Darius Lockheart def. Ariya Daivari in an NWA Junior Heavyweight Championship Tournament Semifinal Match
The fact that Daivari does absolutely nothing for me has been well documented, but to give credit where it's due, this was a very enjoyable opener. Daivari isn't a bad worker by any means, but I do find him to be painfully average. That said, he is capable of having quality matches with the right opponent and I thought Lockheart brought the best out of him here. Daivari is the more established competitor of the two, but I was happy to see Lockheart advance instead. By the way, I know Daivari was doing the magic carpet crap long before he got to WWE, but I wish he'd stop doing it as it looks low rent. I'm glad WWE never incorporated that into his act while he was there.
Marshe Rockett def. Miguel Robles
The best part about this match is that Austin Idol was nowhere in sight or on commentary. Rockett is the most recent addition to Idolmania Sports Management, but Idol is so damn annoying and Tyrus is terrible, so it's difficult to bring myself to care about anything they're involved in. Thankfully, this served as a short and sweet showcase for Rockett. His offense looked crisp and it was over within a minute or two.
Austin Aries def. Luke Hawx in an NWA Junior Heavyweight Championship Tournament Semifinal Match
This one could have gone either way and that added to my enjoyment of the match. This was a well-wrestled main event, which should've come as no surprise given the talent involved. Say what you will about Aries, but the guy can still go in the ring and Hawx is very good in his own right. Hawx had the better story coming into this contest, but Aries is the bigger star and should at least make it to the final four, so I had no issue with the outcome.
I believe almost every edition of NWA USA thus far has featured two matches, so we got a slightly altered format this week with three matches. Granted, that match in the middle was brief, but it was exactly what it needed to be with Rockett making quick work of his opponent. There was some entertaining action in the other two matches, though the opener may have been the better bout of the two. I continue to appreciate that NWA USA separates itself from Powerrr by being more of a "wrestling" show, but it'd be nice if we actually got some focus on the NWA National Championship as they've been promising from the get-go. I know we got a backstage interview from current champ Chris Adonis on this show, so with the tournament winding down, hopefully he'll become more of a focus point on this program starting next week.