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[Birthdays & Anniversaries] Today in Memoriam: Karl Pojello (1954). .. [reported by Rich Tate of www.GeorgiaWrestlingHistory.com]
[SHIMMER] You can check out a preview of the SHIMMER Volume 19 cover art right now at The SHIMMER Forum by visiting the link below. The Volume 19 DVD is scheduled to be released prior to the October 19th taping in Berwyn, IL. http://shimmerwomen.proboards50.com/index.cgi?board=shimmer&action=display&thread=2469
[TNA News] The “TNA iMPACT!” video game features TNA World Champion Wrestler Kurt Angle and fans of Kurt will be pleased to hear that he appears in a new online game called Anger Angle which invites people to push him over the edge by beating the living daylights out him with a plank of wood www.angerangle.com — TNA iMPACT! is released in Europe on September 12 on XBOX 360, PlayStation 2, PS3 and Nintendo Wii.
[Indy Event] Victory Pro Wrestling Returns to Centereach, New York on Saturday, September 6, 2008 – For more info call 631-357-1810 or email [email protected] — Visit www.victoryprowrestling.com for everything VPW!!!
[Book Review] David Frederick – from www.titosantana.net – has posted his review of Tito Santana’s book “Tales from the Ring” at http://www.titosantana.net/Book_Review.html
[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.
[Radio] The 9/1 edition of Monday Night Mayhem (www.mondaynightmayhem.com) included a WWE Unforgiven PPV Preview (w/Scott Hudson, Jim Molineaux, & Graham Cawthon), plus an 2008 NFL Preview (w/Ken Palmer), and an exclusive interview with Sycho Sid Vicious .. To listen to the interview, go to http://www.mondaynightmayhemarchives.com/waxfiles/090108.wax
[Radio] To listen to Tito Santana’s interview on In Your Head Online, go to http://www.inyourheadonline.com/viewnews.php?autoid=1691
[Radio] Shooting Star Radio Exclusive Interview With the Former WCW AND ECW Superstar Scotty Riggs. The interview can be heard by going to www.shootingstarradio.com and clicking on the appropriate link. If you would like more information about this topic or would like to reach Scott Stolbach email the company at [email protected] or call into the radio show at 561-283-1542.
[Radio] “The Masterpiece” Chris Masters was on Revolution Pro Wrestling Radio recently. You can listen to archived episodes at: http://www.wrestling-radio.com
[Media] Legends of Pro Wrestling On-Demand Video Series – “Star studded, action packed matches from original television masters. Some matches haven’t been seen in over 30 years!” Rock Parsons has teamed up with Webcastia to provide monthly on-demand Pro Wrestling specials, narrated by greats from the past. Each special will include full matches and discussion, Q&A and facts from the past. Some of the Pro Wrestlers featured in the matches are; Terry Funk, Ivan Putski, Buzz Sawyer, Tully Blanchard, Ricky Morton, Bobby Heenan, Dick the Bruiser, Ernie Ladd, Bruno Sammartino, Andre, Bobo Brazil, Baron Von Ruschke, Mark Lewin, Brute Bernard, Manager Eddie Creatchman, The Shiek, and 6 times World Champion Referee Lou Thesz… The first video, that is now available for on-demand, is hosted by The Masked Superstar and Rock Parsons. The video includes 3 full length matches, with a pay-per-view cost of $7.95. For further information you can email Chuck at Webcastia ([email protected]) or Rock Parsons ([email protected]).
[Indy Event] Gangrel and Cheerleader Melissa (aka Raisha Saeed from TNA) will be appearing at the Pro Wrestling Revolution event in San Jose, California on November 8th, 2008. Go to http://www.prowrestling-revolution.com for info about PWR .. [reported by Devin Cutting]
[Indy Event] Fort Pierce Police Athletic League presents: Pro Wrestling Fusion “MASS DESTRUCTION” on Saturday September 6, 2008 in Fort Pierce, Florida at the Ft. Pierce PAL Center. For more information contact [email protected] or go to www.prowrestlingfusion.com
[Indy Event] NWS To Be Part Of Annual Edison, NJ Fall Family Spectacular 9/12-9/13 – Three Shows Featuring WWE Hall of Fame legends The Iron Sheik & Greg “The Hammer” Valentine, plus former WWE star Salvatore Sincere, A Famous Clown, The Rogue, Rhett Titus & More… Follow NWS on the Web at www.nwswrestling.com
[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.
[Indy Event] Raven, Balls Mahoney, Spike Dudley, Homicide and Stephen DeAngelis will be appearing at the BIG Pro Wrestling event in Queens, New York on September 27th, 2008. Go to http://www.bigprowrestling.com for info about BIG Pro Wrestling .. [reported by Devin Cutting]
[Indy Event] Jimmy Rave and Chris Hamrick will be appearing at the Hardcore Championship Wrestling event in Mooresboro, North Carolina on September 6th, 2008. Go to http://www.hcwextreme.com for info about HCW.. [reported by Devin Cutting]
[DVD News] To purchase the 2007 Jeff Peterson Memorial Cup and for information on the 2008 event including its participants and how to buy special VIP ticket packages, log onto http://jpc2008.com — .. [reported by Alan Wojcik]
[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
[Historical Info] Over the past fifteen years, Vance Nevada has become an avid wrestling historian and has spent a LITTLE (actually A LOT) time digging up event results and compiling career records for wrestlers of past and present. He will be doing a massive update of the geocities sites that he has set up for this material in the coming weeks. In case you’re interested, here’s what is on file: http://www.geocities.com/vancenevada/records.html
[UK News] Back in the 1980s Tony ‘Banger’ Walsh controversially exposed the secrets of professional wrestling when kayfabe was very much alive and well. He now tells his own side of the story at: http://www.piledriver-online.co.uk/ccount/click.php?id=19
[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
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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