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Sunday, January 25, 2009


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The Wrestling Observer’s Dave Meltzer joined Georgia Wrestling History’s Rich Tate for a PSP Fix on Saturday night to preview World Wrestling Entertainment’s Royal Rumble PPV. Click here for the archive.

The Royal Rumble will be broadcast live from the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, MI, tonight. Advertised: John Cena defends the WWE World Heavyweight Title against JBL, with Shawn Michaels in his corner; Beth Phoenix defends the WWE Women’s Title against Melina; Jeff Hardy defends the WWE Heavyweight Title against Edge; Jack Swagger defends the WWE ECW Title against Matt Hardy; and the thirty-man rumble match, with the winner earning a shot at the WWE World Heavyweight Title at WrestleMania, featuring Randy Orton, Ted DiBiase, Jr., Cody Rhodes, Chris Jericho, Shelton Benjamin, Brian Kendrick, John Morrison, Mark Henry, Rey Mysterio, Jr., Kofi Kingston, Santino Marella, Dolph Ziggler, Vladimir Kozlov, Shad, Carlito, Finlay, Kane, CM Punk, JTG, Triple H, the Big Show, R-Truth, the Undertaker, the Miz, and six more to be announced.

WWE results from the tri-branded house show at the Savage Arena in Toledo, OH, on January 24: Cryme Tyme over John Morrison & the Miz; Vladimir Kozlov over Jimmy Wang Yang; Candice Michelle & Eve Torres over Beth Phoenix & Natalya; CM Punk over William Regal to retain the WWE Inter-Continental Heavyweight Title; Shelton Benjamin over R-Truth to retain the WWE US Heavyweight Title; Jack Swagger over Matt Hardy to retain the WWE ECW Heavyweight Title; and John Cena & Triple H over Randy Orton & Edge.

Total Nonstop Action results from the house show at the Wembley Arena in London, UK, on January 24: Alex Shelley over Eric Young, Doug Williams, and Jay Lethal to retain the TNA X Division Title; Scott Steiner over Consequences Creed; Taylor Wilde & ODB over the Beautiful People; Brutus Magnus over Sheik Abdul Bashir; Team 3D over Beer Money in a street fight; A.J. Styles & Samoa Joe over Matt Morgan & Abyss; and Jeff Jarrett over Kurt Angle.

An update on TNA’s Against All Odds PPV, which will be broadcast live from Universal Studios in Orlando, FL, on February 8. Advertised: Sting defends the TNA World Heavyweight Title against Kurt Angle, Brother Devon, and Brother Ray in a four-way match; Beer Money defends the TNA World Tag Team Title against Jay Lethal & Consequences Creed; and Awesome Kong defends the TNA Women’s Title against ODB.

Rampage Pro Wrestling will be at Johnny G's Fun Center in Warner Robins, GA, today. Advertised: The tag tournament continues with Hot Like Lava vs. the Cash Vault, w/Charlie Cash. For the cruiserweight championship, J-Rod vs. Frankie "So Fine" Valentine. The hotties championship tournament continues. Tickets are $5. Bell time is at 4:00. For more information, call (478) 329-8002.

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: Wayne Farris (1953) and Michelle McCool (1980 or 1981).

Today In Memoriam: Alan ‘Beetlejuice’ Carnill (42, 2004).

Alternative Pro Wrestling results from January 23 at the Royston Gym in Royston, GA: Skirra Corvus defeated Thunderfoot #3, the Franchise (Ryan Michaels & Matt Sells) defeated Anthony Henry & Brandon Parker, North Georgia Champion Chris King wrestled Dustin Michaels to a draw, J.T. Talent had Donovan Sweet on the Talent Show, the Hate Junkies (Dany Only & Stryknyn) defeated Kareem Abdul Jamar & Bo Newsome, J.T. Talent defeated B.J. Hancock, Don Matthews battled John Carnage to a double DQ, Shadow Jackson & Slim J defeated Jeremy Vain & Southern States Champion Seth Delay. To see just what happened as the countdown to APW's next big super show "Friday the 13th" kicked off, check out this week's edition of APW’s Aftershock.

Southern Extreme Championship Wrestling will be at the VFW Fairgrounds Building in Carrollton, GA, on January 31. Advertised: There will be a battle royal to determine the #1 contender for the heavyweight championship. Josh Stone & Bulldog Raines vs. SECW champion Colt Derringer & Rob Adonis. In a loser leaves town tables match, Frankie Valentine vs. Billy Knight. Cru Jones vs. Micah Taylor. "Hawaiian Princess" Tracy Taylor vs. a mystery opponent. "Local Scene" Josh Storm vs. Rick "The Kick" King. Sal Rinauro is also scheduled to be wrestling, while "The Golden Boy" Chic Donovan is scheduled to be a special guest referee. Tickets are $8, and kids 6 and under get in for free. Doors open at 6:30 and bell time is at 7:30. For more information, call Scott at (678) 651-0144.

