Southeast Wrestlng News, Notes & Nostalgia for 1-23-09

Bill Behrens

 

EASTERN WRESTLING NEWS, NOTES, AND NOSTALGIA: 01/23/2009

 

NEWS and NOTES

On Thursday’s edition of the NoseBleed Section, John Cannon and Joe Cowart welcomed wrestling legend ‘Russian Bear’ Ivan Koloff, who discussed paying dues in the territories, mixing it up with Bruno Sammartino, wrestling old favorites such as Mike Jackson and the Mulkeys. He also told stories about Monday nights at the Bell Auditorium in Augusta, and talked about his book Is that Wrestling Fake? the Bear Facts, the Bear Witness Ministries, and his upcoming appearances at the return of NWA Charlotte and the 1st Annual Ivan Koloff Tag Team Tournament. The NoseBleed Section is a presentation of Georgia Wrestling History’s GWH Radio Network. Click here for the archive.

The lineup for tonight’s SmackDown broadcast on MyNetwork TV, from World Wrestling Entertainment, is as follows: Shelton Benjamin versus the Undertaker; Chavo Guerrero, Jr. versus the Great Khali; Michelle McCool & Natalya versus the Bella Twins; Matt Hardy versus Edge; John Morrison & the Miz versus Carlito & Primo Colon; and Triple H versus Vladimir Kozlov & the Big Show in a handicap match.

Tickets for the following WWE events go on sale Saturday: February 21, at the Viking Hall Civic Center in Bristol, TN; March 1, at the Mid Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, NY.

WWE has announced the following events: February 19, SmackDown at Plazas De Toros La Luz in Leon, MX; March 9, RAW/ECW at the Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, FL; and March 16, RAW/ECW at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, TX.

WWE has cancelled the event that was to be held in Tijuana, MX, on February 18, due to slow ticket sales.

According to Jim Ross’ blog, WWE will be returning to taping SmackDown on a weekly basis, working the same events as the ECW crew, after WrestleMania. The new program for WGN America, called WWE Superstars, will be taped on Mondays prior to the live RAW broadcasts.

Total Nonstop Action results from the house show at the Braehead Arena in Glasgow, UK, on January 22: Alex Shelley over Eric Young, Jay Lethal, and Consequences Creed in a four-way to retain the TNA X Division Title; Abyss over Sheik Abdul Bashir; Taylor Wilde & ODB over the Beautiful People; Brutus Magnus over Matt Morgan, with interference by Abyss; Team 3D over Beer Money in a street fight; Samoa Joe over Doug Williams; and Jeff Jarrett & A.J. Styles over Kurt Angle & Scott Steiner.

Tickets for the following TNA events go on sale Saturday: March 13, at the Paroquet Springs Center in Shepherdsville, KY; March 14, at the Cincinnati Gardens Arena in Cincinnati, OH; March 26, at the Swiftel Center in Brookings, SD; and March 27, at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, MN.

Ring of Honor has added two matches to their event in Chicago Ridge, IL, on January 31. Nigel McGuinness will defend the ROH World Heavyweight Title against El Generico, and Rhett Titus takes on Grizzly Redwood. Also, for Orlando, FL, on February 7, a match has been announced featuring Rhett Titus & Kenny King versus the British Lions.

Alternative Pro Wrestling returns to Royston, GA, tonight at the Royston Gym, on Cherry Street behind Royston Elementary School, at 8pm with another stop on the road to "Friday the 13th." Advertised: North Georgia Champion Chris King defend against Dustin Michaels in the 3rd contest between these two competitors, Anthony Henry & Brandon Parker face off with former APW tag champions The Franchise (Matt Sells & Ryan Michaels) with a title shot at "Friday the 13th" on the line, JT Talent invites a very special guest to the Talent Show, "Merciless" Don Matthews finally squares off with The Royston Brawler John Carnage, Southern States Champion "King" Seth Delay & Jeremy Vain (with Taco Delgado) take on "Unstoppable" Shadow Jackson and a mystery partner.

APW’s next big show is "Friday the 13th" on February 13.

Action Packed Wrestling will be at the APW Arena in Chester, SC, tonight.

Division One Pro Wrestling will be at the Boulevard Heights Community Center in Hollywood, FL, tonight.

