Tossing Salt Presents:
Jim Crockett Promotions Edition
November 5, 2018
It’s time to do a Monday morning wrestling Q&A and this time around, all of the questions are about the Mid-Atlantic region, better known as Jim Crockett Promotions. The questions come from the Facebook group, “Jim Crockett Promotions: A Great Era In Pro Wrestling”. So let’s take a trip back to the time of Bob Caudle and David Crockett and arguably the greatest wrestling territory of all time, Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling. And away we go…
Favorite face of the JCP era, and favorite heel ?
My favorite face / good guys of that era were either Blackjack Mulligan. His battles with Ric Flair and the whole “Hat versus The Robe” scenario was pure magic and then Flair placed that “bounty” on Mulligan’s head. Also, Jimmy Valiant, aka “The Boogie Woogie Man” was a ball of energy and could get a crowd going like few others. His matches kind of sucked actually, but it was Jimmy Valiant so who cared. In some ways, he’s one of the biggest faces in JCP history. As for favorite heel, I liked Baron Von Raschke, The Russians (Ivan Koloff, Nikita & Krusher Kruschev) and of course Paul Jones, but he wasn’t really a heel. Steamboat turned on him. That was his story and he always stuck to it and I believe him.
What was the best JCP match you have ever seen ?
So many come to mind including surprisingly a live match between Gene Anderson and Johnny Weaver in Lumberton, NC where for whatever reason, the two men put on a wrestling clinic in that ring that only two accomplished veterans could. But the match that stands out the most for me, just for the sheer simplicity of the match was a match on TV with Jack Brisco versus Roddy Piper. It’s on “The Network” and it was pretty much Piper going nuts and doing all his classic stuff and Brisco would just keep taking him down with a headlock. Again and again. It’s pure wrestling psychology at it’s best and just so unique, it’s one for the ages. I was never a big fan of either Brisco or Piper really, but for that match, I became a fan that night.
What is your opinion on not referring to professional wrestling championships or titles as belts or straps and not wearing them around the wrestlers waists?
Personally, I think they should be called “titles” or “championships”, but I’m not going to knock anyone for calling them belts or straps. We all have different ways of talking and describing things and so long as the context makes sense, so be it. I also prefer to see titles around the waist, but if the belts are not big enough or they have to be able to be removed quickly (as in prepping for an ambush) or if a wrestler has more than one title belt, I can see why they would be worn on the shoulders or carrying the them instead.
Thoughts about the “Living Legend” Larry Zbyszko.
Larry is a little full of himself sometimes, but he was a great wrestler and truly one of the best pure heels in wrestling history. He’s a master of “the stall” and a good mat wrestler with the accomplishments to back up his mouth. I’ve always been a fan of “The Living Legend” and would have loved to see some heel versus heel battles with Larry and Flair in WCW. That would have made for some great promos and matches. He’s a icon and true living legend. What more needs to be said?
Thoughts on the Jimmy Valiant / Paul Jones feud in Crockett?
It lasted how long? Five years? An exciting and fun time that saw so many different scenarios and people getting involved. And for a mid-card talent at best and a retired wrestler turned manager, it drew the fans, made money and put butts in the seats. True, it got a little odd and quirky at times, but it was a great run for both men and fun for everyone involved to watch and enjoy.
Favorite secondary title ? Georgia has the National Title and Mid Atlantic has the U.S. Title. When Crockett took over the Atlanta office we had both of them for a while. Which title and belt did you like best for the secondary title ?
I was raised in North Carolina so obviously, I’m a big fan of the Mid-Atlantic Championship title. Crockett eventually retired it in favor of the more famous and recognized National title, which was then merged with the U.S. title, but I’ll always remember that title fondly. Mid-Atlantic Wrestling was the best territory and had the best teams, wrestlers and titles. End of story.
And there you go. Questions, comments and thoughts are welcome and appreciated. Thank you for reading and with that, I’m off to see the Wizard. Have a great one and I’ll see you at the matches. Take care.