List of independent wrestling promotions in the United States

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This is a list of independent wrestling promotions in the United States, sorted by regional area, and lists both active and defunct "indy promotions" from the 1990s and 2000s. This list does not include pre-1980s regional territories or present-day promotions affiliated with the National Wrestling Alliance.

Contents

New England

Connecticut

NameLocationOwner(s)Years activeWebsiteNotes
Active
Connecticut Wrestling EntertainmentBethanyJoey Bricco2008–Yes
Defunct
Assault Championship WrestlingWaterburyJason Knight2000–2004Yes[1][2]
Connecticut Championship WrestlingMilfordJoe LaChance1999–2007YesPaul Roma was commissioner for the promotion.
Defiant Pro WrestlingWaterburyMike Milano2004–2008Yes[1][3]
MXW Pro WrestlingWaterburyJoel Gertner2004–2010YesThe company operates an office in New York, NY, however, the majority of their live events have been presented in Connecticut.
Power & Glory WrestlingFairfieldVito Esparo2007-2011Yes[4]

Maine

NameLocationOwner(s)Years activeWebsiteNotes
Active
All Out MayhemPortlandChristian Redinger2006-Yes
Global Independent WrestlingMaineAbe Ally2006-No

Global Wrestling Promotions Maine [1]

Independent Wrestling EntertainmentBrewerEric Johnson2009-Yes
North Atlantic Wrestling AssociationBuxtonSonny Roselli2002-Yes
Top Quality WrestlingWatervilleJoel Andre Bouchard2008–YesRuns events under the iNTERGALACTIC Wrestling banner.
North Coast Wrestling EntertainmentBangorNeil Day
Von Taggart
2011-Yes
Defunct
Eastern Wrestling AlliancePortlandJames St. Jean
Bob Staples
1997–2008YesWas the only active wrestling promotion in Maine during its six-year existence; later sold to a Massachusetts promoter and reclocated to Charlton.[1][3][5][6]
Pro Wrestling America LiveWatervilleJoshua James Duprey
Joel Andre Bouchard
2007–2010Yes

Massachusetts

NameLocationOwner(s)Years activeWebsiteNotes
Active
Big Time WrestlingReadingTerry Allen2006-YesIs a continuation of the original Big Time Wrestling under promoter Tony Santos in the 1950s and 60s.[7][8]
Chaotic WrestlingNorth AndoverJamie Jamitowski
Killer Kowalski
2000-Yes[3][9][10]
Eastern Wrestling AllianceAgawamJeremy Baron2010-YesThe promotion was previously located in Maine from 1999 to 2008 until it was sold to a Massachusetts promoter and reclocated to Charlton. The promotion was reactivated in 2010.
Millennium Wrestling FederationMelroseDan Mirade
Neil Manolian
John Cena Sr.
2001-Yes[3][11][12]
New World Wrestling XtremeBlackstonePaulie Gilmore2003–YesFormerly known as New World Wrestling from 2003 to 2009. Co-promoted events with NWA New England in 2004 and 2005.[3][13]
Northeast Championship WrestlingDedhamJohn C. Howard
Michael Giusti
1997-Yes[14]
Top Rope PromotionsFall RiverSteve Ricard1984-YesFormerly known as Yankee Pro Wrestling[3][5][15] from 1997 to 2004. Its wrestling school, The Lock-Up, is run by Matt Hyson.
UFO WrestingBostonRandy Carey
Pat Dillon
2008-No
World Wrestling StarsRocklandMike Sparta1998-Yes
Defunct
American Wrestling FederationLowellGordon Scozzari1991–1992No[5][16]
Century Wrestling AllianceRevereEllen Magliaro
Tony Rumble
1989–2007YesFormerly known as NWA New England from 1998 to 2007. Is the longest-running independent promotion under a single owner in New England.[1][5][15][17][18][19]
Elite Wrestling AllianceBeverlyDonnie Deluca1994–2001YesPromoter later formed Primal Conflict Wrestling.[1][20]
International Wrestling FederationReadingKiller Kowalski1979–1995NoAssociated with Kowalski's wrestling school, a number of his early students competed in the promotion such as Perry Saturn, Joanie Laurer (later to be known as Chyna) and Paul Levesque (now better known as Triple H); later relocated to Burlington, Vermont.[1][5][15][17][21]
International World Class Championship WrestlingBostonJoe Savoldi1984–1996NoDominant independent promotion in New England during the 1980s; succeeded by Century Wrestling Alliance prior to its close in 1996.[1][5][17][22]
New England Championship WrestlingJamaica PlainSheldon Goldberg2000–2010Yes[3][23][24][25]
New England Wrestling AssociationNew BedfordJoe Eugenio1988–1994No[5]
South Coast Championship WrestlingNew BedfordSteve Ricard1999–2002NoFormerly a sister promotion of Yankee Pro Wrestling; later sold to and re-branded Steve Ricard's Top Rope Promotions.[3][26]

