Thursday, January 28, 2016

LOOK - UP IN THE SKY


The JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS heavens were filled with stars...

ROBERTO SOTO

SUSAN GREEN

KOA TIKI

SGT. JACQUES GOULET

RIC FLAIR knows it was a smart move coming to JCP.

BEARCAT WRIGHT

PAUL ORNDORF

Sunday, January 24, 2016

BROTHER TEAMS GO AT IT


August 14, 1965
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

GEORGE 'CATALINA' DRAKE

'ROWDY' RED ROBERTS

SANDY and GEORGE SCOTT

STEVE BOLUS

JOHN and CHRIS TOLOS
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Popular GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT, better known in professional wrestling circles as THE FLYING SCOTTS, will face another top-rated team of brothers, JOHN and CHRIS TOLOS, nicknamed THE MICHIGAN WRECKING CREW, in tonight's main event of wrestling at the LEXINGTON YMCA starting at 8:15.

This two-out-of-three fall headliner tops a four match card that includes standout singles competition as well.

GEORGE 'CATALINA' DRAKE and PEDRO ZAPATA will oppose one another in the top prelim.

Young STEVE BOLUS goes up against tough guy FELIX LAMBAN.

Two Lexington newcomers will meet when the rugged 'ROWDY' RED ROBERTS faces the young Indian star SUNI WAR CLOUD.

Friday, January 22, 2016

CHARLOTTE - 55 YEARS AGO

October 9, 1961
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA

SWEDE HANSON

KURT and KARL VON BRAUNER

RIP HAWK

EDDIE GRAHAM
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The rugged German team of brothers KURT and KARL VON BRAUNER has become the scourge of tag team wrestling in the Carolinas, and they're reveling in the notoriety.

And the team that would like most to unseat the vicious Germans as tag team 'kingpins', SWEDE HANSON and DR. EDDIE GRAHAM, gets another chance in the headliner of tonight's PARK CENTER wrestling card.

HANSON and GRAHAM have lost two furious bloody bouts to the VON BRAUNERs recently and are greedy for revenge. They'll get one hour and two-of-three falls to pull off the whipping they're predicting they will dish out to the Germans.

The card's semi-final event has TOM BRADLEY going against fan favorite GEORGE BECKER, and the main prelim sends DON McCLARITY against RIP 'THE PROFILE' HAWK.

Action kicks off at 8:15.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

IT'S BEEN 53 YEARS

February 16, 1963
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

FRANK VALOIS

SWEDE HANSON

BILLY TWO RIVERS

SANDY and GEORGE SCOTT

The Canadian brother team of GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT will return in tonight's two-out-of-three fall wrestling main event at the LEXINGTON YMCA after an extended absence and will have their hands full when they meet rough guys SWEDE HANSON and TONY ALTAMORE.

Mohawk Indian sensation BILLY TWO RIVERS faces MARK STONE in the semi-final match.

A rugged Canadian, FRANK VALOIS, makes his local debut when he squares off against the Spanish hero EDUARDO CASTILLIO in one of two preliminary matches.

The opening encounter pits 'Tiger' JACK VANSKY opposite DOUG KINSLOW.

The card gets underway at 8:15 sharp.


Tonight's program will close out wrestling at the YMCA for two weeks because of upcoming basketball tournaments. Wrestling returns to LEXINGTON on March 9.

Monday, January 18, 2016

A TRAGIC DAY MANY OF US REMEMBER


October 15, 1986


November 28, 1986

Saturday, January 16, 2016

A TIME MACHINE JOURNEY BACK 47 YEARS

January 18, 1969
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA


SANDY and GEORGE SCOTT


THE MISSOURI MAULER
(LARRY HAMILTON)


HIRO MATSUDA


THE GARVINS


'BULLDOG' LEE HENNING
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Two different CANADIAN brother tag teams * will be taking parts in a pair of LEXINGTON YMCA tag wrestling matches tonight.

The action begins at 8:15.

Popular GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT, former World Tag Team Champions, and known as THE FLYING SCOTTS, will battle the treacherous duo of the rowdy citizen of St. Jo, Missouri, THE MISSOURI MAULER and his Japanese judo expert partner, HIRO MATSUDA. MAULER and MATSUDA will be accompanied to the ring and advised by their manager GENERAL HOMER O'DELL.

The evening's second tag battle will send good guys SILENTO RODRIGUEZ and GREG PETERSON against rowdies RONNIE and TERRY GARVIN. 

Both tag matches will be fought under the best two-out-of-three fall rules.

The hated NIKITA MULKOVICH squares off against ex-footballer LES WOLFE, and ANGELO MARTINELLI faces 'Bulldog' LEE HENNING in the card's singles contests.


* GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT were really brothers, the GARVINS were not.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

BECKER BACK IN LEXINGTON


LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA
August 15, 1961



GEORGE BECKER and ABE JACOBS, a couple of top heroes with local wrestling fans, will return to the LEXINGTON YMCA for mat action tonight.

The two gladiators, who recently have operated as a tag team, will divide their forces this week to meet rugged opponents in a pair of singles main events.

