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Thursday, July 3, 2008


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Peach State Pandemonium this week featured Jody Hamilton, the original Assassin and author of the Man Behind the Mask, who has spent over fifty years in the business. Also joining us was another ring veteran of thirty-plus years, Ted Allen. Click here for the archive. (Rich Tate)

World Wrestling Entertainment’s RAW crew will be at Estadio Nacional in Lima, Peru, tonight. WWE results from Santiago, Chile, on July 2: Lance Cade over Paul London; Jim Duggan over Charlie Haas; Cody Rhodes & Ted DiBiase, Jr., over Cryme Tyme; Mickie James over Beth Phoenix; Shawn Michaels over Chris Jericho; CM Punk over Kane; and John Cena over JBL. It was announced this afternoon the WWE has released Trevor Murdoch. (Rich Tate)

Great Championship Wrestling returns to Phenix City, AL, tonight at the GR8 SK8 Plex. Advertised: GCW Heavyweight Champion Johnny Swinger vs. Micah Taylor for the title, with Tracy Taylor as the referee. The show will also feature a one night tournament with the winner earning a championship match on July 10. Participants in the tournament include David Young, Cru Jones, Shaun Banks, and Scotty Beach. (Larry Goodman)

NAWA Ring Champions will be at the National Guard Armory in Rome, GA, tonight. Advertised: Ricky Morton & Chris Ganz versus Bobby Eaton & Air Paris; a dog collar match featuring Mark Pain versus Bulldog Raines; and a baby bonnet match featuring Rick Michaels versus Billy Love. (Rich Tate)

Tonight, the Great American Wrestling Federation will be presenting “Annihilation” at the Hosford Game Room in Hosford, FL. Advertised: Before the wrestling begins, there will be a concert from Brittany Lee from 7-8:30 PM, and then wrestling will start at 9:00. For the GAWF Heavyweight title, Steve Goins defends against T-Bolt in a bullrope match. For the GAWF Junior Heavyweight title, Maxwell "Chicago" Alvarez, Dallas Reilly, Cameron Thomas and Dark Rage will compete in a 4-way ladder match. (Brian Slack)

NWA Anarchy celebrates their third anniversary with a television taping on July 12 at the NWA Arena in Cornelia, GA. Advertised matches include: Nemesis vs. Shadow Jackson with Jay Fury banned from ringside, Shatter (with Jeff G. Bailey & Kimo) vs. Azrael (with the Reverend and Devil's Rejects), Mikal Judas vs. Jeremy Vain, Sal Rinauro vs. Seth Delay, NWA Television Champion Truitt Fields will be in action, New Wave (Derrick Driver & Steven Walters) vs. The Technicians (Bob E & Tyler Smith with Todd Sexton), Brodie Ray Chase will be in action with Melissa Coates in his corner, Adrian Hawkins & Caleb Konley & J.T. Talent (with AP3) vs. Bo Newsome & Chip Day & Malachi, and NWA Anarchy owner Jerry Palmer finalizes his plans for Hostile Environment '08. Also appearing will be Ace Rockwell, Hayden Young, Jeff Lewis, Wild Bunch (Billy Buck & Chris King), Hollywood Brunettes (Andrew Alexander & Kyle Matthews), Jay Clinton and T.K. Cross. Bell time is 8pm. (Larry Goodman)

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 Johnny Swinger (33).

Today in Memoriam: Eric Acker (32, 2005).


JULY 3, 1933 (MONDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA, GA – LAKEWOOD PARK FIGHT ARENA (Bill Corley – Promoter) > Tom Malloy defeated Charlie Harben > George Harben defeated Ripper Reeves

JULY 3, 1934 (TUESDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – BUCKHEAD ARENA (Promoter – Unknown) > Bob Anderson versus Jack Curley > Oscar Williamson versus Oresti Vadalfi > Jack McAdams versus Tarzan Jordan / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found.

JULY 3, 1934 (TUESDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – CENTER HILL ARENA (J.E. McKee – Promoter) > Six-Round Boxing Match: Charles Dupree versus Marion Crim > Eight-Round Boxing Match: Sam Daniel versus Johnnie Sims > John Dameron versus Leon Fuller > Oscar Williamson versus Son Almand / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found.

