Kyle Davis Interviewed Matt Cardona
I don't think it's a stretch to say that Cardona is doing the best work of his entire career at the moment, and that includes his hot rise in 2011. He's been killing it in all of the promotions he's been appearing in and I'm digging what he's doing in the NWA specifically as he's been such a fun foil for the more traditional Trevor Murdoch. He laid out the challenge to Murdoch here for the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship and he'll get his shot at PowerrrTrip this Saturday.
The OGK & Victor Benjamin def. Colby Corino & The Fixers, El Rudo & Strictly Business (NWA National Champion Chris Adonis and Thom Latimer), and Homicide & NWA World Tag Team Champions La Rebelion in Team War
The way Team War worked was that one member from each of the trios would start out in the ring and every time someone was eliminated, another member from that team would replace them until there was one man left standing. Eliminations could also occur if someone was thrown over the top rope. I don't believe I've ever seen a match quite like this before. Complete chaos would be the best way to describe it, but it was also almost impossible to follow because the eliminations were so rapid. The action was entertaining because it was so fast-paced, but I honestly couldn't keep track of who from what team was left because everything happened so quickly. Benjamin and The OGK may have only teamed once before, so them advancing to the finals was an interesting call.
Kyle Davis Interviewed Da Pope
Pope had an injury scare back at Hard Times 2 and had to be rushed to a hospital that same night, so I'm glad he's back and is doing better. Not only that, but he cut a hell of a promo here addressing Cardona. Pope has always been a terrific talker, but this was some of his best mic work in the NWA I thought. He was fired up, he made his intentions clear, and the crowd ate it up. I wouldn't mind Cardona taking the title from Murdoch before losing it to Pope.
NWA World Women's Champion Kamille def. Kiera Hogan
I'm disappointed this wasn't saved for PowerrrTrip and that we're getting Kamille against Taryn Terrell on that show instead. No, this wasn't the most exciting affair, but I'm sure it could have been better with more time. It was well worked for the most part and had a nice dynamic with Hogan having to fight from underneath and ultimately coming up short. The finish didn't come off great, so I hope we get a rematch out of it at some point.
The End & Rodney Mack def. Aron Stevens, Kratos & Judais, Idolmania Sports Management (NWA Television Champion Tyrus, Jordan Clearwater & Marshe Rockett), and The Ill Begotten (Alex Taylor, Rush Freeman and Jeremiah Plunkett) in Team War
Looking at the talent involved in this thing, it shouldn't have come as much of a surprise that this was significantly weaker than the first Team War match. Plus, the pace was much slower and I found a majority of the match to be boring. The only thing really worth noting was that Odinson dominated on behalf of his team and Parrow and Mack never had to enter the ring (which was probably for the better as far as Mack goes). Again, what a weird trio to make it to the finals.
You can tell Team War was a Billy Corgan idea because it was such a mess. Unless it's a Battle Royal or a Royal Rumble, putting 12 people in one match is a risk. If nothing else, I applaud their effort to do something different with the roster they have available. Then again, with the winning trio earning $30,000, I'm not sure why viewers are supposed to care about any of this. The two Team War matches were intended to be the main attractions on this episode, but I actually enjoyed the mic work from Cardona and Pope more. Those promos left me looking forward to PowerrrTrip more than anything else. Speaking of which, I don't know if that show will be available to watch as it airs or if it will be saved for future Powerrr content, but the card has come together nicely and I hope I'll be able to watch it at some point.