In this week’s column, news from Empire, AWE, three big title changes, $10 Dollar Rasslin and more
The White Rose Kicks Dan Wilson out of Empire Wrestling … Literally
At the Empire Wrestling card on 2/20, Dan Wilson announced that he was stepping down as matchmaker and that the recently returned Andrew Alexander would resume his duties in that position. Alexander returned to Empire 2 weeks prior, costing White Rose member Ryan Vega victory in a ladder match for the Cruiserweight title. Vega came out and demanded a match with Alexander, but his request was refused. Later in the card, Vega and White Rose members KT & Keith Hamill drug Wilson out to the ring and said if Alexander didn’t agree to a match with Vega, they would destroy Wilson. It seemed like Alexander was going to acquiesce, but then Wilson told him not to give in to their demands and flipped the double bird to The White Rose as they triple-kicked him in the head. KT & Keith later competed in a steel cage match against Empire Tag Team champions Livewire Entertainment (Mr. Sports Entertainment & Corey Coxxx). The champs were able to retain in what turned into a very bloody affair (see Mr. Sports Entertainment, pictured above and below).
The Hierarchy Makes Changes to Their … Hierarchy
Atlanta Wrestling Entertainment returned to Atlanta this past weekend and offered some twists and turns in addition to top-notch action. In the main event, Jimmy Rave continued his incredible run of Georgia Wrestling Crown title defenses by defeating AR Fox. But perhaps the biggest news was Kimber Lee joining heel stable The Hierarchy (Rave, Murder One, Chip Day and Iceberg); earlier in the evening they had booted Priscilla Kelly from the group. Kimber returns on 3/6 and teams with Murder & Chip to face Owen Knight, Adrian Armour & Kiera Hogan. Also announced for that card is Ethan Page vs Sugar Dunkerton and Iceberg vs DJ Hyde.
Tyson Dean defeated Brad Attitude in Barnesville GA to win the WrestleMerica Heavyweight title on 2/20. Other notable title changes last weekend saw Nigel Sherrod & Shane Noles beat The Beautiful Bald Besties to win the Peachstate Wrestling Alliance Tag Team titles and Odinson answered an open challenge to defeat Drew Adler and win the All-Star Wrestling Network Heavyweight title.
2/19 All-Star Wrestling Network – Fort Valley GA: Backbone (Michael Stevens, Zac Edwards Leon McMichaels & Shane Curtis) beat Murder One, Sal Rinauro, Johnny Nixx & Dax Anthony … Logan Creed beat Iceberg (with Oscar Worthy) … Chip Day beat Stunt Marshall … Effy Gibbs beat Damien Bennett … Odinson beat Drew Adler to win the AWN Heavyweight title
2/19 Catch Some Wrestling! – Chattanooga TN: Ryan Vega beat Chase Jordan … Logan Alvey beat Drew Delight by countout … Johnny Rokk & Johnny Viper beat The Movement (Chip Hazard & Talon Williams) by DQ … Joey Lynch beat Matt Fortune … Ace Rockwell beat Se7en
2/20 Empire Wrestling – Rossville GA: Bobby Moore vs Chase Jordan was a no-contest … Empire Junior Heavyweight champion Chris Ganz beat Johnny Viper … Joey Lynch & Matt Fortune beat Death Threat (Aaron Orion & Jamie Hall) … Kyle Matthews beat Chase Jordan … Empire Heavyweight champion Bobby Hayes beat Ace Rockwell … Empire Tag Team champions Live Wire Entertainment (Mr. Sports Entertainment & Corey Coxxx) beat The Double Dragons (KT & Keith Hamill) in a steel cage match
2/20 Georgia Premier Wrestling – Canton GA: The All-Star defeated Cousin Shaggy … Ray Ray defeated Torque (with Logan Chase III) … Chip Hazard defeated Chris Henry … Cousin Cletus defeated The Hatter … Johnny Rokk defeated Big Will … Ray Fury defeated Talon Williams
