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Top Rope Promotions, formerly known as Yankee Pro Wrestling, is a Northeastern independent professional wrestling promotion based in New Bedford, Massachusettsmarker and is the largest promotion in the southern New Englandmarker-area rivaling other Northeastern promotions including Chaotic Wrestling, the Millennium Wrestling Federation and New England Championship Wrestling. Its wrestling school The Lock-Up is responsible for training several leading independent wrestlers, most notably, Ariel. Along with its head trainer Matt Hyson, their seminars have been hosted by Ring of Honor alumni Jamie Noble and A.J. Styles.

A number of independent wrestlers competed in Yankee Pro Wrestling during their early careers including Amanda Storm, Andy Jaxx, DC Drake, Slyck Wagner Brown, Johnny Heartbreaker, Shark Boy, Christian York, Metal Maniac, Robbie Ellis, Rick Fuller and Dan "The Beast" Severn.

The promotion has also regularly featured former World Wrestling Federation veterans including "Mr. USA" Tony Atlas, Koko B. Ware, "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan, Junkyard Dog, Nikolai Volkoff, Greg "The Hammer" Valentine, George "The Animal" Steele, King Kong Bundy, Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake, Tito Santana, "Superfly" Jimmy Snuka, The Bushwhackers (Bushwhacker Butch and Bushwhacker Luke) and The Nasty Boys (Brian Knobbs and Jerry Sags) as well as managers Mr. Fuji, Capt. Lou Albano and Luna Vachon. Others who have made appearances include Kamala, Bastion Booger, Doink The Clown, Gangrel, Virgil, Rick "The Model" Martel, Marty Jannetty, Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart, Tatanka, Scotty 2 Hotty, Chad Toland, Steve Bradley and WWE Tough Enough winners Jonah and Chris Nowinski.

Following the close of Extreme Championship Wrestling, several ECW mainstays such as Amish Roadkill, Dawn Marie, Simon Diamond, Perry Saturn, Tony DeVito, Little Guido, Jerry Lynn, Steve Corino, Justin Credible, Julio Dinero, Chris Hamrick, Big Dick Dudley and Joel Gertner had brief stints in the promotion. In recent years, TNA wrestlers Christy Hemme, Talia, Abyss, Jay Lethal, Joey Matthews and Ron "The Truth" Killings have also made appearances.


The promotion began holding events in the Fall River-New Bedford area during the early-1980s, picking up the old territorial area previously run by the World Wide Wrestling Federation during the 1970s. After going through several name changes and owners, the promotion changed its name from New England Wrestling to Yankee Pro Wrestling during the 1990s. During this time, the promotion gained a strong following in southern New England regularly bringing in former WWF stars from the 1980s and 90s. Through its wrestling school, the promotion would also feature many wrestlers who later competed in World Wrestling Entertainment, Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, Ring of Honor and the independent circuit.

In 2000, head booker 21-year old Steve Ricard bought out the promotion. Under the Top Rope Promotions banner, he continued running monthly shows in the Fall River-New Bedford area successfully making between $500-$5,000 a show. The majority of its shows were held at PAL Hall in Fall River and the Top Rope Arena in New Bedford. The promotion also ran a weekly cable television program in the local area.



  • Big Daddy Bravo
  • B.K. Jordan
  • Buck Nasty (Interstate Champion)
  • "Die Hard" Eddie Edwards
  • Eric Alden
  • Shane Alden
  • Frankie Arion
  • Freightrain
  • "The Ladies Man" Gregory Edwards
  • The Guy
  • Isys Ephex
  • "The Bollywood Bad Boy" Jalil Patel
  • Vince Beach
  • Jason Blade
  • "White Lion" Jim Tanner
  • "The Manager of Champions" Sean Gorman
  • Johnny Anger
  • Matt Taven
  • "The Epic" Mike Bennett (heavyweight champion)
  • "H20" Ryan Waters
  • Spike Dudley
  • Stevie Richards
  • Duke Bronson
  • "The Loverboy" Rick Williams
  • Pierre "The Beast" Vachon
  • Jimmy Preston
  • Brutal Bob Evans
  • "The Main Event" Jason Axe
  • J. Freddie
  • Sensational Scott Levesque
  • Tomasso Ciampa
  • Midnight Prowler #1 (tag team champion)
  • Midnight Prowler #2 (tag team champion)

Tag Teams/Stables

  • The Midnight Prowlers (tag team champions)
  • The Alden Brothers (Eric and Shane Alden)
  • Sweet & Sharp (Andy Sweet & Lukas Sharp)
  • Everyone's Number One Superstars ("The Epic" Mike Bennett & B.K. Jordan)
  • The Stroke ("The Ladies Man" Gregory Edwards and "H20" Ryan Waters)
  • The New School Wrecking Crew ("White Lion" Jim Tanner & Pierre "The Beast" Vachon)
  • The Red Devil Fight Team (Mikhail Ivanov & Alexander Checkov)


  • Steve Ricard (owner and promoter)
  • "The Microphone Man" Shawn O'Vincent (ring announcer and play-by-play commentator for Top Rope TV)
  • "The Adorable" Gene Joseph (color commentator for Top Rope TV)
  • Tony Stevens (referee)
  • Rich Bass (referee)
  • Zac Carter (referee)
  • Brian "Ballin" Shaughnessy (referee)


Championship Current champion(s) Previous champion(s) Date won Location
TRP Heavyweight Championship "The Epic" Mike Bennett Stevie Richards May 8, 2009 Bellingham, MA
TRP Interstate Championship Buck Nasty title vacant November 6, 2009 Fall River, MA
TRP Tag Team Championship The Midnight Prowlers The Alden Brothers

(Eric and Shane Alden)
August 30, 2009 New Bedford, MA
Killer Kowalski Cup Tournament Stevie Richards Jason Blade May 15, 2009 Fall River, MA
Spindle City Rumble Shane Alden Rick Fuller January 2, 2009 Fall River, MA


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