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March 19, 2022 1:00 am
Today's episode of "It's Time to Man Up" feature Nikita speaking with long time friend and wrestling Legend "Mr. Number 1" George South. Listen as he describes his journey in wrestling and blessings from Almighty God.
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Mr. number was clogged by George solving the studio today. George will go to the meadow show. Thank you so much Nick. It is just such a pleasure to be here with you and I'm standing my distance. You know, for the Russian sickle okay because I still have audited me know that but I love you mail that one I took many of them say probably you know you you may have them documented in a journal, yes I sure do some of the first were the rock well. This well edited they should have because I didn't know what I was doing some way that I never knew what I think you got it… I'm so excited to be here with you this morning.
Well it's and it's great to have you in the studio with me for real I mean an end. Really, I mean we have known each other for a long long time and and back to to the 80s and mid 80s right yeah exactly.
I think maybe the first time I started in 1980 December. Grady got in Atlanta, Georgia jump ship wrestling and it was just maybe two or three years after that is when we first met. So we we long, long time friends okay Jeff is II debuted June 1984 right and so yeah so we would've we would've we would've met at that time and it is so 1980 was your debut in professional wrestling. Yes sir. You know what was amazing and Nick is the end there was no wrestling schools. The old-timers didn't really want you in pro wrestling because they looked at it is your you know, taking the job and will course, no cell phones, no Internet in an air occasionally in a wrestling magazine in the back would be an address where you could write or call a promotion and a member call Georgia chapter ship wrestling in the first pro wrestler I ever spoke to was bus all your and mad dog. Bless all your and he told me these words I never forgot.
He said if you come to Alanna I'll kill you. Yes he did. Maybe I don't want to be a pro wrestler after all will go so okay so let me ask. So when did you know you wanted is getting to progress well that course many many years or 10 years old. Honestly, I turned the television on Monday and I saw while McDaniels and Paul Jones wrestling the Anderson brothers own a special TV show and sit down and I got hooked and just fell in love with these big big ugly progress person I knew then that that if there was anyway that that will what I want to do in core started going to the old Park Center in Charlotte that you 20 could go in and walk right up to the pro wrestlers and they use a member. Paul Jones used two have me go get him a coffee and I would come back and he would be down and and he did that many times, and so years later when I got to know him.
I said also been bothering me all these years you know as a kid you you would send me to get coffee and I come back and your big almond. He said that's because you're driving me nuts with all those questions will tell you how to get so.media coffee and just held the you fell for every I kept falling for a buddy. You are asking so many questions you drove us crazy and then carried her bags sounds so crazy now, but I would lead them in the parking lot and just I would love to care. Her bags in a course years ago Wally Dusek built the rings and set them up and then I knew that they always need help. So, hard work, even then, was never a bother to me because what got me in.
This got me in pro wrestling and the door. It sure did it sure did so was able to start helping set up Jim Crockett ratings in an oldies ring and Alanna just just to be around it and and get to know some of the guys and so amazing that's actually how I got in it. What they didn't care for sold just here grab a piece of steel you know and carried it so that that opened the door for me. Help help set up the ring. Yes sir yes sir and that secret so needs to you like this is what I want to do with my so fast forward 1980, you end up debuting us carrying rings and justice are carrying coffee. Yes, Karen called Eddie anything went well, however it whatever you could do it in and so we fast-forward 40+ years it so you had a 40+ year career in professional wrestling. We could probably do six shows just from this glories you had in pro wrestling over 40+ years. Wow so so for the listeners out there. George what what what what what I mean goodness what what would be a couple more similar guys. Well, you say who are you in the ring with you in you been in the ring with probably be easier to say who haven't yet ring with rice you know what was amazing. Nick is I was living in Charlotte and in calling Alanna Georgia chapter ship wrestling which was completely separate and and heard about a guy named Mike Jackson who we both know you Alabama and I had tried every thing in the world.
