Friday, December 19, 2014

THE MAN IN WHITE

He wrestled barefaced as TIM WOODS. He donned an all-white mask and wrestled as MR. WRESTLING. Either way, he sold a lot of wrestling tickets.

Ole Anderson about to taste a MR. WRESTLING elbow.

GEORGIA HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION

Gene Anderson takes a tumble from the masked man.

Ready for ring action.
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George Burrell Woodin began his wrestling career at the age of 29 using the ring name TIM WOODS. He was given the name 'MR. WRESTLING' by Nebraska promoter Joe Dusek. Woodin would go on to become a main event superstar in the Georgia, Florida, Texas and the MID-ATLANTIC territories.

During his tenures with JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS, TIM WOODS had several title runs - - MID-ATLANTIC TV CHAMPION, U.S. HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION, MID-ATLANTIC TAG TEAM CHAMPION (with Dino Bravo) and WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPION (also with Bravo).

Tim (along with Ric Flair, Johnny Valentine, Bob Bruggers, David Crockett and pilot Michael Farkas) was aboard the 1975 Wilmington, N.C. bound aircraft that
came up short in landing and crashed. Pilot Farkas eventually died from injuries and Valentine never wrestled again. Woods and Bruggers were 'babyface' wrestlers, the rest were 'heels'. To protect the business from exposure, when arriving at the Wilmington hospital, Tim gave his real name and said he was a wrestling promoter. And to quash rumors among wrestling fans that Tim Woods had been on the plane with the 'heels', he was back in the ring within two weeks.

Ric Flair later said in his book 'TO BE THE MAN', that Tim Woods was more than just MR. WRESTLING that day---he was the man who saved the wrestling business.

A gentleman in and out of the ring, Tim Woods passed away November 30, 2002. It's difficult to imagine he's been gone twelve years.

Just imagine what a hit Tim would have been if he could have attended the NWA FANFESTS.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

THE BIG BOLO BATTLE

January 7, 1963
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA

51 Years Ago


It started out as what could be called an ordinary rough and tough wrestling feud, but last week, it escalated into hatred of gigantic proportions.

That's the background for the best two-out-of-three falls match that headlines tonight's PARK CENTER wrestling card. The contest tonight gives THE KENTUCKIANS team of BIG BOY BROWN and TINY ANDERSON another shot at the villanous and hated masked team of THE GREAT BOLO and BOLO.

THE KENTUCKIANS succeeded in ripping off one BOLO mask during a recent TV bout seen on WBTV, but the other BOLO quickly stripped off his shirt and hid his partner's identity. Tonight, BROWN and ANDERSON say they'll rip off BOTH masks, boots, shirts and even tights, if necessary.

In the evening's other tag battle, THE FLYING SCOTTS, GEORGE and SANDY, will face the rugged duo of THE SICILIANS, LOU ALBANO and TONY ALTIMORE. This one is also set for the best-of-three falls.

DON WHITTLER takes on FELIX LAMBAN, and "TIGER" JACK VANSKY meets DOUG KINSLOW in singles action.

Belltime is 8:15, and a huge crowd is expected.

Monday, December 15, 2014

MORE SALISBURY, NC WRESTLING

After the smashing success of the JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS card held in Salisbury, North Carolina on JUNE 10, 1986, MID-ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING returned to CATAWBA COLLEGE's GOODMAN GYMNASIUM ten months later for another session of television tapings.

The event date was APRIL 14, 1987.

Two big main event matches topped the program.

OLE ANDERSON, having left THE FOUR HORSEMEN, was feuding with TULLY BLANCHARD. TULLY had been very vocal about OLE sherking his HORSEMEN duties for family reasons. In return, OLE had slapped all of the bodily fluids out of TULLY's nose on a WTBS broadcast, then walked away from TULLY, ARN ANDERSON, RIC FLAIR and J.J. DILLON.

A great build-up to a great program.

SALISBURY was a witness to the animosity.


A potentially great tag battle was on tap as well that night with WAHOO MCDANIEL teaming with BARRY WINDHAM to face LEX LUGER and ARN ANDERSON.

Other top names to appear for TV matches included RIC FLAIR, DUSTY RHODES, IVAN & NIKITA KOLOFF and THE MIDNIGHT EXPRESS with JIM CORNETTE.

