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by Samoa Rowe
February 11, 2020
Episode 18: "Money Where Your Mouth Is."
Sean Mooney promises to update us on what transpired between Nick Aldis and Marty Scurll at ROH Free Enterprise.
From GPB Studios in Atlanta, Georgia. Our hosts are Joe Galli and Stu Bennett. NWA Tag Team Champions James Storm and Eli Drake are lurking at commentary. Storm has been drinking, so he's not allowed to wear a headset.
The Dawsons (with The Pope) vs. The Bouncers (Brian Milonas and Beer City Bruiser, with Eddie Kingston)
Fans chant "We like beer" before the bell. Bruiser quickly scores a big clothesline. Milonas saunters into the ring and shows and happily engages in a chopfest. Milonas hits a series of stinkface shots in the corner and serves Dawson up for Bruiser's splash. Bruiser bites, which is fine, because he "ain't got no teeth." A distraction allows the Dawsons to isolate Bruiser for a short spell. Bruiser saves himself with a double clothesline and Milonas goes on a rampage. Meanwhile, Kingston and Pope tease a brawl. The Dawsons powerbomb Milonas off the turnbuckles and Bruiser makes the last second save. Superplex by Milonas and Frog Splash by Bruiser finishes at 5:22. Decent hoss battle, **½.
Winners: The Bouncers
The Bouncers help James Storm fill the Crockett Cup with beer so the cowboy can take a swig. Drake is pressed to drink as well, but he sticks to water.
Galli hosts Thom Latimer and Kamille. I feel like Latimer's name is spelled differently every week. Latimer is happy to have the opportunity to kick Tim Storm's @ss on behalf of Strictly Business. He buries James Storm and Eli Drake for not being a real team. Also, he hates the Rock N Roll Express and Strictly Business will live forever. Galli wants to hear from Kamille, who threatens to slap him.
Tim Storm vs. Thom Latimer (with Kamille)
Latimer cheap shots before the bell but Storm clotheslines him to the floor. They trade running shoulder tackles and smack talk. Storm hits a back body drop and the fans chant "Perfect Storm." Latimer hits a spear and takes over the match with aggressive punching. Storm rallies but seems to hurt his own back while dishing out a neckbreaker. Storm misses a head of steam and Latimer hits a DDT for the win at 5:35. Crowd is appropriately bummed. This was all action, **½.
Winner: Thom Latimer
"Mama Storm" enters the studio and admonishes Storm for the loss. Storm is more bemused than upset.
David Marquez interviews Trevor Murdoch, who has a lot to say about how Aron Stevens is always running away and hiding. Murdoch says the National title deserves a fighting champion, as does the fans. He has proven that he's the roughest, toughest guy in the NWA and does his job. The late Harley Race would be ashamed of Stevens and Question Mark! This brings out Question Mark for the rebuttal, which is mostly guttural throat noises (AKA, the Mongrovian National Anthem). Mark vows to beat Murdoch with karate.
Sean Mooney news update! He introduces footage from ROH Free Enterprise, where Scurll counter-offered Nick Aldis' demand to refund the fans. Scurll proposes that if he loses against Aldis at the Crockett Cup, he'll write a personal check of a half million dollars. They cut to Nick Aldis pondering the offer and accepting. Mooney reveals that Powerrr will be on hiatus next week in order to premier Circle Squared, a new reality show featuring up and coming pro wrestlers.
Non-ironic ad for Nikita Koloff for Christ! Give him a call and he'll come preach in your town. Maybe for a little extra, he'll do it with a Russian accent.
NWA Television Championship:
Ricky Starks © vs. Matt Cross
The 6:05 time limit is in effect. They're really talking up the Lucky 7 rule, which suggests that Starks will be in line for a World title shot. They work a grounded chain wrestling contest early on. The pace quickens and Starks hits a shotgun dropkick. Cross cartwheels out of a monkey flip and hits a backbreaker for 2. Cross hits a back handspring elbow. They trade stiff shots and Cross hits a thrust kick for 2. After many counters, Starks hits a vertical suplex. Tornado DDT by Starks only gets 2. Cross hits a cutter but stupidly doesn't go for the cover and time expires at 6:05. This didn't quite click, **.
Time Limit Draw
Zicky Dice mocks Cross and Starks for boring us. Dice says the difference between him and Starks, is that Zicky finishes every time. Ew.
Marti Belle credits Melina for all the bad things that have happened to Allysin Kay. The host suggests that Melina is manipulating her, which triggers Belle. She brands herself as a "Latina Lion" and Melina saw that. Belle says Kay doesn't care about the fans just like she didn't care about her when they were friends. Allysin Kay arrives for the rebuttal. Kay furiously states that she cares about all the fans and puts her body on the line every night for them. Kay compares Melina to Jim Jones, and Marti is drinking the kool-aid. Kay says even if they aren't friends, she'll always be there for Belle, who rejects the peace offering.
Melina vs. Tasha Steelz
A grumpy Melina shoves Steelz into the corner. Tasha pleads that she respects Melina but then takes the fight to her. Melina cuts her off with a DDT and kicks her gut. Steelz grabs the hair and punches the face, but Melina drives her back to the mat. Steelz rallies with punches and forearm shots, and hits a neckbreaker for 2. Rough DDT by Melina gets another nearfall. Clothesline by Melina and Primal Scream finishes at 4:47. Disjointed outing that was stuck in first gear, *.
Melina says she's proven herself yet again and gives herself a title match against Thunder Rosa.
Strictly Business (NWA World Champion Nick Aldis and Royce Isaacs) vs. The Rock N Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson)
Sal Rinauro is sitting in the stands with Isaacs' girlfriend, May Valentine. The distraction allows a nearfall for Gibson. Isaacs is helpless as the RnR Express double team him with a wishbone. They hyperextend Isaacs' legs and take a cheap shot at Aldis. They roll over Isaacs again, Aldis leans back to avoid their attack on the apron, but they fake him out and get their cheap shot in anyway. Isaacs rakes the eyes and Aldis finally tags in and takes out his frustrations on Gibson. Morton tags himself in and hits a rana! Isaacs lures Morton into a clothesline ambush by Aldis at ringside. Strictly Business work Morton over in their corner. Gibson gets the hot tag and runs wild through Isaacs. Gibson power slams Aldis off the top rope and backslides Isaacs for 2. Isaacs thumbs the eye of Gibson and pins him with his feet on the ropes at 7:23. This was okay, the crowd was really into it, **¼.
Winners: Strictly Business
Isaacs goes right to May and tells off Rinauro for sitting with her.
Final Thoughts: I wasn't really feeling this episode. Give this one a pass.
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