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Baron Von Raschke Confirms Charlotte Fanfest Appearance!
Baron Von Raschke was a goose-stepping, monocle-wearing Teutonic terror who played on the fears of Americans whose memories of the war and Nazi tyranny were not yet that distant.
In professional wrestling, perception is reality. But things don't always appear as they seem.
German heel Von Raschke was actually a shy but affable athlete by the name of Jim Raschke. His hometown was Omaha, a far stretch from his storyline birthplace of Berlin.
A high school wrestling standout and state champion in 1958, Raschke attended the University of Nebraska where he was a two-time All-American and Big Eight wrestling champ his senior year. He served his country - in the U.S. Army - and represented his homeland on the U.S. World Team in 1963 when he became the second American ever to win a medal in Greco-Roman wrestling by capturing the bronze at the World Games in Halsingborg, Sweden.
Raschke was named to the 1964 Olympic Games, but an injury prior to the event left him unable to compete.
Finding himself on pro wrestling's doorsteps in the 1960s, the former middle school teacher became one of the sport's greatest villains, as well as one of the most accomplished amateur wrestlers to ever transition to the squared circle.
Baron Von Raschke was his famously outrageous alter ego, and it was a character he performed to perfection. Scowling constantly and threatening opponents with his feared claw hold, The Baron terrorized foes and fans alike throughout the country.
He also would become one of the Mid-Atlantic territory's most memorable wrestling characters. The mild-mannered Raschke, now 72, will return to his old stomping grounds as a featured guest during the Mid-Atlantic Wrestling Legends Fanfest August 1-4 in Charlotte.
Raschke, who has appeared at previous Fanfests, says the event is one of his favorites. "I have a great time at Fanfest. I get to see a lot of friends there that I haven't seen for quite a few years," says the Hall of Famer. "It's a great reunion. I also enjoy seeing a lot of great fans. They are always so nice when talking about how they loved the wrestling in this area. The whole atmosphere gives you a big, warm, fuzzy feeling."
Saturday Night, Sunday Afternoon Main Events Announced: Battle Of Impact Wrestling's Big Men Pits Gunner vs. DOC, Elgin, Richards Battle In ROH Match-of-the-Year Rematch!
Main events for our Saturday night and Sunday afternoon wrestling cards have just been announced for this year's Mid-Atlantic Wrestling Legends Fanfest Weekend in Charlotte. And they're huge!
More than 600 pounds of muscle and braun collide on Saturday night as the stars of Impact Wrestling are featured in the main event. North Carolina native and currently one-half of the TNA World Tag Team champions Gunner will battle the Aces and Eights "Director of Chaos" DOC!
Ring of Honor Wrestling's 2012 "Match of the Year" rematch highlights our Sunday afternoon card.
It was truly an epic battle when Canadian Michael Elgin, for the first time, challenged then-ROH World champion Davey Richards during the 2012 Wrestlemania weekend "Showdown In The Sun" in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The 24-year-old Elgin narrowly missed capturing championship gold on his first shot. It was a fight that Richards himself will tell you was one of the toughest of his wrestling career and one in which Elgin truly earned the respect of "The American Wolf."
The two will meet again in Charlotte, and on the line: pride, honor and respect!
This year's fanfest weekend features two live wrestling cards, Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.
Our VIP "All Access" Pass includes a reserved Ringside seat for both events and early entrance, prior to non-VIPs.
General admission seating to each day's matches are included in the fanfest's Single-Day tickets. For 19 bucks a day, either day, enjoy all of the non-VIP daytime fanfest activities as well as that day's live wrestling matches.
First Mid-Atlantic Television Champion Danny Miller Returns!
Danny Miller might have never left his hometown of Fremont, Ohio, had it not been for his big brother.
The younger brother of Dr. Big Bill Miller, a collegiate and professional Hall of Fame grappler, Danny made the decision to turn pro in 1955. And he's never looked back. "I might have been walking behind a plow somewhere had I not got into wrestling," the jovial Miller laughs.
Miller recently marked his 81st birthday, but the memories of his days in the wrestling business are never far away.
