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Billy Corgan has announced that Power is coming back on March 23, preceded by an NWA PPV called "Back for the Attack", which will air the afternoon of WWE Fast Lane 2 days earlier. 

Corgan: “What I didn’t anticipate was how much people would love the format and want more of it and not less of it. In our downtime, we did a fan survey and the No. 1 thing was, don’t get rid of ‘Power.‘ We were never in any financial peril. We were totally on a growth pattern. The plan for last year before things kind of hit the skids was to start pivoting. We were in discussions with Live Nation about running live events to help bring in revenue and expand who was watching the product. It was more about growing pains stuff, but we didn’t have any problems internally with the product.”

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Since they last aired, they've lost Eli Drake, James Storm, Colt Cabana, Ricky Starks, Eddie Kingston and, sadly, The Question Mark.

There's not much left of their already paper-thin roster. They were working with ROH when they went off the air. Will that continue? I'm guessing Thunder Rosa vs Serena Deeb will be on the first PPV.

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Kriss wrote: Since they last aired, they've lost Eli Drake, James Storm, Colt Cabana, Ricky Starks, Eddie Kingston and, sadly, The Question Mark.

There's not much left of their already paper-thin roster. They were working with ROH when they went off the air. Will that continue? I'm guessing Thunder Rosa vs Serena Deeb will be on the first PPV.

They desperately need help from AEW and ROH, but most likely will get it from Championship Wrestling From Hollywood instead.  I expect the crew that was used on UWN Primetime to be utilized heavily to fill out cards.  And other than Chris Dickinson, no one there is worth a damn. 

But if they're not at least asking for Ricky Starks and Colt Cabana to be loaned back to them for a bit, 2 guys who mean everything to the NWA and absolutely nothing to AEW, then I honestly don't even know what the point of the "relationship" is.  Starks should job to The Pope on the PPV in a TV title match, for example.  Cabana could job to Trevor Murdoch for that other NWA title no one gives a shit about to give him some semblance of credibility. 

Of course I'm still scratching my head as to why they could never get Nick Aldis a title defense or two on Dynamite to keep the title active during this hiatus.  Aldis vs. Jungle Boy or someone would mean a lot to a kid like that and also a lot for the NWA to be on real TV again.  It's a no-brainer.  Then you come back maybe with Aldis against a great veteran who barely wrestles anymore like Christopher Daniels.  Two jobs that don't hurt AEW at all.  Hell, you could even put Billy Gunn in that spot.  I could see that main eventing any high school gym in the country the last 10 years.

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The announced partnership between FITE.TV and The National Wrestling Alliance will see four PPVs per year produced as well as NWA Powerrr airing Tuesdays on FITE.TV. The plan is for FITE to offer a subscription service for the weekly NWA TV similar to what the streaming service offers international fans with AEW+. The NWA content will be 100% exclusive to FITE going forward.

The return PPV is set for for Sunday 3/21, titled Back for the Attack at 4 PM EST. The show is scheduled for Sunday afternoon in the United States with an eye on international viewers being able to watch it in the late evening live as it happens. The PPV will air on all traditional PPV and satellite providers beyond FITE.

NWA Powerrr, as a weekly series, will return on Tuesday 3/23 in an empty arena environment on FITE.TV, still being taped at its usual home of GBS Studios in Atlanta, GA.

NWA President Billy Corgan was interviewed today by The Associated Press to discuss the move to FITE at this link. During the conversation, Corgan revealed the NWA was about to sign a deal with Live Nation to present a series of house shows before the pandemic brought everything to a halt. PWInsider.com has mentioned this before as the promotion was within weeks of closing the deal that would have seen events in Long Island, NY, Chicago and other markets.

"“We were never in any financial peril,” Corgan said of the NWA's status before the pandemic shut-down. “We were totally on a growth pattern. The plan for last year before things kind of hit the skids was to start pivoting. We were in discussions with Live Nation about running live events to help bring in revenue and expand who was watching the product. It was more about growing pains stuff, but we didn’t have any problems internally with the product.”

There had been interest in the NWA from at least one other streaming platform that had previously featured professional wrestling before the deal with FITE was signed.

NWA Champion Nick Aldis will be one of those leading the charge for the promotion, in front of and behind the cameras. Billy Corgan will remain the booker.

Pat Kenney, aka the former Simon Diamond, will be taking a greater role for the NWA going forward and will be essentially heading up talent relations.

Aron Stevens, NWA National Champion Trevor Murdoch, NWA TV Champion Elijah Burke, Tim Storm, Thunder Rosa and Kamille are already being advertised for the PPV. Homicide is also expected to return and the plan is to debut a number of new talents since others have moved on since the promotion paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The NWA has released a video to hype the return of Power, with the last scene featuring The Question Mark.  I imagine they'd have to give him a nice tribute on the first show.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=77&v=wC741HAL03k&feature=emb_logo

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The NWA is starting to release names of wrestlers who will appear on Back for the Attack, which gives some idea of the roster moving forward.

