On May 16, in Worcester, Massachusetts, a crowd of live fans got to witness the return of indie women’s wrestling promotion Women’s Wrestling Revolution (WWR).
The two hour-plus show was filled with edge of your seat, hard-hitting matches featuring some of the top women on the independent wrestling circuit. Veterans like Davienne, Delmi Exo and Willow Nightingale were on the card, as well as some of the brightest up-and-comers like Erica Leigh, Becca, and more.
Women’s Wrestling Revolution was founded in 2016 by Drew Cordeiro, who is also the owner and booker for one of the top indie promotions in the United States, Beyond Wrestling. Cordeiro had previously co-owned Women Superstars United (WSU) before selling to CZW, and wanted to produce a women’s promotion on a larger capacity. So began the birth of WWR.
Since its inception, WWR had gained quite a following and has showcased some incredible talent in emotional matches. Cordeiro spoke on the increasing demand for WWR’s return.
“WWR hosted some pretty historic matches including Deonna Purrazzo vs. Awesome Kong, with Kong tapping out to Purrazzo,” shared Cordeiro. “I think the increasing popularity of Beyond Wrestling helped [to] bring more eyes to the growing independent women’s wrestling scene.”
While the show marked the return of WWR, one could say it was a debut, as well. Cordeiro explains the name change and updates to the promotion, now being referred to as WWR+.
“WWR+ will be the spiritual successor of Women’s Wrestling Revolution,” stated Cordeiro. “I think the name Women’s Wrestling Revolution is somewhat outdated, considering how much the scene has changed since the promotion was founded in 2016.”
Cordeiro continued by saying, “WWR+ will not be restricted to female performers only, but the focus of the promotion will be featuring and elevating female wrestlers. This leaves the door open for all competitors, as long as they share the same goal of elevating women’s wrestling. For example, a match like Kings Of The District vs. Molly McCoy & Boomer Hatfield, or an act like Savage Gentleman managing Lady Frost, would not be out of place at WWR+.”
The plethora of talented women on the indie circuit is arguably the best it has ever been. WWR+ will give these performers another platform to showcase their incredible skills in and out of the ring. Viewers will get a look at the early careers of future signees of AEW, WWE, Impact and ROH.
Beyond’s sister promotion ran their last live event “Let Them Eat Cake” on June 30, 2019. The hiatus was due to a number of reasons that were out of Cordeiro’s control. WWR had planned an event in August of that same year, but the unexpected death of the venue owner led to the cancellation of the show. In 2020, a 9-week return of WWR was in the plans, but was quickly derailed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Although WWR was on a pause for a myriad of reasons, Cordeiro made sure to have more women showcased on Beyond’s highly-acclaimed weekly wrestling program Uncharted Territory, which aired on IWTV. The plan is for Uncharted Territory to resume by the end of the year, but right now the focus is the return of Beyond Wrestling’s live events, and now the emergence of WWR+.
Fans in Worcester, MA and beyond have been salivating for the return of live wrestling, so it made perfect sense that is was time for the WWR+ to emerge.
“I saw that there was more demand that we could fulfill with the amount of dates we currently have scheduled, so instead of adding another Beyond Wrestling date, I thought the timing would be perfect launch a wrestling promotion with a strong focus on women’s wrestling,” shared Cordeiro. “I’m hoping there is enough support for WWR+ to become a permanent fixture in Worcester, separate from Beyond Wrestling.”
Cordeiro has big plans for WWR+, and along with his determination and the success of Beyond Wrestling, the future is bright. He spoke on his goals for the promotion.
“As support grows, I want to get more wrestlers from around the country involved,” explained Cordeiro. “Long-term, we need to get more women involved in non-wrestling roles. Eventually, I would be thrilled to revisit the idea of a live weekly WWR+ program.”
The inaugural event was a huge success, and WWR+ will return to the White Eagle in Worcester, MA on June 20. For ticket information and to watch the live stream head to IWTV.
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