Vol. 28, No. 2 -- Winter 2023
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Manager ~TZ~ recently suggested a reduction in the number of cards required for an Elite league to be eligible to compete for the belt. Although he was only able to win a dozen majors this cycle (including the aforementioned Elite title), I nevertheless agreed to review the relevant data. The ensuing discussion resulted in the number being cut exactly in half, dropping from 50 cards of matches down to a still-very-respectable 25. This rule change is already in effect.

The lower threshold should not only increase competition for the Elite belt, but also decrease the significant overlap that has thus far existed between the Elite and Metropolitan titles: requiring Elite leagues to reach at least 50 cards to be eligible for the championship meant they were more likely to also qualify for the Metropolitan honors. The fact that the same wrestler has held both titles 41 times in the Elite belt's 79-cycle history bears that out.

The ambitious stipulation also seemed unfair to certain leagues, such as the Lone Wolf League, where managers are limited to a single wrestler, or the Black Widow League, which not only features that identical roster limitation but also severely restricts the number of matches each player may submit! Such leagues offer a different type of experience, but their unique structure makes it more difficult for them to attain the same level of activity as other Elite leagues.

Perhaps the most compelling argument in favor of the adjustment was one put forth by commissioner extraordinaire Seth Brubaker, whose wisdom I sought before making a final decision. Attentive managers may recall that Seth was the primary spokesperson for the group of players responsible for the creation of the Elite title, and he felt that if you're one of our hard-working Elite league commissioners -- particularly one who has been struggling to collect those final few qualifying cards -- this new target should remove a bit of the enormous pressure from your overburdened shoulders. Reducing stress and anxiety leaves more room for fun!

Seth was kind enough to take the time to share his thoughts, despite being busy planning a well-earned retirement party for a half-dozen legendary athletes. His TBABIT representatives won't be entering our hallowed Hall alone, though, for this is The Day The Music... Retired? Manager Darren Soanes just attended his very first Hall of Fame induction ceremony, and the honoree was a modern remake of Darren's very first wrestler when he joined the game in the 1980s. That superstar, Jacquo Music Man Marco, ended his career in the Yellow Jacket League, which was also the name of his original '80s league! What a heartwarming story of things coming full squared-circle. How often in life do we get a second chance to achieve unfulfilled goals of our youth? Thank you, Darren, for creating such a cool moment in IWA History!


HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES -- engraved plaque

Darren Soanes of Canada

SOS/|: Jacquo Music Man Marco (YJL) 1,695-198-40, *11, $2,313,800

Seth Brubaker of Ohio

TBABIT: "The Hellion" Roxanne O'Connor (NAL) 1,102-305-76, *40, $2,833,300
TBABIT: "The Starlet" Liberty Monroe (NAL) 1,147-356-80, *31, $3,075,700
TBABIT: "The Deviant" Erica Rockwell (NAL) 1,268-404-85, *34, $3,233,000
TBABIT: "The Broken" Keegan Crowley (NAL) 1,028-246-43, *24, $2,346,200
TBABIT: Dax Bardo (XWL) 1,402-338-68, *36, $3,375,600
TBABIT: Will Power (XWL) 1,058-116-29, *18, $1,747,000



World Champion

NME: Hades (BRL)
~TZ~ of Virginia; 501; $250,000 + 75 free matches or a real wrestling belt & 25 free matches, 10 free matches for BRL managers next cycle

U.S. Champion

SOS/ARMY: "The Mauler" Perro DeGuerra (HRL)
Donald Henry of Illinois; manager retained title; 501; $100,000 + a large plaque or 25 free matches; edged NME/DEMOLITION: Wreck (AOL)

King of the Ring

SOS/BG: Lord Sheldon Bishop (KHL)
Robbie "Blood" Pawelek of Texas; $50,000 + a large plaque or 25 free matches; 274 KotR total; edged VIRUS: F.B. III (MUL); hold positions were 1, 2, 3, 5, 9, 12, 13, 15; battle royal hold positions were 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14


