Friday, October 30, 2020

NUMBER ONE

 PAUL JONES in MID-ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING


He could make us love him when we were supposed to love him...

And he could make us loathe him when we were supposed to loathe him...

These ladies appear to love him.

PAUL, as he looked, when first coming to JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS in the late 1960s.

Ready for a night on the town.

Always business in the ring, whether as a babyface or heel.

PAUL battles JERRY BRISCO.

In his managing days with THE ASSASSINS.


In his career with JCP, PAUL JONES did it all. He teamed regularly with the likes of NELSON ROYAL, WAHOO McDANIEL, RICKY STEAMBOAT, BARON VON RASCHKE, THE MASKED SUPERSTAR and GREG VALENTINE, and had heated feuds with all of the same (except ROYAL).

He held virtually every championship belt that MID-ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING had to offer.

He took several NWA WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT Champions to the limit.

His run as a heel manager was just as productive as far as ticket sales were concerned. PAUL's program involving JIMMY VALIANT lasted for several years.

Most JCP fans probably remember PAUL's turning on RICKY STEAMBOAT (although to final days, PAUL insists it was the other way around), the incredible tag battles when he teamed with WAHOO against GENE and OLE ANDERSON, and battling a much larger BLACKJACK MULLIGAN (and making it totally believeable).

And what about pinning medals of bravery (and a toupee) on BARON VON RASCHKE.

So many MID-ATLANTIC memories of PAUL JONES.

Thanks, MR. NUMBER ONE.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

THIS TIME IT'S NO DQ

 January 27, 1968

LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

52 Years Ago


A potentially wild rematch, with a NO DISQUALIFICATION stipulation attached, headlines professional wrestling tonight at the LEXINGTON YMCA.

Indian favorites BOBBY RED CLOUD and CHIEF LITTLE EAGLE, winners in a disputed match last Saturday, will again square off against the tough Minnesota duo of LARS and GENE ANDERSON. The ANDERSON brothers are very angry over being disqualified last week, and with the NO DQ rule in effect, won't have to worry about that this time.

"We'll beat those redskins to pieces this time and send them back to their squaws on the reservation," a confident LARS ANDERSON stated. GENE nodded in agreement.

New faces in LEXINGTON will be seen tonight in other contests.

Another brother combo, this one Canadian, in the likes of TERRY and RONNIE GARVIN debuts tonight and will be matched against the very popular team of LES THATCHER and RUDY KAYE.

Both tag matches are for the best two-out-of-three falls.

HIRO MATSUDA, a tough Jap, makes his initial appearance here when he faces BOB NANDOR, a winner last week.

CHIN LEE, a judo expert from China, debuts against big JIM GRABMIRE.

TANK MORGAN returns after a long absence to meet veteran ANGELO MARTINELLI in the 8:15 opening match.

Monday, October 26, 2020

TEXANS WILL HAVE THEIR HANDS FULL

 JANUARY 8, 1966

LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

54 Years Ago



A new year of professional wrestling will be ushered in tonight at the LEXINGTON YMCA after a three week holiday break.

Towering TEX McKENZIE and his popular partner NELSON ROYAL, two Texas cowboys, will battle the rugged duo of THE GREAT MALENKO and "BIG O" BOB ORTON in the top of the card.

Another tag team contest will send prize Mohawk Indians, BILLY TWO RIVERS and SUNI WAR CLOUD, against the strutting GEORGE "TWO TON" HARRIS and rugged IKE EAKINS.

Both tag battles will be fought under the best two-out-of-three falls stipulations.

A single match will kick off the evening when young OMAR ATLAS faces JOHN GUDISKI.

Action kicks off at 8:15.

Saturday, October 24, 2020

AROUND CROCKETTLAND

 

RONNIE GARVIN takes time out to sign an autograph for a fan.

THE ROYAL KANGAROOS (LORD JONATHAN BOYD and NORMAN FREDERICK CHARLES III) rarely came out on the short end of a battle. Exception: A 'brass knuckles' war with JOHNNY WEAVER and ART NELSON.

