Stro "The Maestro of Wrestling" Bio



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Stro "The Maestro of Wrestling"
Names = Gorgeous George III,The Maestro,Robbie Eagle,The Stro
Weight = 245|lbs.
Trainers = Nelson Royal,Gene Anderson, and Ivan Koloff

Stro is an American [[professional wrestling|professional wrestler]] and [[actor]], best known for his appearances with [[World Championship Wrestling]] under the [[ring name]] '''The Maestro'''. Kellum has also wrestled for [[independent circuit|independent]] [[professional wrestling promotion|promotions]] such as the [[United States Wrestling Association]], [[Smokey Mountain Wrestling]] and the [[World Wrestling Council]]. He is currently competing under the ring name '''The Stro'''. In addition to wrestling, Kellum is also an occasional television and film actor. He has [[guest star]] on several episodes of the television series ''[[One Tree Hill (TV series)|One Tree Hill]]'' and has starred in the [[horror film]]s ''12-24'' and ''Deader Country''.

==Professional wrestling career==

===Early life and career===

Having a theatrical and musical background in addition to having experience as a [[collegiate wrestling|collegiate wrestler]] (which included freestyle/Greco-Roman wrestling) and Mixed Martial Arts, Kellum began training under veterans [[Nelson Royal]], [[Gene Anderson]] and [[Ivan Koloff]] before making his professional debut on January 1, 1990 against ACW champion L.A. Stevens in [[Kannapolis, North Carolina]]. He wrestled [[Ivan Koloff]] and Chief [[Wahoo McDaniel]] early in his career and competed in many independent promotions in the southeast. Shortly after his debut on the independent circuit, he eventually appeared on ''[[WCW Saturday Night]]'' making his debut under the name Robbie Eagle against [[Steve Borden|Sting]] in 1991.

===Smokey Mountain Wrestling & the United States Wrestling Association===

Returning to the independent circuit soon after, he lost the CWF Heavyweight Championship to [[Brian Gerard James|Brian Armstrong]] in September 1993 and later began competing in Smokey Mountain Wrestling under the [[ring name]] Robbie Eagle and feuded with [[Tim Horner]] and [[Chris Candido]] over the [[SMW Beat the Champ Television Championship]] during 1994. Although Kellum was in negotiations for a return to WCW, he instead ended up debuting for the USWA. Prior to his debut in the promotion, he had some classic bouts against [[Rob Van Dam]] and [[Too Cold Scorpio]] on the southeastern independent wrestling circuit. In early 1995, he began wrestling in the USWA and aligned himself with [[Tommy Rich]] and [[Doug Gilbert]] in their feud against [[PG-13 (professional wrestling)|PG-13]], [[Brian Lawler|Brian Christopher]], [[Bill Dundee]] and [[Jerry Lawler|Jerry "The King" Lawler]]. The great nephew of the original [[George Wagner|"Gorgeous" George Wagner]], he was billed as Gorgeous George III and later teamed with [[Scott Hall]], [[Nelson Frazier, Jr.|King Mabel]] and [[The Gambler (wrestler)|The Gambler]] before leaving for Smokey Mountain Wrestling. Started shouting his patented "Ooh La La!" to the crowds. Later that year, he and [[Chris Benoit]] competed in several dark matches for the [[World Wrestling Entertainment|World Wrestling Federation]] before turning up in the World Wrestling Council feuding with Pulgarcito and Invader for the [[WWC Television Championship]]. While in Puerto Rico, [[Randy Savage|"Macho Man" Randy Savage]] attempted to get permission for the name to be used by his brother [[Lanny Poffo]] however negotiations eventually fell through although he later began competing in WCW on a limited basis soon after. During the mid-1990s, while with the [[Union of Wrestling Forces International]], he toured Japan with [[Dan Severn]] and [[Ken Shamrock]] gaining extensive kickboxing and mixed martial arts training. In 1997, he toured with [[Jake Roberts|Jake "the Snake" Roberts]] in the [[Asistencia Asesoría y Administración]] appearing with Roberts in a two-day supercard ''[[TripleMania V]]''. During his time in the promotion, he also competed against AAA legends [[Perro Aguayo]], Canek and Octagon among others.

===Return to World Championship Wrestling===

Although he complained to WCW management after [[Randy Savage]]'s former girlfriend and valet [[Stephanie Bellars]] began using the name Gorgeous George III, he later agreed to return to WCW full-time after meeting with then WCW Vice President [[Eric Bischoff]] and returned as The Maestro. He often came out to an instrumental (and slightly tweaked) version of [[Paul Orndorff]]'s short lived theme, "Wonderful" during the late 1990s with [[Alicia Webb|Symphony]] as his valet. Feuding with Evan Karagias over the [[WCW World Cruiserweight Championship]], Kellum would also become involved in feuds with [[David Flair]], [[Norman Smiley]], [[Buff Bagwell]] and [[Ernest Miller]]. He regularly appeared on ''[[Monday Night Nitro]]'' and ''[[WCW Thunder]]'' having some success. The Maestro/Cat feud involved legendary entertainer "The Godfather of Soul" [[James Brown]] at WCW's [[Superbrawl]] PPV. He left the promotion after his contract expired in 2000.

