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MARCH 1980

Featuring the conclusion of the NWA TV title tournament! Plus Ric Flair, Jimmy Snuka, Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood, Ray Stevens and Greg Valentine, Paul Jones, Baron Von Raschke, Swede Hanson, and many others.

Detailed History | Complete March 1980 Roster

Mid-Atlantic Wrestling's Huge TV Audience

A TV-Sports column by Bob Gillespie in Charleston 1978

A great look back at pro-wrestling's dominance on television in the 1970s. Features references to Jim Crockett, Henry Marcus, Sandy Scott and great tidbits of TV wrestling history.



1980  1981  1984  1985  1987


Earliest "Mid-Atlantic" Reference

Studio Wrestling Scrapbook - Multiple Updates!


Mid-Atlantic Wrestling Yearbooks!

Mid-Atlantic Wrestling 1975 Yearbook

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8x10", 244 pages of Mid-Atlantic goodness

Check out our newest project! We are compiling our written history with tons of newspaper clippings, posters, memorabilia, exclusive photos and much more.

1975 Available Now! For Hardcore Mid-Atlantic fans only!

8x10", 244 pages of Mid-Atlantic goodness!

What's In A Name?

The origins of "Mid-Atlantic" Championship Wrestling by name and the defining parameters of the Mid-Atlantic era.

Great reviews for "Big Gold!"  |  Mike Mooneyham  |

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George Scott and Andre the Giant in the TV studios of WRAL-5 in Raleigh

Great photos of the Charlotte history mural in Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte

Photos by Adrian Rohr

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(Photo by Adrian Rohr

Relive great memories of the great champions who wore the NWA world title belt from 1973-1986. Race, Brisco, Funk, Flair and all the others. Great images of a wonderful time will live on forever on this special blog.

The Domed Globe

Part of a collage in the upper concourse of the Time Warner Cable Arena in downtown Charlotte celebrating Charlotte history. Nice to see they included pro-wrestling!

More photos.


A Celebration of Mid-Atlantic Wrestling from 1973-1988


The Mid-Atlantic Gateway Bookshelf


Welcome to the Gateway!


Special Audio Greetings from

Bob Caudle | Ric Flair | Baron Von Raschke

Rich Landrum | Sandy Scott

Special Video Greetings from

Masked Superstar | Boris Zhukov | Jimmy Valiant | Les Thatcher

Special Photo Greeting to the Gateway: Roddy Piper

 Long time wrestling fans in the Carolinas and Virginia know well that Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling was one of the great regional wrestling territories in the history of the sport.

This web-site is a tribute to the performers, promoters, venues, and great athletes that made Jim Crockett Promotions the magic place that it was in the 1970s and 1980s.

The Mid-Atlantic Gateway site will cover Mid-Atlantic Wrestling from late 1973-1986, basically the period of time that the Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Championship was recognized. (For more on our decision to focus on this time frame, click here.) We want the site to be the definitive resource on the World Wide Web for information and reference on Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling. As the years go by, we will continue to build the Mid-Atlantic Almanac, a collection of comprehensive reference documents on the area that we will build month-by-month, year-by-year.  

  Please visit often! If you know others who enjoyed these wonderful days gone by, point them in the direction of our site.

  Thanks, and enjoy!

- Dick Bourne & David Chappell

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Thanks also to those within the business who have been so supportive of our efforts here, especially "Masked Superstar" Bill Eadie, Johnny Weaver, Bob Caudle, Brad Armstrong, Les Thatcher, Blackjack Mulligan, Brad Anderson, Tommy Young, Boris Zhukov, Jimmy Valiant, Rich Landrum, Ted Allen, and Mr. No. 1 George South.

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Former 8-Time NWA World Champion Harley Race at his desk at World League Wrestling with his copy of the book "Ten Pounds of Gold".

Race was the first man to wear the famous "domed globe" version of the NWA title in 1973.

Own your own "Ten Pounds of Gold"

Country music legend Darius Rucker and pro-wrestling legend Ric Flair together at a University of South Carolina football game. (Photo by Derik Vanderford)

Darius Rucker Talks Ric Flair, Old School Wrestling

by Mike Mooneyham, Charleston Post & Courier 

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"I can't make them believe wrestling is real, but I sure can make them believe I am real."

- Johnny Valentine

"Just wanted to personally thank you for keeping that Old School torch burning through Mid-Atlantic Gateway

and all the other things you do in support of an era that we will forever fondly remember."

- Mike Mooneyham, Charleston Post & Courier

"I found my Noah's Ark (on the Gateway), and it was full of Mid-Atlantic Wrestling stuff."

- George South from "Dad You Don't Work, You Wrestle."

"The Gateway has become not just a website about Mid Atlantic wrestling, it has become a lasting tribute

to the wrestlers and announcers who made Mid-Atlantic wrestling."

- Mark Eastridge, March 2008

"My name is Rufus R. Jones, and the "R" stands for guts!"   

- Rufus R. "Freight Train" Jones, Back in the Day


The three versions of the Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Championship which was recognized from 1973-1986.

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