International Wrestling Syndicate
|Headquarters||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Formerly||Dawson Wrestling Federation
World Wrestling Syndicate
Internet Wrestling Syndicate
International Wrestling Syndicate (IWS) is a professional wrestling promotion based out of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Originating from the Dawson Wrestling Federation; it was formerly known as the Internet Wrestling Syndicate and before that as World Wrestling Syndicate.
IWS is renowned as being one of the continent's longest running promotions, and one of hardcore wrestling's staunchest standouts; while priding itself as the only truly innovative, sexually appealing, and realistically violent show in the country.
Dawson Wrestling Federation
In April 1998 SeXXXy Eddy organized the Dawson Wrestling Federation to perform on the grounds of Dawson College in Montreal. He became the promotion’s first champion. After the show on April 23, 1999 wrestling was banned from being performed on Dawson College property.
World Wrestling Syndicate
Eddy joined with Manny Elefthriou and Nic Paterson to form the World Wrestling Syndicate. The WWS had their first show Blood, Sweat & Beers 1999 at Wally's on June 17, 1999. The last WWS show was Praise the Violence on April 8, 2000.
Internet Wrestling Syndicate
In 2000, Manny entered into a partnership with Wild Rose Productions, a Montreal-based Internet adult entertainment company owned by Carol Cox. The company was renamed Internet Wrestling Syndicate. The first show was Change at the Just For Laughs Cabaret on November 10, 2000. In the main event, PCP Crazy F'N Manny wrestled Danny Dallas in the first of only three No-Rope Barbed Wire matches in IWS history.
IWS held its first seasonal Medley show, Praise the Violence on March 31, 2001 in Montreal. On May 25, 2001 the IWS also began promoting shows at Le Skratch in Laval, becoming its primary venue for the next two years. Two months later IWS held Un F'N Sanctioned, featuring the first IWS Fans Bring the Weapons Match, with the Hardcore Ninjaz facing PCP Crazy F'N Manny & Green Phantom. On November 10, 2001 at Born to Bleed, Justice Pain defeated Hardcore Ninja #1 and Hardcore Ninja #2, retaining his CZW World Heavyweight Championship in a Triple Threat Match.
In Spring 2002, IWS held the Extreme Dream Tag Team Tournament, inaugurating the IWS Tag Team Championship. The tournament was won by the unlikely team of Maxx Fury & Hardcore Ninja #1, on March 16, 2002 at Extreme Dream Part 2. On May 18, 2002 at Freedom To Fight, The Green Phantom won his first IWS Heavyweight Championship in a 4-Way Elimination Match defeating PCP Crazy F'N Manny, The Arsenal & former champion SeXXXy Eddy. On July 14, 2002 at Scarred For Life, "The Generic Luchador" El Generico made his wrestling debut in a count out victory.
On August 16, 2003, Pierre Carl Ouellet and Kevin Steen made their IWS debuts at Born to Bleed. Pierre Carl Ouellet defeated El Generico and Kevin Steen at Blood, Sweat and Beers, in a Triple Threat Match on October 18, 2003. On November 15, 2003 at Payback's A Bitch, El Generico defeated Kevin Steen in their first-ever singles match against each other. The last show of the first-run at Le Skratch was Season's Beatings held on December 13, 2003.
IWS held its 5th anniversary show "V" on June 15, 2004 at Le SPAG, where Sid Vicious made his in-ring return from having suffered his near career-ending injury in 2001 during a WCW pay-per-view, in a Four Corners match for the WCW Championship in Indianapolis. During the event, El Generico defeated PCO in an IWS Title Match for his first IWS Heavyweight Championship, only to have Kevin Steen reclaim his #1 contendership won earlier that night against Excess 69. Kevin Steen defeated El Generico, also winning his first IWS Heavyweight Championship.
