WWNLive

World Wrestling Network (WWN) is an American professional wrestling organization and digital media streaming and video on demand service.[1][2][3][4] WWN operates as a governing body for promotions (or "brands") including EVOLVE, Shine and Full Impact Pro.

World Wrestling Network
AcronymWWNLive
Founded2001 (DVD Company)
2010 (Governing Body)
HeadquartersUnited States
Founder(s)Sal Hamaoui
Owner(s)Sal Hamaoui
Websitehttp://www.wwnlive.com/

History

WWN was founded by Sal Hamaoui and Tony Valamontes in 2001 as an internet streaming and video on demand service.[4] In 2003, WWN began producing Full Impact Pro (FIP) DVDs.[4]

In early 2010, Gabe Sapolsky co-founded Evolve Wrestling along with WWN COO Sal Hamaoui. Evolve started out with the idea of featuring the upcoming wrestlers that weren't in DGUSA. Since that time, Sapolsky has honed his booking style. August 2014 saw a relaunch of Evolve, which has established a unique identity with the top talent going today.

Evolve and Dragon Gate USA are both under the parent company of WWN. In 2011, WWN launched its own live iPPV streaming service, www.WWNLive.com. Sapolsky helped market and produce content for WWNLive.com.

2014 saw WWN hold its first "supershows" with a two-week tour of China. The first WWN Supershow in the United States also took place in 2014. The idea behind the WWN Supershow is to combine title matches and talent from all the WWN brands as well as special guest attractions.

Dragon Gate USA held its last event in 2014 and is currently defunct. Sapolsky is now the Vice President of Talent Relations, Creative and Marketing of WWN with his main concentration on Evolve and WWN Supershows. Sapolsky also helps market the other WWN brands, including Full Impact Pro and Shine, an all women's promotion.

In November 2014, Evolve, along with Dragon Gate USA (DGUSA), Full Impact Pro (FIP) and Shine Wrestling, all under the WWNLive banner, held a tour of China.[5] The following month, WWNLive announced a long-term deal with Great-Wall International Sports Management for regular tours of Asia, starting in the spring of 2015.[6]

In 2015, WWNLive opened a training facility in Trinity, Florida named "World Wrestling Network Academy".[7]

During 2015, Evolve entered a relationship with WWE. Evolve's wrestlers were featured on WWE.com,[8] while NXT wrestlers Sami Zayn, Chad Gable and Jason Jordan took part in Evolve events in non-wrestling roles.[9][10] In January 2016, NXT General Manager William Regal and WWE COO Triple H attended Evolve 54.[11] As part of the relationship, it was announced in March 2016 that Evolve would hold qualifying matches for WWE's Cruiserweight Classic.[12]

On October 24, 2016, WWNLive and FloSports announced a new streaming service, starting on November 4. Through the service, subscribers can access both live streaming events as well as events from WWNLive's on-demand library, dating back to 2003.[13]

On November 22, 2016, it was announced that WWNLive would be debuting a new promotion named Style Battle on January 7, 2017.[14] Also announced was the creation of the WWN Championship on April 1, 2017.[15]

On September 21, 2017, it was reported that FloSports had filed a $1 million lawsuit against WWNLive for breach of contract and alleged misrepresention of iPPV and VOD buyrates.[16] WWNLive, meanwhile, claimed that FloSports had failed to live up to their contractual obligations. Because of the lawsuit, FloSports pulled all future WWNLive events from its streaming service.[17] The following December, WWNLive launched a replacement streaming service, Club WWN.[18]

Members

Promotion Key People State Years
American Combat Wrestling 5th Avenue Entertainment Port Richey, Florida 2001–present[19]
Dragon Gate USA Gabe Sapolsky Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 2009 - 2015

(Dormant)

