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[Birthdays & Anniversaries] Today in Memoriam: Dick Brower (64, 1997), Jimmy McGuire (51, 2002), and Ricky Gibson (53, 2006). .. [reported by Rich Tate of www.GeorgiaWrestlingHistory.com]
[WWE-FCW News] If you begin seeing news names from Florida Championship Wrestling, don’t think there has been a huge influx of new talent. Rather, eight of the WWE developmental talent have had their names changed. These changes include the following: Byron Saxton (formerly Bryan Kelly), Carson Oakley (formerly Kevin Kiley), Damien Santiago (formerly Lupe Martinez), Nelson Roy (formerly Imani Lee), Sebastian Slater (formerly Heath Miller), Taj Milano (formerly Gabe Tuft), Trent Barretta (formerly Greg Jackson), and Tyson Tarver (formerly Tyrone Jones).. [reported by Rich Tate]
[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] All American Pro Wrestling will be holding a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society at the Herrin Middle School in Herrin, Illinois on October 4th, 2008. Bell time is 7 PM. Scheduled to appear are former TNA stars Chase Stevens & David Young. Go to http://myspace.com/allamericanprowrestling for info about AAPW.. [reported by Devin Cutting]
[Charity Event] Reality Rumble Is Looking For Reality Stars With A Heart! – On Saturday October 4th South Atlantic Wrestling and Coach Chris Dodson (http://www.myspace.com/coachdodson) will be holding a REALITY RUMBLE (http://www.myspace.com/reality_rumble) event at Spotswood High School (http://www.rockingham.k12.va.us/SHS/SHS.html) in Penn Laird, Virginia to raise money for his classroom Spotswood High School’s Special Stars (http://specialstars2008.googlepages.com/spotswoodhighschool%27sspecialstars). 100% Of the money from this event will be used to help buy Adapted Tricycles for physical therapy, money for some fieldtrips, and other learning devices to help the students in the classroom. For the Reality Stars that come in to take part in this event we offer beautiful shared condos at Massanutten Resort (http://www.massresort.com) with access passes to all recreation and activities. This includes their huge indoor water park which we will also be doing an Autograph Session at. We also provide several meals at local restaurants. We would like to thank Reality TV Magazine (http://www.realitytvmagazine.com/) and REALITYWANTED.COM (http://www.realitywanted.com/) their continued support of REALITY RUMBLE. If you have any questions at all call Coach Dodson at 540-435-2412 or email Tim Lawler at [email protected] – For more information, go to http://www.myspace.com/reality_rumble
[WSU DVD’s] Women Superstars Uncensored announced their latest releases; 8/22 “Us vs Them” and 8/23 “Another Brick in the Wall” through the DOI website. These DVDs will retail for $12.95 each, but you can get both DVDs for only $25 (This sale will expire on 9/7)! To order directly visit: http://www.declarationofindependents.net/doi/pages/wsuaugustsale.html
[Radio] There is a huge Killer Kowalski Tribute show on Wrestling-radio.com right now featuring interviews with JJ Dillon, George “The Animal” Steel, Frankie Kazarian and Ivan Koloff. Listen to the show at: WRESTLING-RADIO.COM & False Count Radio.. [reported by Ben Kerin]
[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.
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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..