Israeli Pro Wrestling Association
Founded2001 (school)
2003 (first professional event)
StyleTechnical wrestling
HeadquartersNetanya, Israel
Founder(s)Gery Roif
Owner(s)Gery Roif (2001–)

Israeli Pro Wrestling Association is an independent wrestling promotion, operating from Israel.


IPWA was founded on October 17, 2001 by Gery Roif and ran a few exhibition matches on national TV before holding the initial Summer Splash event in summer 2002.[1] Roif was crowned its first champion after defeating Texas Wrestling Academy graduate Joey "The MOALM" Tylec in a televised match in the summer of 2003.[2]

Subsequently, the IPWA gained a fair amount of recognition worldwide; toward the end of 2003 Total Wrestling magazine started publishing its rankings on a monthly basis. Summer Splash 3 in 2004 featured FWA star Aviv Maayan making a one-night appearance to team up with Hawaii Allen and take on Jumping Lee and Yossi The Bull with Joey Tylec finally defeating Gery Roif to win the IPWA title.

In 2005 almost the entire IPWA roster starred in a wrestling/social satire sitcom series "Makkat Medina" ("The Land Under Attack"), gaining further recognition in Israel. Both Kevin Von Erich and Bret Hart visited the crew during taping. In the beginning of 2006, the IPWA Wrestlenovella event was aired on The Wrestling Channel. In June 2009, the promotion had an event that got aired on the local Ego Total channel under the title of Israeli Wrestling. In the summer of 2011 Rabbi Swissa defeated Israel's Survivor reality show winner, Nathan Bashevkin.

In 2011 the promotion ran a series of monthly events, from "Makat Shemesh" at June to "Makot Besukut" at November.

On August 16, 2012 Tatanka main evented the Wrestling Super Show as he defeated Rabbi Swissa to win the IPWA Heavyweight Championship. Two months later the match was shown on Israeli sport channel ONE.

On April 19, 2014 former two time WWE Cruiserweight champion and two time ECW Tag Team champion, Little Guido defeated Rabbi Swissa in IPWA's traditional Passover Bash which was the last show of the promotion.

In April 2019 however, IPWA returned with an additional Passover Bash event,[3] which featured Jay Lethal against David Starr.[4] Originally, Lethal was scheduled to defend the ROH World Championship against Starr, but Lethal lost the title to Matt Taven in a Three-way ladder match, which included Marty Scurll as well at G1 Supercard event on April 6, 2019.[5][6] The card was also featured Gery Roif defending the IPWA Heavyweight Championship against Matt Sydal.[7]

IPWA special events

The IPWA events feature professional wrestling matches that involve different wrestlers from pre-existing scripted feuds and storylines. Wrestlers portrayed villains, heroes, or less distinguishable characters in the scripted events that built tension and culminated in a wrestling match or series of matches.[8]

IPWA Passover Bash

IPWA Passover Bash
PromotionIsraeli Pro Wrestling Association
Date21 April 2019
CityLehavot Haviva
IPWA chronology
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Next →
IPWA Wrestling Party

On 21 April 2019, IPWA put on their return event, IPWA Passover Bash. It was held at Berale in Lehavot Haviva and drew 200 people.

No. Results Stipulations Times
1 Lior Libman defeated Shay Blanco Singles match N/A
2 Max Havok defeated Hadar Horovitz Singles match N/A
3 Yuval Goldshmit defeated The Black Leopard and Idan Boulder Triple threat match N/A
4 Ariel Mor and Landau defeated Tal Bar-On and Idan Dagan Tag team match N/A
5 Matt Sydal defeated Rabbi Swissa (c) Singles match for the IPWA Heavyweight Championship N/A
6 Jay Lethal defeated David Starr Singles match 25:18
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

IPWA Wrestling Party

IPWA Wrestling Party
PromotionIsraeli Pro Wrestling Association
Date26 August 2019
CityLehavot Haviva
IPWA chronology
← Previous
IPWA Passover Bash
Next →
IPWA Cinema City Wrestling

On 26 August 2019, IPWA put on their second return event, IPWA Wrestling Party. It was held at Berale in Lehavot Haviva and drew approximately 80 people.

