WWE NXT has been putting on decent shows but they haven’t been the type of shows that you would consider as fighting for a ratings win. Well that all changes tomorrow night. It’s looking like NXT is finally out for blood and looking for a win in the ratings. Will it pay off? Let’s look at the card.
Ladder Match: Adam Cole vs. Dominick Dijakovic
I’m going to come out and state that I don’t really get the point here. It’s a gimmick match leading into a gimmick match, what’s more it’s a better gimmick match than the match it is done in preparation for. So the only point here can be trying for a good bump in the ratings with a gimmick being tossed out here. Both of these competitors are good on their own with no gimmick necessary so it’s sure to be a decent match even though I don’t quite understand the mindset going into it.
Tag Team Match: The Undisputed Era vs. The Revival
This match might be the one that really gets me thinking that this show is for a ratings boost and nothing more. Everyone wants to see these two teams go at it. They are, in my own opinion, the two best teams in the WWE and so it’s a PPV quality match being presented for free on WWE’s C-Brand show. This match is going to be awesome and the fact that they are willing to do it without the big money payoff means one thing, they want a good rating.
Triple Threat: Killian Dane vs. Damien Priest vs. Pete Dunne
Remember when a triple threat match was something special? This isn’t a knock on any of the workers in this match it just seems like another gimmick match in a show that’s already featuring another gimmick match. Triple threat matches are not easy to pull off well, three men in the ring together may seem like a simple equation but in order to put on an awesome match they all have to be prepared to give and take.
To me this is honestly the first real return shot from the WWE in the Wednesday Night Wars. It’s sure to be an all out show and one that might just be enough to pull the fans in the direction of NXT. While most of these matches are not my cup of tea, I am looking forward to the Undisputed Era Vs The Revival. I feel like that match alone might be enough to push them over the edge this week.
Good afternoon wrestling fans, today we’re going to take a quick look at Thunder Rosa, one of the new faces in the reborn National Wrestling Alliance. Even though we’ve only seen Thunder Rosa a couple of times on NWA Powerrr, she’s made a tremendous splash in the promotions women’s division.
What we do know about Thunder Rosa comes mostly from the fantastic interview that she gave with the “This is the NWA Podcast.” In this interview we learn a lot about what pushes her forward in the wrestling business. Thunder Rosa has faced numerous challenges on her journey to the NWA and I can say one thing for sure, she isn’t going to let anyone get in her way.
Tonight, on NWA Powerrr: Episode, Thunder Rosa will be tagging up with her new found friend, Marti Belle to take on the team of Allysin Kay and Ashley Vox. This one is sure to be one for the ages as Marti Belle, former friend of women’s division champion Allysin Kay, will finally get a chance to prove herself against the champ. Having Thunder Rosa in her corner will surely be a great help and an injection of confidence for Marti Belle.
Today at 8am ET the NWA Announced a new program, scheduled to begin in mid September, The Circle Squared. This show will feature new talents trying out for a chance to win a contract with the National Wrestling Alliance. According to the NWA Website;
“This series will allow new talents an opportunity to put their money where their mouth is to get a chance to earn an NWA Talent contract. This competition show allows talents selected to step up to the circle of the podium to exhibit their talents on the microphone before stepping into the square of the ring to show their physical abilities in a wrestling match.”
-Billy Corgan NWA President
So from the information released today it seems to be some sort of American Idol contest for promo skills, and that’s why it fell flat for me.
First off let me point out that I’m calling this a flat announcement, meaning I don’t see it as good or bad but more or less a cup of warm but bland soup. While I’m incredibly excited to see new talents enter the NWA, and I believe that promo skills are absolutely crucial to a successful wrestling career, I don’t know that a promo contest is something that will really connect with me or the fan base that the NWA has grown so far. To me this shouldn’t have been used as a “Big Announcement” that had everyone talking, so in that respect I feel like they somewhat swerved us fans.
