Thom Latimer (Team Kamille and Idol) def. Marshe Rockett (Team Stevens and Terrell) in a Round 1 Block A Match in the Champions Series
Rockett has largely been positioned as an enhancement talent since the NWA's relaunch, so I didn't think he had any chance of victory when this started. That's why I was surprised this lasted as long as it did. Rockett pushed him to his limit and, to his credit, he had a solid showing and it was a good match. In the end, however, Latimer went over as expected (albeit after cheating) to win five points for his team.
Jennacide (Team Pope and Sky) def. Skye Blue (Team Aldis and Melina) in a Round 1 Block B Match in the Champions Series
Jennacide has been incredibly dominant these past few months, so again, there was no uncertainty or suspense surrounding the outcome here. Yes, Blue could have pulled out the upset, but I didn't see that happening here as they're clearly protecting her for something eventually. That said, I was happy that Blue scored some offense and that this was as competitive as it did. She definitely has potential.
JTG (Team Stevens and Terrell) def. Mims (Team Kamille and Idol) in a Round 1 Block A Match in the Champions Series
This was similar to the opener in that it was pretty predictable regarding who was winning. Mims has impressed me whenever he's been in action, but he hasn't been positioned as anyone important thus far in the NWA. In other words, this was an easy win for JTG. They had a nice little match that put points on the board for Team Stevens and Terrell. On a side note, it's weird we haven't heard from JTG at all since he fell short of becoming NWA National Champion recently.
Trevor Murdoch (Team Pope and Sky) def. Fred Rosser (Team Aldis and Melina) in a Round 1 Block B Match in the Champions Series
JTG may not have addressed his recent failure to become NWA National Champion, but I'm glad Murdoch's issues with Nick Aldis from last month haven't been forgotten about. Nonetheless, I thought this was the best match on the show. It wasn't a barn burner by any means, but the storytelling was solid and I enjoyed Nick Aldis' commentary. Murdoch was screwed out of the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship at When Our Shadows Fall and he has more reason than anyone to win the Champions Series. Then again, I saw the other day that Aldis vs. Murdoch was already made official for the 73rd Anniversary Show in a Title vs. Career match, so that might change things.
The Champions Series is officially underway, and although I'm still not sold on the concept yet, at least it will give the matches more meaning for the time being. The wrestling on this show was decent on the whole and Team Pope and Sky are currently in the lead with 10 points. That said, NWA's next two pay-per-views (Empowerrr and the 73rd Anniversary Show) are coming up in one more month and it feels like more hype is being done with for those events (especially Empowerrr) elsewhere than on their own weekly program. It's going to lead to a thrown-together pay-per-view card with a poor buyrate like When Our Shadows Fall if they don't bother to build compelling storylines before then.