Westside Xtreme Wrestling

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Westside Xtreme Wrestling
AcronymwXw
Founded2000[1]
HeadquartersEssen, Germany[1]
Founder(s)Hate[2] (Peter Wiechers)[3]
Owner(s)Hate (2000-2006)[2]
wXw Germany GbR (2006-2009)[2]
wXw Europe GmbH (2009-present)[2]

Westside Xtreme Wrestling (wXw) is a professional wrestling promotion based in Oberhausen, Germany. wXw has been one of the leading professional wrestling promotions in Germany, and most of its events have been held in the Ruhr district, primarily in Oberhausen.[1] Since 2013, wXw regularly tours through Germany, adding tour stops even outside the country, e.g. in Switzerland, Czech Republic and the United Kingdom.[4]

History[edit]

Westside Xtreme Wrestling was founded on December 24, 2000, by Peter Wiechers, a professional wrestler with the ring name Hate.[2] wXw has become one of the most notable professional wrestling promotions in Germany, along with Hanover-based European Wrestling Promotion and Sauerland-based German Stampede Wrestling.

In 2016, wXw became the first German wrestling promotion with an on demand service similar to WWE's network, called wXwNOW.[4]

wXwNOW[edit]

wXwNOW
Wxwnow.svg
Launched2016
Owned byWestside Xtreme Wrestling
Websitewxwnow.com

wXwNOW is a subscription-based video streaming service owned by German professional wrestling promotion Westside Xtreme Wrestling (wXw). In 2016, wXw announced "wXwNOW", a new worldwide streaming site for the promotion's events. All major wXw events air live on the service, which also features matches from the promotion's archives, dating back to 2002. wXwNOW Network operates similarly to WWE Network. The service has a current monthly subscription price of 9.99€.[4]

Co-promotion[edit]

Since its creation, wXw has developed working relationships with several American promotions including Chikara, Pro Wrestling Guerrilla, Beyond Wrestling, Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW) and Evolve and several Japanese promotions including Dragon Gate, Pro Wrestling Noah, Dramatic Dream Team and Big Japan Pro Wrestling. Through the working relationship with wXw, Big Japan's World Strong Heavyweight Championship features both the CZW and wXw logos.[5] wXw has also maintained relationship withs several European-based promotions, including British promotions International Pro Wrestling: United Kingdom, Preston City Wrestling, All Star Wrestling, and Progress Wrestling.[1][6]

wXw has held several interpromotional events, including Gorefest – European King of the Death Matches 2006 took place in the United Kingdom, a hardcore-focused event co-promoted with the English-based X-Sports: Wrestling.[7] The second Gorefest, held in 2009, included a title match between Drake Younger and Devon Moore for Combat Zone Wrestling's Heavyweight Championship.[8]

The 2008 event Dead End VIII featured the Japanese-based Pro Wrestling Noah and its rosters such as KENTA, Go Shiozaki, Takashi Sugiura and Kenta Kobashi.[9] The 2009 events, Open the Spanish Gate and Open The German Gate took place in Barcelona, Spain and Oberhausen, Germany, respectively, were co-promoted with the Japanese-based Dragon Gate.[10]

On March 13, 2010, wXw held its first event in the USA, The Vision took place in front of an audience of over 450 at The Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[11] The event also featured a title match for one of CZW's titles, the CZW Ultraviolent Underground Championship, along with wXw's famous feud being between Thumbtack Jack and Drake Younger.[12]

On July 24, 2014, wXw announced a partnership with Jeff Jarrett's Global Force Wrestling promotion which ended in 2017 due to GFW ending.[13]

On July 18, 2015, New Japan Pro-Wrestling announced a working relationship with wXw as part New Japan's international expansion plans Which ended in 2016 due to wXw working with to much promotions and not having any Collaborated events, not being in NJPW events in Europe, not having wXw titles being defended in NJPW events and no talent exchanges.[14]

On July 2, 2018 wXw announced a working relationship with WWNLive, with wXw becoming an official partner of the WWN Training Center. Later that year on October 1, a relationship with WWE was announced.[15][16]

16 Carat Gold Tournament[edit]

16 Carat Gold Tournament
Promotion(s)Westside Xtreme Wrestling
First event2006
Event gimmickSingle-elimination tournament

16 Carat Gold Tournament is a single-elimination tournament annually held by the wXw. The sixteen-man tournament was first conceived by wXw in 2006 and has been held every year since then.

