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Georgia Wrestling Now welcomes JT Dunn

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Georgia Wrestling Now welcomes JT Dunn

Posted on 07 September 2015 by Jonathan Williams

JT DunnOn this Labor Day edition of Georgia Wrestling Now, Wrestling with Pop Culture‘s Jonathan Williams welcomes Matt Hankins back as co-host. A lot has changed for Hankins since his days on GWN, so he will fill us in on what he is up to at Platinum Championship Wrestling as Sacred Ground approaches. Our guest this week is Northeast tag team grappler “The Juice” JT Dunn, who makes his Atlanta Wrestling Entertainment debut on Sept. 13 challenging Jimmy Rave for the Georgia Wrestling Crown. Dunn discusses his numerous wrestling achievements at Combat Zone Wrestling, Full Impact Pro, Premier Wrestling Xperience and elsewhere, incluidng being dubbed Professional Wrestling’s Savior and That New Knockout Kid, teaming with Chris Hero and more. Listen live every Monday at 7 p.m. EST at www.blogtalkradio.com/psp and call 347-324-5735 for questions or comments.

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Win tickets to Titan Clash on Dec. 14

Posted on 09 December 2013 by Jonathan Williams

Titan ClashOn Dec. 14, three of Georgia’s biggest wrestling promotions come together for Titan Clash. Featuring competitors from Deep Southern Championship Wrestling, Empire Wrestling Entertainment and Platinum Championship Wrestling, Titan Clash will be headlined by main events pitting Kyle Matthews against Jason Kincaid, Chip Day against Fred Yehi and Johnny Viper against Chris Ganz, with a special appearance by Scott and Cody Hall. Wrestling with Pop Culture has five pairs of tickets to give away. Just comment below before noon, Dec. 13 for a chance to win. Winners will be chosen at random and will receive a confirmation email on Dec. 13.

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Georgia Wrestling Now broadcasts live from PCW’s Sacred Ground: Chapter Three

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Georgia Wrestling Now broadcasts live from PCW’s Sacred Ground: Chapter Three

Posted on 28 September 2012 by Jonathan Williams

Georgia Wrestling Now, with Wrestling with Pop Culture‘s Jonathan Williams, Team All You Can Eat’s Matt Hankins and Georgia Wrestling History‘s Larry Goodman, does a special broadcast live from Platinum Championship Wrestling’s Sacred Ground: Chapter Three on Sept. 29. Our broadcast begins during the first match, so whether you were there or want to try to find out what you missed, listen here. This show was our first attempt at broadcasting live from a wrestling event, so please excuse the audio issues and other mishaps. And if Matt and my self-indulgent attempt at being wrestling commentators is unbearable, you can just read Larry Goodman’s Sacred Ground review.

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Georgia Wrestling Now welcomes PCW’s Stephen Platinum

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Georgia Wrestling Now welcomes PCW’s Stephen Platinum

Posted on 23 September 2012 by Jonathan Williams

For almost three years, Platinum Championship Wrestling has been one of the most talked about wrestling promotions in Georgia. The EMPIRE, which took over the Friday night Academy Theatre shows last November, has vowed that the night before Sacred Ground: Chapter Three will be the final Academy show. This Saturday is Sacred Ground in PCW’s new home of Porterdale, and Stephen Platinum is our guest on this week’s Georgia Wrestling Now to discuss PCW’s past and future, as well as where things will go following Sacred Ground. Listen live Mondays at 7 p.m. and call 347-324-5735 with your questions and comments.

PCW's Stephen Platinum is ready to fight the EMPIRE (photo by Harold Jay Taylor/Headlocks and Headshots)

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“The Booker” takes an inside look at Platinum Championship Wrestling’s beginnings

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“The Booker” takes an inside look at Platinum Championship Wrestling’s beginnings

Posted on 28 March 2012 by Jonathan Williams

When the Platinum Championship Wrestling documentary The Booker screens at the Midtown Art Cinema at 7:15 tonight as part of the Atlanta Film Festival, it will be the world premiere of a movie that was four years in the making. In the film, director Michael Perkins of Beast OA Films and Studio 5 begins in 2008, when Stephen Platinum began his quest to make PCW an alternative to what passes for pro wrestling today. The movie concludes with 2010’s Sacred Ground: Chapter One, an event held at the Kennesaw State University Convocation Center and featuring some of wrestling’s top independent stars taking on PCW’s top talents. What’s most interesting, however, is the struggles that take place for Platinum and other PCW members as they try to make their dream a reality.

