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[ChickFight] ChickFight.TV announced that all of their DVDs are currently available through their official distributor, ClickWrestle. Just head over to the ChickFight DVD page at www.ClickWrestle.com and place your order today! Direct Link: http://www.clickwrestle.com/catalog/dvds
[FIP/ROH News] ROH has postponed its events for this weekend in Florida. They will now take place on 2/6 in Coral Springs, FL and 2/7 in Orlando, FL. Tickets for this weekend will be honored in February. There is still wrestling this Saturday in Crystal River, FL as FIP returns to action with Go Shiozaki vs. Roderick Strong for the FIP World Heavyweight Title, Kenny King & Jason Blade vs. Jay & Mark Briscoe for the FIP Tag Team Titles, MsChif vs. Rain for the SHIMMER Title, Tyler Black vs. Erick Stevens plus more.
[FIP Event] FIP Florida Heritage Champion Sal Rinauro has an open contract for a title match this Saturday. He has also held the Florida Heritage Title for almost one year and continues to disrespect the belt and the legacy of Florida wrestling. Who will step forward to challenge Rinauro this Saturday in Crystal River? Go to www.FullImpactPro.com
[SHIMMER] Midwest women’s wrestling veteran MISS NATURAL will make her debut for SHIMMER – WOMEN ATHLETES on Volumes 21 & 22 of the DVD series at the Berwyn Eagles Club (6309 26th Street) in Berwyn, IL on Sunday, October 19th.. For more information, go to www.shimmerwrestling.com
[WSU Event] Women Superstars Uncensored returns on Friday October 10 in Bergenfield, NJ and Saturday October 11 in Boonton, NJ with over 20 of the top female wrestling athletes in the world including former WWE, WCW, ECW stars such as Molly Holly, Tammy “Sunny” Sytch, Gorgeous George, Missy Hyatt, Bobcat, and WSU World Champion Angel Orsini! For more information, go to www.wsuwrestling.com
[Misc Event] A special event called “Celebrating 35 Years Of Wrestling – Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler Tribute” will be held at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds’ Sports Arena in Nashville (formerly known as the TNA Asylum) on November 7th, 2008. Doors open at 6 PM and start time is 8 PM. Ringside tickets cost $15 and general admission is $10. Go to http://tennesseestatefair.org for info about the fairgrounds.. [reported by Devin Cutting]
[Misc Event] Maryse will be part of the Kandy Halloween Party at the Playboy Mansion on October 31st, 2008. The party is a fundraiser for the Pay It Forward Foundation. Go to http://www.kandyhalloween.com for full info about the event.. [reported by Devin Cutting]
[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 Event] The Prime Time Wrestling event in Belleville, Michigan featuring Kevin Nash and Rhino has been moved from December 21st to December 14th. Plus, added to the event are Robert Roode, Petey Williams, Chris Sabin and Alex Shelley. Go to http://ptwwrestling.com for info about PTW.. [reported by Devin Cutting]
[Indy Event] ACW Underground has a show on October 11th 2008 at The JCC Arena in Port Richey, Florida featuring a threeway ladder match and a 20+ Man Open Invitation Battle Royal.
[Radio] Next Wednesday 10/15, RVD Radio will be on at a special time due to the debate, and will expand to a 2-HOUR TIMESLOT!! It’ll be on from 7-9pm Eastern time, and will have special guests (to be announced on the BlogTalkRadio profile page in the coming days). RVD wants every wrestling fan to check out the archive of the first episode, which is available at www.blogtalkradio.com/worldtalklive. Check out episode #2 of RVD Radio next Wednesday at 7pm ET… only on BlogTalkRadio!
[Radio] False Count Radio Has Conducted Alot of Interviews In It’s Short Time Being Around With The Who’s Who of Pro Wrestling Including…. “High Flyin” Chris Hamrick, Balls Mahoney, Bill Alfonso, Gary Wolf, The Sandman, Dawn Marie, Honky Tony Man, Koko B Ware, Rick Martel, Baron Von Raschke, Ivan Koloff, Johnny Valiant, Doug Somers, Manny Fernandez, Mr. Hughes, Steve Williams, Larry Zbyszko, Chris Masters, Outback Jack, Corporal Kirschner, Al Snow, Dave “The Equalizer” Sullivan, Dave Hebner, Daniel Puder, Danny Basham, Damien Demento, Jake Roberts, George Steele, Tito Santana, Jackie Gayda Haas, Bunkhouse Buck, JJ Dillon, Ox Baker, and “Doctor of Style” Slick… Check them out at http://www.falsecountradio.com
[Radio] time for another episode of the Handsome Genius Club Radio Show! Indy wrestler/announcer/promoter Anthony Kingdom James is back behind the mic with a delicious serving of freshly baked Nerd News and a pair of extra spicy interviews that will leave you hungry for seconds. Check out all the fun at http://www.HandsomeGeniusClub.com
[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