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Monday, January 19, 2009


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Last night’s edition of MMA Sunday, hosted by the Canvas Chronicle’s Ric Gillespie featured a weekly recap of events in the world of mixed martial arts, the latest news, and previews of things to come. Combat Hooligans’ Casey Trowbridge co-hosted, and the featured guest was Elaina Maxwell. MMA Sunday is a presentation of Georgia Wrestling History’s GWH Radio Network. Click here for the archive.

It is with great disappointment that the GWHRN has had to scrap plans to bring you Jimmy Rave’s Shot in the Dark program. Total Nonstop Action officials decided not to allow Rave to host the show, and Rave passes along his apologies to fans expecting the program to air.

World Wrestling Entertainment’s RAW/ECW crew will be in Chicago, IL, at the Allstate Arena tonight. Advertised: William Regal defends the WWE Inter-Continental Heavyweight Title against CM Punk, where the title can change hands on a disqualification finish; Mike Knox versus Rey Mysterio, Jr.; and Vince McMahon returns. Bell time is 7:30 PM, with the live RAW broadcast on the USA Network beginning at 9:00 PM ET. Tuesday night’s edition of ECW will be taped prior to RAW going live.

WWE’s SmackDown crew will be in Muncie, IN, at the John E. Worthen Arena.

WWE results from the RAW/ECW house show at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, WI, on January 18: CM Punk over William Regal; Melina over Candice Michelle; Finlay over Mark Henry in a Belfast brawl; Kofi Kingston over Santino Marella; John Morrison & the Miz over Cryme Tyme; Jack Swagger over Tommy Dreamer; and John Cena & Rey Mysterio, Jr., over Randy Orton, Cody Rhodes & Ted DiBiase, Jr., in a handicap tag match.

WWE results from the SmackDown house show at the Rupp Arena in Lexington, KY, on January 18: Carlito & Primo Colon over Brian Kendrick & Ezekiel Jackson; Kizarny over Eric Escobar; the Bella Twins over Michelle McCool & Natalya, with Kung Funaki as referee; Shelton Benjamin over R-Truth to retain the WWE US Heavyweight Title; Triple H over Vladimir Kozlov in a street fight; Edge & Umaga over Hurricane Helms & the Great Khali; and the Undertaker over the Big Show in a cage match.

WWE results from the RAW/ECW house show at the La Crosse Center in La Crosse, WI, on January 17: CM Punk over William Regal, with Layla; Melina over Candice Michelle; John Morrison & the Miz over Cryme Tyme to retain the WWE World Tag Team Title; Finlay, with Hornswoggle, over Mark Henry, with Tony Atlas; Kofi Kingston over Santino Marella; Jack Swagger over Tommy Dreamer to retain the WWE ECW Heavyweight Title; and John Cena & Rey Mysterio, Jr., over Randy Orton, Cody Rhodes & Ted DiBiase, Jr.

Ring of Honor has announced the following events: May 9, at the Inman Sports Club in Edison, NJ; and June 12, at Sports Network and Fitness in Manassas, VA.

ROH will be at the Frontier Fieldhouse in Chicago Ridge, IL, on January 31. Advertised: Brent Albright, Erick Stevens, Roderick Strong, and two other partners to be announced versus Sweet N Sour, Inc., in a caged grudge match; Jerry Lynn & Necro Butcher versus Brodie Lee & Delirious; Alex Payne versus Silas Young; and Deryck St. Holmes versus Egotistico Fantastico. Also on the bill: Nigel McGuinness, Kevin Steen, El Generico, Bryan Danielson, Jay Briscoe, Claudio Castagnoli, Delirious, and Rhett Titus. Bell time is 7:30 PM.

The following information in regard to birthdays and memoriams has been compiled from various sources. In the event you can let us know of any omissions or corrections, please email to contributions@georgiawrestlinghistory.com.

Today’s Birthdays: Pat Patterson (1941), Ron Killings (1972), and Al ‘Blade’ Green.

Today In Memoriam: Bam Bam Bigelow (45, 2007).

Bob Magee’s column, As I See It, has been updated. Click here for the latest entry.

