NASHVILLE (January 31, 2022) — A single concept has grown beyond the generation that created it. Thirty-six years ago, Jim Crockett Promotions partnered with Mid-South Wrestling to present the first-ever Jim Crockett Sr. Memorial Cup in New Orleans, Louisiana. On March 19th and 20th 2022, The National Wrestling Alliance will bring that classic tag-team tournament, The Crockett Cup, back to Tennessee in a special 2-night event taking place at the rejuvenated Nashville Fairgrounds in Nashville, TN. Upon taking control of the National Wrestling Alliance, NWA President William Patrick Corgan made a commitment to honoring the legacy of the famed organization, and this year’s Crockett Cup will continue that legacy.
The 2022 Crockett Cup marks the second time the event will be held in the modern era, a return to the tournament for the first time since the COVID pandemic disrupted the planned 2020 tournament. This year’s Crockett Cup also marks the return of the NWA to the Nashville Fairgrounds for the first time since the NWA’s 70th Anniversary Event in October 2018. On that night, Nick Aldis defeated Cody Rhodes to regain the NWA World’s Heavyweight Championship in the highest-grossing event in the history of the Nashville Fairgrounds. This time, the NWA looks to break that record yet again. This single-elimination tournament will feature no less than 16 tag teams from around the wrestling world competing over 2 nights, while also featuring multiple singles championship matches.
“Jim Crockett Promotions built a foundation in the Mid-Atlantic region with their tag team wrestling in the 70s and 80s. The Crockett Cup in 1986 brought together the best tag teams in the world under one roof,” said Corgan. “It’s our honor to bring the tradition of NWA wrestling back to Tennessee while supporting the Crockett Foundation with their philanthropy for veterans.”
The list of tag teams will continue to be released as the tournament brackets take shape, and the accolades of the names of the initial announcement are setting the level of competition fans have come to expect:
– The brother tag team of the Briscoe Brothers, Jay and Mark Briscoe (12x ROH Tag Team Champions, former IWGP Tag Team Champions,GCW Tag Team Champions, former GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions)
– The reunited team of The British Invasion, former 2x NWA World’s Heavyweight Champion “the National Treasure” Nick Aldis and international sensation Doug Williams (Former IWGP Tag Team Champions, Former TNA World Tag Team Champions)
– Mexico’s own La Rebelión, the team of Mecha Wolf and Bestia 666 (Current NWA World Tag Team Champions, 2x Crash Tag Team Champions)
– Strictly Business, Thom Latimer and NWA National Heavyweight Champion “The Masterpiece” Chris Adonis
Tickets go on sale Friday, March 4th at noon at NWATix.com with ringside seats priced at $75, floor seats at $40, and $35 tickets for general admission and bleacher seating. The event will air live both nights on FITE for $24.99 individually, and is included in the $49.99 NWA All Access annual pass available at https://www.fite.tv/join/nwa-powerrr/. More information on the Crockett Cup, including the complete field of tag teams and other marquee matches, will be announced over the coming weeks via social media and the flagship NWA Powerrr program airing Tuesdays at 6:05 pm est on FITE and YouTube Fridays at 6:05 pm est.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL WRESTLING ALLIANCE
Founded in 1948, the National Wrestling Alliance is one of the oldest and most prestigious professional wrestling brands in the world. In 2017, international recording artist William Patrick Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins) purchased the NWA with the intention of reinventing the brand for the modern era whilst honoring the legacy of its heyday in the 1980s. Beginning with the critically-acclaimed Ten Pounds Of Gold docu-series, the NWA has since expanded its programming to include two weekly broadcasts (NWA Powerrr & NWA USA) and 6 annual pay-per-views, all of which are available via NWA All Access, our paid subscription service on Triller’s FITE streaming platform