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Top female wrestling promotion announces closure

Alternative Wrestling Show (AWS) announced Wednesday that they will be shutting down and ending all regular live event shows at the end of the year. AWS posted the announcement on Facebook by its promoter, Bart Kapitzke.

Kapitzke said AWS is shutting down due to “the amount of money the shows have been losing since March 2018. According to Kapitzke attendance is extremely down over the last year and he has gone into debt from running the promotion. Kapitzke stated that it “doesn’t make sense” to continue running the events past this year.”

Ladies Night #3 and all of its remaining shows this year will go on as scheduled. AWS has events scheduled for May 18, July 27, September 21 and November 30. AWS will take part in the Chi-Town Hot Sauce Expo in Chicago in June and California Hot Sauce Expo in August.

The company does have a history of shutting down in the past, then later returning on after a hiatus. Per Southern California Pro-Wrestling & MMA, “In September 2015 the promotion held an event called The End? and went on hiatus for nearly a year, returning in August 2016. They also had a long hiatus in 2011 and 2012 as well. Kapitzke even left the door open for another return in his announcement, stating “I have gone away before, so you never know what the future will hold for AWS.””

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AWS’s next event is Ladies Night #3 on Saturday at American Legion #335 in South Gate. The event will feature Mercedes Martinez defending the AWS Heavyweight Championship against Nicole Savoy and Cheerleader Melissa defending the AWS Women’s Championship in a triple-threat against Ruby Raze and Shotzi Blackheart.

AWS has been a great showcase for female talent and will be missed by fans and wrestlers alike. You can watch AWS women’s matches online at

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