Several months ago, I had made an attempt at a monthly post that featured the best PPV matches during a given month, where I would have you guys vote on your favorite match and then count them down, posting a video of the matches at the same time. It drew some interest, and you guys appeared to enjoy watching the clips. So I’m kinda sorta bringing that back. We’re not voting on anything this time, but I am going to create a topic every week, and include links to matches from the Network. This week’s theme is classic matches from the month of June.
October 1, 2003
September 17th, 2003
September 3, 2003
“Wednesday Bloody Wednesday” match between Jeff Jarrett & Raven & D’Lo
Brown & America’s Most Wanted vs. AJ Styles & Shane Douglas &
Christopher Daniels & Simon Diamond & Johnny Swinger.
contestants are Nosawa, Juventud Guerrera, Teddy Hart, Johnny Storm, Jerry Lynn,
Chris Sabin, Frankie Kazarian, and Michael Shane.
Lazz vs. Mad Mikey
flamboyant homosexual gimmick. He also liked to rub himself, a lot. Mikey comes
out pissed and that doesn’t change when Lazz gropes him. Lazz humps Mikey after
hitting a Thesz Press then humps him from behind in the corner. He kisses Mikey
but gets knocked down as Mikey takes control then wins with a double underhook
DDT (1:50) ¼*.
were giving Mikey a bit of a push with his gimmick, which was actually
entertaining for a lower-card comedy act.
the camera focuses on the trophy. Here is the bracket:
that happens in War Games matches and that he will be holding the key to the
cage. He said that War Games makes him think about how many times he has kicked
Arn Anderson’s ass.
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tattoos. Juvy got a good response from the crowd. They have a fast-paced
sequence that ends with Nosawa ducking outside. Juvy hits a springboard move
then chops him hard. In the ring, they have a reversal sequence that ends with
Juvy getting a nearfall off a spinning heel kick. Nosawa flattens Juvy with a
super kick and they work another lightning-quick sequence that Nosawa wins.
Buzzsaw kick gets two as Tenay lets us know that Nosawa has tattooed the ICP
record label on himself and that he is the Juggalo Champsionship Wrestling champion.
That is something to tell your grand kids about. Juvy chops Nosawa in the
corner and sets up for the Juicy Elbow but that only gets two. Nosawa comes
back with a basement dropkick but Juvy then hits him with the Juvy Driver and follows
that with the 450 for the win (4:31) **1/2.
a fairly decent worker and could have stuck around as a Tajiri knockoff.
is with James Mitchell. He says that he promised Raven he was going to teach
him about real pain and loss by taking away his self-image, which is his hair.
Glen Gilbertti interrupts and reminds him that Shane Douglas is part of a team
including his guys. He then tells Dusty that he will be watching out for him.
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several times. Hart stomps Storm to start. Storm comes back with a DDT and a
dropkick then flies out and hits Hart with a double springboard senton. Hart
catches Storm with a cutter and locks on an armbar. Hart then hits Storm with a
top rope quebrada that has the crowd chanting “holy shit” as he holds his
wrist. Back in the ring, Storm misses a moonsault then Hart comes off the tope
rope and hits the craziest DDT I have ever seen before putting Storm away with
a shooting star press (2:58) **.
is a flake because he had a boat load of talent.
through all of his nicknames then tries to start a cheer with the heel side of
the cage match but just pisses them off. Douglas then cuts a decent promo about
the match. They have yet to give up on Siaki.
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before the bell. Lynn
fights back and acts aggressively but Sabin stops that with an eye rake. Lynn gets two off a
sunset flip powerbomb and stomps away. Lynn
yells at the ref before punching away. Lynn
sidesteps a charging Sabin and ends up on the floor but is able to snap his
head off the ropes. Back in the ring, Lynn
hits the TKO but Sabin is able to get his foot on the ropes. Lynn
goes mental and puts the ref in a chinlock as Don Callis comes out and tells Lynn he will lose his job
if he hurts him. Sabin then comes from behind and kicks Lynn in the balls then rolls him up for the
win (3:31) *1/2.
Lynn more than anything else. Fine for what it was.
is with Raven. He tells Taylor
that is dream isn’t over, just postponed. He vows to eliminate Shane Douglas
and Jim Mitchell as CM Punk & Julio take care of the New Church.
He said that he is a lot more dangerous now. Good stuff from Raven.
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dropkicks in the corner but Shaen comes back with a back suplex. Tenay notes
that if Kazarian beats Shane, he will probably be the number one contender to
the X Division Title, pretty much telegraphing the outcome of this match.
Kazarian gets a few nearfalls then hits some clotheslines. He eats boot off a
charge but is able to catch Shane with a powerslam. Shane gets two off an
enziguiri. They dodge each other’s finishers and Kazarian gets the win with a
hurricarana (3:25) **.
two for the belt.
no title is on the line and shouldn’t be in the match. Russo puts over AJ for
fighting every challenger and says that TNA is trying to hurt AJ by putting him
this match as everyone is out to get him.
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hitting a tornado DDT. Juvy comes off the top but Hart catches him with an
armbar in midair. That was sweet. Hart maintains the armbar after Juvy tries to
escape as the crowd goes nuts. Hart eats boot on a charge and Juvy comes back
with a flying headscissors. Hart pulls Juvy outside and hits a rana off the
apron. He then hits a moonsault off the guardrail but Juvy pulls him off the
apron then hits a springboard crossbody. Juvy chops down Hart on the floor then
they fight on the apron. Hart gets crotched on the top rope and Juvy takes him
down with a rana. This match is just great as they are going at a super-fast
pace and everything is clicking. Hart then hits a beautiful twisting 450 off
the top rope that gets two and a replay. Juvy takes a breather but Hart hits him
with another quebrada then sells his knee. In the ring, Juvy rolls through a
sunset flip then kills Hart with a basement dropkick. Uranage gets two.
Spinning powerbomb gets two. Hart goes up top and hits a DDT that gets two. He
heads up again and hits a shooting star press but sells the knee after he
lands. Juvy then hits the Juvy Driver and heads up top but Hart cuts him off.
They fight on top and Juvy hits a top rope Juvy Driver for the win (9:59)
earned a TNA contract after that match but he really blew it after an
altercation with CM Punk several months later when they fought outside of a
Kevin Northcutt. Nothing of note happens and Northcutt does all the talking. I
wonder why Northcutt never made it because he was a huge guy and a decent
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dropkicks then they mistime a spot badly as Sabin takes control. Kazarian gets
tossed to the floor but meets Sabin on the apron then hits him with a DDT then
shortly after that, he sends Sabin to the floor with a sunset powerbomb. That
was fucking dangerous. Back inside, Sabin catches Kazarian with a German
suplex. Sabin gets two off a Tiger Suplex then works a neck tie. Both guys
struggle to gain an advantage until Kazarian hits the Wave of the Future. That
only gets two. Sabin kicks Kazarian on the top rope and hits the Back to the
Future but that only gets two. They head up top and that ends with Kazarian
hitting a one-man Spanish Fly as both men are down. Kazarian goes for a victory
roll but Sabin rolls through and gets the win (7:31) ***1/2.
match. After the one mistimed spot in the beginning, both guys did fine.
Wanted. Kid Kash and Abyss interrupt, with Kash giving an insincere apology to Taylor then slaps him
across the face. Red-Shirt Security breaks up the melee. Looks like we will
have Kash face off against Taylor soon.
Chris Sabin vs.
make the Super X Tournament a yearly tradition. They trade slaps then end up in
a standoff after a quick sequence. Juvy catches Sabin with a heel kick as these
two are wrestling at a lightning-quick pace. Juvy grounds Sabin then they have
a sequence that ends with Sabin dropping Juvy directly on his head with a
powerbomb in a scary spot. Sabin gets two off an enziguiri then works on Juvy
in the corner. Sabin eats boot on a charge then ducks outside, where Juvy hits
him with a pescado. Back inside, Juvy gets two off a slingshot elbow drop. He
locks on an abdominal stretch but gets caught with a wheelbarrow German suplex
that gets two. Sabin works a chinlock for a bit then heads up top. Juvy meets
him then nails Sabin with a basement dropkick after rolling through a sunset
flip attempt. Sabin takes control and puts Juvy in a surfboard. Juvy escapes
then hits an Ocean Cyclone Suplex that gets two. Both men then engage in a
series of counters that leads into one of the better pinfall reversal sequences
you will ever see. That ends with both men down and the crowd applauding. Both
men get up and engage in another reversal sequence that has the crowd going
nuts. They were trying to hit their finishers this time. The crowd is chanting
for Juvy and he hits a springboard dropkick. Sabin floats over on a Juvy Driver
attempt then hits a Twisting DDT from the rack position for two. Juvy fights
back and hits the Tiger Driver, dropping Sabin right on his head but that only
gets two. Sabin counters a Juvy Driver mid-move with a DDT and gets two off of
that. Sabin heads up top but Juvy dropkicks him in midair. Juvy goes up top
this time but Sabin cuts him off and hits a superplex but that only gets two.
They trade rollups then Juvy hits the Juvy Driver and sets up for the 450 but
Sabin gets his foot on the ropes. Then after a brief struggle, Sabin hits the
Future Shock for the win (14:46) ****1/2.
after all of the huge moves these guys hit, the match was won with a fisherman’s
buster. The tournament made Juvy look like a huge star. Sadly, after the match,
there was no presentation to give it that important feel.
still pissed off.
vs. AMW cage match and the details on the September 17th PPV, which
is two weeks away.
