Sunday, January 31, 2021


 

Saturday, January 30, 2021

NOT REALLY BROTHERS versus NOT REALLY BROTHERS

 January 25, 1969

LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

52 Years Ago

A rematch between the wrestling teams of GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT and THE MISSOURI MAULER and HIRO MATSUDA headlines tonight's wrestling at the LEXINGTON YMCA.

The popular FLYING SCOTTS lost to the villainous MAULER and MATSUDA last week when they were disqualified. This week it's NO DQ, so anything goes.

HOMER O'DELL will also be on hand managing his bullies. Last week, O'DELL was ordered away from the ring area by the referee before the match began. He plans to be around more tonight.

A super BATTLE OF THE BULLY BROTHERS is also set when two rule-breaking sibbling teams collide. It will be TERRY and RONNIE GARVIN meeting GENE and OLE ANDERSON.

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

Popular STEVE BOLUS returns after a long absence to face tough TONY NERO.

The card opens at 8:15 with newcomer BOBBY PAUL squaring off against the rough veteran "BULLDOG" LEE HENNING.

Friday, January 29, 2021

Thursday, January 28, 2021

HEELS VERSUS HEELS

 March 29, 1969

LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

52 Years Ago


Anything is likely to happen tonight...

RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON, "The Blonde Bombers" of the pro wrestling world, tear loose against an equally rough duo of THE MISSOURI MAULER and HIRO MATSUDA in tonight's LEXINGTON YMCA wrestling feature, kicking off at 8:15.

"Colonel" HOMER O'DELL, the diabolical manager of MATSUDA and the MAULER, will be accompanying his men and could get mixed up in the BATTLE OF THE BULLIES main event, scheduled for the best two-out-of-three falls.

"Let O'DELL stick his nose in the ring while I'm wrestling," said HAWK. "I've got a piledriver waiting with his name on it!" HAWK's partner HANSON had no comment.

Popular GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT will be back tonight, fresh off a victory here last week. "Bulldog" LEE HENNING and "Big" JIM GRABMIRE are the foes facing "The Flying Scotts" tonight. Two falls will decide the winning team.

Single matches send young BOBBY PAUL against the rugged ROCK HUNTER, and RANDY CURTIS will test tough EL GAUCHO in the opening match.

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

SKINHEADS AND A HAYSTACK

 June 13, 1964

LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

57 Years Ago



Wrestling fans will be treated to plenty of tag team action tonight at the LEXINGTON YMCA as matches include both heavyweight and midget stars.

Topping the card tonight is HAYSTACK CALHOUN, the world's biggest wrestler, and his speedy young partner JOHNNY WEAVER.

They will be matched against the brutal team of SKULL MURPHY and BRUTE BERNARD in a best-of-three falls rematch between the two duos.

These four fought it out last Saturday night in a thriller won by CALHOUN and WEAVER. The skin-headed combo of BERNARD and MURPHY, not satisfied with how they lost, asked for another shot. (Actually, MURPHY did the asking as the BRUTE doesn't do much talking.)

Midgets and heavyweights combine on teams in the semi-final. Heavyweight ALEX MEDINA will work with little FRENCHIE SEMARD, and they will oppose little guy CHICO SANTANA and his heavyweight partner PAT O'BRIEN.

Singles action sends TIM WOODS against JOE TOMASSA, with CHRIS AVEROFF tangling with SONNY FARGO in the 8:15 opener.

Monday, January 25, 2021

Sunday, January 24, 2021

CHECKING UNDER THE HOOD

 To my knowledge, THE INFERNOS were never fully unmasked in the ring, nor were their identities revealed to the fans.

Jim Crockett actually offered J.C. Dykes and THE INFERNOS a huge bonus to be unmasked all around his territory before they headed for other areas, but the trio refused the cash offer.

Actually, there was more than one team of THE INFERNOS, not uncommon for someone who was THAT hot (pardon the pun) in the business to have their ring personas ripped off. (Just try to imagine how many masked ASSASSIN teams there have been. Actually, there are STILL masked ASSASSINS wrestling in local indy outfits all over the country.)

But, back to THE INFERNOS, that is, the original ones.

