Da Pope def. Colby Corino
I forget if it's been confirmed or not, but I believe Pope will be challenging Trevor Murdoch for the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship at the next pay-per-view Hard Times 2 in December, so there was no way he was losing here. Despite that, this was a quality opener. Corino has impressed me with his heel work this year and I thought he held his own against Pope. Corino came down to the ring with Wrecking Ball Legursky and Jay Bradley (both of whom I'll discuss in a second), but The Ill Begotten evened the odds and helped Pope score the victory.
The Fixers def. The Ill Begotten; The OGK def. The Fixers
The first match got underway immediately after the opener ended. I figured The Ill Begotten would win because they're a somewhat established team in the NWA, but the heels went over instead in a matter of minutes. They then got on the mic and referred to themselves as The Fixers. I remember Bradley from his TNA days years ago, but I wouldn't have recognized him otherwise. As for Legursky, I'm very familiar with his work in Northeast Wrestling over the past five years or so and I'm very happy to see him getting a shot. Whether this will be more than a one-off for him remains to be seen, though. The Fixers put the roster on notice in their post-match promo, only for The OGK from Ring of Honor to answer their call. That was quite the surprise, especially considering this was taped before that ROH news broke about the promotion ceasing to run shows at the end of the year. They pretty much dominated the match and it was an enjoyable showcase for them, but I wouldn't have beaten The Fixers so quickly. I'm curious if we'll be seeing more of The OGK in the NWA moving forward or if this was it for them.
Judais def. Sal Rinauro
Judais earned his shot at the NWA National Championship at NWA 73 back in August and decided to put it on the line against Rinauro provided that Rinauro couldn't challenge for the title for the next 18 months if he lost. Rinauro's logic was that he's been a part of Powerrr since Day 1 and wanted to risk it all. In other words, he's a moron. He had a fun flurry of offense at one point and attempted to battle back to the best of his ability, but otherwise, this was all Judais. They told a nice story and it was a well-worked match.
NWA World Women's Tag Team Champions The Hex def. ThunderKitty and Tootie Lynn
I just mentioned in my review of Powerrr last week who would be next to challenge for the NWA World Women's Tag Team Championship and we didn't have to wait long to find out. Granted, Lynn and ThunderKitty aren't a formal team, but at least The Hex are actively defending the titles. This ended up being a pretty decent match and it went about the perfect length. They kept maintained a good pace throughout and everyone had solid showings. Following their victory, The Hex basically told Kyle Davis they're ready to take on all challengers.
Cyon def. Mims
The video package that preceded this match made it sound like we were getting Tyrus vs. Cyon for the NWA Television Championship on this show. Rather, it's being saved for Hard Times 2. I wasn't sure why this was positioned as the main event over the title match when there wasn't anything on the line, but it's because it was the best bout of the night. Mims showed some excellent heart as the resilient babyface and Cyon impressed me more than he has in any other match he's had so far. I'd like to see him beat Tyrus for the TV title if only because Tyrus shouldn't have won it to begin with.
This was the first half of the By Any Means Necessary event the NWA ran a week or two ago. I believe the second half will air next week. Considering no major matches were held, this actually exceeded expectations. The main event was better than I thought it would be and the crowd was lively for everything else. Obviously, The OGK shockingly showing up was the highlight of the night and we'll see if they make more appearances going forward. Although I enjoyed the in-ring action, I don't know if I would've paid for this show on paper, so splitting it up into two editions of Powerrr was a smart call.