All Pro Wrestling

All Pro Wrestling is an American professional wrestling promotion and training school, based in Hayward, California, USA. The company was founded by Roland Alexander and managed by him until his death on November 5, 2013. It is located 45 miles southeast of San Francisco, 15 miles south of Oakland, and 35 miles north of San Jose.[1]

All Pro Wrestling
Founded1991
StyleProfessional wrestling
HeadquartersHayward, California
Founder(s)Roland Alexander
FormerlyPacific Coast Sports
Websiteallprowrestling.com

History

All Pro Wrestling opened in 1991 under the name, "Pacific Coast Sports". The school and its "Gym Wars" events maintained a strong local following throughout the 1990s, but it wasn't until professional wrestling's Attitude Era that APW gained national notoriety.

In 1999, All Pro Wrestling (APW) was featured as part of the documentary film, Beyond the Mat. Roland Alexander, along with wrestlers Tony Jones and Michael Modest appeared, as they were having a tryout match with the World Wrestling Federation. The spot in the film was said to have tremendously boosted the school's "Boot Camp" sign ups.

APW suffered a wrongful death lawsuit to the family of APW Boot Camp trainee, Brian Ong. On May 28, 2001, Ong was training with fellow trainee Dalip Singh, despite suffering from an earlier concussion. Singh delivered a flapjack to Ong twice, with his head striking the mat and worsening his concussion.[2] He was pronounced dead on arrival to a local hospital. Ong's family sued APW for reckless behavior. The case was filed in September 2002, and the trial was underway on June 10, 2005. After a three-week trial, on July 12, the jury voted unanimously in favor of the Ong family. APW was forced to pay $1.3 million to the Ong family.[3]

After a dispute with Roland Alexander in 2002, most of the APW roster, including trainers Michael Modest, Donovan Morgan, and Frank Murdoch left the company to start a training facility known as the Pro Wrestling IRON Tetsu Academy (now defunct). In April 2008, booker and promoter Gabriel Ramirez left the company to start his own promotion, Pro Wrestling Revolution. Former wrestling manager John LaRocca took over as head booker for the company.

In December 2009, APW began televising taped shows All Pro Wrestling Gym Wars on Saturday mornings on Channel 50 / Cable 199 in the San Francisco Bay Area.[4]

On Wednesday, December 14, 2011, All Pro Wrestling and Vendetta Pro Wrestling announced the Vendetta Pro Tag Team Titles will now be booked in All Pro Wrestling as well. The title was renamed the APW-Vendetta Pro "Unified" Tag Team Championship and be defended on Vendetta Pro and APW events. At that time "Dos Perfectos" (Greg Hernandez and Jesse Jimenez) were the Vendetta Pro Tag Team Champions and were crowned the first APW/Vendetta Pro Unified Tag Team Champions.

Alexander died on November 5, 2013, following heart and diabetes issues, aged 59.[5]

The company is now run by head booker Markus Mac and is currently holding events at the Bayshore Community Center in Daly City, CA. After the closing of the APW Garage head trainer Jeckles opened his own school, the All Pro Dojo, in Union City, CA.[6]

Roster

Wrestlers

Ring name Notes
Adam Thornstowe APW Tag Team Champion
Boyce LeGrande
Buddy Royal
Cheerleader Melissa
Chris Masters
Colt Cabana
Daniel Torch
Dalton Frost
Damien Grundy
Dave Dutra
Douglas James
Dylan Drake
Eli Shapiro
Jacob Fatu APW Worldwide Internet Champion
JECKLES
Jeffrey Cobb APW Universal Heavyweight Champion
Joey Ryan
Jody Kristofferson
JR Kratos
Julio Pedroza
Karl Fredericks
Kevin Michael Johnson
Levi Shapiro Wrestling With Wregret YouTube Champion
Luster the Legend APW Tag Team Champion
Matt Carlos
Marcus Lewis
MVP
Rik Luxury
Ryan McQueen
Steven Kelly
Sione Finau
Timothy Thatcher
Tommy Drake
Truex
Vinnie Massaro
Virgil Flynn
Will Cuevas
Will Hobbs

Managers and valets

  • Markus Mac (Pink Mink Inc. - Matt Carlos, Vinny Massaro, Julio Pedroza & Rik Luxury)
  • Caesar Black (Animal Farm - Will Rood, Damien Grundy & Kevin Michael Johnson)
  • "The Influencer" Brian Zane (The Classic Connection - Buddy Royal & Eli Shapiro)

Staff

  • Roland Alexander (APW Founder) Deceased
  • Markus Mac (APW Booker)
  • Joseph Rodriguez (Pro Camp Coach, Beginners Coach, Advanced Semi-Pro Fundamentals Coach)
  • Larry Blackwell (Advanced Semi-Pro Fundamentals Coach)
  • Sparkey Ballard (Senior Official)
  • Shane Mai (Production Director)

APW Championships/Accomplishments

Current championships

Championship Champion Reign Previous Held since Days
held
Location
APW Universal
Heavyweight Championship
Jeff Cobb 1 Luster the Legend May 6, 2017 680 San Francisco, Ca
APW Worldwide
Internet Championship
Jacob Fatu 1 Karl Fredericks November 10, 2017 492 San Francisco, California
APW Junior
Heavyweight Championship
"Jungle Boy"
Nate Coy
1 Vacant August 17, 2018 212 Daly City, California
APW Tag Team
Championship
Reno Scum
(Adam Thornstowe and
Luster the Legend
)
2 Lion Power
(Marcus Lewis and
Will Hobbs
)
March 17, 2018 365 Daly City, California[7]

Defunct Championships

Championship Champion Previous Date Won Date Retired
APW Above The Law /
Future Legends Championship
Cheerleader Melissa Mariko Yoshida May 3, 2005 Fall 2005
APW/Vendetta Pro Unified Tag Team Championship Boyce LeGrande & Mustafa Saed Pink Mink, Inc.
("Magnificent" Matt Carlos &
"Wrestling Personified" Rik Luxury)
October 26, 2013 January 2014

Tournaments/Special Events

See also

References

  1. ^ "About APW". allprowrestling.com. Retrieved 2010-04-14.
  2. ^ "The Great Khali and Brian Ong". greatkhali.net. Archived from the original on December 23, 2009. Retrieved January 17, 2010.
  3. ^ "Hayward Jury Slams All Pro Wrestling School: Awards in Excess of $1.3 Million to Parents of Young Man Who Died Because of Reckless Training". findarticles.com. 2005. Retrieved 2010-01-17.
  4. ^ "APW on TV Tomorrow Morning!". allprowrestling.com. Retrieved 2010-01-17.
  5. ^ "Roland Alexander passes away". F4WOnline.com. Retrieved 2013-11-06.
  6. ^ https://www.facebook.com/ALLPRODOJO
  7. ^ {{cite web|url=

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