This week we discuss a life-threatening accident involving a popular member of the local wrestling community, see how inclement weather affected some area events, and take a look beyond our borders to showcase some upcoming cards just outside of our coverage area.
Area Wrestler Involved in Automobile Accident
Wrestler Eli Daniels (pictured at the top of this column) was involved in a horrific car accident last Wednesday. He was airlifted to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta and has undergone multiple surgeries over the last week. His spleen was removed, a hole in his stomach and bladder was fixed, his pelvis was shattered and he has a broken hand. Daniels, who graduated from Haralson County High School in Tallapoosa GA in 2012, has been wrestling for about four years. He was trained by Frankie Valentine, a veteran of the eastern Alabama and western Georgia independent scene. A GoFundMe page has been set up by Eli’s family to help pay for his medical bills. Additionally, a benefit event has been announced for 2/6 at the Temple High School Gym in Temple GA. ProSouth Wrestling is also in the process of putting together a benefit event for him, but the date is not finalized as of yet.
Weather Concerns Impact Several Area Events
With snow and below freezing temperatures in the region on Friday and Saturday, several promotions were impacted. Georgia Premier Wrestling, SWF Wrestling, Underground Independent Wrestling, Elite Wrestling Alliance and EGO Pro Wrestling were among the promotions that cancelled their scheduled events. Most other events went on as scheduled, but some were forced to make significant changes from advertised matches.
1/22 ProSouth Wrestling – Piedmont AL: Charles Zanders beat Kevin Ryan … Logan Creed beat Charles Zanders … ProSouth Tag Team champions Scott & Andrew Aries beat James Hardy & Dakota Outlaw … The Trickster beat Super Soldier #10 … Scott Spade beat Britt Jackson … ProSouth Heavyweight champion Trever Aeon beat ProSouth All-Out champion Donnie Primetime; neither title was at stake in the match. NOTES: Announced for 1/29 is Tyler Gage vs Logan Creed in a grudge match
1/23 Empire Wrestling – Rossville GA: Johnny Viper beat Matt Fortune … Joey Lynch beat Bane Lynch … Gunner Miller beat KT Hamill … Empire Heavyweight champion Bobby Hayes beat Chris Ganz in a non-title match … Logan Alvey beat Drew Delight by DQ … Gunner Miller & Logan Alvey beat Rush & Drew Delight. NOTES: The promotion’s annual Long Cold Winter mega-event is scheduled for 2/6; already announced is Bobby Hayes defending the Empire Heavyweight title vs Ace Rockwell plus an eight-man ladder match for the vacant Empire Junior Heavyweight title
1/23 Mountain Championship Wrestling – Pikeville TN: Big Rig beat Ron Davis … The Grand Moki beat Chris Cross … Gunner Daniels beat Chris Carlton and Knuckles in a triple threat match … Thomas Cage beat Kevin Phoenix to win the AIWF World Cruiserweight title … MCW Tennessee Tag Team champions Planet Funk beat LXG … MCW Heavyweight champion Brian Rivers beat Caleb Courageous
1/23 NWA Atlanta – Locust Grove GA: Iceberg & Bill the Butcher beat Bullwinkle & Rey del Sol … Logan Creed beat Michael Stevens … Trever Aeon beat Prince Akbar … NWA Atlanta Heavyweight champion Tommy Too Much beat Tyson Dean … The Faces of Death (Andy Anderson & Pain, with Oscar Worthy) beat I Am Trippin (I Am Storm & Tripp) … Fry Daddy beat Drew Adler. NOTES: The match between Too Much and Dean had a stipulation that Dean would not receive another shot at Too Much if he lost; special referee Simon Sermon, who was feuding with Too Much previously, shockingly turned on Dean at the end of the match, hitting Dean with his shoe
1/23 TWE Chattanooga – Red Bank TN: Mike eXcellence beat El Tortilla … Jaden Newman beat Adrian Ackyl … Tragedy beat Mark Out … South Boston Hit Squad beat Chris Crunk in a handicap match to win the TWE Tag Team titles. NOTES: In a shocking turn of events, Chris Crunk aligned himself with Joey Gambino’s Team Anonymous, attacking Jaden Newman after the main event. Team Anonymous will face Team TWE next week; if Team Anonymous wins then Gambino becomes General Manager of TWE, but if Team TWE wins then Team Anonymous must disband forever.
