September 4, 2003
TNA: Super X makes for super show
By DONNIE ABREU -- SLAM! Wrestling
Juventud Guerrera versus Nosawa; Jonny Storm versus Teddy Hart; Jerry Lynn versus Chris Sabin; Michael Shane versus Frankie Kazarian
Backstage, Terry Taylor spoke to Dusty Rhodes about the War Games main event on this week's show entitled "Wednesday Bloody Wednesday". Dust ended by saying that whenever he thinks about War Games, he thinks about how many times he kicked Arn Anderson's ass.
Super X Tournament - First Round Match: Juventud Guerrera VS. Nosawa
Juvi was over HUGE with the crowd! "Juice! Juice!" Nosawa has a cool look. He's sort of a goth version of Hakushi. Tenay told us that Nosawa is 26 years of age, while Juvi is just 28. Guerrera has been wrestling for 11 years! Nosawa is the Heavyweight Champion of the Insane Clown Posse's JCW federation.
Springboard plancha to the outside by Juvi. In the ring, a couple of standing switches and attempted Germans, Juvi hit a superkick. Nosawa then connected with one of his own and a basement dropkick in the knees. These guys are damn fast. Pump handle, whirly-bird Michinoku Driver by Juvi, followed by a People's Elbow. Several standing switches, followed up by a Juvi Driver and then an AWESOME 450 splash from the top!
Winner: Juventud Guerrera
Good match, though I would have loved to have seen it go longer and seen more from Nosawa.
Backstage, Taylor talked to Father James Mitchell about his plans for Raven. Mitchell was interrupted by Glen Gilberti. Gilberti said that Mitchell had better forget about Raven and get his guys (Douglas and the New Church) on the same page as his guys as they team up on this week's show in the main event.
Super X Tournament - First Round Match: Teddy Hart VS. Jonny Storm
He is the first third generation wrestler to emerge from the famous Hart family. His dad is sometime-wrestler/ long-time bodybuilder B.J. Annis and his mom is Georgia Hart, nephew to Bret. This is Teddy's TNA debut, while Storm was on several months ago.
Double springboard somersault plancha to the outside by Storm. In the ring, Storm came off the top but was reversed into a Diamond Cutter by Hart. Tenay compared Teddy to a pre-WWF Owen Hart. UNBELIEVABLE top rope Asai moonsault by Hart! WOW! The crowd loved that.
Jonny missed a huge moonsault. Hart went to the top, leaped into Storm's arms and hit a swinging spike DDT. The crowd went NUTS. Hart pointed to the top rope again and came off with his shooting star press, which he calls The Hart Attack.
Winner: Teddy Hart
Backstage: Sonny Siaki, "The Ace In Your Face" tells the new NWA tag team champions all they have to do is follow his lead and they will survive the main event. Simon Diamond and Johnny Swinger didn't take too kindly to Siaki's attitude and then went nose to nose. Shane Douglas broke them up letting them know how dangerous this match would be and how they must watch each other's backs.
Super X Tournament - First Round Match: Chris Sabin VS. Jerry Lynn
Sabin took control early, only to be countered by a springboard, sunset-flip powerbomb from the second rope. Tenay made referred to Sabin as a younger version of Lynn. Sabin charged Lynn but was side stepped and fell outside the ring. Top rope stunner by Sabin. Shoulder tackle and an attempted Gory Special. TKO by Lynn. Lynn had what seemed to be a 3 count by Sabin had his foot on the ropes. Lynn grabbed the ref in frustration. Don Callis came out and warned Lynn not to harm the referee or he would lose his job. Sabin with a kick to the family jewels and a quick cover.
Winner: Chris Sabin
Backstage: Taylor spoke to Raven and the Gathering about last week's World Title loss. Raven talked about how close he was to winning the title and realizing his destiny. He said his dream hasn't ended, just been put on hold. He said he would not be stopped and he will not be humiliated by Mitchell who plans to shave his head bald.