The dilemma: For a reason that I cannot recall, I did NOT attend this show and have no memory of it at all. Only by chance, doing some research, did I discover this event occurred.

The event was not sponsored by the SALISBURY JAYCEES, as the show ten months earlier had been. In fact, the newspaper ad pictured above has no mention of any sponsor.

So, I'm sorry to say, this is all I can report on the show.

Something big must have been going on in my life to prevent my going to a JCP wrestling show four miles from my home.

I wonder what it was...

LEX LUGER

ARN ANDERSON

WAHOO MCDANIEL

BARRY WINDHAM


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There were three other MID-ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING shows in the SALISBURY, NORTH CAROLINA area during this same time frame:
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OCTOBER 27, 1986 - PFEIFFER COLLEGE - MISENHEIMER, N.C.
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MARCH 17, 1987 - SOUTH ROWAN HIGH SCHOOL - CHINA GROVE, N.C.
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SEPTEMBER 29, 1987 - PFEIFFER COLLEGE - MISENHEIMER, N.C.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

A TOUGH DAY AT THE OFFICE


ABE JACOBS catches a well-placed knee from THE GREAT BOLO.

Diamond Lil and Darling Dagmar go at it.

GENE ANDERSON takes a backdrop from GEORGE SCOTT.

KURT VON STEIGER has an opponent at his mercy.

ARGENTINA APOLLO gets a neck 'adjustment' from MATTI SUZUKI.

Big SWEDE HANSON dares an opponent (THE SUPER DESTROYER) to get back into the ring.

THE INFERNOS attempt to get their manager, J.C. DYKES, out of harm's way.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

ROWDY RICHMOND

JCP wrestling fans in and around the Richmond, Virginia area didn't have to journey far to see some great cards.

Here are five from the year 1966...

SANDY and GEORGE SCOTT
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RICHMOND, VA. - 1966

LOU THESZ defeated PAT O'CONNOR to retain the NWA WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP.

GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT topped 'BIG' BOB ORTON and THE GREAT MALENKO in three-out-of-five falls.

STEVE BOLUS and JESSE JAMES lost to RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON.

GORY GUERRERO and CORSICA JEAN wrestled to a draw.

'ROWDY' RED ROBERTS
(Just another pretty face)
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RICHMOND, VA. - 1966

DON CHUY and JOE CAROLLO wrestled KURT and HENRY VON STROHEIM to a draw.

IKE EAKINS and JOHN GUDISKI lost to GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT.

PENNY BANNER pinned JUDY GRABLE.

ROGER KIRBY topped 'ROWDY' RED ROBERTS.

'BIG' BOB ORTON
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RICHMOND, VA. - 1966

GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT versus RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON ended in a 'no contest'.

BILLY TWO RIVERS and SUNI WAR CLOUD toppled 'BIG' BOB ORTON and THE GREAT MALENKO via DQ.

GORY GUERRERO pinned TONY NERO.

OMAR ATLAS lost to JOHN GUDISKI.

HAYSTACK CALHOUN
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RICHMOND, VA. - 1966

GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT bested RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON.

HAYSTACK CALHOUN and ABE JACOBS squashed JOHN GUDISKI and TONY NERO.

JESSE JAMES drew with GORY GUERRERO.

STEVE BOLUS pinned JOHNNY HEIDEMAN.

SKULL MURPHY
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RICHMOND, VA. - 1966

GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT and GEORGE BECKER won over HOMER O'DELLALDO BOGNIBRONCHO LUBICH in a six man match.

RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON versus NICK KOZAK and 'IRISH' MIKE CLANCY ended in a no contest.

ABE JACOBS and EMILE DUPRE won over THE ALASKAN and THE BEAST via DQ.

SKULL MURPHY took the measure of ED CASTILLO.

RUDY KAY bested TONY NERO.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

CROCKETT GAVE US THE BEST

Wrestling fans who had the opportunity to see JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS and MID-ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING were treated, year after year, to the very best in the business...

GENE ANDERSON opens up GREG VALENTINE.

A bloodied DUSTY RHODES battles back against THE ASSASSIN.

HARLEY RACE at a disadvantage at the hands of WAHOO McDANIEL.

