Thursday, April 30, 2020

A CHALLENGE FOR RIP AND SWEDE

May 14, 1966
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

54 Years Ago

Popular cowboy TEX McKENZIE is the subject of dispute by RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON after they lost last week's wrestling feature here to GEORGE BECKER and JOHNNY WEAVER.

HAWK claims that McKENZIE shoved WEAVER into position for the winning fall, and the "BLONDE BOMBERS" are so angry at the cowboy for his "illegal participation" that they have challenged lanky TEX and his swift-moving buddy NELSON ROYAL to meet them in tonight's LEXINGTON YMCA main wrestling event.

The Texas duo agreed willingly to the HAWK and HANSON challenge, pointing to a scorcher of a two-of-three-falls match.

"We're going to have to teach McKENZIE a lesson about sticking his nose in someone else's business. He had no right getting involved in our match last Saturday, and he's going to learn the lesson the hard way...a good old whipping," said RIP HAWK.

Two winners from last week, IKE EAKINS and GORY GUERRERO, will meet in the evening's semifinal encounter.

Two additional singles matches, featuring top wrestling stars, will open the card at 8:15.

Sunday, April 26, 2020

UNDER THE "BIG DOME"

October 28, 1963
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA

KURT and KARL VON BRAUNER and SAUL WEINGROFF

BRONCHO LUBICH, HOMER O'DELL, ALDO BOGNI

The match the fans have been begging for will take place tonight as professional wrestling moves to the CHARLOTTE COLISEUM.

Promoter JIM CROCKETT, who is co-sponsoring this card along with the CAROLINAS CAROUSEL, says the main event on this big card has drawn "more requests than any other match since I have been promoting in Charlotte. And that's been more than twenty-five years."

The big match everyone has been asking for is a SIX MAN TAG TEAM battle. On one side are the vicious German brothers, KURT and KARL VON BRAUNER, along with their equally villainous manager, 'GENTLEMAN' SAUL WEINGROFF. Across the ring will be the threesome ruffians of ALDO BOGNI, BRONCHO LUBICH and their manager, cane-welding 'COLONEL' HOMER O'DELL. The war is scheduled for the best two-of-three falls with a one hour time limit. These conditions should give the hated bunch time enough to do away with each other in the proper way.

GEORGE BECKER and JOHNNY WEAVER

RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON

Another tag team match is scheduled in the semifinal contest, normally any wrestling card's main event.

Fan favorites GEORGE BECKER and JOHNNY WEAVER will face a long-time nemesis in the guise of wrestling's "BLONDE BOMBERS" RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON. To say these two teams have their differences would be a gross understatement. This one is also scheduled for the best two-out-of-three falls with a one hour time limit.

'COWBOY' BOB ELLIS

'BIG' IKE EAKINS

Yet another specialty sees 'COWBOY' BOB ELLIS, who many say is a probable future World's Heavyweight Champion, taking on the tough and burly 'BIG' IKE EAKINS, straight from Harlan, Kentucky.

For the fans of the girl grapplers, PENNY BANNER faces newcomer JESSICA ROGERS, making her Charlotte debut, in a special event.

Two other newcomers also brighten the giant card which kicks off at 8:15.

BOBBY RED CLOUD, a Sioux Indian, takes on the crafty GEORGE 'TWO TON' HARRIS, and rugged DOCTOR MENENDEZ, a 250 pounder from the Caribbean, meets Canada's rugged FRANK VALOIS.

Friday, April 24, 2020

RING THE BELL!

GREAT WRESTLERS!  GREAT MATCHES!  GREAT FUN!

New Zealander ABE JACOBS (with partner MR. WRESTLING looking on) ties up one of THE INFERNOS.

A bad night for the VON STEIGERS.

THE GREAT BOLO stomps a helpless opponent.

'BATTLE OF THE BULLIES' time when HAWK and HANSON met the VON STROHEIMs.

NELSON ROYAL in a bit of a fix.


BILLY TWO RIVERS gives GORDON NELSON a "tomahawk chop".

