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Thursday, February 19, 2009


--Georgia Wrestling History


Tonight’s edition of the NoseBleed Section, with hosts John ‘Stoney’ Cannon and Joe ‘Joco’ Cowart, presents a tongue-in-cheek look at the world of pro wrestling. The broadcast starts at 9:00 PM ET, and is brought to you by Georgia Wrestling History’s GWH Radio Network.

Wednesday’s edition of Peach State Pandemonium, hosted by Rich Tate and Les Thatcher, featured Dick Steinborn, who shared a few stories from his career, mostly focusing on ribs and telling a great story about Gorgeous George. Steinborn also talked about how his long promised book is possibly being turned into a biographical film. Tate and Thatcher also discussed many topics, including Ric Flair doing a seminar and his recently announced ROH affiliations, the cancellation of the Mick Foley sitcom before it even hit production, the highs and lows of WWE’s No Way Out, and much more. PSP is a presentation of the GWHRN. Click here for the archive.

World Wrestling Entertainment’s SmackDown crew will be at Plazas De Toros La Luz in Leon, MX, tonight.

The final overall rating for Monday’s edition of WWE’s RAW was 4.1.

The lineup for tonight’s iMPACT broadcast on Spike TV, from Total Nonstop Action, is as follows: Jim Cornette and Mick Foley discuss an empty arena match between Kurt Angle and Sting; Jay Lethal & Consequences Creed versus the Motor City Machine Guns; a confrontation between A.J. Styles and Booker T; Matt Morgan, Brutus Magnus & Sheik Abdul Bashir versus Shane Sewell & the Latin American Xchange; Taylor Wilde versus Angelina Love; Eric Young & Petey Williams versus Beer Money in a loser leaves match; and an empty arena match between Kurt Angle and Sting.

Tickets for the following TNA event go on sale Friday: April 3, at the Warren Harang Center in Thibodaux, LA.

All-State Wrestling will be at the Statum Cab Company Building in Shelbyville, TN, tonight.

Ericules Wrestling Promotions will be at the Green Acres Flea Market in Louisville, TN, tonight.

Florida Championship Wrestling will be at the FCW Arena in Tampa, FL, tonight. Tickets are $10, and $5 for kids 10 and under. Bell time is at 7:30.

Great Championship Wrestling will be at the Great Skate Plex in Phenix City, AL, tonight.

Cross Creek Baseball & Softball will present a night of wrestling at Cross Creek High School in Augusta, GA, tonight. V.I.P. entry is 7PM, with general admission at 7:30. Bell time is 8 PM. Tickets are $15 for V.I.P. floor seats and $10 for bleachers. Advertised: Ricky Morton, Bobby Eaton, Buff Bagwell, Skater Boy, and more.

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: Francine (1972), Danny Doring (1974), and Gavin Spears (1981).

Today In Memoriam: George Hackenschmidt (90, 1968), Tojo Yamamoto (65, 1992), and Roger Mackay (76, 2005).

Wrestle Birmingham owner Linda Marx has cancelled their scheduled March 7 event due to the passing of her father. Our deepest sympathies go out to the family and friends.

Click here for this week’s update of Wrestler’s Eye View with Les Thatcher.

Dave Meltzer is reporting that Verne Gagne, 82, and Helmut Gutmann, 97, had some sort of incident at a Bloomington, MN, facility that cares for patients suffering from dementia and Altzheimers on January 26. Apparently Gagne threw Gutmann down for reasons no one can explain, and Gutmann had to be hospitalized. He was later moved to a hospice and died. The Gutmann family does not seem to be blaming Gagne, acknowledging that he apparently had no idea what he had done. It does not appear charges are being filed by any party, and no blame has been attributed directly to the incident causing Gutmann’s death. It was also reported that Gagne had been removed from the facility due to a previous unrelated incident, but had been allowed to return. Since the confrontation with Gutmann, Gagne has once again been kicked out, leaving the Gagne family to look elsewhere for ways to care for Gagne, whose health and mental capacities have been diminishing significantly over the last few years.

Culture Shock Wrestling will be at the Community Center in Mossy Head, FL, on February 28. Advertised: In a fatal four way for the CSW championship, Lane Smart defends vs. Victor Cru vs. Bruce Marshall vs. BTY. For the US championship, Marcus Gibbs defends vs. Aaron Idol. Cameron Frost vs. DJ Durst in a Mossy Head Street Fight. T.A. Jones vs. Mr.I. Joe Milo vs. Terry Ryker. Extreme G & J.T. Angel vs. Jon Ryker. Tickets are $6, and kids under 7 get in free. Bell time is 8:00.

