September 20, 2018
GFW Staff (65 articles)

The Legacy Of The NWA – Chapter One: “Ten Pounds of Gold…Tradition, History, Legacy”

“Ten Pounds of Gold”…Tradition, History, Legacy

Fresh off the monumental success of “All In,” newly-minted NWA World Champion Cody, now carrying the “Ten Pounds of Gold” around his waist, has joined the ranks of some of the very best professional wrestlers in history: the Funks, Harley Race, Ric Flair, his father, “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes, and others. The belt he now carries brings along with it prestige and fame, but also responsibility. The tradition of being the traveling NWA World Champion is something Cody has promised to uphold. Will he be able to? And if so, what’s next?

Or, rather, who?

The next step in the evolution of Cody’s journey will take place when he steps in the ring once again with the man he beat for the title at “All In,” Nick Aldis. As was recently announced, Cody will defend his newly-won NWA World Heavyweight title for the first time in a rematch with Aldis at the NWA 70th anniversary show on Sunday, October 21st in Nashville, Tennessee. Fans not in the Nashville area can watch the event live on the FITE TV app, but for local fans, this is going to be a can’t-miss event.

The match between Cody and Aldis at “All In” grabbed the attention of so many wrestling fans, as they put on a mix of an old school NWA title match with an infusion of a bit more of a new school style. Fans raved about it afterwards, and with their scrap being so hotly-contested, it made all the sense in the world for Aldis to receive a rematch. This time, however, the match won’t take place at an event being promoted by his opponent, such as was the case at “All In.” Will the outcome be different this time? Or will Cody once again seize the opportunity he capitalized on at “All In”? These questions and more will be answered on October 21st, but to understand the significance of this event in the climate of today’s wrestling world, one must go back to the genesis of “All In.”

Many are familiar with the story of “All In,” but for those that aren’t, it all started with a tweet. Wrestling journalist Dave Meltzer was asked on Twitter in May of 2017 if any promotion besides WWE could sell out a 10,000 seat arena for an event, and he responded that he didn’t think it could happen anytime soon. Cody saw it and responded that he would take the bet. An idea that had been germinating for a few months kicked into high gear, and “All In” was birthed.

From there, it was off to the races. Wrestlers were announced, the September 1st event sold out in a half hour, a massive podcast companion event was added, and the buzz grew and grew. By the time over ten thousand wrestling fans descended on the Chicagoland area the week of Labor Day, the fever pitch was at an all-time high.

And “All In” delivered.

There were astounding high-flying moves, combatants going through tables in brutal fashion, surprise appearances, incredible athleticism, the downright weird, and so much more. But no match could top the tilt between Cody and Nick Aldis for its sheer emotion…it was a sight to behold and experience. The larger Aldis, coming in as champion, more than held his own, hitting his foe with one high impact maneuver after another, throwing in several leg-lock submissions as well. He even dropped his patented elbow from the top rope (accidentally?) onto Cody’s wife Brandi as she sacrificed herself in order to spare her blood-soaked husband.

In the end, after Aldis survived both the “Beautiful Disaster” and the “Cross Rhodes,” Cody reversed a sunset flip attempt into a pinning combination, and got the 1, 2, 3 to win the NWA title! The roar of the crowd, with its heartfelt genuineness, sent chills up the spine of many a viewer. The long, arduous journey undertaken by Cody had been completed, and he could finally raise the belt worn by his father, “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes, and so many other legendary grapplers. The crowd showered the new champ with love and affection, and he gave it right back.

Almost immediately after the event was over, the inevitable question came: what’s next? The possibility of “All In 2,” while quite real, is off in the distance. Now that he’s the champ carrying the “Ten Pounds of Gold,” what is Cody going to do next?

Enter the 70th anniversary of the National Wrestling Alliance. Founded in 1948, the NWA was the preeminent wrestling organization for years and years. Its heavyweight title was THE belt in professional wrestling, held by names such as Lou Thesz, “Nature Boy” Buddy Rogers, Killer Kowalski, Jack Brisco, and others. Now, Cody is looking to restore the title to its former glory, one match at a time. Will Nashville be the scene of his next triumph? Or will Nick Aldis end “The American Nightmare” once and for all?

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