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WAL 2017 Championships: Schedule & Prizes

Ryan Espey, WAL 2017 Championships Schedule & Prizes │ Collage made by XSportNews using images from  World Armwrestling League

Ryan Espey, WAL 2017 Championships Schedule & Prizes │ Collage made by XSportNews using images from  World Armwrestling League

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Arm Wrestlers – Las Vegas is on the horizon!


See below for a provisional schedule for WAL 2017 Championships Week Competition. Please be advised that specific times of day will be added/adjusted as we go forward, but this is a set general schedule. Our goal is to get you enough information to begin planning your trips to Las Vegas for those who are ready to do so, but please understand that the production of the event and ESPN broadcast are ongoing and will likely require some adjustment.

Below is the confirmed basic schedule for the 2017 Championships at the House of Blues in Las Vegas:

Wednesday, June 28
Morning: Pro Weigh-ins Start
Mid-morning: Amateur Weigh-ins start
Evening: All divisions weigh ins continue
All Day: ESPN interviews

Thursday – June 29
7 a.m. – Noon: Pro Prelims
Afternoon: Amateur weigh-ins continue
Evening: Pro Semis and FinalsAll Day: ESPN interviews as needed

Friday – June 30
Afternoon: WAL Amateur Championships – all divisions

HOTEL: Be advised that WAL is working to lock down a good hotel deal for competitors and fans that will be at an attractive rate and we will want our community members to take advantage of it. We expect this to be finalized in the coming week, so please wait to book your hotel until this promotional deal is announced. Thank you.

Thank you for your time and passion.



After months of anticipation and buildup in the biggest year in World Armwrestling League history, WAL is ready to explode the sport again – with a MASSIVE increase in prize money for its 2017 Championship event!

Set to take place June 29 at the House of Blues in Las Vegas and broadcast LIVE on ESPN, the Championships this year will feature a whopping $236,000 payout to top arm wrestlers from around the world who will descend on the Mandalay Bay venue to battle for the right lift the hammer and claim the mantle of WAL Champion.

“WAL continues to push the sport to new heights. This large increase in the prize money available to our arm wrestlers is a result of the global growth and popularity that that the sport has achieved,” said WAL president Steve Kaplan.

The prize money additions will apply to both men and women competitors and raises the totals in ALL CLASSES and BOTH ARMS.

“We expect the increase in payouts to bring a level of competition never seen before, with arm wrestlers fighting tooth and nail to claim the payout and the WAL Championship hammer,” Kaplan says.

Friday’s announcement puts WAL in historic territory – since the inception of the league in 2014, the league will have awarded over $1,000,000 in Championship prize money alone. It’s a historic marker, and one that heralds a strong future for the sport in coming years.

Official 2017 Championship Payout Totals:

1st: $12,500
2nd:  $3,000
3rd:  $2,000
4th:  $1,500
5th: $1,250
6th  $1,000
7th: $750
8th: $500

1st: $4,000
2nd:  $1,500
3rd:  $1,000
4th:  $750
5th: $600
6th  $550
7th: $500
8th: $500


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