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[Birthdays & Anniversaries] Champion (48) and Tracy Smothers (46) celebrated birthday’s today. Today in Memoriam: Ric Carter (44, 2006). .. [reported by Rich Tate of www.GeorgiaWrestlingHistory.com]
[SHIMMER] Ring of Honor is your official source for SHIMMER Women Athletes on DVD! Visit http://www.rohwrestling.com/ to order the newest releases in the SHIMMER DVD series!
[Indy Media] This week on NECW TV we take you back to NECW’s BIRTHDAY BASH 8 with a very eventful Pat’s Pit, as Pat “The Brat” Piper brings out manager Brian Cairo and a situation ensues that neither man expected. It’s a wild segment to kick off this week’s episode. Direct link to the episode: http://www.necw.tv/episodes/NECW_TV_EPISODE_136.wmv
[Indy Event] MCPW “Strong Intentions” October 11th in Kalkaska, MI. In the Main Event All Japan Pro Wrestling Star C.J. Otis will take on the #1 Contender for MCPW World Championship Christin Able! For more information, go to www.MCPWRESTLING.com
[Indy Event] Eugene will be appearing at the Bruiser Wrestling Federation event in Farmville, Virginia on September 6th, 2008. Go to http://www.bwfprowrestling.com for info about the BWF.. [reported by Devin Cutting]
[Indy Event] The Iron Sheik and Doink The Clown will be appearing at the Mid-Ohio Wrestling event in Barberton, Ohio on September 6th, 2008. Go to http://www.midohiowrestling.net for info about MOW.. [reported by Devin Cutting]
[Indy Event] The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express, The Midnight Express, Buff Bagwell and The Barbarian will be appearing at the NWA Mid-Atlantic event in Asheville, North Carolina on November 8th, 2008. Go to http://www.midatlanticwrestling.com for info about NWA Mid-Atlantic.. [reported by Devin Cutting]
[FCW Event] WWE developmental organization Florida Championship Wrestling will be holding an event at the 7,800 seat Lee County Civic Center in Fort Myers, Florida on November 15th, 2008. Go to http://www.fcwwrestling.com for info about FCW.. [reported by Devin Cutting]
[Misc News] In traveling to Japan it is helpful if you have a beginning knowledge of the language and culture. Learning basic Japanese language courtesies is fun. Now on Dory Funk’s website there is a special section (http://www.dory-funk.com) covering the basic language and courtesies you should be familiar with if you are traveling to Japan or communicating with Japanese friends here in America.
[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.
[Training] Saturday September 6th at the Funking Conservatory tryouts for All Japan Pro Wrestling with Osamu Nishimura will be open to the public. The exhibitions will be filmed for !BANG! TV and for private link to the All Japan Booking Office.
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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.