Southeastern News, Notes & Nostalgia for 10-9-08

Bill Behrens


NEWS and NOTES

Prime Time Pro Wrestling promoter Billy Roper sits in with Rich Tate tonight for a PSP Fix, live at 9:30 PM ET. If you miss it, the archive will be available afterward.

Tickets for the following Total Nonstop Action events go on sale tomorrow: November 15 in Corinth, MS, at the Crossroads Arena; and November 16 in Huntsville, AL, at the Von Braun Civic Center.

Great Championship Wrestling returns tonight to the GR8 SK8 Plex in Phenix City, AL, with GCW Heavyweight Champion Micah Taylor & Bull Buchanan vs. Johnny Swinger & GCW Interstate Champion Sonny Siaki, GCW Tag Team Champions “That 80’s Guy” John Bogie & Kareem-Abdul Jamar vs. The Merchants of Death (Murder One & Orion Bishop with Wicked Nemesis), J-Rod vs. Cru Jones, Scotty Beach vs. Ron Stalker and Tex Monroe vs. Joey Lightening. Bell time is 7:30pm.

GWH wishes a happy birthday to Rockinâ<80><99> Robin (1964), Stevie Richards (1971) and Daniel Puder (1981).

Today in Memoriam: Isak Rain (22, 2007).

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.

NOSTALGIA

OCTOBER 9, 1916 (MONDAY) â<80>” SAVANNAH, GA â<80>” LIBERTY THEATRE (Max Bauman â<80>” Promoter) > Strangler Lewis defeated Hjalmar Lundin at 49:30 (2-0) / Notes: Billy Sandow managed Strangler Lewis.

OCTOBER 9, 1928 (TUESDAY) â<80>” ATLANTA, GA â<80>” ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (John Contos â<80>” Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Mike Romano and Abe Kaplan wrestled to a draw at 60:00 > Dick Daviscourt defeated Leon Labriola > George Kotsonaros defeated Charlie Sondenberg (2-0)

OCTOBER 9, 1933 (MONDAY) â<80>” ATLANTA, GA â<80>” FAIR STREET ARENA (Jason Thompson â<80>” Promoter) > Boxer versus Wrestler Match: Bill Crussell versus Frankie Allen > Frank Remille versus John Dameron > John Mauldin versus Wayne Coleman > George Harben versus Tarzan Jordan / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found.

OCTOBER 9, 1933 (MONDAY) â<80>” AUGUSTA, GA â<80>” AMERICAN LEGION (Max Stewart â<80>” Promoter) > George Romanoff versus Dutch Green > Southern Lightweight Title Match: Jack Ross defeated Jim Hesslyn / Notes: George Romanoff and Dutch Green were scheduled to wrestle each other, but no results were reported after the card. Jack Ross had been billed as Southern Lightweight Champion since May 9, 1933, but the title had been held up on October 2, 1933, pending this rematch. Ross also reportedly won a $250 prize with the win.

OCTOBER 9, 1934 (TUESDAY) â<80>” ATLANTA, GA â<80>” ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Henry Weber â<80>” Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Andy Rascher defeated Ellis Bashara > Charlie Strack defeated George Hill > Jim Browning defeated Orville Brown by disqualification at 58:00 (2-1)

OCTOBER 9, 1935 (WEDNESDAY) â<80>” ALBANY, GA â<80>” SUPREME CIRCLE HALL (Frank Bettis â<80>” Promoter) > Amateur Match: Johnny Carmichael versus Billy Carmichael > Denny Watson defeated Otis Godfrey > Honey Boy Hackney defeated Jack Russell > Sammy Miller defeated Abe Marshall / Notes: Johnny Carmichael and Billy Carmichael were scheduled to wrestle each other, but no results were reported after the card. It was reported that they were brothers, age 10 and 11 respectively.

OCTOBER 9, 1936 (FRIDAY) â<80>” ATLANTA, GA â<80>” RIVERSIDE ARENA (Frank Bettis â<80>” Promoter) > Sammy Miller versus Bill Ward > Tony Papalino versus Ted Taylor > Southern Light Heavyweight Title Match: John Mauldin* defeated Tiger Long by disqualification / Notes: Aside from the match between John Mauldin and Tiger Long, no documented results for the remaining matches on this card have been found. Mauldin had been the reigning Southern Light Heavyweight Champion since he defeated Honey Boy Hackney on September 11, 1936, in Atlanta.

OCTOBER 9, 1937 (SATURDAY) â<80>” AVONDALE, GA â<80>” AVONDALE ARENA (Frank Bettis and Cleve Roby â<80>” Promoters) > Battle Royal featuring Sammy Miller, John Mauldin, Joe Ferona, Bob Anderson, Son Almand, and Buck Lawson / Notes: It is unclear as to the reason or the result for the battle royal.

OCTOBER 9, 1939 (MONDAY) â<80>” ATLANTA, GA â<80>” RED ROCK ARENA (Frank Bettis and Cleve Roby â<80>” Promoters) > Joe Ferona versus Red Dugan > Joe Washburn versus Bill Collins > Floyd Byrd versus Honey Boy Hackney / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found.

