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World Xtreme Wrestling
AcronymWXW
Founded1996
Styleprofessional wrestling
HeadquartersMinneola, Florida
Allentown, Pennsylvania
Founder(s)Afa Anoa'i
Owner(s)Afa Anoa'i
ParentTop Rope Productions
(1996–98)
World Xtreme Wrestling
(1998–present)
WebsiteWXWwrestling.com
WXW Womens League

World Xtreme Wrestling (WXW) is a Florida-based independent professional wrestling promotion which has held events across the United States and toured in Japan, the Middle East and South Pacific region including American Samoa and Guam.

The promotion is associated with Afa Anoa'i's Wild Samoan Pro Wrestling Training Center in Minneola, Florida, and students who have competed for the promotion include Batista, Chris Kanyon, Billy Kidman, Gene Snitsky and cousins Jamal (known as Umaga)[1] and Rosey[2] of Three Minute Warning. Court Bauer, a member of the WWE creative team, was formerly a booker for the promotion during the mid-1990s.[3]

The promotion features in the film The Wrestler, where Mickey Rourke's character "Randy 'The Ram' Robinson" wrestles Tommy Rotten (portrayed by WXW wrestler Tommy Suede).

History

Trans World Wrestling Federation

Originally formed in 1970 as the Trans World Wrestling Federation in association with the original Wild Samoan Pro Wrestling Training Center, the promotion's early history is unrecorded. However, Jules Strongbow and Yukon Jack have both been credited as former heavyweight champions. During the early 1990s, the promotion's roster included independent wrestlers such as Bam Bam Bigelow, Chief Dave Foxx, Billy Kidman, Chris Kanyon, Tony Stetson and Glen Osbourne.[4]

World Xtreme Wrestling

World Xtreme Wrestling was established in 1996 as a continuation of the Trans World Wrestling Federation and continued to be owned and operated by Afa Anoa'i. In 1998, the promotion held its first live televised supercard Sportsfest '98 in Allentown, Pennsylvania which featured several wrestlers from the World Wrestling Federation including Rocky Maivia, Mankind, Owen Hart, D'Lo Brown as well as former WWF wrestlers Doink the Clown, King Kong Bundy and The Bushwhackers.

Shortly after the close of Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW), several former ECW wrestlers including Mikey Whipwreck, Devon Storm, Little Guido, The Sandman and Tommy Dreamer "invaded" Sportsfest 2001. In the main event, The Sandman and Tommy Dreamer were defeated by Samu and Mana.

During that year, the promotion established a women's division with Kattra becoming the first WXW Women's Champion. She eventually was stripped of the title in March 2001 after failing to defend the championship. Although BellaDonna won the title after defeating Jessica Dally on March 9, the title was again vacated. The title remained inactive for several months, but the division was reactivated following the WXW Women's ELITE 8 Tournament in Danbury, Connecticut on September 25, 2002 with Cindy Rogers winning the WXW Women's title in a battle royal at Sportsfest 2003.[5]

Although the promotion had held live television tapings at past events, WXW began airing a weekly television program, WXW Rage TV in January 2002 featuring a variety of WXW talent, including Afa, Afa Jr., L.A. Smooth, Showtime Shane Black, Havoc, Nuissance, Supreme Lee Great, and Samu. Rage TV features a rotating commentary team that has included Doc Daniels, The Bald Guy, Ben Miller, Saul Steinberk, Gerry Strauss and Nate Stein. Other independent wrestlers who have appeared on Rage TV include Salvatore Bellomo, Low Ki, John Rambo and Slyk Wagner Brown.

In early 2002, WXW promoted its first tour overseas and appeared for U.S. troops stationed in the Middle East, including Afghanistan. In August 2002, the promotion held a second tour in Asia and the South Pacific appearing for one month in Japan, Okinawa, Korea, Guam and Hawaii.

In late 2004, WXW expanded and began holding events in Florida near the original Wild Samoan Pro Wrestling Training Center in Pensacola. WXW began holding all of its events in Minneola, Florida, and broadcasting Rage TV on their website. A new branch of WXW, called WXW C4 was created and promotes regular events in Allentown, Pennsylvania. WXW C4 is run by Samu and Afa Jr. and has a weekly television show, Blast TV.

Women's ELITE 8 Tournament

The Women's Elite 8 Tournament is a tournament formed to offer a platform for top female wrestlers. There have been eight annual tournaments starting September 27, 2002 in Danbury, Connecticut. The last tournament was held in 2009.

2002

September 27, 2002 in Danbury, Connecticut

No. Results Stipulations
1 Griffin pinned Jessica Dally
2 Mercedes Martinez beat Katarina Heiss
3 Valentina fought Traci Brooks Match ended in a draw and both advanced
4 Ariel pinned BellaDawna
5 Gail Kim pinned Nikki Roxx
6 Traci Brooks pinned Ariel
7 Griffin pinned Valentina
8 Gail Kim pinned April Hunter
9 Mercedes Martinez pinned Griffin
10 Traci Brooks pinned Gail Kim
11 Traci Brooks pinned Mercedes Martinez With Special Enforcer Steve Wilkos
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

2003

November 21, 2003 in Sciota, Pennsylvania

First round Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
Jessica Dally and Sarah Stock [6]
[a] Battle royal Jessica Dally [6]
Sarah Stock Pin
Sarah Stock [6]
April Hunter Pin
April Hunter [6]
Ariel Pin
April Hunter [6]
Beth Phoenix Pin
Allison Danger [6]
Angel Williams Pin
Angel Williams [6]
Beth Phoenix Pin
Beth Phoenix [6]
Psycho Bitch Pin
  1. ^ Other competitors were Alere Little Feather, BellaDawna, Frankie V, Luscious Lily, ODB, and Tara Charisma

