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TNA: Double J beats Double G
By \"HARDCORE\" CHRIS GRAMLICH - SLAM! Wrestling


Greetings and Salutations!

Your friendly neighbourhood Gramlich filling in for Big Daddy Donnie Abreu, who once again has run afoul of \"The Man.\" Donít worry, BDD, Gramlich gotz your back, just like the old days. Whose house? Gramlichís house! So, itís been a few weeks since Iíve seen NWA TNA, they were on quite the hot streak leading up to the Raven/Jarrett match and then the show after fell off and I didnít order it for a couple weeks. But with the return of Russo, Jarrett having a rare match and the continued baby-facing of Raven (well, evil baby-facing), things are looking up. So, letís see if NWA-TNA can bring the Gramlich back to the fold or if itíll disappoint him like everything else in his life. To quote Joe from \"Family Guy\"Ö\"Bring it on!\".

The show opens with an incredibly long FBI warning against taping. I get it. Iím going to hell; I already knew that.

Recap from April 7th where Glen Gilberti took charge of the SEX locker-room, swore a lot and then kicked the crap out of Jeff Jarrett and then a recap of him beating Sabu in a tournament to become the number one contender.

Some footage of Gilberti talking smack about Double J.

Recap of the Raven/Gilberti match from last week with Russoís return. Not a bad bat shot from Russo, all things considered.

Double J arrives and is confronted by security. He gets a lecture from some red shirts (doesnít anyone watch \"Star Trek\"? Donít beam down to the planet, itís not worth it!) and is warned not to cross the line. JJ takes it poorly and says he holds all the cards as long as he has the belt. Yeah, and that will probably be forever, boo-yah!

Cut to the SEX locker-room, Gilberti leads a prayer and thanks the Lord for making SEX the Number One group in wresting and also for the return of Russo. He then asks for the strength to make professional wrestling better for everyone. Amen. Mike Sanders questions Gilberti on Russo. Gilberti tells him not to worry.

Mike Tenay welcomes us to TNA and hypes the card. Whatís up with the strippers, Professor?

Match 1: six-man tag Kid Romeo/Damien and Johnny Swinger versus C.M. Punk/Matt Stryker and Frankie Kazarian

Nice Pepsi logo tattoo, C.M. Yikes! Kid and Stryker tie it up and go back and forth with some actual wrestling, which is always nice to see. Kid Romeo hits a nice bulldog on Kazarian. Swinger tags in, takes some arm-drags for his trouble. West and Tenay put over Kazarian. C.M. Punk comes in and Swinger catches him, some good catch as catch can wrestling follows. I like Tenay, I hate West. Swinger dominates. Awesome suplex reversal on a monkey flip by Stryker. Damien and the heels beat on Stryker. Damien hits Stryker with a nice suplex after Stryker fights back. Swinger back in, Tenay puts over the fact that heís from Toronto. Thatís right, Mike! Recognise! Kazarian comes in and kicks ass. Kazarian hits a nice stunner/DDT combo then a sweet suicide dive before the match breaks down, with everyone hitting a move onto the mass of humanity outside. Everyone comes back in and they hit all their finishing moves before Kazarian hits an insane face-buster-type spinning move for the win.

The Gramlich Perspective: a decent match with some good high-spots, but it got a little predictable with everyone following each other with high-spots. Still a good match though.

Tenay and Don sell the Gilberti/Jarrett match some more and also mention the rest of the matches tonight. Slow down guys, I already bought it, geez, itís not like I can unbuy it, or can I? Nope.

Goldylocks asks Raven about Russo but Raven talks about Jarrett and the Number One contender match that doesnít include Raven instead. Raven runs down JJ and calls him the David Hasselhoff of professional wrestling. Oddly, my spell-check doesnít know how to spell \"Hasselhoff\". Whereís the respect? \"Knightride\"r kicked ass. Raven then breaks down the similarities between the two, which are pretty scary. Julio is wearing a Strapping Young Lad shirt, represent, Julio, represent. Raven claims heís responsible for TNA being a hit and warns Russo that heíll use Russoís cranium as a flower pot if he ever touches him again. You ainít no daisy, Russo.

