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[Birthdays & Anniversaries] Ole Anderson (66) and Bob Sapp (34) celebrated birthday’s today. Today in Memoriam: Charro Aguayo (67, 1963), Stanislaus Zbyszko (88, 1967), Toshikuni Matsunaga (57, 2002), and Ray “The Big Bossman” Traylor (42, 2004).. .. [reported by Rich Tate of www.GeorgiaWrestlingHistory.com]
[ClickWrestle Download of the Day] Christie Ricci’s Greatest Matches.
[WWE Event] WWE will be taping ECW with Monday Night Raw on November 17th, 2008 at the Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. Tickets go on sale October 4th, 2008 at 10 AM. Go to http://www.prowrestlingevents.tk or http://prowrestlingevents.webs.com for info about upcoming shows.
[WWE Event] WWE has postponed it’s upcoming house show at the Germain Arena in Estero, Florida. The event was originally booked for December 21st, then got moved to January 4th and now has been postponed. Go to http://prowrestlingevents.tk or http://prowrestlingevents.webs.com for info about upcoming wrestling shows worldwide..
[ROH PPV] ROH “New Horizons” will premiere on pay-per-view on September 26th. It will be offered at an affordable price on iN DEMAND, The DISH Network, TVN cable systems and in Canada on Bell ExpressVU and Viewer’s Choice Pay-Per-View starting on Sept. 26th. Check out a preview here: http://www.rohwrestling.com/news/article.aspx?id=2285
[DVD News] Strong Style Productions are proud to announce that “FIGHT HARD! The Allison Danger Story” Documentary DVD Project is finished. The feature documentary is complete, extras are are complete, cover and disc artwork is complete. This DVD is only available EXCLUSIVELY through the website, www.strongstyleproductions.com
[DVD News] Kayfabe Commentaries released their latest Investigative Special DVD — “Blood. The Hennig Wrestling Family” — in an effort to answer all those questions. The disc is a journey into the workings of the functional wrestling family. In a day where kayfabe was rule #1, the challenges of maintaining that code and keeping a nuclear family in tact while territory hopping was daunting. Larry Hennig is frank and tender, as he starts with his entrance into the business and takes it through Curt’s, and now to his grandchildren’s. The disc went on sale at www.kayfabecommentaries.com
[Misc News] The Tiger Khan documentary “Fire in the Blood” has its World premier on October 26 at the Pioneer Theatre in New York City’s East Village. For more information, go to www.evanginzburg.com
[Indy Event] Women Superstars Uncencored will have a double-shot weekend on 10/10 (Bergenfield, NJ) and 10/11 (Boonton, NJ). The show in Bergenfield will be a joint show with National Wrestling Superstars. The second show will be a double DVD taping – two shows for the price of one! Check out www.DOIWrestling.com for your number one source of the latest WSU developments.
[Indy Event] Sid Vicious vs. Big Daddy V has been added to the Wrestling Reality show on October 25 in Voorhees, New Jersey. The night will also include Diamond Dallas Page & All Money is Legal facing the SAT & legendary Savio Vega. Plus a lot more on a jam-packed card of matches.
[Indy Event] Idol Stevens, Jamie Dundee and Flash Flanagan will be appearing at the XCW Midwest event in Tell City, Indiana on October 8th, 2008. Go to http://myspace.com/xcwwrestlingmidwest for info about XCW Midwest .. [reported by Devin Cutting]
[Indy Event] Abdullah The Butcher, Kid Kash, Tracy Smothers, Pat Tanaka, Yoshi Kwan and Idol Stevens will be appearing at the New Focus Wrestling event in Evansville, Indiana on September 27th, 2008. Go to http://www.newfocuswrestling.tk or http://newfocuswrestling.webs.com for info about NFW.. [reported by Devin Cutting]
[Indy Event] Eric Young will be appearing at the Premiere Wrestling Showcase event in York, South Carolina on September 27th, 2008. Go to http://www.pwsprowrestling.com for info about the PWS.. [reported by Devin Cutting]
[Indy Event] Shark Boy will be appearing at the Buckeye Pro Wrestling event in Middletown, Ohio on October 19th, 2008. Go to http://buckeyeprowrestling.com for info about BPW.. [reported by Devin Cutting]
[UK News] Tex Benedict has launched a survey about the British wrestling scene. He tells us more about it in the latest Piledriver Online at: http://www.piledriver-online.co.uk/ccount/php?id=20
[Radio] Brooke Hogan recently appeared on Monday Night Mayhem to plug her show “Brooke Knows Best” – to listen to the program, go to www.mondaynightmayhemarchives.com/sep08/BrookeKnowsBestSpecial.mp3
[Radio] Evan Ginzburg’s Legends Radio recently produced a KILLER KOWALSKI RADIO TRIBUTE at www.wrestling-radio.com which included contributions from: Bruno Sammartino, Jimmy Valiant, Lanny Poffo, JJ Dillon, Chris Cruise, and Don Bravo — Click below to listen: http://www.webmediazone.net/click/click.php?id=9
[Fan Convention] K&S Wrestlefest went out and found that rare and sought after duo the former WWF Tag Team Champions the Godwinns. So don’t miss out on the chance to get an autograph, picture or “slop drop” from Phinias and Henry as they head to Signamania III on September 27, 2008. As an added bonus K&S Wrestlefest will have former WWF Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion and WWF Tag Team Champion – Tito Santana. We have a very special give back to the fans deal on Tito for signing autographs and taking pictures with all the fans. For further information or mail orders you can contact Ken or Steve at 516-473-4944 or [email protected]. For all Signamania III show details go to www.signamania.com
[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.
[Article] Jake “The Snake” Roberts puts on drunken display at independent show [reported by Mike Informer]
[Plug] Visit www.wrestlersrescue.org for more information on Dawn Marie‘s WRESTLE RESCUE organization. It’s a worthy cause so please take a minute to check it out.
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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