This season, there have been changes in the air and in title histories. Nearly every title defended on Championship Wrestling from Hollywood has changed hands in recent weeks. HollywoodWrestling.com looks back at what got us here as we gear up for the 500th Episode Spectacular next weekend.
Hollywood Heritage Championship
After several months of hiatus, new episodes of Championship Wrestling from Hollywood returned to the air in Septermber 2020. The very first thing that viewers saw was the “Squash God” WATTS standing tall in the ring with something on his mind. The champ proclaimed that the first person to step into the squared circle would get a shot at his Hollywood Heritage Championship on the spot. The crafty Ray Rosas beat the competition to the ring and then – in a major upset – beat WATTS cleanly in a matter of minutes. Rosas managed to hold onto the title for a handful of defenses on CWFH and Primetime Live despite having to constantly look over his shoulder for enemies SoCal Distancing. Ray ultimately fell prey to the numbers game, as interference from Andy Brown, Miguel, and Dom Kubrick resulted in the most decorated man in the United Wrestling Network losing his coveted championship to his former pupil Jordan Clearwater. “The Golden Boy” is out to prove that he is not a paper champion, having already successfully defended the Hollywood Heritage Title on Primetime Live and CWFH since defeating Rosas. Jordan Clearwater heads into the 500th Episode Spectacular set to put the Hollywood Heritage Championship on the line against Richie Slade!
United Television Championship
2020 began as a promising year for contender Dan Joseph. With a successful return to singles competition to kick the decade off, Joseph made a bee line directly to United Television Champion Royce Isaacs. Royce had put down a series of high caliber opponents during his title reign (Scorpio Sky and Bateman to name a few), but no one whose athleticism could outperform his own. Dan Joseph was just the athlete to step up to the plate. In an unannounced open challenge, Joseph defeated Royce Isaacs to capture the United Television Championship and send the former champ back to the “Mile High City.” Dan Joseph worked all year to prove that he is a top tier competitor through and through. “Dan the Man” solidified his nickname by leaving opponents like EJ Sparks, Dom Kubrick, and Slice Boogie laying flat from the Long Way Down. This record did not sit well with one Howdy Price, who sought to unseat the champion by any means necessary. With the aid of a loaded glove, Howdy’s client “Timeless” Levi Shapiro ripped the United Television Championship from Dan’s grasp and has held onto it through a number of underhanded tactics. HollywoodWrestling.com has been told that the United Television Championship will be defended at the 500th Episode Spectacular, but under what circumstances? That is only for the “charging bull with the iron claw” to know for sure.
United World Tag Team Championship
Early 2020 rumbled with unrest from once Television Title contender Adrian Quest. Feeling disheartened from his unsuccessful journey for a singles championship in 2019, Quest demanded a tag team title shot from his longtime mentor Rust Taylor (now Tyler Rust) and partner Tomaste. The Soul Burners, confused though up for the competition, put their United World Tag Team Championship on the line in what they expected would be a pure contest pitting themselves against Adrian Quest and partner “Uptown” Andy Brown. The matchup quickly turned ugly, as Tomaste’s exposed feet were intentionally crushed against the ring steps and Rust Taylor suffered a brutal piledriver on the entrance stage that spelled victory for their opponents. The team now known as STATIC celebrated with confidant Ray Rosas for a short matter of weeks before the program went into a health-mandated hiatus. As the program returned in the Fall of 2020, the United World Tag Team Champions now had a new plan in mind and that did not include keeping Ray Rosas around. Now aligning with a figure that we have only known as “The Man,” Quest and Brown have taken to calling themselves SoCal Distancing and are hell-bent on stopping wrestling and Ray Rosas at all costs. Unfortunately for the Tag Team Champions, Ray Rosas was able to give his former teammates a taste of their own medicine, interfering in a Tag Team Championship match that resulted in crowning of new title holders in The Bodega. Danny Limelight and Papo Esco have been adamant that they will fight anyone and, following a number one contender’s match on the most recent episode of CWFH, The Bodega will be defending their newly won United World Tag Team Championship at the 500th Episode Spectacular against 4 Minutes of Heat!
