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NWA brings back territory system starting with EC3’s local promotion

The NWA is branching out under the leadership of Billy Corgan to bring back a staple from the company’s past. The NWA announced the return of the territory system.

The National Wrestling Alliance was originally formed in 1948 as a governing body for a national territory system. The idea was to recognize one world champion, ensure talent exchanges, and protect the integrity of participating promotions.

The NWA is going back to its roots, and the first territory will be EC3’s local promotion, Exodus Pro. Corgan made the announcement at an Exodus Pro show in Cleveland, OH to promote the news. To put it in digestible terms, NWA Exodus Pro Midwest will be a regional training ground for the NWA.

The official press release sheds more light on the NWA territory system.


• The first affiliate territory for the Lightning One era is NWA Exodus Pro Midwest

• Territory is lead by NWA World’s Heavyweight Champion EC3

• More territories are being explored domestically and internationally

CLEVELAND, OH - In a move marking a pivotal moment in the history of the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA), President William Patrick Corgan has announced the revival of the promotion’s territorial system, a cherished tradition for the NWA, which harkens back to the roots of professional wrestling and the alliance’s formation 75 years ago. The move is aimed at fostering collaboration, unity and the development of future wrestling stars. The inaugural affiliate territory to join this initiative is NWA Exodus Pro Midwest, under the stewardship of none other than the NWA World’s Heavyweight Champion, EC3.

In a statement reflecting the essence of this moment, Billy Corgan remarked, “We are returning to the collaboration that defined the NWA, embracing a model that not only honors our rich history but also propels us into a future of young stars. This initial undertaking with NWA Exodus Pro, as well as all our affiliate promotions to come, will play a pivotal role in who appears on NWA television in the future, as well as affording those affiliate promotions consistent access to all the top NWA champions and superstars.”

NWA Exodus Pro Midwest, led by the illustrious NWA World’s Heavyweight Champion EC3, will see its Men’s Heavyweight Championship officially recognized by the NWA - a testament to the gravity of this new chapter in NWA history. This collaboration not only signifies a mutual partnership but also symbolizes a shared commitment to the growth and evolution of professional wrestling. EC3 expressed his excitement, stating, “I am honored to lead NWA Exodus Pro Midwest into this new chapter. I’ve long sought a way to create a platform of opportunity for up and coming talent to “tell their story.” With the WPC and the NWA, I have the right partner and wrestling’s most important legacy. To have the NWA’s brand, create shows, and cultivate talent, especially in the Midwest region, is something I’m incredibly passionate about. Together, we will pave the way for a future that respects the traditions of the past while pushing the boundaries of what’s possible. Dare I say, we can “control the narrative.”

The inaugural celebration of this historic affiliation will be marked by “NWA Presents: Samhain” on October 28, 2023, hosted at Temple Live in Cleveland. Fans can secure their tickets and pay-per-view access by visiting and Fite.TV.

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