Monday, September 10, 2007

Champions in The Ring

This photograph was taken by the late, long time wrestling photographer Gene Gordon in Spartanburg SC on 3/25/78. Johnny Weaver is wearing the NWA TV title and "Mr. Wrestling" Tim Woods is wearing the U.S. title (a rare photo of both with those belts.) On the floor at ringside, behind Johnny, is ring annoncer/former wrestler/long time Crockett veteran George Harbin.

Johnny won the NWA TV title from Baron Von Raschke on 3/5 in Charlotte, and Tim "Mr. Wrestling" Woods had just won the US title a week earlier on 3/19 in Greensboro.

The two were wrestling against the former champions Raschke and Mulligan in a Texas Tornado rules tag team match in the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium. All four contestants would be in the ring at the same time. The newspaper reported that Raschke and Mulligan won the tag match, which drove interest in the rematches for the respective singles titles. - Dick Bourne

Photo by Gene Gordon © Ditchcat Photography. Used with permission.
Nwspaper clipping from the collection of Mark Eastridge.