Trevor Murdoch Addressed NWA Worlds Heavyweight Champion Nick Aldis
This was the first time we've heard from Murdoch since right after he was screwed in the main event of When Our Shadows Fall. He's such an awesome babyface and this was the perfect promo from him, reiterating that he had the title won before the cheap finish. This was short and sweet stuff from Murdoch that established that his bad blood with Aldis isn't over. Will the NWA wait to do the likely rematch at the next pay-per-view in August or will we get it before then?
Melina def. Kenzie Paige and Jennacide in a Three-Way Match
Jennacide went after Melina at the end of last week's episode, so I have no idea why this was a three-way also involving Paige instead of a one-on-one encounter. My only guess is that someone needed to take the fall and it wasn't going to be either Melina or Jennacide. That said, the action was enjoyable. I'm still not fan of Jennacide, but Paige had an impressive showing. Melina will likely be first in line for a shot at Kamille's NWA World Women's Championship after she gets through Jennacide.
Colby Corino Interrupted Sal Rinauro and PJ Hawx
Hawx and Rinauro were supposed to wrestle in an NWA Television Championship number one contender's match, but because their promos were interrupted by Corino, it never happened. Corino was at there looking like CM Punk circa 2013. I haven't seen a ton of Corino's work in recent years, but I heard he made strides in EVOLVE before the company closed down. He seems like a good fit for the NWA and I thought this was a solid exchange.
NWA World Tag Team Champion Aron Stevens vs. Luke Hawx Ended in a No Contest
Joe Galli said coming out of the commercial break that Stevens respected PJ for standing up to Corino and decided to give his father Luke an impromptu match. That was fast! There hasn't been any follow-up on the previously-teased tension between Stevens and Kratos, unless that's a thing of the past coming off their successful defense of the tag titles at the pay-per-view. La Rebelion crashed the contest, attacked both men, and put pretty much everyone on notice with their promo.
The End and Strictly Business Exchanged Words
We found out that Parrow of The End, Thom Latimer and Chris Adonis will be facing off in the other NWA National Championship qualifying three-way match next week. Parrow is a bit of a random choice, not to mention that it will basically be a Handicap match with Strictly Business teaming up against him, so I'm curious to see how it will play out. Parrow doesn't sound as intimidating as he looks, but he fared well on the mic here, while Latimer and Adonis are looking to get the National title back in the possession of Strictly Business.
JTG def. El Rudo and Fred Rosser in an NWA National Championship Qualifying Three-Way Match
JTG and Rosser had a terrific match at When Our Shadows Fall earlier this month, so I wasn't surprised they once again worked well against each other here. It might be one of the last times we see them in the ring together with Rosser announcing this week that he's signed with New Japan Pro-Wrestling, and if that's an exclusive deal, he probably won't be around in the NWA for much longer. This was a very well wrestled main event with Rudo standing out with his heel work. JTG is in fantastic shape and it's cool he's getting the singles spotlight in the NWA.
What's with the NWA's newfound obsession with three-way matches? We got two on this show, we're getting another next week, and another was teased with Rinauro, PJ Hawx and Corino. Maybe it's the NWA's way of switching things up because they typically don't do many multi-person matches. Otherwise, this was a efficient episode that set up several stuff for next week. There was a lot less Strictly Business than usual (which I appreciated because they feel overexposed at times) and the promo work in particular was top-notch. The main event also provided some quality action, making this an easy watch on the whole.