Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Dino Bravo's Mid-Atlantic TV Debut Was Memorable (Part 2)

by David Chappell
Mid-Atlantic Gateway

After defeating Steve Strong in his debut match on the April 28, 1976 Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling television show (as we learned in PART ONE), Dino Bravo joined Bob Caudle and David Crockett at the announcer's desk to offer some insight on the program's final match involving the NWA World's Tag Team Champions Gene and Ole Anderson. Bravo told the viewing audience that he had no love for the Andersons, as they had injured Bravo's partner about a year before. When Gene and Ole took over on young Randy Colley and were brutalizing him, Bravo ran up to the ring irate.

Caudle exclaimed, "Dino's going to the ring now David!" Crockett responded, "Dino's over there, he's yelling...why don't you beat him?" Caudle continued, "Randy Colley now, still picked up gonna be slammed again by Ole Anderson. And again he's gone back to the arm, and he's not attempting to pin." Crockett yelled, "He's got it locked; he's got the arm locked..he's applying the pressure!" At this point in time, it appeared Ole Anderson was out to break Colley's arm, which certainly did not sit well with Bravo.

An agitated Bravo remarked, "They could beat that kid!" At that instant, the referee stopped the bout with Caudle explaining, "The referee says ring the bell, that's it." Dino exclaimed, "They are sick, they are thoroughly disgusting. I wish I could get my hands on the two of them at one time." Gene and Ole then approached the announcers desk and Bravo confronted them yelling, "You're really proving something here, that kid's been wrestling two months already you try to cripple the kid. Why don't you try to break that arm; why don't you try to break that arm? Try, go ahead and try to break my arm!"

Somewhat perplexed, Ole countered, "Why don't you just buzz off, buddy-boy. Take that kid outta here before we break his arm! You wanna have your arm broken so bad, I'll give you a chance to get your arm broken! Get yourself a partner and come back in a couple of weeks and we'll wrestle get out of here!" Pushing the envelope, Dino responded, "A championship match...give me a championship match!" After shaking his head in disbelief and pondering the proposal, Ole fired back, "Alright, I tell you what're so big, you're so tough, I'll make it, we'll make it a championship match; you get yourself a partner."

Ole then fine-tuned his response a bit by elaborating, "But I'm gonna tell you what, there's a little stipulation there. If you want to have this you get any partner but it can't be Wahoo McDaniel...we've seen enough of him. It can't be Paul Jones, and it can't be Rufus R. Jones. You get anybody else you want, and I tell you what we'll wrestle you for the championship in two weeks right here in that ring." An exuberant Bravo shouted, "Beautiful!"

Ole clearly had enough of Dino, telling Caudle, "Get this kid outta here! I saw him a year or so ago out in L.A. and he had a partner out there at that time, what was his name Brito, or whatever it happened to be. And the guy is still a little bit hot, carries a little bit of a grudge because we..." Caudle jumped in and said, "He said you hurt his arm, hurt his partner's arm." A smiling Ole answered, "We didn't just hurt it, we dislocated it..tore it out. I could hear it when it was cracking, just like we had this kid right here. I could hear those cartilages crack."

An incensed Ole continued to vent to Caudle, "This guy thinks he's gonna come over, he came over in a match a few seconds ago and says beat somebody...I told you a million times to beat somebody isn't good enough. Because if you just beat somebody, like Gene and I have done so many times , you get a punk back like this one right here, who thinks he can have two or three weeks of good training and then he can beat us. Well the reason we go out there and break somebody's arm or dislocate it is to show 'em that they're not as tough as they think they are."

Ole even suggested Caudle had a role in Bravo's bravado continuing, "Now this wise-aleck comes out here; I don't know what you guys were talking about, it doesn't make any difference. You let him come over to the ring while I'm wrestling, you have him come over there and he says beat somebody...well we're gonna beat them in our own sweet time." Bob stood up for himself saying , "I didn't have him come over!" Unconvinced, Ole countered, " Well somebody did, somebody's sticking that kid's face in our face."

Getting angrier and angrier, Ole lashed out, "And I'll tell ya, the only thing that's gonna happen is Mr. Dino Bravo, or whatever your name is, as good as you might be, as nice a body as you've got, as big of arms as you might are gonna find out the same thing as anybody else has found out when they've wrestled the Anderson brothers. You know what our nickname is, it's the Wrecking Crew, and I tell ya when we get you in that ring, I told you...two weeks! Two weeks, you figure it out! You get yourself a partner, but like I said you can't have Wahoo, you can't have Jones, you can't have get anybody else in the world I don't care, anybody else...if you can find anybody else."

Bob then poked at Ole, "Why not one of those three, why not anybody?" Ole didn't take the bait saying, "Don't get into just get Bravo back out here. I don't care if he comes out here with a midget or anybody else. I'm gonna guarantee you one thing Bravo, you stuck your nose in our face once before and your partner got his arm broken. Now you're gonna stick your face into it again. In two weeks we're gonna come back here, we'll wrestle and we'll show you what we can do by putting these championship belts up against you and whoever you want.  And when we get you in that ring in two weeks you might as well start counting the end of your days because I'm gonna guarantee you just as sure as Gene and I are standing here, two weeks from now you're not gonna have an won't be able to wrestle again! And this is the guy that's gonna do it...Gene and I are gonna do it!"

While Dino Bravo secured his NWA World's Tag Team Title match in two weeks on television, the following week on Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling TV would set up the table for Dino's big chance!

The Andersons attack Dino Bravo on the May 5, 1976 Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling TV taping, and the wrestler who saved Dino is named Bravo's be continued in Part 3!

Sunday, September 15, 2019

An Upset for the Ages: Keirn and Conway beat the Andersons (1975)

by David Chappell
Mid-Atlantic Gateway

I loved watching Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling on television. In fact, my Saturday’s during the Mid-Atlantic era revolved around TV wrestling! But as much as I loved my television wrestling on Richmond’s WTVR-TV 6 back in the 1970’s, the TV matches themselves were very predictable as far as who won and who lost. And that was absolutely okay with me. It made sense that an established and championship duo like Gene and Ole Anderson would whip up on and defeat the many young upstart tandems that the promoters threw in against them on TV. For me, the team of Tiger Conway and Steve Keirn fit that bill. In my mind they were in the class of a good upcoming tag team, and would certainly put up a good fight, but there was no way in the world they could beat Gene and Ole Anderson. Boy, was I in for a big surprise!

