For the first time since 2019, the NWA Crockett Cup tag team tournament returns Saturday, kicking off two nights of pay-per-views with the opening round of the tournament from Nashville, Tennessee.
The 16-team single elimination tournament starts with a "play-in" match for the 16th seed as Violence is Forever (Dominic Garrini & Kevin Ku) faces Bad News Boyz (Brandon & Brent Tate), Rip City Shooters (Joshua Bishop & Wes Barkley) and The Heatseekers (Elliott Russell & Sigmon) in a four-way.
The winners will take on no. 1 seed and current NWA Tag Team Champions La Rebelion Saturday.
The rest of the first round will feature The End vs. Hawx Aerie (Luke & PJ Hawx); Strictly Business (Chris Adonis & Thom Latimer) vs. Gold Rushhh (Jordan Clearwater & Marshe Rockett); Doug Williams and the debuting Harry Smith vs. members of The Ill Begotten; Da Pope & Mims vs. The Cardonas (Mike Knox & VSK); former Tag Team Champions Kratos & Aron Stevens vs. Dirty Sexy Boys (Dirty Dango & JTG); and reigning ROH Tag Team Champions The Briscoe Brothers vs. The NOW (Hale Collins & Vik Dalishus).
The majority of Sunday's PPV lineup will be made up of six title matches in addition to the completion of the tournament.
The Crockett Cup pre show kicked off at 7 PM est on YouTube.
Tim Storm and Joe Galli are on commentary.
"Magic" Jake Dumas defeated Captain Yuma
In the night's opening contest, "Magic" Jake Dumas defeated Captain Yuma in singles competition. The match began with Dumas being told to get rid of an unlit cigarette that was dangling from his mouth. He said he would make it disappear and began to do a magic trick. As Captain Yuma was watching what he was doing, Dumas promptly punched him in the face. Dumas then went on a sustained period of offense to start the match.
Yuma would eventually make a comeback and landed a jawbreaker, a dropkick to the knee, and a big leg lariat. He went for his finish but Dumas countered into the Abracadabra (stunner from a fireman's carry position) for the win.
The Tate Twins (Brandon Tate and Brent Tate) defeated Violence Is Forever (Dominic Garrini and Kevin Ku), The Rip City Shooters (Joshua Bishop and Wes Barkley), and The Heatseekers (Elliott Russell and Sigmon) in a tournament play-in match
Each team had one member in the match at all times. The winner would go on to face La Rebelion in the 1st round of the Crockett Cup.
Kevin Ku and Dominic Garrini had things going in their favor leading into the finish of the match. Garrini had Brent Tate locked in a rear-naked chokehold but then Brandon Tate came off the top with a splash on top of him. The move also squished his brother as well, who then looked a little out of it when he rolled up Garrini and got the pin.
The Briscoes (Mark & Jay Briscoe) defeated The NOW (Hale Collins and Vik Dalishus) in a first round match
I was a little surprised that we got the Briscoes on the pre-show but I guess the would also then wrestle on the PPV itself later.
The Briscoes history in the Crockett Cup was brought up. They made it to the semi-finals in 2019 before losing to the eventual winners, PCO and Brody King.
It didn't take long for the Briscoes to take control of the match. They began working on Collins with quick tags and double team moves. Then Dalishus got in a shot on Jay from the ring apron as he was coming off the ropes. This allowed Collins enough time to finally make a tag. The NOW then began working on Jay Briscoe with quick tags and double team moves.
Collins hit a big spine buster on Jay and then tagged Collins who missed an elbow drop from the top. Jay then made a hot tag into Mark, who then cleared house.
Jay ended up sending Collins to the outside with a head scissors. Mark then hit him with a pendulum dropkick before they both turned their attention to the legal man. Jay gave Dalishus a neckbreaker and Mark came off the top with the Froggy Bow for the win.
After the match, Jay got on the mic and said it was one down and three to go. He said nobody was on their level and they are about to prove it.
The PPV portion of the card kicked off with a graphic honoring Scott Hall.
The Crockett Cup trophy was brought out and placed on a podium. May Valentine then accompanied David Crockett as he walked out and stood next to the trophy that he will present to the winning team.
It was noted that JR Kratos has not arrived to the building. Aron Stevens is apparently frantically searching for a replacement partner at the last minute.
