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Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling History

March 1975

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The month of March 1975 saw significant changes and movements of wrestlers in Jim Crockett Promotions. Two of the biggest names in the history of Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling would enter the area in March, while two other big stars from 1974 and early 1975 would be de-emphasized. March also saw a blockbuster feud reach its conclusion, while perhaps the greatest tag team feud in Mid-Atlantic history got kicked into high gear later in the month. March of 1975 would in many ways shape the promotion for the remainder of this eventful year.


New faces abounded in March, and immediately as March began fans in the area got their first glimpse of the big man from Eagle Pass, Texas, Blackjack Mulligan. Blackjack wrestled his first match in the area on March 3, 1975 in Greenville, South Carolina easily disposing of Charlie Cook, and Mulligan was first on Mid-Atlantic television for the TV tapings at the WRAL studios in Raleigh, North Carolina on March 5, 1975. Billed as being six feet nine inches tall and weighing over three hundred pounds, Mulligan brought a reputation just as large into the Mid-Atlantic area. Blackjack spent much of March beating up an assortment of the area’s mid card “good guys” decisively, but much bigger things would soon be in store for the huge Texan.


At the end of March, another tremendous addition to Jim Crockett’s talent roster entered the area. Rufus R. “Freight Train” Jones, hailing from Dillon, South Carolina, made his first appearance in the area in years when he wrestled in the WRAL TV studios on March 26, 1975, beating Cowboy Parker on the Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling show and later that Wednesday night teamed with Ken Patera to defeat Parker and Ken Dillinger on the taping of the Wide World Wrestling show. Rufus had his first arena match in the area in Charlotte, North Carolina on March 31st, when he quickly dispatched Frank Morrell. While the “Freight Train” was just getting started in the month of March, it would not take Rufus long to establish himself as a main event performer, and one of the most popular wrestlers ever in the Mid-Atlantic area.


1974 NWA Rookie of the Year Steve Keirn also entered the Mid-Atlantic area in March of 1975. The promoters immediately booked Keirn against the area’s toughest “bad guys” in televised matches, and while losing, the youngster held up surprisingly well. Steve also looked good in his early arena matches against a number of the territory’s most experienced opening card wrestlers. Big things looked to be ahead on the horizon for this talented youngster from Florida.


March was not nearly so kind to Tiger Conway. After almost a year of headlining cards for the promotion, Conway dropped quickly into the mid card ranks during March. Unable to beat Ric Flair for the Mid-Atlantic Television Title, or to recover from losing the Mid-Atlantic Tag Team Titles to Gene and Ole Anderson, Tiger tried to get back on track and put everything on the line in a “Loser Leaves Town” match against Ole Anderson in Spartanburg, South Carolina on March 29, 1975. To the dismay of his many fans, the hated Anderson prevailed and sent Tiger packing. While Ole ran Tiger out of the area, when Conway finally came back to Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling later in 1975, he would give Ole and brother Gene some real “payback.”


The captivating feud between the Avenger and the Super Destroyer played out to its thrilling conclusion during the month of March 1975. Throughout the month in the larger venues in the area, these two masked stars battled before packed houses in “ No Disqualification—No Time Limit—There Must Be A Winner” climactic battles. The Super Destroyer used his superior size to finally wear down and subdue the game Avenger, who was unmasked as Reggie Parks. After these decisive matches in March, the masked Avenger continued to wrestle around the area for most of the remainder of 1975, but never wrestled higher than mid card matches after these devastating loses to the Super Destroyer. These March battles took their toll on the Super Destroyer as well, as the “Super D.” could only muster one final mediocre program with Sonny King before leaving the area during the summer of 1975, actually leaving Jim Crockett Promotions before the Avenger did.


Ken Patera continued his rapid rise in Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling during the month of March. In his first full month in the area, Ken was firmly establishing himself as a main event performer as he was starting to meet and defeat the best and toughest the territory had to offer. Patera was showing the fans his amazing strength in amazing ways, and with his Olympic background and engaging personality, he was fast becoming an exceedingly popular star. During March another former Olympian, 1972 bronze medal wrestling winner, Chris Taylor made a brief pass through the area. At this point in their careers, though, both Taylor and Patera were “good guys,” so there would be no battles between these Olympians.


