SOUTHEASTERN WRESTLING NEWS, NOTES, AND NOSTALGIA: 01/16/2009

NEWS and NOTES

Thursday night marked the debut of the NoseBleed Section, a presentation of Georgia Wrestling History??’s GWH Radio Network, hosted by John Cannon and Joe Cowart. The Wrestling Granny made an appearance, and the hosts talked about fan etiquette, WWE, the GWHRN, and the Wrestler. Click here for the archive.

World Wrestling Entertainment??’s RAW/ECW crew will be in Oshkosh, WI, at the Kolf Sports Center, tonight. Advertised: John Cena defends the WWE World Heavyweight Title against Chris Jericho; Jack Swagger defends the WWE ECW Heavyweight Title against Matt Hardy; John Morrison & the Miz defend the WWE World Tag Team Title against Cryme Tyme; Beth Phoenix defends the WWE Women??’s Title against Melina; Randy Orton versus Rey Mysterio; Kofi Kingston versus JBL; William Regal defends the WWE Inter-Continental Heavyweight Title against CM Punk; and Mark Henry, with Tony Atlas, versus Finlay, with Hornswoggle. Bell time is 7:30 PM.

The lineup for tonight??’s SmackDown broadcast on MyNetwork TV, from WWE, is as follows: Jack Swagger & Mark Henry versus Matt Hardy & Finlay; Brian Kendrick versus R-Truth; MVP versus the Big Show in a last man standing match; Michelle McCool versus Victoria; and Jeff Hardy interviewed by Edge.

Tickets for the following WWE events go on sale Saturday: February 6, in Kennewick, WA, at the Toyota Center; February 28, in Wilkes-Barre, PA, at the Wachovia Arena; March 1, in Glen Falls, NY, at the Glen Falls Civic Center; March 2, in Boston, MA, at the TD Banknorth Garden; March 3, in Mohegan Sun, CT, at the Mohegan Sun Arena; and April 4, Hall of Fame Ceremonies in Houston, TX, at the Toyota Center.

Total Nonstop Action will be at the National Stadium in Dublin, Ireland, tonight. Advertised: Samoa Joe, A.J. Styles, Kurt Angle, Mick Foley, Jeff Jarrett, Kevin Nash, Beer Money, Team 3D, Consequences Creed, Sheik Abdul Bashir, ODB, Christy Hemme, the Beautiful People, Abyss, Matt Morgan, and Doug Williams.

Ring of Honor will be at Sports Network and Fitness in Manassas, VA, tonight. Advertised: Nigel McGuinness versus Tyler Black; Bryan Danielson versus Jimmy Jacobs; Jay Briscoe & Roderick Strong versus the American Wolves (Eddie Edwards & Davey Richards); Jerry Lynn versus Austin Aries; Delirious versus the Necro Butcher in a grudge match; Brent Albright & Erick Stevens versus Damien Wayne & Chris Escobar; and Rhett Titus versus Sean Denny. Bell time is 8:00 PM.

Tonight, Showtime All-Star Wrestling presents “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.

Dirty South Pro Wrestling will be at the Knights of Columbus in Pensacola, FL, tonight for ???the Ultimate Showdown???. Don Fargo is advertised to be the special guest. Tickets are $10 ringside, $5 general, and free for kids ages 5 and under. Doors open at 6:30 and bell time is at 7:00.

The Universal Wrestling Council will be at Wilson County Fairgrounds in Wilson, NC, tonight. The doors will open at 6:30 PM, with matches getting underway at 7:00. Tickets are $7.

Southeastern MMA presents “Cage Wars IV” tonight at the Cullman Civic Center in Cullman, AL. Advertised: Jordan Donaldson vs. Jessie Fowlkes. Chase Horton vs. Kevin Primeau. Earl Anderson vs. Blake Morris. Mathew Martin vs. John Baker. Tommy Srygley vs. Randy Dawson. Leon Garza vs. Dylan McCreless. Brandon Kern vs. Ken Bundy. Sauska Zapata vs. John O’Brien. EJ Graff vs. Lee Cain. Wesley Sullivan vs. Ray Echols. Matt Vaughn vs. Stephen Wilhite. Josh Glover vs. Lucian Hornbuckle. Fred Weaver vs. Kent Waters. Doors open at 6:00 and bell time is at 7:00. For more information, call (205) 368-9114.

