Sandy Scott passed away on Thursday March 11, 2010 after a tough fight with pancreatic cancer. The Mid-Atlantic Gateway sends its heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Sandy Scott.

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There was probably no more versatile person in the history of Jim Crockett Promotions than Sandy Scott. Certainly, it would be hard to come up with an individual that wore as many hats as Sandy, covering about every facet of the wrestling business that one could possibly imagine.

Sandy was active in professional wrestling during five different decades. That in itself is impressive, but Sandy’s contributions to the business go far beyond mere longevity. Sandy was part of the legendary tag team “The Flying Scotts,” with his brother George. In addition to that excellent tag team, Sandy was also an accomplished singles wrestler. After Sandy’s in-ring career wound down in the mid 1970s, Sandy became a fixture in the office for Jim Crockett Promotions.

While he had great influence and responsibility behind the scenes, Sandy was also a prominent on air personality for the promotion, often being the face for the promotion in some of the biggest angles in the 1980s.

Even after Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling went national in the 1980s, and still later when they became WCW in the early 1990s, Sandy continued to hold a prominent place in those groups until his retirement from professional wrestling in the mid 1990s.

During this interview, Sandy will take you from his start in the business in the mid 50s, to his final years in the business with WCW in the mid 90s, and to all points in between! Sandy provides us great insight into the world of professional wrestling, from a unique perspective and vantage point. I believe you’ll find Sandy’s stroll down memory lane to be both informative and entertaining.

The Mid-Atlantic Gateway would like to express our thanks to our friends Jim “Boris Zhukov” Nelson and Mike “Eclipso” Weddle for their assistance in setting up this interview with Sandy in Roanoke, Virginia. We also want to thank Jim and Mike for sitting in with us on the interview.

We fans in the Mid-Atlantic area were fortunate that Sandy Scott spent the bulk of his professional career in the Carolinas and Virginia. Without any doubt, the landscape of Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling would have been far different without the influence and input of Sandy Scott. We are also glad that Sandy decided to make his permanent home in Virginia after his career in professional wrestling ended.

Sandy, thank you for the time you gave the Mid-Atlantic Gateway, but more so, thank you for all the contributions you made to Jim Crockett Promotions and to the world of professional wrestling. You were, and remain, truly a class act.

David Chappell

December 2007


David Chappell: Sandy, thanks so much for speaking with the Mid-Atlantic Gateway this afternoon. We’ve been wanting to do this for a long time!


Sandy Scott: I’m happy to be here with you guys.


Chappell: I guess a good place to start is to ask you how you broke into the wrestling business.


Scott: I broke in 1954…1955. I was in Hamilton, Ontario Canada. My brother [George Scott] already had six years in pro wrestling.


Chappell: Where was George in the early days?


Scott: He was on the road. He was in Toledo, Ohio. He went from Toledo, Ohio up to Calgary, Alberta.


And I got a call in 1955 from [George]. I was wrestling at the time, and I also had a job at Westinghouse.


Chappell: What were you doing at Westinghouse?


Scott: I was a brakeman…on their railroad.


Chappell: Interesting…


Scott: And at that time I got a call from my brother. He said, “How would you like to come up to Calgary and team up?”


Chappell: What was your response?


Scott: Well, I said, ‘You know, I’m working here and I’m wrestling three/four times a week.’ He said, “Come on out here and we’ll team up and see what we can do.” And I said, ‘Okay!’


Chappell: And the Flying Scott Brothers were born!


Scott: Yes! So, I packed my suitcase and went on out to Calgary, Alberta…where we stayed for about six years.Then we got a call from Jim Crockett Promotions, and they wanted us to come down to that territory.


Chappell: About what year was that?


Scott: That would have been 1960-1961. We came on down to Jim Crockett Promotions.



Chappell: Who were the big stars in the Crockett territory when you and George first arrived in the area?


Scott: At that time, there was George Becker and Dick Steinborn. And then Johnny Weaver came in after Steinborn left. Johnny of course became George Becker’s partner.


Chappell: And what a team Becker and Weaver were!


Scott: Oh, yes! And at that time George [Scott] and I and Becker and Weaver were the top (babyface) teams.


Chappell: Who were the top bad guy teams at that point in time?


Scott: You had (Aldo) Bogni and (Bronco) Lubich. And (Rip) Hawk and (Swede) Hanson. And then you had the Infernos.


Bourne: The Bolos?


Scott: Bolo…I think it was Bolo and Larry Hamilton. Going up into the 60s you had the Hines’, and Ali Bey was in for awhile.


In those early days George and I were able to establish ourselves as a top team in the Carolinas.


Bourne: When I was recently researching some newspaper clippings, I learned that you all were not only a very successful team but you were also a successful singles wrestler. Particularly in the mid 1960s…you had bouts with the likes of Gene Kiniski and Lou Thesz. You had quite a singles career.


