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NWA: Georgia Championship Wrestling (01.26.80)

Georgia Championship Wrestling
January 26, 1980
Atlanta, GA
WTBS-17 Studios

The current GCW champs are as follows:
NWA World Heavyweight Champion: Harley Race (11/7/1979)
NWA Georgia Heavyweight Champion: Mr. Wrestling II (1/12/1980)
NWA Georgia Tag Team Champions: Ivan Koloff & Alexis Smirnoff (12/7/1979)
NWA National Television Champion: Austin Idol (1/12/1980)

TIME FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT. That’s right. While this show is incomplete and jumps around, it’s available here on YouTube for all of us to enjoy and there’s enough action here to warrant a watch.

As we click play on the video, the intro to the show tells us who we will see on the program while simultaneously showing us clips of wrestling action that may or may not have to do with who the voiceover is describing.

Your host is Gordon Solie. He tells us we will be seeing a “special feature” on Dusty Rhodes concerning the day his dream was realized and he won the NWA world title. That was back in August. Harley Race has done won the title back from Dusty, lost it, and won it back again. I know news traveled slower back then, but not *that* slow. Read the rest of this entry

NWA: Georgia Championship Wrestling (12.08.79)

Georgia Championship Wrestling
December 8, 1979
Atlanta, GA
WTBS-17 Studios

The current GCW champs are as follows:
NWA World Heavyweight Champion: Harley Race (11/7/1979)
NWA Georgia Heavyweight Champion: The Masked Superstar (12/7/1979)
NWA Georgia Tag Team Champions: Ivan Koloff & Alexis Smirnoff (12/7/1979)
NWA Georgia Television Champion: Austin Idol (12/7/1979)

TIME FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT. That’s right. We need to take a break from the WWF and see what else is happening around the world of wrestling here at the end of 1979 and where better to look than at Georgia Championship Wrestling. While this show is incomplete and jumps around, it’s available here on YouTube for all of us to enjoy and there’s enough action here to warrant a watch.

If you’ll notice the champions listed above, Georgia now has THREE NEW CHAMPIONS all in the span of one evening. I don’t know if that is due to lack of knowledge of when the titles changed hands so the researcher added the date of the title changes and chose the day prior to the airing of this show to list the title changes or what exactly. The Masked Superstar defeated Tommy Rich to regain the Georgia Heavyweight title, the Georgia Tag Team champs Ivan Koloff and Alexis Smirnoff beat Ole Anderson and Jerry Brisco, while Austin Idol pinned Ray Candy to win the Georgia TV title. If all of that happened in the same night, it’s pretty incredible and probably should have been mentioned on the show. MAYBE IT WAS. Since this show is incomplete, it’s not really fair to say for sure, so we’ll just move on.

In other news, there’s some interesting babyfaces and you’ll want to see who they are if you enjoy this era of wrestling. So, check it out.

Your host is Gordon Solie. Read the rest of this entry

WWWF: All Star Wrestling (01.27.79)

WWWF: All Star Wrestling
January 27, 1979
Allentown, PA
Allentown Agricultural Hall

Your current WWWF champions are as follows:
WWWF Heavyweight Champion: Bob Backlund (2/20/1978)
WWWF World Tag Team Champions: Tony Garea & Larry Zbyszko (12/2/1978)

Pop Culture #1s of the Time:
#1 Movie of the Week: Superman starring Christopher Reeve & Gene Hackman

#1 Song of the Week: Le Freak by Chic
#1 TV Show of the 78-79 Season: Laverne & Shirley starring Penny Marshall & Cindy Williams

Follow along if you have the WWE Network!

The following wrestling exhibition requires discretionary viewer participation.

Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Bruno Sammartino. They have swapped buildings and taping dates on us. The A-show Championship Wrestling will be filmed from Hamburg while the B-Show All Star Wrestling will be filmed from the Allentown Agricultural Hall for this and the next round of TV tapings. Pretty cool to see the show in a little different venue in front of a bigger crowd. Read the rest of this entry

WWWF: All Star Wrestling (12.02.78)

WWWF: All Star Wrestling
December 2, 1978
Hamburg, PA
Hamburg Fieldhouse

Your current WWWF champions are as follows:
WWWF Heavyweight Champion: Bob Backlund (2/20/1978)
WWWF World Tag Team Champions: The Yukon Lumberjacks (6/26/1978)

Pop Culture #1s of the Time:
#1 Movie of the Week: The Lord of the Rings starring William Squire & Christopher Guard

#1 Song of the Week: You Don’t Bring Me Flowers by Barbra Streisand & Neil Diamond
#1 TV Show of the 78-79 Season: Laverne & Shirley starring Penny Marshall & Cindy Williams

Follow along if you have the WWE Network!

The following wrestling exhibition requires discretionary viewer participation.

Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Bruno Sammartino. Read the rest of this entry

WWWF: All Star Wrestling (11.11.78)

WWWF: All Star Wrestling
November 11, 1978
Hamburg, PA
Hamburg Fieldhouse

Your current WWWF champions are as follows:
WWWF Heavyweight Champion: Bob Backlund (2/20/1978)
WWWF World Tag Team Champions: The Yukon Lumberjacks (6/26/1978)

Pop Culture #1s of the Time:
#1 Movie of the Week: Comes a Horseman starring James Caan & Jane Fonda

#1 Song of the Week: MacArthur Park by Donna Summer
#1 TV Show of the 78-79 Season: Laverne & Shirley starring Penny Marshall & Cindy Williams

Follow along if you have the WWE Network!

The following wrestling exhibition requires discretionary viewer participation.

Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Bruno Sammartino. Read the rest of this entry

WWWF: All Star Wrestling (10.14.78)

WWWF: All Star Wrestling
October 14, 1978
Hamburg, PA
Hamburg Fieldhouse

Your current WWWF champions are as follows:
WWWF Heavyweight Champion: Bob Backlund (2/20/1978)
WWWF World Tag Team Champions: The Yukon Lumberjacks (6/26/1978)

Pop Culture #1s of the Time:
#1 Movie of the Week: The Boys from Brazil starring Gregory Peck & Laurence Olivier

#1 Song of the Week: Kiss You All Over by Exile
#1 TV Show of the 78-79 Season: Laverne & Shirley starring Penny Marshall & Cindy Williams

Follow along if you have the WWE Network!

The following wrestling exhibition requires discretionary viewer participation.

Your host is Vince McMahon. Read the rest of this entry

WWWF: All Star Wrestling (10.07.78)

WWWF: All Star Wrestling
October 7, 1978
Hamburg, PA
Hamburg Fieldhouse

Your current WWWF champions are as follows:
WWWF Heavyweight Champion: Bob Backlund (2/20/1978)
WWWF World Tag Team Champions: The Yukon Lumberjacks (6/26/1978)

Pop Culture #1s of the Time:
#1 Movie of the Week: Grease starring John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John

#1 Song of the Week: Kiss You All Over by Exile
#1 TV Show of the 78-79 Season: Laverne & Shirley starring Penny Marshall & Cindy Williams

Follow along if you have the WWE Network!

The following wrestling exhibition requires discretionary viewer participation.

Your host is Vince McMahon. Read the rest of this entry

WWWF: All Star Wrestling (09.23.78)

WWWF: All Star Wrestling
September 23, 1978
Hamburg, PA
Hamburg Fieldhouse

Your current WWWF champions are as follows:
WWWF Heavyweight Champion: Bob Backlund (2/20/1978)
WWWF World Tag Team Champions: The Yukon Lumberjacks (6/26/1978)

Pop Culture #1s of the Time:
#1 Movie of the Week: Grease starring John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John

#1 Song of the Week: Boogie Oogie Oogie by A Taste of Honey
#1 TV Show of the 78-79 Season: Laverne & Shirley starring Penny Marshall & Cindy Williams

Follow along if you have the WWE Network!

The following wrestling exhibition requires discretionary viewer participation.

Your host is Vince McMahon. Read the rest of this entry

WWWF: All Star Wrestling (09.02.78) (PLUS MSG STUFF TOO)


WWWF: All Star Wrestling
September 2, 1978
Hamburg, PA
Hamburg Fieldhouse

Your current WWWF champions are as follows:
WWWF Heavyweight Champion: Bob Backlund (2/20/1978)
WWWF World Tag Team Champions: The Yukon Lumberjacks (6/26/1978)

Pop Culture #1s of the Time:
#1 Movie of the Week: Grease starring John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John

#1 Song of the Week: Grease by Frankie Valli
#1 TV Show of the 78-79 Season: Laverne & Shirley starring Penny Marshall & Cindy Williams

Follow along if you have the WWE Network!

The following wrestling exhibition requires discretionary viewer participation.

Your host is Vince McMahon. Read the rest of this entry

WWWF: All Star Wrestling (07.15.78)

WWWF: All Star Wrestling
July 15, 1978
Hamburg, PA
Hamburg Fieldhouse

Your current WWWF champions are as follows:
WWWF Heavyweight Champion: Bob Backlund (2/20/1978)
WWWF World Tag Team Champions: The Yukon Lumberjacks (6/26/1978)

Pop Culture #1s of the Time:
#1 Movie of the Week: Grease starring John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John

#1 Song of the Week: Shadow Dancing by Andy Gibb
#1 TV Show of the 77-78 Season: Laverne & Shirley starring Penny Marshall & Cindy Williams

Follow along if you have the WWE Network!

The following wrestling exhibition requires discretionary viewer participation.

Your host is Vince McMahon. Read the rest of this entry

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