Sunday, May 14, 2017
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.