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House of Pain & Royal Rumble 11 Dec

Posted by Africa Wrestling On November - 17 - 2014

AWA’s ultimate fight night features a 23-man Coca-Cola Royal Rumble battle where the last man standing will exit the ring with the most coveted belt. The current title holder is Miss Gorgeous who vows to keep the belt for a second year running even though he’ll be the first man entering the ring and will have to battle through the full complement of 22 remaining wrestlers. If he manages to do that, he’ll be the first man in AWA history to accomplish a back-to-back victory.

Johnny Palazzio comes back all guns blazing for this match to defend his Cruiseweight title that he was able to retain after a battle with Mr Money three months ago. This was the fight where Palazzio broke his leg and continued in the ring despite the injury. As for Mr Money, losing to Palazzio in the previous match means he’ll have to wear a dress on the night of the Royal Rumble – the result of the lost challenge.

Other superstars set to contest will be the All Africa Heavyweight Champion – the Missing Link, Shaun Koen, Max The Body, Sammy Sweigers, Ed-Electric and El-Marco. If you’re expecting absolute chaos, you won’t be disappointed in this massive, unrestricted brawl.

While the Royal Rumble will undoubtedly be the highlight of the evening, it is by no means the only match worth making the effort to see. In fact, the AWA have prepared an extended talent pool for this event and that means five intense bouts. Don’t miss this one, folks.

Tickets are available at the door. UNRESERVED: R50 | RESERVED: R80
All bookings and enquiries, contact Shaun at 082 456-0792

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All the House of Pain events for 2014

Posted by Africa Wrestling On March - 11 - 2014

Book these dates into your diary for the best the AWA has to offer! If you want to witness the finest wrestling action in the land, don’t miss out on the AWA flagship!

General enquiries: 082 456-0792

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Upcoming AWA Events

Posted by Africa Wrestling On February - 3 - 2014

The AWA is starting off 2014 with a bang. Here are six opportunities to see your favourite local wrestlers tear up the squared circle! Don’t miss out.

Contact us at 082 456 0792 for further information

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First Royal Rumble gallery is in!

Posted by Africa Wrestling On December - 12 - 2013

David Finlay out for SA Gold!

Posted by Africa Wrestling On November - 24 - 2013

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Young David Finlay, son of Dave ‘Fit’ Finlay made his debut in Germany in 2012. He is a three time Georgia State qualifying amateur wrestler, and himself a fourth generation professional wrestler. Young Finlay found himself in Cape Town doing missionary work during his gap year, when his father, ‘Fit’ Finlay quick about locating the country’s finest wrestling organisation and getting his son involved. You might know of Dave ‘Fit’ Finlay’s other successes such as his current position as producer of WWE. He is also a trainer and of course acclaimed professional wrestler with longstanding careers in WCW and WWE. And so it was his call to the AWA that led to David’s enrolment at the School of Hard Knocks. After four months of hard graft, David has graduated to AWA’s competition level, and will be forced to prove his mettle in an elimination style fight against three of the organisation’s hardest hitters. Enter Max ‘The Body’, Johnny Palazzio and the title-holder, Vinnie Vegas. Finlay leaves South Africa two days after the House of Pain. Will he be leaving with the SA Cruiserweight Title around his waist?

Tickets are available at the door. UNRESERVED: R40 RESERVED: R80
All bookings and enquiries, contact Shaun at 082 456-0792

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Royal Rumble 5th Dec 2013

Posted by Africa Wrestling On November - 4 - 2013

“24 men enter the squared circle. Only one will emerge victorious!”

Don’t miss out on this epic and ultimate battle of 2013, as the Africa Wrestling Alliance closes the curtain with the biggest House of Pain event of the year!

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Parking Lot Brawl Gallery

Posted by Africa Wrestling On October - 15 - 2013

Check out the gallery from our Parking Lot Brawl event on the 5th October 2013.
(Photographs by Eddie Nel)

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Posted by Africa Wrestling On September - 22 - 2013

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The current Cruiserweight Champion Vinnie Vegas, who has been branded by many as being pound-for-pound the best wrestler in SA, is set to face longtime rival the “Italian Stallion” Johnny Palazzio in the main event on the September 30th at Parow Civic Center. Known as “The House Of Pain”, Parow Civic Center has been the AWA’s battle home ground for many years, hosting some of SA wrestlings best matches. The self-proclaimed “One Man Show”, Vinnie is no stranger to success at “The House of Pain”. Success, however, has never come easy.

