Episode 7: The Phoenix Rises.
From GPB Studios in Atlanta, Georgia. This episode became instantly notorious when it was yanked off the air midstream due to Jim Cornette using a racist metaphor on commentary, which I'm not going to dignify by repeating here. There's a bit of a boycott movement against Powerrr on social media after Dave Lagana posted one of those "Sorry if YOU were offended" type non-apologies.
David Marquez hosts NWA World Champion Nick Aldis at the desk and sheepishly asks Aldis about the Kamille topic, since it's the "talk of the internet." Aldis mockingly says if the internet is talking about it, then surely it's on the top of his mind. Fans chant "NWA" as Aldis shifts his attention to the contenders to his title, and is ready to prove once again why he's the best. Aldis will face someone he respects, Trevor Murdoch, in an exhibition match, which the crowd boos. Aldis doesn't want to suggest this is a "tune up" match but admits that Murdoch has been out of the game for a while. They have history together, as they both trained under possibly the greatest NWA Champion of all time, Harley Race. Crowd responds well to Aldis' back handed compliments.
Crowd chants "Thank you Murdoch." Aldis says Murdoch is a crafty bastard, but respects him, and demands he shake his hand.
David Marquez hosts The Rock N Roll Express at the desk. Morton says they've got a shot at the tag titles and are ready to become nine time champions. They depart to "Rock N Roll" chants. The champions Wild Cards come to the desk. Lattimer says there's no bloody way the RNR Express will get their hands on their gold. Isaacs isn't impressed by RNR's resume, and Lattimer says they can kiss their ass.
Andy Anderson promo from "1979." There's a ton of great deals to be had at Highspots! It's like heaven for the wrestling world!
National Champion Colt Cabana joins commentary to scout Ricky Starks.
Question Mark seems to hesitate before joining Stevens in beating up Starks, hitting thrust strikes to the neck. Cabana has seen enough and makes the late save. Stevens and Mark take turns posing to boos and yeah's from the fans.
Cornette and Galli host Eli Drake at the desk. Drake feels like everyone around him just wants to make noise (the fans are still chanting for Question Mark). Drake calls the fans dummies and challenges Mr. Anderson to come find him so he can ship him back to Minnesota. Anderson arrives on the scene and states he's here for the rebirth of the NWA and is sick of Drake running his "jibs" and wants to fight now. Drake agrees, but then cheap shots Anderson, knocking him into the ring post. Drake grabs a spare metal turnbuckle and clocks Anderson in the head. Officials check on Anderson while one smart guy in the audience yells "Someone get Question Mark!"
Melina grins while watching Thunder Rosa hit a flying double stomp on Kay for good measure. Melina joins Rosa and Belle in the ring and they appear to be a united clique.
Stevens declares the victory came from the power of karate, and Mark echoes the sentiment. James Storm randomly shows up and complains about Nick Aldis having nothing but exhibition matches against people who don't matter, and "bullsh!t" like Colt Cabana in matches like this. Right before Storm totally loses it, Kamille shows up and whispers something in his ear. Storms immediately calms down.
Final Thoughts: Another entertaining and easy to watch episode, once the racism was cut out. It's funny how quickly the "real fans of professional wrestling" in the studio hijacked the show once they latched on to the Question Mark. This shtick could get old really fast.