Johnny is bloody in the ring in Austin, TX after a tough match with Louie Tillet in 1963. That's Leo Garibaldi in the ring behind him holding a microphone.
From Johnny Weaver's personal scrapbook. Photo credit unknown.
Also something else I forgot to mention was the small country store about two miles from my house was an "advance ticket outlet" for the shows and had the large posters in the window promoting each show. The store was called "Crooked Oak Grocery". The store still stands today but sadly is now closed. I asked the owner at that time if I could have the posters when the show was over and he told me that the person who brought them said they would be coming back to get them.The store owner then said if no one came back to pick them up I could have them. I did not get either of those posters but did get one for Sept.1981.
“You’ve got your colorful wrestlers, just like Joe Namath in football. There’s people with more personality who make it more interesting,” he says in defense of the widely held notion that most if not all of professional wrestling is nothing but a big show. “Yeah, it’s been going on for a long time,” he admits of the accusation.
“But it’s been fun,” he says with a big grin. “I’ve had the chance to do a lot of things I never would have been able to do. It’s really opened doors for me. I’ve got a lot of satisfaction out of it, met a lot of people and have traveled all over. It’s a living… not a game,” he states.
And so the show (if it can rightfully be called that) must go on. Weaver was to have been in Roanoke, Virginia Sunday night, followed by an appearance in Harrisonburg, Virginia Tuesday, Richmond, Virginia Friday and all the way down to Kingsport, Tennessee this Saturday.
That’s a lot of miles for a guy who already has plenty of mileage.
Research and Transcription of Article by Carroll Hall, WrestlingMemories.com
Poster from the collection of Wayne Brower. Photo of poster by Steve Hall. One of the highlights of our weekend at Fanfest in Charlotte was when Wayne brought out all his old wrestling posters! -D. Bourne