FEDERATION TITLES -- $50,000 + 25 free matches

Iron Federation Champion

NME/VIP: King Carver (XPL)
Mike Carver of Pennsylvania; 500

Steel Federation Champion

NME/FRM-16: Porky the Kid (CFL)
Let's Go Marchand from the Right Side of the Tracks; 501

Gold Federation Champion

NME: Hades (BRL)
~TZ~ of Virginia; 501

Diamond Federation Champion

NME/FRM-16: Giant Bee (NSL)
Let's Go Marchand; 500; edged NME/VIP: The Philly Icon (STL)

Bronze Federation Champion

SOS/ARMY: Sugar Skull Whiskey (HRL)
Donald Henry of Illinois; 500; edged NME: Irish Wolfhound T-Rex (IGL)

Jade Federation Champion

SOS/ARMY: Hootie's Bodyguard Bareback (CZL)
Donald Henry; 501; edged NME: Ultra Dazzle (SHL)


SPECIALTY TITLES -- $25,000 + 10 free matches

American Champion

NME: Hades (BRL)
~TZ~ of Virginia; 501; edged NME: Ultra Dazzle (SHL)

Asian Champion

NME: Dominant Factor Courage (LLL)
~TZ~; manager retained title; 501

Elite Champion

60 free matches or a real wrestling belt & 10 free matches; edged Ultra Dazzle

Hardcore Champion

NME/FRM-16: Porky the Kid (CFL)
Let's Go Marchand from the Right Side of the Tracks; manager retained title; 501; edged SOS/ARMY: Hootie's Bodyguard Bareback (CZL)

International Champion

SOS/IND: Uncle Phil (YJL)
Jon Wasilewski of Virginia; 499; edged Temujin the Terror (IWL), Jasmyne the Supreme Diva (VUL)

Metropolitan Champion


Rookie Brawl Winner

"Angel of Light" Angelina Blanco (NWL)
Adam Kleinow of Maryland



National Champion

NME: Cool Hand Luke (TGL)
Solomon Shaw of Maine; 501; a large plaque or 25 free matches; Pacific Northwest region

Central Plains Champion

SOS/IND: Yom Thorke (YJL)
Jon Wasilewski of Virginia; 501; edged NME/DEMOLITION: Hammer (AOL)

East Coast Champion

NME: Gran Ramada (IWL)
~TZ~ of Virginia; 501

Great Lakes Champion

TOXIC: Buster Gerry Zags (DZL)
Gerry Zags; 501

Mid-Atlantic Champion

NME: Jack Daniels (FAL)
Gilbert Arroyo of California; 500

Northeast Champion

TOXIC: JD Disaster (DZL)
Gerry Zags; 499; edged SOS/BG: Blood Threat 3 (KHL), COT: Russ Wheeler (XWL), Syndicate: Deathlok (HLL)

Rocky Mountains Champion

EDGE: Dr. Manhattan (AAL)
Jeff Annable of Canada; 501

Southeast Champion

SOS/ARMY: Sugar Skull Echo (XWL)
Donald Henry of Illinois; 499; edged NME: Soul Glo Spray Bottle (HRL)

Southwest Champion

VIRUS: "The Prodigy" F.B.III (DXL)
Frank Jay Belcher III of Michigan; manager retained title; 500; edged NME: Unloady (CZL), NME: Master of the Double Cross Aaron Fleury (IGL)

West Coast Champion

SOS/ARMY: Ironhorse (XWL)
Donald Henry; 501



Ladies' World Champion

NME: Dominant Factor Courage (LLL)
~TZ~ of Virginia; 501; $50,000 + a plaque or 15 free matches

