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Saturday, May 3, 2008


Courtesy of GeorgiaWrestlingHistory.com:


Peach State Pandemonium featured the debut of Les Thatcher this morning, who joins our co-host crew. Thatcher will be on about every four weeks. This morning, we discussed a bit of his background in all aspects of the business, touched on the Georgia wars of the 1970s, and looked at the positives and negatives of the independent scene. Special guest Bobby Simmons joined the conversation as well. Click here for the archive. (Rich Tate)

Georgia Wrestling History’s Dan Masters spoke with David Marquez this morning about the June 7 National Wrestling Alliance card in Atlanta, GA, at Philips Arena. Click here for part one, and here for the conclusion. (Rich Tate)

NWA Anarchy returns to the NWA Arena in Cornelia, GA, on May 3 for another International Television Taping with a tag team grudge match: Nemesis & Jay Fury vs. Slim J & Shadow Jackson, NWA Anarchy TV Title match: Truitt Fields (c) vs. Hayden Young, NWA Anarchy Tag Title Match Devil's Rejects (Azrael & Shaun Tempers with The Reverend) (c) vs. Wild Bunch (Billy Buck & Chris King) with No DQ and No Count Out, Shatter and the Mystery Man (with Jeff G. Bailey) take on four opponents in a handicap match, Chad Parham AGAIN defends his Certificate of Awesomeness, Todd Sexton vs. Ace Rockwell, Brodie Ray Chase & Melissa Coates in mixed tag action, plus the NWA Anarchy Heavyweight Champion Iceberg, Mikal Judas, Seth Delay, Jeremy Vain & Mr. Adonis, Team Technician, Talent & Money, Chip Day, Wes Grissom, NWA Anarchy owner Jerry Palmer and much more. Bell time is 8 pm. For ticket info call 706-476-2017. (Larry Goodman)

After announcing two nights of events this weekend, then canceling tonight’s card a few hours later, we have been told by the Independent Wrestling Network that tonight’s card at the FIshcrow Arena in Columbus, GA, will go on as originally planned. Advertised: Buff Bagwell, A.J. Steele, Chris Stevens, Jason Cross, Simon Sermon, and Thomas Britain. There will also be a tag match featuring luchadores. Bell time is 7:30. Doors open at 6:30. For ticket information call 706-507-7464. (Rich Tate)

NAWA Ring Champions will be in Cedartown, GA, at the Purks Building tonight. Doors open at 6:30 PM, and matches start at 7:30. Advertised: Bambi versus Peggy Lee Leather for the women’s title; Terry Lawler & Air Paris versus HCP (Billy Love & Josh Hate); Rick Michaels versus Bobby Hayes; and Bulldog Raines versus Big Wood. Also advertised to appear are Chris Ganzer, Torque, Josh Vaughn, and Michael Cross. Call (706) 314-9802 for more info. (Rich Tate)

AWA World-1 South, in conjunction with the American Wrestling Association and Georgia Pro Wrestling Association, has announced the final card for the AWA Southern Clash, to take place tonight at the Crisp County Middle School Gymnasium in Cordele, GA, at 7:30 PM. (Thomas Bugg)

The Future Wrestling Federation will be in Monroe, GA, tonight, at Paintball Works, located at 320 Madison Avenue. Bell time is 8:00 PM. Adults admitted for $10, kids 6-12 for $5, and all other children admitted free. Call (678) 851-6856 for more info. Advertised: Rob Russo, Leatherface, Flatline, and the American Nightmare in a four-way; Psycho Man versus Loco Motive; Prince Rhumma versus High Impact; Brian Titus versus Jamie Dean; Jamie Holmes versus T.A. Stanton; and Drive-By versus the Russian Assassin. (Rich Tate)

Southern States Championship Wrestling returns to Enigma Gym in Enigma, GA, tonight. Advertised: for the SSCW title, "Mr. Saturday Night" Jarrod Michaels defends against "The 7ft Monster" Impact Player. For the SSCW Southern Heritage title, "Rock N Roll" Chris Turner defends against the "Modern Day Enforcer" Scotty Biggs. Also on the bill is "New Age Superstar" Brooks Rogers versus Mad Dog Miller. JT Taylor, Bryan Fury, Jelena, Samantha Steele, and The Soviet are also being advertised. (Brian Slack)

