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    Friday, December 6, 2019

    The Hourrr of Powerrr (12/3/19): Old Dogs, Old Tricks

    I really wanted to like this episode of Powerrr. I really did.

    For those still following, the show's still a mess. To minimize the presence of Jim Cornette as much as they can, Joe Galli anchors the show from backstage. This time, they use a couple of matches they originally taped with Cornette, so the man still appears on the show, especially in the main event. The post-main event spot, where he celebrates with the Rock 'n' Roll Express, is the biggest problem, as not only do they keep the man around—they also end up glorifying him, essentially doubling down on their stance against critics calling for their head.

    Honestly, if they were going to keep this moment and give him a heartfelt tribute from Joe Galli, what was the point of forcing him to resign, or whatever happened that led to his departure? NWA now looks weak as hell for letting public outcry influence them in the first place (which was the right move to begin with) and then do a complete 180 the week after. Not that I'm enabling this behavior, but you knew you were primarily catering to the stupid red-blooded white American who didn't take offense to what Cornette said. You either stick with that fanbase or you stick with the other half, which you chose to try and placate with the resignation.

    I'm a patient man, so I'll give Powerrr until the end of season two to turn things around. Stu Bennett (who some of you know better as Wade "Bad News" Barrett) is replacing Cornette, so that might turn out for the better. Let's get on with the rest of the show.

    So because they had to scramble to control the Cornette fallout last week, they had to squeeze in a lot of exposition to finalize the Into the Fire matchups. I didn't realize this was the season finale; I thought there was one more episode next week, so there are a lot of things to process.

    First is the NWA World Heavyweight Championship match between Nick Aldis and James Storm. Instead of finalizing it on Powerrr, this match was revealed on Twitter with the rest of the card. The show then does two interview segments propping up a bizarre storyline where Storm (rightfully) accuses Aldis of ducking him, but also involves an unaired triple threat match that the latter apparently "stopped" from airing—Aldis then explains that he did do that because Storm ran his mouth and inserted himself in the match. He then goes on to say that he eventually agrees to give Storm the title match to punish him enough so that he would regret asking for it so much. Okay. Oh, and the two out of three falls match will have two rotating referees, as per tradition: Brian Hebner for the first fall and Tim Storm for the second and third falls (probably?).

    My guess is that the triple threat was supposed to air last week but was scrapped because Cornette. While they wrapped it up relatively nicely given the circumstances, I felt like going the roundabout way undermined Aldis's conniving gentleman character a bit by suddenly being gung-ho about giving Storm the title shot. It blurs the lines between face and heel some more, but I thought Aldis taking every opportunity to evade the inevitable title shot was getting so good. It's a minor derailment, but the shift is a little jarring.

    Also, I'll wait until the PPV to see if they're going to follow through with that Kamille whisper.

    The other thing involves the Rock 'n' Roll Express. Yes, their moment was nice, but it was hardly earned; I'm not sure if it was supposed to be built in the scrapped heap of last week's episode, but as far as I can tell the tag title match came from the leftest of fields. We've seen the legendary team appear early in the season, but it felt like there was never a coherent overarching story that explained they were out for one more shot at glory. This just happened, and they were crafty enough to pull off the win from a team twice their size.

    Zooming out from all of these, it really does seem that Cornette's fuck-up truly impacted the show in more ways than they realized. All the more does it become baffling that they would choose to double down and glorify the guy at the very end, even if it's a bonafide moment for all his misguided fans. I can only hope the second season is better and cleaner—by that, I mean no controversies that would force rewrites. Into the Fire is the turning point I'm looking forward to, and I hope that Powerrr comes out of the flame more refined.

    NWA Powerrr 12/3/19 Grade: Under completely different circumstances... this episode might have been a lot better, as it's really supposed to be important. Unfortunately, I can only give this a B-.

    The Powerrr Train

    • Aron Stevens's flesh-colored trunks sure are something.
    • I swear to God, the Question Mark better be someone we know, otherwise we're going to have ourselves the NWA version of the Butcher and the Blade.
    • So... Thunder Rosa and Marti Belle are only Melina's accomplices. Okay. But why does Rosa's war drums still play when she's beating someone up?
    • I feel like the scrapping of last week's matches also unceremoniously erased Eli Drake and Ken Anderson. Drake was a key part of the Nick Aldis story, and now he's been thrown to the wayside.

    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 (12/3/19): Old Dogs, Old Tricks Rating: 5 Reviewed By: Romeo Moran
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