All Pro Wrestling
|This article relies on references to primary sources. (June 2013)|
|Formerly||Pacific Coast Sports|
All Pro Wrestling is an independent professional wrestling promotion and training school, based in Hayward, California. The company was founded and managed by Roland Alexander up to his passing in November 2013. It is located 45 miles southeast of San Francisco, 15 miles south of Oakland, and 35 miles north of San Jose.
- 1 History
- 2 Current roster
- 3 APW Championships
- 4 Special Events
- 5 King of the Indies Tournament
- 6 Defunct Championships
- 7 References
- 8 External links
All Pro Wrestling opened in 1991 under the name, "Pacific Coast Sports". The school and its "Gym Wars" events maintained a strong local following throughout the 1990s, but it wasn't until professional wrestling's Attitude Era that APW gained national notoriety.
In 1999, All Pro Wrestling (APW) was featured as part of the documentary film, Beyond the Mat. Roland Alexander, along with wrestlers Tony Jones and Michael Modest appeared, as they were having a tryout match with the World Wrestling Federation. The spot in the film was said to have tremendously boosted the school's "Boot Camp" sign ups.
APW suffered a wrongful death lawsuit to the family of APW Boot Camp trainee, Brian Ong. On May 28, 2001, Ong was training with fellow trainee Dalip Singh, despite suffering from an earlier concussion. Singh delivered a flapjack to Ong twice, with his head striking the mat and worsening his concussion. He was pronounced dead on arrival to a local hospital. Ong's family sued APW for reckless behavior. The case was filed in September 2002, and the trial was underway on June 10, 2005. After a three-week trial, on July 12, the jury voted unanimously in favor of the Ong family. APW was forced to pay $1.3 million to the Ong family.
After a dispute with Roland Alexander in 2002, most of the APW roster, including trainers Michael Modest, Donovan Morgan, and Frank Murdoch left the company to start a training facility known as the Pro Wrestling IRON Tetsu Academy (now defunct). In April 2008, booker and promoter Gabriel Ramirez left the company to start his own promotion, Pro Wrestling Revolution. Former wrestling manager John LaRocca took over as head booker for the company.
On Wednesday, December 14, 2011, All Pro Wrestling and Vendetta Pro Wrestling announced the Vendetta Pro Tag Team Titles will now be booked in All Pro Wrestling as well. The title was renamed the APW-Vendetta Pro "Unified" Tag Team Championship and be defended on Vendetta Pro and APW events. At that time "Dos Perfectos" (Greg Hernandez and Jesse Jimenez) were the Vendetta Pro Tag Team Champions and were crowned the first APW/Vendetta Pro Unified Tag Team Champions.
In March 2012 stars from Hawaii based promotion AZW (Action Zone Wrestling)appeared on APW Gym Wars for their "Pacific Challenge". Joined by promoter Daryl Bonilla AZW was represented by Bobby Bolt, Mark Anarchy, Kaimana & "Mr. Athletic" Jeff Cobb while APW was represented by Jeckles, AJ Kirsch, Dylan Drake & Timothy Thatcher. A few months later Cobb returned to compete in APW's 2012 Young Lions Cup tournament while Dylan Drake appeared on AZW's event "Retribution".
