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[Birthdays & Anniversaries] Today in Memoriam: Hank the Angry Drunken Dwarf (39, 2001). .. [reported by Rich Tate of www.GeorgiaWrestlingHistory.com]
[DVD Review] Brad Dykens reviews FIP “Cage of Pain II” DVD
[DVD Review] Brad Dykens reviews WSU “The Show Must Go On!” DVD
[TNA Event] The superstars of Total Nonstop Action (TNA) Wrestling will bring TNA Live! to St. Charles at the Family Arena on Saturday, October 25, starting at 8 p.m. for a night of unforgettable, nonstop action. Tickets go on sale Friday, September 12, at the Family Arena Box Office, at all MetroTix locations; online at http://www.metrotix.com or charge by phone at 314-534-1111 or toll free at 1-800-293-5949.
[Charity Event] Wrestler’s Rescue takes place on September 14, 2008 at the Radisson in Piscataway, NJ with: Torrie Wilson, Terri Runnels, Mick Foley, Dawn Marie, Tammy Sytch, Missy Hyatt, Iron Sheik, Superfly Snuka, Greg Valentine, Lou Albano, Balls Mahoney, Nikolai Volkoff, Lanny Poffo, Brutus Beefcake, JJ Dillon, Sandman, Manny Fernandez, Baywatch’s Traci Bingham, Boxing legend Emile Griffith, many, many others & surprise guest. More info go to: www.WrestlersRescue.Org
[Indy Event] Chaotic Wrestling has a show this Friday in Lowell, Massachusetts which features Alex Arion defending the Chaotic Wrestling title against Chase Del Monte. For more information, go to chaoticwrestling.com
[Indy Event] Insanity Pro Wrestling proudly presents… 8th Annual Super Jr Heavyweight Tournament ***Where High Risk meets High Impact*** on September 6, 2008 in Indianapolis, Indiana at the Fountain Square Salvation Army Community Center. This one night tournament includes Davey Richards, Ruckus, Scotty Vortekz, and Shiima Xion. More Info and Participants will be announced in the coming weeks!! Visit online at www.insanityprowrestling.com
[Indy Event] Jake “The Snake” Roberts, Jim Powers and Steve Corino will be appearing at the Powerhouse Wrestling event in Worcester, Massachusetts on September 6th, 2008. Go to http://powerhousene.tripod.com for info about PHW… [reported by Devin Cutting]
[Indy Event] Eugene will be appearing at the Tulalip Championship Wrestling event in Tulalip, Washington on October 11th, 2008. Go to http://www.tulalipchampionshipwrestling.com for info about TCW.. [reported by Devin Cutting]
[Indy Event] Victory Pro Wrestling returns to Centereach, NY on September 6, 2008 at the V.F.W. Post 4927 — For more info call 631-357-1810 or email email@example.com — Visit www.victoryprowrestling.com for everything VPW!!!
[Indy/Charity Event] Pro Wrestling International presents the Timmy Foundation Fundraiser on Sunday, September 28th at the Knights of Columbus in Indianapolis, INDIANA.. Contact Info: Diamond Dan at firstname.lastname@example.org
[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
[SHIMMER] The folks at Piledriver Online in the UK have begun to publish an online magazine dedicated solely to the women’s wrestling scene. It’s called “Fighting Females” and can be viewed for FREE online right now! It has plenty of SHIMMER related content, including interviews with Mercedes Martinez, Jetta, “The Jezebel” Eden Black, Wesna Busic, and more. Click on the link below to view “Fighting Females” Issue #1 right now. http://www.piledriver-online.co.uk/issues/ff1.pdf
[Book News] Harper Collins recently released the first ever book covering the life and times of the self-proclaimed Toast of the Coast, the Sensation of the Nation, the legendary Gorgeous George. “The Outrageous Bad-Boy Wrestler Who Created American Pop Culture” was written by John Capouya and is available in most retail book stores starting September 2nd. You can also order the book via the Harper Collins website, or see a more detailed description, by going here: http://www.harpercollins.com/books/9780061173035/Gorgeous_George/index.aspx
[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 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.
[Website] Visit the brand new Reality Rumble website at http://realityrumble.net
[Radio] The 9/2 edition of Monday Night Mayhem (www.mondaynightmayhem.com) included a Walter “Killer” Kowalski Tribute Special (with SLAM! Wrestling’s Greg Oliver & Steve Johnson). To listen to the program, go to http://www.mondaynightmayhemarchives.com/waxfiles/090208.wax
[Radio] There is a huge Killer Kowalski Tribute show on Wrestling-radio.com right now featuring interviews with JJ Dillon, George “The Animal” Steel, Frankie Kazarian and Ivan Koloff. Listen to the show at: WRESTLING-RADIO.COM & False Count Radio.. [reported by Ben Kerin]
[Radio] “The Mouthpiece Wrestling Show” with Sheldon Goldberg and Sean Gorman returns this Friday afternoon from 6 to 7 PM EST on WWZN, Boston’s Sport’s Station, 1510 The Zone. This week’s show will be a special edition celebrating the life of the late Walter “Killer” Kowalski. They will be joined by former NWA World Heavyweight Champion, Dory Funk, Jr., TNA’s Kaz (Frankie Kazarian) and others in this extraordinary hour.
[Radio] Listen to the Jerkin’ the Curtain radio show, hosted by Trent Vandrisse & Tommy Stewart, focusing on southern wrestling by visiting http://www.blogtalkradio.com/tvd
[Radio] Hostmaster Scott interviews WCW Superstar Scotty Riggs, and breaks down all that is wrong in wrestling today. http://www.shootingstarradio.com/show/ssr_09_02_08.mp3
[Article] Divorce papers reveal Bolleas’ high-maintenance ways [reported by Tim Lawler]
[Article] Motorhead Rocks WWE(R)’s Unforgiven(R) [reported by Mike Informer]
[Article] WWE’s Mickie James and Josh Mathews at the RNC ‘On the Record’ [reported by Mike Informer]
[Article] ‘Killer’ Kowalski, wrestler, remembered at Malden service [reported by Mike Informer]
[Article] EastLink adds WWE 24/7 to Video On Demand Service [reported by Mike Informer]
[Article] WWE Diva Mickie James Slams Into ‘Psych’ [reported by Mike Informer]
[WSU DVD’s] Women Superstars Uncensored announced their latest releases; 8/22 “Us vs Them” and 8/23 “Another Brick in the Wall” through the DOI website. These DVDs will retail for $12.95 each, but you can get both DVDs for only $25 (This sale will expire on 9/7)! To order directly visit: http://www.declarationofindependents.net/doi/pages/wsuaugustsale.html
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The Outrageous Bad-Boy
Wrestler Who Created
American Pop CultureBy John Capouya
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