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[TV Recap] ‘NWA Powerrr Episode 18 – Money Where Your Mouth Is’ – RNR vs. Aldis/Isaacs, Bouncers vs. Dawsons

COMMENTATORS: Joe Galli & Stu Bennett

Episode 18 of NWA Powerrr features a tag team main event as The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express do battle against Strictly Business’ Nick Aldis and Royce Isaacs. Also on the show The Bouncers take on The Dawsons, Ricky Starks defends the Television Title against Matt Cross, and we get footage of Marty Scurll’s counter offer for Crockett Cup from ROH Free Enterprise.

CHAMPIONS

  • NWA WORLD’S HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: “The National Treasure” Nick Aldis
  • NWA WOMEN’S WORLD CHAMPION: Thunder Rosa
  • NWA TELEVISION CHAMPION: Ricky Starks
  • NWA NATIONAL CHAMPION: Aron “Shooter” Stevens
  • NWA WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Eli Drake & “Cowboy” James Storm

LINEUP

  • The Bouncers vs. The Dawsons (**1/2)
  • Tim Storm vs. Thom Latimer (*3/4)
  • Ricky Starks [c] vs. Matt Cross for the NWA TELEVISION CHAMPIONSHIP (*3/4)
  • Tasha Steelz vs. Melina (*1/2)
  • The Rock ‘n’ Express vs. Nick Aldis & Royce Isaacs (*3/4)

*****

Sean Mooney hypes upcoming footage from ROH Free Enterprise and implores everyone to subscribe to the official NWA YouTube channel.

-Galli and Bennett welcome the home audience, Tag Champs Eli Drake & “Cowboy” James Storm joining them. Drake has a headset, Storm has beers. They are both at home.


The Bouncers (Beer City Bruiser & Brian Milonas) [w/ Eddie Kingston] vs. The Dawsons (Zane & Dave Dawson) [w/ The Pope]

Bruiser and Zane run into each other repeatedly, BIG MEATY MEN SLAPPIN’ MEAT. Zane charges, Bruiser drops him with a hard clothesline. Dave and Milonas tag in, Milonas gets the better of their exchange and drops him in the corner with a hard chop. Milonas splashes Dave, Bruiser tags in and connects with a running knee. Zane hits Bruiser from behind, allowing Dave to catch him with a flying one-foot dropkick for a two-count. He got hops. The Dawsons work Bruiser over as commentary catches everyone up on the Kingston/Pope feud and the former’s amazing promo from last week. Bruiser drops both Dawsons with a double clothesline, Milonas gets the tag and bodies Zane into a corner Avalanche and a crossbody. Kingston and Pope get in each other’s face, distracting the ref so The Dawsons can hit a double power bomb on Milonas for the 1…2…Bruiser makes the save. On the floor Bruiser sends Dave into the post, Milonas meets Zane on the buckles and hits a superplex, Bruiser following up with a frog splash for the 1…2…3.

The Bouncers defeated The Dawsons via pinfall (5:20)

  • SO MUCH BEEF IN THIS ONE. I enjoyed the match, both teams mixing the clubberin’ with surprising agility. I don’t watch ROH on purpose ever so I’m unfamiliar with The Bouncers as a team but I dig their shtick. (**1/2)

-Storm & The Bouncers pour a series of beers in the Crockett Cup sitting next to the commentary table. Everybody takes a chug except Eli Drake who takes a sip of his water instead. Storm naturally finishes it off.

-HARD TIMES CLIP: Stu Bennett announces The Crockett Cup for April, location an date to be revealed next Tuesday.

-ROH THIS SUNDAY: Nick Aldis puts over the revenue his World Title generates for himself and his company, so Marty Scurll has made it personal and not business.

-Galli welcomes Thom Latimer and Kamille to the interview podium. Latimer is excited to kick the crap out of the “old fart” Tim Storm. Galli mentions that a win could put Latimer in World Title contention but Latimer sees through it and vows that he and Isaacs will win the World Tag Team Titles back. Galli asks about the current champs, Latimer says they aren’t even a real team. Galli attempts to get comments from Kamille, naturally he fails.


