Southeastern Wrestling News, Notes & Nostalgia for 1-26-09

Bill Behrens

SOUTHEASTERN WRESTLING NEWS, NOTES, AND NOSTALGIA: 01/26/2009

 

NEWS and NOTES

Tonight marks the debut edition of the Sports Buffet, hosted by ‘Chef’ Tim Dix, features a look at professional sports in Atlanta, as well as providing the latest on the Jackets and Bulldogs. Dave O’Brien, the Braves beat writer for the Atlanta Journal Constitution, will join Tim Dix to discuss the latest news and off season moves as the team prepares for the 2009 season. Also, expect analysis on the Super Bowl matchup between the Steelers and Cardinals, and much more. The broadcast begins at 9:00 PM ET, and is brought to you by Georgia Wrestling History’s GWH Radio Network.

World Wrestling Entertainment’s RAW/ECW crew will be in Cleveland, OH, at the Wolstein Center tonight.

WWE results from the Royal Rumble PPV broadcast from the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, MI, on January 25: Jimmy Wang Yang over Paul Burchill in a dark match; Jack Swagger over Matt Hardy to retain the WWE ECW Title; Melina over Beth Phoenix to win the WWE Women’s Title; John Cena over JBL to retain the WWE World Heavyweight Title – Shawn Michals knocked both men out after the referee was knocked out, put JBL on top of Cena and walked away, but Cena kicked out when a second referee counted, leading to Cena finising off JBL for the win; and Edge over Jeff Hardy to win the WWE Heavyweight Title after Jeff was knocked out by a chair shot from brother Matt – as Edge and Vickie Guerrero celebrated in the ring, Matt walked away, and Jeff was carried from the ring.

In the thirty-man rumble match, with the winner earning a shot at the WWE World Heavyweight Title at WrestleMania – enter Rey Mysterio, Jr., enter John Morrison, enter Carlito, enter MVP, enter Great Khali, enter Vladimir Kozlov, exit Khali, exit MVP, exit Carlito, enter Triple H, exit Kozlov, enter Randy Orton, enter JTG, enter Ted DiBiase, Jr., enter Chris Jericho, enter Mike Knox, enter Miz, exit Morrison, exit Miz, enter Finlay, enter Cody Rhodes, enter Undertaker, exit JTG, enter Goldust, exit Goldust, enter CM Punk, enter Mark Henry, enter Shelton Benjamin, enter William Regal, exit Henry, enter Kofi Kingston, exit Benjamin, enter Kane, exit Regal, enter R-Truth, enter Rob Van Dam, enter Brian Kendrick, exit Kingston, exit Kendrick, enter Dolph Ziggler, exit Ziggler, enter Santino Marella, exit Marella, enter Jim Duggan, enter Big Show, exit Duggan, exit R-Truth, exit Punk, exit Mysterio, exit Knox, exit Finlay, exit Van Dam, exit Jericho, exit Kane, exit Big Show, exit Undertaker, exit DiBiase, exit Rhodes, exit HHH, giving Orton the win and the title shot at WrestleMania.

Total Nonstop Action will be taping for iMPACT! at Universal Studios in Orlando, FL, tonight.

Ring of Honor and HDNet have reached an agreement which will provide ROH with a weekly broadcast to a wide audience. HDNet networks are available on AT&T, Bright House Networks, Charter Communications, Comcast, DIRECTV, DISH Network, Insight, Mediacom, Time Warner Cable, Verizon and more than 40 NCTC cable affiliate companies.

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: the Stro (1973) and Taylor Wilde (1986).

Today In Memoriam: Doug Gentry (34, 2007).

Bob Magee’s column, As I See It, has been updated. Click here for the latest entry.

This week’s Who’s Slamming Who? Shows have been updated. Click here for audio commentary from various wrestling figures, including Jerry Jarrett, Steve ‘Dr. Death’ Williams, the Iron Sheik, Bill Behrens, and Jody Hamilton.

Click here for the latest online broadcast of NWA Anarchy.

NWA Charlotte results from Charlotte, NC, on January 24: Chaotic Agony (Joey Agony & Ryan Chaos) beat Jeff Lewis & Kimo (with Attorney Jeff G. Bailey) in 9 minutes. Dylan Kage beat Joey Silvia in 8:20. Truitt Fields beat Ryan O’Reilly in 8 minutes. New Wave (Derrick Driver & Steven Walters) beat The Naturals (Chase Stevens & Andy Douglas) in 14 minutes. Mike Jackson pinned Ultimo Dragon to retain the Southeast Cruiserweight Championship in 11:40 with a spinning neckbreaker. Ivan Koloff beat The Barbarian (with Jeff G. Bailey) in a Russian Chain Match to win the NWA Charlotte Legends Title (8:40). Phil Shatter retained the NWA National Championship going to a double DQ with Mikael Judas (10:20). Adam Pearce beat Brent Albright to become the number one contender for the NWA World Heavyweight Title in 16 minutes. Click here for a full report from Larry Goodman.

