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DATE -- UPDATED

8/11/22 -- IWA Report (sneak peek)
8/11/22 -- Results and Hold Values (August cycle, Jade Federation)
8/1/22 -- Leagues (renamed EPW to LNL; LNL prizes; match deals for BHL, CAW, CWL, LNL, NRL)
7/29/22 -- Hall of Fame (15 new inductees)
9/9/19 -- Prices (free matches)
1/3/19 -- Contact Us (email)
8/7/18 -- Handbook (prizes)

 

IWA RINGSIDE MAGAZINE (updated 8/1)

"It's Gold Tuesday, and you know what that means... The IWAR Magazine's 177th edition is here, and this one is loaded!

"Our cover features Stevie Vertigo and the Samoan Death Grip (Toa Anoa & the Samoan Assassin) who, along with Nightmare Johnny Carnage, make up the newest BRL faction, Legends of the New Wave -- a stable of NWL alum who have been giving the BRL veterans fits. They backed up their big talk with a heel of a run that netted the SDG the IWA Tag-team titles and Stevie the Elite, Gold Federation, and Metropolitan titles to put him in the running for the BRL Wrestler of the Year, not to mention that Stevie took a 2-1 lead in his Best-of-Seven series against the IWL's Luthor Alexander. So, what will LNW do next?

"The Best of the Best 7 rolls into the finals, and due to Racer McKay's sudden retirement, the highest scorer from round two will advance to the finals. Summer Series 5 has come down to the final round, and this cycle is crucial, as one wrong hold can mean missing out on the win. Highlight of the Night Johny Vegas (IWL) defeated Monster Truck Tanaka (BRL) to win the 2nd King of the Ring tournament, and the Lethal Lottery comes down to the finals, pitting the team of the California Gunslinger & Who the Heck is Mike Cook against the Hawaiian Heartthrob and Lonestar Redneck. Don't forget, the winning team will go on to face the IWAR World Tag-team champs in a match scored the same way the Lottery matches are. We are collecting entries for the IWAR Fall events: the Bound for Glory #10, the 15th Tag-team Derby, and the 13th Triple D Cup Six-man Tournament, as well as the biggest event of the year, the 2022 IWAR Draft!

"Of course, if you need to kill more time, check out the IWAR Network Shop, and we make it official: the IWAR Network $12 match deal gives players 20 matches and 30 scrub wins, which is a nice way for the rookies to build up their records, and don't forget the IWAR battle royal deal in the IWL and BRL that offers two entries for $1!" (The Redbubble page will open in a new browser window. The IWA is not responsible for its content.)

"The IWAR Network offers the IWAR Tubecasts -- one that reviews the cycle's results, and another that reviews the trash talk -- and we hold the IWAR Gold Strategy Workshop with strategy guru Mike Cook, who offers advice that will help you score higher. If you are craving even more wrestling fun, the RetroWrestling Games YouTube page covers wrestling's history, video games, and more." (The YouTube pages will open in new browser windows. The IWA is not responsible for their content.)

"The IWAR Creative Team thanks all the players who make the IWAR Network the best place to play in the IWA."
-- IWAR Commissioner Matt Riley

For the latest issue, right click HERE and choose "Save Target As..." (you will be downloading a PDF file with a size of 6MB).

 

WELCOME TO THE YELLOW JACKET LEAGUE. DO YOU WANNA PLAY!?!?!?!?!?

"Be sure to consider joining one of the hottest leagues in Diamond, the Yellow Jacket League (YJL)!!!! Paired with their sister league, the FAL, it makes for the fiercest competition in Diamond, hands down!!! If you are brave enough to give this league a try, be sure to contact the IWA for more information or to get your questions sent to Commissioner Darren Soanes!!!!!!!!!!!! See you all soon, and Chuckie says he looks forward to playing with you real soon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

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FROM THE DESK OF TOMMY CHRISTOPHER

"When I was a teenager, I first discovered this game called the IWA, and back during those days, I couldn't tell you a thing about what the holds really meant. I simply picked the moves that I liked the most, and felt fit my wrestler best. So, to say that I did not perform very well would be an understatement. On top of that, I would use misspellings of my favorite wrestlers at that time because I did not know any better. Ah, those days were short-lived as I played from '94-'97, and unlike others, I cannot tell you what league(s) I belonged to back then. From there, the dust settled, and my IWA chapter closed.

"Around December 2018, the sudden thought popped into my head: Didn't I play a game by mail when I was younger? What was it called? Did I imagine it? Ultimately, I found the IWA site, and excitedly mailed in my first envelope in 21 years! Ouch! I would go on to join the NWL.

