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Friday, February 27, 2009


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Thursday’s edition of the NoseBleed Section, hosted by John Cannon and Joe Cowart, who were joined by Mark Danger and corporate news lackey Cedric Dean, featured talent booker Johnny Idol who called in and presented his own "unique" take on the wrestling business. The program is a presentation of Georgia Wrestling History’s GWH Radio Network. Click here for the archive.

World Wrestling Entertainment’s RAW/ECW crew will be in Long Island, NY, at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, tonight. Advertised: John Cena, Randy Orton, Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Rey Mysterio, Jr., Vladimir Kozlov, Chris Jericho, Kane, CM Punk, William Regal, Christian, Finlay, Mark Henry, Beth Phoenix, Santino Marella, Melina, and Kofi Kingston. Bell time is 7:30 PM.

WWE’s SmackDown crew will be at the Cornwall Civic Complex in Cornwall, ON, tonight. Advertised: Edge defends the WWE World Heavyweight Title against Jeff Hardy; Shelton Benjamin defends the WWE US Heavyweight Title against the Great Khali; and Carlito & Primo Colon defend the WWE Tag Team Title against Brian Kendrick & Ezekiel. Also on the bill: Matt Hardy, Umaga, R-Truth, MVP, and Natalya. Bell time is 7:30 PM.

The lineup for tonight’s SmackDown broadcast on MyNetwork TV, from WWE, is as follows: John Cena requests his rematch for the WWE World Heavyweight Title; Carlito & Primo Colon versus John Morrison & the Miz; Cena versus the Big Show; Vladimir Kozlov versus the Undertaker; Matt Hardy versus Jeff Hardy; and Shelton Benjamin versus Chavo Guerrero, Jr.

Tickets for the following WWE events go on sale Saturday: April 13, at Philips Arena in Atlanta, GA; April 26, the Backlash PPV at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, RI; April 28, SmackDown/ECW at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY; May 11, at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, OH; May 12, at the Nutter Center in Dayton, OH; May 19, at the US Bank Arena in Cincinnati, OH; and May 23, at the E-Center of West Valley City in Salt Lake City, UT.

WWE has announced the following events: May 28, RAW at Arena Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico; May 30, SmackDown/ECW at the McKenzie Arena in Chattanooga, TN; May 30, RAW at Palacio De Los Deportes in Mexico City, Mexico; and June 7, the Extreme Rules PPV at the New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, LA. Tickets for the Mexico shows go on sale March 2, while Chattanooga tickets are available on March 28. Tickets for New Orleans go on sale April 11.

The lawsuit against WWE by Scott ‘Raven’ Levy, Chris Kanyon, and Mike Sanders has been dismissed. The suit disputed WWE’s claims that its talent are independent contractors rather than employees. The attorney for the wrestlers says they are pursuing options, including asking Judge Peter Dorsey to reconsider or simply filing an appeal. Dorsey dismissed the case on Tuesday after receiving a motion for dismissal from WWE on Monday.

Total Nonstop Action has announced an event at the First Arena in Elmira, NY, on April 17. Tickets go on sale March 6.

Ring of Honor will be at the Danbury Police Athletic League Building in Danbury, CT, tonight. Advertised: Nigel McGuinness defends the ROH World Heavyweight Title against Jerry Lynn, Jimmy Jacobs, and Tyler Black in a four-man elimination match; Kevin Steen & Jay Briscoe versus Chris Hero & Eddie Edwards, with Larry Sweeney; Bryan Danielson versus Delirious; Brent Albright versus Claudio Castagnoli; Brodie Lee versus Necro Butcher in a street fight; Kenny King & Rhett Titus versus Bobby Dempsey & Erick Stevens; and Austin Aries versus Sami Callahan. Bell time is 8:00 PM.

ROH has added a match featuring Bryan Danielson versus Tyler Black to the Philadelphia, PA, card on March 1; a tag team match with Kenny King & Rhett Titus versus Erick Stevens & Matt Cross for Elizabeth, PA, on March 20; and Jerry Lynn versus Mike Quackenbush and Jay Briscoe versus D-Lo Brown to the event on March 21 in New York, NY.

