Friday, February 17, 2012

Remembering A Legend


The following post is republished here with permission from the Pro Wrestling 1970 to Present blog.
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Four years ago we lost Johnny Weaver. Today we pay tribute to him by featuring one among thousands of matches he wrestled for Jim Crockett Promotions during a career that lasted twenty-plus years.

Johnny Weaver wrestled on the first card my Dad took me to when I was five years old. I will never forget Johnny Weaver.

The photo of Johnny Weaver is courtesy of Dick Bourne of the Mid-Atlantic Gateway.

Original posted at http://prowrestling1970present.blogspot.com/2012/02/remembering-legend.html


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Editor's note: The photo of Johnny Weaver above was taken at the Dobyns-Bennett high school gym (the "DB Dome") in Kingsport TN in either 1978 or 1979.   -DB, Mid-Atlantic Gateway

Tribute to a Legend


The following post is republished here with permission from the All-Star Championship Wrestling blog.


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Four years ago we lost Mid-Atlantic legend Johnny Weaver. Johnny began his career with Jim Crockett Promotions in 1962. During a newspaper interview that was published on Sept.20,1986, Johnny told the reporter he had retired from the ring a little more than a year before. He continued to work behind the scenes at JCP until the end which was 1988. Johnny did come out of retirement for a few matches in late 1987 prior to Starrcade.

Johnny Weaver will always be my favorite "good guy" wrestler. I sure do miss him.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Those Were The Days


Four Years Later

I received a nice note from Michael Smith, Johnny Weaver's captain in the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office (Charlotte) as we approach the 4th anniversary of Johnny's death. I thought I would share part of it here.

Mr. Bourne,

Hope you are well, sir. I was just looking over the website as I do frequently thinking of my friend, co-worker, protégée, hero Johnny Weaver.  This doesn’t get any easier with time.  We talk about him a lot and there has been many people come and go but rest assured Johnny is still greatly missed here by many.  As we grow old it seems our mind's capacity decreases but there is one thing I have not forgotten or will never forget and it is that last day with Johnny.  I sure miss him.

Captain Michael R. Smith
Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office




Johnny Weaver passed away February 15, 2008 at his home in Charlotte NC. He had recently celebrated his 72nd birthday with friends and had completed recertification (including a demanding physical) as he continued to work as a Deputy in the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office. An amazing man! We miss you, Johnny.
 - D. Bourne, Mid-Atlantic Gateway




The Man


COURTESY OF MIKE CLINE AND MID-ATLANTIC GRAPPLIN' GREATS!

On November 3, 2007, in Rocky Mount, Virginia, a tribute was held to celebrate the wrestling career of the man who, more than ANYONE else, was synonymous with the terms MID-ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING and JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS...

JOHNNY WEAVER

Johnny getting the better of a long-time ring nemesis...George 'Two Ton' Harris.

Weaver in ring action.

Johnny's pin of Gene Anderson thwarted by 'brother' Lars Anderson.

Johnny shows Ole Anderson the quickest way to the mat.


THE MAN and Mike Cline


JOHNNY WEAVER...the wrestling world will never have another like him.