Saturday, May 30, 2009

JOHN TOLOS DEAD AT 78

From the Wrestling Observer/Figure Four Online...

John Tolos (left), shown here with brother Chris, best known for being the heel counterpart of Fred Blassie in one of pro wrestling's all-time greatest feuds, passed away last night at the age of 78.
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The death was believed to have been from kidney failure.
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JOHN and CHRIS TOLOS wrestled as a main event tag team for JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS during the mid-1960s.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

JIM CORNETTE DOES IT AGAIN...

Lay down that fiction novel you're reading.
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There's a new non-fiction book just out containing facts that defy someone making them up.
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I'm speaking of
THE MIDNIGHT EXPRESS AND JIM CORNETTE - 25TH ANNIVERSARY SCRAPBOOK
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I read it in two days.
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JIM CORNETTE, along with TIM ASH, have produced a doozie.
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'The King of Polyester', whom many of us have met at shows and festivals, spills the entire can of beans involving his life in the sometimes bizarre world of professional wrestling.
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And, thankfully, along this winding road, he encountered BOBBY EATON, DENNIS CONDREY, STAN LANE and RAY TRAYLOR, and from this cast of characters, THE MIDNIGHT EXPRESS was spawned.
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Thankfully, throughout the years, 'The Louisville Slugger' kept a thorough log of their bookings, their match finishes, their paydays and the house numbers.
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It's all here, along with personal reflections (good and bad) with those fabulous 'Cornette-isms' (many of which would put Yogi Berra in the back seat).
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Here's where you can get a copy of this literary gem...
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I strongly suggest you start clicking that mouse now.


STAN, DENNIS, BOBBY and JIM today.



Sunday, May 17, 2009

RIC FLAIR "WOOS" 'EM AT LOWE'S MOTOR SPEEDWAY...



TONY STEWART WINS WILD NASCAR SPRINT ALL-STAR RACE !
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Saturday, May 16, 2009
LOWE'S MOTOR SPEEDWAY
Concord, North Carolina
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After a wild 10-lap last segment, Tony Stewart thrilled fans and banked $1 million on Saturday night with a win in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. He led only two laps before taking the checkers. This was Stewart's first victory in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. It was also Stewart's first victory as a Sprint Cup team owner.
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Along with the race, there were all-day festivities at LMS, including KEVIN COSTNER and His Band, and a big part of it all was RIC FLAIR.
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I was told by KENT BERNHARDT, Production Coordinator for the PERFORMANCE RACING NETWORK, that the lines for 'SPACE MOUNTAIN' were long all-day long.
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And RIC disappointed no one. He was 'The Man' as always.
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Thanks to Kent for sharing these festivities photos.

FLAIR on his way to the huge stage.

One of the countless autographs signed throughout the day.

RIC on stage addressing the mammoth crowd.

JEFF GORDON mingles with fans backstage.

The impressive stage and huge crowd (and that's not counting the fans in the grandstands).

KURT BUSCH with singer JESSE JAMES.

RIC poses with the Honor Guard before the ceremony.


Wednesday, May 6, 2009

MORE RIC PICS AT LOWE'S MOTOR SPEEDWAY

Two days ago, the 'NATURE BOY' returned to LOWE'S MOTOR SPEEDWAY in Concord, North Carolina, to publicize the upcoming 25th NASCAR SPRINT ALL-STAR RACE and the 50th running of the COCA-COLA 600. Festivities begin next week.

RIC in front of race poster.
WBTV - CHARLOTTE reporter DAVID WHISENANT was at LMS covering the event, and interviewed the 16-time World Champion.

My thanks to DAVID WHISENANT for allowing me to share these photos.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

THIS JUST IN TO OUR NEWSROOM...UPDATED

Yesterday, the 'NATURE BOY' returned to LOWE'S MOTOR SPEEDWAY in Concord, North Carolina, to publicize the upcoming 25th NASCAR SPRINT ALL-STAR RACE and the 50th running of the COCA-COLA 600. Festivities begin next week.

RIC appeared on the PERFOMANCE RACING NETWORK's national radio program, FAST TALK hosted by DOUG RICE, along with PATRICK DEMPSEY, star of the hit ABC-TV medical series GREY'S ANATOMY, and probably TV's current #1 'heartthrob.



You can hear the broadcast by going here:
http://www.goprn.com/shows/fast_talk/


Photos courtesy of KENT BERNHARDT, PERFORMANCE RACING NETWORK.