OWW Daily News & Notes for 8/29

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[ClickWrestle Download of the Day] Daizee Haze vs. Sarah Stock.

[Article] New York Port article on new Gorgeous George book [reported by Evan Ginzburg]

[SHIMMER] What do you feel are the “must see” matches from each Volume in the SHIMMER DVD series? Post your picks and explain what makes each match a “must see” in the following thread at The SHIMMER Forum.

[Event News] Torrie Wilson will be appearing at the Wrestler’s Rescue Events to be held on September 14th, at the Radisson in Piscataway, New Jersey. Visit http://www.wrestlersrescue.org to find out how you can attend the event! Tickets are going fast!

[UK News] Indypendence Day 08 takes place in the UK at the end of September, there are five Silver Packages and five Silver Tickets up for grabs at Piledriver Online, just go to http://www.piledriver-online.co.uk/news.php?subaction=showfull&id=1219933608&archive=&start_from=&ucat=11& to enter the competition.

[Indy News] Now on http://www.dory-funk.com – Blain Rage does a 450 splash from the top of a steel cage.

[Wrestler Info] German female professional wrestler, The Alpha Female (formerly known as Jazzy Bi), says you can view matches, pictures, and news on her website www.alphafemale.de – The Alpha Female was trained by Joe E. Legend, Murat Bosporus, and the German Wrestling Federation. If you want to book the 5’11” and 145 lbs Alpha Female, you can contact germanwrestling@gmail.com — For more information, visit www.alphafemale.de or www.myspace.com/alphafemalewrestling

[Radio] False Count Pro Wrestling Radio has two major shows this weekend including Bill Alfonso on Saturday and Missy Hyatt & Jackie Gayda on Sunday. Go to http://www.falsecountradio.com & http://www.wrestling-radio.com for more information.

[Radio] Listen to Gorgeous George bio author John Capouya on the Sunday August 31st edition of Evan Ginzburg’s Legends Radio 7-9PM EST at www.wrestling-radio.com co-hosted by Dr. Mike Lano.

[Indy News] ECW Original Jason Knights “Impact Central Dojo” Will Be Having A Open House September 6th, 2008 – During The Open House Appearing Live & Signing Autographs Will Be ECW Original’s The ORIGINAL Impact Players(Jason Knight & Justin Credible), Also Appearing Will Be Some of The Stars Of A.C.W. – There will Also Be An Open House For The Dojo, Question & Answer Session & A Demonstration of The Schools Training & techniques. Jason Knight’s Impact Central Dojo, 1844 East Main Street, Waterbury, CT 06705 – (860)316-5818 (OR) Dojocentral@aol.com — For more information, go to http://www.myspace.com/impactcentraldojo

[Internet TV] Visit www.NECW.TV to watch the original weekly wrestling TV program produced by New England Championship Wrestling especially for the Internet – always available FREE, on demand and worldwide!

[Book News] Bruno Lauer, known professionally as Downtown Bruno or Harvey Wippleman (WWF), has published his hilariously entertaining biography, entitled “Wrestling with the Truth” though Scott Teal’s Crowbar Press (www.crowbarpress.com). The book was launched at this year’s Cauliflower Ally Club reunion but will be available to the public through www.1wrestlinglegends.com – I had the honor of being one of the proof readers for this book and I am thrilled to endorse the book and proclaim that Bruno’s story will open your eyes to the world of pro-wrestling and make you laugh out loud.

[FCW Photos] Just a few shots from FCW’s tv taping last night at www.robertlbeukema.com .. [reported by RobertBeukemacom@aol.com]

[Booking Information] Contact Bill Behrens at showbis@aol.com to book any of the following: Azrael, the Blue Meanie, Chase Stevens, Daizee Haze, David Young, Delirious, Iceberg, Joey Matthews, John McChesney, Kevin Nash, Luke Hawx, Mikal Judas, Rob Eckos, Sal Rinauro, Shannon Moore, Shawn Stasiak, Slim J, Stevie Richards, and Super Nova.

[Historical Info] Over the past fifteen years, Vance Nevada has become an avid wrestling historian and has spent a LITTLE (actually A LOT) time digging up event results and compiling career records for wrestlers of past and present. He will be doing a massive update of the geocities sites that he has set up for this material in the coming weeks. In case you’re interested, here’s what is on file: http://www.geocities.com/vancenevada/records.html

[Puerto Rican News] Another great classic involving former and actual WWE stars, as the Canadian Glamour Boys, Shane and Shawn (Val Venis) Morley, takes on Invader # 1 and Huracan Castillo (Los Boricuas) for the WWC Tag Team Championships, with El Profe handcuffed to La Tigresa on the outside. Another classic in Puerto Rico’s great wrestling history. Here is the link – http://www.luchalibreonline.tv/video/275162-retro-memories-the-canadian-glamour-boys.html

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The Outrageous Bad-Boy
Wrestler Who Created
American Pop Culture
By John Capouya

Price: $25.95

On Sale: 9/2/2008

This is the first-ever biography of the legendary wrestler Gorgeous George, filled with incredible never-before-told stories. George directly influenced the likes of Muhammad Ali, who took his bragging and boasting from George; James Brown, who began to wear sequined capes onstage after seeing George on TV; John Waters, whose films featured the outrageous drag queen Divine as an homage to George; and too many wrestlers to count. Amid these pop culture discoveries are firsthand accounts of the pro wrestling game from the 1930s to the 1960s.

The ideal American male used to be stoic, quiet, and dignified. But for a young couple struggling to make ends meet, in the desperation born of the lingering Depression and wartime rationing, an idea was hatched that changed the face of American popular culture, an idea so bold, so over-the-top and absurd, that it was perfect. That idea transformed journeyman wrestler George Wagner from a dark-haired, clean-cut good guy to a peroxide-blond braggart who blatantly cheated every chance he got. Crowds were stunned—they had never seen anything like this before—and they came from miles around to witness it for themselves.

Suddenly George—guided by Betty, his pistol of a wife—was a draw. With his golden tresses grown long and styled in a marcel, George went from handsome to . . . well . . . gorgeous overnight, the small, dank wrestling venues giving way to major arenas. As if the hair wasn’t enough, his robes—unmanly things of silk, lace, and chiffon in pale pinks, sunny yellows, and rich mauves—were but a prelude to the act: the regal entrance, the tailcoat-clad valet spraying the mat with perfume, the haughty looks and sneers for the “peasants” who paid to watch this outrageously prissy hulk prance around the ring. How they loved to see his glorious mane mussed up by his manly opponents. And how they loved that alluringly alliterative name . . . Gorgeous George . . . the self-proclaimed Toast of the Coast, the Sensation of the Nation!

All this was timed to the arrival of that new invention everyone was talking about—television. In its early days, professional wrestling and its larger-than-life characters dominated prime-time broadcasts—none more so than Gorgeous George, who sold as many sets as Uncle Miltie.

Fans came in droves—to boo him, to stick him with hatpins, to ogle his gowns, and to rejoice in his comeuppance. He was the man they loved to hate, and his provocative, gender-bending act took him to the top of the entertainment world. America would never be the same again.

Check out the Gorgeous George book website at: http://www.gorgeousgeorgebook.com

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