Southeastern Wrestling News, Notes, Nostalgia for 3-15-09

Bill Behrens

SOUTHEASTERN WRESTLING NEWS, NOTES, AND NOSTALGIA: 03/15/2009

 

NEWS and NOTES

Georgia Wrestling History’s Rich Tate and the Wrestling Observer’s Dave Meltzer sat in for a PSP Fix to preview Total Nonstop Action’s Destination X PPV. They also spoke a bit about the death of Adam ‘Test’ Martin, recent TNA cuts, and Danny Bonaduce. The program is a presentation of the GWH Radio Network. Click here for the archive.

World Wrestling Entertainment’s RAW/ECW crew will be at the San Angelo Coliseum in San Angelo, TX, tonight. Advertised: Chris Jericho & Kane versus Rey Mysterio, Jr., & CM Punk; Jack Swagger defends the WWE ECW Heavyweight Title against Christian; and William Regal versus Kofi Kingston. Also on the bill: Cryme Tyme, Beth Phoenix, Finlay, and Hornswoggle. Bell time is 5:00 PM.

WWE’s SmackDown crew will be at the Heart O’Texas Fair Coliseum in Waco, TX, tonight. Advertised: Triple H defends the WWE Heavyweight Title against the Big Show; and Edge defends the WWE World Heavyweight Title against Jeff Hardy. Also on the bill: the Great Khali, MVP, Vladimir Kozlov, Carlito, Primo Colon, Maryse, and Maria. Bell time is 5:00 PM.

Tickets for the following WWE events go on sale Monday: May 27, at Arena Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico; and May 29, at the Plaza Del Toros Santa Maria in Queretaro, Mexico.

TNA’s Destination X PPV will be broadcast live from Universal Studios in Orlando, FL, tonight. Advertised: Sting defends the TNA World Heavyweight Title against Kurt Angle, with Jeff Jarrett as referee and Mick Foley as enforcer; Beer Money defends the TNA World Tag Team Title against Team 3D; Booker T defends the TNA Legends Title against A.J. Styles; Awesome Kong defends the TNA Women’s Title against Sojourner Bolt; Scott Steiner versus Samoa Joe; in a “match of 1,000 tacks”, Matt Morgan versus Abyss; Taylor Wilde, Roxxi Laveaux, and “Sarah Palin” versus Madison Rayne & the Beautiful People; and Alex Shelley defends the TNA X Division Title in the Ultimate X match against Chris Sabin, Jay Lethal, Consequences Creed, and Suicide.

TNA results from the house show at the Paroquet Springs Center in Shepherdsville, KY, on March 13: Eric Young & Shark Boy over No Limit; Brutus Magnus over Shane Sewell; Taylor Wilde & Roxxi Laveaux over Sojourner Bolt & Jacqueline; Booker T over Rhino; Jay Lethal over Robert Roode; Abyss over Matt Morgan; and Samoa Joe over Kurt Angle.

Ring of Honor results from the house show at the Indiana State Fairgrounds’ Farm Bureau Building in Indianapolis, IN, on March 14: Shawn Schultz, Shorty McIntyre & Sigmon over Andy Ridge the Ninjas; Mickey Nichols over Samson; Nate Webb over Flash Flanagan; Claudio Castagnoli over Bryan Danielson and Kenny Omega, with a post-match attack by Bison Smith on Danielson; Chris Hero over Jay Briscoe; Kevin Steen & El Generico over Kenny King & Rhett Titus to retain the ROH World Tag Team Title, with the American Wolves attacking Steen & Generico afterward; Bison Smith over Silas Young; Brent Albright & Roderick Strong over the Wolves (Davey Richards & Eddie Edwards), with Larry Sweeney; Jimmy Jacobs over Delirious in a no disqualification match; and Jerry Lynn & Tyler Black over Nigel McGuinness & Austin Aries.

Rampage Pro Wrestling will be at Johnny G’s Fun Center in Warner Robins, GA, today. Advertised: Hot Like Lava, Micah Taylor, A.J. Steele, and the Cash Vault. Tickets are $5. Bell time is at 4:00. For more information, call (478) 329-8002.

