Bill Eadie










Mid-Atlantic Wrestling Gateway lobby

M-A Gateway: You had a strong run with Paul Jones and held the World Tag Team Titles until May of 1981, when you dropped them to Gene and Ole Anderson. You left Jim Crockett Promotions for good several weeks after that. What led to you final departure from the Mid-Atlantic area?


Superstar: Well, I came down here to Georgia and bought a home. My wife loved it and I loved it. I went from 3,000 miles a week in Charlotte to less than a 1,000 miles a week down here. First couple of months I went nuts…it was like I had too much time on my hands. But I got used to it and enjoyed it. I was home every night by 11:00…was watching the 11:00 news and was in bed by 11:30. The longest trip was to Augusta, and even there I didn’t have to leave until 4:00. The rest of the trips I was leaving five, six, seven o’clock. I didn’t want to leave that schedule!


George Scott kept calling me to come back to Charlotte, but I kept telling him I thought I would stay down here for a while longer. (laughs) As it turned out, I think it was about six years before I left. Ole was good to me. I was going back and forth to Japan…so I’d work two or three months in Georgia and then I’d do a month in Japan. I was usually in Japan about fourteen weeks a year…I did that for many years. We’d work a little program in Georgia, and then I’d take a couple of weeks off and go to Japan.


After I left Crockett, I was only really working six months out of the year. And I was making more money in that six months than I was the whole year when I was in the Mid-Atlantic area.


M-A Gateway: What was life on the road like as a competitor in Jim Crockett Promotions?


Superstar: With all the trips, and all the travel, I was glad I did it when I was young! (everybody laughs) You know, at that time I was always striving and wanting to be successful. But things get blurry sometimes, because some of the things that you are thinking are successful really aren’t that worthwhile.


My two daughters grew up during those days. I provided for them, and gave them everything that I could…but they probably would have wanted for their Dad to be home more. Now that I have a little grandson, I’m never away from him. (laughs)


Back then, as I was driving down the highway I would see people cooking on the grill and diving in their own pool or laying back fishing…I would think, ‘Man, I wish I was doing that.’ But when fans would come to the arena that night and see you wrestle, they would also say, ‘Man, I wish I was doing that.”


M-A Gateway: The grass is always greener on the other side.


Superstar: That’s exactly right.


But I had a lot of good times in the Mid-Atlantic area and in wrestling. I got to see the world…got paid to do it and I think got paid very well to do it. I went to places I never would have seen otherwise. Made a lot of good friends.


M-A Gateway: Would you do it over again?


Superstar: Would I do it over again? Probably so. I wouldn’t do it today…with just one company out there. When I was doing it there were 22 different companies…if somebody tried to screw you over you just gave them a two week’s notice and moved on.


M-A Gateway: And you also had a strong educational background you could fall back on if need be.


Superstar: My Dad always drilled ‘education’ into me from an early age, so I knew I could always go back to teaching or a number of other things.


M-A Gateway: What was a typical day like on the road?


Superstar: On the road…up early and training. The rest of the world is sleeping and you’re still traveling. People aren’t even up and you’re doing a TV show. Then you get in the car and get a cheap hamburger and a drink, and go to the next town.


It’s hard work. The guy out there digging a ditch is not working any harder than you are…and he gets to go home at night. Then you throw in the fact that something is always needing to be done at home…and of course you’re not there to do it which grinds on you.


But I have had a great wife…the same wife, which is very unique in this business. We’ve been married 37 years. She really raised my kids, and did an excellent job without a doubt. She’s still with me, and has put up with all my idiosyncrasies and my bad habits.


M-A Gateway: As children, how did your daughter’s react to their Daddy being the big, mean Masked Superstar?


Superstar: Funny story about that. When I first came into Georgia, and the territory was very hot and was going real good, I had a little gymnasium and pool area in the back of the house. My little daughter, who just got married two week’s ago, was in kindergarten at the time. She brought a whole bus load of kindergarten kids out to the back where I was and said, ‘Come on over here…see my Daddy, he’s the Superstar.’ (everyone laughs)


So I had to go to ‘Show and Tell’ for four or five years after that! (everybody laughs)


M-A Gateway: Did you bring your extensive collection of masks to school with you? (laughs)


Superstar: I took the masks, and I’d take the boots and the capes too! Years ago, I also went to ‘Show and Tell’ for a friend of mine in Minneapolis…his girls were in the first and second grades. They just graduated from college and I talked to them recently, and they said they still remembered me going to ‘Show and Tell’ for them.


