NWA-TNA Weekly PPV #24

December
11, 2002

 

A black-and-white video recap of  last week’s show. Thankfully, they cut out
the Owen Hart stuff. It goes on for a few minutes.

 

Your hosts are Don West and Mike Tenay

 

Tenay starts by stating how all 3 title
belts are on the line tonight.
 

 

Jason
Cross vs. Tony Mamaluke

 

Tenay mentions how Cross wrestled on
last week’s Xpolsion show and puts over his finisher, the Crossfire (Shooting
Star Leg Drop). Speaking of Cross, he looks like a smaller version of AJ
Styles. The two trade off a few moves until Cross knocks him off the apron. He
then flies out and hits a corkscrew plancha, which looked very nice. Mamaluke
shoves Cross against the railing and rolls him into the ring. He beats on Cross
until he misses a baseball slide. They trade go-behinds ending with Cross
hitting a brainbuster, getting two. Cross misses a somersault leg drop and
Mamaluke goes to work on the leg. Cross get a quick rollup but gets caught with
a German suplex. Cross gets a rollup off a shinbreaker attempt but Mamaluke
goes back to work on the leg. Mamaluke misses a corner splash and Cross hits a
corkscrew neckbreaker. He motions for the Crossfire but Mamaluke shoves the ref
into the ropes, cutting off Cross. He punches Cross but he ends up putting
Mamaluke in a double underhook then flips over hitting an Impaler. That’s a
cool move which could get over as a finisher today. Cross climbs up top and
hits the Crossfire but continues to sell the injured leg. Mamaluke everntually
gets up and hits the Dragon Screw and makes Cross tap out to the Sicilian Crab
(6:29) **1/4.

 

Thoughts: I have no clue as to why you
would debut someone and put over their finisher only to have them lose cleanly
to friggin’ Tony Mamaluke, who hasn’t won a single match in TNA. The match was
good and Cross showed a lot of potential. The Crossfire is a sweet move too.

 

After the match, BG James comes out
flanked by the Harris Twins. He lays Jarrett’s guitar on the announcers table
and orders Tenay and West to “guard it with their lives” as Jarrett will need
it for his match tonight. The Harris’ then destroy Cross and Mamaluke. BG grabs
the mic and says Russo is not here tonight because he is scouting for more
members to join SEX. BG puts over Russo for forming D-X and says this is all
for the good of the business as the crowd starts chanting that BG and Russo
suck. Bob Armstrong then comes out and cannot believe BG shook off his family
tradition to join Russo. He asks why BG went to Russo and he comes back by
saying that Russo led him to the top and keeps on saying “Daddy” sarcastically.
Bob brings out Ron Killings, who is wearing a 12 foot long chain and says a
chair will be attached and the match will take place tonight. Bob then tells
the Harris’ that he would love to knock them on their asses but they will
wrestle against the New Church tonight and if they choose not to wrestle, they
are finished. Ron says he doesn’t give a s--- as long as the titles are on the
line. So, they get rewarded with a title shot. How the hell is that considered
punishment? BG then goes after Killings and the Harris’ join only to have the
New Church come out and brawl with them. Security and referees break up the
melee. This segment failed to make anyone care about feud.

 

Tenay puts over Jarrett in his recent
tour with WWA, stating how he defended the title against the likes of Sting,
Lex Luger, and Nathan Jones.

 

West and Tenay run down the show:

 

Quiet Storm vs. America’s Most Wanted

Amazing Red vs. AJ Styles

Sonny Siaki vs. Jerry Lynn for the X
Division Title

Curt Hennig vs. Jeff Jarrett for the
NWA-TNA World Heavyweight Title

 

Goldylocks is with Jorge Estrada, who is
distraught. Goldy jokes around that he has seemed to have “lost his smile.” He
brings up Sikai burning the Elvis costume and Yang being too busy in Japan, not
returning his phone calls. He also brings up Priscilla walking off with Brian
Lawler and Goldy asks if this is the end of the Elvises. Jorge just walks away
without speaking. Looks like they are going to move Estrada’s character in
another direction. Either way, he still sucks.

