The Wrestling Follower
"The Elite Five" & "The Future '06"
March 3, 2005 by Marlo K. Jones
The FIVE Best Independent Professional Wrestling Promotions In The United
States in 2005. And as if THAT isn't enough, keep reading to see what Promotions
to look out for in 2006!!!
Here is a list of what I believe to be the Elite Independent Professional
Wrestling promotions in the United States as of this current time. TNA is not
included for the simple fact that they are not an Independent promotion anymore.
TNA has been in the Big Leagues since they moved out of Huntsville, Alabama into
the Nashville Fairgrounds, and then into their "Universal" studio. Also, Ohio
Valley Wrestling could theoretically be added to this list, but since it is a
developmental territory for the WWE, it will not be included. So now, as
promised, here is the Wrestling Follower's Top Five Promotions in the Indies:
RING OF HONOR
Ring Of Honor did something that every independent promotion wants and needs to
do. They brought value to their top title while building a steady and complete
fanbase. They used just about every wrestling style in the world to bring
themselves to this Honor, and they only seem to be improving as they experiment
with new wrestling concepts. Austin Aries will be a top star for a long time to
come just by being able to dethrone Samoa Joe for the belt last December. This
is the type of thing that needs to be done in wrestling.
ROH Heavyweight Champion: Austin Aries
ROH Tag Team Champions: The Havana Pitbulls (Ricky Reyes and Rocky Romero)
ROH Pure Wrestling Champion: John Walters
IWA MID SOUTH WRESTLING
A promotion which uses just about every wrestling style in the World, IWA Mid
South has recently promoted a more balanced wrestling show which is based around
grappling (finally.) Ian Rotten ( who is the promoter of the company and of ECW
infamy.) keeps the Deathmatch mentality though, competing in a memorable feud
with Combat Zone Wrestling owner Zandig. They took the whole Deathmatch concept
to a new level with the sickening matchups that reminded us all of Big Japan.
Their Resume includes Chris Hero, C.M. Punk, Samoa Joe, and many other worthy
independent stars, they control their territory like no other promotion.
JERSEY ALL PRO WRESTLING
JAPW has proven time and time again that they are the Independent promotion
with the Big League promotion feel. They were able to bring in stars from across
the broad spectrum of Wrestling promotions (such as Roderick Strong and Sonjay
Dutt (NWA TNA and NWA Florida), El Generico, Beef Wellington, and Kevin Steen
(International Wrestling Syndicate), as well as taking a great feud to the next
level (Christopher Daniels vs. A.J. Styles.) Not only that, but they went
hardcore as well (which they have been known to do) bringing in Mike Awesome and
Vader, as well as the Homicide/Low Ki (w/ B-Boy) sneaker angle where they feuded
with Teddy Hart and Jack Evans.
PRO WRESTLING GUERRILLA
PWG has been known to be the best So-Cal promotion out there. Super Dragon has
toured all over the U.S. even defeating former ROH Heavyweight Champion Samoa
Joe with his great wrestling skill. This promotion out of SoCal is sure to be
one of the top promotions in the U.S. for 2005. With wrestlers such as
Excalibur, Scott Lost, and wrestlers who fly in, such as Christopher Daniels and
Frankie Kazarian, we will be hearing way more of PWG this year.
Wildside is a great promotion running out of Cornelia, GA which has alot of
Junior Heavyweights going at it in great matches. They seem to be the only
promotion who draws less than 150 fans each week, but still has not only
National TV clearance, but has a great Internet presence. Bill Behrens was
offered a job with WWE, but he turned it down to stay with Wildside. This is
also the promotion that made A.J. Styles a household name, with a local
EIGHT HONORABLE MENTION(S)
East Coast Championship Wrestling (DE)
Chikara Pro Wrestling (PA)
New England Championship Wrestling (MA)
Professional Championship Wrestling (Texas)
USA Xtreme Wrestling (New York)
All Pro Wrestling (California)
Gateway Championship Wrestling (St. Louis)
FOUR INTERNATIONAL HONORABLE MENTION(S)
Internet Wrestling Syndicate (Quebec)
Italian Championship Wrestling (Italy)
Frontier Wrestling Alliance (U.K.)
Border City Wrestling (Canada)
TWO PROMOTIONS ABOUT TO BREAK INTO THIS LIST
NWA Cyber Space Wrestling Federation (N.J.)
Xtreme Championship Wrestling (Denton, TX)
ONE PROMOTION TO WATCH
Ring Of Honor
by Marlo K. Jones ..
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