Elix Skipper VS. Mad Mikey Mikey took control early before unveiling his new move, "The Hop Splash". He set Elix up right beside the corner and then went to the opposite top rope. From the top, Mikey screamed "SUPERFLY!" and jumped across the ring. He landed on his feet (still 2 or 3 feet away from Skipper and then hopped into a splash. Surprisingly the crowd LOVED it! Skipper took control of the match for several minutes which got the crowd chanting, "Mikey, Mikey, Mikey". Mikey is quite a bit slower than Skipper (then again, who isn't) but still worked pretty well with him. Mikey connected with a flying bulldog, high cross body. He looked decent. Skipper and Mikey started a tug-o-war over the scale that Skipper has been bringing to the ring lately. Remember when that was Crash's gimmick? The ref stepped in and took the scale, allowing Skipper the chance to land a new finisher, "Bringing down the house". Picture a flying headscissors into a vicious looking DDT. Winner: Elix Skipper A video package recapping the Joe Legend - Jeff Jarrett feud was shown. Legend then walked to the ring with a security detail. Legend took the mic and cut a great old school heel promo. He had the crowd reacting exactly as he wanted. His "No! No! No!" line was met with "Yes! Yes! Yes!". He started talking about how he was the great Canadian superstar and they roared into a "USA!" chant. Legend then tells his security to keep Jarrett out of the ring during his match. Handicap Match: Joe Legend VS. Alter Boy Luke and Matt Sydal Finally, TNA has put Legend in a match where he can show his ability. I guess they read last week's column! Luke and Sydal are solid X-Division wrestlers but look totally overmatched against the much larger Torontonian. Legend blocked a top rope move by Sydal and hit the Godzilla Choke Slam. He then caught Luke with the move he used to call the Hospital Job. Legend was in complete control when Jarrett walked out with a guitar to watch the match. The two X-Division wrestlers took over for a moment and both jumped on Legend's back with a sleeper. Comical spot that ended with both men getting a stunner. After dual Stone Cutters, Legend recorded a double pin. Winner: Joe Legend Jarrett attacked after the bell but was interrupted by the red-shirt security. The largest of the men, identified as Northcutt, got into a shoving match and exchange of right hands with Double J. Another promo was shown hyping the return of the best wrestler in the world - Christopher Daniels. World Title Match - Second Of Three Falls (Submissions only)
D'Lo Brown VS. AJ Styles
Styles jumped Brown quickly and connected with his reverse STF - bridge type move. I don't know if AJ has named it yet. If anyone knows, please email me. Styles released the hold (though I'm not sure why) and went back to work on his man. After a quick floatover, Styles locked in a Crippler Crossface! Whoah! Awesome! That didn't work, so Styles then went to a heel hook and then a grapevined Brown's legs into a toe hold. That move then rolled over into a version of the camel cluth. AJ rules folks. D'Lo made a brief comeback but then got caught in a Sharpshooter. This was a Sharpshooter to make the Hitman proud - not a lame one like the Rock does. D'Lo then reversed the Sharpshooter much like Bret Hart versus Curt Hennig. He locked in his own version of the move while ramming his knee into AJ's head. Damm. Quick tap. Winner: D'Lo Brown A sit down interview with Don Callis and Mike Tenay was next. The interview was held in a board room. Callis referred to TNA's viewers as it's customers and made reference to himself once again as the Management Consultant of NWA TNA. Callis talked about how the customers don't want hardcore wrestling or scantily clad women. Tenay said the fans go nuts for that stuff. Callis laughed back with "Someone has to protect the fans from their base instincts." Back in the ring was Nurse Veronica and Cheerleader Valeria of Bitch Slap! No Tracey to be found. They challenged TNA dancers Lollipop and April to a fight. A cat fight ensued when Trinity made her way out. The Bitch Slap! Girls were ordered around by Trinity as they laid a soft beating on the dancers. Trinity then powerbombed the 'Pop. (Surpisingly, her top didn't.) Time for our weekly 3 Live Crew segment. This week they're in "the hood." BG James goes up to black men in the neighborhood asking questions like "Are you packing" and "Did you just buy a 40." These men get pissed off and James has to be saved by Killings and Konnan. James then goes to a salon for a big pimpin' make over. They advertise next week - "The Suntan Superman versus Jose Cuervo in a Last Man Standing Match." Good stuff. Glen Gilberti is in the ring and asks Jeremy Borash to wear a Cowgirl outfit since he's such a big fan of America's Most Wanted. AMW then interfered and beat on Gilberti, stripping him down to his underoos. Simon Diamond and Johnny Swinger made the save and we have the start of our next match. NWA World Tag Team Title Match: America's Most Wanted VS. Simon Diamond and Johnny Swinger This rematch was very similar to their original contest two weeks ago. James Storm showed off a new move this week - a scoop slam into an inverted scissors stomp. Pretty damn cool. He was congratulated for his innovation by Diamond who gave him a wheelbarrow into the guard rail - mouth first! DAMN! The front suplex in the Simon Series (three in a row) was just terrible. Couldn't tell if it was Simon's fault or Storm's. Both men made hot tags to their partners and Chris Harris (like he usually does) cleared house. Harris hit a high cross body block on Swinger. AMW went for the Hart Attack by Diamond pulled the top rope down, forcing Harris out of the ring. Storm fought off a superkick-small package combo. He then caught his man in a bear hug and set up the Death