Southeastern Wrestling News, Notes & Nostalgia for 1-5-09

Bill Behrens


SOUTHEASTERN WRESTLING NEWS, NOTES, AND NOSTALGIA: 01/05/2009

NEWS and NOTES

The GWH Radio Network launched Sunday night, with the debut of MMA Sunday, hosted by the Canvas Chronicleâ<80><99>s Ric Gillespie, along with Casey Trowbridge from Combat Hooligans. The show featured a lengthy conversation with Bobby Lashley, who shared some information not previously disclosed elsewhere. Click here for the archive.

World Wrestling Entertainmentâ<80><99>s RAW/ECW crew will be at the New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, LA, tonight. WWEâ<80><99>s SmackDown crew will be in Alexandria, LA, at the Rapides Parish Coliseum tonight.

WWE results from the RAW/ECW house show at the Baton Rouge Civic Center in Baton Rouge, LA, on January 4: Kofi Kingston over Dolph Ziggler; John Morrison & the Miz over Cryme Tyme to retain the WWE World Tag Team Title; William Regal, with Layla, over CM Punk to retain the WWE Inter-Continental Heavyweight Title; Matt Hardy over Jack Swagger to retain the WWE ECW Heavyweight Title; Beth Phoenix over Melina to retain the WWE Womenâ<80><99>s Title; Shawn Michaels & Rey Mysterio over Mike Knox & Kane; and John Cena over Randy Orton to retain the WWE World Heavyweight Title.

WWE results from the RAW/ECW house show at the Lake Charles Civic Center in Lake Charles, LA, on January 3: Kofi Kingston over Dolph Ziggler; John Morrison & the Miz over Cryme Tyme; Matt Hardy over Jack Swagger to retain the WWE ECW Heavyweight Title; William Regal over CM Punk; Beth Phoenix over Melina; Shawn Michaels & Rey Mysterio over Mike Knox & Kane; and John Cena over Randy Orton to retain the WWE World Heavyweight Title.

WWE has announced the following events: February 20, RAW/ECW at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Huntington, WV; February 23, RAW/ECW at the Sommet Center in Nashville, TN; February 28, RAW/ECW at the Wachovia Arena in Wilkes-Barre, PA; and March 1, RAW/ECW at the Mid Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, NY, and SmackDown at the Glen Falls Civic Center in Glen Falls, NY.

Some information has become available regarding the recent announcement of a new WWE program to air on WGN. WWE Superstars, as the show is titled, is set to debut in April, and will be broadcast weekly on Thursday nights at 8:00 PM ET, with replays later that night and the following weekend. The show will be featuring first-run programming.

Although no official announcement has been made by either company, it appears Christian Cage is indeed leaving Total Nonstop Action for a return to WWE. His profile has been removed from the TNA website, which is the most significant sign that he has made his decision. Cageâ<80><99>s contract with TNA expired more than a month ago after renegotiation attempts stalled. Cage has held his decision close to the vest, with many of his closest of friends saying they couldnâ<80><99>t report his decision either way, even off the record. There have been reports today that Cage was seen arriving at the New Orleans Arena, where tonightâ<80><99>s RAW/ECW is being held.

The final overall rating for Thursdayâ<80><99>s edition of TNAâ<80><99>s iMPACT was 1.0.

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.

Todayâ<80><99>s Birthdays: Bull Buchanan (1968)

Today In Memoriam: Buddy Porter (59, 2005).

Click here for this weekâ<80><99>s Bill Behrensâ<80><99> NWA Notes update.

This weekâ<80><99>s Whoâ<80><99>s Slamming Who? Shows have been updated. Click here for audio commentary from various wrestling figures, including Jerry Jarrett, Steve â<80>~Dr. Deathâ<80><99> Williams, the Iron Sheik, Bill Behrens, and Jody Hamilton.

Bob Mageeâ<80><99>s column, As I See It, has been updated. Click here for the latest entry.

Click here for the latest online broadcast of NWA Anarchy.

