Casket Match
D'Lo Brown VS. Sonny Siaki (with Trinity) One notable rule difference in a TNA casket match...the coffin is actually IN the ring, setting up all sorts of possibilities. Brown set the metal casket up in the corner and whipped "The Ace In The Hole" into it. Moments later Siaki layed D'Lo out with a right hand and threw the casket on him face first several times. Trinity held Brown's arms in the corner as Siaki threw the casket on his back. I have to hand it to TNA: they have combined the drama of a casket match with the brutality of a ladder match! Brown put Siaki on the casket and hit a frog splash from the top rope. D'Lo looked set to win by a save was made by the man formerly known as Jamal in the WWE. Yes the former member of 3 Minute Warning came in and destroyed Brown with a throw away Samoan Drop and then a top rope Superfly Splash. Jamal and Siaki tossed Brown in the box. Winner: "The Ace In Your Face" Siaki Don Callis and Eric Watts argued backstage about booking decisions and about who has the power in TNA. X-Division 6 Man Tag Match
Chris Sabin, Nosawa and Michael Shane VS. Eric Young, Frankie Kazarian and Juventud Guerrera.
A reminder, Sabin won the X-Division Super 8 Tournament, Shane is the X-Division Champion, Nosawa is a gothic looking Japanese wrestler who has worked mainly in EMLL and JCW, Kazarian is awesome, Juvi is great and Young is a Toronto native making his TNA debut. Unfortunately for "Showtime" Eric Young, he was fonted by the TNA producers as "David Young" David of course is the former TNA wrestler who hasn't worked with them in several months. Tenay did a nice job however of putting the young Canadian over. Awesome moment came when Shane was sitting on the top rope, Kazarian ran up to meet him (Angle style) but was taken down in a spinning sit out neckbreaker by Shane. Wow! Kazarian was beaten down by all three before making the hot tag to Juvi who took out all three. We then had the obligatory pile up outside the ring, with running planchas and a topei between the ropes by Young. When five men were on the outside, Sabin ran across the ring, lept to the top and did an UNREAL somersault dive taking out everyone. We then had an exchange of finishers and run ins. Juvi Driver, Cradle Shock by Sabin, Wave of the Future by Kazarian, and then a kicking fest by Nosawa on Young. Young hit his Wheelbarrow / DDT move before taking a belt shot from Sabin. With the Canadian down and Sabin celebrating, the champion, Michael Shane ran in the ring and made the cover. Where was Kazarian? He was outside talking to a female "fan". That "fan" was actually a former SUNshine girl, another Toronto native and a regular in Scott D'Amore's BCW. She goes by the name "Angel". [See our preview interview with her: Touched by Angel Williams] Christopher Daniels was shown cutting a series of incredible promos that ended with him talking to three members of his following dressed like alter boys. Daniels told them to prepare Jarrett for his "cleansing". The three of them replied in unison telling The Fallen Angel that he is the light. Jarrett then stormed the ring with a mic ready to address a few people. He asked Watts why he hasn't had a title rematch. He then told NWA officials that Piper cares about this business while Russo can't stand it. They should keep Piper and toss Russo. He then told Daniels then he is the hunted. Scott Hudson was backstage talking to Mad Mikey. He and his partner Shark Boy (who Mikey calls "Jaws") were granted a title shot against the NWA Tag champs this week. Mikey was wearing a t-shirt with the words "FedUp" made to look like the FedEx logo. Hilarious. Sharky was playing with a remote control robot, whick Mikey destroyed. NWA Tag Team Title Match
Mad Mikey and Shark Boy VS. Johnny Swinger and Simon Diamond (with Glen Gilberti)