===Return to the Indys===

After his release from WCW, Kellum began operating a wrestling school out of Jacksonville, North Carolina. He later returned to the Southeastern area as The Stro competing for Atlantic Championship Pro Wrestling, [[Mason-Dixon Wrestling]], the Independent Wrestling Federation, North American Championship Wrestling, and the [[National Wrestling Alliance]] who has held victories over [[Demolition Ax]], [[Sione Vailahi|The Barbarian]] as well as faced [[Jim Duggan|"Hacksaw" Jim Duggan]] and [[Ivan Koloff]]. He was later defeated by [[Shark Boy]] in the opening round of [[Nick Mayberry]]'s HCW [[Incredible 8 Tournament]] on July 13, 2002. That same year, he Won the CAPW TV title and feuded with [[Balls Mahoney]] and other top stars of CAPW in Cleveland, Ohio. Kellum also won the ACCW title for a second time in a rumble match in Wilmington, NC and later feuded with Cold Cash D, Flex Phenom and Dave Renegade. Kellum became a two time NACW champion feuding with [[Tony Atlas|"Mr. USA" Tony Atlas]], [[Ricky Morton]], [[Jake Roberts]], Carnage, and Brad Hunter, leader of a faction called "Damage Inc." along with Main Attraction and Rico Rage. Facing his former tag team partner [[Brad Cain|Lodi]] at PPCW in [[Conway, South Carolina]], Kellum also won the SCW title in [[Dayton, Ohio]]. Stro won the WCEW title and feuded with Magnum T.R., Ali Steele, Ouga Booga, Justin Feeche, [[Bobby Eaton]], and Aaron Devil. Was a part of the "Triple Heat" group along with Aaron Devil and Steve Michaels who was later replaced by P Roc. With "Mr. USA" Tony Atlas, [[Tom Brandi|The Patriot]] and [[Ranger Ross]], he feuded with [[Ivan Koloff]] & The Russian Army in late 2005 as well as defeating The Barbarian at the [[Ricky Morton Benefit Show]] on February 2, 2006. A mainstay of [[American Coast Professional Wrestling]], Kellum was the promotion's youngest champion ever in [[Charlotte, North Carolina]]-area.{{citation needed|date=December 2008}} He also feuded with female wrestler "The Queen of Pain" [[Naudia]] facing her in a series of intergender matches during 2005 and 2006, most notably defeating her for the ACPW Television Championship in an [["I Quit" match]] in December 2005 as well as regaining the ACPW Television title from her in the first intergender dog collar match against her on February 4, 2006. He later defeated her and [[Sgt. Chaos]] in a handicap match for the Ring Wars Carolina promotion on February 18, 2006. In June, he made his DSCW debut in [[Supply, North Carolina]] and, that same month, Kellum and Lord Everett Devore formed a tag team known as The Classics. The following month, while wrestling for the West Virginia-based NWA Mountain State, Kellum defeated The Barbarian in a Hardcore match as well as defeating [[Buzzsaw (wrestler)|Buzzsaw]] in [[White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia]] on September 5, 2006. Kellum defeated Dave Renegade to win his second ACPW Heavyweight Championship on March 10, 2007. On June 9, Kellum made his ASPW debut in [[Elizabeth City, North Carolina]] where he began feuding with Derik Flair. On September 28, Kellum joined long time heel stable the Fourth Alliance along with Stan Braddock, Sean Cruise, and Cletus Bass. The stable, which had existed since 1997 when it included NWA World Tag Team Champions Pat and CW Anderson, was managed by Dexter "The Expert" Holley. Holley is now semi retired and working as a television producer. The Stro joined the Alliance at an ACPW show in [[Warsaw, North Carolina]]. He defeated Hangtime to win his third ACPW heavyweight title in [[Salemburg, North Carolina]] on October 13. He also returned to ASCW and wrestled another epic bout against former AAA tag team partner and former WWE star the legendary [[Jake Roberts|Jake "The Snake" Roberts]] defeating him with STF Encore submission hold in [[Clarkburg, West Virginia]] on November 15. Feuding with Johnny Blast and NWA Mountain State TV champion Dr. Roger Hamm in [[NWA Mountain State Wrestling]], he defeated Frank "The Tank" Parker to win the NWA-Mountain State Wrestling heavyweight championship on December 8, 2007. On February 8, 2008, Kellum was voted 2007 NWA-MSW Wrestler of the Year.{{citation needed|date=December 2008}} In April, it was announced that Kellum would star along with [[Tiffany Shepis]], [[Scot Davis]], [[Sam Nicotero]], [[Devanny Pinn]], and [[Jimmy Sapienza]] in upcoming horror movie ''[[12-24]]'' and mentioned on [[Fangoria]]. Kellum was inducted in the ACPW wrestling Hall of Fame on August 2, 2008. In October 2008, it was announced that Stro would be in the upcoming horror film "[[Deader Country]]" set to be released in 2009. On March 15, 2009, Princeton, West Virginia, Stro defeats Jason "The Gift" Kincaid to become a two time NWA-Mountain State Wrestling heavyweight champion. On November 21, 2009, Mullens, West Virginia, Stro defeated "Dynamite" Derik Billings and "King" Richard to become the first three time NWA-Mountain State Wrestling heavyweight champion. February 2010, Video trailer released on Youtube.com of upcoming Summer 2010 film "The Legend of Johnny Smalltie" starring Stro as the mob crime boss "Tony". *The Legend of Johnny Smalltie trailer at YouTube. On March 27, 2010, Gorgeous George Wagner was inducted in the 2010 WWE Hall of Fame the night before Wrestlemania 26. On April 11, 2010, Stro wrestled Shane Douglas in Kingwood, WV for All Star Championship Wrestling. On May 28, 2010, in CAPW, The Stro defeated "Ironman" Nick Vah. On June 1, 2010 Stro to make cameo in upcoming film "Kos Island". On July 10, 2010 Stro wins and becomes a four-time NWA-Mountain State heavyweight champion in Hinton, West Virginia On February 5, 2011 NWA World Champion Adam Pearce and Stro wrestle to a classic 45 minute draw in Rand, West Virginia. On August 2011 Stro wins the NWA-MSW TV championship from Matt Conard in Summersville, WV. On October 7, 2011 Stro defeated NWA World champion Adam Pearce by DQ in Princeton, WV. On March 17, 2012 Stro wins NWA/SCWA Lucky 7 briefcase TLC match in Thomasville, NC, In March 2012 Stro to star in film documentary "The History of the National Wrestling Alliance". On May 19th, 2012 Stro wins the APWA American championship in Shinnston, WV. On June 10th, 2012 Stro participated in the Special Friends Fishing Tournament for the Disabled in Wrightsville Beach, NC. On July 28, 2012 Stro regains the APWA American championship in Shinnston, WV. On Dec. 13th 2012 Stro wins Ladder Match for ownership of XWW in Charlotte, NC. On April 4th 2013 Stro wins battle royal to become new XWW Commissioner in Charlotte, NC. On June 13th 2013 Stro defeats Belton Creedmore in a "Symphony of Destruction" falls count anywhere match at XWW's "Blood, Sweat, and Tears 2". On June 16th 2013 Stro appears at "Fishin' with Special Friends" event for disabled children at Wrightsville Beach, NC. Sept. 8th, 2013 Stro was honored by Hall of Famer Jimmy Valiant and Boogie's Wrestling Camp.