Scott: I did. I wrestled [Lou] Thesz in Raleigh, North Carolina around that time. He had just come out of Detroit, where he wrestled a bald guy named Brute Bernard!


Chappell: (laughing) Bernard and Murphy were another great team of that era.


Scott: Yeah, very much so. After the match, Joe Murnick, who was the promoter in Richmond, came into the back and said Thesz had three cracked ribs.


Bourne: You cracked them in the match?


Scott: No, Joe told me that Brute cracked them up in Detroit!


During the second fall of that match in Raleigh, I had Thesz in the abdominal stretch for a very long time. I told Joe Murnick, ‘I’ll be a son of a gun, I said this guy is in there like nothing ever happened!’ And Joe said, “That’s why he’s a champion.”


Chappell: Amazing story!


Scott: Another real tough guy was Bob Orton, Sr.


Bourne: Yes…I saw some clippings of you and Orton in singles matches.


Scott: Bob Orton was a real tough guy. You had to be a defensive wrestler with Orton, because he’d really come after you!


But I respected the guy, and I guess he respected me, and we had great matches out there. I wrestled him for the [Southern Heavyweight] belt. Yeah, I had a lot of respect for him.


Do you all remember P.Y. Chung?


Chappell: Another great villain of the 1960s!


Scott: Yeah, I had some good matches with him. He came out of Tennessee, and when he came into the North Carolina area, he was gonna run away with everybody! He was gonna beat everybody, like he did in Tennessee.


Chappell/Bourne: (laughs)


Scott: I had a match with him in Charlotte, North Carolina that I remember. He had a very heavy handed chop, and he would come up to you with that chop. And I had watched some of his matches earlier, so I knew what to expect from this guy.


So, we went on in there, and he shot me into the ropes, and I came off, and he was gonna give me that chop…and I went up to him with a dropkick!


Chappell/Bourne: (laughing)


Scott: It busted his nose, and down he went! Jumped on him…one, two, three. He went to Crockett and said, “This ain’t for me.” And he left the territory!


Bourne: During this time frame, who was booking the territory?


Scott: George Becker.


Chappell: Becker was a tag team wrestler, and certainly the territory revolved around tag teams in the 60s.


Scott: It was a tag team territory in the 1960s and the first part of the 70s. And then they switched off to having singles matches as main events, and the semi-finals would be tag matches. That became the set up.


In 1972-73 I believe we went to Australia on a tour, and that’s around the time the switch away from tag teams was occurring.


Bourne: Your brother George finished his in-ring career about that time?


Scott: Yes, George got hurt…hurt his neck.


Bourne: In that 1973 time frame, you were teaming with Jerry Brisco and Nelson Royal.


Scott: Young Brisco, Jerry Brisco…he was a hell of a wrestler.


Chappell: Without a doubt.


Scott: Not all that long after George got hurt, Jimmy (Crockett) called me into the office and said he was going to team me up with Brisco.


Brisco was some wrestler. I remember one time teaming with him against a Russian from Buffalo by the name of Mulkovich. We were on Raleigh TV, and Mulkovich was just tearing him up. He came over to the corner, and I said, ‘Jerry, you’re a hell of an amateur wrestler, and this guy doesn’t know it. Take him down and keep him down!’ And he did, and that was the end of it!


Chappell/Bourne: (laughing)


Scott: Both Jerry and Jack were superb amateur wrestlers.


Chappell: Jerry was a regular in the territory in the early 70s, and Jack was in and out at different times.


Scott: Jerry stayed in there, I guess for a good year and a half, maybe two years. They teamed me with Jerry, and later Thunderbolt Patterson came in and teamed with Jerry. And then they teamed me with Nelson Royal.


Nelson Royal and Sandy Scott, circa 1973


Chappell: Nelson was great.


Scott: Oh yeah. We could both go, you know, if we had to go. It was a great team…a great team. We had a lot of good battles.


Chappell: Which team gave you and Nelson the best matches?


Scott: The top battles at that time were with the Andersons. I mean, I remember in Greenville, South Carolina we were selling out week after week after week! Nelson and I were very proud of all those consecutive sellouts in Greenville.


Chappell: What did you think of the Anderson Brothers?


Scott: Now, the Andersons I had a lot of respect for, because those guys could wrestle. They could really wrestle!


Gene would come in there and try to blow you up! In other words, get you tired, and get you into a position where he controlled you and had everything he wanted. He tried, but he couldn’t do it with us! (laughs) He’d get so damn aggravated with us that he’d slap Ole’s hand off when he tagged out! And Ole would come in, and away we’d go…


Chappell/Bourne: (laughing)


Scott: The Andersons were a superb team. They weren’t like any other team.


Chappell: How so?


Scott: They would hold you to the break of three and a half. The referee would give a four count…and they would break just a fraction before the fourth. And they would be right into you again!


Chappell: No rest for the weary with Gene and Ole!


Scott: That’s right! They were a super team. I really enjoyed wrestling them.


