CCW CLASSIC CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING
CCW (Classic Championship Wrestling) is the largest-grossing wrestling federation in the world. This Las Vegas-based federation is known for providing pissed off, old-school style wrestlers and their fans a place to prove that 80's wrestling was more than a gimmick. “How do they do that?” you might ask. It takes flair, style, costumes, showmanship, and UNAPOLOGETIC BEATINGS! Most importantly, the fans love it; CCW provides the grit from the 70's, the quirkiness of the 80's, and the wild personalities of all of the wrestling eras of the past. However, one thing is different...It’s all real! The strongest man takes all. With the new millennium money provided by owner Shamba Silver, there is plenty of bank to go around for new talent... Including you! Once a year, CCW and Silver host the biggest event in sports, RUMBLE LAND. RUMBLE LAND is a pay-per-view event bringing all three wrestling federations together to decide who really is the baddest on the planet!
CCW Owner: Shamba Silver
(Born August 20, 1980) Shamba Silver is an American musician, director, actor, and wrestling federation owner, known primarily as the front man of the nu metal band Zip Bagz.
In 1997, at the age of 17, Silver founded Underground Pound Inc; which was created upon Silver’s discovery that he could film college-aged women fighting both in local clubs and out in the street. Underground Pound Inc. has become a company with over 30 employees and has recorded sales in excess of $32 million per year.
Underground Pound Inc. is also responsible for Classic Championship Wrestling (CCW), an American professional wrestling promotion. Based in Las Vegas, Nevada, it began as a regional promotion affiliated with the Chain Gang Championship Wrestling (CGCW) until 2001, when it was purchased in its entirety by Silver and Underground Pound Inc.
From 2003 onward, CCW began to turn the corner economically. CCW’s continued success was largely due to the promotion of Chris Kaple, the lead drummer in Zip Bagz, to Executive Producer; the hiring of Rex Steel (9 Time World Heavyweight Champion from the 80's); the introduction of “Nightfall Wars” on Monday nights, the Old School Order, and other innovative concepts.
However, Shamba Silver’s greatest accomplishment to date is the once a year, all-out, pay-per-view event known as Rumble Land. Rumble Land takes place in Las Vegas’ desert, and brings together three divisions of wrestling: CGCW (Chain Gang Championship Wrestling), CCW (Classic Championship Wrestling), and BAW (Back Alley Wrestling). This event has broken worldwide attendance records, with last year hosting 2.3 million people and $24 million pay-per-view sales. Rumble Land puts the superstars from each division up against one another, and sets the stage for the most electrifying experiences in Wrestling to date.
CHAIN GANG CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING
CGCW (Chain Gang Championship Wrestling) is run by a former warden. This league is full of ex-felons, bikers, and just plain insane lunatics! CGCW is considered by many to be wrestling’s most extreme federation ever, where death is an option.
Owners: Gary “Huey” Stevens and Benjamin Ball
Gary “Huey” Stevens, a former warden of an Indiana Maximum Security penitentiary, decided he needed a change. In 1999, Stevens retired from the corrections business after splitting a pot in the Mega Ball. His take after taxes was $148 million! His first order of business was starting his own wrestling federation. His stars? Who else, but his former inmates! There has been a lot of speculation that Stevens has bribed judges, parole board officials, and D.A.’s for the early release of some of the most menacing criminals in the United States. After partnering with Atlanta billionaire and AET (Atlanta Entertainment Television) network owner, Benjamin Ball, The CGCW opened its doors in 2002. CGCW has over 40 active wrestlers, who are all former Property of the United States Department of Corrections.
Mr. Benjamin Ball (born November 11, 1940) is an American media proprietor and philanthropist. As a businessman, he is known as founder of the cable television network AMT (American Media Television), the first dedicated 24-hour cable news channel. In addition, he founded AET, which pioneered the New Age Wrestling concept in cable television. As a philanthropist, he is known for his $1 billion gift to support the building of new jails. This generous donation created Corrections International, a public company that helped to broaden support for corrections across the world. Ball serves as Corrections Internationals Chairman of the Board of Directors.
Ball's media empire began with his father's record business, which he took over at the young age of 24. The business, American Records, was worth $1 million when Ball took it over in 1963. The purchase of an Atlanta-based station in 1972 helped start the Ball Broadcasting System. American Media Television revolutionized news media, covering the rebel riots in 1986 and the floods in Croatia in 1991. Ball assisted in wrestling’s return to the hottest sport in the business when he partnered with Gary Stevens and started the CGCW. Ball now has the highest rated television show in the United States, with over 30 million viewers weekly.
BAW Back Alley Wrestling
BAW (BACK ALLEY WRESTLING) is the underground child of backyard wrestling, which boasts 9 million fighters in the US, Canada, and Mexico combined. This federation has some of the baddest street fighters and back alley brawlers in the world. BAW is completely financed by the wrestlers in the federation.
Owners: Jim Fappel, Billy Baldwin, Steven Sinclair
The controversial federation of Back Alley Wrestling (BAW) is comprised of un-trained fans in a self-sanctioned, non-professional environment known in the underground wrestling world as "Alleys." BAW is an underground federation founded by three CIT students in 2004: Jim Fappel, Billy Baldwin, and Steven Sinclair. These prodigies created a mathematical formula that would allow underground backyard wrestlers, street fighters, and cage fighters to finance and run their own federations in their respective states.
This genius system requires fighters to pay monthly dues through a system similar to Pay Pal that is linked to a Chairman in each state; the state then sends the funds to BAW. These funds pay for professionally filmed and produced wrestling shows, videos, and even matches that require travel. Championship belts, promotional items, and winners’ pay purses are also financed by these funds. In addition, most states currently have their own BAW tour buses.
It was reported last year that BAW earned $14.6 million. All of the money was provided by BAW participants across the nation. The BAW has become so popular that there is an estimated 9 million wrestlers in the United States and Canada who are registered. This makes for county, city, state, regional, and coastal recognized national champions. The BAW consists mostly of males between the ages of 18 and 40. Although back alley wrestling was not unheard of prior to the 1990s, the modern backyard wrestling "craze" lasted from roughly 1996 to 2003. That’s when the BAW started a new level of underground wrestling by recruiting MMA fighters, bouncers, boxers, gang members, and backyard wrestlers to come together and form a federation in Maryland. This special federation would refuse to be transformed into merely an artistic form of professional wrestling with fake moves and gimmicks.
The BAW is raw, is real, and is no holds barred. Most matches are set in a discrete location that can vary from state to state. For example, Tennessee may have a barn match, while Chinatown Champion Le Lu only fights in underground cage matches. Every month, a pay-per-view event brings together champions from across the nation to a secret location for the main event, known as the "Alley Walk.” Bets are made, titles are awarded, and only the strong survive in one piece. These Alley Walks also determine the ranking system nationwide, as well as help decide who earns a trip to Rumble Land in Las Vegas to represent BAW at wrestling’s biggest pay-per-view event of the year.