New Hampshire

NameLocationOwner(s)Years activeWebsiteNotes
Active
New Hampshire Championship WrestlingManchesterMarc Schmottlach2010-Yes
Defunct
Front Row WrestlingRochesterScott C. Despres2003-2010YesAnnounced a merger with NWA Liberty States Wrestling in Massachusetts.[27]
Ringside WrestlingNashuaJeff Costa1994–1998NoAlso known as World Independent Wrestling.[1][5]
All-Star Wrestling AssociationNashuaJeff Costa2002–2005NoSucceeded by Front Row Wrestling in 2005.[28]
Wrestling Federation of AmericaDoverSteve Bradley2003–2004Yes[29]

Rhode Island

NameLocationOwner(s)Years activeWebsiteNotes
Active
Power League WrestlingPawtucketJack Martin
Ralph Adams
1991-YesOldest independent wrestling promotion in Rhode Island.[3][5][30]
PWF NortheastProvidenceMatthew West
Spencer Jawitz
Rich Bastarache
2002–2005, 2011-YesSister promotion of the Premiere Wrestling Federation and PWF Mid-South.[3][31]
Showcase Pro WrestlingWoonsocketChris Ireland2007-Yes[32][33][34][35]
Defunct
New England Wrestling AllianceCranstonRocco Dellasandro1991–2004Yes[5][21][36]
Rhode Island Wrestling AllianceCranstonAlfred Traveiso, Jr.
Chris Sanders
1995–2004Yes[1][3][5]

East Coast

Delaware

NameLocationOwner(s)Years activeWebsiteNotes
Active
Dynamite Championship WrestlingDoverJohnson Joshua2003-YesOriginally known as Delaware Championship Wrestling.
East Coast Wrestling AssociationWilmingtonJim Kettner
Mike Tartaglia[37]
1967-YesLongest-running independent promotion in Delaware.[5][15][17][38]
First State Championship WrestlingDoverShawn Hardy2009-Yes
Right Coast ProNewarkLisa & JJ Johnston2012-Yes

Maryland

NameLocationOwner(s)Years activeWebsiteNotes
Active
Maryland Championship WrestlingBaltimoreDan McDevitt
Dick Caricofe
Dennis Whipwrecht
1998-2003;
2006-
YesOriginally founded by Dan McDevitt and Mark Shrader in 1998, it went on hiatus for three years before resuming operations in 2006.[5][39]
National Wrestling LeagueHagerstownDick Caricofe
John Rambo
1988-NoAlso known as NWL/HoPWF in association with sister promotion House of Pain Wrestling Federation;[40] is the longest-running independent promotion in Maryland.[5][21][41]
Defunct
Mid-Eastern Wrestling FederationEssexDennis Wippercht
Tim Burke
1991–2004Yes[5][15][21][42]

New Jersey

NameLocationOwner(s)Years activeWebsiteNotes
Active
Bodyslam Wrestling OrganizationElmwood ParkGlenn Ulrich2005-Yes[43]
East Coast Professional WrestlingLake HiawathaGino Caruso1992-Yes[5][15][17]
Empire Wrestling AllianceJersey ShoreRon Post1997-YesClosed in 2007, but resumed operations in almost two years later.[5][44]
Force One Pro WrestlingEgg Harbor CityTommy Cairo
Phil Varlese
Pat DiGiacomo
James Pillman
John Short
2006-Yes
Independent Superstars of Professional WrestlingLittle FallsTommy Fierro1999-Yes[5][45]
Independent Wrestling FederationWoodland ParkKevin Knight1998-Yes[5][46]
Jersey All Pro WrestlingBayonneFrank Iadeavia1997-Yes[3][5][47][48]
Jersey Shore Championship WrestlingSeaside Park, New JerseyFrank Iadeavia2011-Yes
Pro Wrestling SyndicateRahwayEric Tapout, Pat Buck2007-Yes
Tri-State Wrestling AllianceSewell, New JerseyMike Tartaglia1998-Yes[37]
United Wrestling Alliance: EliteMetuchenDave Swan2011-Yes[5][15][17]
United Wrestling CoalitionJobstownDave and Lois Thomas1998-YesFirst independent promotion invited to perform at Six Flags; one of the largest and most successful collectors for the "Toys for Tots" program.[5][49]
Women Superstars UncensoredLake HiawathaSean Hansen2007-Yes
Defunct
American Wrestling CouncilIselinAJ Sparxx1997–1998YesMerged with the Independent Wrestling Federation in 1998.[5][50]
Bloody Rage American Wrestling League (B.R.A.W.L)SomerdaleJersey Hurricane1999–2003Yes[5][51]
Jersey Championship WrestlingHasbrouck HeightsJCW Productions1999–2004Yes[3][52]
National Wrestling FederationBricktownDC Drake1986–1994No[5][53]
Phoenix Championship WrestlingToms RiverDon Bucci2001–2003YesPromoted by the twin brother of Simon Dean, Donnie B, PCW was home to a number of future WWE stars, most notably, Mike Bucci.[54]
Stars & Stripes Championship WrestlingBellevilleCarmine Sabia1998–2005Yes[55]

