Southeastern Wresting News, Notes & Nostalgia for 12-29-08

Bill Behrens


SOUTHEASTERN WRESTLING NEWS, NOTES, AND NOSTALGIA: 12/29/2008

NEWS and NOTES

World Wrestling Entertainmentâ<80><99>s SmackDown crew will be at the Richmond Coliseum in Richmond, VA, tonight. Advertised: Jeff Hardy defends the WWE Heavyweight Title against Edge; Vladimir Kozlov versus Triple H in a street fight; and the Undertaker versus the Big Show in a cage match. Also advertised: the Great Khali, Shelton Benjamin, MVP, R-Truth, Michelle McCool, and Primo & Carlito Colon. Bell time is 7:00 PM.

WWEâ<80><99>s RAW/ECW crew will be at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, NH. Advertised: a four-way featuring Chris Jericho, Shawn Michaels, Randy Orton, and JBL, whereas the winner will be considered the number one contender to the WWE World Heavyweight Title; and a womenâ<80><99>s battle royal to determine the number one contender for the WWE Womenâ<80><99>s Title, featuring Mickie James, Candice Michelle, Jillian Hall, Kelly Kelly, Katie Lea, and Melina. Also advertised: John Cena, Matt Hardy, Mark Henry, CM Punk, Kane, Finlay, John Morrison, Santino Marella, and Beth Phoenix. Bell time is 7:30 PM. The live broadcast of RAW on the USA Network begins at 9:00 PM. The ECW portion will be taped for Tuesdayâ<80><99>s broadcast on the Sci-Fi Channel.

The final overall rating for the Tuesday edition of WWEâ<80><99>s ECW was 1.2.

WWEâ<80><99>s SmackDown crew was scheduled to be at the Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield, CA, on February 9. That event has now been moved to February 8.

WWE results from Raleigh, NC, at the RBC Center on December 28: the Great Khali over Ryan Braddock; Shelton Benjamin over Hurricane Helms and R-Truth in a three-way match to retain the WWE US Heavyweight Title; Natalya & Maryse over the Bella Twins, with Kung Funaki as referee; Kizarny over MVP; Triple H over Vladimir Kozlov in a street fight; Carlito & Primo Colon over Brian Kendrick & Ezekiel Jackson to retain the WWE Tag Team Title; Jeff Hardy over Edge to retain the WWE Heavyweight Title; and the Undertaker over the Big Show in a cage match. Maryse was injured during the womenâ<80><99>s tag match, and was taken out on a stretcher. It was determined afterward that she dislocated her kneecap.

WWE results from the Madison Square Garden in New York, NY, on December 28: Finlay, with Hornswoggle, over Mark Henry, with Tony Atlas; Melina & Kelly Kelly over Beth Phoenix & Jillian Hall; Matt Hardy over Jack Swagger to retain the WWE ECW Heavyweight Title; John Morrison & the Miz over Cryme Tyme to retain the WWE World Tag Team Title; Shawn Michaels over Kane; William Regal over CM Punk to retain the WWE Inter-Continental Heavyweight Title; Kofi Kingston & Rey Mysterio over Randy Orton & Cody Rhodes; and John Cena over Chris Jericho to retain the WWE World Heavyweight Title in a cage match.

WWE results from Trenton, NJ, at the Sovereign Bank Arena on December 27: Finlay over Mark Henry; John Morrison & the Miz over Cryme Tyme; Beth Phoenix over Melina; William Regal over CM Punk to retain the WWE Inter-Continental Heavyweight Title; Matt Hardy over Jack Swagger to retain the WWE ECW Heavyweight Title; Kane over Kofi Kingston; Shawn Michaels over Randy Orton; and John Cena over Chris Jericho to retain the WWE World Heavyweight Title.

WWE results from Greensboro, NC, at the Greensboro Coliseum on December 27: the Great Khali over Ryan Braddock; Shelton Benjamin over Hurricane Helms and R-Truth in a three-way match; Natalya & Maryse over the Bella Twins, with Kung Funaki as referee; Kizarny over MVP; Triple H over Vladimir Kozlov in a street fight; Carlito & 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 results from Hershey, PA, on December 26: Finlay, with Hornswoggle, over Mark Henry, with Tony Atlas; John Morrison & the Miz over Cryme Tyme; Beth Phoenix over Melina; William Regal over CM Punk; Matt Hardy over Jack Swagger to retain the WWE ECW Heavyweight Title; Kane over Kofi Kingston; Shawn Michaels over Randy Orton; and John Cena over Chris Jericho to retain the WWE World Heavyweight Title.

