Tag Archives: Penny Banner


Richmond County Journal – March 23, 1965

Speaking of hair, a blonde lady wrestler who has never lost a match in the ring in Greensboro has decided to give her opponents a break. Continue reading

Pro Wrestling Slated

Richmond County Daily Journal – August 11, 1971

Paul Jones and Nelson Royal 8-11-1971


Four action-packed matches are slated for the Rockingham Ball Park on Thursday, Aug. 19, at 8 p.m. as professional wrestling comes to Rockingham.

Paul Jones and Nelson Royal meet Art Nelson and Gene Anderson in the headliner. Nelson and Anderson aren’t winning many friends, but they are an impressive pair when they apply the pressure. Continue reading

Weaver Fighting Mad At Mention Of Nelson

Richmond County Daily Journal – February 23, 1971

Johnny Weaver George Becker 2-23-1971

Johnny Weaver and George Becker
…will appear at Rohanen Thursday night

Johnny Weaver and Art Nelson are much like the mongoose and the cobra.  They’re enemies to the very end and each meeting becomes a savage encounter.  They’ll clash once again in the Rohanen High School gym on Thursday night. Continue reading

Woman Wrestler’s Big Night

Buffalo Evening News – October 9, 1957

MEMPHIS, Tenn., Oct. 9 (UP) polished off four other grapplers in a “rassle royal” Monday night and then went out on a date with singer Elvis Presley, a ringside admirer.

Champion Tag Team Collects Wrestling Win

Times-News – September 17, 1958

Penny Banner and Loraine Johnson came up with two straight falls Tuesday night to retain their-claim to the women’s world tag team championship. The bout was part of the VFW’s weekly wrestling card. Continue reading

Wrestling Slated Here

Richmond County Daily Journal – August 19, 1971

Penny Banner 8-19-1971

PENNY BANNER will match her skills against Belle Starr in one of three prelims slated for the Rockingham Ball Park tonight, The main event of the all-star card pits Paul Jones and Nelson Royal against Art Nelson and Gene Anderson. The card is sponsored by the Hamlet Jaycees.

Paul Jones and Nelson Royal, two extremely capable and popular professional wrestlers have a rough test ahead on the mat card at Rockingham Ball Park Thursday evening.

Jones and Royal collide with Gene Anderson and Art Nelson on the main event of the all-star program. It will be for two-of-three falls with a one-hour time limit. Continue reading

Do You Remember?

Tucson Daily Citizen – March 24, 1965


TUCSON, March 24, 1955 – The tag team of June Byers and Penny Banner will meet Ethel Johnson and Babs Wingo in tonight’s wrestling exhibition feature at the Sports Center.

Stepping Back In Time At Old County Hall

Charleston Post & Courier – April 5, 1998
By Mike Mooneyham

If you build it, they will come.

Henry Marcus did many years ago, and for several decades they came in droves.

County Hall was the place to be on Friday nights, and Marcus was the man who promoted weekly wrestling shows that put this town on the map as a mat mecca. Continue reading

Women Feature Wrestling Card

St. Petersburg Times – August 17, 1955

Blonde Bonnie Watson goes for her second straight Armory wrestling triumph tonight when she tackles Penny Banner of St. Louis in the feature of three bouts that begin at 8 p.m. Continue reading

Triple Features Wrestling Card

Deseret News – June 18, 1957

Three action-packed mat features should make the old coliseum wrestling arena rock ‘n’ roll Friday when the local promoter presents the weekly program. Continue reading