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Ultimate Wrestling Alliance

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Ultimate Wrestling Alliance
AcronymUWA
Founded1998
Defunct2000
StyleProfessional wrestling
HeadquartersEssex, United Kingdom
Owner(s)Andrew Martin
Dan Berlinka

The Ultimate Wrestling Alliance (UWA) was a British professional wrestling promotion that existed from 1998 until 1999. It is notable for being the first British wrestling promotion to be broadcast on national television since the end of professional wrestling on ITV in 1988.[1]

History[edit]

The Ultimate Wrestling Alliance was founded in by Andrew Martin[2], Paul Martin[3] and former WWF and Sky producer[4] Dan Berlinka. It promoted its first show, Judgment Night, at the Atlantis nightclub in Chigwell on October 18 1998, headlined by a match between the Dirt Bike Kid and Phil Powers for the EWA European Championship.[5] Following Judgment Night and a publicity campaign that included coverage in national newspapers, the UWA struck a broadcasting deal with cable broadcaster L!VE TV.[3]

The Wrestling Rampage television series debuted in May 1999, and ran for twenty-one episodes in addition to a preview that aired before its debut. The first episode was taped at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre[3] and opened with the first British professional wrestling match to be nationally broadcast in over ten years between Phil Powers and Mad Dog McPhie. It also featured former World of Sport wrestler Mick McManus as onscreen chairman, and a match for the British Commonwealth Junior Heavyweight Championship between Tiger Mask IV and Jason Cross. Later tapings took place at the Pleasure Beach Arena in Blackpool[6], the Broadway Theatre in Barking[7], and the 1999 installment of the Bulldog Bash, and featured performers from the United Kingdom as well as a handful of wrestlers from the United States and Japan's Michinoku Pro Wrestling.

Following the closure of L!VE TV in November 1999 and hit by high costs and low ticket sales[8], the UWA ceased promoting shows following the final taping of Wrestling Rampage and folded, although Phil Powers later resurrected the UWA and Wrestling Rampage brands for his own promotion. The archives of L!VE TV, including Wrestling Rampage, were sold on eBay in June 2013.[9]

Championships[edit]

Championship Final champion(s) Date won Location Notes
UWA World Heavyweight Championship Danny Royal September 4 1999 London, England Aired on episode 21 of Wrestling Rampage
UWA Television Championship Stevie Knight June 10 1999 Blackpool, England Aired on episode 14 of Wrestling Rampage
UWA Tag Team Championship 2 Far Gone (Paul Tyrell and Steve Morocco) June 10 1999 Blackpool, England Aired on episode 12 of Wrestling Rampage

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Alex Shane
  • The All-Knighters
  • Christopher Daniels
  • Doug Williams
  • Drew McDonald
  • Gran Naniwa
  • Jody Fleisch
  • Johnny Kidd
  • Jonny Storm
  • Jorge Castano
  • Mad Dog McPhie
  • Mark Sloan
  • Mick McManus
  • Phil Powers
  • Stevie Knight
  • Tiger Mask IV

See also[edit]


Other articles of the topic United Kingdom : Froxfield Middle Lock, Wire Lock, Scottish Young Labour, Brunsden Lock, Defiant Wrestling, Krabi International School, Death, Dungeons and Taxes Party
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  • Professional wrestling in the United Kingdom
  • List of professional wrestling promotions in the United Kingdom

References[edit]

  1. "UWA Wrestling Rampage Episode 01". YouTube.
  2. "ULTIMATE WRESTLING ALLIANCE LIMITED :: United Kingdom". OpenCorporates. Retrieved 19 November 2020.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 O'Sullivan, Jack. "Giant Haystacks is dead. Long live wrestling". The Independent. Retrieved 19 November 2020.
  4. "Dan Berlinka". LinkedIn. Retrieved 19 November 2020.
  5. "Card « Events « Ultimate Wrestling Alliance (UWA) « Promotions Database". CAGEMATCH - The Internet Wrestling Database. Retrieved 19 November 2020.
  6. "Dr Steve Knight on Twitter". Twitter.
  7. "Card « Events « Ultimate Wrestling Alliance (UWA) « Promotions Database". CAGEMATCH - The Internet Wrestling Database. Retrieved 19 November 2020.
  8. Lambert, Greg. Holy Grail: The True Story of British Wrestling's Revival. AuthorHouse UK. ISBN 1477243151. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  9. "Live TV Prospectus ebay.pdf". Google Docs. Archived from the original on 18 October 2020. Retrieved 9 November 2016. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)

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