Thursday, September 29, 2016

A SCALPING FOR HAWK AND HANSON?

May 4, 1968
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON are fond of their golden hair. They wouldn't be pro wrestling's 'Blonde Bombers' without it. Could a good scalping be in the future when HAWK and HANSON meet Indian stars BOBBY RED CLOUD and CHIEF LITTLE EAGLE tonight at the LEXINGTON YMCA?

Two out-of-three falls and a one hour time limit will determine the outcome.

Two tough guys, JIM GRABMIRE and 'BULLDOG' LEE HENNING will join forces for the first time here to take on the fast-moving hero unit of ABE JACOBS and LUTHER LINDSAY, returning for another week.

Young ALEX MEDINA will tackle the Russian rule-breaker NIKITA MULKOVICH and JACK RICO will battle THE MATADOR in the evening's singles contests.

Belltime is 8:15.

RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON


BOBBY RED CLOUD

'BULLDOG' LEE HENNING

JIM GRABMIRE

LUTHER LINDSAY

NIKITA MULKOVICH

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

CAN THE SCOTTS STOP THE DEMONS?

June 25, 1966
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

50 Years Ago

A big tag team battle, matching two swift-moving teams against one another, headlines tonight's four bout card at the LEXINGTON YMCA starting at 8:15.

The FLYING SCOTTS, GEORGE and SANDY, will take a crack at the hooded terror duo of THE MASKED RED DEMONS.

The SCOTT brothers are known for their fantastic aerial maneuvers, while the DEMONS are gaining a local reputation for having no regard for law and order. They conceal their identities behind scarlet masks and have been racking up a huge win streak since arriving in this wrestling area. GEORGE and SANDY will try to derail this runaway freight train in the best two-out-of-three fall contest. They have a one hour time limit to do it.

JAN MADRID, a strutting bully, returns after a long absence to run head-on into the able ABE JACOBS in tonight's semi-final match.

GEORGE 'CATALINA' DRAKE meets ALEX MEDINA in a one-fall encounter.

KEN HOLLIS battles TONY NERO in the evening's first match.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

WAS THE THIRD TIME A CHARM?


August 8, 1968
STATESVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA

48 Years Ago

The event date of July 18 is incorrect. That was the date of the previous card in Statesville.

The correct date of this event was August 8th.







For the third straight month, ALDO BOGNI, BRONCHO LUBICH and their manager GEORGE "TWO TON" HARRIS appeared at the Statesville ball park, and for the third straight month, the bad guys took it on the chin (or in Two Ton's case - the double chin).

This time out, GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT "flew" past them, winning the first fall clean, then winning the second fall on a disqualification.

LES THATCHER and PAUL DEMARCO took the toll of THE GAUCHOS.

SAM STEAMBOAT bested TINKER TODD.

BOB RAMSTAD (listed in the publicity as LES RAMSTAD) topped BILLY SPEARS (but then, who couldn't top BILLY SPEARS).

Three wrestling shows in three months for Statesville, North Carolina.

Plus my weekly Monday night journeys to Charlotte for JCP wrestling.

Nice

Friday, September 23, 2016

LABOR DAY WRESTLING IN LEXINGTON


September 3, 1966
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

50 YEARS AGO 


Tough guys RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON, known as wrestling's 'Blond Bombers,' will test the prowess of the Texas hero team TEX McKENZIE and NELSON ROYAL in tonight's Lexington YMCA wrestling main event feature.

TEX and NELLIE are fresh from a victory over the MASKED RED DEMONS last week and want to keep their winning streak going. HAWK and HANSON are returning to Lexington after an absence and have plans to stop the cowboys in their boots. Two-out-of-three falls will determine the winner.

Popular KEN HOLLIS will join forces with youngster BOBBY SHANE to meet the rugged sibbling duo of LARS and GENE ANDERSON in the other tag team event, also for the best two-out-of-three falls.

