I’ve just finished watching “NWA Powerrr” (stupid name) and, honestly, it wasn’t good. The feel of this is so completely nostalgic that it’s distracting. The set itself is very reminiscent of the old NWA TBS show as it’s shot in a studio with a cheesy background and a studio audience. We even got the old school Chyron-style fonts from the 80’s. I half expected the show to be filmed in 480p just to drive home the nostalgic desperation further. It was truly annoying. They even went with an old Dokken tune called “Into the Fire”, a big dumb rocker with inane lyric from 1984, as the theme song.
The biggest problem with this show is the choreographed feel of it. One thing follows the other in lock step and it all feels hyper-scripted. There wasn’t an organic moment to this show. Nothing felt real; it all just felt so scripted. The whole thing kinda feels like a TV show about a wrestling show instead of a wrestling show – very odd.
When I realized that Jim Cornette was one of the commentators, I wasn’t sure I’d be able to take this in but to my surprise, he was actually really good. His co-hort, Joe Galli, was pretty good too. They had another interview guy, David Marquez, and he was decent, though less personable than Cornette or Galli.
For the most part, the matches were old school “jobber” matches. The problem is that few people are actually established the way they were in the old TBS days so nothing sticks out. A few names have been on the medium-sized stage like Thomas Latimer (Bram), Eddie Kingston, Homicide, Eli Drake, & champ Nick Aldis. Beyond that, the others are virtual unknowns so having them against jobbers doesn’t have anywhere near the same effect or meaning that these kinds of matches should have.
The “main event” featured Nick Aldis & Tim Storm – men who have never really been that big of a deal anywhere but the NWA. Nick was on TNA but few cared. Tim has been nothing more than an indie journeyman who’s been wrestling since 1995 (he’s currently 54) – leaving no lasting impression anywhere he’s been. Still, I did watch this match and I tried to care. The major problem with this match was Storm. He wrestles like he’s 54. It wasn’t awful as a match, just slow. Aldis is no slouch at all and he did what he could but the speed of the match hurt it. Tim was the culprit that caused the slowness of the match for sure. He wasn’t botchy by any means but he wasn’t as good as he should be given his years of experience. His figure-four was odd and why he was leaping off the ropes (which he did twice) is beyond me. Neither one looked good at all.
The only part of this that was interesting was the end when Aldis and Kamille when Aldis wouldn’t let her talk. Kamille’s face was full of nuance and she made it look like she was being silenced by Aldis. That was kinda cool.
Beyond that, this was a non-starter for me and completely skippable. It’s really no mystery why they were unable to secure a TV deal with this dreck. If I were a TV executive viewing this, I’d have turned it down immediately too. Time will tell if this gets better but I doubt I’ll be sticking with it. It simply didn’t catch my interest sufficiently to bother.