Our Old Website

Old Website added 12-13-17. Photos will be added to the stories and articles shortly.

Enjoy this AWA Website. We offer Pro Wrestling, Puroresu.
Paranormal Projects, and Publishing. Have Fun!

Latest news: Every page has been updated; On-Site
“Purchase/Buy” PayPal buttons to be added next week.

————————————————————————————————————–

Event: WrestleCon

WrestleCon’s Main Event features TNA’s Matt & Jeff Hardy VS ECW’s Rob Van Dan & Sabu!
Events are in San Jose, Ca on Friday March 27th, Saturday March 28th, and Sunday 29th 2015
Visit www.wrestlecon.com and WrestleCon Guests include:
Val Venis, Christy Hemme, Chavo Guerrero, Road Warrior Animal, Ricky Steamboat, Bobby Heenan, Eric Bischoff, Rob Van Dam,
Ken Shamrock, Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kazarian, Ivan Koloff, Kevin Nash, Bret Hart, Big Van Vader, Lita, Stars of AWA Florida & MORE!
San Jose, Ca is only under 15 minutes to Santa Clara, Ca home of this years
WWE Wrestlemania 31 March 29th 2015 Visit www.wwe.com for tickets!
For Old School and Classic Pro Wrestling visit
http://www.wrestlecon.com/

—————————————————————————————–

Event: WWE WrestleMania 30
When: Sunday, April 6, 2014
Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, La.

Tagline: What the WORLD has been waiting for!

April 2014: WM30 & WrestleCon
AWA Florida will be at WrestleCon during the WWE’s WrestleMania 30 weekend!
Get your 2014 WrestleCon tickets NOW at http://www.wrestlecon.com
for this biggest weekend of wrestling on Saturday, April 5 & Sunday, April 6 at
The Sugar Mill in New Orleans, LA! The weekend Live Event Address is
Sugar Mill New Orleans Hotels 1021 Convention Center Blvd, New Orleans, 70130, LA
AWA Florida will be there with New Books, New DVD’s, and a few stars of the AWA Florida in attendance. Please make your ticket & travel arrangements as early as possible.

Hit the website for tickets at http://www.WrestleCon.com/Tickets/

—————————————————————————————–

It is never too early to start setting aside some money or make purchases NOW for the 2013 Toys For Tots drive. If you need to know a drop off location or arrange a drop off or pick up please fill out our “Contact” Form on our Contact page. We the economy as it is in its presence state, buying early is a service to all involved. Please lets NOT make the kids suffer. Giving is good and very rewarding achievement.

Being a “Comic” Guy, this is my favorite old-time Toys For Tots Advertisement

August 2013: We reach the sad fifth year anniversary of my Trainers death: Walter “Killer” Kowalski. Malden, Massachusetts (and the World) will miss its favorite Sports Star. (August 13, 1926 – August 30, 2008 reached 81 years old) Famous trainer of WWE ® stars-Triple H (WWE ® – COO), Chyna, Kofi Kingston, Damien Sandow (Current Money In The Bank ® 2013 winner for Smackdown ®), and Matt Bloom (Tensai, Albert, or A-Train, New Japan Pro-Wrestling as Giant Bernard) -Kowalski is pictured with Triple H on the left and Matt Bloom on the right-

—————————————————————————————–

July: The Great Muta A.K.A. Keiji Mutoh formed a new wrestling federation entitled Wrestle-1. Keiji did not see eye to eye and in July 2013 he resigned from All Japan Pro Wrestling to start his fed in Tokyo, Japan. A website is not fully available yet but I understand he will have shows starting as soon as September 2013. My longtime friend, promoter, and writer: Kohei Ichiki broke a lot of this news to me via e-mail and SKYPE. Also: Antonio Inoki gets appointed to the Japanese Congress. What a great month for Japan. Our congratulations go out to both these outstanding individuals!

The Great Muta’s new federation Wrestle-1 with his new associates

—————————————————————————————–
July 4th…..and the Fireworks begin!
AWA Florida is very proud to announce that
Actress Pamela Wistrom will be joining the
AWA in 2014 as a hostess of our LIVE events.

Phantom is a 2013 American film about a Soviet submarine during the Cold War in the 1960s. It stars Ed Harris, David Duchovny ,William Fichtner and Pamela Wistrom. The film tells the story of a Soviet Navy submarine captain attempting to prevent a war. It is loosely based on the real-life events involving the K-129 crisis of 1968.

