May 13th 2007, prior to TNA Wrestling’s Sacrifice Pay Per View the National Wrestling Alliance ended it’s five year agreement with the company. Citing an inability to secure dates with then World Champions Christian Cage and Team 3D. Robert Trobich, the Executive Director at the time, would strip Cage and the Dudleys of their titles and would announce a tournament to reclaim the glory of the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship. As history will remember “Scrap Iron” Adam Pearce would win the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship in Bayamón, Puerto Rico by defeating Brent Albright in the finals of the NWA World Title Tournament. Pearce’s victory would heavily influence the direction of the NWA going forward.
May 13th 2018, during the All In Press Conference in Chicago Illinois, it was announced from NWA Owner and President, Billy Corgan announced that the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship will be defended at their big event on September 1st. Cody was quick to announce that he would be challenging for the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship. As of this writing, “The National Treasure” Nick Aldis has successfully defended the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship nineteen times in five months on three different continents. A victory for Cody Rhodes could mean a new direction for the NWA. One that could see the NWA Worlds Championship return to both Ring of Honor and New Japan Pro Wrestling as Cody has existing obligations to both companies.
Oddly enough, the date that Pearce would become NWA World Champion was September 1st 2007… the same date as All In 2018.