Southern States Wrestling
AcronymSSW
Founded1991
StyleWrasslin'
HeadquartersFall Branch, Tennessee (1991-1998)
Kingsport, Tennessee (1999-present)
Founder(s)Beau James
Owner(s)Beau James (1991-present)
ParentNational Wrestling Alliance
SisterChampionship Wrestling
FormerlyNWA Championship Wrestling
WebsiteSouthernStatesWrestling.com

Southern States Wrestling is an American independent professional wrestling promotion based in Kingsport, Tennessee. Founded by wrestler Beau James in early 1991, SSW (along with NWA Bluegrass) succeeded Smoky Mountain Wrestling as the top promotion in eastern Tennessee following its close. It featured a number of former SMW mainstays including Steve Flynn, Tracy Smothers, Killer Kyle, Tom Prichard, Bunkhouse Buck, Buddy Landell, The Mongolian Stomper[1] and The Batten Twins (Bart & Brad Batten). While in the promotion, Ricky Morton teamed with longtime Fantastics rival Bobby Fulton as the Fantastic Express as well as forming a second incarnation of the Rock 'n' Roll Express with Ricky Harrison capturing the promotion's tag team title with both men.

Others to appear in the promotion have included former National Wrestling Alliance veterans Ivan Koloff, Jimmy Valiant, Junkyard Dog, Pez Whatley, Terry Taylor, Shane Douglas and female wrestlers Sherri Martel, Debbie Combs, Brandi Alexander, Lexie Fyfe and Malia Hosaka. Jillian Hall,[2] E. Z. Money, Joey Corman and Samir and Andy Douglas. The promotion also runs a wrestling school in Fall Branch, Tennessee.[3]

In 2015, Beau James began cutting back SSW's schedule due to his commitments to Appalachian Mountain Wrestling as manager of The Progressive Liberal, however, the promotion continues to hold events at county fairs and high school gyms.

History

Southern States Wrestling was founded by Beau James, who began promoting wrestling events in Kingsport and Fall Branch, Tennessee. The promotion crowned its first heavyweight champion when The Tennessee Equalizer defeated George Hiatt in Elizabethton, Tennessee on February 16, 1991. A junior heavyweight title was created the following year when Eddie Golden defeated Jamie Gibson in Banner Elk, North Carolina. In 1995 the promotion expanded by creating two more titles. The junior heavyweight title was abandoned the previous year and replaced by the SSW Appalachian Heavyweight Championship won by Eddie Golden when he beat Tracy Smothers in a best-of-three series in Meadowview, Virginia on May 11, 1996. Four years later, Mike Cooper won the SSW Young Guns Television Championship in Kingsport coinciding with the promotion launching its weekly television program which aired regularly on WAPK-CA from January 1999 until October 2003. The promotion eventually released a series of dvds from the program, most notably, Superstars and Legends, Vol. 1, which featured Don Wright, Ivan Koloff, The Equalizer, Jimmy Valiant, Wahoo McDaniel, Killer Kyle, Jimmy Valiant and Stan Lee.[4] On May 10, 2001, the promotion held the Mark Curtis Memorial Weekend of Champions in Kingsport, Tennessee in honor of World Championship Wrestling referee Mark Curtis with the proceeds donated to the Children's Miracle Network. Among those headlining the event included Arn Anderson.[5] The next year, the Mark Curtis Memorial Weekend of Champions and Legends Reunion featured Jimmy Valiant, Ivan Koloff and Sandy Scott. Family members of the late Whitey Caldwell were also in attendance.[6] Southern States Wrestling became involved with AWA Superstars of Wrestling during the early-2000s, although not an official affiliate promotion, and has held interpromotional events with its sister promotion Tennessee's Championship Wrestling. In April 2005, Beau James, Tom Prichard and The Super Destroyer faced Championship Wrestling's "Adorable" Danny Ray, Nick Hammonds & Wayne Adkins at the Night of Grudges supercard at the National Guard Armory in Kingsport.[7] This was the first interpromotional event in which both promotion's champions faced each other.[8] In November 2006, Beau James married female wrestler Misty James at the 15th annual supercard Thanksgiving Night Spectacular at the Kingsport National Guard Armory.[9] Both would participate in mixed tag team matches during the next year. In early 2008, he and his wife were involved in a major interpromotional feud with AWA Superstars of Wrestling World Heavyweight Champion Brian Logan.[10]

Southern States Wrestling Network

In August 2017, Beau James announced that SSW had signed a deal with a VOD service to provide online streaming platform for the promotion.[11] It took nearly a year to transfer the entire SSW Video Library from VHS/DVD to a digital format. The Southern States Wrestling Network made its debut on July 15, 2018.[12] In addition to SSW television and supercards, the network also has rare footage from Continental Championship Wrestling and other Territory-era wrestling promotions from the Tennessee area.[13]

