On This Date in Pro Wrestling History (May 13): NWA pulls TNA support

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After a five-year arrangement, the National Wrestling Alliance pulled their belts from TNA. So what did the company do? Create their own title, of course.

With all due respect to Lou Thesz, Terry Funk, Harley Race, Ric Flair and all the other greats who have held it, I can't help but think the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) World Heavyweight Championship is the ugliest belt in all of professional wrestling.

Yes, even uglier than the WWE Divas title.

For such a grand championship with such an illustrious history, it looks tiny, dull and appears to have credit cards lining the straps.

Regardless, TNA and the NWA entered into an agreement in 2002 when the former Orlando-based company opened its door to use the belt in the fledgling promotion. Presumably, it was to lend some credence to TNA while putting the NWA title back in the national spotlight.

Five years later on this date, the NWA severed the relationship with TNA and would go on to hold a tournament to crown a new champion.

Yeah, because that's never backfired on them before.

Check out the announcement video right here:

Note: Today's History post is a re-posting of an edited post which was originally written for Cageside Seats by Author Sergio Hernandez back on May 13, 2012.

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