Thursday, December 27, 2007

Austin, Texas 1963

Johnny is bloody in the ring in Austin, TX after a tough match with Louie Tillet in 1963. That's Leo Garibaldi in the ring behind him holding a microphone.

From Johnny Weaver's personal scrapbook. Photo credit unknown.

Friday, December 14, 2007

1973 Christmas Tree

The image above was the back page on the December 1973 issue of Mid-Atlantic Wrestling Magazine. The ornaments on the tree were nine of the top "good guy" wrestlers at that time. Can you name all nine of these Mid-Atlantic Wrestling stars?

The text in the box at the base of the tree says: "From the staff of Jim Crockett Promotions, Inc. and all the Wrestlers"

Christmas ornaments on the tree: The star at the top: Jack Brisco. 2nd row: Johnny Weaver, Jerry Brisco,Sandy Scott. 3rd row: L.D. Lewis, Amazing Zuma. 4th row: Scott Casey, Nelson Royal, and Terry Sawyer.

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Weaver Injured in Dobson NC Match

by Carroll Hall (

The Dobson, NC Lions Club sponsored their second Wrestling card on Thursday April 3, 1969. It was even better than the first. This time Johnny Weaver and George Becker defended their Southern Tag Team Championship against the current Atlantic Coast Tag Team Champions, Rip Hawk and Swede Hanson. After Johnny and George defeated Rip and Swede in the two-out-of-three fall match, the angry Hawk and Hanson attacked Weaver and Becker after the match. Rip and Swede picked Johnny Weaver up and threw him like a missile towards the ring corner. Johnny's head and shoulder struck the post between the top and second rope knocking Johnny out. We stayed and watched them remove the ropes from the ring and later Johnny was carried back to the dressing room

It was a good thing that members of the Surry County Sheriff's Department were able to hustle Rip and Swede to the dressing room because that is one of the hottest crowds I was ever a part of.

The following week on TV we saw that Johnny Weaver was okay but his shoulder and upper arm were taped up. Johnny and George got to pay Rip and Swede back four weeks later on May 1, 1969 when they won the Atlantic Coast Tag Team belts from Rip and Swede in Winston-Salem, NC.

I would not have missed that match for anything.

Also something else I forgot to mention was the small country store about two miles from my house was an "advance ticket outlet" for the shows and had the large posters in the window promoting each show. The store was called "Crooked Oak Grocery". The store still stands today but sadly is now closed. I asked the owner at that time if I could have the posters when the show was over and he told me that the person who brought them said they would be coming back to get them.The store owner then said if no one came back to pick them up I could have them. I did not get either of those posters but did get one for Sept.1981.

A Legendary Team is Born

June 2, 1962

Two new professional wrestling tag teams on the local scene appear in a featured match at the LEXINGTON YMCA tonight.

GEORGE BECKER, the all-time Carolina fan favorite, teams with young JOHNNY WEAVER, to meet the mad Russian combination of JOHN SMITH and IVAN KAMEROFF in a two-of-three falls contest. The match has a one hour time limit.

The Russians have been together as a team for some time now but are making their first LEXINGTON appearance as a combo. They are both mean and dangerous. BECKER has just recently taken on the up-and-coming WEAVER as his full-time partner. JOHNNY has been wrestling in the Carolinas only a few months.

The maniacal Mexican PANCHO VILLA returns to the arena to battle young REGGIE PARKS in the evening's semifinal event, set for two-of-three falls.

Prelim singles bouts scheduled are TONY BAILLARGEON against "Big" JIM WRIGHT and MAURICE LAPOINTE scrapping with FIRPO ZYBSKO.

Action gets underway tonight at 8:15.

Research and transcription by Mike Cline