Hard Times 2
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PromotionNational Wrestling Alliance
DateDecember 4, 2021
CityAtlanta, Georgia[1]
VenueGPB Studios
Tagline(s)Revenge Has No Bounds
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Hard Times 2 was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event promoted by the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA). It took place on December 4, 2021, in Atlanta, Georgia, at the GPB Studios. It is the second event in the Hard Times chronology.

Production

Storylines

The event featured professional wrestling matches that involved different wrestlers from pre-existing scripted feuds and storylines. Wrestlers portrayed heroes, villains, or less distinguishable characters in scripted events that built tension and culminated in a wrestling match or series of matches. The sixth season of the NWA's weekly flagship program, Power, featured storylines leading up to the event.

For weeks, Melina has been lobbying to get a match for the NWA World Women's Championship against Kamille. After many denials and sneak attacks, Melina won a three-way match on the October 26 EmPowerrr edition of Power, defeating Chelsea Green and Kylie Rae to earn her title match with Kamille at Hard Times.[2] [3]

After Austin Idol cost him an NWA World Television Championship #1 contender's match,[4] Cyon, the NWA's masked mystery man, continued to demand a title match against Idol's main charge Tyrus. On October 27, it was officially announced that Tyrus will defend the television title against Cyon, using his title shot he earned by being on the winning team of the Champions Series, at Hard Times.[3] On November 19, when NWA President Billy Corgan was running down the card for Hard Times, he revealed Tyrus request the match have no time limit and no disqualifications. To help balance this out, Corgan instilled The Pope - who Tyrus defeated to win the championship - as special guest referee.[5]

Since the September 7 episode of Power, an NWA World Tag Team Championship Eliminator tournament has been taking place, with the winners getting a shot against champions La Rebelión (Bestia 666 and Mecha Wolf 450) at Hard Times. The finals will take place on the November 16 episode of PowerrrSurge, where The End (Odinson and Parrow) defeated Hawx Aerie (Luke Hawx and PJ Hawx) to advance to Hard Times.[6][7]

After By Any Means Necessary, NWA Worlds Heavyweight Champion Trevor Murdoch was having a fan photo shoot inside a steel cage. However, the session was soon interrupted when Mike Knox appeared and attacked Murdoch, locking him and himself in the cage before battering Murdoch with a steel chair. He later would hold up the title over a crowd of wrestlers and Billy Corgan, making his title intentions clear.[8] On November 11, Knox sent in a video, not seeing Murdoch as a true champion and that he's not half the man that his mentor Harley Race ever was. He eventually announced that he would make an appearance at Hard Times. Two days later, Murdoch sent a response to Knox, and demanded Billy Corgan and the NWA Board of Directors make a title match between him and Knox at Hard Times. The match would finally be set by the NWA on November 15 for the main event of Hard Times.[9]

At NWA 73, Judais won a battle royal to become the #1 contender to the NWA National Championship.[10] After two months, and defending his title shot against James Storm[11] and Sal Rinauro,[12] it was announced that Judais will have his match against champion Chris Adonis at Hard Times.[5]

After Nick Aldis lost the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship at NWA 73,[10] tensions between him and his stable Strictly Business (Kamille, Chris Adonis, and Thom Latimer) began to rise. It all amounted on the October 5 episode of Power, where Adonis and Latimer were defeated by Aldis and Tim Storm in a tag team match. After the match, Strictly Business brutalized their now-former leader, to the point where Aldis was carried out on a stretcher.[13] Latimer would continue to assault Aldis on behalf of Strictly Business, even attacking him after a match Aldis had in Chorzów, Poland. At By Any Means Necessary, Aldis and Trevor Murdoch defeated Strictly Business in another tag team match.[14] On November 19, Aldis and Latimer were set for a grudge match at Hard Times, with no accompaniments allowed at ringside. Furthermore, if either man is disquailified, they will be suspended for 8 weeks.[5]

When Billy Corgan introduced the full card for Hard Times, he announced the return of the NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship, with the new champion to be determined in a four-way match at the NWA's next pey-per-view event. Two qualifying matches will take place at Hard Times: On the preshow, a 12-man gauntlet match will determine an immediate finalist, while Austin Aries and Ring of Honor's Rhett Titus will wrestle on the main show for a spot in the tournament.[5] At the event, it was announced that Darius Lockhart, who was originally supposed to partake in the gauntlet match, was injured, and his spot filled in by Ricky Morton.

