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 - Rick Fields

In this segment we're going to focus on the masked wrestlers that were in the Georgia region, since it seemed that there was always at least one masked man in Georgia making an impact on the territory, and of course, one that set the groundwork that enabled Georgia to become arguably the best territory to be a fan of.

Let's start with the tag team of The Assassins, who dominated Georgia with their brawling tactics.  Jody Hamilton and Tom Renesto captured the Georgia Tag Team titles on numerous occasions during the 60-early 70s, until Renesto unmasked and retired from the sport.  Hamilton was undoubtably one of the best heels to ever grace a wrestling ring.  The Assassins came back to Georgia in 1980, winning the Georgia belts again from Ole and Lars Anderson.  Their dominance was put to a permanent halt in Georgia against another masked team.

During the mid 70s, Tim Woods and Johnnie Walker, Mr. Wrestling and Mr. Wrestling II, were one of the best teams in the world.  They had a legendary feud with Ole and Gene Anderson over the Georgia Tag titles as well as the NWA Tag titles, both of which went back and forth between them.  Mr. Wrestling would occasionally wrestle without his mask, which resulted in a feud between the two. 

Walker, however, guarded the mask, concealing his identity.  He won the Georgia singles title at least ten times, and was always wrestling the lead heels of the area.  He helped lay the groundwork to make the area popular outside the state, as two of his biggest fans happened to be then-President Jimmy Carter and his wife.  I remember going through a magazine that II had went to the White House and security told him to remove his mask.  II left without visiting, not removing the famous mask.  I don't know the truth to that, but I remember thinking about that often as a child.

Bill Eadie was one of the best workers in the business.  His mic skills and his ring skills were top notch, he could really generate crowd heat. As The Masked Superstar, he won the Georgia heavyweight title from Wahoo McDaniel, and they traded the belt a few times.  When the area went national, he defeated Tommy Rich to regain the strap, losing it a month and a half later to his masked rival, Mr. Wrestling II.  Their feud was epic, I will discuss this feud in future installments.  Eadie had one of the best clotheslines I've ever seen, it actually looked like he could break a neck with it.  More...

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