NWA USA Review - February 18, 2023
Taya Valkyrie def. Jennacide
It's been well documented that I don't care much for Jennacide, but her having an opponent the caliber of Valkyrie definitely helped. Their styles meshed well and they had a solid match. Valkyrie winning was the right result as well. I've been digging her heel run as of late in MLW, so I wish we'd see that side to her in the NWA and IMPACT as well. As it is, she isn't very interesting in the babyface role (though she teased turning heel after her match with La Rosa Negra a few months ago).
Magic Jake Dumas def. Mercurio
I found it funny that this was originally advertised as the main event of Tuesday's Powerrr before being bumped by Tyrus vs. Rolando Freeman for the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship and was instead slotted in the middle of NWA USA. To be fair, I'm not complaining because it wasn't main event material, anyway. This was perfectly fine for whatever it was, but there wasn't anything out of the ordinary about it.
NWA United States Tag Team Champions The Country Gentlemen def. The Spectaculars (Rush Freeman and Brady Pierce)
Rolando was back in babyface mode here after coming across like a heel on Powerrr mere days ago. Country Gentlemen just captured the tag titles less than a month ago, so it would have been way too soon for them to lose it here. Even with The Fixers coming in and stealing the old tag belts (why would Country Gentlemen still be carrying those around?), Country Gentlemen were still able to retain. This was a well-worked main event.
I appreciated that NWA USA was back to being around a half hour long this week as opposed to 45 minutes or more. There's no reason for it to be around the same length as Powerrr considering it's a supplementary program after all. This was an efficient episode on the whole with some storyline advancements in the NWA United States tag title picture and three decent matches, so it breezed by.
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