'OUTLAW' RON BASS and JIM (J.J.) DILLON prepare to do battle.

Where's the referee?
MATTI SUZUKI is trying to choke the life out of SANDY SCOTT.

RICKY STEAMBOAT and RIC FLAIR join forces as a tag team.
FLAIR seems to like the idea.

Then fan favorite SWEDE HANSON 'helps' his arch enemy THE SUPER DESTROYER (DON JARDINE) back into the ring.

Thursday, October 22, 2020

LIKES & DISLIKES by J.C. DYKES

 






A bloodied WEAVER after being kicked with the loaded boot of THE INFERNO.

Happy 'Birthday Suit' to you, J.C. DYKES

WEAVER takes a tumble to the floor.

A battered INFERNO receives medical care.
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During the JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS terror tenure of J.C DYKES and THE INFERNOS, the weekly wrestling souvenir program at JCP arenas often contained articles written by the red-headed manager in which he expressed his personal opinions of the competition as it pertained to his blue-masked duo.

Without any doubt, the two wrestlers he despised the most were GEORGE BECKER and JOHNNY WEAVER, then the top 'babyface' team in MID-ATLANTIC WRESTLING.

THE INFERNOS battled BECKER and WEAVER all over the JCP territory in one of the 'hottest' feuds in 1960's pro wrestling history.

One evening, after a jam-packed house at Charlotte's PARK CENTER, Gene Gordon was able to corner DYKES and ask him a few questions.

J.C. had been shooting off his mouth about what his boys would do to that 'old bum' and his 'half-witted partner'. The match that night was thrown out by the referee for uncontrollable wildness. 'We beat them to a pulp tonight, and only the prejudiced referee saved their skins. They're as yellow as can be and will probably never sign to wrestle us again."

'BECKER is a low life, he eats berries and bugs,' shouted DYKES. 'As far as Weaver, he's on the silly side."

GEORGE and JOHNNY, however, rushed to the promoter, demanding their schedules be changed so that they could get THE INFERNOS back in the ring right away. 'That mouth without a brain and those two cowards who are afraid to let the public see their ugly faces, are in for a real surprise,' countered BECKER.

The following Monday night, the rematch took place, again at PARK CENTER. And again, the house was packed to see THE INFERNOS and DYKES 'get their's'.

WEAVER recorded the first fall, putting one of the masked men in slumberland from his trademark 'sleeper' hold. DYKES yelled and screamed to the official that JOHNNY had choked his man unto he passed out. The referee was not impressed by J.C.'s protest.

The second fall started with a very groggy INFERNO trying to stay on his feet, still reeling from the 'sleeper'. But then DYKES distracted the referee while the other INFERNO kicked WEAVER square in the head with the 'loaded boot' for the pin.

Fans rushed handkerchiefs and tissue to BECKER to help stop the bleeding of his partner. One fan offered his shirt.

The match was even.

The bell rang for the deciding fall. WEAVER barely answered the bell, his face a Gordon Solie 'crimson mask'. But he managed to continue, finally making a tag to BECKER, who came in like a madman. He floored both INFERNOS, knocking one out to the floor. GEORGE followed his rival outside the ring, ran the 'loaded boot' masked man into the ring post. Soon, this INFERNO was as bloody as WEAVER.

JOHNNY had cornered the other INFERNO and had the blue mask about half off when DYKES jumped into the fray. Approaching WEAVER (from behind, of course) with his metal canteen, his path was cut off by BECKER who battered DYKES until he could barely stand.

BECKER and WEAVER weren't able to remove a mask that night, but maybe they did one better. They removed J.C.'s clothes almost down to his 'birthday suit'. At this point, he blew his whistle, and a half-nude manager and his masked men (one a bloody pulp) set sail for the dressing room, forfeiting the match on a countout.

