Colby Corino and The Fixers def. Victor Benjamin and ROH World Tag Team Champions The OGK
I'm glad the NWA is sticking with the alliance of Corino and The Fixers as they compliment each other well. I'm not too familiar with Benjamin, but he definitely stood out with his performance in this match and it's cool to see The OGK continuing to compete for the NWA. This was a smart choice for the opener as it was nicely paced and had some enjoyable action. Corino picking up the win for his team coming off his victory over Doug Williams at Hard Times 2 was the right call.
Kyle Davis Interviewed Jax Dane
Dane was beaten by Mims on the Hard Times 2 pre-show, so this promo saw him react to the loss and blame it on Anthony Mayweather (the former Crimson). He said that he went to NWA management and immediately demanded a rematch, which was set for later on in this show. I didn't care much for Dane during his tag team run with Crimson (largely because I wasn't following his work before that), but he's excelling on his own as of late and especially on the mic. I thought that was once again evident here.
Thom Latimer def. Miguel Robles
I liked how Robles nearly scored the upset over Latimer early on with the same move Nick Aldis beat him with at Hard Times 2. Other than that, this was a complete squash with Latimer dominating Robles before putting him away in a matter of minutes. Based on Latimer's pre-match comments, it sounds like his feud with Nick Aldis isn't over yet, which is exactly what I expected coming out of the pay-per-view.
Jennacide def. Paola Blaze
Both of these women are pretty abysmal in the ring, though Jennacide is noticeably better than Blaze. I'm sure they can improve in time, but at this point, it was an awful idea to have them team in the first place. Splitting them up might be the best course of action right now, assuming it sticks. This wasn't as terrible as I thought it would be, but it was far from great. Hopefully this was it between them and we can move on.
Cyon Confronted NWA Television Champion Tyrus
I loathe these weekly talking segments where Tyrus and his crew are interviewed and they say absolutely nothing of note. He was doing this before he became NWA Television Champion, but he's gotten even more television time since winning the title. He boasted about his victory at Hard Times 2 but was confronted by Cyon, who hinted at wanting another match with him. Cyon always mentioned that his dad is a former champion in the NWA and I feel like that confirms my original suspicion that it's the former Curtis Axel under the mask. Time will tell.
British Invasion Reunited
Nick Aldis and Mickie James addressed the audience before Aldis shifted his attention toward Doug Williams and wanting to reunite British Invasion. This is what I was hoping would happen coming out of Hard Times 2 and we didn't have to wait long at all to get it. They touched upon their past in TNA and Aldis referenced wanting to enter the tag team ranks and win the tag titles with Williams. Williams agreed and the night's main event was set in stone. British Invasion was one of the first teams I was a fan of upon getting into TNA, so I'm stoked they're back together for the first time in over a decade.
Jax Dane def. Mims
The stipulation stated that Mims would win Dane's Champions Series title shot if he beat him again. I've stated several times how impressive Mims has been since the relaunch of the NWA and how I wished more was being done with him. I thought his victory over Dane would be the start of that, but apparently not. Dane dominated this match and won in decisive fashion, so that seems to be the end of that. How is the Dane and Crimson/Mayweather feud not over yet?
Aron Stevens Interrupted NWA Worlds Heavyweight Champion Trevor Murdoch
I had my doubts about Murdoch being the NWA champ earlier this year, but he's owned the role since winning the title and has been cutting some terrific promos. This was an example of that as he addressed Matt Cardona's actions from Hard Times 2 with intensity and raw emotion. Stevens emerged looking like he did during his brief time in TNA, so we'll see if that's the character he goes with now that he's a heel again.
British Invasion def. Hawk Aerie
As previously noted, it's been over a decade since Aldis and Williams last teamed up (if I remember correctly) and they didn't miss a beat in this bout. It's refreshing to see Aldis in the tag team division for a change and Williams is always a pleasure to watch pleasure. Combine that with how naturally talented Hawx Aerie are and this was unsurprisingly an entertaining affair. I would have waited at least a week to do this match so it could be advertised in advance, but at least it got British Invasion off to a solid start.
In addition to everything I wrote about above, we also got an update on Da Pope, who was hospitalized with a nasty concussion after Hard Times 2. Joe Galli mentioned that he's doing better and will be out of action for a few weeks, so here's wishing him a speedy recovery. We were also told that the NWA's newest show will be called NWA USA and will premiere on YouTube on January 8th at noon eastern time. As for this episode, it exceeded my expectations. Hard Times 2 was a fairly forgettable and missable pay-per-view on the whole, but the follow-up on this show was well done and they filled out the hour nicely. They have my interest more than they did before Hard Times 2, but the question is whether most of this will matter come their next pay-per-view because it typically doesn't and that's the biggest problem with the product right now.