List of independent wrestling promotions in the United States

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This article is about independent professional wrestling promotions in the United States. For an international listing, see List of professional wrestling promotions. For a list of National Wrestling Alliance-affiliated promotions, see List of NWA territories.

This is a list of independent wrestling promotions in the United States, sorted by regional area, and lists both active and defunct "indy promotions" from the 1990s and 2000s. This list does not include pre-1980s regional territories or present-day promotions affiliated with the National Wrestling Alliance.

New England[edit]

Connecticut[edit]

Name Location Owner(s) Years active Website Notes
Active
Pro Wrestling Academy CT New Haven Josef Von Schmidt 2011 Yes Head trainer Josef Von Schmidt has 13+ years of World wide experience. PWA specializes in American and Lucha Libre styles of wrestling, commentary, and referee training. As well as working on endurance training and character development. PWA also offers personalized one on one training and a Youth program for ages 11-17. For more information contact prowrestlingacademy@yahoo.com or call 203-627-7453.
Defunct
Assault Championship Wrestling Waterbury Jason Knight 2000–2004 Yes [1][2]
Connecticut Championship Wrestling Milford Joe LaChance 1999–2007 Yes Paul Roma was commissioner for the promotion.
Defiant Pro Wrestling Waterbury Mike Milano 2004–2008 Yes [1][3]
MXW Pro Wrestling Waterbury Joel Gertner 2004–2010 Yes The company operates an office in New York, NY, however, the majority of their live events have been presented in Connecticut.
Power & Glory Wrestling Fairfield Vito Esparo 2007-2011 Yes [4]
CTWE Bethany Joey Bricco 2008-2013 Yes
Real Warrior Entertainment South Windsor Craig Margelony 2013-2014 Yes

Maine[edit]

Name Location Owner(s) Years active Website Notes
Active
All Out Mayhem Portland Christian Redinger 2006- Yes
Global Independent Wrestling Maine Spongy Colson 2008- No
Independent Wrestling Entertainment Brewer Eric Johnson 2009- Yes
North Atlantic Wrestling Association Buxton Sonny Roselli 2002- Yes
Top Quality Wrestling Waterville Joel Andre Bouchard 2008– Yes Runs events under the iNTERGALACTIC Wrestling banner.
Defunct
Eastern Wrestling Alliance Portland James St. Jean
Bob Staples
1997–2008 Yes Was the only active wrestling promotion in Maine during its six-year existence; later sold to a Massachusetts promoter and reclocated to Charlton.[1][3][5][6]
Pro Wrestling America Live Waterville Joshua James Duprey
Joel Andre Bouchard
2007–2010 Yes
New Era Wrestling Presque Isle Jamie Long & Christopher Bomar 2010-2011 Yes
North Coast Wrestling Entertainment Bangor Neil Day
Von Taggart
2011-2013 Yes

Massachusetts[edit]

Name Location Owner(s) Years active Website Notes
Active
Big Time Wrestling Reading Terry Allen 2006- Yes Is a continuation of the original Big Time Wrestling under promoter Tony Santos in the 1950s and 60s.[7][8]
Chaotic Wrestling North Andover Jamie Jamitowski
Killer Kowalski
2000- Yes [3][9][10]
Eastern Wrestling Alliance Agawam Jeremy Baron 2010- Yes The promotion was previously located in Maine from 1999 to 2008 until it was sold to a Massachusetts promoter and reclocated to Charlton. The promotion was reactivated in 2010.
Millennium Wrestling Federation Melrose Dan Mirade
Neil Manolian
John Cena Sr.
2001- 11-16-2013 Yes [3][11][12]
New Age Old Tyme Wrestling Hadley Richard Blake 2008- Yes
New England Championship Wrestling Jamaica Plain Sheldon Goldberg 2000– Yes [3][13][14][15]
New World Wrestling Xtreme Blackstone Paulie Gilmore 2003– Yes Formerly known as New World Wrestling from 2003 to 2009. Co-promoted events with NWA New England in 2004 and 2005.[3][16]
Northeast Championship Wrestling Norwood John C. Howard
1997- Yes [17]
Top Rope Promotions Fall River Steve Ricard 1984- Yes Formerly known as Yankee Pro Wrestling[3][5][18] from 1997 to 2004. Its wrestling school, The Lock-Up, is run by Matt Hyson.
UFO Wresting Boston Randy Carey
Pat Dillon
2008- No
World Wrestling Stars Rockland Mike Sparta 1998- Yes
Defunct
American Wrestling Federation Lowell Gordon Scozzari 1991–1992 No [5][19]
Century Wrestling Alliance Revere Ellen Magliaro
Tony Rumble
1989–2007 Yes Formerly known as NWA New England from 1998 to 2007. Is the longest-running independent promotion under a single owner in New England.[1][5][18][20][21][22]
Elite Wrestling Alliance Beverly Donnie Deluca 1994–2001 Yes Promoter later formed Primal Conflict Wrestling.[1][23]
International Wrestling Federation Reading Killer Kowalski 1979–1995 No Associated with Kowalski's wrestling school, a number of his early students competed in the promotion such as Perry Saturn, Joanie Laurer (later to be known as Chyna) and Paul Levesque (now better known as Triple H); later relocated to Burlington, Vermont.[1][5][18][20][24]
International World Class Championship Wrestling Boston Joe Savoldi 1984–1996 No Dominant independent promotion in New England during the 1980s; succeeded by Century Wrestling Alliance prior to its close in 1996.[1][5][20][25]
New England Wrestling Association New Bedford Joe Eugenio 1988–1994 No [5]
South Coast Championship Wrestling New Bedford Steve Ricard 1999–2002 No Formerly a sister promotion of Yankee Pro Wrestling; later sold to and re-branded Steve Ricard's Top Rope Promotions.[3][26]

New Hampshire[edit]

Name Location Owner(s) Years active Website Notes
Active
WAW Manchester ? 1998- Yes
New Hampshire Championship Wrestling Manchester Marc Schmottlach 2010- Yes
Defunct
Front Row Wrestling Rochester Scott C. Despres 2003-2010 Yes Announced a merger with NWA Liberty States Wrestling in Massachusetts.[27]
Ringside Wrestling Nashua Jeff Costa 1994–1998 No Also known as World Independent Wrestling.[1][5]
All-Star Wrestling Association Nashua Jeff Costa 2002–2005 No Succeeded by Front Row Wrestling in 2005.[28]
Wrestling Federation of America Dover Steve Bradley 2003–2004 Yes [29]

