Friday, November 05, 2021

Poster: Hawk/Hanson vs. the Andersons in a Battle of the Bullies

by Brack Beasley
Mid-Atlantic Gateway Contributor

The YMCA gymnasium in Lexington, NC was a regular host on Saturday nights to Jim Crockett Promotions from the mid 50s up until the early 70s. It had a capacity in excess of 4000 for wrestling events and from what I gather, the atmosphere in that gym could get quite raucous. 


This poster promotes a card held on May 3, 1969 with tag team action at the top of the bill. It was another "Battle Of The Bullies" with the Anderson Brothers, Ole and Gene, colliding with Rip Hawk and Swede Hanson. 

The semi was a matchup of brother teams George and Sandy Scott against Billy and Jimmy Hines with an undercard that included Rock Hunter, Greg Peterson, Billy Spears, and Bulldog Lee Henning. 

As with most Lexington posters, the layout is vertical and this one has all black print standing out against a pink background. It also has 3 great images of the headlining teams (although the Andersons photo is of Lars and Gene) and the words "YMCA presents" are at the very top above the bold WRESTLING banner. 

The Lexington YMCA still stands and is  operating to this day. My guess is that most all current members of this particular Y have no clue of the wild Saturday nights in this historic building some 50 plus years ago.