Billy Corgan has announced the next strategic partnership for the National Wrestling Alliance brand.
The NWA will be teaming with the United Wrestling Network run by David Marquez out of California and California’s Thunder Studio for an “all-new, live weekly professional wrestling pay-per-view series” that will be available on cable and satellite providers in the United States and streaming on FITE.TV.
It will be called UWN: Primetime LIVE.
The debut is scheduled for Tuesday, September 15th, at 9 p.m. EST, from Thunder’s Long Beach Studios. A Spanish version will also be available.
“I’m pleased that we are finally able to announce some good news, and in partnering with United Wrestling Network we’ll be able to get back to work with what promises to be top-tier matchups, and soon,” said Corgan in a press release.
The NWA, and other companies, such as Major League Wrestling and Ring of Honor, have sat on the sidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic, unlike WWE, AEW and Impact, which have been creating new content.
“It goes without saying that 2020 has been a challenging year for everyone, and our goal in re-establishing in-ring NWA action was to make sure that our talent would be protected working within the now established safety protocols, as well as delivering consistent, high quality content like our vaunted shows NWA POWERRR,” said Corgan. “This will be more than just a weekly, live PPV broadcast, as we plan on shooting additional content for the NWA YouTube channel and our Patreon subscribers. My goal here is simple: to provide the best contests possible with the greatest talent available, carrying on the great legacy of the National Wrestling Alliance as an independent governing body. And in that we hope to feature at least one championship match on every live broadcast.”
Marquez is a veteran of the wrestling business and has been involved, off and on, with the NWA brand for years. His Championship Wrestling from Hollywood program has been operating for years in many markets, and off-shoot versions all come together under the United Wrestling Network umbrella.
“To me, ‘UWN: Primetime LIVE’ is a pro wrestling fan’s dream come true. I’ve always wanted to produce a joint program that would feature the baddest and best pro wrestlers from different promotions on the same broadcast. This fan first way of thinking should allow us to present match-ups that you might not normally ever see on weekly television,” said Marquez in the press release. “There may be a time when you see someone from Championship Wrestling from Hollywood go against someone from Chicago’s Freelance Wrestling, or even fighters out of the NJPW LA Dojo versus West Coast Pro Wrestling. A major goal we have is to take newer up-and-coming athletes and present them in a way that hasn’t been done on a nationally televised show before.”
According to Marquez , the new platform will allow the company to make stars. “In my 30 years in both television production and promoting wrestling, this project will be the biggest of my career.” said Marquez, who is the executive producer of UWN: Primetime LIVE.
While needed, all tapings of UWN: Primetime LIVE will follow Thunder Studio’s COVID-19 protocol.