September 25, 2003
TNA: Dog collars, Dusty and lots of blood
By DONNIE ABREU - SLAM! Wrestling
The announce team of Mike Tenay and Don West began selling the show as West read cue cards. Oh boy. Kid Kash crashed the announce position and said he would not be held responsible for what he was going to do to Terry Taylor.
Jerry Lynn was backstage with Scott Hudson saying that he has read the dirt on Internet and despite what people think, he DOES have what it takes to hang with the kids in the X-Division. He then did his best Slayer voice while reading the back of his t-shirt: DESTROY THE OPPOSITION.
X-Division #1 Contender's Elimination Match: Jerry Lynn VS. Frankie Kazarian VS. Nasawa VS. Juventud Guerrera VS. Chris Sabin
When Kazarian came out he went to the dancer cage and spent a few minutes flirting with Lollipop. He did the same last week with Canadian talent Angel.
Nasawa was pushed early as he clobbered every man one by one forcing each to tag out and look for help. Nasawa was clipped by Sabin, tagged in Lynn allowing two of the best in the world to battle it out. Jumping hurricanrana by Lynn onto Sabin from the apron to the floor! Nasawa was the first eliminated after taking a VISCIOUS looking Juvi-Driver.
Sabin might very well have the best standing drop kick today. Sabin took the Wave Of The Future (awesome spinning Flatliner) from Kazarian but got his foot on the ropes. Sabin managed to fight back and pin Frankie with the Cradle Shock (cradle fisherman buster).
Lynn went for a piledriver on Juvi, but Sabin ran across the ring, jumped on Juvi's back and hit Lynn with an enziguri. Sabin took a Juvi Driver but got his foot on the bottom rope. Awesome fish out of water spot between Juvi and Lynn that featured several reversals and a bridge out by Lynn into a Kryptonite Krunch. Juvi was eliminated by that move.
When only Lynn and Sabin were left, X-Dvision champion Michael Shane walked down the ramp to watch the action. Top rope superplex by Lynn. Two count. Reversal by Sabin, big boot and a brain buster. Two count. Sabin went for the Cradle Piledriver but Lynn reversed it. Ref bump. Lynn went for the F5. Shane ran in to attack Lynn but hit Sabin with a belt shot instead. Lynn followed quickly with a sick look cradle piledriver. The ref crawled over and made the pin.
Winner and new #1 Contender: Jerry Lynn
Backstage Shark Boy and Mad Mikey were chatting with Scott Hudson. Mikey was wearing a Sponge Bob Square Pants costume! He asked Sharky why he had to wear it. Mikey said he wanted respect in TNA and wanted to be taken seriously. Sonny Siaki and Ekmo (formerly Jamal in the WWE) attacked the two and just flattened them.
A pre-taped interview with Roddy Piper and Jeremy Borash runs. Piper apparently went to the TNA offices to get Don Callis' decision to have him kicked out of the company confirmed. Piper said he felt he owed something to the NWA because of how much it did for him when he was younger.
When asked if he wanted to be in TNA to help the young stars or to feed his ego, Piper said that was a legitimate question and he didn't have an answer. Piper said TNA is a rocket ship and he wants to be on it.
In the ring Don Caliis talked about cutting Piper last week. He then said that Jeff Jarrett was way out of line last week for putting his hands on Callis. He then said he had four words for JJ, "Jarrett, You are ..." and as he was about to say "FIRED", Eric Watts hit the ring. Watts said he is still in charge of all in-ring happenings so Jarrett is staying in TNA.
Watts said that JJ will get a shot at Styles within 30 days but tonight he will get a chance to pull a thorn out of his side and face Chris Daniels. He also announced a six-man dog collar match between The Gathering and the New Church. There was also a match called between the 3LK and the trio of Gilberti, Diamond and Young. At that point, Watts said he wanted to settle the difference between Black and Red shirt security.
Black Shirt Security VS. Red Shirt Security
Black shirts are Chris Vaughn and Rick Santel. The red shirts are Kevin Northcutt and Ryan Wilson. Northcutt is a graduate of the WCW Power Plant and has been ranked in the PWI 500 for years. The red shirts are huge and well muscled while the black shirts are small and quick. All four men are local indy talents. This was a classic big heel versus small babyface tag match.
Vaughn took all the abuse while Santel waited for a hot tag. Santel finally got that tag. He came in with a flying forearm before taking a big boot. Northcutt then picked Vaughn up in a press slam and threw him about six feet outside the ring. Whoa. The ref went to check on Vaughn, as Watts ran into the ring and hit Wilson with a chokeslam. Santel made the cover. Winners: Black Shirt Security
Backstage Hudson was talking to his colleague Terry Taylor. Taylor was wearing one of his Flair style robes and saying how he is a 48-year-old father of two and has no illusions of being a wrestler anymore. He just wants to teach Kash a lesson in respect.
Kid Kash with Abyss VS. Terry Taylor
Taylor was not sporting a red mohawk. As both men came to the ring, America's Most Wanted was introduced as Taylor's backup. Kash played the cocky heel. He'd pose, flex and do jumping jacks in Taylor's face after hitting something simple like a hip toss.
West made reference to Kash having "mind control" over the 6'8" man named Abyss. Can we think of a different way to explain guys who follow evil dudes in TNA? Raven had "mind control" over his Gathering. Mitchell has "mind control" over the New Church. Daniels has "mind control" over his minions. Russo has "mind control" over AJ Styles.
