ANDERSON & TOMMY YOUNG WILL BE APPEARING AT THE MID-ATLANTIC
WRESTLING LEGENDS CONVENTION & FANFEST
31 & FEBRUARY 1, 2004 IN CHARLOTTE.
you have spent much time on this website, you know I enjoy living in the
past. I forget who it is on the KM discussion board that uses this
expression to sign off on their posts, but I always identify with it -
“Give me more of the past so I can enjoy the present.”
did a wonderful job in letting me relive some of the past at his EWA
this past Friday night.
Ole Anderson, one of the all time greats in this business and one of my
childhood heroes, work the room was like being in a time warp. He spent
the whole night talking and taking pictures with fans, demonstrating
wrestling holds, educating us on booking and shooting, and going into
great detail on what it was like getting in the business 40 years ago
compared to today.
Anderson chats with Rob Walton
Young spent the night talking with fans, too. He watched all the matches
closely, spent time talking with all the guys in the locker room, and on
more than one occasion candidly remarked how impressed he was with the
quality of work he saw that night. And Tommy Young saw the best in
business up close over his near 20 year career. Tommy
just being there made the night pretty cool in and of itself. If you
asked me to name two people I most associate with Mid-Atlantic Wrestling
outside of the guys in the ring, it would be
and Tommy Young.
Young addresses the crowd at the Kings Mountain Armory with Ring
Announcer Ralph Harkey
don’t hear many “Rock and roll, rock and roll!” chants anymore,
but Ricky Morton and
worked the crowd into a frenzy during their main event match. That is,
after they finally tied up. George was up to his legendary (and what I
find very entertaining) stalling at the first of the match. #1
likes to milk it for everything it’s worth and he had the crowd hot
when he and Ricky finally tied up.
of George’s guys worked hard, Jason King even pulled double duty in
front of a small, but incredibly enthusiastic crowd. I’ve never heard
so much noise coming from such a relatively small number of people. They
were clearly enjoying it as much as I was.
much fun as the show was, it was equally great finally meeting in person
friends from the
Kayfabe message board, two great guys, Barry Caldwell and Rob Walton. Barry has
contributed images and information for the Mid-Atlantic Gateway, and Rob
has just launched a terrific online photo album of old photos from the
Mid-Atlantic area from the late 70s and early 80s, and posts many of
them across the KM boards. Rob also used to work for George until
sidelined by injury, even once teaming with Masked Superstar Bill Eadie
as Superstar #2 a few years back. That was a good role for him; the guy
looks big and mean enough to have challenged the original Superstar #2
John Studd (RIP) for the spot! Barry and Michael Carpenter (another KM
poster who helps George at his shows) also made my night by proudly
wearing shirts they bought from our online store which support the site,
Michael wearing the very cool STARRWARS
event shirt and Barry with the Mid-Atlantic
Gateway / Logo sweatshirt. (Thanks guys.) The only thing that could
have made the night better would be to have David Chappell join us.
David was celebrating his 5th wedding anniversary (Happy anniversary
David & Diana!)
Caldwell, me, and Rob Walton
highlight of the night was the finish of the main event. On the day
after George Bush did one of the greatest run-ins in political history
putting his boots on Iraqi dirt to a huge pop in the Baghdad Airport, it
was Tommy Young’s turn to get a big pop on the floor of the Kings
Mountain National Guard Armory. George had hoped to talk Tommy into
getting involved in one of his finishes, but Tommy wasn’t having any
part of it. At about the 20 minute mark of the main event between George
and Ricky Morton, Ricky took a shot from George and bailed out of the
ring right in front of where Tommy and I were standing watching the
match. Morton quickly whispered to Tommy, “Run in and make the count
when the ref gets bumped, be ready,” and then quickly got back in the
ring. Tommy just grinned at me and said “Well, I guess I have no
choice now.” It was amazing watching George call this spot while
holding Ricky in a rear chin lock on the mat. “Ricky thought I was
nuts when I said I wanted Tommy in the ring”, George told me later.
“But I had to do something (after the big stall)”. George
then had to get referee Jamie Tucker in on it, too. And it worked beautifully.
Tucker gets caught in a criss-cross and goes down, Ricky rolls George up
and there is no ref to make the count. The crowd is screaming, and
suddenly there he is. Like it was 1976 all over again, Tommy Young hit
the ring and made the three count and the Kings Mountain Armory went
nuts. “Tommy, Tommy, Tommy!” we chanted. Ricky Morton walked out
with the belt and
demanded a rematch for the return date on Christmas night.
Young raises Ricky Morton's hand and presents him with the EWA belt.
George South tells ring announcer Ralph Harkey he demands a rematch when the EWA returns Christmas
that same day as I left Spartanburg, SC
after spending Thanksgiving with family, I stopped for a quick sandwich
at a local Chick-Fil-A. The store manager kept eyeing my Mid-Atlantic
Wrestling logo sweatshirt. As he handed me my order at the counter he
just smiled and said, “Those were the good old days.”
was right, and for another few hours I would get to remember the good
old days so I could enjoy the present once again.
Bourne, November 29, 2003
hands with The Rock, Ole Anderson.
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