The 500th Episode Spectacular begins this weekend on Championship Wrestling from Hollywood! Tune in!
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On this week’s episode of The Push, we sit down with Mike Bennett, who discusses the challenging last few years of his career, his Prime Time Live debut vs. NWA Champion Nick Aldis and his determination to become the first-ever United Wrestling Network World Champion.
After defeating Peter Avalon in the opening round of our tournament on PrimeTime Live, Chris Dickinson opened up on his wrestling career, his “Dirty Daddy” attitude and his obsession to become the first-ever United Wrestling World Champion.
The Push – Andy Brown
On this week’s episode of The Push, we sit down with one half of the United Wrestling Tag-Team Champions, Andy Brown, who opens up about confidence issues early in his career and discusses his journey in Championship Wrestling From Hollywood.
The landscape of professional wrestling never stops morphing and evolving and as always FITE will be at the forefront, bringing viewers across the globe ringside for the genesis of a new weekly, episodic PPV series Primetime Live.
Commencing Tuesday September 15th, the weekly ninety-minute PPV series will emanate from California’s Thunder Studios, produced by The United Wrestling Network, in partnership with the National Wrestling Alliance. The United Wrestling Network is the brainchild of long-time promoter and TV producer Dave Marquez, overseeing a collection of “Championship Wrestling from…” promotions who share talents, production and championships.
The United Wrestling Network will partner with Billy Corgan’s National Wrestling Alliance for Primetime Live, bringing the Champions and competitors from the popular NWA Powerrr series live and in action, meshing the tradition of professional wrestling with a push towards the future. Primetime Live is designed to be a launchpad to provide evolving talents their first national PPV exposure while presenting a Nexus for veterans to return to prominence within the squared circle. For diehard fans seeking to discover the diamonds in the rough who will push professional wrestling to the next level, Primetime Live will be their destination for an alternative, hard-hitting combat sports experience.
NWA WORLDS CHAMPION NICK ALDIS VS. MIKE BENNETT
There is perhaps no more fitting main event for the debut of UWN’s Primetime Live than Nick Aldis carrying his beloved Ten Pounds of Gold into the ring against a challenger who is seeking not just championship glory but outright redemption. While Aldis has been the flagbearer for the National Wrestling Alliance since the promotion’s rebirth under the auspices of Billy Corgan, Bennett’s career trajectory has been far more sullen. Trapped in the vortex of missed opportunities and being completely misused by WWE officials, Bennett’s escape from the promotion has led to a tremendous chip on his shoulder. Exhausted and furious at being overlooked nationally, Bennett is storming into Primetime Live seeking to shock the world by capturing the NWA Worlds Championship. The only problem with Bennett’s plans to transform the narrative of his career in one evening is that he’ll be attempting to do so by facing perhaps the most tremendously gifted professional wrestler of the modern era…
For Aldis, this match is not just a title defense but a step into the unknown. After all, how does one properly strategize for a contender who has effectively been hiding in plain sight under the radar? Bennett intends to take back his career on the 15th, a night that may prove to be the most important evening in his entire career.
WEST COAST PRO CHAMPION ALEXANDER HAMMERSTONE VS. EJ SPARKS
The UWN Primetime Live series will provide a much needed spotlight for professional wrestling promotions that are beloved by their local communities but have yet to find true national exposure. On the debut edition of Primetime Live, West Coast Pro will be featured as their reigning and defending champion, the massive powerhouse Alexander Hammerstone will defend against up and coming West Coast sensation EJ Sparks, who has taken to the air to shock opponents up and down the Pacific Coast. Hammerstone, who has decimated opponents across MLW and Pro Wrestling NOAH over the last year, will be playing Championship Goliath to the David of EJ Sparks. Can power and wrestling finesse overpower heart and all out aerial assaults? It will all unfold on Primetime Live!
