Billy Corgan, known for his music career as the frontman of The Smashing Pumpkins, has made significant strides in the world of professional wrestling since taking over as the president of the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) in 2017. Under his leadership, the NWA has seen a resurgence, with Corgan bringing his unique vision and passion for the sport to the organization.
In a major move that’s set to bring more professional wrestling content to mainstream television, the NWA has reportedly secured two television deals with The CW Network. This news comes on the heels of a recent radio appearance by Corgan, where he hinted at a significant network deal.
For those who might not be familiar, the NWA is a storied professional wrestling organization that dates back to 1948. Over the years, it has been home to some of the biggest names in the sport and has played a crucial role in shaping the landscape of professional wrestling.
According to reports from Haus of Wrestling, one of the deals with The CW is for the broadcasting rights to NWA Power, the organization’s flagship program. NWA Power combines intense in-ring action with compelling storylines, featuring wrestlers competing in matches while also engaging in ongoing rivalries and story arcs.
The second deal is said to be for a reality TV series that will offer viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the NWA, providing insight into the lives of the wrestlers and the inner workings of the organization. This type of show has proven popular in other sports and entertainment sectors, offering fans a unique perspective on their favorite personalities.
In preparation for these new television deals, the NWA announced several production upgrades in late August, signaling its commitment to delivering high-quality content to its audience.
In addition to the TV deals, the NWA has also announced the return of its old territory system, a nod to its rich history and the foundation upon which the promotion was built.
The old National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) system was a unique and integral part of professional wrestling history, operating as a coalition of independent wrestling promotions that agreed to mutually recognize a single World Heavyweight Champion. This system, known as the “territory system,” was in place from the late 1940s to the 1980s. Each territory was a specific geographic region where a local wrestling promotion had exclusive rights to run shows. The NWA acted as a governing body that facilitated cooperation among these various territories, ensuring that the World Champion would travel between territories to defend the title, thereby boosting the profile of the local promotions and the prestige of the championship. This system allowed for a diverse range of wrestling styles and regional stars to flourish, creating a rich tapestry of wrestling history that laid the groundwork for the modern professional wrestling landscape.
A pro wrestler known as EC3’s Exodus Pro Wrestling promotion was revealed as the first new affiliate in the system and will now be known as NWA Exodus Pro Midwest. It’s been speculated that the new territories could be featured on the NWA’s YouTube channel in the future.
For those new to the world of professional wrestling, it’s a sport that combines athletic competition with theatrical storytelling, creating a unique form of entertainment that has captivated audiences around the globe. With these new television deals, the NWA is poised to introduce its brand of professional wrestling to a wider audience, bringing new fans into the fold of this exciting and dramatic sport.
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