Inside Pulse Wrestling » jeff jarrett Wrestling news, rumors, reviews and commentary, from WWE to TNA to ROH and everything in between... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 16:00:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Wrestling news, rumors, reviews and commentary, from WWE to TNA to ROH and everything in between... Inside Pulse Wrestling no Wrestling news, rumors, reviews and commentary, from WWE to TNA to ROH and everything in between... Inside Pulse Wrestling » jeff jarrett Details On The Rumored New Jeff Jarrett Promotion Fri, 21 Mar 2014 19:40:13 +0000 According to Nick Paglino of, Jeff Jarrett’s big, new project will indeed be the launch of a new wrestling promotion. Jarrett has begun reaching out to talent who may be interested in the new venture and former TNA producer Kevin Sullivan is already on board with the promotion.

The promotion is looking to launch on TV in early 2015 as there are several networks have shown interest in the company.

As of now, SpikeTV, CMT and TBS are leading candidates, as TBS is looking to get back into the wrestling business and Jarrett has CMT connections.

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The View From Down Here – What’s the Hubbub, Bub? Tue, 04 Mar 2014 12:24:38 +0000 I said I might be back, but it’s not in any way, shape or form a regular thing.

What have I done this year? Some wrestling parodies that got me a heap of emails with people sending me their own, ranging from the very good (‘Zeb the Faux Grand Dragon’ by Jay Hillard – bravo, sir) to the downright crap (two people who sent me parodies entitled ‘WWE Bites The Dust’… guys, it doesn’t even scan!), and a heap of vitriol for wasting the time and space on the site (thanks, oh confident and wise internet user ‘Sheet’ who hides behind an anonymous name like any… meh, why bother; it’s like talking to goats, it really is). I’ve updated some news on JJ’s new wrestling promotion, and I wrote a column about 5 PPVs you should track down on the new network. Oh, I also comment here and there.

But I shouldn’t.

You see, I have put my money where my mouth is.

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Yeah… something like that… sure

I am not happy with the direction of the WWE in storyline or main eventers (although I like that Daniel Bryan is in the main event, albeit as everyone’s whipping boy at the moment; and, yes he is in the main event. How many more shows does he have to be in the end of for him to be considered main event by everyone?) and the recycling of yet another authority figure angle.


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This is supposed to apply to consumables… not overused storylines.

I was also not happy with some of the production. The Michael Bay-ing of their camera shots, zooming in with kicks, shaky-cam stuff. This is wrestling, not Hollywood. And speaking for some-one who has seen too many of the WWE’s filmic attempts, it’s definitely not Hollywood. Nothing WWE does is Hollywood.

And I was really unhappy with the women’s wrestling. Again, as some-one who has watched Shine and Shimmer, I knew that the USA had some great female talents. I also knew there were some talents on the WWE payroll. But what we got was more AJ, who outstayed her welcome after, oh I don’t know, a month, and others who people claim have improved, but, then again, some people claim that the Twilight books improved as well… but being less shit than before is still being shit.

In the midst of all this, I grew so put off by TNA - as did my son – that getting rid of that bit of watching was not a strain. Especially after AJ Styles left. But that show was giving me a headache, watching so much talent go to waste and watching people like The Bromans, Anderson and EC3 being pushed at the expense of people with ability.

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This is why we can’t have TNA in the house anymore.

I watched the Rumble… Was underwhelmed. No, it wasn’t terrible or bad, just… meh. But I always watch the Rumble. And then there was this Rumble from Japan:

 It’s an hour and a half long, so if you’ve got time…

This actually brings me to my point, but I won’t go there just yet. More whingeing first.

You see, I also live in a country that won’t get the WWE Network for at least a year, probably longer. The regulations here – and an incoming Internet filter – are just ridiculous. When it comes to old stuff, I think I have copies through old tape trading days and friends in the US of nearly every PPV from WWF/E, WCW and ECW (and most of TNA as well, though that doesn’t count) up to 2010. Old Raws, etc don’t interest me (though I do have a copy of Raw is Owen), so actually the Network only has one thing to keep me enthralled – NXT.

Guess what, I can’t get NXT here any longer either. I saw Arrival (thanks Travis! – who sent me a copy on USB) and thought it was the best WWE PPV (they called it a PPV… but is it a PPV when you don’t Pay to View?) show I’ve seen in ages. That was the first time I’d seen a full NXT show, and what I’ve missed out on is clearly my own stupid fault.

Yes, I fail this bad.

Yes, I fail this bad.

 Okay, my point. So many commentators out there are saying that the WWE isn’t giving the people what they want. They say they aren’t happy, they say they want to be entertained their way and yet the WWE is giving them Randy ‘Boring as Batshit’ Orton and Dave ‘In It For The Movie Roles’ Ba(u)tista as their Wrestlemania main event. They say that there’s too much HHH and that nothing makes sense.

And they still watch.


Just so they can complain? Really?

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That’s about the size of it.

 But, they invariably say, we like wrestling. What else is there to watch?

Well, I can’t feel good about myself if I recommend TNA (and I’m not just saying that because they rejected my job application, but it has led to some other interesting prospects in the USA… not bad for a guy from the arse-end of the universe*), so I won’t.

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Nyah nyah nyah.

 But I’ve got into ROH and DragonGate. I’ve discovered a bit of Puroresu. I’m actually looking forward to Jarrett’s new promotion. (No, really.) The local scene here has been off my radar for a while, partly due to the politics of some of the people involved, and partly because if I can’t do it, then I am having trouble watching people not as good as I was (and I was shit).

I don’t need WWE. I still like wrestling. ROH’s latest PPV I got on some sort of internet video on demand thing that didn’t cost me an arm and a leg and, apart from one or 2 matches, kept me thoroughly entertained. My son watches the old DVDs and VCR video tapes, and there’s enough there for him. He’s recently discovered In Your House 16: Canadian Stampede and the main event. I have no issue with that at all.

How could anyone get tired of watching this?!

How could anyone get tired of watching this?!

So why do we still have people wanting to “riot”, “hijack”, “take-over”, “demand” or whatever the WWE’s shows? Stop watching! It will hit their bottom line, their hip-pocket, and that’s the only thing they’ll listen to. But, you see, at the moment they don’t care that you hate the product because







Oh well. I’m NOT watching their product. I’m not missing their product. ROH and my video collection will do us just fine. They want me back, and my family, and the friends that family could turn onto this (as my son’s friends love the wrestling video collection here… most of them just love the concept of a video as half have never seen one of them before either… modern technology – you suck), then they need to give us wrestling (not just one good match per Raw), storylines that make sense and less guys hired because they were relevent half a decade or more ago.

Oh well. That’s where I stand.





*If any other wrestling bodies need a writer, drop me a line. I reckon I can easily juggle another one – or 2 – in there. Here’s my writing blog. [/shameless_plug]

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A2Z Analysiz: TNA Lockdown 2005 Sat, 01 Mar 2014 14:00:47 +0000 lockdown 2005

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Universal Studios – Orlando, Florida – April 24, 2005

MATCH #1: Chris Candido & Lance Hoyt vs. Sonny Siaki & Apolo

Siaki and Candido start the match. Candido tries a headlock but Siaki overpowers him and hits a shoulderblock. Siaki delivers an armdrag and a dropkick, and Candido lands awkwardly, breaking his leg. That looks nasty. Siaki covers for two, and then Hoyt and Apolo tag in. The two big guys light each other up as Candido is carried to the back. Apolo takes the advantage and tags Siaki in. Hoyt blasts Siaki with a big boot for two. He continues working Siaki over, much to Apolo’s frustration. Hoyt crushes Siaki up against the cage and then hits a bodyslam. He goes up top but Siaki pops up and hits a Super Release Overhead German Suplex. That’s a lot of words for a move. Apolo tags back in now and he’s all over Hoyt. He hits a superkick for two. They do some more awkward brawling. Apolo picks Hoyt up and hits a TKO as Tenay and West announce that Candido did break his leg. Now Apolo slams Hoyt down and Siaki follows with a Superfly Splash to get the pin at 6:57. That was a basic TV style match.
Rating: *¾

The Naturals come out to yell at Hoyt for losing on behalf of Candido. Hoyt tries to fight them off, but after just fighting a handicap match and then being at another two-on-one disadvantage means that he gets beaten up some more.

The unfortunately real story of this match is that Candido had broke his tibia and fibula, and dislocated his ankle, necessitating surgery to implant steel plates and screws into his leg. A few days later Candido died from a blood clot. A man died from taking a simple dropkick. Wrestling can be a cruel business.

MATCH #2: Two out of Three Falls Prince of Darkness Death Match – Dustin Rhodes vs. Bobby Roode

Roode is accompanied by Scott D’Amore and A1. Rhodes starts out hot, unleashing some flip flop and fly early on. Roode gets a schoolboy rollup and puts his feet on the ropes to win the first fall in less than a minute. Rhodes fights right back and hits Roode with the Shattered Dreams. He follows up with a superplex. He then catapults Roode face-first into the cage. A powerslam gets two. Rhodes takes forever to set up a bulldog so Roode throws him off. Now Roode takes over on offense. Roode hits a knee drop off the top rope for a two-count. He uses a chinlock and Rhodes escapes by powering up and hitting an Electric Chair Drop. Rhodes goes for the Curtain Call but Roode escapes and hits the Northern Lariat for a two-count. Roode sets Rhodes up top and goes for a German Suplex (which we saw in the opening match). Thankfully Rhodes blocks it and hits a Super Bulldog to even the score 1-1 at 11:03.

Now that we’re in the third fall both guys have to wear blindfolds, hence the name “Prince of Darkness.” Oy vey TNA comes up with some wacky ideas. So now that they can’t see, they roam around for a bit and do nothing. The referee gets knocked down and Scott D’Amore throws a chair into the cage. D’Amore then enters the cage, rendering the entire gimmick of the show pointless. Since Roode can’t see, he cracks D’Amore across the back with a chair. Then Rhodes delivers an unprotected chair shot to Roode’s head to end this cruel game at 15:18. This wasn’t particularly good to begin with and putting the hoods on made it even harder to watch. It’s funny that six years later Roode is still a guy in a tag team with tons of potential. Good job with that TNA.
Rating: ¾*

MATCH #3: X Division Xscape – Shocker vs. Chris Sabin vs. Sonjay Dutt vs. Matt Bentley

An Xscape match is elimination rules until you get down to the last two and then it’s escape the cage from there. Bentley is accompanied by Trinity. Dutt and Sabin start it off with some fast paced back and forth. They wrestle to a standoff, of course. Dutt hits a headscissors, Sabin hits a rana, and then tags are made. Shocker hits Bentley with a bulldog. Seconds later, he hits another bulldog. Who the hell is Shocker anyway? Dutt and Shocker then work together on Bentley. Sabin even gets in on the action. Bentley is severely outnumbered. He’s able to come back on Dutt throw, hurling him into the cage. He works Dutt over for a few minutes until Dutt comes back with a weak headscissors. Sabin tags in and Bentley rams him into the cage a couple of times for a two-count. He tries to keep Sabin grounded, but it doesn’t work and Sabin hits a tornado DDT. Shocker tags back in and hits a moonsault on Bentley for two. He gets a La Magistral cradle for two. They work in a four-way submission spot up against the cage. Sabin grabs Dutt and powerbombs him into the cage and follows up with a Liger Bomb. For some stupid reason Shocker breaks up the pin. I love that Don West points out that it wasn’t a good move for Shocker to break up the pin. Sabin hits Shocker with an enziguiri. Dutt goes up top and hits Shocker with a Hindu Press. Bentley breaks it up for some stupid reason. Shocker then eliminates Dutt with a twisting elbow drop (no, really) at 10:55. He goes up top and Sabin takes him down with a Super Northern Lights Suplex for a two-count. For some reason again Bentley breaks it up.

Bentley and Sabin fight up on the top rope now and Trinity climbs the cage to try and help her man. Traci Brooks comes out to try and thwart her but she falls and hurts her ankle. Well, she should have been wearing some kind of footwear. Meanwhile Trinity goes to the top of the cage and takes all three men out with a moonsault. Traci’s ankle has miraculously healed, as she gets in the ring to take Trinity out with a clothesline. Bentley harshly throws Traci to the floor. Sabin then grabs Bentley with the Cradle Shock to eliminate him at 14:04. Shocker and Sabin immediately try to escape the cage, and it’s kind of annoying to hear Tenay and West keep pronouncing it as Xscape and knowing that some people say it that way in real life without referring to an X-Division Steel Cage match. Sabin and Shocker trade hands on top of the cage and both drop down at about the same time but Shocker dropped just a little bit before so he wins the match at 15:36. That’s not a bad idea for a match but it was a bit of a mess, and why was everyone breaking up the pinfall attempts?
Rating: **

MATCH #4: Tables Match – Raven vs. Jeff Hardy

Hardy brings a couple of chairs into the cage and goes right after Raven with one of them. He hits Poetry in Motion off a chair, but when he tries another one Raven moves and Hardy crashes into the cage. Raven takes over on offense now, hitting the drop toehold onto a chair. He hits the Raven Effect and sets Hardy up on a table. When he charges, Hardy moves out of the way and Raven crashes through the table. Hardy takes control and hits a chair-assisted legdrop. He whips Raven into the cage several times and Raven is busted open. Raven comes back by reversing a vertical suplex, getting a little time to recover. They go up to the top rope and awkwardly crumble to the canvas. Hardy hits a Twist of Fate from out of nowhere. He sets up a table and puts Raven on it. Then he climbs to the top of the cage and misses a Swanton! Of course in a tables match you have to go through a table via an offensive maneuver so the match continues. Raven attacks him with a chair as some girl in the crowd may be about to cry. I love wrestling. Raven goes to the top rope and Hardy recovers in time to knock him down. A group of “cool guys” try to start a “Let’s Go Raven” chant. Hardy rakes Raven’s face into the cage. He follows up with a dropkick to the back. Raven responds with a low blow. Hardy comes back and gives Raven a taste of his own medicine with a drop toehold into the chair. Some other girl is too horrified to watch. Hardy climbs to the top of the cage seemingly for the sole purpose of getting in position to crotch himself on the cage door. He’s able to kick the door back in Raven’s face though. After a moment of recovery he climbs to the top of the cage and goes for a flying something but misses badly in an awkward spot. Raven sets up two tables side-by-side. He then stacks two more on top of those. The idiot referee actually HELPS Raven do this. Are you kidding me?! As a referee that personally offends me. They climb up the cage and Hardy is able to knock Raven back onto the table stack. Hardy then finishes the climb and hits a legdrop to drive Raven through the tables to get the win at 14:00. That was a decent hardcore brawl with some goofiness and botched spots knocking it down a peg or two.
Rating: **¼

MATCH #5: Strap Match for the NWA World Tag Team Championship – Team Canada vs. America’s Most Wanted

AMW have been the champions since 1.16.05, and this is their second defense. Eric Young and team captain Petey Williams are representing Team Canada tonight. They’re accompanied by A1. The champions go right after their opponents with the straps. They abuse Eric Young’s nuts on top of the cage. A1 interferes by hitting both Chris Harris and James Storm with one of the tag team titles belts to turn the tide towards the challengers. Team Canada then locks the cage with Storm inside and Harris outside, with A1 standing guard. A1 throws Harris into the barricade while Williams and Young abuse Storm inside the cage. They even use the American flag to choke Storm. Harris is able to throw A1 into the guardrail while Storm hits Young with a jawbreaker and Williams with an enziguiri. Now Harris tries to climb back into the cage but Young knocks him back down to the floor. Williams tries a rana but Storm counters with a powerbomb. Storm then hurls Williams into the cage. Young then engages in a strap battle and the Tennessee Cowboy wins that little battle. Williams cuts him off and hits the Tornado DDT. He gets two when the referee catches his feet on the ropes. Now Harris throws A1 into the steel steps and makes his way into the cage! Harris takes both Williams and Young out with a simultaneous lariat off the top rope. He hits Uncle Slam on Williams and then a spinebuster on Young. Then Harris hits a vertical suplex on Williams for two. AMW hits Young with the Hart Attack but he kicks out at two. Williams comes back with the Canadian Legsweep on Harris. Storm tries a superkick but Williams catches it and locks on the Sharpshooter! Young adds an elbow drop off the top rope but Storm kicks out at two! Williams goes for the Canadian Destroyer but Harris breaks it up with a Spear! Harris covers but only gets two. Storm hits Young with a Superkick and then AMW sets him up for the Death Sentence. Williams makes the save. A1 passes Williams the hockey stick and he hits Harris across the back with it. It only gets two! A1 then passes in some powder and Storm kicks it right back into his face. Young cuts Storm off but since Williams can’t see he kicks Young in the groin and then delivers the Canadian Destroyer to him. Storm then grabs the blinded Williams and Harris comes off with the legdrop for Williams’ Death Sentence at 15:10. That was fun and I like how they kept Harris out of the opening minutes. These two teams had good chemistry.
Rating: ***

MATCH #6: TNA X-Division Title Match – “Primetime” Elix Skipper vs. “The Fallen Angel” Christopher Daniels