Mikey put an armbar on Swinger and then gingerly walked the BOTTOM rope! Tenay told us that Mikey calls that 'Pre-School". Jaws was tagged in and hit the "Shark-canrana". This is one funny team. I have to hand it to Crash... he has really gotten this new character over. Sharky did hit the Dead Sea Drop (top rope 360 Stunner) but Gilberti managed to put Swinger's leg on the bottom rope. Shortly after, the champs hit the Problem Solver on Aqua Man for the win. Winners: Swinger and Diamond The cameras then cut away to Jarrett as he was battling Daniels' unnamed servants. One of the disciples battled JJ all the way up to the balcony only to be thrown over the railing and through a table! Thanks for comin' out kid. Jarrett then screamed that he was after Daniels. Video where AJ Styles talked about how he and Jerry Lynn made the X-Division in 2002... but that was 2002. 2K3 is all about Styles. Lynn said this was his first shot at the title and he was looking forward to facing the man he has beaten three times before. Apparently Lynn forgot about his World Title shot against Ron Killings. Okay, this is stupid. The World title is being defended at the start of the second hour. Why? So that the Hair VS. Hair match can be featured in the main event. Bad call TNA. NWA World Title Match
AJ Styles (with Trinity) VS. Jerry Lynn
Russo did not come to the ring with the champion as he normally does. This match was simply awesome. Lynn hasn't looked this good since the end of 2002. Both men impressed the live crowd with multiple reversals and high impact moves. Cool move on the outside when Lynn threw Styles into the guard rail and Styles actually slid underneath! He then springboarded himself from the crowd onto the railing but landed on Lynn's knee stomach first. Styles found an opening and then threw Lynn into the steps face first. That shot seemed to open a nasty gash on Lynn's face, which prompted Styles to follow up with vicious fists. Lynn was a bloody mess. Lynn caught an attempted leapfrog by AJ and spun him into an F5. AJ tried a leapfrog hurricanrana from the top, but was caught and then taken into a running and JUMPING sit out powerbomb! HOLY! That was amazing. two count only. Lynn went for a piledriver, but Trinity pulled the ref's leg, allowing Styles to hit the Spine on The Pine. Brain buster by Styles. Two count only. A piledriver by Styles on a chair. Still only a two count. Immediately after, AJ went for the Styles Clash and picked up a win on Lynn. This was a great match. Winner: AJ Styles Vince Russo then ran out to the ring, grabbed a mic and asked Eric Watts what the decision was: Him or Piper. Watts didn't come out, but Dusty Rhodes did. Rhodes said it was not the decision of NWA, TNA or Russo if AJ was to leave. It is his decision alone. AJ had Russo's bat in hand. Dusty talked about how Styles doesn't need Russo because he is the champ and he is the man who leads thousands of wrestlers past and present. Rhodes did cut a passionate promo trying to appeal to AJ's sense of history and respect. Rhodes then said that whenever AJ goes to the "Pay Winda" Russo is there behind him ready to take a cut of his blood and his work. That seemed to get Styles. He seemed set to clobber Russo when he instead handed his bat to Rhodes. Rhodes got ready to nail Vinny Ru, but was predictably jumped by Styles. Styles and Rhodes then battled before the numbers game caught up with the old timer. Piper tried to make the save but was stopped by Red-Shirt security Northcutt and Wilson. AJ continued to pound on Dusty until JJ made the save. Backstage Russo demanded an answer from Don Callis and Eric Watts as Red Shirt Security held Piper. Callis said to throw Piper out of the building. Jarrett then throttled Callis saying he would kill him. Callis said he was just doing his job and Jarrett should do his, since he's just "meat" put in the ring to perform. A video package was shown recapping the long feud between Shane Douglas, Raven and the Mystery Man who has attacked Raven on several occasions. James Mitchell cut an awesome promo talking about how Raven's lackey's won't respect him when they're so busy laughing at his bald head. Mitchell also said there wouldn't be any false advertising and someone was going to leave with a "pretty crew cut" (*cough* Nash *cough*). He guaranteed that the loser would be shaved bald. Hair VS. Hair