In truth, only time will tell whether this idea is a success or a failure on the part of the National Wrestling Alliance and the NWA President, Billy Corgan. What I can say is that this announcement didn’t persuade me to watch their current product any more or any less. I still see the NWA as the best professional wrestling program on air today and will be sticking around to see exactly what they have in store for us in the future.
Honest Thoughts Update: To be honest, this announcement seems like something exciting for professional wrestlers and not for wrestling fans. In the past this would have been a 30 second on screen graphic letting people know the promotion was holding a tryout. Instead we’re getting what more or less amounts to a reality TV program, for a promotion that’s built around taking things back to the basics. Sadly, given a couple of hours to contemplate this announcement, I have to increase this from falling flat to a complete letdown.
This is big news people! Trevor Murdoch Vs Nick Aldis. We can now report that this match will be non-title which just might give the upper hand to Murdoch. The Champ, Mr Aldis, might just have bigger things on his mind and this could be a great opportunity for his opponent to cement his place in the National Wrestling Alliance.
Murdoch has the experience edge, being a 23 year veteran of the sport in comparison to Aldis and his 14 year career. However, let’s not forget ring rust may come into play and while Murdoch has had some good showings in the NWA his first bout was a loss to Ricky Starks which had to be a big upset for the returning veteran. Since then Murdoch has been dominant and dare I say looks better than ever.
Aldis on the other hand is the working champ, carrying the NWA World Heavyweight title from coast to coast defending it against contender after contender. Absolutely no ring rust here but the fact that it’s a non-title bout could come into play. As the champ, Aldis always has to have his mind heavily focused on his next defense of that belt. So will he come into the ring unprepared against Murdoch?
One thing is for certain, this is guaranteed to be one hell of a match the likes that this country hasn’t seen for many years. Both Aldis and Murdoch spent time in Harley Races Wrestling Academy where they honed their skills. Murdoch is obviously the more Race like contender with size and brute force to do his talking for him, Aldis on the other hand has shown that even though he can style and profile with the best of them, he’s no joke once the bell rings.
My guess is Murdoch comes out victorious in the end, his sheer size is enough to make him a formidable opponent to anyone in the ring and with the recent loss to Ricky Starks, more than likely still plaguing his mind, he will be ready for whatever the champ has to throw at him. No doubt this will be one match you won’t want to miss! Tune in at 6:05 ET on YouTube for NWA Power!
Also Announced for the Card: Ricky Starks Vs The Question Mark Marti Belle and Thunder Rosa Vs Allysin Kay(c) and Ashley Vox
One question is on the minds of everyone who watches NWA Powerrr? Who is that masked man, The Question Mark? While little is known about this enigma, one thing is certain, he is the talk of the wrestling world today! With moves and a presence that is equal to greats like Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat, Stan Lane, Harley Race, Frank Gotch, and Terry Funk, this masked man is capable of laying waste to the entire roster of the NWA.
We reached out to a fan at ringside, who wishes to remain anonymous, that had this to say;
“Everything seemed fine and then a heaviness filled the air, you could have heard a pin drop, and then we saw him. When he dropped his opponent an inaudible shriek was let out by everyone in the audience. I honestly thought he had killed the lad!”
While little is still known about this masked man we are sure to be seeing more of him on NWA Powerrr, Tuesdays at 6:05ET on YouTube! Tune in and stand in awe of this amazing physical specimen.
When the NWA announced that they were going to be starting a professional wrestling promotion on YouTube, I have to admit that I was probably one of the more skeptical people out there. What the hell does Billy Corgan know about running a wrestling promotion? What are they going to be able to bring that isn’t already fulfilled by countless other promotions out there in the world today? How on Earth will they bring prestige back to championship titles that have been tossed aside by so many promotions of the past?
A few days ago I pre-ordered Into the Fire, the first PPV of the NWA since they started on YouTube. Not only is this their first major PPV since they redebuted but it also happens to be the very first PPV that I have ever pre-ordered. As of yet not a single match has been announced but the pre-order was a no-brainer, not because of what the NWA will do but because of what they don’t do.