Daniels has been the champion since 3.13.05 and this is his first defense. These two are former tag team partners with three NWA Tag Team Championship reigns between them (as well as Low Ki when they were all known as XXX). They counter each other early and often since they know each other so well. Daniels tries the Angel’s Wings and Skipper tries the Play of the Day but neither man can hit their finish. They continue to go back and forth without anyone taking a true advantage. Skipper shrugs off some chops and lands a couple of suplexes for a one-count. He hits a headstand into a legdrop for two. Daniels counters by picking Skipper up on his shoulders and ramming him into the cage shoulder-first. Now the champ goes to work on the injured body part. That’s why he’s the champ, folks. Every time Skipper tries to make a comeback Daniels cuts him right off. Finally Skipper uses his good arm to make the comeback and then lands a spin kick. A kick to the back gets a two-count. Skipper hits a belly-to-belly suplex and then lands a guillotine legdrop for two. He tries the Orton Backbreaker but his bad arm won’t let him complete the move, so Daniels hits a uranage. Daniels follows up with the Best Moonsault Ever but Skipper kicks out! Now the champ climbs to the top of the cage and Skipper jumps up there and crotches him. Skipper signals that he’s going to go for the tight rope hurricanrana again like he pulled off at Turning Point 2004. Daniels wisely climbs down, but Skipper leaps off the top of the cage and wipes out both Daniels and the referee. It looks like he landed pretty awkwardly on Daniels’s shoulder. Even so it gets a two-count. Daniels fights back with an enziguiri right to the shoulder. He goes for the Angel’s Wings but Skipper counters to the Sudden Death! The champ re-reverses back to the Angel’s Wings and this time he hits it to get the pin at 15:27. That was a good, focused match with a couple of high spots thrown in, and it worked. Daniels was on fire during this X-Division Title reign.
Rating: ***¼

MATCH #7: Lethal Lockdown – Kevin Nash, Diamond Dallas Page & Sean Waltman vs. Jeff Jarrett, Kip James & Monty Brown

The first man out is Sean Waltman, who couldn’t be any more dressed like a woman. We’re not sure who’s replacing Kevin Nash yet. NWA World Champion Jeff Jarrett is out first for his team. Waltman attacks Jarrett in the aisle and away we go. They’ll battle for five minutes, and then every two minutes thereafter a new competitor will enter the cage. Weapons are legal, and the match can’t be won until everyone has entered. The fight goes up into the crowd and the cameraman loses sight of them. They take the fight back up by the announce table. Waltman wipes Jarrett out with a dive off the table. He blasts Jarrett with a cowbell but misses a chair shot. They get into the cage after about three minutes of brawling around the arena. Waltman has pretty much dominated the entire five minutes. He goes for the Bronco Buster but Jarrett moves out of the way and Waltman crashes into the cage. Kip James is the next man out and Waltman fights off both opponents for a minute before the numbers game takes over. DDP comes out to even the odds and he brought a kendo stick. After another two minutes of brawling Monty Brown makes his way out to complete Team Jarrett. Brown, Kip and Jarrett dominate with their numbers advantage. BG James comes out as the final man and Kevin Nash’s replacement. He tears right after Jarrett with a trash can lid and a camera man bites it. BG even hits referee Rudy Charles with a cookie sheet for no good reason. Brown Pounces both Waltman and BG, and DDP has to break up the cover. I love that the referee has already recovered. What a sham. DDP hits Jarrett with the Diamond Cutter and Kip breaks up the cover. Brown then hits both BG and DDP with a Pounce at the same time. After some more meandering and brawling Waltman traps Brown in a victory roll to get the pin at 15:39. That was not exciting or interesting in any way.
Rating: *½

MATCH #8: Number One Contender’s Match – AJ Styles vs. Abyss

Styles comes flying through the open cage door and wipes Abyss out on the floor! That’s how you start a main event. Abyss tries to whip Styles into the guardrail but Styles slides underneath it and jumps up to deliver a hurricanrana! This is when AJ Styles was still awesome. Styles slams Abyss into the announce table. Abyss tries to whip Styles into another barricade but this time Styles jumps on top of it and then leaps over to an oddly placed platform. Styles jumps off the platform and levels Abyss with a forearm. He charges at Abyss but the monster dunks and Styles goes crashing onto the concrete floor. Abyss takes control now and throws Styles all around the Impact Zone. Styles fights back at ringside and tries to get into the cage, but Abyss slams the door on his arm and then swings it right into his face! Styles bumps hard off that and it looked awesome. He’s busted open now. They finally make it into the cage, and Abyss brings a chair, a chain and a bag of thumbtacks in with him. Abyss wedges the chair between the top and middle turnbuckle. He then wraps the chain around Styles’ neck for a bit before changing his mind and wrapping it around one of the top turnbuckles. Styles almost comes back and charges at Abyss, but the Monster picks him up and heaves him high into the air and Styles lands face-first on the chain-wrapped turnbuckle. Abyss then hurls Styles directly into the cage twice for a two-count. He unwraps the chain from the turnbuckle and goes for a press slam but Styles reverses it to a DDT right onto the chain! Styles hits an enziguiri and a headscissors. He goes for the flipping Scorpion Death Drop but they botch it. Abyss charges and Styles ducks so Abyss crashes head-first into the chair! Styles then hits a German Suplex for two. He tries a Styles Clash but Abyss blocks it and goes for a chokeslam, so Styles counters that to a cradle for two. Styles charges and Abyss catches him with a Black Hole Slam and Styles kicks out at two! Now Abyss gets the tacks out and goes for another Black Hole Slam but Styles counters it. Tenay says that Styles made eye contact with the tacks. Worst commentator in the business. Styles is able to counter a powerbomb into a Styles Clash right on the tacks! Abyss kicks out at two! Styles climbs up to the top of the cage and Abyss throws the referee into the turnbuckle, crotching Styles on the cage. Abyss grabs the chain and climbs up as well. He wraps the chain around Styles’ neck and hangs him! He tries for a Chokeslam but Styles bites his finger. Styles then grabs Abyss in a sunset bomb off the top of the cage right onto the tacks! Tenay gives away the finish by saying “Count With Us!” and Styles does get the pin at 19:59. It’s so bittersweet to watch these old TNA main events that were this awesome because they just aren’t awesome anymore. This is one of the best TNA matches ever and one of my personal favorites.
Rating: ****½

BONUS MATCH #1: Chris Candido & The Naturals vs. Petey Williams, Elix Skipper & Mikey Batts, iMPACT!, 3.4.05

Andy Douglas and Skipper start the match. Skipper hits a back body drop and tries keeping Douglas down on the mat. Williams tags in and Candido interferes from the apron to give Douglas the advantage. Candido officially tags in and misses an elbow drop. He’s able to come right back with a powerslam though, and then a delayed vertical suplex. Candido follows up with a legdrop off the middle rope. Williams reverses a whip and Candido ends up in the Tree of Woe, which is perfect position for the Oh Canada. Candido no sells the move and hits a bodyslam. Chase Stevens tags in and Williams pokes him in the eye before making the tag to Batts. The match breaks down and the referee loses control. D’Amore has the referee distracted for some reason. Williams goes for the Canadian Destroyer on Stevens but Douglas awkwardly breaks it up and sends Williams to the floor. Batts sort of catches Stevens with a Stunner and then follows up with an enziguiri. He covers but Candido comes off the ropes with a diving headbutt and rolls Stevens on top to get the win at 3:37. I like the dynamic between Candido and the Naturals but the match was quite sloppy.
Rating: *¼

BONUS MATCH #2: NWA World Tag Team Championship Match – America’s Most Wanted vs. The Naturals (w/ Chris Candido), iMPACT!, 4.29.05

AMW have been the champions since 1.16.05 and this is their third defense. Candido is out on crutches as a result of the broken leg he sustained at Lockdown. He cuts a brief promo before the match can begin about how he wouldn’t miss this day for anything in the world because his “boys” are going to win the NWA World Tag Team Titles.

James Storm and Chase Stevens start this 30-minute time-limit match. Storm hits the first big move with a Thesz Press, and he’s able to fight Andy Douglas off as well. Chris Harris comes in to even the odds and the champs clear the ring and take the fight to the floor. They brawl all around the arena and throughout the crowd. They take a commercial break and when we come back the Naturals have taken control in the ring. Storm fights back with a jawbreaker on Douglas and Harris gets the hot tag. Harris is a house afire. He hits a cross body off the top rope on Douglas for two. Storm and Stevens get knocked to the floor. Douglas nails Harris with a Harley Race knee. The challengers focus on Harris, wearing him down in their half of the ring. Stevens locks on a Camel Clutch. Harris tries to fight back but Stevens pokes him in the eye and tosses him to the floor. Douglas uses Candido’s crutch to fighter weaken Harris. Back in the ring Stevens gets a two-count. They take another commercial break.

Right as we come back Harris lands a knee to Douglas’s groin. Harris isn’t able to capitalize right away, but when he makes the tag Storm is the proverbial house afire. Storm hits Stevens with a powerslam and Douglas with a Tennessee Slam. Stevens ties to throw Storm to the floor but Storm skins the cat and takes Stevens down with a headscissors. Storm covers but only gets two when Douglas breaks it up. He hits Stevens with an enziguiri for two while Douglas grabs one of the tag team title belts. The referee stops him from using it, but while he’s distracted Stevens blasts Storm with a chair shot to the head! Harris levels Stevens with a Spear. While all four men are down Candido goes into the ring and rolls Douglas on top of Storm and he gets the pin at 12:38 (shown)! The Naturals are now two-time NWA World Tag Team Champions. The Naturals were never great, but they had really good chemistry with America’s Most Wanted and this match is probably one of their better ones. I would really like to see the match without commercial breaks, but I’ll take it.
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Double-J Releases First Post-TNA Announcement Thu, 13 Feb 2014 21:53:01 +0000 The following video is a short (2 minutes) long and comes across as a teaser trailer, essentially, but it is notable for being the first statement Jeff Jarrett has made since leaving TNA.

[Sorry I couldn't embed it. Something about me being in Australia...]

My 2 cents: He puts over the WWE Network and AAA and Indian wrestling, he says he’s going to search the world for the best talent, and basically says to stay tuned. It is an appealing little video package. Good on him.

For what it’s worth… I really liked the photo on the dresser behind him. Nice touch and shows that, even all these years later, what he said at that RAW after the incident, he meant it.

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News On Rumored Jarrett/Keith Promotion, Spike TV Decision, AAA US TV Debut Mon, 03 Feb 2014 16:14:07 +0000 What’s happening with the rumored new promotion?

Things have gone somewhat quiet on the front of Jeff Jarrett’s rumored new promotion.

The type of operation that he, along with presumptive co-founder Toby Keith, is large in scale, and would need a television in place. It’s not expected that a TV deal could be ready before Fall 2014 at the earliest. A key could be Spike, which has a contract with TNA that ends in October. If Spike was looking to make a change, that could be the opportunity Jarrett needs to swoop in.

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Another Indication That Sting Is Done With TNA Sun, 26 Jan 2014 16:35:49 +0000 In another possible clue that Sting’s time with TNA is over, recently resigned founder of TNA Wrestling tweeted out his well-wishes after Sting’s last match on Impact where he lost to Magnus.

Jeff Jarrett Twitter on Sting


It still remains to be seen if Sting re-signs with TNA, makes the long-awaited jump to WWE or is involved with a new promotion that Jeff Jarrett is rumored to be launching.×120.jpg×250.jpg

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TNA Impact Wrestling Fails to Sell Business to Toby Keith Thanks to Jeff Jarrett’s New Wrestling Startup Tue, 21 Jan 2014 10:00:17 +0000 According to the Jan. 20th Wrestling Observer newsletter, Janice Carter did all she could to try and sell off TNA Impact Wrestling to country music singer Toby Keith. Carter and TNA officials went to Norman, Oklahoma to try and sell TNA to Keith, but negotiations hit a snag.

Now, any possible acquisition of TNA by Toby Keith is all but dead because Keith is now allegedly backing Jeff Jarrett’s new startup wrestling company instead. Jarrett has some major meetings the next couple of weeks that could make or break this deal, and he has even started calling everywhere to see which wrestling talent is available.

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10 Thoughts: TNA “Genesis: Part One” 1.16.14 (Magnus, Sting, Samoa Joe, American Wolves) Fri, 17 Jan 2014 22:49:31 +0000 HTC 500x250 - 2014 - TNA Genesis

1. I’m so glad that this special “Genesis” edition of Impact Wrestling begins with a promo video featuring the new TNA World Heavyweight Champion who doesn’t have a match tonight. Also, Magnus coming out with two of the same championships? I can understand why Randy Orton still carries 2 championship belts since THEY ARE DIFFERENT! I guess since Dixie Carter couldn’t “win” the World Championship the same way Vince McMahon, Jeff Jarrett or Vince Russo did, this was the next best thing in her mind. Classy move opening the show with a few words about Mae Young though.

2. I guess Huntsville, Alabama doesn’t have rafters that Sting can hang out in so the mezzanine level had to suffice.

3. I love that TNA thought the best way to start the in-ring action of their Genesis edition of Impact was to try to feature 12 people in one clusterfuck of a “match”. Samoa Joe is the only man in the match that really came off as a star and it was fitting that he earned the submission win. Joe, when motivated, could be a massive star. Unfortunately Samoa Joe has taken the “Rikishi career path” instead of “The Rock career path”.

4. So Austin Aries stands up for Velvet Sky because of Chris Sabin’s treatment of her by suggesting she be put in a cage during their match… I feel like there’s a bit of a double standard here.

5. I remember talking about how Bully Ray was the best heel in the business. His promos were spot on, he was in the best shape of his career and his matches, more often than not, exceeded expectations. And I’m not the only one who felt that way. That’s all but forgotten since the slow death of Aces and Eights & the rise of Dixie Carter as the top heel of TNA. While I think we’re all probably in agreement that a move to WWE at his peak would have killed his momentum as well, it’s a shame that Ray didn’t have a longer run as a top guy in the company. Oh and he had a match tonight with Mr. Anderson. It was a No DQ, Bully Ray/Ken Anderson match. It was decent if somewhat sloppy which is pretty much all they’re capable of when they’re in the ring together nowadays.

6. Kurt Angle actually just said that “when you involve my family, you’ve gone too far.” This is the same guy that had a 2 year-long feud with Jeff Jarrett, the man who legitimately married Angle’s ex-wife – who was ALSO a character on the show! Not only did they focus on the divorce and remarriage but featured Angle’s real children on TNA television! And Kurt thinks this is worse? Maybe his memory is completely shot and that’s why he’s still with TNA.

7. Wait, there’s two weeks of Genesis? And this week doesn’t have a single match that they advertised last week? No Storm/Gunner for a #1 contender’s contract. No Angle/Roode in a cage. And now Magnus is facing Sting for the World Championship where Sting’s career is also on the line. Why the hell is anyone watching this show then?

8. New mommy Madison Rayne pins reigning TNA Knockouts Champion Gail Kim to earn her 5th championship reign. The match wasn’t anything special to say the least but when the Knockouts Division consists of 7 women with one on maternity leave and the other Gail Kim’s bodyguard, there’s only so much you can do.

9. Sting versus Ethan Carter III is headlining this show? Annnnnd now Rockstar Spud is the special referee… Not only was the match bad and completely unsuitable for a show that is billed as “special” but it also had a screwjob finish with Magnus interfering. How can anyone clear these scripts for air?

10. I can’t help but be baffled by this show. Nothing of importance happened and maybe it was just me but I felt completely mislead by what was advertised for tonight’s show. Sure it was cool to see The American Wolves in a major promotion but not only did they not wrestle but they introduced the beginning of ANOTHER new authority figure who can apparently sign new wrestlers. The “authority figure epidemic” is so ridiculous that there is a generation of wrestling fans who’ve never known a wrestling product WITHOUT a “commissioner” or “president” or “general manager” or “owner”. I’m cautiously hopeful that TNA is serious about bringing in strong, new and fresh talent but I’ve been burned so often in the past – especially by Total Non-Stop Action.×120-2013.jpg×250-2014-tna-genesis.jpg

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Dr Seuss Meets A Wrestling Fan Mon, 13 Jan 2014 10:01:58 +0000 No, I’m not back. Not really. This is something I wrote for a friend of mine, so I thought I’d share it here.

Did you ever hear about poor little Dennis O’Day?
He was a wrestling fan who really loved his TNA.
He though the ‘E was not proper, all just silly play,
And to anyone who would listen he would always say,
“I love my wrestling and I watch it every day,
And that’s why I watch Total Nonstop Action – TNA.”

He paid when they started, watched once every seven days;
The six-sided ring was great, he knew ut was here to stay.
Maybe Johnsons and Elvises were just barely okay,
But there was enough other cool stuff for him to be proud to say,
“I love my wrestling and I watch it every day,
And that’s why I watch Total Nonstop Action – TNA.”

Then came the Hulkster, Ric Flair and Sting – Yay!
And Foley and Booker and Angle and Hardy… say…
At least there were still homegrown guys like Joe and AJ
And they had great matches so Dennis still felt he could say,
“I love my wrestling and I watch it every day,
And that’s why I watch Total Nonstop Action – TNA.”

