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Wrestling legend “Action” Mike Jackson takes to the ropes during his match against SCW U.S.A. Champion Brock Garvin while referee Cowboy Troy looks on. Photo by Christa Jennings
“Action” Mike Jackson gets SCW U.S.A. Champion Brock Garvin down on the mat during their match at the Showstoppin Championship Wrestling New Year’s Clash in Rockford. Photo by Christa Jennings
Showstoppin World Heavyweight Champion Adam Warski and wrestler Randy Wentworth, who was on Netflix’s reality show “Snowflake Mountain,” prepare for their match during the New Year’s Clash. Photo by Christa Jennings
Referee Cowboy Troy gives Randy Wentworth a stern talking to during his match against Adam Warski. Photo by Christa Jennings
Reaper nearly pins Stephen Dunn during their match, later going on to win. Photo by Christa Jennings
Kornbread, who makes up one half of the Soggy Bottom Boys tag team, takes a moment in a corner while the tag team match continues in the background with guest referee James Barrett. Photo by Christa Jennings
By Christa Jennings
Senior Staff Writer
Numerous fans and Coosa County locals came out to Rockford last Friday evening to enjoy the first local Showstoppin Championship Wrestling event.
Ahead of the Rockford show, the wrestling organization participated with a float in Rockford’s Christmas parade, winning second place. The group returned to town last week to put on a show to entertain attendees, which was well received.
In fact, the event was so successful that the same night the organization and Mayor Scott White began discussing plans for future shows, making it a regular source of inexpensive local entertainment.
Rodney Davis, the owner and promoter of Showstoppin Championship Wrestling, said that the attendance for the New Year’s Clash show was 150 adults and 34 children. He was pleased with the attendance and overall success of the event, as well as the support from Rockford.
“The success of the event was amazing,” Davis said. “The county and the Town of Rockford did an amazing job in helping us put on such an awesome show and provided us with an awesome facility to run it.”
“The fans of Showstoppin Championship Wrestling make our show so successful,” he added. “This was the best event that we have had to date, but we look forward to making each event bigger than the last.”
The December 30 event held at the Rockford Event Center gave attendees the opportunity to enjoy six wrestling matches. The show also featured a wrestling legend and a Netflix star wrestling in two of the matches.
Referees for the night were Cowboy Troy, James Taylor and James Barrett. The announcer was Carmen Michael, who can also be heard across Independent Wrestling TV (IWTV) and Pro Wrestling TV.
The matches featured for the SCW New Year’s Clash featured Dameon Ceretone winning against Red Solo Cup, Showstoppin Southeastern Champion RahRah winning against James Barrett, Reaper winning against Stephen Dunn, SCW U.S.A. Champion Brock Garvin winning against “Action” Mike Jackson, Showstoppin World Heavyweight Champion Adam Warski winning against Randy Wentworth, and Showstoppin Tag Team Champions Reaper and Biscuit winning against the Soggy Bottom Boys.
A native of Birmingham, “Action” Mike Jackson is a legend in the wrestling industry, with more than 20 years spent with different wrestling organizations. Notably, he has wrestled with Georgia Championship Wrestling, World Wrestling Federation, World Champion Wrestling, UWF Mid-South, and Southeast Championship Wrestling, and he has wrestled against Ric Flair, Bob Backlund and Carlos Colon, among others.
While he is now semi-retired, Jackson still wrestles throughout Alabama and Georgia.
Randy Wentworth is a wrestler who is also known for being on the Netflix reality show “Snowflake Mountain.” Since the show he has gone “all in” with professional wrestling, traveling around the Southeast with wrestling events nearly every weekend.
Last Friday night’s event had much crowd participation with cheers, boos, high fives, taunts, and more, illustrating how much they were enjoying the show.
In addition to offering local entertainment, the event also helped in another local area. Concessions were sold at the event, and those were run by the Central Coosa softball team. SCW owner Davis said that all proceeds from the concession stands went to the Central Coosa softball team, helping them raise funds.
Rockford Mayor Scott White was also pleased with the turnout of the event and its success.
“We are pleased with the turnout of 150 participants, including kids 8 and under who got in free; there were quite a few,” White said. “We are excited as this will give the citizens something to do right here at home, and it also utilized our recently updated center for the event rented by Mr. Davis and showcased our new concessions area while helping our local school’s softball team. The concessions were a big hit, as well, manned by the softball parents Beverly and Chris Burks. It raised $500 for their program. Coach Elliot and Assistant Coach Weeks were in attendance to help, as well.”
Those who missed the Rockford event can watch a video of the full show online, thanks to videographers who worked with the event.
“If you missed the New Year’s Clash you missed an amazing show,” Davis said. “You can find videos on YouTube at Showstoppin Championship Wrestling, New Year’s Clash, but I promise the video does not do it justice as seeing it in person.”
Following the immense success of last week’s event, SCW has now worked out initial plans to offer regular monthly events in Rockford.
“Our future plans for Rockford are that we plan on having a show on a monthly basis beginning in February at the same location,” Davis said.
As such, fans and local residents can anticipate another show sometime next month and monthly shows following that, with specific dates and information to be announced later.
“It’s a win for everyone when an event supports the Town of Rockford and Coosa County as a whole through our children and school system,” White said. “While moving and bringing our communities together, we hope to have many more events to do just that. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and had a great time.”
Davis said that he wanted to thank all of the staff and personnel who helped put the show on and make it such a good night for everyone.
“I would like to thank all of the community and fans of the wrestling community who showed up and made the show a success,” Davis added. “We look forward to becoming a stable in the community and look forward to putting on exciting entertainment in Coosa County for many years to come.”