Florida Championship Wrestling will be at the JCC Arena in Port Richey, FL, tonight. Bell time is 8:00 PM. Advertised: the Puerto Rican Nightmares defend the Florida Tag Team Title against the Empire; Jake Hager defends the Florida Heavyweight Title against Stevie Richards; Kevin Thorn versus Afa in a street fight; a diva battle royal; Tyrone Jones versus Atlas DaBone; Bryan Kelly, Johnny Curtis & Gabe Tuft versus Andrew Vein, Sinn Bowdee & Kafu; Heath Miller versus Rycklon; Shawn Spears & Sheamus O’Shaunessy versus T.J. Wilson & Mr. Yamamoto; Matt Sydal, Greg Jackson, and Colt Cabana in a three-way; Charles Evans & Vic Adams versus Jay Bradley & Mondo; and Brad Allen versus Big Rob. (Rich Tate)

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.


Trash Talking Radio, hosted by Mike Trash, will feature Rob Conway, Bud Carson, Josh Abercrombie on its show on May 6 at 7:00 PM ET. (Rich Tate)

Vordell Walker asked us to mention that he will be appearing tonight in Fort Pierce, FL, for Pro Wrestling Fusion. (Rich Tate)

We received word from Jimmy Rave that he will be working for New Japan Pro Wrestlingfrom May 30 to June 15 as part of the 2008 Best of Super Juniors tournament. (Rich Tate)

Today in Memoriam: Ray Stevens (60, 1996)


MAY 3, 1929 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Earl McGrory – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Jim McMillen defeated Buck Olson > Paul Jones defeated Charlie Strack (2-1) / Notes: Charlie Strack substituted for Jim Londos in the match with Paul Jones.

MAY 3, 1932 (TUESDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Henry Weber – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > George Hill and Roy Lumpkin wrestled to a draw > Paul Jones defeated Pat O'Shocker by disqualification

MAY 3, 1933 (WEDNESDAY) – EAST POINT, GA – EGAN PARK ARENA (Promoter – Unknown) > Dick Jones versus Rough House George > Bill Collins versus Glenn Cowan > John Mauldin versus Wesley Brownlee / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found. It was reported the Armless Wonder of the World was to wrestle, and there was also a boxing match, but no details were provided following the card. It was also reported that this was the first card at this venue.

MAY 3, 1936 (SUNDAY) Notes: It was announced that Frank Speer would replace Henry Weber to promote professional wrestling in Atlanta for Georgia Championship Wrestling.

MAY 3, 1937 (MONDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – KEY ARENA (Frank Bettis and Cleve Roby – Promoters) > Tony Papalino versus Sammy Miller > Mike Cassidy versus Eddie Elzea > John Mauldin versus Buck Lawson / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found.

MAY 3, 1946 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Nick Carter defeated Babe Zaharias > Women’s Match: Dolly West defeated Wilma Gordon > Charlie Harben defeated Bill Collins > Al Massey & Rex Mobley defeated Dick Lever & Jack Hader / Notes: On April 19, 1946, it had been announced that NWA World Heavyweight Champion Bill Longson was signed for this card, but for unstated reasons, he had to postpone until May 10, 1946.

MAY 3, 1951 (THURSDAY) – COLUMBUS, GA – COLUMBUS SPORTS ARENA (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Midget Match: Pee Wee James versus Sky Low Low > Charley Laye versus Lou Plummer > Don McIntyre versus Lozano Martinez / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found.

MAY 3, 1954 (MONDAY) – AUGUSTA, GA – WILLIAM BELL AUDITORIUM (Tom Mahoney – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Jack Dillon versus White Savage > Women’s Match: Suzanne Smith versus Catherine Simpson > Tom Mahoney versus Lu Kimm > Don McIntyre versus Clyde Steeves / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found.

