After around a year of construction the hotbed for Atlanta Wrestling was opened for business on October 14, 1972 and the arena became the largest indoor facility in terms of seating capacity. Not only did this arena become did this arena become a hotbed for wrestling, but it also became the home of the Atlanta Hawks and the Atlanta Flames. This arena was home to an NBA team from 1972-1997 and then was home to an NHL team from 1972-1980. Every arena has held their fair share of big concerts, Led Zeppelin, Frank Sinatra, Journey, The Police, Def Leppard, Elvis Presley, and various others.
Now onto the history of wrestling in that arena, looking back at 1972 when the arena opened and it wasn't long before it became the home base of Georgia Championship Wrestling. Then in the late 1980's in became the home base of Jim Crocket Promotions. Many major and historic wrestling events were held there including Starrcade 1985, 86, 89 and the first War-games at Great American Bash. The WWE also held shows at the arena a few times, but it was the home base of WCW until the arena closed in 1997 and was demolished on July 17, 1997. The Phillips Arena replaced the arena and was built on the same site of the old arena and was opened on September 18, 1999.
Top Historical Wrestling Matches:
War Games: Four Horseman vs Super Powers, Road Warriors and Paul Ellering (GAB 87)
Scaffolding Match: Road Warriors w/ Paul Ellering vs Midnight Express w/ Jim Cornette & Big Bubba (Starrcade 87)
Cage Match: Tommy Rich vs Buzz Sawyer (Battle of Atlanta 82)
I love looking back wrestling's past. I view my job as bring new life to the part of wrestling some people thought was gone.