NWA Junior Heavyweight Champion Homicide def. Eric Jackson
Jackson has made a few appearances for the NWA in the past, most notably facing Jax Dane (possibly for the NWA National Championship). I can't recall a single match he's ever won, so I'm not sure how viewers were supposed to view him as a threat to the title. This was more competitive than it probably should have been, but it was decent while it lasted as Homicide continues to be a fighting champion (just as a heel now).
Joe Alonzo Exchanged Words with NWA National Champion Cyon and Austin Idol
This is probably the most I've heard Alonzo speak ever, and to his credit, he cut a damn good promo firing back at Idol and Cyon. I haven't been able to bring myself to care about anything involving Alonzo and Cyon as of late, but this served as solid hype for Tuesday's NWA National Championship match between Alonzo and Cyon. I wish they would do this sort of stuff for random matches more often to make them mean more.
Judais def. Mercurio in a in an NWA National Championship Tournament Qualifier
Mercurio is a perfectly competent competitor from what I've seen from him, but Judais is just abysmal. These two didn't click at all and it made for a lousy match. I thought we had seen the last of Judais in the National title picture last year, but obviously not. Here's hoping he's eliminated in the next round because God save us all if we get Judais challenging Cyon out of this. That could be the cure for insomnia.
Brian Myers def. Mike Bennett in an NWA National Championship Tournament Qualifier
It was funny seeing two IMPACT wrestlers meet in this National title tourney. Bennett mentioned in an interview wanting to bring gold to The OGK beyond just the NWA World Tag Team Championship, but he failed in the first round to a guy I can't see winning the whole thing. I like Myers, but a heel vs. heel dynamic with him against Cyon isn't overly interesting. That said, this was easily the best bout on this entire episode with good work from both men.
This was one of the longer editions of NWA USA in recent memory, and while I prefer the shorter shows personally, at least everything served a purpose. It wasn't a strong show from an in-ring standpoint, but Myers and Bennett had a quality contest and the other two matches had stakes. There was also hype for Tuesday's NWA National Championship match on Powerrr, so while it wasn't an exciting show, I appreciate it wasn't as inconsequential as it usually tends to be.