Tag Archives: Magnum T.A.

Ask Not For Whom The Bell Tolls…

Sunday Star-News – June 16, 1985
By Ben Steelman

A gleeful Cowboy Ron Bass puts pressure on Avalanche Buzz Tyler...

A gleeful Cowboy Ron Bass puts pressure on Avalanche Buzz Tyler…

...Tyler, thrown from the ring, works himself into a frenzy...

…Tyler, thrown from the ring, works himself into a frenzy…

...and exacts his revenge on Bass with a mighty elbow launched from the top of the ring ropes.

…and exacts his revenge on Bass with a mighty elbow launched from the top of the ring ropes.

It was a Friday night, and I went to Legion Stadium to see the wrestling and write about courage and about fights cleanly done, the way Papa Hemingway wrote about bull-fighting.

Perhaps it was not the best night to go.  Already Ivan Koloff, the growling Russian, had been scratched from the card. Continue reading

Smoky Mountain Wrestling Fell Victim To Changing Times

The Post and Courier – December 17, 1995
Mike Mooneyham

(This is the second of a two-part series)

Smoky Mountain Wrestling, a grand experiment started by Jim Cornette in 1991, ended several weeks ago in Cookeville, Tenn., when Jim Cornette announced to his crew that the promotion would be closing shop effective immediately.

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Pro Wrestling Card Tonight

The Ledger – November 23, 1985

LAKELAND – Championship wrestling returns to the Lakeland Civic Center Arena tonight at 8:30. Continue reading

Magnum T.A. Leaves Hospital

Wilmington Morning Star – November 29, 1986

CHARLOTTE – Professional wrestler Magnum T.A.,who suffered spinal injuries when his $53,000 Porsche hit a utility pole in Charlotte, has been released from Charlotte Memorial Hospital, officials say.

Magnum, whose real name is Terry Wayne Allen, was released Wednesday and was admitted to Charlotte Rehabilitation Hospital, according to a spokeswoman with Jim Crockett Promotions. Magnum, a Tidewater, Va., native who was hospitalized Oct. 16, was listed in good condition at the hospital Friday, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Meanwhile Thursday night, spectators at Starrcade 86, the annual wrestling extravaganza that draws thousands of fans to the Greensboro Coliseum, said they missed Magnum.

“It’s not the same here without him,” said Faye Putnam of Shelby, who spent $120 to buy tickets for her husband and two children.  “He is Starrcade.  He’s my man.”

“I like Magnum.  Everybody likes him.  It’s a whole lot different without him,” said Ricky Dabbs, 15, of Reidsville.

Wrestler May Walk Again

Wilmington Morning Star – October 17, 1986

CHARLOTTE – Professional wrestler Magnum T.A. probably will be able to walk again despite breaking his back in a car wreck, a Charlotte Memorial Hospital spokeswoman said Thursday.

“There is a strong possibility, according to Dr. (Nick) Grivas, that Mr. Magnum will walk again,” hospital spokeswoman Cecily Newton said.  “He is regaining some movement in his left leg and left arm and is showing improved sensation over his entire body.  I’m unable to answer any questions about his career, but we are looking at a long road of recovery.”

The 27-year-old, 6-foot-3, 235-pound wrestler, whose name is Terry Wayne Allen, remained in critical but stable condition at the hospital.  Ms. Newton said his fifth cervical vertebra exploded when he wrecked his Porsche Tuesday.

Magnum T.A. Protects Crown at Stafford

The Free Lance-Star – April 12, 1985

In the featured event on Thursday’s professional wrestling card at Stafford High School, Magnum T.A. retained his U.S. Title by pinning challenger “Nature Boy” Buddy Landel.

A special grudge match between Arne Anderson and the Raging Bull was declared a draw when both wrestlers were counted out of the ring, while Jimmy Valiant pinned The Barbarian in a special challenge match.

In other matches, Superstar Billy Graham pinned Mark Fleming and RPMs battled to a draw with Sam Houston and Denny Brown.