by Daniel Johnson
Air America vs. Mike Cooper and Elliot Russell
Yesterday, the NWA’s former star member, TNA had one of their biggest shows of the year. It is tough to believe that just a few years ago the NWA included a promotion with a national television deal and now arguably the group’s best promotion produced this match. Don’t get me wrong NWA Smoky Mountain actually puts on some decent matches. Still, TNA never quite had production quality at this modest level even in it’s very, very early days.
Anyway, let’s take a closer look at the match. Air America, which consists of Skylar Kruze and Gavin Darring look like they have some natural charisma even if they are pencil thin. It is also worth mentioning that despite the name, neither Kruze nor Darring are exactly bursting with aerial maneuvers. The team is still incredibly young so they can get there…maybe. The funniest part of the match has to be when Mike Cooper first gets tagged in and shouts to Russell, “Get out of the ring and watch this” only to be immediately met with an armdrag. Actually, I take that back. The funniest part of the match has to be the depressing background music that plays throughout. Readers, if you can identify that song you will get some bonus points. If you can identify what the heck that song is doing anywhere near this match then you will get bonus points on top of those.
The affair ends when Air America is able to have one member hit a frogsplash while another delivers a dropkick both of which look fairly good. It will be fun to see how Smoky Mountain develops in the future and when/if they leave the NWA.