ART NELSON puts the boots to a downed FRANK MONTE as referee ANGELO MARTINELLI looks on.

It was a 'Clash of the Titans' anytime JOHNNY VALENTINE faced SWEDE HANSON.

JIM DILLON begs for mercy in a match with TERRY FUNK.

TERRY KAY attempts to put NORMAN FREDERICK CHARLES III of THE ROYAL KANGAROOS to sleep.

Manager GEORGE 'TWO TON' HARRIS tries to revive his man ALDO BOGNI from the effects of a JOHNNY WEAVER 'sleeper'.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

GEORGE SCOTT, BOOKER

I loved MID-ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING in the mid-to-late 1960s. That is the period in which I became a BIG-TIME fan, although I loved the wrestling TV shows in the early sixties as well. The difference was that I didn't have access to attend live shows until around 1965 (except maybe one show a year when wrestling came to my home town).

My passion for the business continued into the 1970s, and big things were going to occur. The long-time policy of best-of-three fall tag team matches would be phased out as the usual main event. The top of the card would now generally be a one-fall singles match. This was due to new booker GEORGE SCOTT.

Tag team matches certainly didn't disappear, but the top tag teams of the early seventies were, for the most part, now history. JOHNNY WEAVER's partners (GEORGE BECKER, ARGENTINA APOLLO, ART NELSON) moved on, NELSON ROYAL and PAUL JONES, as well as GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT, split up. Even RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON, with SWEDE turning 'babyface'.

One of the few teams to remain intact was THE MINNESOTA WRECKING CREW, GENE and OLE ANDERSON, and the new decade was HUGE for them.

So, who to build the territory around?

WEAVER, HANSON, JONES and SANDY would remain and be used as both tag and singles stalwarts.

To add to the roster, booker GEORGE SCOTT brought in a few new names to build his new concept.

JOHNNY VALENTINE, WAHOO McDANIEL and THE SUPER DESTROYER (DON JARDINE) made their marks quickly. They would be joined by a youngster who was working in Minnesota...RIC FLAIR.

Within a year, SCOTT's gamble had paid off handsomely, and the JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS territory was RED HOT !

RIC FLAIR
(When he first came to JCP, who of us could imagine what his impact would have on the entire wrestling business?)

THE MIGHTY IGOR
(Coming to JCP from the IWA, IGOR was a hit. His feud with THE MASKED SUPERSTAR BILL EADIE was BIG.)

CHUCK O'CONNOR
(His mid-card status changed when he began wrestling as 'BIG' JOHN STUDD.)

TIM WOODS
(Had been in and out of the JCP territory since the early 1960s, but MR. WRESTLING continued to be a main eventer way into the seventies.)

JACK and JERRY BRISCO
(Beside JACK's being the NWA WORLD CHAMP, both of the brothers were EASTERN HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONs in JCP and extremely popular with the fans.)

JOHNNY VALENTINE
(Brought to JCP as the cornerstone of the new MID-ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING philosophy. Only the October 1975 plane crash cut his run short.)

RICKY STEAMBOAT
(Although it was later in the decade before he arrived in JCP, STEAMBOAT caught fire in a hurry and helped keep the box offices in the territories very healthy.)

Saturday, April 18, 2020

ROWDY RICHMOND

JCP wrestling fans in and around the Richmond, Virginia area didn't have to journey far to see some great cards.

Here are five from the year 1966...

SANDY and GEORGE SCOTT
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RICHMOND, VA. - 1966

LOU THESZ defeated PAT O'CONNOR to retain the NWA WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP.

GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT topped 'BIG' BOB ORTON and THE GREAT MALENKO in three-out-of-five falls.

STEVE BOLUS and JESSE JAMES lost to RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON.

GORY GUERRERO and CORSICA JEAN wrestled to a draw.


'ROWDY' RED ROBERTS
(Just another pretty face)
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RICHMOND, VA. - 1966

DON CHUY and JOE CAROLLO wrestled KURT and HENRY VON STROHEIM to a draw.

IKE EAKINS and JOHN GUDISKI lost to GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT.