They went back to the old ring – well, maybe, okay…
And in came D-Von and Anderson and… hang on – what they hey?
And Nash squashed X-guys like they were in his way.
And even Dennis the mega-fan was much quieter to say,
“I love my wrestling and I watch it every day,
And that’s why I watch Total Nonstop Action – TNA.”

Then E-C-Dub was back when Dennis though they’d gone away,
And Dixie Carter decided to become Mr McMahon one day,
And then Hogan was gone – surely that’s not bad, I mean to say?
Now you’d be hard-pressed to hear poor Dennis say,
“I love my wrestling and I watch it every day,
And that’s why I watch Total Nonstop Action – TNA.”

And suddenly, story or not, there’s no more AJ.
Rumours abound of a sale happening, now, any day,
Even Jeff Jarrett’s gone, to start again, so they say,
And now a different set of words escapes Dennis O’Day:
“I love my wrestling and I watch it every day,
But I’ll watch me some ROH - bugger TNA!”×120.jpg

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A2Z Analysiz: TNA Genesis 2009 Sun, 12 Jan 2014 14:00:45 +0000 Genesis 2009

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Bojangles Arena – Charlotte, NC – January 11, 2009

MATCH #1: LAX & Eric Young vs. Jimmy Rave, Kiyoshi & Sonjay Dutt

Homicide and Dutt start it off. Tenay and West ignore them in favor of talking about Sting and Rhino, who will battle for the TNA World Title later on. Hernandez has an awesome moustache right now. He gets in the ring with Kiyoshi and throws him around a bit. He tags in Homicide, and Kiyoshi is able to take an advantage and tag Dutt in. Homicide recovers, while they go to a split screen to show Jim Cornette backstage trying to talk to the Main Event Mafia. Meanwhile Dutt takes Homicide down and tags in Kiyoshi. They work him over for several minutes before Homicide is able to make the hot tag to Young. The battle spills to the floor, and Homicide hits a Tope Con Hilo. Dutt follows out with another dive. Hernandez completes the triumvirate with one of his own, wiping everyone out. Young and Rave wind up back in the ring. Everyone else quickly joins them and the referee has lost control. Dutt winds up getting Young in a pinning predicament, and uses the ropes for leverage to eliminate Young at about 10:37 (no bell). Moments later Rave rolls up Homicide to eliminate him at 11:29. Hernandez is facing three-on-one odds now. It doesn’t seem to bother him too much, as he throws everyone around. He hits Kiyoshi with the Border Toss to eliminate him at 12:49. He then nails Dutt with a sit-out powerbomb for another pin at 13:07. Rave gets a brief bit of offense, even going for a superplex. But Hernandez pushes him down and hits a top-rope splash to finish Rave and win the match at 13:46. That was a fine opener and it certainly made Hernandez look good.
Rating: **½

MATCH #2: Tournament Final to Crown a New X-Division Champion – Chris Sabin vs. Alex Shelley

Sabin beat Sonjay Dutt and Kiyoshi on his way here, while Shelley got by Jay Lethal and Eric Young. They start it off with some back and forth chain wrestling. Sabin in a former four-time X-Division Champion, while Shelley has never held the belt. Shelley starts going after the knee. That doesn’t last too long and they pick up the pace a little bit and Sabin takes the advantage. The crowd hasn’t really been reacting much thus far. The battle spills to the floor, and Sabin hits a suicide dive through the ropes, knocking Shelley back into the announce table. Shelley comes back and hits a somersault legdrop off the top rope while Sabin is draped over the middle rope. A Lionsault gets two for Shelley. Sabin makes a comeback and each man blocks the other’s finisher. Shelley charges at Sabin and eats a kick to the face and both men are down. Back to their feet they trade moves as the pace quickens once again. Sabin hits a nasty tornado DDT for a close near-fall. He tries to follow up with a springboard something but Shelley grabs him out of the air and puts on a Crossface. Shelley rolls it over and tries a chicken wing but Sabin counters. Sabin charges into the corner and Shelley hits him with a Sudden Stop. Shelley tries a springboard DDT but Sabin counters with a neckbreaker and a Tiger Suplex for two! Sabin hits an enziguiri, but Shelley comes back with an Air Raid Crash for two. Shelley goes up top and Sabin knocks him down. Sabin tries a hurricanrana but Shelley blocks it. Shelley comes down and hits a powerbomb, then goes back up for a Frog Splash. Sabin gets the knees up. He gets up first and goes up top, but Shelley swats him out of the air. Shelley goes back up and hits a Frog Splash on Sabin’s back. He goes back up once again and hits a traditional Frog Splash for a two-count! Sabin fires up and hits a devastating clothesline, followed by the Cradle Shock, but it only gets two! He sets Shelley on the top rope and goes for a Super Cradle Shock. Shelley fights it off and hits a Superkick and then Sliced Bread #2, but Sabin kicks out! Sabin hits a Superkick and goes for Cradle Shock. Shelley counters to a Sliced Bread attempt, but Sabin avoids that. Sabin goes to the apron, and Shelley appears to have injured his foot on that last landing. He’s just playing possum though, as he rolls Sabin up to score the pin and win the title for the first time at 16:40. I’m not much of a fan of the finish and the selling was come and go, but aside from that it was a very entertaining match. This is what TNA’s X-Division should be like.
Rating: ***¾

MATCH #3: Grudge Match – Shane Sewell vs. Sheik Abdul Bashir

I don’t care for this angle, particularly because of Sewell. They brawl for a while at the beginning, taking it outside the ring. Then they get back in the ring and basically start the match over. No, really. It’s all Sewell in the early going. Bashir tries to escape up the ramp, but Sewell chases him down and beats on him outside the ring some more. The tide turns when Bashir drops Sewell crotch-first onto the steel guardrail. Referee Hebner makes an exceptionally slow count, and Sewell makes it back to the ring. Bashir goes to work now, hitting a neckbreaker for two. Tenay calls Bashir a former X-Division Champion, but that would be incorrect. Bashir hits some chops in the corner, but Sewell decides to stop selling and goes on offense briefly before Bashir catches him with a spinebuster for two. He works on Sewell’s back for a bit. Sewell comes back with a flying forearm and both men are down. Back to their feet and Sewell is on fire. Sewell hits a blatant low blow and a bulldog for two. He goes up top and hits a cross body block for two. Then he sucks up to the crowd by putting on a Figure-Four Leglock. Bashir reaches the ropes, and then catches Sewell with a hotshot. He takes a swing at Hebner, who ducks and then delivers a slap to Bashir. He then chases Hebner, which allows Sewell to recover and hit a clothesline. One sunset flip later and Sewell gets the pin at 10:19. That was a whole lot of not much.
Rating: *

MATCH #4: TNA World Tag Team Championship Match – Beer Money, Inc. vs. Abyss & Matt Morgan vs. Jay Lethal & Consequences Creed

Lethal Consequences have been the champions since 1.8.09, and this is their first defense. They successfully cashed in a “Feast or Fired” briefcase to win the titles. Storm and Creed start the match. They do some back and forth for a bit and then make tags to their partners. Lethal stays on offense against Roode, thwarting all of his attacks. Jacqueline tries to interfere but she gets beat up too, sandwiched between her two charges. Abyss comes in and works with Lethal Consequences for a brief time. The Beer Money trio falls into a sexually suggestive position, and Roode enjoys it a little too much. Abyss beats them up a little bit more before they gain the advantage on him with some double-teaming. He tries to make the hot tag to Morgan, but Creed reaches out and steals the tag instead. He’s on fire at first but Beer Money double teams him back down. The match breaks down to a pier-six brawl. Abyss chokeslams Lethal over his knee, but then Creed hits a Missile Dropkick on him. Morgan hits the Carbon Footprint on Creed, but then gets double-teamed by Beer Money. Abyss then accidentally hits Morgan with one of the title belts. Roode goes for the cover but Lethal hits the Top Rope Elbow on him, but Jacqueline is distracting the ref. Storm gets in the ring and superkicks Lethal. He then puts Roode back over Morgan to get the pin at 15:20 to regain the titles. That was fun up to a point, but then the finish took way too long to execute. Morgan laid there forever, and while on one hand I can appreciate someone selling a foreign object shot, the way we’ve been conditioned over the years just makes stuff like that look lame now.
Rating: ***

MATCH #5: TNA Knockout Tag Team Match – ODB, Roxxi & Taylor Wilde vs. Raisha Saeed, Rhaka Khan & Sojourner Bolt

This match was supposed to be Awesome Kong defending the Knockouts Championship against Christy Hemme, but since Hemme is injured we get this match instead, and the winner of the fall will get a future title shot. This creates an interesting scenario, because the Saeed, Khan & Bolt team are known as the “Kong-tourage” because of their association with the champion. Wilde and Bolt start it off. Of all six women in this match, Wilde is the only one that is a former champion. They do some stuff and then tag Roxxi and Saeed. Roxxi tags ODB, and Saeed soon tags Khan. The babyface team has been controlling the match thus far. The heels use some dirty tactics to take over and isolate Wilde from her partners. Wilde finally makes the hot tag to ODB, who is on fire-ish. Rhaka Khan is pretty embarrassing out there. The referee loses control, and in the chaos ODB traps Saeed in an inside cradle for the pin at 7:50. That was just brutal.
Rating: ½*

MATCH #6: The Rematch – Jeff Jarrett vs. Kurt Angle

I gave the first match back at Bound for Glory ***½. This is a no-disqualification match, and the first of three main events tonight. Jarrett charges the ring and the match is underway. Angle tries a sleeper but Jarrett hits a blatant low blow. Jarrett hits an Electric Chair drop, and then clotheslines Angle to the floor. He follows Angle out and throws him into the guardrails. Then he throws a beer in Angle’s face. He throws Angle back in the ring, but Angle is able to recover and knock Jarrett off the apron before he can get back in the ring himself. Back in the ring now Angle is in control. Looking at the two matches to come after this, I wonder why this isn’t the main event. Jarrett recovers and back drops Angle hard to the floor. Man, Angle takes some ridiculous bumps. Speaking of ridiculous bumps, Jarrett leaps over the top rope and catches his back foot on the top rope and almost bashes his face into the floor. They fight over by the broadcast table now and Angle is back in control. Angle hits a sick shot to Jarrett’s head with the ring bell, and Jarrett is busted open. Jarrett fights back and hits a DDT on the entrance ramp. Both men rise to their feet and continue fighting on the stage. Angle grabs Jarrett and hits a sick Angle Slam through a table. Jarrett appears to have taken a pretty nasty bump there. It looks like Angle is bleeding now too. They eventually make their way back to the ring and start trading punches. Jarrett fires up and takes the advantage, hitting a Pedigree (or a DDT, if you’re Tenay) for two. He tries the Stroke, but Angle counters to the Ankle Lock. Jarrett counters and rolls Angle to the floor. Angle gets fired up and brings a chair into the ring. Jarrett dropkicks the chair into Angle’s face and hits the Stroke, but Angle kicks out at two! He puts Angle on the top rope and tries a superplex but Angle shoves him down to the mat. Angle hits a missile dropkick and then hits the Angle Slam for two. He tries the Ankle Lock again but Jarrett kicks him away. Angle charges and Jarrett moves, and Angle’s shoulder connects with the ring post. Jarrett grabs the guitar but Angle counters with a low blow. Angle grabs a chair and clobbers Jarrett with it, but it only gets two! Jarrett recovers while Angle yells at the referee. He tries an Enziguiri but Angle catches it and locks on the Ankle Lock. Jarrett eventually rolls through to a victory roll but Angle kicks out. Angle tries another Angle Slam but Jarrett counters to a DDT. Jarrett takes his turn clobbering Angle with a chair, but can’t make an immediate cover. He finally crawls over and gets a two-count, but Angle surprises him with a quick rollup of his own to get the pin at 21:59! What a great finish. That was significantly better than their first match, and the best match I’ve seen out of Jarrett in who knows how long.
Rating: ****

MATCH #7: TNA World Heavyweight Championship Match – “The War Machine” Rhino vs. “The Icon” Sting

Sting has been the champion since 10.12.08, and this is his fourth defense. Rhino got beat up earlier tonight, so his head is bandaged up. He’s angry about that, so he attacks Sting right away. Sting tries to take a powder but Rhino is all over him. Sting soon takes advantage of the weakened challenger, and brings the match back in the ring. Rhino makes a brief comeback and goes up to the top rope, and Sting shoves him down hard to the floor. He makes it back to the ring, and Sting goes after the bloody head. Then he goes to the bearhug, and I guess Rhino’s back was injured earlier today as well. Rhino comes back with a belly-to-belly suplex for a two-count. He even hits a Gore, but it was about half speed, and Sting is able to roll to the floor. He brings Sting right back in the ring and goes up top and misses a diving headbutt. Sting locks on the Scorpion Deathlock. Rhino gets the ropes and blocks a second attempt at the move. He hits another belly-to-belly suplex and sets up for the Gore. Sting moves out of the way and hits the Scorpion Death Drop for the pin at 8:24. That was passable for TV, but pretty lousy for a World Title pay-per-view match.
Rating: **

MATCH #8: Mick Foley, AJ Styles & Brother Devon vs. Booker T, Scott Steiner & Kevin Nash Kip James

Nash has a staph infection in his elbow, so yes Kip James really is in the main event of a TNA show. Booker is still the useless Legends Champion at this point. Why does he talk the way he does in his promos? Tenay trying to sell Kip as a worthy part of the main event is pretty funny; although, the very concept of this match in the first place is pretty funny to begin with. Even Kip James has to cut a promo trying to sell the crowd on him being worthy of being in this spot. He lists his accomplishments, all of which occurred in WWE. When you have to go out of your way to convince the audience that one of the people in the match is worthy of being there, the guy probably shouldn’t be in the match. The match starts with all six men brawling in the ring, but they quickly make their way to the floor. This is Foley’s first match since the 2008 Royal Rumble, I believe. The referee tries to restore order, which feels suspiciously like stalling to me. They start the match proper with Styles and Kip in the ring. Styles hits a nice dropkick and Kip rolls to the apron and tags Booker. Foley also tags in, and he’s able to help isolate Booker and the babyface team works him over in their corner. Booker recovers and tags Kip back in. Styles gets a rollup on Kip for two, but then eats a boot to the face, and Kip tags Steiner. The Mafia beats on Styles for a while. Styles comes back with a Pele kick on Booker, who then rolls over and tags Kip. He hits another Pele kick on Kip, and this time makes the tag to Foley. The match quickly breaks down to a brawl, and they head to the floor. Referee Rudy Charles apparently throws the match out at 8:20. Jim Cornette doesn’t like that, so he comes out and orders the match be restarted. Booker disagrees with Cornette’s authority and says the match is over. Foley agrees that Cornette does not have that authority, but he does, and he makes it a hardcore rules match. So what exactly does Cornette have authority to do? Plunder gets involved almost right away. The crowd is much more interested in this than what they were doing before, but it’s pretty much a mess all around out there. Styles splashes Kip through a table on the floor. Back in the ring Steiner and Devon are battling on the top rope. Devon knocks Steiner down and hits a diving headbutt. Booker comes in the ring and nails Devon with the Axe Kick. Foley gets in the ring and traps Booker in the Mandible Claw. Steiner breaks that up with a trash can shot, and then he brings a chair into the ring. Foley awkwardly fights them both off, and then hits Steiner with a DDT on the chair to get the pin at 5:41 (total match time 14:01). That was a terrible match in just about every way.
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A2Z Analysiz: TNA Genesis 2005 Thu, 09 Jan 2014 14:00:16 +0000 genesis 2005

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Universal Studios – Orlando, Florida – November 13, 2005

Mike Tenay and Don West are on commentary. This show is dedicated to Eddie Guerrero, who passed away earlier in the day.

