A review of the brand new History of the NWA DVD
by Alan Wojcik:
Sam Muchnick, Orville Brown, Max Clayton, Wally Karbo, Tony Stecher & Pinkie George. Do those names mean anything to you as a wrestling fan? If not then maybe you need to learn your wrestling history as those names helped frame the National Wrestling Alliance, the oldest governing promotion in wrestling. Ellbow Productions is helping celebrate & memorialize the promotion with the release of HISTORY & TRADITION: THE HISTORY OF THE NATIONAL WRESTLING ALLIANCE. The younger wrestling fans might not be aware but the current WWE came out of the NWA when Vince McMahon Sr. left in 1963 after a dispute over the World championship. TNA was founded in 2002 as NWA: TNA based on the NWA World championship & World Tag Team championships being used on the weekly PPV’s.
Interviewed for the documentary were the following people:
Author Tim Hornbaker, promoter/wrestler Beau James, historian Bill Murdock, former NWA President Bob Trobich, historian Greg Mosorjak, promoters Franklin Dove, Bill Behrens and Tony Givens, Pro Wrestling Torch Senior Writer Bruce Mitchell, wrestling photographer Slamfest Bob, Jay Cal of Alliance-Wrestling.com, Jay Wiseman of ProWrasslin.net, current wrestlers the Stro, Vordell Walker, Chance Prophet, NWA North American champion Shawn Tempers, NWA National Heavyweight champion Kahagas, Rev. Dan Wilson, Damien Wayne, Lou Marconi, Shawn Shultz, Arrick Andrews, NWA World Women’s champion Tasha Simone & current World champion Adam Pearce plus from interviews via Highspots and RF Video with former World Heavyweight champions Dory Funk Sr., Terry Funk, Tommy Rich, Ric Flair, Harley Race & Jack Brisco.
Over 2 plus hours initial title holder Orville Brown to the current World Heavyweight champion “Scrap Iron” Adam Pearce are talked about. The popular Lou Thesz & the initial heel “Nature Boy” Buddy Rogers who help make the promotions huge money from being on a new invention called television are put over big time as they should. Also covered is McMahon’s exit with Buddy Rogers in 1963, the Jack Brisco/Dory Funk Jr. title controversy, Brisco & Race quickly dropping & regaining the title belt in Japan to Giant Baba, the Mid-Atlantic promotion taking over the title through the Ric Flair reigns, WWF vs. the NWA in the 1980’s and early 1991 where Flair exited, the Shane Douglas /ECW issues of 1994, Dan Severn, Mike Rapada, Chris Candido as champion plus the recent controversy with the Sheik and Adam Pearce. The rigorous booking schedule of the 1970’s given to the World champion is discussed by Mr. Funk & Mr. Brisco and it is understandable for them to eventually want to hand over the championship. Also mentioned is the politics involved in selecting the champion is covered plus the “Big Gold Belt” being brought in during the 1980’s and will be eye opening to casual fans.
I will say I enjoyed this DVD. Despite it being similar to the WWE produced DVD on the championship; it covers some new and educational ground. While I did enjoy it I have some small concerns such as the DVD only focusing on the World Heavyweight champion not including the World Tag Team champions or the Women’s champion who also deserve recognition. I am not sure if this was done due to time constraints or lack of finances to expand the production. Legendary NWA President Sam Muchnick is barely mentioned as well as the territories that ruled like Championship Wrestling from Florida. Also former NWA President Howard Brody (who was in power during the late 1990’s-2000’s) is not interviewed nor are former champions Steve Corino, Jeff Jarrett, the Sheik, AJ Styles, Blue Demon Jr. Colt Cabana, Sting, Christian Cage, Ricky Steamboat & Dusty Rhodes (both for obvious reasons.) I wish they would have put over NWA Wrestling from Hollywood where Colt Cabana defeated Adam Pearce plus the promotion head David Marquez who has also done tons of things behind the scenes.
http://ellbowproductions.weebly.com/ is where you can purchase the DVD. If you have questions or comments about this review, write firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition to covering wrestling since 2001, Alan Wojcik helps host Kayfabe Wrestling Radio which airs Tuesdays 9pm on www.wildtalkradio.com with Spug, Mase & Kevin Scott as Jamal.