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References to the following individuals and organizations are made throughout this section: Abe Ginsberg; Abe Zvonkin; Al Massey; Ben
Bennicasa; Ben Morgan; Bert Prather; Bill Collins; Bill Crussell; Bill Hartman; Bill Longson; Billy Wolfe; Bob Godfrey; Bruce White; Buddy
Rogers; Buster White; Charlie Harben; Dick Leonard; Dick Lever; Don Lee; Ed Henegar; Fat Elrod; Garzo Lozano; George Romanoff;
Herb Welch; Jack Dillon; Jack Kelly; Jack LaRue; Jack Singer; Jack Welch (01); Jack Wentworth; Joe Bennicasa; Joe Estes; John
Cretoria; John Mauldin; Juanita Coffman; June Byers; Laverne Baxter; Lou Masters; Mattie Bell; Mike Kilonis; Morris Manheim; Morton
Downey, Jr.; Mr. X (04); Nell Stewart; Nick Carter; Paul Jones (01); Peggy Vaughn; Ralph Garibaldi; Rex Mobley; Roy Mitchell; Roy Welch;
Rudy Strongberg; Sammy Stein; Samuel Green; the Silver Star; Simon Davis; Son Almand; Stan Raymond; Tarzan White; Toar Morgan;
Tommy Londos; Vic Emanuel; Vincent Lopez; Wally Greb; Young Londos.

January 4, 1946 (Friday) – Atlanta, GA – Atlanta Municipal Auditorium (Paul Jones (01) – Promoter / Georgia Championship
Wrestling) > Ben Bennicasa over Charlie Harben > Rudy Strongberg over Wally Greb > Dick Lever and Tarzan White went to a draw > Al
Massey & Laverne Baxter over Jack LaRue & Vic Emanuel

January 18, 1946 (Friday) – Atlanta, GA – Atlanta Municipal Auditorium (Paul Jones (01) – Promoter / Georgia Championship
Wrestling) > Ed Henegar over Wally Greb > Charlie Harben over Roy Mitchell > John Mauldin and Son Almand went to a draw > Young
Londos over Joe Estes > Dick Lever & Bill Collins over Jack Kelly & Bruce White > Al Massey and Jack LaRue went to a draw > World
Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Herb Welch* over Vic Emanuel to retain the title / Notes: Welch had been the reigning World Junior
Heavyweight Champion as recognized by the Nashville, TN, office since he went over the Red Masked Marvel on June 27, 1945, in
Nashville, TN. Part of the proceeds for this card went to the Milk Fund, raising $2,133.93 for the cause. Future television talk show host
Morton Downey, Jr., at the time a twelve-year old cadet at the Georgia Military Academy, was in attendance for this card, and was invited to
the dressing room to meet the wrestlers.

January 26, 1946 (Saturday) – Atlanta, GA – Atlanta Municipal Auditorium (Paul Jones (01) – Promoter / Georgia Championship
Wrestling) [
Program] > Women’s Match: Nell Stewart over Mattie Bell > Women’s Match: June Byers over Juanita Coffman >
Georgia Heavyweight Title Match: John Mauldin* over Jack Kelly by disqualification to retain the title > Al Massey & Laverne Baxter over
Dick Lever & Vic Emanuel > Herb Welch over Jack LaRue / Notes: Bell substituted for Peggy Vaughn in the match against Stewart. Bill
Crussell and Bill Collins were credited as being referees for this card. Kelly was disqualified in his match against Mauldin when he hit
Crussell. It was reported that “two young sailors climbed into the ring and grappled for about three or four minutes before being
asked to leave the ring� by Collins. Billy Wolfe was in attendance at ringside for this card. The program for this card notes that Mauldin
had “gained possession of the state championship belt put up by promoter Paul Jones�. It added that Jones had “intended for
the belt to be competed for in a tournament, although he is willing to concede that Mauldin would have had an excellent chance to win itâ
€�. It also featured an ad for Stan Raymond’s “Sportscopeâ€� program airing on WATL AM radio, stating it covers “All the
News from the World of Sports�, broadcasting Monday through Saturday at 6:30 PM. There was cooperation between the promotion
and Raymond’s show to advertise and discuss the local wrestling scene, as well as feature occasional interviews with wrestlers.
Besides noting that Jones is the promoter, the staff credits in the program also mention Bert Prather (Publicity), Bill Hartman (Ticket
Sales), Fat Elrod (Announcer), Simon Davis (Timekeeper), and Dr. Samuel Green (Physician). Hartman was a former promoter in Atlanta
for the company. It was announced that Ralph Garibaldi would be wrestling on the card on February 1, 1946, and that Young Londos and
Bill Longson would be wrestling in Atlanta soon.

