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Wednesday, May 21, 2008


Courtesy of GeorgiaWrestlingHistory.com:


Due to the increasing amount of news, upcoming events, etc., which we try to report on a daily basis, as well as the overwhelming amount of historical material we are still trying to bring to the site, Georgia Wrestling History is reaching out to our visitors and supporters for assistance in helping us manage our growth. These opportunities are on a voluntary basis, and your workload would be as much as you are willing to accept or pursue. Our needs are for “correspondents”, who would be assigned to be a liaison with promotions. The requirements are to build and maintain a consistent line of communication with a promotion for the purpose of reporting upcoming events, results after the fact, and any news regarding the promotion that either the promotion issues in the form of a release they want to make public, or newsworthy items that arise regarding the promotion or its talent. This does not necessarily mean the correspondent has to be at the shows or even within the vicinity of the promotion, since your reporting would be issued for publishing at GWH via email. At this time, the majority of promotions within Georgia need correspondents. We also need correspondents within Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, and North and South Carolina, as we presently cover promotions within each of those states. We also need someone who can cover the larger promotions, including World Wrestling Entertainment, Total Nonstop Action, and Ring of Honor. Your involvement, even if you only take on a single promotion, eases the workload of the folks working to continue developing the historical aspects of GWH. If you are interested in contributing a little time and effort to assist us, please email Rich Tate at rich@georgiawrestlinghistory.com, using “GWH Writing Opportunities” in the subject line of your email. Also, if there is a particular promotion or area you are interested in, please note that in your message. (Rich Tate)

The National Wrestling Alliance will converge at Philips Arena in Atlanta, GA, on June 7. Initially intended to be simply a taping for the NWA Wrestling Showcase, the event has escalated in scale, including formal inductions of previously named NWA Hall of Fame members, as well as honoring this year’s members as well. Tommy Rich was announced as the first 2008 inductee earlier this week, and today it was announced that the Iron Sheik will join him. Already in the Hall of Fame and expected to be honored at the event are Lou Thesz, Sam Muchnick, Harley Race, Eddie Graham, Dory Funk, Jr., Jim Barnett, Lelani Kai, the Rock & Roll Express, Saul Weingeroff, Gordon Solie, Lance Russell, and Jim Cornette, who will be master of ceremonies. Also advertised up to this point in regard to matches and/or appearances are as follows: Rich versus Abdullah the Butcher; Phil Shatter, Mikal Judas, and Iceberg in a three-way for the NWA Anarchy Heavyweight Title; Sid Vicious; and Rob Conway. (Rich Tate)

World Wrestling Entertainment results from the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, IA, on May 20: the Miz over Kane by disqualification; Shelton Benjamin over Kofi Kingston; Colin Delaney & Kelly Kelly over Mike Knox & Layla; John Morrison & Chavo Guerrero over Tommy Dreamer & CM Punk. Notes: It was announced that One Night Stand PPV on June 1 would feature a four-way Singapore Cane match featuring Tommy Dreamer, John Morrison, Chavo Guerrero, and CM Punk, to earn a shot at the ECW Heavyweight Title. Big Show later came out and said he was inserting himself into the match. For SmackDown spoiler results from last night, click here. WWE’s RAW crew will be at Plaza De Toros Monumental in Monterrey, Mexico, tonight. Advertised: John Cena, Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Chris Jericho, Jeff Hardy, Mr. Kennedy, Umaga, and JBL. (Rich Tate)

Ultimate Christian Wrestling results from Mount Zion High School in Mount Zion, GA, on May 20: Justin Brown over Rob Adonis in two-of-three falls; Brian Lawler over Josh Stone and Bo Newsome in a three-way elimination; Kyle Matthews over J.T. Talent to retain the UCW National Heavyweight Title; Jeremy Vain & Kyle Matthews over Dustin Powers & Bulldog Raines by disqualification to retain the UCW Tag Team Title; Sal Rinauro over Slim J to retain the UCW Heavyweight Title; and Garrett Brown & Chris Rippy over Frankie Valentine & Colt Derringer in a dog collar tag team match. The reported attendance was 212. (Rich Tate)