2/20 Mountain Championship Wrestling – Pikeville TN: MCW Southern States champion The Grand Moki beat Wolfman … Gunner Daniels beat Hairband … Henry Hoss beat Bart Maverick by DQ … Planet Funk beat Tony Anthony & James Cole … Brandon Justice wrestled Knuckles to a double countout … The Empire wrestled C4 to a draw … Brian Rivers beat Tim Jernigan by DQ
2/20 Next Generation Wrestling – Newport TN: Lenny Stratton beat Dakota Jarrett … Seth Vendetta beat Jamie Gunner … Ruthless Arrogance 2.0 (Chris Hudson & Justin Hardy) beat Ruthless Arrogance (Jason Lance & James Osbourne) … Chris Stewart beat Rain Rodriguez and Sinister … Kaldr Lokison & Kilgore beat Cody Ford & Taylor Henning … Suki Suzuki beat Corey Smith … AJ Daniels & Dani Ferrara beat Lenny & Nicole Stratton in a mixed gender match with Daniels’ NGW Heavyweight title on the line … NGW Tag Team champions Shawn Hoodrich & Brian Valor beat The Southern Bad Boys in a tables ladders and chairs match
2/20 Old School Wrestling Alliance – Cornelia GA: The IRA beat The Garrison Boys … Adrian Phillips beat Chad Wood … Keith Cage beat James Blvd by DQ … Michael Manson beat Jackson Carter … Tower beat Alpha McFly … OSWA Tag Team champions The Royal beat The Bad Boys Club (Jake Hughes & Curtis Coleman) … Chris Damien beat Kit Bryson and Brody Dillinger in a triple threat match
2/20 Platinum Championship Wrestling – Porterdale GA: Bill the Butcher beat Eric Jones and Brent Banner in a triple threat match … The Suntan Demons (Ray Fury & Drew Game) beat The Big F’n Deal (Geter & Brian Blaze) … Jon Williams beat Haikken … Damien Silva beat David Tita … Brian Kane beat Trey Williams. NOTES: Announced for the next card on 3/5 is Geter defending the PCW Heavyweight title against Bill the Butcher
2/20 TWE Chattanooga – Red Bank TN: Izzy Sik beat Austin Willows … El Tortilla & El Lasso beat The South Boston Hit Squad to win the TWE Tag Team titles … Mike eXcellence beat Bailey Blake … Masked Destroyer beat Black Diamond … Tragedy beat Aja in a Tragedy’s Rules Toy match … Fred Yehi beat Jaden Newman … TWE Heavyweight champion Jake Murphy beat Chris Crunkk
2/20 Ultimate Extreme Wrestling – East Ridge TN: Chase Jordan defeated Ethan Cage … Ryan Hose defeated Corey Dye by DQ … Big Doug defeated Joey Idol … JD Rollins defeated Deon Mercer … Zach Malone defeated Joey Sparks … Se7en defeated UEW Heavyweight champion Shane Daniels by DQ
2/20 WrestleMerica – Barnesville GA: Glacier beat Scotty Beach … Andy Anderson & Pain beat Logan Creed & Johnny Nixx … Mike Jackson wrestled Antonio Garza to a no-contest … Iceberg wrestled Scotty Bullwinkle to a no-contest … Scotty Beach wrestled a second time and lost to an opponent whose name was not caught by our correspondent … NWA World Women’s champion Amber O’Neal-Gallows beat Bambi … The Rock & Roll Express beat The Southside Trash … Tyson Dean beat Brad Attitude to win the WrestleMerica Heavyweight title. NOTES: In addition to the legends who wrestled (Glacier, Jackson, Rock & Roll, Bambi), The Assassin was brought to the ring for an interview, and there was an unadvertised appearance by Ron Simmons … Announced for Locust Grove GA on 3/5 is Tyson Dean vs Black Baron
2/21 Atlanta Wrestling Entertainment – Atlanta GA: Chris Mayne beat Paul Coldhard … Slade Porter beat CT Brown … Owen Knight (with Kiera Hogan) beat Tripp Cassidy … Sylar Cross beat Luscious LaRon … Martin Stone beat Shawn Orleans … The Spring Street Suicide Squad (Ken Lee & Chris Crunkk) beat The Believers (Austin Blackburn & Eric Connors) … Gary Jay beat Aaron Epic … The Kraken (Chip Day & Murder One) beat Team IOU (Nick Iggy & Kerry Awful) and The Sound & The Fury (Joe Black & William Huckaby) in a three-team match … Adrian Armour beat Iceberg by countout … Kimber Lee beat Ashton Starr … Georgia Wrestling Crown champion Jimmy Rave beat AR Fox
Results are compiled from a variety of sources, including the fine folks at Georgia Wrestling History.
