Friday, August 24, 2012

Weaver Cup 2012 This Saturday 8/25!

The Weaver Cup 2012 Final Four

No one has ever won the Weaver Cup Tournament twice. Arik Royal looks to be the first and make history tomorrow night at the Mid-Atlantic Sportatorium. If he does it, he'll earn one more shot at the Mid-Atlantic Championship that has avoided him so many times in the past. It all goes down August 25, 2012.

For more information about the 2012 tournament, visit

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Monday, March 26, 2012

On the set of World Wide Wrestling

Johnny Weaver joins Ric Flair and Rich Landrum (just behind Ric) on the set of World Wide Wrestling in Raleigh NC. Looks like they were just getting ready to come back from a commercial break. (Circa 1981)

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Weaver Chases Funk Jr.

The following article was originally published on Mid-Atlantic Grapplin' Greats.
Weaver Chases the NWA World Champ
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From February 1, 1971 thru April 10, 1972, one of the all-time greatest booking programs in JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS history unfolded.
JCP's top wrestler at the time (either babyface or heel) JOHNNY WEAVER sought to capture the NWA WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP, held by Texan DORY FUNK JR.
The fourteen month series of matches occurred almost exclusively in Charlotte, North Carolina, with Texas and Florida an integral part of the program.
Enjoy the following rare photos from this incredible series of matches...




A perfectly executed suplex by FUNK.

The Champ had the momentum at this point.

The participants face off.
The referee is Walter Buckner.

A WEAVER arm bar has the Champ in pain.

The Challenger tosses the Champ.

Champion FUNK returns the favor.

JOHNNY in control once again.

For the complete history of the WEAVER / FUNK program, you can visit the MID-ATLANTIC GATEWAY by going here:

Johnny Weaver's Title Chase (Mid-Atlantic Gateway)

Friday, February 17, 2012

Remembering A Legend

The following post is republished here with permission from the Pro Wrestling 1970 to Present blog.
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Four years ago we lost Johnny Weaver. Today we pay tribute to him by featuring one among thousands of matches he wrestled for Jim Crockett Promotions during a career that lasted twenty-plus years.

Johnny Weaver wrestled on the first card my Dad took me to when I was five years old. I will never forget Johnny Weaver.

The photo of Johnny Weaver is courtesy of Dick Bourne of the Mid-Atlantic Gateway.

Original posted at

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Editor's note: The photo of Johnny Weaver above was taken at the Dobyns-Bennett high school gym (the "DB Dome") in Kingsport TN in either 1978 or 1979.   -DB, Mid-Atlantic Gateway

Tribute to a Legend

The following post is republished here with permission from the All-Star Championship Wrestling blog.

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Four years ago we lost Mid-Atlantic legend Johnny Weaver. Johnny began his career with Jim Crockett Promotions in 1962. During a newspaper interview that was published on Sept.20,1986, Johnny told the reporter he had retired from the ring a little more than a year before. He continued to work behind the scenes at JCP until the end which was 1988. Johnny did come out of retirement for a few matches in late 1987 prior to Starrcade.

Johnny Weaver will always be my favorite "good guy" wrestler. I sure do miss him.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Those Were The Days

Four Years Later

I received a nice note from Michael Smith, Johnny Weaver's captain in the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office (Charlotte) as we approach the 4th anniversary of Johnny's death. I thought I would share part of it here.

Mr. Bourne,

Hope you are well, sir. I was just looking over the website as I do frequently thinking of my friend, co-worker, protégée, hero Johnny Weaver.  This doesn’t get any easier with time.  We talk about him a lot and there has been many people come and go but rest assured Johnny is still greatly missed here by many.  As we grow old it seems our mind's capacity decreases but there is one thing I have not forgotten or will never forget and it is that last day with Johnny.  I sure miss him.

Captain Michael R. Smith
Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office

Johnny Weaver passed away February 15, 2008 at his home in Charlotte NC. He had recently celebrated his 72nd birthday with friends and had completed recertification (including a demanding physical) as he continued to work as a Deputy in the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office. An amazing man! We miss you, Johnny.
 - D. Bourne, Mid-Atlantic Gateway

The Man


On November 3, 2007, in Rocky Mount, Virginia, a tribute was held to celebrate the wrestling career of the man who, more than ANYONE else, was synonymous with the terms MID-ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING and JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS...


Johnny getting the better of a long-time ring nemesis...George 'Two Ton' Harris.

Weaver in ring action.

Johnny's pin of Gene Anderson thwarted by 'brother' Lars Anderson.

Johnny shows Ole Anderson the quickest way to the mat.

THE MAN and Mike Cline

JOHNNY WEAVER...the wrestling world will never have another like him.