WWE Superstar and former member of the Shield
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[Birthdays & Anniversaries] Jerry Oates (61) and Derrick Neikirk (34) celebrated birthday’s today. Today in Memoriam: Dick Lane (82, 1982), Scott Irwin (35, 1987), and Apostolos Souglakos (56, 2006). .. [reported by Rich Tate of www.GeorgiaWrestlingHistory.com]
[Personal Message] What a pleasant surprise when Angel and I returned home today. There was a Fed X package and inside was a stunning WWE Hall of Fame ring and a personal signed letter from Vince McMahon congradulating me on behalf of the World Wrestling Entertainment , Inc for my lifetime achievements in the sport of professional wrestling. Months ago my good friend Howard Finkel from WWE called and said, “Jimmy, what size ring do you have?” I thought Howard was taking about my wrestling ring at BWC. So I started explaining to him all about the size. He said, “No, Jimmy, what size ring do you wear on your finger?” He went on to say that WWE was making all of their Hall of Famers, Hall of Fame rings.. [from “Handsome” Jimmy Valiant]
[DVD Review] Brad Dykens reviews ROH “Rising Above” DVD
[DVD Review] Brad Dykens reviews ROH “Final Battle 2007″ DVD
[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
[WWE Events] WWE returns to the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina on Friday, December 26th, 2008 at 7:30 PM. Tickets go on sale Saturday, November 8th, 2008 at 10 AM. The WWE website has it listed as a Smackdown/ECW house show, so it appears that WWE’s plan to run Raw/ECW events has been pushed back again until 2009… [reported by Devin Cutting]
[WWE Article] UK Daily Star interview with WWE’s Katie Lea [reported by Mike Informer]
[WWE Article] WWE diva visits Yokota [reported by Mike Informer]
[TNA Event] The superstars of Total Nonstop Action (TNA) Wrestling will bring TNA Live! to Cape Girardeau at the Show-Me Center on Sunday, October 26, starting at 7:30 p.m. for a night of unforgettable, nonstop action. Tickets go on sale Friday, September 12, at the Show-Me Center Box Office, at all Ticketmaster locations, http://www.ticketmaster.com or charge by phone at 573 -651- 5000.
[TNA News] The “TNA iMPACT!” video game features TNA World Champion Wrestler Kurt Angle and fans of Kurt will be pleased to hear that he appears in a new online game called Anger Angle which invites people to push him over the edge by beating the living daylights out him with a plank of wood www.angerangle.com — TNA iMPACT! is released in Europe on September 12 on XBOX 360, PlayStation 2, PS3 and Nintendo Wii.
[FIP News] FIP is having a great 2008 and it is time for everyone to take notice. The following 2008 DVD releases are now out at www.ROHwrestling.com for immediate delivery: -“Dangerous Intentions 2008″ (Roderick Strong vs. Erick Stevens in a brutal must see Last Man Standing Match, Davey Richards vs. Tyler Black) -“Unfinished Business 2008″ (Roderick Strong vs. Austin Aries, Nigel McGuinness vs. Larry Sweeney) -“Redefined” (Roderick Strong vs. Erick Stevens, Nigel McGuinness vs. Necro Butcher) -You can watch free trailers for all these DVDs and many others now at www.FullImpactPro.com
[Indy News] On Saturday October 4th, 2008 at 7:30 PM, history will be made when the EWF begins running monthly events in the “Old Marion Memorial Coliseum” which is now the new Grant County Family YMCA. Tickets will be available online at www.ewfarena.com and will also be available during Marion’s First Friday Events in August, September ,& October. Event tickets will be available at the door starting at 5:00 PM on the day-of-show.
