Ladies Professional Wrestling Association

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Ladies Professional Wrestling Association
Acronym LPWA
Founded 1989; 1998
Style American Wrestling
Headquarters Laughlin, Nevada (1989–1992)
Founder(s) Tor Berg[1]
Owner(s) Tor Berg (1989–1992; 1998–2000)
Website AllWomenWrestling.com

The Ladies Professional Wrestling Association (LPWA) was an all-female wrestling promotion which operated in the early 1990s (ca. 1989–1992). It was considered a successor to such women's promotions as Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (GLOW), but it differed in that, while GLOW slanted more toward WWF-style sports entertainment (with wrestling playing a secondary role to music video clips and comedy skits), the LPWA treated its product seriously and put its primary emphasis on in-ring athletics. Jim Cornette was notable for being a color commentator as he always carried his infamous tennis racket with him.

History[edit]

Thurston John "Tor" Berg (1938-2011) founded the company ca. 1989.[1] An incident occurred in March 1991, where Berg promised Jumping Bomb Angels member Noriyo Tateno that he would give her a permanent job in the new company if she retired in Japan and moved to the United States.[1] Berg, however, later backed out on the deal, and Sherri Martel made the incident public.[1]

The LPWA produced two television series, The Super Ladies of Wrestling and Ladies Championship Wrestling from 1990-1992.[2] Many of their matches were also distributed and sold on VHS tapes. They held their first and only pay-per-view, Super Ladies Showdown, on February 23, 1992 before closing down operations shortly after.[3]

Berg planned on promoting a second Super Ladies pay-per-view event in 2000, but the event was canceled. The pay-per-view was scheduled to feature women from around the world, including American wrestlers Debbie Malenko, Sherri Martel, Sweet Destiny and Missy Hyatt; Japanese wrestlers Chikako Shiratori, AKINO, Chapparita Asari and Ayako Hamada; and Australian wrestlers Amy Action, Raya Riot, and former LPWA Champion Susan Sexton.[4]

Super Ladies Showdown[edit]

Super Ladies Showdown
Information
Promotion LPWA
Date February 23, 1992
Attendance 400[5]
Venue Mayo Civic Center
City Rochester, Minnesota

LPWA Super Ladies Showdown was a professional wrestling pay-per-view from the LPWA. It took place on February 23, 1992 from the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, Minnesota.[5] It was the only PPV from the LPWA, which folded shortly after the event. The main event was a match for the LPWA Singles Championship, in which Terri Powers defeated Lady X to win the belt. The event also featured a tournament for the LPWA Japanese Championship. Harley Saito was victorious in the tournament final and became the first holder of the title.

Results[edit]

# Results Stipulations Times
1 Denise Storm defeated Susan Green LPWA Japanese Championship Tournament First Round match 06:02
2 Reggie Bennett defeated Yukari Osawa LPWA Japanese Championship Tournament First Round match 06:19
3 Eagle Sawai defeated Midori Saito LPWA Japanese Championship Tournament First Round match 05:43
4 Harley Saito defeated Mizuki Endoh LPWA Japanese Championship Tournament First Round match 07:06
5 Miki Handa and Mami Kitamura defeated Allison Royal and Lisa Starr Tag Team match 03:46
6 Shinobu Kandori defeated Desiree Petersen Singles match 04:31
7 Denise Storm defeated Reggie Bennett by disqualification. LPWA Japanese Championship Tournament Semi-Final match 08:27
8 Harley Saito defeated Eagle Sawai by points. LPWA Japanese Championship Tournament Semi-Final match 10:00
9 Black Venus defeated Rockin' Robin Singles match 05:39
10 Leilani Kai and Judy Martin (c) defeated Bambi and Malia Hosaka Tag Team match for the LPWA Tag Team Championship 08:47
11 Harley Saito defeated Denise Storm Tournament Final match for the LPWA Japanese Championship 08:07
12 Terri Power defeated Lady X (c) Singles match for the LPWA Championship 08:36

Championships[edit]

LPWA Championship[edit]

The LPWA Championship was a professional wrestling title created in early-1990.[6]

Wrestlers: Times: Date: Location: Notes:
Susan Sexton 1 January 1990 Awarded title.
Lady X 1 January 31, 1991 Laughlin, NV
Terri Power 1 February 23, 1992 Rochester, MN Defeated Lady X at LPWA Super Ladies Showdown.
The title was abandoned after the LPWA closed in 1992.

