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World Wrestling Entertainment’s RAW crew will be at the RBC Center in Raleigh, NC, tonight. The SmackDown/ECW will be at the Asheville Civic Center in Asheville, NC. WWE results from the James Brown Arena in Augusta, GA, on July 13: Finlay over Carlito; the Great Khali over Evan Bourne; Mr. Kennedy over Mike Knox; John Morrison & the Miz over Jesse & Festus; Matt Hardy over Shelton Benjamin and MVP in a three-way; Michelle McCool & Cherry over Victoria & Maryse; Mark Henry, with Tony Atlas, over Tommy Dreamer; and Jeff Hardy over Edge in a no disqualification match. WWE results from the Roanoke Civic Center in Roanoke, VA, on July 13: Jamie Noble over Charlie Haas; D-Lo Brown over Santino Marella; Kofi Kingston over Paul Burchill to retain the WWE Inter-Continental Heavyweight Title; Paul London over Chuck Palumbo; Mickie James over Beth Phoenix to retain the WWE Women’s Title; Shawn Michaels over Lance Cade; CM Punk over Batista with help from a chair to retain the WWE World Heavyweight Title; and John Cena & Cryme Tyme over Cody Rhodes, Ted DiBiase, Jr., & Kane. (Rich Tate)

Total Nonstop Action results from the Victory Road PPV at the Reliant Arena in Houston, TX, on July 13: Gail Kim over Angelina Love; Sonjay Dutt over Jay Lethal; the Latin American Xchange over Robert Roode & James Storm in a fan participation lumberjack match to retain the TNA World Tag Team Title; Taylor Wilde over Awesome Kong to retain the TNA Women’s Title; Team Mexico won the World X Cup; Kurt Angle & Team 3-D over Christian Cage, A.J. Styles & Rhino; and the match featuring Samoa Joe defending the TNA World Heavyweight Title against Booker T ended in chaos, with all the referees getting clobbered, followed by Sting knocking Joe out with a baseball bat, and Booker covering Joe for Sharmell to make the count of three. TNA is now teasing the fact that the status of the title is uncertain. (Rich Tate)

Wild Bill’s will present “Fight Night”, co-sponsored by Hooter’s, on July 18 at 2075 Markey Street in Duluth, GA. The MMA event will be taped for Comcast On Demand. Matches begin at 8:30 PM. The venue is an 18 and up club. Tickets range from $25 to $100, the latter including access to a VIP room with dinner catered from Hooter’s. Advertised: Kelvin Hackney versus Frank Millsap, with up to ten fights planned. Call (404) 626-2126 for more information. (Rich Tate)

Full Impact Pro is at the National Guard Armory in Crystal River, FL, on July 19. Advertised: The FIP World Heavyweight championship will be decided in a dog collar match, as Roderick Strong defends against Erick Stevens. In a 2/3 falls match, The YRR’s Kenny King & Jason Blade will defend the FIP tag team championship against The Age of the Fall’s Jimmy Jacobs & Tyler Black w/Mr. Milo Beasley, Rain and Leva. Also in a special challenge match, ROH World champion, Nigel McGuinness takes on Go Shiozaki. Also advertised: FIP Florida Heritage champion and YRR member, Sal Rinauro, former NWA World tag team champion Joey Ryan makes his FIP debut, The YRR’s Chasyn Rance, Black Market, Dark City Fight Club, Heartbreak Enterprises member Damien Wayne w/Sean Davis, Phil Davis & Baby Doll, and Chris Jones. (Brian Slack)

On July 19, Global Championship Wrestling will be at the Community Center in Palmerdale, AL, at 7:30 PM. Advertised: In a grudge match, Maddog Dan Sawyer faces David Young. “Rock N Roll” Rock C vs. Veronica Fairchild. (Brian Slack)

Full Throttle Wrestling will be having their annual “Back to School Special” show at the Country Music Barn in Elkmont, AL, on August 12 at 7:30 PM. Advertised: Orion Bishop will be defending the FTW championship, while Mr. Blur and The Other Guy defends the tag titles. (Brian Slack)

DISCLAIMER: GWH is not liable for any card changes, cancellations, etc. We can only report what is reported to us. As always, we suggest you check with the promotion within 24 hours to verify information posted here.


