NWA to crown Mid-America Champion at ‘Back to the Territories’ on June 1st

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On June 1st, a new Mid-America Champion will be crowned. 

Come June 1st, the National Wrestling Alliance will be presenting their ‘Back to the Territories’ event in Knoxville, Tennessee. 

The organization made the announcement that at the event, they’ll be crowning the first NWA Mid-America Champion in nearly 40 years. 

The title’s history started with Buddy Rogers in 1957 and the last champion was Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler in 1987. He won it from Jeff Jarrett. Here is the NWA’s write-up about the revival of the belt: 

NWA Crowns First Mid-America Champion in Nearly 40 Years on June 1, 2024, at ‘Back to the Territories’ in Knoxville, TN

For generations, one of the most sought after titles in the National Wrestling Alliance was the Mid-America championship. 

Launched by legendary promoter Nick Gulas in the 1940s, a veritable who’s who of professional wrestling defended the title for generations in territories across the central United States. 

The belt’s lineage starts  with “Nature Boy” Buddy Rogers. Hall of Fame superstars including Harley Race, Randy Savage, “Fabulous” Jackie Fargo, Jeff Jarrett and more claimed the esteemed strap during its near 50 years of existence.

“This is one of the most legendary belts in NWA history,” says Joe Galli of the decision to revive the championship after nearly 40 years. 

“With the NWA’s growing territory partnerships, it seems only appropriate to have a title defended throughout those promotions with national ranking implications,” the company’s senior broadcaster continues, “And that will be the NWA Mid-America championship.”

On May 14th, an NWA unscripted series is going to begin airing on The CW titled ‘Billy Corgan’s Adventures in Carnyland’.

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