Though PCW still has a long way to go before becoming a viable alternative to mainstream wrestling, it has definitely established itself as one of the top promotions in Georgia, and one of the most active promotions in the country. Perkins and the PCW crew have plenty of reason to celebrate tonight, which is exactly what they will be doing when they head over to the Wrestling with Pop Culture Anniversary Party, which is the official Atlanta Film Festival afterparty for the screening of The Booker. A limited number of autographed copies of the film will be available on DVD, but the challenges PCW faces in the film will pale in comparison to what these guys will face at the Masquerade tonight with Monstrosity Championship Wrestling. Before you go see the movie or head to the afterparty, here’s an interview Matt Hankins, dany only and I did with Perkins on the March 19 edition of Georgia Wrestling Now about tonight’s screening and afterparty.

You’ve made some other documentaries about Motocross and other subjects. What attracted you to professional wrestling and specifically to Stephen Platinum and Platinum Championship Wrestling?

I grew up in the South and watched Joe Pedicino and Boni Blackstone every Saturday night, so I’ve always been a fan of professional wrestling. I knew Steve because he had done some voiceover work for me. I met him through some friends at Dad’s Garage and I really didn’t now about his professional wrestling background. I just knew he had a great voice and after working with him a little bit I found out more about PCW and the timing was perfect because I was really looking for something I could spend a couple of years on. Steve said, “Yeah, I’m getting my wrestling school back together” one day and I said, “Hey, I could make a documentary about that.” He was probably just humoring me at that point, thinking, “Tthere’s no way this guy’s going to stick around.” We were filming for about four years, but he was really good about keeping a dialogue and letting me know what was happening. It just kept rolling until I decided that Sacred Ground: Chapter One would be a good stop for us to cap our story. I really think about the movie itself as an origin story of PCW and Steve chasing his dream of being a big wrestling promoter and actually doing something that’s good.

Stepehen Platinum reaches his breaking point in "The Booker"

The Booker was shot entirely in black and white. Why did you decide to shoot it that way?

The decision to go with black and white for the movie was made about a year into filming. The way we shot the film was a very fly-on-the-wall style. We couldn’t set up a lot of lights because the camera was moving around all the time and a light on the top of the camera was deemed to be too invasive to get the wrestlers to forget about the camera. With so much of the action in our film being in dark or under-lit rooms, we knew that we were going to have to bump up the light in post. This can be done with color footage, but after doing a few tests in black and white we were really blown away by the contrast and grain that we could achieve. That, coupled with the fact that pro wrestling is a seedy business made even more evident in black and white,  helped us really hone in on the look that we wanted for the film.

You recently returned to Academy Theatre after an absence of a few months. Now that Empire Wrestling is in charge, how do you think things have changed since you finished the movie?

I saw a lot of new faces. There’s a constant turnover of people coming in and out, people getting injured. That’s the biggest thing I’ve noticed, especially since Empire, but even since Sacred Ground: Chapter One. I go in and I’m like, “Hey, who’s this guy. Wow. I wish you had been around a few years ago.” And there are people that aren’t there anymore that I miss seeing. Overall, it’s just getting better. It’s grown a lot, the stories get more complex and when you add in the Surrealists, you’re not getting anything like that in any other wrestling promotion. I think it’s going in the right direction and one day the right guy is going to see that promotion and go, “You know what? With a couple of dollars, this thing could be huge.” The content is there, the ideas are there and, I don’t know about you, but I love seeing these tiny dudes wrestle, I love to see the big tubby guys wrestle. That’s what it was when you go back to the NWA and the World Championship Wrestling that I watched in the ’80s. Now everything is just big musclebound guys with spray-on tans that use their real names. But in PCW you never know what you’re going to get.

There are scenes in The Booker that really give you an unprecedented look backstage. Have you had any negative feedback from the wrestling community seeing that some people are still very protective of what goes on backstage?

