Where Wrestling's Regional History Lives!
- Gary Lynch
For the next few months, I am going to look back at
the year 1977. In this installment I am going to write about two big angles
that happen in 1977. I am
going to start off, however, looking at the first big wrestling show of
the year. This show was
very important to me as it was the first major show I ever attended at
On January 1st, 1977, Georgia Championship
Wrestling held the first big show of the year at The Omni. The
show was promoted for weeks and was a complete sellout. The show consist
of ten matches and the results were as followed:
Ricky Steamboat defeated Bill Howard
Thunderbolt Patterson defeated The Sheik by
countout. The Sheik scared
me. I remember whenever The
Sheik was coming to town, the promotion always showed the same match out
of Detroit where The Sheik absolutely destroyed Sailor Art Thomas.
He threw a fireball at Thomas to end the match and I was so
scared he would throw one at Thunderbolt.
Hey, I was 12 years old at the time.
Dusty Rhodes lost by disqualification to Dick Slater.
Mighty Igor defeated Abdullah the Butcher by
disqualification. Abdullah the Butcher was managed by J.J. Dillon.
The Stomper, also managed by Dillon, interfered in the match.
As Abdullah held Igor, The Stomper went to kick him, miss and hit
Abdullah instead. This was
the beginning of a buildup for a feud between Abdullah and The Stomper.
World Tag Team Championship: Ole and Gene Anderson defeated Mr. Wrestling 1&2. Ole and Gene actually had already lost belts to Ric Flair and Greg Valentine in December in The Mid-Atlantic area. After this match was over, Dick Slater jumped in the ring and begin to choke Mr. Wrestling 2 with the Georgia title belt as Ole and Gene Anderson held Mr. Wrestling back. Suddenly I started hearing cheers from the back of the building. The cheers grew louder and the next thing I know, Thunderbolt Patterson had jumped in the ring and clean house on Slater and The Andersons. The whole place just erupted into cheers. Out of all the wrestling events I have attended this was the show that I remember and enjoyed the most.More...