NWA Powerrr
The logo for NWA Power.jpg
The NWA Powerrr logo as of October 8, 2019
GenreProfessional wrestling
Created byBilly Corgan
David Lagana
Presented byJoe Galli (play-by-play commentator)
Tim Storm (color commentator)
Velvet Sky (color commentator)
StarringNWA roster
Opening themeSeasons 1, 2, 4, & 5:
"Into the Fire" by Dokken
Season 3:
"I'm Broken" by Pantera[1]
Seasons 6–present:
"When Our Shadows Fall" by Jeff Schroeder (feat. Michael Angelo Batio)[2][3]
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons8
No. of episodes68 (as of May 10, 2022) (list of episodes)
Production
ProducersBilly Corgan
(Owner/President)
Billy Trask
(Director of Television)
Camera setupMulticamera setup
Running time60 minutes
Production companiesLightning One, Inc.
Release
Original networkYouTube (2019–2020; 2022–present)
FITE TV (2021–present)
Picture formatHDTV 1080p
Original releaseOctober 8, 2019 (2019-10-08) –
present

NWA Powerrr is a professional wrestling streaming television program produced by the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) that premiered on October 8, 2019.[4] The series currently streams on FITE TV, where episodes are also made available on-demand, and the NWA's YouTube channel.[5] Powerrr features wrestlers performing in matches and getting interviewed. These elements together create and further the storylines of the NWA while building towards the promotion's pay-per-view events.[6]

History

See also: National Wrestling Alliance/Lightning One

On May 1, 2017, Billy Corgan bought the National Wrestling Alliance, including its name, rights, trademarks and championship belts. Full ownership took effect on October 1, 2017.[7] Corgan, Vice President Dave Lagana, and their production team would rebuild the NWA brand, acknowledging its history from its original inception in 1948, while gradually transitioning into a singular entity.[8]

In September 2019, NWA announced tapings for a weekly television show, later revealed to be titled NWA Powerrr.[9] The first tapings were held on September 30 and October 1 at the GPB Studios in Atlanta, Georgia,[10][11][12] which has since been dubbed the "NWA Arena." The series would debut on October 8, 2019 on the NWA's YouTube channel.[9] The program's air time, 6:05 PM, is a call back to the classic World Championship Wrestling show by former NWA member Jim Crockett Promotions that would air at 6:05 PM on Saturdays from the early 1970s until 1992.[13][14] WOAI-TV San Antonio news reporter Joe Galli and longtime pro-wrestling manager/executive Jim Cornette were the initial commentators. Championship Wrestling from Hollywood owner David Marquez serves as an interviewer and ring announcer. Kyle Durden serves as backstage interviewer.

Following the November 19 episode of NWA Powerrr being listed, it was quickly taken down due to remarks by Cornette which some deemed racist.[15][16][17] NWA released a statement the next day stating that Cornette resigned.[18][19] He was subsequently replaced by Stu Bennett who joined Galli on commentary beginning with NWA's December 14 pay-per-view, Into the Fire.

In March 2021, after the NWA went on a hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, television tapings for Powerrr would resume as part of a new distribution agreement with FITE TV.[20][21] On Tuesday, April 13, the NWA debuted a companion series titled Powerrr Surge, which features additional wrestler interviews, unseen matches, and recaps from the previous Powerrr episodes.[22]

On January 5, 2022, the NWA announced that Power would return to YouTube, airing on Fridays after the Tuesday premiere on FITE.[23]

Episodes

Main article: List of NWA Powerrr episodes

Each season of Powerrr focuses on storylines leading into the NWA's pay-per-view events. The third season was to culminate with the Crockett Cup, but the event was cancelled due to the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic.[24]

On-air personalities

See also: List of National Wrestling Alliance personnel

In addition to the wrestlers (male and female), managers/valets, and referees, the show features various on-air personalities including authority figures, commentators, ring announcers, and backstage interviewers.

Authority figures

Authority figures Position Dates Notes
William Patrick Corgan Owner/President October 8, 2019 (2019-10-08) - present NWA's owner and president.

Commentators

Commentators Dates Notes
Joe Galli and Jim Cornette October 8, 2019 (2019-10-08) – December 3, 2019 (2019-12-03) Both were interviewers as well. Cornette resigned by the end of the first season.
Joe Galli and Stu Bennett December 15, 2019 (2019-12-15) – August 26, 2020 (2020-08-26) Both are interviewers as well. Barrett signed back with WWE in August thus leaving NWA.
Kyle Davis and Stu Bennett January 21, 2020 (2020-01-21) Davis briefly filled in for Joe Galli.
Joe Galli, Tim Storm, and Velvet Sky March 24, 2021 (2021-03-24) present
Joe Galli, Madusa, and Velvet Sky February 15, 2022 (2022-02-15) - February 22, 2022 (2022-02-22) Madusa briefly filled in for Storm.
Joe Galli, Austin Idol, and Velvet Sky April 5, 2022 (2022-04-05) Idol briefly filled in for Storm, who was competing that night.
Joe Galli, William Patrick Corgan, and Velvet Sky May 3, 2022 (2022-05-03) Corgan briefly filled in for Storm.

Ring announcers

Ring announcers Dates Notes
David Marquez October 8, 2019 (2019-10-08) – May 12, 2020 (2020-05-12) Also an interviewer.
Kyle Davis March 24, 2021 (2021-03-24) present Also an interviewer.

Backstage interviewers

Backstage interviewers Dates Notes
Kyle Davis October 8, 2019 (2019-10-08) – present Fills in on commentary when needed.
May Valentine March 24, 2021 (2021-03-24) – present

See also

References

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