Rhode Island[edit]

Name Location Owner(s) Years active Website Notes
Active
Power League Wrestling Pawtucket Jack Martin
Ralph Adams
1991- Yes Oldest independent wrestling promotion in Rhode Island.[3][5][30]
PWF Northeast Providence Matthew West
Spencer Jawitz
Rich Bastarache
2002–2005, 2011-2013 Yes Sister promotion of the Premiere Wrestling Federation and PWF Mid-South.[3][31]
Showcase Pro Wrestling Woonsocket Chris Ireland 2007- Yes [32][33][34][35]
Defunct
New England Wrestling Alliance Cranston Rocco Dellasandro 1991–2004, 2010 Yes Revived in 2010 for one final show and started a Hall of Fame[5][24][36]
Rhode Island Wrestling Alliance Cranston Alfred Traveiso, Jr.
Chris Sanders
1995–2004 Yes [1][3][5]

East Coast[edit]

Delaware[edit]

Name Location Owner(s) Years active Website Notes
Active
Dynamite Championship Wrestling Dover Johnson Joshua 2003- Yes Originally known as Delaware Championship Wrestling.
East Coast Wrestling Association Newark Jim Kettner
Mike Tartaglia[37]
1967- Yes Longest-running independent promotion in Delaware.[5][18][20][38]
First State Championship Wrestling Dover Shawn Hardy 2009- Yes
Right Coast Pro Newark Lisa & JJ Johnston 2012- Yes

Maryland[edit]

Name Location Owner(s) Years active Website Notes
Active
Maryland Championship Wrestling Baltimore Dan McDevitt
Dick Caricofe
Dennis Whipwrecht
1998-2003;
2006-
Yes Originally founded by Dan McDevitt and Mark Shrader in 1998, it went on hiatus for three years before resuming operations in 2006.[5][39]
National Wrestling League Hagerstown Dick Caricofe
John Rambo
1988- No Also known as NWL/HoPWF in association with sister promotion House of Pain Wrestling Federation;[40] is the longest-running independent promotion in Maryland.[5][24][41]
Defunct
Mid-Eastern Wrestling Federation Essex Dennis Wippercht
Tim Burke
1991–2004 Yes [5][18][24][42]

New Jersey[edit]

Name Location Owner(s) Years active Website Notes
Active
Bodyslam Wrestling Organization Elmwood Park Glenn Ulrich 2005- Yes [43]
East Coast Professional Wrestling Lake Hiawatha Gino Caruso 1992- Yes [5][18][20]
Empire Wrestling Alliance Jersey Shore Ron Post 1997- Yes Closed in 2007, but resumed operations in almost two years later.[5][44]
Force One Pro Wrestling Egg Harbor City Tommy Cairo
Phil Varlese
Pat DiGiacomo
James Pillman
John Short
2006- Yes
Independent Superstars of Professional Wrestling Little Falls Tommy Fierro 1999- Yes [5][45]
Independent Wrestling Federation Woodland Park Kevin Knight 1998- Yes [5][46]
Jersey All Pro Wrestling Bayonne Frank Iadeavia 1997- Yes [3][5][47][48]
Jersey Championship Wrestling Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey Ricky Otazu 2013- Yes
Jersey Shore Championship Wrestling Seaside Park, New Jersey Frank Iadeavia 2011- Yes
Pro Wrestling Syndicate Rahway Eric Tapout, Pat Buck 2007- Yes
Jersey Shore Championship Wrestling Seaside Park, New Jersey Frank Iadeavia 2011- Yes
Pro Wrestling Syndicate Rahway Eric Tapout, Pat Buck 2007- Yes
Tri-State Wrestling Alliance Sewell, New Jersey Mike Tartaglia 1998- Yes [37]
United Wrestling Alliance: Elite Metuchen Dave Swan 2011- Yes [5][18][20]
United Wrestling Coalition Jobstown Dave and Lois Thomas 1998- Yes First independent promotion invited to perform at Six Flags; one of the largest and most successful collectors for the "Toys for Tots" program.[5][49]
Women Superstars Uncensored Lake Hiawatha Sean Hansen 2007- Yes
Defunct
American Wrestling Council Iselin AJ Sparxx 1997–1998 Yes Merged with the Independent Wrestling Federation in 1998.[5][50]
Bloody Rage American Wrestling League (B.R.A.W.L) Somerdale Jersey Hurricane 1999–2003 Yes [5][51]
Jersey Championship Wrestling Hasbrouck Heights JCW Productions 1999–2004 Yes [3][52]
National Wrestling Federation Bricktown DC Drake 1986–1994 No [5][53]
Phoenix Championship Wrestling Toms River Don Bucci 2001–2003 Yes Promoted by the twin brother of Simon Dean, Donnie B, PCW was home to a number of future WWE stars, most notably, Mike Bucci.[54]
Stars & Stripes Championship Wrestling Belleville Carmine Sabia 1998–2005 Yes [55]

New York[edit]

