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United Wrestling Network
AcronymUWN
Founded2013
StyleProfessional wrestling
HeadquartersUnited States
Founder(s)David Marquez
Owner(s)David Marquez
WebsiteUnited Wrestling Network

The United Wrestling Network (UWN) is a governing body for professional wrestling promotions in the United States of America that was formed in 2013.[1]

History

On October 21, 2013, David Marquez, promoter of Championship Wrestling from Hollywood (CWFH), announced the creation of a new governing body called the United Wrestling Network (UWN). Similar to the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA), of which CWFH was formally a member promotion, the UWN sees its affiliated promotions "pool their resources" and work together to secure national television advertising. For a wrestling company to join the group, they must have a television broadcast agreement or agree to produce their own broadcasts.[1] Soon after its formation, an offshoot promotion called Championship Wrestling from Arizona was launched.[2] In the Summer of 2014, CWFH announced a tournament to crown the first UWN World Heavyweight Champion, who would be recognized across the UWN's affiliates.[3]

On August 10, 2020, UWN announced a partnership with the NWA to produce UWN Primetime Live, a series of events aired weekly from Long Beach, California at the Thunder Studios.[4] Debuting on September 15, Primetime Live's first event saw NWA Worlds Heavyweight Champion Nick Aldis defend the title against Mike Bennett in the main event.[5] At the October 13 Primetime Live event, David Marquez revealed the UWN World Championship for the first time and announced an eight-man tournament to crown the inaugural champion.[6] However, on November 17, 2020, the UWN announced that the tournament finals had been postponed after finalist Chris Dickinson suffered an injury.[7]

During the Summer of 2021, UWN announced the launch of Championship Wrestling from Atlanta, which will air on Peachtree TV, and be taped from Center Stage in Atlanta, Georgia.[8] On July 15, Marquez announced on Twitter that Championship Wrestling from Atlanta would premiere on Saturday September 2 at 10 p.m [9] On August 19, it was announced that the UWN World Championship tournament would resume at the September 2 Atlanta tapings.[10]

On February 17, 2022, UWN announced in a press release that they will be merging the Hollywood, Arizona and Atlanta Championship Wrestling programs into a singular broadcast called Championship Wrestling presented by CarShield. The first taping for the new show will take place at the Irvine Improv in Irvine, California on March 22.[11][12]

Championships

Championship Champion Previous Date won Days held Location
UWN World Championship Jordan Clearwater Chris Dickinson May 17, 2022 55+ Irvine, CA
UWN Heritage Championship Zicky Dice Jordan Cruz May 29, 2022 55+ Irvine, CA
UWN Television Championship Papo Esco Levi Shapiro November 20, 2021 233+ Commerce, CA
UWN Tag Team Championship Beef Candy
(Richie Slade and Flex McCallion)
Midnight Heat
(Eddie Pearl and Ricky Gibson)
April 21, 2022 81+ Irvine, CA

Members

Promotions

Promotion Representative State Years
Championship Wrestling from Hollywood Nikko Marquez California 2013–present
Championship Wrestling from Arizona Peter Avalon & Mick Greenwood Arizona 2013–present
Championship Wrestling from Memphis Dustin Starr Tennessee 2019–present
Championship Wrestling from Atlanta TBA Georgia 2021–present

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "TEN INDEPENDENT PROMOTIONS FORM 'UNITED WRESTLING NETWORK' WITH EYES ON TV, TRAVELING CHAMPION AND MORE, FULL DETAILS | PWInsider.com". www.pwinsider.com. Retrieved 2017-12-28.
  2. ^ ABOUT - United Wrestling Network
  3. ^ "STYLES, CABANA, ROBERTS, WALTMAN HEADING TO CWH RED CARPET RUMBLE IN CALIFORNIA NEXT MONTH | PWInsider.com". www.pwinsider.com. Retrieved 2017-12-28.
  4. ^ Bryant, Steve (August 10, 2020). "The United Wrestling Network partners with NWA and Thunder Studios to launch a weekly live wrestling PPV". SoCalUNCENSORED.com. Retrieved September 30, 2020.
  5. ^ MacDonald, Josiah (September 15, 2020). "UWN Primetime Live results: Aldis vs. Bennett NWA title match". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved September 30, 2020.
  6. ^ Toro, Carlos (October 13, 2020). "UWN World Title Introduced, Eight-Man Tournament To Crown Inaugural Champion Announced". Fightful. Retrieved October 14, 2020.
  7. ^ Katie Haulotte (November 17, 2020). "UWN World Title Tournament Finals Postponed". Wrestling Inc. Retrieved February 14, 2021.
  8. ^ "Championship Wrestling from Atlanta Set To Tape at Center Stage". 411Mania. June 7, 2021. Retrieved September 23, 2021.
  9. ^ "Championship Wrestling From Atlanta Premiering in September". 411Mania. July 18, 2021. Retrieved September 23, 2021.
  10. ^ "UWN To Crown First World Champion Next Month". 411Mania. August 19, 2021. Retrieved September 23, 2021.
  11. ^ United Wrestling Network on LinkedIn:FOR RELEASE: February 17, 2022 𝐔𝐍𝐈𝐓𝐄𝐃 𝐖𝐑𝐄𝐒𝐓𝐋𝐍𝐆 𝐍𝐄𝐓𝐖𝐎𝐑𝐊 𝐓𝐎 𝐏𝐑𝐄𝐌𝐈𝐄𝐑𝐄 𝐀𝐋𝐋-𝐍𝐄𝐖 “𝐂𝐇𝐀𝐌𝐏𝐈𝐎𝐍𝐒𝐇𝐈𝐏 𝐖𝐑𝐄𝐒𝐓𝐋𝐈𝐍𝐆 𝐏𝐑𝐄𝐒𝐄𝐍𝐓𝐄𝐃 𝐁𝐘 𝐂𝐀𝐑𝐒𝐇𝐈𝐄𝐋𝐃” 𝐓𝐇𝐈𝐒 𝐒𝐏𝐑𝐈𝐍𝐆, access date February 19, 2022
  12. ^ "UWN Announces Formation Of Consolidated 'Championship Wrestling Presented By CarShield' Promotion". Fightful. February 17, 2022. Retrieved 2022-02-19.