Roster

Male wrestlers

Ring name Real name Tenure Notes
Joe Briggs Unknown 2014-2015
2019–
Shawn Cruz Unknown 2014-2015
2017–
SSW Tag Team Champion
Nate Diamond Unknown 2019–
The Golden Terror Unknown 2019–
J.D. Hogg Unknown 1996
1998
2015–
P.D. Hogg Unknown 2019–
Beau James Unknown 1994-2001
2002-
Krunch The Equalizer Glen Day 1991-1996
2002
2013–
Robbie Linz Unknown 2019–
Bobby Love Unknown 2019–
J.R. Martin Unknown 2019–
The Mega Destroyer Unknown 2018– SSW Tag Team Champion
Daniel Richards Daniel Harnsberger 2017– SSW Champion
Bray Ross Unknown 2019–
The Scufflin' Hillbilly Unknown 2019–
Dustin Steal Unknown 2009
2015-2016
2018–

Female wrestlers

Ring name Real name Tenure Notes
Misty James Misty Walton 2007–
Rebecca Lynn Unknown 2007-2010
2014-2016
2018-
SSW Women's Champion

Other on-air personnel

Ring name Real name Tenure Notes
Beau James Unknown 2019– Owner
Commentator on SSW Power Half Hour
Lemonjuice McGee Unknown 2018– Manager

