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Ultimate Pro Wrestling
Acronym UPW
Founded 1998
Defunct 2007
Headquarters California
Founder(s) Rick Bassman

Ultimate Pro Wrestling (UPW) was a Professional wrestling promotion owned and operated by Rick Bassman and, more recently, Michael Fabiano. It has often been used as a training ground for World Wrestling Entertainment. Its wrestling school, Ultimate University, has become popular for sending over 30 of its graduates to WWE and others to Zero One in Japan.

It was been a stepping stone in the development of many past and present WWE and TNA Superstars including John Cena, Chris Masters, Victoria, Jon Heidenreich, The Miz, Melina, Lena Yada, Deuce, SoCal Val and Ryan Sakoda. It has also featured some of the more well known independent wrestling stars in the world, including Christopher Daniels and Samoa Joe who currently are under contract to TNA Wrestling. Since their debut in 1998, they have run many shows in Southern California and Nevada and at one point in 1999, UPW was shown on KDOC TV in Santa Ana, CA. In 2010, WWE purchased the UPW video library.[1]

Titles Final champions
UPW Heavyweight Championship Tom Howard
UPW Tag Team Championship Ballard Brothers
(Shane and Shannon)
UPW Lightweight Championship Lil' Nate
UPW Women's Championship
UPW Internet Championship The Blue Meanie
UPW No Holds Barred Championship Shane Ballard
UPW Southern California Heavyweight/

Shoot Championship

Tom Howard


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