For the first time these words can cross my lips this Saturday Night live from GPB Studio in Atlanta, GA the National Wrestling Alliance will hold their first PPV event since their days attached to Impact Wrestling. Since the outset of NWA Power back in October we have been building to Saturday, December 14 and we are almost there and it's getting hotter every day. The marquee match for the event is a two out of three falls match with two referees Brian Hebner & Tim Storm as the officials for the contest. The main event at "Into the Fire" will be NWA Worlds Heavyweight Champion "National Treasure" Nick Aldis vs "Cowboy" James Storm one on one.
I've been thinking out loud for weeks after watching NWA Power and as every other possible challenger got partnered up with someone else it became clear that James Storm was the only likely choice for Nick Aldis to defend his championship against. Both these men have come along way since their days in Impact Wrestling and in all honesty Nick Aldis has become the star that everyone knew he would be. In my opinion, Nick Aldis is the biggest box office draw not attached to WWE or AEW. Below is the card for Into the fire this Saturday night: Check out Fite.tv to order "Into the Fire"
Into the Fire:
Trevor Murdoch vs The Question Mark
NWA National Championship:
(c) Colt Cabana vs Aron Stevens vs Ricky Starks
Ashley Vox & Allysin Kay vs Melina, Thunder Rosa or Marti Belle
Eli Drake vs Ken Anderson
NWA World Tag Team Championship:
(c) Rock N Roll Express vs The Wild Cards
NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship: 2 out of 3 Falls
(c) Nick Aldis vs James Storm
Well first things first, comparing this week to last week is a no contest. This week's episode of NWA Power was leaps and bounds better than the previous weeks episode and exactly how they should've done the recap episode. The one thing I don't really understand is why not have a show next week or why didn't they have the recap show before the PPV as opposed to not having a show before the PPV. I understand that these episodes were tapped at the end of September and in early October so it's been a while since they tapped everything. Speaking of "Into the Fire" check out an updated card for the upcoming event:
I have been a wrestling fan for over twenty years at this point and I never thought I would have the opportunity to see Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson winning championship gold in a semi major wrestling promotion. Also a major announcement for the main event adding a special stipulation to a highly anticipated match between James Storm and Nick Aldis.
Into The Fire
NWA World Tag Team Championship:
(c) Rock N Roll Express vs The Wild Cards
Trevor Murdoch vs Question Mark
Allysin Kay and Ashley Vox vs Melina, Marti Belle or Thunder Rosa
Eli Drake vs Ken Anderson
Triple Threat Match for NWA National Championship:
(c) Colt Cabana vs Ricky Starks vs Aron Stevens
NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship: 2 out of 3 Falls Match (Two Referees)
(c) Nick Aldis vs James Storm
Now I have no problem with a recap show taking place to allow fans to catch up on recent goings on especially if the company did something that is worth revisiting. However, when it comes to spending an entire show on just video packages to set up an upcoming PPV instead of just using programming featuring wrestling. For the last few weeks I have been trying to predict the matches and it is official that the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship will be 2 out of 3 falls as Nick Aldis collides with James Storm. One note I have to make is the match on this show is in my opinion pointless and they would've been better off having an extra match from a previous taping air instead of a random match that felt like a waste of time.
This recap show also gave us matches to look forward to next week as Wild Card will defend the World Tag Titles against Rock N Roll Express which will be an incredible sight in itself as I've never seen a match including Rock N Roll that would be considered modern and never thought I would. Speaking of next week National Champion Colt Cabana will collide with top contender Ricky Starks in a non-title. Plus the next chapter in the saga including Nick Aldis and Kamille. Remember "Into the Fire" takes place live from GPB Studio on December 16 the event can be purchased on the Fite.TV for $24.95 or pre-order for $19.99.
As always when Tuesday rolls around I look forward to only one thing and that is the newest episode of NWA Power. As more details arrive about the newest television coming next year for the NWA called Circle Squared until then we will just focus on NWA Power. Seeing names like Ricky Starks and Trevor Murdoch being featured in such a prominent way is something that makes NWA Power stick out as unlike anything else you can find in wrestling.