 

Kid
Kash vs. Jorge Estrada

 

Estrada comes out with his Elvis gear.
They do a fast-paced sequence to start, which wasn’t all that impressive before
they trade off armdrags. Estrada couldn’t even do that right as he nearly snaps
his arm in half. Kash works the arm as Tenay and West discuss the X Division
competitors. Estrada knocks Kash off the apron and hits a quebrada, whacking
his head off the ground in the process. Estrada rolls Kash back in the ring but
runs into a boot in the corner. Kash gets two off a somersault senton.
Faceplant gets two. They engage in an awkward Irish whip sequence that ends
with Kash getting a scoop slam. Estrada comes back with a drop toehold and a
springboard leg drop. He hits the All Shook Up and gets two, nearly breaking
Kash’s neck in the process. In all honestly, I’m pretty sure that Estrada
knocked himself silly on the quebrada as he looks absolutely lost out there.
Kash comes back with a missile dropkick and a tornado DDT, which gets two. They
trade chops for a bit then Kash hits the Money Drop (Brainbuster on the knee)
for the win (5:15) ½*.

 

Thoughts: Bad match, due to Estrada.
Kash looked pissed off and paced the ring after winning the match before
storming off to the locker room. Like I said earlier, Estrada porbably knocked
himself silly one the quebrada but he also has a reputation of being a sloppy
worker.

 

 

Goldylocks is out back with Bob and
Scott Armstrong. Bob walks away after getting off the phone. Nothing much
happened here.

 

 

America’s
Most Wanted vs. Divine Storm w/Trinity

 

Quiet Storm are riding a two-week long
winning streak. Harris and Devine trade off working the arm to start. Harris
gets a shoulderblock and brushes off a dropkick attempt. Harris then takes his
head off with a clothesline as both men tag out. James and QS do a fast paced
sequence that sees James snap off a rana. They height difference is really
notable here as QS looks like a midget wrestler. Storm gets an enziguiri but is
shortly tossed over the ropes. He manages to skin the cat and get back in as QS
falls to the outside after missing a dropkick. Devine gets backdropped onto his
own partner and AMW take them out with planchas. Trinity then takes out AMW
with a moonsault block from the top rope. Back in the ring, AMW double team QS,
to the delight of the crowd. Storm hits a delayed vertical suplex on QS for
two. Harris tags but Devine interfers and tags in afterwards. Harris blocks a
tilt-a-whirl but gets caught in a side Russian leg sweep. Divine Storm
neutralizes Harris by making quick tags. QS goes up top but Harris shoves him
to the floor He spears Devine and Storm tags. He runs wild for a bit. AMW hits
an H Bomb on QS for two. Storm catches Devine with a tilt-a-whirl slam for two.
AMW sets up Devine for the Death Sentence but QS distracts the ref and Trinity hits
Storm with the low blow then Devine rolls him up for the win (6:55) **.

 

Thoughts: Solid match. Divine Storm gets
the cheap win, which is all they should get against AMW, advancing up the tag
division ranks. Despite the win, it is clear that Trinity is the focus of the
team. She is also about 100x more interesting than either Storm or Devine.

 

Tenay says that the last PPV of the year
will be next week as they are pre-empted for Christmas and NYD. They will be
back live on January 8.

 

Goldylocks is backstage with BG and
Scott Armstrong. Scott mentions about helping him growing up and BG is having
none of that, stating he made his own way. This is just continuation of the
feud between the Armstrong’s. No one cares, by he way.

 

Video recap of AJ Styles taking out
Amazing Red last week before the double elimination match.

 

 

AJ
Styles w/Mortimer Plumtree vs. Amazing Red

 

Red ambushes Styles from behind. Red
hits a spinkick then the 718. He dropkicks AJ to the floor but gets caught
attempting a pescado and AJ hits a backbreaker from the powerbomb position.
Back in the ring, Red fights back but eats a discus clothesline. AJ puts on a
chinlock for a bit as the crowd starts chanting for Red. They engage in a sweet
reversal sequence that ends with AJ blocking a tornado DDT attempt with a Northern
Lights suplex, which gets two. Another cover gets two. AJ tosses Red to the
floor and distracts the ref, allowing Plumtree to land some kicks. Red gets
rolled back in and AJ covers for two. Red manages to take down Plumtree with a
baseball slide into a tilt-a-whirl headscissor in a mistimed spot but AJ ducks
out and attacks him. AJ turns the steps on its side and eventually hotshots
Red. AJ goes back in and taunts the crowd before covering Red. Senton with an
arrogant cover gets two. Red catches AJ with a rana for two but is caught with
an inverted DDT shortly afterwards. AJ puts on the Death Lock with a bridge. He
breaks after a few minutes then covers, getting two. Red comes back and gets
the Code Red for two. Red beats on AJ in the corner but runs into a boot.
Sitout powerbomb by AJ gets two. He goes up top but Red cuts him off. They
fight up top and Red escapes from the Styles Clash and lands a kick. He goes
back up top and they fight some more until Red takes off AJ with a super
hurricarana, which AJ sells by using a 450 bump to the mat, and Red quickly
covers for the win (12:05) ***1/4. Tenay and West put this over as a huge upset
as the crowd pops for the finish.