Click here for this week’s Bill Behrens’ NWA Notes update.

This week’s Who’s Slamming Who? Shows have been updated. Click here for audio commentary from various wrestling figures, including Jerry Jarrett, Steve ‘Dr. Death’ Williams, the Iron Sheik, Bill Behrens, and Jody Hamilton.

Phil Shatter won the NWA National Heavyweight Title in a three-way match over defending champion Crusher Hansen and Chris LeRusso in McKeesport, PA, on January 17. Shatter’s first scheduled defense is set for January 24 in Charlotte, NC, against Mikal Judas at the NWA Coliseum for NWA Charlotte.

Click here for the latest online broadcast of NWA Anarchy.

Anarchy results from the NWA TV Arena in Cornelia, GA, on January 17: Don Matthews & Chip Day & Bo Newsome beat Jeff Lewis & Jay Clinton & Mike Mosley in 7 minutes; Hayden Young beat Alan Funk in 8:30; “Sugar” Shaun Tempers beat Tyler Smith (with Bobby Moore) via DQ in 7:56; Kimo (with Jeff G. Bailey) beat Chris King via submission; Malachi pinned Adryan Hawkins in around 6 minutes; Azrael (with The Reverend & Skirra Corvus) beat Kyle Matthews to retain the Young Lion’s Title in 6:03; TK Cross beat Seth Delay via DQ; and Shadow Jackson & Ace Rockwell beat Jeremy Vain & Rob Adonis in 13:58. Click here for a full report from Larry Goodman.

United States Wrestling Organization / ATL Wrestling results from January 17 at the Stadium Inn in Nashville, TN, with 41 in attendance: Otis Bass beat Dominator (with Ronnie Vegas) by DQ when Dominator used Vegas' cane on Bass; Anthony Wayne & Psycho Medic & Travis Starr beat Kid Dynamite & Saint & Stevie King (w/Ronnie Vegas) when Medic pinned King; Derrick Neal beat Damien Payne by countout when Payne left the ring area; Chris Norte beat Travis Starr; LA Player & D'Angelo beat ATL Tag Team Champions Derrick Neal & Psycho Medic by DQ when Medic hit Player with a bat. NWA Top Rope promoter Mike Sircy was in the house.

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.


JANUARY 19, 1932 (TUESDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Henry Weber – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Steve Znoski defeated Jack Zarnas > NWA World Heavyweight Title Match: Jim Londos* defeated Blue Sun Jennings (2-0) / Notes: It was reported that 5,000 were in attendance for this card. Jim Londos had been the reigning NWA World Heavyweight Champion since he defeated Dick Shikat in Philadelphia, PA, on June 6, 1930. This version was the one recognized by the National Boxing Association as the National Wrestling Association.

JANUARY 19, 1933 (THURSDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – BROOKHAVEN AMERICAN LEGION ARENA (Hugh Allgood – Promoter) > Keith Converse versus Pat Austin > Foy Rivers versus John Mauldin / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found. It was reported that this card was a benefit for community relief.

JANUARY 19, 1934 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – WESTLAKE ARENA (Luke Appling – Promoter) > Bob Anderson versus Eddie Wagner > Foy Rivers versus Young Londos > Glenn Cowan versus Whitey Patterson / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found.

JANUARY 19, 1934 (FRIDAY) – AVONDALE, GA – AVONDALE ARENA (Wesley Brownlee – Promoter) > Boxing Match: Jack Broadwater versus Herman Austin > Ten-Round Boxing Match: Bob Hunter versus Speedy Freeman > Gorilla Tucker versus Bob Anderson > Bull Schmidt versus Tony Padrone / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found. There was also a four-round boxing match, but no details were provided following the card.

JANUARY 19, 1935 (SATURDAY) – CARTERSVILLE, GA – FAIRVIEW ARENA (M.C. Martin – Promoter) > Ten-Round Boxing Match: Jack Johnson versus Dago Potts > Chippewa Charlie versus Bull Schmidt / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found.

