Friday, July 31, 2020

A TOUGH DAY AT THE OFFICE


ABE JACOBS catches a well-placed knee from THE GREAT BOLO.

Diamond Lil and Darling Dagmar go at it.

GENE ANDERSON takes a backdrop from GEORGE SCOTT.

KURT VON STEIGER has an opponent at his mercy.

ARGENTINA APOLLO gets a neck 'adjustment' from MATTI SUZUKI.

Big SWEDE HANSON dares an opponent (THE SUPER DESTROYER) to get back into the ring.

THE INFERNOS attempt to get their manager, J.C. DYKES, out of harm's way.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

CLASSIC RASSLIN' RESULTS

RALEIGH, N.C. - 1968
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LARSGENE and OLE ANDERSON defeated RIP HAWKSWEDE HANSON and NELSON ROYAL.

GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT took ALEX MEDINA and JESSE JAMES.

ABE JACOBS won from FRANK HICKEY.

THE AMAZING ZUMA bested 'BULLDOG' LEE HENNING.


CHARLESTON, S.C. - 1969
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RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON lost to NELSON ROYAL and PAUL JONES.

JESSE JAMES and RANDY CURTIS beat PEDRO and PANCHO VALDEZ.

MATTI SUZUKI topped SONNY FARGO.

EL LOBO pinned RON CHARLES.


CHARLESTON, W.V. - 1969
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SAILOR ART THOMASNELSON ROYAL and PAUL JONES bested ALDO BOGNIBRONCHO LUBICH and GEORGE 'TWO TON' HARRIS in six man action.

BOBBY RED CLOUD toppled BOB GRIFFIN.

PANCHO VALDEZ and GREG PETERSON wrestled to a draw.


RALEIGH, N.C. - 1969
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NELSON ROYALPAUL JONES and SANDY SCOTT topped LARSGENE and OLE ANDERSON in six man action.

BOB GRIFFIN won from BOBBY PAUL.

GEORGE SCOTT bested PEDRO VALDEZ.

KOA TIKI pinned EL GAUCHO.

Monday, July 27, 2020

BECKER and WEAVER confront their DEMONS

June 18, 1966
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

54 Years Ago



They wrestled apart here last Saturday, but the fans' favorite duo, GEORGE BECKER and JOHNNY WEAVER, are back together as a unit tonight at the LEXINGTON YMCA in pro wrestling action.

Belltime is 8:15 p.m.

And it looks as if they will have their hands full when they enter the ring to meet a newer team to this wrestling area, THE MASKED RED DEMONS.

Just as their name implies, this tag team hides their identities under red masks and are very rough in the ring.

BECKER and WEAVER issued the following statement concerning their main event match for tonight, "We don't know who these men are or where they come from, but since coming to the area, they've beaten some good teams. And just like HAWK and HANSON and BOGNI and LUBICH, they win any way they can, with no regard for the rule book. So we'll have our hands full. But we're going to try to put a stop to them before they can get a foothold here."

THE MASKED RED DEMONS had no comment.

Another tag team loved by the fans, TEX McKENZIE and NELSON ROYAL, will be on tonight's card and will face the rugged veteran duo of IKE EAKINS and EL GAUCHO.

Both tag team matches will go the best two-out-of-three falls.

GEORGE "CATALINA" DRAKE will return here after an absence to face LUTHER LINDSAY, North Carolina's own top Negro star. These two have teamed together in the past, so the match should prove interesting.

In tonight's opening match, up-and-coming star, young PAUL DEMARCO squares off against veteran JOHN GUDISKI.

Saturday, July 25, 2020

THERE'S ACTION...ADVENTURE...and MYSTERY


Actually, that is the phrase that was used for TV's ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN.

But, think about it. It could also apply to the great storylines and matches of JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS throughout the years.

The greatest wrestling talent in the world worked in the MID-ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING territory.

Here are but a few...

JOHNNY RINGO has the upper hand, at least for the moment, in this battle with MIKE 'THE ALASKAN' YORK.

One of THE INFERNOS comes to the aid of his masked partner in this match featuring a very young TERRY FUNK.

BOB BRUGGERS and DANNY MILLER turn the tables on CHUCK O'CONNOR (later known as JOHN STUDD).

You can't see his face, but that's NELSON ROYAL taking a beating from the German duo of KURT and HENRY VON STROHEIM.

Not one, but two referees attempt to get SWEDE HANSON away from THE SUPER DESTROYER (Don Jardine).

PRINCESS LITTLE CLOUD and BETTE BOUCHER prove the ladies can be just as rough as the guys.

