Eli Drake Addressed NWA Worlds Heavyweight Champion Nick Aldis and Mr. Anderson
This segment took place at a Championship Wrestling from Hollywood event, where Drake debuted in 2010. Drake was interviewed by David Marquez and talked about having the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship in his sights. He also addressed Anderson, who he's been compared to by fans apparently. I can see the similarities, but Drake vowed he was better and will prove that when they face off at Into the Fire. This was a terrific promo from Drake and a great way to get viewers hyped for him vs. Anderson.
?The Question Mark? def. Zane Dawson in a Mask vs. Shakespeare Empty Arena Match
This was supposed to be a tag team match with Aron Stevens and Question Mark taking on The Dawsons, but it was changed to Question Mark vs. Zane Dawson one-on-one before the bout. This was a nothing match designed to give Question Mark a victory. I don't get the gimmick aside from how popular he is with the fans, but that was irrelevant here due to being an Empty Arena match. He would have had to unmask if he lost, but because he won, Dawson was forced to recite Shakespeare afterward. In short, this can easily be skipped over.
Joe Galli Interviewed Melina
Aside from a one-off appearance on Lucha Underground's Season 1 finale four years ago, I don't think I've seen Melina on a major wrestling show since 2011 prior to her Powerrr debut last week. I always enjoyed her as a talent and am glad she's joined the NWA's women's division. She took shots at Allysin Kay throughout this interview and said she doesn't respect the NWA Women's Championship as much as she should. She stumbled over her words a few times, but on the whole, this was very good. I prefer this over the scripted nonsense we get in WWE and appreciated that she explained her reasoning for why she signed with the NWA.
I was surprised to see so much flack for this show online with some saying that the format was changed completely because of Jim Cornette's resignation from the NWA last week. I highly doubt that's the case, just because next week's show will be back to normal, and it's not like this edition of Powerrr wasn't newsworthy. There were a ton of match announcements for Into the Fire next month, which were long overdue. Sure, Question Mark vs. Dawson was whatever, but those "Into the Cage" vignettes on Thunder Rosa's MMA debut were fantastic. I figured they went with something different because of the holiday on Thursday and I actually enjoyed the hour. They've also advertised Colt Cabana vs. Ricky Starks as well as The Wild Cards vs. The Rock 'N' Roll Express for the NWA World Tag Team Championship for next week's episode.