NWA POWER [Review]: 100 Miles and Wrasslin’.

Rob Deep Maldonado

NWA Powerrr opens up with a hair metal infused montage. Jim Cornette and Joe Galli review the fine legacy of the federation — the National Wrestling Alliance. Dave Marquez interviews their World Champion, Nick Aldis who pays complements to the locker room and History of NWA before cutting a promo for his upcoming match against Tim Storm. Nick and his stiff-walking valet, Camille, walk like big time heels but he talks like a ultra babyface.

Powerrr‘s graphics, ring design, etiquette, commentary, the crowd responses make one wonder if the creative team at NWA are Time Warping Physicists. It appears to be created in a pocket dimension where the 80’s never faded.

The tag team, the Dawson’s start the action and make quick work putting away some jobbers. The two show some creativity with their in ring combos and silly finisher appropriate for their size aka the Big Squisher. Jim and cohost attempt to color their commentary with colorful similes that land as flat as Sal Renaro, one of the jobbers, after the Dawsons were done. The Universal Wrestling College interjects as Austin Idol tries to creep you into applying for his 9000 square foot gym that he promises will make you $$$$$$$ in the long run. The commercial is a fantastic ad for a Napoleon Dynamite sequel.

Bring out Bobby Eaton!

Eli Drake is next with a cliched promo riling the crowd during his promo segment about wanting to be around men and not boys. He defeats Caleb Connelly with his clean “young Bobby Roode” style of wrestling but not before Connelly shows off some of his high flying tactics. James Storm answers the tantrum of Josephus with claims of being a real man in Wrestling. The show wants to lean on it’s wrestling but if it’s going to have skits it needs writers. These guys are yapping in circles with their tough guy quips. The Wild Cards take out jobbers Danny White and Mims. This match displays their intensity. The Dawson’s had better double team combos though.

Eddie Kingston thankfully interrupts the post match interview with the best mic skills of the night and brings out Homicide to confront the outraged Wildcards. The camera Pans to Josephus and James Storm brawl dancing around the studio. The last match of the night begins with Tim Storm prelude that looks like a Nugenix commercial. The championship match is slower than the Booker T and Buff Bagwell match that premiered on Raw after WCW was purchased. Tim Storm who painted himself as an aging face goes for a low blow and his struggling finisher. Aldis kicks out before the three count. Storm attempts and fails at all third rope antics.

I’ll glad give Playboy Buddy Landell a shot.

There’s a figure four applied to Aldis in the match broken up by reaching the ropes. There’s a sharpshooter applied to Storm from which he escapes by grabbing the ropes. It seems like they tried to cover all bases. They even try to involve the Valet, Camille as she takes a clothesline outside the ring from “The National Treasure” that was meant for Tim Storm after he dodges. The match ends with a fizzle when Storm opts to go for a suplex and gets wrapped up in a small package for the 1-2-3.

Joe Galli interviews Nick Aldis. Joe attempts to get answers from Camille whose schtick seems to be not talking. Nick says Joe is using click bait tactics during the interview. Nick Aldis pays respect to Tim Storm (even after getting the low blow) and waves to Tim who is still lamenting in the ring because that was his last shot ever at the title according to the match stipulation. This was hard to watch. Match of the night goes to the Dawson’s though. I’m giving Billy Corgan’s Promotion two stars– one for the Dawson’s match and the other for the nostalgic 80’s feel. 2/5 Bibles.

-Rob Deep Maldonado

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