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Friday, July 11, 2008


Courtesy of GeorgiaWrestlingHistory.com:


World Wrestling Entertainment’s RAW crew will be at the Rupp Arena in Lexington, KY, tonight. Tickets for the following WWE events go on sale tomorrow: August 9 in Newark, DE, at the Bob Carpenter Center, August 10 in Binghamton, NY, at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena, August 19 in Moline, IL, at the I Wireless Center, August 24 in Canton, OH, at the Canton Memorial Civic Center, August 25 in Wilkes-Barre, PA, at the Wachovia Arena, September 5 in Rochester, NY, at the Blue Cross Arena, and September 12 in Texarkana, AR, at the Four States Fair Entertainment Center. (Rich Tate)

Total Nonstop Action has announced the following events: September 5 in Westbury, NY, at the Capital One Bank Theater; September 6 in Manhattan, NY, at the Manhattan Center Grand Ballroom; and September 7 in Albany, NY, at the Times Union Center. (Rich Tate)

Alternative Pro Wrestling returns to Royston, GA, at the Royston Gym on Cherry Street tonight. Bell time is 8:15 pm. The build is on for “Freedom Fight 2008” to be held on August 1. Advertised: New North Georgia Champion Chris Mayne, with Kevin Duncan, will have his first title defense against "Kool" Seth Delay. Chris King will take on Dustin Powers, with Aaron Lee. In three-way tag action, APW Tag Team Champions Azrael and Darkness will defend against The Friday Night Franchise and Slim J & Bo Newsome. Also advertised are Don Matthews Jeremy Vain, J.T. Talent, Billy Buck, and there is a rumor that Consequences Creed will be in Royston tonight. (Larry Goodman)

Championship Wrestling Overload presents “Pick Your Poison,” a special fan interaction night, on July 11 at the Johnson County Recreational Department in Wrightsville, GA. Doors open at 7pm and bell time is at 8pm. Tickets are $6 for adults, $3 for children ages 6-12, and kids 6 and under are admitted free. This is an event in which the fans will be able to select the stipulations for the matches, including ladder matches, cage matches, strap matches, barb-wire matches, Russian chain matches, and more. Advertised: Dog Collar Match, Last Man Standing, National Heavyweight Championship, Bobby Joiner (c) vs. T.W. James. CWO Tag Team Championship, Damien & Damien Dread (c) vs. The New Generation. CWO Southern States Championship, The Iron Bear (c) vs. Cowboy. Among those also advertised to appear: Shawn Hunter, Will Allen, The Colonel, Brian Chase, Cynder, and Bob. (Thomas Bugg)

The following are events taking place tonight in which we have no further advance information: Florida Pro Wrestling Association in Dunedin, FL; Showtime All-Star Wrestling in Millersville, TN; Southern Wrestling Federation in Tullahoma, TN; Tennessee Independent Wrestling Federation in Bells, TN; United Championship Wrestling in Tazewell, TN; United States Wrestling Organization in Nashville, TN; and Universal Wrestling Council in Snow Hill, NC. (Rich Tate)

Great Championship Wrestling results from July 10 in Phenix City, AL, at the GR8 SK8 Plex, with a reported attendance of approximately 275: GCW Interstate Champion J-Rod pinned Shaun Banks. Murder One (with Wicked Nemesis) pinned Alex Silva. Sonny Siaki pinned Rob Russo (the ring announcer forced to wrestle by Quentin Michaels). Zero Tolerance (with Princeton Gainey III) pinned Kareem-Abdul Jamar. Disco Inferno beat Orion Bishop (with Wicked Nemesis) by disqualification when Murder One interfered. Cru Jones beat Johnny Swinger (with Tracy Taylor) and Micah Taylor in a three-way to win the GCW Heavyweight Championship when Jones pinned Taylor. Swinger, Michaels, and the Taylors all argued over who the champion was until Diane Hewes came out and made the triple threat match to determine the new champion. Russo was forced to wrestle Siaki by Michaels as a last-minute substitute for David Young, who was taken out by a pre-show attack. After the match, Young made the save for Russo. Zero Tolerance is now a member of Gainey's "Winners Club." (Larry Goodman)

