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The NWA Round-Up! (Week Of May 25th)

The NWA gave us our first full week of content this past wrestling week and it was an exciting set of programming to say the least, with the debuts of What’s Causin’ Aldis? and Girl Powerrr featuring largely.

The current schedule is as follows:

NWA schedule - May 2020

Let’s get straight into this week’s action!

What’s Causin’ Aldis? (Aired May 25th)

NWA What's Causin' Aldis title card

This was the first edition of the World Champ’s in-depth wrestling talk show. This first edition, which sees Aldis interview his good mates Crimson and Tom Latimer, was perhaps the best of all the new programming NWA has aired so far, with the warmth and chemistry between the three men was evident, and their dialogue around their starts in the business, the British wrestling scene of the mid-ninties, the difficulties of starting out, the madness of TNA’s management and carny promoters (here’s hoping Brian Dixon becomes the cult character he deserves to be with a wider audience) was fascinating, candid and hilarious in equal measure.

Whilst more a chat than a structured interview, Aldis proved to be nothing less than a charismatic, engaged host and I look forward very much to his chat with James Storm next week!

Notable Happenings:

  • Nick is surprised to find Marty popping up in a lot of his bad wrestling photos; he thought it would be Tom popping up.
    • Tom and Nick were about 18 or 19 when they met. Tom places it in either 2006 or 2007. They first met working for Brian Dixon’s All-Star Wrestling, where they quickly and amusingly formed a mutual dislike of each other based in their similar ages, bodies and abilities. But, as Tom says, here we are.
    • Nick says the best thing about All-Star and working the holiday camps was that he got to wrestle all the time – 6 days a week. He didn’t realise that wasn’t the norm until he went to Harley Race’s camp and spoke to American wrestlers who weren’t that fortunate.
    • All-Star also allowed Nick and Tom to deal with and get used to backstage politics early on – there’s only so many full-time spots on an All-Star card, after all.
    • There was a strange tension in the UK wrestling business at the time. If you worked for All-Star, guys from other UK promotions would say you worked for ‘The Firm.’
    • Regardless of this, you weren’t protected as young hot prospects. Brian Dixon, in Nick’s words, “didn’t care”. He would check his emails once a week and just told Nick to turn up at Butlins Skegness to work without confirming how long you’d be working for and when you’d finish. He’d send you home when he’d had enough of you.
    • Nick refers to ‘standard punishments’ in the British wrestling culture of the time. For example, if you went against wrestling etiquette, you could, at any point, be kicked out of the car and made to run a mile after the car as punishment.
    • Tom recalls how WALTER was the last person he saw do the mile. Falling asleep wasn’t allowed on the minibus and WALTER would squash guys. He was made either to run naked or in his boxers with a wrestling mask on as punishment (imagine making WALTER do anything!)
    • Frankie Sloane and Karl Kramer were the senior wrestlers at All-Star then who would dish out the punishments.
    • Brian Dixon was notoriously tight fisted. He would pay £30 a night. Tom is excited to get a £5 raise.
    • Nick recalls wearing black Adidas swimming trunks for his first matches because he didn’t know where to get legitimate wrestling gear from. He then found Linda Street, Adrian’s wife, was selling custom gear from offcuts of her material for cheap on EBay.
    • Nick shows a photo of him in white trunks with a skull. Nick and Party Marty Scurll look super young (or am I just old?)
    • In another photo, Nick wears a builder’s hat and a white sports top, resting his hand on a big lad’s belly. Wow.
    • Another great WALTER story: Brian Dixon didn’t care about great wrestling, just what he thought was great entertainment. After seeing WALTER wrestle for the first time in a plain blue singlet, he told WALTER to his face that there’s something missing in his costume. Brian goes off and come back with a spangly jacket and a Kane mask, complete with built-in wig. Brian apparently had no idea who Kane was, and WALTER’s face was priceless. Nick says don’t hold him to it, but he swears WALTER may have wrestled one match in the mask.
    • Nick says Bryan Danielson, who did a stint in All-Star, used to get irritated that Brian was more bothered about merch sales than watching the matches and caught him out once referring to a table spot that never happened. Nick says Bryan Danielson is a great guy.
    • Nick shows an early poster he appeared on advertising an All-Star show. Nick says he thought he looked like HHH, but he looked more like GBH. Looking at Marty on it, though, to me he looks like the Karate Kid!
    • An early TNA photo sees Nick with a hooligan crew cut and Rockstar Spud with a massive Rockstar haircut, that was apparently based on Donny Tourette. (As a Brit, I was proud to hear Nick give a succinct explanation of the Brit quiz show Never Mind the Buzzcocks. Donny’s band was the ‘Towers of London’, Nick!)
    • An early photo of Tom sees him in black trunks looking to my eyes like Kerry Von Erich. What he didn’t know was that the rainbow flag on the back of the trunks was not a playful way of being patriotic…
