Southeastern Wrestlng News, Notes & Nostalgia for 2-20-09

Bill Behrens

SOUTHEASTERN WRESTLING NEWS, NOTES, AND NOSTALGIA: 02/20/2009

 

NEWS and NOTES

Thursday’s edition of the NoseBleed Section, hosted by John Cannon and Joe Cowart, was live on location at a wrestling event at Cross Creek High School in Augusta, GA, to raise money for the school’s baseball and softball programs. Highlights include interviews with Ricky Morton of the Rock & Roll Express and GA/SC indy wrestler J.C. Walker, as well as a near-death experience by our very own Evelyn Dicks. The program is a presentation of Georgia Wrestling History’s GWH Radio Network. Click here for the archive.

World Wrestling Entertainment’s SmackDown crew will be in Guadalajara, MX, at Arena VFG, 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, Michelle McCool, Natalya, and the Bella Twins. Bell time is 8:30 PM.

WWE’s RAW/ECW crew will be at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Huntington, WV, tonight. Advertised: John Cena defends the WWE World Heavyweight Title against Randy Orton (not oing to happen, obviously); and Jack Swagger defends the WWE ECW Heavyweight Title against Matt Hardy. Also on the bill: Chris Jericho, CM Punk, Kane, Finlay, Mark Henry, Mickie James, and Beth Phoenix. Bell time is 7:30 PM.

The lineup for tonight’s SmackDown broadcast on MyNetwork TV, from WWE, is as follows: Michelle McCool & Maryse versus Eve Torres & Maria; footage from the Bella Twins’ date with John Morrison & the Miz; Shelton Benjamin & Chavo Guerrero, Jr., versus R-Truth & MVP; Scotty Goldman versus Umaga; and Jeff Hardy versus Edge.

WWE results from the SmackDown house show at Plazas De Toros La Luz in Leon, MX, on February 19: Carlito & Primo Colon over Brian Kendrick & Ezekiel to retain the WWE Tag Team Title; Umaga over the Great Khali; Kung Funaki over Eric Escobar; Shelton Benjamin over MVP to retain the WWE US Heavyweight Title; Brie Bella over Michelle McCool; Jeff Hardy & the Undertaker over Edge & the Big Show; and Triple H over Vladimir Kozlov to retain the WWE Heavyweight Title.

The final overall rating for the Tuesday edition of WWE’s ECW was 1.2.

WWE is wishing Colt Cabana well in his future endeavors. Cabana had been making occasional appearances wrestling as Scotty Goldman.

WWE has announced that the RAW crew will be at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC, on July 27. Tickets go on sale March 7.

Tickets for the following WWE events go on sale Saturday: March 23, at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, MO; March 28, at the Amarillo Civic Center in Amarillo, TX; March 30, in Dallas, TX, at the American Airlines Center; April 7, at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, TX; June 11, at Tesla Arena in Prague, Czech Republic; and June 12, at Belgrade Arena in Belgrade, Serbia.

Total Nonstop Action will be in Macon, GA, at the Macon Coliseum tonight. Advertised: Jeff Jarrett versus Kurt Angle; Beer Money defends the TNA World Tag Team Title against the Latin American Xchange; and Scott Steiner versus A.J. Styles. Also on the bill: Awesome Kong, Eric Young, Consequences Creed, Taylor Wilde, Jimmy Rave, and Sheik Abdul Bashir. Bell time is 7:30 PM.

The final overall rating for Thursday’s edition of TNA’s iMPACT was 1.3.

TNA has signed Robert Roode to a new deal, locking him up through 2014.

Ring of Honor has announced that their weekly program on HDNet will air on Saturday nights at 8:00 PM ET, with the debut on March 21.

A non-title match featuring ROH World Heavyweight Champion Nigel McGuinness versus Jay Briscoe has been add to the February 28 tapings in Philadelphia, PA. In addition to Ric Flair making his ROH debut appearance with ROH in Collinsville, IL, on March 13, matches announced include: Bobby Dempsey, Kevin Steen & El Generico versus the American Wolves (Eddie Edwards, Davey Richards & Chris Hero), with Larry Sweeney, and Roderick Strong versus Jay Briscoe. The first match announced for the Indianapolis, IN, event on March 14 is Kenny Omega versus Claudio Castagnoli.

