Hawx Aerie def. Sal Rinauro and Mims in an NWA World Tag Team Championship No. 1 Contender's Tournament Semifinal Match
I feel like it's rare that we get a match to kick off Powerrr, so this was a refreshing change of pace. Hawx Aerie work well together and Rinauro and Mims are a fun face team (even though their manager Danny Deals is apparently a heel), so this was a quality contest to open the show with. They were given a decent amount of time to boot. Hawx Aerie are more of an actual team and were the right choice to advance.
Kyle Davis Interviewed Da Pope
We were told this was filmed on a closed set so Pope couldn't be interrupted. He discussed the title shot he earned by winning the Champions Series and it certainly sounds like he's eyeing the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship (as he should be). He talked a lot about Trevor Murdoch and told him to have his moment. This didn't really accomplish anything, but I assume the seeds are being planted for Pope vs. Murdoch at the pay-per-view.
Kyle Davis Interviewed Chelsea Green, Melina and Kylie Rae
Davis announced that these three women will face off in a three-way one of these weeks for a shot at Kamille's NWA World Women's Championship at Hard Times 2. I appreciate that they're actually establishing a number one contender, but it's pretty apparent that Melina will win based on her recent issues with Kamille. This was not a very good segment. Melina cut the best of the three. Green was doing her awful "Hot Mess" shtick and screaming while Rae was doing her annoying not-sure-of-herself gimmick. I still have no idea whether she's supposed to be a face or a heel.
NWA Television Champion Tyrus def. Jordan Clearwater
I've said it a million times, I'll say it a million more: This Tyrus crap is the absolute worst part of this program every week. I know Tyrus is the TV Champion, but he should not be as prominently featured as he has been, especially with how terrible he is. He and Clearwater staged this fight so the time limit nearly ran out and it looked competitive. We know nothing about Cyon and I hope he wins the title to put an end to this Tyrus nonsense.
Kiera Hogan Interrupted Mickie James
James discussed the upcoming EmPowerrr edition of Powerrr and how it will once again be an all-women's card. As previously mentioned, we're getting the number one contender's three-way match on that show and it was announced that Kamille will also be in action. I enjoyed the EmPowerrr pay-per-view, so I hope this works out just as well. Meanwhile, Hogan took exception to James' recent comments about her in addition to being left off the EmPowerrr show (or so she thought). It turned into Hogan taking shots at James and setting the stage for a future match. I was waiting for Hogan to attack James, but it never happened.
Thom Latimer Explained His Actions
Latimer complained about all the opportunities Aldis has been afforded and explained why he attacked him at the end of last week's episode. It was because he's jealous and feels he should be in his spot. This was a straightforward promo from Latimer and one of the better promos I've heard him cut. Storm's promo wasn't nearly as meaningful or necessary, but he basically said he's ready for whoever steps up to his next and did his usual shtick.
The End def. Aron Stevens and Kratos in an NWA World Tag Team Championship No. 1 Contender's Tournament Semifinal Match
As we've been seeing for weeks now, this was all about the dissension between Stevens and Kratos. They made it past the first round but weren't able to advance here. Kratos in the ring taking offense from The End the entire time until Stevens got the hot tag and was immediately pinned. I can't say I saw that coming, but it was a nice swerve to further cement the split between Stevens and Kratos. It cut the match short, but I don't think it was going to get much better than it was.
From what it looks like, the NWA is going to do some sort of event at the end of the month (which will be taped in advance, oddly enough) and Hard Times 2 will happen in early December. The latter pay-per-view isn't for another two months, but they're already building toward multiple matches that could logically transpire on the card. Some of the stuff on the middle of this show dragged, but on the whole, it was a bit of a better show than usual with solid storyline progression. There was more talking than wrestling, but at least the two tournament matches had stakes. Tyrus vs. Clearwater, of course, was a total waste of time.