Monday, August 31, 2015

Roy Wilkins Wins the 2015 Weaver Cup

Weaver Cup Champion Roy Wilkins
(John Moses Photography)
The All-Stars' Roy Wilkins defeated Chet Sterling in the finals of the 2015 Johnny Weaver Memorial Cup tournament at the Mid Atlantic Sportatorium in Gibsonville, NC this past Saturday, August 29. The annual summer-long event, which is in it's 12th year, featured some of the best independent talent in North Carolina.

Mid-Atlantic Wrestling legend Don Kernodle was on hand to present the trophy to Wilkins. Kernodle was a protege of Johnny Weaver's in the 1970s and 1980s. He was most famously one-half of the NWA world tag team champions with partner (and WWE Hall of Famer) Sgt. Slaughter in 1982-1983. Their epic match with Ricky Steamboat and Jay Youngblood in March of 1983 in Greensboro resulted in a huge sell-out turn away crowd that led to the idea of Jim Crockett Promotions doing their first ever closed-circuit mega-event Starrcade '83.

Weaver himself was involved in the early years of the tournament and annually presented the trophy to the winner until his death in 2008.

The Weaver Cup "final-four" took place on the final night of the tournament this past weekend which began back in June. The semi-finals saw Chet Sterling advance by defeating 2014 champion Brad Attitude, while Wilkins topped Marcellus King.

Wilkins is managed by Coach Gemini (the Gemini Kid), himself a former Weaver Cup champion in 2006.

For a look at the history of the Johnny Weaver Cup, visit our Weaver Cup page on the Mid-Atlantic Gateway Archives.

Congratulations to all the folks at CWF on their 12 year promoting the Johnny Weaver Cup! (Special thanks to Randy Hedrick.)

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Weaver Cup Final Four set for 2015

CWF Mid-Atlantic is back in action THIS Saturday night August 29th with the 2015 Johnny Weaver Cup Finals Night!

The 16-man summer long Johnny Weaver Memorial Cup Tournament is down to our final 4! They’ll meet in semi-final round matches early in the night and the 2 finalists come back in the main event for their chance at being immortalized on the Weaver Cup trophy and a guaranteed shot at the Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Championship . . . unless the NEW champion makes good on his vow to be the first reigning champ to ever win the tournament!





Visit the WEAVER CUP EVENT PAGE on the CWF website for more information.

Monday, August 24, 2015

No Gimmicks Here

"Sunday Notes" by Steve Mann
Hillsborough NC newspaper
March 30, 1982


Professional rassler Johnny Weaver has his answers down pat after 19 years in the business.

Weaver, who admitted to being "over 40" but would agree to no more, was in Hillsborough earlier this week as part of a pro rasslin' card at Orange High School.

And when asked about some of the gimmicks fellow grapplers employed during his sterling career that has included tag-team championships with partner George Becker, Weaver said he couldn't think of any.

"That's not true" (that pro rasslers have gimmicks), said Weaver, who became known for his sleeper hold and figure-four toehold. "The only one I could think of would be Gorgeous George," who was pro rasslin's original prima donna.

When reminded of such performers as the masked Bolos or Homer O'Dell, the infamous manager who cracked people over the head with his cane, or the Moondogs who howl and are reputed to know less English than a new-born babe in China, Weaver said those weren't gimmicks.

"That's just part of the rassler," said Weaver, raised in Indianapolis, but who now calls Charlotte home. "That's no gimmick. That's just them."

Wonder what Weaver would call the get-up of Ninja, who rassled the match previous to Weaver's?  Ninja wore Japanese flip-flops and a pillow case over his head and fooled around with those martial arts chopsticks called nunchaks.

The oriental's opponent refused to tango until the pillow case was removed. It was, only to reveal a white-painted face with red lines extending from his eyes, purple lips and purple tongue. Ninja then wowed the crowd by blowing a stream of green smoke.

Glad to hear it's not a gimmick. For a moment there, I started to think that stuff was fake.

Saying as much rankles Weaver, in fact.

"Anybody who thinks pro rassling is fake is showing their ignorance," he snarled. "If they look at my scars," he said, pointing to his forehead, "and think catsup comes out of there, then they are really ignorant."

By the way, Weaver's popularity doesn't seem to be on the wane at all. His appearance drew hundreds of youngsters to him, each clamoring for an autograph.

And the hero, who has a daughter graduating from N. C. State University next month, obliged them all.

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Thanks to Mark Eastridge for the original newspaper clipping, and to Peggy Lathan for transcribing this article.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Johnny Weaver battles Jim Dillon in St. Petersburg


Johnny Weaver and Jim Dillon (James .J. Dillon) battled for the Florida TV title on this huge night of action at the Bayfront Center in St. Petersburg, FL, on April 19, 1975.

Weaver was on one of his rare sojourns away from the Mid-Atlantic area during this time, although he would return later that year.

It is a great looking ad from "Championship Wrestling from Florida" featuring NWA Champion Jack Brisco and "the ten pounds of gold", the NWA world championship belt.

Others on this huge card included future and former world title holders Terry Funk, Dory Funk, Jr., Harley Race, Bob Backlund, and others.