Raven VS. Shane Douglas
Tenay talked about famous hair matches in history: Destroyer versus Gorgeous George, Konnan versus Jake Roberts and Piper versus Adrian Adonis. This match started slowly and the quickly spilled to the outside. Raven dominated and whacked The Franchise around with chair shots. He placed a chair on Shane's face and the came down on him with a leg drop. Raven then had a fan hold a chair as he threw Douglas into it face first. Take that "interactive" dinner theatre. Back in the ring, Raven locked in the Cobra Clutch. Douglas dropped, and Raven went for the Evenflow but took a drop toe-hold that threw him between the ropes to the floor. For the record, this match was about 10 minutes in without any Raven blood! A new TNA record!! As I typed that, Douglas was busted open on the steps. Douglas finally got an offensive move in and slammed Raven into the steps. FINALLY we have blood from the former Scotty Flamingo. Douglas wiped some on his hand and showed it to the ringside fans. They didn't seem interested. Abdominal stretch by Raven turned into a hip toss that threw Raven over the top. Raven's body actually hit the ring apron the way down. Ouch. Dumb comment of the week by Don West: "It's like Douglas got super strength since he saw Raven's blood". Oy. Raven set up a chair in the ring and hit his drop toe hold onto it. Raven ducked a clothesline attempt by Douglas and hit a GREAT superkick! Ya, Raven did! He had a pinfall but Slash ran down and pulled the ref out of the ring. Slash and Sinn took out the ref and then put the boots to Raven while Douglas recovered. The New Church set a table up in the ring, but didn't use it. We had a triple team on Raven before Julio Dinero and CM Punk finally ran down to take out Slash and Sinn. Raven attempted a top rope superplex by was pushed backwards into the table. Douglas followed quickly with a pinfall attempt but Raven kicked out. Another table was set up and Raven hit a top rope DDT through it. One ... two ... and then the lights went out. When they came back up, the masked man was in the ring. He pulled his mask off revealing himself to be Canadian wrestler and International superstar, Vampiro! Vampiro crushed Raven with a DDT and allowed Douglas to make the pin. Winner: Shane Douglas When Raven came to he willingly sat in a chair while Mitchell shaved his head bald. It wasn't a pretty sight. The show ended with West throwing his headset down in disgust and Tenay screaming "THIS SUCKS" and "[I've] LOST MY OBJECTIVITY". Small side note: we learned during the last match that Don Callis challenged Jarrett to a one on one "showdown" next week. Overall, this was a very entertaining show. The NWA title match stood out as another classic and the tag title match started as a comedy bout but ended with great wrestling. The X-Division match was exactly what you'd expect - breath taking. Piper's highly promoted appearance amounted to nothing more than a huge waste of time. If you missed this week's show, I would strongly recommend catching the encore. Donnie Abreu has been a wrestling journalist for eight years and is the co-founder of IceCold Media (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! Looking to make some extra cash? Visit www.icecoldmedia.com to find out about ICM's new Affiliate Program and how it can work for you! " />

