Monday, November 30, 2020

 


GREAT WRESTLING FROM THE SIXTIES

 Great JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS action throughout the MID-ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP area...


SILENTO RODRIGUEZ
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SPARTANBURG, S.C. - 1969

SAM STEAMBOAT and MR. WRESTLING defeated HIRO MATSUDA and THE MISSOURI MAULER.

PENNY BANNER defeated BELLE STARR.

GREG PETERSON and SILENTO RODRIGUEZ upset JIMMY and BILLY HINES.

LES WOLFF beat TINKER TODD.


THE INFERNOS with J.C. DYKES
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CHARLESTON, S.C. - 1970

GEORGE BECKERJOHNNY WEAVER and TERRY KAY topped J.C. DYKES and THE INFERNOS in six man action.

PENNY BANNER bested TAMMY JONES.

BOB RAMSTEAD and RONNIE GARVIN wrestled to a draw.

LES WOLFF shaded TERRY GARVIN.


TEX McKENZIE
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CHARLESTON, S.C. - 1967

THE MASKED RED DEMONS defeated GEORGE BECKER and JOHNNY WEAVER on a disqualification.

TEX McKENZIE and NELSON ROYAL won over GENE and LARS ANDERSON.

PENNY BANNER bested PEGGY ALLEN.

ANGELO MARTINELLI topped TONY NERO.


THE MISSOURI MAULER
(LARRY HAMILTON)
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CHARLOTTE - 1968

THE MISSOURI MAULER and HIRO MATSUDA defeated HAYSTACK CALHOUN and THE AMAZING ZUMA.

GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT won from LARS and GENE ANDERSON.

TANK MORGAN lost to BOBBY RED CLOUD.

CHIEF LITTLE EAGLE topped THE MATADOR.


RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON
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ROANOKE, VA. - 1969

RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON beat ALDO BOGNI and BRONCHO LUBICH in a slugfest.

TAMMY JONES bested BELLE STARR.

ABE JACOBS won from JOHNNY HEIDEMAN.

JESSE JAMES beat EL GAUCHO on a disqualification.

BOB BURNS toppled CARL GOSSLIN.

Saturday, November 28, 2020


 

1967 RASSLIN' RESULTS

 

ABE JACOBS
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CHARLESTON, S.C. - 1967

THE MASKED RED DEMONS bested TEX McKENZIE and NELSON ROYAL.

LARS and GENE ANDERSON defeated JOHN HIGGINS and TINKER TODD.

ABE JACOBS topped BOB MORGAN.

CORSICA JOE beat TONY NERO.


LITTLE BEAVER
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RALEIGH, N.C. - 1967

KLONDIKE BILL and ABE JACOBS versus KURT and HENRY VON STROHEIM - DOUBLE DQ

THE MASKED RED DEMONS beat JESSE JAMES and ALEX MEDINA.

DON KENT won over TINKER TODD.

LITTLE BEAVER pinned BILLY THE KID.

KLONDIKE BILL
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GREENSBORO, N.C. - 1967

KURT and HENRY VON STROHEIM topped TEX McKENZIE and NELSON ROYAL.

GEORGE BECKER and JOHNNY WEAVER bested THE MASKED RED DEMONS.

KLONDIKE BILL and ABE JACOBS lost to ALDO BOGNI and BRONCHO LUBICH with HOMER O'DELL.

PENNY BANNER bested MILLIE STAFFORD.


BORIS THE GREAT MALENKO
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RALEIGH, N.C. - 1967

TEX McKENZIE and NELSON ROYAL topped RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON.

THE GREAT MALENKO and THE MISSOURI MAULER bested PAUL DEMARCO and STEVE BOLUS.

JOHNNY WEAVER and IKE EAKINS wrestled to a draw.

LUTHER LINDSAY defeated LARS ANDERSON - DQ

Thursday, November 26, 2020


 

DEMONS RETURN

 July 2, 1966

LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA


Two new tag team combinations will be seen in action against a pair of established duets on tonight's LEXINGTON YMCA pro wrestling card.

Action kicks off at 8:15 p.m.

Popular GEORGE 'CATALINA' DRAKE and LUTHER LINDSAY will combine their talents for the first time to meet the rugged twosome of THE MISSOURI MAULER and THE GREAT MALENKO. DRAKE and LINDSAY are quick and agile and wrestle by the rulebook. Across the ring, MALENKO and the MAULER are both rough wrestlers and have never heard of a wrestling rulebook.