In addition to the few holdovers from the Power era, they have announced:

*Tyrus (Brodus Clay)
*Chris Masters
*Crimson
*Jordan Clearwater
*Slice Boogie

So yeah, this is going to be a rough show to get through.

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Billy Corgan announced that the main event of the PPV will be Nick Aldis defending the NWA title against Aron Stevens. The match and the card will be dedicated to Stevens’ tag partner The Question Mark. Expect a tribute to him at some point in the show as well.

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srossi wrote: The NWA is starting to release names of wrestlers who will appear on Back for the Attack, which gives some idea of the roster moving forward.

In addition to the few holdovers from the Power era, they have announced:

*Tyrus (Brodus Clay)
*Chris Masters
*Crimson
*Jordan Clearwater
*Slice Boogie

So yeah, this is going to be a rough show to get through.

Tyrus is 48, last wrestled in January 2020, and only one other time since he left Impact in January 2018.

Chris Masters is 38, younger than I thought, and has been wrestling reasonably regularly on second-tier indie shows for the past few years. Was he ever any good, though? To my recollection, no.

Crimson was wrestling regularly for OVW until June 2019, after which he pretty much disappeared until last month when he reformed his tag team with former NWA World Heavyweight Champion Jax Dane.

Jordan Clearwater is a regular for CWFH and New Japan Strong.

Slice Boogie (awful name) is a CWFH regular.

They are trying to sell a PPV with a weaker roster than the one used by UWN Prime Time. I hope they have more than this, but surely you would lead with the biggest names to generate interest and sell a PPV. With no build up, why would I buy this when there is too much better wrestling every week for free?

Aron Stevens is a very good mid-card comedy wrestler. Good enough to hold a secondary title, but he's not a contender for the top title.

It's also very telling that the main event is the world champion vs 1/2 of the tag team champions.

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Kriss wrote: Crimson was wrestling regularly for OVW until June 2019, after which he pretty much disappeared until last month when he reformed his tag team with former NWA World Heavyweight Champion Jax Dane.


Crimson has basically semi-retired and as been working backstage for the NWA.  He was seen on camera a few time during the Power era breaking up fights and stuff.  He also has worked backstage at OVW and I want to say he had a brief run or try-out in that role with Impact as well.  So he's a guy they're just bringing back to an in-ring role because of lack of options, but Crimson is being smart and cutting out the bumps and if he keeps building a backstage rep for himself he might wind up in WWE or AEW.

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Just announced for the PPV, The Pope defends the TV title against Thomas Latimer.

I assume the NWA has also lost Royce Isaacs since he appeared on AEW Dark Elevation. Latimer and Isaacs were former NWA Tag champions and in a stable with Nick Aldis, but Isaacs never really added much anyway.

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IS Latimer the ex husband of Charlotte Flair? I don't remember if this is the guy.

Also - does Billy put these PPV on TV or are they streaming deals? Just asking. Corgan has said that money was never an issue and I believe him because while the production value was extremely high, he probably just borrowed the equipment from his Smashing Pumpkins inventory. I am hoping he can find a few people to join the roster. I would bet the AEW guys that left the NWA would come back assuming they aren't under contract. You have to give Tony Khan credit for adding these guys so that they can get paid during the pandemic when the NWA didn't run. But as was said before, a bunch of them are not necessary. Ricky Starks is going to stay as part of Team Taz, but does Colt Cabana really need to be in Brodie Lee's old group? Without Lee as the leader, they've just been going through the motions for the most part, and I think they are keeping the crew together at this point just so there is a place in the company for -1.

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Yes, Latimer is Charlotte’s ex-husband and she accused him of beating her.

Power is coming back on Fite TV so you have to pay now.

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srossi wrote: Yes, Latimer is Charlotte’s ex-husband and she accused him of beating her.

Power is coming back on Fite TV so you have to pay now.

Latimer's tag partner Royce Isaac's was on Dark tonight.

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Trevor Murdoch vs. Chris Masters has been added to the PPV. This is a 2005 Heat match.

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Not saying it won't be a decent card, but how is this worth paying for with no build?


*NWA Champion Nick Aldis vs. Aron Stevens in a bout dedicated to the late Joseph Hudson.

*Thunder Rosa vs. Kamille to determine the number one Contender to NWA Women's Champion Serena Deeb.

*NWA National Champion Trevor Murdoch vs. Chris Adonis (aka Chris Masters).

*NWA TV Champion Elijah Burke vs. Thom Lattimer.