Super X Tournament - First Round Match: Frankie Kazarian VS. Michael Shane
Michael Shane's X-Division title is not on the line in this tournament. Match started with a series of rolling Japanese arm-drags by Kazarian. A series of back breakers by Kazarian. Backslide by Kazarian. Two count. Huge backdrop and a couple of clotheslines. Right hands by Kazarian as he mounted the second rope. Massive 'Rick Steiner-like' powerslam by Kazarian. Insiguiri by Shane. He then went for Sweet Chin Music but it was blocked. Kazarian then rolled through a hurricanrana attempt and victory rolled Shane for the win.
Winner: Frankie Kazarian
The X-Division champion was basically squashed.
Taylor was talking to AJ Styles and Vince Russo backstage. Russo is pissed off because Styles has beaten every challenger to his title and now the company has decided to put him in a dangerous cage match to try and hurt him. Russo reminds everyone that he will be on the outside and as long as he is breathing, no harm will come to Styles. "Thanks Vince" said AJ.
Super X Tournament - Semi Final Match: Teddy Hart VS. Juventud Guerrera
The crowd is red-hot for this match. They were popping for Juvi before he even walked down the aisle, but Teddy has managed to quickly win the crowd over as well.
These two ducked and slid and leaped over each in an awesome opening sequence before Juvi reversed a tilt a whirl backbreaker into a tornado DDT. Fujiwara armbar by Teddy. Juvi tried to fly out of it, but Teddy flew with him and held onto the move. The crowd went NUTS for a submission attempt by a relative unknown! Wow.
In the corner, Hart with Flair chops and deep knee lifts. Flying head scissors by Juvi grinds Hart's head into the mat. Missed 619 by Juvi. Hart was on the outside and hit a reverse hurricanrana and then hit a moonsault from the guard rail. His balance is amazing.
Teddy went for the top rope Asai but was caught by Juvi. The Juice followed up with a springboard turn-around body press on the outside. Both men exchanged shots on the edge of the apron. Hart sprung up to the top but was crotched and then taken into the ring with a great springboard hurricanrana.
Attempted powerbomb by Juvi was reversed into a reverse Vertabreaker. From the top, Hart came down with a TWISTING 450! Holy Crap! Juvi tried to escape to the outside but took a top rope Asai moonsault. The crowd was ON FIRE!
Hart appeared to injure his knee on the move and was very slow getting back in. Spine on the Pine by Juvi. Reverse roll ups ended with a basement dropkick in the face by Juvi and a near three count. Missed People's Elbow. Rock Bottom by Juvi.
Reverse F5 by Juvi, but the pinfall was rolled through by Hart who got a two count out of it. Teddy came off the top with a flying, twisting DDT. Hart Attack by Hart! Amazing move. Hart appears to have injured his knee again though. Juvi Driver. Guerrera went to the top for the 450, but Hart kipped up and met him on the top rope. They battled on the top, before Guerrera came off with Teddy in a top rope Juvi Driver! WOW! Both men were elevated by this match. No question!
Winner: Juventud Guerrera
The Interrogators Segment was brought back and Red Shirt Security (Kevin Northcutt and Brian Wilson) were being questioned. Northcutt did all the talking while Wilson played Silent Bob.
Super X Tournament - Semi Final Match: Frankie Kazarian VS. Chris Sabin
Much like his first match, Kazarian came out on fire dominating the action. Sabin did turn the tide and drove a bunch of high knees into Kazarian, before suplexing him over the top rope.
Kazarian was pulling himself into the ring, when Sabin ran across the ring and hit him in the face with a knee. The move was only partially affective though as Kazarian pulled the rope down and crotched the former champion. Slingshot by Kazarian, followed by a Sunset Flip Powerbomb to the floor!
Tiger Suplex into a bridge by Sabin! PERFECT! Knee in the back while Sabin applied a double Halo. Tornado DDT attempt from the top by Kazarian but he swung himself to the outside and choked Sabin on the rope! Wave of The Future by Kazarian absolutely SPIKED Sabin's head into the mat! Amazingly only a two count. Sabin kicked out of Kazarian's finisher. Not to be outdone, Kazarian then kicked out of the fisherman buster (Sabin finisher).
Kazarian had Sabin on the top rope and hit the Flux Capacitor! Amazing move where he takes his man over in a 360 flip and plants him face first! Sabin ducked a run in by Kazarian and flew through with a great roll up to get the win.
Winner: Chris Sabin
Taylor was backstage talking to America's Most Wanted about the main event and their involvement in it. Kid Kash crashed the interview with 6'8" Abyss backing him up. Kash apologized for disrespecting Taylor last week, then told "America's Most Wannabes" that the "Tradition" they stand for doesn't mean a damn thing. He then slapped Taylor in the face. Taylor went after Kash but was cut off by Red Shirt Security.
Super X Tournament - Final Match: Chris Sabin VS. Juventud Guerrera
The match started with a stare down and both men slapping each in the face. We then had reversals, twin drop kicks and an RVD-style face off. Spinning back kick, flying head scissors and deep arm drags by Juvi Juice. Juventud then grounded Sabin with a head scissors arm bar combo. Guerrera went for a running hurricanrana, but was THROWN by Sabin across the ring in a powerbomb, landing completely on his head. Amazing that he wasn't hurt badly.
Comeback by Juvi. Sabin rolled to the outside. Teased 619 by Juvi and then a slingshot dive to the outside. Juvi rolled Sabin in, and hit a springboard twisting elbow! Wow! Abdominal Stretch by the Juice and then a few knife edge chops. Sabin reversed a wheel barrow take down and turned it into an overhead release German Suplex. Double Halo with a knee in the back by Sabin.
Sabin is playing the crowd as he went to the top rope. Caught by Juvi who had him in powerbomb position. Sabin rolled backwards and had a pin, but Juvi popped out with a basement dropkick in the back. Sabin tried to leap over Guerrera, but Juvi caught him on his shoulders and then dropped back into a bridge. Sabin powered out after a two count. German release by Sabin, by Guerrera landed on his feet. 10 or 12 quick two counts after an extended fish out of water spot. Great work by both men, who appeared to be exhausted at this point.
Another unreal series of switches and reversals that just has to be seen. Wow. I'm amazed by both men. Once again, after an extended series, both men were down on the mat trying to catch their breath. Juventud finally got to his feet and hit a springboard missile dropkick from the outside.
Guerrera went for Juvi-Driver, but Sabin reversed, taking him up into a Jesse Ventura style backbreaker and then spun him off sideways planting him face first. Juvi then came out of nowhere with a double underhook jumping piledriver!! Sabin kicked out! "HAIL SABIN!"
Sabin jumped from the top rope, but Guerrera jumped from the mat planting a dropkick in Sabin's face. Juventud went to the top but was caught off by Sabin. Top rope Super-Plex by Sabin. Both men's shoulders were down and both men had an arm over each other. Two count. Side roll by Guerrrera and one by Sabin. Two Counts. Juvi Driver! Juventud then hit the 450 but Sabin managed to get his toe on the bottom rope before the count of three!
Future Shock (Fisherman Buster) after a reversal by Sabin gave him the win after an absolutely amazing match.
Winner: Chris Sabin
A promo was shown hyping the return of Roddy Piper.
Mike Tenay and Don West then did a little promo giving me time to catch up. Thanks guys. West was hyping TNA's One Cent Pay Per View that will be shown next week. A penny for TNA? Heck, I'd almost pay that much to watch WWE!
"Wednesday Bloody Wednesday"
There is a cage, with all sorts of weapons inside. Two men will start and then will be joined by another team member every 90 seconds.
Team one was Raven, America's Most Wanted, D'Lo Brown and Jeff Jarrett.
Watts sent the ring attendant, announcer and time keeper to the back and replaced them with the 3 Live Krew.
