When the National Wrestling Alliance was under its prior ownership, the governing body’s primary business model was to license out its name and likeness to promoters and promotions that were interested in trying to bring back the alliance’s old…well, alliance-based territory business model. Some of the promotions in the alliance were really good. Like, top 10 in the American independent scene good. Others were stable feds that could run 2 to 3 shows a week, pack a house, and even get lucky enough to host an NWA sanctioned major championship match every now and again. Others…they were there too.
One of the most stable promotions to have ever carried the NWA’s banner in the prior era was NWA Supreme. NWA Supreme was a promotion that would bring in a former WWE or big name independent guy every now and again, but would always find a way to get one of their local guys to give a good showing in those matches. NWA Supreme, must like the other stable promotions in the alliance, understood that long-term feuds and building up your mid-card belts (along with the champions that held them) was the best way to make sure that you could always draw the house you needed to keep things afloat.
Alas, once Billy Corgan decided to purchase the NWA, NWA Supreme, much like all of the other promotions affiliated with the governing body, went back to being true Independents in every sense of the word. With this transition, NWA Supreme initially rebranded themselves as AWA Supreme. However, after realizing that a lot of Independent promotions were trying to use the AWA initials to help themselves get off the ground, the promoter of the company decided that simply being called “Supreme Wrestling” would be exactly what the promotion needed to be successful in its branding.
It has worked, so far. Along with changing its name, the promotion as gotten a new logo, a new ring, a new title for its weekly YouTube show, and a fair number of new subscribers on its official YouTube channel. Further more, the promotion has even had big names like Jason Kincaid hold its top championship and has built up a world beater of an in-house babyface in Leon Elliot.
Along with the in-ring product, Supreme Wrestling has even built up its out-of-the-ring offerings by beefing up its social media presence on Facebook and by having one of its best managers in company history start a feud with YouTube star Jacob the Carpetbagger. By the way, Jacob has over 150,000 subscribers on his YouTube channel; and they are all starting to get more and more interested in this feud video by video.
So, in short, Supreme Wrestling has been able to take itself to the next level ever since it left the NWA. Along with Vendetta Pro Wrestling, Innovate Wrestling, and Blue Collar Wrestling, Supreme Wrestling has been able to find its footing and maintain a product that the fans in its local territory can’t get enough of.
But, why should you care what I have to say about it?
While this is my first column on Alliance Wrestling, I have been covering Supreme Wrestling since 2016. In fact, because I was the only journalist/blogger/columnist covering the promotion as much as I was, the NWA decided to take a chance on me and make me a staff writer for their old official website, NWA Ringside. When Billy Corgan bought the NWA, it gutted me. Mainly because I knew my days as being an official member of the NWA family was coming to a close. However, Supreme Wrestling, and its roster, was there for me right after Billy Corgan officially took charge. So much so that I eventually became an unofficial member of the media team that was in charge of interviewing wrestlers and managers and making sure that the promotion’s fans could get breaking news on the promotion as soon as possible.
Now, with the promotion’s blessing, I am joining Alliance Wrestling’s family in hopes of building a column, and a readership for the column, that will give Supreme Wrestling even more exposure than what it is already getting. This column won’t be a dirt sheet. Instead, it will be a discussion of what has gone on in the promotion over the past weekend and how it may affect the long-term landscape of the promotion. There may be some opinion in each article, but it will always be based off of factual events and conversations that I have had with members of the promotion’s roster.
I am super excited for this opportunity to tell you guys about one of the best independent wrestling promotions on the scene today. Hopefully, as this column grows, it can document the rise of Supreme Wrestling becoming the most popular professional wrestling promotion in Indiana. And, after that accomplishment, maybe this column can even document the promotion’s rise to becoming one of the most popular independent promotions in the entire country. The PWG’s, AAW’s, and CZW’s of the world didn’t happen overnight. So, maybe, we can say where we were when Supreme Wrestling becomes the American independent scene’s next big thing.