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The Hourrr of Powerrr (10/29/19): A Good, Simple, Old-Fashioned Rumble


I've always been more drawn to the heavy wrestling-leaning television programs on WWE TV. SmackDown was originally my pick between the two of them back in the Ruthless Aggression Era; I caped for Velocity, ECWNXT when it entered its Redemption season (the blueprint for the current model), Main Event, Superstars, 205 Live, and so on.

The stories and promos were fine to put on the background, but when you gave the wrestlers a platform to just wrestle—and not just TV matches that are meant to advance plots—great things would happen. The sport would be stripped down to its most essential of essentials, and the solid workers can show off why they've made television.

This week's episode of Powerrr took me back to why I loved watching those shows. Promos and shenanigans were kept to a minimum, putting on a whopping five matches on the hourlong show. It didn't matter that, as always, the undercard averaged around five minutes of action per bout; what was valuable was that there was action. The show got to that action quickly, with no production tricks, long entrances and promos, and other bells and whistles you'd add to a modern wrestling program.


Five matches in one hour meant Powerrr was flexing its surprisingly deep roster, too. The main event was a six-man tag between Nick Aldis, Colt Cabana, and Ken Anderson facing the heel team of James Storm and the Wild Cards—and that didn't even include any space for the interloper Eli Drake. It would only run around 10 minutes, but it gets the job done beautifully.

I'm in no position to comment on the storyline decisions just yet, as I'm still taking in the entire picture, but I'm really digging Nick Aldis as a champion. His incredibly nuanced writing (if the process is actually written, I'm just using that term loosely) makes him a credible top champion. I already mentioned this last week, but it really bears repeating—out of all the world champs in the various promotions today, Aldis is the only one who feels like a true champ's champ. Maybe it's the suit, maybe it's the Britishness, or maybe it's just everything. Cody is the only other guy I could think of, but he isn't a champion right now. Aldis's figured it out, and the NWA's already figured the game out by relying on him on their way back up.

NWA Powerrr 10/29/19 Grade: Not all matches on this episode are admittedly home runs, but for some people the heavy wrestling will be comforting, while others may not feel the same way. Still, it's a better episode than last week's. B+

The Power Train

  • I'm definitely interested in where Eli Drake is angling himself by playing pot-stirrer with not only Tim Storm, but these six guys. It's definitely weird that he went to bat for Colt Cabana and not himself. I've got my eye on you.
  • Jim Cornette advertising the episode by saying the men in the NWA are "real men" and not "woman-sized" is not a good look for the brand. Yes, I understand that Corny is trolling people online and it eventually builds buzz for whatever he's doing, but it's even more problematic because he doesn't present himself as any sort of heel onscreen personality on Powerrr, meaning he doesn't justify any of it. A day will come when something Cornette does on Twitter again will backfire on Billy Corgan and his product, and I don't think he can afford that.
  • Not quite sure why Aron Stevens ate a loss in his first TV match after being hyped for two weeks. I suppose it means you're not safe just because you're a former WWE or Impact guy.
  • It wasn't the best work, but I enjoyed Marti Belle vs. Zendaya Ashley Vox enough to almost make it my favorite match on the episode if the main event wasn't so good. Those two, especially Marti, are still improving but they really tried their hardest and pulled it off.
  • Thunder Rosa is here! Finally, someone not from Impact. A little strange that the drums from her commercial were banging even in the studio.
  • "Who is the ? Mark" makes me read it as Who is the Mark? If you wanna be as confused as I am, go check out the Twitter at @QuestionTheNWA.
  • Bring back the Austin Idol school ad. Kayfabe Cocktail is creepy and rapey as hell.
  • It's my first time seeing Colt's Superman Pin and that is pretty awesome and now I question myself why I've never seen it before.
*****

Romeo Moran (@roiswaris the Editor in Chief of Smark Henry, one of the three hosts of the Smark Gilas-Pilipinas Podcast, and is associated with Philippine Wrestling Revolution. He gets by in this hard knock life through working in publishing. Smark Henry was his and Stan Sy's original vision of a watering hole for local wrestling fans. He roots for the undersized guys who hit hard, but really hates Davey Richards with his entire soul. He likes taking your wrestling questions over on his Curiouscat account.

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