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So last night, I was watching a bunch of old TNA weekly PPV's and I forgot how great they were before the company got to where it is now. So with instant inspiration comes this...and I shalt be updating the NXT one later on tonight hopefully.


Bischoff and Jarrett to debut new wrestling promotion?


The biggest story around the wrestling world today is the shocking rumor that former WCW head Eric Bischoff and longtime Memphis promoter Jerry Jarrett are days away from announcing the debut of a new national wrestling promotion. Sources close to both men claim this is a project the duo have been discussing since at least January. Bischoff has been linked to the WWE in recent months but so far nothing has come from it.






New York, NY (May 9, 2002)…iN DEMAND LLC, New Edge Media and National Wrestling Alliance LLC today announced a new weekly series of PPV wrestling entertainment events premiering on June 19, 2002, and continuing every Wednesday night. The series will represent the first weekly original programming available exclusively on PPV.


The new series will be called “NWA Battleground” and will feature nationally and world-renowned superstars from the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA), the oldest professional wrestling sanctioning body in the world. The NWA’s heritage is the foundation for professional wrestling today, and this new venture repositions the NWA brand for the 21st century.


Appearing on initial programs will be top names such as, former World Champion Jeff Jarrett, former UFC Champion Ken Shamrock, NWA legends Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat, Terry Funk, hardcore legend The Sandman, Puerto Rican sensation Apolo, and young high-flyer A.J. Styles. These top athletes, representing a diverse array of wrestling styles, will be joined by the top free agent wrestlers from around the world who will be announced in the weeks to come as the reformed NWA roster comes together. The live events will be held at various arenas and coliseums throughout the country.


In addition, superstars from both the entertainment and sporting worlds, as well as “infamous” celebrities, will make guest appearances on a regular basis to create this new, multi-faceted approach to wrestling entertainment.


“Since last year, the business of wrestling has immensely suffered as the idea of competition has simply gone away. We are here to change this,” said Eric Bischoff, CEO of New Edge Media as well as the former head of World Championship Wrestling. “With the legendary name brand of the NWA along with the combined minds involved with this project, we are going to give the fans out there something new and big and we promise we will change the landscape of professional wrestling and sports entertainment”


“Each show will be a spectacular, in line with the quality of programming expected from a PPV broadcast,” said Jerry Jarrett, president of New Edge Media and a well known wrestling promoter and industry leader for over 35 years. “Because the storyline continues on a weekly basis, fans will want to tune in each week. It was important for us to offer this entertainment at an affordable price level. Viewers can obtain 8 hours of this original, high-quality entertainment on a monthly basis.”


"This is a great opportunity for iN DEMAND, our MSOs and affiliates," said Daniel York, SVP Programming and Development, iN DEMAND. "With weekly consistency and an affordable price point, we expect the new series to appeal to wrestling fans, and are confident it will attract new fans to the category."


“NWA BattleGround” will premiere every Wednesday at 8pm ET with an encore presentation scheduled for the following Sunday at Noon ET (time approximate).


More information about NWA BattleGround and the National Wrestling Alliance will be available online at http://www.nwawrestling.com.


iN DEMAND, the nation’s leading PPV & VOD provider, delivers television premiers of the best movies, championship boxing, mega-event wrestling, professional and college sports, plus original programming. iN Demand’s 60-channel digital lineup also offers MLB Extra Innings, NBA LEAGUE PASS, WNBA Season Pass, NHL Center Ice and ESPN Full Court, ‘NASCAR iN CAR ON iN DEMAND’, plus half-hour start times for its top movies each month. The company’s shareholders are AT&T Broadband, L.L.C., Time Warner Entertainment – Advance/Newhouse Partnership, Comcast Programming Ventures, Inc, and Cox Communications, Inc. Further information about the company can be found on the Internet at http://www.indemand.com.

For Wrestling Media contact: info@nwatna.com


More Info Released on Bischoff/Jarrett led National Wrestling Alliance


Today saw easily the biggest announcement in wrestling since the buyouts of both ECW and WCW as Eric Bischoff and Jerry Jarrett announced the upcoming debut of the reformed National Wrestling Alliance on weekly pay per view. Following the 2 hour conference call held, we were able to get some more information on this new image of the NWA.


-Bischoff and Jarrett, along with several other investors, are the brains and pocketbook of this promotion. In addition to Bischoff and Jarrett, several of Bischoff's partners in Fusient Media Ventures and Panda Energy, a Texas based energy group with ties to Jarrett are attached to the NWA.