One thing that did catch my attention on this weeks episode is that the card for "Into the Fire" seems to finally be coming together. After this week it is clear for me that Thunder Rose will be the challenger for Allysin Kay at the event. Also in an unexpected turn of events Rock N Roll Express challenge Wild Card for the Tag Team Titles. In the last few months it has become extremely clear that any doubter of Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson need to rethink there stance, because Rock N Roll can more then still go unlike most active competitors.
On the other end I still am unsure about who could be the next challenger for Nick Aldis and "Sweet Charlotte" at "Into the Fire." Even though it seems that Eli Drake and Mr. Anderson will be busy that night, but James Storm is still free for the show at least right now and is still my pick to take on Aldis. I will also point out that I never expected that Question Mark would've gotten anywhere close to getting over as quickly as he has, but there is no question that the fans have fallen in love with Question Mark.
I don't normally watch weekly wrestling, but I haven't missed an episode of NWA Power since the debut episode a few weeks ago. Right now they are building to "Into the Fire" on December 14 at GPB Studio. At this point no matches are set for the event just yet, but I am sure that most if not all of the matches will be announced before the month is out.
As for this episode of NWA Power we were given a lot of answers to questions that have been on everybody's mind the last few weeks. We found out that Colt Cabana will not be resting as his first challenge will be Ricky Starks who interrupted Colt's interview planting the seeds for something in the future. We also were given the pleasure of seeing Thunder Rosa and Marti Belle in action and the question was answered why Marti turned on Allysin Kay. The main event on this show likely saw the ending of the mini feud between Wild Card & Outlaw Inc.
The main takeaway from that continued from last week was Kamille appeared during the main event last week distracting James Storm and then appeared again following this weeks main event to the surprise of Nick Aldis. Pandemonium would engulf the end of Power with a lot more questions then answers, but after seeing this show it is clear that the top matches will be signed very soon for "Into the Fire" so now we got something to look forward to in the coming weeks.
Another week of NWA Power has hit the world and I'm still getting use to seeing a weekly program from the NWA. Unfortunately, this week we didn't get a commercial from Tony Falk about his waffles and tire iron business. After weeks of wondering it seems like we have an answer as they have seemingly have planted some seeds to the direction they are going with NWA World Champion Nick Aldis. The reason for this logic is with Kamille showing up during the National Title match points to something coming from that interference.
Since his arrival Ricky Starks has defined the odds picking up shocking wins against Trevor Murdoch and Aron Stevens. His issues with Stevens continued this week in a rematch the only question where to for these guys next? Pandemonium occupied the end of NWA Power with the tag team division getting the spotlight. Since the first episode we have been seeing vignette promoting the arrival of Thunder Rosa and her debut match didn't disappoint. By far Rosa is the only direct threat to Allyson Kay and now with a freshly heel Marti Belle the future seems bright for newest female competitor in the NWA. I never thought I'd be looking forward to a Tuesday every week, but I am and I watch the NWA more often then WWE which is something I never expected.
Interestingly enough I wrote about who could be challenging NWA World Champion Nick Aldis next and this show would start addressing that with James Storm, Eli Drake, Colt Cabana, and Mr. Anderson appearing together setting up the main event six man tag match. It is very difficult for a promotion to have a good six man tag that makes sense and has meaning. This six man had a lot of meaning, because if James & Wild Card won then Storm would get a title shot against Nick and if Nick's side won then Colt would earn a National Title shot against James Storm. It put a lot more emphasis on the match then a normal six man that is just focused on continuing a feud or two.
Other than that it is a lot of learning the new faces and getting use to a brand new roster of talent that I had no idea even existed before I turned on NWA Power about a month ago. Also who doesn't love Unlce Tony's Tire Iron's and Waffle's it's a hilarious commercial. Now that the calendar has turned to November we are a month away from "Into the Fire" let's see how this build goes. Never thought I'd be talking about the build up to an NWA PPV, wrestling is amazing.