Supercade Wrestling results from Wellford, SC, on July 10: Freight Train over Bobby Diamond, with help from Ken Magnum; Magnum over Vinnie Valentine; Rex Rumble over Erik Anton; Matt Burns over Krypto and Squeaks Da Clown in a three-way to become the SW Hardcore Champion; Kid Chaos over A.J. Frost and Jamie Lee to win the SW US Heavyweight Title; and Adam Jaxon over Johnny Danger in a ladder match to take the SW Heavyweight Title. Jaxon and Danger had been the last men standing in a battle royal to earn the spot in the match for the inaugural title. (Rich Tate)

Prime Time Pro Wrestling returns to Manchester, GA, at the Community Center (corner of 2nd Ave. and Main St.) on July 19. Advertised: PTPW champion Chris Stevens will take on Colt Derringer. Others on the advertised card include Deathrow, Southside Trash, Killer Instinct, Big Rod Simmons, Jonathon Davis, Chick Donovan, Mr. Hughes, Dustin Powers, Ron Stalker, and The Storms. (Larry Goodman)

NWA East is presenting a tribute show to Sean ‘Shocker’ Evans at the Jacob Woll Pavilion at Renziehauzen Park in McKeesport, PA, on August 2. The event will start at 7:30 PM. In a message sent to us from NWA East was the following: “Last fall, NWA East lost an old friend. Sean "Shocker" Evans passed away following a long, brave battle with lung cancer. Sean began his career with NWA East before moving on to Georgia where he joined the WCW Power Plant. When the Power Plant closed, he remained in Georgia to work with Dusty Rhodes' Turnbuckle Championship Wrestling, as well as ECW, also wrestling several matches for WWE. In 2006, the non-smoker Evans was diagnosed with lung cancer, and unfortunately succumbed to the disease in October 2007. Our August 2nd showcase event, August Anarchy 2, will feature the first annual Sean "Shocker" Evans Memorial Tournament. The entire event will be dedicated to Sean's legacy as we honor one of NWA East's first and finest competitors with a one-night tournament. The first-annual Sean Evans Memorial Tournament: First Round: Brandon K vs. "Division 1" James Ross. Also entered in the tournament: NWA National Champion Crusher Hansen, Pittsburgh wrestling legend Lord Zoltan, Patrick Hayes, Chris Taylor, and 2 more entrants to be named. Plus: NWA East Heavyweight Champion Sterling James Keenan defends against Ashton Amhurst. NWA East Three Rivers Champion Bobby Shields vs. Pepper Parks vs. "The Spotlight" Scottie Gash vs. Dash Bennett.” (Rich Tate)

A possible match featuring Anderson Silva versus Diego Sanchez is being rumored when Ultimate Fighting Championship 88 takes place at Philips Arena in Atlanta, GA, on September 6 for a live PPV, beginning at 7:00 PM. Advertised: Chuck Liddell versus Rashad Evans and Rich Franklin versus Matt Hamill. Tickets range from $79 to $604. (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.


Matthew Randazzo, author of Ring of Hell, has written an article with his thoughts on how to reform professional wrestling. Click here for the article. (Rich Tate)

GWH wishes a happy birthday to Dick Beyer (77).

Today in Memoriam: Lou Daro (71, 1958), Cowboy Carlson (73, 1996), and Shinya Hashimoto (40, 2005).


JULY 11, 1933 (TUESDAY) – AUGUSTA, GA – AMERICAN LEGION (Max Stewart – Promoter) > Grady McCauley defeated Brooks Clayton > Ed Malone defeated Yusef Hussane

JULY 11, 1934 (WEDNESDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – CENTER HILL ARENA (J.E. McKee – Promoter) > Four-Round Boxing Match: Charlie Post versus Ralph Wilson > Six-Round Boxing Match: Stumpy Lanier versus Primo McGregor > Bill Collins versus Jack McAdams / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found.

