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 - Gary Lynch

For the next few months, I am going to look back at the year 1977.  In this installment I am going to write about two big angles that happen in 1977.  I am going to start off, however, looking at the first big wrestling show of the year.  This show was very important to me as it was the first major show I ever attended at The Omni.  

On January 1st, 1977, Georgia Championship Wrestling held the first big show of the year at The Omni.  The show was promoted for weeks and was a complete sellout. The show consist of ten matches and the results were as followed:

Ricky Steamboat defeated Bill Howard
Bob Backlund defeated El Gauho
Black Atlas defeated Bill White
Raymond Rougeau lost to Killer Tim Brooks
Susan Green won a womens battle royal
Bill Watts defeated The Stomper

Thunderbolt Patterson defeated The Sheik by countout.  The Sheik scared me.  I remember whenever The Sheik was coming to town, the promotion always showed the same match out of Detroit where The Sheik absolutely destroyed Sailor Art Thomas.  He threw a fireball at Thomas to end the match and I was so scared he would throw one at Thunderbolt.  Hey, I was 12 years old at the time.

Georiga Championship:  Dusty Rhodes lost by disqualification to Dick Slater.

Mighty Igor defeated Abdullah the Butcher by disqualification.  Abdullah the Butcher was managed by J.J. Dillon.  The Stomper, also managed by Dillon, interfered in the match.  As Abdullah held Igor, The Stomper went to kick him, miss and hit Abdullah instead.  This was the beginning of a buildup for a feud between Abdullah and The Stomper.

World Tag Team Championship: Ole and Gene Anderson defeated Mr. Wrestling 1&2.  Ole and Gene actually had already lost belts to Ric Flair and Greg Valentine in December in The Mid-Atlantic area.  After this match was over, Dick Slater jumped in the ring and begin to choke Mr. Wrestling 2 with the Georgia title belt as Ole and Gene Anderson held Mr. Wrestling back.  Suddenly I started hearing cheers from the back of the building.  The cheers grew louder and the next thing I know, Thunderbolt Patterson had jumped in the ring and clean house on Slater and The Andersons.  The whole place just erupted into cheers.  Out of all the wrestling events I have attended this was the show that I remember and enjoyed the most.  More...

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