Southeastern Wrestling News, Notes & Nostalgia for 3-11-09

Bill Behrens

SOUTHEASTERN WRESTLING NEWS, NOTES, AND NOSTALGIA: 03/11/2009

 

NEWS and NOTES

Tuesday’s edition of Dan Masters Live featured Vordell Walker, as well as Matt Noble from PWR. Katie Mayo sat in as co-host. DML is a presentation of Georgia Wrestling History’s GWH Radio Network. Click here for the archive.

Tonight’s edition of Peach State Pandemonium, with hosts Rich Tate and Les Thatcher, presents opinion-based commentary on top stories across the world of pro wrestling and will be joined by Karl Lauer from the Cauliflower Alley Club. Jody Hamilton is also making his debut in the Wayback Machine. The show begins at 9:00 PM ET, and is brought to you by the GWHRN.

Tickets for the following World Wrestling Entertainment event go on sale Thursday: November 4, at the O2 Arena in Dublin, Ireland.

Click here for Adam Russell’s report from the March 9 broadcast of WWE’s RAW.

The final overall rating for Monday’s edition of WWE’s RAW was 3.7.

WWE has announced that the SmackDown/ECW crew will be at the Pan American Center in Las Cruces, NM, on May 24. Tickets go on sale March 28.

Ring of Honor has added a match featuring Jerry Lynn versus Claudio Castagnoli for the March 20 event in Elizabeth, PA.

World Wrestling Alliance 4 will be at the WWA4 School in Atlanta, GA, tonight. Admission is free.

Kin Folk Wrestling will be at the National Guard Armory in Pigeon Forge, TN, tonight.

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: Robbie Brookside (1966) and Gary ‘Pitbull’ Wolfe (1967).

Today In Memoriam: Tex Wright (28, 1935), Clarence ‘Cowboy’ Luttrall (73, 1980), Mayes McClain (77, 1983), Dino Bravo (44, 1993), Power Mike (65, 2004), and Ernie Ladd (68, 2007).

Click here for Rich’s Rants, Raves & Random Thoughts for this week.

Click here for Larry Goodman’s review of the February 21 broadcast of Showtime All-Star Wrestling.

According to a report Tuesday in the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune, a search warrant indicates Verne Gagne may have attacked other patients at the same facility where he attacked a 97 year old man, who later died. Helmut Guttman died on February 14 following a January 26 attack by Gagne. The death was ruled a homicide, but no charges have been filed at this time. The Guttman family has maintained they have no desire to press charges against Gagne due to his mental capacity. However, if evidence of prior incidents involving Gagne, who was discharged from the Friendship Village facility following the altercation with Guttman, are documented on record, the institution could become the target of the investigation.

Nicolas Cage told Access Hollywood that, despite reports he was removed from the role of Randy the Ram in “the Wrestler”, he instead turned down the role. He said, “I resigned from the movie because I didn’t think I had enough time to achieve the look of the wrestler who was on steroids, which I would never do.”

Phil Hunnicutt has replaced J.J. Biello as Chairman of the Board for the Georgia Athletic and Entertainment Commission. Cary Ichter is now the Vice Chairman. Unfortunately, there is still no resolution on tighter regulations for wrestling in the state, but Biello was arguably the biggest opponent.

“Farewell 2 Legends” takes place at the Dothan Civic Center in Dothan, AL, on May 29. Advertised: Harley Race, Ken Lucas, Bob Armstrong, Jerry Stubbs, Robert Fuller, Jimmy Golden, and Boris Zhukov. It is being advertised as the final Dothan appearance for Armstrong and Stubbs, and will be taped for future online broadcasting.

DISCLAIMER: GWH is not liable for any card changes, cancellations, etc. We can only report what is reported to us. As always, we suggest you check with the promotion within 24 hours to verify information posted here.

NOSTALGIA

MARCH 11, 1931 (WEDNESDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Henry Weber – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > George Zaharias defeated Charley Lehman > John Paxos defeated Milo Steinborn

MARCH 11, 1935 (MONDAY) – AUGUSTA, GA – NEW COLISEUM (Jack Browning – Promoter) > Charlie Allen versus Jim Hesslyn > Southern Lightweight Title Match: Pat Newman defeated Jack Ross* to win title / Notes: Aside from the match between Pat Newman and Jack Ross, no documented results for the remaining matches on this card have been found. Ross had been billed as Southern Lightweight Champion since May 9, 1933.

