Friday, June 21, 2019

Little Juicers or Geusers?

Myself and my best buddy Michelle. 1989.

     I tend to REALLY get into things.  I don't do things halfway.  Being a wrestling fan was one of those things.  My friends had to hear about wrestling all the time.  And of course, go to the Sports Arena with me.  There were plenty of Saturday Nights that I was at the arena alone.  But most of the time Michelle was with me.  We always had a great time.  My favorite was Steve Doll and her favorite was Scott Peterson. Perfect!  After Scott left town, her new favorite was Betelgeuse (Art Barr) and on a few occassions, we went dressed as Juicers (Geusers?) and danced our way around the ring with Art.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

More Articles from the Lane County Fair Grounds in the Early 80's. FRIDAY NIGHT!

Some more little articles from the Lane County Fairgrounds in the Early 80's.  
Some don't have dates. Check out You Tube for a bunch of fun videos from this time period.
I never got to see matches out at the Fairgrounds.  But, it seems like they had some great cards!


1981

5-11-1984








Sunday, February 10, 2019

Oregon Wrestling Federation 1988 - Billy Jack Haynes Promotion



     Just watching a great YouTube playlist of OWF.
     It was quite the controversy when Billy Jack Haynes decided to open his own wrestling promotion in Don Owens territory.  At one time, the US was split into wrestling territories and promoters, for the most part, respected someone else's territory.  Billy Jack decided, not just to run shows in the Portland area, but to run them on Saturday nights in Oregon City.  The two arenas were about 20 miles apart and would surely attract the same crowds.  I  always thought that it might have worked out a little better for Billy if he would have run his big show on Friday night instead.  Don Owens ran shows in Eugene on Fridays, which was about 90 miles away and mostly entertained a different crowd of people.  Billy Jack decided he wanted to go head to head with Don Owens and he really only lasted a couple of months before things started to go seriously downhill.
     I heard many stories of Billy not being able to pay the guys what he promised them.  We went to a few dark matches mid-week and there were very small crowds.  One night there were only 15 people.  They guys still put on a show, to their credit.
     He really did bring in some exciting wrestlers, and I remember the shows being a lot of fun.  We went most every Saturday Night that summer.  That first night, May 7, 1988, I had tonsil surgery the day before, but I had to be there.  My mom knew she couldn't argue with me about it.  I was a pretty good kid, but don't mess with my wrestling!

They made and passed these out during autograph sessions!


Some video games left over from when the arena was a skating rink.

JT Southern with my mom.

For the Love of Wrestling

A couple who just married are trying to go the Wrestlemania for their honeymoon.  The wife just found out that she has stage 4 cancer, which would make this a really special trip for them.  They are only trying to get $7,500 for the trip.  If you want to contribute, follow the link below.



Sunday, January 6, 2019

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