I was going to review last night's stellar episode of AEW Dynamite, but Youtube TV decided not to record it for me, despite me marking the series to be taped always and forever. I'm still in the mood to review something, so I'm giving this new Youtube series from the NWA a shot, as it's received a positive word of mouth this week.
From GPB Studios in Atlanta, Georgia. Our hosts are Joe Galli and Jim Cornette. The show is going for a decidedly retro feel, with a Dokken theme song and intentionally corny studio setting.
Alex Marquez interviews NWA Champion Nick Aldis, accompanied by Kamille. Aldis puts over year long title reign and the work he's put into taking the NWA back from being a punchline. Aldis respects his opponent, Tim Storm, but he relies on pro wrestling to feed his son and refuses to do a J.O.B. in A.T.L. Great emotion and fire from Aldis here.
The Dawsons cut a victory promo at Marquez's table. They are here to fight everyone, don't care who gets in their way, and are proud to be bullies.
Promotional consideration from Austin Idol. This may or may not be a fake commercial as Idol cuts a promo about his wrestling school.
e, who has a lot on his mind, and riles up the fans to brand Atlanta as NWA country. Drake says that other wrestling companies have children but the NWA has men. Drake puts Nick Aldis and James Storm on notice, as he'd like to take their title belts, and that's a fact of life. Man, this was another seriously awesome promo, these guys are talking me into wanting to follow this show.
Jocephus disrupts commentary to demand Tim Storm. Not sure what their issue is, but Jocephus continues to hold up the show until he gets what he wants. James Storm shows up instead, and tells Jocephus that he's the only "Storm" he needs to worry about. Storm says that guys like Jocephus pretend to be tough, but can't do the work that guys like Storm does, and tells him to go back to his desk job and leave the wrestling to the real stars. They brawl and have to be pulled apart by officials. Again, the quality of promos on this show has been some of the best I've heard in a long time.
My editor (well, okay, Wikipedia) has informed me that Tom Lattimer is Bram. I guess I should have recognized him, but I didn't, so leave me alone. Half the internet (including me) thought that Cain Velaquez was Rey Mysterio's son, Dominick, so we all make mistakes, alright?
The Wild Cards are rude to Marquez in their post match interview, and put themselves over as the best tag team in the world. They're interrupted by Eddie Kingston, who offers sarcastic applause. Kingston says he's not here to disrespect the champs, but demands they respect him while he's talking. He says the belts look great on their jacked up bodies, but that means nothing to Kingston, as they don't speak for underdogs or outlaws. Kingston shoves the table into them, and Homicide arrives on time for support. Suddenly, James Storm and Jocephus brawl into the studio to break up the moment. More great mic work from all the guys.
Back from a break, and Storm and Jocephus are brawling into the stands. They get some separation and Storm dares Jocephus to enter the ring for a proper match, but Jocephus demands that Storm turn his back first.
Old footage from Tim Storm's reign as NWA champion is replayed, that puts over how much the belt meant to him. Storm is interviewed before the bout, and he cuts a passionate promo about how much the title means to him and that he couldn't bring himself to tell his 94 year old mother that he was going after it again. He feels that Nick Aldis is the best champion in wrestling today, but tonight is the night he goes for it and reclaims what was once his. Storm feels that under these circumstances, he cannot lose. Storm's promo made me feel all sorts of things and now I want him to win.
The crowd gives them a standing ovation and chants "NWA."" Gally interviews Aldis afterwards. Aldis says that NWA also stands for “never without authenticity” and puts over Tim Storm's character (nice of him to forgive the low blow). Kamille is asked about how she's feeling, and Aldis won't let her talk. That's not cool, bro.
Final Thoughts: Wow, this was a totally charming throwback studio show. The squash matches all served their purposes well and made the show breeze by, and the main event tore the house down. The real reason to watch is that every wrestler who get to talk was able to deliver top notch promos that got themselves over and their programs. This show is a great alternative to some of the other great modern brands in wrestling today. Give this a chance, Thumbs Up!