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.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

WEAVER GOES FOR SOUTHERN TITLE

June 11, 1966
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

The SOUTHERN HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP will be at stake in tonight's LEXINGTON YMCA feature attraction.

THE MISSOURI MAULER, holder of the coveted belt designating the championship, will defend his honor against the popular JOHNNY WEAVER, probably the most popular wrestler in the Carolinas, who has held this title himself.

The two-out-of-three falls encounter matches two long-time adversaries within a one-hour time limit.

A tag team battle is also set, and a battle it should be when GEORGE BECKER (WEAVER's regular tag partner) joins his old buddy ABE JACOBS to meet the brutal German brother combination of KURT and HENRY VON STROHEIM in a two-of-three falls contest.

"Johnny's title match gives ABE and me a chance to team back up like we used to. ABE and I are going to take care of the Germans, then watch JOHNNY become the new SOUTHERN HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION," BECKER has stated.

In the prelim matches, which kick off the 8:15 p.m. card, the tough veteran EL GAUCHO meets North Carolina's own LUTHER LINDSAY, and KEN HOLLIS dukes it out with RUDY KAYE.

Monday, September 8, 2014

SALUTING CROCKETT MAIN EVENTERS


RONNIE GARVIN
(The Hands of Stone)

HARLEY RACE
(Has to be in the TOP TEN of all-time)

BARON VON RASCHKE
(And that is all the people need to know.)

ART NELSON (NEILSON)
(Came to JCP as a heel, turned 'babyface' and teamed with JOHNNY WEAVER, then turned back to a heel.)

STEVE STRONG
(Brought in to fill a void because of the 1975 airplane crash which sidelined RIC FLAIR and terminated JOHNNY VALENTINE's career.)

Saturday, September 6, 2014

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'.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

HALF A CENTURY AGO

July 11, 1964
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA


CHIEF BIG HEART

ALDO BOGNI and BRONCHO LUBICH

GEORGE BECKER

RONNY ETCHISON

NICK KOZAK

MIKE CLANCY

FRANK VALOIS

HOMER O'DELL
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Professional wrestling returns to the LEXINGTON YMCA with a bang tonight following a week's layoff because of the Fourth of July holiday.

A six man tag team match, with grudge ingredients thrown in, features the program.

Heroes GEORGE BECKER, RONNIE ETCHISON and CHIEF BIG HEART will battle top bullies ALDO BOGNI, BRONCHO LUBICH along with their arrogant manager, 'COLONEL' HOMER O'DELL, in a best-of-three falls encounter. This time out, O'DELL will don wrestling attire instead of the usual tuxedo and will participate as a legal wrestler.

'IRISH' MIKE CLANCY returns after a long absence and will meet tough Canadian FRANK VALOIS in the semi-final match of the evening.

Newcomer NICK KOZAK battles TOMMY O'TOOLE, and in the 8:15 opener, BOB BOYER faces PANCHO GOMEZ.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

THE STARS WERE BRIGHT EVERY NIGHT

The skies may have been cloudy some nights, but when JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS brought MID-ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING to your town, the stars came out every night...


BRONCHO LUBICH

'JUMPIN' JIM BRUNZELL

DINO BRAVO

'CRUSHER' JERRY BLACKWELL

BOB ORTON JR. and SR.

BOBBY SHANE and KLONDIKE BILL

BILLY and JIMMY HINES
(The UNMASKED RED DEMONS)

Sunday, August 31, 2014

BOLO's BACK

July 7, 1958

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA


The return of the infamous masked man of wrestling, the GREAT BOLO, will headline the wrestling program set for tonight at PARK CENTER.

The GREAT BOLO, the vicious masked man who has withstood all efforts to defeat and / or unmask him, has been matched tonight against GORY GUERRERO.

The handsome GUERRERO was BOLO's first victim in Charlotte some two months ago, and GORY has been aching for a rematch ever since. He'll get one hour and two-out-of-three falls to gain revenge.

Also getting co-feature status is a best-of-three-falls, one-hour tag match with Indian stars BILLY TWO RIVERS and CHIEF DON EAGLE taking on ruffians IKE EAKINS and HANS SCHNABEL.

Promoter JIM CROCKETT figures this one to produce some of the wildest and wooliest tag team action seen here in months.

The prelim card has two singles bouts, with one sending fan favorite 'IRISH' MIKE CLANCY lowering the boom against 'BAD' BOB CORBY.

The opening contests matches GYPSY JOE against TINKER TODD. Neither of these men respect the rules of wrestling, so anything could happen in this one.

The first bout in the AIR-CONDITIONED PARK CENTER gets underway at 8:15 p.m.