Sunday, August 22, 2010

Converse Wins Weaver Cup 2010



Weaver Cup Report
Results courtesy of IndyInsiders.Com
Photo courtesy Slamfest Photography

PWI International Ultra-J Crown Champion Xsiris and manager William L. Cross escaped with a hard-fought win over the red-hot "Leelicious" Lee Valiant, who started out their bout like a house of fire. Xsiris took a beating early on to advance to the Weaver Cup Final by pinfall over the game Valiant.

CWF Mid Atlantic Heavyweight Champion "High Definition" Steve Greene w/Coach Gemini found himself across the ring from former friend "the 1st" Ric Converse for the last spot in the Weaver Cup Final. Converse put the brakes on any intentions that Coach Gemini had for his "team" by putting the heavyweight champ's shoulders to the canvas in under a minute and a half.

Xsiris & "the 1st" Ric Converse hit the ring like a hurricane, going straight to each other's faces from the opening bell. The PWI International Ultra-J Crown Champion showed off his conditioning by taking and giving an incredible amount of punishment, only to be matched move for move by the former five-time Mid Atlantic Heavyweight Champion. Xsiris spent much of the match avoiding any move that could be a set-up for the Ric-Tor Scale finisher, but eventually tasted the canvas with it as Converse made the pinfall win to become the seventh winner of the 7th Annual Johnny Weaver Memorial Tournament!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Weaver Part of a Big Week in Charlotte

Johnny Weaver's challenge for the NWA world heavyweight championshiop was just one part of an amazing week at the Charlotte Coliseum in 1972.

Check out the story on the Mid-Atlantic Gateway.

Jesus, Elvis, and All-Star Wrestling: One Amazing Week at the Charlotte Coliseum

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Career Results

The Mid-Atlantic Gateway website now features career results for Johnny Weaver. David Baker has compiled over 4,500 career results or match listings for Johnny's career, with more to be uncovered as research continues.

The results were gathered from a variety of sources and researches including Mark Eastridge, Scott Teal, Jim Zordani, and Carroll Hall, and Wendi Weaver (Johnny's daughter) who loaned us Johnny Weaver's personal journals.

The results can be found by clicking here.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Loaded Florida Card Includes Weaver vs. Dillon (1975)



This loaded card from the beautiful Bayfront Center in St. Petersburg FL includes Johnny Weaver vs. Jim (James. J.) Dillon for the Florida TV title from April 1975.

Thanks to Wendi Weaver for this clipping.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Two Years Later: We Remember Johnny Weaver



Johnny Weaver
November 17, 1935 - February 15, 2008

On this 2nd anniversary of the death of Johnny Weaver, we point you to the text of the eulogy delivered by Capt. Michael Smith at Johnny's funeral on February 20, 2008:

Thanks Kid by Capt. Michael Smith

We miss you, Johnny!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Johnny Weaver Debut for Crockett Promotions



Johnny Weaver made his debut for Crockett Promotions on February 5, 1962 (48 years ago to the day as this posted) at the Charlotte Park Center. His scheduled opponent was Eddie Auger, but Weaver wound up wrestling Swede Hanson, which he discusses in his conversation with the Mid-Atlantic Gateway in November 2007:

"My first match for Crockett was in February, 1962. First opponent was Swede Hansen and I didn’t know him from Adam. We got in the ring – I think it was a one fall, 20 minute match. We got in the ring, locked up and I pulled him back to the corner and I’m going to be the, you know, the nice guy and I said OK man, and I laid one in. (laughs) He popped me back, and I mean he popped me, and then he said, “huh-huh-huh” (laughs). I had a cold but he knocked it out the other side. (laughter). No one hit harder than Swede, and he was letting me know... "

(See A Conversation with Johnny Weaver on the Mid-Atlantic Gateway.)

Here are the other clippings from the Charlotte newspaper regarding that show:



Special thanks to Mark Eastridge for the clipping and Mike Cline for reminding me of this special anniversary. Mike also has a great feature on Johnny's Crockett debut on his blog "Mid-Atlantic Grapplin' Greats". Click here.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Weaver vs. Hayes in Toronto


Johnny Weaver and Lord Alfred Hayes started a great feud in the summer of 1981, and the two continued to battle things out well into 1982. This show in Toronto in January of 1982 featured Weaver vs. Hayes in a cage match as a semi-final bout.

The Toronto booking office was closely affiliated with Jim Crockett Promotions as well as the WWWF. The Crockett relationship began in late 1978 and continued until the WWF began it's exclusive booking arrangement with the Tunney office in 1984. Johnny Weaver helped book the Toronto cards in the early to mid 1980s.

Headlining this card was Bob Backlund defending the WWWF title against Greg Valentine and Angelo Mosca vs. Big John Studd for the Canadian title in a cage as well.

Thanks to Andrew Calvert at Maple Leaf Wrestling Pictorial and the Maple Leaf Wrestling Blog for this clipping.