Friday, February 5, 2010

Johnny Weaver Debut for Crockett Promotions

Johnny Weaver made his debut for Crockett Promotions on February 5, 1962 (48 years ago to the day as this posted) at the Charlotte Park Center. His scheduled opponent was Eddie Auger, but Weaver wound up wrestling Swede Hanson, which he discusses in his conversation with the Mid-Atlantic Gateway in November 2007:

"My first match for Crockett was in February, 1962. First opponent was Swede Hansen and I didn’t know him from Adam. We got in the ring – I think it was a one fall, 20 minute match. We got in the ring, locked up and I pulled him back to the corner and I’m going to be the, you know, the nice guy and I said OK man, and I laid one in. (laughs) He popped me back, and I mean he popped me, and then he said, “huh-huh-huh” (laughs). I had a cold but he knocked it out the other side. (laughter). No one hit harder than Swede, and he was letting me know... "

(See A Conversation with Johnny Weaver on the Mid-Atlantic Gateway.)

Here are the other clippings from the Charlotte newspaper regarding that show:

Special thanks to Mark Eastridge for the clipping and Mike Cline for reminding me of this special anniversary. Mike also has a great feature on Johnny's Crockett debut on his blog "Mid-Atlantic Grapplin' Greats". Click here.