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Thursday, May 22, 2008


Courtesy of GeorgiaWrestlingHistory.com:


The second incarnation of the Southside Trash, Rowdy and Big Daddy, reached an amicable decision today to part ways. Rowdy, whose real name is Randy Harris, and the only original member of SST, has been teaming with Raunchy, also known as ‘Hot Property’ Drew Golden in its third lineup. The Independent Wrestling Network is owned by Dwayne Bell, who wrestled as Big Daddy until injuries forced him from active in ring action. Both Harris and Golden had been booking for the IWN, which runs weekly events in Columbus, GA. Harris and Golden resigned from that position effective today over what Harris called “backstage drama. Some guys were complaining that the IWN was the Southside Trash show, but I never booked it that way.” In a response from Bell, he confirmed the split was amicable and is a business decision. Bell will take over booking duties for IWN, while Harris and Golden will continue to not only wrestle for the new Prime Time Pro Wrestling promotion out of Manchester, GA, but also continue to book for PTPW. “We are not leaving the IWN for Prime Time,” said Harris. “We already had the book in both places. Dwayne and I are still good friends, but this decision is best for business.” (Rich Tate)

World Wrestling Entertainment’s RAW crew will be at Plaza De Toros Santa Maria in Queretaro, Mexico, tonight. (Rich Tate)

Southern Extreme Championship Wrestling will be at the VFW Fairgrounds in Carrollton, GA, tonight. Bell time is 7:30 PM. Advertised: Tommy Rich versus the Super Destroyer; Frankie Valentine versus Adrian Hawkins; Bambi defends the SECW Women’s Title against Fiona; and Josh Stone versus Bulldog Raines. Also advertised: Kyle Matthews, Seth Cruise, Tyler Smith, Pretty Boy Floyd, and the Nightmare. (Rich Tate)

Down South Hardcore Wrestling returns to the Howard Coffin Park Gymnasium in Brunswick, GA, on May 24. Doors open at 6:30 PM and bell time is 7:15. Tickets are $8. Advertised: "The Truth" Dallas Riley defends the DSHW United States Championship against "The Hot One" Lance Alonte. (Thomas Bugg)

NWA Southern Pro Wrestling will be at Roanoke Chowan Community College in Ahoskie, NC, on May 24. Doors open at 6:30 PM, and bell time is at 7:30. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for children 5-12, and kids under 5 get in free. Tickets are available at the Tomahawk Hotel. Advertised: NWA Continental Championship, Damien Wayne (c) vs. Mike Booth. Also scheduled for action: The Geordie Bulldogs, Brandon Day, Rex Sterling, Xsiris, Kameo, Q-Sic, and The Old School Empire. (Thomas Bugg)

The Allied Independent Wrestling Federations presents Pure Pro Wrestling on May 24 at the Wentworth, NC, National Guard Armory. Doors open at 6:30 PM. Bell time is 7:30. Tickets are $7 at the door. Advertised: a 30-man over the top "Seal the Deal" Rumble with the winner receiving a shot at the AIWF Heavyweight Championship at Deal with the Steel, including AIWF Tag Team Champions Lance and Harlem Bravado, "The 1st" Ric Converse, Jason Blade, AIWF Television/Cyberzone Champion Louis Moore, "Simply" Steve Green, Chris Severn, "The Gate City Sinner" Trent Wylde, Robbie Stanley, Kamikaze Kid, UNOD, Donnie Dollar and more to be announced. AIWF Heavyweight Championship: Best of 3 falls, Justin Flash (C) vs. "Handsome" Jimi Love, AIWF Tag Team Championship: Extended 30 Minute time Limit, The Bravado Brothers (C) vs. UNOD. (Thomas Bugg)

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.


GWH wishes a happy birthday to Bryan Danielson (27) and Traci Brooks.

Today in Memoriam: George Zaharias (76, 1984)


MAY 22, 1923 (TUESDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – PONCE de LEON BALL PARK (American Legion – Promoter) > Jockey Eager defeated Charley LeBey (2-0) at 3:00 and 20:00 > Boxer versus Wrestler Match: K.O. Crosby defeated Jackie Carr in the fourth round > John Pesek defeated Dick Daviscourt (2-0) at 39:19 and 9:06

MAY 22, 1933 (MONDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – HOWELL MILL ARENA (F.P. Owens – Promoter) > Dave Terrell versus John Dameron > Eddie Wagner versus Ambrose Cole > Tom Malloy versus Wayne Coleman / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found. There was also a preliminary match, but no details were provided following the card.

