NWA Into The Fire
Thoughts & Predictions
December 12, 2019
Coming up in just two days from Atlanta, GA on Saturday, December 14, 2019, is a pay-per-view offering from the National Wrestling Alliance, the NWA, called “Into TheFire”. Six matches have been announced for the event and it will be available for viewing on traditional PPV outlets and will feature Stu Bennett, formerly known as Bad News Barrett in the WWE on commentary, replacing Jim Cornette. It looks to be a good show and as with all major shows that I actually give a damn about, it’s time to break out the Sister Cleo costume and read the cards. It’s prediction time. Let’s do this
Question Mark vs. Trevor Murdoch
Who is the mysterious Question Mark? Since his debut a few weeks ago on NWA Powerr, this masked man has been looking good in that ring, scoring some impressive wins and confounding the know-it-alls of the NWA. And on the other side of the ring is a man who needs no introduction, Trevor Murdoch. A former WWE Tag Team Champion, Murdoch has been working at the side of the late Harley Race, the toughest man on God’s green earth, doing his thing and loving the greatest sport in the world, old school style. And now, he’ll be taking a masked man to school. But alas, I don’t think he’ll do as well as one might hope. Murdoch is a great performer and a truly great representative of old-school and what the NWA and pro wrestling used to be and I’ll always be a fan of his, but he can afford to lose this match. Mark, he’s the new guy and a loss this early would, dare I say it, raise a bunch of questions about his abilities and role in the NWA. Look for the masked man to take home the win.
Winner: Question Mark
Allysin Kay and Ashley Vox vs. Melina, Thunder Rosa or Marti Belle
Unfortunately, I don’t get to watch as much NWA as I’d like and while I’ve seen portions of matches involving these four women, my familiarity with them ends at their names and not more than that. I don’t know what these ladies can do in the ring so any prediction is just total guesswork for no reason. I’ll still be right though. It’s two on three so that means the two are faces and the three have to be heels. In matches like this, the faces always win and so it shall be here again.
Winners: Allysin Kay & Ashley Vox
Eli Drake vs. Ken Anderson
Now these two men, I know very well and this will either be a great match or a total stinker. Drake, I have faith in and he’s one hell of a performer. Anderson, I’m not a big fan and his matches can be hit or miss depending on how focused he is for the evening. The only thing I like about Anderson is his introduction and I don’t know if he even still does it the same way. Look for Drake to get the pin here.
Winner: Eli Drake
NWA World Championship Match – Best of Three Falls
Nick Aldis (c) vs. James Storm
This is the big match for the night as Nick Aldis, the man who wears the treasured “ten pounds of gold”, goes two out of three against “The Outlaw” James Storm. Brian Hebner will referee the first fall and former NWA Champion Tim Storm will act as the referee for the second. So that means we’re definitely going three falls here. Since Storm is the man Aldis beat to capture the NWA gold, I think his refereeing might end up a little suspect and Storm will take advantage to get a fall in part two. Hebner will call it straight and Aldis will take the early lead by winning the first fall. And then it all comes down to the final fall. Who will the referee be for the deciding fall? That’s the big question and I wouldn’t be surprised to see a surprise third referee come in to handle the duties. Is Tommy Young available? How about Nick Patrick? Regardless, it doesn’t matter. We’ll get a hell of a match and unfortunately for Storm, “sorry about your damn luck!”. Aldis wins the final fall and keeps the title.
Winner of 2 falls to 1 and STILL NWA World Heavyweight Champion: Nick Aldis.
Triple Threat Match – NWA National Championship
Colt Cabana (c) vs. Aron Stevens vs. Ricky Starks
I might be wrong here, but didn’t Aron Stevens, the former Damien Sandow, “quit” pro wrestling and the NWA this past week? If he’s quit, how is he a part of this match? Maybe we’ll see some “Macho Madness” and a character reboot? This should be a fun match regardless and if a title does change hands, this should be the one that does it. Colt is a great wrestler and commentator too, but as a long term champion, he’s just never really worked for me. Isn’t he a former NWA Champion too? Regardless, the belt is changing hands and I think that whatever Aron Stevens has planned and whatever shenanigans he decides to pull, it’ll pay off in spades, but just to make it even more controversial, Starks will be the one to take the pin.
Winner and NEW NWA National Champion: Aron Stevens
NWA World Tag Team Championship Match
The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson) (c) vs. The Wild Cards (Thomas Latimer and Royce Isaacs)
Yes, the Rock & Roll Express ARE the NWA World Tag Team Champions. It was a feel good moment and tribute to one of the most legendary teams in pro wrestling. But will it last against the challenge of The Wild Cards? By all common sense, it shouldn’t and Ricky & Robert’s reign should come to an end right here and now, but I don’t really know. I think we’ll get a swerve here and after taking a beating from hell, the R&R Express manage to snatch a victory from the jaws of defeat. In a classic “what happened” moment, look for a pin from out of nowhere that allows the two Hall of Fame wrestlers to take that trip to the pay window and retain their titles.
Winners and STILL NWA World Tag Team Champions: The Rock & Roll Express
And there you go. I expect an extra match or two might be added to the event sometime between now and Saturday, but these are the matches announced and those are my predictions. So what are your thoughts on the NWA and on this show? Drop me a line in the comments and let me know. Until the next time, take care and have a great weekend. I’ll see you at the matches.