In this week’s column, coverage of AJ Styles’ last independent match, plus Francisco Ciatso, Colby Corino vs Fred Yehi, Robbie E, and a whole lot more!
AJ Goes Out in Style(s)
AJ Styles wrestled his last bout on the independent circuit for the foreseeable future, and perhaps forever, this past weekend for Georgia Premier Wrestling. He faced Corey Hollis, who legitimately was a huge fan of Styles before Corey trained to be a wrestler. A sellout crowd in Canton GA saw both men go at it for approximately fifteen minutes until AJ secured the win with the Styles Clash.
New AIWF Champions Crowned
While we don’t have complete results from the AIWF’s co-promotional cards in the region last weekend, we do know that 2 new champions were crowned. Francisco Ciatso (pictured at the top of this page) defeated Drew Game to win the AIWF Americas champion on Saturday night in Albany GA, and Ray Fury defeated Thomas Cage to win the AIWF Cruiserweight title (also believed to have been in Albany, but may have been the next day in Pikeville TN). Actually a third champion was also crowned, but the promotion announced on Facebook Monday afternoon that Luscious Laron was stripped of the AIWF TV title he had won in Albany, and that the title has been deactivated. It appears that Syndicate Promotions Wrestling, which was the promotion of record for the Albany card, and the AIWF decided to part ways shortly after the event. SPW will be recognizing Laron as the “SPW TV champion” going forward. Confused yet?
More About Georgia and the Southeast
Aside from this column, another great source of information on independent wrestling in the southeast is Georgia Wrestling History. They cover promotions outside our geographical borders (Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, west Tennessee and central North Carolina) and host several great podcasts every week, so be sure to check them out on a regular basis.
Breaking: Shortly before this column was scheduled to be published, I received word that Jay Farley, who wrestled primarily around Chattanooga and trained several wrestlers in the area, passed away. We hope to have more information next weekend. If any readers can help with biographical information (related to his wrestling career), please e-mail me at email@example.com
2/5 All-Star Wrestling Network – Fort Valley GA: Drew Adler beat Adrian Armour … Dax Anthony & Johnny Nixx beat The Beautiful Bald Besties (Michael Stevens & Zac Edwards) … Fry Daddy beat Effy Gibbs … Sal Rinauro beat Shane Curtis … Bill the Butcher beat Damien Bennett … Murder One beat Stunt Marshall
2/5 Georgia Premier Wrestling – Canton GA: Ray Ray beat Torque … Jessica Leigh (with Logan Chase III) beat Tiffany Roxx … Cyrus the Destroyer (with Logan Chase III & Jessica Leigh) beat Johnny Rokk … Cody Roberts (with Mr. Showtime) beat Kyle Matthews … Gunner beat KT Hamill … The Good Ole Boys (Cuzin Cletus & Cuzin Shaggy) beat The Movement (Chip Hazard & Talon Williams) in a Georgia street fight … AJ Styles beat Corey Hollis. NOTES: This was a legit sellout in the venue; the promotion announced they could only seat 450 fans, though ended up with a little over 470 in the venue and 25 more turned away … the Georgia street fight was a wild affair involving tables, ladders and chairs … AJ gave a very nice speech after his match thanking the fans and showing respect to Hollis. Scott Hensley, who worked as a commentator and hype man on the card, has a nice write-up here
2/5 ProSouth Wrestling – Piedmont AL: Dameon Ceretone wrestled Tyler Gage to a no-contest … Donnie Primetime beat Steven Michaels … Big Tomb & Ace Haven (with Amy Haven) beat Scott Spade & Jed Johnson … Charles Zanders (with Mathias Darkthorne) beat Britt Jackson … Scott Aries (with Andrew Aries) beat Super Soldier #7. NOTES: This Friday is one of ProSouth’s larger events, titled Valentine’s Day Massacre. The main event will be a triple threat match with ProSouth champion Trever Aeon defending against both Dameon Ceretone and Tyler Gage
2/5 Ultimate Extreme Wrestling – East Ridge TN: Gregory McDaniel beat The Mad Hatter … MCW Heavyweight champion Brian Rivers beat James Anthony … Noise Pollution & Joey Idol beat Irvin Legend & The Mixed Ones … UEW Heavyweight champion Shane Daniels beat Menace … The Centerfolds (Keith Arden & Luke Patterson) beat Corey Dye & Deon Mercer … Kahagas beat Zane Riley … AIWF Americas champion Drew Game beat Chase Jordan … AIWF World Heavyweight champion Damien Wayne beat Ray Fury
2/6 Empire Wrestling – Rossville GA: Gunner Miller beat Rush … The Double Dragons (Keith & KT Hamill) beat Empire Tag Team champions Livewire Entertainment (Corey Coxx & Mr. Sports Entertainment) by DQ … Drew Delight beat Logan Alvey … Ace Rockwell beat Bobby Moore (with Steve Dave) … Tank beat Stryknyn in a Compound Death Match … Chris Ganz beat Ryan Vega, The Bainiac, Johnny Viper, Lamar Phillips (with Lionel Luqas Lazarus), Chase Jordan, Matt Fortune (with Steve Dave) and Joey Lynch in an 8-man ladder match to win the vacant Empire Junior Heavyweight title. NOTES: Rockwell was originally supposed to wrestle Empire Heavyweight champion Bobby Hayes, but Hayes was pulled from the card early in the afternoon due to a temperature of 102 and flu-like symptoms … a more detailed report by Larry Goodman can be found here