Again, I think you’ve got to go back to PCW being a unique atmosphere. I don’t think I would have gotten that level of access at another promotion because of … the idea of carrying a story all the way through to the parking lot when you’re getting in your car. But I haven’t really gotten any blow-back from that. Most of the wrestling journalists I’ve talked to have been very positive. I think that barrier had been broken already with Beyond the Mat, where they spent a lot of time with Jake Roberts and Mick Foley. That wall had kind of been broken, people knew what was going, so there hasn’t really been any kind of push-back. At least none voiced to me. I’ve had many other critiques and criticisms about the movie, but none of it has been anyone saying, “How could you let the public in on our secret?” Everybody knows it’s a show, but that doesn’t take away from the physicality and theatrics that are involved.

Why is Jay Fury wearing a Warhorse outfit? I guess he just does that when he plays chess with Geter.

That was one of the things that was really nice about working with the folks at PCW was that I explained to them what I was trying to do. I’m not Michael Moore, I don’t want to make you look dumb, I want to talk about this as an art form. I think once they saw that, and saw that I kept coming back show after show, they realized, “OK. This guy’s for real. This isn’t ‘gotcha’ journalism.” But it took nine months to a year of being around before the wrestlers really started to open up to me. And that was a watershed moment. I remember coming back from a shoot at Sam Stone Studios and my wife was like, “How’d it go?” And I said, “People actually opened up to me tonight.” After people really started interacting with me, it became a lot more fun and a lot more enlightening.

You were there so often you must have had a ton of footage that wasn’t used. Will we see any of that in an extended DVD release?

I think we had 63 hours of footage that had to be cut down to an hour and a half. During that process, me and my editor, Alex Williams, said, “Let’s just put the movie together however we want to put it together, then we’ll cut back.” After our first round of editing, we were at about an hour and 57 minutes. So entire sections of the movie were cut out because we’re trying to appeal to as wide an audience as possible and get it down to a reasonable amount of time. The hope is that when we sell it to a distributor, we can put some of that on as extras. And if in five years this movie has a cult following, I can come out with all the extra footage. But starting out, we wanted to make it where pro wrestling fans would like it and appreciate it, but also where my mom could watch it and go, “Oh, this is an interesting story about an interesting guy.”

The title of the movie is rather striking, especially to wrestling fans. How did you decide on that name?

My editor and I were just kind of looking at each other going, “What the hell are we going to call this thing?” We had been going with the working title of PCW Movie, but that doesn’t sell. So we brainstormed for a couple of weeks and I happened to be cleaning up the office one day and[came across] the second tape I ever shot at Steve’s house. It was labeled “The Booker” and I thought, “Wait a second. That’s a great idea!” But it just goes to further prove the point that we started out with “This is going to be about Steve and about booking wrestling,” then it morphs into people who are doing wrestling, then when you finally get into editing everything down, it’s back to what it originally was.

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PCW’s Chip Day takes on NWA Champion Adam Pearce at Sacred Ground: Chapter 2

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PCW’s Chip Day takes on NWA Champion Adam Pearce at Sacred Ground: Chapter 2

Posted on 22 September 2011 by Jonathan Williams

Platinum Championship Wrestling holds its biggest show of the year, Sacred Ground: Chapter 2, on Sept. 24. With at least seven crucial matches on the card (three of which will take place inside a steel cage), Sacred Ground could prove to be one of the biggest professional wrestling spectacles of the year. One reason for that is a match pitting current National Wrestling Alliance World Heavyweight Champion “Scrap Iron” Adam Pearce against one of PCW’s most promising up-and-comers “Do Or Die” Chip Day.

NWA Champion Adam Pearce. Photo by Shane M. Kidder of SlamPhotos.com

Pearce, who defended the NWA Championship at last year’s Sacred Ground against then-PCW Champion Shane Marx, became a four-time NWA Champion when he regained the belt on July 31. He has since retained the title against the likes of Total Nonstop Action Wrestling‘s Gunner, and continues to be one of wrestling’s top talents.

For Day, this match is arguably the biggest one of his career thus far. And that’s saying a lot considering that he put up an impressive fight against PCW Champion Grotesque two months ago before almost living up to his “Do Or Die” moniker when Grotesque attacked him with chainsaw. Day then proved his worth in a much more technical three-way bout against two of Ring of Honor‘s best, Kyle O’Reilly and ROH Champion Davey Richards. More recently, Day has continued to establish his winning ways against opponents as diverse as the veteran Terry Lawler and the more flamboyantly fast-paced Najasism.