Tim Storm vs. Thom Latimer [w/ Kamille]

Latimer is wearing a t-shirt with Kamille’s face on it so he’s either a supportive boyfriend and secretly whipped. Storm clotheslines Latimer out to the floor, Latimer lands on his feet and takes his time getting back in. Storm and Latimer lock horns, ending in a stalemate and trash talk. They run into each other to show how TOUGH they are, Storm with a corner Irish whip and back body drop. Latimer slowly gets to his feet, NWA crowd chanting “PERFECT STORM”. The two slug it out, Latimer throws his elbowpad to distract the ref and get in a cheap shot to the throat. Latimer with a short-arm clothesline into the lateral press, Storm kicks out at two. Storm absorbs a series of rights and connects with a clothesline followed by a back elbow off an Irish whip. Boot to the face and neckbreaker, Storm knocks himself a little groggy in this exchange. Latimer misses a clothesline and runs into a big boot, he bails to the corner and sends Storm to the apron. Latimer pulls Storm back in, Storm with a backdrop but goes shoulder-first into the post and Latimer follows up with an implant DDT (The Brighter Side of Suffering it’s called, I guess) for the 1…2…3.

Thom Latimer defeated Tim Storm via pinfall (5:33)

  • Latimer picks up a big singles victory as Storm continues to struggle a bit. Fine match. (**)

Faux-Momma Storm comes out to express her disappointment. Storm brushes her off, Bennett thinks he was knocked so silly during his match that he no longer recognizes his own mother. Bennett is good at this commentary thing.


-ROH FREE ENTERPRISE CLIP: Nick Aldis makes his way to the ring for his tag team match.

-LAST WEEK: Aron Stevens and Trevor Murdoch fight to a time limit draw, Stevens retains the National Title, but Murdoch gets the visual pin afterwards.

Dave Marquez is with Trevor Murdoch at the interview podium. Murdoch throws shade at Aron Stevens for always running, and wants a rematch because the people deserve a fighting champion. Murdoch says his mentor, the late Harley Race, would be ashamed to see Stevens and The Question Mark, who comes out in his Game of Death suit. Mark sings the national anthem of Mongrovia, and challenges Murdoch to KARA-TAY (I assume that means a match?).

-POWERRR UPDATE: Sean Mooney reminds us all again to SMASH THAT LIKE BUTTON to subscribe to the YouTube video. Mooney recaps the feud between Nick Aldis and Marty Scurll and segues into footage from this past weekend’s ROH Free Enterprise show. Scurll has a counter-offer for the Crockett Cup: if Aldis beats him again, he will personally write him a check for half a million dollars. Cut to backstage later on, Aldis accepts the offer. Mooney hypes the debut of NWA’s new reality show Circle Squared, which will be in Powerrr’s slot next week, and also announces more shows coming soon: Powerrr Surge (a discussion show) and Super Powerrr (end of season special). Mooney also pimps his podcast, a new episode hitting right after this episode.

Nikita Koloff talks about his post-wrestling career as a “servant of Jesus Christ” and pimps KFCM (Koloff For Christ Ministries). I know Koloff is a man of the cloth in real life but this feels like a fake ad. Maybe I’m just an asshole.


“Stroke Daddy” Ricky Starks [c] vs. Matt Cross for the NWA TELEVISION CHAMPIONSHIP

This is Starks’ second championship defense; if he makes seven successful defenses in a row he will earn a shot at the World Championship (Lucky 7 rules). Champ controls things early, grounding Cross with a chinlock, but Cross eventually counters into a wristlock. Starks with a side headlock, Cross whips him off and gets dropped with a shoulderblock. Cross with a leapfrog and a backflip pose, Starks makes him pay for a running dropkick. Cross counters a monkey flip with a cartwheel and catches the champ mid-air for a backbreaker and a two-count. Dueling chants, Cross with a corner Irish whip and a back handspring elbow into a snapmare and lateral press for a one-count. Both men trade chops and forearms, Cross reverses a whip and hits a pump kick for the 1…2…Starks kicks out. Starks and Cross block one another’s suplexes as one minute remains in the match. Finally Starks is able to snap the vertical suplex. Starks catches Cross with a back elbow and follows up with a tornado DDT for the 1…2…Cross kicks out. Ten seconds remain, Cross hits the Cross Cutter but instead of going for the cover he starts heading to the top and the limit runs out.

Ricky Starks [c] & Matt Cross fought to a time-limit draw; Starks retains the NWA TELEVISION CHAMPIONSHIP (6:05)

  • Cross worked a much more grounded style in this one and a lot slower of a pace, which would have been a smart move if he wasn’t wrestling a match that had such a small time limit. Strategy-wise that just came off like a bad idea. Starks didn’t get the win per se but it still counts for the Lucky 7 thing and that’s the second hole punched, five to go. Personally I think the NWA allowing draws to count is a bit dumb, all it proves is they avoided someone for a small amount of time, but hey live your truth. (*3/4)

Zicky Dice stumbles out to the interview podium and Dave Marquez. Dice calls the match a “yawnfest” which he’s not entirely wrong about. Dice makes fun of Starks for not being able to get the job done and says the difference between them is he finishes every single time. Well that was quite OUTLANDISH.