New York

NameLocationOwner(s)Years activeWebsiteNotes
Active
Buffalo Championship WrestlingBuffaloBoard of Directors2002-2008; 2011-YesRuns shows throughout the WNY area including Buffalo, Lackawanna, North Tonawanda, and Niagara Falls. Ran from 2002 until 2008 and then closed. Returned in 2011.
Empire State WrestlingNiagara FallsScott Heim2002-YesPromotion known as NWA-Empire from 2006-2008, and NEW-Niagara from 2008-2009.[56]
Family Wrestling EntertainmentManhattanJordan Schneider
2010-Yes
House of HardcorePoughkeepsieTommy Dreamer2012-Yes
In Your Face WrestlingCapital RegionRyan Williams
Scott Weinbloom
2007-Yes
Maximum Force Wrestling Inc.DunkirkDavid Coia, Jr.2000–YesOperates from the historical Floral Hall at the Chautauqua County Fairgrounds.
New York Wrestling ConnectionHicksvilleJohn Curse
Mikey Whipwreck
2002-Yes[3]
Northeast WrestlingCornwall-on-HudsonMichael O'Brien1995-Yes[5][15][57][58]
Pier 6 WrestlingRochesterAdam Nowak2008-Yes[59]
Ultimate WrestlingPalmyraTerry Ridley2006-Yes
Victory Pro WrestlingDeer Park, New YorkVPW Management2005-YesRunning shows in the Deer Park Community Center, Deer Park, NY and at VFW Post 4927, Centereach, NY.
Warriors of WrestlingStaten IslandJoe Bellini2008-Yes[60]
World of Unpredictable WrestlingBrooklynJohnny Rodz1980-YesRun by WWE Hall of Famer Johnny Rodz at the legendary Gleason's Gym in Brooklyn, New York.
Defunct
Ballpark Brawl WrestlingBuffaloChris Hill2003–2007YesHeld annual supercards at Dunn Tire Park and Frontier Field.
Elite Wrestling FederationSchenectady2001–2002No[3][61]
Hardcore Wrestling AllianceHolbrookPaul Lauria1999–2000No[62]
Impact Championship WrestlingQueensJac Saboth2000–YesRecently revived[63]
World of Hurt WrestlingAlbanyDavid DeJohn1999–2007Yes[64]

Pennsylvania

NameLocationOwner(s)Years activeWebsiteNotes
Active
American Championship Pro WrestlingPhiladelphiaChris Sutton2005-Yes[65]
AWA WORLD-1 SouthPottstownSteve Corino
Rob Dimension
Bryan Reigel
2001-YesFormerly known as Premier Wrestling Federation, parent promotion of PWF Northeast and PWF Mid-South;[66] promotion changed its name to Pro Wrestling World-1 in 2004; merging with AWA Spinebuster to form AWA WORLD-1 South in 2006.[67][68]
CHIKARAAllentownMike Quackenbush2002-Yes[3]
Combat Zone WrestlingPhiladelphiaDJ Hyde1999-Yes[5][69]
Dragon Gate USAPhiladelphiaSatoshi Oji
Gabe Sapolsky
2009-YesAmerican affiliate of the Japanese puroresu organization Dragon Gate.
International Wrestling CartelPittsburghNorm Connors
Chuck Roberts
2001-Yes[3][70]
Lancaster Championship WrestlingLancasterJason "Perfect Referee" Smith2012-Yes[71]
Pro Wrestling EntertainmentMechanicsburgTiffani Monroe2004-YesIts training faciity is run by Johnny Graham.[3][72]
Ring of HonorBristolCary Silkin2002-Yes[73][74]
Ultimate Wrestling ExperienceHarrisburgTravis Shirk2010-Yes[75]
Women's Extreme WrestlingPhiladelphiaDave Milan2002-YesHolds events at the former ECW Arena.
World Wide Wrestling AllianceHatfieldDino Sanna1981-YesBruno Sammartino served as the promotion's first commissioner.[5][17]
World Xtreme WrestlingAllentownAfa Anoa'i1996-YesAssociated with Afa Anoa'i's Wild Samoan Pro Wrestling Training Center.[3][5][76]
Defunct
Allied Powers Wrestling FederationIndianaChris Lash
Ken Brewer, Jr.
1998-Yes[5][77]
Extreme Championship WrestlingPhiladelphiaTod Gordon
Paul Heyman
1992–2002Yes[5][15][17][21][23][36]
Future Wrestling AlliancePalo AltoSmart Mark Video1998–2002Yes[5][78]
Hardway WrestlingBethlehemThe Bad Crew1998–2004Yes[79]
International Pro WrestlingHarrisburgDoug Flex
Brick Bronsky
1997–2004No[5]
KAPOW!Philadelphia2002–2005Yes[80]
Keystone Championship WrestlingAltoonaKen Downs2002–2009Yes[81]
Major League WrestlingPhiladelphiaCourt Bauer2002–2005No[82][83]
Pennsylvania Championship WrestlingReadingBlaine DeSantis1995–2000No[5][15][84]
Pittsburgh Wrestling LeagueNorth Versailles1999–2001NoMerged with NWA East in 2001.[5][85]
Pro-Pain Pro WrestlingPhiladelphiaThe Blue Meanie
Jasmin St. Claire
2002–2005YesAlso known as 3PW; featured many former stars from Extreme Championship Wrestling following its close in 2001.[86][87]
Pro-Wrestling 3000LimerickSteve Corino
Ryan Kavangh
Reyes Nunez
2007–2009YesAlso known as 3KWrestling Fighting Athletes; merged with B4W to form Pro-Wrestling WORLD-1 in 2009.[88][89]
Pro Wrestling UnpluggedPhiladelphiaTod Gordon
Johnny Kashmere
2004–2010YesPromotion founded after Johnny Kashmere and Trent Acid left Combat Zone Wrestling in 2004. Kashmere closed the promotion after the death of longtime tag team partner Trent Acid.[3]
Steel City WrestlingPittsburghNorm Connors1994–2000NoPromotion closed after Conners entered the mortuary business; became promoter for the International Wrestling Cartel in 2001.[5][15][17][90]
Tri-State Wrestling AlliancePhiladelphiaJoel Goodhart1989–1992Yes[5][91][92]