Name Location Owner(s) Years active Website Notes
Active
Buffalo Championship Wrestling Buffalo Pasquale Maggorie 2002-2008; 2011- Yes Runs shows throughout the WNY area including Buffalo, Lackawanna, North Tonawanda, and Niagara Falls. Ran from 2002 until 2008 and then closed. Returned in 2011.
Empire State Wrestling Niagara Falls Brett Stymus 2002- Yes Promotion known as NWA-Empire from 2006-2008, and NEW-Niagara from 2008-2009. Ran as a subsidiary under the license of Maximum Force Wrestling Inc. from 2009 - 2011.[56]
Family Wrestling Entertainment Manhattan Jordan Schneider
2010- Yes
House of Hardcore Poughkeepsie Tommy Dreamer 2012- Yes
Fighting Spirit Wrestling Brooklyn Joel Maximo 2011- Yes Affiliated with the Ludus Wrestling School in Brooklyn.
In Your Face Wrestling Capital Region Ryan Williams
Scott Weinbloom
2007- Yes
Maximum Force Wrestling Inc. Dunkirk David Coia, Jr. 2000 – 2005, Dormant from 2006-2008, Restarted 2009 - present Yes Founded on 10/10/2000 by Russell M. Wheeler Jr., Jason Carnicelli, and Eric D. Wheeler. David Coia Jr. joined ownership group in 2002. From 2000 - 2005 operated in Auburn, NY at the Booker T. Washington Community Center, as well as Memorial Hall, in Cayuga New York. Had headquarters at Action Sports & Skate in Mattydale, NY for a short time during the winter of 2002-2003. Operations shut down in 2005 due to the bad market in the Finger Lakes Region. Since the restart 2009 it now operates from the historical Floral Hall at the Chautauqua County Fairgrounds, as well as the Gowanda Moose Lodge in Gowanda, NY, Silver Creek Central School in Silver Creek, NY and Brocton High School GYM, Brocton, NY.
New York Wrestling Connection Hicksville John Curse
Mikey Whipwreck
2002- Yes [3]
Northeast Wrestling Cornwall-on-Hudson Michael O'Brien 1995- Yes [5][18][57][58]
Pier 6 Wrestling Rochester Adam Nowak 2008- No [59]
Squared Circle Wrestling Syracuse Josh Jeanneret 2006- Yes
Upstate Pro Wrestling Rochester, NY Mike Rosario 2003- Yes Formerly NWA Upstate (2003-2009) and NWA New York (2009-2013).
Victory Pro Wrestling Deer Park, New York VPW Management 2005- Yes Running shows in the Deer Park Community Center, Deer Park, NY and at VFW Post 4927, Centereach, NY.
Warriors of Wrestling Staten Island Joe Bellini 2008- Yes [60]
World of Unpredictable Wrestling Brooklyn Johnny Rodz 1980- Yes Run by WWE Hall of Famer Johnny Rodz at the legendary Gleason's Gym in Brooklyn, New York.
Defunct
Ballpark Brawl Wrestling Buffalo Chris Hill 2003–2007 Yes Held annual supercards at Dunn Tire Park and Frontier Field.
Elite Wrestling Federation Schenectady 2001–2002 No [3][61]
Hardcore Wrestling Alliance Holbrook Paul Lauria 1999–2000 No [62]
Impact Championship Wrestling Queens Jac Saboth 2000– Yes Recently revived[63]

Pennsylvania[edit]

Name Location Owner(s) Years active Website Notes
Active
American Championship Pro Wrestling Philadelphia Chris Sutton 2005- Yes [64]
AWA WORLD-1 South Pottstown Steve Corino
Rob Dimension
Bryan Reigel
2001- Yes Formerly known as Premier Wrestling Federation, parent promotion of PWF Northeast and PWF Mid-South;[65] promotion changed its name to Pro Wrestling World-1 in 2004; merging with AWA Spinebuster to form AWA WORLD-1 South in 2006.[66][67]
CHIKARA Allentown Mike Quackenbush 2002- Yes [3]
Combat Zone Wrestling Philadelphia DJ Hyde 1999- Yes [5][68]
Dragon Gate USA Philadelphia Satoshi Oji
Gabe Sapolsky
2009- Yes American affiliate of the Japanese puroresu organization Dragon Gate.
Extreme Rising Philadelphia Shane Douglas
Kevin Kleinrock
Steve O'Neill
2012- Yes
International Wrestling Cartel Pittsburgh Norm Connors
Kevin Kleinrock
Steve O'Neill
2001- Yes [3][69]
Keystone Championship Wrestling LLC Philadelphia The Madd Man Kahreem 2013- Yes
Lancaster Championship Wrestling Lancaster Jason "Perfect Referee" Smith 2012- Yes [70]
Pro Wrestling Entertainment Mechanicsburg Tiffani Monroe 2004- Yes Its training faciity is run by Johnny Graham.[3][71]
Pro Wrestling eXpress McKeesport Jim Miller 1994- Yes [72]
Ring of Honor Bristol Cary Silkin 2002- Yes [73][74]
Ultimate Wrestling Experience Harrisburg Travis Shirk 2010- Yes [75]
Vicious Outcast Wrestling Connellsville Bill Molnar 2012- Yes
Women's Extreme Wrestling Philadelphia Dave Milan 2002- Yes Holds events at the former ECW Arena.
World Wide Wrestling Alliance Hatfield Dino Sanna 1981- Yes Bruno Sammartino served as the promotion's first commissioner.[5][20]
World Xtreme Wrestling Allentown Afa Anoa'i 1996- Yes Associated with Afa Anoa'i's Wild Samoan Pro Wrestling Training Center.[3][5][76]
Defunct
Allied Powers Wrestling Federation Indiana Chris Lash
Ken Brewer, Jr.
1998- Yes [5][77]
Extreme Championship Wrestling Philadelphia Tod Gordon
Paul Heyman
1992–2002 Yes [5][13][18][20][24][36]
Future Wrestling Alliance Palo Alto Smart Mark Video 1998–2002 Yes [5][78]
Hardway Wrestling Bethlehem The Bad Crew 1998–2004 Yes [79]
International Pro Wrestling Harrisburg Doug Flex
Brick Bronsky
1997–2004 No [5]
KAPOW! Philadelphia 2002–2005 Yes [80]
Keystone Championship Wrestling Altoona Ken Downs 2002–2009 Yes [81]
Major League Wrestling Philadelphia Court Bauer 2002–2005 No [82][83]
Pennsylvania Championship Wrestling Reading Blaine DeSantis 1995–2000 No [5][18][84]
Pittsburgh Wrestling League North Versailles 1999–2001 No Merged with NWA East in 2001.[5][85]
Pro-Pain Pro Wrestling Philadelphia The Blue Meanie
Jasmin St. Claire
2002–2005 Yes Also known as 3PW; featured many former stars from Extreme Championship Wrestling following its close in 2001.[86][87]
Pro-Wrestling 3000 Limerick Steve Corino
Ryan Kavangh
Reyes Nunez
2007–2009 Yes Also known as 3KWrestling Fighting Athletes; merged with B4W to form Pro-Wrestling WORLD-1 in 2009.[88][89]
Pro Wrestling Unplugged Philadelphia Tod Gordon
Johnny Kashmere
2004–2010 Yes Promotion founded after Johnny Kashmere and Trent Acid left Combat Zone Wrestling in 2004. Kashmere closed the promotion after the death of longtime tag team partner Trent Acid.[3]
Steel City Wrestling Pittsburgh Norm Connors 1994–2000 No Promotion closed after Conners entered the mortuary business; became promoter for the International Wrestling Cartel in 2001.[5][18][20][90]
Tri-State Wrestling Alliance Philadelphia Joel Goodhart 1989–1992 Yes [5][91][92]

