SLAM! Sports SLAM! Wrestling
   Fri, February 10, 2006



News & Rumours
Bios
Obits
Canadian Hall of Fame
WrestleMania 30
WrestleMania 30 photos
Video
Movie Database
Minority Mat Report
Columnists
Features
Results Archive
PPV Reviews
SLAM! Wrestling store
On Facebook
On Twitter
Send Feedback




Photo Galleries

Raw in Chicago


Titans in Toronto VI


WWE Night of Champions


Legends of the Ring fan fest


Heroes & Legends IV fan fest


NXT Takeover: Fatal 4 Way


ROH All Star Extravaganza VI







SCOREBOARD
PHOTO GALLERY
VIDEO GALLERY
COMMENT





Winnipeg's AWE: We're still in business
By GREG OLIVER - Producer, SLAM! Wrestling


Financial difficulties, a round of layoffs and a bogus press release have the Winnipeg-based Action Wrestling Entertainment (AWE) on shaky ground today.

The one-year-old company has run three pay-per-view shows on Canadian TV and has a deal for a 30-minute weekly TV show on The Fight Network entitled AWE Overload. For its various live events, the AWE has imported big name stars like Lex Luger, Buff Bagwell, Brian Christopher, The Steiner Brothers, Billy Gunn, Rikishi, Jamie Noble, Chuck Palumbo and Billy Kidman, and mixed them in with homegrown talent like Ryan Wood, Johnny Devine, Shane Madison, Kenny Omega and Chi Chi Cruz.

Earlier this week, the TV taping scheduled for Friday, February 10 at was postponed until March 11th with a press release that read "Action Wrestling Entertainment has commenced a corporate restructuring to best modify the companies resources to enhance the overall value of our family-friendly brand of entertainment." That March show has now been cancelled altogether.

"We're going through a bit of a restructuring," Mike Davidson, AWE Director of Wrestling Operations, told SLAM! Wrestling, adding that the company is seeking "a solution that will make us stronger."

"I haven't heart anyting that the company is defunct at this time," said Adam Knight, one of the Winnipeg wrestlers on the AWE roster.

A number of the staff have been laid off as well, including Davidson.

What really has Davidson annoyed is a fake press release issued through awemediarelease@yahoo.com that crowed "Action Wrestling Entertainment ceases operations."

Davidson stressed that if it were a true press release, it would have been issued through the company's website, www.aweheat.com. He suspects it is from disgruntled former employee.

The counterfeit press release fights dishes dirt: "Misappropriation of funds by upper management is being heavily investgated at this time."

"In my mind, that's just what Winnipeg wrestling is," said Davidson.

Winnipeg wrestler Bobby Jay (Bob St. Laurent), who only worked for the AWE once, hoped that it would stay in business, as it is "good for Canadian wrestling."

PREVIOUS AWE STORIES

  • Jan. 23, 2006: Wrestling - AWE Harsh Reality: A real bang for the buck
  • Jan. 18, 2006: The Harsh Reality: AWE PPV tonight
  • Dec. 7, 2005: Wrestling fans get AWE fix
  • Oct. 5, 2005: Madison pumped by AWE's success
  • Sep. 8, 2005: AWE tonight on PPV
  • Mar. 12, 2005: AWE opens for business in Winnipeg
  • Jan. 27, 2005: Star-studded rasslin' debut