Ultimate Pro Wrestling

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Ultimate Pro Wrestling
Acronym UPW
Founded 1999
Defunct 2007
Headquarters California
Founder(s) Rick Bassman
Owner(s) Rick Bassman

Ultimate Pro Wrestling (UPW) was a California-based independent pro wrestling company owned and operated by Rick Bassman,[1] that operated from 1999 to 2007 .

The company had working relationships with Pro Wrestling Zero1 and World Wrestling Entertainment. It served as a developmental company for WWE, where they would scout wrestlers and send others for training, from 2006 to 2007.[2] Some of the major names to go on to stardom are, John Cena, Samoa Joe, The Miz and Christopher Daniels. The promotion was featured on a Discovery Channel special called Inside Pro Wrestling School.

Notable alumni[edit]

Tag Teams:

Championships[edit]

UPW Heavyweight Championship[edit]

The UPW Heavyweight Championship was a championship contested for by Cruiserweight wrestlers in Ultimate Pro Wrestling.[3][4]

UPW Lightweight Championship[edit]

The UPW Lightweight Championship was a championship contested for by Cruiserweight wrestlers in Ultimate Pro Wrestling.[5][6]

Wrestler # Date Location Notes
Prodigy 1 January 27, 2000 Santa Ana, California Won a Battle royal to become first champion
Rick Bassman 1 January 27, 2000 Santa Ana, California Bassman [who was the company's owner] stole the title belt and named himself champion.
Prodigy 2 February 23, 2000 Santa Ana, California
The Enterprise 1 March 15, 2000 Hollywood, California Title might be vacant later in the month.
Savvy 1 March 28, 2000 Santa Ana, California Won a Battle royal. Might have been for a vacant belt.
The Enterprise 2 March 29, 2000 San Diego, California Won a Battle royal. Stripped of the title on May 24, 2000 for being over the title's weight limit.
Stretch 1 May 24, 2000 Santa Ana, California Won a Battle royal for the vacant title.
B-Boy 1 June 2000 San Diego, California
Stretch 2 June 10, 2000 Santa Ana, California
Drunk Irishman 1 July 20, 2000 Huntington Beach, California Later had to vacate the title due to injury.
Stretch 3 July 29, 2000 Huntington Beach, California Won a tournament for the vacant title.
Mikey Henderson 1 August 23, 2000 Santa Ana, California Vacates the title on October 12, 2000 to create the Ultimate Pro Wrestling Southern California title.
Prodigy 3 November 8, 2000 Santa Ana, California Won a Battle royal for the vacant title
B-Boy 2 May 30, 2001 Santa Ana, California
Frankie Kazarian 1 August 15, 2002 Santa Ana, California This was a 2 out of 3 falls Triple Threat Match also involving Spanky. The first fall was for Spanky's Zero1 International Junior Heavyweight Championship and the second fall was for B-Boy's UPW Lightweight title.
Lil Nate 1 February 23, 2005 Santa Ana, California

UPW Tag Team Championship[edit]

The UPW Tag Team Championship was a secondary title contested for in Ultimate Pro Wrestling.[7][8]

Tag Team # Date Location Notes
The Ballard Brothers
(Shane & Shannon)
1 December 2, 1999 Hollywood, California Won a Battle royal to become first champions.
Team Hardcore
(Justin Sane & Hardkore Kidd)
1 March 2000 Santa Ana, California
The Ballard Brothers
(Shane & Shannon)
2 March 28, 2000 Santa Ana, California
Jobbers-R-Us
(Billy Kim & Troubled Youth)
1 April 19, 2000 Santa Ana, California
Los Cubanitos
(Ricky Reyes & Rocky Romero)
1 April 27, 2000 San Diego, California
The Ballard Brothers
(Shane & Shannon)
3 May 24, 2000 Santa Ana, California
Team Hardcore
(Justin Sane & Hardkore Kidd)
2 July 1, 2000 Huntington Beach, California This was a phantom title change meaning it never actually took place.
The Ballard Brothers
(Shane & Shannon)
4 July 15, 2000 Huntington Beach, California Phantom title change. Stripped on January 31, 2001.
Evolution
(Frankie Kazarian & Nova)
1 May 31, 2001 Santa Ana, California Won a tournament for the vacant titles.
The Ballard Brothers
(Shane & Shannon)
5 May 8, 2002 Santa Ana, California
Funky Billy Kim (2) & B-Boy 1 January 8, 2003 Santa Ana, California
The Ballard Brothers
(Shane & Shannon)
6 March 15, 2003 Laughlin, Nevada
Hardkore Inc.
(Hardkore Kidd (3) & Al Katrazz)
1 April 25, 2003 Anaheim, California
The Ballard Brothers
(Shane & Shannon)
7 February 20, 2004 Anaheim, California

UPW Southern California Heavyweight Championship[edit]

The UPW Southern California Heavyweight Championship was a secondary title contested for in Ultimate Pro Wrestling.[9]

Champion # Date Location Notes
Mikey Henderson 1 October 12, 2000 Santa Ana, California Henderson was the Ultimate Pro Wrestling Lightweight Champion when he vacated that title to create the UPW Southern California title. Was stripped for too many no shows.
Tony Jones 1 January 30, 2001 Santa Ana, California Was awarded the title after winning a six man tag match.
Tom Howard 1 June 26, 2001 Santa Ana, California The title is renamed the UPW Shoot Championship on August 22, 2001. Unified with the UPW Heavyweight Championship When Howard beats Christopher Daniels for the Heavyweight title on May 8, 2002

UPW No Holds Barred Championship[edit]

The UPW No Holds Barred Championship was a secondary title contested for in Ultimate Pro Wrestling.[10]

Champion # Date Location Notes
J.D. Dempsey 1 March 28, 2000 Santa Ana, California Defeated Samoan Joe to become the first champion.
Samoan Joe 1 March 29, 2000 San Diego, California
Smooth Billy D 1 April 19, 2000 Santa Ana, California
Shane Ballard 1 April 27, 2000 San Diego, California

UPW Internet Championship[edit]

The UPW Internet Championship was a secondary title contested for in Ultimate Pro Wrestling.[11]

Championship # Date Location Notes
Navajo Warrior 1 November 8, 2000 Santa Ana, California Won a Battle royal.
The Blue Meanie 1 March 14, 2001 Santa Ana, California

UPW Women's Championship[edit]

Champion # Date Location Notes
Erica Porter 1 April 25, 2003 Anaheim, CA Beat Savvy to become champion.

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