04/20/2012 – April 20 Georgia Wrestling Nostalgia
From Rich Tate:
April 20, 1928 (Friday) – Atlanta, GA – Atlanta Theatre (John Contos – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Stan Stasiak (01) over Jack McGuire two falls to
none > Pete Sauer and Joe Zigmund went to a draw at 60:00
April 20, 1932 (Wednesday) – Augusta, GA – Sunnydale Arena (C.S. Lippard – Promoter) > Jackie Nichols versus Cyclone Reynolds > Jack Ross versus Archie Parker /
Notes: There was a battle royal advertised for this card.
April 20, 1933 (Thursday) – Atlanta, GA – Almond Park Athletic Club (Promoter – Unknown) > Hugh Winn versus Paul Burns > Oscar Williamson versus Tarzan Jordan /
Notes: There was a six-round boxing match, but no details were provided following the card.
April 20, 1934 (Friday) – Avondale, GA – Avondale Arena (Wesley Brownlee – Promoter) > Bill Collins versus Gorilla Tucker > Frank Remille versus Whitey Patterson >
Fred Lassiter versus John Mauldin
April 20, 1938 (Wednesday) – Atlanta, GA – Warren Arena (Frank Speer – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Lou Thesz over Dorv Roche by disqualification
> Jim Wright over Dobie Osborne > Ernest Kelly over Ray Villmer
April 20, 1939 (Thursday) – Atlanta, GA – Warren Arena (Frank Bettis and Cleve Roby – Promoters) > John Mauldin versus Karl Zbyszko > Joe Blackie versus Bad Boy
Brown > Mike Cassidy & Red Dugan versus Young Londos & Young Gotch
April 20, 1939 (Thursday) – Savannah, GA – Savannah Municipal Auditorium (Max Bauman – Promoter) > Bob Cowart over Red Dugan at 20:00 > Jim Spanos over John
Dameron two falls to none > George Romanoff over Jack Miller two falls to one
April 20, 1949 (Wednesday) – Marietta, GA – Larry Bell Auditorium (Fred Ward – Promoter / Fred Ward Promotions) > Tommy Ward over Jack Coulter > Joe Estes &
Honey Boy Hannigan over Bob Shipp & Red Dugan
April 20, 1951 (Friday) – Atlanta, GA – Atlanta Municipal Auditorium (Paul Jones (01) – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Jack Curtis over Lou Plummer by
disqualification > Dan O’Connor over Benny Becker > NWA World Heavyweight Title Match: Lou Thesz* over Danny Plechas to retain the title / Notes: Thesz had been the
reigning NWA World Heavyweight Champion since he was awarded the title on November 27, 1949.
April 20, 1953 (Monday) – Augusta, GA – William Bell Auditorium (Tom Mahoney – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Dan O'Connor over Mike Paidousis >
Tex Riley over Jack Steele > Carlos Guzman over Aldo Bogni > Don McIntyre over Henry Harrell by disqualification
April 20, 1956 (Friday) – Atlanta, GA – Atlanta Municipal Auditorium (Paul Jones (01) – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Tim Geohagen over Lou Plummer
> Rocky Columbo over Jerry Graham by disqualification > Dick Raines & Lou Plummer over Tim Geohagen & Chief Big Heart > Argentina Rocca over Jack O’Brien /
Notes: Although not mentioned, Kola Kwariani was likely in attendance, as he was charged with traveling with Rocca as a troubleshooter for him.
April 20, 1959 (Monday) – Augusta, GA – Armory Hall (Robert McCoy – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Roy Acosta & Don McClarty versus Mickey Blassie
& Gypsy Joe (01)
April 20, 1960 (Wednesday) – Columbus, GA – Columbus Sports Arena (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Bill Dromo over Bad Boy Hines at
13:00 > Vince Bryant over the Brute > Paul Anderson over Serge Malkoff / Notes: The Brute substituted for Eric Pederson in the match against Bryant.
April 20, 1962 (Friday) – Atlanta, GA – Atlanta Municipal Auditorium (Don McIntyre – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Ray Villmer over Ali Bey (01) > Jim
Wright and Andre Drapp went to a draw > Ray Gunkel & Bob Ellis over Lenny Montana & the Canadian Angel > Eddie Graham & Dick Steinborn over Tojo Yamamoto &
Taro Myaki (02) / Notes: In the program for this card, it is the first to announce McIntyre taking over as promoter out of the Atlanta office. Paul Jones (01) made a final
appearance in his regular column, stating that he was retiring so he and his wife could spend more time together. It has widely been reported that he had really stepped
back his efforts and allowed McIntyre, Gunkel, and Freddie Blassie handle the promotional and booking chores that he had long been credited for to this point. At our
best estimation, the passing of the torch actually began around 1955 or 1956. He reportedly sold most of his shares in the promotion to McIntyre around this time. Drapp
participated in an autograph session for fans.
April 20, 1964 (Monday) – Albany, GA (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Johnny Bruce versus Chief Big Heart > Johnny Heidman & Juan
Sebastian versus the Bavarian Boys (Rudy Jacobs & Harry Wenzl) > Joe McCarthy versus Ron Reed / Notes: It is unclear as to what venue was the site of this card.
April 20, 1964 (Monday) – Augusta, GA – William Bell Auditorium (Steve Manderson – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > the Mighty Jumbo over Stan Stasiak
(02) > Joe Scarpa over George Harris by disqualification > Kurt Von Brauner & Karl Von Brauner over Joe Scarpa & Don Carson / Notes: Saul Weingeroff managed the
April 20, 1965 (Tuesday) – Thomasville, GA (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Frankie Cain versus Billy Hines > Women’s Match: Barbara
Galento versus the Fabulous Moolah > Mario Galento versus Greg Peterson / Notes: It is unclear as to what venue was the site of this card.
