Sunday, April 23, 2017

WE CALLED HIM SANDY



ANGUS MACKAY "SANDY" SCOTT

May 27, 1934 - March 11, 2010

What didn't Sandy Scott do in the world of professional wrestling?

Answer: Very little, I'd say.

Whatever task he tackled, he did it well. He was a great singles wrestler, a world champion tag team wrestler, a matchmaker, a road agent, a promoter, a TV announcer, a TV "management character" - and probably other jobs I'm not aware.

Besides George Becker and Johnny Weaver, SANDY SCOTT was the top babyface wrestler in JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS for twenty years, then moving behind-the-scenes to help run the company.

We fans loved Sandy anytime we saw him, regardless of in what capacity.

Friday, April 21, 2017

ALWAYS PLENTY OF ACTION


Women yes...Ladies maybe...
BETTY BOUCHER slams LINDA CARROLL to the concrete floor.

HARLEY RACE and DUSTY RHODES go at it.

NWA WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION RIC FLAIR versus PAUL JONES.

Two true legends of the business...
GENE ANDERSON and JOHNNY WEAVER

JOE LE DUC slams STEVE STRONG.

STEVE KEIRN whips BOB ORTON JR. into the ring corner.

WAHOO MCDANIEL about to taste the ringpost at the hands of KIM DUK.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

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.

Monday, April 17, 2017

INFERNOS AND INDIANS

November 11, 1967
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA


THE INFERNOS
with Manager J. C. DYKES


CHIEF LITTLE EAGLE


BOBBY RED CLOUD
---
"Failure to continue" will determine the winner when top professional tag teams are matched for the fifth time in recent weeks in tonight's main event mat feature at the LEXINGTON YMCA.

It will be a TEXAS DEATH MATCH tonight when the popular Indian combo of CHIEF LITTLE EAGLE and BOBBY RED CLOUD clash with the dreaded masked duo of THE INFERNOS. In this match, falls will not count. There is NO DISQUALIFICATION and NO TIME LIMIT. The match will proceed until one of the teams is incapable of participating. This is pro wrestling's version of a "fight to the finish".

THE INFERNOS will have their red-headed manager, J. C. DYKES, in their corner. He will, no doubt, have with him his metal canteen and loud whistle. The canteen, DYKES claims, is for "refreshment" purposes for his masked men, but fans have seen J. C. use it as a weapon in the past. The whistle is to give instructions to THE INFERNOS during their match. But lately, fans have been bringing their own whistles to the matches, causing confusion between the managers and his wrestlers.


TEX McKENZIE


NELSON ROYAL


P. Y. CHUNG


HARU SASAKI

The co-feature on tonight's card is for two-out-of-three falls and will send the torrid Texan team of fan favorites TEX McKENZIE and NELSON ROYAL against the sly and crafty Oriental combo of P. Y. CHUNG and HARU SASAKI. A definite clash of cultures is present here.


BOB NANDOR

Popular RUDY KAYE meets TINY MILLS, and spectacular BOB NANDOR takes on newcomer STEVE STANLEY in the evening's single matches.

MILLS, much larger than his nickname implies, returns after a long absence.

The first bell is at 8:15.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

TAKE HIS MASK OFF

At this point in time, this is certainly not startling information.

There are a number of websites on the net that contain long lists of past MASKED WRESTLERS and their real identities.

But I haven't seen any that show us what faces goes with what names.

Here are several that wrestled in JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS...

BILL EADIE
THE MASKED SUPERSTAR
(photo from THE MID-ATLANTIC GATEWAY)


LYNN DENTON
(THE GRAPPLER)

TOM RENESTO
(THE GREAT BOLO / ASSASSIN)

FRANKIE CAIN
(one of the original INFERNOS)

JODY (JOE) HAMILTON
(BOLO / ASSASSIN)

DON JARDINE
(THE SUPER DESTROYER / THE SPOILER)

Thursday, April 13, 2017

BOY, DO WE NEED THEM NOW

GREG PETERSON

KEN PATERA

BULL RAMOS

THE IRON SHEIK

GENE ANDERSON

SKY LOW LOW

THE KENTUCKIANS

JACK BRISCO

PENNY BANNER

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

NEW TAG TEAM CHAMPS

September 22, 1962
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA
-
55 Years Ago

There are new SOUTHERN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS in the pro wrestling world, and the title holders will defend their newly-coveted belts in tonight's main event at the LEXINGTON YMCA.

DON CURTIS and JOE SCARPA, who recently annexed the championship from the German duo of KURT and KARL VON BRAUNER, make their local debuts tonight when they defend their titles against the rugged bully team of SWEDE HANSON and P.Y. CHUNG in a best-of-three falls contest.

