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NWA “Hard Times” Preview

Hello AW Universe,

The NWA have their second PPV in the William Patrick Corgan Powerrr-era tonight on Fite.tv with the main focus being on some Ring of Honor cross-over and the crowning of the new World Television Champion at the conclusion of the tournament.

Here are a preview and predictions for tonight’s event.

The first of the ROH cross-over on this card, the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Champion takes on a member of Marty Scurll’s Villain Enterprises, in an effort to get at The Villain himself. It seems unlikely that Aldis is going to drop a match, even in a non-title situation, but Scurll will no doubt will present and either cost the champion the match, or just out-right attack him, handing him the DQ victory. Either way, this is a placeholder and stepping stone to the inevitable Aldis vs. Scurll Worlds title match.

Winner: Nick Aldis

NWA Women’s World Championship

The set-up to all this was so weird: Allysin Kay, the champion, had to beat Marti Belle in a No Disqualification match in order to have the right to defend her title against Thunder Rosa. The other thing that makes this so strange, is that Kay’s real anger is actually towards Melina and not Rosa. The fact is, Thunder Rosa is one of the fastest rising stars in NWA, and is one of their best workers. It’s a strange set-up, but Thunder Rosa should be the wearing at belt instead of Kay, and this could be a great match and might be a longer angle to have Melina betray Rosa and turn her face.

Winner: Thunder Rosa

NWA National Championship

This is a random match, considering that these two haven’t touched once on Powerrr, and Stevens is currently embroiled in a feud with “Stroke Daddy” Ricky Starks. There’s a chance that Starks costs Stevens the title, but putting the title on Steiner seems just too rushed and strange, which, honestly, I can’t really gauge whether the promotion would make a decision like that. Stevens entering a programme against Starks with the National Championship makes more sense than randomly putting it on Steiner (who I’m really curious to see what he can still do in the ring; the man both disturbs and fascinates me). Although, there may be a push to have all of Strictly Business holding gold by the end of the night, and if that’s the case then maybe the programme between Stevens and Starks then becomes for the TV title…

Winner: Scott Steiner

NWA World Tag Team Championship

It’s been a great run for Ricky Morton and the Rock ‘n’ Roll Express, hitting all the nostalgia feels for the Atlanta crowd in GPB Studios, but it feels like it’s run its course and it’s time to drop the belts and move a new program along.

But, to whom should they drop said belts?

The Wildcards are both on individual losing streaks, which is a strange angle considering their stable Strictly Business (along with Aldis and Steiner) is seemingly booked as a powerhouse faction. Perhaps Kamille will insert herself in the match, helping Royce Isaacs and her beau Thom Latimer regain the championship they dropped to Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson.

But then there’s the team of “The Cowboy” James Storm and the one and only E-Li Drake (“YEAH!”), who is in a neck-and-neck tie with Ricky Starks as my favourite wrestler on the NWA roster (Thunder Rosa is close too), and is way over with the studio crowd. It would be a somewhat surprise finish to see Drake & Storm as the winners, while having The Wildcards getting back on the right side of the win/lose column and allocating more gold to the Strictly Business compound seems like a more logical storyline.

Winner: The Wildcards

NWA World Television Championship Tournament First Round

So, a lot going on here. Tim Storm is on a sort of “one last dance” farewell tour, with the crowd firmly behind Mama Storm’s little boy. Meanwhile, Ken Anderson recently fully turned heel after attacking his friend tag team partner, Colt Cabana, after he won the Last Chance Gauntlet in order to earn this match. Anderson is showing a more aggressive and surly character, which is fun to see, while Storm is the white-meat babyface that is a perfect foil for him. One has to assume that Cabana is going to cost Anderson this match, fully igniting their feud and pushing Storm further in the tournament.

Winner: Tim Storm

NWA World Television Championship Tournament First Round

I’m not going to pretend to know who Matt Cross is, but it doesn’t matter. Ricky Starks is everything that Sammy Guevara wishes he could be: young, a talented worker, and frickin money on the mic. He is the future of the NWA (and frankly, any promotion if he ever wants to jump ship), and though Aron Stevens might try to exact revenge on Starks after the Stroke Daddy smashed “Shooter” with a plank of Mongorvian Oak, I can’t imagine a random indie wrestler getting the push over the future of the business.

Winner: Ricky Starks

NWA World Television Championship Tournament First Round

Zicky Dice is a weirdly hilarious character, who has yet to lose in the NWA while Dan Maff is an ROH wrestler who, I suppose, is kind of popular? Again, I don’t see why NWA bookers would have an outside talent go over one of theirs. This match is probably going to be the least interesting, and might act as a bit of a cooler for the card. But I don’t know, I really don’t know much about either of these guys.

Winner: Zicky Dice

NWA World Television Championship Tournament First Round

Trevor Murdoch is a trusted hand for the NWA, and the Atlanta fans respect him.

The Question Mark is the weirdest gimmick on Powerrr, but it’s the only one that really bends some reality to its palatable, and the fans are into it.

This will be a clash of fan favourites, but Murdoch was a surprise winner in his qualifying match against Thom Latimer and there doesn’t seem like there’s any benefit to having him go over the Master of Mongrovian Ka-Rat-Ay.

Winner: Question Mark

NWA World Television Championship Tournament Second Round

Tim Storm vs. Ricky Starks

This might be the match of the night, acting as a bit of a passing of the torch from the old guard of Tim Storm to the new blood in Ricky Starks.

Winner: Ricky Starks

NWA World Television Championship Tournament Second Round

Zicky Dice vs. Question Mark

From a hard-nosed, possibly emotional wrestling match on one side of the bracket to this side that’s going to be heavy on the gimmick and probably light on the work-rate. It’s fine, since a stacked card like this needs some cooler matches, and this should be fun.

Winner: Question Mark

NWA World Television Championship Tournament Final

Ricky Starks vs. Question Mark

This makes a lot of sense, since Starks is embroiled in a feud with Aron Stevens and his sensei. This sets so many things up: establishing Starks as a star by putting the new strap on him, giving him a big win, and continuing the feud by having Starks beat Question Mark and have Aron Stevens go after him.

Winner: Ricky Starks

NWA Hard Times is live at 7pm EST on fite.tv