    • Crimson recalls his first gimmick, ‘No Mercy’ Tommy Mercer, which he based on the movie ‘Four Kings’ and his time in the army. Not knowing where to get gear also, he bought a pair of volleyball trunks and had ‘No Mercy’ airbrushed on them at a kiosk at the mall. The first promo photo looked like a cross between Raven and Goldberg.
    • Lagana said Crimson had a swimmer’s physique back in TNA, which annoyed Crimson no end.
    • Nick believes Crimson’s early gear was better than his own first TV gear.
    • It appears that costumes, either from being too tight, or from being made of pleather, can seriously cause grief to your gentleman’s department.
    • Nick says he was only meant to be a spare/reserve on Gladiators but two guys failed urine tests. Nick recalls that him and Tom only went to the auditions for a laugh. Nick’s Gladiator name was ‘Oblivion’.
    • After the physical demonstrations, the Gladiators team whipped out a camera and made guys do a promo without warning. Most guys would just panic then scream like monsters. Nick believes that being a wrestler helped him there.
    • Kurt Angle was over doing media in the UK for a TNA show, as they were very popular in the UK time. Kurt was on the lookout for a UK performer they can sign and saw Nick on Gladiators when he turned on the TV.
    • Nick was so keen not to seem a mark for himself so didn’t ask what his TNA gimmick would be. He only saw the name ‘Brutus Magnus’ once he was handed the script for the voice overs for his initial vignettes.
    • The word Nick got was that Dixie Carter came up with the ‘Brutus Magnus’ name.
    • Nick believes Vince Russo misunderstood what was meant by Gladiators and that’s where the awful gladiator gimmick/costume came from. Apparently, the strange s&m aspect of the costume was Vince Russo’s design after he was underwhelmed by the original Brutus Magnus debut.
    • Apparently the helmet Russo obtained for Nick was meant for display purposes only. As the helmet was too big, they superglued a baseball cap inside it so it would sit on Nick’s head. This didn’t stop it from falling off Nick’s head when entering the ring if the hat went past a certain angle.
    • Needless to say, Nick was not a big fan of the gimmick…
    • Crimson’s TNA debut was as Amazing Red’s brother. Tom thought he looked terrifying.
    • The story Crimson heard was that he was backstage talking to Red and Eric Bischoff walked by, stopped and asked if they were related. The next thing Crimson knew he was being packaged as Amazing Red’s brother. Crimson initially hated the name but loved working with Red, as it gave him the chance to learn as he was so green.
    • Nick puts the fact of working in a tag team with Doug Williams as being the saviour of his career.
    • Amazing Red was let go after a couple of months which left Crimson in flux: who was Crimson supposed to be then??
    • Tom’s first wrestling name was Brendon Frazier, like the actor, as a rib by the other guys who found the resemblance uncanny.
    • Nick describes the sub-culture within British wrestling of ‘tribute’ stars to American wrestling, which was actually really popular with kids and drew well for British wrestling. Tom was making £75 a night as ‘The Warrior’ Brandon T. He did an American gimmick, coming out to ‘Born in the USA.’
    • Some of Nick’s other names were ‘The Zenith’, Nick Adonis, ‘The Adonis’. Brian Dixon liked changing wrestlers names on the fly.
    • He also changed Nick’s hometown to the local town they’d be performing in, as Nick apparently had ‘no accent’.
    • Crimson remembers when Nick wound him up at a signing when a fan asked him where in New York he was from (his gimmick was that he was from New York, but he was really living in Nashville). Nick gleefully kept egging Crimson on to tell the guy where in Brooklyn he was from.
    • “Find yourself in there and sign it!” Some fans, with their programmes are very observant…
    • Tom tells a story about one his first matches, the first time his mum and step-dad came to see him. He didn’t realise you could deviate in the ring from what you’d discussed backstage. Tom had rolled out of the ring for his opponent to do a planned dive. Evidently his opponent had changed his mind and Tom got counted out!
    • Nick makes an interesting point about how he and Doug Williams were still living in the UK whilst wrestling in TNA, so they were able to work UK independent dates at the time as well as wrestle for TNA. Whilst more common now, it was rare then for guys who were on TV to be wrestling UK independents at the same time.
    • Crimson recalls how indie promoters would take umbrage that Crimson was charging more for appearing on their shows after he had appeared on TV, ignoring the fact that Crimson would be more of a draw for having been on TV. Nick advises things haven’t much changed in that respect, even for NWA talent.
    • Crimson tells a great story about the promoter Bert Prentice sending Crimson out in his socks to sort out a fan who had hit the ring and starting attacking talent. It was a gymnasium, meaning Crimson had to slip and slide down the shiny floor to the ring. Afterwards, Crimson received email threats from friends and family of the fan, claiming to be part of the Aryan Nation. When Crimson took these to Bert to get advice, it turned out the guy wasn’t a fan but actually part of the ring crew! Whoops.

