Tuesday, May 26, 2015

LET'S PLAY CARDS

May 18, 1972
GREENSBORO, N.C.

JOHNNY WEAVER and ART NELSON defeated RIP HAWK and 'PLAYBOY' GARY HART.

GENE and OLE ANDERSON topped KLONDIKE BILL and NELSON ROYAL via DQ.

SANDY SCOTT and JERRY BRISCO bested ROCK HUNTER and MATTI SUZUKI.

PENNY BANNER pinned TONI ROSE.

SWEDE HANSON won over ARGENTINA APOLLO.

LES THATCHER beat FRANK MORRELL.

'BAD BOY' BILLY HINES won over RANDY CURTIS.


August 31, 1972
GREENSBORO, N.C.

JOHNNY WEAVER and ART NELSON won the ATLANTIC COAST TAG TEAM titles from THE MISSOURI MAULER and BRUTE BERNARD.

RIP HAWK, SWEDE HANSON and 'PLAYBOY' GARY HART defeated JERRY BRISCO, GENE and OLE ANDERSON.

THE ROYAL KANGAROOS bested THE KENTUCKIAN and JIM DILLON.

THUNDERBOLT PATTERSON beat GEORGE 'TWO TON' HARRIS.

LES THATCHER took 'BAD BOY' BILLY HINES.

FRANK HESTER and CHARLIE FULTON wrestled to a draw.


December 26, 1972
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.

JOHNNY WEAVER and ART NELSON beat THE ROYAL KANGAROOS.

JACK and JERRY BRISCO versus GENE and OLE ANDERSON - DOUBLE DQ.

COWBOY LANG and DEBBIE JOHNSON pinned BILLY THE KID and TONI ROSE.

LES THATCHER topped FRANK MORRELL.

RANDY CURTIS won over DICK SHANNON.

'BAD BOY' BILLY HINES defeated JOE FURR.


March 15, 1973
GREENSBORO, N.C.

RIP HAWK, SWEDE HANSON and 'KILLER' KARL KOX won the TEXAS DEATH MATCH over JOHNNY WEAVER, THUNDERBOLT PATTERSON and JERRY BRISCO.

ART NELSON demolished HOMER O'DELL.

GENE and OLE ANDERSON beat NELSON ROYAL and RONNIE GARVIN.

THE ROYAL KANGAROOS bested BOBBY and TERRY KAYE.

GEORGE SCOTT whipped BOBBY SHANE.

SANDY SCOTT squashed FRANK MORRELL.


April 12, 1973
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.

GENE and OLE ANDERSON lost to THUNDERBOLT PATTERSON and JERRY BRISCO via DQ.

WAHOO MCDANIEL topped RIP HAWK.

HAYSTACK CALHOUN won over 'KILLER' KARL KOX via DQ.

PENNY BANNER pinned PEGGY PATERSON.

SWEDE HANSON stopped BOBBY KAY.

THE MENACE topped TERRY KAY.

LES THATCHER beat MIKE HALL.

TERRY SAWYER and JOHNNY HEIDEMAN wrestled to a draw.


April 5, 1973
GREENSBORO, N.C.

JOHNNY WEAVER, THUNDERBOLT PATTERSON and JERRY won the TEXAS DEATH MATCH over 'KILLER' KARL KOX, RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON.

GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT lost to GENE and OLE ANDERSON.

FRANK MORRELL submitted to ART NELSON.

MIKE YORK pinned JIM DILLON.

THE MENACE disposed of JOHNNY RINGO.

FRANK MONTE toppled LES THATCHER.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

TWO MAIN EVENTS FOR THE PRICE OF ONE

May 24, 1969
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

46 Years Ago

Power-packed action is offered wrestling fans in an all-star card at the LEXINGTON YMCA tonight, kicking off at 8:15.

The first of two big tag team matches will send the "BLONDE BOMBERS" RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON against the popular Texas twosome of NELSON ROYAL and PAUL JONES. The Texans are fast and high-flying, the "BOMBERS" mean and rugged, so the clash of styles could make for just a plain old battle.

Co-featuring the agenda will be a tag battle between the popular duo of Hawaiian SAM STEAMBOAT and partner MR. WRESTLING when they face the highly dangerous combo of THE INFERNOS. Interesting that STEAMBOAT is the only participant who doesn't hide his true identity behind a mask. Both teams have been on a winning streak lately, so something's gotta give in this one. Add in THE INFERNOS' crafty manager, J.C. DYKES, and anything might happen.

