Shane Douglas Throws Down the NWA Belt

by Mark Long

Shane Douglas - historyofwrestling.comIn the finals of a tournament to crown the new NWA champion, reigning Eastern Championship Wrestling titleholder Shane Douglas defeats 2 Cold Scorpio in Philadelphia, PA.  During a speech following his victory, Douglas unexpectedly threw the NWA belt down and refused the championship, declaring himself to be the Extreme Championship Wrestling World Heavyweight champion and forcing the embarrassed members of the fledgling National Wrestling Alliance to reschedule a new championship tournament.