PUNCHING: Unlike other promotions, a closed-fist is
permitted but a referee may declare punching excessive and regulate as his or
her judgment sees fit. It is the official’s responsibility to make sure that a
contest remains focused on wrestling and not boxing.
KICKING: Unlike other promotions which require that kicks
may only be executed with the flat part of the foot, WAW has no such rule. As with punching, it is
the official’s responsibility to make sure that a contest remains focused on
wrestling and not kicking.
BLOW: Refers to actually striking the crotch and is a disqualifiable offense.
ROPE: Some wrestling promotions have a rule in which a wrestler may not throw
another wrestler over the top rope. WAW has no such rule.
MANEUVERS: Some wrestling promotions have a rule in which a wrestler cannot
jump off the top rope onto a prone opponent. WAW has no such rule.
APPAREL: Some wrestling promotions have a rule in which a wrestler cannot pull
an opponent's apparel while covering for a pin or any other reason. In WAW, a
referee may decide not to count a pin or issue a five-count to break a hold
should clothing be used for leverage, but it is not a disqualifiable offense. However, refusing to break a hole after a five-count is in fact a
During a submission hold or pin, if either wrestler is in contact with the
ropes, all contact between the wrestlers must be broken before the count of
five in the case of submissions, and for pins, the pin will not be counted.
Unlike other promotions, WAW does not regard being under the ropes as a rope
break. Physical contact must be made.
NO MAN’S LAND:
A rule unique to WAW, a referee in WAW has a jurisdiction within the ring only.
A WAW official, notwithstanding the ten-count being issued to bring wrestlers
back into the ring where the official can referee the contest, cannot rule any
action that takes place outside of the ring. It is not possible in a normal contest
to be disqualified for any and all actions taking place outside the ring.
FAIR USE OF
FOREIGN OBJECTS: Another rule unique to WAW is the “Foreign Object Fair-Use”
ruling that dictates certain circumstances in which foreign objects can be used
legally. In simple terms, a wrestler may not strike another wrestler with a
weapon; however, a wrestler may strike a weapon with a wrestler. For example,
while hitting a wrestler with a steel chair would result in a disqualification,
hitting a steel chair with a wrestler would not be. A weapon may be placed
somewhere in the ring and then be used as a target by which a wrestler slams
another wrestler on it in some way. It is up to the referee to determine if any
use of a weapon falls under “fair use,” however it is the referee’s job to make
a reasonable attempt to discourage use of weapons in a regular contest. The
referee is therefore allowed to physically remove weapons from wrestlers or
remove the weapons from the ring. It is not, however, in the referee’s best interest
to put his or herself in harm’s way. It should be noted that this rule was not
instituted to allow use of weapons, but to prevent the disqualification of
wrestlers who may unknowingly throw an opponent to a weapon placed by another
match can be won by pinfall, submission, count-out,
disqualification, failure to answer a ten count, or a match may be declared “no-contest.”
A wrestler must pin both his or her opponent's
shoulders against the mat while the referee slaps the mat three times.
To win by submission, the wrestler must make his opponent give up, usually, but
not necessarily, by putting him in a submission hold (i.e. leg-lock, arm-lock,
etc.). A submission is awarded if the victim of a hold indicates submission by
tapping his or her hand on the mat, on his or herself, or on the aggressor.
Should he or she be unable to tap out, a verbal expression of quitting may be
KNOCKOUT: Passing out in a submission hold constitutes a loss by technical
knockout. To determine if a wrestler has passed out, the referee will usually
pick up and drop his or her hand. If it drops three consecutive times without
the wrestler having the strength to stop it from falling, the wrestler is considered
to have passed out.
OUT: Happens when a wrestler is out of the ring long enough for the referee to
count to 10. If both wrestlers are outside the ring, the count is reset if
either one re-enters and then re-exits the ring. If both wrestlers are counted
out, the result is a draw. A referee can declare a count out without counting
to ten should a wrestler no longer be visible to the official.
(NON-TECHNICAL) occurs if a wrestler is lying on the mat and not moving. The
referee may issue a ten count. To break the count, the wrestler to whom the
count is made must be able to stand on both feet. The count may also be broken
by another wrestler attacking the wrestler to whom the count it made, though attacking during such a time is illegal and
will be answered with a warning and, should the attacks continue, may be
answered with a disqualification. A count may also occur in the event of two or
more wrestlers being down at once. If neither wrestler reaches his or her feet,
it is considered a draw.
A wrestler may be disqualified and thereby lose a contest by performing any
illegal holds or maneuvers, refusing to break a hold when an opponent is in the
ropes, choking or biting an opponent, use of any move considered by an official
to be of the “pile driver” variety, use of a foreign object, outside
interference, refusal to make attempts at winning through conventional means,
and intentionally physically contacting the official.
