This week’s episode of NWA Powerrr saw the continuation of the Block A and B matchups in the Champions Series. Let’s get right into what was a solid show, with decent NWA-style wrestling throughout carried by quite a bit of fun character work.
Kenzie Paige Defeats Lady Frost
Per usual, we kicked things off with the competitors in the ring and ready for battle. It was great to see two relative newcomers to NWA going head to head here. Team Aron and Taryn’s Lady Frost was dominant throughout the match. I’ve seen her work in both AEW and NWA up to this point, and this was by far her best outing. She was easily performer of the show. All around, from the in-ring work to the character work, Frost put together an extremely compelling performance. Specifically notable was the interaction between Frost and the referee throughout the match, which would eventually cost her.
The ending sequence saw Frost end the small amount of offense mustered by Kenzie Paige with a beautiful kick to the head, followed by a moonsault delivering knees to the midsection of Paige. This could have been the end of the match, but Frost decided to lift Paige’s shoulders up at 2. While taunting the referee again, Paige was able to successfully get the three via rollup and add another 5 points to the total for Team Kamille and Idol.
Crimson and the Masked Man Wrestle to Time Limit Draw
A lot of back and forth in this one, during which we see an opponent attempt to unmask Team Pope and Velvet’s Masked Man for the first time. The notable portion of this match takes place near the end, as we see Team Aldis and Melina’s Crimson take control outside of the ring, which saw the Masked Man have his head bounced off the commentary table culminating in a body slam onto the floor. Melina, who was on commentary, showed fantastic character work here.
As the two make their way back to the ring, Crimson blocks a superplex attempt and nearly wins the match with an elbow drop. The finishing sequence begins with the Masked Man countering an attempted Death Valley Driver. This was followed by a powerbomb, single leg crab combo. During the submission, as Crimson fights to get to the ropes, time expires. We get a bit of drama with the momentary assumption that the Masked Man had won. The draw sees two points added to either team’s totals.
Jeremiah Plunkett Pins Colby Corino in Alternates Four Way
A fun concept sees the winner score 7 points for their team, while the loser erases 3 from theirs. Corino’s character work shines in this match, acting as the base for most of the happenings. Sal Rinauro was taken out early, which saw Plunkett and Corino team up against Jordan Clearwater. This carries on for a large portion of the match, and we get some great interaction between Plunkett and Corino.
Ultimately, the third pin attempt by Corino broken up by Plunkett ends the alliance. This leads to the finish, which sees Plunkett grab 7 points for Team Aldis and Melina after following a fake punch attempt with a DDT. Corino loses 3 points for Team Pope and Velvet for taking the pin.
Tyrus Defeats Kratos
A lot of weird going on in this match, but let’s start with the positives. Right out of the gate we get great character stuff between Tyrus, his team captain Aron Stevens, and opposing team captain (but Tyrus’ manager) Austin Idol. Tyrus’ personality continues to be a focus as he demands “damn criminal” Kratos be searched. However, Tyrus took issue with being searched himself. The match was what you would expect from two heavies going back and forth for long stretch in favor of one or the other. There was a particularly fun interaction between Lady Frost (as team members are at ringside) and Kratos, which further added to Frost’s positive character work from earlier in the show.
Early on, Aron Stevens is ejected from ringside, and I have no idea why that happened. Neither did commentary, and it was never explained. The event acted as a preview of the wonky finish to come. The finish saw Tyrus hit an elbow drop for a clear three count, but the ref hesitates to call for the bell. Eventually, the bell rang and Tyrus is declared the winner. Really seemed like a botched finish.
Regardless, the result sees 5 points headed the Aron and Taryn’s Way, tying the score at 10 all against Team Kamille and Idol in Block A. Team Kamille and Idol advance via tiebreaker, having the shortest total time to victory.
Jax Dane Defeats Slice Boogie
In another back and forth, character work is again a highlight. Team Aldis and Melina’s Slice Boogie’s early arrogance was a fun bit, capped by demanded the ref to count faster after Jax Dane kicks out at zero. It was actually an impressive start for Boogie, standing up to Dane before ultimately not being able to out tough the Team Pope and Velvet man. Each of the two have a few periods of control between them, without any real standout highlights in what was regardless a solid match. This main event sees Dane win with a nasty clothesline, adding 5 points to Team Pope and Velvet’s total. The final score of Block B has Team Pope and Velvet advance over Team Aldis and Melina 14-9.
The results from this week’s show sets up the final of the Champions Series next week. There, we will see Team Kamille and Idol take on Team Pope and Velvet.