This feature was originally published on the Mid-Atlantic Gateway during Thanksgiving week of 2005, celebrating the 30th anniversary of the events in Greensboro in November 1975. The events of that one month transformed the territory.

The feature was updated for the 35th Anniversary in 2010.

The Mid-Atlantic Gateway featured a story on the 40th anniversary of the tournament on its anniversary 11/9/2015. That story linked to these pages on the Gateway Archive site.

These cards are still talked about by Mid-Atlantic Wrestling fans today.

Project research by Dick Bourne.



 

UNITED STATES CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 1975  GREENSBORO COLISEUM

TERRY FUNK WINS THE UNITED STATES HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP, DEFEATING PAUL JONES IN THE TOURNAMENT FINAL

Reflections

Paul Jones looks back at the month that set up his major run as United States champion and top challenger to the NWA title.

Reflections

30 years later, Terry Funk remembers the grueling night he won the U.S. title, the competitors he fought, and how it all helped prepare him to be NWA champion.

Broadcast Audio

Special audio highlights from the original television broadcast, including the tournament final between Jones and Funk!NK

The Poster
Newspaper Ad & Pre-Tournament Articles

Brackets & Results

Newspaper Reports:

Greensboro Daily News  |  Greensboro Record

Post Event Press Release
Photographs by Bob McAlister and Gene Gordon | Photos in Mid-Atlantic Magazine

Page from George Scott's Day Planner: November 9, 1975

Framed Photo from Jim Crockett's Office
News Stand Magazine Coverage
Eye-Witness Accounts

ANNUAL THANKSGIVING SPECTACULAR

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 1975 GREENSBORO COLISEUM

PAUL JONES DEFEATS TERRY FUNK FOR THE UNITED STATES CHAMPIONSHIP IN A REMATCH FROM THE TOURNAMENT FINAL THREE WEEKS EARLIER

JACK BRISCO DEFENDS THE NWA WORLD TITLE AGAINST WAHOO MCDANIEL

The Poster
Newspaper Clippings
Page from George Scott's Day Planner: November 27, 1975
Paul Jones Straps on the Title

Reflections

Paul Jones still gets hot when he looks at the poster from the annual Thanksgiving wrestling card in Greensboro.

Broadcast Audio

No Longer Available

Rare audio clips following Paul Jones historic win over Terry Funk for the U.S. Championship, including television interviews and Paul's reaction when it was announced Terry Funk has won the NWA title!


The Almanac for November 1975:

David Chappell's Mid-Atlantic History | The Roster


Thanks to all those who made contributions (either directly or indirectly) along the way and that assisted me with this project including Mark Eastridge, Don Holbrook, George South, Carroll Hall, Dave Routh, John Hitchcock, Scooter Lesley, Mike Cline, Peggy Lathan, Kent Smith and Leslie Smith Johnson, Greg Price, and David Chappell.

 

My Special Thanks to Terry Funk and Paul Jones.

 

Photo used for Paul Jones icon above taken by Jeff Siner for the Charlotte Observer.

Mid-Atlantic Gateway Material 2005, 2010, 2013 Dick Bourne | Mid-Atlantic Gateway

Originally published in 2005 on the 30th anniversary, updated in 2010 for the 35th anniversary, and then additional material added in June 2013.