SOUTHEASTERN WRESTLING NEWS, NOTES, and NOSTALGIA: 03/26/2009

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NEWS and NOTES

The final overall rating for the Tuesday edition of World Wrestling Entertainment‘s ECW was 1.3.

An updated lineup for WWE’s WrestleMania XXV, which will broadcast live from the Reliant Stadium in Houston, TX, on April 5: Triple H defends the WWE Heavyweight Title against Randy Orton; Edge defends the WWE World Heavyweight Title against John Cena and the Big Show in a three-way match; Shawn Michaels versus the Undertaker; Matt Hardy versus Jeff Hardy in an extreme rules match; the money-in-the-bank ladder match featuring Mark Henry, Shelton Benjamin, Kofi Kingston, Finlay, CM Punk, MVP, Christian, and Kane; WWE World Tag Team Champions John Morrison & the Miz versus WWE Tag Team Champions Carlito & Primo Colon, in a lumberjack match to unify the titles; JBL defends the WWE Inter-Continental Heavyweight Title against Rey Mysterio, Jr.; a handicap match featuring Chris Jericho versus Ricky Steamboat, Jimmy Snuka, and Roddy Piper, with Ric Flair; and a divas battle royal, featuring twenty-five women of WWE, past and present.

WWE will also present the 2009 Hall of Fame awards presentation live from the Toyota Center in Houston, TX, on April 4. To be inducted: Steve Austin, Ricky Steamboat, Bill Watts, Koko B. Ware, the Von Erichs, Howard Finkel, and Terry Funk & Dory Funk, Jr. Announced as presenters are Ric Flair (Steamboat), Jim Ross (Watts), Dusty Rhodes (Funks), Michael Hayes (Von Erichs), Gene Okerlund (Finkel), and the Honky Tonk Man (Ware). It is believed Vince McMahon will induct Austin.

Total Nonstop Action will be at the Swiftel Center in Brookings, SD. Advertised: Jeff Jarrett versus Kurt Angle; Beer Money defends the TNA World Tag Team Title against the Latin American Xchange; and Suicide defends the TNA X Division Title against Chris Sabin. Also on the bill: A.J. Styles, Team 3D, ODB, Sheik Abdul Bashir, Sojourner Bolt, and No Limit. Bell time is 7:30 PM.

The lineup for tonight’s iMPACT broadcast on Spike TV, from TNA, is as follows: Suicide defends the TNA X Division Title against Kiyoshi; Raisha Saeed & Awesome Kong versus the Beautiful People; Sting challenges Mick Foley to a match at Lockdown; and a twenty-man gauntlet match, where the last two earn the right to choose partners to face off in a four-on-four match at Lockdown.

Florida Championship Wrestling will be at the FCW Arena in Tampa, FL, tonight. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids under 11. Bell time is at 7:30. For more information, call (813) 805-7526.

Great Championship Wrestling returns to the Gr8 Sk8 Plex in Phenix City, AL, tonight. Advertised: Lumberjack Match for the GCW Title, Champion Cru Jones vs. Rob Adonis; First Time Ever in GCW, Orion Bishop vs. Frankie Valentine; Rematch from Two Weeks Ago, Sal Rinauro vs. J-Rod; Special Challenge, Scott Steele vs. Murder One; and an appearance by Buff Bagwell and Amy Morgan. Bell time is 7:30pm. For reserved seats, call 334-664-1780.

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

Ericules Wrestling Promotions will be at the National Guard Armory in Morristown, 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.

Birthdays: Sylvain Grenier (1977) and Mike Mondo (1983).

In Memoriam: Benny McGuire (54, 2001), Johnny ?Red Shoes? Dugan (89, 2001), and Axis (22, 2007).

Tonight’s edition of the NoseBleed Section, with hosts John ?Stoney? Cannon and Joe ?Joco? Cowart, presents a tongue-in-cheek look at the world of pro wrestling. The featured guest is Al Snow. The broadcast starts at 9:00 PM ET, and is brought to you by Georgia Wrestling History‘s GWH Radio Network.