Bourne: Who were some of the other wrestlers that you really enjoyed being in the ring with…working with?


Scott: In addition to the Andersons…Hawk and Hanson, except on a Friday night!


Chappell/Bourne: (laughing)


Scott: They came out of Norfolk on Thursday, and it was murder over in Richmond or Lynchburg on Friday! Fighting for your life!


Chappell/Bourne: (laughing)


Scott: Another team that I really enjoyed being in there with was Boris Malenko and Bob Orton. In Richmond, we had a number of consecutive sellouts with them. Up to the very last one, where Malenko got knifed…and Orton got his head split open by the fans.


Chappell: The infamous riot at the Richmond Fairgrounds.


Scott: That was it!


Chappell: When we interviewed Bill Eadie, he was telling us that many years later when Malenko managed him, Malenko still had flashbacks about that night.


Scott: I could understand that he would! The guy got him bad with a knife.


That was a funny situation. We beat them two straight (falls). As I turned to get out of the ring, Malenko rushed me and shot me into the pole, and that was it. The fans went into the ring and went after them.


Bourne: Wow...


Scott: Yeah…they got the heat back…and boom!


Chappell: Apparently a little too much heat!


Scott/Bourne: (laughing)


Bourne: I’m not knocking today’s wrestling product, but if they come to Greensboro once or twice a year and draw a half house, they’re happy. You guys often sold out…on a weekly basis.


Scott: Selling ‘em out!


Bourne: That was fan support.


Scott: Well, I think the problem today is that the fans can’t get to the wrestlers. Or the wrestlers don’t want to get to the fans. I don’t know what it is…but they don’t. And…we did.


Chappell: There was certainly great fan interaction during the Mid-Atlantic days!



Scott: We talked to the fans, and we mingled with them. We signed autographs. We did everything that we could.


It was almost like a family. I mean, those places would be sold out before we ever got there.


Chappell: Same faces on the front row every week!


Scott: Yeah! Oh yeah, week in and week out. It was like hockey…you can’t get a hockey ticket in Toronto for ten years because of the Molson’s and all the companies that bought them out. But when they started losing and the people were staying away, yeah you can buy tickets. But we never had that problem!


Bourne: I've been told that in Greensboro when they picked up tickets for a show, they went ahead and paid for the next show. That guaranteed them the same seats. Then their kids got them after they left.


Scott: Dick, you mentioned Greensboro. Greensboro was a superb town. We had the biggest, biggest house they ever had in Greensboro. We had them lined up for miles and miles. In fact, the state police came in and said we had to do something about it! It was unbelievable in those days!


Chappell: Like you said before Sandy, you all treated the fans right.


Scott: We always took time to go out and talk to the fans.


Bourne: Greensboro seemed to have the biggest shows, and a lot of stars were brought in from other areas to appear on the Greensboro shows.


Scott: That’s right. And those kinds of shows worked up to the closed circuit, satellite and pay per views years later.


Crockett gave Greensboro a huge Thanksgiving Day show every year. It was something! Then Dusty Rhodes convinced Crockett to move it out late in the 1980s. I told them then that was a big mistake.


Bourne: And you were proven right.


Chappell: Yeah, that just killed Greensboro.


Scott: David, the fans there expected the show. We’d done it for years.


Bourne: Sandy, going back to the early 70s there was a big change in booking the Crockett territory. Your brother George came in and booked.


Scott: Yeah, he came in from Texas.


Chappell: This was around the time when Jim Crockett, Sr. died.


Scott: And John Ringley took over for a while. Ringley didn’t understand wrestling. He understood rock and roll, the Globetrotters and things like that. When Jim Crockett, Sr. died, Mrs. Crockett I guess moved him into the wrestling area to keep that going. But he did a terrible job. But he did bring George in to do the booking.


Chappell: Describe George’s early days as booker.


Scott: George said he had to have a free hand to do the job, and Ringley said, “Yeah, go ahead.”


Chappell: Who did George replace as booker?


Scott: At that time, I believe the bookers were Hawk and Weaver.


Chappell: Who were some of the new talent George brought in?


Scott: He brought in Wahoo McDaniel and Johnny Valentine…(Super Destroyer) Don Jardine. Later, he brought in Blackjack Mulligan…


Bourne: Blackjack Mulligan had told us that the guys George brought in were sort of in a clique…the Texas guys.


Scott: Yes, and the reason was those guys had proven themselves in Texas. So, he knew they could do it in the Carolinas as well. You bring in people that are proven…that can do it.


Chappell: A lot of people forget that the territory didn’t pop immediately upon George’s arrival as booker.


Scott: George told me at that time that it would take a year to get the territory back to life. And it did. It took a year to get it back.


And then we did great for years. Flair, Mulligan, Wahoo, Valentine…we had the cream of the crop.   CONTINUED IN PART 2


Sandy Scott battles Bill White in Charlotte.





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