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Apex Caliber Wrestling, Inc. (ACW), sometimes referred to as APEX Wrestling or simply APEX, is an American professional wrestling promotion, founded in 2013 by Jesse Alvarez and Joshua Garza. Their headquarters reside within San Antonio, Texas. The company promotes under two main roster brands: Ignition and RAMPAGE, and a developmental brand APEX Underground.

ACW currently holds live events and pay-per-view events throughout the United States. The promotion's majority owners are its chairman and CEO, Jesse Alvarez and Joshua Garza, both holding approximately 62% of ACW's equity and 75% of the voting power.

The current entity, incorporated on March 1, 2013, was previously known as Awesome Championship Wrestling, Inc. A few months later, on August 26, 2013, it was renamed Apex Caliber Wrestling, Inc. The company has also officially branded itself as APEX Wrestling or simply APEX as the company's legal name remains in full.

Company History Edit

Formation Edit

ACW was founded by Jesse Alvarez and Joshua Garza when they were in their late teens. Prior to its inception, Alvarez was a professional wrestler signed to Peach Creek Ultimate Wrestling (PCUW), but was hospitalized due to an off-screen assault. During the recovery, Alvarez told he remembered the story of how PCUW came to be and thought it'd be fun to create his own fiction wrestling company himself once he left the hospital. With the help of his family's wrestling heritage and their support, he was able to make enough money and create the promotion.

Awesome Championship Wrestling, Inc. Edit

The first event took place on April 5, 2013 in San Antonio, Texas, broadcasting on national television. It featured three matches, including main event match between Naruto Uzumaki and Isaac Clarke. In its first month of operation, ACW confined itself to staging live events as four shows ran in San Antonio, Texas and its first live pay-per-view broadcast, Southern Hell, on April 28, 2013.

At the start of May, ACW expanded to other areas of the United States. The promotion's first two months were quite polarizing to say the least with how they've booked their matches, how the commentary table spoke, and especially the biased attitude from Alvarez towards heels. After the May 31, 2013 episode aired, it was heavily criticized by Jonathan Ellis' review on Cryptophasia for their controversial booking how the heels won with dirty tactics, how they lost at their expanse, and utter disrespectful treatment to the heels for being who they are.

Brand extension Edit

On both July 5 and July 6 respectively, ACW debuted two flagship programs Friday Night Ignition and Saturday Night RAMPAGE in order to help expand their talents. ACW then decided to create two separate rosters, each appearing on one of their main programs, Ignition and RAMPAGE, regarding the abundance of the roster. The event took place on August 2, 2013 in the Ignition pre-show.

Apex Caliber Wrestling, Inc./APEX Edit

APEX Era Edit

On August 25, 2013, at Summer Wars, Awesome Championship Wrestling announced it was changing both its company name and the name of its wrestling promotion to Apex Caliber Wrestling, which became official by midnight on August 26, 2013.

Pay-per-view Schedule of 2013 – 2014 Edit

There are twelve pay-per-views in a regular ACW calendar year. There is an established "Big Five" of events on the schedule during this given period; these five pay-per-views are listed below in bold.

Month Pay-Per-View Name
April Southern Hell
May Spring Breakdown
June Reign in Blood
July Rebellion
August Summer Wars
September Unforgiven
October Hellbound
November Survival Warfare
December Apocalypse
January TBA
February Last Rites
Late March / Early April Apex Kingdom

Main Roster Edit

ACW personnel consists of professional wrestlers, managers, play-by-play and color commentators, ring announcers, interviewers, referees, trainers, producers, and various other positions.

ACW contracts typically range from developmental contracts to multi-year deals. Personnel on the main roster appear on specific brands such as Ignition and RAMPAGE as well as pay-per-views, and on untelevised live events.

Personnel from the APEX Underground brand appear on the online television series of the same name, which airs online in the U.S. and on TV in select countries and on APEX Underground branded live events. Personnel on the main roster may also periodically wrestle in APEX Underground and vice versa.

Personnel are organized below by their role in ACW. Their name is on the left and their series is on the right. If someone is inactive for any reason, due to injury, suspension, not appearing in more than 30 days, or otherwise, that information is noted.

