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WORLD WIDE WRESTLING REUNION!

UPDATED 8/30/07 - IndyInsider.com Photos Added

 

What a special treat for Mid-Atlantic Wrestling fans who attended this year's Weaver Cup tournament finals. Johnny Weaver was joined by his old World Wide Wrestling sidekick Rich Landrum, as well as surprise guests Sandy Scott and Boris Zhukov, better know to us old Mid-Atlantic fans as Pvt. Jim Nelson. Combine those names with Don and Rocky Kernodle, who wrestled on the show that night, and it was hard to not flashback to 1982.

It was that year that Sgt. Slaughter first took Jim Nelson as one of his marine "recruits" followed shortly by veteran Don Kernodle. The two became Pvt. Nelson and Pvt. Kernodle and together held the Mid-Atlantic Tag Team Championships. Kernodle then went on that same year to join Slaughter to win the NWA World Tag Team Championships and had a memorable feud with Ricky Steamboat and Jay Youngblood. Rocky Kernodle, know then to Mid-Atlantic fans as Keith Larson, was just getting his career underway at that point as well.

 Sandy Scott, who held many tag team championships in the 60s and early 70s with his brother George Scott as well as Nelson Royal, was working in the front office of Jim Crockett Promotions in 1982. Sandy was also co-host of Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling with the venerable Bob Caudle for most of that year.

Johnny Weaver was still wrestling in 1982, finishing up a long and illustrious ring career. He was also co-host of World Wide Wrestling during those years. Rich Landrum was host of that show from 1978-1983, and Weaver was his co-host for most of that time. Weaver is remembered fondly for singing "Turn Out the Lights, the Party's Over" at the end of at least one match almost every week on World Wide, a tip of the hat to Don Meredith who was famous for doing the same thing on Monday Night Football in the late 1970s.

The big surprise of the night, however, was when Rich Landrum came out to open the CWF Mid-Atlantic show this night, much as he had done 25 years ago at the studios of WRAL in Raleigh. Rich then introduced his co-host Johnny Weaver, and those there said for a brief moment, in this little building that very much reminds you of the old TV studios to begin with, it was like watching World Wide Wrestling in 1982 again.

"Turn out the lights, the party's over, they say that all good things must end. Call it a night, the party's over. And tomorrow brings the same old thing again."

- Dick Bourne

Mid-Atlantic Gateway

August 2007

L-R: Rocky Kernodle (aka Keith Larson), Don Kernodle, Sandy Scott

Johnny Weaver, Rich Landrum, and Boris Zhukov (aka Jim Nelson)

Photo courtesy Boris Zhukov, taken by Peggy Lathan

 

MORE REUNION PHOTOS

Photos by Peggy Lathan, Mike Weddle, and Boris Zhukov

 

E-mail to Peggy Lathan from Johnny Weaver:

I hope you all got back safe. Thanks for everything. You did it again, what a surprise.

Sure made an old man happy.

 

Photos by Peggy Lathan, Mike Weddle, and Boris Zhukov

 

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THE 2007 WEAVER CUP FINALS

 

PHOTOS COURTESY WAYNE CULLER OF SLAMFEST PHOTOGRAPHY and RANDY HEDRICK OF INDYINSIDERS.COM

 

MID-ATLANTIC LEGENDS  |  FINALS: SILVA vs. CONNERS  |  LEGENDS RETURN TO THE RING: THE KERNODLE BROTHERS

 

MID-ATLANTIC LEGENDS

JOHNNY WEAVER, SANDY SCOTT, JIM NELSON, AND WORLD WIDE WRESTLING HOST RICH LANDRUM

 

PHOTOS BY WAYNE CULLER 2007 SLAMFEST PHOTOGRAPHY

 

PHOTOS BY RANDY HEDRICK 2007 INDYINSIDERS.COM

 

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WEAVER CUP FINALS 2007

JOEY SILVA (with Ty Dillenger) vs. MITCH CONNER (with Brad Stutts)

Carolina Sports Arena    Burlington NC    August 25, 2007

 

2007 Weaver Cup Champion - Mitch Conner

PHOTOS BY WAYNE CULLER 2007 SLAMFEST PHOTOGRAPHY

TOURNAMENT HISTORY

Previous Weaver Cup Finals:  2004 | 2005 | 2006

 

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THE KERNODLE BROTHERS RETURN TO ACTION!

Don & Rocky Kernodle vs. Kimo and"Bad News" Johnson (mgd. by Sheik Lumpkin)

 

 

 

PHOTOS BY WAYNE CULLER 2007 SLAMFEST PHOTOGRAPHY

NOTE: Sheik Lumpkin, please contact the Gateway - we've lost your e-mail address!

 

PHOTO BY RANDY HEDRICK 2007 INDYINSIDERS.COM

 

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The CWF Mid-Atlantic website promoting the Weaver Cup finals in Burlington NC.

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CWF MID-ATLANTIC IS THE HOME OF THE ANNUAL JOHNNY WEAVER CUP TOURNAMENT

Official CWF Website  |  Weaver Cup  - Tournament History

 

 

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Also Visit Johnny Weaver on the Mid-Atlantic Gateway

 

 

2007 Mid-Atlantic Gateway

Thanks to the following for their assistance with this feature: Peggy Lathan, Boris Zhukov, Mike Weddle. Randy Hedrick, and Wayne Culler.

The Mid-Atlantic Gateway is not affiliated in any way with CWF Mid-Atlantic Wrestling.

 

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