JULY 11, 1934 (WEDNESDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – PONCE de LEON BALL PARK (Henry Weber – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Dick Raines and Sol Slagle wrestled to a draw at 30:00 > Orville Brown defeated Karl Davis by disqualification > Karl Sarpolis defeated Abe Coleman at 35:30 (2-1)

JULY 11, 1935 (THURSDAY) – AVONDALE, GA – AVONDALE ARENA (Nat Jones – Promoter) > Glenn Cowan versus Whitey Patterson > Wayne Coleman versus Emilio Firpo > Sammy Miller versus Honey Boy Hackney / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found. Bob Anderson was credited as being a referee for this card.

JULY 11, 1939 (TUESDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – WARREN ATHLETIC FIELD (L.C. Warren – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Bill Lee versus Popeye Swenson > Henry Piers versus Harry Kent > Babe Zaharias defeated Dorv Roche / Notes: Bill Lee and Popeye Swenson were scheduled to wrestle each other, as were Henry Piers and Harry Kent, but no results were reported after the card.

JULY 11, 1949 (MONDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – PEACH BOWL SPEEDWAY (Fred Ward – Promoter / Fred Ward Promotions) > Gorgeous George (1) versus Boom Boom Pantazic > Billy Nichols & Barefoot Ballard versus Frank Remille & Red Dugan > Jack McAdams versus Joe Estes / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found.

JULY 11, 1949 (MONDAY) – AUGUSTA, GA – AUGUSTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Tom Mahoney – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Battle Royal featuring Babe Zaharias, Al Massey, Don McIntyre, Jack Dillon, George Holmes, and Bill Cazzell > Al Massey defeated Don McIntyre / Notes: Aside from the match between Al Massey and Don McIntyre, no documented results for the remaining matches on this card have been found. The battle royal was to determine matches for the card.

JULY 11, 1952 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Mike Clancy and Danny Dusek wrestled to a draw > Ike Eakins defeated Don McIntyre by disqualification > Eddie Gossett and Babe Zaharias wrestled to a draw > Southern Heavyweight Title Match: Art Nelson defeated Angelo Martinelli* to win title / Notes: Angelo Martinelli had been the reigning Southern Heavyweight Champion since he defeated Al Massey on June 20, 1952, in Atlanta.

JULY 11, 1955 (MONDAY) – AUGUSTA, GA – WILLIAM BELL AUDITORIUM (Tom Mahoney – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Midget Match: Cowboy Bradley defeated Ivan the Terrible > Women’s Match: Penny Banner defeated Judy Glover > Reggie Lisowski & Art Nelson defeated Dizzy Davis & Farmer Jones (2-0)

JULY 11, 1955 (MONDAY) – VALDOSTA, GA – VALDOSTA LIVESTOCK ARENA (Gordon Walker – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Midget Match: Sky Low Low versus Lord Littlebrook > Southern Heavyweight Title Match: Freddie Blassie* versus Tarzan White / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found. Freddie Blassie had been billed as Southern Heavyweight Champion since he allegedly defeated Mr. Moto on February 8, 1954, in Birmingham, AL.

JULY 11, 1958 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > The Skull defeated George Curtis > Jack Pesek defeated Don Lee > Ray Gunkel defeated Bob Shipp > Ten-Round Boxing Match: Ronnie Etchison defeated Freddie Blassie by disqualification in seventh round

JULY 11, 1960 (MONDAY) – AUGUSTA, GA – WILLIAM BELL AUDITORIUM (Robert McCoy – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Freddie Blassie versus Bill Dromo / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found.

JULY 11, 1961 (TUESDAY) – MACON, GA – MACON CITY AUDITORIUM (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Marco Polo defeated Gypsy Joe by disqualification > Midget Tag Team Match: Tiny Bell & Chief Little Heart defeated Pee Wee Lopez & Farmer McGruder > Choo-Choo Lynn defeated the Masked Phantom (2) / Notes: It was reported that 1,700 were in attendance for this card.

JULY 11, 1962 (WEDNESDAY) – COLUMBUS, GA – COLUMBUS MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Chief Little Eagle defeated Jack Bence > The Russian Crusher defeated Dick Schnabel > Pedro Godoy defeated Ivor Barrett > World Heavyweight Title Match: Freddie Blassie* and Rito Carreon wrestled to a draw / Notes: Freddie Blassie had been billed as World Heavyweight Champion since June 29, 1962.