MARCH 11, 1936 (WEDNESDAY) – AUGUSTA, GA – NEW COLISEUM (Bill Metzger – Promoter) > Jim Henry defeated Ed Nolan > Roy Lumpkin defeated Dutch Schultz (2-0)

MARCH 11, 1938 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – WARREN ARENA (Frank Speer – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Milo Steinborn versus Jimmy Morris > Bill Bartush defeated Buster Carter > Frank Speer defeated Doug Wyckoff by countout / Notes: Milo Steinborn and Jimmy Morris were scheduled to wrestle each other, but no results were reported after the card. Frank Speer substituted for Ed Don George in the match with Doug Wyckoff. George was injured in an Evansville, IN, match on March 9, 1938.

MARCH 11, 1946 (MONDAY) – SAVANNAH, GA – SAVANNAH MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Lou Masters, Dick Leonard, and Buster White – Promoters) > John Cretoria defeated Jack Wentworth > Jack LaRue defeated Jack Dillon by disqualification > The Silver Star defeated Jack Singer

MARCH 11, 1949 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Earl Wampler and Babe Zaharias wrestled to a draw > Don McIntyre and the Golden Terror wrestled to a draw > Dick Lever defeated Chris Zaharias by disqualification > Nick Carter defeated Rebel Russell > Women’s Match: Celia Blevins defeated Ada Ash / Notes: Dick Lever substituted for Bobby Lane in the match with Chris Zaharias. Earl Wampler managed the Golden Terror.

MARCH 11, 1953 (WEDNESDAY) – AUGUSTA, GA – WILLIAM BELL AUDITORIUM (Tom Mahoney – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Jack Steele versus Gorgeous Gilpin > Howard Cantonwine versus Aldo Bogni > Don McIntyre versus Mike Paidousis > Tex Riley versus Gorgeous George / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found. Gorgeous George was escorted to the ring by his valet Jeffries.

MARCH 11, 1960 (FRIDAY) – MARIETTA, GA – LARRY BELL AUDITORIUM (Elmo Chappell – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Vince Bryant versus Tokyo Joe > Bill Dromo versus the Great John L. > Handicap Match: Haystacks Calhoun versus Freddie Blassie & Jack Terry / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found.

MARCH 11, 1963 (MONDAY) – AUGUSTA, GA – WILLIAM BELL AUDITORIUM (Steve Manderson – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Charlie Keene versus Tarzan Tyler > Mixed Tag Team Match: Jim Ballard & Betty Ann Spencer versus Paul Harrison & Sweet Georgia Brown > Lenny Montana versus Chief Little Eagle / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found.

MARCH 11, 1969 (TUESDAY) – MACON, GA – MACON COLISEUM (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Tony Barbetta and Corsica Jean wrestled to a draw > Paul DeMarco defeated Alberto Torres > Choo-Choo Lynn & Buddy Fuller defeated Jack Crawford & Dale Lewis

MARCH 11, 1971 (THURSDAY) – MACON, GA – WCWB STUDIOS (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Bob Armstrong and Buddy Colt wrestled to a draw > Krusher Karlson defeated Sabu Singh > El Mongol defeated Fidel Castillo > Kubla Khan defeated Bob Boyer / Notes: Homer O’Dell managed Buddy Colt. Jack Crawford managed Kubla Khan. This was taped for “Macon Championship Wrestling” program, which could be seen each Saturday on WCWB Channel 41. It is unclear as to hosted the program at this time.

MARCH 11, 1972 (SATURDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – WTCG STUDIOS (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Jimmy Dancing Bear and Rocket Monroe wrestled to a draw > Bepo Mongol & Mr. X defeated Dick Steinborn & Klondike Bill > Mike Kelly defeated Billy Spears by disqualification / Notes: This was taped for the “Georgia Championship Wrestling” television program hosted by Ed Capral. Assassin #1 managed Bepo Mongol and Mr. X.

MARCH 11, 1975 (TUESDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (International Wrestling Association – Promoter) > Jim Wilson versus Tony Romano > The Islanders versus the Golden Gladiators > Eric the Red versus Atitago > Al Costello, Reginald & Hartford Love versus Luis Martinez, Tex McKenzie & Argentina Apollo > Handicap Match: the Mighty Igor versus Joe Turco & the Giant Goliath > IWA Tag Team Title Match: the Mongols* versus Dino Bravo & Gino Brito > Ernie Ladd versus Ivan Koloff > Thunderbolt Patterson versus Bulldog Brower / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found. Ivan Kalmikoff managed the Mighty Igor. George Cannon managed the Mongols. During the match between the Mongols and Dino Bravo & Gino Brito, Cannon was handcuffed to Igor at ringside.

MARCH 11, 1977 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > The French Angel defeated Bob Backlund > Raymond Rougeau and Randy Savage wrestled to a draw > Black Atlas defeated Bob Orton, Jr. > Georgia Tag Team Title Texas Tornado Match: Mr. Wrestling #1 & #2* defeated Ole & Gene Anderson > The Mongolian Stomper defeated J.J. Dillon by disqualification > Thunderbolt Patterson defeated Abdullah the Butcher by disqualification / Notes: J.J. Dillon managed the French Angel.