AJ Styles & Shane
Douglas & Christopher Daniels & Simon Diamond & Johnny Swinger vs.
Jeff Jarrett & Raven & D’Lo Brown & America’s Most Wanted
attendant, announcer and timekeeper with 3 Live Kru. The rules for the match
are that it is Wargames style, with the first two wrestlers going at it for
three minutes then a wrestler enters every 90 seconds, with weapons hanging all
over the cage. All ten men must be in the cage in order to win the match. The
first two wrestlers are Christopher Daniels and Jeff Jarrett. They start
brawling all over the arena and eventually go into the cage. Don Callis comes
out to join the announcers and says he smells money in this match. Not much is going
on in the ring and the crowd is not responding either. Jarrett beats on Daniels
with a kendo stick until AJ Styles enters. Jarrett beats on AJ with various
weapons then is unable to overcome the 2-1 advantage. Chris Harris is the next
entrant and shows some fire for a minute. There are just too much meaningless
weapon shots in this match. Jarrett gets put through a table by AJ and Daniels
then Diamond enters the cage. Jarrett is busted open but fights back using his
belt. D’Lo is next into the cage to even the sides. The match is getting really
tiresome by the way with nothing of note going on at all. Shane Douglas is next
into the ring and goes after D’Lo. The weapons are really taking away from the
match. The heels are standing tall after Douglas
takes out the faces with a bat. James Storm is in next and takes his time
getting into the ring and goes after Diamond. Jarrett hits Daniels with a
guitar from the top rope. Johnny Swinger is next and blends in with everyone
else. The faces are all on the mat, setting up for Raven to come in and clean
house. He is limping to the cage then comes in and uses a tray to fight off
everyone but the crowd is just immune to all of the weapon shots and are not
reacting at all. Russo and Dusty are yelling at each other outside the cage as
this is dying. Everyone hits a big move as bodies are lying all over the place.
Jarrett hits AJ with the Stroke from the top rope and gets the win (20:48)
*3/4. After the match, Joe Legend runs out and attacks Dusty. 3 Live Kru gets
involved as does Erik Watts. Red-Shirt security come out and this is the biggest
clusterfuck for a brawl that I have ever seen in TNA, which is saying something.
In the cage, Douglas is beating on Raven as the New Church
and James Mitchell enter. They hold Raven while Douglas
cuts his hair and that ends the show.
took away from the match and you could barely move in the ring. It was also too
predicatble that Jarrett would win and the fans at the Asylum are starting to
turn on him. I thought it would have made for sense for Raven to win then get
his hair cut afterwards.
show was easily worth the price for the Super X Tournament alone. The action
was incredible and it was a success. The main event stunk but the tournament was
the attraction anyway. If you have never seen this show or hadn’t in a long
time, I would definitely seek it out.
August 27, 2003
that came off well
Slash & Sinn w/James Mitchell vs. Three Live Kru
the announcers table but there is an audio problem and we cannot hear him.
Konnan hits Slash with an inverted DDT then tags Killings. 3LK cleans house,
using triple-team moves, until Slash boots BG in the face. The heels get heat
on BG as Mitchell’s microphone is now working. Mitchell then notes how Alexis
is not there this week (she left the company after signing with the WWE) then
proclaims that Raven will lose his hair. Slash gets a few near-falls then tags
Douglas, who puts on an abdominal stretch. BG breaks that up with a hiptoss
then hits a clothesline and both men are down. Hot-tag to Killings and beats on
Douglas. The match breaks down shortly after
that and Mitchell goes in the ring and goes after Killings but Julio and CM
Punk come out and the ref rings the bell, ruling the match as a no-contest (7:07)
this really got the crowd going
assignment, is in the parking lot with Trinity and Sonny Siaki as they direct
the hearse. Taylor
then informs Siaki that is match is starting right now and he runs into the
ring. Taylor is really bad as a backstage interviewer.
D’Lo rolls him into the ring and gets two off a slingshot senton. Siaki gets
backdropped to the floor and D’Lo tries to go between the ropes but Siaki
catches him and powerbombs him on the floor. Siaki rolls him back in and hits a
sloppy split-legged moonsault for two. Both men are now down after D’Lo catches
Siaki with a cutter. They get up and have a slugfest that is won by D’Lo. He
hits the Sky High but Trinity distracts the ref and Siaki hits the Siakalypse
but that only gets two. D’Lo hits a catatonic but Trinity hits him with a DDT
and that allows Siaki to it the Siakalypse now for the win (4:55) *1/4. After
the match, Siaki and Trinity beat on D’Lo all the way to the parking lot until
Jeff Jarrett makes the save and throws Siaki into the hearse. You could hear
some boos from the crowd towards Jarrett.
Siaki is overpushed and the love for D’Lo has pretty much gone away. Also, the fans
are turning on Jarrett a bit as they are presumably sick of him being booked
like Stone Cold Steve Austin.
the NWA allowed Jerry Lynn to get a shot at the X Division Title tonight.
thought they did a great job with this and got over the concept.
completely ripping of HBK and uses his catchphrases, while mentioning that he
is his cousin.
Jerry Lynn vs.
Michael Shane (Champion)
trade hammerlocks then Lynn
stomps on Shane after he acted cocky. Lynn
beats on Shane in the corner then points at Callis. Lynn hits a pair of armdrags and goes to work
on the arm. They slug it out for a bit until Shane snaps Lynn’s head off the ropes. Shane takes him
down with a baseball slide as Callis talks up Shane. Lynn pulls Shane off the ropes but gets
whipped into the guardrail. Shane sends Lynn
into the steps with a drop toehold then rolls him back inside. Shane plays to
the crowd and that allows Lynn
to take control. He takes Shane off the apron with a springboard dropkick then
roughs him up outside. They have a reversal sequence in the ring that ends with
Shane getting a hotshot. They trade hairpulls before Lynn gets tossed to the floor. In the ring,
Shane punches away but Lynn
sends him into the corner with a drop toehold. Shane comes back with a flying
forearm and a scoop slam. He heads up top then jumps off and sets up for the
Sweet Chin Music but Lynn blocks that and takes him down with a boot to the face.
Lynn slaps him
down and yells at Callis. Shane gets two off a small package after a low blow. Lynn counters a
piledriver attempt and beats him with mounted punches. Callis flips out and
heads to the locker room as Lynn
continues the assault. He hits a powerbomb and then the TKO but doesn’t cover.
Lynn now tries the cradle piledriver but Red-Shirt Security comes out and
distracts him, allowing Shane to hit a super kick for the win (12:22) ***.
there were few highspots and it wasn’t wrestled at a rushed pace. Shane will
never get over as a HBK ripoff though and the Callis/Lynn eud is not doing Lynn
says that his destiny is to become the World Champion and brings up how Tommy
Rich became the youngest NWA champ 20 years ago but got involved in a
blood-feud with Buzz Sawyer and never made it back to the title. Raven brings
up his feuds with Tommy Dreamer and the Sandman and that he came to NWA-TNA
because he knew that he could become champion and that Mitchell, Douglas, and
the mystery man want to keep him from the prize. AJ Styles and Vince Russo
interrupt and taunt Raven, who retaliates. AJ and Russo retreat.
in the gauntlet. They did an excellent job building him up as a monster last
sitck. Abyss then takes him down and fires away. He pulls up Sandman’s shirt
and chops him hard on the chest before tossing him to the floor. Sandman fights
back but Abyss catches him after a pescado attempt and rams him into the post.
They brawl outside and Sandman jumps off a chair and elbows Abyss before
setting up a table. They end up in the ring and Sandman gets two off a senton.
Kid Kash runs in and pushes the ref into Sandman. He then yells at Abyss and
slaps him a few times. Kash takes him outside with a rana and Abyss bounced off
the table then gets rolled back inside and shortly after that, Abyss hits him
with the Black Hole Slam for the win (3:31) ¾*.
Sandman, who at least has name value.
through and stops Taylor
from going after Kash after being slapped. They are now going with the idea
that Kash is in control of Abyss. Taylor is intolerable in this role.
Simon Diamond &
Johnny Swinger vs. America’s
bullrope match against Dusty, which is coming up next. Both teams brawl outside
the ring for a few minutes until the bell rings, which makes no sense at all.
They continue to brawl outside for another minute or so until they bring it
into the ring. Diamond & Swinger use quick tags to neutralize Storm and
this lasts for a few minutes. The fans are chanting for Storm as he gets
destroyed. He fights back and eventually makes the tag to Harris. He runs wild
until Swinger attacks him from behind. Harris regains control and heads up top
for a crossbody block that gets two. Storm is still down in the corner as his
partner fights both men. Storm comes back with a super kick on Diamond that
gets two. Swinger hits Harris with a low blow and that allows Diamond to get a
small package but that only gets two. Storm is placed on top and Diamond goes for
a superplex and this leads to an awesome stacked superplex/powerbomb spot
involving all four men. Gilbertti then comes out and distracts the ref as
Swinger slides the belt to Diamond. Harris ends up kicking the belt into his
face but Gilbertti pulls the ref out of the ring at two. The ref takes the belt
to the table and Gilbertti hits Harris with the chair then he gets hit with the
Problem Solver (DDT/Flapjack combo) and Diamond gets the win as he have new
Tag-Team Champions (9:08) ***. Funny moment after the match as Borash fucks up
and announces the winner as “America’s
Most Simon Diamond & Johnny Swinger.” Dusty comes out and the heels bail.
