At first when it was announced I didn't have a clue what to expect from Circle Squared. Billy Corgan made it clear this show would be designed to give wrestlers an opportunity to be seen on a level they had never been seen before. I still don't know some details about the show like will it be weekly or monthly is it a contest where more people will be added to it or is this the field we have to chose from; I think some of these questions will be answered over time and we will have to wait to find the answers.
In my opinion, NWA The Circle Squared is what Tough Enough should've been from the start as this show is focused on the wrestling. Tough Enough never lived up to it's potential to be something special and different for WWE, but with it's debut episode out of the way The Circle Squared has set the bar and now it's time to see what happens next. I remember seeing Luke Hawx in Xtreme Pro-Wrestling back in the day and to see him with his son now shows a little glimpse of how much things have changed in the last fifteen years. I will not spoil anything cause there really isn't anything to spoil other than letting you know that all updates and information pertaining to this program can be found here.
One final note is both teams showed a lot of potential and could lend a much needed hand to a laboring division in the NWA. I would select PJ & Luke Hawx, because the NWA is about giving the unproven commodities an opportunity they wouldn't receive elsewhere which is the reason they deserve it in the NWA. It's up to the fans who earns the shot visit the link provided above and cast your vote for either PJ & Luke Hawx or Dean & Neal then find out next week who wins. Overall I'm excited for episode two and to see what happens for both teams from episode one.
This week will be a bit different, because there will not be a new episode of NWA Power this week instead the NWA will be launching a new program. The new program is called Circle Squared which I will be watching at some point this week. In a bit of praise to the NWA for finally shining a bit of light on the reasons why Marti Belle joined Melina and turned against her friend Allysin Kay. At this point I'm still trying to figure out the intense developing rivalry between Eddie Kingston and The Pope with that being said I will hold back on a judgment for right now.
After seeing Matt Cross gain a victory last week against Konely now this week we get our chance to see Ricky Starks defend the TV Title against Matt Cross. Thom Latimier will also gain a major opportunity to prove himself on this episode against former NWA World Champion Tim Storm. As for the main event my eyes were Sal Rinauro and May Valentine as much as I was paying attention to the main event. I'm enjoying this developing rivalry between Rinauro and Issacs and am interested to see where we go from here. I'm also excited to see what Circle Squared will have for us and how it will fit into NWA's weekly programming schedule alongside NWA Power.
With the success of NWA Power it is finally time for the National Wrestling Alliance to expand their programming schedule. In October last year wrestling bore witness to a sight we never thought possible as I never expected the NWA to have a weekly program. It is thanks to Billy Corgan that wrestling has returned to it's roots in studio wrestling and the way wrestling was once presented back in the day. Around a month or so ago Billy Corgan appeared on NWA Power to announce the first expansion to NWA with the invention of Circle Squared. This episodic show will feature unproven stars being given an opportunity to prove themselves to a new audience. In my opinion, it sounds a bit like Tough Enough, but with more of a focus on wrestling and the youngsters proving their skills and showing they deserve a contract with NWA. The first episode of Circle Squared will arrive next Tuesday and will hosted by Sean Mooney.
The newest expansion to the programming line is a face to face talk show called Powerr Surge and it seems a little bit like AEW Control Center. In a way it's a way for the NWA to make sure that fans can stay updated on the current feuds and goings on in the NWA on a week to week basis just in case a fan misses the actual weekly show. Since the beginning of NWA Power in October they've made a big deal of the seasons which normally ends before a PPV event. Now they will start making an even bigger deal of these shows calling them Super Power.
In a bit of laziness and just being a little busy I continue to double up on the NWA Power episodes, but now with Crockett Cup on the radar in April we know where we are heading next. With a few months between Hard Times and Crockett Cup there is plenty of time to put a lot of build into various matches for the big PPV including the tournament to determine 2020 Crockett Cup winners.
So much had changed from episode 15 to episode 16 with three champions being crowned at "Hard Times" at the end of January. With Thunder Rosa, Eli Drake/James Storm, and Ricky Starks all holding gold the gold has effectively changed the dynamic of the NWA in 2020. The main focus of episode 16 was setting up Nick Aldis vs Marty Scurll or at least taking the next step toward a match between them. Also it seems like Eddie Kingston and The Pope have unfinished business as do Aron Stevens and Trevor Murdoch.
This isn't an exaggeration that it is hard to put into words how good Thunder Rosa vs Allysin Kay's rematch was on this episode of NWA Power. Seeing both Matt Cross and Caleb Konely working to give a new faces an opportunity to break through. You would figure that Matt Cross and Caleb will eventually be in the picture against Ricky Starks in the future. Seeing an expanded role for May Valentine and them seemingly continue the feud between Sal Rinauro and Royce Issacs is a very interesting turn of events.
After being on vacation late last week I fell behind by a week on NWA Power and that's why we double up on the episodes this week. Again I mention that a little bit more character development for the Women's division would be nice and I can forgive them for the missteps, because I am very intrigued by Colt Cabana vs Ken Anderson. As far as the Television title tournament it isn't a surprise to see Zicky Dice continue on in the tournament, but I would love to see more of Caleb Konely in the future. The reason I wasn't surprised to see Dice move on is that he clearly has bankable talent and is the type of person that easy to hate which makes him a good person to try and build up.
