Top Rope Promotions
StyleProfessional wrestling
HeadquartersNew Bedford, Massachusetts (1996-2000)
Fall River, Massachusetts (2000-2017)
Founder(s)Joe Eugenio
Owner(s)Steve Ricard (2000-2017)
FormerlyYankee Pro Wrestling (1994-2004)
South Coast Championship Wrestling
New England Wrestling (1988-1994)
Whaling City Wrestling (1981-1984)

Top Rope Promotions (formerly known as Yankee Pro Wrestling and South Coast Championship Wrestling) is a North Eastern independent professional wrestling promotion based in New Bedford, Massachusetts and is the largest promotion in the Southern New England area rivaling other North Eastern promotions including Chaotic Wrestling, the Millennium Wrestling Federation and New England Championship Wrestling.[1] Along with its former head trainer Matt Hyson (Professionally Known as Spike Dudley), their seminars have been hosted by Ring of Honor alumni Jamie Noble and A.J. Styles. A number of independent wrestling stars have competed in Top Rope Pro Wrestling during their careers including Amanda Storm,[2][3] Andy Jaxx,[4] D. C. Drake,[5] Slyck Wagner Brown, Johnny Heartbreaker, Shark Boy, Christian York, The Metal Maniac, Robbie Ellis,[6] Rick Fuller, Dan "The Beast" Severn, Anthony Greene, and "Brutal" Bob Evans.

Following the close of Extreme Championship Wrestling, several ECW mainstays such as Amish Roadkill,[7] Dawn Marie, Simon Diamond, Perry Saturn, Tony DeVito, Little Guido, Jerry Lynn, Steve Corino, Justin Credible, Julio Dinero, Chris Hamrick, Big Dick Dudley and Joel Gertner had brief stints in the promotion. In recent years, TNA wrestlers Christy Hemme, Talia, Abyss, Jay Lethal, Joey Matthews, Ron "The Truth" Killings, Bubba Ray Dudley, and D-Von Dudley have also made appearances.


The promotion began holding events in the Fall River-New Bedford area during the early-1980s, picking up the old territorial area previously run by the World Wide Wrestling Federation during the 1970s. After going through several name changes and owners, the promotion changed its name from New England Wrestling Association to Yankee Pro Wrestling during the 1990s. During this time, the promotion gained a strong following in southern New England regularly bringing in former WWF stars from the 1980s and 90s. The promotion features many wrestlers who compete for Impact Wrestling or for ROH Wrestling. The promotion also features wrestlers who have or would go on to compete for the WWE.

The promotion was purchased by head booker Steve Ricard in 2000. Under the Top Rope Promotions banner, he continued running monthly shows in the Fall River-New Bedford area as both Yankee Pro Wrestling and South Coast Championship Wrestling,[8] successfully making between $500–$5,000 a show.[9] The majority of its shows are held at the PAL Hall in Fall River, Massachusetts and the Top Rope Arena in New Bedford, Massachusetts. The promotion also ran a weekly cable television program in the local area. In 2007, the names Yankee Pro Wrestling and South Coast Championship Wrestling ceased to be used and all events were now exclusively under the name Top Rope Promotions.

In addition to monthly events at the PAL Hall in Fall River, Top Rope Promotions runs events at the Creative Auction Centers in Fall River and New Bedford, the historic Adams-Turners Hall in Adams, and the Elks Lodge in Franklin. Top Rope Promotions also appears at the annual Whaling City Festival at Buttonwood Park in New Bedford and at the annual Wolcott Country Fair in Wolcott, Connecticut. The promotion also holds annual events at Outdoor World campground in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, and also appears on occasion at The Wapping Fair in South Windsor Connecticut, however they have not been since 2008.

The Lock-Up Wrestling School

The school was founded by Top Rope Promotions owner Steve Ricard and former head trainer Matt Hyson (formerly known as Spike Dudley) in 2005. Hyson had been the school's head trainer from 2005 to 2013, The school is responsible for training several independent stars such as Teddy Goodz, T. K. O'Ryan, former Ring of Honor Television Champion, former Ring of Honor Tag Team Champion, former IWGP Tag Team Champion Matt Taven and Ring of Honor wrestler Vinny Marseglia. Top Rope Promotions veteran "H2O" Ryan Waters became one of the school's trainers in 2013 after Hyson left the promotion. In 2021 Lock-up graduate Nico Silva and New England veteran Elia Markopoulos joined Waters as co-trainers. Although he stepped down as the head trainer, Hyson is still on great terms with the promotion. In 2022, both Ryan Waters and Nico Silva stepped down as trainers making Elia Markopoulos head trainer. In July 2023 Bob Evans became a trainer at the Lock-Up.

Active Roster and Staff

Male Wrestlers

Female Wrestlers


Tag Teams and Stables

Trainers and Staff

Championships and accomplishments

Championship Current champion(s) Date won Event Previous champion(s) Days
TRP Heavyweight Championship "World Class" Channing Thomas September 9, 2022 Summer Showdown 2022 Nico Silva 440
TRP Interstate Championship "The Difference" Tyler Brooks July 14, 2023 Summer Showdown 2023 Jora Johl 131
TRP Tag Team Championship Koosh and ChaCha (Koosh Bandicoot and Eric ChaCha) October 13, 2023, Nightmare on Franklin Street The Beastmasters 287


Accomplishment Previous winner Date won Event Notes
Spindle City Rumble Portuguese Power House (PPH) December 29, 2023 Spindle City Rumble
Kowalski Cup DJ Powers November 24, 2023 Kowalski Cup Tournament
Gold Rush Moshpit July 14, 2023 Summer Showdown 2023

See also


  1. ^ "Interview For Burning Hammer". 2004.
  2. ^ Storm, Amanda. "So You're that Girl Wrestler?".
  3. ^ "Amanda Storm". Amanda Storm of G.L.O.R.Y. Wrestling. Archived from the original on 2010-01-14.
  4. ^ Wood, Ryan (2008-06-25). "A chance to say goodbye". Wicked Local Plymouth.
  5. ^ Schwan, Brett (2006). "Ten Questions With ... D.C. Drake".
  6. ^ "Interview with ECW's Roadkill". 2001-01-01.
  7. ^ "Interview with ECW's Roadkill". 2001-01-01.
  8. ^ "Top Rope Promotions". Archived from the original on 2005-04-19. Retrieved 6 August 2020.
  9. ^ Lindsey, Joe (2007-04-24). "Just Another Night In Fall River". Living Now.