Sunday, May 29, 2011

Ted DiBiase - Uncrowned World Champion?

One of the greatest stars to ever compete in the Tri-States/Mid-South/UWF area was Ted DiBiase. He held the North American Heavyweight title many times and was tag champion during all three eras. Although he would leave the area many times over the years, each time he returned he would be back on top in a short period of time. Whether he was fan favorite or a heel, DiBiase always gave the fans his all. Enjoy a few pictures of this great star who many feel was the greatest wrestler never to be World Champion.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

April 16, 1973 - Spoiler Hits Referee Jim Ross With a Chair

Check out these old clippings from 1973. Many don't know that Jim Ross actually refereed before becoming one of the greatest announcers in wrestling history. Looks like he had his hands full on this card from Shreveport, La.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

U.S. Tag Champs - Killer Karl Kox & Bob Sweetan

In May of 1976, the unlikely team of Killer Karl Kox and Bruiser Bob Sweetan not only won the United States Tag Team title, but they also collected a bounty put on Dick Murdoch by World Champion Terry Funk. The following article discusses this angle.

A bounty angle seems silly by today's standards, but they were commonly used during the territory days, and often a wrestler would come into a region as a "bounty hunter".

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Me and JYD

One of the greatest stars ever in this area was Sylvester Ritter, better known as the Junkyard Dog, or JYD for short. In the early 1980's he was the most popular wrestler in not only the Mid-South territory, but possibly in all of professional wrestling. JYD went on to wrestle in the then WWF and WCW while it was still part of the NWA.

I had the chance to meet JYD at an independent card he promoted in Winnfield, LA in early 1998. Sadly, he would pass away a few weeks later in a one-car accident near his home in Forest, Mississippi.

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