Brooklyn, N.Y. - The first champions in Headline Wrestling Entertainment history were crowned this during a historic weekend of live events.
At a non-televised live event on Friday, separate Tournaments kicked off to determine the HWE Women's Champion, HWE International Champion and HWE Champion, respectively. The winners of each round moved on to another live event on Saturday night, where the Semi-Finalists did battle.
Finally, on Sunday night, history was made as champions were crowned. Before the Tournament matches got underway, the HWE Tag Team Championships were decided in a tag team battle royal. The team of Jake Tarver and Johnny Fury, known as Deep South Destruction, would come out with a victory.
It wasn't without controversy, however, as Fury – who had been eliminated from the match – would help Tarver get Trent Maxwell from the ring in the final moments. While The Maxwells tried to explain to the referee of the match how the bout had ended, the decision was final and Deep South Destruction took home the gold.
In the first Tournament Final of the night, Ezra Jax became the first HWE International Champion when The Groundbreaker defeated Cody Olson. While The Trendsetter dispatched Sanchez and EGP from the Tournament, Jax defeated Orlando Young and Gafur Maari to earn his place in the Finals.
After a thrilling contest, Jax hit the spear on Olson to complete his journey to becoming the first HWE International Champion.
Harley Clay was next to make history when she beat Livia in the Finals of the Women's Tournament. For Clay, Miss Nicole and Sidney Kay stood between her and the Finals, while Livia had Madison Hammer and Morgana Payne to deal with before she'd get there.
Much like in the battle royal earlier, Clay's victory would come with nefarious tactics as she hooked the middle rope with her feet in order to pin Livia. Nonetheless, The Princess of Pain walked out with the HWE Women's Championship.
In the main event, Alfonso Silva battled Ryan Knight in the Finals of the HWE Championship Tournament. The match lasted nearly 30 minutes and ended via submission when Knight tapped to Silva's sharpshooter. But, Silva wasn't done there as he kept the submission applied for several moments after the bout.
After winning the HWE Championship, The Embodiment of Excellence boasted that nobody would be taking the title from him. This prompted Corey Chambers' arrival and clearly had a desire to do just that. While Chambers was raring to fight, Silva would ultimately back down and leave the ring, all the while raising his newly-won championship high in the air.
With HWE preparing to make its debut with the HWE WrestleTopia pay-per-view on Jan. 27, the newly minted champions of HWE will be looking to see who their first defenses may be against. Stay tuned to TheHWE.com for more information as WrestleTopia draws closer.