NWA Wildside

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NWA Wildside
AcronymNWA: Wildside
FoundedSeptember 1999
DefunctApril 2005
StyleAmerican Wrestling
HeadquartersCornelia, Georgia
Founder(s)Steve Martin
Owner(s)Bill Behrens
FormerlyNational Championship Wrestling
NWA Georgia

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. It was originally formed when National Championship Wrestling merged with NWA Georgia. While in operation, NWA Wildside was one of the main affiliates of the National Wrestling Alliance, a group that dates back to 1948. It also served as a developmental territory for World Championship Wrestling.

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 (WCW) 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. WCW hired several NWA Wildside talent for their shows including A.J. Styles and Frank "Air" Paris.

Wrestlers such as Onyx, David Young and Rick Michaels appeared 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.

Television[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.

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

On September 9, 2017, NWA Wildside held a reunion show at The Landmark Arena in Cornelia, GA featuring over 50 alumni from the Wildside years including Bad Attitude, New Jack, Tank, Iceberg and A.J. Styles.

Championships[edit]

Champions listed are the final champions in Wildside.

Alumni[edit]

 

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