JANUARY 19, 1945 (FRIDAY) – AUGUSTA, GA – AUGUSTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Jack Ross – Promoter) > Tom George versus Mr. X (1) > George Romanoff versus Otto Schnabel > Pat Kelly versus Nick Carter / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found.

JANUARY 19, 1950 (THURSDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM [P] (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Louie Ross defeated Bob Shipp by disqualification > Nick Carter and Earl Wampler wrestled to a draw > Women’s Match: Celia Blevins defeated Lillian Ellison > Don McIntyre & Johnny Long defeated Jim Coffield & Jack LaRue / Notes: Howard Brown was credited as being a referee on this card. The program we have for this show once shows a return to listing credits for the Atlanta staff, still referencing Bill Hartman (Ticket Sales) and Simon Davis (Timekeeper). In addition, Ray McCay gets the nod as the Ring Announcer and Southern Detectives, Inc., are acknowledged as providing Doormen. McCay, laid up at the Lawson Veterans Hospital at Emory University, missed this card due to some medical issues, and Ben Gunn replaced him as ring announcer for the night. It was announced that Jack Hader and the French Angel would be wrestling in Atlanta soon.

JANUARY 19, 1950 (THURSDAY) – GAINESVILLE, GA (Fred Ward – Promoter / Fred Ward Promotions) > Tommy Ward & Maurice Roberre defeated George Arena & Red Dugan > Honey Boy Hannigan defeated Lee Savoldi / Notes: It is unclear as to what venue was the site of this card.

JANUARY 19, 1957 (SATURDAY) – AUGUSTA, GA – WILLIAM BELL AUDITORIUM (Tom Mahoney – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Jerry Graham, Mark & Donn Lewin versus Tom Drake, Red McIntyre & Chief Big Heart / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found.

JANUARY 19, 1959 (MONDAY) – AUGUSTA, GA – ARMORY HALL (Robert McCoy – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Doug Gilbert & Benny Matta versus Prince Omar & Ali Bey > Johnny Gilbert versus the Great Bolo / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found.

JANUARY 19, 1960 (TUESDAY) – MACON, GA – MACON CITY AUDITORIUM (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Vince Bryant and Mr. X (1) wrestled to a draw > Mixed Tag Team Match: Vince Bryant & Judy Grable defeated Rita Cortez & Mr. X (1) > No DQ Match: Freddie Blassie defeated Chief Little Eagle

JANUARY 19, 1966 (WEDNESDAY) – COLUMBUS, GA – COLUMBUS MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Bad Boy Hines defeated Al Greene > Midget Women’s Match: Darling Dagmar defeated Diamond Lil > Louie Tillet and Chin Lee wrestled to a draw > Al Costello & Mario Galento defeated Eric & Karl Von Brauner (2-0) / Notes: Saul Weingeroff managed Eric & Karl Von Brauner.

JANUARY 19, 1968 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM [P] (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Johnny Walker defeated Oki Shikina > Silento Rodriguez and Corsica Jean wrestled to a draw > The Kentuckian defeated Karl Von Stroheim > Enrique, Alberto & Ramon Torres defeated Dr. M (1) & the Gauchos > World Tag Team Title Match: Ray Gunkel & Buddy Fuller defeated Stan & Butcher Vachon* to win title / Notes: Jack Crawford managed Oki Shikina & Dr. M. Mr. Wrestling managed Enrique, Alberto & Ramon Torres. The program for this card mentioned that the father of the Torres brothers had recently passed away, and that Ramon would return home to California to help their mother handle affairs of the estate. Stan & Butcher Vachon had been the reigning World Tag Team Champions since they defeated Enrique & Ramon Torres on January 9, 1967, in Macon. It was announced that Tarzan Tyler would be wrestling on the card on January 26, 1968.

JANUARY 19, 1971 (TUESDAY) – MACON, GA – MACON COLISEUM (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Jim Wilson defeated Kubla Khan by disqualification > Bob Griffin defeated Mr. Ito > Assassin #2 defeated Joe Flaherty > Bob Armstrong, Bob Griffin, Joe Flaherty & Jim Wilson defeated Kubla Khan, Mr. Ito & the Assassins > Texas Death Match: Luke Graham defeated Paul DeMarco / Notes: Jack Crawford managed Kubla Khan.