The card was held at the beautiful Bayfront Center in St. Petersburg, Florida. For my money on of the most beautiful arenas in the most perfect setting of any venue in Florida. Belltime 8:30!!

This ad was originally posted on our sister website The Domed Globe and later on the Mid-Atlantic Gateway.

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FUNK EARNS TITLE SHOT
St. Petersburg Newspaper

ST. PETERSBURG—Wrestler Terry Funk. brother of former world champion Dory Funk Jr.. has won the right to meet current world champ Jack Brisco for the title and will tonight in the feature match at the Bayfront Center.

That will be the final match on a card that begins at 8:30 p.m.

In another big match, Dory Funk Jr. will meet the man who took his title away from him, Harley Race. Eddie Graham will take on the Mongolian Stomper and then Bearcat Wright in a special five minute match.

In other matches: Johnny Weaver will meet Jim Dillon in a Florida TV title match; Mike Graham and Tiger Conway will wrestle Doug Somers and Joe Soto: Bob Armstrong will wrestle against Roger Kirby: Danny Little Bear faces Dutch Mantel; Danny Hodge battles Jon Foley and in the opener Bob Backlund comes up against Pat Barrett.


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RESULTS
Jack Brisco defeated Terry Funk
Dory Funk Jr. defeated Harley Race by DQ
Mike Graham and Tiger Conway defeated Joe Soto and Doug Somers
Dick Slater defeated Chris Markoff
Jim Dillon defeated Johnny Weaver
Eddie graham defeated the Stomper

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Weaver Cup Events for 2015 Announced


From the CWF Mid-Atlantic Wrestling website: 
Dates of shows that feature matches in the 2015 Weaver Cup.

Mid-Atlantic Sportatorium
1001 Springwood Ave., Gibsonville, NC 27249


Saturday July 25 – 7:30 PM
CWF Mid-Atlantic presents “No Excuses 2015″
The Weaver Cup tournament rolls on!

Saturday August 8 – 7:30 PM
CWF Mid-Atlantic presents “Road to the Final Four”
Who will advance to Finals Night?!

Saturday August 22 – 7:30 PM
CWF Mid-Atlantic presents “Weaver Cup Finals Night 2015″
The summer-long culminates with 1 winner standing tall at the end!

http://cwf247.com/wp/events/

The Mid-Atlantic Sportatorium is located just off Hwy 70 and easily accessible from I-40 exits 138 or 140, located on Springwood Ave. in between the Carolina Cheer Center and New Testament Baptist Church just BEFORE you reach the Cross Fit Training Valley.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Weaver and the Brute, December 1973


Roanoke Rapids, NC - December 6, 1973
Johnny Weaver and Bob Bruggers vs. Brute Bernard and Jay York

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Johnny battles Bruno Sammartino (1961)

Click Image for a Larger Look at the Clipping
What an interesting match-up (and a great card) from Indiana in 1961. Clipping courtesy of the research of Carroll Hall.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Weaver Cup Hall of Champions

As we conclude our look at this year's Johnny Weaver Cup tournament (see all the various posts below), we thought we'd share this collage of photos of all Weaver Cup champs from 2004-2014.

A look at each year's tournament can be found on the Mid-Atlantic Gateway's special section on CWF Wrestling's annual Johnny Weaver Cup Tournament. 


Official Photo of Weaver 2014 Cup Champ


Thanks to Randy Hedrick at CWF Mid-Atlantic for sending us the official photo of 2014 Johnny Weaver Cup tournament winner Brad Attitude. Brad is holding the prestigious Weaver Cup trophy.

For more on the history of the Weaver Cup, visit our special history section on the Mid-Atlantic Gateway at
http://www.midatlanticgateway.com/weaver/weaver_cup/weaver_cup_history.htm.

The CWF Mid-Atlantic website is located at http://cwf247.com/.

Monday, September 8, 2014

2014 Weaver Cup Report

by Randy Hedrick, IndyInisders.com

"The Army of One" Marcellus King kicked off the night's action facing Brad Attitude w/Amy Love in semifinal action of the 2014 Johnny Weaver Memorial Tournament. Despite appearing nicked up by King, Attitude took advantage of an opening, advancing to the main event Final later in the night by pinfall.

The very first Weaver Cup Champion "Dangerous E" Corey Edsel and his entourage entered and went to war with Arik Royal in semifinal action of the 2014 Johnny Weaver Memorial Tournament. With a numbers advantage, Edsel advances to the main event by pinfall.

"Dangerous E" Corey Edsel w/Rage & the Machine's Mecha Mercenary & Michael "the Fury" McAllister hit the ring for the Weaver Cup main event to find Brad Attitude and Amy Love didn't come alone, but had "the 1st" Ric Converse join them at ringside to help offset the Dangerous Elliance's numbers advantage outside of the ring. Eventually everyone became involved on the floor at ringside allowing Attitude to defeat the first-ever Weaver Cup Champion by pinfall to win the 2014 Johnny Weaver Memorial Tournament.

Randy Hedrick's Indy Insiders website is located at http://www.indyinsiders.com/
The CWF Mid-Atlantic website is located at http://cwf247.com/