JESSE JAMES faces EL GAUCHO and DON KENT makes his local debut against TINKER TODD in the 8:15 opening contest.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

A 1965 SUMMER NIGHT IN LEXINGTON, NC

July 24, 1965
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

GEORGE 'CATALINA' DRAKE

RON REED
(later wrestled as BUDDY COLT)

GEORGE BECKER

MIKE GALLAGHER

TONI ROSE

TINKER TODD

JOHN and CHRIS TOLOS

GEORGE 'TWO TON' HARRIS
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A best two-out-of-three falls rematch between the stellar wrestling teams of GEORGE 'CATALINA' DRAKE and RON REED and brothers JOHN and CHRIS TOLOS, known as THE MICHIGAN WRECKING CREW, headlines a four match card tonight at the LEXINGTON YMCA.

Last Saturday, these two teams battled in an exciting and bloody match that ended in a NO CONTEST ruling by the official. The referee was forced to throw the match out for repeated disregard of the rules by both teams.

GEORGE BECKER will be on tonight's card in singles action against a long-time rival, rough and tough MIKE GALLAGHER, in the evening's semi-final contest. The match is also a best-of-three falls match.

In a special one fall event, girl wrestlers TONI ROSE and PEGGY ALLAN will have at it.

TINKER TODD faces GEORGE 'TWO TON' HARRIS, victorious last week, in the first match.

Belltime is 8:15 p.m.

Monday, September 19, 2016

THE ORIGINAL 'NATURE BOY'

September 15, 1956
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA
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60 Years Ago

'NATURE BOY' BUDDY ROGERS

DICK STEINBORN

GEORGE BECKER and JACK WITZIG

SKULL MURPHY

KARL VON HESS

LEN ROSSI
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Wrestling attendance may have been lagging at the LEXINGTON YMCA in recent weeks, but it gets a major shot in the arm tonight with a double main event attraction that would grab notice at any arena in the country.

Local sponsors of the grappling pastime are making plans to pull a big attendance for this week's slate that includes tag team and singles action.

One of ringdom's most colorful individuals, 'NATURE BOY' BUDDY ROGERS, a great (but hated) champion from the Northeast, makes his local debut in the main event. The strutting blonde-headed genius will have his hands full because he'll be opposing one of the fastest-rising young stars in the wrestling business. The man is DICK STEINBORN, and this is the match the young man has been asking for since learning ROGERS was headed this way.

ROGERS is but the first of a series of stellar standouts who will be invading the Carolinas on tour.

Tonight's tag team match could well be one of the best ever presented in the 4500 seat YMCA arena. It's one that the fans themselves have demanded.

It sends the glamour gentlemen of the sport, GEORGE BECKER and JACK WITZIG, against the roughest of the rulebreakers, SKULL MURPHY and KARL VON HESS. Fans have waited a long time to see BECKER and WITZIG have a chance to lambast these villains, and tonight it comes to fruition.

Both of these matches will be contested under a best two-out-of-three falls stipulation, within a one-hour time limit.

The opening match of the evening should also be a corker, because it matches the always explosive youngster, LEN ROSSI, against the stubborn Texas roughie, 'LARRUPIN' LOU PLUMMER.

Belltime is 8:15. It is recommended fans get to the arena early.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

LEXINGTON, NC - 49 YEARS AGO

PAMPERO FIRPO

SANDY and GEORGE SCOTT

DENNIS HALL

GEORGE 'TWO TON' HARRIS

ROGER KIRBY

THE MISSOURI MAULER

THE MUMMY

HARU SASAKI
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September 9, 1967
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

Rulebreakers PAMPERO FIRPO and THE MISSOURI MAULER, angry in being disqualified in their match here last week, will return to the LEXINGTON YMCA tonight for wrestling action and plan to take out their anger on fresh opponents GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT.

It may not be so easy for the bully team. THE FLYING SCOTTS, daring and spectacular and former WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS, have vowed to tame the big and rowdy FIRPO / MAULER duo.

