This week’s column is chock full of Chase Owens, two of the bestest friends you’ll ever meet, and an upcoming card loaded with legends.
The Besties are the Bestest of the Best
The team of Michael Stevens & Zac Edwards, collectively known as the Beautiful Bald Besties, were named Best Tag Team of 2015 by Georgia Wrestling History, and they are clearly not resting on their laurels. This past weekend they won a one-night tournament for the vacant Peachstate Wrestling Alliance Tag Team titles, defeating the teams of AJ Steele & Tyson Dean and #trendingnow (Ace Haven & Charles Zanders) in a three-way match in the finals. Considering that Peachstate won GWH’s Best Promotion award in 2015, one could say that the best tag team now holds the titles in the best promotion. Or one could just like to say the word “best” a lot.
The other tournament held in the area last weekend saw Chase Owens crowned the inaugural Twin States Wrestling Heavyweight champion, beating Eric Wayne in the finals. After the match, Wayne extracted a measure of revenge on Owens, throwing fire at the new champion (see video below). The promotion has announced a return date for 3/6, with Chase defending the title against Jimmy Rave.
1/15 All-Star Wrestling Network – Fort Valley GA: The Lethal Weapons (Sylar Cross & Adrian Armour) beat The Big F’N Deal (Brian Blaze & Geter) … Stunt Marshall beat Johnny Nixx … AWN Tag Team champions Shane Curtis & Leon McMichael beat Logan Creed & Fry Daddy … The Beautiful Bald Besties (Michael Stevens & Zac Edwards) beat Chip Day & Sal Rinauro to win the AWN Heritage title (they will be co-holders of the title) … Damien Silva beat Don Yoder … AWN Heavyweight champion Drew Adler beat Murder One
1/15 ProSouth Wrestling – Piedmont AL: James Hardy & Dakota Outlaw beat Kevin Ryan & Victoria Ventress (with Kris Parker) … Eli Daniels (with Mathias Darkthorne) beat Scott Aries … Charles Zanders beat Andrew Aries … Scott Spade & Jed Johnson (with Tyler Gage) beat Donnie Primetime & Steven Michaels … Tyler Gage won a gauntlet match
1/16 Empire Wrestling – Rossville GA: Jason Hampton & Ryan Vega beat Johnny Viper & Aaron Orion … Jamie Hall & Lamar Phillips (with Lionel Lucas Lazarus) beat Bobby Moore & Matt Fortune (with Steve Dave) … Stryknyn & Tank beat Rush & Gunner Miller … Olaf the Berzerker & Kyle Matthews beat Keith Hamill & Corey Coxx … Ace Rockwell & Drew Delight beat Logan Alvey & Chris Ganz … Joey Lynch beat Chip Day in a no DQ, no countout match … Ace Rockwell won the Battlebowl battle royal to earn a title shot against Empire Heavyweight champion Bobby Hayes on 2/6
1/16 Next Generation Wrestling – Newport TN: Seth Vendetta beat Jamie Gunner, Travis Graves and Chris Stewart in a fatal four-way match … Nicole Stratton beat Dani Ferrerra … Cody Ford & Killgun beat Kaldr Lokison & Tony Kilgore in a hardcore match … Gaia beat Taylor Henning … Cody Morton beat Corey Smith … Shawn Hoodrich & Brian Valor beat The Southern Bad Boys to win the NGW Tag Team titles … AJ Daniels beat Lenny Stratton to win the NGW Heavyweight title
1/16 Old School Wrestling Alliance – Cornelia GA: Marcus Adams beat Chad Woods … Tower beat Patrick Samuels … Ken O’Sullivan & Jimmy Lee wrestled Michael Manson & Will Kaution to a double countout … Chris Damian beat James Blvd … Brody Dillinger and Rod Boldt were co-winners of a Golden Ticket battle royal … The White Knight wrestled Keith Cage (result unknown) … Mac Mosley beat Jamar Anderson
1/16 Peachstate Wrestling Alliance – Carrollton GA: PWA Tag Team title tournament – First round: The Beautiful Bald Besties (Michael Stevens & Zac Edwards) beat Southside Trash (Rowdy & Razor) … #trendingnow (Ace Haven & Charles Zanders, with Amy Haven) beat Scott & Andrew Aries … Tyson Dean & AJ Steele beat Feature Attraction (Donnie Primetime III & Britt Jackson) … Simon Sermon & Tommy Too Much (with Merica) wrestled Nigel Sherrod & Shane Noles (with Wicked Nemesis) to a double countout … Second round: The Beautiful Bald Besties wrestled #trendingnow to a time limit draw (both teams advanced to the finals) … PWA Heritage champion Jimmy Rave wrestled Sal Rinauro to a no-contest; the title was announced as being held up after the match … The Beautiful Bald Besties beat #trendingnow and Tyson Dean & AJ Steele in a three-way match to win the PWA Tag Team titles. A more detailed report by Larry Goodman can be found here
1/16 Platinum Championship Wrestling – Porterdale GA: Shane Marx beat Ray Fury … PCW Heavyweight champion Geter beat Eric Jones … Brian Kane beat Matt Gilbert … Jaden Newman & Chris Henry beat The Movement (Chip Hazard & Talon Williams) … Eli Daniels beat Joey Sparkz … Bill the Butcher & Dementia D’Rose beat The Danger City Demons (Johnny Danger & Devlin Valek). A more detailed report by Alicia Stockton can be found here
