In excellent news for fans of the National Wrestling Alliance, the NWA has today announced their return to action with Back For The Attack, a major pay-per-view to be aired on Fite TV on March 21st, followed by the return of the company’s flagship show, Powerrr, on March 23rd.
There had been speculation that the NWA was to sell to AEW to help that company build its tape library, or even that the company was to fold altogether, after the NWA’s YouTube channel was completely wiped of any content on February 27th, including the complete playlists for Powerrr, Ten Pounds of Gold, The Circle Squared and Shockwave Thankfully, it appears this is because of the deal agreed with Fite TV. Powerrr is already available to view on the platform, and although the likes of Ten Pounds of Gold are not available there yet, it is possible these will reappear on either Fite or the company’s YouTube site.
So: what do we know about the NWA’s agreement with Fite so far?
Well, there has been no official announcement from the NWA at the time of writing outside of the graphic for Back For The Attack with the date and time of the show, but Inside the Ropes has confirmed that “NWA has signed an exclusive rights deal with Fite – the first deal of its type for the streaming company—after another sports streaming service had actually made a substantial offer for exclusive rights, which almost swayed Billy Corgan.”
While it might be fun to speculate which sports streaming service almost turned Corgan’s head, the fact remains the deal the company has made with Fite TV is groundbreaking for Fite. Meanwhile, the ability to charge a small fee for Fite customers to watch NWA content on the streaming platform will prove to be more monetarily rewarding for the NWA than whatever they were earning from YouTube views.
Whilst David Marquez has confirmed via Twitter that he is not involved in the NWA relaunch, Inside the Ropes states that Pat Kenney, who performed in both ECW and MLW as Simon Diamond (now there’s a name from the past!) and Billy Trask will be dealing with talent and editing and directing programming respectively, while Nick Aldis may act as a mentor to the other on-screen talent as well as possibly be being involved in creative, although he is said not to have an official off-screen role.
While we do not know, in terms of roster and available talent, who will be available to wrestle at Back For The Attack (named after a Dokken song, as was Into the Fire), it is interesting that the Chicago Sun Times reports that Powerrr is scheduled to resume on Fite on March 23rd, only two days after the Pay-Per-View. This suggests that the tapings will either occur on March 22nd after Back For The Attack, which doesn’t allow much time for editing and post-production, or the tapings will occur in the next week or so. It could even be the case that the tapings have already been recorded and post-production is underway as we speak.
Whatever the case, the NWA Family have a lot of reasons to celebrate. We’ll be keeping you up to date here at Sports Obsessive as more information is released in the run-up to Back For The Attack and we prepare to go once more…into the fire!