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NWA Hollywood: The Best Televised Wrestling You’re Not Watching

nwa hollywoodWhen ROH lost its HDNet deal and the final show aired in April, many fans of indie wrestling wondered aloud where they could find a good televised show that wasn’t run by WWE or TNA. Well, the answer was sitting on the Internet the whole time, and if they, or you, for that matter, haven’t checked it out, then what are you waiting for?

What is that answer? It’s NWA Championship Wrestling from Hollywood. If you’re in Southern California, you’re in luck, as it’s broadcast on KDOC-TV at 11 PM Saturday night (Pacific time, obviously). If you’re not on the house at that time, and who can blame you if you aren’t, then you can set your DVR.

However, what about those of us who aren’t in KDOC’s broadcasting range? There’s an answer, my friends, and it’s on the Internet. The folks running NWA Hollywood are savvy, they really are. They’ve been putting the hour-long show on the Internet, hosted on their site (http://www.nwahollywood.com), since the show went on the air in September of last year.

If you ask me, I don’t know why more local wrestling promotions don’t do this. Hell, I don’t know why ROH doesn’t just do this in the interim, but then again, I guess production for television can get expensive, even if it’s as barebones as possible. Be that as it may, I think this is the wave of the future, and NWA Hollywood is ahead of the curve. However, being the first to do something can be futile if you don’t do it well, which actually isn’t the case at all here. NWA Hollywood is the goods.

The roster is loaded for starters. Names like Austin Aries, Colt Cabana, Adam Pearce, Scorpio Sky, Joey Ryan and even Percy Pringle III, better known to most as Paul Bearer, all appear on their regular telecast. In addition, guys such as Claudio Castagnoli and even Sean Waltman have appeared in the past. While these names draw you in, the “unknown” roster is pretty promising as well. If you don’t know names like Willie Mack, Famous B, Cedric the Hitman, Peter Avalon or Aaron Bolo now, you will in a few years. These guys are all part of the tapestry that creates a rich, vibrant roster.

Secondly, and most importantly, the roster is put to good use. NWA Hollywood has an old-school feel about it, combining the feel of a classic wrestling promotion with some modern twists. With less than one hour of full run time, they do more with their pretty sizable roster than the WWE does with two on RAW each week, and I’m not talking about “here today, gone next week” angles that get little build like what happens in TNA. There is some quality character development and storytelling going on here. The wrestling is pretty good too, as a good percentage of the roster has the chops to deliver in the squared circle.

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Now, there are some drawbacks. The production values aren’t going to be all that great, so if you’re looking for glitz and glamour, well, you’re going to be rudely awakened. I personally don’t mind lighting issues or production gaffes if the product is good, but I know others may not have that same temerity to give something that may not be as visually pleasing a chance. In this case, I implore you to at least try. If you can’t get over the subpar production, then hey, I can’t fault you for trying. However, if you can, and you enjoy the product? Then it’s something else wrestling-related that you can look forward to seeing each week.

There’s a vocal contingent of wrestling fans bemoaning that there’s nothing good going on in the pro game right now because in their opinions, the WWE and TNA both suck. While I co-sign on TNA and disagree to an extent with WWE, I can understand the sentiment. At the same time, bitching and moaning isn’t going to do you any good unless that’s all you like to do. Actively seeking out better wrestling? That’ll do you good. While trying to get into some indie feds can be a chore due to the money it takes to get their DVDs and such, it costs absolutely NOTHING to log onto NWA Hollywood’s site and watch their show. It’s free.

I don’t mean to come off as a hard shill here… actually no, I’m lying, I do mean to put the hard sell on. However, I don’t do that for wrestling or anything really that I don’t like. Obviously, NWA Hollywood has me hooked. Hopefully, with the first episode you watch, whether you take the plunge with the next show or you go into the back catalog to start, you will be too.

Tom Holzerman is a lifelong wrestling fan and connoisseur of all things Chikara Pro, among other feds. When he’s not writing for the Camel Clutch Blog, you can find him on his own blog, The Wrestling Blog.

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Eric is the owner and editor-in-chief of the Camel Clutch Blog. Eric has worked in the pro wrestling industry since 1995 as a ring announcer in ECW and a commentator/host on television, PPV, and home video. Eric also hosted Pro Wrestling Radio on terrestrial radio from 1998-2009. Check out some of Eric's work on his IMDB bio and Wikipedia. Eric has an MBA from Temple University's Fox School of Business.

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