Alumni

Male wrestlers

Birth name: Ring name(s): Tenure: Notes
Bart Batten Bart Batten 20015
2003
Brad Batten Brad Batten 20015
2003
Numa Blanchard Blade Boudreaux 1997
Carl Brantley Vladimir Koloff 1996
Brandon Blevins Skylar Cruise
Skyler Kruise
2010
Jeff Bowman Brooklyn Bad Boy #2
The New York Assassin
1997-1999
Jason Broyles Skyfire 1991-1994
1996
1999
Terry Brunk Sabu 2001
Michael Bryant Terry Bull 1998
David Canal The Cuban Assassin 2003
Mark Canterbury Shanghai Pierce 2010
David Cash David Jericho
David Cash
1995-1996
Glenn Coan Chris Walker 1995
1999
Robert Cassidy Jr. Robbie Cassidy 2003-2006
2008-20103
Adam Copeland Sexton Hardcastle 1996
Harold Cox Eddie Golden 1991-1998
2003
2010-2011
Glen Day Krunch The Equalizer
Equalizer Krunch
The Equalizer
The Tennessee Equalizer
1991-1996
2002
2013-
William Eadie The Masked Superstar
Demolition Ax
1999-2000
2012
Robert Lee Eaton Bobby Eaton 2005-2006
William Ensor Buddy Landel 1998
2000-2002
James Fanning Jimmy Valiant 1994-2000
2002-2003
2010
Emanuel Fernandez Manny Fernandez 1996
2000
Richard Fliehr Reid Flair 2010
Kasey Geyer K. C. Thunder 1995-2001
2002-2003
2005-2006
2008
2011
Reuben Gibson Robert Gibson 2001
Richard Gibson Ricky Gibson 2001
Tony Givens Tony Givens 2001
2003-2011
James Golden Jimmy Golden
Bunkhouse Buck
1993
1999
2003
2008
2010
Archibald Gouldie The Mongolian Stomper 1992-1994
Ryan Gray Ryan Dookie 2006
2008-2009
William Happer Otto Schwanz 1997-1998
David Haskins Davey Rich 2008
George Hines Jackie Fulton 1991
1993
James Hines Bobby Fulton 1993-1994
1996
Richard Hoff G.Q. Stratus / The War Machine 1993-1997
1999-2000
2002
2010
Timothy Horner Tim Horner 2001-2002
Joseph Hudson Jocephus 2010
William Jones Chilly Willy 2001
Mark Keenan Cody Michaels 2001-2002
Brian Kees Brian Logan
The Hornet
1994-1995
1997-2001
2008-20092
2014
2019
Hiram Keller Heinrich Franz Keller 1999
Robert Kellum Gorgeous George III 1996
Wayne Keown Dutch Mantel 2010
Kevin King Kole Layton King 2008-2010
Mark Kyle Killer Kyle 1996
1999
Jerry Lawler Jerry Lawler 2010
Victor Lewis Vic The Bruiser 1997
Troy Loveday Bruiser Graham 1999
2004
Troy Martin Shane Douglas 2002
Gary Scott McKeever Scotty McKeever
The Mighty Yankee
1994-1996
1998-1999
2002
2005
Gilberto Meléndez Gypsy Joe 2009
Gary Mize Billy Joe Travis 2000
Richard Morton Ricky Morton 1995-1999
2003
2005-2006
2008-2011
2019
Billy Noble Killer Kurt 2001
Brian Overbay Brian Overbay 1999-2003
Chase Owens Chase Owens 2008-20092
Frank Parker Frank Parker 1995-1999
2001
2009-2015
Corey Peloquin Chi Chi Cruz 1996
Oreal Perras Ivan Koloff 1991-1992
Thomas Prichard Tom Prichard 2005
2014
Michael Rapada The Colorado Kid 1997
Billy Reil Billy Reil 1998
[[Ronald Reis]] Ron Reis 2000
William Reso Christian Cage 1996
Andrew Roberts Andy Douglas 2001-2002
Gibson Rowell Hoot Gibson 1991
2001
Travis Sampson Romeo Bliss 1998
Charles Matthew Sigmon C.M. Sigmon
Sigmon
20084
Robert Smedley Bobby Blaze 1995-1997
Tracy Smothers Tracy Smothers 1996
1999-20025
2005-2010
George South George South 2002
George South Jr. George South Jr. 2002
Michael Stratton Todd Morton 2001
2003
Adam Sullins Adam Sullins 2010
Derrick Taylor Derrick King 1997
2015
Paul Taylor III Terry Taylor 2001-2002
Brian Smith Bryan Wayne
Bubba Vader
Bubba
1996
1999-2001
2003-2004
2007
2010
Frank Vizi Bull Pain 20015
Robert Welch Robert Fuller 2003
Lawrence Whistler 2003 2003
Kelly Wolfe Wolfie D 2014
Don Wright Don Wright 1991
2001
2010
2018-2019
Unknown Adam York 2005-2008
Unknown The Alabama Heartthrob 1994-1995
Unknown Alex Shane 1993-1994
1996
1998
Unknown Dr. Allen King
Alan King
1995-1998
2001-2002
2004
Unknown Allen Ward
Alan Ward
1995-1996
Unknown Alan Wayne 1996
Unknown Alex Kage 2014
Unknown Alyx Winters
Alex Winters
2001
2004-2008
Unknown The American Ninja
The Ninja
1992
Unknown Ashley Hudson 1998-1999
Unknown Assassin #1 1991
Unknown Assassin #2 1991
Unknown The Assassin 1995
Unknown The Avenger 2017
Unknown Bam Bam Christian 1991-2000
Unknown Barry Grudge 2009
Unknown Battering Ram 1996
Unknown Beau James
El Guano
