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[TNA Event] TNA returns to the Eastwood Expo Center in Niles, Ohio on March 13th, 2009. Go to http://prowrestlingevents.tk or http://prowrestlingevents.webs.com for info about upcoming wrestling shows worldwide.
[SHIMMER] ScarletSpider of The SHIMMER Forum put together a farewell video for Lacey. You can either watch it here… Or download it here or here..
[DVD News] Big Vision Entertainment presents “The Best of Dragon Gate: Volume 1” – Wrestling’s Future Revealed. If you’ve followed Ring of Honor over the past few years you know what Dragon Gate is and how incredible the product is. Now you can experience original matches from this exciting Japanese promotion with this 2-disc set featuring over five hours of footage! Check out the extensive list of wrestling DVD’s at www.bvdvd.com
[WSU Event] Womens Superstars Uncensored has their final event of 2008 on November 29th at the NWS Wrestling Academy, located at 121 New Jersey Ave in New Brunswick, New Jersey…. this show will be “Fan Appreciation Night” with all tickets only $5 each! Talent Appearing: Traci Brooks, Mercedes Martinez, Portia Perez, Missy Hyatt, Gorgeous George, The Beatdown Betties, Trixie Lynn, Miss April, The Soul Sisters, Lea Morrison & So Much More! – For more information, go to www.WSUWrestling.com
[Indy Event] Rain (aka Payton Banks) will be appearing at the Purely Obsessed Wrestling World event in Elk Grove, Illinois on November 22nd, 2008. Go to http://powwentertainment.com for info about the POWW… [reported by Devin Cutting]
[Canadian Indy Event] Due to circumstances beyond our control, “Maple Leaf Muscle” Petey Williams will be unable to appear at Border City Wrestling’s 15th Anniversary Bash, December 13th, at Assumption High School in Windsor Ontario Canada. In his place is former BCW superstar Robert “Don’t Call Me Bobby” Roode! He joins former WWF and WCW World Champion, Detroit’s own, Kevin Nash and former Can-Am Wrestling School graduates, the Motor City Machine Guns (Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin). For more information, go to www.bordercitywrestling.com
[Booking Information] Contact Bill Behrens at [email protected] to book any of the following: Azrael, the Blue Meanie, Chase Stevens, Daizee Haze, David Young, Delirious, Iceberg, Joey Matthews, John McChesney, Kevin Nash, Luke Hawx, Mikal Judas, Rob Eckos, Sal Rinauro, Shannon Moore, Shawn Stasiak, Slim J, Stevie Richards, and Super Nova.
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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