In this week’s column, news on two promotions leaving their regular venues (and one new promotion coming in), a retirement, two tournaments, a sellout crowd from Big Time Wrestling and more.
Flatline [Pro Wrestling] holds what is being billed as their final event at Patriot’s Park in Grovetown GA on 3/5 featuring Anthony Henry vs Devon Wright (Chris Wiggins), Jacoby Boykins vs Shane Hexxon in a steel cage match, plus Owen Knight, Ethan Case, Billy Brash, a 4-way ladder match and more. While I previously wrote that this would be the final Flatline event, the change in wording to “final event at Patriot’s Park” is appropriate. I do know the promoters are interested in securing a different regular venue for future events, but nothing has been announced as of yet. To thicken the plot, a new promotion has announced a card for 5/7 at Patriot’s Park. The promotion is called Pro Wrestling Bushido; already advertised for their debut event is Cedric Alexander, Peter Kaasa and Harlem Bravado.
Empire Wrestling announced this past weekend that they will be leaving their regular venue in Rossville GA after 3/19. That show will be one of their quarterly mega-cards, Tooth & Nail. Empire always turns it up several notches with their mega-cards, and I can only imagine this one will be quite memorable. Don’t count the promotion out, however; they do plan on returning after a short break. I received this official statement from the promoter on Tuesday evening: “Empire Wrestling has grown over the course of five years. We have learned many difficult lessons over this time. One of which, is the down side of maintaining a venue. Empire Wrestling has its eyes fixed firmly on the future, with growth and expansion planned. More details will be released in the coming months.” In addition to the regular Saturday card this weekend, they will be having a special Fan Appreciation night on 3/4, with all seats just $5.
Todd Sexton announced that he will be retiring from in-ring competition, as well as retiring from his position behind the scenes, at the Why We Wrestle card on 2/27 in Cornelia GA after losing a match to Mikael Judas. Sexton has announced his retirement several times in the past, but it is believed that this time it will stick. Sexton has been integral behind the scenes in Cornelia for most of the last 10 years, first as an assistant to Bill Behrens and then as booker. The promotion held the second round of their Heavyweight title tournament last weekend, and round three takes place on 3/12 with Judas vs Geter, Se7en vs Stryknyn, Billy Buck vs Chip Day and Seth Delay vs Kevin Blue.
Peachstate Wrestling Alliance announced the brackets and format for their tournament for the Heritage title (their primary singles title), which was held up following a match between champion Jimmy Rave and Sal Rinauro. First-round matches will take place on both 3/5 and 3/19, and the tournament finals will be on 5/21. Seventeen men are entered in the tournament, including a “wild card entrant” Simon Sermon. Should a scheduled tournament match end in a double disqualification, double countout, time limit draw or by any other means without a clear victor, then Sermon will take that spot in the tournament bracket.
Big Time Wrestling had a sellout crowd at the Spartanburg (SC) Memorial Auditorium on 2/27, with a small number of fans reportedly turned away, Capacity for the venue as it has been setup for BTW is somewhere between 1,200 and 1,500. The night before, the promotion had a huge crowd in Raleigh NC, with reports of as many as 5,000 fans in attendance. In Spartanburg, the double main event saw two steel cage matches, with The Rock & Roll Express beating The Powers of Pain and Matt Hardy retaining both his TNA World Heavyweight title and the OMEGA Heavyweight title by defeating Ethan Carter III. The promotion announced a return date for 8/24.
