The Rock n’ Roll Express despite being in their 60’s, entered this PPV as the reigning and defending NWA World Tag Team Champions. This was their eighth reign with the titles, having first won them back in 1985. While many modern fans were unsure of them as champions in the modern era, they proved that ring rust is not a factor, still being able to go with their much younger opponents. They would defend their championships in a triple threat tag team match with Eli Drake & James Storm & The Wild Cards (Royce Isaacs & Thomas Latimer) at NWA Hard Times, and it would possibly end their time as NWA World Tag Team Champions forever.
Eli Drake & James Storm Emerge Victorious
While The Rock n’ Roll Express had the edge of entering as champions, and Wild Cards were the previous holders of the titles, it would be neither of them who would leave the PPV event as champion. Eli Drake would hit Ricky Morton with his finisher ‘The Gravy Train’ to notch a victory over the legendary tag team after a hard fought match. The highlight of the match was when Morton would hit a picture perfect Canadian Destroyer, but was unable to get the pinfall afterwards.
Respect Shown To Legends
Following the pinfall, we would see The Rock n’ Roll Express get the respect legends deserve shown by the new tag team champions. With them reaching the twilight years of their career, it is unlikely they will get many more shots at the NWA Tag Team Championships. They once defined the tag team wrestling style, and while they’ve adapted and showed they can still go, it’s time for them to hand the spotlight to younger teams.
What Is Next For Eli Drake & James Storm?
The new tag team champions sit at the top at a crucial time for the tag team division in NWA. Their next major event is the iconic Crockett Cup, one of the oldest tag team tournaments in all of wrestling, having its origins back in 1986. They will be entering the likely stacked field to show they are truly the best, as they will face tag teams from all over wrestling.
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