No. Results Stipulations Times
1 Hadar Horovitz and Guy Landau defeated The Leopards (The Black Leopard and The White Leopard) Tag team match 15:17
2 Idan Boulder defeated Ori Avram (with Amit Magnezi) Singles match 6:09
3 Yuval Goldshmit defeated Rixon Ruas Singles match 6:45
4 Shay Blanco defeated Lior Libman No disqualification match 14:14
5 Gaya Glass defeated Nadia Sapphire Singles match 4:55
6 Rabbi Swissa defeated Tye Clodd Singles match 9:47
7 Yuval Goldshmit won by last eliminating The Black Leopard 21-man Battle royal match to determine the #1 contender to the IPWA Heavyweight Championship 30:52
8 Matt Sydal (c) defeated Yuval Goldshmit Singles match for the IPWA Heavyweight Championship 16:41
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

IPWA at Cinema City

IPWA Cinema City Wrestling
PromotionIsraeli Pro Wrestling Association
Date15 December 2019
CityRamat Hasharon
VenueCinema City
IPWA chronology
← Previous
IPWA Wrestling Party
Next →

On 15 December 2019, IPWA put on their third return event, IPWA Cinema City Wrestling. It was held at Cinema City in Ramat Hasharon and drew over 300 people.

No. Results Stipulations Times
1 Tal Bar On defeated Shay Blanco, Black Leopard, Ori Gold, Amit Magnezi Fatal five way 15:17
2 White Leopard defeated Gal Barkay Singles match 7:56
3 Idan Boulder and Rixon Ruas defeated "Iceman" Ben Rozin and Sharon "Platinum" Palty Tag team match 10:10
4 Gaya Glass defeated Molly Spartan Singles match 6:02
5 Darby Allin (c) defeated Rabbi Swissa Singles match for the NEW Heavyweight Championship 2:02
6 Sammy Guevara defeated Yuval Goldshmit Singles match 9:32
7 Hadar Horovitz defeated Ken Kerbis[Note 1] Singles match 7:25
8 Matt Sydal (c) defeated "Bad Ass" Billy Gunn Singles match for the IPWA Heavyweight Championship 14:31
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
  1. ^ Lior Libman was injured few days before the event and therefore he was unable to compete in the match.


Last known roster


IPWA Heavyweight Championship

IPWA Heavyweight Championship
PromotionIsraeli Pro Wrestling Association
Date establishedJuly 24, 2003
Current champion(s)Matt Sydal
Date wonApril 21, 2019

The IPWA Heavyweight Championship is the only professional wrestling championship in the Israeli Pro Wrestling Association promotion. At the end of 2002, Israeli professional wrestler Gery Roif announced a match between himself and Joey "The Moalm" Tylec to determine the first IPWA Heavyweight Champion. The current champion is Matt Sydal, who is in his first reign.

From the IPWA Heavyweight Championship's inception in 2003,[9] until it closed in 2014, were twelve different title holders, combining for sixteen championship reigns.[10] The title was retired in February 2008 when the promotion closed but in May 2009 the title became active once again with the promotion relaunching.