Midwest

Illinois

NameLocationOwner(s)Years activeWebsiteNotes
Active
All American Pro WrestlingMarionSean Chambers2006-Yes[93][94]
Chaos Pro WrestlingMetropolisSean Ditterline
Ron Zaragossa
2002-10
2012-
Yes[95]
Pro Wrestling CollisionMarionChris Hagstrom2013-Yes[96]
Rebellious Wrestling FederationAshton, Illinois & Sterling, IllinoisSean David2009-Yes
SHIMMER Women AthletesBerwynDave Prazak
Allison Danger
2005-Yes[97]
Pro Championship WrestlingMidlothianUnknown2001-Yes
Defunct
American Wrestling FederationChicagoPaul Alperstein1994–1996NoTito Santana and Sgt. Slaughter were bookers for the promotion.[5][98]
Powerhouse Championship WrestlingLaSalleTim Lyle1993–2008Yes[5][99]
Windy City Pro WrestlingChicagoSam DeCero1988-2010Yes[5][15][17][23]

Indiana

NameLocationOwner(s)Years activeWebsiteNotes
Active
Frontier Elite WrestlingIndianapolisDustin Dyson2002-Yes
Hoosier Pro WrestlingColumbusJerry Wilson1998-Yes[100]
Infinity Pro WrestlingBloomington2010-Yes
Main Event Championship WrestlingEvansvilleJason Daniel2009-Yes
Michiana Championship WrestlingGoshenJeremy Parson2008-YesHas co-promoted charity events with NWA Underground.[101]
New Era WrestlingShelbyville2005-Yes
Supreme Championship WrestlingMadisonMatt Bickers1997-Yes[102]
Wild Championship Wrestling OutlawsIndianapolisDon Basher1995-Yes[3][5][103]
XCW Mid-West Championship WrestlingNew Albany"Marvelous" Mitch Ryder
Danny Walker
2007-No
Defunct
International Association of WrestlingMishawakaBrian Costello1992–2005Yes[17][104]
Main Event Championship WrestlingEvansvilleJohn Collins2001NoFormer ECW star The Sandman was head booker for the promotion.[105][106]
New Wave Championship WrestlingEvansvilleJohn Collins2001–2002Yes[107]
Pro Wrestling InternationalIndianapolisDiamond Dan1994–1998YesDallas Parker and R.D. Reynolds were bookers for the promotion; became inactive after 1998 but still holds occasional shows.[5][15][17]
Ringside Wrestling FederationIndianapolisDon White2003–2007Yes

Iowa

Michigan

NameLocationOwner(s)Years activeWebsiteNotes
Active
3XWrestlingDes Moines, IowaTodd Countryman2006-Yes
Pro Wrestling PhoenixCouncil Bluffs, Iowa2005-Yes
Magnum Pro WrestlingCouncil Bluffs, IowaJaysin Strife2010-No
NameLocationOwner(s)Years activeWebsiteNotes
Active
All-World Wrestling LeagueWilliamstonEd Farhat, Jr.2004-Yes[108]
International Ring Of GrapplersLansingRigoberto Flores
Andre McKenzie
Frank Roman
Joseph Diaz
Chaz Brackx
Ricky Pannell, Jr.
2011-Yes
Mid-Michigan Wrestling FederationLansingTim Blood2013yes
Juggalo Championship WrestlingDetroitShaggy 2 Dope
Violent J
1999-Yes[109]
Viper Pro WrestlingWoodhavenMike Rosati2009-Yes
Defunct
Championship Wrestling FederationWarrenDave St. Onge
Thomas LaPeer
Art Marshall
1996–1997No[5][110]
International Wrestling RevolutionDetroitJosh Movado
Bubba Mackenzie
2002–2007YesCommonly known as IWR Revolucha Wrestling, it is one of the few lucha libre promotions in the United States and the only one operating in Midwest.[3][111]
Maximum Pro WrestlingLivoniaScott D'Amore
Allan Young
2002–2003YesMerged with Canadian promotion Border City Wrestling.[112]
Midwest Territorial WrestlingDearbornGary Woronchak1994–1995No[5][17][23][36][113]
Motor City WrestlingWarrenKurt Schneider1981–2000No[5][15][17][23][36]
TWX WrestlingFlintShawn Grugel
Gordon Harris
2009-2010No
Xtreme Wrestling FederationDearbornArt Marshall2001–2002No[114]

