SOUTHEASTERN WRESTLING NEWS, NOTES, AND NOSTALGIA: 10/07/2008
NEWS and NOTES
Great Championship Wrestling’s Taylor McKnight 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.
World Wrestling Entertainment’s SmackDown/ECW crew will be at the Spokane Arena in Spokane, WA, tonight. Advertised: Cody Rhodes, Ted DiBiase, Jr., John Morrison & the Miz versus Evan Bourne, Ricky Ortiz, Kofi Kingston & CM Punk; and Triple H defends the WWE Heavyweight Title against the Big Show.
WWE’s Cyber Series PPV will be broadcast live from the US Airways Center in Phoenix, AZ, on October 26. Advertised: Chris Jericho defends the WWE World Heavyweight Title against Batista, with fans voting via text messaging to pick a special referee, with the options being Shawn Michaels, Randy Orton, or Shawn Michaels; and Santino Marella defends the WWE Inter-Continental Heavyweight Title against Roddy Piper, Golddust, or the Honky Tonk Man, as voted by the fans via text messaging.
WWE has announced the No Way Out PPV event will be broadcast live from the Key Arena in Seattle, WA, on February 15.
GWH wishes a happy birthday to Malia Hosaka (1969) and Rhino (1975).
Today in Memoriam: Al Mills (1961), Whitey Caldwell (37, 1972), Jay York (57, 1995), and Chris Adams (46, 2001).
Through a statement from “Team Sandman”, the Sandman has announced he is retiring from the ring after two decades.
Ian Rotten not only owes money to Total Nonstop Action, but Bill Behrens has announced that the promotion bounced a check to Dave Taylor when cash was not readily available when he recently worked a show for them. Click here for the story.
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.
OCTOBER 7, 1931 (WEDNESDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Henry Weber – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Tom Marvin and Charley Lehman wrestled to a draw > Dick Daviscourt defeated Cy Williams
OCTOBER 7, 1935 (MONDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – KEY ARENA (Frank Bettis and Cleve Roby – Promoters) > Sammy Miller defeated Joe Santell > Honey Boy Hackney defeated Jack Russell by disqualification > Jack Ross defeated Abe Marshall (2-0)
OCTOBER 7, 1936 (WEDNESDAY) – AUGUSTA, GA – NEW COLISEUM (Bill Metzger – Promoter) > Buddy Knox defeated Lon Chaney (2-0) > Mike Nazarian defeated Jack Ross
OCTOBER 7, 1949 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Al Galento versus Ralph Garibaldi > Nick Carter versus Abe Zvonkin > Al Massey versus Babe Zaharias > Bill Cazzell versus Joe Wolfe > NWA World Heavyweight Title Match: Lou Thesz* defeated Don McIntyre / Notes: Aside from the match between Lou Thesz and Don McIntyre, no documented results for the remaining matches on this card have been found. Thesz had been the reigning NWA World Heavyweight Champion since he defeated Bill Longson in Indianapolis, IN, on July 20, 1948. This version was the one recognized by the National Boxing Association as the National Wrestling Association.
OCTOBER 7, 1955 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Frank Taylor defeated Cowboy Carlson > Women’s Match: Betty Hawkins and Barbara Baker wrestled to a draw > Andre Drapp & Cowboy Carlson defeated Frank Taylor & Tokyo Joe > Ten-Round Boxing Match: Don McIntyre defeated Freddie Blassie
OCTOBER 7, 1960 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM [P] (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Bill Dromo versus Benny Matta > Dick Steinborn defeated Johnny Weaver > Ray Gunkel defeated Roy Nelson by disqualification > Freddie Blassie defeated Don McIntyre / Notes: Bill Dromo and Benny Matta were scheduled to wrestle each other, but no results were reported after the card. Reginald Gable managed Roy Nelson. The program we have for this card makes reference to a new ticket office being located at 78 Houston Street. Previously, fans had been directed to purchase advance tickets at the Atlanta Hatters location at 124 Peachtree Street. Incidentally, the same staff members as previously mentioned are still credited, Bill Hartman and Simon Davis. Also, the “Live Atlanta Wrestling” program has held it’s time slot on Saturday afternoons from 6:00 to 7:30 since the aforementioned change. There is also a mention that Dick Steinborn’s record titled “Go Dickie Go” is on sale at the ticket office. Steinborn participated in an autograph session for fans. It was announced that Jan Madrid and Jack O’Reilly would be wrestling in Atlanta soon.
OCTOBER 7, 1963 (MONDAY) – AUGUSTA, GA – WILLIAM BELL AUDITORIUM (Steve Manderson – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Ray Gordon defeated Marcus Godo > The Outlaw & the Mighty Hercules defeated Derrell Cochran & Tim Geohagen > Lenny Montana & Tarzan Tyler defeated Chief Big Heart & Chief Little Eagle by countout
OCTOBER 7, 1965 (THURSDAY) – ALBANY, GA (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Don Carson versus Mario Galento > Dale Lewis & Johnny Heidman versus Billy & Bad Boy Hines / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found. It is unclear as to what venue was the site of this card.