Americaís Most Wanted are in the back talking about the decision Chris Harris has to make on which partner to choose, James Storm or Chris Sabian. This Storm dude gives bad interview, says heíll respect Harrisís decision either way. Storm ainít so hot on the mic either.

Mike Sanders comes down to do commentary. Recap of the Hard Ten tournament (where you get points for hitting people with weapons or putting them through tables) from last week with Slash and New Jack; New Jack won, by the way.

Match 2 Hard Ten Match: Sonny Siaki versus the Vampire Warrior

Sonny talks some smack about how all the women want him and claims heís not a pretty boy but the baddest man in pro wrestling today. He then runs down the Sandman. Sandman comes out wearing an old-school Raven shirt, but security wonít let Sandman go to the ring. Real men donít drink Bud, sorry Hack. Some more stripper shots. The Vampire Warrior (Gangrel) comes out and the hardcore match starts ó one point for using a weapon, five for a table, first to ten wins but you must win by two. VW jumps to an early lead with some lid and trash can shots, while Sandman is still in the crowd. VW looks like heís getting fat. Nice double-arm suplex into a trash can lid by Warrior. Sonny finally comes back with a Kendo stick shot and VW goes through a table, ouch. Itís a brawl now, yo! Sonny almost botched a super-kick into a trash can-holding VW. Nice leg-drop by VW into a trashcan and VW hits his awesome DDT but goes for the pin, which doesnít count in the Hard Ten match. Sonny counters with a nice twisting suplex that puts VW through a table for the win. Sandman then comes in and lays Sonny out with one shot.

The Gramlich Perspective: an acceptable hardcore match, I expected more from VW, whoís looking a little plump, but Sonny has potential.

Sandman will have a mystery opponent next week in his Hard Ten match, could it be Sabu? Survey says?

More stripper shots segue into an interview with Tenay and Raven. Yes! Tenay puts over Raven for being an integral part of ECW during its heyday. Raven puts over his feuds with Sandman and Dreamer. At Tenayís prompting, Raven comments on WCW and getting paid hundred of thousands of dollars to sit in the front row and drink beer. Raven goes over what happened between him and Bischoff and says he was shit on in the WWE (truí dat!) but wants to focus on the now. Raven talks about his Jarrett title match and runs down Jarrett some more. Raven is an awesome interview, so good. Raven feels insulted by not being in the number one contender match and claims to be the rightful heir to the NWA title. Preach on, Raven, preach on. Raven talks trash about Russo being a wannabe wrestler who couldnít make it through wrestling school and claims that just because Ravenís paranoid doesnít mean theyíre not after him. Raven talks about his eventual confrontation with Jarrett and gives a great poem/Raven rant to close the interview. Welcome to Ravenís Clockwork Orange House of Fun. Quote the raven, ÖYouíre damn right!

Yuck. A Harris Brothers interview; God they suck but youíve got to give them credit, as Iíve never seen a team with less talent accomplish more. One of them (Don? Ron? Jabrone?) says he wonít fight his brother tonight in a mixed tag-match and spouts some vague racist remarks, with Elix Skipper getting in dudeís grill before they back-pedal away from the race thing. Man, not the smartest angle.

Match 3 Asylum tag-match: David Young and Tracy versus Ron \"the Truth\" Killings?