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 25, 1934 (THURSDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – EAST ATLANTA ARENA (Promoter – Unknown) > Glenn Cowan versus Young Gotch > John Dameron versus Eddie Wagner > Bob Anderson versus Red Powell / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found.

JANUARY 25, 1934 (THURSDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – LAKEWOOD HEIGHTS ARENA (Frank Bettis – Promoter) > Glenn Cowan versus Whitey Patterson > Bull Schmidt versus Gorilla Tucker / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found.

JANUARY 25, 1935 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – AVONDALE ARENA (Frank Bettis and Cleve Roby – Promoters) > Teddy Betts versus Foy Rivers > Bull Schmidt versus John Kadish > Hugh Winn versus Chippewa Charlie / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found.

JANUARY 25, 1937 (MONDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – SPRING STREET ARENA (Frank Bettis and Cleve Roby – Promoters) > Jack McAdams versus Joe Wheeler > Doc Poole versus Petro Rossi > Bill Jeffries versus Bad Boy Brown / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found.

JANUARY 25, 1954 (MONDAY) – AUGUSTA, GA – WILLIAM BELL AUDITORIUM (Tom Mahoney – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Leo Numa and Jack Dillon wrestled to a draw > Gorgeous Gilpin defeated Babe Zaharias by disqualification > Women’s World Title Match: Mildred Burke* defeated Catherine Simpson (2-0) > Frank Taylor defeated Don McIntyre / Notes: Mildred Burke had been the reigning Women’s World Champion since she defeated Betty Nichols in Columbus, OH, on December 1, 1938.

JANUARY 25, 1957 (FRIDAY) – MARIETTA, GA – LARRY BELL AUDITORIUM (Elmo Chappell – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Tom Drake and Pierre LaSalle wrestled to a draw at 20:00 > Women’s Match: China Maria defeated Dot Dotson > Jerry Graham defeated Chief Big Heart

JANUARY 25, 1957 (FRIDAY) – FOREST PARK, GA – FOREST PARK HIGH SCHOOL GYMNASIUM (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Mark & Donn Lewin defeated Don McIntyre & Chris Averoff

JANUARY 25, 1961 (WEDNESDAY) – COLUMBUS, GA – COLUMBUS SPORTS ARENA (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Bill Dromo and Gypsy Joe wrestled to a draw > Tiny Evans defeated Skull Murphy by disqualification > Bill Dromo, Tiny Evans & Chief Little Eagle defeated Danny Miller, Gypsy Joe & Skull Murphy

JANUARY 25, 1963 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM [P] (Don McIntyre – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Steve Bolus defeated Sailor Moran > Steve Kovacs defeated Bob Eisenburg > John Paul Henning versus Bob Eisenburg > Bob Ellis defeated Lenny Montana > Verne Gagne defeated Bronko Lubich by disqualification / Notes: Bob Eisenburg substituted for Joe Tomasso in the match with Steve Kovacs, canceling the match between Eisenburg and John Paul Henning. It is unclear as to whether Henning showed up as advertised. Homer O’Dell managed Bronko Lubich.

JANUARY 25, 1965 (MONDAY) – ALBANY, GA (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Billy Hines versus Mysterious Medic #1 > Tony Marino versus Mysterious Medic #2 > Greg Peterson versus Mike York / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found. It is unclear as to what venue was the site of this card.

JANUARY 25, 1965 (MONDAY) – AUGUSTA, GA – WILLIAM BELL AUDITORIUM (Steve Manderson – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Joe Scarpa defeated Red Roberts > George & Crybaby Harris defeated Gino Brito & Silento Rodriguez > Mario Galento versus Bill Dromo ruled a no contest

JANUARY 25, 1966 (TUESDAY) – MACON, GA – MACON CITY AUDITORIUM (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Johnny Apollo and Bad Boy Hines wrestled to a draw > Saul Weingeroff & Karl Von Brauner defeated Derrell Cochran & Louie Tillet > US Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Billy Hines* defeated Johnny King / Notes: Saul Weingeroff managed Karl Von Brauner. It is unclear as to how Billy Hines came to be recognized as US Junior Heavyweight Champion. The last reference we have shows Don Carson defending the title against Hines on December 7, 1965, in Macon.

JANUARY 25, 1969 (SATURDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – WQXI STUDIOS (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Dale Lewis and El Mongol wrestled to a draw > Bob Armstrong and Paul DeMarco wrestled to a draw > Georgia Tag Team Title Match: Assassin #2 & the Professional defeated Alberto & Ramon Torres* to win title / Notes: This was taped for the “Atlanta TV Wrestling” television program hosted by Ed Capral. Jack Crawford managed Dale Lewis. Crawford told Capral that both El Mongol and the Professional were scared of Dale Lewis, who had issued a challenge against the winner of their match in an effort to secure the top contender position for Gene Kiniski’s NWA World Heavyweight Title. He also claimed that he believed one of the Assassins to be Bobby Graham. In a response to the NWA investigation into his tactics against El Mongol from their match on January 24, 1969, the Professional told Capral that he had never used a foreign object during his career, and that the only reason he knocked Mongol cold with his head butt was that he had an unusually hard head. He also countered that Leo Garibaldi, referee for the match, had allowed Mongol to use illegal karate chops on him during the match, claiming Garibaldi was biased and partial toward Mongol. Alberto & Ramon Torres had been the reigning Georgia Tag Team Champions since they defeated the Assassins on December 25, 1968, in Savannah.