Ultimate Wrestling will be at American Legion Post #33 in Pensacola, FL, on March 7. Advertised: For the UW championship, Nick Virtue defends vs. "Pure" Doug Pitt. Deathrow vs. Minotaur. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for military, $6 for children under 12, while children under 6 and people in wheelchairs get in free. Get $2 off of adult admission by donating non-perishable food items.

Pro Wrestling Riot will be at the New Lakes in Regency Park Civic Center in Port Richey, FL, on March 27. Advertised: In the quarter-finals of the PWR championship tournament: "the Marquee" Bruce Santee vs. Chris Jones. "Classic" Scott Davis vs. "the 8th Deadly Sin" Sideshow. Tickets are $10 for adults, and $5 for kids 13 and under. Advance tickets are $8 for adults, and $4 for kids 13 and under. Bell time is at 8:00.

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.


FEBRUARY 19, 1934 (MONDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – FAIR STREET ARENA (Jason Thompson – Promoter) > Foy Rivers versus Young Londos > Wayne Coleman versus Frank Remille > Georgia Light Heavyweight Title / Southern Light Heavyweight Title Match (No TL): Bill Crussell defeated Hugh Winn* to win titles / Notes: Hugh Winn had been billed as Georgia Light Heavyweight Champion since January 15, 1934, and as Southern Light Heavyweight Champion since February 1, 1934.

FEBRUARY 19, 1935 (TUESDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Henry Weber – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Jim Coffield and Whitey Hewitt wrestled to a draw > Joe Cox defeated Whitey Hewitt > NWA World Heavyweight Title Match: Jim Londos* defeated Paul Jones (2-0) / Notes: Paul Jones substituted for Dorv Roche in the match with Jim Londos. 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.

FEBRUARY 19, 1936 (WEDNESDAY) – AUGUSTA, GA – NEW COLISEUM (Bill Metzger – Promoter) > Jim Henry defeated Curtis Luckey > Dick Powell defeated Dutch Schultz (2-1)

FEBRUARY 19, 1937 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA THEATRE (Frank Speer – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Jimmy Parker defeated Whitey Hewitt > George Hagen defeated Cowboy Luttrall (2-1) > Orville Brown defeated Roland Kirchmeyer

FEBRUARY 19, 1937 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – NORTHSIDE ARENA (Frank Bettis and Cleve Roby – Promoters) > John Ellis versus Doc Poole > John Mauldin versus Bill Jeffries > Bill Collins defeated Jack McAdams / Notes: Aside from the match between Bill Collins and Jack McAdams, no documented results for the remaining matches on this card have been found.

FEBRUARY 19, 1943 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Sammy Friedman – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Ralph Garibaldi defeated Boom Boom by disqualification > Al Massey and Rudy Strongberg wrestled to a draw > Roland Kirchmeyer defeated Emir Badui

FEBRUARY 19, 1954 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Walter Kameroff and Tinker Todd wrestled to a draw > Red McIntyre defeated Omar Khayam > Leo Numa defeated Frank Taylor > Verne Gagne defeated Art Nelson

FEBRUARY 19, 1962 (MONDAY) – AUGUSTA, GA – WILLIAM BELL AUDITORIUM (Steve Manderson – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Charley Laye versus Rito Carreon > Charley Laye & Juan Sebastian versus Rito & Tito Carreon > Eddie Graham & Dick Steinborn versus the Assassins / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found. There were two referees for the match between Eddie Graham & Dick Steinborn and the Assassins.

FEBRUARY 19, 1963 (TUESDAY) – MACON, GA – MACON CITY AUDITORIUM (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Chief Little Eagle defeated George Bell > Lenny Montana & the Bat defeated the Steve Boys > Women’s World Title Match: the Fabulous Moolah* defeated Bette Boucher / 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.

FEBRUARY 19, 1965 (FRIDAY) – FOREST PARK, GA (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > George & Crybaby Harris defeated Ray Villmer & Gino Brito > Greg Peterson and Billy Hines wrestled to a draw > Buddy Fuller defeated Rube Wright > Mario Galento defeated Red Roberts / Notes: It is unclear as to what venue was the site of this card.

FEBRUARY 19, 1965 (FRIDAY) – MARIETTA, GA – NATIONAL GUARD ARMORY (Elmo Chappell – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Bob Eisenburg defeated Ken Fryer > Tony Marino defeated Krusher Karlson > Women’s Match: Toni Rose versus Linda Carroll > World Tag Team Title Match: the Mysterious Medics* defeated Bill Dromo & Joe Scarpa by disqualification / Notes: Toni Rose and Linda Carroll were scheduled to wrestle each other, but no results were reported after the card. The Mysterious Medics had been billed as World Tag Team Champions since February 12, 1965.

