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NWA Means What Now?

The following is a personal story from my childhood that is wrestling related in the most unusual way imaginable. In hindsight, if you look at it from the perspective of a black nine-year-old who grew up in an all-white neighborhood, it’s quite funny.

Enjoy!

On a summer afternoon in 1990, two of the neighborhood kids, brothers Paul and Andrew ran up to me with a big ol’ smile on their face. The older brother, Paul could hardly contain himself when he asked

“Hey Atlee, do you know what N.W.A. stands for?”

“For real?” I thought to myself as I replied, “National Wrestling Alliance.”

National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) was the second biggest professional wrestling organization in the 1980’s and early 1990’s.

“NOPE,” Paul said with glee as he replied with unmitigated swagger. “It stands for NIGGAS WITH ATTITUDE!!!”

I charged right at Paul as I thought, “No, this dude did not just call me the n-word, and with attitude no less.”

Paul ran and tripped up the stairs of his porch. I caught him and salivated at the notion of knocking his block off.

“No, Atlee, wait. That’s what they’re really called, look.” Paul screamed in desperation as he pulled out a cassette tape labeled Straight Outta Compton. The cover didn’t say N@#$% With Attitude. However, it did say N.W.A.. Where I expected to see Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard holding up four fingers, I saw Eazy E pointing a gun.

Plus, the provocative song titles listed on the back of the tape suggested that Paul might have been telling the truth. I was still skeptical. So, I asked my father, who is a music encyclopedia.

I entered my father’s stereo room with an earnest educational pursuit. “Hey, Dad, does N.W.A. really stand for N@#$%& With Attitude?” I asked eagerly. He replied, “Yes,” and followed it up with a stern, “Now go to your room.” I know I had just said the n-word in the house, but I figured I get a pass on this one.

Nope.

I sauntered to my room, shocked at what I had learned. My big take away: I was the only black kid in the neighborhood, and the last to discover N.W.A. Straight Outta Compton gave white suburban kids a license to use the n-word.

An annoying consequence to a dope album.

At least the day wasn’t a total loss. I was still allowed to watch the Great American Bash that evening as Sting defeated Ric Flair to win his first NWA World Heavyweight Title…Man, I was such a nerd.

NWA POWERRR: Old School Look with New School Energy

Over two years ago, when Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan bought the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA), everyone wondered what could be possibly done with the brand. We’re long removed from the days when the NWA was the governing body of professional wrestling or even relevant within the industry.

The last twenty plus years saw the vestiges of the promotion attach itself to any independent promotion willing to pay a membership fee. Most obtained membership out of nostalgia for the once-mighty company where iconic names such as Lou Thez, Harley Race, and Ric Flair showcased their skills.

Last week, NWA debuted their new show on YouTube called POWERRR filmed in front of a live studio audience in Atlanta. The set design is a replica of the old Georgia Championship Wrestling cable television show on channel 17 (TBS).

Old school production graphics are used, similar Georgia show format, and they even used the old yellow NWA logo. If that’s not cool enough, the show has a worldwide air time on Tuesday at 6:05 EST. The: 05 start time was a distinguished hallmark of TBS programming for many years and most synonymous with wrestling. Unforgettable start time is an excellent piece of marketing, and it’s free.

Powerrr is a one-hour commercial-free show with a mixture of squash matches and competitive matches between stars. Promos occur at the studio podium after the match where current storylines and advanced and future angles and born. This is precisely how Georgia Championship Wrestling was formatted.

However, what makes Powerr different from other nostalgia acts is the show’s old school motif coupled with contemporary wrestling. This gives the show a new school energy that makes it feel fresh. Industry leader WWE has thrown basic wrestling storytelling by the wayside. The NWA is giving older fans what they’ve missed while providing younger fans with a version of wrestling they never knew they wanted.

What a difference two years makes. In 2017, WWE was the only wrestling promotion that could get a viable television deal. Jeff Jarrett and Tobey Keith couldn’t even get a tv deal. The belief within the television industry was that wrestling’s popularity is fading, and WWE is the only company that can do it on a large scale.

Today, WWE has three shows on television worth billions of dollars, and AEW is making waves on TNT. Billy Corgan might have picked the perfect time to debut Powerrr. The response to the show has been overwhelmingly positive. Hopefully, continued success can be parlayed into a television deal to coincide with the recent resurgence of wrestling’s popularity.

The first two episodes are posted down below. I highly recommend giving NWA Powerrr a close look. The second episode features a wrestler I’ve had the pleasure fo working with named Ashley Vox who wrestles the NWA Women’s Champion in a non-title match.

 

Billy Corgan Buys the NWA; Now What?

Smashing Pumpkins frontman and former TNA Wrestling President Billy Corgan has purchased National Wrestling Alliance (NWA). PWInsider.com broke the news last week and has confirmed that Corgan owns the name, rights, and trademarks to the NWA as well as the rights and possession of the NWA championship belt.

At one time, the NWA was the governing body of professional wrestling and the NWA championship was the most prestigious belt in the industry. Iconic names such as Lou Thez, Harley Race, Dory Funk, Ric Flair, and others were among its stars.

The group of promoters who governed the NWA and voted on who the champion would be started going out of business by the 1980’s when Vince McMahon’s then-WWF went national, destroying the territory system.

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Piledriving introduction to the National Wrestling Alliance

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Professional wrestling consumed my life at the early age of 8. In fact, as far as I was concerned, the WWF was the only game in town. This idea that other wrestling promotions existed never dawned on me until a random Sunday afternoon of channel surfing. Fate brought me to TBS and I got my first taste of the National Wrestling Alliance.

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My Wrestling Dream Matches

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What is your wrestling dream match? Anytime, anywhere and any era. There is no right or wrong answer because it is what you want to see.  Whether it’s a match that never happened or a contest that happened at the wrong time, fantasy booking or create a wrestler made on your favorite video game can makes dreams a virtual reality. Here are my seven dream matches and please, share your dream matches in the comment section as well.

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