NWA Champion Kojima to Debut Stateside in May (at NWA Houston on May 31)
Monday, March 31, 2014
NWA World Heavyweight Champion and New Japan Pro Wrestling star Satoshi Kojima will make his first appearance in the United States when he will appear at an NWA Houston event on Saturday, May 31 as well as at another NWA event in Texas, the details of which will be released soon.
Kojima, who defeated Rob Conway for the championship at Wrestle Kingdom 8 at the Tokyo Dome on January 4, will then accompany the National Wrestling Alliance to the Cauliflower Alley Club reunion in Las Vegas on June 2-4.
“The NWA World Heavyweight Title is the most respected, recognized and coveted championship in all of professional wrestling,” said NWA CEO Christopher Ronquillo. “As its name suggests, it is a global title. While Mr. Kojima is a resident of Japan, it is only proper that the title be defended worldwide, including here in America. We look forward to his US visit.”
Kojima, a native of Tokyo, is also a two-time former IWGP Heavyweight Champion and has also held the IWGP Tag Team Championship six times, including five reigns alongside Hiroyoshi Tenzan.
NWA Houston events are held at VFW Post 8905 in Cypress, TX. Information and tickets can be found at NWAHouston.com and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/nwahouston. Information on the Cauliflower Alley Club can be found at www.caulifloweralleyclub.org.
NWA Houston: World Title Rematch Headlines Invasion
September 25, 2013 at 4:59pm Colby Primeaux Wednsday, September 25, 2013
Heading into his NWA World Heavyweight Championship match at NWA Houston’s “Collision Course” event on September 20, Lone Star Heavyweight Champion “Addictive and Expensive” Byron Wilcott vowed to lay out “Ironman” Rob Conway. He made good on his promise through the use of his trusted shakeweight and it cost him the match. An irate Conway demanded Wilcott face him again and what the World Champion wants, the World Champion gets.
It is now official that Conway will once again put the Ten Pounds of Gold on the line against Wilcott in a rematch on October 18 at “Invasion” at the Humble Civic Center in a No-Disqualification match.
“Has Rob Conway earned his spot at the top of the NWA? Sure he has,” Wilcott says. “And he deserves everything that comes with it: the money, the power and the respect that comes with the NWA World's Heavyweight Championship! He's paid his dues. I'm done paying dues! I'm going to take what I want.”
A match of this nature actually seems to fit the challenger. Had this no-disqualification stipulation been in place last Friday, there would currently be a new NWA World Heavyweight Champion. However, someone with the experience of Rob Conway surely knows what he is getting into.
“Byron Wilcott is a big man and very smart,“ Conway says. “We had a wrestling match and he knocked me out with a dumbbell. He wanted to make a name for himself at my expense. Now he has my full attention. He wanted a fight and now he has one and his name will be on the long list of guys that have been beat with the Ego Trip. I guarantee he is not willing to go as far to become champion as I am to remain the champion. The championship means everything to me. The announcer will say, ‘Winner and still NWA WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION, THE IRONMAN ROB CONWAY.’”
“This match, with its no disqualification stipulation, falls right into my hands,” Wilcott says. “The Box is now legal! If I could lay Robert out with the rules in place, is there any doubt what's going to happen now at the most important show of the year? The Ironman Rob Conway is going to bend to my will on October 18. His title will become mine. Remember, Conway, one of two things happen when pressure is exerted on iron. If you won't bend, you will break!”
Russo is a 3x NWA Lone Star Jr. Heavyweight Champion
Colby Primeaux NWA Houston Monday, September 16, 2013
Russo Renews Championship Rivalry with Duperon
After unseating Ricky Starks in August for the NWA Lone Jr. Heavyweight title, Rudy Russo must face a challenge at NWA Houston presents “Collision Course” on September 20 from a man with whom he is all too familiar with, the man who ended both of Russo’s previous reigns as champions, David “Super” Duperon.
Duperon and Russo’s rivalry began in April 2012 when Duperon won his first Jr. Heavyweight title from Russo and they traded the belt between each other throughout that summer. Their feud renewed in early 2013 and expanded to include others including Jack Jameson, Jasper Davis and Mike Dell. While Russo began his second reign with a win over Duperon and in a four-way match in June 2012 and picked up a pinfall win in a tag team match over him in May, he has never defeated Duperon one-on-one.
“Being the first three-time champion doesn't make me a shoe-in for a win,” Russo says. “David is one if the toughest competitors in the NWA and isn't being taken likely by any means. I’ve prepared myself physically and mentally for this challenge and one thing is for certain, you will continue to see 100% out of me.”
Duperon will try to take title from Russo for 3rd time
“I don't have to beat Russo,” Duperon responded. “I’ve done it
twice clean. Russo needs to beat me to make a third title reign actually
mean something and solidify himself as the best junior heavyweight in
Texas. In NWA Houston, I’m the only junior heavyweight that matters as I
had the title longer than anyone, even Ray Rowe! Not gloating, just
Friday, these two clash again. Can Rudy Russo finally do
what he has never done before? Or will David Duperon join Russo as the
only three-time NWA Lone Star Jr. Heavyweight Champions? In addition,
three other championship matches headline the card as Lone Star Women’s
Champion Barbi Hayden defends against the debuting Paige Turner, Lone
Star Tag Team Champions Kingz of the Underground, Scot Summers and Ryan
Genesis, take on Alex Reigns and “Cowboy” James Claxton, and Lone Star
Heavyweight Champion “Addictive and Expensive” Byron Wilcott gets his
shot at the most prestigious prize in wrestling as he takes on NWA World
Heavyweight Champion “Ironman” Rob Conway.
NWA Lone Star Champ Wilcott Makes Promise to World Champ Conway
NWA World Heavyweight Champion Rob Conway returns to NWA Houston on September 20.
Colby Primeaux NWA Houston Thursday, August 29, 2013
For over a century, championship gold has been the standard by which all professional wrestlers are measured. That being said, “Addictive and Expensive” Byron Wilcott is the measuring stick by which all heavyweights in Texas are measured. Not only is Wilcott the NWA 360 Heavyweight Champion and the NWA Texas Stampede Bull of the Woods, but in July, he won a triple threat match to become the NWA Lone Star Heavyweight Champion as well. By virtue of holding the Lone Star title, Wilcott has earned a shot at “Ironman” Rob Conway and the NWA World Heavyweight Championship at NWA Houston’s “Collision Course” on September 20.
The match will be Conway’s first appearance in Houston since defending the title against Chris Adonis at the “Parade of Champions” tribute to Paul Boesch event in April. That same night, Conway was presented with the current “domed globe” World title belt, which he has defended vigorously all summer long against the best the NWA has to offer. What, then, makes Wilcott different from Adonis, Damien Wayne, Ricky Morton, and so many others?
NWA Lone Star Heavyweight Champion makes promise to Conway
Wilcott said, “The men living at this time who are more important
to the human race than ‘Addictive & Expensive’ Byron Wilcott can be
counted on the fingers of one hand. perhaps on the thumb of one hand.
I'm the Heavyweight Champion of three NWA promotions and Tag Team
Champion of two NWA promotions. I hold more championships concurrently
than any man in the NWA!”
“I’m very successful because that’s
Gods plan for me,” he continued. “God has a plan for NWA World
Heavyweight Champion Rob Conway’s life also. It involves a lot of pain,
humiliation, and embarrassment. God's plan involves me laying out Rob
Conway in front of the whole world!”