2/6 Flatline [Pro Wrestling] – Grovetown GA: Shane Hexxon beat Wade Adams (with Mikey Gulino) … Da Fireman (Antrone “D.A.” Brewer) beat Kid Riot … Chris Mayne beat Damon Rashad … Brandon Parker beat Owen Knight … Billy Brash beat Gil Quest … Jimmy Rave beat Anthony Henry. NOTES: Earlier in the evening, Henry said after he beat Rave in the main event, he wanted a match with Flatline referee Chris Wiggins (who wrestled here as Devon Wright until losing a loser-must-retire match a couple years back); after a hard-hitting back and forth match, Rave rolled up Henry and Wiggins appeared to have missed Henry kicking out just before the three count. Henry attacked Wiggins afterwards and a pull-apart brawl ensued. The two will face one another on the next card, scheduled for 3/5
2/6 Platinum Championship Wrestling – Porterdale GA: Brian Blaze beat Tyson Dean (with Brooklyn Page) … The Good Ole Boys (Cuzin Shaggy & Cuzin Cletus) beat Warhorses #404 and #ITP … Iceberg beat Eric Jones … Geter beat Logan Creed (with Brooklyn Page) … Haikken beat The Carpenter by DQ … The Washington Bullets, Trever Aeon & Bill the Butcher beat Haikken, Brian Blaze & The Movement (Chip Hazard & Talon Williams)
2/6 Southern Fried Championship Wrestling – Monroe GA: Clyde Braddock & Brian Kane beat The Beautiful Bald Besties (Michael Stevens & Zac Edwards) by DQ … Trinity beat Damien Bennett & Dax Anthony … Kiera Hogan beat Pandora by DQ … Slim J beat Sal Rinauro … AJ Steele wrestled Geter to a no-contest … SFCW Heavyweight champion Drew Adler beat Odinson and Jacob Ashworth in a 3-way match
2/6 Ultimate Extreme Wrestling – East Ridge TN: Joey Idol beat Dante HP … JD Rollins beat Corey Dye and Ethan Cage in a triple threat match … Old School beat The Centerfolds by DQ … UEW champion Shane Daniels beat Deon Mercer … UEW Heritage champion Zach Malone beat Menace
2/6 Universal Independent Wrestling‘s Fundraiser for Eli Daniels – Temple GA: #TrendingNow (Ace Haven & Charles Zander) beat The Featured Attraction (Donnie Primetime & Britt Jackson) and Scott & Andrew Aries in a three-way match … Billy Knight beat Big Daddy Osborne … CDawg, Playboy & Steven Stryder beat Brad Lynch, Paul Coldhard & Brian Alexander … Midnight won a battle royal … Josh Storm beat Glenn Matthews, Sean Nelson and Matt Develin in a four-way match … The Kraaken (Murder One & Chip Day) beat The Lethal Weapons (Adrian Armour & Sylar Cross)
TWE Chattanooga is bringing in Colby Corino (who has previously appeared for the promotion along with father Steve) on 2/13 to face Fred Yehi in a unique ROH vs Evolve matchup. Yehi is the current Indie Wrestling Channel World champion. The IWC is a Roku channel which features content from dozens of independent promotions.
Universal Independent Wrestling has Murder One vs TNA’s Robbie E in Temple GA on 2/13 in a match for Murder’s UIW Heavyweight title. Also scheduled is Chip Day vs Ken Lee for the vacant UIW U.S. title. I dare any fan that attends to do a drinking game based on the number of kicks thrown in that bout.
Alternative Pro Wrestling in Royston GA presents a Dog Collar match this Friday as rivals Scott Mayson and Jacob Ashworth look to settle their beef once and for all. APW uses wrestlers that appear in several other northeast Georgia-based promotions including Why We Wrestle and Southern Fried Championship Wrestling and served as almost a feeder system for Anarchy Wrestling in years past.
Thursday 2/11: WWA4 – Atlanta GA
Friday 2/12: Alternative Pro Wrestling – Royston GA … Deep Southern Championship Wrestling – Blue Ridge GA … Elite Wrestling Alliance – Chattanooga TN … ProSouth Wrestling – Piedmont AL … Scenic City Wrestling – Ringgold GA … SWF Wrestling – Tullahoma TN
Saturday 2/13: 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 Pro Championship Wrestling – Whitesburg GA … Mid-South Wrestling Association – Rockwood TN … 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
Deep Southern Championship Wrestling will be bringing ladies wrestling to the forefront this month. In addition to two ladies matches scheduled for this weekend’s card in Blue Ridge GA, they present the 2nd annual Girls Night Out card on 2/27. Already announced is Priscilla Kelly vs Tiffany Roxx, Dementia D’Rose vs Kacee Carlisle and Jessica Leigh vs Austynn Madison.
Scott Hensley, who was involved with the promotion of last year’s Scenic City Invitational tournament, is promoting a live event at the White Oak Baptist Church in Chattanooga TN on 2/19 to raise money and baseball gloves for an upcoming mission to Jamaica. I know Scott well, and three of the most important things in the world to him are his faith, baseball and wrestling, and he has somehow managed to combine all three into one nifty little package.
(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.)