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[Birthdays & Anniversaries] Deuce celebrated his 37th birthday today. Today in Memoriam: Jay Youngblood (30, 1985), Boris Malenko (61, 1994), and Otto Lugger (86, 2000). .. [reported by Rich Tate of www.GeorgiaWrestlingHistory.com]
[ClickWrestle Download of the Day] Nikki Roxx’s (aka Roxxi Laveaux) Greatest Matches.
[Article] Boston Globe obituary for Killer Kowalski
[BLOG] Jim Ross has posted Bill Watts’ thoughts on Killer Kowalski at http://www.jrsbarbq.com/blog/cowboy-bill-watts-remembers-killer-kowalski
[BLOG] Triple H posted his thoughts on Killer Kowalski on WWE.com here: http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/wwe/news/features/rss/~3/380513130/kowalskiremembered
[Ring of Honor] Check out the new ROH Video Wire for FREE now at www.ROHvideos.com and at: http://www.youtube.com/user/ringofhonor
[SHIMMER] Discuss the SHIMMER Tag Team Title Gauntlet in the official 10/19 News & Discussion Thread at The SHIMMER Forum… http://shimmerwomen.proboards50.com/index.cgi?board=shimmer&action=display&thread=2358
[Indy Media] This week on NECW TV we take you back to NECW’s BIRTHDAY BASH 8 with a very eventful Pat’s Pit, as Pat “The Brat” Piper brings out manager Brian Cairo and a situation ensues that neither man expected. It’s a wild segment to kick off this week’s episode. Direct link to the episode: http://www.necw.tv/episodes/NECW_TV_EPISODE_136.wmv
[WWE News] The 2009 WWE Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas on April 4th. WWE is also holding Monday Night Raw at the Toyota Center on April 6th, the day after WrestleMania 25.
[WWE Article] WWE.com – Summer Skin: Encore
[Misc News] E! Canada will be airing “True Hollywood Story: Chris Benoit – Wrestling With Demons” this Wednesday, September 3rd, at 10 PM… [reported by Devin Cutting]
[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
[Indy Event] Mr. Chainsaw Productions Wrestling presents “Strong Intentions” on October 11th at the Kalkaska Civic Center in Kalkaska, Michigan. For line-ups and additional information, go to www.MCPWrestling.com
[Indy Media] A New Episode of Chainsaw TV will be relased soon. It 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!
[UK News] Jonny Storm has been a success all over the world, read our interview with ‘The Wonderkid’ in the latest edition of Piledriver Online at: http://www.piledriver-online.co.uk/ccount/click.php?id=19
[Radio] Evan Ginzburg’s Legends Radio at www.wrestling-radio.com co-hosted by Dr. Mike Lano featuring an interview with Dawn Marie on Wrestlers Rescue, part 2 of Gorgeous George Author John Capouya, Adult Film Star Craig Valentine, Terry Gunn for Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame, and more on Killer Kowalski — to listen to the show, go to http://www.webmediazone.net/click/click.php?id=8
[Radio] Monday Night Mayhem recently interviewed “Downtown” Bruno Lauer (aka Harvey Wippleman) about his career and recently released autobiography “Wrestling With the Truth” (from www.crowbarpress.com). To listen to this interview of a current WWE employee, go to www.mondaynightmayhemarchives.com/waxfiles/073108.wax
[Radio] In Your Head Online presented a special NWA Legends Fanfest tribute with Kevin Sullivan, Rock Riddle, Dirty Dutch Mantell, Bob Caudle and Mike Graham — to listen to the show, go to http://www.inyourheadonline.com/viewnews.php?autoid=1660
[Radio] Sunset Flip Wrestling radio show, hosted by Jim Boy Star, can be heard by going to www.sunsetflipshow.com or www.myspace.com/sunsetflipshow
[Article] Winnipeg was always home to Ole Olsen [Slam!Wrestling]
[Article] The untold story of Louis Papineau [Slam!Wrestling]
[Article] “Roughhouse” Fargo was a wrestling original [Slam!Wrestling]
[Article] A visit with ‘Handsome’ Johnny Barend [Slam!Wrestling]
[DVD News] Finally the Jeff Peterson Memorial Cup 2007 two disc set is available at http://wwndvd.com/store.htm! Last years JPC was a once again a memorable event and is something fans have been clamoring for on DVD and now is your chance to get your copy. All revenue raised from every DVD sold will go to benefit a little 2 year old boy named Devin Deschaine who is currently fighting cancer so please do your part to help Devin and purchase your copy right away! Purchase the Jeff Peterson Memorial Cup 2007 at http://wwndvd.com/store.htm
[Fan Convention] Lance Storm will be making a rare Convention type autograph appearance as part of the “A NIGHT TO REMEMBER, REUNION OF SUPERSTARS” event put on by Turnbuckle Promotions. The event takes place September 27th at the Sheraton Bucks County Hotel in Langhorne, Pennsylvania. For more information about this event, and who else will be appearing check out their website at: TurnbucklePromotions.com
[DVD Trailer] Last Call With Raven & Sandman DVD Trailer… you’ve been warned… http://youtube.com/watch?v=_jI7IzECYZU
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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
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