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References to the following individuals and organizations are made throughout this section: Alfred Hayes; Ann Gunkel; Argentina Apollo;
Assassin #2 (01); the Avenger (02); Bearcat Wilkerson; Bearcat Wright; Bengali; Bill Bowman; Bill Dromo; Bill McMinn; Bill Watts; Billy
Hines; Bob Armstrong; Bob Hall; Bob Orton, Jr.; Bobby Garcia; Bobby Starr; Buddy Colt; Buddy Roberts; Butcher Brannigan; the Champ;
Chati Yokuchi; Darling Dagmar; Debbie Johnson; the Demon (02); Derrell Cochran; Diamond Lil; Dick Steinborn; Don Curtis; Dr. X (02);
Duke Keomuka; Ed Capral; Eddie Graham; Eddie Smith; El Mongol; El Sicodelico; Frank Hickey; Fred Ward; Freddie Blassie; Frenchy
Martin; Fuji (02); Goliath; Gordon Solie; the Grappler (01); Guillotine Gordon; Hans Schmidt; Haystacks Calhoun; Hiro Matsuda; the
Hollywood Blonds (01); J.A. ‘Stiffy’ Williams; Jack Brisco; Jack Crawford; Jack Curtis; Jack Evans (02); Jay Strongbow; Jerry Brown;
Jerry Oates; Jerry Valentine; Jesse James (02); Jimmy Valentine; Joe Turner (02); Johnny Eagle; Johnny Reb; Joyce Grable (02); Juan
Caruso; Koa Tiki; Krusher Karlson; Kubla Khan; Leo Garibaldi; Leon Ogle; Louie Tillet; Mad Dog Vachon; the Masked Marvel (16); Mike
Graham; Mr. Wrestling (01); Mr. Wrestling #1; Mr. Wrestling #2 (01); Norvel Austin; Oki Shikina; Ox Baker; Pantera Negra; Pat O’Brien
(02); Paul Jones (01); Paul Jones (02); Paula Kaye; Pedro Columbo; Pedro Godoy; Peggy Patterson; Phil Garner; Ralph Freed; Randy
Curtis; Ray Candy; Red Dupree; Roberto Soto; Rock Hunter; Rocket Monroe; Ronnie Hill; Roy Lee Welch; Sam Muchnick; Sputnik
Monroe; Susan Green; Tank Morgan; Ted Oates; Tim Geohagen; Tim Woods; Tommy Seigler; Toni Rose; Tracy Rivers; Treach Phillips;
Vicky Williams; Wayne Cowan; Willie Wilson; the Zodiac (01) .

January 2, 1973 (Tuesday) – Macon, GA – Macon Coliseum (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Jack
Evans (02) and Roy Lee Welch went to a draw > Women’s Match: Joyce Grable (02) over Peggy Patterson > Koa Tiki over Duke
Keomuka > Hiro Matsuda over Don Curtis > Bob Armstrong & Eddie Graham over Sputnik Monroe & Rocket Monroe

January 5, 1973 (Friday) – Atlanta, GA – Atlanta Municipal Auditorium [P] (Paul Jones (01) – Promoter / Georgia Championship
Wrestling) > Midget Match: Willie Wilson over Johnny Reb > Bob Orton, Jr., over Ronnie Hill > Women’s Tag Team Match: Vicky
Williams & Joyce Grable (02) over Toni Rose & Peggy Patterson > Jay Strongbow over Jack Evans (02) > the Zodiac (01) over Koa Tiki >
Leo Garibaldi & Eddie Graham & Mike Graham over Jack Crawford & Norvel Austin & the Masked Marvel (16) by disqualification > Bill
Dromo over Rocket Monroe > Buddy Colt versus Mad Dog Vachon ended in a no contest > Texas Death Match: Bob Armstrong over
Sputnik Monroe / Notes: Crawford managed Austin and the Marvel. Garibaldi was credited as being a referee for this card. Garibaldi was
injured during the match teaming with the Grahams against Crawford, Austin and the Marvel when the Marvel hit him in what appeared to
be an accident.

