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Family Arena – St. Charles, Missouri – April 18, 2010

Lockdown Introduction

The video focuses on the danger of wrestling in the steel cage. This is Taz’s first lockdown. Tenay announces that X-Division Champion Douglas Williams is stuck in Europe due to the volcano so he has been stripped of the title. Taz then announces that Syxx-Pac did not show up for the event today. There’s a shocker.

MATCH #1: James Storm vs. Rob Van Dam

The winner of this match will get the man advantage in tonight’s Lethal Lockdown main event. Storm stalls outside the ring so RVD kicks the door into his face! RVD follows Storm to the floor and whips him into the cage. He sets Storm on the guardrail and climbs up onto the cage to hit the spinning legdrop. It’s all RVD until Storm is able to slam RVD’s face into the ring steps. They make it into the ring to start the match and RVD is already busted open!

RVD notices that he’s bleeding and looks mildly annoyed about it. He throws Storm into the corner and hits a running, spinning leg lariat. RVD continues to dominate as Storm has gotten in almost no offense whatsoever. Finally Storm avoids a charge in the corner and catches RVD with a neckbreaker. Storm immediately attacks RVD’s bloody forehead. RVD fires up but Storm clobbers him with a clothesline right into the steel cage for two. Next time RVD does come back and hit a spin kick. Both men rise and trade punches and RVD gets the better of it. RVD throws Storm into the cage and slams him down. He hits the split-legged moonsault for two. Storm comes back with a jawbreaker and spits beer in RVD’s eyes. He follows up with a DDT but RVD kicks out at two! Storm goes for the Superkick but RVD avoids it and hits a spin kick. RVD goes up top and hits the Five-Star Frog Splash to get the pin at 6:37. I think that’s the first time the babyface team will ever have the advantage in Lethal Lockdown. The match was a pretty solid opener, but I would have liked more Storm offense.
Rating: **¼

MATCH #2: Xscape Match – Alex Shelley vs. Brian Kendrick vs. Chris Sabin vs. Homicide

This has a slight rule change, in that there are no more eliminations and the first man to escape the cage is the winner. Said winner gets to battle Kazarian and Shannon Moore in a three-way match later on tonight to decide the vacant X-Division Championship.

Homicide tries to escape right away. Everyone stops him and the Machineguns work together to wear Kendrick and Homicide down. Then Kendrick and Homicide wisely decide to also work together to counteract the Guns. Kendrick has been busted open somewhere along the way. The Guns come back with some of the trademark double-teaming. Sabin drills Kendrick with a tornado DDT. Homicide then hits Sabin with a spinning neckbreaker. Shelley hits Homicide with a Codebreaker. The Guns set Kendrick up for the Made in Detroit but Kendrick fights out of it. Homicide grabs Sabin and hits the Gringo Killer. He signals to Kendrick for a double-team move but then he turns his back and races over the cage and drops to the floor to get the win at 5:00. That was adequate for the time given.
Rating: **

MATCH #3: Eric Young vs. Kevin Nash

Young wisely uses his quickness to go after Nash’s knees, and then instead of following up his advantage, he just stands there and lets Nash get to his feet. Of course at this point Nash takes over, hitting a kneelift and a couple of forearms. Young comes back with a missile dropkick, and then dropkicks Nash between the ropes and the cage. He follows up with a cross body block. The referee gets thrown out of position and Nash takes the opportunity to punch Young in the nuts. Nash backs Young into the corner and hits multiple kneelifts. Young begs for more a la Rocky Balboa. Nash hits a chokeslam but he lets Young get up rather than cover him. Young tries to fight up but Nash cuts him off with a big boot to the face. Nash then lawn darts Young’s face into the cage. The straps come down and Nash hits the Jackknife Powerbomb to get the pin at 4:49. Could Nash have made Young look less like a threat if he tried? That was a total squash. Nash then announces that he will join Scott Hall to take on Team 3D. I guess they had to keep it short since Nash was going to work double duty, but if they’re ever going to get anything out of the stop-and-start Eric Young pushes, someone is going to have to put him over.
Rating: ½*

MATCH #4: All Knockouts Titles on the Line Match – Velvet Sky & Madison Rayne vs. Tara & Angelina Love

Love has been the Knockouts Champion since 4.5.10 and this is her first defense. She actually won the title in some kind of ridiculous “Lockbox Showdown” match where all she had to do was randomly open up a lockbox and the belt happened to be inside it. Yes, that actually happened. The Beautiful People have been the Knockouts Tag Team Champions since 3.8.10 and this is their first defense.

Sky and Love start the match, since they have the biggest grudge. That doesn’t go to well for Sky, who seeks a timeout in the corner and makes the tag. Rayne doesn’t fare much better, as Love hits an immediate front slam for two. Love tries to follow up but Rayne cuts her off with a jawbreaker. Tara tags in and goes to work but Rayne rakes the eyes and makes the tag. Sky walks right into a drop toehold and Tara locks on an almost Muta Lock. Tara hits a snap suplex for two. Rayne interferes from the apron to give Sky control of the match. Sky gets several near-falls on Tara but can’t put her away. The Beautiful People hit a double dropkick to the back of the head for two as Rayne tags back in. Rayne hits the Skull Fucker and tags Sky, who covers for two. Tara fights back and bodyslams Sky. She goes up top and misses a moonsault. Tags are made on both sides and Love is a house afire. Tara makes a blind tag and hits the Widow’s Peak on Rayne but Sky breaks it up. The referee gets distracted and Lacey Von Erich hits Tara with one of the tag team title belts and Rayne gets the pin at 4:52. That was the shell of what might have been a good match had it gone at least twice as long.
Rating: **

MATCH #5: TNA X-Division Championship Match – Homicide vs. Kazarian vs. Shannon Moore

Kazarian is a former two-time X-Division Champion, and Homicide is a former champion himself. Moore and Kazarian work together on Homicide, the late entrant into the match. They sandwich him between the ropes and the cage and tee off on him. Kazarian goes for the cover but Moore wisely breaks it up. Moments later when Moore goes for a cover Kazarian breaks it up. Now they take each other on while Homicide recovers. Now Homicide takes control, working over both fellow challengers. You know, no offense to any of these three guys, but remember when the X-Division was almost as big of a deal as the main event? All three competitors fight up on the top rope, and Homicide is able to grab them both with a simultaneous Super Ace Crusher! Homicide tries covering both men but only gets two-counts. Kazarian cleverly tries pinning Moore in a Northern Lights Suplex while he has Homicide trapped in an O’Connor Roll but they both kick out. Moore sort of hits the Mooregasm on Homicide for two. Kazarian then drills Moore with a missile dropkick and Homicide breaks it up. Homicide hits Kazarian with a jawbreaker. He sets Moore up on the top and goes for another Ace Crusher but Moore pushes him down. Kazarian and Moore walk across the top rope and Moore kicks him down. Moore follows with a moonsault on Homicide but Kazarian breaks it up. Kazarian grabs Moore and rams him face-first and then back-first into the cage. He then puts Homicide up on the top rope and sets up for the Flux Capacitor but Homicide fights it off and hip tosses him down. Moore covers but Homicide breaks it up with a headbutt. Homicide focuses on Moore and looks for the Gringo Killer. Kazarian breaks it up and drills Homicide with Fade to Black to win the title at 9:10. That was an interesting clash of styles but they kept the action moving so it was fun enough.
Rating: **½

MATCH #6: Falls Count Anywhere Match – Kevin Nash & Scott Hall vs. Team 3D

The match starts up on the entrance ramp. Brother Ray and Hall pair off while Brother Devon battles Nash. They all battle into the crowd, and Ray hits hall with a cup of beer. Eventually Nash and Hall take control and knock Ray out on the floor, allowing them to throw Devon into the cage and double-team him. The Band successfully keeps Ray outside the cage until he grabs a chair and throws it into the door. Ray then slams the cage door into Nash’s face and finally enters the cage. Devon and Ray squash both Hall and Nash in the corner and then hit the What’s Up on Hall. Ray then tells his brother to get the tables, so he gets one. They hit Hall with the 3D through said table to get the win at 6:51. That was pretty terrible (Hall looked especially bad), but at least they kept it short.
Rating: ¾*

MATCH #7: Mr. Anderson vs. Kurt Angle

The only way to win this match is to walk out the door. Anderson won a key to the cage by beating Angle in a ladder match a couple of weeks ago in Impact. Shockingly Anderson takes the first control with a couple of right hands and a low dropkick. He tries to unlock the door but it’s far too early. Even so, Anderson is able to maintain control, wrapping the key chain (more a key on the end of a chain than a keychain) and delivering some punches to the head. Anderson once again tries to unlock the door but Angle cuts him off. The crack camera team shows us that Anderson got the key into the lock and it’s just hanging there. Meanwhile Angle hits a snap suplex. Anderson comes back by backdropping Angle into the cage. Angle is busted open as Anderson continues working him over. Anderson repeatedly slams Angle’s face into the cage and then wipes Angle’s blood over his chest and stomach, which is gross. He drops an elbow and a leg, but when he tries to unlock the door Angle miraculously recovers and cuts him off. Anderson responds by hurling Angle face-first into the cage again. He goes for a piledriver but Angle reverses to a back body drop. Angle tries to unlock the door but Anderson cuts him off again. Looks like Anderson has been busted open as well. Anderson goes up to the top rope (slowly) and Angle pops up for the super belly-to-belly suplex. Both men get to their feet and Anderson unwraps some of his wrist tape and chokes Angle with it. For some reason the referee is trying to break it, but if the only way to win the match is escape why is there even a referee in the ring? Meanwhile Anderson is choking Angle out, but Angle feeds off the crowd and powers out of it with a back suplex. They get up and trade punches and Angle wins that battle. Angle hits a couple of clotheslines and a back body drop. He hits a belly-to-belly suplex and goes for the Angle Slam but Anderson avoids it and hits the Kennedy Roll. Anderson goes for the Mic Check but Angle avoids it and hits six rolling German Suplexes. Angle almost leaves but then decides to take the straps down and lock on the Ankle Lock! Anderson kicks off and hits the Mic Check! This time Anderson successfully unlocks the door but Angle grabs him and hits the Angle Slam! Angle closes the door and relocks it, and then throws the key into the crowd! Anderson looks quite worried, and who would blame him? He tries to climb out but Angle joins him on the top rope and hits a super German Suplex! Angle then climbs all the way to the top of the cage and delivers a stunning moonsault. It looks more like he landed on Anderson’s head. That was insane. I think the referee has a spare key because Angle unlocks the door and almost walks out. Anderson then steals from Vince McMahon and flips Angle the double bird. Angle comes back in and walks right into a Mic Check. Anderson almost crawls out the door but Angle grabs him in the Ankle Lock but Anderson rolls through it to send Angle into the cage. One more time Anderson tries to crawl out the door but Angle wraps a chain around Anderson’s neck and chokes him out! Angle spits in Anderson’s face and kicks him in the balls on his way out the door to win the match at 20:53. That was an awesome hate filled brawl and easily Anderson’s best match ever.
Rating: ****¼

MATCH #8: TNA World Championship Match – AJ Styles vs. D’Angelo Dinero

Styles has been the champion since 9.20.09 and this is his twelfth defense. Before the introductions are even made referee Earl Hebner banishes Ric Flair to the locker room. Styles is the aggressor early on, hitting an aggressive biel out of the corner. He goes after the arm but Pope keeps pace with him. They trade holds back and forth a bit and Pope gains an edge. Styles fights back with chops but the Pope no-sells them and unloads with some strikes in the corner. Every time Styles tries to fight back Pope has an answer for him and cuts him off. Finally Styles sidesteps a charging Pope and hurls him into the cage. Styles hits his signature dropkick and then locks on a chinlock. He switches that up and goes after the leg. The champ tries the flipping inverted DDT but Pope avoids it and throws him into the cage. Pope hits a DDT and both men are down. They get up and trade shots, with Pope getting the better of it. Pope hits a powerslam for two. Styles fights back with shoulders to the midsection and a thumb to the eye. He goes up top and hits the flying forearm for two. The champ goes up top with Pope but gets knocked down. Pope hits a diving headbutt for two. Taz calls it the “Nestle Plunge” but what he means is “Nestea Plunge.” Meanwhile Styles comes back with the Pele for two. Styles then goes up top and hits a perfect 450 Splash but Pope kicks out at two. He then goes to the top of the cage for a flying body press but he misses! Pope gets a quick cover for two. He follows up with an awesome Codebreaker but Styles kicks out again! Pope goes for the Dinero Express but Styles moves out of the way. Styles then reaches through the camera hole to grab a pen from the camera man. He jabs Pope in the eye with the pen and levels him with a discuss clothesline. Styles then hits the Styles Clash for the win at 13:34. That was pretty solid, but had the unfortunate reality of being placed between a Kurt Angle match and Lethal Lockdown. The crowd really got into Pope by the end there.
Rating: **¾

MATCH #9: Lethal Lockdown – Team Flair (Sting, Desmond Wolfe & Beer Money) vs. Team Hogan (Abyss, Jeff Jarrett, Jeff Hardy & Rob Van Dam)

Team Captain Abyss is the first man out for his team, while Robert Roode gets the nod for Team Flair. These two will battle for five minutes before the next man makes his way out. Roode actually wins a slugging contest and then goes after the big man’s legs. Abyss comes back with a big boot and a series of punches in the corner. They continue going back and forth, with Roode holding his own with the Monster. Roode hits a Blockbuster and works Abyss over for their final minute in the ring alone together. Rob Van Dam is the next man out. He goes to work on Roode, giving Abyss a chance to recover. After two minutes of abuse, Desmond Wolfe (with Chelsea) makes his way out and doesn’t appear to be in any great hurry. Roode hits Abyss with a low blow and Wolfe dropkicks RVD’s head into the cage. Wolfe hurls RVD into the cage again. Team Flair controls the pace of the action now, but they’re about to be a man down again. Jeff Jarrett is the third man out for Team Hogan. He is a house afire, throwing both Roode and Wolfe into the cage. Wolfe and Roode are able to stay in the match despite their odds. James Storm is out to even the odds for Team Flair. He immediately spits beer in Abyss’s face and then attacks both Jarrett and RVD, who is badly bleeding. Jeff Hardy’s music hits but they cut backstage, and apparently Sting has injured the Charismatic Enigma with a baseball bat! Team Flair is in control as Team Captain Sting comes out.

Sting has his bat with him, and he’s not afraid to use it. He signals for the ceiling to be lowered and that’s exactly what happens. Now the weapons are in play, and Team Flair is absolutely destroying Team Hogan. Roode knocks Jarrett through the cage door all the way to the floor. Beer Money goes out after him while Abyss spreads out a bag of thumbtacks. Before any tack damage can be done, Storm blasts Abyss in the face with a beer bottle. Team Flair celebrates prematurely and Hardy’s music hits. Hardy comes out with a kendo stick and lays waste to Beer Money. Back in the ring Jarrett breaks a guitar on Wolfe’s head. RVD follows up with a Five-Star Frog Splash. Abyss then Chokeslams Sting onto the pile of tacks! Hardy climbs to the top of the cage and challenges Beer Money to join him. That proves to not be one of Hardy’s better ideas, as Beer Money quickly takes control of the handicap situation. They set up a table but Hardy fights them off and hits the Twist of Fate on Roode. Hardy then sets Storm on the table and sets up a ladder. He goes to the top of the ladder and splashes Storm through the table! Ric Flair’s music hits and the Nature Boy unofficially joins the match. Hulk Hogan follows suit. Eric Bischoff comes out and convinces Hogan not to fight. He then pulls brass knuckles out of his pocket and teases handing them to Flair before handing them to Hogan. Flair runs right into a brass knuckle beating and of course starts bleeding. Hogan continues the beating and Flair tries to Hulk Up but fails, and gets thrown onto the pile of tacks. Then from out of nowhere Abyss hits Wolfe with the Black Hole Slam for the pin at 30:13. There was a lot of good stuff in that match and the crowd got really hot for a lot of it. But watching Hogan and Flair steal the spotlight for the millionth time left a bitter taste in my mouth.
Rating: ***¼
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Universal Studios – Orlando, FL – September 5, 2010

Mike Tenay and Taz are on commentary.

MATCH #1: TNA World Tag Team Championship Match – Motor City Machine Guns vs. Generation Me

The Guns have been champions since 7.11.10 and this is their second defense. They were supposed to be defending against London Brawling (Desmond Wolfe and Magnus), but something weird that I don’t remember prevented them from making this show, so Generation Me gets the nod instead.

Alex Shelley and Jeremy Buck start the match for their respective teams. They engage in some chain wrestling, which Shelley excels at. Jeremy quickly tags out to Max, and Shelley takes him to the mat as well. Sabin tags in and they wrestle to a standoff and then get right in each other’s faces. Tags are made and Shelley and Jeremy go toe to toe again. Gen Me goes to work on the arm and isolate Shelley in their corner. The Guns come right back with some rapid fire double team tactics and submission holds. Jeremy creatively comes back and tags his brother. They work on Sabin briefly and then Shelley makes a blind tag and comes in off the top rope with a thrust kick on Max for two. Shelly then traps himself in Gen Me’s corner, and that ends badly for him. Gen Me works Shelley over, wearing him down in their half of the ring. After a few minutes Sabin gets the hot tag and he’s a house afire. Sabin hits a nasty springboard DDT on Max and Jeremy breaks up the cover. Shelley seems to have fully recovered, as he throws Jeremy to the floor and hits a sweet suicide dive. Sabin and Max are trading hands, and Max counters another DDT attempt by forcing Sabin back into his corner. Jeremy hits a unique Sliced Bread #2 but Shelley breaks up the pin. Gen Me then goes right back to work on the weakened Shelley. They try More Bang for Your Buck but Shelley avoids it. Superkicks start flying everywhere and the Guns win that battle. The Guns then hit the Skull & Bones on Jeremy to get the pin at 12:17. That was a hot opener with some great tag team action. There was no real story to it but it was really fun.
Rating: ***¾

MATCH #2: TNA X Division Championship Match – Douglas Williams vs. Sabu

Williams has been the champion since 5.16.10 and this is his third defense. Sabu actually scores the first takedown, and seems willing to engage Williams in a mat wrestling contest. He takes Williams down again and hits a slingshot somersault legdrop. He locks on a Camel Clutch and Williams inches toward the ropes and takes a powder. That doesn’t go well, as Sabu hits a dive over the ropes and then sets up a table. That gives Williams the chance to recover and avoid the table. Back in the ring Williams hits a European Uppercut off the second rope. Why can’t Tenay just call it a “European Uppercut,” why does he have to say “European Style Uppercut?” Williams hits a running knee to the chest in the corner and then goes up top. Sabu knocks him down and goes for the super springing rana but they blow it. The crowd chants “Sabu” anyway. That’s kind of them. Sabu brings a chair in the ring but capitulates to referee Earl Hebner’s demands not to use it. He then uses the chair to spring off for a moonsault (off the second rope, which looked weird) and it gets two. Williams trips Sabu up, causing his face to hit the chair. Hebner finally gets rid of it. Williams blatantly kicks Sabu in the balls but for some reason doesn’t get disqualified. He hits a clothesline for two. A knee drop gets another near-fall. Sabu fights back with a springboard DDT, which Tenay calls “a variation of a DDT.” I like to pick apart his commentary. Sabu gets two and then follows up with a springboard back elbow for another two. He grabs the steel chair again and hits the solo Poetry in Motion. The idiot referee can’t get rid of the chair and Sabu sets it up again, only this time Williams dropkicks it right back into Sabu’s groin. Williams hits a gutwrench suplex for two. Sabu fights back with a clothesline so Williams takes another powder. He sets up the chair again and Hebner tries (but not too hard) to stop him, and Sabu can’t complete the triple jump, so he settles for a house show dive. Sabu sets Williams up on the table and tries another dive but Williams avoids it and Sabu crashes through the table. Back in the ring Williams tries to use the chair but Hebner stops him, and when Hebner’s back is turned, Williams cracks Sabu in the face with the belt to get the pin at 11:12. That was a clash of styles that didn’t really work, and Sabu blew a handful of spots, which never helps. I do love seeing Williams get a push though.
Rating: **

MATCH #3: Knockouts Grudge Match – Madison Rayne vs. Velvet Sky

Rayne is accompanied by Tara, and Sky by Knockouts Champion Angelina Love. Tara distracts Sky right away and Rayne takes the first advantage. Sky fights right back but Rayne shoves her down and slugs away. Rayne locks on a Camel Clutch and Sky escapes by flipping over and kneeing Rayne in the crotch. Sky slaps Rayne across the face, and Tara gets up to distract the referee so he can’t immediately make the count on Sky rollup and she only gets two. Rayne reclaims control and executes the Skull F*cker for a two-count. Sky comes back by dropping Rayne out of the corner right on her face. Both women rise to their feet and Sky hits a series of clotheslines and a back elbow. Sky hits a Spear and slams Rayne’s head into the canvas multiple times. She follows up with a bulldog for two. Rayne kicks Sky to the floor and Tara goes to attack her with the motorcycle helmet. Love luckily prevents that from happening. Rayne goes for the Zack Attack but Sky reverses it to a DDT for the win at 4:43. That was acceptable but not particularly engaging.
Rating: *½

MATCH #4: Falls Count Anywhere – Abyss vs. Rhino

The fight starts in the aisle, and Rhino throws Abyss into the guardrail a couple of times. They take it into the ring and Rhino introduces a bunch of weapons into the fight. Rhino sets up a trash can in between the top and middle rope. Meanwhile Abyss is trying to catch his breath outside the ring and Rhino flattens him with a house show dive. They start fighting through the crowd and a camera man gets knocked down. Now they’re backstage, a TNA staple. They walk around and throw each other into stuff. Abyss takes control and brings Rhino back into the Impact Zone. Back in the ring Rhino blocks a hiptoss with a clothesline. Rhino then tries to whip Abyss into the garbage can but it gets reversed and he crashes into the trash can he set up earlier. They go back to the floor and Abyss whips Rhino into the guardrail for a two-count. Rhino comes back by hurling Abyss through a piece of the stage. They fight under there and the camera man has trouble following them and we lose sight of the wrestlers. After some dead air they come bursting out of the other side of the stage, and Abyss once again covers for two. Back around ringside Abyss grabs a guardrail and sets it up in the corner of the ring. Rhino fights back with a clothesline and then cracks a cookie sheet on Abyss’s head three times. He hits a belly-to-belly suplex and signals for the Gore. Abyss catches him by the throat and hits a chokeslam on a trash can but Rhino kicks out at two. He goes to the floor and grabs Janice. The idiot referee tries to talk him out of using it as if this isn’t a no-disqualification match. That gives Rhino the chance to hit a Gore but Abyss kicks out. Moments later Rhino runs right into a Black Hole Slam but it only gets two. Why does every match in TNA need to have multiple finisher kick outs? Tenay says you don’t see that very often but he lies. Abyss sets up for a powerbomb into the guardrail setup in the corner but Rhino escapes and hits another clothesline. Rhino goes for another Gore but Abyss sidesteps it and Rhino goes crashing into the guardrail. Abyss then hits the Black Hole Slam to get the pin at 12:39. That was okay, but I feel like they’ve had this exact match multiple times over the years.
Rating: *¾

MATCH #5: Kevin Nash & Sting vs. Jeff Jarrett & Samoa Joe

Sting and Joe start the match for their teams. Nash illegally interferes about 10 seconds in, but Joe dispatches him and then drills Sting with a running back elbow in the corner and an enziguiri. Jarrett tags in and hits Sting with a clothesline. Nash takes a cheap shot from the apron and Sting takes Jarrett down with a clothesline. Now Nash is in the ring legally and he starts slowly working on Jarrett, wearing him down. Nash hits a side suplex for two. The t-shirt wearing Sting comes back in and continues the beating on Jarrett. Sting hits a Stinger Splash and then goes for a Vader Bomb but Jarrett gets his knees up. Jarrett is able to make a tag but Nash distracts the referee so it won’t count. Finally Jarrett makes the tag for real and Joe is on fire for the lukewarm crowd. Joe is all over both guys. He knocks Nash off the apron and follows him out with an elbow suicida. That leaves Sting and Jarrett in the ring. Jarrett grabs the baseball bat and uses it to counter the Stinger Splash, and then jams it into Sting’s throat. Joe gets back in the ring and locks Sting in the Choke and Sting is out at 6:13. That was surprisingly short but that worked to the match’s advantage, as I don’t want to see Sting and Nash go much longer than that.
Rating: **¼

MATCH #6: I Quit Match – AJ Styles vs. Tommy Dreamer

Styles is the current TNA TV Champion, but the title is not on the line here. The match starts up in the aisle, and as they make it toward the ring Dreamer is able to snap Styles’ arm off the top rope. Dreamer tries an early Texas Cloverleaf but Styles kicks out of it. Styles charges but Dreamer backdrops him all the way to the floor. They trade shots back and forth for a bit, and then roll back in the ring. Dreamer locks on the Sugar Hold but Styles won’t quit. Styles fights back and uses a fishhook, which wouldn’t be legal in a normal match. Dreamer comes back and throws Styles’ shoulder into the ring post and goes for a submission, but Styles wisely rolls to the floor. He follows Styles out and hits a running clothesline off the apron. They take it over by the entrance ramp and Styles reverses a suplex, causing Dreamer to land back first on the ramp. Styles goes for a Figure-Four Leglock but Dreamer grabs a light off the set and bashes Styles with it. Dreamer then wraps a cable around Styles’ throat and mouth. Styles gets out of that and tries a Styles Clash on the unprotected floor but Dreamer avoids it; Styles then tries to charge but Dreamer moves out of the way and Styles rams his already injured shoulder into the post. Dreamer hits a shoulderbreaker and then throws Styles and a chair into the ring. He wraps the chair around Styles’ arm and then legdrops it. He then locks on a key lock around the chair and Styles pokes him in the eye to get out of the hold. Styles grabs a fork but Dreamer blocks it and hits a flying armbar (according to Taz anyway) and then tries a Crossface but Styles rolls to the floor.