Midwest[edit]

Illinois[edit]

Name Location Owner(s) Years active Website Notes
Active
All American Wrestling Berwyn Jim Lynam and Danny Daniels 2004-

Yes

All American Pro Wrestling Marion Sean Chambers 2006-2012 Yes [93][94]
Chaos Pro Wrestling Metropolis Sean Ditterline
Ron Zaragossa
2002-10
2012-
Yes [95]
Pro Wrestling Collision Carbondale Chris Hagstrom 2013- Yes [96]
Rebellious Wrestling Federation Ashton, Illinois & Sterling, Illinois Sean David 2009- Yes
SHIMMER Women Athletes Berwyn Dave Prazak
Allison Danger
2005- Yes [97]
Pro Championship Wrestling Midlothian Rick Knight 2001- Yes
Defunct
American Wrestling Federation Chicago Paul Alperstein 1994–1996 No Tito Santana and Sgt. Slaughter were bookers for the promotion.[5][98]
Powerhouse Championship Wrestling LaSalle Tim Lyle 1993–2008 Yes [5][99]
Windy City Pro Wrestling Chicago Sam DeCero 1988-2010 Yes [5][13][18][20]

Indiana[edit]

Name Location Owner(s) Years active Website Notes
Active
New Wave Pro Wrestling Terre Haute Mykie Guess 2013- Yes
Championship Wrestling Alliance Richmond Kaidyn Kross 200? - [No] [100]
Frontier Elite Wrestling Indianapolis Dustin Dyson 2002- Yes
Hoosier Pro Wrestling Columbus Jerry Wilson 1998- Yes [101]
Insanity Pro Wrestling Indianapolis Greg Carey and Dave Lawson 2001-
Infinity Pro Wrestling Bloomington 2010- Yes
Main Event Championship Wrestling Evansville Jason Daniel 2009- Yes
Michiana Championship Wrestling Goshen Jeremy Parson 2008- Yes Has co-promoted charity events with NWA Underground.[102]
New Era Wrestling Shelbyville 2001- Yes
Supreme Championship Wrestling Madison Matt Bickers 1997-2010 Yes [103]
AWA SUPREME WRESTLING Madison Shawn Sands 2013- Originally known as Supreme Championship Wrestling. Now resurrected as American Wrestling All-Stars Supreme.
Wild Championship Wrestling Outlaws Indianapolis Don Basher 1995- Yes [3][5][104]
XCW Mid-West Championship Wrestling New Albany
Danny Walker
2007- No
IWX Indie Wrestling Xtreme Scottsburg, Austin Shawn"Spider Murphy" Kendall and Loretta Kendall 2011 Yes
Defunct
International Association of Wrestling Mishawaka Brian Costello 1992–2005 Yes [20][105]
Main Event Championship Wrestling Evansville John Collins 2001 No Former ECW star The Sandman was head booker for the promotion.[106][107]
New Wave Championship Wrestling Evansville John Collins 2001–2002 Yes [108]
Pro Wrestling International Indianapolis Diamond Dan 1994–1998 Yes Dallas Parker and R.D. Reynolds were bookers for the promotion; became inactive after 1998 but still holds occasional shows.[5][18][20]
Ringside Wrestling Federation Indianapolis Don White 2003–2007 Yes

Iowa[edit]

Name Location Owner(s) Years active Website Notes
Active
3XWrestling Des Moines, Iowa Todd Countryman 2006- Yes
Pro Wrestling Phoenix Council Bluffs, Iowa Chris Havius 2005- Yes
Magnum Pro Wrestling Council Bluffs, Iowa Jaysin Strife 2010- Yes
Scott County Wrestling Walcott, Iowa 2003-
Impact Pro Wrestling Des Moines, Iowa Troy Peterson 2001- Yes Past Guests: Jim Ross, Mick Foley, Terry Funk, Edge, Gerry Brisco

Michigan[edit]

Name Location Owner(s) Years active Website Notes
Active
All-World Wrestling League Williamston Ed Farhat Jr. 2004- Yes [109]
International Ring Of Grapplers Lansing Rigoberto Flores
Chaz Brackx
Ricky Pannell Jr.
2011- Yes [110][111]
Juggalo Championship Wrestling Detroit Shaggy 2 Dope
Violent J
1999- Yes [112]
Michigan Wrestling Organization Flint 1994- Yes
Mid-Michigan Wrestling Federation Lansing Tim Blood 2013 Yes
Midwest Pro Wrestling Alliance Monroe Brian Shotwell
Johnny Carruba
2007- Yes
Pure Pro Wrestling Flint Xavier Justice 2006- Yes
UPW Pro Wrestling Escanaba 1999- yes
Takedown Wrestling Alliance Downriver Keith Calhoun 2009- yes
Defunct
Championship Wrestling Federation Warren Dave St. Onge
Thomas LaPeer
Art Marshall
1996–1997 No [5][113]
International Wrestling Revolution Detroit Josh Movado
Bubba Mackenzie
2002–2007 Yes Commonly known as IWR Revolucha Wrestling, it is one of the few lucha libre promotions in the United States and the only one operating in Midwest.[3][114]
Maximum Pro Wrestling Livonia Scott D'Amore
Allan Young
2002–2003 Yes Merged with Canadian promotion Border City Wrestling.[115]
Midwest Territorial Wrestling Dearborn Gary Woronchak 1994–1995 No [5][13][20][36][116]
Motor City Wrestling Warren Kurt Schneider 1981–2000 No [5][13][18][20][36]
TWX Wrestling Flint Shawn Grugel
Gordon Harris
2009-2010 No
Xtreme Wrestling Federation Dearborn Art Marshall 2001–2002 No [117]

Minnesota[edit]