NWA Houston presents
“Collision Course” on Friday, September 20 at the VFW in Cypress. The
event is the last chance for the NWA Houston roster to make an impact
before the Invasion of New Japan Pro Wrestling on October 18 at the
Humble Civic Center. Tickets and information for both events can be
found at www.nwaringside.com, www.nwahouston.com and
Rowe Returns to Heavyweight Against Former Champ
Rowe returns as heavyweight
NWA Houston: Rowe Returns to Heavyweight Against Former Champ August 26, 2013 at 8:00pm Rowe Returns to Heavyweight Against Former Champ
Colby Primeaux NWA Houston Monday, August 26, 2013
When Jax Dane won the NWA Lone Star Heavyweight Championship last December, his best friend and tag team partner Ray Rowe vowed never to challenge him for that belt. Instead, he switched gears, cut weight and defeated Mike Dell for the Lone Star Jr. Heavyweight title in April.
Despite the challenges of maintaining a sub-220 lb. weight, Rowe was dominant throughout the summer, successfully defending the belt three times before falling to Ricky Starks in July. That same night, Dane lost the heavyweight crown to Byron Wilcott, paving the way for Rowe to re-enter the heavyweight division, free and clear of any loyalties.
After a month’s absence from NWA Houston, Rowe returns at his natural size at “Collision Course” on September 20. His first test will be “The Name that Entertains” Jasper Davis.
Word from Rowe’s camp is that he took the month off to recondition his body to compete with the larger athletes in the heavyweight division. Sources say he has been pounding the weights and packing on the muscle as he returns to his natural weight of approximately 240 lbs., if not larger.
Rowe is not being done any favors by being assigned to face Davis, however. A former two-time NWA Lone Star Heavyweight Champion himself, Davis is always one big win away from being an instant title contender. He has recently earned success in the tag team ranks alongside David Duperon, but he has not forgotten how to go it alone in the ring.
Jasper Davis is a former 2x NWA Lone Star Heavyweight Champion
"On September 20,” Davis says. “I fight against the absolute best
wrestler in Texas. Make that the greatest wrestler in the United States
of America today! That's right, September 20 I fight MYSELF! It’s a
small fight though. I don't know if I will wear ankle socks or the long
ones. Anyway later on that day I step away from tag team wrestling to
collide with Ray Rowe! Ol' Raymond fights great with several years in
this business but I'm a great fighter with several ways to put him down!
Ray, you return to your second home for a beating! I am no walk in the
park! I am a two-time NWA Lone Star Heavyweight Champion! You've been
set up, Raymond! Friday, September 20, Entertainment triumphantly
returns to the Heavyweight division and I become one step closer to
being a three-time Lone Star Heavyweight Champion. Now that's....
By: Colby Primeaux NWA Houston Monday, August 19, 2013
One of the main bouts for the NWA “Invasion” event in conjunction with NWA Houston, on October 18 at the Humble Civic Center has been made official.
The NWA World Tag Team Championship Titles will be defended by champions: The Killer Elite Squad, Davey Boy Smith, Jr. and Lance Hoyt, against a team they are very familiar with, Satoshi Kojima and Hiroyoshi Tenzan from New Japan Pro Wrestling.
KES have held the titles since April 20, when they defeated the Kingz of the Underground, Scot Summers and Ryan Genesis in Houston.
Kojima and Tenzan, will be joined by Gedo and Takaaki Watanabe as they invade NWA Houston and NWA Branded Outlaw Wrestling in San Antonio, October 18-19.
Both VIP and General Admission tickets can be purchased for the NWA Houston “Invasion” event below.
Russo Wins NWA Lone Star Jr. Heavyweight For Third Time
NWA Lone Star Jr. Heavyweight Champion Rudy Russo
Colby Primeaux NWA Houston Monday, August 19, 2013
Proving just how unpredictable the Jr. Heavyweight division is in NWA Houston, the NWA Lone Star Heavyweight title changed hands again at “Shakedown” on August 16 and is once again in the possession of Rudy Russo, who defeated Ricky Starks in a two-out-of-three falls match. Starks had held the title for only a month after unseating Ray Rowe in July.
Starks entered the ring basking in his recent television exposure and declared himself the greatest Jr. Heavyweight Champion in history and said that not only could he beat any junior heavyweight in the locker room, but he could defeat them two, three and even four times over.
Russo entered the ring and locked up with Starks, but Tony Brooklyn interrupted the match and declared that since Starks was so confident in his skills, the match would now be two-out-of-three falls. Starks picked up the first fall when he pinned Russo while using the ropes for leverage. But Russo came back to pick up the second point by pinfall and the decisive victory by submission with an armbar.
Russo, now a three-time NWA Lone Star Jr. Heavyweight Champion, was once among the most hated competitors in NWA Houston by fans, but has undergone a complete change of heart in the last half year or so. Now one of the most beloved and adored by all his “Russoholics,” Russo says winning the title this time feels much different than the first two.
“This is the one of few times I felt I have earned a title through patience and hard work,” he says. “I plan on representing the NWA and Texas as the first, only, and best NWA Lone Star Jr. Heavyweight Champion.”
Like Rowe and Starks before him, Russo will undoubtedly have little time to enjoy his spoils, especially with such a deep junior heavyweight roster. Will his first defense come from a former champion looking to take back what was once theirs or will a new challenger come forward looking to prove himself?
NWA Houston returns to the VFW in Cypress on Friday, September 20. More information and tickets can be found when available at www.nwahouston.com.
Tickets Now on Sale for New Japan Pro Wrestling's "Invasion" of the NWA in Houston!
On October 18, 2013 the stars of New Japan Pro Wrestling will invade the NWA in Houston!!! NJPW legends Satoshi Kojima, Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Gedo are making their way to the Houston area for a very special internationally flavored NWA event at the Humble Civic Center. Up and coming NJPW star Watanabe is also coming!
Tickets are now on sale now!
Only 80 VIP/front row tickets are available. Besides being
guaranteed a front row seat, VIP ticket holders will have access to the
arena at 6pm for a special meet and greet with the stars of the NWA and
NJPW. Half of these tickets have sold in less than 24 hours. Don't wait or you will miss out!
General admission seats are also on sale.
Along with Kojima, Tenzan, Gedo and Watanabe, the following stars are also currently scheduled to appear:
NWA World Heavyweight Champion "Ironman" Rob Conway
NWA World Tag Team Champions the "Killer Elite Squad" Lance Hoyt/Archer and Davey Boy Smith Jr
NWA National Heavyweight Champion Damien Wayne
NWA World Jr. Heavyweight Champion "The Gift" Jason Kincaid
Former NWA World Jr. Heavyweight Champion Chase Owens
Former NWA World Tag Team Champions the "Kingz of the Underground" Scot Summers and Ryan Genesis
NWA Lone Star Heavyweight Champion (also former NWA North American
Heavyweight Champion) "Addictive and Expensive" Byron Wilcott
* more to be announced
Barbi Returns to NWA Houston to Defend Women's Title
NWA Lone Star Women's Champion Barbi Hayden
Colby Primeaux NWA Houston Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Barbi Returns to NWA Houston to Defend Women’s Title
NWA Lone Star Women’s Champion Barbi Hayden makes her in-ring return to NWA Houston at “Shakedown” on Friday, August 16 when she defends her title against the debuting Jordynne Grace.
The match will be Hayden’s first defense of the belt since January’s “Next Level” event when she defeated Angel Blue and her first match in Cypress since she defeated NWA World Women’s Champion Kacee Carlisle by disqualification at “Shut Up and Wrestle” in May.