I have started trying to rationalism independent shows, not knowing anything of what I will what I was doing so got home I Jackson and here it is. I thought that it was going to be some tryout that I was going to go there and you want to beat me up but he said just come to Alanna in Austin. It's usually not been trying for so long to just get my foot in the door to get in the ring and Russell and he said yeah he said you come to Alanna and he said, but there is a booking fee jutting care that was just simply whatever I made I had to give him a portion of it yet. I do not mind, there was no other way to get picked for them to let me wrestle so my first trip to Alanna.
I wrestled in Georgia championship wrestling for for almost a year and 1/2 before anybody even knew that I lived in Charlotte okay and so out every Saturday morning I would get up at 5 AM in the morning had to be in Alanna at 9 AM to take their TV shows. This was way before WC W team yesterday. Yes tech will draw Georgia championship yes and I don't want to check with yes and you know what's so amazing. Nick is this past weekend I went to do and Debbie ATV tapings that mean you have done in Alanna Georgia I look up in the building is owned tech would drive so I don't know if that's good or bad Plato circle circle 414. Contact four blocks down the four blocks down. Yes, we stopped at the light, and were just waiting on the light to change, and I look up and there's a street sign testing tech will draw ways that Gamal also got involved in that in the course. That's when Jim Crockett a few years later they came down the ball right jump ship wrestling buddy and I hope one day JJ Dylan said it says here on this paper that you live in Charlotte to co-op and I am here with a huge announcement like you know man up men's conference. MorningStar ministries portal South Carolina August 25-27.
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No, not too soon to sign up. What a lineup of speakers we have the benefit of David and Jason All-Star NBA All-Star Al Ward is speaking world wrestling champion flex mover Chris Rick Joyner Delta force commander Gen. Gen. Jerry Boyd tired. Yours truly, Nikita co-op will renowned evangelist bring shelf and register today is live scar that M start events.com/man told register you will want to miss Nikita co-op here if you're needing to buy a car and have marginal credit and considering using buy here pay here that's worse than taking the Russian sickle Winston-Salem motorcars will put you behind the wheel of a car you can rely on while helping rebuild, repair or establish your credit score conveniently located on Silas Creek Pkwy. in Winston-Salem. Be sure to check them out today that W, S, M. C. The number one.com because you are number one and I said yes sir and he said well if anything opens up in Charlotte or Carolina will call you which was a blessing because I lived just one door open one after another after another. You member your very first match was by chance you will think this is so ironic because he still around today. My very first TV match was with Jimmy bag, but you will will he will give you anything and therefore from New York City and what was only one who at that time there was a crew for Georgia chapter ship wrestling. One day Jim Crockett walks in Saturday morning and everybody just took a deep breath because a lot of guys had left Charlotte to get away from Jim Crockett yeah Jim Crockett just wealthy and no introduction.
It got deathly silent and address ring and he said I wanted this to you.
You guys in charge. That's when Dusty Rhodes walked in first time ever, so Dusty Rhodes walked in like John Wayne. Those doors were swinging and I could hear some of the old-timers start in the cuss under their breath calls they just try to get away from dust, dry, and the coldness of our business.
Nick is Dusty took out a sheet of paper and he said these are the ones that I'm keeping and if your name and on this list, you're fired. While he just read down a few names is what's funny that my name was known eagerly yes okay like I was even important and so maybe actually had the nerve to go up and say excuse me, Mr. Rose, my name was not only the earliest and he looked at me and said kid you're not even important enough to early so I went back to the corner and shut up the transition within the next two weeks. It was a whole you crew brought in into Georgia chapter blessing and the rest was history. All a lot of legends once dusty red that list a lot. I'm just pack their stuff, but walkout note no warning.
No one I member Chick Donovan, who I'm still good friends with.
He walked to Dusty and said you know my name and on that list and Dusty said I've already got my nature boy talking about Rick so the colors of our business.
