SOUTHEASTERN WRESTLING NEWS, NOTES, AND NOSTALGIA: 02/26/2009

NEWS and NOTES

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. They will be joined by Koko B. Ware, Johnny Idol, and Jon Malus. 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, hosted by Rich Tate and Les Thatcher, focused on a discussion-based commentary looking at what they believe is wrong with independent wrestling today, and things that can and should be done to improve the scene. PSP is a presentation of the GWHRN. Click here for the archive.

The GWHRN’s MMA Sunday will be on hiatus indefinitely, as some re-tooling to the show occurs.

The final overall rating for the Tuesday edition of World Wrestling Entertainment‘s ECW was 1.4.

The lineup for tonight’s iMPACT broadcast on Spike TV, from Total Nonstop Action, is as follows: Angelina Love & Velvet Sky versus Madison Rayne & Taylor Wilde; Jimmy Rave & Lance Rock versus Beer Money; Jeff Jarrett confronts the Main Event Mafia; an interesting turn of events with Don West and Mike Tenay; a four-way match featuring Chris Sabin, Jay Lethal, Alex Shelley, and Consequences Creed; and Rhaka Khan & Sojourner Bolt versus Raisha Saeed & Awesome Kong.

Great Championship Wrestling will be at the Gr8 Sk8 Plex in Phenix City, AL, tonight with “Total Chaos”. Advertised: Frankie Valentine vs. Sal Rinauro; and J.P. Money vs. Wicked Nemesis. Also on the bill: Hot Like Lava, the Merchants of Death, J-Rod, Tex Monroe, and Hooters Girls will also be in the house. Bell time is 7:30 pm. Tickets are $10 for ringside, and $8 for general admission. For tickets, call 334-664-1780.

The Southside Trash, Drew Golden and Randy Harris, notified GCW that they quit the company effective Wednesday. “We have no ill feelings and wish them success,” said Golden in a phone conversation earlier today. Golden said that on a personal level, they were treated well by everyone associated with GCW including Diane Hewes and Quentin Michaels, but they differed with GCW management on a professional level. They did not feel they were being used correctly, and leaving became the best option for all involved. Golden said they strongly believed that the Trash are more effective as heels, and their request to turn had been denied. He explained that by keeping them as babyfaces, he felt the Trash had been stripped of their identity. The Trash had been exclusively babyface since jumping from NWA Prime Time in October. Golden said their strong suit was entertaining, and they needed to be more outlandish than GCW was willing to allow. Golden said he regretted that they were not doing the professional thing by returning to drop the titles in the ring. However, the situation had reached the point that they could not continue. Golden confirmed that they made the move to GCW with the idea that they would be involved in the booking. That did not happen, but according to Golden, it was not the cause for their decision to leave. “The mission changed, so we changed with the mission.” As for the way they left Prime Time, Golden said it was not the best decision, and he does not look back on it fondly. Golden said that he and Harris plan to remain active in wrestling. They are open to accepting other bookings from this point forward.

An official statement from the management of GCW regarding the announcement by Southside Trash that they are quitting the promotion is as follows: “Neither Diane Hewes or Quentin Michaels, nor any other member of GCW management, have been contacted by Drew Golden, Randy Harris, or any other representative of the Southside Trash. It is hopeful that the Southside Trash, personal issues or not, would not back out on its fanbase for an advertised match, as well as disrespect Orion Bishop, Murder One, Cru Jones, and Shaun Banks, all whom are also advertised in the match put in jeopardy by this unprofessional and yet to be confirmed situation. Suitable substitutions will be made in the event the Trash decide to no show, however as of now, they are still advertised and booked for Thursdays event, as the last words spoken directly to us by Mr. Golden at 10pm Tuesday night were “I’ll see you Thursday.” In light of that, GCW will take Golden and Harris at face value for their agreed appearance, and let their actions, or lack of, speak louder then words this Thursday Night in Phenix City.”

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

Ericules Wrestling Promotions will be at the Green Acres Flea Market in Louisville, TN, tonight.

Florida Championship Wrestling will be at the FCW Arena in Tampa, FL, 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 In Memoriam: George Culkin (78, 2005).

As reported last week, Helmut Gutmann was attacked by Verne Gagne, and died several days later. The Medical Examiner has ruled the death a homicide, but because of the mental state of Gagne, it is believed no criminal charges will be filed.