- Adam Thornstowe
- A.J. Kirsch
- Billy Blade
- Boyce LeGrande
- Cheerleader Melissa
- Chris Kadillak
- Colt Cabana
- Daniel Torch
- Dalton Frost
- Damien Grundy
- Dave Dutra
- Dylan Drake
- Jardi Frantz
- James Watkins
- Joe DeSoul
- JR Kratos
- Kevin Michael Johnson
- Larry Blackwell
- Levi Shapiro
- Matt Carlos
- Marcus Lewis (2013 APW Boot Camp Graduate)
- Rik Luxury
- Robert Thompson
- Sir Samurai
- Timothy Thatcher
- Tyson Thompson (APW Boot Camp Graduate)
- Vennis Demarco
- Virgil Flynn
- Will Rood
- Sione Finau
Managers and valets
- Markus Mac (Pink Mink Inc. - Matt Carlos, Dave Dutra & Rik Luxury)
- Matthew Theall (TheAll Stars — Billy Blade & Levi Shapiro)
- Darkness (Corvus)
- Raze (Tyler Bateman)
- Big Ry Gamble (Damien Grundy)
- Beefcake Betty (Beefcake Betty)
- The Almighty Sheik
- Brian Zane
- Roland Alexander (APW President and Owner)
- Shane Dynasty (APW Commissioner)
- Larry Blackwell (APW Assistant Commissioner)
- Joseph Rodriguez (Pro Camp Coach, Beginners Coach, Advanced Semi-Pro Fundamentals Coach)
- Larry Blackwell (Advanced Semi-Pro Fundamentals Coach)
- Donovan Troi (Ring Announcer)
- Stephen Lawrence (Ring Announcer)
- Sparkey Ballard (Senior Official)
- Toby Reynolds (Referee)
- Will Cuevas (Referee)
- Shane Mai (Production Director)
- Paul Adams (Still Photography/Film Director)
- Carolyne Imbukwa, Mike Truex, Drake Nelson, Anthony Trevino (Film)
|Adam Thornstowe||Dylan Drake||Hayward, CA||April 13, 2013|
|Jeckles The Jester||Billy Blade||Hayward, CA||November 8, 2013|
|APW/Vendetta Pro Unified
Tag Team Championship
|Pink Mink Inc
("Magnificent" Matt Carlos & "Wrestling Personified" Rik Luxury)
|The Suburban Commandos
(D-Unit & T-Rent)
|Las Vegas, NV||April 15, 2013|
^ 1. As of December 14, 2011, the APW/Vendetta Pro Unified Tag Team Championships are co-promoted by All Pro Wrestling and Vendetta Pro Wrestling.
^ 2. As of February 2, 2013, "The Golden Boy" Dylan Drake REGAINED the APW Universal Heavyweight Championship from JR Kratos with assistance from his Personal Attorney Mr. Ramirez, who was going to file a lawsuit against APW Commissioner Larry Blackwell, APW Owner Roland Alexander and All Pro Wrestling due to an incorrect Referee decision made by APW Senior Official Sparkey Ballard. The Universal Heavyweight Championships was stripped from JR Kratos and returned to Dylan Drake by orders of APW Commissioner Larry Blackwell. Dylan Drake continues his previous reign as Champion. The APW Championship Committee has removed JR Kratos' title reign from the History Books due to the controversy.
^ 3. As of July 1, 2013 Hayward, California; All Pro Wrestling is announcing that due to a personal conflict of interest, the contracted APW World-Wide Internet Championship bout scheduled for this Saturday July 6, between "Double D" Dave Dutra and Drake Younger has been terminated.
APW will not stand for despicable sportsmanship or child like etiquette from any roster members regardless of their origin. With that being said -- Effective immediately, the All Pro Wrestling World-Wide Internet Championship will be held in escrow.
^ 4.As of July 6, 2013 Hayward California: Drake Younger beats Timothy Thatcher too become the new World Wide Internet Champion after the title was Held up in escrow.
APW Young Lions Cup Tournament
December 6, 2008 – "Out of Control" Matt Carlos wins the inaugural cup in a 4-Way Elimination Match involving himself, Dan Danielson, Junior Morales, and CORVUS.
April 18, 2009 – This was the first Young Lion's Cup to be contested in an 8-person single elimination tournament.
|6||Christina Von Eerie|
April 10, 2010 – The winner of this year's tournament would not only win the Young Lion's Cup, but would also become #1 contender for the APW Worldwide Internet Championship.
|4||Brandon P. Net||5:00|
April 1, 2011
|Perry Von Vicious||BYE1|
|5||Perry Von Vicious||Submit|
|Perry Von Vicious||Pin|
|Brandon P. Net||7:57|
|Brandon P. Net||6:15|
|7||Brandon P. Net||Pin|
1. ^ Perry Von Vicious was awarded a bye into the Finals after APW Commissioner J.J. Perez deemed Mikey Jay unfit to compete after a post-match attack by CORVUS in the 1st round.
May 5, 2012
-The 2012 Young Lions Cup Tournament is the first tournament to include 16 Competitors. The competitors were broken into 8 teams by the APW Championship Committee. Those teams would wrestle each other in single elimination format; the winning team would go on to face one another in the Quarterfinals of the Tournament.