The first round matches for the IWA Deep South “Southern Classic Invitational” will take place tonight and tomorrow at the National Guard Armories in Sylacauga, AL, and Calera, AL, respectively. Advertised: Tracy Smothers vs. Chuck Taylor. Chrisjen Hayme vs. Jesse Emerson. Michael Elgin vs. Jeremy Flynt. "Do or Die" Chip Day vs. "Too Hot for TV" Kyle Matthews. Ricochet vs. Kris Chambers. Shaun Tempers vs. Orion Bishop. IWA-DS champion Dingo vs. Johnny Slaughter. "Black Jesus" Sabien vs. Corey Shaddix. Ruckus vs. Ace Rockwell. Tickets are $15 for the first row, $10 for general admission, and $5 for kids 10 and under. Bell time for both events is at 7:00.

Florida Championship Wrestling will be at the Plant City Armory in Plant City, FL, tonight. Tickets are $30 Golden VIP for the first row, $20 reserved ringside for rows 2-3, $12 for general admission, and $8 for kids. Bell time is at 7:30.

Action Packed Wrestling will be at the APW Arena in Chester, SC, tonight.

Alternative Pro Wrestling will be at the Cherry Street Gym in Royston, GA, tonight.

All-Star Wrestling of the Carolinas will be at the National Guard Armory in Morganton, NC, tonight.

The Exodus Wrestling Alliance will be at the Mooresville Armory in Mooresville, NC, tonight.

NWA Main Event will be at the Community Life Center in Nashville, TN, tonight.

Pro Wrestling Eklipse will be at the Jo Bob's Gym in Zephyrhills, FL, tonight.

The Pro Wrestling Federation will be at the National Guard Armory in Rogersville, TN, tonight.

Showtime All-Star Wrestling will be at the SAW Mill in Millersville, TN, tonight.

The Southern Wrestling Federation will be at the SWF Arena in Tullahoma, TN, tonight.

The United States Wrestling Organization will be at the Stadium Inn in Nashville, TN, tonight.

The Universal Wrestling Council will be at the National Guard Armory in Snow Hill, NC, tonight.

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: Bill White (1945) and Lance Rock (1977).

Today In Memoriam: Dean Detton (49, 1958).

Results from the return of Pro Wrestling Evolution on February 22 in Canton, GA, at Hot Wheels Skating Center: The show opened with Kareem Abdul Jamar in the Half Court Lounge leading to Jamar over Ric The Kick; Ride or Die defeated The Skeleton Crew; Bobby Moore beat Joey Lightning; Crystal Fire beat Sheena Layne; The Merchants of Death (Murder One & Orion Bishop with Wicked Nemesis) beat Chris King & Scotty Beach; Ace Rockwell won a four way over Super Punk and Johnny Slaughter and Kyle Matthews to become the first PWE Internet Champion. Next show is back at Hot Wheels on March 29 for Grappler's Delight.

NWA Anarchy returns to the NWA Arena in Cornelia, GA, for their next television taping on March 7 featuring an NWA Anarchy Heavyweight Title Match: Shadow Jackson (c) vs. Iceberg (with The Reverend); NWA Anarchy Television Title Match: Truitt Fields (c) vs. Kimo (with Jeff G. Bailey); The debut of "The Talent Show" with host JT Talent and special guests Brodie Chase and "Hands of Steel" Seth Delay; Young Lion's Title Match: Azrael (with the Reverend) (c) vs. Chris King; Todd Sexton & The Technicians (Bobby Moore & Tyler Smith) vs. Slim J & TK Cross & Bo Newsome; The Entourage (Jeff Lewis & Mike Mosley & Hollywood Brunettes (Kyle Matthews & Andrew Alexander) vs. Chip Day & Caleb Konley & Kareem Abdul Jamar & Alan Funk; Plus NWA Anarchy owner Jerry Palmer, Ace Rockwell, "Sugar" Shaun Tempers, Jeremy Vain & Mr. Rob Adonis, Malachi, Adrian Hawkins, and Don Matthews & Chris Mayne on location in Bucksnort, TN. Bell time is 8pm.

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 27, 1934 (TUESDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – BELLWOOD ARENA (Bellwood Athletic Club – Promoters) > Eddie Wagner versus Whitey Patterson > Bill Collins versus Harry Nixon / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found.

FEBRUARY 27, 1940 (TUESDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA THEATRE (Bill Hartman and Thad Holt – Promoters / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Lou Nyman defeated Gordon McKenzie > Dick Raines defeated Tiny Morgan > Dan O’Connor defeated Roland Kirchmeyer / Notes: Bill Hartman had assisted Henry Weber and Frank Speer in years past and had been a successful Atlanta businessman for about thirteen years when he began promoting professional wrestling after Tom McCarthy stopped running cards.

