Top Rope Promotions, formerly known as Yankee Pro Wrestling, is a Northeastern independent professional wrestling promotion based in New Bedford, Massachusetts and is the largest promotion in the southern New England-area rivaling other Northeastern promotions including Chaotic Wrestling, the Millennium Wrestling Federation and New England Championship Wrestling. Its wrestling school The Lock-Up is responsible for training several leading independent wrestlers. Along with its head trainer Matt Hyson, their seminars have been hosted by Ring of Honor alumni Jamie Noble and A.J. Styles. A number of independent wrestlers competed in Yankee Pro Wrestling during their early careers including Amanda Storm, Andy Jaxx, DC Drake, Slyck Wagner Brown, Johnny Heartbreaker, Shark Boy, Christian York, Metal Maniac, Robbie Ellis, Rick Fuller and Dan "The Beast" Severn.
The promotion has also regularly featured former World Wrestling Federation veterans including "Mr. USA" Tony Atlas, Koko B. Ware, "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan, Junkyard Dog, Nikolai Volkoff, Greg "The Hammer" Valentine, George "The Animal" Steele, King Kong Bundy, Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake, Tito Santana, "Superfly" Jimmy Snuka, The Bushwhackers (Bushwhacker Butch and Bushwhacker Luke) and The Nasty Boys (Brian Knobs and Jerry Sags) as well as managers Mr. Fuji, Capt. Lou Albano and Luna Vachon Who was the Promotions last Women's champion. Others who have made appearances include Kamala, Bastion Booger, Doink The Clown, Gangrel, Virgil, Rick "The Model" Martel, Marty Jannetty, Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart, Tatanka, Scotty 2 Hotty, Chad Toland, Steve Bradley and WWE Tough Enough contestants Jonah, Chris Nowinski, and Luke Robinson.
Following the close of Extreme Championship Wrestling, several ECW mainstays such as Amish Roadkill, Dawn Marie, Simon Diamond, Perry Saturn, Tony DeVito, Little Guido, Jerry Lynn, Steve Corino, Justin Credible, Julio Dinero, Chris Hamrick, Big Dick Dudley and Joel Gertner had brief stints in the promotion. In recent years, TNA wrestlers Christy Hemme, Talia, Abyss, Jay Lethal, Joey Matthews and Ron "The Truth" Killings, Bully Ray, and Brother Devon have also made appearances.
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