Ted Petty Invitational

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The Ted Petty Invitational tournament (the TPI) is an independent wrestling tournament in North America, run and promoted by Independent Wrestling Association Mid-South. Created as the Sweet Science Sixteen in 2000 by Ian Rotten, the tournament was originally supposed to showcase the top technical independent wrestlers. After the death of Ted Petty in September 2002, Rotten changed the name to honor his friend. The tournament was expanded to 24 participants, with a three-way final, in 2003. Over the years, the tournament has attracted numerous famous independent wrestlers from Ken Anderson, A.J. Styles to James Gibson.

The Tournament Setup[edit]

In the first three years of the Sweet Science Sixteen/TPI, there were only sixteen participants. With eight opening round matches, four quarterfinal matches, two semifinal matches, and a final, the tournament shows were reasonable in length. The expansion to twenty-four in 2003 caused the addition of another eight person bracket. It also created three semifinals matches and a three way final. The final is now an elimination match.

Tournament winners[edit]

Results[edit]

2000 Sweet Science Sixteen[edit]

The first annual Sweet Science Sixteen was held on September 8 and 9, 2000 in Charlestown, Indiana.

First round Second round Semifinals Finals
                       
American Kickboxer
Breyer Wellington
American Kickboxer
Chris Hero
Chris Hero
Colt Cabana
Chris Hero
Ace Steel
Orion
Hy-Zaya
Hy-Zaya
Ace Steel
Shark Boy
Ace Steel
Chris Hero
Harry Palmer
B.J. Whitmer
Chip Fairway
Chip Fairway
Harry Palmer
Gavin Starr
Harry Palmer
Harry Palmer
Suicide Kid
CM Punk
Chuck E. Smooth
CM Punk
Suicide Kid
Suicide Kid
Super Hentai

2001 Sweet Science Sixteen[edit]

The second annual Sweet Science Sixteen was held on September 7 and 8, 2001 in Charlestown, Indiana.

First round Second round Semifinals Finals
                       
Trent Baker
Nova
Nova
Dino Bambino
Dino Bambino
CM Punk
Nova
Tarek The Great
Tarek the Great
Colt Cabana
Tarek The Great
Mark Wolf
Mitch Ryder
Mark Wolf
Nova
Ace Steel
Adam Pearce
Chris Hero
Adam Pearce
BJ Whitmer
Mike Quackenbush
B.J. Whitmer
Adam Pearce
Ace Steel
Danny Dominion
American Kickboxer
Danny Dominion
Ace Steel
Ace Steel
Suicide Kid

2002 Ted Petty Invitational[edit]

The first-annual Ted Petty Invitational took place on November 1 and 2, 2002 in Clarksville, Indiana.

First round Second round Semifinals Finals
                       
Matt Murphy
B.J. Whitmer
B.J. Whitmer
Ace Steel
Ace Steel
Super Dragon
B.J. Whitmer
Colt Cabana
Nick Mondo
Nate Webb
Nick Mondo
Colt Cabana
Ken Anderson
Colt Cabana
B.J. Whitmer
CM Punk
Chris Hero
Matt Stryker
Chris Hero
Jimmy Rave
Jimmy Rave
Tarek the Great
Chris Hero
CM Punk
Christopher Daniels
A.J. Styles
Christopher Daniels
CM Punk
MDogg20
CM Punk

* Whitmer won the IWA Mid-South Heavyweight Championship by defeating Punk in the finals.

  • Non-tournament matches:
  • Night One
  • Night Two
  • A.J. Styles defeated MDogg20, Matt Stryker and Super Dragon in a Four Corners match
  • Hailey Hatred defeated Lacey and Rain in a three-way match
  • Ian Rotten defeated Josh Prohibition
  • Bull Pain defeated Necro Butcher, Corporal Robinson, Rollin' Hard, 2 Tuff Tony and Nate Webb in a Gauntlet match

2003 Ted Petty Invitational[edit]

The 2003 tournament was the first to expand to twenty-four participants. Since it was no longer known as the Sweet Science Sixteen, Rotten didn't limit the number to just sixteen wrestlers. The weekend is still regarded as the hook for drawing in new fans for IWA-MS.