The Memphis Bodyguard
Nightmare
1994-2001
2002-
Unknown Big Bad Dan 2006
Unknown Big Daddy Gordy
Big Daddy
2003-2004
Unknown Big Lamar 2015
Unknown Bill Justice 2001
Unknown Billy the Kid 1995
Unknown Billy Marshall 1992-1993
1998
Unknown Blackbird 1996
Unknown Bobby B. 1994-1995
Unknown Bobby The Body 1991-1992
Unknown Bobo Brown 2008-2010
Unknown The Bodyguard 1999
Unknown Brandon Cox 20118
Unknown Brian Kyle 20118
Unknown Brad Thomas 2005-2006
2017
Unknown Brian Stone 2009
Unknown Brooklyn Bad Boy #1 1997-1999
Unknown The Brute 1997-1998
Unknown Bryan Phoenix 20093
Unknown Buddy Wayne 1998
Unknown Bulldog Mac 2009-2011
2015
Unknown Butch Black 1997
Unknown The California Kid 1991-1992
Unknown Chad Wilson 2009
Unknown The Cherokee Renegade 1996
Unknown Chic White 1991
1993-1996
2002
2013
2015
2018-2019
Unknown Chris Cannon 1997
Unknown Chris Miles 2013-2014
Unknown Chris Richards 2006-2011
Unknown Chris Rocker 2015
Unknown Chris Vega 2004
Unknown Chuck Jones 1997-2000
2003
2010
Unknown Clay Connors 2004-2005
Unknown The Coalminer 1991
Unknown Cody Blade 2011
Unknown Cody Ices 2008-2009
Unknown Cossie Hale 1995
Unknown The Country Gentleman 1995
Unknown Cowboy Williams 1991-1993
Unknown The Crow 1995
Unknown Cuban Militia 2003
Unknown Dan Cooley 1994-1997
Unknown Dan Costa 2010-2011
Unknown Dan Morrow 2005
Unknown Dan Richards 2005
Unknown Daniel Mulligan 2011
Unknown Danny Christian
The Fall Branch Redneck
1991–1999
Unknown Danny DeLuccie
Danny DeLucci
2000-2001
Unknown Danny Ray 2005
2019
Unknown The Dark Secret 2015
Unknown David Garvin 2001
Unknown David Lynch 1996
2010
Unknown David O 1994-1995
Unknown Deadly Weapon 1996
Unknown D'Andre Jackson / DeAndre Jackson 2012-2015
Unknown Death Row 2000 #1 2000-2001
Unknown Death Row 2000 #2 2000-2001
Unknown Death Row 2000 #3 2000-2001
Unknown Denny Cooley 1996-1998
Unknown Derick Billings 20118
Unknown The Destroyer 2005
Unknown The Disciple 2007-2008
Unknown D.P. Holiday 2009-2010
Unknown Doug Gibson 2010
Unknown Dr. Death 1992
Unknown Drake Tungsten 2001
2009
Unknown Earl Fields 2010
Unknown Eclipso 1995
Unknown Eddie Browning 2000-20015
2006
2009
Unknown Eddie Bruiser 1994-1997
1999
Unknown Eddie Edmonds 1997
Unknown Eight-Ball Jones
8-Ball Jones
1995
1997
1999
Unknown El Lobo 1992
Unknown El Techno Rudo 1996
Unknown Eric Darkstorm 2004
2008-2009
2012-2014
Unknown Eric Steele 2008
Unknown Flaming Youth 1998
Unknown Flex Armstrong 2000-2003
2005
Unknown Forrest Austin 1997
Unknown Frank Jones 1996
Unknown The Freak 2005
Unknown Freddy Rich 19981
Unknown Freight Train Ford 1995-1996
Unknown G-Dog 1997
1999
Unknown Gator McAllister 2003
Unknown George Hyatt
George Hiatt
1991-1993
Unknown The Gladiator 2018
Unknown The Grappler 2000
Unknown Iceman
The Iceman
1995-1997
Unknown Indian Harry 2001
Unknown The Intruder 1996
Unknown Iron Man 1995-1996
Unknown Jack Slate 1994
Unknown Jake Booth 2013-2014
Unknown Jamie Gibson
Jamey Gibson
1991-1992
2007-2010
Unknown Jason Kincaid 20093
20118
Unknown Chris Graves 2012-2013
Unknown Jay Shaft 2012-2013
Unknown J.C. Black 1996
Unknown Jeff Anderson 2008
Unknown Jeff Lovin 1991-1995
Unknown Jeff Storm 2008-2010
Unknown Jeff Tankersley 1991-1992 2003 2010 2011
Unknown Jerry Stone 2009
Unknown Jesse Taylor 2002-2003
Unknown Jessie Jameson 2018
Unknown Jim Studd 1996
1999
Unknown Joe Fillers 1999
Unknown Joey Williams 2002
Unknown John Manson 1992
1994
Unknown John Noble 2000-20025
2004
2006
2010
2019
Unknown Johnny Knievel 2011
Unknown Johnny Meadows 1995
Unknown Johnny Thunder 1996-1998
Unknown Jon Williams 2015
Unknown Josh Cody 2003-2005
Unknown Josh Crawford 2006
2011
Unknown Jowad Wayne 2005
Unknown The Juicer 1995-1997
Unknown Justin Matthews 2000
Unknown Justin St. John 1995-1997
Unknown J.V. Insanity 2004
Unknown Keith Hart 1992
Unknown Keith Knox 2009-2010
Unknown Ken Bolus Jr. 1998
Unknown Kerry Cabrero 1999
Unknown Kid Apollo 2002
2004
Unknown Kid Lightning
The Lightning Kid
19981
Unknown Kilo 2015
Unknown The Kissing Bandit 1992
Unknown Kyle Carter 2004
Unknown Kyle Kool 2013-2015