Kevin Steen's first title reign in 2004, marked a pivotal milestone in the history of the promotion when he became the first IWS Heavyweight Champion to internationally defend the title, in defeating Roderick Strong on October 30 in Rahway, New Jersey for JAPW. These events and various upcoming plans of expansion led the promotion to be renamed the International Wrestling Syndicate; which coincidentally acknowledges Montreal's professional wrestling territorial era with Lutte Internationale, which was broadcast on CFCF-DT during 1980s as International Wrestling.
International Wrestling Syndicate
At Un F'N Sanctioned on March 26, 2005, The Green Phantom defeated Chris Hero, while Beef Wellington beat Super Dragon. IWS performed Freedom to Fight at the Viking Hall, in Philadelphia on July 9, 2005. IWS held on July 23, 2005 the preliminary matches for Extreme Dream Tournament II, inaugurating the IWS Canadian Championship. On August 20, 2005 at Extreme Dream II, Chris Bishop defeated El Generico in the Extreme Dream Tournament Final Match, becoming the first IWS Canadian Champion.
On June 3, 2006 at Un F’N Sanctioned, Sabu worked his (then) last independent match teaming with PCO defeating The Green Phantom and Dru Onyx, 48 hours prior to debuting on WWE Raw. On July 29, 2006 at Summer Slaughter, Max Boyer won the Extreme Dream Tournament Final in a 6-Way Elimination Match. On August 8, 2006 at Breakout, Viking defeated Excess in an IWS World Heavyweight Title vs. Career Match.
On March 24, 2007 at Un F'N Sanctioned, Christian Cage & Max Boyer defeated Pierre Carl Ouellet & Jake Matthews. On September 22, 2007 at Blood, Sweat & Beers, Kevin Steen defeated Jay Briscoe, and The Dudley Boyz (renouncing to being billed as Team 3D during the event) & Franky The Mobster beat Pierre Carl Ouellet, Paranoid Jake Matthews & Brick Crawford. On November 3, 2007 at Freedom to Fight, Christopher Daniels defeated IWS Canadian Champion Max Boyer in a Non-Title Match.
On February 16, 2008 at Violent Valentine, El Generico defeated Kevin Steen for the IWS World Heavyweight Championship. On March 22, 2008 at Know Your Enemies, Kevin Steen regained the IWS World Heavyweight Championship by defeating Max Boyer & former champion El Generico in a 3-Way Match. On May 24, 2008 at Freedom to Fight, Kevin Steen became the first-ever to hold two IWS titles simultaneously when he defeated Max Boyer to win the IWS Canadian Championship in an IWS Championship Unification Match. On September 27, 2008 at Un F'N Sanctioned, Excess beat Shayne Hawke for the vacant IWS Canadian Championship in the Extreme Dream Tournament Final Match, while Kevin Steen retained the IWS World Heavyweight Championship against Joey Mercury.
On January 10, 2009 at Season's Beatings, The Green Phantom defeated "Big Rig" Brodie Lee in a Christmas Tree Deathmatch. IWS celebrated its 10th anniversary "X" on May 30, 2009 at the Medley in downtown Montreal, where Kevin Nash made his return to Montreal in a losing effort against Pierre Carl Ouellet in a Grudge Match, concluding a genuine rivalry originating from subsequent WWE matches in Montreal & Quebec City in 1995.
IWS held its (then) final show on October 9, 2010. The main event featured SeXXXy Eddy, PCP Crazy FN' Manny, The Arsenal and The Green Phantom all battling for the IWS World Heavyweight Championship in a Fans Bring the Weapons Match. The result was that IWS World Heavyweight Champion, The Green Phantom retained.
In early 2014, it was announced that IWS would make its return in May at the Plaza Theatre. IWS held Praise the Violence on May 10, where The Green Phantom retained the IWS World Heavyweight Championship against "Dirty" Buxx Belmar in an IWS Deathmatch, and Shayne Hawke won the vacant IWS Canadian Championship in a 4-Way Match. On August 23, IWS celebrated its 15th anniversary with XV:15 FKN Years, which featured in the main event Tommy Dreamer. At Scarred 4 Life on September 20, 2014, "Speedball" Mike Bailey won the IWS World Heavyweight Championship against The Green Phantom in an IWS Title Match.