Anarchy results from the NWA TV Arena in Cornelia, GA, on January 3: Shadow Jackson over Brody Chase; Jeremy Vain & Rob Adonis over T.K. Cross & Bo Newsome; Azrael over Malachi; Kimo over Billy Buck; Jeff Lewis & Mike Molsey & Jay Clinton over Don Matthews & the Hollywood Brunettes; Truitt Fields over Seth Delay; Adrian Hawkins over Caleb Konley; Phil Shatter over Hayden Young; and New Wave over the Technicians to retain the Anarchy Tag Team Title. The reported attendance was 143.

Ultimate Wrestling was in Pensacola, FL, on January 3. Results: “Pure” Doug Pitt defeated Victor Cru. In a match for the vacant cruiserweight championship, “The Chocolate Boy Wonder” Marcus Gibbs defeated Energy Crisis to become the new champion. “The Wiggins Ax Murderer” Wade Garrett defeated “MR. USA” TA Jones. Cameron Frost was named the UW X-Factor champion after the retirement of the UW Southern Heavyweight championship that Frost was holding at the time. Frost was allowed to make his own rules for the match, so he made the “American Hybrid Strongstyle Rules.” The rules are, a 20 count of an opponent was to determine the countout, only 3 rope breaks allowed in the match, and match was determined by pinfall, submission or knockout. Frost defeated “The Outcast” Cale Conners w/Brother David Prime to retain. In a 6 man tag, “The Feature” Carlos D’Angelo, Nathan Crown, & “The Rocket” Ricky Roberts defeated The Invasion. For the heavyweight championship, “Brutal” Joe Gibson w/”Pure” Doug Pitt defeated “Shooter” Mike Jacobs to retain. The Culture Club defeated The Ultimate Legends w/Uncle Jim to become the new tag champions. “The Former Sinner” Nick Virtue defeated Omega w/”The 7th Deadly Sin” Vain.

UW will be at the American Legion Post #33 in Pensacola, FL on February 7. Matches announced: Ricky Roberts & Omega vs. Wade Garrett & Jon Ryker.

Some notes on NWA Prime Time: Prince R (Randy Ward) managed Killer Instinct on the January 2 show as a one time deal. The DVD of the cage matches from Christmas Chaos are now on sale at the arena on Friday nights or by calling 706-570-3978. The Prime Time training school taught by David Young is up and running on Wednesday nights. Those interested in attending can contact Billy Roper at 706-570-3978.

Global Championship Wrestling will be at the Elk’s Lodge in Calera, AL, on January 10. Matches advertised: Sixteen man battle royal where the winner receives $25,000. For the vacant GCW championship, Theodore Tutwiler III vs. Scotty Blaze. “Tropical” Tracy Taylor vs. Genni Wright vs. Veronica Fairchild. Johnny Slaughter vs. Nasty Kritter. Sgt. Hammer vs. Amos Moses. Antonio Garza vs. Mike Taylor. INHuman Fly vs. Frankie Valentine. Bell time is at 7:30.

On January 16, Showtime All-Star Wrestling presents their next television taping, “Got Issues”, in Millersville, TN, at the SAW Mill. The advertised card includes “The Boogie Woogie Boy” Gary Valiant vs. Raven, Chase Stevens vs. Andy Douglas, Jesse Emerson vs. Sigmon, T.J. Harley vs. Jon Michael (with Rachael Worthington), plus SAW Tag Team Champions High Society (Sean Casey & Chris Michaels with The Freak Squad), Hammerjack, Flash Flanagan, PGWA Champion Tracy Taylor, Chrisjen Hayme, Derrick King, Vordell Walker, Chase Owens, J.T. Stahr, and Rick Santel. Bell time is 8pm.

The next event for Culture Shock Wrestling will be on January 24 in Mossy Head, FL, at 8:00. 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 5, 1888 (THURSDAY) â<80>” ATLANTA, GA â<80>” CONCORDIA HALL (Promoter â<80>” Unknown) > Mixed Catch-as-Catch-Can / Greco-Roman / Side-Hold Match: John Muhler defeated Greek George (2-1) / Notes: Greek George won the first fall with John Muhler at 29:00, Muhler won the second fall at 36:00, and the third fall in an undisclosed amount of time. Mr. Hopper managed Muhler. James Lynch was credited as being the referee.