The extremely popular Hayden is a three-time Lone Star Women’s Champion and the longest-reigning champion in NWA Houston, having won the title from Rachel Summerlyn last September at “Let’s Roll II.” When she’s not competing, she can often be seen at ringside in support of Carson and “One Man” Mike Dell, as the three comprise the so-called “ABC’s of Wrestling:” Arrogance, Beauty and Charisma.
Jordynne Grace, while making her NWA Houston debut, is an NWA veteran, having traveled the Texas circuit many times. She’s also very familiar with Hayden, having competed against her “dozens of times.” Grace had a message for the champion.
“Barbi is in for the fight of her life,” she said. “I'm bringing my A+++ game, and the NWA Houston crowd is in for one of the best female wrestling matches they've ever seen.”
This is just one of four title bouts on the “Shakedown” card, as every NWA Lone Star title will be defended on the same night for the first time in 2013. Lone Star Tag Team Champions Kingz of the Underground, Scot Summers and Ryan Genesis, will defend against a monster team of Killah Kash and “Killer” Brent McKenzie.
The new Lone Star Heavyweight and new Jr. Heavyweight champions will be in action for their first title defenses as “Addictive and Expensive” Byron Wilcott and Ricky Starks will defend against “Cowboy” James Claxton and Rudy Russo, respectively. NWA Houston presents “Shakedown” on Friday, August 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Cypress VFW. Tickets and information can be found at www.nwahouston.com.
New Japan Pro Wrestling’s Gedo and Watanabe Added to "NWA Invasion" Roster
The National Wrestling Alliance is proud to announce the addition of New Japan Pro Wrestling superstar Gedo, who will join the list of “invaders” that will be appearing at "NWA Invasion" events in Houston and San Antonio on October 18 and 19 respectively. These NWA events will be promoted in association with the NWA Houston and NWA Branded Outlaw Wrestling (San Antonio) promotions.
Gedo, a former four time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champion, joins current IWGP Tag Team Champions Satoshi Kojima and Hiroyoshi Tenzan, who were announced by NWA Vice President Chris Ronquillo on July 17. Also appearing will be up-and-coming New Japan Pro Wrestling junior heavyweight competitor Takaaki Watanabe.
NWA Houston's Parade of Champions "Paul Boesch Tribute" DVD/Blu-Ray Discs Released
The National Wrestling Alliance is proud to announce the release of NWA Houston's Parade of Champions "Paul Boesch Tribute" DVD and Blu-Ray Disc. DVD's and Blu-Ray Disc's can be purchased here: http://nwahouston.com/shopsite_sc/index.html
This historic event, which took place on April 20, 2013 in Houston, Texas, included three title changes and a tribute to the late legendary Houston promoter and NWA Hall Of Fame member (2012 class) Paul Boesch.
The following matches are included: NWA World Heavyweight Championship Match "Ironman" Rob Conway (c) vs Chris Adonis (formerly Chris Masters) Double Tag Team Title Match - Winner Takes All - National Wrestling Alliance vs New Japan Pro Wrestling NWA World Tag Team Champions "The Kingz of the Underground" Scot Summers and Ryan Genesis vs New Japan Pro Wrestling's IWGP Tag Team Champions "Killer Elite Squad" Lance Hoyt/Archer and Davey Boy Smith Jr. NWA National Heavyweight Championship Match Damien Wayne (c) vs Houston Carson NWA North American Heavyweight Championship Match "Addictive and Expensive" Byron Wilcott (c) vs Tokyo Monster Kahagas
NWA Lone Star Jr. Heavyweight Title Match "One Man" Mike Dell (c) vs Ray Rowe
Tag Team Action Rudy Russo and Jack Jameson vs "The Name That Entertains" Jasper Davis and David "Super" Duperon
New NWA Lone Star Heavyweight Champion Byron Wilcott
July 23, 2013 at 2:21pm Colby Primeaux NWA Houston Tuesday, July 23, 2013
The championship landscape of NWA Houston was altered dramatically on July 19 at “Explosion” as both the Lone Star Heavyweight and Jr. Heavyweight titles changed hands.
Heavyweight champion “Godzilla” Jax Dane defended his title against “Addictive and Expensive” Byron Wilcott and “Cowboy” James Claxton. Late in the match, a brawl between Claxton and Dane incapacitated referee Scott Zenzen. Claxton hit his Cowboy Boot finisher on Dane and went for the pin, but no one was available to make the count. Wilcott took advantage of the situation and nailed Claxton with his Shake Weight as Dane rolled out of the ring to the floor. Wilcott revived the referee and pinned Claxton to become the new NWA Lone Star Heavyweight Champion.
New NWA Lone Star Jr. Heavyweight Champion Ricky Starks
Later in the main event, Ricky Starks took on Jr. Heavyweight
champ Ray Rowe in a rematch from last month’s battle. Rowe had the match
well in hand until a superkick from Starks turned the tide. The pace
quickened with both champion and challenger throwing the best of their
arsenals at the other.
As Rowe moved in to finish the match, the
new Lone Star Heavyweight Champion made his way to ringside. Wilcott
threw his Shake Weight to Starks. As referee Scott Zenzen turned his
back to take the weapon away from Starks, Wilcott entered the ring and
laid out Rowe with the Lone Star Heavyweight belt, allowing Starks to
win the match and the NWA Lone Star Jr. Heavyweight Championship.
other “Explosion” action, NWA Lone Star Tag Team Champions Scot Summers
and Ryan Genesis, the Kingz of the Underground successfully defended
their titles against “The Name that Entertains” Jasper Davis and David
“Super” Duperon. In his first singles match in NWA Houston since losing
the Lone Star Jr. Heavyweight title to Ray Rowe in April, “One Man” Mike
Dell defeated Jared Wayne, newcomer JC Valentine came up just short
against a much larger “Benchmark” Silky Baines, and Rudy Russo pulled
out a victory over the debuting Eric Shadows.
Hambone made his return to NWA Houston in a losing effort by countout
over Dan Manson, but was the winner in the hearts of the fans. Later
when Manson’s friend Jodan issued another open challenge, it was
answered by Hambone’s tag team partner Chaz Taylor. Before the match
could begin, however, Taylor was assaulted from behind by Manson.
Hambone came to the aid of his friend and a tag match between the two
teams was announced for next month.
With two new champions, come
two new sets of challengers. While it is unknown who will step up for
Starks, it is known who Wilcott will face in September, NWA World
Heavyweight Champion “Ironman” Rob Conway. However, he’ll have to make
it through August first. NWA Houston returns to the VFW in Cypress on
August 16. For tickets and information go to www.nwahouston.com.
"Explosion" Triple Threat Given World Title Implications
NWA World Heavyweight Champion "Ironman" Rob Conway will defend his title against reigning NWA Lone Star Heavyweight Champion in September
July 16, 2013 Colby Primeaux NWA Houston Tuesday, July 16, 2013
As if the NWA Lone Star Heavyweight Championship were not enough incentive, the participants of the triple threat main event at NWA Houston presents “Explosion” on July 19, champion “Godzilla” Jax Dane and challengers “Cowboy” James Claxton and “Addictive and Expensive” Byron Wilcott, now have a little more motivation.
Come September 20, the reigning Lone Star Heavyweight titleholder will face “Ironman” Rob Conway for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship.
The triple threat match came about at June’s “Rize of the Kingz,” when Claxton and Wilcott each laid claim to being the number one contender to Dane’s title. Dane decided to oblige both men and give up his champion’s advantage. Under triple threat rules, Dane does not have to be pinned or submit to lose his title, a fact that does not seem to bother him.