WHOO! Tube (links to videos from last weekend’s events, or “TV” style programs released in the last week featuring recent matches)
All-Star Wrestling Network: Adrenaline, Episode 1
Atlanta Wrestling Entertainment: Kimber Lee joining The Hierarchy (2/21/16)
Empire Wrestling: Tag Team champions Livewire Entertainment vs The Double Dragons in a steel cage match (2/20/16)
Global Championship Wrestling: GCW TV Season 5, Episode 2
Old School Wrestling Alliance: OSWA report (2/20/16)
Peachstate Wrestling Alliance: AJ Steele & Pandora vs Tommy Too Much & Merica Strong (2/20/16)
Tennessee All-Pro Wrestling: Axis of Arrogance vs The Centerfolds (highlights, 2/20/16)
Southern Fried Championship Wrestling comes to Lawrenceville GA for the first time on 2/27. The main event sees Drew Adler defending the SFCW Heavyweight title against Odinson. With Odinson having defeated Adler this past weekend to win a title (in a match that lasted less than 30 seconds), it will be interesting to see how this unofficial rematch goes. Also on the card is Terry Lawler, The Beautiful Bald Besties, Kameron Kade and more!
A special card will be held on 2/28 at the WWA4 training school in Atlanta under the name of Pro Wrestling Live. This is separate from the weekly Thursday night cards at the school, but admission will still be free. The main event is Odinson vs AR Fox. Also scheduled to appear are Anthony Henry, Owen Knight, Kiera Hogan, Dark Mon, Fred Yehi, Ken Lee, Ashton Starr, Merica Strong and much more!
A new promotion called $10 Dollar Rasslin’ holds their debut event on 2/27 in Weogufka AL. Among the matches advertised are Insane Lane vs “Super Cop” Dick Justice vs “The White Trash Adult Film Star” Ronnie Geremy in a 3-way dance, Freight Train vs Kornbread, a Tables Ladders and Legos match plus a legends match with Bullet Bob Armstrong vs Jimmy Golden.
Thursday 2/25: WWA4 – Atlanta GA
Friday 2/26: Alternative Pro Wrestling – Royston GA … Elite Wrestling Alliance – Chattanooga TN … ProSouth Wrestling – Piedmont AL … Southern Violence & Wrestling – Monroe GA … SWF Wrestling – Tullahoma TN
Saturday 2/27: $10 Dollar Rasslin’ – Weogufka AL … 3 Count Pro Wrestling – Boiling Springs SC … American Championship Wrestling – Boaz AL … American Pro Wrestling – Boiling Springs SC … Athens Pro Wrestling – Athens AL … Big Time Wrestling – Spartanburg SC … Deep Southern Championship Wrestling – Blue Ridge GA … Empire Wrestling – Rossville GA … Georgia Premier Wrestling – Tellico Plains TN … Global Championship Wrestling – Pell City AL … Live Pro Wrestling – Athens GA … Main Event Wrestling – Maryville TN … Mid-South Wrestling Association – Rockwood TN … Mountain Championship Wrestling – Pikeville TN … NWA Atlanta – Locust Grove GA … Renegade Championship Wrestling – Chatsworth GA … Southern Fried Championship Wrestling – Lawrenceville 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 … Wreal Extreme Championship Wrestling – Millen GA
Sunday 2/28: Pro Wrestling Live – Atlanta GA
TNA star Abyss returns to Renegade Championship Wrestling in Chatsworth GA on 3/5, where he will face CJ Holloway in a steel cage match. RCW has used numerous TNA stars in the past, including Abyss, Eric Young and James Storm.
A new promotion called Quality Championship Wrestling will hold its first event on 3/12 in Cartersville GA. Scheduled to appear are The Faces of Death (Andy Anderson & Pain), Logan Creed, Austynn Madison vs Maranda Rights in a womens match and more.
I previously mentioned the passing of Jay Farley, a retired wrestler from the Chattanooga area. Jay achieved his biggest success in Ultimate Extreme Wrestling, competing in the main event on the promotion’s first-ever card and being their first Heavyweight champion. This week, UEW announced a one-day event entitled “Farley Con” in his memory to be held on 4/30 in East Ridge TN. There will be a comic & toy show during the day, followed by a wrestling card in the evening. Tickets will be just $5, which gets you into both the comic & toy show AND the wrestling card. I hope to have more information on this event as it draws closer.
(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.)