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    Thursday, November 14, 2019

    The Hourrr of Powerrr (11/12/19): SwaggyPMeme.gif

    This week's edition of NWA Powerrr, simply titled "More Questions Than Answers," is right—I definitely have a lot of questions after the ending.

    As we draw closer to the Into the Fire PPV on December 14, the show's starting to unravel the mystery behind the NWA World Heavyweight Champion Nick Aldis. We've already gotten minor hints that the National Treasure may not be who his clean-cut, well put-together hero image makes him out to be, but this episode tugs on those threads harder than before.

    First, Creepy Joe Galli is still on the pursuit of getting Aldis's insurance policy Kamille to talk. Not only does this bring out Eli Drake, who is now more obvious as a guy looking to challenge Aldis for the title, but it also mysteriously brings out the NWA Tag Team Champions The Wild Cards, a couple of guys who never really had anything to do with Aldis before. Isaacs and Latimer (Kamille's real-life boyfriend) try to shut Eli up, seemingly on behalf of Aldis.

    This then takes us to the end of the show, after the Wild Cards successfully defend their title against Outlaw Inc. in the main event. Kamille walks out to confront Aldis, who is at ringside, presumably about the Wild Cards speaking up for her earlier. This then brings out James Storm, Eli Drake, Ken Anderson, the Dawsons, and Colt Cabana for what seems to be a show-closing brawl. We don't get that, and we also don't understand what's happening at all, because we're not hearing the commentators and Dokken is already playing the show out before the credits roll.

    So... what the actual fuck?

    The episode built up such great intrigue throughout the first 45 minutes that it was such a huge, baffling decision to end it on a really ambiguous note. More questions than answers is right; it wasn't even a good cliffhanger where the commentators are vocalizing the questions on everyone's minds. The theme playing over the scene added to the bad sort of confusion I had while watching it go down—or not go down. I would even say the wordless confrontations looked silly as fuck.

    Powerrr had been doing just fine for itself so far, so it's not unreasonable to say that this was its first real misstep. It's quite uncharacteristic, really, for a show that's stuck to simple storytelling (that was actually gradually becoming more complex each week) to suddenly pull off something nonsensical. I can only hope they plan to answer these questions immediately, because that ending got messy real quick.

    NWA Powerrr 11/12/19 Grade: I can't say that a strange ending really ruined the quality of the rest of the show, which was chugging along fine, but since it's the most recent memory we'll have of the episode it's going to have to drag it all down. B-

    The Power Train

    • That Caleb Konley/Trevor Murdoch match was really good, and I wish it ran longer. You think about how the short match times make NWA matches as good as they are and making them longer might ruin that, but this is something I really would like to see more of.
    • Bye, Aron Stevens, I guess?
    • I wish they gave Allysin Kay/Marti Belle/Thunder Rosa the same kind of long, drawn-out buildup they were giving to Nick Aldis and Kamille, because Marti's heel turn on Allysin Kay to join Thunder Rosa last week just didn't have that much impact on me. I'm going in cold to this, so I needed to really establish how much of best friends she and Allysin were, which did not happen at all. I would assume many other Powerrr viewers are new to this like I am.
    • Speaking of Thunder Rosa, a documentary that paints her as a babyface may not be what she needs as a budding heel in the women's division right now.
    • But who is the Question Mark?
    • I know he's trying to work us, but damn it I'm going to keep biting so this boomer would shut the fuck up: fuck you, Cornette, and your hard-on for big dudes. He and his totally uncalled-for potshots against smaller wrestlers is even dumber when you realize he's got Ricky Starks, a small guy they're trying to push, on their roster. Fire Cornette.

    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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    Item Reviewed: The Hourrr of Powerrr (11/12/19): SwaggyPMeme.gif Rating: 5 Reviewed By: Romeo Moran
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