Okay, I admit it. I was watching American Idol. I'm not proud of it, but I'm man enough to admit it. HOWEVER... If I had not been watching Idol, I wouldn't have brought up the Program Guide during a commercial and noticed "NWA Wrestling Showcase" on ColoursTV.
The show definitely has an old school feel. The production quality is pretty crappy but could be worse. It looks like it was filmed with $100 Wal-Mart cameras (and quite possibly was) but I didn't notice any missing of obvious spots, which is more than I can say for certain other promotions with much higher television budgets. The announcing isn't bad, though hearing two announcers actually calling a match, complete with mostly accurate move names, is going to take some getting used to.
TJ Perkins vs. Ikuto Hidaka was a decent opening match. Good back and forth action with lots of near falls. There was nothing that would particularly make me want to see either of these guys again, but nothing that would make me change the channel the next time they come on.
Los Luchas vs The Real American Heroes (Joey Ryan and Karl Anderson) was rather horrid. First of all, you have a flag match in which the goal is to capture your own flag which is suspended a good 2 or 3 inches above the turnbuckle. I'm pretty sure you could put me in a ring with the top 5 MMA fighters in the world and I'd still have a 50% chance of winning the match under those rules. Of course, that's because I wouldn't stand in the middle of the ring like an idiot while my opponents feign walking out of the arena. I would probably blow almost as many spots as Los Luchas, but seeing as I have no training, I don't think I would be as ashamed of that as they should be. (The match was made worthwhile by Rob Conway (who was co-hosting the show) going off on fans for cheering for the non-American team in a flag match.
Ricky Vega vs some guy who's name I forgot was a quick squash match, but Vega looked good and I'm interested in seeing more from him. I've never heard of the guy (though my knowledge of non-mainstream wrestling has disintegrated in the past three years) but Vega has a good look, seemed to demonstrate some charisma and, from what I could gather from the 4 or 5 moves he used in the squash, has at least some semblance of talent. I expect that we'll see him in the majors at some point.
Rey Misterio Sr. & El Hijo del Santo vs. Blue Demon Jr. & Nicho el Millionaire (aka Psicosis) was the main event. I didn't realize Rey Misterio Sr was still alive. Nor did I realize that his stomach was big enough to hide Rey Misterio Jr. The timing of the commercial breaks in this match ruined what otherwise would have been an enjoyable match filled with legends.
Also on the show were promos (and multiple run-ins) from NWA champion Adam "Scrap Iron" Pearce and an interview with Bob Caudel.
Next week's main event features Bryan Danielson vs. Sean Denny, which should be interesting.
Apparently, you can watch a stream of the show here, though I haven't tested it myself, being on dialup.
Welcome home, men of the 2nd Bn, 127th Inf, 32d "Red Arrow" Brigade, WI Army Nat'l Guard! Good luck to those down south.
That production quality looked pretty good...at least online. (Only thing I hate about DirecTV is that I can't get either ColoursTV--strictly for the NWA Showcase--or WWE 24/7.) Especially compared to the production quality of other indy or NWA-affiliated feds out there...not bad at all! Plus, anything with showgirls shot on Fremont St. can't be all bad. :-)
I wonder if us other members of the Alliance will be invited to offer programming to be integrated into this show.
And yes, the NWA world champion kicking off the show? He's one of our alumni.
Of all people, Bradshaw was doing La Magistral semi-regularily in matches for a while.. and the Rock breaks it out very rarely too (the Iron Man match being the most memorable). I don't recall seeing Chris Jericho doing it, though.