Wednesday’s edition of Peach State Pandemonium featured Rich Tate, Larry Goodman, and guest Ace Rockwell discussing the recent camp PSP co-host Les Thatcher held at NWA Anarchy. ?Bomber? Jack Lord also was featured, discussing his career as he winds down his quarter-century career wrestling on the southern wrestling circuit with a retirement match this weekend. PSP is a presentation of the GWHRN. Click here for the archive.

R&B Entertainment Wrestling did a show for the Georgia Burn Foundation on March 22. Results: Arctic X defeated Super Unknown. “The Outlaw” Doc Younger defeated “the 1 cent Russian” Penny Koloff. Ox Madison defeated “the Real Deal” Jamie Deal. DVD champion, Morbid Angel, w/LOG, defeated “Superstar” Cameron LaRue. “Teen Idol” Morgan Davis defeated Lance Alonte to become the new International champion. Donovan Sweet, w/Lolli Pop, defeated Dirty Dawg. Tag champions Risky Business defeated Drew Blood, Inc., Heavyweight champion Fear defeated Shawn Hunter. Jesup Firefighters, w/Lee “Axe Man” Jackson, defeated Big Joe & Black Sabbath.

Ring Wars Carolina results from the National Guard Armory in Raeford, NC, on March 21. Results: Los Hobos and Chuck N. Dale wrestled to a no contest. Scandinavian Sweethearts defeated Mama’s Boy Ken Shirt to retain the RWC National Championship. Petey Bangs defeated Andrea the Giant and PoPo da Clown. Andrea defeated Simply Delicious and Screaming Eagle to win the RWC TV Championship. ?Nite Stic? Eddie Brown defeated Angel Kross to retain the RWC Heavyweight Championship. Hangtyme defeated Cletus and the New Nature Boy to become top contender for the RWC Heavyweight Title. BD Productions defeated the Articles of Deviation to retain the RWC Tag Team Titles.

RWC will be at the Cumberland County Crown Center in Fayetteville, NC, on March 28.

RWC will also present their 2nd Anniversary show at the Lumberton Flea Market Mall in Lumberton, NC, on April 4. Bell Time is 7:30 PM. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for kids.

Coastal Championship Wrestling was in Pompano Beach, FL, on March 21. Results: “Pretty Boy” Johnny Velvet defeated “Cash Money” Alex G. Pablo Marquez defeated the Silencer. American Taliban defeated Ernie Alexander. J.B. Cool & Kimberly defeated Dok Rivers & Jessica Haze. Chasyn Rance defeated the Dirty White Boy. Dade County Collision defeated Bad Dog Bullock & Nacio Barone. Isis the Amazon defeated Bomber Man & Bluefire. Kahagas defeated Alex Chamberlain.

CCW will be at Jimmy Snuka’s Bodyslam University in Pompano Beach, FL, on April 25. Matches to be announced. Tickets are $6. Doors open at 7:30 and bell time is at 8:00. For more information, call (954) 275-1334.

Pro Wrestling Fusion will be at the Police Athletic League Center in Ft. Pierce, FL, on April 11. Advertised: For the heavyweight championship, Steve Madison defends vs. Billy Fives. Jack Manley vs. Craig Classic vs. T.J. Perkins vs. Fantastic Dantastic vs. Nick Fame vs. Maxx Stardom vs. Jaison Moore vs. Johnny Vandal in a Fusion Clash in which the winner will receive a junior heavyweight championship match against champion Chris Jones on May 16. For the tag team championship, Blunt Florce Trauma defends vs. South Street Saints. Tommy Taylor vs. Christopher Gray. Tickets are $20 for ringside and $10 for general admission. Doors open at 7:00 and bell time is at 8:00.