'Camel Clutch' time for GEORGE 'TWO TON' HARRIS. RONNIE GARVIN is in charge.

Thursday, July 23, 2020

PAUL JONES and the RUSSIAN ASSASSINS


Near the end of his NWA run, #1 Paul Jones became the manager of the RUSSIAN ASSASSINS, a team put together, for the most part, to work a program against IVAN and NIKITA KOLOFF.

I liked them. The last old school hooded combo I really recall.

During their run, a bunch of whining fans, announcers and wrestlers claimed that PJ would hand his ASSASSIN # 2 the dreaded "foreign object," who would quickly load his mask (making sure that everyone in the immediate area, except the referee, saw it) and headbutt his opponent into the Twilight Zone for a quick pin.

The foreign object gimmick was far from original but even after decades of use by probably hundreds of hooded workers, it still created heat.

I say HOGWASH.

Please examine the provided photos and make up your own mind. I, for one, don't believe a FO was utilized. I'm sure it got hot wearing a mask and working under strong lights. RA #2 was probably just letting in a little fresh air when he fiddled with the red covering. (LOL)

Take a closer look...




Let's look again...




OK. Let's examine things and see what turns up...






Ref Teddy Long finds nothing. See, I told you PJ and the RA wouldn't stoop to such levels to win their matches.

I'm glad we got this cleared up.

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

WHO WON? WHO DIDN'T?

Results from JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS shows of the past...

THE GARVINS
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RALEIGH, N.C. - 1968

JOHNNY WEAVER and HIRO MATSUDA wrestled to a draw

GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT defeated THE INFERNOS with J.C. DYKES

TERRY and RONNIE GARVIN topped BOB NANDOR and JESSE JAMES

ALEX MEDINA lost to 'BULLDOG' LEE HENNING

GENE KINISKI
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ROANOKE, VA. - 1969

GENE KINISKI defended the WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP successfully beating PAUL JONES

NELSON ROYALGEORGE and SANDY SCOTT topped THE INFERNOS and J.C. DYKES in six man action

THE MATADOR whipped JACK RICE

JIM GRABMIRE and JESSE JAMES wrestled to a draw


MR. WRESTLING and SAM STEAMBOAT
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CHARLESTON, W.V. - 1969

RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON versus SAM STEAMBOAT and MR. WRESTLING ended in a double DQ

EL GAUCHO and LEON BAXTER topped BOB RAMSTEAD and JESSE JAMES

TINKER TODD lost to ROCK HUNTER

BOBBY KAY beat TONY NERO


EL GAUCHO
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - 1969

SAILOR ART THOMASGEORGE BECKER and JOHNNY WEAVER won over HIRO MATSUDATHE MISSOURI MAULER and HOMER O'DELL in six man action

GENE and OLE ANDERSON bested ABE JACOBS and LES WOLFF

JESSE JAMES got by 'BULLDOG' LEE HENNING

BOB RAMSTEAD lost to EL GAUCHO

LORD LITTLEBROOK topped LITTLE BRUISER

THE AMAZING ZUMA beat LEON BAXTER


LES WOLFF
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RALEIGH, N.C. - 1969

THE MISSOURI MAULERHIRO MATSUDA and HOMER O'DELL won over SAILOR ART THOMASNELSON ROYAL and PAUL JONES

LES WOLFF wrestled SWEDE HANSON to a draw

BILLY HINES topped BILLY SPEARS

JIMMY HINES bested JESSE JAMES


PAUL JONES and NELSON ROYAL
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RALEIGH, N.C. - 1970

NELSON ROYAL and PAUL JONES wrestled THE INFERNOS with J.C. DYKES to a draw

RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON topped ABE JACOBS and LES WOLFF

PANCHO VALDEZ lost to LUTHER LINDSAY

PEDRO VALDEZ beat PEPE GOMEZ

Sunday, July 19, 2020

NUMBER ONE and the RUSSIAN BEAR

Two long-time JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS main eventers who could really set a town on fire were The Russian Bear IVAN KOLOFF and Number One PAUL JONES.

But when the two squared off against one another, the flames were even hotter!

The Russian Bear knee drops Number One from the ring apron...

PAUL gets a bit of revenge...

KOLOFF has JONES in big trouble...
That's referee ANGELO MARTINELLI.

IVAN takes down PAUL for some more punishment.

It could be the beginning of the end for KOLOFF as JONES applies the airplane spin.
The arena looks like Charlotte's PARK CENTER.