United States Wrestling Organization / ATL Wrestling results for January 24 from the Stadium Inn in Nashville, TN, with a reported attendance of 35: Travis Starr & Trakan Mathias beat Dominator & Stevie King (w/Ronnie Vegas); Mexican Dragon beat L.T. Falk and Chris Norte and Saint in a 4-way by pinning Saint; Anthony Wayne beat Kid Dynamite (w/Ronnie Vegas); Damien Payne beat Otis Bass; Steven Green beat Josh Crowe by DQ when Payne attacked Green; ATL Tag Team Champions Derrick Neal & Psycho Medic vs. LA Player & D’Angelo (w/YT) ended with the tag titles held up on a double pin with Neal pinning D’Angelo and Player pinning Medic.

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

JANUARY 26, 1918 (SATURDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Billy Sandow – Promoter) > Mike Sarrena versus James Gabio > Peter Duerst defeated Curly Groulx at 15:00 > Strangler Lewis defeated Tom Draak at 47:35 (2-0) / Notes: Mike Sarrena and James Gabio were scheduled to wrestle each other, but no results were reported after the card. Billy Sandow managed Strangler Lewis.

JANUARY 26, 1932 (TUESDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Henry Weber – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Amateur Match: George Harben defeated Gordon Brown > Floyd Marshall and John Katan wrestled to a draw at 45:00 > Steve Znoski defeated Paul Harper

JANUARY 26, 1933 (THURSDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – BROOKHAVEN AMERICAN LEGION ARENA (Hugh Allgood – Promoter) > Oscar Williamson versus Tarzan Jordan > Whitey Patterson versus Keith Converse / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found. There was also a boxing match, but no details were provided following the card.

JANUARY 26, 1934 (FRIDAY) Notes: Jason Thompson sponsored a publicity stunt in which Bill Lewis would attempt to break the world record of being buried alive. Lewis was to be buried six feet underground outside of Fair Street Arena. Food was to be passed to him through a small shaft. The record for such a stunt was thirty days. We have found no reports as to how long he stayed underground.

JANUARY 26, 1934 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GAGEORGIA POWER ATHLETIC AND SOCIAL CLUB (F.P. McGee – Promoter) > Bob Anderson versus John Dameron > Frank Remille versus Whitey Patterson > Ted Radcliffe versus Bill Crussell / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found.

JANUARY 26, 1934 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – WESTLAKE ARENA (Luke Appling – Promoter) > Sam Rivers versus Chief Ping Pong > Glenn Cowan versus Leon Fuller > Eddie Wagner versus Young Londos / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found.

JANUARY 26, 1934 (FRIDAY) – AVONDALE, GA – AVONDALE ARENA (Wesley Brownlee – Promoter) > Battle Royal featuring Lloyd Brown, the Texas Kid, George Lallerstedt, Alton Woods and Pat Williams > Son Almand versus Chief Lakeside > Fifteen-Round Boxing Match: Eddie Wagner versus Gorilla Tucker / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found. There was also a six-man boxing battle royal, but no details were provided following the card.

JANUARY 26, 1945 (FRIDAY) – AUGUSTA, GA – AUGUSTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Jack Ross – Promoter) > Tom George defeated Pat Kelly > Otto Schnabel defeated George Romanoff > Nick Carter defeated Mr. X (1) / Notes: During the match between Nick Carter and Mr. X, Carter removed the X’s mask to identify him as Roland Kirchmeyer.

JANUARY 26, 1946 (SATURDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) [P] > Women’s Match: Nell Stewart defeated Mattie Bell > Women’s Match: June Byers defeated Juanita Coffman > Georgia Heavyweight Title Match: John Mauldin* defeated Jack Kelly by disqualification > Al Massey & Laverne Baxter defeated Dick Lever & Vic Emanuel > Herb Welch defeated Jack LaRue / Notes: Mattie Bell substituted for Peggy Vaughn in the match with Nell Stewart. Bill Crussell and Bill Collins were credited as being referees for this card. Jack Kelly was disqualified in his match with John Mauldin when he hit Crussell. It was reported that “two young sailors climbed into the ring and grappled for about three or four minutes before being asked to leave the ring” by Collins. Billy Wolfe was in attendance at ringside for this card. The program we have for this card notes that Mauldin had “gained possession of the state championship belt put up by promoter Paul Jones”. It added that Jones had “intended for the belt to be competed for in a tournament, although he is willing to concede that Mauldin would have had an excellent chance to win it”. It also featured an ad for Stan Raymond’s “Sportscope” program airing on WATL AM radio, stating it covers “All the News from the World of Sports”, broadcasting Monday through Saturday at 6:30 PM. There was cooperation between the promotion and Raymond’s show to advertise and discuss the local wrestling scene, as well as feature occasional interviews with wrestlers. Besides noting that Jones is the promoter, the staff credits in the program also mention Bert Prather (Publicity), Bill Hartman (Ticket Sales), Fat Elrod (Announcer), Simon Davis (Timekeeper), and Dr. Samuel Green (Physician). Hartman was a former promoter in Atlanta for the company. It was announced that Ralph Garibaldi would be wrestling on the card on February 1, 1946, and that Young Londos and Bill Longson would be wrestling in Atlanta soon.

