Sunday, November 29, 2015

HAWK - HANSON - BERNARD - MURPHY...WAR!

September 18, 1969
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA

SKULL MURPHY and BRUTE BERNARD

RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON

Professional wrestling's 'BLONDE BOMBERS' RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON plan a 'From Here to Eternity" battle with skinheads BRUTE BERNARD and SKULL MURPHY at PARK CENTER tonight in the most heralded rematch of the year.

HAWK and HANSON were the losers in their last battle with MURPHY and BERNARD, but they have a legitimate beef in the final countdown (which cost them the match). They yelled long and loud and convinced promoter JIM CROCKETT the foursome should do it again.

CROCKETT agreed, but set up unusual terms for tonight's clash. The match has been made with the stipulation that the winning team must record THREE-out-of-FIVE falls, not the usual two-out-of-three.

"It may take all night, but we're going to find out who can go the distance," said 'BIG JIM'. "If you have ever seen a train wreck, you know how devastating that can be. That's about what we're going to have at PARK CENTER."

A star-packed prelim card will support this huge main event.

Belltime is 8:15.

Friday, November 27, 2015

THIS AND THAT

IN 1983, THESE ARE THE TV STATIONS WHERE NORTH CAROLINA FANS COULD FIND MID-ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING / WORLD WIDE WRESTLING


RICHMOND, VA. - OCTOBER 8, 1972

GREENSBORO, N.C. - JULY 4, 1976
(and I was there)

How in the world did I get myself into this?
(Moments after the picture was taken, I broke the 'cobra' and gave MASKED SUPERSTAR the beating of his life. And if you believe that...)

All I did was ask KAMALA if I could borrow some money.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

A LOT OF BEEF

April 21, 1962
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

53 Years Ago

Fan favorite GEORGE BECKER will be back at the LEXINGTON YMCA tonight in wrestling action.

The popular BECKER will meet the rough and tough PANCHO VILLA, the Mexican with an impressive winning record in the business, in the evening's headliner. Bad blood already exists between these two, and the two-out-of-three falls battle is expected to be a wild one.

HAYSTACK CALHOUN, the world's largest professional wrestler, returns to town and will meet the rugged SWEDE HANSON in the semi-final best-of-three falls contest.

Negro girl wrestlers, SWEET GEORGIA BROWN and DIANA BEAMON, meet in a special event.

The 8:15 opening match sends REGGIE PARKS against "JUDO" JACK TERRY.

Monday, November 16, 2015

A CARD 53 YEARS AGO

June 16, 1962
LEXINGTON, N.C.


TONY BAILLARGEON


PEE WEE LOPEZ

P.Y. CHUNG

CHICO SANTANA

RAY VILLMER

Two tag team matches, including both heavyweights and midgets, are included on an all-star wrestling card tonight at the LEXINGTON YMCA.

French-Canadian stars TONY BAILLARGEON and MAURICE LAPOINTE will make their initial appearance here as a team when they meet the crafty Oriental villian duo of P.Y. CHUNG and TARO MYAKI in the heavyweight scrap.

The midget contest sends teams of FARMER MCGRUDER and PEE WEE LOPEZ against LITTLE BOY BLUE and CHICO SANTANA. This is SANTANA's Lexington debut.

Both tag matches are scheduled for the best two-out-of-three falls.

RAY VILLMER meets BIG JIM WRIGHT * in a semi-finals match to open the card at 8:15.
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BIG JIM WRIGHT would die in the ring the following year (1963).

Saturday, November 14, 2015

GOING BACK 56 YEARS

October 17, 1959
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

GEORGE BECKER

LARRY 'CRUSHER' HAMILTON

GEORGE BECKER, hero of many wrestling fans of the Carolinas and Virginia, will have a big task awaiting him when he returns to the LEXINGTON YMCA tonight after a lengthy absence.

The grappling idol is scheduled to meet nasty LARRY 'CRUSHER' HAMILTON, a brusing heavyweight, in the main event of a four bout program.

HAMILTON asked for a crack at BECKER when he heard the hero was moving back into the area.

"He might be coming back, but he won't be here for long," stated HAMILTON. "After I whip him like a dog, he'll tuck tail and run back to wherever he was."

Tag team action is also on tap for tonight with MARTINO LORENZA and ENRIQUE TORRES teaming to battle the veteran ruffians TED CHRISTY and JOE KAPA.