Year Winner Ref
2006 Baron von Hagen [17]
2007 Chris Hero
2008 Bad Bones
2009 Shingo
2010 Walter
2011 Sami Callihan
2012 El Generico
2013 Tommy End
2014 Chris Hero
2015 Tommy End
2016 Zack Sabre Jr. [18]
2017 Ilja Dragunov [19]
2018 Absolute Andy [20]
2019 Lucky Kid

Championships[edit]

Active[edit]

Championship Current champion(s) Reign Date won Days
held
Location Notes
wXw Unified World Wrestling Championship Bobby Gunns 1 March 9, 2019 67+ Oberhausen, Germany Defeated Absolute Andy at 16 Carat Gold 2019 - Day 2
wXw World Tag Team Championship Aussie Open (Kyle Fletcher & Mark Davis) 1 March 9, 2019 67+ Oberhausen, Germany defeated RISE (Ivan Kiev & Pete Bouncer) and Jay FK (Francis Kaspin & Jay Skillet) at 16 Carat Gold 2019 - Day 2
wXw Shotgun Championship Emil Sitoci 2 March 30, 2019 46+ Frankfurt, Germany Defeated Marcus Al-Ani at wXw 16 Carat Revenge
wXw Women's Championship Toni Storm 2 November 17, 2018 179+ Oberhausen, Germany Defeated Melanie Gray at Broken Rules 2018

Inactive[edit]

Championship Final champion(s) Date won Location Notes
wXw World Lightweight Championship Zack Sabre Jr. June 5, 2010 Oberhausen, Germany Defeated Steve Douglas at Dead End X to unify the Lightweight Title with the Heavyweight Title to create the wXw Unified World Wrestling Championship[21][22]
wXw Hardcore Championship Necro Butcher August 1, 2006 Plainfield, Indiana Defeated Ian Rotten and JC Bailey in a three-way elimination Texas Deathmatch at IWA Mid-South April Bloodshowers 2006[23][24]

wXw Hall of Fame[edit]

The wXw Hall of Fame is a German professional wrestling hall of fame maintained by the Oberhausen-based promotion Westside Xtreme Wrestling (wXw). It was established in 2005[25] to honor wrestlers who have wrestled for the promotion.

Inductees
# Year Ring name
(Birth name)[Note 1]
Notes[Note 2]
1 2005 Mad Cow
(Sander Rijnders)
Won the wXw World Heavyweight Championship (1 time), wXw Hardcore Championship (3 times)
2 2009 Baron Von Hagen
(Torben Borzek)
Won the wXw World Tag Team Championship (2 times)
3 2010 Hate
(Peter Wiechers)
Won the wXw Hardcore Championship (9 times), wXw World Tag Team Championship (2 times), founder and former owner of wXw.
4 2010 SigMasta Rappo
(Pascal Signer)
Won the wXw Hardcore Championship (4 times), wXw World Tag Team Championship (2 times)
5 2010 Thumbtack Jack
(Alexander Bedranowsky)
Won the wXw Hardcore Championship (1 time)
6 2011 Marc Weingartner Longtime ringside photographer.
7 2011 Alex Pain
(Alexander Pohl)
Won the wXw World Heavyweight Championship (1 time), wXw Hardcore Championship (1 time), wXw World Tag Team Championship (1 time)
8 2012 Iceman
(Isaac Harrop)
Won the wXw Hardcore Championship (1 time), wXw World Tag Team Championship (1 time)
9 2015 Steve Douglas
(Steffen Leichsenring)
Won the wXw World Lightweight Championship (1 time), wXw World Tag Team Championship (3 times), wXw World Heavyweight Championship (2 times)
10 2015 Are$
(Marco Jaggi)
Won the wXw World Heavyweight Championship (2x), wXw World Tag Team Championship (3 times), holds record with 603 days reign as wXw World heavyweight champion.
11 2017 Karsten Beck
12 2018 Doug Williams Won the wXw World Tag Team Championship (1 time)

wXw Academy[edit]