OCTOBER 7, 1966 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM [P] (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Jim Osborne defeated Chico Cortez by disqualification > Mario Galento defeated Brute Morgan > Duke Keomuka and the Golden Terror wrestled to a draw > The Red Raiders defeated Roger Kirby & Dennis Hall > Louie Tillet defeated Silento Rodriguez > Enrique & Ramon Torres defeated Kurt & Karl Von Stroheim > Loser Leaves Match: Butcher Vachon defeated Alberto Torres / Notes: Mad Dog Vachon was barred from ringside during the match between Butcher Vachon and Alberto Torres. Butcher Vachon was being billed as the reigning Southern Heavyweight Champion. The program for this card featured an advertisement for Associated Doctors Health and Life Insurance Co., located at 1720 Peachtree Street, whereas referee Charlie Smith was mentioned as an agent, asking “Why wrestle with insurance problems?” It was announced that Gene Kiniski would be wrestling on the card on October 14, 1966, and that Argentina Amesa, Lars & Gene Anderson would be wrestling in Atlanta soon.
OCTOBER 7, 1969 (TUESDAY) – MACON, GA – MACON CITY AUDITORIUM (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Cyclone Soto defeated Billy Spears > Boxing Match: Bob Armstrong defeated Vincent Lopez by TKO in ninth round > Roberto Soto & Derrell Cochran defeated the Assassins
OCTOBER 7, 1970 (WEDNESDAY) – COLUMBUS, GA – COLUMBUS MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM [P] (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Robert Ito and Mr. Ito wrestled to a draw > Eduardo DeLynch defeated Cisco Grimaldo > Skandor Akbar & Kubla Khan defeated Bob Armstrong & Kevin Sullivan > Georgia Heavyweight Title Match: Buddy Colt* defeated Bobby Shane (2-0) to retain title > Columbus Heavyweight Title Match: Bill Dromo* and Paul DeMarco wrestled to a draw (1-1) / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found. Homer O’Dell managed Skandor Akbar. Bob Armstrong was in Bobby Shane’s corner for Shane’s match against Buddy Colt. The match between Bill Dromo and Paul DeMarco was called a draw in the third fall when referees Charlie Smith and Leon Ogle disagreed on which man reentered the ring first on a ten count as they both entered just as the count reached ten. As a result, the Columbus Heavyweight Title was held up pending a rematch on October 14, 1970. It is unclear as to how Dromo came to be recognized as champion. The last reference we have shows tournament matches on July 22, 1970, in Columbus in what appears to have been a process to name the inaugural champion, but no results have been found. Further, there is a note in the program for this card that Dromo had won the title in a tournament in September 1970, so it is unclear if the July matches began a tournament that wasn’t completed until sometime in September.
OCTOBER 7, 1972 (SATURDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – WTCG STUDIOS (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Rock Hunter defeated George Grant > Dick Steinborn & Tommy Seigler defeated Krusher Karlson & Oki Shikina > Tim Geohagen defeated Pedro Godoy by disqualification / Notes: This was taped for the “Georgia Championship Wrestling” television program hosted by Ed Capral.
OCTOBER 7, 1975 (TUESDAY) – MACON, GA – MACON COLISEUM (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Rocket Monroe versus S.D. Jones > Bob Backlund versus Ron Garvin > Bobby Duncum versus Rip Hawk > Jay Strongbow versus Nikolai Volkoff > Macon Tag Team Title Match: Dick Slater & Bob Orton, Jr.,* versus Jerry Brisco & Mr. Wrestling #2 > Bobo Brazil versus Brute Bernard / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found. Gary Hart managed Nikolai Volkoff, Brute Bernard, Dick Slater, and Bob Orton, Jr.
OCTOBER 7, 1977 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM [P] (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Jacques Goulet defeated Richard Blood > Dino Bravo defeated Charlie Cook > Tony Atlas versus the Executioner ruled a no contest > Pak Song defeated Tommy Rich > Dick Slater defeated Terry Funk > Mr. Wrestling #2 defeated Toru Tanaka > Dusty Rhodes defeated Ole Anderson / Notes: Rock Hunter managed Toru Tanaka, Pak Song and the Executioner.
OCTOBER 7, 1978 (SATURDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – WTCG STUDIOS (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > King Kong Mosca defeated Ted Allen > Pez Whatley defeated Mr. Saito > The Masked Superstar defeated Dennis Hall > Rick Martel & Tommy Rich defeated Len Denton & Hartford Love > Raymond Rougeau defeated Dr. X > Mike Jackson and Steve Regal wrestled to a draw > The Masked Superstar defeated Ron Horn > Ray Candy defeated Al Barr > Roger Howell & Pierre Lefebvre defeated Mr. Saito & the Challenger / Notes: This was taped for the “Georgia Championship Wrestling” television program hosted by Gordon Solie.
OCTOBER 7, 1979 (SUNDAY) – MACON, GA – MACON COLISEUM (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Buzz Sawyer defeated Jonathan Boyd > Chris Markoff & Jacques Goulet defeated Ted Allen & Ricky Fields > Stan Hansen defeated Bobby Jaggers > Bob Armstrong & Tony Atlas defeated Ole Anderson & Ernie Ladd > Macon Heavyweight Title Match: Tommy Rich defeated Killer Karl Kox* to win title / Notes: Bobby Heenan was barred from the building during the match between Tommy Rich and Killer Karl Kox.
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.