JCP Promoter Elliot Murnick to appear at Mid-Atlantic Wrestle Expo
Saturday May 20, 2017 - Richmond Convention Center - Richmond VA
One of the key men on the ground for Jim Crockett Promotions, Elliot Murnick, will be making a rare appearance at the Mid-Atlantic Wrestle Expo in Richmond, VA, in May.
Murnick is the son of legendary Raleigh promoter Joe Murnick who promoted wrestling, concerts, and other events for decades in the Raleigh area, as well as eastern North Carolina and eastern Virginia. Joe Murnick and Jim Crockett, Sr. were business partners and friends going back into the 1950s.
Elliot and his late brother Carl took over the family business after their father's death and were heavily involved with Jim Crockett Promotions and some of their biggest events.
Back in the early 1970s, Elliot hosted the Raleigh-only version of "Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling" taped out of WRAL-5 TV studios. This was during the day of "dual tapings" where two different versions of commentary were being recorded over the top of one single hour of TV. The Raleigh version, with Murnick, aired only on channel 5. The syndicated version was hosted by Bob Caudle and went out to all the TV markets. That ended in 1974 when all of the various taping locations for JCP (including Charlotte and High Point) were consolidated to Raleigh.
When Elliot took over the Raleigh taping, there was a custom open for his show, and an extended version of the Mid-Atlantic Wrestling theme music with a separate studio announcer introducing Elliot Murnick.
Here is a rare, low-fidelity recording of that open:
During the 1970s, both Elliot and brother Carl were ring announcers on the studio wrestling shows out of Raleigh. You can hear an example of Elliot's ring introduction on our Studio Wrestling website here.
MAWE is proud to bring Elliott Murnick to Richmond this May. He will be on hands to share stories of the early days of wrestling in Richmond. His appearance is brought to you by Commonwealth Productions. As always, card subject to change. Be sure to check the Wrestle Expo website for updated information.