KAMILLE VS. HEATHER MONROE
Kamille has become both respected and revived as the muscle behind NWA Worlds Champion Nick Aldis, but remains a powerhouse competitor in her own right. During the debut episode of Primetime Live, Kamille will make history, becoming one of the first female competitors to enter the ring on UWN’s debut PPV broadcast. Heather Monroe, a respected veteran of the California scene who has risen to become one of the most beloved combatants in Championship Wrestling from Hollywood, will be a tough test for Kamille. Monroe, recently seen in AEW, has continued to evolve as a competitor. Will Kamille’s strength and aggression be the factor that takes out the “Killer Bae” or will Monroe once again shock the world with another stunning victory? FITE viewers will witness the answer live.
UWN TELEVISION CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLE
Dan “The Man” Joseph has been enjoying quite the championship reign since ascending to the United Wrestling Network Television Championship throne. While the championship has brought him into regular combat (as well as television opportunities that have included co-hosting Championship Wrestling from Hollywood’s Best-of episodes with Jon Roberts), there may be no more important Championship defense beyond the debut episode of Primetime Live, where Joseph has the opportunity to introduce himself as the definitive champion for viewers across the globe. Joseph will be facing the pride of Atlantic City, NJ, the unorthodox Levi Shapiro, who is no stranger to Joseph. Led to the ring by nefarious talent prospector Howdy Price, Shapiro is laser-focused at redeeming himself after recently losing to Joseph, obsessed with making history as the new UWN Television Champion.
CHRIS DICKINSON DEBUTS
One of the most hard-hitting and in demand independent professional wrestlers fighting today, Chris Dickinson will make his UWN debut on Primetime Live. Having terrorized opponents in AAA Lucha Libre, EVOLVE and Beyond Wrestling, among other outfits, Dickinson is looking to make a worldwide smash with a victory. Dickinson will be facing four-year veteran Dicky Mayer, a star trained by Brian Kendrick and Jesse Hernandez who has wowed fans across The Golden State with his flying headbutt. Will Dicksinson maul his way to his first victory in the United Wrestling Network or will Mayer reign?
WILL ALLDAY REPRESENTS TEXAS AGAINST CALIFORNIA’S CLEARWATER
Will Allday, a former collegiate wrestling standout who has risen to the top of WWE Hall of Famer Booker T’s Reality of Wrestling promotion will represent the Lone Star State when he clashes with Jordan Clearwater. Clearwater, dubbed “The Golden Boy,” has had a long, successful 2020 on the West Coast, going all the way to the semi-finals of the most recent Percy Pringle III Memorial Cup (The PP3) tournament and debuting for New Japan Pro Wrestling’s Strong TV series on FITE, but the crowning moment of the year would be establishing his dominance on Primetime Live. For Clearwater to do so, he’s going to have to upend Allday, who has torn through Texas like a force of nature. What State will emerge victorious?
TAG TEAM WAR
Two of California’s most dominant tag teams will face off in a colossal clash during the debut episode of Prime Time Live. One of the most popular duos on the West Coast, The Tribe – Hawaiian Lion and The Navajo Warrior will take to the ring to battle The Wolf Zaddies, Bad Dude Tito and Che Cabrera. The Wolf Zaddies have beaten opponents everywhere into submission and seek to continue carving their path of destruction through Primetime Live. To do so, however, they are going to have to overcome The Tribe, perhaps the most vibrant and resilient tandem to step into the United Wrestling Network. Having endured numerous wars thanks to the tremendous fan support behind them, The Navajo Warrior and Hawaiian Lion seek to entertain and electrify fans across the FITE world with a big tag team victory.
United Wrestling Network’s Primetime Live will debut on Tuesday September 15th and will then air every Tuesday with NWA Women’s Champion Thunder Rosa, the six man trio known as Static and NYC veteran Papadon among the stars heading to future broadcasts. Primetime Live will be the nexus where tradition and tomorrow collide and there’s only one way to be right there at the epicenter of the explosion to come – and that’s to be part of the premiere edition right here on FITE.TV!
Mike Johnson is the lead reporter for PWInsider.com and has been writing about professional wrestling since 1996. He can be found on Twitter @MikePWInsider and MikeJohnsonWrites.com.
