Check out all of the wonderful nostalgia on, Graphic by Mike Cline / Mid-Atlantic Grapplin' Greats, The Domed Globe: The NWA Championship from 1973-1986. The duo reached the finals of a tournament to crown new NWA Texas Tag Team Champions but lost to Rito Romero and Miguel Guzmán. The team had its origins in 1961 in the Georgia territory, when Hamilton, a five-year veteran, first began competing in Atlanta as the Assassin. John Tolos and Chris Tolos. Many of the adult fans (and wrestlers) of that era have passed away. Al Lovelock was an American professional wrestler best known by the ring name The Great Bolo. They returned to Georgia in 1968 and competed in that state primarily until 1974; they spent most of their time competing in Georgia Championship Wrestling during that period, but they also went to work for an independent group called the All-South Wrestling Alliance, with Hamiilton going solo in the beginning while Renesto worked behind the scenes, then facing off in opposite corners from each other, then reuniting as babyfaces before All-South closed in late 1974. Al Lovelock began wrestling in the late 1940s under his real name. Jim Ross stated that the Masked Assassins "were the greatest tag team that [he] ever saw. Renesto took the name "the Mighty Bolo" and the two became a tag team known as "the Bolos". Hercules Hernandez went on to fame under that name in World Class Championship Wrestling, Florida, the WWF and Japan, as the masked Mr. Wrestling III in Mid-South, and as the masked Super Invader in WCW. Hamilton reopened Deep South Wrestling in 2005 to serve as a developmental territory for World Wrestling Entertainment, but WWE severed its developmental deal with DSW on April 18, 2007, and Hamilton continued running the promotion on his own as an independent until he folded DSW shortly after its October 11, 2007 event. The Assassins were a masked professional wrestling tag team from the 1960s to the 1980s. In those days it was not uncommon for several people to use the same gimmick in various territories, often leading to confusing records on who wrestled where, Renesto worked as the Great Bolo in the Carolinas, mainly for Jim Crockett Promotions (JCP) while Lovelock worked all over the country. Bolo would beat Dory Funk himself for the Amarillo version of the NWA North American Heavyweight Championship on February 7, 1957. And even their cousin Ric Flair! I mean they had to chase me around the 'hawspital'... by Dick Bourne Mid-Atlantic Gateway It's hard to get my arms around the fact that it has been 35 years since Ric Flair won his first ... by Dick Bourne Mid-Atlantic Gateway "We will let the fans know what the disposition of this title will be very soon." On April 25, 2000, Renesto died at 72 years old. This announcement from the WWE Network was a nice early Christmas present for Mid-Atlantic Wrestling fans that have been wiaiting sin... by Dick Bourne Mid-Atlantic Gateway When Bruce Mitchell of recently tweeted that the WWE should consider bringing Tony Schiav... by Dick Bourne Mid-Atlantic Gateway On a recent episode of " The JJ Dillon Show " podcast (, JJ and co-host Rich B... Mike Cline publishes the excellent Mid-Atlantic Grapplin' Greats blog that regularly looks back at wrestling for Jim Crockett Promotions in the 1960s and early 1970s. "[1], Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame, "Heyman in MSG..MSG Memory for JR..@MichaelCole..Fav Tag Team..Best All Around Star Ever..WWE Hall of Fame..Order JR's Products", "Mon. Renesto had worked around before catching a break as the masked Great Bolo in the Carolinas. On April 20, 1960 Bolo and partner Joe McCarthy won the NWA Gulf Coast Tag Team Championship and the NWA Mid-America Southern Tag Team Championship, both held by Bobby and Don Fields. The Assassins ( Assassin #1 and Assassin #2) [3][4] Bolo would go on to win the promotion's Southwest Tag Team Championship three times, each with a different partner: Dizzy Davis, Art Nelson and Tokyo Joe. Wrestling - Pepper Martin: The Wrestling Years], This page was last edited on 24 May 2020, at 09:17. Lovelock was active in the 1950s and 1960s and was primarily known for his work in the Carolinas, Georgia, and Florida. After his retirement Lovelock discovered and trained Gary Fletcher aka Man Mountain Mike for a professional wrestling career. Roger Smith went on to fame in Memphis in the mid-1980s under the ring name Dirty Rhodes (for his resemblance to Dusty Rhodes in both appearance and mannerisms), both as a heel and a babyface. Action Figures Friday: U.S. Champion Jimmy Snuka! Lovelock was the first to use the name "the Great Bolo" but would later allow Tom Renesto to use the name as well.