Dreamer tries to use the guardrail to coax a submission but no such luck. Styles then drops Dreamer nuts-first on the guardrail, because Dreamer apparently loves to do that spot. Now Styles is firmly in control, working on Dreamer’s leg. Styles locks on the Ring Post Figure-Four but Dreamer won’t quit. Back in the ring Styles uses the chair to further weaken the knee, and then puts on the Figure-Four Leglock. Dreamer turns it over, and Styles gets out of it and slams Dreamer’s head into the chair. Styles then sets Dreamer’s face on the chair and goes for a dropkick but Dreamer moves out of the way and that traps Styles’ leg in the chair! Dreamer uses the chair to use advantage and then grabs the fork. Luckily for Styles he avoids it and hits the Pele. Dreamer rolls to the floor, and when Styles goes for a dive Dreamer whacks him with a Kendo Stick. Back in the ring Dreamer uses the Stick to further inflict damage, and then takes his t-shirt off to reveal a singlet. Tenay tells me I have to love the new ring attire, but I really don’t. Dreamer then locks on a Kendo Stick-assisted Crossface, and the stick breaks across Styles’ face. Styles pulls out another fork and gets Dreamer in the eye. He hits a dropkick and then attacks the eyeball with the fork. That’s enough and Dreamer says “I Quit” at 16:27. For what I expected this was actually really solid, and the fork to the eyeball is a sick finish.
Rating: ***

MATCH #7: Semi-Finals in the TNA World Title Tournament – Kurt Angle vs. Jeff Hardy

Angle beat Douglas Williams and Hardy beat Rob Terry to get here. Dixie Carter is shown in the crowd looking like the concerned mark that she is. Angle and Hardy start off slowly and take it to the mat, which is Angle’s forte. Hardy fights back and tries to quicken the pace. He gets a couple of moves in before Angle absolutely flattens him with a hard powerbomb. For some reason Angle just sits there not covering Hardy, even though he appears to be out for much longer than three seconds. Instead, Angle locks on a headlock and keeps Hardy on the ground. Moments later Hardy fights back with some fast paced offense and someone somewhere is cursing because they have to bleep out a bunch of stuff. Angle responds with a belly-to-belly suplex for two. He locks on a chinlock and Hardy fights out with a chinbreaker and the Twist of Fate. Hardy just hit one of his finishers and the crowd didn’t pop and the idiot commentators didn’t even call it. He goes up top but Angle pops up and hits the super belly-to-belly for another two. Instead of putting over the move, Taz puts over the production crew for the shot they got of it. I hate you Taz. Hardy fights back and hits the Twist of Fate again and goes for the Swanton, but Angle rolls out of the way. Angle hits the Angle Slam, and even with stacking him up he couldn’t get the three-count. The straps come down but Hardy kicks off the Ankle Lock so Angle hits the three rolling Germans instead. Hardy kicks out at two. Angle goes up for a Moonsault but Hardy avoids that and hits the Whisper in the Wind for two.

They roll to the floor and Hardy hits the Twist of Fate. Hardy then hits the Swanton Bomb from the top rope to the floor! I think that’s what dislocated Angle’s rib. Both men struggle to get back in the ring and trade weak punches as they try to recover. Hardy tries the Twist of Fate but Angle counters with another German suplex. Angle goes up top and hits a Frog Splash but Hardy kicks out at two. Hardy recovers and hits a back body drop and another Twist of Fate for two. He immediately follows up with a legdrop and goes up top for the Swanton but Angle kicks out at two! He goes right back up and hits yet another Swanton but it still isn’t enough. The third time is not the charm, as Angle gets his knees up. Angle hits an Angle Slam and Hardy kicks out at two. He locks in the Ankle Lock but Hardy uses momentum to kick Angle to the floor. Hardy brings Angle right back into the ring and Angle traps him in another Ankle Lock and won’t let go. After some time in the hold Hardy kicks Angle away, but even tenacious, Angle hits a clothesline for two. Angle goes right back to the Ankle Lock and keeps it cinched on for a ridiculously long time. Hardy briefly reaches the ropes but Angle pulls him off and adds a grapevine to the hold. After about three minutes in the hold, the time limit expires at 20:00 and the crowd is pissed. Why was there only a 20 minute time limit?

Eric Bischoff comes out and announces that they are going to add another five minutes on the clock. Why not just make it sudden death? Angle viciously attacks the ankle until Hardy is able to kick him to the floor. Hardy kicks him into the guardrail and then brings Angle back in the ring. He goes up top but it takes him too long because of his ankle and Angle knocks him down. Angle hits a super Angle Slam but it only gets two. He charges at Hardy and gets backdropped to the floor. The clock is once again winding down as Angle barely avoids getting counted out. Back in the ring Angle gets an O’Connor Roll for two. Both men get up and clothesline each other. Angle is able to roll over for a cover but Hardy kicks out, and then the time limit expires again at 5:00. Bischoff announces that once again they are adding five more minutes. Seriously, just do Sudden Death.

Both men are looking exhausted but Hardy is definitely worse for wear. Angle drives a couple shoulders into Hardy’s midsection, and then goes for a charge but Hardy moves and Angle crashes into the ring post. Hardy now attacks the shoulder, ramming Angle into the ring steps and then slamming his face into them. That last move has busted Angle open. Back in the ring Hardy locks on a Boston Crab and Angle appears ready to pass out. Miraculously Angle reverses the Boston Crab and locks on the Ankle Lock. Hardy doesn’t give up so once again time runs out at 5:00.

Bischoff and the referee and that red-headed mark who always interjects herself into the storylines are trying to decide what to do as the trainers clean Angle’s bloody wound. Bischoff announces that the doctors have decided that Angle should not continue, so the match is officially a draw at 30:00. That was a pretty extreme example of the Kurt Angle “just hit a million finishers with no rhyme or reason,” but that style works in front of the iMPACT Zone so at least the crowd was hot and that made it fun. I think these two could have an amazing match if they told a story rather than kicking out of each other’s finishers for half an hour, but that’s what Angle does.
Rating: ***¼

MATCH #8: Semi-Finals in the TNA World Title Tournament – Mr. Anderson vs. The Pope

So, this is the main event eh? They lock up intensely and Anderson issues a clean break. The story of this match is mostly that Pope thinks everyone is crazy for trusting Anderson as a babyface. But Pope is still a babyface, so it’s all muddled, as usual. Both men try to one up each other on the mat, which eventually devolves into a slugging contest. Anderson wins that battle and stomps Pope down in the corner. Pope comes back and starts working on the arm. Anderson fights back and hits the spinning enziguiri for two. Taz makes jokes and I’m bored too. Pope misses a flying charge and lands on his shoulder. I can’t believe they chose this for the main event. What does anyone see in either of these two? Anderson continues to control the match but can’t put Pope away. After a few minutes Pope fires up with a flurry of offense, including the Coronation. Pope goes up top but Anderson cuts him off and goes for a superplex. Unfortunately for Anderson, Pope blocks it and Anderson falls nuts-first on the top rope. Pope then hits an ugly dive to the floor. Back in the ring Pope gets a two-count. They trade finisher attempts and Anderson strikes first with the Finlay Roll for two. Pope comes back with the Codebreaker but Anderson kicks out at two. How could Anderson kick out when Pope Stacked Him Up?!? A reversal sequence ends with Anderson hitting the Mic Check but Pope kicks out. Pope fights back with punches in the corner, which somehow equates to Anderson being Stacked Up in the corner. He goes for the DDE but Anderson moves out of the way and hits another Mic Check to get the win at 17:22. That was brutally boring and a horrible choice for a pay-per-view main event. It’s like they’re obsessed with showing that WWE misused guys like this, but in this case I think that worked against them because neither of these guys are very good at all.
Rating: **
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TNA Mid-Card Wrestler Parts Ways with TNA http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2013/01/08/tna-mid-card-wrestler-parts-ways-with-tna/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2013/01/08/tna-mid-card-wrestler-parts-ways-with-tna/#comments Wed, 09 Jan 2013 01:25:39 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=152171 TNA Mid-Card wrestler The Pope D’Angelo Dinero has parted ways with TNA. Pope’s contract ran out on January 1st, and he did not renew with Dixie Carter and Co. Pope also wrestled as Elijah Burke in WWE’s version of ECW before going to TNA.
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TNA / Impact Wrestling Bound For Glory Series Standings and Notes — Match History, Final Four Playoffs at No Surrender PPV Sunday 9/9/12 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2012/08/27/tna-impact-wrestling-bound-for-glory-series-standings-and-notes-match-history-final-four-playoffs-at-no-surrender-ppv-sunday-9912/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2012/08/27/tna-impact-wrestling-bound-for-glory-series-standings-and-notes-match-history-final-four-playoffs-at-no-surrender-ppv-sunday-9912/#comments Mon, 27 Aug 2012 19:00:45 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=147074 As we approach the end of the Bound For Glory Series, I thought we should take a look at the full history of this year’s competition, how points were accrued to this point, the current standings for the BFG Series and what lies ahead for the Final Four, which is currently James Storm, Samoa Joe, Rob Van Dam and AJ Styles, with Kurt Angle, Bully Ray, Mr. Anderson and Jeff Hardy still knocking on the door. The below information comes courtesy of Impact Wrestling’s BFG Series website.

THE BOUND FOR GLORY SERIES: A COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE TO TNA’S ANNUAL POINT-BASED COMPETITION

Twelve IMPACT WRESTLING Superstars battle in grueling series of matches with the ultimate prize on the line – a World Championship Match in the main event at October’s “Bound For Glory” Pay-Per-View spectacular, our biggest event of the year! The wrestler with the most points at the end of the Bound For Glory Series wins and advances to the Bound For Glory main event! Weekly standings are updated below!

The 12 Competitors

Samoa Joe, Bully Ray, Mr. Anderson, Robbie E, Magnus, Kurt Angle, AJ Styles, Rob Van Dam, D’Angelo Dinero (injured), Jeff Hardy, Daniels and “Cowboy” James Storm

How to Get Points

Points are determined by wins and losses – how you win is equally as important!

Submission Victory – 10 points
Pinfall Victory – 7 points
Countout Victory – 5 points
Disqualification Victory – 3 points
Draw (Time Limit/Double Countout/Double Disqualification) – Two points
Disqualification Lose – you LOSE 10 points

The Type of Matches

Each wrestler will battle each other ONCE in the series! These matches will take place over IMPACT WRESTLING on Spike TV and on TNA’s live event tours across the country, with the point structure outlined above.

Standings and How to Win!

The standings will be updated on ImpactWrestling.com. The standings will be “locked” on the September 6 edition of IMPACT WRESTLING on SpikeTV. The top point leaders advance to No Surrender PPV (9/9) for a one-night playoff to see who gets the Bound For Glory World Title Match!

TNA BFG Series 2012 Match History
(courtesy of ImpactWrestling.com/BFGSeries)

6/14 IMPACT- GAUNTLET MATCH
James Storm wins 11-Man Gauntlet Match (Storm- 20 points)

6/21 IMPACT- OPEN FIGHT NIGHT
Mr. Anderson pinned Christopher Daniels for 7 points (Anderson- 7 points)
Kurt Angle forced Robbie E to submit for 10 points (Angle- 10 points)
Magnus pinned AJ Styles for 7 points (Magnus- 7 points)
James Storm pinned Samoa Joe for 7 points (Storm- 27 points)
The Pope pinned Bully Ray for 7 points (The Pope- 7 points)
Jeff Hardy pinned Rob Van Dam for 7 points (Jeff Hardy- 7 points)

6/22 LIVE EVENT IN BUFFALO, NEW YORK
James Storm pinned Robbie E for 7 points (Storm- 34 points)
Samoa Joe pinned Mr. Anderson for 7 points (Joe- 7 points)

6/23 LIVE EVENT IN OSHAWA, CANDA
Samoa Joe forced Robbie E to submit for 10 points (Joe- 17 points)
Christopher Daniels beat Kurt Angle by countout for 5 points (Daniels- 5 points)

6/24 LIVE EVENT IN HAMILTON, CANADA
Anderson battled Storm to a 10 minute draw for 2 points each (Storm- 36 points, Anderson- 9 points)

6/28 IMPACT
Rob Van Dam pinned Mr. Anderson for 7 points (RVD- 7 points)
Samoa Joe forced Bully Ray to submit for 10 points (Joe- 27 points)

7/4 XPLOSION
Magnus pinned The Pope for 7 points (Magnus- 14 points)

7/5 IMPACT
Jeff Hardy pinned James Storm for 7 points (Hardy- 14 points)

7/6 NORTH CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA
Jeff Hardy pinned Christopher Daniels for 7 points (Hardy- 21 points)
Kurt Angle forced The Pope to submit for 10 points (Angle- 20 points)

7/8 DESTINATION X PPV
Samoa Joe beat Kurt Angle via ref stoppage for 10 points (Joe- 37 points)

7/11 XPLOSION
AJ Styles pinned Robbie E for 7 points (AJ- 7 points)

7/12 IMPACT
Rob Van Dam pinned Samoa Joe for 7 points (RVD- 14 points)
Kurt Angle pinned Mr. Anderson for 7 points (Angle- 27 points)

7/14 LIVE EVENT IN MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
Mr. Anderson pinned The Pope for 7 points (Anderson- 16 points)
James Storm pinned Magnus for 7 points (Storm- 43 points)

7/18 Xplosion
Christopher Daniels pinned Magnus for 7 points (Daniels- 12 points)

7/19 IMPACT
Samoa Joe forced The Pope to submit for 10 points (Joe- 47 points)
Robbie E beat Jeff Hardy by countout for 5 points (Robbie E- 5 points)
Mr. Anderson pinned AJ Styles for 7 points (Anderson- 23 points)
Christopher Daniels pinned Rob Van Dam for 7 points (Daniels- 19 points)
Bully Ray pinned Magnus for 7 points (Bully- 7 points)

7/20 LIVE EVENT IN ABERDEEN, MARYLAND
Rob Van Dam pinned Robbie E for 7 points (RVD- 21 points)
Jeff Hardy pinned Mr. Anderson for 7 points (Jeff Hardy- 28 points)

7/21 LIVE EVENT IN BROOKLYN, NEW YORK
Mr. Anderson pinned Robbie E for 7 points (Anderson- 30 points)
AJ Styles pinned Jeff Hardy for 7 points (AJ- 14 points)

7/25 Xplosion
Christopher Daniels pinned Robbie E for 7 points (Daniels- 26 points)

7/26 IMPACT
James Storm battled AJ Styles to a draw when ref was taken out for 2 points each (Storm 45, AJ- 16)
Kurt Angle pinned Bully Ray for 7 points (Angle- 34 points)

7/27 LIVE EVENT IN DAYTON, OHIO
Magnus pinned Jeff Hardy for 7 points (Magnus- 21 points)
Rob Van Dam pinned Kurt Angle for 7 points (RVD- 28 points)

7/28 LIVE EVENT IN WASHINGTON, PENNSYLVANIA
Kurt Angle pinned Magnus for 7 points (Angle- 41 points)

7/29 LIVE EVENT IN AKRON, OHIO
Mr. Anderson forced Magnus to submit for 10 points (Anderson- 40 points)

8/1 Xplosion
Bully Ray pinned Christopher Daniels for 7 points (Bully- 14 points)

8/2 IMPACT
Bully Ray pinned Robbie E for 7 points (Bully- 21 points)
James Storm pinned Kurt Angle for 7 points (Storm- 52 points)

8/3 LIVE EVENT IN ENID, OKLAHOMA
Jeff Hardy pinned The Pope for 7 points (Hardy- 35 points)
James Storm pinned Christopher Daniels for 7 points (Storm- 59 points)

8/4 LIVE EVENT IN OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA
James Storm pinned The Pope for 7 points (Storm- 66 points)

8/5 LIVE EVENT IN TULSA, OKLAHOMA
Christopher Daniels pinned The Pope for 7 points (Daniels- 33 points)

8/8 Xplosion
Samoa Joe pinned Christopher Daniels for 7 points (Joe- 54 points)

8/12 HARDCORE JUSTICE
RVD beat Magnus and Mr. Anderson in Falls Count Anywhere to win 20 points (RVD- 55 points)
Bully Ray beat James Storm, Robbie E, and Jeff Hardy in Tables Match for 20 points (Bully- 48 points)
AJ Styles beat Kurt Angle, Daniels, and Samoa Joe in a Ladder Match for 20 points (AJ- 36 points)

8/15 Xplosion
Magnus pinned Robbie E for 7 points (Magnus- 28 points)

8/16 IMPACT
Samoa Joe pinned Magnus for 7 points (Joe- 61 points)
AJ Styles pinned Christopher Daniels for 7 points (AJ- 43 points)
Jeff Hardy pinned Bully Ray for 7 points (Hardy- 42 points)

8/17 LIVE EVENT IN SPENCER, IOWA
AJ Styles pinned Rob Van Dam for 7 points (AJ- 50 points)

8/23 IMPACT
Robbie E beat AJ and RVD, when Robbie E pinned RVD for 7 points (Robbie E- 12 points)
Mr. Anderson pinned Bully Ray for 7 points (Anderson- 47 points)

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A2Z Analysiz: TNA Against All Odds 2010 (AJ Styles, Samoa Joe) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2012/02/11/a2z-analysiz-tna-against-all-odds-2010-aj-styles-samoa-joe/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2012/02/11/a2z-analysiz-tna-against-all-odds-2010-aj-styles-samoa-joe/#comments Sun, 12 Feb 2012 04:40:24 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=135718

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Universal Studios – Orlando, Florida – February 14, 2010

Mike Tenay and Taz, making his Against All Odds debut, are on commentary.

MATCH #1: Eight Card Stud Quarterfinal Match – Desmond Wolfe vs. D’Angelo Dinero

Wolfe beat Sean Morley to qualify, while Dinero got by Orlando Jordan. These two also met on the January 4 Impact, when Dinero got the win, and then Genesis, where Wolfe got the victory, so this is a rubber match. Wolfe is accompanied by Chelsea. They take it down to the mat and Pope grabs the early advantage. Wolfe fights back and snaps the top rope back into the Pope’s eyes, which I love. He tries the Tower of London and can’t hit it, but he’s able to stay in control. Wolfe hits a quick DDT for a two-count. Pope fights back with a flurry of offense, including the Pope Slap and the Coronation. He goes up top for a high cross body block and gets two. Pope goes back up top but Wolfe knocks him down and tries the Tower of London but can’t connect so he hits a superplex instead. Wolfe keeps the pressure on but Pope is able to fight back with a neckbreaker. Pope follows up with the D’Angelo Dinero Express to get the pin at 7:38. That was a solid opener but I think much more highly of Wolfe than I do of Dinero. Still they played to both men’s strengths and I like seeing Wolfe at all.
Rating: **½

MATCH #2: Eight Card Stud Quarterfinal Match – Matt Morgan vs. Hernandez

Morgan qualified with a victory over Suicide, while Hernandez beat Chris Daniels. These two are the current TNA World Tag Team Champions, having defeated the British Invasion back at Genesis. Both powerhouses show off their strength early on and they appear pretty evenly matched. Morgan has the size advantage, but Hernandez might have a slight advantage in speed and agility. They each try finishers early but can’t connect. Morgan hits the elbows in the corner but then runs into a boot. Hernandez pulls himself to the top rope and tries a cross body block. Morgan tries to catch him but he stumbles and they wisely decide not to try and cover it up. I mean you try to catch a guy the size of Hernandez – it’s not always going to work out. This falls under the “acceptable botch” category. Anyway, Morgan takes control of the match, keeping Hernandez on the mat. Hernandez fires back with the slingshot shoulderblock and both men are down. They rise and Hernandez is en fuego, squashing Morgan in the corner and hitting a spinebuster of sorts for two. Hernandez hits a very impressive delayed vertical suplex and Morgan rolls to entrance ramp. That doesn’t stop Hernandez though, who wipes his partner/opponent out with a dive, perhaps injuring his own shoulder in the process. Morgan keeps the referee from counting Hernandez out and gets a nice pop from the crowd for it. He holds the ropes open for Hernandez and then throws him shoulder first into the turnbuckles and hooks the trunks on the pin to move on at 8:58. That was a decent power match but the end was a little bit deflating. Is that really all it takes to put Hernandez down?
Rating: **

MATCH #3: Eight Card Stud Quarterfinal Match – Kurt Angle vs. Mr. Anderson

Kurt Angle beat Tomko to qualify, and Mr. Anderson triumphed over Brutus Magnus. They quickly take it down to the mat and Angle takes control. Anderson fights back with his limited offense but Angle is quick to turn the tide. Angle charges into the corner but nobody’s home and Angle’s shoulder crashes into the ring post. Anderson trash talks and then jabs at Angle’s forehead with the medal he wears to the ring and Angle is busted open. He hits a DDT for two and continues to keep Angle on the mat. Angle fights back with strikes and a belly-to-belly suplex for two. He follows with three rolling German Suplexes. Anderson avoids the Olympic Slam and hits a Finlay Roll for two. He tries to loosen the top turnbuckle but the referee stops him. While the referee fixes the one turnbuckle, Anderson pulls off another one. Angle is able to hit the Olympic Slam but it only gets two. The straps come down and Angle puts on the Ankle Lock. Anderson kicks off and Angle charges right into the exposed turnbuckle. That gives Anderson the chance to hit the Mic Check for the pin at 9:48. Anderson sets Angle’s medal on his chest and spits right on him. As a feud-starter, this was a good way to do it, but I just don’t care for Anderson in (or out of) the ring.
Rating: **¼

MATCH #4: Eight Card Stud Quarterfinal Match – Abyss vs. Mick Foley

Neither of these friends had to qualify to gain entry into the tournament for some reason. Backstage before the match, Eric Bischoff made this a No-Disqualification match and told them that they are required to use the barbed wire baseball bat. Abyss controls the early portions of the match but is hesitant to use the bat on his mentor. Foley tries to fire him up and they take it to the floor, where Foley bashes him with a chair. Back in the ring Foley picks up the bat but Abyss blocks it. Foley continues the onslaught with a neckbreaker and the running knee to the face. He empties a bag of thumbtacks but Abyss fights back with a Chokeslam – albeit away from the tacks. Abyss tries to use Mr. Socko but Foley hits him with a Double-Arm DDT. Foley takes the referee down to steal one of his socks and he puts the Mandible Claw on. He lets go of the hold to go after the bat, but then walks right into the Black Hole Slam onto the pile of tacks and Abyss gets the pin at 7:42. That was not very good.
Rating: *¼

MATCH #5: Team 3D vs. The Nasty Boys

Brian Knobs and Jerry Sags have no business being anywhere near a major company’s ring in 2010. But since they’re friends with Hulk Hogan, here we are. They start off brawling and the Nasty Boys take first advantage. Brother Ray and Brother Devon fight back to send the Nasty Boys to the floor. They stall for a bit before getting back to the ring. We start the match proper with Sags and Ray in the ring. The Nasty Boys take control but Ray avoids the Pit Stop and makes the tag. The Nasty Boys powder again for some more stalling. Zzzzzzzz. Back in the ring Knobs and Sags isolate Devon just like they did to his brother. Will this match ever end? After an eternity Ray gets the hot tag and cleans house. Team 3D hits Sags with the 3D, but the referee gets distracted getting Devon out of the ring and Jimmy Hart shows up from out of nowhere and hands Knobs the motorcycle helmet. Knobs bashes Ray with the helmet and puts Sags on top to get the pin at 10:40. That was ugly as sin.
Rating: ¼*

MATCH #6: Eight Card Stud Semifinal Match – D’Angelo Dinero vs. Matt Morgan

I like it when Tag Team Champions wear their belts for singles matches. This should be quite the contrast in styles. Morgan shows off his overwhelming power advantage right away. Pope responds by going to work on the legs, but he quickly gets dumped to the floor. Morgan abuses Pope on the floor and then throws him back in the ring for some more. The Blueprint gets pretty confident as he continues to work the Pope over. It costs him, as Pope slips in a DDT from out of nowhere. Pope unleashes a flurry now, including the Pope Slap. He goes for the Coronation but Morgan cuts him off with a clothesline for two. Morgan goes for the Carbon Footprint in the corner but Dinero avoids it and hits the D’Angelo Dinero Express to advance to the finals at 8:31. The crowd barely cared about this entire match.
Rating: **

MATCH #7: Eight Card Stud Semifinal Match – Mr. Anderson vs. Abyss

This is another rematch from Genesis. Abyss uses his power and Anderson tries to cheat as they jockey for control early on. They quickly take it to the floor and brawl out there as the crowd goes mild. Back in the ring Anderson goes to the legs to cut the big man down. Abyss fights back with a flurry, hitting a side slam for two. He hits Shock Treatment but it only gets two. Anderson continually goes after the mask, and eventually gets it out of position so that Abyss thinks the referee, despite being way smaller and wearing a shirt, is his opponent. With the referee distracted Anderson kicks Abyss in the groin and hits the Mic Check to get the win at 8:07. These two have no chemistry.
Rating: *½

MATCH #8: TNA World Heavyweight Championship Match – AJ Styles w/ Ric Flair vs. Samoa Joe, Special Guest Referee Eric Bischoff

Styles has been the champion since 9.20.09, and this is his ninth defense. TNA had this crazy idea of having AJ Styles defend the title often in good matches with a wide variety of opponents to get over. Weird, no? They start cautiously since they know each other so well from their various battles over the years. Joe overpowers the champ and beats him down in the corner. The challenger continues to pour it on, keeping AJ off balance. Finally AJ catches a kick and executes a Dragon Screw Leg Whip and immediately hones in on the injured limb. AJ tries the Figure-Four Leglock but Joe kicks him hard to the floor and follows out with the elbow suicida. The champ follows in the footsteps of his mentor by going to the eyes and otherwise cheating to reclaim the advantage. AJ moves the pads out of the way to expose the concrete floor. He tries a suplex but can’t hit it and they make their way back to the ring. AJ hits The Dropkick and Joe’s looking worse for wear. He puts Joe up on the top rope and tries a rana but Joe blocks it and hits a huge knee strike for two. Joe connects with the STJoe but then runs right into a pair of boots to the face. AJ distracts the referee and Flair slams Joe’s leg into the ring post. Now AJ viciously attacks Joe’s injured wheel. Joe is able to come back and dump AJ to the floor to get a slight reprieve. Back in the ring Joe hits a series of lariats and the Big Joe Combo for two. Joe hits the snap powerslam for another two-count. AJ comes back with the springboard flying forearm. Joe responds with a series of strikes but AJ cuts him right off with the back flip inverted DDT for two. They both try finishers and Joe lands a choke suplex. Joe hits the Muscle Buster and Flair prevents Bischoff from making the count so Bischoff knocks him on his ass. An angry Joe gets in Bischoff’s face and suffers the Pele for it. AJ follows up with the Styles Clash to get the pin with a slow count at 21:26. As usual Joe and AJ delivered a terrific match but the finish did more to hurt Joe than it did to help AJ. Such is life in TNA. I would have rated this even higher with a better finish.
Rating: ****

MATCH #9: Eight Card Stud Tournament Final – D’Angelo Dinero vs. Mr. Anderson

Scott Hall and Syxx-Pac attacked Dinero backstage, so he all of a sudden looks questionable for this final match. Anderson tells the referee to ring the bell and start counting Dinero out. Before the ref can reach ten Dinero stumbles his way out and Anderson wastes no time attacking him on the entrance ramp. Anderson talks a lot of trash and Pope comes to life as they make their way up to ringside. Pope’s outburst is short-lived, as Anderson hurls him knees-first into the steps. TNA World Champion AJ Styles and Ric Flair are shown watching backstage. Almost six minutes into the match Pope is finally able to make his way into the ring. Anderson is able to keep him down though, as Pope looks finished. Every time Pope tries to fire up Anderson cuts him off. Finally after about 12 minutes Pope gets his best series of offensive moves, including a vertical suplex into a German Suplex. Pope hits a nice STO for a two-count. He hits the 4-Up and the D’Angelo Dinero Express but Anderson kicks out at two. Anderson comes back with a clothesline and he calls for the mic. He announces that he’s about to win the match and then hits the Mic Check but Pope kicks out! The crowd finally pops for something. Anderson is pretty upset about this. He hits the Finlay Roll and goes up top but Pope avoids the Kenton Bomb. Pope avoids a charge in the corner and hits the DDE to win the tournament at 15:46. I understand what they were trying to do for D’Angelo Dinero, and it worked to a degree, but oh my gosh that was a dreadfully dull pay-per-view main event.
Rating: *¾
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The Common Denominator – The Next Black Wrestling Star? Or, “My Interview With the Snowman” http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2012/02/08/the-common-denominator-the-next-black-wrestling-star-or-my-interview-with-the-snowman/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2012/02/08/the-common-denominator-the-next-black-wrestling-star-or-my-interview-with-the-snowman/#comments Wed, 08 Feb 2012 13:00:41 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=135527 Funny how our worlds collide sometimes. Yesterday, I was sitting at my desk. If you haven’t read my little bio at the bottom of this article, then let me explain…

When I’m not out saving the world from Lex Luthor, I work as a mild-mannered reporter for the Evening Times, a small daily paper in the Memphis area. Now if you’re a long-time wrestling fan you probably already know that Memphis is the home of Jerry “The King” Lawler and the promotion that largely centered around him for more than 30 years.
Whether you know it as the CWA, the USWA, or simply “Memphis,” there’s a ton of wrestling history surrounding Memphis, and a lot of the guys who wrestled here are still in the area. Not that I hang out with “Superstar” Bill Dundee or anything, but these guys are around.
So, I was surprised, but not completely shocked when the Ad Manager where I work walked over to my desk chatting with a large black fellow and saying something about a “great feature story” as they approached.
The large black fellow turned out to be a preacher at a small town church in a small neighboring city, but he also turned out to be The Snowman. Well, he used to be anyway.