For his achievements in the wrestling business, specifically his contributions in the Crockett territory during the '70s and '80s, Miller will be inducted into the Class of 2013 Hall of Heroes at the Mid-Atlantic Wrestling Legends Fanfest Weekend August 1-4 in Charlotte. "It's a wonderful honor," says Miller. "I really look forward to seeing my old friends and fans. It's going to be pretty exciting."
Former Mid-Atlantic Champ, "World's Strongest Man" Returns!
Decades before Mark Henry claimed the title of the "world’s strongest man," there was Ken Patera.
A world-class weightlifter before breaking into the wrestling business, Patera was the first American to clean and jerk 500 pounds over his head. He won a gold medal in the 1971 Pan American Games and competed in the 1972 Summer Olympic Games in Munich, Germany.
Patera, who will be a featured guest at the Mid-Atlantic Wrestling Legends Fanfest August 1-4 in Charlotte, has loads of memories to share of his time working in the Carolinas during the ‘70s. Some of his best memories, though, are the ones he has of rooming with a future world champion before either got into the mat game.
"It was total insanity. That was the original Animal House," Patera says of his roommate days with Ric Flair during the early ‘70s in southern Minnesota. "It wasn’t exactly cupcakes and licorice."
The two met while working at a Minneapolis dinner club. "I worked the back door, which was the Red Dog Saloon," says Patera. "That was the working man’s bar where everyone came in with (stuff) on their shoes, and their only purpose was to get drunk and get in a fight. Ric worked the front door, where most people came in wearing suits and ties and evening gowns." The club was a virtual gold mine, attracting several thousand patrons a day, says Patera.
Treat Yourself To A 4-Day VIP Weekend In Charlotte!
Legendary wrestling manager Jim Cornette invites you to oldschool wrestling's biggest weekend!
Treat yourself to a VIP experience this summer when the Mid-Atlantic Wrestling Legends Fanfest returns to Charlotte, North Carolina August 1-4 at the Hilton University Place hotel.
Four huge days, dozens of wrestling heroes and villains from your childhood, and hundreds of fellow wrestling fans from all over the world will converge on the Queen City, celebrating the history and rich tradition of oldschool wrestling in the Carolinas.
The Mid-Atlantic Wrestling Legends Fanfest Weekend is like heaven for any fan of wrestling the way it used to be. You'll get to meet, up close and personal, your favorite TV wrestling legends from the '60s, '70s and '80s. Re-live the good ol' days!
There will be autograph signings, opportunities to have your photo taken with your heroes, question-and-answer sessions and much more. There will be live wrestling matches everyday, and all kinds of memorabilia and wrestling merchandise will be on display and available for purchase.
This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to rub elbows with your heroes, and reminisce about wrestling's glory days. Don't miss it!
Barry, Kendell Windham Bring Mulligan Family Tradition To This Summer's Mid-Atlantic Reunion In Charlotte!
Barry Windham knew when he first set foot in a pro wrestling ring that he had some mighty big shoes to fill.
After all, his dad, Blackjack Mulligan, was not only a larger-than-life character in the wrestling business, but also was one of the largest men in the business in stature.
At six-foot-nine and well over 300 pounds, Mulligan cast an imposing shadow as he went head-to-head with other giants of the day, such as Andre The Giant, Big John Studd and The Super Destroyer (Don Jardine).
Mulligan, also known as Bobby Jack Windham, traveled the roads with some of the greatest characters in the wrestling business. The pride of Sweetwater, Texas, was, indeed, one of pro wrestling's true originals.
Windham, though, would accomplish things that his famous father never did, including winning the NWA world heavyweight title in 1993 in Asheville, North Carolina.
Barry, along with younger brother Kendell Windham, will return to his old stomping grounds on August 1-4 in Charlotte as featured guests at the Mid-Atlantic Wrestling Legends Fanfest.
Blackjack Mulligan had hoped to attend this year's event, but will be unable to due to health issues. Son Barry was here to accept his dad's award for induction into the 2009 Hall of Heroes class.
Wrestling Legends Offer Rare 4-Day Training Opportunity, $2,500 Reid Fliehr Memorial Scholarship To Best-Of-Camp!