Hawx Aerie (Luke Hawx and PJ Hawx) defeated The End (Odinson and Parrow) in a first round match
It was noted on commentary that Odinson and Parrow have not been seeing eye to eye as of late. They also aren't travelling or training with each other. Parrow and Odinson then began to argue about who would start the match.
PJ managed to take Odinson down early but Odinson then landed a strong vertical suplex shortly after. Parrow tagged in and the End isolated the younger Hawx for a period.
Luke tagged in and ended up getting the advantage on Parrow until Odinson reached in from the apron and gave him a neckbreaker across the top rope. The End then isolated Luke for a period with quick tags. Odinson hit a belly to belly suplex and then picked up his partner, dropped him on top of Luke and got a two count. After not getting along early, the End seem to be working well together.
Luke ended up giving Parrow a Razor's edge, which got a big reaction from the fans. He then made a hot tag into his son, who landed several clotheslines and a suplex on Odinson for a two count.
The End battled back and looked to give the father and son team the Super Collider but PJ countered with a head scissors that sent Odinson colliding into Parrow. They got a two count on a double backbreaker moments later. Following this, PJ countered an airplane spin by Odinson into a pinning combination and got the three count.
After the match, the End attacked both Hawx. Parrow gave Luke a power bomb and then the End exited the ring.
- William Patrick Corgan was interviewed in the back. He talked about the history of the Crockett Cup and David Crockett being there. Corgan also wondered what version of Jeff Jarrett would be the referee in the match between Aldis and Cardona.
The Cardonas (VSK & Mike Knox) defeated Matthew Mims & The Pope in a first round match
VSK hit a head scissors on Pope early and it looked like Pope landed right on his head. He seemed fine after, however. Mims and Pope ended up isolating VSK early. Mims got a two count after a big power slam. He'd hit a big spine buster moments later.
Knox, who still hasn't gotten into the match at this point, ran in and just hammered Mims from behind. This then allowed VSK to finally tag out. Knox then worked on Mims for a period.
Knox and VSK continued to work on Mims with quick tags. He finally made a hot tag into Pope who hit a big power slam on VSK and then hammered Knox with strikes.
It was noted on commentary at this point that Luke Hawx may not be able to continue in the tournament after being attacked by the End earlier.
Mims and Pope hit VSK with a Doomsday Device but Knox broke up the pin. Pope clotheslined Knox out of the ring but Knox would toss him into the ring post moments later. Back in the ring, Knox hit a flatliner on Mims and VSK came off the top with a frog splash for the win. They will move on to face The Fixers in the next round.
- Kamille was interviewed by Kyle Davis. She accused Chelsea Green of playing politics to get in the match. She said she'll only ever be a one-time champ because she's never losing the title.
- It was announced on commentary that PJ Hawx plans to wrestle the next round by himself in a handicap match.
The Dirty Sexy Boys (Dirty Dango and JTG) defeated Aron Stevens and The Blue Meanie in a first round match
Commentary noted that Kratos has still not shown up. Stevens then came out and ran down the fans for a bit before announcing his replacement partner, the Blue Meanie. Meanie did some Scott Hall poses and flicked a toothpick at the camera before heading to the ring with Stevens.
The match started with Meanie removing Kratos' robe at the same time JTG removed Dango's jacket and while they both stared at each other. It was a little weird but that's likely what they were going for.
Stevens came out aggressive but Dango hit him with a back body drop, some punches, and a big arm drag. Stevens bailed to the outside shortly after. He got back in and tagged out to Meanie.
Meanie at one point backed JTG into the corner and gave him a "tickle attack." JTG then reversed it and tickled Meanie in the stomach. Things are staying weird here.
Eventually, Meanie and Stevens had Dango isolated. They worked on him with quick tags. Dango then got his boot up as Stevens came off the top, and then cradled his opponent for a two count. Dango then made a hot tag to JTG, who took out both members of the opposing team.
Blue Meanie fought back with a series of jabs and a big avalanche on JTG in the corner. Meanie then missed another charge into the corner, Dango crouched beneath him, JTG gave him a dropkick and then pinned him to pick up the win for his team.
JTG yelled into the camera that they would be getting weird all night. Velvet Sky was very into the Dirty Sexy Boys.
