May 8, 2003
AIA match leaves TNA fans wanting more
By DONNIE ABREU - SLAM! Wrestling

For the first time in their brief history, NWA TNA flat out failed to live up to their own hype. They had promoted the Anarchy in the Asylum match as a revolutionary event but sadly it turned out to be a major flop.

Tenay and West start the show in the middle of the ring, just like Joey Styles in ECW. They start but hyping the Anarchy In The Asylum Match that will take place on this week\'s show. Participants may wear anything, bring anything and pinfalls will count anywhere in the building. Elimination can also be registered by tossing your opponent over the top rope. Wrestlers will enter the ring every 90 seconds, and not two minutes as was previously stated.

They promoted a series of matches that will take place on this week\'s show where the winner will be entered into the AIA match.

It was announced that Raven was not in the building and that his contract did indeed expire last week. Mike Tenay said that Raven\'s destiny was not fulfilled and his plan to hold the company hostage has failed.

AIA qualifying match: \"Prime Time\" Elix Skipper and Low Ki VS. \"The Phenominal\' A.J. Styles and D\'Lo Brown.

It\'s great to see Low Ki back in TNA after having spent the last few weeks working in Japan. A.J. entered the match in style: Brown threw Low Ki into the ropes, when he former X-Champ spring-boarded himself off the top rope and came down with a perfect dropkick in the teeth.

We had a solid finish in this match that saw Ki go for the Tidal Crush (spinning back-handspring) but was caught by Brown\'s short powerbomb and a neckbreaker by A.J. Very well timed.

Elix didn\'t do very much in this match, and Low Ki didn\'t get an opportunity to remind everyone just how good he is.

WINNERS: A.J. Styles and D\'Lo Brown

We then see Glen Gilberti in the S.E.X. locker room saying he wants everyone backing him in his quest to win the AIA match and bring the NWA World title to their organization.

Gilberti then busted into Jarrett\'s locker room and attacked him. Jarrett was wearing a knee brace and was on crutches. Tenay tells us he suffered a knee and hip injury in last week\'s main event. Gilberti lays JJ out with crutch shots and beat him until they were outside the building in the parking lot. They were finally separated by security.

AIA qualifying match: New Jack VS. Sandman VS. Sabu

New Jack was introduced first and took the mic. He said Sabu has forgotten about the days in ECW when they were in hotels drunk and on pills together and chasing naked midgets around. He then reminds Sabu of all the cheques Paul Heyman bounced on them - and that Heyman STILL owes them both money. He also talked about ECW action figures that they never received a dime for. The crowd loved this profanity-laced shoot.

The three-way dance went for about four or five minutes before Sandman finished drinking beers and kissing babies, and finally decided to get in the ring. By that point, Sabu had tossed New Jack out of the ring and started to work on Hak.

This was your typical extreme match up with all the hardcore toys. Chairs, tables, spikes, staple guns - you get the idea.

During this match we were shown video of Gilberti attacking Jarrett again. Jarrett was then shown being taken from the building by friends to a hospital.

Sabu had New Jack on a table outside the ring and went for the Triple Jump Moonsault but got caught by a Sandman cane shot when he landed on the top rope.

New Jack found a hydraulic scissor lift and took it up 15 or 20 feet. He then jumped from the lift onto Sabu who was laying on a table. Sabu rolled out of the way, and made a quick cover on New Jack for the win.

WINNER: Sabu

Toronto native, Tracy was backstage talking to NWA representative Bill Beherns. Tracy is demanding a spot in the AIA match. Beherns says she hasn\'t earned it, and he doesn\'t even know her name. Tracy threatens a sexual harassment lawsuit but then softened up a little and gave the old guy a pat on the ass. She said if she was in the match, she\'d make it worth his while.

A video package was shown highlighting the tension between tag partners Chris Harris and James Storm. They will compete against each on this week\'s show for a spot in the AIA match. These two were long time rivals on the independent circuit before joining NWA TNA.

AIA qualifying match: When America\'s Most Wanted Explodes : \"Cowboy\" James Storm VS. \"Wildcat\" Chris Harris

West starts by saying they were signed to NWA TNA when he and other TNA officials saw them compete against each other over a year ago.

During this match it is announced that Desire, Trinity and Tracy (her name was finally revealed to the audience) will compete for a spot in the AIA match. Mike Tenay goes ballistic saying that this is the Sports Entertainment part of the business he hates. He doesn\'t believe a female wrestler should be entered into the match. Interesting for Tenay to go old school like that; but he\'s been putting Trinity over for weeks as a legitimate threat in the X-Division. Make up your mind Mike!

