November 28, 2020

Retiring Pro Wrestler Signs on with the CCSO

Courtesy of Colton Campbell  and the Times-Georgian

(Carrollton, GA) — One of the newest Carroll County Sheriff’s Office deputies will retire from his previous profession in rare fashion — with a wrestling match.

Dep. Barry Buchanan, a professional wrestler who’s been known under ring names including Bull Buchanan and Recon, was sworn in as a deputy earlier this month, being placed in the patrol division. The deputy wrestled professionally in both the U.S. and Japan for more than 20 years before starting at the sheriff’s office.

Sheriff Terry Langley praised his new deputy, saying he offers the best of both worlds.

“He’s big, strong and powerful, but he also has a big heart,” the sheriff said. “He treats everybody with respect and will definitely be an outstanding deputy and an asset to our office.”

Buchanan, 45, will formally retire as a wrestler in a sheriff’s office-sponsored event Saturday, Nov. 22, beginning at 8 p.m. at Bowdon High School. Funds raised from the event will be split between the Carroll County chapter of the Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy and Communities in Schools of Carroll County and the City of Carrollton.

05Buchanan said there was “no doubt” his retirement match would be held in Bowdon, where he was raised.

“I’ve been all over the world, but I’ve never really left Carroll County,” he said. “I started around here, and there was no doubt from the beginning that I would wrap up my career here too.”

Langley said the event has been Buchanan’s “brain child” from the start.

“It’s going to be a good finale to a great career and the beginning of his public service career,” the sheriff said. “Our main goal is always focused on the children of Carroll County, and we’re hoping to raise a lot of money for these two fine organizations.”

Buchanan said “from the beginning” he knew his retirement match would be a charity event.

“I really wanted the show to give back to both the fans who have been so loyal to me from the start and to the community I hope to faithfully serve as a sheriff’s deputy,” he said. “The show will be a great combination of both the career I’m ending and the new one I’m starting now.”

Buchanan — who stands 6 feet 6 inches tall and weighed 290 pounds at his peak — started wrestling professionally in 1992 while a criminal justice student at Jacksonville State University.

The Bowdon native said he “caught some good breaks” in the Atlanta and Knoxville wrestling scenes, eventually entering a feeder program led by Jim Cornette, a prominent wrestling manager and commentator.

From there, Buchanan joined what is now known as WWE, the most popular American entertainment company that deals primarily in professional wrestling. Spending eight years in the WWE, Buchanan portrayed several different characters for the organization, winning the World Tag Team Championship in 2000.

Buchanan left WWE in 2003 to join Japanese wrestling federations, with which he stayed for another eight years. He speaks fondly of his time in Japan.

“It was great over there,” he said. “The wrestling is really different there, with the style being more physical and it being treated like an official sport still. I loved my time in Japan.”

While working in Japan, Buchanan still lived in the United States, saying he would tour in Japan for one month and then be home for one month before returning to the foreign country. The wrestler completed his final tour in 2010.

“I decided there was enough stuff right here in Georgia to keep me occupied,” he said. “So I thought I would make a go of it here.”

Buchanan started at the sheriuff’s office in 2012 in the Carroll County jail division, continuing to wrestle in nearby shows while working. About a year ago, he decided it was time to “move up and move on.”

“I enrolled in the academy because I thought it was just the right time for me,” he said. “There’s so many who can’t get out of the professional wrestling business for various reasons, and very few people get the chance to go out like this, so I’m thankful for that.”

The Night of Pro Wrestling will be Saturday, Nov. 22, at the old Bowdon High School gym. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., with the show starting at 8 p.m.

Ticket prices vary from $5-12 and include ringside seats and general admission. Buchanan said a “full card” of matches will be presented Saturday, with a special guest appearance by Abdullah the Butcher, a prominent semi-retired hardcore professional wrestler.

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact 770-851-5499.

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