NWA Powerrr Bytesize: 8th June 2021
It's a new season of NWA Powerrr, and the newly crowned "King of Real Rasslin" give you all the happenings from this weeks episode!
What’s up guys and girls! It’s “The Crown Guy”, the King of Real Rasslin, Paul, back once again with another bytesized NWA Powerrr review!
With When Our Shadows Fall fresh in the minds (and my victory in the King of Real Rasslin predictions challenge too!) we move on to a new “season" of NWA Powerrr, and tonight's show should be pretty good!
Da Pope is set to defend his NWA World Television Championship against Luke Hawx, the team of Mecha Wolf and Bestia 666, known as La Rebelion, are set to make their Powerrr debuts, and opening the show is a special announcement from the owner of the NWA, Billy Corgan.
So, with no further delay, let’s get straight into it!
NWA returning to PPV!
The show opens with Billy Corgan stood with Kyle Davis and Mickie James!
Billy Corgan goes on to announce that NWA will be holding back-to-back Pay-Per-Views on 28th & 29th August, with NWA EmPowerrr on 28th being the NWA’s first all women Pay-Per-View, with Mickie James as the Executive Producer! Mickie goes on to say how excited and honoured she is for this opportunity, and I have to say, I am more than a little curious to see how it turns out myself!
The second Pay-Per-View on the 29th will be NWA 73! This will be the 73rd anniversary show of the NWA, and both of these events will be held in St Louis, Missouri.
It looks like NWA is finally going to get back on the road for the bigger shows, which is a welcome return to normality for all involved, I’m sure.
Strictly Business takes over the interview booth...
A lot of ground to cover here so bear with me...
So first off, Joe Galli brings out Kamille and congratulates her on her win at When Our Shadows Fall. Kamille says she feels amazing, proud and honoured, but she did exactly what she said she would do, which was win the World Women’s Title in her first attempt.
Joe Galli asks what the future holds for her now she’s the Champion? Kamille says she was going to take the night off to celebrate, but that’s not her style, so she asked to be involved in the main event.
At this point, Kamille brings out Thom Latimer, and he and Joe Galli get into a heated argument over Latimer’s actions in the PPV main event. Latimer shoves him aside and kisses Kamille (they’re engaged) and threatens Galli before bringing out Chris Adonis and Nick Aldis.
Aldis is dressed up to the nines in a tuxedo, and he tells Galli that he warned him once before, but he’s telling him now if he speaks to anyone from Strictly Business in that tone again, he’ll put him in a hospital. Galli says he knows he could do it, but he’s glad that his actions in the main event cost Aldis $25k in fines.
Aldis warns him again but says on this occasion, it’s not about him, it’s about Kamille. Galli agrees, but then is pulled aside by Tim Storm and told to go back to commentary. Galli does so but first congratulates Kamille again on doing it “the right way”.
Storm takes over and asks how Adonis and Latimer are feeling about the National Title Tournament. Adonis says he feels he is still the Champion because he never lost, but they say as long as it stays in Strictly Business it doesn’t matter. Aldis then chimes in again and says it's all because of Billy Corgan, but he can't stop them taking all the gold. Aldis then mentions that he is in a tuxedo because he will be the official “second” for Kamille’s Championship Coronation tonight (and oh boy is THAT worth waiting for...)
Next up is a short backstage interview with Serena Deeb. May Valentine asks how she is feeling? (Pretty bad I imagine May?)
Serena says while it’s never fun to lose, she feels she had a good reign, and defended the title with honour, which is what she set out to do. She gave it her all, but it wasn’t her night.
May praises Serena for the great match and says she hopes to see more of her on NWA Powerrr very soon.
Hawx gets his wings clipped by Pope
In ring action time now, as Pope defends the NWA World Television Title against Luke Hawx. This will be Pope’s 5th title defence, meaning if he wins, he will be just two successful defences away from the Lucky Seven rule.
It looks as though Hawx will do everything he can to stop it though as he puts on a great performance in this match. Early on he hit Pope with a Powerslam, some hard kicks and then a suplex, gaining a two count. Pope makes a brief comeback but is cut off again by some great offence from Hawx, who drops Pope with a dropkick, then a neckbreaker. Hawx once again gets a two count, but following this, Pope turns the tide with a DDT, and with Hawx in the corner after another hard shot, Pope hits the Elijah Express with one minute left on the clock to pick up the win.
Afterwards, Pope shakes Hawx hand while he is helped up by son, who is also his tag team partner.
Talk about keeping it in the family huh?
Cheap plugs!.... and a mystery “luchador”?
After a short commercial break, we are given the visual feast of Kyle Davis and May Valentine shamelessly plugging NWA merch. Thankfully, this is interrupted by a silver masked “luchador”.
Kyle asks him who he is, to which he replies he does not need to introduce himself, and that he is out here to tell everyone he is NWA’s newest signing. He says he is proud to be in the NWA, but as per the terms of his handshake deal, the only person he has to answer to is Billy Corgan. Kyle asks if Corgan knows who he is, to which he replies yes, Billy Corgan knows who he is and why he is here. He says the landscape in the NWA is changing, and when he gets in the ring, everyone will see something special...
Well, that’s f*cking ominous!
OH JOY! IT’S TIME FOR ANOTHER AUSTIN IDOL AD!!!
Taryn gives the Lady a Frosty reception
Back to the ring, and Taryn Terrell is set to face off with the debuting Lady Frost (sounds like an X-Men character).
After Frost takes Terrell down, she slides out of the ring and grabs a mic, saying that Forst is so welcome, but that she’s not in the mood to wrestle tonight (Of course not, I mean you're only getting paid for it love! Do your job!).