“Claxton and Wilcott are dangerous,” Dane said. “It’s an honor to defend the Lone Star title every time I step into the ring. Friday, July 19 will be no different. I am the most dangerous heavyweight in the world. I will not be pinned. I will be the Lone Star champ for months to come.”
Claxton, while still a relative newcomer to NWA Houston, has made an immediate impact, coming out on top in a war against “Killer” Brent McKenzie in May and absolutely dominating Dan Manson in June.
How is the “Cowboy” preparing for the biggest opportunity in his career?
“In preparation for the three-way brawl this Friday for the Lone Star Heavyweight Championship, I've been pounding the weights, beers, and people's heads into the ground at your favorite local watering hole.”
Byron Wilcott has rebounded quite well since losing his NWA North American Heavyweight title to Tokyo Monster Kahagas. In addition to gaining several NWA regional titles, he picked up an impressive win in June against the debuting 300 lb. Manimal. Wilcott has no delusions about the path that lies before him.
“This Friday is the start of a tough road ahead of me.” he said. “A triple threat match against James Claxton and Jax Dane for the NWA Lone Star title. When the going gets too tough for everyone else, it's just right for me. I'm going to run roughshod in this match, hurt at least one person and walk away with the championship!”
Regarding the World Championship, Claxton said, “Now I hear that when I win that title that, as champion I will have the chance to face the NWA World Heavyweight Champion Rob Conway in September! Looks like my knuckles are gonna be bloodier than normal because there is no way, given that opportunity, that I don't put forth the fight of my wrestling career! So to every wrestler that I face between now and then, every wrestler I train with, every yahoo that looks silly at me in a bar, every goof I gotta bounce from my bar, every idiot doing curls in the squat rack, any idiot who scuffs my boots, I am absolutely going to be using you as a training tool to get myself the NWA World Heavyweight Championship! And when I finally get to you Rob, you're gonna have the fight of your life from the meanest man you've ever stepped in the ring with.”
Wilcott also shared his thoughts on the World title.
“Facing Conway for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship would be a dream come true,” he said. “Years of hard work coming to a culmination. I just hope Conway is looking lean and jacked when he shows up for the match. The more ripped he is, the better I'll look when I pin him!”
Wilcott also added, “It's hard to be humble when you’re this good. I feel sorry for my children. They are going to have a hard time living up to my legacy.”
Ironically, it is partially because of Dane that Conway became the World Heavyweight Champion. On March 16 in San Antonio, Dane was scheduled to challenge then-champion Kahagas, but was attacked backstage by Kingz of the Underground. With Dane’s blessing, Conway was selected as his replacement and has held the belt ever since, putting together an impressive resume as champion.
“Dane vs. Conway, friend vs. friend, mentor vs. student,” Dane said. “Conway is the best in the world. I am the number one contender. It is bittersweet, however, I will not shy away from the opportunity to become World Champion. I am ready. Rob Conway will get my best. Win or lose, he will know and believe Godzilla is real.”
Conway also recognizes the mixed feelings in facing his friend, but says if and when the time comes, those feelings will not matter.
“Jax is the most dominate wrestler in Texas,” the World Champion said, “and we are best friends but once the Ironman’s music starts, it’s all about business and being the best wrestler in the world, the NWA World Heavyweight Champion. To be the Man you have to beat the Ironman. I will walk in the champion and walk out the champion. That's doing it the Conway!”
EXCLUSIVE: "One Man" Mike Dell vs. Jared Wayne Added to Explosion Card
Former NWA Lone Star Jr. Heavyweight Champion "One Man" Mike Dell
July 11, 2013 Colby Primeaux NWA Houston
In addition to the three huge title matches already announced for NWA Houston’s “Explosion” event on July 19 in Cypress, an additional match has been signed pitting former NWA Lone Star Jr. Heavyweight Champion, “One Man” Mike Dell against Jared Wayne.
The match will be Dell’s first singles match for NWA Houston since losing the title in an instant classic to Ray Rowe at “Parade of Champions” in April. In May at “Shut Up and Wrestle,” he teamed up with Rudy Russo to help settle Russo’s long-standing issues with David Duperon and Jasper Davis.
Dell says now he is more motivated than ever to regain his standing at the top of the junior heavyweight division.
“I had a very good run,” he said, “and pretty much thought that I was unstoppable in that division leading up to the match with Ray. He and I gave it our all in that match and it could have gone either way, but it just takes one misstep or miscalculation to lose in that kind of match.”
Since winning the Jr. Heavyweight belt, Rowe has been unstoppable, successfully defending it three times against Dan Manson, John McChesney and, most recently, Ricky Starks, who gets another shot at “Explosion.”
To the winner of that match, Dell has just one message.
“Keep the title shiny and in good condition for me.”
Jared Wayne is a newcomer to NWA Houston, having made his debut at Comicpalooza in a losing effort against Manson. He then made his Cypress VFW debut at last month’s “Rize of the Kingz” but was pinned by Russo in a triple threat match that also involved Jack Jameson.
Wayne sees Dell as a perfect opponent that could put him right in the mix when talking about the top contenders in NWA Houston.
"The NWA is a rating system,” he said. “It’s all about who beats who. It’s a ladder of accomplishments that can either excel your status or flush you right back down the toilet. A win over Dell would remind the fans of Houston just what kind of threat Jared Wayne is. I refuse to stay grounded, or become someone else’s stepping stone, I will define the Danger Zone. After all, he's only ‘one man.’”
Dell, however, disagrees with the newcomer looking for his first NWA Houston victory.
“I'm glad to see new blood enter the NWA Houston ring,” Dell said. “Unfortunately for Mr. Wayne, he has to face me. I am the first and only triple crown winner of NWA Houston, so Jared better be ready to just make it through the match, because winning is not an option!”
NWA Houston presents “Explosion” on Friday, July 19 at the FVW in Cypress. Bell time is at 7:30 p.m. For the updated card and ticket information, go to www.nwahouston.com.
Rowe Prepares for Starks, Reunites the Path
NWA Lone Star Jr. Heavyweight Champion Ray Rowe
Colby Primeaux NWA Houston Monday, June 17, 2013
When NWA Lone Star Jr. Heavyweight Champion Ray Rowe enters the ring, fans have come to expect two things. First, he’ll likely have his hand raised at the end, and second, the contest will likely be labeled by someone as “match of the year.” On Friday, June 21 at “Rize of the Kingz,” he defends his title against Ricky Starks.
Rowe says he doesn’t try to steal the show. He just tries to be Ray Rowe.
“I don't pay attention to what other people say about me. I throw everything that I am into my training in the gym leading up to every match so that I bring a bigger, stronger, faster Ray Rowe each month and when the lights go on, I leave it all on the mat.”
Thus far in 2013, Rowe has compiled a 5-2-1 record for NWA Houston. Win, lose or draw, however, he has stolen the show.
In January at “Next Level,” he wrestled “Killer” Brent McKenzie to a double disqualification, but then defeated the big man in a lumberjack match at February’s “Love Hurts.” At “March of the Kingz,” he suffered his only singles loss this year, very nearly becoming NWA World Heavyweight Champion, taking then-champion Tokyo Monster Kahagas to the limit.
In April at the “Parade of Champions” Paul Boesch tribute show, Rowe dropped down from 238 to 219 lbs. so he could challenge NWA Lone Star Jr. Heavyweight titleholder “One Man” Mike Dell. Not only did he win the instant classic bout, but so good was the match that when NWA Houston made its television debut a month later, it was one of only two that was aired.