"During my time in the NWL, I made the same mistakes as I did when I was younger. I did not know a thing about the holds, and simply picked the moves I felt fit my wrestlers the best -- as if they would use those in the ring throughout the match. During this time, I also made my first real friends in the NWL, Jason Davis and NWL alumni Timothy Clark. They both took a shine to me, and I worked well with writing stories with Jason. The two were my first real fans. I still remember the days when Jason would tell me, 'You should become a commissioner,' and I laughed, saying that would never be me. Little did I know.

"My time in the NWL was not long compared to most. I branched out to other leagues right away, and it was through that that I started to get a little better at this game. My first real enjoyment came in the Bronze Federation, when I joined the RWL. I felt an instant connection upon arriving there. Bronze became my home, and to this day will always be considered my main one. It is there that I really started to connect the dots, figure out what the holds meant (with help from Randall Angel, another great friend I made while I was a rookie; he kinda took a liking to me, haha), and became extremely story-based. It is there I would develop a great friendship and partnership with Brandon Madden and Shawn McAbee.

"I could go into all the details about how wonderful my time was when the Bronze Age was created, but I do not want to make this an extremely long read for everyone, haha, but yea, Bronze Age, RWL, TND, it was all great. My best moments will always remain there.

"Through this game, I have made some great friends -- Timothy Clark, Brandon Madden, IWA Flip, Joseph Cockrell, Rob Ratliff, Rob Lawson, Jason Davis, Randall Angel, Shawn McAbee, Chris Schmitt, Adam Maloy, Patrick Wallace, Jonathan Wasilewski, Tommy Zulu, Derek Tuttle, and so many others, so please excuse me if I have forgotten to list you! I am thankful to each and every one of you for the memories we have created together.

"My time as a commissioner has been a wild one. I never dreamed of becoming one, so to achieve all that I have actually impressed me. I never knew I was capable of the things that I have done. I can go on and on about my time as a commissioner, but again, I want to keep this short. It was a good one, and I am very thankful for those who have been loyal toward me, and have been there through trial and error.

"I have no regrets in this game, but the reason I am writing this today is my way of saying goodbye to it -- not a goodbye to my friends, as our friendships will always remain, as we love the sport of wrestling together, but a goodbye to all the wonderful memories I have had in the IWA. I am forever thankful to Johnny B and Kimberly for how accommodating they have been with my ideas. My creativity sparked to levels I could never have imagined.

"To those I recently got to know and work with, I am sorry to say that I will be wrapping up my IWA wrestler and commissioner career this cycle with EPW. It will be my 50th, and I see no better time to end it. I may have never won an IWA World title, but I achieved plenty that the teenage version of me would surely envy. My greatest honor will be what I built with my vision, the support and loyalty from my players and the IWA, and the people who voted me as Commissioner of the Year.

"I say goodbye to the IWA for two reasons: The economy is not getting any better, and I need to budget myself more. I honestly do not want to put any more money into this game. I had a good run. My second reason is because I am ready to move on to finding new happiness. Not that it is anyone's business, but I am getting to know someone personally, and after so many years alone, and putting my time into this game, I want to explore new things in life, and better myself as a person. I think I deserve to find that happiness.

"I honestly cannot express my gratitude enough to everyone I have crossed paths with. The job of a commissioner has been draining at times, and I know I have tried to give up the position a few times, only to be drawn back in, but the new life that awaits me, and the economy help make this decision final. Long ago, the IWA agreed that my league creations such as EPW, QQW, DKW, and GPLL will go with me, as I have earned that right.

"I am happy to see Joe take GPLL and rebrand it into the BHL; he has done an amazing job. I wish him a ton of luck with the CWL, as well. I am also happy Adam Maloy took DKW and made it its own thing. This is EPW's final cycle, and it will also go with me. If someone decides to take the league and recreate it like those two have, you have my blessing.

"So, thank you, everyone, for the good times here in the IWA. I am glad that I could help improve the game for everyone in small ways as of late. It's been a heck of a ride, and I wish everyone great careers ahead. Old or new friends, you are all great. Let's make this final cycle of EPW a great one, everyone!"

 

PICK UP THE GAUNTLET!

The 2022 Summer edition of the IWA Gauntlet Magazine is finally available! Feast your eyes on notable moments from the game's 37-year history; interviews with players and IWA Boss Johnny B; well-justified (and long overdue) inductions into the unofficial PBM Hall of Fame, including both managers and stables; hot takes; all-time records; and current rankings.

There's plenty to enjoy in this issue, so get your free copy today!

(Right click HERE and choose "Save Target As..." You will be downloading a PDF file with a size of 1.5MB.)