Phatlip MMA will be at the Alcazar Shriners Temple in Montgomery, AL, tonight. Advertised: Tyler Woods vs. Joe Elmore. Sky Moiseichik vs. Kory James Cole. Chad Weaver vs. Sean Dyer. Mark Adams vs. Justin Foster. Luke Reiter vs. Buddy Hallman. Rex Wall vs. Harry Sallee. Omar Coronado vs. Justin Suggs. Rendan Russell vs. Justin Wallace. Graham Tolbert vs. Marcus Porterfield. Dewayne Stong vs. Michael Fyrberg. Chad Crice vs. Preston Crowder. Brian Lawhon vs. Dereck Wilson. Alec Bryant vs. Greg Granlund. Aaron Wilcox vs. DK Martin. Sammy Cope vs. Matthew Holland. Stanley Crowder vs. Josh Sanders. Advance tickets go from $20 and up. Doors open at 6:00 and bell time is at 7:00. For more information, call either (334) 279-7933 or (334) 318-5998.

The Pro Wrestling Federation will be at the National Guard Armory in Rogersville, TN, tonight.

The Southern Wrestling Federation will be at the SWF Arena in Tullahoma, TN, tonight.

The United States Wrestling Organization will be at the Stadium Inn in Nashville, 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.

Today??’s Birthdays: Oliver Humperdink (1949).

Today In Memoriam: Ace Gordon (1959), Yukon Eric (41, 1965), and Gust Karras (73, 1976).

Bill Behrens??? ShowBis, Inc., has announced they are now handling bookings for Andrew ???Test??? Martin, Larry Sweeney, C.W. Anderson, and recently released from WWE, referee Mike Posey.

Great Championship Wrestling results from the Gr8 Sk8 Plex in Phenix City, AL, on January 15: Ron Stalker (with Princeton Gainey) beat Kareem Abdul Jamar. Shaun Banks vs. Frankie Valentine ended as a double DQ. Kareem Abdul Jamar & Joey Lightning beat Tex Monroe & Scotty Beach when Lightning pinned Monroe. Merchants of Death (Orion Bishop & Murder One & Slaughter with Wicked Nemesis) beat Southside Trash & Rob Adonis when Slaughter pinned Adonis. J-Rod beat Cru Jones (with Quentin Michaels) to retain the GCW Heavyweight Title. Click here for more detail.

USA Wrestling results from the Nick Gulas Arena at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds in Nashville, TN, on January 15: Shawn Shultz beat ???The Internet??’s Favorite Wrestler??? White Tiger in 4:33. Chase Stevens beat Travis Sawyer (with Tony Lucassio) in 6:50. Shane Smalls & Larry Cooter beat The Leprechauns (Chris Cain & Dyron Flynn) in 8:02. Jeff Daniels (with Dominique & Steve-O) beat White Tiger in 9:10. In a match for the NWA Mid-America Heavyweight Title, Steve-O (with Dominique) beat Champion ???Playboy??? Scott Hayes via DQ, so Hayes retained on the technicality (10:20). Mike Rapada Jr. beat ???The Mass without the Gas??? Jason James via DQ in 11:20 when Lani Kealoha interfered. Teddy Tender (with Miss Precious) beat Matt Boyce in 12:30. Doug Gilbert (with Tommy Gilbert) beat ???The King??? Shane Williams (with Lani Kealoha) in 11:15. Click here for more detail.

Savannah Valley Wrestling will be at the Graybell Auction in Danielsville, GA, on January 24 for ???New Horizons???. Matches to be announced. Tickets are $10, and kids under 13 get in for free. Bell time is at 7:30.

Southern Extreme Championship Wrestling will be at the VFW Fairgrounds Building in Carrollton, GA, on January 31. Advertised: There will be a battle royal to determine the #1 contender for the heavyweight championship. Josh Stone & Bulldog Raines vs. SECW champion Colt Derringer & Rob Adonis. In a loser leaves town tables match, Frankie Valentine vs. Billy Knight. Cru Jones vs. Micah Taylor. “Hawaiian Princess” Tracy Taylor vs. a mystery opponent. “Local Scene” Josh Storm vs. Rick “The Kick” King. Tickets are $8 & kids 6 & under get in for free. Doors open at 6:30 & bell time is at 7:30. For more information, call Scott at (678) 651-0144.

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 16, 1888 (MONDAY) ??? ATLANTA, GA ??? CONCORDIA HALL (Promoter ??? Unknown) > Mixed Styles Match: Duncan C. Ross defeated John Muhler (2-1) / Notes: It was reported that 300 were in attendance for this card. John Muhler took a fall at Greco-Roman style, but Duncan C. Ross countered with falls in the catch-as-catch-can and collar & elbow styles. It was reported that the men had a side bet of $300, and that the winner would receive 85% of the gate receipts with the loser getting the remainder. It was reported that Sergeant Walsh, the only man ever reported to have defeated Ross in a mounted sword contest, was traveling with Ross. Mr. Hopper managed Muhler.