-LAST WEEK: Thunder Rosa defeats Allysin Kay to retain the Women’s Championship. Rosa leaves Melina and Marti Belle in the dust, crowd chanting “YOU DON’T NEED THEM”.

Kyle Durden is at the interview podium with Marti Belle, who requested this time to talk. Belle gives Melina all the credit for everything that Allysin Kay has lost. Durden accuses Melina of having control over Belle, Belle admonishes him and tells him not to even mention her name. Belle says Melina saw something in her, more than just a pretty face. Belle says Kay only cares about herself, not the NWA or the fans. Speak of the devil out comes Allysin Kay to retort. Kay asks Belle if Melina really cares about her and knows she’s brainwashing her. Kay calls Melina “Jim Jones” and Belle is drinking the Kool-Aid. She can’t force her to be her friend, but she will always be there for her. Kay tries to hug Belle, Belle slaps her hand away and walks off.


Tasha Steelz vs. Melina

Steelz wants to show respect, Melina shoves her into the corner and jaw jacks instead. RUDE. Steelz has enough, belting her with forearms. Steelz ducks a clothesline, Melina connects with a cravate inverted bulldog. Melina continues working Steelz over, connecting with a running knee to the side of the head. Steelz connects with some shots to the midsection and more forearms, Melina charges and drives her skull into the canvas, full mount forearms. Melina trash talks, Steelz mounts a comeback with a string of strikes and running European uppercut into a neckbreaker for the 1…2…Melina kicks out. Melina goes for a suplex that sort-of turns into a DDT I guess for the 1…2…Steelz kicks out. Steelz dazes Melina with a jawbreaker, Steelz hops over her then gets dropped with a lariat. Melina follows up with Primal Scream and that’s all she wrote.

Melina defeated Tasha Steelz via pinfall (4:45)

  • Melina picks up a relatively easy win is a surprisingly ugly match. I don’t know what it was, but nothing about it clicked with me. I would like to see Steelz pick up a win eventually. (*1/2)

Marquez with post-match comments from Melina. Melina calls herself a living legend and shouldn’t have to prove herself…but she did. Melina says that next week she will take on Thunder Rosa for the Women’s Title. Marquez asks who approved this, Melina says she did. I think she means in two weeks unless Circle Squared is going to have real matches too.


Sal Rinauro and May Valentine (Isaac’s girlfriend) show up to watch the match ringside. They have tickets. They work for the NWA and shouldn’t need tickets.


The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express (Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson) vs. “The National Treasure” Nick Aldis & Royce Isaacs

Isaacs gets distracted with Rinauro and Valentine, Gibson rolls him up for a surprise two-count. Aldis tells him to pay attention, Gibson counters a hip toss with one of his own and takes Isaacs down with a drop toehold. Morton tags in, RNR turn Isaacs into a wishbone. Gibson grabs a toehold, Aldis yells at the ref and RNR do a phantom tag as they continue working Isaac’s leg over. RNR clear Aldis off the apron, angering the World Champion, back to the toehold. Isaacs rakes the eyes, Aldis tags in, rakes Gibson’s eyes across the top rope. Morton gets the blind tag, hurricanrana (after a struggle) to the World Champ! Isaacs tags back in, Morton drops him and he rolls to the floor. Morton comes out after him, Aldis connects with a cheap shot. Strictly Business wear Morton down, Isaacs with a belly-to-back suplex into a lateral press for a two-count. Aldis with a corner whip, Morton dodges a splash. Gibson gets the hot tag, right hands and a back elbow to Isaacs. Gibson with a small package for the 1…2…Isaacs kicks out. Gibson counters a suplex with one of his own and slams Aldis off the top buckle. Gibson rolls Isaacs up with a backslide for the 1…2…Aldis breaks it up. All four men in the ring, Isaacs pokes Gibson in the eye and rolls him up, feet on the ropes, for the 1…2…3.

Nick Aldis & Royce Isaacs defeated The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express via pinfall (7:20)

  • Strictly Business get another one on The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express and Isaacs finally picks up a victory. Good for him. Match was what it was, it’s RNR in 2020 so you know how it goes. (*3/4)

Isaacs leaves with Valentine, throwing it in Rinauro’s face.


-Show ends with a hype video for Aldis vs. Scurll at the 2020 Crockett Cup.

*****

FINAL THOUGHTS: Serviceable week of wrestling but I can’t say I found any of it particularly memorable or interesting. It just…existed. Normally it’s comfort food for me but here it just felt like a six hour show despite only being an hour long.

 

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