Chip Day (right) in action. Photo by Jason Ventura

“I think I’ve only gotten better since that title match with Grotesque,” says Day. ” And that match I had with Kyle O’Reilly and Davey Richards at the Academy Theatre did nothing but help prepare me for what was in store. Both of them are world class competitors and to be in there with them was an honor. I think it helped prove to not just PCW fans or fans of the Georgia scene, or even of the Southern indie scene, but to the world that Chip Day can step in there with the best competitors the world has to offer and stand toe to toe.”

Though he has proven to be a fighting champion, Pearce is still not certain that Day is worthy of a shot at one of wrestling’s most prestigious titles. And apparently neither is the NWA.

“The NWA hasn’t even authorized me to defend the championship against Chip Day because frankly nobody knows who Chip Day is,” concurs Pearce. “I would never say these things, but the Board of Directors for the NWA said to me, ‘Chip Day is just some ham-and-egger off the street that really doesn’t deserve a shot at the oldest and most prestigious championship in wrestling.’ I took a little bit of umbrage in that because being the giving champion that I am, though I am somewhat unfamiliar with him I told him six weeks ago that if he could maintain a winning record over the last 30 days and come into Sacred Ground proving himself to me, I would defend the championship against him. So I’m waiting to hear from Chip Day to see if he’s lived up to his end of the bargain.”

Pearce’s message was delivered to Day via video at a recent PCW show. But while Pearce and the NWA may be unfamiliar with Day, Day not only saw Pearce’s match at Sacred Ground last year, but was also in the corner of Jimmy Rave when Pearce regained the NWA title more recently.

“The one thing I’ve learned is that Adam hits really hard,” says Day. “But I’ve been known to hit pretty hard myself. I kick really hard, is what I’m told. Adam can hit me as hard as he wants, but even if he knocks me down he’s not going to keep me from getting up. That’s what ‘Do Or Die’ comes from. I go out there to leave it all in the ring.

“I do or I die in that ring and Adam can give me all the lariats he wants, he can piledrive me as he’s been known to do sometimes, he can bring foreign objects into it or whatever he wants to do. But there’s nothing that’s going to stop me from pulling myself back up and looking him in the eye and telling him he cannot break me. He’s going to do whatever he needs to do to hold onto that belt, but there’s nothing that’s going to stop me from reaching what I feel is my destiny.”

While Day feels that he has proven himself worthy of a shot at the NWA Championship, it seems that Pearce is going wait until Sacred Ground to reveal whether or not the title will be on the line. After issuing another video message to Day earlier this week, Pearce seems to feel that Day has yet to meet his previous demands.

Photo by Jason Ventura

“I feel sorry for Chip Day,” says Pearce. “Here’s somebody who’s trying to prove himself, which is what Sacred Ground is all about. Last year my opponent, who I won’t even name, came unprepared for someone of the skill level of myself and now Chip Day finds himself unceremoniously on the other side of the ring facing an even greater challenge. I’m in the best shape of my life and looking to make an example. Unfortunately for Chip Day that example will be made with him.

“In the last six weeks I haven’t heard a peep out of Chip Day except for a couple of tweets. But I don’t have to tell you what tweets will get you. Tweets will get you nothing. I want to see some evidence, I want to see him man to man, eye to eye, nose to nose, toe to toe, look me in the face, tell me, show me, prove to me that he’s a winner. That’s the only way he’s going to get a shot at the gold. I have no problem putting the championship on the line against somebody who deserves it. I’m just not sure that man is Chip Day.”

Day replied with a video message of his own today. But only time will tell who will be the better man and who leaves Sacred Ground with the NWA title.

Sacred Ground: Chapter 2. $5-$12. 8 p.m. Sept. 24. Sharon Baptist Church, 536 North Ola Road, McDonough, Ga. 770-957-5072, www.platinumchampionshipwrestling.com.