2004

October 9, 2004 in Sciota, Pennsylvania

QuarterfinalsSemifinalsFinal
Alere Little Feather[7]
Amber O'NealPin
Alere Little Feather[7]
Krissy VainePin
Cindy Rogers[7]
Krissy VainePin
Alere Little Feather[7]
Mercedes MartinezPin
Allison Danger[7]
Simply LusciousPin
Allison Danger[7]
Mercedes MartinezSub
Lacy[7]
Mercedes MartinezSub

2005

October 23, 2005 in Allentown, Pennsylvania

QuarterfinalsSemifinalsFinal
Alicia[8]
ArielPin
Alicia[8]
PhoenixPin
Nikki Roxx[8]
PhoenixPin
Alicia[8]
Cindy RogersPin
Allison Danger[8]
Cindy RogersSub
Cindy Rogers[8]
Melissa CoatesPin
Melissa Coates[8]
21st Century FoxSub

2006

October 14, 2006 in Allentown, Pennsylvania

QuarterfinalsSemifinalsFinal
Jana[9]
Kacee CarlislePin
Kacee Carlisle[9]
FaithPin
Faith[9]
Lexi LanePin
Kacee Carlisle[9]
Mercedes MartinezPin
Cha Cha[9]
Hailey HatredPin
Hailey Hatred[9]
Mercedes MartinezPin
Amber O'Neal[9]
Mercedes MartinezPin

2007

November 10, 2007 in Coplay, Pennsylvania with Sunny as the special guest referee for the finals

QuarterfinalsSemifinalsFinal
Jana[10]
MoniquePin
Monique[10]
Annie SocialPin
Annie Social[10]
DiscordPin
Annie Social[10]
Cindy RogersPin
Becky Bayless[10]
Cindy RogersDouble pin
Cindy Rogers[10]
Becky Bayless and Hailey HatredPin
Alexa Thatcher[10]
Hailey HatredPin

2008

November 15, 2008 in Leesburg, Florida

QuarterfinalsSemifinalsFinal
Becky Bayless[11]
RainPin
Rain[11]
Mercedes MartinezPin
Ferrari[11]
Mercedes MartinezPin
Mercedes Martinez[11]
Lexie FyfePin
Betsy Ruth[11]
LevaPin
Leva[11]
Lexie FyfePin
Amber O'Neal[11]
Lexie FyfePin

2009

November 14, 2009 in Minneola, Florida

QuarterfinalsSemifinalsFinal
Lace[12]
Lorelei LeePin
Lace[12]
Sarona SnukaPin
Rain[12]
Sarona SnukaPin
Sarona Snuka[12]
Betsy RuthPin
Betsy Ruth[12]
JosiePin
Betsy Ruth[12]
KimberlyPin
Kimberly[12]
LevaPin

Championships

Active championships

Championship Current champion(s) Date won Days held
WXW Heavyweight Championship Chico Adams December 21, 2019 1,065
WXW Television Championship Vinny Mac January 6, 2021 683
WXW Cruiserweight Championship Jorel Ganzy October 26, 2019 1,121
WXW Tag Team Championship Controversial Inc. (Mr. C & Salazar) September 12, 2020 799
WXW Women's Championship Marina Tucker December 21, 2019 1,065
WXW C4 Ultimate Heavyweight Championship Lance Anoa'i July 12, 2015 2,688
WXW C4 Blast Television Championship Bo Nekoda May 30, 2014 3096
WXW Campeon Internacionale Championship Eddie Guapo June 6, 2009 4915
WXW C4 Elite Tag Team Championship The Cam-An Connection
(Anthony Greene and Cam Zagami)
July 12, 2015 2,688
WXW C4 Ultimate Hybrid Championship Ace Austin June 4, 2016 2,360
WXW C4 Diamond Division Championship Sammi Pandora 2017

Former championships

Championship Last champion(s) Date won
WXW Women's Tag Team Championship The Big Unit
(Cindy Rogers and Alicia)
February 27, 2005

WXW Hall of Fame

There are currently 28 inductees in the hall of fame, from 2013-2016.[13]

Inductees

Year Ring name
2013 Dave Batista
Doc Daniels
Gene Snitsky
Kamala
Salvatore Bellomo
Samu
Sugaa
Traci Brooks
2014 Gangrel
Jimmy Snuka
L.A. Smooth
Mercedes Martinez
The Perfect Creation
(Richard J. Criado)
Scott Matthews
Tommy Suede
2015 Afa Anoaʻi Jr.
Eddie Guapo
Kattra
Kris Krude
Ricky Santana
Rikishi
2016 Bill Apter
The Bald Guy
Homicide
Jessica Dally
Ken Patera
Low Ki
Reno Anoa'i

See also

References

  1. ^ Milner, John M. and Richard Kamchen (2006-04-25). "Umaga". SLAM! Wrestling. Retrieved 2007-04-12.
  2. ^ Milner, John M. (2005-10-23). "Rosey". SLAM! Wrestling. Retrieved 2007-04-12.
  3. ^ Powell, Jason (2003-04-27). "Powell interviews and profiles latest WWE creative team member, Court Bauer". Pro Wrestling Torch. Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2007-04-12.
  4. ^ Shaffer, Eric. "Top Rope Productions Title Histories". WXW Wrestling. Retrieved 2007-04-18.
  5. ^ "WXW Women's ELITE 8 Tournament". Wrestlers Female. 2009-06-11. Retrieved 2010-01-10.
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  10. ^ a b c d e f g Kreikenbohm, Philip. "Matches « 6th Annual Women's Elite 8 « Tournaments Database « CAGEMATCH - The Internet Wrestling Database". www.cagematch.net.
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