Ladies' U.S. Champion

VIRUS: Zsa Zsa Gavor (LLL)
Frank Jay Belcher III; 500; $25,000

Queen of the Ring

COT: Karate Hottie (FFL)
Paul Pratt of California; 499; 270 QotR total

Ladies' National Champion

COT: Jenna Tools (VUL)
Paul Pratt; 501

Ladies' Tag-team Champions

DOD/ORDER: Maddie van Slaughter & Tinkerbell (PDL)
Robert J. Ratliff of Virginia; 516; edged COT: Destyni Sanchez-Leon & "Nature Grrrl" Nakita Wu (GAL), LPPF: Powdered Nailz & Mystique (VVL), SOS/OMR: "Phantom Queen" Morrigan & "Banshee Queen" Cliodhna (LLL), LPPF: "Caged Equality" Valentina Shevchenko & Taila Santos (FFL)

Ladies' U.S. Tag-team Champions

ORDER: Amazing Amy & Deadly Darlene Blitz (PDL)
Timothy L. Clark of Washington; 516; edged SOS: Stiletto Kwaigno & Tia (VVL), VIRUS: Tuna Town Tammy & Juice Box (VUL)

World Six-woman Champions

VIRUS: Brain Buster Beauty, Pandora's Box, F. Burger (VUL)
Michael Drake of New Jersey, Frank Jay Belcher III, Mitchell Johnson, both of Michigan; Belcher held titles 3 cycles in a row, Drake retained titles

BNC: Bernice, Geraldine, Janice Buttafoogli (PDL)
Joseph Glen Clark of Washington

NME: Dominant Factors Affection, Lust, Vanity (LLL)
~TZ~; 521; edged SOS: Sparta Cortez, Beyonce, Lady Jaye Burnett (VVL)

U.S. Six-woman Champions

VIRUS: Sweatin', Valley B., Quinn Guzzy (VVL)
Frank Jay Belcher III & Michael Drake (Guzzy); 521



World Tag-team Champions

TBABIT: Tony "Zippy" & Tommy "Puppy" Dog (UNL)
Jake Joyce of Illinois; ranked #12 last time; share of $50,000 + 15 free matches

EDGE: Silver Surfer & Galactus (AAL)
Jeff Annable of Canada; ranked #14 last time

EDGE/GiFt: Beast & EDGE/ROT: Rye Guy 16 (MEL)
Kyle Devlin of Pennsylvania & Rich Reilly of New Jersey

VIRUS: Edge Neckbeard & Ebola Zaire (LPL)
Michael Drake of New Jersey & Frank Jay Belcher III of Michigan; Drake held titles 3 cycles in a row

VIRUS: Big & Little Chic (WWL)
Frank Jay Belcher III

VIRUS: Shining Star & Wild Thing (AWL)
Chris Schmitt of Kansas

VIRUS: "The Anomaly" Savannah Dexter & "The Swamp" E.C. Rotte (WTL)
David Silliman of New York

LPPF: Voiceless Henchmen #1 & #2 (XPL)
Keith A. Maple of Ohio; manager retained titles

NME: Dean Flamingo & Carver in a mask #4 (CSL)
~TZ~ of Virginia & Mike Carver of Pennsylvania; Carver retained titles

SOS: Rich "Corinthian" Leather & SOS/BG: Blood Threat 1 (KHL)
Derek Tuttle of Florida & Robbie "Blood" Pawelek of Texas; Tuttle retained titles

Top Contenders

11. SOS: S.A.T. Mateo Hernandez & Minton DaBox (WDL)

12. SOS/ARMY: "Guard Dawgs" Delano Swanson & Marty Ritner (AOL)
IMT/AR15: Bowling for Behave & Close the Borders (NDL)
COT: Minneapolis Miller & Minnesota Wrecking Crew XIV (PKW)

15. COT: Brendan & Ruairi McFlaherty (BRL)
COT: "Mean" Mike Enos & Wayne "The Train" Bloom (QPL)
SOS/WAI: Jaymz & Jonathan Dante (NPL)
VIRUS: IMT Slayer & Pee "The Wannabee" Wee (HWL)

