Tossing Salt Presents:
Mid-Atlantic / Jim Crockett Edition
November 10, 2017
Are you ready for some wrestling? It’s all about the glory days of Jim Crockett Promotions and Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling today. Good times and great memories from the greatest wrestling territory of all times, in my opinion anyhow. Let’s get busy and do this. The questions come from the Facebook group, “Jim Crockett Promotions: A Great Era In Pro Wrestling”. And the opinions expressed in the answers, that’s all me baby!
“Greg Valentine – I only remember him from up north, how good was he in Mid Atlantic wrestling?”
Valentine was cold, methodical and tough as a two-dollar steak. One of the best in-ring guys that I can remember. His promos were never really great, but in that ring, he moved at a slow, but steady pace and just beat the crap out of people with those clubbing forearms, big elbows and of course, the figure-four leglock. Remember, he broke Wahoo’s leg. One of the best heels in the business in that era and one of the nicest guys I’ve ever met outside that ring many years later. A true legend and iconic figure, a second generation superstar, and one of the best.
“The best /worst feud?”
There were so many feuds that could qualify as “the best”, with battles like Flair – Steamboat, Valentine – Wahoo, Flair – Mulligan, Valiant versus all the managers, Blackjack versus Studd, etc. It’s hard to pick just one, but if I have to, I’ll go with the whole build of Harley Race, along with Dick Slater and Blb Orton versus Ric Flair in the build leading up to the first Starcade in 1983. That whole time period was booked so well and so memorable and a classic example of how pro wrestling should be booked. And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Paul Jones and Rick Steamboat. Tag team partners and former tag team champs and then, at the end of a Battle Royal, Steamboat turned on Jones and betrayed him. Hey, that’s what Jones keeps saying, even to this day, and we all know that “Number One” Paul Jones would never, ever lie. As for the worst, Lord Alfred Hayes and his “Russians” versus Johnny Weaver and various partners. Anyone else remember this? Exactly. Nothing against Weaver and Hayes and the others involved, but this was just a meaningless feud that didn’t do anything for anyone, but fill space.
“BlackJack Mulligan… Your thoughts?”
One of the best big men of all time and arguably the best promo / story-teller of his generation. A true icon and legend that was definiutely ahead of his time. And the start of a great wrestljng dynasty that continued with his sons, Barry and Kendall Windham and now still continues with grandsons, Bray Wyatt and Bo Dallas. One of my early favorites and a man I always had a great deal of respect and love for.
“The Greatest JCP Tag Team Is… ?”
There are many to choose from such as Steamboat / Youngblood, Slaughter and Kernodle, Mulligan and Flair, Midnight Express, Rock & Roll Express, The Russians, Dusty and Nikita, Briscos, Stevens & Snuka, etc. So many greats but one team still stands tall above the rest. Look up “tag team wrestling” in the dictionary and you’ll see their faces. Ole and Gene, The Anderson Brothers, aka, “The Minnesota Wrecking Crew”. Simply the best… period!
“In your opinion… What was the biggest double cross in JCP?”
I’ll go with “Number One” Paul Jones on this one and when Ricky Steamboat turned on him. He still talks about it even today and he was forever traumatized. Poor Jones… lol
“Thoughts on Baby Doll?”
A beautiful and talented woman who was in the right place at the right time and broke so much ground for the women of wrestling today. Also, one of the nicest and sweetest people I’ve ever met and spoken to. Just a true class act and lovely person who deserves a spot in the WWE Hall of Face. Also, the mother of Samantha Starr, a talented young lady who is burning up the Indy rings in NC and Texas I believe and I would love to see get a try-out with the WWE / NXT to keep the family legacy alive and well.
“Most unique character you ever saw in JCP?”
The first name that came to mind was Enforcer Luciano. He was brought in as a bounty hunter, going after Blackjack Mulligan and had that mobster look. He has steel plates in his hand (allegedly) and chewed on glass. Very distinct character and it was hard to ignore him. Unfortunately, he sucked in the ring and was gone in a matter of weeks, but his character and the disgusted look on Bob Caudle’s face as he interviewed Luciano on Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling when he debuted has always stayed in my mind and memories.
The Greatest Heel in JCP History?
It’s hard to pick just one, but I’ll go with the pre-WWF Roddy Piper. Before he went up north and fell victim to the WWF style, Piper was as vicious and nasty as they come. No one could predict what mind come out of his mouth during his interviews and promos and it was truly win at all costs. Ole Anderson was another incredible heel and promo because while Piper was crazy, Ole was just straight forward and cold and so damn serious, you truly believed that this guy was just evil and a nasty, bad person. Either of these guys would qualify in my book.
The greatest Babyface in JCP history ?
There is only one person who can claim this title… (all together now kids)… Rick Steamboat. Never turned heel… ever. ‘Nuff said!
And that’s all for now. I need to go uptown and take of bid’ness now. Until later, take it light. Thoughts, comments and questions of any type are welcome and appreciated. Have a great one.