Bullet Proof Wrestling’s debut event in Barnesville, GA was an unqualified artistic success. With a star-studded lineup including Cody, Jimmy Havoc, Brandi Rhodes, Bobby Fish, Donovan Dijak, and Tempura Boyz, Bullet Proof planted their flag on the Georgia wrestling landscape with an event that was the furthest thing from your typical Georgia indy show.
Cody defeated Jimmy Havoc to become the first Bullet Proof Champion in a mind-blowing main event. The promotion flew Havoc in from London for the most absurdly intriguing match in Georgia this year. Havoc and Rhodes went balls-to-the-wall and put on a no DQ brawl that was pandemonium from the word go.
The match between Donovan Dijak and Drew Adler was a show stealer. Dijak defeated Adler to win the WrestleMerica Championship. They went 24 minutes with both men showing why they belong in Orlando.
Paid attendance at Academy Gym was 355 paying an average of $12. The promotion reported a total in the building of 500 due to 2 for 1 ticket offer. A May 13 return date was announced with Cody promising more big names to come. The financial viability of such an ambitious project in a small town an hour South of Atlanta remains to be seen.
Bullet Proof is a collaborative effort between Rhodes, Luke Gallows and Joey Mercury. Along with being the top star, Cody is serving as talent recruiter per his April 19 interview with Sports Illustrated. Gallows has been running shows in Barnesville for the last two years under his WrestleMerica banner bringing in an incredibly wide array of stars -- AJ Styles, Tommy Dreamer, Chavo Guerrero Jr. , X-Pac , Rock ‘n Roll Express to name a few. Mercury recently came on board as the head trainer of the Bullet Proof Dojo and booker.
Mercury did a tremendous job of laying out the show. The match order was pretty much perfect, saving all of the really crazy stuff for the main event. The show ran three hours but never dragged and had the crowd into it all the way.