Westside Xtreme Wrestling

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Westside Xtreme Wrestling
Acronym wXw
Founded 2000[1]
Headquarters Essen, 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, primarily in Oberhausen.[1] Since 2013, wXw regularly tours through Germany, adding tour stops even outside the country, e.g. in Switzerland.[4]


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 own network similar to WWE's network, called wXwNOW.[4]


Since its creation, wXw has developed working relationships with several American promotions including Chikara, Pro Wrestling Guerrilla, Combat Zone Wrestling and Evolve, several Japanese promotions including Dragon Gate and Pro Wrestling Noah, several British promotions including IPW:UK and All Star Wrestling, and various European-based promotions.[1][5]

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.[6] The second Gorefest, held in 2009, included a title match between Drake Younger and Devon Moore for Combat Zone Wrestling's Heavyweight Championship.[7]

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.[8] 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.[9]

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.[10] 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.[11]

On July 24, 2014, wXw announced a partnership with Jeff Jarrett's Global Force Wrestling promotion.[12]

On July 18, 2015, New Japan Pro Wrestling announced a working relationship with wXw as part New Japan's international expansion plans.[13]



Championship Current champion(s) Reign Date won Days
Location Notes
wXw Unified World Wrestling Championship Travis Banks 1 Oct 29, 2017 22 Frankfurt, Germany Travis Banks wins in 0:09 seconds
wXw World Tag Team Championship Ringkampf
(Timothy Thatcher and Walter)
October 8, 2017 43 Oberhausen, Germany -
wXw Shotgun Championship Ivan Kiev 1 September 1, 2017 80 Hamburg, Germany -


Championship Final champion(s) Date won Location Notes
wXw World Lightweight Championship Zack Sabre Jr. June 5, 2010 Oberhausen, Germany Defeated Steve Douglas and unified the Lightweight Title with the Heavyweight Title to make the wXw Unified World Wrestling Championship.[14]
wXw Hardcore Championship Necro Butcher August 1, 2006 Plainfield, Indiana Texas Death Elimination Match against Ian Rotten and JC Bailey[15]
wXw Women's Championship Cleopatra March 1, 2003 Essen, Germany Defeated Alex Breslin to become the first champion.[16]

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[17] to honor wrestlers who have wrestled for the promotion.

# 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 Jack, ThumbtackThumbtack 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.

16 Carat Gold Tournament[edit]

Year Winner Ref
2006 Baron von Hagen [18]
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. [19]
2017 Ilja Dragunov [20]

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.[21]


  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 "Chronik". wXw - more than Wrestling (in German). Retrieved 2017-08-24. 
  5. ^ westside Xtreme wrestling, Official MySpace
  6. ^ Cagematch, wXw/X-S:W Gorefest – European King Of The Death Matches 2006
  7. ^ Cagematch, wXw Gore Fest II
  8. ^ Moonsault.de, wXw/NOAH Dead End VIII 21./22.6, Oberhausen
  9. ^ Martin, Adam, Indy News #3: HETV, TNA stars, CWE, AIW June 8, 2010 Wrestleview.com
  10. ^ Knowledge, Nick, westside Xtreme wrestling in Philadelphia Live Report March 17, 2010, PWInsider.com
  11. ^ Miami Herald, Ring Report 3/3 February 11, 2010
  12. ^ http://globalforcewrestling.com/globalpartners/ Retrieved 30 July 2014
  13. ^ 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. 
  14. ^ "wXw World Lightweight Title History". Westside Xtreme Wrestling. 
  15. ^ "wXw Hardcore Title History". Westside Xtreme Wrestling. 
  16. ^ "wXw Women's Title History". wrestling-titles.com. 
  17. ^ wXw Hall of Fame wXw-wrestling.com
  18. ^ http://www.cagematch.net/?id=26&nr=2
  19. ^ http://www.cagematch.net/?id=26&nr=3786
  20. ^ http://www.cagematch.net/?id=26&nr=4289
  21. ^ "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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