January 6, 1973 (Saturday) – Atlanta, GA – WTCG Studios (Ann Gunkel – Promoter / All-South Wrestling Alliance) > Rock Hunter
over Roberto Soto > Assassin #2 (01) and El Mongol went to a draw > Dick Steinborn & Argentina Apollo over the Hollywood Blonds (01)
(Jerry Brown & Buddy Roberts) / Notes: This was taped for the “All-South Championship Wrestling� television program, hosted by
Ed Capral, and is believed to have been the first broadcast for Gunkel’s company to have appeared on WTCG Channel 17, from 7:00
to 8:00 PM on Saturdays, immediately following the “Georgia Championship Wrestling� program.

January 6, 1973 (Saturday) – Atlanta, GA – WTCG Studios (Paul Jones (01) – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Eddie
Graham over the Masked Marvel (16) by disqualification > Sputnik Monroe & Rocket Monroe over Bob Armstrong & Pedro Columbo > Jay
Strongbow over the Zodiac (01) by disqualification > Handicap Match: Bill Watts over Ronnie Hill & Paul Jones (02) / Notes: This was
taped for the “Georgia Championship Wrestling� television program hosted by Gordon Solie. Jack Crawford managed the Marvel.

January 9, 1973 (Tuesday) – Atlanta, GA – Atlanta Municipal Auditorium (Ann Gunkel – Promoter / All-South Wrestling Alliance) >
Wayne Cowan versus the Champ > Bobby Garcia & Bobby Starr versus Pedro Godoy & Krusher Karlson > Juan Caruso versus the
Grappler (01) > Jesse James (02) versus Oki Shikina > Bill Bowman & Joe Turner (02) versus Ted Oates & Bearcat Wilkerson > Alfred
Hayes versus Rock Hunter > Tommy Seigler & the Avenger (02) versus the Hollywood Blonds (01) (Jerry Brown & Buddy Roberts) >
Georgia Television Title Match: Ox Baker over Dick Steinborn* to win the title > Georgia Heavyweight Title Match: Assassin #2 (01) over
Roberto Soto* to win the title / Notes: This was the first card Gunkel was able to run inside the Atlanta city limits, having finally received
approval for a promoter’s license. Steinborn had been the reigning Georgia Television Champion since December 1, 1972, and
although he earned recognition while wrestling for the Georgia Championship Wrestling promotion, Gunkel recognized him as such
when he agreed to move to the All-South Wrestling Alliance. Soto had been the reigning Georgia Heavyweight Champion since he went
over Buddy Colt on May 5, 1972, in Atlanta, and although he earned recognition while wrestling for the Georgia Championship Wrestling
promotion, Gunkel recognized him as such when he agreed to move to the All-South Wrestling Alliance.

January 9, 1973 (Tuesday) – Macon, GA – Macon Coliseum (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Midget
Women’s Match: Darling Dagmar over Diamond Lil > Roy Lee Welch over Frank Hickey > Jack Evans (02) and Jerry Oates went to a
draw > Hiro Matsuda & Rocket Monroe over Bob Armstrong & Koa Tiki > Lights Out Match: Eddie Graham over Sputnik Monroe

January 10, 1973 (Wednesday) – Columbus, GA – Columbus Municipal Auditorium (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia
Championship Wrestling) > Pedro Columbo & Koa Tiki over Frank Hickey & Red Dupree > Bob Orton, Jr., over Jack Evans (02) > Midget
Women’s Match: Darling Dagmar over Diamond Lil > the Zodiac (01) over Ronnie Hill at 7:38 > Columbus Heavyweight Title Match:
Hiro Matsuda over Bob Armstrong* to win the title > Bill Dromo & Jerry Oates over Jack Crawford & Norvel Austin by disqualification /
Notes: Referee Leon Ogle gave Dromo and Oates the win over Crawford and Austin when Crawford ran into the ring illegally and
remained, creating total chaos, that resulted in Ogle fighting with Crawford. During the match between Armstrong-Matsuda match,
referee Eddie Smith was knocked down during a collision involving all three men. Matsuda took advantage and attacked Armstrong using
karate moves. When Smith came to, Matsuda covered Armstrong for the pin. Armstrong had been billed as Columbus Heavyweight
Champion since September 16, 1972.