JANUARY 26, 1951 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Red Dugan defeated Honey Boy Hannigan > Tarzan White defeated Nick Carter > Bob Orton defeated Bobby Lane by disqualification > Farmer Jones defeated Jack Steele > Southern Heavyweight Title Match: the Golden Terror defeated Art Nelson* to win title / Notes: Art Nelson had been the reigning Southern Heavyweight Champion since he defeated Finis Hall on December 8, 1950, in Atlanta.

JANUARY 26, 1953 (MONDAY) – AUGUSTA, GA – WILLIAM BELL AUDITORIUM (Tom Mahoney – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Herb Welch defeated Babe Zaharias by disqualification > Midget Match: Sky Low Low defeated Farmer Pete (2-1) > Tex Riley defeated Jack Steele > Southern Heavyweight Title Match: Aldo Bogni defeated Don McIntyre* (2-0) to win title / Notes: Don McIntyre had been billed as Southern Heavyweight Champion since September 19, 1952.

JANUARY 26, 1957 (SATURDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – GRADY HIGH SCHOOL GYMNASIUM (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Tom Drake versus Mark Lewin > Donn Lewin versus Chief Big Heart > Jerry Graham versus Don McIntyre / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found.

JANUARY 26, 1959 (MONDAY) – AUGUSTA, GA – ARMORY HALL (Robert McCoy – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Benny Matta versus Ali Bey > Doug Gilbert versus Bob Shipp > Johnny Gilbert versus the Great Bolo / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found.

JANUARY 26, 1960 (TUESDAY) – MACON, GA – MACON CITY AUDITORIUM (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Derrell Cochran and Bud Pella wrestled to a draw > Vince Bryant defeated Mr. X (1) by disqualification > Indian Death Match: Freddie Blassie defeated Chief Little Eagle / Notes: Joey Maxim was the special referee for the match between Freddie Blassie and Chief Little Eagle.

JANUARY 26, 1962 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM [P] (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Juan Sebastian defeated Jack Steele > Bobby Christy defeated Jack Vansky > Tojo Yamamoto & Taro Myaki defeated Rito & Tito Carreon > US Tag Team Title Match: the Assassins defeated Eddie Graham & Dick Steinborn* to win title / Notes: Eddie Graham & Dick Steinborn had been the reigning US Tag Team Champions as recognized by the Tampa, FL, office since they defeated Tojo Yamamoto & Taro Myaki on November 30, 1961, in Jacksonville, FL. It was announced that Haystacks Calhoun would be wrestling in Atlanta soon.

JANUARY 26, 1966 (WEDNESDAY) – COLUMBUS, GA – COLUMBUS MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Al Greene and Al Costello wrestled to a draw > Mario Galento defeated Saul Weingeroff > Billy Hines defeated Chin Lee (2-1) > Eric & Karl Von Brauner defeated Lee Fields & Chris Lucas (2-1) / Notes: Saul Weingeroff managed Eric & Karl Von Brauner.

JANUARY 26, 1968 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – PAUL JONES SPORTS ARENA (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Silento Rodriguez defeated Jack Vansky > Johnny Walker & Tim Geohagen defeated Oki Shikina & Karl Von Stroheim > Bill Dromo defeated Butcher Vachon > Tarzan Tyler defeated Bobby Shane > Enrique & Alberto Torres defeated the Gauchos > Mr. Wrestling defeated Dr. M (1) / Notes: Jack Crawford managed Oki Shikina & Dr. M.

JANUARY 26, 1971 (TUESDAY) – MACON, GA – MACON COLISEUM (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Mr. Ito & the Great Ota defeated Joe Flaherty & Jim Wilson > Bob Armstrong defeated Skandor Akbar by disqualification > Bob Griffin defeated Buddy Colt by disqualification > Fence Match (No TL): Luke Graham defeated Paul DeMarco / Notes: Homer O’Dell managed Buddy Colt.

