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The National Wrestling Alliance As We Know It Is No More

The National Wrestling Alliance as we all know it is on it’s last legs.

Due to their World Championship being vacated by Adam Pearce and now the NWA National Championship by Tokyo Monster Kahagas, the NWA is now a laughable promotion to be in until someone can restore it to it’s proper glory and prestige.

Here was the statement made by NWA president R. Bruce Tharpe right afyer the conclusion of the Seven Stages of Hate series btween Adam Pearce and Colt Cabana;

“FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The NWA™ World Heavyweight Title has been vacated. The Board of Governors wish former champion Adam Pearce the best in his future endeavours. There will be a new NWA™ World Heavyweight Champion crowned on Friday, November 2nd in Clayton, New Jersey.

R. Bruce Tharpe, President National Wrestling Alliance™”

And that was just icing on the cake, folks.

But in a shocking development on November 2, NWA National Heavyweight Champion Tokyo Monster Kahagas was a last minute entrant in the elimination match in Clayton, NJ to name a new NWA World Heavyweight Champion. Kahagas emerged victorious and is the new NWA World Champion. Sounds to me they were desperate right away.

But then, this statement released today about the status of the NWA Championship;

“The NWA™ National Heavyweight Championship belt has been surrendered by reigning NWA™ World Heavyweight Champion Tokyo Monster Kahagas.

Kahagas won the NWA™ World Heavyweight title on November 2, 2012 in Clayton, New Jersey at NWA™ DAWG. Kahagas, a surprise last minute entry in an elimination match to determine a new champion, pinned Damien Wayne after executing a “Tokyo Monster Driver”.

Kahagas became NWA™ National Heavyweight Champion on March 29, 2012 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida when he defeated Chance Prophet at NWA™ Ring Warriors’ “Battle of the Belts”.

It was determined that due to his responsibility to defend the NWA™ World Heavyweight title, it would be in the best interest of the organization for Kahagas to surrender the National Heavyweight Title to the NWA™.

The NWA™ Board of Directors will meet to decide the future of the NWA™ National Heavyweight Championship.”

This came on the heels of the day the NWA changed forever when Dave Marquez announced at the Championship Wrestling from Hollywood TV Taping in Glendale, CA that the promotion had left the National Wrestling Alliance. The company had been the NWA member with the largest clearance and awareness in terms of TV exposure as they air in Los Angeles, CA. Marquez has been a true blue NWA supporter for many, many years so obviously this is fallout from Bruce Tharpe and his contingent gaining ownership and control over the NWA initial and name. Since then, the promotion is now known simply as Championship Wrestling from Hollywood.

More worse, according to reports Marquez has been served with a Cease and Desist order that would prevent him from running under, publicizing or otherwise utilizing the National Wrestling Alliance banner. The move came on the heels of a number of injunctions and possibility of a number of lawsuits to be filed against Bruce Tharpe. Sources indicate that Tharpe had lent Marquez a $2,000 sum of money when Marquez was on the precipice of turning NWA Hollywood into the showcase promotion it is today and that Marquez has failed to repay Tharpe who has demanded the initial amount plus interest as well as a number of other provisions. Marquez failure to repay Tharpe has seemingly resulted in Tharpe trying to force Marquez out of the NWA.

On top of that, NWA World Champion Adam Pearce has reportedly been advised he can no longer work for or accept bookings for David Marquez or NWA Hollywood.

As an aside there are a number of motions to be ruled on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 in the courtroom of Judge Arturo McDonald including the following…and reports are that Bruce Tharpe will be asking for a continuance.

Coincidence? The new owners are trying to run the NWA into the ground.

In the past, the NWA was a promotion with prestige, with Lou Thesz, Ric Flair, Terry Funk, Sting, and Dusty Rhodes were champions of that promotion that has a group of promoters running it.

Now the NWA as we know it is no more.

One day, the NWA will go back to it’s glory days; but sadly, not right now.

About Matthew Hollie

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  • http://twitter.com/RoosterSmith Rooster Smith

    CWF Hollywood leaving is a good idea. The NWA is and always has been too many chefs in the same kitchen.
    What they need to do is get under one banner. combine their investments into one promotion, with all the willing promoters to get a share of the company determined by financial commitment.
    Then they’d get a clear direction.

  • http://twitter.com/TheBerge_ Kevin Berge

    I had no idea that NWA had fallen so far. Obviously it had lost much of its luster over the last decade, but this is worse than I thought. Sad to see such a stories wrestling promotion fall this far.

  • https://twitter.com/DragonSagaWE Jason “Dragon Saga” Patrick

    Its not really meant anything for a long time now, since around the end of the titles time in TNA. It’s a shame due to the legacy the belt at least holds and due to it being a former power of the wrestling world, but when you refuse to evolve and believe that something such as wrestling can be controlled in almost every aspect you’re going to have issues.

    I don’t understand why Adam dropped the belt to be honest, the dude is known as one of the most respectable and honorable people on the indy circuit, former booker for ROH too. Same for Cabana really, they worked several great matches and then took a giant shit on it. Whether they had sufficient reasoning is irrelevant at this stage but as for the NWA, its not been what it once was for about fifteen – twenty years now. Its been on its last legs forever.

    Its almost been living on borrowed time.

  • SiD

    NWA is going to be dead? Well, shit..

  • http://twitter.com/JacobJ_Enigma God Damn It, Jacob

    Good reporting and opinion on this, Matt. It is truly sad what has happened to NWA, gonna be weird not having it around if it does all collapse.