Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Championship Wrestling - WGHP 1968

Pictured are George Becker, Charlie Harville and Johnny Weaver. George Becker and Johnny Weaver were the Southern Tag Team Champions at the time. The ad is from November 9,1968.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Captain Gene - WWAY 3 Wilmington,NC

"Captain" Gene Johnson featured in this ad from February 1967.

Ed Spiegel - WCYB 5 Bristol,VA

Ed Spiegel was the host of this local cartoon show on WCYB. The ad is from April 1966.

Update: One of my good friends just sent me this note about an appearance on this show.

"I actually attended one of these tapings right around the time of this ad, maybe a few years later. I was five or six years old. I remember I was so frustrated because one of the cameraman was blocking my view of the monitor when they were showing a cartoon. I was so mad! That picture really brings back good memories. DB"

Captain Al - WATE 6 Knoxville,TN

"Captain Al" Carpenter, hosting Popeye and His Friends. The ad is from October 1967.

Monty DuPuy - WFBC 4

This ad is from April 1966

Championship Wrestling - May 17,1958

In 1958, WBTV in Charlotte,NC aired a live religion show at 12 noon each Saturday called "Parson's Answers." After that show completed, the studio had to be cleared so Jim Crockett's wrestling ring could be set up for his live 3:45 p.m. show. After finishing the show you can see from the ads here where some of the wrestlers appeared later that evening. Lexington,NC and Spartanburg,SC were the regular Saturday night towns at that time. Both towns were easy for the wrestlers to make after appearing on the tv show. If a third show was run that night,it was a spot town.

Paladin - WSPA 7 Spartanburg,SC

Richard Boone as Paladin in May 1958.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Monday, July 2, 2012

TV Wrestling - July 27,1968

From WNBE 12 in New Bern,NC. This show was the syndicated "Championship Wrestling from Florida."