Southeastern Wrestling News, Notes & Nostalgia for 2-15-09

Bill Behrens

SOUTHEASTERN WRESTLING NEWS, NOTES, AND NOSTALGIA: 02/15/2009

 

NEWS and NOTES

Tonight’s edition of MMA Sunday, hosted by the Casey Trowbridge from Combat Hooligans, along with Joshua Haeder, features a weekly recap of events in the world of mixed martial arts, the latest news, and previews of things to come, beginning at 9:00 PM ET. The featured guest for tonight’s show is Mike Swick, currently riding a 3-fight win streak. The program is brought to you by Georgia Wrestling History’s GWH Radio Network.

World Wrestling Entertainment will broadcast No Way Out live from the Key Arena in Seattle, WA, tonight. Advertised: John Cena defends the WWE World Heavyweight Title in an elimination chamber match against Chris Jericho, Kofi Kingston, Rey Mysterio, Jr., Mike Knox, and Kane; Edge defends the WWE Heavyweight Title in an elimination chamber match against Jeff Hardy, Vladimir Kozlov, Triple H, the Undertaker, and the Big Show; Randy Orton versus Shane McMahon in a no-holds-barred match; Shawn Michaels versus JBL, to determine whether Michaels gets his freedom from JBL, or stays under contract to him for life; and Jack Swagger defends the WWE ECW Heavyweight Title against Finlay.

Rampage Pro Wrestling will be at Johnny G’s Fun Center in Warner Robins, GA, today. Advertised: Cru Jones, Colt Derringer & Sal Rinauro vs. Micah Taylor, Chip Day & a mystery partner. For the cruiserweight championship, J-Rod vs. Kyle Mathews. Cash Vault vs. Slaughter Pit. Murder 1 vs. Chris Jacobs. For the Intercontinental championship, A.J. Steele defends vs. Ron Stalker. Tickets are $5. Bell time is at 4:00. For more information, call (478) 329-8002.

New Heights Wrestling will be at the Walton County Shriners Club in DeFuniak Springs, FL, today. Advertised: For the NHW cruiserweight championship, Chris Tighe defends vs. Street Bandit. "BTY" Colby Godwin vs. "the Famous One" Joe Milo. "Chocolate Boy Wonder" Marcus Gibbs vs. "Pure" Doug Pitt. Tickets are $5, and kids 6 and under get in for free. Bell time is at 2:00.

The Micro Wrestling Federation will be at the Rollerscape Skating Rink in Tullahoma, 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: Hugo Savinovich (1959) and Larry Sweeney (1982).

Today In Memoriam: Mark Tender (55, 1990), Bill MacMurray (79, 1997), Louie Spicolli (27, 1998), Paddy Casey (92, 2002), Michiaki Yoshimura (76, 2003), and Johnny Weaver (72, 2008).

NWA Main Event promoter Mike Porter issued the following press release: “NWA Main Event Wrestling regrets that our relationship with the ION Network has ended. We have enjoyed our working relationship for the past 45 weeks. We have been in negotiations with another TV outlet for the past several weeks and we are ready to sign the deal. As soon as the contract is finalized, an announcement will be made as to time and channel. Sometimes we felt that our hands were tied at ION as to what we could show and say on air. We have a new building that we are doing our TV tapings at the Community Life Center, 413 Veritas St. in Nashville. The tapings will continue every Saturday. Bell time is 8 P. M. We also will begin our monthly shows at the Fairgrounds. Our first date will be announced soon. This couple of weeks off will give us an opportunity to change the lighting in the building and put up drapes and even build an entrance way. Also we have ordered new equipment to update what we have and we will have that equipment in place within a few days. We are also upgrading our talent roster with the addition of several new wrestlers. Details will be announced as they become available. Thanks to all of our fans for their support and stay tuned!”

Check out this week’s Aftershock from Alternative Pro Wrestling for a recap of their "Friday the 13th" event.

Pro Wrestling Fusion was in Davie, FL, on February 13. Results: Fantastic Dantastic defeated Johnny Allnight. Chris Jones defeated Christopher Gray by DQ. King Kong Fu defeated C.J. O’Doyle. Billy Fives defeated Jon Davis. Daron Smythe defeated Kory Chavis. Steve Madison defeated Homicide to retain the PWF championship.

United States Wrestling Organization results from February 13 at the Stadium Inn in Nashville, TN, with 57 in attendance: Justin Spade beat Shawn Hoodrich; USWO Jr. Champion Jason Xavier beat Bryan Casey (with Ronnie Vegas); Justin Spade beat Convict Clown; Tim Renesto & Saint beat Trakan Mathias & Jason Xavier when Renesto pinned Mathias after hitting him with an international object; L.T. Falk beat Lee Cross by DQ when Saint & Renesto interfered; Josh Crowe & Damien Payne (with Ronnie Vegas) beat Shane Eden & Steven Green in a 2/3 falls match to win the USWO Tag Team Championship; USWO Champion Michael Jablonski vs. Derrick Neal was a no-contest after Jablonski gigged Neal with a fork.

