A follow-up to a story more than a week ago that we hadn't been able to get to until now. We now have some details on the disaster that was Championship Wrestling United courtesy of Derek Martine, mixed in with info from multiple sources and what I've been able to dig up searching on Google --
The event was originally supposed to be held at Memorial Gymnasium in Eau Claire, WI on November 22nd. However, the original venue was never confirmed despite posting flyers all over the city. As a result the show was moved to The Black Horse Bar in Winona, MN. They advertised Booker T, Vader, Chris Masters, Rick Steiner & Ken Anderson. Masters despite communications between him and the promoter disavowed being booked. Booker T also denied being booked. Steiner & Vader never got transport arranged for them by the promoter thus did not attend either. Only Ken Anderson appeared for this event. Originally presale tickets were anywhere from $7.50 to $32.50, but changed to just $10 at the door of the bar. Attendance was counted between 70-80 according to one source, others claim 30-40. Anderson was paid half of what he was promised, four others received partial pay as well, the rest did not. A bar who sponsored the event and was booked for an after party in Eau Claire was left holding the bag after the show was moved. Both the FB & website for CWU has since been taken down.
The promoter, Brian Holland (pictured), who hails from Suffork, Virginia, tried to pay the gym with a check from a closed account a week before the show in Eau Claire. The venue checked to see if the check was valid the day after it was received, discovered it wasn't and called police. Holland was arrested for check fraud on Nov. 20th, but was able to make bail a short time later from funds sent via a third party. He is to go to court on December 3rd for that charge.
A bit of digging into Holland's background reveals he's accumulated quite a rap sheet. Holland also has been previously arrested in North Carolina for indecent liberties with a child and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile from an incident that occurred in 2007. We don't know if he was convicted on that charge, as NC has its online court records behind a pay-wall but he is not registered as a sex offender in that state. Holland also has a pending assault charge in North Carolina set for court in February 2015. He's had prior arrests in Virginia for contempt of court and being a fugitive from justice. He was busted for driving with a suspended license in Tennessee. He was also accused of scamming a bunch of people and vendors in an event called "Spiritcon 2012" that was never held. And then there's this bizarre story where he claimed to be an FBI informant against a white supremacist group and scammed for donations in a phony run for president of the United States in 2008.
Information from his personal website on WIX.com claims his parents were wrestling promoters in the Carolinas back in the 1990s, and Holland got involved with it during his teenage years. He also supposedly hosted a weekly wrestling radio show on WLPM 1450AM. He ran for city council in Suffolk, VA at age 19 but lost. He became the news director of WLQM in Franklin, VA in 1995. He also was co-host of a national morning radio show with Ernie Davis on AM America syndicated on 92 stations. Later he became host of the Graveyard Shift which was syndicated to 104 stations before going to a noon-time interview program on WHKT.
Holland had attempted to run shows in Tennessee and Michigan under the CWU name, he has also tried to resurrect Pro Wrestling Unplugged seeking funding from investors from a site similar to Kickstarter. PWU originally was started in 2004 by Johnny Kashmere but closed down in 2010. So what about Holland's partner in this CWU Rich Richards? Well, it is suspected that Holland and Richards are one and the same person.
Bottom line, it appears that Holland was able to pull the wool over so many eyes with his previous positive credentials and experience while concealing his negative ones. It also begs the question if he had a successful radio career going, why he did he throw all that away charging down this path? Hopefully with all this information out in the open he'll have a much tougher time trying this again, that's if he avoids jail time to get the chance.