Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Summertime Outdoor Shows

Remember the old commercial jingle that was popular in the late 1970s during summertime - -

🎼 "Baseball, hotdogs, apple pie, and Chevrolet..."

Well for me it was more like wrestling, hamburgers, chocolate pie and a cherry red 1967 Ford Mustang. But I digress.

The thing is, it all relates to our childhood memories in the summertime. And for a lot of us, summertime meant pro-wrestling outdoor shows at our local baseball park or football stadium.

Here is a good example of one of those shows, 35 years ago today!

Wahoo McDaniel and Ivan Koloff battled in the main event, followed by the "Minnesota Wrecking Crew" Gene and Ole Anderson taking on the somewhat unusual pairing of Paul Jones and "Wildfire" Tommy Rich. Rich was making semi-regular appearances in the Mid-Atlantic area, although still primarily a mainstay for Georgia Championship Wrestling. Ole Anderson was booking both territories at the time and a lot of talent was making appearances in both areas.

Regular outdoor shows were common in Wilmington, along with Rocky Mount, NC, Florence, SC, and other towns in the Mid-Atlantic area as well.

"Hot fun in the summertime." Great memories of days gone by.