Pamela Wistrom will be listed on our “Superstars” page very shortly and it is amazing having her involved with the AWA Florida Federation and attached to the TURNED: The Novel Series.
She is the future of Hollywood and Entertainment!
What a stunning and accomplished actress!
Phantom the movie just left the major theaters but is now available on DVD

—————————————————————————————–

June 22nd:I was invited to attend Tommy Dreamer’s House of Hardcore show in Philly. PA and the show from start to finish was amazing. It was a great treat just to see Ric Flair and Terry Funk in the same damn building let alone the stacked card and excellent performers that were booked by Tommy. If you are in the North East please support Tommy’s shows as they are well worth it plus with the market trying to go with a PG rating (I.E the WWE) made this a very enjoyable Adult outing.

Please visit Tommy’s website address http://www.houseofhardcore.net/index.html

—————————————————————————————–
THIS JUST IN AWA Fans: Working with Major Cruise Line so get ready to Take Your Pro Wrestling & MMA Fan-Fest on the open seas! More information to follow!

Jerry “The King” Lawler suffered no brain damage from heart
attack;
 out of sedation and can speak as of Wednesday 9-12-12. Jerry sadly had a
heart attack on the past edition of WWE’s Monday Night Raw
which was NOT a work
or storyline. 
Jerry“The King” Lawler or KingFish is one of our favorite AWA wrestlers
ever
and we wish him the best of health.

 

    —————————————————————————————–
The Wrestling Press June 2011 Cover & On-line PDF Flash link
I was asked to promote this on-line magazine and after reading it from cover to cover
I found this magazine has a great future! I then read the last six issues in one sitting!
This issue is dedicated to the passing of “Macho Man” Randy Savage on May 20th 2011

 

—————————————————————————————–

We wish this match could have happened: Sting® VS Undertaker®

In honor of the WWE® WrestleMania® 27 there will be many WM27 parties
throughout Atlanta, Georgia. Some of the AWA Florida Stars will be there partying with
the WWE® stars and wishing them all a safe and very successful matches. When it comes
to the WWE® we will all be highly entertained. Visit us Friday, April 1st at the Sutra
Lounge for Big Sexy Kevin Nash’s party. If you cannot make it to Atlanta then please
check with you local Cable TV providers for WM27 service.
When it comes to an AWA Florida night on the town “The best way to behave is not too.”
See you April 1st 2011 and throughout the weekend!

—————————————————————————————–

Lucha Libre AAA: Heroes of the Ring by Konami 
Pre-orders now accepted at http://www.gamestop.com
and you get a Lucha Libre Pro-Wrestling Mask
Game Ships 10/12/2010 for the PS3, Wii, PSP,DSiware, X-Box systems.
Receive a voucher redeemable for one of four ‘authentic’ masks of
La Parka, Octagon, Abismo Negro,
and Thomas Mr.T’s favorite Dr. Wagner Jr.

—————————————————————————————–

Watch TNA Wrestling on SPIKE TV this New Year’s Eve 12/31/09
To see AWA Florida Alumni
The Stunning Amber O’Neal and American Beauty Lorelei Lee

TNA Just got BETTER with fresh talent!

—————————————————————————————–

Our AWA Angels Claudia, Shelli, & Lanie

Larry Zbyszko in the AWA Florida Ring

—————————————————————————————–

This Just In!!!
AWA Florida Owner and Author Thomas Mr.T
Will be appearing with over 50 Pro-Wrestling Stars
MMA: Ken Shamrock & Tank Abbott, Candice Michelle, Umaga,
Roddy Piper, Matt Morgan, Blue Meanie, Traci Brooks, and MORE

“Click” this Web Site Page link

http://www.pottsmerc.com/articles/2009/10/04/news/srv0000006552482.txt

Also we will be promoting TURNED: The Novel ~ A Vampire Legend ~
“Click” this Web Site Page Link

http://www.mp-events.net

—————————————————————————————–

Mitsuharu Misawa June 18th, 1962 to June 13th, 2009
Misawa Passed away due to a heart attack while receiving a back suplex in the
Wrestling Ring against Akitoshi Saito in a tag match.

Mitsuharu was the second incarnation of Tiger Mask
and the best of the Tiger Masks Past-Present-& Future.

His creation of the Tiger Driver was simply an amazing move.

Please review http://www.YOUTUBE.com to see some of his matches within his stunning career. The newest Report on his death is death was likely caused by a spinal cord injury from the back suplex and not heart problems.