MARCH 11, 1978 (SATURDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – WTCG STUDIOS (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Mr. Wrestling #2 defeated Jack Ruffian > Stan Hansen defeated Larry Cheatham > Tommy Rich & Steve Regal defeated Jacques Goulet & Abdul Zataar > Tape: Ric Flair versus Joe Furr > Wolfgang & Helmut Schmidt defeated Pierre Lefebvre & John Ruggers / Notes: This was taped for the “Georgia Championship Wrestling” television program hosted by Gordon Solie. On this episode, Nick Bockwinkel demonstrated the figure four leglock on Ricky Hood. When Bockwinkel refused to release the hold, Mr. Wrestling #2 charged the ring to break it up, and in the chaos accidentally knocked Gordon Solie unconscious. Freddy Miller finished hosting the show, but Solie made a return toward the end of the episode. Bobby Heenan managed Bockwinkel. Rock Hunter managed Wolfgang & Helmut Schmidt.

MARCH 11, 1979 (SUNDAY) – MACON, GA – MACON COLISEUM (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > John Wolfe defeated Jerry Roberts > Pierre Lefebvre defeated Frank Dusek > Mr. Wrestling #1 defeated Larry Latham > Bob Armstrong defeated Luke Graham > Tommy Rich defeated Blackjack Lanza > Stan Hansen & Wahoo McDaniel defeated Ole Anderson & the Masked Superstar / Notes: Bobby Heenan managed Blackjack Lanza

MARCH 11, 1981 (WEDNESDAY) – COLUMBUS, GA – COLUMBUS MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Ted Oates versus Bobby Eaton > Jim Duggan versus Charlie Cook > Kevin Sullivan & Jos LeDuc versus Steve Keirn & Steve O > Ted DiBiase versus Buddy Roberts > Texas Death Match: Don Carson versus Mr. Wrestling #2 / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found. Michael Hayes and Terry Gordy joined Buddy Roberts at the ring during his match with Ted DiBiase. The Mongolian Stomper joined Don Carson at the ring during his match with Mr. Wrestling #2.

MARCH 11, 1982 (THURSDAY) – TOLEDO, OH – SPORTS ARENA (Les Thatcher – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Michael Hayes versus Buzz Sawyer > Ron Bass versus Bob Armstrong > Tommy Rich & Mr. Wrestling #2 versus Harley Race & the Super Destroyer / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found.

MARCH 11, 1984 (SUNDAY) – MACON, GA – MACON COLISEUM (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Sweet Brown Sugar defeated Les Thornton > Nikolai Volkoff defeated Tommy Rogers > The Spoiler defeated Pez Whatley > Brad Armstrong defeated Larry Zbyszko > Ron Garvin, Wahoo McDaniel & King Kong Bundy defeated Jake Roberts & the Road Warriors by disqualification / Notes: Paul Ellering managed Jake Roberts, the Spoiler, and the Road Warriors.

MARCH 11, 1984 (SUNDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – OMNI COLISEUM [P] (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Rocky Jones defeated Jesse Barr > Jack & Jerry Brisco defeated Tommy Rogers & Sweet Brown Sugar > Tim Horner defeated Larry Zbyszko > Ron Garvin & Brad Armstrong defeated Jake Roberts & the Spoiler > King Kong Bundy defeated Nikolai Volkoff > The Road Warriors defeated Jay Youngblood & Wahoo McDaniel / Notes: Paul Ellering managed Jake Roberts, the Spoiler, and the Road Warriors.

MARCH 11, 1984 (SUNDAY) – SAVANNAH, GA – SAVANNAH CIVIC CENTER (Aaron Newman – Promoter / Jim Crockett Promotions) > Pinky Larson defeated Ben Alexander > Vinnie Valentino defeated Bob Bass > Ernie Ladd defeated Rufus R. Jones by disqualification > Don Kernodle & Bob Orton, Jr., defeated Johnny Weaver & Mark Youngblood > Cage Match: Dick Slater defeated Greg Valentine > Hair versus Mask Match: Jimmy Valiant defeated Assassin #2

MARCH 11, 1985 (MONDAY) – MOUNT HOLLY, NJ (Ole Anderson – Promoter / Championship Wrestling from Georgia) > Pete Sanchez and Davey O’ Hannon wrestled to a draw > Pez Whatley defeated J.J. Dillon > Billy Graham defeated Manuel Soto > Larry Zbyszko defeated Rocky Jones > Bob Backlund defeated Ron Bass > Sgt. Slaughter defeated Ivan Koloff by countout

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, Thomas Bugg, 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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