The War Kings Become The Number One Contenders

NWA Powerrr Review—May 18th

Welcome NWA Fam as we go once more into the fire with NWA Powerr. After last week’s strange and rather underwhelming ending, Billy Corgan has an announcement to make about the recent actions of Strictly Business. Plus, the War Kings will take on The End to determine the number one contenders to the NWA Tag Team titles and ‘Da Pope’ will defend his NWA TV title against Matt Cross.

There’s no time to waste so let’s go straight to the ring!

Strictly Business Is Strictly Out Of Pocket

After Strictly Business left the building last week before their main event, Nick Aldis provoking the ire of the NWA office, it was only to be expected that the NWA would retort.

As such, Kyle Davis started things off this week by reading out an announcement from William Patrick Corgan. It was very officially written, which I liked, and stated that neither Aldis, Thom Latimer or Chris Adonis had given any reason for leaving before the show’s end last week, nor have they confirmed their attendance this week. Only Kamille sent a text message to confirm that she’s “fine” and that she will be appearing on the show.

With that in mind, the NWA has decided to strip Latimer and Adonis of their opportunity to face the NWA tag team champions, JR Kratos and Aron Stevens, and will withhold any monies the pair would have received from the opportunity. Furthermore, Nick Aldis will be docked a month’s wages, to be given to charity, and all three men will have their championships stripped and their contracts revoked if they don’t appear next week. Instead, tonight we will have a number one contender’s match between The End and The War Kings for the number one contendership for the tag titles.

I liked this. It makes sense for the NWA’s presentation that they hit Strictly Business where it hurts: their wallets and titles. Plus, I’m glad they read an official announcement and didn’t have Corgan appear. The GM Authority figure thing has been done to death. The announcement was quick and to the point.

Unlike my description of it. Moving on…

NWA TV Champion ‘Da Pope’ Elijah Burke vs. Matt Cross

Matt Cross and The Pope stare each other out
Credit: NWA

The Pope has been great as the TV champion, really being one of the best things about the NWA since its return. Matt Cross, meanwhile, is an experienced workhorse, so this should be a solid encounter.

With the 6:05 time limit, you might expect a fast-paced encounter. But the pair went down the technical route to start, exchanging armbars through a series of fluid counters and reversals until the pair exchanged arm drags then faked each other out at the end.

A criss-cross sequence saw Cross nail Pope with a dropkick but after an exchange of chops and strikes, a second criss-cross ended with Pope catching a leaping Cross and slamming him with authority to the mat. A duo of suplexes earned Pope a near fall. Cross escaped another suplex attempt though and nailed a fireman’s carry into a neck breaker across his knee. A series of reversals ended with a big pump kick from Cross, sending Pope to the outside, where Cross nailed him with suicide dive through the ropes.

Back in the ring, Cross ascended to the top turnbuckle. A shooting star press attempt followed but Pope moved so Cross landed on his feet. Nice! A big uppercut floored Cross, and one ‘Elijah Express’ running knee later, Pope had won title defence number four. Pope held up Cross’ arm afterwards as a sign of respect.

This was, as predicted, a good, solid match. Both guys worked hard and clearly had chemistry. Meanwhile, Pope now moves closer to the elusive seven wins for that shot at Nick Aldis’ title…

NWA Tag Team Champions Aron Stevens & JR Kratos vs. Fred Rosser & Marshe Rockett

Marshe Rockett superkicks JR Kratos
Credit: NWA

Good to see Mr Rosser back on NWA programming, as we haven’t seen him since his loss to Pope. He started off with Stevens here, the pair trying to feel each other out, even as Rosser tried to sneak the win with a roll-up. Stevens rolled through and kicked out of an armbar but Rosser arm dragged him and put him right back into the hold. Stevens wasn’t getting away that easy.

Rockett tagged in and also went to the arm before Rosser jumped down on the limb with a double axe handle. Stevens was able to get to the corner to make the tag but big, bad Kratos was hesitant, eventually designing himself able to tag in if he had to.

The entrance of Kratos made the difference, dropping Rosser with a series of vicious punches. Rosser fought back but Kratos rolled him up then obliterated Rosser with a massive lariat-style clothesline. Kratos locked in an abdominal stretch on Rosser and reached out to Stevens for the tag. Stevens also refused, obviously playing Krato’s own game. Rosser fought out but Kratos dropped him again with a  fist.

As the champions argued in the corner, Rosser made the tag to Rockett, who almost stole the match with a surprise roll-up on Kratos. Not wise. Kratos cracked him right in the jaw before smashing him into the turnbuckles. Rockett hit a superkick out of nowhere, forcing Kratos to finally make the tag. Stevens nearly took the match with a leg sweep and short DDT but it only got him two. Rockett dodged a charge and nailed a dropkick but before he could tag out, Kratos pulled Rosser down and sent him into the ring post. Ouch!

Stevens shouted at Kratos, who gave it him right back. Rockett took the opportunity to hit another sneaky roll-up, but Stevens returned fire with a vicious forearm for the pinfall, staring Kratos right in the eye as he did so. The hate was palpable. As the two men argued after the match, Kratos went right over and stomped Rosser, pointing at Stevens as he did so.

Great work from everyone here. And when Stevens and Kratos finally collide, it’s going to be fire.