January 12, 1973 (Friday) – Atlanta, GA – Atlanta Municipal Auditorium [P] (Paul Jones (01) – Promoter / Georgia Championship
Wrestling) > Midget Women’s Match: Darling Dagmar over Diamond Lil at 5:30 > Jack Evans (02) and Bob Orton, Jr., went to a draw >
Louie Tillet over Norvel Austin > the Zodiac (01) over Jerry Oates at 14:00 > Australian Tag Team Match: Bill Dromo & Bob Armstrong over
Sputnik Monroe & Rocket Monroe by disqualification > Bill Watts over the Masked Marvel (16) at 0:30 > Eddie Graham & Mike Graham
over Jimmy Valentine & Jerry Valentine > Jack Brisco over Mad Dog Vachon at 19:00 / Notes: Jack Crawford managed Austin and the
Marvel. Crawford was upset with the Marvel following the short loss to Watts. The Monroes were disqualified in their match against
Dromo and Armstrong when it was discovered by the referee that they had switched places and Rocket was the illegal man was in the
ring.

January 13, 1973 (Saturday) – Atlanta, GA – WTCG Studios (Ann Gunkel – Promoter / All-South Wrestling Alliance) > Bobby Starr
versus Oki Shikina > Jesse James (02) versus Pedro Godoy > Wayne Cowan and the Champ went to a draw / Notes: This was taped for
the “All-South Championship Wrestling� television program, hosted by Ed Capral.

January 13, 1973 (Saturday) – Atlanta, GA – WTCG Studios (Paul Jones (01) – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Bill
Dromo over the Masked Marvel (16) > Jimmy Valentine & Jerry Valentine versus Pat O’Brien (02) & Bob Orton, Jr. > Paul Jones (02)
over Eddie Graham > Jack Brisco over Dr. X (02) > Norvel Austin over Louie Tillet / Notes: This was taped for the “Georgia
Championship Wrestling� television program hosted by Gordon Solie. Jack Crawford managed Austin and the Marvel.

January 16, 1973 (Tuesday) – Atlanta, GA – Atlanta Municipal Auditorium (Ann Gunkel – Promoter / All-South Wrestling Alliance) >
Battle Royal: Rock Hunter (Winner) > Dick Steinborn and Tommy Seigler went to a draw > the Champ over Bobby Starr > Bob Hall over
Oki Shikina > Tracy Rivers over Wayne Cowan > Jesse James (02) over Pedro Godoy > the Avenger (02) over Krusher Karlson > Ted
Oates over Juan Caruso > Bearcat Wilkerson over Bill Bowman > Ox Baker versus El Mongol ended in a no contest / Notes: It is unclear
as to the reason for the battle royal.

January 16, 1973 (Tuesday) – Macon, GA – Macon Coliseum (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Jimmy
Valentine & Jerry Valentine versus Billy Hines & Roy Lee Welch > Frank Hickey versus Pantera Negra > Bob Armstrong & Koa Tiki versus
Jack Evans (02) & Hiro Matsuda > Eddie Graham & Mike Graham versus Sputnik Monroe & Rocket Monroe

January 17, 1973 (Wednesday) – Columbus, GA – Columbus Municipal Auditorium [P] (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia
Championship Wrestling) > Bob Orton, Jr., versus Red Dupree > Derrell Cochran versus the Zodiac (01) > Tank Morgan versus Koa Tiki
> Jack Evans (02) & Sputnik Monroe versus Billy Hines & Roy Lee Welch > Columbus Heavyweight Title Match: Hiro Matsuda* versus
Bob Armstrong > Jack Crawford & Norvel Austin & Rocket Monroe versus Jerry Oates & Bill Dromo & Leon Ogle / Notes: Crawford
managed Austin. Matsuda had been the reigning Columbus Heavyweight Champion since he went over Armstrong on January 17, 1973,
in Columbus. The program we have for this card mentions Ralph Freed, who is on staff in charge of ticket sales. It also listed the 1973
Georgia “official wrestling rules�. It was announced that Joyce Grable (02) would be wrestling in Columbus on the January 24,
1973, card.

