Kenzie Paige (Team Kamille and Idol) def. Lady Frost (Team Stevens and Terrell) in a Round 1 Block A Match in the Champions Series
For all the faults with the current product, the NWA has a strong women's division and the matches are almost always well wrestled. This was a nice little match with both women having solid showings. Frost seems to be better than the NWA gives her credit for considering she has yet to win a single match to my knowledge, but it was a big win for Paige, if nothing else. Fun fact: Paige also appeared on tonight's edition of AEW Dark, so she pulled double duty (even though they were taped at two totally different times).
Crimson (Team Aldis and Melina) vs. Mystery Man (Team Pope and Sky) in a Round 1 Block B Match in the Champions Series Ended in a Time-Limit Draw
Are we ever going to find out who the Mystery Man is? I know the storyline is being put on hold for the Champions Series, but I'm assuming the fact that he's masked is going to be his gimmick from here on out. This was a perfectly decent match and I liked how they took their fight outside the ring to spice things up. The time-limit draw was a smart way to keep either team from gaining the full five points.
Jeremiah Plunkett (Team Aldis and Melina) def. Colby Corino (Team Pope and Sky), Sal Rinauro (Team Kamille and Idol) and Jordan Clearwater (Team Stevens and Terrell) and in a Four-Way Match
These are the four alternates in the Champions Series. I was wondering what the stakes would be and I'm glad that whoever won actually gained something, two points for Team Aldis and Melina to be exact. Not only that, but because Corino was pinned, Team Pope and Sky lost three points. That made the match and its outcome more suspenseful. This was a fun four-way with everyone working hard and keeping the pace consistent throughout.
Tyrus (Team Stevens and Terrell) def. NWA World Tag Team Champion Kratos (Team Kamille and Idol) by Referee Stoppage in a Round 1 Block A Match in the Champions Series
I didn't have high hopes for this on paper considering who was involved and, sure enough, it was pretty much what I expected it to be. This was slow, plodding and way longer than it should have been. Neither guy looked all that good and I was bored watching it. The worst part about it was how the finish came off terribly and no one seemed to know what the hell was going on. Tyrus was declared the winner, but I wasn't sure whether it was by submission or if it ended in a time-limit draw. Rather, it was because of referee stoppage, or at least I think so. In short, this was a mess all around.
Jax Dane (Team Pope and Sky) def. Slice Boogie (Team Aldis and Melina) in a Round 1 Block B Match in the Champions Series Ended in a Time-Limit Draw
I haven't been overly impressed by anything I've seen from Dane so far in the NWA, but Boogie has potential and I enjoy his charisma. The two of them had a good main event and they made the most of the time they had. The focus wasn't on anything but the in-ring action and I think that's why it worked. It wasn't incredibly flashy, but it didn't need to be. Team Pope and Sky needed the win more and thus Dane winning was the right outcome.
Maybe I'm just a fool and I should be paying attention more, but I find the point system to be incredibly confusing. I appreciated the updated standings being shown throughout the episode, but teams losing points while others gained some but not five was difficult to follow. It's basically TNA's old Bound for Glory Series but on steroids. This wasn't as strong of a show as last week with the points constantly fluctuating and the wrestling dropping down a notch, but at least the first round is already over.