Paperback: 149 pages
Publisher: Crowbar Press
Programs: 26 b&w
Cover: Full color
Item #: 50-cap05
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Southeastern Championship Wrestling
Programs from the collection of Scott Teal
In 1976, I made my first, and only, trip to Knoxville for a wrestling card. In hindsight, I wish I had taken the oppportunity to visit the Knoxville Coliseum and Chilhowee Park many more times. My schedule, however, didn't lend itself to doing that because wrestling cards in K
noxville normally took place on Friday nights, the night I had to be in Huntsville, Alabama, one of the three towns in which I sold my SLAM-O-GRAM programs. Dick Steinborn, who was wrestling occasionally for the Nashville promoter, called one Thursday and told me he was going to wrestle in Knoxville on Sunday afternoon, Feb. 22. When he asked me if I'd like to ride over with him, I jumped at the opportunity. I had never seen any of the shows promoted by Ron Fuller, but I had heard so many great things about his style of promoting, not to mention the classic battles that took place there, that I just had to go.
What a great night it was. I knew all the wrestlers there since every one of them had wrestled in Nashville at one time or another, so it was like a family reunion, but I also got meet a few of the boys I didn't know — manager Homer O'Dell, Tony Peters, Buddy Fuller — and it also was the first time I met Fabulous Moolah, legendary "ladies champion of the world,” and her opponent, Joyce Grable.
What does this have to do with the arena programs in Knoxville? Nothing, but after that night, I always kept up with what was going on with wrestling in Knoxville, and when Dick Steinborn took over the program in K-Town, he always sent me a copy. In return, I sent him copies of my SLAM-O-GRAM programs. I don't know what happened to all the programs he sent, but the ones that remain in my collection are the focus of this book.
Original copies of the three program titles featured in this book and sold in Knoxville — "Ringside Reporter," "Southeastern Championship Wrestling," and "The Ringsider" — are extremely rare, and I have been unable to find any issues to fill the holes in my collection. Now, for the first time ever, the issues I have been able to find are being presented in their entirety. Every page has been brightened, sharpened, cleaned, and presented in a condition that looks better than the originals.