Another week of NWA Power has hit the world and I'm still getting use to seeing a weekly program from the NWA. Unfortunately, this week we didn't get a commercial from Tony Falk about his waffles and tire iron business. After weeks of wondering it seems like we have an answer as they have seemingly have planted some seeds to the direction they are going with NWA World Champion Nick Aldis. The reason for this logic is with Kamille showing up during the National Title match points to something coming from that interference.
Since his arrival Ricky Starks has defined the odds picking up shocking wins against Trevor Murdoch and Aron Stevens. His issues with Stevens continued this week in a rematch the only question where to for these guys next? Pandemonium occupied the end of NWA Power with the tag team division getting the spotlight. Since the first episode we have been seeing vignette promoting the arrival of Thunder Rosa and her debut match didn't disappoint. By far Rosa is the only direct threat to Allyson Kay and now with a freshly heel Marti Belle the future seems bright for newest female competitor in the NWA. I never thought I'd be looking forward to a Tuesday every week, but I am and I watch the NWA more often then WWE which is something I never expected.
Interestingly enough I wrote about who could be challenging NWA World Champion Nick Aldis next and this show would start addressing that with James Storm, Eli Drake, Colt Cabana, and Mr. Anderson appearing together setting up the main event six man tag match. It is very difficult for a promotion to have a good six man tag that makes sense and has meaning. This six man had a lot of meaning, because if James & Wild Card won then Storm would get a title shot against Nick and if Nick's side won then Colt would earn a National Title shot against James Storm. It put a lot more emphasis on the match then a normal six man that is just focused on continuing a feud or two.
Other than that it is a lot of learning the new faces and getting use to a brand new roster of talent that I had no idea even existed before I turned on NWA Power about a month ago. Also who doesn't love Unlce Tony's Tire Iron's and Waffle's it's a hilarious commercial. Now that the calendar has turned to November we are a month away from "Into the Fire" let's see how this build goes. Never thought I'd be talking about the build up to an NWA PPV, wrestling is amazing.
I don't think that is has really sunk in that the National Wrestling Alliance has a weekly program in modern wrestling. I honestly have enjoyed watching NWA as it is wrestling the way that I believe it should be presented and the segments are rare in favor of in ring competition. Getting accustomed now to the new roster the company is developing on a weekly basis seeing names like Trevor Murdoch, Aron Stevens and Mr. Anderson for the first time in a few years. Combing the veterans with unknown athletes like Ricky Starks, Caleb Konley, The Dawsons, and others making for a interesting dynamic in the company.
Seeing the main event shape up the way it did this episode they ran a one show angle to bring up anticipation for the main event and next week. To try and avoid spoilers it is clear that after tonight Tim Storm will not be retiring and may have a match set for December's "Into the Fire" PPV.
One thing that has me intrigued is Nick Aldis and who will be his next challenger as I thought that was what I thought he was going to talk about in his promo, but instead the focus was on the developing story of Kamille talking. Seeing James Storm continuing a questionable feud with Jocephus after making him look like a fool twice, but Colt Cabana has fit back into the feud so the National Champion seems busy. Again though that doesn't mean Storm can't fight Nick Aldis for the title planning into another feud. I think that'd be the perfect way to get some revenge for Jocephus actually, but I think it's possible they go outside the main crop based Aldis leaving that door open during promo.
Overall I am very interested in seeing where they go from now until "Into the Fire" in December. This in my opinion, is what exactly is missing from the WWE product in recent years as there is not always a reason to comeback every week and keep watching.
It is still hard to believe that now on a weekly basis the National Wrestling Alliance is one of the weekly programs I get to sit and enjoy every week. Cornette said it best during the show that at this point the NWA is giving both veterans and unknown stars a platform to show the world how good they can be. Seeing Wild Card again as well as Nick Aldis allowed them to show exactly why they are in the position they are in and are flag bearers for the NWA.
I for one prefer segments like they had on this show with Joe Galli, Nick Aldis, and Kamille as they did a sit down interview to further discuss the ending of last week's show and what could be next for Nick. The reason I liked it is, because it didn't seem hokey or to out of character anything that was said and it had a purpose. Also James Storm's interview explained how important it was to be NWA National Champion and opened the door to possibly seeing James Storm being a challenger for Nick Aldis or Eli Drake challenging James Storm in the near future. Ricky Starks is someone I have never seen before, but was impressed by the kids microphone work and he definitely can go in the ring. With veterans like Aron Stevens, Colt Cabana, and Mr. Anderson officially apart of the show now and future stars like Ricky Starks still finding there way the roster of the NWA continues to deepen by the week and things will continue to bring up the weekly question of who will show up next on NWA Power. The NWA is wrestling at it's finest.
After nearly twenty five years the National Wrestling Alliance has finally found stable ground and are ready again to stand on their own two feet again. For the last few years all ownership has done is done everything they could to reestablish the value and meaning of the long lasting wrestling promotion. Since the start of the 1900's there has been three letter that stood with pro-wrestling and that is National Wrestling Alliance. I honestly never thought I'd sit and watch modern NWA wrestling on YouTube as a new weekly program. Thanks to Dave Lagana and Billy Corgan for bringing the NWA back to it's roots and joining in on the incredible month and year we as wrestling fans have been honored to enjoy.
As for the program as to not spoil anything this was modern wrestling at it's finest and a throwback to exactly what was lost from wrestling when the NWA went into hiding. Storytelling, Emotion, Suspension of disbelief and feeling like your watching a sport that you can be entertained by and not a hokey comedic entertainment program. If you are in it for the wrestling then come to YouTube or Facebook or Fite TV and tune in every week for NWA Power and you will never be disappointed.
Near the end of the summer the enigmatic owner of the National Wrestling Billy Corgan made an extremely unexpected announcement. In the between since the announcement more information has been released about the upcoming Studio Wrestling show from the NWA. On Tuesday October 8, NWA Power is set to debut and you can watch this show with no restrictions, no paywalls. As far as watching the program it will premiere this Tuesday at 6:05pm Eastern and from this Tuesday it will become a weekly program airing every Tuesday, and it will air on Facebook and YouTube. The shows will also be made available on-demand through those platforms and will made available on Fite TV every Saturday Night.
I have always wondered why wrestling promotions had found more use for technology to gain some exposure. Over the last few years WWE moved to the WWE Network, Impact Wrestling began streaming on Twitch and various Independent companies have on demand services. One company that sticks out though is Major League Wrestling who has been using YouTube as an extra platform to gain more exposure for their weekly program after it airs on BelN Sports television channel. This is something that makes the NWA program unlike anything else out there, because a video sharing website has never be used as the only source of exposure for programming for a wrestling company.
At this point the first TV taping is in the books and ready to air, but with the NWA finally making a central weekly program it makes them stick out during the hottest period wrestling has seen in a long time. There is no doubting that Billy Corgan has really helped keep NWA on wrestling fans minds since he has taken over the promotion and this is an amazing next step. Another note was the NWA also announced NWA Power will be building to - their next PPV event which is set for Saturday December 14 in Atlanta. Remember on Tuesday October, 8 at 6:05 pm live on Facebook and YouTube it's the start of a new era for the National Wrestling Alliance!!
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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 the rise of a social media presence for the NWA. It was fitting to move things for the site.