Global Championship Wrestling will be at the Cafetorium in Locust Fork, AL, tonight. Advertised: For the GCW championship, Scotty Blaze defends vs. Johnny Slaughter. Chrisjen Hayme vs. Joey Lightning. Amos Moses vs. Jesse Pain. The Dynamo vs. Sgt. Hammer. Inhuman Fly vs. Theodore Tutwiler III. Nasty Kritter vs. Omega. Tickets are $10. Bell time is at 7:30. For more information, call (205) 681-9512.

Folkstyle Championship Wrestling will be at the FCW Arena in Sandhill, GA, tonight. Advertised: Cru Jones vs. Scott Steele. Murder One, w/Princeton Gainey III, & a mystery partner vs. Frankie Valentine & J-Rod. Billy Love vs. Bobby Moore. Adam Vega vs. Ron Stalker. Last Soldier vs. J-Bo. Bulldog Raines & "Pretty Boy" Doug Somers are also scheduled to be at the event. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for kids 6-12, and free for kids 5 and under. Doors open at 7:00 and bell time is at 8:00.

Dirty South Pro Wrestling will be at the Knights of Columbus in Pensacola, FL, tonight. Tickets are $10 ringside and $5 general. Doors open at 6:00 and bell time is at 7:00.

Alternative Pro Wrestling will be at the Cherry Street Gym in Royston, GA, tonight.

CWF Mid-Atlantic will be at the Carolina Sports Arena in Burlington, NC, tonight.

Pro Wrestling Eklipse will be at Jo Bob’s Gym in Zephyrhills, FL, tonight.

The Pro Wrestling Federation will be at the National Guard Armory in Kingsport, TN, tonight.

Showtime All-Star Wrestling will be at the SAW Mill in Millersville, TN, tonight. Click here for Larry Goodman’s review of the January 17 broadcast of SAW.

The Southern Wrestling Federation will be at the SWF Arena in Tullahoma, TN, tonight.

The United States Wrestling Organization will be at the Stadium Inn in Nashville, TN, tonight.

The Universal Wrestling Council will be at the Fairfield Gym in Kinston, NC, 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: Antonio Inoki (1943) and Gail Kim (1976).

Today In Memoriam: Bobby Shane (27, 1973), Swede Hanson (68, 2002), Tony Altimore (74, 2003), and Joe Esposito (89, 2005).

As we have been plugging shamelessly for months on Peach State Pandemonium, Les Thatcher has and Elite Pro Wrestling Training camp coming up in March, working with NWA Anarchy and any non-Anarchy talent who wishes to attend. Thatcher will be in Cornelia, GA, March 20-22. If you would like to attend the camp, call (425) 355-3914 for more information. Thatcher will also be in Huntsville, TX, March 27-29 for AWA Texas/XWO Reborn. For more information on how to attend, call (936) 714-3103.

Southern Extreme Championship Wrestling will be at the VFW Fairgrounds in Carrollton, GA, on February 28. Advertised: For the SECW tag title, Bulldog Raines & Josh Stone defends vs. the Nightmare & Kyle Matthews. Cru Jones vs. Rob Adonis. Frankie Valentine & J-Rod vs. Sal Rinauro in a lumberjack match. Micah Taylor vs. Jeremy Vain. For the SECW women’s championship, "the Hawaiian Princess" Tracy Taylor defends vs. Sumie Sakai, w/Shooting Star. Adrian Hawkins vs. Andrew Pendleton III. Tickets are $8, and kids under 7 get in free. Doors open at 6:30 and bell time is at 7:30. For more information, call (678) 651-0144.

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 20, 1933 (MONDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Henry Weber – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Whitey Hewitt defeated Pat Hurley at 37:00 (2-0) > Pete Sauer defeated Milo Steinborn at 42:00 (2-1) / Notes: It was reported that 5,000 were in attendance for this card.

FEBRUARY 20, 1933 (MONDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – HOWELL MILL ARENA (F.P. Owens – Promoter) > John Mauldin versus Whitey Patterson / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found.

FEBRUARY 20, 1933 (MONDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ODD FELLOWS HALL (Bob Anderson – Promoter) > Bob Anderson versus John Dameron / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found.