*Tyrus vs. JR Kratos.

*Crimson vs. Jax Dane vs. Jordan Clearwater vs. Slice Boogie

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One good piece of NWA news this week. Dave Marquez won't be involved.

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Kriss wrote: Not saying it won't be a decent card, but how is this worth paying for with no build?


*NWA Champion Nick Aldis vs. Aron Stevens in a bout dedicated to the late Joseph Hudson.

*Thunder Rosa vs. Kamille to determine the number one Contender to NWA Women's Champion Serena Deeb.

*NWA National Champion Trevor Murdoch vs. Chris Adonis (aka Chris Masters).

*NWA TV Champion Elijah Burke vs. Thom Lattimer.

*Tyrus vs. JR Kratos.

*Crimson vs. Jax Dane vs. Jordan Clearwater vs. Slice Boogie

Perfectly fine free show, but even asking $5 for this is a lot. Really only the top 2 matches are worth a damn. And that’s based on AEW getting Thunder Rosa over and the emotion of Josephus’ death. 

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You gotta admire the NWA for putting on a two hour PPV for $20 with cable access production values on the same day as a WWE PPV you could watch for $5 (and get a month of Peacock and the WWE Network).

They changed the TV title time limit from 6 minutes 5 seconds (6:05) which was cute but really made no sense, to 10:05, with just makes no sense at all. And having the Pope-Latimer match ending in a draw was a strange decision for a PPV title match. If they really want to be traditional, shouldn't TV title matches be longer matches, with the title only on the line for the first 15 minutes? That's how it worked for the Crockett version of the title.

There were some good promos and some good wrestling, but still.

Tyrus looks every day of his 48 years, though. What were they thinking booking him I don't know.

When they did the 10 bell salute for Josephus, they only rang the bell 8 times, which led to an awkward silence.

The women's match (if you can ignore the guest commentary from Taryn Terrell) and the main event are worth catching for free.

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Some comments on this show after watching the PPV this morning.

- Aldis' promo to kick off the show was probably the best thing that happened in wrestling all weekend.  Just a perfect old school NWA style promo, which Aldis has perfected.  He doesn't have to talk about anything in particular, it's always good.  Being the "locker room leader" bringing the NWA back after a year absence and referencing the turmoil throughout the world and within the NWA in particular was a great little motivational jump-start to the show.

- That opening 4-way was a blink-and-you-missed-it match, not even worth putting on the show much less shoving 4 guys into it, none of whom could showcase anything.

- Conversely, Tyrus vs. Kratos seemed like it lasted forever and my God it really didn't have to.  That should've ended much quicker, and why in the world would they put over Tyrus, who looked and moved like a literal dinosaur, over one-half of their tag champs, who admittedly looked and moved no better.

- Commentator Joe Galli doesn't understand how time works.  In the TV title match, the time limit for some reason was expanded from 6:05 to 10:05, but the clock on the screen counted backwards to 0.  When the clock said 8:00, Galli insisted that 8 minutes had passed in the match instead of 2.  When the clock said 6:05, Galli said that in a normal TV title match, the time limit would've already expired even though only 4 minutes had passed.  What the fuck is wrong with this guy?  The match itself was OK but did it have to go the time limit instead of just putting Pope over?

- Kamille is still green as baby shit and gets lost routinely during a match, and had no business beating Thunder Rosa, coming off of the highest profile women's match in the U.S. since Ronda Rousey left WWE.  Rosa tried to carry her, but it was rough.  And putting Kamille over like she's Aja Kong or someone makes no sense, she's not THAT big or strong.  Also, they barely touched on any of Rosa's AEW work over the past year, which put the NWA Women's title on the map, other than to say she was still recovering from a "hardcore" match less than a week ago.  That match could've happened anywhere against anyone, they didn't get into it.  What a missed opportunity to put her over, on commentary or in the match itself.  Makes no sense.

- Taryn Terrell on commentary for the women's match was so distracting and terrible that I wanted to hit the mute button.  Imagine taking your 20-year old airhead girlfriend to the football game and she spends the whole game trying to talk to you and your friends about her workout routine until you finally explode and scream, "I don't care how hot you are, get the fuck out you dumb fucking cunt!"  I might've shouted that at my TV but no one could hear.  I remember she had a hell of a surprising run in TNA many years ago, putting on matches light-years beyond what I thought she was capable of, so I wanted to give her the benefit of the doubt.  But she should never be allowed to talk again.

- And speaking of that, backstage interviewer May Valentine has an accent, speech impediment, or just no basic understanding of the English language and distracts the fuck out of me.  Her segments were awful too. 

- Murdoch vs. Adonis was exactly the type of match you'd expect from Heat 10 years ago, and as a semi-main event on a PPV it was just comical, even though both guys did exactly what they're capable of, which is to say they're bottom of the barrel WWE guys from a decade ago.

