Africa Wrestling Alliance
|Headquarters||Cape Town, South Africa|
|Formerly||Africa Wrestling Federation|
|Website||AWA Official Website|
Africa Wrestling Alliance, formerly known as Africa Wrestling Federation, is a South African professional wrestling promotion founded in 1995. The regionally based company is owned by Shaun Koen and Koos Rossouw, and is a traditionally styled promotion influenced by the international wrestling market, such as European and American mainstream wrestling. The style encompassed by the top stars of AWA such as Shaun Koen, African Warrior and BDX-treme is referred to as Rofstoei (an Afrikaans term).
- 1 History
- 2 Annual events
- 3 Touring and charity work
- 4 Training academy
- 5 Championships
- 6 Roster
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Establishment and early years (1995-2003)
The Africa Wrestling Federation was founded by Shaun Koen and his wife in 1995 after the death of his father, Jackie Koen, on 16 December 1994. The AWF started off as a regional promotion based in Cape Town, regularly running in the Goodwood and Parow areas. A few years later the AWF started doing tours nationally and also ventured outside of South Africa to tour countries like Swaziland and Zimbabwe. In 2003 AWF signed a year-long television contract with eTV to air weekly shows in 2004.
AWF on E (2004)
The AWA aired weekly television episodes taped for eTV throughout 2004 known as AWF on E Slam Series. The episodes were recorded in arenas such as the Good Hope Centre, Carnival City and the Coca-Cola Dome. The actual running time of these events lasted three to four hours, but to minimise costs, they were split into one hour for each episode. The show was relatively successful until late 2004, when ratings and attendance started decreasing. A soundtrack CD, AWF on E - The Soundtrack, was released under the EMI label to promote the AWF on E television show. The year-long season culminated in a two-hour live special held at Sun City on 11 December 2004. See AWF on E Slam Series Final.
The Birth of the Africa Wrestling Alliance (2005)
Plans were underway to have a second season in 2005, but AWA and eTV failed to agree to new terms. This caused the promotion to lose ownership of the name AWF and forced them to create new trademarks. The Africa Wrestling Alliance name was then established in March, 2005. Due to the lack of television exposure following AWF on E, some of the top names like The Saint, Skull, Rey Bourne and Jacques Rogue departed AWA to pursue other interests.
Current scene (2005-present)
The top two stars in AWA at the moment are Shaun Koen and Johnny Palazzio, as both have main evented shows in their respective divisions and have held their championships since late 2004. The undercard is dominated by young cruiserweights like Nick Fury, El Matador, Vinnie Vegas and William McQueen, who are blossoming into the AWA's next big cruiserweight stars.
Coca-Cola Royal Rumble
The AWA holds an annual Royal Rumble show at the Parow Civic Centre venue (nicknamed The House of Pain) in December. The event is regularly sponsored by Coca-Cola. The last champion was William McQueen, who won the AWA Royal Rumble Championship on 3 December 2007 in the 21-man battle royal main event.
Touring and charity work
Although the AWA is currently a non-televised, regional promotion, it has had a big impact on the South African wrestling industry and frequently does tours beyond its headquarters, having held events in the surrounding areas of Cape Town and in neighbouring countries such as Swaziland, Mozambique and Zimbabwe, often drawing thousands of spectators. The promotion is also actively involved in charity work. In association with its many sponsors and the Reach for a Dream foundation, unprivileged children are provided with the opportunity to attend certain shows for free and meet members of the roster.
The AWA training facility is currently based at the Wingfield Army Base in Goodwood, Cape Town. Classes are regularly held every Tuesday and Thursday. The head of the academy is Shaun Koen. Most of the wrestlers on the current roster were trained at the AWA training academy.
|Championship:||Champion(s):||Previous Champion(s):||Date Won:||Location:||Event:|
|AWA African Heavyweight Championship||Johnny Palazzio||The Oz||5 April 2011||Parow Civic Centre, Cape Town, South Africa||AWA House of Pain: Good VS Evil|
|AWA African Cruiserweight Championship||Mr Money||Vinnie Vegas Currently working as a janitor at OTBC Cape Town 8 December 2011||Parow Civic Centre, Cape Town, South Africa||AWA House of Pain: Night of the Champions Supercard|
|AWA Lightweight Championship||Max The Body||Ed Electric||25 June 2012||Parow Civic Centre, Cape Town, South Africa||AWA House of Pain: Battle Royale|
|AWA Royal Rumble Championship||SA Bulldog||Missing Link||8 December 2011||Parow Civic Centre, Cape Town, South Africa||AWA House of Pain: Night of the ChampioBns Supercard|
|Championship:||Last Champion(s):||Previous Champion(s):||Date Won:||Location:||Event:|
|AWF Tag-Team Championship||The Saint and The Gladiator||None||11 December 2004||Sun City, North West Province, South Africa||AWF on E Slam Series Final|
|AWF Hardcore Championship||Skull||None||11 December 2004||Sun City, North West Province, South Africa||AWF on E Slam Series Final|
- Max Muscle
- Miss Gorgeous
- Mr Money
- Rasta Man
- Vinnie Vegas
- William McQueen
- Hillbilly Kid
- Nick Fury
- Stan Mars (Ring Announcer)
- Billy Daniels (Timekeeper)
- Robert Meyer (Referee)
- Black Mamba (Referee)
- Kenny (Referee)
- Tony "The Hammer" (Referee)
- Leon Venter (Referee)
- Wurm Visagie
- Geronimo - Majive
- Spider Nel
- Danie Brits
- Johan Voges
- The Gladiator
- Hoekman, Gert-Jaap (4 June 2004). "Wrestle mania takes Cape Town by storm". IOL. Independent News & Media.
- "Wrestle legends collide in Parow". Voice of the Cape. Voice of the Cape. 30 April 2008.
- "Mayhem at the Fresh Air Camp". People's Post. news24.com. 7 March 2007. Archived from the original on 23 March 2008.