The tag team from the Orient, HARU SASAKI and P.Y. CHUNG, face the newcomer combo of handsome DENNIS HALL and ROGER KIRBY. Female fans have quickly taken to these two youngsters.

Both team matches will be wrestled under the stipulation of the best-of-three falls.

Returning after an absence of some time, GEORGE 'TWO TON' HARRIS will meet fellow rulebreaker TONY ROMANO.

JERRY LONDON will clash with the mysterious masked man, THE MUMMY, in the evening's 8:15 opener.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

LEXINGTON, N.C. - 59 YEARS AGO

July 20, 1957
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

DICK STEINBORN

GEORGE BECKER

THE GALLAGHER BROTHERS

BILLY TWO RIVERS

RAY STEVENS
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'MAD MAN' DOC GALLAGHER and his rowdy kid brother MIKE GALLAGHER, a couple of tough heavyweights, are returning to the LEXINGTON YMCA tonight after a lengthy absence to share a featured wrestling spot against the great combo of GEORGE BECKER and DICK STEINBORN.

The GALLAGHER BROTHERS, as rough as they come in the wrestling world, have been very successful in their operations in other parts of the country in a recent tour and are returning to this area in quest of the SOUTHERN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP.

In facing BECKER and STEINBORN, they will be taking on the ultimate competitors as far as mat fans are concerned.

The match will be decided when one team wins two-out-of-three falls.

A co-feature tonight, which should spout out the excitement, brings two outstanding young stars together in a head-to-head contest when RAY 'WONDER BOY' STEVENS faces the great Indian brave, BILLY TWO RIVERS, in another two-out-three falls match.

Two other singles bouts round out the card which kicks off at 8:15.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

A HOT JANUARY NIGHT

January 11, 1969
Lexington, North Carolina

MR. WRESTLING and SAM STEAMBOAT

RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON

TERRY and RONNIE GARVIN

JESSE JAMES
---
Professional wrestling's 'Blonde Bombers' --- RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON --- will take on the hero unit of Hawaiian star SAM STEAMBOAT and the masked man MR. WRESTLING in tonight's main event at the Lexington YMCA.

The Canadian brother duo of TERRY and RONNIE GARVIN will meet fan favorites BOB RAMSTEAD and JESSE JAMES in the semi-final tag team match.

Both tag contests will be decided under a best two-of-three falls stipulation.

Preliminary singles bouts will find rugged ROCK HUNTER meeting young BILLY SPEARS and TINKER TODD facing another masked man in the guise of EL LOBO.

The action gets underway at 8:15 p.m.

Friday, September 9, 2016

THE PLAYBOY GETS HIS

You could push a mild-mannered guy like JERRY BRISCO only so far. 'Playboy' GARY HART crossed the line and paid the price!

"Chain matches disgust me," claimed JERRY. "If a wrestler can't win a match on his ability alone---then he should get out of the business."

Then why did BRISCO end up in a 1973 CHARLOTTE COLISEUM ring battling 'Playboy' GARY HART in a CHAIN MATCH?

The whole bloody mess stemmed from a title match the night OLE ANDERSON hoped to grab JERRY's EASTERN HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP.

At a point in the match, it seemed that OLE was really on the short end of a wrestling match, and that didn't happen often. ANDERSON was the victim of a series of dropkicks, spinning toe holds and the abdominal stretch. The end appeared to be near.

Enter GARY HART. Angry that he hadn't been given a title match as he had demanded, HART jumped into the ring to OLE's defense---with a chain.

The heavy metal object left its marks on BRISCO. The referee disqualified ANDERSON due to HART's outside interference. JERRY remained EASTERN HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION.

Immediately, HART challenged BRISCO to a match...a CHAIN MATCH. The 'Playboy' and the man he managed, RIP HAWK, told everyone that JERRY wouldn't accept the challenge...because he was yellow.

