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.