Top Rope Promotions
New Bedford, Massachusetts (1996-2000)|
Fall River, Massachusetts (2000-present)
|Owner(s)||Steve Ricard (2000-present)|
Yankee Pro Wrestling (1994-2004)|
New England Wrestling Association (1988-1994)
Top Rope Promotions (formerly known as Yankee Pro Wrestling) is a North Eastern independent professional wrestling promotion based in New Bedford, Massachusetts and is the largest promotion in the Southern New England area rivaling other North Eastern promotions including Chaotic Wrestling, the Millennium Wrestling Federation and New England Championship Wrestling. Along with its head trainer Matt Hyson, their seminars have been hosted by Ring of Honor alumni Jamie Noble and A.J. Styles. A number of independent wrestlers competed in Yankee Pro Wrestling during their early careers including Amanda Storm, Andy Jaxx, DC Drake, Slyck Wagner Brown, Johnny Heartbreaker, Shark Boy, Christian York, Metal Maniac, Robbie Ellis, Rick Fuller and Dan "The Beast" Severn.
Following the close of Extreme Championship Wrestling, several ECW mainstays such as Amish Roadkill, Dawn Marie, Simon Diamond, Perry Saturn, Tony DeVito, Little Guido, Jerry Lynn, Steve Corino, Justin Credible, Julio Dinero, Chris Hamrick, Big Dick Dudley and Joel Gertner had brief stints in the promotion. In recent years, TNA wrestlers Christy Hemme, Talia, Abyss, Jay Lethal, Joey Matthews, Ron "The Truth" Killings, Bubba Ray Dudley, and Devon Dudley have also made appearances.
The promotion began holding events in the Fall River-New Bedford area during the early-1980s, picking up the old territorial area previously run by the World Wide Wrestling Federation during the 1970s. After going through several name changes and owners, the promotion changed its name from New England Wrestling Association to Yankee Pro Wrestling during the 1990s. During this time, the promotion gained a strong following in southern New England regularly bringing in former WWF stars from the 1980s and 90s. The promotion features many wrestlers who compete for Impact Wrestling or for ROH Wrestling. The promotion also features wrestlers who have or would go on to compete for the WWE.
The promotion was purchased by head booker Steve Ricard in 2000. Under the Top Rope Promotions banner, he continued running monthly shows in the Fall River-New Bedford area successfully making between $500–$5,000 a show. The majority of its shows are held at the PAL Hall in Fall River, Massachusetts and the Top Rope Arena in New Bedford, Massachusetts. The promotion also ran a weekly cable television program in the local area.
In addition to monthly events at the PAL Hall in Fall River, Top Rope Promotions runs events at the Creative Auction Centers in Fall River and New Bedford, the historic Adams-Turners Hall in Adams, and the Elks Lodge in Franklin. Top Rope Promotions also appears at the annual Whaling City Festival at Buttonwood Park in New Bedford and at the annual Wolcott Country Fair in Wolcott, Connecticut. The promotion also holds annual events at Outdoor World campground in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, and also appears on occasion at The Wapping Fair in South Windsor Connecticut, however they have not been since 2008.
The Lock-Up Wrestling School
The school was founded by Top Rope Promotions owner Steve Ricard and former head trainer Matt Hyson (formerly known as Spike Dudley) in 2005. Hyson had been the school's head trainer from 2005 to 2013, The school is responsible for training several independent stars such as Teddy Goodz, TK O'Ryan, former Ring of Honor Television Champion, former Ring of Honor Tag Team Champion, former IWGP Tag Team Champion Matt Taven and Ring of Honor wrestler Vinny Marseglia. Top Rope Promotions veterans "H2O" Ryan Waters and " Nightmare" Nick Steel became the school's trainers in 2013 after Hyson left the promotion. Although he stepped down as the head trainer, Hyson is still on great terms with the promotion.
Special Guest Appearances
- Bastion Booger
- Bret "Hitman" Hart
- Brutus Beefcake
- Bubba Ray Dudley
- The Bushwackers
- Chad Toland
- Devon Dudley
- Diamond Dallas Page
- Doink the Clown
- George "The Animal" Steele
- Greg "The Hammer" Valentine
- "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan
- Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart
- Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka
- Junkyard Dog
- Mr. Anderson
- King Kong Bundy
- Koko B. Ware
- Lou Albano
- Luna Vachon
- Marty Jannetty
- Matt Hardy
- Mr. Fuji
- Nikolai Volkoff
- The Nasty Boys
- Perry Saturn
- Rick "The Model" Martel
- Ric Flair
- "Rowdy" Roddy Piper
- Scotty 2 Hotty
- Spike Dudley
- Steve Bradley
- Stevie Richards
- Teddy Long
- Tito Santana
- Tony Atlas
- Christopher Annino aka Rescue 911
WWE Tough Enough contestants
Scott Hall incident
On April 8, 2011, one day after his rumored overdose, Hall showed up clearly intoxicated to his appearance at a Top Rope Promotions wrestling show in Massachusetts. Hall, who was still wearing a hospital bracelet, was in such poor condition that he had to be helped into the ring by two men because he was unable to walk on his own. Hall proceeded to cut a promo and was confronted by a local wrestler named Gorgeous Gino Giovanni, who was trying to begin a match with Justin Credible. Most of the fans were confused by his behavior, while some understood what was happening and proceeded to heckle Hall to the point where he yelled back at the crowd. Unfortunately, Scott was apparently so impaired that he thought he was in England instead of New England, and called the crowd a bunch of Wankers, which is a British insult. After the match between Giovanni and Credible ended, Hall, who was still slurring, tried to goad Giovanni to come back into the ring. Former wrestler, Scotty 2 Hotty was at the show and said seeing Hall in that condition was one of the saddest, most embarrassing things he has ever witnessed, and asked how many people have to die before they learn. After the event, Hall was on hand for autograph signings and was clearly still intoxicated.