19. NME/FRM-16: Brazilian King Corn & Hard Jeffrey (NSL)

20. COT: The Twisted Prodigy & The Ultimate Nightmare (FSL)

21. COT: Indian Assassins Bhauls & K'nie Diep (IGL)
previous champions
SOS: Fogey Mondt & Joyous Joey Harrington (AEL)
missed U.S. titles by point flow last time

23. VIRUS: 3-D & Roderick Rampage (MUL)

24. SOS: Reptile & Librarian Willy Shutup (LBL)
last of the teams with 516

U.S. Tag-team Champions

VIRUS: Encrypted & Code Red (LPL)
Frank Jay Belcher III; manager held titles 3 cycles in a row; share of $25,000

DOD/ORDER: Indian Joe & Monkey-Eyed Tim (CAW)
DOD: Timbo & Jimbo Slice (WWL)
Robert J. Ratliff of Virginia

EDGE: "Luxurious" Lenny Lamb & TML Gardiner (MEL)
Brad Norman of North Carolina & Jeff Annable; 516; edged VIRUS: Mr. Warwick & Mitch "The One" Johnson (MUL), LPPF: "Speed Pinners" Allen, Jr. & Brian Quick, Jr. (OSL), SOS/OMR: Set the Usurper & Anhur the Slayer (TGL), NME: Eternal Rage & Fury (IGL), SOS: Jaxin Cross & "Bionic" Beth Silva (QPL), SOS/|: Luke & Duke (NPL), SOS/BG: Notorious Blood & SOS/CoB: The Phantom (CSL), LPPF: Jack of all trades & Master of none (NAL), NME/FRM-16: Narcolepto & Ebenzer Poppycock (PKW), COT: Warlord Wade Reinhard & Barbarian King (FSL), SOS: Punch Rebel & Sir Kicks-A-Lot (AAL)



World Six-man Champions

SOS/IND: Doug "Double Bass" Brocky, Gene "The Machine" Conrad, Thad Clayman (IWL)
Jon Wasilewski of Virginia; retained titles, U.S. champions before that; share of $50,000 + 15 free matches

SOS: Dennis Condrey, Duke Hauser, Stephan "Frontman" Jenkins (LBL)
Derek Tuttle of Florida (Condrey) & "The Smooth One" Jeff Manning of Ohio; Tuttle held titles 5 cycles in a row, Manning 3 in a row

SOS/ARMY: "Cueball" Andy Skidmore, "Disposable Hero" Titus Watts, SOS: Mitch Please (XWL)
Donald Henry of Illinois & Derek Tuttle (Please)

SOS/OMR: God of War, Lord of the Ring, The Last Emperor (UNL)
Reign from Ohio

NME: The Big Guy Rhys Hoskins, The Trail Blazer, Performance Center Trainer 5 (CSL)
Mike Carver of Pennsylvania, ~TZ~ of Virginia, Steven J. Deane of Nebraska; ~TZ~ held titles 37 cycles in a row

NME/FRM-16: Atari 187, Frontera Coyote, Totem Faux (NSL)
NME/FRM-16: Terry Crunk, Dick the Cruiser, Cruiser Crody (STL)
Let's Go Marchand from the Right Side of the Tracks; manager retained titles

VIRUS: Roderick Rampage, The Big Nasty, The Killer Kangaroo (HWL)
Michael Drake of New Jersey (Rampage) & Frank Jay Belcher III of Michigan; Belcher held titles 18 cycles in a row, Drake 4 in a row

VIRUS: Quatro, Fiver, Syxx (NAL)
Michael Drake

BNC: Slaughterdogs Rex, Cujo, Kreo (CWL)
BNC: Johnny Jacksonville, Justin Baltimore, Daniel Detroit (CAW)
BNC: Maximo The Purple, Jacko The Red, Barnabas The Blue Hateable Dinosaurs (BBL)
Joseph Glen Clark of Washington

