Southeastern Wrestling News, Notes & Nostalgia for 2-4-09

Bill Behrens

SOUTHEASTERN WRESTLING NEWS, NOTES, AND NOSTALGIA: 02/04/2009

 

NEWS and NOTES

Tuesday’s edition of Dan Masters Live featured a recent interview Masters did with Raven Symone. Nigel Sherrod also sat in for a bit as well. DML is a presentation of Georgia Wrestling History’s GWH Radio Network. Click here for the archive.

Due to illness, the GWHRN’s Peach State Pandemonium crew will not be broadcasting tonight, but will return next week at 9:00 PM ET.

The final overall rating for Monday’s edition of World Wrestling Entertainment’s RAW was 3.6.

The final overall rating for Friday’s edition of WWE’s SmackDown was 2.0.

Dave Meltzer is reporting that Ring of Honor’s plans for their new television program with HDNet will be to tape three one-hour episodes per taping. As we previously reported, ROH will be taping on February 28 and March 1 at the New Alhambra Arena in Philadelphia, PA, meaning six weeks worth of episodes will be ready shortly thereafter for broadcast. HDNet is currently available in 13% of homes in the United States, and according to Meltzer, ROH is hoping the cult-like fan base ROH has will encourage fans who do not presently have access to HDNet to make requests of their local providers to pick up the network, which could also potentially increase its audience to wrestling fans who are not currently following ROH. Meltzer also believes the original broadcast will be shown on Saturday nights at 9:00 PM ET, followed by replays at midnight, and then again on Sundays.

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: Chris Sabin (1982).

Today In Memoriam: Billy ‘Whipper’ Watson (74, 1990) and Pedro Martinez (82, 1998).

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 4, 1935 (MONDAY) – AUGUSTA, GA – NEW COLISEUM (Jack Browning – Promoter) > Ed Nolan defeated Bill Middlekauff (2-1) > Dobie Osborne defeated Cowboy Luttrall / Notes: Inman Rabon also reportedly won a match on this card, but his opponent was not referenced.

FEBRUARY 4, 1936 (TUESDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA THEATRE (Henry Weber – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Frank Speer defeated Pat McClary by disqualification > Paul Jones and Roland Kirchmeyer wrestled to a draw > NWA World Heavyweight Title Match: Danno O’Mahoney* defeated Dorv Roche / Notes: Pat McClary substituted for Hank Matheny in the match with Frank Speer. Danno O’Mahoney had been the reigning NWA World Heavyweight Champion since he defeated Jim Londos in Boston, MA, on June 27, 1935. This version was the one recognized by the National Boxing Association as the National Wrestling Association.

FEBRUARY 4, 1938 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – WARREN ARENA (Frank Speer – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Doug Wyckoff defeated Bill Bartush > Red Ryan defeated Babe Zaharias by disqualification

FEBRUARY 4, 1938 (FRIDAY) – AUGUSTA, GA – NEW COLISEUM (L.A. Roche – Promoter) > Tony Marino defeated Ernie Arthur > Southern Lightweight Title Match: Jack Ross defeated Raoul Lopez* to win title / Notes: It is unclear as to how Raoul Lopez came to be recognized as Southern Lightweight Champion. The last reference we have found shows Jack Ross winning the title from Mike Nazarian on December 9, 1936.

FEBRUARY 4, 1952 (MONDAY) – AUGUSTA, GA – WILLIAM BELL AUDITORIUM (Tom Mahoney – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Lou Newman versus Sonny Kurgis > Don McIntyre versus Lou Plummer > Jack Dillon versus Nick Carter > Don McIntyre & Sonny Kurgis versus Lou Plummer & Lou Newman / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found.

