Sunday, December 9, 2007

Georgia Wrestling Nostalgia

1936: Jack Ross defeated Mike Nazarian to win the Southern Light Heavyweight Title at the American Legion in Augusta for promoter Bill Metzger. Nazarian had been the reigning champion since he defeated Lon Chaney on September 23, 1936, in Augusta.

1937: Joe Cox defeated Wally Dusek in the main event at Loew’s Grand Theatre in Atlanta for Georgia Championship Wrestling promoter Frank Speer.

1949: Dan O’Connor defeated Ray Villmer to retain the Southern Heavyweight Title at the Atlanta Municipal Auditorium for Georgia Championship Wrestling promoter Paul Jones. O’Connor had been the reigning champion since he defeated Don McIntyre on November 25, 1949, in Atlanta.

1952: George Curtis defeated Billy Steele in the main event at the Macon City Auditorium for Georgia Championship Wrestling promoter Fred Ward.

1955: Don McIntyre & Jerry Graham defeated Freddie & Billy Blassie to win the World Tag Team Title at the Atlanta Municipal Auditorium for Georgia Championship Wrestling promoter Paul Jones. The Blassies had been billed as champions upon arrival.

1957: Reggie & Stan Lisowski defeated Ray Gunkel & Marco Polo two falls to one to retain the World Tag Team Title at the William Bell Auditorium in Augusta for Georgia Championship Wrestling promoter Tom Mahoney. The Lisowskis had been the reigning champions as recognized by the Chicago, IL, office since they defeated Nicoli & Boris Volkoff on June 29, 1957, in Chicago. It was reported that 800 were in attendance for this card.

1961: On the “Live Atlanta Wrestling” television program hosted by Ed Capral, the Assassins allowed Jerry Graham to pick any partner he wanted for a match on December 15, 1961, and to the fans surprise, he selected Ray Gunkel.

1963: A main event match between Joe Scarpa and the Mighty Hercules was ruled a no contest at the William Bell Auditorium in Augusta for Georgia Championship Wrestling promoter Steve Manderson.

1967: A main event match between Don McClarty and Butcher Vachon was ruled a no contest at the Paul Jones Sports Arena in Atlanta for Georgia Championship Wrestling promoter Paul Jones.

1967: On the “Live Atlanta Wrestling” television program hosted by Ed Capral, Jack Crawford and Paul Jones joined Capral to discuss the pending suspension of El Mongol, and Crawford remained adamant that Mongol did not have to sign for a match waiving the disqualification rule to defend the Georgia Heavyweight Title. By the end of the discussion, Jones had made the suspension effective immediately, much to the dismay of Crawford and Mongol.

1969: Choo-Choo Lynn defeated Aldo Bogni in the main

1972: In what was probably a must see match, Jack Brisco and Dory Funk, Jr., wrestled to a draw on the “Georgia Championship Wrestling” television program hosted by Sterling Brewer.

1974: Steve Keirn defeated Bob Orton, Jr., in a main event Texas death match at the William Bell Auditorium in Augusta for Georgia Championship Wrestling promoter Steve Manderson. Also, a match between Buddy Colt, managed by Bearcat Wright, and Mr. Wrestling #2 was ruled a no contest in the semi-main event. Rocky Johnson defeated Roger Kirby, also managed by Wright, to retain the Georgia Heavyweight Title. Johnson had been the reigning champion since he defeated Colt on November 22, 1974, in Atlanta.

1976: Wahoo McDaniel defeated Ric Flair in the main event at the Savannah Civic Center for Jim Crockett Promotions promoter Aaron Newman. Also, Haystacks Calhoun & Tiger Conway, Jr., defeated Doug Somers & Jacques Goulet in the semi-main event.

1979: Tony Atlas defeated the Masked Superstar in the main event at the Cobb County Civic Center in Marietta for Georgia Championship Wrestling promoter Paul Jones. Also, Ole Anderson & Tommy Rich defeated Ivan Koloff & Alexis Smirnoff in the semi-main event.

GeorgiaWrestlingHistory.com

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