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

"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

Gulf Coast Wrestlers Reunion Honors Johnny Weaver with their Posthumous Legend Award

Visit the Johnny Weaver Blog  |  Gateway Page


One of the toughest tag teams to ever compete in the Mid-Atlantic area Brute Bernard and Skull Murphy.

They are standing by the dressing room door at the Charlotte Park Center. Notice the scars and bandages. According to Ted Holland, who submitted the photo, a week earlier they had been stabbed by an irate fan at an arena in South Carolina.

Photograph by Gene Gordon, submitted by Ted Holland


JANUARY 1980!

We turn the page into the 1980s, featuring a tournament for the NWA TV Championship, and red hot feuds between Blackjack Mulligan and John Studd, Ric Flair and Greg Valentine, plus Paul Jones, Johnny Weaver, Ray Stevens, Jimmy Snuka, Gene Anderson, Jim Brunzell, Ricky Steamboat, Jay Youngblood and many more!


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


The Four Faces of Bill Eadie

Bolo Mongol Masked Superstar Super Machine   Ax Demolition

A nice gift from a friend of ours, Andy McDaniel. The great Bill Eadie is represented here in all four personas he used during his career. Our favorite (of course!) is the Masked Superstar!


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

Photos by Adrian Rohr


Whispers of Magic from the City's Wrestling Relics

by Kyra Quinn

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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

 


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

The Mid-Atlantic Gateway

 

All Content and Website Design Copyright 2000-2013 Dick Bourne, Mid-Atlantic Gateway, except where noted.

All Rights Reserved.

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Special Thanks to Bill Janosik, Mark Eastridge, Eddie Cheslock, Robert Riddick Jr., Carroll Hall, Steve Hall, Mike Cline, Dave Millican, Akihiro Iwata, Shuhei Aoki, George Pantas, Peggy Lathan and Blake Arledge. 

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.

(R.I.P. Johnny Weaver, Brad Armstrong, and Ted Allen.)

 

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Our Web pages may contain links to other websites. The fact that we link to a website is not an endorsement, authorization or representation of our affiliation with that third party. We do not exercise control over third party websites.


SPANNING THE GLOBE


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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"


Graphic courtesy DrTomPrichard.com


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 Complete Timeline History of the Anderson Family in Pro-Wrestling

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Don Kernodle Reflects on a Lifetime of Wrestling

Ten Pounds of Gold

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"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

"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, December 2010

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

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

 

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

 

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

Copyright Mid-Atlantic Gateway. All Rights Reserved.

Our Web pages may contain links to other websites. The fact that we link to a website is not an endorsement, authorization or representation of our affiliation with that third party.

We do not exercise control over third party websites.


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