Both tag matches will go the best-of-three falls.

Rough PANCHO VALDEZ meets young RANDY CURTIS and fan favorite GREG PETERSON will contest BOBBY PAUL in the evening's first match.

Friday, May 22, 2015

HEEL TEAM DEBUTS IN LEXINGTON

JUNE 4, 1966
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

49 Years Ago

A speedy team of popular heroes meets brutal and deliberate opponents in featured tag team wrestling at the LEXINGTON YMCA tonight starting at 8:15.

GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT, the "FLYING SCOTTS" as they are known in the wrestling business, pit their spectacular offense against the skin-headed bullies SKULL MURPHY and BRUTE BERNARD in the main event match. These two teams are long-time rivals.

The other tag battle matches the flashy RUDY KAYE and ABE JACOBS against rugged ruffians THE GREAT MALENKO and THE MISSOURI MAULER, teaming here for the first time.

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

A special attraction tonight matches two top-ranked Negro girl stars, as SWEET GEORGIA BROWN takes on PRINCESS UBANGI.

Popular STEVE BOLUS meets big JOHN GUDISKI in the opening match.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

RING RESULTS

History made in the MID-ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING territory forty years ago...

JIM GRABMIRE
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RALEIGH, N.C. - 1968

ABE JACOBS and LUTHER LINDSAY lost to HIRO MATSUDA and THE MISSOURI MAULER.

LES THATCHER and JIM OSBORNE bested 'BULLDOG' LEE HENNING and JIM GRABMIRE.

PANCHO VALDEZ and BOB NANDOR wrestled to a draw.

PEPPY GOMEZ topped FRANK HESTER.

LUTHER LINDSAY
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RICHMOND, VA. - 1965

GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT and JOHNNY WEAVER bested ALDO BOGNIBRONCHO LUBICH and HOMER O'DELL in six man action.

'BIG' BOB ORTON topped STEVE BOLUS.

JOHNNY WEAVER won from PEDRO ZAPATA.

LUTHER LINDSAY defeated RAY DURAN.

THE AMAZING ZUMA
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CHARLESTON, S.C. - 1968

GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT whipped THE MISSOURI MAULER and HIRO MATSUDA.

GEORGE BECKERJOHNNY WEAVER and NELSON ROYAL toppled J.C. DYKES and THE INFERNOS in six man action.

THE AMAZING ZUMA pinned 'BULLDOG' LEE HENNING.

THE MATADOR beat JACK RICE.

THE TOLOS BROTHERS
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CHARLESTON, S.C. - 1965

THE KENTUCKIANS topped BRUTE BERNARD and SKULL MURPHY via DQ.

JOHN and CHRIS TOLOS wrestled NELSON ROYAL and STEVE BOLUS to a draw.

MIKE PAIDOUSIS won over CHRIS AVEROFF.
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GEORGE 'CATALINA' DRAKE defeated MIKE GALLAGHER.

Monday, May 18, 2015

RIP AND SWEDE ON THE REBOUND

February 6, 1965
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA


The "BLONDE BOMBERS" of professional wrestling return to the LEXINGTON YMCA tonight after a disappointing experience here last week.

RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON, who boast of an incredible win record, came up short last Saturday at the hands of THE FLYING SCOTTS.

They will attempt to reverse their bad fortunes tonight when they tangle with another top team in that of NICK KOZAK and "IRISH" MIKE CLANCY.

"Last week's loss was a fluke, and I promise it won't happen again," shouted RIP HAWK, as partner HANSON nodded. SWEDE doesn't say much.

Another top tag battle is signed when fan favorites RUDY KAYE and ANGELO MARTINELLI take on the rulebreaking duo of "SIR" NELSON ROYAL and THE VIKING, who have been on a hot streak as of late.

Both tag team matches are set for the best-of-three falls with one hour time limits.

Singles action opens the card at 8:15 when LORENZO PARENTE faces THE BEAST.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

SOUTHERN TITLE ON THE LINE

April 8, 1967
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

46 Years Ago

The SOUTHERN HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP is on the line tonight when the current title holder, THE MISSOURI MAULER, defends against the former champ, KLONDIKE BILL, in the headline match at the LEXINGTON YMCA.