HOLDS: WAW has a strict policy regarding the use of any hold that constitutes a
“pile driver.” Choking, biting, eye-gouging, spitting, clawing, blatant attacks
to the groin, and holds that constitute sexual
misconduct are not permitted. It is up to a referee’s discretion to determine
where these holds apply.
TURNBUCKLE: Unlike other wrestling promotions, there are no time limits in WAW
for climbing the turnbuckles, nor can a wrestler be disqualified for executing
STRIKING: A wrestler may be disqualified for excessive use of punches and
kicks. The offending wrestler must first be warned and, should the wrestler
ignore warnings by the official, a disqualification may follow.
REFUSING TO BREAK A HOLD: When the aggressor applies a hold
of any kind and the victim contacts a rope, the referee will issue a
five-count. Should the aggressor refuse to break the hold, a disqualification
may be issued. The same is true when an illegal hold such as a choke is
applied, though in that case, the referee may make the decision to issue a
disqualification without a count, especially in cases where the aggressor has
already been warned. Additionally, breaking a ten-count by a referee for a
wrestler who is downed and not moving for a knockout decision is illegal,
however a warning must precede a disqualification.
INTERFERENCE: Outside interference is constituted when anyone not sanctioned in
a contest gets physically involved in a contest, favoring any particular
competitor. The wrestler to whom the attack favors will be disqualified in the
event of outside interference. Conversely, passive-aggressive interference in
which no one is attacked but the person interfering is doing other things to
adversely affect the match may result in the official barring the interfering
party from ringside. Examples of passive-aggressive interference include but
are not limited to pulling the ropes away from a wrestler in a hold, aiding a
wrestler by adding leverage to a hold, distracting the referee, or providing
foreign objects to wrestlers. A wrestler cannot be disqualified for
OF FOREIGN OBJECTS: Use of foreign objects is a disqualifiable offense and
taken very seriously. No warnings will be issued.
Any direct attack to the groin can result in a disqualification.
CONTACTING THE REFEREE: Should a wrestler physically contact
a referee in a purposeful manner, the referee may disqualify the offending
wrestler without warning. In most cases where the contact is nonviolent
or where purposeful intent cannot be determined, the referee will issue a
warning or even disregard the contact as being accidental. In the event the
referee is attacked and is unaware of who attacked him or her or if the referee
cannot determine if the attack was intentional, no action can be taken.
DETERMINATION: A referee may only call what he or she sees and cannot make
decisions without actually witnessing any given event. No amount of
circumstantial evidence short of a wrestler confessing to breaking a rule when
addressed can change that. The referee’s decisions are final except when
overruled in a unanimous decision by the WAW Board of Directors or in the event
that the referee reverses his or her own decision based on post-match events.
CONTEST: This ruling is reserved for special circumstances whereby referring a
match becomes an unreasonable burden. Examples include but are not limited to
attempts not being made to end the contest, a wrestler is clearly too injured
to continue, or outside interference without favor.
REVERSAL: Except in extreme circumstances, a referee’s decision is final. A
decision may be reversed only by the referee him or herself or by a unanimous
decision within one week by the WAW Board of Directors. A referee may reverse
his or her own decision based solely on post-match factors, not the
introduction of new information to which he or she was not a witness.
Post-match factors are exclusive to the “good sportsmanship ruling” which
dictates that a wrestler may not harm his opponent once a contest has a
decision. Refusing to break a hold after the bell or violence carried out after
the bell may result in a reversed decision. This ruling is so rarely used that
WAW has not a single referee decision reversal on record and only one by WAW’s
Board of Directors.
LEGAL TAGS: A
legal tag can only be made in the corner to which a team has been designated.
The illegal man or woman in the team may only legally tag if within twelve
inches (one foot) of his or her designated post (WAW does not employ the use of
special tag-ropes). In WAW, any physical contact between the legal man and the
illegal man may be considered a legal tag as opposed to many wrestling
promotions that require hand-to-hand contact.
In 2005, WAW established a “Tagless Rule” which dictates that a legal tag may
be made without any physical contact if the legal man or woman on a team leaves
the ring and the illegal man or woman within one foot of his or her team’s
designated post enters the ring. This rule was established due to a loophole in
WAW’s “No Man’s Land” ruling that establishes that a referee’s jurisdiction
ends within the ring. Thereby, a wrestler not in the ring cannot be considered
legal. In the terms of a tag-team contest, if no member of a team is legal, any
one of them may enter the ring to become legal without a physical tag.
TEAMING: After a legal tag is made, the referee will issue a five-count to the
man or woman who tagged out. While the count is technically a grace period to
give the newly illegal man or woman time to exit the ring, the time may also be
used to legally team up against opponents.
PARTNER CONDUCT: The illegal member of a team in a tag-team match cannot get
physically involved. While referees tend to be much more lenient toward illegal
tag-team partners than they would be toward those not sanctioned in a contest,
any outside interference from an illegal tag-team partner can result in
disqualification, though usually not without prior warning. In the event of the
illegal tag-team partner holding another wrestler, a five-count will be issued
to release the hold during which time a tag may be made to transfer legal
status. Continuing the hold without a tag after a five-count
may result in a disqualification.