 

 

 

 

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Chip Day hits Ousman with an enziguri kick

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“Do Or Die” Chip Day challenges for the PCW Championship tonight

Posted on 28 July 2011 by Jonathan Williams

Since his debut with Platinum Championship Wrestling last year, “Do Or Die” Chip Day has become a fan favorite who is consistently in contention for the PCW Heavyweight Championship. Though he has yet to win that coveted title, he gets another chance tonight in a main event match against current champion Grotesque at the Masquerade. With Grotesque now aligned with the invading Empire faction, and with Sacred Ground: Chapter 2 coming up in September, the results of Day’s match tonight could be detrimental to the fate of PCW in the near future. As he prepares for one of the biggest matches of his career, Day talks to Wrestling with Pop Culture about this match and his overall role in PCW.

 

You were involved in the four-way match at the Masquerade a few months ago where Grotesque won the PCW title. Actually, you were the one who eliminated then-champion Shane Marx. How are you preparing for this one-on-one match against Grotesque?

 

During my time in PCW so far, I feel like the aggression just hasn’t been there. For the past few weeks I’ve been focusing on my striking and how I’m delivering my strikes. I’m doing less of the high flying stuff and just making sure I have the aggression and that killer instinct that I’ll need against someone like Grotesque.

 

Grotesque is now part of the invading Empire faction, which has kind of taken over PCW over the past few weeks. You have to anticipate that some of these guys will get involved in your  match. Do you have anyone that will be in your corner in case that happens?

 

I’m going to try to have Kyle Matthews in my corner because he’s my best friend and me and him have been riding up and down these roads together for the last four or five years. I know he’s got a lot going on that night, so if he’s got too much to handle to be in my corner, at least I know he’s there morally to support me and will keep an eye out for me if anything starts to go bad. So I’ve got Kyle there to watch my back, as well as the rest of the PCW locker room.

 

You were absent from PCW for a while until recently. What was going on with you during that time?

 

Just a matter of being in demand in so many places. I had a show in Piedmont, Alabama that was requesting my services. Then I went on vacation for a week or two. I also was doing some work with Universal Independent Wrestling in Franklin, Georgia. But with Sacred Ground: Chapter Two right around the corner, I told everybody that I wasn’t going to be available from the time I got back from vacation until probably October or November so I could concentrate on PCW as much as I could.

 

Depending on the outcome of your match with Grotesque, you could be heading to Sacred Ground as the PCW Champion. If that happens, who would you like to defend that title against at Sacred Ground?

 

Steve [Platinum] has already announced that Davey Richards will be at Sacred Ground: Chapter Two. That would be a dream come true for me to be walking into the biggest show of the year for PCW as the PCW World Champion and defending against the Ring of Honor World Champion. Obviously that would be a big feather in my cap to have the PCW World Title, but I also think it would be a big stepping stone for me to test myself one on one against the guy that many call the best in the world right now. That would be something awesome for me.

 

 

You wrestled Richards right after Sacred Ground last year, at PCW’s first show at the Masquerade. You and Richards had an aggressive back and forth at one point and you seemed to hang with him pretty well.

 

Yeah, it was me, Davey, Shane Marx and Jay Fury. Davey took me to the limit. I don’t think I’ve been hit as hard as Davey hits ever in  my career. That was a test, but I think I stood up to it alright.

 

You were not originally part of PCW when it started doing shows a little over a year ago. But you became a pretty big part of it a few months later. Why is PCW such a priority for you right now and how do you think it compares to other promotions you’ve wrestled for?

 

PCW is a priority for me because there’s something different with everything I’ve seen here. I really like that too, because if you see so much of one thing over and over again you kind of get burned out on it. When I came to PCW, I was given opportunities to do things that I wanted to do and how I wanted to do them. This show on July 28 is actually one year for me in the PCW locker room, so in the year I’ve been there I’ve had more big opportunities come my way because of wrestling for PCW. I got to wrestle one of my big influences, Davey Richards, when I got to PCW and I’m treated like I’m part of the upper card while at other shows I’m kind of lost in the shuffle it seems.

 

 

Platinum Championship Wrestling. Free for ages 21 and older, $5 for ages 20 and younger. 8 p.m. July 28. The Masquerade, 695 North Ave., Atlanta, Ga. 404-577-8178, www.platinumchampionshipwrestling.com, www.masqueradeatlanta.com.

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