They picked up the bag and so rest was history. I just kept my mouth shut whenever they ask I didn't wrestle Ric flair, the nature boy had just turned 19 years old in first, wrestling was in Alanna superstation right which was just, you know all of the talent was coming there to get on this thing. We just heard about the superstation. It was cool because I read all the magazines, wrestling magazines and I'll send you look over and they're sitting right right right front end and that's that's the part of the stillness. To this day is that the rathole wrestling magazines as the only way we could read about stars jump students might as well a and yeah but I don't think some may be realized with especially nonaggressive fan but if you are an avid Russian friend to realize she just know that if there was a level of say how cold our business is in our times, backstabbing and somebody jockeying for position right to want to be. Main event versus semi-mean her opening match or wherever you were on the card trying to jockey your position therein.what tell it who were who were some of the semester, Ric flair, you really good new puppy out hundreds of times but right just mention some other names who you've been in the ring with coarser road warrior CRR but am in the first time the roadworks walked in Alanna in whole breast room split open just backed up as you never seen you guys like this, not as high school kids you know that staff at big but at that time animal hope very very impressive hawk all but I believe it all in. I member Yoho called in his early days. I had a few matches with him. It's neat to see even Brett Hart who came through Alanna but he will even like really Bret Harte yet right. The King Lawler. He came through and that was always impressed me because he was like you never got to see much on television around here but the magazines and then to be able to be in the rain with a nonmember person arrested Jerry Lawler.
He he told me he was going to beat me with his fist dropped when I beat everybody with where he decides to change his mind in the right and so he does a piledriver and then he does the fish. Well, I kicked out of the fish drop. This move that he's beat Andre and I came through the curtain and only Anderson Lily grabbed me and put me against the wall and I was scared I didn't know what I done wrong in the course. He let me have it that I just killed Jerry Lawler's famous finisher he did. Everybody in here Ray, you know, I know it's out, but luckily Jerry Lawler came up and he calmed only down the snow. It was my fault. I did tell them that I decided to use the piledriver so little.
Please look at but I member only grabbing major Susan came out that ring asked what a world he let me know that I just killed Jerry Lawler's career search. We left at all about but but which which is amazing to me I think is just amazing that all these years later that I mean, again, there's no telling how many shows we can have and how many stories you could tell George.
I mean it, and that just means we just can have to have you back is not so much to tell more stories kiss. Have you written a book yes yes sir I sure have okay yeah sure have. This is called dad, you don't work you wrestle people off.
I am excited to announce a new fan page whole law fan will do a search on your Facebook you're listening to the Truth Network and TruthNetwork.com, and many years ago I coming off the road. Nick as you know, with our children and they would be while jumping on the bed had a bunch of a bunch of them yes yes now got six grandbaby so I'm I'm I go on the road to rest or yell across the hallway for my daughter Abigail said calmed down and I got to go to work and she yelled back little smart Alec and said that you don't work you wrestle and will I ever write a book that's going to be the name of Kemal working working people find them course to my website yourself.com I try to get things real simple and okay pictures of what everything always go there and say hey I always ask me will if I contact you website is that your people will resent you. I get that to say hey to you all pray for you. Take a prayer request it comes to me.
Okay so excited about there and and by that I want to mention to you because I wanted I want to transition hearsay because you got such a phenomenal back story prior to wrestling. Could you wrestling school in Charlotte. Yes sir, and they can find out more about that on your side on this earth and in Utrecht just real quick.
How many see you. You've trained a lot of what's the biggest name you've trained one on to have a superstar status and rest will two of them that are still very very active doing good coarser Cedric Alexander Hughes and Debbie Debbie right now. Okay I do a good of course Thales daughter Tessa, who is doing very very well. I was able you know when someone that you respect bring their children to you right, you better know what you're doing. I had trained in you, Ric flair, son reading and also David and Ricky steamboat son that is very very nerve-racking when they give you their kid and it will cost you yeah you ever send water standing there watching you and all the and some articles written and steamboat and actually I can.