NAWA Ring Champions has announced the following events: They will be at the Bash on the Hill in Cedartown, GA, on May 25. Bell time is 5:00 PM. Proceeds to buy care packages for U.S. troops. Advertised: Bambi versus Peggy Lee Leather, with Nigel Sherrod, for the women’s title; Ricky Morton versus Jason Valentine; Josh Hate versus the Patriot; Bulldog Raines versus the Nightmare; and Chris Lightning & Chris Ganz versus the Exotic Ones for the NAWA Tag Team Title. Also advertised is Air Paris. They will be at the National Guard Armory in Rome, GA, on June 5. Bell time is 7:30 PM. Advertised: Tommy Rich versus Air Paris; in the semi-finals for the NAWA Heavyweight Title, Jason Valentine versus Waylon Rhodes and Mark Pain versus Bulldog Raines; the Exotic Ones versus HCP; and a “cruiserweight scramble” featuring Kid Ego, Tyler Smith, Chris Lightning, and Lamar Phillips. They will be at the Purks Building in Cedartown, GA, on June 6. Bell time is 7:30 PM. Advertised: Chris Lightning & Chris Ganz versus the Exotic Ones for the NAWA Tag Team Title; Bambi versus Peggy Lee Leather, with Nigel Sherrod, for the women’s title; Jay Clinton versus Josh Hate; Bulldog Raines versus the Beast; Lamar Phillips versus Jamie Hall; and Terry Lawler versus Antonio Garza. Also advertised to wrestle is Tommy Rich. (Rich Tate)

Full Impact Pro will be having a show at the National Guard Armory in Crystal River, FL, on May 30. Bell time is at 8:00 PM. Advertised: for the FIP Tag Team Title, Jason Blade and Kenny King of the YRR defend against The Age of the Fall's Jimmy Jacobs and Tyler Black w/Rain. In an anything goes match, Black Market takes on Dark City Fight Club. Also in action will be Scotty 2 Hotty, FIP Heavyweight champion Roderick Strong, FIP Florida Heritage champion, Sal Rinauro of the YRR, Austin Aries, Delirious, Davey Richards, Erick Stevens, Seth Delay, The YRR's Chasyn Rance, Heartbreak Enterprises member Damien Wayne w/Sean and Phil Davis and Baby Doll, Portia Perez, Dingo, and Daizee Haze. On May 31, FIP travels to Arcadia, FL, with a show that starts at 8:00 PM. Advertised: Scotty 2 Hotty takes on Davey Richards. Greg "The Hammer" Valentine faces off against Screamin’ Norman Smiley. Also in action are The Gemini, The YRR's Kenny King and Jason Blade, FIP Florida Heritage champion, the YRR's Sal Rinauro, Austin Aries, Delirious, Erick Stevens, The Age of the Falls' Tyler Black and Jimmy Jacobs w/Rain, Seth Delay, The YRR's Chasyn Rance, Black Market, Dark City Fight Club, Heartbreak Enterprises member Damien Wayne w/Sean and Phil Davis and Baby Doll, Porita Perez, Dingo, and Daizee Haze. (Brian Slack)

Pro Wrestling Fusion will be at the Saint Lucie County Fairgrounds in Fort Pierce, FL, on June 7. Bell time is 7:30 PM, and doors open at 6:30. Ringside seats are $25, while general admission is $15. Advertised: Steve Madison & Freedom Ryder versus Maximum Capacity & the Sheik; Jon Davis versus Vordell Walker; Chris Jones versus Jerrelle Clarke; Johnny Vandal versus King Kong Fu; Francisco Ciatso versus Norman Smiley; the Shane Twins versus the Heartbreak Express; and Jack Manley versus Fantastic Dantastic. Call (772) 224-9322 for more information. (Rich Tate)

Southern Championship Wrestling presents Summerbash on June 21 at the Salvation Army Gym in Sanford, FL at 7:30. The main event will be for the SCW Southern Heavyweight title as the newly crowned champion Thomas Marr, who won it at a USCW show, defends against the current SCW Light Heavyweight and Florida champion Nooie Lee. TNA star Matt Morgan will be joining Team America as they face the Evil Empire in an 8 man elimination match. Also signed for the event will be The Prodigy, Jerrelle Clarke, Axis, The ASO, Aaron Epic, Napthali, Lexie Fyfe, Mimi, Leva, Mary Kate and more. (Brian Slack)

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.


