NWA's new weekly series debuted on YouTube and Facebook at 6:05 p.m. Eastern time tonight. Taped at GPB Studios in Atlanta, the show is a throwback to the days of studio wrestling.
The opening of the show felt very old school. Commentators Joe Galli and Jim Cornette opened the episode before pitching it to David Marquez, who introduced NWA Worlds Heavyweight Champion Nick Aldis.
Aldis cut a promo saying he was the real Worlds Champion and said that being the champ for a year makes it hard to stay hungry. Aldis put over the other champions in the company. This was very good. Aldis came across as very likable here.
Aldis called out Tim Storm and said he was going to give it his all because professional wrestling is the only thing that's put food on his family’s table.
The Dawsons (Dave & Zane Dawson) defeated Sal Rinauro & Billy Buck
This was a quick squash where The Dawsons ran wild and hit a combo sandwich with a forward splash. This felt exactly like an old studio show with two jobbers getting destroyed by a bigger tag team. My stream momentarily died here but came back in time for the finish.
An ad aired for Austin Idol’s wrestling school, and it looked like it was right out of the 80s.
Galli was at ringside to interview Eli Drake. Drake cut a great promo here talking about how the best want the gold in the NWA, and he said James Storm and Nick Aldis need to watch out for him as he’s coming for all the gold.
Eli Drake defeated Caleb Konley
Drake started with a shoulder block, but Konley used his speed to get a few moves up on Drake, including a very nice monkey flip. Konley went for a Stinger splash, but Drake dodged and hit a neckbreaker. Drake followed up with another one off the ropes.
Konley hit a hard chop, but Drake hit a drop toe hold into the middle rope, then a knee lift and a slingshot shoulder block for a near fall.
Drake ate an elbow and a kick from Konley. Konley blocked two clotheslines, ducked another, and hit a kick that dropped Drake. Drake threw Konley to the apron, and Konley hit a corkscrew splash for a two count.
Konley hit a double stomp as Drake ran into the corner and went to the middle rope. He went for a springboard moonsault, but Drake hit the Gravy Train for the pinfall victory.
A hype video aired for Aldis vs. Storm, as Storm said he would never challenge for the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship again if he can’t beat Aldis.
Jocephus came out and said he wanted to fight Storm, but Cornette informed him that Tim Storm wasn’t going to be out there until later. Storm came out -- but it was James Storm, who got a big reaction.
James Storm said he was the only Storm that Jocephus needed to worry about. James Storm said Jocephus pretends like he’s tough, but he should go back to his desk job.
Both men started brawling and an army of refs came out and pulled them apart as the crowd chanted “Let them fight!”
NWA Tag Team Champions The Wild Cards (Thomas Latimer & Royce Isaacs) defeated Danny White & Mimms in a non-title match
Latimer and Isaacs showed off their offense. Latimer sent White into a pop-up powerbomb from Isaacs, who sent White into a deadlift German suplex for the pinfall victory. This was fantastic.
They cut a promo afterwards, but Eddie Kingston entered and said “I’m not here to disrespect you Bram… I mean Tommy Boy…” and he proceeded to call him several names, saying that the titles looked great on them, but in his world, looks don’t mean anything.
Kingston said Latimer & Isaacs don’t speak for underdogs or stray dogs, or outlaws, and they pushed the table to the side as Homicide made his way out. It looks like Homicide and Kingston will be feuding with The Wild Cards.
Meanwhile, James Storm and Jocephus were brawling back out onto the stage. This was wild, and I loved it. When they came back from break, officials broke apart the brawl again, but Storm grabbed Jocephus and they brawled into the crowd. Jocephus sent Storm into the ring and Storm turned his back, begging for him to get into the ring.
James Storm defeated Jocephus
We had an impromptu match, and Storm nailed a superkick on Jocephus and pinned him in less than 10 seconds. Storm hit another superkick and then took Jocephus’ thumb and put it in his mouth.
A hype video aired for Aldis vs. Tim Storm. Tim Storm came out and cut a promo about how this was his last title. He cut a great promo on how he couldn’t tell his 94-year-old mom he was here because she would be afraid that he would get hurt.
Storm put over Aldis and said that he wanted just one more chance for that title, as nothing was more important in wrestling than holding the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship. Great stuff.
NWA Worlds Heavyweight Champion Nick Aldis (w/ Kamille) defeated Tim Storm to retain his title
Storm sent Aldis back to the corner at the start of the match, overpowering him. Aldis pushed Storm back to the corner and hit a chop, but Storm chopped him in response and Aldis backed off. Aldis and Storm hit a series of strikes against each other in the corner until the ref pulled Storm off. Storm hit a big right hand, then Aldis rolled to the outside to collect himself.
Aldis reversed an Irish whip, sent Storm into the ring post, and then smashed his back into the apron. Aldis hit a body slam and an elbow. Aldis locked on a headlock on the mat. Storm tried to escape, but Aldis got a sleeper hold. Storm ducked down and sent Aldis face-first into the turnbuckle, then he started to make his comeback with a series of clotheslines.
Aldis picked a leg and went for the figure four, but Storm rolled him up for a two count. Storm got up, picked the leg of Aldis, and locked on the figure four. Aldis made the ropes, but just barely. Aldis went to the top rope, but Storm cut him off with a superplex. Aldis kicked out. Storm went to the top rope and hit a flying crossbody, but Aldis kicked out.
Storm went for a flipping senton, but Aldis moved out of the way and then hit a flying elbow. Aldis managed to lock on the Texas Cloverleaf in the middle of the ring. Aldis pulled him back to the middle of the ring.
Storm pushed himself up as the crowd chanted “Mama Storm!” He managed to make the ropes. Aldis went for a running powerslam, but Storm pushed Aldis into the referee and hit a low blow on Aldis!
Storm hit Perfect Storm, but Aldis just kicked out. Storm went back to the top rope and Aldis cut him off. Both men fell off the top rope onto the apron to the floor. Storm ducked a clothesline attempt and Aldis accidentally took out Kamille! Storm went for a vertical suplex, but Aldis countered into a cradle for the pinfall. Excellent match.
Storm will never get another shot at the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship, and he rose in the ring with tears in his eyes.
Aldis cut a promo after the match saying he was proud to wrestle Storm. Galli asked Aldis if Kamille was okay, but Aldis told him off like a jerk, indicating that he’s still a heel. This was very fun.