Click here for a full report on the NWA Anarchy event held on July 12 in Cornelia, GA. (Larry Goodman)

Click here for Larry Goodman’s report of the July 5 broadcast of Showtime All-Star Wrestling’s program. (Rich Tate)

Click here for my review of Wrestling with the Truth, the story of Bruno Lauer (a/k/a Downtown Bruno; Harvey Wippleman), and the latest in a line of strong publications from Crowbar Press. (Rich Tate)

Bob Magee’s column, As I See It, has been updated. Click here for the latest entry. (Rich Tate)

GWH wishes a happy birthday to Jeff Jarrett (41) and Bubba Dudley (37).

Today in Memoriam: Billy McGuire (32, 1979), Brute Bernard (1984), Danny McShain (79, 1992), and Chuck Krauser (76, 1999).


JULY 14, 1937 (WEDNESDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – PONCE de LEON BALL PARK (Frank Speer – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Jimmy Morris versus Pete Schuh > Roland Kirchmeyer versus Big Boy Nelson > Dan O’Connor versus Cowboy Luttrall ruled a no contest / Notes: It was reported that 2,000 were in attendance for this card. Jimmy Morris and Pete Schuh were scheduled to wrestle each other, as were Roland Kirchmeyer and Big Boy Nelson, but no results were reported after the card.

JULY 14, 1939 (FRIDAY) – SAVANNAH, GA – SAVANNAH MUNICIPAL STADIUM (Max Bauman – Promoter) > Jimmie Goodrich and Bob Corby wrestled to a draw > Billy Sandow versus Young Londos > Larry Tillman versus Tsutoo Higami / Notes: Aside from the match between Jimmie Goodrich and Bob Corby, no documented results for the remaining matches on this card have been found.

JULY 14, 1944 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Women’s World Title Match: Mildred Burke* defeated Mae Weston > Al Massey & Duke Kapalani defeated Babe Zaharias & Cowboy Luttrall by disqualification > Dick Lever defeated Wally Greb / Notes: Mildred Burke had been the reigning Women’s World Champion since she defeated Betty Nichols in Columbus, OH, on December 1, 1938.

JULY 14, 1950 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM [P] (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Buddy Knox defeated Bob Shipp > Eddie Gossett defeated Red Roberts at 0:05 > Tarzan White & Bibber McCoy defeated Tom Mahoney & Angelo Cistoldi > Southern Heavyweight Title Match: Art Nelson* defeated Nick Carter / Notes: Bob Shipp substituted for Jim Coffield in the match with Buddy Knox. Paul Jones would later claim that the match between Eddie Gossett and Red Roberts was the shortest match ever in Atlanta. Art Nelson had been the reigning Southern Heavyweight Champion since he defeated Don McIntyre on July 7, 1950, in Atlanta. It was reported that Nelson was refusing to give McIntyre a rematch, and that McIntyre was blaming himself because he should have made sure there was a rematch clause in their contract. It was announced that Beverly Lehmer would wrestle Jean Holland, and that Mae Young would wrestle Eva Lee, on the card on July 28, 1950. It was also announced that Farmer Jones would be wrestling in Atlanta soon.

JULY 14, 1958 (MONDAY) – AUGUSTA, GA – ARMORY HALL (Robert McCoy – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Frank Townsend versus Bronko Lubich > Tarzan White versus the Skull > Ray Gunkel versus Angelo Poffo / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found. Bronko Lubich managed Angelo Poffo.

JULY 14, 1961 (FRIDAY) – MARIETTA, GA – LARRY BELL AUDITORIUM (Elmo Chappell – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Women’s Match: Brenda Reid versus Margie Ramsey > Mixed Tag Team Match: Brenda Reid & Tiny Bell versus Margie Ramsey & Farmer McGruder > Handicap Match: Gypsy Joe versus Ray Gunkel & Ed Capral / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found.

JULY 14, 1964 (TUESDAY) – MACON, GA – MACON CITY AUDITORIUM (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Dick Dunn & the Destroyer defeated Billy & Bad Boy Hines > Hair versus Mask Match: Mr. X (1) defeated Bob Eisenburg

JULY 14, 1965 (WEDNESDAY) – COLUMBUS, GA – COLUMBUS MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Nick Kozak versus Corsica Jean > Bob Orton versus Corsica Joe > Joe Scarpa & Bad Boy Hines versus Wildman Phillips & the Mongolian > Billy Hines versus Mario Galento / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found.

