SOUTHEASTERN WRESTLING NEWS, NOTES, AND NOSTALGIA: 01/15/2009

NEWS and NOTES

Tonight??’s debut 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 broadcast starts at 9:00 PM ET, and is brought to you by Georgia Wrestling History??’s GWH Radio Network.

Due to something similar to a perfect storm, the majority of the Peach State Pandemonium crew had unexpected issues arise that has forced the cancellation of last night??’s scheduled show. Karl Lauer and Bobby Simmons??? Way back segment will be pushed back to a date to be announced soon.

Tickets for the following World Wrestling Entertainment events go on sale Friday: February 27, at the Cornwall Civic Complex in Cornwall, ON; and February 28, in Burlington, VT, at the Memorial Auditorium.

The final overall rating for the Tuesday edition of WWE??’s ECW was 1.1.

As we reported yesterday, Terry Funk and Dory Funk, Jr., had been discussed as possible inductees for the 2009 class of WWE??’s Hall of Fame. Sources are reporting now that they will indeed be inducted at the ceremonies on April 4.

The lineup for tonight??’s iMPACT broadcast on Spike TV, from Total Nonstop Action, is as follows: Sting defends the TNA World Heavyweight Title against Hernandez; Rhaka Khan, Rasiha Saeed & Sojourner Bolt versus Taylor Wilde, Roxxi Laveaux & ODB; Jay Lethal & Consequences Creed versus Matt Morgan & Abyss; and Scott Steiner versus A.J. Styles. There will be another Sarah Palin skit.

TNA will be at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, PA, on April 19 for the Lockdown PPV.

The weekly shows at the Nashville Fairgrounds Sports Arena were moved to Thursday night starting January 1. They are now a joint venture between Bert Prentice and Mike Porter with NWA Main Event‘s involvement limited to taping matches for their TV show. Advertised for tonight: Doug Gilbert vs. “King” Shane Williams; Chase Stevens vs. Travis Sawyer; Matt Boyce vs. Teddy Tender; Seven vs. Alan Shepard; Jason James vs. Mike Rapada, Jr., plus 3 NWA Main Event matches for TV.

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??’s Birthdays: Shane McMahon (1970) and Kelly Kelly (1987).

Today In Memoriam: Firpo Segura (60, 1968), Buddy Fuller (70, 1996), Ricky Romero (74, 2006), and El Texano (47, 2006).

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

Mike Chapman??’s ???Oklahoma Shooter: the Dan Hodge Story??? is now available, and can be purchased by calling (641) 791-3072. The book??’s foreword was written by Jim Ross, and is priced at $27.95.

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 15, 1934 (MONDAY) ??? ATLANTA, GA ??? FAIR STREET ARENA (Jason Thompson ??? Promoter) > Bill Collins and Whitey Patterson wrestled to a draw at 60:00 > Georgia Light Heavyweight Title Match: Hugh Winn* defeated Young Gotch > The Masked Marvel defeated Ripper Reeves / Notes: It is unclear as to how Hugh Winn came to be recognized as Georgia Light Heavyweight Champion. The last reference we have shows Tony Padrone being billed as champion on December 11, 1933.

JANUARY 15, 1935 (TUESDAY) ??? ATLANTA, GA ??? ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Henry Weber ??? Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Bull Schmidt defeated Foy Rivers at 10:00 > Pat Mullins defeated Frenchy LaRue at 20:00 > Orville Brown defeated Whitey Hewitt at 43:00 (2-1) > Dorv Roche defeated Karl Sarpolis by disqualification at 28:00 (2-0) / Notes: It was reported that 2,000 were in attendance for this card.

JANUARY 15, 1935 (TUESDAY) ??? AUGUSTA, GA ??? NEW COLISEUM (Jack Browning ??? Promoter) > Inman Rabon defeated Young Jones (2-0) > Ed Nolan defeated Jim Hesslyn (2-1) > Southern Lightweight Title Match: Jack Ross* and Dobie Osborne wrestled to a draw / Notes: Jack Ross had been billed as Southern Lightweight Champion since May 9, 1933.

JANUARY 15, 1936 (WEDNESDAY) ??? AUGUSTA, GA ??? NEW COLISEUM (Bill Metzger ??? Promoter) > Pat Newman defeated Jimmy O???Dowd (2-0) > Southern Lightweight Title Match: Jack Ross* defeated Honey Boy Hackney / Notes: Jack Ross had been billed as Southern Lightweight Champion since January 8, 1936.

