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[Birthdays & Anniversaries] Joey Abs (1971), Jennifer Thomas (1973), and Takeshi Morishima (1978) celebrated birthday’s today. Today in Memoriam: Boris Volkoff (76, 2003) and Joey Maggs (37, 2006). .. [reported by Rich Tate of www.GeorgiaWrestlingHistory.com]
[WWE Article] A quick word with: John Cena [reported by Mike Informer]
[SHIMMER] MADISON “The Punisher” EAGLES & JESSIE “The Body” McKAY, collectively known as “The Pink Ladies,” head all the way from Sydney, Australia to enter the SHIMMER Tag Team Title Tournament, and will debut on Sunday, October 19th in Berwyn, IL!
[Plug] Visit www.wrestlersrescue.org for more information on Dawn Marie’s WRESTLE RESCUE organization. It’s a worthy cause so please take a minute to check it out.
[Indy Event] Chaotic Wrestling presents “A Weekend of Chaos” – This weekend, Friday, October 17th and Saturday, October 18th! For more information, please visit http://www.chaoticwrestling.com
[Indy Event] Eugene will be appearing at the New Blood Wrestling event in Dyersburg, Tennessee on October 18th, 2008. Go to http://newbloodwrestling.net for info about NBW .. [reported by Devin Cutting]
[Misc News] Watch a sneak peak of Redemption Song, a new realtion TV show hosted by Chris Jericho, and learn more about all 11 contenders right here: http://www.fuse.tv/videos/shows/redemption-song/
[BANG News] TNA Wrestling’s Awesome Kong is coming to !BANG! TV Sunday October 26th to Face the Funking Conservatory’s Claudia “The Claw” Reiff at Support the Troops 33, “Morbid Power.” http://www.dory-funk.com
[Radio] A can’t miss edition of “The Mouthpiece Wrestling Show” with Sheldon Goldberg comes your way this Friday afternoon at 6 PM EST on WWZN, Boston’s Sport’s Station, 1510 The Zone. This week, Hulkamania will be running wild, as the one and only Hulk Hogan joins us for an exclusive interview to talk about the premiere of Hulk Hogan‘s Celebrity Championship Wrestling, this Saturday night at 8 PM Eastern on CMT. Make sure you join us this Friday at 6 PM EST on 1510 The Zone and www.1510thezone.com
[Radio] HEW Entertainment Variety Radio Show Invites you To Tune In To Our Show & Join The LIVE chatroom At 8pm Eastern/5pm Pacific Standard Time As We Will Be Interviewing Terri Runnels This Is Gonna Be A Great Interview As Host: “The Sexiest Man In Internet Radio” Jonathan Clarke Whom Has 10yrs Radio Experience Has The Opportunity to Interview One of The MOST classiest Ladies to ever grace a Wrestling Radio — http://www.blogtalkradio.com/hewentertainment
[Radio] On The Friday October 17th, 2008 Episode Of Inside The Pit Hosted By: ECW Original “Pitbull #1” Gary Wolf & “The Chairman” Nathan Noss Will Be Discussing All Of The Latest Pro Wrestling News To Top Off that We Will Also Have Our Main Event With….. ECW Original “The Sexiest Man on Earth” Jason Knight! Listen to the show at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/insidethepit
[Mexican Event] Kenzo Suzuki will be appearing at the AAA event in Tlalnepantla, Mexico on October 16th, 2008. Go to http://luchalibreaaa.com for info about AAA & http://eventosdeluchalibre.tk for info about upcoming lucha libre shows.
[Booking Information] Contact Bill Behrens at [email protected] 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.
[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.
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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