The brand new WAW Wrestling Official Discord server launched last weekend. What’s Discord you might ask? We will get to that but, first, let’s rewind back to earlier this year to understand why we created the server.
Something very important to us was missing for a large portion of this year. The initial national UK lockdown due to Covid-19 didn’t just mean we were no longer able to hold live events. It also cut off the fantastic community spirit that keeps everyone within WAW, fans and staff alike, so passionate about professional wrestling. Some of that spirit was kept through our Facebook fan group and YouTube premiere live chats.
It was clear it would be impossible to replicate the unique experience of attending a live WAW or Bellatrix event. But we wanted to create a community space that combined elements from our existing platforms to make sure that special connection wouldn’t be lost ever again.
Our live events did return in September but we always knew that there was every chance the UK would return to lockdown, as it did this November. Despite the stringent Covid-19 safety policies at our new Academy and Performance Centre, our strict adherence to official Government guidelines made it clear that shows would once again be paused from November 2nd.
This is where Discord comes in. Discord is a group chat platform originally targeted towards gamers. It has since been adopted by a range of much wider audiences, including fandoms of all varieties.
Work started on creating the WAW Discord server back in August. The basic idea remains the same as our existing Facebook group – discussing events, storylines, and matches involving WAW and Bellatrix wrestlers. These channels give you the opportunity to discuss everything WAW in real-time with fellow fans no matter where you are in the world!
But we didn’t want to create a community that only catered to existing fans. There are also channels dedicated to discussing the latest “General Wrestling” news and “Dream Matches”, either interesting opponents for WAW and Bellatrix wrestlers, or all-time greats who never faced each other, such as Shawn Michaels and Eddie Guerrero.
Even communities based around wrestling occasionally talk about things that take place outside of the ring. That’s why we’ve also included a few off-topic channels, including channels dedicated to gaming chat, music, and memes. While all three of these topics can still include wrestling-related material, there’s plenty to choose from in these areas.
Finally, you can use Discord to opt-in for notifications when we release brand new content across multiple platforms. Notification roles are currently available for our YouTube channel, both the WAW and Bellatrix Twitter accounts, and right here on wawuk.com! There are also plans to add more options to this list, hopefully including our Instagram and live streams from our wrestlers and alumni.
So what are you waiting for? Come over and visit the WAW Wrestling Official Discord server now!