Tuesday, September 1, 2015

September 1st 1972 Soldiers Field Cage Match!

September 1, 1972 Soldiers Field Chicago Illinois! Perhaps one of the bloodiest matches ever in the Windy City!
In one corner, The Blackjacks. Mulligan at 310 lbs from Sweetwater Texas! Lanza at 275lbs from Albuquerque New Mexico, and The Manager, at 230 lbs from Beverly Hills California, "Pretty Boy" Bobby Heenan!
Their opponents, at 252 lbs, "The Wrestler who made Milwaukee Famous" The Crusher!
and weighing in at 259 lbs, from Reno Nevada, "The Worlds Most Dangerous Wrestler" Dick The Bruiser!
The third man in the ring, Heavyweight Boxing Champion "Jersey" Joe Wolcott Referee!
The epitome of Cage Matches! Promoter Bob Luce pulled off the venue need for this once in a lifetime card!
Yes, this was it, the match where Bobby Heenan was beaten so bad he was vomiting in the ring!
My friend Blackjack Mulligan told me on CPW Radio, the air was cold coming off of Lake Michigan because of the repairs going on at Soldiers Field.
This was priceless and remembered as the best cage match ever!

Friday, August 28, 2015

Don Greene! 1/2 of The Greene Brothers!

In 2014 we lost Don Greene.
Don worked in the South under Nick Gulas. Teaming up with "Brother" Al Greene as The Greene Brothers and late as The Heavenly Bodies.
Don worked for the NWA throughout Georgia and with Al formed a rough tag team, defeating The Interns and The Garvins.
Don owned a Appliance Store in Nashville TN and worked for the Metro Sheriffs Department.
In his personal life Don was the Deacon of his church for many years and known as a nice man to so man who knew him.
At Classic Professional Wrestling we remember Don Greene!

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Ravishing Race Bannon!!

Chicago's Very Own "Ravishing" Race Bannon
 a 70's Mat Great in Chicago donned his tights and boots to take on opponents like the late Olympic Great Chris Taylor.
Teaming up with Tom Demarco, Race went up against the 500 lb Taylor in a handicap match.
Although enjoying an easier life outside of the ring. Race

 spends most of his time in the Great Northwest.
 took on all comers and with beautiful ring attire is certainly remembered here at Classic Professional Wrestling as Chicago's Very Own!

Monday, August 10, 2015

Roddy Piper! Olympic Auditorium Days!

We lost yet another May Star. I want to give a different view of Piper rather than WWF Era.
Roddy Piper during the Mid Seventies Wrestled in Luche Libra at the Olypic Auditorium.
In Chicago, Lucha Libra was on Channel 26 WCIU TV. The announcers would speak Spanish announcing matches with Stars like Black Gordman and Goliath, yet a young American Star was making noise and building a road to fame.
Piper was bizzare to some, a little "Off", yet fans could relate to him.
He stood up to so called tough guys and educated them on being streetwise.
Afterall, to wear a Kilt into the ring took someone a little off and tough!
Rather than Pipers Pit, I know I'll always remember Piper being introduced by The Great Jimmy Lennon Sr at The Olympic Auditorium.
Not many things come with a Guarantee but if you were a fan, you could be guaranteed  that you never knew what to expect from him.
Piper always gave his best and the fans appreciated it.
We'll say goodbye to this ring veteran, but he will not be forgotten on CPW


Tuesday, July 28, 2015

"Beautiful" Bobby Harmon!!!

One of my favorites from Detroit Big Time Wrestling! Bobby wrestled "The Worlds Most Dangerous Wrestler" Dick The Bruiser!! Andre The Giant! He starred in the movie "I Like To Hurt People"!!
Managed by none other than The Grand Wizard, Bobby had been ahead of his time by using entrance music on his way to the ring!
I am fortunate enough to stay in touch with Bobby and reminisce about the Classics.
Bobby had exquisite robes that were just stunning!
Bobby has been my guest on CPW Radio and gave so much insight and stories behind the seens.
Thanks Bobby for being a friend. You are remembered as one of the All Time Greats in Professional Wrestling!!!

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Pretty Boy Bobby Heenan!

Ok fans, you asked and asked so here he is!
You asked me for the real deal so here it is.
Heenan was born in Chicago and grew up in Indianapolis. He broke into Professional Wrestling in a very hard way. He sold Popcorn at the matches, cut Promoters lawns, washed cars, and payed his dues over and over.
I realize most fans think he is a coward, and runs away from most of his opponents.
I can assure you Bobby Heenan was not afraid of anybody.
Bobby wrestled an out of control passenger on an Airline with some assistance from AWA Heavyweight Champion Nick Bockwinkle.
BH managed some top tag teams and individuals.
From The Devils Duo(Angelo Poffo & Chris Markoff), The Blackjacks (Mulligan & Lanza), The Valiant Brothers, Baron Von Rashcke & Big Cat Ernie Ladd, to Nick Bockwinkle and Ray Stevens!
 He brought Championships in both Tag Teams and Heavyweight Champions!
BH filled arenas for the WWA & AWA!
Opponents galore! Dick The Bruiser & The Crusher, Yukon Moose Cholak, Cowboy Bob Ellis,Wilbur Snyder, Pepper Gomez, and AWA heavyweight Champion Verne Gagne!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Cora Combs dead at age 92!

Another loss to the world of Professional Wrestling! Cora Combs passed away Sunday in Nashville.
From matches with Lorraine Johnson and hundreds more, Cora and Debbie Combs are household names in Nashville.
Trained under the Tutilage of Billy Wolfe, whom she met through Promoter Nick Gulas in Nashville.
Cora was in aw of Mildred Burke.
Cora was known for being one of the best dressed Lady Wrestlers in the ring.
We at CPW are saddened by her loss, but will remember Cora and for all she did for the fans and the business.