01/02/2011 – Update on GCW Shutdown and Future of Wrestling in Phenix City
From Larry Goodman:
Owner Diane Kimbro said she was undecided about the future of Great Championship Wrestling when the company went on what was
announced as a one month hiatus after their December 2 event. After some serious soul searching and consultation with Madison
Blackwell, the new man in her life, Kimbro, who has been legally divorced from former GCW co-owner Bill Hewes for some time now,
concluded that it was time to leave the pro wrestling business behind to embark on a new direction in her life. Kimbro said she does
plan to continue to operate the Gr8 Sk8 Plex in Phenix City, AL as a roller skating rink.
Booker Taylor McKnight confirmed that he quit the company several weeks in advance of Kimbro’s decision to shut down for good.
Kimbro said she appreciated the support GCW has received from their employees and fans over the past 7 years.
In a related development, Aktion PwGroup, headed up by Josh Wheeler and Murder One, the former Pro Wrestling Evolution braintrust,
had previously announced their debut event in Phenix City at the National Guard Armory on February 12. APWG’s lineup is loaded with
former members of the GCW talent roster including AJ Steele, J-Rod, Cru Jones, reigning GCW champion Nation, former GCW Tag
Team Champions Gym Class Heroes (Jimmy the Kid & Eric Mayne), Sugar Dunkerton (Kareem Abdul Jamar), Dany Only, Bobby Moore,
Michael Stevens and Joey Kidman.