You know, late at night in the gym was just me and their son that they'll take off there watching their sports coat it in the ring with us and yeah wow if we could just have a camera and film some of this stuff so but when I'll note.
Even now, when someone comes to my school and they don't really know me in the almost want to resume what I've done and I just tell them that show well and and man that died in a in and of itself is is is is so by the book I'm going want to encourage people to buy a book.
Go to your website by your book which are some I remember about you. Here's I want to transition this is some of them have heard about you is back in the wrestling days. No I was not a Christ follower back in the wrestling days drops no shock to you. I'm sure Linda based based on our experiences in the dressing rooms as well is in the ring like taking the wrath of the Russian rival what what I remember is it is it. I knew George South was on the card. Whenever I walked into a bathroom stall considered via what what's called attractive gospel tract.
Yes it and I'm like George and I did try to spread that that Bible dry right even talking out where George Solley you anyway it in so give a look back story if you will I be because something tragic happened your life at an early age and is that what led you to the foot of the cross to grill her back story if you will. Yes sir Nikki not come from a very big family from the mountains of North Carolina, got me 13 brothers and sisters and at the age of six years old.
Our mom and dad was killed in a car rate both up and I can remember brother Jesse coming home at night telling us that mom and dad had been killed in and in what idea Nate been the youngest of the family.
I thought okay yeah I'm sad but okay while who's going to stop me now. I look at it is nobody's going to tell me anything what to do and even at a very young age I got into a lot of trouble and just very disrespectful to a lot of people in and I had a brother brother Bill. He was the last hope.
He let me stay with him. I was staying anywhere I could and 86 12 78 yeah yeah I would stay with one friend here I thought it was like honestly the greatest time of my life… Well first beer at 10 years old I thought my brothers all set me down on the end of the bed and said what are you doing son take you look at what we've done wrong and I would say y'all got called. I'm not going to get called in. I had stable brother Bill for a week very disrespectful to him and his wife and and she had had enough and she basically said getting out of here. Remember brother Bill waking me up and he said pack whatever close that you've got and am in the scope. He said I gotta get you out here okay talk to a few clothes in a bag and I got the front seat of brother Bill's car in and as we were going coming out of the mountains and the Carolinas like 2 AM in the morning. This is when the radio still had knobs and that the window still had it all handles and and so I was just just being a brat. I was hit in the – and just turn the radio and in brother Bill for the first time in my life. He began to tell me that somebody love me.
I had never heard those words in my whole life and I didn't hear then so I Hit the dashing holy I was 13 working checking yours.
Okay. And so I do want to hear. Then he kept talking out the green vinyl tile from the carpet right now number one in the readers, this is Nikita Cole and I want to limit for supporting my new show manner Saturday afternoon. 1230 on the truth that were this podcast is made possible by the grace of God and your faithful prayers and generous God bless you for your.net donate your listening to the truth and TruthNetwork.com, and he kept talking and you can't tell me that some of that love me and then he said I never forget it. Somebody love me so much that they gave their only son to die on the cross for my scene. That's the first time I ever heard and it just while stopping at stop me in my tracks.
I reached over at like it just turn the radio down as he pulled his car over as he pulled his car over and we pulled over an old gravel parking lot pitchdark knowledge of brother Bill and I said what he what you talk about what you mean that somebody love me so much that they gave their only son down across from us and that was the first time that I never heard that right there in front seat of brother Bill's car. I just bow my head and eyes Jesus Christ to come into my heart and save me.
It is funny because because it will not take that where lightning hits you hated me, don't the earth see Jesus just did exactly what he said he would do and he came in to my heart 13 and he took away all the meanness even at 13 that I done all the sin. And that was that was like the moment that I knew that while because I never heard anywhere I go now if I can just tell people that God loves him. I don't know who's out there that has never heard that.
Now you think with the Internet age.