TMZ reported on April 9, 2011, that Hall was taken to the hospital following his appearance at an indy wrestling show in Massachusetts a day earlier. Hall was treated for cardiac issues and remained in the hospital for three days. Hall was reported to be on ten different medications, which TMZ reports led to his overdose on April 7, although his agent quickly denied that report.
Top Rope Promotions released a statement on April 11, 2011 regarding Hall's behavior and performance at their April 8 show. Thirty-one-year-old owner Steve Ricard said that Hall arrived the day before the event in a wheelchair with 3 bottles of prescription pills in his possession though the following day he showed in the state he was in demanding appearance fee although he was already paid. Hall made many threats to the staff and made many demands about money and when he would perform. According to Ricard, Hall was threatening to "kill [him] if [he] 'screwed' [Hall] over."
That same year on the E-60 documentary from ESPN it is discussed with the owner of Top Rope the incident involving wrestler Scott Hall at a Top Rope event. The owner basically in his own words stated that "he didn't know Scott Hall so he paid him and put him out there" referring to Scott Hall being brought to the ring in a bad state and after even having him sign autographs. Wrestler Sean Waltman also added on the special that it was awful and that the owner of Top Rope was wrong for doing this. Scott Hall was admitted to the hospital later that night.
- Ace of Spades Peter Critelli
- Brad Hollister
- "The Devil's Reject" Brandon Webb
- Brian Milonas
- "Brutal" Bob Evans
- "Cold Steel" Chuck O'Neil
- Craig Costa
- Danny Miles
- Eric Alden
- Eric Spicely
- Franky Vain
- Jason Blade
- Jason Daniels
- Matt Magnum
- Matt Taven
- "The Miracle" Mike Bennett
- "Nightmare" Nick Steel
- "H20" Ryan Waters
- Shane Alden
- Ted Goodz
- TK O'Ryan
- Vinny Marseglia
- Wildman Kongo
- Lea Morrison
- Luscious Latasha
- Mistress Belmont
- Nikki Valentine
- "Mastermind" Marshall McNeil
"The adorable one" Gene Joseph
- The Alden Brothers (Shane & Eric Alden)
- The Kingdom (Matt Taven, TK O'Ryan, & Vinny Marseglia)
- The Closers (Brad Hollister & Hammer Tunis)
- The Devil's Doormen ("The Devils Reject" Brandon Webb & Franky Vain)
- Steve Ricard (Owner, Promoter)
- Shawn O. (Ring Announcer; Play-By-Play Announcer, Top Rope Television)
- " The Adorable One" Gene Joseph (Manager/Wrestler; Color Commentator, Top Rope Television)
- Kevin Quinn (Referee)
- Glenn Kane (Referee)
- Alex Payne (Referee)
- Barbara Mahoney (Referee)
Championships and accomplishments
|Championship||Current champion(s)||Date won||Event||Previous champion(s)||Days
|TRP Heavyweight Championship||Teddy Goodz||March 9, 2018||TRP Returns to Brockton||JT Dunn||128||Goodz won in a rematch against JT Dunn|
|TRP Interstate Championship||Nico Silva||December 29, 2017||Spindle City Rumble||"Pure Talent” Chris Escobar||198||Won title in 4-Man Double Ring ladder match including Teddy Goodz, “Devils Reject” Brandon Webb, and “Pure Talent” Chris Escobar|
|TRP Tag Team Championship||The Closers (Brad Hollister & Hammer Tunnis)||May 20, 2016||Spindle City Shakedown||Special Forces (Little Man & Smith)||786||Won titles after Tunnis was replaced by order of TRP Owner Steve Ricard and replacing TK O'Ryan|
|Accomplishment||Previous winner||Date won||Event||Notes|
|Spindle City Rumble||Richard Holiday||December 29, 2017||Spindle City Rumble|
|Kowalski Cup||Nico Silva||December 2, 2016||Kowalski Cup Tournament|
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