Southeastern Wrestling Nostalgia for 2-17-09

Bill Behrens

 

FEBRUARY 17, 1926 (WEDNESDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (John Contos – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Amateur Match: Ernest Meadows and Doc Langford wrestled to a draw > Charley Gotch versus Wladek Zbyszko > John Paxos defeated Boris Demetroff / Notes: The match between Charley Gotch and Wladek Zbyszko was cancelled when Zbyszko failed to appear.

FEBRUARY 17, 1927 (THURSDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (John Contos – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Wladek Zbyszko defeated Carl Vogel > Paul Jones defeated John Paxos > World Heavyweight Title Match: Joe Stecher* defeated Jim Browning / Notes: Joe Stecher had been the reigning World Heavyweight Champion since he defeated Stanislaus Zbyszko in St. Louis, MO, on May 30, 1925. This version was the one linked back to George Hackenschmidt.

FEBRUARY 17, 1933 (FRIDAY) – AVONDALE, GA – AVONDALE ARENA (Wesley Brownlee – Promoter) > Lloyd Brown versus Floyd Owens > Pete Rogers versus Young Gotch > Bob Anderson versus Whitey Patterson / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found. There was also a boxing match, but no details were provided following the card.

FEBRUARY 17, 1937 (WEDNESDAY) – AUGUSTA, GA – NEW COLISEUM (Bill Metzger – Promoter) > George Dussette defeated Jack Peterson (2-0) > Stanley Buresch defeated Mike Nazarian (2-0)

FEBRUARY 17, 1948 (TUESDAY) – EAST POINT, GA – EAST POINT MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Fred Ward – Promoter / Fred Ward Promotions) > Tony Mello and the Green Hornet wrestled to a draw > Bob Shipp versus Jack Blackstock > George Schnabel versus Bob Crutchfield / Notes: Aside from the match between Tony Mello and the Green Hornet, no documented results for the remaining matches on this card have been found.

FEBRUARY 17, 1958 (MONDAY) – AUGUSTA, GA – WILLIAM BELL AUDITORIUM (Robert McCoy – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Emile Dupree versus Kurt Von Brawner > Karl Heinkler versus Rocky Columbo > Texas Death Match: Ray Gunkel versus the Mighty Yankee / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found.

FEBRUARY 17, 1960 (WEDNESDAY) – COLUMBUS, GA – COLUMBUS SPORTS ARENA (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Ricky Longino defeated Krusher Larson by disqualification > Krusher Larson & the Great John L. defeated Bill Dromo & Ricky Longino > Freddie Blassie versus Vince Bryant ruled a no contest

FEBRUARY 17, 1961 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Juan Harkey versus Guy Mitchell > Gypsy Joe & Skull Murphy versus Bill Dromo & Chief Little Eagle > Women’s Match: Judy Grable versus Rita Cortez > Dick the Bruiser versus Yukon Eric / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found.

FEBRUARY 17, 1964 (MONDAY) – AUGUSTA, GA – WILLIAM BELL AUDITORIUM (Steve Manderson – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Joe Scarpa defeated Lorenzo Parente > Buddy Fuller defeated Rube Wright > Bill Dromo & Chief Little Eagle versus Stan Stasiak & Red Roberts ruled a no contest

FEBRUARY 17, 1967 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Midget Match: Lord Littlebrook defeated Frenchy Lamont > Bobby Hart defeated Greg Peterson > Ray Gunkel defeated Nick Adams > Nick Kozak defeated Oki Shikina > Georgia Heavyweight Title Match: Buddy Fuller* defeated El Mongol > Southern Tag Team Title Match: Lars & Gene Anderson* defeated Enrique & Ramon Torres / Notes: Jack Crawford managed El Mongol. Buddy Fuller had been the reigning Georgia Heavyweight Champion since he defeated Mario Galento on May 28, 1965, in Atlanta. It is unclear as to how Lars & Gene Anderson came to be recognized as Southern Tag Team Champions. The last reference we have shows the title being held up pending a review of a December 31, 1966, match between champions Enrique & Ramon Torres and the Andersons in Atlanta.

