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World Wrestling All-Stars (WWA) was a professional wrestling promotion founded by Australian concert promoter Andrew McManus in 2001. The promotion was operated by McManus' International Touring Company. WWA was one of several promotions to come into existence shortly after the closings of Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) and World Championship Wrestling (WCW). The company was in existence from October 2001 to May 2003.

History

WWA recruited current TNA ring announcer Jeremy Borash as booker and head of talent for its shows. He also acted as ring announcer and commentator for their shows. Borash was recommended to the WWA by Vince Russo, who was not able to work with the company as originally planned. WWA focused on signing the wrestlers that did not get signed by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) after the WWF-WCW merger. They aimed to fill the gap left by the demise of WCW and ECW and provide an alternative to WWF.

Many popular former WWF and WCW wrestlers wrestled for the company during its nearly two year existence. These included Jeff Jarrett, Road Dogg, Scott Steiner, Sting, Psicosis, Devon Storm, Juventud Guerrera, Rick Steiner, Jerry Lynn, Shane Douglas, Buff Bagwell, Lex Luger, Stevie Ray, Sabu and Disco Inferno.

They also brought in relatively unknown wrestlers, many of whom went on to make names for themselves for other promotions like TNA. These included A.J. Styles, Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kazarian, Shark Boy, and Nathan Jones. Further big names like Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, and Randy Savage were scheduled to appear for WWA at some point but their appearances did not happen. The promotion had three in ring commissioners during its time, namely Bret Hart, Sid Vicious and Mike Sanders.

Championships

WWA World Heavyweight Championship

The World Wrestling All-Stars (WWA) World Heavyweight Championship was a world heavyweight championship in World Wrestling All-Stars. It was unified with the National Wrestling Alliance World Heavyweight Championship on May 25, 2003.

VACATED - October 26, 2001 - Title vacated by Commissioner Bret Hart to be made available for the Seven Deadly Sins tournament.

VACATED - October 2002 - Steiner was stripped of the title after signing with World Wrestling Entertainment.

WWA International Cruiserweight Championship

The WWA International Cruiserweight Championship was first won by Juventud Guerrera by defeating Psicosis on October 19, 2001 in Perth, Australia. The title was vacated to be up for grabs on the company's first PPV, The Inception. The title was then won again by Juventud Guerrera. The title was unified with the TNA X Division Championship on May 25, 2003.

VACATED - October 23, 2001 - Championship became vacant to be defended in the Seven Deadly Sins tournament.

  • Juventud Guerrera - October 26, 2001 - Defeated Psicosis in a Ladder match to win the vacant title. The match was a part of the Seven Deadly Sins tournament for the vacant WWA World Heavyweight Championship.
  • Psicosis - December 8, 2001
  • Eddie Guerrero - February 24, 2002 - This was a triple threat match also involving Juventud Guerrera.

VACATED - April 13, 2002 - Championship became vacant when Eddie Guerrero left WWA for the World Wrestling Federation.

  • A.J. Styles - April 13, 2002 - Defeated Jerry Lynn in a tournament final.

VACATED - June 19, 2002 - Championship became vacant when A.J. Styles left WWA for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling.

WWA Hardcore Championship

Devon Storm defeated Danny Dominion in a tables match to win the title on October 25, 2001 in Wollongong, Australia. Title was then abandoned.

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