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[FIP Event] Erick Stevens wants the FIP World Heavyweight Title back. Tyler Black of The Age Of The Fall is looking for a shot at the FIP Championship. 10/11 in Crystal River, FL will see Stevens vs. Black for the #1 contendership to the FIP World Heavyweight Championship. (check www.FullImpactPro.com for building & ticket info).
[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!
[Misc Info] TVOntario in Canada will be airing Hitman Hart: Wrestling With Shadows on October 5th at 10:30 PM and October 8th at 12:55 AM.. [reprted by Devin Cutting]
[Indy Event] The “Killer” Kowalski Memorial Wrestling Show takes place on Sunday, October 26th, 2008 at the Irish-American Club in Malden, Massachusetts. Bell time is 2 PM. All proceeds will benefit the Walter “Killer” Kowalski Memorial Fund. Scheduled to appear are: Kaz, Ox Baker, JJ Dillon, Tito Santana, Nikolai Volkoff, Christopher Nowinski, Idol Stevens, John Walters, and Luis Ortiz…. Go to http://www.superstarprowrestling.com
[Radio] Be sure to tune in every Monday night at 6 PM for a new edition of Who’s Slamming Who. Listen to this week’s edition of Who’s Slamming Who now at: www.FanSlamWrestling.com
[Radio] Don’t miss the next edition of The Wrestling Elite on Saturday, October 4th, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM/EST. We’ll have an exclusive interview with WWE Smackdown SuperStar Montel Vontavious Porter, preview Sunday’s No Mercy PPV, check in with Steve Gerweck from gerweck.net and much more! That’s this Saturday from 6:00 to 8:00 PM/EST on 1130 AM or you can stream the show live at wdfn.com! http://www.wdfn.com/pages/wrestling.html
[DVD News] To purchase the 2007 Jeff Peterson Memorial Cup 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.
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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