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EAW Empire
EmpireLogo
Information
Federation Elite Answers Wrestling
Starring Empire roster
Theme music "Play Destroy" by Poppy ft. Grimes
General manager Kendra Shamez
Production
Established September 23, 2016
Episodes ~100
Booker Amber Keys & Cameron Ella Ava
External links
Website http://new.eawrestling.com/empire/

EAW Empire was a professional wrestling television program for Elite Answers Wrestling that aired live on Thursday nights on Fox in the United States. The show exclusively featured matches between the company's female Elitists. During its tenure, the show served as a companion to EAW's three other brands, Voltage, Showdown,and Dynasty. At the start, the women were technically inter-branded competitors who could appear across all forms of EAW programming, however, the brand was created with the intention of giving them their own niche to shine. As the brand continued to grow, the majority of the women in EAW became Empire exclusive elitists.

History

EAW's Women's division entered a period of never before seen prosperity beginning in 2015 and extending into 2016, with the creations of the Empress of Elite and Empire Cup accolades, the introduction of the Specialists Championship, and the premiere True Vixens. As such, they continued to be provided with more platforms to elevate their public profile.

During an in-ring segment at Territorial Invasion 2016 prior to the second Empress of Elite finals, Hall of Famer Cleopatra returned to announce the conception of Empire. She also announced that she would serve as the brand's general manager. In early February 2017, it was announced that the brand would be getting its first supershow since the establishment of Empire, Malicious Intentions, which aired the following month. Another supershow, Terminus, aired on June 1, 2017. Manifest Destiny, a supershow which doubled as the brand's one-year anniversary show, took place on September 21, 2017. After running several successful supershows, Empire's first exclusive FPV, Bloodletter, was scheduled for December 9, 2017 and ultimately took place the following day on December 10. In 2018, the former Empire Cup was renamed the Iconic Cup. It was contested the first time at an eponymous supershow, the brand's fifth, on March 1, 2018.

Closing

During a social media rant by EAW's chairman Mr. DEDEDE about women's wrestling, he began to air out his grievances with Fox's chairman and CEO, Lachlan Murdoch due to their promotion of the show as well as money issues. DEDEDE would cancel the conference calls he had scheduled with the network. Negotiations between the two turned soured and he began leaking texts conversations between the two showing that the relationship had began to become irreparable. Murdoch went to the media calling DEDEDE a "miserable insufferable c*nt" in a scathing rant. After several back and forth in various forms of media, DEDEDE gave the network 15 minutes to comply before he decided to "do something really irrational". After 15 minutes passed with no word from Murdoch or the network, it was announced on EAW's official twitter that effective Season 13, immediately following Pain for Pride, EAW was opting out of it's contract with Fox and ending the Empire brand. Later that night during the airing of Empire, Empire's General Manager, Kendra Shamez received a phone call where she was given the news for the first time. This news sent shockwaves throughout the wrestling world as people speculated and buzzed for weeks wondering if this was real or a hoax. The following week, DEDEDE's niece, Veena Adams came out and cut a promo doubling down on the announcement.

Production

The Empire set that has been used since the program's inception is the same HD set that is utilized by the other EAW weekly shows. For the opening of the show, purple and pink pyrotechnics are used.

Theme music

Song title Written/performed by Dates used
"Something to Believe In" Young the Giant September 23, 2016–June 9, 2017
"Power" Little Mix July 6, 2017–December

21, 2017

"Salute" Little Mix January 11, 2018–June 14, 2018
"Girl Gang" Leikeli47 July 5, 2018–May 9, 2019
"Play Destroy" Poppy ft. Grimes May 9, 2019-June 13, 2019

On-air personalities

Authority figures

Authority Figure Dates Position
Cleopatra September 23, 2016–June 24, 2017 General Manager
Tarah Nova June 24, 2017–December 1, 2017 General Manager
Flannery McCoy December 21, 2017–January 2019 General Manager
Kendra Shamez January 2019-June 13, 2019 General Manager

Commentators

Commentary Team Dates
Starr Stan and SG1 September 23, 2016–June 9, 2017
SG1 and Gia Cervantes July 6, 2017–June 14, 2018
SG1 and Alicia Amby June 14, 2018-December 1, 2018
SG1 and Gavin Kirkland December 1, 2018-January 2019
Gavin Kirkland and CJ Hana January 2019-June 13, 2019

Ring announcers

Ring Announcer Dates
Jasmine Peyton July 6, 2017–June 14, 2018
Cori Simmons July 5, 2018–January 2019
Maria Del Rey January 2019-June 13, 2019

Backstage correspondents

Correspondent Dates
Monica Vaughan August 31, 2017–December 14, 2017
Cori Simmons December 21, 2017–December 2018
Kathy Kush December 2018-June 13, 2019

Referees

Referee Dates
Jesse Carlton December 10, 2017–December 2018
Marti Soto December 2018-June 13, 2019

Championships and accomplishments

Being that Empire is a Women's-centric program, it is considered the "home" show for both Women's exclusive belts contested in EAW: the Women's World Championship and Specialists Championship. In addition, the show features the winners of Empress of Elite and the Iconic Cup (formerly the Empire Cup and the Vixens Cup). The show was previously the home brand of the Vixens Championship, prior to it being retired in December 2016.

