Saturdays with Bob Caudle
Mike Mooneyham’s series on Bob Caudle continues with Part 3 this weekend, where he discusses Caudle’s history as an announcer for Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling on Saturdays.
From the piece:
“Nobody turned on the TV to watch me,” says Caudle. “They turned on the TV to watch the wrestlers. The wrestlers were the stars. It was really my job, in essence, to put them over. It wasn’t about me.”
Caudle talks to the author about Ric Flair, who came to Jim Crockett Promotions in 1974 and stayed there until Crockett sold to Ted Turner in 1988, a time the territory based in Charlotte became a “mecca” for professional wrestling.
Caudle and his wife Jackie will be celebrating their 74th anniversary in January. Flair turns 74 in February. The Caudles have been married as long as Flair has been alive, as noted in the article.
The article includes Caudle’s stories about Ole and Gene Anderson, Tim Woods, Sandy Scott, Skull Murphy, and Brute Bernard. Caudle also tells a funny story about Rip Hawk and Swede Hanson.
More from the article:
Caudle rattles off names of performers that were once part of his weekly routine. Headliners like George Becker and Johnny Weaver, the Scott Brothers, the Andersons. The Carolinas-Virginia was one of the most vibrant circuits on the wrestling landscape in those days and was regarded as a hotbeds of tag-team wrestling.
Caudle discusses the deaths of Scott and of Wahoo McDaniel, and how many in the industry seemed to have forgotten them. He then discusses the good times he had in his career and all the memories.
The series will conclude next week with Part 4.