Where Wrestling's Regional History Lives!
- Max Levy
were the biggest stars in Mid-South History? Junkyard Dog, Ted DiBiase,
Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Butch Reed, and the owner of Mid-South Wrestling,
Cowboy Bill Watts all come to mind immediately and rightfully so. These
great personalities headlined some of the most memorable events in
Mid-South Wrestling history. Cowboy Bill Watts owned and guided the
promotion. He masterfully turned Mid-South Wrestling into one of the
most exciting organizations of all time. But professional wrestling is
about much more than main events and promoters. Wrestling cards last
anywhere from six to nine matches. The wrestlers who make up the under
card or whose stints in the main events are more fleeting mean just as
much as the long term top stars. Letís take a look at some of these
unsung heroes. This is by no means a complete list, but it does show a
nice sampling of some of the unsung heroes of Mid-South Wrestling.
Rogers and Bobby Fulton formed one of professional wrestling's more
unappreciated and underrated tag teams. Both men had wrestled for a few
years prior to teaming up in 1984. When they hooked up, magic followed.
Rogers and Fulton combined scientific talent, speed, and aerial ability
with great teamwork and an infectious enthusiasm for wrestling that fans
could not help but appreciate. Following the Rock Ďní Roll Express
as the top team in the fansí hearts was not easy, but The Fantastics
excelled under those circumstances and established a great reputation
and fan base of their own. Mid-South Wrestling saw the birth of the
exciting Fantastics vs. Midnight Express feud of 1984. Unfortunately for
Rogers and Fulton many remember them getting nailed by some very
stiff chair shots courtesy of Bobby Eaton above all else. Still, The
Fantastics earned their revenge in the ring soon afterwards. The Fantastics feuded with the veteran team of Bill Dundee
and Dutch Mantel in 1985. They had a memorable match that summer at the
Superdome in New Orleans with The Fantastics coming out on top.
Comparisons to The Rock Ďní Roll Express and The Fabulous Ones
were inevitable, but Tommy Rogers and Bobby Fulton definitely
deserve to be mentioned with such esteemed company. They made their
With his black tights and silver mask, The Grappler was one of the unmistakable figures of Mid-South during the period of 1981 and 1982. The Grappler worked an old school heel formula of foreign objects and dirty tricks. In particular, The Grappler used a tremendously effective loaded boot.More...