KLONDIKE, the popular Alaskan, is out to regain the title from the MAULER, the man he first lifted it from a few months ago.

The MAULER managed to regain the belt from BILL recently under a dark cloud of controversy. KLONDIKE says that justice will prevail tonight in LEXINGTON. The title match is under stipulations of a one-hour time limit with the winner gaining two falls out of three.

The torrid Texan team of cowboys TEX McKENZIE and NELSON ROYAL will have their hands full when they meet big and rugged "Apache" BULL RAMOS and the mysterious masked grappler THE MUMMY. This best-of-three falls co-feature should produce plenty of action.

In single matches, the mammoth HAYSTACK CALHOUN returns to the YMCA to meet rough PEDRO GODOY.

Popular GREG PETERSON squares off against FRANK MARCONI in the 8:15 opening match.

Monday, May 11, 2015

CHARLOTTE'S COLISEUM WILL EXPLODE

May 20, 1963
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA

52 Years Ago

When four of the roughest and toughest wrestlers EVER to appear in the Carolinas face off against each other, there's bound to be quite a collision. Add to that a tuxedo-wearing, cane-carrying "gentleman" who provides even more dirty work while operating at ringside, and you have a rousing night's work cut out for a wrestling referee.

That will be the scenario at the CHARLOTTE COLISEUM tonight when THE GREAT BOLO and BOLO, the masked roughnecks who have kept their identities secret for so long, go against equally rugged BRONCHO LUBICH and ALDO BOGNI (accompanied by their manager HOMER O'DELL) in a two-out-of-three falls BATTLE OF THE BULLIES clash.

It's the headline bout on a seven match card which gets underway at 8:15 p.m. Tickets for this big show are now available at the COLISEUM box office and the NATIONAL HAT SHOP in downtown Charlotte.

ARGENTINA ROCCA, the man who has filled New York City's Madison Square Garden to capacity no less than fifteen times, is also on the card in a special match against ruffian FRANK VALOIS in a one-fall event.

THE KENTUCKIANS, TINY ANDERSON and BIG BOY BROWN, will also make an appearance. They will put their combined 700 pounds against another huge team in SWEDE HANSON and "CRYBABY" CANNON. This tag match is set for the best-of-three falls.

RIP (don't call me chicken) HAWK, yet another vicious character, returns to Charlotte for the first time since Christmas to meet popular Indian star BILLY TWO RIVERS in the main prelim match.

Three more single matches featuring top mat stars will round out tonight's gigantic wrestling event.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

THE QUEEN OF JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS


It took Mary Ann Kostecki only one professional wrestling match to decide to change her name.

The transition in identification came not so many years ago in a small Ohio town where the shapely St. Louis blonde with the green eyes made her mat debut under the tutelage of the late Billy Wolfe.

"Sure, I was nervous until the bell rang, but you might say I was more embarrassed when I heard the ring announcer struggling with my name. I won the match and Billy agreed I had a name nobody could remember," said the statuesque young lady.

The new name...PENNY BANNER.

It has been written previously that Penny selected the name from the movie ARROWHEAD, a film she had seen that starred Charlton Heston, one of her favorite actors. "Heston's name in the movie was Banner, and my mother had always called me Penny as a little girl. So I became Penny Banner from my second wrestling match."

She didn't know it at the time but when Penny joined a judo class at a YMCA, it was her first step toward a pro mat career and eventually national stardom. Sam
Muchnick, president of the National Wrestling Alliance saw Penny giving a judo demonstration on television and was impressed with what he saw. Muchnick called her the next day after seeing the blonde flip a few Marines who were also on the TV show. The NWA President gave Penny a letter to Billy Wolfe, who ran an all-girl wrestling school in Columbus, Ohio, and she was on her way. And she was starting with the right man as Wolfe had been instrumental in the careers of the likes of Mildred Burke, Juanita Coffman, Therese Thies, Mae Weston and The Fabulous Moolah.