Minnesota

NameLocationOwner(s)Years activeWebsiteNotes
Active
F1rst WrestlingMinneapolisArik Cannon2007-Yes
Steel Domain WrestlingLakevilleEd Hellier1998–YesOriginally known as St. Paul Championship Wrestling until 2001; Both Jesse Ventura and Nick Bockwinkel have been involved with the promotion.[3][5]
Western Wrestling AssociationMinneapolisBill Wasserman1985-Yes[5]
Defunct
Midwest Pro WrestlingMinneapolisEddie Sharkey1999–2007Yes[3][5]
Northern Premier WrestlingGibbonJ.B. Trask1994–1999No[5][21]
Pro Wrestling AmericaMinneapolisEddie Sharkey1985–1998No[5][21][115][116]

Missouri

NameLocationOwner(s)Years activeWebsiteNotes
Active
World League WrestlingEldonHarley Race1999-YesAssociated with the Harley Race Wrestling Academy; formerly affiliated with the National Wrestling Alliance.[3][5][117]
Defunct
Midwest Renegade WrestlingSt. LouisMike Rogers
Ty Dalton
1996–2000NoPromotion was revived as NWA Central States in 2004.[5]

Ohio

NameLocationOwner(s)Years activeWebsiteNotes
Active
Attitude Wrestling FederationZanesvilleDustin Taylor2008-No[3]
Heartland Wrestling AssociationCincinnatiChad Dillefeld1996-YesFounded by Les Thatcher.[3][5][118][119]
International Wrestling AssociationNilesPete Lucic1990-No[5][17]
Northern Wrestling FederationCincinnatiJohnny Diamond
Roger Ruffen
1998-Yes
Ohio Championship WrestlingCoshoctonJeff Lanham2004-Yes[3]
Defunct
Global Wrestling AssociationLimaAl Snow1993–1999NoAssociated with Al Snow's Bodyslammer's Gym; promotion folded shortly after being sold to a Cleveland businessman in 1999.[15][17][120]
New Era Pro WrestlingPainesvilleEddie Edwards2001–2007Yes[3][121]
Outlaws of Championship WrestlingClevelandWilliam Rabbits
Paul Michalski
Frank Urankar II
1999–2002Yes[122]
World Wide Wrestling AllianceColumbusRichard Arpin
Dave Nelson
2004–2005NoOriginally known as NWA Ohio.[123]

Wisconsin

NameLocationOwner(s)Years activeWebsiteNotes
Active
Brew City WrestlingWest AllisFrankie DeFalco2004-YesAffiliated with both AWA Superstars and the National Wrestling Alliance.[124][125]
Great Lakes Championship WrestlingMilwaukeeDavid Herro1997-Yes[5]
Janesville Wrestling AllianceJanesvilleJacob Sailing2011-Yes[126]
Defunct
Mid-American WrestlingMilwaukeeCarmine DeSpirito1992–2007Yes[5][127]

Southeast

Florida

NameLocationOwner(s)Years activeWebsiteNotes
Active
!Bang!OcalaDory Funk, Jr.2001-YesAssociated with Funk's Funking Conservatory wrestling school.
Belleview Pro WrestlingBelleviewSantana Garrett2012-No
Coastal Championship WrestlingCoral SpringsBruno Sassi2004-YesAssociated with Jimmy Snuka's Bodyslam University and the Team 3D Wrestling Academy.
Florida Championship WrestlingTampaBill Brown
Bernie Siegel
1992-YesOriginally known as the Sunshine Wrestling Federation from 1992 to 1998;[5][15] continuation of the Championship Wrestling from Florida regional promotion and developmental territory for World Wrestling Entertainment.[5][128][129]
Florida Pro WrestlingSarasotaBrian Gould2011-Yes
Full Impact ProLargoSal Hamaoui2004-YesSister promotion of Ring of Honor from 2003 to 2009; talent exchange agreement with Dragon Gate USA.[130][131]
I Believe in WrestlingOrlandoChasyn Rance2008-Yes
Independent Championship WrestlingMiamiJorge Portuondo2008-Yes
New Era WrestlingFt MyersCraig Stokes
Bruce Stokes
Dustin Marler
2009-Yes[2]Don't forget our Facebook Page!
SHINE WrestlingTampaSal Hamaoui2012-YesSister promotion of SHIMMER Women Athletes.
USA Xtreme Pro WrestlingOrlandoFrank Goodman1996-YesKnown as USA Pro Wrestling from 1996 to 2005; relocated from New York in 2007.[132]
NWA Florida UndergroundOrlandoDontay Brown2008-Yes[5][15]
Championship Wrestling Entertainment,IncPort St. Lucie, FloridaChristopher Quinones2009-Yes
Defunct
Florida Wrestling AllianceTampaCliff Anderson1998–2004No[5][17]
Florida Wrestling FederationWinter HavenAl Hardiman1992–2002No[5][17]
Future of WrestlingFort LauderdaleBobby Rogers1998–2003YesAssociated with Rusty Brooks' School of Hard Knocks.[5][133]
Hardkore Championship WrestlingHollywoodNick Mayberry2002-2007Yes[134]
Independent Professional WrestlingDavieRon Niemi
Mike Pescina
1998–2003YesPromotion merged with NWA Florida in 2003.[5][135]
International Championship Wrestling AssociationTampaSquare Circle Promotions1992–1996No[5][17]
Southern Championship Wrestling FloridaDeBary2003–2007Yes[3][136]
Sunray Pro WrestlingMelbourneJoe Price2003–2004YesFormerly known as NWA Florida.[137]
Xtreme Wrestling FederationOrlandoJimmy Hart2001–2005YesEvents filmed at Universal Studios Florida; co-promoted events with the World Wrestling Council.[105][138][139]