JULY 11, 1964 (SATURDAY) – MARIETTA, GA – LARRY BELL AUDITORIUM (Elmo Chappell – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Bruce Austin, Derrell Cochran & Pepe Perez versus Red Roberts, Rube Wright & Prince Omar > Ray Gunkel versus Sputnik Monroe / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found. Red Dugan was the special referee for the match between Ray Gunkel and Sputnik Monroe.

JULY 11, 1964 (SATURDAY) – MONTGOMERY, AL (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Jack Vansky versus Ron Reed > Bad Boy Hines versus Tarzan White > Billy Hines versus Dick Dunn / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found. It is unclear as to what venue was the site of this card.

JULY 11, 1967 (TUESDAY) – MACON, GA – MACON CITY AUDITORIUM (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Ricky Hunter and Jack Armstrong wrestled to a draw > Jerry Graham defeated Bill Dromo > Tim Geohagen defeated Alex Perez > Georgia Heavyweight Title Match: Mr. Wrestling defeated El Mongol* to win title / Notes: Jack Crawford managed El Mongol. El Mongol had been the reigning Georgia Heavyweight Champion since he defeated Buddy Fuller on June 16, 1967, in Atlanta.

JULY 11, 1969 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM [P] (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > The Super Assassins defeated Roberto & Cyclone Soto at 15:00 > Chati Yokuchi & Mr. Ito defeated Johnny Walker & Little John at 13:00 > Ray Gunkel & Buddy Fuller defeated Tony Nero & Phil Robley at 0:15 > Grizzly Smith, Man Mountain Mike & the Professional defeated Skandor Akbar & the Assassins at 14:00 > Georgia Heavyweight Title Match: El Mongol defeated Paul DeMarco* by disqualification / Notes: It was reported that Phil Robley was never tagged in by Tony Nero in the match against Ray Gunkel & Buddy Fuller. The Super Manager managed the Super Assassins. Paul DeMarco had been the reigning Georgia Heavyweight Champion since he defeated the Professional on June 21, 1969, in Atlanta. DeMarco was disqualified in the match against El Mongol when he hit special referee Al Lovelock. The program for this card featured an advertisement for Hub Ford at 3310 Peachtree Road, claiming Jim Wilson drove a 1969 LTD, “So why don’t you tackle one?” It was announced that Joe Scarpa would be wrestling on the card on July 18, 1969, and that Terry Funk & Dory Funk, Jr., would be wrestling in Atlanta soon.

JULY 11, 1970 (SATURDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – WQXI STUDIOS (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Bobby Shane & Doug Gilbert defeated Rocket Monroe & Rip Tyler > Paul DeMarco defeated Billy Spears > Karl Von Stroheim defeated Sabu Singh / Notes: This was taped for the “Atlanta TV Wrestling” television program hosted by Ed Capral.

JULY 11, 1972 (TUESDAY) – MACON, GA – MACON COLISEUM (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Cisco Grimaldo and the Champ wrestled to a draw > Leon Ogle & Choo-Choo Lynn defeated Oki Shikina & Mr. X > Boxing Match: Bob Armstrong defeated Rocket Monroe by disqualification > Macon Tag Team Title Match (DQ Rule Waived): the Assassins* defeated Koa Tiki & the Avenger / Notes: The Assassins had been the reigning Macon Tag Team Champions since they defeated Bill Dromo & Bob Armstrong May 9, 1972, in Macon.

JULY 11, 1975 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM [P] (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Rick Martel defeated Billy Spears > Jerry Lawler defeated Dennis Hall > Mike McCord defeated George McCreery > Nikolai Volkoff defeated Robert Fuller > Karate Match: Mr. Wrestling #1 defeated Toru Tanaka > Georgia Tag Team Title Match: Dick Slater & Bob Orton, Jr.,* versus Bob Armstrong & Bill Watts > Georgia Heavyweight Title Match (No DQ): Abdullah the Butcher defeated Mr. Wrestling #2 to win title / Notes: Gary Hart managed Abdullah the Butcher, Toru Tanaka, Nikolai Volkoff, Dick Slater and Bob Orton, Jr.