IWS announced on January 24, 2015 a promotional partnership with entertainment event promoter Evenko. Un F'N Sanctioned was held on March 28 at the Corona Theatre, where Mike Bailey defeated Hallowicked & Jesse Neal in a Triple Threat IWS Title Match. At Praise the Violence on May 22, Chris Dickinson became the first non-Canadian to win the IWS Canadian Championship. At Scarred 4 Life on September 5 at the Corona Theatre, Vampiro returned to Montreal after 30 years since making his pro wrestling debut in Quebec, while Exess defeated Chris Dickinson for the IWS Canadian Championship and Mike Bailey retained the IWS World Heavyweight Championship against Jack Evans. Since early December 2015, Mike Bailey holds the record as the longest consecutive IWS World Heavyweight Championship title holder at 530 days.
IWS presented Un F'N Sanctioned on March 5, 2016 at the Métropolis, where Shayne Hawke became a third time IWS Canadian Champion and Black Dynomite won the IWS World Heavyweight Championship in a 4-Way IWS Title Match versus Rey Mysterio, Jack Evans & former champion Mike Bailey. On May 28 at Bloodstream: Vol. 2, Scott Parker defeated Shayne Hawke for the IWS Canadian Championship, while the Hardcore Ninjaz won the Tag Team Invitational Gauntlet Match for the IWS World Tag Team Championship.
On February 4, 2017 at Freedom To Fight, Scott Parker became IWS World Heavyweight Champion by defeating Black Dynomite in an IWS Championship Unification Match. At Un F'N Sanctioned on May 6, Tabarnak De Team (TDT) defeated Hardcore Ninjaz for the IWS World Tag Team Championship in a Tag Team Deathmatch. On August 5 at Scarred 4 Life, Stefany Sinclair became the first-ever IWS Women's Champion, Black Dynomite won the IWS World Heavyweight Championship against Scott Parker and TDT successfully defended the IWS World Tag Team Championship against The Young Bucks. At Blood, Sweat & Beers on October 7, Matt Angel won the vacant IWS Canadian Championship in a Fatal 4-Way Match, while Benjamin Tull and Matt Falco (Les Brasseurs) defeated TDT for the IWS World Tag Team Championship. At First Blood on November 4, Franky TM faced Johnny Mundo to a no-contest. At Season's Beatings on December 2, Mike Bailey defeated Stephan Bonnar, Stacy Thibault won the IWS Women's Championship in a 3-Way Elimination Match, while Big Magic became IWS World Heavyweight Champion in a 4-Way Elimination Match.
On January 20, 2018 at Freedom To Fight, WWE United Kingdom Champion Pete Dunne fought IWS Canadian Champion Matt Angel to a no-contest. On March 3, IWS presents Un F'N Sanctioned at Club Unity, featuring Rob Van Dam.
Shows and TV tapings
The promotion gained global exposure during the late '90s & early 2000s wrestling boom, by streaming video on demand on a monthly show entitled Bloodstream, and has been featured on Playboy TV, Fight Network & Viewer's Choice Canada on pay-per-view.
IWS announced on September 2, 2017, production of a pre-recorded television program for RDS. The first TV tapings were held at Blood, Sweat & Beers at Club Unity on October 7, 2017. The first RDS2 broadcast of the monthly program aired on October 22, 2017.
IWS has been featured on newscasts for CTV News, newspapers such as Montreal Gazette and Journal de Montréal, national Canadian magazines such as Maclean's and Maisonneuve, and as guests on Melnick in the Afternoon on TSN 690.
The promotion is referenced in Pat Laprade and Bertrand Hébert's, Mad Dogs, Midgets and Screw Jobs: The Untold Story of How Montreal Shaped the World of Wrestling.
