Westside Xtreme Wrestling

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Westside Xtreme Wrestling
Acronym wXw
Founded 2000[1]
Headquarters Essen, Germany[1]
Founder(s) Hate[2] (Peter Wiechers)[3]
Owner(s) Hate (2000-2006)[2]
wXw Germany GbR (2006-2009)[2]
wXw Europe GmbH (2009-present)[2]

Westside Xtreme Wrestling (wXw) is a professional wrestling promotion based in Oberhausen, Germany. wXw has been one of the leading professional wrestling promotions in Germany, and most of its events have been held in the Ruhr district, primarily in Oberhausen.[1] Since 2013, wXw regularly tours through Germany, adding tour stops even outside the country, e.g. in Switzerland.[4]

History[edit]

Westside Xtreme Wrestling was founded on December 24, 2000, by Peter Wiechers, a professional wrestler with the ring name Hate.[2] wXw has become one of the most notable professional wrestling promotions in Germany, along with Hanover-based European Wrestling Promotion and Sauerland-based German Stampede Wrestling.

In 2016, wXw became the first German wrestling promotion with an own network similar to WWE's network, called wXwNOW.[4]

wXwNOW[edit]

wXwNOW is a subscription-based video streaming service owned by German professional wrestling promotion Westside Xtreme Wrestling (wXw). In 2016, wXw announced "wXwNOW", a new worldwide streaming site for the promotion's events. All major wXw events air live on the service, which also features matches from the promotion's archives, dating back to 2002. wXwNOW Network operates similarly to WWE Network. The service has a current monthly subscription price of 9.99€.[4]

Co-promotion[edit]

Since its creation, wXw has developed working relationships with several American promotions including Chikara, Pro Wrestling Guerrilla, Combat Zone Wrestling and Evolve, several Japanese promotions including Dragon Gate, Pro Wrestling Noah, and Big Japan Pro Wrestling as the BJW World Strong Heavyweight Championship has both the CZW logo and WXW logo[5], several British promotions including IPW:UK and All Star Wrestling, and various European-based promotions.[1][6]

wXw has held several interpromotional events, including Gorefest – European King of the Death Matches 2006 took place in the United Kingdom, a hardcore-focused event co-promoted with the English-based X-Sports:Wrestling.[7] The second Gorefest, held in 2009, included a title match between Drake Younger and Devon Moore for Combat Zone Wrestling's Heavyweight Championship.[8]

The 2008 event Dead End VIII featured the Japanese-based Pro Wrestling Noah and its rosters such as KENTA, Go Shiozaki, Takashi Sugiura and Kenta Kobashi.[9] The 2009 events, Open the Spanish Gate and Open The German Gate took place in Barcelona, Spain and Oberhausen, Germany, respectively, were co-promoted with the Japanese-based Dragon Gate.[10]

On March 13, 2010, wXw held its first event in the USA, The Vision took place in front of an audience of over 450 at The Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[11] The event also featured a title match for one of CZW's titles, the CZW Ultraviolent Underground Championship, along with wXw's famous feud being between Thumbtack Jack and Drake Younger.[12]

On July 24, 2014, wXw announced a partnership with Jeff Jarrett's Global Force Wrestling promotion.[13]

On July 18, 2015, New Japan Pro Wrestling announced a working relationship with wXw as part New Japan's international expansion plans.[14]

On July 2, 2018 WWNLive announced a working relationship with wXw as part WWN Training Center.[15]

Championships[edit]

Active[edit]

Championship Current champion(s) Reign Date won Days
held
Location Notes
wXw Unified World Wrestling Championship Absolute Andy 2 August 4, 2018 25+ Oberhausen, Germany Defeated Ilja Dragunov at Shortcut To The Top 2018.
wXw World Tag Team Championship Monster Consulting (Avalanche & Julian Nero) 1 April 14, 2018 137+ Dresden, Germany
wXw Shotgun Championship Marius Al-Ani 1 August 4, 2018 25+ Oberhausen, Germany Defeated Bobby Gunns at Shortcut To The Top 2018.
wXw Women's Championship Vacated August 29, 2018 Vacated due pervious champion Toni Storm suferring an injury.

Inactive[edit]

Championship Final champion(s) Date won Location Notes
wXw World Lightweight Championship Zack Sabre Jr. June 5, 2010 Oberhausen, Germany Defeated Steve Douglas at Dead End X to unify the Lightweight Title with the Heavyweight Title to create the wXw Unified World Wrestling Championship.[16][17]
wXw Hardcore Championship Necro Butcher August 1, 2006 Plainfield, Indiana Defeated Ian Rotten and JC Bailey in a three-way elimination Texas Deathmatch at IWA Mid-South April Bloodshowers 2006.[18][19]

wXw Hall of Fame[edit]

The wXw Hall of Fame is a German professional wrestling hall of fame maintained by the Oberhausen-based promotion Westside Xtreme Wrestling (wXw). It was established in 2005[20] to honor wrestlers who have wrestled for the promotion.