Gold Rush (Jordan Clearwater & Marshe Rockett) w/ BLK Jeez & Tyrus defeated Strictly Business (Thom Latimer & Chris Adonis) in a first round match
Tyrus joined Kyle Davis at the interview podium and gave the Rick Rude introduction speech for Jordan Clearwater, who then dramatically took off his robe. That's two straight matches with dramatic disrobing. As Clearwater was taking his robe off, however, Adonis came up from behind and locked in the Masterlock. Rockett ended up hitting Adonis from behind and the ref attempted to regain control of the match. Latimer and Adonis then isolated a weakened Clearwater to begin the match.
Clearwater gave a jawbreaker to Adonis and then made a hot tag into Rockett, who then cleared house. Adonis then locked him in the Master Lock moments later, however. Rockett tapped but the ref was distracted with BLK Jeez at ringside. Tyrus then tossed Adonis into the ring post and Clearwater hit Latimer with Tyrus' title belt and picked up the win.
So far, the lower seeded team have won four of the first five first-round matches.
- The Fixers were interviewed by May Valentine in the back. Wrecking Ball tried to call out Sting and the Great Muta but it was explained to him that they are not in the tournament this year.
The Commonwealth Connection (Doug Williams & Harry Smith) defeated The Ill Begotten (Rush Freeman & Alex Taylor) in a first round match
The Ill Begotten could use any of their four members in the match. Captain Yuma came out and appeared to assume he would be in the match but Danny Deals sent him to the back.
Smith and Williams attacked the Ill Begotten before the bell and controlled the match in its early moments. Smith hit Freeman with a big suplex, a slam, and some strikes before tagging out to Williams. Freeman landed a throat thrust on Williams shortly after and then made the tag out to Taylor.
Plunkett pulled Smith off the apron but Smith just turned around and landed a strong forearm after. Captain Yuma then came out and was upset with Plunkett for getting involved and then Plunkett attacked him. Things aren't going well for the Ill Begotten right now. They've also gotten hardly any offense at this point in the match.
Smith almost back body dropped Taylor through the roof at one point. He hit a power slam and then a Saito suplex for a two count. Smith then hit a running power slam and tagged out to Williams. Smith gave Williams the rocket launcher, he landed on Taylor with a headbutt and got the pin.
It was noted on commentary they will go into the next round fairly fresh as they didn't take much damage.
La Rebelión (Bestia 666 and Mecha Wolf) defeated The Tate Twins (Brendan & Brent Tate) in a first round match
La Rebelión came out with the original NWA World Tag Team Championships which had been brought to the building by David Crockett.
The Tate Twins actually got the early advantage here, although it didn't last long. Mecha ended up taking it to Brent with chops and other strikes. Brendon then made a blind tag in and the twins regained control. They continued to work on Mecha with quick tags and double team moves.
Mecha faked going to shake Brent's hand but then Bestia came in from behind and attacked. The champs then double teamed Brent which led to a sustained period of offense for them.
La Rebelión continued to work on Brent with quick tags. They got a two count after a double knees to the head.
Brendon then came in on a hot tag and took out both Bestia and Mecha. The twins then hit stereo planchas to the tag champs. They hit Space Jam on Mecha but Bestia made the save at the last second. Moments later, Brendon was tossed to the outside and La Rebelion hit Mark of the Beast on Brent and got the three count.
- Mike Knox and VSK were interviewed by May Valentine in the back. Knox said he's not an evil man and expressed concern for The Pope. He told him he should focus on commentary and stay out of the ring. Knox then said that their next opponents, the Fixers, are dumb. VSK said Matt Cardona is here to save the NWA and him and Mike are going to take over the NWA's tag team division. They ended the interview by promising to get matching gear.
The Cardonas (Mike Knox & VSK) defeated The Fixers (Jay Bradley & Wrecking Ball Legursky) in a quarterfinal match
Wrecking Ball brought out cereal which he attempted to pour into the Crockett Cup trophy.
The Fixers attacked just as the bell rang. Bradley at one point just tossed VSK into Knox during this period. They ended up working on VSK and isolating him.
