing, beating BRISCO in Greensboro, N.C., on December 28th. The final title switch between the two occurred in early March, 1973 in Winston-Salem, N.C.

It should be noted that RIP HAWK is on record as saying BRISCO never won the title 'fair and square." RIP claims that JERRY would purposely get disqualified to keep from losing the belt. Even the two participant's partners offered opinions. Jack Brisco said "I've wrestled Hawk. He's cagey. He'll do anything to win a match. Jerry had better watch himself." And on the flip side, Rip's partner Swede Hanson had this to add,"Rip is an honorable man. Every fan of wrestling knows that. That's why the fans love Rip Hawk. He never breaks the rules."

HAWK would never get the EASTERN HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP back from BRISCO after the Winston-Salem match in March.

In September, 1973, the EASTERN HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP was retired and became the MID-ATLANTIC HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP.

Research for the EASTERN HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP by Dick Bourne for the MID-ATLANTIC GATEWAY.


RIP unloads on JERRY...

BRISCO gives 'THE PROFILE' a backdrop.

JERRY almost cries 'uncle' with this hammerlock.

Do I see RIP pulling JERRY's trunks?
And Swede said that Rip never broke the rules!

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

BECKER'S BACK IN LEXINGTON


May 6, 1961
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

P.Y. CHUNG *

GEORGE BECKER

BOB NANDOR

FRAN GRAVETTE

TERRY GARVIN


RITA CORTEZ
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Fan favorite GEORGE BECKER will face the crafty Oriental bully, P.Y. CHUNG, in a special challenge match that headlines tonight's wrestling card at the LEXINGTON YMCA.

BECKER asked for the match himself after he and SANDY SCOTT defeated CHUNG and partner MIKE PAIDOUSIS in tag action last Saturday night.

Following last week's match, CHUNG rammed BECKER into the ring post, splitting his head open. GEORGE declared revenge and asked the promoter for a one-on-one contest with CHUNG.

The match has been signed and will be fought under two-out-of-three falls and one hour time limit stipulations.

A girls tag team match supports the main event with the diabolical duo of SLAVE GIRL MOOLAH and the lovely-but-deadly RITA CORTEZ meeting popular FRAN GRAVETTE and the amazing JUDY GRABLE.

Bullies KEN COOPER and JACK BENARD meet in one preliminary, and European champion BOB NANDOR squares off against tough TERRY GARVIN in the 8:15 opener.
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P.Y. CHUNG wrestled in other territories as Tojo Yamamoto.

Monday, August 12, 2019

THE 1966 STATESVILLE SUMMER OF WRESTLING - PART THREE

September 2, 1966
STATESVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA




CLICK ON IMAGE TO ENLARGE


Time for one more outdoor wrestling card before Jack Frost starts to appear.

The third and final JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS wrestling show of the summer, again sponsored by the COMMUNITY BASEBALL CLUB, came to town Labor Day weekend.

And what a treat for the locals...a true legend in all sports...LOU THESZ, multiple-time WORLD'S HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION.

On this night, THESZ, then fifty years of age, showed those of us in attendance, that he could still go at full throttle.

And he and partner ABE "Kiwi Roll" JACOBS would have their hands full, as their opponents this night were two devious ruffians in THE MISSOURI MAULER and THE GREAT MALENKO, one of the top heel teams at the time.

Not surprisingly, the two combos split the first and second falls. Jacobs took the loss for his team--no way Thesz is going to lose a fall clean. At the climax of the third fall, just as Thesz took the "hot tag" and was cleaning up the ring with the "M & M" boys, Malenko pulled the referee in front of him, and Thesz dropkicked the referee, causing an immediate disqualification.

MAULER and MALENKO made a fast exit through their dugout to their dressing room, and I assume, spun out of the Statesville Senior High School parking lot heading back for Charlotte on that pre-Interstate 77 highway night.

Earlier in the evening, KLONDIKE BILL, getting a major push by JCP, took the toll of GEORGE "TWO TON" HARRIS in what was billed as a BATTLE OF THE MAT GIANTS by big-splashing "Bunk" before "Bunk" could big splash him. Oh well, "do unto others..."

Veteran IKE EAKINS crushed KEN HOLLIS and a young BOBBY SHANE (just getting started in the wrestling business) pinned a much-larger "BIG BOY" BLONDELL.

Another great crowd...another great night...another great summer of wrestling in my home town.

Friday, August 2, 2019

GREAT WHILE IT LASTED

All good things must come to an end, and JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS was one of those things, but wasn't it great when we could get in our cars and journey to nearby towns and experience the wrestling matches in person...

GREG VALENTINE and RIC FLAIR

SILENTO RODRIGUEZ and RANDY CURTIS

DARLING DAGMAR and THE KENTUCKIAN TINY ANDERSON

TONI ROSE

JIMMY SNUKA and RICKY STEAMBOAT

FRANK MORRELL and BILLY HINES
(At one time, HINES was one of THE MASKED RED DEMONS.)