Both matches are set for the best two-out-of-three falls.

Two preliminary bouts are set with CYCLONE ANAYA meeting CHARLIE LAY, and in the 8:15 opening match, PRINCE OMAR faces popular STEVE BOLUS.

Friday, November 6, 2015

JACK BRISCO - THE CHAMP



JACK BRISCO
September 21, 1941 – February 1, 2010



Born Freddie Joe Brisco, he grew up in Blackwell, Oklahoma with five siblings. He was followed by his younger brother, Gerald Brisco, into the sport of wrestling and turned down a football scholarship at University of Oklahoma to go to Oklahoma State. In 1965, he became the first Native American to win an NCAA National Championship.

Jack's first documented professional championship reign began on October 16, 1965, when he defeated DON KENT to win the NWA MISSOURI JUNIOR HEAVYWEIGHT title.

He also won his first tag team title in this promotion, teaming with HAYSTACK CALHOUN as co-holder of the NWA U.S. TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP.

BRISCO headed east to Florida in 1968. Here his career skyrocketed. Over the course of the next few years, JACK held virtually title in the Sunshine State.

BRISCO's first NWA WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP began in Houston, Texas when he defeated HARLEY RACE on July 10, 1973. He wore the belt until losing to GIANT BABA on December 4, 1974, then regained the title four days later. JACK remained the champion until December 10, 1975 when he was defeated by TERRY FUNK.

I was thrilled when Ted Turner's independent CHARLOTTE TV station began carrying CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING FROM FLORIDA in the late 1960s. The first wrestler who jumped out of the screen at me was JACK BRISCO.

This young man was something special. He didn't have the look of many of the 'stereotypical' wrestlers of the day. Here was a nice-looking, clean-cut, college grad young man (there weren't many back then), and he could really go in the ring.

JACK soon began appearing in the MID-ATLANTIC territory on a limited basis. My first occasion to see JACK wrestle in person was August 4, 1969, when he teamed with MR. WRESTLING (TIM WOODS) to face THE GREAT BOLO and BOLO at the original CHARLOTTE COLISEUM.

Later, I was able to attend a CHARLOTTE PARK CENTER card when BRISCO battled THE MISSOURI MAULER (LARRY HAMILTON). There was also a night in the tiny hamlet of NORTH WILKESBORO, N.C. that I witnessed JACK and JERRY BRISCO meet SGT. SLAUGHTER and DON KERNODLE. (This night, I believe, was also the final night of PAUL JONES' career as a full-time wrestler. PAUL was pinned on this card by TOMMY GILBERT--EDDIE's father. The next night in CHARLOTTE, PAUL was a manager.) 

During his tenure with JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS, JACK held the NWA EASTERN HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP twice, the MID-ATLANTIC HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP four times and with his brother JERRY (or GERRY) the NWA WORLD TAG TEAM titles on three occassions. Fans today still remember the great title match with RICKY STEAMBOAT and JAY YOUNGBLOOD at STARRCADE '83.


A January, 1975 World title defense in GREENSBORO, N.C.

Few athletes have attained the honors and awards that JACK BRISCO has earned. From NCAA champion to NWA champion, BRISCO has worked throughout the world, entertaining fans of wrestling.

He certainly did that for me.

JACK BRISCO will always be at the top of my list, and I thank him for all of the many memories.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

CAPTAIN LOU ALBANO IN JCP

January 14, 1963
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA

Nearly 53 Years Ago


A return tag team match is on tap for tonight at PARK CENTER when THE FLYING SCOTTS, GEORGE and SANDY, are rematched against THE SICILIANS, LOU ALBANO and TONY ALTAMORE, in the two-out-of-three falls main event.

The two teams staged a frantic battle last week, with THE SILCILIANS winning the lone fall before the hostilities were halted by the time limit. Tonight's contest will have NO TIME LIMIT, and both teams are chomping at the bit to get back into the ring to settle it all.

A special event brings in midgets girls, BABY CHERYL and DARLING DAGMAR, for a one fall skirmish. Refereeing this match will be another midget girl, DOLLY DARCELL. All three weigh in at less than 100 pounds each.

In other bouts tonight, fan favorite JOHNNY WEAVER faces tough IKE EAKINS, and PANCHO VILLA takes on LARRY HULIN, an up-and-coming star from Asheboro.

Belltime is 8:15.