Resistance Pro Wrestling

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Resistance Pro Wrestling, LLC
Acronym RPW
Founded 2011
Style Professional wrestling
Sports entertainment
Headquarters Lockport, Illinois, U.S.
Founder(s) Billy Corgan
Jacques Baron
Gabe Baron
Website Official website

Resistance Pro Wrestling is an American privately controlled organization dealing primarily in professional wrestling, founded by musician Billy Corgan, alongside brothers Jacques and Gabe Baron.[1][2][3][4] The promotion holds monthly events around Chicago, attracting "between 300 and 600 people per event."[5] The company's headquarters are located in Lockport, Illinois.[6] Corgan left the promotion in November 2014.[7] The company's website is down as of August 3rd, 2018, and their YouTube channel has been inactive since November 2017.


Their first show, Black Friday, debuted November 25, 2011 at the Excalibur nightclub in Chicago. 22 wrestlers competed in the original event. Chicagoans Jay Bradley, Taylor Made, Miss December and Colt Cabana were involved in Black Friday. Other wrestlers included The Sheik, El Generico, Harry Smith, Kevin Steen, Raven (Agent), Teddy Hart and Cheerleader Melissa.

Corgan has also launched a concussion-awareness program tied to Resistance Pro. The wrestling promotion company has partnered with the Chicago Concussion Coalition and doctors from Midwest Orthopedics at Rush hospital. Doctors conduct screens with the wrestlers before and after each event. Corgan and his partners also forbid certain wrestling moves that involve contact to the head to minimize the risk of concussions.

Corgan's group is the first professional wrestling promotion to follow guidelines set by the Sports Legacy Institute (SLI). Corgan is personal friends with SLI founder Christopher Nowinski.[citation needed]

During Black Friday, Resistance Pro crowned its first Resistance Pro Women's Champion, Melanie Cruise. Although the Smashing Pumpkins were on tour in Europe for the first Resistance Pro show, Corgan watched it live, via Skype.[citation needed]

Resistance Pro's second show, Rise, took place on January 13, 2012 at Excalibur. Wrestlers Melanie Cruise, Colt Cabana, The Daivari Brothers, Teddy Hart, Mr. 450, Da Soul Touchaz, Robert Anthony, Serenity and Taylor Made all took part in the first all-ages show. Corgan was on hand to crown the Resistance Prop Champion Harry Smith.[8]

The promotion company's third show, Vicious Circle, took place on February 17, 2012 at Excalibur. The all-ages show featured professional wrestlers: Mr. 450, "The Ego" Robert Anthony, "Lonesome" Jay Bradley, Resistance Pro Champion Harry Smith and Resistance Pro Women's Champion Melanie Cruise. "Lonesome" Jay Bradley issued an "Open Challenge" for the event.

Resistance Pro Champion Harry Smith successfully defended his title against Rhino Friday night at the Vicious Circle show at Excalibur in Chicago. Rhino, the final original ECW champion, challenged Smith to a rematch and put his vacated ECW championship belt against Smith's Resistance Pro's heavyweight belt.

One of wrestling's most famous tag teams, The Rock 'n' Roll Express, Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson, made an appearance, taking on Kentucky Fried, "Original Recipe" Matt Cage and "Extra Crispy" Alex Castle.

Resistance Pro's fourth event, Obsession, is scheduled for March 23, 2012. The event broke attendance records for the promotion with over 1,600 people attending in an arena in Crystal Lake, Illinois, the arena is usually reserved for mixed martial arts events but will now hold regular Resistance events.

On November 15, 2014, Corgan announced he had left Resistance Pro.[7]

Reality series[edit]

In March 2014, it was reported that Corgan was in discussions with American television channel AMC to develop an unscripted reality series about Resistance Pro.[4][9] The premise being a behind-the-scenes look at the promotion as Corgan "takes over creative direction for the independent wrestling company." The show was given the green light by AMC, under the working title of "Untitled Billy Corgan Wrestling Project," the same month.[10] However, the project was canceled shortly thereafter by AMC.[7]


The following roster is correct from January 9, 2016

Male wrestlers[edit]

Ring name Real name Notes
BD Smooth Unknown [11]
Buddy Roberts Jr. Unknown [12]
Cody Jones Unknown [13]
Corey Hollis Corey Hollis[14] RPW Tag Team Champion[15]
Colt Cabana Scott Colton[16] [17]
Da Cobra Calvin Perkins RPW Heavyweight Champion[18]
D’Angelo Steele Unknown [19]
Jacob Justin Turner[20] [21]
Jake Omen Jacob Schreiner[22] [23]
John Skyler John Brumbaugh[24] RPW Tag Team Champion[25]
Mad Man Pondo Kevin Canady[26] [27]
Mojo McQueen Joshua Robinson [28]
Rob Fury Stephane Robert[29] [30]
Scotty Young Unknown [31]
Shane Mercer Timothy Shane Goode[32] [33]
Suge D Carl Jamar Wilson[34] [35]
Spider Monkey Unknown [36]
Sean Mulligan Unknown [37]
Tommy Else Unknown [38]
Willie Richardson Unknown [39]
Yabo the Clown Unknown [40]

Female wrestlers[edit]

Ring name Real name Notes
Angel Dust Unknown [41]
Heather Owens Unknown [42]
Mickie Knuckles Mickie Lee Knuckles[43] [44]
Paloma Starr Unknown [45]
Rachael Ellering Rachael K Ellering[46] RPW Women's Champion[47]


Current champions[edit]

