Where Wrestling's Regional History Lives!
Many people have asked about
the studio we taped our show in. Georgia Championship Wrestling was
for years taped in a studio about the size of small hamburger
restaurant. It only seated about 100 fans when filled to capacity
and it was full every week. We recorded
two hours every Saturday morning for replay that night from 6:05 to
8:05. We started, or were supposed to start at 10:00 am, but I do
not ever remember starting on time. Later TBS moved into a more
spacious studio on Techwood Drive, but this story is about the W.
If you watched the show or
have some old tapes this will help you put in perspective how small
it really was.
The ring was 16' x 16'.
The first rows of seats were four feet from the ring and
there were only three rows on the risers.
Watching the tape you will
see the risers behind the ring. Off to the right there were about
four or five rows of chairs on the floor.
That was all the room there
was. Directly behind the chairs was a black curtain. Black on TV
appears as infinity, or a space that seemingly has no end, however
in reality there was a concrete block wall two inches behind that
We produced many hours of
quality wrestling in that studio. This is the studio where Bruiser
Brody pushed the guy in the wheel chair in front of Gordon Solie.
Its the studio where Abdullah first ate raw liver, fish eyes, light
bulbs and anything else he could get his hands on. Moondog Mayne
devoured live goldfish on the set of GCW and many future stars got
their first taste of national exposure in that little room (I did
say quality didn't I ?).
Every week we had boy
scouts, girl scouts, church groups and fans from all over the
country come to our tapings.
Tickets were free and we
took reservations for the tickets by mail and over the phone on
Tuesday mornings at the ticket office.
We opened the office at 9:00
am and by 9:10 we had no TV seats left. It was always interesting
because you never knew who would show up at TV. Ted Turner was a
frequent guest. There was a catwalk above the lights, and many times
I have seen him up there while the fans below never knew he was
there. We have had Mayors, ball players, and entertainers stop by to
see the matches.
Here is a little funny that
you had to be there to really appreciate:
I had gotten dressed and was
waiting for the matches to start. I walked out into the studio and
was talking to the fans.
We had a large group of boy
scouts attending that day and they were seated on the risers. Gordon
came out to the set and was telling the fans that we had some great
matches lined up and who was there that day. When he mentioned that
The Sheik would be wrestling that morning
the Boy Scouts went crazy. I mean crying and carrying on like
somebody was after them with a gun.
I remember the scout leader
calming them down and explaining that it was only a show and that he
would not hurt them and they should remain calm. I went back and
told Eddie what had happened and what followed was priceless...
I was standing in the ring
and The Sheik came around the corner with a six foot boa constrictor
wrapped around his neck.
He went straight for the boy
scouts. Almost in mass they turned and ran up those risers and
blindly jumping off into that black curtain.
As I stated earlier there was a concrete block wall two
inches behind that curtain. Those boy scouts were hitting that wall and
piling up like ants on a hill. The funniest thing was that scout
leader who said it was all a show and remain calm was the first
leaper into the wall and was on the bottom of the pile. It looked
like something you would see on a road runner cartoon.
That scout leader was
struggling to get up and boy scouts kept landing on top of him. They
were killing each other trying to get away from The Sheik and that
We got things calmed down
and resumed the show. The Sheik at least twice more that day did the
same run in with the same results.
It was one of the funniest things I ever witnessed in that studio. I was in the ring and had to remain serious throughout those run-ins. However in the hallway just outside that studio I rolled on the floor and laughed so hard I hurt.