David Young needs a gimmick and Tracy could lose the school girl thing also. Ron Killings is awesome, as long as heís not rapping, that is. Ronís going it alone, as the Harris dude doesnít want to tag with Ron. Killings looks angry, grrrrr, and gets a quick roll-up after some feeling out, then hits a nice hip-toss and arm drag into a power slam. I think Ronís pants could be baggier though. Ron dominates and hits a nice leg drop. Whereís Konnan? Tracy hits Ron from out of nowhere off the top rope with the Pie In The Sky, yikes! David takes over, hits a nice snap-suplex, but he still needs a gimmick. West starts to put him over, but his voice is like nails to me. Tracy comes in and starts kicking, Ron isnít amused. David makes the save. Tracy refuses to tag in, Killings with the roll-up, David levels him. I have to pee. Ron starts to come back and hits a beautiful axe kick. Crowd chants \"Truth!\" Killings does some nice acrobatics and hits another axe kick, catches Tracy and hits her with a sit-out power-bomb, then an awesome suplex into a stunner. Nurse Veronica comes out and checks Tracy, Killings hits Young with a face-first sit-out suplex, Veronica crotches Killings, Young hits the spine-buster and thatís it.

A catfight breaks out between Tracy and Desire after the match. This oneís for you, Joey:...Caaaaaattttttfffffiiiigggghhhtttt!!!!

The Gramlich Perspective : An alright mixed-tag match but the end was a little drawn out with the nurse. Killings is great though, but man, get Young a gimmick.

Goldilocks interviews Jarrett. Jarrett says lets forget about Russo and the TNA officials, and says that if Gilberti and SEX captures the title it would be a slap in the face to wrestling fans. Double J says he wonít let GG disgrace the title. Eric Watts comes in, Goldylocks and Eric argue. Nice shirt, Eric. Apparently, Eric canít be serious, Goldylocks walks off. Does Eric even wrestle anymore? Heís kind of entertaining, though.

Triple X video-recap. Damn right! Just donít let Elix near the mic, you the man, Daniels. The recap shows that Triple X really does kick-ass.

Hour one down, I still have to pee, really bad now.

More strippers are shown. Everyone loves strippers, even my mom.

Chris Harris comes to the ring; the announcers hype his choice between Sabin and Storm for his partner. James Storm hits the ring, with some staring between Harris and Storm. Triple X in the house at ringside. Storm gets on the mic, talks about their problems being public over the last couple months and said this should be public too. Talks about them putting tag-teams back in this business (really, the WWE too?), but now the trust is gone. Man, my Todd McFarlane Alien Queen action figure looks sweet. Sheís so beautiful. In a shocker, Harris picks Storm over Sabin and SEX (that didnít sound right), Sabin punks Harris but Storm and Harris hit the heart attack on Sabin. Triple X arenít dressed to wrestle so they stay outside and look befuddled (thank you NBA Street Vol. 2).

Match 4: Americaís Most Wanted versus BG James (the Road Dog) and Konnan

Daniels joins the announce team and goes off on Harrisís choice. Road Dog and Konnan jump AMW but AMW fight back and clear the ring. Storm hits a nice flip off Harrisís back onto RD and Konnan. Konnan hits Harris from behind and RD hits some of his patented offence on Harris (I think, man they look the same). Daniels puts over Triple X. Konnan starts stretching Harris, Storm from behind, both men are down and Storm comes in and clears the ring. Man Storm and Harris really, really look the same, this is hard. Oh no, everybodyís in the ring, ahhhhh, itís like the Killer Bees in masks or something, Konnan hits a back suplex on Harris (I think) but gets speared by Harris after a rolling clothesline on Storm. Itís all breaking down now. Konnan goes for the pin but itís broken up, then Storm hits a super-kick on Road dog. It gets a little sloppy also. Road Dog and Storm on the floor, Storm talks smack to Daniels, Harris gets clobbered in the ring; the Harris Brothers run in and punk Konnan with the H-Bomb, Harris gets the pin. Daniels talks more smack. Preach on, Fallen Angel, preach on.

The Gramlich Perspective : An okay match that was a little sloppy at times but it was nice to see the Road Dog and Konnan again.

Kid Kash and Trinity feud recap over the last month.