For the last 20+ years professional wrestling has become so formula driven as to make watching the product completely unnecessary in order to know what occurred on the program. The first 20 minutes are given to some asinine cookie cutter promo given by one of the promotions top stars, this ends in a challenge for a match at the end of the night. Next up you’ll have a match that’s almost always meaningless which will be interrupted by one of the heels in the company, almost never does this actually lead to anything, it’s just done to get the crowd going. Another tag or singles match will follow, this one may or may not progress a feud but it will almost never end cleanly.
Once you reach the second hour you might as well turn it off and find some better use of your time because nothing happens during the second hour. It’s primarily filled with backstage segments, maybe a squash match, and hype for the next PPV.
The third hour begins much like the first, another promo, usually given by the opposing side of the earlier promo. Once again it’s cookie cutter, so you don’t get any passion or excitement from it as it could have been given by any of the hundreds of wrestlers in the promotion. We get another filler match or two, done to make the main event seem spectacular.
Finally we reach the main event and by this time you’re just ready for it to be over but it’s generally a decent match but almost never does it end cleanly, you don’t tend to care because we’ve been trained to believe that this is how it’s always been and you only get clean finishes on PPV’s. By the end of it, if you’re like me, you look at the clock, wonder why you spent the last three hours watching a program you didn’t like, and realize work is just a few hours away.
So what does the NWA do here that the other promotions don’t? Well it’s one hour of wrestling for starters. The interviews forward the stories but they’re short and to the point. Somehow the NWA fills one hour with more wrestling than other promotions put into a two or three hour program. What the NWA has done is create an entertaining wrestling program instead of an entertainment program that happens to feature some wrestling.
Secondly, I care about the people in the ring. We’re not seeing a roster of hundreds but a select group of wrestlers, much as it was in years past. From my understanding workers will come and go in the promotion on short term deals which will keep the promotion fresh while also constantly feeding new challengers to their top stars. Ricky Starks, Thunder Rosa, Nick Aldis, Tim Storm, Marti Belle, The Dawsons, each and every one of these wrestlers have been introduced to us in such a way as to make them both down to Earth but also still larger than life.
Newer fans will be taken back by the lack of elaborate entrances, entrance music, and long celebration sequences with that same music blaring. However this is actually a blessing as it equates to more time for wrestling. Your average entrance sequence is between 3 and 5 minutes on TV, consider that on a three hour program you’re seeing 15-20 entrances and you realize, damn that’s a lot of watching people walk to and from the ring. Older fans will remember when the big entrances were something special, seen only at big events and I’m hoping that is the case with the NWA. Even if it’s not it’s something that I’m perfectly happy to give up in exchange for more wrestling.
Lastly, I’ve yet to see any sort of spot heavy match in the NWA. All of these workers know how to wrestle and they don’t need a triple threat burning table on a ladder match to highlight their capabilities. It’s wrestling plain and simple, which I absolutely love. If you would have told me that the key to an excellent promotion would be to strip away everything we’ve become so used to and go back to the very basics of professional wrestling, I would have called you a liar, but that’s exactly what the NWA has done.
Hello Wrestling fans and welcome to my new blog, Weeknight Slams. The primary goal of this blog will be to give my opinions, stand in defense of some things from the past and the future, as well as highlight some of the great matches of today, as well as those from the past. I’ve been a wrestling fan for 30+ years now and have a lot of thoughts about the product today and a great love of times past.
My current favorite promotion is the NWA, which hosts a weekly show, NWA Powerrr, Tuesdays at 6:05 ET on YouTube. So I plan to cover this promotion pretty extensively. Other promotions that I enjoy from time to time include AEW, Impact, ROH, NJPW, and Championship Wrestling from Hollywood.
IF you enjoy wrestling then follow this blog and check back often for more wrestling fun!