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TNA: Legend makes an impact, Callis debuts
By DONNIE ABREU - SLAM! Wrestling


This week\'s episode featured an old ECW tag team, talk of old ECW injuries, an old ECW storyline, a former ECW announcer and a guy who looks like he should have been in ECW. Trust me though, it\'s TNA.

This week\'s show started off with Jeff Jarrett walking in the parking lot and being asked questions by Scott Hudson (making his TNA return). Hudson wants Jarrett to comment on the attack by Vince Russo and Joe Legend last week. Jarrett says to tell them \"Batter up\". How witty.

NWA TNA Tag Team Title Match: Johnny Swinger and Simon Diamond (managed by Glen Gilberti) Versus America\'s Most Wanted

Gilberti joined the broadcast team and says it\'s unacceptable that TNA has \"Cowboys\" as it\'s tag team champions. He is making it his mission to dismantle Chris Harris and James Storm.

This is the first time Swinger and Diamond have been seen as a tag team in TNA. They were of course a team in ECW.

The crowd didn\'t seem all that excited to have Diamond and Swinger in the Asylum.

Storm hit a double DDT on both men, and then made the hot tag. They used the Hart Attack finisher, but Harris got caught with a Swinger Stinger.

AMW went for the Death Sentence but Gilberti pushed Harris off the top rope. Storm went after GG but took a chair shot in the head. Diamond and Swinger had a couple of near falls and used a double DDT on Storm. They went for the Hart Attack but Harris hit Swinger with a spear and made the pin.

Winners: AMW

We go to a Christopher Daniels video package. CD hasn\'t done his Fallen Angel gimmick since being in TNA, but they aired a promo that was definitely written and delivered in that light. He spoke of how Sports Entertainment is the way to salvation. That is the Gospel according to the Fallen Angels.

Joe Legend is in the ring with a baseball bat and a Yankees jersey. He\'s doin a goofy NY accent and introduces himself as Vince Russo. The crowd is hot. He then introduced his best friend, Jeff Jarrett. Jarrett\'s music hits and Vince Russp came out wearin gear that looked like the WWF\'s Double J with a cowboy hat, blonde wig and everything. This started off stupid, but was actually pretty entertaining.

The whole bit went on a little long and was broken up by the REAL Double J. No, not BG James. I mean, Jarrett himself. He took out Russo and then went to work on Legend. Legend ripped Jeff\'s shirt off and exposed his taped ribs.

Jarrett threw a leather swivel chair at Legend! They battled from the ringside area through the crowd. Jarrett unloaded with more conventional chair shots. Jarrett the pushed Jarrett off the top of the bleachers! Legend fell about 15 feet to the floor! Dammn!

Legend recovered and had JJ\'s head leaning against the ringside guard rail - then kicked a chair into his face. JJ was busted wide open.

In the ring, Legend set up two chairs and was going to toss JJ onto them with a powerbomb, but was backdropped instead. JJ followed up with a Stroke on one of the chairs. JJ then took the tape off his wrists and taped Legend to the ropes and picked up a baseball bat (a little revenge for last week). Russo made the save but took a baseball shot from Jarrett. Legend broke free to save his leader from a figure four. Legend hit the Stone Cutter and just continued to beat down the former World Champion.

Security and Jerry Jarrett eventually made their way to the ring to stop the beat down.

Scott Hudson talking to X Division Champion Chris Sabin. He asks Sabin about Frankie Kazarian, and wonders if he will get a title shot.

Sabin says Kazarian is on a losing streak (HAHA! He lost last week to Styles but beat Sabin the week before!) and he has to prove himself this week in his 6 man elimination match. If he wins that, and another 15 or 20 matches, then Sabin says he MIGHT get a shot. He walks off camera still shouting \"MAYBE Scott. MAYBE!\" Hail Sabin.

Elix Skipper was introduced to sit ringside for the next match.

