August 4, 2008
Albright: Being NWA champ 'just awesome'
By JASON CLEVETT - SLAM! Wrestling
NEW YORK - Saturday night, Brent Albright knocked off Adam Pearce to become the NWA World Heavyweight champion. Backstage, after the Ring of Honor show, he took a few minutes to address his achievement.
Needless to say, he was flying high on cloud nine.
"It is awesome," he told SLAM! Wrestling. "Being ten years in the business and finally being a world champion, and being the NWA World Champion, that is just awesome."
The bout at Manhattan's Hammerstein Ballroom was a see-saw affair, with Albright bleeding early, and interference from Peace's manager Larry Sweeney, and Roderick Strong to counter Sweeney sticking his nose in.
The emotion of the audience built and built, until it was chanting "This is awesome." After several false finishes, Albright made Pearce tap out to win the NWA championship.
Albright was still in awe of the crowd reaction.
"Man it felt great," he said. "It is always good to win a title and have the kind of reaction we got from the crowd tonight was amazing."
One of the big spots in the match was Albright flying through a table. "Oh geez, I was just hoping I didn't die," he admitted. "That was really crazy and I am glad I didn't die."
Many will see this victory as a vindication of sorts of Albright, a shot at WWE for never really seeing anything in his talent, and for eventually releasing him from his contract.
Albright doesn't necessarily see it that way. "It is always good to come out on a platform and atmosphere like ROH provides and wrestle for a major title and have the kind of match that we had."
Jason Clevett is currently the world champion of SLAM! Wrestling's staff.