Sunday, February 28, 2021


 

Saturday, February 27, 2021

WHERE WERE YOU IN '62?

 Moviegoers of 1973 and beyond may remember the advertising slogan from the hit film AMERICAN GRAFFITI.

It was a catchy phrase that stayed in the minds of folks for quite a while.

So, since I'm spotlighting some great 1962 JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS shows from GREENSBORO, N.C., I'll ask again...

WHERE WERE YOU IN '62?

FEBRUARY 15, 1962

ARGENTINA ROCCA defeated RIP HAWK.

U.S. HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION PAT O'CONNOR won over HANS SCHMIDT via DQ.

DON McCLARITY topped SWEET DADDY SIKI.

STEVE BOLUS and ANGELO MARTINELLI whipped SONNY FARGO and JACK VANSKY.

RITA CORTEZ pinned JUDY GRABLE.

GUY LA ROSE bested ANGELO SAVALDI.



APRIL 5, 1962

WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION BUDDY ROGERS retained the title over BILLY 'TARZAN' DARNELL.

REGGIE PARKS and STEVE BOLUS beat KURT and KARL VON BRAUNER via DQ.

GEORGE BECKER topped RIP HAWK.

BABY CHERYL pinned DARLING DAGMAR.

CHIEF BIG HEART and PANCHO VILLA wrestled to a draw.

LUTHER LINDSAY whipped MIKE PAIDOUSIS.



MAY 3, 1962

ARGENTINA ROCCA and HAYSTACK CALHOUN topped KURT and KARL VON BRAUNER via DQ.

IVAN KAMEROFF and JOHN SMITH stopped JIM LA-ROCK and JERRY LONDON.

JOHNNY WEAVER pinned ANGELO SAVALDI

STEVE BOLUS and PAT O'BRIEN wrestled to a draw.

TINY SMITH won from JACK VANSKY (subbing for JACK TERRY).



MAY 24, 1962

JOHNNY VALENTINE stopped JOHNNY WEAVER.

RIP HAWK won over GEORGE BECKER.

HAYSTACK CALHOUN and ABE JACOBS toppled SWEDE HANSON and GYPSY JOE.

JOHN SMITH and IVAN KAMEROFF defeated TONY BAILLERGEON and MAURICE LA POINTE.

RAY VILLMER bested PANCHO VILLA.



JULY 5, 1962

HANS SCHMIDT defeated PAT O'CONNOR.

GEORGE BECKER and ARGENTINA ROCCA stopped P.Y. CHUNG and TARO MYAKI.

RIP HAWK won over JOHNNY WEAVER via DQ.

PENNY BANNER topped ANN LAVERNE.

ABE JACOBS and ROCK HUNTER wrestled to a draw.

DICK STEINBORN pinned ANGELO SAVALDI.



OCTOBER 18, 1962

RIP HAWK and ROCK HUNTER defeated GEORGE BECKER and BILLY TWO RIVERS.

THE GREAT BOLO topped JOHNNY WEAVER.

REGGIE PARKS and RAY VILLMER bested JOHN SMITH and IVAN KAMEROFF.

PAT SHERRY pinned BRENDA SCOTT.

EDUARDO CASTILLO lost to P.Y. CHUNG.

Friday, February 26, 2021

Thursday, February 25, 2021

MAULER CLAIMS WEAVER "A CHICKEN THIEF"

 July 16, 1966

LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA


THE MISSOURI MAULER


THE GREAT MALENKO



ABE JACOBS


LUTHER LINDSAY


PENNY BANNER


GEORGE 'CATALINA' DRAKE

Popular JOHNNY WEAVER, at least 'temporary' SOUTHERN HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION, will take New Zealander ABE JACOBS as a partner tonight and will face THE MISSOURI MAULER and THE GREAT MALENKO in a two-out-of-three falls tag team main event at the LEXINGTON YMCA.

Last Saturday night in the ring, WEAVER had one fall in a championship bout against the title-holding MAULER when all types of excitement broke out. Referee Walter Buckner was injured and could not continue officiating. WEAVER, trying to aid the fallen ref, was attacked by the MAULER, and JACOBS came in to lend a hand. The MAULER took the low road and ran, with WEAVER grabbing the championship belt, saying he plans to keep it until the NWA officials make a ruling. Tonight's grudge match grows out of the turmoil.

