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Monday, May 5, 2008


Courtesy of GeorgiaWrestlingHistory.com:


According to Independent Wrestling Network owner Dwayne Bell, there was discussion of canceling the May 3 show in Columbus, GA, over the weekend because some of the talent had conflicting bookings. However, a miscommunication resulted in word getting out that the show was officially cancelled, which was never the case. Bell said the grand opening shows didn't draw as well as he had hoped because there were competing events in town, most notably, the Fiesta Columbus Fair at the Civic Center. Bell reported attendance of 275 for Friday night and 225 for Saturday. Both figures were lower than their typical weekly crowds, despite heavy promotion that included television ads on RAW and ECW. In a related development, Jimmy Rave, who is now living in Columbus and had discussions about coming in to IWN, was at the Great Championship Wrestling show in Phenix City, AL, last Thursday night. (Larry Goodman)

NWA Anarchy results from the NWA Arena in Cornelia, GA, on May 3: Anarchy Television Champion Truitt Fields and Hayden Young went to a draw in a title match; Brodie Chase & Melissa Coates over Nick Paradise & Roxie Cotton in a mixed tag team match; Cory Castle over Seth Delay by disqualification; Ace Rockwell over Todd Sexton by disqualification; the Devil’s Rejects (Shaun Tempers & Azrael) over the Wild Bunch (Billy Buck & Chris King) to retain the Anarchy Tag Team Title in a no countout, no disqualification match; Chad Parham over Malachi; a match featuring the Hollywood Brunettes versus the New Wave, whereas the winner would earn a shot at the tag title, ended in a no contest; Shatter & Kimo the Kim over Jay Clinton, Bo Newsome, T.K. Cross & Yoshi Hiroshima in a two-on-four handicap match; and Shadow Jackson & Slim J over Jay Fury & Nemesis by disqualification. (Rich Tate)

Pro Wrestling Fusion results from Fort Pierce, FL, on May 3: Jon Davis over C.J. O’Doyle; Chris Jones over Dos Sanchez; King Kong Fu over Francisco Ciatso; Vordell Walker over Bruce Santee; Jerrelle Clark over Nooie Lee; the Shane Twins over the Loggers in a handicap match; Erick Stevens over Roderick Strong; and the Sheik over Freedom Ryder. Jake Roberts also made an appearance. (Rich Tate)

NAWA Ring Champions will be at the National Guard Armory in Rome, GA, on May 15. Bell time is 7:30 PM. Advertised: the Exotic Ones (Rick Michaels & Simon Sermon) defend the NAWA Tag Team Title against Chris Ganz & Air Paris; and the first round of the NAWA Heavyweight Title tournament, featuring Bulldog Raines versus Murder One, John Arden versus Jay Clinton, Chris Lightning versus Josh Vaughn, and Jason Valentine versus Waylon Rhodes. Also advertised are Kid Ego, Chip Day, Torque, Jackie Rosedale, Mike Reed, Josh Hayes, and NAWA Commissioner Ted McGuinness. Call (706) 314-9802 for more information. (Rich Tate)

A new promotion, Prime Time Pro Wrestling, has announced their debut show for May 17 in Manchester, GA, at the Manchester Community Center. PTPW has been working in cooperation with Dwayne Bell's Independent Wrestling Network and will be using some of the same talent. Thus far, the Southside Trash, Frankie Valentine, Rob Adonis, A.J. Steele, Jason Cross, and Colt Derringer have been signed for the May 17 show. PTPW has already booked May 31 for a return date in Manchester. (Larry Goodman)

Georgia Wrestling Entertainment will be in Cochran, GA, on May 24 at the Bleckley County Recreation Department. Doors open at 7:30 PM for a bell time of 8:00. Tickets are $8. Advertised: Tracy Scott versus Loco Motive to determine the inaugural GWE Heavyweight Title; J.T. Crews, Wild Bill, and Big Bank Barfield in a three-way; a title versus title match featuring GWE Cruiserweight Champion Scotty Carmichael against the Al Quaida International Champion, Prince Rhumma; Lance Christian versus the Russian Kodiak; Derrick Andrew Reynolds & T.W. James versus Kris Lee & the Judge; and a midget match featuring Jimmy Gann versus Blackhart. (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.


Monday Night Mayhem will feature Velvet Sky and Austin Aries on its show tonight at 8:00 PM ET. (Rich Tate)

Jerkin' the Curtain is taking this week off, but will return on May 12. (Rich Tate)

Click here for this week’s Bill Behrens’ NWA Notes update. (Rich Tate)

Click here for Bob Magee’s updated As I See It column. (Rich Tate)

Irvin Muchnick has an article that was posted at Slam! Wrestling. Click here for the article. (Rich Tate)

GWH wishes a happy birthday to Billy Two Rivers (73), Bill Watts (69), and Hiroshi Hase (47).