In Your Head will feature Vampiro on its show tonight at 8:00 PM ET. (Rich Tate)

Today in Memoriam: the Great Gama (78, 1960) and Jimmy Hines (56, 1983)


MAY 21, 1933 (SUNDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – LAKEWOOD PARK FIGHT ARENA (Bill Corley – Promoter) > Ronnie McDuffie versus Tom Malloy > Jack Ross versus Tiny Ruff / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found. This card was a benefit for the Battle Hill Sanitarium. It was reported that there would be a drum corps competition.

MAY 21, 1934 (MONDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – FAIR STREET ARENA (Jason Thompson – Promoter) > Frank Remille defeated Johnny Runyon > Ted Sarris defeated Jack Russell > Spike O’Brien defeated Joe Dillman

MAY 21, 1935 (TUESDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – RIVERSIDE ARENA (Frank Bettis and Cleve Roby – Promoters) > Pat O’Brien versus Hugh Welch > John Dameron versus Young Londos > Frank Remille versus Tarzan Jordan > Battle Royal featuring Totem Pole Anderson, Bob Anderson, Sammy Miller, Whitey Patterson, and Foy Rivers / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found. This card was a benefit for wrestler Jim Trepham, who broke an ankle in a match with Young Londos in early May.

MAY 21, 1937 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – WEST END ARENA (Frank Bettis and Cleve Roby – Promoters) > John Dameron versus Red Dugan > Eddie Elzea versus Buck Lawson > Southern Light Heavyweight Title Match: Tarzan Jordan* versus Joe Ferona / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found. Tarzan Jordan had been the reigning Southern Light Heavyweight Champion since he defeated Bill Collins on March 1, 1937, in Atlanta.

MAY 21, 1940 (TUESDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – PONCE de LEON BALL PARK (Bill Hartman and Thad Holt – Promoters / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Marvin Jones defeated Gordon McKenzie > Tom Hanley defeated Pat Fraley > Herb Freeman & Cowboy Luttrall defeated Angelo Cistoldi & Hans Schnabel / Notes: Pat Fraley replaced Hans Schnabel in the match with Tom Hanley, as Schnabel substituted for Babe Zaharias to team with Angelo Cistoldi in the match with Herb Freeman & Cowboy Luttrall.

MAY 21, 1941 (WEDNESDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Abe Simon – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Pat Newman versus Spike Davis > Herb Freeman versus Marvin Jones > Ray Eckert & Harry Kent versus Babe Zaharias & Cowboy Luttrall / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found.

MAY 21, 1943 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Sammy Friedman – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Roy Graham defeated Roland Kirchmeyer > Dorv Roche defeated Bad Boy Brown > Freddie Blassie and Ralph Garibaldi wrestled to a draw / Notes: Roland Kirchmeyer was initially declared the winner of his match with Roy Graham, but for unstated reasons, the decision was reversed. John Mauldin was credited as being a referee on this card.

MAY 21, 1948 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Pete Managoff defeated Natie Brown > Don Lee and Bobby Roberts wrestled to a draw > Jack Ross, Jr., & Tarzan White defeated Al Galento & Tom Mahoney > Jim Coffield defeated George Craig

MAY 21, 1954 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Bob Shipp and Harry Smith wrestled to a draw > Chief Big Heart defeated Clyde Steeves > Don McIntyre defeated White Savage > Art Nelson defeated Yukon Eric

MAY 21, 1955 (SATURDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Red McIntyre and Dizzy Davis wrestled to a draw > Tarzan White defeated Tokyo Joe > Andre Drapp defeated Eddie Gossett by disqualification > Don & Red McIntyre defeated Jerry Graham & Dizzy Davis

MAY 21, 1962 (MONDAY) – AUGUSTA, GA – WILLIAM BELL AUDITORIUM (Steve Manderson – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Mark Stone versus Tony Barbetta > Lenny Montana versus Don Whittler > US Tag Team Title Match: the Assassins* versus Andre Drapp & Chief Little Eagle / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found. The Assassins had vowed to unmask if they could not defeat Andre Drapp & Chief Little Eagle. The Assassins had been billed as US Tag Team Champions since May 15, 1962.