Evolve Wrestling Gabe Sapolsky Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 2009–present
Full Impact Pro Sal Hamaoui Largo, Florida 2009–present
Shine Wrestling Dave Prazak Ybor City, Florida 2012–present
Style Battle Gabe Sapolsky Ybor City, Florida 2017–present
Viva La Lucha Ruben Zamora[20] San Diego, California[20] 2006–present[21]

Championships

Championship Current champion(s) Reign Date won Days Location Previous champion(s)
WWN Championship JD Drake 1 October 28, 2018 210 Ybor City, Florida Joey Janela
Evolve Championship Austin Theory 1 December 15, 2018 162 Queens, NY Fabian Aichner
Evolve Tag Team Championship The Unwanted
(Eddie Kingston and Joe Gacy)
1 March 15, 2019 72 Melrose, Massachusetts Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins and Montez Ford)
FIP World Heavyweight Championship Anthony Henry 1 September 30, 2018[22] 238 Ybor City, Florida Austin Theory
FIP World Tag Team Championship The Precipice
(Chance Auren and Omar Amir)
1 March 3, 2019 84[23] Ybor City, Florida The End
(Oddison and Parrow)
FIP Florida Heritage Championship Jon Davis 1 May 25, 2018[24] 366 Ybor City, Florida Eddie Taurus
SHINE Championship Allysin Kay 2 May 6, 2019 20 Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan Miyu Yamashita
SHINE Tag Team Championship Rainbow Bright
(Gabby Gilbert and Luscious Latasha)
1 January 19, 2019 127 Ybor City, Florida Twisted Sisters
(Hollidead and Thunder Rosa)
SHINE Nova Championship Shotzi Blackheart 1 May 10, 2019 16 Livonia, Michigan Aja Perera
ACW Combat Championship Danny Vincent 1 February 2, 2019 113 Port Richey, Florida Sawl Clover
ACW Cruiserweight Championship Samuel C 2 September 2018 Florida Markos Espada
ACW Heavyweight Championship Damien Angel 1 December 1, 2018 176 Port Richey, Florida Mitch Mitchell
ACW Tag Team Championship The Precipice
(Chance Champion and Omar Amir)
1 October 28, 2017 575 Port Richey, Florida The Stateline
(Damien Angel and Eddie Taurus)
ACW Women's Championship Avery Taylor 1 December 5, 2018 172 Port Richey, Florida Katalina Perez

References

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  14. ^ Currier, Joseph (2016-11-22). "WWNLive debuting new Style Battle promotion on FloSlam". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved 2016-11-22.
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  18. ^ Currier, Joseph (2017-12-20). "WWN launches new on-demand service". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved 2017-12-20.
  19. ^ http://411mania.com/wrestling/wwn-live-to-create-new-wwn-championship-to-be-defended-across-all-promotions/
  20. ^ a b Kreikenbohm, Philip. "Viva La Lucha! (VLL)". cagematch.net. Retrieved 2017-05-31.
  21. ^ "Viva La Lucha on WWNLive.com". WWNLive.com. Retrieved 2017-05-31.
  22. ^ Trionfo, Richard (2015-07-04). "FIP Declaration of Independence report: Swann versus Konley for the world title, Savages versus Solow and Cade for the tag titles, ladder match, and more". Pro Wrestling Insider. Retrieved 2015-07-04.
  23. ^ http://www.wrestling-news.net/fip-ascension-2019-results/119808/
  24. ^ "FIP Florida Heritage Championship". Cage Match. Retrieved March 20, 2016.

External links

Ava Storie

Brandi Lauren Pawalek (born September 26, 1996) is an American model and professional wrestler better known by her ring name Brandi Lauren, currently signed with WWNLive She has worked for Impact Wrestling, and various promotions on the independent circuit, including SHINE Wrestling.

Dragon Gate USA

Dragon Gate USA (DGUSA) was an American professional wrestling promotion founded in 2009 as an international expansion of the Japanese promotion Dragon Gate.

Gabe Sapolsky, former head booker of Ring of Honor, served as the promotion's Vice President.

