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The Hourrr of Powerrr (11/19/19): So Long, Farewell, Au 'voir, Auf Wiedersehen


Let's start with the good old pachyderm in the middle of the room: bye bye, Jim Cornette.

Honestly, I'm genuinely amazed at two things: 1) that he actually managed to do something that would get him fired, and 2) that he actually said something casually racist and thought it would be okay. For those who don't know, it's the now-edited-out line on commentary that describes Trevor Murdoch as being so tough, he could strap a bucket of fried chicken and ride a motorcycle across Ethiopia. I'm sure I don't really have to explain why that's more racist than it seems at first. You're all smart, and you know about stereotypes, don't you?

So now that Cornette's gone and gotten himself fired, the people behind Powerrr are on some thin ice. It does not look good at all that they heard that line and didn't think it would spark such an outcry in 2019, and even worse that they came up with a run-of-the-mill bad apology that Nick Aldis himself had to go and outdo.

The real test for the NWA now is that with a few more episodes of Powerrr to go until Into the Fire on December 14 with Cornette still on commentary, can they make sure they catch every problematic thing he says and edit it out? There's no point in editing him all the way out as everyone knows the show is taped, so you might as well do what you can.


On to the episode itself. The senseless confrontation at the end of last week's episode was not explained at all, but I'm loving how the focus is shifting toward Aldis and who he really is underneath all that pomp and circumstance as we get closer to Into the Fire. It's super subtle and he's really good at hiding it, but Aldis is slowly showing his true colors in ducking any potential challenger he might have—and he's rightfully getting called out for it.

If there's anything Powerrr manages to get right, it's how they're able to flesh out a bunch of three-dimensional characters with such limited airtime. It certainly helps that the wrestlers are told to promo their hearts out and work their own magic into the bullet points I'm sure are listed somewhere, but obviously a big chunk of it is in how each guy is scripted to do what they do on the show.

I do wish I could say the same for the women, however—their arc, while seemingly equally important, seems more rushed than anything. They're doing what they can, but they don't enjoy this same thought and care the men do. Another big female debut happens as Melina joins the NWA roster, but it feels like they're shooting off big surprises and incidents week after week and passing it off as storytelling without really building any of it up.

If Powerrr is to survive the rest of the Jim Cornette fallout, especially on the way to the PPV, they're going to have to rely on their relatively better storytelling. I just hope everyone on the roster gets the benefit of it.

NWA Powerrr 11/19/19 Grade: Come for the Aldis stuff, and maybe stick around for the Question Mark and Aron Stevens bit if that's your thing. B

The Power Train

  • Aldis trying to weasel his way out of a lot of things people say he is is entertaining to watch. I'm also glad we get a match out of him.
  • The only reason I'm invested in the Question Mark is to find out who he really is. Other than that... I think it's highly strange that he was thrust in a heel role right after people were very obviously cheering for him, even if it plays into the Aron Stevens dynamic (which, by the way, is a sly throwback to when he and Miz would duel in front of the crowd).
  • People can enter through the crowd? Why hasn't that happened before? Does this also mean Melina is just managing?
  • Did Kamille just proposition James Storm?
*****

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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