JULY 14, 1967 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Ricky Hunter and Bob Nandor wrestled to a draw > Tim Geohagen and Jerry Graham wrestled to a draw > Buddy Fuller defeated Chico Cortez > Alex Perez & Louie Tillet defeated Bill Dromo & Jack Bence > Ray Gunkel defeated Jack Daniels > Tornado Tag Team Match: El Mongol, Stan & Butcher Vachon defeated Ramon Torres, Mr. Wrestling & the Avenger / Notes: Jack Crawford managed El Mongol.

JULY 14, 1970 (TUESDAY) – MACON, GA – MACON COLISEUM (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Bob Armstrong and Sabu Singh wrestled to a draw > Alberto Torres defeated Professor Kimura > Cyclone Soto defeated Chati Yokuchi > Macon Tag Team Title Match: Buddy Colt & Karl Von Stroheim* versus Bill Dromo & El Mongol ruled a no contest / Notes: Buddy Colt & Karl Von Stroheim had been the reigning Macon Tag Team Champions since they defeated Joe Scarpa & El Mongol on June 16, 1970, in Macon. Homer O’Dell managed Colt & Von Stroheim.

JULY 14, 1972 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM [P] (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Cisco Grimaldo versus the Champ > Rocket Monroe defeated Koa Tiki > Dick Steinborn defeated Oki Shikina > El Mongol defeated Billy Spears > Ox Baker versus the Avenger ruled a no contest > Georgia Tag Team Title Match: the Assassins* defeated Bob Armstrong & Argentina Apollo / Notes: Cisco Grimaldo and the Champ were scheduled to wrestle each other, but no results were reported after the card. Charlie Smith and Bill McMinn were credited as being referees for this card. The Assassins had been billed as Georgia Tag Team Champions since March 18, 1972, after Paul Jones announced they should have been declared the winners in their match against then champions Ray Gunkel & Buddy Fuller on March 10, 1972. Bob Armstrong participated in an autograph session for fans. It was announced that Skandor Akbar would be wrestling in Atlanta soon.

JULY 14, 1973 (SATURDAY) – “ALL-SOUTH CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING” (Ann Gunkel – Promoter / All-South Wrestling Alliance) > The Super Gladiator defeated Oki Shikina > Tommy Seigler and Jack Armstrong wrestled to a draw > Randy Curtis defeated the Golden Gladiator by disqualification

JULY 14, 1973 (SATURDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – WTCG STUDIOS (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Bill Watts & Bobby Duncum defeated Tiger Conway, Jr., & Mr. Wrestling #2 > The Super Infernos defeated Rick Ferrara & Roberto Soto > Jim Wilson defeated the Masked Marvel > Billy Spears and Bob Orton, Jr., wrestled to a draw / Notes: This was taped for the “Georgia Championship Wrestling” television program hosted by Gordon Solie. J.C. Dykes managed the Super Infernos.

JULY 14, 1975 (MONDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (International Wrestling Association – Promoter) > Dick Steinborn, Luis Martinez & Argentina Apollo versus Rip Hawk, Reginald & Hartford Love > Ivan Koloff versus Gino Brito > Dino Bravo versus Eric the Red > Nelson Royal & Tex McKenzie versus the Mongols > North American Heavyweight Title Match: Bulldog Brower* versus the Mighty Igor > Ernie Ladd versus Bob Ellis / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found. Al Costello managed Reginald & Hartford Love. George Cannon managed the Mongols. Ivan Kalmikoff managed the Mighty Igor.