When asked how long it took in training before she was assigned her first wrestling match, Penny replied, "When I first began training, Mr. Wolfe told me it usually took about six to nine months of serious conditioning before any girl got her first chance. But with my judo and physical education experience, I got the green light after one week."
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As she gained experience, Penny sharpened her skills and rolled up an impressive string of wins while campaigning through Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, and the Carolinas. Girl wrestling is very popular in these areas. She continued her march over some of the top female performers in the country and sought a match with June Byers, who had succeeded Mildred Burke as the NWA women's champion. "It started that Byers was taking on all comers, and I made up my mind that this was my big chance. I walked into the ring in Columbus one night and challenged her. She accepted my challenge." Penny surprised a lot of people that night by taking the highly-touted Texas lass to a ten-minute time limit draw. A later match for the title saw Byers winning the first fall, Penny the second, and time expiring before the third fall could begin.


June Byers was the victim of a serious automobile accident shortly after her last match with Penny and forced to retire. Banner then teamed up with Bonnie Watson for tag events and were highly successful until romance broke up the duo when Bonnie married. Betty Hawkins became Penny's partner, and they won the Western Canada girls' tag title and were undefeated for two years. Betty then married, and Penny was forced to again find a new partner. She was Lorraine Johnson. Together, they won the Women's World Tag Title in St. Joseph, Missouri and had a long winning streak until Cupid entered the picture again. But this time it was Penny who married...a popular Indianapolis wrestler, Johnny Weaver. The two would later have a daughter, Wendi, who at six months of age made Banner think differently about her career. "My wrestling schedule was keeping me away from Wendi and Johnny. Being a wrestler was thrilling but my family was more important to me."

As Wendi grew up, Penny and Johnny switched their home from St. Louis to Charlotte, North Carolina, where Johnny made his wrestling home. Penny wrestled a limited schedule, finding the balance between her career and being a good wife and mother.

When time permits, the Weaver clan enjoy golf and bowling plus Johnny's penchant for watching Sunday sports on TV and a good game of cards. Penny and Wendi, now twelve, love horses and are excellent riders. They own quarter horses not far from their home and compete in numerous shows in the Charlotte area. They have a roomful of ribbons and trophies in their home which they have won competing.

Penny enjoys simple tastes in cooking vegetables, mashed potatoes, roast beef, stuffed peppers and sauerkraut. She also believes every woman should take good care of their bodies. "Our bodies are like a house. If we take care of it, it will take care of us. I like to work out three times a week." Banner has had her share of injuries over the years, including a bad knee which is one of her main weaknesses right now. It has been dislocated five times with ligament and tendon damage.

But for now, Penny will continue to wrestle when she wants. And why not? Penny Banner still rates high among the top ten female wrestlers in the world today.



Taken from WRESTLING REVUE, January 1974 and written by GENE GORDON.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

OUTDOOR WRESTLING AT ITS FINEST

May 4, 1966
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA

49 Years Ago

Three Charlotte newcomers are on the big outdoor wrestling card tonight at MEMORIAL STADIUM, promoter JIM CROCKETT has announced.

The three debuting are all billed in the preliminary matches to the RUSSIAN CHAIN MATCH, which serves as the main event.

Big man KLONDIKE BILL, who is scientific-minded (but can rough it up when necessary), meets the rugged, tough villain IKE EAKINS.

BRUISER MORGAN, another of the first-timers, tangles with "Flying" SANDY SCOTT.

The third to make his debut will be promising young BOBBY SHANE, who tries out the experience of EL GAUCHO.

All are set for one fall.

The main event brings together BORIS "THE GREAT" MALENKO and fan favorite GEORGE SCOTT in a RUSSIAN CHAIN MATCH.

These men, bitter enemies, are shackled at the wrists by a six-foot length of chain and battle each other until one can drag the other around the ring twice. The normal falls do not count in this match. Chain matches are usually extremely brutal and bloody, and both men stand a good chance of spending the night in a hospital emergency room.

The SOUTHERN HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP goes on the line tonight when THE MISSOURI MAULER climbs into the ring to face KARL GOTCH.

THE MAULER is the defending champion but has met few battlers of GOTCH's caliber. They'll go at it for the best-of-three falls with a one-hour time limit.

LUTHER LINDSEY, the North Carolina tussler, who is regarded as the best of the Negro wrestlers working today, joins forces with GEORGE "CATALINA" DRAKE to test BRONCHO LUBICH and ALDO BOGNI in tag team warfare. Of course, HOMER O'DELL, the slimy manager of LUBICH and BOGNI, will be in his men's corner.

Action begins at 8:15 and will continue under the stars.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

TEXAS ROYAL IN STATESVILLE TOWN

May 20, 1965
STATESVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA
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50 Years Ago...
and I was there...
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