In the news this week, AJ Styles, Corey Hollis, Jimmy Rave, Anthony Henry, WrestleMerica, Southern Fried Championship Wrestling and a whole lot more!
Yes, This Really is Happening
This Friday night, AJ Styles is scheduled to face Corey Hollis for Georgia Premier Wrestling in Canton GA. It’s a great opportunity for Georgia wrestling fans to see a local boy made good one last time in a small venue. I will be on hand live tweeting from the event, so be sure to follow me @WhooWrestling to keep up. I will also be live tweeting the next night from Flatline [Pro Wrestling] in Grovetown GA, where Jimmy Rave is scheduled to face Anthony Henry in a rematch of their bout from the Scenic City Invitational which is widely regarded as one of the best matches of 2015.
WrestleMerica Filling Up Their Calendar
With the rumors that Luke “Doc” Gallows, co-promoter of WrestleMerica along with Marty Miller, is headed to NXT and/or the main WWE roster, many fans wondered if this would adversely affect the future of the promotion. With a flurry of announcements the last couple of weeks, WrestleMerica indeed seems to be not only continuing on, but expanding as well. The promotion announced an event in conjunction with NWA Atlanta on 3/5 in Locust Grove GA featuring Tommy Dreamer, a return to Ashburn GA on 3/19 featuring Nick Aldis (fka Magnus) and a debut in Milner GA on 4/10 featuring Chavo Guerrero Jr. This in addition to their regular monthly cards in Barnesville GA, including a “Night of Legends” event on 2/20. Already announced for that card is The Rock & Roll Express, The Assassin (Jody Hamilton), Bambi and Mike Jackson in addition to the regular WrestleMerica crew.
Update on Eli
Last week I talked about the horrific accident involving independent wrestler Eli Daniels. Since then, he has undergone at least one more surgery. Doctors found a hole in his colon in addition to the laundry list of injuries reported last week. Eli is still hospitalized, and as his bills are mounting I once again want to mention the GoFundMe page that’s been set up by his family. Also this Saturday night a benefit card will be held in Temple GA with all proceeds to be donated to Eli for his medical/hospital bills. Scheduled for the event are many wrestlers from both Georgia and Alabama, including Murder One, The Lethal Weapons (Adrian Armour & Sylar Cross) and #TrendingNow (Ace Haven & Charles Zanders). I also want to thank Atlanta Wrestling Entertainment for allowing me to use the picture of Eli in last week’s column. That picture was taken by Heather Harmon, who truly does fantastic work and would be a great asset to any promotion or wrestler wanting professional promo pics.
1/29 All-Star Wrestling Network – Fort Valley GA: Zac Edwards beat Stunt Marshall … Fry Daddy beat Don Yoder … Logan Creed beat Drew Adler by countout … Dax Anthony & Johnny Nixx beat Leon McMichaels & Shane Curtis … Michael Stevens beat Sal Rinauro in a handbag on a pole match
1/29 Scenic City Wrestling – Ringgold GA: Tyler Sutton beat Bryson Suggs to win the SCW Unified title … Brandon Bales beat Charles Allen by DQ … SCW Heavyweight title Toy Dodson beat John Arden … The Kamikazes beat The Back Alley Brawlers & HCP in a triple threat match
1/29 Ultimate Extreme Wrestling – East Ridge TN: Shane Daniels beat Wil Force … Jason Collins & Joey Lynch beat The Black Hand (Brandon Collins & Matt Fortune) by DQ … Chase Jordan beat Deon Mercer … UEW Heritage champion Zach Malone beat Corey Dye … Back to the Future (Joey Idol & Ethan Cage) beat High Risk Impact (Dante HP & Austin Knight) … Terry Lawler beat Red Adams
1/30 Empire Wrestling – Rossville GA: Bobby Moore beat Chase Jordan … Team IOU (with Lionel Luqus Lazarus) beat The YoungBloodz … Chris Ganz beat Drew Delight … Lamar Philips (with Lionel Luqus Lazarus) beat Olaf the Berzerker … Tank beat Rush by countout … Ryan Vega beat Kyle Matthews. NOTES: For information on their next card, please see the Upcoming Events section below
1/30 Georgia Premier Wrestling – Jasper GA: Torque beat The Crash Test Dummy … Georgia Heat (Cody Roberts & Mr. Showtime) beat The Hatter & Chip Hazard … Drew Adler beat Talon Williams … The Good Ole Boys (Cuzin Cletus & Cuzin Shaggy) beat The Beautiful Bald Besties (Michael Stevens & Zac Edwards) by DQ … Corey Hollis beat Ray Ray … Moose beat Cyrus the Destroyer (with Logan Chase III & Jessica Leigh) by DQ