Steve Keirn & Tiger Conway, Jr.
First off, let me say that in September of 1975 Conway and Keirn brought a little more to the table than some of the typical Anderson’s TV opponents. Tiger Conway, Jr. was rapidly losing the “junior” designation…he was becoming his own man, and an accomplished wrestler. Tiger rose to one half of the Mid-Atlantic Tag Team Champions with Paul Jones in late 1974 and early 1975. But in February of 1975 when Gene and Ole Anderson took over as the area’s tag team kingpins, it was Tiger who was effectively booted out of the territory. Conway reappeared in the area with little fanfare a few weeks before being paired with Keirn in September of 1975.

Steve Keirn was building up some credentials as well. Hitting the area in the middle of 1975, the 1974 NWA Rookie of the Year put on an impressive showing against NWA World Champion Jack Brisco in a rare TV match from the WRAL TV studios soon after entering the territory. But Keirn’s performances after that were a bit uneven, and it appeared he was settling into a mid-card tag team slot with partner Ron Starr. Conway’s return to the area seemed to change things, as Tiger liked what he saw in the aggressive youngster Keirn.

Gene & Ole Anderson
During the latter days of September 1975, NWA World Tag Team Champions Gene and Ole Anderson were operating at an all-time high level. Gene and Ole were winding down one of the greatest tag teams programs ever, with Paul Jones and Wahoo McDaniel, having wrestled Jones and McDaniel in lengthy matches throughout the spring and summer. As great as the Anderson Brothers were, they perhaps were never as invincible-looking as they were in the middle of September of 1975.

The Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling TV show that was taped on September 17th was down to its final match of the program, with the World Tag Team champs Gene and Ole Anderson pitted against youngsters Tiger Conway and Steve Keirn in a non-title bout. While the match had no particular build-up, the crowd was super hyped. I probably should have sensed something unusual was up when television commentator David Crockett said, “There’s something in the air; I don’t know what it is, but these fans can feel it. They were up on their feet when Keirn and Conway walked in the ring. They’re ready!”

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Rhodes vs. Valentine as the "Greatest U.S. Champion of All Time" Tournament Continues

Round One of Mike Rickard's fantasy tournament of all the great Jim Crockett Promotions U.S. champions to determine the "Greatest U.S. Champion of All Time" wraps up this week!

This week, it's "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes vs. Greg "The Hammer" Valentine.

Dusty came close to first winning the title in 1979 when special referee Buddy Rogers aided him in defeating Ric Flair for the belt in Greensboro, only to have the NWA return the title to Flair days later. Having three short NWA World title runs under his belt by 1987, he finally capture Crockett's top title by defeating Lex Luger in a cage match at Starrcade '87 in Chicago.

Greg Valentine is a former three-time U.S. champion having defeated Ric Flair (1980), Wahoo McDaniel (1982), and Roddy Piper (1983) for the honors.

Valentine and Rhodes didn't meet often in the ring over the years, but Valentine was a top contender for the NWA title when Rhodes had it during the summer of 1981.

So, who you got? Check out this final match in the first round of the tournament on Canadian Bulldog World's website.

Round Two begins next week!

For the complete history of Jim Crockett Promotions' United States Championship, check out our book at the Gateway Book Store or on

Friday, September 13, 2019

Action Figures Friday: Steamboat and Flair and the U.S. Title

Back in 2015, Josh Watko wrote this nice review of our book "Jim Crockett Promotions' United States Championship." Josh also contributed images of memorabilia to the book that focused on "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes' 1987-1988 reign as U.S. champion.

Josh's memorabilia website, J.W.'s Wrestling Memorabilia, is a fun look at tons of different memroabilia from many different eras.

We particularly liked this photo he took of his Ricky Steamboat and Ric Flair action figures alongside our book, and thought it would make a good entry for "Action Figures Friday."

You can buy our book on the history of the United States Championship at the Mid-Atlantic Gateway Book Store or on

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Mid-Altantic TV: February 27, 1982

Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling
on the WWE Network
Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling
TV Summaries & Reviews
by David Taub
Mid-Atlantic Gateway Contributor

This is a review of Mid-Atlantic Wrestling as it appeared on the WWE Network. Results are included for the week (Monday-Sunday of the given week) as available. Please email with any corrections, typos, results, other details at

For links to all available summaries, visit our TV Summary Index.

Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling
Original broadcast: 2/27/82
(taped 2/24/82 at WPCQ-TV studios in Charlotte)
WWE Network feed.  [How to watch this show on the WWE Network.]

Bob Caudle & Roddy Piper open the show. Sgt. Slaughter joins in, saying he should be the World Heavyweight champion. He’ll play a tape later.


Match 1
Terry Taylor d. David Patterson
Sonny Fargo, in a red uniform and white belt, is the referee for the hour. It took me a while to place Patterson. He looks like if early 1980s Alex Trebek stepped in the ring and had a body. Can you figure out who Patterson is? [Spoiler: he’ll have an interview in a few weeks, which finally makes it obvious]. Caudle mentions other wrestlers are upset with Austin Idol’s ringside filming. Idol is ringside here. Taylor nails Patterson with the flying forearm, places Patterson in an abdominal stretch, and rolls to the mat for a pin combo.


Match 2
Pvt. Jim Nelson & Pvt. Don Kernodle (w/Sgt. Slaughter) d. Mike Davis & Vinnie Valentino
Idol is filming and has a brief conversation with Slaughter. Piper praises the coaching Slaughter has given his Privates. Kerndole holds up Davis and Nelson comes off the top rope with a left-armed clothesline and makes the cover.

—Int. w/Bob Caudle: Sgt. Slaughter
Slaughter talks about making a challenge prior to a recent Flair vs. Steamboat match to the winner. He says both men disrespected him. We go to a film clip from Feb. 21 in Greensboro. The Flair/Steamboat match just ended. Slaughter and his Privates jump Steamboat. Flair makes the save. Then, the heels turn their attention to Flair. Slaughter says it’s just him beating Flair. Slaughter whips Flair in the head with his military belt. Steamboat clears the ring with a chair. Steamboat, then, carries a bloodied Flair to the locker room.

