The NWA: An Untapped Goldmine

Matthew HesterSenior Writer IAugust 12, 2009

Hello, everyone. As always I would like to thank all of you for spending some time with me today.


Since starting my new series spotlighting the Indies, I have to say my eyes have opened a little. It was the article that the lovely and talented Hayley submitted, which made me take a better look at things.


I am no fool when it comes to the wrestling world. I would like to think that I know a decent amount of info, or at least enough to hold a conversation. I have to say though that I was stunned at just how big the NWA is.


I knew it was still around, but I had no idea just how big the NWA still is. The NWA is represented in 30 states in the U.S. It is also represented in seven different countries.


After seeing this, curiosity got the best of me, so I decided to dig a little deeper. The  American shows vary as far as attendance goes. Some areas do well, while it seems that in others attendance is relatively low.


The numbers for some of the house shows overseas though is pretty crazy. I read that in Canada they had a house show that drew 4,000 people on back-to-back days. Those numbers are staggering for an Indy show.


It also seem that in areas like the U.K and Ireland they are drawing numbers in the thousands. I am sure part of the reason for this is because they don’t really have a big promotion over there.


That is still a very impressive draw though if you think about it.


It also would seem that the NWA is starting to pick up some decent sponsorship. Blue Demon JR, is sponsored by none other than Coca Cola. Now that is pretty impressive if you ask me.


I still wasn’t satisfied with what I read. I still had the craving to learn more on the state of the NWA. I decided to dig up the recent PWI rankings. Blue Demon Jr. is ranked fifth on the current list.


He is ranked higher then Jericho, AJ Styles, HHH, Samoa Joe, and many others. I realize the PWI is a goofy magazine. They still try to pass of wrestling as a real sport, which it is clearly not.


I do trust their rankings, though, it was one of the few things I ever bother to read. I was sold, I decided that it was about time I checked out the NWA in action. I could only watch it online since we don’t get it on TV where I live.


The annoyance of having to watch it on a computer was more than worth the trouble. I saw a couple matches will Apollo and Rick Fuller and I was very impressed. I won't lie and say that I have heard of everyone in the NWA as of today.


The few guys that I did now about, I never bothered to pay attention to because we don’t get it on TV here. I now know that I made a big mistake ignoring the NWA. It is a great product that seems to be on the rise.


I am sure that there are some out there saying "I knew this all along." I didn’t know all of this, though. Part of me feels dumb, yet at the same time happy. I have found an untapped gold mine for great wrestling.


I would highly recommend checking out some of the action in the NWA. I promise all of you that you will not be disappointed. You will be seeing a lot more writing from me on the NWA now.


I thank you, NWA, consider me an official fan of your product.


I would like to thank all of you again for spending some time with me today.


As always, have a safe day and God bless.