FEBRUARY 19, 1971 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – PAUL JONES SPORTS ARENA [P] (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Jim Wilson defeated Skandor Akbar > Michel Dubois & Fidel Castillo defeated Tim Geohagen & Roberto Soto > Buddy Colt defeated the Scorpion > Luke Graham versus El Mongol ruled a no contest > Handicap Match: the Assassins defeated Jack Crawford, Nikita Mulkovitch & Kubla Khan / Notes: Homer O’Dell managed Buddy Colt. Jack Crawford managed Kubla Khan & Nikita Mulkovitch. Charlie Harben was credited as being a referee for this card. Roberto Soto participated in an autograph session for fans.

FEBRUARY 19, 1972 (SATURDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – WTCG STUDIOS (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Koa Tiki defeated Oki Shikina > Roberto Soto defeated Buddy Colt by disqualification > Billy Spears defeated Cisco Grimaldo > Dick Steinborn defeated Mr. X / Notes: This was taped for the “Georgia Championship Wrestling” television program hosted by Ed Capral. Assassin #1 managed Mr. X.

FEBRUARY 19, 1974 (TUESDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Ann Gunkel – Promoter / All-South Wrestling Alliance) > Cisco Grimaldo and Whipper Watson, Jr., wrestled to a draw at 15:00 > The Champ defeated Jack Armstrong by disqualification > Handicap Match: the Magnificent Zulu defeated Bill Bowman & Oki Shikina > Charlie Cook and the Super Gladiator wrestled to a draw at 15:00 > The Mongols defeated Dick Steinborn & Ray Candy > El Mongol defeated Assassin #2 by disqualification > Brass Knuckles Tag Team Match: Ernie Ladd & Thunderbolt Patterson defeated Ox Baker & the Missouri Mauler > Lights Out Texas Death Cage Match: Wayne Cowan defeated Ted Oates / Notes: Rock Hunter managed Assassin #2 and the Missouri Mauler. George Cannon managed the Mongols.

FEBRUARY 19, 1974 (TUESDAY) – MACON, GA – MACON COLISEUM (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Bobby Cash and Prince Leilani wrestled to a draw > Art Nelson defeated Ali Vaziri > Ricky Gibson defeated Tojo Yamamoto > Bob Armstrong, Bobo Brazil & Rufus R. Jones defeated Bobby Duncum, Ron Garvin & Terry Garvin > Georgia Heavyweight Title Match: Mr. Wrestling #1 defeated Mr. Wrestling #2* by disqualification / Notes: It was reported that 6,646 were in attendance for this card. Gary Hart managed Bobby Duncum. Jimmy Garvin managed Ron & Terry Garvin.

FEBRUARY 19, 1979 (MONDAY) – AUGUSTA, GA – WILLIAM BELL AUDITORIUM (Charlie Harben – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Pierre Lefebvre defeated Frank Dusek > Blackjack Lanza defeated Raymond Rougeau > Tommy Rich & Wahoo McDaniel defeated Ole & Gene Anderson > Tony Atlas defeated Stan Hansen by disqualification > Lumberjack Match: Mr. Wrestling #2 defeated the Masked Superstar / Notes: Pierre Lefebvre substituted for Jerry Oates in the match with Frank Dusek. Bobby Heenan managed Blackjack Lanza.

FEBRUARY 19, 1980 (TUESDAY) – MACON, GA – MACON COLISEUM (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Mr. Wrestling #2 defeated the Medic > Baron Von Raschke defeated Charlie Fulton > Genichiro Tenryu defeated Rick Oliver

FEBRUARY 19, 1981 (THURSDAY) – ROME, GA – ROME MEMORIAL GYMNASIUM (Charlie Harben – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Jim Duggan versus Bill Dromo > Bobby Eaton versus Steve Keirn > Les Thornton versus Steve O > Ted DiBiase & Mr. Wrestling #2 versus Terry Gordy & Buddy Roberts / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found. Michael Hayes joined Terry Gordy and Buddy Roberts at the ring during their match with Ted DiBiase & Mr. Wrestling #2.

FEBRUARY 19, 1983 (SATURDAY) – CHATTANOOGA, TN – CHATTANOOGA MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Tom Prichard and Chick Donovan wrestled to a draw > Dick Murdoch defeated the Masked Superstar > Bob Roop & Buzz Sawyer defeated Stan Hansen & Tommy Rich > The Iron Sheik defeated Tito Santana > National Heavyweight Title Match: Paul Orndorff* defeated Bruiser Brody > Russian Chain Match: Butch Reed defeated Ivan Koloff

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, Matt Tew, Dave Wills, Shannon Rose, Alan Wojcik, Devin Cutting, and Richard O’Sullivan.