Jody Hamilton
American professional wrestler
Jody Hamilton
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.
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A Life Full of Laughter: Betty White
Huffington Post - about 3 years
In one of the most poignant scenes of the "Golden Girls", Betty White's character, Rose Nylund's celebrating a birthday. She bakes a cake and lights the candles, leaves her kitchen and then comes back in, surprised at the cake. In breaking the 4th wall, begins to tell Charlie how lonely she's been since he's been gone and that she thinks it's time for a change so she's going to move from St.Olaf to Miami. You can feel the sadness from this normally upbeat character and know that you are witnessing one of the greatest TV actresses of the 20th century. On January 17th, 2014, Betty White turned 92 and become one of the oldest working actresses still in television and continues to work on the show "Hot in Cleveland" which is one of the highest rated shows on cable TV. She is continuing a career that has lasted more than 75 years but Betty is known more than just her work in television; she is also known for her dedication to animals and zoos, especially the Los Angeles Zoo. Betty White ...
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Coleman Cable seeks tax abatements on upgrades - Journal and Courier
Google News - over 5 years
Jody Hamilton, economic development director for Greater Lafayette Commerce, said the equipment abatement would save Coleman Cable about $525000 over seven years. The real estate abatement would save the company $220000 over 10 years
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MIKE MOONEYHAM: Hogan, TNA running out of steam? - Charleston Post Courier
Google News - over 5 years
Veteran wrestling star, trainer and booker Jody Hamilton, in his book “Assassin: Man Behind the Mask,” questioned TNA's hiring of Russo in 2002, and linked the writer, among others, to the downfall of WCW. “After Russo drove WCW into the ground,
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The Slice: If this car's a runnin', don't bother a stealin' - The Spokesman Review
Google News - over 5 years
Jody Hamilton's husband was parking near the Red Lion Inn at Park when he spotted some dear friends he had gone there to meet. “He jumped out of the car and there were hugs and greetings all around,” wrote Hamilton. Walking back to the car about two
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NWA Atlanta Fanfest spotlights Georgia history and beyond - CANOE
Google News - over 5 years
Both original, masked Assassins (Jody Hamilton and the late Tom Renesto) are scheduled to be inducted, along with the Masked Superstar, "Hands Of Stone" Ronnie Garvin, the late Sir Oliver Humperdink, "Crippler" Ray Stevens and even former WCW owner Ted
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Greater Lafayette business leaders tout gains in first half of 2011 - Journal and Courier
Google News - over 5 years
"We are seeing growth across all sectors, from commercial and retail to health care," said Jody Hamilton, director of economic development at Greater Lafayette Commerce. Along with $355.5 million in capital spending made or committed through the first
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City helping pay for employee training -
Google News - over 5 years
Greater Lafayette Commerce Director of Economic Development Jody Hamilton said funds are available for companies when they create new jobs. "It's important to make sure the employees have the skill set that is needed to do the position
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Wrestling: Tag Teams We Would Love to See Again - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
Jody Hamilton was the first real masked villain in wrestling, and he had partners that challenged other tag teams in the Carolinas, Georgia and Florida. Hamilton was famous for feuding with the Briscos in Florida Championship Wrestling
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OPINION: It's Ashland vs. Boyd County with a lot at stake, times two - American Chronicle
Google News - over 5 years
Boyd County baseball has had the upper hand in the rivalry with Ashland since the late 1980s when coach Jody Hamilton's arrival translated into the Lions becoming a statewide power, with a state crown to show for it in 2001
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Ric Flair Needs to Know When to Leave the Squared Circle - Bleacher Report
Google News - almost 6 years
Oh, to see the Masked Assassins (Jody Hamilton, where are you) again or maybe a young Barry Windham or the NWA version of Harley Race. While TNA Impact on Spike is trying to bring back that version of the old scene where wrestlers wrestled and tag
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Carrie Hamilton, 38, Actress and Writer
NYTimes - about 15 years
Carrie Hamilton, an actress, writer and musician and a daughter of Carol Burnett, died yesterday. She was 38. The cause was cancer, said Ms. Burnett's publicist, Deborah Kelman. Ms. Hamilton, whose father was the late producer Joe Hamilton, appeared in the television series ''Fame'' and had guest roles on other shows, including ''Murder She
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jody Hamilton
  • 2010
    Age 71
    In June 2010, the promotion cut their ties with Hamilton and Patrick due to internal conflicts.
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    On January 22, 2010, Hamilton's attorney announced that his client had settled with WWE out of court.
