Most Recent Wrestling Rules Pending For Georgia

Bill Behrens

Below is the most current, pending WRESTLING RULES that are under consideration by the GAEC (Georgia Athletic & Entertainment Commission).

Recently Andy Foster replaced Kelly Farr as the Executive Director of the GAEC. Foster who has a MMA background as a fighter and ref, has been pushing for fewer rules.

It is anticipated that the GAEC will vote rules for Pro Wrestling this month after efforts that began last year, then were suspended when efforts were made to change the law regulating wrestling. Those efforts failed to pass so the GAEC returned to rule making efforts.

Current law in Georgia only requires promoters to be registered and pay a $100 annual fee, and report to the GAEC. This law passed in 2005 but the GAEC never set up any reporting, and instead tried to agressively regulate wrestling beginning in 2007.

These are the rules that are currently being considered by the GAEC:

Proposed Wrestling Rules

85-4-.01 (Licensed Organizations)

(1) No person shall promote or hold a professional wrestling match, contest, or

exhibition within this state without first obtaining a Wrestling Organization

license issued by the commission. Licenses shall be issued annually and shall

expire on December 31 of each calendar year. Authority: 43-4B-51 (c) and 43-

4B-50 (a)

(2) Wrestling Organizations shall apply to the commission for a license required by

subsection (1) of this section on a form provided by the commission. The

application shall be accompanied by a nonrefundable fee not to exceed $100.00.

(3) While promoting and sponsoring a match, contest, or exhibition of wrestling in

this state, the Wrestling Organization shall:

(a) Hold a valid license issued by the commission as a professional Wrestling

Organization. Authority: 43-4B-51 (c) and 43-4B-50

(b) File an event report, as specified by the commission, with the commission

15 days before each professional match, contest, or exhibition and 15 days

after the professional match, contest, or exhibition. Authority: 43-4B-51

(c), 43-4B-52 (a), 43-4B-52(b)

(c) Report to the commission the intent to use foreign objects or props that are any sharp object, any hammer or other item that could cause bodily harm. Firearms are not permitted as acceptable props.Authority 43-

4B-51 (c) and 40-4B-50 (a)

(d) At the time the Wrestling Organization has knowledge that an advertised

wrestler will not appear, the wrestling organization shall post a notice to

that effect outside of the entrances to the venue and include such

information as required on post event reporting per 85-4-.01 (3)(b).

Authority: 43-4B-51 (c), 43-4B-52(a), 43-4B-52(b)

(e) Ensure all buildings or structures used or intended to be used for holding

or giving professional matches, contests, or exhibitions of professional

wrestling shall be safe and shall in all manner conform to the laws,

ordinances, and regulations pertaining to buildings in the city or

unincorporated area of the county where the building or structure is

situated. Authority: 43-4B-50 (a)

(4) While authorizing and governing a match, contest, or exhibition of wrestling in

this state, the Wrestling Organization shall also ensure that:

(a) All wrestlers performing in a match, contest, or exhibition are at least 18

years old.

(b) All professional wrestlers performing in a match, contest, or exhibition

shall only wrestle inside the separation barrier or backstage on anywhere that will not endanger the safety of the public or the wrestler. defined in Rule 85-4-


(c) Each professional wrestler participating in the match, contest, or

exhibition has prior to December 31 of every year submitted to the

commission documentation, signed by a licensed physician, of passing a

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basic medical exam. The form and contents of the documentation shall be

provided by the commission.

(d) No professional wrestler shall perform while under the influence of illegal drugs

or alcohol. If there is reason to suspect that a wrestler is impaired or under

the influence of drugs or alcohol, the organization may be required to have

the wrestler tested immediately upon request by the commission.

(e) Anyone involved with the promotion or performance of a professional

wrestling event shall not deliberately cut themselves, any other participant,

or any other persons involved in a wrestling match or event.

(f) No professional wrestler shall use anabolic steroids, human growth

hormone or other controlled substance unless prescribed by a doctor for a

specific medical condition. Wrestling Organizations are prohibited from

providing prescription drugs of any kind to a performer.

Authority O.C.G.A. § 43-4B-50(a)

85-4-.02 (Professional wrestling event location)

(1) When a match, contest, or exhibition of professional wrestling occurs within this

state, the wrestling organization shall take necessary steps to ensure the safety, health,

and welfare of the wrestlers and the spectators. Such standards shall include the


(a) The venue used complies with the standards set forth in Code section 85-4-

.01(3)(e). Authority 43-4B-50 (a)

(b) At least 2 security persons dressed and clearly identified as security must be

present. Authority 43-4B-50 (a)

(c) There must be a separation barrier between the ring and the spectators.

i. The barrier shall be made from metal, rope or other shatterproof material, stable, at

least 42 inches from the floor of the venue, and be designed to prevent a

wrestler from exiting through the barrier into the seating area during a contest;


ii. The barrier shall be 6 feet away from the ring and 4 feet from the first row of

seating. Authority 43-4B-50 (a)

(d) The ring mats must be cleaned and swept after each wrestling event and must be

replaced by the wrestling organization at least once per year or 24 shows. Authority 43-4B- (a)

(e) Glass shall not be permitted to be used in any match, contest, or exhibition.

Authority 43-4B-50 (a)

(f) Fire shall not make contact with any wrestler during a match, contest, or

exhibition; and Authority 43-4B-50 (a)

(g) Illegal drugs and alcoholic beverages shall not be permitted in the locker rooms,

dressing areas, or backstage during a wrestling match, contest, or exhibition.

Authority 43-4B-50 (a)

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