Ring Warriors

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Ring Warriors
Ring Warriors logo.jpg
GenreProfessional wrestling
Created byHiro Matsuda
Howard T. Brody
StarringRing Warriors Roster
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13
Production
Executive producer(s)Larry Brannon
Howard Brody
Howard Lipkint
Production location(s)Sam's Town Hotel and Gambling Hall, Las Vegas
Camera setupMulticamera setup
Running time60 minutes
Release
Original networkWGN America
Amazon Prime Video
Picture format480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original releaseSeptember 15, 2018 (2018-09-15) –
present
External links
[www.ringwarriors.net Website]

Ring Warriors is an American professional wrestling promotion based in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ring Warriors was a member promotion of the National Wrestling Alliance from September 2011 to 2012. Their current television series premiered on WGN America on September 15, 2018. The current heavyweight champion of the promotion is Killer Kross.

History[edit]

In the early 1990s Howard Brody was a business partner with the late wrestling great Hiro Matsuda for World Superstars of Wrestling, Inc. and together they created an Americanized version of New Japan Pro Wrestling's World Pro Wrestling Japanese TV show for international TV called Ring Warriors. The show appeared on Eurosport, ESPN Asia, South African Broadcasting Corporation and various other networks around the world. Initially the show was hosted by Craig DeGeorge and Sir Oliver Humperdink and after the first 26 episodes, DeGeorge was replaced by Gordon Solie who was retiring from WCW. While the goal of Ring Warriors was to eventually create a U.S.-based promotion with the same philosophy and style as what was presented on TV, Matsuda died before that goal was realized.

In an attempt to get into the U.S. market, in 1997 World Superstars of Wrestling, Inc. partnered with the now defunct VDO and Webstar (ISP), Scott Crompton and George Zhen, broadcasting one of the first video based websites. Shot on location in Tampa Bay, Florida, Matsuda and Brody produced six one hour episodes with hosts Gordon Solie and Bruno Sammartino. Sir Oliver Humperdink did an interview segment with various wrestling personalities such as Dan "The Beast" Severn, Danny Spivey and others. With the Internet in such an infancy, technology and bandwidth could not support the endeavor so the broadcast only lasted the six episodes. Unofficially, Ring Warriors was the first television show to be broadcast on the Internet.[1]

Brody, along with partners Larry Brannon (a.k.a. Vito DeNucci) and Paul Jones (not the wrestling manager), revived the "Ring Warriors" name for a new promotion in 2011. This incarnation was founded as a member of the National Wrestling Alliance.

On May 2013, Ring Warriors announced a restructuring of its organization. Paul Jones, who had been Chief Executive Officer of Ring Warriors, LLC since it was first established in September 2011, was moved to business development adviser for the company and consultant on the Ring Warriors executive board. In addition to his new duties at Ring Warriors, Jones was the Battling Bombshells CEO and President. Also, the managing partners Larry Brannon and Howard T. Brody assumed the roles of COO and CEO respectively and the company also announced it has secured Angel Financing from a private funding group that has offices in South Florida and Las Vegas. The private funding enabled Ring Warriors to begin its long-awaited foray into television production and the company planned its first set of tapings in South Florida in July 2013.[2] On March 20, 2014, Ring Warriors announced an international TV distribution deal with Fighting Spirit.[3] In April 2015, Ring Warriors held a 6-hour TV taping at the WPBT studios. The company planned to broadcast the show in India, Singapore and Thailand.[4] On August 15, 2015, Ring Warriors announced an TV Taping deal at Tampa Letter Carriers Hall in Tampa, Florida. However, the promotion closed in 2016.

On June 9, 2018, Ring Warriors announced they would return in August.[5] On July 23, 2018, Ring Warriors announced on Facebook a national television partnership with WGN America.[6] Ring Warriors would debut on the network starting September 15, 2018. In December 2018, it was announced that episodes of Ring Warriors would begin streaming on Amazon Prime Video, starting with the show's "Winter Finale" on December 22, 2018.[7]

Ring Warriors is currently on hiatus after the season finale on December 22, 2018.

