Time to step back Into The Frie with a new season of NWA USA, and there’s is a lot of action for the Knoxville crowd, as Homicide and Kerry Morton will be in action tonight, along with the mixed tag team of Psycho Love.
Right now Kyle Davis is in the ring with The Country Gentlemen, and they are still riding that high after winning the NWA US Tag Titles from The Fixers. AJ Cazana states his family has been wrestling around the Knoxville area for over 90 years, (which you should read here if you missed the interview) but no gold in all that time…until now. “The Thoroughbred” Anthony Andrews chimes in saying they knew that family was behind him. So, for all intents and purposes, Country Gentlemen Rule (sorry, Jay Bradley and Wrecking Ball Legursky).
We’re coming to you from the Knoxville Convention Center in Knoxville, TN. Joe Galli, Tim Storm, and Velvet Sky have the call, and your First Match of this NWA USA is…
Homicide vs. Ryan Davidson
Galli notes that he still has some concerns about Homicide’s state of mind since he lost the NWA Junior Heavyweight title to Kerry Morton. Right now his focus is on Davidson, and this Texas Bear gets some early offense and is more than a match for the Notorious Legend. He regroups, and then trips up and wraps his leg around the ring post and ties him up in a Figure Four around the post to try and break his leg. Once he’s back in the ring, Homicide targets the bad ankle and creates more damage to the big man. He then grabs a pen from Velvet Sky to try and stab him (and Sky is worried she’d be an accessory, but would only apply if she knowingly and willingly aided Homicide in the course of a crime…or so I’m told. *ahem*), but the ref makes him toss it. Davidson goes back on offense, but Homicide knocks him back down. He manages to nail a powerslam to Homicide to cover for a two count, followed by an atomic drop to a scoop and a slam. He goes for a big boot to the corner, but Homicide cuts him off and hits a tornado DDT for two. A flash Koji cutter is enough for Homicide to get the pin and win.
Your Winner via Pinfall: Homicide
Afterward, Homicide takes Davis to the stage onto The Podium. Davis nervously says, “It’s nice to see you, and congratulations on the win.” Homicide wants to speak to Tennessee, and he says he should still be the NWA Junior Heavyweight champ, but he lost the tile. So, he wants to turn the page and wants the NWA National Heavyweight title that this “luchador” from Mexico is holding. Davis corrects him that Cyon is not a luchador, and Homicide says, “Then he’s a scrub.” He calls out Austin Idol and tells him to his face he wants his dumb son Cyon for the NWA National Heavyweight title. Idol appreciates the gumption, but notes he is a junior heavyweight, and he’s not ready. Then Homicide really lets loose with some profanity which gets muted (boo) and tells Idol to make the make. We don’t hear, but Homicide confirms it’ll happen at the Nuff Said PPV.
Next up is a tag team intergender match between two new teams…
Psycho Love (Angelina Love and Fodder) vs. The Looks That Kill (Mercurio and Natalia Markova)
This was supposed to be the match Thom Latimer and Kamille were supposed to have, but they instead attacked them during the NWA POWERRR Live show. Markova and Love start out strong and The Crush has the advantage in this contest. She then tags in Fodder, and he and Mercurio face off (since the rules are the same gender must face off in the ring). Fodder sends Mercurio into the corner and Love chokes him from behind. With that interference, Fodder begins to dissect Mercurio. He fights back with a clothesline from behind to cover Fodder for two. He whips him to his corner, but Markova doesn’t want to resort to dirty tricks, and commentary notes she is trying to turn over a new leaf. Mercurio tries to stage a comeback but Love trips him up, and Fodder drags him face-first along the ropes to add to “the-a ugly face.” But a hot tag to Markova and she is a Crush en Fuego. She whiffs on The Beautiful Disaster kick, but nails Love with a Jazz Stinger for a two count, and then a running knee for another two. Now Fodder comes in, and Mercurio is distracted by Markova. As his back is turned he runs into Fodder and the Psycho Boy gets a stunner into a uranage for the three count.
Your Winners via Pinfall: Pyscho Love
Galli mentions that Kamille and Latimer will have another chance to face Psycho Love at the Nuff Said PPV this February 11th.
May Valentine is backstage (in her wedding dress, no less) speaking with The Renegade Twins, Robyn and Charlette. They noted that every time they faced Ella Envy or Kenzie Paige, they resorted to dirry tricks to win. This time, at the next NWA POWERRR, they say if they beat them in a straight up competition, they will have a shot at the NWA Women’s Tag Team belts. I say good luck with that.
Now it’s time for the Main Event, and it’s…
Kerry Morton (with Ricky Morton) vs. Joe Alonzo
Morton has a cast on his right hand in this non-title match, and who knows How much this will play into the match. As the bell rings, Alonzo attacks straightaway with a running knee and immediately targets the bad arm.
Again, my inner Ron Burgundy stated, “Boy, that escalated quickly!”
Alonoz goes to the outside dragging Morton. He attempts to whip him into the guardrails but Morton reverses and Alonzo gets the worse of the steel barricades. Alonzo comes back and continues to wrench on Morton’s casted arm. keeping him grounded for most of the contest. Morton is determined and attempts a comeback, but Alonzo keeps his offense on the bad wing. At one point, he yanks hard in an armbreaker and Morton writhes in pain.
Alonzo rushes into the corner and runs into his cast, stunning him. Faster than you can say “‘Cowboy’ Bob Orton”, Morton punches away with his left hand and hits a neckbreaker, followed by a back elbow in the corner and finishes up with a powerslam but can’t capitalize as his broken arm is still giving him trouble. Morton pulls down his knee pad for his finisher and Alonzo ducks out of the ring. Morton gives chase, but Alonzo stun guns him on the top rope, and then sets up top to finish off The Future Lengend. The double stomp misses, and now Morton delivers the Kiss It Goodbye knee to cover for one, two…whoa, so close! Morton digs deep and delivers a spinning inverted facelock elbow drop (what some fans recognize as The Eye of the Hurricane) and now gets the one, two, and three!
Your Winner via Pinfall: Kerry Morton
As Ricky goes in the ring to celebrate the win with Kerry, Danny Dealz and Alex Taylor come out from the back. Dealz gets the mic, and notes during The Champions Series, “The spark plug” Taylor helped carry Team Rock n Roll all the way to the finals. With the title shot they earned for their team, Dealz calls out Ricky and says Taylor wants a shot at his NWA Junior Heavyweight belt and he wants it…at the Nuff Said PPV, since “these people don’t deserve this!” Kerry accepts, and we got most of the card filled out, with more to come next week on NWA POWERRR as the show rolls to the credits.
NWA USA 02/04/2023
Mostly a solid show, but it was the events after the matches that were of interest and fills out the card for the Nuff Said PPV. I am curious how some of these will play out this Saturday, and I definitely have my work cut out for me to cover that show.
Until then, see ya on Tuesday for NWA POWERRR, and then come back next Saturday for the PPV!