CHARLOTTE -- The Mid-Atlantic Wrestling Legends Fanfest was highlighted by a number of nostalgic moments and historic reunions Aug. 1-4 at the Hilton University Place Hotel.
Among them was the Rock ‘n’ Roll Express headlining a card against D’Lo Brown and Doc with legendary referee Tommy Young. The popular duo even hit their trademark double dropkick leading to victory. The event also saw Action Mike Jackson steal the show against Bobby Fulton of the Fantastics.
Dr. Tom Prichard Legends Training Camp continued throughout the four days of festivities. Guest coaches Tully Blanchard, Les Thatcher, Jerry Brisco and Leilani Kai helped decide the candidate who received the $2,500 Reid Fliehr Memorial Scholarship, a wrestling training opportunity named after Ric Flair’s son who died earlier this year.
Kai couldn’t wait to attend the convention.
“It’s the most fun,” said Kai, a former WWF women’s champ. “I had fun seeing Ox Baker, Manny Fernandez, Jerry Jarrett and the Rock-N-Roll Express. I saw Bobby Eaton, which was exciting because I haven’t seen him in such a long time. I’ve had a real good time. I have been really busy helping with the camp. I was excited about doing it because of Dr. Tom Prichard. I think he is one of the greatest trainers. I really wanted to learn from him…I would critique the trainees and kind of follow what he was doing.”
For Brisco, the convention is a very special time where many of his greatest moments throughout his career come flooding back to him.
“I got my big break in the Carolinas and had my first title match in Greensboro, North Carolina,” Brisco said. “It was where I did my first hour-long crawl with the world champion, so it brings me back. The fans are great and remember a whole heck of a lot more than I do. They would give me things on the table to sign, pushing pictures, cards and programs to me where I’ve forgotten the match or situation.
“When you see those pictures, it brings back those memories and most of them are good ones. It’s a very special weekend. I’ve met fans from all over. I’ve met fans from England and Seattle. They come from all over for this thing.”
The WWE talent scout felt it was a great honor to introduce Danny Miller into the Hall of Heroes awards ceremony banquet, a staple of the convention.
“I got to see Magnum T.A., Terry Allen, who has always been a special friend of mine there,” Brisco said. “It is a reunion, a family reunion. The speech that Tully Blanchard gave to induct Magnum T.A. and the courage T.A. had to get up there to walk on his own was memorable. When he was initially injured [in the car accident], he was a friend of mine.
“I drove from Tampa up to Charlotte just to go to the hospital to see him, and he remembered that. He appreciated that, and for him to show that courage that night to accept his award, it was really emotional and great to see.”
Blanchard will always remember his question and answer session with Magnum regarding their historic “I Quit” cage match from Starrcade in 1985.
“It really has been a great weekend,” Blanchard said. “I haven’t been to other Q&A’s, so I can’t judge it to them. However, a lot of people have said it was very good. I know the answers, and everything we said was sincere and from the heart. Wrestling fans learned a lot of about Magnum and about me.”