Episode 13: "Who is the Third Man, Brother?"
From GPB Studios in Atlanta, Georgia. Our hosts are Joe Galli and Stu Bennett.
Galli hosts Tim Storm at the desk. Storm says he would be proud to represent the NWA as TV Champion, as historically it's been a workhorse title. He is mad that Aldis ducked him last week, which also robbed the fans. Kamille interrupts and shoves Galli out of her way to get into Storm's face. She says nothing but holds the mic up to his face. Storm questions how Aldis can consider himself to be the face of the NWA but then no-show a main event, and wonders if he's a coward. That earns Storm a slap across the face. Kamille gives a rare smile and leaves on a salty note.
David Marquez has the Dawsons and Trevor Murdoch at the desk to pull more names for the TV title tourney. Murdoch says he's looked at the list of potential competitors and thinks he can beat them all. Marquez draws Zane Dawson vs. Dave Dawson from the jar. That leaves Thomas Lattimer vs. Trevor Murdoch by default.
Galli hosts a pretaped sitdown interview with "Shooter" Aron Stevens and The Question Mark. Stevens says he brought the Question Mark to America, fed, clothed, and civilized him. In turn, Mark has provided him with mental training. Now Steven is the 3rd Degree National Champion, and no one knows the bond between him and Question Mark, who happens to be a 10th degree black belt in Mongrovian Karate, and later they will be tag team champions. And Stevens will also become World Champion, because why not? Galli thinks Stevens should defend his National title first, and Stevens instantly tries to end the interview. Question Mark chimes in with "Kara-tay!"
Galli hosts NWA World Champion Nick Aldis at the desk and the fans HATE him now. Well, more like they love to hate him, which is even better, as they shower him with "coward" chants. Galli has a stack of questions, Aldis bets he wants to know about Kamille. Aldis says he told the truth when he said Kamille was no longer his insurance policy, he just didn't mention that she was a fully fledged member of Strictly Business. Aldis says that Tim Storm's time has come and gone and he's a mere relic in his rearview mirror. Aldis says people are accusing him of ducking Tim Storm because he couldn't get the job done in six minutes, but that's not true, because the only scenario where he needs more time is the bed room, you can ask his missus. That Mickie James is a lucky woman, I suppose. He's willing to face Ricky Starks and is going to "make him" like he's Oprah, or Tyler Perry, or something. I could listen to Aldis freewheel on the mic all night long (at least longer than six minutes).
Aldis celebrates as if he's won the match, but the match is officially called a draw. That wipes the smile off Aldis' face. Starks is pleading with the referee for more time when Ricky Morton arrives on the scene. Morton dares Aldis to give the kid five more minutes. Aldis says he already gave Starks the match of his life and he couldn't get the job done, so the answer is no. Cue the "coward" chants. Morton challenges Aldis to give him five minutes instead. Aldis promptly rejects and leaves before things get any worse.
Colt is visibly upset and argues with Anderson about what just happened. They leave together, so I guess ANderson will have to turn heel later.
Strictly Business returns to the desk for an impromptu interview. Aldis explains that the Wild Cards were not in the tag match because he has the power to take them out. Aldis wants to address the dinosaur in the room and invites the Rock N Roll Express to join them. Morton and Gibson answer the call. Aldis challenges them to a six man tag next week, and if his team loses, he'll give Morton a title shot. Morton says in his day, champions didn't go for 6 minutes, they went for 60 minutes. Morton tells Aldis to get his stooges together and it's on! Aldis clarifies that he and Morton won't be in the match, they'll have stand-ins, so there won't be any excuses if and when they face off. Aldis says his team will be the Wild Cards, and the third man, brother, will be the hired contractor, SCOTT STEINER! Steiner seems to have some trouble walking down the steps as he enters through the crowd, but cool little surprise anyway. I wonder if he'll treat us to any Steiner math next week.
Final Thoughts: This would be a great episode of Powerrr to start with if you haven't been watching. The matches were all brisk and entertaining, the promos were gold, and we got a surprise in Steiner. This continues to be the most joyful show in all of wrestling.