Champions[edit]

Championship Current champion(s) Date won
Grand Championship Killer Kross October 10, 2018
Global Tag Team Championship Vacant
Battling Bombshells Championship Vacant

Grand Championship[edit]

# Wrestlers Reign Date Days
held
Location Event Notes
1 Bruce Santee 1 March 29, 2012 Fort Lauderdale, Florida NWA Ring Warriors Battle Of The Belts Santee defeated The Giant Titan to become the inaugural champion[8]
Deactivated 2016 Promotion ceased operations
2 Jeff Cobb 1 October 10, 2018 Las Vegas, Nevada Ring Warriors on WGN Defeated Eli Drake in a tournament final to win the vacant title. Aired on October 27, 2018[9]
3 Killer Kross 1 October 10, 2018 Las Vegas, Nevada Ring Warriors on WGN

Global Tag Team Championship[edit]

# Wrestlers Reign Date Days
held
Location Event Notes
1 Wes Brisco & Cassidy Riley 1 September 8, 2012 168 Hollywood, Florida NWA Ring Warriors September Storm Brisco and Riley defeated The Headbangers (Mosh & Thrasher) to become the inaugural champion[10]
2 Billy Fives & Scoot Andrews 1 February 23, 2013 903 Pembroke Pines, Florida Ring Warriors February Fury
3 Eddie Rios and Jay Cruz 1 August 15, 2015 ?? Tampa, Florida Live event Rios and Cruz defeated Andrews and Simon Sez
Deactivated 2016 Promotion ceased operations

Bahamian Championship[edit]

# Wrestlers Reign Date Days
held
Location Event Notes
1 Chance Prophet 1 May 30, 2012 494 Nassau, Bahamas NWA Ring Warriors Battle In The Bahamas: Invasion Of The Ring Warriors Prophet defeated The Giant Titan to become the inaugural champion.[11]
2 Alex Chamberlain 1 October 6, 2013 416 Fort Lauderdale, Florida Ring Warriors TV Episode 5
Deactivated November 26, 2014 [12]

Battling Bombshells Championship[edit]

# Wrestlers Reign Date Days
held
Location Event Notes
1 La Rosa Negra 1 July 14, 2012 56 Hollywood, Florida NWA Ring Warriors Hollywood Heat Wave Negra defeated Sienna DuVall and Su Yung to become the inaugural champion[13]
2 Sienna DuVall 1 September 8, 2012 21 Hollywood, Florida NWA Ring Warriors September Storm
3 La Rosa Negra 2 September 29, 2012 910 Nassau, Bahamas NWA Ring Warriors Battle In The Bahamas 2: Return Of The Ring Warriors
4 Santana Garrett 1 March 28, 2015 ?? Lake Worth Live event Garrett's NWA Women's Championship was also on the line[14]
Deactivated 2016 Promotion ceased operations

See also[edit]

References[edit]

General

  • Rodolfo Roman (9 April 2015). "The Roman Show: Eddie Martinez, David Branch, Nick Newell, Howard Brody". BlogTalkRadio.com (Podcast). The Roman Show. Retrieved 29 May 2017.

Specific

  1. ^ Jay Cal (February 18, 2012). "Howard Brody of NWA Ring Warriors". BlogTalkRadio.com (Podcast). The Alliance Guys Podcast. Retrieved May 29, 2017.
  2. ^ Csonka, Larry (May 23, 2013). "Florida Ring Warriors Promotion Announces Restructuring, TV Taping Plans". 411mania.com.
  3. ^ Johnson, Mike (March 20, 2014). "RING WARRIORS ANNOUNCES INTERNATIONAL TV DISTRIBUTION DEAL". PWInsider.com.
  4. ^ "PRO WRESTLING: Howard Brody, Ring Warriors on The Roman Show". Miami Herald. April 10, 2015.
  5. ^ "RING WARRIORS RELAUNCHES, ANNOUNCES AUGUST TV TAPINGS IN LAS VEGAS WITH AUSTIN ARIES & MORE". pwinsider. June 9, 2018.
  6. ^ https://www.facebook.com/ringwarriors/videos/2014688718556053/
  7. ^ "Ring Warriors Will Now Air on Amazon Prime". 411Mania. December 14, 2018. Retrieved December 18, 2018.
  8. ^ "Ring Warriors Grand Title (Florida)". Wrestling-Titles.com. Puroresu Dojo. 2012.
  9. ^ 1056479633854496770
  10. ^ "Ring Warriors Global Tag Team Title (Florida)". Wrestling-Titles.com. Puroresu Dojo. 2012.
  11. ^ "Bahamas Heavyweight Title". Wrestling-Titles.com. Puroresu Dojo. 2003.
  12. ^ Johnson, Mike (November 26, 2014). "RING WARRIORS ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR MATSUDA CUP". PWInsider.com.
  13. ^ "Ring Warriors Battling Bombshells Division Title (Florida)". Wrestling-Titles.com. Puroresu Dojo. 2012.
  14. ^ "Ring Warriors". Facebook.com. March 30, 2015.

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