Hi there!

Welcome to my new Substack chronicling the history of the Cincinnati based Heartland Wrestling Association (HWA)!

What you’ll find here are results, cards, title changes, links to matches I’ve found on YouTube and (hopefully and eventually) more. Most of the research on the results I’m doing here are results pulled from various sources including Cagematch, Wrestling Data and archives of the former HWA website on the Internet Archive.

Also, who am I? I’m Adam Ryan, a writer and columnist for Wrestle Inn and a long time HWA fan and supporter. I went to my first independent show in 2000, the Brian Pillman Memorial Show, then my first proper HWA show in 2002 in Middletown, Ohio at the local high school gym which featured Lance Cade against Kanyon. Over the years, I’ve gone to so many HWA shows that I’ve lost count. I went to every one of their year-end shows from 2003-2009, several events when they were part of WWF/WWE developmental and also shows from their relaunch in 2014-15, including their last ever show in July 2015.

The list of names who wrestled for HWA over the years is endless. Some of the names you’ll see in these results include stars like Jon Moxley, Nigel McGuinness, Dick Rick (L.A. Knight in WWE), Sami Callihan, Jake Crist, Dave Crist, Rosey, Eddie Guerrero, John Cena, D-Lo Brown, Rory Fox, B.J. Whitmer and loads and loads of others.

If you’d like to contribute to this newsletter with any information or would like to get in touch, feel free to send me an email … historyofhwa@gmail.com or follow me on Twitter @historyofhwa

By signing up to this newsletter, you’ll get HWA results and notes in your inbox and also on your Substack dashboard. This is a passion project for me as HWA has always meant a lot to me because it was my local, hometown promotion. I hope if you subscribe that you’re able to learn about and discover the history of one of the Midwest’s premier independent promotions, the Heartland Wrestling Association (HWA).

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Chronicling the history of the Cincinnati based Heartland Wrestling Association (HWA) one week at a time.


Pro wrestling fan and blogger/writer/columnist/what-have-you. I write about wrestling for Wrestle Inn. I saw Greg Valentine & Brutus Beefcake vs Demolition at a skating rink and also once took a jiu-jitsu class in a corn field.