I wrote about Misawa in my Book: The History of Japanese Pro-Wrestling and I was his biggest fan. He will be very much missed and remembered fondly.
It is another sad day in Pro-Wrestling that will be felt throughout the world!

 

—————————————————————————————–

HELP BRING DEBRA TO TNA

Hello Fans: I, Thomas MrT of www.awaflorida.com , received this note from Marvin Ward, Debra’s agent.

“It is such a thrill for all of us having Debra come back to wrestling. The feedback and emails from fans have been overwhelming. Debra has been very emotional from all the love and support you are showing her.

Fans, we need your help. With the continued need for new talent and fresh story lines in wrestling today, we are on a quest to reunite Debra with Jeff Jarrett in TNA, but for some reason it is very hard to get management to call you back. They don’t seem to think Debra has enough fan power to be heard. So we are asking for your help to let TNA know the fans want Debra back on TV.

Listed below are two email addresses to TNA. We are asking fans to email TNA and let them know you want to see Debra on TNA. Thanks everyone, get your friends and as many email addresses you can to let them know TNA needs Debra to set the women’s division straight. Thanks everyone”

In the subject line put URGENT – JEFF JARRETT & DIXIE CARTER

Tell them you the fans want to see them bring Debra to TNA Wrestling.

info@tnawrestling.com and jobs@tnawrestling.com

Debra is a beautiful & caring woman and “The Woman” to freshen up TNA Wrestling!

Thanks Everyone from Thomas MrT.

Look for Debra to appear within the pages of Day-Walkers

(The Sequel to TURNED the Novel)

That deal is in the works as we speak!

—————————————————————————————–

WWF Legend such as LipStick and Dynamite: The Movie

The Fabulous Moolah & Mae Young
provide candid insights into the

History of Women’s Professional Wrestling

Also appearing Gladys “Kill ‘Em” Gillem Long
Wendy Richter, Capt. Lou Albano, Eric Bischoff,
“Classy” Fred Blassie, And “Mean” Gene Okerlund

Feel free to watch the entire Film courtesy

of AWA Florida and www.snagfilms.com

Watch more free documentaries

Also Enjoy Hitman Hart: Wrestling with Shadows from AWA Florida and Snagfilms

Watch more free documentaries

—————————————————————————————–

 

Look for our AWAFlorida.com ads in our favorite Anime – Manga  Magazine

OTAKU USA   Vol. # 1    Issue Number #7

—————————————————————————————–

—- Very Sad News to report by awaflorida.com —

Wladek (Walter) Killer Kowalski

October 13, 1926 – August 30,2008

~ A Wrestler- A Trainer- An Icon- A Killer ~

~ He will be missed ~

BREAKING NEWS— AWA Florida.com reports

Walter “Killer” Kowalski, during the first week of August 08, suffered a Major Heart Attack that could be terminal.

As we enter the second week of August he seems to be doing a bit better.

 

In the past I dedicated my “Pro-Wrestling Moves” book to Walter.

Walter was one of the best trainers ever put on this earth.

Of course regarding his historic Pro-Wrestling fighting career we could speak on that subject for hours upon hours.

Killer Kowalski “Master of the Claw” T-Shirt

For decades fans and opponents alike have quivered at the mere thought of Killer Kowalski’s famed Claw hold. Now you can honor this WWE Hall-of-Fame Great for truly being the “Master of the Claw” with this new ringer

t-shirt. The shirt is white with royal rings around the neck and sleeves and features the “Killer” on the front.

100% of profits from the sale of this shirt will help go to the Legend to help defer the cost of rising medical bills.

Available in S,M,L,XL,XXL

T-KKCLAW $20.00

To purchase & support this Icon please  “Click” this link

http://chaoticwrestling.stores.yahoo.net/kikomofclt.html

This link goes to a Wrestling Federation & Walter’s Training school

near my hometown of Boston, Massachusetts

—————————————————————————————–

 

With great pleasure, AWA Florida Welcomes

Megan Hauserman

For our Promotional Events

Playboy Model & T.V. Star

Winner of “Beauty & the Geek” on the CW network

And “Rock of Love 2 with Brett Michaels” on VH-1

 

Go to our “CONTACT” if you want Megan to appear at your event!