JANUARY 5, 1921 (WEDNESDAY) â<80>” SAVANNAH, GA â<80>” SAVANNAH MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Max Bauman â<80>” Promoter) > Rolando Heracle defeated Charley Cutler (2-1) / Notes: It was reported that the first fall of the match between Rolando Heracle and Charley Cutler ended at 67:12.

JANUARY 5, 1928 (THURSDAY) â<80>” ATLANTA, GA â<80>” ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (John Contos â<80>” Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Scotty McDougal defeated Ivan Mikaloff > John Paxos defeated Whitey Hewitt > Paul Jones and Jim Browning wrestled to a draw

JANUARY 5, 1932 (TUESDAY) â<80>” ATLANTA, GA â<80>” ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Henry Weber â<80>” Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Willie Davis defeated Charley Lehman at 15:32 > Blue Sun Jennings defeated Milo Steinborn (2-1)

JANUARY 5, 1933 (THURSDAY) â<80>” ATLANTA, GA â<80>” BROOKHAVEN AMERICAN LEGION ARENA (Hugh Allgood â<80>” Promoter) > Oscar Williamson versus Curley Baker > Bill Collins versus Whitey Patterson / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found. There were also boxing matches and a battle royal featuring local youths in blindfolds, but no details were provided following the card. This card was reported to have been a benefit for relief work.

JANUARY 5, 1934 (FRIDAY) â<80>” ATLANTA, GA â<80>” EASTLAKE ARENA (Promoter â<80>” Unknown) > Six-Round Boxing Match: Glynn Lawson versus Kid Tarpley > Leon Fuller versus Red Dugan > Tony Padrone versus Son Almand / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found.

JANUARY 5, 1934 (FRIDAY) â<80>” AVONDALE, GA â<80>” AVONDALE ARENA (Wesley Brownlee â<80>” Promoter) > Ten-Round Boxing Match: Freddie Edge versus Big Simpson > Tom Forrest versus Pete Rogers > Bob Anderson versus Bull Schmidt > Ted Radcliffe defeated Bill Crussell by disqualification / Notes: Aside from the match between Ted Radcliffe and Bill Crussell, no documented results for the remaining matches on this card have been found.

JANUARY 5, 1938 (WEDNESDAY) â<80>” AUGUSTA, GA â<80>” NEW COLISEUM (L.A. Roche â<80>” Promoter) > Tarzan Jordan defeated Walter Miller (2-0) > Sammy Miller defeated Young Gotch (2-0) / Notes: It was reported that these were mud-wrestling matches.

JANUARY 5, 1945 (FRIDAY) â<80>” ATLANTA, GA â<80>” ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Paul Jones â<80>” Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Cowboy Luttrall defeated Johnny Swenski > Charlie Harben defeated Ben Bennicasa by disqualification > Babe Zaharias defeated Wally Greb > Chief Saunooke defeated Dick Lever > Al Massey defeated Jack Dillon by disqualification

JANUARY 5, 1945 (FRIDAY) â<80>” AUGUSTA, GA â<80>” AUGUSTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Jack Ross â<80>” Promoter) > Womenâ<80><99>s Match: Nell Stewart defeated Violet Valentine > Jack Oâ<80><99>Brien defeated Johnny Long > Angelo Galenta defeated Jack DeVault

JANUARY 5, 1950 (THURSDAY) â<80>” GAINESVILLE, GA (Fred Ward â<80>” Promoter / Fred Ward Promotions) > George Arena defeated the Wolfman by disqualification > Maurice Roberre defeated Joe Harben > Tommy Ward and Lee Savoldi wrestled to a draw / Notes: It is unclear as to what venue was the site of this card.

JANUARY 5, 1951 (FRIDAY) â<80>” FORT BENNING, GA (Fred Ward â<80>” Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Jack Steele and Red Dugan wrestled to a draw > Womenâ<80><99>s Match: Violet Viann defeated Dot Dotson > Don McIntyre defeated Bobby Lane / Notes: It is unclear as to what venue was the site of this card.

