Biggest. Event. Ever.

May 24th 2015

In one of the biggest events in the history of arm wrestling in America, a horde of 400 arm wrestlers is set to descend on Las Vegas May 30 for a battle royale to determine the best of the best at the World Armwrestling League Regional Championships.

Men and women from Jacksonville to Oregon will converge on the Cox Pavilion to duke it out to crown the winners of the three WAL Regions, the North, South and West. The top six from each move on to the Champship rounds on July 4-5 at the Mirage Hotel and Casino.

The event is the culmination of the league’s expansive “100 Events in 100 Cities” series that saw arm wrestling brought to towns and cities across the U.S. in an effort to uncover the best arm wrestlers in America. 

The result is an event so big it will span two days and comprise the premiere of the WAL’s 2015 season on ESPN and ESPN2. The numbers involved in the competition are mind-melting.

389 registered arm wrestlers. 700 entries. 1,400 matches. $210,000 on the line. 

That’s on top of the nearly 2,000 people who competed in WAL qualifiers just to get to the Las Vegas level.   

“We are humbled by the huge number of competitors that have come out to be part of the league, and the 2015 series airing on ESPN beginning July 29,” WAL Commissioner Steve Kaplan said. “These competitors will take their place in the pantheon of the world’s next great participatory sport.”

Each of the Regions will crown a champion in four weight divisions on both the left and right arms, with the top 6 in each moving on to the weight class Championships in July. 

There, the elite will do battle to claim their piece of the rest of hte $500,000 2015 seasonal prize purse, and hoist a WAL Championship Hammer in victory.

The new season of WAL on ESPN will begin on July 29 on ESPN2 and run for five consecutive weeks in primetime, with multiple re-airings on ESPN. WAL is also available on WatchESPN.com and the WatchESPN app.  Head here for more information.

“We are building a sport from the ground up that the world has never seen,” Kaplan said. “There has never been such a great, high-profile opportunity for arm-wrestlers to make big money on a huge stage, doing what we all love.”