History and Tradition: The Story of the National Wrestling Alliance
Jul 24, 2012 - by Dr. Jerry Wiseman
As the upheaval of the NWA continues amid controversy and R. Bruce Tharpe settles into his new role comes Ellbow Productions documentary “History and Tradition: The Story of the National Wrestling Alliance.”
Michael Elliot, who is also the brainchild behind “Whoo Mercy: The Jimmy Valiant Experience” which is another great DVD, has done a wonderful job of collecting an assortment of opinions from some of the most instrumental people in the NWA including former Executive Director Robert Trobich and Bill Behrens as well as long time supporters of the NWA including Jay Cal and Beau James.
The DVD recounts the history of the NWA while focusing on the importance of the NWA World Heavyweight Championship which in the end is the most important and somewhat still viable title in wrestling history. Current and former champions weigh in on what the title means to not only the history of the sport but also what value the title holds for them.
Elliot touches on the controversy with The Almighty Sheik and his controversial run with the title, being stripped of the belt and the opinions of some in the NWA on what happened. The documentary recalls the events leading up to Shane Douglas disgracing the belt, the “beginning of the end” for the NWA and the relationship with TNA.
The only caveat I would have with this DVD is that with so much history and so many topics to be discussed it seemed a little rushed to get from one point to the next but one can only fit so much into a two hour production. That would beg the question will there be another chapter in “History and Tradition: The Story of the National Wrestling Alliance?”
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