NWA 312
Promotional poster featuring various NWA wrestlers
PromotionNational Wrestling Alliance
DateApril 7, 2023
CityHighland Park, Illinois
VenueStudioONE Events
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NWA 312 was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event promoted by the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA). It took place on Friday April 7, 2023, at StudioONE in Highland Park, Illinois. The name of the event is in reference to area code 312, the area code of downtown Chicago.

Fourteen matches were contested at the event, including four on the pre-show. In the main event, Tyrus defeated Chris Adonis to retain the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship. In other prominent matches, Kamille defeated La Rosa Negra to retain the NWA World Women's Championship, La Rebelión (Bestia 666 and Mecha Wolf) defeated Magnum Muscle (Dak Draper and Mims) to retain the NWA World Tag Team Championship, Kenzie Paige defeated Max the Impaler to become the inaugural NWA World Women's Television Championship, and in the opening bout, EC3 defeated Cyon to win the NWA National Heavyweight Championship.

Production

Background

On the February 14, 2023 episode of NWA Powerrr, it was announced that NWA 312 would take place on April 7 in Chicago, Illinois.[1][2] At the same time the NWA announced they were introducing the NWA Women's Television Championship with a new champion being crowned at the PPV.[1][2] On March 10, the NWA announced a partnership with tea shop Madame Zuzu's – of which NWA president William Patrick Corgan is a co-owner – to benefit the Highland Park Community Foundation in support of victims of the Highland Park parade shooting on July 4, 2022.[3]

Storylines

NWA 312 will feature professional wrestling matches that involved different wrestlers from pre-existing scripted feuds and storylines. Wrestlers portrayed heroes, villains, or less distinguishable characters in scripted events that built tension and culminated in a wrestling match or series of matches.[4] The twelfth season of the NWA's weekly flagship program, Powerrr, as well as the sixth season of their secondary program, NWA USA, will feature storylines leading up to the event.

On the June 26, 2022 episode of Powerrr, Madusa announced the creation of the NWA World Women's Television Championship.[5][6] Several months later on the February 14, 2023 Powerrr, with the announcement of NWA 312, it was announced that a tournament will be held to determine the inaugural champion, with the finals set to take place at the event. Qualifying matches will be held over the next several weeks on Powerrr and NWA USA.[7][2] On the March 14 Powerrr, Kenzie Paige defeated Ashley D'Amboise to advance to the final.[8] The following week, Max the Impaler defeated Taya Valkyrie to make up the other half of the final.[9]

On the February 14 episode of Powerrr, Tyrus successfully defended the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship against Rolando Freeman. Although, before his victory, the former was briefly distracted by EC3 standing beside his manager BLK Jeez.[10] The following week, lead announcer Joe Galli interviewed EC3 and BLK Jeez about what transpired, Jeez stated his company name has changed to "Churchs Money Entertainment" and that he has entered into an agreement with EC3's Control Your Narrative group, though EC3 simply stated that he was only "controlling his narrative". He later went on to challenge Cyon for the NWA National Championship at NWA 312, which would later be made official.[11]

On the February 28 Powerrr, Chris Adonis and La Rosa Negra announced that they will both utilize their Champions Series title opportunities at NWA 312, challenging NWA Worlds Heavyweight Champion Tyrus and NWA World Women's Champion Kamille, respectively.[12] Additionally, a month later on the March 28 Powerrr, the team of Magnum Muscle (Matthew Mims and Dak Draper) invoked Draper's opportunity to challenge La Rebelión (Bestia 666 and Mecha Wolf) for the NWA World Tag Team Championship.[13]

On the February 21 Powerrr, Pretty Empowered (Ella Envy and Roxy) won the NWA World Women's Tag Team Championship from The Renegade Twins (Charlette and Robyn Renegade). However, shortly after the match, Madi Wrenkowski and Missa Kate utilized the former's Champion Series title opportunity to immediately win the titles from Pretty Empowered.[14] On March 17, the NWA announced that Pretty Empowered will invoke their rematch clause against Wrenkowski and Kate at NWA 312.[15]

