The Masked Superstar returns to visit

Wrestling Landmarks in Raleigh:

Dorton Arena & WRAL Television



Eric Stace Photography

Eddie Cheslock Photography

Mid-Atlantic Gateway

 

All photographs by Eric Stace and Eddie Cheslock.

Special thanks to the Masked Superstar Bill Eadie for making this photo shoot despite the bad weather in Raleigh. A true gentleman and a living legend in wrestling.

For more information on these wrestling landmarks, please visit the following pages:

WRAL Studio Wrestling

Classic Venues: Dorton Arena

 


 

The original Masked Superstar (Bill Eadie), who appeared and headlined in the Mid-Atlantic wrestling area for Jim Crockett Promotions in the 1970s and 1980s, returned to two famous Raleigh wrestling landmarks on a rainy afternoon in December 2010.

Dorton Arena, on the NC State Fairgrounds, was the sight of weekly Tuesday night wrestling cards for decades in Raleigh. WRAL Television Studios was the sight of Mid-Atlantic Wrestling TV tapings from the late 1950s through the spring of 1983.  Originally live on Saturdays, once the show moved to tape, Wednesday nights meant wrestling at the channel 5 studios.

Eadie's pro wrestling career began in the mid-1970s as Bolo Mongol of the infamous Mongols tag team that held the International tag team championships in the IWA. In 1976, the Masked Superstar hit the scene in the Mid-Atlantic area, managed by the late great Prof. Boris Malenko. Masked Superstar headlined primarily in the Mid-Atlantic, Georgia, and WWWF territories and was a major star in Japan as well. In the late 1980s, he became part of the tag team known as Demolition with Barry Darsaw. Ax and Smash terrorized the WWWF, and held the their tag team championship. He was also part of the famous Machines team in Japan and WWWF along with Andre the Giant and Blackjack Mulligan. As the Masked Superstar he held the NWA world tag team titles with Paul Jones as well as numerous singles titles including the Georgia Championship and was a top contender for the WWWF championship held by Bob Backlund and Hulk Hogan, regularly headlining in Madison Square Garden.  He is still active in the ring today, and is the reigning Mid-Atlantic Heritage Champion.   -Dick Bourne

 

 

 

Raleigh, North Carolina, December 11, 2010

 


The same weekend, Bill Eadie appeared at a wrestling event in nearby Clayton NC and reunited with partner Demolition Smash as well as former opponents the Barbarian and George South.

 

The Barbarian, George South, Demolition Ax and Smash

prepare to face off in a tag team match for NCWA Pro Wrestling in Clayton NC.

Demolition Ax and the Masked Superstar are rumored to be close business partners.

 

 

Demolition Smash, Barbarian, George South, and Demolition Ax appeared for NCWA Wrestling in Clayton NC on 12/11/10.

All photographs by Eric Stace and Eddie Cheslock.

 


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