FEBRUARY 20, 1934 (TUESDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – BELLWOOD ARENA (Bellwood Athletic Club – Promoters) > Wesley Brownlee versus Eddie Wagner > Charlie Harben versus Harry Nixon > Hugh Winn versus Bill Collins / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found.

FEBRUARY 20, 1934 (TUESDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – HOWELL MILL ARENA (C.W. Bennett – Promoter) > Gorilla Tucker versus Young Londos > Bull Schmidt versus Whitey Patterson > John Mauldin versus Chief Lakeside / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found.

FEBRUARY 20, 1939 (MONDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – WARREN ARENA (Frank Bettis and Cleve Roby – Promoters) > Benny Cohen defeated John Mauldin by disqualification > Glenn Cowan defeated Red Dugan > Southern Light Heavyweight Title Match: the Red Devil defeated Jack McAdams* by disqualification / Notes: Jack McAdams had been the reigning Southern Light Heavyweight Champion since he defeated Eddie Williams on November 14, 1938, in Atlanta, GA.

FEBRUARY 20, 1946 (WEDNESDAY) – SAVANNAH, GA – SAVANNAH MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Lou Masters, Dick Leonard, and Buster White – Promoters) > Tarzan White defeated Jack Dillon > Jack Singer defeated Sammy Stein > Jack Wentworth defeated Charlie Harben

FEBRUARY 20, 1948 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Roland Kirchmeyer defeated Henry Piers > Al Galento and Jimmy Lott wrestled to a draw > Al Massey & Jack Ross, Jr., defeated Joe Marsh & Rudy Strongberg > Paul Stanlee defeated Tom Mahoney / Notes: Jack Dempsey was the special referee for the match between Paul Stanlee and Tom Mahoney.

FEBRUARY 20, 1950 (MONDAY) – AUGUSTA, GA – AUGUSTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Tom Mahoney – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Tom Mahoney versus Chief Saunooke > Nick Carter versus Jim Coffield > Don McIntyre versus Bibber McCoy / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found.

FEBRUARY 20, 1953 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM [P] (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Mike Paidousis defeated Jack Steele > Tex Riley versus Red Dugan > Women’s Match: Kathleen Wimbley versus Betty White > Southern Heavyweight Title Match: Don McIntyre defeated Aldo Bogni* to win title > Mayes McLain defeated Leslie Carlton / Notes: Tex Riley and Red Dugan were scheduled to wrestle each other, as were Kathleen Wimbley and Betty White, but no results were reported after the card. Aldo Bogni had been the reigning Southern Heavyweight Champion since he defeated Don McIntyre on January 26, 1953, in Augusta. James Hartley managed Leslie Carlton. Of all the programs we have between the last one mentioned, this is the first to resume listing staff members of the Atlanta office, showing that Bill Hartman (Ticket Sales, and now credited also as Bookkeeper) and Simon Davis (Timekeeper) are still involved in the promotion. Ray McCay, despite still doing the main event matches on WQXI 790 AM radio, is not referenced in this program. There is a plug once again for Stan Raymond’s “Sportscope” radio show, seemingly back on WATL AM radio Monday through Friday at 6:15 PM. It was announced that Jim Siskay would debut on March 7, 1953, and that Gorgeous George was scheduled to headline that card. It was also announced that Jack O’Brien would be wrestling in Atlanta soon.

FEBRUARY 20, 1956 (MONDAY) – AUGUSTA, GA – WILLIAM BELL AUDITORIUM (Tom Mahoney – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Jackie Nichols versus Pierre LaSalle > Jack O’Brien versus Roger Mackay > Tom Drake versus Paul DeGaulle > Pierre LaSalle, Jack O’Brien & Paul DeGaulle versus Roger Mackay, Tom Drake & Jackie Nichols / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found.

FEBRUARY 20, 1957 (WEDNESDAY) – AUGUSTA, GA – WILLIAM BELL AUDITORIUM (Tom Mahoney – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Guy LaRose versus Mr. X > Jerry Graham, Mark & Donn Lewin versus Pierre LaSalle, Red McIntyre & Chief Big Heart / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found.

FEBRUARY 20, 1959 (FRIDAY) – MARIETTA, GA – LARRY BELL AUDITORIUM (Elmo Chappell – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Doug Gilbert and Skull Murphy wrestled to a draw > Chief Little Eagle defeated Jack O’Brien > Freddie Blassie & Skull Murphy defeated Doug & Johnny Gilbert

FEBRUARY 20, 1961 (MONDAY) – AUGUSTA, GA – WILLIAM BELL AUDITORIUM (Robert McCoy – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Bill Dromo & Guy Mitchell versus Skull Murphy & Killer Campbell / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found. Jim Burke and Bill Alexander were also scheduled to appear on this card.

FEBRUARY 20, 1962 (TUESDAY) – MACON, GA – MACON CITY AUDITORIUM (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Charley Laye defeated Bobby Christy > Eduardo Martinez defeated Juan Sebastian > US Tag Team Title Texas Tornado Match: the Assassins* defeated Rito & Tito Carreon at 52:00 / Notes: The Assassins had been the reigning US Tag Team Champions since they defeated Eddie Graham & Dick Steinborn on January 26, 1962, in Atlanta.

FEBRUARY 20, 1963 (WEDNESDAY) – COLUMBUS, GA – COLUMBUS SPORTS ARENA (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Chief Little Eagle versus the Bat ruled a no contest > Women’s Match: the Fabulous Moolah defeated Bette Boucher (2-0) > The Steve Boys defeated George Bell & Lenny Montana by disqualification (2-1) / Notes: The Bat opened a cut over Chief Little Eagle’s eye during their match. It was reported that 1,474 were in attendance for this card.

FEBRUARY 20, 1965 (SATURDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – WAII STUDIOS (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Pancho Villa defeated Gino Brito > George & Crybaby Harris defeated Tony Marino & Greg Peterson / Notes: This was for the “Live Atlanta Wrestling” television program hosted by Ed Capral.

FEBRUARY 20, 1968 (TUESDAY) – MACON, GA – MACON CITY AUDITORIUM (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Corsica Jean defeated Mike McGraw > Chris Tolos & Hans Schmidt and Enrique & Alberto Torres wrestled to a draw > Mr. Wrestling defeated Tarzan Tyler

FEBRUARY 20, 1970 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM [P] (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Les Wolff and Fuji wrestled to a draw at 15:00 > Buddy Fuller defeated Buddy Colt by disqualification at 6:00 > Ray Gunkel defeated Chati Yokuchi by disqualification at 5:00 > Joe Scarpa defeated Paul DeMarco at 16:00 > Nick Bockwinkel defeated Wilbur Snyder at 23:00 > Georgia Tag Team Title Match: Doug Gilbert & El Mongol defeated the Assassins* by disqualification / Notes: Homer O’Dell managed Buddy Colt. The Assassins had been the reigning Georgia Tag Team Champions since they, along with Nick Bockwinkel, defeated Doug Gilbert and then champions Ray Gunkel & Buddy Fuller in a special six-man tag team match with the title on the line on December 19, 1969, in Atlanta. The Assassins had vowed that if they lost the title to Doug Gilbert & El Mongol, they would unmask in the ring following the match. The Assassins had initially been declared winners of the match, but when they attacked their opponents following the bell, the decision was reversed. Gilbert was reportedly injured during the chaos. The match between Wilbur Snyder and Nick Bockwinkel ended when both men collided in the middle of the ring, and Snyder’s hand landed across the chest of Bockwinkel, giving him the win when the referee counted to three. Leo Garibaldi and Eddie Smith were credited as being referees for this card. The program for this card featured an advertisement for Maria’s Restaurant of Mexican Food, owned by El Mongol, located at 4300 Buford Highway. It says if you were to go and mention the ad, you would receive a free 8×10 autographed photo of Mongol, and that the lunch specials were $0.99.

FEBRUARY 20, 1971 (SATURDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – WQXI STUDIOS (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Luke Graham defeated Sabu Singh > The Assassins defeated Jim Wilson & El Mongol > The Scorpion defeated Nikita Mulkovitch by disqualification / Notes: This was taped for the “Atlanta TV Wrestling” television program hosted by Ed Capral. Jack Crawford managed Nikita Mulkovitch.