Georgia

NameLocationOwnersYears ActiveWebsiteInformation
Active
Appalachian Championship WrestlingEllijayKevin Hensley2010-Yes
Great Championship WrestlingColumbusJerry Oates2004-YesFormerly known as Georgia Championship Wrestling from 2004 to 2005; sister promotion of NWA Wildside.[140][141]
Defunct
Deep South WrestlingMcDonoughJody Hamilton2005–2007YesWWE developmental territory from 2005 to 2007.[142][143]
National Championship WrestlingCorneliaSteve Martin1997–1999NoMerged with NWA Georgia to form NWA Wildside.[5][144]
National Wrestling FederationDalton2000–2003NoOriginally known as United States Championship Wrestling until 2002.[145]
North Georgia Wrestling AllianceForest ParkSam Kent1994–1997NoAlso known as the North Georgia Wrestling Association; promotion was a developmental territory for World Championship Wrestling during the early-1990s.[5][17][146]
Spinebuster Championship WrestlingValdosta2004–2005Yes[147][148]
Turnbuckle Championship WrestlingMariettaDusty Rhodes2000–2003YesFeatured many former stars from World Championship Wrestling following its close in 2001.[149]
War Zone Wrestling AllianceGainesville1997–1998NoFormerly known as the Great American Wrestling Alliance.[5][150]

Kentucky

NameLocationOwner(s)Years activeWebsiteNotes
Active
Independent Wrestling AssociationLouisvilleIan Rotten1996-Yes[3][5][151][152]
Ohio Valley WrestlingLouisvilleDanny Davis1998-YesAffiliated with the National Werstling Alliance from 1998 to 2000 and a WWE developmental territory from 2000 to 2008; also has an affiliate promotion, Derby City Wrestling, which it used to train students as its wrestling facility.[5][153][154]
Defunct
PWF Mid-SouthKentucky2001–2002NoAffiliated with Premier Wrestling Alliance and PWF Northeast.[155]
Tri-State WrestlingKentuckyJeff Libolt2000–2003NoOriginally founded by "White Lion" Jim Tanner and "Bad Religion" Maxx Burton; promotion bought by NWA Championship Wrestling in 2003.[156]
USA Main Event WrestlingJamestownDale Mann
Mike Mann
1997–2000No[5][15]

North Carolina

NameLocationOwner(s)Years activeWebsiteNotes
Active
Allied Independent Wrestling FederationsWhite PlainsDean Puckett, Tim Dolan1992-YesA Sanctioning body, Also known as AIWF Wrestling.[5][15]
CWF-Mid Atlantic WrestlingBurlingtonDanny Wenkel2000-YesAlso known as the Carolina Wrestling Federation; affiliated with AWA Superstars from 2005 until 2007, and Pro Wrestling International since 2009.[3][5][157][158]
High Velocity WrestlingHendersonvilleGary Benfield (Viper)2001-Yes
Independent Championship WrestlingWilmingtonMarcus Watkins (Marc Ash)1989-YesAlso known as ICW Pro Wrestling.
Power Pro WrestlingSanfordDick Foley2006-Yes
Squared Circle Wrestling AllianceEdenMark Cates
Founder: Robert Stanley
2003-YesAlso known as SCWA Wrestling and owner of SCWA MindShock TV. Subject of N24 reality television show in Germany in 2010.[159]
Sudden Thrill WrestlingClydeMarty Nelson2009-YesFormerly known as Asheville Thrill Wrestling and Anarchy Wrestling.
United Professional Wrestling AssociationWilmingtonDonald Brower2005-Yes
Defunct
Atlantic Coast Championship WrestlingWilmingtonDave Renegade2000–2002Yes
Great American Wrestling FederationAshevilleBill Hagan1996–1999No[5][15]
OMEGACameronMatt Hardy
Jeff Hardy
1997–1999NoPromotion closed when Matt and Jeff Hardy joined the World Wrestling Federation.
Pro Wrestling FederationCharlotteGary Quartanelli1990–1999No[5][15][17][160]
South Atlantic Pro WrestlingWinston-SalemPaul Jones
Frank Dusek
1990–1992NoOriginally founded as North American Wrestling Association by George Scott, John Ringley and Mike Lamberth.[5][161]
South Eastern Wrestling AllianceSylva1991–1997No[162]
Southern Championship WrestlingDurhamJack Cates1994–2004Yes[5][17][163]

South Carolina

C4W Xplosive WrestlingMyrtle BeachAC Collins2010 -C4W Explosive Wrestling on FacebookA.I.W.F member and the Coastal area's ONLY Local Pro Wrestling company and School.
Active
South Carolina WrestlingGreenwood, South CarolinaDamarus Moton
Joshua Chilton
Brandon Lawton
2011-Yes[164]
Defunct
Coastal Championship WrestlingMyrtle BeachRobert Hochman2003–2005Yes[165]