Sentence. They connected and had the match won, but Gilberti interfered with a bull rope and cowbell. Swinger and Diamond then whipped the champs with leather straps. Guess what next week's stipulation is going to be? Winners: AMW via DQ Backstage Scott Hudson is interviewing Father James Mitchell who has Slash, Brian Lee and Shane Douglas with him. Mitchell talks about how they are going to educate Raven in pain. 6 Man Tag Team Match: The Disciples of The New Church and Shane Douglas VS. Raven and The Gathering The Gathering was represented by Julio Dinero and CM Punk. Alexis Laree, still selling her burn injury, was nowhere to be seen. Somewhat interesting for the ROH fans out there who watched a battle last weekend between CM Punk and Raven, to now watch them team up four days later. CM Punk started the match against Slash. He started with a flurry. T-bone suplex, followed up by a high knee in the corner and then a discus punch. Nicely done. Slash made the tag to the "Killdozer" who totally overpowered Punk. Lee then tagged the Franchise in to stomp and kick a little. Punk made the hot tag to Dinero who took out Lee and Douglas and then hit a swinging full nelson slam on Slash. Slash recovered and threw Dinero across the ring with his Whirley Bird. Slash missed a top rope Senton allowing Julio to make the hot tag to Raven. Raven took out the New Church to leave himself one on one with Douglas. They battled to the back, when a large arm covered in a white jacket and white glove reached through the curtain and pulled Raven backstage. Franchise sat there laughing. Back in the ring, the New Church and Douglas destroyed the Gathering. After several minutes, Raven crawled back to the ring wearing a scary crimson mask. Raven cleared out Slash and Lee. Mitchell distracted Raven, allowing Douglas the chance to spear him into a table that had been set up in the corner. Winners: Douglas and the New Church Behind the Paint Part Four was next. This was the final installment of the ongoing interview Tenay conducted with Sting. This week Sting talked about how he has dedicated his life to God. Sting talked about how Ted DiBiase and Nikita Koloff used to come into the locker room and preach. Sting finally "gave his life to Christ in August of 1998." Back in the ring, Mike Tenay talked about how the NWA recognizes the important historical figures in our sport. He introduced Harley Race, Rickey Morton, Larry Zybysko, Sarah Lee and Corsica Joe. [Editor's Note: Lee and Joe are both Nashville residents and local legends.] Tenay referred to Race as "the best wrestler on God's green Earth." These legends were on hand to endorse the appointment of the new TNA commissioner. Kid Kash then interrupted and said he wanted to thank these legends himself. He thanks Sarah Lee for being the first working rat. He targeted his trainer, Morton and slammed him for needing a partner to win titles. He tells Race that he is a disgrace to the injury. Morton pulls the old school "Hey punk, you wouldn't be here if not for us." Kash replied by slapping the former Rock N Roller. He then grabbed Sarah Lee by the throat and told them all to back off. Eric Watts made the save and choke slammed the K.I.D. Watts, then announced himself (as I predicted last week) as the new commissioner of TNA. West was doing his hard sell for next week when Raven was seen in his nest with Dinero and Punk. He said he loves the taste of his own blood and he's just getting started. Next week we will have a six man Clockwork Orange House of Fun Match. Sweet. World Title Match - Third Of Three Falls (Ladder Match)
D'Lo Brown VS. AJ Styles
Tenay put over Brown as being undefeated in half a dozen ladder matches. I racked my brain to think of one WWF ladder match involving Brown, when Tenay said those matches were in IWA against Savio Vega and Miguel Perez. Thanks Professor! Russo, who was barred from ringside, is seen peeking from behind the curtain to watch the match. D'Lo brought the ladder to the ring and knocked out the champ. He then pulled a table out from under the ring and set it up on the outside. Brown went for a suplex to the outside but Styles landed on the apron and lept up with a springboard hurricanrana and then a suicide 360 plancha to the outside. Styles is just awesome. Have I mentioned that this week? AJ then grabbed a chair and threw it into the ring. Yup, it's a TLC match. Both men threw the ladder into each other without remorse. D'Lo was halfway up the ladder when Styles pushed it over and sent his opponent into the top rope throat first. Styles then pulled out another table and set it up on the opposite side of the ring. We now have a chair, a ladder and two tables in play. On the outside, Brown threw Styles with a huge back drop, and then put the champ on the table. Brown set the ladder up at the edge of the ring and jumped from the top to the outside with a FROG SPLASH! WOW!!!! Brown went back into the ring and went for the title. He was inches away from grabbing the gold when Siaki ran out and pushed the ladder, which sent Brown to the outside through the other table! Both men eventually recovered and climbed the ladder simultaneously. They fought for control of the strap and fell off the ladder at the same time. Both men were holding a piece of the belt and were still holding it when they hit the mat! Nice spot! The bell rang, which brought Russo running to the ring for an explanation. The referee announced that since the Champion was not decisively beaten, he would retain the title. Here comes another rematch. Thankfully the show went off the air immediately after the announcement or we would have heard Don West begging for an explanation for the next 15 minutes. Winner and still champion: AJ Styles 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! Wrestling and receive a 20% discount! " />

