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[ClickWrestle Download of the Day] Allison Danger vs. Cindy Rogers.
[TNA News] TNA is heading to the west coast for the first time in November. A house show will be held at the Bakersfield Dome in Bakersfield, California on November 1st, 2008. Bell time is 6 PM. Go to http://www.myspace.com/thebakersfielddome for info about the venue.. [reported by Devin Cutting]
[SHIMMER] Discuss the SHIMMER Tag Team Title Gauntlet in the official 10/19 News & Discussion Thread at The SHIMMER Forum… http://shimmerwomen.proboards50.com/index.cgi?board=shimmer&action=display&thread=2358
[Book News] Harper Collins will soon release the first ever book covering the life and times of the self-proclaimed Toast of the Coast, the Sensation of the Nation, the legendary Gorgeous George. “The Outrageous Bad-Boy Wrestler Who Created American Pop Culture” was written by John Capouya and is available in most retail book stores on September 2nd. To pre-order the book via the Harper Collins website, or see a more detailed description, go to http://www.harpercollins.com/books/9780061173035/Gorgeous_George/index.aspx
[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.
[OWW News] My Interview with Tito Santana has been posted on the Wrestling Observer, WrestlingFigs.com, Wrestle-Complex.com and WrestleView.com.
[WSX News] The Canadian version of MTV 2 launched this week and will be airing Wrestling Society X at these times: Sundays – 3:30 PM (ET) – Thursdays – 5:30 PM (ET) – Saturdays – 12:00 PM (ET) – Saturdays – 12:30 PM (ET) – Go to http://www.mtv2.ca for info about Canada’s MTV 2.
[Radio] ECW Original “Pitbull” Gary Wolf decided to host his own wrestling radio show & His Co-Host Will Be The Chairman Nathan Noss. The first show is still being determined as to what day the First Show Will Air On. Please Add His Show to your myspace at: http://www.myspace.com/Insidethepit — If you Have a Blog Talk Account Please Add The Show At: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/insidethepit — Be Sure to tune in as i Promise you that things will Get EXTREME.
[Radio] Bret “The Hitman” Hart will be on World Talk LIVE for an interview on Monday, September 1st at 4pm Eastern. He will be talking about the US release of his autobiography, his future plans, his status with Vince McMahon and WWE, and his pride in being a Canadian athlete. Bret doesn’t do many radio interviews these days, so this is a rare opportunity to hear shoot comments from “the best there is, the best there was, and the best there ever will be”. Questions may be called into the show live by dialing (347) 215-7778 or before the show by sending an email to [email protected] To listen to the show during the live broadcast and the archive version, go to http://www.blogtalkradio.com/worldtalklive/2008/09/01/Bret-The-Hitman-Hart-Interview. For more information on this show, please visit the show’s official website at www.worldtalklive.com This is YOUR opportunity to talk to the “excellence of execution”, so don’t miss it!
[UK News] A poll was recently carried out to find the worst wrestlers in the UK. The latest issue of Piledriver Online includes a five page special on the Sh*tarse Fifty including interviews with organiser Moj and the infamous Ronin, it can be seen on pages 7-11at: http://www.piledriver-online.co.uk/ccount/click.php?id=19
[Puerto Rican News] The number one wrestling website in Puerto Rico and Latin-America, LuchaLibreOnline.tv, has yet another exclusive in wrestling history. In this edition, Alexis Suarez has an exclusive interview with the wrestle known as Eugene. The former wwe superstar speaks about his wwe days, Puerto rico and much more.. Here is the link – http://www.luchalibreonline.tv/video/279664-llo-news-eugene.html
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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
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