Sunday, June 06, 2010

Another One Bites The Dust - DCW Shuts Down!!

----I am hearing from various sources that DCW in Jonesboro, AR either had their final show last night or they are within a few weeks of shutting down.  In January, 2008 RWA debuted with about 200 people in attendance of the main event with Jerry Lawler vs Reno Diamond main event at the King Sportatorium, which later became the Dogg House.  In August last year, there was a much publicized split of RWA owner Frank Martin and Rodney Mack, which would bring about the name change and new direction of the company. [CLICK HERE for that story].   Many insiders felt that the promotion never gained steam back from that split, even though the booking seem to be good.  Mack changed the name of the promotion to DCW, changed the ticket prices and everytime I was there, they put on a quality show.  DCW placed in the Promotion of the Year 2009 voting. Rodney Mack also finishing as one of the top four wrestlers in this area and top 3 in Wrestler of the Year voting losing only by 7 points.

----Late last month, EWE shut the doors.  EWE was considered a stable of this area.  The promotion opened the doors as TLCW and won RRO Promotion of the Year 2006 and 2007.  They also took Booker of the Year honors both years and Arena Report Match of the Year in 2007.  Derrick King, who was featured as the main star in 2006 and 2007,  won Wrestler of the Year honors in both years.

----Two promotions dead before half of 2010 is over is not a good sign.  RCW and Jerry Lawler's Memphis Wrestling have added their names to the hat and will give guys a different place the work.  The bad thing about promotions closing is that the boys will have less places to work, but in turn, the promoters may benefit from the level of talent being better.