ORDER: Demolishers Basher, Masher, Thrasher (WWL)
Timothy L. Clark of Washington

COT: "Sultan of Ice" Herb Brooks, Buffwell, Blackjack Sullivan (KHL)
Steven M. Shotliff of Minnesota

COT: The Liberal Reformist, Dicky Thunderbird, "The Very Evil" Jimhausen (FAL)
Peter Houston of Canada

LPPF: Voiceless Henchmen #3, #4, #5 (XPL)
Keith A. Maple of Ohio

IMT/AR15: Libertarian, Bad Dude Elrod Corn Pop, Fourth Amendment (NDL)
Kevin Elrod from FEMA Camp Region V

EDGE: Lightning Warrior, "One-Eyed" Felix Lucha, EDGE/GiFt: Mind Driller (DZL)
Jeff Annable of Canada, Brad Norman of North Carolina, Kyle Devlin of Pennsylvania

Top Contenders

19. EDGE: TML Liljegren, EDGE/GiFt: Waste, EDGE/ROT: Rye Guy 2 (MEL)

20. SOS: Grand Slam Barney, Flash Gambello, Breaker Kibbey (WDL)
last of the teams with 521

U.S. Six-man Champions

NME: "The Duke" Wesley Sterling, "The Count" Chauncy Reynolds, "The Baron" Clyde Bixby (ECL)
~TZ~; manager held titles 20 cycles in a row; share of $25,000

VIRUS/CTI: Brock Callihan, VIRUS: Creeper, Grim Reafer (HWL)
Michael Drake (Callihan) & Frank Jay Belcher III; Belcher held titles 10 cycles in a row, Drake 3 in a row

EDGE/GiFt: Vex, EDGE: Creeping Death, EDGE/RF: "Roaring" Roger Thomas (DZL)
Kyle Devlin, Jeff Annable, Brad Norman; Devlin held titles 3 cycles in a row

DOD: Catfish Giant, Bucky, Monster (WWL)
Robert J. Ratliff of Virginia

COT: Minnesota Wrecking Crews IV, XIX, XX (NFL)
Steven M. Shotliff

SOS: "Georgia Peach" Ty Cobb, Dos-Puncher, "Hardknocks" Diamond SQ (NDL)
Jeff Manning (Cobb) & Michael Cook of Kentucky; 521; edged LPPF: David, Kerry, Kevin von Adkisson (ASL), EDGE: Bip Bipley, EDGE/GiFt: Brute, EDGE/ROT: Rye Guy 1 (MEL), NME: Punisher Paul Damage, Dominant Factor Greed, The Ghost of Christmas Present (CSL), SOS/OMR: Ali, Khamzat, Khabib Ripurarmov (UNL)



1. BRL (1,198 matches) 490.759

2. CWL (848 matches) 492.235

3. IWL (815 matches) 490.548

4. BBL (750 matches) 492.355

5. WWL (735 matches) 491.259

6. DXL (655 matches) 491.883

7. CAW (617 matches) 490.814

8. NWL (606 matches) 483.077

9. SHL (523 matches) 493.708
highest average strategy total (active wrestlers only); 10 free matches for managers next cycle