April 20, 1966 (Wednesday) – Columbus, GA – Columbus Municipal Auditorium (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Bad Boy Hines over Jack
Vansky at 20:00 > Chief Crazy Horse and Mysterious Medic #2 (01) went to a draw at 15:00 > Jack Armstrong & Enrique Torres over the Infernos (Inferno #1 & Inferno #2)
two falls to one > Mysterious Medic #1 over Billy Hines by disqualification > United States Junior Heavyweight Title versus Hair Match: Chin Lee (02) over Bobby Shane*
two falls to one to win the title / Notes: J.C. Dykes managed the Infernos. Shane had been the reigning United States Junior Heavyweight Champion since he went over
Lee on April 13, 1966, in Columbus.
April 20, 1968 (Saturday) – Atlanta, GA – WQXI Studios (Paul Jones (01) – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Avenger #3 over the Turk (01) > the Big O (01)
over Johnny Walker (01) > Jim Wilson & Alberto Torres over Hans Schmidt & El Mongol by disqualification / Notes: This was for the “Live Atlanta Wrestling” television
program hosted by Ed Capral. Gentleman X (01) managed Schmidt, Big O, and Mongol.
April 20, 1971 (Tuesday) – Macon, GA – Macon Coliseum (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Bob Griffin over Michel Dubois at 10:37 > Jerry
Oates and Fidel Castillo went to a draw at 15:00 > Bob Armstrong over Luke Graham > Dick Steinborn & Choo-Choo Lynn over Billy Spears & Krusher Karlson at 17:05 >
Georgia Heavyweight Title Match: El Mongol* over Buddy Colt by disqualification to retain the title / Notes: Mongol had been the reigning Georgia Heavyweight Champion
since he went over Nick Bockwinkel in a tournament final on February 5, 1971, in Atlanta. Homer O’Dell managed Colt.
April 20, 1973 (Friday) – Atlanta, GA – Paul Jones Sports Arena (Paul Jones (01) – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Women’s World Title Match: the
Fabulous Moolah* over Lilly Thomas to retain the title > Norvel Austin & Mr. Wrestling #2 (01) over the Super Infernos (01) (Super Inferno #1 & Super Inferno #2 (01)) >
Cadillac Tournament: Sputnik Monroe over Bob Orton, Jr., to advance; Jack Brisco over Danny Miller to advance; Bill Watts over Dr. Blood to advance; and Mr. Wrestling
#1 over Bobby Shane to advance / Notes: J.C. Dykes managed the Infernos. Winston escorted Shane to the ring. Moolah had been billed as Women’s World Champion
since she went over Judy Grable on September 18, 1956, in Baltimore, MD. The program for this card noted that Bobby Duncum, although previously reported as turning
down Jones’ offers to enter the Cadillac tournament, did express interest in the $1,000 bounty placed by an unnamed Texan for the mask of any top masked wrestler in
Georgia. It reported he knew who the Texan was, and would be glad to come and collect. Following the Watts-Blood match, Watts removed Blood’s mask to reveal his
identity as Dale Lewis. It also featured a brief feature titled “Whatever Happened to the Famous Torres Brothers?”, noting that Enrique had retired, Alberto had died, and
that Jones was currently negotiating to bring Ramon back to Georgia.
April 20, 1974 (Saturday) – Griffin, GA – Griffin-Barnesville Sports Palace (Paul Jones (01) – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Jerry Brisco over Tiger
Conway, Jr. > Earl Maynard over Bill Costello > Mike Stallings and Jimmy Garvin went to a draw > Jerry Oates & Robert Fuller over Ron Garvin & Terry Garvin > Jerry
Brisco & Bobby Duncum & Bill Costello & Art Nelson over Derrell Cochran & Earl Maynard & Bob Armstrong & Tiger Conway, Jr. / Notes: Jimmy Garvin managed the
April 20, 1979 (Friday) – McDonough, GA (Paul Jones (01) – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Frank Dusek over Chick Donovan > Mike Stallings over Rick
Oliver > King Kong Mosca over Bill Dromo > Bob Armstrong & Tommy Rich over Ole Anderson & Ivan Koloff by disqualification
April 20, 1980 (Sunday) – Atlanta, GA – Omni Coliseum (Paul Jones (01) – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Eddie Gilbert over Jim Nelson > the French
Angel (02) over Gerald Finley > Bob Sweetan over Chick Donovan > Mike Sharpe & Lars Anderson over Charlie Fulton & Genichiro Tenryu > Ernie Ladd versus Jay
Strongbow ended in a no contest > Dusty Rhodes over Leroy Brown > Tommy Rich versus Austin Idol ended in a no contest > Mr. Wrestling #2 (01) over Baron Von
Raschke > Kevin Sullivan & Tony Atlas over Ivan Koloff & Alexis Smirnoff > Baron Von Raschke over Tommy Rich / Notes: It was reported that 8,500 were in attendance
for this card. Rock Hunter managed Koloff and Smirnoff.
April 20, 1984 (Friday) – Augusta, GA – Richmond County Civic Center (Charlie Harben – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Bob Roop over Dale Veasey >
the Spoiler (02) over Tommy Rogers > the Road Warriors (Animal & Hawk) over Tim Horner & King Kong Bundy > Sweet Brown Sugar over Les Thornton > Strap Match:
Ron Garvin over Jake Roberts > Hair versus Mask Match: Jimmy Valiant over Assassin #2 (03) / Notes: Paul Ellering managed Roberts, the Spoiler, and the Warriors.