PRESHOW MATCH #1: Shark Boy vs. Nigel McGuinness

McGuinness is the ROH Pure Champion at this time. He immediately shows off his technical prowess, and mocks his opponent in the process. Boy comes back with a dropkick and the Shark Bite. They continue to trade momentum back and forth and both get a couple of near-falls. McGuinness gets a chance to show off a fraction of his offense and then Boy gets a small package from out of nowhere to get the win at 5:33. That was decent but even at this time Nigel deserved a better shot from TNA.
Rating: **

PRESHOW MATCH #2: The Diamonds in the Rough vs. Lance Hoyt & The Naturals

Hoyt starts the match with Elix Skipper. That goes about how one might expect. Andy Douglas tags in and Skipper rakes his eyes and makes the tag to David Young. Douglas takes control and Skipper tries to help his partner out but Chase Stevens evens the odds and the Naturals dominate. Hoyt even gets in on the fun with a house show dive to wipe out Skipper, Young, and even Simon Diamond on the floor. Back in the ring the Diamonds are able to take control and isolate on Stevens. Eventually Hoyt gets the hot tag and he cleans house. Douglas tags in and hits a top rope elbow drop on Young for a two-count. The Diamonds come back and clear the ring except for Stevens, who falls prey to a double flapjack for what I would consider an upset victory at 5:49. This was just more harmless preshow fluff.
Rating: **

MATCH #1: Raven vs. Mystery Opponent

Larry Zbyszko chooses PJ Polaco, better known as Justin Credible, to be Raven’s opponent tonight. Obviously this one starts as a brawl, since that’s what these two do best. Polaco takes control and sends Raven to the floor. Back in the ring Polaco continues to keep Raven grounded. They go back to the floor and Polaco grabs a Singapore Cane. Luckily for Raven, his disciple Cassidy Riley is there to take the hit for him. Back in the ring Raven fires up and delivers his usual comeback offense. Polaco goes for a Superkick but Raven grabs the leg and locks on the Ankle Lock, but Polaco breaks free and hits a DDT for two. Back on their feet Raven grabs the Raven Effect DDT to get the pin at 5:54. Remember Sunday Night Heat in 2003? I do, now.
Rating: *¾

MATCH #2: Hockey Stick Fight, Special Referee Kip James – The 3Live Kru vs. Team Canada

The 3Live Kru is BG James, Konnan, and Ron “The Truth” Killings. Team Canada is represented by Bobby Roode, Eric Young, and A1. Hockey sticks are hanging from all six corners of the ring, and if you can bring one down you can use it. The match starts as a brawl on the floor, and when they make it to the ring the 3LK takes control. Truth pulls down the first hockey stick and Konnan attaches his shoe to the end of it to make it an even better weapon. Momentum shifts back and forth a bit, and the Canadians focus on BG. Referee Kip James appears to be showing favoritism to the Kru. Three hockey sticks have been brought down by the time BG makes the hot tag to the Truth. The match breaks down as Kip has lost control. The Kru dumps Roode and A1 to the floor, and then hits a hockey stick assisted legdrop to the groin for the win at 10:22. That seemed to go on forever and was never interesting.
Rating: *¼

TNA’s Major Acquisition

To the surprise of no one at the time, Christian Cage is the major acquisition. He cuts a pretty good promo about how he came to TNA because he wanted to be a big fish in a little pond, so to speak, and that he wants to win the NWA World Championship. Mike Tenay keeps talking during the pauses, just to piss me off I think. Team Canada’s Scott D’Amore makes his way out along with Bobby Roode. D’Amore reminisces with Cage, and makes his case for them to join forces. Cage says he’ll give them an answer by the end of the night. That was a good way to make Cage seem like a big deal.

MATCH #3: Contender’s Match – Jeff Hardy vs. Monty Brown

Hardy does some truly hideous things in the early going that make me fear for Brown’s well-being. How many times did TNA let Hardy perform under the influence? They take the battle to the floor and continue awkwardly brawling. I guess this is a no-countout match because they were out there for a long time. Brown takes control and wears Hardy down. After several minutes Hardy hits the Whisper in the Wind from out of nowhere and then a mule kick. Hardy hits an inverted Twist of Fate and Brown kicks out at two. He goes up for the Swanton but misses and Brown hits the Pounce for the win at 8:51. That was all kinds of awkward, but at least the right guy went over.
Rating: *½

MATCH #4: Elimination X Match – Christopher Daniels, Samoa Joe, Roderick Strong & Alex Shelley vs. Chris Sabin, Matt Bentley, Sonjay Dutt & Austin Aries

Strong and Bentley start the match for their teams. They go back and forth, showing their stuff to the Impact Zone audience. I miss THIS X Division. Shelley and Dutt get tagged in and they show off too. The crowd loves it all. Joe comes in and kicks Dutt down in the corner and delivers the Face Wash. Aries tags in and tries to strike Joe down but that doesn’t work so well for him. The crowd is collectively hard for Joe at this point in time. Daniels tags in and Sabin quickly follows, so everyone has been in now. The action is coming from everyone now and at a very fast pace. Aries and Strong end up alone in the ring and Aries hits him with the 450 Splash to score the first elimination at 12:02. Joe distracts Aries from the apron and Daniels gets a schoolboy rollup to even the odds at 12:16. The momentum continues to shift between the teams and the action is still non-stop. Shelley hits Dutt with the Air Raid Crash and locks on the Border City Stretch to eliminate him at 15:07. Moments later Bentley evens the odds by eliminating Shelley after a Superkick at 15:50. We’re down to two-on-two now. Even with just four guys the pace stays quick and control gets traded back and forth. Daniels hits Bentley with the Best Moonsault Ever and Bentley kicks out. They work in a Tower of Doom Spot where Joe is the last man standing. He used to be so cool. Bentley drills Joe with a Superkick and Daniels has to break up the cover. Daniels then sets Joe up for the Muscle Buster, and then Joe locks on the Choke and Bentley taps out at 20:35. These are pretty unfortunate odds for Sabin. Joe goes for another Muscle Buster but can’t connect. Sabin lands a missile dropkick to the back and goes for the Cradle Shock. Daniels breaks that up and Joe tries the Muscle Buster again but Bentley grabs his leg from the floor. That gives Daniels the chance to hit Sabin with the Angel’s Wings to get the pin and win the match at 23:15. This is what the X Division used to look like, and I miss these days like you wouldn’t believe. The match was great stuff and the tension between Joe and Daniels as they tried to one-up each other gave the match purpose.
Rating: ****¼

After the match Joe assaults Daniels with a steel chair, busting his head open. This is totally against the code of the X Division! Joe brings Daniels back in the ring and hits a Muscle Buster. He grabs a chair and delivers one more Muscle Buster right on the chair!

MATCH #5: No Disqualification Match – Sabu vs. Abyss

Sabu tricks Abyss into thinking he has barbed wire wrapped around his arm, and he uses the fear to hurl a chair at Abyss’s face and take control. The fight immediately spills to the floor and Sabu grabs a table. Nothing happens with that yet and they go back in the ring, where Abyss takes control. Sabu fights back but gets cut off and blasted with a steel chair to the head. The next time Sabu comes back he’s able to sort of hit the Triple Jump Moonsault for a two-count. Sabu then drops a very audible F-Bomb in the direction of the camera man. He sets up a table and when Abyss uses it to pull himself up, Sabu hits a slingshot somersault legdrop to send Abyss’s face right into the table and break it. Jim Mitchell gives Abyss a bag of thumbtacks, and Sabu counters with a chair wrapped in barbed wire. Unfortunately for Sabu, Mitchell blocks him from using it as a weapon. Abyss then picks Sabu up for a Chokeslam right onto the pile of tacks but it only gets a two-count. He goes up to the second rope for a splash but Sabu moves out of the way and Abyss eats tacks. An awkward spot lands Abyss on top of the tacks again and Sabu gets a two-count. Sabu locks on a Camel Clutch and Abyss reaches the ropes. Abyss then grabs Sabu with a Black Hole Slam right on top of the barbed wire chair to get the pin at 10:48. The finish was sick but the match was pretty not that interesting until then.
Rating: **¼

MATCH #6: X Division Championship Match – AJ Styles vs. Petey Williams

Styles has been the champion since 9.11.05, and this is his second defense. Williams, a former X-Division Champion, is accompanied by fellow Team Canada member A1. These two have wrestled many times before, including one year ago on TNA’s debut three-hour pay-per-view, Victory Road. At that time Williams was the champion and Styles the challenger. The feeling out process sees both guys getting pretty aggressive with each other. Styles hits The Dropkick and otherwise keeps Williams on the mat. He knocks Williams to the floor and then wipes him out with a ridiculous dive over the ropes. They fight up to the apron and Williams hits a sick German Suplex off the apron and onto the guardrail! Ouch. Referee Slick Johnson then sends A1 to the back and convinces Williams not to use the hockey stick. I’d say he’s doing his job. Back in the ring Williams continues to work the back. After several minutes Styles comes back and hits the Pele and both men are down. Back on their feet Styles is on fire, hitting Williams with a variety of maneuvers but none that quite get the job done. Momentum shifts back and forth and the crowd is into it. Styles tries the Styles Clash but Williams counters with a DDT for two. Williams hits the Canadian Legsweep and then locks on the Sharpshooter. Styles reaches the ropes and then launches himself off the top rope with a forearm shot from out of nowhere to take Williams out. Samoa Joe comes out to watch the match up by the entrance and Styles gets distracted. Williams tries to capitalize with a superplex but Styles reverses it to a Super Styles Clash to get the pin at 18:19. These two had pretty good chemistry together and they did a lot of really cool spots in this match, mostly the German Suplex off the apron. The finish was great and the heat was there. This is a lost gem.
Rating: ****¼

MATCH #7: Six Man Main Event Match – Jeff Jarrett & America’s Most Wanted vs. Rhino & Team 3D

America’s Most Wanted are the current NWA World Tag Team Champions, and Jeff Jarrett is the NWA World Champion. Jarrett, Chris Harris and James Storm try to run away before the match can even start so Rhino, Brother Ray, and Brother Devon chase after them and the fight starts in the crowd. It appears as though referee Rudy Charles is playing hard and fast with the rulebook. Three brawls make their way through three different parts of the arena. Rhino has something sticking out from under his singlet and it’s very off-putting. Team 3D has both of the tag team champions busted open. Barely anything has happened in the ring; it’s all been a wild brawl. Rhino hits Jarrett with a Piledriver up on the entrance ramp and then sets up a table. He goes for the Gore but Storm cuts him off with the Last Call Superkick. Team 3D and Storm end up in the ring together, and then Jarrett makes his way in. Jarrett hits Ray with the Stroke but it only gets two! Rhino is back in the ring now and Jarrett turns right into a Gore! Harris pulls the referee out before the three-count can be made. AMW takes control but can’t put either Ray or Devon away. They set up a table but that’s just speaking Team 3D’s language. Ray and Devon come back and hit Harris with the 3D to get the win at 15:46. I expected nothing from that but that was actually a lot of fun. The action never stopped and they worked some good spots in there.
Rating: ***¾

The brawl continues after the match, and even Gail Kim tries to get involved. Team Canada comes out to make the save and they have a huge advantage now. Christian Cage comes out with a steel chair and reveals his Team Canada t-shirt! But it’s a ruse, as Cage grabs D’Amore and hits the Unprettier! Jarrett then takes the 3D through a table.×120.jpg

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JR Blog: Jarrett/Keith Promotion Update, Daniel Wyatt, WWE Old School Raw Mon, 06 Jan 2014 23:47:10 +0000 Jim Ross did another blog update today, responding to rumors of his involvement in a new promotion.

on Jeff Jarret & Toby Keith:
FYI…I have not had any conversations with anyone about starting a ‘new’ pro wrestling promotion. I have not spoken to Jeff Jarrett since he left WWE on a day that doesn’t rank too high on my list of fun days at work.

Some websites are irresponsibly running with the story that just because Toby Keith and I are friends and fellow Okies who both follow the Sooners that I’m about to do business with Toby and Jeff Jarrett which isn’t true. Toby and I had dinner at the Sugar Bowl, he’s a wrestling fan from the old days and, a helluva entrepreneur with deep pockets. Nonetheless the reason that we were there was to support our Sooners vs. Alabama in the Sugar Bowl and not talk about pro wrestling.

on Daniel Wyatt
WWE creative must hit it out of the park tonight on the Daniel Bryan, who’s soon to be known as Daniel Wyatt based on weekend WWE live events, and the Wyatt Family storyline. I’ve never seen a talent over the last few years get ‘over’ to the level of Bryan and then be booked so curiously. Hopefully, at the end of the day, this will come full circle and please many fans but at least Bryan is still getting quality TV minutes and his bell to bell in ring work is virtually untouchable.

on his hopes for WWE Old School Raw tonight
Hopefully the Legends will be allowed to be themselves tonight on RAW and not be over produced and have their entire promos written by a creative team member. Tonight would be a good night to go really ‘Old School’ and let the verbal creativity flow from those who are good at extemporaneous speaking.

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Rumor: Jeff Jarrett To Start New Promotion With Toby Keith, Jim Ross Mentioned Mon, 06 Jan 2014 18:01:09 +0000 jeff_jarrett_280x39_883423a1_9951

While TNA continues to have financial troubles, it appears that TNA’s original founder is gearing up for a possible new promotion.

In an MLW podcast on Sunday, Konnan noted that Jarrett buried TNA in a conversation they had, saying the promotion was in bad shape and wasnt sure it would make it out of the year.

Konnan noted that Jarrett would have a big announcement this week on a new project. Speculation is that its a new wrestling promotion, with country superstar Toby Keith involved as a founder.

Interestingly, Jim Ross has been mentioned as being attached to the project. Last week, Ross slipped in that he was meeting with a “major sports concern” and this tweet:×120.jpg

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The Stomping Ground: Year-End Retrospective Sat, 28 Dec 2013 07:35:02 +0000 Ladies and gentlemen, I know you’ve been clamoring for my return for many months…..and I’m more than happy to oblige. Welcome back to The Stomping Ground!

I know that when last we spoke, I had promised the return of a special guest. Rest assured that we chatted about a reunion about a month ago, but conflicting schedules have made it difficult to coordinate. I fully intend to keep my promise, but it will unfortunately not come to fruition in this particular column. This week, I figured I’d touch upon the goings-on in the business of professional wrestling since my extended absence. Without further ado, I present my thoughts on all things rasslin’ for the last three months.

Daniel Bryan: A lot of people were up in arms about Bryan’s perceived removal from the main event scene. I still maintain that he is just being pushed to the side until the Road to Wrestlemania season, when more eyes will be glued to the TV and therefore a greater chance for exposure. Besides, the crowd is still ridiculously in love with this guy and I don’t see that waning any time soon. His feud with the Wyatts only makes them more prominent by association, which is most certainly a positive any way you slice it.

The Authority: I’m still not sure how I feel about this. Clearly they are heels, but at times they seem to play to the audience. With Randy Orton playing the whiny bitch, it only muddles the situation further. I think this is a product of poor planning simply because this storyline is developing during a period of low interest (it’s football season, after all) and therefore Triple H and Stephanie are in “Character Development Hell” until after the holidays.

The Year of the Six-Man Tag: Thanks to the incredible talents of The Shield, we received a full year of amazing six-man tag team matches that could easily be in contention for Match of the Year. I don’t recall ever seeing a trio that worked so well together from the moment they entered the public’s consciousness. By extension, we now actually have a decent tag team division. Remember when everyone thought the ascension of Team Hell No would lead to a rebirth of the tag team division and I was hesitant to agree? Well, now I’m a believer….and it has nothing to do with Bryan and Kane.

TNA: You know, despite the fact that my musings are almost entirely focused on WWE, I do dwell on TNA from time to time. I don’t watch Impact at all but I do read up on reviews of the show and all the TNA news I can find, so I’m not completely biased. It’s a shame that the company has fallen on such hard times, but that’s what you get when you have shoddy management. From rumors of a buyout, to a return to tapings in Florida, to the recent reveal that Jeff Jarrett has essentially severed his ties with the company he was responsible for founding, the trend of bad news continues to trickle in. It’s almost as bad as watching a pop star meltdown. Unfortunately, I predict the end of TNA in 2014.

Cody Rhodes and Goldust: While I’m all for nostalgia, I’m not as excited as some of you for the team known as the Brotherhood (which makes them seem rather heelish). I think it’s rather interesting how often they lose their matches despite being Tag Team Champions. I know it’s to make the other teams look like contenders, but when was the last time a pair of champions was made to look so weak? I like Cody’s potential but I just don’t see any real excitement in their rumored match at Wrestlemania.

The New Blood: Of course, I am referring to the influx of talent that has seemingly taken over here at the Pulse. Jeff Heatherly has certainly courted controversy with his Guys and Divas, and while I don’t agree with his opinion on the state of the Divas’ division, I enjoy his enthusiasm and passion for what he loves about the business. CH Punk and his column, Forever Heel, has a lot of potential. I like how he occasionally gets into character as a heel when discussing current events and his retrospectives on heels of the past. Wrestling Facts has had some amusing “factoids” in his timeline series; keep up the good work! John Kincaid‘s Creative Control provides a fresh perspective on armchair booking and “What If?” scenarios. Finally, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention David Spain‘s fantastic Smackdown recaps. As I’ve stated before, he has my total blessing to take over where I left off; he’s witty and a chip off the old block.

Well, that about wraps up my thoughts here. I’ll be popping up from time to time with new columns, but they probably won’t be every week or even during my regular Thursday time slot. I guess you could call this semi-retirement, similar to how Harrak, Sawyer, Blair, and CB show their ugly mugs from time to time. Lazy bastards.

Happy New Year, and, as usual….

So long, and thanks for all the fish.

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Founder of TNA Impact Wrestling Resigns Tue, 24 Dec 2013 01:48:53 +0000 Today, original founder of NWA-TNA with his father Jerry Jarrett, Jeff Jarrett announced his resignation from the company via Twitter. He wrote:

Jeff Jarrett Twitter Resigns


TNA responded quickly with this prepared statement:

“TNA Entertainment, LLC announced today that it has accepted Mr. Jeff Jarrett’s resignation from the company effective January 6th, 2014.

Dixie Carter, President, commented “On behalf of TNA, we would like to thank Jeff for his contributions to the Company. We wish him the very best and look forward to his continued participation as an investor in TNA Wrestling.”×120.jpg×250.jpg

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A2Z Analysiz: TNA Final Resolution 2006 (Jeff Jarrett, Monty Brown, Sting, Christian Cage) Thu, 12 Dec 2013 20:00:39 +0000 final resolution 06

Universal Studios – Orlando, Florida – January 15, 2006

Preshow Intro

Jeremy Borash and Shane Douglas are hosting the Preshow, which is heavily focused on the return of “The Icon” Sting, as he teams with Christian Cage to face Jeff Jarrett and Monty Brown. Also Rhino faces Abyss, Team 3D challenges AMW for the NWA Tag Team Titles, Samoa Joe defends the TNA X Division Championship against Christopher Daniels, and much more.

