Stu Bennett doesn’t foresee the NWA coming back anytime soon.
Bennett, the former Wade Barrett, recently has been working as a broadcaster for the NWA, but the promotion is currently not running shows due to the ongoing pandemic. In an interview with Chris Van Vliet, Bennett spoke on the future of the NWA and said he believes there won’t be any shows for the remainder of the year, saying it’s not the smartest idea to run events while there are spikes in positive COVID-19 cases and states still not opening up.
“I think we were slowly getting closer to it. I was hearing rumors of kind of looking at October for something if things continue doing well and then suddenly the U.S. had this giant spike. I will be amazed, and this is not coming from someone in management, I would be amazed if NWA puts on a show at any point for the rest of the year just based on how all this stuff is spiking. I don’t think it’s going to be safe for anyone to put on a show and have a crowd out there. Don’t take my word for it. It’s Billy Corgan’s decision, but I would be surprised if something came out in 2020. Of course, I’m hearing rumors that a vaccine is getting closer and fingers crossed that we can get vaccines and things get back to normal as soon as possible. Until that happens, let’s face it, this thing isn’t going to get resolved. This virus is just going to continue spiking,” Bennett said.
The NWA has also been subject to rumors of it either closing down or being on sale. Corgan, the current NWA President, recently shot down those rumors.
The company cut ties with Vice President David Lagana after he was accused of sexual assault and reportedly offered releases to anyone who wanted one. The promotion had gone silent on digital platforms, not tweeting since June 24 and uploading nothing to its YouTube channel since June 18.
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