By Leila Dycus
When it comes to professional wrestling, most people only know the sport by what they see on television, but there is a professional wrestling association that hosts events right here in Morgan County.
The combined experience between Tim Lowe, Billy Jack and “Vicious” Vic Roze, tied together with a few hometown roots, led to the idea to create the Old Time Wrestling Federation (OTWF) which has been calling Buckhead home for several years.
“How we got started in Buckhead, was last March a year ago. There were two families, one had cancer and one of them had a rare disease. My wife’s cousin was doing a barbecue plate cookout there for them, and he asked us to put on a wrestling show. So I got with some of my friends and stuff and we ended up packing the house out that night,” said Tim Lowe, the head of OTWF.
According to Tim, the goal was to bring back the “old-school” style of wrestling, all the while raising money for families in need. And they did.
“We were able, with their barbecue and our wrestling, to bring in close to 185 to 200 people and to give both of the families $2,500 each,” said Lowe.
Lowe then went on to make the point that this is not about making money for the federation; they put on events to raise money for families and organizations that are in need and to give back to the community that allows them to host their events.
“We can still get the good names, but they cost money. Our guys are just as good as they are. They may not have been in the business as long, but the reason the old timers haven’t made it to the top is because we wouldn’t put up with the steroids and drugs,” said Lowe.
The main difference between the wrestling that people see on TV and the wrestling shows put on by OTWF is that their shows are focused on keeping it real. This means that the OTWF wrestlers do not use steroids and the shows are not commercialized.
“Don’t get me wrong, a lot of people say it’s fake, but when you take a shot to the head with a steel folding chair right there in front of you, there’s nothing fake about it,” said Lowe.
Lowe went on to talk about how wrestlers are able to use objects that can be found in and around the ring such as the ring sides, audience’s chairs, even powder or salt can be used to bring an opponent down. In most matches there is no such thing as disqualifying. Wrestlers usually fight through the pain in order to pull out a win. While most matches end in a pin to win, others conclude when rounds reach a time limit.
Even though the wrestling itself is typically packed with violence, the guys at Old Time Wrestling create shows to satisfy a number of different audiences including: Christian shows, children’s shows or all-out brawls. All their shows have one thing in common: they are family-focused, meaning no drugs are used by participants and there is no foul language. Physically though, audiences can expect to see a good, old fashioned wrestling match, complete with ring, announcers and flamboyant costumes.
“Once it’s in your blood, it’s in your blood. You’re going to do it,” said Lowe.
This group of guys’ greatest desire is to help a child, a family or an organization by performing, but OTWF does not have a facility that is cost-effective enough to host their benefit shows. Currently, the Buckhead Fire Department hosts the events, but if they had other venues, then they could host more events and help more families.
Lowe talked about how OTWF started as an event to help families in need and how the desire of the federation is to continue to use their events to help people in the community. OTWF is a group of wrestlers that can be hired to put on shows and is a great way to raise money for all types of charities.
The OTWF will host their next event on Aug. 10 at the Buckhead Fire Department. While many of the federations past events have been used to raise money for families in need this event will be a little different.
“This show is not for anyone, but after we clear the rent for the building and stuff like that, we give the fire station and city a donation,” said Lowe.
Adult tickets to the Aug. 10 event are $7; kids ages 6 to 12 years old, $4; and children under 5, free. The show is said to include wrestlers “Vicious” Vic Roze, Kody Jack, Lobo, Leatherface, Billy Jack, Demarko Knight, Swole and many more. The doors to the fire station open at 5 p.m. The first match bell will ring at 6 p.m. sharp.
Next OTWF Event
Saturday, Aug. 10
Doors at 5 p.m., show at 6 p.m.
Buckhead Fire Department
Tickets for adults, $7; children 6-12, $4; children under 5, free