Eddie – or “E.L.” as it said on his card – Crawford was one of wrestling promoter Bill Watts’ (of Mid-South, UWF and WCW fame) attempts at recreating the super-popular Junkyard Dog in the Mid-South territory after JYD left for the bright lights of the WWF in the mid-1980s. Snowman was a moderate success by most accounts. He drew fairly well for a few months, though not like the 20,000-plus fans the Dog drew.

“How you doin’?” the man asked as he held out his hand. I heard them mention wrestling but I didn’t recognize him immediately. I started plowing though 35 years of wrestling history in my mental Rolodex as he handed be his business card.

“E.L. Crawford aka Snowman,” it read.

“The Snowman!” I said excitedly, probably moreso that his star-power warranted, and almost surely moreso than he had received any time recently. My Ad Manager was confused but he smiled.

“Nick, it’s the Snowman!” I repeated for his benefit. I pulled a fact out my butt. “Former USWA Unified World Heavyweight Champion? The Snowman!” Nick seemed to have someone to tag off to and left me with Mr. Crawford.

Or should I say Reverend Crawford? Yes…yes, I should.

It seems that at some point along the way the Snowman had found a Higher Power, and I don’t mean Vince McMahon. Crawford was now pastoring New Day Church in Hughes, Arkansas, as well as using his status as a wrestling personality for a number of other positive purposes.

Turns out that after putting his faith in the Lord, the Snowman began doing charity work for some of the local Boys and Girls Clubs, LeBonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, and doing some motivational speaking for troubled youth.

Discovering I was a wrestling fan, the Snowman recalled for me some of his defining moments, including a match in the Superdome in which he pinned Jake “The Snake” Roberts for the Mid-South TV Title. He said it was a sold-out show, but I suspect that might be stretching it a bit.
Then, of course, being the intrepid reporter that I am I had to ask.
“So, champ,” I asked, “What about you pawning the World Title Belt?” He grinned.

“I’m glad you asked,” said. “You know, Lawler and them said I sold the belt to a drug dealer or I hocked it or whatever. They never did get their story straight, did they?” Snowman claimed to still have the belt, and in fact the picture on his business card shows him with the USWA title belt and the picture was no more than a couple of years old by the looks of it. Snowman won the title from Lawler in 1990.
“I told ‘em, if he wants the belt back he’s gonna have to beat me for it,” he said. “If they think I sold it, why didn’t Lawler ever ask me for a rematch?” I’m not sure what the logic of that argument was but I didn’t mention it.

Anyway, we chatted for a good 20 minutes and I arranged for another time to do a full interview for a feature story for the paper. He had promised to bring the belt and a flash drive full of pictures, so we’ll see where that goes.

The whole experience got my wheels to turning, though, as I began to think about the Common Denominator this week. It also works out that February is Black History Month, and Snowman’s title run was centered around a black/white angle, so I thought I’d look at black wrestlers of today and yesterday and see what has transpired.

First off, I’d like to point out that Mark Henry is the latest and one of the few “all black” World Champions in wrestling history. I mean, unless you count Booker T’s WCW title reign during the Invasion period (let’s not), Booker’s 2006 run with the belt is the only other one in WWE ever. We all know the Rock is half-Samoan, and if you’re really keeping score (let’s) Randy Savage is like a quarter black. Booker had three title reigns in WCW before it folded, and Ron Simmons was the “first black World Champion,” that is in the major feds. In the name of completion, Ron Killings (R-Truth) held the NWA World Title in TNA a couple of times in the promotion’s first year of existence, so good for them. Do Bobby Lashley and Ezekiel Jackson’s reigns in ECW 2.0 count? (I’m inclined to say no).

And outside of some regional “World Champions” like Bobo Brazil, Bearcat Wright, Ernie Ladd and the bunch of black wrestlers (like the Snowman up there) who won the USWA Unified title, that’s really about it. If you really need that list, it includes (and really you could have just Wikipedia’d this yourself, I suppose) Papa Shango, King Cobra (who?), Koko B. Ware, Kamala, JYD, Butch Reed, Ahmed Johnson and Reggie B. Fine (don’t ask).

Now, there have been a lot of successful black wrestlers. And I hope I don’t offend anyone by using the term “black” instead of African-American, but I’d rather do that than call, say Kofi Kingston African-American, since he’s like, from Ghana, and (spoiler alert) Kamala is not from Uganda. I don’t know if Bobo Brazil is from Brazil or not, but I’m pretty sure Abdullah the Butcher is from Canada. Anyway…
I’m glad that we have at least reached a point in race relations today where it’s not important to point out that Mark Henry is black in the same sentence that it is mentioned that he won the World title (I mean, he’s obviously black…in fact, he’s really black. No Samoan in there, and that’s just fine). If you look back to the 80s and 90s, there were some angles built entirely around racial tensions. Look at the Bad News Brown-Roddy Piper feud that had Piper painting his face half-black. Virgil as DiBiase’s manservant. Don’t even get me started on the whole Akeem the African Dream or Tony “Saba Simba” Atlas gimmicks. In the 90s, there was the Nation of Domination, with Ron “Farooq” Simmons and his posse, which did at least lead us to the Rock.

But where’s the common denominator today? Who do we have as potential break-out black stars? I mentioned Kofi. He’s in the Elimination Chamber match (along with R-Truth unless he really was hurt Monday night), but does anyone see him winning the belt and going on to defend it aw Wrestlemania? Maybe at some point, but not now (and probably not ever, honestly). What about Truth? While his current run is the hottest he’s ever been, his “Little Jimmy” gimmick is really going to limit his credibility in the title scene. Henry’s now held the belt, but let’s face it: That was the culmination of 15 years of a not-so-great career, and seemingly more of a “Thank you” from Vince than anything else.

So, where are we then? David Otunga? I’d actually be surprised if Otunga is still wrestling a year from now. And, he’ll probably have a great career doing something else, so I wouldn’t worry about him. Ezekiel Jackson has the look, but it seems like the luster is already fading there. What is Brodus Clay anyway?

TNA might have the answer in The Pope. He was right in the world title hunt for a while, and he’s someone who might be able to make a go of it by returning to WWE, much the same way R-Truth did.

Other than that, I’m drawing a blank. Well, there’s Kharma, I guess.

So, just so you can say you’ve seen it, here’s Simmons winning the WCW title from Big Van Vader back in 1992. I was a Vader fan, but I popped for the title change, and the whole thing seemed to involve a lot of genuine emotion (probably aided by Jim Ross’s excellent announcing). The match has a spot where there’s a clip, but I don’t think the match was really much longer than that. It might have been a commercial break.

I’ve seen the “everybody-runs-to-the-ring-to-celebrate-with-the-champ” bit a few times, most notably Sting-Hogan at Starrcade ’97, but this one is pretty cool. You know what would be awesome? If some heel, let’s say Dolph Ziggler, won the WWE title and all the heels came out and celebrated while the crowd booed. Kind of like the “Fingerpoke of Doom,” but with you know, non-promotion-destroying consequences.

And just because I got to talk to the Snowman, here’s a video of Snowman teaming up with “Soul Train” Mike Jones, who would later go on to become Virgil in the aforementioned role of Ted DiBiase’s manservant. This was in 1987, when Lawler had been put out of commission in a red-hot angle with Austin Idol and Tommy Rich. Jones had vowed to take it to Rich and Idol while Lawler was out. Well, he needed a partner, so he turned to the Snowman to take care of business. Enjoy.

Well, that does it for this week. Thanks for reading.
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Caught in the Ropes- TNA Bound For Glory Series Ends with not a Bang, but a Whimper http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2011/09/12/caught-in-the-ropes-tna-bound-for-glory-series-ends-with-not-a-bang-but-a-whimper/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2011/09/12/caught-in-the-ropes-tna-bound-for-glory-series-ends-with-not-a-bang-but-a-whimper/#comments Mon, 12 Sep 2011 19:20:14 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=128451 Welcome back to Caught in the Ropes. Sigh. TNA’s No Surrender PPV occurred last night and marked the end of the company’s contentious Bound for Glory series with Bobby Roode earning a title shot at BFG. How did the BFG series work out? I’ll discuss that, along with a few other issues that have cropped up since No Surrender. Before we get into that, I should be making another appearance on Inside Pulse Wrestling Talk Radio this week, so check that out and call in if you have any questions for us.

Bound for Glory

So, Bobby Roode won the Bound for Glory series at No Surrender, beating out Bully Ray in his second match of the night. Of course Bobby’s victory should come with an asterisk since Matt Morgan left the competition due to an injury (though he was back in time for a match against Samoa Joe at No Surrender) as well as Crimson, who suffered an “injury” at the hands of Samoa Joe. Speaking of Samoa Joe, it’s also worth noting that he finished the BFG series with a whopping -10 points while AJ Styles crossed the finish line with a meager 24 points, or less than half of the points possessed by final series leader Bully Ray. Don’t forget that Joe and AJ competed in 10 and 11 BFG matches respectively, whereas Gunner appeared in 19, Bully Ray in 14, and Bobby Roode in 15.

Was the BFG experiment a failure or a success? Well, it has given TNA an outlet to push Roode as a singles competitor, something the company has wanted to do for quite some time now. It also gave the mid-card something to fight for rather than, say, nothing. But I’m going to have to call this one a bust. The problem was that Crimson’s last minute withdrawal from the competition and the wide berth between the series’ leaders and the rest of the pack made this series a mess. TNA shouldn’t have even bothered including Crimson if they weren’t willing to end his undefeated streak before the series began, and they certainly shouldn’t have pulled the “injury” card so late in the game. When Crimson stepped in the ring for a BFG match, everyone knew that he was going to win, so it removed any suspense the series might have had. Plus, there was also the removal of Brother Devon from the competition, though he wasn’t close to the leader-board.

If TNA really wants this gimmick to work and last, they need to scale it back to a month -and-a-half or two month long competition instead of the three month monster they’ve got now. There are too many opportunities for guys to get injured in that length of time, and if your top guy goes out early then you have to scramble to come up with something else. Aside from just limiting the window for guys to get injured, a shorter period of time will also allow for a more chaotic scramble with guys doing whatever is necessary to get points.

There’s also the questionable inclusion of guys like Joe, AJ, and RVD. All of these guys are former TNA champions and including them in this competition and not even letting one of them get to the final four hurts them. Hell, AJ and RVD didn’t even make it on the PPV in any capacity. What purpose did their inclusion serve exactly? I see something like the BFG series as a means to elevate mid-card guys into the main-event, so guys with the kind of pedigree of AJ, Joe, or RVD shouldn’t have to go through a series like this to get into main-event matches. Bully Ray and Brother Devon are a little different, seeing as how neither of them have a history of singles success (except for Ray’s Hardcore Championship title reigns), so I can accept the inclusion of those two.

I suppose TNA could tweak the tournament to try and make it more effective, which would be a good idea, but we all know how TNA feels about good ideas. It’s not a bad concept on paper, is what I’m saying. But this inaugural series had too many problems and too many wonky booking decisions to make it a success. The real test will come at Bound for Glory when Roode takes on the champion, most likely Kurt Angle, for the belt. If Roode’s main-event push meets with real blow-out-the-walls success, then we can expect to see the BFG series come back. If not, then…

Angle Retains…Sobriety

Man, it must be nice working for a company with such lax substance abuse policies. Yeah, yeah, yeah, innocent until proven guilty and all that, but a professional athlete in almost any other field would be hung out to dry for a fourth arrest. Kurt claims he’s going to fight the charges, and he may just win, but Kurt obviously has problems that he needs to deal with and TNA doesn’t appear to be helping him. A professional football player facing his fourth arrest would be staring down the barrel of a lengthy suspension, most likely before his case even made its way through the court system. Kurt Angle is allowed to keep his spot as top guy in his company, getting over Mr. Anderson and Sting at No Surrender.

At this point it seems like Kurt is the lesser of three evils, which is a sad bit of commentary on TNA’s main-event roster. Would I rather see the bland, Stone Cold-lite stylings of Mr. Anderson or the depressing comic book caricature that is Sting? Would I rather gouge out my own eyeball with a grapefruit-spoon? There’s nowhere for TNA to turn right now. Well, nowhere that’s stable when you consider the recent return of Jeff Hardy. I would bring up AJ or Joe again, but that’s a futile argument since TNA seems to no longer have any interest in either of them. Kurt is their go-to guy for now, despite the mountain of problems he has in front of him.

Assorted Thoughts

  •  Does TNA even have a tag division at this point when the best team they can assemble to challenge Mexican America is Brother Devon and D’Angelo Dinero?
  • Austin Aries as X-Division champ is a big step up.  I’ve never liked Kendrick, and his B.S. New-Age gimmick as of late has been beyond insufferable.
  • Why paint Joe as a monster reborn only to have him lose to Matt Morgan at the very next PPV?  Does anyone at TNA know what the hell they’re doing?
  • Winter retains as Knockouts champ?  I give up.  This whole Winter/Angelina Love storyline will continue long after I’m dead, buried, and rotting in the cold ground.

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A2Z Analysiz: TNA No Surrender 2010 (Mr. Anderson, Kurt Angle, Jeff Hardy) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2011/09/11/a2z-analysiz-tna-no-surrender-2010-mr-anderson-kurt-angle-jeff-hardy/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2011/09/11/a2z-analysiz-tna-no-surrender-2010-mr-anderson-kurt-angle-jeff-hardy/#comments Sun, 11 Sep 2011 13:30:22 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=128001

Impact Zone – Orlando, FL – September 5, 2010

Mike Tenay and Taz are on commentary.

MATCH #1: TNA World Tag Team Championship Match – Motor City Machine Guns vs. Generation Me

The Guns have been champions since 7.11.10 and this is their second defense. They were supposed to be defending against London Brawling (Desmond Wolfe and Magnus), but something weird that I don’t remember prevented them from making this show, so Generation Me gets the nod instead.

Alex Shelley and Jeremy Buck start the match for their respective teams. They engage in some chain wrestling, which Shelley excels at. Jeremy quickly tags out to Max, and Shelley takes him to the mat as well. Sabin tags in and they wrestle to a standoff and then get right in each other’s faces. Tags are made and Shelley and Jeremy go toe to toe again. Gen Me goes to work on the arm and isolate Shelley in their corner. The Guns come right back with some rapid fire double team tactics and submission holds. Jeremy creatively comes back and tags his brother. They work on Sabin briefly and then Shelley makes a blind tag and comes in off the top rope with a thrust kick on Max for two. Shelly then traps himself in Gen Me’s corner, and that ends badly for him. Gen Me works Shelley over, wearing him down in their half of the ring. After a few minutes Sabin gets the hot tag and he’s a house afire. Sabin hits a nasty springboard DDT on Max and Jeremy breaks up the cover. Shelley seems to have fully recovered, as he throws Jeremy to the floor and hits a sweet suicide dive. Sabin and Max are trading hands, and Max counters another DDT attempt by forcing Sabin back into his corner. Jeremy hits a unique Sliced Bread #2 but Shelley breaks up the pin. Gen Me then goes right back to work on the weakened Shelley. They try More Bang for Your Buck but Shelley avoids it. Superkicks start flying everywhere and the Guns win that battle. The Guns then hit the Skull & Bones on Jeremy to get the pin at 12:17. That was a hot opener with some great tag team action. There was no real story to it but it was really fun.
Rating: ***¾

MATCH #2: TNA X Division Championship Match – Douglas Williams vs. Sabu

Williams has been the champion since 5.16.10 and this is his third defense. Sabu actually scores the first takedown, and seems willing to engage Williams in a mat wrestling contest. He takes Williams down again and hits a slingshot somersault legdrop. He locks on a Camel Clutch and Williams inches toward the ropes and takes a powder. That doesn’t go well, as Sabu hits a dive over the ropes and then sets up a table. That gives Williams the chance to recover and avoid the table. Back in the ring Williams hits a European Uppercut off the second rope. Why can’t Tenay just call it a “European Uppercut,” why does he have to say “European Style Uppercut?” Williams hits a running knee to the chest in the corner and then goes up top. Sabu knocks him down and goes for the super springing rana but they blow it. The crowd chants “Sabu” anyway. That’s kind of them. Sabu brings a chair in the ring but capitulates to referee Earl Hebner’s demands not to use it. He then uses the chair to spring off for a moonsault (off the second rope, which looked weird) and it gets two. Williams trips Sabu up, causing his face to hit the chair. Hebner finally gets rid of it. Williams blatantly kicks Sabu in the balls but for some reason doesn’t get disqualified. He hits a clothesline for two. A knee drop gets another near-fall. Sabu fights back with a springboard DDT, which Tenay calls “a variation of a DDT.” I like to pick apart his commentary. Sabu gets two and then follows up with a springboard back elbow for another two. He grabs the steel chair again and hits the solo Poetry in Motion. The idiot referee can’t get rid of the chair and Sabu sets it up again, only this time Williams dropkicks it right back into Sabu’s groin. Williams hits a gutwrench suplex for two. Sabu fights back with a clothesline so Williams takes another powder. He sets up the chair again and Hebner tries (but not too hard) to stop him, and Sabu can’t complete the triple jump, so he settles for a house show dive. Sabu sets Williams up on the table and tries another dive but Williams avoids it and Sabu crashes through the table. Back in the ring Williams tries to use the chair but Hebner stops him, and when Hebner’s back is turned, Williams cracks Sabu in the face with the belt to get the pin at 11:12. That was a clash of styles that didn’t really work, and Sabu blew a handful of spots, which never helps. I do love seeing Williams get a push though.
Rating: **

MATCH #3: Knockouts Grudge Match – Madison Rayne vs. Velvet Sky

Rayne is accompanied by Tara, and Sky by Knockouts Champion Angelina Love. Tara distracts Sky right away and Rayne takes the first advantage. Sky fights right back but Rayne shoves her down and slugs away. Rayne locks on a Camel Clutch and Sky escapes by flipping over and kneeing Rayne in the crotch. Sky slaps Rayne across the face, and Tara gets up to distract the referee so he can’t immediately make the count on Sky rollup and she only gets two. Rayne reclaims control and executes the Skull F*cker for a two-count. Sky comes back by dropping Rayne out of the corner right on her face. Both women rise to their feet and Sky hits a series of clotheslines and a back elbow. Sky hits a Spear and slams Rayne’s head into the canvas multiple times. She follows up with a bulldog for two. Rayne kicks Sky to the floor and Tara goes to attack her with the motorcycle helmet. Love luckily prevents that from happening. Rayne goes for the Zack Attack but Sky reverses it to a DDT for the win at 4:43. That was acceptable but not particularly engaging.
Rating: *½

MATCH #4: Falls Count Anywhere – Abyss vs. Rhino

The fight starts in the aisle, and Rhino throws Abyss into the guardrail a couple of times. They take it into the ring and Rhino introduces a bunch of weapons into the fight. Rhino sets up a trash can in between the top and middle rope. Meanwhile Abyss is trying to catch his breath outside the ring and Rhino flattens him with a house show dive. They start fighting through the crowd and a camera man gets knocked down. Now they’re backstage, a TNA staple. They walk around and throw each other into stuff. Abyss takes control and brings Rhino back into the Impact Zone. Back in the ring Rhino blocks a hiptoss with a clothesline. Rhino then tries to whip Abyss into the garbage can but it gets reversed and he crashes into the trash can he set up earlier. They go back to the floor and Abyss whips Rhino into the guardrail for a two-count. Rhino comes back by hurling Abyss through a piece of the stage. They fight under there and the camera man has trouble following them and we lose sight of the wrestlers. After some dead air they come bursting out of the other side of the stage, and Abyss once again covers for two. Back around ringside Abyss grabs a guardrail and sets it up in the corner of the ring. Rhino fights back with a clothesline and then cracks a cookie sheet on Abyss’s head three times. He hits a belly-to-belly suplex and signals for the Gore. Abyss catches him by the throat and hits a chokeslam on a trash can but Rhino kicks out at two. He goes to the floor and grabs Janice. The idiot referee tries to talk him out of using it as if this isn’t a no-disqualification match. That gives Rhino the chance to hit a Gore but Abyss kicks out. Moments later Rhino runs right into a Black Hole Slam but it only gets two. Why does every match in TNA need to have multiple finisher kick outs? Tenay says you don’t see that very often but he lies. Abyss sets up for a powerbomb into the guardrail setup in the corner but Rhino escapes and hits another clothesline. Rhino goes for another Gore but Abyss sidesteps it and Rhino goes crashing into the guardrail. Abyss then hits the Black Hole Slam to get the pin at 12:39. That was okay, but I feel like they’ve had this exact match multiple times over the years.
Rating: *¾

MATCH #5: Kevin Nash & Sting vs. Jeff Jarrett & Samoa Joe

Sting and Joe start the match for their teams. Nash illegally interferes about 10 seconds in, but Joe dispatches him and then drills Sting with a running back elbow in the corner and an enziguiri. Jarrett tags in and hits Sting with a clothesline. Nash takes a cheap shot from the apron and Sting takes Jarrett down with a clothesline. Now Nash is in the ring legally and he starts slowly working on Jarrett, wearing him down. Nash hits a side suplex for two. The t-shirt wearing Sting comes back in and continues the beating on Jarrett. Sting hits a Stinger Splash and then goes for a Vader Bomb but Jarrett gets his knees up. Jarrett is able to make a tag but Nash distracts the referee so it won’t count. Finally Jarrett makes the tag for real and Joe is on fire for the lukewarm crowd. Joe is all over both guys. He knocks Nash off the apron and follows him out with an elbow suicida. That leaves Sting and Jarrett in the ring. Jarrett grabs the baseball bat and uses it to counter the Stinger Splash, and then jams it into Sting’s throat. Joe gets back in the ring and locks Sting in the Choke and Sting is out at 6:13. That was surprisingly short but that worked to the match’s advantage, as I don’t want to see Sting and Nash go much longer than that.
Rating: **¼

MATCH #6: I Quit Match – AJ Styles vs. Tommy Dreamer

Styles is the current TNA TV Champion, but the title is not on the line here. The match starts up in the aisle, and as they make it toward the ring Dreamer is able to snap Styles’ arm off the top rope. Dreamer tries an early Texas Cloverleaf but Styles kicks out of it. Styles charges but Dreamer backdrops him all the way to the floor. They trade shots back and forth for a bit, and then roll back in the ring. Dreamer locks on the Sugar Hold but Styles won’t quit. Styles fights back and uses a fishhook, which wouldn’t be legal in a normal match. Dreamer comes back and throws Styles’ shoulder into the ring post and goes for a submission, but Styles wisely rolls to the floor. He follows Styles out and hits a running clothesline off the apron. They take it over by the entrance ramp and Styles reverses a suplex, causing Dreamer to land back first on the ramp. Styles goes for a Figure-Four Leglock but Dreamer grabs a light off the set and bashes Styles with it. Dreamer then wraps a cable around Styles’ throat and mouth. Styles gets out of that and tries a Styles Clash on the unprotected floor but Dreamer avoids it; Styles then tries to charge but Dreamer moves out of the way and Styles rams his already injured shoulder into the post. Dreamer hits a shoulderbreaker and then throws Styles and a chair into the ring. He wraps the chair around Styles’ arm and then legdrops it. He then locks on a key lock around the chair and Styles pokes him in the eye to get out of the hold. Styles grabs a fork but Dreamer blocks it and hits a flying armbar (according to Taz anyway) and then tries a Crossface but Styles rolls to the floor.