Name Location Owner(s) Years active Website Notes
Active
F1rst Wrestling Minneapolis Arik Cannon 2007- Yes
Heavy on Wrestling Duluth David Sabick and Jon Wolford 2008- Yes Heavy on Wrestling features the widest variety of industry icons from all generations, up and coming stars, and a pay per view like atmosphere; Heavy on Wrestling currently has one champion aptly called the Undisputed Championship which is held by Sheik Ariya Daivari. A women's version of the championship will be unveiled at "Legendary" (Heavy on Wrestling's premier event) on August 23, 2014. Ric Flair, Terry Funk, Mick Foley, Booker T, Roddy Piper, Scott Steiner, Rick Steiner, Matt Hardy, Jake Roberts, Sean Waltman, Jerry Lynn, Sabu, Mr. Anderson, Lance Hoyt, Hardcore Holly, Trevor Murdoch, among numerous other industry names have all been involved with Heavy on Wrestling within the last 18 months (as of August 2014).
Steel Domain Wrestling Lakeville Ed Hellier 1998– Yes Originally known as St. Paul Championship Wrestling until 2001; Both Jesse Ventura and Nick Bockwinkel have been involved with the promotion.[3][5]
Midwest Pro Wrestling Minneapolis Eddie Sharkey 1999–2007 Yes [3][5]
Northern Premier Wrestling Gibbon J.B. Trask 1994–1999 No [5][24]
Pro Wrestling America Minneapolis Eddie Sharkey 1985–1998 No [5][24][118][119]

Missouri[edit]

Name Location Owner(s) Years active Website Notes
Active
World League Wrestling Eldon Harley Race 1999- Yes Associated with the Harley Race Wrestling Academy; formerly affiliated with the National Wrestling Alliance.[3][5][120]
Defunct
Midwest Renegade Wrestling St. Louis Mike Rogers
Ty Dalton
1996–2000 No Promotion was revived as NWA Central States in 2004.[5]

North Dakota[edit]

Name Location Owner(s) Years active Website Notes
Active
Northern Outlaw Wrestling Minot Mark Holter 2008- Yes

Ohio[edit]

Name Location Owner(s) Years active Website Notes
Active
Attitude Wrestling Federation Zanesville Dustin Taylor 2008- No [3]
Heartland Wrestling Association Cincinnati Cody Hawk/Jack Kimble?Chad Dillefeld 1996- Yes Founded by Les Thatcher.[3][5][121][122]
International Wrestling Association Niles Pete Lucic 1990- No [5][20]
Main Event Wrestling Sidney Travis Robinson
Tyler Robinson
2013- Yes
Mega Championship Wrestling Elyria Jeff Traxler 1999- Yes
Northern Wrestling Federation Cincinnati Johnny Diamond
Roger Ruffen
1998- Yes
Ohio Championship Wrestling Coshocton Jeff Lanham 2004- Yes [3]
Defunct
Global Wrestling Association Lima Al Snow 1993–1999 No Associated with Al Snow's Bodyslammer's Gym; promotion folded shortly after being sold to a Cleveland businessman in 1999.[18][20][123]
New Era Pro Wrestling Painesville Eddie Edwards 2001–2007 Yes [3][124]
Outlaws of Championship Wrestling Cleveland William Rabbits
Paul Michalski
Frank Urankar II
1999–2002 Yes [125]
World Wide Wrestling Alliance Columbus Richard Arpin
Dave Nelson
2004–2005 No Originally known as NWA Ohio.[126]

Wisconsin[edit]

Name Location Owner(s) Years active Website Notes
Active
Brew City Wrestling West Allis Frankie DeFalco 2004- Yes Affiliated with both AWA Superstars and the National Wrestling Alliance.[127][128]
Great Lakes Championship Wrestling Milwaukee David Herro 1997- Yes [5]
Janesville Wrestling Alliance Janesville Jacob Sailing 2011- Yes [129]
Wicked F'n Wrestling Lake Geneva MoFoley 2010- Yes
Defunct
Mid-American Wrestling Milwaukee Carmine DeSpirito 1992–2007 Yes [5][130]

Southeast[edit]

Florida[edit]

Name Location Owner(s) Years active Website Notes
Active
!Bang! Ocala Dory Funk, Jr. 2001- Yes Associated with Funk's Funking Conservatory wrestling school.
Belleview Pro Wrestling Belleview Santana Garrett 2012- No
Coastal Championship Wrestling Coral Springs Bruno Sassi 2004- Yes Associated with Jimmy Snuka's Bodyslam University and the Team 3D Wrestling Academy.
Combat Sport Pro Pensacola/Milton Behemoth Entertainment 2014- Yes
Culture Shock Wrestling Mossy Head James Rimmer 2001- Yes rebranded from Hardcore Pro Wrestling (1996-2000).
NXT Wrestling Orlando WWE 2012- Yes Developmental territory for World Wrestling Entertainment.
Manor Professional Wrestling Dinner Theater Kissimmee Bryan Smith[disambiguation needed] 2012- Yes
Florida Pro Wrestling Sarasota Brian Gould 2011- Yes
Full Impact Pro Largo Sal Hamaoui 2004- Yes Sister promotion of Ring of Honor from 2003 to 2009; talent exchange agreement with Dragon Gate USA.[131][132]
I Believe in Wrestling Orlando Chasyn Rance 2008- Yes
Independent Championship Wrestling Miami Jorge Portuondo 2008- Yes
Shine Wrestling Tampa Sal Hamaoui 2012- Yes Sister promotion of SHIMMER Women Athletes. Runs events regularly on internet pay-per-view at WWNLive.com.
USA Xtreme Pro Wrestling Orlando Frank Goodman 1996- Yes Known as USA Pro Wrestling from 1996 to 2005; relocated from New York in 2007.[133]
NWA Florida Underground Orlando Dontay Brown 2008- Yes [5][18]
Championship Wrestling Entertainment,Inc Port St. Lucie, Florida Christopher Quinones 2009- Yes
Defunct
Florida Wrestling Alliance Tampa Cliff Anderson 1998–2004 No [5][20]
Florida Wrestling Federation Winter Haven Al Hardiman 1992–2002 No [5][20]
Future of Wrestling Fort Lauderdale Bobby Rogers 1998–2003 Yes Associated with Rusty Brooks' School of Hard Knocks.[5][134]
Hardkore Championship Wrestling Hollywood Nick Mayberry 2002-2007 Yes [135]
Independent Professional Wrestling Davie Ron Niemi
Mike Pescina
1998–2003 Yes Promotion merged with NWA Florida in 2003.[5][136]
International Championship Wrestling Association Tampa Square Circle Promotions 1992–1996 No [5][20]
Southern Championship Wrestling Florida DeBary 2003–2007 Yes [3][137]
Sunray Pro Wrestling Melbourne Joe Price 2003–2004 Yes Formerly known as NWA Florida.[138]
Xtreme Wrestling Federation Orlando Jimmy Hart 2001–2005 Yes Events filmed at Universal Studios Florida; co-promoted events with the World Wrestling Council.[106][139][140]