On a tirade in the dressing room, while his bloodied INFERNO received medical attention, DYKES began his ranting again, 'We will get BECKER and WEAVER if it takes a lifetime. That bug-eating BECKER and mule ears WEAVER have disgraced, humiliated and shamed my INFERNOS and me. Can you image two grownup men like these two dolts tearing my clothes off out there in front of thousands of people? If they want to act like children, they should both be placed in reform school with the other dirty-minded brats! When we first came to JCP, BECKER took off and went into hiding in the mountains somewhere until WEAVER sent out a posse to bring him back. WEAVER told BECKER a lie when he came back. He said that one of my INFERNOS burned his face with a fireball or something ridiculous like that. That is not what made the scar on old mule ear's face. Sailor Art Thomas dropped WEAVER on his head carrying him out of the ring after we beat the two of them one night. They're both no-good liars, and we'll send them into retirement before we leave the Carolinas. That's a promise.'

Although the two teams battled many more times, that promise went unfulfilled.

Saturday, October 17, 2020

GEORGE & SANDY BATTLE BOLOS

 March 4, 1963

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA

57 Years Ago



Pro wrestling's most dreaded tag team, THE GREAT BOLO and BOLO, return to action after a week's absence, headlining tonight's PARK CENTER mat card when they face Canada's popular duo of GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT.

Just about everybody in the bone-cracking business has a feud of long standing with the two masked wrestlers, and the "FLYING SCOTTS" are no exception. These four have met before with nothing really being settled. Both teams intend to make a statement tonight in the best two-of-three falls battle.

There's more tag team action in the semi-final tonight, and this one brings in the rugged twosome of FRANK VALOIS and CRUSHER ANGELO, and they will have a potentially tough evening as they will face THE KENTUCKIANS, TINY ANDERSON and BIG BOY BROWN. This one is also for two-out-of-three falls.

In singles matches, Yugoslavian BRONCHO LUBICH, who will be accompanied to the ring by his manager, HOMER O'DELL, squares off against DALE LEWIS, a newcomer from Oklahoma.

Tonight's opener features JERRY BALLARD and PAUL HARRISON, a pair of Negro grapplers, against one another.

Belltime is 8:15.

Thursday, October 15, 2020

MASKED HEAT

 

THE INFERNOS with Manager J.C. DYKES

JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS, throughout the 1960s, was known in the professional wrestling world as the top territory for tag team wrestling. Probably more than ninety percent of the time, a JCP card was topped off with a tag match.

The list of main event teams who worked the MID-ATLANTIC area is a 'Who's Who' of the greatest combos ever in the business.

Other than THE BOLOS, the best masked team to ever hit the Carolinas and Virginia was a couple of guys who went by the ring name of THE INFERNOS. Along side them was a red-headed manager J.C. (Jimmy) DYKES.

There were, through the years, several incarnations of the INFERNO team (and countless impersonators), but the original two 'blue tigers' (as Dykes often called them) were FRANKIE CAIN and ROCKY SMITH. Neither men were big in stature by wrestling standards, but could they ever work!

In interviews, DYKES claimed the duo was European and spoke little English. He was the only person who could really communicate with them well, and did much of it by the use of blowing a whistle during their matches to give them strategic commands.

The wrestling fans, to create problems for the evil trio, soon began bringing their own whistles to the matches. The areas would become deafening with several hundred whistles being blown at the same time. A great way for the fans to be involved in the match.

DYKES also carried a metal canteen to the ring, giving his men a needed refreshment between falls of their matches. Naturally, the metal canteen often found its mark on the noggins of many a 'babyface' opponent.

And it was not beneath the dignity of J.C. to throw an occasional fireball at their adversaries. I recall George Becker and Les Thatcher at the receiving end on two different occasions.

But the 'gimmick' of THE INFERNOS that got the most heat (and this team's heat was as hot as the sun) was the loaded boot.


THE INFERNOS and DYKES drew big money in every territory they appeared, be it the Carolinas and Virginia, Florida, Texas, etc. They headlined countless wrestling cards facing each area's top teams (including other 'heel' teams).