Carnyland (Aired May 27th)

NWA Carnyland logo

Back we are in Carnyland and this episode felt more like it had an idea of itself, as a place and a format. Whilst still a sketch show in its way, there was a running thread throughout the episode with the mystery rumour of Billy Corgan’s announcement, which gave the episode a narrative and the feeling of a surreal wrestling soap opera. If this is what they’re going for, it wasn’t 100% there yet but this episode saw more pieces fall into place and gave the series more of a direction than it seemed to have the week previous. If they can keep pushing and tightening up in that direction, then Carnyland has the potential to be something really good!

Notable Happenings:

  • Joe Galli announced that there’ll be more exclusive shows announced in the coming weeks. Come on, give a poor reviewer a chance, Joe!
    • Over at Carnyland College, Allysin Kay gives a great rundown on how a wrestler can get heat backstage – packing 4 containers in catering before everyone else went through once doesn’t help!
    • Somehow, Zicky Dice’s segment breaks into Allysin’s and Zicky hounds AK for something he supposedly left in the ladies locker room last time he was there (oh dear) and whether there are rumours about him. “Give Zicky the iggy”, he says before running off to catering. “Clearly Zicky has already graduated,” AK says witheringly. Very good.
    • Galli is interrupted by invisible Stu again as he tries to deliver some breaking news. Galli bigs himself up (“how many times are you going to tell that Wolf Blitzer story?” demands Stu) but Stu steals his thunder and says the news will be delivered at the end and to remind us he will put a clock in the corner called ‘Little Ben.”
    • We catch the end of ‘One Time Only Theatre”, with James Storm stating over sad piano “and that’s a true story, that’s the reason I’m considered enemy of the state in Vermont.”
    • Royce Issacs tries to sell us May Valentine 100% pure hand sanitizer: a “Strictly Business solution to a 2020 problem.”
    • Tim Storm tried to teach us whether Abraham Lincoln was a master strategist or a carny, but Marti Belle interrupted to ask if Tim had heard the rumour. Tim checked his phone, before hurriedly ending with a gruff ‘class dismissed’!
    • Thunder Rosa and Marti Belle were on the phone to unknown persons, stirring the rumour pot. Are NWA signing someone?
    • Sal Rinauro has a video conference with Dr. Rose Hathaway. Sal worries that the big announcement is that he’s going to get fired. Dr Hathaway kindly tells him that he’s down as unemployed in her notes, he can’t get fired. Sal’s mind wonders down some very strange paths…how long have the Ninja Turtles been teenagers???
    • Nick Aldis is this week’s ‘wrestler dad’: he tells his son that you must be ready always for opportunity as you never know when opportunity will knock. He relates a story from 2009 when he saw his normal tag partner was tagging with someone else and thought the worst, but then found Sting had personally requested to wrestle him. His son spends the entire segment watching a video on a phone, to Nick’s chagrin. You can’t tell the young anything these days.
    • Jocephus, dressed as a naval admiral, revealed his new spiritual development centre in a lock-up. “Sometimes I even stay here too!”
    • Aron Stevens gave another Mongrovia geography lesson. Apparently, the resemblance of Mask Island to the mask of “Mongrovia’s favourite citizen” Question Mark is purely coincidental.
    • A Strictly Business video chat chews over the possibility that Billy’s announcement is a conspiracy against them. Tom Latimer mentions aliens. Aldis calls Corgan “weird”.
    • A ‘news report’ comically pokes fun at the Tom Segura-wrestling feud, with Eli Drake in the guise of French puppy trainer ‘Pierre Le Pew’ having annoyed gardeners by having insulted gardeners, only to change his tune when angry gardeners sent a barrage of tweets to him. I very much enjoyed the fact that one of the tweeters was called Soiled Delivery Jones! That’s old school!
    • And Billy’s announcement is that they will be holding an election for the first Mayor of Carnyland. Nick Aldis looks particularly intrigued by the idea. Tune in next week to find out the candidates!

