Monday, June 22, 2015

Johnny Weaver battles Jim Dillon in St. Petersburg

Johnny Weaver and Jim Dillon (James .J. Dillon) battled for the Florida TV title on this huge night of action at the Bayfront Center in St. Petersburg, FL, on April 19, 1975.

Weaver was on one of his rare sojourns away from the Mid-Atlantic area during this time, although he would return later that year.

It is a great looking ad from "Championship Wrestling from Florida" featuring NWA Champion Jack Brisco and "the ten pounds of gold", the NWA world championship belt.

Others on this huge card included future and former world title holders Terry Funk, Dory Funk, Jr., Harley Race, Bob Backlund, and others.

The card was held at the beautiful Bayfront Center in St. Petersburg, Florida. For my money on of the most beautiful arenas in the most perfect setting of any venue in Florida. Belltime 8:30!!

This ad was originally posted on our sister website The Domed Globe and later on the Mid-Atlantic Gateway.

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St. Petersburg Newspaper

ST. PETERSBURG—Wrestler Terry Funk. brother of former world champion Dory Funk Jr.. has won the right to meet current world champ Jack Brisco for the title and will tonight in the feature match at the Bayfront Center.

That will be the final match on a card that begins at 8:30 p.m.

In another big match, Dory Funk Jr. will meet the man who took his title away from him, Harley Race. Eddie Graham will take on the Mongolian Stomper and then Bearcat Wright in a special five minute match.

In other matches: Johnny Weaver will meet Jim Dillon in a Florida TV title match; Mike Graham and Tiger Conway will wrestle Doug Somers and Joe Soto: Bob Armstrong will wrestle against Roger Kirby: Danny Little Bear faces Dutch Mantel; Danny Hodge battles Jon Foley and in the opener Bob Backlund comes up against Pat Barrett.

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Jack Brisco defeated Terry Funk
Dory Funk Jr. defeated Harley Race by DQ
Mike Graham and Tiger Conway defeated Joe Soto and Doug Somers
Dick Slater defeated Chris Markoff
Jim Dillon defeated Johnny Weaver
Eddie graham defeated the Stomper