Full VBW History Timeline
The beginning discussions about starting up a backyard federation are made between several friends in Maple Ridge, BC, and an early roster begins to form. Key names on this roster include Calamity, Wigga T, Big Mofo Rob and Mike Dempsey. On May 30, 2000, the first VBW website hits the internet.
A wrestling ring is constructed in a local backyard, made out of wood, old bed matresses covered by plywood, foam padding, a tarp, and garden hoses for ropes.
A VBW music video is made, along with a website, and is posted online. Around this time, a house show is held for a party. A noteable match features Mike Dempsey defeating Hammerstein to win the Canadian title.
Another local backyard fed, the EBW, merges rosters with the VBW and springboards the promotion as production begins on Wednesday Warfare episodes. This merger expanded the roster to include key names such as PesT, Eric Cage, Christopher Blaze, James Blade, Raptus and Trez.
Wednesday Warfare episodes are posted on August 15, August 29, and September 12.
In mid-September, the VBW loses access to the backyard location used, and moves the ring to another location in Maple Ridge, BC. Wednesday Warfare episodes air on September 26 and October 10.
The VBW moves its ring back to the original backyard for one more show, the Ground Zero Supercard on October 26.
In early November, without a new home for the ring, the VBW introduces the Hardcore title and holds the November 7 episode of Warfare in a local city park. The episode is a last-minute scramble to keep up with the bi-weekly Warfare schedule.
The second era in VBW history begins. With a new location in Port Coquitlam, BC, the VBW steps up its production levels and posts episodes of Warfare on November 21, December 5, December 19, January 5 and January 19.
The VBW then goes on a hiatus after losing its access to the backyard used for the last five Warfare episodes.
After a four-month hiatus, the VBW returns at a new location, once again in Port Coquitlam, BC. An episode of Wednesday Warfare is posted on May 15.
On Sunday, May 26, the VBW posts a special non-Warfare episode to the Internet, called Sunday Sacrifice. It is the final show that solidifies the card for the upcoming Backyard Baron Supercard.
After a slight delay, the VBW's second ever Supercard Backyard Baron hits the Internet on June 22, 2002.
The promotion then loses access to the backyard ring location once again. The home-made ring makes a move to Surrey, BC. No shows end up being aired at that location.
Numerous attempts to find a new home for the VBW finally pay off, as a new indoor location is secured, complete with a professional wrestling ring. On March 15, VBWOnline.com first launches as the re-designed website for the VBW and the comeback is on.
After nearly a year off, the VBW comes back with Clash of the Titans Supercard on April 1, 2003. This is the first event inside the pro ring.
The VBW comes back strong with Warfare episodes on June 25, July 9, July 23, August 13 and August 27.
VBW Bragging Rights hits the Internet on October 8, 2003. It is the fourth Supercard in VBW history, and while it's not known at the time, it becomes the last show edited and posted to the Internet from the indoor location.
Many wrestlers who have been featured in the VBW go on to train professionally and feed the local indy scene in the Vancouver, BC area, while others persue different avenues in life. The odd VBW match even takes place on other promotions' shows.
An attempt at securing a new indoor location in Port Coquitlam proves unsuccessful, but the desire to resume VBW shows is still burning.
A brand new professional ring is purchased by the VBW. The odd dark match is put on as options are weighed towards resuming full VBW shows.
A VBW live show titled "One Night Only" is filmed in front of a small audience and filmed without the intent to air online.
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