It has only been 2 months since Billy Corgan officially took control of the National Wrestling Alliance. He’s only needed that long to bring the NWA world heavyweight championship back into pro wrestling’s spotlight, however.
This new chapter in NWA’s history is being written through the promotion’s social media accounts and episodes of Championship Wrestling from Hollywood. At the moment, we still don’t know exactly what the new NWA will become but it’s been an intriguing start.
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Tim Storm’s list of title-challengers might eventually become the list of NWA regulars. Corgan said in October his idea is to start running shows in the spring. For that to occur, however, the promotion will need to add to their roster.
In the meantime, they appear to be happy to let their storylines play out on other promotion’s platforms. This has already occurred with Championship Wrestling from Hollywood and Tommy Dreamer’s House of Hardcore.
So far it’s fair to say Tim Storm, Nick Aldis, Jocephus, and most likely Tommy Dreamer will play a role in upcoming NWA storylines. It will be interesting to see what other names join that list, however.
Several Combat Zone Wrestling stars, such as Joey Janella, could end up performing on NWA shows. There are also several former Impact Wrestling stars with prior connections to Corgan we could see end up in an NWA ring sometime in 2018.
Tim Storm’s Title Defenses
Tim Storm has defended the NWA World Heavyweight Championship twice since Corgan took control of the company. The endings of both matches have been disputed by the losers.
In his first title match, Storm defeated Nick Aldis but not without controversy. Storm reversed a cradle by incidentally using the ropes. The leverage he gained from the ropes aided him in his pinning combination, something Aldis isn’t too pleased with.
His 2nd title defense came by way of a victory over Jocephus on November 17th. Jocepus would later claim that Storm rubbed a foreign substance in his eye to gain the victory. Corgan would grant Jocephus a non-title match against Storm on CWFH with the stipulation that should he be victorious he would be granted another title shot.
Storm would defeat Jocephus again but was left badly beaten after a post-match beat down by his opponent. As of this writing, it is not clear what condition Storm will be in when he appears at a CZW event on December 9th.
The NWA, meanwhile, have announced Jocephus has been placed on suspension.
Billy Corgan on his vision for the National Wrestling Alliance
During an interview that aired on Sirius FM Rush in October, Corgan revealed much of his vision for the NWA:
On When the NWA Will Begin Running Shows:
“Unless something changes in the near future, we’re on a path to start running shows probably in the spring. We’re going to originally start with just being a television product, and what I mean by that is we’re going to probably do shows for free on the internet,” he said. “We haven’t worked out the specifics yet, but we will be hopefully a weekly show that anybody can watch anywhere in the world for free behind no paywall, and we’ll start signing talent and we’ll start running our own shows. So we want to build up the brand by putting the wrestling first and the product first, and hopefully we’ll create a fan base and some momentum, and then if we make deals it’ll be based off what we’re doing, not what we hope to do.”
On Keeping Some Plans Secret from the Audience:
“We don’t want to do what a lot of people do in wrestling, which is make a bunch of promises that never come true,”
“We really see the NWA as a long-term thing, so we want to build it the right way. We’ve been very cautious about the information we let out, not because there aren’t things to hype, there’s plenty of things to hype, but if they don’t come true we don’t want that coming back conversely on the NWA.”
On Using National Wrestling Alliance Affiliate Promotions:
“When we took over officially in June or July, we reached out to every affiliate that was involved and said, ‘Look, we have a really open mind.’ Unfortunately, most of our experiences weren’t positive. People get used to running their little kingdoms, they couldn’t get behind the bigger vision. So we’ve let all the affiliate programs lapse, there are no more NWA affiliates. So when you hear the NWA, it’s basically whatever we’re gonna do from center out.”
Corgan also appeared on Sean Waltman’s podcast last month. Waltman asked him about several available talents and Corgan expressed interest in all of them.
Corgan on Damien Sandow:
“He’s a guy that’s shown when he’s allowed to run hhis world he wants he gets over with fans. He looks phenomenol, he’s still in great shape, he hasn’t worked a lot this last year so his body’s really healed up.”
On Nick Aldis:
“You saw him the other day, he looks phenomenal right now, he’s in the best shape of his life. His work is fantastic, he’s a great person, I know him very well, I’ve been friends with his wife Mickie for years. Total pleasure to work with Nick too.”
On Jack Swagger:
Waltman: “I could see Jack Swagger as the NWA World Heavyweight Champion, Billy”
Billy Corgan: “Wouldn’t bother me”
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