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[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.
[Misc News] Baron Von Raschke said that he was almost named “Baron Von Pumpkin” by Mad Dog Vachon in an interview this past week. Raschke said that Vachon had heard the name before and loved it but thankfully was talked out of it so he used his real last name…. [reported by Mike Aldren in the Wrestling Globe Newsletter]
[Misc Event] Boogie’s Wrestling Camp is having its 16th Annual Graduation ceremony on September 14th hosted by Jimmy & Angel Valiant at BWC Hall of Fame and Museum in Shawsville, Virginia. Along with BWC’s graduating students there will be a few honorary degrees given out Sunday. They are WWE Hall of Famer Johnny Valiant, Kentucky’s first lady promoter Delphia Richendollar, “King of Kingsport” Beau James, “Iron Cross” Mike Samson, NWA Indiana Champion Sexy Shawn Cook and tag team partner Guy Lombardo, world famous midget wrestling legend Tiny Bell, New York City booking agents Evan Ginzburg, Scott Epstein and Howard Rogofsky, plus two female grapplers, Missy Samson(The Farmer’s Daughter) and Misty James. For more information, go to www.jimmyvaliant.com
[Indy Event] Shannon Moore, Jimmy Valiant and Baby Doll will be appearing at the Power Pro Wrestling event in Little River, South Carolina on October 4th, 2008. Go to http://www.awapowerprowrestling.com for info about PPW.. [reported by Devin Cutting]
[Indy Event] The next A.W.E.S.O.M.E. (American Wrestling’s Elite Stars Of Mat Entertainment) event will take place on September 20 with a special 2 p.m. bell time at the Bloomfield Harvest Fest in Bloomfield, New Jersey. Visit http://www.awesomewrestlingonline.com for more information on what is sure to be a fun-filled event.
[Indy Event] Gail Kim, Chris Masters and 2 Cold Scorpio will be appearing at Booker T’s Pro Wrestling Alliance event in Pasadena, Texas on September 18th, 2008. Go to http://www.bookertpwa.com for info about the PWA.. [reported by Devin Cutting]
[Indy Event] Jerry “The King” Lawler will be signing autographs at the Bill Heard Dealership in Columbus, Georgia on September 12th, 2008 from 2 to 4 PM.. [reported by Devin Cutting]
[Indy Event] ECW Origianl 911 will make his first wrestling appearance in almost four years at the A.W.E.S.O.M.E. event in Toms River, NJ on September 27th! Someone is sure to get a chokeslam courtesy of The “Hand That Rocked The ECW Arena” and the two-time JAPW Heavyweight Champion.. [reported by http://www.awesomewrestlingonline.com]
[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]
[BANG! News] At the Funking Conservatory after a tryout match between Elvis Sharp and Shane Chung, both men continued to fight prompting Dory Funk and Osamu Nishimura to break up the fight. Just as it appeared all was under control, Blain Rage attacked Osamu Nishimura from behind. After fending off the attack, Nishimura cut loose with several devastating “Dory Funk Jr.” Uppercut Forearm Blows on Blain Rage and Elvis Sharp. Now on !BANG! TV you can watch last night’s action as Blain Rage attacked Osamu Nishimura followed by a barrage of Dory Funk Jr. Uppercut Forearm blows by Osamu Nishimura. !BANG! TV is now online at http://www.dory-funk.com
[Fan Convention] Lance Storm will be making a rare Convention type autograph appearance as part of the “A NIGHT TO REMEMBER, REUNION OF SUPERSTARS” event put on by Turnbuckle Promotions. The event takes place September 27th at the Sheraton Bucks County Hotel in Langhorne, Pennsylvania. For more information about this event, and who else will be appearing check out their website at: www.TurnbucklePromotions.com
[Fan Convention] K&S Wrestlefest and D.K. Promotions are proud to present former WCW Heavywieght Champion, WCW & WWF Tag Team Champion and College Football Hall of Famer – Ron Simmons. So don’t miss out on the chance to get an autograph, picture and your classic superstar figure signed by one of the true wrestling greats. This signing will be taking place on September 20, 2008 at Rogers Tuxedos – 7 West Main Street, Babylon N.Y. 11702 from 1pm – 3pm. Check out www.kandswrestlefest.com the Simmons page for all the details. For further information, mail orders or preoders you can contact Dave at 631-790-7919 or Ken & Steve at [email protected]
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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
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