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SHOW RESULTS - 8/10 GCCW in Blakely, Ga.: Ron Simmons appears, plus Robert Gibson, Bob Armstrong, local legends

Aug 11, 2013 - 12:24:54 AM
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Gulf Coast Championship Wrestling Results
"Brawl in Blakely"
August 10, 2013
Blakely, Ga.
Report by Patrick Garner, PWTorch correspondent


I arrived at the Early County High School Gymnasium 30 minutes before bell time to scout the merchandise tables and was able to meet and get my photograph taken with Ron Simmons, Robert Gibson, and The Patriot. The last time I saw Gibson was back in 2000 when he challenged “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan for the WCW Television Title. He looked noticeably healthier and svelter than he did 13 years ago.

Before the bell, the Early County High School dance team came out and performed for the audience. Then the crowd was told to stand for the “Star Spangled Banner,” before the announcer came out to hype the program. The announcer was interrupted by a rather rotund-looking wrestler named Thomas Shock who took the microphone and said that he was replacing Steve Armstrong, who couldn’t make it, but that he would kick the butt of anyone he faced. Ron Simmons made his way to the ring and Thomas Shock fled in terror.

Ron Simmons entered the ring, took the mic, and made fun of Thomas Shock for a bit before thanking the fans for all the support they had given him throughout his football and professional wrestling career. He said he wished that he had a word to sum up his feelings, and the crowd then cheered him on hoping he would say, “Damn.” Simmons played around the ring for a bit, but then shouted, “DAMN,” and the crowd roared. Simmons then left the ring, and the announcer introduced the opening match.

(1) Dirty Dog Bower beat “Wildman” Krash the Bull via DQ. Krash the Bull was accompanied to the ring by Don Fargo, who was a NWA Tag Team Champion back in the late ‘50s. This match was the most athletic on the card with all the moves that you would expect from a WWE or TNA match. There was solid back and forth action for ten minutes until Krash the Bull rolled up and pinned Dirty Dog Bower by holding on to Bower’s tights. Bower complained to the referee after the match, and the children in the audience jumped up and down screaming that Krash the Bull had held onto Bower’s tights. The referee then reversed the decision and declared Bower the winner via DQ. Not wanting to win that way, Bower asked for five more minutes, and the crowd shamed Krash the Bull into getting back into the ring. The referee restarted the match and pretty soon Bower pinned Krash the Bull.

It’s worth noting that when Dirty Dog Bower’s music played a young man with Down syndrome who was sitting in the front row got up and danced and the entire gymnasium cheered him on. This individual, in many ways, became an integral part of the show.

(2) “Golden Boy” Chick Donovan submitted Thomas Shock. Chick Donovan is probably most famous for being one of the original First Family members back in ’81. He was obviously well known in the area as the entire crowd knew who he was. When he came to the ring he pulled teenage girls who were sitting in the front row out of their seats and danced with them. This match had a weird angle because a second referee came out to replace the first referee. The announcer quizzed the second referee on why he was coming out, and asked if the second referee had a license. The announcer asked Chick Donovan and Thomas Shock if they knew why a replacement referee came out, and both wrestlers claimed ignorance. After some action, Chick Donovan put Thomas Shock in the figure-four leg lock and won without the second referee involving himself in any way, which was the opposite of what the crowd was expecting.

After the match, Chick Donovan tried to circle the ring to high-five the audience, but the young man with Down syndrome held onto Donovan’s hand and insisted he dance with him. The two danced to the roar of the crowd.

(3) Lord Humungus beat Billy the Kid & “Rough Rider” T.J. Lord Humungus, a true behemoth, came to ring wearing the same outfit his character wore in the movie, The Road Warrior. Humungus walked around the ring clotheslining his two opponents until “Rough Rider” T.J. got sick of it, and left his partner alone in the ring. Humungus then clotheslined Billy the Kid and pinned him with one knee.

(4) “Bullet” Bob Armstrong beat Assassin #2 via count-out. I have no idea who was under the Assassin mask. The person looked far too young to be the original Assassin #2, and was announced as being from “parts unknown.” Armstrong made his way to the ring dancing to “Bad to the Bone.” I was the first person to shake Armstrong’s hand as he made his way to the ring, which sort of made up for me not being able to get my picture taken with him or getting a personalized autograph from him the way I was able to do with Simmons and Gibson. After Armstrong bested Assassin #2 in a test of strength, Assassin #2 played the role of the chicken heel and kept ducking out of the ring to escape Armstrong. This angered the young man with Down syndrome to the point he had to be restrained by what looked to be his grandfather as well as a security guard. Eventually Armstrong ripped the mask off Assassin #2, but Assassin #2 grabbed a towel from the announcer’s table and covered his face. Assassin #2 then fled the ring and was counted out.

Next was Steve Lawler, The Black Assassin, and “Cowboy” Dennis Gale (with C.J. “Candy” Moye) vs. The Patriot, Terry Lawler, and Robert Gibson. Stevel Lawler has trained Buff Bagwell and Disco Inferno. The Black Assassin came to the ring holding the Sudanese flag and wearing tights that read “Sudan” although he was announced as being from the U.S. “Cowboy” Dennis Gale is a Deep South wrestler who has been wrestling for 36 years in front of the crowd who knew him very well. I have no idea who was under The Patriot’s mask. He looked older and during intermission was signing WCW photographs as if he was the same Patriot. Terry Lawler was using the Honky Tonk Man gimmick.

Before the match, Steve Lawler claimed to be a legend killer and called out Don Fargo, who slowly made his way to ringside. Fargo sucker-punched Steve Lawler before doing the Fargo Strut to the cheers of the crowd. Fargo then left the area claiming that he couldn’t punch like he used to.

(5) The Patriot & Terry Lawler & Robert Gibson beat Steve Lawler & Black Assasin & "Cowboy" Dennis Gale via DQ in a six-man tag. After a bit of back and forth action, the heels kept The Patriot in the ring, taking turns beating him up while the faces tried to get in the ring to help their fallen comrade. Eventually they were able to help, but the match dissolved into a clustermess, resulting in the referee disqualifying the heels. The match continued long afterwards with the wrestlers brawling around the arena, before the three faces made their way back into the ring to raise their hands as the victors.

Overall, attendance seemed pretty good. I am guessing that there were at least a couple hundred people in attendance. The crowd was very familiar with the wrestlers at the show, and they were extremely enthusiastic. I greatly enjoyed the "Brawl in Blakely," not for the athleticism, but for the atmosphere and being able to see some of the wrestlers, perhaps for the final time. This was a family-friendly PG show, and some of the wrestlers had clearly been entertaining the various families in attendance for multiple generations.



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