Southeastern Wrestling News, Notes & Nostalgia for 2-22-09

Bill Behrens

SOUTHEASTERN WRESTLING NEWS, NOTES, AND NOSTALGIA: 02/22/2009

 

NEWS and NOTES

Tonight’s edition of MMA Sunday, hosted by the Canvas Chronicle’s Ric Gillespie and Casey Trowbridge of MMA Blitz, will feature an open discussion of events in the world of mixed martial arts, the latest news, and previews of things to come, beginning at 9:00 PM ET. Josh Haeder and Elaina Maxwell are also expected to take part in this edition. The program is brought to you by Georgia Wrestling History’s GWH Radio Network.

World Wrestling Entertainment’s SmackDown crew will be in Santiago, CL, at Movistar Arena, tonight. Advertised: Triple H, the Undertaker, Edge, Jeff Hardy, Matt Hardy, the Big Show, Vladimir Kozlov, Umaga, Shelton Benjamin, the Great Khali, MVP, R-Truth, Carlito, Primo Colon, Brian Kendrick, Ezekiel, Michelle McCool, Natalya, and the Bella Twins. Bell time is 7:00 PM.

WWE’s RAW/ECW crew will be in Asheville, NC, at the Asheville Civic Center today. Advertised: John Cena, Randy Orton, Chris Jericho, CM Punk, Christian, Kane, Melina, Beth Phoenix, Kofi Kingston, Cody Rhodes, Ted DiBiase, Jr., and Finlay. Bell time is 5:00 PM. In a brief Asheville newspaper article on Friday plugging this event, Cena was referred to as the WWE World Heavyweight Champion.

WWE results from the RAW/ECW house show at the Viking Hall Civic Center in Bristol, TN, on February 21: Mickie James & Melina over Beth Phoenix & Jillian Hall; Tommy Dreamer over Paul Burchill; Cody Rhodes & Ted DiBiase, Jr., over Cryme Tyme; CM Punk over Kane to retain the WWE Inter-Continental Heavyweight Title; Jack Swagger over Christian to retain the WWE ECW Heavyweight Title; Chris Jericho over Kofi Kingston; and John Cena over Randy Orton.

WWE results from the SmackDown house show at Estadio Nacional in Lima, PE, on February 21: the Great Khali over Eric Escobar; Primo Colon over Brian Kendrick; Vladimir Kozlov over Kung Funaki; Shelton Benjamin over Carlito & MVP in a three-way to retain the WWE US Heavyweight Title; Nikki Bella over Michelle McCool; Jeff Hardy & the Undertaker over Edge & Umaga; and Triple H over the Big Show to retain the WWE Heavyweight Title.

WWE results from the RAW/ECW house show at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Huntington, WV, on February 20: Mickie James & Melina over Beth Phoenix & Jiliian Hall; Tommy Dreamer over Paul Burchill; Cody Rhodes & Ted DiBiase, Jr., over Cryme Tyme; CM Punk over Kane to retain the WWE Inter-Continental Heavyweight Title; Jack Swagger over Christian to retain the WWE ECW Heavyweight Title; Chris Jericho over Kofi Kingston; and John Cena over Randy Orton.

WWE results from the SmackDown house show at Arena VFG in Guadalajara, MX, on February 20: the Great Khali over Eric Escobar; Primo Colon over Brian Kendrick; Vladimir Kozlov over Kung Funaki; Shelton Benjamin over Carlito Colon & MVP to retain the WWE US Heavyweight Title; Michelle McCool & Natalya over the Bella Twins; Jeff Hardy & the Undertaker over Edge & Umaga; and Triple H over the Big Show to retain the WWE Heavyweight Title.

Tickets for the following WWE event go on sale Monday: June 10, at Helsingin Jaahalli in Helsinki, Finland.

Total Nonstop Action has parted ways with Sonjay Dutt. His contract has expired without being renewed. Dutt can now be booked via showbis@aol.com.

Pro Wrestling Evolution will be reborn tonight in Woodstock, GA, at the Hot Wheels Skate Center (228 Farm Ridge Road) with "Return to Arms." Advertised: Ace Rockwell vs. Kyle Matthews vs. Slaughter. vs. Super Punk in a fatal four way to crown the first PWE Internet Champion. Will Murder 1 answer Chris King’s Challenge? Tex Monroe & Chip Day vs. the Skeleton Crew. Also, Kareem Abdul Jamar’s Hal-Court Lounge with special guest PWE Peach Sheena Layne. Bell time is 7:30pm.

