Break the Barrier

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Break The Barrier
Promotion Allied Powers Wrestling Federation
Combat Zone Wrestling
Extreme Championship Wrestling
Independent Pro Wrestling
Independent Professional Wrestling Alliance
Maryland Championship Wrestling
Music City Wrestling
NWA New Jersey
New Dimension Wrestling
South's Greatest Wrestling Fans
Steel City Wrestling
World Legion Wrestling
World Wrestling Organization
Date May 15, 1999
Venue Viking Hall
City Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Break The Barrier was a professional wrestling supercard held at Viking Hall, better known as the ECW Arena, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on May 15, 1999. The event was organized by the founders of, Al Isaacs, Remy Arteaga and Barbi Bistrowitz, and brought together some of the top independent wrestlers from around the country.[1] It was one of the biggest interpromotional events in the United States and represented by 12 independent promotions including Allied Powers Wrestling Federation, Combat Zone Wrestling, Extreme Championship Wrestling, Independent Pro Wrestling, Independent Professional Wrestling Alliance, Maryland Championship Wrestling, Music City Wrestling, NWA New Jersey, New Dimension Wrestling, South's Greatest Wrestling Fans, Steel City Wrestling, World Legion Wrestling and World Wrestling Organization.[2] Pro Wrestling Illustrated has called it "one of the greatest Supercards of all time".[1]

Tom Brandi won the main event, an interpromotional battle royal, and presented a trophy from the promoter Al Isaacs. Instead of accepting the award, Brandi instead attacked Isaac and powerbombed him through a table. The undercard featured a "First blood" match between Fang (Allied Powers Wrestling Federation) and Blade Boudreaux (South's Greatest Wrestling Fans). Ten minutes into the match, Abdullah the Butcher came out and attacked both men.[1][2] Abdullah cut up Fang with a fork and then rolled him into a coffin which he rolled backstage.

Three new champions were also crowned that night. Mike Quackenbush defeated Lou Marconi and Don Montoya to become the first SCW "Lord of the Dance" Champion, Nick Gage defeated Justice Pain in an impromptu staple gun match to become the first CZW Hardcore Champion, and Scab defeated Natrone Steele in a Ladder Match to become the WWO Heavyweight Champion.[2] That night also saw the reunion of The Headbangers and Shane Douglas delivering a controversial "shoot" interview which ended with his quitting ECW one day before its Hardcore Heaven pay-per-view.[1][3]

Show results[edit]

May 15, 1999 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Viking Hall)

No. Results Stipulations Times
1 Stevie Richards defeated Tom Brandi and Jimmy Cicero (c) Three Way Dance for the APWF Heavyweight Championship [2][4]
2 Derrick Stone (c) defeated Steve Sharpe Falls Count Anywhere match for the WLW Heavyweight Championship [2]
3 Rick Link (c) and Manny Fernandez fought to a double disqualification Singles match for the NDW Brass Knuckles Championship [2]
4 The Pitbulls (Pitbull#1 and #2) defeated Phi DeKappa U (Biff and Chaz Wentworth) (c) Tag team match for the IPW Tag Team Championship [2]
5 Headbanger Mosh (c) pinned Romeo Valentino Singles match for the MCW Heavyweight Championship [2]
6 The Tennessee Volunteerz (Reno Riggins and Steven Dunn) defeated The Badstreet Boyz (Christian York and Joey Matthews) Tag team match (MCW) [2]
7 Scab defeated Natrone Steele (c) Ladder match for the WWO Heavyweight Championship [2]
8 Cueball Carmichael (c) pinned Julio Sanchez Singles match for the IPWA Heavyweight Championship [2]
9 Mike Quackenbush defeated Lou Marconi managed by "Hot $hot" Drew Lazario and Don Montoya Three Way Dance for the SCW "Lord of the Dance" Championship [2][5]
10 Fang defeated Blade Boudreaux First Blood match (APWF vs. SGWF) [2]
11 Nick Gage (c) defeated Justice Pain Staple gun match for the CZW Hardcore Championship [2]
12 Tom Brandi wins interpromotional battle royal Multi-federation battle royal [2]
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match


  1. ^ a b c d Isaacs, Al (2008). "Wrestling Stuff". Wrestling. Archived from the original on July 31, 2013. Retrieved May 1, 2010. One of the great moments in Scoops history came when the group decided to promote their own show. Considered impossible at the time, BREAK THE BARRIER brought together independent wrestlers from over twelve different organizations from across the country for one historical night in Philadelphia in 1999. To this day PRO WRESTLING ILLUSTRATED lists BARRIER as one of the greatest Supercards of all time. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Pro Wrestling Illustrated. "Wrestling Supercards." PWI 2001 Wrestling Almanac and Book of Facts. Vol. IV. No. 1. Fort Washington, Pennsylvania: London Publishing Co., 2001. (pg. 175)
  3. ^ Pro Wrestling Illustrated (2007). "Pro Wrestling Illustrated: Wrestling History". 
  4. ^ Gamble, Ron (2003-05-09). "Official 411 Wrestling Almanac For May". Wrestling News. Retrieved 2010-05-01. 
  5. ^ "Biography". 2009. Archived from the original on July 10, 2013. Retrieved May 1, 2010. 

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