Adult video website AVN is reporting that obscenity charges against former XPW promoter/owner Rob Black (Robert Zicari) and XPW performer Lizzie Borden (Black’s wife, Janet Romano) were dismissed yesterday (1/20) by Judge Gary Lancaster of the United States District Court of Pennsylvania.
Black and Borden had petitioned that the charges (nine counts of violating federal obscenity statuettes and one count of conspiracy based on that conduct) had infringed on the rights of “free liberty and privacy guaranteed by the due process clause United States Constitution” and the judge ended up finding in their favor.
Black promoted Xtreme Pro Wrestling (XPW) from 1999-2003 in Southern Califarnia , using his adult video production company Extreme Associates as the parent company. In April 2003, EA was raided by federal authorities after receiving materials that were ordered from the website of Black’s adult video company and shipped to Pennsylvania.
With the help of Shane Douglas, XPW had expanded into Philadelphia, which set off the Philadelphia wrestling war of 2002-2003. This also ended up helping to lead the way to the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission taking a stricter stance on hardcore wrestling. Once the federal charges were filed, the promotion pretty much ceased to exist. U. S. Attorney Mary Beth Buchanan stated they were disappointed in the decision and are looking into future action.