LPWA Japanese Championship[edit]

The LPWA Japanese Championship was a professional wrestling title created in 1992. The inaugural (and only) champion was Harley Saito, who won an eight-woman tournament held during the Super Ladies Showdown pay-per-view event.

Wrestlers: Times: Date: Location: Notes:
Harley Saito 1 February 23, 1992 Rochester, MN Defeated Denise Storm in the finals of an eight-woman tournament at LPWA Super Ladies Showdown to crown the first champion.
The title was abandoned after the LPWA closed in 1992.

LPWA Tag Team Championship[edit]

The LPWA Tag Team Championship was a professional wrestling tag team title created in early-1990.[6]

Wrestlers: Times: Date: Location: Notes:
Team America
(Misty Blue & Heidi Lee Morgan)
1 March 13, 1990 Laughlin, NV Defeated Bad, Black & Beautiful (Bad Girl & Black Venus).
The Glamour Girls
(also billed as The Queen's Court)
(Leilani Kai & Judy Martin)
1 February 28, 1991 Laughlin, NV
The titles were abandoned after LPWA closed in 1992.

LPWA Mixed Tag Team Championship[edit]

The LPWA Tag Team Championship was an existing professional wrestling tag team title recognized in early-mid 1990. In 1973, Adrian Street and Miss Linda won the World Mixed Tag Team Championship by defeating Don Kovaks and Suzie Parker in Germany. Street and Linda were still undefeated as champions when they joined the LPWA in 1990 and continued to defend the championships in the promotion.[7]

Wrestlers: Times: Date: Location: Notes:
Adrian Street and Miss Linda 1 January 1990 LPWA recognized existing championship.
The titles were abandoned after Adrian Street and Miss Linda left LPWA by the end of 1990.

Alumni[edit]

Wrestlers[edit]

Female wrestlers[edit]

Male wrestlers[edit]

Tag Teams[edit]

  • Bambi and Malia Hosaka
  • Bad Black and Beautiful (Bad Girl and Black Venus with Boogaloo Brown)
  • The Glamour Girls (The Queen's Court) (Leilani Kai and Judy Martin with Christopher Love)
  • Locomotion (Big Mo/Reggie Bennett and Little Mo/Cheryl Rusa)
  • The Mighty Mites (Cheryl Rusa and Sindy Paradise)
  • The Nasty Girls (Nasty Kat/Kat LeRoux and Nasty Linda/Linda Dallas)
  • New Team America (Misty Blue Simmes and Allison Royal)
  • Rockin' Robin and Wendi Richter
  • Team America (Misty Blue Simmes and Heidi Lee Morgan, later Heidi Lee Morgan and Comrade Orga Stalinska)

Mixed Tag Teams[edit]

  • Adnan Al-Kaissie and Sheba
  • Adrian Street and Miss Linda
  • Barry Horowitz and Lisa Starr
  • Tim Horner and Malia Hosaka

Other on-air talent[edit]

Commissioner

Managers

  • Adnan Al-Kaissie (also occasional wrestler)[8]
  • Ashley Kennedy (also occasional wrestler)
  • Boogaloo Brown
  • Jonathan Blue
  • Norman (Mike Shaw)
  • "Queen" Christopher Love (Bert Prentice)

Announcers

Interviewer

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Lano, Mike (June 21, 2007). "Remembering a good friend, Sherri Martel". SLAM! Wrestling. Retrieved 2008-11-06. 
  2. ^ "LPWA TV". Savatage. Retrieved 2010-12-24. 
  3. ^ LPWA, Inc. "LPWA History". All Women Wrestling. Retrieved 2010-10-10. 
  4. ^ "Debbi Malenko". Amy Action. Retrieved 2010-12-22. 
  5. ^ a b "Other Wrestling Cards". Wrestling Information Archive. Retrieved 2008-01-11. 
  6. ^ a b Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  7. ^ Street, Adrian. "Pedigree of Champions". Bizare Bazzar. Retrieved 2010-10-10. 
  8. ^ a b c Johnson, Steven (August 8, 2007). "Return of a "Glamour Girl"". SLAM! Wrestling. Retrieved 2008-11-06. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Galloway, Paul. "Sexy Sindy's Unlikely Hold on Female Wrestlingdom". Washington Post. 6 May 1990
  • Rowh, Mark and William Ray Heitzmann. Careers for Sports Nuts & Other Athletic Types. Chicago: McGraw-Hill Professional, 1997. ISBN 0-8442-4325-6

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