Inside the NWA (Aired May 28th)

Inside the NWA title card

This week Joe Galli spoke to those two vicious outlaws, Eddie Kingston and Homicide. Whilst perhaps not as engaging as last week’s chat with Billy Corgan and David Lagana, and perhaps, with its conversations about getting revenge on Pope, a little more kayfabe than last week (interesting, as both spoke about the sad death of kayfabe in today’s wrestling), but still highly entertaining. I very much enjoyed hearing about the great lineage of hard-as-nails NWA wrestlers Homicide saw himself as part of, and the passion both have for Japanese wrestling and the celebrated ‘King’s Road’ style of grappling.

Notable happenings:

  • Homicide says his shoulder is getting better. He tells the story of how he got shot in the leg, taped it up and wrestled that night! That’s how much he loves pro wrestling (that’s a lotta love!)
    • Eddie says you can make money faking being street in wrestling he can see the fakes immediately and they will be known as fakes once they’re dead. Eddie says the likes of him, Homicide and Low Ki will live forever.
    • Homicide says he believes in everyone but if you cross the line, you’ll feel pain. He’s real.
    • Homicide likes Joe Galli, appreciates his work ethic!
    • Eddie says the three best talkers in the business today are “Eddie Kingston, Eddie Kingston, Eddie Kingston. The rest are scripted.” He reacts to Joe suggesting Eli Drake might be one of the best talkers by repeating himself: “Eddie Kingston, Eddie Kingston, Eddie Kingston.”
    • Homicide has been doing a lot of reading, watching a lot of tapes during rehab/lockdown to “practice the brain”.
    • Eddie gets a text today from Homicide: “watch this match, watch this guy.”
    • Eddie doesn’t believe Pope will get in the ring, but he’s only an obstacle on the road to the ultimate goal: the world title.
    • Homicide wants Pope to get back in the ring because he’s one of the most talented, and after they’ve finished him, they want the world title in their camp.
    • Eddie: “game plans change as soon as you get smacked in the mouth.”
    • Eddie studies old AJPW stuff from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s because he was trained to go in the ‘King’s Road’ style.
    • Eddie believes he can out grapple Nick Aldis. Until someone puts him out of the business, he’ll believe he is the best.
    • Some of the wrestlers Eddie is “cut from the same cloth” from include
    • Homicide wants the Crockett Cup because he started watching the NWA in 1989 and just fell in love with it completely. He references the likes of Dusty Rhodes and Nikita Kolloff and puts himself and Eddie in the tradition of Manny Fernandez, Terry Funk, Bruiser Brody and Wahoo McDaniel, the real outlaws of professional wrestling.
    • Eddie believes the NWA needs outlaws. Dusty Rhodes was an outlaw with Dick Murdoch.
    • Eddie and Homicide ask who Joe thinks is the biggest and baddest wrestler of all time. Joe goes with Harley Race, which Homicide and Eddie approve of. Homicide compares Eddie and Harley favourably.
    • Joe is now on Eddie’s Christmas card list with that answer!
    • Homicide says Andre had the biggest heart in wrestling but now he does. Homicide bigs up Terry Funk and makes the great point that he wasn’t just hardcore, but an amateur wrestler and a great world champion like Harley.
    • Eddie says he always focus on the action in the ring as opposed to playing to the live crowd.
    • Homicide says the majority of wrestler want the emotion and passion of the live crowd and they’re the heartbeat of the NWA but he always focuses on winning first.
    • Eddie discusses that excellent promo from the start of last week’s Carnyland. He says it came from the heart and from why he loves pro wrestling.
