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Amarillo Pro Wrestling Organization Drops NWA Affiliation, Pledges "New Era"

Top of Texas Professional Wrestling has announced that it is no longer part of the National Wrestling Alliance.

The Amarillo-based wrestling institution announced its final banner under the NWA in August and has since operated as an independent entity. Top of Texas did not add any details as to why the NWA affiliation was discontinued, other than saying, "While we wish them the best in the future, we aren't slowing down one bit...Welcome to the new era of Top Of Texas Pro Wrestling!"

National Wrestling Alliance promotions have shrunk since the company's heyday in the 1960's and 1970's. NWA institutions at one time operated in 45 U.S. states and the District of Columbia and Canada. Champions of the organization have included Terry Funk, Ric Flair, Dusty Rhodes, Kevin Von Erich and Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat, among others.

Since 1989, the NWA has traded hands three times. Robert Trobich owned the company until 2012, when lawyer Bruce Tharpe took control of the NWA. The NWA's current owner is the lead singer of The Smashing Pumpkins, Billy Corgan. Corgan and his company Lightning One, Inc. assumed control of the NWA earlier this year.

Top of Texas Professional Wrestling holds events every Saturday night at the Wrestleplex (2650 Dumas Highway). For more information, visit facebook.com/TOTwrestling.

 Photo by Amarillo Historical Museum  NOTE: This is a photo from the NWA's first territory in Amarillo, Western States Sports

Photo by Amarillo Historical Museum

NOTE: This is a photo from the NWA's first territory in Amarillo, Western States Sports

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