FEBRUARY 17, 1970 (TUESDAY) – MACON, GA – MACON CITY AUDITORIUM (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Leon Ogle defeated Jack Vansky > Greg Peterson defeated Duke Savage > Paul DeMarco defeated Doug Gilbert > Southeastern Tag Team Title Match (DQ Rule Waived): Alberto & Ramon Torres defeated the Assassins* to win title / Notes: For the match with Alberto & Ramon Torres, the Assassins were required to wear different colored wrestling tights. The Assassins had been billed as Southeastern Tag Team Champions since January 27, 1970.

FEBRUARY 17, 1973 (SATURDAY) – “ALL-SOUTH CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING” (Ann Gunkel – Promoter / All-South Wrestling Alliance) > The Avenger defeated Krusher Karlson > Georgia Television Title Match: Ox Baker* versus Dick Steinborn / Notes: Ox Baker and Dick Steinborn were scheduled to wrestle each other, but no results were reported after the card.

FEBRUARY 17, 1973 (SATURDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – WTCG STUDIOS (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) / Notes: This was taped for the “Georgia Championship Wrestling” television program hosted by Gordon Solie. J.C. Dykes and the Super Infernos appeared on this episode.

FEBRUARY 17, 1973 (SATURDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – WTCG STUDIOS (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > The Super Infernos defeated Jim McKinney & Bob Orton, Jr. > Jerry Oates defeated Jack Evans > Norvel Austin & Bobo Brazil defeated Tank Morgan & the Destroyer > Sputnik Monroe versus Johnny Eagle > Tarzan Tyler & Arman Hussein defeated Pantera Negra & El Sicodelico > Bob Armstrong versus Rocket Monroe / Notes: This was taped for the “Georgia Championship Wrestling” television program hosted by Gordon Solie. Sputnik Monroe and Johnny Eagle were scheduled to wrestle each other, as were Bob Armstrong and Rocket Monroe, but no results were reported after the card. The Zodiac joined Solie to claim he had been robbed in the Georgia Heavyweight Title tournament because the fans who acted as judges were biased in their decision. Jack Crawford managed Tarzan Tyler. J.C. Dykes managed the Super Infernos, and announced to Capral that he had allowed Chati Yokuchi & Fuji to cancel their management contract.

FEBRUARY 17, 1975 (MONDAY) – AUGUSTA, GA – WILLIAM BELL AUDITORIUM (Charlie Harben – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Billy Spears versus Roberto Soto > Women’s Match: Paula Kaye versus Ann Casey > Roger Kirby versus Don Muraco > Georgia Heavyweight Title Match: Rocky Johnson* versus Jerry Lawler > Jack & Jerry Brisco versus Toru Tanaka & Assassin #2 / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found. Rock Hunter managed Assassin #2 and Toru Tanaka.

FEBRUARY 17, 1978 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Paul Ellering defeated the Invader > Raymond Rougeau and Jacques Goulet wrestled to a draw > Adrian Adonis defeated Jim Dalton > Tommy Rich defeated Luke Graham > Dick Slater defeated Abdullah the Butcher > Ole Anderson & Stan Hansen defeated Andre the Giant & Mr. Wrestling #2 / Notes: Rock Hunter managed Abdullah the Butcher.

FEBRUARY 17, 1979 (SATURDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – WTCG STUDIOS (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > The Masked Superstar defeated Marvin Turner > Tommy Rich & Wahoo McDaniel defeated Larry Latham & Rick Oliver > Blackjack Lanza defeated Chick Donovan > Ted Oates defeated Frank Dusek > Ole Anderson & Stan Hansen defeated Raymond Rougeau & Jerry Roberts > Ric Flair defeated Bill Irwin > Pez Whatley defeated Ken Dillinger > Harley Race defeated Rick McGraw > Sonny King defeated Barry Orton > Ole Anderson & Ivan Koloff defeated Steve Regal & Sandy Ellis / Notes: This was taped for the “Georgia Championship Wrestling” television program hosted by Gordon Solie. Bobby Heenan managed Blackjack Lanza. Mr. Wrestling #1 also appeared on this episode.

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