This time last year this section was still a new feature of the website and a stone that hand yet to be turned over cause I really didn't know if I would be able to find enough content to keep this section updated. Over the last year I've surprised myself with how updated this section has been kept and this is just a testament to how much things have changed in recent years for the NWA that they have enough going on to be talked about. With that being said it's time to go to the vault:
Now since the change over in ownership of the National Wrestling Alliance I have offered a lot of praise to the current owner Billy Corgan. Since becoming the owner of the NWA he has drastically improved the social media presence of the company with the incredibly unique Ten Pounds of Gold series. This series has provided an interesting opportunity to see inside the NWA especially in the build up of the Nick Aldis & Tim Storm feud. For those who may not be aware Nick Aldis the man formerly known as Magnus captured the NWA World Title last December at CZW Cage of Death. Though at first his stock within the wrestling world was pretty low following his departure from Impact Wrestling, but it finally seems he is tapping into the potential that everyone thought he had.
Though some might point to someone who has gone All-In, but that's not what we are talking about here this man made his debut in the former NWA territory Championship Wrestling From Hollywood. For those who might not be aware the NWA does actually have a partnership of some kind with the company which allows the World Champion to appear on the companies events. The man who made his debut is former WWE star PJ Black formerly known as Justin Gabriel. This was a shocking debut for Championship Wrestling due to this being PJ's return from a debilitating injury from last year that he sustain base jumping. The injury he sustained tore a part his legs and ankles basically breaking every bone possible, but now after his match with the champion it's clear he is 100 percent.
Following his five minute challenge which PJ Black accepted and conquered the challenge which now raises the question of if PJ will now get a title shot against Nick Aldis at a later date. Overall don't get me wrong I haven't seen much of the NWA, but Nick Aldis has come into his own as a heel & is becoming the perfect foil for a variety of challengers which makes things amazing to watch. Take a look at this episode of "Ten Pounds of Gold" below:
After taking things slow for the last couple of months and staying in fans minds through co-promoting matches with Ring of Honor and on All In. It's seems like it is time for the National Wrestling Alliance to stand on their own once again. Since he took over ownership of the NWA current owner Billy Corgan has really taken steps to try and reestablish momentum for the brand. In my opinion the reason the slow build has worked for the NWA is because they needed that much work to be done to fix the brand and bring them back to where they use to be.
Now with the brand at it's most stable place in years it is time for Billy Corgan to take another step forward and that is bringing the NWA back to television. Though not many details are known at this point what we do know is that Billy Corgan seems to have desire to go back to the roots of the NWA and take trip back in the wrestling time machine to when studio wrestling was common place. The first set of tapings is set for September 30 and October 1 so get ready!! It will be unscripted, unfiltered and unlike anything on the market today!! For more information visit the link here
It is hard to list out all of the talent that could fit on a list of the greatest of all time. This is the reason that most of these lists are split into decades to make things a little bit easier. One name that is near the top in a number of lists is the former eight time NWA Worlds Heavyweight Champion "Handsome" Harley Race. I have heard a lot of stories about legends of yesteryear and a lot of the stories have one common thread and that is just how tough Harley Race was in and out of the ring. During the period when the curtain was still pulled back on wrestling Harley was one of the names that always made it seem real.
It would be impossible for me to put into words the impact that Harley has had on the wrestling business so I will try and draw the picture using my first memory of Harley. The first time I remember seeing Harley was during his feud with Ric Flair heading into Starrcade 1983. At first I didn't think much of Harley, but when I learned more I realized just how good he was at his peak and how much of an "Icon" he was. Nowadays we look to Shawn Michaels, Steve Austin, Ric Flair, Undertaker, and others as "Icons," but in wrestling history they are list and below Harley Race. His in ring career lasted over thirty years, too many legendary matches to count and the fact that he was still apart of wrestling until his death shows how much Harley truly loved wrestling.
Now with Harley moving up to that promotion in the sky it is time we think back and remember all the memories that Harley gave us. Through his promotion World League Wrestling based in his home state of Missouri, Harley has made sure that his fingerprints will still be on the business for decades to come. Thank you Harley!! Your prime might have been before my time, but what you gave wrestling was timeless and will never ever be forgotten. Rest in Peace Harley Race!!!
With the rise of a social media presence for the NWA. It was fitting to move things for the site.