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United Wrestling Coalition
AcronymUWC
FoundedMarch 21, 1998
StyleProfessional wrestling
HeadquartersNew Jersey
Founder(s)Dave and Lois Thomas
Owner(s)Dave and Lois Thomas

United Wrestling Coalition (UWC) is an independent wrestling promotion based in New Jersey.

History

The United Wrestling Coalition was formed on March 21, 1998 in Browns Mills, New Jersey, with Derik Starr winning the first match in UWC history, a battle royal, to win the UWC Heavyweight Championship. The UWC was started by Dave and Lois Thomas as a means to bring family-friendly wrestling to the South Jersey area.[1] For the first two years, the UWC ran regular events all over the Burlington County area, with area wrestlers such as Derik Starr, Warhead, Wacky Wayne Woo, Orphan, Tommy Force, and Dom Devito, and several indy wrestlers who had made a reputation in the Northeast such as Reckless Youth, Twiggy Ramirez, and Don Montoya. One notable event took place on December 5, 1998, as UWC ran their first Toys for Tots benefit show in Pemberton, New Jersey, which has become a yearly tradition since.[1][2]

From 2001 to 2009, UWC began running fewer events, cutting back to three events per year; a yearly event as part of the Spring Fun Fest event at Burlington County College in Pemberton, New Jersey, a yearly benefit show at New Lisbon Developmental Center in New Lisbon, New Jersey, and their yearly Toys for Tots benefit show at Burlington County College in Pemberton. The yearly Toys for Tots events saw stars such as Steve Corino[3] and Raven[4] make appearances on behalf of the promotion.[1] In addition, several future wrestling stars such as Chris Hero,[5] Jay Lethal,[5] and Robert Stone[6] made appearances in UWC during this time period as they became bigger stars on the independent wrestling scene.

Beginning in 2010, UWC once again ran frequent events, with monthly shows at the Browns Mills Fire House in Browns Mills, New Jersey in addition to other charity benefit shows in the Burlington County area.[7][8] UWC saw the return of Reckless Youth to pro wrestling in October, with Youth competing in the main event of the 13th annual Toys for Tots fundraiser event at Burlington County College in December.[1][9] On February 21, 2011, UWC began airing a weekly half-hour wrestling program on YouTube called UWC Championship Wrestling, featuring matches from their monthly UWC events in Browns Mills.[10] Since 2015, UWC has run monthly events at Kelly's Bar and Banquet Hall in Wrightstown, New Jersey.

Roster and staff

Current roster

  • Adonis Valerio
  • "American Muscle" Nate Mustang
  • Andd Bivians
  • Astro Morales
  • Biggie Biggs
  • Bobby Piper
  • "Brilliant" Bobby Banks
  • Charlie Bonifer
  • Corey Dillinger
  • Craig Francis
  • Craig Z-List
  • Dave Reed
  • Definitely Donnie
  • Delmonico the Destroyer
  • Dominic Truax
  • Francesca
  • Geoffrey Bravo
  • Hollywood Hooligan
  • Iron Bull Argus
  • Jake Cage
  • Jay "The Key" Evans
  • Jay Curcio
  • JJ Adams
  • JJ Cruz
  • Joe Wolf
  • Kleetus
  • Kurt Bale
  • Kyle Payne
  • Lance Scaper
  • "Lost Boy" Jay Kirby
  • Manabo
  • Mister Spectrum
  • Mr. Black
  • Onslaught
  • Oliver Bailey
  • Pete Corvus
  • "Philly" Mike Swanson
  • Slayer
  • The Orphan
  • "TGIF" Fredo Majors
  • Tommy Salami
  • Tony Chini
  • Tony Emerald
  • Warhead
  • Zack Ruby

Staff[edit]

  • George Pinaha
    (Referee)
  • Joe Rules
    (President)
  • "Textbook" Philly Madison
    (Color Commentator)

Championships[edit]

Current champions[edit]

Championship Current Champion(s) Previous Date Won Days Location Notes
UWC Heavyweight Championship Lost Boy Kirby Nate Mustang October 10, 2021 197 Wrightstown, NJ
UWC Tag Team Championship Lost In Hollywood (Kurt Bale & Hollywood Hooligan) Homeless Heroes December 7, 2019 883 Wrightstown, NJ
UWC United States Championship Tony Chini Adonis Valerio June 12, 2021 330 Wrightstown, NJ

Retired and inactive championships[edit]

Championship Last Champion(s) Previous Date Won Location Notes
UWC Television Championship Mighty Mo Ryan Haston May 18, 2013 Browns Mills, NJ Unified with the UWC United States Championship and retired.
UWC BCC Toys for Tots Championship Big Rig Silly Billy December 3, 2011 Pemberton, NJ Yearly title discontinued when UWC no longer runs BCC Toys for Tots Rumble.
UWC North American Championship Orphan Joe Rules September 2, 2000 Jackson, NJ Vacated so Orphan could focus on the UWC Heavyweight Championship
UWC Ironman Championship Tommy Force Don Montoya May 2, 1999 Pemberton, NJ Unified with UWC Heavyweight Championship

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Babinsack, Joe. "Joe Babinsackon the UWC Toys for Tots show". Wrestling Observer/Figure Four Online. Retrieved 2011-04-25.
  2. ^ Chiappardi, Matt (2010-12-27). "Wrestling, Family Style". Burlington County Times.
  3. ^ "UWC #39 @ Pemberton". Wrestling Data. Retrieved June 13, 2021.
  4. ^ "UWC #43 @ Pemberton". Wrestling Data. Retrieved June 13, 2021.
  5. ^ a b "UWC #34 @ Pemberton". Wrestling Data. Retrieved June 13, 2021.
  6. ^ "UWC 5th Annual Toys For Tots Show". Wrestling Data. Retrieved June 13, 2021.
  7. ^ "PTHS Project Graduation PRO WRESTLING Fund Raiser". Burlington County Times. Retrieved 2011-04-25.
  8. ^ "UWC INVADES HOLLY HILLS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WESTAMPTON, NJ". Burlington County Times. Retrieved 2011-04-25.
  9. ^ Shannon, Jay. "DVD REVIEW — UWC "TOYS FOR TOTS" SHOW". 1wrestling.com. Retrieved 2011-04-25.
  10. ^ Meltzer, Dave. "THURS. UPDATE: Rock returns to Raw, White confirms PPV change, Angle talks future,WWE stars banned". Wrestling Observer/Figure Four Online. Retrieved 2011-04-25.

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