NWA National Heavyweight Champion James Storm, Eli Drake, Colt Cabana and NWA Worlds Heavyweight Champion Nick Aldis Interrupted Each Other
All four of these guys have been talking quite a bit about each other lately, so it was merely a matter of time that they were involved in the same segment. Everyone had a point to make and I liked how everyone played off one another. It was established that Aldis and Storm would face off in six-man tag action in the main event. If Team Aldis won, Cabana would get the National Heavyweight title shot he's been looking for, but if Team Storm won, he'd get an opportunity to compete for the Worlds Heavyweight title. NWA might be the one wrestling show where I don't mind promos kicking off the show, especially since they don't overstay their welcome and usually serve a purpose.
Trevor Murdoch def. Jocephus
Murdoch talked before the bout how he really wanted a contract with the NWA and would wrestle Jocephus to get it, which in turn saved Jocephus from getting "suspended" for his actions a few weeks ago. I have no desire to see Murdoch featured prominently on this show, but I will admit that he is a fine fit for the NWA. The match was nothing worth writing home about except that it was over relatively quickly. I don't know if he's any good, but Jocephus has been booked like a total goof so far.
Ricky Starks Slapped aron Stevens
It's cool that Stevens has been a fixture on every episode of Powerrr for the past three weeks. Personally, I've been digging his shtick, as it's very similar to what was he was doing as Damien Sandow in WWE. It wasn't long before he was interrupted by Starks, who came off well in the short promo he cut. His vicious slap to Stevens set up a match between the two for later in the night.
The Dawsons def. Eddie Kingston and Homicide in a No Disqualification Match
Although this was less a match and more of a brawl, I didn't have a problem with it because it matched the styles of those involved. They took their fight all around ringside and kept things interesting throughout. I thought they might have waited to blow this feud off until Into the Fire in December, but apparently not. Then again, it's possible The Dawsons won here to delay the babyfaces picking up the victory until later on. Either way, this was solid while it lasted.
Ashley Vox def. Marti Belle
As I've said before, I'm not the biggest fan of Belle. She did nothing to impress me in IMPACT or in the Mae Young Classic, but she's looked decent so far in NWA. That may not be saying much because these women's matches have been fairly brief, but at least this wasn't offensively bad. Vox scoring the win was slightly surprising, just because she's already lost to Allysin Kay and I thought they might have been building toward Belle vs. Kay for the NWA World Women's Championship. Thunder Rose debuted afterward and extended her hand to Belle, but Belle declined and scurried off.
Ricky Starks def. Aron Stevens
I was looking forward to seeing how these two would fare against each other, but there really wasn't much to this. It lasted all of a few minutes, but what we did get was perfectly fine. The only thing that stood out to me about it was the finish, which saw Starks feign hitting Stevens in the face only to roll him up for the win. Both of these guys have potential in their respective roles.
Team Aldis (NWA Worlds Heavyweight Champion Nick Aldis, Colt Cabana and Mr. Anderson) def. Team Storm (NWA National Heavyweight Champion James Storm and NWA World Tag Team Champions The Wild Cards)
Great wrestling matches aren't NWA's strong suit, but this was a quality main event. It didn't go much longer than most of the other matches, but all six stars got a chance to shine and the crowd was into the action. With this win, Cabana will get his long awaited rematch for the National title against Storm sometime soon, likely at Into the Fire. I expected Drake to show up and factor into the finish somehow, but he was nowhere to be seen.
I enjoy NWA Powerrr on the whole and find it to be a breath of fresh air compared to everything else out there in wrestling right now, but the lack of lengthy matches is probably my biggest nitpick of the show and how there's just too many matches/segments. All of them are designed to get the talent over and I appreciate that (along with the abundance of promos), but it would be nice if there was at least one match that went over 10 minutes. Other than that, NWA is doing a terrific job of hyping up Into the Fire in less than two months and setting the stage for that show. There was plenty of storyline progression on this episode and the main event was entertaining.
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