After weeks of rumors, an e-mail to popular wrestling website Just The Facts has confirmed it: Pacific Northwest Wrestling has been re-opened! What's more, the independent company plans to stage its first show in more than 18 months on Monday, January 26.
The company earned rave reviews and gained a small Internet following, in addition to a strong fan base in the Pacific Northwest, during its first run, in June 2007. However, sole owner Chris Colton, known as the "Riverside Thrill Machine" throughout his long run in many professional wrestling organizations, had some personal problems and had to cease day-to-day operations. While he didn't pull his financial ownership, many of the employees were unsure of what to expect from PNW without the day-to-day involvement of Colton, and the organization was forced to shut down.
The personal issues long-past, however, Colton began to put thought into re-starting the promotion following his one-time appearance for Paradise Jisatsu Group. While rehabbing several injuries he sustained in his match at PJG's Bloody Paradise 10 against Donovan O'Reily, Colton began making phone calls and putting out the word that he was looking to make a comeback with the company.
Colton said in his e-mail to JTF that most of the old roster will return, minus several notable names, but that he'd also procured a few new additions to the roster. The first PNW Maelstrom will take place at the Ice Arena in South Lake Tahoe, CA, where the third PNW card was scheduled to take place back in 2007. The Thriller did not include a lineup for that card, but did say that the tag team titles tournament, which was halfway to completion during the first run, would be re-started, and that some of the major players in PNW, such as Bruce "Oni" Saotome, "The Sexiest Man Alive" Jason Tendo, Mariko Shimada, Jayde Griffen and more would be in attendance!