02nd Feb2020

‘National Wrestling Alliance: Hard Times’ PPV Review

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this review of National Wrestling Alliance: Hard Times, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have the finale of the TV Title Tournament, as well as Nick Aldis defending the NWA World Title against Ring Of Honor’s Flip Gordon. Let’s get right to it.

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The following four matches are part of the TV Title Tournament:

Match #1: Trevor Murdoch defeated The Question Mark

My Opinion: 2.3 out of 5 – While not a great match, this was a fun way for Murdoch to get a win.

Match #2: Dan Maff defeated Zicky Dice

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – This was a good little match with a lot of hard hits and big slams with the right winner.

Match #3: Ricky Starks defeated Matt Cross

My Opinion: 3.2 out of 5 – This was a fine match that saw the more famous Cross put over a top prospect in Starks, who might become a big-time player in the NWA if he can keep up the good work.

Match #4: Tim Storm defeated Ken Anderson

My Opinion: 2.9 out of 5 – This was a fun bash to the head. These guys work well together, but the match was a bit dull, but not by much. It’s nice seeing Storm win, especially because it does more for him to win.

Match #5: Eli Drake & James Storm defeated The Rock & Roll Express & Wildcards – National Wrestling Alliance World Tag Team Title Match

My Opinion: 2.7 out of 5 – This was solid match that had the right winners, although it sucked seeing RNRE lose.

Match #6: Thunder Rosa defeated Allysin Kay – National Wrestling Alliance Women’s Title Match

My Opinion: 4 out of 5 – This was a great match that really delivered the goods. Rosa is quickly becoming a big deal for the NWA and her winning here was the right call. Kay did a great job playing the tough, confident champion to Rosa’s hungry challenger. I call this a home run.

The following two matches are the semi-finals of the TV Title Tournament:

Match #7: Trevor Murdoch defeated Dan Maff

My Opinion: 2.8 out of 5 – Murdoch beating Maff was a surprise. The match was fine, with enough big hits to keep it alive long enough for Murdoch to look good in victory.

Match #8: Ricky Starks defeated Tim Storm

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – Starks did well here, with Storm being very giving to the winner.

Match #9: Scott Steiner defeated Aron Stevens – National Wrestling Alliance National Title Match (Disqualification)

My Opinion: 2.4 out of 5 – This was a far cry from what either man is capable of, but it was fun in its way.

Match #10: Nick Aldis defeated Flip Gordon – National Wrestling Alliance World Title Match

My Opinion: 3.6 out of 5 – This turned out really well, with Gordon making Aldis look better than he normally does. This was a good showing for both fighters, with Gordon getting the closest to stardom he has been in his career yet. I wish that Gordon had actually won here, but I get that Aldis has schmoozed his way to Billy Corgan’s heart. The match was excellent and would be a good one to re-visit in the near future.

The following is the finale of the TV Title Tournament:

Match #11: (Main Event) Ricky Starks defeated Trevor Murdoch

My Opinion: 3.3 out of 5 – This was a fine end to the tournament and with the right winner. Starks brought the energy here, while Murdoch was just an old-fashioned bruiser to Stark’s upstart. I’m glad they gave this title to someone new, one who could give it a fresh start right from the outset. Overall, this worked well and was a fun main event.

Final Verdict: 3.4/5

This was a decent show that had a couple of fabulous matches. The short bouts made this feel less important than it should have, what worked was enough to enjoy yourself with.

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