[Indy Event] Extreme Wrestling Federation’s “A New Beginning” takes place on October 4, 2008 at the Grant County Family YMCA in Marion, Indiana…. Featuring: “Superfly” Jimmy Snuka and Nick “Eugene” Dinsmore… For more information, go to www.ewfarena.com
[Indy Event] Tatanka and Ox Baker will be appearing at the Big Time Wrestling event in Webster, Massachusetts on October 11th, 2008. Go to http://www.big-time-wrestling.com for info about BTW.. [reported by Devin Cutting]
[Indy Event] Mick Foley, Justin Credible and Antonio Thomas from the Heart Throbs will be appearing at the Big Time Wrestling event in Chicopee, Massachusetts on October 10th, 2008. Go to http://www.big-time-wrestling.com for info about BTW.. [reported by Devin Cutting]
[Indy Event] Trevor Murdoch, Tammy Sytch and Manny Fernandez will be appearing at the All-Star Wrestling event in Gilbert, West Virginia on September 6th, 2008. Go to http://www.asw-wrestling.com for info about ASW… [reported by Devin Cutting]
[Indy Event] Jerry Lynn and Daffney will be appearing at the Anarchy Championship Wrestling event in Austin, Texas on September 6th, 2008. Go to http://www.anarchychampionshipwrestling.com for info about ACW… [reported by Devin Cutting]
[Indy Media] CWF Mid-Atlantic’s weekly television program is available for download exclusively at Highspots.TV! Don’t miss “the fastest half hour of wrestling anywhere!” PLUS there will be never-before-seen bouts available for download including the BLOODY BLOODY Steel Cage Match from BattleCade VI, Corino-Converse II, WWE’s Mickie James in action, and much more!!
[Wrestler Profile] “The Promise” Antonio Thomas is back home after completing 3 successful tours for All-Japan Pro Wrestling starting in June and culminating with AJPW’s August 31st’s pay per view show at the Sumo Hall in Tokyo. Thomas’ Japanese debut was considered a success and he looks forward to returning All Japan in the near future. For booking inquiries, Antonio Thomas can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and at www.myspace.com/promiseantoniothomas
[CZW News] CZW is looking for devoted fans who are interested in helping to promote CZW and its products nationwide. If you are interested in becoming part of the CZW family, send an email to (email@example.com) with your name, phone number, and city and state for more information.
[Radio] Listen to John Capouya’s (Author of Gorgeous George’s biography) Aug. 17th appearance on Legends Radio: http://www.webmediazone.net/click/click.php?id=3
[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 World Famous Bizzle show recently had both members of the Rock and roll Express as well as “Pretty Boy” Doug Somers on their show. You can download this great interview at: http://www.webmediazone.net/click/click.php?id=13
[Radio] Inside The Pit tonight at 8pm Eastern with special guest Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake. This man has been around the business for along time and is a good friend of mine. This Promises to be a Interview you won’t wanna miss. Remember you can also archive past episodes at: http://www.Wrestling-Radio.com
[Article] Back in the Saddle Again [written by Richard Berger]
[Article] Back in the Saddle Again [a different column with the same name written by the same Richard Berger]
[Website] You can find the official site of the Jeff Peterson Memorial Cup 2008 at http://www.jpc2008.com
[Indy Media] A New Episode of Chainsaw TV features a look a All Japan Pro Wrestling Star: C.J. Otis and his time in Japan, a run-down of MCPW “Strong Intentions” and some words from both James Dillinger and Mikey Zeroe heading into their big Kalkaska Street Fight on October 11th. Keep checking www.MCPWRESTLING.com to see when Chainsaw TV: Episode 8 is up and running!
[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!
[BANG News] On Saturday September 6, All Japan Pro Wrestling’s Osamu Nishimura will be at the Funking Conservatory to observe tryouts for his company, All Japan Pro Wrestling. Nishimura will also conduct a seminar on, Professional Wrestling in Japan. The seminar will cover professional wrestling Japanese Style vs American style. Japanese Language Courtesies and Culture. For more information, go to http://www.dory-funk.com
[Book News] WRESTLING WITH THE TRUTH by Bruno Lauer – Don’t forget the latest book available from Crowbar Press. Most of the guys in the WWE have been reading and talking about it during the past few weeks. It has been getting high praise from everybody from Vince McMahon on down. Get your copy here! http://www.1wrestlinglegends.com/crowbarpress/bruno/index.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