Billy Corgan and his team took ownership of the National Wrestling Alliance on October 1st, 2017. In just weeks since taking control of the organization’s social media accounts, they have built a story out of the current NWA World Heavyweight champion, Tim Storm.
Last month, Corgan had this to say regarding running NWA live events:
“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.”
While fans wait for live shows, their Youtube channel has been releasing episodes of “10 Pounds of Gold” a documentary series focussing on Storm on the lineage of the NWA title.
Tim Storm vs. Nick Aldis (Championship Wrestling from Hollywood)
On November 12, 2017, Storm made his first title defence against Nick Aldis. The show aired live on NWA’s Facebook page and would later on-demand via the Fite App.
The match was not without controversy as Storm used the ropes for leverage during the pin-fall.
5 days later, Storm defended the title successfully against the nearly 300lbs, Jocephus for TNT Apocolpyse in Clarksville, Tennessee.
If anyone wants to step up to challenge the champion, reach out to @Lagana.
We are listening.
— NWA (@nwa) November 14, 2017
NWA Issues Open Challenge
The NWA’s open challenge garnered several offers. The NWA has acknowledged several, while also responding directly to a few. In this article, we take a look at some of the more likely title challengers to be granted a shot at the belt.
6. Maxwell Jacob Feinstein
21-year-old, Maxwell Jacob Feinstein has been a pro for 3-years and began wrestling for Combat Zone Wrestling just months into his pro career.
On May 13th this year, Friedman won his biggest championship in his short career when he defeated Johnny Yuma for the CZW Wired Title. Notable former holders of the title include Drew Gulak, AR Fox, Shane Strickland, Devon Moore, Lio Rush, and Joey Janela. It was Janela who defeated Feinstein for the championship on October 14th for the title.
— MJF (@The_MJF) November 25, 2017
Feinstein has been active on social media and appears motivated to be granted a shot at the NWA title. Storm has responded to Combat Zone Wrestling and will be in attendance on their December 9th show to scout possible contenders for his title.
5. Joey Janela
One of the most interesting freelancing wrestlers of the day is Joey Janela.
Janela is a 4x CZW Wired champion and is close to becoming the greatest title holder in the belt’s lineage. He is less than 90 days away from passing Drew Gulak and AR Fox as having spent the most days with the championship. He is also the guy who defeated the young up-and-comer, Friedman.
A lot of people are gonna be pissed when Tim Storm Jobs to me for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship & I defend it against the Invisible man at spring break
— Bad Boy Joey Janela (@JANELABABY) November 8, 2017
Janela has grabbed some attention for himself by wrestling matches against guys like Virgil and Marty Jannetty. Storm will have a chance to scout Janela up close on December 9th.
4. Tommy Dreamer
Before Tommy Dreamer’s House of Hardcore 35 went to air, Dreamer invited Tim Storm into the ring. Dreamer let fans know Corgan and the NWA title are welcome inside his House of Hardcore at any time.
Nick Aldis interrupted this and voiced his frustration over Storm using the ropes in their match on November 12th.
With House of Hardcore now running live events on Twitch (as well as weekly non-live episodes) a Tim Storm vs. Tommy Dreamer NWA Championship clash seems likely to occur sometime in the near future.
3. Joe Hendry
Scottish wrestler, Joe Hendry, threw his name in the hat recently as a possible future title contender for Tim Storm.
The 29-year-old is a former WCPW champion and a former ICW tag-team champion. His amateur wrestling style could be a lot for Storm to contend with. Earlier this year, Hendry won the British Senior Championship gold medal in freestyle wrestling at 97kg.
Even before the NWA issued their open challenge, Hendry was lobbying for a shot at the belt.
— Joe Hendry (@joeshendry) October 16, 2017
The NWA responded with interest.
Have your people call our people.
— NWA (@nwa) October 16, 2017
2. Nick Aldis
No surprise here, Aldis has a case for a rematch due to Storm using the ropes in their last match. Tim Storm has already said Aldis is owed a rematch.
Is now a good time to mention the fact that Tim used the ropes to reverse the cradle and it shouldn't have counted? Is Mr Scoggins going to re-write history when he tells those kids how he "won"?
— Nick Aldis (@RealNickAldis) November 14, 2017
An interesting note about Aldis is that he has already won world championships in 2 other promotions. He was TNA champion and Global Force Wrestling champion during a period the two were separate promotions. If Aldis was to win a 3rd would championship it would start to make his resume look all the more impressive.
1. Michael Elgin
New Japan Pro-Wrestling’s Michael Elgin sent out a Tweet even before the NWA’s issued challenge expressing his interest in a match with Storm.
You know what would be cool…I've said it for years, but now seems even cooler. Big Mike the @nwa world champion
— BigMike (@MichaelElgin25) November 13, 2017
Elgin and Storm are both tough physical wrestlers, but one would wonder if a journeyman 52-year old like Storm can compete with a former IWGP Intercontinental and ROH World champion who is still in his prime.
NJPW has a long history with the NWA title. Elgin challenging for the belt in NJPW is a possible occurrence somewhere in the future.
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