Championship Current champion(s) Reign Date won Days
Defenses Location Event Previous champion(s)
RPW Heavyweight Championship John Skyler 1 September 23, 2017 362+ 0 Summit, Illinois FW/RPW Rumble In Summit Daniel Eads[48]
RPW Tag Team Championship Mojo McQueen and Yabo The Clown 1 May 20, 2017 488+ 0 Summit, Illinois FW/RPW Battle Of Chicago Main Street Youth
(Jake Omen and Scotty Young)[15]
RPW Women's Championship Holidead 1 November 23, 2017 362+ 0 Summit, Illinois FW/RPW Rumble In Summit Rachael Ellering[49]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Galil, Leor (November 28, 2011). "Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan Sort of Steps Into the Wrestling Ring". Forbes. Forbes, Inc. Retrieved 2014-04-30. 
  2. ^ Lipsyte, Sam (September 2013). "Billy Corgan, Lord of the Ring". GQ. Advance Publications. p. 2. Retrieved 2014-04-30. 
  3. ^ Sonneveld, Stephen (April 2, 2012). "Resistance Pro: Billy Corgan's Wrestling Obsession Is the Dark Horse to Watch". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 2014-04-30. 
  4. ^ a b "Billy Corgan In Talks With AMC For Reality Show Based On His Indie Pro Wrestling Company". The Huffington Post. March 31, 2014. Retrieved 2014-05-03. 
  5. ^ Kapos, Shia (February 18, 2013). "Billy Corgan in the ring with Walter E. Smithe". Crain's Chicago Business. Crain Communications. Retrieved 2014-05-03. 
  6. ^ Boudway, Ira (March 15, 2012). "Billy Corgan, From Smashing Pumpkins to Smashing Heads". Bloomberg Businessweek. Bloomberg L.P. Retrieved 2014-04-30. 
  7. ^ a b c Johnson, Mike (November 15, 2014). "Corgan leaves Resistance Pro". Pro Wrestling Insider. Retrieved November 15, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Resistance Pro "RISE" – Results". Wrestling Clique. 2012-01-14. 
  9. ^ Steinberg, Brian (March 26, 2014). "AMC To Develop Scripted Comedy, Latenight Project with Kevin Smith". Variety. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved 2014-05-03. 
  10. ^ "AMC Picks Up Billy Corgan's Wrestling Reality Show". RTTNews. March 29, 2014. Retrieved 2014-05-03. 
  11. ^ "BD Smooth - Resistance Pro Wrestling". 
  12. ^ "Buddy Roberts Jr. - Resistance Pro Wrestling". 
  13. ^ "Cody Jones - Resistance Pro Wrestling". 
  14. ^ "Corey Hollis: Profile & Match Listing - Internet Wrestling Database (IWD)". 
  15. ^ a b Kreikenbohm, Philip. "RPW Tag Team Championship « Titles Database". 
  16. ^ "Colt Cabana: Profile & Match Listing - Internet Wrestling Database (IWD)". 
  17. ^ "Colt Cabana - Resistance Pro Wrestling". 
  18. ^ "Cobra The Muay Thai Warrior - Resistance Pro Wrestling". 
  19. ^ "D'Angelo Steele - Resistance Pro Wrestling". 
  20. ^ "Jay Bly: Profile & Match Listing - Internet Wrestling Database (IWD)". 
  21. ^ "Jacob Black - Resistance Pro Wrestling". 
  22. ^ "Jake Omen: Profile & Match Listing - Internet Wrestling Database (IWD)". 
  23. ^ "Jake Omen - Resistance Pro Wrestling". 
  24. ^ "John Skyler: Profile & Match Listing - Internet Wrestling Database (IWD)". 
  25. ^ "The Southern Savior John Skyler - Resistance Pro Wrestling". 
  26. ^ "Madman Pondo: Profile & Match Listing - Internet Wrestling Database (IWD)". 
  27. ^ "Mad Man Pondo - Resistance Pro Wrestling". 
  28. ^ "Mojo McQueen - Resistance Pro Wrestling". 
  29. ^ "Rob Fury: Profile & Match Listing - Internet Wrestling Database (IWD)". 
  30. ^ "Rob Fury - Resistance Pro Wrestling". 
  31. ^ "Scotty Young - Resistance Pro Wrestling". 
  32. ^ "Shane Mercer: Profile & Match Listing - Internet Wrestling Database (IWD)". 
  33. ^ "Shane Mercer - Resistance Pro Wrestling". 
  34. ^ "Sugar Dunkerton: Profile & Match Listing - Internet Wrestling Database (IWD)". 
  35. ^ "Special Dark Suge D - Resistance Pro Wrestling". 
  36. ^ "Spider Monkey - Resistance Pro Wrestling". 
  37. ^ "The Irish Car Bomb Sean Mulligan - Resistance Pro Wrestling". 
  38. ^ "Tommy Else - Resistance Pro Wrestling". 
  39. ^ "Willie "Da Bomb" Richardson - Resistance Pro Wrestling". 
  40. ^ "Yabo the Clown - Resistance Pro Wrestling". 
  41. ^ "Angel Dust - Resistance Pro Wrestling". 
  42. ^ "Hardcore Heather Owens - Resistance Pro Wrestling". 
  43. ^ "Mickie's Myspace". Archived from the original on June 2, 2008. Retrieved 2007-04-09. 
  44. ^ "Mickie "Moose" Knuckles - Resistance Pro Wrestling". 
  45. ^ "Chica On The Beat Paloma Starr - Resistance Pro Wrestling". 
  46. ^ "Rachael Ellering: Profile & Match Listing - Internet Wrestling Database (IWD)". 
  47. ^ "Rachael Ellering on Twitter". 
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