2/27 3 Count Pro Wrestling – Boiling Springs SC: Tracer X & Jett Black beat Brice Anthony & Rob Killjoy … Joshua Oglesby & JC Harper beat Ostgard & BJ Hancock … Sir Jonathan Buffett beat Brute Force #2 … Ace Armstrong beat BJ Hancock … 3CPW Heavyweight champion Ken Magnum beat Scott Stallion by reverse decision
2/27 Big Time Wrestling – Spartanburg SC: Shane Helms beat Zane Riley … Matt Riviera & Chic Donovan beat Harlem Bravado & Michael Barry … Billy Gunn beat Jeff Lewis-Neal … Baby Doll beat Jim Cornette … Scott Steiner & Flex Armstrong beat Bam Shaw & Benny Jux … Jeff Hardy beat Danny Miles … The Rock & Roll Express beat The Powers of Pain in a steel cage match … TNA World Heavyweight champion & OMEGA Heavyweight champion Matt Hardy beat Ethan Carter III in a steel cage match
2/27 Deep Southern Championship Wrestling – Blue Ridge GA: Crash Test Dummy beat Jaden Newman … Jessica Leigh (with Logan Chase III) beat Austynn Madison … Johnny Rokk beat Matt Gilbert … Priscilla Kelly beat Tiffany Roxx … Dementia D’Rose beat Kacee Carlisle
2/27 Georgia Premier Wrestling – Tellico Plains TN: Cyrus the Destroyer beat Ray Ray … Torque beat Bobby Moore … Kyle Matthews beat The Hatter … The Movement (Chip Hazard & Talon Williams) beat The Good Ole Boys (Cuzin Cletus & Cuzin Shaggy) … Ray Ray won a battle royal
2/27 Mountain Championship Wrestling – Pikeville TN: Bart beat Damien Black … Gunner Daniels beat Tony Anthony … The Grand Moki wrestled Chris Cross to a no-contest … Damien & The Grand Moki beat The Regulators … Big Rig wrestled Thomas Cage to a time limit draw … Big Heavy beat Knuckles … MCW Tag Team champions Planet Funk beat The Centerfolds … Brian Rivers beat Ron Davis
2/27 NWA Atlanta – Locust Grove GA: Johnny Nixx beat Stunt Marshall … Nina Monet beat Kayla Lynn … Brian Blaze (with Nina Monet) beat Vladimir Romanov (with Prince Akbar) … NWA Georgia Heavyweight champion Tommy Too Much (with Head of Security) beat Fry Daddy in a non-title match … Dustin Bozworth beat CJ Awesome … The Faces of Death (Andy Anderson & Pain, with Merica Strong) beat Iceberg & Logan Creed to win the vacant NWA Georgia Tag Team titles
2/27 Southern Fried Championship Wrestling – Lawrenceville GA: Damien Bennett beat Drew Blood … Dax Anthony beat Karl Hagar … Trinity (Chris Nelms. Big Andy & Jamie Holmes) beat Sean Nelson, Blackheart & Maverick … SFCW Tag Team champions The Beautiful Bald Besties (Michael Stevens & Zac Edwards) beat Brian Kane & Kameron Kade … Justin Legend beat Twisted in a dog collar match … Jagged Edge wrestled Terry Lawler to a no-contest … SFCW Drew Adler beat Odinson by DQ
2/27 TWE Chattanooga – Red Bank TN: Brad Andrews beat Adrian Akyel … Eric Silva beat Black Diamond … Bailey Blake beat Shawn Rage … Masked Destroyer beat Vance Knuckles and Austin Willows … YoungBloodz beat Leroy Lewis & Eric Silva … Kiera Hogan beat Ashton Starr … Mike eXcellence beat Jayke Murphy … Indie Wrestling Channel champion Fred Yehi beat Owen Knight
2/27 Ultimate Extreme Wrestling – East Ridge TN: The Knockout Kings (Jason Collins & Wil Force) beat The Hateriots (Jason Hampton & Eli Thompson) … Ben Thrasher beat Ryan House … AIWF World Cruiserweight champion Ray Fury beat JD Rollins … Chase Jordan beat Joey Idol … Corey Dye beat Brandon Collins
2/27 Universal Independent Wrestling – Temple GA: The Spring Street Suicide Squad (Ken Lee & Chris Crunkk) beat Roscoe Eat Lisa (Mikey McFinnigan & Zakk Sawyers) … Inmate Hammer beat Devin Diamond … The Hooligans (Devin & Mason Cutter) beat The Lethal Weapons (Adrian Armour & Sylar Cross) … Billy Knight beat Bobby Hayes by DQ … Murder One beat Paul Coldhard … The Spring Street Suicide Squad beat The Hooligans to win the vacant UIW Tag Team titles
2/27 Why We Wrestle – Cornelia GA: Seth Delay beat Gil Quest … Anthony Henry (with Amber Young) beat Prince Apollo … Geter beat CB Suave … Se7en beat Black Baron … Mikael Judas beat Todd Sexton … Kevin Blue beat Sugar Dunkerton … Chip Day beat Kory Chavis … Anarchy Grand champion Billy Buck beat Slim J
2/27 Wreal Extreme Championship Wrestling – Millen GA: Death Threat beat Dead Reckoning … Damien Sick beat LA Smooth and Alex Gevinner … WECW Wreal champion Ace Bolton beat Adrian Davis … Instant Heat beat Death Threat to win the vacant WECW Tag Team champions … WECW Heavyweight champion T-Kash beat Charlie Anarchy
2/28 Pro Wrestling Live/WWA4 -Atlanta GA: Fred Yehi beat Trever Aeon … Kiera Hogan beat Prince Apollo … Kavron Kanyon beat Mr. BMX … Dezmond Xavier beat Da Fireman, Rick Ryan, Tony Midas, Black Baron and Jason Cade in a scramble match … Dark Mon & Trever Aeon beat Owen Knight & De ATLien … Ashton Starr beat Kayla Lynn … Odinson beat AR Fox
Results are compiled from a variety of sources, including the fine folks at Georgia Wrestling History.