 

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TNA: Caskets, blood, Canadians, Vampiro!
By DONNIE ABREU - SLAM! Wrestling


Shane Douglas mocks a bloody Raven.

West and Tenay sold this week's show... ummm, I ALREADY bought it! Cue the bagpipes as 'Hot Rod' Roddy Piper walked out to very subdued reaction.

There was a stool in the ring for Piper to sit and spew his words. Tenay said that Piper was TNA but then brought up by the WWE before they turned their collective backs on him. Now, Piper is back "home".

Piper started with "Heard any good Roddy Piper jokes lately??" He then promised "reality" in his promo. He talked about how his son approached him after reading a news piece on the Internet that said he was a drug addict. Piper seemed to break down a little and then threw the stool out of the ring. He said the people who put that stuff on the Internet for his family to see are a bunch of jerks.

Piper played up his "family values" and the fact that he "made" Wrestlemania. He then said he has come "home" to TNA which is a "rocket ship getting ready to take off."

At that point, Vince Russo walked out. Piper referenced their last encounter and said he regretted not breaking Russo's neck the last time he was in the ring with him. Russo then snapped on Piper saying that the last time he was in TNA he was talking about Russo saying things that weren't true. Russo said the only reason Piper was in TNA was because he burned every bridge he ever crossed. Russo said he has given the last year of his life to building TNA and he doesn't want Piper in his company. He then told TNA that he wanted a decision this week ... if Piper stays, then Russo will leave and take NWA Champion AJ Styles with him. Russo asked Piper if he'd like to see the NWA fold just so he could have a job. This was actually a pretty good segment.

Video montage recapped the Sonny Siaki-D'Lo Brown feud.

Casket Match
D'Lo Brown VS. Sonny Siaki (with Trinity)

One notable rule difference in a TNA casket match...the coffin is actually IN the ring, setting up all sorts of possibilities.

Brown set the metal casket up in the corner and whipped "The Ace In The Hole" into it. Moments later Siaki layed D'Lo out with a right hand and threw the casket on him face first several times. Trinity held Brown's arms in the corner as Siaki threw the casket on his back. I have to hand it to TNA: they have combined the drama of a casket match with the brutality of a ladder match!

Brown put Siaki on the casket and hit a frog splash from the top rope. D'Lo looked set to win by a save was made by the man formerly known as Jamal in the WWE. Yes the former member of 3 Minute Warning came in and destroyed Brown with a throw away Samoan Drop and then a top rope Superfly Splash. Jamal and Siaki tossed Brown in the box.

Winner: "The Ace In Your Face" Siaki

Don Callis and Eric Watts argued backstage about booking decisions and about who has the power in TNA.

X-Division 6 Man Tag Match
Chris Sabin, Nosawa and Michael Shane VS. Eric Young, Frankie Kazarian and Juventud Guerrera.

A reminder, Sabin won the X-Division Super 8 Tournament, Shane is the X-Division Champion, Nosawa is a gothic looking Japanese wrestler who has worked mainly in EMLL and JCW, Kazarian is awesome, Juvi is great and Young is a Toronto native making his TNA debut.

Unfortunately for "Showtime" Eric Young, he was fonted by the TNA producers as "David Young" David of course is the former TNA wrestler who hasn't worked with them in several months. Tenay did a nice job however of putting the young Canadian over.

Awesome moment came when Shane was sitting on the top rope, Kazarian ran up to meet him (Angle style) but was taken down in a spinning sit out neckbreaker by Shane. Wow!

Kazarian was beaten down by all three before making the hot tag to Juvi who took out all three. We then had the obligatory pile up outside the ring, with running planchas and a topei between the ropes by Young. When five men were on the outside, Sabin ran across the ring, lept to the top and did an UNREAL somersault dive taking out everyone.

We then had an exchange of finishers and run ins. Juvi Driver, Cradle Shock by Sabin, Wave of the Future by Kazarian, and then a kicking fest by Nosawa on Young. Young hit his Wheelbarrow / DDT move before taking a belt shot from Sabin. With the Canadian down and Sabin celebrating, the champion, Michael Shane ran in the ring and made the cover. Where was Kazarian? He was outside talking to a female "fan". That "fan" was actually a former SUNshine girl, another Toronto native and a regular in Scott D'Amore's BCW. She goes by the name "Angel". [See our preview interview with her: Touched by Angel Williams]

Christopher Daniels was shown cutting a series of incredible promos that ended with him talking to three members of his following dressed like alter boys. Daniels told them to prepare Jarrett for his "cleansing". The three of them replied in unison telling The Fallen Angel that he is the light.

Jarrett then stormed the ring with a mic ready to address a few people. He asked Watts why he hasn't had a title rematch. He then told NWA officials that Piper cares about this business while Russo can't stand it. They should keep Piper and toss Russo. He then told Daniels then he is the hunted.

