HISTORY OF THE ACCW
Now in the second year of itís existence, and after much tribulation in the first year Atlantic Canadian Championship Wrestling hopes to rebound and bring itself back to itís old glory.
THE FOUNDATION OF THE ACCW BEGINS
August 2002 Ė November 2002
The ACCW or better known as Atlantic Coast Championship Wrestling when it first opens itís doors was the brain child of Nova Johnson who was inspired by Ryan Dynamic a close friend of his. Both Nova Johnson and Ryan Dynamic wrestled in the Western State Wrestling/World Street Wrestling promotion and when the WSW closed itís doors both Ryan Dynamic and Nova Johnson would go their separate ways.
Nova Johnson would go and take time off from his wrestling career and concentrate on his personal life. Meanwhile Ryan Dynamic would go on into partnership with Christian Matthews another WSW wrestler and open the doors to World Wrestling Alliance, however the WWA wouldnít fair too well in a weakened market and in a matter of three months shut its operations.
Nova Johnson and Ryan Dynamic would once again meet up and start to reminisce of old times in the WSW and talks of opening a promotion took shape. Ryan Dynamic burned out from the WWA operations and his nagging wrestling injuries now taking their toll finally decided to take some time off to heal. Nova Johnson would take the idea of this new promotion and slowly began to build the foundations of what would be Atlantic Coast Championship Wrestling.
Nova Johnson had succeeded in creating the basis of the ACCW, when he came into contact with Japanese martial arts promoter Randal Seiko. Both Nova Johnson and Randal Seiko joined in a partnership to make the ACCW the best promotion in Eastern North America and Western Europe.
THE ACCW OPENS ITS DOORS
December 2002 Ė January 2003
Now who would be the first man to sign with the fledgling company? Nova Johnson would enlist his old friend Ryan Dynamic to join the ACCW as itís premiere superstar. Without a shadow of a doubt, Ryan Dynamic signed his ACCW contract and then started his recruitment drive, calling on the likes of PM Steel (the first ever ACCW World Champion), and former WSW super stars like Mr. Ed, Krimínal as well as wrestlers from the defunct WWA.
The ACCW struggled to operate itís first handful of shows, but after a rocky two months with only 5 shows and one Pay Per View, the ACCW was on itís way. Then the next big step of the ACCWís evolution would take place.
February 2003 Ė March 2003
Randal Seiko continued to struggle behind the scenes when the World Xtreme Wrestling Promotion was brought to his attention by one Bishop Strong, the then manager of Boulder (First ever ACCW Intercontinental Champion). Bishop Strong had been in contact with WXW President and CEO Robert Graham and started the talks of bringing the two struggling companies together.
The ACCW was short of man power to continues itís operations backstage, meanwhile the WXWís needed some new blood to fill their small depleted roster. So the idea of a Hostile Takeover was orchestrated with the ACCW sending over itís number on stable 3GX to wage war on the WXW in WXW territory.
Eventually the ACCW would wound the WXW and force them into one final event. Hostile Takeover was a joint ACCW/WXW Pay Per View venture that featured a card of WXW wrestlers taking on ACCW wrestlers in a survivor series style team elimination match in the main event, and several smaller inter-promotional matches in the under card.
The ACCW would sweep the WXW in every match on that fateful night. The ACCW now with ownership of the rights to the WXW and itís property gave offers to all the former WXW superstars, in a matter of weeks the WXW was now a part of the ACCW.
NEW OWNERSHIP & BRAND EXTENSIONS
March 2003 Ė June 2003
With the stress of running a National promotion building Randal Seikoís quality of work started to suffer. Then in late March a new ownership group headed by Marcus Bryant took over the day to day businesses of the ACCW and Randal Seiko was let go.
The most notable move made during the ďBryant EraĒ of the ACCW was the Brand Extension. There had been hostilities between several WXW and ACCW superstars and staff members and Marcus Bryant felt it necessary to divide the roster.
Though the roster split started out with a undisputed champion, soon more bad blood ran through the ACCW and Marcus Bryant made the final move of separating the ACCW completely with Robert Graham taking complete control of the Showdown Brand, and Marcus Bryant running the Loaded Brand.
