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[TNA News] Kurt Angle, who was arrested last September for alleged drunken driving, was found not guilty in a non-jury trial today in Pittsburgh, PA. Although police claimed he failed field sobriety tests, by the time they were able to track him down at home, the judge believed enough time had passed to raise questions as to what time frame he had been consuming alcohol. Angle told an interviewer for WPXI TV that the incident has changed his life. “I regret it. It’s something that, you know, I didn’t do anything wrong, “said Angle. “The law tries to turn around and get you. Maybe because you’re a celebrity, maybe not.” .. [reported by Rich Tate]
[SHIMMER] Midwest women’s wrestling veteran MISS NATURAL will make her debut for SHIMMER – WOMEN ATHLETES on Volumes 21 & 22 of the DVD series at the Berwyn Eagles Club (6309 26th Street) in Berwyn, IL on Sunday, October 19th.. For more information, go to www.shimmerwrestling.com
[Indy Event] Tracy Smothers will be appearing at the Ericules Wrestling Promotions event in Louisville, Tennessee on September 11th, 2008. Go to http://ericuleswrestlingpromotions.webs.com for info about EWP.. [reported by Devin Cutting]
[Indy Event] Joey Mercury and Eugene will be appearing at the East Coast Pro Wrestling event in North Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada on September 28th, 2008. Go to http://www.eastcoastprowrestling.com for info about ECPW.. [reported by Devin Cutting]
[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.
[Book News] A spirited discussion has begun on the Wrestling Classics Message Board about Bruno Lauer’s new autobiography, “Wrestling With The Truth.” To check out what people are saying about the book, Click Here.
[Radio] False Count Pro Wrestling Radio, The Dark Match & Revolution Wrestling Radio Invite you to join us This Wednesday(9/10/2008) 6pm Eastern As We Will Be Doing a Killer Kowalski Tribute Simulcast. This Man Did it all during his time with us. From Wrestling Numerous Territory’s, Holding Many Titles, To Training Pro Wrestlers Including Triple H, April Hunter, Slyck Wagner Brown. We Will Be Reading off story’s Sent to us by fans & We Will Be Joined By Some of Walter “Killer” Kowalski’s Co-Workers & People Mr. Kowalski Trained. For more information, go to http://www.blogtalkradio.com/falsecountradio
[DVD News] Kayfabe Commentaries released their latest Investigative Special DVD today — “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 onsale today at www.kayfabecommentaries.com
[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
[WSX News] The Canadian version of MTV 2 launched this week and will be airing Wrestling Society X at these times: Sundays – 3:30 PM (ET) – Thursdays – 5:30 PM (ET) – Saturdays – 12:00 PM (ET) – Saturdays – 12:30 PM (ET) – Go to http://www.mtv2.ca for info about Canada’s MTV 2.
[Fan Convention] K&S went out and found another one of those rare guests that all you fans love. This time we found former AWA Star Colonal DeBeers and we also added former WCW World Tag Team Champion & NWO Member “Buff” Bagwell so don’t miss out on the chance to get an autograph or picture with the good Colonal and “Buff the Stuff” as they head to Legends of the Ring VII October 11, 2008. Check out www.kandswrestlefest.com the DeBeers & Bagwell page for all the details. For further information or mail orders you can contact Ken or Steve at 516-473-4944 or [email protected]. For all Legends of the Ring VII show details go to www.ironriverfilms.com/lotr
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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