Southeastern Wrestling News, Notes & Nostalgia 12-31-08

Bill Behrens


SOUTHEASTERN WRESTLING NEWS, NOTES, AND NOSTALGIA: 12/31/2008

NEWS and NOTES

The annual Georgia Wrestling TK award winners were announced today, and Georgia Wrestling History got the nod for best website for the second consecutive year, with Larry Goodman being recognized as best reporter. Goodman has won the award all six years. The GWH crew thanks everyone who voted for us. Click here for the remainder of the awards.

World Wrestling Entertainment results from the Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland, ME, on December 30: Goldust over Santino Marella; Mark Henry, with Tony Atlas, over Ricky Ortiz; Cryme Tyme over Cody Rhodes & Manu; Kane over Kofi Kingston; Kelly Kelly & Melina over Beth Phoenix & Jillian Hall; Jack Swagger over Tommy Dreamer; William Regal over CM Punk to retain the WWE Inter-Continental Heavyweight Title; and John Cena over Randy Orton to retain the WWE World Heavyweight Title.

WWE results from the Richmond Coliseum in Richmond, VA, on December 29: the Great Khali over Ryan Braddock; Shelton Benjamin over Hurricane Helms and R-Truth in a three-way match; Michelle McCool & Natalya over the Bella Twins; Triple H over Vladimir Kozlov in a street fight match; Carltio & Primo Colon over Brian Kendrick & Ezekiel Jackson; Jeff Hardy over Edge to retain the WWE Heavyweight Title; and the Undertaker over the Big Show in a cage match.

WWE taped two episodes of SmackDown last night in East Rutherford, NJ. Click here for spoilers for the January 2 broadcast, and here for what to expect on January 9â<80><99>s show.

It is being reported by Pro Wrestling Insider that Barry Windham has been let go by WWE.

The final overall rating for Mondayâ<80><99>s edition of WWEâ<80><99>s RAW was 3.5, while last Fridayâ<80><99>s edition of SmackDown was 2.1.

Effective midnight tonight, those with Time Warner Cable systems will no longer have access to Viacom networks, which includes SpikeTV, the home for Total Nonstop Actionâ<80><99>s iMPACT. Apparently a deal between the two companies, which has been negotiated over several months but recently stalled, could not be reached. Among the other networks that will be lost to TWC customers are the various channels from MTV, VH-1, Nickelodeon, as well as Comedy Central, CMT, and TV Land.

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

!BANG! presents “Hell’s Bells II” at the Funking Conservatory in Ocala, FL, tonight. Advertised: Johnny Magnum, Elvis Sharp & Dory Funk, Jr., versus Blain Rage, Shane Chung & Biff Whitman; and Melissa Coates versus Claudia Reiff. All matches are in a cage. Tickets are $20 and advance tickets can be purchased for $15. Doors open at 6:30 and bell time is at 7:00. For more information, call (352) 895-4658.

The Great American Wrestling Federation will be at the Game Room in Hosford, FL, tonight. Advertised: For the GAWF championship, T-Bolt defends vs. David Young. For the tag championship, Team Awesome, Inc., w/Arms Crowder, defends vs. Cameron Thomas & Kolby Stern. Dark Rage puts the cruiserweight title up in a 6-man gauntlet match. Also advertised: Buff Bagwell, “BTY” Colby Godwin, Ghetto Superstar, Michael Patrick, Aaron Idol, and “Pretty Boy” Donny B. Tickets are $8. Bell time is at 9:00.

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

All-State Wrestling will be at the Statum Cab Company Building in Shelbyville, TN, tonight.

Kin Folk Wrestling will be at the National Guard Armory in Pigeon Forge, TN, tonight.

GWH wishes a happy birthday to Ryan â<80>~Keijiâ<80><99> Sakoda (1974).

Today in Memoriam: Daniel Aldana (1990), Ed Gantner (31, 1990), and Sam Muchnick (93, 1999).

The Peachstate Wrestling Alliance was in front of crowd of 221 people as they were in Bremen, GA, on December 27. Results: Josh Magnum vs. Zac Salvation ended in a 15 minute draw. Bambi defeated The Amazon Queen. “Action” Mike Jackson defeated The Lethal Luchador. J-Rod defeated The Ultimate Dragon to become the Southern cruiserweight champion. “Action” Mike Jackson won an 8-person battle royal to become the first PWA Heritage champion.

Rampage Pro Wrestling will be at Johnny G’s in Warner Robins, GA, on January 4. Advertised: The 1st Rampage Rumble which is scheduled to include A.J. Steele, Cru Jones, Shaun Banks, J-Rod, Kodiak, Sal Rinauro, Oko Nono, Colt Derringer, Melissa Coates, and Chip Day. Colt Derringer vs. Chip Day. Melissa Coates vs. Tracy Taylor. Tickets are $5 after 2:45 and bell time is at 4:00. For more information call (478) 329-8002.

NWA Anarchy returns to the NWA Television Arena in Cornelia, GA, at 4236 Level Grove Road, on January 3 with an international television taping featuring The People’s Victory Celebration with the new Anarchy Heavyweight Champion Shadow Jackson, NWA Anarchy TV Title Match: Truitt Fields (c) vs. Seth Delay, NWA Anarchy Tag Team Championship Match: New Wave (Steven Walters & Derrick Driver) (c) vs. The Technicians (Bobby Moore & Tyler Smith), Kimo (with Attorney/Agent Jeff G. Bailey) vs. Billy Buck, for the Young Lion’s Title: Azrael (c) (with The Reverend) vs. Malachi, Phil Shatter (with Attorney/Agent Jeff G. Bailey) vs. Hayden Young plus an update on the situation involving NWA Anarchy owner Jerry Palmer and Melissa Coates, a medical update on Slim J, Don Matthews finally gets his hands on “The Feature Presentation”, Devil’s Rejects react to their Season’s Beating failures, and Shaun Tempers road alone begins. Bell time is 8pm.