Now residing in Athlone, Vinnie grew up in Mitchell’s Plain surrounded by many bad influences such as crime and gangsterism. Encouraged from an early by his parents to stay on the straight and narrow path by working hard while encompassing a strong sense of morals and discipline, Vinnie matriculated from Mondale Secondary School and went on to complete his National Diploma of Information Technology at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. As a youngster, Vinnie was an introvert, spending most of his time reading comic books and playing video games. A nerd by definition. It was also at this early age that he became captivated by the larger than life spectacle that is professional wrestling. Collecting all kinds of wrestling memorabilia such as magazines, posters and action figures, Vegas had discovered he had a passion for the squared circle action. Finding inspiration in wrestling heroes and role models, he would also harbor a dream of one day competing in a wrestling ring. Many would mock that dream as Vinnie was but a scrawny kid, but he would not be deterred and thus, after completing his studies, he contact Shaun Koen and the AWA in March 2004.

Still, having never competed in sports at school level, Vegas initially struggled with athletic aspect of wrestling but stayed determined by never losing sight of his goal by mastering the technical aspects.

His hard work would soon pay off as he would get to make dream come true with his wrestling debut in August 2005 against William McQueen. But with dreams accomplished, new goals arise and championship glory was in “The One Man Show’s” sights. An opportunity would eventually come when Vinnie competed against fellow challenger William McQueen and then-champion Johnny Palazzio in the first ever ladder match in June 2007. And even though he would not attain victory on that night, Vegas would continue to press forward by competing and perfecting his craft. He studied many matches from all over globe including America, Europe and Japan, and incorporated many of their styles into his own. It had also expanded his arsenal of wrestling moves to a unique collection that continue to “wow” audiences at every show. Trademark moves such as his “Raging Storm”, super kick and flying elbow are not only used to inflict pain onto his opponents, but would soon bring in championship gold. And his first championship success would eventually come in December 2009, by winning the Coca Cola Royal Rumble title when he eliminated 25 members of the AWA roster in a single match. Happy, but with a hunger not yet satisfied, Vinnie continued to focus on winning the Cruiserweight title. He would then receive another opportunity for the title against the then-champion Mr. Money, one year later. This time, a seasoned and more experienced Vinnie Vegas accomplished his goal and became the AWA Cruiserweight champion.

Since then, he has become a 2-time Cruiserweight champion and thanks to wrestling, he has traveled and competed all over South Africa, including in Swaziland. These days, Vinnie has new goals and dreams. When asked, he says that as the current champion and a near 10 year veteran, he’s current goal is to be a role model to not only the fans but to the new up and coming wrestlers that he helps train at the AWA HardKnocks Academy. He also looks forward to competing at the “House Of Pain” on September 30th. When asked for a quote, he said: “It’s another one for the bucket list. Another goal. To defend a championship in the main event of the “House of Pain”. Not many wrestlers can stake that claim. I’ve prided myself of being a “genius of hard work” and getting this opportunity proves that when you set your mind on something you want, you can accomplish it!”

You can see Vinnie Vegas, Johnny Palazzio, Shaun Koen, AWA Heavyweight Champion The Oz and the rest of the AWA roster compete on September 30th at Parow Civic. As well as on October 5th in Kraaifontein at the Grand opening of Allies Meats on Old Paarl road where the wrestling will be no cover charge at the “Parking Lot Brawl”.

For all your enquires and Bookings contact Shaun Koen on 082 4560792

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Next HOP is Here! 30th Sept 2013

Posted by Africa Wrestling On September - 4 - 2013

The Next “House of Pain” is here!

Thursday 30th September 2013 at the Parow Civic Center, it starts at 19:30.

Don’t miss this LIVE action of you favorite and most hated wrestlers in one ring.

Book now on 082 456 0792

See you there!

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Coca Cola Royal Rumble 5th Dec 2014

Posted by Africa Wrestling On September - 4 - 2013

The curtain closer, ultimate House of Pain for 2013 is almost upon us. That includes the pulse-racing, 22-man, Coca Cola Royal Rumble on Thursday 5th December 2013! There can be only one winner, don’t miss out on this edge-of-your-seat battle. You won’t be disappointed!

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