MAY 22, 1934 (TUESDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – HOWELL MILL ARENA (C.W. Bennett – Promoter) > Glenn Cowan versus Young Gotch > Bob Anderson versus Whitey Patterson > Ted Radcliffe versus John Mauldin / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found. Fans were admitted free of charge.

MAY 22, 1934 (TUESDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – LAKEWOOD PARK FIGHT ARENA (Weyman Boyles – Promoter) > Wesley Brownlee and Young Londos wrestled to a draw at 30:00 > Sammy Stein defeated John Mauldin by disqualification > Hugh Winn defeated Dan Kellenger / Notes: It was reported that 4,000 were in attendance for this card. Tiny Ruff, Jay Jarvis, and Bull Schmidt were credited as being referees for this card. It was reported that ten cases of beer were given away to lucky fans.

MAY 22, 1934 (TUESDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – SUNSET ATHLETIC CLUB (Promoter – Unknown) Notes: Two wrestling matches and three boxing bouts were scheduled. No documented results or line up for this card have been found.

MAY 22, 1935 (WEDNESDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – PONCE de LEON BALL PARK (Henry Weber – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Dick Raines and Chief Chewacki wrestled to a draw at 60:00 > Yousef Mahmout defeated Roland Kirchmeyer at 35:00 (2-1) > Pete Sauer defeated George Koverly at 39:00

MAY 22, 1936 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – RIVERSIDE ARENA (Frank Bettis – Promoter) > Joe Woods versus Sammy Miller > Glenn Cowan versus Baron Von Hoffman > Ripper Reeves versus Son Almand / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found.

MAY 22, 1948 (SATURDAY) – STONE MOUNTAIN, GA (Fred Ward – Promoter / Fred Ward Promotions) > Mile High Ross defeated the Blimp by disqualification > Tommy Ward defeated Joe Estes > Tony Mello defeated Mr. X by disqualification / Notes: It is unclear as to what venue was the site of this card.

MAY 22, 1950 (MONDAY) – AUGUSTA, GA – AUGUSTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Tom Mahoney – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Women’s Match: Therese Theis defeated Ellen Olsen > Don & Red McIntyre defeated Tom Mahoney & Babe Zaharias by disqualification > Southern Heavyweight Title Match: the Red Terror* defeated Nick Carter (2-1) / Notes: The Red Terror had been the reigning Southern Heavyweight Champion since he defeated Nick Carter on May 12, 1950, in Atlanta, although he lost it to Don McIntyre on May 19, 1950, in Atlanta.

MAY 22, 1951 (TUESDAY) – MACON, GA – MACON CITY AUDITORIUM (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Lou Plummer and Tarzan White wrestled to a draw > Red Dugan defeated Dan O'Connor > Charley Laye defeated Lozano Martinez by disqualification

MAY 22, 1952 (THURSDAY) – COLUMBUS, GA – COLUMBUS SPORTS ARENA (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Al Massey defeated Kola Kwariani > Doran O'Hara defeated Jack McDonald > Danny Dusek defeated Argentina Rocca

MAY 22, 1957 (WEDNESDAY) – AUGUSTA, GA – WILLIAM BELL AUDITORIUM (Tom Mahoney – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Al Galento, Kurt Von Brawner & the Great Mitsu versus George Drake, Nick Roberts & Oni Wiki Wiki / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found.

MAY 22, 1959 (FRIDAY) – MARIETTA, GA – LARRY BELL AUDITORIUM (Elmo Chappell – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Freddie Blassie, Skull Murphy & Gypsy Joe defeated Don McClarty, Ray & Dickie Gunkel

MAY 22, 1961 (MONDAY) – AUGUSTA, GA – WILLIAM BELL AUDITORIUM (Robert McCoy – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) / Notes: A card was scheduled for this date, but no information has been found.

MAY 22, 1962 (TUESDAY) – MACON, GA – MACON CITY AUDITORIUM (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Tony Barbetta defeated Farmer Powell at 13:00 > Andre Drapp defeated Lenny Montana by disqualification > US Tag Team Title Match: the Assassins* defeated Mark Stone & Chief Little Eagle at 43:00 / Notes: The Assassins had been billed as US Tag Team Champions since May 15, 1962.