Goldylocks in the ring, enter the Kid (Kash), dragging Trinity out with him. Trinity isnít into it. The crowd chants \"Trinity.\" Kash grabs the mic and runs down Goldylocks. Kash really, really needs some coaching on the mic. Kash starts running down Trinity as the crowd chants her name; Kash says Trinity has done everything in her power to slander the name of Kid Kash. Kash talks some more smack and blames her for his losing the X-Division title and claims to still be the champ. Kash reiterates the fact that he kicked her ass last week. Man, both women are taller than Kash, itís hard to be a badass when the chicks are bigger than you. Kash says he canít answer his phone anymore because Trinity calls him so much and says sheís begging him to forgive her. Kash says that if she wants back in to his good graces, sheíll have to bow down and kiss his ass. Man, sheís so going to crotch him, or not. Trinity refuses, Kash starts choking Trinity, Goldylocks gets in Kashís grill, says everyone is sick of his shit. Kash laughs and implies that Trinity and Goldylocks eat sushi (read: are lesbians), among other things. Goldylocks says Trinity would rather bump donuts with her than be unsatisfied with Kashís limp biscuit. Kash wallops Goldilocks but Eric Watts runs in and power-bombs the crap out of Kash and chairs him before Kash throws a chair right in his face. Racism? Woman hating? The NWA is from the south, right? Lucky they can wrestle. Watts catches Kash from behind with an impressive choke-slam and power-bombs him into the turnbuckle. I canít believe it but the fans are cheering Eric Watts. Hell has frozen over and itís very cold in my house right now.

Glen Gilberti (who needs a better name) and Mike Sanders are in the back, GGís on the phone with Russo (we assume) but Sanders doesnít believe he was talking to Russo. GG talks about their heat with the fans and how they were seen as a joke but tonight he can be the champ, Sanders encourages him. Man, itís nice when people get along.

AJ Styles and D-Lo Brown are in the back, Goldylocks walks in to do the interview (with Watts in the background). Styles claims that they will tear down the house. D-Lo challenges the camera to try and follow this. Well, since Iím reviewing it, Iíll try, D-Lo, Iíll try.

Match 5: AJ Styles versus D-lo Brown

Man, who dresses Styles? He may be a great wrester, but he gives bad interview and dresses even worse. Tenay puts over the fact that they were a good tag-team but they needed to be singles contenders, something Vince has yet to realise with RVD and Kane. Collar and elbow tie-up, D-Lo has him in a headlock, shoulder blocks him down, twice, Styles kips up and does a Hurricanrana take over, then a bunch of reversals and ducks, and then some slugging. Tie-up again, D-Lo overpowers him twice, AJ mauls D-low, AJ reverses D-Loís finisher, AJ moonsaults into an inverted DDT on D-Lo, sweet. I still have to pee. AJ goes for his finisher but gets a boot in the face; D-Lo overpowers AJ with a clothesline. D-Lo hits a springboard moonsault off the top rope, pretty sweet, actually. Styles then hits a super-kick and a dropkick on D-Lo, followed by some AJ chants. AJ springboards to the floor but gets caught and back-body-dropped onto the ramp, ouch. D-Lo almost dropped him, but got it, luckily. D-Lo leaps off the top rope and hits a frog splash onto the ramp. Man, that was nice. When did D-Lo get good? Raven runs in with a chair (and the Gathering) and stands at ringside. D-Lo and AJ are back in the ring; AJ gets his foot on the ropes. Don West and Mike Tenay put over Styles. AJ hits a flipping soccer kick and wastes D-Lo. AJ gets caught going for a Tornado DDT and D-Lo hits a stunner when AJ goes for a splash. Raven looks on. D-Lo climbs the ropes but gets caught, and then AJ gets caught in a sky-high going for a super-plex. Raven in when the ref gets pulled out by Julio, Raven chairs D-Lo. AJ hits an awesome summersault springboard splash, D-Lo kicks out. AJ goes for the Styles Clash on the chair and pins D-Lo. Raven in with the chair, see ya, Styles. A piece of the chair flies into the audience. Raven is bad-ass. The fact that Vince couldnít get Raven over (or wouldnít even try) is proof enough that the WWE is in major trouble.

