#AndNew: Da Pope Wins NWA Television Championship

Da Pope

The new throwback studio style wrestling sensation known as Primetime Live continues to successfully pick up where the NWA left off. The United Wrestling Network’s weekly pay per view show has been the temporary home for the NWA and it’s titles since it’s conception. Less than a month ago, fans saw the NWA National Championship change hands when Trevor Murdoch defeated “Shooter” Aron Stevens on episode 4 of Primetime Live. Now, last nights episode featured another NWA title change, with Da Pope defeating “Outlandish” Zicky Dice for the NWA Television Title.

Dice ambushed Pope before the match,  hitting him with an axehandle from behind and slamming him through a table at ringside. He followed up with a scathing promo on Billy Corgan and the NWA, and proclaimed that the title match would not take place. However, Pope would persevere, managing to still go toe to toe with Dice. After a successful counter of Dice’s Snake, Rattle, and Roll finisher, Burke hit the Elijah express and successfully pinned Dice with seconds to spare, thus winning the NWA Television Title for the first time in his career.

Zicky Dice was Television Champion for 231 days, initially winning the title on the March 3rd edition of NWA Powerrr from Ricky Starks. However, his reign has been shrouded in controversy. Besides never having actually defended the title, there were reports back in June that Dice was successfully granted his release from the NWA, thus vacating the title. However, he since confirmed himself that the release request was reversed, and his contract would roll over until New Years Day.

Da Pope started his career in OVW (WWE’s then developmental brand) in 2004, where he is a former Television, Southern Tag Team, and Heavyweight Champion. He would later have fleeting success in WWE’s version of ECW, most notably as a member of the New Breed. After his initial release from WWE in 2008, he would join the Impact roster, where he would commit to his new moniker “Da Pope”. Pope made his debut for the NWA on the December 23rd, 2019 edition on Powerrr.

Pope took to twitter shortly after his victory, simply stating “thank you!” while tagging a variety of wrestling companies and shows, potentially signaling that his career can only go up from here.


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