JANUARY 25, 1972 (TUESDAY) – MACON, GA – MACON CITY AUDITORIUM (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Midget Match: Farmer Pete defeated Little Bruiser > Pat & Mike Kelly and Billy Spears & Assassin #1 wrestled to a draw > Joe Turco defeated Cisco Grimaldo > Macon Tag Team Title Match: Rocket & Flash Monroe defeated Bill Dromo & Bob Armstrong* to win title > Georgia Heavyweight Title Match (DQ Rule Waived / No TL): El Mongol defeated Buddy Colt* to win title / Notes: Bill Dromo & Bob Armstrong had been the reigning Macon Tag Team Champions since they defeated Buddy Colt & Big John on November 16, 1971, in Macon. Buddy Colt had been billed as the Georgia Heavyweight Champion since June 18, 1971.

JANUARY 25, 1974 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM [P] (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Ali Vaziri defeated Bill Costello > Bobby Duncum defeated Bobby Cash > Roberto Soto defeated Jerry Lawler > Ricky Gibson & Rufus R. Jones defeated the Samoans > Georgia Tag Team Title Match: Ron & Terry Garvin* defeated Bob Armstrong & Robert Fuller by disqualification > Georgia Heavyweight Title Match: Mr. Wrestling #2* defeated Tim Woods by disqualification / Notes: Gary Hart managed the Samoans. Jimmy Garvin managed Ron & Terry Garvin.

JANUARY 25, 1975 (SATURDAY) – GRIFFIN, GA – GRIFFIN-BARNESVILLE SPORTS PALACE (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Danny Little Bear defeated Ronnie Paul > Ricky Gibson defeated Bob Orton, Jr. > The Mighty Yankees defeated Ken Patera & Robert Fuller > Assassin #2 defeated Mr. Wrestling #2 / Notes: J.C. Dykes managed the Mighty Yankees. Rock Hunter managed Assassin #2. Doug Smith was credited as being a referee for this card.

JANUARY 25, 1977 (TUESDAY) – WARNER ROBINS, GA – WARNER ROBINS CIVIC CENTER (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Scott Irwin and Jerry Stubbs wrestled to a draw > Ricky Steamboat defeated Jack Evans > Bob Backlund defeated Bill Howard > Abdullah the Butcher defeated Dean Ho > Mr. Wrestling #1 & #2 defeated Terry Funk & Dick Slater

JANUARY 25, 1978 (WEDNESDAY) – COLUMBUS, GA – COLUMBUS MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Tommy Rich versus the Invader > Raymond Rougeau versus the Bounty Hunter > Georgia Tag Team Title Match: Ole Anderson & Jacques Goulet* versus Dick Slater & Tony Atlas > No Holds Barred Match: Bob Armstrong & Pak Song versus Rock Hunter & Abdullah the Butcher > Georgia Heavyweight Title Match: Stan Hansen* versus Mr. Wrestling #2 / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found. Rock Hunter managed Abdullah the Butcher.

JANUARY 25, 1979 (THURSDAY) – ROME, GA – ROME MEMORIAL GYMNASIUM (Charlie Harben – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Wahoo McDaniel versus the Masked Superstar > Tommy Rich & Mr. Wrestling #2 versus Stan Hansen & King Kong Mosca / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found. Rufus R. Jones and Raymond Rougeau were also advertised.

JANUARY 25, 1982 (MONDAY) – AUGUSTA, GA – WILLIAM BELL AUDITORIUM (Charlie Harben – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > El Gran Apollo versus the French Angel > Jimmy Garvin versus Ricky Harris > No DQ Match: Bob & Brad Armstrong versus Kevin Sullivan & Buzz Sawyer > Tommy Rich versus Ron Bass > Dusty Rhodes & Big Red versus the Masked Superstar & the Super Destroyer / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found.

JANUARY 25, 1983 (TUESDAY) – CHARLESTON, WV – CHARLESTON CIVIC CENTER (Les Thatcher – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Brad Armstrong and Chick Donovan wrestled to a draw > The Super Destroyer defeated Johnny Rich > Bruiser Brody defeated Tito Santana > Stan Hansen defeated Ole Anderson by disqualification > Ivan Koloff & Buzz Sawyer defeated Tommy Rich & Paul Orndorff > NWA World Heavyweight Title Match: Ric Flair* defeated Butch Reed by disqualification

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.