VSK took quite a beating before landing a head scissors on Bradley. He almost made a hot tag but Wrecking Ball cut him off. The Fixers then went for a double suplex but Knox came in and hit a chop block on Bradley. Wrecking Ball then went to the top and missed a Vader bomb after Knox pulled VSK out of the way. Knox then tagged back in and hit a flatliner on Legursky. VSK tagged in and hit a frog splash off the top for the three count. With that, The Cardona family is off to the semi-finals.
The Briscoes (Jay & Mark Briscoe) defeated The Dirty Sexy Boys (Dirty Dango & JTG) in a quarterfinal match
Dango and Mark started off with some grappling. The match would spill to the floor moments later. The two teams then brawled around ringside for a bit. Mark brought out a chair but then just used it to springboard off of and land a diving attack to the outside.
They got back into the ring and Dango hit Mark with a big boot. The Dirty Sexy Boys then isolated Mark for a period. JTG got a two count off of a sling blade. Jay then tagged in and him and Mark isolated JTG.
Mark ended up locking JTG in a Muta lock for the second Great Muta reference of the night. Dango eventually made a hot tag and took it to both Briscoes. He hit a Falcon Arrow on Mark for a two count. Dango then hit an air raid crash DDT combo on both Briscoes. He followed that up with a diving attack to the outside but came up favoring his knee.
Back in the ring, Mark turned things around on JTG before him and Jay landed Redneck Boogie. Dango then broke up the pin, however. Moments later Jay hit a Jay Driller on JTG and Mark came off the top with the Froggy Bow for the win. They'll move on to face the Cardonas in the semi-finals.
- BLK Jeez and Tyrus were interviewed in the back. They said Gold Rush is going to win the Crockett Cup. Tyrus said Clearwater and Rockett are in the back getting ready. Tyrus then said he was confident about his match tomorrow against Rodney Mack. He continued to say he respects Mack and it pains him to do what he's got to do.
- David Crockett joined the commentary team.
La Rebelión (Bestia 666 and Mecha Wolf) defeated PJ Hawx in a quarterfinal match
PJ Hawx came out solo for this one. His father Luke was injured following an attack by the End after their first round match.
PJ got in some early offense with a pair of dropkicks on Mecha. Moments later, Mecha would bite his opponent's forehead to get back into it. PJ then came back with a suplex for a two count. Bestia then came in and attacked PJ behind the referee's back, allowing his team to get back in control.
The tag champs then worked on PJ with quick tags and double team moves. It's not looking good for young PJ here. They eventually hit Mark of the Beast but PJ kicked out, which got a big reaction. Commentary noted that nobody had ever kicked out of that move. Moments later, they hit it a second time and got the three count. PJ may have lost but they did a good job of building him up nonetheless.
The Commonwealth Connection (Doug Williams & Harry Smith) defeated Gold Rush (Jordan Clearwater & Marshe Rockett) in a quarterfinal match
Tyrus got on the mic before the match and said it's time to separate the champions from the chumps. He seems to be taking a leadership role in Idolmania Sports Management.
Smith and Clearwater grappled to start the match. Smith began focussing on Clearwater's arm early. Everything Smith does looks so crisp. Williams eventually tagged in and continued to work on Clearwater's arm. Clearwater eventually fought back and made the tag to Rockett. Williams quickly got the better of him as well and him and Smith took him down with double chops.
Smith had everything going his way until Rockett hit him with a chop block. Clearwater then rammed his leg into the ring post multiple times and with that Gold Rush is in full control. They then went to work on Smith's leg for a period.
Smith hit an enziguri and made a hot tag into Williams. He hit an exploder suplex for a two count. Williams then hit a Tiger Driver for another two count. Smith then hit Clearwater with a power slam and Williams hit a senton for a two count.
Clearwater hit a running neckbreaker on Williams for a two count. Williams hit him with a piledriver moments later for a two count. He then locked in an arm bar and Clearwater tapped. With that, the semi-finals of the tournament are set as we head into night two of the 2022 Crockett Cup.
- Kyle Davis was at the interview podium and brought La Rebelion out. Mecha said they may have underestimated some of the teams in the tournament and they definitely did with PJ Hawx. The bottom line is that they walked away the winners, however.
- William Patrick Corgan joined the commentary team and spoke with Joe Galli for the remainder of the show. He praised many of the tag teams in the tournament. He said he's a big fan of the Briscoes in particular.