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Both Mr. Wrestling 2 and Dick Slater would be
involved in big angles in 1977.
The first involved Mr. Wrestling 2 and Pak Song.
Around August it was announce that Mr. Wrestling 2 would
represent The United States on an upcoming tour of Australia and New
Zealand. This was built up
for weeks on television. On
the Saturday morning television taping, the day before Mr. Wrestling 2
was supposed to leave on the tour, all the babyfaces came out one by one
to congratulated him. Richard
Blood present him a picture he had drawn of the mask man. After all the babyfaces left, Rock Hunter and Pak Song came
out and Hunter began to taunt Mr. Wrestling 2.
Hunter grabbed the painting and smashed it against the
turnbuckle. As Mr.
Wrestling 2 went to stop him, Pak Song karate chop him on the back of
the neck twice. Mr. Wrestling 2 went down and didn't move.
Gordon Solie screamed "Go to Commercial!"
When the show aired that night, Gordon explained that the
television taping was stopped for almost 20 minutes as paramedics were
called to take Mr. Wrestling 2 to the hospital.
For the next several weeks, he was in the hospital.
It was explained to the fans that in the early 70's, Mr.
Wrestling 2 neck was injured by Toru Tanaka and has never healed
properly. There was some
questions if Mr. Wrestling 2 could return.
Rock Hunter and Pak Song became the two most hated men in
Georgia. Song was racking
up win after win, included a 2 miniature victory over Jack Brisco at the
Omni with Rock Hunter's help. Mr.
Wrestling 2 did an interview where he stated he would be back and he was
coming for Song. The match
was built up great on television. Was
Mr. Wrestling 2 really to come back?
Was he 100%? How was
his neck? Will Pak Song finish the job and put Mr. Wrestling 2 out of
wrestling? The match was
October 14th at The Omni. This
was the match everyone came to see.
Mr. Wrestling 2 came out and the place erupted in cheers.
This was indeed the most loved wrestler in Georgia.
Mr. Wrestling 2 just beat the whole heck out of Pak Song that
night. Unfortunate, he let
his emotions get the best of him and he was disqualify in the match.
However in towns all throughout Georgia, Mr. Wrestling 2 faced
Pak Song and got his revenge over and over again.
Pak Song and Rock Hunter learned that they mess with the wrong
The second big angle of the year involved Dick
Slater, The Andersons and Dusty Rhodes.
Dick Slater was The Georgia Champion and Ole and Gene Anderson
were The World Tag Team Champions. All three were hated by the fans. For months, Ole and Gene Anderson had been in a feud with
Dusty Rhodes, Thunderbolt Patterson and Bill Watts.
One night, I believe it was in August, The Andersons were
schedule to defend the titles against Bill Watts and Dusty Rhodes at The
Atlanta City Auditorium. Just
before the match, Dusty came out and told everyone that Watts wasn't
able to make the show and that he needed a partner to take on The
Andersons. The babyfaces all came out to the ring. Rhodes looked around. Suddenly
he saw someone standing in the aisle. He grabbed the microphone and yelled, "I pick Dick
Slater!" It was Slater
standing in the aisle. The
crowd was stunned, as a hush settle on the crowd.
The Andersons were shocked.
Many of the babyface wrestlers protest his decision.
However Rhodes stood firm and told all of the babyfaces to leave.
Slater climbed into the ring and got in the corner.
Both men eyeing each other.
The Andersons seeing that Rhodes and Slater didn't trust each
other, got their confidences back. Rhodes started the match, keeping an eye on both corners.
Rhodes took on both Andersons.
Soon The Andersons started to control the match, as Rhodes was
busted opening. Rhodes
finally got an opening and was able to crawl to his corner.
The fans held their breath as Rhodes held his hand out for a tag.
Slater looked at Rhodes and then at the Andersons.
Slater took the tag, jumped into the ring and then open a can on
both Ole and Gene. At this
point every fans in the building were standing going nuts.
Rhodes and Slater got a three count and won the match.
Since Slater was a replacement for
Bill Watts, the match was declared a non-title match.
However that night Dick Slater went from being one of the most
hated wrestler in Georgia, to one of the most popular.
Slater and Rhodes would later win The World Tag Team
Championship. They held it for a few weeks before losing it back to Ole and
Gene. Slater would remain
The Georgia Champion until December, 1977 when he lost the title to Stan
I will take a look at Tony Atlas who had a great year in 1977. Tony arrived in Georgia in 1976 as The Black Atlas. His career really took off in 1977 with matches against Abdullah the Butcher, Pak Song, United States Champion Ric Flair and forming a tag team with Tommy Rich. Until next month, thanks for reading.
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