—Int. w/Bob Caudle: Pvt. Kernodle & Pvt. Nelson
This is the segment in lieu of a local promo. Kernodle says just call them Pvt. Nelson and Pvt. Kernodle, don’t use their first name. Kernodle lays some verbal smack upon Flair and Steamboat. Nelson is in a fighting mood, and challenges anyone to fight them. Kernodle shakes Piper’s hand. Kernodle insists they are their own men.


—Int. w/Roddy Piper: Ole Anderson & Stan Hansen
Piper takes over the mic. Hansen has a simplistic “Pro-Wrestling” t-shirt. Just as the interview gets started, the Network overdub of Jimmy Valiant’s music drowns everything out. Ole looks annoyed as Valiant comes hopping and bopping on the set. Valiant grabs the mic and dances. A punch by Ole, and it’s on. The battles spills into the ring, where Ivan Koloff is waiting for his match vs. Tony Anthony. Valiant holds his own against three men. Blackjack Mulligan Jr. and Ray Stevens (in a three-piece suit) come in to help their friend.

Valiant returns to Caudle, and thanks Mulligan and “The Crippla’” for helping him.

Match 3a:
NWA TV title: Ivan Koloff [ch.] -no match- Tony Anthony
The Koloff-Anthony match just gets cancelled and we move into the next match.

Match 3b:
Mike George d. Mike Miller
Piper disappears, so David Crockett joins Caudle. Idol continues to film, as Caudle notes he’s taking flak for it. George wins with the shoulder breaker.


—Int. w/Bob Caudle: Ray Stevens & Jake Roberts & Blackjack Mulligan Jr.
Stevens talks about the melee with Valiant and Ole earlier, then Slaughter and his Privates attacking Flair/Steamboat. Roberts joins in, saying this is too much. He doesn’t know what happened with Kernodle. Mulligan, in a pink shirt and gray vest-coat warns Slaughter.
Caudle introduces the next match via magic blue screen


Match 4
Ron Ritchie d. Bill White
Crockett is still there. This is a slow-paced match. Enough time for Caudle & Crockett to brag about one hour of Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling is the most action packed anywhere. The conservation continues with the 1981 contest, why Koloff didn’t wrestle in the hour, and maybe a little about the match in the ring. White goes for a slam, Ritchie slips behind and rolls him up for the pin. Crockett just has to call him over.

—Int. w/David Crockett: Ron Ritchie
A blown-up Ritchie talks about Slaughter’s attack on Flair and Steamboat. Slaughter comes out and says Ritchie can’t talk to him like that. Ritchie walks off.


—Int. w/Bob Caudle: Kelly Kiniski & Don Gilbert
This may be in lieu of the local promos. Kiniski gives a gee whiz, I’m glad to wrestle such great competition interview. Gilbert welcomes Kiniski to Mid-Atlantic. Kinsiki has his Canada jacket on, by the way.


Match 5
Ole Anderson & Stan Hansen (w/Gene Anderson) d. Kelly Kiniski & Don Gilbert
Idol talks to Caudle, about how he is not filming this time. He says it’s his right. He also claims to be the next World Heavyweight champion. Not a completely one-sided match, but close. Hansen pins Gilbert after nearly decapitating him with the clothesline.

—Int. w/Bob Caudle: Ole Anderson & Stan Hansen & Gene Anderson
Ole praises Hansen. They will be the greatest tag team. All three go nuts when Caudle mentions Jimmy Valiant’s names. It looks like Hansen said something he wasn’t supposed to, because the audio went momentarily silent. Ole mentions the Japs are coming to down, namely Baba. Idol wanders by for a cameo.

“So long for now!”

House show results for the week after the jump.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Blooper! Lard Anderson! (1966)

by Dick Bourne
Mid-Atlantic Gateway

Another classic Anderson Brothers blooper, this one from Johnson City, TN, in March of 1966. Tennessee legend Whitey Caldwell went to a 15-minute draw with LARD Anderson!

Mark Eastridge adroitly pointed out we now have a complete Anderson Brothers Blooper Trifecta, wrestling in some alternate parallel universe, as JEAN, OLD, and LARD Anderson. (Check out those earlier Bloopers if you haven't already seen them.)

Of course, the result in the newspaper should read LARS Anderson. It's an honest typo. After all, the "d" and the "s" are next to each other on the qwerty keyboard. 

There is some interesting Anderson Brothers history around this March 1966 card from a historical timeline perspective. Larry Heinemi had only been working under the name Lars Anderson for a matter of weeks at this point. He and Gene Anderson had just teamed up and left the AWA for the Nashville territory, and worked for Welch/Gulas for about three months before making their team-debut for Jim Crockett Promotions in in May of 1966.  In this clipping, we are seeing the earliest period of the Minnesota Wrecking Crew. There was no Ole Anderson yet; that would come two years later. The birth of the team was Gene and Lars, and that team was just weeks old at the time of this card in Johnson City, TN. (All of that history is laid out month by month in the early timeline of our book "Minnesota Wrecking Crew.")

Thanks as always to Mark Eastridge. His ongoing research found this great blooper!

See a list of all the earlier bloopers here.

Sunday, September 08, 2019

Best of the Gateway: "Tough Kid" (Roddy Piper)

by Dick Bourne
Mid-Atlantic Gateway

Edited From the Mid-Atlantic Gateway Archives / Cokes & Popcorn
Originally published June 29, 2015

Roddy Piper once gave a great example of what old-timers did to protect the business back in the day. In his day, they sometimes would go to extremes to make sure fans completely bought into an angle. It was all about "protecting the business."

In the audio clip below, Roddy is discussing the famous 1982 angle where he and Ric Flair engaged in an amateur wrestling contest. After Piper embarrassed Flair by pinning him both amateur and professional style, Flair and Greg Valentine attacked him and ground his face into the cement floor of the WPCQ TV studios in Charlotte.

In 2011, Piper discussed what we didn't see during the commercial break to make sure fans bought into the angle:

Roddy Piper discusses Gene Anderson
Rock 100.5 Atlanta's Rock Station 

The interview was part of a promotional appearance for the 2011 NWA Wrestling Legends Fanfest in Atlanta, GA.

Piper mentions he was taken to the back after the angle during the commercial break, and Gene Anderson rubbed sandpaper on his face to create the abrasion you see in the photo below and to help sell the angle to fans. Anderson looked at him and said, "Tough kid." Piper said it was one of the greatest compliments he had ever received.

