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[Birthdays & Anniversaries] Joe Laurinaitis (46) and Sal Rinauro (26) celebrated birthday’s today. Today in Memoriam: Gus Sonnenberg (46, 1944), Chris Von Erich (21, 1991), Frankenstein (85, 2001), and Jim Barnett (80, 2004). .. [reported by Rich Tate of www.GeorgiaWrestlingHistory.com]
[Misc News] Wrestlers Rescue’s mission is to create awareness and to help raise monies to support the health care needs of Retired Professional Wrestlers due to a career choice in wrestling. To learn more about Wrestler’s Rescue, go to http://WrestlersRescue.Org
[Indy Event] WrestleReality is a brand new pro wrestling conglomerate (consisting of Pro Wrestling Unplugged, Devastation Wrestling federation, and TVByDemand.com/Loco Wrestling) that is set to run their first TV Taping for their recently inked national syndication deal set to start this fall/winter season in 85 cities. Just signed for multiple events this fall season is none other than “THE LIVING LEGEND” LARRY ZBYSZKO, making his return to WrestleReality at “The Diamond & Steel Anniversary” on Saturday September 27th at The Flyers Skate Zone in Voorhees, NJ. This is the same night that wrestling legend Diamond Dallas Page steps back into the ring for ONE night and ONE NIGHT ONLY to team with All Money is Legal (K-Murda & K-Pusha) to take on Former WWE Superstar SAVIO VEGA and PWU The World Tag Team Champions The SAT (Jose & Joel Maximo) in a huge 6 man tag.
[Radio] “The Masterpiece” Chris Masters was on Revolution Pro Wrestling Radio recently. You can listen to archived episodes at: http://www.wrestling-radio.com
[Radio] Inside The Pit with “Pitbull” Gary Wolf and “The Chairman” Nathan Noss will have Crash The Terminator (aka Hugh Morrus | aka Bill Demott) on the show this tonight at 8pm Eastern (download the archive tomorrow). For more information, go to http://www.blogtalkradio.com/insidethepit
[Radio] Wrestling Elite managed to finagle a couple of hours between all the football talk to talk wrestling on Sports Radio 1130 WDFN! They talked about the fallout from Unforgiven, checked in with Steve Gerweck from gerweck.net and a lot more. It airs this Saturday night from 9:00 to 11:00 PM/EST on 1130 AM or you can always stream live at http://www.wdfn.com/pages/wrestling.html
[Indy Event] UPWA invades the National Guard Armory in Wilmington, NC on September 13th with “September Slam 2008.” For more information, go to www.theupwa.com
[Charity Event] Wrestler’s Rescue takes place on September 14, 2008 at the Radisson in Piscataway, NJ with: Torrie Wilson, Terri Runnels, Mick Foley, Dawn Marie, Tammy Sytch, Missy Hyatt, Iron Sheik, Superfly Snuka, Greg Valentine, Lou Albano, Balls Mahoney, Nikolai Volkoff, Lanny Poffo, Brutus Beefcake, JJ Dillon, Sandman, Manny Fernandez, Baywatch’s Traci Bingham, Boxing legend Emile Griffith, many, many others & surprise guest. More info go to: www.WrestlersRescue.Org
[Misc Event] Boogie’s Wrestling Camp is having its 16th Annual Graduation ceremony on September 14th hosted by Jimmy & Angel Valiant at BWC Hall of Fame and Museum in Shawsville, Virginia. Along with BWC’s graduating students there will be a few honorary degrees given out Sunday. They are WWE Hall of Famer Johnny Valiant, Kentucky’s first lady promoter Delphia Richendollar, “King of Kingsport” Beau James, “Iron Cross” Mike Samson, NWA Indiana Champion Sexy Shawn Cook and tag team partner Guy Lombardo, world famous midget wrestling legend Tiny Bell, New York City booking agents Evan Ginzburg, Scott Epstein and Howard Rogofsky, plus two female grapplers, Missy Samson(The Farmer’s Daughter) and Misty James. For more information, go to www.jimmyvaliant.com
[Indy News] The Funking Conservatory Florida Heavyweight Champion Shane Chung captured the first contract signing with all Japan Pro Wrestling Company for the Thirty Sixth Anniversary Tour. For more information, go to http://www.dory-funk.com
[Indy Media] CWF Mid-Atlantic’s weekly television program is available for download exclusively at Highspots.TV! Don’t miss “the fastest half hour of wrestling anywhere!” PLUS there will be never-before-seen bouts available for download including the BLOODY BLOODY Steel Cage Match from BattleCade VI, Corino-Converse II, WWE’s Mickie James in action, and much more!!
[Booking News] “Squire” David Taylor is now taking bookings for wrestling, training seminars, and autograph signings through Bill Behrens at [email protected]
[Book News] Harper Collins recently released 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 starting September 2nd. You can also order the book via the Harper Collins website, or see a more detailed description, by going here: 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 www.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.
[DVD News] Finally the Jeff Peterson Memorial Cup 2007 two disc set is available at http://wwndvd.com/store.htm! Last years JPC was a once again a memorable event and is something fans have been clamoring for on DVD and now is your chance to get your copy. All revenue raised from every DVD sold will go to benefit a little 2 year old boy named Devin Deschaine who is currently fighting cancer so please do your part to help Devin and purchase your copy right away! Purchase the Jeff Peterson Memorial Cup 2007 at http://wwndvd.com/store.htm
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Memphis Wrestling History
Vol. 2: The Programs (1972 – 1976)
by Mark James
Forward by Lance Russell
Most fans today associate Memphis wrestling with WWE Hall of Famer Jerry “The King” Lawler, and although it may be true that Lawler helped bring the Memphis territory into a brighter spotlight, there is a lot of great history that paved the road for the “King.” Those trailblazers include Eddie Marlin, Jerry Jarrett, Jackie Fargo, Tojo Yamamoto, Billy Wicks, Sputnik Monroe, and countless others.
Mark James has done his part to teach the students of the wrestling community about Memphis with his website, Memphis Wrestling History (www.memphiswrestlinghistory.com). He has also gone above and beyond the call of duty by writing a book with the same name. I am here to give you my review for Mark’s second book, “Memphis Wrestling History Vol. 2: The Programs 1972-1976.” There are printed contributions from Memphis legends such as Lance Russell, Billy Wicks, Bill Dundee, Jimmy Hart, Jerry Jarrett, Jimmy Valiant, Scott Bowden, and others. The bulk of this 400+ page coffee table-sized book is a huge collection of scanned programs from Memphis. Each program features pictures and text hyping and celebrating the various aspects of the Memphis circuit.
If you’re a big fan of Jerry Lawler, you may have some extra incentive to check out this book, because it covers the unfamiliar era of Lawler’s early years as a professional wrestler. You will quickly realize why Lawler would eventually become the “King” of Memphis wrestling, having learned the ropes from so many extraordinary legends of the industry.
CLICK HERE to read the full review by Brad Dykens..