Charlotte Wrestling

Charlotte's Pro-Wrestling Roots

Jul 31, 2014

There was a time when professional wrestling was all the rage and its epicenter was Charlotte. This week, Charlotte is host to the Mid-Atlantic Wrestling Legends Fanfest, a chance for fans to reunite with some of their favorites in the sport - and because it's wrestling - some of their not-so-favorites. We meet a few professional wrestlers and a manager to talk about the sport then and now. 


  Stars of Charlotte’s wrestling past are back in town this weekend.  They have names like Tully Blanchard, Magnam TA, The Russian Bear Ivan Koloff. And then there’s Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson, better known as The Rock N Roll Express, and their arch rival, Jim Cornette and the Midnight Express.  They're here as well.

From late 50s through the 80s, Charlotte was huge in the world of professional wrestling when the sport was dominated by Charlotte’s Jim Crockett Promotions. That era will be celebrated at the Mid-Atlantic Legends Fanfest at the University Hilton.  You may remember Jim Cornette as the loud-mouthed, tennis racket-toting manager of the Midnight Express. He joined us to talk about wrestling in Charlotte.