"He never beat me for the belt, but he stole it anyway," claims the MAULER. "He's just as low down as the chicken thieves we've got back home in St. Jo. As far as I'm concerned, WEAVER is nothing but a chicken thief, and he's gonna pay."

Another tag match is scheduled with two falls necessary to determine a winner. Popular power hitters GEORGE 'CATALINA' DRAKE and Negro star LUTHER LINDSAY will meet CORSICA JEAN and Lexington newcomer 'BRUISER' BOB MORGAN.

MISS PENNY BANNER and MISS DIXIE JORDAN face off in a special ladies match, and IKE EAKINS battles KEN HOLLIS in the opening match, which gets underway at 8:15.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

BOLO BATTLES IN TEXAS DEATH MATCH

 August 4, 1958

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA
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63 Years Ago


They're going to settle something, and someone is likely to get hurt really bad when ERNIE DUSEK takes on THE GREAT BOLO for the third straight week in the feature bout of tonight's PARK CENTER wrestling card, presented by promoter JIM CROCKETT.

The reason for the possible injuries - - this time the two roughnecks will go at each other under TEXAS DEATH MATCH rules. This means that the two vicious veterans will battle each other until one hollers "I'VE HAD ENOUGH," or one is injured and unable to continue.

"Falls will not count, and it's strictly dog-eat-dog," says CROCKETT. There will be NO DISQUALIFICATION - - such as the match that ended last week when it appeared that DUSEK would unmask the hooded BOLO. The match two weeks back ended in a one-hour draw with falls equal. Both bouts ended in blood flowing from both opponents. Tonight's clash may not be for the squeamish.

Three other bouts make up the card.

The main prelim pairs CYCLONE ANAYA and GORY GUERRERO in a tag team match against ANTONE LEONE and FRANK JARES. The scrap is set for one hour and two-of-three falls.

There is a styled-for-action singles contest which has popular GEORGE BECKER facing HANS SCHNABEL, the barrel-chested veteran from Milwaukee. It's carded for one fall and 45 minutes.

The 8:15 opener sends NICK ROBERTS against 'Crybaby' BOB CORBY for one fall and 30 minutes. ROBERTS is the handsome Atlanta grappler who gave WORLD CHAMPION DICK HUTTON such a tough bout here two months ago.

Monday, February 22, 2021

Sunday, February 21, 2021

COWBOYS AND BOMBERS

 May 21, 1966

LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

55 Years Ago

Wrestling fans will get a chance to witness a rematch between the teams of TEX McKENZIE / NELSON ROYAL and RIP HAWK / SWEDE HANSON at the LEXINGTON YMCA tonight.

Demands for the return came after the popular Texans lost a disputed match to the BLONDE BOMBERS last Saturday night. It has been contended that HAWK used the ropes in an illegal manner to produce the decisive fall when ROYAL was in position to win it all for his team.

The two-out-of-three falls tag match highlights the card which also contains the following other matches:

Newcomer PAUL DEMARCO meets veteran tough guy IKE EAKINS in the semifinal.

KARL GOTCH takes on CORSICA JEAN, while two other newcomers, RAY GARDINI and KEN HOLLIS, clash in the 8:15 opening match of the evening.

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Friday, February 19, 2021

I WAS NEVER AN OPTIMIST

 ...however, I was indebted to the optimists, the SALISBURY, N.C. OPTIMIST CLUB, that is, because in the Spring and Summer of 1976, the club, to raise money for their projects, sponsored JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS / MID-ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING in the city of Salisbury, N.C. (where I live).


Not once...not twice...but THREE times within a six month period.


ANGELO MOSCA

March 18, 1976 - SALISBURY POST

WAHOO MCDANIEL

A crowd nearing twelve hundred witnessed 'Chief' WAHOO McDANIEL pin big ANGELO MOSCA in the main event last night at CATAWBA COLLEGE's GOODMAN GYMNASIUM. The professional wrestling show was sponsored by the SALISBURY OPTIMIST CLUB. Long-time favorite JOHNNY WEAVER and his partner TIGER CONWAY JR. topped JACK EVANS and BILL WHITE in the evening's tag team contest. GEORGE HARRIS, known as 'Two Ton', belly-splashed a much-smaller GREG PETERSON to win his match, and veteran SWEDE HANSON used a neck breaker to subdue BILL HOWARD. OPTIMIST CLUB officials announced they were very pleased with attendance and would be negotiating to bring wrestling back to SALISBURY very soon.


