For the first half of the show there were audio difficulties during interviews backstage, but the commentators always came across fine, and the cameras were perfect throughout the night.
Joe Galli of Championship Wrestling from Hollywood was the play by play commentator, Jim Cornette was the color commentator, and Tony Schiavone was a guest commentator for the main event. Jenn Decker was the interviewer girl for the evening.
Audio problems during the hype portion for the first match. Scorpio Sky’s line about how with the majority of wrestling companies being so open to guest stars these days, it is making things into a modern territory system.
Match 1: Sam Shaw beat Colt Cabana, Scorpio Sky, and Sammy Guevara to win a four-way qualifier to advance to the NWA National Championship match. Shaw came across as highly dominant.
Interview with former world Champion from ten years ago, the Blue Demon Jr. He refused to pick a winner for the main event, instead extending a challenge to whichever competitor wins tonight.
Match 2: Barrett Brown defeated Laredo Kid I hadn’t realized that Brown was the most recent NWA Jr. Heavyweight Champion. That explains his victory. Presumably this was on the card as a way to plant seeds for the future return of that division.
Hype video for Mike Parrow played. His gimmick is that he’s gay and therefore has to be a babyface. Because of audio problems nothing could be heard, but it was the same video from the recent Ten Pounds of Gold show. Jay Bradley cut a heel interview, with James Ellsworth trying to be babyface after showing up for no clear reason. Confusing since the audio was off for this segment.
Awesome heel video package played for Ricky Starks. His production abilities make him a great fit for the YouTube era of professional wrestling. Starks’ aesthetic is very Synthwave 80s modern.
Magnum TA cut a promo to put over the promise of the National division.
Match 3: Willie Mack beat Jay Bradley, Mike Parrow, and Ricky Starks to win a four-way qualifier to advance to the NWA National Championship match.
Afterwards Sam Shaw came out and faced off with Mack. Then Jay Bradley attacked Mack until Ellsworth made the save. Why is Ellsworth here? Isn’t he under contract to TNA? Or WWE? Of course, Mack is also seemingly under TNA contract, so who knows these days.
Speaking of TNA Impact, much of the footage from the night’s opening package was provided by TNA Impact to cover the legacy of the NWA title during the 2002-2007 period it was in TNA. Classy move of TNA letting NWA use it.
Match 4: Kiss My Foot: Tim Storm defeated Peter Avalon (w/Niko Marquez)
The Foot stipulation got added due to a prematch argument. Also, if Avalon didn’t live up to his end of the bargain he would have to pay the NWA a ten thousand dollar fine. Ultimately both Avalon and Marquez had to kiss Storm’s foot. I thought the stipulation was lame, but it was good to see Storm finally get the win in this veteran v. young blood feud.
Match 5: Jazz defeated Penelope Ford to retain the NWA Women’s Championship.
Finish may or may not have been botched. My sense is that Ford was supposed to kick out, but failed to, so Earl Hebner had to abruptly stop his count. Alternatively, Hebner’s hand hit Jazz by accident in a work to lead to a feud? Unclear. Ultimately Jazz then moved to a submission hold and quickly beat Ford.
Ford looked good, but overall it was a squash to establish Jazz’s dominance.
Afterwards Jazz said she wanted a shot at the Ten Pounds of Gold. Female strength and everyone wanting title shots were two reoccurring themes tonight.
Jeff Jarrett promo to put over how the National division is equivalent to the IC division in the 1990s WWF and the US division in 1990s WCW.
Match 6: Willie Mack defeated Sam Shaw to win the vacant NWA National Championship That was a surprise. I did not expect Mack to be under NWA contract, whereas Shaw definitely is. Lot of different ways the divison can go now, with a Shaw rematch, Bradley feud, or Mack as a traveling champion into ROH and TNA.
The War Kings (aka Veterans of War Jax Dane and Crimson (w/ Road Warrior Animal) refused to fight the female members of the Kingdom of Jocephus. Instead they wound up fighting the new kingdom members Shannon Moore and our beloved and much missed CRAZZY STEVE!
Match 7: Jax Dane and Crimson defeated Shannon Moore and CRAZZY STEVE Exciting to see Crazzy Steve again! Per his TNA run, Crazzy Steve once had to be thrown into a volcano in order to be beaten. However, tonight former NWA Champs like Jax Dane are being treated specially, so I will tolerate him losing just this one time. Hope we see more of Crazzy Steve. Either that or send him back to dominate the TNA Impact world title division.
Great segment with Dory Funk Jr. Afterwards he cracked a whip for a while. Crazy to think that now this show has representation from champions going all the way back to the 1960s.
NWA owner and President Billy Corgan was shown onscreen for his only appearance of the night, sitting at ringside watching the show.
As part of the ceremony for the main event, all eight former NWA Champions at the show gathered in the ring: Dory Funk Jr. (1969-73), Jeff Jarrett (reigns during 2002-06), Blue Demon Jr. (2008-10); Colt Cabana (reigns during 2011-12), Jax Dane (2015-16); Tim Storm (2016-17), Nick Aldis (2017-18), and Cody Rhodes (2018).
Great segment to make it emotionally poignant just how much legacy is in the title being fought over in the main event.
Match 8: Two out of three falls: NWA World Heavyweight Championship: “National Treasure” Nick Aldis (aka Magnus) (w/Kamilla Kaine) v. Cody (w/Brandi Rhodes) (c)
Kaine is a tall blonde brought in this time to counter Brandi’s interference, which had been a significant at All In in Cody’s victory. Remember, Aldis is essentially a heel who acts like a babyface while Cody’s a heel who gets cheered.
To sell the stamina that going multiple rounds takes, the referees traded off for each round. Brian Hebner for rounds 1 and if needed 3, and Earl Hebner for round 2.
Fall 1: The first round was an old school technical bout. Cody generally got the advantage over Aldis. When Aldis finally got enough advantage to put Cody in a submission hold Cody tapped instantly to force an instant release. Ironically this meant that while Aldis won the round, he was much worse for wear than Cody was.
Fall 2: Here the animosity of the wrestlers finally flaired up due to how the last round ended. Earl signaled that he would not be willing to call for disqualifications, which led to a hardcore style brawl around ringside, through the concessions area, and back to the ring with tables. The former champs remaining at ringside (Storm, Jax, and Cabana) seemed to be trying to keep order. That resulted in Cody punching out Storm. Boo! Ultimately Cody managed to pull of the win.
Fall 3: The females finally wound up brawling with each other, and the referees finally had enough of the ringside shenanigans and ordered the chicks and the former world champs to all go back stage.
The nature of fall 3 was to be two exhausted warriors at last in a one on one clean fight with each other, each knowing that they were just one three count away from victory.
Ultimately it came down to outwrestling the other, as Aldis managed to reverse Cody’s small package to get the clean pinfall victory.
Winner: and NEW NWA Worlds Heavyweight Champion for the second time, Nick Aldis!
Cody along with the rest of us were shocked that his reign ended so soon.
Spectacular match. Big improvement in terms of ringwork quality compared to their September 1st All In bout.
My guess is they will wrestle one more time for the rubber match in a steel cage to avoid Brandi’s and the former world champs’ interference.