One year ago this month, NWA put on its first all-women’s event EmPowerrr with the guidance of Mickie James. We have approached the same time this year and with NWA 74 coming at the end of the month, no second-annual EmPowerrr has been announced.
The EmPowerrr event benefited fully from the open door concept as it featured talent not just from NWA but from AEW, IMPACT, Ring of Honor, and more. NWA President Billy Corgan recently spoke to Fightful about last year’s event and why we won’t likely see another one soon.
“I love that stuff. Unfortunately, not everybody loved it as much. I get it. It’s a business, always, about leverage whether it’s a talent, whether it’s a company and people like to throw their elbows around depending on what’s happening. That’s totally fine. That part doesn’t bother me. I just am not in the position of going and begging and certainly, there have been times in the past couple of years where people put me into a position of begging.” (Fightful)
Corgan continues to talk about partnerships and why he doesn’t like to throw his weight around.
“I’m gonna try to say this without sounding like I’m cutting a promo, but when I’m the most famous person in the room, it’s a little of funny that I’m supposed to grovel. I don’t think like that. Because I’m not a person who throws my weight around, I don’t necessarily need people to throw their weight around with me. I like to think of us as partners in a particular moment until we find good partnership. So when I feel that people have been good partners, like Scott D’Amore, who’s been a good partner recently, I love it. I’m more than happy to bend over backwards to try to get Scott what he would need from our end of the street and hopefully he can do the same. Unfortunately, that’s not always been the case with everybody and that’s totally fine. Again, I don’t have a problem with adversity. But it does get a little weird sometimes when it’s this ‘who’s got the bigger dog on the block’ type of stuff. I just don’t see business that way. I think, ultimately, you want to make the best show for the fans.”
Despite EmPowerrr not returning this year, the second-annual Burke Invitational match will still take place at NWA 74. Currently, there have been eight out of ten names confirmed – Samantha Starr, KiLynn King, Tootie Lynn, Missa Kate, Max the Impaler, Madi Wrenkowski, Angelina Love, and Jennacide. The winner will face off against the NWA World Women’s Champion on the second night of the event.
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