Scott Hudson was backstage talking to Mad Mikey. He and his partner Shark Boy (who Mikey calls "Jaws") were granted a title shot against the NWA Tag champs this week. Mikey was wearing a t-shirt with the words "FedUp" made to look like the FedEx logo. Hilarious. Sharky was playing with a remote control robot, whick Mikey destroyed.

NWA Tag Team Title Match
Mad Mikey and Shark Boy VS. Johnny Swinger and Simon Diamond (with Glen Gilberti)

Mikey put an armbar on Swinger and then gingerly walked the BOTTOM rope! Tenay told us that Mikey calls that 'Pre-School". Jaws was tagged in and hit the "Shark-canrana". This is one funny team. I have to hand it to Crash... he has really gotten this new character over.

Sharky did hit the Dead Sea Drop (top rope 360 Stunner) but Gilberti managed to put Swinger's leg on the bottom rope. Shortly after, the champs hit the Problem Solver on Aqua Man for the win.

Winners: Swinger and Diamond

The cameras then cut away to Jarrett as he was battling Daniels' unnamed servants. One of the disciples battled JJ all the way up to the balcony only to be thrown over the railing and through a table! Thanks for comin' out kid. Jarrett then screamed that he was after Daniels.

Video where AJ Styles talked about how he and Jerry Lynn made the X-Division in 2002... but that was 2002. 2K3 is all about Styles. Lynn said this was his first shot at the title and he was looking forward to facing the man he has beaten three times before. Apparently Lynn forgot about his World Title shot against Ron Killings.

Okay, this is stupid. The World title is being defended at the start of the second hour. Why? So that the Hair VS. Hair match can be featured in the main event. Bad call TNA.

NWA World Title Match
AJ Styles (with Trinity) VS. Jerry Lynn

Russo did not come to the ring with the champion as he normally does.

This match was simply awesome. Lynn hasn't looked this good since the end of 2002. Both men impressed the live crowd with multiple reversals and high impact moves. Cool move on the outside when Lynn threw Styles into the guard rail and Styles actually slid underneath! He then springboarded himself from the crowd onto the railing but landed on Lynn's knee stomach first. Styles found an opening and then threw Lynn into the steps face first. That shot seemed to open a nasty gash on Lynn's face, which prompted Styles to follow up with vicious fists. Lynn was a bloody mess.

Lynn caught an attempted leapfrog by AJ and spun him into an F5. AJ tried a leapfrog hurricanrana from the top, but was caught and then taken into a running and JUMPING sit out powerbomb! HOLY! That was amazing. two count only. Lynn went for a piledriver, but Trinity pulled the ref's leg, allowing Styles to hit the Spine on The Pine. Brain buster by Styles. Two count only. A piledriver by Styles on a chair. Still only a two count. Immediately after, AJ went for the Styles Clash and picked up a win on Lynn. This was a great match.

Winner: AJ Styles

Vince Russo then ran out to the ring, grabbed a mic and asked Eric Watts what the decision was: Him or Piper. Watts didn't come out, but Dusty Rhodes did.

Rhodes said it was not the decision of NWA, TNA or Russo if AJ was to leave. It is his decision alone. AJ had Russo's bat in hand. Dusty talked about how Styles doesn't need Russo because he is the champ and he is the man who leads thousands of wrestlers past and present. Rhodes did cut a passionate promo trying to appeal to AJ's sense of history and respect.

Rhodes then said that whenever AJ goes to the "Pay Winda" Russo is there behind him ready to take a cut of his blood and his work. That seemed to get Styles. He seemed set to clobber Russo when he instead handed his bat to Rhodes. Rhodes got ready to nail Vinny Ru, but was predictably jumped by Styles. Styles and Rhodes then battled before the numbers game caught up with the old timer. Piper tried to make the save but was stopped by Red-Shirt security Northcutt and Wilson. AJ continued to pound on Dusty until JJ made the save.

