Trevor Murdoch burst onto the professional wrestling scene in 2005 when he teamed with the late Lance Cade and eventually won the WWE World Tag Team Championship three times.
While Murdoch hasn’t performed in WWE for over a decade, he still rode an incredible wave of success on the independent scene and in Total Nonstop Action. Murdoch retired from professional wrestling in 2018, but returned to the ring for the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) in 2019 and appeared on the company’s first recording of «NWA Powerrr.»
Murdoch rose to the top of the promotion, winning the NWA National Heavyweight Championship over Aron Stevens and holding the belt for over 180 days before losing to Chris Adonis.
In 2021, Murdoch became the NWA World Heavyweight Champion when he defeated Nick Aldis. He held the title for 167 days before losing it to Matt Cardona. He won again a few months later, but lost it at Hard Times 3 to reigning champion Tyrus.
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«I always, as a wrestler, always wanted the company that had a boss who trusted me. Give me opportunities, let me fail. Billy (Corgan) and the NWA have done that,» Murdoch told Fox News Digital in an interview. recent when asked about his time so far at the company.
“They have given me the opportunity to go out, and I tell them what I can do and what I am going to do in these games. And they say, ‘Okay, do it. And they give me opportunities to show that I am a good fighter. That I’m willing to go out and put on a great show and entertain these people. Whereas, when I have worked for other companies, I have not had those opportunities.
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«The other situation is also that they talk to me. They ask the guys for advice. They treat me like I’m part of the team. And when you treat me like that, I become the most loyal person you can be.» I have never had. I’ll take a bullet for you. If I know you’re willing to be there for me, work hard for me, and give me every opportunity, then I’ll pay you back loyally. That’s where I am. with the NWA, and I’ll probably end my career here.»
Murdoch said that he couldn’t pinpoint a single moment of his time in WWE to call his favorite.
He and Cade had matches against Big Show and Kane, Charlie Haas and Viscera and even teamed up with Edge to take on D-Generation X. But working with Matt and Jeff Hardy was probably for the best for him.
«It’s hard to nail down one incredible moment. My time with WWE when I had to fight The Hardys – you talk about two guys who are just as finished in life as they are in the ring,» he said. «So when you go out there to fight, as soon as you hit those guys (you hear) ‘boo!’
«As soon as they hit back, (you hear) ‘yay!’ It was so easy. He made our match so fun and exciting. And the creativity with those guys, especially Matt, is unmatched by anyone else. They’re one of the best tag teams in the business. So (Lance Cade) And me, when we were in WWE, man, that was a lot of fun.»
However, he said that NWA has been doing very well.
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«Here in the NWA, I don’t have any major favorite moments. Everything for me is favorable,» he told Fox News Digital. «I’m getting in the ring with like-minded people who, maybe crucify me, aren’t a bunch of p—ing p—ies.
«I don’t know how to explain it. I apologize for my language, but I’ve hit some of these guys real hard, and they didn’t come back whining and whining. They wanted more. And that’s the kind of wrestling.» that I want to deliver to the people. That tough, take ‘em to the woodshed, just beat each other up, old school pro wrestling.»
«NWA Powerrr» is another show on an ever-growing wrestling menu.
On a weekly basis, fans can tune in to five shows from WWE, two shows from AEW, Impact Wrestling, New Japan Pro Wrestling, and NWA. Not to mention Triple A, CMLL, Ring of Honor and Major League Wrestling among others.
Murdoch told Fox News Digital why wrestling fans should give «Powerrr» a try on YouTube.
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«NWA is definitely a different part of professional wrestling. We take professional wrestling and put it back in its original form, and it’s two opponents that go in there and beat each other like hell,» he said. «Whereas, with a lot of wrestling that you see today, it’s very acrobatic. And those guys are great athletes. Wonderful, great, great athletes. But you lose some sense of credibility when you take a big hit and you get back up and you’re running like if you had never been affected.
«When you watch an NWA match, first of all, you can look at the opponents and know that they are adults and have some experience in life and have been somewhere. And then, most likely, those two Adults go get in there and beat the crap out of each other, and who doesn’t like to see that?
Murdoch said the industry as a whole is better because of the amount of promotions out there right now.
«Right now, professional wrestling is probably the best it’s been in over 20 years, over 15 years. There used to be a time when there was only real wrestling to watch, and we’d all have to watch it if we wanted to. «. because in the end we had no other choice. That was WWE after they took over WCW, and there was a long period of nothing but WWE.
«Now though, you’ve got all these varieties of pro wrestling. You’ve got New Japan, you’ve got Triple A, you’ve got AEW, you’ve got WWE, you’ve got NWA, you.» I have impact. As a wrestling fan, it’s the best time because literally if you have a certain style of pro wrestling, even that hard shit of that deathmatch stuff, you can go on TV and find your wrestling style. free professional and Don’t look at anything else than that. Whereas before you didn’t have those options. With so many venues, so many wrestling companies, there are plenty of places for wrestling to work. And that’s good for everyone.»
Murdoch teamed up with Mike Knox as they look to win the Jim Crockett Sr. Memorial Cup. Tyrus and Adonis are also in the tournament along with other tag teams.
Murdoch told Fox News Digital that he looks forward to holding the trophy with Knox when all is said and done. The Crockett Cup will take place June 3-4 at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds Annex in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
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«That’s something that, personally, I would like to do. Historically, I would like to do,» Murdoch said. «When I was young, I watched that tournament over the years and some big names went through that tournament. I really, really want to be a part of it.»