January 30, 1946 (Wednesday) – Savannah, GA – Savannah Municipal Auditorium (Lou Masters, Dick Leonard, and Buster White –
Promoters) > Tommy Londos over Garzo Lozano > Nick Carter over Vincent Lopez > Jack Wentworth over Jack Singer

February 1, 1946 (Friday) – Atlanta, GA – Atlanta Municipal Auditorium (Paul Jones (01) – Promoter / Georgia Championship
Wrestling) [
Program] > Tarzan White over Ben Bennicasa by disqualification > Dick Lever over Ralph Garibaldi > Al Massey over Bob
Godfrey > Herb Welch & Jack Welch (01) and Jack LaRue & Vic Emanuel went to a draw / Notes: The program for this card said that Jack
Kelly was explaining that he hit referee Bill Crussell during his match against John Mauldin on January 26, 1946, because Crussell
continually pulled Kelly by the hair when calling for breaks on the ropes. Kelly was demanding a rematch against Mauldin for the Georgia
Heavyweight Title with “nothing barred, except Crussell�, adding that besides the purse, he would put up an additional $100,
donating his entire share to a charity should he lose. It also mentions that tickets for cards in Atlanta can be purchased at Adam Hat
Store at 64 Peachtree Street. As well as listing the same office staff credits as in previous programs, this program notes that Morris
Manheim assists Bill Hartman with ticket sales. It was announced that Bill Longson would be wrestling in Atlanta on February 8, 1946.

February 8, 1946 (Friday) – Atlanta, GA – Atlanta Municipal Auditorium (Paul Jones (01) – Promoter / Georgia Championship
Wrestling) > Vic Emanuel over Jack Welch (01) > Toar Morgan over Ben Bennicasa > Jack LaRue & Dick Lever over Ralph Garibaldi & Al
Massey by disqualification > NWA World Heavyweight Title Match: Bill Longson* over Laverne Baxter to retain the title / Notes: Longson
had been the reigning NWA World Heavyweight Champion since he went over Bobby Managoff in St. Louis, MO, on February 19, 1943.
This version was the one recognized by the National Boxing Association as the National Wrestling Association. Charlie Harben was
credited as being a referee for this card. Harben disqualified Garibaldi and Massey in their match against LaRue and Lever after they
pushed him around a bit, with Massey sealing the deal when he ripped Harben’s shirt. Harben reportedly demanded a match
against Massey, and Jones set it up for February 16, 1946. It was reported that Jones had chosen Baxter to wrestle Longson after also
considering Garibaldi, and that if Garibaldi had defeated Lever on February 1, 1946, the title shot may have been awarded to him instead
of Baxter. No attendance was reported for this card, but it was reported that this card drew a record crowd.

February 13, 1946 (Wednesday) – Savannah, GA – Savannah Municipal Auditorium (Lou Masters, Dick Leonard, and Buster White â
€“ Promoters) > Tarzan White over Mr. X (04) by disqualification > Tommy Londos over Jack Singer > Jack Wentworth over Sammy Stein

February 16, 1946 (Saturday) – Atlanta, GA – Atlanta Municipal Auditorium (Paul Jones (01) – Promoter / Georgia Championship
Wrestling) [
Program] > Al Massey over Charlie Harben > Ralph Garibaldi over Toar Morgan > Dick Lever over Laverne Baxter by
disqualification > Jack LaRue & Vic Emanuel & Bill Collins over Herb Welch & Jack Welch (01) & Roy Welch / Notes: The
LaRue/Emanuel/Collins-Welch’s match was reported to be the first six-man tag team match in Atlanta. Collins substituted for Rex
Mobley in the match, for which there were two referees. The program for this card featured an advertisement for Holiday on Ice, an ice
skating show coming to the auditorium in March 1946, reported to be promoted by Jones.