 

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Styles survives 2 out of 3
By DONNIE ABREU -- SLAM! Wrestling


3 Live Crew

Brown caught Styles on the top rope and attempted a move that can best be described as Scott Hall's fall away slam combined with a 360 powerslam. Brown didn't get the move to land the way he wanted, but it still looked pretty awesome.

Trinity distracted the ref, allowing Sonny Siaki to interfere and hit the Siakalypse Now on the Notorious DLB.

Winner of the First Fall: AJ Styles

We were then treated to an in-ring promo by the guy who calls himself "Pound for pound, the best wrestler in the world", Elix Skipper. Skipper challenges anyone in the back to a match. That challenge was answered by "Mad Mikey" . . . aka Crash Holly making his TNA debut!

Elix Skipper VS. Mad Mikey

Mikey took control early before unveiling his new move, "The Hop Splash". He set Elix up right beside the corner and then went to the opposite top rope. From the top, Mikey screamed "SUPERFLY!" and jumped across the ring. He landed on his feet (still 2 or 3 feet away from Skipper and then hopped into a splash. Surprisingly the crowd LOVED it!

Skipper took control of the match for several minutes which got the crowd chanting, "Mikey, Mikey, Mikey".

Mikey is quite a bit slower than Skipper (then again, who isn't) but still worked pretty well with him. Mikey connected with a flying bulldog, high cross body. He looked decent.

Skipper and Mikey started a tug-o-war over the scale that Skipper has been bringing to the ring lately. Remember when that was Crash's gimmick? The ref stepped in and took the scale, allowing Skipper the chance to land a new finisher, "Bringing down the house". Picture a flying headscissors into a vicious looking DDT.

Winner: Elix Skipper

A video package recapping the Joe Legend - Jeff Jarrett feud was shown.

Legend then walked to the ring with a security detail. Legend took the mic and cut a great old school heel promo. He had the crowd reacting exactly as he wanted. His "No! No! No!" line was met with "Yes! Yes! Yes!". He started talking about how he was the great Canadian superstar and they roared into a "USA!" chant.

Legend then tells his security to keep Jarrett out of the ring during his match.

Handicap Match: Joe Legend VS. Alter Boy Luke and Matt Sydal

Finally, TNA has put Legend in a match where he can show his ability. I guess they read last week's column! Luke and Sydal are solid X-Division wrestlers but look totally overmatched against the much larger Torontonian.

Legend blocked a top rope move by Sydal and hit the Godzilla Choke Slam. He then caught Luke with the move he used to call the Hospital Job. Legend was in complete control when Jarrett walked out with a guitar to watch the match.

