04/19/2012 – April 19 Georgia Wrestling Nostalgia
From Rich Tate:
April 19, 1929 (Friday) – Atlanta, GA – Atlanta Municipal Auditorium (Earl McGrory – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Milo Steinborn over Frank Brunowicz
at 35:00 > Paul Jones (01) over Joe Hackenschmidt two falls to none at 43:00 and 2:00
April 19, 1932 (Tuesday) – Atlanta, GA – Atlanta Municipal Auditorium (Henry Weber – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Paul Jones (01) over Roy Lumpkin
at 43:00 > Strangler Lewis over Pat O'Shocker at 55:00
April 19, 1934 (Thursday) – Atlanta, GA – Lakewood Heights Arena (Frank Bettis – Promoter) > Bob Anderson (01) versus Gorilla Tucker > Bill Collins versus Glenn
Cowan > No Time Limit Match: John Mauldin versus Pancho Villa (01)
April 19, 1935 (Friday) – Atlanta, GA – Riverside Arena (Frank Bettis and Cleve Roby – Promoters) > Bill Collins versus Young Londos > No Disqualification Match: John
Mauldin versus Totem Pole Anderson > Tarzan Jordan versus King Kong Kashey
April 19, 1937 (Monday) – Atlanta, GA – Spring Street Arena (Frank Bettis and Cleve Roby – Promoters) > King Kong Kashey over Young Londos > Jack McAdams versus
Farmer Mack > Mike Cassidy versus Buck Lawson
April 19, 1946 (Friday) – Atlanta, GA – Atlanta Municipal Auditorium (Paul Jones (01) – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Abe Zvonkin over Charlie Harben >
Kay Bell over Ben Bennicasa > Nick Carter over Dick Lever > Buddy Rogers over Vic Emanuel > Al Massey & Ralph Garibaldi over Jack Hader & Ben Morgan / Notes:
Tony Galento was the special referee for the Massey/Garibaldi-Hader/Morgan match. The program for this card credits the following as staff members for the Atlanta
office: Bert Prather (Publicity), Bill Hartman (Ticket Sales), Fat Elrod (Ring Announcer), Simon Davis (Timekeeper), and Dr. Samuel Green (Physician). It also features
another ad for Stan Raymond’s “Sportscope” 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. It was announced that NWA World Heavyweight Champion Bill Longson would be coming to Atlanta soon, and Jones was leaning toward Carter
being his challenger.
April 19, 1946 (Friday) – Augusta, GA – Augusta Municipal Auditorium (George Romanoff – Promoter) > Jack Singer versus the Monk > Joe Marsh & Jack Dillon versus
Joe Bennicasa & Jack Wentworth
April 19, 1951 (Thursday) – Columbus, GA – Columbus Sports Arena (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Jack Coulter over Dan O'Connor >
Jack Curtis over the Golden Terror (02) > NWA World Heavyweight Title Match: Lou Thesz* and Don McIntyre went to a draw; Thesz retained the title / Notes: Thesz had
been the reigning NWA World Heavyweight Champion since he was awarded the title on November 27, 1949.
April 19, 1954 (Monday) – Augusta, GA – William Bell Auditorium (Tom Mahoney – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Lu Kimm over Wild Man Zimm > White
Savage over Red McIntyre > Clyde Steeves over Dick Big Kettle > Don McIntyre over Don Big Kettle two falls to none
April 19, 1955 (Tuesday) – Valdosta, GA – Moody Air Force Base (Gordon Walker – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Mixed Tag Team Match: Jack Vansky
& Penny Banner versus Steve Novak & Jo Mullineaux
April 19, 1957 (Friday) – Atlanta, GA – Atlanta Municipal Auditorium (Paul Jones (01) – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Paul Bunyan versus Tug Wilson >
Verne Gagne over Babe Zaharias > Southern Heavyweight Title Match: Kurt Von Brawner over Red McIntyre* by disqualification; McIntyre retained the title / Notes: It is
unclear as to whether McIntyre’s reign as Southern Heavyweight Champion ended since the last reference we show having him defending the title against Mark Lewin
on February 22, 1957, in Marietta, and Von Brawner was billed as champion against McIntyre on April 10, 1957, in Augusta. The Marietta office may simply have been
recognizing Von Brawner as its champion.
April 19, 1961 (Wednesday) – Columbus, GA – Columbus Sports Arena (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Jolly Charlie over Tiny Evans >
Southern Tag Team Title Match: Bob Rasmussen & Guy Mitchell over Gypsy Joe (01) & Skull Murphy* by disqualification; Joe & Murphy retained the title > Eastern
Heavyweight Title Match: Jerry Graham* versus Chief Little Eagle ended in a no contest; Graham retained the title / Notes: Joe and Murphy had been billed as Southern
Tag Team Champions since March 14, 1961. Graham was billed as Eastern Heavyweight Champion upon his return.
April 19, 1963 (Friday) – Atlanta, GA – Atlanta Municipal Auditorium (Don McIntyre – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > George Bell over Jack Armstrong >
Women’s World Title Match: the Fabulous Moolah* over Betty Garcia to retain the title > Dick Steinborn & Chief Little Eagle over Lenny Montana & the Bat (03) > World
Heavyweight Title Match (No Disqualification / No Time Limit / No Countout): Tarzan Tyler over Eddie Graham* to win the title / Notes: Moolah had been billed as Women’
s World Champion since she went over Judy Grable on September 18, 1956, in Baltimore, MD. However, she was not considered the undisputed champion until June
Byers retired with her title, won in Atlanta on August 20, 1954, in a win over Mildred Burke, until Byers retired in 1964. Graham had been the reigning World Heavyweight
Champion since he went over Freddie Blassie on February 1, 1963, in Atlanta. It was announced that Bill Dromo and Chris Averoff would be wrestling in Atlanta soon.