PENNY BANNER pinned JUDY GRABLE.

ROGER KIRBY topped 'ROWDY' RED ROBERTS.


'BIG' BOB ORTON
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RICHMOND, VA. - 1966

GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT versus RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON ended in a 'no contest'.

BILLY TWO RIVERS and SUNI WAR CLOUD toppled 'BIG' BOB ORTON and THE GREAT MALENKO via DQ.

GORY GUERRERO pinned TONY NERO.

OMAR ATLAS lost to JOHN GUDISKI.


HAYSTACK CALHOUN
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RICHMOND, VA. - 1966

GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT bested RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON.

HAYSTACK CALHOUN and ABE JACOBS squashed JOHN GUDISKI and TONY NERO.

JESSE JAMES drew with GORY GUERRERO.

STEVE BOLUS pinned JOHNNY HEIDEMAN.


SKULL MURPHY
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RICHMOND, VA. - 1966

GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT and GEORGE BECKER won over HOMER O'DELLALDO BOGNIBRONCHO LUBICH in a six man match.

RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON versus NICK KOZAK and 'IRISH' MIKE CLANCY ended in a no contest.

ABE JACOBS and EMILE DUPRE won over THE ALASKAN and THE BEAST via DQ.

SKULL MURPHY took the measure of ED CASTILLO.

RUDY KAY bested TONY NERO.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

ODELL's M&Ms

January 18, 1969
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA


SANDY and GEORGE SCOTT


THE MISSOURI MAULER
(LARRY HAMILTON)


HIRO MATSUDA


THE GARVINS


'BULLDOG' LEE HENNING

Two different CANADIAN brother tag teams * will be taking parts in a pair of LEXINGTON YMCA tag wrestling matches tonight.

The action begins at 8:15.

Popular GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT, former World Tag Team Champions, and known as THE FLYING SCOTTS, will battle the treacherous duo of the rowdy citizen of St. Jo, Missouri, THE MISSOURI MAULER and his Japanese judo expert partner, HIRO MATSUDA. MAULER and MATSUDA will be accompanied to the ring and advised by their manager GENERAL HOMER O'DELL.

The evening's second tag battle will send good guys SILENTO RODRIGUEZ and GREG PETERSON against rowdies RONNIE and TERRY GARVIN. 

Both tag matches will be fought under the best two-out-of-three fall rules.

The hated NIKITA MULKOVICH squares off against ex-footballer LES WOLFE, and ANGELO MARTINELLI faces 'Bulldog' LEE HENNING in the card's singles contests.


* GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT were really brothers, the GARVINS were not.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

SWEDE HANSON - One of a kind


During his long-term teaming with RIP HAWK.
SWEDE's about to feed a VON STROHEIM a knuckle sandwich.

HANSON near the end of his ring career.

SWEDE in his 'rebel' gear while working in the W.W.F.

HANSON even teamed with ANDRE THE GIANT.
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Big, rugged ROBERT 'SWEDE' HANSON had a remarkable career.

He wrestled in four decades and was as tough at the end of his wrestling tenure as when he began.

There's no question the apex of his career was when he teamed with RIP HAWK for an incredible sixteen years, during which time they captured virtually every tag team award in the business.

"I'll never forget my years together with Rip. He was quite a character, and you can't imagine all the crazy things we got involved in. Most established teams in the business didn't stay together half as long as we did. Personal goals were never an issue. With us, it was what was best for the team." (Swede Hanson, 1984)

But nothing lasts forever, and they eventually went their separate ways, working for different wrestling organizations.

Around 1973, RIP went to the newly-formed I.W.A., and SWEDE stayed in JCP and soon began teaming with THE SUPER DESTROYER (DON JARDINE). But things soon went sideways, and at this point, HANSON turned 'babyface' and began a bloody war with his masked partner.

Following this program, SWEDE dropped to mid-card status, teaming with the likes of JOHNNY WEAVERTIGER CONWAY JR. and PAUL JONES.

