Beyond Wrestling
HeadquartersWorcester, Massachusetts, United States
Founder(s)Drew Cordeiro

Beyond Wrestling is an independent professional wrestling promotion based out of Worcester, Massachusetts in the United States. Established in 2009 by Drew Cordeiro, by the late 2010s it had established a reputation as a place for aspiring professional wrestlers to develop their skills before seeking employment with national-level promotions such as All Elite Wrestling or WWE.[1][2] Between 2019 and 2021 Beyond Wrestling produced a weekly televised programme called Uncharted Territory which aired on the streaming platform In 2022, Beyond Wrestling began producing weekly "Wrestling Open" events; shows intended to be the professional wrestling equivalent of open mic nights in which inexperienced performers can take part and develop themselves. In 2023 Beyond Wrestling announced the creation of their own professional wrestling school, named the "Beyond Institute of Pro Wrestling" (BIO) and coached by Kenn Doane.

History and features

Matt Riddle and Wheeler Yuta exchange holds during a match for Beyond Wrestling in 2018

Beyond Wrestling was founded in 2009 and was originally based out of Elyria, Ohio.[3] Beginning in 2010, the promotion would move base multiple times thereafter, moving to Allentown, Pennsylvania and various other locations across Massachusetts until 2014, when it would relocate to Providence, Rhode Island. The promotion would change its primary location to Worcester, Massachusetts in 2017.[3]

Uncharted Territory (2019 to 2021)

Uncharted Territory wordmark

In 2019 Beyond Wrestling announced the creation of a live, weekly professional wrestling program called Uncharted Territory. The programme was filmed live at Electric Haze bar in Worcester, Massachusetts and aired on streaming service In contrast to "traditional" weekly professional wrestling shows, promoter Drew Cordeiro stated the intention of the show was to capture the feel and atmosphere of Independent style professional wrestling and thus would focus primarily on in-ring action rather than speaking segments.[2] Seasons typically revolved around wrestlers attempting to secure enough wins to advance to the Beyond Wrestling event Heavy Lies the Crown, held each year at the end of December.

Uncharted Territory ran for three seasons until December 2021 when its cessation was announced by Cordeiro, who wished to pivot towards a new concept called Wrestling Open, although the possibility of a fourth season was left open.[4]

"Wrestling Open" events

In January 2022 Beyond Wrestling launched a new series of weekly events under the banner of "Wrestling Open", based out of the White Eagle pub in Worcester.[4] Modelled on open mic nights, Wrestling Open events allow inexperienced professional wrestlers to participate in the show and gain experience by intermingling with more seasoned professionals. Although not paid the usual appearance fee that is customary in the professional wrestling industry, these performers are given a cut of "the gate"; the profits from admission to the event. These Wrestling Open events are separate from Beyond Wrestling's traditional monthly wrestling shows.[4]

Wrestling School - "Beyond Institute of Pro Wrestling"

Wordmark of the Beyond Institute of Pro Wrestling

In January 2023 Beyond Wrestling launched the "Beyond Institute of Pro Wrestling" (BIO), to be coached/supervised by Kenn Doane.[5][6][7] A former WWE performer, Doane is native to Massachusetts and himself a student of Killer Kowalski, who was a high-regarded professional wrestling trainer based in Malden, Massachusetts. Cordeiro stated the intention of the school was to form part of a complete chain of training for those new to professional wrestling; BIO would serve as the first stage, then wrestlers will graduate to Wrestling Open, and then finally official Beyond Wrestling shows as they develop.[5][6][7]


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  2. ^ a b Lyford, Joshua. "Beyond Wrestling enters Uncharted Territory". Worcester Magazine. Retrieved 16 January 2024.
  3. ^ a b "Beyond Wrestling Event history". Retrieved 16 January 2024.
  4. ^ a b c Lambert, Jeremy (9 December 2021). "Beyond Wrestling Uncharted Territory Ending, New Promotion Launching With No Pay Guarantees". Fightful. Retrieved 16 January 2024.
  5. ^ a b Barrasso, Justin (3 November 2022). "Beyond Wrestling Opens Its First Wrestling School". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 16 January 2024.
  6. ^ a b Matthews, Tom (20 December 2022). "Beyond Wrestling to open Worcester's first professional wrestling school in January 2023". Retrieved 16 January 2024.
  7. ^ a b Thompson, Andrew (2 November 2022). "Kenn Doane & Beyond Wrestling partnering to form 'Beyond Institute of Pro Wrestling'". POST Wrestling. Retrieved 16 January 2024.