He grabs the mic and calls this a bunch of “unadulterated bullshit” and orders
Gilbertti to get back into the ring so he can kick his ass.
belts. Now, they can chase Diamond & Swinger to regain them. These teams
have awesome chemistry.
Dusty Rhodes vs. Glen Gilbertti
Dusty takes him down with a bionic elbow. He punches away then chokes him out. Gilbertti
goes outside but Dusty pulls him back and he comes back inside. Gilbertti is
busted up as Dusty grinds the cowbell into his head. Gilbertti goes low and
imitates Dusty’s offense but ends up walking into an elbow. Dusty grabs his
personal bellrope but Christopher Daniels attacks him from behind and Gilbertti
covers for the win (4:55) *. After the match, Daniels goes back in the ring and
assaults Dusty. Chris Harris runs out for the save and takes out both men until
Diamond and Gilbertti come out. Jarrett then runs out and takes out the heels
with a guitar.
for Dusty and it was a fine segment.
if he had a traumatic childhood. He talks about his wrestling background and
how he was trained by Mae Young. He tells Tenay that even though his hand might
be his girlfriend, he will have gold around his waist soon. He closes by
throwing a tantrum. This is starting to get old.
is with 3 Live Kru. He asks if they are high and they confirm. The tag champs
and Gilbertti interrupt and Jarrett takes out Gilbertti with a guitar. Great.
Apparently, he is pissed.
“Super X” Tournament, featuring Teddy Hart, Jonny Storm, Juventud Guerrera,
Nosawa, Jerry Lynn, Frankie Kazarian, Michael Shane, and Chris Sabin.
Raven vs. AJ Styles
near-falls then goes for the Raven Effect but AJ escapes. Raven boots AJ
through the ropes and he tosses him back into the ring. Suplex gets two. Raven
tosses AJ over the top rope then slams his head off the steel steps. He whacks
AJ with a trashcan, busting him open, then takes him into the guardrail with
several side Russian legsweeps. Russo complains to the ref as both guys to back
into the ring. AJ hits the Phenomenon in sloppy fashion then we see CM Punk and
Julio carry Russo backstage. They slug it out until AJ takes Raven down with an
enziguiri. AJ takes control of the match. AJ hits a springboard rana then
starts kicking Raven in the back. He puts Raven in a deathlock/chinlock combo
but he is able to crawl to the ropes. AJ grabs a chair and steals Raven’s drop
toehold spot. AJ gets frustrated as he cannot put Raven then has the chair
bounced off his head. Raven fires away and gets a few nearfalls as the crowd
awakes. AJ leaps off the chair and springs off the top rope but Raven hits him
in the face with the chair. Raven gets two off that then hits the Styles Clash
but Sinn disrupts the count. Raven kicks out of a DDT then dodges a dropkick
that sends Sinn off the apron. He goes for the Raven Effect but AJ rams him
into the corner and into the referee. Slash comes out with powder but Raven kicks
it into his face and Slash ends up accidentally hitting AJ with a helicopter
slam. Raven clotheslines him to the floor and covers but only gets two. Raven
goes for a superplex but Douglas shoves him
off the top rope but he is able to powerbomb AJ as he leaps from the top rope
and that gets two. Raven fights off everyone until Douglas hits a low blow and
AJ hits the Styles Clash for the win (15:02) ***3/4. After the match, James
Mitchell is shown laughing on the ramp. Chris Harris, accompanied by D’Lo
Brown, runs down and grabs the mic and says he is sick of everything. Storm is
selling his injury from the previous match. He is also not going to let them
screw Raven out of the championship and orders the ref to restart the match or
to reverse the decision. Diamond & Swinger run out as does Daniels and they
bet on Raven until Jarrett runs out and the ring clears. Watts comes off too
and says that next week, they will have a Wargames match that will also involve
weapons. He will also be the special referee. Dusty comes out and promotes the
match as a bloody mess. The show closes with everyone brawling in the ring.
clunky but it had great heat. The end result will be the main event for the
next show, which was taped after this show.
is continuing to put on good shows. They actually seem to have a direction and
have an intriguing show next week featuring X Division talent. Next week’s show
has some incredible matches too.
returning CM Punk, brawling with the New Church, which has now replaced Brian
Lee with Sinn. Raven calls out the mystery man then the lights go off and when
they come back on, Raven is bleeding and is now being hung by the New Church. They
are doing a tremendous job with Raven as a face.
Lynn talks about how he has never been a primadonna, he says is losing money
because of Callis. Shortly after that, Callis interrupts and informs him that
he will only fine him $5,000 then has Red-Shirt security remove him from the
the X Division Title
Michael Shane vs.
Frankie Kazarian vs. Chris Sabin (Champion)
running into each other. They start brawling for a bit then Sabin and Kazarian
wind up in the ring. Sabin hits an enziguiri and tries to traverse across the
wires but Shane pulls him down and hits a neckbreaker. He climbs then Kazarian
pulls him down and hits a neckbreaker. Sabin roughs up Kazarian but Kazarian
puts him on his shoulders and Shane, who is on the wires, takes him off with a
rana. Kazarian tosses Sabin to the floor and Shane and Kazarian climb and meet
in the middle but Sabin takes them down with a springboard dropkick. Sabin
beats both men with a chair until Kazarian kicks it into his face. Shane is
busted open on the floor then after Kazarian sets up the chair, Sabin puts him
through it with a catatonic. Sabin goes after Shane who is now pouring out
blood from his forehead. Sabin goes back to climb but Shane runs in and takes
him down with a chairshot. The belt drops down as all three men are on the mat.
The bell rings as they stop the match in order to re-hang the belt. All three
men are now brawling on the floor as the ring crew hangs the belt. Sabin saves
a botched spot as he as Shane in a fireman’s carry and Kazarian overshoots a
sunset flip and Sabin holds on to Shane and drops him down as he hits Kazarian
with a basement dropkick. Kazarian then drives Sabin’s head into the mat in a
Canadian Destroyer of sorts. He climbs across the cable but Shane holds him up.
Kazarian drops but Shane climbs and tries a rana but Sabin powerbombs him off
in an insane spot that pops the crowd. Shane is covered in blood as Sabin climbs
up again. Kazarian blows a springboard move then climbs up and spears Sabin off
the cable and the belt falls yet again. They stop the match to hang it back up.
Sabin and Kazarian meet in the middle and end up taking each other off. Shane
is outside and on the floor after getting shoved off the top rope. Sabin and Kazarian
climb back up and Kazarian kicks him off but Shane comes speeding over and
grabs the belt as the fans go crazy (13:27) ****.
twice couldn’t ruin this as all three men busted their ass. They also got over
the new concept, which was a great thing for the promotion as they are trying
to find their identity. They are trying to push Shane, which is fine, but they
need to do more than constantly mention that Shawn Michaels is his cousin if
they want to get him over.
Trinity, who show up in a hearse. Two men take out a casket that represents the
career of D’Lo Brown. This is going nowhere.
Simon Diamond &
Johnny Swinger w/Glen Gilbertti vs. America’s Most Wanted
start by brawling outside of the ring. In the ring, AMW hit Swinger with the
Hart Attack but Diamond breaks up the pinfall. Harris hits Diamond with the
catatonic but Gilbertti runs in and hit him with the Chartbuster. Diamond rolls
on top but only gets two then starts firing away. Swinger is on the floor with
Storm and lifts up the mat and suplexes him on the concrete. AMW are getting
choked out as the camera goes back and forth between each man. Storm breaks up
a double team move with a superkick on Diamond then fires away. AMW takes the
advantage. Harris and Diamond spill outside and rams Harris into the post.
Diamond then accidentally hits Swinger in the head with a chair and storm rolls
him up but that only gets two. That looked brutal. As Diamond is on the apron,
Harris runs through the ropes and spears him off. AMW sets up Swinger for the
Death Sentence but Gilbertti knocks of Harris and slides the belt into Swinger
and he hits Storm behind the ref’s back for the win (8:27) ***1/4. After the
match, they beat on AMW until security clears the ring.
and the feud remains hot. AMW was really one of the best teams on the planet at
New Church for attacking Raven and challenges them to a tag match. Shane
Douglas interrupts but Julio attacks him then the New Church run out and they
a dress that barely covers her tits. Hey, anything to distract you from her
face is a good thing. They wheel out the casket that represents D’Lo’s career
as Siaki delivers a eulogy. This segment bombs as Siaki drones on then places
flowers on top of the casket but D’Lo pops up and attacks Siaki. He ends up
tossing both Siaki and Trinity in the casket and stands on top as the crowd
chants for D’Lo. This was the loudest pop for D’Lo since he debuted in the company.
down their opponents for tonight, Jeff Jarrett and Erik Watts. Not much
interesting took place here.
w/James Mitchell vs. Julio Dinero & CM Punk w/Alexis Laree
then Slash gets double-teamed in the ring. The New Church takes control and
puts Punk in the Tree of Woe on the ropes then continue to hit him with
double-team moves. Slash gets two off a vertical suplex. Punk fights back but
gets double-teamed in the corner. Slash and Punk collide in the ring and both
men are down but Punk makes the tag to Julio. He runs wild until Sinn catches
him with a super kick. Punk goes up for a rana on Sinn but Slash throws powder
in his face and Sinn takes him down with a super powerbomb but that only gets
two. Julio puts Sinn on his shoulders and Punk takes him down with a
blockbuster and that gets two. Mtichell tries to interfere but Alexis crotches
him and hits Slash with a tornado DDT. Julio hits Slash with a full nelson slam
but Shane Douglas runs in and hits Julio with a chain as the ref checks on
Mitchell, then places Slash on top and he gets the win (7:07) **1/2. After the
match, Douglas and the New Church continue their assault and end up cutting
some of Alexis’s hair.