1/16 TWE Chattanooga – Red Bank TN: Black Diamond beat Mike eXcellence … Shawn Rage beat Jayke Murphy … Anonymous beat YoungBloodZ … Aja Perera beat Imposter Perera … Indie Wrestling Channel World Heavyweight champion Fred Yehi beat Chris Crunkk
1/16 Ultimate Extreme Wrestling – East Ridge TN: Menace beat Deon Mercer … Big Doug beat Ryan House … Terry Lawler beat Torque and Nate Wilde in a three way match … AIWF Americas champion Drew Game beat Brian Rivers in a bullrope match … Back to the Future (Joey Idol & Ethan Cage) beat The Good Ole Boys (Cuzin Cletus & Cuzin Shaggy) … Chase Jordan & Corey Dye beat The Black Hand by DQ
1/16 WrestleMerica – Union Point GA: David Tita beat P-Dogg … The Patriot beat Big Andy … WrestleMerica Brass Knuckles champion Chris Nelms beat Iceberg, Logan Creed and Luke Gallows in a four way match … Jerry Nelms & Scotty Bullwinkle beat The Faces of Death (Andy Anderson & Pain) … Amy Love beat Amber O’Neal-Gallows … WrestleMerica Heavyweight champion Brad Attitude defeated John Skyler
1/17 Twin States Wrestling – Piedmont AL: Eric Wayne beat Jeremy Flynt … Donnie Primetime beat Neil Taylor (with Mr Sensational) … Chase Owens beat Ace Haven (with Amy Haven) … Jeremiah Plunkett beat Tank … Duke Warfield beat Charles Zanders … Eric Wayne beat Donnie Primetime … Chase Owens beat Jeremiah Plunkett … Chase Owens beat Eric Wayne to become the first TSW Heavyweight champion
This coming weekend, Chase Owens will be in action on Friday night at SWF Wrestling in Tullahoma TN. The card has a main event of Ricky Morton vs Jeremiah Plunkett and also features Team IOU vs The Hooligans. The next night, Chase travels to Ultimate Extreme Wrestling in East Ridge TN to face Anthony Henry in a first time matchup. Georgia Premier Wrestling will be in Canton GA on Saturday with Gunner in action, plus Kyle Matthews and all the GPW regulars. I will be live tweeting results and smarmy comments from GPW, so be sure to follow me on Twitter @WhooWrestling if you aren’t already
Thursday 1/21: WWA4 – Atlanta GA
Saturday 1/23: All Pro Championship Wrestling – Douglasville GA … American Championship Wrestling – Boaz AL … American Pro Wrestling – Boiling Springs SC … Athens Pro Wrestling – Athens AL … EGO Pro Wrestling – Athens TN … Empire Wrestling – Rossville GA … Georgia Premier Wrestling – Canton GA … Georgia Pro Championship Wrestling – Whitesburg GA … Mountain Championship Wrestling – Pikeville TN … NWA Atlanta – Locust Grove GA … Renegade Championship Wrestling – Chatsworth GA … Tennessee All-Pro Wrestling – Morrison TN … TWE Chattanooga – Red Bank TN … Ultimate Extreme Wrestling – East Ridge TN … Underground Independent Wrestling – Chesnee SC … Universal Independent Wrestling – Temple GA … Why We Wrestle – Cornelia GA
The AIWF (Allied Independent Wrestling Federations) will be presenting a triple shot throughout the region the first weekend of February. AIWF World Heavyweight champion Damien Wayne is scheduled to defend his title on all three cards. On Friday 2/5 they will be in East Ridge TN, with AIWF American champion Drew Game also defending his title (in conjunction with Ultimate Extreme Wrestling). On Saturday 2/6 they will be in Albany GA with a tournament for the AIWF TV title (in conjunction with Syndicate Promotions Wrestling). The weekend wraps up on Sunday 2/7 in Pikeville TN with AIWF Tag Team champions The Legion defending their titles (in conjunction with Mountain Championship Wrestling). The AIWF, based in Mount Airy NC, has member promotions primarily in the southeast but as far west as San Antonio and as far north as Pittsburgh.
Big Time Wrestling, which promotes events across the country featuring appearances by legends and other big names, returns to the area on 2/27 with a card at the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium. BTW packed the venue a year ago for a card featuring the Rock & Roll Express, the Midnight Express, Jimmy Valiant, Ricky Steamboat, Barry Windham, Matt Hardy vs Sabu and more, and is using the same strategy this time around. Two matches will be held inside of a steel cage, as Rock & Roll will face the Powers of Pain and Matt Hardy takes on Ethan Carter III. Also announced is Jim Cornette vs Baby Doll, Scott Steiner in action, and non-wrestling appearances by Road Warrior Animal and Lex Luger.
(DISCLAIMERS: I have worked for WrestleMerica, Peachstate Wrestling Alliance and NWA Atlanta in the last year, and have a financial relationship with the owners of Empire Wrestling regarding the Scenic City Invitational. This column is intended to feature ALL promotions in the region, and I will do my best to remain impartial and cover promotions regardless of whether or not I work for them or are in their “good graces”. For purposes of this column, the “southern U.S.” is defined as cities and towns within 180 miles of Atlanta.)