Monday, August 31, 2015

Roy Wilkins Wins the 2015 Weaver Cup

Weaver Cup Champion Roy Wilkins
(John Moses Photography)
The All-Stars' Roy Wilkins defeated Chet Sterling in the finals of the 2015 Johnny Weaver Memorial Cup tournament at the Mid Atlantic Sportatorium in Gibsonville, NC this past Saturday, August 29. The annual summer-long event, which is in it's 12th year, featured some of the best independent talent in North Carolina.

Mid-Atlantic Wrestling legend Don Kernodle was on hand to present the trophy to Wilkins. Kernodle was a protege of Johnny Weaver's in the 1970s and 1980s. He was most famously one-half of the NWA world tag team champions with partner (and WWE Hall of Famer) Sgt. Slaughter in 1982-1983. Their epic match with Ricky Steamboat and Jay Youngblood in March of 1983 in Greensboro resulted in a huge sell-out turn away crowd that led to the idea of Jim Crockett Promotions doing their first ever closed-circuit mega-event Starrcade '83.

Weaver himself was involved in the early years of the tournament and annually presented the trophy to the winner until his death in 2008.

The Weaver Cup "final-four" took place on the final night of the tournament this past weekend which began back in June. The semi-finals saw Chet Sterling advance by defeating 2014 champion Brad Attitude, while Wilkins topped Marcellus King.

Wilkins is managed by Coach Gemini (the Gemini Kid), himself a former Weaver Cup champion in 2006.

For a look at the history of the Johnny Weaver Cup, visit our Weaver Cup page on the Mid-Atlantic Gateway Archives.

Congratulations to all the folks at CWF on their 12 year promoting the Johnny Weaver Cup! (Special thanks to Randy Hedrick.)