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The Heartland Wrestling Association (HWA) is a Midwestern independent professional wrestling promotion based in Cincinnati, Ohiomarker. A former developmental territory for both World Championship Wrestling and the World Wrestling Federation during the 1990s, it was listed as one of the top independent promotions in the United States by The Professional Wrestlers' Workout & Instructional Guide by Harley Race, Ricky Steamboat and Les Thatcher in 2005. The HWA produces a one-hour weekly television series, HWA Adrenaline, which is available on the America One and select CW networks.


The Heartland Wrestling Association was started in 1995 by Les Thatcher and Brady Laber, in association with his wrestling school Main Event Pro Wrestling Camp, and held the first annual Brian Pillman Memorial Show in 1998.

The promotion served as the developmental territory for both World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) whose former roster including wrestlers such as Mike Sanders, Shannon Moore, Victoria the Hardy Boyz and brothers Charlie and Russ Haas as well as former WCW veterans Bill DeMott and Elix Skipper Among the top independent wrestlers to have competed in the promotion include Nigel McGuinness, BJ Whitmer, Matt Stryker, Sharkboy, Cody Hawk and Chad Collyer. Although WWE pulled out of the HWA to cut their budget, HWA continues to have a working relationship with the promotion. The HWA was once featured in an episode of MTV's True Life in the episode "True Life: I'm A Professional Wrestler".

HWA airs a weekly TV program "Adrenaline" nationally on the America One television network. As of early-2007, HWA has produced three online pay-per-view events: "CyberClash" from the HWA Arena in Evendale, Ohio, on March 17, 2006, "Road to Destiny" from the Dayton Gym Club in Dayton, Ohiomarker on June 10, 2006, and "CyberClash 2.0" from the HWA Arena in Evendale, Ohio on March 10, 2007.

In August 2007, the HWA seemed to be shut down, with Cody Hawk launching a new promotion called EGO Pro Wrestling. However, it wound up being a split, as the HWA found new investors and began running live events and producing new episodes of "HWA Adrenaline." The first "HWA Reborn" event occurred on November 9, 2007, with subsequent live events being announced through 2008. Starting in September 2008, HWA will perform at The Sorg Opera House in Middletown, Ohio. In August 2009, Jake Crist became the longest reigning heavyweight champion in HWA history.


Male wrestlers

  • "The Angelic Assasin" Aaron Williams
  • Aaron Xtreme
  • Ala Hussien
  • "Bad Attitude" Brian Beech
  • Chad Cruise
  • Chris "The Kid" McGraw
  • Christian Faith
  • Dave Crist
  • DDK
  • Donovan Cain
  • Drake Younger
  • Dylan Bostic
  • Jake Crist
  • Jason Lyte
  • Jesse Emerson
  • Joseph Schwartz
  • Jon Moxley
  • Rob Matrix
  • JT Stahr
  • Kaden Assad
  • "King Vu" Richard Phillips
  • Lightning Tim Lutz
  • "The Madness" Chris Hall
  • Matt Taylor
  • "New Attitude" Ron Mathis
  • Ryan Campbell
  • Tim Donst
  • Sean Tylerstein
  • Sid Fabulous
  • Kid Fabulous
  • Vincent Nothing
  • V-Rad

Female wrestlers

  • Nevaeh
  • Hardcore Heather Owens

Tag teams

  • Royal Violence

  • The Entourage

  • Faith in Nothing

  • The Hybrids

  • The Irish Airborne

  • The Kosher Klub

  • Noble Bloods

  • Utterly Fabulous

  • The Assassins
  • Ala Hussien and Kaden Assad


  • Brock Guffman
  • Danny O'Brien
  • Shawn Bond


  • Bob Bowling

  • Chris "The Brain" Kurtis

  • Doug Devore

  • Parker Riley

  • Tim Tatum


  • Joe Kopasz

  • Brandon Tolle
  • Tyler Rafflewitz

Current champions

Championship Champion(s) Previous Date Won Location
HWA Heavyweight Championship King Vu Jake Crist August 22, 2009 Norwood, OHmarker
HWA American Luchacore Championship Aaron Williams N/A June 10, 2009 Cincinnati, OHmarker
HWA Tag Team Championship Royal Violence The Kosher Klub October 14, 2009 Middletown, OHmarker

Retired and inactive championships

Championship Last Champion(s) Previous Date Won Location
HWA Cruiserweight Championship Aaron Williams Vacant August 30, 2009 Cincinnati, OHmarker
HWA Television Championship Ganger Quinten Lee June 5, 2007 Cincinnati, OH marker
HWA Barroom Brawl Championship JT Stahr Vacant April 21, 2006 Cincinnati, OHmarker
HWA European Championship Nigel McGuiness Hoss November 4, 2003 Cincinnati, OHmarker


  1. Race, Harley, Ricky Steamboat and Les Thatcher. The Professional Wrestlers' Workout & Instructional Guide. Champaigne, Illinois: Sports Publishing LLC, 2005. (pg. 6) ISBN 1-58261-947-6
  2. Hardy, Matt and Jeff Hardy. The Hardy Boyz: Exist 2 Inspire. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2003. (pg. 7) ISBN 0-06-052154-6

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