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Earliest Reference to "Mid-Atlantic" by Jim Crockett Promotions
We continue to search for Jim Crockett Promotions' earliest reference to
"Mid-Atlantic" in their promotion efforts, either through print
advertising or event posters.
Current earliest reference:
March 28, 1972 (Raleigh, NC)
Raleigh Newspaper Ad March 1972
From the collection of Mark Eastridge
Local promoter Joe Murnick may have been
the earliest to begin using "Mid-Atlantic" as the designation on
Crockett Promotions wrestling cards. This Raleigh card is the earliest
event we can find billed as "Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling." Two
nights later in Norfolk, another Murnick town at that time, the show was
billed as "Mid-Atlantic Wrestling as well.
This is only my speculation at this point,
but I am guessing this had something to do with the name of the
television show being taped at WRAL in Raleigh being changed from
All-Star Wrestling to Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling.
This was Murnick's TV, so that makes sense to me, if indeed the TV name
change took place around this time.
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Other significant landmarks:
July 1973 - First issue of "Mid-Atlantic
Magazine", an 8-page black & white publication.
September 6, 1973 - The Eastern Heavyweight
Championship, the area's top singles title, is changed to the
Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Championship and a new belt is presented. See
"Origin of the Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight
October 9, 1973 - The Atlantic Coast Tag
Team title, the areas top tag team championship, is changed to the
Mid-Atlantic Tag Team Championship. Sandy Scott and Nelson Royal
defeated Ole and Gene Anderson for the Atlantic Coast Titles in Raleigh
on 10/2 and were recognized the next week 10/9 as new Mid-Atlantic Tag
Team Champions. You can read about this as well in the
team title history.
February 27, 1974 - The first Mid-Atlantic
TV title is awarded to tournament winner Danny Miller, who defeats Ole
Anderson in the finals at a WRAL television taping in Raleigh NC. The
match airs on 3/2/74. You can see the newspaper ad for the TV final by
clicking here. You can read about this as well in the
UPDATED AUG. 24, 2008 - CORRECTED TAG CHAMPION INFO; ADDED TAG TITLE
TRANSITION CLIPPINGS TO PAGE
UPDATED JAN. 23, 2005
UPDATED JUN. 19, 2007 - MID-ATLANTIC TAG
TEAM AND TV TITLE DATES ESTABLISHED
UPDATED SEP. 14, 2007