Colby Corino def. Flip Gordon
Both of these wrestle similar styles and thus it was no surprise they worked well together and had a very good opener. Gordon is obviously established and didn't need this victory, so I was happy with the result, especially after all the losing Corino has done this year. Jamie Stanley aided Corino to victory, so Gordon had an out for losing. This was one of the better matches I've seen on this show in recent memory.
Kyle Davis Interviewed Jax Dane and Chris Silvio
Silvio did all the talking during this segment while Dane just stood there. He read off a text exchange Anthony Mayweather's wife apparently had with Dane at some point, indicating that their feud still isn't over. The rivalry ran its course a while ago and I have no desire to see it continue. Who knows if the texts will end up being revealed as real or not and I don't really care either way.
Hawx Aerie def. The Dirty Sexy Boys in an NWA World Tag Team Championship No. 1 Contender's Match
It looked like we were headed toward The OGK challenging La Rebelion for the NWA World Tag Team Championship, but with The OGK recently signing with AEW, that's obviously off the table. It's a shame because that program wasn't properly blown off, but oh well. Hawx Aerie was the next best team to slide into the number one contender's spot considering they're New Orleans natives and that's where Hard Times 3 will emanate from. They're definitely deserving a run with the belts, anyway. This was a solid match, but it didn't seem like the crowd wanted to see one babyface team win over the other.
Aron Stevens and The Question Mark Attacked The Question Mark II; Sal The Pal Attacked Gaagz The Gymp
This was billed as a "karate exhibition" between Question Mark and Question Mark II. I still find Stevens entertaining, especially as a heel, but this segment was stupid and should not have happened. The only purpose it served was setting up whatever they're doing with the two Question Mark imposters at Hard Times, where the loser will apparently have to unmask. It's a lose-lose situation because, of course, neither of them are the real one. Also, did I miss something with Sal and Gaagz? Since when were they at odds?
The Spectaculars (Rolando Freeman, Rush Freeman and Brady Pierce) def. The Cardonas (Brian Myers, Mike Knox and VSK) in a Team War Match
I appreciate the effort to create a new concept, but these Team War matches have always been confusing and hard to follow. The only thing this one had going for it is that Matt Cardona has had issues with Rolando dating back to NWA 74, so at least it was logical. Rolando eliminating everyone on The Cardonas was slightly silly, but he's been overcoming odds left and right recently and it was the story they wanted to tell. Plus, the crowd popped big when he won. Outside of the awful Unprettier from Chelsea Green, this actually exceeded my expectations and didn't overstay its welcome, for whatever it was worth.
Mims def. Gustavo and Judais in an NWA Television Championship No. 1 Contender's Three-Way Match
We still don't have a new TV champ after AJ Cazana vs. Jordan Clearwater ended in a no contest on a recent edition of NWA USA, but Mims will receive a shot at the winner of that match when it happens at Hard Times 3. He was easily the best person to win this match as Judais bores me to tears and Gustavo hasn't stood out to me much. This was a nicely-paced main event with all three guys working well together.
The Hard Times 3 card doesn't look too appealing on paper, but at least they're bothering to build it up on Powerrr and NWA USA in the weeks preceding the pay-per-view (which is more than what can be said for most of their other events). This was an above-average edition of Powerrr with the good outweighing the bad with the Dane/Silvio segment and the karate exhibition being the only things that were a waste of time. Everything else was either better than I thought it'd be or held my interest.