NWA Powerrr Review - July 19, 2022
Max The Impaler def. NWA World Women's Tag Team Champion Ella Envy and Taya Valkyrie in a Three-Way Match
NWA is known for featuring random multi-person matches on both Powerrr and NWA USA, so it's not even worth questioning why this booked. We already know KiLynn King is getting the next shot at the NWA World Women's Championship, so this wasn't a number one contender's match. It was fine, but I would've liked to see Valkyrie pick up the victory. Impaler appears to be aligned with Miserably Faithful based on the post-match angle.
The OGK vs. La Rebelion Ended in a No Contest
It's really weird seeing Matt Taven and Mike Bennett back to being babyfaces considering they've been heels in Honor No More in IMPACT since the start of the year. Usually NWA does a better job with the cross-company consistency. Nonetheless, this was a fun sprint between two talented teams. Non-finishes are never ideal, but I was fine with them doing it here so they can run it back again eventually.
Magic Jake Dumas def. Eric Jackson
As I've mentioned before, Dumas is an interesting case. He seemed to be building wins with a string of wins earlier this year, but then he lost several matches that he shouldn't have, and his win-loss record hasn't been too consistent since. Thus, it's difficult to get too invested in him at the moment. This was a standard squash and pretty much what it needed to be to ensure Dumas scored the decisive victory.
Nick Aldis def. Brian Myers, Thom Latimer and Mike Knox in the Finals of the Race to the Chase to Become the No. 1 Contender to the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship
Truth be told, I wasn't really high on any of these four competitors earning an NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship opportunity at NWA 74. Latimer hasn't completely clicked as a babyface yet and needs more character development, Knox is Knox (and has already lost to Murdoch on pay-per-view), Myers isn't an NWA regular, and Aldis and Murdoch have already had a handful of matches over the years. I suppose Aldis is the best of the bunch, but it feels like more of the same. The match itself was solid and the unpredictability surrounding the outcome added to my enjoyment of it.
I still question the move to rush the Race to the Chase finals within two weeks instead of dragging it out over the course of a month by doing one or two qualifying matches each episode. The pay-per-view isn't for another month, but maybe they wanted to announce the main event early. I'm just not sure how much more of a story they can tell with Murdoch vs. Aldis that they haven't told already. On the whole, this was a passable edition of Powerrr. The show simply isn't what it used to be, but the tag team match and the main event made this a more worthwhile episode than usual.
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