FEBRUARY 27, 1946 (WEDNESDAY) – SAVANNAH, GA – SAVANNAH MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Lou Masters, Dick Leonard, and Buster White – Promoters) > Jack Dillon defeated John Cretoria > Jack Singer defeated Charlie Harben > Jack Wentworth defeated Abe Ginsberg

FEBRUARY 27, 1948 (FRIDAY) – CLINTON, SC (Fred Ward – Promoter / Fred Ward Promotions) > Jim Benedetti versus Jose Lopez > Women’s Match: Dottie O'Shea versus Midge Marsh > George Schnabel versus Tommy Ward / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found. It is unclear as to what venue was the site of this card.

FEBRUARY 27, 1951 (TUESDAY) – MACON, GA – MACON CITY AUDITORIUM (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Red Dugan defeated Pat Welsh > The Golden Terror defeated Tom Mahoney > Man versus Animal Match: Ginger the Bear defeated Bobby Lane

FEBRUARY 27, 1959 (FRIDAY) – MARIETTA, GA – LARRY BELL AUDITORIUM (Elmo Chappell – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Freddie Blassie & Skull Murphy defeated Ray Gunkel & Chief Little Eagle at 17:00 > Paul Anderson defeated Don Lee

FEBRUARY 27, 1961 (MONDAY) – AUGUSTA, GA – WILLIAM BELL AUDITORIUM (Robert McCoy – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Women’s Match: Jessica Rogers versus Kathy Carr > No DQ Match: Bill Dromo versus Killer Campbell / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found. Guy Mitchell and Gypsy Joe were also scheduled to appear on this card.

FEBRUARY 27, 1962 (TUESDAY) – MACON, GA – MACON CITY AUDITORIUM (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Charley Laye and Tony Jiminez wrestled to a draw > Eduardo Martinez defeated Frank Hickey > US Tag Team Title Match: the Assassins* defeated Eddie Graham & Rito Carreon / Notes: The Assassins had been the reigning US Tag Team Champions since they defeated Eddie Graham & Dick Steinborn on January 26, 1962, in Atlanta.

FEBRUARY 27, 1963 (WEDNESDAY) – COLUMBUS, GA – COLUMBUS SPORTS ARENA (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Lenny Montana defeated Prince Omar at 11:00 > Matt Jewell defeated the Black Panther at 4:00 > Derrell Cochran and George Bell wrestled to a draw at 20:00 > Chief Little Eagle versus the Bat ruled a no contest

FEBRUARY 27, 1965 (SATURDAY) – MARIETTA, GA – LARRY BELL AUDITORIUM (Elmo Chappell – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) Notes: A card was scheduled for this date, but no information has been found.

FEBRUARY 27, 1968 (TUESDAY) – MACON, GA – MACON CITY AUDITORIUM (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Greg Peterson and Silento Rodriguez wrestled to a draw > Enrique & Alberto Torres defeated Chris Tolos & Hans Schmidt by disqualification > Loser Unmasks Match: Mr. Wrestling defeated Dr. M (1) / Notes: As part of the stipulation, Dr. M was forced to unmask following the match with Mr. Wrestling, and was identified as El Mongol. Jack Crawford managed Dr. M.

FEBRUARY 27, 1970 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – PAUL JONES SPORTS ARENA [P] (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Alex Perez versus Greg Peterson > Les Wolff versus Oki Shikina > El Mongol defeated Buddy Colt by disqualification > Alberto & Ramon Torres defeated the Assassins > Wilbur Snyder defeated Nick Bockwinkel / Notes: Alex Perez and Greg Peterson were scheduled to wrestle each other, as were Les Wolff and Oki Shikina, but no results were reported after the card. The match between Wilbur Snyder and Nick Bockwinkel was originally supposed to be the latter challenging Doug Gilbert for the Georgia Heavyweight Title, but with the champion injured, Snyder challenged Bockwinkel to a rematch. Homer O’Dell managed Buddy Colt. Charlie Harben was credited as being a referee for this card. The program for this card mentioned that fans had started a petition to have the Assassins removed as Georgia Tag Team Champions because of their actions in injuring Gilbert on February 20, 1970. It urged fans to add their names to the list.

FEBRUARY 27, 1971 (SATURDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – WQXI STUDIOS (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > El Mongol defeated Luke Graham by disqualification > Buddy Colt defeated the Scorpion > The Assassins defeated Michel Dubois & Fidel Castillo / Notes: This was taped for the “Atlanta TV Wrestling” television program hosted by Ed Capral. Homer O’Dell managed Buddy Colt.

