Wrestling Retribution Project
|Wrestling Retribution Project|
|Created by||Jeff Katz|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Location(s)||Henson Recording Studios, Los Angeles, California|
|Camera setup||Multiple-camera setup|
Wrestling Retribution Project was a professional wrestling television program developed by Jeff Katz. Founded in 2011, the promotion was based on a 13-week serial schedule. Upon completion of production, the program was to be distributed by Image Entertainment, and available via streaming media and DVD.
In early 2011, Former VP of Production at 20th Century Fox and New Line Cinema, Jeff Katz, began venting frustrations via his Twitter page with the current wrestling product broadcast worldwide by companies such as WWE and TNA. In May 2011, he began a fundraising drive via the crowdfunding website Kickstarter with a goal to raise $100,000 for an alternative wrestling venture. By June 21, 2011, the goal was achieved through 187 pledges. Shortly thereafter, casting and pre-production of the series began. A thirteen-week first season was taped from October 10 to 12, 2011, at the Henson Recording Studios in Los Angeles, California. Fergal Devitt and Shawn Spears, who were both announced for the tapings, could not make it due to visa issues.
The project name was changed from "Wrestling Revolution Project" to "Wrestling Retribution Project" on November 21, 2011.
The project has faced numerous criticisms from donors, frustrated by the lack of information about whether the project is still forthcoming and what their money was spent on.
To date, the Kickstarter backers of the project have not received the end product which they funded, as Katz has not released the promised episodic footage.
On the Talk is Jericho podcast with Kenny Omega, Chris Jericho reviled that helped fund the project but never saw the footage, and Omega told a story about how he broke a chandelier during filming when he performed a outside springboard moonsault to 'Killshot' and then was forced to work for free the rest of the tapings to pay for the damage.
|Ring name||Real name||Previous experience|
|Aphrodite||Trisha LaFache||Actress; Law & Order, L.A. Noire, and Garden State (film).|
|B.B.C.||Timothy Thatcher||Longest reigning Evolve Champion of all-time.|
|Bobby Hollywood||Kevin McDonald||Former WWE developmental wrestler Kevin Matthews.|
|Brick Shithouse||Ben Muth||Former left tackle with the Stanford Cardinal, retired from football due to injury. Trained in wrestling under Lance Storm.|
|Chase Walker||Joseph Meehan||Better known as Joey Ryan. One of the co-founders of Pro Wrestling Guerrilla, a former PWG World Champion and NWA World Tag Team Champion. Has also competed in Ring of Honor and appeared as an extra on WWE programming.|
|Chris Hyde||Chris Spradlin||Better known as Chris Hero, currently wrestling in WWE as Kassius Ohno. Former CZW World Heavyweight Champion and PWG World Champion. One half of The Kings of Wrestling with Claudio Castagnoli, who are the former Chikara Campeones de Parejas, CZW World Tag Team Champions and ROH World Tag Team Champions.|
|Concrete||Christopher Mordetzky||Previously known in WWE as Chris Masters.|
|Das Nihilist||Emil Sitoci||European grappler from the Netherlands.|
|Dios Dorado||Jonathan Figueroa||Better known as Amazing Red. Former three-time TNA X Division Champion, NWA Tag Team Champion and ROH Tag Team Champion.|
|Father Dante||Len Olson||Known as "Dr. Luther." Previously retired hardcore wrestler from Canada. Best Man in the wedding of former WWE Heavyweight Champion Chris Jericho.|
|Faris Gotch||Dara Daivari||Previously known in WWE and TNA as Daivari. Former TNA X Division Champion.|
|John Cage||Brian Button||Better known as Brian Cage. Active in Lucha Underground, PWG, and AAA. Former WWE Developmental Wrestler.|
|John Ricker||Shaun Ricker||Currently known in TNA as Eli Drake.|
|Johnny 99||Drew Hankinson||Previously known in the WWE as Festus and Luke Gallows. Also a former member of the Straight Edge Society stable and in Impact Wrestling as DOC.|
|Killshot||Chad Allegra||Better known as "Machine Gun" Karl Anderson, currently wrestling for WWE. Former WWE Raw Tag Team Champion, four-time IWGP Tag Team Champion in New Japan Pro Wrestling, and GHC Tag Team Champion.|
|The Lord of War||Hassan Assad||Also known as MVP. Former WWE United States Champion and the first ever IWGP Intercontinental Champion in New Japan Pro Wrestling.|
|Muncie Magee||Patrick Buckridge||Known as Pat Buck, current owner of the Wrestlepro organization. Former co-owner of the Pro Wrestling Syndicate school. Competed in OVW and FCW.|
|Master Murder||Michael Oberegger||Works on the Canadian independent circuit as "Psycho" Mike Rollins. Trained by Johnny Devine, Scott D'Amore and Harley Race.|
|Profitable||Alex Zikos||Also known as "Alex Reynolds." From Bethpage, New York. Trained by former ECW star Mikey Whipwreck.|
|Punchline||Scott Colton||Also known as Colt Cabana in the independent circuit, and Scotty Goldman in WWE. Former Ring of Honor Tag Team Champion with partner CM Punk. FormerNWA World Heavyweight Champion.|
|Satanic||Sam Johnston||Better known as Sami Callihan. Wrestled in WWE as Solomon Crowe. Also featured in Combat Zone Wrestling, Ring of Honor, and other independent companies.|
|Scott "The Cornerstone" Carpenter||Tyson Smith||Also known as Kenny Omega. Held the IWGP Intercontinental Championship, headlined Wrestle Kingdom 11 after winning the 26th G1 Climax, held the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship twice, and co-held the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship with Kota Ibushi in New Japan Pro Wrestling. Formerly in the WWE Developmental system.|
|Stan Shooter||Ken Doane||Previously known in WWE as Kenny Dykstra. Held the WWE World Tag Team Championship as a member of the Spirit Squad.|
|Tommy Lee Ridgeway||Adam Pearce||Five-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion. Currently working as a trainer in the WWE Performance Center.|
- "Wrestling Revolution Project homepage". Wrestling Revolution Project. Retrieved 2011-09-01.
- "Katz Grapples with Wrestling Venture". Variety.com. 2011-07-24. Retrieved 2011-09-01.
- "WRP Kickstarter Page". Kickstarter.com. Retrieved 2011-09-01.
- "Kickstarter: Update #1: Wrestling Revolution Is Funded!". Kickstarter.com. Retrieved 2011-09-01.
- Meltzer, Dave (October 24, 2011). "October 24 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: 2011 Hall of Fame issue, GSP down, Bound for Glory and Bobby Roode, Hogan vs. Sting, giant issue". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Campbell, CA: 37. ISSN 1083-9593.
- Johnston, Kike (2013-06-26). "Big Update on Jeff Katz's Wrestling Revolution Project". pwinsider.com. Retrieved 27 June 2013.
- Wrestling Talk (2017-01-16), Kenny Omega on shattering a 10,000$ chandelier, retrieved 2018-05-06
- "Wrestling Revolution Project Cast Reveal". Geekweek.com. Retrieved 2011-09-01.
- "Wrestling Revolution Project: Emil Sitoci as "Das Nihilist". First look revealed". Retrieved 2011-11-23.
- "Online World of Wrestling Profile of Emil Sitoci". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2011-09-01.
- "Online World of Wrestling Profile of Dr. Luther". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2011-09-01.
- "Casting a WRESTLING REVOLUTION - Day 4". Geekweek.com. Retrieved 2011-09-01.