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Independent Wrestling Association Mid-South (also known as IWA Mid-South, IWA-MS, and IWA Mid South Wrestling) is an independent professional wrestling promotion based in Louisville, Kentuckymarker.


Independent Wrestling Association: Mid-South (IWA-MS) formed in 1996 in Louisville, Kentuckymarker. The owner, Ian Rotten , is one of the first to bring hardcore style of wrestling to the United States with his violent feud with former tag team partner Axl Rotten and formed the promotion shortly after leaving Extreme Championship Wrestling in the mid-1990s . IWA-MS first came on the scene on October 10, 1996 with the first, of what would become weekly shows in Louisville, Kentucky. On April 3, 1997 IWA Mid-South would crown its first Heavyweight Champion, Tower of Doom, when he won a three way dance in the finals of a tournament.

In early 2000 IWA Mid-South would move its operations to Charlestown, Indianamarker. Many changes were made to IWA and its roster while in Charlestown. In late 2000 IWA started to make a slow shift to more technical based wrestlers, and matches. During that year Dave Prazak became a featured manager, ring announcer, commentator and he played a prominent role in bringing in Colt Cabana and CM Punk to join Chris Hero and others to get IWA Mid-South recognized for its technical matches as well as its hardcore. IWA:MS became known as a place to see the best up and coming Indy wrestlers in the Midwest, and many of its alumni now wrestle for WWE, TNA, and ROH. With this change brought the birth of the Ted Petty Invitational Tournament (TPI for short), then known as Sweet Science 16. The first TPI was held in 2000, named after former ECW, WCW, and WWE wrestler Rocco Rock, and won by Chris Hero. In the years after its birth the TPI has become one of the most respected tournaments in the wrestling world.

Along with the Ted Petty Invitational tournament their annual King of the Death Match Tournament is among their highest drawing shows.

In 2002 IWA Mid-South would once again move its base to Clarksville, Indianamarker following a disagreement with the landlord of the Charlestown building over rent. While in Clarksville IWA would introduce another tournament a Strong Style tournament. IWA Mid-South would again leave the Clarksville building, also known as the IWA Arena, after another disagreement with the landlord over rent.

IWA Mid-South currently runs shows in Indiana and Illinois, with their own arena about to open in Jeffersonville, Indiana, the Hartman Recreation Center in Joliet, Illinois and the Don Preston Recreation Center (also known as the "MidloDome") in Midlothian, Illinois being the three main buildings, with locations in Rock Island, Illinois being run on an inconsistent basis.

IWA Mid South has started a feud with stars from their sister company IWA Deep South.IWA: Mid-South returned home in Sellersburg, Indiana with Gory Days 3.

On August 26, 2009, IWA Mid-South announced that it would cease its operations after the Kings of the Crimson Mask show on August 28.

On November 3, 2009 IWA Mid-South announced that it would return with smaller budget shows, starting with Chapter 2: In The Beginning on November 20, 2009.


Final champions

Championship: Final holder: Won from: Date won: Location:
IWA Mid-South Heavyweight Championship Dingo Chuck Taylor June 20 2008 Sellersburg, Indianamarker
IWA Mid-South Deathmatch Championship Devon Moore Corporal Robinson June 21 2008 Sellersburg, Indiana
IWA Mid-South Light Heavyweight Championship Jimmy Jacobs Quick Carter Gray March 7 2009 Joliet, Illinois
IWA Mid-South King of the Deathmatch MASADA Necro Butcher March 8 2009 Joliet, Illinois
IWA Mid-South Women's Championship Daizee Haze Mickie Knuckles May 2 2008 Joliet, Illinois
IWA Mid-South Tag Team Championship Up in Smoke

(Cheech and Cloudy)
Mickie Knuckles and Devon Moore May 3 2008 Joliet, Illinois
IWA Mid-South Strong Style Championship Nick Gage Michael Elgin

August 17 2008 Joliet, Illinoismarker
NWA Midwest Women's Championship


Daizee Haze May 7 2005 Streamwood, Illinoismarker
IWA Mid-South Hardcore Championship

2 Tuff Tony

def. Delilah Starr and Mad Man Pondo to unify titles
Delilah Starr March 4 2000 Charlestown, Indianamarker
IWA Mid-South Television Championship Shark Boy Chip Fairway April 2 1998 Louisville, Kentuckymarker


Inactive roster


See also


  1. Williams, Scott E. Hardcore History: The Extremely Unauthorized Story of the ECW. Champaign, Illinois: Sports Publishing L.L.C., 2006. (pg. 68) ISBN 1-59670-021-1

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