Pro Wrestling Eklipse will be at the Jo Bob’s Gym in Zephyrhills, FL, tonight.

Showtime All-Star Wrestling will be at the SAW Mill in Millersville, TN, tonight.

The Southern Wrestling Federation will be at the SWF Arena in Tullahoma, TN, tonight.

The United States Wrestling Organization will be at the Stadium Inn in Nashville, 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: Leilani Kai (1960) and Nigel McGuinness (1976 or 1978).

Today In Memoriam: Bobby Bruns (68, 1983).

Great Championship Wrestling results from January 22 at the Gr8 Sk8 Plex in Phenix City, AL: Frankie Valentine beat Johnny Slaughter (with Wicked Nemesis). Southside Trash (with J.P. Money) squashed Omega & Rage. Cru Jones (with Quentin Michaels) squashed Kareem Abdul Jamar. Orion Bishop (with Wicked Nemesis) beat Rob Adonis (with J. P. Money). Cru Jones & Murder One & Ron Stalker beat J-Rod in a non-title match. Click here for more detail on the show, where GCW mocked NWA Prime Time, its promoter, and talent, throughout the night.

For more on the Prime Time situation and its recent announcement they would be seeking a new venue, click here.

Rampage Pro Wrestling was in Warner Robins, GA, on January 18. Results: The Slaughter Pit defeated Frankie Valentine & Mr. Jones. Shaun Banks & Chip Day defeated Chris Jacobs & Johnny Slaughter. Melissa Coates defeated Tracy Taylor. Cru Jones defeated Joey Lightning. Oko Nono & Kurosukaji defeated J-Rod & A.J. Steele.

World Independent Wrestling was in Panama City, FL, on January 17. Results: David Prime defeated Alexander York. Chris Tighe defeated Milo to retain the cruiserweight championship. David Young defeated "Pretty Boy" Donny B. Street Bandit, w/Short Bandit, defeated Suicidal Youth. "Dark Personality" Mr. Personality & Dynamite Doug defeated BTY & Ryan Holland. "The Golden One" Aaron Idol defeated Michael Steele by DQ. The Untouchables defeat Lane Smart & Confederate Kid to become the new tag champions. Mr. Irresistible defeated Chief Little Bear to retain the WIW championship.

WIW will be at the 19th Street Boys & Girls Club in Panama City, FL, on February 21. Advertised: For the tag titles, the Untouchables defend vs. "Bullet" Bob & Steve Armstrong.

Phatlip MMA was in Montgomery, AL, on January 17. Results: Luke Reiter defeated Bubby Hallman. Kameron Van Ostrand defeated Chris Tinney. Harry Sallee defeated Rex Wall. Aaron Wilcox defeated DK Martin. Matthew Holland defeated Sammy Cope. Brian Lawhon defeated Derrick Wilson. Greg Granlund defeated Chad Crice. Michael Fyrberg defeated Chris Slaughterbeck. Graham Tolbert defeated Marcus Porterfield. Justin Wallace defeated Rendan Russell. Alan Manly defeated Justin Suggs. Justin Foster defeated Mark Adams. Sean Dyer defeated Chad Weaver. Joe Elmore defeated Jacob Lamar.

The next Phat Lip event will be at the Alcazar Shriners Temple in Montgomery, AL. For more information, call (334) 279-7933.

Dirty South Pro Wrestling was in Pensacola, FL, on January 16. Results: Kage, w/Phoenix, defeated J.T. Angel, w/"Busty" Becki Kennedy, to retain the US championship due to having his feet on the ropes. After the match, co-owner Tiny Tiswell stripped Kage of the title and vacated the championship. Tiswell announced that a new champion will be crowned on February 20. The 610 Kid defeated Florida Boy. Big Country & Gino Galento vs. "Cowboy" Johnny Wayne & AB3 ended in a double DQ. Stone defeated the Minister by DQ. Due to the result of the match, Stone won his wife’s freedom from the heavyweight champion, the Gothic Warrior, Danika Devilyn, and Mystress. Stone’s wife turned on Stone and went back with the Minister. "DDG" Lee Manning defeated Cowboy Ray to become the new cruiserweight champion. Street Bandit defeated "the Future Legend" DJ Pringle. Gothic Warrior, w/"the Devilish Deity" Danika Devilyn and "Naughty-Licious" Mystress, defeated Johnny Rebel due to using a foreign object to retain heavyweight championship. Tiny Tiswell defeated Short Bandit, w/Phoenix, & Red Hott to retain the light heavyweight championship.