-Results of Round One: In Round One of the 2012 APW Young Lions Cup Tournament, the team of Damien Grundy with Matthew Theall & JR Kratos eliminated the team of Brian Tannen & Joe DeSoul. Tenchismo & SLEDGE with CORVUS & DARKNESS were eliminated by the team of Mikey Jay & Daniel Torch. The team of Sasha Darevko & Jeff Cobb eliminated the team of Ray Rosas & Chris Cali. The team of Shoop Shellhammer and Levi Shapiro with Matthew Theall were eliminated by the team of Darren Dean & Kay Jutler. All winning teams would advance to the Quarterfinals of the Tournament.
Pick the Winner Battle Royal
- 2009 Winner: "The Latin Dragon" Junior Morales (1/3/09)
- 2010 Winner: "Out of Control" Matt Carlos (1/16/10)
- 2011 Winner: Corvus (1/8/11)
- 2012 Winner: "Big Country" Jody Kristofferson (1/14/12)
- 2013 Winner: "The Rock Legend Scum" Adam Thornstowe (1/5/13)
Gauntlet to the Gold
- 2008 Winner: Dylan Drake (10/4/08)
- 2009 Winner: Malachi (9/26/09)
Super Summer Series
- 2010 Winner: "The Boss" Derek Sanders (6/12/10)
Bracket "B" winner, Derek Sanders, defeated Bracket "A" winner, Dylan Drake in the finals to win the Super Summer Series and become #1 contender for the APW Universal Heavyweight Championship.
|Count Out||15 pts|
|Time Limit Draw (TLD)||5 pts|
|Mr. Wrestling #4||25|
|Results||Dave Dutra||Dylan Drake||Rik Luxury||Mr. Wrestling #4|
|Dave Dutra||X||TLD||Luxury (pin)||TLD|
|Dylan Drake||TLD||X||Drake (submit)||Drake (submit)|
|Rik Luxury||Luxury (pin)||Drake (submit)||X||Mr. Wrestling #4 (pin)|
|Mr. Wrestling #4||TLD||Drake (submit)||Mr. Wrestling #4 (pin)||X|
|Results||Derek Sanders||Timothy Thatcher||Vinny Massaro||Jody Kristofferson|
|Derek Sanders||X||Sanders (pin)||Sanders (pin)||Kristofferson (pin)|
|Timothy Thatcher||Sanders (pin)||X||Massaro (pin)||Thatcher (submit)|
|Vinny Massaro||Sanders (pin)||Massaro (pin)||X||Kristofferson (c/o)|
|Jody Kristofferson||Kristofferson (pin)||Thatcher (submit)||Kristofferson (c/o)||X|
King of the Indies Tournament
The first King of the Indies tournament was held on December 30, 2000, in Galt, CA.
Over the weekend of October 26–27, in Vallejo, CA, APW held the 2nd "King of the Indies" tournament, which showcased premiere independent wrestlers from across the United States. A.J. Styles, Samoa Joe, Frankie Kazarian, Doug Williams, and Spanky were among the participants in the 16-man event. "American Dragon" Bryan Danielson would ultimately be crowned "King of the Indies" after defeating Low-Ki in the tournament final.
|Championship||Final Champion||Previous Champion||Date Won||Date Retired|
|APW Junior Heavyweight Champion||Chris Cole||Erin O'Grady||May 10, 1997||October 3, 1997|
|APW Above The Law /
Future Legends Champion
|Cheerleader Melissa||Mariko Yoshida||May 3, 2005||Fall 2005|
|APW Tag Team Champions||Border Patrol
Derek Sanders &
Billy Blade & Gangrel
|January 5, 2008||
- "About APW". allprowrestling.com. Retrieved 2010-04-14.
- "The Great Khali and Brian Ong". greatkhali.net. Archived from the original on December 23, 2009. Retrieved 2010-01-17.
- "Hayward Jury Slams All Pro Wresting School: Awards in Excess of $1.3 Million to Parents of Young Man Who Died Because of Reckless Training". findarticles.com. 2005. Retrieved 2010-01-17.
- "APW on TV Tomorrow Morning!". allprowrestling.com. Retrieved 2010-01-17.
- "Roland Alexander passes away". F4WOnline.com. Retrieved 2013-11-06.
- "King of the Indies Tournament 2001". rfvideo.com. Retrieved 2010-07-16.
- "APW 2001 Show Results". allprowrestling.com. Retrieved 2010-07-16.