No. Overall reign number
Reign Reign number for the specific champion
Days Number of days held
No. Champion Championship change Reign statistics Notes Ref.
Date Event Location Reign Days
1 Gery Roif July 24, 2003 N/A Herzliya, Israel 1 215 Roif defeated Joey Tylec to become the inaugural champion.
2 Nadav Arbel February 24, 2004 IPWA Netanya Havoc Netanya, Israel 1 <1 Arbel defeated Gery Roif in the semifinals of a tournament in which the championship was on the line in every match that the champion is in.
3 Evgeny Lyder February 24, 2004 IPWA Netanya Havoc Netanya, Israel 1 49 Defeated Nadav Arbel in the same tournament's final.
4 New York Rosenfeld April 13, 2004 IPWA Passover Bash Netanya, Israel 1 <1
5 Gery Roif April 13, 2004 IPWA Passover Bash Netanya, Israel 2 84
6 Joey Tylec July 6, 2004 IPWA Summersplash Netanya, Israel 1 296
7 Gery Roif April 28, 2005 IPWA Passover Bash Netanya, Israel 3 203 This was a three-way match, also involving Hawaii Allen.
8 Omry Balely November 17, 2005 IPWA 5th Dimension Catch Tel Aviv, Israel 1 103 This was a four-way match, also involving Hawaii Allen and Sharon Palty.
9 Hawaii Allen February 28, 2006 IPWA Holy Land Havoc Tel Aviv, Israel 1 403
Vacated April 7, 2007 Hawaii Allen was stripped of the championship.
10 Sharon Palty June 9, 2007 N/A Tel Aviv, Israel 1 704 Palty defeated Yossi The Bull in a tournament final to win the vacant championship.
11 Yossi the Bull May 13, 2009 IPWA Israeli Wrestling 2009 Tel Aviv, Israel 1 476
Vacated September 1, 2010 Yossi the Bull was stripped of the championship in September 2010.
12 Rabbi Swissa July 14, 2011 IPWA Summersplash Netanya, Israel 4 399 Swissa defeated Lior Libman in the finals of an eight man tournament to win the vacant championship.
13 Tatanka August 16, 2012 IPWA Wrestling Supershow Netanya, Israel 1 7
Vacated August 23, 2012 Tatanka was stripped of the championship after he couldn't defend it.
14 Rabbi Swissa August 23, 2012 IPWA Summer Splash Netanya, Israel 5 151 Swissa defeated Ken Kerbis in the finals of a ten-men gauntlet match to win the vacant championship.
15 Hellboy January 21, 2013 IPWA Music and Wrestling Tel Aviv, Israel 1 182
Vacated July 22, 2013 Hellboy was stripped of the championship.
16 Lior Libman September 7, 2013 IPWA Wrestling In The Dead Sea Kalya, Israel 1 224 Libman defeated Leonardo to win the vacant championship.
Deactivated April 19, 2014 Jerusalem, Israel The IPWA ceases promoting events on April 19, 2014.
17 Rabbi Swissa April 1, 2019 N/A Netanya, Israel 6 20
18 Matt Sydal  April 21, 2019 IPWA Passover Bash Lehavot Haviva, Israel 1 905+

Combined reigns

As of October 12, 2021.

Indicates the current champion
Rank Champion No. of
1 Gery Roif/Rabbi Swissa 6 1,072
2 Matt Sydal 1 905+
3 Sharon Palty 1 704
4 Yossi the Bull 1 476
5 Hawaii Allen 1 466
6 Joey Tylec 1 296
7 Lior Libman 1 223
8 Hellboy 1 182
9 Omry Balely 1 103
10 Evgeny Lyder 1 49
11 Tatanka 1 7
12 Nadav Arbel 1 <1
New York Rosenfeld 1 <1

See also


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  4. ^ "PRO WRESTLING INVADES ISRAEL FOR PASSOVER - Jerusalem Post". Retrieved 2019-04-22.
  6. ^ "Wrestler Starr slams Sinclair in politically charged promo, removes it - World News - Jerusalem Post". Retrieved 2019-03-21.
  7. ^ "Wrestling's Ring of Honor world championship to be held in Israel". WIN. Retrieved 2019-03-21.
  8. ^ Grabianowski, Ed. "How Pro Wrestling Works". HowStuffWorks. Discovery Communications. Archived from the original on November 18, 2013. Retrieved March 5, 2012.
  9. ^ "Solie's Title Histories: IPWA - ISREALI [sic] PRO WRESTLING ASSOCIATION". Retrieved 2017-12-01.
  10. ^ Tanabe, Hisaharu. "I.P.W.A. Heavyweight Title". Retrieved 2007-07-22.