Crowbar Press



2 DVD–R set


Running Time
4 hours, 10 minutes

Publisher: Crowbar Press

Cover: Full color

Item #: swtl-07

Price: $17.95

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Bobby Simmons got his start refereeing for Ann Gunkel’s ASWA promotion during the Georgia wrestling wars.  He later went to work for Georgia Championship Wrestling and refereed some of the most historic matches of the 70s and 80s.  As an office employee, he was behind-the-scenes during the heyday of the Atlanta territory.  This is not just Bobby’s story, but an indepth look at the pro wrestling business of one of the most talked-about territories of all time.

•  Bobby's uncle
•  The claw hold
•  Hanging around the wrestling office
•  Meeting Rocket Monroe
•  Saturday mornings at the TV studio
•  Being paid $70 a week
•  Mizark
•  The promotional war
•  Tricks of the trade
•  Memories of Ray Gunkel
•  Working 17-hour days
•  Making a 4-1/2 hour trip for $15
•  Pre-match instructions
•  "Get your own heat."
•  "Shut up and kick the tires!"
•  The history of the Sports Arena
•  Tear gas in the phone booth
•  Guarantees for referees
•  Makeshift windshield wipers
•  Argentina Apollo and the Golden Gladiator shoot
•  Buck Robley fires Charlie Smith
•  Introduction to Sputnik Monroe
•  Meatless hamburger
•  No-calorie strawberry pie
•  Ann Gunkel vs The National Wrestling Alliance
•  Promotional war
•  Ann Gunkel calls it quits
•  Slicing watermelon
•  Working for the NWA
•  Gorilla Watts
•  Hardway!
•  Worries about job security
•  Rubber stamp autographs
•  Bearcat Wilkerson and blood
•  Luke Graham's granddaughter
•  Luke Graham and the 450-pound fan
•  The Missouri Mauler
•  Sheer terror
•  The Mauler drops George Harben
•  Rest in Peace, Charlie Harben
•  Ox Baker potatoes Bobby
•  Painted toenails
•  Jerry Graham gets naked
•  Women's underwear on the nightlight
•  Ted Oates vs Wayne Cowan
•  An autograph for Bobby
•  Charlie Cook
•  The Oriental Nerve Hold
•  Assassin #2 vs Dick Steinborn
•  Show cancelled due to sunshine
•  Thunderbolt Patterson's basket
•  Karl Gotch's teacher
•  Wise advice from Jody Hamilton
•  Atlanta's first masked babyface
•  Mr. Wrestling unmasks himself
•  Tim Woods loses a finger
•  Leo Garibaldi and Tom Renesto, master bookers
•  Old Silver Tongue
•  Winning Renesto's respect
•  Cage match!
•  Referee turned wrestler
•  Bobby "Ass" Simmons
•  Calling his heroes
•  Juice and the blade
•  Carrying the blade
•  Newspaper expose
•  The pastor's wife
•  Toru Tanaka cuts Bobby
•  Don Jardine hits an artery
•  Ole Anderson and the motorcycle helmet
•  Ole goes to jail
•  Sinex for Rick Gibson
•  Moondog Mayne sneaks up on Bobby
•  Moondog asks to be counted out
•  The Sheik's snake and the boy scouts
•  J.C. Dykes and the Claxton Fruit Cake
•  Bill Howard chokes a lady midget
•  A county sheriff tracks down Tony Atlas
•  Bill Dromo's brother
•  The program peddler
•  Dusty Rhodes and the firemen
•  "So much for kayfabe!"
•  Ronnie West "helps" Bobby
•  Bobby explains bite marks to his wife
•  "Time out! Let's all go get a hot dog!"
•  Meeting Harley Race
•  NWA referees
•  The wrestling business and its toll on the family
•  Jim Barnett – Businessman, promoter, humanitarian
•  The story behind Tommy Rich and the NWA title
•  Randy Cohran bets on the wrestling matches
•  Ole Anderson, booker for Georgia Championship Wrestling
•  "I gots my money and I'm comin' to wrestle."
•  Ole's antique car
•  Power play puts Barnett out
•  24-hour day care center for adult wrestlers
•  Bobby resigns and leaves the business
•  Ann Gunkel returns to promote
•  The smallest house Bobby ever worked

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