MAY 21, 1963 (TUESDAY) – MACON, GA – MACON CITY AUDITORIUM (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Lenny Montana defeated Chris Averoff > Derrell Cochran & Silento Rodriguez defeated George Bell & Tito Kopa > Bill Dromo defeated Tarzan Tyler

MAY 21, 1965 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM [P] (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > The Mysterious Medics defeated Frankie Cain & Greg Peterson > Women’s Match: Barbara Galento defeated Sherri Lee > World Tag Team Title Match: Kurt & Karl Von Brauner* defeated Lester Welch & Bob Dalton > Buddy Fuller, Jesse James & Red Roberts defeated Mario Galento & the Corsicans ruled a no contest / Notes: Saul Weingeroff managed Kurt & Karl Von Brauner. The Von Brauners had been billed as World Tag Team Champions since May 18, 1965. George Harris and Kurt Von Steiger had been scheduled, but there was no mention in the reports following the card.

MAY 21, 1966 (SATURDAY) – MARIETTA, GA – LARRY BELL BALLPARK (Elmo Chappell – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Bobby Shane versus Bob Armstrong > Louie Tillet versus Swede Karlson > Danny Little Bear & Chief Crazy Horse versus the Mysterious Medics / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found.

MAY 21, 1968 (TUESDAY) – MACON, GA – MACON CITY AUDITORIUM (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Bobby Hart and Tony Nero wrestled to a draw > Johnny Walker defeated Oki Shikina > Enrique & Alberto Torres defeated Hans Schmidt & Tank Morgan / Notes: Gentleman X (1) managed Hans Schmidt.

MAY 21, 1969 (WEDNESDAY) – COLUMBUS, GA – COLUMBUS MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Leo Garibaldi and Corsica Jean wrestled to a draw > Los Toros defeated Tim Geohagen & Silento Rodriguez > Bill Dromo and the Professional wrestled to a draw > Lou Thesz & El Mongol defeated the Assassins by disqualification

MAY 21, 1971 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – PAUL JONES SPORTS ARENA (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Roberto Soto and Sabu Singh wrestled to a draw > Bill Dromo defeated Krusher Karlson by disqualification > Fidel Castillo defeated Bob Griffin > El Mongol defeated Mr. X > Klondike Bill defeated Buddy Colt by disqualification > The Assassins defeated Dick Steinborn & Doug Gilbert / Notes: Homer O’Dell managed Buddy Colt.

MAY 21, 1974 (TUESDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – LAKEWOOD FAIRGROUNDS (Ann Gunkel – Promoter / All-South Wrestling Alliance) > Ted Oates defeated Tony Romano > Jim Wilson defeated the Great Fuji > The Royal Kangaroos defeated the Islanders by disqualification > No DQ Match: El Mongol defeated the Missouri Mauler > Brass Knuckles Match: Ernie Ladd defeated Ox Baker > Ron Pritchard & Assassin #2 and Crusher Verdu & the Mighty Yankee wrestled to a draw at 20:00 / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found. Rock Hunter managed Crusher Verdu, the Missouri Mauler, and the Mighty Yankee.

MAY 21, 1974 (TUESDAY) – MACON, GA – MACON COLISEUM [P] (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Louie Tillet defeated Ron Garvin by disqualification > Derrell Cochran, Steve Keirn & Dennis Stamp defeated Art Nelson, Doug Somers & the Great Malenko > Bob Sweetan defeated Mike Stallings > Ole & Gene Anderson defeated Earl Maynard & Jerry Oates > Bob Armstrong & Robert Fuller defeated Ron & Terry Garvin by disqualification > Southeastern Heavyweight Title Match: Jerry Brisco defeated Bobby Duncum* to win title > Battle Royal: Andre the Giant (Winner) > NWA World Heavyweight Title Match: Jack Brisco* defeated Mr. Wrestling #2 / Notes: It was reported that 7,500 were in attendance for this card. Ron Garvin substituted for Pat Patterson in the match with Louie Tillet. It is unclear as to the reason for the battle royal. Jimmy Garvin managed Ron & Terry Garvin.

