Rasslin' in Tennessee & Alabama









SECW - Southeastern Championship Wrestling (1974-1985)
The pro-wrestling landscape in Tennessee had changed greatly when Jerry Jarrett began booking Western Tennessee as part of “Gulas-Welch Promotions.” Western and Central Tennessee were doing very well and Eastern Tennessee promoter John Cazana had been relying on Gulas’s talent for years. He sold Knoxville to Ron Fuller (Ron Welch - Buddy Fuller’s son), who was able to turn Knoxville into one of the hottest small markets in the whole United States in a couple years. Fuller slowly weaned his group off of the Gulas promotion and developed a strong core of talent. His own crew consisted of himself, his brother Robert, and local heels Ron and Don Wright as well as various southern journeymen and upstarts who found a home in SECW. The promotion grew steadily and finally found a larger venue to run weekly that cemented their legacy. Although they did not get much coverage in pro-wrestling magazines and their native stars were not big outside the Eastern Tennessee area, SECW certainly was a success in the late 1970s. In 1978, Lee Fields (a member of the Welch family) sold his company, Gulf Coast Championship Wrestling, to Ron Fuller. Fuller wisely established two separate SECW brands. It was around this time, the ICW started up in Fuller's backyard and began raiding his talent. Rather than fight it out, he sold his assets in 1980 and turned his attention to the "Gulf Coast" SECW. The company was a great mixture of veteran talent and young studs that the fans in the Deep South loved to see in wild rasslin’ matches fueled by exciting angles. When the WWF went national, Fuller decided to modify his product a bit to secure his investments and the second version of SECW came to close (of sorts). 


Abdullah the Butcher
Arn Anderson
Tony Anthony
Bob Armstrong
Tony Atlas
Norvell Austin
Andre The Giant
Ron Bass
Crusher Blackwell
Terry "Hulk" Boulder
Jack Brisco
Don Carson
"Porkchop" Bobby Cash
Dennis Condrey
Wendall Cooley
Ted DiBiase
Bill Dundee
Wayne Ferris
The Flame (Jody Hamilton)
Robert Fuller
Ron Fuller
Terry Funk
Ron Garvin
Terry Gibbs
Robert Gibson
Jimmy Golden
Sterling Golden (Hulk Hogan)
Terry Gordy
Michael Hayes
Phil Hickerson
Tim Horner
Austin Idol
The Islanders (Afa & Sika)
Ivan Koloff
Killer Karl Krupp
Ernie Ladd
Stan Lane
Jerry Lawler
Jos LeDuc
Ken Lucas
Boris Malenko
Dutch Mantell
The Mongolian Stomper
Sputnik Monroe
Mr. Olympia
Dick Murdoch
New Zealand Sheepherders
Paul Orndorff
Bob Orton Jr.
Thunderbolt Patterson
Randy Poffo
Tom Prichard
Harley Race
Tommy Rich
Rip Rogers
Tommy Rogers
Rick Rood
Bob Roop
Jacques Rougeau
Nelson Royal
Mr. Saito
David Schultz
Dick Slater
"Exotic" Adrian Street
Jerry Stubbs
Kevin Sullivan
Bob Sweetan
Roy Welch
"Mr. Wrestling" Tim Woods
Mr. Wrestling II
Ron Wright




CCW - Continential Championship Wrestling (1985-1988)
In the summer of 1985, Ron Fuller tried to take his promotion to the next level. It had been a popular and successful throughout Alabama and the Florida panhandle, but with the expanding promotions around the US, Fuller needed to change. He shifted from the old tradition of taped studio wrestling shows to an arena show from his new main city, Birmingham, Alabama. He also brought in Gordon Solie, the premier pro-wrestling announcer, to call the action. Fuller also began expanding into northern Alabama, eastern Mississippi and he soon returned to Eastern Tennessee. To cap off all these changes, the promotion was renamed from regional “Southeastern” to the broader “Continental.” The company remained largely the same though with the same regulars. Continental was an NWA affiliate, until the Pro Wrestling USA deal fell apart in the late 1980s with Crockett and the NWA pulling out. Continental, along with Memphis, aligned itself with the AWA. However, the following year, Fuller sold the company to return Knoxville and promote there again. Continental began its new and final phase.
"Dirty White Boy" Tony Anthony 


Bob Armstrong
Brad Armstrong
Norvell Austin
The Bullet (Bob Armstrong)
Scott Casey
Wendell Cooley
The Flame (Jody Hamilton)
Robert Fuller
Ron Fuller
Doug Furnas
Jimmy Golden
"White Lightning" Tim Horner
"Beautiful" Buddy Landell
Ken Lucas
Dutch Mantell
Masked Grappler (Len Denton)
Dr. Tom Prichard
Tommy Rich
"Hustler" Rip Rogers
Dick Slater
"Exotic" Adrian Street
Jerry Stubbs
Kevin Sullivan
Tennesee Stud (Ron Fuller)
Ken Wayne
Roy Lee Welch
Mr. Wrestling II
Ron Wright




CWF - Continental Wrestling Federation (1988-1990)
In 1988, CCW was not as strong as it had been and Ron Fuller decided to focus on promoting Knoxville again. So, he sold Continental to David Woods, a television executive out of Montgomery, Alabama. Gordon Solie also left, but Eddie Gilbert came in as booker. Gilbert revitalized the territory with some outrageous angles that cemented his legacy as a cutting edge booker, but a falling out with Woods saw his departure after only a few months. Many of the old stars had left and Continental was not producing the quality of new talents to replace them. The company only lasted into 1990, before Woods closed its doors. 


"Dirty White Boy" Tony Anthony
Paul E. Dangerously [Manager]
Shane Douglas
"Hot Stuff" Eddie Gilbert
Willie B. Hert (Pez Whatley)
Tim Horner
Austin Idol
Kokina (Yokozuna)
Jerry Lawler
Lord Humongous (Sid)
Dutch Mantell
Tom Prichard
Sika
"Mr. Olympia" Jerry Stubbs
Ken Wayne




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