Back to the match in the ring: Solid back and forth action with a ton of standing switches and reversals. The crowd was very flat throughout most of this match. It seemed they weren\'t quite sure who to cheer for since both men have teased heel turns recently.

Storm hit the 8-Second Ride but Harris managed to kick out. When he did, Storm went nuts, screaming and stomping around the ring.

The finish came when Storm sat on Harris\' chest and pulled his legs up, not allowing a kick out.

At the end of the match, they hugged and proclaimed their mutual plutonic love.

WINNER: James Storm

Goldy is talking to Eric Watts. Watts is pretending to cry about Jarrett\'s injuries. He was talking about how he was supposed to meet Jeffy-Jeff at the mall to pick out some new gear. Watts got a call on his cell phone and said \"Hey Jeffy-Jeff how\'s the belty-belt\". Watts then wiped the tears away and got serious. Apparently another \"Eric\" who was in WCW at the same time as Watts wants to come to TNA in a backstage capacity. Watts says different things to make us believe it is Eric Bischoff.

AIA qualifying match: Trinity VS. Tracey VS. Desire

Before the match started, Kid Kash came to the ring and talked about how he suspended his valet, Trinity last week. The K.I.D. says he\'s either going to beat Trinity down and handcuff her to him or she has to get on her knees and beg for forgiveness. Trinity chooses her first option, clearly thinking she has a chance in a fight, but is quickly beaten down and then dragged to the back by Kash.

The match was finally started, and Desire attacked Tracey from behind and sent her to the outside. Desire tried to follow up by sliding between the ropes Mark Henry style - but she slipped and landed on the apron. She then threw Tracey into the safety rail and apparently cut her thigh open. Desire followed up by jumping off the steel steps and hitting a flying clothesline.

West showed his \"severe lack of cool\" by continuously referring to Tracey as \'Hot For Teacher\". He was then complaining that there isn\'t enough authority in TNA since Tracey just showed up on the show and got herself a shot at the AIA match. He even went so far as to scream \"NO! NO! NO!\" when Desire (the heel) was defeated. Since when is West a heel announcer? More than likely he just doesn\'t have a clue what\'s going on.

Tracey won the match via pinfall

WINNER: Tracey

Interrogators - Harris Brothers

The Interrogators segment hasn\'t been seen for a couple weeks. This is where Tenay and West sit with a TNA star and throw out names or phrases and ask for quick one word answers.

This may have been an attempt to show the personality of the Harris boys, but their comments came off with a very ignorant and racist tone that probably ticked off a lot of people.

The camera cuts to Goldylocks who is backstage talking to the Tag Team champions Jerry Lynn and (the new X-Division Champion) Amazing Red. Red talks about how he has learned so much from Lynn. Lynn then insists on a re-match for the X-title in the near future.

As a reminder: Last week Lynn and Christopher Daniels had a one on one match where the winner would get to make the stipulation for their tag match this week. Lynn won and the result is a handicapped match.

Jerry Lynn and The Amazing Red VS. \"The Fallen Angel\" Christopher Daniels: NWA TNA Tag Team Title Match

The match started out much how you would expect. A lot of babyface double teams with Daniels playing the roll of a ping-pong ball.

Nice combo move saw Lynn sit Daniels on his shoulders, allowing Red to come off the top rope with a spinning heel kick. Immediately after that, Low Ki and Elix Skipper came to the ring and distracted the referee. Daniels seized the opportunity and clobbered Red\'s knee with a chair. Daniels followed up with a corkscrew leg-whip and other attacks to the leg.

Daniels missed a mooonsault on Red which allowed Lynn to tag back in. The new, more aggressive Jerry Lynn came in throwing closed fists. Lynn hit a TKO (F5) on Daniels but a ref bump prevented a cover from being made.

Daniels and Low Ki were working on a double team when Lynn grabbed a chair and clobbered both men. He then knocked out Skipper. The ref regained consciousness just in time to see Lynn nail Daniels again with a chair. The ref signaled for the bell and handed the titles to \"The Fallen Angel\".

For those who don\'t know: in TNA \"a loss is a loss\". Champions cannot protect their titles and switches do occur on disqualifications and count outs.