Tennessee

NameLocationOwner(s)Years activeWebsiteNotes
Active
SAW WrestlingNashvilleRoni Rroggies2009-YesKnown as Showtime All-Star Wrestling
Just Plain WrestlingMillingtonChris Thigpen2004-Yes[166]
Pride Pro WrestlingCookevilleToby Farley2012Yes
Showtime All-Star WrestlingMillersvilleT.J. Weatherby2006YesOriginally known as Southern All-Star Wrestling until 2008.
Southern States WrestlingKingsportBeau James1991-YesFormerly known as NWA Championship Wrestling.[3][5][15][17][167]
Tennessee Independent Wrestling FederationBrownsvilleRandy Byrd
James Mea
1991-Yes[5][168][169]
Tennessee Xtreme WrestlingKnoxvilleJerry and Preston Tipton2007-Yes
United States Wrestling OrganizationSpringfieldTony Falk2001-Yes[3][170]
Defunct
Appalachian Mountain WrestlingElizabethtonAllen Jarnagan
Brian Smith
1998–1999NoFormerly known as the Southern Wrestling Alliance.[5][171]
Crossfire WrestlingNashvilleMarcus Pastorius2010-2013YesAlso known as Crossfire Entertainment LLC. Shane Douglas served as Director of Operations.
Memphis Championship WrestlingMemphisTerry Golden2000–2001NoWWE developmental territory from 2000 to 2001; revived as Memphis Wrestling in 2003.[172]
Memphis Power Pro WrestlingMemphisRandy Hales1998–2004NoMerged with Memphis Championship Wrestling in 2001, but left two months later.[173]
Music City WrestlingMemphisBert Prentice
Bill Behrens
1997-NoThere were two groups which ran under the MCW name. MCW Tennessee was run by Bert Prentice while the second, MCW Georgia, was operated by Bill Behrens and affiliated with World Wrestling Entertainment.[5][174]
New Blood WrestlingDyersburgSir Mo2006–2009Yes[175]
New Breed Championship WrestlingBrownsvilleJames Mea1996–2002No[176]
Real Wrestling FederationMemphis2001–2003YesEvents held at the Raleigh Springs Mall.[3][177]
Smoky Mountain WrestlingKnoxvilleJim Cornette1991–1995No[5][36][178][179]
TAJJ Championship WrestlingMemphisAdam Dunn1997–2004Yes
United States Wrestling AssociationMemphisJerry Jarrett
Jerry Lawler
1988–1997NoPromotion formed when regional promotions the Continental Wrestling Association and the Dallas-based World Class Wrestling Association merged in 1989.[5][15][17][21][180][181]
USA Championship WrestlingNashvilleBert Prentice2001–2003NoOriginally affiliated with the National Wrestling Alliance, but left in 2002; events held at the Nashville Fairgrounds.[182]

EFFECT Wrestling

Virginia

NameLocationOwner(s)Years activeWebsiteNotes
Active
Awesome Wrestling EntertainmentWaynesboroMarvin Ward2011-Yes
Vanguard Championship WrestlingSmithfieldRonald Nowel
Travis Bradshaw
1996-YesFormerly known as Virginia Championship Wrestling and affiliated with the National Wrestling Alliance.[3][5][183]
Defunct
Independent Professional Wrestling AllianceArlingtonKevin Carson
Cueball Carmichael
1995–1999YesAlso known as the Independent Pro Wrestling Alliance.[5][5][15][184]
Mid-Atlantic Wrestling AllianceEdinburgDoug Ward1995–1997No[5][15][17]
United Wrestling FederationRichmondHermie Sadler
Earl Hebner
Dave Hebner
2005–2009NoFormerly associated with TNA.

West Virginia

NameLocationOwner(s)Years activeWebsiteNotes
Active
Championship Pro WrestlingMartinsburgJamie Cave1997-Yes[5][185]
Mason-Dixon WrestlingNutter FortJim Hawkins1997-Yes[5][186]
IWA East CoastDunbarMad Man Pondo2004-YesAffiliated with the Independent Wrestling Association.[187]
Defunct
Atlantic Terror Championship WrestlingMartinsburgBarry Casino2000–2001No[5][188]

Southwest

Nevada

NameLocationOwner(s)Years activeWebsiteNotes
Active
Adrenaline UnleashedLas VegasKent Wilson
Don Laughlin
2005-YesIts Las Vegas training school has been featured on television and has regularly appeared at the largest outdoor action festival in southern Nevada, Extreme Thing.[189][190] Features wrestlers from Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, World Wrestling Entertainment, and Women of Wrestling.[191]
Future Stars of WrestlingLas VegasJoe DeFalco
Rocky T
2009-YesAirs a weekly Saturday night television show "High Octane" on The CW Las Vegas.
Reno Wrestle FactoryReno, NevadaSteven Pienkoski2009-YesAirs a weekly web television series "The Biggest Little Wrestling Show".
Defunct
Ladies Professional Wrestling AssociationLaughlinTor Berg1989–1992YesBriefly revived by Tor Berg in 1998, but folded two years later.[192][193]
National Wrestling CouncilLas VegasT.C. Martin1994–1997No[5]

Oklahoma

NameLocationOwner(s)Years activeWebsiteNotes
Active
Sooner World Class WrestlingOklahoma CityRick Garrett2007-YesFounded after Rick Garrett left the All American Championship Wrestling. [194]
Defunct
Power Zone Wrestling AllianceShawneeRick Garrett1994–1996No[5][17][195]
Steel Rage Pro WrestlingSapulpaSarah Harmon2002–YesA "family friendly" company founded by Sarah Harmon. It ran continuously from 2002 to 2006 and then reopened in 2011 under new management.[3][196][197]