The following information in regard to birthdays and memoriams has been compiled from various sources. In the event you can let us know of any omissions or corrections, please email to contributions@georgiawrestlinghistory.com.

Today’s Birthdays: the Iron Sheik (1943) and Chasyn Rance (1983).

Today In Memoriam: Antonio ‘Argentina’ Rocca (49, 1977).

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In the opening skit of Saturday Night Live, John Cena appeared as a security guard, getting laid out by Tracy Morgan.

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NOSTALGIA

MARCH 15, 1918 (FRIDAY) – SAVANNAH, GA – LIBERTY THEATRE (Max Bauman – Promoter) > Strangler Lewis defeated John Olin at 73:03 / Notes: Billy Sandow managed Strangler Lewis.

MARCH 15, 1928 (THURSDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (John Contos – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Mike Romano versus Scotty McDougal > Jack Evans versus Pat McGill > Tom Marvin versus Whitey Hewitt / Notes: This card was cancelled when Mike Romano and Pat McGill failed to appear at the afternoon weigh in as required by the Athletic Commission.

MARCH 15, 1932 (TUESDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Henry Weber – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Roy Lumpkin defeated John Katan at 31:32 > Rudy Dusek defeated Steve Znoski

MARCH 15, 1934 (THURSDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – LAKEWOOD HEIGHTS ARENA (Frank Bettis – Promoter) > Bill Ward versus Young Londos > Eddie Wagner versus Whitey Patterson > Stanley Buresch versus Bull Schmidt / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found. Frank Bettis was credited as being a referee for this card.

MARCH 15, 1934 (THURSDAY) – EAST POINT, GA – EAST POINT MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Mehille Clark / American Legion – Promoter) > John Mauldin versus Ronnie McDuffie > Jim Zbyszko versus the Masked Marvel > Al Stecher versus Toughy Nelson / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found.

MARCH 15, 1935 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Frank Bettis and Cleve Roby – Promoters) > Bob Anderson versus Whitey Patterson > Sammy Miller versus Billy Eisen > Jack Ross versus Totem Pole Anderson / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found.

MARCH 15, 1935 (FRIDAY) – AVONDALE, GA – AVONDALE ARENA (Frank Bettis and Cleve Roby – Promoters) > Teddy Betts versus Foy Rivers > John Mauldin versus Glenn Cowan > Bob Dody versus Bull Schmidt / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found.

MARCH 15, 1937 (MONDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – SPRING STREET ARENA (Frank Bettis and Cleve Roby – Promoters) > Battle Royal: Mike Cassidy defeated Tarzan Jordan, Joe Wheeler, Paddy Nolan, Red Smith, and Bull Montana > Mike Cassidy defeated Tarzan Jordan / Notes: It is unclear as to the reason for the battle royal.

MARCH 15, 1948 (MONDAY) – ELBERTON, GA (Fred Ward – Promoter / Fred Ward Promotions) > Tony Mello versus Red Dugan > Jack Welch versus Jose Lopez > Tommy Ward versus Joe Harben / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found. It is unclear as to what venue was the site of this card.

MARCH 15, 1954 (MONDAY) – AUGUSTA, GA – WILLIAM BELL AUDITORIUM (Tom Mahoney – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Women’s World Title Match: Mildred Burke* versus Bonnie Watson > Don & Dick Big Kettle versus Leo Numa & Red McIntyre / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found. Mildred Burke had been the reigning Women’s World Champion since she defeated Betty Nichols in Columbus, OH, on December 1, 1938.

MARCH 15, 1957 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Nelson Royal versus Kurt Von Brawner > Tokyo Joe & the Great Mitsu defeated Juan Humberto & Guy LaRose > International Tag Team Title Match: Don & Red McIntyre defeated Mark & Donn Lewin* to win title / Notes: Nelson Royal and Kurt Von Brawner were scheduled to wrestle each other, but no results were reported after the card. Mark & Donn Lewin had been the reigning International Tag Team Champions since they defeated Red McIntyre & Chief Big Heart on February 8, 1957, in Atlanta.