But they were wrong.

The match was signed for The Big Dome in CHARLOTTE.

It was a night GARY HART regreted. Although he had a few shining moments during the match, the night belonged to JERRY BRISCOHART was soon a bloody mess, so bad that RIP HAWK grabbed his manager and dragged his limp body to the dressing room and on to the hospital.

Talk about a plan that backfired.


The referee secures each end of the chain to the combatants' wrists.

HART gets the advantage by choking BRISCO with the heavy chain.

The 'Playboy' inflicts more damage to JERRY.

The tide of battle changed, as RIP HAWK helps his manager from the ring.

The EASTERN HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION is victorious.

Monday, September 5, 2016

ACTION IN THE 'QUEEN CITY'

I wish I had kept an accounting of how many times I made the trip from Statesville, N.C. or Salisbury, N.C. to Charlotte to see MID-ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING.

The trip from Statesville to Charlotte was during 1960's non-Interstate highway days, meaning slow-downs in the then-hamlets of Troutman and Mooresville, then entering the 'Queen City' through one of its least desirable areas.

But this was for wrestling, so why would personal safety be an issue?

Once in the city, it was on to PARK CENTER or, on occasion, to the original COLISEUM, known as 'The Big Dome'.

No specific memories that I may have witnessed any of the CHARLOTTE cards below, but somebody had a good time at them.

BILLY TWO RIVERS *
---
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - 1966

GEORGE BECKERTEX McKENZIE and BILLY TWO RIVERS toppled ALDO BOGNIBRONCHO LUBICH and HOMER O'DELL in six man competition.

'BIG' BOB ORTON retained the SOUTHERN STATES CHAMPIONSHIP when JOHNNY WEAVER was disqualified.

PAT O'CONNOR bested IKE EAKINS.

STEVE BOLUS and JESSE JAMES lost to JOHN and CHRIS TOLOS.

NELSON ROYAL got past THE GREAT MALENKO via DQ.

BRONCHO LUBICH
---
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - 1966

BRONCHO LUBICH and ALDO BOGNI with HOMER O'DELL lost to RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON.

BOB BOYER pinned JOHN GUDISKI.

SLAVE GIRL MOOLAH squashed PRINCESS WHITE DOVE.

SUNI WAR CLOUD topped TONY NERO.

LARS ANDERSON
---
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - 1967

GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT topped GENE and LARS ANDERSON.

RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON smashed JESSE JAMES and DON KENT.

BOBBY SHANE pinned EL GAUCHO.

JOHN HIGGINS lost to GEORGE 'TWO TON' HARRIS.

GEORGE 'CATALINA' DRAKE **
---
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - 1965

ALDO BOGNI and BRONCHO LUBICH with HOMER O'DELL won the SOUTHERN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP from EDDIE GRAHAM and SAM STEAMBOAT.

GEORGE 'CATALINA' DRAKE topped SWEDE HANSON.

RON REED *** pinned THE VIKING.

DALE LEWIS defeated TONY NERO.

CHRIS AVEROFF bested SONNY FARGO.

JOHN and CHRIS TOLOS
---
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - 1966

BRONCHO LUBICH and ALDO BOGNI with HOMER O'DELL versus RIP HAWK and SWEDE HANSON ended in a no contest.

TEX McKENZIE and NELSON ROYAL defeated JOHN and CHRIS TOLOS.

BOB BOYER beat IKE EAKINS.

TONY NERO lost to JESSE JAMES.

A while back, I watched the 2004 movie TAKING LIVES starring Angelina Jolie. BILLY TWO RIVERS has a speaking role in the film within the first ten minutes.

** GEORGE 'CATALINA' DRAKE died at the young age of 39 of a heart attack. He appeared in an episode of the ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN in 1951 entitled NO HOLDS BARRED.

*** RON REED later became a wrestling superstar under the name BUDDY COLT