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

DECEMBER 31, 1966 (SATURDAY) â<80>” ATLANTA, GA â<80>” WAII STUDIOS (Paul Jones â<80>” Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Louie Tillet defeated Jack Bence > Leo Garibaldi defeated Chris Hardy > Buddy Fuller defeated the Red Raider > Sputnik Monroe defeated Red Roberts / Notes: This was for the â<80><9c>Live Atlanta Wrestlingâ<80> television program hosted by Ed Capral.

DECEMBER 31, 1966 (SATURDAY) â<80>” ATLANTA, GA â<80>” ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM [P] (Paul Jones â<80>” Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Jack Bence defeated Chico Cortez > Red Roberts defeated Argentina Amesa > Midget Match: Lord Littlebrook defeated Frenchy Lamont > Ray Gunkel & Bill Dromo defeated Eric Von Brauner & the Red Raider > Leo Garibaldi defeated Buddy Fuller by disqualification > Butcher Vachon defeated Bobby Hart > Louie Tillet and Sputnik Monroe wrestled to a draw > Southern Tag Team Title Match (No TL): Enrique & Ramon Torres* versus Lars & Gene Anderson ruled a no contest / Notes: Eddie Smith was credited as being a referee on this card. Following the match between Enrique & Ramon Torres and Lars & Gene Anderson, the Southern Tag Team Title was held up for unstated reasons, pending an investigation of the match. The Torresâ<80><99> had been the reigning champions since they defeated Louie Tillet & Butcher Vachon on November 9, 1966, in Columbus. It was announced that Bette Boucher would be wrestling the Fabulous Moolah on the card on January 6, 1967, and that El Mongol, Oki Shikina, and the Reptiles with Professor Powell would be on the same card.

DECEMBER 31, 1971 (FRIDAY) â<80>” ATLANTA, GA â<80>” ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM [P] (Paul Jones â<80>” Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Cisco Grimaldo defeated the Champ > Bill Dromo & Bob Armstrong defeated Joe Turco & Bill White > Jerry Oates defeated Billy Spears by disqualification > Womenâ<80><99>s Tag Team Match: Donna Christianello & Toni Rose defeated Jan Sheridan & Susan Green > Klondike Bill defeated Oki Shikina > Dick Steinborn & Jimmy Dancing Bear and Karl Von Stroheim & Mr. X wrestled to a draw > Georgia Heavyweight Title Match: Buddy Colt* versus El Mongol ruled a no contest / Notes: Buddy Colt had been billed as the Georgia Heavyweight Champion since June 18, 1971. Eddie Smith and Charlie Smith were credited as being referees for this card. The program for this card mentioned that Paul Jones had been confined at St. Josephâ<80><99>s Infirmary since December 28, 1971, due to apparent coronary problems, but was in stable condition at the time of this card. Bob Armstrong participated in an autograph session for fans.

DECEMBER 31, 1974 (TUESDAY) â<80>” ALBANY, GA â<80>” ALLISONâ<80><99>S SKATING RINK (Fred Ward â<80>” Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) Notes: A card was scheduled for this date, but no details have been found.

DECEMBER 31, 1974 (TUESDAY) â<80>” MACON, GA â<80>” MACON COLISEUM (Fred Ward â<80>” Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Bob Orton, Jr., defeated Steve Keirn > Bill Dromo and Joe Turco wrestled to a draw > Mr. Wrestling #2 defeated Man Mountain Blackwell > Lumberjack Match: Ricky Gibson defeated Ron Garvin by disqualification > Macon Tag Team Title Match: the Mighty Yankees defeated Rocky Johnson & Danny Little Bear* to win title / Notes: Jimmy Garvin managed Ron Garvin. J.C. Dykes managed the Mighty Yankees.

DECEMBER 31, 1977 (SATURDAY) â<80>” ATLANTA, GA â<80>” WTCG STUDIOS (Paul Jones â<80>” Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Tape: Waldo Von Erich versus Dusty Rhodes > Tommy Rich & Raymond Rougeau defeated Abdul Zataar & Butch Malone > Tape: Ernie Ladd & Tony Atlas versus Abdullah the Butcher & Pak Song > Georgia Television Title Match: Bob Armstrong* defeated Bill White > Tape: Jos Leduc versus Ox Baker > Dick Slater, Tony Atlas & Mr. Wrestling #2 defeated Randy Savage, Jim Kent & Jim Dalton / Notes: This was taped for the â<80><9c>Georgia Championship Wrestlingâ<80> television program hosted by Gordon Solie. In the tape of the match between Ernie Ladd & Tony Atlas versus Abdullah the Butcher & Pak Song, Ladd turned on Atlas.

DECEMBER 31, 1978 (TUESDAY) â<80>” MACON, GA â<80>” MACON COLISEUM (Fred Ward â<80>” Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Battle Royal: Wahoo McDaniel (Winner) King Kong Mosca, Raymond Rougeau, Bryan St. John, Mr. Wrestling #2, Kurt Von Hess, Bugsy McGraw, Rufus R. Jones, Larry Latham, Tommy Rich, Ivan Koloff, Bob Armstrong, the Challenger, Pierre Lefebvre, and the Masked Superstar also participated > Thunderbolt Patterson & Andre the Giant defeated Ole Anderson & Stan Hansen / Notes: It was reported that the purse for the battle royal was $3,500.

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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