Riot Wrestling Entertainment will present “Deadlocked” at Element Nightlife in Columbia, SC, tonight. The doors will open at 6:30 PM, with matches getting underway at 7:15 PM. Tickets are $10, $7 with student I.D. This will be an all-ages event. Advertised: Jon Malus takes on Cali Casanova for the RWE Warzone Heavyweight Championship. Hexxon goes one-on-one against Matt Crosby. Nick Kismet battles Matt Graves. Brandon Paradise squares off against J.C. Walker.

Rampage Pro Wrestling will be at Johnny G’s Fun Center in Warner Robins, GA, today. Bell time is 4:00 PM.

“The Wrestler” won Best Picture at Saturday’s Spirit Awards in Santa Moncia, CA. Maryse Alberti picked up the award for Best Cinematography. The Spirit Awards are presented by Film Independent, honoring films not exceeding $20 million budgets.

The 81st Academy Awards ceremony will be broadcast live on ABC tonight at 8:00 PM ET. “The Wrestler” has two nominations: Mickey Rourke for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, and Marisa Tomei is among the finalists for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role.

Click here for Mike Mooneyham’s weekly article for the Charleston Post and Courier. In this edition, he looks at Roddy Piper’s appearance on RAW last week, the Orton-McMahon family feud, the Mick Foley sitcom that never got off the ground, and much more.

Click here for a report for Ultimate Pro Wrestling’s February 21 event from Dave Whitaker.

Championship Wrestling Overload presents "Night Of Champions" on March 28 at the American Legion Pavilion in Wrightsville, GA. Ticket information is as follows: Adult tickets $5, Kids 6-12 $3, kids 5 and under get in free. Bell time is at 7:00pm. Advertised: In the main event for the CWO National Heavyweight Championship, Ringlord will defend the title against Derrick Andrew Reynolds, and VIP will defend the CWO Georgia Tag Team Championship against Twisted and a mystery partner. More matches will be announced in the weeks ahead.

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

FEBRUARY 22, 1934 (THURSDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – LAKEWOOD HEIGHTS ARENA (Frank Bettis – Promoter) > Leon Fuller versus Young Londos > John Mauldin versus Jim Zbyszko > No TL Match: Bill Collins versus Tarzan Jordan / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found.

FEBRUARY 22, 1934 (THURSDAY) – AVONDALE, GA – AVONDALE ARENA (Wesley Brownlee – Promoter) > Pat Williams versus Fred Borg > Herman Gotch versus Bull Schmidt > Harry Nixon versus Chief Lakeside > The Shadow versus the Masked Marvel / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found. The stipulation of the match between the Shadow and the Masked Marvel was that both men were to remove their masked prior to the bout. Although results are not available, it was later reported that they were identified as Stanley Buresch and Ted Radcliffe, respectively.

FEBRUARY 22, 1935 (FRIDAY) – AVONDALE, GA – AVONDALE ARENA (Frank Bettis and Cleve Roby – Promoters) > Eddie Wagner versus John Dameron > Sammy Miller versus Red Dugan > John Mauldin versus the Masked Marvel / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found.

FEBRUARY 22, 1937 (MONDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – SPRING STREET ARENA (Frank Bettis and Cleve Roby – Promoters) > Gene LeBell versus Doc Poole > Joe Wheeler versus Paddy Nolan > Southern Light Heavyweight Title Match: Bill Collins defeated Tarzan Jordan* to win title / Notes: Aside from the match between Bill Collins and Tarzan Jordan, no documented results for the remaining matches on this card have been found. Jordan had been the reigning Southern Light Heavyweight Champion since he defeated Petro Rossi on December 28, 1936, in Atlanta.

FEBRUARY 22, 1946 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Bill Collins and Tarzan White wrestled to a draw > Vic Emanuel defeated Mike Kilonis > Ralph Garibaldi defeated Ben Bennicasa > Dick Lever defeated Laverne Baxter > Al Massey defeated Jack LaRue

FEBRUARY 22, 1947 (SATURDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Marvin Jones versus the Shadow > Don McIntyre versus Jim Coffield > Tom Mahoney & Wally Dusek versus Nick Carter & Laverne Baxter > Iron Man Talun versus the Blimp / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found.

