“Ironman” Rob Conway has never been one to be humble or anything less than confident in his abilities. “When I first got into this (wrestling) I walked into Davis Arena and saw these out of shape guys in jeans wrestling and thought ‘I can do this, I am already better than them,'” Conway once said.
Conway would pay his dues in Memphis Championship Wrestling and in Ohio Valley Wrestling for over six years before finally hitting the main stage in the WWE. Working off and on for the WWE for a couple of years Conway would eventually become full-time on RAW working as a tag team with Sylvain Grenier and go on to headline for seven years (tour of duty for most WWE SuperStars is 1-3 years) and three runs as a WWE World Tag Team Champion.
After his time in the WWE ended Conway would go back to OVW for a brief time giving credence to the old addage “be careful of the bridges you burn on the way to the top, you have to cross them again coming back.”
“OVW and Danny Davis they will always have a special place in my life, they are really what professional wrestling is all about,” Conway said.
Keeping busy and in-demand on the indie circuit Conway has kept in shape, including entering bodybuilding competitions and chasing a long sought after dream, the NWA World Heavyweight Championship.
The National Wrestling Alliance is the oldest governing body in professional wrestling and a recent change in leadership found the company struggling for respectability after a number of public relations gaffes. Former champions Adam Pearce and Colt Cabana threw the NWA World Championship down in the ring after a match in Australia and denounced the new leadership. The Tokyo Monster Kahagas won a quickly organized tournament to crown a new champion and his reign was met with little enthusiasm including a match in Florida with Bruce Santee that turned into a heated exchange that many called a shoot.
In March Conway defeated Kahagas to win the NWA World Heavyweight Championship realizing his dream and in doing so, bringing some much needed credibility to the NWA. A number of former champions and wrestling veterans have lauded the decision to put the title on Conway calling it “the first smart thing they (NWA Board of Governors) have done since taking over.”
After a number of scathing articles and bad press as well as being embroiled in a number of lawsuits against anyone who would challenge their authority, the NWA (R.Bruce Tharpe and Chris Ronquillo) seem to have softened their approach and are starting to listen to the one driving force they cannot afford to ostracize, the fans.
Reaction from fans over Conway winning what is still considered, by many, the ultimate prize in professional wrestling, the NWA World Heavyweight Championship, has varied but most are supportive and consider the move a step in the right direction for the company.
Upcoming matches for Conway include a title defense against former NWA World Tag Team Champion Ricky Morton on May 18, 2013 in Kingsport, TN for NWA Smoky Mountain, one of the top performing NWA members. Conway is expected to return to Japan and defend the title there as well after a recent trip saw him defeat Satoshi Kojima in front of 11,000 fans for AJPW.
“Man I am just living the dream, I am the NWA World Heavyweight Champion and you know how I got there? By doing it the Con-way,” Conway added.
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