Dreamer tries to use the guardrail to coax a submission but no such luck. Styles then drops Dreamer nuts-first on the guardrail, because Dreamer apparently loves to do that spot. Now Styles is firmly in control, working on Dreamer’s leg. Styles locks on the Ring Post Figure-Four but Dreamer won’t quit. Back in the ring Styles uses the chair to further weaken the knee, and then puts on the Figure-Four Leglock. Dreamer turns it over, and Styles gets out of it and slams Dreamer’s head into the chair. Styles then sets Dreamer’s face on the chair and goes for a dropkick but Dreamer moves out of the way and that traps Styles’ leg in the chair! Dreamer uses the chair to use advantage and then grabs the fork. Luckily for Styles he avoids it and hits the Pele. Dreamer rolls to the floor, and when Styles goes for a dive Dreamer whacks him with a Kendo Stick. Back in the ring Dreamer uses the Stick to further inflict damage, and then takes his t-shirt off to reveal a singlet. Tenay tells me I have to love the new ring attire, but I really don’t. Dreamer then locks on a Kendo Stick-assisted Crossface, and the stick breaks across Styles’ face. Styles pulls out another fork and gets Dreamer in the eye. He hits a dropkick and then attacks the eyeball with the fork. That’s enough and Dreamer says “I Quit” at 16:27. For what I expected this was actually really solid, and the fork to the eyeball is a sick finish.
Rating: ***

MATCH #7: Semi-Finals in the TNA World Title Tournament – Kurt Angle vs. Jeff Hardy

Angle beat Douglas Williams and Hardy beat Rob Terry to get here. Dixie Carter is shown in the crowd looking like the concerned mark that she is. Angle and Hardy start off slowly and take it to the mat, which is Angle’s forte. Hardy fights back and tries to quicken the pace. He gets a couple of moves in before Angle absolutely flattens him with a hard powerbomb. For some reason Angle just sits there not covering Hardy, even though he appears to be out for much longer than three seconds. Instead, Angle locks on a headlock and keeps Hardy on the ground. Moments later Hardy fights back with some fast paced offense and someone somewhere is cursing because they have to bleep out a bunch of stuff. Angle responds with a belly-to-belly suplex for two. He locks on a chinlock and Hardy fights out with a chinbreaker and the Twist of Fate. Hardy just hit one of his finishers and the crowd didn’t pop and the idiot commentators didn’t even call it. He goes up top but Angle pops up and hits the super belly-to-belly for another two. Instead of putting over the move, Taz puts over the production crew for the shot they got of it. I hate you Taz. Hardy fights back and hits the Twist of Fate again and goes for the Swanton, but Angle rolls out of the way. Angle hits the Angle Slam, and even with stacking him up he couldn’t get the three-count. The straps come down but Hardy kicks off the Ankle Lock so Angle hits the three rolling Germans instead. Hardy kicks out at two. Angle goes up for a Moonsault but Hardy avoids that and hits the Whisper in the Wind for two.

They roll to the floor and Hardy hits the Twist of Fate. Hardy then hits the Swanton Bomb from the top rope to the floor! I think that’s what dislocated Angle’s rib. Both men struggle to get back in the ring and trade weak punches as they try to recover. Hardy tries the Twist of Fate but Angle counters with another German suplex. Angle goes up top and hits a Frog Splash but Hardy kicks out at two. Hardy recovers and hits a back body drop and another Twist of Fate for two. He immediately follows up with a legdrop and goes up top for the Swanton but Angle kicks out at two! He goes right back up and hits yet another Swanton but it still isn’t enough. The third time is not the charm, as Angle gets his knees up. Angle hits an Angle Slam and Hardy kicks out at two. He locks in the Ankle Lock but Hardy uses momentum to kick Angle to the floor. Hardy brings Angle right back into the ring and Angle traps him in another Ankle Lock and won’t let go. After some time in the hold Hardy kicks Angle away, but even tenacious, Angle hits a clothesline for two. Angle goes right back to the Ankle Lock and keeps it cinched on for a ridiculously long time. Hardy briefly reaches the ropes but Angle pulls him off and adds a grapevine to the hold. After about three minutes in the hold, the time limit expires at 20:00 and the crowd is pissed. Why was there only a 20 minute time limit?

Eric Bischoff comes out and announces that they are going to add another five minutes on the clock. Why not just make it sudden death? Angle viciously attacks the ankle until Hardy is able to kick him to the floor. Hardy kicks him into the guardrail and then brings Angle back in the ring. He goes up top but it takes him too long because of his ankle and Angle knocks him down. Angle hits a super Angle Slam but it only gets two. He charges at Hardy and gets backdropped to the floor. The clock is once again winding down as Angle barely avoids getting counted out. Back in the ring Angle gets an O’Connor Roll for two. Both men get up and clothesline each other. Angle is able to roll over for a cover but Hardy kicks out, and then the time limit expires again at 5:00. Bischoff announces that once again they are adding five more minutes. Seriously, just do Sudden Death.

Both men are looking exhausted but Hardy is definitely worse for wear. Angle drives a couple shoulders into Hardy’s midsection, and then goes for a charge but Hardy moves and Angle crashes into the ring post. Hardy now attacks the shoulder, ramming Angle into the ring steps and then slamming his face into them. That last move has busted Angle open. Back in the ring Hardy locks on a Boston Crab and Angle appears ready to pass out. Miraculously Angle reverses the Boston Crab and locks on the Ankle Lock. Hardy doesn’t give up so once again time runs out at 5:00.

Bischoff and the referee and that red-headed mark who always interjects herself into the storylines are trying to decide what to do as the trainers clean Angle’s bloody wound. Bischoff announces that the doctors have decided that Angle should not continue, so the match is officially a draw at 30:00. That was a pretty extreme example of the Kurt Angle “just hit a million finishers with no rhyme or reason,” but that style works in front of the iMPACT Zone so at least the crowd was hot and that made it fun. I think these two could have an amazing match if they told a story rather than kicking out of each other’s finishers for half an hour, but that’s what Angle does.
Rating: ***¼

MATCH #8: Semi-Finals in the TNA World Title Tournament – Mr. Anderson vs. The Pope

So, this is the main event eh? They lock up intensely and Anderson issues a clean break. The story of this match is mostly that Pope thinks everyone is crazy for trusting Anderson as a babyface. But Pope is still a babyface, so it’s all muddled, as usual. Both men try to one up each other on the mat, which eventually devolves into a slugging contest. Anderson wins that battle and stomps Pope down in the corner. Pope comes back and starts working on the arm. Anderson fights back and hits the spinning enziguiri for two. Taz makes jokes and I’m bored too. Pope misses a flying charge and lands on his shoulder. I can’t believe they chose this for the main event. What does anyone see in either of these two? Anderson continues to control the match but can’t put Pope away. After a few minutes Pope fires up with a flurry of offense, including the Coronation. Pope goes up top but Anderson cuts him off and goes for a superplex. Unfortunately for Anderson, Pope blocks it and Anderson falls nuts-first on the top rope. Pope then hits an ugly dive to the floor. Back in the ring Pope gets a two-count. They trade finisher attempts and Anderson strikes first with the Finlay Roll for two. Pope comes back with the Codebreaker but Anderson kicks out at two. How could Anderson kick out when Pope Stacked Him Up?!? A reversal sequence ends with Anderson hitting the Mic Check but Pope kicks out. Pope fights back with punches in the corner, which somehow equates to Anderson being Stacked Up in the corner. He goes for the DDE but Anderson moves out of the way and hits another Mic Check to get the win at 17:22. That was brutally boring and a horrible choice for a pay-per-view main event. It’s like they’re obsessed with showing that WWE misused guys like this, but in this case I think that worked against them because neither of these guys are very good at all.
Rating: **

The Pulse: Most will like the Angle versus Hardy match more than I did, so along with the opener and the I Quit match, there is some stuff worth watching here. I really have to wonder why Anderson versus Pope had to go on last, but I guess they just had to go with shenanigans in the Angle/Hardy match.
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Welcome back to the longest running action-adventure, passive-aggressive, slightly-delayed semi-professional wrestling column on the worldest of wide webs, For Your Consideration. I am your de-Cupid-ified host Andrew Wheeler, and first let me apologize for the lateness of the column.

Last week I climbed up on my soap box (because InsidePulse refuses to buy me a soap box) and talked about how I prided myself on getting my column up mere minutes (minutes I say) after RAW ended. If the show was done by 11:08, this thing was up by 11:09. That’s the kind of dedication you only get from someone here at Pulse Wrestling (and maybe some medical professionals). However, yesterday was in fact Valentine’s Day, and while it is a horrible commercial “holiday” built around an attempt to bilk you out of money in order to show someone how much you love them, it is still nevertheless an excuse to show the special someone in your live how much you love them. And if you think for one second I’m going to spend my first Valentine’s Day as a married man watching RAW then clearly you’re on whatever Vince Russo’s taking. (To be fair, my wife did in fact offer to watch RAW with me last night, but there was no way I was going to do that. On a side note, marrying a woman that can cook is highly recommended; I came home to pâté, filet minion, twice-baked potatoes, zucchini, pecan pie and a chilled can of Dr. Brown’s…so choice. If you have the means, I highly recommend it.)

Anyway, that is why you are reading this column on a Tuesday instead of a Monday. All complaints can be forwarded to the United Brotherhood of It’s None of Your Damn Business. Speaking of complaints, I will not be here next week with a Judicial Review, as I will be out of town for something fairly important, though I promise do something special for you when I return on Thursday. In the meantime, sit back, relax and let’s get down to bid-ness…

TNA’s PPV Defies the Odds

TNA’s Against All Odds was not a very good PPV, which is oddly enough a heaping amount of praise. Most of TNA’s outputs are labeled with words like “disaster” and “abomination” and “The horror! The horror!”, but this one simply gets a “meh”. And in TNA world, a “meh” is as close to a standing ovation as they can get.

This past Sunday on one of their TWO Phil Collins related PPVs (the other, obviously, being Genesis), TNA put on a fairly lucid show. Like most others have pointed out, the show didn’t completely revolve around aging stars of yesteryear, and at no point in time did anyone fall into a giant pit. This is progress, people.

Kazarian v. Robbie E w/ Cookie

The show opened with Kazarian versus Robbie E. Ironically enough, this happened because the high-flying Generation Me were unable to fly. Here’s my first bit of praise for TNA, so get ready…

The didn’t overthink anything. That’s it. They didn’t overthink anything. The Bucks can’t make it to the show, so what does TNA do? They announce Robbie as the winner by forfeit and have him cut a heel promo. This is Booking 101, which makes the move all the more stupefying. Knowing Russo, he would have wanted to have two other guys go out there in wigs pretending to be the Bucks (and yes, by guys I meant midgets) and done a full 11-minute match. Instead, he used the unexpected issue as a way to generate more heat on the heel. As a side note, hearing the clunky nervous delivery of Robbie E makes me continue to wonder how the WWE can sleep on Zack Ryder, who plays this character a thousand times better yet is relegated to teaming with Primo on Superstars.

Anyway, Kaz did his dramatic entrance (a few minutes too late, but that’s really a minor thing) and we had a passable match. Robbie E is by no means a great wrestler, but he uses his gimmick when he wrestles and doesn’t blow a ton of spots and he served his purpose well of getting Kazarian further over with the fans (this was their first chance on PPV to support the fully-face Kaz, and having him beat the easy-to-hate Robbie worked perfectly).

No one’s going to remember the match, but in terms of forward progress, this was a success.

Beer Money & Scott Steiner over Rob Terry, Gunner & Murphy

So here’s where we sort of see where the “They” storyline was going to give the company headaches. If all things were equal, this would have been two separate matches. Beer Money, like Kaz before them, are freshly minted faces that the fans are desperate to cheer for (they got face pops even as the dastardly bastards they were supposed to be) and they needed a chance to show that off on PPV. Unfortunately since they’re the tag team champions, it’s hard to have them compete against a fairly unworthy team for the straps (even a nontitle match feels out of place against Gunner & Murphy who have already been jobbed out to Ink Inc.).

The next major issue is Scott “No, I don’t know how I’m still alive either) Steiner. Since TNA has to justify having him on their shows now that the Main Event Mafia storyline is DOA (and by that I, of course, mean that TNA never planned on doing a MEM reunion and the Booker & Nash thing was completely planned by them…like…for reals), they needed someone in Immortal for him to feud with. Well, Jeff’s fighting for the title, Matt’s fighting RVD & Not the Harris Brothers are lined up with Beer Money. That leaves Rob Terry, who has done wonders assuming the role Scott carved out as the man of a million steroids. However, seeing them face off in a Wellness Policy Violation on a Pole match wasn’t going to get anyone’s money, hence the six-man tag.

And to their credit, none of these six men completely Gayda’d the place up. Hell, they barely R-Truthed it. Robert Roode is clearly someone they just now noticed is employed in their company, and their hope is to remove the stigma of 21st Century Billy Gunn that has permeated his jheri curl (in that he’s been pushed and dropped a lot and not because he can’t work a main event level to save his life despite everyone trying to get him over like Sisyphus’s rock. James Storm is always a capable and captivating guy, and as long as he and Roode are there to carry the match, everything’s fine.

Steiner did his shtick, including the push-up elbow drop, but again that’s pretty much all they can really trust him with. He’s like a higher functioning Mae Young; he can handle a few select spots but to give him anything more to do and he’ll go crazy, curse and try to make out with everyone in sight.

In the end TNA gave the fans their “feel good” moment as Steiner busted out his Frankensteiner one more time. The simple fact that he hasn’t completely broken his neck from that move never ceases to amaze me. In the end, TNA took chicken shit and made chicken salad, so I once again can’t rant and rave about how terrible this was (aside from the fact that they actually put it on PPV).

Samoa Joe v. D’Angleo Dinero

Oy. This was not so good, Al. I think the thing that amazes me the most is that Joe and The Pope are two guys who should be able to wrestle consistently good matches. For whatever reason, this whole thing just didn’t work. The buildup around the fact that Dinero was terrified of Joe seemed to evaporate, but that wasn’t the biggest glaring issue. The biggest issue was the finish, where Pope immediately tapped before Joe even finished locking in his finisher. Again, if the idea here was that he was too “scared” of it, that would be fine. But you can’t just turn on and off storylines like that and expect the audience to remember. Also, if that was in fact the finish, someone needed to tell Samoa Joe, who looked more like someone who just participated in a blown finish and less like someone who understood that his opponent was taking the coward’s way out.

This entire feud was built around the fact that they had nothing better to do, but it has yet to really succeed in establishing (a) Joe as a destructive babyface or (b) The Pope as a devious heel. It just feels like a filler feud, which would be fine if we were getting great matches. But…we’re not. It’s time to move on.

Oh, and the post-match surprise attack once again managed to make Samoa Joe look like a complete chump (and proved that unnecessary blood adds nothing to a segment).

Madison Rayne v. Mickie James

Um…uh…they…sigh…

So it’s a Last Knockout Standing match. The rules of said match are to knock out your opponent. That’s it. This didn’t involve opening a suitcase or putting someone in an electric chair or anything else that could be confusing. With that said, who in the blue hell booked this shit?

Madison Rayne has zero mind for the business. Zero. Don’t believe me? Then explain to me why she tried to PIN Mickie. Unless her character is sharing concussions with Mr. Young, there is no reason for her (a champion, no less) to be that stupid. Further, there was no reason for her to hide the fact that she was going to use her “loaded” glove. It’s NO disqualification. That means if she and Tara went out there and double-teamed Mickie the entire time, it would have been perfectly legal. She didn’t need to act all clandestine about using a foreign object when the very nature of the match gave that object a visa.

Oh, and she’s a terrible wrestler…and this is coming from a guy who has to recap Diva matches.

Rob Van Dam v. Matt Hardy

Yeah, I’m not going to join the legions of people praising this match based on the sheer fact that Matt Hardy didn’t go out there and piss himself. Hardy and RVD have wrestled for long enough that they should be able to go in the ring and have a passable match with their eyes closed.

Last month these two wrestled in an abomination of a match, which is stunning since Matt wasn’t away from the ring for all that long. This time he abandoned the dreadlocks and shrunk some of the pooch, but in the end we got a Sunday Night Heat episode on PPV.

The point of this match was so Van Dam could “get his win back”, and he did, so I can’t really unleash a full amount of venom. With that said, it’s time for Matt to slowly sink into the tar pits that are the TNA midcard, where he can realize that life (and catering) was much better in the WWE.

Matt Morgan & Hernandez Segment

My biggest gripe about this is that they did it on PPV. This would have been fine on Impact, especially when you realize that no one watches their PPVs. Morgan isn’t the worst guy on the microphone, so having him talk instead of wrestle wasn’t a bad idea. What may in fact be a bad idea is the Road to Racism they are sending Hernandez down. This is Hispanic America? Really? Because the Nation of Domination race wars brought in so much money?

Morgan and Hernandez are two more guys who need something to do, so throwing them in there together and having the reignite their old feud isn’t the worst thought in the world. What is potentially going to backfire is the fact that they are having Hernandez play the “evil” Hispanic at a point where even the WWE is realizing the Latino market is the make-or-break. Is Russso’s dream scenario for Hispanics to suddenly adopt Hernandez’s cause and break out in actual race-related riots at shows? It’s shit like this that makes me glad that all the WWE does in terms of horrible ethnic stereotypes is mariachi bands and piñatas.

Bully Ray v. D-Von

Here’s another old WWE storyline that made them billions of dollars.

Ray clearly enjoys being the dickish heel, and at the same time he realizes that no one wants to see The Dudleys as a full-time team. His solution was to reinvent himself…just like the time the WWE split them up. At least that idea spawned Batista. This idea? D-Von’s kids (which, according to Dudley lore, would make Bully their uncle).

Everyone expected D-Von’s kids to turn on their father, but I knew that couldn’t happen because clearly they can’t act. Instead, one showed he could take a punch on a DiBiase level and the other one showed he couldn’t take a bump through a table (his head sprung off that mat so hard that I’m amazed he didn’t seriously injure himself).

The match wasn’t good but the storyline elements actually progressed properly; the bad guy messed with the good guy’s family, and now the good guy wants revenge. If this were a movie, this would be the point in where the evildoer burns down the hero’s home as the good guy looks on with tear-stained eyes.

Unfortunately, this means that the feud WILL continue (though on the plus side at least they’re self-contained).

Jeff Jarrett v. Kurt Angle

Here’s a bright idea, how about they made this “walk her down the aisle” versus “reinstatement”. Dragging the kids into this made everything feel about a million times more unsettling, and this was an instance where “real” doesn’t equate to “better”.

The match itself was a passable, overbooked deal between an older Jarrett and an older Angle. What amazes me is that TNA actually had a little traction with the Jeff as MMA Star angle, and in true fashion abandoned it in favor of melodrama. Look, we all knew that Kurt was going to walk Karen down the aisle (this is wrestling, after all, where no wedding shall go un-fucked-with), but the kids stuff just felt unnecessary.

Oh, and there is now a six month moratorium on Kurt Angle being able to retire again. Take your boots and stay at home until August. You’re starting to give wrestling retirements a bad name…and that’s saying something in a company that employs Flair and Foley.

Jeff Hardy v. Mr. Anderson

Mr. Kennedy…Kennedy gets kudos here for trying. He gets an “A” for effort. He showed some good hustle out there. Unfortunately, he and Jeff churned out a really awful ladder match.

The key to a good ladder match is the pacing. There are times for high spots and times for slow crawls, and this looked less like a well-paced match and more like some kids playing “Smackdown v. RAW” on PS3. Come on Jeff, even you must realize that having a good match with Ken would have counted as community service.

The finish of this match was supposed to be that Anderson would go for the Mic Check only to have Jeff hold on to the ladder and grab the belt. Unfortunately, the ladder no-sold for Hardy, and had he not been so heavily medicated, he probably would have broken his neck

In the end, Jeff won the title. I know the point is that this will lead to Hardy/Styles so that AJ can take the title off of him, but it just really rubs me the wrong way that Jeff Hardy was given the championship as he heads on the way to jail. The message that should be sent is that going to JAIL does not mean you get to be champ. Say what you want about the WWE, but they tend to give the belts to guys as a reward for good behavior, not bad.

At the close of the show, one has a sense that TNA might have some bastardized form of forward momentum. With Hardy as champion, the intrigue is who will take the strap off of him. RVD? Styles? Anderson? There’s also the further drama of Angle & Jarrett, the looming Immortal/Fortune war, the Morgan/Hernandez battle and the next stage in the Dudley feud.

We don’t have to like (or even tolerate) what their storylines are, but for one night, Vince Russo moved them forward without a ton of wacky shenanigans, so I proudly bestow upon TNA the ranking of “meh”.

With that said, let me get some plugs out of the way and get this show rolling. You can follow me on Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/awheeler316), friend me on Facebook and post in the comment section down below. Without further ado…

The RAW Judicial Review for 2/14/11

“If ya smell….”

As the show starts, we get a crawl on the bottom of the screen letting us know where we can find the Westminster Dog Show, which can’t help but make me nostalgic. To those fans who don’t remember, RAW would always be preempted for the dog show, making the WWE look like an afterthought and allowing Nitro to run an unopposed broadcast with a promised (but rarely delivered) blockbuster main event. Now, in 2011, it is the dog show that gets bumped. Take that, bitches.

We go straight for the pyro and ballyhoo, sparing me a full-on Nickelback assault. Oh WWE, you truly gave me a meaningful Valentine’s gift. Tonight from Anaheim we will find out who the host is, which has been rumored to be Will Smith or Justin Timberlake…apparently. Also, Sheamus will face Orton, John Slo-Mo-Rrison v. Resurrection Truth & John Cena versus Punk.

Now that truly felt like an old school opening.

John comes out first and blows a kiss to the camera, because there is nothing more he loves than HD technology. Speaking of feelings of love, we relive Cena low-blowing Punk on RAW last week.

Cena has the microphone and he thanks Lawler for the chair assist before sucking up to the fans in Green Bay…er…Anaheim. John points out that it’s Valentine’s Day and he says that nothing says love like tickets to a WWE event. Also in the air is Wrestlemania, which has gone airborne. The only cure for that is to order the PPV (or a series of painful shots that clearly violate the Wellness Policy).

John debates who should host Mania. He suggests Lady Gaga, Sammi from Jersey Shore, or Michael Cole. Lady Gaga, Sammi, Michael Cole: name three people with venereal disease. I’m kidding, that would mean Cole would have had sex.

Cena calls Cole a homosexual male because he is obsessed with The Miz & Mizfit. John says that he has never seen proof of Cole being a man, which means he’s stealing The Rock’s old shtick with The Coach. On an unrelated note from The Rock, Cena says that we will find out who will go to Wrestlemania as the #1 Contender.

John says he needs this Wrestlemania moment because he was a slave, he was unemployed and he had to deal with the people who oppressed him. John Cena is single-handedly carrying the load of honoring Black History Month.

CM Punk comes out to interrupt a promo we’ve heard a million times, and contrary to reports, Punk still has his nose. Punk says he doesn’t need to listen to the diatribe (my word, not his) and he doesn’t need PuNexus to beat CM Punk. Right now it’s Punk 2, Cena 0. He doesn’t appreciate Cena mocking Michael Cole, who is a good Samaritan (last I checked he has never been arrested for selling drugs). Punk says that good things happen to good people…in wrestling. Uh huh.

John Cena v. CM Punk: There Must Be a Winner

Punk and Cena get in the ring and Cena pushes him into the corner. Jjohn opens up with punches but charges shoulder-first into the post and falls to the outside. Punk leaps off the apron with a flying clothesline and knocks him into a…

Commercial.

We’re back and Punk is going for a cover that gets two. Punk suplexes John for another two-count and then locks in a rest hold. John breaks out but gets kicked in the face for two.

Punk locks in a leg-scissor, but Cena again powers out. John tries to turn it into an STFU but Punk grabs the ropes. Punk then steps on Cena’s head, which is just a great bit of heel work.

Punk fires off some punches and a roundhouse kick as the fans chant “Quack! Quack! Quack!” Cena feeds off this and busts out the Five Moves of Mediocrity. And much like angels in the outfield, Punk can’t see him. Cena goes for the FU but Punk connects with a running kick for two.

Punk again goes for a resthold but Cena stands up and piggybacks him into a gutwrench for two. Cole for a third time reminds us that there must be a winner, a phrase that has never been said on the set of a WWE Studios film.

Cena goes to the top rope but Punk knocks him off his perch. Punk connects with the high knee and tries for a bulldog but Cena reverses it into an STFU attempt. Punk reverses that for a swinging neckbreaker for two and these guys are wearing their working boots.

CM Punk goes for the GTS but Cena rolls him up for two. Punk fires back with some kicks and delivers a knockout kick to the head for two. The fans chant “Cena” as Punk comes off the top rope with a cross-body. Cena rolls through and tries to hit the FU but Punk grabs the ropes. John knocks him to the outside and a mystery hand slides a chair out from under the ring. Thing has clearly joined Nexus at he hands Punk a wrench.

With the ref distracted by the apparently fascinating chair, Punk hits Cena in the ring with the wrench for the pin, making this one hell of a game of Clue.

Michael “Casual Male” Cole and Josh “Mini-Orton” Matthews deliver awkward condolences to Jerry Lawler, especially considering they are supposed to be mortal enemies.

We’re waiting for the arrival of Vince McMahon as we fade to…

Commercial.

Ricardo Rodriguez is in the ring, which can mean only one thing…pondering how the hell he developed those disturbing circles around his eyes. Oh, and it means Alberto Del Rio is there.

Del Rio lets us know what his name is, but we were already privy to that information. Alberto points out that his density will lead him to win the World Title at Wrestlemania.

You think you know who interrupts. Hide your wives, its Edge. Edge points out that he’s been so busy burying Dolph back in the midcard that he forgot when Del Rio Jeff Jarretted him (with a guitar, not with his children). Edge has a destiny, and that destiny apparently is to end promos mid-sentence and attack Alberto.

Edge sets him up for a Spear but instead takes out Ricardo. Del Rio cheapshots Edge, so Edge shoulderblocks him into the ring barrier. Edge poses with the belt, but this gets interrupted by Vickie Guerrero. She says that there will be a World Championship Match, but she wants to interrupt the new World Heavyweight Champion, Dolph Ziggler.

Dolph comes out dressed like John Travolta in “Saturday Night Fever” as we see highlights of the Edge/Ziggler match on Smackdown. In the end, Edge used the Spear, which means he should be stripped of the title. Well, the law is the law. Can’t argue with that.

Vickie says that this Friday Night on Smackdown, there will be a coronation of Dolph Ziggler as the new World Heavyweight Champion. Hope someone remembered to order the red ring cover. Vickie says that Edge lost the title and now he’s going to lose his job because he is the one who assaulted Teddy Long. Oh fuck, I hoped they forgot about that. Ugh…

Eve and Natalya are heading to the ring as we go to…

The cabin in the woods. I suddenly want maple syrup. We look through the window and clearly see The Undertaker looking out the window. A candle blows out and he walks into the rain. He shouldn’t do that. He’ll catch a death of cold.

Commercial.

We’re back as they again hype the host of Wrestlemania. Tonight we will see Daniel Bryan v. The Miz.

Tramp Stamp Title: Eve Torres v. Natalya

This is a lumberjill match and they start by shaking hands, which means the Code of Honor is in effect. Eve and Natalya do some chain wrestling and throw dropkicks at the same time. Josh Matthews and Cole ignore the match to clear up what happened with Mark Henry and Sheamus last week.

Natalya takes Eve down and drags her into a surfboard. Well there go Eve’s Valentine’s Day plans. Eve bridges out of it and turns it into a pin, which shows off her flexibility. Nat and Eve run the ropes and Eve hits an elbow and a flipping legdrop for two. That would have worked better without the unnecessary pause.

Nat hits a big clothesline but gets tossed out to the Divas as the heels beat her up. Melina threatens Snukette with her shoe but Eve leaps off the apron to take out all of the heels.