JULY 11, 1976 (SUNDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA-FULTON COUNTY STADIUM (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Mr. Wrestling #2 versus Abdullah the Butcher / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found. Rock Hunter managed Abdullah the Butcher. It is believed that Stan Stasiak was scheduled to wrestle on this card. This card was held following a Major League Baseball game between the Atlanta Braves and New York Mets as part of a promotion designed by Ted Turner and Braves Public Relations Director Bob Hope, creatively called “Headlock and Wedlock.” Prior to the game, nine couples were simultaneously married as ten players from each team held bats for them to walk under on the way to saying their vows. After the game, four matches featuring ten wrestlers took place, though very little information has been found at this time. Incidentally, the Braves lost 9-8 in front of 14,661, though it is unknown how many people watched the pre-game and post-game festivities.

JULY 11, 1977 (MONDAY) – AUGUSTA, GA – WILLIAM BELL AUDITORIUM (Charlie Harben – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Randy Savage and Roberto Soto wrestled to a draw > Bob Slaughter defeated Charlie Fulton > Pak Song defeated Don Kernodle > Paul Jones defeated Waldo Von Erich > Tony Atlas defeated Gene Anderson > Lights Out I Quit Match: Mr. Wrestling #2 defeated Dick Slater / Notes: Rock Hunter managed Pak Song.

JULY 11, 1978 (TUESDAY) – WARNER ROBINS, GA – WARNER ROBINS CIVIC CENTER (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Barry Orton and Bill Irwin wrestled to a draw > The Challenger defeated Dennis Hall > Tommy Rich & Steve Regal defeated Rock Hunter & Hartford Love > 1,000 Silver Dollar Match: Stan Hansen defeated Ole Anderson > Georgia Heavyweight Title Match: Thunderbolt Patterson defeated King Kong Mosca* by disqualification

JULY 11, 1979 (WEDNESDAY) – COLUMBUS, GA – COLUMBUS MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Jerry Roberts versus Doug Somers > Bill Howard versus Mike Stallings > Mr. Wrestling #1 versus the Avenger > Ray Candy & Stan Hansen versus Ivan Koloff & Killer Karl Kox > Hair versus Hair Match: Tommy Rich versus Ole Anderson > Georgia Heavyweight Title Match (No DQ): Wahoo McDaniel* versus the Masked Superstar / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found. Bobby Heenan was barred from ringside during the match between Wahoo McDaniel and the Masked Superstar. Heenan managed Killer Karl Kox and the Masked Superstar.

JULY 11, 1981 (SATURDAY) – CHATTANOOGA, TN – CHATTANOOGA MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Bruno Sammartino, Jr., defeated Gypsy Joe at 12:00 > Women’s Match: Debbie Combs defeated Candy Lane at 18:00 > Bruce Reed & George Wells defeated Jim Duggan & the French Angel at 21:00 > Jimmy Snuka defeated Bruno Sammartino, Jr., at 26:00 > Georgia Heavyweight Title Match (No DQ): Ken Patera* defeated Tommy Rich at 8:30 / Notes: Bruno Sammartino, Jr., substituted for Ricky Gibson in the match with Jimmy Snuka.

JULY 11, 1982 (SUNDAY) – COLUMBUS, OH – OHIO CENTER (Les Thatcher – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Tom Prichard defeated Kevin Sullivan > The Freebirds defeated Buzz Sawyer & Chick Donovan > Stan Hansen defeated Leroy Brown > Don Muraco versus Dusty Rhodes ended in a double disqualification > Ole Anderson defeated Tommy Rich

JULY 11, 1984 (WEDNESDAY) – CANTON, OH (Les Thatcher – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Nikolai Volkoff defeated Steve Starr > Les Thornton defeated Steve Travis > Tim Horner defeated Bob Roop > Mike Sharpe and Nikolai Volkoff wrestled to a draw > Brad Armstrong defeated Ted DiBiase > Ron Garvin defeated the Spoiler by disqualification / Notes: Paul Ellering managed Ted DiBiase and the Spoiler.