June 12, 2003
TNA: Sting to debut, Styles new champ
By DONNIE ABREU - SLAM! Wrestling
It was a very busy night in the Asylum. We saw a major heel turn, the debut of a big name star, the return of a hardcore favorite and the announcement that a 10 Time World Champion will be joining the ranks next week! We also have...
A NEW NWA TNA World HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION!
D\'Lo Brown VS Julio Dinero (with Alexis Laree)
This match was jumpstarted on the outside when Brown jumped the president of the Raven fan club. Believe it or not - the crowd was chanting \"JULIO - JULIO - JULIO\". Me thinks the heel section is growing!
Dinero, who actually is a solid worker is using this as first real opportunity to show what he is capable of in TNA.
Brown started by showing off some power and then hitting a top rope hurricanrana. Dinero answered with several awesome hot spots and a suicide dive to the outside. He also hit a very unique swinging neckbreaker when Brown was on the apron with his upper body under the top rope.
Dinero wrapped a chair around D\'Lo\'s head and threw him into the ring post on the outside!
As expected Laree interfered throughout the match by choking and beating on the former Euro-Continental Champion.
After shaking off Dinero\'s \"Dreamcast\", Brown hit his new vertical suplex-stinner. Laree then came off the top rope and caught D\'Lo with a terrific tornado DDT! Laree rocks! Moments later, after recovering from that move, Brown hit a Low Down on the run for finish.
Winner: D\'Lo Brown
Mike Tenay and Don \"Rasslin\'s fun, huh?\" West promotoed the rest of the show. I\'m with Gramlich. What\'s the point wasting time hyping up stuff on that show if the viewer has already bought the damn show! Nice call CG.
We then get a video package reviewing Vince Russo\'s history in NWA TNA.
Tenay is in the ring and introduces Glen Gilberti, who is still representing Sports Entertainment Xtreme despite being attacked by Russo last week.
Tenay asks Gilberti why Russo screwed him. Gilberti said he didn\'t know but offers some moments from Russo\'s past to try and get a glimpse of how his mind works.
Vince Russo had the idea to screw Bret Hart in Montreal.
Vince Russo put the WCW Tag title on Judy Bagwell.
Vince Russo put Viagra on a Pole.
Vince Russo put the WCW World Title on David Arquette.
Gilberti continues to run down Russo and calls him every name in the book. Russo then ran into the ring and clobbered Gilberti with his trusty baseball bat. He trash talks Glen before being pulled away by the Harris Twins. Russo shoved the twins and went back to beating on Disco. Triple X came down and helped Russo back to the S.E.X. locker room.
We go backstage and LOOK, no Goldylocks! Conducting a backstage interview with X-Division Champion Chris Sabin is new TNA announcer Scott Hudson.
Sabin says he was given the opportunity by TNA to choose his opponent this week, and he has selected Shark Boy. He was being totally sarcastic and treating SB like a jobber.
We then see Shark Boy with his buddy New Jack playing a game of Twister. Right foot red is calling and New Jack got a face full of Shark butt. New Jack told the Shark to head to the ring for his match and be back in 5 minutes to finish their game.
X-Division Title Match- Shark Boy VS Chris Sabin (C)
Crowd was split in this match, chanting Shark Boy\'s name and \"Hail Sabin!\" The Shark dominated early on against the 21 year old champion but then fell victim to a rail shot and German Suplex on the outside. Tenay then tells the audience that Gilberti had been taken to hospital. Hospitalized by Russo? Geeeez. Sabin hit a beautiful Catatonic-Backbreaker combo. SB came back with the DSD (Second rope somersault stunner) but Sabin managed to get his foot on the ropes. Sabin recovered to hit his finisher, The Future Shock (fisherman buster) for the win.
Winner: Chris Sabin
At the end of the match, Sabin attempts to take off SB\'s mask but is jumped by New Jack. New Jack is then attacked by Mike Sanders, who he will face next week in a Hard 10 match. Scott Hudson was then backstage again talking to Konnan and Ron \"The Truth\" Killings. They babbled about their \"big match\" with the Harris Boys.
Harris Brothers VS Konnan and Ron Killings
\"The Sun Tanned Superman\" started the match off against \"Heavy D\", Don Harris. DH used his strength to just throw Killings into the corner a couple of times. He went for a big boot, but Killings got out of the way K-Kwickly. Konnan and Ron were in after a couple of minutes. Konnan screamed, grabbed his crotch and attempted some move that actually seemed to work to Ron\'s advantage. Oh look - K-Dawg\'s all blown up. Time in the ring: 35 seconds - time to tag the worker. Note to Jerry Jarrett: The Harris\' suck. Nobody likes them - they\'ll never help the company and - oh ya, they suck. Yada Yada Yada - stuff happened and BG James interfered with a chair, giving his boys the win.
Winners: Konnan and Ron Killings
Pretaped interview with Jarrett is shown. He puts over how this week\'s match is his toughest test to date being in the ring with two men (Raven, Styles) who have both pushed him to the limit. Jarrett then said that he has no involvement with Russo and had no idea what he had planned last week. JJ claims he didn\'t ask Vince to interfere on his behalf, and he is not on-side with the former Insider. Hudson is backstage talking to Eric Watts, Trinity and (OH SHE STILL HAS A JOB!) Goldylocks. They are going to be competing together in a handicapped match against Kid Kash. Watts was then jumped by some big dude wearing a Mankind-style mask. The girls tended to him as Kash walked by laughing.
