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Global Professional Wrestling Alliance
AcronymGPWA
Founded2006
Defunct2009
StylePuroresu
HeadquartersJapan
Founder(s)
Owner(s)Yoshiyuki Nakamura
WebsiteOfficial website

The Global Professional Wrestling Alliance (GPWA) was a cooperative group of professional wrestling promotions and wrestlers from around the world. Formed in 2006, the group was founded by the professional wrestler Mitsuharu Misawa, the founder of Pro Wrestling Noah. It was led by president Yoshiyuki Nakamura, co-owner of Pro Wrestling Zero1. The organization folded in 2009.

Aims

The group was established in 2006 as a means to aid the many competing wrestling promotions in Japan.[1] Members would share resources including training facilities and their wrestlers themselves. They would also coordinate the arrangements of their shows in order to avoid clashes. In addition to this "super shows" would be run with wrestlers from the member promotions competing on the same shows, the first of which occurred on November 14, 2006.

Members

Promotions

Promotion Representative Country
Big Mouth Loud Kazunari Murakami  Japan
DDT Pro-Wrestling Sanshiro Takagi  Japan
European Wrestling Association Chris Raaber  Austria
International Wrestling Association of Japan Tatsukuni Asano  Japan
Kaientai Dojo Taka Michinoku  Japan
Kensuke Office Hisako Sasaki  Japan
Pro-Wrestling Eldorado Noriaki Kawabata  Japan
Pro Wrestling Noah Akira Taue  Japan
Pro Wrestling World-1 Steve Corino  United States
Pro Wrestling Zero1-Max Shinjiro Otani  Japan
Ring of Honor Cary Silkin  United States
World League Wrestling Harley Race  United States

Freelance wrestlers

See also

References

  1. ^ "A Brief History of Japanese Professional Wrestling". nippon.com. December 3, 2014. Retrieved December 15, 2023.