April 19, 2007
WWE ends its relationship with Deep South Wrestling
By JASON CLEVETT - SLAM! Wrestling

WWE has severed ties with developmental territory Deep South Wrestling, the company announced last night on its website.

“World Wrestling Entertainment has ended its relationship with Deep South Wrestling. For the past two years, DSW has served as one of WWE's developmental territories. Check back here as more information becomes available,” stated the posting on WWE.com.

The Atlanta based promotion is owned by “The Assassin” Jody Hamilton and ran weekly shows as well as events at Six Flags Amusement parks. The promotion and WWE had issues last year when WWE released Bill Demott as trainer and brought Tom Pritchard to handle training.

The announcement leaves Louisville, Kentucky’s Ohio Valley Wrestling as the only developmental territory at this point. Mike Johnson at PWInsider.com reported that the talents based in Atlanta have been told that they are not going to be released, and that the talent may be sent to OVW as well as Booker T’s Texas based PWA promotion and Steve Keirn’s Tampa, Florida wrestling school.

Many current WWE stars trained in Deep South Wrestling, including The Great Khali, The Miz, MVP, Matt Striker and Deuce and Domino. DSW has also been a place for established talents to work including Dave Taylor, William Regal, and Jamie Noble.

Current talents include Sonny Siaki, Kofi Kingston, TJ Wilson, Nattie Neidhart, Angel Williams, Ace Steel and Krissy Vaine.


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