1/30 Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling – Mt. Airy GA: Maverick beat Jordan Kage … MACW Junior Heavyweight champion Chase Owens beat Jeff Lewis-Neal by DQ … Rick Steiner beat Mikael Judas … Johnny Swinger beat MACW Heavyweight champion Rikki Nelson in a non-title match … The Rock & Roll Express beat The Heatseekers (Sigmon & Elliott Russell) to win the MACW Tag Team titles
1/30 Mountain Championship Wrestling – Pikeville TN: Shannon Hayes beat Big Heavy by DQ … The Grand Moki & Damien Black beat Chris Cross & Bart Maverick … MCW Southern States champion Alex Summers beat Matt Garvin … MCW Heavyweight champion Brian Rivers beat Big Rig … C4 beat LXG … AIWF World Cruiserweight champion Thomas Cage beat Gunner Daniels
1/30 Peachstate Wrestling Alliance – Carrollton GA: Tyson Dean & Tommy Too Much (with Pandora) beat Simon Sermon & Tommy Too Much (with Merica Strong) … Andrew Aries (with Scott Aries) beat Fry Daddy … Iceberg beat Pain … The Get Along Gang (CB Suave & Marko Polo) beat #TrendingNow (Ace Haven & Charles Zanders, with Amy Haven) … Shane Marx (with DeWitt Dawson) beat Jimmy Rave. NOTES: PWA Commissioner Bill Behrens announced a 16-man tournament beginning on 3/5 to fill the vacant PWA Heritage championship … A more detailed report from Larry Goodman can be found here
1/30 TWE Chattanooga – Red Bank TN: Jayke Murphy defeated Shawn Rage to win the vacant TWE Heavyweight title … Bailey Blake defeated JD Rollins … Mike eXcellence defeated Black Diamond … Tragedy defeated Kiera Hogan to win the vacant TWE Women’s championship … The South Boston Hit Squad defeated The YoungBloodz by countout … Team TWE (Jaden Newman, Bailey Blake & Donnie Uptown) defeated Anonymous (Joey Gambino, Chris Crunk & Adrian Ackyl); as a result, Anonymous must disband
Empire Wrestling presents Long Cold Winter, the first of their four annual mega-events, this Saturday in Rossville GA. Scheduled for the card is Empire Heavyweight champion Bobby Hayes vs Ace Rockwell, a Compound Death Match featuring Tank vs Stryknyn, an eight-man ladder match for the vacant Empire Junior Heavyweight title, Rush vs Gunner Miller and more.
Golden Corner Wrestling has a card in Walhalla SC this Saturday to benefit a 10th grade student at Walhalla High School who is battling cancer. Scheduled to appear is Lodi, BJ Hancock, Josh Powers, The Sons of Steel (Brice Anthony & Boomer Payne) and more. 100% of ticket sales will go the family of the student.
Thursday 2/4: WWA4 – Atlanta GA
Friday 2/5: All-Star Wrestling Network – Fort Valley GA … Alternative Pro Wrestling – Royston GA … Georgia Premier Wrestling – Canton GA … KFW Wrestling – Pigeon Forge TN … ProSouth Wrestling – Piedmont AL … Scenic City Wrestling – Ringgold GA … SWF Wrestling – Tullahoma TN … Tiger Pride Wrestling Entertainment – Chelsea AL … Ultimate Extreme Wrestling – East Ridge TN
Saturday 2/6: American Championship Wrestling – Boaz AL … American Pro Wrestling – Boiling Springs SC … Ashland Championship Entertainment Wrestling – Delta AL … Athens Pro Wrestling … Athens AL … AWF World of Wild – Ringgold GA … Disciples of Christ Wrestling Ministries – Winder GA … Eli Daniels Benefit – Temple GA … Empire Wrestling – Rossville GA … Flatline [Pro Wrestling] – Grovetown GA … Golden Corner Wrestling – Walhalla SC … Old School Wrestling Alliance – Cornelia GA … Platinum Championship Wrestling – Porterdale GA … Renegade Championship Wrestling – Chatsworth GA … Southeastern Pro Wrestling – Hanceville AL … Southern Fried Championship Wrestling – Monroe GA … Syndicate Promotions Wrestling – Albany GA … Tennessee All-Pro Wrestling – Morrison TN … TWE Chattanooga – Red Bank TN … Underground Independent Wrestling – Chesnee SC
Sunday 2/7: Mountain Championship Wrestling – Pikeville TN
Southern Fried Championship Wrestling will be honoring Charlie Smith on 3/12 in Monroe GA. Charlie was a referee for Ray Gunkel starting over 50 years ago. He also promoted and booked cards in some of the smaller towns and has been a fixture in the state for longer than most of us have been alive. Proceeds from the event will go to the Cauliflower Alley Club’s Benevolent Fund in Charlie’s honor. Scheduled to make appearances are Ole Anderson, Paul Orndorff, Thunderbolt Patterson, B Brian Blair and a slew of Georgia wrestling fixtures from the past.
(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.)