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[Birthdays & Anniversaries] Pedro Morales (1942), D-Lo Brown (1972 or 1973), and Mike Kruel celebrated birthdays today. Today in Memoriam: Yokozuna (34, 2000) and Reggie ‘Crusher’ Lisowski (79, 2005. .. [reported by Rich Tate of www.GeorgiaWrestlingHistory.com]
[Free Download] The second edition of Fighting Females is online now (FREE!) and is of course totally dedicated to the world of women’s wrestling. Interviews this month are with: Awesome Kong, MsChif, LuFisto, Klondyke Kate, Discord and Kacee Carlisle. There’s all the latest news from women’s wrestling in the UK, USA and Canada, DVD reviews include the new Allison Danger releases and Women Superstars Uncensored and there’s a tribute to Penny Banner who sadly died earlier this year. To read the mag go to: www.piledriver-online.co.uk/ccount/click.php?id=21 .. [reported by Steve Ashfield]
[Indy Event] Julio Dinero will be appearing at the Diamond Championship Wrestling event in Westover, Pennsylvania on October 25th, 2008. Go to http://diamondwrestling.com for info about DCW.. [reported by Devin Cutting]
[Indy Event] Lance Cade, Trevor Murdoch and Eugene will be appearing at Harley Race’s World League Wrestling event in St. Louis, Missouri on November 22nd, 2008. Go to http://harleyrace.com for info about WLW.. [reported by Devin Cutting]
[Indy Event] Chris Masters will be appearing at the Xtreme Wrestling Entertainment event in Beckley, West Virginia on November 8th, 2008. Go to http://myspace.com/xwewrestling for info about XWF.. [reported by Devin Cutting]
[Indy Event] “Superfly” Jimmy Snuka and The Masked Superstar will be appearing at the East Coast Pro Wrestling event in Binghamton, New York on November 1st, 2008. Go to http://ecpw1.com for info about ECPW.. [reported by Devin Cutting]
[Indy Event] Chase Stevens from The Naturals will be appearing at the Showtime All-Star Wrestling event in Millersville, Tennessee on October 24th, 2008. Go to http://sawonline.tv for info about SAW.. [reported by Devin Cutting]
[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.
[Book News] Harper Collins recently released the first ever book covering the life and times of the self-proclaimed Toast of the Coast, the Sensation of the Nation, the legendary Gorgeous George. “The Outrageous Bad-Boy Wrestler Who Created American Pop Culture” was written by John Capouya and is available in most retail book stores starting September 2nd. You can also order the book via the Harper Collins website, or see a more detailed description, by going here: http://www.harpercollins.com/books/9780061173035/Gorgeous_George/index.aspx
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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