but I do not think he was any worse than Lee, the guy he replaced. It’s weird
seeing Punk be in a stable with Raven considering that they were feuding in RoH
at the time. Slash was a really underrated worker and I wondered would have happened
with his career if he didn’t team up with Jamie Dundee, who fucked up all their
chances at a push while they were wrestling ass PG-13.
says that they don’t play politics in here, unlike the “people up North.” He
then explains the difference between NWA and TNA in a convoluted manner that
only makes sense to him and the half-wits who came up with this interview. He
said that TNA runs the promotion and NWA runs the wrestling and this somehow resulted
in Don Callis coming in the company. He is then asked about his relation with
Jarrett and goes back to saying how he was held down by other promotions. This
drags on some more and finishes eventually. A complete waste of time and one of
the most pointless interviews that I have ever heard.
vacation. The production values are shit and it seems like they at a Days Inn
somewhere in a terrible neighborhood. AJ tells Watts that he will be there next
week and removes his bathrobe and does a flip into the pool.
Christopher Daniels vs. Erik Watts & Jeff Jarrett
and takes out Legend with a crossbody and they brawl in the crowd. In the ring,
Daniels beats on Jarrett for a bit. Jarrett comes back with a flapjack and a
dropkick but Legend comes in and Jarrett gets double-teamed. Legend nails
Jarrett with a Yakuza kick then a clothesline. Daniels tags and puts Jarrett in
a front facelock but Jarrett escapes and fights off both men and makes the tag
but the ref did not see it and the heels go back to double-teaming Jarrett. He
fights back again and tags and Watts goes wild and actually looks decent. He
powerbmobs Legend on te turnbuckle and chokeslams Daniels but Legend breaks
that up. Watts goes up top and hits a missile mule kick on Legend! Jarrett hits
Daniels with the spinebuster and that gets two. Daniels comes back with an STO
but misses the BME. Jarrett goes for the Stroke but Legend breaks that up with
a super kick and that gets two. The match breaks down then Jarrett rolls up
Legend for the win (8:18) ***. After the match, Jarrett gets assaulted but both
securities run out then they start fighting. Jerry Lynn runs in and fights with
Red-Shirt Security but gets dragged away. Then, two guys in Freddy and Jason
masks run in and handcuff Watts to the railing and Jason hits Jarrett with a
Styles Clash then reveals himself as AJ Styles then Freddy as Russo, who yells
at Jarrett that he told him he gets no title shots and no gauntlet tonight.
They set up a table as Russo calls Jarrett a piece of shit, and Jarrett gets
triple-powerbombed. After that, they put Jarrett in the hearse
Erik Watts. He actually looked good in the ring too. The post-match angle with
AJ and Russo was fine, even if I was obvious that those two were wearing the
elbow next week in their Bullrope Match. This was a taped promo.
Siaki vs. Brown
AJ Styles vs. winner of the Gauntlet for the Heavyweight
Michael Shane defends his title.
the Number One Contender for the Heavyweight Title
men facing off in a singles match. Eliminations occur by either pinfall
submission, or being thrown over the top rope. #1 is Kid Kash and #2 Ron
Killings. They have a nice sequence of moves until Christopher Daniels enters
at #3. He and Killings go at it as Kash watches from the corner. Killings gets
double-teamed until BG James enters at #4. They 3LK work iron claws and
continue to beat on Kash and Daniels. #5 is Sonny Siaki, who apparently escaped
from the casket. He works on BG as nothing else of note happens. Jeff Jarrett’s
music goes off at #6 but he isn’t here any longer. Siaki grabs the mic and says
he will win the gauntlet. No matter how hard they try, Siaki will ever get over
as a star. Not much happens until D’Lo enters at #7 and he cleans house. Mad
Mikey then comes out and goes to the announcers table and rants about not being
in the gauntlet then Siaki gets eliminated by D’Lo off camera. At least we get
a replay. Abyss enters at #8 as Mikey continues to rant and harass Tenay. Abyss
catches Killings and tosses him to the floor. He then eliminates BG with a big
boot. #9 is the Sandman as Abyss eliminated Kid Kash. Mad Mkiey goes in the
ring but Abyss tosses him too. Sandman tosses Abyss a beer then spits it in his
face and hits him with a kendo stick a few times but runs into the Black Hole
Slam. Legend enters at #10 and kicks Sandman in the face. Abyss hits D’Lo with
the Black Hole Slam and has been booked like a huge monster and looks really
good out there. #11 is Konnan and he goes after Legend and shows fire. Tenay
lets us know that there are just two slots left as the Sandman gets eliminated.
#12 is Shane Douglas and he goes after everyone. Konnan eliminates Legend as
Tenay says that Raven was taking to the hospital and not here at the moment to
take the last spot. D’Lo and Konnan double-team Douglas as Raven does in fact
show up as the last entrant, covered in blood and a bandage over his forehead. Douglas
looks terrified in the corner. Abyss grabs Raven but he turns a chokeslam
attempt into a DDT then he eliminates Abyss by tossing him over the top rope.
Daniels eliminates Konnan and D’Lo but Raven eliminated him with a catapult
over the top rope. Douglas and Raven are the last two left and they both spill
over the top rope. Raven takes Douglas off the apron with a jawbreaker but
Douglas hits him with a chair. He covers but that only gets two. Douglas brings
the chair in the ring but Raven sends him into it with a drop toehold and both
men are down. Douglas gets a few nearfalls
and goes for the belly-to-belly but Raven headbutts out of that and hits
the Raven Effect for the win (22:18) ***1/2. The crowd popped big for that
segment overall. This was one of the better battle royal matches that I have
seen. The built up Abyss like a monster too but more importantly they put over
the challenger strong.
of the best shows TNA has produced at this point. Their main feuds are clicking
and all the matches were solid too. TNA has strung together a few really good
shows in a row and are gaining a bit of momentum. Next week’s main event for
the title between Raven and Styles should be excellent.
vs. Shane Douglas and America’s
Most Wanted & Dusty Rhodes vs. Simon Diamond & Johnny Swinger &
Devon Storm & Sinn vs. 3 Live Krew
in a terrible sequence of mistimed moves capped off by Konnan dropping Storm on
his head with an armdrag. Konnan was wrestling at a snails pace, as does BG when
he tags. Storm dodges an attack and makes the tag as they all take turns
beating on BG. They use quick tags to neutralize BG until he collides with the
Vampire Warrior. The Harris Brothers are shown watching from the ramp as
Killings tags in and runs wild. The match breaks down then 3 Live Krew hits
them all with double-team moves until BG finishes off Sinn with a pumphandle
drop (5:21) ¼*.
Live Kru. The wrestling was shit but this did a good job of getting the crowd
going so the segment was a success overall. Sinn would eventually go on to be
Kizarny in the WWE, for those who were wondering.
Skipper and Bobby Eaton has accepted the open challenge from Kid Kash to all
legends. Also, Michael Shane will face Frankie Kazarian in a ladder match for
the #1 contender to the X Division Title, which means that Chris Sabin remained
champion after last week’s title holdup.
Russo’s guys beating the shit out of D’Lo. Jarrett came out and Russo tried to
hit him with a bat but he blocked it and Jarrett cleaned house with a chair. They
are continuing to book Jarrett like Stone Cold Steve Austin.
him about fighting then gets interrupted by AJ Styles and Vince Russo, who is
holding a bat. Russo tells Watts that he needs
to shut up and listen to him. I have to say that having AJ in the ring with
these two guys, who are much taller than him, isn’t a good thing at all. Add
that to the fact that he dresses like the Redneck version of Nick Carter and
you have a champ that is more like a chump than anything else. Russo acts like
a tough guy on the mic then says that starting tonight they are on vacation as
there are no more contenders. He even claims that he contacted Sting, who was
afraid. They walk away and as they are on the ramp, Watts
gives them three options, get a single-bed hotel room and play “Hide the
pee-pee,” fight Low Ki tonight, or option three, leave but then having to
forfeit the belt. Russo says that he and the champ have a plane to catch and
will get back to him later. AJ comes into the ring by himself and tries to get
Watts to take the belt from him but Low Ki comes out and destroys him, to
minimal crowd response. Legend runs in but Watts
takes care of him and has AJ up for the chokeslam but Russo hits him with the
bat. Jarrett then comes out and cleans house as Ki sends AJ to the floor with a
koppu kick. This did an okay job hyping up the match between AJ and Low Ki.