Evolve (professional wrestling)

Evolve Wrestling (stylized as EVOLVE) is an American professional wrestling promotion founded in 2010 by former Ring of Honor booker and Dragon Gate USA vice president, Gabe Sapolsky.

The company features a roster of wrestlers from all over America, as well as several competitors from Japan. The promotion had a close working relationship with sister promotion Dragon Gate USA until Dragon Gate USA's closure in August 2015.

In 2015, Evolve formed a relationship with WWE, allowing WWE to scout Evolve talent to sign for their NXT brand, and eventually the main roster.

Evolve Championship

The Evolve Championship is a professional wrestling championship owned by the Evolve promotion. The inaugural champion was crowned on April 5, 2013, when AR Fox defeated Sami Callihan in the finals of an eight-man tournament.Like most professional wrestling championships, the title is won as a result of a scripted match. There have been nine reigns shared among nine wrestlers. Austin Theory is the current champion in his first reign.

Evolve Tag Team Championship

The Evolve Tag Team Championship is a professional wrestling tag team championship owned by the Evolve promotion. The inaugural champions were crowned on January 24, 2016, at the end of an eight-team tournament.Like most professional wrestling championships, the title is won as a result of a scripted match. There have been seven reigns shared among seven teams and twelve wrestlers. The Unwanted (Eddie Kingston and Joe Gacy) are the current champions in their first reign.

FIP Florida Heritage Championship

The Full Impact Pro (FIP) Florida Championship is the second singles title contested for the independent professional wrestling promotion Full Impact Pro.

FIP World Heavyweight Championship

The FIP World Heavyweight Championship is a professional wrestling world heavyweight championship owned by the Full Impact Pro (FIP) promotion. It is currently the highest ranked championship in FIP. The title was introduced on September 25, 2004 at FIP's "Emergence: Part Two" event as the FIP Heavyweight Championship. It was renamed the FIP World Heavyweight Championship on March 3, 2007, when then-champion Roderick Strong defeated Pac in Liverpool, England at the Ring of Honor (ROH) promotion's "Fifth Year Festival: Liverpool" event. Overall, there have been 21 reigns shared among 16 wrestlers. Title changes happen mostly at FIP-promoted events, which are usually released on DVD. The title has changed hands four times at non-FIP events. Reigns two and four occurred at ROH-promoted events, while reigns 10 and 11 happened at Dragon Gate events.

The inaugural champion was Homicide, who defeated CM Punk in the finals of a two-night tournament that concluded on September 25, 2004 at FIP's "Emergence: Part Two" event. Roderick Strong holds the record of most reigns, with three. At 562 days, Fred Yehi's first reign is the longest in the title's history. Strong, with a combined three reigns, holds the record for most days as champion at 626. Masaaki Mochizuki's only reign holds the record for shortest reign at 49 days. Anthony Henry is the champion, after defeating Austin Theory on September 30, 2018, to win the title.

Since being renamed as a "World Championship" after a UK defense in March 2007, the title has been defended internationally multiple times. Not only has the championship been successfully defended in Japan, China, Canada, Mexico but the title has also changed hands in both Japan and China.

FIP World Tag Team Championship

The FIP World Tag Team Championship is a professional wrestling tag team championship owned by the independent professional wrestling promotion Full Impact Pro (FIP). It is currently the third ranked championship in FIP, where it is contested for in their tag team division. It was created and debuted on April 22, 2005 at FIP's The Usual Suspects event.There have been a total of 19 reigns, among 35 different wrestlers and 18 different teams. The current champions are The Precipice (Chance Auren and Omar Amir), who are in their first reign as champions.

Full Impact Pro

Full Impact Pro (FIP) is an American professional wrestling promotion. It is currently part of the World Wrestling Network (WWN) along with Dragon Gate USA, Evolve Wrestling, and Shine Wrestling. Sal Hamaoui founded the company and serves as the President while Trevin Adams is the Vice President of FIP.

