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