-Bischoff and Jarrett have in fact bought the name and titles of the NWA from now former president Howard Brody. It appears as though Bischoff will be not only the on screen president of the NWA but also off screen as well. As for the situations of NWA territories, it is believed that they will be used as developmental leagues. The situation is more "80's NWA" than current WWF according to our insider. However the biggest possible obstacle is the situation with the NWA Titles, most notably the NWA World Heavyweight and NWA World Tag Team titles, held by Dan Severn and The Shane Twins respectively. What should be interesting is that both titles will be on the line this coming Saturday as Severn faces Shinya Hashimoto in Japan and The Shane Twins take on David Young and Rick Michaels in Tampa.


-The first event will be held at Center Stage in Atlanta, GA, the former longtime home of WCW Saturday Night. Already several other venues have added NWA BattleGround to their schedules.


-Now as for some of the names we can confirm will be wrestling for the NWA include Jeff Jarrett, The Sandman, Ken Shamrock, Buff Bagwell, Georgia indy star AJ Styles, IWA PR Champion Gran Apolo, former WCW star The Wall, California indy stars Frankie Kazarian, Michael Modest and Donovon Morgan and finally K-Krush (formally K-Kwik in the WWE). We have also been told there will be a 3 man commentary team.

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<strong><span style="font-size:18px;">NWA Announces Main Event for Debut Show, Addresses Title Situation</span></strong></p><p> </p><p>

Today, The National Wrestling Alliance formally announces that at the Pay Per View debut of the NWA's new live weekly program "NWA BattleGround", the night's main event will be a 25 man "Gauntlet For The Gold" to determine a new NWA World Heavyweight Champion, the first time the NWA Title has been determined in such a match.</p><p> </p><p>

Last Saturday in Tokyo, Japan, champion Dan Severn defended the NWA World Heavyweight title against Zero-One star Shinya Hashimoto. During the match, Severn suplexed Hashimoto outside of the ring, a maneuver that if competed under Zero-One rules, would give Hashimoto not only the win but the title. Despite the match being contested at the Zero-One event, it would be contested under NWA rules and as a result Hashimoto objected to the loss and formally issued an objection to the NWA. Following the match, Severn who claimed he had lost by the rules in this case, gave the title to Hashimoto. As a result of this event, new NWA President Eric Bischoff has vacated the title and has announced the title will be filled on June 19th's debut of "NWA BattleGround". "The situation involving Mr. Hashimoto, Mr. Severn, Zero One officals and ourselves is a very unfortunate one as we consider both men greats in our sport. But at the same time, we are very excited to be able to crown a new NWA World Heavyweight Champion on our debut show" said NWA President Eric Bischoff. </p><p> </p><p>

<em>UPDATE: The first 5 participants in the Gauntlet For The Gold have been announced. They are Jeff Jarrett, Ken Shamrock, The Sandman, Marcus "Buff" Bagwell and K-Krush</em></p><p> </p><p> </p><p>


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NWA Announces 15 More Names For The "Gauntlet For The Gold" On June 19 Debut; Also Announces Two Tag Team Bouts


Today, The National Wrestling Alliance announced 15 more names into the field for the "Gauntlet For The Gold". These 15 men, along with the 5 previously announced and 5 yet unnamed competitors will compete on the debut edition of "NWA BattleGround" in the Gauntlet For The Gold to determine the new NWA World Heavyweight Champion. Here is the list of announced names:


- "The Chosen One" Jeff Jarrett

- Ken Shamrock

- "The Hardcore Icon" The Sandman

- K-Krush

- Marcus "Buff" Bagwell

- "The King Of Old School" Steve Corino

- "The Lone Wolf" Scott Hall

- Curt Hennig

- "The Franchise" Shane Douglas

- Konnan

- Malice

- Gran Apollo

- "Wildcat" Chris Harris

- Prince Justice

- "Doomsday" David Young

- Kevin Northcutt

- Simon Diamond

- CW Anderson

- Brian Lawler

- Julio Dinero



We will also see two tag team contests showcasing easily the best tag team division in all of pro wrestling. We will see The SAT take on The Backseat Boyz and also the duo of Donovan Morgan and Michael Modest battle Christian York and Joey Matthews.


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<p>York & Matthews, I loved them in ECW.</p><p> </p><p>

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