If you have read some of my previous postings, it should be apparent that THE INFERNOS and J.C. DYKES were (and still are) at the top of my all-time 'heel' team list, and I've have been a pro wrestling fan now for over sixty years.

When THE INFERNOS burst upon the JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS wrestling scene back in the mid-1960s, they were an immediate sensation. They quickly joined BOGNI & LUBICH, HAWK & HANSON, MAULER & MALENKO and BERNARD & MURPHY as main event nasties. They immediately were causing in-ring trouble for BECKER & WEAVER, McKENZIE & ROYAL, the SCOTT brothers and all our other favorite babyfaces.

All of a sudden, J.C. DYKES was generating as much heat as a manager as his peer HOMER O'DELL (and that is saying plenty).

J.C. had his metal canteen (which he often used as a weapon) and that blasted whistle, playing it like a trumpet to signal his men during their match.

Add to that the fact that mysterious 'fireballs' appeared from time-to-time scorching the faces of some good guys (you can ask LES THATCHER about that) and, of course, that dreaded built-up wrestling boot (which many wrestlers claimed contained items varying from horseshoes to the kitchen sink).

These boys were so 'hot' in the territory that when they faced other heel teams in ring battles, the RIP & SWEDEs and the BRUTE & SKULLs drew the cheers of the crowd (at least for that one night).

THE INFERNOS took their ring gimmick to other territories besides JCP (such as Florida and Texas), and did the same blockbuster business there as well.

Over the course of their long run, some changes occurred within the group. The originals were FRANKIE CAIN and JIMMY 'ROCKY' SMITH. At one point, ROCKY had a heart attack (down in Texas, I believe) and how to bow out for a while, but returned later. FRANKIE eventually left to become wrestling's GREAT MEPHISTO and was replaced by ROCKY's brother CURTIS SMITH. Other INFERNOS included DOUG GILBERT, RON GIBSON, STAN PULASKI and KARL VON BRAUNER.

Then, of course, there were the copycats. When DYKES and his boys left Florida, Eddie Graham put two guys together and tried to pass them off as the originals. And to this day, like THE ASSASSINS, one can find masked men in indy outfits wrestling as THE INFERNOS.

FRANKIE CAIN is still with us. J.C. 'JIMMY' DYKES passed away in 1993. ROCKY SMITH is also gone.

But I still remember THE INFERNOS.

THE original INFERNOS
ROCKY SMITH (left) and FRANKIE CAIN (right)

A bloodied (and nearly unmasked) FRANKIE CAIN is checked out by manager J.C. DYKES.

DYKES consoles one of his men during a wild match.

Why the headgear on INFERNO ROCKY SMITH? It's because boxing champion JOE LOUIS was refereeing the match.

THE INFERNOS fall victim to GEORGE BECKER & JOHNNY WEAVER's "row your boat".

J.C. and the boys celebrate another victory.

During their Florida campaign, J.C. and ROCKY took issue with JOSE LOTHARIO's being on the wrestling program instead of THE INFERNOS.

Another bloody night in the ring.

J.C. DYKES submits to an interview, but refuses to disclose his men's identities.

A young TERRY FUNK gets an INFERNO boot to the face.

INFERNO FRANKIE CAIN unmasked.

INFERNO ROCKY SMITH unmasked.

Saturday, January 23, 2021

Friday, January 22, 2021

BIG MEN IN TOWN

 July 10, 1965

LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

THE KENTUCKIANS
TINY ANDERSON and BIG BOY BROWN


MIKE GALLAGHER

LITTLE BOY BLUE

CHICO SANTANA

THE BEAST

THE ALASKAN

TONI ROSE

THE VIKING
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Professional wrestling returns to the LEXINGTON YMCA tonight following a week's lay-off, and a big card featuring big men has been signed.

THE KENTUCKIANS, TINY ANDERSON and BIG BOY BROWN will face two rough and tough opponents when they collide with THE ALASKAN and THE BEAST.

This two-out-of-three falls match is a renewal of a fierce feud, and it appears to be reaching a boiling point. THE KENTUCKIANS will be matching their mammoth size against the rugged tactics of THE ALASKAN and the totally unorthodoxed wild man, THE BEAST.

