National Wrestling Alliance - Atlanta (1962-1972) 
After rejoining the Alliance, the Atlanta outfit experienced some big changes. Paul Jones, in his sixties, was a stockholder, not the main promoter. Instead, it was Don McIntyre, until he sold his stock to Buddy Fuller. Leslie Wolfe took over running the office for a stint, then the aging Jones stepped in again. Fuller was a top star along with majority stockholder Ray Gunkel, the two tagged up frequently as well. However, they did not see the business in the same way and frequently butted heads. Fuller traded his Georgia stock with his uncle Lester Welch for stock in Florida. The conflicts continued until Gunkel's sudden death. Most suspected his wife Ann would see his stock and the fighting would cease, but instead she stepped up and wanted to run the show. When the boys tried to keep her out, she left and took nearly all the talent with her. Jones and Welch were only saved by their familial and Alliance-based connections.  


Skandor Akbar 
Gene Anderson 
Lars Anderson 
Bob Armstrong 
The Assassins 
Ox Baker 
Brute Bernard 
Black Gordman 
Freddie Blassie 
Nick Bockwinkel 
Tony Borne 
Bobo Brazil 
Gino Brito 
Bearcat Brown 
Bozo Brown (Bob Brown) 
Lonnie Brown (Dutch Savage) 
Frankie Cain 
Haystacks Calhoun 
Don Carson 
Buddy Colt 
Corsica Brothers (Joe & Jean) 
Wayne Cowan (Dutch Mantell) 
Don Curtis 
Jack Dalton (Don Fargo) 
The Destroyer 
Dick the Bruiser 
Bill Dromo 
Dusek Riot Squad 
J.C. Dykes 
Bob Ellis 
Don Fargo 
Bobby Fields 
Lee Fields 
Stan Frazier 
Buddy Fuller 
Robert Fuller 
Ron Fuller 
Dory Funk Jr. 
Dory Funk Sr. 
Terry Funk 
Verne Gagne 
Mario Galento 
Gino Garibaldi 
Leo Garibaldi 
Ron Garvin 
Terry Garvin 
Mike George 
Jimmy Golden 
Pepper Gomez 
Eddie Graham 
Jerry Graham 
Luke Graham 
Ray Gunkel 
Gypsy Joe 
Swede Hanson 
Rip Hawk 
Heavenly Bodies (Al & Don Greene) 
John Paul Henning 
Danny Hodge 
Hollywood Blonds (Jerry Brown & Buddy Roberts) 
The Infernos (Frankie Cain & Rocky Smith) 
Mr. Ito 
Matt Jewell (Bearcat Brown) 
Rocky Johnson 
Krusher Karlson (Stan Kowalski) 
The Kentuckians (Tiny Smith & Luke Brown) 
Duke Keomuka 
Gene Kiniski 
Shinya Kojika 
"Krusher" Stan Kowalski 
Killer Karl Kox 
Nick Kozak 
Dale Lewis 
Bill Longson 
Salvadore "El Gran" Lothario (Jose Lothario) 
Ken Lucas 
Tex McKenzie 
Bill Miller 
Tiny Mills 
Hiro Matsuda 
Missouri Mauler (Larry Hamilton) 
Guy Mitchell 
Sputnik Monroe 
Taro Myaki 
The Mysterious Medics (Tony Gonzales & Donald Lortie) 
The Medics (The Interns - Billy Garrett & Jim Starr) 
Jerry Oates 
Pat O’Connor 
Motoshi Okuma 
Pat Patterson 
Eduardo Perez 
Angelo Poffo 
The Professional 
Ken Ramey 
Ron Reed (Buddy Colt) 
Tex Riley 
Victor Rivera 
Red Roberts 
Argentina Rocca 
Buddy Rogers 
Bob Roop 
Pancho Rosario (Gypsy Joe) 
Len Rossi 
Seiji Sakaguchi 
Bruno Sammartino 
Dutch Savage 
Joe Scarpa (Jay Strongbow) 
Hans Schmidt 
George Scott 
Bobby Shane 
The Sheik 
Mitsu Sito 
Sugi Sito 
Wilbur Snyder 
Roberto Soto 
The Spoiler 
Stan Stasiak 
Dick Steinborn 
Kevin Sullivan 
Sandor Szabo 
Lou Thesz 
John Tolos 
Enrique Torres 
Rip Tyler 
Tarzan Tyler 
Butcher Vachon 
Mad Dog Vachon 
Johnny Valentine 
Von Brauners (Kurt & Karl) 
Fritz Von Erich 
Waldo Von Erich 
Johnny Weaver 
Wildman Wehba (Skandor Akbar) 
Saul Weingeroff 
Lester Welch 
Roy Lee Welch 
"Mr. Wrestling" Tim Woods 
Rube Wright 
Yukon Eric



Mid-South Sports (1972-1974) 
In the wake of Ann Gunkel taking all of the talent from the Atlanta office, Jones, Lester Welch and his brother Roy Welch out of Nashville came together to form a new company. Bill Watts, Jack Brisco, Jerry Jarrett and Eddie Graham all helped the group get off the ground by buying stock, helping book or supplying talent. The Atlanta-Nashville connection became vital to replenishing their depleted roster and they were able to compete with All-South Wrestling much more quickly as a result. However, they needed something else to win.  


