The National Wrestling Alliance has been the oldest governing body in the world of wrestling. The territory system held one championship above all others that was the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship. During its height names like Jack Briscoe, Harley Race, Dusty Rhodes, Ric Flair, and others kept the title prestigious and on the top of the wrestling world. However, once Jim Crockett Promotions got sold the mainstream attention on the World Title immediately dropped because the title wasn't in the public eye anymore.
Following the "Birth of Extreme" the NWA and it's world title really lost everything and needed to built back from the ground up. Starting with Dan Severn the brand would bring some stability during his reign, but not much mainstream attention. Things really didn't start to change as far as the attention is concerned until this decade. To be clear Bruce Tharpe did help bring about a new era for the NWA, but when Billy Corgan took over things changed even more. In the past the NWA was really the only brand that never had any social media presence, but that really changed when Billy Corgan too control.
A few weeks ago at the incredible "All In" event we saw the newest NWA Worlds Champion crowned that being Cody Rhodes. It is incredible to think after two years on the independents following his departure from the WWE he has become the World Champion. Fact is that many thought that Cody could and should've been World Champion during his time in the WWE, but never did. At "All In" Cody became the first son to win the NWA World Title like his father. It will be very interesting to see now what the future is like for both Cody & the NWA as I don't think someone like Cody has held the title in a very long time. This is not meant to discount the reign that Nick Aldis had it is just meant to say that Cody might be able to take the title to another level.
I don't do this often, but with the biggest event in the last decade taking place this weekend it was hard for me not to share this episode of "Ten Pounds of Gold." For anyone that hasn't been paying attention Cody & Nick Aldis have been engaged in the best feud in the business and a total old school feud with there being no fighting only talking. These two men have embodied what it means to talk the fans into the arena, because that is all they have been able to do and well they have only been face to face a few times. Now I am not saying that every feud needs to be this way, but seeing a feud not having a reliance on in ring action is a breath of fresh air. Seeing the continued build of this match is one of things that has kept me excited for the All In event.
After watching this video it is clear that Nick Aldis needed to leave Impact Wrestling to really become a star and change the perception people may have had of him. Honestly, I remember Nick in Impact and he never came off the way he does now as he seems a lot more professional, and like he could be a major league champion. There is no doubt that this event has gotten more attention for the NWA then any event or match in the last decade plus which adds to how important this event is on Saturday. When Tim Storm held the NWA Title he was the NWA & carried the banner proudly and once Aldis won the gold he took the NWA flag and ran with it. I don't think I've seen Nick this confident and this well like someone who found his place in the world of wrestling and where he can be a star.
The challenger on the other hand has his backstory and his past, but this has nothing to do with the WWE and has everything to do with what Cody has accomplished since he left the WWE. One thing that the WWE has never been good at doing is sharing glory and letting fans be aware of talents past & how important someone was to a past employer. It would be tough to say that anyone was more important to the NWA then the "American Dream" Dusty Rhodes and now Cody has a chance to continue that legacy. Cody has his reasons to show the passion that he never got the chance to show in the WWE, but has shown in every promo especially in this feud; he said it in the video "I could say this isn't about Dusty and it isn't, but I can't say it has nothing to do with him." Overall this match may headline this event on Saturday, but if it does or not that doesn't matter because Saturday September 1, 2018 will change wrestling forever.
For the last few months not one non WWE has had such hype in the last decade plus like we have seen the hype for the upcoming All In event. It is nuts to think about the fact that in two days all the hard work will come to ahead and we will get to see a sold out crowd for an independent wrestling show. In a way this does reflect just how much wrestling has changed in the last few years with Ring of Honor, New Japan, and others leading the charge. In my opinion it's worth noting that with the in fusion of NWA Worlds Champion Nick Aldis to the discussion makes this event unlike anything we have seen ever before.
Seeing the final build for the match that they should on Ring of Honor television makes this match feel even bigger then it did before with it getting TV attention as well which is something unfamiliar for the NWA. Since Billy Corgan purchased the company we have seen a tremendous shift in the development of a social media presence for the NWA that didn't exist before and though it started with Tim Storm it went a step further and has continued with Nick Aldis. There is absolutely no doubting that this match is one of if not the most anticipated NWA World Title match in the last decade plus.
Overall the Rhodes family has deep roots in the wrestling business and specifically within the National Wrestling Alliance. During the territory era Dusty Rhodes was one of the top stars in the wrestling world and would lead the charge for the NWA carrying the belt on three different occasions. Cody has always had the potential to be a top star and change wrestling being a leader because it's in his blood and he got it from Dusty. I know that Dusty will be looking down on September 1 with a smile on his face knowing that his son has finally made it where he always thought he should be.
Speaking on the other side of the coin Nick Aldis has absolutely never been as good as he has been right now. I don't know if it was something within TNA at the time that just didn't work and limited the former Magnus from finding his true potential. Either way Aldis has found himself and found his potential because he has become the leader of the NWA. It would be an incredible moment on September the 1st if when that bell rings Cody is announced as champion because you know he will have tears in his eyes. Cody said it best the "Wrestling economy will change" and for the first time since 2001 the wrestling world will be shaken to it's core. Saturday September 1, 2018 in Chicago, IL will change everything when the world of wrestling goes ALL IN!!!!