Eve rolls back into the ring and the two women bump heads and the fans just drop to a dead silence. It’s clear they’re trying but the timing is just way off. Nat rolls up Eve but Eve botches it and lands on top of her for a good 30 seconds before the ref counts the pin and Eve sloppily retains.

After the match, Natalya shakes her hand as we go to…

Commercial.

Did you know that RAW airs live around the world as millions of people sleep?

Rev Theory are there because they like RAW and not because they have an album out tomorrow.

The Bella Twins are in the back bullying Eve who start choking her. Gail Kim makes the save and the Natalya breaks it up. On the plus side, this brawl didn’t completely bury Daniel Bryan.

Speaking of pain, here comes a “Chaperone” trailer.

Speaking of MORE pain, here comes Mark Hey-Hey-Henry. As he comes down the aisle, he’s jumped by Sheamus. Sheamus his the Bicycle Kick on the ramp in his snazzy new shirt. Green with gold foil? Who is he, me grandmother?

Sheamus points out that the otha fellas bettah see dat’s ow hees gonna treat da otha men in da Uhliminashion Chambah. Sheamus then kicks Henry in the head again and unleashes his O’Doyle Rules scream.

The Miz is walking in the back as he knocks down a random geek in the back as we go to…

Commercial.

And yes, I saw Michael Tarver lurking in the back again. If the WWE turns him into the GMail, my brain may cave in.

We replay Lawler and Bryan beating DiBiase & The Miz last week.

WWE Champion The Miz w/ Mizfit v. United States Champion Daniel Bryan w/ Generic T-shirt

The Miz is sporting a variation of William Regal’s trunks, which I found kinda interesting. Bryan and The Miz circle each other before locking up. Bryan gets taken down with a shoulderblock and then Miz chews him out. Speaking of which, how come Gail Kim isn’t out there with Bryan?

We get another long lock-up and now it’s Bryan who gets the advantage for a few seconds. They run the ropes and Daniel hits some dropkicks. Bryan then eats a boot before unleashing some punches and kicks.

Miz locks in a resthold as a Chaperone graphic appears on the bottom of the screen, which appears to also wear down Byran. Daniel Bryan locks in a rear naked choke but Miz gets to the ropes.

Bryan fires off some kicks and an elbow for two. Miz gets a resthold of his own and the weak “Daniel Bryan” chant needs to pick up if he’s ever going to get anywhere. Bryan fires back with punches and does his turnbuckle monkeyflip and hits a clothesline. Daniel connects with a corner dropkick for two as Mizfit buries him as being boring when he probably should be showing concern for his mentor losing.

Miz gets backdropped out of the ring as Bryan signals for the Suicide Dive. Miz moves out of the way so Bryan hits a running knee that knocks Miz into the barricade. Again, the lack of a really loud pop for that is disconcerting.

Bryan comes off the top rope with a dropkick for two, which seems to stir some emotion. Miz comes back with a kick but almost gets caught in the Patti LaBelle Lock but gets into the ropes.

A bit of miscommunication occurs and Miz hits a neckbreaker through the second rope on Bryan but Daniel falls to the OUTSIDE as we go to…

Commercial.

How the hell didn’t he break his neck for real on that?

Miz props Bryan on the top rope and goes for a superplex but Daniel reverses it into a top rope powerbomb for two. We get another replay of that neckbreaker, that looks insane.

Bryan unleashes the kicks to The Miz’s chest and goes for the knockout kick but gets rolled up for two. Miz gets another small package or two. Miz locks in the backbreaker-neckbreaker but Bryan reverses it into a belly-to-back suplex and a knockout kick for two.

Daniel Bryan goes for the Patti LaBelle Lock again but Miz breaks free. Bryan leapfrogs onto Miz’s shoulders but he gets dropped on his head and Miz hits the SCF for the pin.

After the match, The Miz asks if we saw what he did to the United States Champion. Unless we’re blind or have a brain injury, we pretty much remember what happened literally 20 seconds earlier.

Miz says that Jerry isn’t there because his mother passed away, so The Miz takes a moment to offer his sincere condolences. What I would have given for him to be a complete prick and pull a Shooter McGavin and dedicate his title retention to Lawler’s mom.

Commercial.

We’re back and PuNexus are hanging out in the ring. John Slo-Mo-Rison comes out with a black eye and apparently we’re getting John & Truth versus Slightly Perfect & David Otunga.

John Slo-Mo-Rrison & Resurrection Truth v. Slightly Perfect and David Otunga

This match happened because of a GMail change. Truth and SP start it out and Truth has yet to botch anything. He gets distracted by Mason Ryan and is knocked to the outside. Once out there, Ryan kicks him in the ribs.

SP tosses Truth into the ring apron and whips him back into the ring for two. Otunga is tagged in and PuNexus hit back-to-back clotheslines. Otunge connects with a suplex for two as we realize we’re seeing Truth/Otunga on live television. The camera cuts to John’s injured eyes, which look like a sunburn.

Truth his a suplex on Otunga and makes the hot tag to the King of Artificial Butter. John spinebusters Otunga, who tags in SP. Morrison unleashes some punches on SP because he’s all angry about the hairspray to the eyes. Whatever the reason, the intensity is a welcome change from the malaise he used to show.

Morrison takes out Mason Ryan before launching Truth into Ryan. John hits the knockout knee to SP for the pin, as Slightly Perfect continues his role as PuNexus’s resident job guy.

Mason Ryan runs in and lightly shoves John before Truth and Morrison punch him to the outside. That was…odd.

Commercial.

Did you know the Elimination Chamber weighs a lot?

We’re back with Ariel Winter from “Modern Family”. She says she is so excited to be in the ring for Monday Night RAW. Her father in “The Chaperone” is Triple H, but since he’s too injured to exist on WWE television, her job is to hype the film with…

The Khali Kiss Cam.

She dances in the ring to Khali’s theme music as Khali lumbers out to the ring. I know she’s like 13, but I wouldn’t mind at this point for Kane to come out and chokeslam her. Khali introduces the kiss cam as we get people kissing. In the back we see Santino and Snukette kiss, which sparks his Cobra. Vickie and Dolph then make out. Teddy and Maryse are about to kiss when she fakes him out and kisses Yoshi Tatsu. The heart appears around William Regal and Zack Ryder, so Regal kisses him on the cheek. The Fuckin’ Midget appears from under the ring with a box of chocolates. He approaches Ariel and does his best Jerry Lawler impersonation, so she kisses him.

They did give us a Daniel Bryan match so I can’t really complain.

Commercial.

King Rib Sheamus v. Randy Orton

Orton and Sheamus brawl to the floor to start. Orton tackles Sheamus off the ropes and unleashes some punches. He goes for a leaping knee but Sheamus moves and drops a knee before HE unleashes punches.

Sheamus gets caught with an inverted backbreaker as Randy now hits the leaping knee for two. Sheamus flings Orton into the second turnbuckle and connects with the double-axe-handle for two.

Orton is draped across the second rope and choked while Sheamus celebrates. He then clubs Orton’s chest with punches and hits a high knee on the apron. Sheamus connects with a Patriot Missile for two before locking in a rest hold.

Randy battles free but charges into a boot. Orton comes back with clotheslines and his Vintage Slam. Sheamus out of nowhere hits the Irish Drinking Problem backbreaker for two.

Orton gets propped on the top rope in almost the exact same spot from Miz/Bryan, but unlike The Miz, Sheamus actually hits it. Cole says this might be the TNA PPV of the match but out of nowhere Randy hits the RKO for the pin.

CM Punk and PuNexus run out and jump Orton, which brings out Morrison. John takes down Morrison and this brings out Truth, who attacks Mason Ryan. Red rover, red rover, John Cena’s coming over. Orton RKOs Otunga and SP. He tees off on Mason Ryan before he and Cena double clothesline him. Cena hits the FU on Punk and it’s Randy and John alone in the ring.

The limo door opens and we see women’s shoes walking towards a…

Commercial.

And the host for Wrestlemania XXVII is…

Delayed as all of the lights in the arena turn off. Wait, if there’s no electricity, that means we’ll need something to electrify the arena.

Sure enough, it’s The Rock. The place comes completely unglued and there’s The Rock. He comes down to the ring and does the one-armed salute, though he kinda looks like Steve Austin now that he’s bulked up.

I like the fact that he’s out there with The Rock’s intensity instead of being Dwayne Johnson, movie star who is just happy to be there.

After seven long years, finally…finally…finally The Rock has come back to Anaheim. Finally The Rock has come back to Monday Night RAW. Finally The Rock has come back…home.

In a few short lines he seemed to remind everyone that he is a step above everyone on the WWE roster when it comes to controlling the fans.

The Rock rattles off his nicknames, “The Great One”, “The Most Electrifying Man in Sports Entertainment” and “The People’s Champion”. He takes a moment to revert back to Dwayne and says it’s been a long time since he’s been back, but he wants to tell us why he’s back. It’s not because of the money (the millions…and millions) or to promote a movie (Fast Five), but he’s back because of the fans. He dreamed big and he accomplished his goals to make some modest films with diminished box office returns. He tells the fans he loves them and it is because of us he’s back. He will never ever go away. He’s like a Samoan STD.

The Rock puts the sunglasses on and reverts back into character. He wants to do something unprecedented, which is to host Wrestlemania. The Rock mocks Justin Bieber for a bit before saying he told Vince to think big for hosting duties and that one man is (insert a lot of rhyming here) The Rock. And yes, they censored him saying “ass”.

The Rock is going to host Wrestlemania and he will layeth the Smackdown at Wrestlemania…but to who. Actually, it would be “to whom”. Will it be The Miz? He cracks on The Miz by saying he isn’t awesome, but rather he sucks. There’s one more man that The Rock is going to see, and that man is…

The GMail interrupts, and the look of pure ecstasy on Michael Cole’s face is bound to be someone’s avatar. And I paraphrase…

The Rock interrupts Cole and says if Cole walks towards the computer, he’ll be smacked. The Rock asks if he thinks we care about the GMail. The audience in Anaheim is now eating out of the palm of his hand. Cole sets up The Rock and is the told that it doesn’t matter what he thinks.

The Rock tells him to know his role and shut his mouth, for those of you playing Rock catchphrase bingo. Rock talks about his Facebook and says that he will go over to Michael Cole, grab the computer, shine the computer up real nice, turn it sideways and shove it straight up Michael Cole’s candy ass. (No bleep there).

There is one man The Rock is going to see face-to-face. The guy was talking trash about The Rock, and his name is John Cena. The Rock says that the company has gone from Austin 3:16 to dominant “Can you smell what The Rock is cooking” to “You can’t see me.” He asks if he’s playing peek-a-boo and in about seven seconds he buried John Cena. The Rock asks how we could have missed Cena’s shirts and calls him a bowl of Fruity Pebbles.

Rock says he will see John Cena at Mania, The Miz at Mania and everyone at Mania. The Rock makes a crack about Cena coming out of Barney the Dinosaur’s ass, which isn’t all that topical. Rock says ass for a fourth time before saying that he and the millions…and millions…of the Rock’s fans go to Wrestlemania, if you smell what The Rock is cooking.

Well that segment really highlighted the difference between The Rock and everyone on the current roster. Yes, part of it was nostalgia, but part of it was the fact that he is just better than pretty much every current star. Part of it is the fact that he’s allowed to work without a script, but the big part is the fact that he doesn’t need to resort to pandering. He acted like a grown-assed man, which if John Cena was allowed to do, would make him a hell of a lot more effective.

Stepping back and looking at Mania this year, the fear of it not being able to fully “deliver” now seems quaint. On top of a series of matches featuring young stars, the show will have The Undertaker, Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Steve Austin and The Rock. Never forget that when Vince McMahon is backed into a corner he isn’t afraid to pull out all of the stops.

This has been for your consideration.

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Orlando, FL – September 5, 2010

Mike Tenay and Taz are on commentary.

MATCH #1: TNA World Tag Team Championship Match – Motor City Machine Guns vs. Generation Me

The Guns have been champions since 7.11.10 and this is their second defense. They were supposed to be defending against London Brawling (Desmond Wolfe and Magnus), but something weird that I don’t remember prevented them from making this show, so Generation Me gets the nod instead.

Alex Shelley and Jeremy Buck start the match for their respective teams. They engage in some chain wrestling, which Shelley excels at. Jeremy quickly tags out to Max, and Shelley takes him to the mat as well. Sabin tags in and they wrestle to a standoff and then get right in each other’s faces. Tags are made and Shelley and Jeremy go toe to toe again. Gen Me goes to work on the arm and isolate Shelley in their corner. The Guns come right back with some rapid fire double team tactics and submission holds. Jeremy creatively comes back and tags his brother. They work on Sabin briefly and then Shelley makes a blind tag and comes in off the top rope with a thrust kick on Max for two. Shelly then traps himself in Gen Me’s corner, and that ends badly for him. Gen Me works Shelley over, wearing him down in their half of the ring. After a few minutes Sabin gets the hot tag and he’s a house afire. Sabin hits a nasty springboard DDT on Max and Jeremy breaks up the cover. Shelley seems to have fully recovered, as he throws Jeremy to the floor and hits a sweet suicide dive. Sabin and Max are trading hands, and Max counters another DDT attempt by forcing Sabin back into his corner. Jeremy hits a unique Sliced Bread #2 but Shelley breaks up the pin. Gen Me then goes right back to work on the weakened Shelley. They try More Bang for Your Buck but Shelley avoids it. Superkicks start flying everywhere and the Guns win that battle. The Guns then hit the Skull & Bones on Jeremy to get the pin at 12:17. That was a hot opener with some great tag team action. There was no real story to it but it was really fun.
Rating: ***¾

MATCH #2: TNA X Division Championship Match – Douglas Williams vs. Sabu

Williams has been the champion since 5.16.10 and this is his third defense. Sabu actually scores the first takedown, and seems willing to engage Williams in a mat wrestling contest. He takes Williams down again and hits a slingshot somersault legdrop. He locks on a Camel Clutch and Williams inches toward the ropes and takes a powder. That doesn’t go well, as Sabu hits a dive over the ropes and then sets up a table. That gives Williams the chance to recover and avoid the table. Back in the ring Williams hits a European Uppercut off the second rope. Why can’t Tenay just call it a “European Uppercut,” why does he have to say “European Style Uppercut?” Williams hits a running knee to the chest in the corner and then goes up top. Sabu knocks him down and goes for the super springing rana but they blow it. The crowd chants “Sabu” anyway. That’s kind of them. Sabu brings a chair in the ring but capitulates to referee Earl Hebner’s demands not to use it. He then uses the chair to spring off for a moonsault (off the second rope, which looked weird) and it gets two. Williams trips Sabu up, causing his face to hit the chair. Hebner finally gets rid of it. Williams blatantly kicks Sabu in the balls but for some reason doesn’t get disqualified. He hits a clothesline for two. A knee drop gets another near-fall. Sabu fights back with a springboard DDT, which Tenay calls “a variation of a DDT.” I like to pick apart his commentary. Sabu gets two and then follows up with a springboard back elbow for another two. He grabs the steel chair again and hits the solo Poetry in Motion. The idiot referee can’t get rid of the chair and Sabu sets it up again, only this time Williams dropkicks it right back into Sabu’s groin. Williams hits a gutwrench suplex for two. Sabu fights back with a clothesline so Williams takes another powder. He sets up the chair again and Hebner tries (but not too hard) to stop him, and Sabu can’t complete the triple jump, so he settles for a house show dive. Sabu sets Williams up on the table and tries another dive but Williams avoids it and Sabu crashes through the table. Back in the ring Williams tries to use the chair but Hebner stops him, and when Hebner’s back is turned, Williams cracks Sabu in the face with the belt to get the pin at 11:12. That was a clash of styles that didn’t really work, and Sabu blew a handful of spots, which never helps. I do love seeing Williams get a push though.
Rating: **

MATCH #3: Knockouts Grudge Match – Madison Rayne vs. Velvet Sky

Rayne is accompanied by Tara, and Sky by Knockouts Champion Angelina Love. Tara distracts Sky right away and Rayne takes the first advantage. Sky fights right back but Rayne shoves her down and slugs away. Rayne locks on a Camel Clutch and Sky escapes by flipping over and kneeing Rayne in the crotch. Sky slaps Rayne across the face, and Tara gets up to distract the referee so he can’t immediately make the count on Sky rollup and she only gets two. Rayne reclaims control and executes the Skull F*cker for a two-count. Sky comes back by dropping Rayne out of the corner right on her face. Both women rise to their feet and Sky hits a series of clotheslines and a back elbow. Sky hits a Spear and slams Rayne’s head into the canvas multiple times. She follows up with a bulldog for two. Rayne kicks Sky to the floor and Tara goes to attack her with the motorcycle helmet. Love luckily prevents that from happening. Rayne goes for the Zack Attack but Sky reverses it to a DDT for the win at 4:43. That was acceptable but not particularly engaging.
Rating: *½

MATCH #4: Falls Count Anywhere – Abyss vs. Rhino

The fight starts in the aisle, and Rhino throws Abyss into the guardrail a couple of times. They take it into the ring and Rhino introduces a bunch of weapons into the fight. Rhino sets up a trash can in between the top and middle rope. Meanwhile Abyss is trying to catch his breath outside the ring and Rhino flattens him with a house show dive. They start fighting through the crowd and a camera man gets knocked down. Now they’re backstage, a TNA staple. They walk around and throw each other into stuff. Abyss takes control and brings Rhino back into the Impact Zone. Back in the ring Rhino blocks a hiptoss with a clothesline. Rhino then tries to whip Abyss into the garbage can but it gets reversed and he crashes into the trash can he set up earlier. They go back to the floor and Abyss whips Rhino into the guardrail for a two-count. Rhino comes back by hurling Abyss through a piece of the stage. They fight under there and the camera man has trouble following them and we lose sight of the wrestlers. After some dead air they come bursting out of the other side of the stage, and Abyss once again covers for two. Back around ringside Abyss grabs a guardrail and sets it up in the corner of the ring. Rhino fights back with a clothesline and then cracks a cookie sheet on Abyss’s head three times. He hits a belly-to-belly suplex and signals for the Gore. Abyss catches him by the throat and hits a chokeslam on a trash can but Rhino kicks out at two. He goes to the floor and grabs Janice. The idiot referee tries to talk him out of using it as if this isn’t a no-disqualification match. That gives Rhino the chance to hit a Gore but Abyss kicks out. Moments later Rhino runs right into a Black Hole Slam but it only gets two. Why does every match in TNA need to have multiple finisher kick outs? Tenay says you don’t see that very often but he lies. Abyss sets up for a powerbomb into the guardrail setup in the corner but Rhino escapes and hits another clothesline. Rhino goes for another Gore but Abyss sidesteps it and Rhino goes crashing into the guardrail. Abyss then hits the Black Hole Slam to get the pin at 12:39. That was okay, but I feel like they’ve had this exact match multiple times over the years.
Rating: *¾

MATCH #5: Kevin Nash & Sting vs. Jeff Jarrett & Samoa Joe

Sting and Joe start the match for their teams. Nash illegally interferes about 10 seconds in, but Joe dispatches him and then drills Sting with a running back elbow in the corner and an enziguiri. Jarrett tags in and hits Sting with a clothesline. Nash takes a cheap shot from the apron and Sting takes Jarrett down with a clothesline. Now Nash is in the ring legally and he starts slowly working on Jarrett, wearing him down. Nash hits a side suplex for two. The t-shirt wearing Sting comes back in and continues the beating on Jarrett. Sting hits a Stinger Splash and then goes for a Vader Bomb but Jarrett gets his knees up. Jarrett is able to make a tag but Nash distracts the referee so it won’t count. Finally Jarrett makes the tag for real and Joe is on fire for the lukewarm crowd. Joe is all over both guys. He knocks Nash off the apron and follows him out with an elbow suicida. That leaves Sting and Jarrett in the ring. Jarrett grabs the baseball bat and uses it to counter the Stinger Splash, and then jams it into Sting’s throat. Joe gets back in the ring and locks Sting in the Choke and Sting is out at 6:13. That was surprisingly short but that worked to the match’s advantage, as I don’t want to see Sting and Nash go much longer than that.
Rating: **¼

MATCH #6: I Quit Match – AJ Styles vs. Tommy Dreamer

Styles is the current TNA TV Champion, but the title is not on the line here. The match starts up in the aisle, and as they make it toward the ring Dreamer is able to snap Styles’ arm off the top rope. Dreamer tries an early Texas Cloverleaf but Styles kicks out of it. Styles charges but Dreamer backdrops him all the way to the floor. They trade shots back and forth for a bit, and then roll back in the ring. Dreamer locks on the Sugar Hold but Styles won’t quit. Styles fights back and uses a fishhook, which wouldn’t be legal in a normal match. Dreamer comes back and throws Styles’ shoulder into the ring post and goes for a submission, but Styles wisely rolls to the floor. He follows Styles out and hits a running clothesline off the apron. They take it over by the entrance ramp and Styles reverses a suplex, causing Dreamer to land back first on the ramp. Styles goes for a Figure-Four Leglock but Dreamer grabs a light off the set and bashes Styles with it. Dreamer then wraps a cable around Styles’ throat and mouth. Styles gets out of that and tries a Styles Clash on the unprotected floor but Dreamer avoids it; Styles then tries to charge but Dreamer moves out of the way and Styles rams his already injured shoulder into the post. Dreamer hits a shoulderbreaker and then throws Styles and a chair into the ring. He wraps the chair around Styles’ arm and then legdrops it. He then locks on a key lock around the chair and Styles pokes him in the eye to get out of the hold. Styles grabs a fork but Dreamer blocks it and hits a flying armbar (according to Taz anyway) and then tries a Crossface but Styles rolls to the floor.

Dreamer tries to use the guardrail to coax a submission but no such luck. Styles then drops Dreamer nuts-first on the guardrail, because Dreamer apparently loves to do that spot. Now Styles is firmly in control, working on Dreamer’s leg. Styles locks on the Ring Post Figure-Four but Dreamer won’t quit. Back in the ring Styles uses the chair to further weaken the knee, and then puts on the Figure-Four Leglock. Dreamer turns it over, and Styles gets out of it and slams Dreamer’s head into the chair. Styles then sets Dreamer’s face on the chair and goes for a dropkick but Dreamer moves out of the way and that traps Styles’ leg in the chair! Dreamer uses the chair to use advantage and then grabs the fork. Luckily for Styles he avoids it and hits the Pele. Dreamer rolls to the floor, and when Styles goes for a dive Dreamer whacks him with a Kendo Stick. Back in the ring Dreamer uses the Stick to further inflict damage, and then takes his t-shirt off to reveal a singlet. Tenay tells me I have to love the new ring attire, but I really don’t. Dreamer then locks on a Kendo Stick-assisted Crossface, and the stick breaks across Styles’ face. Styles pulls out another fork and gets Dreamer in the eye. He hits a dropkick and then attacks the eyeball with the fork. That’s enough and Dreamer says “I Quit” at 16:27. For what I expected this was actually really solid, and the fork to the eyeball is a sick finish.
Rating: ***

MATCH #7: Semi-Finals in the TNA World Title Tournament – Kurt Angle vs. Jeff Hardy

Angle beat Douglas Williams and Hardy beat Rob Terry to get here. Dixie Carter is shown in the crowd looking like the concerned mark that she is. Angle and Hardy start off slowly and take it to the mat, which is Angle’s forte. Hardy fights back and tries to quicken the pace. He gets a couple of moves in before Angle absolutely flattens him with a hard powerbomb. For some reason Angle just sits there not covering Hardy, even though he appears to be out for much longer than three seconds. Instead, Angle locks on a headlock and keeps Hardy on the ground. Moments later Hardy fights back with some fast paced offense and someone somewhere is cursing because they have to bleep out a bunch of stuff. Angle responds with a belly-to-belly suplex for two. He locks on a chinlock and Hardy fights out with a chinbreaker and the Twist of Fate. Hardy just hit one of his finishers and the crowd didn’t pop and the idiot commentators didn’t even call it. He goes up top but Angle pops up and hits the super belly-to-belly for another two. Instead of putting over the move, Taz puts over the production crew for the shot they got of it. I hate you Taz. Hardy fights back and hits the Twist of Fate again and goes for the Swanton, but Angle rolls out of the way. Angle hits the Angle Slam, and even with stacking him up he couldn’t get the three-count. The straps come down but Hardy kicks off the Ankle Lock so Angle hits the three rolling Germans instead. Hardy kicks out at two. Angle goes up for a Moonsault but Hardy avoids that and hits the Whisper in the Wind for two.

They roll to the floor and Hardy hits the Twist of Fate. Hardy then hits the Swanton Bomb from the top rope to the floor! I think that’s what dislocated Angle’s rib. Both men struggle to get back in the ring and trade weak punches as they try to recover. Hardy tries the Twist of Fate but Angle counters with another German suplex. Angle goes up top and hits a Frog Splash but Hardy kicks out at two. Hardy recovers and hits a back body drop and another Twist of Fate for two. He immediately follows up with a legdrop and goes up top for the Swanton but Angle kicks out at two! He goes right back up and hits yet another Swanton but it still isn’t enough. The third time is not the charm, as Angle gets his knees up. Angle hits an Angle Slam and Hardy kicks out at two. He locks in the Ankle Lock but Hardy uses momentum to kick Angle to the floor. Hardy brings Angle right back into the ring and Angle traps him in another Ankle Lock and won’t let go. After some time in the hold Hardy kicks Angle away, but even tenacious, Angle hits a clothesline for two. Angle goes right back to the Ankle Lock and keeps it cinched on for a ridiculously long time. Hardy briefly reaches the ropes but Angle pulls him off and adds a grapevine to the hold. After about three minutes in the hold, the time limit expires at 20:00 and the crowd is pissed. Why was there only a 20 minute time limit?

Eric Bischoff comes out and announces that they are going to add another five minutes on the clock. Why not just make it sudden death? Angle viciously attacks the ankle until Hardy is able to kick him to the floor. Hardy kicks him into the guardrail and then brings Angle back in the ring. He goes up top but it takes him too long because of his ankle and Angle knocks him down. Angle hits a super Angle Slam but it only gets two. He charges at Hardy and gets backdropped to the floor. The clock is once again winding down as Angle barely avoids getting counted out. Back in the ring Angle gets an O’Connor Roll for two. Both men get up and clothesline each other. Angle is able to roll over for a cover but Hardy kicks out, and then the time limit expires again at 5:00. Bischoff announces that once again they are adding five more minutes. Seriously, just do Sudden Death.

Both men are looking exhausted but Hardy is definitely worse for wear. Angle drives a couple shoulders into Hardy’s midsection, and then goes for a charge but Hardy moves and Angle crashes into the ring post. Hardy now attacks the shoulder, ramming Angle into the ring steps and then slamming his face into them. That last move has busted Angle open. Back in the ring Hardy locks on a Boston Crab and Angle appears ready to pass out. Miraculously Angle reverses the Boston Crab and locks on the Ankle Lock. Hardy doesn’t give up so once again time runs out at 5:00.

