Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Poster: Flair Returns to Action and Steamboat Debuts in Roanoke (1977)

An email from Thom Brewer
Mid-Atlantic Gateway Contribu

I really got a kick from the article about people thinking Wahoo had killed Flair. (See: Please Note: Wahoo McDaniel did not kill Ric Flair!) It was funny while reading it to see that Flair's return to the ring was on 3/05/77 in Roanoke.  I looked about a foot to my left and there is the poster from that night.


I was there that night and none of us there knew about the rumors out of Lynchburg. 

I don't remember much about that main event that night, but there is one thing I will never forget. It was the first time I, or anyone else in Roanoke, saw Ricky Steamboat. Believe it or not, he was the first match of the night against Two Ton Harris.  We had never heard of Steamboat at this point as it was his first appearance in the Star City. He squashed Harris in just a couple minutes and beat him with a body press off the top rope.  We all knew he was destined for great things. 

Anyway, it was a real kick reading that article and remembering that night. 

- Thom