This weekend, the National Wrestling Alliance debuts a new initiative in its ongoing program. Dubbed NWA USA, this will be a free show airing on both FITE and the wrestling promotion’s own YouTube channel. One can consider this a bite-sized episode featuring action that one can’t see on the company’s flagship program, NWA Powerrr. On Episode #1 of NWA USA, fans will see matches with Junior Heavyweight Championship implications, not to mention other stars taking to the mic. Here’s what to know heading into this weekend.
NWA USA Episode #1 – Full Card
- George South Addresses Colby Corino
- Chris Adonis Sounds Off
- Nick Aldis Speaks on NWA USA
- NWA Junior Heavyweight Championship Qualifying Match: Colby Corino vs. CW Anderson
- NWA Junior Heavyweight Championship Qualifying Match: PJ Hawx vs. Luke Hawx
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A Quest for the Gold
The inaugural episode of NWA USA sees two qualifying matches for the NWA Junior Heavyweight Championship. This quest began at Hard Times 2, as the National Wrestling Alliance announced it would be reviving its junior heavyweight division title. The names that have advanced included veterans such as Austin Aries and Homicide. On NWA USA, the quest continues as the brash Colby Corino takes on veteran wrestler CW Anderson. Since the early 1990s, Anderson has been one of the most well-traveled wrestlers in independent and mainstream organizations alike. Though he may be best known for his work in organizations including Pro Wrestling ZERO1 and Extreme Championship Wrestling, he’s a name in the NWA as well.
Among the titles Anderson has won is the NWA Intercontinental Tag Team Championship, which he held with his opponent’s father, Steve Corino, in 2003. Meanwhile, young Colby has adopted a more self-important demeanor, bolstered by his newfound association with The Fixers, Jay Bradley and Wrecking Ball Legursky. As of late, they’ve been particularly focused on OGK, the duo of former IWGP and ROH tag team titleholders Mike Bennett and Matt Taven. Between Corino and Anderson, who will move closer to the NWA Junior Heavyweight Championship?
Father and Son Face Off
In the second NWA Junior Heavyweight Championship qualifying match set for NWA USA Episode #1, family ties will be tested as PJ Hawx takes on his father, veteran wrestler Luke Hawx. Longtime NWA and independent wrestling fans will best know them as the tag team Hawx Aerie. This father-and-son duo has been active on the scene since 2018, winning a few independent wrestling titles along the way. Furthermore, they’ve vied for the NWA World Tag Team Championship in a qualifying tournament last year, only to fall short. However, as they approach 2022, they have a major opportunity in their sights with the NWA Junior Heavyweight Championship.
While PJ is still very much on the rise, as he’s only in his early-to-mid 20s, Luke is a well-traveled star with over 2 decades of experience, establishing himself in offshoot promotions NWA Wildside and NWA WildKat, as well as independent locations elsewhere. To potentially add the NWA Junior Heavyweight Championship to his resume would be a major feather in his cap. Though he has undeniable respect for his father, PJ will ensure that he works for it.
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