Roddy Piper 1982

This photo above (taken by magazine photographer Eddie Cheslock in Richmond, VA) was shot in 1982 following the angle between Ric Flair and Roddy Piper which led to the sandpaper treatment he describes receiving in the video from Gene Anderson.

Ricky Steamboat 1978

The 1982 Flair/Piper angle was basically a repeat of an angle four years earlier between Flair and Ricky Steamboat in 1978 (except the 1978 angle didn't involve an amateur wrestling contest.)

From the Mid-Atlantic Gateway Archives
Cokes & Popcorn

Want more watered-down Cokes and stale popcorn like we used to get at the wrestling shows? Visit the Cokes & Popcorn page on the Mid-Atlantic Gateway Archives. 
These are little stories of respect I want to hang onto.

Saturday, September 07, 2019

Mid-Atlantic TV: February 20, 1982
Mid-Atlantic Wrestling
on the WWE Network
Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling
TV Summaries & Reviews
by David Taub
Mid-Atlantic Gateway Contributor

This is a review of Mid-Atlantic Wrestling as it appeared on the WWE Network. Results are included for the week (Monday-Sunday of the given week) as available. Please email with any corrections, typos, results, other details at

For links to all available summaries, visit our TV Summary Index.

Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling
Original broadcast: 2/20/82
(taped 2/17/82 at WPCQ-TV studios in Charlotte)
WWE Network feed.  [How to watch this show on the WWE Network.]

[We skip a week on the Network. February 13 show currently unavailable.]

Bob Caudle & Roddy Piper open the show.
Piper talks about Steamboat and the wrestler who contributed the most in 1981 and something from last week.

—Int. w/Roddy Piper: Sgt. Slaughter
Piper grabs the mic and interviews Slaughter. Mutual admiration society. Caudle looks upset. It appears he wants to regain control of the mic, but neither Piper nor Slaughter will let him.

Match 1
Blackjack Mulligan Jr. & Jake Roberts d. Buck Brannigan & Don Gilbert
Tommy Young is the referee for the hour. Caudle picks up on the mutual admiration of the prior interview. Piper still won’t reveal his partner. Austin Idol is at ringside, with a handheld movie camera. Caudle speculates Idol will study the film. Piper says he has VCR at home and records the matches. Young is the #1 official, according to Piper. The finish has Roberts whip Brannigan into the ropes, tags Mulligan who nails him with the flying forearm for the pin.


Match 2
Sgt. Slaughter [U.S. champion] d. Vinnie Valentino (Non-title match)
Slaughter seems more aggressive than normal. Nelson is at ringside, but so is another wrestler who looks identical (white top, camouflage cap and pants). Caudle identifies him as Don Kernodle, clean shaven. Idol is back out with his camera. Slaughter wins with the Cobra Clutch.

—Int. w/Bob Caudle: Sgt. Slaughter & Pvt. Nelson & Pvt. Kernodle
Caudle sounds like he has a cold. He throws to a clip of Dusty Rhodes from the Mid-South TV studio on Shreveport (before they moved to the Irish McNeil Boys Club). Slaughter narrates the clip. Slaughter says he used an armbar in the match, because he saw this tape earlier and Rhodes used an armbar. Not sure who the opponent is, but Alfred Nealy is the referee. Rhodes wins with the elbow. Slaughter brags about himself, and his Cobra Clutch. Nelson and Kernodle stand silently in the background, until ordered by Slaughter to tell who the greatest wrestler is. “Sir, Sgt. Slaughter, Sir.”


Match 3
Porkchop Cash d. Ben Alexander
Porkchop is wearing cutoff jean shorts with a belt. Piper joins on the commentary mid-way through the match. Piper and Caudle talk about who the top teams in the tag tournament will be. Caudle picks Anderson & Hansen to win the tournament. Piper picks himself, and his yet to be named partner. Piper calls Cash an intelligent wrestler, and mentions his partner, Leroy Brown. Cash wins with a leaping headbutt.

—local promo w/Big Bill Ward: Roddy Piper
Ward wants the Ann Arbor audience to send a SASE to the Charlotte office to receive a Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling bumper sticker. Piper delivers another Piper classic. Works in an “Uncle Arbor” line. Did you know he was one of the greatest soccer players in Scotland and he’s never lost a match? You can tell Ann Arbor was the end of the bicycle line. You can hear some audio bleed into the local promo.


Match 4
NWA TV championship: Ivan Koloff [ch.] d. Tim Horner (not Rick Benfield)
The wrestler is listed on the Network as Rick Benfield, and that’s what Caudle calls him, but this is Tim Horner. TV title on the line. As the match starts, Jimmy Valiant makes a cameo, meaning the Network overdub drowns everything else. Piper scoffs if he could beat Koloff. Of course he could. Horner gets one move in for the match. Koloff wins with the knee driving down into the back of the head.


—Int. w/Bob Caudle: Ray Stevens; Blackjack Mulligan Jr.; Ricky Steamboat; Jake Roberts
Stevens said his partner got hurt (without actually naming Pat Patterson) at the hands of Anderson & Hansen. It happened 2/14/82 in Charlotte, for the record. Stevens says he’s got Dusty Rhodes and Leroy Brown to partner with him in subsequent tournaments. Mulligan Jr. says he’s still hunting after Slaughter. As a side note, the elder Blackjack Mulligan debuted on this date (2/20/82) on WWF as a heel, about to engage in a feud with Andre. Steamboat praises Flair for giving him a title rematch (a little context lost here). Roberts talks about Piper and Slaughter’s fascination with each other.
Caudle introduces the next match via magic blue screen.


Match 5
Mike George d. Steve Sybert
George is a Mid-Atlantic newcomer, best known for his time in Mid-South and Central States. Austin Idol is back at ringside, filming. George wins with the shoulder breaker, impressing Piper.

—local promo w/Big Bill Ward
Ward plugs the bumper sticker again. Johnny Weaver is in again, putting over the bumper sticker as well. They keep teasing a trip to Ann Arbor, but no dates announced.


—Int. w/Bob Caudle: Mike George
George says Sgt. Slaughter knows why he’s there. Short and simple.

Match 6
Ole Anderson & Stan Hansen (w/Gene Anderson) d. Tony Anthony & Rick Benfield
Idol is still at ringside, filming. Great double team moves by the heels. The most impactful wrestler of 1981 contest is still going on. Hansen pins Anthony after the clothesline, then a knee drop.

