Innovate Wrestling

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Innovate Wrestling
Founded2004
HeadquartersKingsport, Tennessee
Owner(s)Tony Givens
FormerlyChampionship Wrestling Alliance
(2004-2011)
NWA Smoky Mountain/NWA Smoky Mountain Wrestling
(2011-2017)
Websitewww.innovatewrestling.com

Innovate Wrestling (formerly Championship Wrestling Alliance and NWA Smoky Mountain) is an American independent professional wrestling promotion based in Kingsport, Tennessee.[1] The company was established in 2004 and until 2017 it was associated with the National Wrestling Alliance. During its time in the NWA, NWA Smoky Mountain Wrestling was considered the flagship promotion of the National Wrestling Alliance

History[edit]

Logo when the promotion was NWA Smoky Mountain

The promotion was founded by wrestler Tony Givens in 2004, as the Championship Wrestling Alliance, after breaking away from Southern States Wrestling. That same year, Championship Wrestling TV began airing locally on WCYB-DT2 and was later syndicated nationally on AMG-TV. It held weekly television tapings at the National Guard Armory in Morristown, Tennessee as well as house shows throughout East Tennessee. The promotion joined the National Wrestling Alliance as NWA Smoky Mountain Wrestling in early-2011.[2] The announcement was made by CWA Commissioner Robbie Cassidy on the March 13th TV taping of Championship Wrestling TV in Gray, Tennessee.[3] On July 7, 2012, an unidentified fan attacked Cassidy and Tony Givens at an interpromotional show co-hosted by the Pro Wrestling Federation. The fan was subdued by Cassidy and police escorted him out of the building.[4]

On April 6, 2013, NWA Smoky Mountain drew its biggest crowd to date with 2,017 fans attending a NWA Smoky Mountain TV television taping at Elizabethton High School.[5] In October 2013, Givens attempted to raise $15,000 on Kickstarter.com to improve the production values for NWA Smoky Mountain TV. The appeal raised only $1,485 before the 60-day deadline.[6] The show became available on YouTube the following year.

NWA Smoky Mountain is advertised as a "spiritual successor" of the original Smoky Mountain Wrestling and has used a mix of SMW alumni and younger Southern independent wrestlers since its inception. Among the SMW talent to appear for the promotion include, most notably, Bunkhouse Buck, Eddie Golden, Tom Prichard, Tracy Smothers and Ricky Morton. On January 6, 2014, Morton defeated Chase Owens at an NWA Smoky Mountain show to win the NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship.[7]

A number of top NWA stars have also visited the promotion. In February 2015, Jason Kincaid was interviewed on Pipebomb Radio. He was billed as the longest-reigning NWA Southeastern Heavyweight Championship in the company's history.[8] On April 17, 2015, Jax Dane won the Smoky Mountain Cup and earned a title shot for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship.[9] He defeated then champion Hiroyoshi Tenzan for the title four months later. NWA Smoky Mountain's "Collision Course 10", held on May 9, 2015, nearly sold out the Civic Auditorium in Kingsport, Tennessee. Bobby Eaton also made a special appearance managing Eddie Golden against Jeff Tankersley on the undercard. Larry Goodman of GeorgiaWrestlingHistory.com claimed that the show, headlined by an A.J. Styles versus Chase Owens bout, "[shattered] the company's attendance and gate records".[10] NWA President R. Bruce Tharpe visited Kingsport for the first time at this event.[11]

On October 17, 2015, NWA Smoky Mountain held a special tribute show, "Enter the Dragon", for Ricky Steamboat. Steamboat served as Ricky Morton's cornerman in a "student vs. teacher" grudge match against Kid Kash as part of Kash's retirement tour. This turned a no-holds-barred grudge match after a falling out between the two during a tag team bout.[12][13]

At ReGenesis on August 19, 2017; promoter Tony Givens announced that NWA Smoky Mountain Wrestling was leaving the NWA, and thus the promotion was changing their name to Innovate Wrestling.

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Current championships and accomplishments[edit]

Championship Champion Previous Date won Days held Location
Innovate United States Heavyweight Championship Axton Ray Elliot Russell May 25, 2019 196+ Morristown, Tennessee
Innovate United States Tag Team Championship The Cross Brothers
(Aden Cross & Christian Cross)
Jordan Kage and Austin Tyler Morris December 29, 2018 343+ Kingsport, Tennessee
Innovate Television Championship Tracer X Sigmon December 29, 2018 343+ Kingsport, Tennessee
Smoky Mountain Cup Axton Ray Elliot Russell March 30, 2019 Kingsport, Tennessee

Past championships[edit]

Retired championships[edit]

