David Marquez Interviewed Colt Cabana and Aron Stevens
Cabana earned a rematch for the NWA National Heavyweight Championship with Team Aldis winning last week's main event. His brief promo here effectively hyped up his title match with Storm for later in the night. It was short, sweet, and straight to the point. Stevens, who Marquez interviewed right after, also made the most of the time he had and generated great heat from the crowd. His gimmick continues to be a blast.
The Dawsons def. Mims and Kingsley
The Dawsons have been booked to look incredibly dominant so far in the NWA, so it was no surprise that this was as one-sided as it was. They went over in decisive fashion and spoke with Marquez afterward about how they deserve a shot at the NWA World Tag Team Championship. They were interrupted by Eddie Kingston and Homicide, who said they're already owed a title opportunity and are willing to put it on the line if The Dawsons agreed to face them again. It was a solid segment, but I'd love to know when and where Kingston and Homicide became the number one contenders and why the title shot wasn't automatically given to The Dawsons when they beat them the first time.
Joe Galli Interviewed Tim Storm
This was the first we've heard from Storm since he failed to regain the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship from Nick Aldis on the debut episode last month. He said he's been going through a rough patch and didn't know what was next for him. Aldis pulled him aside and attempted to give him a pep talk, so I'm intrigued to see where that leads. Storm is such a great babyface that I'd be disappointed if he ended up turning heel, assuming that's a direction they might go in.
Thunder Rosa def. Ashley Vox
I was never a fan of her Kobra Moon persona in Lucha Underground, but Thunder Rosa impressed me with the showing she had here and Vox was very good as well. This was an action-packed and fun match for the time it was given. Post-match, Marti Belle confronted Rosa, only to team up with her against Belle's supposed friend Allysin Kay. Even though she lost to Vox last week, I could see Belle being Kay's next challenger for the NWA Women's Championship.
Ricky Starks def. Aron Stevens in a 2-out-of-3 Falls Match
Stevens was embarrassed by his loss to Starks last week and was looking to redeem himself with a win here. Well, Starks pinned him in a matter of seconds before beating him a second time minutes later. The match wasn't anything to write home about but did successfully put over Starks as a star. I'm glad the NWA didn't resort to 50/50 booking with these two the same way many other companies do, but I'm curious what this means for Stevens, who has now been definitively defeated by Starks three times in a row.
Colt Cabana def. James Storm to Win the NWA National Heavyweight Championship
This was probably the best match I've seen on any of these Powerrr shows to date. Granted, that isn't saying much, but it was entertaining and wasn't as short-lived as most of the other main event matches on the show tend to be. Kamille factored into the finish by shoving Eli Drake at ringside, which resulted in Cabana capitalizing off the distraction and winning the NWA National Heavyweight Championship for the second time. I assume that will lead to Storm vs. Aldis eventually for the world title, possibly at Into the Fire.
Eddie Kingston and Homicide def. The Dawsons in an NWA World Tag Team Championship No. 1 Contender's Match
The Dawsons were advertised to answer Kingston and Homicide's challenge next week, but The Dawsons demanded the match happen before the show went off the air instead. I figured it would be more of an angle than anything, but this was actually fairly competitive and was as hard-hitting as their other encounters. The Wild Cards attempted to interfere but were thwarted by The Rock 'n' Roll Express (one week removed from the brutal beating they endured at the hands of Santana and Ortiz six days ago on Dynamite, no less). Kingston and Homicide will now challenge for the NWA World Tag Team Championship, it's just a matter of when it will happen.
I realize that NWA Powerrr isn't all about the wrestling (which I find refreshing), but I liked that some of the matches were longer than usual and were enjoyable to boot. Additionally, several storylines were progressed with in the women's and tag team divisions as well as with Starks and Stevens. We also heard from Tim Storm and got a title change in the main event, making this the most newsworthy episode to date. I'm excited to see card for Into the Fire come together over the next month.
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