Pro-Pain Pro Wrestling

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Pro-Pain Pro Wrestling
Acronym 3PW
Founded February 15, 2002
Style American Wrestling
Headquarters Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Founder(s) Larry Sharpe
Owner(s) The Blue Meanie (2002-2005)
Jasmin St. Claire (2002-2005)
Website 3PWrestling.com

Pro-Pain Pro Wrestling, or 3PW, was a hardcore professional wrestling promotion based around Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It ran many shows from the former ECW Arena.[1] Following the close of Extreme Championship Wrestling, many former ECW veterans, such as Raven, The Sandman, Al Snow and Sabu, made frequent appearances in the promotion

History[edit]

The promotion was founded by Larry Sharpe and he was later joined by former Extreme Championship Wrestling promoter Tod Gordon.[2] In the beginning, 3PW brought in wrestling greats like Dusty Rhodes, Terry Funk, Abdullah The Butcher and Bam Bam Bigelow to add to the roster.[3][4][5] The first 3PW shows ran at the ECW Arena, but when XPW Owner Rob Black signed an exclusive lease to the arena,[6] 3PW moved to The Electric Factory.

In 2004, 3PW had a show featuring a Blue World Order reunion with Blue Meanie and Stevie Richards.[7] The next month, 3PW hosted an NWA Florida X Division Championship match between Roderick Strong and Mikey Batts.[8]

In December 2004, however, problems began to surface. 3PW booker Tod Gordon resigned, walking out during a 3PW event following an argument with 3PW officials when there was apparently no money to pay wrestlers, security and other staff for the event.[9] In April, Jasmin St. Claire was officially replaced as CEO by Richard McDonald.[10] Rockin' Rebel took over as booker, but he and the Blue Meanie soon became involved in a business dispute with Pro Wrestling Unplugged owners Johnny Kashmere and Trent Acid.[11] When St. Claire stopped receiving her royalty checks, she responded by putting the promotion up for sale in a one-day auction on Ebay.com although, no one responded to the $180,000 asking price.[12] Blue Meanie attempted to resurrect the company, but was unable to find an investor. The company's final show was on June 18, 2005. In 2007 Force Entertainment began Professionally repacking and distributing 3PW Events throughout Australia commercially and through the companies websites, as such the dvd releases started turning up in supermarkets, video stores, and retail outlets.

3PW titles[edit]

3PW World Heavyweight Championship[edit]

Wrestler Times Date Place Notes
Gary Wolfe 1 August 24, 2002[13] Philadelphia, PA Won an 8-man tournament to become the 1st 3PW Champion.
Sabu 1 October 19, 2002[14] Philadelphia, PA
Gary Wolfe 2 December 28, 2002[15] Philadelphia, PA
Terry Funk 1 June 21, 2003[16] Philadelphia, PA
Justin Credible 1 August 16, 2003[17] Philadelphia, PA
Raven 1 November 22, 2003[18] Philadelphia, PA
Joey Matthews 1 April 17, 2004[19] Philadelphia, PA
Christopher Daniels 1 August 21, 2004[20] Philadelphia, PA
Slyk Wagner Brown 1 February 19, 2005 [21] Philadelphia, PA
Amish Roadkill 1 May 21, 2005[22] Philadelphia, PA
Titles became defunct when the promotion closed down.

3PW Tag Team Championship[edit]

Wrestler Times Date Place Notes
Slyk Wagner Brown & April Hunter 1 August 21, 2004[20] Philadelphia, PA Won a battle royal to become 1st champions.
Pitbulls 2004 (Gary Wolfe & Mike Kruel) 1 October 16, 2004[23] Philadelphia, PA
Wolfe was stripped of the title due to a backstage incident.
Mike Kruel & Simon Diamond 1 February 19, 2005[21] Philadelphia, PA Diamond was awarded the title to replace Wolfe
Title vacated on March 29, 2005 when Kruel left 3PW.
Blackball'd (Rockin' Rebel & Greg Matthews) May 21, 2005[22] Won a battle royal to win the vacant titles.
Titles became defunct when the promotion closed down.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jones, Mitchell (2003-12-09). "The Blue Meanie Interview". Wrestling101.com. 
  2. ^ Bodkin, Bill (2003-04-24). "Slammies". DailyTargum.com. 
  3. ^ Magee, Bob (2003-03-25). "As I See It - 3/25/2003: Looking for a wrestling alternative?". Pwbts.com. 
  4. ^ Murdoch, Eddie (2003-11-08). "An Introduction to the US Indy Wrestling Scene". Wrestling101.com. 
  5. ^ "Inside the Ropes: 3PW Broadcast From Hell". OnlineOnslaught.com. 2005-02-23. 
  6. ^ Tuleva, R. Jonathan (2003-01-09). "Ring of controversy". SouthwestPhillyReview.com. 
  7. ^ "Newsline". 1wrestling.com. 2004-01-04. 
  8. ^ Wojcik, Alan (2004). "Interview with Roderick Strong". Alan Wojcik Archives. 
  9. ^ DeBlasi, Anthony (2005-01-15). "3PW News: Tod Gordon & Wrestlers Walk Off Tonight's Event; Owner Absent; Money Issues, & More". Wrestling-News.com. 
  10. ^ Tremley, Matthew (2005-04-07). "Indy News: Jasmin St. Claire removed as owner of 3PW". LordsofPain.net. 
  11. ^ DeBlasi, Anthony (2005-05-26). "Rockin Rebel On Wrong Side Of Indy Wrestling Once Again; Incident At PWU Today". Wrestling-News.com. 
  12. ^ Young, Doc (2005-04-09). "Jasmin St. Claire Tries to Sell 3PW on E-Bay". ProWrestling.com. 
  13. ^ "Independent & Forign(sic) Wrestling - August 2002". onlineworldofwrestling.com. Retrieved 2008-07-06. 
  14. ^ "Independent Wrestling Results - October 2002". onlineworldofwrestling.com. Retrieved 2008-07-06. 
  15. ^ "3PW "Year End Mayhem"". onlineworldofwrestling.com. Retrieved 2008-07-06. 
  16. ^ Power Slam Staff (August 2003). "What's going down... Elsewhere:". Power Slam Magazine (Lancaster, Lancashire, England: SW Publishing LTD). p. 7. 109. 
  17. ^ "3PW "That's Incredible"". onlineworldofwrestling.com. Retrieved 2008-07-06. 
  18. ^ "3PW House Show "Raven's Rules"". onlineworldofwrestling.com. Retrieved 2008-07-06. 
  19. ^ "3PW The Future is Now". onlineworldofwrestling.com. Retrieved 2008-07-06. 
  20. ^ a b "3PW 5 Star 4 Way". onlineworldofwrestling.com. Retrieved 2008-07-06. 
  21. ^ a b "3PW Show". onlineworldofwrestling.com. Retrieved 2008-07-06. 
  22. ^ a b "3PW Show". onlineworldofwrestling.com. Retrieved 2008-07-06. 
  23. ^ "3PW Till We Meet Again". onlineworldofwrestling.com. Retrieved 2008-07-06. 

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