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Atlanta Welcomes the UWN to Hot-Lanta!

United We Stand

Things have been heating up this week in Atlanta—or should we say HOT-lanta? With the debut television taping of Championship Wrestling from Atlanta quickly approaching on September 2nd, the promotion has dropped a list of talent that will be appearing and it’s a roster that we’re really excited about here at Sports Obsessive!

Let’s take a look at the amazing talent that’s been confirmed to appear on September 2nd.

The Atlanta Roster

  • AC Mack
  • Alex Chamberlain
  • Andy Brown
  • Ashton Star
  • Austin Towers
  • The Awakening
  • Charlie Bravo
  • Chip Day
  • Chris Dickinson
  • Dani Jordyn
  • Darian Bengston
  • David Ali
  • Dean Alexander
  • Matt Rehwoldt
  • Manny Lemons
  • Gemma Jewels
  • Heather Monroe
  • Jarrett Diaz
  • Juicy Finau
  • Logan Creed
  • Lord Crewe
  • Martin Bell
  • Reka Tehaka
  • Ryan Rembrandt
  • Scotty Beach
  • Suge D
  • The Bodega
  • The Tate Twins
  • TSF
  • Violence of Action
  • Zicky Dice

Who We’re Excited About

Championship Wrestling from Atlanta promotional image
Credit: Championship Wrestling from Atlanta

There’s plenty of performers I’m excited about on the Atlanta Roster but first a d foremost is ‘The Dirty Daddy’ Chris Dickinson. Currently riding a wave of real momentum via his work with ROH, New Japan Strong, Josh Barnett’s Bloodsport and GCW amongst others, Dickinson is a spectacular talent whose hard-hitting MMA and Strong Style-infused approach to grappling never fails to impress.

Dickinson was also set to face Mike Bennett in the finals of the tournament for the UWN World Heavyweight Championship last year before Covid and other circumstances derailed the Prime Time Live series of Pay-Per-Views. Could that mean we might see the champion crowned now in Atlanta, and could Mike Bennett make a surprise appearance? We know ROH doesn’t object to Bennett appearing elsewhere. We’ll keep our eyes peeled on this one!

Another big name, or should we say names, set to appear in Atlanta are the former Ascension, Konnor & Viktor (now Big Kon & Vik), now known as The Awakening. Having become the Atomic Wrestling Tag Team Champions since leaving the WWE, The Awakening are looking to display their talents and prove their worth once again on TV, and Championship Wrestling from Atlanta will be a great place to do it. Always underrated and undervalued by the WWE, I’m looking forward to seeing what The Awakening can do in this new environment.

Now, if we want to get a little…outlandish, the announcement of Zicky Dice will be sure to get the blood pumping. Zicky is a former NWA TV Champion, so he has pedigree. He also has prior history with the UWN, last seen on Championship Wrestling from Hollywood assaulting Gentleman Jervis, as well as dropping the NWA TV title to Pope at Prime Time Live. You may also have seen him get destroyed outlandishly on AEW Dark by Lance Archer, as well as take part in MLW’s recent Battle Riot, where he got a very welcoming reception from the audience. With Zicky around, one thing’s for certain: things are going to be unpredictable in Atlanta!

Talking of MLW, you just might just see a recognizable face from the promotion appearing in Atlanta. I say recognisable, but he won’t be wearing his mask in Atlanta. That’s right, the Black Hand of CONTRA himself, Mads Kruger, is also known as Logan Creed and will be right there in Atlanta with his indomitable size and power. Anyone who stands his way will no doubt quickly regret it.

Marti Bell is a name I’m pretty excited about. One of the standouts in the women’s division during the 2019/2020 run of NWA Powerrr, she has recently appeared in ROH’s tournament to crown their new Women’s Champion and will be returning to the NWA once more at their all-women’s Empowerrr Pay-Per-View alongside Allysin Kay to challenge for the NWA Women’s Tag Team Championships at ‘The Hex’. She will definitely be one to keep your eye on at the show.

It’s nice to see that are some UWN stalwarts appearing on the show as well, with the likes of ‘Uptown Andy Brown, ‘Killer Bae’ Heather Monroe, Ryan Rembrandt, and the UWN Tag Team Champions The Bodega (Danny Limelight and Papo Esco) all set to appear. I’m sure these veterans of the United Wrestling Network are going to want to see the newcomers to the UWN prove themselves in action, and they’re not going to make it easy either.

Speaking of The Bodega, they aren’t the only tag team champions set to appear in Atlanta. OVW’s very own tag team champions The Tate Twins, Brandon and Brent, are set to appear and, while it’s unlikely they’ll be defending the Ohio gold whilst there, they might look to add to their cabinet by taking the UWN belts off The Bodega. Whether they can do it remains to be seen, but if you’ve seen the Tates in action, you know their brand of exciting, high-speed action would make for a hell of a contest with The Bodega (and with The Yung Goats too, should the Tates ever find themselves in Memphis…)

The Return to Central Stage

Central Stage, Atlanta, presents WCW Saturday Night

If you’re of a certain age like me, you’ll remember with genuine love and affection the World Championship Wrestling and WCW Saturday Night shows that were taped at Central Stage theater from 1989 onwards. The shows themselves always looked great visually, as Central Stage managed somehow to be big and small enough at the same time to provide the intimacy of a studio show and yet give the show the look of a small arena show. To this day, if I think about early 90s WCW, I see that beautiful neon sign from the set at Central Stage for Saturday Night.

Well, Championship Wrestling from Atlanta is paying tribute to that wonderful Wrestling heritage by filming their first TV tapings at Central Stage, in the very same room that WCW taped in all those years ago!

It’s a wonderful nod to the rich wrestling history of Atlanta, especially the Saturday Night era of WCW, which doesn’t seem to get celebrated as much as the Nitro era. We know how good Central Stage can look on camera and with David Marquez Productions running the production of the show, I’m very excited to see what the final result is going to look like on our TV screens.

The promotion has also got a great commentary team lined up with the extremely talented and professional group of Gilbert Corsey, Jonny Loquasto, Alyssa Marino and Memphis’ own Dustin Starr set to look after fans and give us the play-by-play for all the action going down on the show. In particular, Alyssa Marino and Mr Five Starr himself are certain to bring a sense of fun and excitement to proceedings.

The Championship Wrestling from Atlanta commentary team
Credit: Championship Wrestling from Atlanta

Last but not least, it has been promised that there will be not just one, not just two, but three main events across the TV taping. While no doubt these will be spread out across several episodes of the show once edited into different episodes, it does betray the fact that we’ve got some big matches to look forward to, meaning Championship Wrestling from Atlanta is going to be the place to be in the coming weeks.

Or should that be Hot-lanta?

Tickets for Championship Wrestling from Atlanta’s TV taping on September 2nd at Central Stage, Atlanta, can be purchased from https://www.ticketmaster.com/champ…/event/0E005AFDAC144595 and will air on Peachtree TV Channel 17 at 10 pm on September 18th.

Written by Chris Flackett

Wrestling obsessed since '91. Lived through the Monday Night Wars and is still here to tell the tale. Major fan of Strong Style, technical and Super Jr. Wrestling, as well as big versatile hosses smacking the hell out of each other. Lives in Manchester, England.

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