Remembering Sandy Scott

on the Mid-Atlantic Gateway



Video produced by Thom Brewer • Shown at "A Night to Honor the Memory of Sandy Scott",  Rocky Mount VA April 10, 2010

"Forever young. That's how I'll always remember Sandy Scott." - Mike Mooneyham



Sandy Scott 1934-2010

Rest in Peace

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.




by Steve Johnson

Sandy Scott’s career is a perfect prism through which to view the history of wrestling in the Mid-Atlantic. Consider a sampling from his experiences in the Carolinas as part of more than 40 years in the business:

  • In the 1950s and 1960s, Scott and brother George headlined cards as “The Flying Scotts,” one of the most important tag teams in the most important tag team territory in the country.

  • In the 1970s, he lent his expertise to up-and-coming stars like Jerry Brisco, and added tag combos with the likes of Nelson Royal and Bearcat Wright to his résumé.

  • In the 1980s, he was a key front office executive for Jim Crockett Promotions, booking towns and venues, handling TV ads, and keeping a lucrative business thriving.

  • In the 1990s, he worked for World Championship Wrestling and watched in dismay at the “suits” in Atlanta mismanaged the company on its road to ruin.

But here’s the most amazing part of it all — Bob Caudle, the voice of Mid-Atlantic wrestling, who worked with Scott on TV, said he didn’t even recall the transplanted Canadian uttering a cuss word. “He was such a clean-cut guy and a down-to-earth honest guy,” said Caudle, who will induct Scott into the Hall of Heroes. “He had a great sense of humor and he’s a terrific storyteller. I used to hook up with him in Charlotte when we were riding to Spartanburg or some other place, and Sandy would be telling stories about what happened up in Canada in the winter, traveling from city to city in the ice and the snow.”

Angus Mackay Scott was born in 1934 in Hamilton, Ontario, where he wrestled at a local YMCA, played a little football, and worked out ― with more of an eye toward bodybuilding ― with wrestler Mike Sharpe. He got his start in the pro ranks in 1954, when older brother George brought him into the Calgary territory for promoter Stu Hart. The pair won the Canadian tag title titles within months of their debut as a tag team. “They were a little different, but they were right sharp. I thought they were both good wrestlers,” said Canadian legend Yvon “The Beast” Cormier. Based out of Calgary for about six years, the Scotts appeared briefly in the Carolinas in 1957 and by the early ‘60s were fixtures on the Southern circuit. In 1959, the Petersburg, Va., Progress-Index took a stab at describing a young Sandy’s in-ring style, calling him “a brilliant offensive wrestler. His aerial attacks are devastating, with solid flying tackles, vice-like head scissors and fast dropkicks.”

Scott said he enjoyed the tag team work more than singles competition. “We knew each other pretty well, George and I. We could do things just automatically. We knew what each other was going to do.” His travelogue also includes places like Japan, Australia, Europe, but Crockett territory remained Scott’s home base. “Jim Crockett had a very, very good name,” he explained. “If he told you something, that was it. In our business, you don’t find guys like that too often.” Scott transitioned into a front office role for the office and frequently appeared on TV as a representative of the National Wrestling Alliance. He hooked up with WCW when Ted Turner’s company took over Jim Crockett Promotions, and knew things were going downhill when Jim Herd, who lacked a wrestling background, assumed control of the operation. “I don’t know how he ever got in there but he did, and you see what happened,” Scott laughed. After the WCW fiasco, Scott was one of the driving forces behind Smoky Mountain Wrestling, the last of the old-school promotions. He’s still living in the area, in Roanoke, Va., where some things haven’t changed from his days in the car with Caudle, Gene Anderson, and others — he still has to explain to southerners about snow. “I tell them we’ve seen snow as high as the telephone poles up in Saskatchewan, and have to take a train to get through to Saskatoon, and they think I'm kidding,” he said.

- Steve Johnson



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