On the March 7 episode of NWA Powerrr, Sal the Pal and Gaagz the Gymp of the Miserably Faithful faced off in a Hair vs. Mask match in order to "prove their loyalty" to Father James Mitchell. However, the match ended in a double countout when both men begged Mitchell not to let them continue fighting.[16] Signs of dissolution would begin to show within the Miserably Faithful. On March 27, the NWA announced that Sal and Gaagz will have a rematch on the NWA 312 pre-show under the same conditions, with the added stipulation of a strap match.[17]

Results

No.ResultsStipulationsTimes[20]
1PNatalia Markova defeated Labrava Escobar (with CJ) by pinfallSingles match6:27
2PThe Country Gentlemen (AJ Cazana and Anthony Andrews) (c) defeated The SVGS (Jax Dane and Blake Troop) (with Chris Silvio, Esq.) by pinfallTag team match for the NWA United States Tag Team Championship[15]6:15
3PGaagz The Gymp defeated Sal the Pal by pinfallHair vs. Mask Strap match[17]
Judais was the special guest enforcer.
10:37
4PKnox and Murdoch (Trevor Murdoch and Mike Knox) defeated Daisy Kill and TalosTag team match[18]6:55
5EC3 (with BLK Jeez) defeated Cyon (c) (with Austin Idol) by submissionSingles match for the NWA National Heavyweight Championship[11]9:37
6Madi Wrenkowski and Missa Kate (c) defeated Pretty Empowered 2.0 (Ella Envy and Roxy) by pinfallTag team match for the NWA World Women's Tag Team Championship[15]8:59
7Kratos defeated Yabo the Clown by pinfallSingles match6:52
8"Thrillbilly" Silas Mason won by last eliminating Odinson[a]Bob Luce Memorial Battle Royal to determine the number one contender to the NWA National Heavyweight Championship[18]19:00
9Kenzie Paige defeated Max the Impaler (with Father James Mitchell) by pinfallTournament final for the inaugural NWA World Women's Television Championship[2]8:06
10Kerry Morton (c) (with Ricky Morton) defeated Joe Alonzo (with Jamie Stanley) by pinfallSingles match for the NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship[13]14:35
11Bully Ray defeated Thom Latimer by disqualificationSingles match[19]10:16
12La Rebelión (Bestia 666 and Mecha Wolf) (c) defeated Magnum Muscle (Dak Draper and Mims) by pinfallTag team match for the NWA World Tag Team Championship[13]
This was Draper's Champions Series cash-in match.
10:20
13Kamille (c) defeated La Rosa Negra by pinfallSingles match for the NWA World Women's Championship[12]
This was Rosa Negra's Champions Series cash-in match.
13:04
14Tyrus (c) defeated Chris Adonis by pinfallSingles match for the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship[12]
This was Adonis' Champions Series cash-in match.
12:37
(c) – the champion(s) heading into the match
P – the match was broadcast on the pre-show

NWA World Women's Television Championship inaugural tournament bracket

First round
NWA USA
(February 18 and 25, 2023;
March 4, 2023)

NWA Powerrr
(February 28, 2023)
Semifinals
NWA Powerrr
(March 14 and 21, 2023)
Finals
NWA 312
(April 7, 2023)
      
KiLynn King Pin
Kenzie Paige 8:01
Kenzie Paige 4:21
Ashley D'Amboise Pin
Ashley D'Amboise 4:58
Samantha Starr Pin
Kenzie Paige 8:06
Max the Impaler Pin
Jennacide Pin
Taya Valkyrie 6:41
Taya Valkyrie 4:08
Max the Impaler Pin
Natalia Markova DQ
Max the Impaler 5:24

Notes

  1. ^ Participants in order of elimination: Jordan Clearwater, Chico Suave, Mario Pardua, Cody James, The Real Drago, Jackpot Dinero, Vik Dalishus, Hale Collins, Super Beast, Matt Vine, Mercurio, Rhett Titus, Wrecking Ball Legursky, Alex Taylor, Jeremiah Plunkett, Brady Pierce, PJ Hawx, "Magic" Jake Dumas, Rush Freeman, Jay Bradley, Rolando Freeman, Fodder, Homicide, and Eric Jackson.

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