Polished operators PAUL DEMARCO and KEN HOLLIS, both young guys loved by the fans, will join ranks to face off against the MASKED RED DEMONS in the other tag contest of the evening. The RED DEMONS continue to create problems for their opponents. In the short time they have been wrestling in LEXINGTON, they have taken both GEORGE BECKER & JOHNNY WEAVER, as well as GEORGE & SANDY SCOTT to the limit, one match by a double disqualification, the other a sixty-minute draw. Their identities remain a mystery.

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

Two singles matches, both promising lots of action, will send KARL GOTCH against big JOHN GUDISKI and popular STEVE BOLUS facing the veteran CORSICA JEAN.

Tuesday, November 24, 2020


 

WHO WON and WHO DIDN'T

 


GEORGE BECKER and JOHNNY WEAVER
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RICHMOND, VA. - 1971

GEORGE BECKER and JOHNNY WEAVER defeated ART NELSON and GENE ANDERSON

BRUTE BERNARD and THE MISSOURI MAULER whipped KOA TIKI and LUTHER LINDSAY

ANGELO MARTINELLI lost to JESSE JAMES

BARBARA NICHOLS bested TAMMY JONES


SAILOR ART THOMAS
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LYNCHBURG, VA. - 1969

RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON beat THE MISSOURI MAULER and HIRO MATSUDA

THE AMAZING ZUMA and SAILOR ART THOMAS topped PEDRO GODOY and EL GAUCHO

LES WOLFF bested JOHNNY HEIDEMAN

JESSE JAMES wrestled BOB RAMSTEAD to a draw


BOBBY RED CLOUD
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CHARLESTON, S.C. - 1968

LARS and GENE ANDERSON whipped ABE JACOBS and LUTHER LINDSAY

BOBBY RED CLOUD and CHIEF LITTLE EAGLE wrestled TERRY and RONNIE GARVIN to a draw

NIKITA MULKOVICH beat ALEX MEDINA

PEPE GOMEZ won from JIM GRABMIRE

THE MISSOURI MAULER
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - 1967

THE INFERNOS with J.C. DYKES topped ALDO BOGNI and BRONCHO LUBICH with HOMER O'DELL

JOHNNY WEAVER defeated THE MISSOURI MAULER

GEORGE BECKER demolished HOMER O'DELL

PENNY BANNER bested TAMMY JONES

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Saturday, November 21, 2020

COWBOYS, SKIN HEADS AND RAMS

 March 12, 1966

LEXINGTON, N.C.

NELSON ROYAL

TEX McKENZIE

KURT VON STROHEIM

BRUTE BERNARD and SKULL MURPHY

STEVE BOLUS

GORY GUERRERO
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The wrestling tag teams of TEX McKENZIE / NELSON ROYAL and BRUTE BERNARD / SKULL MURPHY will return to the LEXINGTON YMCA tonight for more professional wrestling action, but each shall be meeting different foes.

The cowboys, TEX and NELSON, who gained a disputed win over BRUTE and SKULL last Saturday, will face the rugged German brother combo of KURT and HENRY VON STROHEIM.

The co-feature tonight pairs BERNARD and MURPHY against the NFL L.A. RAMS duo of DON CHUY and JOE CAROLLO.

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

Singles action tonight finds popular STEVE BOLUS against Mexico's GORY GUERRERO.

There is also an 8:15 opening match.

Thursday, November 19, 2020

THEY WORKED HARD FOR THEIR MONEY

 Working for JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS meant lots of hours on the road, going from city to city, almost EVERY day.

And once they arrived at their destinations, they worked hard to give us, the wrestling fans, our entertainment dollar's worth.

They seldom failed...

RUFUS R. JONES feels the impact of a HARLEY RACE pile driver.


GENE ANDERSON grimaces as KOA TIKI puts on the pressure.


LUTHER LINDSAY attempts to remove the hood of THE MASKED MARVEL.


BELLE STARR and PENNY BANNER slug it out.


RONNIE GARVIN lets the air out of an opponent.


JERRY BRISCO and SANDY SCOTT work on the leg of SWEDE HANSON.


THE MUMMY puts the boot to a downed opponent.


GEORGE 'TWO TON' HARRIS takes a time-out during a TV match taped at WBTV-CHARLOTTE.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

HOMER O'DELL IN TIGHTS

 July 11, 1964

LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA


CHIEF BIG HEART

ALDO BOGNI and BRONCHO LUBICH

GEORGE BECKER

RONNY ETCHISON

NICK KOZAK

MIKE CLANCY

FRANK VALOIS

HOMER O'DELL
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Professional wrestling returns to the LEXINGTON YMCA with a bang tonight following a week's layoff because of the Fourth of July holiday.

A six man tag team match, with grudge ingredients thrown in, features the program.

