Tuesday, September 30, 2014

RED HOT RINGS! RED HOT BUSINESS!

A journey around the JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS / MID-ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING territory always found great mat action...

PAUL JONES works on the arm of GENE ANDERSON.

Referee TOMMY YOUNG checks to make sure GREG VALENTINE's chin lock on JOHNNY WEAVER isn't a choke hold.

TOMMY SEIGLER has the advantage over THE GREAT MALENKO.

What's this? The boomerang of THE ROYAL KANGAROOS in the possession of THUNDERBOLT PATTERSON.

PAUL JONES takes a body block from RIP HAWK as NELSON ROYAL observes.

THE MISSOURI MAULER makes use of a chair to even the odds in a match with WAHOO McDANIEL.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

BLONDES AND DEMONS

October 1, 1966
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON

PAUL DEMARCO

BOBBY SHANE

THE MASKED RED DEMONS
with GEORGE 'TWO TON' HARRIS

PENNY BANNER versus TAMMY JONES
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A BATTLE OF THE BULLIES features professional wrestling tonight at the LEXINGTON YMCA with super roughnecks RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON going against the rowdy duo of THE MASKED RED DEMONS.

Both teams are known for their rough natures and lack of respect for the rules, and meeting each other tonight should pack quite a wallop. Fans who like it rough and tough should really get into this two-out-of-three falls battle.

Girl wrestlers will meet in a special one-fall event with the area's foremost female grappler, PENNY BANNER, meeting newcomer TAMMY JONES. Scouting reports on Miss JONES suggest she sometimes acts very unlady-like.

Popular and speedy BOBBY SHANE goes against the heavyweight veteran GEORGE 'TWO TON' HARRIS, and sometimes SHANE partner, PAUL DEMARCO, meets a tough one in the likes of 'BIG BOY' BLONDELL in supporting matches.

The first bell rings at 8:15 p.m.

Friday, September 26, 2014

49 YEARS AGO

July 31, 1965
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

GEORGE 'TWO TON' HARRIS

JOHN and CHRIS TOLOS

RON REED

DALE LEWIS

THE VIKING

ABE JACOBS

LUTHER LINDSAY
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Brothers JOHN and CHRIS TOLOS, known as 'THE MICHIGAN WRECKING CREW', will face tough competition in a LEXINGTON YMCA pro wrestling feature tonight.

This time out, the TOLOS brothers, victorious last Saturday over GEORGE 'CATALINA' DRAKE and RON REED, will be pitted against the stellar and spectacular duo of New Zealand's ABE JACOBS and former AAU and Olympic mat star DALE LEWIS. The two teams will go at it in a two-out-of-three falls encounter.

RON REED will return tonight and will face THE VIKING, a rugged competitor, in the evening's semi-final. It's the best-of-three falls as well.

LUTHER LINDSAY, a local Negro star, and very popular with the fans, meets the Frenchman FELIX LAMBAN in one preliminary.

In the opening contest, young ROY DURAN will attempt to halt big bully GEORGE 'TWO TON' HARRIS, who has been on quite a tear of late.

Action gets underway at 8:15 tonight.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

THE WAY IT WENT

Results from JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS shows of the past...

THE GARVINS
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RALEIGH, N.C. - 1968

JOHNNY WEAVER and HIRO MATSUDA wrestled to a draw

GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT defeated THE INFERNOS with J.C. DYKES

TERRY and RONNIE GARVIN topped BOB NANDOR and JESSE JAMES

ALEX MEDINA lost to 'BULLDOG' LEE HENNING

GENE KINISKI
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ROANOKE, VA. - 1969

GENE KINISKI defended the WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP successfully beating PAUL JONES

NELSON ROYALGEORGE and SANDY SCOTT topped THE INFERNOS and J.C. DYKES in six man action

THE MATADOR whipped JACK RICE

JIM GRABMIRE and JESSE JAMES wrestled to a draw


MR. WRESTLING and SAM STEAMBOAT
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CHARLESTON, W.V. - 1969

RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON versus SAM STEAMBOAT and MR. WRESTLING ended in a double DQ

EL GAUCHO and LEON BAXTER topped BOB RAMSTEAD and JESSE JAMES

TINKER TODD lost to ROCK HUNTER

BOBBY KAY beat TONY NERO


EL GAUCHO
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - 1969

SAILOR ART THOMASGEORGE BECKER and JOHNNY WEAVER won over HIRO MATSUDATHE MISSOURI MAULER and HOMER O'DELL in six man action

GENE and OLE ANDERSON bested ABE JACOBS and LES WOLFF

JESSE JAMES got by 'BULLDOG' LEE HENNING

BOB RAMSTEAD lost to EL GAUCHO

LORD LITTLEBROOK topped LITTLE BRUISER

THE AMAZING ZUMA beat LEON BAXTER


LES WOLFF
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RALEIGH, N.C. - 1969

THE MISSOURI MAULERHIRO MATSUDA and HOMER O'DELL won over SAILOR ART THOMASNELSON ROYAL and PAUL JONES

LES WOLFF wrestled SWEDE HANSON to a draw

BILLY HINES topped BILLY SPEARS

JIMMY HINES bested JESSE JAMES


PAUL JONES and NELSON ROYAL
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RALEIGH, N.C. - 1970

NELSON ROYAL and PAUL JONES wrestled THE INFERNOS with J.C. DYKES to a draw

RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON topped ABE JACOBS and LES WOLFF

PANCHO VALDEZ lost to LUTHER LINDSAY

PEDRO VALDEZ beat PEPE GOMEZ

Monday, September 22, 2014

REMEMBER GEORGE HARBEN?