January 19, 1973 (Friday) – Atlanta, GA – Atlanta Municipal Auditorium [P] (Paul Jones (01) – Promoter / Georgia Championship
Wrestling) > Bob Orton, Jr., over Jack Evans (02) > Jerry Oates over Jerry Valentine > Pantera Negra & El Sicodelico and Tank Morgan &
Bengali went to a draw > Bill Watts over Red Dupree > the Zodiac (01) over Bill Dromo > Handicap Match: Bearcat Wright over Jack
Crawford & the Masked Marvel (16) > Mr. Wrestling (01) over Norvel Austin > Georgia Tag Team Title Match: Eddie Graham & Mike
Graham* over Sputnik Monroe & Rocket Monroe to retain the title > Thirty-Man Battle Royal: Haystacks Calhoun (Winner) / Notes:
Valentine replaced Sicodelico in the match against Oates, as Sicodelico substituted for Bob Armstrong to team with Negra in the match
against Morgan and Bengali. It was reported that the purse for the battle royal was $6,000. The thirty men included in the battle royal were
not completely listed, but obviously Calhoun, the winner, participated. It is known from reports following the card that Calhoun, Mr.
Wrestling, and Jones were the final three men in the ring, with Calhoun throwing both men out simultaneously. Additional reports were
that Jimmy Valentine and Billy Hines were involved, claiming both men were injured during the match, and that Wright, Watts, Austin,
Oates, Sicodelico, Negra, Bengali, Zodiac, Dromo, Roy Lee Welch, Derrell Cochran, the Demon (02), the Grahams, and the Monroes
also participated. Crawford managed Austin and the Marvel. The Grahams had been the reigning Georgia Tag Team Champions since
they went over the Monroes in a tournament final on December 29, 1972, in Atlanta. The program for this card featured a copy of a
Western Union telegram from Sam Muchnick, congratulating Jones for twenty-nine years of promoting wrestling in Atlanta. It was
announced that Hans Schmidt, Chati Yokuchi, and Fuji (02) would be wrestling in Atlanta soon.

January 20, 1973 (Saturday) – Atlanta, GA – WTCG Studios (Ann Gunkel – Promoter / All-South Wrestling Alliance) > Pedro Godoy
and the Champ went to a draw > Tommy Seigler & El Mongol versus the Hollywood Blonds (01) (Jerry Brown & Buddy Roberts) / Notes:
This was taped for the “All-South Championship Wrestling� television program, hosted by Ed Capral.

January 20, 1973 (Saturday) – Atlanta, GA – WTCG Studios (Paul Jones (01) – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Bill
Watts & Pantera Negra over Red Dupree & the Demon (02) > Mr. Wrestling (01) over Frenchy Martin > Jack Brisco over Paul Jones (02) >
the Zodiac (01) over Derrell Cochran > Eddie Graham & Bob Orton, Jr., over Norvel Austin & Sputnik Monroe / Notes: This was taped for
the “Georgia Championship Wrestling� television program hosted by Gordon Solie. Jack Crawford managed Austin.

January 20, 1973 (Saturday) – Griffin, GA – Griffin-Barnesville Sports Palace (Paul Jones (01) – Promoter / Georgia Championship
Wrestling) > Georgia Heavyweight Title Tournament: Bob Armstrong versus Sputnik Monroe / Notes: It had been advertised that the first
rounds of a tournament to determine a new Georgia Heavyweight Champion would be held on this card, but aside from the bout between
Bob Armstrong and Sputnik Monroe, no other matches have been found. The title had been vacant since Roberto Soto left for the All-
South Wrestling Alliance on November 24, 1972.