Backstage Russo demanded an answer from Don Callis and Eric Watts as Red Shirt Security held Piper. Callis said to throw Piper out of the building. Jarrett then throttled Callis saying he would kill him. Callis said he was just doing his job and Jarrett should do his, since he's just "meat" put in the ring to perform.

A video package was shown recapping the long feud between Shane Douglas, Raven and the Mystery Man who has attacked Raven on several occasions.

James Mitchell cut an awesome promo talking about how Raven's lackey's won't respect him when they're so busy laughing at his bald head. Mitchell also said there wouldn't be any false advertising and someone was going to leave with a "pretty crew cut" (*cough* Nash *cough*). He guaranteed that the loser would be shaved bald.

Hair VS. Hair
Raven VS. Shane Douglas

Tenay talked about famous hair matches in history: Destroyer versus Gorgeous George, Konnan versus Jake Roberts and Piper versus Adrian Adonis.

This match started slowly and the quickly spilled to the outside. Raven dominated and whacked The Franchise around with chair shots. He placed a chair on Shane's face and the came down on him with a leg drop. Raven then had a fan hold a chair as he threw Douglas into it face first. Take that "interactive" dinner theatre.

Back in the ring, Raven locked in the Cobra Clutch. Douglas dropped, and Raven went for the Evenflow but took a drop toe-hold that threw him between the ropes to the floor.

For the record, this match was about 10 minutes in without any Raven blood! A new TNA record!! As I typed that, Douglas was busted open on the steps. Douglas finally got an offensive move in and slammed Raven into the steps. FINALLY we have blood from the former Scotty Flamingo. Douglas wiped some on his hand and showed it to the ringside fans. They didn't seem interested.

Abdominal stretch by Raven turned into a hip toss that threw Raven over the top. Raven's body actually hit the ring apron the way down. Ouch. Dumb comment of the week by Don West: "It's like Douglas got super strength since he saw Raven's blood". Oy.

Raven set up a chair in the ring and hit his drop toe hold onto it. Raven ducked a clothesline attempt by Douglas and hit a GREAT superkick! Ya, Raven did!

He had a pinfall but Slash ran down and pulled the ref out of the ring. Slash and Sinn took out the ref and then put the boots to Raven while Douglas recovered. The New Church set a table up in the ring, but didn't use it. We had a triple team on Raven before Julio Dinero and CM Punk finally ran down to take out Slash and Sinn.

Raven attempted a top rope superplex by was pushed backwards into the table. Douglas followed quickly with a pinfall attempt but Raven kicked out. Another table was set up and Raven hit a top rope DDT through it. One ... two ... and then the lights went out. When they came back up, the masked man was in the ring. He pulled his mask off revealing himself to be Canadian wrestler and International superstar, Vampiro!

Vampiro crushed Raven with a DDT and allowed Douglas to make the pin.

Winner: Shane Douglas

When Raven came to he willingly sat in a chair while Mitchell shaved his head bald. It wasn't a pretty sight. The show ended with West throwing his headset down in disgust and Tenay screaming "THIS SUCKS" and "[I've] LOST MY OBJECTIVITY".

Small side note: we learned during the last match that Don Callis challenged Jarrett to a one on one "showdown" next week.

Overall, this was a very entertaining show. The NWA title match stood out as another classic and the tag title match started as a comedy bout but ended with great wrestling. The X-Division match was exactly what you'd expect - breath taking.

Piper's highly promoted appearance amounted to nothing more than a huge waste of time.

If you missed this week's show, I would strongly recommend catching the encore.

Donnie Abreu has been a wrestling journalist for eight years and is the co-founder of IceCold Media (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! Looking to make some extra cash? Visit www.icecoldmedia.com to find out about ICM's new Affiliate Program and how it can work for you!