The NWA is seeing a popularity it hasn't enjoyed in decades, but that's not without a few hiccups.
NWA 70 took place earlier this year, and featured a spotlight on the re-emerging brand. Out of the gate there were technical errors that plagued the broadcast, but were later fixed for the replay edition.
Fightful.com spoke with NWA's Dave Lagana recently, who opened up about some of the problems, which didn't necessarily limit to the microphones. There was also a spot in the NWA World Women's Championship match had a three count that wasn't with referee Earl Hebner.
"I am not sure exactly what happened, and I would leave it to those in the ring to discuss," Lagana said. "It happens, and I don’t know if she got her shoulder up on one side and Earl didn’t see it. I don’t know… it was a day that I wish we could have a little more time. You ever wish you had five more minutes in your day? I wish we would have had twenty five more minutes in my day to handle a few more things and as Billy posted in his thing. There was a lot of stuff we learned from it and a lot of stuff that won’t happen again. You know, we are very happy with that show. For over 1500 fans to come out to an NWA show, when a year ago I don’t think 1500 people knew the NWA was still around. For us to do a very successful pay per view, which we had very high success as far as the people that enjoyed it. The people that were disappointed with our production…we only ended up doing, I think, 3 refunds. You know people who asked for refunds we were able to get a final version with the audio fixed within 3 days. We were just so happy that these people supported us. And as much as Cody and Nick sort of pulled the wagon these people were NWA fans. And it was not a traditional crowd, it was a little bit different crowd than All In, it was a little bit different crowd than Ring of Honor that was there a couple months earlier. We were very happy with the all around event."
As far as reception to the problems went, Lagana said that it wasn't a huge financial burden on the company as much as scrambling to make sure the errors were fixed after the contracted production team didn't provide an adequately experienced technican.
"It was just more…the production team was not up front about the quality of the person doing the audio board. I guess the person they had backed out and they did not tell us until after. If they would have been up front we would have altered the show or made sure of other stuff. In reality, it happens, fuck it happened on Evolution. It happens all the time on television. And I see a lot of arm chair people on twitter, who can barely get 140 characters out in critique, which is fine. If they paid and they weren’t happy we were happy to give a refund to anybody. We worked very diligently to fix it and we have already made strategic deals that will upgrade everything across the board moving forward," said Lagana.
You can see our full interview with Dave Lagana at the top of the page. You can subscribe to the NWA's Youtube page at this link. NWA will host a pop-up event this Saturday in Clarksville, Tennessee.