    • It was the 8th take because he couldn’t get various technology to work.
    • Eddie calls Allysin Kay his “French Vanilla” and thought she was ribbing one of his promos on Carnyland. Both he and Eddie thought her segment was great.
    • Eddie thinks kayfabe is dead but it doesn’t hurt him because he’s real, 24/7, so he doesn’t need to kayfabe anything.
    • Homicide is mad about kayfabe being dead. He hates people from outside talking using code words like jobbing, marks and work that aren’t theirs to use, especially when they tag him in Instagram posts whilst using it. Homicide describes himself as an old school person, he protects the business.
    • Homicide likes some of the new generation. Eddie doesn’t.
    • Joe asks them about free agents, particularly EC3 (two weeks in a row? Hmm…) Eddie says he’s not part of the NWA so he doesn’t give f**k. “If you’re not my opponent, I don’t care.”
    • Eddie says he’s trying to learn from the Rock ‘n’ Roll Express backstage and says he’s over the moon. Homicide says he’s been hanging with Robert Gibson and they’re blessed to have access to such legends.
    • Eddie is friends with The Young Bucks, but does believe there wouldn’t be any Bucks or teams like them without Ricky and Robert.
    • Both Eddie and Homicide believe chemistry is very important in tag team wrestling, and you have to click straight away. Homicide says he and Eddie share a love of Japanese wrestling and hurting people!
    • Homicide says Japanese wrestling has a different aura and the wrestlers there really want to win. The first Japanese match he ever saw was Masahiro Chono vs. The Great Muta and he fell in love with it because wrestling was treated like a sport.
    • Eddie fell out of love at 12/13 years old but ECW brought him back into it and got him into Japanese wrestling. He had a best of tape featuring a 60-minute match between Kobashi and Kawada that blew his mind. To Eddie, the Japanese style has entertainment in the grappling and the story being told in the ring. Eddie gravitated towards the ‘King’s Road’ style from there.
    • Japanese wrestling also showed Eddie guys like Stan Hansen, Bruiser Brody, Bam Bam Bigelow and the British Bulldogs – an aggressive, sports-orientated style.
    • Homicide misses Major League Baseball and had a scholarship to play college baseball but made some wrong choices. Baseball is like his soap opera. He can sit there and watch it all day. He’s a Yankees man and hates the Astros.
    • Eddie says MMA being back has helped and the fact they have no audience works, as it has made the sound of them talking to their corners more audible, which he loves, and also loves the ‘Bam!’ sound of the gloves as punches are thrown.
    • Joe brings up the valid point that baseball and wrestling are similar from a fan point of view because there’s so much history with both and yield so much in the way of statistics for fans to get deep with.
    • Joe believes the ‘Dodger Dog’ is one of the worst hotdogs in the stadium world. Eddie loves Joe’s dog rage!
    • Eddie says the telling thing about Michael Jordan in ‘The Last Dance’ was that he was so hard on his team because he wanted to win with his team, not in spite of them. Jordan wasn’t selfish and didn’t want to make it all about himself.
    • Homicide says COVID-19 is just a jobber – it needs pinning. He tells the fans we just need to support each other and we’ll all be back together soon.
    • Eddie thanks the fans for supporting the NWA in any way they can. He says the end of the world was meant to happen many times before this – we’ll be fine.
    • Joe now has the moniker ‘Future Serial Killer’ Joe Galli and claims he started the ‘stab ’em up’ chant. You have been warned!