Championship Final champion Date retired Notes
NWA Southeastern Heavyweight Championship Chase Owens August 19, 2017 At ReGenesis, promoter Tony Givens announced that NWA Smoky Mountain Wrestling was leaving the NWA thus the promotion was changing their name to Innovate Wrestling and the NWA Southeastern Heavyweight Championship was officially retired as a result.
NWA United States Tag Team Championship The Ugly Ducklings
(Rob Killjoy, Coach Mikey, & Lance Lude)
August 19, 2017 At ReGenesis, promoter Tony Givens announced that NWA Smoky Mountain Wrestling was leaving the NWA thus the promotion was changing their name to Innovate Wrestling and the NWA United States Tag Team Championship was officially retired as a result.
NWA Mountain Empire Championship Toby Farley August 19, 2017 At ReGenesis, promoter Tony Givens announced that NWA Smoky Mountain Wrestling was leaving the NWA thus the promotion was changing their name to Innovate Wrestling and the NWA Mountain Empire Championship was officially retired as a result. Farley defeated Timmy Lou Retton to become the Interim Innovate United States Heavyweight Championship as a result.
NWA Smoky Mountain Television Championship Chris Richards August 19, 2017

Other championships[edit]

Championship Current Champion(s) Held since Days
NWA Tennessee Tag Team Championship The Heatseekers (Sigmon and Elliot Russell) June 21, 2014[14] 1,995

Roster[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Ring name Notes
Aden Cross
Arawn
Austin Tyler Morris Innovate United States Tag Team Champion
Austin West
Chance Rizer
Chase Owens
Chris Richards
Christian Cross
Cody Blades
Cooper Jones
Devon Driscoll
Dylan Wayne Sizemore
Elliot Russell
Gavin Daring
Garrett Coleman
Hogan Jones
Jason Kincaid
Jax Dane
Jeff Connelly Innovate United States Heavyweight Champion
Jordan Kage Innovate United States Tag Team Champion
Lance Lude
Lenny Stratton Innovate Television Champion
Mickey Midas
Myron Reed
Nick Hammonds
Robbie Cassidy
Rob Conway
Rob Killjoy
Sigmon
Skylar Kruze
Timmy Lou Retton
Toby Farley
Travis Dykes
Travis Lee
Tyler Foshie
Vince Brent
Wayne Adkins
Wild Bill

Managers[edit]

Ring name Notes
Dylan Sizemore Manager
Kaela Valet
Mr. Cicero Manager of Austin West
Rob Knight Manager of Tobey Farley

Other personnel[edit]

Ring name Notes
Tony Givens Owner
Matt Rhoades Commentator

The Finale[edit]

The Finale is an annual professional wrestling event held by NWA Smoky Mountain Wrestling in the month of December.

List of The Finale events, dates, locations and venues
Event Date City Venue Ref. Main Event
1 The Finale (2013) September 7, 2013 Rogersville, Tennessee National Guard Armory [15] Josh Crawford (c) vs. Vince Brent in a Steel Cage match for the NWA Mountain Empire Championship
2 The Finale (2014) December 27, 2014 Kingsport, Tennessee Civic Auditorium [16] Rob Conway (c) vs. Jason Kincaid in a singles match for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship
3 The Finale (2015) December 19, 2015 Kingsport, Tennessee Civic Auditorium [17] Jason Kincaid (c) w/ Sara Dox vs. Nick Hammonds in a Cabal Christmas Steel Cage match for the NWA Southeastern Heavyweight Championship

The Finale (2013)[edit]

The Finale (2013)
PromotionNWA Smoky Mountain Wrestling
DateSeptember 7, 2013
CityRogersville, Tennessee
VenueNational Guard Armory
The Finale chronology
← Previous
First Event
Next →
The Finale (2014)
No. Results Stipulations
1. Sigmon defeated Elliot Russell Singles match
2. Winner: Mike Blade 10 Man Battle Royal
3. Nick Hammonds defeated Mike Blades Singles match
4. Air America (Gavin Daring and Skylar Kruze) (c) vs. The Illuminati (Chase Owens and Chris Richards) ended in a Time Limit Draw Tag Team match for the NWA Tennessee Tag Team Championships
5. Jason Kincaid (c) defeated Daniel Mulligan Singles match for the NWA Smoky Mountain Heavyweight Championship
6. Vince Brent defeated Josh Crawford (c) Steel Cage match for the NWA Mountain Empire Championship

The Finale (2014)[edit]

