“The only constant in life is change.”
As news starts to come out of some of the changes going on in the NWA I’m starting to hear some the panic and the doom talk that comes every time there is a shake up.
One of the key reasons for the NWA’s survival over the years is because of its ability to adapt and change. I’ve been a fan since 1981 and I’ve seen true dark days before. WCW dropping the use of the NWA name bringing back the titles just to drop out of the NWA for good. I was around when Shane Douglas threw down the belt and declaring the NWA dead (RIP ECW). I saw Chris Candido, who was best know up to that point for being Jim Cornet’s Smokey Mountain US Jr. Heavyweight champion, win a tournament to become the NWA World champion. At the same time he losing mid-card matches in Smoke Mountain (RIP SMW) to Boo Bradley in loser eats dog food matches. At that time there were only 3 members and only one promoted on a somewhat regular basis.
I recall the rise of the NWA after being on (then) WWF TV. Several promotions joined and the NWA underwent a large growth spell. After the Brody stepped down I saw an ever changing President position as a different member lead a coup each year. I saw promotions come and promotions go. I witnessed the NWA give up control of their own titles so TNA could gain them more exposure and I was around then they tried to reclaimed the glory. I’ve watched all four of Adam Pearce’s reigns as he defended the title across the US and Canada in Australia and Europe.
So what happens now? I don’t have a clue but I’m willing to bet this much, the NWA will survive.