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July 11, 2013
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Mid-Atlantic Memories

Mid-Atlantic Wrestling Legends Fanfest
August 1-4, 2013
Charlotte, North Carolina

Old-school Tough Guy Ole Anderson Returns!
Ole Anderson
Ole Anderson

 

Watching the "Minnesota Wrecking Crew" work in a ring was like staring at the face of professional wrestling. From their rugged looks and their machine-like precision to their ability to stir crowds into a frenzy, Gene and Ole Anderson were the proverbial "well-oiled team" by which future mat combinations would be judged.

Few will argue the fact that the Anderson Brothers helped define the art of tag-team wrestling during the '60s and '70s. Working over one part of the body, tagging in and out, and the blocking technique were all Anderson trademarks. Their timing and ring psychology were impeccable. And their "working" ability, according to many of their respected peers, was beyond reproach.

Without a doubt, the most outspoken of the group, which included "brother" Lars in the mid-'60s, was Ole Anderson. One of the last true, old-school tough guys, Ole will tell you that he was never out to win any popularity contests. He was opinionated, abrasive and contentious. And those, he might suggest, were his good qualities.

But he was a survivor - as a wrestler, booker and promoter. In what was often a cutthroat business, one had to have a very strong constitution to survive in the industry. Not only did Anderson survive, he was a major power broker who successfully wore many hats during a 30-year career in the business. And most of those years were spent in the Mid-Atlantic territory where the Anderson Brothers became a household name.

In recent years Anderson has battled multiple sclerosis. But his presence at the annual Mid-Atlantic Wrestling Legends Fanfest has become a highlight for many fans who travel from all corners of the globe to listen to the inimitable Ole wax nostalgic. Ole will make another appearance at next month's fanfest weekend August 1-4 in Charlotte. 

 
 
 

 

Sinister Minister Sings Karaoke In Charlotte Next Month!
Sinister Minister Sings Karaoke In Charlotte Next Month!
 

From WCW to ECW to TNA, James Mitchell has been almost everywhere and done almost everything. The Columbia native returns to the Carolinas this summer to host "Legends Karaoke & More," a late-night Saturday night funfest at fanfest!


The former "Sinister Minister" in the original ECW is an entertaining host, a music aficionado, and will add an exciting new element to our yearly gatherings.

Mitchell, who debuted in World Championship Wrestling in the late-1990's, managing Mortis (the late Chris Kanyon,) and more recently, as Father James Mitchell, managed Raven and Abyss in TNA, will be signing autographs and posing for photos with fans on Saturday afternoon, August 3. 


Get Your Photo Taken With Your Wrestling Heroes!
Next month's Mid-Atlantic Wrestling Legends Fanfest provides you a rare chance to have your photo taken with your favorite wrestling legends, as well as the wrestlers taking part in the live wrestling matches in Charlotte!

We'll take your photo using state-of-the-art digital equipment using the very best Hewlett-Packard papers and ink and, by the end of the day in most cases, return to you a beautiful full-color 8" x 10" photo that you'll be able to keep and treasure for a lifetime.

Check NWALegends.com  for a complete listing of Photo Ops available. Two deeply-discounted "Photo Op Combos" are also available and on sale now.
Legendary Lady Champions Featured In Charlotte!
Leilani Kai
Leilani Kai

 

Leilani Kai and Susan Green share a unique distinction. They're both "Moolah's Girls." It's a name given to the hundreds of lady grapplers who were trained by the late WWE Hall of Famer, The Fabulous Moolah, at her legendary wrestling school in Columbia, South Carolina.


These two, however, share another distinction. They're both former women's world champions, and they'll be appearing as special guests at the Mid-Atlantic Wrestling Legends Fanfest in Charlotte August 1-4. Kai, who defeated Wendi Richter for the WWE women's crown in 1985, also will serve as a trainer at the Future Wrestling Legends Training Camp, a four-day talent search for two dozen of the top young male and female wrestling hopefuls.

Kai is excited about the opportunity to work with new talent. "I always look forward to Fanfest," she says. "And I'm really looking forward to working with those attending the camp." 

 
 
Legendary Memphis Promoter To Honor Proteges!
Jerry Jarrett
Jerry Jarrett

Legendary Tennessee wrestling promoter Jerry Jarrett returns to Charlotte next month to induct the Rock-n-Roll ExpressMidnight Express and Jim Cornette into the Hall of Heroes.

The former wrestler-turned-promoter ran the Memphis territory when Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson were paired together and formed one of the most popular tag teams in the history of wrestling. He also made Cornette a manager a while after his mother, Christine Jarrett, had started him in wrestling as a photographer and ring announcer.

"Jerry Jarrett opened wrestling in Louisville," said Cornette. "In doing so, he was directly responsible for me becoming a fan, even before I ever dreamed of being in the wrestling business. He is a booking legend. We all spent years learning the business in his company."

The sixth-annual Hall of Heroes dinner and awards ceremony takes place Friday night, August 2 at the Mid-Atlantic Wrestling Legends Fanfest Weekend in Charlotte.

Others to be honored for their lifetime accomplishments include Magnum T.A.Les ThatcherDanny Miller and Lars Anderson.

The awards ceremony follows a wonderful dinner buffet that begins at 6 p.m. Many of the honorees, presenters, and featured guests from the weekend will be on hand to share in this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

This event has sold out each of the previous four years. Very few seats remain for this year's dinner and awards ceremony, so get your tickets now if you want to be part of this memorable evening.

 

2013 Hall of Heroes
Wrestling Legends Offer Rare Training Opportunity,
$2,500 Reid Fliehr Memorial Scholarship Awarded!
Dr. Tom Prichard
Dr. Tom Prichard

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 BlanchardLes ThatcherJerry 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.

 

Reid Fliehr
Reid Fliehr

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!

 

Tickets On Sale Now For 2014, Our Final Fanfest!
Next year's Mid-Atlantic Wrestling Legends Fanfest Weekend, our 12th reunion and the tenth anniversary of our first fanfest back in 2004, will also be our last.

Our fanfests have been so much fun and we've met so many wonderful people from all over the world. We can't thank you enough for your years of support. The premiere of our "Mid-Atlantic Memories" film next year will be a great way to leave things.

VIP "All Access" Passes and Hall of Heroes tickets for next year's fanfest are on sale now at NWALegends.com.

The final fanfest weekend will be Thursday through Sunday, July 31 through August 3, 2014 in Charlotte.
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Book Your Hotel Rooms Now!
Hilton University Place Hotel
The Hilton University Place is the host hotel for next month'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 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?
 
Visit NWALegends.com today to book your hotel rooms for this year's fanfest weekend!

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