NWA Worlds Heavyweight Champion Nick Aldis Called Out Trevor Murdoch
The weekly verbal exchanges between these two have become a recurring highlight on Powerrr. Aldis is excellent in his role and Murdoch has emerged as a strong babyface. Aldis said he'd consider granting Murdoch a rematch for the NWA National Championship, but you could tell Murdoch has his sights set on a bigger prize at this point. This segment set the stage for the six-man tag team main event where if Murdoch would get his title rematch if he won but would have to go home for 30 days if he lost.
Sal Rinauro vs. NWA World Tag Team Champion Kratos Ended in a No Contest
Rinauro has made an enemy out of Kratos in recent weeks, so you had to expect Kratos to kill Rinauro here. That's pretty much what happened, except Kratos got carried away in attacking Rinauro and Danny Deals at ringside and thus the contest was thrown out. Due to Kratos' actions, he was recruited by Thom Latimer and Chris Adonis for the main event. Obviously, Kratos' partner Aron Stevens didn't approve of any of this as he heads toward a full-fledged face turn.
Slice Boogie and Jax Dane Went Face-to-Face
Boogie and Dane have been teasing tension since the NWA's return. They had a chance to further their feud here and I thought they did an effective job of giving viewers a reason to care. I thought Boogie cut the better promo of the two, but Dane was fine as well. I'm just not sure who's supposed to be the babyface and who's supposed to be the heel in this program. I wish that was better established here.
NWA Television Champion Da Pope vs. Tyrus Ended in a Time-Limit Draw
I've expressed my disinterest in Tyrus being in the NWA Television title picture, but to his credit, he held his own here. Pope carrying him was also likely a factor, but either way, it exceeded my expectations as they had a solid match. These TV title matches only get around six minutes, which was probably for the best. The time-limit draw keeps the feud alive and I'm glad they didn't do a title change.
Thunder Rosa, Melina, Kamille and Taryn Terrell Engaged in a War of Words
I don't know why Rosa and Kamille needed representatives to speak for them, especially since they spoke for themselves before Melina and Terrell came out, but at least it gets them involved with the story. Terrell hadn't been seen in a few weeks while Melina has been trying to get Rosa in her good graces since the NWA returned. All of these women want a shot at Serena Deeb's NWA World Women's Championship, so hopefully she's back soon.
Team Aldis (NWA National Champion Chris Adonis, Thom Latimer and NWA World Tag Team Champion Kratos) def. Team Murdoch (Trevor Murdoch, NWA World Tag Team Champion Aron Stevens and Tim Storm)
Stevens and Kratos being on opposite teams made sense given their recent dissension and what happened earlier in the episode. A beat-up Rinauro was originally going to be on Team Murdoch, but Tim Storm stepped up instead when he saw how hurt Rinauro was. Powerrr isn't know for its matches, so I enjoyed how much time this ended up going. It was well-worked, everyone played their roles well and the stipulation added to the suspense. It will be interesting to see how they continue to build toward Aldis vs. Murdoch with Murdoch apparently "suspended" for the next 30 days.
I'd argue Powerrr is still lacking that same spark it had during its original run, but I applaud them for starting several storylines that are furthered from week to week. It makes the show more enjoyable to follow and gives viewers something to look forward to. NWA also announced this week that they have another pay-per-view coming up in early June, so I expect a lot of these feuds to culminate then. This was another jam-packed edition with a lot happening and I liked how there was a story throughout the show that built toward the main event. There isn't anything above-average about the product just yet, but the promo work continues to be a highlight.