I don't think that is has really sunk in that the National Wrestling Alliance has a weekly program in modern wrestling. I honestly have enjoyed watching NWA as it is wrestling the way that I believe it should be presented and the segments are rare in favor of in ring competition. Getting accustomed now to the new roster the company is developing on a weekly basis seeing names like Trevor Murdoch, Aron Stevens and Mr. Anderson for the first time in a few years. Combing the veterans with unknown athletes like Ricky Starks, Caleb Konley, The Dawsons, and others making for a interesting dynamic in the company.
Seeing the main event shape up the way it did this episode they ran a one show angle to bring up anticipation for the main event and next week. To try and avoid spoilers it is clear that after tonight Tim Storm will not be retiring and may have a match set for December's "Into the Fire" PPV.
One thing that has me intrigued is Nick Aldis and who will be his next challenger as I thought that was what I thought he was going to talk about in his promo, but instead the focus was on the developing story of Kamille talking. Seeing James Storm continuing a questionable feud with Jocephus after making him look like a fool twice, but Colt Cabana has fit back into the feud so the National Champion seems busy. Again though that doesn't mean Storm can't fight Nick Aldis for the title planning into another feud. I think that'd be the perfect way to get some revenge for Jocephus actually, but I think it's possible they go outside the main crop based Aldis leaving that door open during promo.
Overall I am very interested in seeing where they go from now until "Into the Fire" in December. This in my opinion, is what exactly is missing from the WWE product in recent years as there is not always a reason to comeback every week and keep watching.
It is still hard to believe that now on a weekly basis the National Wrestling Alliance is one of the weekly programs I get to sit and enjoy every week. Cornette said it best during the show that at this point the NWA is giving both veterans and unknown stars a platform to show the world how good they can be. Seeing Wild Card again as well as Nick Aldis allowed them to show exactly why they are in the position they are in and are flag bearers for the NWA.
I for one prefer segments like they had on this show with Joe Galli, Nick Aldis, and Kamille as they did a sit down interview to further discuss the ending of last week's show and what could be next for Nick. The reason I liked it is, because it didn't seem hokey or to out of character anything that was said and it had a purpose. Also James Storm's interview explained how important it was to be NWA National Champion and opened the door to possibly seeing James Storm being a challenger for Nick Aldis or Eli Drake challenging James Storm in the near future. Ricky Starks is someone I have never seen before, but was impressed by the kids microphone work and he definitely can go in the ring. With veterans like Aron Stevens, Colt Cabana, and Mr. Anderson officially apart of the show now and future stars like Ricky Starks still finding there way the roster of the NWA continues to deepen by the week and things will continue to bring up the weekly question of who will show up next on NWA Power. The NWA is wrestling at it's finest.
After nearly twenty five years the National Wrestling Alliance has finally found stable ground and are ready again to stand on their own two feet again. For the last few years all ownership has done is done everything they could to reestablish the value and meaning of the long lasting wrestling promotion. Since the start of the 1900's there has been three letter that stood with pro-wrestling and that is National Wrestling Alliance. I honestly never thought I'd sit and watch modern NWA wrestling on YouTube as a new weekly program. Thanks to Dave Lagana and Billy Corgan for bringing the NWA back to it's roots and joining in on the incredible month and year we as wrestling fans have been honored to enjoy.
As for the program as to not spoil anything this was modern wrestling at it's finest and a throwback to exactly what was lost from wrestling when the NWA went into hiding. Storytelling, Emotion, Suspension of disbelief and feeling like your watching a sport that you can be entertained by and not a hokey comedic entertainment program. If you are in it for the wrestling then come to YouTube or Facebook or Fite TV and tune in every week for NWA Power and you will never be disappointed.
With the rise of a social media presence for the NWA. It was fitting to move things for the site.