Ignition Edit

Male wrestlers Edit

Name Series Notes
Alex Mason Call of Duty: Black Ops
Ash Ketchum Pokémon
Atem Yu-Gi-Oh!
Beowulf Beowulf (2007 film) APEX World Champion
Carnage / Cletus Kasady Marvel Comics
Crash Bandicoot Eponymous series
Daniel Kent None (OC)
Dante Devil May Cry
Damian Reigns None (OC)
Erik Rollins
Frank Woods Call of Duty: Black Ops
Hattori Hanzo None (OC)
Hannibal Ambrose
Hernan Ortiz
Isaac Clarke Dead Space
James Griffin None (OC)
Kohta Hirano Highschool of the Dead
Kurt Hudson None (OC)
Luke Smith APEX Evolve Champion
Marik Ishtar Yu-Gi-Oh!
Naruto Uzumaki Naruto
Nathan Drake Uncharted
Nero Devil May Cry Also wrestles on APEX Underground
Rogen Townsend None (OC)
Scorpion Mortal Kombat
Seto Kaiba Yu-Gi-Oh!
Spider-Man Marvel Cinematic Universe
Spin the Hedgehog None (OC)
Takashi Komuro Highschool of the Dead
Vergil Devil May Cry
Venom / Eddie Brock Marvel Comics
Yami Bakura Yu-Gi-Oh!
Yugi Mutou

Female wrestlers Edit

Name Series Notes
Aelita Schaeffer Code Lyoko
Alyssa Parker None (OC) Manager of Kurt Hudson
Carly Shay iCarly APEX Women's Tag Team Champion
Christa Moxley None (OC)
Coco Bandicoot Crash Bandicoot Manager of Crash Bandicoot
Ellie Langford Dead Space Yet to debut
Hinata Hyūga Naruto
Lucy Marianne Araya None (OC)
Mai Valentine Yu-Gi-Oh!
Misty Pokémon
Rei Miyamoto Highschool of the Dead
Saeko Busujima Inactive; Grade III concussion
Samantha Hart None (OC)
Sam Puckett iCarly APEX Women's Tag Team Champion
Satsuki Kiryūin Kill la Kill APEX World Women's Champion
Saya Takagi Highschool of the Dead Inactive; minor concussion
Téa Gardner Yu-Gi-Oh!

Tag Team Division Edit

  • Altered Egos — Yugi Mutou and Atem
  • Armed Vanguards — Alex Mason and Frank Woods
  • The Four Horsewomen — Mai Valentine (leader), Carly Shay, Sam Puckett, and Aelita Schaeffer
    • The Royal Luxury (Valentine and Schaeffer)
    • iGeneration (Shay and Puckett)
  • The Gods of Darkness — Yami Bakura and Marik Ishtar
  • Hart of Hyuga — Hinata Hyuga and Samantha Hart
  • Highschool of the Dead — Takashi Komuro (leader), Kohta Hirano, Rei Miyamoto, Saeko Busujima, and Saya Takagi
  • The Naughty Dogs — Nathan Drake and Crash Bandicoot
  • The Symbiotes — Venom and Carnage
  • The Wolves — Erik Rollins (leader), Hannibal Ambrose, Damian Reigns, and Luke Smith

Other on-air personnel Edit

Name Series Notes
Arkham Devil May Cry Manager of Vergil
Freddie Benson iCarly Manager of iGeneration
Personal color commentator for iGeneration
Personal ring announcer for iGeneration
Jesse Alvarez None (OC) Chairman
Chief Executive Officer
Majority owner
General Manager
Lily Aldrin How I Met Your Mother Head of the Women's Division

RAMPAGE Edit

Male wrestlers Edit

Name Series Notes
Adrian Blake None (OC)
Anthony Padilla YouTube
Benjamin Strong III None (OC)
Carter Young APEX World Tag Team Champion
Colt Anderson
Dandy Space Dandy
Drew Cage None (OC)
Duke Devlin Yu-Gi-Oh! Inactive; Grade III concussion
Ed Ed, Edd n Eddy
Edd
Eddy
Godzilla Eponymous franchise Internet Champion
Also wrestles on APEX Underground
Ian Hecox YouTube
Ichigo Kurosaki Bleach
Jason Krueger None (OC)
Jeremy Ellis
Jimmy Carmichael
Joey Wheeler Yu-Gi-Oh!
Kenshin Himura Rurouni Kenshin
Marcus King None (OC)
Mason Stone
Nolan Gates
PewDiePie YouTube
Phil Hardy None (OC)
RC Bane
Ryan Griffin Also wrestles on APEX Underground
Sasuke Uchiha Naruto APEX Hardcore Champion
Stan Terra None (OC) APEX World Tag Team Champion
Terry Blake Jr.
Tommy Oliver Power Rangers franchise
Tony Blake None (OC)
Tristan Taylor Yu-Gi-Oh!
Zeke Aries None (OC)