World Wrestling Alliance 4 will be at the WWA4 Wrestling School in Atlanta, GA, on February 18. Admission is free. Bell time is at 8:00.

Florida Championship Wrestling will be at the FCW Arena in Tampa, FL, on February 19. Tickets are $10, and $5 for kids 10 and under. Bell time is at 7:30.

FCW will be at the Lake County Fairgrounds’ Expo Hall in Eustis, FL, on February 25. Tickets, which are available at Buddy’s Home Furnishing in Apopka, FL, are $20 ringside reserved, $12 general admission, and $8 for kids. Bell time is at 7:30.

FCW will be at the Plant City Armory in Plant City, FL, on February 27. Tickets are $30 Golden VIP for the first row, $20 reserved ringside for rows 2-3, $12 for general admission, and $8 for kids. Bell time is at 7:30.

FCW was at the FCW Arena in Tampa, FL, on February 12. Results: Yoshitatsu & Tank Rotunda defeated Brian Jossie & Jon Cutter. Kris Logan defeated Byron Wilcott. Ryback defeated Lupe Santiago. Rosa Mendes defeated Jenny Cash. Caylen Croft, Trent Barreta & Paul Lloyd defeated Tyler Reks, Johnny Curtis & DJ Gabriel, w/Alicia Fox. Tyson Kidd defeated Kizarny. Kaval defeated Ryan Braddock. Dylan Klein, w/Wesley Holiday, defeated Joe Hennig by DQ after Drew McIntyre interfered. "Sweet" Papi Sanchez & Scotty Goldman defeated Lawrence Knight & Kaleb O’Neal. Eric Escobar defeated D.H. Smith after Tyson Kidd attacked Smith.

Full Impact Pro will be at the National Guard Armory in Crystal River, FL, on March 28. Matches to be announced. Tickets are $20 ringside, $15 general, and $10 for kids 13 and under. Advance tickets are $12 general admission, and $8 for kids 13 and under. Doors open at 7:00 and bell time is at 8:00. For more information, call (352) 422-4582.

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 15, 1934 (THURSDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – LAKEWOOD HEIGHTS ARENA (Frank Bettis – Promoter) > Eddie Wagner versus Young Londos > Son Almand versus Chief Lakeside > Bill Crussell versus John Mauldin / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found.

FEBRUARY 15, 1934 (THURSDAY) – AVONDALE, GA – AVONDALE ARENA (Wesley Brownlee – Promoter) > Six-Round Boxing Match: Bennie Johnson versus Kid Tarpley > Harry Nixon versus Herman Gotch > Handicap Match: the Shadow versus Roughhouse Hope & Bull Schmidt / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found.

FEBRUARY 15, 1935 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Frank Bettis and Cleve Roby – Promoters) > Young Londos defeated Bill Collins > Tarzan Jordan defeated Jim Zbyszko > Honey Boy Hackney defeated Totem Pole Anderson

FEBRUARY 15, 1935 (FRIDAY) – AVONDALE, GA – AVONDALE ARENA (Frank Bettis and Cleve Roby – Promoters) > Keith Converse versus John Kadish > K.O. Black versus Chippewa Charlie > The Masked Marvel defeated John Mauldin / Notes: Aside from the match between John Mauldin and the Masked Marvel, no documented results for the remaining matches on this card have been found.

FEBRUARY 15, 1937 (MONDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – SPRING STREET ARENA (Frank Bettis and Cleve Roby – Promoters) > Bill Jeffries versus Sammy Miller > Bill Collins and Doc Poole wrestled to a draw > Southern Light Heavyweight Title Match: Tarzan Jordan* defeated Jack McAdams (2-1) / Notes: Bill Jeffries and Sammy Miller were scheduled to wrestle each other, but no results were reported after the card. Tarzan Jordan had been the reigning Southern Light Heavyweight Champion since he defeated Petro Rossi on December 28, 1936, in Atlanta.

FEBRUARY 15, 1951 (THURSDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – SPORTS ARENA (Jack Troy – Promoter) > Johnny Long defeated the Terrible Turk at 34:00 (2-0) > The Red Devil defeated Sam Roberts at 18:00 > Larry King and Tiny Oxford wrestled to a draw at 20:00 > Butcher Boy Martin defeated Creepy St. Cloud at 15:00

FEBRUARY 15, 1951 (THURSDAY) – COLUMBUS, GA – COLUMBUS SPORTS ARENA (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Red Dugan versus the Golden Terror > Nick Carter & Don McIntyre versus Jack Steele & Bobby Lane / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found.