J.C. DYKES died in 1993. ROCKY SMITH has also passed away. FRANKIE CAIN was the first to leave the team when he became pro wrestling's THE GREAT MEPHISTO.

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

LABOR DAY WRESTLING AT CHARLOTTE'S BIG DOME

 September 4, 1961

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA

59 Years Ago


Eighteen wrestlers, including four girl grapplers, will make up the summer's biggest wrestling card at the CHARLOTTE COLISEUM tonight.

Heading the big LABOR DAY spectacular will be a tag team match that pits two teams noted for rough tactics and no regard for the rule book.

No doubt, one of the season's rowdiest bouts will occur when the German brother team of KURT and KARL VON BRAUNER meet THE MASKED MEDICS. 'Gentleman' SAUL WEINEGROFF will be in the corner of the Germans, as usual, displaying his managerial skills. THE MASKED MEDICS, who claim they were both kicked out of medical school for not following 'protocol,' say they will handle WEINEGROFF if he gets out of line. Both teams have cut paths in tag team avenues since coming here, so something's gotta give in the best-of-three falls clash.

The co-main event will also pack a wallop tonight as fan favorite CHIEF BIG HEART meets the rugged JOHNNY VALENTINE, also set for two-out-of-three falls.

Then come the girls as BABS WINGO and LULA MAE PROVO take on PEARL BATES and RAMONA ISABEL in tag team action.

Yet another tag encounter has GEORGE BECKER teaming with New Zealander ABE JACOBS against LAVERNE BAXTER and TOMMY O'TOOLE.

'DR.' EDDIE GRAHAM will face Oriental P.Y. CHUNG, and the 8:15 opener sends RAY VILLMER against GYPSY JOE.

Friday, October 9, 2020

THE 1966 STATESVILLE, NC SUMMER OF WRESTLING - PART TWO

 August 12, 1966

STATESVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA


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Just three weeks after drawing a crowd of nearly 1400 fans, Statesville, North Carolina, hosted it's second of three JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS wrestling cards of the summer.


There was a minimum of two objects which would be at the baseball park behind Statesville Senior High School this night...a wrestling ring at home plate and...me.

Fortunately, I had lots of company. Another large crowd was in attendance this night to add to the coffers of both JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS and the COMMUNITY BASEBALL CLUB, which sponsored the event.

The SOUTHERN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP was up for grabs (we thought) this night. Of course, a key championship was not going to change hands in a hamlet the size of Statesville, but the participants had us all believing that it could happen.

Champions BOGNI and LUBICH and challengers McKENZIE and ROYAL were in the third and deciding fall. TEX and NELLIE were on the verge of capturing the titles when that low-down, unscrupulous manager HOMER O'DELL wacked ROYAL with his cane (in the referee's vision), causing his team to be disqualified, thus enabling BRONCHO and ALDO to leave the "City of Progress" with the belts which had accompanied them to our fair town.

Disappointment? Sure, but we had definitely witnessed a great match which made us all "believe" - something rare in today's "sports entertainment."

The MINNESOTA WRECKING CREW, i.e., the original incarnation of the name, wrestled separately this night. LARS took the toll of ABE JACOBS, and GENE toppled youngster PAUL DEMARCO.

KEN HOLLIS pinned CORSICA JEAN to open the show, but this was not a big deal as my grandmother probably could have pinned CORSICA JEAN.

Regardless, any time "many of the top TV wrestling stars" came to town was worth plopping down the two bucks to sit two hours in a hard-on-the-bottom steel chair in the infield dirt of the ball park.

And in just three more weeks, the stars of JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS would return again.

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

THE SIZZLIN' SIXTIES

 From West Virginia to South Carolina, JCP fans had no trouble finding great wrestling entertainment...


ABE JACOBS
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CHARLESTON, W.V. - 1969

ABE JACOBSGEORGE and SANDY SCOTT topped LARSGENE and OLE ANDERSON in six man action.