MAY 3, 1957 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Nick Roberts versus the Great Mitsu > Guy LaRose versus Dick the Bruiser > Women’s Match: Caroline Bennett defeated Baby Doe > Southern Heavyweight Title Match: Don McIntyre defeated Kurt Von Brawner* to win title / Notes: Nick Roberts and the Great Mitsu were scheduled to wrestle each other, as were Guy LaRose and Dick the Bruiser, but no results were reported after the card. It is unclear as to how and when Kurt Von Brawner came to be recognized as Southern Heavyweight Champion. The last reference to the title in Atlanta had been Red McIntyre as champion as of April 19, 1957, where he defended the title against Von Brawner, where McIntyre had won the match. Von Brawner had been billed as champion in Augusta as of April 10, 1957, when he defended the title against McIntyre, but no documented results of that card have been found. In turn, McIntyre was being billed as champion in Marietta as of February 22, 1957, where he defended the title against Mark Lewin and won.

MAY 3, 1960 (TUESDAY) – MACON, GA – MACON CITY AUDITORIUM (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Vince Bryant defeated Art Nelson by disqualification > Midget Women’s Match: Darling Dagmar defeated Baby Cheryl > International Tag Team Title Match: Freddie Blassie & Eric Pederson* versus Vince Bryant & Chief Little Eagle ruled a no contest / Notes: It is unclear as to how Freddie Blassie & Eric Pederson came to be recognized as International Tag Team Champions. The last reference we have show Ray & Dickie Gunkel defending the title against Blassie & Pederson on April 8, 1960, in Atlanta.

MAY 3, 1961 (WEDNESDAY) – COLUMBUS, GA – COLUMBUS SPORTS ARENA (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Derrell Cochran and Tiny Evans wrestled to a draw > Guy Mitchell defeated Skull Murphy by disqualification > Derrell Cochran, Guy Mitchell & Chief Little Eagle defeated Tiny Evans, Gypsy Joe & Skull Murphy > Eastern Heavyweight Title Match: Jerry Graham* defeated Bob Rasmussen by disqualification / Notes: Jerry Graham had been billed as Eastern Heavyweight Champion since April 19, 1961.

MAY 3, 1963 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM [P] (Don McIntyre – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Battle Royal: Tito Kopa defeated Chris Averoff, Derrell Cochran, Lenny Montana, Bulldog Lawley, Chief Little Eagle, Charlie Keene, George Bell, and Silento Rodriguez > Charlie Keene versus Chief Little Eagle > Chris Averoff and Derrell Cochran wrestled to a draw > Silento Rodriguez defeated Bulldog Lawley > Lenny Montana defeated Buck Jones > World Heavyweight Title Match: Dick Steinborn defeated Tarzan Tyler* to win title / Notes: The battle royal was to determine matches on the card, with the winner receiving a bonus, but the amount of the bonus was not reported. The match between Charlie Keene and Chief Little Eagle was cancelled when the latter was attacked by Lenny Montana using a board, making it to where he could not wrestle. Tarzan Tyler had been the reigning World Heavyweight Champion since he defeated Eddie Graham on April 19, 1963, in Atlanta. It was announced that the Scufflin’ Hillbillies would be wrestling on the card on May 10, 1963.

MAY 3, 1965 (MONDAY) – AUGUSTA, GA – WILLIAM BELL AUDITORIUM (Steve Manderson – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Tarzan Tyler versus Chief Little Eagle / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found. Frankie Cain, Jesse James, Alex Perez, and Mario Galento were also scheduled to appear on this card.

MAY 3, 1966 (TUESDAY) – MACON, GA – MACON CITY AUDITORIUM (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Louie Tillet and Bad Boy Hines wrestled to a draw > Alberto Torres defeated Chin Lee > World Tag Team Title Match: the Mysterious Medics* defeated Enrique Torres & Chief Crazy Horse / Notes: The Mysterious Medics had been the reigning World Tag Team Champions since they defeated Eric & Karl Von Brauner on March 25, 1966, in Atlanta.

