Sunday, March 18, 2012

Weaver Chases Funk Jr.

The following article was originally published on Mid-Atlantic Grapplin' Greats.
Weaver Chases the NWA World Champ
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From February 1, 1971 thru April 10, 1972, one of the all-time greatest booking programs in JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS history unfolded.
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JCP's top wrestler at the time (either babyface or heel) JOHNNY WEAVER sought to capture the NWA WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP, held by Texan DORY FUNK JR.
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The fourteen month series of matches occurred almost exclusively in Charlotte, North Carolina, with Texas and Florida an integral part of the program.
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Enjoy the following rare photos from this incredible series of matches...

Clipping from THE MID-ATLANTIC GATEWAY

Challenger JOHNNY WEAVER

NWA WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION
DORY FUNK JR.

A perfectly executed suplex by FUNK.

The Champ had the momentum at this point.


The participants face off.
The referee is Walter Buckner.

A WEAVER arm bar has the Champ in pain.

The Challenger tosses the Champ.

Champion FUNK returns the favor.

JOHNNY in control once again.
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For the complete history of the WEAVER / FUNK program, you can visit the MID-ATLANTIC GATEWAY by going here:

Johnny Weaver's Title Chase (Mid-Atlantic Gateway)