Unknown Kyle Maggard 2017
2019
Unknown The Lady Killer 1996-1997
Unknown Little Bear 1991
Unknown Loverboy Lyons
Greg Lyons
1991-1993
Unknown L.T. Falk 2014
Unknown Lucas Angel 2011-2013
Unknown The Lumberjack 19981
Unknown Lynn Montana 1992
1997
Unknown Mad Dog Stuffy 1992-1993
Unknown Major DeBeers 1995-1998
Unknown Mark Foley 1997-1998
Unknown Mark Malibu 1996
1999
Unknown The Masked Sheik 1991
Unknown Matt Burns 2008
Unknown Matt Stevens 2008
Unknown Max Miles 1998
Unknown The Mercinary 1992
Unknown Michael Jamison 2006
Unknown Michael Starr 2010
Unknown The Midnight Mauler
The Mauler
1993
1996
1998
Unknown Mike Blade 2018
Unknown Mike Cooper
Dr. Mike Cooper
"Dollywood" Hulk Cooper
Michael Alexander Coopwell
1995-2001
2003-2010
Unknown Mike Draven 2000
Unknown Mike Montana 1997
Unknown Mike Powers 1994
Unknown Mike Samson
Mike Sampson
The Iron Cross
1992-1995
1997
1999-2004
2008-2011
2015
Unknown Moe Jenkins 2007-2009
Unknown Mountain Goat Jack 2010
Unknown Mr. X 1992-1993
Unknown Nathan Stiles 2009
Unknown Nick Hammonds 2005-2011
2013
Unknown Nick Paradise 2008-20093
Unknown O-Dog 2010
Unknown The Patriot 1996
Unknown Phillip Lawson 2015-2018
Unknown Porkchop Thomas 2000-2001
Unknown The Punisher 2004
Unknown Ray Idol 2000-2014
2016
2019
Unknown The Reaper 19981
Unknown Rick Conners 1991
Unknown Rich Masters 1997
Unknown The Rebel 2017
Unknown Regulator Stone 1992-1994
Unknown Regulator Steel 1992-1994
2003
Unknown Rex Atkins 2015
Unknown Rich Mansfield 1996-1997
1999
Unknown Richard Wellington 2010
Unknown Rick Karloff 1999
2002
Unknown Ricky Harrison 1997-2002
2008-2010
Unknown Rob Valor 1999
Unknown The Rocket 1993
Unknown Rocky Davis 2004
Unknown Roger Anderson 1995-1999
2001-2002
Unknown Roger Ham
Roger Hamm
1997-1999
Unknown Ron Cross 2014
Unknown Ron Ray 2000
Unknown Russian Assassin #1 1991
Unknown Russian Assassin #2 1991
Unknown Ryan Comptan 2005
Unknown Ryan Phoenix 20093
Unknown Sean Spencer 2003-2004
Unknown Sean Venom 1997-1998
Unknown The Scorpion 1998
Unknown Scott Dee 2009
Unknown Scott McComas 2001
Unknown Scott Raines 2006
Unknown Scott Sterling 1991-1996
1998
2003
2011-2014
2016
Unknown Scotty Lee Cyrus 1994
Unknown Scotty Ray Black 1996
Unknown Scream 1999
Unknown The Shadow 2001
Unknown Shane Matthews 2004
Unknown Shane Royal 2009-2010
Unknown Sheik Akbar 2009
Unknown The Shogun 1993-1994
Unknown The Silver Bullet 1994
Unknown Sir Warren 1996
Unknown Skinhead I
Skinhead Karl
1996
Unknown Skinhead II
Skinhead Kurt
1996
Unknown The Skullcrusher
The SkullKrusher
1993
Unknown Slammin' Sam 1999
Unknown Slappy 2000
Unknown Spoiler I 1993
Unknown Spoiler II 1993
Unknown Spoiler #1 19981
Unknown Spoiler #2 19981
Unknown Stacey Seals 1991
Unknown Stan Brown
Stan Lee Brown
1996
Unknown Stan Lee 1991-1999
2008
2011
2013
2016
2018-2019
Unknown Stan Sierra 2017
2019
Unknown Steve Flynn 1992 1994-2002 2005 2010-2012
Unknown Steve Fury 2006
20093
Unknown Steve Quinn 2000
Unknown Steven Stiffler 2009-2010
Unknown Stevie Knight 1999
Unknown The Storm Trooper
The German Trooper
1994-1996
Unknown The Super Destroyer 2001
2003-2005
Unknown Super Mario 1994-1997 2000
Unknown The Super Masked Man 1998-2000
Unknown The Superstar / The New York Superstar 1992
Unknown Swede Stone 1997
Unknown Sweet Ampne 1991-1992
Unknown T.C.B. Man 1996
Unknown The Tennessee Thumper 1996
Unknown Terry Slater 1996
Unknown Texas Crusher 1992
Unknown Thorn 2002-2007
2013
Unknown Tim Blaze 1995-1996
Unknown Tim Cooper
Terry Duggers
1995-1997
1999
Unknown Tiny Lloyd 1991
Unknown T.J. Phillips 2003
Unknown Tom Pitner 1991
1994
Unknown Tommy Gibson 2006
Unknown Tony Peters 1991
Unknown Trey Williams 2015
Unknown Troy Clash 19981
Unknown The Ultimate Superstar 1992
Unknown Vince Valor 2015
Unknown Viper 1996
Unknown Wade Adams 2000-2001
2004
2008
Unknown Wayne Adkins
Justin Sensation
2003-2010
2019
Unknown Wayne Rogers 1991-1994
1999
2001
2004
2018-2019
Unknown The Widow Maker 1991
Unknown The Wild Samoan 1992
1999
Unknown Willie T. Bumpz 19981
Unknown The Wolfman 1996
Unknown Wrecker Rollins 2010