Thunder Rosa vs. Jennacide

Thunder Rosa and Jennacide prepare to square off
Credit: NWA

Before the match, May Valentine had the ‘pleasure’ of speaking to Taryn Terell and Melina regarding the upcoming match in the future between Thunder Rosa and Jennacide. Basically, each woman believes in their wrestler and they’ll kick each other’s ass should the other interfere. I’m not a Taryn Terrell fan, I have to say.

I am, however, a fan of Thunder Rosa, and Jennacide is impressing more and more with each match. Rosa expertly took Jennacide to the ground and went for the ankle before throwing a series of nasty kicks. Jennacide eventually caught the foot and picked Rosa up, squashing her from corner to corner before slamming her on the mat. A big stomp to the back rocked Rosa but she was able to punch and head-scissor her way out of it, before kicking out Jennacide’s legs in the corner. A running double stomp on the thigh added further insult to injury but only earned Rosa a two count.

The pair began to change heavy strikes, Jennacide taking Rosa down again and stomping once more on the back before rolling through into the ‘J6000’ crossface, which Rosa cleverly turned over for a pin attempt. Rosa quickly docked in the ankle lock, Jennacide writhing in pain before eventually tapping out to end a very entertaining encounter. Rosa screamed at the camera afterwards, clearly thinking of what she’s going to do to Kamille once she gets her hands on her…

The Chosen Ones

Over at the podium, Tyrus made Kyle Davis uncomfortable by doing all sorts of awkward things to Davis’ head and poking him on the nose. Man, Tyrus’ head is as big as a skull. Crazy!

Tyrus gave a backhanded compliment to Pope on another victory, reminding him that actually, their match was a draw. Austin Idol then announced that Tyrus will be the first entrant in the battle royal to determine the challenger to Nick Aldis’ Heavyweight title. He handed Davis a list of competitors for the battle royal: Fred Rosser, Mimms, Jerimiah Plunkett, Marshe Rockett, Matt Cross and a couple of random names that Austin Idol played down as being a different story…

The point Idol wanted to make is that he and Tyrus are the chosen ones and that it doesn’t make any difference who’s in the match. No one has a chance to take Tyrus off his feet and send him to the floor. Idol felt so confident, he even considered taking part himself. Thank god he didn’t.

Who will be able to eliminate Tyrus, though? We’ll have to wait until next week to find out!

The End (Parrow & Odinson) vs. The War Kings (Jax Dane & Crimson)

The War Kings make their entrance on NWA Powerrr
Credit: NWA

This is to determine the number one contenders to the NWA Tag Team titles. Suitably, considering the importance of the match, both teams went at each other before the bell even rang, throwing bombs like they were going out of fashion. The End managed to isolate Crimson, Parrow keeping him on the mat with a foot while Odinson dropped a legdrop from the second rope. Hard forearms in the corner followed but Crimson returned fire with a big T-bone suplex and clubbing blows to the jaw. Jax joined in with a headbutt before tagging in and squashing Odinson in the corner and knocking him down with a colossal clothesline.

Crimson tagged back in and kept the pressure on by driving a knee into Odinson’s back but Odison brought himself some space with a dropkick. Parrow tagged in and charged Crimson in the corner before Odinson tagged back in, the team working quick tags, and nailed Crimson with a nice belly to belly suplex then fireman’s carry dropping Parrow right onto Crimson! If Jax Dane hadn’t broken the count up, it might have been three.

Odinson hit the back, including the use of unique-looking twisting European uppercut. Parrow tagged in but Crimson clubbed him with forearms before hitting a big dropkick to take the big Parrow down. Having made the hot tag, Jax Dane charged in like a rhino and headbutted Odinson, sending him crashing to the canvas. A Death Valley Driver followed, and for a moment, it looked like Jax Dne was going to go after Parrow but thought better of it. That didn’t stop Crimson when he tagged in, Irish whipping his teammate into Odinson while knocking Parrow off the apron. This allowed the Kings to hit their suplex/elbow drop combo for 1-2-NO! Odinson got the shoulder up…but the ref counted three?!? The match was awarded to the Kings as Parrow and Odinson stared them down, choosing to respectfully leave rather than cause more carnage.

It was a little bit of a weird ending to be honest, but I get why they did it; it was a way to keep both teams looking strong and it achieved that, I guess. Just as importantly, it was a great match and, should the War Kings win the titles, it will give The End a justified reason to make the challenge for a rematch—this time for the gold.

Final Thoughts

This was definitely one of the best episodes on NWA Powerrr since the promotion returned to action in March, alongside the April 27th edition. Rather than over-complicate and over-egg Billy Corgan’s announcement, they made it simple, clear and business-like. That suits the NWA to a tee and it worked very well here.

Not only that, we had some great wrestling this week. This wasn’t one bad match on the card, with particular praise going to the hoss fight between the War Kings and The End. Meanwhile, as much as I don’t want to support the man, Tyrus is proving to be a charismatic character and his promo with Kyle Davis was one of the highlights.

And, with the episode not being so Aldis-heavy, other talent really got a chance to shine on this episode. That’s not to take away from the champ—I’m an Aldis fan—but it’s nice sometimes to put the focus on other people and give them the chance to shine.

Next week is the battle royal to determine Nick Aldis’ next challenger. I can’t wait for that one. I’ll see you again as we go once more into the fire!

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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