May 8, 1976 - SALISBURY POST

BLACKJACK MULLIGAN


May 9, 1976 - SALISBURY POST

AUGUST 3, 1976 - SALISBURY POST

August 4, 1976 - SALISBURY POST


May 6, 1976 - SALISBURY POST

The wrestler referred to as Red Bastian, was in fact, Red Bastien.

Three great evenings of JCP in my home town, and I had to drive only ten miles round trip for each show. Considering the many, many miles I drove throughout the years to see MID-ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING, this was a welcome change.

And for the record, I was never an OPTIMIST. I was a CIVITAN. We sold fruitcake.

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

EXPLOSIVE AS THE PLANET KRYPTON

 The MID-ATLANTIC WRESTLING rings were always loaded with dynamite, and the explosion usually occurred !


TIM WOODS applies a headlock to his opponent.

RIP HAWK attempts an old-fashioned hanging on NELSON ROYAL.

LARS and GENE ANDERSON demonstrate their double-knee drop on GEORGE BECKER.

THE ASSASSIN (JODY HAMILTON) is caught in an abdominal stretch.

Big SWEDE HANSON does some dental work on one of the VON STROHEIMS.

One of THE INFERNOS goes for a ride.

PAUL JONES is about to feel the wrath of GREG VALENTINE's 'hammer'.

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Monday, February 15, 2021

ACTION AT PARK CENTER

 It's difficult and somewhat sad to realize that this JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS

wrestling card at CHARLOTTE'S PARK CENTER occurred more than sixty years ago...

THE AMAZING ZUMA

THE GREAT BOLO

HAYSTACK CALHOUN

'IRISH' MIKE CLANCY

LARRY 'CRUSHER' HAMILTON


May 3, 1960
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA

Two of the hottest wrestling personalities to hit the Charlotte grappling scene in many years will collide tonight at the PARK CENTER to settle who is better.

It's THE AMAZING ZUMA, the acrobatic South American, going against the hooded menace, THE GREAT BOLO. They'll get one hour, two of three falls, to decide the winner.

The semiwindup has JACKIE FARGO and DON STEVENS tackling rugged RAY VILLMER and 'IRISH' MIKE CLANCY in tag team warfare.

The main prelim has 600-pounder HAYSTACK CALHOUN going against the nasty German KARL VON HESS and the 8:15 opener sends BOB BOYER against LARRY 'CRUSHER' HAMILTON *


LARRY 'CRUSHER' HAMILTON later wrestled as THE MISSOURI MAULER.

Sunday, February 14, 2021

Saturday, February 13, 2021

RIP and SWEDE AT PLAY

 

Rip and Swede about to enjoy another day off from ring action...

A little time for serious conversation, but probably NOT politics...

Giving THE BEATLES and THE BEACH BOYS a little musical competition.

Back to the links. Always a round of golf on a day off.

On no! Apparently the hotel has overcharged the guys on their bar tab!

Friday, February 12, 2021

Thursday, February 11, 2021

O'DELL'S NEW TEAM

 April 13, 1963

LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

58 Years Ago


The immensely popular tag team of GEORGE BECKER and BILLY TWO RIVERS returns to the LEXINGTON YMCA tonight to battle the rugged villainous duo of ALDO BOGNI and BRONCHO LUBICH in the two-out-of-three falls main event that headlines this week's wrestling card.

BECKER and TWO RIVERS are well-known as a team. The LUBICH and BOGNI combo is a fairly new combination but has been very successful since teaming up. Perhaps part of that success is due to manager HOMER O'DELL, who is always in the corner of the bullies.

GEORGE and BILLY will have to keep their eyes on O'DELL, as well as BOGNI and LUBICH, as the tuxedoed manager tends to become involved in his men's matches. And that wooden cane he carries has found its mark on opponents' noggins.

Asheboro's own rising wrestling star, LARRY HULIN, faces a tough test when he meets big SWEDE HANSON in the week's best-of-three fall semifinal encounter.

In the night's prelim matches, JOHNNY 'RUBBERMAN' WALKER meets rough JAN MADRID, and DOUG KINSLOW squares off against MARK STONE in the 8:15 opener.

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JOHNNY 'RUBBERMAN' WALKER later wrestled under the hood as MR. WRESTLING 2.