FEBRUARY 4, 1955 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Chief Big Heart defeated Tommy O’Toole > Chris Averoff defeated Benny Matta > Red McIntyre & Chief Big Heart defeated Tommy O’Toole & Aldo Bogni > Jerry Graham defeated Dizzy Davis

FEBRUARY 4, 1964 (TUESDAY) – MACON, GA – MACON CITY AUDITORIUM (Fred Ward – Promoter / Fred Ward Promotions) > Bob Morrow and Jack Vansky wrestled to a draw > Women’s Match: Margaret Garcia defeated Andrea Swenson > Johnny Bruce defeated George Wolfe > Mixed Tag Team Match: Bob Morrow & Margaret Garcia defeated Jack Vansky & Andrea Swenson > Billy & Bad Boy Hines defeated Greg Peterson & Little Abner

FEBRUARY 4, 1966 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM [P] (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Al Greene defeated Johnny Apollo > Chin Lee defeated Tony Nero > Midget Match: Lord Littlebrook defeated Frenchy Lamont > Eric & Karl Von Brauner defeated Derrell Cochran & Mario Galento > World Tag Team Title Match: Al Costello & Louie Tillet defeated the Mysterious Medics to win title / Notes: Saul Weingeroff managed Eric & Karl Von Brauner. The match between Al Costello & Louie Tillet and the Mysterious Medics for the World Tag Team Title was the final match of a tournament that began on January 28, 1966, in an effort to determine new champions. The program for this card features an advertisement for Al Means Ford, located at 1665 Scott Boulevard in Decatur, with a photo of a crowned Freddie Blassie saying, “No other dealer can beat my deal … They wouldn’t dare!” It was announced that Paul Jones was negotiating with Gene Kiniski, Tarzan Tyler, and Dick the Bruiser for some future dates.

FEBRUARY 4, 1969 (TUESDAY) – MACON, GA – MACON COLISEUM (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Silento Rodriguez and Corsica Jean wrestled to a draw > Tim Geohagen defeated Tony Barbetta > Seiji Sakaguchi defeated Bob Armstrong > Georgia Heavyweight Title Match: Dale Lewis* defeated Hans Schmidt by disqualification / Notes: Jack Crawford managed Dale Lewis & Seiji Sakaguchi. Lewis had been the reigning Georgia Heavyweight Champion since he defeated the Professional on December 27, 1968, in Atlanta.

FEBRUARY 4, 1972 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM [P] (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Roberto Soto defeated Bill White > Pat & Mike Kelly defeated Karl Von Stroheim & Mr. X by disqualification > Billy Spears defeated Jimmy Valentine > Bepo Mongol defeated Klondike Bill > Jimmy Dancing Bear & El Mongol defeated Rocket & Flash Monroe > Round Robin One-Night Tournament: Nick Bockwinkel defeated Dick Steinborn; Buddy Colt defeated Bockwinkel; Steinborn defeated Colt; Steinborn defeated Bockwinkel by disqualification to win tournament / Notes: The tournament was to determine the challenger to wrestle the Georgia Heavyweight Champion on a future card. It is unclear exactly when this title match took place, as we cannot find documentation of a title match close to this date with Steinborn as the challenger. Charlie Smith was credited as being a referee for this card. It was announced that Haystacks Calhoun and Assassin #2 would be wrestling in Atlanta on February 11, 1972, and that Koa Tiki would be wrestling in Atlanta soon. Pat & Mike Kelly participated in an autograph session for fans.

FEBRUARY 4, 1975 (TUESDAY) – MACON, GA – MACON COLISEUM (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > US Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Bob Orton, Jr.,* versus Ricky Gibson > Women’s World Tag Team Title Match: Joyce Grable & Vicky Williams* versus Donna Christianello & Paula Kaye > Macon Tag Team Title Match: Ron Garvin & Roger Kirby defeated Robert Fuller & Jimmy Golden* to win title > Danny Little Bear versus Assassin #2 > Buddy Colt versus Andre the Giant / Notes: Aside from the match between Ron Garvin & Roger Kirby and Robert Fuller & Jimmy Golden, no documented results for the remaining matches on this card have been found. Jimmy Garvin managed Ron Garvin. Rock Hunter managed Assassin #2. Bearcat Wright managed Roger Kirby and Buddy Colt.

FEBRUARY 4, 1977 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Bob Backlund and Raymond Rougeau wrestled to a draw > The French Angel defeated Randy Colley > Black Atlas defeated Bill Howard > Abdullah the Butcher defeated Dean Ho > Handicap Match: Thunderbolt Patterson defeated Ole & Gene Anderson by disqualification > Texas Death Match: Mr. Wrestling #2 defeated Harley Race > Dick Slater and Mr. Wrestling #1 wrestled to a draw / Notes: J.J. Dillon managed the French Angel.