FEBRUARY 15, 1957 (FRIDAY) – MARIETTA, GA – LARRY BELL AUDITORIUM (Elmo Chappell – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Donn Lewin & Guy LaRose wrestled to a draw > Don McIntyre defeated Mark Lewin by disqualification > International Tag Team Title Match: Mark & Donn Lewin* defeated Don McIntyre & Guy LaRose at 53:00 / Notes: 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.

FEBRUARY 15, 1957 (FRIDAY) – JONESBORO, GA (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Jerry Graham & Mr. X versus Pierre LaSalle & Chief Big Heart / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found. It is unclear as to what venue was the site of this card.

FEBRUARY 15, 1961 (WEDNESDAY) – COLUMBUS, GACOLUMBUS SPORTS ARENA (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Guy Mitchell & Chief Little Eagle defeated Juan Harkey & Killer Campbell > Women’s Southern Title Match: Judy Grable* defeated Rita Cortez > Gypsy Joe defeated Tiny Evans / Notes: It is unclear as to how Judy Grable came to be recognized as Women’s Southern Champion. The last reference we have shows Barbara Baker defeating Penny Banner to win the title on November 30, 1960, in Columbus.

FEBRUARY 15, 1963 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM [P] (Don McIntyre – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Lenny Montana and the Bat wrestled to a draw > Chief Little Eagle defeated Prince Omar > The Steve Boys defeated Homer O’Dell & Bronko Lubich > Texas Death Loser Leaves Match: Ray Gunkel defeated Freddie Blassie at 19:00 / Notes: Homer O’Dell managed Bronko Lubich. It was announced that Betty Ann Spencer, Eddie Graham, and Rito & Tito Carreon would be wrestling in Atlanta soon. It was also announced that Don McIntyre was negotiating with the Fabulous Moolah for future dates.

FEBRUARY 15, 1965 (MONDAY) – AUGUSTA, GA – WILLIAM BELL AUDITORIUM (Steve Manderson – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Red Roberts defeated Rube Wright > Tony Marino defeated Gino Brito > Joe Scarpa defeated Bob Dalton > Mario Galento defeated Bill Dromo by disqualification

FEBRUARY 15, 1966 (TUESDAY) – MACON, GA – MACON CITY AUDITORIUM (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Bob Armstrong defeated Roy Mulkey > Mario Galento defeated Chin Lee > No DQ Match: Billy & Bad Boy Hines and the Mysterious Medics wrestled to a draw at 60:00

FEBRUARY 15, 1969 (SATURDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – WQXI STUDIOS (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Paul DeMarco & Dale Lewis defeated Bob Ramstad & Seiji Sakaguchi > El Mongol and the Professional wrestled to a draw > Alberto Torres defeated Tony Barbetta / Notes: This was taped for the “Atlanta TV Wrestling” television program hosted by Ed Capral. Jack Crawford announced he had fired Seiji Sakaguchi.

FEBRUARY 15, 1972 (TUESDAY) – MACON, GA – MACON COLISEUM (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Women’s Match: Sandy Parker defeated Lilly Thomas > Bill White & Karl Von Stroheim defeated Jerry Oates & Alex Medina > Rocket Monroe defeated Jimmy Dancing Bear > Roberto Soto & El Mongol and the Assassins wrestled to a draw > Bill Dromo defeated Flash Monroe by disqualification / Notes: Assassin #1 managed Karl Von Stroheim.

FEBRUARY 15, 1974 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM [P] (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Rufus R. Jones defeated Taru Hayashi > Ricky Gibson defeated Tojo Yamamoto > Robert Fuller & Art Nelson and Bob Armstrong & Bobby Duncum wrestled to a draw > Jerry Lawler versus Jackie Fargo wrestled to a draw > Loser Leaves Match: Mr. Wrestling #1 defeated Gorgeous George, Jr. > Georgia Tag Team Title Match: Ron & Terry Garvin* defeated Bobby & Benny McGuire > Georgia Heavyweight Title Match: Mr. Wrestling #2* versus Bill Watts ended in a double disqualification / Notes: Gary Hart managed Bobby Duncum and Jerry Lawler. Jimmy Garvin managed Ron & Terry Garvin.