—————————————————————————————–

AWA Florida congratulates Katie Lea Burchill (A.K.A Nikita of England)
On her WWE RAW debut along side Paul Burchill. Katie Lea is a very beautiful rising star in a unique WWE story line

—————————————————————————————–

To see proper AWA (American Wrestling Association) in its original glory, classic episodes will start airing on the ESPN Classic TV Network from 1-2 am on 02/27/08.
AWA Florida.com also has CD episodes of ESPN’S “The Cage” Radio Program for sale in future.

—————————————————————————————–

Vampire Novel “Turned” on Sale NOW!

$15 + $3 Postage & Handling
Purchase Via Pay Pal Feb 08

—————————————————————————————–

12/22/07 – Puerto Rico Superstar and former TNA Pro-Wrestler  ~Apolo~ has signed a developmental contract with WWE. Apolo helped launch The AWA Florida Federation and is featured in the AWA Florida DVD “Return to Greatness”. We Wish Apolo all the best!

—————————————————————————————–

TOP NEWS: The Paper Work has been Filed and Approved
And AWA Florida will run Live Events & Autograph Shows
in Pennsylvania! See Events Page for Info & Dates!

We also welcome the Blue Meanie (ECW-WWE) to our growing Roster!

—————————————————————————————–

AWA FLORIDA VOL #1 $25
THE RETURN TO GREATNESS

AWA Singles Match: Teacher versus Student
Owner of Orange Avenue Gym, 90’s AWA star,
And Former “Mr.Orlando” Stormy Granzig
VS
Stormy’s Protégé from the Past
Pete Cannon

AWA Women’s Singles Match: East versus West
Land of the Rising Sun
Malia Hosaka
VS
American Hard Body
Lexie Fyfe

AWA Singles Match: Battle of the Monsters
Member of Brotherhood of Destruction
The Awesome Axis
VS
The man only known as Rick The Reeper

AWA Singles Match: Future versus Icon
Heartbreak Express singles competitor
Scott Davis
VS
Uptown Frankie C.

AWA Tag Team Match: Old School Style
The Heartbreak Express
Superstar Sean Davis & Fabulous Phil Davis
With the Manager of the Stars
Shelli Cannon
VS
Brian Gamble & Chasyn Rance

AWA Singles Match: CO-MAIN EVENT
TNA’s Apolo from Puerto Rico w/ Rico Cassanova
VS
The Mysterious SAINT

AWA Heavy Weight Title Match: MAIN EVENT
The Living Legend LARRY ZBYSZKO
VS
The Power of Python

THE DEBUT OF THE AWA ANGELS:
Claudia Lightfoot, Lady Tragedi Merlot,
And Shelli Cannon

—————————————————————————————–

AWA FLORIDA VOL #2 $25
AWA 80’s FLASH-BACK

AWA Special Arm Wrestling Match:
Star of TV’s American Gladiator
TANK w/ Claudia
VS
Unknown Challenger ???

AWA Women’s TAG TEAM Match:
Land of the Rising Sun American Beauty
Malia Hosaka & Lorelei Lee
VS
The Greatest Tag Team Ever!
TEAM BLONDAGE: Amber & Krissy (WWE)

Japan Promoter & Writer Kohei scouts our Talent

AWA Tag Team Match: Battle of the Big Men
Members of Brotherhood of Destruction
The Awesome Axis & the Power of Python
VS
Dangerous Dale & 450 lbs SNOW

AWA Singles Match: The High flyers
TNA’s Brian Gamble
VS
The Kamikaze Kid

AWA Tag Team Match: 80’s Throw back
The Heartbreak Express
Superstar Sean Davis & Fabulous Phil Davis
With the Manager of the Stars
Shelli Cannon
VS
The Macabre HELL-BILLIES

AWA Light Weight TV Title Match: CO-MAIN EVENT
TNA’s Jerrelle “Mr.630” Clark
VS
The Mysterious SAINT w/ Tragedi

AWA Heavy Weight Title Match: MAIN EVENT
The Living Legend LARRY ZBYSZKO
VS
Scott Davis of the Heartbreak Express

Featuring THE AWA ANGELS:
Claudia Lightfoot, Lady Tragedi Merlot,
Shelli Cannon, and Newest Angel LANIE!!!