JANUARY 15, 1937 (FRIDAY) ??? ATLANTA, GA ??? ATLANTA THEATRE (Frank Speer ??? Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > George Harben defeated Jimmy Morris > Milo Steinborn defeated Blue Sun Jennings > George Hagen defeated Karl Davis (2-1) / Notes: Frank Speer was the special referee for the match between George Hagen and Karl Davis.

JANUARY 15, 1937 (FRIDAY) ??? ATLANTA, GA ??? NORTHSIDE ARENA (Frank Bettis and Cleve Roby ??? Promoters) > Boxing Match: Farmer Mack versus Doc Poole > Bill Jeffries versus Chief Barefoot > Jack McAdams and John Ellis wrestled to a draw at 30:00 / Notes: Aside from the match between Jack McAdams and John Ellis, no documented results for the remaining matches on this card have been found.

JANUARY 15, 1943 (FRIDAY) ??? ATLANTA, GA ??? ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Sammy Friedman ??? Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Roland Kirchmeyer defeated Cowboy Luttrall > Al Massey and Rudy Strongberg wrestled to a draw at 60:00 > Dorv Roche defeated Tiny Kennon / Notes: This was Sammy Friedman??’s first card as promoter of professional wrestling in Atlanta. It is not clear as to how or why the promotion changed from Charles Rentrop to Friedman.

JANUARY 15, 1953 (THURSDAY) ??? COLUMBUS, GA ??? COLUMBUS SPORTS ARENA (Fred Ward ??? Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Aldo Bogni defeated Don McIntyre > Herb Welch defeated John Bell > Red Dugan defeated Jerry Graham

JANUARY 15, 1960 (FRIDAY) ??? MARIETTA, GA ??? LARRY BELL AUDITORIUM (Elmo Chappell ??? Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Bud Pella versus Tokyo Joe > Tokyo Joe & Mr. X (1) versus Vince Bryant & Bud Pella > Texas Death Match: Freddie Blassie versus Johnny Weaver / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found.

JANUARY 15, 1963 (TUESDAY) ??? MACON, GA ??? MACON CITY AUDITORIUM (Fred Ward ??? Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Steve Kovacs and the Bat wrestled to a draw > John Paul Henning defeated Lenny Montana > The Steve Boys versus Bronko Lubich & the Bat wrestled to a draw at 60:00 / Notes: Homer O???Dell managed Bronko Lubich.

JANUARY 15, 1965 (FRIDAY) ??? ATLANTA, GA ??? ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM [P] (Paul Jones ??? Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Bill Dromo defeated Tony Marino > Women??’s Match: Princess Little Cloud defeated Bette Boucher > Jack & Bob Dalton defeated Joe Scarpa & Silento Rodriguez > Greg Peterson defeated Billy Hines > Georgia Heavyweight Title Match: Mario Galento* defeated Sputnik Monroe by disqualification > Southern Tag Team Title Match: the Mysterious Medics* defeated Buddy Fuller & Eddie Graham / Notes: The Mysterious Medics had been the reigning Southern Tag Team Champions since they defeated Eddie Graham & Sam Steamboat on November 20, 1964, in Atlanta. Mario Galento had been the reigning Georgia Heavyweight Champion since he defeated Sputnik Monroe on November 13, 1964, in Atlanta. It was announced that George Harris and Krusher Karlson would be wrestling on the card on January 22, 1965, and that Red Roberts, Tarzan Tyler, and Sam Steamboat would be wrestling in Atlanta soon.

JANUARY 15, 1971 (FRIDAY) ??? ATLANTA, GA ??? ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM [P] (Paul Jones ??? Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Skandor Akbar defeated Silento Rodriguez > Michel Dubois & Fidel Castillo defeated Jack & Jim Dalton > One-Night Tournament: Buddy Colt defeated Bob Griffin; El Mongol defeated Kubla Khan; Paul DeMarco defeated Luke Graham by disqualification; Buddy Colt defeated El Mongol by forfeit; DeMarco defeated Colt to win tournament > Georgia Tag Team Title Match: the Assassins* versus Ray Gunkel & Buddy Fuller ruled a no contest / Notes: The tournament was to determine a challenger to wrestle the NWA World Heavyweight Champion on January 22, 1971. Following the tournament match between Buddy Colt and El Mongol, Mongol had to be carried from the ring. Homer O???Dell managed Colt. 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. It was announced that Nick Bockwinkel and Joe Flaherty would be wrestling in Atlanta soon. Paul DeMarco participated in an autograph session for fans.