The Eli Drake Show (Aired May 29th)

The Eli Drake Show title card

YE-AH!

Eli returned with another entertaining slice of chat. What I like about Eli’s show is the passion he shows for certain topics, but puts across in a charismatic, laid back, fun way. I made the comparison last week to a ‘shock jock’ style, and while I don’t think, on reflection, that such a description is entirely accurate (he’s never obscene or really shocking), that’s the kind of feel I get from the show and it’s not a bad thing. This week, Eli had some really interesting thoughts about modern wrestling that contrasted neatly with Eddie and Homicide’s thoughts the night before. Which goes to show how broad of a church wrestling can be.

Notable Happenings:

  • Pierre Le Pew, Eli’s French puppy trainer character, says “all the s***s in the world, I give them of them!’
    • Eli’s looking to do interviews in the future but he wants the show to get its own feeling and flavour first.
    • Apparently, last week’s show was a do-over: Eli realised his mic was disconnected 37 minutes into his first attempt.
    • Eli wants to make an amendment to his description of the Impact! management last week as being “do-nothings.” It seems like it’s Don Callis, in Eli’s opinion, who’s the do-nothing, who could always be found hanging around Scarlett (to be clear: Eli never mentioned Callis by name).
    • Addressing the controversy arising from ‘The Last Dance’ and the flu game, Eli argues does it really matter what the truth of the matter? Jordan still played top-level basketball for 40 minutes. He still believes Jordan is the best of all time.
    • Eli remembers him and the artist now known as ‘The Blade’ getting phone calls in 2006 from a guy called Richard who kept promising them acting work or more money from wrestling, but it never came to anything. Eli was 23 and knew the guy was full of it, but was sleeping on the floor on a mattress in a one bed apartment and would listen to any opportunity for money that would be presented to him. But ultimately, Richard never came up with the goods. “That is SO wrestling”, says Eli.
    • Eli says that for years he waited for an opportunity because he didn’t know how to ask for what he wanted. He likened to being in middle school, when he had a crush on a girl but had to get his friends to ask the girl to dance at the big dance. When they did dance, he couldn’t even speak or look at her.
    • He was never shy in the ring or when performing but could never talk to the right people. He hung out backstage at a Ring of Honor show in 2008 in the hope he’d be offered work, but he wasn’t and he knows it was naive to think he would be.
    • The worst injuries Eli has suffered over his career have been a broken nose and a couple of concussions.
    • Eli refers to a tweet from Brian Pillman Jr, where Pillman had commented that modern wrestling is better than the past because its crisper and faster-paced than what went before. While Eli agrees that modern wrestling is more athletic and is exciting, he believes attention to character and storylines is missing and this is what lets modern wrestling down.
    • For Eli, he was always drawn to the talkers because they were the ones who got him invested in the shows and why matches were taking place.
    • Eli believes that there is a major lack of selling now, which means guys are having to kill themselves to top the last match and the last move. For Eli, a dive could be a big thing but its impact is diluted by being used in every match. Eli believes that big, crazy moves should mean something. Sometimes less is more.
    • Eli believes selling is important because it gives the audience something to relate to and get behind. Without it, there’s a disconnect. Body language and facial expressions communicate to the audience – otherwise, they’ll think nothing hurts.
    • He refers to the Attitude era, how every wrestler from top to bottom had a catchphrase or a specific personality for the audience to gravitate to, whereas now he thinks there’s little for the audience to grab onto.
    • So, while he does agree to a point that wrestling is now more exciting from a physical point of view, its less engaging, which he feels is reflected in the drop in live attendance and the steady decline in ratings over the last 15 years. He believes compelling characters and storylines sell themselves.
    • Eli dons his tin foil hat to deride social media’s deluge of conspiracy theories around COVID-19. Medicine is a case of trial and error; what makes you think some guy you found on YouTube knows better than a medical professional?
    • Drake is not a Democrat or Republican but he’s not surprised that most conspiracy theorists are Trump supporters. A fan of Trump, he is not…
    • We get a shot of Eli in a turquoise body suit and brown wig in a garden next to a pyro whilst firing a steam gun. YE-AH!!
    • Eli gives us some sound dating advice – don’t social media stalk someone before you go on a date, you weirdo!
    • In a skit, Eli goes through his portal to meet his girlfriend Michelle. There, in black and white and speech overdubbed like an old kung fu film, they play a coin throwing game with misses leading to removal of clothes. Eli unleashes the line “unsheathe your breasts!” before he’s transported back.
    • Eli believes his favourite opponent ever and the best to work was Eddie Edwards, although his chops are a “bitch”.
    • He doesn’t know if we’ll ever see him in New Japan because he doesn’t think his style is compatible, but then he always has been a good adapter.
    • His favourite run in TNA/Impact! was when he was world champion, although he did feel he was put in the ‘Macho Man’ role with ‘Hogan’ still stealing the main event spot.
    • His three main wrestling inspirations were Hulk Hogan, Steve Austin and The Rock.
    • His boy Percy Pringle is probably the greatest heel of all time.
    • One of Eli’s biggest regrets is not pie-facing Don Callis when he had the chance for what he feels are stories Callis told about him after Eli was fired from Impact! Man, the intensity picked up there!
    • His favourite tag teams include the British Bulldogs, the Hollywood Blondes, the Brain Busters, the Road Warriors, the Powers of Pain, Demolition and the New Age Outlaws. But, in his opinion, the greatest tag team of all time is…the current-reigning NWA World Tag Team Champions, Eli Drake and James Storm!