    More Details Hide Details His attorney claimed that WWE "fraudulently contrived a reason to end the agreement" without giving the 90-days notice that was required in the contract. The suit also claimed that WWE illegally entered the Deep South building in McDonough, GA and took property that belonged to Hamilton. It also claims that the WWE Executive Vice President of Talent Relations, John Laurinaitis, warned that any wrestlers who continued to work with Deep South or Hamilton would never work in the wrestling business ever again. Two unnamed professional wrestlers who were under WWE contract at the time confirmed Hamilton's claim that Laurinaitis made the threatening speech. WWE attempted to get the lawsuit dismissed before it went to trial but were not successful. The settlement was not disclosed.
  • 2009
    Age 70
    On April 30, 2009, Hamilton announced that he had filed a lawsuit against WWE in regards to how they ended their relationship with Deep South.
    More Details Hide Details The lawsuit claims WWE committed breach of contract and intentional interference with contractual & business relations. The suit was filed on April 20 in Fulton County, Georgia.
    In April 2009, the promotion released Hamilton, citing that they needed to cut costs.
    More Details Hide Details Nick stayed on with the promotion and took over his father's job as the television show director. The company brought Hamilton back later in the year in October. Hamilton and Patrick became heavily involved in producing the company's weekly television show that aired in the Middle Georgia area on the local FOX affiliate.
    In February 2009, Hamilton officially returned to the business, joining Rampage Pro Wrestling, an independent promotion based out of Warner Robins, Georgia.
    More Details Hide Details He was the director of their television show that airs locally on multiple channels in the middle Georgia area. His son, Nick Patrick, also joined the promotion, though only in the on-camera commissioner role.
  • 2005
    Age 66
    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.
    More Details Hide Details DSW ceased operations the next day, 2007, although DSW held its final event on April 12.
  • 2001
    Age 62
    When WCW was bought out by the WWF in March 2001 the Power Plant was closed but Hamilton continued to train wrestlers.
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  • 1994
    Age 55
    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.
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  • 1993
    Age 54
    Hamilton's last on-screen appearance in WCW was at WCW Starrcade '93 on December 27, 1993, as The Assassin and managing Pretty Wonderful ("Pretty" Paul Roma and "Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff) to the WCW World Tag Team Championship.
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    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.
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  • 1988
    Age 49
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Because Hamilton was in no shape to run a wrestling promotion he sold it to someone else, only to see that person go out of business without ever putting on a wrestling show. Once Hamilton recovered from his back injury he opened the official training center for World Championship Wrestling, the Power Plant. With Hamilton as director of the school it produced talent such as Kevin Nash, Diamond Dallas Page, Bill Goldberg, and the Big Show over the years.
  • 1986
    Age 47
    In 1986 Hamilton started a small independent promotion in Georgia called Deep South Championship Wrestling.
    More Details Hide Details Hamilton would work both backstage and in the ring under his “Flame” ring persona.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He would also hold the NWA Southeast Continental Heavyweight Championship on four occasions.
  • 1980
    Age 41
    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.
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  • 1974
    Age 35
    When All-South Wrestling folded in 1974 both Hamilton and Renesto returned to Georgia Championship Wrestling, deciding to bury any past animosity.
    More Details Hide Details Renesto retired from the ring and focused more on the booking aspects of GCW while Hamilton started to work as a singles wrestler billed simply as "The Assassin". When he joined GCW Hamilton started a storyline with Mr. Wrestling II that would become the longest running storyline in Georgia wrestling history. Over the following years the Assassin would enlist several other "Assassins" to team with him as he fought against Mr. Wrestling II and various face partners. One of these partners was Randy Colley, who would go on to greater success as one of The Moondogs in the 1980s. Together Hamilton and Colley would hold the NWA Georgia Tag Team Championship on two occasions. Colley and Roger Smith would team together as the Assassins in Memphis. While GCW was Hamilton’s "home promotion" he also competed for other promoters all over the south east especially in Florida and Alabama working for promotions such as Championship Wrestling from Florida, NWA Mid-America and Southeast Championship Wrestling. Hamilton used his “Assassin” gimmick but did not find another partner to recreate the Assassins, instead he would team with local stars such as Ron Fuller and Don Carson. By the beginning of the 1980s Hamilton decided to return to his roots in Oklahoma, after having worked more or less exclusively in the south east for ten years or more. First he worked for Central States Wrestling where he teamed with both Ernie Ladd and Angel to win the local version of the NWA United States Tag Team title.
  • 1972
    Age 33
    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.
    More Details Hide Details After the unmasking Renesto would still occasionally team with Hamilton both with and without the mask but the glory days of the Assassins ended when Renesto took off the mask.