JANUARY 15, 1972 (SATURDAY) ??? ATLANTA, GA ??? WTCG STUDIOS (Paul Jones ??? Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Pat & Mike Kelly defeated Joe Turco & Bill White > Dick Steinborn and Mr. X wrestled to a draw > Klondike Bill defeated Karl Von Stroheim by disqualification > Cisco Grimaldo and the Champ wrestled to a draw / Notes: This was taped for the ???Georgia Championship Wrestling??? television program hosted by Ed Capral. Assassin #1 managed Karl Von Stroheim and Mr. X.

JANUARY 15, 1974 (TUESDAY) ??? ATLANTA, GA ??? ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM [P] (Ann Gunkel ??? Promoter / All-South Wrestling Alliance) > Lanny Poffo defeated Oki Shikina > Charlie Cook defeated Wayne Cowan > Jack Armstrong defeated Pat Kelly > Gorilla Watts defeated the Viking by disqualification > Georgia Tag Team Title Round Robin Match: Ray Candy & El Mongol* versus the Mongols versus Assassin #2 & the Super Gladiator > Cage Match: Ernie Ladd & Thunderbolt Patterson defeated Ox Baker & the Missouri Mauler / Notes: No documented results for the round robin match between Ray Candy & El Mongol, the Mongols and Assassin #2 & the Super Gladiator have been found. Rock Hunter managed Assassin #2 and the Missouri Mauler. George Cannon managed the Mongols.

JANUARY 15, 1974 (TUESDAY) ??? MACON, GA ??? MACON COLISEUM (Fred Ward ??? Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Bobby Cash and Jerry Lawler wrestled to a draw at 15:00 > Bob Armstrong & Roberto Soto defeated the Samoans > Ron & Terry Garvin defeated Bobby Cash & Rufus R. Jones > Robert Fuller versus Mr. Wrestling #2 ruled a no contest > NWA World Heavyweight Title Match: Jack Brisco* defeated Lou Thesz / Notes: Gary Hart managed the Samoans. Jimmy Garvin managed Ron & Terry Garvin.

JANUARY 18, 1974 (FRIDAY) ??? ATLANTA, GA ??? ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM [P] (Paul Jones ??? Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Georgia Tag Team Title One-Night Tournament: Tim Woods & Ricky Gibson defeated Bill Costello & the Zebra Kid; Ron & Terry Garvin defeated Lou Thesz & Ali Vaziri by coin toss; Bob Armstrong & Robert Fuller defeated the Samoans; Jerry Lawler & Bobby Duncum defeated Bobby Cash & Roberto Soto; Garvins defeated Woods & Gibson; Armstrong & Fuller defeated Lawler & Duncum by coin toss; Garvins defeated Armstrong & Fuller to win title > NWA World Heavyweight Title Match: Jack Brisco* defeated Mr. Wrestling #2 by disqualification / Notes: Gary Hart managed the Samoans. Jimmy Garvin managed Ron & Terry Garvin.

JANUARY 15, 1979 (MONDAY) ??? AUGUSTA, GA ??? WILLIAM BELL AUDITORIUM (Charlie Harben ??? Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Rick Oliver and Jerry Roberts wrestled to a draw > The Grappler defeated Billy Starr > Bugsy McGraw defeated Bryan St. John > Tommy Rich & Wahoo McDaniel defeated Stan Hansen & King Kong Mosca > NWA World Heavyweight Title Match: Harley Race* defeated Rufus R. Jones

JANUARY 15, 1983 (SATURDAY) ??? AUGUSTA, GA ??? RICHMOND COUNTY CIVIC CENTER (Charlie Harben ??? Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Rex defeated Brad Armstrong > Tito Santana defeated Spot > Sonny King & the Iron Sheik defeated Tommy & Johnny Rich > Dick Murdoch defeated Ivan Koloff > Paul Orndorff defeated the Super Destroyer > Lumberjack Match: Stan Hansen & Butch Reed defeated Ole Anderson & Buzz Sawyer / Notes: J.J. Dillon managed the Moondogs.

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