The annual ‘Springtime Bash’ Shawsville Fundraiser wrestling show may have taken place over a month ago, but when I drove past Shawsville Middle School just the other day, I could still hear the echo of the roaring crowd reverberating into wrestling history! BWC Hall of Famer The Hangman Bruce Pobanz recently sent me some wonderful pictures he took both at the show that night & at BWC the next day for the big Q&A session w/Boogie & Ivan. I’ve posted some of them below for your enjoyment.
“I love six…
I had six old ladies! I had six tacos for breakfast this morning! Six tacos for breakfast! I got six Cadillacs! I got six Doberman Pinchers! I love six!” –Jimmy Valiant
& now Jimmy Valiant has one more six to love, because as of May 1st, 2010, he has now wrestled in six consecutive decades. He shares this personal record with his former enemy turned dear friend the Russian Bear Ivan Koloff. At the recent Springtime Bash in Shawsville, VA the two old school wrestling legends teamed up to teach a lesson to the new school team of Shawn Christian & Mean Donnie Green w/manager Bobby O’Neil. This year’s Bash was a great success as people came from all over to pack the Shawsville Middle School for the six main event caliber matches. I enjoyed every minute of every match & if I wasn’t on the edge of my seat it was because I was standing to cheer for my favorite wrestlers. But the highlight for me was certainly the historic debut of the Valiant/Koloff tag team. Led by their manager Colonel Howard, Boogie danced his way up the aisle as Ivan menacingly stalked to the ring as if he were ready to tear his opponents apart. Sure enough, it wasn’t long into the match before Koloff was attempting to separate Donnie Green’s arm from the rest of his body. The big Russian wrestling machine even took on both of his opponents at once in order to thwart a devious double team attempt. I certainly gained a new respect for Ivan Koloff that night. Valiant took care of business in the ring by combining his quickness, his vast wrestling knowledge, his brawling ability & his trademark mind games to frustrate & dominate his enemies. When Boogie slapped the sleeper on Christian & Ivan clamped Green in the same hold I thought it was going to be Good Night Irene for the new school & this great match. But the two young wrestling stars proved that they are in fact a team to be reckoned with as they fought back & temporarily gained the momentum. Boogie set up the beginning of the end by dodging a devastating Shawn Christian super kick which instead toppled Mean Donnie. What happened next was the stuff of wrestling legend & will certainly be talked about for decades to come. Ivan Koloff leveled Green with his classic Russian Sickle & at the same time Boogie nailed Christian with a move right off of current wrestling television. I’m not sure what Jimmy calls his version of the finisher. It could be the Boogie Man Jam or perhaps the BWCKO. I’ve even heard it referred to as the Boogie Cutter. Whatever it’s called it was highly effective & both Boogie & Ivan covered their opponents for the three count victory which brought the crowd to its feet. On a personal note it was an extra special night for me because I was able to share it with my precious wife & son. My son Douglas has been to camp several times, but this was his first official wrestling show. I’m so glad I was able to share it with him. You can even see a picture of my family along with several awesome pictures & a nice write up about the Shawsville show in the NRV Current section of a recent issue of the Roanoke Times. Here is a link to the online version. I am the one w/the mask. Congrats to Boogie & Ivan on wrestling in six consecutive decades. & congrats to the entire BWC family & the community of Shawsville for putting on an awesome night of top notch wrestling action that will never be forgotten.
There have been countless title belts in countless wrestling companies, but the one that is closest to my heart is the NWA TV Title. This is mostly due to the fact that I myself am a former NWA TV Champion. In fact, I’ve held the belt on more than one occasion. Now, if you check the history of that particular championship, you won’t find my name listed anywhere. But that doesn’t make my runs w/the belt any less significant. I admit, my claim to the TV title doesn’t come from a pinfall victory over any of the legends like Mosca, Valentine or Steamboat who have all proudly defended the TV strap in the past. It comes instead through the generosity of none other than the Boogie Woogie Man, Jimmy Valiant. When Boogie finally defeated Ivan Koloff for the TV Title, he made sure to point out in interviews that the belt didn’t belong to him alone. It belonged to all of his people. All of his brothers & sisters. & from the very moment I first saw Jimmy Valiant on TV, I was instantly one of his loyal street people & forever one of his many brothers. & he rewarded each of us with a little piece of the NWA TV Title Belt. & Boogie is still giving & sharing to this day. He shares his vast wrestling knowledge w/his students at BWC. He shares his camp & Hall of Fame Museum w/wrestling fans every Sunday from Noon to 4pm. & the annual “Springtime Bash” Fundraiser wrestling show at Shawsville Middle School is just one of the many ways that he gives back to the Shawsville community. This May 1st, in Shawsville, VA, at the big Fundraiser show, he will share the ring w/his former enemy turned friend and soon to be first time ever tag partner, Ivan Koloff. Both men are wrestling legends & both men are former NWA Television Champions. Just like me.
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