Bischoff and the referee and that red-headed mark who always interjects herself into the storylines are trying to decide what to do as the trainers clean Angle’s bloody wound. Bischoff announces that the doctors have decided that Angle should not continue, so the match is officially a draw at 30:00. That was a pretty extreme example of the Kurt Angle “just hit a million finishers with no rhyme or reason,” but that style works in front of the iMPACT Zone so at least the crowd was hot so that at least made it fun. I think these two could have an amazing match if they told a story rather than kicking out of each other’s finishers for half an hour, but that’s what Angle does.
Rating: ***¼

MATCH #8: Semi-Finals in the TNA World Title Tournament – Mr. Anderson vs. The Pope

So, this is the main event eh? They lock up intensely and Anderson issues a clean break. The story of this match is mostly that Pope thinks everyone is crazy for trusting Anderson as a babyface. But Pope is still a babyface, so it’s all muddled, as usual. Both men try to one up each other on the mat, which eventually devolves into a slugging contest. Anderson wins that battle and stomps Pope down in the corner. Pope comes back and starts working on the arm. Anderson fights back and hits the spinning enziguiri for two. Taz makes jokes and I’m bored too. Pope misses a flying charge and lands on his shoulder. I can’t believe they chose this for the main event. What does anyone see in either of these two? Anderson continues to control the match but can’t put Pope away. After a few minutes Pope fires up with a flurry of offense, including the Coronation. Pope goes up top but Anderson cuts him off and goes for a superplex. Unfortunately for Anderson, Pope blocks it and Anderson falls nuts-first on the top rope. Pope then hits an ugly dive to the floor. Back in the ring Pope gets a two-count. They trade finisher attempts and Anderson strikes first with the Finlay Roll for two. Pope comes back with the Codebreaker but Anderson kicks out at two. How could Anderson kick out when Pope Stacked Him Up?!? A reversal sequence ends with Anderson hitting the Mic Check but Pope kicks out. Pope fights back with punches in the corner, which somehow equates to Anderson being Stacked Up in the corner. He goes for the DDE but Anderson moves out of the way and hits another Mic Check to get the win at 17:22. That was brutally boring and a horrible choice for a pay-per-view main event. It’s like they’re obsessed with showing that WWE misused guys like this, but in this case I think that worked against them because neither of these guys are very good at all.
Rating: **

The Pulse: Most will like the Angle versus Hardy match more than I did, so along with the opener and the I Quit match, there is some stuff worth watching here. I really have to wonder why Anderson versus Pope had to go on last, but I guess they just had to go with shenanigans in the Angle/Hardy match. The good news is that this show comes with Victory Road 2010, and you can purchase them together Right Here.
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For Your Consideration…The IMPACTful Judicial Review for 11/25/10 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2010/11/26/for-your-consideration%e2%80%a6the-impactful-judicial-review-for-112510/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2010/11/26/for-your-consideration%e2%80%a6the-impactful-judicial-review-for-112510/#comments Fri, 26 Nov 2010 22:53:46 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=114594 For Your Consideration…The IMPACTful Judicial Review for 11/25/10

Welcome back to the longest running, action-adventure, passive-aggressive, TNAwful experimenting column on the pretaped web. I am your brave explorer Andrew Wheeler, and thanks to having Black Friday off, I decided to check out IMPACT and see what’s going on with the Distinguished Competition. It may not be pretty, but since I felt bad about missing two weeks of RAW, the least I can do is throw Glazer, Widro and Mathews a bone and give them some extra content. Remember, you can follow me on Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/awheeler316), friend me on Facebook or just post your comments down below.

Without further ado…

The IMPACTful Judicial Review for 11/25/10

We open with a Matt Morgan video recap, where we find out that Ric Flair is going to be his referee in his match against Jeff Hardy. Morgan then faced Flair, as Ric I guess decided to upgrade from wrestling a broom to wrestling a Swiffer. At the end of the match, Doug Williams turned on Fortune as I see what looks like blood. Blood in wrestling? Crazy.

We’re “live” at 8:35 with the Immortals hosting Thanksgiving. Bischoff calls Thanksgiving one of his favorite holidays and that everyone in that room has what to be thankful for. Yeah, it’s called guaranteed contracts. Eric says that he regrets some things have gone during the past year. He says tonight he’s going to make amends and invite Dixie Carter.

Hogan shows some “Thunder in Paradise” acting as he gets all upset about Dixie Carter coming to dinner. In fact, the tension is so high that they have no choice but to cut to…

The opening video. It looks like it’s pretty much just Immortal.

Matt Morgan opens the show and he’s dressed like a giant Michael Cole. Morgan calls for a microphone as he gets a polite reaction from the theme parkers. Matt says that he’s beaten Flair’s merry midgets to face Jeff Hardy. He then beat Ric Flair, which makes him the man, if I remember the Pythagorean Theorem correctly. Matt says that what happened at the last PPV won’t happen at the next PPV because there won’t be referee shenanigans. He says shit happens, but it gets bleeped. Ooh, edgy. Like a CBS sitcom.

Morgan says he should have annihilated Hardy’s ass so badly that he won’t be able to move his shoulders. So I guess he really can’t tell the difference between his asshole and his elbow. Matt says he needs a man that will stand up. Not stand up for the WWE, just stand up. Morgan needs a man and reads off his laundry list. He’s starting to sound like Cathy. Ack.

Matt says that there’s nothing Jeff Hardy can blame as it will be one on one. When all is said and done, he will prove to these people…whoa, what does he mean by these people? Morgan says that the fans will have a TNA Champion they can be proud of.

This brings out Doug Williams, who looks like a castoff from the old GWF. I half-expect to see The Handsome Stranger and The Patriot make entrances. Doug Williams and his frosted tips say that Morgan doesn’t need to look further for a referee. He talks about Fortune and says shit, but for some reason his bleep has a British accent. Williams tells AJ Styles to lose his virginity. Um…was that an offer? Williams mocks Kaz and Beer Money for looking like models, drinking and dressing well. Wow, sick burn. Williams finishes by saying that Ric Flair lives for yesterday. No Doug, he lives to pay off yesterday. It’s called alimony. It’s why he wasn’t happy with a WWE Legends contract.

Matt Morgan talks about Doug’s balls before calling a spade a spade and saying that Williams could be the referee. Matt says he has to make this decision quickly…only 10 days. Ten days?! Are you serious? How hard is it to pick a referee?

Flair and Fortune come out to the ring and kudos to AJ for wearing a tie. Ric says that the problem with them is that they’re a Staind song, because they’re on the outside and they’re looking in. Ric starts turning beat red and takes off his jacket but Kaz says that it is Thanksgiving (and not taped weeks earlier) and that this means there’s going to be live pro wrestling. He promises to keep this tradition going by wrestling in a taped match. He calls Doug Williams a queen and Matt Morgan the Green Print, because as you know, he likes to recycle.

Wait, what’s that? Oh, he meant because Morgan is inexperienced. Good thing he’s the #1 Contender.

Kaz reveals the gameplan like a bad Bond villain before coming up with truly lame insults. He sounds like a very nervous version of Christian.

We get highlights of EV2.0 and Fortune. Sabu was fired and freed from TNA. Raven was fired and freed from TNA. Rhino says that his contract expired and the only one who cared was Bischoff. Dreamer says that he sold them out for the all ighty ollar. Nothing says ECW like wrestling without getting paid.

Tommy Dreamer is in the back and he is walking towards a…

Commercial.

We’re back and Fortune are recapping their promo. Flair then promises to go get hookers. They ask for salad, but you don’t make friends with salad. Ric Flair then chugs a Smirnoff Ice, thus continuing to piss on his legacy. Bischoff interrupts to say that Dixie Carter is on her way, but Hogan needs to talk about this. Pussy.

The Last Street Fight: Chun-Rhino v. Tomm E. Dreamer

Rhino comes out first and it’s a shame that he can’t figure out how to grow his arms. Dreamer comes out next and he looks disgusted. I’m gonna assume that’s due to disgust with Rhino and not the booking of this feud.

Rhino jumps Dreamer and wails away on him before asking who the man is. I’m pretty sure it’s Flair. Tommy fights back and hits a baseball slide. He rams Rhino’s arm into the barricade before digging under the ring and finding a table. Rhino fires back right the wrist that was just driven into the security rail. Continuity, thy name is Rhyno.

Dreamer gets suplexed on the entrance ramp and hits Tommy in the head with a trash can. He then flicks off the non-paying customers before again punching Dreamer. Tommy gets rammed into a traffic barricade and now he’s bleeding. Here’s why I’m kinda glad the WWE doesn’t do blood. That move was hardly rough enough to warrant a blade job and he’s now bleeding just to bleed.

Tommy comes back with a baking pan to the head, which often happens in a street fight. Can’t tell you how many gang members have been killed by cooking sheets to the skull. Tragic. Rhino takes control and sets up a table in the corner but Tommy fires back with punches and a low blow. Dreamer goes for a DVD but eats a belly-to-belly. Don’t do that, his stomach is probably full of turkey.

Rhino goes for a Gore but gets cracked in the skull with the baking sheet and that’s it. Wait, really?

Tommy has a microphone and says that this is what it’s all about. If Rhino went down, he went down with a fight and to entertain the fans. If EV2.0 is over, we’re over as friends. Wait, what? Dreamer then says that they shouldn’t forget about their friendship. I thought he just said it was over. How hard did Rhino hit him? The fans chant for them to man up, so they hug. Rhino then turns on Dreamer and drives him through a table before waving around his stumpy arms like he just don’t care. RVD (complete with theme music) makes the save. Rob says Rhino isn’t doing right by his family because he’s going to bust Rhino open. He makes it first blood, so I guess the blade job Dreamer did kinda had a point.

Kinda.

Commercial.

We’re back with Samoa Joe talking with Matt Morgan. The camera guy is shooting this like he’s hiding, which I actually kinda like. It bugs me when we get “invisible” camera in the locker room. Williams calls Joe a mad man, and Samoa Belushi says he’ll see them out there tonight.

Flair comes up to the Beautiful People and promises to give them food in exchange for being whores. Ric hits on Mickie James but Tara shows up and now they’re shoving each other. This turns into a brawl. If this were the WWE, someone would have been hit with a pie. Mickie accidentally nails Angelina Love, so she should probably get tested for Hepatitis. More women show up to attack the Beautiful People as Sarita hits her with a plate but Katie Lea Burchill shows up to say that Love is with her now. I’ve seen this one, I’ve seen this one. This is a classic. This is where Ralph dresses up as the man from space and becomes a lesbian stalker obsessed with Trish Stratus.

Commercial.

We’re back watching wrestlers continue to eat and drink. Bischoff says that Thanksgiving is a time to reflect and that there is one person responsible for them being there. Hogan gets all pissy. Instead of Dixie Carter, it’s Jeff Hardy with a giant burst of purple smoke. What the fuck? Is he Prince?

Jeff Hardy has the WWE Diva Tramp Stamp title over his shoulder as he rips off Jesus Christ and proclaims that he’s going to eat.

Mike “Aging Gracefully” Tenay and Taz “Leather Jacket” Z throw us to a highlight of MCMG/Generation Me empty arena brawl. Coming up next on Memphis wrestling, Jerry Lawler wrestles a bear.

Sabin and Shelley say that it was indescribable to beat up Generation Me, but they have Full Metal Mayhem coming up soon. Well at least there’ll be one great match on the PPV. Good to see that the WCW Cruiserweight Division is alive and well. Madison runs by and asks where Sarita is and they debate whether or not they’d fuck her. Guess the turkey isn’t the only thing getting stuffed.

Commercial.

Williams and Morgan are in the back with Dinero, and they say that they don’t like him and he doesn’t like them, but they should all get along. Da Pope doesn’t trust Samoa Joe or any of them and he has problems with Abyss and a casket, so he gives them the brush-off. Matt says that if he beats Abyss, he’ll face Jarrett. He then needs to feud with Fortune. Finally, he would feud with Jeff Hardy. So I guess Matt Morgan’s best argument is that TNA’s booking is so predictable that he should join them.

Madison Rayne drags Earl Hebner to the ring. See Matt, she found a referee during a commercial break. Not ten days. She screeches about how she wants to face Sarita before burying Xplosion as the B-Show. She then points out that Sarita is Spanish and doesn’t speak English. Holy crap that gal can yell. Sarita comes out and I guess this is a match so…

Denim Brawl: Sarita v. Madison Rayne

So both girls are wrestling in jeans as Taz talks about how their chops could swell their areolas. Guess this is the best use of TV-14. So you have two women in the exact same outfits with the exact same hair and I’m supposed to tell which one’s which. I’d have an easier time writing about a Bella Twins match. The only difference appears to be their shoes, and if you think I’m going to spend the entire match watching shoes, you’re sadly mistaken.

Madison Rayne argues with Hebner before she starts spanking Sarita. She then grabs her hair. Madison tries to roll her up but it gets countered for two. This match is in slow motion as Sarita is not so much good. Then, because she’s Hispanic, she dances. Madison flees to the outside but Sarita leaps over the top rope. Madison moves WAY too early and Sarita looks like an idiot jumping into an empty pool. Madison then dances to mock Sarita and she gets rolled up for the slow pin. Jesus Earl, how lackluster was that count? This match was all kinds of bad and there is no way Vince would have allowed two Divas to wrestle in the exact same costume.

Jeff Jarrett is in the back and he says he needs to make weight so he drinks water. Jeff says that tonight is Thanksgiving (in case you didn’t know) and while he works for his MMA career (zuh?), he has a DVD coming up after a…

Commercial.

Robert Roode calls this the greatest Thanksgiving ever, which doesn’t mean much since he’s Canadian. He and Storm do their Beer Money chant. Kaz is thankful for Fortune, beating RVD and Kennedy and for not having to be Suicide anymore. No, it doesn’t say that. AJ is thankful for Ric Flair. Flair humps the turkey. Abyss is thankful for a board with nails and a coffin. He wood like that. Get it? Wood? Hilarious. Speaking of which, Jarrett says he’s happy Samoa Joe isn’t there because he would have eaten all the food.

Jarrett shows a DVD of him with little kids in a dojo teaching MMA. A kid says that he knows the Ankle Lock, which was created by Angle. Jarrett says it was created by Ken Shamrock but that Jeff perfected it. Jarrett beats up the kids like Kramer did on “Seinfeld”, only with diminished returns.

Hogan stands up and says that on behalf of Flair and Bischoff, he’s thankful for Dixie and wants to tell her how he feels. I guess he was mixing pain pills and wine again.

Jesse Neal is in the back saying that he’s seen some shit and he’s going to show Jarrett what he’s about. I’m going to say he’s about five months from being future endeavored.

Commercial.

MMA Match: Jesse Neal v. Jeff Jarrett

Jesse Neal is out first and apparently he’s going to beat Jeff Jarrett because he survived a terrorist attack. Oh yeah, well Jeff survived a country music gimmick and being torpedoed by The Clique.

Jeff and Jesse circle as the fans say that Jarrett sold out. Yeah, it’s called making a profit. Both guys lock up and go to the ropes. Jesse swings on him but they break. Jarrett gets a waistlock but gets armdragged away. Jeff takes him down and paintbrushes his head before going for Alberto Del Rio’s arm bar (yep, I’ve chosen to call it that). This whole thing smells like the Brawl for it All.

Jeff takes Jesse down and goes for an Ankle Lock. Jesse is trapped but makes it to the ropes. Jarrett hammers away on him but Jesse comes back with punches. Neal charges Jarrett but he misses and flattens Brian Hebner. Jeff goes under the ring and pulls out a guitar. Of course that would be under the ring, since they need that to set up the ring. Jeff then locks him in a rear naked joke to end it.

Commercial.

Bubba Ray is in the ring in a track suit. He says that some of the fans are pissed off that he kicked D-Von in the back of the head. His question is why are they mad. Don’t they realize he had it coming? What is this, Chicago?

If it weren’t for D-Von, he could have retired a tag champion. Sabin kicked out of the 3D because D-Von was weak and D-Von was the one who got pinned. Bubba says that they’re wrestling fans and aren’t that bright. Hey…wait a minute!

Bubba pulls out a video package that shows that he is the better Dudley. It’s just footage of D-Von taking bumps. Bubba says he’s embarrassed to watch that and that it’s horrible. Was he talking about D-Von losing or was he just talking about the quality of the Dudley’s matches?

We now get footage of Bubba Ray getting offense as the fans say he still sucks. He asks how people can question him. D-Von gets invited to come to the Impact Zone next week but if it weren’t for Bubba, his 15 years would have been 15 minutes. Ah, wordplay. He’s TNA’s Jason Mraz, minus the stupid hats.

Dixie Carter’s limo has arrived. Mike Tenay is giddy. Really?

Commercial.

We’re back at the Neverending Supper as Bischoff asks to hide all the liquor. Jeff asks if she’s his mother, but Eric just calls her a drunk. Hogan says he isn’t responsible for his actions once he sees her. And this is a man who would love to take some frustration out on a middle-aged woman.

Doug Williams, Matt Morgan, D’Angelo Dinero and Samoa Joe v. Fortune

Fortune throws their t-shirts at SoCal Val as they berate her, which is a great old school heel move. Diniero and Styles start out and AJ gets hammered down. Styles chops The Pope in his chest hair before tossing him into the heel’s corner. Storm gets tagged and he hits Dinero in the mouth before putting on his cowboy hat. He hits a running clothesline as Taz accuses him of being drunk. Pope then turns around and pins him.

Roode comes in now to stomp Dinero into a…

Commercial.

We’re back and Styles and Kaz double-team Dinero. Taz mentions the referee again, as if that’s ominous. AJ goes for a splash but Pope moves and tags in Morgan. Styles tags in Kaz and Morgan tags in Joe. Joe fires off punches. Kaz goes for a leap off the second rope so Joe just steps backwards. How is it that hard to book this guy?

Doug Williams comes in with uppercuts as Kaz drops him with a sloppy DDT for two. Doug gets triple-teamed in the corner as Pope and Joe argue. Kaz gets Doug up on his shoulders but Doug counters it into Rolling Chaos for the pin.

Williams gets tripped by Roode as Fortune is being made to look like a complete joke. And to think people bitched about Nexus. Roode hammers away on Doug and unleashes some chops before hitting a suplex. He comes off the second rope with the exposed knee for two. Taz over-explains why that hurts as Williams gets tagged in by Joe and Pope. They then get into an argument, which leads to a brawl. They fight up the ramp and all the way to the back.

Williams tries to roll up Roode but Robert breaks free and takes Doug down with a clothesline. Doug clotheslines AJ off the apron but eats a Double-R Spinebuster for the pin.

Morgan steps over the top rope and takes out Roode but eats a flying forearm from AJ. Styles and his stupid tattoo stomps away as we go to…

Another fucking show?

Styles hits the Pele Kick and goes for the 450 but Morgan moves out of the way. Roode gets tagged in and bounces off of Matt. Morgan hits a splash in the corner and connects with a sidewalk slam for two. AJ and Roode double-team Matt until he comes back with a double-clothesline. AJ gets dumped out of the ring and catches Roode off the second rope for a chokeslam attempt. Robert blocks it but gets taken down with a clothesline. Morgan catches Styles off the top rope and hits a fallaway slam. Matt sets up for the carbon footprint but Jeff Hardy runs out and low blows Matt. Jeff then hits the Twist of Fate/Hate/Crate/Corey/Story/Allegory on the ref.

Bischoff welcomes Dixie Carter into their dinner. Eric says he’s grateful for what she started, but it’s time to say the past is the past. Hogan thanks her for the opportunity and asks if she’s seen the numbers. Really? Hulk says that they should all be on the same page. Eric says she can go back and Twitter while Hogan, Bischoff and Jarrett run the show. Dixie wants to toast to the paper in her hand. The board of directors says that Hogan can’t sign talent so Hulk has an injunction. Hulk says she can’t do that but she says his duties are over. I went to law school and even I think this is boring as hell.

They spent two hours teasing her arriving and she comes with legal action?! Are you serious? What’s next? A memorandum of law on a poll match? An appellate court hell in a cell? Res ipsa locrappy ending.

This has been for your consideration.

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Rassllin’ Roundtable – TNA Turning Point 2010 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2010/11/06/rassllin-roundtable-%e2%80%93-tna-turning-point-2010/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2010/11/06/rassllin-roundtable-%e2%80%93-tna-turning-point-2010/#comments Sat, 06 Nov 2010 21:30:39 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=113786 Last month TNA blew a stinking wet fart in our faces with what should have been their biggest show of the year and this month we have the TP to wipe it off. Still, the Pulse team is here again to give our predictions for Turning Point. Keep in mind, though, that unlike the TNA creative team we try to use rational thinking, so you can expect very few correct guesses from us.

TNA Heavyweight Championship:
Jeff Hardy (C) vs. Matt Morgan

Steven Gepp (This time, in Haikus!):
Anderson’s damaged
Morgan’s doing the ‘right’ thing
Hardy ain’t losing
Winner (still champ): Jeff Hardy

Matthew Michaels: I think Hardy has to keep this here. I doubt the plan was to put the belt on Anderson, and TNA likes to plan major storylines out ahead of time, and Jeff JUST won, so I can’t see them randomly putting it on Morgan just yet. That said, I like the storyline and am curious to see how Matt does in the main event. Good for him.
Winner: Jeff

Chris Biscuiti: Are you ready for this swerve of all swerves of all swerves of all serves?!?!?!?!?! I think Matt Morgan wins the TNA Championship with help from Ric Flair and Fortune. That’s right, the alliance between Immortal and Fortune will be over before it begins, and Matt Morgan as TNA Champion will set off a new era of a Hogan – Flair rivalry. As for the concussion stuff, I bet they never mention it again.
Winner and new champion: Matt Morgan

Raffi Shamir: Reports from TNA said that they decided to go with a Hardy turn and win only because it would have been the biggest shocker. Classic stupid Russo booking. There’s a part of me that wishes that Hardy will be convicted and sent to prison for his drug charges only so TNA would be screwed and realize what a mistake it was. But still, even if it happened just to shock everyone, they will not take the title away from him so early.
Winner: Hardy

TNA Tag Team championships:
The Motor City Machineguns (C) vs. Team 3D

Steven Gepp:
An act old and stale
Hustling in on the new guys
Who cares what fans want?
Winner (new champs): Team 3-olD

Matthew Michaels: I like the idea of a feel-good Team 3D win, with them going out on top. But with the knowledge that they recently signed a contract extension with TNA, and them JUST returning to TV, I think the belts have to elude them this time.
Winners: MCMG

Chris Biscuiti: I really hope MCMG retain here and Team 3D really does retire, but something tells me this is the beginning of a rehashing of a feud, not the end of a historic tag team. Generation Me helps 3D win.
Winners and new champions: Team 3D

Raffi Shamir: I hate this situation. Last month Team 3D announced that we have seen the last of them. But then they signed an extension, meaning they had the shortest wrestling retirement ever (Which is quite an accomplishment). If they win the titles here and then unretired, then what was the point. If they win the titles but then split and feud with one another, then this would be another attempt at a feud that nobody wants to see. But that would happen even if they lost here. At least do the right thing and job to MCMG, who clearly deserve this.
Winners: MCMG

TNA X-Division championship:
Jay Lethal (C) vs. Robbie E

Steven Gepp:
Title shot already?
Coz of a crap TV show?
I want Amazing Red!
Winner (still champ): Jay Lethal

Matthew Michaels: I don’t know what to think of this one. Why isn’t Lethal in the group of folks going up against Immortal/Fortune? If Williams sticks with F, I can see Lethal keeping and defending against him next month. But it seems that’s not going to happen, so I guess they’ll go with the pop culture hot hand.
Winner: Robbie E

Chris Biscuiti: Jersey’s in the house bitches! You know, because Jay Lethal isn’t from Elizabeth, New Jersey, or anything.
Winner and new champion: Robbie E

Raffi Shamir: I don’ want to use the word “hate” again, so I’ll just say I highly dislike Robbie E and the fact that he’s going up against Lethal rather than someone more deserving. The X Division is in a sad state and it’s a real shame since TNA still has the manpower to make it great again. I can only hope that Lethal will retain.
Winner: Jay Lethal

Rob Van Dam vs. Tommy Dreamer:

Steven Gepp:
Faces are feudin’!
Who’s the real mole in the group?
Big time clusterf*ck.
Winner: No Result due to interference by 4tune/Immortals

Matthew Michaels: Another one I don’t know what to make of. RVD should win.
Winner: RVD

Chris Biscuiti: I genuinely hate this storyline. Prediction: RVD loses after Dreamer sells out and ALL of EV2.0 turns heel, sans Kendrick and Foley. Ugh.
Winner: Tommy Dreamer

Raffi Shamir: Here I have no option but to say that I hate this. Yes, booking 101 states the heels should dominate TNA for a while before the faces regroup and provide a real challenge, but when the faces fight amongst themselves, it’s just pathetic. And why is Tommy Dreamer still working matches?
Winner: RVD

Mickie James vs. Tara:

Steven Gepp:
Castoff one is new
Castoff two’s been here before
Which annoys Vince most?
Winner: Mickie James

Matthew Michaels: Tara’s going to put her over here, and do a great job doing it. Female MOTY? Perhaps.
Winner: Mickie

Chris Biscuiti: Mickie wins and the next match will be a Triple Threat for the title between Tara, Mickie, and Madison. Book it.

Winner: Mickie James

Raffi Shamir: It’s Mickie’s first TNA PPV match after jumping from WWE. Need I say more?
Winner: Mickie James

Winning Team gets to Fire a member of the losing team:
EV2.0 vs. Fortune

Steven Gepp:
Enough already!
Blow off this unending feud!
Mick Foley – fired!
Winner: Fourtune (Mick’s gone by-byes, back to WWE and next year’s HoF)

Matthew Michaels: I think with the heels winning the main event, you can have them take a loss here, and use that as an excuse to pair down to a more manageable number. Bye-bye, Douglas.
Winners: EV2

Chris Biscuiti: Fortune wins, Rhyno or Sabu get fired. This is before the EV2.0 heel turn.
Winners: Fortune

Raffi Shamir: I still think that Fortune is the second worse heel stable of the last decade, giving Legacy a close race for the first spot. They need to absolutely decimate EV2 here if the fans are to take Fortune as a serious threat.

