Jersey All Pro Wrestling (JAPW)
is an independent wrestling promotion
based in New Jersey
Jersey All Pro Wrestling is an independent wrestling promotion that was founded by "Fat" Frank Iadeavia on April 19, 1997. This promotion was born out of a dream of "Fat" Frank. He wanted to take the promotion in a different direction than others. "Fat" Frank took a group of misfit wrestlers who were not used in other promotion for various reasons and booked them in a show on that night under the promotion name.
During 1997, only two shows were ran, a precursor to JAPW, the wrestlers were friends who were not getting booked in other wrestling shows due to the politics in the New Jersey wrestling scene at that time. Also featured wrestlers like A-Train, and Alexander the Great who are better known as D-Von Dudley
and Big Dick Dudley
respectively. Other wrestlers like Rockin' Rebel and Little Guido
who moved on to ECW
as well as others became the foundation of the future of JAPW.
During July 1997, "Fat" Frank searched for a venue to house the promotion. While looking for a venue, he met a local businessman by the name of Jeff Shapiro. Shapiro owned a local building called Charity Hall and was also a wrestling fan. Iadevaia and Shapiro agreed to a one year lease of Charity Hall. On July 25, 1997, JAPW was born. During the early days of JAPW, they featured wrestlers who were established in the... Read More