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NWA Announces World Championship Tournament

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The National Wrestling Alliance announced the following participants and locations and the first round match ups for “Reclaiming the Glory: The NWA World Heavyweight Championship Tournament presented by Big Vision Entertainment.” The tournament will take place at events across North America and begins Saturday June 2, 2007.

Saturday June 2, 2007
Cornelia, GA – www.nwa-wildside.com
CHAD PARHAM Vs. “MR. MID-ATLANTIC” DAMIEN WAYNE

Thayer, MO – www.cswwrestling.com
AARON AGUILERA Vs. “SCRAP IRON” ADAM PEARCE

Salyersville, KY – www.nwabluegrass.com
“SHOOTER” BRENT ALBRIGHT Vs. OSAMU NISHIMORA

Saturday June 9, 2007
Phoenix, AZ – www.risingphoenixwrestling.com
FRED SAMPSON Vs. GLAMOUR BOY SHANE

Saturday June 16, 2007
Vancouver B.C., Canada – www.eccw.com
“THE BOMBER” NELSON CREED Vs. “THE AMERICAN DRAGON” BRYAN DANIELSON

Danvers, MA – www.necwwrestling.com
PEPPER PARKS Vs. CLAUDIO CASTIGNOLI

Saturday June 30, 2007
Lebanon, TN – www.nwatop-ropewrestling.com
ROUGHNECK RYAN Vs. SICODELICO, JR.

Quincy, MA
MIKEY NICHOLLS Vs. FERGAL DEVITT

The NWA Board of Directors selected the participants and Executive Director Robert K. Trobich will supervise the tournament. For more information about these events and the NWA visit nwawrestling.com.

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Larry “The Axe” Hennig Dies at 82

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Former AWA, NWA, and WWE superstar Larry “The Axe” Hennig, father of WWE Hall of Famer Curt “Mr.Perfect” Hennig and grandfather of current WWE superstar Curtis Axel, has passed away at 82 following a lengthy illness and kidney failure.

WWE released the following statement regarding his passing:

“WWE is saddened to learn that legendary Superstar and Hennig family patriarch Larry “The Axe” Hennig passed away today at 82 years old following a long illness and kidney failure.

A five-time tag team champion in the AWA, Hennig entered the sports-entertainment world under the tutelage of Verne Gagne and crossed paths with some of the most illustrious performers of all time. Most famously, Hennig was among Bruno Sammartino’s challengers for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in the hallowed halls of Madison Square Garden.

Though his own career was cut short due to injury, Hennig’s legacy spanned another two generations thanks to his son, the late WWE Hall of Famer Mr. Perfect, and grandson, former Intercontinental Champion Curtis Axel.

WWE extends its condolences to Hennig’s family, friends and fans.”

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Jose Lothario Dead at 83

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Professional wrestling legend Jose Lothario has passed away at 83, according to an announcement from former NWA President Bruce Thorpe who issued the following statement on his official Twitter page.

Lothario was inducted into the NWA Hall of Fame class of 2017 and is best known in the WWE world as the man who trained WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels, and was in Michaels’ corner when he captured his first WWE World Championship during the classic WrestleMania match with Bret “Hitman” Hart in the infamous Iron Man match.

Lothario was a legend in the Texas wrestling community and won a number of tag team titles with the likes of Ivan Putski, Rocky Johnson, and Mil Mascaras.

 

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NWA Legend Dick Slater Passes Away

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National Wrestling Alliance legend, and decorated champion, Dick Slater has passed away at the age of 67, according to post that paid tribute to Slater made my NWA.

Slater wrestled professionally from 1972 to 1996 for promotions including NWA and WCW, where he finished his career. Slater was a 4 time Georgia Heavyweight Champion, 2-time NWA Macon Heavyweight Champion, NWA United States Champion, NWA Mid-Atlantic Champion, 2-time NWA TV Champion, 2-time NWA Florida Heavyweight Champion, and NWA Brass Knuckles Champion.

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