1/23 Ultimate Extreme Wrestling – East Ridge TN: JD Rollins beat Ryan House and Deon Mercer in a three way match … AIWF Americas champion Drew Game beat Ray Fury … Back to the Future (Joey Idol & Ethan Cage) beat Old School in a bunkhouse match to win the UEW Tag Team titles … UEW Heavyweight champion Shane Daniels beat Terry Lawler … Anthony Henry beat Chase Owens … The Black Hand (Zach Malone, Johnny Viper, Matt Fortune, Ben Thrasher & Brandon Collins) beat Jason Collins, Wil Force, Chase Jordan, Corey Dye & Joey Lynch in an elimination match
1/23/16 Universal Independent Wrestling – Temple GA: Frankie Valentine beat Owen Knight … Billy Knight beat Glenn Matthews … Kiera Hogan beat Ashton Starr … Adrian Armour beat Murder One by DQ … The Lethal Weapons beat Brad Lynch & Murder One
1/23/16 Why We Wrestle – Cornelia GA: Seth Delay beat Chris Spectra … Chip Day beat Sal Rinauro … Slim J wrestled Stryknyn to a time limit draw … Jacob Ashworth beat Bobby Moore … Todd Sexton beat BJ Hancock in a falls count anywhere street fight. NOTES: Announced for 2/13 is Mikael Judas vs Jeff Lewis-Neal, which was originally scheduled for this event but both wrestlers were unable to make it due to the weather conditions.
Peachstate Wrestling Alliance returns to Carrollton GA on 1/30 with Tyson Dean & AJ Steele meeting Simon Sermon & Tommy Too Much. Dean & Steele will have Pandora in their corner, presumably to offset the presence of Merica Strong, who will be in Sermon & Too Much’s corner. Also on the card is Jimmy Rave vs Shane Marx; the two battled to a time limit draw in Canton GA for Georgia Premier Wrestling a few weeks ago. Also appearing will be the new Commissioner of Peachstate, Bill Behrens.
Speaking of Georgia Premier Wrestling, they also have a card on 1/30 in Jasper GA. The main event is a HOSS BATTLE~! between ROH’s Moose and Cyrus the Destroyer. Also on the card are Corey Hollis and Drew Adler.
Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling has a card on 1/30 in Mt Airy GA. Scheduled to appear are Ricky Steamboat, Road Warrior Animal, Rick Steiner and The Rock & Roll Express. Presumably, Steamboat and Animal are appearing in non-wrestling roles.
Thursday 1/28: WWA4 – Atlanta GA
Friday 1/29: All-Star Wrestling Network – Fort Valley GA … Alternative Pro Wrestling – Royston GA … ProSouth Wrestling – Piedmont AL … SWF Wrestling – Tullahoma TN … Ultimate Extreme Wrestling – East Ridge TN
Saturday 1/30: American Championship Wrestling – Boaz AL … American Pro Wrestling – Boiling Springs SC … Athens Pro Wrestling – Athens AL … Continental Wrestling Alliance – Sylacauga AL … Empire Wrestling – Rossville GA … Georgia Premier Wrestling – Jasper GA … Global Championship Wrestling – Pell City AL … Live Pro Wrestling – Athens GA … Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling – Mount Airy GA … Old School Wrestling Alliance – Cornelia GA … Peachstate Wrestling Alliance – Carrollton GA … Renegade Championship Wrestling – Chatsworth GA … Tennessee All-Pro Wrestling – Morrison TN … TWE Chattanooga – Red Bank TN … Underground Independent Wrestling – Chesnee SC
Beyond Our Borders
While we offer comprehensive coverage within a 180-mile radius of Atlanta, there are numerous promotions outside of that area worth mentioning. From time to time we will take a look at some events that fall outside of our coverage area.
Premier Wrestling Federation in Hubert NC has a benefit card this Friday (1/29) for a local woman diagnosed with Stage IV cancer of unknown primary (CUP). Tommy Dreamer, CW Anderson, Cedric Alexander and Colby Corino are among those advertised for the event.
NWA Smoky Mountain’s next event will be on 2/13 in Kingsport TN. Announced so far is NWA World Heavyweight champion Jax Dane vs Toby Farley, NWA Southeastern Heavyweight champion Jason Kincaid vs Vince Brent and Chase Owens vs John Skyler.
WrestleForce will be in Swansea SC on 2/21 with two big steel cage matches. Also on the card: Country Jacked (Adam Page & Corey Hollis) vs The Bravados Bros, BJ Hancock and an appearance by Steve Corino.
NWA Southeastern Wrestling returns to Pavo GA on 2/27. Their last card on 1/16 featured Missy Hyatt as special guest commissioner. Future events will feature NWA World Heavyweight champion Jax Dane and NWA World Womens champion Amber O’Neal-Gallows.
(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.)