JULY 3, 1936 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – RIVERSIDE ARENA (Frank Bettis – Promoter) > John Dameron versus Whitey Patterson > Bill Collins versus Son Almand > John Mauldin versus Tarzan Jordan / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found.

JULY 3, 1939 (MONDAY) – AVONDALE, GA – AVONDALE ARENA (Frank Bettis and Cleve Roby – Promoters) > Bill Collins versus Honey Boy Hackney > Jack McAdams versus the Skull (1) / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found.

JULY 3, 1946 (WEDNESDAY) – AUGUSTA, GA – AUGUSTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Thurman Copley – Promoter) > Charlie Harben defeated Joe Marsh by disqualification > Johnny Long defeated Dick Lever > Jack Dillon & Jack Hader defeated Al Massey & Nick Carter (2-0)

JULY 3, 1950 (MONDAY) – AUGUSTA, GA – AUGUSTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Tom Mahoney – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Tiny Oxford defeated Bob Shipp by disqualification > Nick Carter defeated Tom Mahoney > Louie Ross and Bibber McCoy wrestled to a draw (1-1) > Tom Mahoney & Bob Shipp defeated Nick Carter & Tiny Oxford

JULY 3, 1953 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Danny Dusek versus Red McIntyre > Southern Heavyweight Title Match: Don McIntyre* defeated Bobby Lane > Boxing Match: Nick Carter defeated Art Nelson in six rounds / Notes: Danny Dusek and Red McIntyre were scheduled to wrestle each other, but no results were reported after the card. Don McIntyre had been billed as Southern Heavyweight Champion since March 16, 1953. During and after the match between Nick Carter and Art Nelson, a riot broke out among the spectators.

JULY 3, 1959 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > El Gato defeated Farmer Powell > Don McClarty & Adrien Baillargeon and Skull Murphy & Gypsy Joe wrestled to a draw > Southern Heavyweight Title Match: Freddie Blassie* defeated Dickie Gunkel / Notes: Freddie Blassie had been the reigning Southern Heavyweight Champion since he defeated Dickie Gunkel on June 19, 1959, in Atlanta.

JULY 3, 1961 (MONDAY) – AUGUSTA, GA – WILLIAM BELL AUDITORIUM (Robert McCoy – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Bobo Brazil versus McKinley Pickens > Marco Polo versus Gypsy Joe > AWA World Heavyweight Title Match: Dick the Bruiser* versus Bob Ellis / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found. Dick the Bruiser had been the reigning US Heavyweight Champion as recognized by the Detroit, MI, office, since he defeated Bobo Brazil on February 28, 1961, in Detroit. For some reason it was being called the AWA World Heavyweight Title here, and the Bruiser was being billed as such.

JULY 3, 1962 (TUESDAY) – MACON, GA – MACON CITY AUDITORIUM (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Ivor Barrett & Rito Carreon versus Jack Bence & the Russian Crusher > Lenny Montana versus Choo-Choo Lynn > Freddie Blassie versus Chief Little Eagle / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found.

JULY 3, 1963 (WEDNESDAY) – COLUMBUS, GA – COLUMBUS MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Bill Dromo and Corsica Joe wrestled to a draw at 20:00 > Women’s World Title Match: the Fabulous Moolah* defeated Judy Grable > Tim Geohagen & Chief Little Eagle defeated Tarzan & Rip Tyler by disqualification / Notes: The Fabulous Moolah had been billed as Women’s World Champion since she defeated Judy Grable on September 18, 1956, in Baltimore, MD. However, she was not considered the undisputed champion until June Byers retired with her title, won in Atlanta on August 20, 1954, in a win over Mildred Burke, until Byers retired in 1964.

JULY 3, 1964 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM [P] (Les Wolfe – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Bruce Austin defeated Rube Wright > Dick Dunn defeated Billy Wicks > Midget Match: Chico Santana defeated Little Boy Blue > Joe Scarpa and the Destroyer wrestled to a draw > Eddie Graham defeated Wildman Phillips > Buddy Fuller versus Sputnik Monroe ruled a no contest / Notes: Rube Wright substituted for Larry Williams in the match with Bruce Austin. George Harris was the special referee for the match between Buddy Fuller and Sputnik Monroe. This was the final Atlanta card promoted by Les Wolfe, as he was replaced by Paul Jones, who had only stepped down about two years prior. It was announced that Dick the Bruiser would be wrestling on the card on July 24, 1964.