The 2003 Ted Petty Invitational tournament was held on November 7–8, 2003 from Salem, Indiana. Among the participants were Styles, former ECW World Champion Jerry Lynn, Michael Shane, the cousin of Shawn Michaels, and future WWE Smackdown star Ken Anderson. Among the highlights are: Ian Rotten's Cinderella run to the semifinals; Alex Shelley's breakthrough in IWA-MS; and Danny Daniels trying to save his IWA-MS World title throughout the entire tournament.

1st Round
TPI
Quarterfinals
TPI
Semifinals
TPI
                 
A.J. Styles
Todd Sexton
A.J. Styles
Jerry Lynn
Jerry Lynn
Michael Shane
AJ Styles
Danny Daniels
Colt Cabana
Jimmy Rave
Jimmy Rave
Danny Daniels
Danny Daniels
Ken Anderson
1st Round
TPI
Quarterfinals
TPI
Semifinals
TPI
                 
Ian Rotten
Mickie Knuckles
Ian Rotten
Jimmy Jacobs
Jimmy Jacobs
Sal Rinauro
Ian Rotten
Alex Shelley
Jonny Storm
M-Dogg 20
Jonny Storm
Alex Shelley
Alex Shelley
Chris Sabin
1st Round
TPI
Quarterfinals
TPI
Semifinals
TPI
                 
Chris Hero
Arik Cannon
Chris Hero
Sonjay Dutt
Nate Webb
Sonjay Dutt
Chris Hero
B-Boy
Brad Bradley
Nigel McGuinness
B-Boy
Nigel McGuinness
B-Boy
J.C. Bailey

Finals: Danny Daniels defeated Chris Hero and Alex Shelley to retain the IWA-MS World title and win the 2003 TPI.

  • Non Tournament Matches:
  • Night Two:
  • Mickie Knuckles defeated Rain
  • Brad Bradley & Ryan Boz defeated J.C. Bailey & Nate Webb
  • Colt Cabana defeated Arik Cannon, Ken Anderson, M-Dogg 20, Chris Sabin and Michael Shane in an elimination match

2004 Ted Petty Invitational[edit]

The 2004 Ted Petty is highly regarded as one of the best independent wrestling events ever. It featured a mix of every type of wrestling: mat work, strong style, aerial abilities, Lucha libre, women's, and a little hardcore. It also was more than ten hours in length when both nights are combined. It was taped by Smart Mark Video and is one of the best selling tapes/DVDs the company has to sell.

The 2004 Ted Petty Invitational tournament was held on September 17–18, 2004 from Highland, Indiana. Among the participants were Styles, Bryan Danielson, Samoa Joe, Chris Hero, Mike Quackenbush, CM Punk, and Matt Sydal. On Night One, Danielson beat Alex Shelley in a technical classic; Joe survived a stiff match with Roderick Strong. Hero's losing streak in Highland continued with a loss to Quackenbush. Sydal managed to beat Sal Rinauro. In a tournament match that was also for the company's heavyweight championship, Petey Williams beat 2002 T.P.I. winner B.J. Whitmer to retain the belt.

1st Round
TPI
Quarterfinals
TPI
Semifinals
TPI
                 
Samoa Joe  14:17 
Roderick Strong
Samoa Joe  13:27 
Nigel McGuinness
Nigel McGuinness  13:28 
Claudio Castagnoli
Samoa Joe  :55 
Rainman
Chris Sabin
Rainman  10:16 
Rainman  9:58 
Danny Daniels
Danny Daniels  10:55 
Todd Sexton
1st Round
TPI
Quarterfinals
TPI
Semifinals
TPI
                 
A.J. Styles  12:41 
Jimmy Rave
A.J. Styles  12:36 
Matt Sydal
Matt Sydal  9:36 
Sal Rinauro
A.J. Styles  6:02 
Arik Cannon
Super Dragon
Arik Cannon  13:44 
Arik Cannon  12:19 
Petey Williams
Petey Williams  13:00 
BJ Whitmer
1st Round
TPI
Quarterfinals
TPI
Semifinals
TPI
                 