GEORGE HARBEN

I certainly do.

I remember George Harben as the ring announcer on WBTV's CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING TV program, which was video taped every Wednesday night in Charlotte and broadcast that following Saturday afternoon.

And for a number of those years, the same program was broadcast over WBTV's 'sister station' in FlorenceSouth Carolina.

However, MrHarben's career in the wrestling business went back quite a bit further than announcing on television and at house shows at PARK CENTER and the CHARLOTTE COLISEUM.

Harben was born in Stone MountainGeorgia, a famous historical spot that is still visited by tourists the year round. He broke into the business as a wrestler in 1933 and had an active career until retiring in 1956.

In 1935, George helped train one of the all-time greats of modern wrestling, none other than LOU THESZ, who went on to become WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION six times. THESZ was a young boy of eighteen when he worked with Harben.

In 1940, during the years of World War 2, George Harben made a trip to Australia by boat to wrestle and was on board when the vessel was struck by a mine off the coast of New Zealand.

He also wrestled in Cuba before Fidel Castro took control of that country.

George Harben wrestled with his brother Charlie over most of the United States as a tag team. The two were in the main event that drew the largest crowd to ever witness a wrestling card at the old CHARLOTTE ARMORY. It was in early 1953, and the Harbens' opponents were GEORGE and BOBBY BECKER.

Besides his ring announcing duties for JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONSHarben also assisted in advertising the company's wrestling shows in several other towns besides Charlotte and for a while promoted house shows in HickoryNorth Carolina.

George Harben passed away several years ago, but I can still his voice---
"Good evening Ladies and Gentleman and welcome to another exciting evening of Championship Wrestling on Channel 3."

GEORGE HARBEN during his career as a wrestler.





Jim Harben said...
I remember George Harben. He continued in promotions and advertisement for Jim Crockett promotions until his death. Professional wrestling was is life. He died at my kitchen table of heart failure following a hospital stay and procedure for prostate cancer. He is survived by three sons and one daughter, seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. 

Saturday, September 20, 2014

THE GREAT BOLO SEES RED

August 26, 1958
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA

A FIGHT TO THE FINISH will headline tonight's PARK CENTER wrestling program

The NO TIME LIMIT bout will give RED BASTIEN a second shot at THE GREAT BOLO, and if BASTIEN can capture two falls-out-of-three, off will come BOLO's mask.

Last Monday night, the pair battled to a one-hour draw without a single fall being recorded during the sixty-minute time limit.

"There must be a decision this week," says promoter JIM CROCKETT. "I don't care if they have to wrestle three hours---this match is going to settle something."

The semi-final scrap is a tag team contest that pairs GEORGE BECKER and CYCLONE ANAYA against the rugged German brother duo of FRITZ and WALDO VON ERIC. The Germans were disqualified in a bout last week with BILLY TWO RIVERS and his partner and quickly showed they are among the roughest duos in the wrestling business today. This match is set for the best two-out-of-three falls.

Two single bouts complete the card.

One has ERNIE DUSEK taking on NICK ROBERTS, and the 8:15 opener sends footballer MIKE PAIDOUSIS against TINKER TODD.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

SUPER STARS IN SUPER ACTION

KIM DUK battles WAHOO MCDANIEL

PAUL JONES has the better of BARON VON RASCHKE.

JACK BRISCO ties up GREG VALENTINE with a rear chin lock.

The end is near for his opponent as DINO BRAVO begins his airplane spin.

THE ASSASSIN manhandles an opponent.

DUSTY RHODES deals with both OLE and GENE ANDERSON.

BLACKJACK MULLIGAN arm bars PAUL JONES.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

THE TEXANS HAVE THEIR HANDS FULL

JANUARY 8, 1966
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

48 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.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

WERE ANY OF THESE GUYS YOUR FAVORITES?

No one can dispute the fact that JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS always had the top stars of the business.

Here are seven of them...

OX BAKER

'ROWDY' RODDY PIPER

'LUMBERJACK' JOE LEDUC

JOHNNY VALENTINE

JACK BRISCO

THUNDERBOLT PATTERSON

BARON VON RASCHKE

Friday, September 12, 2014

RED HOT CROCKETT RINGS

One of THE MASKED MARVELS takes down BOBBY KAY. *

'JUNGLE' JIM STARR (one of the unMASKED MARVELS) gives DANNY MILLER a ride around the ring by dragging him by the hair.

PAUL JONES crushes the skull of THE MASKED SUPERSTAR (BILL EADIE) **

SONNY FARGO clamps his version of a headlock on PEDRO GODOY.

One chop to the noggin' of 'PLAYBOY' GARY HART, courtesy of 'Chief' WAHOO MCDANIEL.

JOHNNY WEAVER 'crowns' OLE ANDERSON.
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* THE MASKED MARVELS did a short stint with JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS in the early 1970s. The MARVELS were actually THE INTERNS, who came to the MID-ATLANTIC territory without their manager, DR. KEN RAMEY. RAMEY was not asked to join them due to the abundance of 'heel' managers already in the area.

** Note that PAUL JONES' hair is shorter than he normally wore it during this time. This was due to THE MASKED SUPERSTAR's taking the shears to PAUL's head in a previous match, to set up a long-term program. But, according to BILL EADIE, PAUL didn't want to go around with an ugly butchering-like haircut, so he went to a barber shop and had it all 'evened-up'. It killed the angle. BILL wasn't happy.