Cross Over: Professional Wrestling

  • Anything that can be deemed an "interpromotional match" can be considered a crossover of one talent for another promotion. Smokey Mountain Wrestling did quite a few, some of the more memorable cases being with ECW (surprise appearance by Jim Cornette), World Wrestling Federation (tag team champions appeared on Survivor Series) and the National Wrestling Alliance (where Chris Candido won their World Heavyweight Championship, not that it is recognized).
  • During the ECW invasion storyline in 1997, Jerry Lawler appeared on ECW programming despite being contracted by the WWE. It was actually a work, as Vince had actually been attempting to help ECW be recognized, with Paul Heyman making several appearances on Raw during the angle.
  • After ECW World Heavyweight Champion Mike Awesome appeared on the April 10, 2000 WCW Monday Nitro while still holding the title, Paul Heyman filed an injunction to prevent Awesome from appearing on WCW TV. This led to the one-of-a-kind situation where Tazz, a WWE-contracted wrestler, defeated Awesome, a WCW-contracted wrestler, for the ECW World Heavyweight Title.note 
  • Perhaps the most well known crossover in wrestling happened on the last episode of WCW Monday Nitro, March 26, 2001. After Vince McMahon's purchase of the promotion, a simulcast was scheduled, with Vince on Raw bragging about how he bought his competition, while Nitro featured the WCW talent wrestling for perhaps their last time on television. The final minutes, however, proved to be the most memorable. On Nitro, Shane McMahon made an appearance on Nitro (in Panama City, FL), while Vince was at the Raw location (in Cleveland, OH). The titantron showed Shane on Raw, while Nitro had its Nitrovision show Vince. The segment was to begin the invasion storyline (and that, in kayfabe, that Shane was the actual owner). It was memorable in that both TNT and TNN were basically broadcasting the same thing during those final ten minutes or so, but in different settings. The final wrestling-related segment to ever air on TNT was an ad for WrestleMania.
  • After the WWE brand split, any match that had a Raw talent going up against a SmackDown! talent was considered this, and thus, you got a good bit of cross overs between the two brands. This was further jettisoned with the "Supershows", where Raw and Smack Down stars were on the same shows (to the point where from August of 2011 to the Raw 1000th episode, Raw was renamed the "Raw Supershow" with the word "supershow" being tacked on to the Raw logo in the style of the Smack Down logo.
  • Carlito would go beyond most WWE wrestlers, as he continued to appear at WWC events even after being called up to the active WWE roster. Appearances for other promotions are usually reserved for inactive wrestlers such as commentator Jerry Lawler.
  • Unusually for a WWE developmental territory (as opposed to a talent scout) Ohio Valley Wrestling had a tendency to send wrestlers to other promotions, sometimes with the idea the experience would make them wrestle better when they got back, sometimes as a favor to a struggling promotion and sometimes as means of increasing a wrestler's drawing power or getting OVW some extra exposure. Note, this is usually par the course for training facilities and developmental, indeed OVW had done this before its relationship with WWE was even a thing, but still surreal for them to keep up at it after becoming a WWE brand. Some highlights include Carlito Colón's return to WWC, CM Punk's return to RoH and Beth Phoenix showing up at SHIMMER. Even after WWE 'officially' dumped OVW in 2008 they continued to send contracted wrestlers to work there until some time in 2010.
  • CZW used to regularly crossover with Big Japan Pro Wrestling. That was, until a CZW booker walked out of BJPW with one of their titles. Later CZW would establish ties with Ring of Honor and later still, Chikara. CZW has also been invaded by IWA Mid-South and Maven Bentley Productions (the latter seems kind of redundant, as they have almost all the same talent on their rosters anyway).
  • Ring Of Honor had a quite a few, its Age Of The Fall stable appearing in Full Impact Pro, it housing "SHIMMER matches" including the title defenses. Its "feud" with Combat Zone Wrestling. Featuring stars from Japanese promotion Pro Wrestling NOAH. It has also sent its champions out to defend their belt on the shows of other promotions such as TWC in the UK and "invaded" the Puerto Rican branch of the International Wrestling Association.
  • TNA used to do crossovers with Ring of Honor and CMLL. They persevered longer doing crossovers with AAA, "team TNA" being a regular fixture there in triple's matches.
  • Kaiju Big Battel used to have ongoing angles collaborated with Chikara Pro. Two of Chikara's biggest angles, The Order Of The Neo Solar Temple and The Bruderschaft des Kreuzes only being possible because of this interaction despite most of the wrestlers in both groups have little direct contact with Big Battel itself.
  • CMLL frequently has them with New Japan Pro Wrestling, particularly after 2008 and usually benign as sharing of talent can be but their most infamous interaction was in 2005 whena group from NJPW called La Ola Amarilla stormed CMLL and became a regular thorn in the promotion's side since.
  • Since 2007, Independent Wrestling Association Texas and Anarchy Championship Wrestling have had quite a few. Many of their shows and even title belts are commonly referred to as IWA Texas ACW: *Insert Here*. Eventually though, "IWA Texas" got dropped and everything became ACW.
  • In New York City New York, Fighting Spirit Wrestling has a working relationship with predecessor Warriors Of Wrestling and later comer Valkyrie Women's Pro.

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