Chris Hero
Mike Quackenbush  16:34 
Nate Webb
Mike Quackenbush  7:26 
Nate Webb  8:43 
Hallowicked
Mike Quackenbush  11:28 
Bryan Danielson
CM Punk  16:45 
Austin Aries
Bryan Danielson  16:03 
CM Punk
Bryan Danielson  14:41 
Alex Shelley

Finals: A.J. Styles d. Samoa Joe and Bryan Danielson to win the 2004 TPI

  • Non Tournament Matches:
  • Night One:
  • Night Two

2005 Ted Petty Invitational[edit]

The 2005 Ted Petty Invitational took place on September 23–24, 2005 in Hammond, Indiana. Although the tournament suffered through numerous drop outs and injuries, it is still highly regarded by independent wrestling fans. Among the drop outs included: defending champion Styles (due to strep throat) and Homicide (alleged legal issues).

A year after losing in the quarterfinals, Sydal came through with the biggest break of his career. He beat El Generico in the first round in a crowd-pleasing match. He also eliminated Tyler Black (quarterfinals), Chris Sabin (semifinals), before overcoming the odds and beating Kevin Steen and Cannon to win the tournament.

Other great matches from that weekend include a title match between Jacobs and Knuckles that saw everyone from Ian Rotten to The Iron Saints get involved. Shelley and Quackenbush put on a technical classic. And American Dragon's match with Claudio Castagnoli headlined the first night.

1st Round
TPI
Quarterfinals
TPI
Semifinals
TPI
                 
Kevin Steen  6:45 
Nate Webb
Kevin Steen  7:27 
Brad Bradley
Brad Bradley  5:05 
Tank
Kevin Steen  10:05 
Mike Quackenbush
Mike Quackenbush  17:32 
Alex Shelley
Mike Quackenbush  12:24 
Skayde
Skayde  10:17 
Puma
1st Round
TPI
Quarterfinals
TPI
Semifinals
TPI
                 
Arik Cannon  12:17 
Joey Ryan
Arik Cannon  22:45 
Delirious
Brandon Thomaselli
Delirious  15:03 
Arik Cannon  21:10 
Chris Hero
Chris Hero  14:50 
Rainman
Chris Hero  21:47 
Bryan Danielson
Claudio Castagnoli
Bryan Danielson  21:56 
1st Round
TPI
Quarterfinals
TPI
Semifinals
TPI
                 
James Gibson
Josh Abercrombie  15:48 
Josh Abercrombie
Chris Sabin  12:29 
Chris Sabin  10:20 
Marek Brave
Chris Sabin
Matt Sydal  13:30 
El Generico
Matt Sydal  14:45 
Matt Sydal  12:56 
Tyler Black
Tyler Black  10:17 
Sal Thomaselli

Finals: Matt Sydal defeated Arik Cannon and Kevin Steen to win the 2005 TPI

Non Tournament Matches:

  • Night One
  • Jimmy Jacobs defeated Colt Cabana to retain the IWA-MS World title
  • Night Two
  • Marek Brave defeated Trik Davis
  • Jimmy Jacobs defeated Mickie Knuckles to retain the IWA-MS World title
  • The Iron Saints (Sal & Vito Thomaselli) defeated Rainman & Tank to retain the IWA-MS Tag Team titles
  • Super Dragon, Alex Shelley, Joey Ryan & Claudio Castagnoli defeated El Generico, Puma, Brandon Thomaselli & Nate Webb in an elimination match

2006 Ted Petty Invitational[edit]

The 2006 TPI was held on September 29 & 30, 2006 in Midlothian, IL. It was another well loved tournament featuring great matches and performances from the likes of Low Ki, Strong, Quackenbush, and many more. In addition, it saw the shocking returns of Jimmy Jacobs and Necro Butcher to IWA-MS after a lengthy leave of absence as well as Chuck Taylor winning the IWA-MS World title from Toby Klein.

