NWA Powerrr Bytesize: 27th July 2021
The Champions Series gets underway this week with four first round matches!
What’s up guys and girls! It’s the “King of Real Rasslin” Paul, back again with another bytesized NWA review!
And this week, there are no jokes, just straight business as the Champions Series got under way! Four straight matches, no promos, no vignettes, just pure, uninterrupted in ring action.
The points system was announced prior to the show, and is as follows:
5 points for a win.
3 points for a time limit draw.
If the match ends as a result of a DQ, 3 points go to the winning team.
It should be an interesting tournament, so let’s just get straight into it!
Champions Series match one: Thom Latimer v Marshe Rockett
As much as I love the subtle jokes and overall banter I get to put in my usual reviews, I am looking forward to reviewing just the action in the ring!
This match from Block A was the perfect start as the powerful Brit, Thom Latimer, took on the equally impressive Marshe Rockett.
After the usual back and forth tussle to open the match, Rockett seemed to take control with a body drop, however Latimer fought back with an arm drag takedown. Again, Rockett seemed to take control, this time with an arm drag of his own and an impressive dropkick, but that would be pretty much the only offence he would get in for the rest of the match other than a brief flurry later on.
Latimer took full control following this, snapping Rockett into the ropes before hitting a hard spear for a two count, then a neckbreaker. A rest hold followed, and Rockett’s fight back attempt was shut down faster than BoJo threw the UK into lockdown! (Ok, I got one joke in!)
Despite Rockett’s brief flurry of a superkick, clothesline and a powerbomb for a two count, Latimer would soon wrap up the match with a scoop slam, followed by distracting the referee to allow an eye rake, then a stunner for the three count.
Winner: Thom Latimer of Team Kamille/Idol
Good opening match up, the two guys meshed pretty well. I would have liked to see a bit more offence from Marshe Rockett as I believe he is a super talented guy and will one day main event PPV’s but overall a solid opener.
Champions Series match two: Skye Blue v Jennacide
First women’s match up of the series and I think it’s fairly obvious who is winning this one. But that is not to say she did it with ease, as Skye Blue took the fight to Jennacide.
After the initial feeling out process, Jennacide took early control, but Skye fought back and hit a dropkick which staggered her opponent, albeit not for very long, as Jennacide soon recovered and tossed her across the ring. Jennacide followed this up with knees to the gut, then a front suplex for a two count.
Skye tried to fight back with some slaps, but they were about as effective as hiking boots on an amputee, as Jennacide just hit straight back with chops, then stomps to her grounded opponent. At this point, Jennacide locked in an arm submission, but Skye made it to the ropes, forcing the break. Skye then made a big fight back, hitting a dropkick, followed by a sunset flip for a two count. Skye then countered Jennacide into a tilt a whirl hurricanrana, then hit a back heel kick to her cornered opponent. As Jennacide staggered out of the corner, Skye went up top and hit a big crossbody, gaining a two count, but that was all she wrote as moments later, Jennacide would recover and hit a huge sit out powerbomb for the win and five points for her team.
Winner: Jennacide of Team Pope/Velvet Sky
Not a bad match considering the size difference of the competitors. Skye Blue played the role of the underdog well, and on a couple of occasions looked like she might just upset the applecart somewhat and take a surprise win, but ultimately it was always going to be Jennacide that won.
Champions Series match three: Mims v JTG
I have to say, I was really looking forward to this one! Two big, agile wrestlers, I felt this was going to be one of the matches of the tournament, and I was not wrong!
After eyeing each other up for about twenty seconds, the two then locked up in an intense collar and elbow tie up, jostling each other around the ring until they broke the hold. JTG then put Mims in a headlock, before taking him to the ground with a shoulder tackle, then a ground headlock. Mims would reverse this into a headlock of his own. Mims would attempt a couple of roll ups, gaining two counts, before JTG took full control of the match.
Following a dropkick, then a clothesline, JTG would mount his grounded opponent and lay in some hard forearm shots, before targeting Mims' arm with knee drops, he then pulled him up from the ground into a powerbomb for a two count.
JTG was riding a wave of momentum and hit a clothesline from the top rope, before he scored another two count after a vicious looking slingblade (calm down JP).
Mims fought back from this and was able to take brief control of the match with a headbutt followed by an impressive powerslam, but Mims then made the mistake of going up top and trying to imitate Darby Allin with a coffin drop. This proved to be a bad move as JTG rolled out of the way and was able to hit the Brooklyn’s Edge (a variation of Razor’s Edge) for the win.
Winner: JTG of Team Aron and Taryn (Joe Galli just loves to say it!)
Solid match here, really enjoyed this one. Always been a fan of JTG and it’s great to see him making waves as a singles guy. Mims has all the talent in the world and matches like this will really boost his skills and give him much needed experience.
It’s also been great how the team captains have each been on commentary for matches so far, aside from Kamille and Idol, and the rest of the competitors teams surrounding the ring, it makes the whole series feel important.
Champions Series Match four and Main Event: Fred Rosser v Trevor Murdoch
This match started fast as the two men traded blows in the centre of the ring. Rosser hit the first move as he delivered a headbutt to Murdoch, but Murdoch followed up with some chops.
The two men then traded some stiff shots before Murdoch hit Rosser with an elbow, followed by a hard spinebuster for a two count. Rosser rallied back from this straight away and briefly took control, hitting a belly to back suplex on Murdoch.
Rosser’s spell of domination was over faster than Charlotte’s latest title reign. After trapping his opponent in the corner and hitting some shots in the corner, Rosser threw Murdoch through the ropes to the apron. Murdoch responded by reasserting himself, putting Rosser in a headlock, then following up by clotheslining Rosser over the ropes and back into the ring. This would be the turning point of the match, as Murdoch then hit a top rope Bulldog, followed by a submission which forced Rosser to tap, giving the win to Team Pope!
Winner: Trevor Murdoch of Team Pope/Velvet Sky
A decent match this, but in my opinion Mims v JTG should have been the main event.
That said, both guys gave a good account of themselves and put on an entertaining match. I feel like Rosser will be one of the breakout stars of this series and can only go from strength to strength. He definitely should be entering some sort of title picture very soon.
The show ended with Nick Aldis, who had been on commentary for the main event, trash talking Trevor Murdoch, saying he has never and will never beat him. Standard stuff.
And that brought to an end the first week of the Champions Series.
Overall, Pope’s team have 10 points, Aron Stevens and Kamille’s teams sit on 5 points, and Nick Aldis’ team have zero. Next week will be the completion of round one, so check back here next Wednesday for all the recap from that!
Thanks for reading guys, see you on Friday for NXTUK!