April 19, 1965 (Monday) – Albany, GA (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Women’s Match: Barbara Galento versus Dot Carter > Jerry Miller &
Greg Peterson versus the Mysterious Medics (01) (Mysterious Medic #1 & Mysterious Medic #2 (01)) / Notes: It is unclear as to what venue was the site of this card.
April 19, 1966 (Tuesday) – Macon, GA – Macon City Auditorium (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Jack Armstrong over Red Dugan > Enrique
Torres over Jack Vansky > Cage Match: Billy Hines & Bad Boy Hines over the Infernos (Inferno #1 & Inferno #2) / Notes: J.C. Dykes managed the Infernos.
April 19, 1968 (Friday) – Atlanta, GA – Paul Jones Sports Arena (Paul Jones (01) – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Silento Rodriguez versus Corsica
Jean > Jim Wilson over Chuck Adcox > Johnny Walker (01) over Tank Morgan > the Rising Suns (Motoshi Okuma & Shinya Kojika) over Louie Tillet & Mr. Wrestling (01) >
Avenger #3 & Enrique Torres & Alberto Torres over Hans Schmidt & El Mongol & the Big O (01) / Notes: Gentleman X (01) managed Schmidt, Big O, and Mongol.
April 19, 1969 (Saturday) – Atlanta, GA – WQXI Studios (Paul Jones (01) – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Grizzly Smith over Skandor Akbar > the
Professional over Joe Turco > Bill Dromo & El Mongol over Paul DeMarco & Assassin #2 (01) by disqualification / Notes: This was taped for the “Atlanta TV Wrestling”
television program hosted by Ed Capral.
April 19, 1974 (Friday) – Atlanta, GA – Paul Jones Sports Arena (Paul Jones (01) – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Leon Ogle over the Zebra Kid (02) >
Jimmy Garvin over Mike Stallings > Jerry Brisco over Derrell Cochran > Jerry Lawler & Bobby Duncum & Bill Costello & Art Nelson over Bob Armstrong & Jerry Oates &
Ricky Gibson & Tiger Conway, Jr. > Georgia Tag Team Title Match: Ron Garvin & Terry Garvin* over Robert Fuller & Earl Maynard > Battle Royal: Jerry Brisco (Winner) /
Notes: Jimmy Garvin managed the Garvins. It was reported that the purse for the battle royal was $1,500.
April 19, 1975 (Saturday) – Griffin, GA – Griffin-Barnesville Sports Palace (Paul Jones (01) – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Ray Candy over Man
Mountain Blackwell at 7:00 > Larry Zbyszko and Billy Raven went to a draw at 20:00 > Don Greene over Ricky Gibson > Jerry Lawler over Robert Fuller at 15:00 > Toru
Tanaka versus Mr. Wrestling #2 (01) ended in a no contest / Notes: Rock Hunter managed Tanaka. Doug Smith was credited as being a referee for this card.
April 19, 1976 (Monday) – Augusta, GA – William Bell Auditorium (Charlie Harben – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Karl Von Steiger over Roy Lee Welch
> Greg Valentine over Bob Backlund > the Red Devils (Black Gordman & the Great Goliath (02)) over Rick Martel & Mr. Wrestling #2 (01) > Thunderbolt Patterson over
Moondog Mayne > Mark Lewin versus the Spoiler (02) ended in a no contest / Notes: Gary Hart managed the Spoiler.
April 19, 1977 (Tuesday) – Warner Robins, GA – Warner Robins Civic Center (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Don Kernodle over Abdul
Zataar > Richard Blood over Bill Howard > Ole Anderson & Lars Anderson over Black Atlas & Mr. Wrestling #1 > Georgia Heavyweight Title Match: Paul Jones (02)* over
April 19, 1978 (Wednesday) – Columbus, GA – Columbus Municipal Auditorium (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Jacques Goulet versus
Pez Whatley > Adrian Adonis & Raymond Rougeau versus Wolfgang Schmidt & Helmut Schmidt > AWA Heavyweight Title Match: Nick Bockwinkel* versus Tommy Rich >
Stan Hansen & Lars Anderson versus Rocky Johnson & Mr. Wrestling #2 (01) > Dusty Rhodes versus Abdullah the Butcher / Notes: Bobby Heenan managed
Bockwinkel. Rock Hunter managed Abdullah and the Schmidts.
April 19, 1979 (Thursday) – Rome, GA – Rome Memorial Gymnasium (Charlie Harben – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Bob Armstrong versus the
Masked Superstar > Dusty Rhodes versus Ivan Koloff / Notes: Mr. Wrestling #1 was also advertised.
April 19, 1981 (Sunday) – Columbus, OH – Ohio Center (Paul Jones (01) – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Greg Valentine over Robert Gibson >
National Tag Team Title Match: Tommy Rich & Tony Atlas over the Freebirds (01) (Terry Gordy & Buddy Roberts)* by disqualification > Mr. Wrestling #2 (01) over the
Mongolian Stomper > Ole Anderson & Gene Anderson over Bill Watts & Dusty Rhodes / Notes: Michael Hayes was in the Freebirds’ corner during the match against
Rich and Atlas. Don Carson managed the Stomper.
April 19, 1982 (Monday) – Augusta, GA – William Bell Auditorium (Charlie Harben – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Tom Prichard over Chick Donovan >
Brad Armstrong over Ricky Harris > John Studd & the Super Destroyer (01) over Brad Armstrong & Leroy Brown > Boston Street Fight Match: Kevin Sullivan over Buzz
Sawyer > National Heavyweight Title Match: Tommy Rich over Ron Bass* to win the title