New Heights Wrestling will be at the Old National Guard Armory in Florala, AL, on April 11. Advertised: For the heavyweight championship, “Pretty Boy” Donnie B defends vs. Milo. There will be a battle royal for everyone who isn’t the champion with the winner facing the champion in June. BTY vs. Omega, w/”the 7th Deadly Sin” Vain. For the cruiserweight championship, “Pure” Doug Pitt, w/Busti Becki Kennedy, defends vs. “Big Deal” Ryan Holland. “Master of Devastation” Cameron Frost vs. Street Bandit. Tickets are $7, and kids under 7 get in free. Doors open at 6:30 and bell time is at 7:30.

NOSTALGIA

MARCH 26, 1933 (SUNDAY) ? AUGUSTA, GA ? NEW COLISEUM (W.K. Carswell ? Promoter) > Jim Hesslyn versus Dobie Osborne > Southern Lightweight Title Match: Pat Newman* versus Jack Ross / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found. It is unclear as to how Pat Newman came to be recognized as Southern Lightweight Champion. The last reference we have show that Jim Hesslyn defeating Jack Ross to win the title on February 28, 1933, in Augusta.

MARCH 26, 1934 (MONDAY) ? ATLANTA, GA ? FAIR STREET ARENA (Jason Thompson ? Promoter) > John Dameron defeated Chief Lakeside > Fred Lassiter defeated John Mauldin > Georgia Light Heavyweight Title / Southern Light Heavyweight Title Match: Hugh Winn* defeated Chippewa Charlie (2-1) / Notes: Hugh Winn had been the reigning Georgia Light Heavyweight Champion and Southern Light Heavyweight Champion since he defeated Fred Lassiter for both titles on March 5, 1934, in Atlanta, GA.

MARCH 26, 1935 (TUESDAY) ? ATLANTA, GA ? ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Henry Weber ? Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Jim Coffield and Tom Marvin wrestled to a draw at 30:00 > Joe Cox defeated Abe Rothberg (2-0) > Karl Davis defeated Chief Chewacki at 24:00 (2-1) / Notes: Abe Rothberg substituted for Pete Schuh in the match with Joe Cox.

MARCH 26, 1935 (TUESDAY) ? AUGUSTA, GA ? NEW COLISEUM (Jack Browning ? Promoter) > Jim Hesslyn versus Dobie Osborne > Southern Lightweight Title Match: Pat Newman* versus Jack Ross / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found. Pat Newman had been the reigning Southern Lightweight Champion since he defeated Jack Ross on March 11, 1935, in Augusta.

MARCH 26, 1937 (FRIDAY) ? ATLANTA, GA ? ATLANTA THEATRE (Frank Speer ? Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Tommy O’Toole defeated Roy Graham at 27:00 > Bill Lee defeated Whitey Hewitt (2-1) > Cowboy Luttrall defeated George Hagen (2-1)

MARCH 26, 1937 (FRIDAY) ? ATLANTA, GA ? NORTHSIDE ARENA (Frank Bettis and Cleve Roby ? Promoters) > Paddy Nolan versus Bull Montana > Sammy Miller versus Chin Lee > Mike Cassidy versus Young Londos / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found.

MARCH 26, 1940 (TUESDAY) ? ATLANTA, GA ? ATLANTA THEATRE (Bill Hartman and Thad Holt ? Promoters / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Lou Nyman defeated Sid Marcus > Don McIntyre defeated Juan Humberto > Bill Bartush defeated Marvin Jones

MARCH 26, 1943 (FRIDAY) ? ATLANTA, GA ? ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Sammy Friedman ? Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Roland Kirchmeyer defeated George Pavich > Women’s Match: Elvira Snodgrass defeated Gladys Gillem > The Black Panther defeated Al Massey / Notes: Roland Kirchmeyer was declared the winner of his match when George Pavich was deemed unable to continue. Rudy Strongberg was credited as being a referee on this card. Elmer Snodgrass managed Elvira Snodgrass.