In 2016, wXw opened the first German wrestling academy with a seven-days course schedule in Essen.[4] The wXw Academy training is open for members as well as guests that can also book a stay in an apartment adjoined to the academy. With "Scouting the next Generation", the wXw Academy introduced a series of monthly events in 2015 that provides trainees of the academy the opportunity to perform in front of a crowd.[26]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Cagematch, Westside Xtreme Wrestling
  2. ^ a b c d e Cagematch, Westside Xtreme Wrestling > History
  3. ^ Cagematch, HATE
  4. ^ a b c d "Chronik". wXw - more than Wrestling (in German). Retrieved 2017-08-24.
  5. ^ "Big Japan Wrestling - Westside Xtreme Wrestling - Combat Zone Wrestling Unified Strong Championship". Wildcat Belts. August 10, 2018. Retrieved August 14, 2018.
  6. ^ westside Xtreme wrestling, Official MySpace
  7. ^ Cagematch, wXw/X-S:W Gorefest – European King Of The Death Matches 2006
  8. ^ Cagematch, wXw Gore Fest II
  9. ^ Moonsault.de, wXw/NOAH Dead End VIII 21./22.6, Oberhausen
  10. ^ Martin, Adam, Indy News #3: HETV, TNA stars, CWE, AIW June 8, 2010 Wrestleview.com
  11. ^ Knowledge, Nick, westside Xtreme wrestling in Philadelphia Live Report March 17, 2010, PWInsider.com
  12. ^ Miami Herald, Ring Report 3/3 February 11, 2010
  13. ^ http://globalforcewrestling.com/globalpartners/ Retrieved 30 July 2014
  14. ^ Caldwell, James (July 18, 2015). "NJPW news: New Japan announces big int'l expansion plans, including expanded N. America partnerships & NXT-like program". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved August 20, 2015.
  15. ^ "WWN AND WXW PARTNER UP". Pro Wrestling Torch. July 16, 2018. Retrieved August 20, 2015.
  16. ^ "WWE AND WXW PARTNER UP". WWE.Com. July 16, 2018. Retrieved August 20, 2015.
  17. ^ Kreikenbohm, Philip. "16 Carat Gold Tournament 2006 « Tournaments Database « CAGEMATCH - The Internet Wrestling Database". www.cagematch.net.
  18. ^ Kreikenbohm, Philip. "16 Carat Gold Tournament 2016 « Tournaments Database « CAGEMATCH - The Internet Wrestling Database". www.cagematch.net.
  19. ^ Kreikenbohm, Philip. "16 Carat Gold Tournament 2017 « Tournaments Database « CAGEMATCH - The Internet Wrestling Database". www.cagematch.net.
  20. ^ Kreikenbohm, Philip. "wXw 16 Carat Gold 2018 - Tag 3 « Events Database « CAGEMATCH - The Internet Wrestling Database". www.cagematch.net.
  21. ^ "wXw World Lightweight Title History". Westside Xtreme Wrestling.
  22. ^ http://www.wrestling-titles.com/europe/germany/wxw/wxw-l.html
  23. ^ "wXw Hardcore Title History". Westside Xtreme Wrestling.
  24. ^ http://www.wrestling-titles.com/europe/germany/wxw/wxw-hc.html
  25. ^ wXw Hall of Fame wXw-wrestling.com
  26. ^ "Scouting the Next Generation". wXw - more than Wrestling (in German). Retrieved 2017-08-24.
  1. ^ Entries without a birth name indicates that the inductee did not perform under a ring name.
  2. ^ This section mainly lists the major accomplishments of each inductee in wXw.

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