12th Jul2021

‘NWA: Powerrr – Episode 5×05’ Review

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s NWA: Power review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and I’m back to reviewing the National Wrestling Alliance every week. It is nice to be back at the original wrestling league/body and its World Title, which is the only championship that actually means anything. I’m going to be honest with you here. I don’t give a s—t about the other wrestling leagues. I care about the wrestlers and the matches, but promotions don’t matter to me. The only exception is The NWA, since it is the original and the source of the vast majority of wrestling history. There isn’t a moment in WWE history that isn’t eclipsed in some manner by the most fleeting instance in the glory years of The NWA. I wish Billy Corgan would start showing The NWA the proper respect. He keeps talking about a twenty year plan, but that’s not how wrestling works. The fact that it took this long for Billy to commit to a weekly show is a problem. I get that Power has been on for a few years, but he waited far too long to try to establish a regular show. Plus, he brought back studio wrestling? There’s a reason why everybody told him no…it’s stupid. I even heard recently that he turned down TBS because they wanted a regular wrestling show instead of Power. Another issue is that Nick Aldis is champion and he doesn’t draw. Why not reach into the deep pockets that Billy ought to have after thirty or so years of success and hire Cain Velasquez to be your champion? Cain would be perfect for the role of NWA World Champion. Is he injured? Is he already tired of wrestling? Was he asked and he said no? This progress that Billy Corgan thinks he has achieved is just the sound of one hand clapping played on a loud speaker. The NWA is on Fite, but since no one watches Fite, no one knows The NWA is even on here. The NWA needs to get on to a real TV channel as soon as possible so it can get in front of a different crowd that is actually willing to pay to see a show live. There’s nothing wrong with having a show on the internet, but it does not replace what you can do on traditional television. Okay. I’m ready to review this show.

Match #1: Elijah Burke b. Sal Rinauro – NWA TV Title Match

The Verdict: 6 out of 10

I’d call this a solid prize fight. We’re not getting into the grade-A stuff here, but the match was the kind of thing that makes for a nice video package after the fact. Sal was injured here with a broken clavicle, so bless him for gutting his way through this one. I hope Billy is giving Sal some time to go heal that injured body. Elijah has also been dealing with some injuries over the years. I’m surprised he is back in the ring after all this time, but he is most welcome to be back. The match here was not spectacular, but it was sufficient none the less.

Match #2: Kylie Rae/Serena Deeb b. Thunder Rosa/Skye Blue

The Verdict: 6 out of 10

This was a perfectly fine match with little in the way of ingenuity, but plenty of appropriate sorts of tags and team grappling. There was a lot of good, solid fighting here. Skye Blue took her porno name and joined the three more popular and known names to have a good time. Rae seems calm working in The NWA, which is the key, apparently, to her mental health. Deeb and Rosa worked well against each other and were the anchor for this bout. [Bob Denver] – Please God! I can’t wear that f—kin’ hat anymore! I won’t do it! [Me] – Shut up Gilligan. As a tag match, it held together like a nun in a police line-up and those are some tough broads.

Match #3: Homicide/ La Rebelion (Mecha Wolf and Bestia) b. Hawx Aerie & El Rudo

The Verdict: 5 out of 10

This was a one-sided sort of come-back fest that favored getting the heat on Homicide for his return to The NWA. The action was fast, brief and sudden, but so is sex with Madeline Albright. There’s lots of swift offense from everybody here, but once Homicide got in, the match started to make sense. It’s not every day that Homicide is the focus of a match, but he was here and it was a lovely change of pace. Okay. Let’s get to that main event.

Match #4: (Main Event) Chris Adonis b. JTG – NWA National Title Match

The Verdict: 6 out of 10

Adonis got it twice…VD. Itch the balls! Adonis is a two-time champ now. Poor ol’ JTG got WWE’d in The NWA. What does JTG have to do to win big matches? Does he have to f—k Tyrus? This ain’t Fox News mother-f—ker! I get the appeal with Adonis, but having JTG be the fall guy for Adonis is just a bad reminder of what would have happened if they were booked together in The WWE. As for this match itself, you get a lot of clobbering and smacking, which is how Joe Jackson raised his kids. The finish of this bruised-forearm match was dull yet inoffensive, so that part worked. I hope JTG gets a shot at a real push here in The NWA.

Major News:

  1. Jax Dane is teasing a union with Slice Boogie to the chagrin of Crimson.
  2. Thunder Rosa and Serena Deeb brawled to sell their feud.

Final Verdict: 6/10

Like spaghetti made of PlayDoh, this was simple and easy to enjoy. I can’t tell you that this will move the heavens or anything like that, but it will be a wrestling show that offers something fun. I’ll see you next time.


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