HANSON and CHUNG would like to make the new champs' title reign a short one by dethroning them tonight. The challengers are tough enough to do so.

Popular young star JOHNNY WEAVER, who has created quite the sensation since arriving on the local wrestling scene several months ago, will meet SID JONES in what looks to be a scientific semi-final two-out-of-three falls match.

The 8:15 opener sends 'Roughhouse' SONNY FARGO against the equally rugged, but larger, GEORGE 'TWO TON' HARRIS.

JOE SCARPA later wrestled as CHIEF JAY STRONGBOW.

Monday, April 10, 2017

WORLD CHAMP IN CHARLOTTE

JANUARY 2, 1961
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA

56 Years Ago


The complete card for tonight's professional wrestling at PARK CENTER has been finalized and announced by promoter JIM CROCKETT.

The New Year will kick off with the WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION, PAT O'CONNOR, risking his title against top contender DANNY McSHANE.

Newcomers MAURICE and PAUL VACHON, brothers from Canada, take on FRANKIE CAIN * and BOBBY WINDER in a semifinal tag battle.

Both the championship match and the tag team match are set for the best two-out-of-three falls.

The main prelim has THE BRUTE going against another Charlotte newcomer, HAPPY HUMPHREY, a mammoth 700 pounder from Macon, Georgia.

The card's 8:15 opening bout features WALDO VON ERICH battling BOB NANDOR in a one fall, twenty minute match.

* FRANKIE CAIN later became one of the original INFERNOS.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

IT'S TIME TO PLAY FAMILY FEUD

Every family has it's problems, some large and some small. One wrestling 'family' had a problem of ten on the Richter Scale.

GENE and OLE ANDERSON, 'affectionately' known as THE MINNESOTA WRECKING CREW, had been a major player in JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS tag team wars for nearly a decade and were, in 1977, current holders of the NWA WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP.

As it was, GENE and OLE's 'cousin', RIC FLAIR was teaming with the rugged GREG VALENTINE, and I suppose it had to happen, that the RIC / GREG duo felt they were due a title match with the champs.

Cocky...yes, smug...yes, arrogant...yes again.

Worthy...you bet!

So, 'cousin' FLAIR was willing to set aside his 'family' ties and do battle for the belts.

A series of matches took place all over the MID-ATLANTIC territory, and when the dust and the blood had settled, GENE ANDERSON was in the hospital, OLE ANDERSON was without a partner, JCP fans had witnessed some of the most physical and brutal matches of their lives and RIC FLAIR and GREG VALENTINE were NWA WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS.

I suppose this says it all.

The new NWA WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS.

FLAIR pounds on 'cousin' OLE.

'Here's your early Christmas present, cousin.'

Even Steve Harvey couldn't settle this family feud.

Question: If RIC FLAIR was GENE and OLE ANDERSON's 'cousin', and FLAIR was RIP HAWK's 'nephew', what relation would HAWK be to the ANDERSONs?

Thursday, April 6, 2017

THE ROYAL KANGAROOS

In all of the years that JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS was in existence, two of the very top heel teams who ever wrestled in the territory were THE ROYAL KANGAROOS and THE INFERNOS.

These guys were rugged and down-right brutal in their matches.

THE INFERNOS would kick their opponents in the head with a loaded boot or even throw fire in your face (just ask Les Thatcher about that).

THE ROYAL KANGAROOS would beat their opponents to a bloody pulp, then attack them with boomerangs.

Fans absolutley HATED these two teams. Fans also bought thousands of wrestling tickets to see them.

THE ROYAL KANGAROOS and THE INFERNOS did what they were supposed to do night after night. They filled wrestling arenas.

During their run in the MID-ATLANTIC WRESTLINA area, THE ROYAL KANGAROOS consisted of LORD JONATHAN BOYD and his cousin NORMAN FREDERICK CHARLES III. Sadly, BOYD has passed away, but CHARLES is still with us.

The original twosome who formed THE INFERNOS was ROCKY SMITH and FRANKIE CAIN. Their manager, J.C. DYKES, and ROCKY are  gone, but FRANKIE survives.

Today, I salute JCP greats NORMAN FREDERICK CHARLES III and FRANKIE CAIN and thank them for their dedication and sacrifices they gave to the business.

NORMAN FREDERICK CHARLES III as one of THE ROYAL KANGAROOS

NORMAN FREDERICK CHARLES III in 2009.

INFERNO FRANKIE CAIN and J.C. DYKES take exception to my blog.

A post-INFERNO CAIN as THE GREAT MEPHISTO.

FRANKIE CAIN in 2009.