Southeastern Wrestling News, Notes & Nostalgia for 2-1-09

Bill Behrens

SOUTHEASTERN WRESTLING NEWS, NOTES, AND NOSTALGIA: 02/01/2009

 

NEWS and NOTES

Tonight’s edition of MMA Sunday, hosted by the Canvas Chronicle’s Ric Gillespie 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, and is brought to you by Georgia Wrestling History’s GWH Radio Network. Elaina Maxwell will be sitting in as co-host with Gillespie, and featured guests are Rich Clementi and Pat Barry.

World Wrestling Entertainment’s SmackDown crew will be at the Von Braun Civic Center in Huntsville, AL, today. Advertised: Jeff Hardy & Triple H versus Vladimir Kozlov & Edge; and Umaga versus the Great Khali. Also on the bill: Shelton Benjamin, R-Truth, Brian Kendrick, Ezekiel, MVP, Jimmy Wang Yang, the Bella Twins, Maria, Maryse, and Carlito & Primo Colon. Bell time is 1:00 PM.

WWE’s RAW/ECW crew will be in Cape Girardeau, MO, at the Show Me Center today. Advertised: Shawn Michaels versus Chris Jericho; Randy Orton versus CM Punk; Jack Swagger defends the WWE ECW Heavyweight Title against Tommy Dreamer; Rey Mysterio, Jr., versus Kane; a five man royal featuring Mike Knox, Cody Rhodes, Ted DiBiase, Jr., Shad, and JTG; and Melina defends the WWE Women’s Title against Beth Phoenix. Bell time is 2:00 PM.

Ring of Honor results from the house show at the Frontier Fieldhouse in Chicago Ridge, IL, on January 31: Alex Payne over Kenny King and Silas Young in a three-way match; Claudio Castagnoli over Kevin Steen; Grizzly Redwood over Rhett Titus; Jerry Lynn & Necro Butcher over Brodie Lee & Delirious; Tyler Black over Bryan Danielson, Jimmy Jacobs, and Austin Aries in a four-way match; Nigel McGuinness over El Generico to retain the ROH World Heavyweight Title; Black came out to cash in on his “anytime” title shot with McGuinness, but before the match could begin, Jacobs and Aries attacked Tyler, and then Lynn & Butcher came out and got involved, allowing McGuinness to slip away; Brent Albright over Adam Pearce for the win in the steel cage warfare that included Albright’s partners Erick Stevens, Roderick Strong, Jay Briscoe, and Ace Steel, and Pearce’s partners Davey Richards, Eddie Edwards, Bobby Dempsey, and Tank Tolland – after the match, Larry Sweeney spit at Dempsey, causing Dempsey to begin pummeling him.

Rampage Pro Wrestling will be Johnny G’s Fun Center in Warner Robins, GA, today. Advertised: In the semi-finals of the tag tournament, Sal Rinauro & the Ninja vs. Chip Day & Shaun Banks. For the rights to Hot Like Lava, Cru Jones vs. Micah Taylor. For the cruiserweight championship, Frankie Valentine defends vs. Colt Derringer. Dr. Johnny Gayton returns. Tickets are $5. Bell time is at 4:00. For more information, call (478) 329-8002.

!BANG! presents "Genesis II" tonight at the Funking Conservatory in Ocala, FL. Announced: Dory Funk Jr., Osamu Nishimura, NOSAWA Rongai, Johnny Magnum, "The Claw" Claudia Reiff, Shane Chung, "Jumbo" Elvis Sharp, and the Wasilla Wrecking Crew. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Doors open at 6:30 and bell time is at 7:00. For more information, call (352) 895-4658.

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: Charlie Smith (1930), Mr. Saito (1942), Dennis Condrey (1952), and Nick ‘Mitch’ Mitchell (1973).

Today In Memoriam: Luis ‘the Medic’ Hernandez (1972).