10. ASL (508 matches) 477.328


TOP 20 VICTORIES -- active wrestlers only

1. Kaptain Kryptonite (NBL) 16,472-2,674-736

2. VIRUS: Mike Drake (HWL) 16,204-1,585-374

3. VIRUS: Cpl. Punishment (LBL) 12,233-781-182

4. NME/CHAMP: Sir Gunther Kinderwacht (ASL) 11,146-890-267

5. VIRUS: Mike Drake (DZL) 9,641-1,221-176

6. Death Warrant (LBL) 9,454-883-160

7. NME: Wonderful Wally Brown (GRL) 8,659-690-235

8. "Mr. Everything" Kirk Lockran (AWL) 8,491-2,196-472

9. DFI: American Freedom Fighter E.J. (SHL) 8,070-1,264-312

10. Arsenal (LWL) 7,329-593-98

11. LPPF: Medieval Tymes (ASL) 7,109-1,064-192

12. NME: Sinister Steve Stryker (ASL) 6,796-686-231

13. NGAA: Rydia Stormer (MDL) 6,639-1,978-377

14. MC: White Tiger Mask (STL) 6,586-2,848-87

15. DOD: Ghost Lee Shadows (BRL) 6,275-567-168

16. SHS: Punk Rock Mike (BRL) 6,247-1,086-279

17. NGAA: Hawkeye Science (HLL) 6,092-1,498-259

18. Connecticut Yankee (LSL) 5,992-1,523-342

19. VIRUS: THEE F.B.III (DXL) 5,619-256-72

20. SOS/ARMY: "Public Enemy" Roderick Hughes (BRL) 5,414-616-109
Hot $tuff Adam Ca$h (BRL) 5,414-1,093-253



2023 Managers

1. Donald Henry 520

2. ~TZ~ 485

3. Frank Jay Belcher III 365

4. "The Smooth One" Jeff Manning 320

5. Michael Drake 315

6. Derek Tuttle 285

7. Let's Go Marchand 260

8. Mike Carver 210

9. Jon Wasilewski 165

10. Jeff Annable
Steven J. Deane 150

12. Keith A. Maple 145

13. Kyle Devlin
Robbie "Blood" Pawelek 130

15. Brad Norman
Solomon Shaw 110

17. Chris Schmitt
Jake Joyce 90

19. IWA Legend Terrence Boyd 70

20. Mitchell Johnson 65

2023 Stables

1. NME 1,045

2. SOS 985

3. ARMY 520

4. VIRUS 495

5. EDGE 270

6. FRM-16 260

7. IND 165

8. COT 155

9. LPPF 145

10. CURE


The title values are: World, 70; U.S., 90; KOTR, 20; federations, 70; Specialty, 15; National, 90; regionals, 10; Ladies' World, 15; Ladies' U.S., 10; QOTR, 5; Ladies' National, 10; ladies' multis, 5; World Tag, 50; U.S. Tag, 30; World Six-man, 40; and U.S. Six-man, 20. Additional stats and rankings are available on the independent website tzwa.webs.com/iwa. These rankings are not officially recognized or endorsed by the IWA.



Iron Federation

Black Ops, Bounty Hunter, Center Stage, Evil Eye, Hardcore Wrestling, Heroes and Legends, Main Event, National Patriots, Quick Pin, Unknown Wrestler, Vixens United, Xtreme Poison

Steel Federation

American Wrestling, Coffin Filler, Gorgeous Amazon, Hired Assassin, Intense Impact, Louisiana Swamp, Mobsters' Underground, MvG Sports Louisiana Purchase Ligue, New Blood, Old School, Vicious Vixens, World Domination

Gold Federation

All Star, Battle Royal, Black Widow, Blood Bath, Celestial Wrestling, Danger Zone, Global Wrestling, Independent Wrestling, Knight's Honor, Masked Mayhem, Mystic Diva, New Wave, Ninja Dojo, Snake Venom, Western Trails

Diamond Federation

Action Packed, Evil Clown, Femme Fatale, Flying Aces, Lethal Brawling, Native Sensation, Night Falcon, Non-stop Action, Saber Tooth, Xtreme Wrestling, Yellow Jacket

Bronze Federation

American Extreme, American Outlaw, Brass Knuckles, Caged Animal Wrestling, Celebrities Only, Extreme Hardcore, Grim Reaper, High Rollers, Iron Glove, Living Nightmare, Pretty Deadly, United Nations, Wicked Warz

Jade Federation

Atomic Age, Combat Zone, Deluxe Wrestling, Federation Superstars, Global Championship, Jade Dragon, Lone Wolf, Lovely Ladies, Psychotic Killer Wrestling, Super Hero, True Grit, United Championship Wrestling, Worldwide Elite Wrestling, Zig Zag

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