MARCH 26, 1948 (FRIDAY) ? ATLANTA, GA ? ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Paul Jones ? Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Bobby Roberts defeated Natie Brown by disqualification > Don Lee and Al Massey wrestled to a draw > Jack Ross, Jr., & Chief Indio Cherokee defeated Jim Coffield & Tom Mahoney > World Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Herb Welch* defeated Chris Godkiss / Notes: Chris Godkiss substituted for Paul Stanlee in the match with Herb Welch. Welch had been the reigning World Junior Heavyweight Champion as recognized by the Nashville, TN, office since he defeated Tex Riley on July 22, 1947, in Nashville, TN.

MARCH 26, 1954 (FRIDAY) ? ATLANTA, GA ? ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Paul Jones ? Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Don & Dick Big Kettle defeated Don McIntyre & Gorgeous Gilpin > Lee Grable defeated Omar Khayam > Women’s Match: Mildred Burke defeated Bonnie Watson > Verne Gagne defeated Sky Hi Lee

MARCH 26, 1962 (MONDAY) ? AUGUSTA, GA ? WILLIAM BELL AUDITORIUM (Steve Manderson ? Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Tojo Yamamoto & Taro Myaki versus Ray Villmer & Haystacks Calhoun > Frank Hickey & Evon Marion versus Johnny King & Jack Terry / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found.

MARCH 26, 1965 (FRIDAY) ? ATLANTA, GA ? PAUL JONES SPORTS ARENA [P] (Paul Jones ? Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Lee Fields versus Tony Marino > Greg Peterson & Billy Hines versus George & Crybaby Harris > Battle of the States ? Georgia versus Florida: Buddy Fuller (GA) defeated Sam Steamboat (FL); Eddie Graham (FL) defeated Red Roberts (GA); Dick Steinborn (FL) defeated Lester Welch (GA) > Georgia Heavyweight Title Match: Jesse James defeated Mario Galento* by disqualification / Notes: Greg Peterson & Billy Hines and George & Crybaby Harris were scheduled to wrestle each other, as were Lee Fields and Tony Marino, but no results were reported after the card. Mario Galento had been the reigning Georgia Heavyweight Champion since he defeated Sputnik Monroe on November 13, 1964, in Atlanta. Advance tickets were now being sold at the front of the building at 310 Chester Avenue, relocating from the aforementioned Houston Street address. This venue was still undergoing renovations, and was being used prematurely this night because the Atlanta Municipal Auditorium was unavailable. The cover of the program for this card read, in large bold letters, ?Welcome to the Paul Jones Sports Arena?.

MARCH 26, 1968 (TUESDAY) ? MACON, GA ? MACON CITY AUDITORIUM (Fred Ward ? Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Matt Jewell defeated Emerson Crozier > Mr. Wrestling defeated Tank Morgan > Wire Fence Match (No DQ): Enrique & Alberto Torres defeated the Gauchos / Notes: It was reported that 2,394 were in attendance for this card.

MARCH 26, 1971 (FRIDAY) ? ATLANTA, GA ? ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM [P] (Paul Jones ? Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Jim Wilson and Michel Dubois wrestled to a draw > Sabu Singh defeated Fidel Castillo by disqualification > Krusher Karlson defeated Bob Boyer > Dick Steinborn and Kubla Khan wrestled to a draw > Bill Dromo & Klondike Bill defeated Luke Graham & Buddy Colt > Georgia Tag Team Title Match: Ray Gunkel & El Mongol defeated the Assassins* by disqualification / Notes: The Assassins had been the reigning Georgia Tag Team Champions since they defeated Mr. Ito & the Great Ota in a tournament final on October 16, 1970, in Atlanta. Jack Crawford managed Kubla Khan. Homer O?Dell managed Buddy Colt. Charlie Harben was credited as being a referee for this card. Klondike Bill participated in an autograph session for fans.