 

Thoughts: Good match, although their
match from several weeks ago was better. This match had a slower pace but AJ is
playing the heel role well and Red is good at selling so it worked well. Red is
over with the crowd and Don West, who was essentially his cheerleader on
commentary.

 

 

NWA-TNA
Tag Team Title Match

New
Church w/James Mitchell & Belladonna (Champions) vs. Harris Brothers

 

The Harris’ make their way to the ring
through the crowd, without entrance music. AJ Styles and Mortimer Plumtree join
the booth and claims that Red cheated in their match as the two teams brawl
inside of the ring. Plumtree calls this a scandal and an outrage as the teams
continue to brawl. The Harris brothers take the advantage as they brawl outside
of the ring and into the stands. This is all just really basic stuff by the
way. Styles and Plumtree continue to babble as the Harris’ hit a double suplex
on Lee, which is identified as a “powerbomb” by Don West. He is short on
knowledge but high on enthusiasm. He is the Brian Fellows of Pro Wrestling
color commentators. Styles and Plumtree walk away as the match breaks down in
the ring. The New Church gains the upper hand. BG James then comes into the
ring with a steel chair and hits Slash, allowing Don Harris to cover for the
win (4:16) DUD. Percy Pringle then comes to the ring and tells the ref what
happened and he reverses he decision so the New Church retains. James Mitchell
goes into the ring and tells his men and the Harris’ to place the blame on
Pringle, as he had no business getting involved in the match. The Harris’ go
after Pringle but AMW comes out in street clothes and lays them out with
chairshots.

 

Thoughts: The commentary from Styles and
Plumtree was featured more than the match itself. The entire segment was one
sloppy clusterfuck. I have no idea where they are going with Pringle. Speaking
of the match, it was all punching and kicking and very bland.

 

Video Recap of the Sonny Siaki/Jerry
Lynn feud.

 

Tenay is with Siaki in a pre-taped
interview. He brings up Lynn talking out lack of respect as Siaki says that it
is out with the old and in with the new. Also, he will win the X Division
Title.

 

 

NWA-TNA
X Division Title Match

Sonny
Siaki vs. Jerry Lynn (Champion)

 

This gets the Boxing match-style ring
introductions. The two lockup then trade stuff on the mat. Lynn gets a
shoulderblock and a crucifix. Drop toehold by Lynn and he gets the La Magistral
for two. Lynn goes to work on the arm until Siaki backs him in the corner.
Siaki cheapshots Lynn then tosses him to the floor. Lynn ducks a baseball slide
then dropkicks Siaki off the apron as a “Jerry” chant breaks out. They brawl
outside of the ring, with Lynn getting the upper hand. Back inside, Lynn gets a
slingshot leg drop and that gets two. Siaki blocks a suplex then blocks a
reverse rollup before hot-shotting Lynn. He stomps on Lynn and hits a
clothesline. Lynn gets a cradle but Siaki hits a low blow after shoving the ref
and gets two off a superkick. Lynn gets tossed to the floor and Siaki beats on
him for a bit before rolling back inside to break the count. Lynn fights back
and reverses a piledriver attempt with a back drop. Siaki then regains the
upperhand and rolls Lynn back inside for two.  Lynn gets an inverted DDT and both men are
down. They slug it out and Lynn hits a few clotheslines. Sitout powerbomb gets
two. Tornado DDT gets two. Siaki hits the Samoan Pop for two. Lynn tries a
reverse rollup and runs over the ref in the process. He hits the Cradle
Piledriver as the ref slowly recovers and counts to two. Sideslam by Lynn and
he heads up top but some woman yanks his leg and he falls. She winks at Siaki
as she backs up the ramp and Siaki hits the Siakalypse for the win (11:57)
**1/2. Siaki celebrates in the ring.

