International Wrestling Association
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|Headquarters||Carolina, Puerto Rico|
|Owner(s)||Miguel Pérez, Jr. and Savio Vega|
The International Wrestling Association (IWA) was a wrestling promotion in Puerto Rico, started in Japan in 1994 by promoter Victor Quiñones. The Hispanic division was created in 1999. The company was a member of the National Wrestling Alliance until 2001, but again became a member in 2007. IWA was also a WWE Developmental territory from 1999-2001.
The IWA is probably the fastest growing promotion in Puerto Rico of the past few years. In recent years, it has given the island's long-standing promotion World Wrestling Council a tough competition, featuring younger local and international stars.
This promotion should not be confused with another IWA, which was started up by Eddie Einhorn and operated in the mid-1970s. Einhorn's IWA was arguably the first concentrated effort to create a single, nationally-touring wrestling promotion, competing directly against the members of the National Wrestling Alliance.
After what many have said to be the worst year of IWA's history, they have started 2008 with a big bang. This happened in the event "Histeria Boricua", when surprisingly, part of the rival WWC (World Wrestling Council) roster showed up at the event on January 6, 2008. Universal Heavyweight Champion Biggie Size, Television Champion Ash Rubinsky, later renamed Damian, and heel group "Los Templarios", all appeared at the promotion's Three King's Day event. The main spot of the show had WWC Universal Heavyweight Champion Biggie Size, with title on hand, challenged IWA's Heavyweight Champion Blitz, for a unification bout. During the show WWC officials came out to retrieve the belt, under the criticism of IWA officials.
Two days after, the WWC and Carlos Colón threatened to pursue legal action so IWA surrendered the belt.
In a big turn of events, IWA has lost part of its roster including, but not limited to, Ray González and Los Aéreos (Carlitos & Hiram Tua) while several others are nowhere to be found. It was reported that they were running an angle in which they said former promoter Mario Savoldi stole property from the promotion and that several wrestlers had deserted them in their time of need. Oddly enough this could be seen as a reversal of roles as WWC (World Wrestling Council) had lost a very big part of their roster years ago when they jumped to IWA.
Recess, Interpromotional Events and Bankcruptcy
Late 2011 the company take a recess to restructure the company and return few months later in 2012 and make interpromotional shows with WWC and EWO, but the administration confronts economic problems and announce that will enter in another recess. IWA main figure Savio Vega start working for World Wrestling Council as wrestler and occasional booker.
Current IWA Champions
|Championship||Champion(s)||Previous champion(s)||Date Won||Location|
|IWA Undisputed World Heavyweight Championship||Bonecrusher||Jay-Cobs||January 29, 2012||Bayamón, Puerto Rico|
|IWA Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship||Chris Angel||Diabólico||December 5, 2010||Bayamón, Puerto Rico|
|IWA Caribbean Heavyweight Championship||Xix Xavant||Vacant||October 16, 2010||Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico|
|IWA Puerto Rico Heavyweight Championship||Noel Rodríguez||Vacant||December 5, 2010||Bayamón, Puerto Rico|
|IWA World Tag Team Championship||Atomo & Sonico||Rick Stanley & Dennis Rivera||November 20, 2010||Bayamón, Puerto Rico|
|IWA World Women's Championship||Vacant||Genesis||July 7, 2010||Bayamón, Puerto Rico|
|IWA Xtreme Combat Division Championship||Havok||Lash||October 16, 2010||Bayamón, Puerto Rico|
|Championship||Final Champion(s)||Defeated||Date Won||Note|
|IWA World Cruiserweight Championship||Noel Rodríguez||Onix||October 4, 2008||Unified with the Hardcore Championship to the Puerto Rico Heavyweight Championship.|
|IWA Hardcore Championship||Noel Rodríguez||Niche||October 4, 2008||Unified with the Cruiserweight Championship to the Puerto Rico Heavyweight Championship.|
|IWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship||Bolo The Red Bulldog||Julio Franco||November 18, 2006||Title was retired on November 25, 2006 by Orlando Toledo announcing that the Cruiserweight Championship would be replacing the title.|