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 - Fred Avery, Jr.

Welcome to another installment of GCW.  This month we are going to look at tag teams and the chaos they caused.  The first tag team I can remember was the Assassins (In earlier stories, the Assassins were discussed so I will not waste time and space giving you a bio on them).
These two big and burly guys wore black outfits and black mask with gold trim.  They won the Ga. Tag team title for the first time in 1968 and over the next five years held the titles on eleven different occasions.  The team was infamous for the old switch move and at one time the promoters made them wear different colored masks to prevent this.

After the retirement of the Assassin #1 the Assassin #2 teamed with Toru Tanaka to win the tag title in 1975. He would later manage a team to the WCW World tag team title.  

Many different combinations of wrestlers held the Ga. tag title in the early 70s including Argentina Apollo & Dick Steinborn, Bob Armstrong & Dick Steinborn, Skandor Akbar & Ox Baker, Eddie & Mike Graham, Mr. Wrestling 1&2, Mr. Wrestling #2 & Bob Orton Jr. and ofc ourse the flamboyant team of Bobby Shane and Gorgeous George Jr.

Bobby and George held the titles for about a month in 1973 but that month was truly colorful. These two guys were ahead of the rest wrestling in the entertainment mode. They would fit in well with Goldust and the characters of the WWE, but this was 1973 in Georgia.  The state of Ga. was not ready for such liberal ideas or guys acting like girls. These two filled arenas all over the state and every redneck in Ga. was hoping someone would smash them like a tick on a hound dog.  

Well it took two good old boys from the south to take care of these “gentlemen”.  Robert Fuller & Bob Armstrong were Southern born and Southern bred and proud to be men.  They did not like the style of the tag team champions and after a week of battling them on the circuit the Southern boys took the titles.  Bobby Shane and G.G. Jr. filed a protest and the titles were held up.  A tournament was held and both teams lost the title to a new team on the scene, The Garvins.  The wrestling fans were in an uproar again as the new champions would not wrestle with out a pink mat.  The teams of the Garvins and Armstrong &Fuller would battle for the next months and the belts changed back and forth a couple of times until finally in March of 1974 Armstrong & Fuller ran the Garvins out of the state.

In April of 1974 the Minnesota Wrecking Crew came to the Peach State.  True fans through the wrestling magazines knew Gene and Ole Anderson.  They had been wrestling in the Carolinas for the last several years and were a double tough team. They came into GCW with one goal on their mind and that was to win the tag team titles.  In May they took the title from the local heroes and went on a run of wrestling terror.  The Anderson Brothers would hold the titles 6 different times over the next three years and would hold them longer then any team in recent history.  The run they had as champions could be remembered by the broken bones and busted heads.  More...

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