The National Wrestling Alliance has released a newly “discovered’ piece of NWA history, film footage from 1948, the year of the promotion’s founding. Unearthed receipts from the era indicate the original broadcast was shot and edited by Linda Strawberry, and due to this incredible find this film clip will serve as the cold open of the NWA EMPOWERRR pay-per-view on August 28th on FITE; all from the historic Chase Plaza in St. Louis, Missouri; and to be followed the next night by NWA 73 on August 29th. Check out FITE’s special PPV bundle deal for the weekend here.

The surprise film-find stars host May Valentine, alongside National Wrestling Alliance Tag Champions Aron ‘Shooter’ Stevens and ‘Krusher’ Kratos. This amazing news follows a stunning week of announcements including the inclusion of Ric Flair in NWA 73 and NWA President William Patrick Corgan’s purchase of Mildred Burke’s belt and plans to pay homage to her at EmPowerrr.

President Corgan also released the complete card for both EmPowerrr and NWA 73.

The televised festivities kick off with a very special FITE in Focus episode on Saturday, August 28th at 1 pm ET (6 PM BST) to preview EmPowerr and prepare fans for everything they need to know. Next up is EmPowerrr, the promotion’s first-ever all-women event, executive produced by legend Mickie James herself. The lineup includes NWA Women’s Champion Kamille, AEW’s Leyla Hirsch, Lady Frost, Jennacide, Red Velvet, Jamie Senegal and many more. The event will also include the return of Mildred Burke’s belt to the ring for the first time since 1955.

On Sunday, another FITE in Focus will air free at 1 pm ET (6 PM BST) on FITE to preview NWA 73, the epic anniversary event featuring Nick Aldis, Chris Adonis, Ric Flair, Trevor Murdoch, Aron Stevens, Tim Storm, Thom Latimer, Tyrus, Kratos, Da Pope and many more. It will also feature Mickie James vs. Kylie Rae.

NWA Empowerrr Card

  • NWA World Women’s Title Match: (C) Kamille vs AEW’s Legit Leyla Hirsch
  • Impact Knockouts Championship: (C) Deonna Purrazzo vs Melina
  • The Return Of The NWA World Women’s Tag Championships; Crowned In A One-Night Tourney: Featuring The Hex (Alysin Kay/Marti Belle) vs Renee Michelle And Sahara 7 In Qualifying, And Miranda Gordy, Jazzy Yang, Haley J vs AEW’s Red Velvet And KiLynn King
  • The NWA’s Kylie Rae vs AAA’s Chika Tormenta vs AEW’s Diamanté
  • Skye Blue vs Christy Jaynes
  • Paola Mayfield W/ Taryn Terrell vs Kenzie Paige
  • And In The Main Event, The First-Ever NWA Women’s Invitational: Where A Single Winner Receives A Shot At The NWA World Women’s Championship At NWA 73. Featuring Stars Such As Jennacide, Chelsea Green, Kiera Hogan, Lady Frost, Masha Slamovich, Tootie Lynn, Debbie Malenko, Thunder Kitty, Bianca Carelli, And Jamie Senegal W/ Pollo Del Mar
  • Plus, Mildred Burke’s Famed World Women’s Title Belt Returns To An NWA Ring For The First Time Since 1955

NWA 73 Card

  • NWA World Heavyweight Title Match: (C) Nick Aldis vs Trevor Murdoch
  • NWA National Title Match: (C) Chris Adonis vs James Storm
  • NWA World Tag Championship: (C) Aron Stevens/Kratos vs AAA’s La Rebelion (Bestia 666 and Mecha Wolf 450)
  • Mickie James vs Kylie Rae
  • Thom Latimer vs Crimson vs Tim Storm For A ‘brawl In The Lou’
  • In 6-Man Tag Action, NWA TV Champion Tyrus W/ Manager Austin Idol Partners With Jordan Clearwater And Cyon vs Pope And The End’s Odinson And Parrow
  • Legit Leyla Hirsch Or Kamille (whoever Should Win Their Match At Empowerrr) Faces The Winner Of The 1st Ever Nwa Women’s Invitational.
  • A 12-man Battle Royale, Where A Single Winner Receives A National Title Shot Featuring: Slice Boogie, JTG, Luke Hawx, Marshe Rockett, Nick Stanley, Jeremiah Plunkett, Mims, Rush Freeman, El Rudo, Sal Rinauro W/ Danny Deals, And More
  • Colby Corino vs Pj Hawx
  • An In-ring Appearance From The Greatest NWA Champion Of All, Nature Boy Ric Flair

All pics and videos courtesy of NWA and Fite TV

By Steph Franchomme

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