Championship Current champion Date won
EAW Unified Women's Championship Sienna Jade February 2, 2019
EAW Specialists Championship Andrea Valentine May 16, 2019
EAW Empire Tag Team Championship Heavenly Hell

(Constance Blevins & Minerva)

May 16, 2019

Other accomplishments

Accomplishment Current holder Date won
Empress of Elite Astraea Jordan August 18, 2018
Iconic Cup Kassidy Heart March 16, 2019
Women's Grand Rampage Winner Serena Bennett April 20, 2019

Broadcast

In addition to broadcasts on Fox in the United States, like the rest of EAW programming, Empire also airs internationally.

Canada

Empire airs at the same time in Canada that it does in the United States, and is on Sportsnet 360.

Asia-Pacific, Africa, and the Middle East

The series airs in Australia on Fox8. It also airs in Fiji on Sky Pacific and Sky Fiji. Empire airs in India, Pakistan, and Nepal on TEN Sports, and in Kenya on the Kenya Broadcast Corporation. In Malaysia, it is shown on TV3, in Malta on Melita Sports 1, in the Philippines on Fox, in Singapore on SuperSports, South Africa on e.tv, and Samoa on SBC. It airs across the Middle East and North Africa on OSN, and in Israel on Sport 5.

Europe

In the United Kingdom and Ireland, Empire airs on Sky Sports 3. In France, the series airs on AB1 and in Italy on Sky Sports 2. It is also shown in Germany on ProSieben MAXX.

Latin America

Empire airs live on Fox Sports Latinoamerica in Mexico and the rest of Central and South America.

Online streaming

As is the case with other EAW weekly shows, supershows and free-per-views, all episodes of Empire are available on the EAW Network paid streaming service.

Roster

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Wrestler Hometown Note
EmpireAmberKeys Amber Keys Flag of the United States Bronx, New York
EmpireAndreaValentine Andrea Valentine Flag of the United States Orlando, Florida
EmpireCelesDumont Celes Dumont Flag of the United States Boston, MA
EmpireCleopatra Cleopatra Flag of Canada Montreal, Quebec, Canada
EmpireConstanceBlevins Constance Blevins Flag of the United States Baltimore, Maryland
EmpireFelixHartley Felix Hartley Flag of the United States Las Vegas, Nevada
Harlow Reichert Flag of New Zealand Christchurch, New Zealand
EmpireIoIshimori Io Ishimori Flag of Japan Osaka, Japan
EmpireKarinaAnn Karina-Ann Flag of Canada Montreal Quebec, Canada Member of Fatal Destiny
EmpireKassidyHeart Kassidy Heart Flag of Australia Sydney, Australia Member of the Jaded Hearts
EAW Unified Tag Team Champion
EmpireLaylaLockhart Layla Lockhart Flag of the United States Salem, Oregon
EmpireMinerva Minerva Flag of the United States Coyote Flats, Texas
EmpireRavenRoberts Raven Roberts Flag of the United States Louisville, Kentucky
EmpireRemiSkyfire Remi Skyfire Flag of the United States Somerset, Kentucky
EmpireSantanaMatthews Santana Matthews Flag of the United States Somerset, Kentucky
EmpireSerenaBennett Serena Bennett Flag of the United States Compton, California EAW Specialists Champion
EmpireSianRyder Sian Ryder Flag of England Liverpool, England
EmpireSiennaJade Sienna Jade Flag of Canada Calgary, Alberta, Canada Member of the Jaded Hearts
EAW Unified Women’s World Champion
EAW Unified Tag Team Champion
EmpireTylerWolfe Tyler Wolfe Flag of Australia Sydney, Australia Member of the Jaded Wolfe Hearts


