Full Impact Pro

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Full Impact Pro (FIP)
Subsidiary
Industry Professional wrestling
Founded 2003
Founder Sal Hamaoui
Headquarters Largo, Florida, U.S.
Key people
Sal Hamaoui – President
Trevin Adams – VP
Parent WWNLive[1]
Website Official website

Full Impact Pro (FIP) is an American professional wrestling promotion. FIP started out as the sister promotion of Ring of Honor, working closely with them until 2009. It is currently part of the World Wrestling Network (WWN) along with Dragon Gate USA, Evolve Wrestling and Shine Wrestling. Sal Hamaoui founded the company and serves as the President while Trevin Adams is the Vice President of FIP.

FIP was founded in 2003 and has run the majority of their shows in Florida. The promotion was inactive from late 2011 until early 2013, in 2014 and 2015 FIP ran about one show per month on average. They currently promote the FIP World Heavyweight Championship, FIP Tag Team Championship and the FIP Florida Heritage Championship.

History[edit]

Full Impact Pro was founded in 2003 by Sal Hamaoui, based out of Florida the professional wrestling promotion was supported by Ring of Honor (ROH), considered it's "sister promotion". The first show was held on Augst 2, 2003. The main event saw Mike Awesome defeat Justin Credible and New Jack.[2] On September 25, 2004 FIP introduced the FIP Heavyweight Championship as Emergence: Part Two, where Homicide defeated CM Punk in the finals of a tournament.[3]

On April 22, 2005 FIP introduced the FIP Tag Team Championship during their The Usual Suspects show. Eddie Vegas and Jimmy Rave defeated the teams of Roderick Strong/Jerrelle Clark and CM Punk/Don Juan to become the initial champions.[4] On March 3, 2007 Roderick Strong successfully defended the FIP Heavyweight Championship against Pac in Liverpool, England at the Ring of Honor (ROH) promotion's "Fifth Year Festival: Liverpool" event, after which the title was renamed the "FIP World Heavyweight Championship".[5] On March 10, 2007 FIP introduced their third championship, the FIP Florida Heritage Championship. Erick Stevens defeated Roderick Strong at FIP's Battle for the Belts to win the championship.[6] In 2009 FIP and ROH parted ways

After the partnership with Ring of Honor was dissolved Full Impact Pro became part of the World Wrestling Network (WWN) along with other US indepenent promotions such as Dragon Gate USA, Evolve Wrestling and Shine Wrestling, becoming an overall "governing body" for all promotions under its umbrella, the governing body itself was later renamed "Pro Wrestling International".[7] WWN was founded by FIP founderSal Hamaoui and Gabe Sapolsky, formerly of Ring of Honor. In 2011 WWN launched "WWN Live", a web based, live streaming service that featured internet pay-per-views from all it's affiliated promotions.[8] On October 29, 2011 FIP held the 2011 Jeff Peterson Memorial Cup.[9] After the show FIP became inactive, not holding a single show from late 2011 until February 1, 2013.[10] FIP returned to running events regularly in Florida February 1, 2013 with FIP presents "Everything Burns" live from The Orpheum in Ybor City, Florida. It was announced that starting with Evolve 25 on January 10, 2014, all WWN iPPVs would stream in full HD including FIP shows.

In November 2014 Full Impact Pro, along with Evolve, Dragon Gate USA and Shine Wrestling participated in a WWNLive organized wrestling tour of China.[1] The following month, WWNLive announced a long-term deal with Great-Wall International Sports Management for regular tours of Asia, starting in the spring of 2015 bring FIP wrestlers to China on a regular basis.[11] During the tour of China, Rich Swann defeated Trent Barretta to win the FIP World Heavyweight Championship and later defended it against AR Fox while still in China.[12][13][14]

FIP has a training facility in Trinity, Florida, which they share with Dragon Gate USA, Evolve and Shine under the name of "World Wrestling Network Academy".[15]

Recurring shows[edit]