The Finale (2014)
PromotionNWA Smoky Mountain Wrestling
DateDecember 27, 2014
CityKingsport, Tennessee
VenueCivic Auditorium
The Finale chronology
← Previous
The Finale (2013)
Next →
The Finale (2015)
No. Results Stipulations
1. Jason Kincaid (c) defeated Chase Owens Singles match for the NWA Southeastern Heavyweight Championship
2. Ali Shabazz defeated Daniel Mulligan Singles match
3. Nick Hammonds defeated Jeff Connelly (c) Singles match for the NWA Smoky Mountain Television Championship
4. Vince Brent defeated Jordan Kage Street Fight
5. Ricky Morton and Wayne Adkins defeated Michael Starr and O-Dog Tag team match
6. Chris Richards defeated The Giant Arawn Singles match
7. The Heatseekers (Elliot Russell and Sigmon) defeated Air America (Gavin Daring and Skylar Kruze) (c) Tag Team match for the NWA United States Tag Team Championship
8. Rob Conway (c) defeated Jason Kincaid Singles match for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship

The Finale (2015)[edit]

The Finale (2015)
PromotionNWA Smoky Mountain Wrestling
DateDecember 19, 2015
CityKingsport, Tennessee
VenueCivic Auditorium
The Finale chronology
← Previous
The Finale (2014)
Next →
The Finale (2016)
No. Results Stipulations
1. Wild Bill defeated Octavius Black w/ Dylan Wayne Sizemore Singles match
2. Vince Brent vs. Toby Farley w/ Dylan Wayne Sizemore Singles match; Match ended in a draw
3. Ali Shabazz and Referee Austin West defeated Jordan Kage and Dylan Wayne Sizemore Tag Team match
4. The Giants of Gehenna (Chris Richards and Travis Lee) defeated Skylar Kruze and Axton Ray (c) Tag Team match for the NWA United States Tag Team Championship
5. The Heatseekers (Elliott Russell and Sigmon) defeated Jeff Connelly and Bryan Montgomery Tag team match
6. Jax Dane (c) defeated Rob Conway Singles match for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship
7. Chase Owens w/ Ricky Morton defeated Kid Kash Career vs. Career match Kash's Career and Morton's Career were on the line
8. Jason Kincaid (c) w/ Sara Dox defeated Nick Hammonds Cabal Christmas Steel Cage match for the NWA Southeastern Heavyweight Championship

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NWA Smoky Mountain Wrestling".
  2. ^ Gargiulo, Eric (September 2, 2011). "The Independent Pro Wrestling Pot Calling the Kettle Black". CamelClutchBlog.com.
  3. ^ Behrens, Bill (March 14, 2011). "BILL BEHRENS NWA NEWS & NOTES for 3-14-11". NWAwildside.com.
  4. ^ Bobo, Jeff (July 9, 2012). "Zealous fan tangles with wrestler at Mount Carmel Block Party". Kingsport Times-News.
  5. ^ Gerweck, Steve (April 7, 2013). "NWA Smoky Mountain's Biggest Crowd Ever". Gerweck.net.
  6. ^ Givens, Tony (October 1, 2013). "Help NWA Smoky Mountain upgrade our production to make our 10th Season the best on yet". Kickstarter.
  7. ^ "VETERAN RICKY MORTON WINS NWA WORLD JR. HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE". 1wrestling.com. January 6, 2014.
  8. ^ Felix Olmedo, Austin James and Nate Milton (3 February 2015). "NWA Smoky Mountain Heavyweight Champ Jason Kincaid joins us live Tonight". BlogTalkRadio.com (Podcast). Pipebomb Radio. Event occurs at 03:14. Retrieved 22 September 2015.
  9. ^ ""Godzilla" Jax Dane is on a rampage through the NWA". OnlineWorldofWrestling.com. April 24, 2015.
  10. ^ Goodman, Larry (May 10, 2015). "NWA Smoky Mountain Collision Course Report form Kingsport on May 9". GeorgiaWrestlingHistory.com. Georgia Wrestling History News and Notes.
  11. ^ "NWA Wrestling Collision Course at Civic Auditorium, Kingsport". Bristol Herald Courier. May 2015.
  12. ^ "SHOW RESULTS - 10/3 NWA Smoky Mountain in Kingsport, Tenn.: NWA Hvt. Title match, Rob Conway, Kid Kash, Ricky Morton, more". PWTorch.com. Pro Wrestling Torch. October 5, 2015.
  13. ^ Apter, Bill (October 16, 2015). "Ricky Morton, Steamboat, More What's Happening @Smoky Mt. Wrestling". 1wrestling.com.
  14. ^ "Smoky Mountain Tennessee Tag Team Title". Wrestling-Titles.com. Puroresu Dojo. 2003.
  15. ^ "NWA Smoky Mountain The Finale 2013 results".
  16. ^ "NWA Smoky Mountain The Finale 2014 results".
  17. ^ "NWA Smoky Mountain The Finale 2015 results".

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