“I cut 12 to 15 lbs. each month leading into my title defenses to make the 220 lb. limit,” Rowe said. “It's rough. Jax Dane is my best friend. He is the reigning Lone Star Heavyweight Champion. I will not challenge him while he holds the belt. And since I'm not about to sit on the sidelines, I set a challenge for myself to cut the weight each month and fight for the Jr. title.”
May was an especially busy month for Team Rowe. At “Shut Up and Wrestle,” he successfully defended his title against “Big League” John McChesney, and the following week at Comicpalooza, he wrestled three tough matches, picking up two wins, including his second title defense against Dan Manson and a non-title victory over DJ King. His only loss came in a tag match in which he teamed with Manson to face the Disciples of Destruction, Jacob Ladder and Jaykus Plisken.
This won’t be Ricky Starks’ first shot at the Lone Star Jr. belt, having previously challenged Dell for the title in January. This time around, however, Starks says he won’t have the same weakness.
“All along, I was too nice,” he said. “Being nice and cordial doesn't get you anywhere in life. So for this match with Ray Rowe I don't buy into his character of being the best around. I don't buy into him being a badass or hard hitter. That doesn't mean anything to me. Ray Rowe isn't as much of a tough guy as everyone sees him. The problem is the NWA Houston fans haven't been exposed to a legit badass. I have. I see him everyday I wake up and look in the mirror. The difference between last time I was at NWA Houston is the fact that they shouldn't have brought me back because now I've unleashed the slave that was inside of me."
“Friday night he has to lace up his boots and step in the ring with me,” Rowe responded. “If he's still conscious after the match, make sure to ask him if I'm a hard hitter.”
Starks isn’t the only challenger waiting and hungry for his shot at the title, however. NWA Houston contains a roster full of some of the top junior heavyweights in the country, including former Lone Star Jr. Heavyweight champions Dell, Rudy Russo and David Duperon, former Lone Star and NWA World Jr. champion Kevin Douglas as well as newcomers McChesney and Jared Wayne, who is making his NWA Houston debut at “Rize of the Kingz.”
“Making the weight limit has gotten harder each month,” Rowe said. “As long as I can continue to make the weight, I will continue to defend against any and all comers. I am not a hard man to find if you're looking for a fight.”
While Rowe has said he will not challenge Jax Dane for the NWA Lone Star Heavyweight title, nothing is stopping him from reuniting with Dane to reform the Path of Resistance, one of the most dominant tag teams in NWA history. The pair of champions recently petitioned NWA Houston’s Tony Brooklyn for reinstatement in time for “Rize of the Kingz.”
“We never wanted to disband in the first place,” Rowe said. “We lost a match against Kingz of the Underground with a stipulation that the losing team disband for an unspecified amount of time, and like men we honored our commitment. But it's been six months that we've been gone and now it's time to Walk the Path again. A lot has changed in the NWA tag team landscape since then. There are great teams all around: KOTU, Killer Elite Squad and Disciples of Destruction, just to name a few. We are hungry, we look forward to the challenges ahead, and we smell Blood in the Water.”
Will Rowe deliver another “match of the year” performance? Will Starks’ change in attitude put championship gold around his waist? Will the Path of Resistance be met with resistance from NWA Houston management? NWA Houston presents “Rize of the Kingz” at the Cypress VFW on Friday, June 21. For more info, go to NWAHouston.com.
Can Anyone Stop Godzilla?
NWA Lone Star Heavyweight Champion "Godzilla" Jax Dane
Colby Primeaux NWA Houston Thursday, June 13, 2013
Since defeating three world-class athletes to win the NWA Lone Star Heavyweight Championship at “Christmas Carnage II” in December, “Godzilla” Jax Dane has been unstoppable, racking up five successful title defenses against the best the NWA has to offer, including a challenger who was the third-ranked wrestler in all of NWA and one half of the NWA World Tag Team Champions.
But a new crop of massive challengers have risen up, looking to stop the rampage of Godzilla.
“Killer” Brent McKenzie is a former NWA 360 Heavyweight Champion, a title he held for ten months until recently. At 6’2, 378 lbs., McKenzie has locked up with Dane all over Texas, but never one-on-one in Houston.
“No one in the state of Texas has ever taken Jax to his limits like I have,” McKenzie said. ”No one. I have everything it takes to defeat Dane, and put an end to all of the Godzilla nonsense.”
“Godzilla is not nonsense,” Dane replied. “Team Jax is not nonsense. The Killer knows the hype is real. He’s had opportunities to defeat me and he hasn’t done it. Opportunity knocked and it was unlucky for him. I answered the door.”
The man who defeated McKenzie for that NWA 360 belt is “Addictive and Expensive” Byron Wilcott, who is also the current NWA Texas Stampede “Bull of the Woods” Champion and former NWA North American Heavyweight Champion. He sees winning the Lone Star title as not only a possibility, but a calling.
“I believe I will take the Lone Star Heavyweight Championship from Jax,” Wilcott said. “I'm very successful in winning championship titles because that is God's plan. God has a plan for Jax's life also. It involves learning to endure a lot of pain and humiliation. Jax Dane may call me, ‘Teacher!’”
“Godzilla also has a plan for Byron,” Dane said. “God’s plan for Jax was to build a 6’4”, 292 lb. smashing machine, and the plan succeeded. I don’t mind referring to Wilcott as ‘Teacher,” because he will still call me ‘Champion.’”
The 300 lb. Manimal is set to make his NWA Houston debut on June 21 against Wilcott. Should he get past that challenge, he’ll make a statement that he just might be ready for Jax Dane.
"The Manimal isn't really a talker,” he said, “but Jax Dane has something I want and I'm not sure Jax Dane is willing to go to the same depths to retain that I am to take!”
“I know nothing about the Manimal,” Dane admitted, “but God help his soul when he climbs into the ring with the most dominant and dangerous heavyweight Texas has ever seen! There is blood in the water and the monster is hungry!”
Perhaps the most immediate challenger is also one of the newest. “Cowboy” James Claxton made his debut in NWA Houston at “Shut Up and Wrestle” in May with an impressive victory over McKenzie. He really made a statement, though, when he interfered later in the evening in the Heavyweight title match between Dane and Lance Hoyt.
A week later at Comicpalooza, Claxton, along with Jasper Davis and David Duperon, interrupted the Danes match with Scott Steiner. He might have found himself on the losing end of that confrontation, but Claxton is undeterred and determined to make an impact.
"It's not personal,” Claxton said, “but I'm always out for the better things in life. Faster horses, younger women, older whiskey, and more money. In this sport you obtain those things with championship gold. Jax Dane just happens to be the man I have to go through to get that belt."
Dane was willing to give the “Cowboy” his due credit.
“Claxton is dangerous,” he said. “He’s a legitimate threat and absolutely scary. He is a walking, talking, 6’6” ass kicking machine. He’s bigger, stronger and probably meaner. He’s an outlaw with one big punch finishing power. However, he’s clearly motivated by all the wrong things. I am motivated by Team Jax! All those fans, all those kids! Team Jax is the most powerful force in Texas! Don’t believe it? Ask them. This is why Claxton is like everyone else has tried to take this belt from me. He’ll come up just a bit short. I like my chances.”
All five of these men will be in action at “Rize of the Kingz” on June 21. What will the shape of the heavyweight division be the next day? Will one of these men emerge as the clear number one contender? To find out, be in attendance at the Cypress VFW. For more information, go to NWAHouston.com.
Carson and Friends Prepare for WAWR
Former NWA North American Heavyweight Champion Carson
Colby Primeaux NWA Houston Wednesday, June 5, 2013
When the match between Carson and the “Modern Day Hero” Kevin Douglas was finally signed for May’s “Shut Up and Wrestle” event, fans thought Carson would finally get his revenge on the man who had cost him not one, not two, but three championships in just a few months.
