November 9, 1975    Greensboro Coliseum  Greensboro, NC


Framed Photograph from Jim Crockett's Office

Taken 11/9/75 in Greensboro




This framed photograph hung in Jim Crockett, Jr.'s office on Briarbend Drive in Charlotte until it closed following the sale of Crockett Promotions to Ted Turner in late 1988. Crockett gave the photo to Paul Jones, and it was proudly displayed in Paul's office at his body shop in Charlotte until Paul closed the shop in the late 1990's. Paul then gave the photo to his friend George South.

The inscription framed below the photo reads: "November 9, 1975 /  US Heavyweight Championship Tournament / Southeast Gate Receipt Record / Coliseum - Greensboro, NC." 

The photo shows the sold out Greensboro Coliseum, the familiar numbers surrounding the outer walls of the coliseum, and the equally familiar rope barrier at ringside, complete with tire-and-cement anchors. Ole Anderson and Paul Jones are battling in the first round of the tournament in the ring. The referee is Angelo Martinelli. Ring announcer Tom Miller and local promoter Joe Murnick can clearly be seen at ringside. We're sure Wally Dusek is in there somewhere, too. Also at ringside was the ring announcer for that evening Les Thatcher and Jack Adkisson (aka Fritz Von Erich), the NWA President at the time. The Greensboro News and Record story on the tournament reported he was part of a five-man crew that served as judges in case of a draw.

George South and Dick Bourne hold the framed photo from the Greensboro US title tournament that once hung in Jim Crockett's office at Jim Crockett Promotions in Charlotte, NC.