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Maryland Championship Wrestling is a regional independent wrestling promotion based in Dundalk, Marylandmarker, and has regularly run events in the Mid-Atlantic region since the late 1990s Farhi, Paul. "Dreams Of Gory; Minor League Wrestling Is Just Like the Big Time, Without the Dignity". Washington Post. 27 Aug 2000 as well as participating in numerous fundraising events throughout the state.

Rivaling other east coast independent promotions such as East Coast Wrestling Association, Jersey All-Pro Wrestling and the Mid-Eastern Wrestling Federation, Maryland Championship Wrestling had many of the top cruiserweight and independent wrestlers in the region including current World Wrestling Entertainment and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling wrestlers such as Christian York, Danny Doring, Mickie James, Amazing Red, Orlando Jordan, A.J. Styles, Joey Matthews, Samoa Joe and The Hardy Boyz with Amy Dumas.

Wrestling Society X wrestler, Ruckus as well as many other popular independent wrestlers from the area and throughout the country are current regulars in the promotion. Other mainstays such as Axl Rotten, Balls Mahoney, Chris Chetti, Mikey Whipwreck and Stevie Richards also regularly competed in the promotion while wrestling for Extreme Championship Wrestling.

History

Established by wrestlers Dan McDevitt and Mark Shrader as an extension of the wrestling school Bone Breakers Training Center, Maryland Championship Wrestling held its first card at Baltimore's Patapsco Arena on July 19, 1998, featuring Jerry Lynn, Devon Storm, Little Guido, Balls Mahoney, manager Jim Cornette and The Headbangers.

During that event, MCW held a six man match to crown the first ever Light Heavyweight Champion. The winner of the match was Shane Shamrock and due to his shooting death by police the following month, MCW named him as the lifetime Light Heavyweight Champion and replaced it with the Cruiserweight Championship.

Throughout the next year, the promotion featured veteran wrestlers such as Ricky Steamboat, Ricky Morton, Bobby Eaton, Tito Santana, The Iron Sheik, Sherri Martel, the Road Warriors, King Kong Bundy and Jerry "The King" Lawler, the latter two winning the promotion's heavyweight championship. Longtime mainstays such as Joey Matthews, Jimmy Cicero, Judus Young and Mickie James also began gaining popularity in the promotion.

On March 27, 2002, Steve Wilkos of the Jerry Springer Show made a one night appearance teaming with Gillberg to defeat The Slackers, Chad Bowman and Dino Devine, in a tag team match in Glen Burnie, Marylandmarker; the 1,267 in attendance setting a new record for its home arena Michael's Eighth Avenue ballroom."Steve, Springer's security chief, victorious in pro wrestling debut". Associated Press State & Local Wire. 28 Mar 2002

After holding its final card The Last Dance: Shane Shamrock Memorial Cup on July 16, 2003 at Michael's Eighth Avenue ballroom, in which over 1,000 fans were in attendance, the promotion announced its intentions to merge Maryland Championship Wrestling with its longtime rival the Mid-Eastern Wrestling Federation (McDevitt and Shrader had originally left the promotion due to a business dispute with half its roster subsequently leaving for the newly established Maryland Championship Wrestling).Snyder, Ron. "Wrestling fans bid adieu to MCW". Maryland Gazette. 19 Jul 2003

Although operations officially ceased in 2003, McDevitt continued holding occasional cards exclusively at Fort Meademarker under the "Fort Meade Wrestling" banner during the next several years before returning booking regular MCW events again as of February 26, 2006.

MCW made Baltimore headlines in October, 2006, with the booking of WIYYmarker morning show personalities Kirk McEwen and Mark Ondayko as part of an eight-man tag match. Participating would have been a breach of their contract with their radio station, however. In the ensuing controversy, the longtime DJs left WIYY for rival WHFSmarker.

Although MCW had reportedly been in negotiations to become a developmental territory for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), the promotion has had a longtime working relationship with the WWE as early as 2000 when a number of former WWF wrestlers made an appearance at an event in Bally's, the first wrestling event ever held at the popular hotel and casino. During the next several years, wrestlers such as Scotty 2 Hotty, Rikishi and Batista have made appearances as well as a number of former WCW and ECW wrestlers following the closing of both promotions.

Rage TV

The promotion also has a syndicated television show, Rage TV, which is also broadcast via the internet and now in its second season. Both prior to and following its reopening, episodes of Rage TV has also been released to DVD.

In December 2000, local television producer Natasha Small filed a complaint to city officials in Bowie, Marylandmarker in which she claimed she and her daughter had been subject to harassment stemming from a verbal confrontation with Rage TV host Jeff Jones during a television taping at the Bowie Community Television station on October 1, 2002. Although a written response by the city manager's office condemned both parties, no criminal or civil charges were filed against Jones or Maryland Championship Wrestling.