—————————————————————————————–

AWA FLORIDA VOL # 3 $25
SHOOT INTERVIEW SERIES
AWA Florida Vol # 3.1 Audio CD Version only $15

This DVD of AWA Florida
“ The Living Legend” Larry Zbyszko
-SHOOT INTERVIEW-

Includes Live Events and Audio In-Studio Interview

The interview covers various subjects on:

The historic WWF feud with Bruno Sammartino
& Shea Stadium attendance records broken

Entering the AWA and dealing with Verne Gagne
On a business and personal level

The rise and fall of the WCW

Current status of Total Non-Stop Action TNA/NWA
& Spike TV

Larry discusses his favorite Wrestlers & Characters
Of Pro-Wrestling

Comments on Ring Psychology & “Old School Wrestling”

DVD Matches include:

The Living Legend Larry Zbyszko
Versus
THE POWER THE PYTHON
For AWA GOLD!

Also #1 contender Scott Davis of the Heartbreak Express
With manager of the stars Shelli Cannon
Versus
Star of SPIKE TV’s TNA Larry Zbyszko
In a Florida Heavyweight TITLE Match

And Much More!

Larry is accompanied to the ring by The AWA ANGELS

—————————————————————————————–

AWA Angels Group DVD Vol.#1
On Sale 05/07   $20
~ Filmed in Florida ~

The Greatest ANGELS Florida has to offer

  AWA Angels Group DVD Vol.#2
On Sale 05/07  $20
~ Filmed in Pennsylvania ~

Box Art TBA

The Best ANGELS Pennsylvania has produced

Both AWA Angels Group DVD’s are Sold Out and Discontinued until further notice,
thank you for your support and interests.

—————————————————————————————–

Three Books recently released are the following:

Pro-Wrestling Moves The History Of Pro-Wrestling The History Of Japan Wrestling

All Books are $25 each and please see more information at our
AWA Florida Shop Zone Page

—————————————————————————————–

AWA Florida congratulates Krissy Vaine of Team Blondage

for being picked up by the WWE!

Krissy has been diligent with the WWE and it paid off!
Krissy called me personally and it was a fun call and we wish her the best. A 3-year developmental contract will soon turn into a TV contract!
This awesome lady loves and totally respects this business.
Click back to this site for the release of a

DVD – Krissy Vaine in Action!
& CD of Krissy’s Orlando Studio Photo Shoot!
Both On Sale mid Feb 06

—————————————————————————————–

Also Congratulations to
MVP A.K.A. Antonio Banks of Florida fame!
Great Man, Paid his dues, and now he’s on TV
WWE’s SMACKDOWN -Friday Nights- Best of Luck Antonio!

Congratulations to our AWA Florida Valet – The Lovely ~ EVA ~
Eva had a story in Extreme Magazine and her career moves forward!

EVA is available for Promotional Bookings & Appearances
Visit AWA Angels for more information or e-mail
awaflorida@hotmail.com

See her DVD on the SHOP PAGE.

—————————————————————————————–

Contrary to any rumors and/or web forums
THE AWA FLORIDA lives on. I may be in & out of FL
But the show must go on! And Will!

—————————————————————————————–
One of the BEST Women’s Matches I have ever seen was at
The Dangerous Women of Wrestling
2/2/06 filming in Philly!
I saw Angel Orsini (aka ECW Riptide)
vs. Sumie Sakai
*Most wrestling experts expect this match to steal the show hands down, as these two ring veterans will use everything in their arsenal to grab the victory. A win in this match up would mean a lot to either competitor. Expect Angel and Sumie to tear the house down.
It did bring down the house! Best Match ever! I wish Angel a speedy recovery! I will be working with The Dangerous Women of Wrestling in Danbury, Ct on March 10th 2006. I did some work on this past show and look forward to ALL FUTURE SHOWS! Please visit http://www.dangerouswomenofwrestling.com/ For all the info, downloads, and more! April 29th they return to the ECW Area in Philly

AWA Florida DVD’s can be purchased at this site, E-bay (Zbyszko stuff goes crazy there), OR
Store #1 http://thecontrolcenter.net
“ Where the Wrestling World Shops” Great selections at the Control Center also a VHS library like no other
Store #2 http://www.rfvideo.com/

RF Video is well known for their Shoot tapings
AWA Florida.com releases scheduled for mid Feb 06

—————————————————————————————–

AWA Florida.com would like to THANK

webpic1

Kohei – Japan Wrestling Promoter & Writer
Here at AWA Florida we are appreciative of all Kohei’s time and efforts
A Quick background: Kohei flew from Osaka, Japan on 11/4 to visit our AWA show on 11/5. He then flew out on 11/6. Since his departure we have spoken by Phone & Internet. On the date of 12/4, Kohei spoke with Malia Hosaka & Thomas Perryman and reviewed our talents contracts in Orlando. I really must thank Malia for all her time and help on this overseas travel issue. She is the toughest Woman in Wrestling but also a pure talent for the business. Due to a Venue change and Kohei’s schedule, our AWA All Women’s Card will now be TBA.
The Host of this LIVE EVENT will be “The Living Legend” Larry Zbyszko !

