The nation's Wrestling Alliance (or NWA wrestling for short) is the oldest and largest recognized body for promoting and ruling diverse independent wrestling championships across the nation. Simply put, NWA wrestling is the big dog when it comes to the arena of wrestling; bearing the scars of the profession since World War II.
Yet as time went by, the NWA's power and influence in the world of wrestling had slowly given way to other wrestling bodies. Given the immense grip it once had in the forty's thru to the eighty's, it'd be tough to imagine that the largest hall of heroes' banquet has allowed the competition to take much of what it held.
So here's the question: what exactly happened to NWA wrestling?
In the late 40's, the NWA took the lead in organizing regional wrestling matches. Each territory in the United States (Japan included) had their own promoter highlighting matches when and where they were required. The NWA would then bring the wrestling stars to the area where these promoters operated in, and would set the standards for wrestling positions, rankings and championship belts: heavyweight champ, tag team champs, junior heavyweight champ, world heavyweight champs, and others.
This was the highlight of NWA's presence in the wrestling business - few other wrestling bodies could match the sheer scope of NWA's regional scope. Yet the NWA became complacent with its broad national reach, and had did not correctly adapt to changes that happened over time.
One of the most damaging changes that hit NWA wrestling was the upward push of videos and Sky Television the eighty's brought with it. The appeal of nationally-renowned wrestling stars appearing in the region began to fade as their appearances became not unusual thanks to Sky Television.
The result: the 'greatness' of the stars were questioned as their supposed ability in wrestling was meticulously inspected and critiqued on the T. V. Add that to the fact that their performances on cable TV became something so commonplace, and you have the regional appearances of the stars was no longer a major event. They did not draw the support of the crowds as time passed; prompting the NWA to give ground to other wrestling bodies.
Why it happened
The NWA had simply been unable to adapt to the technological advances that changed the face of professional wrestling forever. Political disasters to properly negotiate for and maintain moneymaking partnerships with other wrestling bodies had further hindered its expansion.
NWA wrestling still holds a significant presence in the wrestling scene, from world championship wrestling and junior heavyweight championships, to tag team championships. But this presence is no longer as powerful or as powerful as the weight of other wrestling associations: proof that even the largest of organizations can lose ground when unready for the inevitable tide of change.