The first man into the match was the greatest wrestler on the planet, Christopher Daniels. The Fallen Angel was accompanied by Vince Russo who was actually WEARING AJ Styles NWA World Title!
The second man announced was former NWA Champion, Jeff Jarrett (accompanied by Dusty Rhodes).
Daniels attacked JJ immediately laying right hands into him and battling into the crowd. Jarrett pulled a chair and smacked the Fallen Angel in the face but still couldn't maintain the advantage. Chairshots by Daniels, as he carried JJ into the cage. Big "Fallen Angel" chant by the heel section of the crowd. The baby face lovers yelled "Sucks" after each mention of his name.
Reversal by JJ sent Daniels into the cage wall. JJ grabbed a trash can lid, but Daniels hit a beautiful sidekick into the lid and into JJ's face. Daniels grabbed a kendo stick and swung it into JJ's ribs. He then took a set of nun-chucks and popped Jarrett across the head. Body slam and a choke by Daniels. See WWE? He can do THAT stuff too! Daniels off the top with a kendo stick but took Jarrett's boot in the mouth. Jarrett used the stick on Daniels and then grated his face against the cage.
Don Callis came out to the announce booth to give the team a little insight.
AJ Styles was the next man announced. He ran into the ring as Daniels was down and took a cane shot in the face. Eventually the heels took over and started double teaming the pride of Hendersonville. Daniels pulled a table that was sitting in the corner and set it up in the ring.
"The Wildcat" Chris Harris was then introduced and he went right after Styles with a vicious spear. He then put Daniels on his shoulder and drove him face first into the cage.
Powerbomb by Styles as Daniels came off the top rope and clotheslined Jarrett through the table!
Simon Diamond was introduced and the heels have a 3-2 advantage. Jarrett has been busted open. Daniels choked Jarrett out with a leather rope. JJ reversed and whipped CD with that same rope and then ran him into the cage. Daniels busted open.
D'Lo Brown was next into the match. He went after all three bad boys with a trash can and knocked them all out.
Catatonic by Harris on Styles.
Shane Douglas was then brought out to chants of "Triple Threat". Daniels is going strong like he just started the match. Vince Russo tossed a baseball bat over the top of the cage to Douglas he laid it into JJ.
"Cowboy" James Storm was the next man in. Storm was wrestling with a pretty bad injury sustained after that top rope electric chair powerbomb last week.
Guitar shot off the top by Jarrett onto Daniels.
The last man in for the heel team was the other half of the NWA tag team champions, Johnny Swinger. He didn't do much in his 90 seconds to shine before the last man, Raven was introduced.
Daniels is on his feet and looks fresh as a daisy. Most of the other guys look exhausted. At this point we had a 5-on-5 brawl that looked like a Battle Royal with a cage around it. Lots of running tosses into the cage face first and lots of right hands in the corner.
Raven Effect on Douglas. 8 Second Ride by Storm on Swinger. Styles with an inverted DDT on ... someone. Couldn't see it.
AJ went to the top rope to grab a weapon but took the Stroke from the top rope from Jarrett. Immediately after D'Lo came off the top with a frog splash, as Chris Harris jumped from an opposite corner with an Alabama Jam! Huge impact. Jarrett covered the champion to pick up the win.
Winners: Jarrett, AMW, D'Lo and Raven
Legend, Siaki and Trinity then ran out attacking the 3 Live Krew and Dusty Rhodes. Gilberti joined the fray, as did the Disciples of The New Church, Mitchell and Red Shirt Security.
The show went off the air as Raven was being held by the Disciples and Douglas used scissors to cut off a lock of his hair.
The match was intense and certainly a visual marvel, but I don't believe that terrific athletes like Styles and Daniels are best suited for this type of match. Most fans would probably prefer to see them in a straight match, but as a one week change of pace, I can deal with it. The Super X Tournament was fantastic and worth the price of the pay per view on its own. I certainly hope that young Canadian prodigy Teddy Hart has found a new home.
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!