Fans were wrong. Things only got worse. And now they each lead a team of competitors in a six-man tag team match at “Rize of the Kingz” on June 21 at the VFW in Cypress.
Carson has made it clear that he’s not coming for a match, but for a fight and has made a very big promise to his nemesis.
“Kevin Douglas,“ he said, “You say that I spend too much time worrying about what other people think of me. Well, a lion doesn’t concern himself with the opinion of sheep. I have one goal, and that is to take you out of professional wrestling for good. You are full of intentions, and they are all evil. On June 21, I’m bringing in two of the baddest men in pro wrestling that will help me fight you, not wrestle you, and your two goons. After it's said and done, you wont have the nerve to show your face back in NWA Houston again.”
The seeds for this rivalry were planted in November in Rogersville, Tennessee when, according to Douglas, Carson cost him a chance at regaining the NWA World Junior Heavyweight title in a cage match against Chase Owens when a chair thrown in by Carson to aid Douglas was ultimately used against him and led to his defeat.
Then at NWA Houston’s “Next Level” in January, Carson lost his NWA North American Championship to Byron Wilcott, who bought the opportunity from Douglas. Carson felt that had he faced Douglas, for whom he had prepared, he would still be the North American Heavyweight Champion.
In February at “Love Hurts,” Douglas enlisted the aid of Carson to face then-NWA World Tag Team Champions, the Kingz of the Underground, with whom Douglas had been having problems for several months. Douglas and Carson were defeated but received another shot at the belts the next month at “March of the Kingz.” The so-called “Modern Day Hero” had different plans, however, faking an injury during the match, only to return and turn on his partner.
At April’s “Parade of Champions,” Carson had the opportunity to finally replenish his supply of championship gold when he faced Damien Wayne for the NWA National Heavyweight Title. Carson had the match well in hand after hitting his Carson Kick on Wayne, but was distracted by the ringside appearance of none other than Douglas. The distraction was enough for Wayne to hit his “Xperience” piledriver and retain his title, the third in four months that Douglas had ripped from Carson’s hands.
Finally, the grudge match was set for May. As Carson was ready to hit his Carson Kick, Douglas knocked out the referee, and Carson was attacked by “The Name that Entertains” Jasper Davis and David “Super” Duperon. Another official slid into the ring and Douglas made the cover stealing the win. An irate and battered Carson grabbed a steal chair and chased the trio to the back.
Later in the evening, Carson’s wife and NWA Lone Star Women’s Champion Barbi Hayden was well on her way to defeating Kacee Carlisle for the NWA Women’s World title. Barbi climbed the turnbuckle to deliver some sort of aerial maneuver, but was thrown to the mat by none other than Kevin Douglas, who would later proclaim his innocence on social media. The action would result in a disqualification victory for Barbi, but save the championship for Kacee.
As a helpless Barbi was now surrounded by Kacee, Douglas, Duperon and Davis, she was saved by her husband Carson and his steel chair, clearing the ring. Carson grabbed a microphone and addressed Douglas. He said that in addition to screwing Carson out of the three aforementioned titles, he made the biggest mistake by daring to put his hands on Carson’s wife. He then challenged Douglas, Davis and Duperon to a six-man tag team match on June 21 with two of Carson’s friends who “love to fight.”
When asked why he has chosen the path he’s on and why he‘s aligned himself with Davis and Duperon, Douglas revealed his motivation.
“After a year traveling the country as a World Champion, fighting the best from coast to coast, representing Texas and all the Little Heroes out there that look to me for motivation and guidance, I realized why I was called to be the hero of the age, and that is to be the hero the people need, not necessarily the one they want.”
“You see what’s best isn’t always most popular,” he continued, “and it’s my duty to decide between the two. What’s popular in the NWA isn’t what’s best in the NWA at the moment. Kevin Douglas, Jasper Davis & David Duperon are the best thing going in NWA Houston right now and WAWR is the hottest & most mysterious thing in wrestling today. WAWR is nothing short of a worldwide justice society. We are an international institution of super humans aimed at quality control & regulation in pro wrestling. Carson is one of our targets, a bad person to be these days.”
Douglas then went on to explain why WAWR has targeted Carson.
“Carson is being handed all these title shots because he's popular,” he said, “while the best are being overlooked. So we target the top of the food chain to make a statement, and currently that’s Carson.”
And what about the two men who have aligned themselves with Douglas?
“We stand for those hard workers that just cant get a break at their jobs,” Jasper Davis said. “We stand for the many that are too scared to stand for something so they fall for anything. We are the heroes of the NWA! The brain capacity of the average NWA fan may not be sufficient enough to quite get it, but Kevin Douglas, David Duperon and I made the NWA interesting again. We solely revived the NWA! But we wont stop with just a revival, because while the NWA longs to repeat history, We plan to make history!”
“The main reason why my partner and I are involved in this issue with Douglas and Carson is because we can,” David Duperon said. “Carson is a prima donna, a false hero unlike the “Modern Day Hero” Kevin Douglas. How little we forget how Carson stole the NWA Lone Star Heavyweight title from Jasper Davis. Carson is also responsible for stripping me of my identity when I was the Black Diamond and I've not had my redemption since. We picked the right opportunity and we struck! We’re here to dominate and conquer, not play patty cake. Carson wants to bring friends, that's fine. It's not a factor. We will rule.”
Who are these “friends” of Carson’s? Are they a tag team familiar to NWA Houston? Are they a pair of singles stars joining forces to rid the promotion of these three self-professed “heroes?” Are they from outside the NWA? What will the future hold for Kevin Douglas and WAWR? Will this match do anything to put this feud to rest once and for all or is this only the beginning? The only way to find out is to be in attendance for “Rize of the Kingz” on June 21 at the VFW in Cypress. For more information, visit NWAHouston.com.
Parade of Champions Paul Boesch Tribute DVD - on sale soon
The highly anticipated NWA Houston Parade of Champions
Paul Boesch tribute event DVD will be released very soon. Please keep
checking nwahouston.com for updates!
A special preview of this
DVD along with a tribute to Paul Boesch aired on abc13 in Houston on
Friday night May 24. The Killer Elite Squad's victory over the Kingz of
the Underground for the NWA World Tag Team titles as well as Ray Rowe's
victory over "One Man" Mike Dell to capture the NWA Lone Star Jr.
Heavyweight title are the two matches that were featured on the
television special. You will want to buy the DVD to see all of the
action. It was an incredible event. As Mrs. Boesch said "Paul would be
NWA Houston teams up with "Big Poppa Pump" Scott Steiner at Comicpalooza 2013
Colby Primeaux NWA Houston at Comicpalooza May 24-26
Fans of science fiction and fantasy became wrestling fans at Comicpalooza at George R. Brown Convention Center, May 24-26, where amidst the costume contests and quidditch matches, NWA Houston held four shows showcasing the organization’s top talent along with a former WCW World Heavyweight Champion.
The most anticipated match was scheduled to be between NWA Lone Star Heavyweight Champion Jax Dane and former WCW, WWE and TNA superstar “Big Poppa Pump” Scott Steiner on Saturday evening. Shortly after the bout began, the action was interrupted by the trio of “Cowboy” James Claxton, “The Name that Entertains” Jasper Davis and David “Super” Duperon.
A week prior in Cypress, Claxton interrupted the Heavyweight title match between Dane and Lance Hoyt. Though he brought backup with him this time, he failed to consider the volatile nature of Steiner, who berated Claxton before challenging the trio to a three-on-two handicap tag team match against himself and Dane.