DSPW will be at the East Brewton Civic Center in Brewton, AL, on January 24. Advertised: Tiny Tiswell, DDG, 610 Kid, Gothic Warrior, Mystress, Cowboy Ray, Short Bandit, Zachery Johnson, Stone, AB3, B-Country, Romeo, and Brother Payne. Tickets are $10 ringside and $5 general.

Global Championship Wrestling will be at the Community Center in Palmerdale, AL, on January 24. Advertised: Scotty Blaze defends the GCW championship against Micah Taylor. Kid USA & Adam Jacobs vs. Theordore Tutwiler III & J.P. Magnum, w/Howard C. Cross. Tracy Taylor vs. Genni Right. Johnny Slaughter vs. Antonio Garza. Sgt. Hammer vs. the Dynamo. Will Owens vs. Mudbone. Amos Moses vs. Frankie Valentine. Bell time is at 7:30.

Florida Championship Wrestling will be at the USA Flea Market in Port Richey, FL, on January 31. Entrance is free with admission to the flea market. Matches to be announced. Bell time is at 12:00.

American Wrestling Federation will be at the National Guard Armory in Chipley, FL, on February 13. Advertised: For the AWF championship, Luke Goldberg vs. Texas Rough Rider vs. Super Destroyer. In a No DQ match for the tag championship, "Bullet" Bob & Steve Armstrong, w/Dandy Jack, vs. "Dirty" Larry Brock & "Magnificent" Pedro, w/"Krippler" Ken Curtis. In a DQ match, "Scarface" Terry Ryker & Milo vs. the Untouchables. Tickets are $8 adults, $5 for kids 6-12, and free for kids under 6. Advance tickets are $7. Bell time is at 8:00.

All-Star Wrestling will be at the Towne Square in Spring Hill, FL, on February 28 for “Protect Ya Neck”. More information to be announced.

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 23, 1933 (MONDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – HOWELL MILL ARENA (F.P. Owens – Promoter) > Steve Forest versus Vinson Brown > Winner Take All Match: Whitey Patterson versus Red Powell > Ronnie McDuffie versus Bob Ruble / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found. There was one other match, but no details were provided following the card. Ronnie McDuffie was billed as a former U.S. Coast Guard wrestling champion.

JANUARY 23, 1934 (TUESDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – BELLWOOD ARENA (Bellwood Athletic Club – Promoters) > Glenn Cowan versus Elmo Glenn > John Dameron versus Whitey Patterson > George Harben versus Bull Brown / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found.

JANUARY 23, 1936 (THURSDAY) – EAST POINT, GA – EAST POINT MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Henry Weber – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Whitey Patterson defeated Johnny Powell > Roy Lumpkin defeated Bill McHenry by disqualification > Dorv Roche defeated Cy Williams / Notes: Bill McHenry substituted for Hank Matheny in the match with Roy Lumpkin.

JANUARY 23, 1948 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Bobby Roberts defeated Al Galento > Roland Kirchmeyer and Tommy O’Toole wrestled to a draw > Al Massey & Paul Stanlee and Tom Mahoney & Dan O’Connor wrestled to a draw > Lou Thesz defeated Bibber McCoy / Notes: Bibber McCoy substituted for Thor Morgan in the match with Lou Thesz.

JANUARY 23, 1950 (MONDAY) – AUGUSTA, GA – AUGUSTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Tom Mahoney – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Women’s Match: Celia Blevins defeated Lillian Ellison > Nick Carter defeated Tom Mahoney by disqualification > Jim Coffield defeated Johnny Long (2-1)

JANUARY 23, 1956 (MONDAY) – AUGUSTA, GA – WILLIAM BELL AUDITORIUM (Tom Mahoney – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Jack O’Brien defeated Bob Clay (2-0) > Roger Mackay defeated Freddie Blassie by disqualification > Roger Mackay & Jackie Nichols defeated Freddie & Billy Blassie

JANUARY 23, 1961 (MONDAY) – AUGUSTA, GA – WILLIAM BELL AUDITORIUM (Robert McCoy – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Danny Miller versus Farmer Powell > Bill Dromo & Chief Little Eagle versus Mitsu Arakawa & Gypsy Joe / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found.

