Monday, May 22, 2017

WrestleMerica For Sale?

From Larry Goodman:

At least one promoter is rumored to have interest in acquiring WrestleMerica in some form or fashion.  

A May 17 post on the WrestleMerica Facebook page announced the closing of the company business related to a legal situation, details of which could not be disclosed. Sources familiar with the matter said the legal issue stemmed from complaints by a former employee about an altercation with another roster member during a WrestleMerica event last year.  

An official company spokesman later contacted GWH stating the May 17 post was untrue and unauthorized. The spokesman declined comment as to why the company was shutting down.

The end came at a curious time, just two shows into the existence of WrestleMerica's upscale offshoot, Bullet Proof Wrestling, which debuted with a huge splash on April 22 in Barnesville. 

Cody was on board as top star. Bullet Proof flew Jimmy Havoc from England to vie with Cody to become the inaugural champion. That first show produced two mind-blowing matches in Cody vs. Havoc and Donovan Dijak vs. Drew Adler.

According to Cody's interview with Sports Illustrated, Wrestlemerica founder Luke Gallows enlisted Cody as Bullet's Proof's talent recruiter.

Between WWE, the Painted Gypsy tattoo shop and the Bullet Proof Dojo, Gallows had a full plate without the addition of Bullet Proof Wrestling. 

Artistic success notwithstanding, expenses were likely exceeding revenues given the modestly priced tickets and attendance of 350 and 250 respectively.

The WrestleMerica website and Facebook page have since been taken down. 
The Bullet Proof Dojo under Joey Mercury is a separate entity that will not be impacted by the closing of the wrestling company. The school is moving forward with their first 12-week class as planned.

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