After a while, he headed north to work for the then-WWF but returned to the MID-ATLANTIC territory near the end of his career. Upon his arrival, he was back to being a 'bad guy' and worked as a mid / lower card single or teamed with ruffians like BRUTE BERNARDGENE ANDERSON or SGT.JACQUES GOULET.

SWEDE HANSON was like a fine wine. Throughout his career, he became better and better until time caught up with him, as it does with all of us.

I, like many others, had the pleasure of attending the 2007 N.W.A. FANFEST banquet when SWEDE (and RIP) were inducted into the HALL OF HEROES. The two were inducted by their long-time manager, the late 'Playboy' GARY HARTSWEDE's award was accepted by his two children, Bobby and Luana.

When it comes to the history of JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS, 'Big' SWEDE HANSON made an impact very few can match.

Friday, April 10, 2020

SCOTTS MEET SKINHEADS

July 25, 1964
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

SKULL MURPHY

SANDY and GEORGE SCOTT

BRUTE BERNARD

MIKE CLANCY

JOHN HEATH

NICK KOZAK
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Two hero tag teams, victorious in wrestling competition at the LEXINGTON YMCA last Saturday night, will be back for more action tonight at 8:15.

GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT, the dashing brother combo known as THE FLYING SCOTTS, meet the brutal, skin-headed BRUTE BERNARD and SKULL MURPHY in tonight's main event action.

The SCOTTs won over THE GREAT BOLO and BOLO last week via disqualification.

'IRISH' MIKE CLANCY and NICK KOZAK, a splendid new combination and winners last week, tangle with Russian ruffian IVAN KAMEROFF and French-Canadian tough guy FRANK VALOIS in the other tag team match-up.

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

GEORGE BECKER, an all-time fan favorite, clashes with Mexico's PANCHO GOMEZ in a special one-fall encounter.

The opening bout of the evening will pit BOB BOYER against JOHN HEATH in what should be a great 'scientific' match.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

AROUND CROCKETTLAND in 1967


THE GREAT MALENKO
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SPARTANBURG, S.C. - 1967

GEORGE BECKER and JOHNNY WEAVER beat THE MISSOURI MAULER and THE GREAT MALENKO.

PENNY BANNER pinned PEGGY ALLEN.

RAY GARDINI was stopped by CORSICA JEAN.
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BOBBY SHANE topped JOHN GUDISKI.


GENE KINISKI
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GREENVILLE, S.C. - 1967

LOU THESZ and ABE JACOBS topped GENE KINISKI and IKE EAKINS.

LUTHER LINDSAY and GEORGE 'CATALINA' DRAKE defeated THE GREAT MALENKO and THE MISSOURI MAULER via DQ.

JOHNNY WEAVER pinned LARS ANDERSON.

GENE ANDERSON bested BOBBY SHANE.

PENNY BANNER
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NORFOLK, VA. - 1967

RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON lost a TEXAS DEATH MATCH to GEORGE BECKER and JOHNNY WEAVER. (The match went twenty falls.)

ALDO BOGNI and BRONCHO LUBICH with HOMER O'DELL stopped KARL GOTCH and ALEX MEDINA.

PENNY BANNER pinned JUDY GRABLE.

KEN HOLLIS downed JOHN GUDISKI.

KLONDIKE BILL
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GREENSBORO, N.C. - 1967

GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT defeated THE MISSOURI MAULER and THE GREAT MALENKO via DQ.

GENE ANDERSON and KARL GOTCH fought to a draw.

KLONDIKE BILL upended TONY NERO.

GEORGE 'CATALINA' DRAKE topped LARS ANDERSON.

BOBBY SHANE won over JAN MADRID.

SANDY and GEORGE SCOTT
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CHARLESTON, S.C. - 1967

THE GREAT MALENKO beat SANDY SCOTT in a RUSSIAN CHAIN MATCH.

GEORGE SCOTT won from THE MISSOURI MAULER via DQ.

BOBBY SHANE and JESSE JAMES toppled JAN MADRID and JOHN GUDISKI.

KEN HOLLIS pinned ANGELO MARTINELLI.