PAUL JONES about to drop his former partner, RICKY STEAMBOAT, on his noggin'.

THE FABULOUS MOOLAH takes a short cut by choking PENNY BANNER.

WAHOO McDANIEL clamps a vice-like rear chin lock on GREG 'THE HAMMER' VALENTINE.

Monday, December 8, 2014

A MAIN EVENT OF INTERNATIONAL FLAVOR

December 10, 1966
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA
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48 Years Ago


Two tag teams plus a battle between two pretty girl grapplers give interest to tonight's LEXINGTON YMCA mat card, kicking off at 8:15.

The popular duo of KLONDIKE BILL and ABE JACOBS are rematched tonight against KURT and HENRY VON STROHEIM. The German brothers made demands for this return match after a disputed loss to BILL and ABE here last Saturday.

PAUL DEMARCO and LUTHER LINDSEY, hero winners last week, return to face top competition in the likes of RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON, wrestling's "BLONDE BOMBERS."

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

PENNY BANNER, the most popular girl wrestler around these parts, faces stiff competition when she faces TAMMY JONES, a not-so-nice lady, in a special one fall event.

TINKER TODD clashes with EL GAUCHO in the opening bout of the night. Don't look for many rules to be followed in this one.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

BOLO BRUTALITY



We don't hear much talk anymore about JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS wrestling as far back as the late 1950s.

Many of the adult fans (and wrestlers) of that era have passed away.

But there are a few of us who were just youngsters at that time who remember many of the stars of 55-plus years ago.

Good guy-wise, there were GEORGE BECKER, 'Irish' MIKE CLANCY, DICK STEINBORN and RED BASTEIN, to name a few.

On the other side of right and wrong were guys like THE SMITH BROTHERS, DUKE KEOMUKA and MR. MOTO.

But many fans of today, even though they don't remember them or weren't around to see them, have heard of THE BOLOS.

JCP wrestling fans still talk about THE BOLOS.

There were probably as many kids at my elementary school who tried to make a BOLO mask out of one of their Mom's discarded bed sheets who wore bath towels as Superman capes.

Making a BOLO mask wasn't easy. I found that out.

First, in the late 1950s, there was THE GREAT BOLO (Tom Renesto). Then, in the early 1960s, the masked man added an identical-looking partner, BOLO (Jody Hamilton). THE GREAT BOLO and/or BOLO were the top heels in JCP for close to six years, before heading further south, eventually changing their names to THE ASSASSINS.

Fans all over the MID-ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING territory bought many a ticket to the matches to see THE BOLOS not only lose, but be unmasked.

Hero grapplers such as THE KENTUCKIANS, BECKER, WEAVER, THE SCOTTS, CHIEF BIG HEART, BILLY TWO RIVERS, HAYSTACK CALHOUN and MIKE CLANCY all tried over and over to expose the identities of the hooded hoodlums, but, alas, it never happened. Occassionally, THE BOLOS lost a match and even a mask here and there, but they always escaped protecting their identities.

Not until years later in Georgia, when Tom Renesto retired from active wrestling and voluntarily removed his mask on television, did the public ever know the identity of either of these men.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

CHRISTMAS WRESTLING IN LEXINGTON, NC

DECEMBER 16, 1967
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

47 Years Ago



Wrestling will observe a week's hiatus at the LEXINGTON YMCA at the completion of tonight's star-packed holiday card.

The traditional Christmas holiday break will be observed on Saturday, December 23, with action returning December 30.

Two tag team main events feature tonight's festive card. Both are set for the best-of-three falls.

THE FLYING SCOTTS, GEORGE and SANDY, will meet the rough and rowdy duo of THE MISSOURI MAULER and PAMPERO FIRPO. These two teams have battled each other here before, with nothing really being settled. Perhaps that will change in tonight's contest.

Ruffians TINY MILLS and STEVE STANLEE, fresh from a victory here last week, might find the going very tough this time when they meet prize grapplers ABE JACOBS and LUTHER LINDSAY, back together after ABE's recent return to the area.

Two single matches will open the holiday program, the first at 8:15.

ROGER KIRBY will meet THE MATADOR, and DENNIS HALL faces CHUCK CONLEY.

The youthful and popular KIRBY and HALL are cousins.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

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