X-Division #1 Contender\'s Match: 6 Man Elimination Match: Kid Romeo Vs. Matt Sydal Vs. Matt Stryker Vs. Delerious Vs. Alter Boy Luke Vs. Frankie Kazarian

This match was exactly what you would expect in the early going. All six men tagged in and out with a ton of high spots and suicide dives to the outside. Not bad though.

The first eliminaton was Matt Sydal by Romeo with a version of the Kryptonite Krunch. Alter Boy then hit a Full Nelson Powerbomb and his \"Halo\" moonsault (standing on second rope outside the ring) but couldn\'t pin Romeo.

Delerious (who is a fairly enteraining masked man who apparently patterns himself after Muta) was eliminated on a sloppy looking spot. Kazarian pinned him with the Back To The Future (Electric Chair into a bridge).

Romeo then pinned Stryker with a TOP ROPE KRYPTONITE KRUNCH! Wow!!!

Kazarian then pinned Romeo quickly with the Wave Of The Future. I think I missed what happened to the Alter Boy. This match would have been a LOT better if it had more time. The finishes were rushed.

WINNER: Frankie Kazarian

Chris Sabin came out and said that Kazarian impressed him and he WOULD get a title shot. Sabin then attacked Kazarian and the bell rang. We now have an X-Division Title match!

X-Division Title Match: Chris Sabin Vs. Frankie Kazarian

Sabin tossed FK to the outside and threw him around like a rag doll. Kazarian didn\'t get in any offence in this three minute mess around other than an attempted Flux Capacitor from the top rope. Sabin picked Frankie up in a Razor\'s Edge positing and THREW HIM into the turnbuckles head first! A Future Shock later (fisherman buster) and it was over. Kazarian will get another shot.

Winner: Chris Sabin

Jarrett is shown backstage awaiting an ambulance by Legend and Russo continue the attack yelling that they will finish the job.

TNA dancer Lollipop is in the ring wanting to finish her catfight with the ladies of BitchSlap! As Nurse Veronica came down the aisle we get a pull apart from security and the crowd booed.

Next was an AMAZING Sit down interview with Mike Tenay and Father James Mitchell. Mitchell talked about how Raven was born with a silver spoon in his mouth, and was a spoiled rich kid (true) and yet he complains about his eternal pain. Mitchell says HE knows pain as an in ring injury in ECW nearly cost him his life three years ago. His fire tossing gimmick exploded and he had a whole in his stomach, went into shock and lost part of his finger. He cannot walk today without a cane.

Tenay compares Raven and Mitchell saying that both play on the darkside. Mitchell corrects Tenay by saying Raven plays, but for him it\'s very real. He said he found it offensive when Raven cut a promo sitting in a dark room with candles and a pentagram. \"Raven didn\'t conjure up any boogey men - He conjured up something far worse. My wrath.\" This interview was absolute gold. The best one in the history of TNA.

The Gathering are in the ring. Julio Dinero calls out Shane Douglas for throwing fire at his best friend CM Punk.

Julio Dinero Vs. Shane Douglas

Dinero hit a few decent moves, but in the end had to lose to further the Raven - Douglas story line. Douglas hit the belly to belly. Not a very strong match.

Winner: Shane Douglas

After the match James Mitchell came down, and eventually threw a fireball in the face of Dinero\'s partner in the Gathering, Alexis Laree.

Backstage Russo and Legend scream \"He\'s still breathing\" and beat on Jarrett as he lays on his stretcher. D\'Lo Brown made the save.

Don Harris Vs. Shark Boy

Harris dominated with terrible looking power moves while twin brother Ron ran interference on the outside. Ron held SB in a bear hug and the threw him head first into the guard rail!

Don went for the mask repeatedly. SB is REALLY over with the crowd! Sharky had a little bit of offence near the end and actually jumped from the top rope and clotheslined Ron who was on the apron. Don then caught Shark with a chokeslam for the win. After the match, the Harris\' took off his mask, but he had another underneath.

WINNER: Don Harris.