Another exciting addition to this year's fanfest activities is Dr. Tom Prichard's Future Wrestling Legends Training Camp, a four-day talent search for two dozen of the world's top young male and female wrestling hopefuls.
Prichard, a 30-year mat veteran and, since 1996, one of the most respected trainers in wrestling, will be joined by a bevy of legendary guest coaches including Tully Blanchard, Les Thatcher, Jerry Brisco and Leilani Kai.
This is a very rare multi-day opportunity, providing more than 30 hours of in-ring training and locker room study. The benefit for the young wrestlers is almost 'once-in-a-lifetime.' It's a very rare opportunity to train with and have unprecedented access to so many wrestling legends at once and over multiple days.
The young man or woman voted best-of-camp by the coaches and fans in attendance will be awarded the Reid Fliehr Memorial Scholarship, $2,500 towards future training opportunities, in honor of the 25-year-old Fliehr who passed away unexpectedly in March.
Though the training camp is intended for experienced young wrestlers and referees, beginners and those with aspirations of possibly becoming a wrestler will have a chance to observe, as well.
There will be an hour each day when we open up the training camp to our fanfest VIPs for live exhibition matches, witnessing first-hand these young men and women chasing their dreams. But not only that, our fanfest VIPs will also play a part in the selection process, voting each day to see which talents may be selected to participate in the live wrestling cards on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.
Are you a future wrestling legend? If that's your goal, don't miss this opportunity of a lifetime!
"Mid-Atlantic Memories" Documentary Needs Your Support!
"We need your help, and we need to get you involved." Those words, spoken by the legendary "Voice of Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling" Bob Caudle, are sincere.
A ground-breaking movie project looking at wrestling in the Carolinas during the '60s, '70s and '80s is "Mid-Atlantic Memories." Wrestling the way it used to be, as told by the promoters, the wrestlers and the fans -- the folks that lived it, and the folks that LOVED IT!
Please take a moment to watch the videos on this page from Bob Caudle and Les Thatcher, as both explain the concept. Also, please take a moment and click here to read Mike Mooneyham's column about the project.
Producer John Andosca's feature-length documentary is a monumental project, and we need your financial support. Money that will help insure that we're able to include everyone -- promoter, wrestler and fan -- that would like to participate and share their "Mid-Atlantic Memories."
We have chosen to bypass the increasingly popular "Kickstarter" method of raising funds, simply to eliminate the middleman. We want to insure you that every dollar you contribute goes directly to the project, not siphoned off for processing fees, etc. That's why we've chosen this method for our fundraising campagn.
Please take a look at the different levels of participation below, and all of the "perks" that are being offered with each.
Thanks very much, in advance, for your support and your financial assistance!
Rock-n-Roll Express, Midnight Express, and Jim Cornette: 30 Years Of Greatness To Be Honored At Charlotte Fanfest!
It's been 30 years since two of the greatest teams in the history of professional wrestling first embarked on a journey that would be fondly remembered three decades later by a generation of fans.
Those two teams will be honored at the Mid-Atlantic Wrestling Legends Fanfest in Charlotte.
The Rock-n-Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson) and The Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton, Dennis Condrey and Stan Lane), along with manager Jim Cornette, will be inducted into the Hall of Heroes on Friday night, August 2.
Lane, who took Condrey's place in the Midnight Express for a four-year-period, will be unable to attend due to a prior commitment.
In addition to signing autographs and posing for photos with fans, all five will be taking part in the planned "Mid-Atlantic Memories" documentary project, and Cornette also will be hosting a late-night Q&A session titled "Jim Cornette: Unplugged and Uncensored."
And you can bet your bottom dollar that Cornette will be wielding his signature "Louisville Slugger" tennis racket. It's the same racket that the outspoken manager used to swat Morton and Gibson with more times than he can remember. Cornette figures the two teams locked horns on several hundred occasions, and that's probably the number of times he whacked his team's archrivals over their heads. "I don't know that there might have been a match where I didn't slap one of them with the racket," he laughs.
