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National wrestling alliance 
“back from the dead”
 
The world of professional wrestling was bigger then it had ever been. “The Monday Night Wars” between WCW and WWE had catapulted pro wrestling into mainstream entertainment. The NWO, The Rock, Stone Cold Steve Austin and Goldberg was household names. The TNT and USA cable networks was scoring rating highs in the cable television wars with Monday Night Nitro and RAW leading the way. Other cable networks looked to their success and wanted a taste of it themselves. They looked at the upstart promotion in the eastern United States, ECW, but everything agreed that it was too risky to put the product on the air. Other stations thought of starting up their own promotion but where scared away that the bottom will fall out of the market and the cost would outweigh gain. But one company, Viacom, took the thought to heart.
 

With their purchase of MTV and CMY and the newer stations VH1 and MTV2, Viacom had a host of channels with the same audience that was turning off their stations to watch professional wrestling on Monday Nights. They decided that they where going to enter the Monday Night Wars themselves but start earlier then both shows at 7 p.m. and ending at 9 p.m. They then decided to follow it up with their hit shows “The Real World” and “The Osbournes” at 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. With the thinking of 2 hours of pro wrestling was enough and fans would watch their other programs instead of switching to another channel to watch more wrestling, the plan was ready to go through but they needed one more thing.
 

Executives knew that they needed a big star to revolve the show around. A man that everybody knew and people would follow, they looked around the world and most pitched The Ultimate Warrior as the man and they sat down with him. Contracts where ready to be signed until the “Montreal Screwjob” happened and Bret “The Hitman” Hart became available.
 

Viacom quickly sat down with Bret Hart and pitched him the offer. Hart listened closely as they talked about having a deal in the works with the NWA to use their name and brand. They went on to show him the budget they had for talent and what they expected of the promotion. Hart told them they where looking at the present and not the future. He convinced the brass that they needed to be a step ahead of the WCW and WWE and offer a different kind of product instead of copying them. Viacom agreed and soon Bret Hart started making calls.
 

WCW was in turmoil backstage as the popularity of the N.W.O. Goldberg and Diamond Dallas Page has left many wrestlers on the backburner stuck in mid card duties. Hart knew one of them very well in Chris Benoit and saw the potential in others such as Chris Jericho, Eddue Guerrero, Raven, Rey Mysterio Jr. and Dean Malenko. Benoit listend to the pitch from Hart and was intrigued. He told Hart that none of them was happy the direction they where going in and planned on leaving WCW when their contracts ended. Hart asked if there was anyway they could get out sooner and Benoit said they where try. Benoit talked to others the next day and soon whispers started in the locker room and soon found their way to Ric Flair. Flair confronted Benoit about the rumors and finally Benoit caved in and told him. Flair said that he knew backstage politics better then anybody and would help them get out of WCW if he and some others could go with them.
 

A couple of weeks later, Chris Jericho choked out Bill Goldberg backstage before a match and was threatened with suspension by Eric Bischoff. Flair then went to Bischoff and promised him that the world would no about the incident, that the big, bad, Bill Goldberg lost a fight to little old, Chris Jericho. Bischoff didn’t like getting blackmailed but also didn’t see big things in any of the wrestlers. Flair added Bobby Heenan, Buff Bagwell, Curt Hennig, Rick Rude, Steven Regal and Rick Steiner to the list of people wanting out and soon they where given their releases and signed on with the NWA.


Bret then turned to the company that was E.C.W. After signing longtime ECW wrestlers, Tazz already to a free agent contract. He helped Hart watch the ECW shows and talked about the potential of some of their stars. He had seen Raven and Shane Douglas in WCW and each man was used incorrectly and where botg convinced that they could become bigger stars if used correctly. Tazz then told Bret Hart to pay attention to Rob Van Dan and Lance Storm. Hart knew of Storm and came out a big fan of RVD’s newer style in the ring and decided they needed both men. They had talks with the men but found themselves blocked by ECW owner, Paul Heyman, to obtaining then. Hart knew the promotion needed these guys and went back to Viacom. He told Viacom that they needed these guys from ECW and something had to be worked out. Viacom confessed to Hart that before starting the NWA they looked into airing ECW but was turned off bu the violence of the company. Hart came up with an idea and they agreed on an offer to Heyman. Hart flew back to New York and met with Heyman and offered him a televison contract on MTV2 for his ECW company. The cost of the contract will be a partnership between the two brands with ECW keeping it’s hardcore style while also serving as a developmental ground for the N.W.A. Heyman was boxed into the corner and with the financial worries about ECW agreed to the deal. Soon ECW talent left for new N.W.A, knowing they had saved the company.
 

