April Cruels Day 2017 did not have a single championship match on the card, a rarity for a Vendetta Pro event. However, all of the titleholders were prominently featured in a single match, as The Conglomerate took on five members of the Vendetta Pro roster that, as far as up until they were standing in the ring, they weren’t aware of. Joseph Duncan, Commissioner of Vendetta Pro and Executive Director of The Conglomerate, even stated that as he was standing inside the ring, nobody had signed on to face them. Whether that was true or not, five men did come out to take on his order: R.J. Cruz, Richie Slade, Billy Blade, Ricky Ruffin and Warpig Jody Kristofferson.
Shane & Shannon Ballard have once again claimed the NWA International Tag Team Championship.
James Beard, the Director of Operations for the National Wrestling Alliance, ordered that the NWA International Tag Team Championship be “held up” due to what was deemed to to improper officiating and interference by Vendetta Pro Wrestling Commissioner Joseph Duncan, who made the three count at Reflexion for the Ballards to take the title from The Twisted Sisterz.
This both voided the title win for the Ballards, and effectively vacated the title as it was not returned to The Twisted Sisterz but rather, held in escrow by the NWA. Duncan responded at Februtality by stating that through it is the right of the National Wrestling Alliance to hold up the “NWA International” Tag Team titles, that they have no right to hold up the “Vendetta Pro Wrestling” Tag Team titles. Shane & Shannon Ballard appeared along side Duncan, donning the belts. However, prior to the actual match for the International Tag title, NWA Official D.C. Brown brought out the belts himself and the Ballards entered the contest without them.
Though the match ended without interference or the use of any foreign objects–including using the ropes for leverage–the ending was still not without a small measure of controversy. Thunder Rosa had Shane Ballard pinned, and referee D.C. Brown had made the three count. However, moments later ring announcer Michael O’Garro, Jr. announced that the Ballard Brothers had won the contest and thus, the NWA International Tag Team title. The count that referee D.C. Brown made was for the arm of Shannon Ballard, which was draped over a lying Holidead. While Thunder Rosa and the crowd in Santa Maria had believed that the Twisted Sisterz had regained the title, Shannon and Holidead were in fact the legal competitors in the ring which nullified Rosa’s pin of Shane Ballard.
Februtality 2017 also saw a change of the NWA International Tri-Force Championship, as Vintage Dragon defeated Greg Hernandez and Mike Rayne to claim the title for a second time.
Immediately following his title win, The Conglomerate made their way into the ring. Commissioner Joseph Duncan, The Ballards (wearing the Tag Team belts even though they weren’t officially the Champions yet), NWA Western States Champ Rik Luxury and Vendetta Pro Heavyweight Champ Apostle Judah Mathew all confronted the new Tri-Force Champion. Duncan told everybody to relax, and that they were there to discuss business–the business of Vintage Dragon joining The Conglomerate. Duncan stated that this was the first time ever that The Conglomerate had publicly tapped someone for potential initiation into their order. When Vintage Dragon asked for some time to consider the offer, Rik Luxury told him this could be done “the easy way, or the hard way”, but Duncan said that this was a big decision, so he reluctantly granted Dragon some time to consider it but also stated that this was a “one time only offer”.
Following the events of the NWA International Tag Team Championship match, an enraged Thunder Rosa was looking to assault Commissioner Joseph Duncan, when The Conglomerate came out to both stop her, and to teach her “the hard way”. Fortunately for Rosa, a considerable portion of the Vendetta Pro Wrestling locker room came in to run The Conglomerate out of the ring. Vintage Dragon then came through the crowd, and joined those in the ring while The Conglomerate were up on the stage. Dragon proclaimed himself the new “heart and soul” of Vendetta Pro Wrestling, and after giving it some consideration, that the offer to join The Conglomerate was….
Monday, February 13, 2017, National Wrestling Alliance Director of Operations James Beard announced that the NWA International Tag Team Championship will be held in escrow by the National Wrestling Alliance until a date in which The Ballard Brothers and Twisted Sisterz can have a “fair and equitable” match sanctioned for the titles.
Just days after it was announced that the NWA Western States Tag Team Championship had been elevated in stature to the NWA International Tag Team Championship, the Tri-Force Championship has also been officially granted International status, due to the fact that it is the only title defended exclusively in three-person matches in the history of the National Wrestling Alliance.
Although it had been referred to on this website and on Vendetta Pro’s Social Media by the nickname of the NWA “World” Tri-Force Championship, in truth, the Tri-Force title did not officially hold World title status. Now, it officially holds status as an International Championship.