A professional wrestling promotion (also federation or fed) is a
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that regularly performs shows involving
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. "Promotion" also describes a role which entails management, advertising and logistics of running a wrestling event (''see promoter''). Within the convention of the show, the company is a
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which sanctions wrestling matches and gives authority to the championships and is responsible for determining the divisions, rankings, etc. of wrestlers. In truth, the company serves as a touring theatre
, as well as event promotion body for its own events. Currently, the major national wrestling organizations in the
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(WWE), All Elite Wrestling (AEW), Impact Wrestling (Impact!), Ring of Honor (ROH), Major League Wrestling (MLW) and National Wrestling Alliance (NWA). The major Mexican lucha libre promotions are Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) and Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide (AAA). The top Japanese puroresu promotions are New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW), All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW), Pro Wrestling Noah, Pro Wrestling Zero1, Big Japan Pro Wrestling, DDT Pro-Wrestling, and Dragon Gate (wrestling), Dragon Gate. Additionally, there are smaller Independent circuit, Independent promotions or territories around the world.


Most promotions are self-contained, organized around one or more Championship (professional wrestling), championships and do not acknowledge or recognize the legitimacy of other promotions' titles unless they share a working agreement. Governing bodies, such as the United Wrestling Network, WWNLive, Active Advance Pro Wrestling, Allied Independent Wrestling Federations, CWF Mid-Atlantic, Pro Wrestling International and, previously, the National Wrestling Alliance, act as an umbrella organization which governs titles that are shared among multiple promotions. The structure has changed a lot since the 20th century. During the 1950's, the National Wrestling Alliance was thriving, they overseen many wrestling promotions such as Jim Crockett Promotions, Mid-Atlantic Wrestling and NWA San Francisco. This was known as the NWA territory system, which helped aid these regional promotions. The World Champions of the NWA attracted large crowds when they visited their local promotion. Major promotions have a roster of talent under contracts to them. Smaller promotions and indies use a combination of contracted workers and Free agent (business), free agents.

See also

*Independent circuit *List of professional wrestling promotions *List of professional wrestling promoters *List of women's wrestling promotions


{{Professional wrestling terms Professional wrestling promotions, * Professional wrestling slang