American Wrestling League comes to Iowa in August

By Andy Hamilton, Trackwrestling

Andy Barth and Wayne Boyd have a big vision and a big purse of prize money and the co-founders of Titan Mercury Wrestling Club plan to have a lineup filled with big stars in August when they launch a new professional league.

The American Wrestling League is scheduled to debut Aug. 18 at the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, with top American freestyle stars competing for what Boyd said will be a prize money purse of up to $100,000. The event will be streamed live on Trackwrestling.

“This is going to be the greatest wrestling show on earth,” Boyd said. “They’re going to be action-packed, high-scoring matches. … This is show business. This is entertainment. The only pressure is money. Who’s going to win the most money?”

Boyd said there will likely be 10 pro freestyle matches on the Cedar Rapids card with wrestlers getting $2,500 to compete and an additional $5,000 to win. His hope is to create a series of showcase matchups — he tossed out Kyle Snyder vs. J’den Cox and David Taylor against Alex Dieringer as possibilities — and build a league with four to six events a year in wrestling hotbeds.

Boyd said the plan is to eventually establish teams around the United States that will compete for a league championship.

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