National Wrestling Alliance

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The National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) is a professional wrestling promotion and governing body originally formed in 1948. From its formation until 2012, it served as the governing body for various wrestling promotions that had membership in the NWA (including, at various points, the American Wrestling Association until 1960, the World (Wide) Wrestling Federation until 1963 and again from 1971 to 1983, Jim Crockett Promotions until 1988 and its successor World Championship Wrestling from 1988 to 1993, All Japan Pro Wrestling from 1972 to 1989 and Total Non-Stop Action Wrestling from 2002 to 2007), recognized one world champion which would tour the various member promotions to defend his title against each promotion's top contender, held talent exchanges between member promotions and recognized a territory system where each member promotion agreed to not encroach on another member's promotional territory and to band together to prevent non-NWA "outlaw" promotions from gaining a foothold in a member's territory.[1] The NWA was the main governing body of pro wrestling until roughly the mid-1980s, when Vince McMahon began his national expansion of the then-WWF (which he had bought from his father in 1982 and then disaffiliated from the NWA in 1983) and began aggressively competing against the NWA and its members, the AWA and other promotions.

Starting in 2012, the NWA was purchased by attorney Bruce Tharpe and switched from a membership-based governing body to an organization that licensed the NWA name and trademarks to interested promotions. On October 1, 2017, musician Billy Corgan, leader of rock group the Smashing Pumpkins, and his company Lightning One purchased the NWA from Tharpe, including the NWA name, trademarks, championship belts and other rights (including licensing of the library of TV wrestling show Houston Wrestling, which is owned by the estate of longtime Houston wrestling promoter Paul Boesch).[2] With the sale to Corgan, the NWA licensing agreements signed by Tharpe ended the previous day on September 30, changing the NWA from a licensing entity to a wrestling promotion in its own right.

In a YouTube video interview on February 10, 2018, Corgan announced that all NWA championships, except for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship then held by British wrestler Nick Aldis, had been vacated on that day.[3] The first of the vacant titles to be filled, the NWA National Heavyweight Championship, was determined at the NWA's 70th Anniversary Show on October 21, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee when Willie Mack defeated Sam Shaw after the two advanced to the tournament final after each man won a respective four-way elimination match.[4]

On August 7, 2019, Corgan announced that on September 30 and October 1, 2019, the NWA will be doing television tapings in Atlanta, Georgia for a planned syndicated TV program.[5] On September 30, 2019, Corgan announced that the name of the NWA's new show is NWA Power, which previously streamed on YouTube on Tuesdays at 6:05 p.m. Eastern Time prior to going on hiatus in May 2020 due to the onset of the CCP global pandemic,[6] but has since relaunched on digital streaming service FITE TV as of March 23, 2021.[7]

On October 8, 2023, Billy Corgan announced that the NWA would be reviving its territory system[8] and re-establishing itself as a governing body, effective with the signing of American promotion Exodus Pro Wrestling (which is owned by current NWA World Heavyweight Champion EC3) as an NWA affiliate; with the signing, EC3's promotion will now be known as NWA Exodus Pro.[9]

Current championships and accomplishments

Championship Current Champion Won From Date Won Location Notes
NWA World Heavyweight Championship EC3 (Michael Hutter) Tyrus (George Murdoch) August 27, 2023 St. Louis, Missouri This was a bullrope match at Night Two of the NWA 75th Anniversary PPV; as a prematch stipulation, Tyrus was to retire if he lost the match
NWA World Tag Team Championship Blunt Force Trauma (Carnage & Damage) La Rebelión (Bestia 666 & Mecha Wolf 450) August 26, 2023 St. Louis, Missouri Won the title at Night One of the NWA 75th Anniversary PPV
NWA World Television Championship Mims August 29, 2023 Nashville, Tennessee Defeated Zicky Dice for the vacant title at an NWA Power taping
NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship Colby Corino Kerry Morton August 26, 2023 St. Louis, Missouri Won the title at Night One of the NWA 75th Anniversary PPV
NWA World Women's Championship Kenzie Paige (Kenzie Henry) Kamille (Kailey Farmer) August 27, 2023 St. Louis, Missouri
NWA World Women's Tag Team Championship Pretty Empowered (Ella Envy & Kylie Page) M95 (Madi Wrenkowski & Missa Kate) August 27, 2023 St. Louis, Missouri Won the title at Night Two of the NWA 75th Anniversary PPV
NWA World Women's Television Championship Max the Impaler Kenzie Page August 26, 2023 St. Louis, Missouri Max the Impaler is a female wrestler claiming to be "non-binary"
NWA National Heavyweight Championship Silas Mason August 26, 2023 St. Louis, Missouri Defeated JR Kratos and Odinson in a triple-threat match for the vacant title at Night One of the NWA 75th Anniversary PPV; previous champion EC3 had vacated the title on July 12, 2023 to challenge for the NWA World Heavyweight title at NWA 75
NWA United States Tag Team Championship Daisy Kill & Talos The Country Gentlemen (AJ Cazana & Anthony Andrew) August 27, 2023 St. Louis, Missouri Won the title at Night Two of the NWA 75th Anniversary PPV


  1. Exclusive: Billy Corgan Finalizes Deal to Purchase... at Pro Wrestling Insider
  2. Corgan's Reign as NWA Owner Begins, Full Details at Pro Wrestling Insider
  3. Billy Corgan - NWA, Wrestling's New Golden Era at YouTube
  4. NWA announces 70th anniversary show, event will be produced in partnership with Global Force Entertainment at
  5. Billy Corgan Announces NWA TV at YouTube
  6. Announcement of the launch of NWA Power at the NWA website
  7. We're Back at the NWA website
  8. NWA Reveals More Details About Territory System Revival
  9. Exodus Pro Wrestling Is Now An NWA Affiliate, NWA Exodus Pro

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