Also at the Showcase tapings a new tag team was formed. Joey Ryan has been on a quest to find a suitable replacement for his Real American Tag Team Partner, since Karl Anderson began to work full-time for New Japan Pro Wrestling. Ryan, known for his tag team expertise and a former NWA World Tag Team Champion comb through the ranks, even teasing a potential break up between the Young Bucks. It seems that Joey finally recieved an application he liked in former WWE and ECW wrestler Guido Maritato, as “Broadway and Vine” seem to have their targets set on terrorizing the Young Bucks on their way to the Tag Team Titles.
Also at the NWA Showcase was the emergence of another challenger for Mike DiBiase’s North American Title. Although its true that DiBiase has a title defense against Kevin Northcutt, another challenger has set his sights on the North American Title. Former TNA star who has been a NWA Tag Champion, and held both Puerto Rican Heavyweight Champions made his intentions clear to Mike DiBiase in that he wants a shot at the NWA North American Title. El Gran Apolo destroyed his competition with ease at the television tapings and confronted DiBiase who made an open challenge to any of the boys in the back. The Champ won the championship in 07 in North Carolina and has defended the title mostly in the Southwest and for the NWA Pro territories. DiBiase’s next defense will be March 21st for the 11th Anniversary of the NWA Southwest. Apolo had recently defeated Danny Inferno for the newly named NWA On-Fire championship.
NWA On Fire had retired the “Television” moniker on their championship titles and will simply be refered to as NWA On-Fire Heavyweight Championship and NWA On-Fire Tag Titles. This weekend saw the return of Shane Douglas to the NWA. NWA On-Fire being the only promotion in the Alliance willing to give Shane Douglas a second chance may have already been burned at the On-Fire Tapings. Douglas was quoted as saying, “Finally, as one who rarely believes in coincidences, I haven’t failed to notice the sardonic irony in the NWA playing host to “The Franchise’s” return. There IS just a tiny bit of history between me and this organization. My feelings, after all these years, since that night of infamy at the ECW Arena, have NOT changed. I still view that belt, and that company, with the same level of disdain I always have. New Jersey, I am on my way!!!” Maybe the Gran Apolo could teach Douglas some humility this weekend.
NWA Main Event through YouTube announced that they will be back on television via the Comcast Channel 74 at Noon on Saturdays. Jason James brought this message with Main Event authority Scott Barry. Main Event recently ran a show in Kentucky that featured Jerry Lawler and long time arch-nemesis “Superstar” Bill Dundee in front of 1300 fans.
Main Event isn’t the only promotion in Tennessee making waves. The aptly titled NWA Cyberslam which combines the efforts of NWA Top Rope and United States Wrestling Orginization continued with the second episode of Cyberslam TV. Matches for that show are Cyberslam Champion “Black Diamond” Kliff Hanger in an ASAP match with Anthony Wayne. Also on the card “Bad-Boy” Dixon vs. “Real Deal Derrik Neal and AM Vision and Mike Rapada Jr. And in the main event a non-title match for Calypso vs. Kliff Hanger. You can check it out by visiting http://www.championshipwrestling.tv/cyberslam.
Also with their second episdoe is NWA Charlotte who featured matches from the Thorns and Roses; TNA Knockout Champion and former NWA Women’s Champion finally gets a rematch from the woman that took the title away from her, MsChif. Also on the show is Josh Magnum, Malachi and Caleb Konley, who will face off in a Thorns & Roses TLC Match! Check it out by going to http://digitaltuxedo.com/.