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"God Save the Queen cause This Bird Will Never Change"

 - Mike Calloway

Before getting into this month's column let me amend a fact from a previous article. I had mentioned that Ken Lucas was the only man to hold both the area's major championship's simultaneously, however that was not correct.  In fact, two other men accomplished this feat, Jos Leduc in the summer of 1982 and Jerry Stubbs during November of 1983 also share this honor of holding both the Alabama and Southeastern Title's at the same time.

With that piece of business out of the way it's on to this month's memories, and to a period in time that I like to refer to 'Bama wrestling as "CanadianCommonWealthSoutheastern Wrestling".

During the early part of 1982, the year I graduated from Dothan High incidentely, Southeastern was riding the waves of nationality as the theme of the booking was the "good ole boys of the South" vs. the Invaders from across the Border and also Overseas. This time though it wasn't the Russians that were hearing the boos of the fans throughout Alabama and Florida, it was all those badguys from the British CommonWealth. Of course there were also a couple of the Queen's men to help out the good ole boys.

In the U.S. Jr. Heavyweight division the steady holder of this belt was longtime favorite of the fans Englishman Tony Charles. Tony's main challenge though was not holding on to that title as much as it was chasing fellow countryman Les Thorton in many matches for Thorton's NWA World Jr. Heavyweight Championship. For anyone lucky enough to see either of these gentleman perform, just imagine how great it was to see multiple matches between these great workers for us fans in the area. If that wasn't enough, in what many would consider a surprise to learn, Charles would turn heel and begin a series of wonderful matches against another great mat worker, Canadian Scott McGhee. McGhee and Charles would swap the U.S. Jr. Title back and forth, and several times the fans in the Farm Center were treated to what is now known as the 3 - Way Dance as Thorton would be the third man competing in this feud.

The Southeastern Tag Titles can be summed up in three words. NEW ZEALAND SHEEPHERDERS!! Even now as I'm sitting in front of my PC some twenty years later writing this I can't help but shake my head and smile when thinking of the awesome heat and ire these two guys drew during their year long run in the area. No better script could have been written than having Jonathon Boyd & Luke Williams as two of the three lead "heels" in the Deep South, and these men played the part to perfection. When Boyd & Williams first entered Southeastern they came in under the watchful eye of Ox Baker.  More...

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