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[WWE Breaking News] World Wrestling Entertainment has come to terms on the release of SmackDown! star Kenny Dykstra and ECW’s Elijah Burke and Lena Yada as of November 10, 2008. WWE wishes them the best in all future endeavors.
[ROH PPV] -ROH “Driven” will premiere on pay-per-view on November 14th on iN DEMAND, The DISH Network, TVN cable systems and in Canada on Bull ExpressVu and Viewer’s Choice.
[ROH News] We anticipated hearing from the Age of the Fall in regard to Samoa Joe’s return to ROH, and we can confirm that we’ve indeed heard from them, and in a big way! Tyler Black has posted a new blog (http://projectonesixone.blogspot.com/), and among the topics he discussed was how he’s “tired of these “former ROH legends” coming “home” to ROH from TNA” to “to rekindle that flame within”. Black has stated that he believes by “knocking Samoa Joe out” he can earn another shot at the ROH World Title.
[SHIMMER] Ring of Honor is your official source for SHIMMER Women Athletes on DVD! Visit http://www.rohwrestling.com/ to order the newest releases in the SHIMMER DVD series!
[CZW DVD] The second release from the Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW)/Locomotive Vision partnership, “Ultraviolent Cage Fighting… The Construction of Destruction,” was release in stores nationwide on 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
[Indy Event] Lance Cade and Trevor Murdoch will be appearing at Harley Race’s World League Wrestling event in Eldon, Missouri on November 29th, 2008. Go to http://harleyrace.com for info about WLW and http://prowrestlingevents.tk or http://prowrestlingevents.webs.com for info about upcoming wrestling shows worldwide.
[Website News] Congratulations to Rich Tate’s www.GeorgiaWrestlingHistory.com website for recently celebrating its 6th anniversary. It’s a great site worth checking out!
[Fan Convention] K&S Promotions announced “Wrestlefest: New Year’s Greetings” to be held on Saturday, January 10, 2009 at the Radisson Hotel – 30 Minue Street Carteret, NJ — We have decided to throw our hat in the ring and bring all you deserving fans a special holiday season convention. The following guests will be appearing at Wrestlefest: Abdulah The Butcher, Assassin 1 (Jody Hamilton), referee Nick Patrick, The Patriot (Del Wilkes), “The Russian Bear” Ivan Koloff, “The Russian Nightmare” Nikita Koloff, Raymond Rougeau, Star of the major motion picture “The Wrester” Ernest “The Cat” Miller who will be reunited with his former WCW Manager – Sonny Onoo and Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart. A couple of more guests to be added in the next week. Check out www.kandswrestlefest.com the New Year’s Greetings page to keep up on all the show details,
[Book Review] Bret Hart‘s highly praised autobiography “My Real Life in the Cartoon World of Wrestling” was released in the United States and can be purchased at virtually every commercial book store in your area. I was fortunate enough to pick up the book in Canada when it was released here last year and I cannot recommend it enough. There is no doubt that the “Hitman” has led an extremely fascinating life worthy of being published and appreciated by the billions of his fans all over the world. From his harsh upbringing as one of twelve kids fathered by the grizzled Stu Hart to becoming a multi-time World champion to his glorious induction into the WWE Hall of Fame – it’s all covered in this epic 570 page book! If you haven’t done so already, go out and get this book because I am positive that you will not regrete it. You can also get the book online at Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, Chapters.ca, or any of the other major online book dealers. Thank you, Bret. – Brad Dykens (OnlineWorldofWrestling.com)
[Fan Convention] K&S Promotions is very excited to announce Wrestlefest: New Year’s Greetings to be held on Saturday, January 10, 2009 at the Radisson Hotel – 30 Minue Street Carteret, NJ 07008. We have decided to throw our hat in the ring and bring all you deserving fans a special holiday season convention. The following guests will be appearing at Wrestlefest: New Year’s Greetings: Hardcore Legend – “The Madman from the Sudan” Abdulah The Butcher, NWA Georgia Tag Team Champion – Assassin 1 (Jody Hamilton), WCW, WWE & NWO referee Nick Patrick, AWA & WCW World Tag Team Champion – Patriot (Del Wilkes), WWWF World Heavyweight Champion & NWA World Tag Team Champion – “The Russian Bear” Ivan Koloff, NWA World Tag Team Champion & NWA United States Heavyweight Champion – “The Russian Nightmare” Nikita Koloff, WWF Tag Team Star- Raymond Rougeau, Star of the major motion picture “The Wrester”, WCW & WWE Star- Ernest “The Cat” Miller who will be reunited with his former WCW Manager – Sonny Onoo, WWF Tag Team Champion & part of the famed Hart Foundation – Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart, WCW, WWE & TNA star Shannon Moore and WWF & WCW star Barry Horowitz. Check out www.kandswrestlefest.com the New Year’s Greetings page to keep up on all the show details.
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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