Friday, August 17, 2018

Classic Poster Friday: Andersons vs. Wahoo and Paul

This was the feud that got me hooked as a wrestling fan as young teenager. The Anderson Brothers vs. Wahoo McDaniel and Paul Jones.

The Roanoke Sports Club presents Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling at the Roanoke Civic Center, Saturday August 2, 1975.

Roanoke ran the smaller Starland Arena before every other month or so running the larger Civic Center for a big match or larger card. This tag team feud was very hot at the time and was drawing well everywhere. It headlined for months in some areas, leading to 90-minute and even 2-hour time limit matches.

Second on the card was the up and coming Ric Flair who was one month away from defeating Wahoo McDaniel and winning the Mid-Atlantic title (and moving permanently to the main events), but only two months away from the plane crash that almost ended his career and could have taken his life. Flair faced Swede Hanson here, who was by this time working mid and lower card and no longer one of the top stars for Jim Crockett Promotions. Swede would have a few more good runs elsewhere, though, including challenging Bob Backlund for the WWWF Heavyweight title in the early 1980s.

In addition to Hanson, there were lots of veteran stars on the undercard that had headlined for Jim Crockett promotions in years past, such as Art Nelson, Missouri Mauler, Sandy Scott, and Reggie Parks who was wrestling here as the masked Avenger.

Notice Tony Atlas is billed as Tony Atlas White. During Tony's early days in wrestling, he was always billed with his real last name in Roanoke because of being from that area.