Friday, July 06, 2018

Classic Poster Friday: Charlotte's Park Center (1977)

This week's poster for "Classic Poster Friday" is a rare poster from the Charlotte, North Carolina. Posters from Charlotte are pretty rare in general for some reason. While you see lots from Greensboro, Roanoke, Lynchburg, etc., you rarely see any from  the home of Jim Crockett Promotions, the "Queen City."

This poster, from the collection of Robert Everett, is from June 27, 1977 for an event at the famous Charlotte Park Center. Wrestling was held there for decades on Monday nights. The building still stands (now called the Grady Cole Center), but rarely hosts wrestling anymore.

Despite the rough shape this poster is in, it is a classic, with the unique header, and touting air conditioning, which in the 1970s wasn't available in all venues. On those hot summer nights, that was a selling point!

The results published in the Charlotte Observer the following day indicated that Flair and the Supserstar had topped Steamboat and Igor on this night's main event.

The newspaper also reported the following about the next night of wrestling in Charlotte, just 5 days away:

"Wrestling moves to Jim Crockett Park Saturday night with a double main event, Wahoo McDaniel vs. Harley Race, and Andre the Giant and Bobo Brazil vs. Greg Valentine and Blackjack Mulligan."

Yes, the NWA World Champion was set to defend the title at Crockett Park. And that poster will be our featured poster next week!