We Gather Together
For decades, wrestling fans in and around Greensboro NC and Norfolk
VA (as well as occasionally Charlotte NC and Charleston SC) spent the better part of their Thanksgiving day in the same
way most other folks did. They gathered with family, feasting on
turkey and dressing and Mom's pecan pie. But after Thanksgiving
dinner had settled, and the afternoon football games were over,
that's when things began to change for wrestling fans.
The 4th Thursday in November meant a national day to give thanks for
God's bounty, originally the celebration by the Pilgrims in the
early 1600s of the harvest festival.
In Greensboro and Norfolk, it also meant rasslin'.
In 1983, Jim Crockett Promotions began spreading this tradition to
other towns in the territory by use of closed-circuit broadcasts
from Greensboro, and later Atlanta: for the final four years of the
company's existence, Thanksgiving meant Starrcade.
I am currently researching the history of the Thanksgiving day
tradition of wrestling cards by Jim Crockett Promotions. My current
focus is on the years 1967-1987, and once those years are complete,
I will begin working back through the years as far as I can get. I
am grateful for the help and resources of Mark Eastridge, one of the
great wrestling researchers, whose tireless work makes this feature
These pages will primarily document the Thanksgiving shows with
newspaper clippings, but will also include where available event
posters, photographs, ticket stubs, and other special memorabilia
from those events.
The next phase in this project will be to add the years 1961-1966.
Jim Crockett's first wrestling show at the Greensboro Coliseum was
the Thanksgiving show in 1961. Lou Thesz brought the NWA world title
here for Thanksgiving in 1963. And for a couple of years in the
1960s, fans in Charleston SC also got some extra turkey on
Thanksgiving. Look for the next update here down the road.
So let's give thanks for our great harvest of good fortune, which includes
the rich history of Mid-Atlantic Wrestling on Thanksgiving.
- Dick Bourne
A Note from Mark Eastridge to the
Thanksgiving in the seventies consisted
of an early dinner at my grandmothers house, rooting for the Dallas
Cowboys to lose, and heading to Greensboro that evening. The first
Thanksgiving show I went to was in 1975 and the last was for
I get so wrapped up right now getting
all of the clippings scanned to my computer that I forget to enjoy
them. Then I get a couple of e-mails from you that bring back such
good memories. I stop and reflect on how lucky I have been. That's
what the Gateway brings to my life, and that's why I'm so happy to
be able to provide any material I can for others to enjoy on your
- Mark Eastridge, 10/29/07
© The Mid-Atlantic Gateway
Research by Dick Bourne and Mark
Eastridge. Thanks also to Carroll Hall.
Clippings from the collection of Mark