Female wrestlers

Birth name: Ring name(s): Tenure: Notes
Mary Beth Bentley Lexie Fyfe
Foxy Lady
1997-1998
2001
2003
Sherri Russell Sherri Martel 2003
Debbie Szostecki Debbie Combs 1995-19976
Unknown Brandi Alexander 2001-2003
Unknown Brandi Wine 1997-1998
2002
Unknown Brittany Diamond 2008
Unknown Crystal Fire 2009
Unknown Jamie McHone 2010
Unknown Jessie Belle 2010
Unknown Kassie Rains 2008-2010
Unknown Lady X 2011
2017
Unknown Malia Hosaka 19966
Unknown Miss Rachael 2014
Unknown Nicole Starr 2010
2015
Unknown Princess Zabba Da 2011
Unknown Robbie Rage 1995
Unknown Roxie Cotton 2008
Unknown Violet Adamz 2010-2012
Unknown Yasha 2018

Midget wrestlers

Birth name: Ring name(s): Tenure: Notes
Buck Blevins Bad Boy Buck
Buck and a Half
1996-1997
2008
Brian Weckerly Lil' Von Slam
Ripley Von Slam
Macho Macho Man
1996
Brian Weckerly Lil' Frankenstein
Little Frankenstein
1997

Stables and tag teams

Tag team/Stable(s) Members Tenure(s)
Batten Twins Bart Batten and Brad Batten 2001
2003
The Beautiful Blonds Eddie Golden and Stan Lee 1995-1996
Big Business / McHone's Army James McHone, Frank Parker, Bryan Wayne, Wrecker Rollins, Jamie McHone, John Noble and Earl Fields 2010
The Billion Dollar Babies Mike Sampson and G.Q. Stratus 1993-1994
Black Inc. Kels and Todd Curly 2015
The Blonde Bombers Thorn & Tim Baldwin 2002-2003
The Bombers Big Daddy Gordy and Thorn 2003
The Brats 2000
The British Knights Stevie Knight and Kerry Cabrero 1999
The Brooklyn Bad Boys Brooklyn Bad Boy #1 and Brooklyn Bad Boy #2 1997-1999
The Brotherhood Count Grog, Major DeBeers and Otto Schwanz 1997-1998
The Christian Brothers Danny Christian and Bam Bam Christian 1991–1993
1995-1997
1999
The Cooper Brothers Mike Cooper and Tim Cooper 1995-1997
The Cripplers Scott Sterling and Frank Parker 2012-2014
Death & Destruction Frank Parker and Roger Anderson 1995-1999
2001
The Death Riders Chic White and The Tennessee Equalizer 1993-1996
2002
2008
2018
Death Row 2000 Death Row 2000 #1, Death Row 2000 #2 and Death Row 2000 #3) 2000-2001
The Drillers Eddie Browning and Michael Jamison 2006
The Duke's Dynasty The Duke of New York, Steve Flynn, K. C. Thunder and Roger Anderson 2002
The Fantastic Express Ricky Morton and Bobby Fulton 1996
G1 Robbie Cassidy, Nick Hammonds and Moe Jenkins 2008
The Ghostriders 2004
The Gibson Brothers Ricky Gibson and Robert Gibson 2001
The Godfather's Stable The Godfather, Stan Lee and The Heartbreakers 1991-1993
Eddie Golden & Jimmy Golden Eddie Golden and Jimmy Golden 1993
2003
2010
The Hardbodies / The Insiders Rich Manfield and Allen King 1997
The Heartbreakers Eddie Golden and Loverboy Lyons 1991-1993
The High Flyers Andy Douglas and Kelly Charles 2001
The Hoggs J.D. Hogg and P.D. Hogg 2019-
The Illuminati Tony Givens, Chris Richards, Jason Kincaid, and Brandon Cox 2011
The Jabroni World Order "Dollywood" Hulk Cooper, Forrest Austin, Terry Duggers, Buff Snackwell, Pony Boy, Buck and a Half, The Macho Midget, The Insiders and Five Dollar Bill 1997
KMF Inc. Chris Richards and Steve Fury 2006
2009
The Legends / The Living Legends Beau James and Brian Logan 1997
Legit Dynamite Bryan Kyle and Derrick Billings 2011
The Lost Generation 2004
The Lost Souls 1997
The Memphis Bodyguards Memphis Bodyguard #1 and Memphis Bodyguard #2 1999
The Memphis Mafia Jamie Gibson and Jeff Storm 2009-2010
NCW Invasion Scotty Ace, Tracy Smothers, Ricky Harrison and The Batten Twins 2001
The New Family Clarence Clippenback, Super Destroyer, Wade Adams, Sean Spencer, Josh Cody and Alexis 2004
The New Fantastics Bobby Fulton and Jackie Fulton 1993
The 1-2-3 Express Wade Adams and Tony Givens 2001
The Orderlies 1995
The Party Boys Wayne Adkins and Keith Knox 2009
The People's Army Beau James, Ray Idol, Iron Cross and Mike Cooper 2010
The Phoenix Foundation Bryan Phoenix and Ryan Phoenix 2004
The Regulators Regulator Stone and Regulator Steel 1992-1994
The Rock & Roll Express Ricky Morton and Todd Morton 2003
The Rock Stars Chris Graves and Jay Shaft 2012-2013
The Rough Riders Eddie Edmonds and Mike Montana 1997
The Russian Assassins Russian Assassin #1 and Russian Assassin #2 1991
The Skinheads Skinhead I and Skinhead II 1996
Something Else John Noble and Eddie Browning 2000-2001
The Spoilers Spoiler #1 and Spoiler #2 1993 1998
The Stud Stable Jimmy Golden and Robert Fuller 2003
The Washington Bullets Jon Williams and Trey Williams 2015
The Young Guns Scott Sterling and Jeff Lovin 1991-1995