Total Nonstop Action has announced dates for most of the PPV events for 2009. Aside from Genesis, which is set for January 11 at the Bojangles Coliseum in Charlotte, NC, the remainder is as follows: February 8, Against All Odds; March 15, Destination X; April 19, Lockdown; May 24, Sacrifice; June 21, Slammiversary; July 19, Victory Road; August 16, Hard Justice; September 20, No Surrender; and October 18, Bound for Glory. No sites for these have been announced at this time.

Ring of Honor has announced the following events: February 28, in Philadelphia, PA, at the New Alhambra Arena; and March 21, in New York, NY, at the Hammerstein Ballroom.

GWH wishes a happy birthday to Mark Madden (1960) and Justin Roberts (1979).

Today in Memoriam: Dan Curtis (37, 1998).

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

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

Click here for the latest online broadcast of NWA Anarchy.

Joanie â<80>~Chynaâ<80><99> Laurer was rushed to a hospital early Saturday morning, where she is now reportedly in stable condition. Laurer, who has been sober for ten months following rehabilitation, had not taken her prescribed medication in over a month, and apparently fell into a deep depression. It is being reported that she overdosed on sleeping pills and a bottle of Gray Goose, said to have been purchased on Friday. Following a stint under close observation in the hospital, Laurer will be moved to a rehab center in Texas for further assistance. All scheduled appearances have been cancelled.

Click here for Larry Goodmanâ<80><99>s review of the December 6 broadcast of NWA Main Event.

Showtime All-Star Wrestling presents a television taping on January 2 at the SAW Mill (1214-B Louisville Highway) in Millersville, TN. Advertised: The main event will be a SAW International Heavyweight Title match: Kid Kash (champion) vs. Flash Flanagan. Bootcamp Match, â<80><9c>Boogie Woogie Boyâ<80> Gary Valiant vs. â<80><9c>Maniacâ<80> Marc Anthony. High Society (Chris Michaels & Sean Casey with The Freak Squad) defend the SAW Tag Team Titles. â<80><9c>OMGâ<80> Rick Santel (with Paul Adams) vs. â<80><9c>Livewireâ<80> Nikki Vaughn. Jesse Emerson vs. Sigmon. Also advertised: Arrick â<80><9c>The Dragonâ<80> Andrews, Andy Douglas, Chase Stevens, Jon Michael, Drew Haskins, Chrisjen Hayme, Hammerjack, and the debut of Vordell Walker.

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 29, 1904 (THURSDAY) â<80>” ATLANTA, GA â<80>” DeGIVE GRAND OPERA HOUSE (Promoter â<80>” Unknown) > Catch-as-Catch-Can Match: M.J. Dwyer defeated Charles Leonhardt (2-0)

DECEMBER 29, 1933 (FRIDAY) â<80>” ATLANTA, GA â<80>” GEORGIA POWER ATHLETIC AND SOCIAL CLUB (F.P. McGee â<80>” Promoter) > John Dameron versus Whitey Patterson > Bill Crussell versus John Mauldin > Sammy Miller versus Tarzan Jordan / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found. There were also boxing matches, but no details were provided following the card.

DECEMBER 29, 1933 (FRIDAY) â<80>” ATLANTA, GA â<80>” LAKEWOOD HEIGHTS ARENA (Frank Bettis â<80>” Promoter) > Leon Fuller versus Robert Owens > Winner Take All Match: Red Dugan versus Young Americus > Sammy Miller versus Gorilla Tucker / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found. Bob Ruble was credited as being a referee for this card.

DECEMBER 29, 1933 (FRIDAY) â<80>” ATLANTA, GA â<80>” WESTLAKE ARENA (Luke Appling â<80>” Promoter) > Frank Remille versus Leon Fuller > Dick Appling versus Marshall Mauldin > Foy Rivers versus Red Powell > Tony Padrone versus Charlie Hanson / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found. Marshall Mauldin was billed as John Mauldinâ<80><99>s brother.