All-Star Wrestling Network: Adrenaline, Episode 2
Atlanta Wrestling Entertainment: Jimmy Rave vs AR Fox 2/21
Big Time Wrestling: Baby Doll vs Jim Cornette 2/27
WrestleMerica has a fundraiser for the Locust Grove High School football team on 3/5. The main event features Tommy Dreamer & Iceberg vs The Faces of Death, plus Tyson Dean defends the WrestleMerica Heavyweight title against Black Baron, Blackout (Murder One & Kory Chavis) and more.
Underground Independent Wrestling, which has been running weekly in Chesnee SC, will be in Rutherfordton NC this weekend on 3/5. I don’t know at this time if this will be a permanent change or a one time venue switch.
Atlanta Wrestling Entertainment comes to Famous Pub on 3/6 featuring the AWE debuts of DJ Hyde (taking on Iceberg), Space Monkey (facing Drew Adler) and Ethan Page (wrestling Sugar Dunkerton) plus a six-person tag with Murder One, Chip Day & Kimber Lee vs Adrian Armour, Owen Knight & Kiera Hogan.
Also on 3/6, Twin States Wrestling holds their second event in Piedmont AL. Jimmy Rave faces TSW Heavyweight champion Chase Owens in the main event, plus Moose vs Eric Wayne and Tank vs Jeremiah Plunkett.
Thursday 3/3: WWA4 – Atlanta GA
Friday 3/4: All-Star Wrestling Network – Fort Valley GA … Alternative Pro Wrestling – Royston GA … Empire Wrestling – Rossville GA … ProSouth Wrestling – Piedmont AL … SWF Wrestling – Tullahoma TN
Saturday 3/5: 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 … Deep Southern Championship Wrestling – Blue Ridge GA … Empire Wrestling – Rossville GA … Flatline [Pro Wrestling] – Grovetown GA … Mountain Championship Wrestling – Pikeville TN … Old School Wrestling Alliance – Cornelia GA … Peachstate Wrestling Alliance – Carrollton GA … Platinum Championship Wrestling – Porterdale GA … Renegade Championship Wrestling – Chatsworth GA … Southeastern Pro Wrestling – Hanceville AL … Tennessee All-Pro Wrestling – Morrison TN … TWE Chattanooga – Red Bank TN … Ultimate Extreme Wrestling – East Ridge TN … Underground Independent Wrestling – Rutherfordton NC … WrestleMerica – Locust Grove GA
Sunday 3/6: Atlanta Wrestling Entertainment – Atlanta GA … Southern Extreme Championship Wrestling – Whitesburg GA … Twin States Wrestling – Piedmont AL
Atlanta Wrestling Entertainment announced that their 3/20 card will be at the Campbellton Road Community Center. Their big event in April, Homegrown, is also scheduled to take place at the new venue; that will be on 4/17 and features Sami Callahan, Tommaso Ciampa and Shane Strickland.
Southern Fried Championship Wrestling made a couple of announcements this week about their big annual card known as Shindig. Shindig III will take place on 6/4 in Monroe GA. Jimmy Rave will face Slim J on the card; also announced are Cedric Alexander and David Young.
On 3/12, NWA Smoky Mountain will hold a benefit card for former wrestler Bryan Wayne in Elizabethton TN. Wayne, who wrestled as Big Bubba, “Playboy” Bryan Wayne and Mr. Happy, recently lost his home to a fire. While this card is technically outside of our coverage area, I wanted to make note of it. When I was looking to get involved in wrestling twenty years ago, Bryan was one of the first wrestlers to talk to me (on American On-Line) and even as recently as a couple months ago put in a good word for me with a promoter. In addition to the benefit card, a GoFundMe has been set up at https://www.gofundme.com/93pacmvc
(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.)