Monday, March 26, 2012

On the set of World Wide Wrestling

Johnny Weaver joins Ric Flair and Rich Landrum (just behind Ric) on the set of World Wide Wrestling in Raleigh NC. Looks like they were just getting ready to come back from a commercial break. (Circa 1981)

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)