NWA Television Champion Da Pope def. Sal Rinauro
This was the match we were supposed to get last week on the show before Colby Corino brutally attacked Rinauro. That gave Rinauro an out for losing, and honestly, I was pleasantly surprised we didn't see Corino factor into the finish or even show up afterward. These TV title matches always have a time limit of six minutes and five seconds, so for as long as it lasted, this was a fun sprint from these two. Pope continues his march toward seven successful title defenses where he can cash in for a shot at the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship.
Kyle Davis Interviewed Tyrus and Austin Idol
BK Geez and Jordan Clearwater stood alongside Tyrus and Idol for this segment and we didn't get any answers here as to why they're aligned with them. I feel like we've been getting the same promos from Tyrus and Idol since When Our Shadows Fall last month. They'll address Pope here and there but not outright challenge him. I'm assuming now that's because they were waiting for him to rack up a few more defenses. They said during their promo that Tyrus vs. Pope will be happening again at some point but didn't clarify when. I really hope Pope wins so we can get him against Nick Aldis for the NWA title.
Kylie Rae and Serena Deeb def. Skye Blue and Thunder Rosa
I noted in my AEW Dark: Elevation review from Monday that Deeb has come across as a a heel in her recent matches despite largely being a babyface. Rae has definitely been established as a heel, so maybe Deeb is more of a heel after all. Blue has shown potential in the few matches I've seen her have in the NWA and AEW while it's well documented that the other three are very good in the ring, so this was well wrestled and enjoyable as expected.
The War Kings Exchanged Words
I'm so confused what this was all about. I know they've been teasing tension lately, but so have two or three other tandems, so it's hardly a unique story. I also don't think War Kings have been around long enough on Powerrr for viewers to care about their breakup. They went back and forth a bit and then Jax Dane brought out Slice Boogie, which greatly offended Crimson before he walked off. I was totally lost by the end of this segment. It didn't overstay its welcome, but it did nothing for me, personally.
Homicide and La Rebelion def. Hawk Aerie and El Rudo
This was contested under lucha rules, meaning that there were no formal tags. We haven't seen Homicide in the NWA since well before the pandemic, so him being La Rebelion's mystery partner was a really cool surprise. In fact, he recently returned to Ring of Honor as part of the Violence Unlimited faction, so apparently he has a deal that allows him to go wherever he wants (assuming he has a deal at all). He's a perfect fit alongside La Rebelion if he sticks around. This was a super enjoyable six-man tag team affair with a chaotic pace throughout.
Chris Adonis def. JTG to Win the Vacant NWA National Championship
I joked last week that, on paper, this felt like a match you would've seen on SmackDown or WWE Superstars in 2010 or 2011. That's how long these guys have been around for, but in all seriousness, they've gotten into great shape and have done a terrific job of reviving their careers in the NWA. This was a rock solid match with both men having quality showings. The drama in the final few minutes was especially excellent with JTG trying to power out of the Full Nelson and Fred Rosser throwing in the towel for him. I'm not a fan of the outcome, not only because JTG lost and it would've made for a nice, feel-good moment but also because Adonis was just champion and there was no reason to strip him of the title in the first place. They're clearly telling a story here with Rosser and we'll see where it goes, but again, why take the title off Adonis at all? It makes no sense in retrospect.
Powerrr isn't known to feature too much exciting in-ring action on the regular, but the wrestling on this episode was above average. All four matches this week were very good, especially by Powerrr standards. We have a new (kind of) NWA National Champion crowned and progression of some other feuds. The only parts of the show I didn't care about were the promos from Idol and Tyrus as well as The War Kings. Neither of those storylines are piquing my interest at the moment, but this was a strong episode on the whole. I'm looking forward to the NWA getting back to their studio shows with a full crowd at some point, though there's no word on when that may be.