Ladies Professional Wrestling Association

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Ladies Professional Wrestling Association
AcronymLPWA
Founded1989
Defunct1998
Style Women's professional wrestling
Headquarters Laughlin, Nevada (1989–1992)
Founder(s)Tor Berg [1]
Owner(s)Tor Berg (1989–1992; 1998–2000)

The Ladies Professional Wrestling Association (LPWA) was a women's professional wrestling promotion which operated in the early 1990s (ca. 1989–1992). It was considered a successor to such women's promotions as Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (GLOW), but it differed in that, while GLOW slanted more toward WWF-style sports entertainment, the LPWA treated its product seriously and put its primary emphasis on in-ring athletics.

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History

Thurston John "Tor" Berg (1938–2011) founded the company ca. 1989. [1] An incident occurred in March 1991, where Berg promised Jumping Bomb Angels member Noriyo Tateno that he would give her a permanent job in the new company if she retired in Japan and moved to the United States. [1] Berg, however, later backed out on the deal, and Sherri Martel made the incident public. [1]

The LPWA produced two television series, The Super Ladies of Wrestling and Ladies Championship Wrestling from 1990 to 1992. [2] Many of their matches were also distributed and sold on VHS tapes. They held their first and only pay-per-view, Super Ladies Showdown, on February 23, 1992 before closing down operations shortly after. [3]

Berg planned on promoting a second Super Ladies pay-per-view event in 2000, but the event was canceled. The pay-per-view was scheduled to feature women from around the world, including American wrestlers Debbie Malenko, Sherri Martel, Sweet Destiny and Missy Hyatt; Japanese wrestlers Chikako Shiratori, AKINO, Chapparita Asari and Ayako Hamada; and Australian wrestlers Amy Action, Raya Riot, and former LPWA Champion Susan Sexton. [4]

Super Ladies Showdown

Super Ladies Showdown
LPWA Super Ladies Showdown (DVD box art).jpg
Promotion LPWA
DateFebruary 23, 1992
City Rochester, Minnesota
Venue Mayo Civic Center
Attendance400 [5]

LPWA Super Ladies Showdown was a professional wrestling pay-per-view from the LPWA. It took place on February 23, 1992 from the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, Minnesota. [5] It was the only PPV from the LPWA, which folded shortly after the event. The main event was a match for the LPWA Singles Championship, in which Terri Powers faced Lady X. The event also featured a tournament for the LPWA Japanese Championship.

Results

No.ResultsStipulationsTimes
1Mami Kitamura and Miki Handa defeated Allison Royal and Lisa Starr Tag Team match 3:46
2Denise Storm defeated Susan Green LPWA Japanese Championship Tournament First Round match6:02
3 Reggie Bennett defeated Yukari OsawaLPWA Japanese Championship Tournament First Round match6:19
4 Shinobu Kandori defeated Desiree Petersen Singles match 4:31
5 Harley Saito defeated Mizuki EndohLPWA Japanese Championship Tournament First Round match7:06
6Eagle Sawai defeated Midori SaitoLPWA Japanese Championship Tournament First Round match5:43
7Black Venus (with Boogaloo Brown) defeated Rockin' Robin Singles match 5:39
8Denise Storm defeated Reggie Bennett by disqualification LPWA Japanese Championship Tournament Semi-Final match8:27
9 Harley Saito defeated Eagle Sawai by pointsLPWA Japanese Championship Tournament Semi-Final match10:00
10 The Glamour Girls (Judy Martin and Leilani Kai) (c) defeated Bambi and Malia Hosaka Tag Team match for the LPWA Tag Team Championship 8:47
11 Harley Saito defeated Denise StormTournament Final match for the LPWA Japanese Championship8:07
12 Terri Power defeated Lady X (c) Singles match for the LPWA Championship 8:36
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

Championships

LPWA Championship

The LPWA Championship was a professional wrestling title created in early 1990. [6]

Key
No.Overall reign number
ReignReign number for the specific champion
DaysNumber of days held
No.ChampionChampionship changeReign statisticsNotesRef.
DateEventLocationReignDays
1 Susan Sexton January 1990N/AN/A1N/ASexton was awarded the championship.
2 Lady X January 31, 1991LPWA show Laughlin, NV 1388
3 Terri Power February 23, 1992LPWA Super Ladies Showdown Rochester, MN 1N/A
Deactivated1992The championship was abandoned after the LPWA closed.

LPWA Japanese Championship

The LPWA Japanese Championship was a professional wrestling title created in 1992. The inaugural (and only) champion was Harley Saito, who won an eight-woman tournament held during the Super Ladies Showdown pay-per-view event.

Inaugural championship tournament (1992)

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
         
Denise StormPin
Susan Green 6:02
Denise StormDQ
Reggie Bennett 8:27
Yukari Osawa 6:19
Reggie Bennett Pin
Denise Storm 8:07
Harley SaitoPin
Mizuki Endoh 7:06
Harley Saito Pin
Harley SaitoPTS
Eagle Sawai 10:00
Eagle SawaiPin
Midori Saito 5:43
Key
No.Overall reign number
ReignReign number for the specific champion
DaysNumber of days held
No.ChampionChampionship changeReign statisticsNotesRef.
DateEventLocationReignDays
1 Harley Saito February 23, 1992LPWA Super Ladies Showdown Rochester, MN 1N/ASaito defeated Denise Storm in the finals of an eight-woman tournament to become the inaugural champion.
Deactivated1992The championship was abandoned after the LPWA closed.

LPWA Tag Team Championship

The LPWA Tag Team Championship was a professional wrestling tag team title created in early 1990. [6]

Key
No.Overall reign number
ReignReign number for the specific champion
DaysNumber of days held
No.ChampionChampionship changeReign statisticsNotesRef.
DateEventLocationReignDays
1Team America
(Heidi Lee Morgan and Misty Blue)
March 13, 1990LPWA show Laughlin, NV 1352Team America defeated Bad, Black and Beautiful (Bad Girl and Black Venus) to become the inaugural champions.
2 The Glamour Girls
(also billed as The Queen's Court)
(Judy Martin and Leilani Kai)
February 28, 1991LPWA show Laughlin, NV 1N/A [7]
Deactivated1992The championship. was abandoned after the LPWA closed.

LPWA Mixed Tag Team Championship

The LPWA Tag Team Championship was an existing professional wrestling tag team title recognized in early-mid 1990. In 1973, Adrian Street and Miss Linda won the World Mixed Tag Team Championship by defeating Don Kovaks and Suzie Parker in Germany. Street and Linda were still undefeated as champions when they joined the LPWA in 1990 and continued to defend the championships in the promotion. [8]

Key
No.Overall reign number
ReignReign number for the specific champion
DaysNumber of days held
No.ChampionChampionship changeReign statisticsNotesRef.
DateEventLocationReignDays
1 Adrian Street and Miss LindaJanuary 1990LMLW showN/A1N/A
Deactivated1990The championship was abandoned after Adrian Street and Miss Linda left LPWA by the end of 1990.

Alumni

Wrestlers

Female wrestlers

Male wrestlers

Tag Teams

Mixed Tag Teams

  • Adnan Al-Kaissie and Sheba
  • Adrian Street and Miss Linda
  • Barry Horowitz and Lisa Starr
  • Tim Horner and Malia Hosaka

Other on-air talent

Commissioner

Managers

Announcers

Interviewer

See also

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