Eric Tapout of Pro Wrestling Syndicate has issued a press release revealing that they have been forced to relocate some of their shows after the township of Meutchen, New Jersey banned all pro wrestling and MMA events within the city. Tapout said that they were met by a purported zoning officer during Supercard 2013 over WrestleMania weekend who Tapout claims tried to “find any wrong doing” and came back the next night to do the same.
Tapout said that PWS was then informed that the township would be requiring permits from all promoters running live wrestling or MMA events; when he and an MMA promoter did so, he says the township changed their tune and said that the wrestling and MMA events were not allowed in the town.
As a result, Tapout said PWS is moving all shows scheduled for the Sports Plex (who they note is in favor of running the shows but is forbidden to do so) to other venues. The first will be the May 11th Bombshell Ladies Of Wrestling show, which will now take place at the The Iselin Knights Of Columbus.
The full press release is below:
Eric here, and here is the deal:
The township of Metuchen NJ has banned all professional wrestling and MMA events forcing PWS to relocate scheduled events.
We always believe in being very straight up and honest with you guys so we’re going to share what we know:
At PWS Super Card we were greeted by a “zoning officer” whom was snooping around the Sports Plex trying to find any wrong doing. He found nothing. He returned the following night for a repeat performance.
Who sent this guy ? Where did he come from? We can highly speculate which two brainiac wrestling promoters were behind this..as I’m sure a lot of you can as well (keep weekend in question in mind here).
There was no wrong doing at Super Card . We hired police officers in addition to our security & parking attendants. Metuchen Fire were also present to ensure all exits were clear and we were not over capacity. The fire marshal even stopped by both nights of Super Card and everything was up to code.
Pat and I were informed via The Sports Plex GM that the township of Metuchen would be requiring all promoters running live wrestling or mixed martial events to obtain a permit.
Glad you asked…
The state of NJ does not have an athletic commission as some states do. In this case the township wanted us to provide a permit. The purpose of the permit is highly unclear but struck us as just an obstacle. To obtain the permit we needed to put up a $10,000 bond and a revised insurance policy with certain specs. We agreed. The MMA promoter agreed as well.
When the township was informed about promoters obtaining the permit they rapidly changed their tune from “get the permit and you’re fine” to “nahh even with the permit you cant run shows”.
Now keep in mind, the privately owned Sports Plex is in favor of all these events taking place. It is highly unclear as to what the jurisdiction of the township is over this privately owned venue.
This makes absolutely zero sense all around. The end all be all is that all scheduled wrestling & mma events in Metuchen NJ are not being permitted to take place. Ironically this also takes work away from Metuchen Police and Metuchen Fire whom are required to be hired & paid by PWS at these events. This also takes away 1,000+ people coming into Metuchen and bringing business to the local businesses in the area.
Therefore, as PWS refuses to cancel events .. we are relocating all of our events which were scheduled to take place at The Sports Plex in Metuchen to other suitable locations. The first instance of this was the May 11th Bombshell Ladies Of Wrestling event being moved to The Iselin Knights Of Columbus.
It will take a lot more than a jealous promoter and a “zoning officer” to slow down Pro Wrestling Syndicate.
We thank you guys for your understanding and continued support of PWS. We will provide you with updates as we get them.