WWNLive

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World Wrestling Network
AcronymWWNLive
Founded2001 (DVD Company)
2010 (Governing Body)
HeadquartersUnited States
Founder(s)Sal Hamaoui
Owner(s)Sal Hamaoui
Websitehttp://www.wwnlive.com/

World Wrestling Network (WWN) is an American professional wrestling organization and digital media streaming and video on demand service.[1][2][3][4] WWN operates as a governing body for promotions (or "brands") including EVOLVE, Shine and Full Impact Pro.

History[edit]

WWN was founded by Sal Hamaoui and Tony Valamontes in 2001 as an internet streaming and video on demand service.[4] In 2003, WWN began producing Full Impact Pro (FIP) DVDs.[4]

In early 2010, Gabe Sapolsky co-founded Evolve Wrestling along with WWN COO Sal Hamaoui. Evolve started out with the idea of featuring the upcoming wrestlers that weren't in DGUSA. Since that time, Sapolsky has honed his booking style. August 2014 saw a relaunch of Evolve, which has established a unique identity with the top talent going today.

Evolve and Dragon Gate USA are both under the parent company of WWN. In 2011, WWN launched its own live iPPV streaming service, www.WWNLive.com. Sapolsky helped market and produce content for WWNLive.com.

2014 saw WWN hold its first "supershows" with a two-week tour of China. The first WWN Supershow in the United States also took place in 2014. The idea behind the WWN Supershow is to combine title matches and talent from all the WWN brands as well as special guest attractions.

Dragon Gate USA held its last event in 2014 and is currently defunct. Sapolsky is now the Vice President of Talent Relations, Creative and Marketing of WWN with his main concentration on Evolve and WWN Supershows. Sapolsky also helps market the other WWN brands, including Full Impact Pro and Shine, an all women's promotion.

In November 2014, Evolve, along with Dragon Gate USA (DGUSA), Full Impact Pro (FIP) and Shine Wrestling, all under the WWNLive banner, held a tour of China.[5] The following month, WWNLive announced a long-term deal with Great-Wall International Sports Management for regular tours of Asia, starting in the spring of 2015.[6]

In 2015, WWNLive opened a training facility in Trinity, Florida named "World Wrestling Network Academy".[7]

During 2015, Evolve entered a relationship with WWE. Evolve's wrestlers were featured on WWE.com,[8] while NXT wrestlers Sami Zayn, Chad Gable and Jason Jordan took part in Evolve events in non-wrestling roles.[9][10] In January 2016, NXT General Manager William Regal and WWE COO Triple H attended Evolve 54.[11] As part of the relationship, it was announced in March 2016 that Evolve would hold qualifying matches for WWE's Cruiserweight Classic.[12]

On October 24, 2016, WWNLive and FloSports announced a new streaming service, starting on November 4. Through the service, subscribers can access both live streaming events as well as events from WWNLive's on-demand library, dating back to 2003.[13]

On November 22, 2016, it was announced that WWNLive would be debuting a new promotion named Style Battle on January 7, 2017.[14] Also announced was the creation of the WWN Championship on April 1, 2017.[15]

On September 21, 2017, it was reported that FloSports had filed a $1 million lawsuit against WWNLive for breach of contract and alleged misrepresention of iPPV and VOD buyrates.[16] WWNLive, meanwhile, claimed that FloSports had failed to live up to their contractual obligations. Because of the lawsuit, FloSports pulled all future WWNLive events from its streaming service.[17] The following December, WWNLive launched a replacement streaming service, Club WWN.[18]

Members[edit]

Promotion Key People State Years
American Combat Wrestling 5th Avenue Entertainment Port Richey, Florida 2001–present[19]
Dragon Gate USA Gabe Sapolsky Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 2009 - 2015

(Dormant)

Evolve Wrestling Gabe Sapolsky Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 2009–present
Full Impact Pro Sal Hamaoui Largo, Florida 2009–present
Shine Wrestling Dave Prazak Ybor City, Florida 2012–present
Style Battle Gabe Sapolsky Ybor City, Florida 2017–present
Viva La Lucha Ruben Zamora[20] San Diego, California[20] 2006–present[21]