FEBRUARY 4, 1978 (SATURDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – WTCG STUDIOS (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Ole Anderson & Stan Hansen defeated Raymond Rougeau & Pierre Lefebvre > Abdullah the Butcher defeated Clarence Wilson > Adrian Adonis defeated Intern #2 > Jacques Goulet defeated Randy Alls > Tony Atlas & Mr. Wrestling #2 defeated Luke Graham & Butch Malone / Notes: This was taped for the “Georgia Championship Wrestling” television program hosted by Gordon Solie. Rock Hunter managed Abdullah the Butcher. It was announced Nick Bockwinkel would be wrestling in Atlanta soon.

FEBRUARY 4, 1978 (SATURDAY) – MARIETTA, GA – COBB COUNTY CIVIC CENTER (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Luke Graham defeated Bill Irwin > Charlie Cook defeated Butch Malone > Adrian Adonis defeated the Invader > Dick Slater & Tony Atlas versus Ole Anderson & Ric Flair ended in a double disqualification > Georgia Television Title Match: Bob Armstrong* defeated Abdullah the Butcher / Notes: Rock Hunter managed Abdullah the Butcher.

FEBRUARY 4, 1979 (SUNDAY) – MACON, GA – MACON COLISEUM (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Dennis Hall and the Grappler wrestled to a draw > Mixed Tag Team Match: Raymond Rougeau & Vicky Williams defeated Larry Latham & Leilani Kai > Thunderbolt Patterson defeated Luke Graham > Macon Heavyweight Title Match: Wahoo McDaniel* defeated Ole Anderson > Andre the Giant & Mr. Wrestling #2 defeated Stan Hansen & the Masked Superstar / Notes: Luke Graham substituted for King Kong Mosca in the match with Thunderbolt Patterson.

FEBRUARY 4, 1979 (SUNDAY) – MARIETTA, GA – COBB COUNTY CIVIC CENTER (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Raymond Rougeau defeated Rick Oliver > Jerry Roberts and Pierre Lefebvre wrestled to a draw > Tommy Rich defeated Luke Graham by disqualification > Wahoo McDaniel defeated Ole Anderson > Mr. Wrestling #2 & Andre the Giant defeated Stan Hansen & the Masked Superstar

FEBRUARY 4, 1980 (MONDAY) – AUGUSTA, GA – WILLIAM BELL AUDITORIUM (Charlie Harben – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Steve Travis defeated Dutch Mantell > Lars Anderson defeated Alexis Smirnoff > Tommy Rich defeated Ivan Koloff > Texas Death Match: Kevin Sullivan defeated Austin Idol > Handicap Match: Mr. Wrestling #2 & Andre the Giant defeated Toru Tanaka, Killer Khan & the Great Mephisto / Notes: The Great Mephisto managed Killer Khan. Rock Hunter managed Ivan Koloff and Alexis Smirnoff.

FEBRUARY 4, 1981 (WEDNESDAY) – COLUMBUS, GA – COLUMBUS MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Steve Keirn and Alexis Smirnoff wrestled to a draw > Robert Fuller defeated Abdul Zataar > Steve O defeated Bobby Eaton by disqualification > Tony Atlas defeated Kevin Sullivan > Terry Gordy & Buddy Roberts defeated Ted DiBiase & Stan Frazier by countout > Andre the Giant defeated Michael Hayes / Notes: Michael Hayes joined Terry Gordy and Buddy Roberts at the ring during their match with Ted DiBiase & Stan Frazier, and Gordy and Roberts joined Hayes at the ring during his match with Andre the Giant.

FEBRUARY 4, 1983 (FRIDAY) – PORTERDALE GA (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > The Iron Sheik defeated Joe Lightfoot > The Moondogs defeated Johnny Rich & Brad Armstrong > Tito Santana and the Super Destroyer wrestled to a draw > Butch Reed defeated Buzz Sawyer / Notes: J.J. Dillon managed the Moondogs.

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, Shannon Rose, Alan Wojcik, Devin Cutting, and Richard O’Sullivan.

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