February 20, 2000
Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Memphis Championship Wrestling (MCW) was a professional wrestling promotion run by Terry Golden, based in Memphis, Tennessee. The promotion's first event was on February 20, 2000, and it remained active until mid-2001. It was employed as a World Wrestling Federation (WWF) developmental territory, so the roster was made up primarily of wrestlers being groomed for prime time or those that had already been established there but were returning from injury.
During June 2001, it emerged that the World Wrestling Federation had dropped Memphis Championship Wrestling as their developmental territory. Several of the wrestlers - American Dragon, Christian York, Joey Abs, Joey Matthews, Rodrageous, Shooter Schultz, and Spanky - had also been dropped from their WWF contracts.
With the remaining WWF developmental talent - Steve Bradley, Victoria, Lance Cade, The Island Boyz (Ekmo & Kimo), and the Haas Brothers (Charlie and Russ) - now being reassigned from Memphis, to Heartland Wrestling Association, in Cincinnati, Ohio - it left the promotion with little or no wrestling talent left for the business to run.
Memphis Championship Wrestling's television show Unleashed! aired on WLMT-TV every Saturday morning at 11:00 am and early Sunday morning at 1:30 am. The show was hosted by Lance Russell,David Webb, David Jett, with Kevin Kelly also later hosting.
After the promotion closed, the MCW television show was made up of candid interviews with many of the departing talents. Soon, these television shows would be made up of old replays and over the coming months it was eventually dropped by the television station.