FEBRUARY 27, 1973 (TUESDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – LAKEWOOD FAIRGROUNDS (Ann Gunkel – Promoter / All-South Wrestling Alliance) > Wayne Cowan versus Kubla Khan > Randy Curtis versus Krusher Karlson > Tommy Seigler versus the Avenger > Bill Bowman & Joe Turner versus Ray Candy & Bearcat Wilkerson > Guillotine Gordon versus El Mongol > Dick Steinborn & Argentina Apollo versus Rock Hunter & Assassin #2 > WWA Heavyweight Title Match: Bob Ellis* versus Ox Baker / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found. Rock Hunter managed Assassin #2.

FEBRUARY 27, 1973 (TUESDAY) – MACON, GA – MACON COLISEUM (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Women’s World Title Match: the Fabulous Moolah* defeated Vicky Williams > Macon Tag Team Title One-Night Tournament: the Super Infernos (Winners) to win title Bob Armstrong & Jerry Oates, Chati Yokuchi & Fuji, Bill Dromo & Koa Tiki, Tank Morgan & Tarzan Tyler, Victor Rivera & El Sicodelico, Jack Evans & the Destroyer, Arman Hussein & Pantera Negra, Sputnik & Rocket Monroe, Jerry Valentine & Butcher Brannigan, Pat O’Brien & Mr. Wrestling #2, and Norvel Austin & Bob Orton, Jr., also participated / Notes: It is unclear as to the pairings and results of the tournament. Jack Crawford managed Tarzan Tyler. J.C. Dykes managed the Super Infernos.

FEBRUARY 27, 1976 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM [P] (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Rick Martel and Ervin Smith wrestled to a draw > Les Thornton defeated Ken Mantell > Bob Backlund defeated Tony Charles > Thunderbolt Patterson defeated Rip Hawk > Stan Stasiak, Moondog Mayne & the Spoiler defeated Bob Armstrong, Dick Slater & Mr. Wrestling #2 > NWA World Heavyweight Title Match: Terry Funk* versus Abdullah the Butcher / Notes: Terry Funk and Abdullah the Butcher were scheduled to wrestle each other, but no results were reported after the card. Gary Hart managed the Spoiler.

FEBRUARY 27, 1978 (MONDAY) – AUGUSTA, GA – WILLIAM BELL AUDITORIUM (Charlie Harben – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Paul Ellering versus Abdul Zataar > Tommy Rich versus Jacques Goulet > Dick Slater versus the Bounty Hunter > Georgia Tag Team Title Match: Tony Atlas & Mr. Wrestling #2* versus Ole & Lars Anderson > Stan Hansen versus Dusty Rhodes / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found.

FEBRUARY 27, 1980 (WEDNESDAY) – COLUMBUS, GA – COLUMBUS MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Baron Von Raschke defeated Genichiro Tenryu > Ivan Koloff & Alexis Smirnoff defeated Ray Candy & Bill Dromo > Lars Anderson defeated Dutch Mantell > Kevin Sullivan, Tony Atlas & Mr. Wrestling #2 defeated Austin Idol, Terry Funk & Dory Funk, Jr. > NWA World Heavyweight Title Match: Harley Race* defeated Wahoo McDaniel by countout / Notes: Rock Hunter managed Ivan Koloff and Alexis Smirnoff.

FEBRUARY 27, 1982 (SATURDAY) – AUGUSTA, GA – WILLIAM BELL AUDITORIUM (Charlie Harben – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Brad Armstrong versus the French Angel > Stan Hansen & Kevin Sullivan versus Ted & Jerry Oates > Bullrope Match: Ron Bass versus Jimmy Garvin > Bob Armstrong versus Roddy Piper > National Heavyweight Title Match: Tommy Rich* versus Ole Anderson / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found.

FEBRUARY 27, 1983 (SUNDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – OMNI COLISEUM [P] (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Bob Roop defeated Tom Prichard > Paul Ellering defeated Joe Lightfoot > Brian Blair, Ray Candy & Tito Santana defeated the Super Destroyer & the Moondogs > Dick Murdoch defeated the Iron Sheik > Paul Orndorff defeated the Assassin > Ole Anderson & Buzz Sawyer and Stan Hansen & the Masked Superstar wrestled to a draw > Bruiser Brody and Abdullah the Butcher wrestled to a draw > Butch Reed defeated Ivan Koloff / Notes: J.J. Dillon managed the Moondogs.

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.