Wrestling Superstars Live
|Formerly||AWA Superstars of Wrestling|
Wrestling Superstars Live was a governing body for a group of independent professional wrestling promotions and sanctioned various championships. It was founded in 1996 by Dale Gagner and Jonnie Stewart.
In 1996, Dale Gagner and his associate Jonnie Stewart, former American Wrestling Association (AWA) employees, began using the AWA name in the state of Minnesota with the authorization from the Minnesota Secretary of State and formed an organization known as AWA Superstars of Wrestling. They began the organization as a continuation of the American Wrestling Association, which closed in 1991. Dale Gagner began using the pseudonym "Dale Gagne", (removing the letter "r" from his name). This was in reference to his family relationship to Verne Gagne, the original owner of the American Wrestling Association.
By 2005, the organization began to franchise the AWA Superstars of Wrestling name, selling memberships to existing independent promotions around the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and Japan. Several members of AWA Superstars of Wrestling were former members of the National Wrestling Alliance. In 2007, most of the memberships were terminated, and Gagne and Stewart began co-promoting shows with a small number of regional promoters instead.
Lawsuit, renaming and reorganization
On April 26, 2007 World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) filed a lawsuit against Dale Gagne, citing trademark infringement, as WWE owned some American Wrestling Association properties due to their purchase after the AWA's closure.
In a move to sidestep WWE, Jonnie Stewart, with the help of a Chicago-based copyright law firm, attempted to trademark the name "American Wrestling Alliance" instead. However, The United States Patent and Trademark Office later indicated that the request was abandoned in February 2008.
On October 29, 2008, a settlement was reached between Gagne and WWE. The court ruling prohibits Gagne from certain uses of the AWA name or any other derivatives. As a result, the organization was renamed to Wrestling Superstars Live. In a press release sent out October 30, 2007, the organization announced that it will no longer sanction independent territories. Gagne and Stewart noted that each of the remaining territories would be individually assessed.
When the organization was formed in 1996, Wrestling Superstars Live claimed the lineages and names of original American Wrestling Association championships. However, following WWE's filed lawsuit against Gagne and Stewart, AWA Wrestling Superstars Live championship reigns are recognized from 1996 and forward.
|Championship||Champion||Date won||Location||Previous holder|
|World Heavyweight Championship||Keith Walker||February 21, 2009||Michigan City, Indiana||Ricky Landell|
|World Light Heavyweight Championship||Kirby Mack||January 7, 2007||Pottstown, Pennsylvania||T.J. Mack|
|World Tag Team Championship||Team Vision
(Chasyn Rance and Mister Saint Laurent)
|April 18, 2008||Fayetteville, West Virginia||Vacant - Won the 2008 Mountain Mayhem and defeated Team Macktion (Kirby & T.J. Mack) in the Finals|
|Fighting World Championship||Keith Walker||September 13, 2008||Waukesha, Wisconsin||Ricky Landell|
- The United States Championship was abandoned in December 2007.
- The AWA Japan Women's Championship was retired in 2007
Wrestling Superstars Live had members in the United States, Canada, England and Australia.
|All Action Wrestling||Western Australia||(2007/11 - 2009/05)|
|AWA Florida||Florida||(2005 - 2011)|
|Brew City Wrestling||Wisconsin||2004 - 2008/12|
|Canadian Wrestling Federation||Manitoba||2005/08 - 2007/04|
|Carolina Wrestling Federation||North Carolina||2005 - 2007|
|Hawai'i Championship Wrestling||Hawaii||2006 - 2007|
|Millennium Wrestling Federation||Massachusetts||2005/03 - 2007|
|Pro-Wrestling WORLD-1||Pennsylvania||2004 - 2007|
|Pro Wrestling Zero1||Japan||2004/10 - 2007/12|
|Rocky Mountain Championship Wrestling||Colorado||2005/01 - 2008|
|Spinebuster / WORLD-1 South||Georgia||2005/07 - 2008|
|Supreme Championship Wrestling||Indiana||2005 - 2007|
|Ultra Championship Wrestling Zero||Utah||2005/02 - 2007|
|West Coast Wrestling Connection||Oregon||2007 - 2008|
- Andrew Fallon
- Aaron Aguilera
- Brian Lawler
- Basham (Douglas Basham)
- The Damaja (Daniel Hollie)
- "King of Old School" Steve Corino
- Phil Davis
- Sean Davis
- Arya Daivari
- Danny Dominion
- G.Q. Gallo
- Larry Huntley
- Ricky Landell
- Lightning Blind Mike (Michael Hunt)
- Kirby Mack
- T.J. Mack
- N8 Mattson
- The New York Gangster
- Mister Saint Laurent
- Noah Lott (Adam Johnson)
- The Nighthawk
- Chasyn Rance
- Sonny Roselli
- Alex Silva
- Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka (James Reiher)
- C.T. Night "The Boss"
- Jonnie Stewart
- "Living Legend" Larry Zbyszko
Tag teams and stables
- Team MackTion (Kirby Mack and T.J. Mack)
- Basham and The Damaja
- The Heartbreak Express (Phil Davis and Sean Davis)
- The Heartbreakers (Antonio and Romeo)
- Dale Gagne - President
- Jonnie Stewart - Executive Vice President
- Ricky Landell - Vice President / Operations
- Kirby Mack - Vice President / Creative and New Markets
- Browning, Dan (2007-04-28). "World Wrestling sues promoter". Star Tribune. Archived from the original on 2007-04-28.
- "News and Notes, May 4, 2007". GeorgiaWrestlingHistory.com. 2007-05-04.
- Ryder, Bob (2007-04-26). "WWE Files Lawsuit Against "Gagne" For Trademark Violations Associated With AWA". 1wrestling.com.
- "WWE wins trademark infringement lawsuit over AWA". wrestleview.com. 2008-10-28.
- Gerweck, Steve. "AWA Discontinues Sanctioning". Gerweck.net. Archived from the original on 2007-11-01. Retrieved 2007-10-30.
For Immediate Release.