JANUARY 16, 1918 (WEDNESDAY) ??? SAVANNAH, GA ??? LIBERTY THEATRE (Max Bauman ??? Promoter) > Ivan Linow defeated Constant LeMarin at 99:33 (2-1)

JANUARY 16, 1934 (TUESDAY) ??? ATLANTA, GA ??? ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Henry Weber ??? Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Frank Judson and Milo Steinborn wrestled to a draw > NWA World Heavyweight Title Match: Jim Londos* defeated George Zaharias (2-1) / Notes: It was reported that 6,000 were in attendance for this card. Jim Londos had been the reigning NWA World Heavyweight Champion since he defeated Dick Shikat in Philadelphia, PA, on June 6, 1930. This version was the one recognized by the National Boxing Association as the National Wrestling Association.

JANUARY 16, 1951 (TUESDAY) ??? MACON, GA ??? MACON CITY AUDITORIUM (Fred Ward ??? Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Tarzan White defeated Red Dugan > Don McIntyre and Bob Orton wrestled to a draw > Jack Steele defeated Bobby Lane

JANUARY 16, 1956 (MONDAY) ??? AUGUSTA, GA ??? WILLIAM BELL AUDITORIUM (Tom Mahoney ??? Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Paul DeGaulle & Mike Paidousis versus Don Roche & Red McIntyre > Southern Heavyweight Title Match (No DQ): Freddie Blassie* versus Jackie Nichols / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found. Freddie Blassie had been the reigning Southern Heavyweight Champion since he defeated Red McIntyre on November 25, 1955, in Atlanta.

JANUARY 16, 1959 (FRIDAY) ??? MARIETTA, GA ??? LARRY BELL AUDITORIUM (Elmo Chappell ??? Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Benny Matta and the Great Bolo wrestled to a draw > Jack O???Brien and Chief Little Eagle wrestled to a draw > Ray Gunkel, Benny Matta & Chief Little Eagle defeated Freddie Blassie, Jack O???Brien & the Great Bolo at 35:00

JANUARY 16, 1962 (TUESDAY) ??? MACON, GA ??? MACON CITY AUDITORIUM (Fred Ward ??? Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Jack Steele defeated Jan Madrid > Jean & Paul Gaullois defeated Jack Steele & Jerry Miller > Southern Tag Team Title Match: Rito & Tito Carreon defeated the Assassins* by disqualification / Notes: The Assassins had been the reigning Southern Tag Team Champions since they defeated Ray Gunkel & Don McIntyre on December 1, 1961, in Atlanta.

JANUARY 16, 1963 (WEDNESDAY) ??? COLUMBUS, GA ??? COLUMBUS MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Fred Ward ??? Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Steve Bolus versus the Bat > Midget Women??’s Match: Dolly Darcel defeated Baby Cheryl > John Paul Henning defeated Lenny Montana > Steve Kovacs defeated Bronko Lubich by disqualification / Notes: Steve Bolus and the Bat were scheduled to wrestle each other, but no results were reported after the card. Homer O???Dell managed Bronko Lubich.

JANUARY 16, 1965 (SATURDAY) ??? MARIETTA, GA ??? LARRY BELL AUDITORIUM (Elmo Chappell ??? Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Billy Hines, Jack & Bob Dalton versus Bill Dromo, Red Dugan & Silento Rodriguez > Georgia Heavyweight Title Match: Mario Galento* versus Ray Gunkel / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found. Mario Galento had been the reigning Georgia Heavyweight Champion since he defeated Sputnik Monroe on November 13, 1964, in Atlanta.

JANUARY 16, 1966 (SUNDAY) ??? MARIETTA, GA ??? FRANKLIN DRIVE ARENA (Elmo Chappell ??? Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Alvero Velasco versus Bad Boy Hines > Al Costello & Louie Tillet versus Derrell Cochran & Mario Galento > Chief Little Eagle versus Chin Lee / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found.

JANUARY 16, 1968 (TUESDAY) ??? MACON, GA ??? MACON CITY AUDITORIUM (Fred Ward ??? Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Johnny Walker and Bill Dromo wrestled to a draw > The Kentuckian defeated Karl Von Stroheim > Southern Tag Team Title Match: Enrique & Alberto Torres* defeated Stan & Butcher Vachon / Notes: Enrique & Alberto Torres had been the reigning Southern Tag Team Champions since they defeated Stan & Butcher Vachon on January 5, 1968, in Atlanta.

JANUARY 16, 1970 (FRIDAY) ??? ATLANTA, GA ??? ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM [P] (Paul Jones ??? Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Buddy Colt defeated Cyclone Soto at 11:00 > Les Wolff defeated the Spoiler at 9:00 > Ramon Torres defeated Bill Kane at 11:00 > Ray Gunkel & Buddy Fuller defeated the Blue Demons at 3:00 > Joe Scarpa, El Mongol & the Eliminator defeated Nick Bockwinkel & the Assassins at 20:00 > NWA World Heavyweight Title Match: Dory Funk, Jr.,* defeated Paul DeMarco by disqualification / Notes: Homer O???Dell managed Paul DeMarco & Buddy Colt. After the match between Joe Scarpa, El Mongol & the Eliminator and Nick Bockwinkel & the Assassins, the Eliminator removed his mask voluntarily to reveal his identity as Doug Gilbert. Dory Funk, Jr., had been the reigning NWA World Heavyweight Champion since he defeated Gene Kiniski on February 11, 1969, in Tampa, FL. It was announced that Bob Nandor, Bobo Johnson, and Billy the Kid would be wrestling in Atlanta on January 23, 1970.