—Int. w/Bob Caudle: Ivan Koloff; Austin Idol; Ole Anderson & Stan Hansen & Gene Anderson
Koloff complains about Valiant. He says he’ll tear him apart. Idol talks about his filming, as its his goal to win the World Heavyweight championship. The Andersons and Hansen are up next. He likes the $25k tournament prize.

“So long for now!”

House show results for the week after the jump....

Friday, September 06, 2019

Classic Poster Friday: Old Wrestling Posters Never Die

by Dick Bourne
Mid-Atlantic Gateway

Awhile back I received an email from John Harrison, a nice fellow I met a few years back at a show in Seagrove, NC. He forwarded to me a photo of an old poster he had held onto for nearly 36 years. It looks as though it is stapled to a plywood wall, torn, tattered, ripped, weathered - - it's beautiful.

I appreciate folks who hold onto their early wrestling memories. It is what this website is all about, after all.

"Me and three buddies went to this one," John wrote me, "and we actually pulled this poster from a sign in the middle of Main Street in Biscoe, NC. I was driving, pulled up to the sign and we had to pull this poster off the wooden sign it was stapled to.  A town cop came by and turned around and pulled us over.  He thought we had hit the sign, but we told him we were taking the poster, and he laughed and sent us on our way."

John also pointed out that Biscoe is spelled incorrectly on the poster.

"We used to get a couple of shows locally each year," he concluded. "I was a Flair and Mulligan fan and I remember them coming around as well.  Good times..."

Good times indeed. I can identify with John. Some of my best wrestling memories growing up were going to wrestling shows with my buddies. And I held onto every bit of memorabilia I could get my hands on then, whether it was ticket stubs, posters, programs, you name it.

This particular poster is from January of 1979 for a card in Biscoe, NC which is a small town in Montgomery County located about halfway between Charlotte and Raleigh, just off I-73.  Back in those days, long before there was an I-73 running north-south right by town, Biscoe was a very small town like so many others where Jim Crockett Promotions ran small spot shows, often times in conjunction with a fund-raising effort by a local high school or civic organization.  This show took place just weeks after Paul Jones turned on Ricky Steamboat in the famous two-ring battle royal in Charlotte. (Paul swears it was Steamboat you really turned. But I digress.)

The fact that this poster is in such bad shape just makes it an even better story, more impressive that John hung on to it after all these years. It has no real financial value being in such rough shape. But I'm guessing it has tremendous sentimental value to John and his buddies who were with him that night at the East Montgomery Gym in Biscoe, NC.

Originally Published July 26, 2015 on the Mid-Atlantic Gateway.

Wednesday, September 04, 2019

Flair Injures Wahoo: Eye Witness Account of the Famous "Table Leg" Match

Editor's note: We recently received a nice message on Facebook from a fellow who was at the match in Charlotte in 1976 where Ric Flair hit Wahoo McDaniel over the eye with a broken table leg and won the Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight championship. Even though Flair worked the shot, he was not aware that a nail was sticking out of the wooden leg, and that nail nearly gashed out Wahoo McDaniel's eye.

The account of this match in "The Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Championship" leaves out some key details of how this all came about which, thanks to the excellent memory of Chip Stokes, is laid out in great detail here.

I asked Chip to send me as detailed a report from that match as possible, considering it took place 44 years ago. I wanted to post those details I didn't have for the book.
One day I'll update the text of the book to include this information, but for the time being we'll let Chip fill you in himself. -DB

The Charlotte Table Leg Match
Ric Flair vs. Wahoo McDaniel
May 24, 1976 - Charlotte Coliseum
by Chip Stokes
Special to the Mid-Atlantic Gateway

I was about 15 years old in 1976, born and raised in Charlotte.  I would drag my dad to the matches on occasion, at the Park Center or the big cards in the old Charlotte Coliseum.  This card was a double main event, with Ric and Wahoo first and Dusty Rhodes making a special appearance to challenge Blackjack Mulligan for the U.S. Title in the final match.

My vantage point:  Looking down on the ring like a football field, we were sitting just right of center field in the Mezzanine seats.  To the right of the ring, the side we were favoring, was the heavy wooden ring side table that would come into play at the end of the match.  Tommy Young was the referee.  So we faced the ring, the table to the right of the ring, from our view.

To this day, I still do not know who was supposed to win the match.  I think they immediately when to the finish when Wahoo was hurt.  Here is how we viewed it.

Tommy Young took a ref bump to the LEFT side of the ring, opposite the table.  He flew out – cannot remember who hit him – and he was out for the ending.  Ric and Wahoo went out of the ring to the RIGHT, side of the wooden table.  I think Ric threw Wahoo out, not sure, cannot remember that clearly.

Ric picked up the heavy wooden table, upside down over this head, table legs up in the air, and brought it down on Wahoo’s head.  Wahoo raised his hands to block the contact, but still sold it and went down hard.  I assume he probably bladed from that impact, I don’t know.  While Wahoo was down on the concrete floor, Ric dropped the wooden table upside down on the floor, table legs up.  Then Ric grabbed a leg and began trying to break it loose from the table.  We could see him pushing and pulling on the leg, trying to break it lose.

Finally Ric broke the heavy wooden table leg loose, about the time that Wahoo got back on his feet.  Ric then brought the table leg down on Wahoo’s head, holding the end of the leg, with the heavier portion that was nailed to the body/frame of the table coming into contact with Wahoo.  Wahoo again had his hands up to protect from the blow, and I am sure Ric pulled the swing correctly not to make real contact, but as everyone knows now, although Ric did not in that moment, the leg had a nail sticking out, a nail from where Ric broke the leg off the table.  So while Ric pulled the blow and Wahoo was protecting himself, the nail ripped into Wahoo’s head violently.

Wahoo went down again and began bleeding profusely on the concrete floor.  I think Ric saw this and immediately knew Wahoo was really hurt.  Ric rolled Wahoo into the ring and immediately, Wahoo's blood making a puddle around his head, flat on the mat. Wahoo wasn't moving.  Ric then literally ran to the other side of the ring where Tommy was just crawling back into the ring. Ric virtually picked Tommy up and carried him across the ring, so that he could make the count when he quickly pinned Wahoo. Ric then grabbed the old Eastern States belt and ran from the ring, I believe to quickly clear the way for medial personnel to come help Wahoo.

