Professional wrestling stars set for Civic Center
by Carlton D. White
May 02, 2014 04:01 AM | 4055 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Former World Wrestling Entertainment star Matt Hardy, right, is scheduled to be part of the Southern Championship Wrestling show May 17 at the Cobb County Civic Center.
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Former World Wrestling Entertainment star Matt Hardy, right, is scheduled to be part of the Southern Championship Wrestling show May 17 at the Cobb County Civic Center.
Associated Press photo
Southern Championship Wrestling will return to Cobb County for the first time in more than two decades when it takes over the Cobb County Civic Center on May 17.

After 25 years away, a new incarnation of SCW will be back in Georgia with a lineup of talent that is scheduled to include former World Wrestling Entertainment stars Matt Hardy, Shane “The Hurricane” Helms and Ron Simmons, as well as John Cena Sr., the father of current WWE star John Cena.

SCW heavyweight champion London Vice will also be in attendance, as will the group’s women’s champion, Santana Garrett, who also competes with the Total Nonstop Action organization.

As many as 14 to 16 wrestlers are expected to be in action, according to SCW promoter D.J. Bell. Though the card has yet to be determined, Bell said there will be a women’s match and a tag-team match, along with several other singles matches.

“This is a big event,” Bell said. “There hasn’t been a professional wrestling event like this in Cobb County in over 20 years. It will be fast-paced and exciting with great action and lights and visuals. It’s definitely an event for everybody.”

Before the rise of WWE, smaller regional promotions like Georgia Championship Wrestling held events in smaller venues that catered to the intimacy of smaller crowds. Bell expects SCW’s event to bring back the “old-school wrestling” feeling that was popular from the 1970s into the ’90s.

“We attract people from all ages, from small children to 75- to 80-year-old screaming men and women,” Bell said. “We’re trying to bring back the old-school wrestling that has been lost. The family-oriented wrestling from years ago that involved guys like Dusty Rhodes.”

Rhodes often competed and hosted wrestling events in the area, ultimately becoming an east Cobb resident. His son, former Lassiter High School state champion Cody Runnels, competes in WWE as Cody Rhodes, where he is joined by Sprayberry graduate Austin Watson, who competes as Xavier Woods.

Doors will open at 6 p.m. for the SCW showcase, with matches slated to begin at 7:30 p.m. and continue until 9:30 or 10 p.m.

“We want to keep the crowd entertained and not get them burned out over too much activity,” Bell said.

Tickets are $45 for VIP seating, which includes a meet-and-greet with wrestlers backstage after the show, and $35 at ringside. General admission tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door.

Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling (813) 501-7350.

To receive discounted tickets, Bell said, fans can enter the code “GROUPGA” to receive $5 off general admission, or “RINGSIDE” to get $15 off ringside seats.
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