The opinionated but entertaining Cornette, who has taken time off from the wrestling business since last November, will be making his only wrestling-related appearance of the year at Fanfest. He says he'll give an amusing account of when "I finally realized I needed to get away from the wrestling business for my own health and sanity."
It promises to be an event that very well could be remembered for another 30 years. "I'm really looking forward to this. Being inducted is a great honor," says Gibson. "It's a chance for us to give back to the fans. We've always put the fans No. 1. It's good to come back and see old friends where grudges are forgotten."
"I love the fans," says Morton. "That's what I like so much about Fanfest. People come from all over ... even different countries. It's a great event."
"I Quit Match" Rivals Tully Blanchard, Magnum T.A. To Reunite!
There are pro wrestling feuds. And then there's Tully Blanchard vs. Magnum T.A. Their series of matches rank among the bloodiest and most intense programs of all time and set a new standard for brutality in the rough-and-tumble Mid-Atlantic territory in 1985.
The two will come together once again, smack dab in the heart of Crockett territory, during the Mid-Atlantic Wrestling Legends Fanfest August 1-4 in Charlotte. This time, however, they will return as special guests for an opening night Q&A session that will help kick off the annual event. Magnum also will be inducted into the Hall of Heroes the following evening.
Former ECW World champion Raven will be making a special appearance at this year's Mid-Atlantic Wrestling Legends Fanfest in Charlotte. And he won't be alone.
Raven will be making a rare appearance alongside former flock members Lodi, Sick Boy and Riggs, courtesy of vendor ECWLegends.com
Raven and his flock members will be signing autographs and taking photos with fans, including a special "Flock Reunion" photo op, from 2-5 p.m. Saturday, August 3.
Advertise In Our Full-Color Fanfest Souvenir Program!
Our fanfest souvenir programs have received rave reviews the past few years! 24-28 full-color pages with nice photos of each of our guests and plenty of room for autographs.
Each fanfest program will be numbered, and we will have hourly prize drawings throughout each day, using the lucky numbers from the programs to determine the winners of some really cool prizes and wrestling memorabilia.
Our programs from previous years have received high marks for the excellent quality. They've become keepsakes and collector's items, especially those that are now chocked full of autographs!
Again this year, we are offering a limited amount of advertising space in our souvenir programs, on a first-come, first-served basis. Your full-color advertising will be seen multiple times for many years to come. If you have a service or product used by wrestling fans of all ages, this is a great way to spread your message to hundreds of loyal enthusiasts.
The Hilton University Place is the host hotel for this summer's Mid-Atlantic Wrestling Legends Fanfest Weekend. The hotel is offering a discounted $95 group rate for those that book early.
Keep in mind, we have a limited number of rooms at this discounted rate, so please make your room reservations as soon as you're certain of your travel plans. The discounted $95 group rate will expire on July 22, 2013 or whenever we fill our block of rooms, whichever comes first.
Remember, Charlotte is the heart of stock car country. The NASCAR Hall of Fame, Charlotte Motor Speedway and dozens of NASCAR race shops are nearby. Charlotte's also home to Paramount's Carowinds, the Carolinas' premier theme park and family entertainment destination, including Boomerang Bay (a 20-acre splash-tacular, sun lover’s paradise consisting of a 34,000 square foot wave pool, 1,000 foot long lazy river, 11 exhilarating water slides and three interactive family activity areas,) and WindSeeker, sending riders soaring 301 feet above the park at over 30 miles per hour and providing dramatic views of the greater Charlotte region.
Why not make your trip to Charlotte your summer vacation and take in a little bit of everything while you're here?
Get $20 When You Fly To Fanfest on Delta Airlines!
For those of you flying to/from Charlotte for fanfest on Delta, Air France, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines or Alitalia, we'll give you a $20 credit voucher that you may use for free fanfest merchandise while you're here!
It's very simple! When you book your flight reservations online, make sure to enter our SkyBonus program code: US331078683 and it's as easy as that! If you make your reservations by phone or travel agent, you must make sure they have the same SkyBonus program code in your reservation in order for you to receive the $20 fanfest credit voucher.