I -really- like the production aesthetic of this series. Somehow it manages to have a slick, well-produced theme, mixed with the look of something that feels DIY.
The use of opening credits is brilliant. I'm surprised that this hasn't been done in wrestling before. Quick way to establish who the main players are probably going to be in a given episode. The opening theme always gets me pumped. It especially stands out given the absence of entrance music for the matches. The shot of Cody tapping out to Aldis in the clip from NWA 70 is a nice touch.
One big surprise for me about the series is of how much its become clear just who were Corgan's handpicked people in TNA. That makes it more understandable why Aron Stevens and DCC disappeared as soon as Corgan was forced out. I hadn't thought of Marti Belle as one of Corgan's people, but perhaps he was why the Dollhouse ended up with the premier theme that they did. Anderson also didn't seem like he had been one of Corgan's boys, but he did have a memorable feud with Samuel Shaw, so perhaps Shaw put in a good word for him. Speaking of which, where are Samuel Shaw and Aiden O'Shea?
If they weren't under contract elsewhere, it feels inevitable that the rest of his 2016 team (Broken Hardyz, the Miracle and Maria, and Allie) would be showing up.
Considering that AEW launched at the same time, I'm amazed by all of the big name talent that NWA managed to bring in.
Aron Stevens's pirates film looks must see. I hope they really show the full thing in Summer 2020.
Love the Storm v. Drake v. Aldis title scene mix. I wonder how long Drake will stay a babyface. He's a natural schemer.
Drake winds up manipulating Storm into accepting Aldis's challenge for a match that's potentially lose-lost for Storm. If Storm's team loses the main event, he has to give Colt Cabana his rematch for Storm's National Championship. If Storm's team wins, then Storm gets a shot at Aldis's Worlds Heavyweight title -- but only in an Option C style setup where Storm has to relinquish his National title first.
The Kamille Clickbait plotline has been lame, but it was cool how an episode or two ago, Aldis got to point out that Kamille has never wound up cheating in his matches. It always feels shady how Aldis has her supporting him in matches, but other than against Cody (where she countered Brandi) Aldis has never let her interfere on his behalf.
The Spiritual Advisor ad last week was fun as well. I hope she shows up soon, and gets Jocephus back on track.
Match 1: Trevor Murdoch defeated Jocephus due to Jocephus's power weapon backfiring.
Austin Idol being back on board makes me happy.
Match 2: The Dawsons (Dave and Zane) defeat LAX (Eddie Kingston and Homicide) via interference from the tag champs Wild Cards. The Wild Cards beat up both of their rival teams, then toss one of the Dawsons on top for the pin.
Who Is the Mark is top tier use of question marks???????
Womens Champ Allysin Kay taunts her rivals in the next match
Match 3: Ashley Vox defeats Marti Belle
Afterwards the Rosemary lookalike Thunder Rosa debuts and proposes an alliance with Marti Belle. Belle isn't feeling it.
Tony Falk’s Waffles and Tire Irons better be a real thing, it makes me hungry, and desirous of gold tire irons.
Match 4: Ricky Starks defeats Aron Stevens via the tights
Match 5: Team Aldis (Nick Aldis, Colt Cabana, and Ken Anderson) defeated Team Storm (James Storm & the Wild Cards (Royce Isaacs, and Thom Latimer))
LoL @ Gavintzu I'm happy for this rating, I liked the show overall and I'm always glad to see the ratings reflect a show that I like. Hey if this Kane thing works then run with it, why not. He's not my favorite big man (that goes to Lesner)