Members of the Georgia Christian Wrestling Federation brought Christmas cheer to the Rome area through two events thi past week that benefited those in need.
The GCWF started its week on Saturday December 18 with its biggest wrestling show of the year. The show took place at the Church at Northside and kicked off with a pre-show concert by Day-Seven, a Christian rock band from Calhoun. Their show rocked the house, and pumped up the crowd for the 10 match show to come.
The shows included several championship matches such as the Heavyweight Championship in which wrestler Danny Rose defeated Doomsday. Another match, called a glove match, featured a miners glove lined with lead and perched atop a pole. The wrestlers, Shannon Dumas and Rock n’ Roll Rebel Jay Bird, fought to reach the glove first, and then duked it out with the glove until Jay Bird finally came away the victor.
The main show of the night was saved for last, when a legends match between “The Outlaw” Todd Zane and Sgt. Buddy Lee Parker versus former NWA Heavyweight Titleholder “Wildfire” Tommy Rich and The Patriot. Wildfire Tommy Rich and The Patiot won the match, but were quickly approached by some of the other GCWF wrestlers led by J.J. Grizzly. A confrontation ensued, and J.J. Grizzly explained to the crowd that he had seen the GCWF come too far to be defeated by these other wrestlers, and he would stand with those in his own federation.
Wildfire Tommy Rich seemed to be the star of the show, known for taking the 1981 National Wrestling Alliances Heavyweight Title. Rich told RNW in a post match interview that he had been wrestling in Georgia since 1978 and has been home ever since. Rich said that the show “Was like the old-school days, when you come to the small buildings,” referring to the experience the show presented. When asked about the new feud between himself and J.J. Grizzly, Rich said that J.J. was just “whining and crying that the fans didn’t do him right” and sent a clear message to J.J. that “If you do the fans right, the fans will do you right.” Proceeds from the match, a raffle for 2 bicycles and ladies jewelry, along with donations went to the U.S. Marines Toys For Tots program.
Thursday, as crowds of people converged on local stores to do last minute shopping, wrestler J.J. Grizzly and GCWF General Manager Chris Dockery took one local family on a shopping spree at the E in a event they called “Shop with a Wrestler.” The event was conceived by the GCWF after they found out that some local families were turned away from Toys for Tots after not meeting their requirements. The family of three kids were given $100 each to spend on toys and games of their choice.