The highlight is was Diamond doing a very funny Dusty Rhodes impression. They
promise that they will not lay down for Dusty’s elbows.
attacks Skipper from behind on the ramp to start .In the ring, Skipper takes
comes back with a back elbow smash but Skipper uses his momentum to dump him
dodges a moonsault off the apron then goes inside and dropkicks Skipper off the
apron, holding his scale. They fight on the apron and Lynn brings him back in then yells at
Skipper, blaming him for losing a payday last week. Skipper hits a beautiful
double springboard moonsault for two. He crotches Lynn on the top rope, who
then ducks his ropewalk rana and crotches himself and Lynn gets the win with a
double underhook DDT (3:58) *1/4. After the match, Skipper attacks Lynn from behind but misses a senton from the top rope and
Lynn ends up
hitting him with a scale. Lynn
applies a chinlock then shoves the ref and grabs him by the ropes as a few
other refs come out. Don Callis can be seen from the ramp taking notes, shaking
his head in disbelief.
failure and they keep making Lynn look like a joke. The angle between Callis
and Lynn is also not working so far and it probably never will.
his possession. He is not concerned with facing either man as he can beat them
easily. Sabin would have beneited from a manager as promos are not his strong
Become Number One Contender to the X Division Title
Frankie Kazarian vs.
as he comes down the ramp, Shane flies out with a tope con hilo. Shane slugs away then whips Kazarian
into the ladder. Kazarian hits the charging Shane with the ladder and uses it
as a weapon. They go back and forth a bit until Kazarian takes down Shane with
a springboard dropkick. Shane is backdropped into the ladder them climbs the
top rope and leapfrogs the ladder, hitting Shane with a leg drop. Kazarian
climbs up for the contract but Shane fights back and takes him off with a
swinging neckbreaker. Both men climb up top slowly and that ends with Kazarian
hitting a sunset powerbomb. Shortly after that, he climbs the ladder and almost
has the contract but Sabin runs out and shoves him off the ladder. He heads up
the ramp and as Shane climbs up the ladder he takes him off with a springboard
contract then climbs up the ladder and grabs the contract as the ref rules this
match a no contest (8:54) **1/2. After the bell rings, Sabin takes out both men
with the ladder and his belt. Callis comes out and grabs both the contract and
are going to get a three-way match as a result, which should be good given the
fact that these guys are all good in the ring.
reading the “National Enquirer,” with the lead story being Ben Affleck cheating
on Jennifer Lopez. He goes to wipe then realizes he has no toilet paper so he
rips off the cover and goes to wipe. The tape freezes then Teany takes us to
the production truck where Mikey is shown beating up everyone inside.
one day, Russo will have to meet him face-to-face and that he also knows his
weakness and at the end, it will take him down.
day until he went to catering and found out that Dusty Rhodes ate all the brownies, thus
needing a lesson in respect. Eaton tries to go after Kash as he is talking and
looks to wear himself out in the process. Kash attacks Eaton from behind then
kicks him halfway out the ring. Kash bounces a chair off of Eaton and goes back
inside to continue his assault. Kash mocks Eaton by performing jumping jacks.
Kash hits Eaton with an elbow drop on the floor then rams him into the post.
Back in the ring, Kash applies the iron claw but Eaton fights back. He can
barely do anything at all on offense but Kash makes it look okay. He gets two
off a backbreaker but Abyss comes out and distracts Eaton, allowing Kash to hit
a low blow then school-boy him for the win (3:36) DUD.
seem like the guy who knows when to quit, which is probably why he is in the
terrible condition that he is today. Kash had to do the work for two people
as Scott Hudson looks on. Looks like these two will be facing off shortly in a
match that no one will care about.
is shown. This feud has been really good despite the fact that Douglas can barely even do anything in the ring.
promises closure when he either finds out who is Mitchell’s mystery man or
destroy the internal organs of Shane Douglas.
to pull Raven down and crotch him against the post. They trade punches but Douglas sends him into the steps with a drop toehold. The
crowd is jacked for this match. Raven is bleeding already as Douglas
is yelling in the face of a female fan. Douglas
stops a comeback with a cheapshot then rams his head off the announcers table.
They finally take it inside as Douglas taunts
the fans. Raven fights back with chops but eats boot on a charge. Douglas flips off the crowd the grabs a chair and hits
Raven with a drop toehold. Douglas is
frequently stalling and taunting the fans, as he is in awful shape an already
blown up. He hits Raven then shows the blood on his hand to the camera. The
crowd is solidly behind Raven as Douglas
applies the figure-four. Raven eventually reverses the hold but Douglas is able to grab the ropes. Raven then hits Douglas with several clotheslines, with the last one
terribly mistimed to the point the fans started to boo. Raven is wearing a
crimson mask then headbutts out of a belly-to-belly attack and hits one of his
own. James Mitchell is on the ramp with a body bag and interrupts as Raven is
about to hit Douglas with the Raven Effect.
Mitchell says that he has Alexis in the bag and only has fifteen seconds worth
of oxygen left. He goes go hhelp but Douglas
attacks. The fans start a countdown then Raven small packages Douglas for the
win (10:55) **1/2. Raven runs out and opens the bag but it’s the mystery man.
The lights go off and Mitchell gives Douglas
scissors but security runs out and stops any further damage from taking place.
possibly get out of Douglas at this point. They were smart to stretch it out
and make sure that Douglas took breaks to taunt the fans, which helped maintain
the heat this match had. The crowd was into it the whole time and TNA has done
a masterful job in building up Raven as a face.
failure. He is in a dark room holding a flashlight up to his face, making it
look as bush-league as possible. Next week, Siaki promises to hold a career
burial for D’Lo’s career. Looks like these two will now feud.
X Division problem. He brings us a diagram of the “Ultimate X” match, which
features fifteen-foot poles in the corners that are connected by steel wires
and in the middle, will be the belt. Callis also promises that this will “pop a
tremendous buyrate” then asks Hudson
if he knows the importance of buyrates. This match will take place next week
between Sabin, Kazarian, and Shane. I thought they did a pretty good job of
selling the new concept match, even if the diagram looked like it was drawn by
a twelve year-old.
Simon & Swinger
Simon Diamond & Johnny Swinger vs. America’s
Most Wanted & Dusty Rhodes
out Diamond & Swinger with a plancha then Harris takes them out once they
get up. Storm suplexes Swinger back into the ring. AMW work on Swinger until
Harris eats boot on a charge. Gilbertti tags but Harris hits him with a Thesz
Press and tags Dusty but the heels bail. The crowd starts chanting for Dusty
then Gilbertti tags Diamond. Dusty elbows the arm and tags Storm. He takes him
over with a headscissors but Swinger grabs his foot and the heels take control.
Diamond suplexes Storm then catches him with a super kick that gets two. Storm
fights back against Swinger and tags Dusty but the ref was distracted by
Diamond and disallows the tag. Storm dodges an attack and clotheslines Diamond
to the floor before making the hot-tag to Dusty. He hits Gilbertti with the
bionic elbow then uses the bullrope and gets the pin (8:35) **3/4. After the
match, Christopher Daniels attacks Dusty until Stone Cold Jeff Jarrett runs out
and kicks his ass. Legend runs out and clotheslines Jarrett to the floor as
everyone starts brawling in the end as the bell rings continuously. Watts runs out then Jarrett grabs a chair and cleans
house on the heels. Watts grabs the mic and
says that AMW will face Diamond & Swinger in a double bullrope match. He
also says that he and Jarrett will team up to face Daniels & Legend.
did his trademark stuff and the rest of the match was all action.
face AJ Styles. He promises to mark the new era in TNA
Low-Ki vs. AJ Styles
joins the announcers table. They fight over a go behind then use matwork, with
neither man able to get the advantage. Ki then chops AJ hard but runs into a
dropkick. Neckbreaker gets two. Ki hits AJ with his version of the 619 then
takes him down with a European uppercut. Corkscrew elbow gets two. Ki continues
with his hard chops then uses the Bite of the Dragon. Ki dropkicks the leg then
repeatedly kicks AJ in the chest. AJ ducks a kick and sweeps the leg but Ki
kips up and nails AJ with a rolling Koppu Kick. Ki gets a sunset flip out of
the Styles Clash but AJ comes back with an enziguiri. AJ kips up and sends Ki
to the floor with a headscissors. He then hits the Phenomenon off the apron and
it looked great. Back inside, they trade nearfalls until AJ hits a spinning
heel kick and then a suplex. Ki floats over on a suplex attempt and puts AJ in
a dragon sleeper. AJ snaps him off the ropes then grabs a chinlock. Russo pokes
Ki with the bat as AJ distracts the ref. AJ beats on Ki in the corner but the
ref falls and that allows Ki to hit a springboard kick. Ki hits a flying
forearm then hits a double underhook suplex and uses a bridge to get two. Damn,
that was sweet. He kicks the shit out of AJ for a bit. AJ counters a muscle
buster with a DDT in another fantastic spot. AJ dodges a handspring kick and
flattens Ki with a discus clothesline. AJ uses a flurry of moves but Ki is able
to put AJ in the octopus. AJ turns that into a German suplex then maintains his
hold and hits a facebuster but that only gets two. AJ tries for another Phenomenon
but Ki is able to kcik him in the head. Ki knocks AJ to the floor with a
cartwheel kick and goes outside. Russo pokes him with the bat but Ki beats on
Russo as the fans go nuts. He climbs the top ropes but referee Rudy Charles
prevents him from hitting Russo and as his back is turned, AJ hits him with the
bat and rolls him in the ring and gets the win (14:54) ****.
bought Low Ki as having a chance to win but the wrestling itself kept the crowd
going. Just a great match with tons of hot moves.
a bad show at all. Sure, there are some problems with the company and no one
wants to see Jeff Jarrett booked like he is Stone Cold Steve Austin but they
have developed two really good feuds and had one awesome main event. They also
built up some intrigue next week with the new Ultimate X concept. TNA has had a
solid few weeks of programming.
are Don West and Mike Tenay
Simon Diamond & Johnny Swinger
w/Glen Gilbertti vs. America’s Most Wanted
non-title match and unlike a traditional strap match, the straps are attached
to the ring ropes. The match starts with a brawl outside the ring that is won
by AMW. Inside, Harris hits Diamond with a Thesz Press and a clothesline.
