Saturday, February 7, 2009

Five Years Ago: Weaver Hits The Ring in Spartanburg

Five years ago this month, Johnny Weaver made a special appearance at the "Wrestling Night of the Legends" show in Spartanburg SC, promoted by the Miss South Carolina organization. Johnny was recognized along with several other legends, but the real excitement of the evening was during the main event which featured The Rock and Roll Express (Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson) vs. The Masked Superstar (Bill Eadie) and George South.

The "bad guys" were putting the boots to Robert Gibson as Ricky Morton had been thrown from the ring. Miss Teen South Carolina Shelley Benthalland, who had escorted the Rock and Roll to the ring, ill-advisedly entered the ring to protest. Superstar and South turned toward her and actually looked like they might do her bodily harm. A noise began to rise from the crowd as someone came running down the aisle toward the ring. Long time wrestling fans in attendance could hardly believe their eyes as the legendary Johnny Weaver hit the ring, disposed of the Superstar with a roundhouse punch and then shot South into the ropes and applied his famous sleeper hold. The roof about came off the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium.

It was a special treat to see Johnny in the ring again, if only briefly. It was something he would only do a few more times in the last years of his life.

This photo is of Johnny with Miss South Carolina 2003 Jessica Eddins.

See lots of photos from this event on the Mid-Atlantic Gateway by visiting the following link:
Wrestling Night of the Legends 2004