JANUARY 5, 1953 (MONDAY) â<80>” AUGUSTA, GA â<80>” WILLIAM BELL AUDITORIUM (Tom Mahoney â<80>” Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Jack Steele versus Bill Heirs > Jerry Graham versus Aldo Bogni > No TL Match: Don McIntyre & Herb Welch versus John Bulger & Babe Zaharias / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found.

JANUARY 5, 1954 (TUESDAY) â<80>” VALDOSTA, GA â<80>” VALDOSTA LIVESTOCK ARENA (Gordon Walker â<80>” Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Womenâ<80><99>s Match: Terry Majors versus Carole Carota > Red McIntyre defeated Jack Dillon / Notes: Terry Majors and Carole Carota were scheduled to wrestle each other, but no results were reported after the card. The Valdosta office was working with Paul Jonesâ<80><99> Atlanta office at this time.

JANUARY 5, 1959 (MONDAY) â<80>” AUGUSTA, GA â<80>” ARMORY HALL (Robert McCoy â<80>” Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Chief Little Eagle versus Prince Omar > Doug & Johnny Gilbert versus Jack Oâ<80><99>Brien & Ali Bey / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found.

JANUARY 5, 1962 (FRIDAY) â<80>” ATLANTA, GA â<80>” ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM [P] (Paul Jones â<80>” Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Womenâ<80><99>s Match: Louise Greene versus Ramona Isbell > International Tag Team Title Match: Jean & Paul Gaullois* defeated Jack Steele & Jerry Graham > Jack Vansky versus Jerry Miller > US Tag Team Title Match: Eddie Graham & Dick Steinborn* defeated the Assassins / Notes: Louise Greene and Ramona Isbell were scheduled to wrestle each other, as were Jack Vansky and Jerry Miller, but no results were reported after the card. Following the match between Eddie Graham & Dick Steinborn and the Assassins, Grahamâ<80><99>s head was bleeding badly, and he claimed Assassin #2 had something in his mask that caused the injury. Graham & 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 is unclear as to how Jean & Paul Gaullois came to be recognized as International Tag Team Champions. The last reference we have shows Gypsy Joe & Skull Murphy defending the title against Bill Dromo & Chief Little Eagle on April 3, 1961, in Augusta. It was announced that Rito & Tito Carreon would be wrestling on the card on January 12, 1962, and that Pat Oâ<80><99>Connor, Saul Weingeroff, and Kurt & Karl Von Brauner would be wrestling in Atlanta soon.

JANUARY 5, 1966 (WEDNESDAY) â<80>” COLUMBUS, GA â<80>” COLUMBUS MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Fred Ward â<80>” Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Derrell Cochran defeated Rip Carson at 13:00 > Chin Lee defeated Bad Boy Hines at 17:00 > $1,000 Challenge Match: Dale Lewis and Chief Little Eagle wrestled to a draw (1-1) > Eric & Karl Von Brauner defeated Mario Galento & Billy Hines (2-1) at 34:00 / Notes: Saul Weingeroff managed Eric & Karl Von Brauner.

JANUARY 5, 1968 (FRIDAY) â<80>” ATLANTA, GA â<80>” ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM [P] (Paul Jones â<80>” Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Bill Dromo and Bobby Shane wrestled to a draw > Midget Match: Cowboy Lang defeated the Mighty Atom > Ray Gunkel defeated Oki Shikina > Louie Tillet & Karl Von Stroheim versus Mario Galento & the Kentuckian ruled a no contest > Buddy Fuller defeated Dr. M (1) > Southern Tag Team Title Match: Enrique & Alberto Torres defeated Stan & Butcher Vachon* to win title / Notes: Jack Crawford managed Oki Shikina & Dr. M. Stan & Butcher Vachon had been the reigning Southern Tag Team Champions since they defeated Enrique & Alberto Torres on December 18, 1967, in Augusta. The program for this card had Jack Crawford announcing that Buddy Fuller was actually Ed Welch. He also provided a photo of El Mongol holding the Georgia Heavyweight Title belt, with Mexico City in the background, while calling for his reinstatement to wrestle in Georgia. It was reported in the program that Paul Jones was facing opposition from the NWA Board in an effort to declare the title vacant, where Crawford supposedly had attorneys appealing the suspension. It was announced that Gene Kiniski would be wrestling Mr. Wrestling on the card on January 12, 1968.

