Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Weaver Cup 2014 Announcement


From its inception in 2004, the summer-long Johnny Weaver Cup Tournament is an action-packed annual tradition for CWF Mid-Atlantic Wrestling. This year’s tournament honors not only Mr. Weaver but also four famous “friends and foes” as 16 CWF Mid-Atlantic wrestlers split up into four blocks of four men each, with each block named after a friend or foe of the legendary Mr. Weaver. 

This year’s tournament kicked off on Saturday June 21 at the Mid-Atlantic Sportatorium in Gibsonville, North Carolina where 2008 Weaver Cup finalist MARCELLUS KING clinched a spot in this year’s final four on August 23 by outlasting three others to win the SWEDE HANSEN BLOCK. 

The tournament continues on Saturday July 12 where four more CWF wrestlers go at it in the RIP HAWK BLOCK where the last man standing moves on to Finals Night in August.

Then the very next week, we shift to honoring two famous friends of Mr. Weaver with the DON KERNODLE BLOCK on Saturday July 19 and the GEORGE BECKER BLOCK on Saturday August 9 in remembrance of the famous tag-team partner with whom Johnny enjoyed so much success..

The four winners of each four-man block will make up the semi-finalists and eventual finalists who duke it on Saturday August 23 at Weaver Cup Finals Night for a chance to have their name engraved forever on the trophy AND a guaranteed shot at the Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Championship. 

All five nights of this year’s tournament will take place at the Mid-Atlantic Sportatorium located at 1001 Springwood Avenue in Gibsonville, North Carolina, just outside of Burlington and only 15 miles from Greensboro. Stay tuned to as participants and match-ups for the three remaining blocks are announced and make sure to join us Saturday August 23 for Finals Night 2014 as we crown this year’s winner of the prestigious Weaver Cup.

Visit the Johnny Weaver Portal on the Mid-Atlantic Gateway

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Penny Banner Honored

Wendi Weaver and Danny Hodge at the 2014 Gulf Coast Wrestler's Reunion in Mobile AL.
Wendi's late mother Penny Banner and Danny were honored at the event.
Photo by Peggy Lathan

Friday, March 14, 2014

Gulf Coast Wrestler's Reunion Honors Johnny Weaver

Gulf Coast Wrestlers Reunion Posthumous Legend Award

The members of the Gulf Coast Wrestler's Reunion in Mobile, Alabama, awarded their Posthumous Legend Award to Johnny Weaver on March 7, 2014. Johnny's daughter Wendi was their to accept the honor for her father. The group also recognized Wendi's mother, the late Penny Banner. (Photos by Peggy Lathan.)

Wendi Weaver accepts the award in honor of her father.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

A Hard Night's Work

Longtime Mid-Atlantic Wrestling fan and current WWE referee (and the best currently in the business) Charles Robinson sent us this photo he took back in 1978 of Johnny Weaver after a bloody battle with Baron Von Raschke for the NWA Television Championship.

Also in the photo legendary NWA referee Tommy Young (with the NWA TV title belt). On the right looks like Ted Oates, and not sure on the left. Can you help us positively identify the wrestlers in this photo who came to Johnny's aide?

Johnny won the TV title on 3/5/78 from Baron Von Raschke in Charlotte. He lost it back to the Baron a month later, 4/3/78, in Greenville, SC.

Johnny Weaver shows the battle scars of a tough fight over his TV title. (Photo by Charles Robinson.)

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Johnny Weaver in Florida

Photographer Don DeLeon and Johnny Weaver - Florida 1975

This photo was posted in the Facebook group "Championship Wrestling from Florida" which is published/administered by Barry Rose. The photo was posted by Facebook user Scott George.

On Johnny's shoulder is the Florida Tag Team title belt when Johnny was champion with partner Dick Slater.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Another Year - My Note from Capt. Smith

Every year around this time, I receive a nice note from Capt. Michael Smith, Johnny Weaver's captain at the Mecklenburg Sheriff's Office.

We should all be as fortunate as Johnny Weaver when we leave this world to have a friend remember us in the way that Capt. Smith faithfully and loyally remembers Johnny. Of course, Capt. Smith will be the first to tell you that we should all be as fortunate to have known someone like Johnny and call him friend.

Johnny Weaver passed way six years ago, February 15, 2008. Every year since, I have received a nice note from Capt. Smith, remembering his friend and co-worker.

Rest in Peace, Johnny. We all miss you very much.   - D. Bourne

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I am getting ready to be away from the office for a while wanted to send a Thank You out again for all you do to keep Johnnie’s legacy out there.  This is the time of year I really go over all your stuff out there except I started thinking about and reading about Johnnie in December of last year.  Just a point it does not get any easier.  I have a hard time remembering my kids and wife’s birthday but there is no problem remembering Johnnie.  Hope you are well just a quick note I still miss that man a lot and Thanks so much for all you do and especially the new info you come across or share that relates to Johnnie. 


Captain Michael Smith
Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s office

Deputy Sheriff Kenneth Eugene "Johnny" Weaver
Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office
Photo courtesy Michael Smith

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Monday, August 19, 2013

Trevor Lee wins 10th Annual Johnny Weaver Cup

Congratulations to Trevor Lee (disrespectful to the trophy though he may be) on winning the 10th Annual Johnny Weaver Cup tournament for CWF Mid-Atlantic Wrestling. Lee defeated Lee Valiant in the finals of the 2013 tournament.

Here is the detailed tournament report, excerpted from the Indy Insiders website.

As advertised, semifinal action in the 2013 Johnny Weaver Memorial Tournament kicked off the iPPV, as Trevor Lee made short work of the injured Andrew Everett. After a quick tie-up, Lee connected with Everett's injury, rolled him up and won in barely a half minute to advance to the evening's main event Weaver Cup Final.

Chet Sterling was out next to square off against Lee Valiant for the last spot in the Weaver Cup Final main event. Valiant had fire in his eyes as he was introduced and appeared to be the man fate had chosen to be the next Weaver Cup Champion. After feeling out the red-hot rookie Sterling, Valiant took him to task and finished him off in under ten minutes by pinfall to advance to the main event Final.

The last man to win the Johnny Weaver Cup and have it presented to him by Johnny Weaver himself in 2007, "Handsome" Mitch Connor made his way to the ring. Connor explained to the new fans the legacy of the Weaver Cup Tournament in the Carolinas during it's tenth anniversary on behalf of CWF Mid Atlantic and remained at the commentary table to present the Weaver Cup to the winner.

With no time limit, Trevor Lee and Lee Valiant climbed through the ropes to face off for the Championship of the 2013 Johnny Weaver Memorial Tournament. Valiant advanced to the Final through sheer willpower and determination while Lee seemed to arrive there by sheer happenstance. Young Lee played a coy game, exiting the ring and playing the ten-count game with the referee repeatedly, both frustrating Valiant and the fans alike. Valiant stayed steady, keeping his anger at Lee's tactics on the back burner and attacking his opponent as viciously as he could get away with. However, after the thirty minute mark it appeared that Lee was connecting more with his attacks than Valiant and began to maintain an advantage as both men left everything inside of the squared circle. Both men tangled on the ring apron and crashed to the concrete and the referee counted to ten and called for the bell. Everyone exploded for more time as officials and the referee discussed that there had to be a winner. The match was restarted and Valiant pulled off one more second wind, attacking with renewed vigor. Lee, however, connected with a couple of swinging kicks and found himself in the driver's seat, pinning the popular Valiant in a 45+ minute Weaver Cup Final for the record books.

(report by Randy Hedrick from the Indy Insiders website.)

Saturday, August 17, 2013