Today in Memoriam: Elmer Brown (36, 1923), the Haiti Kid (2001), and Mephisto LePhanto (31, 2007)


MAY 5, 1931 (TUESDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Henry Weber – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Stone Mountain Leavitt defeated Marshall Blackstock > Tiny Roebuck defeated Wallace Duguid (2-0)

MAY 5, 1933 (FRIDAY) – AVONDALE, GA – AVONDALE ARENA (Wesley Brownlee – Promoter) > Dick Davis versus Sam Rivers > Bill Collins versus Florida Aiken > Eddie Wagner versus Gene Fox / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found. There were also boxing matches, but no details were provided following the card.

MAY 5, 1937 (WEDNESDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – PONCE de LEON BALL PARK (Frank Speer – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Chief Saunooke defeated Elmer Guthrie > Otto Kuss and Abe Rothberg wrestled to a draw > Lou Thesz defeated Cowboy Luttrall by disqualification

MAY 5, 1944 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > The Swedish Angel defeated Jack Kelly > Al Massey and Cowboy Luttrall wrestled to a draw > Dick Lever and Duke Kapalani wrestled to a draw > Babe Zaharias defeated Bill Stinson

MAY 5, 1945 (SATURDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Al Massey defeated Jack Kelly by disqualification > Tarzan White defeated Cowboy Luttrall > Babe Zaharias defeated Jack Dillon > Barto Hill defeated Ben Bennicasa

MAY 5, 1952 (MONDAY) – AUGUSTA, GA – WILLIAM BELL AUDITORIUM (Tom Mahoney – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Doran O’Hara and Wally Dusek wrestled to a draw > Angelo Martinelli and Danny Dusek wrestled to a draw > Women’s Match: Mars Bennett defeated Millie Stafford (2-1) > Southern Heavyweight Title Match: Jack McDonald* and Al Massey wrestled to a draw / Notes: Jack McDonald had been the reigning Southern Heavyweight Champion since he defeated Lou Newman on April 5, 1952, in Atlanta, although he actually lost it to Al Massey on May 2, 1952, in Atlanta.

MAY 5, 1958 (MONDAY) – AUGUSTA, GA – ARMORY HALL (Robert McCoy – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Women’s Match: Nell Stewart versus Corinne Cordero > Ray Gunkel & Ronnie Etchison versus Don Lee & the Mighty Yankee / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found.

MAY 5, 1961 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Jim Burke versus Jolly Charlie > Southern Tag Team Title Match: Bob Rasmussen & Guy Mitchell defeated Gypsy Joe & Skull Murphy* to win title > Jerry Graham versus Chief Little Eagle > Don Leo Jonathan defeated Killer Kowalski / Notes: Jim Burke and Jolly Charlie were scheduled to wrestle each other, as were Jerry Graham and Chief Little Eagle, but no results were reported after the card. The match between Don Leo Jonathan and Killer Kowalski was billed as a ‘Battle of the Giants.’ Gypsy Joe & Skull Murphy had been billed as Southern Tag Team Champions since March 14, 1961.

MAY 5, 1967 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Ray Gunkel defeated Ike Eakins > Women’s Match: Barbara Galento and the Fabulous Moolah wrestled to a draw > Rip Hawk & Swede Hanson defeated Nick Kozak & Dennis Hall > El Mongol defeated Bad Boy Hines > Buddy Fuller defeated Bobby Graham > Mr. Wrestling, Enrique & Ramon Torres defeated the Masked Mr. Nils, Lars & Gene Anderson / Notes: Jack Crawford managed El Mongol. The Masked Mr. Nils was being billed as an Anderson brother named Nils.

MAY 5, 1970 (TUESDAY) – MACON, GA – MACON CITY AUDITORIUM (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Pedro Valdez and Oki Shikina wrestled to a draw > Women’s Tag Team Match: Donna Christianello & Bobbie Peterson defeated Rita Boucher & Vicky Williams > Jim Wilson & Doug Gilbert defeated Karl Von Stroheim & Professor Kimura > Joe Scarpa defeated Buddy Colt > Joe Scarpa defeated Homer O’Dell / Notes: Homer O’Dell managed Buddy Colt, Professor Kimura & Karl Von Stroheim.

