American Wrestling Affiliates
|Headquarters||West Virginia (2008-2009); Framingham, MA (2016-Present)|
|Parent||Ring 99 (2016-Present)|
The American Wrestling Affiliates, alternately referred to as The AWA or The REAL AWA, is a governing body for six independent wrestling promotions in the eastern United States and New Brunswick Canada. It was created in April 2008 when former AWA Superstars of Wrestling member promotions Mountaineer Wrestling Association and APEX Wrestling of West Virginia broke away to form a new AWA. Soon afterwards, three more promotions joined: World Star Wrestling (WSW) of Connecticut, the North Atlantic Wrestling Association (NAWA) of Maine, and Championship Wrestling of Tennessee. Innovative Hybrid Wrestling (IHW), based in New Brunswick, also joined within a month of the American Wrestling Affiliates initial formation.
The American Wrestling Affiliates currently has four championships.
- World Heavyweight Championship
- World Tag Team Championship
- National Heavyweight Championship
- Shooting Star Championship
The list does not include titles promoted by the individual sanctioned territories.
On November 1, 2008, in Kingsport, TN, "The Disciple" Brian Logan was defeated by Tony "The Dragon" Givens to become the new AWA World Heavyweight Champion. Logan regained the title in West Virginia in a steel cage match three weeks later and held it until May 30, 2009 where he was defeated by "The Best of the Best" Robbie Cassidy.
The American Wrestling Affiliates World Tag Team Championship was created when the organization was originally formed in April 2008. However, the American Wrestling Affiliates National Heavyweight Championship and Shooting Star Championship both have a rich history in the South-Eastern United States.
The American Wrestling Affiliates originally folded in 2009 as most of its former promotions have either ceased operations or are no longer affiliated with one another and it has largely been superseded by the Championship Wrestling Alliance.
In early 2016, Ring 99, a Boston based organization of wrestlers and people associated with wrestling, announced plans to revive the AWA. Sports Entertainment Xplosion from New York and Toxic Wrestling from New England have been named the first two territories for the new AWA. On November 25, 2016, Sports Entertainment Xplosion announced that they have closed their doors but on December 10th, Sports Entertainment Xplosion announced that they will be resuming operations on December 17.
- Collision Pro Wrestling - New England
- Sports Entertainment Xplosion (AWA Excelsior) - New York
- Mountaineer Wrestling Association - West Virginia and Ohio
- APEX Wrestling - West Virginia
- Championship Wrestling Alliance - Tennessee, North Carolina, West Virginia and Virginia
- North Atlantic Wrestling Association - Maine
- World Star Wrestling - Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Ohio
- Innovative Hybrid Wrestling - New Brunswick, Canada
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- List of independent wrestling promotions in the United States
- "The American Wrestling Affiliates - Official Website". Archived from the original on 29 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-24.
- North Atlantic Wrestling Association. "The Real AWA Press Release: Two Announcements". Archived from the original on 2008-05-29.
- "The American Wrestling Affiliates - Champions". Archived from the original on 29 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-24.
- AWA-Affiliates.webs.com - American Wrestling Affiliates official homepage
- AWA Official Facebook
- AWA Official Twitter
- TheREALawa.com - Original American Wrestling Affiliates official homepage (archived)
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