Georgia[edit]

Name Location Owners Years Active Website Information
Active
Defunct
Appalachian Championship Wrestling Ellijay Kevin Hensley 2010-2012 Yes
Deep South Wrestling McDonough Jody Hamilton 2005–2007 No WWE developmental territory from 2005 to 2007.[141][142]
Great Championship Wrestling Columbus Jerry Oates 2004-2010 No Formerly known as Georgia Championship Wrestling from 2004 to 2005; sister promotion of NWA Wildside.[143][144]
National Championship Wrestling Cornelia Steve Martin 1997–1999 No Merged with NWA Georgia to form NWA Wildside.[5][145]
National Wrestling Federation Dalton 2000–2003 No Originally known as United States Championship Wrestling until 2002.[146]
North Georgia Wrestling Alliance Forest Park Sam Kent 1994–1997 No Also known as the North Georgia Wrestling Association; promotion was a developmental territory for World Championship Wrestling during the early-1990s.[5][20][147]
Spinebuster Championship Wrestling Valdosta 2004–2005 Yes [148][149]
Turnbuckle Championship Wrestling Marietta Dusty Rhodes 2000–2003 Yes Featured many former stars from World Championship Wrestling following its close in 2001.[150]
War Zone Wrestling Alliance Gainesville 1997–1998 No Formerly known as the Great American Wrestling Alliance.[5][151]

Kentucky[edit]

Name Location Owner(s) Years active Website Notes
Active
Independent Wrestling Association Louisville Ian Rotten 1996- [3][5][152][153]
Ohio Valley Wrestling Louisville Danny Davis 1998- Yes Affiliated with the National Werstling Alliance from 1998 to 2000 and a WWE developmental territory from 2000 to 2008; also has an affiliate promotion, Derby City Wrestling, which it used to train students as its wrestling facility.[5][154][155]
Kentucky Zone Wrestling Somerset Dennis Spradlin 2000's- [No] Small company based out of Somerset, Kentucky.
Wildcat Championship Wrestling Lawrenceburg Bobby Helton 2000's- Yes Small company based out of Lawrenceburg, Kentucky.
Prime Time Wrestling Paris Larry Jones and Daryl Kelly 2000's- [No] Small company based out of northern Kentucky.
Defunct
PWF Mid-South Kentucky 2001–2002 No Affiliated with Premier Wrestling Alliance and PWF Northeast.[156]
Tri-State Wrestling Kentucky Jeff Libolt 2000–2003 No Originally founded by "White Lion" Jim Tanner and "Bad Religion" Maxx Burton; promotion bought by NWA Championship Wrestling in 2003.[157]
USA Main Event Wrestling Jamestown Dale Mann
Mike Mann
1997–2000 No [5][18]

North Carolina[edit]

Name Location Owner(s) Years active Website Notes
Active
Allied Independent Wrestling Federations White Plains Dean Puckett, Tim Dolan 1992- Yes A Sanctioning body, Also known as AIWF Wrestling.[5][18]
CWF-Mid Atlantic Wrestling Burlington Danny Wenkel 2000- Yes Also known as the Carolina Wrestling Federation; affiliated with AWA Superstars from 2005 until 2007, and Pro Wrestling International since 2009.[3][5][158][159]
East Coast Pro Wrestling - North Carolina Thomasville Joe Long/Jeff Barbrey 1998- [1] Relaunched under a management group in 2013. Member of Pro Wrestling International
High Velocity Wrestling Hendersonville Gary Benfield (Viper) 2001- Yes
Premiere Wrestling Xperience Charlotte Brian Kanabroski (Kanabrewski) 2003- Yes Also known as PWX Wrestling.
Sudden Thrill Wrestling Clyde Marty Nelson 2009- Yes Formerly known as Asheville Thrill Wrestling and Anarchy Wrestling.
Danger Zone Wrestling Aberdeen 2013- Yes
United Professional Wrestling Association Wilmington Donald Brower 2005- Yes
Defunct
Atlantic Coast Championship Wrestling Wilmington Dave Renegade 2000–2002 Yes
Great American Wrestling Federation Asheville Bill Hagan 1996–1999 No [5][18]
OMEGA Cameron Matt Hardy
Jeff Hardy
1997–1999 No Promotion closed when Matt and Jeff Hardy joined the World Wrestling Federation.
Pro Wrestling Federation Charlotte Gary Quartanelli 1990–1999 No [5][18][20][160]
South Atlantic Pro Wrestling Winston-Salem Paul Jones
Frank Dusek
1990–1992 No Originally founded as North American Wrestling Association by George Scott, John Ringley and Mike Lamberth.[5][161]
South Eastern Wrestling Alliance Sylva 1991–1997 No [162]
Southern Championship Wrestling Durham Jack Cates 1994–2004 Yes [5][20][163]
Independent Championship Wrestling Wilmington Marcus Watkins (Marc Ash) 1989- Yes Also known as ICW Pro Wrestling.
Power Pro Wrestling Sanford Dick Foley 2006-2012 Yes
Squared Circle Wrestling Alliance Eden Mark Cates
Founder: Robert Stanley
2003- Yes Also known as SCWA Wrestling and owner of SCWA MindShock TV. Subject of N24 reality television show in Germany in 2010.[164]

South Carolina[edit]

Name Location Owner(s) Years active Website Notes
Active
C4W Xplosive Wrestling Myrtle Beach AC Collins 2010 - No A.I.W.F member and the Coastal area's ONLY Local Pro Wrestling company and school.
SCW Entertainment Greenwood, South Carolina Damarus Moton
Brandon Lawton
2011- Yes [165]
Defunct
Coastal Championship Wrestling Myrtle Beach Robert Hochman 2003–2005 Yes [166]

Tennessee[edit]

