Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Traditional pro wrestling returns to Halifax and beyond

Ask any wrestling fan which organization would be considered the "heritage" group through the decades, and you'd be told, without a doubt, it's the National Wrestling Alliance. When promoters organized in the style of a syndicate in the 1940s, they unified the world championship, provide avenues for talent exchange, and gave fans a brand name to recognize.

Times changed. Vince McMahon's national expansion in the mid-1980s squeezed the NWA into the margins of relevance, but the trademarks were still being maintained. Now the organization is expanding again, and the latest territory to be set for a revival is in my own back yard.

NWA Atlantic Canada promises to feature talent from around the Maritimes and beyond. It will crown its first Canadian Heavyweight Champion since the late 1970s at an upcoming show in Spryfield, Nova Scotia.

Big man JB Havoc will challenge the smaller and faster Jaxon Furey in what's sure to be an exciting David vs. Goliath-style battle for the belt.

I'm especially intrigued by the NWA Pure Championship, which is contested under a strict set of old-fashioned rules: no punching, no over-the-top-rope, etc. Current champion "Red Dragon" Shane Stephens will defend against Cletus Driftwood.

The promoters are busy signing more talent for a summer tour.

Regular readers know my long association with pro wrestling, so when I found out about the new wrestling franchise coming to town, I got on board and built them a web site.

Learn more about the rebirth of pro wrestling in Atlantic Canada at NWAAtlanticCanada.com. See you ringside!

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