FIP was founded in 2003 and has run the majority of their shows in Florida. The promotion was inactive from late 2011 until early 2013. They currently promote the FIP World Heavyweight Championship, FIP Tag Team Championship, and the FIP Florida Heritage Championship.

List of professional wrestling conventions

This is a list of professional wrestling conventions.

Open the Freedom Gate Championship

The Open the Freedom Gate Championship was the major title in the promotion Dragon Gate USA. The first holder of the title was crowned following a 14-man tournament held at DGUSA Freedom Fight on November 28, 2009. The title was recognized by Dragon Gate USA's parent promotion, Dragon Gate, and it has been defended at a Dragon Gate show in Japan. The title was also recognized by the Evolve promotion.There were seven reigns by six wrestlers. BxB Hulk became the first champion by winning a 14-man tournament. Timothy Thatcher was the final champion, vacating the title on August 15, 2015.The championship was defended in the USA, Japan, China, England, Germany, Canada, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Shine Championship

The Shine Championship is a women's professional wrestling championship in Shine Wrestling. Championship reigns are determined by professional wrestling matches, in which competitors are involved in scripted rivalries. These narratives create feuds between the various competitors, which cast them as villains and heroines.

Shine Nova Championship

The Shine Nova Championship is a championship contested in the professional wrestling promotion Shine Wrestling. The title is currently held by Shotzi Blackheart, who is in her first reign.

Shine Tag Team Championship

The Shine Tag Team Championship is the tag team championship contested in the professional wrestling promotion Shine Wrestling. The titles are currently held by the Rainbow Bright (Gabby Gilbert and Luscious Latasha).

Shine Wrestling

Shine Wrestling (stylized as SHINE Wrestling and often referred to simply as SHINE) is an American, Florida based independent women's professional wrestling promotion. It is the sister promotion to Shimmer Women Athletes and airs events on Internet pay-per-view (iPPV).

Style Battle

Style Battle is an American professional wrestling promotion founded in 2017 by former Ring of Honor booker and Dragon Gate USA vice president, Gabe Sapolsky. On November 22, 2016, it was announced that WWNLive would be debuting a new promotion named Style Battle on January 7, 2017.

Timothy Thatcher

Timothy Moura better known by the ring name Timothy Thatcher, is an American professional wrestler.Thatcher is best known for his work in Evolve, where he is the longest-reigning Evolve Champion, as well as a former (and final) Open the Freedom Gate Champion and the 2014 Style Battle Tournament winner. In addition to his work for WNNLive promotions, Thatcher has worked internationally for numerous notable promotions, including Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (PWG), Progress Wrestling, Revolution Pro Wrestling (RPW), Preston City Wrestling (PCW), Westside Xtreme Wrestling (wXw), Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW), Scottish Wrestling Alliance (SWA), IPW and many others.Thatcher is the second and final man (after Drew Galloway) to simultaneously hold the Evolve and Open the Freedom Gate Championships.

WWNLive Mercury Rising

Mercury Rising is an annual professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event currently produced by the World Wrestling Network (WWN) under the name WWNLive Supershow: Mercury Rising. The event takes place during WrestleMania weekend, at a venue in the same metropolitan area the WrestleMania is held, and features talent from WWN's affiliate promotions, including EVOLVE, Full Impact Pro and SHINE.From 2010 to 2014, Mercury Rising events were promoted by WWN affiliate Dragon Gate USA. In December 2014, WWN confirmed they were putting the Dragon Gate USA brand on an indefinite hiatus.

WWN Championship

The WWN Championship is a professional wrestling championship promoted by the WWNLive governing body. The inaugural champion was crowned on April 1, 2017, when Matt Riddle defeated five other men for the title.Like most professional wrestling championships, the title is won as a result of a scripted match. There have been five reigns shared among five wrestlers.

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