IWS has had various working agreements with international wrestling promotions. Some of these promotions have included; Combat Zone Wrestling, Jersey All Pro Wrestling, Chikara, Westside Xtreme Wrestling, Pro Wrestling Guerrilla, Ring of Honor and most recently AAA. In the past, IWS shows have had international championships defended on them and on some occasions, wrestlers have held both IWS and international championships simultaneously.
On July 24, 2004, SeXXXy Eddy, The Green Phantom, Evil Ninja & The Arsenal entered the CZW Tournament of Death III in Smyrna, Delaware. In the semi-finals, Eddy defeated The Arsenal in a Light Tube Ropes & Corners Match, where he cut an artery in his left forearm, thereby forfeiting the final 3-Way with Necro Butcher & Wifebeater. On September 11 at High Stakes II, SeXXXy Eddy defeated Kevin Steen, El Generico & Excess 69 in an IWS 4-Way Match, which was unofficially chosen as "CZW Match of the Year".
On February 5, 2005 the IWS Tag Team Championship was first contested internationally in a 4-Way Elimination Match, when The Flying Hurricanes successfully defended their title at CZW Only The Strong: Scarred 4 Life held in Pennsylvania. On February 19, 2005, El Generico took part in the Tag World Grand Prix, where he teamed with Kevin Steen as Team IWS.
On February 26, 2006, SeXXXy Eddy teamed with Kevin Steen as Team IWS in the Tag World Grand Prix. On June 23, Max Boyer entered the Young Lions Cup IV tournament, defeating Brandon Thomaselli in his first round match. On October 28, Boyer defeated Arik Cannon in a return singles match to win the Young Lions Cup. Boyer was forced to vacate the title in time for the fifth annual Young Lions Cup tournament.
On February 17, 2007, Max Boyer teamed with fellow IWS performers Scott Parker and Shane Matthews in the first ever King of Trios tournament.
On February and March 2008, El Generico took part in the King of Trios, where he teamed with Player Uno and Stupefied as Team IWS. On November 7 at ROH The French Connection, Stupefied defeated The Green Phantom, Excess & Dan Paysan in an IWS 4-Way Dark Match.
On July 4, 2015, IWS announced a talent partnership with AAA and Lucha Underground. IWS clashed with CZW at Freedom to Fight on October 17 at Le Skratch in Laval, where the IWS Canadian Championship, CZW World Tag Team Championship and CZW World Heavyweight Championship titles were successfully defended.
|IWS World Heavyweight Championship||Big Magic||Black Dynomite||December 2, 2017||50||Montréal, Québec, Canada|
|IWS World Tag Team Championship||Les Brasseurs||Tabarnak De Team||October 7, 2017||106||Montréal, Québec, Canada|
|IWS Canadian Championship||Matt Angel||October 7, 2017||106||Montréal, Québec, Canada|
|IWS Women's Championship||Stacy Thibault||Stefany Sinclair||December 2, 2017||50||Montréal, Québec, Canada|
IWS has been home to many notable independent wrestlers, such as Kevin Steen, El Generico, Pierre Carl Ouellet, 2.0 (Scott "Jagged" Parker & Shane Matthews), "Speedball" Mike Bailey, Franky The Mobster, LuFisto, the Super Smash Brothers (Player Uno & Stupefied), Vanessa Kraven, Le Tabarnak De Team, "Dirty" Buxx Belmar, Shayne Hawke, Beef Wellington, The Green Phantom, Max Boyer & SeXXXy Eddy.
IWS Training Centre/IWS Dojo
The promotion announced in late 2014, that it would inaugurate the IWS Dojo in LaSalle, Quebec in an MMA training facility. In early 2016, the promotion relocated the school at the IWS Arena in D.D.O., in a 16,000 ft² facility operated by Coexiste CrossFit.
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- "Mike Bailey teaching a wonderful seminar", International Wrestling Syndicate, Retrieved on April 15, 2017.
- "Hangs With Bob seminar at the IWS Dojo", International Wrestling Syndicate, Retrieved on May 7, 2017.
- "Pete Dunne's British Strong Style seminar", International Wrestling Syndicate, Retrieved on June 24, 2017.
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