PRESHOW MATCH #1: Team Canada vs. Lance Hoyt, Jay Lethal & Kenny King

It’s weird to see Kenny King anywhere outside of ROH. Eric Young, Petey Williams, and A1 are representing Team Canada tonight. Lethal and Williams start it off with some fast-paced X Division-style action. When Hoyt and A1 tag in, it turns into a power matchup. King is super green here. I think at this point though he’s about a year away from getting noticed by WWE again. Team Canada isolates on King in their corner. King fights back with a kick to A1’s face and makes the tag to Hoyt. The Big Ticked off Texan is a house afire. Lethal goes up top but misses a diving headbutt on Williams. That leave shim pretty for the Canadian Destroyer and Williams gets the pin at 5:58. That was solid preshow stuff.
Rating: **

PRESHOW MATCH #2: The Latin American Exchange vs. The Naturals

The LAX is Konnan and Homicide at this point. Of course The Naturals are Andy Douglas and Chase Stevens, former two-time NWA World Tag Team Champions. They charge into the ring and take it right to LAX. They hit the dropkick version of the Hart Attack for a two-count on Homicide, and then continue to work him over. Konnan interferes from the apron to allow Homicide to hit a DDT, and then he tags in. LAX isolates Douglas briefly before Stevens makes the hot tag. The Naturals hit Homicide with the Natural Disaster but when the referee tries to get Douglas out of the ring, Konnan clonks Stevens on the head with a blackjack and Homicide rolls over for the pin at 3:51. Not much happening there, but at least it was energetic.
Rating: *¾

Pay-Per-View Intro

A year after facing each other in the main event, Jeff Jarrett and Monty Brown are on the same team. The opening video package talks only about that match.

MATCH #1: Alex Shelley, Austin Aries & Roderick Strong vs. Matt Bentley, Chris Sabin & Sonjay Dutt

Bentley is accompanied by Traci Brooks in a schoolgirl outfit. Don West puts these guys over like a million bucks, saying that kids watch them and say “that’s what I want to be.” Man that guy can sell. A week ago on Impact, the Shelley, Aries, and Strong trio beat AJ Styles, Christopher Daniels, and Chris Sabin. So they get to face a lesser team now? Shelley and Sabin start the match. Sabin and Dutt work together to keep Shelley on the mat. Everyone gets a chance to show off in the early going and the action comes at a fast pace. The Generation Next trio takes the first advantage on Dutt. After a few minutes Dutt makes a hot tag to Sabin. Tags become a suggestion as the referee loses control. Sabin knocks Aries to the floor and then wipes him out with a dive. Bentley hits Strong with a superkick, but Shelley sneaks up behind him with a schoolboy to get the win at 10:31. Good choice for an opener here, and the right team went over.
Rating: ***

MATCH #2: The James Gang vs. The Diamonds in the Rough

The video package focuses on the James Gang versus the Latin American Exchange feud, so I don’t know why that wasn’t the match instead of this. This is Kip and BG’s first time teaming in TNA, and their first time teaming on Pay-Per-View in six years. The Diamonds in the Rough are Elix Skipper and David Young, managed by Simon Diamond. BG cuts his pre-match promo, and Kip says he has three words for us: “Get It, Got It, Good.” Um, okay. Skipper and BG start the match. Primetime takes early control but BG quickly turns it around and hits the Shake Rattle and Roll Knee Drop. Skipper Matrixes his way out of the cover and Kip tags in. Young tags in as well and they show off their power. The Diamonds try to double-team Kip but he avoids it and BG clotheslines both Diamonds to the floor at the same time. Back in the ring Young hits BG with the spinebuster and he takes control. Young misses a moonsault and tags are made. Kip is on fire, goofy hairstyle and all. The match breaks down a bit and Kip is able to grab Skipper with The One and Only to get the pin at 7:47. That was a decent, TV-style match.
Rating: **

MATCH #3: International X Showcase Match – AJ Styles vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi

Tanahashi is in the midst of his second reign with the IWGP U-30 Championship, having defeated Toru Yano in a tournament final in Kyoto, Japan on June 18, 2005. They take it to the mat and Tanahashi starts working the arm. Styles cuts him off with The Dropkick to send Tanahashi to the floor. Back in the ring they trade strikes and Styles wins that battle, and then hits The Knee Drop for two. Tanahashi fights back with a nasty release German Suplex. The chants are dueling as Tanahashi works Styles over. Tanahashi locks on a Dragon Sleeper and swings Styles around like a Giant Swing. That gets a two-count. Styles avoids an elbow drop off the second rope and lands a kick to the face. Both men are down. Up on their feet Styles takes control and unleashes a flurry of offense. Tanahashi comes back with the Uncle Slam for two. Looks like some miscommunication as things get awkward for a minute. They fight up top and Tanahashi goes for a super Backdrop Suplex but Styles shifts his weight and lands on Tanahashi. Back on their feet they trade holds and Shannon Moore runs out with a chair and Styles’ “Mr. TNA” Plaque. While the referee removes the chair, Moore tries to hit Styles with the plaque but hits Tanahashi instead. Styles takes Moore out and then hits Tanahashi with the Styles Clash to get the win at 11:04. This is one of the bigger disappointments I can recall in TNA. This should have been amazing but was just okay, and crowd dumped all over the finish, and rightfully so. The two competitors show respect to each other after the bell, and Moore steals the plaque again.
Rating: **¾

MATCH #4: No Disqualification Match – Raven vs. Sean Waltman

Raven’s pre-match promo is brutally stupid. He doesn’t even know who he’s facing tonight, but if he wins he gets a title shot, and if he loses he’s fired. (5:18)Raven chases after Zbyszko and runs right into a trash can lid to start the match. Back in the ring it’s all weapons-based offense in the early going. Raven is the first one busted open. Waltman uses a shopping cart to push Raven up the entrance ramp. Raven comes back and puts Waltman in the shopping cart and pushes it off the ramp. Back to the ring Raven brings out a table. The referee gets bumped. Zbyszko comes in to play referee but he deliberately doesn’t count for Raven’s cover. Waltman hits the X-Factor but it only gets two. He goes for the Bronco Buster on a ladder but misses. Ouch. That gets another slow two-count from Zbyszko. Raven sets up a table and a ladder and drags Waltman up, but Waltman fights back with a low blow and then the X-Factor through the table. Waltman covers and Raven gets his foot on the bottom rope and Zbyszko sees it but counts three anyway and Raven’s TNA career is over at 8:09. This was pretty much just like most every other TNA Raven match.
Rating: **¼

MATCH #5: Ron Killings vs. Bobby Roode

This feuded started last month on Impact, when Killings pinned Roode twice in succession in about thirty seconds, and then Roode was able to beat Killings once after that. The Truth takes the first advantage and Roode powders. When Roode powders for a second time Truth follows him out with a somersault dive over the ropes. Back in the Ring Roode finally takes over. Of course D’Amore gets his shots in from ringside, as he often does. Roode lands a knee drop off the second rope for a two-count. He charges into the corner but runs right into a pair of boots. Truth pulls himself to the top rope and delivers a missile dropkick and both men are down. Up on their feet Truth unloads with a flurry of offense. Truth puts Roode up on the top rope for a superplex but Roode drops Truth face-first to the mat. Roode comes off with a cross body block but Truth rolls over for a two-count. Konnan makes his way down and distracts Truth, leaving him prey to the Northern Lariat and Roode gets the pin at 9:52. What an average match and a lazy finish. Why would Konnan think that would be helpful?
Rating: **

BG James comes out to fight Konnan and Homicide runs out to help his fellow LAX member. Truth leaves without helping BG because he wants no part of this feud. Kip James runs out to make the save for real.

MATCH #6: Rhino vs. Abyss

Rhino charges to the ring and the fight is on. This feud started because Rhino wanted to get at Scott D’Amore, so the Coach hired out Jim Mitchell and Abyss to play defense for him. I like that. Rhino dominates in the early going as the referee allows quite a bit of leeway. Abyss cuts him off and uses his size advantage to keep Rhino down. Rhino fights back with a TKO, which is impressive given Abyss’s girth. He then hits repeated chair shots, and I guess this is a no-disqualification match too. Mitchell distracts the referee, allowing Abyss to hit Rhino with his steel chain. But why was it necessary to distract the referee if he was letting them use a steel chair? What’s the difference? I hate TNA sometimes. Abyss goes for the Black Hole Slam but Rhino counters with a spinebuster for two. Rhino sets up for the Rhino Driver but Mitchell blocks it from the apron. Abyss goes for a Chokeslam but Rhino counters with a low blow. Rhino goes for a Gore but Abyss catches him in the Black Hole Slam right onto the steel chair for the pin at 9:18. That was a solid power brawl, but the hypocrisy of the weapons use was rather irritating.
Rating: **½

MATCH #7: NWA World Tag Team Title Match – America’s Most Wanted vs. Team 3D

Chris Harris and James Storm have been the champions since 10.22.05, and this is their third defense. They’re accompanied to the ring by Gail Kim. Team 3D have been the World, WWE, WCW, and ECW Tag Team Champions, 18 time total at this point. (5:37)Brother Devon and Storm start the match. Devon takes control and when Brother Ray and Harris tag in the challengers continue to stay in control. Storm and Harris get a few shots in here or there but it’s mostly all Team 3D in the first several minutes. They use a table but it ends up backfiring on them, giving the champions their first control of the match. Devon avoids a charge in the corner and makes the hot tag to Ray, who cleans house. Ray hits a DDT on Harris for two as the match breaks down. AMW fights back with the Hart Attack for a two-count. Team 3D respond with the Doomsday Device but Harris kicks out. Storm grabs a chair and accidentally hits Harris with it (a nod to their match at last year’s Final Resolution against Team Canada) but Harris kicks out. Now storm climbs the top rope backwards for some reason (what move has he ever done that way?) and Ray pushes him through the table. Gail Kim gets in the ring and hands Harris a bag of powder right in front of the referee. Ray knocks the powder into Harris, Kim, and referee Rudy Charles’s eyes. Team 3D then hit the 3D and get the pin to win the titles at 12:40. The referee is still blinded, so Team Canada comes out to beat up Team 3D and they put Harris on top of Ray, so when the referee turns around he thinks Ray is the one he counted down. What a profoundly stupid finish. Referees can’t call what they can’t see, and if you can’t see who’s being pinned how can you count?
Rating: *½

MATCH #8: X Division Championship Match – Samoa Joe vs. Christopher Daniels

Joe has been the champion since 12.11.05 and this is his first defense. These two were tearing it up in ROH around this time too, so this should be good. Daniels brings fast-paced offense right away to try keeping Joe off guard. Joe tries to fight back with strikes but Daniels is ready for him and continues to control. Eventually Joe is able to fight back and he slows the match down. The champ hits the Big Joe Combo (TM Brad Garoon). Daniels fights back with a Codebreaker and both men are down. Back on their feet Daniels hits an STO and then the Arabian Press for two. Daniels hits a Death Valley Driver, which Tenay sells like death, but it only gets two. The sound of his yell is truly horrifying. Joe comes back and locks on an STF. Daniels escapes that but Joe cuts him off with a rana and a huge clothesline for two. Joe charges but Daniels catches Joe with a uranage slam and then hits the Best Moonsault Ever but Joe kicks out at two! Daniels knocks Joe to the floor and follows him down with a slingshot elbow drop. That seems like a nasty landing for Daniels to take. Joe fights back and delivers the Ole Kick. Back in the ring Joe continues the abuse as AJ Styles makes his way to ringside. Joe focuses on the head, landing hard kicks and knees. He hits the Muscle Buster and then goes for the Choke but Daniels reaches the bottom rope. Now Joe brings a chair in the ring and he hits the Muscle Buster right on it! Why is that not a disqualification? Joe drives a series of knees right into Daniels’s head and he is unconscious, so Styles throws in the towel for him at 15:34. I don’t know why the referee wouldn’t stop the match; that seems pretty negligent of him. Other than that one nitpick, the finish was still awesome this was a great match.
Rating: ****¼

MATCH #9: The Return of an Icon – Sting & Christian Cage vs. Jeff Jarrett & Monty Brown

Jarrett is the current NWA World Champion and is accompanied by Gail Kim. Cage and Brown start the match. Jarrett tags in and Cage goes after the arm. Cage goes to tag Sting and Jarrett runs away as Tenay loses his mind. Sting unloads with a flurry of offense, sending Jarrett powdering to the floor. The crowd chants “You Still Got It.” The referee loses control early in the match, with all four men in the ring. Kim distracts Cage, allowing Jarrett to dump him to the floor, where Kim takes Cage down with a hurricanrana off the apron! Back in the ring Jarrett and Brown isolate on Cage, duh. Cage fights off a superplex and hits Brown with a Frog Splash, only he can’t go for a cover right away so Brown kicks out at two. Jarrett and Brown try a Con-Chair-Toe, but Cage ducks and then hits a DDT / Flatliner combo to knock both opponents out. The hot tag is made and Sting is a house afire. Sting starts dishing out Stinger Splashes and the referee gets bumped. Brown gets sent to the floor and Sting locks Jarrett in the Scorpion Deathlock. Jarrett taps out but there’s no referee. Brown breaks up the hold and tries to use the NWA Title belt but both guys duck and Cage sends Brown to the floor. They tease mistrust between Sting and Cage before Sting goes over to crotch Jarrett on the top turnbuckle. Team Canada’s Bobby Roode and Eric Young come out but they get hit with Scorpion Death Drops! Cage goes up top and wipes out Brown with a dive to the floor. Kim distracts Sting long enough for Jarrett to hit Sting with the belt. The referee recovers but Jarrett only gets a two-count! Jarrett goes to hit Cage with the guitar but Sting busts the guitar up with a baseball bat! Sting then hits the Scorpion Death Drop for the pin at 15:06. That’s a solid main event tag team match to cap off the show.
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A2Z Analysiz: TNA Final Resolution 2005 (Jeff Jarrett, Monty Brown) Wed, 11 Dec 2013 17:00:32 +0000 final resolution 05

Universal Studios – Orlando, Florida – January 16, 2005


The opening video package highlights the NWA World Title match, the Ultimate X match for the X Division Title, and the NWA World Tag Team Title match. Mike Tenay and Don West are on commentary. Before the first match can even begin, Shane Douglas gets a word with NWA World Champion Jeff Jarrett, who talks trash about his three potential opponents tonight.