- How do you fuck up a 10-bell salute that badly?  They double-rang the bell the 1st time, then rang it 6 more times.  I couldn't tell you many times the bell rang, but it wasn't 10. 

- There was one pussy ref who wore a mask while in the ring, even though no one else did.  Why?  If you can't do your job, stay home.  You don't need to wear a mask on TV in the ring.

- Aldis and Stevens put on a good 20-minute match.  These NWA title matches always seems to be better than they really are through Aldis' sheer force of will.  He just makes you want to believe these matches are Flair vs. Race and they're absolutely epic, and you almost buy into it.  I HATED the small package finish.  Such an overdone finish completely unnecessary when no one expected Stevens to win anyway. 

- Austin Idol was good on commentary during the NWA title match, and I loved the VERY subtle heat between him and Tim Storm dating back to a previous feud.  Storm was exceptional throughout and should be a fixture at the broadcast table instead of continuing to take bumps.  He's a great brand ambassador and exudes class, professionalism, and likeability in everything he does.

- Everyone gathered in the ring at the end with the Mongrovian flag and Question Mark mask was a predictable but nice way to end the show.  I'm glad they didn't attempt another 10-bell salute or they still might be trying to count that high.
 

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Finally managed to find somewhere to watch Power. It's basically the same show as before. It makes you wonder why they stayed away for so long. The bald interviewer is a welcome reprieve from Dave Marquez, though.

Nick Aldis is a fantastic promo. He's being wasted in the NWA. Kamille was better when she didn't talk. I could do without Tyrus in 2021, though.

The biggest problem with the show is the "crowd." They have about 5 guys making noise throughout the show. They don't shut up for a single second. The least they could do is turn their mic down, because some of the promos were difficult to listen to. One of them even tried to start up a "What?" chant.

Is Austin Idol's Universal Wrestling College for real. It's to tell with NWA adverts, because most of them are joke ads, and the real ads look like jokes. Click here for their website. It looks like something from Geocities.

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Anyone have the latest episode of Power? I can only find the 3/23 show. I have a feeling these will be difficult to find going forward without a Fite TV subscription, which isn’t great for keeping the brand in the spotlight.

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srossi wrote: Anyone have the latest episode of Power? I can only find the 3/23 show. I have a feeling these will be difficult to find going forward without a Fite TV subscription, which isn’t great for keeping the brand in the spotlight.

Last week's episode turned up in the usual place on Saturday, so I'm hoping for the same again tomorrow.

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Kriss wrote: srossi wrote: Anyone have the latest episode of Power? I can only find the 3/23 show. I have a feeling these will be difficult to find going forward without a Fite TV subscription, which isn’t great for keeping the brand in the spotlight.

Last week's episode turned up in the usual place on Saturday, so I'm hoping for the same again tomorrow.

Didn’t realize it took a week. I’ll try again tomorrow. I know at some point even the pirates gave up on UWN Primetime though. 

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srossi wrote: Kriss wrote: srossi wrote: Anyone have the latest episode of Power? I can only find the 3/23 show. I have a feeling these will be difficult to find going forward without a Fite TV subscription, which isn’t great for keeping the brand in the spotlight.

Last week's episode turned up in the usual place on Saturday, so I'm hoping for the same again tomorrow.

Didn’t realize it took a week. I’ll try again tomorrow. I know at some point even the pirates gave up on UWN Primetime though. 

Last week's and last night's episodes of Power are now available for "streaming."

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Kriss wrote: Finally managed to find somewhere to watch Power. It's basically the same show as before. It makes you wonder why they stayed away for so long. The bald interviewer is a welcome reprieve from Dave Marquez, though.

Has anyone seen Dave Marquez with Ric Flair in the new CarShield commercial?  It’s playing during WWE and AEW and they’re a sponsor of ROH. Marquez is a fucking cockroach. 

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How can you have a promotion in 2021 with Trevor Murdoch and Tyrus as two of your top guys? It's impossible to take this show seriously now. Murdoch might still be passable in the ring, but he looks like complete shit. I know it's a throwback gimmick, but a throwback to what? Dick Murdoch never looked this bad on his worst day. Tyrus is old and out of shape and is the opposite of everything you would want in a veteran (I use the term loosely).

This week's show had Sal Rinauro winning a handicap match against the NWA world tag team champions. Of course, there were plenty of shenanigans involved, but when your idea starts with Sal Rinauro winning a handicap match against the tag champions, that idea needs to go straight into the bin, and you need to start again. Wins and losses do matter, and it's not even as if the payoff, Sal Rinauro & Tim Storm vs Aron Stevens & JR Kratos, makes up for it.



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