Dave Meltzer is reporting a story that Edward Graziano has been arrested for attempting to have his wife Debbie murdered by a hit man. Click here for more on the story.

Click here for this week’s update of Wrestler’s Eye View with Les Thatcher.

Jimmy Rave can be booked by emailing showbis@aol.com.

Dirty South Pro Wrestling was in Pensacola, FL, on February 20. Results: Black Scorpion defeated B-Country. “DDG” Lee Manning, w/Tiny Tiswell, defeated Cowboy Ray, w/Short Bandit, to retain the cruiserweight championship. In a triple threat match, Omega, w/”the 7th Deadly Sin” Vain, defeated “Mr. Electricity” Jerry Reiner and Cruze. Team Sexy defeated Deacon Stone & “the Prince of Pain” Damon Black to retain the tag championship. Jason Steele & the 610 Kid defeated “the Age of Old School” Damian LaVaye & “the Future Legend” DJ Pringle. “Shooter” Kory Jackson defeated Street Bandit. The Gothic Warrior, w/”Naughty-Licious” Mystress, defeated Johnny Rebel & Evergreen McQueen in an over the top rope elimination match to retain the DSPW championship. Tiny Tiswell, w/”DDG” Lee Manning, defeated Short Bandit, w/Cowboy Ray, in a strap match.

DSPW will be at the East Brewton Civic Center in Brewton, AL, on March 7. Matches to be announced. Tickets are $10 ringside and $5 general admission. Doors open between 6:00-6:30, and bell time is between 7:00-7:30.

DSPW will be at the Knights of Columbus in Pensacola, FL, on March 13. Matches to be announced. Tickets are $10 ringside and $5 general admission. Doors open between 6:00-6:30, and bell time is between 7:00-7:30.

Global Championship Wrestling will be at the Civic Center in Pell City, AL, on February 28. Advertised: For the GCW Heavyweight championship, Scotty Blaze defends vs. Johnny Swinger. “Roaddog” B.G. James vs. Micah Taylor. Chrisjen Hayme vs. Joey Lightning. Amos Moses vs. Jesse Pain. Dynamo vs. Sgt. Hammer. Theordore Tutwiler III vs. Inhuman Fly. Fantasy vs. Tiffany Roxx. Tickets are $10. Bell time is at 7:30.

Southeastern Xtreme Wrestling will be at the SXW Xtreme Sportatorium in Dothan, AL, on February 28. Advertised: For the light heavyweight championship, the Mexican Kid vs. Preston Veston III vs. the Blackheart vs. Street Bandit. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for military and kids 6-12, and free for kids under 6. Bring 2 non-perishable food items and get $1 off ticket price. Bell time is at 7:30.

Coastal Championship Wrestling will be at Jimmy Snuka’s Bodyslam University in Pompano Beach, FL, on February 28. Matches to be announced. Tickets are $6.00. 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 PAL Center in Fort Pierce, FL, on March 7. Advertised: For the Luchacore championship, Prince Iaukea defends vs. Chris Jones. Tommy Taylor vs. Christopher Gray. South Street Saints vs. Blunt Force Trauma. Jerrelle Clark vs. Billy Fives. Tickets are $20 ringside and $10 general admission. Bell time is at 8:00. For more information, call (772) 224-9332.

The Alabama Wrestling Federation will be at the Civic Center in Loxley, AL, on March 13. Advertised: the Honky Tonk Man. Matches to be announced. Tickets are $10, and kids under 7 get in free. Doors open at 7:00 and bell time is at 8:00.

The AWF will be at the Mary G. Montgomery High School Gym in Semmes, AL, on March 14. Advertised: the Honky Tonk Man. Matches to be announced. Tickets are $10, and kids under 7 get in free. 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 March 14. Advertised: In a match to determine the #1 contender for the heavyweight championship, BTY vs. Milo. For the cruiserweight championship, Chris Tighe defends vs. “Pure” Doug Pitt. Omega, w/Vain, vs. “the Master of the Spinebuster” David Prime. “Scarface” Terry Ryker vs. “Supernerd” Lane Smart in a no DQ match. Tickets are $7, and children under 7 get in free. Doors open at 6:30 and bell time is at 7:30.