==Personal life== Kellum is the [[great nephew]] of professional wrestler "Gorgeous" [[George Wagner]].

==Filmography==

2003 One Tree Hill (TV series) Security Guard – The Search for Something More (2003)
2008 12-24 Killer
2009 Deader Country (video) The Stro
2010 The Legend of Johnny Smalltie Tony
2011 The Indy Wrestler Stro
2010 The Legend of Johnny Smalltie (stunt coordinator)
2011 The Indy Wrestler Stro
2012 "The History of the National Wrestling Alliance" (Documentary)↵Stro "The Maestro of Wrestling"
2013 Get Up (short film) - Biker
2013 Southern Iron (short film)- Iron Chester Prospect Biker

==In wrestling==

*'''Finishing moves''' **''The Wing'' ([[Professional wrestling holds#Crossface chickenwing|Crossface chickenwing]]) **''SBD'' ([[DDT (professional wrestling)#Fisherman DDT|Bearhug DDT]]) **''Encore'' ([[Professional wrestling holds#STF|STF]])

*'''Signature moves''' **''Kobashi Chops'' (Rapid [[Professional wrestling attacks#Backhand chop|knife-edged chops]] to a cornered opponent) **[[Elbow drop]] **Multiple [[suplex]] variations

*'''[[Manager (professional wrestling)|Managers]]'''

**[[Alicia Webb|Symphony]] **[[Big Business Brown]]{{cite web|url=http://www.bigbusinessbrown.com|title=Big Business Brown's website|publisher=Big Biz|accessdate=2012-01-01}} **[[Jim Cornette]] **[[Downtown Bruno]] **[[Skandor Akbar]]