Results

No. Results Stipulations Times
1P Mims (with Crimson) defeated Jax Dane Singles match[15] 6:01
2P The Hex (Allysin Kay and Marti Belle) (c) defeated Team Ambition (Kylie Rae and Tootie Lynn), Missa Kate and Natalia Markova, & Jennacide and Paola Blaze (with Taryn Terrell) Four-way tag team match for the NWA World Women's Tag Team Championship
This was Jennacide's Champions Series cash-in match[5]
6:34
3P Homicide won by last eliminating Kerry Morton NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship qualifying gauntlet match[5] 21:30
4 Austin Aries defeated Rhett Titus NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship quarter final match[5] 9:03
5 The OGK (Matt Taven and Mike Bennett) (c) defeated Aron Stevens and JR Kratos Tag team match for the ROH World Tag Team Championship[5] 10:57
6 Colby Corino (with Jay Bradley and Wrecking Ball Legursky) defeated Doug Williams Singles match[5] 8:46
7 Mickie James (c) defeated Kiera Hogan Singles match for the Impact Knockouts Championship[15] 8:46
8 Tyrus (c) (with Austin Idol, BLK Jeez, and Jordan Clearwater) defeated Cyon No Disqualification match for the NWA World Television Championship with The Pope as special guest referee[5]
No Time Limit
This was Cyon's Champions Series cash-in match
15:54
9 Chris Adonis (c) defeated Judais (with Father James Mitchell) Singles match for the NWA National Championship[5] 10:53
10 La Rebelión (Bestia 666 and Mecha Wolf 450) (c) defeated The End (Odinson and Parrow) Tag team match for the NWA World Tag Team Championship[7] 7:47
11 Nick Aldis defeated Thom Latimer Grudge match
No accompaniments at ringside
If either man is disqualified, they will be suspended for 8 weeks[5]
11:16
12 Kamille (c) defeated Melina Singles match for the NWA World Women's Championship[3] 12:42
13 Trevor Murdoch (c) defeated Mike Knox Singles match for the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship[9] 8:15
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
  • P – indicates the match took place on the pre-show

NWA World Tag Team Championship Eliminator Tournament

First round
NWA Power
September 7, 14, and 28
Semi-finals
NWA Power
October 12
Final
NWA PowerSurge
November 16
         
Cyon and Jordan Clearwater 7:57
The End
(Odinson and Parrow)
Pin[16]
The End Pin[17]
Aron Stevens and JR Kratos 5:27
The Rude Dudes
(El Rudo and Jamie Stanley)
4:20
Aron Stevens and JR Kratos Pin[4]
The End Pin[6]
Hawx Aerie 4:46
The Big Strong Pals
(Matthew Mims and Sal Rinauro)
Pin[16]
Marshe Rockett and Slice Boogie 6:05
The Big Strong Pals 8:56
Hawx Aerie Pin[17]
Hawx Aerie
(Luke Hawx and PJ Hawx)
Pin[11]
Colby Corino and JTG 7:43

NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship qualifying gauntlet match entrances and eliminations

Draw Entrant Order Eliminated by Method of elimination Elimination(s)
1 Kerry Morton 11 Homicide Pinfall 2
2 Luke Hawx 9 Kerry Morton Pinfall 2
3 Sal Rinauro 1 Luke Hawx Pinfall 0
4 Ariya Daivari 2 PJ Hawx Pinfall 0
5 PJ Hawx 10 Homicide Pinfall 1
6 CW Anderson 4 Kerry Morton Pinfall 1
7 Alex Taylor 3 CW Anderson Pinfall 0
8 Homicide Winner 3
9 Victor Benjamin 5 Homicide Pinfall 0
10 Ricky Morton 8 Luke Hawx Pinfall 2
11 Jeremiah Plunkett 6 Ricky Morton Pinfall 0
12 Jamie Stanley 7 Ricky Morton Pinfall 0

References

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