Managers and valets

Birth name: Ring name(s): Tenure: Notes
Darrell Anthony Tony Anthony 2014
Allan Barrie The Duke
The Duke of New York
Five Dollar Bill
1996-2003
James Fanning Jimmy Valiant 2004
2008
Greg Mosorjak Count Grog 1997-1998
Sherri Russell Sherri Martel 2003
Carl Shockley Big Al Bass 1991-1993
1996
William Sierra Bill Alfonso 2001
Ron Wright Ron Wright 1991
Unknown Ashlee
Ashlee Hope
2008-2009
Unknown Bolo 20082
Unknown Clarence Clippenback 2004
Unknown Dawn 2008
Unknown Diamond Jim 1991
Unknown The Godfather 1991-1993
Unknown James McHone 2009-2012
Unknown Jody V 2010
Unknown John Hawkins 2008-2009
Unknown L.E. Ward 1992
Unknown Nevaeh Starr 2010
Unknown Peaches
Miss Peaches
1995-1997
Unknown P.J. Sharp 1996
1999-2001
2005
Unknown The Man In Black 1999
Unknown Scotty Ace 2000-20015
Unknown Stan Lee 2009

Commentators and interviewers

Birth name: Ring name(s): Tenure: Notes
Allan Barrie The Duke
The Duke of New York
2001 Color commentator
Chip Kessler Chip Kessler 1999 Interviewer
Carl Shockley Big Al Bass 1992 Color commentator
Interviewer
Unknown Beau James 2001
2012-2014
2018-
Color commentator
Unknown Matt Rhodes 2011 Color commentator
Unknown Eric Lester 2001 Play-by-play commentator
Unknown Jason Steele 2001 Color commentator
Unknown Joe Wheeler 1999-2001
2003
2010-2016
Play-by-play commentator
Interviewer
Unknown Jeff Griffith 2015 Backstage interviewer
Unknown Jeff Tankersley 1991 Color commentator
Unknown Michael Southerland 2010-2012 Interviewer
Unknown Mike Williams 1991-1992
1998
2003
Ring announcer
Play-by-play announcer
Backstage interviewer
Unknown P.J. Sharp 2000 Color commentator
Unknown Roy Ferguson 1992 Ring announcer

Referees

Birth name: Ring name(s): Tenure: Notes
James Fanning Jimmy Valiant 2008 Special guest referee
Brian Hildebrand Mark Curtis 1996-1998
Misty Walton Misty James 2012 Special guest referee
Unknown Beau James 1991-1993
Unknown Brandon Cox 2008-2009
Unknown Jake Booth 2012
Unknown James McHone 1997-1998
Unknown Jim Bell 1991
Unknown Jimmy McKeeian 1991-1992
Unknown Mike DiMuzio 2000
Unknown Rob Knight 2004