 

Thoughts: Decent match, although I’m not
sure about Siaki winning the title. He has failed to get over despite being
shoved down the throats of the fans, and doesn’t really wrestle the X Division
style. Looks like they are pairing him up with a female in another attempt to
elevate him. The mystery woman was Kim Nielsen, who was released from WWE
developmental a few months before this show. She is better known as being on
the show “The Biggest Loser” where she was a runner up last year. She looked
gorgeous here by the way.

 

 

Chairs
and Chains Match

Ron
“The Truth” Killings vs. BG James

 

BG also makes his way to the ring
through the crowd, without theme music. Not a bad idea, actually for a supposed
rebel faction. Killings attacks BG with a flying forearm before the match. The
ref locks them in and the match begins. BG lands a few shots and takes too long
with the chair, allowing Killings to hit a missile dropkick. Scissor kick onto
the chair gets two. Killings misses a moonsault, landing on the chair and BG
goes on offense. He does a dance as Killings is on the floor but he yanks the
chain and they get detached. Killings runs in and covers then hits the Truth
Conviction on the chair for the win (4:01) ¼*. After the macth, Killings looks
to inflict more damage but Bob Armstrong runs in and BG inadvertently hits him
with the chair as BG is in disbelief and leaves ringside. TNA officials check
on Bob.

 

Thoughts: The match itself was short and
the chain coming off came across as being low-rent. The whole Armstrong angle
was very corny too. This stuff just plain sucks.

 

Tenay promises an interview with Percy
Pringle next week the West runs down the rest of the card:

 

New Church vs. AMW vs. Harris Brothers

Sonny Siaki vs. EZ Money for the X
Division Title

10 man X Division Gauntlet match for the
#1 contender spot.

 

Video recap of the Curt Hennig / Jeff
Jarrett feud.

 

Tenay in a pre-recorded interview with
Jeff Jarrett. Jeff puts over the tradition of the NWA for a bit. Tenay brings
up Sean Waltman’s issues with Vince Russo and Jeff says to not appear here is a
cop out as Russo does not sign his checks. Tenay asks about Roddy Piper and his
comments about Owen Hart. Jarrett says that he will not discuss the death of
Owen on a wrestling show and that no one is responsible for his death. Tenay
asks Jarrett point blank if he is with Russo or against him. Jarrett doesn’t
give an answer then says that he will answer Russo face-to-face like a man when
the time is right. More drama with Jarrett and Russo.

 

 

NWA-TNA
World Heavyweight Champion Match

Curt
Hennig vs. Jeff Jarrett (Champion)

 

Hennig comes out with horrible theme
music, wearing a black hoodie. This also gets the boxing style ring
introductions.  The two lockup and Hennig
reaches the ropes but Jarrett won’t break the hold as the ref has to step in
and break it apart. Hennig chops Jarrett in the corner but he comes back with a
hiptoss and a dropkick. They go outside and Jarrett gets in a few chairshots.
He chokes Hennig against the guardrail then motions to the guitar but
rolls Hennig into the ring instead. Hennig catches a kick from Jarrett and goes
to work on the leg. The crowd is pro Jarrett as he attempts to fight out of a
lengthy Indian Deathlock spot. Jarrett gets a pair of atomic drops and an
enziguri as both men are down. He slingshots Hennig into the corner then rams
his head into the exposed turnbuckle after accidentally knocking out the
referee. Jarrett grabs the guitar but puts it back down and goes back into the
ring. He attempts the Stroke but Hennig gets a low blow. Vince Russo runs in
and smashed Hennig with the guitar and Jarrett rolls on top for the win (8:09)
¾*. After the match, Russo hands Jarrett the belt then AJ Styles runs in and
attacks Jarrett as the show goes off the air.

 

Thoughts: The match was really dull and
Hennig barely did anything. He was blown up a few minutes into the match.
Jarrett carried everything here as we still do not know about his allegiance
with Russo. Having AJ attack Jarrett isn’t a bad idea if it leads to a feud with
Jarrett. Plus, it will actually give Jarrett an opponent who can work.

 

 

Final Thoughts: The Armstrong and SEX
stuff just sucks the life out of everything. Also, the lack of depth is
glaring. Still, it was much better than last week ad it didn’t feature anything
that was downright offensive. We had a few decent matches and a title change
but the Jarrett/Russo storyline continues to drag out without any payoff. Next
week will feature the last TNA show of 2002 but don’t worry as I will review
all of 2003 and 2004.