MARCH 26, 1974 (TUESDAY) ? ATLANTA, GA ? ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM [P] (Ann Gunkel ? Promoter / All-South Wrestling Alliance) > Wayne Cowan versus Ted Oates > Jack Armstrong & the Crusader versus the Islanders > Assassin #2 & the Super Gladiator versus the Mongols > Brass Knuckles Match: Ernie Ladd & Ron Pritchard versus Ox Baker & the Missouri Mauler > Thunderbolt Patterson versus the Executioner / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found. The Magnificent Zulu was the special referee for the match between Thunderbolt Patterson and the Executioner. Rock Hunter managed Wayne Cowan, Assassin #2, the Executioner, and the Missouri Mauler. George Cannon managed the Mongols.

MARCH 26, 1974 (TUESDAY) ? MACON, GA ? MACON COLISEUM (Fred Ward ? Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Art Nelson and Earl Maynard wrestled to a draw > Jerry Brisco versus Jimmy Garvin ruled a no contest > Rufus R. Jones defeated Bobby Duncum > Ron & Terry Garvin defeated Robert Fuller & Ricky Gibson > Macon Tag Team Title Match: Bob Armstrong & Mr. Wrestling #1 defeated Jerry Lawler & Mr. Wrestling #2* to win title / Notes: Jimmy Garvin managed Ron & Terry Garvin.

MARCH 26, 1976 (FRIDAY) ? ATLANTA, GA ? ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM [P] (Paul Jones ? Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Ted Oates defeated Ken Mantell > Jerry Oates defeated Skandor Akbar > Rick Martel and Rip Hawk wrestled to a draw > Bob Armstrong & Mark Lewin defeated Les Thornton & Tony Charles > Dick Slater defeated Stan Stasiak > Thunderbolt Patterson versus Moondog Mayne / Notes: Thunderbolt Patterson and Moondog Mayne were scheduled to wrestle each other, but no results were reported after the card.

MARCH 26, 1978 (SUNDAY) ? SAVANNAH, GA ? SAVANNAH CIVIC CENTER (Aaron Newman ? Promoter / Jim Crockett Promotions) > Jimmy Garvin versus Charlie Fulton > Ted Oates & Richard Blood versus Scott Irwin & the Russian Stomper > Ciclon Negro versus Mr. Wrestling #1 > Women’s Match: Vicky Williams versus Pepper LaBianca > US Heavyweight Title Match: Blackjack Mulligan* versus Wahoo McDaniel / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found.

MARCH 26, 1979 (MONDAY) ? AUGUSTA, GA ? WILLIAM BELL AUDITORIUM (Charlie Harben ? Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Dennis Hall and John Wolfe wrestled to a draw > Ron Bass defeated Buddy Diamond > Blackjack Lanza defeated Tommy Rich > Wahoo McDaniel defeated the Masked Superstar > Tony Atlas & Stan Hansen versus Ric Flair & Ole Anderson ended in a double disqualification / Notes: Bobby Heenan managed Blackjack Lanza and Ron Bass.

MARCH 26, 1983 (SATURDAY) ? HUNTINGTON, WV ? HUNTINGTON MEMORIAL FIELD HOUSE (Les Thatcher ? Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Bob Roop defeated Brian Blair > Killer Brooks defeated Joe Lightfoot > Larry Zbyszko defeated Johnny Rich > Dick Murdoch defeated Ivan Koloff > Tony Atlas defeated the Iron Sheik > Tommy Rich & the Masked Superstar defeated Ole Anderson & Buzz Sawyer

MARCH 26, 1985 (TUESDAY) ? PHILADELPHIA, PA (Ole Anderson ? Promoter / Championship Wrestling from Georgia) > Buzz Tyler defeated John Tatum > Buddy Landel defeated Sam Houston > Jimmy Valiant defeated the Barbarian > Denny Brown & Pez Whatley defeated the Rock & Roll RPMs > Tully Blanchard and Dusty Rhodes wrestled to a draw > Manny Fernandez defeated Arn Anderson by disqualification > Magnum T.A. defeated Ivan Koloff

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