The 2006 TPI saw the return of M-Dogg 20, a former IWA-MS World Champion, to the company and he managed to get to round 2. Pro Wrestling Guerrilla was represented by six regulars (Chris Bosh, Scott Lost, Scorpio Sky, Kevin Steen, El Generico and Davey Richards) but finished the tournament with a combined 3-6 record.

1st Round
TPI
Quarterfinals
TPI
Semifinals
TPI
                 
Low Ki  17:37 
Gran Akuma
Low Ki  16:41 
Davey Richards
Davey Richards  12:08 
Jigsaw
Low-Ki  8:02 
El Generico
M-Dogg 20  9:55 
Ricochet
M-Dogg 20
El Generico  13:27 
El Generico  15:03 
Chris Bosh
1st Round
TPI
Quarterfinals
TPI
Semifinals
TPI
                 
Arik Cannon  13:07 
B-Boy
Arik Cannon  11:18 
Hallowicked
Scorpio Sky
Hallowicked  9:33 
Arik Cannon  14:39 
Claudio Castagnoli
Mike Quackenbush  13:36 
Colt Cabana
Mike Quackenbush
Claudio Castagnoli  9:42 
Claudio Castagnoli  8:56 
Kevin Steen
1st Round
TPI
Quarterfinals
TPI
Semifinals
TPI
                 
Roderick Strong  8:03 
Brandon Thomaselli
Roderick Strong  14:46 
Delirious
Delirious  10:41 
Scott Lost
Roderick Strong  10:39 
Chris Hero
Trik Davis  9:20 
Erick Stevens
Trik Davis
Chris Hero  16:30 
Chris Hero  12:30 
Ricky Reyes

Finals: Low-Ki defeated Arik Cannon and Roderick Strong to win the 2006 TPI

Non Tournament Matches:

  • Night Two
  • The Iron Saints (Sal & Vito Thomaselli) and American Kickboxer & Tarek the Great wrestled to a no contest
  • BLK OUT (Eddie Kingston & Joker) & Ricochet defeated The Iron Saints (Sal, Vito & Brandon Thomaselli)
  • The North Star Express (Darin Corbin & Ryan Cruz) won a 6 team Battle Royal, last eliminating B-Boy & Ricky Reyes
  • Josh Abercrombie defeated Tyler Black in a Loser Leaves Town Match to retain the IWA-MS Light-Heavyweight title
  • Chuck Taylor defeated Toby Klein to win the IWA-MS World title

2007 Ted Petty Invitational[edit]

The 2007 TPI took place on September 28 and 29 in Midlothian. Samoa Joe, Alex Shelley, Low-Ki, Matt Sydal, El Generico, B-Boy, and Tony Kozina were previously scheduled but were later removed from the tournament. Matt Sydal reported to OVW and was not be able to participate, El Generico was out due to hamstring injury, B-Boy was planning on retiring and wanted to heal up before his retirement tour, Jimmy Rave signed with TNA and Tony Kozina removed himself.[1]

1st Round
TPI
Quarterfinals
TPI
Semifinals
TPI
                 
Chris Hero
2 Cold Scorpio
2 Cold Scorpio
Chuck Taylor
Chuck Taylor
Jimmy Jacobs
Chuck Taylor
Human Tornado
Eddie Kingston
Human Tornado
Human Tornado
Nate Webb
Drake Younger
Nate Webb
1st Round
TPI
Quarterfinals
TPI
Semifinals
TPI
                 
Claudio Castagnoli
Nigel McGuiness
Claudio Castagnoli
Davey Richards
Davey Richards
B.J. Whitmer
Claudio Castagnoli
Brent Albright
Brent Albright
Tank
Brent Albright
Joker
C.J. Otis
Joker
1st Round
TPI
Quarterfinals
TPI
Semifinals
TPI
                 
Mike Quackenbush
Billy Roc
Mike Quackenbush
Joey Ryan
Brandon Thomaselli
Joey Ryan
Mike Quackenbush
Josh Abercrombie
Josh Abercrombie
Ricochet
Josh Abercrombie
Devon Moore
Devon Moore
Dysfunction

Finals: Mike Quackenbush defeated Claudio Castagnoli and Chuck Taylor to win the 2007 TPI, retain the IWA Mid-South Light Heavyweight Championship and win the IWA Mid-South Heavyweight Championship.