Steiner and Dane dominated the majority of the match with power moves that mostly nullified the one-man advantage of Claxton and company. With Dane triple-teamed in the opposing corner, Claxton picked up Dane for some kind of power maneuver but Dane dropped behind him and speared him to the mat before tagging in Steiner, who took all three down with clotheslines and suplexes, sending Claxton out of the ring. Steiner locked in the Steiner Recliner on Duperon while Dane simultaneously trapped Davis in a Boston crab, picking up a submission victory in front of a standing room-only crowd.
NWA Lone Star Junior Heavyweight Champion Ray Rowe also had a big weekend, going two-for-three in his matches that weekend, including a hard-fought successful title defense on Friday against Dan Manson, with whom he teamed on Saturday evening in a valiant but losing effort against the Disciples of Destruction, Jacob Ladder and Jaykus Plisken. On Sunday, in one of the most memorable visual moments of the entire weekend, Rowe lifted “The Texas Torture Machine” DJ King up for a stalling vertical suplex that lasted at least 20 seconds.
The match with Rowe would be the only blemish on the Comicpalooza record of DJ King. As one half of Breaking Point alongside Silky Baines, King would pick up three tag team victories, including two over the team of Jodan and Ray Knyte on Friday and Saturday evening, and the team of Erik Shadows and Downfall on Saturday afternoon. All three wins came by way of their devastating Breaking Point finisher.
Chaz Taylor also left his mark on Comicpalooza picking up two wins, the first of which came against the very agile Downfall via a spinning sidewalk slam on Friday. However, he really got into the spirit of the convention on Sunday, as he arrived for his tag match alongside Ray Knyte against Paul Titan and David Duperon in full body paint inspired by the Iron Patriot comic book character. To start the match, Titan tried to take him down with a shoulder tackle, but Taylor shoved him out of the ring as if he had actual repulsor rays. The action only became more superheroic as Titan landed a suplex on the very large Knyte that shook the ring and probably the third floor of the George R. Brown Convention Center. Titan tagged in Duperon who went for a springboard moonsault but Knyte rolled out of the way and tagged in Taylor. Taylor dispatched Titan from the ring and Knyte delivered a top rope moonsault on Duperon for the win.
Paul Titan was involved in another of the most memorable moments when he squared off on Saturday afternoon against the mysterious Lazarus, making his return to NWA Houston. The match was a quick affair with Lazarus picking up the win with a chokeslam. After the match, Lazarus unfolded a body bag and put Titan inside it and left the ring, stunning the crowd and leaving referee Hela Fine to release a visibly frightened Titan from the bag.
As part of the main event of three of the four shows, Dan Manson was another competitor that impressed the crowd in each of his four matches, despite not picking up a victory until the very last match of the weekend, a pinfall win over Jared Wayne. On Friday, he more than held his own against Ray Rowe, very nearly becoming the NWA Lone Star Junior Heavyweight champ on multiple occasions.
On Saturday afternoon, he was involved in the most controversial moment of the weekend, when he initially picked up the win against Jasper Davis, but when announcer Matt Topolski and the crowd brought to the attention of Hela Fine that Manson held the ropes to get the pin, she ordered the match restarted. Immediately, Manson walked into Jasper’s signature HD neckbreaker and was pinned.
In other Comicpalooza action on Friday, the Armadillo Kid and El Coyote set the tone for the entire weekend with a wild tag team victory over Erik Shadows and Paul Titan when Armadillo pinned Shadows after a modified 450 top rope attack. On Saturday afternoon, Armadillo again kicked off the show, but was pinned by Ray Knyte following a spinning sidewalk slam in a triple threat match also involving Jodan.
On Saturday evening, Erik Shadows took on Downfall in a very fast paced match. After rolling out of the way of a shooting star press, Shadows picked up Downfall and delivered a facebuster for the pinfall. On Sunday, those two would team up in a losing effort against Jodan and Billy Wayne.
After a successful Comicpalooza in which the crowds only became bigger and bigger as the weekend continued, NWA Houston returns home to the Cypress VFW on Friday, June 21.
Three New Champions Crowned at NWA Houston Parade of Champions Paul Boesch tribute event!
NWA Official Press Release Three New Champions Crowned at NWA Houston's Parade of Champions Paul Boesch Tribute Event April 22, 2013
Three significant title changes occurred on Saturday night April 20 in Houston, Texas at the NWA Houston Parade of Champions Paul Boesch tribute event.
The "Killer Elite Squad" Lance Hoyt/Archer and Davey Boy Smith Jr. captured the NWA World Tag Team Titles from the "Kingz of the Underground" Scot Summers and Ryan Genesis. This match was sanctioned by the National Wrestling Alliance and New Japan Pro Wrestling as a double title match. New Japan Pro Wrestling's IWGP Tag Team Titles were also up for grabs in this contest. Hoyt/Archer and Smith doubled up on Summers with a "Killer Bomb" to pick up the victory.
By virtue of a sunset flip/pin combination, the "Tokyo Monster" Kahagas defeated "Addictive and Expensive" Byron Wilcott to become the new NWA North American Heavyweight Champion. Kahagas is also a former NWA World Heavyweight Champion and National Heavyweight Champion.
Ray Rowe defeated "One Man" Mike Dell to become the new NWA Lone Star Jr. Heavyweight Champion. Rowe's devastating "Death Rowe" finishing move allowed him to secure the victory. In March, Rowe, a former heavyweight, made the decision to cut weight and enter the Jr. heavyweight division with his sights set on Dell and the NWA Lone Star Jr. Heavyweight Title. Rowe's commitment paid off as he officially qualified for the match the day prior by weighing in at 219 pounds.
In other action, NWA World Heavyweight Champion "Ironman" Rob Conway used his patented "Ego Trip" to successfully defend his title against the former "Masterpiece", Chris Adonis. Conway used the same maneuver on March 16 in San Antonio Texas when he defeated Kahagas to become champion. When the match was over, NWA President Bruce Tharpe awarded Conway with a brand new NWA Domed Globe World Title belt.
NWA Lone Star Heavyweight Champion "Vanilla Godzilla" Jax Dane successfully defended his title against the "Canadian Lion" Lance Erikson. Dane used a power slam to pick up the pin. Erikson entered this match ranked #2 in the NWA heavyweight division.
"The Xperience" Damien Wayne defeated Carson to retain the NWA National Heavyweight Title. Carson, a former NWA North American Heavyweight Champion, seemingly had the match in hand until he was distracted by former tag team partner "Modern Day Hero" Kevin Douglas. The distraction gave Wayne a chance to recover. When Carson turned to face his opponent, Wayne was able to administer a pile driver and pick up the victory.
The team of Jasper Davis and Dave Duperon defeated Jack Jameson and Rudy Russo in the opening match of the evening.
New NWA World Heavyweight Champion Crowned: "Ironman" Rob Conway
New NWA World Heavyweight Champion "Ironman" Rob Conway
NWA Official Press Release New NWA World Heavyweight Champion Crowned in San Antonio March 17, 2013
On March 16 at the Woodlawn Gym in San Antonio Texas, "Ironman" Rob Conway pinned Tokyo Monster Kahagas to become the new NWA World Heavyweight Champion. This match took place at "The Monster's Ball" which was presented by NWA Branded Outlaw Wrestling. Conway's victory marks the first time in history that the most storied and recognized title in all of professional wrestling has changed hands in San Antonio.
