New weekly NWA TV show announced by Billy Corgan
The National Wrestling Alliance is returning to TV.
As seen above, NWA President and Owner Billy Corgan released a video today to announce that the promotion will begin producing a weekly wrestling TV series soon from Atlanta, Georgia. The first set of tapings will take place on Monday, September 30 and Tuesday, October 1.
There’s no word yet on the location of the tapings or where the series will air, but it looks to be a studio series that will see episodes taped and then released periodically, as they do with WWE NXT and Impact Wrestling, among other promotions.
“It’s one thing to say you’re rebooting the NWA, it’s another thing to run matches on someone else’s stage. We’re very grateful to those people that shared their stage with us, most recently Ring of Honor, which was an incredible opportunity. But now it’s our time to step forward, and it’s time to bring the NWA back into the spotlight, and run on its own oxygen. So, we’re very excited to announce that in October, in Atlanta, we’ll be doing our own television again,” Corgan said.
Corgan went on about how the unpredictability of studio wrestling series from the 1970s and 1980s stood out to him as a kid. “It had a real feeling of chaos and anarchy, and I think that really sold to me as a fan, that there was an element of danger, and there was an element of ‘anything can happen,’ and I really want to bring that back to professional wrestling. I think the NWA is the perfect vehicle to do that,” Corgan said.
The Smashing Pumpkins frontman took ownership of the legendary pro wrestling promotion back in October 2017. The current NWA World Heavyweight Champion is Nick Aldis and the current NWA World Women’s Champion is Allysin Kay. James Storm holds the NWA National Heavyweight Title, while PCO and Brody King of Villain Enterprises are the current NWA World Tag Team Champions.
Nick Aldis turned down AEW offer to remain working for NWA
NWA Worlds Heavyweight Champion Nick Aldis spoke with Daily DDT about receiving an offer from AEW, but deciding to turn it down. Aldis noted that he had spent two years building up the NWA and had a tough time just walking away from that.
Aldis said he made a counter-offer that would allow him to work for both AEW and NWA, but it sounds like that is still under consideration.
“I’ll tell you the truth: I was made an offer by AEW,” Aldis confirmed. “I counter-offered with, ‘I’d like to be able to do both.’ I’d like to work with them because obviously I have great admiration for Cody and the Bucks for what they’ve been able to do. But I wasn’t prepared to walk away from the two years of work I’ve done with the NWA. And that was that. I left it open with, ‘If you can find a way to keep doing this and do your show, I’ll do your show.’
“They essentially wanted to offer me a contract and have me walk away from what I’m doing here and I said that doesn’t make any sense to me. Really, there’s no reason to. It’s just a hangover from the way things have always been done. Obviously, we hear this ‘Change the World’ phrase a lot, but that was my pitch to them. ‘If you really want to change the world, why can’t we do that?’
“Because that really would be a change for one guy to work there, but also come here. I’m still on very good terms with Cody and the Bucks and I had a very nice conversation with Tony [Khan] and everyone was aware of it. Billy [Corgan] and Dave [Lagana] were aware of it. At the time, my stance was if I can do both, then I’ll do it and I think that as it shakes out and everyone starts to realize the demand that will be on them with cable TV and stuff like that, those possibilities will be way more apparent in the next coming year for some guys.”
Aldis lost the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship to Cody at last year’s All In, then won it back at NWA 70th Anniversary Show in October of last year.
Source: https://www.wrestlinginc.com/news/2019/08/billy-corgan-announces-new-weekly-nwa-tv-show-658210/ https://www.wrestlinginc.com/news/2019/08/nick-aldis-explains-why-he-turned-down-an-offer-from-aew-658098/