Girl wrestlers BETTY BOUCHER and TONI ROSE square off in a ladies match.

In an added midgets contest, LITTLE BOY BLUE faces CHICO SANTANA.

There are two singles prelims as well.

Heavyweight DALE LEWIS meets tough guy MIKE GALLAGHER, and 'TIGER' JACK VANSKY will test THE VIKING.

Belltime is 8:15.

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

CLASSIC CONFRONTATIONS

 


One of the many brutal clashes of RIC FLAIR and WAHOO McDANIEL.

Arm bar time for STEVE KEIRN and MIKE 'THE JUDGE' DUBOIS.

THE GREAT BOLO has STEVE BOLUS at his mercy.

Two NWA HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONS go at it...
DUSTY RHODES and HARLEY RACE

The 'NATURE BOY' has THE AVENGER (REGGIE PARKS) at bay.

JACK BRISCO about to pass out at the hands of the MISSOURI MAULER.

KLONDIKE BILL sends COWBOY PARKER for a ride.

Wrestling was never rougher than when WAHOO McDANIEL fought JOHNNY VALENTINE.

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Monday, January 18, 2021

TAG TITLES ON THE LINE

 July 13, 1963

LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

58 Years Ago



Wrestling fans who like tag team action will get a double dose in an all-star card tonight at the LEXINGTON YMCA.

The current SOUTHERN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS, RAY ANDREWS and ERIC POMEROY, will defend their honor and belts against the savage challengers, ALDO BOGNI and BRONCHO LUBICH, who are managed by their strutting, cane-carrying manager HOMER O'DELL.

Popular stars REGGIE PARKS and JOHNNY WEAVER return after an absence to face the mammoth duo of "big and round guys" GEORGE 'CRYBABY' CANNON and GEORGE 'TWO TON' HARRIS in the co-main event.

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

Action will get underway at 8:15 when two more big men, FRANK VALOIS and PAT O'BRIEN, meet in the opener.

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Saturday, January 16, 2021

LET'S TAKE TIME FOR THIS COMMERCIAL MESSAGE

 

ABOUT THE MID-ATLANTIC WRESTLING EVENTS COMING UP IN YOUR AREA...



GREENSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA
(Typo on card: 'Rick' Hunter was actually 'Rock Hunter'.)



RICHMOND, VIRGINIA
(What a booking for DORY FUNK JR.---wrestling 'Bulldog' LEE HENNING in a prelim.)



RICHMOND, VIRGINIA
(from the MID-ATLANTIC GATEWAY)



RICHMOND, VIRGINIA



NORFOLK, VIRGINIA

Friday, January 15, 2021

Thursday, January 14, 2021


 

BLOOD(Y) BROTHERS GO AT IT

 July 29, 1967

LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

A battle between two brother teams highlights professional wrestling tonight at the LEXINGTON YMCA.

It will be THE FLYING SCOTTS, GEORGE and SANDY, against LARS and GENE ANDERSON, and bad blood exists between the two units. There were brief flurries here last Saturday night when the SCOTT brothers took up for CHIEF LITTLE EAGLE and JERRY LONDON after the ANDERSONs had defeated them. LARS and GENE decided winning the match wasn't enough, so the skullduggery continued until GEORGE and SANDY stepped in to control the violence. Tonight, the ANDERSON / SCOTT collision should get hot and heavy.

The widely-known South American wildman, PAMPERO FIRPO, makes his LEXINGTON debut tonight when he joins forces with THE MISSOURI MAULER to meet big KLONDIKE BILL and partner GREG PETERSON in another tag encounter.

Two-out-of-three falls govern both tag team matches.

Singles matches tonight will see popular Texan NELSON ROYAL meet the mysterious masked man, THE MUMMY, while TONY ROMANO and PEDRO GODOY, both rugged veterans, meet in a bullies opening match at 8:15.

PAMPERO FIRPO

GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT

GENE and LARS ANDERSON

NELSON ROYAL and KLONDIKE BILL

THE MISSOURI MAULER

THE MUMMY

GREG PETERSON

PEDRO GODOY