by Jack Hunter
"Johnny Weaver, one of the most popular professional wrestlers to ever appear in the Carolinas, died of natural causes Friday at his home in Charlotte at the age of 72.
Weaver was the top babyface (good guy) for the Charlotte-based CrockettPromotions throughout the '60s and early '70s and teamed for much of that time as a headline act with partner George Becker. The two held the regional tag-team titles on several occasions. Weaver also held a slew of singles titles during his lengthy ring career. He won his first title, the NWA Southern tag-team belts, with partner Cowboy Bob Ellis in 1963.
Known as "the dean of professional wrestling," Weaver wore many hats during his career, including wrestler, broadcaster, booker and mentor.
"The business has lost one of the greats," former pro wrestling star Blackjack Mulligan (Bob Windham) said Friday night. "He was a master at this business. He ran the territory for 30 years for Crockett. He's going to be missed greatly."