Name Location Owner(s) Years active Website Notes
Active
SAW Wrestling Nashville Roni Rroggies
Mikey Dugger
2009- Yes Known as Showtime All-Star Wrestling
Just Plain Wrestling Millington Chris Thigpen 2004- Yes [167]
Pride Pro Wrestling Cookeville Toby Farley 2012 Yes
Showtime All-Star Wrestling Millersville T.J. Weatherby 2006 Yes Originally known as Southern All-Star Wrestling until 2008.
Southern States Wrestling Kingsport Beau James 1991- Yes Formerly known as NWA Championship Wrestling.[3][5][18][20][168]
New Breed Pro Wrestling Entertainment Humboldt James Mea
2014- Yes [5][169][170]
Tennessee Independent Wrestling Federation Trenton Randy Byrd
1991- Yes [5][171][172]
Tennessee Xtreme Wrestling Knoxville Jerry and Preston Tipton 2007- Yes
United States Wrestling Organization Springfield Tony Falk 2001- Yes [3][173]
Defunct
Appalachian Mountain Wrestling Elizabethton Allen Jarnagan
Brian Smith
1998–1999 No Formerly known as the Southern Wrestling Alliance.[5][174]
Crossfire Wrestling Nashville Marcus Pastorius 2010-2013 Yes Also known as Crossfire Entertainment LLC. Shane Douglas served as Director of Operations.
Memphis Championship Wrestling Memphis Terry Golden 2000–2001 No WWE developmental territory from 2000 to 2001; revived as Memphis Wrestling in 2003.[175]
Memphis Power Pro Wrestling Memphis Randy Hales 1998–2004 No Merged with Memphis Championship Wrestling in 2001, but left two months later.[176]
Music City Wrestling Memphis Bert Prentice
Bill Behrens
1997- No There were two groups which ran under the MCW name. MCW Tennessee was run by Bert Prentice while the second, MCW Georgia, was operated by Bill Behrens and affiliated with World Wrestling Entertainment.[5][177]
New Blood Wrestling Dyersburg Sir Mo 2006–2009 Yes [178]
New Breed Championship Wrestling Brownsville James Mea 1996–2002 No [179]
Real Wrestling Federation Memphis 2001–2003 Yes Events held at the Raleigh Springs Mall.[3][180]
Smoky Mountain Wrestling Knoxville Jim Cornette 1991–1995 No [5][36][181][182]
TAJJ Championship Wrestling Memphis Adam Dunn 1997–2004 Yes
United States Wrestling Association Memphis Jerry Jarrett
Jerry Lawler
1988–1997 No Promotion formed when regional promotions the Continental Wrestling Association and the Dallas-based World Class Wrestling Association merged in 1989.[5][18][20][24][183][184]
USA Championship Wrestling Nashville Bert Prentice 2001–2003 No Originally affiliated with the National Wrestling Alliance, but left in 2002; events held at the Nashville Fairgrounds.[185]

Virginia[edit]

Name Location Owner(s) Years active Website Notes
Active
Awesome Wrestling Entertainment Waynesboro Marvin Ward 2011- Yes
Vanguard Championship Wrestling Smithfield Ronald Nowel
Travis Bradshaw
1996- Yes Formerly known as Virginia Championship Wrestling and affiliated with the National Wrestling Alliance.[3][5][186]
Defunct
Independent Professional Wrestling Alliance Arlington Kevin Carson
Cueball Carmichael
1995–1999 Yes Also known as the Independent Pro Wrestling Alliance.[5][5][18][187]
Mid-Atlantic Wrestling Alliance Edinburg Doug Ward 1995–1997 No [5][18][20]
United Wrestling Federation Richmond Hermie Sadler
Earl Hebner
Dave Hebner
2005–2009 No Formerly associated with TNA.

West Virginia[edit]

Name Location Owner(s) Years active Website Notes
Active
BDW Black Diamond Wrestling Wheeling Rikk Diamond 2003- Yes [5][188]
Championship Pro Wrestling Martinsburg Jamie Cave 1997- Yes [5][189]
Mason-Dixon Wrestling Nutter Fort Jim Hawkins 1997- Yes [5][190]
IWA East Coast Dunbar Mad Man Pondo 2004- Yes Affiliated with the Independent Wrestling Association.[191]
Savage Championship Wrestling Charleston JL Kyle 2014- Yes
Defunct
Atlantic Terror Championship Wrestling Martinsburg Barry Casino 2000–2001 No [5][192]

Southwest[edit]

Arizona[edit]

Name Location Owner(s) Years active Website Notes
Active
Arizona Wrestling Federation Glendale Jared Devitt
Gabriel Aquino
2013- Yes

Nevada[edit]

Name Location Owner(s) Years active Website Notes
Active
Adrenaline Unleashed Las Vegas Kent Wilson
Don Laughlin
2005- Yes Its Las Vegas training school has been featured on television and has regularly appeared at the largest outdoor action festival in southern Nevada, Extreme Thing.[193][194] Features wrestlers from Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, World Wrestling Entertainment, and Women of Wrestling.[195]
Future Stars of Wrestling Las Vegas Joe DeFalco
Rocky T
2009- Yes Airs a weekly Saturday night television show "High Octane" on The CW Las Vegas.
Reno Wrestle Factory Reno, Nevada Steven Pienkoski 2009- Yes Airs a weekly web television series "The Biggest Little Wrestling Show".
Defunct
Ladies Professional Wrestling Association Laughlin Tor Berg 1989–1992 Yes Briefly revived by Tor Berg in 1998, but folded two years later.[196][197]
National Wrestling Council Las Vegas T.C. Martin 1994–1997 No [5]

Oklahoma[edit]

Name Location Owner(s) Years active Website Notes
Active
Sooner World Class Wrestling Oklahoma City Rick Garrett 2007-2013 Yes Founded after Rick Garrett left the All American Championship Wrestling.[198]
Defunct
Power Zone Wrestling Alliance Shawnee Rick Garrett 1994–1996 No [5][20][199]
Steel Rage Pro Wrestling Sapulpa Sarah Harmon 2002– Yes A "family friendly" company founded by Sarah Harmon. It ran continuously from 2002 to 2006 and then reopened in 2011 under new management.[3][200][201]

Texas[edit]