Kid Kash VS Trinity and Goldylocks: Handicapped Match
The match was slow and nothing worth writing about until the end when Trinity attempted a top rope super plex. Kash turned it into a super powerbomb and then had it reversed into a mega-ultra-massive hurricanrana! That big dude showed up again and destroted Trin while the ref was busy with - something. Kash made the cover.
Winner: Kid Kash
Devon Storm is BACK in TNA! We last saw him in 2002 as \"Tempest\", a member of The New Church. He gave a terrific promo and was all fired up for his match
Sandman VS Devon Storm: Hard 10 Tournament Match
By now you know how this works. There are a bunch of weapons in the ring, on the outside and in the hands of the ringside fans. You get one point for every shot with a weapon and five points for putting your opponent through a table. First man to 10 points wins. Sonny Siaki showed up with a shopping cart full of plunder. The best move never to score a point was when Storm sat Sandman on a chair on the outside and hit a slingshot plancha onto him. Storm then went to the ringside fans and pulled out a 10 foot ladder! Both men were whacked and battered with the ladder, with Storm taking most of the abuse. Storm then hit his famous Northern Lights Suplex while holding a chair - but the ref didn\'t award him a point since he technically didn\'t HIT Sandman with it. Dumb. Sandman put Storm on a table outside the ring, climbed the ladder and did a somersault of the top and right through Crowbar and the wood to win the match.
So next week it\'s Sanders VS New Jack and the week after will be Siaki VS Sandman.
They did an Interrogators segement with Jerry Lynn and Justin Credible. They started out answering questions like buddies before finally disagreeing and exchanging punches. The stupid thing is, these guys were pounding on each other a couple weeks ago. This segment looked like they were trying to START a feud, and not continue one.
Scott Hudson is backstage talking to former SUNshine girl Tracy about her opportunity to become the next Judy Bagwell and win a tag title.
David Young and Tracy VS America\'s Most Wanted : Asylum Alliance Tournament Final
As expected - this match was brutal. There was some decent offence, but it was just so bland with no real heat. James Storm and Chris Harris went for the Death Sentence but when Harris was on the top rope he lept to the outside on Chris Daniels and Elix Skipper who were running interference. Tracy then gave Storm the weakest crotch shot in wrestling history. We had a bit of a shmoz ((c) Bret Hart), allow AMW to finally get the win.
Winner: America\'s Most Wanted
At the end of the match, Nurse Veronica showed up and hit Young with a chair in the back. Hudson is chatting with AJ Styles about his chances of winning the NWA World Title. AJ says the last time he faced Jarrett he was unprepared but after teaming with D\'Lo Brown, he has learned a lot and is ready.
Raven VS AJ Styles VS Jeff Jarrett (C): World Title Match
This was a tremendously well worked Triple Threat match. There was some double teaming that saw Styles and Jarrett batter Raven, but for the most part - one man was out of the action while the other two went at it. Very well paced.
Raven was busted open and then found himself in a half crab by Styles and reverse chin lock by Jarrett. TNA is really working hard to put Raven over as an unbeatable madman.
Raven regained the upperhand for a short time before being attacked by THE FRANCHISE! Shane Douglas has FINALLY made his TNA debut! Brilliant timing by TNA as Douglas was just seen this past week on the WWA pay per view.
Douglas beat the hell out of Raven all the way to the parking lot - we would not see Raven again this week.
Back in the ring, Styles hit a GORGEOUS D\'Lo Style frogsplash but only got a two count. Styles went for his patented springboard somersault press but got a chest full of Jarrett knees. Both men were groggy and the ref was down went Vince Russo entered the fray. Russo had a silver guitar and guess what - he smashed over JARRETT\'S head. WooooHooo.
AJ seizes the moment, his the Styles Clash and hears the crowd count \"!-2-3!\"
Winner and NEW Champion: \"Evil\" AJ Styles
Styles collapsed and Russo jumped in the ring hugging the belt like he had just won it! He then put it on Style\'s and was hugging him like a 12 year old girl at an N\'Sync meet and greet.
After the match, Jarrett got on the mic and reminded Russo and Styles of the rematch clause he had in the contract. He asks for a title shot on next week\'s anniversary show. The fans are chanting at AJ \"No! No! No!\". AJ says that according to the clause he has 30 days to get in the ring with Double J, and he\'ll give him the match when he\'s good and ready.
Jarrett then asks AJ to find himself a tag team partner so that he can face him next week with his partner : The Man They Call, STING! The crowd is diggin\' that announcement but are still sick of Jarrett.
The turn by AJ and alliance from Russo came completely out of left field. Fans in attendance seemed to love the fact that AJ went over - if for no other reason because they are sick to death of Jarrett.
The problem for TNA now is that they have invested the last month or more catering to the fans who no longer cheer for their home town here; but with Styles now holding the spot as the heel champ, and Jarrett set to team with perennial baby face Sting - the fans aren\'t going to buy in.
Till Next Week Fans..............