Looking big picture within the picture of NWA Worlds Championship and Nick Aldis it was an interesting sight having Ricky Starks go the distance with Aldis and give him a big rub against the champion. The Starks vs Aldis match would end up setting up a shocking debut and a main event six man tag with incredible implications. Also keeping in mind that Hard Times is right around the corner brings up two questions first being if they will have a recap show like they did before "Into the Fire" and how the card will shape up outside of the TV Title tournament.
As always wrestling gives us both great memories and memories we try and forget, but with the amount of moments worth remembering that have happened we are bound to forget some. The same could be said about some talent that were very much underrated during their career or never at the top of a company during a run this unfortunately makes it easier for fans to forget certain talent. These two are very different talent and had two very different careers while they worked in this great business. Sometimes we encounter those that deserve to be remembered and acknowledged. I would like to wish a very big Happy Birthday to all who are celebrating their special day today and especially to the one featured below.
Nerd Note: Even though CW Anderson isn't really known for his time in the National Wrestling Alliance likely do to his time in the NWA being during the mid 1990's. Either way though Anderson is a former NWA World Tag Team Champion with Pat Anderson winning the gold in September 1996.
After a very busy holiday week I have finally caught up on programming from NWA and things are getting intense. Heading into the first PPV "Into the Fire" there were a lot of questions, because the card was basically pieced together only a few weeks before the event. This though it seems like they're doing a bit better with piecing together the "Hard Times" card ahead of time. With the arrival of Stricly Business and a shift back to Aldis vs Storm is interesting enough but this time we have a different dynamic with some Rock N Roll included this time.
In all honesty, there is nobody more entertaining or interesting in NWA more than Eli Drake. This man has been on the money recently, and just soak up his chances to be in front of the crowd and doing something they wont forget. I am enjoying the progression of the TV Title tournament and will go more in depth with my thoughts at another time. My main focus is the women's division and how there is very little explanation to why we are we are with the trios and it feels too much like it's a one sided battle. Ashley Vox, Marti Belle, and ODB are secondary pieces in a rivalry that could just include Melina or Thunder Rosa and be as good as it is right now.
However, if they spent a little time and elaborated on Marti's reasons for turning on someone she was friends with for over a decade, and not just "she hurt my feelings and didn't believe in me." Give her some character and allow to simmer and develop over the course of a few weeks and months. The same can be said for Ashley Vox who is an unknown commodity and anytime it seems like they're building sympathy for her she loses. In reality how can you gain investment in someone if they never win matches ever I know this could change, but this could change and should be something that changes in 2020.
After an incredible event last weekend for the first NWA PPV event it was a fantastic way to end off the year and take another step forward in the momentum they have been building since the fall. There is no doubting that this was an action packed episode of the best hour of wrestling on Youtube and we were introduced to some new faces. With the announcement that the NWA Television Title will be returning and there will be a tournament taking place to crown the new champion. The finals will be taking place on January 24 at the Hard Times PPV event.
The first point worth noting is that Marty Scrull has showed up in the NWA and shocked the fans as nobody expect the "Villain" to chose NWA over AEW and WWE. In my opinion, this could be a shorter deal to make due of a free agent and grab some more attention of a major name. I've said it before and will again just how surprised I was when I saw Rock N Roll Express became nine time tag team champions and retained the gold at "Into the Fire" my only question is where to next for the legends of the squared circle.
For the first time in a while I have criticism of the program, because they are already teasing some tension between the trio of Marti Belle, Melina, and Thunder Rosa. This trio had only come together very recently and I feel as though burning this bridge so soon would be a waste of what could've been a drawn out rivalry. The only way this really makes sense is if it leads to some character development for Marti Belle who needs a little more depth to her character after recently turning heel on her friend Allysin Kay. One other note to take down is what happened between Anderson and Eli Drake as these two had a brutal brawl to headline an action packed hour of wrestling and a great way to start off the new season.
Last weekend the NWA graced us with there first PPV event called "Into the Fire" and it allowed them to go out on a high note. It was interesting to find out that the NWA Power television show will be a seasonally show likely ending the season each season before PPV events like they did with "Into the Fire." I for one was shocked to see that Rock N Roll Express retained the gold as I thought they would lose it right back to Wild Cards. I'm pretty happy to see that they are given the chance to get one more run with the Tag Team gold as this in a way is a thank you to them for all they've done for the NWA over the years. Now with the rebirth of the NWA underway it's fitting to give one of the greatest tag team one last ride. Plus I'd like to see them against the Dawson Brothers or Outlaw Inc. as both teams would have an interesting dynamic with the legends in my opinion.
The NWA Worlds Heavyweight Champion, the flag bearer, the "National Treasure" Nick Aldis will be continuning to hold the NWA flag into 2020. The highlight of the night was the match at the top of the marquee James Storm got his fair chance against Nick Aldis. However, everything changed after the match when a "Villain" made his return to NWA changing the dynamic. For the last few months a lot has been made about the upcoming contract issues with Ring of Honor and the biggest star included in those issues was Marty Scurll. For those who might remember Marty made his debut at the Crockett Cup in April against Nick Aldis the only difference this time is that he is signed with the NWA and not ROH. It is unclear who will get a title shot next though with Eli Drake getting a big win against Ken Anderson on this night as well.
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
With the rise of a social media presence for the NWA. It was fitting to move things for the site.