JANUARY 26, 1972 (WEDNESDAY) – COLUMBUS, GA – COLUMBUS MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Alex Medina defeated the Champ by disqualification > Bepo Mongol defeated Raton Kadoka > Dick Steinborn defeated Oki Shikina > Billy Spears versus Leon Ogle ruled a no contest > El Mongol, Bill Dromo & Bob Armstrong defeated Buddy Colt, Rocket & Flash Monroe / Notes: After both men were disqualified, Leon Ogle and Billy Spears continued to battle, and it took Bill Dromo, Bob Armstrong, Rocket & Flash Monroe to separate them. Assassin #1 managed Bepo Mongol. According to the program, Ralph Freed was still in charge of ticket sales in Columbus.

JANUARY 26, 1973 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM [P] (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Derrell Cochran versus Koa Tiki > Women’s Tag Team Match: Susan Green & Debbie Johnson defeated Toni Rose & Paula Kaye > Pantera Negra & El Sicodelico defeated Bob Armstrong & Pat O’Brien > Bill Watts defeated Tank Morgan > Eddie & Mike Graham defeated Butcher Brannigan & Bengali > The Zodiac defeated Bill Dromo > Mr. Wrestling #1 & #2 defeated Sputnik & Rocket Monroe > Freddie Blassie defeated Norvel Austin / Notes: Derrell Cochran and Koa Tiki were scheduled to wrestle each other, but no results were reported after the card. Jack Crawford managed Norvel Austin. Upon the return of Mr. Wrestling, now known as Mr. Wrestling #1, Crawford was noted as claiming that he believed him to be Tim Woods. Eddie Smith was credited as being a referee for this card.

JANUARY 26, 1973 (FRIDAY) – CARTERSVILLE, GA (Ann Gunkel – Promoter / All-South Wrestling Alliance) > Battle Royal: El Mongol (Winner) > The Avenger defeated Guillotine Gordon > Kubla Kahn defeated Buddy Roberts > Rock Hunter defeated Ted Oates > Tommy Seigler defeated Jerry Brown by disqualification > Dick Steinborn and Assassin #2 wrestled to a draw > El Mongol defeated Ox Baker / Notes: It is unclear as to the reason for the battle royal. It is unclear as to what venue was the site of this card.

JANUARY 26, 1974 (SATURDAY) – GRIFFIN, GAGRIFFIN-BARNESVILLE SPORTS PALACE (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Ron Garvin and Tim Woods wrestled to a draw > Ricky Gibson defeated Jimmy Garvin > Tim Woods & Ali Vaziri defeated Ron & Terry Garvin > Robert Fuller defeated Gary Hart / Notes: Jimmy Garvin managed Ron & Terry Garvin.

JANUARY 26, 1976 (MONDAY) – AUGUSTA, GA – WILLIAM BELL AUDITORIUM (Charlie Harben – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Skip Young defeated Mitsu Hata > Ken Mantell defeated Taru Hayashi > Stan Stasiak defeated Tony Garea > Bob Armstrong defeated Abdullah the Butcher > I Quit Match: Dick Slater defeated the Spoiler > Battle Royal: Ken Mantell and Skip Young (Co-Winners) / Notes: It is unclear as to the reason for the battle royal. Gary Hart managed the Spoiler.

JANUARY 26, 1978 (THURSDAY) – ROME, GA – ROME MEMORIAL GYMNASIUM (Charlie Harben – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Ted Allen versus Randy Alls > Bill Dromo versus the Bounty Hunter > Georgia Television Title Match: Bob Armstrong* versus Ox Baker > Tommy Rich versus Jacques Goulet > Pak Song versus Abdullah the Butcher / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found. Rock Hunter managed Abdullah the Butcher.

JANUARY 26, 1979 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM [P] (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Jerry Roberts and Pierre Lefebvre wrestled to a draw > Bugsy McGraw defeated Rick Oliver > Tommy Rich & Wahoo McDaniel defeated Stan Hansen & King Kong Mosca > Georgia Heavyweight Title Match: Thunderbolt Patterson defeated the Masked Superstar* by disqualification > Georgia Tag Team Title Match: Ole Anderson & Ivan Koloff* defeated Jack Brisco & Mr. Wrestling #2 / Notes: Dusty Rhodes was the special referee for the match between Ole Anderson & Ivan Koloff and Jack Brisco & Mr. Wrestling #2.

JANUARY 26, 1980 (SATURDAY) – MARIETTA, GA – COBB COUNTY CIVIC CENTER (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Mike Davis versus Marvin Turner > Bill Dromo versus Bob Owen > Killer Khan versus the French Angel > Ole & Lars Anderson versus Ivan Koloff & Alexis Smirnoff > Austin Idol versus Mr. Wrestling #2 / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found. Gorgeous George, Jr., managed Killer Khan.

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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