Trevor Murdoch and Rhett Titus (Team Pretty) def. Dak Draper and Mims (Team Rock N' Roll) in a Champions Series First Round Match
Murdoch and Titus were an odd pairing, but as I've said before, that's what the Champions Series is all about. Draper and Mims had an interesting dynamic as well. I thought this was a decent match with some star power (relatively speaking, by NWA standards). Murdoch is on a mission to reclaim the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship, so the only thing that stood out to me during this match was his mean streak. I appreciate that he's been consistent with it for most of the year and especially now coming off his loss of the title.
Chris Adonis (Team Gold) def. Jax Dane (Team Rebelion) by Disqualification in a Champions Series First Round Match
I totally forgot Adonis was still with the NWA as I don't think he competed at Hard Times 3, and that's strange seeing as how he was a big part of the promotion at one point as the NWA National Champion. He was the babyface in this match as Dane plays the heel role very well. This was a physical matchup and I liked that Adonis was able to pick up the victory, so I wouldn't have been upset if Dane won instead.
Alex Taylor (Team Rock N' Roll) def. Luke Hawx (Team Pretty) in a Champions Series First Round Match
Taylor doesn't interest me as part of The ILL Begotten at all, whereas Hawx is pretty damn good. That isn't to say Taylor isn't good as well, but he feels like another dude on the roster, so I wasn't a fan of the outcome here. From an in-ring standpoint, it was well wrestled and they made fine use of the time they had. Hawx getting to have more singles matches is certainly not a bad thing.
Colby Corino (Team Rebelion) def. AJ Cazana (Team Gold) in a Champions Series First Round Match
It's worth noting that reportedly there was interest from WWE in Corino recently, which shouldn't come as a surprise considering his father still works there as a coach for NXT. If anything, I'm surprised it didn't happen sooner, but then again, I'd argue he wasn't ready for an opportunity like that until now. Either way, he's with the NWA for now as part of the Champions Series. He and Cazana had the best bout of the night here, and although it wasn't a barn burner by any means, but it was enjoyable enough.
As you can tell, there are even more teams in the Champions Series than what we saw last week on Powerrr and NWA USA. I mean, it makes sense with there being so many title holders in the NWA, but having so many teams just makes it more confusing to follow. I'm not going to even attempt to keep track of the points for each team. Rather, I'm just calling the matches as I see them, and none of the matches have been remotely memorable so far. The quicker this thing is over, the better.