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Catch Wrestling Association
The Catch Wrestling Association was a professional wrestling organization based in Austria and Germany and was founded in 1973. It was formerly run by famous AWA champion Otto Wanz. The CWA featured a traditional brand of mat wrestling mixed with various “Strong Man” competitions. The company was engaged in talent-share agreements with other wrestling promotions, including New Japan Pro Wrestling and the American Wrestling Association. These agreements expanded the opportunities given to many European wrestlers.

CWA's biggest card was the Euro Catch Festival, which was held twice a year (it was held in Graz, Austria in the summer, while in the winter, it was held in Bremen, Germany).

Tragedy struck the promotion in December 1993, when Larry Cameron suffered a heart attack during a match with Tony St. Clair, and died in the ring.

Matches were fought using European rules, including dividing the match into rounds and having the possibility of a victory by knockout. The CWA World Heavyweight Championship was recognized as the legitimate European World Championship as counterpart to the AWA-, NWA- and WWF-titles in North America and NJPW's IWGP Heavyweight Championship in Japan.

Championships

  • CWA World Heavyweight Championship
  • CWA Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship
  • CWA Submission Shootfighting Championship
  • CWA British Commonwealth Championship
  • CWA German Championship
  • CWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship
  • CWA World Middleweight Championship
  • CWA World Tag Team Championship

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