NWA presented their special pay-per-view show, Hard Times 3, on November 12, 2022, at the Frederick J. Sigur Civic Center in Chalmette, Louisiana. The event saw the crowning of a new NWA World Champion, Tyrus, who picked up the win in a huge triple threat match. However, the promotion received major backlash for putting the title on Tyrus.

Tyrus alongside BLK Jeez squared off against Trevor Murdoch and Matt Cardona in a high stakes triple threat match for the NWA World championship. After a hard fought battle between the three superstars, Murdoch planted a DDT on Cardona on the floor and rolled him inside the ring looking to seal the win. Tyrus capitalized on the moment and delivered The Tongan Death Grip Chokeslam on Trevor Murdoch to put an exclamation point on the match.

Tyrus pinned Trevor Murdoch, winning the triple threat bout and becoming the new NWA World Champion in the process. However, the fans didn’t seem to be happy about Tyrus reigning as champion. The promotion currently dealing with the departure of Nick Aldis, received major backlash for their decision of making Tyrus the world champion.

Just Alyx: “Oof… NWA made Funkasaurus their world champion. Somebody call his momma. Was Tyrus really the best option? I mean, for God sake, you got Aron Stevens aka Damien Sandow! And you went with FUNK IS ON A ROLE? YOU IGNORAMUSES!!”


Jason Solomon: “Tyrus is the new NWA World Champion. No wonder Aldis gave his notice. You run OUT of a burning house, not into it.”

@EDGXR5: “TK (Tony Khan) can buy the rights for this title, put it on Serpentico and could feel more valuable than Tyrus having it.”

@RiepTide1999: “Billy Corgan really thinks Tyrus, who’s about as mobile as ‘89 Andre the Giant, has more legs as the heel NWA Champion than Matt Cardona. Sounds like his pumpkin is smashed right about now.”

@RealJackCassidy: “Going from Cody Rhodes and Nick Aldis as champion to Tyrus is the definition of ‘mud.’”

@KrisPLettuce: “Billy Corgan is the most incompetent person in wrestling which in 2022 covers a lot of ground! How are you so delusional to diarrhea all those words out of your mouth about how there aren’t enough women good enough for NWA when you just had fat 50 year old Tyrus main event a PPV.”

Kenny McIntosh: “No way! Tyrus is the NWA champ at the end of 2022?! Remove him being a right wing nutter or the allegations against him, but he’ll be 50 in February, isn’t a very dynamic wrestler and isn’t over in the slightest. What a strange move. Very tone deaf.”

Tyrus wrestled in the WWE as Brodus Clay in the WWE from 2010 to 2014. He then went on to compete in other promotions such IMPACT Wrestling and the independent circuit. The former Funkasaurus made his NWA debut in 2021. His win at Hard Times 3 was his first-ever world championship win in any promotion.

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