2009 started off quickly for the NWA. And not even a month into the new year do we have a new National Champion, Phillip Shatter. Shatter defeated former champion Crusher Hansen and Chris LeRusso in a Triple Threat Match. Shatter was originally scheduled to have a title shot against Hansen in Niles, OH for the Santa Slam. The match was postponed due to traveling issues for the former Anarchy Heavyweight Champion. Shatter after winning the championship has already signed on for a defense for the new NWA Charlotte taking on Mikal Judas.
Speaking of NWA Charlotte Saturday the 24th will be their debut event entitled “Homecoming” The inaugural show will feature talents from NWA Anarchy, NWA Pro, and Mid-Atlantic Legends. This show, described as a throwback to Mid-Atlantic tradition. JD Costello (former manager to NWA tag team MOD, had said “We will begin bi-weekly shows in Charlotte under the NWA Charlotte brand in early 2009.” Costello already has scheduled a Main Event match-up between “Shooter” Brent Albright and “Scrap Iron” Adam Pearce in a match to determine a #1 Contender to Blue Demon Jr. In addition to the National Heavyweight Championship bout and Albright-Pearce showdown, a “Legends Championship Match” between Ivan Koloff and The Barbarian has been scheduled. NWA Charlotte plans to broadcasts its bi-weekly shows.
NWA Wrestling Showcase makes it’s return to Colours TV. The shows were recorded in the lush Columbia Square Studios in Hollywood, California. The debut was to be set for Friday the 23rd however due to some technical issues, the broadcast will be pushed back to next Friday, the 30th of January. If you have Dish Network, you can watch the premiere next Friday at 6:00pm EST. on Channel 9407 on Dish or streaming from the Colours TV.org. It is expected that the episodes will air on demand on NWAWrestling.com.
NWA Mexico and their quest to be more accessible to their crowds was recently reported by The Cubsfan. It was also mentioned that Blue Demon Jr. could be appearing for New Japan Pro Wrestling, for an up-coming Lucha Extravaganza in Mexico and El Dandy will be getting a US visa to challenge his nemesis, Demon Jr. on American Soil.
Stretching in far East with WWA Korea, NWA Championship Wrestling from Florida affiliate, has introduced a new website. The website is loaded with content from theme music, pictures, and video. In the video section there are clips shown of the press conference between “Super Dragon” Lee Wang Pyo and MMA Fighter and former IWGP Heavyweight Champion Bob Sapp. In the clip Sapp shoves Super Dragon to the floor. And Dragon retaliates by slapping Sapp in the face. The two agreed to a MMA style fight for the WWA Heavyweight Title. Pyo, student to Legendary Korean Wrestler Kim II defeated Sapp with an armbar submission.
NWA France had a their annual event entitled Revolution 5. The venue was packed with 2,500 fans in attendance. And what they saw was Bulla Punk defend her ICWA Women’s Championship against Ohio Valley Wrestling’s Serena Deeb, Greg Furry became the 1st ever Time Scale Champion, Smoke’N’Roll Express retained tag titles and Joe E. Legend retained his tag title. Also ICWA will be introducing 2 new championships, NWA French National Championship and the NWA European Championship.
Two points of interest from the land down under. Monday Night Wrestling has begun to re-air on LocoTV. Monday Night Wrestling’s 1st Season Originally aired on Perth’s Access 31, a public access. Since Access 31 is out of business and the new home is LocoTV, a broadcasting site based from Australia. Thus far, this showcase of NWA Australian talent has had 4 episodes and are all available on demand. Explosive Pro Wrestling PERTH is also set to show their first big event of ’09. The Great Aussie Bash will feature Shane Haste and Team Blitz, The European Union, Bobby Marshall, Richter, and EPW Heavyweight Champion, Davis Storm. The fate of former EPW Superstar Jamie Jurah will also be decided.
IWA Puerto Rico’s affiliation with the NWA is no longer in existence. IWA PR was home to the crowning of a New NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship after the TNA–NWA split. This was briefly discussed on the Alliance Message Board with NWA Pro front man, David Marquez. There was a great topic on the current members of the NWA. Wait… you’re not a member yet? What are you waiting for? Sign up here!
Jerry “The King” Lawler will return to the Tennessee to wrestle for NWA Main Event on Saturday, January 24th. The veteran of 35 years in the ring will take on “Crippler” Jeff Daniels. This marks the second time in recent months that Jerry Lawler has worked on his home turf and is an expected sell out event.
Lastly, NWA Southwest has added a new member into its territory. Paradise Pro Wrestling (South Padre Island), joins the NWA Southwest family which is made up of; NWA Oklahoma, PWF (Amarillo, Texas), WOW (Houston, TX), GCWA – (Corpus Christi, TX). The promotion is fronted by Carmine DeSpirito, who has had many experiences in the NWA promoting and booking in Midwest and with NWA Pro. DeSpirito plans to start running shows in conjunction with Spring Break. with initial shows centering around Spring Break and will take place at the South Padre Island Convention Center beginning Sunday, February 15th at 5pm. And will continue with shows scheduled for March 15th, 22nd and 29th.
And that’s your NWA Week In Review for Janurary 24th.