The Issue just hit the Stands- Pro Wrestling Illustrated Presents: A Guide to Professional Wrestling and strongly features AWA Florida and its TALENTS!
Look to pages #44-45 for an AWA Florida description and contact.
Also go to pages #140 for a feature on TEAM BLONDAGE: Amber O’Neal & Krissy Vaine
Also Page # 142 features Jerrelle “Mr.630” Clark our AWA Florida Light Heavyweight Champion.
This PWI Digest features 122 Federations and is a great read for $5.95

Pick up the Orlando Weekly November 3-9 issue
and turn to page #8 to see the first of our many upcoming ads!

orlando weekly cover

banner.round_.200-150x150

See event page for more details.
—————————————————————————————–

WWE Files Lawsuit against Dale Gagner
– Thursday, April 26 2007 – 3:56 PM 
  
World Wrestling sues promoter. WWE has filed a trademark infringement lawsuit in federal court against a Minnesota man who is allegedly misappropriating the trademarks of an organization that was run by the “legendary Vern Gagne” from the 1960s to the 1990s.

 

World Wrestling sues promoter
World Wrestling Entertainment has filed a trademark infringement lawsuit in federal court against a Minnesota man who is allegedly misappropriating the trademarks of an organization that was run by the “legendary Vern Gagne” from the 1960s to the 1990s.
By Dan Browning, Star Tribune
Last update: April 26, 2007 – 1:02 PM

World Wrestling Entertainment has filed a trademark infringement lawsuit in federal court against a Minnesota man who is allegedly misappropriating the trademarks of an organization that was run by the “legendary Vern Gagne” from the 1960s to the 1990s.

Gagne is a Twin Cities promoter who’s often considered the grandfather of modern television wrestling theatrics.

World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. and its associated WWE Libraries Inc., collectively know as WWE, bought the trademarks to Gagne’s company in 2003. It has continued to market professional wrestling-related goods and services under the AWA trademarks, including a video titled “The Spectacular Legacy of the AWA,” according to the suit filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis.

The suit alleges that Dale R. Gagner, also known as Dale Gagne, “is a serial infringer” who first tried to misuse the AWA trademarks in 1990, and who is doing so again under a company called AWA Wrestling Entertainment Inc.

Minnesota business records list AWA Wrestling Entertainment Inc. at a Rochester Post Office box. A message left Thursday morning on the company’s answering machine was not immediately returned. State public records list two individuals by the name of Dale R. Gagner; one, age 37, lives in Rochester. Neither could be reached for comment Thursday.

The suit says that in 1990, the Minneapolis Boxing and Wrestling Club, which had owned the AWA marks at the time, filed a similar infringement lawsuit against Gagner and others.

According to that suit, Gagner had worked as an independent contractor promoting wrestling events for the club, but he was fired when the club owners learned that he had promoted an AWA event without their knowledge. The court enjoined Gagner and his co-defendants from infringing on the AWA trademarks.

The current WWE lawsuit alleges that Gagner, in a “blatant attempt to trade on the name and popularity of Verne Gagne” and his association with the AWA, dropped the letter R from his surname to make it appear that they are related. Gagner is not related to Gagne, the suit says.

WWE says it has spent considerable sums marketing AWA’s name and products, including a historical home video and a cable-TV, on-demand service known as “WWE 24/7.” It markets the products through a website at http://www.wwe.com.

Gagner is disregarding the earlier injunction against his use of the AWA trademarks and now owns and operates websites at http://www.awastars.com and http://www.myspace.com/awastars, the suit says.

“The clear intent of Defendants’ activities is to misrepresent that Defendants are the successors to and/or affiliated with the AWA wrestling promotion.” the suit says, adding that the defendants have never been affiliated with WWE or the trademarked AWA wrestling promotion.

The suit charges Gagner and AWA Wrestling Entertainment with trademark infringement, unfair competition and cybersquatting under the federal Lanham Act, and with deceptive trade practices under Minnesota law. It seeks a permanent injunction restraining the defendants from using the trademarks or the awastars.com Internet domain name; all profits resulting from the alleged infringement; legal fees and expenses and other unspecified damages.