JANUARY 23, 1962 (TUESDAY) – MACON, GA – MACON CITY AUDITORIUM (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Juan Sebastian defeated Jack Vansky > Rito & Tito Carreon defeated Jean & Paul Gaullois > Southern Tag Team Title Match: the Assassins* defeated Jerry Miller & Bobby Christy / Notes: The Assassins had been the reigning Southern Tag Team Champions since they defeated Ray Gunkel & Don McIntyre on December 1, 1961, in Atlanta.

JANUARY 23, 1963 (WEDNESDAY) – COLUMBUS, GA – COLUMBUS MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Steve Bolus defeated Homer O’Dell by disqualification > Lenny Montana defeated Derrell Cochran > John Paul Henning and the Bat wrestled to a draw at 30:00 > Bronko Lubich defeated Steve Kovacs / Notes: Homer O’Dell managed Bronko Lubich.

JANUARY 23, 1965 (SATURDAY) – COLUMBUS, GACOLUMBUS SPORTS ARENA (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Joe Scarpa & Gino Brito versus George & Crybaby Harris > Greg Peterson versus Red Roberts / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found. This was for the locally televised “Columbus Championship Wrestling”, though it is not known who was hosting the program, whether it was taped or broadcast live, nor is it clear as to which station the program was aired at the time.

JANUARY 23, 1966 (SUNDAY) – MARIETTA, GAFRANKLIN DRIVE ARENA (Elmo Chappell – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Johnny King versus Louie Tillet > Mixed Women’s Tag Team Match: Bette Boucher & Diamond Lil versus Barbara Galento & Darling Dagmar > Mario Galento versus Chin Lee / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found.

JANUARY 23, 1968 (TUESDAY) – MACON, GA – MACON CITY AUDITORIUM (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Johnny Walker defeated Jack Vansky > The Gauchos defeated Enrique & Alberto Torres > The Kentuckian defeated Butcher Vachon

JANUARY 23, 1970 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM [P] (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Les Wolff defeated Bill Kane > Midget Match: Bobo Johnson defeated Billy the Kid > Paul DeMarco & Buddy Colt defeated Bob Nandor & El Mongol > One-Night Tournament: Alberto & Ramon Torres defeated Chati Yokuchi & Fuji; the Assassins defeated Torres Brothers; Assassins defeated Yokuchi & Fuji to win tournament > Georgia Heavyweight Title Match: Doug Gilbert* and Nick Bockwinkel wrestled to a draw / Notes: Doug Gilbert had been the reigning Georgia Heavyweight Champion since he defeated Paul DeMarco on November 28, 1969, in Atlanta. Homer O’Dell managed Paul DeMarco & Buddy Colt. It was reported that the purse for the tournament was $1,000.

JANUARY 23, 1971 (SATURDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – WQXI STUDIOS (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Jim Wilson defeated Nick Adams > Michel Dubois & Fidel Castillo defeated Tim Geohagen & Silento Rodriguez > Buddy Colt defeated Sabu Singh / Notes: This was taped for the “Atlanta TV Wrestling” television program hosted by Ed Capral. Homer O’Dell managed Buddy Colt.

JANUARY 23, 1973 (TUESDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM [P] (Ann Gunkel – Promoter / All-South Wrestling Alliance) > Krusher Karlson versus the Champ > Pedro Godoy defeated Bobby Starr > Wayne Cowan & Juan Caruso versus Jesse James & Kubla Khan > Oki Shikina versus the Avenger > Bill Bowman & Joe Turner and Ted Oates & Tommy Seigler wrestled to a draw > Dick Steinborn defeated Guillotine Gordon > Ray Candy & Bearcat Wilkerson defeated the Hollywood Blonds > No DQ Match: El Mongol defeated Ox Baker > Georgia Heavyweight Title Match: Assassin #2* versus Rock Hunter ruled a no contest / Notes: No documented results for the remaining matches on this card have been found. The program for this card is the first we have where Ann Gunkel has her own column, and she is billed as Mrs. Ray Gunkel, and also signs off that way. The staff credits have changed since the last mention, with Tim Geohagen now being referenced as Timekeeper. Sponsors listed are Sears, Rich’s, Jim Salle’s, Trust Company of Georgia, Ellner News Stand, and Mother’s on the Strip. It also mentions that “All-South Championship Wrestling” can now be seen Saturdays on WTCG Channel 17 from 7:00 to 8:00 PM.