Over the years, Full Impact Pro has established a series of recurring shows that they produce almost every year they have been active. Starting in 2004 FIP has held the "Florida Rumble", often highlighted by FIP's version of the Royal Rumble match, often with the winner becoming the Number one contender for the FIP World Heavyweight Championship.[16][17] Early in the year they usually hold a show billed as "New Year's Class" and also used show names such as "Fallout", "Everything Burns", "Heatstroke, "Declaration of Independence" and "Violence is the Answer" on multiple occasions.[18][19][20]

From 2009 through 2011 FIP hosted the annual Jeff Peterson Memorial Cup tournament, an annual tournament held over several nights. In 2009 Davey Richards, (from FIP) defeated Silas Young to win the Cup.[21] In 2010 Sami Callihan won the 32-man tournament by defeating Jon Moxley in the finals.[22] The third Jeff Peterson cup hosted by FIP took place on October 28 and 29, 2011, and saw AR Fox defeat Johnny Gargano in the finals.[23] In both 2007 and 2009 FIP paid homage to wrestling in Florida, specifically honoring long time Championship Wrestling from Florida promoter Eddie Graham by holding the "Eddie Graham Memorial Battle of the Belts", using the name of one of Graham's major shows.[24][25] While working with Ring of Honor FIP co-promoted the show "Impact of Honor" on June 10, 2006.[26] In 2006, 2007 and 2010, FIP promoted a show called "Cage of Pain" (I, II and III respectively) with each show featuing a steel cage match.[27][28][29]

Championships[edit]

Championship Current champion(s) Defeated Date won Days held Location Event
FIP World Heavyweight Championship Fred Yehi Caleb Konley May 27, 2016 53 Orlando, Florida Accelerate 2016[30]
FIP Tag Team Championship The Hooligans (Devin Cutter and Mason Cutter) Savages (Eddie Graves and Teddy Stigma) August 7, 2015 347 Ybor City, Florida Heatstroke[31]
FIP Florida Heritage Championship Martin Stone Donovan Danhausen May 28, 2016 52 Orlando, Florida ACW Tradition Continues 2016[32]

Triple Crown[edit]

Full Impact Pro defines a "Triple Crown" winner as someone who has held every championship in Full Impact Pro at some point in their career.[33] To date only one wrestler has won the FIP Triple Crown, Erick Stevens, achieving it when he won the FIP Florida Heritage Championship on December 20, 2008.[34]

Champion World Heavyweight Championship Tag Team Championship Florida Heritage Championship
Erick Stevens December 30, 2007 December 20, 2008
(with Roderick Strong)
March 10, 2007

Roster[edit]

Amasis in 2008
AR Fox in March 2012

Wrestlers

Staff

  • Jamie Tucker – Referee
  • Frankie Gastineau – Senior Referee
  • Justin Diaz - Referee
  • Garry Morere – Referee
  • Josh Rich – Referee (semi-retired)
  • Ron Niemi – Color Commentator
  • Lenny Leonard – Lead Commentator

References[edit]

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  22. ^ Wojcik, Alan J. (December 5, 2010). "Jeff Peterson Memorial Cup Night 2 results". Results. OnlineWorldofWrestling.com. Retrieved March 12, 2012. 
  23. ^ Martin, Adam; Shannon Rose (October 26, 2011). "Indy News #4: Jeff Peterson Memorial Cup details". Wrestleview.com. Retrieved March 12, 2012. 
  24. ^ "FIP Eddie Graham Memorial Battle Of The Belts 2007" (in German). CageMatch. March 10, 2007. Retrieved April 9, 2016. 
  25. ^ "FIP Eddie Graham Memorial Battle Of The Belts 2009" (in German). CageMatch. February 8, 2009. Retrieved April 9, 2016. 
  26. ^ "FIP / ROH Impact of Honor" (in German). CageMatch. June 10, 2006. Retrieved April 9, 2016. 
  27. ^ "FIP Cage of Pain" (in German). CageMatch. December 5, 2006. Retrieved April 9, 2016. 
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  29. ^ "FIP Cage of Pain III" (in German). CageMatch. July 31, 2010. Retrieved April 9, 2016. 
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