Gorgeous George Runs Into Trouble

Associated Press – June 9, 1951

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. – Gorgeous George, a professional wrestler, was accused today of ungentlemanly conduct outside the ring.

As a result, W.G. Wightman, Bethany, Mo., a member of the State Athletic Commission, recommended a life suspension and a $5,000 fine. His recommendation also included George’s manager, Howard Cantonwine.

George defeated Ronnie Etchison, St. Joseph, in a match last night. Etchison claimed Gorgeous George had used the ropes illegally in the final fall and protested. He went to George’s dressing room, but all he got for his trouble was a door slamming in his face.

Etchison then appealed to Wightman, who reversed the decision.

Wight said the wrestler and his manager then called him names. The recommendation for suspension and a fine followed.

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