Thursday, April 23, 2020

A Look Back at 1960s Wrestling in Gaston County, NC

Rasslin’ Once Reigned Supreme in These Parts
by Bill Poteat
Gaston Gazette

The silly hype and the endless hoopla that now surrounds the Super Bowl pale in comparison.

The suspense and the drama accompanying Game 7 of the World Series might have come close, but not really.

The Masters, college basketball’s Final Four, even the most wreck-filled NASCAR race, were but poor imitations.

When it came to sheer sporting excitement in the Piedmont region of the Carolinas, including Gaston County, nothing could compare with Championship Wrestling, broadcast every Saturday from 5 to 6 p.m. on Charlotte’s WBTV Channel 3 when I was a youngster.

Championship Wrestling, hosted by WBTV Sports Director “Big Bill” Ward, made its debut in the autumn of 1958 and life in these parts was profoundly altered.....

Read the entire article and enjoy a blast from the past at:

(Thanks to Barry Caldwell for making us aware of this article.)