Episode 9: One More Time
From GPB Studios in Atlanta, Georgia. Jim Cornette (in his allegedly final taped episode) and Joe Galli are our hosts for the festivities. This is the "Season Finale" of Powerrr as their Into the Fire pay-per-view is this weekend, and it’s unclear what the future holds for this series (according to various dirt sheets, NWA has been losing money). Joe Galli thanks the fans for watching and does tease a season 2.
Joe Galli hosts a hard sell segment for Into the Fire. The main event will be Nick Aldis vs. James Storm in a 2 / 3 falls match, with each competitor choosing the guest referee for the first two falls. They cut to James Storm in his kitchen ranting about Billy Corgan and the NWA running a conspiracy against him. Storm speculates that the NWA intentionally hid the triple threat match he won to become #1 contender. Storm chooses Brian Hebner as his chosen referee because he trusts him and can be easily thrown into the fire if he screws him. This was quality work from Storm, who comes across as paranoid and tad bit unhinged.
The Question Mark wanders around a wrestling convention, making nice with people like Teddy Long and Kamille. He gets involved in the most random battle royal of all time, with guys like Blue Meanie and Hornswoggle. This was cute.
Joe Galli introduces footage from a recent live event in which Nick Aldis confronted The Great Muta. Aldis drew a line in the sand with his title belt, but there was no further incident.
David Marquez interviews Melina by the ring. Melina says it’s a pleasure to be on Powerrr. She claims to bring out the best in people. Allysin Kay will have to fight hard for the first time since she became champion. Kay interrupts and vows to smack the smug look off Melina’s face, and accuses her of being too scared to fight her own fights. Kay wants a match right here and now. Melina stalls, allowing her henchwomen of Thunder Rosa and Marti Belle to ambush the champion. Rosa’s drum music hits as they leave Kay down and out.
Kyle Davis interviews the Rock N Roll Express. They’re bringing back old school wrestling whether you like it or not.
Nick Aldis responds to James Storm in his hotel room. Aldis claims that Storms’ unaired triple threat victory didn’t air because he wasn’t supposed to be in the match and had inserted himself. Aldis takes James to task for throwing a big hissy fit to force NWA to give him his way. This isn’t TNA, and in the NWA, Storm is in the middle of the pack. Aldis claims that he demanded that Storm be named #1 contender so he could drown the squeaky wheel in grease. Aldis vows to make Storm regret ever thinking he should be champion. Aldis chooses Tim Storm to be his chosen referee for the second fall. The off camera host dares to ask about Kamille not being allowed to speak again. Aldis is sick of the topic and announces that he’s giving her the night off at Into the Fire, to ensure there’s no excuses.
NWA Powerrr Season 2 begins December 17th! Now, that’s a relief!
Joe Galli thanks Jim Cornette for everything he did for the NWA.
Nick Aldis, back in his living room, has some "bad news" and reveals that Stu Bennett will be replacing Jim Cornette on commentary at Into the Fire.
Final Thoughts: This was a fine "go home" show for an interesting Into the Fire pay-per-view. There’s a lot of good storyline threads up and down the card, so I’m more than sold on the event.