In 1970, Jim Crockett Promotions introduced the Eastern Heavyweight title to pro wrestling fans in the Carolinas and Virginia. Four years later they changed the name of the title to the Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight championship.
Within these pages you will find a complete history of that title, including a detailed account of every title change from the establishment of the championship until it was retired. Plus great photos of the legendary champions, some never published before.
The Mid-Atlantic area in the 1970s and 1980s was one of the top wrestling territories in the United States. Learn about the storied tradition of its championship and the legendary wrestlers who held it. Details on over 60 title changes across 16 years: the angles, the controversy, the complete story. Over 50 photo photographs and dozens of newspaper ads and posters.
Included is a breakdown of all four championship belts that represented the title, broken down into the five distinct periods the belts were worn, as well as the belt-makers that crafted them and what made them special.
Featuring the legendary champions: Danny Miller, Jerry Brisco, Rip Hawk, Ole Anderson, Johnny Valentine, Wahoo McDaniel, Ric Flair, Greg Valentine, Ken Patera, Tony Atlas, Jim Brunzell, Ray Stevens, Ricky Steamboat, Ivan Koloff, The Iron Sheik, Roddy Piper, Jack Brisco, Dory Funk, Jr., Paul Jones, Dick Slater, Ron Bass, Sam Houston, Ronnie Garvin, and many others!
The Mid-Atlantic Championship
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Fans of Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling (better known to some fans as Jim Crockett Promotions) know the promotion featured a galaxy of stars and started the careers of some of the biggest names in the business such as “Nature Boy” Ric Flair, Greg Valentine, and Ricky Steamboat while also featuring established superstars like Harley Race, Johnny Valentine, Wahoo McDaniel, and Jack Brisco.
Mid-Atlantic Wrestling saw these and other stars grapple for the promotion’s prestigious belts, one of them being the Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Championship. Now, fans can relive the title’s history and read about the individuals who held the belt.
Author Dick Bourne has produced a number of excellent books based on Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling and he continues his winning streak with this one, The Mid-Atlantic Championship.
This 164-page book is like stepping into a time machine and emerging back into the 1970’s and 1980’s when wrestlers fought tooth and nail over one of the region’s biggest belts. Packed with photographs, this book features great shots of the title, the wrestlers who wore the belt, and newspaper clips covering the matches as well as reproductions of different flyers promoting house shows. It also contains a complete list of champions, the belt’s origin (and predecessor), as well as descriptions of each title change.
Looking at the many men who held the championship, you can see how a territory was able to feature several titles without any of them being diluted. While there may be a thing as too many titles, Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling never had this problem.
In addition to the Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Championship, Jim Crockett Promotions featured a Television Title, the United States Heavyweight Championship (which made the belt-holder the number one contender for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship when the champion came to the area) as well as tag team gold in the form of the Mid-Atlantic Tag Team Championship and the NWA World Tag Team Championship. The promotion’s various bookers knew how to make these belts prestigious and help house show attendance by seeing the champions defend them.
The Mid-Atlantic Championship is a fun book and will bring back many memories if you grew up watching this era and introduce you to an exciting age if you didn’t. The Mid-Atlantic Championship book is so good you can hear the crowd cheering and smell the popcorn. This one is a terrific read for any wrestling fan or pop culture enthusiast.