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2023 Holiday Vacation: News & Notes



-Before getting into the business news, SHOOT Project was saddened to learn of the passing of Rande “Pestalance” Johnson after a brief battle with cancer. Pestalance was a long-term SHOOT Project competitor and fan, and more importantly than all of that, Rande was an amazing personality to have anytime he chose to bless us with his presence. Our hearts go out to Rande’s family, and SHOOT Project will always remember the Firestarter.


-The main news coming out of Las Vegas today is that the SHOOT Project will not be renewing its deal with its federation alliance, the Phoenix Wrestling Alliance, and will be severing its ties with the wrestling consortium effective immediately. 


From the SHOOT Project’s perspective, the arrangement did not bear the fruit that it hoped it would and it doesn’t fit with the organization’s goals moving forward. 


-Along similar lines, the SHOOT Project has re-committed to the ACE Network and will remain as a streaming entity along with PRIME for the forseeable future. It’s being said that SHOOT is looking to further develop its own content catalog and is an active shopper in terms of media partnerships. 


-SHOOT Project maintains a good relationship with PRIME, the sanctioned Violence organization (sVo), Missouri Valley Wrestling (MVW), and will remain open to working with those companies in perpetuity.


-SHOOT was linked earlier in 2023 with a company called Pro Wrestling America, and while those talks stalled, the door is always open to resume those conversations.


-The gears of the organization have continued through the holiday break, as SHOOT Project has signed Savior Hawkins to a contract. Savior is a young prospect who will be making his SHOOT Project debut when the company returns from its holiday vacation. 


-Rumors of a new expansion project have started, with SHOOT Project officials reporting in from all over the world during the holiday break. SHOOT was previously active in Japan, Mexico, and the United Kingdom before shuttering those companies and bringing those individuals to the organization full time.


-With the passing of Rande Johnson, rumors of a memorial have started. Such a memorial isn’t a matter of if, but when, and it’s sounding more and more like the ApeX tournament will be rebranded to honor the fallen soldier. There will be more information on that when SHOOT returns from its break.


-Ticket prices in 2024 will be less expensive than in 2023. The Real Deal cited the company’s successes during the year and is electing to give some of that back to the SHOOT Project’s fans. Previously, tickets were $50 per person, and the new number looks to be between $40-45.


SHOOT Project World Tag Team Champions, the Coltons, will not be in attendance for the first shows of SHOOT Project’s new year. The team will be defending their titles while on tour in Japan for Bang! Pro Wrestling.


-The nominations for the SHOOT Project Year End Awards are in full swing. More information can be found at this link: SHOOT Project YEAs