MATCH #1: The 3Live Kru vs. “The Fallen Angel” Christopher Daniels, Matt Bentley & Kazarian

Daniels and Konnan start the match. Konnan dominates on the mat and with his power, and when Bentley comes in he takes the legdrop to the nuts from Ron “The Truth” Killings. The Kru generally dominates in the early going, tagging in and out to keep a fresh man in the ring. Daniels and Kazarian use their speed and wiles to take advantage of BG James. It doesn’t take long for James to come back with a powerbomb on Daniels, and tags are made. The match breaks down, with all six men in the ring. You know what – Don West is an underrated announcer. I said it. Bentley winds up alone in the ring with the Kru, so James and Konnan hold him in position for a leaping axe kick from the Truth. That’s enough to get the pin at 8:20. I’m certainly not the biggest fan of the 3Live Kru, but using them on opening match six-man tags was the best way to use them.
Rating: **½

MATCH #2: “Primetime” Elix Skipper vs. Sonjay Dutt

This is one of those vague “winner will probably at some point get a shot at the X Division Title.” Why not just make it a Number One Contender’s match? The crowd starts with dueling chants right away. Dutt scores the first big move, a satellite headscissors that sends Skipper to the floor. He follows him out and takes Skipper out with a somersault off the steel barricade. Back in the ring Dutt keeps Skipper on the mat. Dutt focuses his attack on the arm, which is wise because Skipper is stronger than he is. He goes up top for the Hindu Press but Skipper leaps up to the top rope and dropkicks Dutt down to the floor. That was impressive. Skipper works Dutt over on the floor, and then back in the ring returns the favor by going to work on the arm. He goes for the Play of the Day but Dutt blocks it. Dutt tries a Lionsault but Skipper gets his knees up. These two have done their homework, Jess. Skipper hits the slingshot lariat. They fight up to the top rope and Dutt hits a nasty sunset bomb. Dutt hits a backdrop suplex for two. He follows up with a tilt-a-whirl DDT for two. He goes up again for the Hindu Press but Skipper moves. Skipper then hits a spinning uranage slam for the win at 10:13. That was a good little match when I pretty much expected nothing.
Rating: ***

MATCH #3: Dustin Rhodes vs. Kid Kash

Kash attacks right away but Rhodes is ready for him and clotheslines him to the floor. Back in the ring they trade control back and forth without much rhyme or reason. Kash goes for a superplex like a minute into the match (#AreYouSeriousBro) but Rhodes shoves him down and Kash appears to injure his knee. Of course it was all a ruse, and Kash now goes to work on Rhodes’s leg. Kash uses a variety of moves to injure the leg, including a frog splash and a figure-four leglock. Rhodes turns the figure-four over but Kash is able to slip out. Back on their feet they trade sleepers and Kash brings Rhodes down to the mat. Rhodes powers his way back to his feet and levels Kash with a series of clotheslines and punches. He hits an inverted atomic drop but that makes his knees buckle. Good selling from Dustin in this match. Kash goes up top for a cross body block and Rhodes rolls through for a very close near-fall. Kash escapes the Curtain Call and hits an enziguiri for two. He argues with the referee, who shoves him down. I hate that – referees should never touch the wrestlers. Seconds later, Rhodes hits a Bulldog, or as Tenay calls it, “powers him down bulldog style,” to get the pin at 10:52. Rhodes was game and was selling really well, but Kid Kash is Kid Kash. How has he gotten as many jobs as he has?
Rating: **¼

MATCH #4: Raven vs. Erik Watts

The video package for this match reminds me of what a nonsensical feud it was. I don’t know if there was ever a real resolution to it. Watts has truly terrible gear. He tries to start the match with a chair but Raven is ready for him and takes control out on the floor. Back in the ring Watts takes control, sending Raven back to the floor. Raven walks up the ramp and Watts chases after him, bringing him back to ringside. Watts drops Raven nuts-first on the barricade and clotheslines him down. Back in the ring Watts hits a Chokeslam and then grabs a chair instead of going for the cover. Referee Mike Posey pulls the chair away and Raven hits a low blow. Raven sets the chair up in the turnbuckles and drives Watt’s head into it. I don’t know how that’s not a DQ. Raven goes for the Drop Toehold but Watts counters and slams Raven’s face into it. If he tried to take the chair away earlier why is it okay now? Watts is on offense now, hitting a Boot of Fear and some punches in the corner. Raven drops Watts face-first on the turnbuckle. They trade strikes and Watts wins that battle with a Buckle Bomb for two. Raven comes back and puts on the Ankle Lock, and when Watts escapes he runs right into a superkick. Watts comes back with an STF but Raven counters right back to the Ankle Lock. Once again Watts powers out and hits a sad looking Chokeslam. Watts hits a real Chokeslam to get the pin at 10:20. That was sloppy and dull.
Rating: *¼

MATCH #5: Falls Count Anywhere Match – “The Charismatic Enigma” Jeff Hardy vs. Scott Hall, special guest referee Rowdy Roddy Piper

Hall cost Hardy the NWA Title back in the main event of Victory Road in November, setting up this disaster of a match. Piper spends a good long while patting Hall down, and he finds several weapons hidden on his person. Hall then finds handcuffs hidden on Piper for some reason. Hardy dominates in the early going, hitting the Whisper in the Wind. He tries a cross body block but Hall catches him with a Fallaway Slam for two. Hall argues with Piper and gets rolled up for a quick two-count. After another fast count Hall rolls to the floor for a breather. Hardy dropkicks Hall off the apron and then wipes him out with a slingshot dive. He slams Hall into the steel steps and throws him back in the ring. The awkward brawling continues and Hall regains control with some clotheslines in the corner. Hall hits a Chokeslam for two. Piper gets bumped and Hall retrieves a pair of brass knuckles from one of the corners. Piper recovers and pokes Hall in the eyes. That gives Hardy the chance to hit the Twist of Fate and the Swanton Bomb to get the pin at 5:51. That was brutal.
Rating: *

Hardy says he’s coming after Jeff Jarrett, and Piper announces that he has a shot at the title (which he didn’t). Then from out of nowhere Abyss comes charging out and hits the Shock Treatment and the Black Hole Slam! The rumor at this time was that Abyss was heading to WWE, so this actually was a big shock and set up a fun feud between the two.

MATCH #6: Last Man Standing for a shot at the NWA World Title – Diamond Dallas Page vs. Kevin Nash vs. “The Alpha Male” Monty Brown

Earlier tonight Nash proposed to Page that they work together to take Brown out. Page and Brown do battle early on while Nash stands there and watches. That sounds about right. Brown knocks Page to the floor and now Nash takes his shot at Brown but gets nowhere. Nash doesn’t give up though, and he’s able to catch Brown with a side suplex for two. Brown fights back with a backdrop suplex and Nash takes a powder. Apparently this is an elimination match and you can be eliminated by pin, submission, or going over the top rope. Page takes control of Brown, hitting a couple of clotheslines for two. Brown responds with a knee to the gut and a DDT, but Nash breaks up the cover for some reason. Nash and Page now work together briefly, but when Nash charges at DDP he ducks and Nash goes over the top rope and is eliminated at 5:52. That’s a stupid way to get eliminated from a Triple Threat match. Meanwhile, Page hits the Diamond Cutter but Nash pulls him to the floor before the pin can be counted. Brown comes back with a small package for two. Page gets a schoolboy rollup for two, and then hits a huge lariat for another two-count. Brown comes back with a knee to the gut and some forearms for two. He continues on offense, hitting a big fallaway slam. A powerslam gets two for Brown, who can’t believe it. Page hits a back elbow out of nowhere and goes for a Diamond Cuter but Brown pushes him off and hits the Pounce, Period, to get the win and the title shot at 9:41. That was just all over the place, but at least the right guy went over.
Rating: *½

MATCH #7: NWA World Tag Team Title Match – Team Canada vs. America’s Most Wanted

Bobby Roode and Eric Young have been the champions since 12.5.04 and this is their first defense. Team Canada tries to stall in the aisle but AMW runs out there to start the brawl. James Storm and Young battle on one side of the arena while Harris and Roode fight on the other. After about two minutes Harris and Young make it to the ring to start the match proper. Young already has a huge knot on his forehead, and Harris goes right to work on the noggin. The challengers are absolutely dominant here and the crowd is going nuts for them. Finally Team Canada cheats a little bit to gain the advantage and they go to work on Storm. The pace in this match has been consistently fast. After several minutes Storm avoids a charge and Roode crashes shoulder-first into the ring post. Harris gets the hot tag and he’s on fire. Is Harris one of the biggest disappointments in recent memory? For a guy who seemed to have so much talent he sure amounted to nothing. AMW goes for the Death Sentence but it gets turned into a Tower of Doom spot instead. D’Amore interferes and pays for it when AMW handcuffs him to the steel structure used for Ultimate X. AMW hits Young with the Hart Attack but it only gets two. Johnny Devine comes running out to interfere, hitting Storm with the hockey stick but Storm kicks out at two! Harris takes Devine out with a spinebuster, and then AMW hits Roode with the Powerplex. That’s awesome because Triple X isn’t together as a team anymore so they can’t use it, but Roode kicks out. Harris hits Young with the Catatonic but the referee is distracted. Devine slides a chair in the ring and Harris tries to grab it from him and Roode hits a Northern Lariat, causing Harris’s face to crash into the chair. That’s an awesome spot. Young covers but Harris gets his foot on the bottom rope at two! Devine, not paying attention, accidentally hits Young with the steel chair, and Harris rolls him up to get the pin and win the titles for a fifth time at 19:11! What an incredible tag team match, and it’s amazing to think that it took over six years for TNA to make anything out of any of these guys as singles wrestlers.
Rating: ****½

MATCH #8: Ultimate X Match for the X Division Title – Petey Williams vs. “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles vs. Chris Sabin

Williams has been the champion since 8.11.04 and this is his fifth defense. This is the sixth Ultimate X match; Sabin has been in four of them and is 3-1, Styles has been in one and is 0-1, and Williams has been in one and is 0-1. Sabin is already a two-time X Division Champion, and Styles has held the title three times. I expect the action in this one to be very fast paced so my play-by-play probably won’t be able to keep up. Williams gets taken out early so Styles and Sabin can battle each other. Styles takes everyone out with a dive to the floor and goes up, but Sabin knocks him down and goes for the belt himself. Scott D’Amore gets in the ring to block Sabin and does, so the referee sends D’Amore back to the locker room! Good move referee. Even without the Coach around, Williams is able to take control of Sabin. The offense is coming from all three guys, with no one taking a clear-cut advantage yet. Very few attempts to retrieve the belt have been made so far. Styles and Williams climb out to where the belt is and Sabin pulls Styles down while Williams just hangs there and doesn’t pull the belt down for some reason. I hate spots like that. The action continues to come fast though as the crowd chants “This is Awesome.” Styles goes up for the belt and Sabin hits him with a missile dropkick for one of the most famous bumps in TNA history. Williams takes Sabin to the floor with a clothesline and all three men are out. Back in the ring Sabin hits Williams with the Cradle Shock and goes up for the belt but Styles pulls him down right into a powerbomb and then a Styles Clash! Styles tries to grab the belt but his arm is injured and he can’t hang on. Williams takes his opportunity to hit the Canadian Destroyer. Sabin hits Williams with an awesome Buckle Bomb. He goes up for the belt and Williams joins him and they fight over the belt. While they fight over it, Styles leaps off the top rope and snatches it from them to win the match and the title at 19:53! That is probably the best Ultimate X match ever, with some awesome spots and only one or two goofy ones. The pace was frenetic and the crowd was hot.
Rating: ****¼

MATCH #9: NWA World Heavyweight Title Match – Jeff Jarrett vs. “The Alpha Male” Monty Brown

Jarrett has been the champion since 6.2.04 and this is his sixth defense. These two had a match on Impact back in December that was pretty decent and I thought Brown may have been taking the title there. Jarrett comes into the match with an advantage because Brown has already wrestled tonight. He takes an early advantage and struts. Brown comes back using his power. He hits a powerslam for two. They spill to the floor and Brown catches Jarrett in a dive and hits a backbreaker. Brown tries to ram Jarrett into the post but Jarrett escapes and sends Brown into the post instead. Now they fight into the crowd and up by the announce table. Any way they can shut Tenay up is good with me. Back in the ring Jarrett locks on a sleeper. Brown escapes and gets a small package for a close near-fall. They run into each other and knock heads, so both men are down. Back on their feet Brown hits the Alpha Bomb but Jarrett kicks out at two. Brown follows up with the Circle of Life but Jarrett kicks out again. Referee Rudy Charles gets bumped and Jarrett bashes his guitar over Brown’s head but Brown kicks out at two! Jarrett grabs a chair and Brown picks him up in an electric chair drop before getting hit in the face with it. They crash to the mat and Jarrett covers but only gets two. Jarrett then hits Brown with the NWA Title belt but Brown kicks out again! Brown fires up now and goes for the Pounce but hits the ref instead. That was pretty contrived. Jarrett grabs another guitar but Brown blocks it and hits a Chokeslam. Brown then bashes the guitar on Jarrett’s head (which would be a great finish) but there’s no referee to count. Finally referee Andrew Thomas makes his way down but Jarrett is able to kick out. The Impact Zone is not happy. Brown goes for another Pounce but Jarrett hits him with the broken guitar. Jarrett then hits three Strokes to get the pin at 16:19. The match was a solid TNA main-event style match and the crowd was hot for Brown. This would have been a great time to put Monty Brown over huge and create a new star, someone who wasn’t big in WWE or WCW, but TNA didn’t seem to have much interest in that at this point in time. That’s a real shame.
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A2Z Analysiz: TNA Turning Point 2011 (Bobby Roode, AJ Styles) Wed, 20 Nov 2013 14:00:46 +0000 turning point 11

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Universal Studios – Orlando, Florida – November 13, 2011

Mike Tenay and Taz are on commentary.

MATCH #1: TNA Television Championship – Eric Young v. Robbie E. w/ Robbie T.

Young has been the Champion since 5.26.11, and this is his third defense. I don’t care for Eric Young or his shenannigans. Despite my dislike, Young controls the early part of the match and the crowd is behind him. Robbie takes a powder and Robbie T interferes to give Robbie E the advantage. The challenger controls the Champion for a while with his boring offense. Young fires up and pulls his shorts off, just wrestling in trunks now. He is al fired up, unleashing a flurry of offense. Young hits Hail to the King for a near-fall when T pulls E to the floor. An irritated Young pulls off his trunks and has a pair of smaller trunks underneath. Okay then. Young wipes the Robbies out with a cross body block off the top rope to the floor. Robbie T takes a cheap shot, sweeping Young’s legs and causing him to crash down on the apron. That is actually enough for Robbie E to get the pinfall and win the title at 7:49. Nothing about this was particularly interesting, and the finish was hella lame.
Rating: *½

MATCH #2: TNA World Tag Team Championship – Mexican America (Anarquia, Hernandez & Sarita) w/ Rosita v. Ink Inc. (Jesse Neal, Shanon Moore & Toxxin)

Hernandez and Anarquia have been the Champions since 8.18.11, and this is their third defense. Moore and Anarquia start the match. The challengers take the early control and look motivated here. Hernandez tags in and immediately uses his power advantage. Momentum shifts back and forth in the opening minutes, but the challengers are probably ahead on points. Finally the Champions gain the advantage and focus on Neal, keeping him isolated from his more experienced partner. After a few minutes Neal avoids a charge in the corner and hits Hernandez with a Spear. The women get tagged in and the crowd loves it. Toxxin is a house afire and the match quickly breaks down. Neal and Anarquia are left in the ring, and Neal joins forces with Toxxin for some double-teaming. Rosita distracts Toxxin, allowing Sarita to hit her with one of the belts to get the pin at 8:34. That was better than I thought it would be, even though the women did very little until the finish. This worked well enough for what it was, but these being the two top teams at the time is a little unfortunate.
Rating: **½

MATCH #3: X Division Championship – Austin Aries v. Kid Kash v. Jesse Sorensen

Aries has been the Champion since 9.11.11, and this is his third defense. Kash and Aries have promised that this is going to be a handicap match, and that certianly holds true in the early going. Sorensen does his best to fight off both opponents and ends up throwing them both to the floor. He wipes them out with a dive and then throws Aries back in the ring. Sorensen goes go the top rope for an attack on Aries but Kash shoves him down. That’s the numbers game for ya. Finally some dissension in the ranks of Aries and Kash allows Sorensen to mount an attack. Unfortunately for Sorensen it is short lived and the double-team resumes. Kash pulls Sorensen to the floor and whips him into the guardrail. He holds Sorensen in place and Aries comes flying in with the Heat Seeking Missile, absolutely clobbering Sorensen. Back in the ring Aries covers for two. Aries covers again and this time Kash breaks it up. They keep it together though and both go to the top rope. Aries tries a Frog Splash and Sorensen gets his knees up. Kash misses a moonsault and all three men are down. Sorensen gets up and finally has some sustained offense, but can’t put anyone away. He goes up to the second rope, and for some reason Kash somersaults right into a clothesline. I hate how Kid Kash thinks spots like that are cool. Sorensen goes up top and Kash brings him down with a superplex. Kash hits the Money Maker and Aries sneakily puts Sorensen’s foot on the bottom rope. While Kash argues with the referee, Aries comes in and rolls him up for the pin at 12:53. That match was better in theory than in practice, as it may have worked better with someone who doesn’t suck as much as Kid Kash. Aries played his role to perfection, and Sorensen was still green but did a good job too. It just seemed to go on a little long and had some awkward spots.
Rating: **½

MATCH #4: No Disqualification Match – Rob Van Dam v. Christopher Daniels

Daniels gets on the mic before the match and tries to make this a straight wrestling match rather than a No Disqualification bout. RVD agrees, so let’s see how this goes. They chain wrestle and RVD gets the advantage so Daniels powders. Back in the ring RVD continues to dominate. RVD goes up top and tries a sunset flip but Daniels blocks it and takes control. After a few minutes RVD fights back with his usual offense. The match spills to the floor, where RVD is able to hiptoss Daniels on the entrance ramp. RVD drapes Daniels over the guardrail and this a legdrop off the ramp. That was cool. Back in the ring Daniels shoves the referee into RVD, allowing him to hit an STO. Daniels then grabs a steel chair and jams it into RVD’s gut. He hits the uranage slam on to the chair for a two-count. Daniels is frustrated and goes outside the ring to find a screwdriver. RVD blocks him from using it and then hits the Van Daminator. He goes up top and hits the Five-Star Frog Splash to get the pin at 11:15. There was nothing really wrong with that match per se, but it just never kicked into a higher gear. Daniels did some stuff, then RVD did some stuff, and then it was over.
Rating: **¾

MATCH #5: Crimson v. “The Blueprint” Matt Morgan

They start off slowly, feeling each other out to start. Morgan strikes first with a huge clothesline. He ries an early Carbon Footprint but Crimson avoids it and hits a clothesline. Crimson can’t follow up though and Morgan reclaims control, sending Crimson to the floor. Outside the ring Morgan is able to kick the steel steps into Crimson’s knee, and that gives him a pronounced advantage. Morgan hits the series of elbows in the corner and that just fires Crimson up. Crimson unloads with a flurry of offense now, throwing Morgan around, which is no small feat. Morgan fights back and hits a Chokeslam for two. He tries the Carbon Footprint again but misses, and Crimson hits a Spear for two. On the third try Morgan connects on the Carbon Footprint and Crimson wisely rolls to the floor. Morgan rolls Crimson back in but by then Crimson is able to kick out at two. Crimson hits Red Sky and Morgan rolls toward the ropes. By the time Crimson pulls him back to the center of the ring Morgan kicks out. Both men get to their feet and trade strikes, trying to out-man each other. The referee tries to get in between them and gets shoved out of the way for the double-DQ at 12:05. I understand why they went with the double-DQ and I’m not even opposed to the feud continuing in this manner, it’s just the way they went about the actual finish that was kind of lame. There also didn’t seem to be any fire when they were trading punches, just like they were doing it for the sake of doing it. It looked weak and awkward.
Rating: **¼

MATCH #6: Mr. Anderson & Abyss v. Immortal (Bully Ray & Scott Steiner)

Anderson and Bully start the match. Aces & Eights explode! Oh wait, wrong year. The early parts of the match go to Anderson on points. Bully fights back with a back suplex. Steiner tags in and the Immortal duo use some shady tactics to take control and wear Anderson down. Anderson is able to hit a spinning neckbreaker and both he and Bully are down. Abyss gets the hot tag but Steiner had the referee distracted so it’s not going to count. Steiner hits the Super Samoan Drop and Anderson is in big trouble. Bully comes back in and Anderson catches him with a quick DDT. This time Abyss gets the hot tag and it totally counts. Abyss is a house afire, decimating his former Immortal brothers. Bully and Steiner try to double-team the Monster but to no avail. Anderson tags himself back in, unbeknownst to Immortal but knownst to us. He comes flying off the top rope with a high cross body on Steiner for two. Meanwhile Abyss and Bully clothesline each other on the floor. Steiner comes back and hits the Steiner Flatliner for a near-fall. He follows with a Frankensteiner from the top rope but this time the referee won’t count because Abyss tagged Anderson from the floor and not anywhere near the right corner. Abyss surprises Steiner with the Black Hole Slam to get the pin at 11:47. That was a bogus tag that Abyss made, and that makes me hate the finish. Aside from that the match was fine, standard IMPACT Wrestling stuff.
Rating: **

After the match Bully Ray and Scott Steiner put Abyss through a table, but The Monster pops right back up! Steiner bails immediately and Bully soon follows, looking stunned.

