Today I want to talk about the current iteration of the National Wrestling Alliance’s TV show, NWA Powerrr. As I stated yesterday, in 2017 Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins bought the NWA and relaunched it as an independent promotion. If you’re wondering how that adds up, know that Corgan worked for Resistance Pro Wrestling from 2011 to 2014, and to Total Nonstop Action from 2015 to 2016. Again, without going into the lurid politics of it, he wasn’t able to do the things that he wanted to creatively at those promotions, so he bought NWA.
Powerrr has the production value of public access television, and that’s part of it’s charm. It’s filmed in the Georgia Public Broadcasting studio, in front of an audience of around 200 people. The “crowd” is all on one side of the ring, which sits in the middle of the studio. In one corner opposite the audience is a desk where the announce team provides color commentary. In the other corner is a podium where interviews and promos are shot. That’s it. That’s all you need.
There’s no pyrotechnics. No entrance music. No jumbo screens or slickly-produced graphics packages. The announcer, Dave Marquez (we’ll see him again in a future post) introduced the wrestlers. They come out from backstage and either cut a promo, wrestle, or both.
What this really means is that the wrestlers have to be great. They need solid mic skills and heaps of charisma. They need to be able to wrestle without bells, whistles, and fancy camera work to make them look good. NWA Powerrr is fantastic because it’s refreshingly honest. Corgan and has producing partner David Lagana have done a superb job curating a great roster and an world-class announce team. It’s perfect.
How to Watch NWA Powerrr
All episodes of NWA Powerrr are available for free on YouTube. New Episodes are released on Tuesdays at 6:05 pm Eastern Time. Several of the older pay-per-view events are also posted there for free. Newer PPV events are available for a fee on FiteTV (not sponsored).
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