Small's claims were supported by former studio director Milly Hall who had previously filed a complaint accusing Jones of using the studio to produce tapes for sale over the internet and what she described as "pornographic-like images" appearing on the show's official website. Maryland Championship Wrestling denied these charges however and, while city officials admitted the possibility of the promotion using the show to "assist a commercial venture", the city notified producers of new policy updates to guard against such assistance.

Shane Shamrock Memorial Cup

One of the premier events held by Maryland Championship Wrestling, the Shane Shamrock Memorial Cup is an annual tournament begun in 1999. The premise is that twelve wrestlers are placed in six one-on-one matches at the beginning of the show the tournament is held on, and the six winners advance to an elimination match, which is the show's main event.

The tournament is named in honor of Shane Shamrock, a popular MCW wrestler who was shot and killed during an altercation with police officers in 1998. The previous month, Shamrock had become first and only MCW Light Heavyweight Champion, having won the belt in a six-way match and was retired following his death.

When MCW closed its doors in 2003, an arrangement was made with Ring of Honor, when it made its debut in the Baltimore area, to carry on the tradition of the Shane Shamrock Cup. At ROH's The Last Stand, it was announced ROH would continue the Shane Shamrock Cup on June 24, 2004. In March 2004, Rob Feinstein was forced to step down as owner of ROH when his legal problems became public. Less than a week before the tournament, Feinstein sold his share of ROH to Cary Silkin, proving he had actually had stake in the company for the past three months. This upset Maryland promoter Dick Caricofe, who was letting ROH use his Maryland Promoter's License, so he pulled out of the show. ROH was forced to move the show to Philadelphia, PA and renamed the show Survival of the Fittest. Survival of the Fittest has since become an annual ROH tournament.

When MCW reopened in February 2006, it was announced that they were bringing back the Shane Shamrock Cup. On July 9 in Dundalk, MDmarker, the 2006 Shane Shamrock Memorial Cup took place with Ruckus ending up winning the tournament and also won the MCW Cruiserweight title during the match.

Winners

Year Name Date
1999 Christian York
2000 Qeenan Creed
2001 Joey Matthews
2002 Reckless Youth
2003 Christian York July 16, 2003
2006 Ruckus July 7, 2006
2007 Josh Daniels July 8, 2007
2008 Derek Frazier July 19, 2008
2009 Ryan McBride July 11, 2009
2010 TBD TBD, 2010


Championships

Current championships

Championship Champion(s) Defeated Previous champion(s) Date won Location
MCW Heavyweight Champion Ruckus Christian York
MCW Cruiserweight Champion Ryan McBride Krazy K.(last opponent) Vacant July 11, 2009 Dundalk, MD
Adam Carelle Qenaan Creed Tyler Hilton August 7, 2009 Dundalk, MD
MCW Tag Team Champions The Rehoboth Beach Crew 3 other teams DJ Hyde & Dino Divine July 11, 2009 Dundalk, MD
Shane Shamrock Memorial Cup Ryan McBride Krazy K.(last opponent)

July 11, 2009 Dundalk, MD


Retired and inactive championships

Title Last champion and notes
MCW Light Heavyweight Championship Shane Shamrock was the only champion. Shamrock was named lifetime Light Heavyweight Championship after his passing due to being shot. The Light Heavyweight Championship was replaced with the Cruiserweight Championship.


Media

  • MCW: Xtreme Measures II DVD. Maryland Championship Wrestling, 2007.
  • MCW: Shane Shamrock Tribute Show, 9/20/98. DVD. Maryland Championship Wrestling, 2007.
  • MCW: Aggravated Assault. DVD. Maryland Championship Wrestling, 2007.
  • MCW: Anniversary 2007. DVD. Maryland Championship Wrestling, 2007.
  • MCW: 6th Shane Shamrck Memorial Cup DVD. Maryland Championship Wrestling, 2006.
  • MCW: Guerrilla Warfare. DVD. Maryland Championship Wrestling, 2006.
  • MCW: Holiday Homecoming. DVD. Maryland Championship Wrestling, 2006.
  • MCW: March Madness. DVD. Maryland Championship Wrestling, 2006.
  • MCW: Monster Mash. DVD. Maryland Championship Wrestling, 2006.
  • MCW: Phenomenal Final Four. DVD. Maryland Championship Wrestling, 2006.
  • MCW: Red, White, Black & Bruised. DVD. Maryland Championship Wrestling, 2006.
  • MCW: Resurrection. DVD. Maryland Championship Wrestling, 2006.
  • MCW: Tribute to the Legends. DVD. Maryland Championship Wrestling, 2006.
  • MCW: Xtreme Measures. DVD. Maryland Championship Wrestling, 2006.
  • MCW: The Last Dance. DVD. Maryland Championship Wrestling, 2003.


Further reading

  • "Wrestling, all pumped up The violent, adult themes of today's pro wrestling are a far cry from the cartoonish characters of the 1980s. Should parents let their kids watch?". York Daily Record. 23 July 2001


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