Alternative Pro Wrestling results for January 30 at the Royston Gym, in Royston, GA: John Carnage defeated Matt Mercer; Dustin Michaels defeated B.J. Hancock; Aaron Lee defeated Don Matthews by DQ; J.T. Talent & Adryan Hawkins defeated Shadow Jackson & Donovan Sweet; North Georgia Champion Chris King defeated Mick Posey; Skirra Corvus defeated Kyle Matthews; Slim J defeated Southern States Champion Seth Delay in a non-title match. For highlights, check out the January 30 edition of APW’s Aftershock.

NAWA Ring Champions returns to the historic Purks Building, at 330 West Avenue, in Cedartown, GA, February 7. Bell time is 7:30pm. Advertised : David Young vs. Bobby Hayes in a Last Man Standing Match; NAWA Tag Team Title Match: Champions the Exotic Ones (Rick Michaels & Simon Sermon with Nigel Sherrod) vs. Air Paris & Chris Ganz, whereas if Paris and Ganz lose, they must wear dresses; NAWA Junior Champion Stupid (with Tweety) vs. Josh Stone; Number One Contenders Match: Hard Core Productions (John Arden & Billy Love) vs. the WWC (Lamar Phillips & Jamie Hall); Bulldog Raines vs. the Bruiser (with Jackie Rosedale; plus the return of "Skinny" Kenny Arden, Dany Only, Josh Hate, and midget star "Too Tall" Shorts. Tickets are available at the Purks box office, Down Home Southern Style Cookin’, Dawson’s Convenience, and the Holiday Inn Express. For further information, call Down Home Southern Style Cookin’ at (678) 901-0673.

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 1, 1918 (FRIDAY) – SAVANNAH, GA – LIBERTY THEATRE (Max Bauman – Promoter) > Strangler Lewis defeated Ivan Linow at 99:45 (2-0) / Notes: Billy Sandow managed Strangler Lewis.

FEBRUARY 1, 1934 (THURSDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (John Bollas – Promoter) > Al Kimbrell and Bull Smith wrestled to a draw at 15:00 > Harry Nixon and Gus Pappas wrestled to a draw at 45:00 > Stanley Buresch defeated Cyclone Kaplan (2-1) > Al Stecher defeated Ripper Reeves / Notes: It was reported that 1,500 were in attendance for this card. It was also reported that this was John Bollas’ debut as a promoter.

FEBRUARY 1, 1934 (THURSDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – LAKEWOOD HEIGHTS ARENA (Frank Bettis – Promoter) > Wesley Brownlee versus Whitey Patterson > John Mauldin versus Chief Lakeside > Southern Light Heavyweight Title Match: Hugh Winn* versus Son Almand ruled a no contest / Notes: No complete documented results for this card have been found. It is unclear as to how Hugh Winn came to be recognized as Southern Light Heavyweight Champion. The last reference we have shows Tony Padrone being billed as champion on December 11, 1933. There was also a six-round boxing match and a five-man boxing battle royal, but no details were provided following the card.

FEBRUARY 1, 1935 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Frank Bettis and Cleve Roby – Promoters) > Bill Collins versus John Mauldin ruled a no contest > Hugh Winn defeated Wayne Coleman (2-0) at 27:00 > Jack Ross and Jim Hesslyn wrestled to a draw at 60:00

FEBRUARY 1, 1935 (FRIDAY) – AVONDALE, GA – AVONDALE ARENA (Frank Bettis and Cleve Roby – Promoters) > John Kadish versus Chippewa Charlie > Glenn Cowan versus Teddy Betts > Ted Radcliffe versus K.O. Black / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found.

FEBRUARY 1, 1937 (MONDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – SPRING STREET ARENA (Frank Bettis and Cleve Roby – Promoters) > Cliff Travis versus Cowboy Waters > Joe Wheeler defeated Bill Jeffries (2-0) > John Mauldin defeated Jack McAdams / Notes: Cliff Travis and Cowboy Waters were scheduled to wrestle each other, but no results were reported after the card.