The Push – Bad Dude Tito, the Hollywood “Ass Kicker”
On this week’s episode of #ThePush, we sit down with former Hollywood Heritage Champion and one half of the Wolf Zaddies, Bad Dude Tito, who discusses his career and his role as the United Wrestling Network’s resident “bad ass.”
Heritage Hall – NWA Worlds Champion Adam Pearce vs. Willie Mack
The NWA Worlds Championship has been defended on our United Wrestling programming for more than a decade, and we look forward to continuing to feature it on our new weekly, live PPV series Prime Time LIVE, debuting Sept. 15! In the meantime, we take a look back at a classic on this episode of #HeritageHall, when Adam Pearce defended the “Ten Pounds of Gold” vs. Willie Mack in 2011.
Hollywood, CA (August 10, 2020) – United Wrestling Network (UWN), National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) and Thunder Studios today announced that they will partner to launch an all-new, live weekly professional wrestling pay-per-view series on national cable / satellite television and streaming on FITE. “United Wrestling Network’s Primetime LIVE” is set to be 90-minutes of hard-hitting, can’t miss action, premiering Tuesday Sept. 15 at 9P EST and will originate LIVE from Thunder’s Long Beach Studios. This unprecedented new series will be a grand showcase of acclaimed talent and competitors from all regions and different promotions across the globe in their quest to settle real-life feuds and attain championship glory – with an emphasis on the NWA and UWN Championships. Each week on UWN: Primetime LIVE anything can happen, in the ring and behind-the-scenes.
“I’m pleased that we are finally able to announce some good news, and in partnering with United Wrestling Network we’ll be able to get back to work with what promises to be top-tier matchups, and soon. It goes without saying that 2020 has been a challenging year for everyone, and our goal in re-establishing in-ring NWA action was to make sure that our talent would be protected working within the now established safety protocols, as well as delivering consistent, high quality content like our vaunted shows NWA POWERRR, and ‘Ten Pounds of Gold’. But this will be more than just a weekly, live PPV broadcast, as we plan on shooting additional content for the NWA YouTube channel and our Patreon subscribers. My goal here is simple: to provide the best contests possible with the greatest talent available, carrying on the great legacy of the National Wrestling Alliance as an independent governing body. And in that we hope to feature at least one championship match on every live broadcast.” states NWA Owner, William Patrick Corgan.
“To me, ‘UWN: Primetime LIVE’ is a pro wrestling fan’s dream come true. I’ve always wanted to produce a joint program that would feature the baddest and best pro wrestlers from different promotions on the same broadcast. This fan first way of thinking should allow us to present match-ups that you might not normally ever see on weekly television. There may be a time when you see someone from Championship Wrestling from Hollywood go against someone from Chicago’s Freelance Wrestling, or even fighters out of the NJPW LA Dojo versus West Coast Pro Wrestling. A major goal we have is to take newer up-and-coming athletes and present them in a way that hasn’t been done on a nationally televised show before. With this incredible new platform and opportunity to let the greatest talent shine on a worldwide stage, we are poised to create new superstars! Factor in the NWA Champions and the stars of NWA POWERRR and beyond, all converging for some of the most exciting programming possible. In my 30 years in both television production and promoting wrestling, this project will be the biggest of my career.” said UWN: Primetime LIVE Executive Producer David Marquez.
The health and safety of our athletes, cast, staff and crew are extremely important to us and we’ll be following Thunder Studio’s COVID-19 protocol. Every member of this production will undergo testing, temperature checks and all other local and national medical requirements. UWN: Primetime LIVE will utilize Thunder’s Zoning System identifying parts of the studio where we are authorized to enter. We will also have an onsite physician to supervise all testing. To learn more about Thunder Studio’s COVID-19 protocols please visit http://www.thunderstudios.com/news/thunder-studios-covid-19-safe-ready-open- .
This broadcast will be available in Spanish. In the coming weeks we will have more information available including the matchmaking and the levels and methods to purchasing this new series. For more information on the National Wrestling Alliance please visit NationalWrestlingAlliance.com and follow them @NWA. United Wrestling Network information can be found at UnitedWrestlingTV.com and @unitedWrestling or @CWFHollywood.
ABOUT THUNDER STUDIOS
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