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[Birthdays & Anniversaries] Mad Dog Vachon (79), Skandor Akbar (74), and Ann Casey (70) celebrated birthday’s today. Today in Memoriam: Steve Kovacs (1998). .. [reported by Rich Tate of www.GeorgiaWrestlingHistory.com]
[WWE News] WWE is changing their TV taping format for a few weeks in November. The ECW tapings will move to Mondays and WWE will decrease the number of Smackdown tapings by doing 2 episodes in one night. In other words, Raw and ECW are being taped weekly while Smackdown is being taped bi-weekly.. [reported by Devin Cutting]
[WWE Canada] The Score in Canada has announced that Smackdown will continue to air on The Score every Friday night. Ads about Smackdown’s move in the US caused many Canadian fans to contact The Score to inquire about Smackdown’s future in Canada.. [reported by Devin Cutting]
[TNA iMPACT] According to multiple sources, Jeff Jarrett is angry over the recent comments made by Kurt Angle about TNA in the UK Sun Newspaper! Rumor has it that Jarrett – as the founder of TNA – will publicly address these controversial comments on Thursday’s broadcast on Spike. The question is, with Angle and Jarrett set to battle at Bound For Glory, could all hell break loose between the two TNA superstars on Thursday night? .. [reported by Devin Cutting and www.TNAwrestling.com
[ROH News] The Motor City Machine Guns of Alex Shelley & Chris Sabin will return to ROH for one last weekend in 2008 on 10/24 in Danbury, CT and 10/25 in Edison, NJ. They will be part of the first ever Iron Team Match in Danbury pitting Shelley & Sabin vs. Kevin Steen & El Generico vs. Jay & Mark Briscoe vs. Davey Richards & Chris Hero. The team that wins the most falls in 30 minutes is the victor.. For more information, go to www.rohwrestling.com
[Indy Event] The ECWA has announced the participants for the Super 8 Tournament, which takes place at the Newark Boys & Girls Club in Newark, Delaware on October 25th, 2008. The participants are: Shannon Moore, Alex Koslov, Frankie Arion, Aden Chambers, Maverick, Chase Del Monte, Loca Vida, and Scott Reed — Go to http://ecwaprowrestling.com/main/super8.html for info about the Super 8.
[Indy Event] Insanity Pro Wrestling presents “Shocktoberfest” on Saturday, October 4, 2008 at the Fountain Square Salvation Army Community Center in Indianapolis, Indiana.
[Indy Event] Extreme Wrestling Federation presents “A New Beginning” on Saturday, October 4 at the Grant County Family YMCA in Marion, Indiana
[Indy Event] Rain (aka Payton Banks) will be appearing at the Purely Obsessed Wrestling World event in Fox Lake, Illinois on October 4th, 2008. Go to http://powwentertainment.com for info about the POWW.. [reported by Devin Cutting]
[Indy Event] Former NWA Legend Ox Baker, Former ECW Hardcore Icons Raven & Justin Credible, And Recent WWE Smackdown Diva Cherry To Headline NWS Double-Shot This Weekend 10/3 – 10/4
[Indy Event] Stevie Richards vs. “Sweet N Sour” Larry Sweeney has been added to International Wrestling Cartel’s “REVENGEANCE 5” on October 11th, 2008 at the Court Time Sports Center in Elizabeth, Pennsylvania.
[Indy Event] Bushwhacker Luke and Doink The Clown will be appearing at the North Atlantic Wrestling Association event in Presque Isle, Maine on October 4th, 2008. Go to http://nawapro.net for info about the NAWA.. [reported by Devin Cutting]
[Indy Event] Sean Waltman (aka X-Pac), King V (aka Big Daddy V) and Rob Conway will be appearing at the National Wrestling Alliance event in Tulsa, Oklahoma on October 3rd, 2008. Go to http://spiritbankeventcenter.com for full info about the event.. [reported by Devin Cutting]
[Canadian Event] Robbie McAllister from The Highlanders will be appearing at the Pro Wrestling Xtreme events in St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada on Saturday, November 8th, 2008 and Tillsonburg, Ontario, Canada on Sunday, November 9th, 2008. Go to http://www.prowrestlingxtreme.com for info about PWX.. [reported by Devin Cutting]
[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
[Radio] Tako, the fan who called out Hulk Hogan on YouTube and made an appearance on our show back in August, rejoined Rich Tate Sunday night for a PSP Fix to discuss the progress he is making in helping raise money for the family of John Graziano. Tako told us about the response he received indirectly from Hogan, described reactions from people within WWE, and plugged a fundraiser that will be held on November 14 with assistance from many high profile people and organizations within the sports and entertainment industry. We will be putting up more information on this event soon. Click here to listen. – GeorgiaWrestlingHistory.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.
[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
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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..