Special Feature: The Greatest United States Heavyweight Champion of All Time Tournament: Round One M
Copyright 2019 Michael W. Rickard II
Originally presented at Canadian Bulldog's World.
It’s time for part nine of round one of The Greatest U.S. Champion of All Time Tournament, originally presented at Canadian Bulldog’s World. In case you’re just tuning in, this tournament includes the 21 greats who held Jim Crockett Promotions’ United States Heavyweight Championship, one of the most prestigious titles in the National Wrestling Alliance. The belt served as a stepping stone to the NWA World Heavyweight Championship and became the focus of many top programs in JCP. The 21 different men who held the belt were either famous veterans or rising stars who eventually became legends. Which one of these stars is the greatest U.S. Champion of all time?
The first-round matches are being held at the historic Charlotte Coliseum (now known as the Bojangles Coliseum) in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Charlotte Coliseum opened in 1955 and could hold 10,000-14,000 people, depending on the event. Bob Caudle and David Crockett will be calling the action for this round’s matches.
In our last match, Greg “The Hammer” Valentine scored a count-out win over “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes. This round sees “The Hammer’s” dad, Johnny Valentine taking on U.S. Marine turned wrestler Sgt. Slaughter in a battle of two heels (or a “Battle of the Bullies” as Mid-Atlantic fans called it). Who will get the duke and advance to round two? Sit back and read the results. Keep in mind that the wrestlers working the matches are in the same physical condition they were when they held the U.S. Championship which means nearly every competitor is in their wrestling prime.
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