All Pro Wrestling
|This article relies too much 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, USA. The company was founded by Roland Alexander and managed by him until his death on November 5, 2013. It is located 45 miles southeast of San Francisco, 15 miles south of Oakland, and 35 miles north of San Jose.
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".
The company is now run by head booker Markus Mac.
- 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 Founder)
- Markus Mac (APW Booker)
- 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)
|Rik Luxury||Adam Thornstowe||June 13, 2014||San Francisco, California|
|Virgil Flynn||Chris Hero||September 6, 2014||San Francisco, California|
|APW Tag Team
|The Classic Connection
Buddy Royal &
|"Bad Boy" Boyce LeGrand &
|March 15, 2014||San Francisco, California|
|Championship||Champion||Previous||Date Won||Date Retired|
|Chris Cole||Erin O'Grady||May 10, 1997||October 3, 1997|
|APW Above The Law /
Future Legends Championship
|Cheerleader Melissa||Mariko Yoshida||May 3, 2005||Fall 2005|
|APW/Vendetta Pro Unified
Tag Team Championship
|"Bad Boy" Boyce LeGrand &
|Pink Mink Inc
("Magnificent" Matt Carlos &
"Wrestling Personified" Rik Luxury)
|October 26, 2013||Early 2014|
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- "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.