Gilbertti pulls the strap away from Harris and that allows the heels to gain
the advantage. They neutralize Harris in the corner then toss him outside,
allowing Gilbertti to whip Harris with the strap. Diamond gets two off a suplex
then they go back to double-teaming Harris. Diamond charges but Harris
clotheslines him down then backdrops Swinger to the floor before making the tag
to Storm. He runs wild on Diamond until Swinger runs in then hangs Storm over the
ropes. Gilbertti rolls in Storm and Swinger covers for two. Storm gets whipped
repeatedly as the ref is distracted. Storm fights away and makes the tag to
Harris. He hits Swinger with a full nelson slam and a backdrop before whipping
him. He clotheslines Diamond and the match breaks down, with AMW gaining the
upper hand. Gilbertti runs in but gets speared by Harris and he gets whipped by
AMW. Harris gets caught with a double flapjack and Swinger sets him up for a
suplex but Storm gets underneath him and turns it into a powerbomb mid-move.
That move woke up the crowd. Harris puts Diamond in the Sharpshooter and Storm
whips him repeatedly. Swinger takes out Storm then breaks up the hold with a
chairshot. He covers but only gets two as the crowd goes nuts. He grabs another
chair but the ref takes it away. Gilbertti slides in another chair but Storm
superkicks it into his face but that only gets two. AMW sets up Swinger for the
Death Sentence but Diamond superkicks Harris in the face as Storm is in midair.
Harris puts Diamond on his shoulders and Storm climbs on top and gets the
Hanging Noose for the win (11:05) ***1/2. After the match, Swinger and
Gilbertti run in and attack AMW. They then take the belts and walk out of the
damn good match. They really had the crowd going at the end and this was a
tough crowd all night long. These guys have fantastic chemistry and this feud
has gotten off to a great start. Its awesome to see that AMW found another team
to feud with.
is blocked from entering the arena by Red-Shirt Security. Don Callis comes out
and says that despite the fact Lynn is a good wrestler, he was too violent last
week and now suspended from the company,as he offended their target
demographic. Callis hands him a list of rules he needs to follow and Lynn throws
a hissy fit before leaving. This segment was very effective in making Lynn look
like a complete pussy.
a promo of the guys competing in the four-way X Division number one contender’s
match. Michael Shane says that he is the cousin of Shawn Michaels. Joey
Matthews cuts an awful promo about how he loves money. Danny Doring gives one
of his goofy promos and Shark Boy is with Norman Smiley and he only wants to do
the Big Wiggle as Smiley tries to get him to focus. This match did nothing at
all in making these guys seem like a threat to the belt.
Michael Shane vs. Joey Matthews vs.
Danny Doring vs. Shark Boy
takes down Shane to start until Matthews makes a blind tag and double teams
Doring. Shark Boy takes them both out with a missile dropkick and takes down
Matthews with a headscissors. Doring and Shark Boy work together, as does Shane
& Matthews and they go back and forth for a bit, in an elimination match.
Shane gets a one count on Doring as he and Matthews continue to team up. They
start a car-crash spot, highlighted with a tope con hilo by Shane. This match
is completely heatless and there is no chemistry between any of the workers. Shark
Boy hits the DSD on Matthews but gets clotheslined by Doring, who the hits him
with a top rope leg drop. All of a sudden, Elix Skipper runs out and clears the
ring. He stands on the announcer’s table and cuts a promo stating he will beat
up all these punks until he gets to face Jerry Lynn. He leaves and the camera
focuses on the match, as Shane eliminates Doring with the Sweet Chin Music (7:01),
then does the same to Matthews (7:12). Shark Boy dodges the attack and gets two
off a neckbreaker. He hits Shane with
mounted punches in the corner but Shane fights back and hits a Fisherman’s DDT
for the win (8:12) ½*.
a clusterfuck. The mid-match promo by Skipper didn’t help anything either. The guys
in the ring had no chemistry at all and besides a few highspots, it was awful. Shane
has lloked good but trying to make him into the next Shawn Michaels is not
working at all.
Hudson is with Erik Watts. He refers to himself in the third-person then says
that Russo will be handcuffed to him during the Heavyweight Title match between
AJ Styles and D’Lo Brown. Also, if Sonny Siaki, Trinity, or Joe Legend interfere,
Styles will lose the title.
ring, Shane Douglas cuts a promo about how great he is and how he pinned Raven
last week. Douglas looks like a fucking mess, just completely bloated and
similar to how Curt Hennig looked before he passed. This goes on for too long
until Raven runs in and attacks Douglas. He has a bodybag with him as they
start brawling. Raven hits him with the Raven Effect and attempts to put him in
the bag but James Mitchell and the New Church appear on the screen, with Julio
and Alexis all tied up. Mitchell says he can either stay in the ring and finish
off the man who caused him humiliation or for once put others before himself.
Raven stands for a second then leaves to look for the Gathering. For all that
TNA has done wrong at this point, they have been brilliant in turning Raven
into a face. It has been masterful, actually.
is with Larry Zbyszko, who will face Kid Kash tonight. Larry promises to rid of
Kash, who he refers to as a wannabe.
of stalling to start. The fans start chanting “where’s your walker” at Larry,
who then does an impression of someone using a walker. Larry grounds Kash and
they take it to the mat, with Larry gaining the upper hand. Larry works on Kash
in the corner, who comes back with a double springboard crossbody block that Larry
was out of position for. Kash pushes the ref then gets slapped down. He locks
on a sleeper then turn it into an iron claw, which Larry breaks by squeezing
Kash’s balls. Larry hits a backdrop and rubs Kash’s face into the mat. Abyss
runs in and charge nito Kash by accident but hits Larry with the Black Hole
Slam as the ref is checking on Kash, who then covers for the win (6:01) ¼*.
A nothing match that the crowd didn’t care to see. The legends deal with Kash is
alright but Larry wrestles a dated style that caused this crowd to make fun of
him for being old. Kash is still one of the best heels in the company
backstage screaming while looking for the Gathering but it turns out that they
are in the ring. Mitchell tells Raven he is surprised that he took the moral
high ground as Raven runs out and takes out the New Church until Shane Douglas
runs in and Raven gets destroyed. Julio breaks free and tries to help but he
gets tossed outside. Mitchell sets up the bodybag and Douglas rolls him inside
and the New Church stomp away.
video package airs on the day in the life of Mad Mikey. He is still pissed off
at everyone. This was fine for what it was, a lower-card comedy act, and it was
funny at times.
Hudson is backstage with Glen Gilbertti, Simon Diamond, and Johnny Swinger.
Gilbertti uses a bunch of country references to mock AMW. Anyway, AMW run out
and attack them and they wind up back into the ring. Gilbertti attacks AMW with
the straps then they all attack AMW, until security clears the ring.
package on the feud between Frankie Kazarian and Chris Sabin airs.
Frankie Kazarian vs. Chris Sabin
that is won by Kazarian. Sabin then catches Kazarian with a release German
suplex, with his head whacking the middle turnbuckle. Sabin hits a clothesline
for two. He roughs up Kazarian before getting two off a suplex. Kazarian
counters a uranage with a crucifix and that gets two. Sabin grabs a chinlock
but Kazarian is able to eventually kick him to the floor. He slides out and
they do a sequence that ends with Kazarian hitting a DDT on Sabin on the
rebound after being backdropped against the ropes. In the ring, Kazarian hits
Sabin with an Ocean Cyclone Suplex off the top rope and that gets two! Sabin
eats boot off a charge but is able to eventually leap up top and hit him with a
belly to belly and that gets two. They trade punches until Sabin kicks Kazarian
into the ref. He then grabs the belt and hits Kazarian and the ref counts to
three. Referee Andrew Thomas then runs out and orders that the match must be
restarted. As soon as it starts, Kazarian hits Sabin with the Wave of the
Future (7:21) **1/2. Rudy Charles then runs out and grabs the belt and orders
that he is taking the belt and will go talk to Erik Watts to get an official
Not their best match and the ending was terrible, actually. It looks like they
will eventually build up to a three-way, including Shane, which should at least
produce some good matches.
initially prevent us from seeing Three Live Crew at a trailer park but it
appears after a few minutes. Konnan and Killings arrive and ask a guy working
on his car where BG is who is then shown rubbing himself after pointing them in
the right direction. BG is shown cleaning his carburetor in the river as the
creepy guy is shown stalking them. Killings then chases him and that is how
this awful segment ends. Also, Three Live Crew will be back in the Asylum next
Daniels cuts a promo in the crowd. This went on for an eternity, due to the
fact that it took the crew forever to set up the cage. Anyway, he talks about how he is here to show
us that sports entertainment has changed his life. Poor Daniels is just dying
out there as he talks about how tradition got him nowhere and it is just
stagnation. He tries to get those in the crowd to undergo metamorphoses and
then attacks a fan who throws a drink on him. Jeff Jarrett comes out and grabs the
mic. He cuts a promo on Daniels and grabs a chair and sits in the ring as they
continue to set up the cage. He promises he will not leave until Daniels comes
back out. Black-Shirt security run out as does the Red-shirt security and they
fight as Daniels attacks Jarrett from behind. The Red-Shirt guys allow Daniels
to get the upper hand. None of this got over well at all.
package airs on the feud between AJ Styles and D’Lo Brown. It lasted a long
Most Wanted runs down and interrupts West and Tenay as they run down next week’s
show. Harris says that next week, they will have a six-man tag match against
Gilbertti, Diamond and Swinger, with Dusty Rhodes as their partner, who is
introduced via telephone.
with AJ and Vince Russo in an interview recorded earlier in the day. AJ says
that he is associated with Russo as he will do whatever it takes to keep his
NWA-TNA Heavyweight Belt. This goes on for a while, with Russo not saying a
single word until the end, when he tells AJ he can leave, then threatens Tenay
to say whatever problems he has with him to his face. Russo promises that the next
time Tenay disrespects either him or AJ he will be held responsible then they
end up yelling about Jarrett, like every other conversation that these two have
Hudson is with D’Lo from earlier today. He said little of note other than that
he would never align with Russo. No one is buying D’Lo as a potential champion.