The blood on the mat just spread out.  They took Wahoo out via stretcher – for real this time – and his injury, and the stitches to close it, were reported on the next day in the Charlotte Observer.

In a subsequent month’s edition of the Mid-Atlantic magazine, they showed a picture of Dusty in the ring just prior to his bout with Blackjack.  At Dusty’s feet is the bloody puddle from Wahoo minutes earlier.

That's my memory from 43 years ago.  The greatest match I ever saw, between Ric and Wahoo over the Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight championship.  And the most dramatic ending.

Tuesday, September 03, 2019

Rickard's U.S. Title Tournament Continues: Roddy Piper vs. Mr. Wrestling Tim Woods

Mike Rickard's "Greatest U.S. Champion of All Time" Tournament continues on the Canadian Bulldog's World website with "Rowdy" Roddy Piper vs. Mr. Wrestling (Tim Woods)

A tough battle is figured between these two, as no one was more of a technician (legit) than Tim Woods. Both guys were tough as nails, so it will be fun to see where this one goes.

Who you got?

The Match: "Rowdy" Roddy Piper vs. Mr. Wrestling (Tim Woods)


Sunday, September 01, 2019

Best of the Gateway: The Tony Schiavone Interview

Back in February of 2017, the Gateway conducted an interview with longtime JCP/NWA/WCW announcer and broadcaster Tony Schiavone.

The multi-part interview covered Tony's time as a Mid-Atlantic Wrestling fan growing up as well as his early career with Jim Crockett Promotions in Charlotte, both in baseball and wrestling.

Check out the entire seven-part interview on the Mid-Atlantic Gateway.

Tony talks Blackjack Mulligan, Paul Jones, the Andersons, Dick Murdoch, Wahoo McDaniel, Ric Flair, the Hat and Robe, I Broke Wahoo's Leg, road trips to Greensboro, Big Bill Ward, Charlotte O's baseball and Frances Crockett, David Crockett, Bob Caudle, Uncle John, Harrisonburg, VA, Truckin' Tom Miller, Paul Orndorf and Jimmy Snuka, The Baron, Joe Murnick, and the early days of his new podcast with Conrad Thompson. Much, much more about the great days of Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling.

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Elvis, Hawaii Five-O, and the Brushy Mountain Penitentiary Revisited

A departure from Mid-Atlantic Wrestling for a moment, as we go back to 1977 in the Southeastern Wrestling territory out of Knoxville, TN.

This article was in one of the Southeastern Championship Wrestling programs sold in the arenas. I'm printing it here because it reminded me so much of the articles written by legendary heel manager J.C. Dykes in the Mid-Atlantic area in the early 1970s. I loved how heel managers would make excuses or explain things with a straight face that were so obviously not true.

I grew up in a town that was able to get both Southeastern Wrestling and Mid-Atlantic Wrestling on our fledgling cable system. I remember seeing this incident with Mongolian Stomper and his manager Gorgeous George, Jr. in their feud with Ron Fuller. I also remember the normally-low-key Les Thatcher's angry reaction to it all.

So just for fun, we present one of Gorgeous George, Jr.'s Southeastern Wrestling manifestos. 


Arizona Wrestling History
I must take this time to tell you how hurt I was to hear about what happened to Ron Fuller last Friday night. I received a phone call from someone telling me of how a fan jumped in the ring and threw something into Ron Fuller's eyes. Oh how awful! How simply awful! I sent him some flowers even though I really don't care for any of the Fullers. I mean, wrestling is wrestling, but to hear something like that happening to a human being is simple awful.

I want to explain how shocked I am that Les Thatcher accused me of being the culprit that did that horrible, evil deed. I swear to you, and to everyone that I was home last Friday night watching television (in fact, I was watching Hawaii Five-0 as I always do). To think that a paid announcer like Mr. Thatcher, who is like a blood brother to the Fuller Clan, could stir up such hatred between me and the Fullers. The reason I said what I did about Robert Fuller is that Thatcher went too far in his accusations. So, if Robert wants to blame me for something I didn't do, then he will have to answer to the Stomper, whom I have instructed to repeat to him what happened to Ron.

I'm so proud that my Stomper has won the Southeastern trophy and the TV Title, that I could just jump with joy. Oh, by the way, I saw that film of that man that jumped Into the ring -- I bet it was one of those convicts that escaped from Brushy Mountain along with Mr. Ray.

I have written a letter to the NWA to inform the Southeastern Promotions to triple the ringside seat tickets for June 24, when Harley Race loses his world's heavyweight championship to The Mongolian Stomper in Knoxville. Now tell me, wouldn't it be worth $15.00 to see a world's title change hands? This title change would top the Elvis show!

- Gorgeous George, Jr.
Southeastern Championship Wrestling

Originally published August 29, 2017 on the Mid-Atlantic Gateway.

Friday, August 30, 2019

Action Figures Friday: Canadian Champion Dino Bravo

From our friends over at Wrestler Weekly, this weeks "Action Figures Friday" features a look at mid-to-late 1970s Dino Bravo, who held the Canadian Heavyweight Championship in Toronto, but just prior to that was one half of the NWA World Tag Team and Mid-Atlantic Tag Team champions with Mr. Wrestling Tim Woods.

on the magazine cover far left you see an art depiction of Bravo wearing the NWA World Tag Team title belt. in the center and far right, you see photos of Bravo wearing the Canadian title.

The magazine at right, featuring a cover photo shot by Jackie Crockett, was a special photo-album issue of Mid-Atlantic Wrestling Magazine. Bravo appeared in the Mid-Atlantic area throughout his reign as Canadian champion as a result of a working/business/booking relationship Toronto promoter Frank Tunney had with Jim Crockett Promotions.

Andrew Calvert at recently announced a new book forthcoming on the history of the Canadian Heavyweight championship that existed during that era. Details to be announced in the coming months.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Best Of: Jim Crockett's First Mid-Atlantic Champion

Jerry Brisco: First Ever Mid-Atlantic Champion 
by Dick Bourne
Mid-Atlantic Gateway 

Today we spotlight the very first Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Champion, Oklahoma State's Jerry Brisco.