WAW CHAMPIONSHIP TITLES
WAW CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE
There is a
storied history behind the WAW Championship Title. Originally the WAW World
Championship Title (it was renamed when Grave Digger held both the WAW World
Championship Title and the WAW United States Championship Title and merged the
two), the belt had been held first by Dirty Dealer, who won the title in the
first ever WAW contest in November of 1998 by defeating his challenger, The
Jersey Devil. The belt has changed hands many times over the years and its
carriers share distinctions in quantity of title captures, successful title
defenses, length of title reigns, and quality of competition. The WAW
Championship is the pinnacle of singles achievement in WAW and taken very
seriously by WAW’s competitors.
Different wrestling promotions have different ways of awarding title shots.
Some feature tournaments, others have a ranking system whereby one’s win/loss
ratio is a factor, others award the most popular wrestlers with title shots in
order to draw money, others require wrestlers to petition for title shots, and
still others seemingly have no consistent method of awarding title shots at
all. WAW has a very distinct method of determining number one contenders,
awarding title shots, and issuing rematches. Here are some of the ways by which
a wrestler may earn a title shot.
WAW features six annual Specials, one every two months, and each Special
features a match involving many wrestlers who all want a shot at the WAW
Championship. By winning that special’s match, not only is the victory itself
an outstanding accolade, but also the resulting title shot is easily the best
anyone could ever hope for. Winning the Special entitles the winner to a WAW
Championship Title Match at the next consecutive Special in a match of the
winner’s choosing. The only limitation is the “Clear And
Present Handicap Rule.”
PRESENT HANDICAP: When a wrestler is awarded a title shot in a match of his or
her choosing by winning any one of the six WAW Specials, he or she cannot
choose a match which presents a clear and present handicap to the champion. For
example, a handicap match is not allowed. One could not challenge a Sudden
Death or Elimination Match in which another invited participant is a member of
the same registered stable as the challenger. Another example includes when
Major Morpheus Morency challenged then-WAW Champion F-O to a Lumberjack Match
in which Major Morpheus Morency chose the lumberjacks (he was allowed his
match, but WAW President Miss Moody Starr appointed more lumberjacks).
CLAUSE: When a WAW Champion is defeated by a challenger and loses his or her
title, the WAW Champion who lost the title is entitled to an unconditional
rematch. The rematch may be taken at any time in a match of his or her
choosing. A rematch clause may not supercede the title shot of a number one
contender who won a special, but may be added to or included in the number one
contender’s match so long as it doesn’t break the Clear and Present Handicap
rule. There are two exceptions to the rematch clause being unconditional: the
Title-Reservation Rule, and the Double-Rematch Rule.
RULE: The Title-Reservation Rule dictates that a the
WAW Champion cannot defend the WAW Championship for the two weeks leading up to
a title-defense at a WAW Special. Two weeks before the Special, the title
becomes reserved for the challenger(s) in order to give WAW time to properly
promote the WAW Championship Match scheduled for the Special and to allow both
the challenger(s) and the WAW Champion time to prepare for a guaranteed match.
RULE: An exception to the unconditional rematch for a WAW Champion who loses
his or her title, no rematch will be awarded if the WAW Champion loses his or
her title in a rematch. For example, if wrestler A is the WAW Champion and lost
the WAW Title to wrestler B, wrestler A would get a rematch. If wrestler A won back the WAW Title from wrestler B in the rematch,
wrestler B would not get a rematch. The Double-Rematch Rule is in place to
ensure that the WAW Championship Title couldn’t be traded back-and-forth
between two wrestlers in a never-ending cycle.
PETITION: A wrestler who feels he or she is entitled to a title shot may petition for one. Said wrestler would be required to file paperwork with the WAW Board of Directors and may be granted a conditional title-shot in which the qualifying wrestler will need to win a match to be granted the title shot. Matches in which title shots are won are rare in WAW as the WAW Board of Directors as well as the locker room frown upon petitioning in general. The act is often viewed as being whiny or begging and that a wrestler should earn a title shot.
AWARDS: A title shot may be awarded for a number of reasons. Title shots may be awarded to answer fan demand, to punish the WAW Champion for certain actions or inaction, in response to a strong win/loss ratio, or as retribution to a wrestler who has been wronged by the WAW Champion his or herself, or by a referee decision that was unfair.
WAW TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP TITLES
At the beginning of 2005, WAW President Miss Moody Starr got authorization from the WAW Board of Directors to restore the WAW Team Championship Titles in a WAW Team Championship Tournament which cumulated in a match at Lord of the Ring 2005 between tournament finalists Heaven Burning and The Big Top Playaz, F-O and Puma, where BTP won the newly restored titles.
WAW UNITED STATES CHAMPIONSHIP