46 years… a lot has changed over the decades. In 1967, gas was 25 cents a gallon, bread 50 cents a loaf, minimum wage was a $1.65, and you could buy a house for $50,000.
In was during this time of a more simple life the seeds were planted for the beginning of the East Coast Wrestling Association. What started perhaps as a company for fun or entertaining family and friends has turned into one of the most highly respected, most recognizable professional wrestling companies in the world of independent wrestling. It’s spawned the amazing Super 8 Tournament that has drawn in thousands of fans and let some of today’s stars get their first big break. The tournament even was the basis for the beginnings of the Ring of Honor company! Not to be forgotten it has furthered the careers of a vast amount of today’s WWE and TNA stars.
One might think how is the ECWA different than any other independent company? The answer is simple. The attention to detail, professional presentation, and our dedication to the community around us. The company has long paired itself with worthy charities and causes including Alex’s Lemonade Stand, Autism Speaks, and our biggest partner the Special Olympics of Delaware. What sets it apart if it’s dedication to the FANS. Fans are the lifeblood of any pro wrestling company and the company puts them first ahead of anything else. Numerous promotions are done so the fans know how much they are appreciated and loved for their dedication to the company.
46 years… how has the ECWA lasted so long in a business predicated on flash in the pan companies? Another simple answer: the product.
Every single month whether it was 1987 or today in 2013 the action from top to bottom has been exciting and top notch. The Super 8 tournament introduced wrestling fans to quick paced, hard hitting action that just wasn’t seen on the independent scene. It’s because of this pro wrestling has evolved into an entirely different entity than when the company started back in 1967. That’s right, ECWA helped revolutionize the pro wrestling business! As mentioned previously, some of the top names in pro wrestling have made sure of this. Names like Ace Darling, WWE stars Christian, Darren Young, and Daniel Bryan and TNA’s Jeff Hardy. They all have played an important part in making the company THE place for top indy talent to showcase their abilities.
Flash forward to the current ECWA. Our motto is ‘Become a fan all over again’. But what does that mean? It means we want all fans to remember why they started being a fan of professional wrestling in the first place. We do this through the exciting matches presented each month. We’re a beautiful mix of old and new. While some faces have remained constant for years such as the iconic Meisure Ooh La La, new faces are lighting up the fans eyes such as the ‘Greek God’ Papadon.
We stand by our claims to provide a fantastic family friendly product that is fun for all ages. Everything we do is driven by passion. Passion for you the reader and passion for the great sport of professional wrestling.
Who would have predicted a company who got it’s beginnings in a YMCA in Elsmere, Delaware would still be a staple of the Delaware community? Perhaps no one. We have history all over the place. From having shows in that old YMCA in Elsmere, St. Matthews Church in Wilmington, drawing thousands in shows at the Bob Carpenter Center and Sallies school, the Flyers Skate Zone in New Jersey, and now our current home the Greater Newark Boys& Girls Club. It’s been quite the ride filled with colorful characters both in and out of the ring. From bumbling Frenchmen, to flamboyant pool boys, and even brushes with a Beast the ECWA will continue to flourish, it will continue to makes strides to be ahead of the curve in the pro wrestling business. And most importantly… it will stride to make sure the fans leave with a smile on their faces. Because in reality, that’s been the East Coast Wrestling Association’s mission for the 46 years and will continue for decades to come!
Here’s to another 46 years of fun! Another 46 years of great wrestling! And 46 years of seeing who’ll step through that curtain next….
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ECWA HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE MATCH
“Greek God” Papadon (c) vs. VsK vs. Ricky Reyes vs. Apollyon w/ Joel Blackhart
ECWA TAG TEAM TITLE REMATCH*
DOUBLE CHAIN MATCH
D-LINE (c) vs. Breaker Morant & MONSTER AHTU w/ Joel Blackhart
*as mandated by “The BOSS” Michael Tartaglia
TO DETERMINE THE VERY FIRST ECWA WOMEN’S CHAMPION Jessie Kaye vs., Missy Sampson
Former WWE World Tag Team Champion & 2013 Super 8 Semi-Finalist “NO FEAR” Mike Mondo vs. Kekoa Flyin Hawaiian
INTER-GENDER MIXED TAG TEAM MATCH
“Heart Killer” Chris Wylde & “Lady in Red” Renee Michelle vs. ECWA Mid-Atlantic Champion Ricky “the Model” Martinez& Amber
ECWA BEST of FIVE – GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY SERIES* – MATCH ONE
“Vietnam Phenom” Matt Saigon w/ Joel Blackhart vs. Bobby Shields
*Whoever wins 3 out of 5 matches first will receive a championship match of his choice any where, any time, any place!!!
Napalm Bomb vs. Little Mikey
Mr. Ooh La La w/ Coach Jim Shorts & Kid USA vs. “The French Mime” Jean-Jean LeBon & Gus Grand (or whoever decides to show up!)
and a LIVE JOB PERFORMANCE APPRAISAL of Referee Phil Sly!