Inductees
# Year Ring name
(Birth name)[Note 1]
Notes[Note 2]
1 2005 Mad Cow
(Sander Rijnders)
Won the wXw World Heavyweight Championship (1 time), wXw Hardcore Championship (3 times)
2 2009 Baron Von Hagen
(Torben Borzek)
Won the wXw World Tag Team Championship (2 times)
3 2010 Hate
(Peter Wiechers)
Won the wXw Hardcore Championship (9 times), wXw World Tag Team Championship (2 times), founder and former owner of wXw.
4 2010 SigMasta Rappo
(Pascal Signer)
Won the wXw Hardcore Championship (4 times), wXw World Tag Team Championship (2 times)
5 2010 Thumbtack Jack
(Alexander Bedranowsky)
Won the wXw Hardcore Championship (1 time)
6 2011 Marc Weingartner Longtime ringside photographer.
7 2011 Alex Pain
(Alexander Pohl)
Won the wXw World Heavyweight Championship (1 time), wXw Hardcore Championship (1 time), wXw World Tag Team Championship (1 time)
8 2012 Iceman
(Isaac Harrop)
Won the wXw Hardcore Championship (1 time), wXw World Tag Team Championship (1 time)
9 2015 Steve Douglas
(Steffen Leichsenring)
Won the wXw World Lightweight Championship (1 time), wXw World Tag Team Championship (3 times), wXw World Heavyweight Championship (2 times)
10 2015 Are$
(Marco Jaggi)
Won the wXw World Heavyweight Championship (2x), wXw World Tag Team Championship (3 times), holds record with 603 days reign as wXw World heavyweight champion.
11 2017 Karsten Beck

wXw Academy[edit]

In 2016, wXw opened the first German wrestling academy with a seven-days course schedule in Essen.[4] The wXw Academy training is open for members as well as guests that can also book a stay in an apartment adjoined to the academy. With "Scouting the next Generation", the wXw Academy introduced a series of monthly events in 2015 that provides trainees of the academy the opportunity to perform in front of a crowd.[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Cagematch, Westside Xtreme Wrestling
  2. ^ a b c d e Cagematch, Westside Xtreme Wrestling > History
  3. ^ Cagematch, HATE
  4. ^ a b c d "Chronik". wXw - more than Wrestling (in German). Retrieved 2017-08-24. 
  5. ^ "Big Japan Wrestling - Westside Xtreme Wrestling - Combat Zone Wrestling Unified Strong Championship". Wildcat Belts. August 10, 2018. Retrieved August 14, 2018. 
  6. ^ westside Xtreme wrestling, Official MySpace
  7. ^ Cagematch, wXw/X-S:W Gorefest – European King Of The Death Matches 2006
  8. ^ Cagematch, wXw Gore Fest II
  9. ^ Moonsault.de, wXw/NOAH Dead End VIII 21./22.6, Oberhausen
  10. ^ Martin, Adam, Indy News #3: HETV, TNA stars, CWE, AIW June 8, 2010 Wrestleview.com
  11. ^ Knowledge, Nick, westside Xtreme wrestling in Philadelphia Live Report March 17, 2010, PWInsider.com
  12. ^ Miami Herald, Ring Report 3/3 February 11, 2010
  13. ^ http://globalforcewrestling.com/globalpartners/ Retrieved 30 July 2014
  14. ^ Caldwell, James (July 18, 2015). "NJPW news: New Japan announces big int'l expansion plans, including expanded N. America partnerships & NXT-like program". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved August 20, 2015. 
  15. ^ "WWN AND WXW PARTNER UP". Pro Wrestling Torch. July 16, 2018. Retrieved August 20, 2015. 
  16. ^ "wXw World Lightweight Title History". Westside Xtreme Wrestling. 
  17. ^ http://www.wrestling-titles.com/europe/germany/wxw/wxw-l.html
  18. ^ "wXw Hardcore Title History". Westside Xtreme Wrestling. 
  19. ^ http://www.wrestling-titles.com/europe/germany/wxw/wxw-hc.html
  20. ^ wXw Hall of Fame wXw-wrestling.com
  21. ^ "Scouting the Next Generation". wXw - more than Wrestling (in German). Retrieved 2017-08-24. 
  1. ^ Entries without a birth name indicates that the inductee did not perform under a ring name.
  2. ^ This section mainly lists the major accomplishments of each inductee in wXw.

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