Showdown focused on more entertainment style wrestling, while Marcus Bryant would march to the beat of his own drum and took Loaded back to a more grass roots of old school wrestling. The complete split was followed by the induction of a sea of championship belts, much to the dismay of superstars and fans alike, but it was evident there were egos to be stroked, and the only way to do that was with the induction of title after title.
Though most would say the ACCW was at itís peak during this time period as the best wrestling the ACCW ever produced was during this moment. However like all things the Brand Extension was staring into itís own demise as Marcus Bryant had some disagreements with several partners in his ownership group.
When the notion of bringing in a new production manager to help with the production of ACCW shows was brought up, Marcus Bryant fearing for his job security tried I within his power to deny the move to add to his staff. However in the best interest of the company Marcus Bryant would leave the ACCW on a bitter note.
THE SLOW DECLINE
June 2003 Ė August 2003
With Marcus Bryant out of control of the ACCW, Atlantic Coast Championship Wrestling would introduce Chris Boomer as itís new production and communications director. The ACCW would move into itís new offices and Marcus Bryantís Brand Extension was killed. Along this time the ACCW Championships were merged to end the convoluted blood line of the titles.
Soon everyone in the company started to suffer from the stress of running a national promotion and many wrestlers were burned out from the heavy schedule and much to the malign of the company, itís staffís morale was at itís lowest.
Low attendance, and lost revenue resulted in the ACCW losing itís plush new offices and soon the day to day operations was in disarray. Finally in the last week of July Chris Boom suggested the ACCW take a month hiatus to allow things to get back to normal and when more cool and collected heads could come to an agreement with what to do.
Many wrestlers would leave during the hiatus and thus the decline of the ACCW began.
A QUIET RETURN & NEAR DEATH OF THE ACCW
September 2003 Ė December 2003
The ACCW still dormant from itís hiatus was resurrected as Ryan Dynamic opened the doors on the ACCWís old home. Knowing that the ACCW of old was dead Ryan Dynamic would rename the company and once again open itís doors.
Now as Atlantic Canadian Championship Wrestling, the ACCW was no longer a National Promotion but a Regional Territory doing shows within Eastern Canada from Ontario to the Maritimes with pockets of the Northeastern United States.
Unable to run the day to day operations in the month of September, Ryan Dynamic gave full control to Robert Graham and the ACCW was back on itís feet. A new name and a new direction the ACCW was set to regain itís prosperity.
Soon Ryan Dynamic returned to the company as the man behind the scenes and full time wrestler. Things were running smoothly until the month of December when Ryan Dynamic felt the stress of running a Promotion and wrestling full time take itís toll. Ryan Dynamic needed a break, and was in search of someone to take care of the ACCW in his absence and maybe succeed him as Owner and Operator of the ACCW.
Due to the erratic business of the ACCW, several superstars would go on strike in protest of the companyís direction.
Ryan Dynamic would offer his share in the company to Robert Graham and Chris Boom. Both men accepted and it was agreed that after the ACCW Survival Pay Per View Robert Graham and Chris Boom would take control of the ACCW operations and try to make it into a National or possible a Global promotion.
Mid-December rolled around and Ryan Dynamic was gone to recharge his battery. Survival was set to take place, but oddly enough nothing happened. The ACCW defaulted on itís biggest Pay Per View of the year and the fans were fed up, as well as the wrestlers. And for a time the ACCW was dead.
January 2004 Ė Current
Coming back to the company in mid-January Ryan Dynamic returned to see the ACCW down and out. With nothing left but the old home of the ACCW, Ryan Dynamic took his time and efforts and upgraded the ACCWís headquarters to fit todayís needs and proceeded to bring the ACCW to life once again.
Far from done Ryan Dynamic would then make another bold move and set in motions the wheels of change as Ryan Dynamic sold the ACCW to Martin Hughes and allowed the eventual return of Randal Seiko, the original co-owner of the company as President of Operations.
With a new staff in place a shake up was ordered within the halls of the ACCW. Martin Hughes would strike deals with the Ultimate Wrestling Promotions group and joined an alliance with several other promotions in hope of getting more recognition for the damaged but storied ACCW name.
Following the newly found affiliation with the UWP Wrestling Alliance, the ACCW proceeded to put on itís Survival Pay Per View kicking off itís bright new future...