Friday, July 17, 2020

BOLO'S BACK

July 7, 1958

62 Years Ago

                      CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA


The return of the infamous masked man of wrestling, the GREAT BOLO, will headline the wrestling program set for tonight at PARK CENTER.

The GREAT BOLO, the vicious masked man who has withstood all efforts to defeat and / or unmask him, has been matched tonight against GORY GUERRERO.

The handsome GUERRERO was BOLO's first victim in Charlotte some two months ago, and GORY has been aching for a rematch ever since. He'll get one hour and two-out-of-three falls to gain revenge.

Also getting co-feature status is a best-of-three-falls, one-hour tag match with Indian stars BILLY TWO RIVERS and CHIEF DON EAGLE taking on ruffians IKE EAKINS and HANS SCHNABEL.

Promoter JIM CROCKETT figures this one to produce some of the wildest and wooliest tag team action seen here in months.

The prelim card has two singles bouts, with one sending fan favorite 'IRISH' MIKE CLANCY lowering the boom against 'BAD' BOB CORBY.

The opening contests matches GYPSY JOE against TINKER TODD. Neither of these men respect the rules of wrestling, so anything could happen in this one.

The first bout in the AIR-CONDITIONED PARK CENTER gets underway at 8:15 p.m.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

CHARLOTTE MEMORIAL DAY WRESTLING

May 29, 1961
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA

59 Years Ago



Tonight's PARK CENTER wrestling card has been completed with a main event match sending fan favorite GEORGE BECKER against rugged big SWEDE HANSON headlining the evening's action.

The BECKER-HANSON battle, which is set for one hour, two-out-of-three falls, will be preceded by a tag team tussle and three single matches.

The tag affair has CHIEF BIG HEART joining STEVE BOLUS to take on former gridironder MIKE PAIDOUSIS and rough CHRIS AVEROFF for the best-of-three falls, 45 minute time limit.

The list of three single scuffles is headed by a P. Y. CHUNG - BOB NANDOR match, plus SANDY SCOTT versus TERRY GARVIN and ABE JACOBS taking on TINKER TODD.

The first match is scheduled for 8:15 p.m. and advance tickets are on sale at the NATIONAL HAT SHOP in uptown Charlotte.

Monday, July 13, 2020

THEY "ENHANCED" THE SHOW

Not every wrestler who worked for JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS could headline a wrestling card.
Someone had to work underneath at mid-card or lower level to fill out a show.
But that certainly didn't mean that these guys didn't give their all, night after night, to give the audience their admissions' worth.
And because of their great efforts, I would like to give recognition to some of the many guys who fit into this category, at least, during their tenure with JCP.

RANDY CURTIS
Worked in JCP during his rise in the business, achieved higher success in other territories.

LUTHER LINDSAY
Very popular with the fans. Often teamed with ABE JACOBS or GEORGE 'Catalina' DRAKE in tag team action at mid-card level, or worked as a single lower down the card. Did headline some lesser cards in tag matches in the smaller towns. Sadly, Lindsay died immediately following a match at Charlotte's PARK CENTER.

LES WOLFF
Also was a mid-card tag partner with ABE JACOBS and one of the better "young lions" (as David Crockett would say). A semi-final singles competitor as well.

'Big' JIM GRABMIRE
Never really got any push at all with JCP, worked in single and tag matches. I'm sure I saw Grabmire in person and on TV fifty times, and he never got his hand raised. But he always did a great job of selling and losing to guys much smaller than he.

THE VIKING
Many may not know or remember that this man worked as a tag team partner with 'Sir' NELSON ROYAL when Nellie first came to JCP in the early-mid sixties. Royal did his 'babyface' turn while tagging with THE VIKING. With or without ROYAL, THE VIKING was a good mid-card heel, either in singles or team contests.

'LEAPING' LANNY POFFO wrestled as a single and tag teamed with his brother RANDY POFFO.
(Randy, of course, went on to become a superstar in that northern wrestling company as 'Macho Man' Randy Savage.)

KILLER KARL KRUPP
(a face only a mother could love)

PAUL DEMARCO
went on to become a big-time performer, but paid some undercard dues in JCP in the mid-1960s on his way up, teaming often with Bobby Shane.

GEORGE 'CRY BABY' CANNON
wrestled in JCP in the early 1960s. Had a few smaller town main events teaming with George 'Two Ton' Harris, but mostly was undercard. Later went on to become a very successful manager.

MR. X # 1 & # 2
(Gordon Nelson & Geoff Portz)
Great mid-card team in the late 1970s, great workers who were always entertaining.