JANUARY 23, 1973 (TUESDAY) – MACON, GA – MACON COLISEUM (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Roy Lee Welch and Bob Orton, Jr., wrestled to a draw > Women’s Match: Susan Green defeated Peggy Patterson > Jack Evans defeated Pedro Columbo > Bob Armstrong & Koa Tiki defeated Tank Morgan & Hiro Matsuda by disqualification > Georgia Tag Team Title Match (No TL / No DQ): Eddie & Mike Graham* defeated Sputnik & Rocket Monroe

JANUARY 23, 1976 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM [P] (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Skip Young defeated Otto Von Heller > Les Thornton and Jay Strongbow wrestled to a draw > Stan Stasiak defeated Jay Clayton > Bob Armstrong defeated Skandor Akbar > Stan Stasiak defeated Tony Charles > Moondog Mayne and Mr. Wrestling #2 wrestled to a draw > Lumberjack Match: Dick Slater defeated Abdullah the Butcher > Taped Fist Match: Dusty Rhodes versus the Spoiler / Notes: Dusty Rhodes and the Spoiler were scheduled to wrestle each other, but no results were reported after the card. Jay Clayton substituted for Emile Dupree in the match with Stan Stasiak. Gary Hart managed the Spoiler.

JANUARY 23, 1978 (MONDAY) – AUGUSTA, GA – WILLIAM BELL AUDITORIUM (Charlie Harben – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Jim Dalton versus Raymond Rougeau > Pierre Lefebvre versus Intern #1 > Ole Anderson versus Tommy Rich > Ric Flair versus Tony Atlas > Stan Hansen & Abdullah the Butcher versus Pak Song & Mr. Wrestling #2 / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found. Rock Hunter managed Abdullah the Butcher.

JANUARY 23, 1979 (TUESDAY) – WARNER ROBINS, GA – WARNER ROBINS CIVIC CENTER (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Rick Oliver defeated Chick Donovan > Raymond Rougeau defeated Frank Dusek > Wahoo McDaniel defeated King Kong Mosca > Tommy Rich & Mr. Wrestling #1 defeated Ole Anderson & Bugsy McGraw > Mr. Wrestling #2 defeated the Grappler / Notes: Bugsy McGraw substituted for Rick Oliver to team with Ole Anderson in the match with Tommy Rich & Mr. Wrestling #1. The Grappler substituted for the Masked Superstar in the match with Mr. Wrestling #2. The advertised match between Mr. Wrestling #2 and the Masked Superstar was for the Georgia Heavyweight Title in a no DQ match, however the Masked Superstar was unable to make the match due to inclement weather. Oliver had also been unable to make the trip due to weather.

JANUARY 23, 1982 (SATURDAY) – CHATTANOOGA, TN – CHATTANOOGA MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Brad Armstrong defeated the French Angel > Jimmy Garvin and Kevin Sullivan wrestled to a draw > Bob Armstrong defeated Ron Bass by disqualification > Ron Fuller, Leroy Brown & Big Red defeated Ricky Harris, the Masked Superstar & the Super Destroyer > NWA World Heavyweight Title Match: Ric Flair* defeated Tommy Rich / Notes: Ricky Harris substituted for Buzz Sawyer to team with the Masked Superstar & the Super Destroyer in the match with Ron Fuller, Leroy Brown & Big Red.

JANUARY 23, 1983 (SUNDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – OMNI COLISEUM [P] (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Brad Armstrong defeated Chick Donovan > The Moondogs defeated Tom Prichard & Joe Lightfoot > Paul Ellering defeated Johnny Rich > Ray Candy and the Super Destroyer wrestled to a draw > Bruiser Brody defeated Tito Santana > National Heavyweight Title Match: Paul Orndorff* defeated Ivan Koloff > Ole Anderson & Buzz Sawyer defeated Stan Hansen & Tommy Rich > Challenge Match ($5,000): Butch Reed defeated Ric Flair / 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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