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!!!
Anyone who knows me or anything about this site I have in the past attempted on various occasion to come up with various ideas to try and raise the interest and attention to certain sections of the site. It is difficult though at this point, because a number of series are more start and stop rather than never ending and at this point I would prefer just piecing together some interesting articles when a section needs some love rather than creating series that really go nowhere.
Over the course of wrestling history few people truly can defy a generation, but Terry Funk & Harley Race have done exactly that in one way or another. Funk likely holds the record for the most retirements in the history of wrestling and the fact that Harley Race still has a hand in training the future stars in wrestling. Looking back it is interesting to see how young both Terry Funk & Harley Race are in this match and I will even go as far to say that this is during both men's primes and that's not just based on the fact that both men had held the NWA Worlds Title around this time, but I feel like this match is one of those legendary matches. It is worth a watch in my opinion even if it's jsut for a trip down memory lane.
With May the 25 approaching at great neck speeds and the industry set to change yet again thanks to All Elite Wrestling. Last weekend the National Wrestling Alliance has put the wrestling world on notice that they are not going anywhere. If anything the brand that will never go away has proved they are a stable position for talent to go as well. Seeing the Rock N Roll Express back in the ring was a trip and it didn't seem like they lost a step in the ring.
This video puts into perspective just how important this match was in continuing to build the momentum for the NWA. In recent years the NWA has leaned on working agreements to keep the stability with the brand, but with Nick Aldis leading the charge I don't think I have seen such upward momentum for the NWA in my generation. I also want to point out that Cody held the Worlds Title last year & is now the leader of AEW; we could the NWA become All Elite as well as they don't really have loyalty to one promotion and can work with any company they want.
For the first time in over thirty years the National Wrestling Alliance will be revisiting one of there annual events. Back in 1988 the tournament saw a variety of legendary teams in the tournament including Anderson & Blanchard, Road Warriors, The Fantastics, and other giving the fans a chance to see why Jim Crockett Promotions was different then Vince. As with the older events the upcoming Crockett Cup will not just feature tournament matches as we will also see Willie Mack defend his National Title against Colt Cabana. Both the NWA World Women's Title & Worlds Heavyweight title will also be on the line with Jazz defending against Sienna & Nick Aldis defending against Marty Scurll respectively.
Even though the team set to fight Jax Dane & Crimson is still to be determined the tournament is shaping up to be very interesting. I can't be the only person that is a little take back by the sight of seeing the Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson are participating in the tournament. Not only that but the WWE Hall of Famers are going be competing in a dream match against The Briscoe Brothers.
Overall this shows just how much things have changed under Billy Corgan. Even though the NWA has had a working agreement with New Japan for the last few years the addition of CMLL and Ring of Honor this will be the first Cup to include teams from four different companies. It will also be the smallest tournament with only eight included this year as opposed to the sixteen teams that had been included in the past. Either way on Saturday April 27 in Concord, North Carolina the next chapter of this legendary tournament will be written. For more updated information on the festivities visit the link below:
I was intending on writing something a little more in-depth about Nick Aldis, but instead I will just put him over in this article. It is insane to me how much he has grown from his time on Impact to now as he has become exactly what some members of Impact thought he could be, but couldn't figure out how to get that potential out of him. It is interesting to think about because if you compare Cody Rhodes & Nick to each other their career paths are similar considering both men seemingly needed to leave the bigger promotions to really find the competitor they were met to be.
In my opinion at this point Nick Aldis is one of the best in the world of wrestling and the fact that he has held the NWA Title for the better part of the last two years should give you that indication as well. However, I also believe that he has become one of those competitors that can help his opponent look better then they are and that is something he did in his recent match with PJ Black from a Championship Wrestling From Hollywood event.
Since the departure of the other Elite members there has been a number of questions about what this means for Marty Scrull. Well at first the answer came with The Villain starting a brand new faction for himself, and really a stable position in Ring of Honor. I have always loved Marty's work and thought that he had extreme potential and still has untapped potential for himself that he might fulfill in April at the Crockett Cup. It is very interesting to see not just Nick Aldis in Ring of Honor but the connection that the NWA has developed with the company.
In the recent era of wrestling not many champions have done more for the National Wrestling Alliance then the current flag bearer for the brand and that is Nick Aldis. Much like with Cody last year this match with Marty is a matter of respect more than anything else between two good friends. Caprice Coleman being included in the segment just makes it even better, because he's just awesome. Either way though Nick Aldis has found his potential in the NWA and has grown leaps and bounds past where some people probably thought he ever could and come April 27 this is Marty's chance to do the same thing.
It has been a very long time since the last time I did a DVD review and that is basically because I haven't watched a DVD in a very very long time. I put that blame on the fact that I have been focused on other things, but expect to see a lot more reviews in the coming months as I have a few DVD's to watch. All the DVD's are from kayfabecommentaries.com as I love most if not all of there DVD releases. In my opinion this release is underrated as far as the entertainment value it provides, but you really have to at least have an idea of who Tommy Rich is or you will not enjoy this DVD. As always though let's go see what you'd expect from the DVD:
-The Georgia Territory
- Old School vs New School
- Opinion on Bill Eadie, Ole Anderson, Jim Barnett, Buzz Sawyer, and others
-Working in Memphis as a heel
- Working in ECW, WCW, and AWA
- All this and more on is in this DVD
In the last decade we have seen the rebirth of the National Wrestling Alliance from the advancements made by former owner Bruce Tharpe to the continued advancements made by current owner Billy Corgan. There is no disputing all the important steps that were made by Bruce Tharpe who took the brand to a level it hadn't been since the 1980's truthfully. Following the cluster**** that was Billy Corgan's time in Impact Wrestling it was announced soon after that Billy has bought the National Wrestling Alliance. One thing that Corgan has changed about the NWA is providing a very big rise in a social media presence using the "Ten Pounds of Gold" Youtube series.
One thing that made 2018 a very special year for the NWA is the part they had in the Indy super event known as All In. The event saw the exceptional match between champion Nick Aldis and Cody Rhodes this match was built up unlike most matches on the show due to Cody and Nick not being a part of the same company, but still needed to build interest for the match which they did 100x's over. In my opinion the match between Cody & Nick was helped tremendously by the "Ten Pounds of Gold" series.
For years during the height of the National Wrestling Alliance they would have a flag bearer and someone who could lead the brand. In December of 2017 at Cage of Death we saw Tim Storm drop the NWA Worlds Title to Nick Aldis and this would change things for the brand heading into the new year. Nick would hold the championship for most of the year before dropping it to Cody in September, and then would win the NWA Title back the following month at the NWA 70 Anniversary event. At this point Nick Aldis had held the World Title for a combined 344 days and is truly a throwback competitor to champions of yesteryear.
Overall now with a "Face of the Franchise" and a more mainstream year in 2018 then they've had in a long time. After seeing Nick Aldis at the Final Battle event last month it will be very interesting to see the part that he could play in not just Ring of Honor, but wrestling as a whole. I think that with the rise in popularity for Independent wrestling and the announcement of All Elite Wrestling it will be interesting to see the type of year the brand has in 2019.
With the rise of a social media presence for the NWA. It was fitting to move things for the site.