Sunday, January 18, 2015

Goodbye and Thanks to Pro Championship Wrestling

I was very surprised when I recently saw on Facebook that Pro Championship Wrestling (PCW) was closing.  There would be no farewell show or any other chance for PCW to get a proper sendoff.
There wasn't a lot I could do about it, except to bid it a fond farewell via my writing platforms, namely Johngy's Beat and Tru School Sports.  This is obviously the Beat piece, while my story for Tru School Sports can be found at Goodbye and Thanks to Pro Championship Wrestling.
PCW was the first independent wrestling show I ever attended.  I am pretty sure I went to see one of the many wrestling legends they had at their shows.  Over the years, I met such legends as Ric Flair, Bret Hart, the Ultimate Warrior, Jerry "The King" Lawler, Tammy "Sunny" Sytch and more.  For many of the legends (at least at the time), these were rare appearances.  For the fans, it was a chance to meet wrestling royalty with relatively short lines.  Plus you got to see excellent wrestling action while you waited.
While at the shows, I met and befriended PL Myers.  Currently known as Warden Myers in Resistance Pro, Myers was a fixture on the PCW scene for over a decade.  For many, he was the face of PCW.  He was a manager, a performer, an ambassador and much more.  Nobody worked harder than Myers.
Most of the wrestlers will find their eay to other indy wrestling groups in the area.  It will be odd to see them elsewhere, but life goes on.
PCW had a great run.  It reached the top of the charts as an indy company.  It brought in the biggest names.  Their yearly "Dream Night" events were incredible.  They did things right and they should all be proud.
On behalf of all of the loyal fans, thank you to everyone in and out of the ring at PCW.  PCW will be gone, but the memories will last forever!
PL Myers and me in Willowbrook, IL-Mid 2014.

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