Jerry was the first wrestler to hold the title known by name as the Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Championship, although that title evolved from (and shares a direct lineage with) the Eastern States Heavyweight title. Jerry was the reigning 4-time Eastern States champion when the title's name was changed in October of 1973, and as such is recognized as the first Mid-Atlantic champion.

Jerry Brisco's Four Mid-Atlantic/Eastern States Title Victories
Defeated Rip Hawk on 6/13/72 in Columbia, SC
Defeated Rip Hawk on 9/4/72 in Greenville, SC
Defeated Rip Hawk on 3/3/73 in Winston-Salem, NC
Defeated Ole Anderson on 7/3/73 in Columbia, SC

In his WWE Hall of Fame induction speech in 2008, Jerry took time to thank promoter Jim Crockett, Sr. for giving him a chance to shine as a singles competitor on a main event level. It was a special moment for fans of Mid-Atlantic Wrestling and the old Mid-Atlantic territory to hear Brisco invoke the name of the man who promoted wrestling in our area for over 40 years:
"I’d like to thank Jim Crockett, Sr., the great promoter in Mid-Atlantic Wrestling. They gave me my first opportunity to bust out on my own. I won the Eastern United States Championship there, I won the Mid-Atlantic Championship there…”
 - Jerry Brisco, WWE Hall of Fame speech, Class of 2008
At the Mid-Atlantic Legends Fanfest in 2010, I asked Jerry to take a photo with a replica of the first Mid-Atlantic championship title belt. The photo is seen in the collage above. The replica belt was made by Dave Millican from the original artwork created by Reggie Parks, who made the original belt in 1973. It was a special opportunity to recapture great championship imagery from the territory's past.

Jerry Brisco talks with "Championship Wrestling" host Big Bill Ward in Charlotte in 1972.
Jerry was in the middle of chasing Eastern States champion Rip Hawk in effort to regain that title.

In another bit of trivia, Jerry and his brother, Jack Brisco, were the only two wrestlers to hold both the Eastern States and Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight titles. "Sounds like one of us must have been booking," Jack joked to me during an autograph signing at Fanfest.

Jerry left the area in early 1974, but returned in the early 1980s to team with Jack in a memorable feud with Ricky Steamboat and Jay Youngblood over the NWA world tag team championships, a title they held on several occasions.

Regardless of what period you look at in Mid-Atlantic history, whether it be his run in the 1970s or the 1980s, Jerry Brisco is one of the most distinguished champions to ever hold gold in the Mid-Atlantic area.

Originally published July 28, 2016 on the Mid-Atlantic Gateway.

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Read all about Jerry Brisco's four Eastern and Mid-Atlantic title reigns and all the storylines associated with his landmark singles run for Jim Crockett Promotions in our book 'The Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Championship", available in the Gateway Book Store and on

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Mid-Atlantic TV: February 6, 1982
Mid-Atlantic Wrestling
on the WWE Network
Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling
TV Summaries & Reviews
by David Taub
Mid-Atlantic Gateway Contributor

This is a review of Mid-Atlantic Wrestling as it appeared on the WWE Network. Results are included for the week (Monday-Sunday of the given week) as available. Please email with any corrections, typos, results, other details at

For links to all available summaries, visit our TV Summary Index.

Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling
Original broadcast: 2/06/82
(taped 2/03/82 at WPCQ-TV studios in Charlotte)
WWE Network feed.  [How to watch this show on the WWE Network.]

Bob Caudle & David Crockett welcome us to the show. Caudle has the Augusta green jacket special on again.

Jimmy Valiant joins in, as the overdub plays on. Valiant rambles, mostly about Ivan Koloff.
NWA representative Sandy Scott comes in, says the World tag team tournament is growing. Crockett namedrops the wrestlers on the show today.

Match 1
Ivan Koloff & Austin Idol d. Vinnie Valentino & Don Gilbert
David Hebner is the referee for the hour. Idol is in red this week. Third week in a row with a different color scheme. Caudle & Crockett continue to talk about possible combinations entering the tournaments. Idol pins Valentino after a backbreaker over his knee.


—Int. w/Caudle: Rick Steamboat
Steamboat throws to a Flair vs. Youngblood match that took place on that week’s World Wide Wrestling. Stevens and Piper on commentary arguing. Rick Landrum is also on the mic. Main event all over the country. Well, at least in the Mid-Atlantic territory.  Quality match, and we get most of it, as the bell rings to signal a draw. Flair, who has been wreslting as the heel, wants to keep going. Steamboat immediately separates them. Jake Roberts, Terry Taylor and Vinnie Valentino also jump in the ring.

Back to Caudle and Steamboat. He says Tommy Rich is also a top contender. Steamboat looks like he is wearing a Chevy hat.


—Int. w/Caudle: Ric Flair

Amazing, that this is Flair’s first appearance on the Network. I hope he dropped by Mid-Atlantic during those weeks not included on the Network. Flair says this belt means a million dollars. He talks about his match versus Youngblood, saying he never heard the bell to end the match. Slightly heel interview. Caudle throws to a match with Tommy Rich, the same clip taped in November from Charlotte Park Center against Tony Russo.

After a couple minutes of silence, Flair starts narrating. Says he has acquaintances, not friends. Back to Caudle and Flair, and concludes with “diamonds are forever.”

—local promos w/Big Bill Ward.
This is not on the Network, but the WWE Classics on Demand version is still floating around. Bill Ward says wrestling is coming soon to Ann Arbor. Ole Anderson & Stan Hansen join Ward. They say they are the greatest. Hey, Hansen confuses the Silverdome and Superdome too. It seems that Hogan copied him decades later.


Match 2
Pvt. Jim Nelson d. Blackjack Mulligan Jr. by DQ
Slaughter comes to ringside to watch the match. Crockett says at one point “Junior needs a new name. He’s his own man.” Nelson is in control for much of the match. He applies the Cobra, but Mulligan is able to get out of it with an arm drag. Mulligan slings Nelson towards the ropes, and he goes over, triggering an automatic DQ. Caudle thinks it was unintentional. Mulligan challenges Slaughter to get in the ring. Slaughter feigns he will, but backs off.

—Int. w/Caudle: Blackjack Mulligan Jr.
Despite Caudle believing Mulligan is out of breath, he gets his words in without huffing and puffing. He challenges Slaughter to get in the ring.