A few weeks ago I laid the ground work for a series starting on this section where we go back to the old days and revisit the territories. It is really a tough choice to find the right place to start so I will just start with them all as a slowly weed out the right one to select. For those of you that might not know a lot about the territories at one point the entire country was carved up like a turkey. Each promotion had it's own set area that they were allowed to run and wouldn't go elsewhere.
For example the WWF would only run events within the tri-state specifically their territory was Maine to Maryland. Looking further south would become Jim Crockett's territory and west was either Georgia Championship Wrestling, World Wrestling Association, or unowned depending on the year. Now we look into the wrestling time machine for the first area to visit. For now take a look at the past:
Back in the day almost nine years ago when I first started writing I use to do a series called "History of" where I would look at different promotions and tell the story of their history. Much like other series I've done though their came a time when it had to end, but that didn't mean it couldn't return. As any one who has been to this site before knows I love the history of wrestling and a lot about it that I chose to share any chance I get. It is for that reason that I've decided get this series going again but with a twist this time around.
Instead of focusing on just any companies I will be focusing on the territory system and companies that had a part in the territory era of wrestling. For anyone who has seen the series I've done with Billy Garcia it will be similar to that but more focused on the history and not so much on the talent. Admittedly it is worth noting that this series is also decided to make sure I can post consistent content on this section to keep the section active and going. Overall to give an idea of the period I will be focusing on for the most part it will be between the 1960's and 1990's as I believe that to be the main peak of the territory system.
Some talent get slower as they age especially when they get into there 50's, but former NWA Worlds Champion and school teacher Tim Storm isn't most people. Storm at 51 years old became the worlds champion of the oldest governing body in professional wrestling. At 51 years old Tim "Perfect" Storm became the holder of the most prestigious championship in professional wrestling. At over 50 years old on October 21st, 2016 he accomplished a feat that not everyone does on that day Tim Storm became champion of the National Wrestling Alliance. The video below is the story of what happened after his reign and who caused it to end. If I was Jocephus I'd fear the "Strong side of Tim Storm!"
As a way to officially welcome the newest section of the site to the site it'd be fitting to do one of the oldest series for the first time. Now this was a tough selection because of the modern matches within the NWA and also the amount of classic matches from the past. For anyone who knows me though it was an easy decision because history always the given a home on this site. As I don't say enough history is that if history is spoken of it's forgotten about and I don't like that one bit. However, that's why this site exists or one of the reasons I put it together because a lot of history deserves a platform.
In my opinion there is no better choice for the first "Match of the Week" then one involving one of my idols in Dusty Rhodes. Plus if Dusty wasn't enough he shares the ring with Arn Anderson who was one of the best in ring talents during his era. This is going to be a good match and one that would be incredibly difficult to not enjoy.
To say that Nick Aldis has been a great get for the NWA would be an understatement as it seems like the former Magnus has finally been able to tap into the potential that everyone thought he had. Recently Nick was announced that he would be going "All In" over Labor Day weekend and would defend his title against one of the promoters. The announcement of Cody Rhodes fighting Nick Aldis for the NWA Title at All In surprise a lot of fans due to most people thinking Cody would have a little bit bigger of a match. However, this could provide some background on how far the brand has come in recent years to grow back up and reach even half the level it did.
At an ROH event the Worlds Champion appeared at the end of the show to answer the challenge that Cody put out at the All In Press Conference. For those who missed it Cody challenged Nick Aldis for the World Title during the press conference. However, it was something that Cody only discussed with Billy Corgan and that is something that Nick doesn't like and took to the ring to answer the challenge himself. The exchange sought a perfect back and forth between champion and challenger showing how far both men have come. In the end though it is official for September 1st as Cody will face the current NWA Worlds Chapion Nick Aldis for the title. But their was something added check it out below:
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:
Since the advent of the YouTube series called 10 Pounds of Gold and the rise of a social media presence for the company. Prior to the arrival of Billy Corgan and his purchase of the company from former President Bruce Tharpe the NWA had very little presence on the video sharing site, but things have changed. It is fantastic to see the once largest governing body of pro-wrestling once again reach a point where they could start thriving once again. Though some fans may point to Corgan's stay in TNA as an indication of what to except from him in other walks within the realm of wrestling and that's just not the case. Fact of the matter is now Billy has control and the ability to push the ideas that he wants to be focused on.
At this point I thought that it was the right time to open the section to focus on the National Wrestling Alliance and give them the spotlight. Seeing Austin Idol not only back in wrestling, but using his skills to put the current World Champion Nick Aldis on a different level. Though in some cases peoples skills get worse as they get older it hasn't happened with Austin Idol as he is just as good he's ever been. This is just one of the many things that have made the new NWA stick out from the rest and slowly move above the position they had a few years ago. Overall I am very excited about what the future holds for the company and the continued expansion brought about by the new management. If you have never seen an episode of the 10 Pounds of Gold series then check it out below: