Ginger Layman Photography

Roanoke VA - Early 1980s


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All Photographs Copyright Ginger Layman Lynch. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Tully Blanchard sleeps peacefully on the mat, it seems, his NWA TV belt almost as a pillow. But moments earlier, it was actually wrestling legend Johnny Weaver who put the champ to sleep with his famous sleeper hold in a title match in Roanoke VA. The time limit expired before the referee declared Blanchard out, and he retained his title.

This is one of my favorite photographs by Roanoke-area photographer Ginger Layman Lynch, who shot photos ringside in Roanoke and Rocky Mount VA in the early 1980s. She has been kind enough to share some of her photographs with the Mid-Atlantic Gateway.

"Pride of the Carolinas" Don Kernodle NWA World Champ Ric Flair The Russians Nikita and Ivan Koloff


The Renegade (Jay) & Mark Youngblood Jerry Brisco National Tag Champs The Road Warriors


Rufus R. "Freight Train" Jones "Nature Boy" Buddy Landel "The Russian Bear" Ivan Koloff


The Masked Outlaw (Dory Funk Jr.) "Hawaiian Punch" Rick Steamboat with Ric Flair Greg "The Hammer" Valentine


Angelo Mosca Jr. battles The Outlaw JohnnyWeaver applies the Sleeper to Tully Blanchard as referee Stu Schwartz asks him to break the hold. The time limit had expired. (See photo and description at top.) Ivan Koloff shows off Nikita's medal.



The Outlaw battles Angelo Mosca Jr. as referee Stu Schwartz checks for the count.


Mike Rotundo checks on Johnny Weaver and then helps him from the ring. Rufus R. Jones chokes Paul Jones


Johnny Weaver battles Tully Blanchard Tommy Young and Jimmy Valiant Dick Slater battles Wahoo McDaniel

(These photos shot at Franklin County High School in Rocky Mount VA)


All Photographs Copyright Ginger Layman Lynch. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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