January 23, 1973 (Tuesday) – Atlanta, GA – Atlanta Municipal Auditorium [P] (Ann Gunkel – Promoter / All-South Wrestling Alliance)
> Krusher Karlson versus the Champ > Pedro Godoy over Bobby Starr > Wayne Cowan & Juan Caruso versus Jesse James (02) &
Kubla Khan > Oki Shikina versus the Avenger (02) > Bill Bowman & Joe Turner (02) and Ted Oates & Tommy Seigler went to a draw >
Dick Steinborn over Guillotine Gordon > Ray Candy & Bearcat Wilkerson over the Hollywood Blonds (01) (Jerry Brown & Buddy Roberts) >
No Disqualification Match: El Mongol over Ox Baker > Georgia Heavyweight Title Match: Assassin #2 (01)* versus Rock Hunter ended in a
no contest; Assassin #2 retained the title / Notes: Bill McMinn was credited as being a referee for this card. Assassin #2 had been the
reigning Georgia Heavyweight Champion since he went over Roberto Soto on January 9, 1973, in Atlanta. Mongol participated in an
autograph session for fans. The program for this card is the first we have where Ann Gunkel has her own column, and she is billed as
Mrs. Ray Gunkel, and also signs off that way. The staff credits have changed since the last mention, with Tim Geohagen now being
referenced as Timekeeper. Sponsors listed are Sears, Rich’s, Jim Salle’s, Trust Company of Georgia, Ellner News Stand, and
Mother’s on the Strip. It was announced that Argentina Apollo would be wrestling in Atlanta on January 30, 1973. There was an article
in the program on Apollo, talking about his budding interest in painting, saying he hoped to retire from wrestling and make a career as an
artist.

January 23, 1973 (Tuesday) – Macon, GA – Macon Coliseum (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Roy Lee
Welch and Bob Orton, Jr., went to a draw > Women’s Match: Susan Green over Peggy Patterson > Jack Evans (02) over Pedro
Columbo > Bob Armstrong & Koa Tiki over Tank Morgan & Hiro Matsuda by disqualification > Georgia Tag Team Title Match (No Time
Limit / No Disqualification): Eddie Graham & Mike Graham* over Sputnik Monroe & Rocket Monroe to retain the title / Notes: The Grahams
had been the reigning Georgia Tag Team Champions since they went over the Monroes in a tournament final on December 29, 1972, in
Atlanta.

January 26, 1973 (Friday) – Atlanta, GA – Atlanta Municipal Auditorium [P] (Paul Jones (01) – Promoter / Georgia Championship
Wrestling) > Derrell Cochran versus Koa Tiki > Women’s Tag Team Match: Susan Green & Debbie Johnson over Toni Rose & Paula
Kaye > Pantera Negra & El Sicodelico over Bob Armstrong & Pat O’Brien (02) > Bill Watts over Tank Morgan > Eddie Graham & Mike
Graham over Butcher Brannigan & Bengali > the Zodiac (01) over Bill Dromo > Mr. Wrestling #1 & Mr. Wrestling #2 (01) over Sputnik
Monroe & Rocket Monroe > Freddie Blassie over Norvel Austin / Notes: Jack Crawford managed Austin. Upon the return of Mr. Wrestling
(01), now known as Wrestling #1, Crawford was noted as claiming that he believed him to be Tim Woods. Eddie Smith was credited as
being a referee for this card.

January 26, 1973 (Friday) – Cartersville, GA – Sports Palace (J.A. ‘Stiffy’ Williams – Promoter / All-South Wrestling Alliance) >
Battle Royal: El Mongol (Winner) > the Avenger (02) over Guillotine Gordon > Kubla Khan over Buddy Roberts > Rock Hunter over Ted
Oates > Tommy Seigler over Jerry Brown by disqualification > Dick Steinborn and Assassin #2 (01) went to a draw > El Mongol over Ox
Baker / Notes: It is unclear as to the reason for the battle royal. It is unclear as to what venue was the site of this card.

January 27, 1973 (Saturday) – Atlanta, GA – WTCG Studios (Ann Gunkel – Promoter / All-South Wrestling Alliance) > Bearcat
Wilkerson over Bill Bowman > Ted Oates versus Juan Caruso > Ray Candy versus Joe Turner (02) / Notes: This was taped for the â
€œAll-South Championship Wrestlingâ€� television program, hosted by Ed Capral.