MARCH 15, 1960 (TUESDAY) – MACON, GA – MACON CITY AUDITORIUM (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Vince Bryant defeated Jack Terry by disqualification > Freddie Blassie defeated Haystacks Calhoun by disqualification > Handicap Match: Big Humphrey defeated Krusher Larson & the Great John L.

MARCH 15, 1961 (WEDNESDAY) – COLUMBUS, GA – COLUMBUS SPORTS ARENA (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Southern Heavyweight Title One-Night Tournament: Bill Dromo defeated Jim Burke; Chief Little Eagle defeated Gypsy Joe; Skull Murphy defeated Tiny Evans; Guy Mitchell defeated Killer Campbell; Dromo and Little Eagle wrestled to a draw – Dromo advanced based on coin flip; Murphy defeated Mitchell; Murphy defeated Dromo to win title / Notes: Skull Murphy had been billed as Southern Heavyweight Champion in Atlanta since March 10, 1961. It is unclear as to how the title was declared vacant in Columbus to make this tournament necessary.

MARCH 15, 1963 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM [P] (Don McIntyre – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > George Bell versus Prince Omar > Matt Jewell & Jim Ballard defeated Paul Harrison & Little Bobo > Chief Little Eagle defeated Lenny Montana > World Heavyweight Title Match: Eddie Graham* defeated Tarzan Tyler by disqualification / Notes: George Bell and Prince Omar were scheduled to wrestle each other, but no results were reported after the card. The match between Matt Jewell & Jim Ballard and Paul Harrison & Little Bobo was scheduled to be a Mixed Tag Team Match, but Jewell substituted for Betty Ann Spencer and Bobo substituted for Sweet Georgia Brown. Eddie Graham had been the reigning World Heavyweight Champion since he defeated Freddie Blassie on February 1, 1963, in Atlanta.

MARCH 15, 1966 (TUESDAY) – MACON, GA – MACON CITY AUDITORIUM (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Billy Hines and Al Costello wrestled to a draw > Louie Tillet defeated Tony Nero > Bobby Shane defeated Pancho Villa by disqualification > US Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Mario Galento defeated Chin Lee* to win title / Notes: Freddie Blassie managed Mario Galento. It is unclear as to how Chin Lee came to be recognized as US Junior Heavyweight Champion. The last reference we have shows Billy Hines defending the title against Johnny King on January 25, 1966, in Macon.

MARCH 15, 1969 (SATURDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – WQXI STUDIOS (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Skandor Akbar defeated Silento Rodriguez > Buddy Fuller & Little John defeated Assassin #2 & the Professional by disqualification > Paul DeMarco versus El Mongol / Notes: This was taped for the “Atlanta TV Wrestling” television program hosted by Ed Capral. Paul DeMarco and El Mongol were scheduled to wrestle each other, but no results were reported after the card. The Assassins announced they had fired manager Jack Crawford.

MARCH 15, 1973 (THURSDAY) – AUGUSTA, GA – ARMORY (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Tank Morgan versus Koa Tiki > Sputnik & Rocket Monroe versus Pantera Negra & El Sicodelico > Jerry Oates, Norvel Austin & Arman Hussein versus Tarzan Tyler, Chati Yokuchi & Fuji > Lou Thesz versus Mr. Wrestling #2 / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found. Jack Crawford managed Tarzan Tyler.

MARCH 15, 1974 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM [P] (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Black Crusader #2 defeated Jimmy Garvin > Ricky Gibson defeated Bobby Duncum > Art Nelson & Jerry Lawler and Rufus R. Jones & Mr. Wrestling #1 wrestled to a draw > Jerry Brisco defeated Bill Costello > Georgia Tag Team Title Match: Ron & Terry Garvin defeated Bob Armstrong & Robert Fuller* to win title > Georgia Heavyweight Title Match: Mr. Wrestling #2* defeated Black Crusader #1 > Robert Fuller & Mr. Wrestling #2 defeated Art Nelson & Jerry Lawler / Notes: Jimmy Garvin managed Ron & Terry Garvin.