Lumberjack Match:
Abyss v ‘The Pope’

Steven Gepp:
Abyss – Mankind lite
Can we all say clash of styles?
And lumberjacks – why?
Winner: Abyss (with shenanigans)

Chris Biscuiti: Pope wins, Abyss murders a fan and we never see him again.
Winner: The Pope

Raffi Shamir: I’m tired of Abyss. Pope has been really screwed over by TNA in the last couple of months, he needs to get something back.
Winner: Pope

Samoa Joe v Jeff Jarrett

Steven Gepp:
Samoa Joe kills
But Jarrett was the owner
Joe – ROH calls!
Winner: JJ

Chris Biscuiti: Joe wins with help from Angle, then they all gangbang Karen after the match.
Winner: Samoa Joe

Raffi Shamir: The entire booking leading up to BFG was moronic. The turn at BFG was moronic. Since Edge can’t be there to fight the “stupid” in TNA, I hope that at least Joe will kill Jarrett here.
Winner: Joe

And that’s the roundtable. Join us on Sunday night here on Pulse Wrestling for full live coverage of TNA Turning Point 2010.
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Video: TNA Today – 07.12.2010 with Taz, MCMG & Dinero http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2010/07/12/video-tna-today-07-12-2010-with-taz-mcmg-dinero/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2010/07/12/video-tna-today-07-12-2010-with-taz-mcmg-dinero/#comments Tue, 13 Jul 2010 04:44:33 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=107872

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Rasslin’ Roundtable – TNA Victory Road 2010 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2010/07/10/rasslin-roundtable-%e2%80%93-tna-victory-road-2010/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2010/07/10/rasslin-roundtable-%e2%80%93-tna-victory-road-2010/#comments Sun, 11 Jul 2010 04:19:43 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=107332 After a brilliant edition of Impact, TNA presents Victory Road with a card that has a lot of potentially excellent matches. But I think TNA has a timing problem. As the number two promotion, they can’t do a fatal four way title match less than a month after WWE had two, and an Ultimate X & steel cage match one week before WWE has two MITB ladder matches and a championship cage match. It doesn’t matter if TNA may have booked those matches first, they will still look like they’re copying WWE, which is bad and sad. As for the roundtable, only two of us are sitting at it this week, but it’s not the quantity that counts. Enjoy.

TNA World Heavyweight Championship – Fatal Four Way:
Rob Van Dam (C) vs Mr. Anderson vs. Jeff Hardy vs. Abyss

Mark Allen: The endgame to Angle’s climb up the top ten has to be a BFG match with RVD. Plus Van Dam has many more one-on-one money matches waiting for him, namely against Joe and Hardy.
Winner – RVD

Raffi Shamir: TNA hasn’t even started tapping the potential of RVD as champion, and dropping the title to any of these three contenders will be so underwhelming. RVD keeps here and continues his championship run until Angle becomes #1 contender.
Winner: RVD

TNA X Division Championship – Ultimate X Match(Win by Submission or claiming the X):
Douglas Williams (C) vs. Kendrick

Mark Allen: Williams has been on a role in his anti-X Division crusade. I’ve always been a fan of Kendrick but now isn’t the time to take the belt off of Williams.
Winner – Williams

Raffi Shamir: As good as Kendrick can be, he’s just disappointing in TNA, and I just don’t get his new persona that came out of nowhere. Williams, on the other hand, is a great X champion.
Winner: Williams

TNA World Tag Team Championship:
Beer Money vs. The Motor City Machineguns

Mark Allen: Now is the time to finally give the Machineguns a long overdue Tag Title run.
Winner – MCMG

Raffi Shamir: MCMG has been compared to the Rockers on so many levels. One of them is that neither team has held (officially) the tag titles of their respective promotion. This ends this week.
Winners: MCMG

TNA Knockouts Championship:
Madison Rayne (c) vs. Angelina Love

Mark Allen: This is Love’s to win and the perfect way to actually have a satisfying ending to a long running story.
Winner – Love (new Champion)

Raffi Shamir: How about this scenario – with the stipulation that Love wins the title if any of the Beautiful People interferes in the match, it would make perfect sense for them to actually interfere in order to give Angelina the title and lead a new version of this stable.
Winner: Angelina

Ric Flair vs. Jay Lethal

Mark Allen: If Flair is going to come out of retirement then he must be there to put over a hot new talent and make them a superstar. This has to be a Lethal victory here.
Winner – Lethal

Raffi Shamir: What would be the point of this whole feud and match if Flair wins?
Winner: Jay Lethal

Kurt Angle vs. The Pope” D’Angelo Dinero

Mark Allen: Pope is just the next rung up the ladder for Kurt. Look out #7 Jay Lethal, which won’t get a PPV shot, but merely a mid-card Impact slot.
Winner – Angle

Raffi Shamir: It’s really nice to see Angle wrestle talented young guys on his way to the champion, but when everyone knows that each of these guys (So far we had Kazarian, Wolfe and now Pope) is nothing but a stepping stone for Angle and the result is telegraphed, is anyone being elevated here? I think not. But at least we get good matches out of it.
Winner: Angle

Steel Cage Match:
Matt Morgan vs. Hernandez

Mark Allen: Let’s go with Hernandez on this one. That would make them one-on-one in PPV matches and set up a rubber match.
Winner – Hernandez

Raffi Shamir: It’s a nice little feud, but it’s time to move towards resolving it.
Winner: Hernandez

Brother Ray vs. Jesse Neal vs. Brother Devon

Mark Allen: Doesn’t really matter who wins this one as this sets up a tag match between Ink, Inc. and 3-D next month where Jesse Neal turns on Shannon. Somewhere the ECW old guys have to make an appearance too. This looks like the best spot to put them.
Winner – Jesse Neal

Raffi Shamir: I’m so not interested in this, and Devon’s promo from the last Impact didn’t do much to help matters. Bring on the tag match to blow it off.
Winner: Jessee

AJ Styles & Kazarian vs. To Be Announced

Mark Allen: Well looking down the regular roster, Generation Me and The Band are the two real teams not included on the show but if were to be one of those two it would just be announced as such. It would be great synergy for a couple old Horsemen to show up but all the good ones are under contract to WWE, Sid is playing softball and Paul Roma is terrorizing 411mania. Off the top of my head I’m thinking a combination of WCW mainstays to work as their opponents, a combination of Booker T, The Steiners, Buff Bagwell and Animal. Whoever AJ and Kaz face they should win if things remain logical, but being this is TNA logic is out the window. Team WCW wins this when AJ takes the fall, setting up AJ’s return to a good guy and positioning Kaz as Flair’s top guy.
Winners – TBA (I’d say The Steiners for fun)

Raffi Shamir: I hate mystery opponents because they so rarely are a good surprise or someone that the crowd is actually excited about. Too bad there are still 10 days left on Shelton Benjamin’s no compete clause, since I’d love to see Styles/Kazarian take on Benjamin and Haaaaaaaaas. It doesn’t really matter who TBA are it’s all about breaking up Styles and Kazarian, so TBA have to win.
Winners: TBA

And now that we’re done, I want to make clear that Mark and I did not coordinate our answers, it’s just that we both seem to think logically. In the past TNA defied common sense simply for the sake of surprise, and I hope they will not do that this week. Come back to Pulse Wrestling on Sunday night for full live coverage of TNA Victory Road 2010.

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- AJ Styles vs. Samoa Joe

- D’Angelo Dinero returns
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TNA Slammiversary PPV Spoiler – Former WWE Star To Debut http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2010/06/13/tna-slammiversary-ppv-spoiler-former-wwe-star-to-debut/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2010/06/13/tna-slammiversary-ppv-spoiler-former-wwe-star-to-debut/#comments Sun, 13 Jun 2010 22:53:09 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=105525 According to PWTorch, backstage sources have confirmed that the “nice surprise” mentioned by Dixie Carter for tonight’s TNA Slammiversary PPV is Tommy Dreamer. He is not scheduled for a match tonight but will make his TNA debut on the show to begin a major new angle. Dreamer was released by WWE on 4 January 2010.

Carter clarified earlier speculation about a major announcement on the PPV with this tweet:

To clarify. I will not be making an announcement about how TNA will change forever. You will just see for yourselves in the coming weeks.

However, there is still a nice surprise for tonight’s Slammiversary pay-per-view.

Pope D’Angelo Dinero also might be in attendance at the PPV. He has been off Impact for around two months with a shoulder injury, yet made the following announcement on his Twitter:

“Due to travel complications, Pope has been rerouted to Orlando, Florida. Interesting; Nice lil surprise.”

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Pulse Wrestling’s TNA Rankings: May 1, 2010 (Jeff Hardy, RVD, AJ Styles) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2010/05/01/pulse-wrestlings-tna-rankings-may-1-2010-jeff-hardy-rvd-aj-styles/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2010/05/01/pulse-wrestlings-tna-rankings-may-1-2010-jeff-hardy-rvd-aj-styles/#comments Sun, 02 May 2010 04:43:57 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=102591 Here is the latest update of Inside Pulse Wrestling’s OFFICIAL rankings of TNA. Rankings, will be posted the first Saturday of every month. Click Here for last month’s TNA Rankings (as of April 4).

Official Pulse Wrestling Rankings for TNA

TNA Champion – Rob Van Dam (since 4.19.10)
TNA Global Champion – Rob Terry (since 1.27.10)
1. AJ Styles
2. Jeff Hardy
3. D’Angelo Dinero
4. Sting
5. Desmond Wolfe
6. Abyss
7. Mr. Anderson
8. Jeff Jarrett
9. Eric Young
10. Orlando Jordan

TNA Tag Team Champions – Matt Morgan (since 1.17.10)
1. Team 3D (3)
2. Beer Money, Inc (2)
3. The Band (4)
4. Motor City Machineguns (1)
5. Generation Me (5)

TNA X Division Champion – Frankie Kazarian (since 4.18.10)
1. Samoa Joe (NR)
2. Douglas Williams (Champ)
3. Shannon Moore (2)
4. Brian Kendrick (3)
5. Amazing Red (5)

TNA Knockouts Champion – Madison Rayne (since 4.18.10)
1. Angelina Love (2)
2. Tara (Champ)
3. Velvet Sky (5)
4. ODB (4)
5. Hamada (3)

TNA Knockouts Tag Team Champions – The Beautiful People (3.8.10)
1. Sarita & Taylor Wilde (1)
2. ODB & Hamada (3)
3. Tara & Angelina Love (2)

Inactive Wrestlers/Personalities
-Daffney (Injured since April 2010)
-Hernandez (Injured since March 2010)
-Kurt Angle (Inactive since April 2010)
-Shark Boy (Inactive since February 2009)

Unranked Wrestlers/Personalities
-Christy Hemme
-Daniels
-Don West
-Dr. Stevie
-Eric Bischoff
-Hector Guerrero
-Homicide
-Hulk Hogan
-Jay Lethal
-Jeremy Borash
-Jesse Neal
-Jimmy Hart
-Kiyoshi
-Magnus
-Mike Tenay
-Raven
-Rhino
-Ric Flair
-SoCal Val
-Suicide
-Taz
-Tomko
-Willie Urbina

No longer appearing on TV and/or TNAwrestling.com
-Bubba the Love Sponge (Released, Non-Kayfabe)


In this monthly feature, the Inside Pulse Wrestling editorial board ranks the Heavyweight, Tag Team, and X Divisions within TNA. Rankings include the top ten Heavyweights, along with the top five Tag Teams, Knockouts & X Division competitors listed on TNAwrestling.com, plus regular, unlisted competitors.

These rankings take into account (in order):

-Current title status
-Declared and presumed storyline rankings
-Recent victories and quality of opponents
-Quality of matches (psychology, workrate, and entertainment value)
-Quality of TV exposure (length, placement during show, and crowd response)

Agree? Disagree? Share your thoughts below!

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Pulse Wrestling’s TNA No Surrender Report
4.18.10
Live from St. Louis
Announcers: Taz & Mike Tenay
Report EXCLUSIVELY for Pulse Wrestling by: PK

Rob Van Dam vs. James Storm – Winner Gains the Advantage for his Team in Lethal Lockdown
RVD drop kicks the cage down in Storm’s face to start, and they fight around the cage to begin. Storm takes over, slamming RVD into the outside of the cage. Storm tosses RVD into the cage, and the bell finally rings. RVD is already bloody. RVD takes over in the ring, crotches Storm on the top rope, and then hits the straight kick off the top rope, with Storms head against the cage. RVD charges Storm in the corner, but Storm moves, and RVD is crotch first inbetween the turnbuckles, and Storm hits him with a neckbreaker. Storm with a beer bottle, spits beer in RVD’s face, and hits a DDT for 2. Storm is lined up for the Last Call Superkick, but RVD ducks it, and lays out Storm, and follows it with a 5 Star for the pin.
Winner – RVD

Hogan backstage says that if Team Hogan doesn’t win tonight, he will leave TNA. When Christy asked where Bischoff is, Hogan says that he has too much to worry about without worrying about Bischoff.

Homicide vs. Brian Kendrick vs. Alex Shelley vs. Chris Sabin – Winner Joins X-Division Title Match
Douglas Williams has to forfeit the title match tonight, because of travel issues from Europe with the volcano, so the winner if this match will be in the X-Division Title Match. Guns team up on Homicide to start, but it seems like Homicide & Kendrick are joining forces. Homicide quickly climbs the cage while Kendrick is distracted. Kendrick follows him up the cage, but he is not in time, as Homicide hits the floor.
Winner – Homicide

They then recap all the Nash/Young stuff.

Kevin Nash vs. Eric Young
They mention that Syxx-Pac is not there, and that Hall gets to pick his partner. Nash makes about 3 minutes work of EY, as he drops him in a Jackknife very quickly for the pin.
Winner – Nash

Nash on the mic says that he will be Hall’s partner tonight.

The Beautiful People vs. Angelina Love & Tara – Winner Take All
Love & Velvet start, but Rayne is quickly tagged in. Tara gets a tag, but both Rayne & Velvet double team her. Tara is able to layout Rayne, and goes for a top rope moonsault, but misses. Rayne in, and Tara hits here the Widow’s Peak, but the ref is distracted by Velvet. Tara hits the ropes, but Lacy hits her in the back of the head (through the cage?) with a title belt, and Rayne rolls up Tara for the pin.
Winner and New Knockouts Champion – Madison Rayne

Team Flair with AJ Styles, and Flair cuts a crazy man promo on how he will run Hogan out of TNA. Styles says that he isn’t sweating Pope.

Homicide vs. Kazarian vs. Shannon Moore – X-Division Championship
Moore & Kaz double team Homicide to start. Kaz tries to score a pin, but Moore breaks it up. They then put Homicide up on the turnbuckle, and looking to hit a double SUPERplex, but Homicide fends them off, and hits a SUPERGringo Cutter on both! He only gets a 2 count on both. Kaz & Moore are on adjacent turnbuckles, and they walk the top rope to meet each other half way. Moore kicks Kaz’s feet out from underneath him, then hits a moonsault on Homicide, but only gets 2! Homicide goes for the Gringo Killer, but Kaz breaks it up, then hits Homicide with a Backside Piledriver for the pin.
Winner and NEW X-Division Champion – Kazarian

Christy with The Pope. He cuts a promo on AJ.

Team 3D comes down to the ring, and he says that they will keep the cage door open, and it will be a St. Louis Street Fight with The Band.

Team 3D vs. The Band – St. Louis Street Fight
As The Band makes their way to the ring, 3D runs up the ramp & jumps them. They fight through the crowd, just like every Team 3D PPV match. Band takes control, and they toss Devon back in the ring, and Nash closes the door behind him, trying to lock out Bubba. Bubba eventually makes his way into the ring, and he helps Devon. Bubba calls for the tables, and Devon gets one in the ring, they set it up, and they hit Hall with the 3D through the table for the pin.
Winners – Team 3D

Recap of Anderson/Angle.

Mr. Anderson vs. Kurt Angle
Anderson has a key to the cage door, since he won the ladder match a few weeks ago on Impact. Anderson is wearing it around his neck. They face off, and Anderson quickly lays out Angle, and tries to unlock the cage door, but Angle breaks it up, and the key is stuck in the padlock. Angle sees it in the lock, but leaves it be, as he wants to inflect some punishment on Anderson. Anderson reverses Angle, laying him out, then hitting a running leg drop. Anderson goes for the padlock, but Angle breaks it up, slamming Anderson’s head to the cage. Angle then tries to unlock the padlock, but Anderson breaks it up, lifts Angle on his shoulders and hits a Rolling Slam, and then hits the Mic Check. Anderson unlocks the cage door, but Angle gets him back in the ring, and hits him with 6 consecutive German Suplexes. Angle looks to be leaving, but he pulls the door shut, and locks it back up, takes the key and tosses it away. Anderson tries to climb out the top of the cage, but Angle grabs him on the top rope, then hits a German SUPERPLEX! Angle then climbs up for a moonsault…stalls, then climbs to the top of the cage…SUPER MOONSAULT!! Angle has a key, and goes to leave, but Anderson gets on his knees and flips him off. Angle gets back in the and Anderson hits a stiff looking Mic Check. Anderson starts to crawl out of the ring, but Angle catches him with his foot, and pulls him back in with an Ankle Lock. Anderson starts tapping out, but of course that won’t work. Anderson rolls through, and Angle smashes into the cage. Anderson goes to leave again, but Angle pulls the Warrior Medal out, and chokes Anderson out with it! Angle then walks right out of the ring, for the win.
Winner – Kurt Angle

Angle gets a mic on the stage and says that he is going to heal some wounds, but when he comes back, he’s whole focus will be the TNA Championship.

Recap of The Pope winning the Eight Hard Stud Tournament, and the lead up to the match with AJ Styles.

AJ Styles (c) vs. ‘The Pope’ D’Angelo Dinero – TNA Heavyweight Championship
As AJ & Flair are heading to the ring, the ref sends Flair back. Flair does not like this, and shoves the ref, the ref shoves back, and Flair eventually goes to the back. Back and forth to start the match, and the crowd seems pretty split too. Styles controls the majority of the match, and goes to the top of the cage, but misses a leap off the top! Pope hits a DDE, Codebreaker style! Styles kicks out! Pope stacks Styles in the corner, and he goes for the actual DDE, but Styles moves. Styles reaches through the hole in the cage at the camera man, and pulls a pen from his shirt pocket, and when Pope tries to pick up AJ, AJ stabs him in the forehead. AJ then nails the Styles Clash for the pin.
Winner and Still Champion – AJ Styles

Borash tries to catch up with Bischoff as he is just arriving to the building, but Bischoff blows him off, and keeps walking

Quick Recap of Lethal Lockdown Rules:
-One member of each team starts
-After 5 Minutes, the team with the ‘Man Advantage’ (Team Hogan) will get a 2nd member in the match
-Each 2 minute interval after that, there will be another entrant in the match, alternating teams.
-After all the men are in the ring, the top of the cage will come down, sealing the cage shut.

Team Hogan (Abyss, Jeff Hardy, RVD & Jeff Jarrett) vs. Team Flair (Sting, Desmond Wolfe & Beer Money Inc)
Roode & Abyss start the match, with just some back and forth action. RVD is the next man in, and he & Abyss get to double team Roode for a while, but then Wolfe makes his way down. Jarrett is the next man out for Team Hogan, and he is followed by James Storm. When Jeff Hardy’s music hits so that he can become the 4th man for Team Hogan, he doesn’t come out. They pan backstage, and Sting has laid out Hardy with his bat. Sting then makes his way to the ring, and the top of the cage lowers down. Team Flair is dominating. JJ is standing in front of the door, and Beer Money slams him though the door to the floor. Beer Money then beat down JJ on the floor, and Hardy finally makes his way down, he fights off Beer Money with a Kendo Stick, then climbs the cage to the top! When he gets up there, we see that there is a table & a ladder. In the ring, Abyss lays out some thumbtacks, and his Abyss with a chokeslam in them! On the cage, Hardy hits Roode with a Twist of Fate, then lays Storm out on a table, climbs the ladder and splashes through Storm and the table. Back in the ring, Flair runs out and starts to beat down RVD, JJ & Abyss, but Hogan is out soon after that. Hogan then corners Flair with a pipe, but Bischoff comes down. Bischoff stays inbetween the 2, and pulls out a pair of brass knucks. Flair is excited to see them, but Bischoff fakes tossing to Flair, then tosses to Hogan. Hogan hits Flair, who then bumps on the tacks. Randomly, Abyss hits Wolfe with a Black Hole Slam, and scores the pin after all that nonsense.
Winners – Team Hogan

Show Over.

~Pk

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Pulse Wrestling’s TNA Rankings: April 4, 2010 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2010/04/04/pulse-wrestlings-tna-rankings-april-4-2010/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2010/04/04/pulse-wrestlings-tna-rankings-april-4-2010/#comments Mon, 05 Apr 2010 04:25:31 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=101181 Here is the latest update of Inside Pulse Wrestling’s OFFICIAL rankings of TNA. Rankings, will be posted the first Sunday of every month. Click Here for last month’s TNA Rankings (as of March 7th).

Official Pulse Wrestling Rankings for TNA

TNA Champion – AJ Styles (since 9.20.09)
TNA Global Champion – Rob Terry (since 1.27.10)
1. D’Angelo Dinero (1)
2. Abyss (3)
3. Kurt Angle (4)
4. Sting (NR)
5. Jeff Hardy (NR)
6. Mr. Anderson (2)
7. Rob Van Dam (NR)
8. Desmond Wolfe (5)
9. Eric Young (8)
10. Jeff Jarrett (9)

TNA Tag Team Champions – Matt Morgan (since 1.17.10)
1. Motor City Machineguns (4)
2. Beer Money, Inc (1)
3. Team 3D (2)
4. The Band (NR)
5. Generation Me (3)

TNA X Division Champion – Doug Williams (since 1.28.10)
1. Frankie Kazarian (1)
2. Shannon Moore (NR)
3. Brian Kendrick (3)
4. Daniels (2)
5. Amazing Red (4)

TNA Knockouts Champion – Tara (since 1.17.10)
1. Daffney (1)
2. Angelina Love (2)
3. Hamada (5)
4. ODB (4)
5. Velvet Sky (3)

TNA Knockouts Tag Team Champions – Beautiful People (since 3.8.10)
1. Sarita & Taylor Wilde (3)
2. Tara & Angelina Love (1)
3. ODB & Hamada (NR)

Inactive Wrestlers/Personalities
-Shark Boy (Inactive since February 2009)
-Hernandez (Inactive since March 2010)

Unranked Wrestlers/Personalities
-Brutus Magnus
-Bubba the Love Sponge
-Chelsea
-Christy Hemme
-Don West
-Dr. Stevie
-Eric Bischoff
-Hector Guerrero
-Homicide
-Hulk Hogan
-Jay Lethal
-Jeremy Borash
-Jesse Neal
-Jimmy Hart
-Kiyoshi
-Mike Tenay
-Orlando Jordan
-Raven
-Rhino
-Ric Flair
-Samoa Joe
-Sarita
-SoCal Val
-Suicide
-Taz
-Tomko
-Velvet Sky
-Willie Urbina

No longer appearing on TV and/or TNAwrestling.com
-Awesome Kong (Released, Non-Kayfabe)
-Brian Knobs (Released, Non-Kayfabe)
-Consequences Creed (Released, Non-Kayfabe)
-Jerry Sags (Released, Non-Kayfabe)
-Mick Foley (Fired, Kayfabe)


In this monthly feature, the Inside Pulse Wrestling editorial board ranks the Heavyweight, Tag Team, and X Divisions within TNA. Rankings include the top ten Heavyweights, along with the top five Tag Teams, Knockouts & X Division competitors listed on TNAwrestling.com, plus regular, unlisted competitors.

These rankings take into account (in order):

-Current title status
-Declared and presumed storyline rankings
-Recent victories and quality of opponents
-Quality of matches (psychology, workrate, and entertainment value)
-Quality of TV exposure (length, placement during show, and crowd response)

Agree? Disagree? Share your thoughts below!

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Pulse Wrestling’s TNA Rankings: March 7, 2010 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2010/03/07/pulse-wrestlings-tna-rankings-february-7-2010-2/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2010/03/07/pulse-wrestlings-tna-rankings-february-7-2010-2/#comments Mon, 08 Mar 2010 05:24:32 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=99624 Here is the latest update of Inside Pulse Wrestling’s OFFICIAL rankings of TNA. Rankings, will be posted the first Sunday of every month. Click Here for last month’s TNA Rankings (as of February 7).

Official Pulse Wrestling Rankings for TNA

TNA Champion – AJ Styles (since 9.20.09)
TNA Global Champion – Rob Terry (since 1.27.10)
1. D’Angelo Dinero (8)
2. Mr. Anderson (4)
3. Abyss (10)
4. Kurt Angle (2)
5. Desmond Wolfe (3)
6. Samoa Joe (1)
7. Jeff Jarrett (9)
8. Eric Young (NR)
9. Orlando Jordan (NR)
10. Tomko (NR)

TNA Tag Team Champions – Hernandez & Matt Morgan (since 1.17.10)
1. Beer Money, Inc (3)
2. Team 3D (1)
3. Generation Me (4)
4. Motor City Machineguns (2)
5. Nasty Boys (5)

TNA X Division Champion – Doug Williams (since 1.28.10)
1. Kazarian (NR)
2. Daniels (NR)
3. Brian Kendrick (2)
4. Amazing Red (X-Div Champ)
5. Homicide (5)

TNA Knockouts Champion – Tara (since 1.17.10)
1. Daffney (4)
2. Angelina Love (1)
3. Velvet Sky (NR)
4. ODB (2)
5. Hamada (NR)

TNA Knockouts Tag Team Champions – Awesome Kong & Hamada (since 1.4.10)
1. Tara & Angelina Love (NR)
2. Beautiful People (1)
3. Sarita & Taylor Wilde (2)

Inactive Wrestlers/Personalities
-Shark Boy (Inactive since February 2009)
-Sting (Inactive since October 2009)

Unranked Wrestlers/Personalities
-Brutus Magnus
-Bubba the Love Sponge
-Christy Hemme
-Consequences Creed
-Don West
-Dr. Stevie
-Eric Bischoff
-Hector Guerrero
-Hulk Hogan
-James Storm
-Jeremy Borash
-Jesse Neal
-Kevin Nash
-Kiyoshi
-Mick Foley
-Mike Tenay
-Raven
-Rhino
-Ric Flair
-Shark Boy
-SoCal Val
-Suicide
-Taz
-Willie Urbina

No longer appearing on TV and/or TNAwrestling.com
-Bobby Lashley (Released, Kayfabe)
-Sean Morley (Released, Non-Kayfabe)
-Roxxi (Released, Non-Kayfabe)
-Traci Brooks (Released, Non-Kayfabe)


In this monthly feature, the Inside Pulse Wrestling editorial board ranks the Heavyweight, Tag Team, and X Divisions within TNA. Rankings include the top ten Heavyweights, along with the top five Tag Teams, Knockouts & X Division competitors listed on TNAwrestling.com, plus regular, unlisted competitors.

