Friday, January 31, 2020

It's Time to Play FAMILY FEUD

Every family has its problems, some large and some small. One wrestling 'family' had a problem of ten on the Richter Scale.

GENE and OLE ANDERSON, 'affectionately' known as THE MINNESOTA WRECKING CREW, had been a major player in JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS tag team wars for nearly a decade and were, in 1977, current holders of the NWA WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP.

As it was, GENE and OLE's 'cousin', RIC FLAIR was teaming with the rugged GREG VALENTINE, and I suppose it had to happen, that the RIC / GREG duo felt they were due a title match with the champs.

Cocky...yes, smug...yes, arrogant...yes again.

Worthy...you bet!

So, 'cousin' FLAIR was willing to set aside his 'family' ties and do battle for the belts.

A series of matches took place all over the MID-ATLANTIC territory, and when the dust and the blood had settled, GENE ANDERSON was in the hospital, OLE ANDERSON was without a partner, JCP fans had witnessed some of the most physical and brutal matches of their lives and RIC FLAIR and GREG VALENTINE were NWA WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS.

I suppose this says it all.

The new NWA WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS.

FLAIR pounds on 'cousin' OLE.

'Here's your early Christmas present, cousin.'

Even Steve Harvey couldn't settle this family feud.

Question: If RIC FLAIR was GENE and OLE ANDERSON's 'cousin', and FLAIR was RIP HAWK's 'nephew', what relation would HAWK be to the ANDERSONs?

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

The HEAVYWEIGHTS! The LADIES! The MIDGETS!


JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS gave us the BEST!

LITTLE BEAVER press slams SKY LOW LOW.

'The Big O' BOB ORTON dishes out a piledriver to a helpless opponent.
(Orton was the first wrestler I saw who used that dreaded maneuver.)

Referee ANGELO MARTINELLI watches OLE ANDERSON lay into TERRY KAY.

Top women stars PENNY BANNER and THE FABULOUS MOOLAH in action.

THE KENTUCKIANS BIG BOY BROWN and TINY ANDERSON loosen up before a big match.

One of THE INFERNOS has a long night in the ring.

Monday, January 27, 2020

MID-ATLANTIC RING ACTION

As the years rolled by, the faces changed, but JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS always gave its MID-ATLANTIC fans great mat stars and great matches...

Do you remember these...

HIRO MATSUDA and THE MISSOURI MAULER double team THE AMAZING ZUMA.

MR. WRESTLING (TIM WOODS) dares 'Cowboy' RON BASS to get back into the ring.
In fact, he triple-dog dares him...

Referee TOMMY YOUNG looks on as GREG VALENTINE applies a chin lock to JOHNNY WEAVER.

'Big' IKE EAKINS is about to slam his face into GEORGE BECKER's fist.

PANCHO VALDEZ has a blonde LES THATCHER in a bad way.

Saturday, January 25, 2020

TWO TRUE LEGENDS COME TO CHARLOTTE


May 9, 1960

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA


ARGENTINA ROCCA
(Antonino Biasetton)


GORGEOUS GEORGE
(George Raymond Wagner)


Trademark ROCCA dropkick.

GEORGE prepares to do battle...

HAYSTACK CALHOUN


Two of the best-known professional wrestling stars in the world, ARGENTINA ROCCA and GORGEOUS GEORGE, will tear into each other in the feature match of tonight's PARK CENTER mat card.

ROCCA has never tasted defeat in the Queen City, while the GORGEOUS one has lost but one match here - a disputed decision to THE GREAT BOLO.

The card's semifinal also is slated for action. It features MIKE PAIDOUSIS battling HAYSTACK CALHOUN, wrestling's largest participant.

Both events are scheduled for two-of-three falls under one hour time limits.

PAT O'BRIEN will skirmish with RAY ANDREWS in the main prelim, while BOB BOYER tackles HARRY LEWIS in the opening match.

Action is underway at 8:15.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

BOLO BASTIEN BATTLE


August 26, 1958
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA


RED BASTIEN

THE GREAT BOLO
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A 'fight to the finish' will highlight tonight's wrestling card at Charlotte's PARK CENTER.
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The NO TIME LIMIT two-out-of-three falls match will give popular RED BASTIEN another shot against THE GREAT BOLO, and if BASTIEN can take two falls from the masked hoodlum, off will come BOLO's prized mask.

Last week, the two battled to a one-hour draw without a single fall recorded by either participant.

"There must be a winner this time," says promoter JIM CROCKETT. "I don't care if they wrestle two hours. Someone is going to win."

GEORGE BECKER

CYCLONE ANAYA

FRITZ VON ERICH

WALDO VON ERICH

ERNIE DUSEK
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MIKE PAIDOUSIS
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The semi-final best-of-three falls scrap is a tag team scuffle that pairs GEORGE BECKER with CYCLONE ANAYA to do battle with the rugged German brothers FRITZ and WALDO VON ERICH.

The Germans were disqualified last week in a match with BILLY TWO RIVERS and his partner, but showed that they are one of the toughest duos in the wrestling business today.

Two single bouts make up the undercard.

One match has ERNIE DUSEK taking on NICK ROBERTS, while MIKE PAIDOUSIS faces TINKER TODD in the 8:15 opening match.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

The SENSATIONAL CROCKETT SIXTIES


THE VIKING
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CHARLESTON, S.C. - 1965

THE ALASKAN and THE BEAST lost to GEORGE BECKER and JOHNNY WEAVER.

GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT topped THE VIKING and SIR NELSON ROYAL.

MIKE VALENTINO submitted to ED CASTILLO.

GREG PETERSON rolled 'ROWDY' RED ROBERTS.


SWEDE HANSON and RIP HAWK


ROANOKE, VA. - 1969

GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT defeated LARS and GENE ANDERSON.

LUTHER LINDSAY and ABE JACOBS topped RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON via DQ.

OLE ANDERSON pinned BOB NANDOR.

PAUL DEMARCO won over TINKER TODD.

ANGELO MARTINELLI lost to BOB RAMSTEAD.


GORY GUERRERO


RICHMOND, VA. - 1966

TEX McKENZIE and NELSON ROYAL won via a reversed decision over RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON.

DON CHUY and JOE CAROLLO beat IKE EAKINS and JOHN GUDISKI.

THE GREAT MALENKO bested ROGER KIRBY.

JOHNNY HEIDEMAN lost to GORY GUERRERO.


BRUTE BERNARD


GREENSBORO, N.C. - 1966

GEORGE BECKER and JOHNNY WEAVER topped BRUTE BERNARD and SKULL MURPHY.

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

KARL GOTCH bested HENRY VON STROHEIM.

KURT VON STROHEIM pinned ROGER KIRBY.

RUDY KAY beat IKE EAKINS.

ABE JACOBS kee-wee rolled HANS SCHMIDT.


THE MUMMY


LYNCHBURG, VA. - 1967

HAYSTACK CALHOUN won a ten man BATTLE ROYAL.

THE AMAZING ZUMA topped IAN MACBIRD.

HAYSTACK CALHOUN squashed HENRY VON STROHEIM.

SANDY SCOTT defeated THE MUMMY.

PEDRO GODOY beat TONY ROMANO.

JESSE JAMES wrestled KURT VON STROHEIM to a draw.

Monday, January 13, 2020

ANYTHING COULD HAPPEN

As 'ROWDY' RODDY PIPER use to say, "Just when you figure out the answers, they change the questions."

Even the self-proclaimed 'fan experts' were often fooled when it came to predicting what was going to happen at a JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS' MID-ATLANTIC WRESTLING show...

But it was always fun trying to second-guess them.

THE GREAT BOLO is the recipient of a STEVE BOLUS knee-lift.

HARLEY RACE and RIC FLAIR battle for the NWA WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP.

LUTHER LINDSAY goes to work on a bloodied KURT VON STEIGER.

DUSTY RHODES and DICK MURDOCK stomp that proverbial 'mud hole' on an opponent.

In a 'BATTLE OF THE BULLIES' showdown, SWEDE HANSON lays a punch in on HENRY VON STROHEIM as RIP HAWK looks on.

TERRY FUNK
(Insert your own caption.)

QUEEN CITY WRESTLING - 1963


July 15, 1963
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA

JOHNNY WEAVER

JOHNNY 'RUBBERMAN' WALKER

JOHN and CHRIS TOLOS

GEORGE 'TWO TON' HARRIS

RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON

JESSE JAMES

GEORGE 'CRYBABY' CANNON
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Six man tag team action, one of the wildest, rowdiest forms of professional wrestling, will head up tonight's big card at Charlotte's PARK CENTER. Belltime is 8:15.

Making up one trio of the big scuffle will be wrestling's 'BLONDE BOMBERS', RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON, who will be joined by GEORGE 'TWO TON' HARRIS, and opposing this rugged threesome will be fan favorites JOHNNY WEAVER, 'COWBOY' JESSE JAMES and JOHNNY 'RUBBERMAN' WALKER.

This main event is scheduled for the best two-out-of-three falls with a one hour time limit.

There's also standard four man tag action in the semifinal, this one matching two brother teams against one another, when JERRY and BOBBY CHRISTIE face rulebreakers JOHN and CHRIS TOLOS, known as THE MICHIGAN WRECKING CREW.

The best-of-three falls will also settle this one.

In singles competition, PAT O'HARA meets the girth of GEORGE 'CRYBABY' CANNON, and popular REGGIE PARKS takes on JOE McCARTY, a newcomer from (honestly, he says) Tigertail, Tennessee.

Saturday, January 11, 2020

CHARLOTTE - 59 YEARS AGO

October 9, 1961
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA

SWEDE HANSON


KURT and KARL VON BRAUNER


RIP HAWK


EDDIE GRAHAM
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The rugged German team of brothers KURT and KARL VON BRAUNER has become the scourge of tag team wrestling in the Carolinas, and they're reveling in the notoriety.

And the team that would like most to unseat the vicious Germans as tag team 'kingpins', SWEDE HANSON and DR. EDDIE GRAHAM, gets another chance in the headliner of tonight's PARK CENTER wrestling card.

HANSON and GRAHAM have lost two furious bloody bouts to the VON BRAUNERs recently and are greedy for revenge. They'll get one hour and two-of-three falls to pull off the whipping they're predicting they will dish out to the Germans.

The card's semi-final event has TOM BRADLEY going against fan favorite GEORGE BECKER, and the main prelim sends DON McCLARITY against RIP 'THE PROFILE' HAWK.

Action kicks off at 8:15.