FEBRUARY 1, 1946 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) [P] > Tarzan White defeated Ben Bennicasa by disqualification > Dick Lever defeated Ralph Garibaldi > Al Massey defeated Bob Godfrey > Herb & Jack Welch and Jack LaRue & Vic Emanuel wrestled to a draw / Notes: The program for this card said that Jack Kelly was explaining that he hit referee Bill Crussell during his match with John Mauldin on January 26, 1946, because Crussell continually pulled Kelly by the hair when calling for breaks on the ropes. Kelly was demanding a rematch with Mauldin for the Georgia Heavyweight Title with “nothing barred, except Crussell”, adding that besides the purse, he would put up an additional $100, donating his entire share to a charity should he lose. It also mentions that tickets for cards in Atlanta can be purchased at Adam Hat Store at 64 Peachtree Street. As well as listing the same office staff credits as in previous programs, this program notes that Morris Manheim assists Bill Hartman with ticket sales. It was announced that Bill Longson would be wrestling in Atlanta on February 8, 1946.

FEBRUARY 1, 1952 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Nick Carter and Lou Plummer wrestled to a draw > Sonny Kurgis defeated Jack Dillon > Lou Newman defeated Kola Kwariani > Argentina Rocca defeated Art Nelson

FEBRUARY 1, 1957 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Pierre LaSalle defeated Chris Averoff > Mark & Donn Lewin defeated Tom Drake & Chief Big Heart > Don McIntyre defeated Jerry Graham

FEBRUARY 1, 1961 (WEDNESDAY) – COLUMBUS, GA – COLUMBUS SPORTS ARENA (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Chief Little Eagle defeated Danny Miller > Bill Dromo & Chief Little Eagle defeated Danny Miller & Gypsy Joe > Tiny Evans defeated Skull Murphy by disqualification

FEBRUARY 1, 1963 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM [P] (Don McIntyre – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Derrell Cochran versus Bronko Lubich > Lenny Montana defeated George Bell > The Steve Boys defeated Sailor Moran & the Bat > World Heavyweight Title Match (No DQ): Eddie Graham defeated Freddie Blassie* to win title / Notes: Derrell Cochran and Bronko Lubich were scheduled to wrestle each other, but no results were reported after the card. Homer O’Dell managed Lubich. Eddie Graham was declared the winner of his match when Freddie Blassie was unable to continue the match. Blassie had been billed as World Heavyweight Champion since June 29, 1962. Graham’s plane from Florida had been forced to land in Birmingham, AL, as Atlanta was experiencing bad weather, and he had to endure a three-hour taxi ride to Atlanta. Blassie later complained that his ribs were hindering him and the title should not have been allowed to change hands, but his complaints did not change the decision. However, Graham agreed to a return match on February 8, 1963.

FEBRUARY 1, 1965 (MONDAY) – ALBANY, GA (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Charlie Harben versus Tony Marino > Gino Brito versus Mysterious Medic #2 > Joe Scarpa versus Mysterious Medic #1 / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found. It is unclear as to what venue was the site of this card.

FEBRUARY 1, 1966 (TUESDAY) – MACON, GA – MACON CITY AUDITORIUM (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Bad Boy Hines defeated Mysterious Medic #2 > Mixed Tag Team Match: Donna Christianello & Lord Littlebrook defeated Judy Grable & Frenchy Lamont > Louie Tillet & Bad Boy Hines defeated the Mysterious Medics by disqualification

FEBRUARY 1, 1969 (SATURDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – WQXI STUDIOS (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Assassin #1 & the Professional defeated Tim Geohagen & Bob Ramstad > El Mongol defeated Tony Barbetta > Ramon Torres defeated Joe Turco > Dale Lewis defeated Hans Schmidt by disqualification / Notes: This was taped for the “Atlanta TV Wrestling” television program hosted by Ed Capral. Jack Crawford managed Dale Lewis.

FEBRUARY 1, 1972 (TUESDAY) – MACON, GA – MACON COLISEUM (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Jimmy Dancing Bear defeated Joe Turco > Karl Von Stroheim defeated Alex Medina > Women’s Match: Susan Green defeated Donna Christianello at 6:40 > Roberto Soto and Oki Shikina wrestled to a draw at 20:00 > Macon Tag Team Title Match: Rocket & Flash Monroe* defeated Bill Dromo & Bob Armstrong > Georgia Heavyweight Title Match: El Mongol* defeated Assassin #1 / Notes: Rocket & Flash Monroe had been the reigning Macon Tag Team Champions since they defeated Bill Dromo & Bob Armstrong on January 25, 1972, in Macon. El Mongol had been the reigning Georgia Heavyweight Champion since he defeated Buddy Colt on January 25, 1972, in Macon. Assassin #1 managed Karl Von Stroheim.

