The Daily SteelChair Shot: MLW, NWA and ROH (26/09/2019)

Jim Johnston, the man responsible for composing the most iconic entrance themes in sports entertainment, has created new music for Ring of Honor star PCO. The theme will be unveiled at ROH’s Death Before Dishonor pay-per-view on Friday, Sept. 27 as PCO will face Kenny King in the first round of the Final Battle No. 1 Contender Tournament.

Johnston worked for WWE for more than three decades, composing instantly recognizable entrance themes for the likes of Steve Austin, The Rock, DX, The Undertaker, Ultimate Warrior and countless others. PCO’s music is the first theme Johnston has written since leaving WWE two years ago. “It’s been great fun to work on a new theme for PCO and Ring of Honor,” Johnston told ROHWrestling.com. “The energy there has been all positive, and it’s been my honour to hopefully make a small contribution to their continued success.”

PCO said he is thrilled with the music and is excited for everyone to hear it for the first time at Death Before Dishonor in Las Vegas. “It really brings the essence of PCO and adds another dimension to the immortality,” PCO said. “It reinforces that PCO is not human. Adding this piece of the puzzle on top of everything else, the success of The French-Canadian Frankenstein becomes limitless.”

A fight over six months in the making will finally go down in Major League Wrestling as former World Heavyweight Champion “Filthy” Tom Lawlor enters the ring against the Hart Foundation’s Davey Boy Smith Jr. in a dream match. Major League Wrestling today announced Davey Boy Smith Jr. vs. “Filthy” Tom Lawlor for MLW: Blood & Thunder at GILT Nightclub in Orlando, Florida on November 9. The event will be an MLW FUSION TV taping.

Arguably the toughest and most dangerous athletes in MLW will collide in what promises to be a gripping grappling showdown between two top-ranked heavyweight wrestlers. “On November 9 in Orlando, this rivalry commences in what is one of the biggest matches we can put together this year in MLW,” said MLW CEO/Founder Court Bauer.

Lawlor, an accomplished amateur wrestler, striker and submission artist will be tested by Smith’s size and expertise as a renowned shooter and disciple of catch-wrestling. Lawlor’s versatility as a brawler and MMA fighter brings a unique dimension to the big bout however Smith’s power is seemingly unlimited as is his stamina and uncanny agility for his 6’5″ frame.

The Braun of the Hart Foundation looks to continue his ascension in the Heavyweight division. A win over Lawlor would accelerate his march towards a title shot. For Lawlor, a win over Smith would put the former World Champion one step closer to a third encounter against the undefeated World Heavyweight Champion Jacob Fatu.

This Monday, September 30th, at 9 AM ET, the National Wrestling Alliance will hold a press event in the Velvet Underground room at Hard Rock Café Atlanta. Appearing at this press conference, all of the champions of the NWA including NWA Worlds Heavyweight Champion Nick Aldis, NWA National Champion James Storm, NWA World Tag Team Champions Royce Isaacs and Thom Latimer and NWA Women’s World Champion Allysin Kay. Also, NWA President Billy Corgan will speak on his vision for the National Wrestling Alliance plus reveal the name of the weekly series and how fans will be able to watch the shows around the world.

“Now it’s our time to shine. Now it’s time to bring the NWA back into the spotlight and run on our own oxygen. What sticks out about studio wrestling is that anything can happen. I want to bring that back to professional wrestling and I think the NWA is the perfect vehicle to do that.” said Billy Corgan, President of National Wrestling Alliance.

The National Wrestling Alliance (NWA), professional wrestling’s oldest sanctioning body, makes its return to Atlanta, GA to produce a new weekly series from Georgia Public Broadcasting Studios. The NWA was acquired by Lightning One, Inc (famed rock star and Smashing Pumpkins’ front-man Billy Corgan’s production company) back in the summer of 2017. The NWA reintroduced the brand to the public with “Ten Pounds Of Gold”, a digital YouTube Series, documenting the journey of the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Champion around the globe.

Champions like Tim Storm, Cody Rhodes, and Nick Aldis starred in this series; tying their legacy as champion to greats like Ric Flair, Dusty Rhodes, Lou Thesz, Terry & Dory Funk Jr, Harley Race, Ricky Steamboat, AJ Styles, Jeff Jarrett, Adam Pearce, Colt Cabana, Jack Brisco and fifty other great wrestlers. The National Wrestling Alliance celebrated its 70th year in 2018 by participating in the ALL IN event in Chicago, IL and running the 70th Anniversary show from Nashville, TN. In 2019, the NWA returned to pay-per-view with The Crockett Cup tag team tournament which was headlined by Nick Aldis vs. Marty Scurll for the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship.

NWA President Billy Corgan announced recently the brand will return to its roots by producing a weekly studio wrestling series from Atlanta. In the 1970s and 80s, the National Wrestling Alliance produced a studio wrestling show from Techwood Drive called Georgia Championship Wrestling that was broadcast on TBS Saturday at 6:05 pm. This new series begins production on September 30th and October 1st at GPB Studios, 7 pm start time both nights.

All pics and videos courtesy of NWA, ROH and MLW

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