Wednesday, June 18, 2014

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Charlotte Observer ad for May 24, 1976 matches.



 Lex Luger, Arn Anderson, and longtime NWA ref Tommy Young.


'Lord Littlebrook in Midget Bout.' 1969 handout



Ad for May 24, 1976 matches. There's Lord Littlebrook!



'Dusty and Tully: Dusty Rhodes tries to drag Tully Blanchard out for a little action beyond the ring during a match at the Charlotte Coliseum.' 1985. Diedra Laird/Staff


Mt. Fuji and Americana of GLOW.
(thanks to commenters for info!)


'Wrestler Beautfiul Bobby all decked out.' 1986
Will Parrish/Staff


'Beautiful Bobby, Big Bubba Rogers, Jim Cornette, and Sweet Stan.' (Midnight Express). 1988
Mark Sluder/Staff



'Tony Schiavone interviews wrestler Magnum T.A. for Atlanta's WTBS.' 1985
Woody Smith/Staff

27 comments:

Anonymous said...

The second picture down looks like Lex Luger and Arn Anderson, not Team USA and Sheepherders.

Maria David said...

Anon- you are right! Thanks. -M

John G. Hartness said...

The big woman in the picture is Emily Dole, AKA Mountain Fiji of G.L.O.W. (Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling). Wouldn't be out of the question to assume the other woman is with GLOW.

Anonymous said...

The "lovely ladies" are from an all-women's promotion called GLOW (Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling)... they are Mt Fiji and Americana

Anonymous said...

Fact: the midget Lord Littlebrook never made the big bucks....because he refused to grow a mullet!

Maria David said...

John and Anon - LOL and tx for solving that mystery! -M

Anonymous said...

Love it! Brings back memories...

Anonymous said...

The ref in the photo with Luger and Anderson is Tommy Young longtime NWA ref.

Maria David said...

Anon 10:33 - excellent!

Anonymous said...

Yes that is Tommy Young refereeing. He was as recognized as the wrestlers here in Charlotte. Very serious neck injury ended his career when the plan for Tommy "Wildfire" Rich to throw him threw the ropes backfired.

Anonymous said...

Tommy Young was a great referee for NWA he should be credited in the photo.

Maria David said...

Just added Tommy Young's name. I appreciate the tips today, all!

Anonymous said...

What??? No Blackjack Mulligan???

Anonymous said...

No Masked Bolos? It's not wrestling without a George Becker being double teamed and pummeled by the Bolos and the last second tag out to Johnny Weaver who punched one Bolo out and destroys the other with the Johnny Weaver roll.

Anonymous said...

@anon 1:05-Blackjack Mulligan was my favorite wrestler as a kid.

I remember one night The Nature Boy snuck out of the ring...grabbed a chair, got the mic and called Black jack a "Mutha F^^*%". He hit Black jack with the chair, won the match, and I cried the whole way home...

you guys remember how they would put the results in the sports section of the paper?

Anonymous said...

This was back when "rasslers" were regular people. Super Destroyer lived on our street, Rick Flair and Blackjack Mulligan lived over off of Monroe Rd. I think it was Ole Anderson drove the bus for one of the Catholic schools. I went to school with Blackjack's kids (Barry and Kindal Windham) and Baron Von Raske's kids was in my brother's class.

Anonymous said...

Yep...Brad Anderson, son or nephew of Ole, Gene & Arn Anderson was in my 5th grade class at St. Patricks in Dilworth 1981.

Anonymous said...

Elephant Boy, The Great Bolo, Danny "The Claw" McShane, Cyclone Anaya.

Anonymous said...

The Schiavone/Magnum interview was shot at Crockett’s office on Brierbend Drive not at WTBS.

Anonymous said...

There with my Dad the night the Masked Bolo;s were unmasked.

Anonymous said...

Ric Flair is the greatest of all time.

Lil' Jimmy said...

Great photos and memories from when I was a kid. That's when wrestling was "real". I loved The Nature Boy. Was in K-Mart on N. Tryon St. with my grandfather when I was about 6 yrs. old and saw Johnny Weaver buying Swisher Sweet Cigars and he looked hungover. I didn't know what all that was about other than he looked rough and I couldn't believe he smoked :)

Lil' Jimmy said...

Great photos and memories from when I was a kid. That's when wrestling was "real". I loved The Nature Boy. Was in K-Mart on N. Tryon St. with my grandfather when I was about 6 yrs. old and saw Johnny Weaver buying Swisher Sweet Cigars and he looked hungover. I didn't know what all that was about other than he looked rough and I couldn't believe he smoked :)

Anonymous said...

No Barbarian pictures?

Anonymous said...

No Andre the Giant pictures?!! I saw him in a K Mart in Atlanta once. These guys must've lived at K Mart

Anonymous said...

Wow. This is bottom of the barrel regional crap wresting. In the 70's and 80's, the old WWF was king. Nobody else had wrestlers like George the Animal Steele, Jimmy Superfly Snuka, Andre the Giant, Bruno Sammartino, Superstar Billy Graham, Greg the Hammer Valentine, Hulk Hogan, Brutas Beefcake, and Ravishing Rick Rude. And most of these guys in this article that were any good eventually went to the WWF.

wfudeacon79 said...

I remember when all the wrestlers partied at Bennigan's on Sharon Rd. at South Park on Sunday nights and Ron Garvin was a Whispers regular.