Dan Browning is at 612-673-4493

December 20th 2007 WWE VS AWA

A hearing is set on 1/10/08 in World Wrestling Entertainment’s lawsuit against Dale Gagner’s AWA Superstars for copyright infringement on the American Wrestling Association name, which WWE purchased from Verne Gagne.

The hearing is on a motion WWE filed last September asking for Ann D. Montgomery to issue a default judgment in their favor since Gagner has failed to comply with hiring an attorney to represent his corporation, instead trying to represent himself. Legally, corporations cannot represent themselves in court.

WWE is also upset about Gagner allegedly dragging his feet with them during the discovery process of the lawsuit, including requests about the scope of Gagner’s use of the AWA trademarks, which have (as of this writing) gone unanswered. WWE noted in their motion that Gagner claimed he did not receive the requests, despite the fact WWE sent them the same physical address that was used to serve him with the notice of the lawsuit and also received confirmation that a faxed copy was received to Gagner’s fax line.

WWE was specifically seeking background information on Gagner’s use of the AWA trademarks, the associated Internet sites he had used with those trademarks, any money Gagner made using the AWA name, the lawsuit brought against him previously by the Minneapolis Boxing & Wrestling Club (parent company of Verne’s company) and Gagne forming the AWA Wrestling Entertainment Corporation.

WWE is asking for a judgment of default that would cover their attorney’s fees in regard to the discovery period and that Gagner be barred from using any documentation he fails to provide during discovery (as is required by law) during the actual trial, should the case move into the trial stage.

WWE filed the lawsuit this past April, alleging, among other charges, that Gagner’s “AWA Wrestling Entertainment” misrepresents itself as the successor to Verne Gagne’s promotion, which shut down operations in 1990. The complaint singled out Gagner, listed as the owner of “AWA Wrestling Entertainment” as a “serial offender”, noting that in April 1990, The Minneapolis Boxing & Wrestling Club (which then owned the AWA trademarks) filed a similar claim against Gagner. The courts ruled against Gagner in June 1990, enjoining he and his company from creating any claims that represented him as part of the original AWA promotion. WWE also alleges that Gagner has gone as far as to change the spelling of his name professionally to “Gagne” in an attempt to play off Verne Gagne’s name when there is no relation between the two.

WWE’s suit alleges that despite not having rights to the AWA name and trademark, Gagner is, “selling merchandise, including hats and t-shirts, featuring the AWA marks; promoting wrestling activities, performances, and events using the AWA marks; presenting information relating to the historical AWA wrestling promotion; and displaying images on its website of wrestlers formerly associated with the AWA promotion.” WWE alleges that Gagner’s “clear intent” is to “misrepresent that the Defendants are the successors to and/or affiliated with the AWA wrestling promotion. At no time have Defendants, individually or collectively, been affiliated with WWE or the AWA wrestling promotion.” WWE claimed that by Gagner’s use of the AWA trademark and letters, the company has been “irreparably harmed.” noting the company “has lost its exclusive right and ability to control and/or determine the manner, appearance, timing, location, content and image of the AWA Marks, in which WWE has invested considerable resources to acquire, develop, and promote” while noting that Gagner’s company has “unlawfully and unjustly” been able to benefit from properties that World Wrestling Entertainment legally owns.

WWE is seeking a permanent injunction against Gagner to prevent him and his company from using the AWA trademarks and initials in the future, an injunction preventing him from doing so in a similar manner in the future, an injunction shutting down Gagner’s websites followed by the domains being transferred to WWE’s ownership, financial damages and World Wrestling Entertainment’s legal costs.

AWA Florida is still involved with legal actions against Dale R. Gagner,
 also known as Dale Gagne (No relation to the Outstanding Verne Gagne  Family Name)

Awa Florida is a structured Florida business and owns the Internet address of AwaFlorida.com. As of 2-17-06

We will not be associated with Dale R. Gagner A.K.A. Dale R. Gagne, AWA Ent., and/or The American Wrestling Association. AWA Florida does own and will release DVD products under the American Wrestling Association title for we were a territory that upheld our contract at all times. There is pending action against Dale R. Gagner alias Dale R. Gagne. These actions started this past summer 2005 and are ongoing. Here at AWA Florida we live and honor contracts and we will not have dealings with larcenous characters or businesses.