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Independent Wrestling Association (IWA) Mid-South (also known as IWA Mid-South, IWA-MS, and IWA Mid South Wrestling) is an American independent professional wrestling promotion based in Jeffersonville Indiana. It was formed by Ian Rotten in 1996.

IWA Mid-South
AcronymIWA MS[1]
StyleProfessional wrestling
Hardcore wrestling
Strong style
Death Match
HeadquartersLouisville, Kentucky
Founder(s)Ian Rotten
Owner(s)Ian Rotten
SisterIWA Deep South
IWA East Coast
IWA Texas



Hardcore wrestlingEdit

Independent Wrestling Association: Mid-South (IWA-MS) formed in 1996 in Louisville, Kentucky. The owner, Ian Rotten,[2] is one of the first to bring hardcore style of wrestling to the United States with his feud with former tag team partner Axl Rotten. He formed the promotion shortly after leaving Extreme Championship Wrestling in the mid-1990s.[3] IWA Mid-South 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 crowned its first Heavyweight Champion, Tower of Doom, when he won a three way dance in the finals of a tournament.[4]

Move to IndianaEdit

In early 2000, IWA Mid-South moved its operations to Charlestown, Indiana. In late 2000, IWA Mid-South started to make a slow shift to more technical based wrestlers and matches. During that year Dave Prazak became a featured manager, ring announcer, and commentator. He played a prominent role in bringing in Colt Cabana and CM Punk to join Chris Hero and other technical wrestlers. With this change brought the birth of the Ted Petty Invitational Tournament (TPI), then known as Sweet Science 16. The first TPI was held in 2000 and won by Chris Hero. During this time, a match featuring Punk and Hero lasted 92 minutes and has since been referred to by ESPN's SportsCenter as one of the longest sporting events.[5]

In 2002 IWA Mid-South moved its base to Clarksville, Indiana. From 2003 to 2007, IWA Mid-South ran shows in a wide variety of venues, mostly Indiana and Illinois. During this span, they had a 51-month streak of running at least one show in every calendar month.[6] IWA Mid-South then went on a planned hiatus, restarting operations with their 500th show on March 1, 2008.

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. However, on November 3, IWA Mid-South announced that it would return with smaller budget shows, starting with Chapter 2: In The Beginning on November 20, 2009. On March 28, 2011, IWA Mid-South announced it would end operations immediately.[7]

In July 2011, IWA Mid-South re-opened under new ownership. On September 16–17, 2011 the company returned with its annual King of the Death Match tournament. During that autumn, IWA Mid-South promoted a number of small shows in the Bellevue, Illinois area. IWA Mid-South then closed down once again.

In July 2013, Ian Rotten announced he was once again promoting shows under the IWA-MS banner, this time returning to the old Clarksville Arena. They ran multiple shows there before the building went under new ownership. They then relocated to Jammerz Rollerdrome also In Clarksville. They also ran at The Arena based in Jeffersonville Indiana before moving to the New IWA Arena at the Memphis Trading Post in Memphis, Indiana where they are currently running two shows a week, Thursday nights and Saturday nights.

Current championshipsEdit

Championship Current champion(s) Reign Date won Days held Location Notes
IWA Mid-South Heavyweight Championship Kongo Kong 1
IWA Mid-South Tag Team Championship .
IWA Mid-South Junior Heavyweight Championship Lukas Jacobs 1 .
IWA Mid-South Women's Championship Alice Crowley 1
Jeffersonville, Indiana

Defunct championshipsEdit

Championship Final champion(s) Date won Location Notes
IWA Mid-South Light Heavyweight Championship Devon Moore September 1, 2012 Bellevue, Illinois Defeated Bucky Collins at an IWA Midwest live event
Championship retired in 2012.
IWA Mid-South Strong Style Championship Nick Gage August 17, 2008 Joliet, Illinois Defeated Michael Elgin at We Are Family 2.
Championship retired on December 6, 2008 at the Revolution Strong Style Tournament 2008.
IWA Mid-South Hardcore Championship 2 Tuff Tony March 4, 2000 Charlestown, Indiana Defeated Delilah Starr and Mad Man Pondo in a Fans Bring the Weapons three-way match to unify title with the IWA Mid-South Heavyweight Championship.
IWA Mid-South Television Championship Shark Boy April 2, 1998 Louisville, Kentucky Defeated Chip Fairway at a live event and retired the championship.
IWA Mid-South Deathmatch Championship Devon Moore June 21, 2008 Sellersburg, Indiana Defeated Danny Havoc in a tournament final at day two of King of the Death Matches 2008 for the vacated title.
Championship retired on December 6, 2008.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Cagematch : IWA Mid-South (in German)
  2. ^ Bell, Jason. "Ian Rotten's Bio". Official Home of Ian Rotten. Retrieved 2007-04-18.
  3. ^ 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
  4. ^ "I.W.A. Mid-South Heavyweight Title". Puroresu Dojo. 2003. Retrieved 2007-04-18.
  5. ^ "UFC News: C.M. Punk appears on ESPN SportsCenter, has a new answer regarding the difference between Dana White and WWE's Vince McMahon". December 17, 2014. Retrieved February 13, 2015.
  6. ^ "I.W.A. Mid-South Results History". 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-06.
  7. ^ Gerweck, Steve (2011-03-30). "Indy group closes down in midst of real life drama". WrestleView. Retrieved 2011-03-30.

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