MARCH 15, 1975 (SATURDAY) – GRIFFIN, GA – GRIFFIN-BARNESVILLE SPORTS PALACE (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Danny Little Bear defeated Doug Somers > Tommy Gilbert and Dudley Clements wrestled to a draw > Bill Dromo versus Don Kent ended in a double disqualification > Billy Spears defeated Roberto Soto > Assassin #2 defeated Ray Candy > Haystacks Calhoun defeated Toru Tanaka / Notes: Rock Hunter managed Assassin #2 and Toru Tanaka. Doug Smith was credited as being a referee for this card.

MARCH 15, 1976 (MONDAY) – AUGUSTA, GA – WILLIAM BELL AUDITORIUM (Charlie Harben – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Rick Martel defeated Jerry Stubbs > Bob Armstrong defeated Rip Hawk > Dick Slater defeated Stan Stasiak > Les Thornton & Tony Charles defeated Skip Young & Dino Bravo > Lumberjack Match: Mr. Wrestling #2 defeated the Spoiler / Notes: Gary Hart managed the Spoiler.

MARCH 15, 1977 (TUESDAY) – MACON, GA – MACON COLISEUM (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Raymond Rougeau versus Randy Savage > Midget Women’s Match: Marie Laveau versus Princess Little Dove > Paul Jones & Bob Backlund versus Dick Slater & the French Angel > Georgia Tag Team Title Match: Ole & Gene Anderson* versus Black Atlas & Mr. Wrestling #1 > Abdullah the Butcher versus Mr. Wrestling #2 / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found. J.J. Dillon managed the French Angel.

MARCH 15, 1978 (WEDNESDAY) – COLUMBUS, GA – COLUMBUS MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Steve Regal versus Jacques Goulet > Adrian Adonis versus the Bounty Hunter > Tommy Rich & Raymond Rougeau versus Wolfgang & Helmut Schmidt > AWA Heavyweight Title Match: Nick Bockwinkel* versus Tony Atlas > Georgia Heavyweight Title Match: Stan Hansen* versus Mr. Wrestling #1 > Georgia Television Title Match: Ole Anderson* versus Mr. Wrestling #2 / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found. Bobby Heenan managed Nick Bockwinkel. Rock Hunter managed Wolfgang & Helmut Schmidt.

MARCH 15, 1979 (THURSDAY) – ROME, GA – ROME MEMORIAL GYMNASIUM (Charlie Harben – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Rufus R. Jones versus Blackjack Lanza > Stan Hansen & Wahoo McDaniel versus Ole Anderson & the Masked Superstar / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found. Bobby Heenan managed Blackjack Lanza.

MARCH 15, 1982 (MONDAY) – AUGUSTA, GA – WILLIAM BELL AUDITORIUM (Charlie Harben – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Tom Prichard versus Chick Donovan > Ricky Harris versus Big Red > Bob Armstrong & Jimmy Garvin versus Kevin Sullivan & Buzz Sawyer > Ron Fuller versus the Super Destroyer > National Heavyweight Title Match: Ron Bass defeated Tommy Rich* to win title / Notes: Aside from the match between Ron Bass and Tommy Rich, no documented results for the remaining matches on this card have been found.

The information compiled within our daily reports are through the efforts of various contributors, including, but not limited to, Rich Tate, Larry Goodman, Chuck Thornton, Brian Waits, Don Luce, Brian Slack, Fred Hornby, J Michael Kenyon, Steve Yohe, David Williamson, Becky Taylor, John Cannon, Mike Norris, Bobby Simmons, Les Thatcher, Crimson Mask, Dan Masters, Tim Dix, Tim Dills, Jimmie Daniel, Gene Restaino, Matt Tew, Dave Wills, Shannon Rose, Alan Wojcik, Devin Cutting, Red Jones, Drew Carrig, Adam Russell, and Richard O’Sullivan.

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