Everybody's heard it, but there still people that have never heard that and that's all I want to do when I go to account to Rasul. I don't believe that town in the sum total somebody that God loves to change my life for him.
While I meanness a powerful story. I think one of things that I love about that. We been a part of many shows the past we've done wrestling outreaches work where you put together the whole show and then we your testimony mind. We had other guys share their testimonies for uncle Ivan prior to his passing. This a number of different guys when I get a kick out of your time because you been a good guy you been about my writing is a bag you got John 316 familiar scriptures on the planet. Yes on the back your tights and your and your egg people are like shot up and set out in John 316.
It was tight. It's amazing the people that actually come to my working on my gimmick table and I say can you show me where they'll have an awesome 316 which was popular in a stone cold come up with the Bible and say I been reading this thing, I don't find awesome 3600 radically but it's amazing. While that I can be in summers when I'm a bad guy and I get people so stirred that that's when they really listen to me about my story because they they think of your good guy. You're supposed to love Jesus, you know you're supposed to kiss babies and and and be good, but when a bad guy that they just throw coffee yet.
You know, shares Bible with them or attract the initial wait a minute, maybe.
Maybe this is for real. So while Mason you have 000 real story and you brought your Bible elevated a deep you have a favorite Scripture L I'm sure some call it. We've heard it mean mean time to see when you talk about on the back. My Kaiser John 316 it that that simple verse change my life forever. And I tell people all the time. I if you if you miss that.
You might as well just close the Bible. But if you miss John 316. The rest of it ain't gonna do you a bit of good. For God so loved the Lord. You gotta put your name in there for God so loved George the soul.
Please send her so much.
I have three sons that that I love to dance and I don't think I would give the up to took to this world you know to to people that are mean an end but but for God so loved George that he gave his only son it's and if I would've been the only one Nick that we know if I been the only one he would a steel gave his son in that manner that makes me feel pretty good. Give the rest of Scripture because there may be some be out there listening right George that that has never heard Amy and John 316 for God so loved the world that he gave his only and I love that word only he did have another one to choose from, he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever would just believing will have everlasting and that changed my life to talk to grown people nowadays that that won't go to church with me because they they got a dirty shirt in the simplest stuff and you know well you know what I did last week and I saw can't go to church with you and is just that they might miss have to look out yesterday. You go to Ms. heaven my five bucks.
He simply me problems. As I look at your new shirt. I honestly given Ms. heaven. I knew she let a new shirt keep you at a clean shirt keep you out of heaven and is just amazing.
This sums up the rope we got Taylor but I'm just glad Nick that I'm dumb enough to figure this I'm dumb enough to figure out that it's all of Jesus. And it ain't no enemy getting enemy in my second word is there thank you management so good having you on the show George South.com riser is that I think you can learn more about the rest of school he can purchase your book and other things. There in and even learn more about you and II know just in the not just in your wrestling career. But what you've done using dressing as a platform kiss again I been a part of many outreaches and many events that you have gone, there's no telling George how many lives you've impacted, I mean your parents patio carrack dine at the age of six and then at the age of 13, surrendering your lab and you had a genuine real income forever change your life and somebody listen out there that you're hearing George's story no matter what you've gone through what you're going through it it it doesn't matter as George's said John 316. You could pull your car over today and surrender your life to Jesus and I hold George's stories been an inspiration in, and in some way a motivation for you. You're so great having you show me my leisure buddy.
I love you love you as well my friend, I'm so thankful that you you laid those tracks if you know you may you may get some credit for planting the seed in my home oriented and in my coming to Christ by planting those tracks yeah I bathroom a she's all in wrestling venue around the world your Satori shake that cell. Thank you, thank you for tuning into another episode of it's time to man up and someone who's done just that Mr. number one George South. He manned up and so can and so should you wish this show is made possible by the grace of God in your faithful prayer support generous God bless your continue.donate if you would like to support Cola for Christ ministries.
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