MAY 5, 1972 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM [P] (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > The Avenger defeated Cisco Grimaldo > Karl Von Stroheim defeated Bill Dromo > Jerry Oates and Billy Spears wrestled to a draw > Dick Steinborn defeated Mike Burns > Rocket & Flash Monroe versus the Assassins ruled a no contest > Georgia Heavyweight Title Match: Roberto Soto defeated Buddy Colt* to win title > Ox Baker defeated El Mongol / Notes: Buddy Colt had been the reigning Georgia Heavyweight Champion since he defeated El Mongol on April 8, 1972, in Griffin. Eddie Smith was credited as being a referee for this card. Roberto Soto participated in an autograph session for fans.

MAY 5, 1973 (SATURDAY) – “ALL-SOUTH CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING” (Ann Gunkel – Promoter / All-South Wrestling Alliance) > Randy Curtis defeated Wayne Cowan > Dick Steinborn, Ray Candy & Argentina Apollo defeated Bill Bowman, Joe Turner & Assassin #2 > John Black versus Koa Tiki / Notes: John Black and Koa Tiki were scheduled to wrestle each other, but no results were reported after the card. Mr. X managed Bill Bowman and Joe Turner. Rock Hunter managed Assassin #2.

MAY 5, 1973 (SATURDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – WTCG STUDIOS (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Ramon Torres & Bearcat Brown defeated Jack Evans & the Saint > Mr. Wrestling #2 defeated Rocket Monroe > Cadillac Tournament Match: Roy Lee Welch defeated Sputnik Monroe by disqualification > Jack Brisco defeated Greg Lake / Notes: This was taped for the “Georgia Championship Wrestling” television program hosted by Gordon Solie.

MAY 5, 1977 (THURSDAY) – ROME, GA – ROME MEMORIAL GYMNASIUM (Charlie Harben – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Ted Oates defeated Abdul Zataar > Dean Ho & Black Atlas defeated Bill Howard & the French Angel > No DQ Match: Dick Slater versus Mr. Wrestling #1 ruled a no contest > Georgia Television Title Match: Thunderbolt Patterson* defeated Lars Anderson / Notes: Bill Howard substituted for Randy Savage to team with the French Angel in the match with Dean Ho & Black Atlas.

MAY 5, 1978 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Pez Whatley defeated the Invader > Adrian Adonis defeated Raymond Rougeau > Rocky Johnson defeated Helmut Schmidt > Georgia Tag Team Title Match: Tommy Rich & Thunderbolt Patterson defeated Ole & Gene Anderson* to win title > Dusty Rhodes defeated Abdullah the Butcher by disqualification > Georgia Heavyweight Title versus Mask Match: Stan Hansen* and Mr. Wrestling #2 wrestled to a draw / Notes: Rock Hunter managed Abdullah the Butcher & Helmut Schmidt.

MAY 5, 1979 (SATURDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – WTCG STUDIOS (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Wahoo McDaniel defeated Larry Latham > Rick Oliver defeated Ben Alexander > Blackjack Lanza defeated Frank Dusek > Tommy Rich & Wahoo McDaniel defeated Carl Fergie & Kurt Von Hess > Ole Anderson & Ivan Koloff defeated Chick Donovan & Genichiro Tenryu > Georgia Television Title Match: Bob Armstrong* defeated Rick Oliver > Tommy Rich & Wahoo McDaniel defeated Frank Dusek & Kurt Von Hess > Bill Dromo defeated Chick Donovan > Norvel Austin defeated Jim Porter > The Masked Superstar defeated Wayne Rogers / Notes: This was taped for the “Georgia Championship Wrestling” television program hosted by Gordon Solie. It was announced on this episode that Ole Anderson & Ivan Koloff had been stripped of the Georgia Tag Team Title. Bobby Heenan managed Blackjack Lanza and King Kong Mosca. Bill Apter from Inside Wrestling magazine appeared on this episode to announce the Future Champion Award, to be voted on by fans. The winner was to be named on May 26, 1979.

MAY 5, 1979 (SATURDAY) – CALHOUN, GA (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) Notes: A card was scheduled for this date, but no details have been found. Ivan Koloff, King Kong Mosca, and Tommy Rich were advertised.

MAY 5, 1980 (MONDAY) – AUGUSTA, GA – WILLIAM BELL AUDITORIUM [P] (Charlie Harben – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Bob Sweetan and Eddie Gilbert wrestled to a draw > Mike Sharpe defeated the French Angel > Genichiro Tenryu defeated Gerald Finley > Kevin Sullivan defeated Alexis Smirnoff > Tony Atlas defeated Ivan Koloff > Tommy Rich & Mr. Wrestling #2 defeated Austin Idol & Baron Von Raschke / Notes: Rock Hunter managed Ivan Koloff and Alexis Smirnoff. Gerald Finley substituted for Jay Strongbow in the match against Genichiro Tenryu.