Other personnel

Birth name: Ring name(s): Tenure: Notes
Unknown Beau James 1991- Promoter
Unknown Marty Ricker 2004-2005 SSW Commissioner
Unknown Ken Bowles 1991-2003 SSW Commissioner
Unknown Terry Duggers 1997 Head of security
Brian Hildebrand Mark Curtis 1996-1998 Television producer
Trainer
Company name to Year
Southern States Wrestling 1991-2004
NWA Championship Wrestling 2004-2005
Southern States Wrestling 2005–present
Notes
1 ^ Indicates they were part of a talent exchange with the All-American Wrestling.
2 ^ Indicates they were part of a talent exchange with the AWA Superstars.
3 ^ Indicates they were part of a talent exchange with the Championship Wrestling Alliance.
4 ^ Indicates they were part of a talent exchange with the EWP Wrestling.
5 ^ Indicates they were part of a talent exchange with Nationwide Championship Wrestling.
6 ^ Indicates they were part of an interpromotional storyline and/or talent exchange with the National Wrestling Alliance.
7 ^ Indicates they were part of a talent exchange with NWA Bluegrass.
8 ^ Indicates they were part of a talent exchange with the NWA Smoky Mountain Wrestling.
^ Indicates they are deceased
^ Indicates they died while they were employed with SSW

Championships

Current champions

Championship Current champion(s) Previous champion(s) Date won Location
SSW Heavyweight Championship Eric Darkstorm Kyle Matthews November 29, 2013 Mt. Carmel, TN
SSW Junior Heavyweight Championship Alex Wynters Ray Idol January 22, 2005 Kingsport, TN[14][15]
SSW Appalachian Heavyweight Championship Eric Darkstorm Super Destroyer April 23, 2004 Greenville, TN[16]
SSW Young Guns Television Championship Bunkhouse Buck Beau James July 20, 2003 Kingsport, TN[17]
SSW Tag Team Championship Robbie Cassidy and Tony Givens Super Destroyer and Josh Cody March 4, 2005 Kingsport, TN[18]

Defunct championships

Championship Current champion(s) Previous champion(s) Date won Location
TWA/NWA Tri-State Championship Ryan Phoenix August 2000 September 2004 Title is officially renamed the NWA Tri-State Championship after Tri-State Wrestling is bought by NWA Championship Wrestling in 2003.[14][19]
SSW International Cup Chris Walker March 13, 1999 N/A Defeated Heinrich Franz Keller in tournament final to win the International Cup.[14][20]

Kingsport Wrestling Hall of Fame

The Kingsport Wrestling Hall of Fame (also known as the East Tennessee Wrestling Hall of Fame) is an American professional wrestling hall of fame maintained by the Kingsport-based promotion Southern States Wrestling (SWW). It was established in 1999[21] to honor select personalities in East Tennessee wrestling history. The induction ceremonies are held as part of its annual "Weekend of Champions and Legends Reunion".

# Year Ring name
(Real name)[a]
Inducted by Inducted for Notes[b]
1 1999 Sam Bass
(Fred White)
Managing
2 1999 Jim White Wrestling
3 1999 Don Wright Wrestling
4 1999 Tony Peters Wrestling
5 1999 Masked Superstar
(Bill Eadie)
Wrestling
1 1999 Earl Walters Wrestling
1 2000 Wahoo McDaniel
(Edward McDaniel)
Wrestling
2 2001 Wild Bill Canny
(William F. Canny)
Ken Bowles Wrestling Posthumous inductee:
3 2001 Melvin Johnson Ken Bowles Refereeing Longtime referee for the NWA's Tennessee and Mid-Atlantic territories
4 2001 Ron West Jim White Refereeing and Promoting
5 2001 Sandy Scott
(Angus Scott)
Pam Hildebrand Wrestling
6 2001 Buddy Landell
(William Ensor)
Beau James Wrestling
7 2001 Arn Anderson
(Martin Lunde)
Tim Horner Wrestling
8 2001 Ken Bowles Beau James Wrestling
9 2002 Paul Steele Wrestling Former Tennessee state athletic commissioner
10 2002 The Spoiler
(Bud Adams)
Wrestling
11 2002 Kim Birchfield Wrestling
12 2002 Charlie Peters Wrestling
13 2002 Tim Horner Wrestling
14 2003 Sensational Sherri
(Sherri Martel)
Managing and Wrestling
15 2003 Fuller wrestling family Wrestling Posthumous inductee:
16 2003 Golden wrestling family Wrestling Posthumous inductee:
17 2008 The Iron Cross
(Mike Samson)
Mike Cooper Wrestling
18 2008 Carl Fergie Jimmy Valiant Wrestling
19 2008 Johnny Rich
(John Richardson)
Beau James Wrestling
20 2008 Davey Rich
(David Haskins)
Beau James Wrestling

See also

References

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