Non Tournament Matches:

  • Night Two -
  • Eddie Kingston defeated Chris Hero in a Last Man Standing match
  • The Irons Saints defeated Nigel McGuinness and BJ Whitmer via DQ to retain the IWA-MS Tag Team Titles

2008 Ted Petty Invitational[edit]

The 2008 TPI took place on September 26 and 27 at the Hartman Recreation Center in Joliet, Illinois. Non-tournament matches included a Steel Cage I Quit Match for the Light Heavyweight Championship between Jayson Quick and Jason Hades, a Falls Count Anywhere match between Chris Hero and Trik Davis, and a Loser Leaves IWA Mid-South for a Year Match between Dingo def. Jayson Strife.

The 2008 poster was designed by Mark Young of Wardust Design.

Roster Changes[edit]

  • On July 15, 2008 IWA Mid South announced that previously announced entrant Delirious had been taken out of the tournament to work in England along with Roderick Strong. Later, El Generico was also announced to be working the show in England.
  • On August 8, Arik Cannon was announced as being unavailable to compete in both nights, and was therefore replaced by AAA wrestler Cassandro.[2]
  • On August 12, it was announced that BJ Whitmer was undergoing surgery on his hand, and would be replaced by Ares.[3]
  • At the We Are Family 2 show on August 17, it was announced that Jayson Quick and Jason Hades were both pulled from the TPI and will instead meet in a Steel Cage I Quit Match for the IWA Mid-South Light Heavyweight Championship, with the added stipulation that the loser must drop Ja(y)son from their name.
  • Before Night One started, it was announced that defending champion Mike Quackenbush would not be taking part in the tournament due to a family emergency.[4]
  • During the introductions on Night One, Dingo was attacked by Jayson Strife, later demanding he was removed from the tournament. As such, a Match was booked between Dingo and Strife for the IWA-MS Heavyweight Championship later that night, with the added stipulation that the loser must leave IWA Mid-South for a year
  • Quackenbush and Dingo were replaced by Necro Butcher and Eddie Kingston
1st Round
TPI
Quarterfinals
TPI
Semifinals
TPI
                 
Claudio Castagnoli
Jimmy Jacobs
Claudio Castagnoli
Dave Taylor
Dave Taylor
Tracy Smothers
Claudio Castagnoli
Sara Del Rey
Sara Del Rey
Trik Davis
Sara Del Rey
Cassandro
Cassandro
Chuck Taylor
1st Round
TPI
Quarterfinals
TPI
Semifinals
TPI
                 
Sami Callihan
Chris Hero
Sami Callihan
Eddie Kingston
Eddie Kingston
Necro Butcher
Sami Callihan
2 Cold Scorpio
Ace Steel
Ares
Ace Steel
2 Cold Scorpio
2 Cold Scorpio
Bobby Fish
1st Round
TPI
Quarterfinals
TPI
Semifinals
TPI
                 
Egotistico Fantastico
Prince Mustafa Ali
Egotistico Fantastico
Josh Raymond
Josh Raymond
Tyler Black
Egotistico Fantastico
Drake Younger
Michael Elgin
Ricochet
Michael Elgin
Drake Younger
Drake Younger
2 Tuff Tony

Finals: Drake Younger defeated Claudio Castagnoli and Sami Callihan to win the 2008 TPI.

