*The Following Is A Press Release From Powerbomb.TV*
Smart Mark Video Library to begin appearing on Powerbomb.TV
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania – October 19, 2017 – A lot can happen in the span of twenty years. Today Powerbomb.tv is proud to announce that they have signed a multi-year partnership with Smart Mark Video. This is an incredible partnership, one that truly benefits independent professional wrestling as a whole; fans, performers, and promotions alike.
Twenty years ago, a group of friends came together to form a video production and distribution company based on their shared love of independent professional wrestling. Their goal was simple: help independent wrestling grow by providing promotions professional editing and timely distribution of their content, two things independent wrestling severely lacked at the time. That company, reflecting its fan origins, called themselves Smart Mark Video and, under the leadership of Mike Burns, has built a sterling reputation with fans, promoters, and wrestlers over the last two decades.
Twenty years later, Gerard Durling, the former professional wrestler known as Vin Gerard, and Adam Lash, a video producer and former long-time member of the Smart Mark Video team, co-founded and launched Powerbomb.tv, a streaming service dedicated to promoting the growth and development of independent wrestling on a global scale, giving fans access to wrestling from all over the world. Working with little more than their passion for independent wrestling, Durling and Lash, along with their developer Paul Couture, began Powerbomb.tv as an ambitious plan to help make independent wrestling better.
Smart Mark Video releases will begin releasing on Powerbomb.tv starting November 1st, and more from their deep, comprehensive library will be added every month. Releases will span from Smart Mark’s early years to the present, and will include content never before released in a digital format.
Of this partnership, Powerbomb.tv co-founder Adam Lash said, “Working together just made sense. The truth is, there wouldn’t be a Powerbomb.tv if it weren’t for Smart Mark Video. It not only radically changed the game for independent wrestling in the 90s and 00s, but on a personal level, I spent sixteen years working there helping to shape and grow the company, and that company and the people that I was blessed to work with helped shape what I believe independent wrestling could and should be.”
“From day one the Smart Mark philosophy has been to give back and continually reinvest in to independent wrestling. This is a shared philosophy Powerbomb has, and they want to give back to all independent companies, big and small, like we do. With this deal you will see companies like Absolute Intense Wrestling, Alpha-1, and IWA Mid-South but you will also see companies like Mid American Wrestling, the Future Wrestling Alliance, and companies from the past that paved the way for independent wrestling today” said Mike Burns, co-founder and owner of Smart Mark Video.
“Establishing this partnership with Smart Mark Video really puts in motion our goal to bring independent wrestling together so that fans can enjoy it all in one place. Working together has always been our hope because we all want to see greater opportunities for independent wrestlers and the promotions they work for” said Gerard Durling, co-founder and owner of Powerbomb.tv.
According to Durling and Lash, the partnership with Smart Mark Video would not be possible without the support of Powerbomb.tv’s partners and the fans. This partnership opens up many doors and exciting opportunities for everyone. Both companies expressed that this partnership opens up many doors and exciting opportunities for everyone and they look forward to continuing to grow independent wrestling in 2018 and beyond.
By Nicholas Jason Lopez
May 15, 1999 was a historical day for independent wrestling as the former ECW Arena hosted an event called “Break The Barrier.”
BTB I was put together by Al Isaacs, Remy Arteaga and Barbi Bistrowitz of “Scoopswrestling.com,” as a way to showcase the best independent wrestlers as the card represented 12 different promotions.
Talent like “Lightning” Mike Quackenbush, Lou Marconi, Joey Matthews, Christian York and Nick Gage appeared and made names for themselves.
History repeated itself this year on Jun. 11 in Old Forge, PA., as Powerbomb.TV – a streaming service that provides 267 hours of content from 41 promotions as of press time – hosted “Break The Barrier 2017” in a similar supercard that included the likes of Colt Cabana, John Silver, Dasher Hatfield, Ophidian and Desean Pratt.
With Bryce Remsburg back and forth between commentary, pre-show duties and officiating, the broadcast had a CHIKARA-esque feel with a logical edginess.
Without much further ado, we’ll assess just how “Broken” this “Barrier” was nowadays.