The two X-Division wrestlers took over for a moment and both jumped on Legend's back with a sleeper. Comical spot that ended with both men getting a stunner.

After dual Stone Cutters, Legend recorded a double pin.

Winner: Joe Legend

Jarrett attacked after the bell but was interrupted by the red-shirt security. The largest of the men, identified as Northcutt, got into a shoving match and exchange of right hands with Double J.

Another promo was shown hyping the return of the best wrestler in the world - Christopher Daniels.

World Title Match - Second Of Three Falls (Submissions only)
D'Lo Brown VS. AJ Styles

Styles jumped Brown quickly and connected with his reverse STF - bridge type move. I don't know if AJ has named it yet. If anyone knows, please email me. Styles released the hold (though I'm not sure why) and went back to work on his man.

After a quick floatover, Styles locked in a Crippler Crossface! Whoah! Awesome! That didn't work, so Styles then went to a heel hook and then a grapevined Brown's legs into a toe hold. That move then rolled over into a version of the camel cluth. AJ rules folks.

D'Lo made a brief comeback but then got caught in a Sharpshooter. This was a Sharpshooter to make the Hitman proud - not a lame one like the Rock does. D'Lo then reversed the Sharpshooter much like Bret Hart versus Curt Hennig. He locked in his own version of the move while ramming his knee into AJ's head. Damm. Quick tap.

Winner: D'Lo Brown

A sit down interview with Don Callis and Mike Tenay was next. The interview was held in a board room. Callis referred to TNA's viewers as it's customers and made reference to himself once again as the Management Consultant of NWA TNA.

Callis talked about how the customers don't want hardcore wrestling or scantily clad women. Tenay said the fans go nuts for that stuff. Callis laughed back with "Someone has to protect the fans from their base instincts."

Back in the ring was Nurse Veronica and Cheerleader Valeria of Bitch Slap! No Tracey to be found. They challenged TNA dancers Lollipop and April to a fight.

A cat fight ensued when Trinity made her way out. The Bitch Slap! Girls were ordered around by Trinity as they laid a soft beating on the dancers. Trinity then powerbombed the 'Pop. (Surpisingly, her top didn't.)

Time for our weekly 3 Live Crew segment. This week they're in "the hood." BG James goes up to black men in the neighborhood asking questions like "Are you packing" and "Did you just buy a 40." These men get pissed off and James has to be saved by Killings and Konnan.

James then goes to a salon for a big pimpin' make over. They advertise next week - "The Suntan Superman versus Jose Cuervo in a Last Man Standing Match." Good stuff.

Glen Gilberti is in the ring and asks Jeremy Borash to wear a Cowgirl outfit since he's such a big fan of America's Most Wanted. AMW then interfered and beat on Gilberti, stripping him down to his underoos.

Simon Diamond and Johnny Swinger made the save and we have the start of our next match.

NWA World Tag Team Title Match: America's Most Wanted VS. Simon Diamond and Johnny Swinger

This rematch was very similar to their original contest two weeks ago. James Storm showed off a new move this week - a scoop slam into an inverted scissors stomp. Pretty damn cool. He was congratulated for his innovation by Diamond who gave him a wheelbarrow into the guard rail - mouth first! DAMN!

The front suplex in the Simon Series (three in a row) was just terrible. Couldn't tell if it was Simon's fault or Storm's. Both men made hot tags to their partners and Chris Harris (like he usually does) cleared house.

Harris hit a high cross body block on Swinger. AMW went for the Hart Attack by Diamond pulled the top rope down, forcing Harris out of the ring. Storm fought off a superkick-small package combo. He then caught his man in a bear hug and set up the Death Sentence. They connected and had the match won, but Gilberti interfered with a bull rope and cowbell. Swinger and Diamond then whipped the champs with leather straps. Guess what next week's stipulation is going to be?

Winners: AMW via DQ

Backstage Scott Hudson is interviewing Father James Mitchell who has Slash, Brian Lee and Shane Douglas with him. Mitchell talks about how they are going to educate Raven in pain.

6 Man Tag Team Match: The Disciples of The New Church and Shane Douglas VS. Raven and The Gathering

The Gathering was represented by Julio Dinero and CM Punk. Alexis Laree, still selling her burn injury, was nowhere to be seen.

Somewhat interesting for the ROH fans out there who watched a battle last weekend between CM Punk and Raven, to now watch them team up four days later.

