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[Birthdays & Anniversaries] Paul Orndorff (1949) celebrated his birthday today. Today in Memoriam: Dennis Mitchell (68, 1997)… [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]
[Canadian Event] Koko B. Ware will be appearing at the Great Canadian Wrestling events in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada on November 13th, 2008 and Strathroy, Ontario, Canada on November 14th, 2008. Go to http://gcwe.ca for info about GCW… [reported by Devin Cutting]
[ROH News] The Briscoe Brothers have had an open contract for ROH’s Montreal debut for some time. In surprising news, newcomer Kenny Omega has signed the “dotted line” but as of now does not currently have a partner. We’ll have more on this as it develops.
[CZW DVD] The second release from the Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW)/Locomotive Vision partnership, “Ultraviolent Cage Fighting… The Construction of Destruction,” is due in stores nationwide this Tuesday, October 28.. It includes several of the most Ultraviolent Steel Cage matches from CZW’s past, featuring John Zandig, Lobo, Wifebeater, Nick Gage, Justice Pain, and many other stars of CZW. For more information, go to www.czwrestling.comwww.myspace.com/czwrestlingwww.locomotivemusic.com
[Misc News] Gimmick Girl brings you the first, official, KayfabeBabe.com pro wrestling news report. This week, coverage on Pro Wrestling Guerrilla, Ring of Honor and a HUGE title change in the NWA. And who is Gimmick Girl emulating this week? Check it out on our website! Website: www.kayfabebabe.com
[Indy Media] New episodes of Showtime All-Star Wrestling can now be viewed free of charge, on the internet at www.ChampionshipWrestling.tv. Currently, Episode 67 is up and running, and we expect to have an archive of past shows up within the next couple of weeks. Additional information regarding SAW can be found at www.SAWOnline.tv, and any questions or comments about the show can be sent to [email protected]
[Canadian Events] Brutus Beefcake & Tammy Sytch (aka Sunny) will be appearing at three Wrestling Supershows in Canada at the end of November. Here are the dates and locations: November 27th – Murphy’s Inn in Cornwall, Ontario November 28th – Jim Durrell Rec. Centre in Ottawa, Ontario November 29th – Bogey’s World Bar & Billiard in Montreal, Quebec —- Go to http://wrestlingsupershow.com for full information about the event
[Canadian Event] Kurrgan from the Truth Commission and the Oddities will be part of Jacques Rougeau’s wrestling event at the Verdun Auditorium in Verdun, Quebec, Canada on December 27th, 2008. Go to http://jacquesrougeau.com for info about the event and http://evenements-lutte.tk for info about upcoming wrestling shows worldwide.
[TNA PPV] TNA Genesis will be held on January 11th, 2009 and TNA Against All Odds will be held on February 8th, 2009. The locations have yet to be announced. Go to http://prowrestlingevents.tk or http://prowrestlingevents.webs.com for info about upcoming wrestling shows worldwide.
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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