Non Tournament Matches:

Night 1 - Loser Leaves IWA Mid-South for a Year Match: IWA-MS Heavyweight Championship: Dingo defeated Jayson Strife

  • Night 2
  • Tag Team Challenge Match: The Age of the Fall (Jimmy Jacobs & Tyler Black) defeated Da Soul Touchaz (Acid Jazz & Marshee Rockett)
  • "I Quit" Steel Cage Match for the IWA-MS Light Heavyweight Championship AND rights to the name Ja(y)son: Jason Hades defeated Jayson Quick
  • Six Man Tag Match: Dingo, Ricochet, and Bobby Fish defeated Prince Mustafa Ali, 2 Tuff Tony, and Ares
  • Falls Count Anywhere Match: Trik Davis defeated Chris Hero

2009 Ted Petty Invitational[edit]

The 2009 Ted Petty Invitational was scheduled to take place September 4 and 5 of 2009. However, on August 26, 2009, IWA-MS cancelled the tournament and announced that it would cease its operations on August 28. The following participants are were announced for the event prior to its cancellation:

1. B-Boy - 3rd TPI appearance
2. Necro Butcher - 2nd TPI appearance
3. Chris Hero - 2000 Sweet Science Sixteen Winner, only wrestler to appear in every TPI/Sweet Science Sixteen
4. Human Tornado - 2nd TPI appearance
5. Roderick Strong - 3rd TPI appearance; 2006 TPI finalist
6. Shane Hollister - 1st TPI appearance
7. Jason Hades - 1st TPI appearance
8. Drake Younger - 3rd TPI appearance/2008 TPI Winner
9. Carter Gray - 1st TPI appearance
10. Delirious - 3rd TPI appearance
11. Davey Richards - 2nd TPI appearance
12. Tyler Black - 3rd TPI appearance
13. Zach Gowen - 1st TPI appearance
14. Dingo - 1st TPI appearance
15. Kahagas - 1st TPI appearance
16. Jimmy Jacobs - 4th TPI appearance
17. Marshe Rockett - 1st TPI appearance
18. Colt Cabana - 6th TPI appearance
19. Nigel McGuinness - 4th TPI appearance
20. El Generico - 3rd TPI appearance
21. Ricochet - 4th TPI appearance
22. Prince Mustafa Ali - 2nd TPI appearance
23. Egotistico Fantastico - 2nd TPI appearance

First Round Matches:

Jimmy Jacobs vs. Zach Gowen

Roderick Strong vs. Kahagas

The Briscoe Brothers added to Night Two.

2010 Ted Petty Invitational[edit]

The 2010 Ted Petty Invitational was scheduled for Friday and Saturday September 17 and 18 at the Historic Walter Payton Roundhouse Restaurant in Aurora, IL. The show was canceled due to financial troubles.

2013 Ted Petty Invitational[edit]

Friday and Saturday September 13 and 14 at the Colgate Gym in Clarksville Indiana.

1. Andrew Everett

2. B-Boy

3. Bad Bones

4. Bryan Skyline

5. Chris Hamrick

6. Chrisjen Hayme

7. Christian York

8. Davey Richards

9. Devon Moore

10. Drake Younger

11. Dustin Rayz

12. Eddie Edwards

13. Eddie Kingston

14. Flip Kendrick

15. Hy-Zaya

16. Jack Thriller

17. Justin Credible

18. Kyle O'Reilly

19. Louis Lyndon

20. Michael Elgin

21. Necro Butcher

22. Prince Mustafa Ali

23. Roderick Strong

First Round:

Prince Mustafa Ali vs. Andrew Everett

Christian York vs. Jack Thriller

Bad Bones vs. Davey Richards

Roderick Strong vs. Dustin Rayz

B-Boy vs. Kyle O'Reilly

Drake Younger vs. Eddie Edwards

Michael Elgin vs. Louis Lyndon

Devon Moore vs. Hy-Zaya

Eddie Kingston vs. Chrisjen Hayme

Bryan Skyline vs. Flip Kendrick

Chris Hamrick vs. Justin Credible

Necro Butcher vs.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "TPI". IWA: MS. Retrieved 2007-07-03. 
  2. ^ "CANNON OUT FOR TPI; AAA STAR IN!!!!". iwamidsouth.com. Retrieved 2008-08-08. 
  3. ^ "BJ Whitmer Injured...Out of TPI & Portage show". iwamidsouth.com. Retrieved 2008-08-11. 
  4. ^ "Announcement about TPI tonight.....". iwamidsouth.com. Retrieved 2008-09-27.