Formed in 1948, the
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. In August 2012, the NWA discontinued its memberships and became a private organization that licensed the NWA to wrestling promotions. Beginning in October 2017, the NWA was no longer a governing body and gradually evolved into a singular wrestling promotion thus ending any semblance of a territory system. The following is a list of all past NWA-affiliated promotions and/or territories.

Former NWA-affiliated promotions and/or territories


The following promotions joined the NWA between its founding in 1948 and its reorganization in 1993. † ''indicates a founding member of the NWA.''


The following promotions joined the NWA between its reorganization in 1993 and its end as a membership organization in August 2012.


The following promotions paid to license the NWA brand after August 2012 and before the NWA became a single wrestling promotion in October 2017.


External links

Official NWA website

Official NWA YouTube channel

Official NWA Facebook page
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