Jody Hamilton

Professional Wrestler
Born Aug 28, 1938

Joseph "Jody" Hamilton is an American retired professional wrestler and current wrestling promoter and trainer. In his active days Hamilton was best known as one half of the tag team The Assassins where he was called "Assassin #1". When the Assassins ended Hamilton wrestled as "The Assassin" and "The Flame" both while wearing a mask.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Jody Hamilton.


1938 Birth Born on August 28, 1938.


1957 18 Years Old By 1957 Hamilton had started teaming with his brother Larry and worked as a full-time professional wrestler. … Read More
1958 19 Years Old In May 1958 the Hamilton Brothers faced Rocca and Pérez in the main event of a Madison Square Garden show, making Jody, age 19 at the time, the youngest man to ever costar in a main event at Madison Square Garden. … Read More


Hamilton teamed up with Tom Renesto in late 1961 to form the masked heel (bad guy) team known as "The Assassins" and for over a decade Hamilton and Renesto wrestled all over the world with great success. … Read More
1968 29 Years Old The Assassins longest stay with one promotion was from 1968 to 1972 where they worked for Georgia Championship Wrestling and held the NWA Georgia Tag Team Championship a record breaking 12 times. … Read More


1972 33 Years Old In October 1972 Renesto unmasked on television, rumor has it that GCW was going to publish pictures of the Assassins without their masks on and Renesto wanted to beat them to the punch. … Read More
1974 35 Years Old When All-South Wrestling folded in 1974 both Hamilton and Renesto returned to Georgia Championship Wrestling, deciding to bury any past animosity. … Read More


1980 41 Years Old Hamilton's son, Nick Patrick, was a referee for Georgia Championship Wrestling and Championship Wrestling from Georgia from 1980 to 1985, WCW from 1988 to 2001 and a referee for WWE from 2001 to 2008.
1986 47 Years Old 1 More Event
In the mid 1980s Hamilton retired the golden mask and adopted a new ring identity: "The Flame", together with another masked man going by the name “Fire”, he won the AWA Southern Tag Team Championship in 1986. … Read More
1988 49 Years Old One night in 1988 Hamilton was thrown from the top rope during a match and landed wrong, the fall caused him to break the lumbar vertebrae in his back. … Read More


1993 54 Years Old 1 More Event
As well as working at the Power Plant Hamilton was also used as a manager in 1993, mainly managing Paul Orndorff, in addition to Orndorff’s tag team partners The Equalizer and Paul Roma.
1994 55 Years Old Hamilton was inducted into the WCW Hall of Fame as part of the 1994 class on May 22, 1994 at The Civic Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


2001 62 Years Old When WCW was bought out by the WWF in March 2001 the Power Plant was closed but Hamilton continued to train wrestlers.
2005 66 Years Old In 2005, World Wrestling Entertainment (formerly World Wrestling Federation) reached an agreement with Hamilton wherein Hamilton would open a new version of Deep South Wrestling for WWE to use as a training ground. The company ran shows on a regular basis featuring WWE-contracted talent until April 18, 2007, when WWE ended its relationship with DSW. … Read More
In February 2009, Hamilton officially returned to the business, joining Rampage Pro Wrestling, an independent promotion based out of Warner Robins, Georgia. … Read More
2010 71 Years Old 1 More Event
On January 22, 2010, Hamilton's attorney announced that his client had settled with WWE out of court. … Read More
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