M-A Gateway: Great stories! Well, sort of in ‘wrap-up mode’ now Bill….just a couple of scattershot questions to finish up. To start…what are your feelings about the fans in the Mid-Atlantic area?


Superstar: You know, I’ve been all over the world…and probably the most educated wrestling fans as a whole were in the Mid-Atlantic area. A lot of great places and fans.  Virginia was great…Richmond, Norfolk. Let’s see…Spartanburg, Greenville. I mean, to go every week to those towns…they had great wrestling matches every week.


But then when you got up into the New York area, and into California and Chicago…it was a completely different crowd. They were used to a different style. Down in the south…Georgia, Florida and the Carolina’s, it was all wrestling. In the other territories it was all gimmicks…like you have now.


But back to the Mid-Atlantic….Greensboro was a good town. Richmond was a good town. Believe it or not, I liked Charleston, South Carolina…the crowds were so easy there.


M-A Gateway: Describe your recollections of the atmosphere at a Mid-Atlantic wrestling card.


Superstar: It was an event….it really was. It was a combination of things, I think, that created the great atmosphere. You had smaller arenas than a lot of other areas around the country, and a lot of intense heat. With the intense heat, there’s beer. Even for the females. (everybody laughs)


What was stressed in the Mid-Atlantic, and Georgia and Florida, was wrestling. As you guys can attest to, from the first match to the last match were all good matches. You couldn’t say that about the other territories…sometimes the main event in New York was terrible, to put it politely.


M-A Gateway: Any bad incidents with Mid-Atlantic fans that you remember?


Superstar: Richmond was a good town, but I got stabbed in Richmond. It was a card with Blackjack Mulligan and John Studd…and I ran in on the match. I hit Mulligan and caused him to lose, and as I was leaving I got stabbed in the side. I went to Henrico [Doctor’s] Hospital and got stitched up…it just hit the lining of my stomach but luckily didn’t go in any further.


M-A Gateway: What did Richmond’s finest do with the guy who stabbed you?


Superstar: Cops in Richmond were tough. I was in Richmond one time when they had a riot, and they had to bring the dogs in. Malenko was with me that time, and he was petrified because he was at the Richmond Fairgrounds years before when they had a riot and he almost got killed. I remember Malenko was hiding in the shower…he was having real bad flashbacks.


Security in Richmond was always sensitive to stuff getting out of control. The guy in charge of security at the Coliseum always prided himself on stopping that kind of thing from happening again. So, I have to ruin it and go and get stabbed. (laughs) Well, the cops get this guy out of the crowd and beat the living crap out of him…I mean, they beat him so badly I actually felt sorry for the guy! (everyone laughs)


Turns out, the police got the wrong guy…they didn’t get the guy that stabbed me. The guy the cops beat up was a guy that ran into the ring, tapped me on the shoulder and ran out. I found out later that guy ran into the ring as part of a college fraternity initiation…he had to run in the ring, touch a wrestler and run out before he got hit. (everybody laughs)


This frat guy rolled out of the ring, and I went out the other side and got stabbed. Well, the police see the frat guy and think he was the one that stabbed me, and they beat the living crap out of him. But after that, we got excellent police protection at the Coliseum. (everyone laughs)


M-A Gateway: Which wrestlers did you enjoying working with most in the Mid-Atlantic area?


Superstar: Had great matches with Steamboat…you couldn’t have a bad match with Steamboat. Even when I was wrestling with Paul Jones…Paul had good psychology. Jim my Snuka, Andre, Mulligan….really, just about everybody.


Mulligan and I really had some knock down drag outs. He was a big son of a gun. He had huge hands…twice as big as mine. He was a good athlete, but in the process of these long matches we’d have, you’d get five or six potatoes. The old psychology was, if you got a potato and didn’t give it back…you’d probably get a couple more. (everybody laughs)


So, every time he’d give me one, I’d give him one back. We’d apologize every night, but the next night we’d do the exact same thing! (laughs)


Those were great matches…and great times. I have real fond memories of those days and those guys.


M-A Gateway: That sounds like a good note to end up on Bill. Thanks so much for your time tonight.


Superstar: Thank you guys….I’ve enjoyed it.

Our special thanks to Bill Eadie for the interview and to George South for setting it up for us. My thanks to David Chappell for doing the lion's share of the work on this interview.  -D. Bourne