DECEMBER 29, 1933 (FRIDAY) â<80>” AVONDALE, GA â<80>” AVONDALE ARENA (Wesley Brownlee â<80>” Promoter) > Alton Woods versus Lloyd Brown > Bob Anderson defeated Eddie Wagner > Ted Radcliffe versus Bill Collins / Notes: Aside from the match between Bob Anderson and Eddie Wagner, no documented results for the remaining matches on this card have been found. Joe Lennox, billed as a â<80><9c>wrestler, acrobat, and trick diverâ<80>, was scheduled, but no details were provided following the card.

DECEMBER 29, 1939 (FRIDAY) â<80>” ATLANTA, GA â<80>” ATLANTA THEATRE (Nat Jones and Cleve Roby â<80>” Promoters) > Scotty Sullivan versus Red Dugan > Bill Jeffries versus Tony Papalino > Jack McAdams versus Frank Remille / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found.

DECEMBER 29, 1944 (FRIDAY) â<80>” ATLANTA, GA â<80>” ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Paul Jones â<80>” Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Babe Zaharias defeated Wally Greb > Chief Saunooke defeated Cowboy Luttrall > Son Almand & Tiny Oxford defeated Joe Estes & Joe Kirkland > Al Massey and Jack Dillon wrestled to a draw > Charlie Harben defeated Dick Lever by disqualification

DECEMBER 29, 1944 (FRIDAY) â<80>” AUGUSTA, GA â<80>” AUGUSTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Jack Ross â<80>” Promoter) > Johnny Long versus Johnny Tucker > Womenâ<80><99>s Match: Ann Davis versus Nell Stewart > Jack Oâ<80><99>Brien versus Jack DeVault / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found.

DECEMBER 29, 1950 (FRIDAY) â<80>” ATLANTA, GA â<80>” ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Paul Jones â<80>” Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Joe Kirkland versus Tiny Oxford ruled a no contest > Jack Steele and Red Dugan wrestled to a draw > Don McIntyre & Nick Carter defeated Art Nelson & Tom Mahoney > Babe Zaharias defeated Tarzan White

DECEMBER 29, 1956 (SATURDAY) â<80>” ATLANTA, GA â<80>” ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Paul Jones â<80>” Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Don McIntyre defeated Bob Shipp > Jackie Nichols and Tom Drake wrestled to a draw > Don McIntyre & Chief Big Heart defeated Bob Shipp & Ike Eakins > Southern Heavyweight Title Texas Death Match: Jerry Graham* defeated Freddie Blassie / Notes: Jerry Graham had been the reigning Southern Heavyweight Champion since he defeated Bobby Weaver on December 14, 1956, in Atlanta.

DECEMBER 29, 1958 (MONDAY) â<80>” AUGUSTA, GA â<80>” ARMORY HALL (Robert McCoy â<80>” Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Nick Roberts & Chris Averoff versus Jack Oâ<80><99>Brien & Ali Bey > Freddie Blassie versus Chief Little Eagle / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found.

DECEMBER 29, 1961 (FRIDAY) â<80>” ATLANTA, GA â<80>” ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM [P] (Paul Jones â<80>” Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Jack Steele defeated Bulldog Lawley > Jerry Miller defeated Jerry Graham > Harry Smith defeated Sky Hi Krueger by disqualification > US Tag Team Title Match: Eddie Graham & Dick Steinborn* defeated Tojo Yamamoto & Taro Myaki / 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. Ray Villmer had been scheduled, but was not mentioned in reports following the card. It was announced that Jan Madrid, Paul DeGaulle, and Pat Oâ<80><99>Connor would be wrestling in Atlanta soon.

DECEMBER 29, 1965 (WEDNESDAY) â<80>” COLUMBUS, GA â<80>” COLUMBUS MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Fred Ward â<80>” Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Rip Carson versus Bad Boy Hines > Dale Lewis versus Mario Galento > Ken Hollis & Mike Paidousis versus Eric & Karl Von Brauner > Billy Hines versus Don Carson / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found. Rip Carson was being billed as Don Carsonâ<80><99>s cousin. Saul Weingeroff managed Eric & Karl Von Brauner.