Abyss came into the ring, hit his spinning sidewalk slam as Kash followed with a cover. AMW distracted the ref as Chris Harris speared Kash. They pulled Taylor on top and allowed him to pick up the win.
Winner: Terry Taylor
Christopher Daniels VS. Jeff Jarrett
I hate the way this match was announced. After weeks of build up, it was "thrown in" after mentioned Jarrett would receive a title shot within thirty days. That being said, there doesn't seem to be anyway Daniels can win. Daniels was accompanied to the ring by his three minions but instructed them not to interfere. He wanted them to witness first hand how to handle their business.
This match immediately spilled to the outside, as Jarrett slammed Daniels into the guard rail and ring posts. Daniels caught Jarrett in mid air as he came off the ropes and choke slammed him to the mat. CD followed with a huge clothesline and a choke. Jarrett's throat was over the second rope as Daniels applied a head scissors and leaned out of the ring. What an awesome move.
HUGE double spring moonsault by Daniels. That was simply amazing. Daniels followed with an arm bar while cranking the head and neck. Jarrett managed to land an enziguri and then land a few right hands. Jarrett with a flapjack into his knee. Short elbow by Jarrett and then a high cross body from the top rope! Yes you read that right! High cross body BY JARRETT!
Small package by Jarrett was reversed but we still only had a two count. Daniels then hit a spinning cradle sit out power bomb. One of the minions distracted the ref as Daniels went up to the top. Another minion came into the ring as Jarrett dropkicked him into the ropes. That crotched Daniels allowed JJ to pick up a small package win.
Winner: Jeff Jarrett
Following the match, Daniels took a belt and whipped the minion who let him down.
Dusty Rhodes was backstage with Hudson talking about his upcoming Bunkhouse Brawl. Dusty ALWAYS makes me laugh.
NWA Tag Team Title Match: 3 Live Krew VS. Simon Diamond, Glen Gilberti and David Young
Okay, so let me get this straight. The tag titles are being decided in a six-man tag and David Young has replaced Swinger. West had his "dumb comment of the week" when he said "Young is a lot like Swinger physically". Ummmm, how Don?
The 3LK formula is simple: let Killings do all the wrestling while Konnan and BG James cheerlead. This match was filled with missed spots and slow action. The end came when Killings dove to the outside on Diamond. Konnan went to help as Gilberti hit James with a chair and Young hit the Spinebuster.
Winners: Diamond, Gilberti and Young
The cameras then cut outside to what appeared to be a grass parking lot surrounded by fencing. Dusty and AJ Styles were battling out there throwing each other to the ground and into Dusty's pick up truck. They battled their way into the building and down to the ring.
Bunkhouse Brawl: Dusty Rhodes VS. AJ Styles
When they got ringside, Dusty took his cowboy boot off and drove the heel into AJ's head. Russo ran in to help and hit Dusty with his own shoe. In the ring, Styles choked Dusty out with his belt.
The Dream fought out, pulled AJ's jeans and briefs down and SPANKED the NWA champion. Eww. Trinity ran down and tried to help out, but Jarrett interfered. He grabbed hold of little Trin as Dust spanked her too. Dirty old man.The referee then stopped the match calling it a no-contest. What a waste of AJ's talents.
Winner: No contest
Announced for next week: Sonny Siaki and Ekmo Vs. Shark and Mikey; Kash and Abyss VS. AMW; Jerry Lynn VS. Michael Shane
AJ Styles ran down and said he had never been more embarrassed in his life. He said he wasn't cool with being spanked by Dusty Rhodes. He said he didn't get respect in this business by marrying his boss' daughter. He then invited Dusty into "The House Of Styles" next week. He challenged Rhodes into an NWA title match next week. Vince Russo then cut the champ off and said there wouldn't be a title match because that's what Dusty wants. Instead it's going to be Russo and Styles versus Jarrett and Rhodes. That ought to be a slobberknocker. And by slobberknocker I mean crap.
A video recap of the Gathering / New Church feud was then shown.
James Mitchell cut a terrific promo about Raven being scalped last week and about the upcoming match.
Dog Collar Match: Shane Douglas, Slash and Sinn VS. Raven, Julio Dinero and CM Punk
Raven was chained to Douglas, Dinero was chained to Sinn and Punk was attached to Slash.
Raven ran Douglas into the post several times by pulling the chain. That busted the Franchise open. Raven then choked Douglas with the chain while sinking in a Cobra Clutch. Slash wrapped the chain around Punk's neck and beeled him half way across the ring. He then placed the chain in Punk's mouth and pulled back on it. Ouch.
Everyone in the match was busted open after just a few minutes. Slash went to the outside and pulled Punk's chain to the outside forcing him to the floor face first.
The camera was on the outside watching Raven as the bell rang. Dinero apparently pinned Sinn, but nobody saw how.
Winners: Raven and the Gathering
Immediately following the bell, Vampiro ran down to beat on Raven. All three heels took their opponent to the balcony. The New Church went to the top of the balcony leaving the Gathering on the floor. The bad boys then pulled on their chains strangling the fan favourites.
Vampiro posed as this happened behind him.
This was a very good show with several weak points, most notably Taylor / Kash, Dusty / AJ and the six-man tag for the tag titles. Other than that, there was excellent storyline progression, some new feuds teased and some old ones resolved.
Unfortunately we didn't get to see Joe Legend, Elix Skipper, Amazing Red, D'Lo Brown and several others in action.
Donnie Abreu has been a wrestling journalist for eight years and is the
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