JULY 3, 1965 (SATURDAY) – COLUMBUS, GA – COLUMBUS SPORTS ARENA (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > The Mongolian defeated Red Roberts > Greg Peterson & Bad Boy Hines defeated George Harris & Corsica Jean / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found. This was for the locally televised “Columbus Championship Wrestling”, though it is not known who was hosting the program, whether it was taped or broadcast live, nor is it clear as to which station the program was aired at the time.

JULY 3, 1965 (SATURDAY) – MARIETTA, GA – LARRY BELL BALLPARK (Elmo Chappell – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Tony Baillargeon defeated Charlie Carr > Bob Dalton defeated Gene Kelly > Joe Scarpa & Chief Little Eagle defeated the Corsicans > Buddy Fuller versus Mario Galento ruled a no contest

JULY 3, 1969 (THURSDAY) – AMERICUS, GA – SUMTER COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Bill Dromo defeated Skandor Akbar by disqualification > Dennis Hall & Little John defeated Phil Robley & El Gato

JULY 3, 1970 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM [P] (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Georgia Tag Team Title One-Night Tournament: Bobby Shane & Doug Gilbert defeated Nick Bockwinkel & Paul DeMarco by referee decision; Rocket Monroe & Rip Tyler defeated Bob Armstrong & Alberto Torres; Ray Gunkel & Robert Fuller defeated the Invaders; Homer O’Dell & Buddy Colt defeated Terry Funk & Dory Funk, Sr., by disqualification; Shane & Gilbert defeated Monroe & Tyler; O’Dell & Colt defeated Gunkel & Fuller; Shane & Gilbert defeated O’Dell & Colt to win title / Notes: It was reported that the purse for the tournament was $3,000. In addition, the winning team was to be presented with new belts, replacing the trophy that had previously been used to represent the champions. It is unclear as to how the title became vacant. The last reference we have shows that Ray Gunkel & Buddy Fuller, who had won the title when they defeated the Assassins on March 27, 1970, in Atlanta, were still recognized as champions in the program for the card on May 1, 1970. Homer O’Dell managed Buddy Colt. It was announced that Nick Bockwinkel would defend the Georgia Heavyweight Title against Paul DeMarco on July 10, 1970.

JULY 3, 1971 (SATURDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – WQXI STUDIOS (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Big John defeated Salvadore Lothario > George Scott defeated Krusher Karlson > Dick Steinborn defeated Cisco Grimaldo / Notes: This was taped for the “Atlanta TV Wrestling” television program hosted by Ed Capral. This episode aired from 11:00 PM to Midnight.

JULY 3, 1973 (TUESDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – LAKEWOOD FAIRGROUNDS [P] (Ann Gunkel – Promoter / All-South Wrestling Alliance) > John Black versus Koa Tiki > John Foley versus Randy Curtis > Ted Oates defeated the Golden Gladiator > Handicap Match: the Super Gladiator versus Wayne Cowan & Oki Shikina > Jack Armstrong versus Argentina Apollo ruled a no contest > Rock Hunter defeated Dick Steinborn > Ernie Ladd, Mr. Kleen & El Mongol defeated Tarzan Tyler, Ox Baker & Assassin #2 / Notes: No documented results for the remaining matches on this card have been found. Hunter managed Assassin #2.

JULY 3, 1973 (TUESDAY) – MACON, GA – MACON COLISEUM (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Mark Starr defeated Rick Ferrara > Tiger Conway, Jr., defeated Bill White > Billy Spears and Norvel Austin wrestled to a draw > Bobby Duncum & Bill Watts defeated Bob Orton, Jr., & Sputnik Monroe > Macon Tag Team Title Match: the Super Infernos* defeated Bill Dromo & Jerry Oates > Bob Armstrong defeated Jack Brisco / Notes: J.C. Dykes managed the Super Infernos.

JULY 3, 1976 (SATURDAY) – GRIFFIN, GA – GRIFFIN-BARNESVILLE SPORTS PALACE (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Skip Young defeated Mitsu Hata > Yasu Fuji defeated Rick Martel > Ron Bass and Skip Young wrestled to a draw > Ted Oates defeated Wayne Cowan at 9:00 > The Spoiler defeated Ken Mantell at 14:45 > Mr. Wrestling #2 defeated Dick Slater / Notes: Skip Young substituted for Jerry Oates in the match with Ron Bass. Ron West was credited as being a referee for this card.