BECKER will battle the mighty Greek star, CHRIS AVEROFF, while JACOBS will scrap with big SWEDE HANSON.

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

Midget stars take over in a tag team match pitting popular little guys FRENCHY SEMARD and TINY BELL against the not-so-popular duo of FARMER McGRUDER and PEE WEE LOPEZ.

A preliminary match between SID JONES and PRINCE OMAR will open the card at 8:15.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

50 YEARS AGO IN LEXINGTON

July 16, 1966
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA


THE MISSOURI MAULER


THE GREAT MALENKO



ABE JACOBS


LUTHER LINDSAY


PENNY BANNER


GEORGE 'CATALINA' DRAKE

Popular JOHNNY WEAVER, at least 'temporary' SOUTHERN HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION, will take New Zealander ABE JACOBS as a partner tonight and will face THE MISSOURI MAULER and THE GREAT MALENKO in a two-out-of-three falls tag team main event at the LEXINGTON YMCA.

Last Saturday night in the ring, WEAVER had one fall in a championship bout against the title-holding MAULER when all types of excitement broke out. Referee Walter Buckner was injured and could not continue officiating. WEAVER, trying to aid the fallen ref, was attacked by the MAULER, and JACOBS came in to lend a hand. The MAULER took the low road and ran, with WEAVER grabbing the championship belt, saying he plans to keep it until the NWA officials make a ruling. Tonight's grudge match grows out of the turmoil.

"He never beat me for the belt, but he stole it anyway," claims the MAULER. "He's just as low down as the chicken thieves we've got back home in St. Jo. As far as I'm concerned, WEAVER is nothing but a chicken thief, and he's gonna pay."

Another tag match is scheduled with two falls necessary to determine a winner. Popular power hitters GEORGE 'CATALINA' DRAKE and Negro star LUTHER LINDSAY will meet CORSICA JEAN and Lexington newcomer 'BRUISER' BOB MORGAN.

MISS PENNY BANNER and MISS DIXIE JORDAN face off in a special ladies match, and IKE EAKINS battles KEN HOLLIS in the opening match, which gets underway at 8:15.

Friday, January 8, 2016

BACK TO THE FIFTIES

February 21, 1959
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

THE CHAMPIONS

THE CHALLENGERS

The coveted SOUTHERN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP of professional wrestling is up for grabs on tonight's WRESTLING agenda at the LEXINGTON YMCA when the bearded Russian brothers, AL and JOHN SMITH, risk their titles against the popular Mexican duet of ENRIQUE and ALBERTO TORRES. The championship will be decided in a best two-out-of-three falls contest.

PAIDOUSIS

PAUL ANDERSON, the 'World's Strongest Man' will face the always tough and powerful MIKE PAIDOUSIS in a special attraction.

'DANDY' JACK DONOVAN

RAY STEVENS


TONY BAILLARGEON


CRIS ZAHARIAS

There will also be three other bouts featuring top grappling stars.

'DANDY' JACK DONOVAN will make his local debut when he opposes young RAY STEVENS.

TONY BAILLARGEON squares off against CRIS ZAHARIAS, and in the 8:15 opening match, ROMAN CERNANDAS faces TARZAN TOURVILLE.

The ticket office opens at 6:00.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

SOMEONE HAD TO JERK THE CURTAIN

Not every wrestler who worked for JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS could headline the wrestling card.
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Someone had to work underneath at mid-card or lower level to fill out the show. But that certainly didn't mean that these guys didn't give their all, night after night, to give the audience their admissions' worth.
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And because of their efforts, I give recognition to five of the many guys who fit into this category, at least during their tenure with JCP.

JIM LANCASTER

ROBERTO SOTO

TOMMY SEIGLER

SGT. JACQUES GOULET

S.D. (SPECIAL DELIVERY) JONES

Monday, January 4, 2016

THE BIG MEN COME TO TOWN

July 10, 1965
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

THE KENTUCKIANS
TINY ANDERSON and BIG BOY BROWN


MIKE GALLAGHER

LITTLE BOY BLUE

CHICO SANTANA

THE BEAST

THE ALASKAN

TONI ROSE

THE VIKING
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Professional wrestling returns to the LEXINGTON YMCA tonight following a week's lay-off, and a big card featuring big men has been signed.

THE KENTUCKIANS, TINY ANDERSON and BIG BOY BROWN will face two rough and tough opponents when they collide with THE ALASKAN and THE BEAST.

This two-out-of-three falls match is a renewal of a fierce feud, and it appears to be reaching a boiling point. THE KENTUCKIANS will be matching their mammoth size against the rugged tactics of THE ALASKAN and the totally unorthodoxed wildman, THE BEAST.

Girl wrestlers BETTY BOUCHER and TONI ROSE square off in a ladies match.

In an added midgets contest, LITTLE BOY BLUE faces CHICO SANTANA.

There are two singles prelims as well.

Heavyweight DALE LEWIS meets tough guy MIKE GALLAGHER, and 'TIGER' JACK VANSKY will test THE VIKING.

Belltime is 8:15.