Wildfire’s school opening Tommy “Wildfire” Rich’s School of Wrestling will hold its grand opening noon-4 p.m. Aug. 5 and 1-3 p.m. Aug. 6 at X Gym Sports Complex, 568 George Bishop Parkway, Myrtle Beach. A meet and greet will feature Rich, Austin Idol and Tony Atlas.
Admission is free.
Rich, a major star on the Southern circuit during the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, became the third-youngest man in history to win the NWA world title when he defeated Harley Race in Augusta, Ga., on April 27, 1981. He dropped the belt back to Race four nights later in Gainesville, Ga.
Rich’s short reign, though, doesn’t diminish his status as a former NWA world champion at a time when that title was the most prestigious in the world.
“Just to be on that list,” Rich recently said. “Some folks say that you had it four days, but it doesn’t matter. My name’s on the board. I was very blessed to have that. Just to be in that group with the Funks, the Briscos, and Lou Thesz, the greatest of them all.”
Tommy Rich is now running a wrestling school in Myrtle Beach, SC at the X Gym. He's running a show at his gym on Saturday night with Austin Idol, Homicide and Manny Fernandez. All have helped train at his school. The show opened in August and Rich said to the Myrtle Beach Sun News that it has had its ups and downs. He's doing a Halloween themed show and hopes to do two more shows this year, a food drive show in November and a toys for tots show in December.