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Who 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.

The Fantastics:

Tommy 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 mark.

The Grappler:

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...

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