MAY 22, 1963 (WEDNESDAY) – COLUMBUS, GA – COLUMBUS MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Bill Dromo defeated Chris Averoff > Greg Peterson defeated Tito Kopa at 12:00 > Lenny Montana and Derrell Cochran wrestled to a draw > World Heavyweight Title Match: Tarzan Tyler* versus Chief Little Eagle ruled a no contest / Notes: Tarzan Tyler had been the reigning World Heavyweight Champion since he defeated Dick Steinborn on May 10, 1963, in Atlanta.

MAY 22, 1964 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM [P] (Les Wolfe – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Greg Peterson defeated Charlie Carr > Wildman Phillips defeated Ron Reed > Buddy Fuller defeated Don Carson > Kurt & Karl Von Brauner defeated Joe Scarpa & Lester Welch > Ray Gunkel defeated Sputnik Monroe at 50:10 / Notes: Charlie Carr substituted for Tex Riley in the match with Greg Peterson. Lester Welch was billed as a mystery partner to Joe Scarpa for the match with Kurt & Karl Von Brauner. Saul Weingeroff managed the Von Brauners. This was the first Atlanta card promoted by Les Wolfe following the departure of Don McIntyre.

MAY 22, 1965 (SATURDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – WAII STUDIOS (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Greg Peterson defeated Tony Baillargeon > Buddy Fuller defeated Jerry Miller > Buddy Fuller defeated George Harris / Notes: This was for the “Live Atlanta Wrestling” television program hosted by Ed Capral.

MAY 22, 1965 (SATURDAY) – MARIETTA, GA – LARRY BELL BALLPARK (Elmo Chappell – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Bob Dalton versus Jerry Miller > Tony Baillargeon versus Pedro Zapata > Jesse James & Chief Little Eagle versus Kurt & Karl Von Brauner / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found. Saul Weingeroff managed Kurt & Karl Von Brauner.

MAY 22, 1970 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – PAUL JONES SPORTS ARENA [P] (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Tim Geohagen versus Jack Vansky > Bill Dromo defeated Oki Shikina > Professor Kimura versus El Mongol > Bill Miller and Doug Gilbert wrestled to a draw at 20:00 > Alberto Torres & Leo Garibaldi defeated Buddy Colt & Karl Von Stroheim by disqualification > Joe Scarpa defeated Paul DeMarco at 20:00 / Notes: Tim Geohagen and Jack Vansky were scheduled to wrestle each other, as were Professor Kimura and El Mongol, but no results were reported after the card. Leo Garibaldi substituted for Ramon Torres to team with Alberto Torres in the match with Buddy Colt & Karl Von Stroheim. As it turned out, Colt & Von Stroheim were also replacements, as the Assassins were suspended by the NWA for a multitude of infractions over recent months. It was reported that the final straw that led the NWA to suspend them from all NWA promotions throughout the “Continental USA, Hawaii, Canada, and in most of South America” happened when they attempted to pull a switch against Dory Funk, Jr., on May 15, 1970. Homer O’Dell managed Colt & Von Stroheim. O’Dell announced that he had fired Professor Kimura from his stable. The program for this card credited Bill Evans as the ringside photographer for matches in Atlanta.

MAY 22, 1971 (SATURDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – WQXI STUDIOS (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Assassin #1 defeated the Scorpion > The Professional defeated Buddy Colt by disqualification > Fidel Castillo defeated Sabu Singh / Notes: This was taped for the “Atlanta TV Wrestling” television program hosted by Ed Capral. Doug Gilbert began wearing his mask again, resulting in him only being referred to once again as the Professional. Homer O’Dell managed Buddy Colt.

MAY 22, 1973 (TUESDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – LAKEWOOD FAIRGROUNDS (Ann Gunkel – Promoter / All-South Wrestling Alliance) > Ted Oates versus Wayne Cowan > The Avenger versus the Cougar > Jack Armstrong versus El Mongol > Bill Bowman & Joe Turner versus Randy Curtis & Koa Tiki > Dick Steinborn & Argentina Apollo defeated Rock Hunter & Assassin #2 > Georgia Heavyweight Title Match: Ray Candy* versus Ox Baker / Notes: Aside from the match between Dick Steinborn & Argentina Apollo and Rock Hunter & Assassin #2, no documented results for the remaining matches on this card have been found. Hunter managed Assassin #2. Mr. X managed Bill Bowman and Joe Turner.