==Championships and accomplishments==

*'''American Pro Wrestling Alliance''' **APWA American Heavyweight Championship (2 time) **APWA World Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Bobby Shields, [[Chase Stevens]], Jock Samson and [[Christian York]]{{cite web|url=http://www.cagematch.net/?id=5&nr=1694|title=APWA Tag Team Championships|author=cagematch|publisher=Cagematch|date=February 25, 2012|accessdate=2012-02-25}} {{verify credibility|failed=y|date=September 2013}} *'''Atlantic Coast Championship Wrestling''' **ACCW Heavyweight Championship (2 times) *'''Atlantic Coast Professional Wrestling''' **ACPW Heavyweight Championship (3 times) **ACPW Television Championship (4 times) **ACPW Tag Team Championship (1 time) with Tre-G *'''AWA Supreme Championship Wrestling''' **SCW Heavyweight Championship (1 time) *'''Championship Pro Wrestling''' **CPW Heavyweight Championship (1 time) **CPW Hardcore Championship (1 time) *'''Cleveland All-Pro Wrestling''' **CAPW North American Heavyweight Championship (1 time) **CAPW Television Championship (1 time) *'''Coastal Real Extreme Wrestling''' **CREW Heavyweight Championship (2 times) *'''Independent Wrestling Federation''' **IWF International Championship (1 time) *'''[[Mason-Dixon Wrestling]]''' **[[MDW Heavyweight Championship]] ([[MDW Heavyweight Championship#Title history|2 times]]) *'''[[National Wrestling Alliance|NWA Mountain State]]''' **[[NWA Mountain State Heavyweight Championship]] ([[NWA Mountain State Heavyweight Championship#Title history|4 times]]) **NWA Mountain State TV Heavyweight Championship(1 time) *'''New Age Championship Wrestling''' **NACW Heavyweight Championship (2 times) *'''Ring Wars Carolina''' **RWC Heavyweight Championship (1 time) *'''Squared Circle Wrestling Alliance''' **SCWA/NWA 2012 Lucky 7 Winner (1 time) *'''[[Smoky Mountain Wrestling]]''' **[[SMW Beat the Champ Television Championship|SMW Television Championship]] ([[SMW Beat the Champ Television Championship#Title history|1 time]]) *'''Ultimate Championship Wrestling''' **UCW Heavyweight Championship (1 time) *'''[[United States Wrestling Association]]''' **[[AWA Southern Heavyweight Championship#United States Wrestling Association|USWA Southern Heavyweight Championship]] ([[AWA Southern Heavyweight Championship#United States Wrestling Association|1 time]]) **[[USWA Tag Team Championship]] ([[USWA Tag Team Championship#Title history|1 time]]) *'''World Class Extreme Wrestling''' **WCEW Heavyweight Championship (1 time) *'''[[World Wrestling Council]]''' **[[WWC Television Championship]] ([[WWC Television Championship#Title History|1 time]]) *'''[[Southern Championship Wrestling]]''' **SCW Heavyweight Championship (1 time) *'''[[World Championship Wrestling]]''' **WCW Television/Cruiserweight Championship (1 time) *'''[[Xtreme World Wrestling]]''' **XWW Owner (1 time) **XWW Commissioner (1 time) *'''Other titles''' **CCWA Heavyweight Championship (1 time) **MAIW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)

*'''[[Pro Wrestling Illustrated]]''' **Voted runner up for Rookie of the Year as Robbie Eagle in 1993 **Ranked #248 as Robbie Eagle in PWI Top 500 in 1993 **Ranked #151 in PWI Top 500 in 1995 **Ranked #322 as Gorgeous George III in PWI Top 500 in 1996 **Ranked #301 as Gorgeous George III in PWI Top 500 in 1997 **Ranked #293 as The Maestro in PWI Top 500 in 2000 **Ranked #175 as The Maestro in PWI Top 500 in 2001 **Ranked #335 as The Stro in PWI Top 500 in 2003 **Ranked #292 as The Stro in PWI Top 500 in 2004 **Ranked #275 as The Stro in PWI Top 500 in 2005 **Ranked #461 as The Stro in PWI Top 500 in 2006 **Ranked #402 as The Stro in PWI Top 500 in 2007 **Ranked #414 as The Stro in PWI Top 500 in 2008 **Ranked #493 as The Maestro in PWI Top 500 in 2012 **Ranked #485 as The Stro in PWI Top 500 in 2013

''Woo...Mercy Daddy! Welcome To My World The Jimmy Valiant Story'' written by [[Jimmy Valiant]] (last chapter). Retrieved 2010-01-01.
''Pin Me, Pay Me. Have Boots Will Travel'' written By [[Bobby Blaze]]. Retrieved 2013-01-08





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