Post by oldschoolcorino on Jan 26, 2019 16:31:53 GMT -8
The tradition of the NWA runs deep in the south. Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas were NWA hotbeds in the territory days but i would like to make a case for Tennessee as the modern NWA southern capital. A few key points with a few historical points for my case. From Candido defending the Dome Globe in Smoky Mountain to Rapada for NWA Nashville and into the modern era. NWA-TNA made their home in the Asylum at the Nashville Fairgrounds laying the grounds for an active NWA future in Tennessee. Several NWA affiliates in the post TNA era (Top Rope, Nashville, Main Event, Warriors of Wrestling) and continued into the Tharpe era (SAW, Mid-South, Smoky Mountain) with Smoky Mountain and Saw both having television frequently showcasing the champions. Also, the National title was booked Prominently and often in the Tennessee promotions during the Tharpe era. Now, with a brief back history filled in we move to the Corgan modern era. Early in but his first 2 official NWA shows have been... in Tennessee. Good time to be an NWA fan and a Tennessean.
Bruce tharpe era was one of the "golden age" of NWA in Tennessee. SAW and especially Smoky Mountain, and latter MidSouth really carrying the NWA names in such tought times.
Absolutly. Conway was defending on SAW and Smoky Mountain tv often. The National title was featured in SAW or MidSouth almost weekly. I even got to see Tim Storm at MidSouth during his North American reign. Also, the tag titles were defended in these promotions and the Heatseekers home promotion was Smoky Mountain during their time as champs. Jr. title contested in these promotions with Smoky Mountain also being home base for Chase Owens and Jason Kinkead in epic bouts for the Jr. belt.
Post by oldschoolcorino on Jan 27, 2019 9:26:51 GMT -8
Cont.... Kojima made his first (and second) defenses in the US for SAW (Plunkett, DW). The Iron Empire was formed in Dyersburg, TN at a MidSouth show to begin their run for the tag gold. There was also NWA New South in nearby Kentucky that had shows within an hour drive from Tennessee borders. I got to see Kahagas vs. DW for National title in Harden, KY, an hour drive for me. It certainly has been good for Tennessee wrestling fans.