MAY 22, 1973 (TUESDAY) – MACON, GA – MACON COLISEUM (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Norvel Austin defeated Bill White by disqualification > Tiger Conway, Jr., defeated Tony Romano > Bob Orton, Jr., defeated Frank Martinez > Women’s Match: Joyce Grable defeated Donna Christianello > Bob Armstrong, Jerry Oates & Leon Ogle defeated J.C. Dykes & the Super Infernos > Bill Dromo versus Bobby Duncum ruled a no contest / Notes: J.C. Dykes managed the Super Infernos.

MAY 22, 1978 (MONDAY) – AUGUSTA, GA – WILLIAM BELL AUDITORIUM (Charlie Harben – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Hartford Love defeated Doug Gilbert > Helmut Schmidt defeated Paul Ellering > Adrian Adonis defeated Wolfgang Schmidt > 1,000 Silver Dollar Match: Ole Anderson defeated Tommy Rich > Stan Hansen defeated Adrian Adonis > Georgia Television Title Match: Thunderbolt Patterson* defeated Abdullah the Butcher / Notes: Adrian Adonis substituted for Rocky Johnson in the match with Stan Hansen. Rock Hunter managed Abdullah the Butcher, Wolfgang & Helmut Schmidt. Hunter was barred from ringside during the match between Abdullah and Thunderbolt Patterson.

MAY 22, 1979 (TUESDAY) – MACON, GA – MACON COLISEUM (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Genichiro Tenryu defeated Charlie Fulton > Doug Somers and Mike Stallings wrestled to a draw > Ray Candy defeated Frank Monte > Tommy Rich defeated Kurt Von Hess > Texas Tornado Tag Team Match: Wahoo McDaniel, Dusty Rhodes & Mad Dog Vachon defeated the Masked Superstar, Ole Anderson & Ivan Koloff

MAY 22, 1980 (THURSDAY) – ROME, GA – ROME MEMORIAL GYMNASIUM (Charlie Harben – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Bob Sweetan versus Eddie Gilbert > Mike Sharpe versus Rocket Monroe > Kevin Sullivan versus Baron Von Raschke > Ivan Koloff & Alexis Smirnoff versus Lars Anderson & Mr. Wrestling #2 / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found. Rock Hunter managed Ivan Koloff and Alexis Smirnoff.

MAY 22, 1982 (SATURDAY) – CHATTANOOGA, TN – CHATTANOOGA MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Tom Prichard defeated Chick Donovan > Ray Stevens and Kevin Sullivan wrestled to a draw > Bob & Brad Armstrong defeated John Studd & the Super Destroyer > Michael Hayes defeated the Masked Superstar > No DQ Match: Tommy Rich versus Buzz Sawyer ruled a no contest

MAY 22, 1984 (TUESDAY) – HUNTINGTON, WV (Les Thatcher – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Battle Royal: Tim Horner (Winner) > One-Night Tournament: Jimmy Valiant defeated Les Thornton; Brad Armstrong defeated Tommy Rogers; Nikolai Volkoff defeated King Kong Bundy; the Spoiler defeated King Konga’ Ole Anderson defeated Ted DiBiase; Jake Roberts defeated Ron Garvin; Hawk defeated Animal by coin toss; Roberts defeated Armstrong; Valiant defeated Spoiler; Anderson and Hawk wrestled to a draw; Valiant defeated Volkoff; Roberts defeated Valiant to win / Notes: It is unclear as to the reason for the battle royal and the tournament. When the falls came down to Hawk and Animal having to wrestle, they refused and demanded the decision be based on a coin toss. Paul Ellering managed Jake Roberts, Ted DiBiase, the Spoiler, and the Road Warriors.

MAY 22, 1988 (SUNDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – OMNI COLISEUM (Jim Crockett – Promoter / Jim Crockett Promotions) > Rick Steiner defeated Kendall Windham > Larry Zbyszko and Brad Armstrong wrestled to a draw > Ivan Koloff & the Powers of Pain defeated Tim Horner, Bugsy McGraw & the Italian Stallion > Ron & Jimmy Garvin defeated Kevin Sullivan & Mike Rotundo > Nikita Koloff defeated Al Perez by disqualification > The Road Warriors defeated the Sheepherders > The Fantastics defeated the Midnight Express > Dusty Rhodes, Lex Luger & Sting versus Barry Windham, Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard ruled a no contest > Steve Williams defeated Ric Flair by disqualification / Notes: It was reported that 7,300 were in attendance for this card.