JANUARY 19, 1973 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM [P] (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Bob Orton, Jr., defeated Jack Evans > Jerry Oates defeated Jerry Valentine > Pantera Negra & El Sicodelico and Tank Morgan & Bengali wrestled to a draw > Bill Watts defeated Red Dupree > The Zodiac defeated Bill Dromo > Handicap Match: Bearcat Wright defeated Jack Crawford & the Masked Marvel > Mr. Wrestling defeated Norvel Austin > Georgia Tag Team Title Match: Eddie & Mike Graham* defeated Sputnik & Rocket Monroe > Thirty-Man Battle Royal: Haystacks Calhoun (Winner) / Notes: Jerry Valentine replaced for El Sicodelico in the match with Jerry Oates, as Sicodelico substituted for Bob Armstrong to team with Pantera Negra in the match with Tank Morgan & Bengali. It was reported that the purse for the battle royal was $6,000. The thirty men included in the battle royal were not completely listed, but obviously Haystacks Calhoun, the winner, participated. It is known from reports following the card that Calhoun, Mr. Wrestling #1, and Paul Jones were the last three men in the ring, with Calhoun throwing both men out simultaneously. Additional reports were that Jimmy Valentine and Billy Hines were involved, claiming both men were injured during the match, and that Bearcat Wright, Bill Watts, Sputnik Monroe, Rocket Monroe, Norvel Austin, the Demon, El Sicodelico, Pantera Negra, Roy Lee, Welch, Bengali, the Zodiac, Eddie Graham, Mike Graham, Bill Dromo, Derrell Cochran, and Jerry Oates also participated. Jack Crawford managed Norvel Austin & the Masked Marvel. The program for this card featured a copy of a Western Union telegram from Sam Muchnick, congratulating Paul Jones for twenty-nine years of promoting wrestling in Atlanta. It was announced that Hans Schmidt, Chati Yokuchi, and Fuji would be wrestling in Atlanta soon.

JANUARY 19, 1974 (SATURDAY) – GRIFFIN, GA – GRIFFIN-BARNESVILLE SPORTS PALACE (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Jerry Lawler defeated Roy Lee Welch > Ali Vaziri defeated Bill Costello > Bob Armstrong, Ricky Gibson & Roberto Soto defeated Ron, Terry & Jimmy Garvin > Mr. Wrestling #2 defeated Robert Fuller / Notes: Jimmy Garvin managed Ron & Terry Garvin.

JANUARY 19, 1976 (MONDAY) – AUGUSTA, GA – WILLIAM BELL AUDITORIUM (Charlie Harben – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Skip Young defeated Taru Hayashi > Bob Armstrong defeated Mitsu Hata > Luke Graham defeated Tony Garea > Mr. Wrestling #2 defeated Skandor Akbar > Abdullah the Butcher & the Spoiler defeated Dick Slater & Dusty Rhodes / Notes: Gary Hart managed the Spoiler.

JANUARY 19, 1979 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM [P] (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Rick Oliver and Raymond Rougeau wrestled to a draw > Tommy Rich defeated Luke Graham > Mr. Wrestling #2 defeated the Grappler > Dusty Rhodes and King Kong Mosca wrestled to a draw > Wahoo McDaniel & Thunderbolt Patterson defeated Stan Hansen & the Masked Superstar > Georgia Tag Team Title Match: Ole Anderson & Ivan Koloff defeated Jack & Jerry Brisco* to win title

The information compiled within our daily reports are through the efforts of various contributors, including, but not limited to, Rich Tate, Larry Goodman, Chuck Thornton, Brian Waits, Don Luce, Brian Slack, Fred Hornby, Thomas Bugg, J Michael Kenyon, Steve Yohe, David Williamson, Becky Taylor, John Cannon, Mike Norris, Bobby Simmons, Les Thatcher, Crimson Mask, Dan Masters, Tim Dix, Tim Dills, Jimmie Daniel, Gene Restaino, Shannon Rose, Alan Wojcik, Devin Cutting, and Richard O’Sullivan.