JANUARY 16, 1971 (SATURDAY) ??? ATLANTA, GA ??? WQXI STUDIOS (Paul Jones ??? Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Jim Wilson defeated Luke Graham by disqualification > Paul DeMarco defeated Mr. Ito > Michel Dubois & Fidel Castillo and Jack & Jim Dalton wrestled to a draw / Notes: This was taped for the ???Atlanta TV Wrestling??? television program hosted by Ed Capral.

JANUARY 16, 1973 (TUESDAY) ??? ATLANTA, GA ??? ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Ann Gunkel ??? Promoter / All-South Wrestling Alliance) > Battle Royal: Rock Hunter (Winner) > Dick Steinborn and Tommy Seigler wrestled to a draw > The Champ defeated Bobby Starr > Bob Hall defeated Oki Shikina > Tracy Rivers defeated Wayne Cowan > Jesse James defeated Pedro Godoy > The Avenger defeated Krusher Karlson > Ted Oates defeated Juan Caruso > Bearcat Wilkerson defeated Bill Bowman > Ox Baker versus El Mongol ruled a no contest / Notes: It is unclear as to the reason for the battle royal.

JANUARY 16, 1973 (TUESDAY) ??? MACON, GA ??? MACON COLISEUM (Fred Ward ??? Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Jimmy & Jerry Valentine versus Billy Hines & Roy Lee Welch > Frank Hickey versus Pantera Negra > Bob Armstrong & Koa Tiki versus Jack Evans & Hiro Matsuda > Eddie & Mike Graham versus Sputnik & Rocket Monroe / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found.

JANUARY 16, 1976 (FRIDAY) ??? ATLANTA, GA ??? ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM [P] (Paul Jones ??? Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Jay Clayton defeated Taru Hayashi at 13:30 > Skip Young defeated Rocket Monroe > Jay Strongbow defeated Mitsu Hata at 9:00 > Stan Stasiak defeated Tony Garea at 7:00 > Bob Armstrong defeated Moondog Mayne > Dusty Rhodes versus the Spoiler / Notes: Dusty Rhodes and the Spoiler were scheduled to wrestle each other, but no results were reported after the card. Gary Hart managed the Spoiler. The program for this card mentions Greg Gunn as the director of ???Georgia Championship Wrestling???. Ron West and Doug Smith were credited as being referees for this card.

JANUARY 16, 1978 (MONDAY) ??? AUGUSTA, GA ??? WILLIAM BELL AUDITORIUM (Charlie Harben ??? Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Pierre Lefebvre defeated Abdul Zataar > Charlie Cook defeated Bill Irwin > The Bounty Hunter defeated Bill Dromo > Dick Slater defeated Rock Hunter > Pak Song defeated Abdullah the Butcher by disqualification / Notes: Rock Hunter managed Pak Song.

JANUARY 16, 1981 (FRIDAY) ??? ATLANTA, GA ??? OMNI COLISEUM [P] (Paul Jones ??? Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Bobby Eaton and Charlie Cook wrestled to a draw > Steve Keirn defeated Ted Oates > Jos LeDuc defeated Bill Dromo > National Television Title Match: Steve O defeated Kevin Sullivan* to win title > Mr. Wrestling #2 versus the Mongolian Stomper ruled a no contest > National Tag Team Title Match: Terry Gordy & Buddy Roberts* defeated Robert Fuller & Ted DiBiase > Tony Atlas & Dusty Rhodes defeated Ole Anderson & Harley Race / Notes: Ted Oates substituted for Les Thornton in the match with Steve Keirn. Don Carson managed the Mongolian Stomper. Michael Hayes joined Terry Gordy and Buddy Roberts at the ring during their match with Robert Fuller & Ted DiBiase.

JANUARY 16, 1982 (SATURDAY) ??? CHATTANOOGA, TN ??? CHATTANOOGA MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM (Paul Jones ??? Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Jimmy Garvin defeated the French Angel > Ron Fuller defeated Ricky Harris > National Tag Team Title Match: Bob & Brad Armstrong* defeated Kevin Sullivan & Buzz Sawyer by disqualification > Tommy Rich and Ron Bass wrestled to a draw > Lumberjack Match: Leroy Brown & Big Red defeated the Masked Superstar & the Super Destroyer

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 O???Sullivan.

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