NWA: When Our Shadows Fall PPV Review

Miguel Meza

La Rebelión Amarilla (Mecha Wolf and Bestia 666) def. Marshe Rockett and Slice Boogie vs. Sal Rinauro and Sam Rudo vs The End (Odinson and Parrow)

The opening match was just as every opening match should be; fast-paced entertaining stuff to get the show started off right. The End looked true powerhouses, doing stereo torture racks at one point. Sal Rinauro and Sam Rudo played the part of the comedic underdogs well, with Rudo showing off some high-flying offense and taking a mean powerbomb to the outside by Odinson. The Crash Lucha Libre duo of Bestia 666 and Mecha Wolf would get the win after hitting an impressive muscle buster followed by a 450 splash, great stuff.

7.5/10

Non-Title Grudge Match – There Must Be a Winner: Tyrus (w/Austin Idol) def. Pope

The match started with a bit of a boxing-type exchange of fists, which was pretty interesting. Although it was clear that Pope was going to have his working boots all night, he was still able to do something serviceable with the technically and physically limited Tyrus. The finish was Tyrus going for a Bonsai drop of sorts, only to get the double kick to the crotch, before Idol gave him some sort of object to strike Pope with to get him down. Kind of strange to make this a non-title match, but one could guess that Pope will just inevitably win the title match itself when it happens.

4.5/10

Taryn Terrell and Kylie Rae def. Thunder Rosa and Melina

Melina and Taryn Terrell actually had the bulk of the opening of the match as they wrestled classically. Nothing too big, headlock here, a few strikes there. At one point, Terrell took Thunder Rosa to the back and they never returned. Kylie Rae was able to get the huge win over Melina. It has also been reported that Rae has signed with NWA, a huge talent grab for them. It wasn’t all that special of a match but it was an important moment for the women’s division.

5/10

JTG def. Fred Rosser

The match started with a bit of a slow, feeling out process for the two as they got to the classic up and under spots. Then it was onto some more classic wrestling as the two would trade arm drags and leg sweeps for a bit. It was an interesting story that was subtly told through the in-ring psychology and a bit more blatantly by the commentary to see a veteran square off against someone who learned from him. Eventually, JTG would get the small package pinfall victory after the two tried to backslide each other.

7/10

NWA World Tag Team Championship: Aron Stevens and Kratos def. The War Kings (Crimson and Jax Dane) vs. Strictly Business (Thom Latimer and Chris Adonis)

There was a lot of good energy in the start of this match as they utized the triple threat format of the in-ring action to showcase all three of the in-ring competitors. It was good to see Chris Adonis’ Master-Lock remain protected. Aron Stevens spent a little too much time getting double-teamed by the other competitors, but Kratos’ injury made it make sense. Stevens had a fantastic comeback afterwards that eventually led to Kratos getting a kick in the grown to Crimson behind Stevens’ back for the win.

7.5/10

Kamille def. Serena Deeb for the NWA Women’s Championship

There was a good back and forth throughout this match as it seemed like Serena Deeb was using her veteran instincts and technical prowess to try and limit the strenght of Kamille. Although it seemed like they stalled with a few resthold spots, it wasn’t anything overbearing on the flow of the match as it had more selling from the two. At one point Deeb locked in a mean single leg Boston crab, which looked absoluitely devastating as she attempted to ground Kamille. Eventually, however, the upstart Kamille would get the 3-count after hitting a Steam Roller and a spear. Solid match.

7/10

Nick Aldis def. Trevor Murdoch for the NWA World’s Heavyweight Championship

This match had the feel of Dusty Rhodes vs. Ric Flair, where the hardworking blue collar wrestler has to go up against the world champion that oozes charisma and pomp. In fact, Murdoch would hit some very classic Dusty elbows on Aldis. Early on, Murdoch would try to hit the bulldog from the top but Aldis would move the topes to drop him off, and then he took over the match for a bit and even hit a brutal powerslam onto the floor on the outside. Lot of classic heel character schtick from Aldis throughout. Murdoch eventually came back and even hit his finishing bulldog from the top rope, but only for a 2-count. The finish of the match was a huge screw finish in which Thom Latimer came out to distract the ref, only for Aldis to hit the ref with a steel chair and hit a huge elbow from the top rope on Murdoch. Afterwards, he was looking for the ref, Murdoch recovered and locked in an impressive cloverleaf submission and looked to become the winner before the referee questionably called a DQ on Murdoch, awarding the champion. This match could have been rated better if it was not for the finish.

8/10

After the show, Murdoch cut a heartbreaking promo where he asked the fans what else he has to do to get the championship. He really did have Aldis beat, this might not be over.

Overall Show Grade: 7/10

There was a lot of good in this match and a lot really mediocre from here and there, but overall it was a good show and as I said with NWA Back For The Attack, they are utilizing their roster to the best of their ability. Still, it was marred by a few screw finishes and wonky booking in that last match and the seemingly unannounced disappearance of the NWA North American title remains a disappointing aspect of NWA programming as of late.

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