Bret had a great roster of talent, some new and some old but all could really put on a show but something was missing. Bret longed for his brother, Owen, to be with him but knew the contracts of the WWE and Vince McMahon left no room to get out of early. The brothers sat back and tried to plan something but neither could thing of a way. Finally Owen called Bret and told him about Sable not being happy and was ready to sue the WWE and Mr. McMahon. Hart wasn’t a fan of using women for just the looks in wrestling but he couldn’t doubt the popularity of Sable or his earlier signing of Sunny. He flew down Sable to meet with him and Viacom to get information on her problems with the WWE. Viacom loved the idea of Sable being involved with the new company and went on to offer her ways to branch off to other parts of the network, Sable agreed to sign on with the N.W.A. but Bret wanted one more thing out of her. Sable agreed and after a hefty signing bonus from Viacom offered to Vince to drop the lawsuit against the WWE if he would release Owen from his contract. McMahon didn’t like being more less blackmailed by her but much like Eric Bischoff and Paul Heyman it was a deal he couldn’t pass up. The deal was finalized and after adding Ken Shamrock’s release to the pact both Owen and Ken signed on with the NWA.
 

Bret put on the final touches of the company’s roster with the signing of two veterans of the business in Ted Dibiase, Roddy Piper and Jimmy Hart to help him on-camera and in backstage roles. He looked at the NWA roster and marveled at the talent they were able to assemble.
 

He knew he had something special and on January 1st, 1999 everybody else would too.
 
 
 
 
 
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Your backstories and rosters are always epic there is no doubt about that, usually you have two or three shows with huge rosters to take on whch may be why you don' follow through with them. Now with a small roster of highly talented wrestlers and a killer announce team, you may be able to do this. Please stick with this.
 

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National wrestling alliance 
“back from the dead”
 

MTV has starting airing a press conference commercial hyping the NWA’s live debut show on New Year’s Eve from Las Vegas. The press conference showed the NWA owner ,Ted Dibiase, with the NWA World Heavyweight title. He went on about the history of the title and the legends that have held it. He called it the crown jewel of professional wrestling and he only saw two men that where deserving at a shot of the title. “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair and Bret “The Hitman” Hart then emerged through curtains from behind the podium and stared at each other as Dibiase did his trademark laugh. Dibiase called the two the best wrestlers in the world and whoever would win the match would be the real World Champion.


Hart and Flair started exchanging insults as Flair ripped off his jacket and Hart took of his shades. Things look to be ready to get out of control when a disturbance came from the back of the room. The camera quickly turns around to show no other then Shane Douglas. Douglas starts shouting that he should be in the match holding up the E.C.W. World Title. Dibiase loudly yells for security and after a struggle they pull Douglas out the door,, kicking and screaming. Hart is distracted by the commotion and doesn’t see a cheap shot from Flair, the knocks him off the stage into the reporters. Flair struts on the stage as cameraman take shots of the fallen Hart trying to get to his feet. Dibiase gets in between the two as Hart climbs back up the ledge and tries to get a piece of Flair. Soon security is there also as they break up this melee.


Dibiase throws in that there will be also first round matches in a tournament for the N.WA. Television Title, a 4 team four way match to determine the NWA World Tag Team champions and then gives one more plug for the NWA World Heavyweight match between Hart and Flair. We get one more shot of the two being pulled off the stage by security before zooming in the World Title belt on the table.


Later on in the week the first round matches in the TV title tournament was announced as was the wrestlers in the World Tag Team Title match. They look like this.



N.W.A. Television Title First Round Match-Ups


Owen Hart VS William Regal


Tazz VS Rick Steiner


Rey Mysterio VS Raven


Eddie Guerrero VS Ken Shamrock



N.W.A. World Tag Team Match Participants


Curt Hennig/Rick Rude


Lance Storm/Chris Jericho


Sabu/Rob Van Dam


Chris Benoit/Dean Malenko



 

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I really, really like the idea of this. It is very belivable and that is what I like in a BTB. Its very possibly a tv company with a ton of money started a wrestling promotion, hell that is pretty much what turner did with WCW. The roster is nice of course it will have to grow eventually, I'd look at some more ECW guys, Candino, Awesome, and Masato Tanaka would make nice additions. Really in this era the possibilites of people you could bring in are endless. You know who is going ready to change brands in the next year or so, you know who is going to be big in the next year or so. You have a world of options and if done right it should make for a kick ass BTB!
 
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