January 27, 1973 (Saturday) – Atlanta, GA – WTCG Studios (Paul Jones (01) – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > the
Zodiac (01) over Bill Dromo > Eddie Graham over Bengali > Norvel Austin over Bob Orton, Jr. > Mr. Wrestling #1 & Mr. Wrestling #2 (01)
over Johnny Eagle & Tank Morgan / Notes: This was taped for the “Georgia Championship Wrestling� television program hosted
by Gordon Solie. Jack Crawford managed Austin.

January 28, 1973 (Sunday) Notes: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution published a story written by Phil Garner, who exposed much of the
behind-the-scenes events of the promotional war between Georgia Championship Wrestling and the All-South Wrestling Alliance.

January 30, 1973 (Tuesday) – Atlanta, GA – Atlanta Municipal Auditorium [P] (Ann Gunkel – Promoter / All-South Wrestling Alliance)
> Jesse James (02) over Wayne Cowan > Ted Oates versus the Champ > Bobby Starr over Juan Caruso > Bearcat Wilkerson over Oki
Shikina > Pedro Godoy versus Kubla Khan > Randy Curtis & the Avenger (02) over Bill Bowman & Joe Turner (02) > Tommy Seigler over
Krusher Karlson > Georgia Tag Team Title Match: Dick Steinborn & Argentina Apollo* over Ox Baker & Guillotine Gordon to retain the title
> Georgia Brass Knucks Title Match (No Disqualification / No Time Limit): Rock Hunter* over Assassin #2 (01) to retain the title > Ray
Candy over Goliath / Notes: Steinborn and Apollo had been the reigning Georgia Tag Team Champions since they went over Baker and
Skandor Akbar on October 20, 1972, in Atlanta, and although they earned recognition while wrestling for the Georgia Championship
Wrestling promotion, Gunkel recognized them as such when they agreed to move to the All-South Wrestling Alliance. The origin of the
Georgia Brass Knucks Title is unclear to us at this time, and how Hunter came to be recognized as such. The last reference we have
shows Ray Gunkel being billed as such for Georgia Championship Wrestling at the time of his death on August 1, 1972, having gone
over Baker for the title on June 30, 1972. The Candy-Goliath match was billed as a “Battle of the Giants�. Baker managed Goliath.
Curtis was being billed as the son of Jack Curtis. Bill McMinn was credited as being a referee for this card. Seigler participated in an
autograph session for fans. It was announced that Gunkel was negotiating with Alfred Hayes for future dates in Atlanta. It was also
announced that Randy Curtis would be wrestling in Atlanta on February 6, 1973. The program for this card featured a piece on Karlson,
noting he had served in World War II, was a versatile linguist of eight different languages, and had also become an actor, having
appeared in multiple films and TV series, adding that he planned to transition toward acting more in the future.

January 30, 1973 (Tuesday) – Macon, GA – Macon City Auditorium (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) >
Pantera Negra over Jimmy Valentine > Derrell Cochran over Pedro Columbo > Johnny Eagle and Butcher Brannigan went to a draw at 15:
00 > Bill Dromo & Bob Armstrong over Tank Morgan & Hiro Matsuda two falls to one > Texas Death Match: Eddie Graham over Sputnik
Monroe

January 31, 1973 (Wednesday) – Columbus, GA – Columbus Municipal Auditorium [P] (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia
Championship Wrestling) > El Sicodelico over Treach Phillips > Pat O’Brien (02) over Jack Evans (02) > the Zodiac (01) over Johnny
Eagle > Bill Dromo & Jerry Oates over Butcher Brannigan & Tank Morgan > Sputnik Monroe & Rocket Monroe over Pantera Negra & Mr.
Wrestling #2 (01) > Koa Tiki over Norvel Austin by disqualification > Columbus Heavyweight Title Match (No Time Limit / Disqualification
Rule Waived): Bob Armstrong over Hiro Matsuda* to win the title / Notes: Jack Crawford managed Austin. Austin took exception to
Crawford interfering in the match against Tiki, and they almost came to blows. Matsuda had been the reigning Columbus Heavyweight
Champion since he went over Armstrong on January 17, 1973, in Columbus.