The NWA and the 49th State
Allysin Kay makes history on December 7th 2019 for being the first Woman’s Champion to defend in Alaska. But what kind of history does the NWA have with the 49th State
Alaska is known for salmon, moose, caribou, bison, and bears. But December the 7th, for one night only it’ll be known as home for the National Wrestling Alliance Woman’s Championship.
Allysin Kay will be heading to the 49th State on December 7th, 2019 as part of the Wrestle Pro Event, in Anchorage Alaska. The Woman’s Champion will defend her title against Radiant Rain at an event that will also feature; Fallah Balla, NWA National Champion Colt “Boom Boom” Cabana, and Bret “The Hitman” Hart.
What’s truly significant about this show, is that it’ll mark the first time the National Wrestling Alliance World Championship has been defended Alaska in the past 62 years. It would be back on July 6, 1957, Lou Thesz defended the NWA World title against Sandor Szabo at Griffin Park in Fairbanks. The match went to a time limit draw. Alaska Pro Wrestling at one point booked “Scrap Iron” Adam Pearce (after he no longer was the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Champion, but even that show didn’t happen due to poor weather). But it just wasn’t the NWA that had difficulty putting on events in Alaska.
The WWE has been in Alaska a total of 18 times since 1989. In 2001 and 2002 there were events named Alaska Superslam and Alaska Superslam II respectively, that featured a lot of talent from Rick Bassman’s Ultimate Pro Wrestling in Southern California, including Spany, Samoa Joe, Frankie Kazarian, and Christopher Daniels.
Ultimately Alaska isn’t known to be a hotbed of pro-wrestling, but nevertheless, Kay makes history this Saturday Night.