TNA Weekday update

There is a news desk with 3 Live Crew (BG James, Konnan and Ron Killings). These three are actually getting better and this was a funny little bit. James was the news anchor, Konnan did sports and Killings the weather. Konnan talked about Sosa\'s corked bat and how similarly Gilberti was found with socks in his trunks. He then talked about the Kobe Bryant sex scandal and said despite rumors, the 19 year old in question was not Juventud Guerrera. James said everyone knows Juvi is dating Kid Romeo. When Killings did the weather he said it was going to rain. Not necessarily today, but eventually. James said they tried coming up with something funny to end this bit. Vengeance this Sunday will showcase Stephanie McMahon VS. Sable. \"It doesn\'t get any funnier than that\".

Kid Kash Vs. Jerry Lynn

Kash came to the ring on the shoulders of Abyss. Tenay talked about Abyss had been dominated in IWA (Puerto Rico) for the last year having won all three championships.

Kash threw Lynn to the outside and he was caught by Abyss in a torture rack. Lynn then applied an Iron Claw, but Lynn bridged out of it.

Kash tried a 450 from the top rope but missed and we had a ref bump. Lynn hit the TKO but Abyss interfered. Abyss sat up on the top rope but Lynn hurricanrana\'ed him into the middle of the ring.

Lynn attempted a cradle piledriver but Justin Credible showed up and caned him in the face. Kash made the pin.

Winner: Kid Kash

A little video package was shown on Sonny Siaki, The Ace In The Hole. Very well done.

Mike Tenay is in the ring with the Hard 10 trophy. He asked Sandman to come to the ring for the presentation. Sandman says he is hurting from the Hard 10 tourney. Sandman then fills his trophy his Budweiser, explaining that\'s all the cup is good for.

He then went around ringside and shared his beer with the fans. Sandman was then steamrolled by a 500 pound man in a suit! Then, SLAM! Wrestling columnist, DON CALLIS made his TNA debut! He had a mic and said that the Sandman\'s career is over. Callis cut a great promo. He introduced his protégé as Edward Chastaine. Callis then put on a rubber glove picked up the trophy and tossed it in a trash can.

Great segment.

Behind the Paint part 2 was shown with Sting. This week they did a lot of name association stuff.

Bret Hart - great finishing move

The Ultimate Warrior - bizarre

Vince McMahon - best chess player of all time

Hulk Hogan - best chess player of all time

He then talked about Internet reporters. He doesn\'t like us. Awwww Stinger.

Scott Hudson backstage talking to Trinity (who appears to have raided Francine\'s closet! Whoah!). She says she doesn\'t need the crowd\'s approval anymore. She\'s got the body and the brains to do it all. She has aligned herself with Vince Russo and AJ Styles.

NWA World Title Match: D\'Lo Brown (with a mystery equalizer) Vs. AJ Styles (with Vince Russo)

In case you missed it last week Brown has nicknamed himself the Notorious D.L.B. ... I think he\'s just setting up a program with Chris Tidwell (The Notorious T.I.D.)

Russo was not at ringside when D\'Lo took the mic to announce who his equalizer would be. That\'s when security rolled out a weasel cage with Russo inside. Cute. I see this backfiring.

The match was very face paced and well worked. One of the major highlights was AJ with a running reverse backflip to the outside over the top rope took out D\'Lo. Get this, Styles landed on his feet. Hello.

D\'Lo pulled off some unbelievable high spots and is clearly working the best matches of his career.

The match featured interference from a nearly-naked Trinity, Sonny Siaki and eventually Russo (who was let out of his little box).

Styles won with a frog splash mocking his former tag partner.

Winner: AJ Styles

After the match, they locked D\'Lo in the box and beat the hell out of him with baseball bats and such. You get the gist.

The interference and the beat down will create a rematch. Steel cage anyone?

Other News:

It was mentioned by Mike Tenay that Mexican stars Negro Casas and Shocker would not be appearing this week as they were advertised a week ago. Tenay says they reneged on their contracts. Sources say that Shocker didn\'t want to be jobbed out and look week to an American audience. TNA was apparently unwilling to change their booking so the appearance was cancelled.

Stories have surfaced that Mike Sanders and David Young will not be booked in TNA anytime in the foreseeable future.

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!