Ladies Professional Wrestling Association
AcronymLPWA
Founded1989
Defunct1998
StyleWomen's professional wrestling
HeadquartersLaughlin, Nevada (1989–1992)
Founder(s)Tor Berg[1]
Owner(s)Tor Berg (1989–1992; 1998–2000)

The Ladies Professional Wrestling Association (LPWA) was a women's professional wrestling promotion which operated in the early 1990s (ca. 1989–1992). It was considered a successor to such women's promotions as Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (GLOW), but it differed in that, while GLOW slanted more toward WWF-style sports entertainment, the LPWA treated its product seriously and put its primary emphasis on in-ring athletics.

History

Thurston John "Tor" Berg (1938–2011) founded the company ca. 1989.[1] An incident occurred in March 1991, where Berg promised Jumping Bomb Angels member Noriyo Tateno that he would give her a permanent job in the new company if she retired in Japan and moved to the United States.[1] Berg, however, later backed out on the deal, and Sherri Martel made the incident public.[1]

The LPWA produced two television series, The Super Ladies of Wrestling and Ladies Championship Wrestling from 1990 to 1992.[2] Many of their matches were also distributed and sold on VHS tapes. They held their first and only pay-per-view, Super Ladies Showdown, on February 23, 1992 before closing down operations shortly after.[3]

Berg planned on promoting a second Super Ladies pay-per-view event in 2000, but the event was canceled. The pay-per-view was scheduled to feature women from around the world, including American wrestlers Debbie Malenko, Sherri Martel, Sweet Destiny and Missy Hyatt; Japanese wrestlers Chikako Shiratori, AKINO, Chapparita Asari and Ayako Hamada; and Australian wrestlers Amy Action, Raya Riot, and former LPWA Champion Susan Sexton.[4]

Super Ladies Showdown

Super Ladies Showdown
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PromotionLPWA
DateFebruary 23, 1992
CityRochester, Minnesota
VenueMayo Civic Center
Attendance400[5]

LPWA Super Ladies Showdown was a professional wrestling pay-per-view from the LPWA. It took place on February 23, 1992 from the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, Minnesota.[5] It was the only PPV from the LPWA, which folded shortly after the event. The main event was a match for the LPWA Singles Championship, in which Terri Powers faced Lady X. The event also featured a tournament for the LPWA Japanese Championship.

Results

No. Results Stipulations Times
1 Mami Kitamura and Miki Handa defeated Allison Royal and Lisa Starr Tag Team match 3:46
2 Denise Storm defeated Susan Green LPWA Japanese Championship Tournament First Round match 6:02
3 Reggie Bennett defeated Yukari Osawa LPWA Japanese Championship Tournament First Round match 6:19
4 Shinobu Kandori defeated Desiree Petersen Singles match 4:31
5 Harley Saito defeated Mizuki Endoh LPWA Japanese Championship Tournament First Round match 7:06
6 Eagle Sawai defeated Midori Saito LPWA Japanese Championship Tournament First Round match 5:43
7 Black Venus (with Boogaloo Brown) defeated Rockin' Robin Singles match 5:39
8 Denise Storm defeated Reggie Bennett by disqualification LPWA Japanese Championship Tournament Semi-Final match 8:27
9 Harley Saito defeated Eagle Sawai by points LPWA Japanese Championship Tournament Semi-Final match 10:00
10 The Glamour Girls (Judy Martin and Leilani Kai) (c) defeated Bambi and Malia Hosaka Tag Team match for the LPWA Tag Team Championship 8:47
11 Harley Saito defeated Denise Storm Tournament Final match for the LPWA Japanese Championship 8:07
12 Terri Power defeated Lady X (c) Singles match for the LPWA Championship 8:36
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

Championships

LPWA Championship

The LPWA Championship was a professional wrestling title created in early 1990.[6]

Key
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 Susan Sexton January 1990 N/A N/A 1 N/A Sexton was awarded the championship.
2 Lady X January 31, 1991 LPWA show Laughlin, NV 1 388
3 Terri Power February 23, 1992 LPWA Super Ladies Showdown Rochester, MN 1 N/A
Deactivated 1992 The championship was abandoned after the LPWA closed.

LPWA Japanese Championship

The LPWA Japanese Championship was a professional wrestling title created in 1992. The inaugural (and only) champion was Harley Saito, who won an eight-woman tournament held during the Super Ladies Showdown pay-per-view event.

Inaugural championship tournament (1992)

Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
         
Denise Storm Pin
Susan Green 6:02
Denise Storm DQ
Reggie Bennett 8:27
Yukari Osawa 6:19
Reggie Bennett Pin
Denise Storm 8:07
Harley Saito Pin
Mizuki Endoh 7:06
Harley Saito Pin
Harley Saito PTS
Eagle Sawai 10:00
Eagle Sawai Pin
Midori Saito 5:43
Key
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 Harley Saito February 23, 1992 LPWA Super Ladies Showdown Rochester, MN 1 N/A Saito defeated Denise Storm in the finals of an eight-woman tournament to become the inaugural champion.
Deactivated 1992 The championship was abandoned after the LPWA closed.

LPWA Tag Team Championship

The LPWA Tag Team Championship was a professional wrestling tag team title created in early 1990.[6]

Key
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 Team America
(Heidi Lee Morgan and Misty Blue)
March 13, 1990 LPWA show Laughlin, NV 1 352 Team America defeated Bad, Black and Beautiful (Bad Girl and Black Venus) to become the inaugural champions.
2 The Glamour Girls
(also billed as The Queen's Court)
(Judy Martin and Leilani Kai)
February 28, 1991 LPWA show Laughlin, NV 1 N/A [7]
Deactivated 1992 The championship. was abandoned after the LPWA closed.

LPWA Mixed Tag Team Championship

The LPWA Tag Team Championship was an existing professional wrestling tag team title recognized in early-mid 1990. In 1973, Adrian Street and Miss Linda won the World Mixed Tag Team Championship by defeating Don Kovaks and Suzie Parker in Germany. Street and Linda were still undefeated as champions when they joined the LPWA in 1990 and continued to defend the championships in the promotion.[8]

Key
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 Adrian Street and Miss Linda January 1990 LMLW show N/A 1 N/A
Deactivated 1990 The championship was abandoned after Adrian Street and Miss Linda left LPWA by the end of 1990.

Alumni

Wrestlers

Female wrestlers

Male wrestlers

Tag Teams

Mixed Tag Teams

Other on-air talent

Commissioner

Managers

Announcers

Interviewer

References

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