MATCH #7: Knockouts Championship – Velvet Sky v. Gail Kim (w/ Madison Rayne & Karen Jarrett)

Velvet has been the Champion since 10.16.11, and this is her first defense. Gail and Madison are the current Knockouts Tag Team Champions. Velvet attacks right away and she has a lot of fury. The experienced challenger weathers that storm and takes control, wearing Velvet down. Velvet tries to mount a comeback but Gail has an answer for everything she tries. Eventually Velvet does make the comeback and unleashes her terrible looking offense. Velvet hits In Yo’ Face but Karen Jarrett has the referee distracted. Madison sneaks in the ring and hits an awful looking Rayne Drop. Gail crawls over to make the cover but only gets two. She goes up top and tries a back senton but Velvet moves out of the way. Velvet covers for two and Gail counters that to a cradle for her own two-count. Madison distracts Velvet again and this time Gail hits Eat Defeat to get the pin at 5:52. Gail is now a two-time Knockouts Champion. The match unfortunately was not so very good, and it’s not Gail’s fault. I feel bad knocking Velvet because it looks like she’s really trying, but she’s just not so good.
Rating: *¾

MATCH #8: Jeff Hardy v. Jeff Jarrett (w/ Karen Jarrett)

Jarrett is the current AAA World World Heavyweight Champion. Hardy charges the ring and hits an immediate Twist of Fate and gets the pin in six seconds! Jarrett is pissed, and he wants to go again. Hardy agrees and here we go. Jarrett goes right to work and keeps Hardy grounded. Hardy fights back and hits a gourdbuster for two. He goes for Whisper in the Wind but Jarrett shoves him down. Hardy tries to fight up again but Jarrett catches him in a Sleeper. The tenacious Hardy is able to fight his way out and hit a back suplex. Both men rise and trade fisticuffs. Hardy gets the better of it. A series of reversals ends with Jarrett trying the Figure-Four Leglock and Hardy turns it into an inside cradle to get his second pin at 5:44. As Hardy walks up the ramp, Jarrett grabs a steel chair and blindsides Hardy with it. Jarrett drags Hardy back to the ring and delivers The Stroke. He and Karen demand one more match and they get it for some reason. Jarrett covers and gets two, as Hardy rolls him over into a crucifix to get his third pin at about 20 seconds. These two have never had good chemistry as opponents, and this match was no different. It was a short, awkward exercise that made Jarrett look like a doofus and Hardy like a guy who beat a doofus.
Rating: *½

MATCH #9: TNA World Heavyweight Championship – Bobby Roode v. “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles

Roode has been the Champion since 11.3.11, and this is his second defense. AJ is aggressive in the early going so Roode tries to avoid him. The tenacious challenger is able to get a hold of Roode and he sets out to systematically wear him down. Roode fights back and cuts AJ off with a hard clothesline. After a brief time AJ avoids a charge and Roode crashes to the floor. AJ follows him out with a flying forearm off the apron. Back in the ring Roode uses the referee to help him take a cheap shot, and they go back to the floor. Roode dominates and keeps up the pressure back inside the ring. AJ comes back with a superplex and both men are down. Back on their feet AJ is in total control, working the Champion over. Things get a little awkward briefly but they recover well enough. Roode hits a big spinebuster for two. AJ comes back with a hammerlock back supelx. He tries a springboard 450 but Roode avoids it. Roode then counters the Styles Clash into a Crossface. AJ is able to escape with a tiny little powerbomb. He follows up with the springboard flying forearm for a two-count. The referee gets in the wrong spot and Roode delivers a low blow to AJ, which also makes contact with the ref. Roode covers but only gets two. AJ gets a quick inside cradle for two, and then drills Roode with an enziguiri. They trade punches and AJ wins that battle. Roode tries to beg off but AJ will have none of it. AJ knocks Roode to the floor and tries to follow with a dive but he misses and lands hard on the floor. Back in the ring Roode hits the Payoff but only gets two! Roode goes for another one but AJ avoids it and hits the Pele! AJ goes for the Styles Clash but Roode sweeps the legs and rolls AJ up with a handful of tights to get the pin at 19:32. These are two very talented wrestlers and they had a mostly good match. The crowd wasn’t so into it for the most part, and a few very awkward spots knocked this one down a few pegs. Overall it was an effective victory for Roode and the finish lends itself to a rematch, so all’s well that ends well.
Rating: ***¼×120.jpg

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This Week In Wrestling History #8 (Norman Smiley, Bret Hart, Survivor Series) Tue, 19 Nov 2013 11:37:43 +0000 Have YOU ever wondered what happened in wrestling history during the week 18th November – 24th November?

Well, keep reading and you might find out.

Major Events:

1990 – Sgt. Krueger and Col. DeKlerk defeated The Beast and Kaluha in the Apartheid Memorial Tournament.

1999 – WCW Mayhem became the first ever show to headline with a Norman Smiley hardcore match.

2002 – Survivor Series was held for the first time without any Survivor Series matches, thus making it as pointless as the rest of the the PPVs. Good job, WWE!

2005 – WWE announces details of its “Wellness Policy”. Epic “lols” were had by all in the wrestling world.


Title Changes:

1978 – Tony Garea & Larry Zbyszko defeated The Yukon Lumberjacks for the WWWWFF Yukon Lumberback Tag Team title

1980 - Ted DiBiase (the good one) defeated Ken Patera for the Misisaw…Mississau…Toronto Heavyweight title

1983 – Tony Atlas & Rocky Johnson defeated the Samoan Swat Team, after the Samoans had earlier stolen Tony’s atlas.


1996 – Psycho Sid Eudy defeated the Surprisingly Popular Shawn Michaels for the WWF Heavyweight title. Amazing.

1999 – Northamptonshire’s Finest Norman Smiley defeated Brian Knobbs to become the first WCW Hardcore Champion.

Career points:

1998 – Gillberg defeated Christian for the WWF Light Heavyweight title and went on to hold the title for another 12 years.

1998 – The Rock defeated Mankind for the WWF World Heavyweight title. I can’t remember if this was the one with the ridiculously overdone chair-shot finish or the fake screwjob ending, but I’m sure it was significant for some reason.

1999 – Bret Hart defeated Crispin Noir in a tournament final for the WCW Heavyweight title in what was described at the time as “the most Canadian night in the history of this sport.”


2002 – Jeff Jarrett defeated Ron Killings to win the NWA World Heavyweight Title by actually killing Ron Killings. Ron would not be seen in the ring until his resurrection in 2008.

Fun Fact:

In 2002, Billy Kidman defeated Jamie Noble for the WWE Cruiserweight title. Remember that? Remember when WWE had a cruiserweight division? Remember? The cruiserweights? Remember when they had a cruiserweight title? DO YOU?

Thanks for reading! Come back again next week to find out what happened…next week…in history!

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A2Z Analysiz – TNA Turning Point 2005 (Jeff Jarrett, Rhino) Thu, 14 Nov 2013 14:00:54 +0000 turning point 05

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Universal Studios – Orlando, Florida – December 11, 2005

Mike Tenay and Don West are on commentary.

PRESHOW MATCH: Jon Bolen, Joe Doering & Buck Quartermain vs. The Naturals & Lance Hoyt

Chase Stevens starts the match with Quartermain as Tenay and West ignore them to hype the card. The battle quickly spills to the floor and just as quickly gets back in the ring. Andy Douglas tags in and he picks up where Stevens left off. Quartermain goes to the eyes and tags Bolen. Douglas cuts him off with a dropkick and tags Hoyt. Doering gets the tag as well, and he can nearly match Hoyt in size. This is essentially an extended squash here. Just as I type that the Job Squad uses some chicanery to take advantage of Douglas. That lasts all of about a minute before Hoyt gets tagged back in and dominates. The Naturals hit Quartermain with the Natural Disaster but Quartermain rolls to the floor. Hoyt knocks Doering to the floor and then hits Bolen with the Blackout to get the pin at 7:11. I’m fine with Hoyt and the Naturals being on the preshow.
Rating: *½

MATCH #1: Barbed Wire Massacre – Sabu vs. Abyss

Abyss attacks right away because he’s afraid of the barbed wire and wants to get the match over with. Sabu of course isn’t afraid and takes it to Abyss with a chair. It doesn’t take long for Abyss to throw Sabu into the barbed wire, repeatedly, and Sabu is busted open. Sabu produces a spike and gouges Abyss’s arm to make it bleed. Both men get a taste of the barbed wire, and a chair wrapped in barbed wire finds its way into the ring. Abyss goes for the chair-assisted Earthquake Splash but Sabu gets the chair up into the groin and then clobbers Abyss with it. The Monster slides under the wire to the floor but he’s not safe there as Sabu follows him out with a dive. Sabu throws a barbed wire board into the ring, but before he can get back in Abyss drops his midsection right on the barbed wire. Abyss drops Sabu stomach first on the board. Ouch. Abyss sets up a barbed wire board in the corner and tries a charge but Sabu avoids it and Abyss gets a face full of barbed wire. Sabu then kicks Abyss backwards to sandwich him between the boards, and then drops a leg to get the pin at 10:59. Normally barbed wire matches aren’t my thing but they did a really good job with this one.
Rating: ***

MATCH #2: Roderick Strong & Alex Shelley vs. Austin Aries & Matt Bentley

This is an interesting combination of guys. Bentley is accompanied by Traci, and they were really pushing the “Bentley Bounce” at this time. It’s too bad how little charisma that guy has. Aries and Shelley start it off with some fast paced back and forth. Strong tags in and the pace continues to be breakneck. When Bentley tags in Shelley and Strong isolate him and try to keep him in their half of the ring. Aries receives the same treatment when he tags back in, as Shelley and Strong operate like a well-oiled machine. Interestingly, Aries and Strong were about to become the ROH Tag Team Champions at this time. Bentley gets a hot tag and is all over both of his opponents. The referee loses control and all four men are in the ring at the same time. Somewhere in all the chaos Bentley drills Shelley with the Superkick (complete with a weird sell from Shelley) for the pin at 8:04. The action was fun but it meant nothing and the finish was out of nowhere.
Rating: **¾

MATCH #3: Raven vs. Chris K

This was part of the never-ending Raven versus Larry Zbyszko feud. Raven’s promo at the beginning makes him sound like someone who came up with a bunch of little quips rather than a guy just talking on the fly. That’s how I’ve long felt about Raven promos. K wastes no time in going after Raven and hitting a swinging neckbreaker. The battle spills to the floor and K continues doing a number on his former WCW rival. After a few minutes Raven avoids a moonsault and locks on the Ankle Lock but K breaks out of it. Raven comes back and kneelifts K to the floor. He throws K around a bit and then brings a chair into the ring for the drop toehold but K avoids it. K can’t avoid a powerbomb though, as Raven drops him right on the chair. Raven then hits the Raven Effect to get the pin at 5:45. That was decent but would have been better suited for Impact.
Rating: **

MATCH #4: The 4Live Kru vs. Team Canada

The 4Live Kru is BG James, Kip James, Konnan, and Ron “The Truth” Killings. Team Canada is represented by Petey Williams, Eric Young, Bobby Roode, and A1. Kip and Roode start the match. I just realized that this is the second Turning Point in a row that Team Canada has fought the Kru in some fashion. Konnan’s first contribution to the match is to throw his shoe at Williams, and then Truth hits the top rope legdrop to the groin. The Kru is dominant in the opening minutes here. Team Canada finally cuts off BG and works him over in their corner. That doesn’t go on too long before Kip gets the hot tag. Sometimes I forget how big of a guy he is. The match turns into a brawl and Konnan stands tall with Kip. Konnan intercepts a chair from Young, and then blasts Kip with it and instructs Roode to pin him, so Team Canada gets the win at 7:17. That was an adequate tag team match but I’m not at all interested in the saga of the 4Live Kru.
Rating: **

MATCH #5: Chris Sabin, Sonjay Dutt & Dale Torborg vs. The Diamonds in the Rough

Bobby “The Brain” Heenan is on hand to do commentary. I completely forgot that he did some TNA appearances. Tenay has the balls to tell Heenan to lay out for Borash so he can do ring announcements. How dare you Mike Tenay? Heenan will talk over whomever he wants whenever he wants (especially if it’s Borash) and it is YOU who will keep your filthy mouth shut. The Diamonds in the Rough are Simon Diamond, Elix Skipper, and David Young. The babyfaces are accompanied by White Sox catcher AJ Pierzynski, and several players, including Johnny Damon, are at ringside. Skipper and Sabin start the match. They try some chain wrestling and Sabin almost kills Skipper during an armbar. It was pretty amazing. Young tags in and Sabin continues on offense and makes the tag to Dutt. Is this the last match Heenan ever commentated? Man, Dale Torborg is a big dude. The Diamonds take over on Dutt in their half of the ring. After a few minutes Dutt makes the hot tag and Torborg is on fire. The match breaks down and the babyfaces are rocking it. Sabin and Dutt take out Young and Skipper with dives to the floor, leaving Diamond and Torborg in the ring. Diamond hits Torborg with a catcher’s shin guard, but only gets two when Pierzynski pulls the referee to the floor! Heenan leaves the booth to distract the referee, and Damon gives Pierzynski a home plate to crack Diamond over the head with! Sabin then hits the Cradle Shock and Dutt follows with the Hindu Press to get the win at 8:01. That was a lot of fun.
Rating: **½

MATCH #6: Christian Cage vs. Monty Brown

This is Christian’s first TNA pay-per-view match. Brown shows off his power right off the bat. You could even say he’s trying to show that he’s the Alpha Male. Brown even goes for an early Pounce but Christian powders to avoid it. They go back and forth a bit and Christian throws Brown to the floor, and then follows him out with a dive off the top rope! Back in the ring Christian gets a two-count. Brown comes back and gorilla presses Christian all the way down to the floor. Back in the ring Brown continues to use his power to keep Christian subdued. At one point Christian accidentally pulls one of the pads off a turnbuckle; we’ll see if that plays into the finish. Eventually Christian gets his second wind and hits a hard tornado DDT for two. They fight up to the top rope and Cage knocks him down, then follows with a Frog Splash but it only gets two. Brown comes back with the Alpha Bomb but only gets a two-count. He tries to drive Christian into the exposed turnbuckle but winds up eating it himself! Christian follows up with the Unprettier to get the win at 12:36. Those two are well matched and this was an excellent meshing of styles and a good showing for Christian on his way to a title shot.
Rating: ***½

MATCH #7: Tables Match – Team 3D vs. America’s Most Wanted

You’d think the titles would be on the line here, but you’d be wrong. Team 3D runs up the ramp to start the fight immediately! Brother Ray and James Storm battle up by the entrance while Brother Devon and Chris Harris take the fight to ringside. I never heard the opening bell, by the way. The brawl continues as most Team 3D matches tend to. The tables come into play pretty early and everyone take turns saving their partner from a wooden fate. I love how Mike Tenay refers to Asian countries as “The Orient.” Get with the times, bro. Team 3D scores the first elimination, nailing Storm with the Death Sentence through a table to take the advantage. Moments later they take Harris up by the entrance and deliver the 3D through a table to get the win at 10:39. That was the usual boring brawl from Team 3D in TNA. And as it turns out they injured James Storm driving him through the table. Good job, guys.
Rating: **

MATCH #8: TNA X-Division Title Match – AJ Styles vs. Samoa Joe

Styles has been the champion since 9.11.05 and this is his third defense. This is his fifth reign with the title, while Joe is in the midst of an undefeated streak that began back in June. The champ goes on the attack before the bell, which is wise strategy considering Joe’s dominance in TNA thus far. Joe comes back with some vicious strikes and kicks AJ right to the floor. He follows him out and continues the abuse. The pace is pretty ridiculous in this one, with both guys going all out from the get-go. Joe swings AJ head-first into the guardrail and delivers a running kick to the chest. Back in the ring Joe hits the Big Joe Combo (TM Brad Garoon). The challenger is absolutely dominating at this point. Finally AJ avoids a charge in the corner and backdrops Joe to the floor. AJ follows him out with the Fosbury Flop! Back in the ring AJ hits a springboard forearm to the back of the head for a two-count. The flipping inverted DDT gets another near-fall. Joe catches a snap powerslam out of nowhere for his own two-count. AJ comes back and tries the Styles Clash, but settles for a powerbomb and gets a very close near-fall. Joe responds with a huge clothesline but it only gets one! That just makes Joe angry, so he hits a double underhook powerbomb and AJ again kicks out at one! Joe locks on the Choke but AJ escapes and hits the Pele. They fight up to the top rope and AJ powerbombs him down and then turns it into the Styles Clash but Joe kicks out! AJ foolishly tries an O’Connor Roll but Joe grabs him and Chokes him out to win the X-Division Title for the first time at 18:54. These two tore it up in the X-Division and this was probably their best singles match ever. It was just one of those matches where everything clicked and the characters were strong and everyone looked good. This is one of the best matches in TNA history.
Rating: ****¾

After the match Joe continues the assault on AJ until Christopher Daniels, previously injured by Joe, makes his return and the save for his friend.