There were no title changes in the Mid-Atlantic area during the month of March. However, that did not mean that there were not many tremendous title matches that occurred during the month. In fact, each of the three titles in the territory had their share of great moments in the month of March!


Ric Flair defended his Mid-Atlantic Television Title impressively in March. The “Nature Boy” turned back the challenges of Tiger Conway, and was developing quite a rivalry with former champion Paul Jones over the TV Title. Hanging tough with the veteran Jones, the youngster Flair was growing up in a hurry and becoming a champion to be reckoned with.


The champion of all champions, Johnny “The Champ,” Valentine, had a busy month. Maintaining his iron grip on the Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Championship, Valentine defended his title in a number of spectacular bouts against Paul Jones during March. “The Champ” was also successful in several Mid-Atlantic Title bouts against top challenger Sonny King. Add to all this activity, Johnny also traveled to the St. Louis area in March for a series of great matches out there!


NWA World Tag Team Champions Gene and Ole Anderson were rapidly finding out in March how much pressure is associated with being the top tag team in the country. The Anderson’s had their share of tough tussles in March with the teams of Wahoo McDaniel and Paul Jones, and also the formidable duo of Wahoo and Sonny King. In a rare main event caliber match that was wrestled on Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling television, Wahoo and Paul Jones battled Gene and Ole in a non-title bout on March 26, 1975 in the WRAL TV studios in Raleigh. This match would truly launch these two teams into violent competition over the NWA World Tag Team Titles that would last through nearly the rest of 1975. A tag team feud for the ages was just getting started!


Just as March is a transitional month between winter and spring, March of 1975 saw Jim Crockett Promotions transition out of one major feud featuring the Super Destroyer and the Avenger, and into a great new budding feud between Wahoo and Paul Jones against Gene and Ole Anderson. March also brought in with it two terrific stars of the future in Blackjack Mulligan and Rufus R. Jones, and effectively said goodbye to two major stars in Tiger Conway and the Avenger. Like the changing of the seasons, Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling was alive, vibrant and ever evolving, and the spring of 1975 brought forth the promise of even more excitement for all its many fans!




1.     SUPER DESTROYER---The “Super D.” finally prevailed in his memorable program with fellow masked wrestler, the Avenger. This feud, perhaps because it was a rare mask versus mask confrontation, seemed to really captivate the Mid-Atlantic fans. Just when it seemed the Avenger had the Super Destroyer on the run, the Super D. came up with the final answer.

2.     BLACKJACK MULLIGAN---The big man from Eagle Pass, Texas looked largely unstoppable as he roared into the territory in early March. His massive size along with a mean streak that just wouldn’t quit was downright frightening. Everybody was waiting to see how the Texan would fare when he stepped up to tougher competition.

3.     KEN PATERA---The strongman from Oregon proved to everybody that he was for real, as he faced tougher competition in March and continued to impress. Showing off his incredible strength, along with a sharp intellect, Patera looked to be a sure Mid-Atlantic area main event fixture for the foreseeable future.




1.     TIGER CONWAY---Tiger went from main event performer in early March to out of the area completely by the end of the month. Losing a “Loser Leaves Town” match to Ole Anderson on March 29th shocked Tiger and all of his many Mid-Atlantic fans. Everyone was asking, “How could he fall so fast?”

2.     AVENGER---The masked man we learned was Reggie Parks gave it his all in a dynamic feud with the bigger and stronger Super Destroyer. This was a feud where it was a real shame either man had to lose. Unfortunately, the Avenger never fully recovered from the loss and slipped to mid card status almost immediately.

3.     SWEDE HANSON---The big Swede continued to battle valiantly, but his slow but steady slide down the Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling totem pole continued. Victories that several months ago were plentiful, were fast becoming more and more difficult to attain for the aging grappler.


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