Division One Pro Wrestling will be at the Boulevard Heights Community Center in Hollywood, FL, on March 20. Advertised: For the heavyweight championship, Bruce Santee defends vs. Too Cold Scorpio. For the tag championship, Heartbreak Express defends vs. Dark City Fight Club. For the Caribbean championship, Johnny Vandal vs. Maximum Capacity. Lou Cypher vs. Tommy Vandal. Jerrelle Clark vs. Maxx Stardom. Francisco Ciatso vs. Adam Evans. The Loggers vs. the New Heavenly Bodies. The Falcon vs. C.J. O’Doyle. Andrew Wolf vs. Barney Rumble. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for kids. Advance tickets can be bought for $10. Doors open at 6:30 and bell time is at 7:30. For more information, call (954) 554-7688.

Full Impact Pro will be at the National Guard Armory, located on 8551 West Venable Street, in Crystal River, FL, on March 28. Doors open at 7:30 pm and the show starts at 8 pm. Tickets are $20 Ringside, $15 General Admission, and for kids 13 and under $10 General Admission. Advance tickets are $12 General Admission, and for kids 13 and under $8 General Admission. Advertised: FIP World Tag Team Championship: Erick Stevens & Roderick Strong (c) vs. the YRR (Sal Rinauro & Chasyn Rance), w/Mister Saint Laurent. Also advertised: ROH World Champion Nigel McGuiness, 2009 Eddie Graham Memorial Battle of the Belts Winner Davey Richards, the Dark City Fight Club of Jon Davis & Kory Chavis, FIP Florida Heritage Champion Chris Jones, ?Addicted to Love? Rhett Titus, the Heartbreak Assassins of Chris Escobar & Damien Wayne, ?the Bad Seed? Shawn Osborne, Brad Attitude, ?the Littlest Lumberjack? Grizzly Redwood, the British Lions of Tommy Taylor & Chris Gray, and making his debut in FIP, T.J. Perkins.

Pro Wrestling Xtreme will be at the Central Florida Fairgrounds in Orlando, FL, on May 16. The Sandman vs. Sabu. Tickets are $20. For more information, call (407) 729-8918.

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

FEBRUARY 26, 1934 (MONDAY) ? ATLANTA, GA ? FAIR STREET ARENA (Jason Thompson ? Promoter) > Young Londos defeated the Italian Bull > Stanley Buresch defeated Harry Nixon > Georgia Light Heavyweight Title / Southern Light Heavyweight Title Match: Fred Lassiter defeated Bill Crussell* (2-1) to win titles / Notes: Bill Crussell suffered a broken shoulder in the second fall of his match with Fred Lassiter and was forced to forfeit the match and his titles. Crussell had been the reigning Georgia Light Heavyweight Champion and Southern Light Heavyweight Champion since he defeated Hugh Winn for both titles on February 19, 1934, in Atlanta, GA. He later disputed the title change and defended the Georgia Light Heavyweight Title. Harry Nixon married Miss Idalia Langley in the ring during the event.

FEBRUARY 26, 1935 (TUESDAY) ? ATLANTA, GA ? ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Henry Weber ? Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > John Dameron defeated Frank Remille > Jim Coffield and Lee Meyers wrestled to a draw at 30:00 > Dick Raines defeated Pete Schuh at 28:00 > Karl Sarpolis defeated Joe Cox by disqualification at 32:00 (2-1)

FEBRUARY 26, 1936 (WEDNESDAY) ? AUGUSTA, GA ? NEW COLISEUM (Bill Metzger ? Promoter) > Abe Yourist versus Dutch Schultz > Southern Lightweight Title Match: Jack Ross* versus Pat Newman / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found. Jack Ross had been billed as Southern Lightweight Champion since January 8, 1936.

FEBRUARY 26, 1937 (FRIDAY) ? ATLANTA, GA ? ATLANTA THEATRE (Frank Speer ? Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > George Hagen and Tommy O’Toole wrestled to a draw at 30:00 > Bill Lee defeated Jimmy Parker (2-0) > Orville Brown defeated Cowboy Luttrall at 18:10 (2-0)

FEBRUARY 26, 1937 (FRIDAY) ? ATLANTA, GA ? NORTHSIDE ARENA (Frank Bettis and Cleve Roby ? Promoters) > Doc Poole versus Tiger Mills > Joe Wheeler versus Paddy Nolan > Tarzan Jordan versus Gene LeBell / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found.