FEBRUARY 20, 1973 (TUESDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM [P] (Ann Gunkel – Promoter / All-South Wrestling Alliance) > Juan Caruso versus Jesse James > Ted Oates versus the Champ > Tommy Seigler versus Oki Shikina > Pedro Godoy versus Kubla Khan > Ray Candy & Bearcat Wilkerson versus Wayne Cowan & Krusher Karlson > Randy Curtis versus Guillotine Gordon > WWWA Women’s Title Match: Marie Vagnone* versus Valerie Griffith > Georgia Tag Team Title Match: Dick Steinborn & Argentina Apollo* versus Bill Bowman & Joe Turner > Bob Ellis, Ernie Ladd & El Mongol defeated Rock Hunter, Ox Baker & Assassin #2 / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found. Rock Hunter managed Assassin #2.

FEBRUARY 20, 1973 (TUESDAY) – MACON, GA – MACON COLISEUM (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Koa Tiki defeated Jack Evans > Norvel Austin defeated Butcher Brannigan > Women’s Battle Royal: Vicky Williams defeated Donna Christianello, Dottie Downs, Joyce Grable, Susan Green, Debbie Johnson, Paula Kaye, Toni Rose, and Lilly Thomas > Women’s World Title Match: the Fabulous Moolah* versus Vicky Williams ruled a no contest > Bob Armstrong, Bill Dromo & Eddie Graham defeated Tank Morgan, Chati Yokuchi & Fuji / Notes: The battle royal was to determine the challenger for the match with the Fabulous Moolah.

FEBRUARY 20, 1976 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM [P] (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Tony Charles defeated Ken Mantell > Ted Oates and Rick Martel wrestled to a draw > Jerry Oates defeated Les Thornton > Thunderbolt Patterson defeated Skandor Akbar > Stan Stasiak & Abdullah the Butcher defeated Dick Slater & Bob Armstrong > The Spoiler defeated Andre the Giant / Notes: Gary Hart managed the Spoiler.

FEBRUARY 20, 1978 (MONDAY) – AUGUSTA, GA – WILLIAM BELL AUDITORIUM (Charlie Harben – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Paul Ellering versus the Invader > Raymond Rougeau versus Jim Dalton > Adrian Adonis versus Blackjack Mulligan > Ole Anderson & Stan Hansen versus Mr. Wrestling #2 & “Mystery Partner” > Andre the Giant versus Abdullah the Butcher / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found. It is unclear as to who the mystery partner was to Mr. Wrestling #2 in the match with Ole Anderson & Stan Hansen. Rock Hunter managed Abdullah the Butcher.

FEBRUARY 20, 1980 (WEDNESDAY) – COLUMBUS, GA – COLUMBUS MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Harley Race defeated Steve Travis > Tommy Rich defeated Austin Idol

FEBRUARY 20, 1981 (FRIDAY) – PORTERDALE, GA (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Les Thornton and Steve Keirn wrestled to a draw > Steve O defeated Bobby Eaton > Robert Fuller & Mr. Wrestling #2 defeated Terry Gordy & Buddy Roberts > Andre the Giant defeated the Mongolian Stomper / Notes: Michael Hayes joined Terry Gordy and Buddy Roberts at the ring during their match with Robert Fuller & Mr. Wrestling #2. Don Carson managed the Mongolian Stomper.

FEBRUARY 20, 1983 (SUNDAY) – COLUMBUS, OH – OHIO CENTER (Les Thatcher – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Bob Roop defeated Joe Lightfoot > Paul Orndorff defeated Buck Robley > Bruiser Brody defeated Tito Santana > Dick Murdoch defeated the Iron Sheik > Butch Reed defeated Ivan Koloff > Buzz Sawyer defeated Tommy Rich > Bunkhouse Match: Stan Hansen defeated Ole Anderson

FEBRUARY 20, 1985 (WEDNESDAY) – PITTSBURGH, PA (Ole Anderson – Promoter / Championship Wrestling from Georgia) > The Barbarian defeated Sean O’ Riley > Dick Slater defeated Leopard Man > J.J. Dillon defeated Brian O’ Riley > Magnum T.A. defeated Davey G > Ron Bass and Buzz Tyler wrestled to a draw > Manny Fernandez & Dusty Rhodes defeated Ivan & Nikita Koloff > Bob Backlund defeated Black Bart > Wahoo McDaniel defeated Ricky Steamboat

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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