Last week, the forthcoming NGW released a teaser trailer for its women’s wrestling promotion. Plans call for the women’s promotion to debut in 2022, and the promotion has already launched a Twitter account @NGWFederation.
“In 2022, it’s out with the old and in with the new generation,” noted the trailer which featured women preparing to wrestle by putting on wrist tape and tying boots.
NGW leadership told me exclusively this will be one of the biggest investments in women’s wrestling ever as women’s wrestling continues to have a moment. Later on this month, on August 28, NWA will broadcast its historic all-women’s pay-per-view Empowerrr, produced by legendary wrestler Mickie James. Empowerrr has already booked some of the top names in women’s wrestling including NWA women’s world champion Kamille, Leyla Hirsch, Deonna Purrazzo, Melina Perez and Chelsea Green.
In addition to budding talent all over the world, NGW also figures to have a deep pool of free agents to choose from amid WWE’s ongoing wave of releases. Though much has been made about top male free agents and their future plans, names like The IIconics (Peyton Royce and Billie Kaye), Mercedes Martinez, Lana and former WOW women’s champion Santana Garrett are all recently released free agents.
With AEW President Tony Khan utilizing The Forbidden Door as part of a cooperative philosophy of working together with other promotions in pro wresting, NGW may also have opportunities to work with AEW women’s talent as has been the case with the aforementioned Leyla Hirsch challenging for the NWA Women’s World Championship.
Women’s wrestling promotions are few and far between, especially in the United States. With just six active women’s promotions in the entire country, the Chicago-based SHIMMER promotion is the standard-bearer. Women’s wresting is far more celebrated internationally, as in October of 2019, Bushiroad acquired Japanese women’s wrestling promotion World Wonder Ring Stardom. Stardom went on to become a sister promotion to the Bushiroad-owned New Japan Pro Wrestling.
NGW looks to break through to a thriving pro wrestling market in a post-pandemic world. In addition to industry leaders WWE and AEW continuing to sell out big venues with fans back in the stands, smaller independent promotions like GCW and NJPW Strong have also found success touring within the states.