Female wrestlers Edit

Name Series Notes
Allison Wilson None (OC)
Ashley Williams
Ashley Storm
Carla Ramirez
Eliza Hart
Ivory Gerdelman
Lisa Weston
Jessica Montoya
Jessica Wilson
Joan Rivera
Kendra Daniels Dead Space
Mari Takahashi YouTube Bodyguard of Smosh
Roxanne Stone None (OC)
Sakura Haruno Naruto
Sarah Ortiz None (OC)
Sara Verser
Shayne Daniels
Trish Devil May Cry Also wrestles on APEX Underground
Trish Warrington None (OC)

Tag Team Division Edit

  • Alpha & Omega — Carter Young and Stan Terra
  • Blake Bros 2.0 — Tony and Adrian Blake
  • Domino City Machine Guns — Joey Wheeler and Tristan Taylor
  • Evil Beauty — Kendra Daniels (leader), Eliza Hart, and Allison Wilson
  • The Erupting Eds — Ed, Edd and Eddy (leader)
  • The Hardcore Foundation — Mason Stone (leader), Marcus King, Nolan Gates, Sara Verser, Roxanne Stone, Jessica Montoya and Carla Ramirez
    • The Hardcore Dynasty (Stone and King)
    • The Hardcore Trinity (Stone, King, and Gates)
    • The Femme Fatales (Verser, Stone, Montoya, and Ramirez)
  • Jeweled Felines — Lisa Weston and Jessica Wilson
  • New Devastation — Jimmy Carmichael and Benjamin Strong III
  • Second City Saints — Phil Hardy and Colt Anderson
  • Shocking Bite — Jeremy Ellis and Terry Blake Jr.
  • Smosh — Ian Hecox, Anthony Padilla and Mari Takahashi
  • The Virus Rebellion — Jason Krueger and RC Bane

Other on-air personnel Edit

Name Series Notes
Joshua Garza None (OC) General Manager
Majority owner
Executive Vice President of Talent, Live Events, and Creative
Senior producer
Misty Pokémon Head of the Women's Division
Talent scout

Broadcast Team Edit

The following section pertains to announcers who cover ACW and APEX Underground broadcasts. This group includes presenter hosts, ringside commentators, ring announcers, and interviewers.

Name Series Notes
Barney Stinson How I Met Your Mother Color commentator on Ignition and pay-per-views
Clarissa Rivera None (OC) Backstage interviewer on RAMPAGE and pay-per-views
Ethan Nestor-Darling YouTube Backstage interviewer on APEX Underground
Jeff Dunham Nonfiction Backstage interviewer on Ignition, RAMPAGE and pay-per-views
Kenji Matsuo None (OC) Play-by-play commentator on Ignition and pay-per-views
Logan Reese Zoey 101 Color commentator on RAMPAGE and pay-per-views
Luke Owen YouTube Backstage interviewer on RAMPAGE, APEX Underground and pay-per-views
Mark "Markiplier" Fischbach Lead commentator on Ignition and pay-per-views
Maria Lopez None (OC) Ring announcer on Ignition, APEX Underground and pay-per-views
Marzia Bisognin YouTube Backstage interviewer on RAMPAGE, APEX Underground and pay-per-views
Matthew "MatPat" Patrick Lead commentator on APEX Underground and pay-per-view pre-shows
Pre-show analyst for pay-per-views
Mike "The Mic" Martin None (OC) Backstage interviewer on Ignition and pay-per-views
Ring announcer on RAMPAGE and pay-per-views
Ned Bigby Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide Play-by-play commentator on RAMPAGE and pay-per-views
Oli Davis YouTube Backstage interviewer on Ignition, APEX Underground and pay-per-views
Robin Scherbatsky How I Met Your Mother Backstage interviewer on Ignition, RAMPAGE, APEX Underground and pay-per-views
Host of pay-per-view pre-show panels
Ross Tweddell YouTube Color commentator on APEX Underground and pay-per-view pre-shows
Pre-show analyst for pay-per-views
Simon Nelson-Cook Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide Backstage interviewer on RAMPAGE and APEX Underground
Ted Mosby How I Met Your Mother Lead commentator on RAMPAGE and pay-per-views
Tyler Schied YouTube Backstage interviewer on APEX Underground
Wilford Warfstache YouTube
(Markiplier)
Backstage interviewer on Ignition and pay-per-views
Host of WARFSTACHE Tonight!
Zack Carver None (OC) Color commentator on Ignition and pay-per-views

