In this week’s column, news about Atlanta Wrestling Entertainment, WrestleMerica, Why We Wrestle and much more!
After a several week absence, Atlanta Wrestling Entertainment returns to The Enclave this Sunday featuring Jimmy Rave defending the Global Wrestling Crown against AR Fox. Also scheduled are Kimber Lee, Team I.O.U. and a grudge match between Adrian Armour and Iceberg. The promotion will debut at Famous Pub on 3/6 featuring the return of Sugar Dunkerton plus the debuts of Brittany Blake and Penelope Ford. AWE is currently accepting pre-orders for their highly regarded Show of the Year, which will be released on DVD next month.
WrestleMerica returns to Barnesville GA this weekend with Night of Legends, featuring appearances by The Assassin (Jody Hamilton), Bambi, Mike Jackson and The Rock & Roll Express. Also scheduled is Brad Attitude defending the WrestleMerica Heavyweight title against Tyson Dean. This will kickoff an 8-week period in which WrestleMerica has 7 events scheduled.
I am co-hosting a new podcast entitled Somehow We Manage, which will launch next Thursday (2/25). Dan Wilson and I will be discussing professional wrestling managers and the art of managing. To celebrate the launch, TWO episodes will be posted next week, with future episodes to be posted once every two weeks.
2/12 Deep Southern Championship Wrestling – Blue Ridge GA: Ray Ray beat Zero … Tiffany Roxx beat Priscilla Kelly … The Good Ole Boys (Cuzin Cletus & Cuzin Shaggy) beat Jason Collins & Torque … Cyrus the Destroyer (with Logan Chase III) beat Johnny Rokk … Amber O’Neal-Gallows beat Jessica Leigh … Ray Fury beat Chip Day … Cody Roberts wrestled Victor Romanoff to a double countout
2/12 ProSouth Wrestling – Piedmont AL: Victoria Ventress & Scott Aries beat Brian Alexander & Logan Creed … Charles Zanders & Andrew Aries beat Mathias Darkthorne & Big Tomb … Sean Christopher & Ace Haven (with Amy Haven) beat Austin Layne & Super Soldier #7 … Dakota Outlaw beat Kris Parker … The Trickster & Britt Jackson beat Steven Michaels, Jed Johnson & Scott Spade … Ace Haven & Sean Christopher won a battle royal to win the ProSouth Tag Team titles … ProSouth champion Trever Aeon beat Tyler Gage and Dameon Ceretone in a triple threat match
2/13 Mountain Championship Wrestling – Pikeville TN: The Back Alley Brawlers beat MCW Tag Team champions Planet Funk in a non-title match … Tony Anthony beat Mikey G … Thomas Cage beat James Cole … MCW Heavyweight champion Brian Rivers beat Gunner Daniels … The Empire, The Regulators & Brandon Justice beat Grand Moki, Chris Carlton, Caleb Courageous, Damien Black & Knuckles in an elimination match
2/13 NWA Atlanta – Locust Grove GA: Logan Creed beat Canyon and Brian Blaze in a triple threat match … Nina Monet beat Merica Strong (with Pain & Andy Anderson) by DQ … The Faces of Death (Pain & Andy Anderson) beat Southern Destruction … Fry Daddy beat Johnny Nixx … Iceberg & Bill the Butcher beat CJ Awesome & Stunt Marshall … Tyson Dean beat Victor Romanoff
2/13 TWE Chattanooga – Red Bank TN: The Good Ole Boys beat Bailey Blake & Eric Silva … Tragedy wrestled Super Perera to a double countout … Izzy Sik beat DC Delaney … Bailey Blake beat Eric Silva … Cyrus the Destroyer beat The Masked Destroyer … Fred Yehi beat Colby Corino
2/13 Ultimate Extreme Wrestling – East Ridge TN: The Centerfolds (Keith Arden & Luke Patterson) beat Joey Sparkz & Deon Mercer … Jason Collins & Wil Force beat Back to the Future (Joey Idol & Ethan Cage) … Brandon Collins beat Big Doug … Zach Malone beat Chase Jordan … JD Rollins beat Ryan House … Shane Daniels beat Blackie Lawless
2/13 Why We Wrestle – Cornelia GA: The Beardos (Wade Adams & Chris Spectra) beat James Drake & Rob Killjoy … Se7en beat Azrael … Gil Quest beat Stumpy … Ethan Case beat Timmy Lou Retton … Kevin Blue beat Scott Mayson … Stryknyn beat CB Suave … Anarchy Heavyweight champion Billy Buck beat Anthony Henry (with Amber Young)
SWF Wrestling in Tullahoma TN will be holding two live events this weekend. Their regular weekly Friday night card features Team I.O.U. plus the SWF debut of Adrian Armour. Then on Sunday afternoon they will hold a special card to help raise money for wrestler Doug Harrison’s hip replacement surgery.
Empire Wrestling has a steel cage tag team main event this Saturday night in Rossville GA, as Tag Team champions Livewire Entertainment defend against The Double Dragons. Also scheduled is Bobby Hayes defending the Heavyweight title against Ace Rockwell in a match that was originally supposed to take place 2 weeks ago at Long Cold Winter.
Thursday 2/18: WWA4 – Atlanta GA
Friday 2/19: All-Star Wrestling Network – Fort Valley GA … Alternative Pro Wrestling – Royston GA … Catch Some Wrestling! – Chattanooga TN … KFW Wrestling – Pigeon Forge TN … ProSouth Wrestling – Piedmont AL … SWF Wrestling – Tullahoma TN
Saturday 2/20: American Championship Wrestling – Boaz AL … American Pro Wrestling – Boiling Springs SC … Athens Pro Wrestling – Athens AL … Empire Wrestling – Rossville GA … Georgia Premier Wrestling – Canton GA … Mountain Championship Wrestling – Pikeville TN … Next Generation Wrestling – Newport TN … Old School Wrestling Alliance – Cornelia GA … Outlaw Championship Wrestling Alliance – Whitesburg GA … Peachstate Wrestling Alliance – Carrollton GA … Platinum Championship Wrestling – Porterdale 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 … WrestleMerica – Barnesville GA
Sunday 2/21: Atlanta Wrestling Entertainment – Atlanta GA … SWF Wrestling – Tullahoma TN
Why We Wrestle completed the first round of their Heavyweight title tournament this past weekend, and second round matches are scheduled to begin on 2/27. Due to numerous weather-related cancellations and other circumstances, the promotion has decided to redo the brackets, and at this point have yet to announce what the second-round matches will be. The 15 wrestlers who have advanced are Kevin Blue, Sugar Dunkerton, Tank, Geter, Se7en, Black Baron, Stryknyn, Ethan Case, Seth Delay, Todd Sexton, Mikael Judas, Billy Buck, Slim J, Chip Day and Kory Chavis.
Twin States Wrestling will hold their second event on 3/6 in Piedmont AL. The main event features the current TSW champion “Crown Jewel” Chase Owens taking on the former “Crown Jewel of the Embassy” Jimmy Rave, plus Moose will face Eric Wayne. Also scheduled to compete are Tank, Jeremiah Plunkett, Ace Haven and other top stars from Alabama, Mississippi and beyond.
(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.)