Kyle Davis Interviewed NWA World Women's Champion Kamille, NWA Worlds Heavyweight Champion Trevor Murdoch and Da Pope
Kamille spoke more about her attack on Melina a few weeks ago, and while nothing new was accomplished, I thought she cut a slightly better promo than usual to progress the program forward. Maybe they'll save their title match for the NWA's next pay-per-view Hard Times 2? Trevor Murdoch then spoke about Jax Dane attempting to take his title last week in an impromptu match, so clearly there's more to come from them. Maybe that will be the main event for Hard Times 2.
NWA World Tag Team Champions La Rebelion, Ill Begotten and Slice Boogie & Marshe Rockett in a Lucha Scramble Match (Non-Title)
The rules for this were a bit confusing. It was basically a three-way tag team match but each wrestler could be individually eliminated without the entire team being gone. It was hard to follow at certain points because of that and the eliminations were pretty quick, but it was an interesting concept. To their credit, they attempted to make the most of it and the champions went over as they should have. It would have silly for the tag champs to lose when there's a tournament going on at the moment to determine their next challengers.
Aron Stevens and Kratos Went Face-to-Face
Stevens and Kratos had issues from the moment they started teaming, then they got along toward the end of their title reign, and then they dropped the titles and are attempting to get on the same page. I'm just as confused and possibly as uninterested as you are. I'm just ready for this storyline to be over with both guys can move on. The mic work in this segment was solid and we're getting to hear full-length promos from Kratos for the first time, but the storyline itself isn't doing a ton for me.
James Storm def. Judais
We initially got this match a week or two ago, but it ended in a no contest. This was more of a straightforward match and what we got was passable enough. I know they're positioned Judais as a monster heel or whatever, but I haven't been overly impressed by anything I've seen from him so far. In fact, I find James Mitchell to be the best part about his act. The weird thing about Storm winning is that Judais is still owed a shot at the NWA National Championship, so why would he suffer his first loss already?
Kylie Rae def. Lady Frost and NWA World Women's Tag Team Champion Allysin Kay in a Three-Way Match
Rae and Frost were interviewed ahead of their scheduled match when they were interrupted by Kay, who essentially added herself because of how Frost caused her to lose against Jennacide recently. It was a necessary upgrade as Rae vs. Frost would have been a battle between two heels (and yes, I'm still under the impression that Rae is a heel despite not acting like one most of the time). There wasn't much to the match, but what we got was decent enough.
NWA Television Champion Tyrus, Austin Idol, BLK Jeez and Jordan Clearwater Interrupted Hawk Aerie, Sal Rinauro and Mims
Hawk Aerie, Rinauro and Mims were hyping up their upcoming match in the NWA World Tag Team Championship No. 1 Contender's Tournament when they were, of course, interrupted by Tyrus' group and I immediately couldn't have cared less. Seriously, why are these guys (specifically Tyrus) getting significant mic time on every show? They never have anything compelling to say and it feels like it's designed to kill time more than anything else. I realize they addressed Cyon, but I thought this was a waste of time.
Nick Aldis and Tim Storm def. Strictly Business (NWA National Champion Chris Adonis and Thom Latimer)
Aldis has been teasing tension with Strictly Business for weeks, but I honestly assumed it would ultimately be revealed to be a ruse and he'd be back with them. However, that didn't happen. This match was relatively disappointing because it ended abruptly before it could really get going, but the post-match angle was the real highlight with Adonis and Latimer attacking and standing tall over Aldis and Storm. I guess that solidifies Aldis as a babyface and that he's officially out of Strictly Business.
I was intrigued to see how the main event would play out, but it didn't live up to my lofty expectations. The show-closing angle captured my attention, but the rest of the show largely felt uninspired. Stuff happened for the sake of happening, but there wasn't much of actual substance. They at least seem to be building toward several matches for Hard Times 2 and I can appreciate that, but this wasn't a riveting show in the slightest as there wasn't a lot to really rave about.