D’Lo Brown vs. AJ Styles (Champion)
Russo are handcuffed, attached by a long chain. The crowd is mild, as the long
time it took to set this up probably took away their excitement. They start by
going back and forth, with neither man able to gain the advantage. D’Lo gets a
scoop slam and a hiptoss. He attempts to catapult AJ into the cage but he is
able to hold himself up and come back with a back elbow smash. D’Lo turns him
inside-out with a clothesline as Watts is shown dragging Russo around the ring.
AJ kicks D’Lo in the nuts on a float over attempt then stomps away. D’Lo
catches AJ in midair and rams him into the cage. AJ is between the ropes and the
cage as D’Lo grinds his head on the cage, busting him up. He heads up top but
AJ cuts him off then dropkicks him off the ropes. AJ hits D’Lo with a charging
dropkick and busts him up with that. D’Lo is able to catch AJ with a Samoan
Drop. He hits AJ with a bunch of suplexes before hitting the Alabama Slam. D’Lo
hits a frog splash but that only gets two. D’Lo charges but AJ backdrops him
into the cage. He the hits the Styles Clash but D’Lo kicks out at the last
second. D’Lo catches AJ and rams him into the cage before hitting the Sky High.
He tosses down AJ and heads up to the top of the cage but Russo throws powder
into the eyes of Watts, who then rams him into the cage, causing D’Lo to fall.
Both men are down then AJ eventually covers for the win (10:18) **1/4. Siaki,
Trinity, and Legend enter the ring, as does Russo, for the celebration. Russo
runs down D’Lo as the show goes off the air.
match with an anti-climactic ending. AJ sold a majority of the time and the cage
prevented him from performing his high-flying moves.
going on right now, between Raven and Shane Douglas & the New Church, and
the feud between AMW and Diamond & Swinger. It looks as if Jarrett will
feud with AJ for the belt after he is finished with Daniels, as there is no one
else for AJ to feud with. The X division is starting to improve, with the
addition of Shane and Kazarian too. However, a lot of these matches have bad
finishes and that needs to improve. Overall, this was a fine show.
Sorry for the delay.
are Don West and Mike Tenay
starts with a recap of last week’s show. It includes the feuds of Raven/Shane
Douglas and Jerry Lynn/Justin Credible. Also, the debut of Joe Legend, where he
and AJ Styles attacked Jeff Jarrett. They also started a feud between AJ and
D’Lo Brown and Tracy and Nurse Veronica were attacked by Lollipop and April
starts with the returning Scott Hudson interviewing Jeff Jarrett on his way to
the arena. He asks him why he went against doctor’s orders and showed up
tonight. Jarrett said that if they wanted to play games, then batter up.
w/Glen Gilbertti vs. America’s Most Wanted (Champions)
here is that Gilbertti is on a mission to get the belts from AMW. In reality,
Gilbertti’s back was a mess and he couldn’t wrestle. Gilbertti joins the
announcers table and makes fun of AMW for being cowboys. Harris fights off both
men but gets Diamond catches him with a super kick. They double-team Harris and
keep him in their corner for a long time. Diamond gets two off a pair of snap
suplexes. Harris fights off a double team and makes the tag but the referee did
not see the tag and orders Storm back on the apron. Swinger eats boot on a
charge and Harris clotheslines Diamond before making the tag. Storm runs wild
on both men. He takes out Swinger with a pescado. Harris gets two off a
crossbody block. Storm hits both men with DDT and tags Harris. They hit Swinger
with the Hart Attack but the ref orders Storm out of the ring. The match breaks
down then Storm with Diamond with a frankensteiner, getting two. They set up
Swinger for the Death Sentence but Gilbertti shoves Harris off the top rope
then hits Storm with a chair. Storm gets hit with a double Downward Spiral but
Storm is able to kick out. They set up Storm for the Hart Attack but Harris
spears Swinger as he was running the ropes and gets the pin (8:53) ***.
match. With Daniels in Japan and Skipper looking like he is getting repackaged
as a singles wrestler, AMW needs a team to work with. I thought both teams
worked great together.
video package on Christopher Daniels. He is using the “Fallen Angel” gimmick
and the video is shot in black-and-white, with a red border. It closes with a
graphic reading “Say your prayers.” Good video package and it helped Daniels
is in the ring, wearing a New York Yankee’s jersey and holding a bat. He is
using an New York accent in an attempt to mimic Russo. The crowd starts a bunch
of anti-Russo chants as Legend introduces Jeff Jarrett. It is really Vince
Russo, wearing the outfit that Jarrett wore in his first WWF stint. He sounds
like Foghorn Leghorn as he makes a bunch of awful jokes and puts over the fact
that he made Jarrett a star. The crowd starts a loud “you suck” chant as this
goes on for way too long. He then asks to kiss his ass but the real Jarrett
comes out, in his gear, and takes out both men. Russo bails as Legend catches
Jarrett and hits a backbreaker. He then attacks the injured ribs of Jarrett,
which are all taped up. Jarrett takes the advantage as Legend missed a charge
and they brawl in the crowd. They go up the stairs and Jarrett pushes Legend
off the balcony, with the fall not shown. He goes down but Legend miraculously
regains control and ends up busting Jarrett wide open. They are now in the ring
as Jarrett is wearing a crimson mask, dripping blood from his forehead onto the
mat. Jarrett fights back and backdrops Legend through a chair then hits the
Stroke. He ties Legend to the ropes, getting revenge on what happened last
week, and grabs the bat. Russo runs in but Jarrett beats him with the bat and
puts him in the figure four but Legend is able to break through the tape and
whack Jarrett with a guitar. He hits Jarrett with the Stone Cutter and hits
Jarrett with a bat, as Russo holds him. Russo then grabs the mic and yells at
him as security clears the ring. Jerry Jarrett runs out and cares for his son.
This went on for far too long and the crowd didn’t care at all.
is with Chris Sabin. He is asked about Frankie Kazarian having the same
nickname as him. Sabin says that Frankie is on a losing streak and that losers
do not get shots at the title and after he wins the 6 man match tonight and
fifteen more after that, he might get a chance at his style. Kazarian beat him
two weeks ago in a non-title match.
package on Elix Skipper airs.
the Number One Contender to the X Division Title
Boy Luke vs. Delirious vs. Matt Stryker vs. Frankie Kazarian
on commentary but leaves shortly as the announcers start to talk about the
match and not about him. Delirious and Stryker start things off with some
matwork. They do not work well together. Delirious bails and runs around the
ring, only to re-enter and get taken down with an armdrag. Kazarian tags and
cradles Delirious, getting two. He tags Luke and he and Delirious go at for a
bit. Delirious tags Sydal before hitting a missile dropkick. Sydal gets two on
Luke with a springboard crossbody. Romeo tags himself in a flattens Sydal with
a clothesline. Sydal is able to hit a shooting star press on Romeo while
standing on his back but Romeo takes control with an alley-oop. He tags
Kazarian, who gets two off a slingshot legdrop. Sydal escapes and tags Stryker,
who attacks the ribs. They set up for a car crash spot, capped off with Sydal
hitting a moonsault off the top rope. Back in the ring, Sydal dropkicks Stryker
for two. Stryker slingshots Sydal onto Romeo, who catches him and hits the
Emerald Frosien for the pin (6:17). Luke comes in and gets two off the Holy
driver. Halo gets two. Romeo tags Kazarian, who kills Luke with an Ocean
Cyclone Suplex. His head might have hit the apron on that and he heads to the
back, without being pinned so he either got legit messed up or just blew the
spot. Delirious goes up top but Kazarian puts him on his shoulders and pins him
with the Ocean Cyclone Suplex (7:57). Stryker and Romeo go at it, with Stryker
getting a few near falls. They head up top but Romeo grabs him and hits a
middle rope Emerald Frosien for the pin (9:17). Romeo celebrates but Kazarian
hits a missile dropkick and a back elbow smash. He escapes an Emerald Frosien
attempt and hits the Wave of the Future for the win (9:52) *3/4.
were a few nice moves but a lot of this was messy. For those who are unaware,
Matt Sydal went on to become Evan Bourne and Altar Boy Luke is better known as
Luke Hawx. Romeo stood out the most but it was clear that Kazarian would win.
