NWA USA Review - October 22, 2022
NWA World Tag Team Champions La Rebelion def. The Dirty Sexy Boys (Non-Title)
Rebelion have been involved in a rivalry with The OGK/The Kingdom recently and it looked like they were headed for a tag title match at Hard Times 3, but with The Kingdom seemingly headed to AEW, that might now be in jeopardy depending on whether they've signed exclusive deals there or not. Dirty Sexy Boys won't be getting the next shot either because of their loss here, but this was a solid match.
Joe Galli Hosted a Sit-Down Interview with NWA Television Champion Tyrus
This was recorded in a closed setting earlier in the day and not in front of a live audience. It was the last time Tyrus had the TV title belt with him being officially relinquishing it. As much as I hate Tyrus being inserted into the Hard Times 3 main event, I will say that this was probably the best promo I've heard from Tyrus in a while. I still don't care about his involvement in the match, but I thought he did a decent job of playing up his frustration with losing at NWA 74.
NWA World Women's Tag Team Champion Kenzie Paige def. Roxy and NWA World Women's Tag Team Champion Ella Envy in a Three-Way Match
Tension has been teased between Pretty Empowered for a few weeks now, and although it appeared to be a ruse at first in this match with the two attempting to win together, things quickly broke down and they were at odds again. The match was a bit of a mess as a result with the two scrambling to pin Roxy, but I'm glad they didn't reconcile by the end. We'll see if that costs them the tag titles in the near future.
Gaagz the Gymp def. Caprice Coleman
Anything involving Gymp immediately loses my interest because the character is so ridiculously dumb, which is unfortunate because Coleman is very talented and shouldn't be subjected to this crap. Not only was this way more competitive than it should have been, Gymp won in clean fashion. It's nice Coleman gets to compete in the NWA while also doing occasional commentary for AEW, but I wish he wouldn't be wasted in stuff like this.
Jordan Clearwater vs. AJ Cazana for the NWA Television Championship Ended in a Draw
This was the culmination of the mini tournament we've gotten in recent weeks to determine a new NWA Television Champion. I wasn't overly excited about either guy winning, but Clearwater felt like a fine fit for it given his ties to Tyrus. The match first ended in disqualification before being restarted and then ending in a draw. That was lame, but I assume they want to hold off on crowning a new champion. It wouldn't be the first time a main event for NWA USA didn't deliver as advertised. The match itself was perfectly passable but was hindered by the shenanigans.
The big sell for this show was the crowning of a new TV Champion and we didn't get that, and it's not as if Clearwater vs. Cazana was such a barn burner that it's worth seeking out despite it not having a decisive finish. The rest of the show was equally subpar and not one of the better installments of NWA USA in recent memory. As I've said before, the show is basically a second hour of Powerrr at this point given its length. Personally, I liked the show having a shorter runtime originally, but I do appreciate there being more storyline significant stuff as of late.
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