  • 1968
    Age 29
    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.
    More Details Hide Details While in Georgia the team worked storylines with teams such as ”the Torres Brothers” (Ramon and Alberto), Terry and Dory Funk and the team of Ray Gunkel and Buddy Fuller. Their most successful and profitable feud came against the team of ”Tiny” Smith and Luke Brown known as "The Kentuckians". the matches between the Assassins and the Kentuckians drew sell out crowds up the east coast of the United States from Florida to the Carolinas. At times the Assassins would be backed up by Jody’s brother the Missouri Mauler to take on the Kentuckians and their "fellow hillbilly" Haystacks Calhoun. During their time in GCW Renesto became more and move involved in the booking of the promotion in the hopes of turning a decline in attendance around. Renesto is credited with turning the territory around with a series of hotly contested angles that brought the fans back. In 1972 after GCW owner Ray Gunkel died Gunkel’s widow Ann Gunkel split off from the National Wrestling Alliance associated GCW and started her own company "All-South Wrestling" with Tom Renesto as the head booker. With his backstage responsibilities expanded Renesto cut back on his wrestling dates as Hamilton was pushed as a singles wrestler.
  • 1961
    Age 22
    Renesto had teamed with Hamilton’s older brother Larry but the two did not know each other before stepping into the ring in December 1961.
    More Details Hide Details The team worked well together from the onset and soon moved up the card towards the main events. For over a dozen years Hamilton and Renesto teamed together as the "vile" Assassins, a team hated for their "rulebreaking ways" wherever they wrestled. The Assassins, or the Masked Assassins as they were sometimes billed, worked all over the world for promotions in Georgia, California, Australia, the Far East, Japan and Canada. The only place the duo did not work as the Assassins was in the Carolinas where they were billed as "The Great Bolo" (Renesto) and "The Mighty Bolo" (Hamilton) because Renesto had worked for Jim Crockett Promotions as The Great Bolo before teaming up with Hamilton, and was more known in that region under the Bolo name.
    After working as a singles competitor Hamilton was given a partner in late 1961, another masked Assassin, Tom Renesto.
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    When Hamilton left Florida in 1961 he intended to return to Oklahoma, but an offer came in from Georgia Championship Wrestling (GCW) that would change the direction of Hamilton’s career for good.
    More Details Hide Details The original plan for Hamilton was that he was going to wrestle under a mask as "The Iron Russian", but once Hamilton got to Atlanta the plans had changed and instead he became “The Assassin”.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Once Renesto retired, Hamilton kept the Assassins team alive by partnering with wrestlers such as Randy Colley and "Hercules" Hernandez under the trademark gold and black masks of the Assassins. In the late 1980s Hamilton founded Deep South Wrestling (DSW), where he also wrestled until a back injury forced him to retire in 1988. After Deep South Wrestling closed Hamilton worked extensively for World Championship Wrestling both on the booking team and later on as a trainer at WCW's Power Plant training facility. In 2005 Hamilton reopened Deep South Wrestling, this time as an affiliate of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), to train wrestlers the WWE had signed to developmental contracts. In 2007, WWE abruptly ended their contract with DSW and the promotion suspended operations later in the year. Hamilton was born in St. Joseph, Missouri. Before turning professional Hamilton was a promising amateur boxer, but instead of continuing his training he decided that he wanted to follow in the footsteps of his older brother Larry Hamilton. Larry was a professional wrestler billed as "The Missouri Mauler". Hamilton started working for "Gus Karras Promotions", a professional wrestling promotion based in St. Louis, Missouri, where he made his debut against Rip Hawk in a 40 minute match.
  • 1958
    Age 19
    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.
    More Details Hide Details After the Hamilton Brothers time in New York Jody Hamilton decided to strike out on his own, working as a singles wrestler. As a singles wrestler Hamilton first got a promotional push by "NWA Western States" booker Doc Sarpolis, who billed him as "Silent" Joe Hamilton. Hamilton has revealed in recent years that the "Silent" moniker was because he was not very good at interviews and promos. After working in Texas Hamilton worked in Oklahoma and Florida.
  • 1957
    Age 18
    By 1957 Hamilton had started teaming with his brother Larry and worked as a full-time professional wrestler.
    More Details Hide Details The Hamilton Brothers worked for the New York, NY based Capitol Wrestling (the precursor to World Wrestling Entertainment) where they were put in a storyline with the top tag team of the promotion Antonino Rocca and Miguel Pérez.
  • 1938
    Born on August 28, 1938.
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