WINNER and New Tag Team Champions: Triple X

Anarchy In The Asylum

The very nature of this match makes it difficult to report on, so here are the highlights along with the order of the entrants, when they were eliminated and by whom.. The No DQ stipulation of this match made it impossible for fans to tell the difference between who was actually IN the match and who was just doing a run-in. David Young came to the ring to help Siaki against James Storm. Chris Harris came to help his partner but was thrown out of the ring by him inadvertently. That distracted Storm long enough to be tossed over the top.

Rick Steiner was a surprise entrant and received a decent pop, making his fist first TNA appearance since the Gauntlet for the Gold back on week 1.

Mike Awesome came to the ring with a table that he set up outside the ring. He was eliminated when Mike Sanders came from the back and superkicked Awesome off the apron and through his own table.

Justin Credible came to the ring with a Singapore Cane, but didn\'t really use it.

When Tracey was introduced she was attacked by Lollipop. Kid Kash threw Lollipop off Tracey and then threw the Toronto native into the ring where he nailed her with the Moneymaker (the double underhook piledriver). Tracey lasted about 5 seconds in the ring.

Gilberti came to the ring with the Harris Brothers, who did a lot of his dirty work. The Harris\' eliminated three men in a row. They gave Konnan two H-Bombs through a table on the outside. K-Dawg had to take two because they failed to break the table on their first WEAK attempt.

Buff Bagwell received very little reaction and lasted less than 90 seconds. Why bother bringing him in?

D\'Lo lasted longer than anyone else, but was eliminated by a missle-dropkick from his partner, A.J. Styles

Sabu eliminated Saturn with a flying head scissors that sent both men to the outside. Apparently Sabu forgot the stipulations of the match. Either that or he just didn\'t care. Jeremy Borash announced that both men had been eliminated, only to correct himself a few moments later. The ruling was that since it was Sabu\'s offensive move that took Saturn out, he was not eliminated.. The crowd was not pleased and started a most unpleasant chant.

As if that wasn\'t enough, Sabu then did a triple jump to the ouside over the safety rail, trying to hit Gilberti and Styles. Both men moved however and Sabu landed in a puddle of beer.

There was a ref bump right before Sabu went for yet another triple jump moonsault. He hit the move and was looking for the pin, when RAVEN entered the ring and took out the \"Homicidal Genocidal Suicidal\" man with a chairshot. Raven threw Gilberti on top of Sabu just in time for the ref to regain his faculties and count three.

Glen \"Disco Inferno\" Gilberti is the number one contender for the NWA World Title. Okay.

Order of Entry

  • 1. Lawler
  • 2. Brown
  • 3. Siaki
  • 4. James Storm
  • 5. Kid Kash
  • 6. Rick Steiner
  • 7. Mike Awesome
  • 8. Justine Credible
  • 9. Ron Killings
  • 10. Tracey
  • 11. Glen Gilberti
  • 12. Konnan
  • 13. Buff Bagwell
  • 14. A.J. Styles
  • 15. Sabu

Eliminated:

  • 1. James Storm by Siaki
  • 2. Siaki by Steiner
  • 3. Tracey by Kid Kash
  • 4. Kid Kash by the masked luchador (Trinity)
  • 5. Rick Steiner by the Harris Brothers
  • 6. Killings by the Harris Brothers
  • 7. Konnan the Harris Brothers
  • 8. Brian Lawler by Bagwell
  • 9. Bagwell by Gilberti
  • 10.Mike Awesome by Mike Sanders
  • 11.Credible by Sabu
  • 12. D\'lo Brown by A.J. Styles
  • 13. Saturn by Sabu
  • 14. Styles by Gilberti
  • 15. Sabu by Gilberti

Winner: Glen Gilberti

The AIA match was a major disappoint, both in the quality of work and the workers who competed.

The big surprises were Rick Steiner and Buff Bagwell. TNA promised champions from Japan but did not produce once. Hidaka and Tanaka are both competing for MLW in Florida on Friday so it is logical to believe that something could have been worked out. Unfortunately, it wasn\'t.

The \"No DQ\" stipulation became ridiculous and the \"come dressed how you want\" and \"bring whatever you want\" rules didn\'t really produce any notable mentions.

Nice move by TNA for turning 7 days of Internet speculation into a brief on-camera angle. Fans believed that Raven had walked, so that\'s what TNA reported. That made the finish all the more surprising.

Overall, the show wasn\'t at the same level as the previous three but was decent. I\'d call this a 5.5 out of 10 but only because we are coming off weeks of 9\'s and 9.5.

TNA has raised their bar and they cannot afford to lower it at this point.

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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