Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Johnny battles Bruno Sammartino (1961)

Click Image for a Larger Look at the Clipping
What an interesting match-up (and a great card) from Indiana in 1961. Clipping courtesy of the research of Carroll Hall.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Weaver Cup Hall of Champions

As we conclude our look at this year's Johnny Weaver Cup tournament (see all the various posts below), we thought we'd share this collage of photos of all Weaver Cup champs from 2004-2014.

A look at each year's tournament can be found on the Mid-Atlantic Gateway's special section on CWF Wrestling's annual Johnny Weaver Cup Tournament. 

Official Photo of Weaver 2014 Cup Champ

Thanks to Randy Hedrick at CWF Mid-Atlantic for sending us the official photo of 2014 Johnny Weaver Cup tournament winner Brad Attitude. Brad is holding the prestigious Weaver Cup trophy.

For more on the history of the Weaver Cup, visit our special history section on the Mid-Atlantic Gateway at

The CWF Mid-Atlantic website is located at http://cwf247.com/.

Monday, September 8, 2014

2014 Weaver Cup Report

by Randy Hedrick, IndyInisders.com

"The Army of One" Marcellus King kicked off the night's action facing Brad Attitude w/Amy Love in semifinal action of the 2014 Johnny Weaver Memorial Tournament. Despite appearing nicked up by King, Attitude took advantage of an opening, advancing to the main event Final later in the night by pinfall.

The very first Weaver Cup Champion "Dangerous E" Corey Edsel and his entourage entered and went to war with Arik Royal in semifinal action of the 2014 Johnny Weaver Memorial Tournament. With a numbers advantage, Edsel advances to the main event by pinfall.

"Dangerous E" Corey Edsel w/Rage & the Machine's Mecha Mercenary & Michael "the Fury" McAllister hit the ring for the Weaver Cup main event to find Brad Attitude and Amy Love didn't come alone, but had "the 1st" Ric Converse join them at ringside to help offset the Dangerous Elliance's numbers advantage outside of the ring. Eventually everyone became involved on the floor at ringside allowing Attitude to defeat the first-ever Weaver Cup Champion by pinfall to win the 2014 Johnny Weaver Memorial Tournament.

Randy Hedrick's Indy Insiders website is located at http://www.indyinsiders.com/
The CWF Mid-Atlantic website is located at http://cwf247.com/

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Broadcaster Bill Mercer makes appearance at Weaver Cup

Legendary "World Class Championship Wrestling" broadcaster Bill Mercer
at the 2014 Johnny Weaver Cup Tournament
Add legendary World Class Wrestling broadcaster Bill Mercer to the list of great wrestling legends who have made appearances at various Johnny Weaver Cup tournament finals. Mercer made a special appearance at the 2014 finals on August 23rd at the Mid-Atlantic Sportatorium in Gibsonville, NC.

Mercer was the longtime voice of "World Class Championship Wrestling" that aired out of Dallas, Texas in the 1970s and 1980s. The tape of that show aired in markets all over the United States and in several foreign countries back in the day.

Mercer joins a long list of wrestling greats who have appeared at the tournament including Sandy Scott, Boris Zhukov (aka Jim Nelson), "World Wide Wrestling" broadcaster Rich Landrum, Don Kernodle, Rocky Kernodle, and of course the man himself Johnny Weaver.

Thanks to Randy Hedrick at IndyInsiders.com for providing the photo.

10 Years Burnin' Down The Road

The Johnny Weaver Cup Trophy

A Randy Hedrick shot of the Johnny Weaver Cup trophy from back in 2004, the inaugural year of the tournament. Seemed appropriate to post on the 10th anniversary of the tournament.

Photo by Dick Bourne, Mid-Atlantic Gateway
Johnny Weaver was present to present the trophy at several of the early tournament finals before his death in 2008.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Brad Attitude Wins 10th Anniversary Weaver Cup

2014 Weaver Cup winner Brad Attitude (Randy Hedrick Photo)

Brad Attitude fought his way through months of tournament matches to capture the 2014 Johnny Weaver Cup trophy in Gibsonville, NC. it was the 11th edition of the tournament, its 10th Anniversary.

Brad is seen addressing the crowd at the Mid-Atlantic Sportatorium, the Weaver Cup trophy just behind him in the ring. Also see in the photo is Mitch Conner, a former Cup winner.

Congratulations to Brad and to everyone at CWF Mid-Atlantic Wrestling for their 11th year of the Weaver Cup and for helping keeping the memories of Johnny Weaver alive for a current generation of wrestling fans.

More details and photos to be posted in the future. Thanks to Randy Hedrick at CWF Mid-Atlantic for the photo.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Weaver Cup Finals (and Bill Mercer) Aug. 23rd!

The final four for the 11th annual Johnny Weaver Cup tournament have been decided. They are (from info on the CWF website):

(1) 2004 Weaver Cup Champion “DANGEROUS E” COREY EDSEL
(2) 2011 AND 2012 Weaver Cup Tournament Champion ARIK ROYAL
(4) 2008 Weaver Cup Tournament Finalist “THE ARMY OF ONE” MARCELLUS KING
Semi-Final Round Matches THIS Saturday night will pit ATTITUDE VS. KING and EDSEL VS. ROYAL with the winners moving on to the finals later in the night. Who will leave with their name engraved on the Weaver Cup trophy and a guaranteed shot at the Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Championship?

