Saturday, May 25, 2013

May 7, 2005

From eight years ago (which boggles my mind to think that it's been eight years!) - Carolina Championship Wrestling at the Gaffney,SC Middle School on Saturday, 7 May.

On the card:

Tater Kirby vs. Hunter Thompson
Midget Match: Joe Kidd vs. Bad Boy Buck
Brad Thomas vs. Jason Jones
Chief Jay Eagle, American GI, Brian Linder vs.  vs. Ken Magnum, "Romeo" Mark Slain & Kirk Prodigy
Bobby Fulton vs. George South
David Flair vs. Brad Anderson
Barbarian vs. Madd Maxx
Best 2 of 3 Falls: Rock 'n' Roll Express 2005 (Ricky Morton & Brad Armstrong) vs. Midnight Express (Dennis Condrey & Bobby Eaton) managed by Brad Stutts
Battle for the title of real Living Legend - Texas Bunkhouse Falls Count Anywhere Match: Terry Funk vs. Dusty Rhodes

**The Funk/Rhodes match can be seen on the DVD-"The Rise & Fall of Carolina Championship Wrestling" available from Highspots.com**


This was the first of a couple of shows I shot for Tony Hunter's CCW before he went out of business.  His shows drew great crowds - he used a good mix of legends talent and up & comers, along with occasional gimmicky matches such as midgets and ladies.


"Primetime" Brian Linder, seen here from match 4,  was an Assistant Principal in Gaffney - he died in a car accident on  August 23, 2009.

One of our personal favorites, George South - applying the infamous stomach clawhold to Bobby  Fulton!

Second Generation Anderson - Brad Anderson holding his father Gene's trademark gold & maroon boots.  For a great read on the Andersons, check out the "Minnesota Wrecking Crew" book by our friend Dick Bourne here. 

It was a great feeling being able to shoot at ringside with two guys I grew up watching - Funk & Rhodes, it was all I could do to keep professional the whole time. 

Best sign(s) of the night.


Was there blood?  With these two?  Of course: 






First time shooting Matt Hardy, the crowd was deafening. 



Thursday, May 9, 2013

"A quick flash of fortune..."


"A quick flash of fortune, an unexpected adventure, a snapshot to embrace as one of those moments that build us up."

The line caught my eye this morning as I was reading "The Rise and Fall of a Reality TV Star.  In Nine Days." by Geoff Edgers over on the Esquire Culture Blog.

It made me think about wrestling and it really summed up my experience with it. Yes, I do miss...parts of it.  I'm watching more movies these days though instead driving up and down the interstates.

I've been behind in posting pics on the site I know - I've gotten a lot of nice feedback on the Reid Flair post, so thank you all.

Summer is starting, so they'll be plenty of indy action to keep up with - check out our friends below (in alphabetical order):

American Pro Wrestling in Spartanburg, SC

Anarchy Wrestling in Cornelia, GA

Premiere Wrestling Xperience in Charlotte,NC  et al

Southern Wrestling Association in Forest City, NC

Trans-South Wrestling in Union, SC