Girl Powerrr (Aired May 29th)

NWA Girl Powerrr title card

I’m not going to do a typical review/notable happening here because I believe it would be too glib for the subject discussed (cyber bulling and social media, especially in light of the death of Hana Kimura).

This was done in a three way chat format in the manner of Inside the NWA, and featured Allysin Kay, Marti Belle and the World Champion Thunder Rosa engaged in a intelligent, passionate and emotional discussion about a subject that clearly impacts their lives in such a traumatic, substantial way.

Questions are raised, such as, is it enough just to say ‘let’s do better’? Does social media need to be policed more thoroughly by its providers? What kind of negative talk is best to respond to, and what and who should we block? Is the dominant everyday culture of social media the problem and should we set strict limits on when we use it so as not to impact our family lives or our general mental health. The importance of support networks is made very clear.

All three ladies are extremely candid about their own experiences, especially Marti and I applaud them for their strength. Anyone who has ever experienced depression or mental health issues will understand how difficult it is to be so honest like that in a public forum.

This is must-see, and I don’t mean that in a salacious way. You might not be able to relate, but that’s not necessarily what empathy is anyway. Realise this really is a matter of life and death to some people.

Think before you speak or type.

Final Thoughts

James Storm chugs a beer

It’s been another great week of content for the NWA. Carnyland is coming along nicely and finding its feet, Eli, Eddie and Homicide had some great points to make, but the real star shows of the week were What’s Causin Aldis? and Girl Powerrr, which were both highly captivating pieces of TV and perhaps represented the light and the shade of the week, the happiness and sadness.

And on that note, I’ll bid you farewell. Join me next week for more exciting NWA content – I’ll meet you on the streets of Carnyland!

Written by Chris Flackett

Wrestling obsessed since '91. Lived through the Monday Night Wars and is still here to tell the tale. Major fan of Strong Style, technical and Super Jr. Wrestling, as well as big versatile hosses smacking the hell out of each other. Lives in Manchester, England.

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