CM Punk started the match against Slash. He started with a flurry. T-bone suplex, followed up by a high knee in the corner and then a discus punch. Nicely done. Slash made the tag to the "Killdozer" who totally overpowered Punk. Lee then tagged the Franchise in to stomp and kick a little. Punk made the hot tag to Dinero who took out Lee and Douglas and then hit a swinging full nelson slam on Slash.

Slash recovered and threw Dinero across the ring with his Whirley Bird. Slash missed a top rope Senton allowing Julio to make the hot tag to Raven. Raven took out the New Church to leave himself one on one with Douglas.

They battled to the back, when a large arm covered in a white jacket and white glove reached through the curtain and pulled Raven backstage. Franchise sat there laughing.

Back in the ring, the New Church and Douglas destroyed the Gathering. After several minutes, Raven crawled back to the ring wearing a scary crimson mask.

Raven cleared out Slash and Lee. Mitchell distracted Raven, allowing Douglas the chance to spear him into a table that had been set up in the corner.

Winners: Douglas and the New Church

Behind the Paint Part Four was next. This was the final installment of the ongoing interview Tenay conducted with Sting. This week Sting talked about how he has dedicated his life to God. Sting talked about how Ted DiBiase and Nikita Koloff used to come into the locker room and preach. Sting finally "gave his life to Christ in August of 1998."

Back in the ring, Mike Tenay talked about how the NWA recognizes the important historical figures in our sport. He introduced Harley Race, Rickey Morton, Larry Zybysko, Sarah Lee and Corsica Joe. [Editor's Note: Lee and Joe are both Nashville residents and local legends.] Tenay referred to Race as "the best wrestler on God's green Earth." These legends were on hand to endorse the appointment of the new TNA commissioner.

Kid Kash then interrupted and said he wanted to thank these legends himself. He thanks Sarah Lee for being the first working rat. He targeted his trainer, Morton and slammed him for needing a partner to win titles. He tells Race that he is a disgrace to the injury. Morton pulls the old school "Hey punk, you wouldn't be here if not for us." Kash replied by slapping the former Rock N Roller. He then grabbed Sarah Lee by the throat and told them all to back off. Eric Watts made the save and choke slammed the K.I.D. Watts, then announced himself (as I predicted last week) as the new commissioner of TNA.

West was doing his hard sell for next week when Raven was seen in his nest with Dinero and Punk. He said he loves the taste of his own blood and he's just getting started. Next week we will have a six man Clockwork Orange House of Fun Match. Sweet.

World Title Match - Third Of Three Falls (Ladder Match)
D'Lo Brown VS. AJ Styles

Tenay put over Brown as being undefeated in half a dozen ladder matches. I racked my brain to think of one WWF ladder match involving Brown, when Tenay said those matches were in IWA against Savio Vega and Miguel Perez. Thanks Professor!

Russo, who was barred from ringside, is seen peeking from behind the curtain to watch the match. D'Lo brought the ladder to the ring and knocked out the champ. He then pulled a table out from under the ring and set it up on the outside. Brown went for a suplex to the outside but Styles landed on the apron and lept up with a springboard hurricanrana and then a suicide 360 plancha to the outside. Styles is just awesome. Have I mentioned that this week?

AJ then grabbed a chair and threw it into the ring. Yup, it's a TLC match.

Both men threw the ladder into each other without remorse. D'Lo was halfway up the ladder when Styles pushed it over and sent his opponent into the top rope throat first.

Styles then pulled out another table and set it up on the opposite side of the ring. We now have a chair, a ladder and two tables in play. On the outside, Brown threw Styles with a huge back drop, and then put the champ on the table.

Brown set the ladder up at the edge of the ring and jumped from the top to the outside with a FROG SPLASH! WOW!!!!

Brown went back into the ring and went for the title. He was inches away from grabbing the gold when Siaki ran out and pushed the ladder, which sent Brown to the outside through the other table!

Both men eventually recovered and climbed the ladder simultaneously. They fought for control of the strap and fell off the ladder at the same time. Both men were holding a piece of the belt and were still holding it when they hit the mat! Nice spot!

The bell rang, which brought Russo running to the ring for an explanation. The referee announced that since the Champion was not decisively beaten, he would retain the title. Here comes another rematch.

Thankfully the show went off the air immediately after the announcement or we would have heard Don West begging for an explanation for the next 15 minutes.

Winner and still champion: AJ Styles

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! Wrestling and receive a 20% discount!