FEBRUARY 15, 1975 (SATURDAY) – GRIFFIN, GAGRIFFIN-BARNESVILLE SPORTS PALACE (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Joe Turco and Danny Little Bear wrestled to a draw > Women’s Match: Ann Casey defeated Paula Kaye > Don Muraco & Robert Fuller defeated Roger Kirby & Man Mountain Blackwell > Bill Dromo defeated Ron Garvin > Assassin #2 defeated Jerry Brisco / Notes: Jimmy Garvin managed Ron Garvin. Rock Hunter managed Assassin #2. Bobby Simmons was credited as being a referee for this card.

FEBRUARY 15, 1976 (SUNDAY) – MACON, GA – MACON COLISEUM (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Mitsu Hata versus Skip Young > Tony Charles versus Jerry Oates > Taru Hayashi versus Ken Mantell > Ted Oates versus Les Thornton > Bob Armstrong, Bob Backlund & Dick Slater versus Moondog Mayne, Skandor Akbar & the Spoiler > Texas Death Match: Stan Stasiak versus Mr. Wrestling #2 / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found. Gary Hart managed the Spoiler.

FEBRUARY 15, 1977 (TUESDAY) – MACON, GA – MACON COLISEUM (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Jack Evans defeated Ricky Steamboat > Bob Backlund & Raymond Rougeau defeated Bill Howard & Charlie Fulton > Black Atlas defeated the French Angel > Thunderbolt Patterson defeated Abdullah the Butcher by disqualification > Georgia Tag Team Title Match (No TL / Two Referees): Mr. Wrestling #1 & #2 defeated Ole & Gene Anderson to win title at 16:00 / Notes: J.J. Dillon managed the French Angel. The match between Ole & Gene Anderson and Mr. Wrestling #1 & #2 was a rematch from February 8, 1977, and the title was returned to Wrestling #1 & #2 afterward. This was only done in Fred Ward’s portion of the territory.

FEBRUARY 15, 1978 (WEDNESDAY) – COLUMBUS, GA – COLUMBUS MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Charlie Cook versus Jim Dalton > Raymond Rougeau & Tommy Rich versus Luke Graham & Jacques Goulet > Georgia Television Title Match: Ole Anderson* versus Bob Armstrong > Dick Slater & Tony Atlas versus Abdullah the Butcher & the Bounty Hunter > Lights Out Match: Stan Hansen versus Mr. Wrestling #2 / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found. Rock Hunter managed Abdullah the Butcher.

FEBRUARY 15, 1979 (THURSDAY) – ROME, GA – ROME MEMORIAL GYMNASIUM (Charlie Harben – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Ole Anderson & Stan Hansen versus Dusty Rhodes & Wahoo McDaniel / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found. Rufus R. Jones and Raymond Rougeau were advertised.

FEBRUARY 15, 1981 (SUNDAY) – GRIFFIN, GA – MID-SOUTH AUDITORIUM (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Jim Duggan defeated Charlie Cook > Kevin Sullivan and Steve O wrestled to a draw > Ted DiBiase & Steve Keirn defeated Terry Gordy & Buddy Roberts > Mr. Wrestling #2 defeated the Mongolian Stomper / Notes: Michael Hayes joined Terry Gordy and Buddy Roberts at the ring during their match with Ted DiBiase & Steve Keirn. Don Carson managed the Mongolian Stomper.

FEBRUARY 15, 1981 (SUNDAY) – MARIETTA, GA – COBB COUNTY CIVIC CENTER (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Steve O and Jim Duggan wrestled to a draw > Kevin Sullivan defeated Stan Frazier by countout > Robert Fuller defeated Bobby Eaton > Michael Hayes & Buddy Roberts defeated Tony Atlas & Steve Keirn > Ted DiBiase defeated the Mongolian Stomper by disqualification > Steve Keirn defeated Terry Gordy by disqualification / Notes: Terry Gordy joined Michael Hayes and Buddy Roberts at the ring during their match with Tony Atlas & Steve Keirn, and Hayes and Roberts joined Gordy at the ring during his match with Keirn. Don Carson managed the Mongolian Stomper.

FEBRUARY 15, 1982 (MONDAY) – AUGUSTA, GA (Charlie Harben – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Ricky Harris versus Tom Prichard > Brad Armstrong versus the French Angel > Kevin Sullivan versus Bob Armstrong > Texas Death Match: Ron Bass versus Jimmy Garvin > Tommy Rich & Leroy Brown versus Buzz Sawyer & the Masked Superstar / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found.

FEBRUARY 15, 1984 (WEDNESDAY) – COLUMBUS, GA (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Brad Armstrong defeated Jesse Barr > The Spoiler defeated Pez Whatley > Ron Garvin defeated Jake Roberts > The Road Warriors defeated Brad Armstrong & King Kong Bundy > Ted DiBiase defeated Mr. R by disqualification / Notes: Paul Ellering managed Jake Roberts, 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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