Remembering Gorgeous George Jr.

Funking Conservatory Press Release
Remembering Gorgeous George Jr.
Written by Dory Funk Jr.

 

We are sorry to hear of the passing of Gorgeous George Jr.

Gorgeous George Jr. was a main event performer in the Amarillo Territory in 1968 and 1969 as a single and as the partner of Buddy Colt.

On April 14th of 1969 in El  Paso, Texas I facedGorgeous George Jr. in a 30 minute match for the NWA World Championship.Gorgeous George Jr. put on a fabulous performance that night before acapacity crowd in the El Paso Coliseum.

I will always remember the night Victor the Bear came to Amarillo for a Bear Over the Top Battle Royal – Early in the day the local Game Warden, Woody Pond, came to my father and said a Black Bear was a game animal, protected and could not perform in an exhibition wrestling match.

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Cabana ready for Pearce’s “Seven Levels of Hate”

Champion has requirements of his own

TOKYO, Japan — April 24, 2012 — After taking a few days to fully digest the challenge issued by former four-time NWAWorld’s Heavyweight Champion “Scrap Iron” Adam Pearce (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJJuX1254Uw),current two-time champion Colt “Boom Boom” Cabana has issued his response toPearce’s call for a final Best-of-Seven series: “You want it, you got it!”

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AS I SEE IT: Extreme Reunion dissappointment

AS I SEE IT
Bob Magee
Pro Wrestling: Between the Sheets
PWBTS.com

The heavily promoted Extreme Reunion took place this past Saturday night at the Northeast National Guard Armory in Philadelphia.

To call it a disappointment would be a start.

Things began from bad and went to worse. Sabu was rushed tothe hospital after Trevose, PA Police were dispatchedafter the hotel manager where Sabu was staying said they felt he was”intoxicated” when paramedics were called. His room waschecked Shane Douglas and others couldn’t get in touch with Sabu. TMZ.comreported that Sabu “had a bad reaction to a medication he’d beentaking” (likely translation was either an accidental overdose of somethinghe was taking).

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NEW Junk Yard Dog biography at ECW Press

April 2, 2012. Toronto.Fourteen years after his tragic death on June 2nd, 1998, the publication of anew book aims to commemorate the remarkable life achievements of SylvesterRitter aka Junkyard Dog (JYD).

 

The King of New Orleans:How the Junkyard Dog Became Professional Wrestling’s First BlackSuperstar by Greg Klein (ECW Press, June 2012) is a fascinatingbiography that chronicles the early days of Ritter’s wrestling career,his most famous feuds as Junkyard Dog, the wrestling business back-stories, andhis life outside the ring to describe how JYD became an African-American idoland a household name.

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The Legacy of the Rock (by Joe L.)

The greatest of all WWF Attitude era superstars was Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and not because of what he did but how he did it. Steve Austin may have been more popular and HHH may have had better matches but no one epitomized everything that was good about the Era moreso than the Rock. Even though he has wrestled briefly in the WWF from 1996-2002 and took lengthy breaks between 2001 and 2003, the matches and moments that the Rock left behind have stood the test of time and proven that not only was he one of the most entertaining guys on the mike but he was one of the greatest workers in the ring.

To tell great stories while wrestling is difficult. To cut promos that engage the crowd is an equally unflattering task. To do both, time after time, is the Holy Grail which every wrestling promoter seeks within a wrestler that is capable of electrifying the crowd verbally and gripping them athletically while making a company successful financially. Most wrestlers, even the greatest ones, survive just by image and talk. Not the Rock. The Rock has not just the look and the acting, but also the drive and the passion that makes him a phenomenal worker. No other wrestler has proven his legitimacy both in the ring and on the microphone. Only a handful of people come to mind: Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart; Ric Flair and Curt Henning; Brian Pillman and Steve Austin; there may be more but the important thing here is to establish the company that the Rock belongs in.

Like his contemporaries Austin, HHH and Foley, the Rock had a troubling start in his WWF career. When he debut in 1996, the Rock was pushed as a new sensation and a representative of a new generation of WWF wrestlers. Tailor made as a clean-cut fan favorite and the “Blue Chipper”, the Rock was not given time to improve his in-ring ability, despite a monster push and an Intercontinental title win, and it showed: with the exception of a couple good matches with HHH and Bret Hart, his wrestling was sloppy, awkward and undeveloped, a contrast to what was to come later in his career. As a result, he was hugely booed and jeered by a majority of fans, who randomly chanted the ever classic “Rocky Sucks” and “Die Rocky Die”. Poor Rocky had to smile while the fans heckled him greatly.

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AS I SEE IT: 2011 Year End Awards

AS I SEE IT
Bob Magee
Pro Wrestling: Between the Sheets
PWBTS.com

Happy New Year to all of you…

As 2011 ends and 2012 begins, it’s time for the 15th annual AS I SEE ITYear-End Review. As usual, I should note that my selections are based on whatI’ve actually seen this year, either live, online, on TV, or via tape/DVD;which primarily means North American wrestling.

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3-nights 42-matches of pure fantasy

Written by Darbie Gatorade

When I am bored I often have to deal with an unsuspecting flow of creative juices. Someone recently challenged me to come up with some fantasy booking ideas and I sometimes get carried away. What started out as a fun little game ended up being a 42-match marathon. When you read down this list of matches, please remember that wrestlers are assumed to be in their prime.

In my mind this is the ultimate wrestling show (which would end up being a full blown weekend of incredible matches). In fact I have split the madness up into three nights, with three strategically booked cards, each with multiple epic main events. I took a lot of time organizing the cards so the shows would flow in a manner that would keep the fans attention. It’s not as easy as it looks, considering I set a rule that I could only use a wrestler once for the entire weekend. This my attempt at fantasy booking.

Look at each match, close your eyes, and imagine how the match would play out in your head. You might find your own creative juices flowing. You’re encouraged to leave comments at the bottom of the page. Please use your imagination when you read this article and enjoy yourself!

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ChickFight: On the Road Vol 1 DVD on sale!

Presented by Diva Dirt, the number one female wrestling website

SAN FRANCISCO, December 2nd, 2011— Just in time for the holiday shopping season, ChickFight and Diva Dirt (http://diva-dirt.com), the number one female wrestling website, have teamed up to present a brand new DVD filled with hard hitting women’s wrestling – “ChickFight: On the Road, Volume 1”.

“ChickFight: On the Road, Volume 1” is available exclusively through Amazon and, for the first time ever, compiles matches fought under the ChickFight banner in recent years.  This marks the first ChickFight DVD release in nearly four years, and and the first DVD release from Diva Dirt!

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