September 29, 2004
NWA heading to Winnipeg for convention
By JON WALDMAN -- SLAM! Wrestling
WINNIPEG - Come October, Winnipeg will become the wrestling capital of North America, as the National Wrestling Alliance will converge on the River City for its 56th annual convention.
The convention, slated for October 15th-17th, will be held at the Ramada Malbourough Hotel in downtown Winnipeg. The convention is a history-making event for NWA, as it will be north of the 49th for the first time in the modern era. "This marks the first time the event will be held outside of the United States since the NWA made it's comeback," says convention organizer and CWF Owner Ernie Todd.
Todd's work putting together the convention has been phenomenal. Primarily a solo effort, Todd's work has been all-encompassing. "Organizing an event of this magnitude is very challenging. Arranging a venue, hotel discounts, the AGM, the fan fare, sponsors, advertising. It is a major commitment on my part to bring to my hometown & the CWF fans, some of the best independent talent from around the world. Now organizing the shows will be an shows themselves will be huge challenge, as some talent I have never seen."
Among the highlights of the convention will be some of the hottest wrestling action from across the Alliance. At the top of the card will be a convention-long tournament to crown a new NWA North American champion. The four-man tournament will include two semi-final matches that will be held on the 15th, with the final match on the 17th.
Other matches announced on nwa-wrestling.com are NWA National Champion Ricky Murdoch going against Winnipeg's own Spyder for the title and New Jersey State tag team champions One in a Million taking on TJ Bratt and former NWA Canadian Champion Rob Stardom. Also slated for the convention are Texas Heavyweight Champion Tejas and representatives from NWA-TNA, including Jerry Jarrett.
The convention, however, will not just be featuring North American grapplers. At the top of the international portion of the show is a bout for the NWA British Commonwealth Title between NWA UK's Drux Onyx and NWA Australia's Will Phoenix. Also announced for the show will be a tag bout from NWA Ireland, featuring Paddy "Suicide Machine" Morrow and Carl "Shooter" O'Rourke against Fergal Devitt and Paul Tracey, while NWA-UK Hammerlock will have former Heavyweight Champion "Vigilante" Johnny Moss battling Byron Black. As well, Zero One referee Mr. Fred will be the head referee for the event.
Todd's goal for the convention is not only to put on a successful show for the industry, but also to raise awareness and funds for a local charity. "I am hoping that everyone who buys a ticket to this event will get their money's worth," he says. "I also am hoping this will raise some awareness for Aboriginal Diabetes, as a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the National Aboriginal Diabetes Association."
For more information on the 56th annual NWA Convention, please click here.
Jon Waldman has been with SLAM! since 2000.