Tuesday, July 05, 2022

Poster: Woods and Raschke Battle in Charlotte (1977)

by Brack Beasley
Mid-Atlantic Gateway Contributor

This poster takes us to the famous Park Center in Charlotte, NC and promotes a card held on Monday night (as was the norm for the Park Center), November 7th, 1977. 

It boasts an attractive vertical layout with all black print over a tri-colored background and the bowtie "Wrestling" banner along the top. 

In the main event, Mr. Wrestling Tim Woods continued his quest for Baron Von Raschke's NWA Television title while the Mighty Igor challenged Blackjack Mulligan in the semi. 

The undercard included Hartford Love, Rick McGraw, Ted Oates, Bill White, and Charlie Fulton. 

The image of Mr. Wrestling is one not often found on these posters. It is accompanied by a great pic of wrestling star in the making, Rick McGraw.



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by Dick Bourne

The main event on this Charlotte card featured two of the greatest amateur wrestlers to have made successful careers out of professional wrestling.

Tim Woods (George Burrell Woodin) wrestled collegiality for Michigan State University, winning two Big Ten titles in 1958 and 1959. He also finished second in the NCAA tournament in 1958 and 1959, and was a two-time NCAA All American.

Baron Von Raschke (James Donald Raschke) wrestled collegiate for the University of Nebraska from 1960-1962, where he also played football for the Corn Huskers. He won the Big Eight Conference championship as a heavyweight in 1962. He was a bronze medalist in the 1963 World Games and qualified for the 1964 Olympic Games.

Hard to beat such astounding amateur credentials by two different wrestlers in one professional ring.