Sunday, February 15, 2009

Looking Back: Weaver vs. Kiniski in 1967

Today, February 15, is the one year anniversary of Johnny Weaver's death, and we continue to mourn his passing but we also celebrate his life and his career.

Johnny is probably best remembered for his legendary tag team with George Becker in the 1960s and early 1970s. But he was also a top singles wrestler and was a top drawing challenger for the NWA world heavyweight championship, wrestling all the great champions of the era, including many title matches with Lou Thesz, Gene Kiniski, and Dory Funk, Jr. in particular.

On Thanksgiving night 1967, Johnny challenged Kiniski for the title in what was at that time a record breaking crowd at the Greensboro Coliseum, with hundreds of fans turned away.

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We plan to continue to share memories and remembrances of Johnny's career here on the Weaver Blog. You can always find us by just typing in to your browser: or find your way here via the Mid-Atlantic Gateway.