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1974 NWA

The count on the floor is no longer 20, but has been changed to a 10 count. The rule went into effect August 11, 1973. Intentional striking of a referee will result in an automatic disqualification or suspension.
  1. No hair pulling, eye gouging, strangle holds or biting.
  2. No pulling of trunks, masks, or any other equipment.
  3. No straight punches or kicks with point of toe.

NOTES: Contestants who repeatedly violate any of the following rules will be disqualified. The following violations are automatic disqualifications:

  1. Throwing opponent over top rope.
  2. Karate thrusts to the throat.
  3. The piledriver hold.
  4. Failing to break an illegal hold before the referee's "five count".
  5. The use of any foreign object.
  6. Any interference with the duties of the referee.
  7. Continuing to abuse a defeated opponent.
  8. Any interference by managers, seconds, or cornermen.
  9. Tag team save rule: automatic disqualification when one team member saves another on any sure pin or submission combination more than once.
  10. No intentional punching or kicking in the groin or kidney area.

The following maneuvers are legal:

  1. Judo chops, forearm blows, bolo punches, instep and flat of foot kicks.
  2. The use of the ropes to gain leverage - contestants may spring against ropes as in tackles and other such maneuvers providing the contact with the rope is mandatory.
  3. It is legal to continue wrestling your opponent until he is clearly entangled in ropes and referee calls for the break (wrestlers cautioned to protect themselves on the break).

Contestants will get 10 counts on the apron of the ring and on the floor.

Championships cannot change hands when the victory is gained by disqualification or countout.

In any situation not covered by these rules, the NWA will honor the judgement and discretion of the appointed referee.

For information leading to the arrest and conviction of persons throwing objects in the arena during wrestling matches.