Sunday, August 26, 2018

Return of the NWA National Championship


On October 21, 2018 the NWA will promote their 70th Anniversary show at the Nashville Fairgrounds in conjunction with Jeff Jarrett's Global Force Wrestling promotion.

Since Billy Corgan purchased the NWA he has focused on promoting matches for the NWA World Championship first with Tim Storm and now current champion Nick Aldis on their YouTube show 10 Pounds of Gold.  This show will be the first complete show under the Corgan NWA Banner.

At this show they will be bringing back the NWA National Heavyweight Championship, which will be only the second championship recognized by the National Wrestling Alliance.  No other information has a been released about how the vacant title will be filled or the design of the championship.

Once Corgan launched his version of the promotion all titles save the World Heavyweight were vacated.  I thought they would bring back the women's championship first, but I'm glad they have a second title.

Austin Idol
The NWA National championship debuted January 12, 1980 in Georgia Championship Wrestling with Austin Idol as the inaugural champion.  The title was retired in 1986 when it was unified with the NWA United States Championship.

During this run it was most recognized with Buddy Landel defeating Terry Tayler for the title at Starrcade 1985 and Tully Blachards 177 day run in 1986.


The championship was revived in 1997 and awarded to Big Slam on May 17, 1997.  On January 19, 2009 Phil Shatter defeated Crusher Hansen starting his 761 day run as champion ending on February 19, 2011 when he was defeated by Chance Prophet.  This is the longest single reign anyone had as champion.  The last recognized champion was Kahagas. 

I attended the 2009 NWA Legends Fanfest in Charlotte, North Carolina where Shatter defended his title on consecutive nights against 2 Cold Scorpio.  The first night Scorpio won the title and even did photo ops in the ring with the belt.


The second night at the beginning of the matches they announced that the NWA hadn't sanctioned a championship match therefore the title would be returned to Shatter.  However they had sanctioned a title match for that night, which 2 Cold won via count out.

Phil Shatter
You can read all about my NWA Legends Fanfest Weekend here.

Incidentally Phil Shatter would later wrestler in TNA as Gunner and current in NXT as Jaxson Ryker.

I'm very curious what the design of the championship will look like.  Part of me would like to see it be the version held by Blanchard and Shatter as shown in their photos. Here are a few of the past belt designs.





 
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