FEBRUARY 26, 1943 (FRIDAY) ? ATLANTA, GA ? ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Sammy Friedman ? Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Boom Boom defeated Ralph Garibaldi > Roland Kirchmeyer defeated Nick Elitch > Emir Badui and Dorv Roche wrestled to a draw

FEBRUARY 26, 1960 (FRIDAY) ? MARIETTA, GA ? LARRY BELL AUDITORIUM (Elmo Chappell ? Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Vince Bryant & Chief Little Eagle versus Krusher Larson & El Lobo > Big Humphrey versus Bad Boy Hines > Bill Dromo versus Tokyo Joe / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found.

FEBRUARY 26, 1962 (MONDAY) ? AUGUSTA, GA ? WILLIAM BELL AUDITORIUM (Steve Manderson ? Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Women’s Match: Sweet Georgia Brown defeated Diana Beamon > Ray Gunkel & Lou Bastien versus the Assassins / Notes: Ray Gunkel & Lou Bastien and the Assassins were scheduled to wrestle each other, but no results were reported after the card.

FEBRUARY 26, 1963 (TUESDAY) ? MACON, GA ? MACON CITY AUDITORIUM (Fred Ward ? Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Farmer Powell and Prince Omar wrestled to a draw > Matt Jewell defeated the Black Panther at 6:25 > Lenny Montana & the Bat defeated Derrell Cochran & Chief Little Eagle by disqualification

FEBRUARY 26, 1965 (FRIDAY) ? ATLANTA, GA ? ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM [P] (Paul Jones ? Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Billy Hines defeated Red Roberts > Greg Peterson defeated Bob Dalton > Bill Dromo defeated Pancho Villa > Joe Scarpa defeated Jack Bence > The Mysterious Medics defeated Tony Marino & Dick Steinborn > Mario Galento defeated Buddy Fuller / Notes: Mario Galento was declared the winner of the match when Buddy Fuller was deemed unable to continue. According to the program for this card, Sputnik Monroe offered to come to Atlanta if Fuller would take him as a partner to help in his feud with Galento.

FEBRUARY 26, 1971 (FRIDAY) ? ATLANTA, GA ? PAUL JONES SPORTS ARENA [P] (Paul Jones ? Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Sabu Singh and the Scorpion wrestled to a draw > Jim Wilson defeated Nikita Mulkovitch > Luke Graham defeated Bob Griffin > The Assassins defeated Mr. Ito & the Great Ota > Roberto Soto and Buddy Colt wrestled to a draw > Georgia Heavyweight Title Match (No DQ): El Mongol* defeated Kubla Khan / Notes: El Mongol had been the reigning Georgia Heavyweight Champion since he defeated Nick Bockwinkel in a tournament final on February 5, 1971, in Atlanta. Homer O?Dell managed Buddy Colt. Jack Crawford managed Kubla Khan & Nikita Mulkovitch. Charlie Smith was credited as being a referee for this card. Buddy Colt participated in an autograph session for fans.

FEBRUARY 26, 1974 ? ATLANTA, GA ? LAKEWOOD FAIRGROUNDS (Ann Gunkel ? Promoter / All-South Wrestling Alliance) > Handicap Match: the Magnificent Zulu versus the Viking & the Iron Russian > Ox Baker, the Super Gladiator & the Missouri Mauler versus Ray Candy, Charlie Cook & El Mongol > Georgia Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Wayne Cowan defeated the Champ* to win title > Assassin #2 versus Thunderbolt Patterson / Notes: Rock Hunter managed Assassin #2 and the Missouri Mauler.

FEBRUARY 26, 1974 (TUESDAY) ? MACON, GA ? MACON COLISEUM (Fred Ward ? Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Ali Vaziri defeated Bill Costello > Women’s Tag Team Match: Maria Garcia & Rita Gomez defeated Sharon Brooks & Daisy Mae > Leon Ogle & Choo-Choo Lynn defeated Jerry Lawler & Prince Leilani > Mr. Wrestling #1 defeated Art Nelson > NWA World Heavyweight Title Match: Jack Brisco* defeated Mr. Wrestling #2 by disqualification

FEBRUARY 26, 1978 (SUNDAY) ? MACON, GA ? MACON COLISEUM (Fred Ward ? Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Adrian Adonis defeated Abdul Zataar > Jacques Goulet defeated Bill Dromo > The Bounty Hunter defeated Tommy Rich > Andre the Giant defeated Stan Hansen > Georgia Tag Team Title Match: Tony Atlas & Mr. Wrestling #2* defeated Ole & Lars Anderson > Dusty Rhodes defeated Abdullah the Butcher by disqualification

FEBRUARY 26, 1978 (SUNDAY) ? SAVANNAH, GA ? SAVANNAH CIVIC CENTER (Aaron Newman ? Promoter / Jim Crockett Promotions) > Jerry Stubbs defeated Frank Monte > The Missouri Mauler defeated Abe Jacobs > Roberto Soto & the Mighty Igor defeated Mr. X #1 & #2 > Bobo Brazil defeated the Masked Superstar > US Heavyweight Title Match: Blackjack Mulligan* versus Mr. Wrestling #1 ruled a no contest / Notes: Boris Malenko managed the Masked Superstar.

FEBRUARY 26, 1979 (MONDAY) ? AUGUSTA, GA ? WILLIAM BELL AUDITORIUM (Charlie Harben ? Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > John Wolfe defeated Pierre Lefebvre > Jerry Oates defeated Larry Latham > Rick Oliver defeated Jerry Roberts > Stan Hansen defeated Tommy Rich > Wahoo McDaniel defeated Ole Anderson > Cage Match: the Masked Superstar defeated Mr. Wrestling #2 / Notes: Rick Oliver substituted for Blackjack Lanza in the match with Jerry Roberts.

FEBRUARY 26, 1980 (TUESDAY) ? MACON, GA ? MACON COLISEUM (Fred Ward ? Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Ray Candy defeated Bobby Garrett > Tony Atlas defeated Dutch Mantell > Baron Von Raschke defeated Gerald Finley > Dory Funk, Jr., defeated Genichiro Tenryu > Mr. Wrestling #2 defeated Killer Khan > Lars Anderson & Wahoo McDaniel defeated Ivan Koloff & Alexis Smirnoff by disqualification > Coal Miner’s Glove Match: Kevin Sullivan defeated Austin Idol / Notes: The Great Mephisto managed Killer Khan. Rock Hunter managed Ivan Koloff and Alexis Smirnoff.

FEBRUARY 26, 1981 (THURSDAY) ? DALTON, GA ? FORT HILL SCHOOL GYMNASIUM (Paul Jones ? Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Steve Keirn versus Ron Cheatham > Charlie Cook & Bill Dromo versus Jim Duggan & Jos LeDuc > Bobby Eaton versus Steve O > Tony Atlas versus Kevin Sullivan / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found.

FEBRUARY 26, 1984 (SUNDAY) ? ATLANTA, GA ? OMNI COLISEUM [P] (Paul Jones ? Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Jesse Barr and Pez Whatley wrestled to a draw > The Spoiler defeated Johnny Rich > Mr. R defeated Ted DiBiase by disqualification > NWA World Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Les Thornton* defeated Tommy Rogers > Nikolai Volkoff versus Wahoo McDaniel ruled a no contest > Jake Roberts defeated Ron Garvin > Stan Hansen & King Kong Bundy versus the Road Warriors ruled a no contest > NWA World Heavyweight Title Match: Ric Flair* defeated Brad Armstrong / Notes: Paul Ellering managed Jake Roberts, the Spoiler, and the Road Warriors.

FEBRUARY 26, 1984 (SUNDAY) ? SAVANNAH, GA ? SAVANNAH CIVIC CENTER (Aaron Newman ? Promoter / Jim Crockett Promotions) > Pinky Larson defeated Ali Bey > Sam Houston defeated Ben Alexander > Tully Blanchard defeated Barry Hart > Denny Brown defeated Hans Schroeder > Rufus R. Jones defeated Ernie Ladd > Greg Valentine defeated Dick Slater > Jimmy Valiant & Dory Funk, Jr., defeated the Assassins

FEBRUARY 26, 1985 (TUESDAY) ? ALTOONA, PA (Ole Anderson ? Promoter / Championship Wrestling from Georgia) > Ron Garvin defeated Ron Starr > Billy Graham defeated Eagle > Magnum T.A. defeated Bob Roop > John Tatum and Eagle wrestled to a draw > Bob Backlund defeated Ron Bass

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, Matt Tew, Dave Wills, Shannon Rose, Alan Wojcik, Devin Cutting, and Richard O?Sullivan.

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