State of the Union #10 (News for 9/17)

UIPW News for 17 Sept 2007
~ Updated line-up for STATE OF SHOCK on October 6th
~ Rumors abound about November’s Union Title Tournament

The UNION of INDEPENDENT PROFESSIONAL WRESTLERS returns to Toronto, Ontario, Canada on Saturday night October 6th for an event titled “STATE OF SHOCK”. The Union roster will look to thrill and amaze the hometown faithful with another evening of UIPW excitement.

Owing to previous engagements, both STEVE CORINO and PEPPER PARKS have had to withdraw from the October 6th event. Both men promise to be back at Legion Hall #101 in November as they are the first two names to have been officially granted spots in the Union Heavyweight Title tournament.

With this news, the Union’s Head of Fighters Affairs, AUSTIN SHAW, has announced the new main event for STATE OF SHOCK will see “The King of Iron City Hardcore” STERLING JAMES KEENAN go one-on-one with “The Havana Pitbull” RICKY REYES. These men are not strangers to one another. Reyes, the former Ring of Honor Tag Team champion, defeated Keenan one year ago today on his way to winning the IWC Heavyweight title in a tournament in Pittsburgh and would like to accomplish something similar in Toronto. Keenan wants to avenge that loss and solidify his place in November’s tournament.

Then, in a no holds barred grudge match, the first-ever Union Heavyweight champion, “The Bastard Son of 1,000 Corpses” SEBASTIAN DARK takes on the last champion of the original Union, “Fabulous” JOHN McCHESNEY. Austin Shaw has put a spot in the November Heavyweight title tournament on the line in this match and both men want to prove that they are the past, present and future of the promotion.

Also announced, high-flying Northern Lights Division stand-out RIP IMPACT fights the debuting HENTAI. Impact is already proving himself to be one of the most popular workers in the Union and he hopes to continue his winning ways against the world-traveling cruiserweight veteran known as Hentai.

6’9″, 300lb EDDIE VENOM returns to the Legion Hall on October 6th. After his complete destruction of THE ALL-KNIGHTERS at “BORN AGAIN”, how will “The Motor City Monster” stack up against the wily veteran presence of REGGIE MARLEY? Jamaica’s gift to professional wrestling will need to bring his “A-game” to fight Detroit’s newest beast but with Union fans squarely on his side, Marley is eager for the challenge.

And speaking of the All-Knighters, the usually happy-go-lucky duo was anything but after getting their tickets punched by Eddie Venom. KEVIN GRACE and ROBIN KNIGHTWING have reportedly taken a “super-duper mega-binding lifetime pinky swear agreement” to never wrestle singles matches in the Union again. It’s tag team matches or nothing for the All-Knighters and they’ll get their chance to shine together at ‘STATE OF SHOCK”.

First up on their list? MATT BURNS and ASYLUM: the tag team known as THE FLATLINERS. How will the “all-night party people” fare against the size and muscle of Burns and Asylum? Join us on October 6th to find out!

The UNION of INDEPENDENT PROFESSIONAL WRESTLERS returns to Royal Canadian Legion Hall #101 in Toronto, Ontario on Saturday October 6th for “STATE OF SHOCK”. Doors open at 630pm. Bell time is 7pm. The Legion Hall is located at 3850 Lake Shore Blvd West, midway between Dixie Road and Brown’s Line and directly adjacent to both the Long Branch GO station and the TTC’s Long Branch Loop.

Tickets are ON SALE NOW in person at the Legion Hall and online via the “UNION SHOP” at The event is open to ALL AGES, but for those 19 and older, the Legion Hall includes a FULLY LICENSED BAR. Fans are reminded to bring valid ID and encouraged to use public transit if they plan to purchase alcohol.
As already mentioned, STEVE CORINO and PEPPER PARKS have already been assured their places in the Union Heavyweight title tournament being held November 3rd in Toronto. In addition, JOHN McCHESNEY and SEBASTIAN DARK will fight on October 6th for a place in the tournament. So with five more workers to be named to the tournament, the rumor mill is working overtime once again to guess the names of those fortunate few who will get a chance to become champion of the new Union.

STERLING JAMES KEENAN is an obvious choice and almost assuredly a shoe-in for a spot. His October 6th opponent, RICKY REYES, would certainly earn himself a berth win a victory of SJK. EDDIE OSBOURNE was apparently overheard bragging that he was already in the tournament, but AUSTIN SHAW has refused to confirm or deny this report. EDDIE VENOM has been spoken of very highly by Shaw on several occasions. Could the H. of F.A. be looking to add the “Motor City Monster” to the tournament mix? Where do men like REGGIE MARLEY and young sensation ETHAN PAGE stand in the title picture?

Austin Shaw has promised that fans will learn the full line-up for the tournament live and direct at October’s STATE OF SHOCK event. Be there in person when the announcement is made!
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Saturday October 6th – STATE OF SHOCK
Saturday November 3rd – CHAMPIONSHIP EVENT 2K7 (featuring the Union World Heavyweight title tournament)
Saturday December 15th – END OF DAYS
The UNION of INDEPENDENT PROFESSIONAL WRESTLERS is an exciting new wrestling promotion based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Union features a diverse mix of homegrown talent (including Eddie Osbourne, Rip Impact and The All-Knighters) and international stars (including Steve Corino, Sterling James Keenan and El Generico). UIPW maintains partnerships with promotions in Canada and around the world. For more information about THE UNION, please visit our official website at

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