OCTOBER 9, 1942 (FRIDAY) â<80>” ATLANTA, GA â<80>” ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Charles Rentrop â<80>” Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > One-Night Tournament: Ralph Garibaldi defeated Jack Kennedy; Babe Zaharias defeated Marshall Blackstock; Dorv Roche defeated Jack Dillon; Al Massey defeated Chief Chewacki by disqualification; Angelo Cistoldi defeated Charlie Harben; Ben Morgan defeated Roche; Massey defeated Cistoldi; Morgan defeated Garibaldi; Cowboy Luttrall defeated Massey; Morgan defeated Luttrall to win tournament / Notes: It was reported that 3,000 were in attendance for this card. The winner of the tournament was to earn a match against the Golden Terror on October 16, 1942. It is believed Babe Etheridge failed to appear, as he was scheduled to participate in the tournament. It is presumed that Babe Zaharias was injured during his victory, as he did not appear in any further matches in the tournament.

OCTOBER 9, 1950 (MONDAY) â<80>” COLUMBUS, GA â<80>” COLUMBUS SPORTS ARENA (Fred Ward â<80>” Promoter / Fred Ward Promotions) > Womenâ<80><99>s Match: June Byers defeated Dot Dotson > Maurice Roberre defeated Karl Kowalski > Al Massey defeated Man Mountain Dean > Gorgeous Gilpin and Abdul the Turk wrestled to a draw

OCTOBER 9, 1953 (FRIDAY) â<80>” ATLANTA, GA â<80>” ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Paul Jones â<80>” Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Mike Paidousis and Tarzan Hewitt wrestled to a draw > Midget Tag Team Match: Tito Infante & Little Beaver defeated Tom Thumb & Fuzzy Cupid > Red McIntyre defeated John Smith by disqualification > Ray Villmer defeated Al Smith

OCTOBER 9, 1959 (FRIDAY) â<80>” ATLANTA, GA â<80>” ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM [P] (Paul Jones â<80>” Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Derrell Cochran and Ed Sharpe wrestled to a draw > Negro Menâ<80><99>s Southern Heavyweight Title Match: Willie Love* versus Tiger Conway > Jim LaRock & Adrien Baillargeon defeated Lenny Montana & Baron Gattoni > Freddie Blassie versus Gorgeous George ruled a no contest / Notes: Willie Love and Tiger Conway were scheduled to wrestle each other, but no results were reported after the card. Love had been billed as the Negro Menâ<80><99>s Southern Heavyweight Champion since October 2, 1959. The match between Freddie Blassie and Gorgeous George was billed as a â<80><9c>Battle of the Blondsâ<80>. There was no attendance reported, but a handwritten note on the program we have for this card mentions that it was a â<80><9c>good house, but not fullâ<80>. It also continues to reference Bill Hartman (Ticket Sales) and Simon Davis (Timekeeper) as part of the office staff in Atlanta. It was announced that Johnny Weaver, Baron Gattoni, and Tony Marino would be wrestling in Atlanta soon. Adrien Baillargeon participated in an autograph session for fans.

OCTOBER 9, 1961 (MONDAY) â<80>” AUGUSTA, GA â<80>” WILLIAM BELL AUDITORIUM (Steve Manderson â<80>” Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Jack Bence & Young Paul Jones versus Ivan Zukoff & the Angel > The Country Plowboy versus the Viking / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found.

OCTOBER 9, 1962 (TUESDAY) â<80>” MACON, GA â<80>” MACON CITY AUDITORIUM (Fred Ward â<80>” Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Choo-Choo Lynn defeated Pancho Valdez at 4:00 > Johnny Walker defeated Pedro Godoy by disqualification > No TL / No DQ Match: Mr. Moto & Gypsy Joe defeated Chief Little Eagle & Chief Crazy Horse

OCTOBER 9, 1963 (WEDNESDAY) â<80>” COLUMBUS, GA â<80>” COLUMBUS SPORTS ARENA (Fred Ward â<80>” Promoter / Fred Ward Promotions) > Chris Averoff and Jack Bence wrestled to a draw > Luke Graham and Bob Morrow wrestled to a draw (1-1) > Don Carson & Marco Polo defeated Al Galento & the Inferno by disqualification (2-1) / Notes: Luke Graham and Bob Morrow were both counted out during the third fall of their match. Frankie Rogers managed the Inferno. George Wolfe was credited as being a referee on this card.