MAY 3, 1968 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM [P] (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Johnny Walker defeated Silento Rodriguez > Louie Tillet defeated Bobby Hart > Enrique & Alberto Torres defeated Tony Nero & Tank Morgan > Jim Wilson, Ray Gunkel & Buddy Fuller defeated Oki Shikina & the Rising Suns > Loser Unmasks Match: the Big O (2) defeated Avenger #3 > Georgia Heavyweight Title Match: Mr. Wrestling (1) defeated El Mongol* to win title / Notes: Jim Wilson substituted for Dick Steinborn to team with Ray Gunkel & Buddy Fuller in the match with Oki Shikina & the Rising Suns. As part of the stipulation, Avenger #3 was forced to unmask following the match with the Big O, and was identified as Pedro Valdez. Gentleman X (1) managed the Big O & El Mongol. Mongol had been billed as Georgia Heavyweight Champion since October 10, 1967.

MAY 3, 1969 (SATURDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – WQXI STUDIOS (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > The Assassins defeated Dennis Hall & Little John > Georgia Heavyweight Title Match: Paul DeMarco defeated El Mongol* by disqualification > Bob Armstrong and Skandor Akbar wrestled to a draw / Notes: This was taped for the “Atlanta TV Wrestling” television program hosted by Ed Capral. El Mongol had been the reigning Georgia Heavyweight Champion since he defeated Assassin #1 on April 18, 1969, in Atlanta.

MAY 3, 1974 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM [P] (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Bobby Duncum defeated Jerry Oates > Dennis Stamp defeated Art Nelson > Ole & Gene Anderson defeated Earl Maynard & Tiger Conway, Jr. > Robert Fuller defeated Jimmy Garvin > Georgia Tag Team Title Match: Ron & Terry Garvin* defeated Bob Armstrong & Jerry Brisco > Georgia Heavyweight Title Match: Mr. Wrestling #2* defeated Bill Watts / Notes: Jimmy Garvin managed Ron & Terry Garvin.

MAY 3, 1976 (MONDAY) – AUGUSTA, GA – WILLIAM BELL AUDITORIUM (Charlie Harben – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Dean Ho defeated Black Gordman > Midget Tag Team Match: Sonny Boy Hayes & the Haiti Kid defeated Little John & Lord Littlebrook > The Great Goliath defeated Ted Oates > Mark Lewin defeated the Spoiler by countout > NWA World Heavyweight Title Match: Terry Funk* defeated Thunderbolt Patterson by countout / Notes: Gary Hart managed the Spoiler.

MAY 3, 1977 (TUESDAY) – MACON, GA – MACON COLISEUM (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Ted Oates defeated Charlie Fulton > Roberto Soto defeated the French Angel > Black Atlas defeated Lars Anderson by disqualification > Six-Man Elimination Tag Team Match: Dick Slater, Ole & Gene Anderson defeated Paul Jones, Thunderbolt Patterson & Mr. Wrestling #2

MAY 3, 1978 (WEDNESDAY) – COLUMBUS, GA – COLUMBUS MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Mr. Wrestling #2 defeated Abdullah the Butcher > Rocky Johnson defeated Abdullah the Butcher by disqualification > Thunderbolt Patterson defeated Stan Hansen by disqualification / Notes: Rock Hunter managed Abdullah the Butcher.

MAY 3, 1979 (THURSDAY) – ROME, GA – ROME MEMORIAL GYMNASIUM (Charlie Harben – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Genichiro Tenryu defeated John Wolfe > Ron Bass defeated Ben Alexander > Bob Armstrong & Mr. Wrestling #1 defeated Ivan Koloff & Blackjack Lanza > Wahoo McDaniel versus King Kong Mosca ruled a no contest / Notes: Bobby Heenan managed Ron Bass, Blackjack Lanza and King Kong Mosca.

MAY 3, 1981 (SUNDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – OMNI COLISEUM [P] (Thunderbolt Patterson – Promoter / International Wrestling League) > Jim Wilson & Jay Strongbow versus the Samoans > Thunderbolt Patterson versus the Sheik / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found. Lars Anderson, Ron Garvin, Bob Roop, Bob Orton, Jr., Pez Whatley, Al Perez, Big Red, Gerald Finley, Terry Gibbs, the Great Mahiwko, Ted Allen, and Hovie Tillet were also scheduled.