Referees Edit

Name Series Brand
Aiko Tanahashi None (OC) Ignition
Andrew Styles None (OC) Ignition
Bret Oliver None (OC) APEX Underground
Corey Jackson None (OC) RAMPAGE
Daniel Parker None (OC) APEX Underground
Faith Hathaway None (OC) RAMPAGE
Kenneth Luger None (OC) RAMPAGE
John Benoit None (OC) Ignition
Marshall Eriksen How I Met Your Mother Ignition
Senior referee
Michael Verra None (OC) APEX Underground
Nikolas Alba None (OC) RAMPAGE
Senior referee
Shawn Yeager None (OC) Ignition
Sonia Bryson None (OC) APEX Underground
Taylor Michaels None (OC) RAMPAGE
Vivian Levitt None (OC) APEX Underground

Championships and Accomplishments Edit

As of September 6, 2013.

Current championships Edit

Championship Current champion(s) Reign Date won Days
held
Location Notes
APEX World Championship Beowulf 1 August 25, 2013 12+ Los Angeles, California Defeated Naruto Uzumaki at Summer Wars
APEX Evolve Championship Luke Smith 1 July 28, 2013 40+ Washington D.C. Defeated PewDiePie, Dante, and James Griffin in a Ultimate X Match at Rebellion to become the inaugural champion
APEX Hardcore Championship Sasuke Uchiha 1 August 25, 2013 12+ Los Angeles, California Defeated Ichigo Kurosaki, Jason Krueger and Tommy Oliver in a Fatal 4-Way Hardcore Match at Summer Wars
APEX World Tag Team Championship Alpha & Omega (Carter Young and Stan Terra) 1
(1, 1)
July 28, 2013 40+ Washington D.C. Defeated previous champions Altered Egos and The Symbiotes in a Triple Threat Tag Team Elimination Match at Rebellion.
APEX World Women's Championship Satsuki Kiryūin 1 August 25, 2013 12+ Los Angeles, California Defeated Téa Gardner and Mai Valentine in a Triple Threat Match after she cashed in her Diamond in the Mine contract during their match at Summer Wars
APEX Women's Tag Team Championship iGeneration (Carly Shay and Sam Puckett) 1
(1, 1)
August 25, 2013 12+ Los Angeles, California Defeated Hart of Hyuga at Summer Wars

Retired championships Edit

No. Championship First champion Date retired Final champion Defeated Date won Location Notes
1 ACW Intercontinental Championship Mason Stone July 29, 2013 Luke Smith James Griffin July 28, 2013 Washington D.C. Title unified with the ACW United States Championship and the ACW Television Championship at Rebellion
2 ACW United States Championship Dante July 29, 2013 Luke Smith Dante July 28, 2013 Washington D.C. Title unified with the ACW Intercontinental Championship and the ACW Television Championship at Rebellion
3 ACW Television Championship Duke Devlin July 29, 2013 Luke Smith Duke Devlin June 30, 2013 Chicago, Illinois Title unified with the ACW Intercontinental Championship and the ACW United States Championship at Rebellion
4 ACW Trios Championship The Wolves
(Hannibal Ambrose, Erik Rollins and Damian Reigns)
August 2, 2013 The Wolves The Hardcore Foundation
(Mason Stone, Marcus King and Nolan Gates)
May 10, 2013 New Orleans, Louisiana Titles officially declared as interpromotional belts. Renamed the Fiction Wrestling Multiverse (FWM) Trio Championship

Other accomplishments Edit

Accomplishment Latest Winner(s) Date Won
King of Blood Beowulf June 30, 2013
Apex Grand Prix TBD TBD

Awards and Accomplishments Edit

Fiction Wrestling Awards Edit

External Link Edit

Trivia Edit

  • ACW was originally named Awesome Wrestling Federation, but Alvarez soon found out that there was already another promotion called Anime Wrestling Federation (AWF) with the same initials. So, to avoid complications and lawsuit, he renamed his company to Awesome Championship Wrestling.