June 25, 2003
TNA Preview: Rage in a cage!
By DONNIE ABREU - SLAM! Wrestling
Tonight, NWA Total Non Stop action will make history, with their very first cage match. As is normally the case, this stipulation has been created to settle a long running feud; this one between current tag team champions Triple X (comprised of Christopher Daniels, Elix Skipper and the injured Low Ki) and the former champs America's Most Wanted (James Storm and Chris Harris).
If you're a betting fan - put your money on the challengers. Daniels (who is one of the top wrestlers in the business today) announced last week that he is about to head back to Japan for an extended tour. Low Ki is still out of action with a separated shoulder, so it would appear that the Harris and Storm are on their way back to the top of the tag team division.
X Division Champion "The Future" Chris Sabin will be in action but in a non-title bout against a man who shares the same nickname. Frankie "The Future" Kazarian will provide the opposition, and I'm hoping they announce that the loser will be renamed "The Past".
After months of entertaining promos and character development, Eric Watts will finally be in action on pay per view. Watts has competed regularly on TNA's "B" show, Xplosion.
Watts will be defending the honor of his main squeeze Goldylocks against the proud woman beater, Kid Kash.
Kash appears to be back to 100 per cent health, and will have to work his ass off for this match to have any chance at being watch-able. No Watts isn't terrible, but he's not good either.
If the unmasking of Kane wasn't enough for you, members of Sports Entertainment Xtreme (re Mike Sanders) have promised to unmask the lovable little guy - Shark Boy.
The hardcore "Hard 10" tournament has received mixed reviews and this week should be a true sign as to it's long term viability. Sandman and Sonny Siaki will face each other in the semi finals. This match has a back story to it as Siaki and Sandman have been feuding off and on for the better part of the last two months.
If fans don't get fired up for the very popular, albeit grossly overmatched Sandman then this gimmick may soon fall the way of the Brawl for It All and the Redneck Triathlon.
Hopefully the main event will be the "Lights Out" match between "TNA's MVP" Jerry Lynn and Justin Credible. Last week these two met in a match that had a horrible finish. This week, the winner will be decided following a knock out. ECW fans remember fondly what these guys are capable of doing when they tie up. If they are given enough time, this could be the match of the night.
We're also expecting to see Raven, Jeff Jarrett, Sting, Syxx Pac, Shane Douglas and the World Champion AJ Styles; possibly in a six man tag. All in all this appears to be a packed program with a ton of talent.
TNA promised a major announcement this week regarding it's business ventures...and they certainly delivered. If you missed yesterday's exciting announcement, check it out here.
All in all this appears to be a packed program with a ton of talent. Another note of interest: last week in his weekly report Jeremy Borash indicated that Toronto's own Joe E. Legend will be debuting with the company in the near future. Legend has wrestled all over Canada, the U.S. and in Europe. Some fans may remember the horrible gimmick he was saddled with in the WWF as Just Joe the stooge. Legend is coming off some huge exposure on the recent WWA pay per view where he battled Sabu with the Franchise in his corner and then interfered in the main event to help Jarrett defeat Sting.
Look for big things in TNA from the former member of Thug Life.
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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!