Sunday, May 14, 2017

January 27, 1972 in Greensboro, NC

George Becker worked his last show for Jim Crockett Promotions on Saturday October 16, 1971. Johnny Weaver took on Argentina Apollo as his new partner. During this same period Johnny was involved in a singles feud with Art Nelson who was teaming with Gene Anderson. In early November 1971, Gene Anderson and Art Nelson faced Rip Hawk and Swede Hanson on tv. Playboy Gary Hart was the manager of Hawk and Hanson. During the final moments of the match, Gary Hart used one of his shoes to knock Art Nelson out causing the Anderson/Nelson team to lose. Now Playboy Gary Hart was the common enemy of Johnny Weaver and Art Nelson. Johnny and Art continued their feud but from time to time they got involved in each others matches if Gary Hart was involved. Finally in January 1972, Art Nelson agreed to work the corner of Apollo and Weaver when they faced Rip Hawk and Swede Hanson in Greensboro on Jan. 27, 1972. Apollo's leg was injured  in the second fall so he was unable to continue in the third fall. When Gary Hart got involved, Art Nelson finally helped Johnny Weaver and a new team was born. Here is the final minute of that match. Though this video is not very clear, it does show what transpired. Angelo Martinelli was the referee and Charlie Harville was the timekeeper and ring announcer.


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Lou Thesz teams with Rip Hawk and Swede Hanson

Lou Thesz made a title defense against Johnny Weaver in Asheville on November 3, 1965. Though the paper did not provide all the specifics, it did say that other wrestlers on the card got involved and the match was a "no contest". Whatever happened that night must have set up this match.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Frances Crockett Ringley 1976

This article was published December 19, 1976. Please click on image for easier reading.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Tribute to Promoter Paul C. Winkhaus

         Mr. Paul C. Winkhaus became the promoter of the weekly wrestling events in Asheville, NC in July 1963. He promoted his first show in the City Auditorium there on July 24, 1963 after purchasing the wrestling office of Chief O. B. Saunooke. Mr. Winkhaus also promoted at the Greenville, SC Memorial Auditorium. I have not yet been able to determine the exact date he started promoting there. The Greenville paper has Herbie Freeman as the promoter there in 1960 and Wally Dusek as promoter from 1961 to as late as August 1963. Mr. Winkhaus passed away in Ohio on Thursday November 14, 1974.