Rumors have swirled around the National Wrestling Alliance in recent weeks concerning the instability of the infrastructure and in-fighting between board members. While detractors have salivated about the possibility that the NWA, the oldest recognized governing body in professional wrestling, has started to implode, the opposite is true.
While NWA President Bruce Tharpe and the former CEO have agreed to an amicable separation leaving Tharpe solely in charge of the company and utilizing a compendium of advisors to further advance the brand.
The NWA has launched “NWA Ringside” magazine, available online as a digital download or purchased as a print copy from the NWA website, to good reviews. The magazine covers the happenings of the NWA as a whole as well as focusing on major feuds, champions, up-and-coming stars, veterans and profiles of wrestlers making an impact.
The relationship the NWA has with New Japan Pro Wrestling continues to grow as well and it is expected that former NWA World Junior Heavyweight Champion Chase Owens will soon be granted a rematch with new champion Jushin “Thunder” Liger and attempt to become a four time champion ranking him with the likes of Danny Hodge, Les Thornton, Angelo Salvodi and Nelson Royal.
“We are moving forward and making strides not seen with the NWA for years,” Tharpe said. “We are very excited for the future of the NWA.”
With TNA/Impact Wrestling in a state of influx as they transition to their new home on Destination America and ROH remaining stagnant, the NWA hopes that they will soon be able to take over as the number two wrestling company in the United States. Though the NWA is without television at the moment there are plans for the company to have a presence nationwide in the near future.
“There have been negotiations and there are on-going discussions about how to provide the NWA to a mass audience,” Tharpe stated. “The NWA will be showcasing the best talent in the world and the best talent in wrestling.”
“Ironman” Rob Conway, who is a two time NWA World Heavyweight Champion, has been at the forefront of the reemergence of a company many had written off into wrestling obscurity. Conway, a former WWE SuperStar, has been a dominate presence since defeating The Monster Kahagas for the most coveted title in wrestling in 2012. Conway has also had a run as NWA World Tag Team Champion with partner “The Vanilla Godzilla” Jax Dane who is one of the fastest rising stars not only in the NWA but in all of wrestling.
Owens, former NWA World Junior Heavyweight Champion and current NWA Smoky Mountain Heavyweight Champion Jason Kincaid, National Heavyweight Champion Lou Marconi, NWA World Tag Team Champions The Killer Elite Squad (Lance Hoyt/Davey Boy Smith Jr.), NWA World Ladies Champion, Barbi Hayden, rising stars Houston Carson, Jeremiah Pluknett, Chris Richards, Damien Wayne and Jeff Connelly and many others across the indie scene have solidified the NWA as an international presence.
“The NWA is in a good place and we will continue to grow and make an impact,” Tharpe added. “It’s a shame that more people couldn’t see the vision but every business, every company will have growing pains. Change has to be made for the better, for the future.”