Heroes GEORGE BECKER, RONNIE ETCHISON and CHIEF BIG HEART will battle top bullies ALDO BOGNI, BRONCHO LUBICH along with their arrogant manager, 'COLONEL' HOMER O'DELL, in a best-of-three falls encounter. This time out, O'DELL will don wrestling attire instead of the usual tuxedo and will participate as a legal wrestler.

'IRISH' MIKE CLANCY returns after a long absence and will meet tough Canadian FRANK VALOIS in the semi-final match of the evening.

Newcomer NICK KOZAK battles TOMMY O'TOOLE, and in the 8:15 opener, BOB BOYER faces PANCHO GOMEZ.

Sunday, November 15, 2020

From WEST VIRGINIA to SOUTH CAROLINA

 

THE INFERNOS and J.C. DYKES
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NORFOLKVA. - 1968

GEORGE BECKERJOHNNY WEAVER and LUTHER LINDSAY won from THE INFERNOS and J.C. DYKES via DQ.

BOB NANDOR and JIM OSBORNE versus JOHNNY HEIDEMAN and FRANK MARCONI ended in a draw.

MARVA SCOTT pinned THE BLACK VENUS.

PEPPY GOMEZ defeated FRANK HICKEY.


THE FLYING SCOTT BROTHERS
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ROANOKE, VA. - 1968

LARS and GENE ANDERSON toppled GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT.

BOBBY RED CLOUD and CHIEF LITTLE EAGLE bested JOHNNY HEIDEMAN and FRANK MARCONI.

PEPPY GOMEZ defeated FRANK HICKEY.

MARVA SCOTT pinned THE BLACK VENUS.


ABE JACOBS
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LYNCHBURG, VA. - 1968

ABE JACOBS and LUTHER LINDSAY topped LARS and GENE ANDERSON.

TERRY and RONNIE GARVIN defeated PEPPY GOMEZ and JACK RICO.

BOB NANDOR bested PANCHO VILLA.

THE MATADOR lost to JESSE JAMES.


JESSE JAMES
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CHARLESTON, W.V. - 1968

GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT wrestled LARS and GENE ANDERSON to a draw.

ABE JACOBS and LUTHER LINDSAY toppled LEON BAXTER and EL GAUCHO.

OLE ANDERSON whipped JESSE JAMES.

BOB NANDOR defeated TINKER TODD.

BOBBY KAY won from JACK VANSKY.


THE VIKING
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GREENVILLE, S.C. - 1965

THE KENTUCKIANS bested THE ALASKAN and THE BEAST.

RON REED * and GEORGE 'CATALINA' DRAKE defeated THE VIKING and FELIX LAMBAN.

STEVE BOLUS won from JACK VANSKY.

JACK VANSKY lost to NELSON ROYAL.


RON REED later wrestled as BUDDY COLT.

Friday, November 13, 2020

THOSE INFERNAL INFERNOS

 I make no apologies for throwing the spotlight once again on these guys for a number of reasons:

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They could really work in the ring.
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They really drew heat.
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And I just plain liked them!
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THE INFERNOS made several passes through JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS in the mid-late 1960s, and each time, went straight to the top of the card, feuding with not just the top 'babyface' teams, but also a number of the other 'heel' duos as well.

THE INFERNOS set every wrestling territory they worked in on fire!
Often, J.C. DYKES was forced to join his men in the ring as pictured here in a match against a team headed by EDDIE GRAHAM.

The helpless referee tries to no avail to prevent THE INFERNOS from double-teaming a hapless opponent.

THE INFERNOS
(These are the originals - Manager J.C. DYKES (left), ROCKY SMITH (center), FRANKIE CAIN (right).

Looks like things didn't go well for J.C. on this night.

JOHNNY WEAVER is at the mercy of one of the masked maulers.
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One INFERNO memory I have occurred in the late 1960s one summer night at the old semi-pro baseball park in Statesville, North Carolina.
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DYKES and his men were making their approach to the ring for their main event match. J.C. was wearing a brown paisley tuxedo jacket. Some idiot, out of nowhere like Ruby on Oswald, threw a large cup of Coca-Cola right in the manager's face and all over the jacket, then like the fool he was, took off running towards the center field fence (where there was no escape - the fence was at least ten feet high). Duh!
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Both INFERNOS took off after the goof. Whichever wrestler was wearing the 'loaded boot' actually got to him first, tackled him in the outfield and started slugging him. His masked partner was right behind and began beating the **** out of the poor guy with the metal canteen DYKES always carried to the ring.
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Eventually, the local police (60-inch girths and all) made it to the outfield and relieved the wrestlers of what was left of their attacker and escorted him out of the ball park and took him to the local police department, where I'm sure he spent the night at the expense of the citizens of Statesville.