MATCH #9: NWA World Championship Match – Jeff Jarrett vs. Rhino

Jarrett has been the champion since 11.3.05, and this is his first defense. The champion starts the match by going after the arm, but Rhino overpowers him and goes after the arm himself. Jarrett comes back with a dropkick for just a one-count. He then goes back to the arm and wrist. Rhino comes back with a press slam and hangs the champ off the top rope. He then knocks him down into the guardrail and slingshots himself over the top rope right onto Jarrett. They fight up into the crowd and Rhino tries a suplex from a concrete barrier, but Jarrett blocks it and knocks Rhino down. Rhino reverses an Irish whip and Jarrett gets slammed into the wall. They continue fighting all over the arena, and Jarrett is busted open. Rhino uses a chair and I guess this match is no-disqualification too. They fight towards the back and onto some scaffolding. Jarrett uses a chair and whacks Rhino across the back, and the challenger crashes off the scaffolding through a table below. Within moments Rhino suplexes Jarrett on the ramp and resumes control. Wow, maybe he could have sold a table bump longer than 15 seconds? He grabs a table and stacks it against the entrance ramp. He hits the Gore but the table doesn’t break and they slide down the entrance tunnel. That actually looked kind of cool.

Borash announces that both men have a count of 10 to return to the ring. I believe I made my feelings about that known earlier in this review. Petey Williams and Eric Young come out and throw Rhino down the tunnel and try to help Jarrett get back to the ring. Rhino barely makes it back to the ring and he is fired up now. He hits a flying clothesline and has to fight off Petey and Young. He hits a spinebuster but Jarrett kicks out. Rhino goes to the top and Petey crotches him down. No-DQ, I guess. That gives Jarrett the chance to hit a superplex for two. Rhino comes back with a TKO for two. The referee accidentally takes the Gore, and Jarrett goes for the Stroke. Rhino reverses that to a belly-to-belly suplex. Bobby Roode comes out to battle Rhino now, as well as A1. Rhino quickly hits the Gore on A1, but Roode levels him with the Northern Lariat. Rudy Charles barely sells Rhino’s Gore by making the two-count. Jarrett grabs the guitar and smashes it over Rhino’s head. Rhino kicks out at two. Jackie Gayda comes out, and I don’t think this storyline ever paid off. She slaps Jarrett, and then Rhino hits a Gore, from which Jarrett kicks out. Security comes out to drag Jackie away. Rhino sets up two chairs and goes for the Rhino Driver. Scott D’Amore comes down and whacks him with a hockey stick. Jarrett then hits the Stroke onto the chairs to get the pin at 17:29. I still don’t understand how TNA distinguishes some kinds of interference and foreign objects that are okay to do in front of the ref, and others that you must hide. How many times do I have to say this in this review? The match was doing fine until the interference turned it into a six-on-one match.
Rating: **¼

After the match the lights go out, and when they come back on the spotlight is on a chair is sitting in the middle of the ring with black boots and a baseball bat on it. The video screen shows a picture of a scorpion, indicating that Sting is on his way to TNA in 2006. Oh, goody.×120.jpg

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This Week In Wrestling History #7 (Jeff Jarrett, Eddie Guerrero, Charleston Chew) Tue, 12 Nov 2013 11:00:56 +0000 What happened in wrestling history during the week 11th November – 17th November?
Read on to find out!!

As it turns out, not a great deal happened this week. 

Major Events:

1980 – Tony Garea & a Not Yet The Model Rick Martel defeated The Samoan Swat Team for the WWWWWWF Tag Team title.

1993 – Clash of the Champions MCMXCIII

1993 – Eastern Championship Wrestling held their first “November to Sorta Remember” show. Mr. Hughes defeated Johnny Gunn in a thrilling main event. Thrilling.


Title Changes:

1967 – Pat “The Bomber” O’Conner and Wilbur Wright Snyder defeated Young Harley Race and Some Other Guy for the AWA Tag Team title

1975 – Nick Bockwinkel defeated Verne Gagne for the AWA Heavyweight title in a match probably no longer remembered by anyone.

1992 – The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express defeated the Heavenly Bodies for the Smokey Mountain Tag Team title for about the fifteenth time that week.


1999 – Scott Hall defeated Bret Hart, Sid Vicious & Goldberg for the WCW US Heavyweight title. That can’t possibly have been good.

Career points:

1975 – Tony Parisi & Louis Cerdan defeated both Blackjack Lanza AND Blackjack Mulligan for the Blackjack Tag Team title. Tony Parisi later became Blackjack O’Shaunessy and Louis Cerdan was referred to simply as Black Jack.

1993 – Jeff Jarrett achieved his career pinnacle by winning the USWA Tag Team title with Lawler’s son.jeffjarrett1

2000 – Lance Storm defeated General E. Rection (HAHAHA it’s like erection….is this thing on?) for the WCW US Heavyweight title. Lance Storm looked embarassed.

2005 – Eddie Guerrero’s final pro-wrestling match occurred, where he defeated Ken Kennedy via disqualification. What a way to go out.

Fun Facts:

Eddie Guerrero was found dead in his hotel room in Minneapolis, Minnesota, at the age of 38. An autopsy revealed that Guerrero died as a result of an massive cardiovascular implosion – likely due to WWE making him eat masses of Charleston Chew for promotional purposes the night before.

Thanks for reading! Come back again next week to find out what happened…next week…in history!

(For more “facts” about “wrestling”, be sure to follow @wrestling_facts)

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This Week In Wrestling History #6 (Ahmed Johnson, Junkyard Dog, Koji Kanemoto) Wed, 06 Nov 2013 11:28:04 +0000 What mind-blowing events occured  in wrestling history during the week 4th November – 10th November?
Read on to find out!!

Major Events:

1985 – The WWF held their first PPV event. “The Wrestling Classic” featured the Junkyard Dog getting a push to stardom, which lead to his long career on top billing of WWF cards.

1994 – ECW November to Remember

1998 – ECW November to Remember

snuka-glob-11999 – ECW November to Remember

2000 – ECW November to Remember

2007 – The Fabulous Moolah appeared at the Wrestling Afterlife supercard at the age of 124.

Title Changes:

1939 – Salacious Steve Casey defeated King Ed Don George for the NWAUSAWA World Heavyweight title

1977 – Dick “Howling Mad” Murdoch won his 44th Mid-South-North US Championship by defeating Jerry Oates (of Hall & Oates fame).

1990 – Terry Funk defeated Jerry Lawler for the Terry Funk Retirement Championship for the second time.

terryfunk11995 – Ahmed Johnson defeated Jerry Lawler for the USWA Unified Heavyweight title in Memphis. This was the first time a black person had won the title there, following the passing of statewide legislation on civil rights in sports entertainment.

Career points:

1981 – The Spoiler defeated Charlie Cook for the Florida State Heavyweight title, in what is considered one of the greatest pro-wrestling matches of all time.

1994 – AAA When Worlds Collide became the one good thing Eric Bischoff helped put together.

2000 – Crowbar defeated Reno for the WCW Hardcore title. I don’t know who either of them are.

reno-wcw2002 – Edge & Rey Mysterio Jr defeated Kurt Angle & Crispin Noir for the WWE Randomly Assembled Tag Team title.

Fun Facts:

In 1990, Koji Kanemoto and Hiroyoshi Tenzan of All New Japan Pro Wrestling made their professional wrestling debuts in the infamous 220-man Battle Royal at the Tokyo Super Sky Dome.

Thanks for reading! Come back again next week to find out what happened…next week…in history!

(For more “facts” about “wrestling”, be sure to follow @wrestling_facts)

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More TNA News and General Snarkiness Thu, 31 Oct 2013 12:19:42 +0000  

More News from the exciting world of the trainwreck that is TNA!



On October 30 The Chicago Tribune online posted a story about former women’s champion Tara/Victoria/Lisa Marie Varon and her restaurant. Apparently it is going to be the subject of a reality television show produced by a company that currently does a show about a pawn shop, and that pawn show is produced by one Eric Bischoff.


Well, I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that it will be a hell of a lot less annoying than that stupid WWE Divas show. But if they can combine the two shows and have Eric Bischoff pawning off his wrestling memorabilia which T/V/LMV then buys to decorate the restaurant, and then Bischoff goes all OJ Simspon and tries to steal it back… ratings gold, my friends; ratings gold.



According to the Lucky 13 promotions website Roxxi/Nikki Roxx will be retiring from wrestling at their December show. Shame that another talented female wrestler is leaving the squared circle, leaving us fans with the Bellas, the Funkadactyls, and Layla. Goody. (Of course, some writers here at Pulse have probably just required a change of undies at my even mentioning those names, but to each his or her own.)



TNA’s roster page is now lacking one Hulk Hogan and one AJ Styles. One is gone because of contract issues, one because of kayfabe reasons. I will leave it as an exercise for the readers to decide which is which.



Further, AJ Styles will be defending the TNA title he doesn’t have against Judas Mesias at a AAA event, according to PWInsider .


Funny, that news actually doesn’t fill me with much of anything. First, I find Mesias mediocre at best, and second, this makes no sense with whatever the hell storyline they are trying to go with here! By even calling it the TNA title he’s defending makes it seem legitimate, which it shouldn’t seem, because AJ’s apparently not with the company any longer! If anything, he should be saying he’s defending something else. What, I don’t know, but TNA have to give permission for their name to be used – and everyone knows that – so they should put a halt to it, but they’re not, because this story has become stupid.



And speaking of stupid, Rampage Jackson has thrown away potentially billions of dollars by ignoring Bully Ray’s offer of a fight to instead take on some scrub named Joey Beltran. A 14-9 record? Bet his calves don’t look like Bully’s either. Anyway, that’s the message from the Bellator website so you know it’s probably a swerve anyway.



A few places are reporting the crowd size for the Salt Lake City Impact tapings as either 1200, 1500 (this seems to be the most common view) or 1700 people. Oh, uh, yeah, what? When Zero-1 in Adelaide, South Australia held their last show, they drew more than that! Yes, a local indy fed with ties to a Japanese fed drew a bigger crowd in a city that barely knows about them than an internationally syndicated wrestling show!


But that’s okay, because things are going well in Dixieland.



Wrestling Inc also read the Observer so I don’t have to and came up with the buys for Bound For Glory. 3000 fans in attendance for 2622 paid. Oh, but it gets better, because the PPV did 17,000 buys. Hell, even JCP’s Starrcade 1987, which Vince tried to kill with the first Survivor Series and his threats of withholding Wrestlemania from anyone who broadcast Starrcade, did 20,000, and that was back in 1987 when the technology was in its infancy, but JCP still pulled a live gate around the 8000 mark.


But everything’s still rosy in TNA!



AND finally, according the Wrestlezone (who I think stole it from The Wrestling Observer, but I still ain’t paying money to get wrestling gossip), now that Eric Bischoff is pawning shit and working from home (and I quote):


“…the bulk of TNA’s writing will be handled by Matt Conway and Dave Lagana. John Gaburick and Jeff Jarrett will reportedly be handling the overall creative direction of TNA’s product, with Jarrett having a lot more input as of late.”


Yay! More Jarrett! Just like the heady days of Jarrett headlining every single TNA thing with his boring offense, boring character and his stupid fucking guitar! Back to the future, TNA!



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This Week In Wrestling History #5 (Dusty Rhodes, Brock Lesnar, Lance Storm) Tue, 29 Oct 2013 10:00:08 +0000 What deeply fascinating occurances happened in wrestling history during the week 28th October – 3rd November?

Read on to find out!!


Major Events:

1997 – WCW Halloween Havoc became the greatest Halloween Havoc in wrestling history (until the next year) by featuring impressive cruiserweight fights and bizarre cage matches with Roddy Piper.

2001 – The first ever World Wrestling All-Stars show was held in Sydney (that’s in Australia, yanks) featuring all the wrestlers that didn’t get signed when WWE bought WCW….meaning Rick Steiner, Stevie Ray and Jeff Jarrett took part.


2002 – WWE held the last of its UK-exclusive pay-per-view shows. “Rebellion” was discontinued after only seven people turned up to the Manchester Arena to see Rikishi vs Albert and Nidia vs Dawn Marie.

2003 – The NWA 138th Anniversary Show was held in Kingston, Ontario featuring Dan Severn, Steve Corino and whoever else was still in the NWA at that time.

Title Changes:

1932 – Prince Gustav Adolf of Sweden defeated Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha and was crowned the first Intercontinental Champion of the post Austro-Hungary era.

1980 – Apache Chief & The Golly defeated Mr. Nipp & Emperor Slittihito for the WWWWWWWF Tag Team titles in a match that’s not often included on WWE archive collections.

1983 – Junkyard Dog defeated Butch Reed for the Jim Crow Deep South Heavyweight title.

1988 – The Road Warriors defeated Bobby Eaton & Stan Lane for the NWA World Tag Team title, probably because The Road Warriors are better, had facepaint and drew more money.

1995 – Johnny B. Badd defeated Diamond Dallas Page for the WCW Television Title…again.


2000 – General E. Rection (HAHAHAHAHA it sounds like erection, do you see?!? Like a man’s penis.) defeated Lance Storm & Hacksaw Jim Duggan for the WCW Bullshit Heavyweight title

2000 – Genichiro Tenryu defeated Toshiaki Kawada in a tournament final for the vacant AJPW Triple Crown Title in a memorable bout that was enjoyed and respected by all. See, not everything has to be a joke.

Career points:

1957 – The NWA sustained its first combat fatality in the Vietnam War when the first Sgt Slaughter (real name Miklos von Schuzman) was caught in a firefight with Viet-cong near Tchesung.

1978 – Richard “The Boy” Flair & Almost Big John Studd defeated John Paul Jones & Jon Steamboat Bonham to win the NWA Mid-Atlantic Tag Team Title


1980 – Dusty Rhodes defeated Bobby “Mick” Jaggers for the Florida State Penitentiary Title

2001 – Shelton Benjamin & Brock Lesnar defeated Rico Constantino & The Prototype for the OVW Southern Heavyweight Tag Title. Little became of these four wrestlers after this short title fued.

Fun Facts:

On 25th October 1982, The Mary Rose, former flagship of King Henry VIII was raised to the surface. The pride of the Royal Navy had sunk in 1545 and its raising from the sea floor of the English Channel was aided by several WWF heavy hitters such as Ken Patera, Killer Khan and Nick Bockwinkel.

Thanks for reading! Come back again next week to find out what happened…next week…in history!

(For more “facts” about “wrestling”, be sure to follow @wrestling_facts)

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TNA/Impact Wrestling Up For Sale? Mon, 28 Oct 2013 02:30:53 +0000 Dave Meltzer reported the following on his radio show today:

“There’s a lot of moves being done behind the scenes. There are, no matter what anyone is gonna say right now, big things behind the scenes as far as the future ownership of the company and at that point God only knows where it goes…. There’s people looking at getting it and I think the Carters are looking to get out. They’ve lost enough money and all that and as far as what that means, who knows? But they’ve been looking to get out for awhile, now everyone is going to scream at me and all that, but that’s a 100%, but that’s the stuff they don’t want you to know…. They’ve been looking to get out when they stopped, you know, when it became incumbent, when they didn’t want to fund them anymore….”

There’s no official announcement or word on who the Carters are looking to sell to but the obvious names floating around are Eric Bischoff with Hulk Hogan and Jeff Jarrett.×120.jpg×250.jpg

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