JULY 3, 1977 (SUNDAY) – MACON, GA – MACON COLISEUM (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Randy Savage and Richard Blood wrestled to a draw > Pak Song defeated Roberto Soto > Tony Atlas defeated Waldo Von Erich > Georgia Heavyweight Title Match: Paul Jones defeated Dick Slater* by disqualification > World Tag Team Title versus Mask Match: Ole & Gene Anderson* defeated Mr. Wrestling #1 & #2 / Notes: Rock Hunter managed Pak Song.

JULY 3, 1978 (MONDAY) – AUGUSTA, GA – WILLIAM BELL AUDITORIUM (Charlie Harben – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Steve Regal versus Hartford Love > Len Denton versus Pez Whatley > Rick Martel versus the French Angel > Billy Graham versus Mr. Wrestling #2 > Thunderbolt Patterson versus King Kong Mosca > Ole Anderson & Ivan Koloff versus Stan Hansen & Tommy Rich / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found.

JULY 3, 1979 (TUESDAY) – MACON, GA – MACON COLISEUM (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Mike Stallings defeated Ben Alexander at 8:30 > Jerry Stubbs defeated Bill Howard at 8:50 > Ray Candy defeated Doug Somers at 9:45 > Mr. Wrestling #1 defeated Killer Karl Kox by disqualification at 9:27 > Georgia Tag Team Title Match: Stan Hansen & Tommy Rich defeated Ole Anderson & Ivan Koloff* by disqualification at 10:15 > Indian Strap Match: Wahoo McDaniel defeated the Masked Superstar at 9:51 / Notes: Bobby Heenan managed Killer Karl Kox and the Masked Superstar. Ray Candy was the special referee for the match between Stan Hansen & Tommy Rich and Ole Anderson & Ivan Koloff.

JULY 3, 1982 (SATURDAY) – AUGUSTA, GA – RICHMOND COUNTY CIVIC CENTER (Charlie Harben – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Paul Orndorff defeated Buzz Sawyer > Don Muraco defeated Brad Armstrong > Jimmy Snuka defeated Ivan Putski by countout > Tommy Rich & Dusty Rhodes defeated Ole Anderson & Stan Hansen / Notes: Roddy Piper managed Don Muraco.

JULY 3, 1983 (SUNDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – OMNI COLISEUM [P] (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Bill Irwin defeated Brett Wayne > Pez Whatley defeated Tully Blanchard by disqualification > Scott Casey defeated Buzz Sawyer > Bob Sweetan and Killer Brooks wrestled to a draw > Ole Anderson, Stan Hansen & Tommy Rich defeated Paul Ellering & the Road Warriors by disqualification > National Heavyweight Title Match: Mr. Wrestling #2 defeated Larry Zbyszko* to win title > National Television Title Match: Ron Garvin defeated the Iron Sheik* by disqualification / Notes: It was reported that 4,000 were in attendance for this card. Killer Brooks and Mr. Wrestling #1 were the special referees for the match between Larry Zbyszko and Mr. Wrestling #2. Paul Ellering managed Buzz Sawyer, the Iron Sheik, and the Road Warriors.

JULY 3, 1983 (SUNDAY) – SAVANNAH, GA – SAVANNAH CIVIC CENTER (Aaron Newman – Promoter / Jim Crockett Promotions) > John Bonello defeated Bill Howard > Keith Larsen & Ric McCord defeated Bill White & Jacques Goulet > Dick Slater defeated Johnny Weaver > The One Man Gang defeated Jos LeDuc > Roddy Piper & Wahoo McDaniel defeated Greg Valentine & Dory Funk, Jr. > Harley Race defeated Ric Flair by disqualification

JULY 3, 1984 (TUESDAY) – MACON, GA – MACON COLISEUM (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Nikolai Volkoff defeated Steve Travis > The Spoiler defeated the Masked Superstar > Les Thornton and Tim Horner wrestled to a draw > Ole Anderson & Ron Garvin defeated the Road Warriors > Brad Armstrong defeated the Spoiler by disqualification / Notes: Paul Ellering managed Jake Roberts, the Spoiler, and the Road Warriors.