—Int. w/Caudle: Roddy Piper; Sgt. Slaughter; Koloff & Idol
Piper, holding his Mid-Atlantic championship belt and in his tights, talks about the $25,000 tag tournament prize. Slaughter, holding his U.S. championship belt, rambles about Mulligan. Idol & Koloff (holding his NWA TV championship belt) talk about the tag tournament.
Caudle introduces the next match via blue screen.


Match 3
Jake Roberts d. Buck Brannigan
Ray Stevens joins Caudle. He talks about the Roberts & Jay Youngblood team. Stevens talks about teaming with Pat Patterson. Roberts wins with the knee lift. Where did the DDT go?

—local promos w/Big Bill Ward.
This is not on the Network, but the WWE Classics on Demand version is still floating around. Ward says wrestling is coming soon to Ann Arbor. Porkchop Cash is on, holding his Mid-Atlantic tag team championship belt. He lets us know that Youngblood is his partner. Porkchop recites a familiar rhyme (“man with the power … too sweet to be sour.”). Blackjack Mulligan Jr. is next. He’s lived in Minnesota, so he knows what Michigan weather is like, but he’s never wrestled in Michigan.


—Int. w/Caudle: Vinnie Valentino & Don Gilbert
Gilbert gets one line in about the tag team title.

Match 4
Handicap match: Roddy Piper d. Keith Larson & Tony Anthony
Piper has a partner (who is briefly seen, but not named, but it appears to be Rick Benfield), but Piper says he’s going to do it by himself, and it’s a handicap match. Anthony gets some shots in, but Piper uses wrestling and brawling to get the win. Piper pins Larson after a back suplex.

—Int. w/Bob Caudle: Roddy Piper
Piper, in his yellow/green trunks, says he doesn’t need a partner. He is a genius. He still won’t reveal his partner in the tournament. He’s obsessed about the $25,000 prize. When RP talks, people listen.

“So long for now!”

House show results for the week after the jump.

Monday, August 26, 2019

2019 Weaver Cup Results: Royal Takes Home the Trophy Once Again

Congratulations to Arik Royal who won the 2019 (and 16th annual) Johnny Weaver Cup tournament for CWF Wrestling on August 24 in Gibsonville, NC. Royal, now a three-time winner of the tournament, defeated Roy Wilkins in the finals of a tournament that lasted the entire summer and completed its 16th historic year.

On top of winning the beautiful Weaver Cup trophy, Royal also captured the CWF Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Championship, vacated earlier this year when Trevor Lee left CWF to join the WWE (and became Cameron Grimes in NXT.) Lee was also a former Weaver Cup winner in 2013.

Royal becomes both a two-time CWF Mid-Atlantic Champion and three-time Weaver Cup champion, having won the tournament back-to-back in 2011 and 2012.

Here are the semi-final and final results of the 2019 Weaver Cup tournament courtesy of

Semi-Final #1: PWI International Heavyweight & CWF Mid-Atlantic Tag Team Champion All Star Roy Wilkins w/Coach Gemini & Jarry Carey defeated Corruption’s Ethan Alexander Sharpe by pinfall to advance to the 2019 Johnny Weaver Memorial Tournament Final main event (13:54)
Semi-Final #2: CWF Mid-Atlantic Tag Team Champion All Star “Ace” Arik Royal w/Coach Gemini & Jarry Carey defeated Cain Justice by pinfall to advance to the 2019 Johnny Weaver Memorial Tournament Final main event (26:50)
Tournament Final: CWF Tag Team Champion All Star “Ace” Arik Royal w/Jarry Carey defeated PWI International Heavyweight Champion & CWF Tag Team Champion All Star Roy Wilkins w/Coach Gemini by pinfall to win the 2019 Johnny Weaver Memorial Tournament AND the CWF Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Title (21:35)

Congratulations to all the folks at CWF Mid-Atlantic Wrestling for the success of their annual tournament. You have our great respect for helping keep the memory of the great Johnny Weaver alive for new and future generations of wrestling fans.

For more information visit the following web resources:

Check out our pages dedicated to the memory of Johnny Weaver on the Gateway:
Johnny Weaver on the Gateway  |  Weaver Cup History

Sunday, August 25, 2019

A Sign of the Times

by Dick Bourne
Mid-Atlantic Gateway

Back in the early 2000s, the Mid-Atlantic Gateway briefly hosted a second website (now defunct) called "The Glory Days." It focused primarily on NWA wrestling on Superstation WTBS in 1985-1986. There were show summaries and lots of video clips that we embedded from our linked YouTube site called GloryDays TV. (Most, although not all, of those videos are still up and can be found here.)

Without commentary here one way or the other, it's interesting to note the letter I received from YouTube regarding one of these video clips from a 1985 episode of "World Wide Wrestling" featuring David Crockett, Magnum T.A., Baby Doll, and Tully Blanchard.

Nicknamed "She likes it!!", here is the infamous clip:

Here is an excerpt from the YouTube letter I received:

As you may know, our Community Guidelines describe which content we allow – and don’t allow – on YouTube. Your video GloryDaysTV - Magnum & Babydoll Kiss was flagged to us for review. Upon review, we’ve determined that it may not be suitable for all viewers and it has been placed behind an age restriction.
This clip is indeed one of the more controversial clips from those old wrestling shows. Even in 1985 it was controversial for David Crockett's reaction (not to mention the reaction of the crowd.) So in 2019, I'm surprised YouTube hasn't pulled it down completely. They've left it up, just with the new age restriction.

One wrestling note: I've always thought Tully Blanchard came across as the real babyface in this angle, vociferously coming to the defense of his "Perfect 10." 

For what it's worth, our old website address for The Glory Days website was which now apparently forwards to a Japanese gambling website. Go figure. (And no connection to us whatsoever!)

Friday, August 23, 2019

Action Figures Friday: Harley Race and Ric Flair from 1983

Photographs by Mike Simmerman

We haven't done "Action Figures Friday" in awhile, and I thought I'd bring it back this week after receiving an email from collector/custom creator Mike Simmerman:

"In light of Harley’s recent passing, I wanted to pass [these] along. I tried to recreate how I always remember Harley posing during his introductions: robe untied, hands raised, proudly displaying the ten pounds of gold."  - Mike Simmerman

I can visualize exactly what Mike is talking about. I asked Mike if he had a photo of him with Harley he'd like to share, and he sent me this:

Harley Race and Ric Flair at Starrcade '83