Sunday, September 30, 2007

Johnny Weaver Must Not Be Sold!

Carroll Hall at recently received a letter from long time wrestling fan Norman Harris of Wilkesboro NC. Mr. Harris had been kind enough to mail Carroll one of the rarest pieces of memorabilia I've ever seen. It is an "advertising pass" that gave the bearer a discount on the price of admission for a card at the Lexington YMCA in Lexington NC on July 6, 1968.

The pass features a photo of Johnny with the sleeper hold on George "Two Ton" Harris. I also love the references to the TV shows that aired on WBTV in Charlotte and WGHP in High Point NC. During those days. both stations aired unique programs taped at their local studios. The WBTV program was hosted by Big Bill Ward; the High Point show was hosted by NC Broadcast Hall of Famer Charlie Harville. (For more, check out Studio Wrestling.)

Norman had Johnny autograph the pass at the Mid-Atlantic Wrestling Legends Fanfest in Charlotte in February of 2004. - D. Bourne

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Here is the card from that night in Lexington, courtesy of Mike Cline:

July 6, 1968

Rival tag teams of long standing and teams absent for sometime will clash in tonight's professional wrestling feature at the LEXINGTON YMCA.

The headlining contest will be GEORGE and SANDY SCOTT, THE FLYING SCOTTS, against ALDO BOGNI and BRONCHO LUBICH, now being managed by MR. GEORGE HARRIS, formerly known as "Two Ton". These four wrestlers have a bitter rivalry going back several years in the Carolinas, and one can only imagine what influence HARRIS will have, now that he's in the mix.

Another tag match this week sends the popular duet of North Carolina's own LUTHER LINDSAY and New Zealand's ABE JACOBS against the Spanish-Mexican rowdies PANCHO VALDEZ and THE MATADOR.

Both tag matches are set for two-out-of-three falls.

Single bouts on tonight's card will pit LES WOLFE against FRANK HICKEY and BOB NANDER taking on PEPPY GOMEZ.

Belltime, as always, is 8:15.