After a few successful shows at Extreme U, I get ambitious. I cold-call legendary rock and roll impresario Gary Folgner, the owner of equally legendary Orange County clubs The Coach House and The Galaxy Concert Theatre. After a conversation in which we share anecdotes about everything from my days booking Motley Crue and The Dead Kennedys and REM at LA clubs to his starting The Offspring and No Doubt, we get down to business. “Pro Wrestling in a nightclub?!?” Gary loves it. He put me onto his booker Roger LeBlanc, who also thinks the idea of wrestling at “his” clubs is nuts. And like Gary, Roger too loves it.
In the Summer of 1998, UPW’s first dates at the Galaxy and The Coach House are sell outs. The rosters are an eclectic who’s who of the Southern California scene and in many ways, a preview of what will be happening worldwide on the coming years. Christopher Daniels, Andrew Bryniarski, Sylvester Terkay, Frankie Kazarian, Tom Howard, Josh Dempsey, Justin McCulley and so many more, are part of the action.