 

THE UNOFFICIAL HOW TO WIN IN THE IWA GUIDE

Learning the ropes in a game where those ropes are imaginary can be confusing, but this unofficial How to Win in the IWA video is here to help. Join IWAR and BRL Commissioner Matt Riley as he walks you through the fundamentals of the game to help you get a better grasp of the IWA.

Click HERE for the YouTube page. (This link will open in a new browser window. The IWA is not responsible for its content.)

 

SPECIAL EDITION OF THE IWA RINGSIDE MAGAZINE (updated 7/11/17)

"The Unofficial History of the IWA, as brought to you by the IWA Ringside Magazine. This special edition is loaded with pictures, stories, and nostalgia from over 30 years of the IWA."

For this issue, right click HERE and choose "Save Target As..." (you will be downloading a PDF file with a size of 14.1MB).

 


 

GO GREEN

The current bulletins from all our leagues are now available on our Results page. These PDF files are updated the same day the federation results are posted and include everything the snail mail versions have, with the added bonus that some feature pages in color.

Match results are also available in HTML format from that same page.

If you want us to continue providing results this way, contact Kimberly and tell her you'd like to "go green." We'll stop sending you printed bulletins, which will help keep our prices low, and you'll get the warm, fuzzy feeling that comes from knowing you just helped save the planet. Everyone wins!

 

EMAIL REMINDERS

Keep a copy of every email you send us. If you do not receive a reply within 48 hours (not counting Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays), resend your message. Kimberly replies to all legitimate email.

Also, make sure to email any matches, strategy changes, etc. at least 24 (and preferably more than 48) hours before your league will be processed.

 

RANKINGS AND ACTIVITY CHANGES

Your wrestler's number of stars, current point flow, and previous strategy total are now used as additional tie-breakers in our league rankings system. The new progression is as follows: activity status (active or inactive -- see next paragraph), having at least one win, number of wins over losses, total number of wins, number of stars, amount of imaginary money, number of ties, point flow, and strategy total from the previous cycle.

Also, each wrestler must initiate a one-on-one match to be considered active. Tag-team matches, six-man matches, and battle royal entries do not count toward activity. Inactive wrestlers cannot compete for major titles, so if you'd like to see your grappler's name in the IWA Report, don't forget to have him sign at least one singles match!

 

NEW ROOKIE LEAGUE POLICY

From now on, managers may not create new wrestlers or transfer existing wrestlers into rookie leagues without permission from both the league commissioner and IWA Management. This protection does not expire after a certain number of cycles: it ends when it is agreed that managers in the league are ready to compete against more experienced players.

We hope this change will provide those who are new to the game with a chance to hone their skills on a more even playing field.

The Leagues page contains a list of our rookie leagues.

 

AN EXCEPTION TO OUR STABLE INITIALS POLICY

Our policy against changing stable initials after a league has been processed, but before The IWA Report has been published, failed to address the special nature of the World Wrestling League. Since this league does not allow stable initials, managers are prevented from gaining recognition for their group on an IWA-wide basis should they win a major title.

Attaching stable initials in The Report alone should have zero impact on in-league angles and storylines, since the WWL doesn't even use them (and by "them" we mean stable initials; the WWL certainly uses angles and storylines!). Because we are also able to afford our snail mail players the same option, we see no reason to prohibit managers from having Report-only initials in this league.

Several members of the WWW stable pointed out this shortcoming in our policy, although it just as easily could have been any other stable had its wrestlers won major titles from that league. We're glad this special circumstance occurred at the beginning of the year since it allows all groups to start on equal footing. (Remember that the January issue of The IWA Report actually lists the major champions from the final cycle of the previous year.)

 

NEW POLICY FOR CHANGING NAMES AND/OR STABLE INITIALS

Effective immediately, wrestlers may only change their names and/or stable initials at the time their league is processed. As usual, Kimberly has been too nice in honoring requests, and we feel the situation is getting out of hand. Allowing these changes to occur between bulletin mailings can create confusion, and leave managers who choose to play via snail mail feeling "out of the loop" or like less-valued members of our wrestling family.

We want to use the Internet to provide conveniences for all who play our game, but that must be balanced with keeping the emphasis on the league bulletins -- where the action is! When wrestlers are permitted to change these attributes between bulletin mailings, it makes online activity just as important as league activity; it's as if time doesn't "pause" between bulletins #34 and #35 like it should, but instead continues on in some arena that exists only on the Internet. That's obviously not fair to our snail mail players.

So from now on, wrestler information must remain a reflection of what is printed in the league bulletins. This should ensure that everyone -- whether online or not -- will be on the same page. You can decide for yourself if that was intended to be a pun. :)

 

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