MAY 21, 1976 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – OMNI COLISEUM [P] (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Ervin Smith and Mitsu Hata wrestled to a draw > Rick Martel defeated Yasu Fuji > El Bracero defeated Karl Von Steiger > Ken Mantell defeated Greg Valentine > Stan Stasiak defeated Dean Ho > Georgia Tag Team Title Round Robin Tournament: Ted & Jerry Oates* defeated Les Thornton & Tony Charles and the Red Devils > Mark Lewin defeated Gary Hart > Mark Lewin defeated the Spoiler by disqualification > Dusty Rhodes & Thunderbolt Patterson defeated Abdullah the Butcher & the Sheik > Battle Royal: Andre the Giant defeated Moondog Mayne, Greg Valentine, the Great Goliath, Black Gordman, Mr. Wrestling #2, Dean Ho, Mitsu Hata, Yasu Fuji, Ken Mantell, Tony Charles, Les Thornton, Jerry Oates, Ted Oates, Karl Von Steiger, Ervin Smith, Rick Martel, El Bracero, Stan Stasiak, and Haystacks Calhoun / Notes: Gary Hart managed the Spoiler, Abdullah the Butcher and the Sheik. It was reported that the purse for the battle royal was $10,000.

MAY 21, 1977 (SATURDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – WTCG STUDIOS (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Ole & Gene Anderson defeated Abe Jacobs & Don Kernodle > Tape: Ole & Gene Anderson versus Thunderbolt Patterson & Mr. Wrestling #1 > Women’s Match: the Fabulous Moolah defeated Susan Green > Waldo Von Erich defeated Phil Mercedo > Black Atlas defeated Wayne Rogers > Dick Slater defeated Randy Alls / Notes: This was taped for the “Georgia Championship Wrestling” television program hosted by Gordon Solie. Bill Watts and Thunderbolt Patterson also appeared on this episode.

MAY 21, 1979 (MONDAY) – AUGUSTA, GA – WILLIAM BELL AUDITORIUM (Charlie Harben – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Jerry Roberts and Frank Monte wrestled to a draw > Doug Somers defeated Charlie Fulton > Mr. Wrestling #1 defeated Luke Graham > Georgia Heavyweight Title Match: Wahoo McDaniel* defeated Blackjack Lanza > Texas Tornado Tag Team Match: Ole Anderson & Ivan Koloff versus Dusty Rhodes & Mad Dog Vachon ended in a double disqualification / Notes: Bobby Heenan managed Blackjack Lanza.

MAY 21, 1980 (WEDNESDAY) – COLUMBUS, GA – COLUMBUS MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Eddie Gilbert defeated Rocket Monroe > Lars Anderson defeated the French Angel > Bob Sweetan defeated Mike Sharpe by countout > Georgia Tag Team Title Match: Ivan Koloff & Alexis Smirnoff* defeated Kevin Sullivan & Tony Atlas > Champion of Champions Cup Match: Mr. Wrestling #2* defeated Bob Sweetan / Notes: Rock Hunter managed Ivan Koloff and Alexis Smirnoff.

MAY 21, 1983 (SATURDAY) – WHEELING, WV – WHEELING CIVIC CENTER (Les Thatcher – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Matt Borne and Brett Wayne wrestled to a draw > Destruction, Inc., defeated Brian Blair & Brett Wayne > Dick Murdoch defeated Buzz Sawyer by countout > Ron Garvin defeated the Iron Sheik > Tommy Rich & Paul Orndorff defeated Larry Zbyszko & Killer Brooks / Notes: Matt Borne substituted for Paul Ellering in the match with Brett Wayne, and Ron Garvin substituted for Tony Atlas in the match with the Iron Sheik. Paul Ellering managed the Iron Sheik and Destruction, Inc.

MAY 21, 1984 (MONDAY) – CANTON, OH (Les Thatcher – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Tommy Rogers defeated Bob Roop > Jake Roberts defeated Sweet Brown Sugar > English Rules Match: Tim Horner defeated Les Thornton > Nikolai Volkoff defeated King Kong Bundy > Jimmy Valiant & Brad Armstrong versus Ted DiBiase & the Spoiler ended in a double disqualification > Ole Anderson defeated Arn Anderson > Texas Tornado Tag Team Match: the Road Warriors defeated Ron Garvin & King Konga / Notes: Paul Ellering managed Jake Roberts, Ted DiBiase, the Spoiler, and the Road Warriors.