Name Location Owner(s) Years active Website Notes
Active
Anarchy Championship Wrestling Austin Daryl Childress 2006- Yes
Austin College Wrestling Sherman Darion McKenzie 2013-
Inspire Pro Wrestling Austin Justin Bissonnette 2013- Yes
NWA: Branded Outlaw Wrestling San Antonio David Schulze and Jeremy Laymon 2011- Yes On March 16, 2013 - NWA/BOW Acting General Manager Ironman Rob Conway defeats NWA Heavyweight Champion The Tokyo Monster Kahagas to become the NEW NWA Heavyweight Champion !![5][18]
Brawl Wrestling Sindicate Boerne Brian Allen
Christy Butler
2011- Yes
Christian Wrestling Federation Rockwall Rob Vaughn 2000- Yes [3][202]
Deep East Texas Rasslin' Lufkin Lance Moore
Zac Acrey
2009- Yes
Professional Championship Wrestling Arlington The Busseys 2000- Yes
Pro Wrestling Alliance Houston Booker T 2006- Yes
River City Wrestling San Antonio Brandon Oliver 2002- Yes
Texas All-Star Wrestling Humble Bob Murphy 1994- Yes The first successful promotion since the close of World Class Championship Wrestling in 1990 and the Global Wrestling Federation in 1994, it is currently the oldest independent promotion in Texas.[5][18]
Texas Wrestling Alliance San Antonio Rudy Gonzales 1999- Yes Founded with Shawn Michaels as part of his Texas Wrestling Academy wrestling school.[5][203]
Texas Wrestling Federation Karnes City Jimmy Perez 1990-Started in Amarillo,Tx Yes [5]
Total Championship Wrestling Austin John R. Peterson, Jr. 2008- Yes
Warriors 4 Christ Wrestling San Antonio Curtis Stone 1999- Yes
World of Wrestling Houston Charles Taylor 1998- Yes
Wrecking Ball Wrestling Dallas Tony Martin 2006- Yes [204][205]
Defunct
Extreme Texas Wrestling San Antonio Rudy Boy Gonzalez 2001–2002 Yes [3][206]
Global Wrestling Federation Dallas Max Andrews
Grey Pierson
1991–1994 No [5][207][208]
XCW Wrestling Denton Nite Davis 2000–2009 Yes
Pure Action Championship Wrestling Wichita Falls Ivory Carey II 2011-2014 Yes

Utah[edit]

Professional Championship Wrestling Alliance Houston,Texas Patrick Tornaki 2013 Website Notes
Active
American Championship Wrestling Salt Lake City Nic Hardy 2003- Yes [209]
Ultra Championship Wrestling-Zero Salt Lake City Steve Neilson 2003- Yes Affiliated with AWA Superstars from 2005 to 2007.[210][211]
Wrestling Alliance of the Rockies Salt Lake City Spencer Cage 2010- Yes

Colorado[edit]

Name Location Owner(s) Years active Website Notes
Active
NRW Sports Entertainment Denver Matthew Yaden 2010- Yes Weekly iTV show NRW Charged found online at youtube.com/NRWRevolution Utilizes the Mercury Pro Wrestling Academy at Xtreme Gym in Sheridan, CO for talent development.
Primos Hardcore & Wrestling Denver Joe McDougal 2007– Yes
New Era Wrestling Denver Stephen Powers 2011– Yes

West Coast[edit]

California[edit]

Name Location Owner(s) Years active Website Notes
Active
Primetime Championship Wrestling San Diego Stu Savage
Zachary McNerthney
2014- Yes
All Pro Wrestling Hayward Roland Alexander 1995- Yes Featured in the 1999 documentary Beyond the Mat.[5][212][213]
Empire Wrestling Federation San Bernardino Jesse Hernandez
Bill Anderson
1996- Yes [5][212][214]
Insane Wrestling League Chino Vic Luna 2005- Yes
Mach 1 Wrestling Anaheim/Downey Jon Ian 2008- No
Millennium Pro Wrestling Simi Valley 2001- Yes
Pro Championship Wrestling Oroville James Hate 1999- Yes [215]
Pro Wrestling Guerrilla Los Angeles Excalibur
Joey Ryan
Scott Lost
Super Dragon
2003- Yes [212][216]
SoCal Pro Oceanside Jeff Dino 2011- Yes
Vendetta Pro Wrestling Santa Maria Billy Blade 2005- Yes Defunct
American Independent Wrestling Alliance Los Angeles Ed Aherns 1990–1998 No [5][18][212]
Incredibly Strange Wrestling San Francisco Johnny Legend
August Ragone
1995-2003 No
Mayhem Wrestling Entertainment Huntington Beach Pete Doyle 2013-2013 Yes
New American Wrestling Pomona 1995–1996 No [217]
New Wave Pro Wrestling San Diego Andrew Jassick
Trevor Allen
2007-2012 Yes
Revolution Pro Wrestling Industry Ron Rivera 1999–2004 No [212][218]
Slammers Wrestling Federation Studio City Verne Langdon
El Toro Bravo
1989–1997 Yes [5][18][212]
Ultimate Pro Wrestling Los Angeles Rick Bassman 1998-2007 Yes The home promotion for many current stars of TNA, WWE and Zero One; as of 2005, is an official talent scout for the WWE.[212][219][220]
West Coast Wrestling Association Fresno Ward Enterprises 1990–1991 Yes Revieved as North American Wrestling in 2000, but folded three years later.[5][221]
Women of Wrestling Los Angeles David McLane 2000–2001 Yes [222]
Wrestling Society X Los Angeles Kevin Kleinrock
Cody Michaels
Vampiro
2006–2007 No Produced by Big Vision Entertainment, it was briefly aired on MTV in 2007.[223]
The West Coast Wrestling Company Temecula Adam Ginsberg 2008-2012 Yes
Xtreme Pro Wrestling Sherman Oaks Rob Zicari
Tom Byron
1999–2003 Yes [106][212][224]

Hawaii[edit]

Name Location Owner(s) Years active Website Notes
Active
Action Zone Wrestling Waipahu Daryl Bonilla 2005- Yes [225]
Defunct
Hawai'i Championship Wrestling Honolulu Don Muraco
Linda Bade
2003–2008 Yes Formerly affiliated with AWA Superstars.[226][227]

Washington[edit]

Name Location Owner(s) Years active Website Notes
Active
Suquamish Championship Wrestling Suquamish / Bremerton 2006-
Tulalip Championship Wrestling Marysville 2008- Yes [228]
Defunct
Championship Wrestling U.S.A. Vancouver Sandy Barr 1992–1997 No [5][24][229]

Oregon[edit]

Name Location Owner(s) Years active Website Notes
Active
West Coast Wrestling Connection Salem, Oregon Jeff Manning 2005–present Yes Weekly television broadcast on KPDX-TV
DOA Pro Wrestling Portland Terry Farness 2007- Yes

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