The pandemic caused a shutdown of Billy Corgan's National Wrestling Alliance, halting the momentum of the "comfortably dated" take on the NWA that had amassed a cult following.
During the shutdown, several NWA talents have left for AEW, including Ricky Starks and Eddie Kingston. NWA Women's champion Thunder Rosa has made appearances for the company, while NWA star James Storm recently revealed that he's now a free agent.
A recent update from Fightful Select revealed the fates of two recent NWA titleholders in TV champion Zicky Dice and former Tag Team champion Royce Isaacs.
The update reads, "NWA seemed to change their mind on a name who was well on his way out of the company. Earlier this year, NWA told roster members that if they didn't believe in the company's vision, they'd be able to gain their releases.
Zicky Dice asked for his release, but was informed recently that NWA has exercised his roll-over. As of now, Zicky Dice is still the NWA TV Champion, and is contracted through the end of 2020.
"In regards to Royce Isaacs, things worked out a lot better for another NWA name, than Zicky Dice. Although Zicky Dice wasn't granted his release, Fightful has learned that former NWA World Tag Team Champion Royce Isaacs asked for and was granted his release from the National Wrestling Alliance, but as it turns out it was after his deal had expired.
NWA could have chosen to roll over the contract, the same as Dice's, but didn't do that. Those we spoke to said Isaacs was well liked within NWA and trusted in a variety of spots on the card, but that NWA contracts were for "relatively no money." Several we spoke to with knowledge of the situation said he'd be better off just not being under contract in the event an opportunity arises."