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[Birthdays & Anniversaries] Roger Smith (1948) and Beth Phoenix (1980) celebrated birthday’s today. Today in Memoriam: Jim Grabmire (67, 1999), Eddie Sullivan (59, 2000), and Dick Hutton (80, 2003)… [reported by Rich Tate of www.GeorgiaWrestlingHistory.com]
[History Lesson] Today marks the 25th anniversary of the original Starrcade, which took place on this day in 1983 in Greensboro, NC, shown on closed circuit TV: the Assassins over Rufus R. Jones & Bugsy McGraw; Kevin Sullivan & Mark Lewin over Johnny Weaver & Scott McGhee; Abdullah the Butcher over Carlos Colon; Dick Slater & Bob Orton, Jr., over Mark Youngblood & Wahoo McDaniel; Charlie Brown (Jimmy Valiant) over the Great Kabuki to win the “NWA” Television Title; Roddy Piper over Greg Valentine in a dog collar match; Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood over Jack & Jerry Brisco to win the “NWA” World Tag Team Title, with Angelo ‘King Kong’ Mosca as special referee; and Ric Flair over Harley Race to win the NWA World Heavyweight Title, with Gene Kiniski as special referee.. [reported by Rich Tate]
[History Lesson] In addition, today is the 36th anniversary of the beginning of a two-year promotional war between Georgia Championship Wrestling and Ann Gunkel’s All-South Wrestling Alliance. . [reported by Rich Tate]
[ROH News] ROH officials are happy to announce that in suburban St. Louis on 12/5, we will welcome competitors from Harley Race’s World League Wrestling! We’ll have names and match announcements soon here in the Newswire!
[ROH News] The challenge of Kensuke Sasaki has been heard loud and clear throughout the ROH locker room and many talents have expressed their wish to face Sasaki and Katsuhiko Nakajima on 12/27 in New York City. To narrow the field, the ROH Booking Committee has just signed a special tag team gauntlet for 12/5 in St. Louis! Four teams will battle it out, with the pair that runs the gauntlet will earn the right to face Sasaki and Nakajima at Final Battle.
[FIP News] The FIP championship committee has announced that all three FIP championships will be defended in Crystal River, FL on Saturday, December 20th.
[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] Josie (aka Sojourner Bolt from TNA) will be appearing at the Minnesota Independent Wrestling event in Hayward, Wisconsin on November 29th, 2008. Go to http://terryfoxmiw.cjb.net for info about MIW .. [reported by Devin Cutting]
[Radio] Monday Night Mayhem will have Chavo Guerrero Sr. (aka Chavo Classic) on its show tonight. Check out www.mondaynightmayhem.com to listen to the show.
[Radio] Be sure to tune in tonight at 6 PM for another actioned pack edition of Who’s Slamming Who. Current TNA Knockout Roxxi, former WWE Superstar Rory from The Highlanders, and Kenny Bolin will join the main show tonight. Be sure to listen to the show tonight at 6 PM at: WhosSlammingWho.podomatic.com
[DVD News] Big Vision Entertainment and Pro Wrestling Insider’s presents “Last Call” with Raven and the Sandman, plus special appearances by Terry Funk, New Jack, and Mustafa. Dr. Keith Lipinski hosts a lively shoot interview from behind the bar, as five of the most ‘extreme’ wrestlers of all time talk about their lives as professional wrestlers. Check out the extensive list of wrestling DVD’s at www.bvdvd.com
[Misc News] Marvin Ward and David Hebner have become business partners opening Ward Hebner Entertainment, a new wrestling company and booking agency out of Virginia. Marvin Ward and David Hebner have stellar backgrounds in the professional wrestling industry. Both men share the same passion for wanting to give fans an alternative to the current product being shown on network TV. Any talent needing serious professional representation without the worries of their pay or travel plans; email Marvin or Dave by going to the official website at www.ward-hebner.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. The following guests will be appearing at Wrestlefest: New Year’s Greetings: Abdulah The Butcher, Assassin 1 (Jody Hamilton), referee Nick Patrick, Patriot (Del Wilkes), “The Russian Bear” Ivan Koloff, Nikita Koloff, Raymond Rougeau, Ernest “The Cat” Miller, Sonny Onoo, Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart, Shannon Moore, Barry Horowitz, “Queen of Extreme” Francine, and Big Van Vader! Check out www.kandswrestlfest.com for more information.
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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