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[Birthdays & Anniversaries] Today in Memoriam: Dory Detton (79, 1991) and Dr. Wagner, Sr. (68, 2004). .. [reported by Rich Tate of www.GeorgiaWrestlingHistory.com]
[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.
[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]
[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
[SHIMMER] KMOV Channel 4 in St. Louis did a short video feature on SHIMMER Champion MsChif which aired this morning, and included plenty of SHIMMER clips. http://www.kmov.com/video/sports-index.html?nvid=283454 ——- It’s also amongst the video news segments offered on Yahoo! under “Microbiologist by day, pro wrestler by night.” http://gmy.news.yahoo.com/v/9770647
[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!
[Indy Event] Ric Flair, Shannon Moore and Daffney will be appearing at the Pro Wrestling Showcase event in Jacksonville, North Carolina on September 20th, 2008. Go to http://www.pwsprowrestling.com for info about PWS and http://prowrestlingevents.webs.com for info about upcoming wrestling shows.
[Indy Event] The next A.W.E.S.O.M.E. (American Wrestling’s Elite Stars Of Mat Entertainment) event will take place on September 20 with a special 2 p.m. bell time at the Bloomfield Harvest Fest in Bloomfield, New Jersey. Visit http://www.awesomewrestlingonline.com for more information on what is sure to be a fun-filled event.
[Indy Event] Spike Dudley and Bushwhacker Luke will be appearing at the Top Rope Promotions event in Fall River, Massachusetts on October 3rd, 2008. Go to http://www.topropepromotions.com for info about TRP.. [reported by Devin Cutting]
[DVD News] Kayfabe Commentaries released their latest Investigative Special DVD — “Blood. The Hennig Wrestling Family” — in an effort to answer all those questions. The disc is a journey into the workings of the functional wrestling family. In a day where kayfabe was rule #1, the challenges of maintaining that code and keeping a nuclear family in tact while territory hopping was daunting. Larry Hennig is frank and tender, as he starts with his entrance into the business and takes it through Curt’s, and now to his grandchildren’s. The disc went on sale at www.kayfabecommentaries.com
[Article] New York Port article on new Gorgeous George book [reported by Evan Ginzburg]
[Article] WWE(R)’s Biggest And Best Come To TV Azteca in Mexico [reported by Mike Informer]
[Article] WWE signs Japanese wrestler Yamamoto as part of building Japanese business [reported by Mike Informer]
[Article] WWE inks licensing pact with Kids Media, targets $10 mn from consumer products biz [reported by Mike Informer]
[Radio] Evan Ginzburg’s Legends Radio at www.wrestling-radio.com co-hosted by Dr. Mike Lano presented a special Killer Kowalski Tribute show with Bryan Walsh on his mentor Killer Kowalski and Author Jeff Archer/Don Bravo as well as singer Ms. Trinity.. to listen to the show go to http://www.webmediazone.net/click/click.php?id=4
[Radio] “The Mouthpiece Wrestling Show” with Sheldon Goldberg returns this Friday afternoon at 6 PM EST on WWZN, Boston’s Sport’s Station, 1510 The Zone.
[DVD News] To purchase the 2007 Jeff Peterson Memorial Cup and for information on the 2008 event including its participants and how to buy special VIP ticket packages, log onto http://jpc2008.com — .. [reported by Alan Wojcik]
[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.
[Historical Info] Over the past fifteen years, Vance Nevada has become an avid wrestling historian and has spent a LITTLE (actually A LOT) time digging up event results and compiling career records for wrestlers of past and present. He will be doing a massive update of the geocities sites that he has set up for this material in the coming weeks. In case you’re interested, here’s what is on file: http://www.geocities.com/vancenevada/records.html
[Misc News] Angel Valiant, the wife of Jimmy Valiant, has released her first children’s book, entitled “PIGGY IN A BLANKET.” For more information, go to www.jimmyvaliant.com or WWW.MYSPACE.COM/BOOGIEMANJIMMYVALIANT
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Memphis Wrestling History
Vol. 2: The Programs (1972 – 1976)
by Mark James
Forward by Lance Russell
Most fans today associate Memphis wrestling with WWE Hall of Famer Jerry “The King” Lawler, and although it may be true that Lawler helped bring the Memphis territory into a brighter spotlight, there is a lot of great history that paved the road for the “King.” Those trailblazers include Eddie Marlin, Jerry Jarrett, Jackie Fargo, Tojo Yamamoto, Billy Wicks, Sputnik Monroe, and countless others.
Mark James has done his part to teach the students of the wrestling community about Memphis with his website, Memphis Wrestling History (www.memphiswrestlinghistory.com). He has also gone above and beyond the call of duty by writing a book with the same name. I am here to give you my review for Mark’s second book, “Memphis Wrestling History Vol. 2: The Programs 1972-1976.” There are printed contributions from Memphis legends such as Lance Russell, Billy Wicks, Bill Dundee, Jimmy Hart, Jerry Jarrett, Jimmy Valiant, Scott Bowden, and others. The bulk of this 400+ page coffee table-sized book is a huge collection of scanned programs from Memphis. Each program features pictures and text hyping and celebrating the various aspects of the Memphis circuit.
If you’re a big fan of Jerry Lawler, you may have some extra incentive to check out this book, because it covers the unfamiliar era of Lawler’s early years as a professional wrestler. You will quickly realize why Lawler would eventually become the “King” of Memphis wrestling, having learned the ropes from so many extraordinary legends of the industry.
CLICK HERE to read the full review by Brad Dykens..
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