Earlier in the evening, Conway, the acting General Manager of NWA BOW, had awarded the title match to NWA BOW and NWA Lone Star Heavyweight Champion "Vanilla Godzilla" Jax Dane. Dane was later assaulted by the NWA World Tag Team Champions "The Kingz of the Underground" Scot Summers and Ryan Genesis, along with Ricky Starks, A.J. Summers and Dick Dallas. Dane had to be taken to the hospital for medical attention after suffering a vicious beating which included several chair shots to the ankle. Before leaving the building, Dane pleaded with Conway to take his place in the title match against Kahagas. Conway accepted Dane's offer and NWA President Bruce Tharpe sanctioned the match. A visibly injured Dane, only able to get around on one leg, returned from the hospital in time to witness Conway's victory. An emotional Conway recognized Dane as a "fine wrestler", "a hell of a man" and his "best friend" during an in ring victory celebration. Conway also paid tribute to his late father who passed away six months prior. "I want to dedicate this to my dad. I love you, I miss you...this is for you...champion of the world!"
Paul Boesch Tribute Event: "Parade of Champions" scheduled for April 20, 2013!!!
What: NWA Houston and Walker Texas Lawyer present: "Parade of Champions" A tribute to Paul Boesch
When: Saturday, April 20, 2013
Bell Time: 7:30pm, doors open at 6:30pm, 6pm VIP entrance for meet and greet session with NWA stars
Where: Houston Athletic Fencing Center, 4997 West Belfort, Houston, TX
$20 (only 80 VIP tickets were made available. Those who purchase VIP
tickets will be guaranteed a front row seat and admission to a
6pm-6:30pm meet and greet with the wrestlers. You will also get a
limited edition lanyard. (Less than 40 VIP tickets remain) General Admission Adult: $15 General Admission Child (12 years or under): $10
New Japan Pro Wrestling, IWGP Tag
Team Champions the "Killer Elite Squad" Lance Hoyt and Davey Boy Smith
Jr will challenge NWA World Tag Team Champions "The Kingz of the
Underground" Scot Summers and Ryan Genesis for the titles.
Former WWE superstars collide when "The Masterpiece" Chris Masters faces NWA World Heavyweight Champion "Ironman" Rob Conway!
NWA North American Heavyweight champion Carson will challenge "The
Xperience" Damien Wayne for Wayne's NWA National Heavyweight title.
Former NWA World Heavyweight Champion Tokyo Monster Kahagas is scheduled to meet current NWA North American Heavyweight Champion "Addictive and Expensive" Byron Wilcott.
Lone Star Heavyweight Champion "Vanilla Godzilla" Jax Dane will defend
his title against "The Canadian Lion" Lance Erikson (currently ranked #3
in the NWA)
Tag Team Action: Rudy Russo and Jack Jameson will face "The Name That Entertains" Jasper Davis and David "Super" Duperon.
Also scheduled to appear:
NWA Lone Star Jr. Heavyweight Champion "One Man" Mike Dell will defend his title against an opponent to be named.
"Ironman" Rob Conway debuts at NWA Houston on February 8 at "Love Hurts"!!!
"Ironman" Rob Conway
Former WWE superstar "Ironman" Rob Conway will make his debut at NWA Houston's "Love Hurts" event on February 8, 2013.
Born in Louisville, Kentucky and raised in New Albany, Indiana, Rob Conway started out his career as an amateur bodybuilder. After high school Rob competed in various Kentucky NPC competitions and won a number of them including first place in the NPC Kentucky Derby Classic Teen and first place in the Men’s light heavyweight division in the Western Kentucky championships at age 19. Rob was a stand out high school basketball player at New Albany High and was accepted at Graceland University in New Albany on a basketball scholarship were he studied Business Administration. For a short time he worked selling fitness equipment and also as a personal trainer.
When Rob was a freshman in college he happened to catch professional wrestling on television and thought with his size – that was something he could do easily.
After some investigating on various wrestling schools, Rob decided to enroll in Nightmare Danny Davis' School of professional wrestling. He started his training with The Nightmare Danny Davis, a long-time wrestler who ran Ohio Valley Wrestling.
He wrestled with Nick Dinsmore for Music City Wrestling (MCW) under the names Limited Edition and Lords of the Ring for the Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW) federation. Rob, along with Dinsmore, went on to win the OVW tag team titles on 10 different occasions and captured the MCW North American Tag Team titles once. In April, 1999, Rob defeated Dinsmore to win the OVW Heavyweight Championship title, thus beginning a long feud with Dinsmore, but also a long on-and-off reign as the OVW Heavyweight Champion.
In 2000, Rob signed a developmental contract with the World Wrestling Federation (now World Wrestling Entertainment – WWE) and got his break in 2003 when he joined Sylvain Grenier and Rene Dupree as part of La Resistance. Rob remained as part of this tag team for 2 years and became a 3-time World Tag Team Champion. He finally gained solo fame as “The Con-Man” Rob Conway. He continued to wrestle for various WWE shows including Raw, Smackdown, and Sunday Night Heat until 2007.
A big draw on the independent wrestling circuit, Rob is currently wrestling for the NWA as “THE IRONMAN” Rob Conway. Standing at 6 feet and 215 pounds of solid muscle, Rob maintains a strict regiment in the gym mixing weightlifting and cardio workouts six days a week. In his spare time when Rob isn’t playing Texas Hold’Em or basketball, he can be found catching up on various sports by watching Sports Center. He currently resides in New Albany, Indiana where he plans to one day run for political office.
Conway will face Ricky Starks in his NWA Houston debut match. Click here to purchase discounted advance tickets!
NWA Houston Super Show on April 20, 2013 and 2013 Monthly Schedule Changes
NWA Houston has scheduled a "super show" on April 20 at the Houston Athletic Fencing Center. This event will showcase NWA champions and talent from around the country. NWA World Heavyweight Champion Tokyo Monster Kahagas, NWA World Tag Team Champions "The Kingz of the Underground" (Scot Summers and Ryan Genesis), NWA North American Heavyweight Champion Byron Wilcott, NWA National Champion Damien Wayne and NWA World Women's Champion Kacee Carlisle have already been confirmed to appear.
Additionally, the NWA Houston monthly calendar has changed. For the past 2 years we have presented the best in live professional wrestling on the 2nd Friday of every month at VFW Post 8905 in Cypress, Texas. Beginning in March, we will begin running on the 3rd Friday of every month (with the exception of April, see schedule below for details). Our regular monthly events will continue to take place at VFW Post 8905 in Cypress (with the exception of the April 20 event at the Houston Athletic Fencing Center).
Please see below for our full 2013 schedule.
All below events will take place at the following venue unless otherwise noted below.
(on the north side of Highway 290 between the Huffmeister and Telge exits)
February 8, 2013 (Friday) bell time is 7:30pm
March 15, 2013 (Friday) bell time is 7:30pm
April 20, 2013 (Saturday) ***SUPER SHOW*** @ Houston Athletic Fencing Center, 4997 West Belfort, Houston, TX
May 17, 2013 (Friday) bell time is 7:30pm
June 21, 2013 (Friday) bell time is 7:30pm
July 19, 2013 (Friday) bell time is 7:30pm
August 16, 2013 (Friday) bell time is 7:30pm
September 20, 2013 (Friday) bell time is 7:30pm
October 18, 2013 (Friday) bell time is 7:30pm
November 15, 2013 (Friday) bell time is 7:30pm
December 20, 2013 (Friday) bell time is 7:30pm
NWA Houston Launches Official Facebook Page
Connect with NWA Houston on facebook by clicking the above banner. This official NWA Houston facebook page will replace the old WoW facebook page we have been using. The web address for the new page is: www.facebook.com/nwahouston.