NWA Wildside

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NWA Wildside
Acronym NWA: Wildside
Founded September 1997
Defunct April 2005
Style American Wrestling
Headquarters Cornelia, Georgia
Founder(s) Steve Martin
Owner(s) Bill Behrens
Formerly National Championship Wrestling
NWA Georgia
Website NWA Wildside.com

NWA Wildside was an American independent professional wrestling promotion based in Cornelia, Georgia, with an office in Atlanta, Georgia, operating between September 1999 and April 2005.

While in operation, NWA Wildside was one of the main affiliates of the National Wrestling Alliance, a group that dates back to 1948 and was one of the most-watched independent promotions in the United States.

History[edit]

Wildside was originally named National Championship Wrestling in 1997 and was owned by Steve Martin, who often made appearances on the wrestling card. In December 1999 NCW merged with NWA Georgia to form NWA Wildside under the ownership of Bill Behrens.

WCW development territory[edit]

World Championship Wrestling hired NWA Wildside to serve as its development territory, and sent their Power Plant wrestlers like Shannon Moore, Jamie Noble, Sean O'Haire, Mark Jindrak and Elix Skipper to compete in the company.

Soon, World Championship Wrestling hired several NWA Wildside talent for their shows including A.J. Styles and Frank "Air" Paris, with other wrestlers such as Onyx, David Young and Rick Michaels appearing on World Wrestling Federation tapings.

With the establishment of Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, various NWA Wildside stars such as Styles, Abyss (Prince Justice), Young, Onyx, Slim J, Hotstuff Hernandez, Jason Cross, Jimmy Rave, Altar Boy Luke, Matt Sydal, Delirious, and Tony Mamaluke appeared for the company.

Distinction from other independent promotions[edit]

Bill Behrens, former owner of NWA Wildside.

Wildside's weekly one hour TV show aired nationally and was available to as much as 40% of the United States at its peak.

In late 2004, Wildside was broadcast by The Wrestling Channel in the United Kingdom giving them a transatlantic audience.

Two of the main attractions of Wildside were the fact that their wrestlers were allowed to be more creative in the ring, and the announcers - Dan Wilson and Steven Prazak - gave a legitimacy to the product rather than treating it as a joke.

Demise[edit]

In April 2005, NWA Wildside closed down, after producing 300 consecutive weeks of television, as a result of owner Behrens accepting a job with World Wrestling Entertainment. He then worked with Jody Hamilton, the owner of Deep South Wrestling, a former WWE developmental territory located in McDonough, Georgia.

Behrens left DSW after getting the promotion ready to produce TV but before TV production began due to creative differences with Hamilton, and was employed by TNA as Director of Third Party Bookings.

Wildside was replaced by NWA Anarchy, a promotion operating in the same arena using similar talent.

Championships[edit]

Champions listed are the final champions in Wildside.

Notable alumni[edit]

Some notable alumni of NWA Wildside include:

Note: Names are listed in alphabetical order of their ring name. Not their real last name.

 

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