The United Wrestling Coalition was formed on March 21, 1998 in Browns Mills, New Jersey, with Derik Starr winning the first match in UWC history, a battle royal, to win the UWC Heavyweight Championship. The UWC was started by Dave and Lois Thomas as a means to bring family-friendly wrestling to the South Jersey area. For the first two years, the UWC ran regular events all over the Burlington County area, with area wrestlers such as Derik Starr, Warhead, Wacky Wayne Woo, Section 8, Orphan, Tommy Force, and Dom Devito, and several indy wrestlers who had made a reputation in the Northeast such as Reckless Youth, Twiggy Ramirez, and Don Montoya. One notable event took place on December 5, 1998, as UWC ran their first Toys for Tots benefit show in Pemberton, New Jersey, which has become a yearly tradition since.
From 2001 to 2009, UWC began running fewer events, cutting back to three events per year; a yearly event as part of the Spring Fun Fest event at Burlington County College in Pemberton, New Jersey, a yearly benefit show at New Lisbon Developmental Center in New Lisbon, New Jersey, and their yearly Toys for Tots benefit show at Burlington County College in Pemberton. The yearly Toys for Tots events saw stars such as Steve Corino and Raven make appearances on behalf of the promotion. In addition, several future wrestling stars such as Chris Hero, Jay Lethal, and Robbie E made appearances in UWC during this time period before earning names on the wrestling scene.
Beginning in 2010, UWC once again ran frequent events, with monthly shows at the Browns Mills Fire House in Browns Mills, New Jersey in addition to other charity benefit shows in the Burlington County area. UWC saw the return of Reckless Youth to pro wrestling in October, with Youth competing in the main event of the 13th annual Toys for Tots fundraiser event at Burlington County College in December. On February 21, 2011, UWC began airing a weekly half-hour wrestling program on YouTube called UWC Championship Wrestling, featuring matches from their monthly UWC events in Browns Mills.