These rankings take into account (in order):

-Current title status
-Declared and presumed storyline rankings
-Recent victories and quality of opponents
-Quality of matches (psychology, workrate, and entertainment value)
-Quality of TV exposure (length, placement during show, and crowd response)

Agree? Disagree? Share your thoughts below!

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Pulse Wrestling’s TNA Rankings: February 7, 2010 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2010/02/07/pulse-wrestlings-tna-rankings-february-7-2010/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2010/02/07/pulse-wrestlings-tna-rankings-february-7-2010/#comments Mon, 08 Feb 2010 04:37:17 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=97916 Here is the latest update of Inside Pulse Wrestling’s OFFICIAL rankings of TNA. Rankings, will be posted the first Sunday of every month. Click Here for last month’s TNA Rankings (as of).

Official Pulse Wrestling Rankings for TNA

TNA Champion – AJ Styles (since 9.20.09)
TNA Global Champion – Rob Terry (since 1.27.10)
1. Samoa Joe (2)
2. Kurt Angle (3)
3. Desmond Wolfe (5)
4. Mr. Anderson (NR)
5. Hernandez (7)
6. Daniels (4)
7. Matt Morgan (9)
8. D’Angelo Dinero (10)
9. Jeff Jarrett (NR)
10. Abyss (6)

TNA Tag Team Champions – Hernandez & Matt Morgan (since 1.17.10)
1. Team 3D (3)
2. Motor City Machineguns (2)
3. Beer Money, Inc (1)
4. Generation Me (NR)
5. Nasty Boys (NR)

TNA X Division Champion – Doug Williams (since 1.28.10)
1. Amazing Red (X Champ)
2. Brian Kendrick (NR)
3. Suicide (3)
4. Jay Lethal (4)
5. Homicide (2)

TNA Knockouts Champion – Tara (since 1.17.10)
1. Angelina Love (NR)
2. ODB (1)
3. Lacy Von Erich (5)
4. Daffney (NR)
5. Traci Brooks (NR)

TNA Knockouts Tag Team Champions – Awesome Kong & Hamada (since 1.4.10)
1. Velvet Sky & Madison Rayne (2)
2. Sarita & Taylor Wilde (Champs)

Inactive Wrestlers/Personalities
-Roxxi (Injured since January 2010)
-Shark Boy (Inactive since February 2009)
-Sting (Inactive since October 2009)

Unranked Wrestlers/Personalities
-Bobby Lashley
-Bubba the Love Sponge
-Christy Hemme
-Consequences Creed
-Don West
-Dr. Stevie
-Eric Bischoff
-Eric Young
-Hector Guerrero
-Hulk Hogan
-Jeremy Borash
-Jesse Neal
-Kevin Nash
-Kiyoshi
-Mick Foley
-Mike Tenay
-Orlando Jordan
-Raven
-Rhino
-Ric Flair
-SoCal Val
-Taz
-Tomko
-Willie Urbina

No longer appearing on TV and/or TNAwrestling.com
-Alissa Flash (Released, Non-Kayfabe)
-Scott Steiner (Released, Non-Kayfabe)


In this monthly feature, the Inside Pulse Wrestling editorial board ranks the Heavyweight, Tag Team, and X Divisions within TNA. Rankings include the top ten Heavyweights, along with the top five Tag Teams, Knockouts & X Division competitors listed on TNAwrestling.com, plus regular, unlisted competitors.

These rankings take into account (in order):

-Current title status
-Declared and presumed storyline rankings
-Recent victories and quality of opponents
-Quality of matches (psychology, workrate, and entertainment value)
-Quality of TV exposure (length, placement during show, and crowd response)

Agree? Disagree? Share your thoughts below!

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Counterfeit Pennies: Five Wrestlers to Watch in WWE and TNA http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2010/01/11/counterfeit-pennies-five-wrestlers-to-watch-in-wwe-and-tna/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2010/01/11/counterfeit-pennies-five-wrestlers-to-watch-in-wwe-and-tna/#comments Mon, 11 Jan 2010 21:37:54 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=96170 Thanks to the resurrection of the Monday Night Wars (though it’s not really a war just yet), I have decided it’s time that I at least try to post more regularly when I have something to say.

I figured I’d kick things off in this space with the simple idea of giving you five wrestlers each from both WWE and TNA that have sparked my interest/curiosity as a long-time pro wrestling fan.

Five Wrestlers to Watch in WWE:

1. Beth Phoenix: Believe it or not, Beth Phoenix has been one of the most versatile Divas in the WWE in a long, long time. She easily sets the bar high for WWE standards in terms of wrestling skills, and she thoroughly entertained me on a weekly basis when she was paired up with Santino Marella too.

If you look at SmackDown right now, one of the most interesting angles on the show is the feud that is developing between Beth, Mickie James, Layla, and Michelle McCool, and I credit Beth here for really bringing this whole thing together. Beth’s versatility enables her to believably bounce back and forth between taking out Lay-Cool while pouncing on Mickie, and her desire to be the dominant Diva on SmackDown comes through as very real and, in this case, meaningful.

I really don’t remember the last time I said that about a WWE Divas angle since Trish and Lita left, so kudos to Beth Phoenix and her cohorts for that.

2. CM Punk: No surprise here, but I can’t help but praise CM Punk for establishing himself as a true heel (thanks in part to Jeff Hardy, but more on that in the TNA section below), and I happen to love the current angle on SmackDown where Punk saved Luke Gallows (formerly Festus) and now he’s out to save us too by getting audience members to swear off lives that are misguidedly fueled by alcohol, drug, and prescription pill addictions.

Of course, perhaps Punk should focus less on saving us and more on saving his fellow wrestlers in the back, but hypocrisy aside I think Punk has really taken off as a strong heel and now what he needs are equally strong faces to go up against in the ring. I don’t know where that’s going to come from on SmackDown, and it’s a shame there’s not another draft soon because I would love to see Punk and Kofi Kingston feud now that the Orton-Kofi stuff is starting to get stale.

Of course, Punk could also be poised for a solid feud with Christian too, pending the results of the ECW Homecoming tournament, and I’d certainly sign up for that storyline in a heartbeat.

3. The Miz: That’s right, I’m saying it right now to all the Miz-Haters out there: I like The Miz. Since a rocky start to his WWE career, The Miz has improved tremendously both in and out of the ring. I loved the run that he and John Morrison had as multi-Slammy Award-winning tag champions, and Miz, whether you like it or not, can hold his own as U.S. Champion.

I’m not saying The Miz will ever be the best wrestler in the world or the top guy in the promotion, but the mid-card can be just as important as the main event and Miz is perfectly suited for maintaining an entertaining presence and adequate wrestler as that smarmy mid-card heel we love to rally against in both singles and tag matches.

4. Jack Swagger: Swagger has impressed me since he debuted in WWE with a solid ECW run, and unlike The Miz I feel like Swagger has a legitimate shot at becoming at least a fringe main event star someday. After all, at some point Kane will have to retire, and Swagger would fit the bill as a bigger guy who can hang around a long time if he’s given the right material to work with.

I do not like the way WWE has used Swagger lately, but I am still hopeful that The All American American can raise his game to really hit that next level that I hope he finds at some point in his career.

5. Vance Archer: I wanted to make sure to include at least one ECW wrestler on this list, and so I was debating whether or not to discuss Vance Archer, Zack Ryder, or Yoshi Tatsu (Christian goes without saying as someone to watch and Barretta and Croft absolutely suck). I chose Archer because while he is relatively new to the ECW scene, I thought it would be an interesting counterpoint to the Jeff Hardy situation (more on that below) to examine how far Archer can go in WWE as opposed to how far he went as Lance Hoyt in TNA.

Honestly, I never really cared for Hoyt in TNA, but since his ECW debut I’ve been impressed with Vance Archer’s look and style. If WWE can turn Archer into a useful mid-carder or better, it will just prove that they are still better than TNA right now when it comes to creating stars where others can’t. As a result, I am definitely interested in seeing how Archer’s career goes from this point forward, and that’s definitely something to watch that I don’t think others in the IWC have touched upon just yet.

Five Wrestlers to Watch in TNA:

1. Hamada: Hamada has been fun to watch especially in a increasingly strong TNA Knockouts division. She has overseas experience which always helps, and I really think TNA found someone in Hamada who is versatile and exciting to watch. She can wrestle, she can spot wrestle, and she can even be used as a “Tweener” who toes the line between babyface and heel status. Hamada has everything it takes to become a real force in the Knockouts Division, and I like the pairing of her and Awesome Kong together as a starting point for what can be a great if not epic run in TNA for her.

2. Desmond Wolfe: I would have said that this goes without saying, but let me make it clear to TNA management that Desmond Wolfe’s talent and ability should not be wasted in three-minute throwaway matches, ESPECIALLY on three-hour shows. It was a true disservice to fans that Wolfe’s match with The Pope on last Monday’s Impact was that short because this could have been both Wolfe and Pope’s coming out party as two true blue-chip stars in the making.

Think about this TNA: You could have rid yourself of 1 Hogan skit or EVERY Nasty Boys skit and added 7 to 10 minutes to this match. Or, at the very least, you could have done something that WWE does better than anybody and shown a recap of Desmond Wolfe’s feud with Kurt Angle before reintroducing him here, and STILL had 7 to 10 minutes added to this match.

Either way, I love Wolfe’s style, his in-ring presence, and his overall ability. TNA, please, for your sake, ELEVATE THIS GUY NOW!

3. “The Pope” D’Angelo Dinero: Even with all of the reasons I mentioned above for extending the Wolfe-Dinero match, I wouldn’t have wanted such an extension if I didn’t believe that both wrestlers involved in the match weren’t worthy of the time. While Wolfe honed his craft in ROH and has already had a rub with Kurt Angle, I think Dinero has gotten overlooked in the IWC as another guy who has all the ability in the world to step up.

I have held The Pope in high regard since he was Elijah Burke in ECW, as he always produced an entertaining promo and solid matches to go with better-than-average mic skills. What I would like to see now in TNA is growth and improvement in both areas, and if Hogan is true to his word, then Dinero should immediately knock on Hulk’s door and give him a laundry list of ideas and suggestions for his character and possible feuds.

If TNA doesn’t want to re-elevate Wolfe on his own right away, I would love to see Wolfe and Dinero lock in on a strongly promoted mid-card feud, which I would love to see culminate in a Best of Seven series that I’m sure would be entertaining both backstage and in the ring. The more focus on WRESTLING here, the better…But we can’t ignore the buildup either, and both guys would be fun to watch in both areas.

4. Jeff Hardy: The reason I am going with Jeff Hardy here is because WWE was able to elevate Jeff Hardy to stratospheric popularity and relevance in pro wrestling. Will Hardy be wasted here during his entire TNA tenure like he was last week, or will he actually be able to get his legal troubles squared away and shine like he should for someone with his impressive wrestling resume?

Honestly, out of all the big names that were introduced last week, Jeff Hardy just might be the most important in terms of measurement between WWE and TNA. After all, out of all the ex-WWE guys who made surprise appearances last week, Hardy is the one with the most recent and RELEVANT success, and even today WWE is still reaping the benefits of Hardy’s super-face status by keeping CM Punk elevated as one of the top heels on SmackDown.

Therefore, if Jeff can stay focused in TNA, he just may be the real game-changer on the roster before all is said and done.

5. Anyone except The Nasty Boys, Orlando Jordan, and Jesse Neal: I threw in Jesse Neal because he really is a waste of time, and I really think TNA is dropping the ball big-time by devoting any time to a) Washed up veterans who can’t contribute anything substantial to the current TNA landscape; or b) Jesse Neal because he will never be even remotely watchable. Ever. Period. End of Story.

Around The Pulse:

There are some awesome, dedicated writers around the Pulse these days.

Check out Mark Allen here and here.

Pulse Glazer always entertains when he does 10 Thoughts columns.

Will Pruett is The People’s Columnist!

Bambi Weavil’s latest Make Movement is as insightful as ever.

And Pulse Wrestling’s own Iron Man Andy Wheeler covered both Raw and TNA last week.

Wow, I forgot how much fun this was.

Until next time.

CB
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Pulse Wrestling’s TNA Rankings: January 3, 2010 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2010/01/03/pulse-wrestlings-tna-rankings-january-3-2010/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2010/01/03/pulse-wrestlings-tna-rankings-january-3-2010/#comments Mon, 04 Jan 2010 05:58:00 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=95902 Here is the latest update of Inside Pulse Wrestling’s OFFICIAL rankings of TNA. Rankings, will be posted the first Sunday of every month. Click Here for last month’s TNA Rankings (as of December 6, 2009).

Official Pulse Wrestling Rankings for TNA

TNA Champion – AJ Styles (since 9.20.09)
TNA Global Champion – Eric Young (since 10.18.09)
1. The Boss (2)
2. Samoa Joe (4)
3. Kurt Angle (3)
4. Daniels (1)
5. Desmond Wolfe (5)
6. Abyss (9)
7. Hernandez (8)
8. Scott Steiner (6)
9. Matt Morgan (7)
10. D’Angelo Dinero (NR)

TNA Tag Team Champions – British Invasion (since 10.18.09)
1. Beer Money, Inc. (2)
2. Motor City Machineguns (1)
3. Team 3D (3)
4. Abyss & Mick Foley (NR)
5. Dr. Stevie & Raven (NR)

TNA X Division Champion – Amazing Red (10.8.09)
1. Big Rob (NR)
2. Homicide (3)
3. Suicide (1)
4. Jay Lethal (4)
5. Consequences Creed (5)

TNA Knockouts Champion – Tara (since 12.20.09)
1. ODB (Knockouts Champ)
2. Hamada (3)
3. Awesome Kong (2)
4. Roxxi (NR)
5. Lacy Von Erich (4)

TNA Knockouts Tag Team Champions – Sarita & Taylor Wilde (since 9.20.09)
1. Awesome Kong & Hamada (4)
2. Beautiful People (1)
3. Alissa Flash & Daffney (3)
4. ODB & Roxxi (NR)
5. Traci Brooks & Christy Hemme (5)

Inactive Wrestlers/Personalities -Sting (Inactive since October 2009)

Unranked & Inactive Wrestlers/Personalities
-Don West
-Hector Guerrero
-Hulk Hogan
-Jeff Jarrett
-Jeremy Borash
-Jesse Neal
-Kevin Nash
-Kiyoshi
-Mike Tenay
-Rhino
-Shark Boy
-SoCal Val
-Taz
-Tomko
-Willie Urbina

No longer appearing on TV and/or TNAwrestling.com
-Cody Deaner (Released, Non-Kayfabe)
-Kip James (Removed from TNAwrestling.com)
-Lauren Thompson (Released, Non-Kayfabe)
-Sheik Abdul Bashir (Released, Feast or Fired stipulation)


In this monthly feature, the Inside Pulse Wrestling editorial board ranks the Heavyweight, Tag Team, and X Divisions within TNA. Rankings include the top ten Heavyweights, along with the top five Tag Teams, Knockouts & X Division competitors listed on TNAwrestling.com, plus regular, unlisted competitors.

These rankings take into account (in order):

-Current title status
-Declared and presumed storyline rankings
-Recent victories and quality of opponents
-Quality of matches (psychology, workrate, and entertainment value)
-Quality of TV exposure (length, placement during show, and crowd response)

Agree? Disagree? Share your thoughts below!

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TNA Impact Preview for 09.24.2009 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2009/09/24/tna-impact-preview-for-09-24-2009/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2009/09/24/tna-impact-preview-for-09-24-2009/#comments Thu, 24 Sep 2009 19:57:50 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=91950 TNA advertised the following matches for tonight’s Impact on Spike TV:

TNA Tag Team Champions Scott Steiner and Booker T vs. Abyss and Mick Foley.
TNA Women’s Tag Team Champions Taylor Wilde and Sarita vs. TNA Women’s Champion ODB and Tara.
“The Pope” D’Angelo Dinero vs. Suicide in a Street Fight.
Plus Bobby Lashley in his first singles match on Impact.

Click here for the full Impact preview.

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Pulse Wrestling’s TNA No Surrender Report http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2009/09/20/pulse-wrestlings-live-coverage-tna-no-surrender-2/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2009/09/20/pulse-wrestlings-live-coverage-tna-no-surrender-2/#comments Sun, 20 Sep 2009 23:41:53 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=91790
Pulse Wrestling’s TNA No Surrender Report
9.20.09
Live from Orlando
Announcers: Taz & Mike Tenay
Report EXCLUSIVELY for Pulse Wrestling by: PK

Sarita & Taylor Wilde vs. Madison Rayne & Velvet Sky – TNA Knockouts Tag Team Championships
Tenay comes out and says that they were forced to part ways with Angelina Love, and then wished her well in her future endeavors! Madison is allowed to wrestle in her place. Slick Johnson is out to ref the match, but Earl Hebner comes out and sends him to the back. Both teams are in matching outfits, I know Widro loves that. Sarita & Taylor jump the People to start. The crowd is very dead for this match. Heels take over, and beat down on Sarita. Taylor gets the hot tag. Tenay says that Sarita & Taylor remind him of a female Rock & Roll Express. Taylor is holding up Rayne, and Sarita springboard dropkicks Rayne into a German Suplex, Taylor with a bridge and the pin.
Winners – Sarita & Taylor Wilde

Taz & Tenay go over the card, apparently The Pope vs. Suicide in a Falls Count Anywhere Match has been added.

Lauren with the new KO Tag Champs, Taylor says that they have chemistry. Sarita says that she’s had hundreds of Tag Team Partners, but none like Taylor, and that they’ll have the belts for a long time.

Recap of the formation of the World Elite, and their recruiting of Hernandez.

JB is with Eric Young. He refuses to face Hernandez tonight, and still believes Hernandez will join the World Elite. He claims that he will be going to the in a suit, not his wrestling gear.

Hernandez vs. Eric Young
Sure enough, Young is out in his suit. Hernandez comes out and pummels on him. Hernandez with a quick Boarder Toss finishes off this ‘match.’
Winner – Hernandez

JB is with Matt Morgan. Morgan says that it will be every man for themselves tonight, and that it will be all about him and Angle. I sure hope he doesn’t swerve Sting & AJ.

Recap of Joe/Daniels feud.

Samoa Joe (c) vs. Daniels – TNA X-Division Championship
Joe over powers to start, but Daniels’ speed is too much for Joe. Daniels sends Joe to the floor, and then dives on him. Back in the ring, Daniels goes to come off the top, but Joe is up, and he catches Daniels and drops him in a Yurinagi. Joe with a snap power slam for 2. Daniels ducks a few punches, and hits a leg lariat. Daniels with a running bulldog, and then goes to the top hitting a picture perfect leg drop! Joe rolls to the floor, but Daniels follows with a split-leg moonsault on the floor. Joe’s body is lifeless, and Daniels is trying to get him in the ring, but Joe is playing possum, and he tosses Daniels into the ring post. Back in the ring, Joe is on the attack, stomping away on one of Daniels’ knees. Joe locks on a leg bar to keep working on that knee, but Daniels gets to the ropes. Joe with a Power Bomb, and he turns it into STF. He then follows it up with a Single Leg Crab. Daniels gets to the ropes, but when Joe lets go, he hits a few kicks to Daniels busted up knee. But he goes to the well one too many times, and Daniels dodges the kick, and then hits Joe with a diving neckbreaker. Daniels with a top rope clothesline for 2. Joe reverses Daniels, and hits him with a Half Nelson Suplex, but only gets 2. Joe goes for a Samoan Drop, but Daniels fights out, and hits a STO drop, then goes for the BME, but Joe rolls out of the way. Joe puts Daniels on the top, and Joe goes for the M.U.S.C.L.E. Buster, but Daniels slides out, and goes for a reverse DDT, only for Joe to spin out and locks on the Rear Naked Choke, and Daniels has to tap.
Winner – Samoa Joe

Backstage, Foley enters his office to see that someone destroyed his Tweet & Twit picture. JB doesn’t seem to mind that much, but Foley flips out.

Lauren is with The Pope, and he cuts a promo saying that he doesn’t like that TNA Management is telling him what to do. After he takes a sip of Stacker 2: 5 Hour Power, Suicide jumps him from behind.

Suicide vs. ‘The Pope’ D’Angelo Dinero – Falls Count Anywhere
The ref just rings the bell, and runs to the back and they are fighting in the parking lot. Pope gets into a golf cart and tries to run over Suicide, but Suicide leaps in and wraps a headlock on! Pope looks to escape the match, and is climbing the fence, but Suicide comes over and pulls him down on a stack of pallets…pulling Pope’s trunks down at the same time. They make their way back into the arena, Pope leading the way, and he tosses Suicide’s head into the ring bell, and then takes the ring bell hammer and hits the bell while Suicide’s face is on it! HAHA. Pope puts a table next to the ramp, but he can not suplex Suicide though it. They fight the rest of the way up the ramp, and Suicide hits a Fireman’s Carry Roll. Suicide sets up another table on the ramp, and he climbs up the tunnel! Suicide leaps off the tunnel with a leg drop, but Pope moves and Suicide goes through the table solo! Pope rolls over on Suicide for the pin.
Winner – D’Angelo Dinero

Recap of the ODB/Cody Deaner mess.

ODB vs. Cody Deaner – TNA Knockouts Championship
ODB starts pretty fast & furious, but Deaner gets some offense in. Deaner rolls up ODB, and puts his legs on the ropes, but the ref sees it. He gets in the refs face, and starts poking at him, but the ref shoves him right into a roll up from ODB, but only gets 2. ODB goes for a sunset flip, but Deaner holds on to the ropes, and the ref kicks his arms out, but ODB only gets 2 again. Deaner up quickly, and nails ODB with a Haymaker, but only gets 2. ODB recovers, and nails Deaner with the TKO for the win.
Winner and New Champion – ODB

Angle cuts a very angry promo on Matt Morgan.

Mick Foley comes to ringside to commentate on the next match,

Kevin Nash (c) vs. Abyss – TNA Legends Championship
Oh ya, this is also for Dr. Stevie’s bounty. Nash is moving around very slowly, and I’m not sure he knows how to take a bump anymore. The fight on the floor, and it looks like Nash is going to use a chair, but Abyss blocks it. Abyss tosses Nash in the ring, and Dr. Stevie sets up a chair on the ramp and watches. This distracts Abyss, and Nash jumps him. Abyss fights back, and then Stevie makes his way to the ring. The ref is out of the ring, and shoves Stevie back. Daffney slides in from behind Abyss with a tazer, but Abyss nails her with a Black Hole Slam. Nash then drills Abyss with a chair, but only gets 2. Abyss recovers and nails a Choke Slam for 2. Abyss wants Foley to hand him the barb-wire bat, but the ref won’t let him…and it seems like Foley is just toying with Abyss. Nash comes from behind Abyss and uses the tazer on his..um…as Taz would say, yam bag. Nash scores the pin.
Winner – Kevin Nash

Nash gets the belt and the bag of money, but Stevie won’t let him keep the money. Nash kicks him in the gut and hits a Jacknife Powerbomb, then takes the money.

JB with Steiner & Booker. Steiner doesn’t like foreigners.

Team 3D & Beer Money, Inc. vs. British Invasion, Booker T & Scott Steiner – Lethal Lockdown
Doug Williams & James Storm start, and they go back and forth for a while. After 5 minutes, the next competitor comes down, Brutus Magnus. Williams whips Storm towards the door, and Brutus slams the door in Storm’s face. Brits double team, until the next competitor comes down, who is Robert Roode. Roode saves Storm, and Beer Money seems to have control of the match, until the time runs down, and Scott Steiner enters the match. Steiner runs over Roode & Storm. The Brits put Storm on the top rope, and Steiner comes over and nails a FrankenSteiner!! Steiner & Brutus then battering rams both Roode & Storm into the cage. Devon is the next competitor. Faces then take control of the match. Two more minutes go by, and Booker T is announced as the next competitor. Booker is coming down very slowly, but finally gets in the ring. Heels take over, and continue to beat down on the faces. Ray is the final competitor, but Big Rob comes from behind and levels Ray on the floor. Big Rob bullies the tech to lower the lid of the cage, even though Ray isn’t in the ring. Heels continue to beat down, and they start pulling weapons off the cage. Ray finally gets in the ring, after denting a chair over Big Rob’s head. Ray enters with the chair, and he levels all 4 heels. Storm and Brutus go to the top of the cage. Brutus tries to push Storm off the edge, but Roode makes the save and they double suplex Brutus, then they did the Salute! In the ring, 3D hits the 3D on Steiner, but Booker & Williams makes the save. Roode & Storm are back down, and they grab Williams, and nails the DWI for the win
Winners – Beer Money & Team 3D

Lauren with Rhino. Rhino says that real men wrestle. He says that he doesn’t care about MMA.

Rhino vs. ‘The Boss’ Bobby Lashley
A fight breaks out quickly, and they fall to the floor. Rhino then whips Lashley into the guard railing, and Lashley stays down. Lashley fights back, and he lines up for a spear, but Rhino pulls the ref infront of him, and the ref goes down. Rhino then hits the GORE GORE GORE, and the 2nd ref is in the ring quickly, but only gets a 2 count. Rhino lines up for another, but Lashley hits a haymaker punch for the win.
Winner – The Boss

Lauren with AJ Styles & Sting. Much man love going around.

JB is in the ring, and he does all the ring introductions…but then Hernandez’s music plays, and he is cashing in his Feast or Fired case!

Kurt Angle (c) vs. Sting vs. AJ Styles vs. Matt Morgan vs. Hernandez – TNA Heavyweight Championship
Taz & Tenay wonder the decision of Hernandez. Before the bell rings, Hernandez attacks Angle, and they fight up the ramp, and the bell rings. AJ & Sting trade off on Morgan, and Hernandez & Angle fight up the ramp. Hernandez puts Angle up for a Boarder Toss off the stage, but Eric Young comes out and hits Hernandez with a nightstick, then hits him with a pile driver on the stage! The crowd is absolutely dead at this point, and it seems like the original 4 in the match have no clue what is going on. Medics tend to Hernandez, and it looks like he is taken to the back. In the ring, all 4 men seem to be exchanging blows. Angle hits the Angle Slam on Sting for 2, when AJ breaks it up. Angle goes for an Angle Slam on him, but AJ slides through, and AJ nails Angle with the Styles Clash! He gets a 2 count when Morgan breaks it up, and then Morgan hits AJ with the Hellavator. Sting breaks up the pin and hits the Scorpion Death Drop for 2. Angle breaks it up and locks on the Ankle Lock, but Morgan hits the Carbon Footprint on Angle. Sting tosses Morgan out of the ring, and Angle is laid out. Sting looks right at AJ, then leaps to the outside on Morgan, allowing AJ to hit a Springboard 450 Splash for the pin!!
Winner and NEW Champion – AJ Styles

Daniels comes in the celebrate with AJ, and then a sea of TNA fans leap the walls and join them in the ring.

Show Over
~Pk

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