JULY 14, 1978 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM [P] (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Roger Howell and Len Denton wrestled to a draw > Rick Martel defeated Hartford Love > Pez Whatley defeated the French Angel > Ernie Ladd defeated Ray Candy > Boxing Match: Tommy Rich defeated Rock Hunter > No DQ Match: Mr. Wrestling #2 defeated Ivan Koloff > Georgia Television Title versus $1,000 Match: Ole Anderson versus Thunderbolt Patterson* ruled a no contest > Georgia Heavyweight Title Match: Stan Hansen defeated King Kong Mosca* by countout

JULY 14, 1979 (SATURDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – WTCG STUDIOS (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Bill Howard defeated Mike Stallings > Tommy Rich defeated Abdul Zataar > Ole Anderson & Ivan Koloff defeated Jerry Stubbs & Chick Donovan > Ray Candy defeated Jim Fordham > The Masked Superstar defeated Genichiro Tenryu / Notes: This was taped for the “Georgia Championship Wrestling” television program hosted by Gordon Solie. Bobby Heenan managed the Masked Superstar.

JULY 14, 1980 (MONDAY) – AUGUSTA, GA – WILLIAM BELL AUDITORIUM (Charlie Harben – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Bob Sweetan defeated Terry Taylor > Abdullah the Butcher defeated Mike Sharpe > The Assassins defeated Ole & Lars Anderson > Mr. Wrestling #2 defeated Mark Lewin > Tommy Rich and Baron Von Raschke wrestled to a draw / Notes: The Great Mephisto managed Mark Lewin and Abdullah the Butcher.

JULY 14, 1982 (WEDNESDAY) – COLUMBUS, GA (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Les Thornton and Terry Gibbs wrestled to a draw > Tito Santana defeated Luke Graham > Bob & Brad Armstrong defeated the Wild Samoans > The Masked Superstar defeated Mr. Wrestling #2 > Paul Orndorff defeated Buzz Sawyer / Notes: Sonny King managed the Wild Samoans.

JULY 14, 1983 (THURSDAY) – SAGINAW, MI (Les Thatcher – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > The Road Warriors defeated Brett Wayne & Arn Anderson > Rick Rood defeated the Iron Sheik > Ron Garvin defeated Killer Brooks > Buzz Sawyer defeated Tommy Rich > Mr. Wrestling #2 defeated Larry Zbyszko / Notes: Paul Ellering managed Buzz Sawyer, the Iron Sheik, and the Road Warriors.

JULY 14, 1984 (SATURDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – “WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING” (Vince McMahon – Promoter / World Wrestling Federation) Notes: This was the infamous “Black Saturday” incident, with Freddy Miller introducing Vince McMahon was the host, who went on to broadcast taped matches from the World Wrestling Federation. McMahon had been working for months to buy the company, and reportedly had controlling interest already, but earlier in the week leading up to this episode was finally sold the remaining shares belonging to Ole Anderson and Fred Ward.

JULY 14, 1984 (SATURDAY) – MACON, GA – MACON COLISEUM (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Greg Brown & Dale Veasey defeated Ted Allen & Randy Barber > Steve Travis defeated Steve Starr > Jerry Oates defeated Bob Brown > Bob Roop defeated Tim Horner > Brad Armstrong defeated Ted DiBiase by disqualification > Ron Garvin defeated Jake Roberts > Battle Royal: Tim Horner (Winner) / Notes: It is unclear as to the reason for the battle royal. Earlier in the day, the infamous “Black Saturday” episode of “World Championship Wrestling” aired on Channel 17. Paul Ellering managed Jake Roberts and Ted DiBiase.

JULY 14, 1985 (SUNDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – OMNI COLISEUM (Vince McMahon – Promoter / World Wrestling Federation) > Mr. Wrestling #2 defeated Barry O > Uncle Elmer defeated Les Thornton > The Missing Link defeated Lanny Poffo > George Steele, Barry Windham & Mike Rotundo defeated Nikolai Volkoff, the Spoiler, & the Iron Sheik > Ricky Steamboat defeated the Magnificent Muraco by disqualification > Paul Orndorff and Roddy Piper wrestled to a draw

JULY 14, 1987 (TUESDAY) – ALBANY, GA – ALBANY CIVIC CENTER (Ron Fuller – Promoter / Continental Championship Wrestling) > Doug Furnas defeated Jonathan Boyd > Mr. Wrestling #2 defeated Akio Sato > Doug Furnas & Danny Davis defeated Mike Golden & Tom Prichard > Mr. Olympia defeated Tony Anthony > Danny Davis & Mr. Wrestling #2 defeated Robert Fuller & Tony Anthony > Wendell Cooley defeated Dutch Mantell