FEBRUARY 22, 1951 (THURSDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – SPORTS ARENA (Jack Troy – Promoter) > Sam Roberts versus the Terrible Turk > Larry King & Tiny Oxford versus Butcher Boy Martin & the Red Devil > Johnny Long defeated Farmer Robinson by disqualification / Notes: Aside from the match between Johnny Long and Farmer Robinson, no documented results for the remaining matches on this card have been found.

FEBRUARY 22, 1951 (THURSDAY) – COLUMBUS, GA – COLUMBUS SPORTS ARENA (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Nick Carter and the Golden Terror wrestled to a draw > Tom Mahoney defeated Bob Orton > Don McIntyre defeated Bobby Lane by disqualification

FEBRUARY 22, 1952 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Nick Carter and Sonny Kurgis wrestled to a draw > Don McIntyre & Mike Paidousis defeated Lou Newman & Jack Dillon > The Mighty Atlas defeated Lou Plummer

FEBRUARY 22, 1954 (MONDAY) – AUGUSTA, GA – WILLIAM BELL AUDITORIUM (Tom Mahoney – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Reyes Nacho defeated Leo Numa > Tinker Todd defeated Jack Dillon by disqualification > Women’s Match: Ida Mae Martinez defeated Shirley West (2-0) > Frank Taylor defeated Don McIntyre (2-1)

FEBRUARY 22, 1957 (FRIDAY) – MARIETTA, GA – LARRY BELL AUDITORIUM (Elmo Chappell – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Donn Lewin defeated Pierre LaSalle at 33:00 > Southern Heavyweight Title Match: Red McIntyre* defeated Mark Lewin by disqualification / Notes: It is unclear as to how Red McIntyre came to be recognized as Southern Heavyweight Champion. The last reference we have shows Jerry Graham winning the title from Chief Big Heart on January 11, 1957, in Atlanta.

FEBRUARY 22, 1957 (FRIDAY) – FOREST PARK, GA – FOREST PARK HIGH SCHOOL GYMNASIUM (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Guy LaRose versus Mr. X > Jerry Graham versus Chief Big Heart / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found.

FEBRUARY 22, 1961 (WEDNESDAY) – COLUMBUS, GA – COLUMBUS SPORTS ARENA (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Bill Dromo, Guy Mitchell & Chief Little Eagle defeated Gypsy Joe, Skull Murphy & Killer Campbell

FEBRUARY 22, 1963 (FRIDAY) – GRIFFIN, GA (Don McIntyre – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) Notes: A card was scheduled for this date, but no information is available.

FEBRUARY 22, 1963 (FRIDAY) – MARIETTA, GA – LARRY BELL AUDITORIUM (Elmo Chappell – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Bill Zabo versus Matt Jewell > Women’s World Title Match: the Fabulous Moolah* defeated Bette Boucher at 31:00 > The Steve Boys defeated Lenny Montana & Prince Omar / Notes: Bill Zabo and Matt Jewell were scheduled to wrestle each other, but no results were reported after the card. The Fabulous Moolah had been billed as Women’s World Champion since she defeated Judy Grable on September 18, 1956, in Baltimore, MD. However, she was not considered the undisputed champion until June Byers retired with her title, won in Atlanta on August 20, 1954, in a win over Mildred Burke, until Byers retired in 1964.

FEBRUARY 22, 1965 (MONDAY) – AUGUSTA, GA – WILLIAM BELL AUDITORIUM (Steve Manderson – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Pancho Villa defeated Ken Fryer > Joe Scarpa & Gino Brito defeated Crybaby Harris & Red Roberts > Texas Death Match: Mario Galento defeated Bill Dromo

FEBRUARY 22, 1966 (TUESDAY) – MACON, GA – MACON CITY AUDITORIUM (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Derrell Cochran defeated Jack Vansky > Mario Galento defeated Tony Nero > Billy & Bad Boy Hines defeated the Mysterious Medics

FEBRUARY 22, 1969 (SATURDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – WQXI STUDIOS (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Dale Lewis defeated Tim Geohagen > El Mongol defeated Paul DeMarco by disqualification > Bill Dromo & Little John and the Assassins wrestled to a draw / Notes: This was taped for the “Atlanta TV Wrestling” television program hosted by Ed Capral. Ray Gunkel joined Capral as a co-host on this episode, and was confronted by the Assassins. At one point, one of the Assassins slapped Gunkel in the face, but Gunkel kept his composure, leaving the Assassins claiming he was a coward. Gunkel, however, stated to Capral as the Assassins left the area that as a commentator, he felt he should be partly responsible for maintaining order rather than contributing to chaos. Jack Crawford managed Dale Lewis.