FEBRUARY 1, 1974 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM [P] (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Lou Thesz and Ali Vaziri wrestled to a draw > Robert Fuller defeated Jimmy Garvin > Bobby Duncum and Bob Armstrong wrestled to a draw > Georgia Tag Team Title Match: Ron & Terry Garvin* defeated Ricky Gibson & Rufus R. Jones by disqualification > Loser Leaves Match: Jerry Lawler defeated Roberto Soto > Coal Miner’s Glove Match (No TL / No DQ): Tim Woods defeated Mr. Wrestling #2 by disqualification / Notes: Gary Hart managed Bobby Duncum and Jerry Lawler. Jimmy Garvin managed Ron & Terry Garvin.

FEBRUARY 1, 1977 (TUESDAY) – WARNER ROBINS, GA – WARNER ROBINS CIVIC CENTER (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Bob Backlund defeated El Gaucho > Ricky Steamboat & Dean Ho defeated Scott Irwin & Charlie Fulton > Abdullah the Butcher defeated Raymond Rougeau > Thunderbolt Patterson defeated Ole Anderson > Georgia Heavyweight Title Match: Mr. Wrestling #1 defeated Dick Slater* by disqualification

FEBRUARY 1, 1979 (THURSDAY) – ROME, GA – ROME MEMORIAL GYMNASIUM (Charlie Harben – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Tommy Rich & Andre the Giant versus Luke Graham & King Kong Mosca > Wahoo McDaniel versus the Masked Superstar / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found. Rufus R. Jones was also advertised.

FEBRUARY 1, 1981 (SUNDAY) – GRIFFIN, GA – MID-SOUTH AUDITORIUM (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Bobby Eaton defeated Charlie Cook > Dick Slater defeated Terry Gordy > Jos LeDuc defeated Bill Dromo > Tony Atlas defeated Kevin Sullivan > The Mongolian Stomper defeated Mr. Wrestling #2 > Michael Hayes & Buddy Roberts defeated Robert Fuller & Ted DiBiase > Battle Royal: Dick Slater (Winner) / Notes: It is unclear as to the reason for the battle royal. Michael Hayes and Buddy Roberts joined Terry Gordy at the ring during his match with Dick Slater, and Gordy joined Hayes and Roberts during their match with Robert Fuller & Ted DiBiase. Don Carson managed the Mongolian Stomper.

FEBRUARY 1, 1981 (SUNDAY) – MARIETTA, GA – COBB COUNTY CIVIC CENTER (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Steve Keirn defeated Bobby Eaton > Steve O defeated Ole Anderson by disqualification > Tony Atlas defeated Kevin Sullivan > Terry Gordy & Buddy Roberts defeated Robert Fuller & Ted DiBiase > Dick Slater defeated the Mongolian Stomper by disqualification / Notes: Michael Hayes joined Terry Gordy and Buddy Roberts at the ring during their match with Robert Fuller & Ted DiBiase. Don Carson managed the Mongolian Stomper.

FEBRUARY 1, 1982 (MONDAY) – AUGUSTA, GA – WILLIAM BELL AUDITORIUM (Charlie Harben – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Ricky Harris defeated Tommy Rogers > Bob Armstrong & Jimmy Garvin and Kevin Sullivan & Buzz Sawyer wrestled to a draw > NWA World Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Les Thornton* versus Brad Armstrong ended in a double countout > National Heavyweight Title Match: Tommy Rich* defeated Ron Bass > National Tag Team Title Match: the Masked Superstar & the Super Destroyer* defeated Leroy Brown & Big Red / Notes: Tommy Rogers substituted for El Gran Apollo in the match with Ricky Harris.

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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