May 7, 2003
Will Raven fly with TNA again?
By DONNIE ABREU - SLAM! Wrestling

Donnie Abreu is hopeful that TNA will stand up and take notice of Toronto-native Joe E. Legend.

The big event on this week's show is the Anarchy in the Asylum match. As mentioned last Thursday, it is a variation on the 'Gauntlet For The Gold' bout that highlighted the first episode of NWA TNA. The rules are similar to that of the WWE's Royal Rumble.

The match begins with two participants, and subsequent wrestlers are added every two minutes. Unlike the Rumble, the object is to make your opponent submit or to record a pinfall. In the AIA match, pinfalls will be counted anywhere in the building. It certainly sounds like TNA is catering to the strong "Extreme" contingent on their roster with this stipulation.

The purpose of this contest is to name a new number one contender to the World Title.

What really got fans excited about this match though was when NWA TNA promised that the participants will include former champions from the WWE, WCW, ECW, Mexico and Japan. That proclamation has fueled speculation as to who may be entered. Some names that have been rumored include:

  • Mike Awesome
  • Sting
  • Mikey Whipwreck
  • Shinya Hasimoto
  • Yuji Nagata
  • Kojima
  • Ikuto Hidaka
  • Justin Credible
  • Sandman
  • Vader
  • Shane Douglas
  • Malice
  • Masato Tanaka
  • Konnan
  • Samoa Joe

Personally, I'm hoping to see Canadian talent Joe E. Legend. Sadly, Legend may best be known for his short lived "Just Joe" gimmick in the WWF. The character he played was a tattle-tale stooge. Legend is certainly not a stooge in the ring. He has terrific charisma, can cut a very entertaining promo, and has very impressive size and strength. His diverse style would allow him to compete with the X-Division or the Heavyweights. Here's hoping TNA reads my plea in time!

It should be very interesting to see just who TNA has signed for this event and who will emerge as the new challenger to Jarrett's crown.

NWA TNA has put together a two-hour look back at the past year of the company. "Genesis" will begin airing May 9th, but only on Direct TV. Replays will be shown on a regular basis.

For those who don't have access to Direct TV, TNA will be releasing this special on home video and DVD. It includes memorable moments, celebrity appearances, and more. By all accounts this is a must see for all new fans or for anyone who hasn't jumped on the TNA bandwagon just yet.

The one-year anniversary show will be on June 18th. That show will be named soon, and you can expect a massive build up.

Remember, NWA TNA airs Wednesdays at 8 PM on pay per view. Call your local cable provider.

Donnie Abreu has been a wrestling journalist for eight years and is the co-founder of IceCold Media (http://www.icecoldmedia.com). Visit IceCold Media for all your custom media design needs. Mention that you read Donnie's column on SLAM! and receive a 20% discount!



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