Texas

NameLocationOwner(s)Years activeWebsiteNotes
Active
Anarchy Championship WrestlingAustinDaryl Childress2006-Yes
NWA: Branded Outlaw WrestlingSan AntonioJeremy Laymon, David Schulze, Sho Funaki2011-Yes
Brawl Wrestling SindicateBoerneBrian Allen
Christy Butler
2011-Yes
Christian Wrestling FederationRockwallRob Vaughn2000-Yes[3][198]
Deep East Texas Rasslin'LufkinLance Moore
Zac Acrey
2009-Yes
Professional Championship WrestlingArlingtonThe Busseys2000-Yes
Pro Wrestling AllianceHoustonBooker T2006-Yes
River City WrestlingSan AntonioBrandon Oliver2002-Yes
Texas All-Star WrestlingHumbleBob Murphy1994-YesThe first successful promotion since the close of World Class Championship Wrestling in 1990 and the Global Wrestling Federation in 1994, it is currently the oldest independent promotion in Texas.[5][15]
Texas Wrestling AllianceSan AntonioRudy Gonzales1999-YesFounded with Shawn Michaels as part of his Texas Wrestling Academy wrestling school.[5][199]
Texas Wrestling FederationSeguinJimmy Perez2004-Yes[5]
Total Championship WrestlingAustinJohn R. Peterson, Jr.2008-Yes
Warriors 4 Christ WrestlingSan AntonioCurtis Stone1999-Yes
World of WrestlingHoustonCharles Taylor1998-Yes
Wrecking Ball WrestlingDallasTony Martin2006-Yes[200][201]
Defunct
Extreme Texas WrestlingSan AntonioRudy Boy Gonzalez2001–2002Yes[3][202]
Global Wrestling FederationDallasMax Andrews
Grey Pierson
1991–1994No[5][203][204]
XCW WrestlingDentonNite Davis2000–2009Yes

Utah

Professional Championship Wrestling AllianceHouston,TexasPatrick Tornaki2013WebsiteNotes
Active
American Championship WrestlingSalt Lake CityNic Hardy2003-Yes[205]
Ultra Championship Wrestling-ZeroSalt Lake CitySteve Neilson2003-YesAffiliated with AWA Superstars from 2005 to 2007.[206][207]
Wrestling Alliance of the RockiesSalt Lake CitySpencer Cage2010-Yes

West Coast

California

NameLocationOwner(s)Years activeWebsiteNotes
Active
All Pro WrestlingHaywardRoland Alexander1995-YesFeatured in the 1999 documentary Beyond the Mat.[5][208][209]
Empire Wrestling FederationSan BernardinoJesse Hernandez
Bill Anderson
1996-Yes[5][208][210]
Pro Championship WrestlingOrovilleJames Hate1999-Yes[211]
Pro Wrestling GuerrillaLos AngelesExcalibur
Joey Ryan
Scott Lost
Super Dragon
2003-Yes[208][212]
SoCal ProOceansideJeff Dino2011-Yes
Vendetta Pro WrestlingSanta MariaBilly Blade2005-Yes
Defunct
American Independent Wrestling AllianceLos AngelesEd Aherns1990–1998No[5][15][208]
Incredibly Strange WrestlingSan FranciscoJohnny Legend
August Ragone
1995-2003No
New American WrestlingPomona1995–1996No[213]
New Wave Pro WrestlingSan DiegoAndrew Jassick
Trevor Allen
2007-2012Yes
Revolution Pro WrestlingIndustryRon Rivera1999–2004No[208][214]
Slammers Wrestling FederationStudio CityVerne Langdon
El Toro Bravo
1989–1997Yes[5][15][208]
Ultimate Pro WrestlingLos AngelesRick Bassman1998-2007YesThe home promotion for many current stars of TNA, WWE and Zero One; as of 2005, is an official talent scout for the WWE.[208][215][216]
West Coast Wrestling AssociationFresnoWard Enterprises1990–1991YesRevieved as North American Wrestling in 2000, but folded three years later.[5][217]
Women of WrestlingLos AngelesDavid McLane2000–2001Yes[218]
Wrestling Society XLos AngelesKevin Kleinrock
Cody Michaels
Vampiro
2006–2007NoProduced by Big Vision Entertainment, it was briefly aired on MTV in 2007.[219]
Xtreme Pro WrestlingSherman OaksRob Zicari
Tom Byron
1999–2003Yes[105][208][220]

Hawaii

NameLocationOwner(s)Years activeWebsiteNotes
Active
Action Zone WrestlingWaipahuDaryl Bonilla2005-Yes[221]
Defunct
Hawai'i Championship WrestlingHonoluluDon Muraco
Linda Bade
2003–2008YesFormerly affiliated with AWA Superstars.[222][223]

Washington

NameLocationOwner(s)Years activeWebsiteNotes
Active
Tulalip Championship WrestlingMarysville2008-Yes[224]
Defunct
Championship Wrestling U.S.A.VancouverSandy Barr1992–1997No[5][21][225]

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