February 20, 1946 (Wednesday) – Savannah, GA – Savannah Municipal Auditorium (Lou Masters, Dick Leonard, and Buster White â
€“ Promoters) > Tarzan White over Jack Dillon > Jack Singer over Sammy Stein > Jack Wentworth over Charlie Harben

February 22, 1946 (Friday) – Atlanta, GA – Atlanta Municipal Auditorium (Paul Jones (01) – Promoter / Georgia Championship
Wrestling) > Bill Collins and Tarzan White went to a draw > Vic Emanuel over Mike Kilonis > Ralph Garibaldi over Ben Bennicasa > Dick
Lever over Laverne Baxter > Al Massey over Jack LaRue

February 27, 1946 (Wednesday) – Savannah, GA – Savannah Municipal Auditorium (Lou Masters, Dick Leonard, and Buster White â
€“ Promoters) > Jack Dillon over John Cretoria > Jack Singer over Charlie Harben > Jack Wentworth over Abe Ginsberg

March 1, 1946 (Friday) – Atlanta, GA – Atlanta Municipal Auditorium (Paul Jones (01) – Promoter / Georgia Championship
Wrestling) > Dick Lever and Mike Kilonis went to a draw > Ben Morgan over Ben Bennicasa > Vic Emanuel and Laverne Baxter went to a
draw > Jack LaRue over Ralph Garibaldi > Al Massey over Toar Morgan / Notes: Baxter substituted for Herb Welch in the match against
Emanuel. Welch had been injured in a severe automobile accident near Nashville, TN, and could not wrestle.

March 6, 1946 (Wednesday) – Savannah, GA – Savannah Municipal Auditorium (Lou Masters, Dick Leonard, and Buster White –
Promoters) > Jack Dillon versus John Cretoria ended in a no contest > Abe Ginsberg over Jack Singer > Jack Wentworth over Sammy
Stein

March 11, 1946 (Monday) – Savannah, GA – Savannah Municipal Auditorium (Lou Masters, Dick Leonard, and Buster White –
Promoters) > John Cretoria over Jack Wentworth > Jack LaRue over Jack Dillon by disqualification > the Silver Star over Jack Singer

March 20, 1946 (Wednesday) – Savannah, GA – Savannah Municipal Auditorium (Lou Masters, Dick Leonard, and Buster White –
Promoters) > Jack Dillon & Jack Wentworth over John Cretoria & Jack LaRue > the Silver Star over Charlie Harben > Joe Bennicasa over
Jack Singer

March 22, 1946 (Friday) – Atlanta, GA – Atlanta Municipal Auditorium (Paul Jones (01) – Promoter / Georgia Championship
Wrestling) > Vic Emanuel and Abe Zvonkin went to a draw > Nick Carter over Jack Kelly > Bill Collins over Mike Kilonis > Buddy Rogers
over Dick Lever > Al Massey & Laverne Baxter over Ben Morgan & Don Lee

March 25, 1946 (Monday) – Savannah, GA – Savannah Municipal Auditorium (Lou Masters, Dick Leonard, and Buster White –
Promoters) > Jack Dillon & Jack Wentworth over John Cretoria & George Romanoff > Joe Bennicasa over Sammy Stein

March 29, 1946 (Friday) – Atlanta, GA – Atlanta Municipal Auditorium (Paul Jones (01) – Promoter / Georgia Championship
Wrestling) > Jack Kelly over Mike Kilonis > Charlie Harben and Abe Zvonkin went to a draw > Nick Carter over Vic Emanuel by
disqualification > Ralph Garibaldi & Laverne Baxter over Dick Lever & Bill Collins > Al Massey over Ben Morgan