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EAW Roster
EmpireLogo Amber Keys · Andrea Valentine · Astraea Jordan · Celes Dumont · Chelsea Crowe · Cleopatra · Constance Blevins · Harlow Reichert · Io Ishimori · Jael · Karina-Ann · Kassidy Heart · Layla Lockhart · Madison Kaline · Minerva · Raven Roberts · Remi Skyfire · Santana Matthews · Serena Bennett · Sian Ryder · Sienna Jade · Tyler Wolfe
Dynasty0000-0 APOCALYPSE · Bowie Gray · Darkane · Cameron Ella Ava · Crosby Carter · Darkane · Donovan Cross · Erebus Jennings · Frank Grayson · Hades the Hellraiser · Jamie O'Hara · Jason McKormick · Kevin Hunter · Lucas Johnson · Malik Kennedy · Mark Michaels · Mr. DEDEDE · Ms. Extreme · Ryan Wilson · Shaker Jones · Thadd Blazevich · Theron Nikolas
Showdown0000 Ahren Fournier · Bhris Elite · Chudd · Cody Marshall · Damon Diesel · Drake King · Jack Haze · Jax Walker · Joshua Nicholls · Justiciar Eric · Malcolm Jones · One · Provençal · SOSA Henderson · Shane Gates · Solomon Hill · TLA · Terry Chambers
LogoVolt Charlie Marr · Ahren Fournier · Daryl Kinkade · Denis Ryley · Farrell V · Impact · Jack Ripley · Jackson Blayde · Landerson · Lethal Consequences · Myles · Noah Reigner · Prince of Phenomenal · Rex McAllister · The Legion · The Woogieman · Visual Prophet · Xander Payne
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EAW Championships
Showdown0000 EAW World Championship · EAW Interwire Championship
Dynasty0000-0 EAW Answers World Championship · EAW Pure Championship
LogoVolt EAW World Heavyweight Championship · EAW National Elite Championship
EmpireLogo EAW Women's Championship · EAW Specialists Championship · EAW Empire Tag Team Championship
Interbranded EAW Openweight Championship · EAW New Breed Championship · EAW Unified Tag Team Championships
Inactive EAW Hall of Fame Championship · EAW Pure Championship · EAW Vixens Championship
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EAW Events
EAW
Active Interbranded Events
Grand Rampage 2008 · 2009 · 2010 · 2011 · 2012 · 2013 · 2014 · 2015 · 2016 · 2017 · 2018· 2019
King of Elite 2008 · 2010 · 2011 · 2012 · 2013 · 2014 · 2015 · 2016 · 2017 · 2018 · 2019
Pain For Pride I · II · III · IV · V · VI · VII · VIII · IX · X · XI· XII
Road to Redemption 2007 · 2009 · 2009 · 2010 · 2011 · 2012 · 2013 · 2014 · 2015 · 2016 · 2017 · 2018 · 2019
Territorial Invasion 2009 · 2010 · 2011 · 2012 · 2013 · 2014 · 2015 · 2016 · 2017 · 2018
Showdown0000
Showdown Events
Mid-Summer Massacre 2008 · 2010 · 2011 · 2012 · 2013 · 2014 · 2015 · 2018· 2019
No Regards 2010 · 2011 · 2012 · 2013 · 2018
Under Siege 2019
Wrath of the Dragon 2018 · 2019
Dynasty0000-0
Dynasty Events
Culture Crisis
2018
Gateway to Glory 2019
Ides of March 2019
Operation Doomsday 2018
Revolution 2018
LogoVolt
Voltage Events
Crossfire
2018
Fighting Spirit 2015 · 2016 · 2017 · 2018 · 2019
Tempest 2019
Wicked Games 2018
EmpireLogo
Empire Events
Bloodletter
2017 · 2018
The Iconic Cup
2018 · 2019
Manifest Destiny 2017 · 2018
Terminus 2017 · 2018 · 2019
EAW
Inactive Events
EAW 3 Year Anniversary
2010
EAW NEO: Frontline
2017
EAW NEO: Uprising
2017
Brooklyn Heights
2018
Burning Desire
2017
Defiance
2012 · 2013
Dia Del Diablo 2014 · 2016 · 2017
Ground Zero
2017
Homecoming
2014
House of Glass 2011 · 2012 · 2013· 2014 · 2015 · 2016 · 2017
Justified Reckoning
2011 · 2012
Kingsroad 2017
Malicious Intentions
2017
Reasonable Doubt 2009 · 2010 · 2011 · 2012 · 2013 · 2014 · 2015 · 2016 · 2017 · 2018
Reckless Wiring 2009 · 2010 · 2011 · 2012 · 2013 · 2014 · 2015 · 2016 · 2017 · 2018
Redemption 2015
Rite of Passage 2016
Shock Value
2013 · 2014 · 2015 · 2016 · 2017
Triple Threat 2011 · 2015 · 2016

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