Negro Casas and Shocker, who were advertised to be on this show, were supposed
to be in this match but pulled out at the last second.
match, Sabin comes out and gives him his title shot, right now.
Kazarian to the floor then roughs him up. Back in the ring, Kazarian hits a
release overhead suplex then fights back with forearm smashes. He tries for a
pescado but ands on Sabin’s knee. In the ring, Kazarian blocks a sunset flip
and gets two but Sabin goes for the ribs. They go up top but Sabin shoves him
off. They engage in some reversas until Sabin powerbombs Kazarian into the
corner the hits the Future Shock for the win (3:05) *.
are setting up a feud between these two, which isn’t bad seeing as they both
work very well together. However, neither guy is that over with the crowd.
is out back giving us an update on Jarrett, who is being tended to by medics.
Russo and Legend run in and attack Jarrett. D’Lo Brown then runs in for the
calls out Tracy and Nurse Veronica, who is the only one to come out. They brawl
on the ramp but it gets broken up quickly by security. The crowd starts a “let
them fight” chant.
sits down with James Mitchell. He talks about Raven being a complainer and
tells us about the injury he received in ECW after his torch gun exploded,
causing major medical issues and the loss of his wife, cars, house and even
dogs. He said he didn’t turn to drugs
and is stronger than ever and even stronger than Raven will ever be. Mitchell
was great here.
the ring. He calls out Shane Douglas, for sending his friend, CM Punk, to the
hospital. He promises to kick his ass.
attacks Douglas to start, choking him out with his towel. Douglas catches him
with a sleeper but Julio escapes easily. Douglas is already blown up at this
point. Dinero gets two off a full nelson slam then hits him with a tope. Alexis
slaps around Douglas as Julio turns over the ring steps. Douglas fights back
and drops Dinero on the steps with a TKO. In the ring, Douglas gets two off a
powerslam. Julio fights back and hits a super kick. Douglas hits an inverted
atomic drop but Alexis jumps off the top and hits a tornado DDT, which gets two
for Julio. Douglas ends up ramming Julio into Alexis and hits the
belly-to-belly suplex for the win (5:53) DUD. After the match, Mitchell comes
out and they hold up Dinero but Alexis makes the save. Douglas grabs Alexis and
Mitchell hits her with a fireball. It looked much better than last week’s
attempt on Punk. Alexis flops around on the mat as Julio tends to her.
match was bad and it was all the fault of Douglas, who was woefully out of
shape. Raven is still selling the effects of the fireball from last week so
this was how they continued the feud.
that the Harris Brothers are still pissed at Shark Boy for eluding them last
week. Harris beats on Shark Boy in the corner. He continues his assault until
Shark Boy uses his speed and lands a pair of dropkicks. Rollup gets two. Ron
pulls Shark Boy to the floor and rams him into the railing. He rolls him back in
the ring as Don hits a pair of corner clotheslines. He goes for the mask but
Shark Boy rolls out, with the crowd solidly behind him. Don overpowers him and
goes for the mask again but Shark Boy fights him off. He hits a jawbreaker then
a neckbreaker before using mounted punches. He bites Harris on the forehead and
heads up top. He knocks Ron off the apron but Don hits the chokeslam for the
win (5:23) ¾*. Ron comes in and they hit the H Bomb and pull off his mask, only
to reveal another mask. They assault him so more but he manages to escape, with
the Harris Brothers pissed off.
The crowd was dead but this was enjoyable for what is was. Mike Sanders was not
here as he was no gone from the promotion, which was not something I would call
James, and Ron Killings, now called “3 Live Kru,” perform TNA Weekday Update,
which is a spoof of SNL’s Weekend Update, complete with a Don Pardo wannabe
announcer. Konnan lets us know the rumors that Kobe had an affair with Juventud
Guerrera in a hotel room is not true, because he is dating Kid Romeo. Then, the
line of the night, BG deadpans that at the Vengeance PPV, Stephanie McMahon vs.
Sable will take place, with BG saying it doesn’t get any funnier than that.
is backstage with D’Lo Brown. D’Lo tries to be like the Rock, even ripping off
his “It doesn’t matter” line before AJ interrupts and they get separated.
carries Kash to the ring on his shoulders. They take it to the mat to start. On
commentary, Tenay says that Russo used his power to get rid of Goldylocks,
because she was condescending on interviews. Lynn works a side headlock for a
bit but Kash takes the advantage with an eye poke. Lynn catches him with a
tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for two. Lynn chases Kash outside of the ring, rolling
away from Abyss. In the ring, Lynn gets rollup but Kash kicks him off and Abyss
catches Lynn with a backbreaker before putting him back in the ring. Kash puts
Lynn in the iron claw but Lynn fights back. He hits a swinging neckbreaker and
a facebuster. Ynn eats boot off a charge but is able to duck a flying attack,
which hits the ref. Lynn hits the TKO but Abyss runs in and breaks up the pin.
Lynn hits him with a tornado DDT then snaps off a top rope rana. The ref tends
to Abyss as Lynn has Kash up for the cradle piledriver but Justin Credible runs
in and whacks Lynn off the head with a kendo stick and Kash cradles him for the
win (7:04) *1/2.
match, as Kash hasn’t been very good lately. The Lynn and Credible feud
continues This was supposed to be a tag but Erik Watts had a staph infection.
hyping up Sonny Siaki airs. He mentions a bunch of his nicknames
the ring for the Hard Ten Trophy presentation. He welcomes out the Sandman, who
stumbles out with a twelve pack. He pours beer into the cup as the crowd chants
for him to chug. He asks if anyone else wants some hen pours it into the mouths
off a few fans as a “we want beer” chant breaks out. All of a sudden, a short
and extremely fat man in a suit runs out and attacks Sandman. Don Callis
follows him and introduces us to his man, Edward Chastain (also known as “Iceberg”
in the indies at this time), and proclaims that hardcore wrestling is over and
tells Sandman to go back to the gutter where he belongs. He pulls out rubber
gloves and places the trophy into the trash can. Not bad and Callis was very
good on the mic.
the Sting interview airs. They do some name association stuff, with him saying
Flair is his favorite opponent and Dusty is charismatic. Its pretty dull and he
doesn’t say anything informative. He is asked on the thoughts of the impact
that the internet has had on wrestling. He states he does not pay attention and
trashes those who constantly shit on everything. They plug part three for next
with Scott Hudson. She says that AJ doesn’t want to talk and she does not know
any explanation as to why she has aligned with Russo. She says that she is not
appreciated by TNA and does not need the crowd’s approval. She says her hands
do not have to get dirty anymore and cuts a terrible promo on D’Lo. The Trinity
heel turn was just an awful idea, especially the way in which it happened.
& New Jack vs. Harris Brothers
vs. Jeff Jarrett, if he is able to wrestle
match, brings out his equalize, which ends up being Russo, still dressed as
Jarrett, being wheeled on in a locked cage. AJ runs out and tries to let him
out but D’Lo stops him. In the ring, they perform a bunch of counters. D’Lo
shoves him down the hits a back suplex. Outside, D’Lo spears AJ into the
guardrail. He whips AJ, who slides under the guardrail. D’Lo hits him with a
clothesline and rolls him back into the ring. D’Lo gets a few nearfalls as
Russo is shown screaming from the cage, which doesn’t look strong enough to
contain a small child. AJ sends D’Lo the floor and then, in an incredible spot,
AJ runs and moonsaults over the top rope and onto D’Lo. That got a
well-deserved replay as Tenay says that was the Fosbury Flop, which was named after
the Olympic high jumper. In the ring, D’Lo knocks down then punches away. He
hits a backdrop and a spinebuster. Legdrop gets two. Trinity runs out and hits
D’Lo with a twisting moonsault. AJ covers but only gets two. D’Lo dodges an
enziguiri but it ends up hitting the ref. D’Lo hits AJ with the Sky High but
Siaki runs out and hits him with a chain then gets the Siakialypse. AJ climbs
up top and hits D’Lo with his frog splash for the win (7:20) **1/4. After the
match, AJ tosses D’Lo to the floor and Russo is now out of the cage, allowing
them to lock D’Lo inside. Russo hits the cage with a bat several times then
they tip the cage over. Russo jumps on top and starts screaming at D’Lo as the
show goes off the air.
The match was short but decent. The cage that held Russo was very flimsy and
anyone could have broken out of that. One kick looked like it would send the
door flying. D’Lo tried but no one takes him seriously as a top threat.
with some of the video packages, were easily the best part of the show. There
is just too much dead weight on the roster, especially with the heavyweight
division, and it’s tough to get excited for the Harris Brothers and random X
Division guys. TNA is struggling badly at this point.
July 2, 2003
Your hosts are Don West and Mike Tenay
The show starts with Shane Douglas in the ring, wearing a Raven T-Shirt, which is set up for a Clockwork Orange House of Fun match. He says that Raven is doing just fine in the hospital after being hit with a fireball. Douglas goes on how Raven is trying to resuurect the NWA Title that he threw away in 1994, which makes no sense because Raven has not held that belt before. He also said he will be in the asylum next week and promises to send him back into the ICU. Douglas yells at the ref to ring the bell because Raven is not here tonight and he doesn’t feel like fighting. All of a sudden, CM Punk runs in and the bell rings.
Final Thoughts: Not a good show this week. There was nothing embarassing but the angles that were displayed are not exciting and quite frankly, are between people who are of little to no use of the company. I have no idea as to who AMW can defend the belts against and they are severely lacking in the heavweight department.