Championships[edit]

Championship Current champion(s) Reign Date won Days Location Previous champion(s)
WWN Championship JD Drake 1 October 28, 2018 206 Ybor City, Florida Joey Janela
Evolve Championship Austin Theory 1 December 15, 2018 158 Queens, NY Fabian Aichner
Evolve Tag Team Championship The Unwanted
(Eddie Kingston and Joe Gacy)
1 March 15, 2019 68 Melrose, Massachusetts Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins and Montez Ford)
FIP World Heavyweight Championship Anthony Henry 1 September 30, 2018[22] 234 Ybor City, Florida Austin Theory
FIP World Tag Team Championship The Precipice
(Chance Auren and Omar Amir)
1 March 3, 2019 80[23] Ybor City, Florida The End
(Oddison and Parrow)
FIP Florida Heritage Championship Jon Davis 1 May 25, 2018[24] 362 Ybor City, Florida Eddie Taurus
SHINE Championship Allysin Kay 2 May 6, 2019 16 Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan Miyu Yamashita
SHINE Tag Team Championship Rainbow Bright
(Gabby Gilbert and Luscious Latasha)
1 January 19, 2019 123 Ybor City, Florida Twisted Sisters
(Hollidead and Thunder Rosa)
SHINE Nova Championship Shotzi Blackheart 1 May 10, 2019 12 Livonia, Michigan Aja Perera
ACW Combat Championship Danny Vincent 1 February 2, 2019 109 Port Richey, Florida Sawl Clover
ACW Cruiserweight Championship Samuel C 2 September 2018 Florida Markos Espada
ACW Heavyweight Championship Damien Angel 1 December 1, 2018 172 Port Richey, Florida Mitch Mitchell
ACW Tag Team Championship The Precipice
(Chance Champion and Omar Amir)
1 October 28, 2017 571 Port Richey, Florida The Stateline
(Damien Angel and Eddie Taurus)
ACW Women's Championship Avery Taylor 1 December 5, 2018 168 Port Richey, Florida Katalina Perez

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "PWTorch.com - DEVELOPING STORY: Update on WWE and WWNLive working together after WWE personnel attend EVOLVE show".
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-04-06. Retrieved 2016-04-09.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
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  13. ^ Nason, Josh (2016-10-24). "FloSports announces deal with WWNLive, launches pro wrestling streaming service". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved 2016-10-24.
  14. ^ Currier, Joseph (2016-11-22). "WWNLive debuting new Style Battle promotion on FloSlam". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved 2016-11-22.
  15. ^ Johnson, Mike (2016-11-23). "WWNLive launching new title, new brand". Pro Wrestling Insider. Retrieved 2016-11-24.
  16. ^ Radican, Sean (2017-09-21). "Breaking: FloSports files lawsuit against WWN for misrepresentation of iPPV & VOD buyrates, WWN planning countersuit (w/Radican's Analysis)". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 2017-09-21.
  17. ^ Currier, Joseph (2017-09-22). "Evolve events pulled from FloSlam schedule". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved 2017-09-22.
  18. ^ Currier, Joseph (2017-12-20). "WWN launches new on-demand service". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved 2017-12-20.
  19. ^ http://411mania.com/wrestling/wwn-live-to-create-new-wwn-championship-to-be-defended-across-all-promotions/
  20. ^ a b Kreikenbohm, Philip. "Viva La Lucha! (VLL)". cagematch.net. Retrieved 2017-05-31.
  21. ^ "Viva La Lucha on WWNLive.com". WWNLive.com. Retrieved 2017-05-31.
  22. ^ Trionfo, Richard (2015-07-04). "FIP Declaration of Independence report: Swann versus Konley for the world title, Savages versus Solow and Cade for the tag titles, ladder match, and more". Pro Wrestling Insider. Retrieved 2015-07-04.
  23. ^ http://www.wrestling-news.net/fip-ascension-2019-results/119808/
  24. ^ "FIP Florida Heritage Championship". Cage Match. Retrieved March 20, 2016.

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