Thursday, February 22, 2018

Wrestle Art: Nashville (1978)

  curated by Dick Bourne, Mid-Atlantic Gateway

I've always enjoyed the many different renditions of wrestler-artwork that appeared in various ads for wrestling around the country. I've decided to display some examples of those from time to time here on the Gateway.

No. 3: Nashville, TN - July 1978

This is actually from the line-up sheet handed out at the matches in Nashville or perhaps included in the wrestling program sold at the matches, promoted by Nick Gulas. The same graphic was also used occasionally in their newspaper ads as well.

This one will be of special interest to Mid-Atlantic fans that watched "Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling" on WFBC-4 out of Greenville, SC in the 1970s and early 1980s. A slightly different version of the wrestler art seen above was used for years during the special additional 1-minute promos that Billy Powell would narrate that were inserted twice into the Greenville wrestling shows.

The art appears to depict a rear hammerlock scene during a heated match. Because of seeing this every Saturday for over 10 years watching wrestling from Greenville, SC, this image connects with me as much as any other from that time period. I was surprised (and delighted) when I came across it in the Nashville bill.

To see other examples of "Wrestle Art" we've posted on the Gateway, click here.