DECEMBER 29, 1967 (FRIDAY) â<80>” ATLANTA, GA â<80>” PAUL JONES SPORTS ARENA (Paul Jones â<80>” Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Greg Peterson defeated Corsica Jean > Mario Galento defeated Kenny Mack > Bobby Shane defeated Harry Smith > The Kentuckian defeated Oki Shikina > Mr. Wrestling defeated Karl Von Stroheim > Enrique, Alberto & Ramon Torres defeated Louie Tillet, Stan & Butcher Vachon

DECEMBER 29, 1970 (TUESDAY) â<80>” MACON, GA â<80>” MACON COLISEUM (Fred Ward â<80>” Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > The Great Ota defeated Bob Boyer > Bill Dromo and Doug Gilbert wrestled to a draw > Luke Graham defeated Chief Little Eagle > Macon Tag Team Title Match: the Assassins* defeated Bob Armstrong & Freddie Blassie / Notes: The Assassins had been the reigning Macon Tag Team Champions since they defeated Bob Armstrong & Paul DeMarco on December 15, 1970, in Macon.

DECEMBER 29, 1972 (FRIDAY) â<80>” ATLANTA, GA â<80>” ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM [P] (Paul Jones â<80>” Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Derrell Cochran defeated Ronnie Hill > The Zodiac defeated Pedro Columbo > Georgia Tag Team Title One-Night Tournament: Sputnik & Rocket Monroe defeated Bill Dromo & Bob Orton, Jr.; Eddie & Mike Graham defeated Norvel Austin & the Masked Marvel; Grahams defeated Monroes to win title > Southern Heavyweight Title Match: Buddy Colt defeated Bob Armstrong* to win title > Eddie Graham defeated Jack Crawford / Notes: The tournament was to determine new champions for the vacant Georgia Tag Team Title, which had previously been held by Dick Steinborn & Argentina Apollo, who had since defected to the All-South Wrestling Alliance. Bob Armstrong had been the reigning Southern Heavyweight Champion since he defeated Buddy Colt on December 15, 1972, in Atlanta. It was reported that if Jack Crawford failed to appear and wrestle Eddie Graham, he would be fined and suspended indefinitely from wrestling in Atlanta. Crawford managed Norvel Austin & the Masked Marvel. Sputnik Monroe was barred from ringside during the match between Buddy Colt and Bob Armstrong. Eddie Smith was credited as being a referee for this card.

DECEMBER 29, 1973 (SATURDAY) â<80>” â<80><9c>ALL-SOUTH CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLINGâ<80> (Ann Gunkel â<80>” Promoter / All-South Wrestling Alliance) > Lanny Poffo defeated El Diablo > Bearcat Wilkerson defeated Wayne Cowan by disqualification > The Super Gladiator defeated Johnny Ringo > Geto Mongol defeated Ted Oates / Notes: George Cannon managed Geto Mongol.

DECEMBER 29, 1973 (SATURDAY) â<80>” ATLANTA, GA â<80>” WTCG STUDIOS (Paul Jones â<80>” Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Jerry Lawler defeated Jay French > Mr. Wrestling #2 defeated Tom Jones > Bobby Shane & Gorgeous George, Jr., and Tim Woods & Les Thatcher wrestled to a draw / Notes: This was taped for the â<80><9c>Georgia Championship Wrestlingâ<80> television program hosted by Gordon Solie. Gary Hart managed Bobby Shane & Gorgeous George, Jr.

DECEMBER 29, 1975 (MONDAY) â<80>” AUGUSTA, GA â<80>” WILLIAM BELL AUDITORIUM (Charlie Harben â<80>” Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Moondog Mayne defeated Bill Dromo > Mike Stallings defeated the Raider > Bob Armstrong defeated the Spoiler > No DQ / No TL Match: Mr. Wrestling #2 defeated Rock Hunter > NWA World Heavyweight Title Match: Terry Funk* defeated Dick Slater / Notes: Gary Hart managed the Spoiler.

DECEMBER 29, 1980 (MONDAY) â<80>” AUGUSTA, GA â<80>” WILLIAM BELL AUDITORIUM (Charlie Harben â<80>” Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Jos LeDuc defeated Jerry Brisco > Kevin Sullivan and Steve O wrestled to a draw > The Mongolian Stomper defeated Jack Brisco > Robert Fuller, Steve Keirn & Ted DiBiase defeated the Freebirds > Texas Death Match: Mr. Wrestling #2 defeated Ole Anderson / Notes: Don Carson managed the Mongolian Stomper.

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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