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.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

The WWE Announced that Dusty Rhodes passed away today at the age of 69.
Rhodes and Dick Murdoch were an AWA Tag Team that was hated and loved by fans!
Dusty Rhodes was the working mans man. As with The Crusher, fans who worked construction, drove trucks, or pushed carts a grocery store, could relate to Dusty. He was known for his tough street driven interviews and antics out of the ring that promoters feared.
The Wrestler, 1973 AWA movie featuring Rhodes and Murdoch frustrating Promoter Frank Bass as they beat up motorcycle gangs and turn a local pub upside down!
West Texas State saw him on the field prior to the ring.
"The American Dream" both tough and comedic, will be remembered by fans everywhere.
In latter years Rhodes was in Florida where he trained newcomers to his craft.
CPW remembers Dusty Rhodes!

Monday, June 8, 2015

Betty Jo Hawkins!

Yes, Betty Jo Hawkins,  a Golden Era Bombshell who used her beauty and mat Skills to provide fans with exciting Mat Action.
You may not be aware (That's why you come here) that she was actually married to Tough Guy Brute Bernard. Bernard and Skull Murphy were a rough Tag Team during the 1950's and 60's.
We at classic Professional Wrestling remember Betty Jo Hawkins!

Monday, June 1, 2015

Doctor? Murderer? Professional Wrestler!

Depending on your opinion, he may be anyone of these, but I remember him as a Professional Wrestler.
Dr Sam Sheppard fought for his life, and fought in the Squared Circle.
He was unpopular to some because of being accused of murdering his wife.
Regardless of the outcome, he had to earn a living and found Professional Wrestling as an avenue.
Dr. Sheppard stirred controversy wherever he went.

Here on a Wrestling Revue page, you can see him in action using The Mandible Claw.This hold outraged some as it impaired his opponents breathing and finished him off.
Some feel he was framed, some felt he degraded himself going from a Man of Medicine to a Man of the Mat. Whatever your opinion is, he entered the World of Professional Wrestling and we  remember him for that at Classic Professional Wrestling!

Friday, May 22, 2015

The Battman!!

No I didn't misspell it! No it's not the Great Adam West! It's Professional Wrestling's Dynamic Duo, Battman and Robin!!
The popular TV Show was not the only place to find Masked Heroes.
Pittsburg PA was very aware of The Battman during the 1966 era.
At CPW we are working hard to get him on our upcoming radio show so standby!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Benito "Bouncing" Gardini!!!

From 1940-1956, Gardini wrestled in over 660 matches. The fans really didn't watch him to see if he would win, but watch him get bealed or hip tossed and bounce across the ring! He would bounce from one side to the other to the delight of the fans.
From Baltimore to Chicago's Marigold Arena, Benito took on greats like Roy McClarity and Desplaines Illinois own NWA Champion Walter Palmer!
Some call it a gimmick, but to the fans who were mainly immigrants Benito was a working mans hero!
We remember "Mr. Five by Five"!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

CAC Reunion Memories!

Promoter Bob Brooks sharing good times in Las Vegas with Professional Wrestling Stars Lord Zoltan and The BBM Ballistic Brent Myers!!
Lord Zoltan and myself have been friends for 25 years. He is a ring veteran, but beyond the ropes, he is a driving force for the hearing impaired.
Lord Zoltan sponsors huge events to raise funds and awareness of hearing loss and spends countless hours working to help those who are without sound.
The BBM of course travelling Coast to Coast taking on opponents and keeping his fans wanting more!
Future plans for Promoter Bob Brooks include returning to the radio airwaves to host Classic Professional Wrestling Radio where we remember the Ring Greats!