JANUARY 5, 1971 (TUESDAY) â<80>” MACON, GA â<80>” MACON COLISEUM (Fred Ward â<80>” Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Skandor Akbar defeated Doug Gilbert > Kubla Khan defeated Bob Griffin > Paul DeMarco and Luke Graham wrestled to a draw > Bob Armstrong & El Mongol defeated the Assassins / Notes: Jack Crawford managed Kubla Khan.

JANUARY 5, 1973 (FRIDAY) â<80>” ATLANTA, GA â<80>” ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM [P] (Paul Jones â<80>” Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Midget Match: Willie Wilson defeated Johnny Reb > Bob Orton, Jr., defeated Ronnie Hill > Womenâ<80><99>s Tag Team Match: Vicky Williams & Joyce Grable defeated Toni Rose & Peggy Patterson > Jay Strongbow defeated Jack Evans > The Zodiac defeated Koa Tiki > Leo Garibaldi, Eddie & Mike Graham defeated Jack Crawford, Norvel Austin & the Masked Marvel by disqualification > Bill Dromo defeated Rocket Monroe > Buddy Colt versus Mad Dog Vachon ruled a no contest > Texas Death Match: Bob Armstrong defeated Sputnik Monroe / Notes: Jack Crawford managed Norvel Austin & the Masked Marvel. Leo Garibaldi was credited as being a referee for this card. Garibaldi was injured during the match between Leo Garibaldi, Eddie & Mike Graham and Jack Crawford, Norvel Austin & the Masked Marvel when the Marvel hit him in what appeared to be an accident.

JANUARY 5, 1974 (SATURDAY) â<80>” â<80><9c>ALL-SOUTH CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLINGâ<80> (Ann Gunkel â<80>” Promoter / All-South Wrestling Alliance) > Thunderbolt Patterson defeated the Great Fuji > Pat & Mike Kelly defeated Assassin #2 & the Super Gladiator by disqualification > The Viking defeated Lanny Poffo > Jack Armstrong and the Champ wrestled to a draw / Notes: Rock Hunter managed Assassin #2.

JANUARY 5, 1974 (SATURDAY) â<80>” ATLANTA, GA â<80>” WTCG STUDIOS (Paul Jones â<80>” Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Rasputin defeated Sonny King > Mr. Wrestling #2 defeated Les Thatcher > Jerry Lawler defeated Robert Fuller > Ron Garvin defeated Bobby Cash / Notes: This was taped for the â<80><9c>Georgia Championship Wrestlingâ<80> television program hosted by Gordon Solie. Gary Hart managed Rasputin. Jimmy Garvin managed Ron Garvin. On this episode, it was announced that the Georgia Tag Team Title, held by Bobby Shane & Gorgeous George, Jr., was held up since the latter was injured and could not wrestle.

JANUARY 5, 1974 (SATURDAY) â<80>” GRIFFIN, GA â<80>” GRIFFIN-BARNESVILLE SPORTS PALACE (Paul Jones â<80>” Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Rasputin defeated Jay French > Tim Woods defeated the Zebra Kid > Lou Thesz defeated Jerry Lawler > Ron & Terry Garvin defeated Bob Armstrong & Bobby Cash > Mr. Wrestling #2 defeated Robert Fuller / Notes: Gary Hart managed Rasputin. Jimmy Garvin managed Ron & Terry Garvin.

JANUARY 5, 1976 (MONDAY) â<80>” AUGUSTA, GA â<80>” WILLIAM BELL AUDITORIUM (Charlie Harben â<80>” Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Skandor Akbar defeated Tony Garea > Les Thornton & Tony Charles defeated Mitsu Hata & Taru Hayashi > Moondog Mayne versus Mr. Wrestling #2 ended in a double countout > Abdullah the Butcher defeated Dick Slater by disqualification > Georgia Heavyweight Title Match: Bob Armstrong defeated the Spoiler* by disqualification / Notes: Gary Hart managed the Spoiler.

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 Oâ<80><99>Sullivan.

â<80>” GeorgiaWrestlingHistory.com

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