TO THE GATEWAY LOBBY
THE WAWLI PAPERS
(Wrestling As We Liked It)
Issue Number 777,
August 18, 2000
Edited & Published by J Michael Kenyon
THE TREND TOWARD WRESTLING NOSTALGIA
Slowly, but surely, it appears as though the ranks of those
with a view toward professional wrestling's past, rather than the present of
"sports entertainment," are coming forth to be counted. Among
them, a couple
of bright, enterprising fellows named Dick Bourne and Dave Chappell, who
have opened a "gateway" to one of the last, great "wrestling
as we liked it"
promotions, Mid-Atlantic Wrestling. It may be found on your cyberspace
dials at http://www.midatlanticwrestling.net/lobby.htm
and includes a host of wonderful features, including the data which follows. Keep up the good
work, guys. It is much appreciated by those of us who are "old enough to
(Content from the Mid-Atlantic
Gateway followed the above introduction)
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from George Scott: Making Mid-Atlantic Sizzle
Greg Oliver, Canoe
SLAM! Pro Wrestling
George Scott had gained the confidence of the Crocketts. It was a
changing of the guard there, as the senior Crockett was turning things over to
his sons Jim Crockett Jr. and David Crockett.
Scott had a radical idea for the promotion, Les Thatcher told Dick Bourne in an
interview with Mid-Atlantic
Wrestling Gateway. "What I do remember is George Scott mentioning to
the Crocketts that he was going to kill the territory in essence to rebuild it,
which was a bold statement to make back then, or to make anyway when your
looking for a job, 'I'm going to kill your business so I can build it back
Scott's big plan was to bring Johnny Valentine in to the territory and base the
promotion around him. Charlotte had traditionally been a tag-team territory, and
the idea was to change the focus. Wahoo McDaniel and The Super Destroyer (Don
Jardine) were the two other initial singles stars....
* * * * * *
the entire article on SLAM! Pro Wrestling
Read the Les Thatcher Interview
on George Scott on the Mid-Atlantic Gateway
by Mike Sempervive, Lounge Antagonist
May 18, 2003, 11:57 am
- Before I start up, I'd like for all of you (when you're done with my
drivel, of course) to check out midatlanticwrestling.net created by Dick
Bourne and David Chappell. I know I've hyped them before, and I probably
sound like an incredibly cheap whore now, but, if you grew up in the
area that was promoted by Jim Crockett Jr., or are just a fan of classic
kayfabe, this is truly a gift from God for you. The site concentrates on
the years between 1974 (when the territory "officially" became
Mid-Atlantic) and 1986 (when one-half of the US tag champions, Ronnie
Garvin, relinquished the Mid-Atlantic belt on World Championship
Wrestling effectively killing the name for good), but also includes some
of the earlier "Eastern States/Atlantic Coast" and post-merger
NWA, as well.
of the amount footage that Bourne, Chappell, and their helpers possess
from Crockett's old stomping grounds at WRAL studios, they've been able
to, among other things, begin building a quarter-by-quarter historical
almanac of every event that took place during the region's history
(including full rosters and title changes). The almanac is still a work
in progress, and has a ways to go before it's complete, but the amount
of work that the crew has put in to get it to the point that it is now
the countless hours of scouring audio and video tapes, newspaper
clippings, office papers, and the memories of fans, the site has been
able to uncover many facts that have never been known before, or have
long been forgotten. Including it's most recent: the discovery and
details behind Ric Flair's first singles championship, the Mid-Atlantic
TV title. They didn't just get this information from word of mouth
either, it was directly from the day planner of JCP head booker George
Scott, a planner that also had the listings of every match that took
place in the area during 1975.
addition to the almanac, the site houses classic JCP television themes,
photographs, newspaper advertisements, newspaper clippings of results,
posters of upcoming shows, covers of the classic Mid-Atlantic wrestling
magazine, biographies, interviews, commentaries and much, much more.
Some of the most interesting reading comes from the site's creators and
contributors (including our own Bruce Mitchell) about what it was like
growing up and going to shows during the high times of the territory.
into all of this that the site auctions classic memorabilia on E-Bay
with all of the proceeds going to the upkeep of the site, and an on-line
store which features the types of classy looking merchandise that WWE
couldn't even dream of. (The Champions of Mid-Atlantic limited edition
plaque, the bear wearing the shirt that says "I Broke Wahoo's
Leg," and the old Mid-Atlantic logo shirts are my favorites.) And
you have a site that's a fantasy for a wrestling junkie.
I'm done gushing about midatlanticwrestling.net...
Complete Article found here.
From: Blue Tower
Sent: Monday, October 16, 2006
Subject: I LOVE THIS WEB SITE!
You guys have put so much heart and soul into this web site. I Love It!
It brings back so many memories. When I was growing up, Charleston
County hall was this place to be on Friday nights . Take Care.