Bob Armstrong 
Norvell Austin 
Jack Brisco 
Buddy Colt 
Don Curtis 
Bill Dromo 
Buddy Fuller 
Robert Fuller 
Ron Fuller 
Dory Funk Jr. 
Eddie Graham 
Mike Graham 
Danny Hodge 
Jerry Jarrett 
Duke Keomuka 
Dale Lewis 
Hiro Matsuda 
Bepo Mongol (Nikolai Volkoff) 
Sputnik Monroe 
Jerry Oates 
Bob Orton Jr. 
Fritz Von Erich 
Bill Watts 
Roy Lee Welch 
Bearcat Wright 
Tojo Yamamoto



National Wrestling Alliance - Atlanta (1962-1972) 
After rejoining the Alliance, the Atlanta outfit experienced some big changes. Paul Jones, in his sixties, was a stockholder, not the main promoter. Instead, it was Don McIntyre, until he sold his stock to Buddy Fuller. Leslie Wolfe took over running the office for a stint, then the aging Jones stepped in again. Fuller was a top star along with majority stockholder Ray Gunkel, the two tagged up frequently as well. However, they did not see the business in the same way and frequently butted heads. Fuller traded his Georgia stock with his uncle Lester Welch for stock in Florida. The conflicts continued until Gunkel's sudden death. Most suspected his wife Ann would see his stock and the fighting would cease, but instead she stepped up and wanted to run the show. When the boys tried to keep her out, she left and took nearly all the talent with her. Jones and Welch were only saved by their familial and Alliance-based connections.  


Skandor Akbar 
Gene Anderson 
Lars Anderson 
Bob Armstrong 
The Assassins 
Ox Baker 
Brute Bernard 
Black Gordman 
Freddie Blassie 
Nick Bockwinkel 
Tony Borne 
Bobo Brazil 
Gino Brito 
Bearcat Brown 
Bozo Brown (Bob Brown) 
Lonnie Brown (Dutch Savage) 
Frankie Cain 
Haystacks Calhoun 
Don Carson 
Buddy Colt 
Corsica Brothers (Joe & Jean) 
Wayne Cowan (Dutch Mantell) 
Don Curtis 
Jack Dalton (Don Fargo) 
The Destroyer 
Dick the Bruiser 
Bill Dromo 
Dusek Riot Squad 
J.C. Dykes 
Bob Ellis 
Don Fargo 
Bobby Fields 
Lee Fields 
Stan Frazier 
Buddy Fuller 
Robert Fuller 
Ron Fuller 
Dory Funk Jr. 
Dory Funk Sr. 
Terry Funk 
Verne Gagne 
Mario Galento 
Gino Garibaldi 
Leo Garibaldi 
Ron Garvin 
Terry Garvin 
Mike George 
Jimmy Golden 
Pepper Gomez 
Eddie Graham 
Jerry Graham 
Luke Graham 
Ray Gunkel 
Gypsy Joe 
Swede Hanson 
Rip Hawk 
Heavenly Bodies (Al & Don Greene) 
John Paul Henning 
Danny Hodge 
Hollywood Blonds (Jerry Brown & Buddy Roberts) 
The Infernos (Frankie Cain & Rocky Smith) 
Mr. Ito 
Matt Jewell (Bearcat Brown) 
Rocky Johnson 
Krusher Karlson (Stan Kowalski) 
The Kentuckians (Tiny Smith & Luke Brown) 
Duke Keomuka 
Gene Kiniski 
Shinya Kojika 
"Krusher" Stan Kowalski 
Killer Karl Kox 
Nick Kozak 
Dale Lewis 
Bill Longson 
Salvadore "El Gran" Lothario (Jose Lothario) 
Ken Lucas 
Tex McKenzie 
Bill Miller 
Tiny Mills 
Hiro Matsuda 
Missouri Mauler (Larry Hamilton) 
Guy Mitchell 
Sputnik Monroe 
Taro Myaki 
The Mysterious Medics (Tony Gonzales & Donald Lortie) 
The Medics (The Interns - Billy Garrett & Jim Starr) 
Jerry Oates 
Pat O’Connor 
Motoshi Okuma 
Pat Patterson 
Eduardo Perez 
Angelo Poffo 
The Professional 
Ken Ramey 
Ron Reed (Buddy Colt) 
Tex Riley 
Victor Rivera 
Red Roberts 
Argentina Rocca 
Buddy Rogers 
Bob Roop 
Pancho Rosario (Gypsy Joe) 
Len Rossi 
Seiji Sakaguchi 
Bruno Sammartino 
Dutch Savage 
Joe Scarpa (Jay Strongbow) 
Hans Schmidt 
George Scott 
Bobby Shane 
The Sheik 
Mitsu Sito 
Sugi Sito 
Wilbur Snyder 
Roberto Soto 
The Spoiler 
Stan Stasiak 
Dick Steinborn 
Kevin Sullivan 
Sandor Szabo 
Lou Thesz 
John Tolos 
Enrique Torres 
Rip Tyler 
Tarzan Tyler 
Butcher Vachon 
Mad Dog Vachon 
Johnny Valentine 
Von Brauners (Kurt & Karl) 
Fritz Von Erich 
Waldo Von Erich 
Johnny Weaver 
Wildman Wehba (Skandor Akbar) 
Saul Weingeroff 
Lester Welch 
Roy Lee Welch 
"Mr. Wrestling" Tim Woods 
Rube Wright 
Yukon Eric