The CWF247.com website is announcing that legendary World Class Wrestling broadcaster Bill Mercer will be at the event this Saturday as well.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Weaver Cup 2014 Announcement


From its inception in 2004, the summer-long Johnny Weaver Cup Tournament is an action-packed annual tradition for CWF Mid-Atlantic Wrestling. This year’s tournament honors not only Mr. Weaver but also four famous “friends and foes” as 16 CWF Mid-Atlantic wrestlers split up into four blocks of four men each, with each block named after a friend or foe of the legendary Mr. Weaver. 

This year’s tournament kicked off on Saturday June 21 at the Mid-Atlantic Sportatorium in Gibsonville, North Carolina where 2008 Weaver Cup finalist MARCELLUS KING clinched a spot in this year’s final four on August 23 by outlasting three others to win the SWEDE HANSEN BLOCK. 

The tournament continues on Saturday July 12 where four more CWF wrestlers go at it in the RIP HAWK BLOCK where the last man standing moves on to Finals Night in August.

Then the very next week, we shift to honoring two famous friends of Mr. Weaver with the DON KERNODLE BLOCK on Saturday July 19 and the GEORGE BECKER BLOCK on Saturday August 9 in remembrance of the famous tag-team partner with whom Johnny enjoyed so much success..

The four winners of each four-man block will make up the semi-finalists and eventual finalists who duke it on Saturday August 23 at Weaver Cup Finals Night for a chance to have their name engraved forever on the trophy AND a guaranteed shot at the Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Championship. 

All five nights of this year’s tournament will take place at the Mid-Atlantic Sportatorium located at 1001 Springwood Avenue in Gibsonville, North Carolina, just outside of Burlington and only 15 miles from Greensboro. Stay tuned to http://www.cwf247.com as participants and match-ups for the three remaining blocks are announced and make sure to join us Saturday August 23 for Finals Night 2014 as we crown this year’s winner of the prestigious Weaver Cup.


Visit the Johnny Weaver Portal on the Mid-Atlantic Gateway

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Penny Banner Honored

Wendi Weaver and Danny Hodge at the 2014 Gulf Coast Wrestler's Reunion in Mobile AL.
Wendi's late mother Penny Banner and Danny were honored at the event.
Photo by Peggy Lathan

Friday, March 14, 2014

Gulf Coast Wrestler's Reunion Honors Johnny Weaver

Gulf Coast Wrestlers Reunion Posthumous Legend Award

The members of the Gulf Coast Wrestler's Reunion in Mobile, Alabama, awarded their Posthumous Legend Award to Johnny Weaver on March 7, 2014. Johnny's daughter Wendi was their to accept the honor for her father. The group also recognized Wendi's mother, the late Penny Banner. (Photos by Peggy Lathan.)

Wendi Weaver accepts the award in honor of her father.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

A Hard Night's Work

Longtime Mid-Atlantic Wrestling fan and current WWE referee (and the best currently in the business) Charles Robinson sent us this photo he took back in 1978 of Johnny Weaver after a bloody battle with Baron Von Raschke for the NWA Television Championship.

Also in the photo legendary NWA referee Tommy Young (with the NWA TV title belt). On the right looks like Ted Oates, and not sure on the left. Can you help us positively identify the wrestlers in this photo who came to Johnny's aide?

Johnny won the TV title on 3/5/78 from Baron Von Raschke in Charlotte. He lost it back to the Baron a month later, 4/3/78, in Greenville, SC.

Johnny Weaver shows the battle scars of a tough fight over his TV title. (Photo by Charles Robinson.)

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Johnny Weaver in Florida

Photographer Don DeLeon and Johnny Weaver - Florida 1975

This photo was posted in the Facebook group "Championship Wrestling from Florida" which is published/administered by Barry Rose. The photo was posted by Facebook user Scott George.

On Johnny's shoulder is the Florida Tag Team title belt when Johnny was champion with partner Dick Slater.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Another Year - My Note from Capt. Smith

Every year around this time, I receive a nice note from Capt. Michael Smith, Johnny Weaver's captain at the Mecklenburg Sheriff's Office.

We should all be as fortunate as Johnny Weaver when we leave this world to have a friend remember us in the way that Capt. Smith faithfully and loyally remembers Johnny. Of course, Capt. Smith will be the first to tell you that we should all be as fortunate to have known someone like Johnny and call him friend.

Johnny Weaver passed way six years ago, February 15, 2008. Every year since, I have received a nice note from Capt. Smith, remembering his friend and co-worker.

Rest in Peace, Johnny. We all miss you very much.   - D. Bourne

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I am getting ready to be away from the office for a while wanted to send a Thank You out again for all you do to keep Johnnie’s legacy out there.  This is the time of year I really go over all your stuff out there except I started thinking about and reading about Johnnie in December of last year.  Just a point it does not get any easier.  I have a hard time remembering my kids and wife’s birthday but there is no problem remembering Johnnie.  Hope you are well just a quick note I still miss that man a lot and Thanks so much for all you do and especially the new info you come across or share that relates to Johnnie. 


Captain Michael Smith
Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s office

Deputy Sheriff Kenneth Eugene "Johnny" Weaver
Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office
Photo courtesy Michael Smith

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