Friday, June 5, 2015

Tom Miller and Ric Flair in Greensboro

Tom Miller and Ric Flair in the Greensboro Coliseum

This is a very low resolution pulp-magazine photo of Greensboro ring announcer Tom Miller and United States heavyweight champion Ric Flair in the ring at the Greensboro Coliseum before a title defense against Ricky Steamboat in 1978.

Miller was also a TV personality for Jim Crockett Promotions from 1976-1978, working in the television studios of WRAL-TV in Raleigh. He was co-host of Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling with Bob Caudle in the summer of 1976 while usual co-host David Crockett was busy with the new family baseball business. In 1977 he followed Ed Capral as host of Wide World Wrestling, usually working with co-host George Scott, until Rich Landrum came in as host in October of 1978, when the title of the show was changed to World Wide Wrestling.

Miller is probably Jim Crockett Promotions' most famous ring announcer, being on many of the TV shows during the TV expansion years beginning in 1984 when Crockett TV went from a regional outfit in the Carolinas and Virginia to a nationally syndicated network by 1987.

For more on Truckin' Tom Miller, see this earlier post on the Studio Wrestling Scrapbook.