GCW - Georgia Championship Wrestling (1974-1984)
Jim Barnett left his promotion in Australia, bought out Lester and Roy Welch's stock in Mid-South Sports and voted to rename the company "Georgia Championship Wrestling." The "War for Georgia" was raging between the NWA affliated Atlanta office and Ann Gunkel All-South promotion with each group battling over Atlanta, Columbus, Savannah, Augusta, Macon and other cities in the state. Barnett brought in the best minds to help GCW as Bill Watts,
Ole Anderson and Jerry Jarrett did some excellent booking that soundly reclaimed Georgia and reaped the benefits of All-South's fall. Barnett secured a Saturday night spot on WTBS and when it went to satellite in 1976, the company became the first NWA affiliate to gain national exposure. Over the next ten years, the organization became one of the best in the United States and their TV was considered some of the best. They began using the "World Championship Wrestling" name for programming that Barnett had previously used in Australia to minimize their regional feel. This corresponded with an unprecidented move by expanding their operations to Ohio, Michigan and West Virginia. Whlie they were not aggressively invading, they were making it obvious that a national move was going to be made by someone at some point. Then Barnett was voted out as chairman of the company and he left the NWA the following year. Barnett used the influence that had made GCW a national powerhouse to destroy it. He brokered a deal that saw the WWF acquire GCW through a stock buyout and their valuable TV timeslot. Although the WWF did not last on WTBS, the move effectively killed Georgia Championship Wrestling. Ole Anderson tried to salvage the remains, but to no avail. 



Abdullah the Butcher
Arn Anderson
Gene Anderson
Lars Anderson
Ole Anderson
Bob Armstrong
Brad Armstrong
The Assassins
Tony Atlas
Norvell Austin
Bob Backlund
Ron Bass
Jonathan Boyd
Jack Brisco
Jerry Brisco
Killer Tim Brooks
Bad Leroy Brown
King Kong Bundy
Ray Candy
Porkchop Cash
Tony Charles
Buddy Colt
The Crusher
Ted DiBiase
James Dillon
Bobby Duncum
Bobby Eaton
Fabulous Freebirds (Terry Gordy & Michael Hayes)
Manny Fernandez
Mr. Fuji
Robert Fuller
Dory Funk Jr.
Terry Funk
Ron Garvin
Terry Garvin
Gorgeous George Jr.
Sterling Golden (Hulk Hogan)
Gordman & Goliath
Jacques Goulet
Stan Hansen
Bobby Heenan
Dean Ho
Tim Horner
Austin Idol
Iron Sheik
Bill Irwin
Rocky Johnson
Rufus R. Jones
Junkyard Dog
Steve Keirn
Roger Kirby
Ivan Koloff
Killer Karl Kox
Ernie Ladd
Stanley Lane
Blackjack Lanza
Dutch Mantell
Ken Mantell
Masked Superstar
Rick Martel
Wahoo McDaniel
Mongolian Stomper
Angelo Mosca
Oates Brothers (Ted & Jerry)
Rip Oliver
Paul Orndorff
Bob Orton Jr.
Thunderbolt Patterson
Harley Race
Dusty Rhodes
Tommy Rich
Road Warriors (Hawk & Animal)
Jake Roberts
Rip Rogers
Jerry Roberts (Jacques Rougeau Jr.)
The Russian Assassin (Alexis Smirnoff)
Mr. Saito
The Samoans (Afa & Sika)
Buzz Sawyer
Dick Slater
Alexei Smirnoff
Jimmy Snuka
Pak Song
The Spoiler
John Studd
Kevin Sullivan
Super Destroyer (Scott Irwin)
Toru Tanaka
Terry Taylor
Genichiro Tenryu
Les Thornton
Jimmy Valiant
Johnny Valiant
Baron Von Raschke
Koko B. Ware
Mr. Wrestling
Mr. Wrestling II
Larry Zbyszko

I'd like to thank first and foremost the websites Mid-Atlantic Gateway and Peach State Pandemonium, which provided a wealth of information. Furthermore, thanks to Tim Hornbaker's NWA History book, an invaluable resource. Also the various contributions to kayfabememories.com that helped with some details. And, of course Royal Duncun and Gary Will's contributions to wrestling-titles.com