The Gramlich Perspective: A really good match with a bunch of \"Oh My God\" high-spots. Anytime a chair breaks on a chair shot, you know itís good.

Tenay and West tell us that TNA Talk will debut next week, which will give the scoop on whatís really going on in wrestling. West hypes next weekís card. Man, like nails I tell you. Whose daughter did he marry to get this gig? Oh, yeah, nice shirt, West. Tenay gives a late breaking announcement: three-way dance next week between the winner of tonightís match, AJ Styles and Raven. Go, Raven! That means Gilberti is winning the belt tonight, or does it?

Glen Gilberti is in back, getting buffed. Jeff is also in back, with his feathered bangs. Nice.

More strippers.

Match 6: NWA World Title Match Glen Gilberti versus Jeff Jarrett

Glen Gilberti hits the ring, cue Double Jís entrance. Man, uniformly TNA needs better entrance music. Borash does the announce thing. He ainít no Buffer though, but he tries. Good on him. Disco looks intense but gets booed. I hear ya, boooooooo. JJ gets some boos mixed in with his applause. GG and JJ feel each other out, collar and elbow tie-up around the ring, GG powers out. West speaks, people cringe. Tie-up, JJ with a headlock, GG powers out and puts JJ down with a back-heel trip. GG shoulder-blocks GG down and GG hip-tosses JJ. GG with some arm-drags, smacks JJ and beats on him a little. GG always could work, though. JJ fights back, spears GG to the floor through the ropes. GG face-first into a chair, then JJ whacks GG with a chair. GG goes into the guardrail. Itís good to see JJ, he always could go. GG back into the steel, twice, gets chaired again. Wait, didnít JJ wrestle? Sanders super-kicks JJ from out of nowhere. The Harris brothers are shown in the nest. Some reversals, GG catapults JJ into the post, I bet he blades. Letís see. Nope. What the? JJ goes into the steel. Slugfest develops in the ring and GG dropkicks the knee. GG goes to work on the knee, beats on Jeff, spinning toe-hold, thatís for you, Funker! JJ goes for the figure four but GG gets an ankle lock. Sell it, Jeff, sell it. JJ gets the ropes. Triple X are shown in the aisle, JJ fights out but GG hits a Russian leg-sweep. Americaís Most Wanted come out, JJ catches GG, hits the figure four. GG reverses it. JJ gets to the ropes. JJ DDTs GG. Killings and Konnan look on. Something big has to happen, you can feel it. Slugfest but JJ wins, GG reverses, gets a two, enzuigiri by JJ. Two-count. SEX is out. JJ with a cross-body, GG rolls through, two-count. Styles is out. GG hits a stunner, gets a two-count with the nonchalant cover. GG grabs a chair, wraps it around the ankle of JJ and stomps on it. JJ stunners GG on the chair! Two-count. GG goes for stunner, reversal. GG hits JJ with JJís finisher, then JJ with a weak-looking power-bomb. GG goes for the stunner, ref gets bumped, both men clothesline each other. Russo comes in with the bat. Heís going to hit GG. And he does. JJ hits his finisher and the three-count.

The Gramlich Perspective: NWA TNA championship matches usually deliver, and this one did. Although the ending wasnít as huge as you would have expected, and the Russo turn could be seen from a mile away, this was a really strong match that actually meant something and sets up the triple-threat match next week nicely.

Epilogue: Overall a strong show that wasnít their best but was far from their worst, with the highlights being the D-Lo/AJ match and the world heavyweight match. Some of the angles are a little crude, but thereís no doubting the talent available, with a good mix of strong veterans and risk-taking up and comers. Although there was no Jerry Lynn, no New Church and no surprise wrestlers (well, Vampire Warrior), it was still good. And with their highest rated show being the title match between Jarrett and Raven, you know thatís the money feud to build on. By the way, what happened to the Nets? Man, what a collapse. Go Ducks!