LITTLE BRUISER pinned COWBOY LANG.

PAUL DEMARCO and BOB RAMSTEAD lost to THE RED DEMONS.

LES WOLFE toppled TINKER TODD.

GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT
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LYNCHBURG, VA. - 1968

GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT bested HARU SASAKI and P.Y. CHUNG.

BOBBY RED CLOUD and CHIEF LITTLE EAGLE won over THE INFERNOS with J.C. DYKES via DQ.

CHUCK CONLEY topped THE MATADOR.

ROGER KIRBY pinned ALEX MEDINA.

JOHN and CHRIS TOLOS
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GREENVILLE, S.C. - 1966

JOHNNY WEAVER defeated JOHN and CHRIS TOLOS in a Handicap Match.

GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT bested MIKE GALLAGHER and PEDRO ZAPATA.

'THE BIG O' BOB ORTON stopped RON REED*

LUTHER LINDSAY pinned 'ROWDY' RED ROBERTS.

'THE BIG O' BOB ORTON
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RICHMOND, VA. - 1966

KURT and HENRY VON STROHEIM beat GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT.

GEORGE BECKER and JOHNNY WEAVER won from 'THE BIG O' BOB ORTON and THE GREAT MALENKO.

IKE EAKINS topped JIM GRABMIRE.

DON CHUY pinned MIKE PAIDOUSIS.

TEX McKENZIE
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - 1966

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

RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON defeated ABE JACOBS and RUDY KAYE.

PAUL DEMARCO topped GENE ANDERSON.

GEORGE 'CATALINA' DRAKE pinned GORY GUERRERO.

JESSE JAMES
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ROANOKE, VA. - 1969

ALDO BOGNIBRONCHO LUBICH and GEORGE 'TWO TON' HARRIS won over GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT and LES WOLFE in six man action.

GREG PETERSON and JESSE JAMES bested TOM BRADLEY and JOHNNY HEIDEMAN.

RANDY CURTIS defeated GEORGE GRANT.

EL GAUCHO topped RON CHARLES.
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RON REED later wrestled as BUDDY COLT.

Monday, October 5, 2020

JCP GAVE US THE BEST

 


RIP HAWK shows he could wrestle as well as break the rules.

JOHNNY WEAVER in control of his match.

Russian "bad guy" NIKITA MULKOVICH prepares for battle.

SKULL MURPHY having a bad day at the office.


A bloodied GREG VALENTINE and partner RIC FLAIR puttin' it to RUFUS R. JONES.


GENE ANDERSON and DUSTY RHODES trading blows.

The match over, RIC FLAIR hops into his Caddy and heads back to Charlotte.


ED CAPRAL interviews #1 PAUL JONES on TV's WIDE WORLD WRESTLING.

Referee SONNY FARGO tries to get GREG VALENTINE and RIC FLAIR off WAHOO McDANIEL.

Saturday, October 3, 2020

Thursday, October 1, 2020

A LONG TIME FEUD

 GEORGE BECKER and JOHNNY WEAVER ruled the tag team world in JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS for most of the 1960s.

They faced every top 'heel' team that passed through the territory. The longest ongoing program was with RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON. The next longest would probably be with ALDO BOGNI and BRONCHO LUBICH, but right up there was the on-and-off again feud that BECKER and WEAVER had with THE ANDERSON BROTHERS.

It would start with the duo of LARS and GENE ANDERSON. Later, OLE was brought in, and while the younger 'brother' was being broken in, there were three ANDERSONs. LARS then left the MID-ATLANTIC area, and THE MINNESOTA WRECKING CREW was redefined as GENE and OLE ANDERSON.


GENE ANDERSON attempts to ram JOHNNY WEAVER'S head into the ring apron...or worse!


Judging from the blood on WEAVER's face, GENE was successful.


BECKER pummels a cornered LARS ANDERSON.


JOHNNY just can't seem to get away from GENE's fist.


GENE decides to work on BECKER for a while.