The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Other Sports

March 19, 2013

NWA/MAW is prepared for takeoff

Owner/CEO Matt Epling has organization primed for debut April 26 at Convention Center

BECKLEY — Between The Miz being awesome and Alberto Del Rio realizing his destiny on WWE Monday Night Raw, you’ve seen the commercials promoting Mid-Atlantic Wrestling.

In just over a month, the Mother Ship will take off.

National Wrestling Alliance/Mid-Atlantic Wrestling will make its long awaited debut on Friday, April 26, at the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center. The organization was purchased by Matt Epling in the fall, and he has been working feverishly to get things off the ground.

“Basically it died out with Jim Crockett (Promotions) in the late ’80s,” Epling said. “When I purchased it, the first thing I did was acquire the Mid-Atlantic title, to get the legacy. Since then I worked through about 250 wrestlers on the independent circuits and got it down to 22.”

The Mid-Atlantic heavyweight championship will be the cornerstone of the organization, and is a belt that has a lot of history. The last man to hold the title was “Hands of Stone” Ron Garvin, who relinquished the belt in 1987 after he defeated “Nature Boy” Ric Flair for the NWA world championship with a sunset flip off the top rope in a steel cage match.

The first owner of that brand new NWA/MAW championship will be crowned in the main event of the April card in Beckley. Chance Prophet will battle “The Canadian Lion” Lance Erikson in a ladder match, where the only way to win is to climb a ladder and unhook the belt that will be hanging from the rafters.

“We’re bringing back the NWA prestige that was around here back in the day of hard wrestling, solid entertainment,” Epling said.

The NWA/MAW will have five belts in all, including world tag team, junior heavyweight and Mountain State championships. The latter came from the former NWA/Mountain State Wrestling.

Those titles are vacant, of course, as is the Mid-Atlantic belt. But the Mid-Atlantic is the only title that will be decided on the debut night.

“Because that’s the legacy,” Epling said.

In other action, Damien Alexander will take on Ryan Madar and Jock Samson will wrestle Ron Mathis. There will be six matches in all.

“All will be top-notch entertainment,” Epling said. “You’re not coming here and watching the bag boy from Kroger take on a mailman.”

There are a number of giveaways and contests, including a chance for fans to cut their own promos and send them to the promotion’s website. The best will be chosen to be a guest valet at the opening event.

There will also be meet-and-greet opportunities, and fans can also attend a workout the morning of the show.

“We call ourselves ‘The Mother Ship of the NWA,’” Epling said “I really believe that in the next year, if we go the way that we are going right now, we are going to be the top NWA promoter in the country.”

Tickets for the event will be $20 and under, Epling said.

— On the internet:


Text Only
Other Sports
  • RH 080114saints1.jpg Intensity reaches new level at Saints training camp

    Following their first day off from training camp on Wednesday, the New Orleans Saints reported to their new $30 million practice facility at The Greenbrier Thursday full of energy and with an edge that hadn’t been seen through the first five practices.

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • New Orleans practices bring back memories for Haas

    Bob Haas stood back away from the field Thursday, watching the action at the New Orleans Saints Greenbrier training camp intently but avoiding getting too close.

    August 1, 2014

  • West Virginia beats Danville Dans 5-1

    The West Virginia Miners may have their backs against the wall, but they aren’t throwing in the towel yet.

    July 31, 2014

  • Passions are high for the Big Four

    When it comes to the English Premier League, there are clubs and there are kings. 


    July 31, 2014

  • YMCA fall soccer registration underway
    Fall is just around the corner and registration is now open for youth soccer at the YMCA of Southern West Virginia.

    July 31, 2014

  • UBB memorial race Saturday in Princeton

    Princeton Speedway will host the 4th Annual Upper Big Branch Miners Memorial Race Saturday at 7 p.m. 

    July 31, 2014

  • Johnnie Ferri tourney set this weekend

    The 12th annual Johnnie Ferri Softball Tournament will be held Saturday, Aug. 2 and Sunday, Aug. 3 at Collins Park.

    July 31, 2014

  • bush Bush making Saints look good

    For his first four seasons, Rafael Bush was simply looking to land on a roster — any roster.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Practice, not temps, heats up for Saints
    The temperatures may have only been in the low 70s Tuesday afternoon at the Saints new practice facility at The Greenbrier, but now a third of the way into the 15 practices, it’s clear that the heat has turned up with playing time and positions on the line.

    July 30, 2014

  • Bowles has a support system
    Colin Bowles, the 14-year-old little brother of Corey, is coming into his own as a successful athlete. The younger Bowles competed last week at the U.S. Junior Amateur in The Woodlands, Texas, making the cut before bowing out in match play. Right there beside Colin, as he has been his entire life, was older brother Corey,

    July 30, 2014

Saints Training Camp

AP Video
Renewed Violence Taking Toll on Gaza Residents 2 Americans Detained in North Korea Seek Help US Employers Add 209K Jobs, Rate 6.2 Pct House GOP Optimistic About New Border Bill Gaza Truce Unravels; Israel, Hamas Trade Blame Raw: Tunisia Closes Borders With Libya Four Rescued From Crashed Plane Couple Channel Grief Into Soldiers' Retreat WWI Aviation Still Alive at Aerodrome in NY Raw: Rescuers at Taiwan Explosion Scene Raw: Woman Who Faced Death Over Faith in N.H. Clinton Before 9-11: Could Have Killed Bin Laden Netanyahu Vows to Destroy Hamas Tunnels Obama Slams Republicans Over Lawsuit House Leaders Trade Blame for Inaction
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide