For a couple of decades now, New Japan has been one of the most well known wrestling promotion in the world. Management is trying to increase their popularity by doing an international expansion. The company is going to send their top stars, such as Hiroshi Tanahashi, more frequently to the United States. They already have deals in place with GFW, ROH, NWA and a couple of other small promotions.
July 18, 2015
Some new rumors have popped up in regards to Lisa Fox Lee being fired by WWE despite being with the company for nearly two decades. It is being said that Vince McMahon had her released because she was not able to successfully negotiate a contract to acquire the rights to the NWA library. The company wanted to prevent them from being able to create their own online video streaming service.
July 12, 2015
Some bad news to report. Buddy Landel has passed away. He was involved in a car accident but was able to come back home. The following day, he was found unresponsive. For those that do not know, he was a star during the 1980s. Landel wrestled for several territories, but he is most known for his work in the NWA and Smoky Mountain Wrestling.
June 22, 2015
In what is being viewed as quite the bold move, the NWA has decided to follow in the foot steps of WWE and New Japan by offering an online video streaming service. Their content is going to include footage from the 1960s until the early 1980s. The company is promoting the fact that they have nearly 800 hours of content for fans of old school wrestling. The video library is the one that is owned by legendary promoter Paul Boesch.
June 8, 2015
In some sad news, Tommy Rogers has passed away. He was found in front of his computer in the middle of the night by his roommate. The initial belief is that the former NWA star might have committed suicide, as he was facing a prison stint after getting involved in a fight with a police officer. Reports have surfaced that there was no suicide note left behind. Rogers teamed with Bobby Fulton as the Fantastics, a very underrated tag team during the 1980s.
June 1, 2015
One of the most memorable roles in movie history was almost played by Nikita Koloff. The former NWA star revealed that he was one of the three finalists to play the role of Ivan Drago, the main antagonist to Sylvester Stallone in Rocky 4. He stated that he was flown out to Los Angeles for one final audition. However, studio executives decided that it would be best to go with Dolph Lundgren because he was not as big as Koloff.
May 24, 2015
Back when Barry Darsow decided to leave the NWA for WWE, he was told that he would be dropping the Russian gimmick and adopting what we now know as Demolition. He invited Nikita Koloff to make the jump with him and even told him of the new character that he would be portraying. Koloff felt that it seemed like too much of a Road Warriors rip off that he was turned off on the idea. He decided to remain loyal to the company that gave him his start.
May 24, 2015