OCTOBER 9, 1964 (FRIDAY) â<80>” ATLANTA, GA â<80>” ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM [P] (Paul Jones â<80>” Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Steve Kovacs & Chief Little Eagle defeated Dick Dunn & Johnny Walker > Womenâ<80><99>s World Title Match: the Fabulous Moolah* defeated Bette Boucher > Don Fargo defeated Mickey Blassie > Enrique Torres defeated Krusher Karlson > NWA World Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Hiro Matsuda* defeated Sputnik Monroe by disqualification > The Scufflinâ<80><99> Hillbillies defeated the Mysterious Medics by disqualification / Notes: The Fabulous Moolah had been billed as Womenâ<80><99>s World Champion since she defeated Judy Grable on September 18, 1956, in Baltimore, MD. Hiro Matsuda had been the reigning NWA World Junior Heavyweight Champion since he defeated Danny Hodge on July 11, 1964, in Tampa, FL. It was announced that Dick the Bruiser, Little Boy Blue, Chico Santana, and the Mighty Jumbo would be wrestling in Atlanta soon.

OCTOBER 9, 1965 (SATURDAY) â<80>” MARIETTA, GA â<80>” FRANKLIN DRIVE ARENA (Elmo Chappell â<80>” Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Billy Hines & Benny Matta versus Johnny Heidman & the Crusader > Dick Steinborn versus Dutch Savage / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found.

OCTOBER 9, 1969 (THURSDAY) â<80>” MILLEDGEVILLE, GA (Fred Ward â<80>” Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Roberto & Cyclone Soto defeated Vincent Lopez & Tony Nero > Joe Scarpa defeated Paul DeMarco / Notes: Homer Oâ<80><99>Dell managed Paul DeMarco. It is unclear as to what site was the venue for this card.

OCTOBER 9, 1970 (FRIDAY) â<80>” ATLANTA, GA â<80>” ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Paul Jones â<80>” Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Bill Dromo and Skandor Akbar wrestled to a draw > Bobby Shane defeated El Lobo > Bobo Brazil & El Mongol defeated Mr. Ito & the Great Ota > Paul DeMarco defeated Butcher Vachon > Ray Gunkel & Wilbur Snyder versus the Assassins ruled a no contest / Notes: Homer Oâ<80><99>Dell managed Skandor Akbar.

OCTOBER 9, 1971 (SATURDAY) â<80>” ATLANTA, GA â<80>” WQXI STUDIOS (Paul Jones â<80>” Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Georgia Television Title Match: Big John defeated Klondike Bill* to win title > The Assassins defeated Bill Dromo & Jerry Oates > George Scott defeated Bill White / Notes: This was taped for the â<80><9c>Georgia Championship Wrestlingâ<80> television program hosted by Ed Capral. Klondike Bill had been the reigning Georgia Television Champion since he defeated Luke Graham on March 20, 1971, in Atlanta.

OCTOBER 9, 1973 (TUESDAY) â<80>” ATLANTA, GA â<80>” ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM [P] (Ann Gunkel â<80>” Promoter / All-South Wrestling Alliance) > Pat Kelly versus Goldie Rogers > Wayne Cowan versus Mike Kelly > John Black & Bull Zomar versus Pepper Gomez & Prince Pullins > No DQ Match: Jack Armstrong versus El Mongol > Georgia Tag Team Title Match: Rock Hunter & Assassin #2 defeated Tommy Seigler & the Super Gladiator* to win title > Georgia Heavyweight Title Match: the Missouri Mauler* versus Charlie Cook > WWA World Heavyweight Title Match: Bob Ellis* versus Ox Baker / Notes: Aside from the match between Rock Hunter & Assassin #2 and Tommy Seigler & the Super Gladiator, no documented results for the remaining matches on this card have been found. Rock Hunter managed Assassin #2 and the Missouri Mauler.

OCTOBER 9, 1973 (TUESDAY) â<80>” MACON, GA â<80>” MACON COLISEUM (Fred Ward â<80>” Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Jim Dalton and Jerry Oates wrestled to a draw > Leon Ogle defeated Winston > Ricky Gibson defeated Billy Spears > Southeastern Tag Team Title Match: the Super Infernos* defeated Tom Jones & Roberto Soto > Macon Heavyweight Title Match: Bob Armstrong* defeated Bobby Duncum > Georgia Heavyweight Title Match: Mr. Wrestling #2* defeated Bill Watts / Notes: J.C. Dykes managed the Super Infernos.

OCTOBER 9, 1978 (MONDAY) â<80>” AUGUSTA, GA â<80>” WILLIAM BELL AUDITORIUM (Charlie Harben â<80>” Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Raymond Rougeau and Hartford Love wrestled to a draw > The Masked Superstar defeated Steve Regal > Rick Martel & Tommy Rich defeated Sonny King & the French Angel > Stan Hansen versus Mr. Wrestling #2 ended in a double countout > Street Fight Match: King Kong Mosca defeated Dick Slater

OCTOBER 9, 1980 (THURSDAY) â<80>” ROME, GA â<80>” ROME MEMORIAL GYMNASIUM (Charlie Harben â<80>” Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Mike Davis versus Rocket Monroe > Jerry Roberts versus Mr. Saito > Dennis Condrey & Ole Anderson versus Terry Taylor & Steve O > NWA World Heavyweight Title Match: Harley Race* versus Stan Hansen / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found.

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 Oâ<80><99>Sullivan.

â<80>” GeorgiaWrestlingHistory.com

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