FEBRUARY 22, 1972 (TUESDAY) – MACON, GA – MACON COLISEUM (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Jerry Oates and Oki Shikina wrestled to a draw > Karl Von Stroheim defeated Jimmy Dancing Bear > Roberto Soto, Klondike Bill & El Mongol defeated Bepo Mongol & the Assassins > Bill Dromo versus Flash Monroe ruled a no contest / Notes: Assassin #1 managed Karl Von Stroheim and Bepo Mongol.

FEBRUARY 22, 1974 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Ali Vaziri defeated Tojo Yamamoto > Bob Armstrong versus Art Nelson wrestled to a draw > Bobby Duncum & Tojo Yamamoto defeated Jackie Fargo & Roy Lee Welch > Jerry Lawler defeated Robert Fuller by disqualification > Georgia Tag Team Title Match: Bobo Brazil & Rufus R. Jones defeated Ron & Terry Garvin* by disqualification > Georgia Heavyweight Title Match: Mr. Wrestling #2* defeated Mr. Wrestling #1 by disqualification / Notes: Roy Lee Welch substituted for Ricky Gibson to team with Jackie Fargo in the match with Bobby Duncum & Tojo Yamamoto. Jimmy Garvin managed Ron & Terry Garvin.

FEBRUARY 22, 1976 (SUNDAY) – MACON, GA – MACON COLISEUM (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Ted Oates defeated Moondog Mayne by disqualification > Jerry Oates defeated Mitsu Hata > Skip Young defeated Wildman Davis > Rick Martel defeated Taru Hayashi > Stan Stasiak & Abdullah the Butcher defeated Bob Armstrong & Ken Mantell > Andre the Giant defeated the Spoiler > Battle Royal: Andre the Giant (Winner) / Notes: It is unclear as to the reason for the battle royal. Gary Hart managed the Spoiler.

FEBRUARY 22, 1977 (TUESDAY) – MACON, GA – MACON COLISEUM (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Don Kernodle defeated Scott Irwin > Bill Howard defeated Ricky Steamboat > Bob Backlund and Raymond Rougeau wrestled to a draw > Mr. Wrestling #1 defeated Gene Anderson > Abdullah the Butcher & the French Angel defeated Black Atlas & Mr. Wrestling #2 > Thunderbolt Patterson defeated Ole Anderson / Notes: J.J. Dillon managed the French Angel.

FEBRUARY 22, 1979 (THURSDAY) – ROME, GA – ROME MEMORIAL GYMNASIUM (Charlie Harben – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Ole Anderson versus Thunderbolt Patterson > Stan Hansen versus Wahoo McDaniel / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found. Blackjack Lanza and Mr. Wrestling #1 were also advertised.

FEBRUARY 22, 1982 (MONDAY) – AUGUSTA, GA – WILLIAM BELL AUDITORIUM (Charlie Harben – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Tommy Rogers versus Buck Brannigan > Jerry Oates versus Ken Timbs > Kevin Sullivan versus Jimmy Garvin > NWA World Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Les Thornton* versus Ted Oates > Ron Bass & Buzz Sawyer versus Leroy Brown & Big Red / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found.

FEBRUARY 22, 1984 (WEDNESDAY) – GRAND RAPIDS, MI (Les Thatcher – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Jesse Barr defeated Johnny Rich > Les Thornton defeated Tommy Rogers > Stan Hansen versus Nikolai Volkoff ruled a no contest > Brad Armstrong defeated the Spoiler > The Road Warriors defeated Pez Whatley & King Kong Bundy / Notes: The Spoiler substituted for Ted DiBiase in the match with Brad Armstrong. Pez Whatley substituted for Brett Sawyer to team with King Kong Bundy in the match with the Road Warriors. Paul Ellering managed the Spoiler and the Road Warriors.

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, and Richard O’Sullivan.

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