What a huge couple of weeks it has been for professional wrestling. AEW on TNT, NXT on USA, Smackdown on Fox, Impact on AXS and so much more. One company that may be overlooked in this whole thing is the NWA. What Billy Corgan has done with this brand is amazing, capturing the nostalgia behind it while revitalizing it for a modern audience in a modern way.
I have to be honest; I read the spoilers for the Powerrr tapings. I was intrigued by the many names I saw involved. It was very reminiscent of Impact Wrestling in 2016, sans the Broken Universe. I was a fan of many aspects of that product, from the roster to the style of booking. It is evident to me that if Corgan won the lawsuit against Dixie, this is the type of product he would have brought with him.
I think the studio that they have designed has a real unique look. The best thing I heard was that they knew they couldn't compete with the look of guys like WWE or AEW, so they went a completely different approach. It is the approach I thought Impact was going with earlier this year at Cali Combat. It is much more intimate and brighter than the studio settings. I like that the announce table, interview set and ring are all in the same area.
I loved the retro vibes the show had. I wasn't watching wrestling when Championship Wrestling from Georgia was a thing but it definitely had an 80s feel to it. I am a fan of the 80s, and the music and graphics they used captured that era super well. They really leaned in to this brand. "Into the Fire" by Dokken is a great theme song to use.
Nick Aldis is a super star that you build a company around. I have had issues with his "pompous" attitude in the past but will definitely admit that he backs it up with his looks, mic skills and presence. His interview felt like something Ric Flair or Dusty Rhodes would deliver. He gave a passionate interview talking up the NWA brand, the 10 Pounds of Gold (Charlotte) and his main event match. Good stuff here.
The Dawsons squash match put them over as the bullies they were. NWA doesn't have entrance themes or videos as they just appear in the studio. I like this approach a lot. The camera angle will take some getting used to but it was loud the whole night. I am always good with the old-fashioned squash match.
The Austin Idol commercial was funny. BTW, I would love if the NWA brand was part of that Retromania Wrestling game coming out. Just a side note.
Eli Drake is a guy I hope NWA builds around. His interview was great. I also enjoyed his match with Caleb Konley. It wasn't quite the squash the first match was but it was a lot more one-sided. The NWA roster having a foundation with the likes of Eli Drake, Nick Aldis, James Storm etc. is a great roster to have.
James Storm and Josephus had a fun few segments. Josephus didn't come across looking great, losing to Storm in seconds. I like that the interweaved their brawl with other segments on the show. It gave Powerrr an unpredictable feeling.
The Wildcards squash was interesting. I see more in Tom Latimer (Bram) than I do Isaacs. Their post-match interview with Eddie Kingston and Homicide was fun. Kingston is a guy who should have been featured more throughout the years because he is killer on the mic. I will enjoy this Wildcard vs Outlaw Inc. feud. Seems they are doing a good job establishing the tag team division.
Main eventing Episode 1 with Nick Aldis vs Tim Storm for the World Title with the stipulation that Storm won't get another title shot if he fails was a very good choice. This match felt important. Storm is a fun babyface and has a good story. The match was enjoyable. It wasn't a five star classic but it told a good story. With Camille going down and Tim Storm resorting to dirty tactics made sense. I like the post-match interview where it was teased that Camille had issues with Aldis.
From what I saw in the spoilers and on TV Tonight, NWA Powerrr will be a weekly watch for me. I like the alternative approach to professional wrestling. NWA will help make Tuesday the night for alternative pro wrestling.