She blathers on a bit longer before getting in the ring and offering a handshake to Frost. Visibly annoyed, Frost knocks her hand away and goes to leave the ring, but as she does so, Terrell rolls her up and the referee counts the three! In fairness, the match hadn't ended, so I guess it’s fair play?
That said, in nearly 3 months I haven’t seen Terrell do anything of any real worth, so what the hell is her role going to or supposed to be? Genuinely getting Eva Marie vibes here.
Urgh... just mentioning her name makes me feel dirty and in need of a shower, and not in a good way!
Tyrus Idolises Idol, Idol Idolises himself
What episode of Powerrr wouldn’t be complete without my favourite person in allllll of professional wrestling make an appearance?!
Out comes Austin idol with Tyrus, and they head straight to the interview booth. Idol points to Tyrus’ fist and says that it’s the real deal. One punch, and it's all over. Goodnight Vienna!
He goes on to say that Pope has only defended the title against and beaten a bunch of nobodies (Uh, your guy was one of them dude...) and that in their match at When Our Shadows Fall, Tyrus won clean, fair and square.
At this point, someone by the name of BLK Jeez comes out and asks Tyrus and Idol for five minutes of their time to discuss a business proposition that will make them a lot of money. Tyrus and Idol agree and head backstage.
Calling it right now, from next week you’ll be able to get all your Avon products from Tyrus and Idol!
Somebody call a Murdoch-ter, Trevor feels sad!
Not my best pun work, but I stand by it so deal with it! Backstage with May, Trevor is asked how he is feeling after what transpired at the PPV. He says he’s not sure how he feels. He’s used to getting screwed over for one reason or another, but he thought when he came to the NWA, he had a chance. He had Aldis beat, he did everything right, and he still lost. He’s given his all to the NWA and now he doesn’t know what to do.
May asks if he feels hopeless? (Way to kick a man when he’s down!) and Murdoch says that is an understatement. He needs to figure out his next step. All he wants is the NWA World’s Heavyweight Title, but maybe it's not his destiny? May says he has to keep believing and fighting (or something like that) and the segment comes to an end.
Hungry like the (Mecha) Wolf...... OK, that’s “The End” of the puns for this one...*
Tag Team action now as Mike Parrow and Odinson of The End, take on Bestia 666 and Mecha Wolf of La Rebelion.
Both these teams put on a good display at the PPV, and they seemed determined to do the same again here. Parrow and Odinson jumped Bestia and Wolf before the bell sounded, and they immediately dominated their smaller opponents, utilising their superior strength and power.
After Powerslams, Chokeslams, and Belly to Belly suplexes, La Rebelion were finally able to turn the tides a little when Bestia was tagged in. Bestia would hit a swinging DDT, a crossbody and a Belly to Belly into the turnbuckle on Odinson, followed by their double team move, but Parrow broke up the resulting pin attempt.
After this, both teams ended up brawling in the ring, and after reaching a count of five, the referee had no choice but to throw the match out and declare a NO CONTEST (I’m really glad NWA isn’t involved in our main predictions league, as otherwise James would be getting loads of points for no contests!)
The brawl continued after the bell as Parrow and Odinson “powerbombed” Bestia and Wolf into each other, but after Parrow told everyone at commentary to fear him, La Rebelion hit stereo suicide dives and both teams brawled to the back.
Pretty good build for both teams really. It’s clear they want to promote both teams to look strong based on this result.
*This was a lie. The puns will never end!
The biggest shitshow since Wrestlemania Backlash!
Why NWA? Why? You were doing so well! This show had me hooked! Then you almost ruined it in the last five minutes!
Nick Aldis came out carrying two bouquets of flowers and walked to the ring, with Kamille just behind him. As they get into the ring, Aldis hands her the flowers as he tells everyone “I was right about this woman!”
While they are pandering to the crowd (And there really was a small crowd for this one! Honestly made a huge difference!) Melina suddenly appeared from the back, throwing her shoes at Kamille, then entering the ring and telling her they had unfinished business (I genuinely laughed so hard at her throwing her shoes it nearly saved the segment!)
Kamille taunts Melina while she gets in her face, then Jennacide comes out, pulls Melina away and throws her across the ring. Melina then quite suddenly disappears backstage, while Jennacide holds up Kamille's arm as the new Champion, then heads backstage herself, all the whole Kamille stood there with the biggest shit eating grin on her face.
And that ended the show!
Now, I have no problem with segments like this main eventing a TV taping, but for goodness' sake make it mean something!
This felt like it was hastily put together without any clear direction of foresight. It looked awful and disorganised and so that is how it came across. For me, it didn’t ask questions such as “Why is Melina out here?” or “What’s their backstory?” It just looked, for all intents and purposes, like they had scrapped it together last minute and thought “Ah f*ck it, that’ll do!”
That being said, the rest of the show was pretty good so I’m not going to let that overshadow it, but seriously guys, do better!
And that brings us to the end of another bytesized review!
There was a lot of good in this episode, it felt like they really turned a corner, aside from the last five minutes. You could tell having real fans in attendance made a big difference to the wrestlers as they seemed more up for it. Major props to all wrestlers everywhere who have continued to perform for us all during a pandemic, it truly is appreciated.
Thanks for reading my review, and don’t forget to check out some of our other articles, such as my in depth look at the history of the Women’s Championship, which you can find here.
I’ll be back on Thursday with another bytesized NXT UK review.
Until then, thanks again for reading, and I’ll see you at the matches!