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TNA: Don Callis gets a haircut
By JASON CLEVETT -- SLAM! Wrestling


The big news coming out of last nights NWA:TNA  show last night was management consultant Don Callis sporting a spiffy new hair cut.  After nearly a decade of shoulder length hair, Callis has joined fellow Canadians Christian and Test with a more clean cut haircut.

Oh, and there was a World Title Match as well.

TNA started rebounding last week with an really good show, although the matches were short, after two absolute bombs, and continued this week with a good show. The hype surrounding the impending (and postponed) Hulk Hogan vs. Jeff Jarrett match overshadowed the highly anticipated bout between NWA champion AJ Styles and Jeff Jarrett.

The show kicked off with the usual video package recapping Jeff Jarretts assault on Russo last week as well as the continued Church vs. Raven feud

Three Live Kru vs. Sonny Siaki, Ekmo & Legend

I hate, I hate, I hate TLK's music.  An ok opener, but Killings is so wasted in this role.  This match shows how restrictive the WWE is when even someone generally considered being crappy like Ekmo can have a decent match.  The pumphandle slam on Siaki gave the match to the Kru.

Winner:  Three Live Kru

Jarrett was interviewed, saying he took out Russo last week. Dusty came in offering to watch his back and Jarrett responded that he didn't trust anyone.  Dusty talked about Jarrett calling him a "self serving son of a bitch" last week, saying "it takes one to know one". 

A video package aired about the split of Kash & Abyss

Kid Kash vs. Sonjay Dutt

"The Original Playa from da Himalayas" has to be one of the more creative nicknames I have heard in awhile.  Dutt had some amazing moves on last weeks show, and obviously TNA was impressed to put him in a match with a regular like Kash.  The crowd was behind Dutt in a fast paced high flying match that we haven't seen from Kash in quite awhile.  Dutt had Kash in trouble on the top rope and climbed up, only to be planted on the top of his head off top rope.  Kash attacked Dutt after the match until Abyss made the save.  Dutt hugged Abyss as thanks and got planted with an awesome Black Hole Slam.

Winner:  Kid Kash

In the back was chaos as Hudson tried to interview Siaki and crew.  Styles wasn't letting his friends into his dressing room.

World Tag Team Championship:  Simon & Swinger vs. Doring & Roadkill

ECW rivalry reborn in TNA.  That seems to be a common theme but I am not complaining.  Doring and Roadkill won a non-title match last week to set this up.  Gilbertti now has a tennis racket ala Jim Cornette.  AMW watches the match from the back, instead of preparing for their match against a mystery team later.  The first example of off camera work occurred during this match when Doring being whipped into the stairs is completely missed. A belt shot wasn't enough to put Roadkill away, keep that in mind for later.  Another good showing from these two teams saw the giant roadkill miss a top rope splash and the champs hit a sloppy problem solver for the win.

Winners: and still Tag Team Champions, Simon & Swinger.

Shane Douglas cut a promo from hooters, so to speak.  Next week he announces his new Franchise.

X-Division Championship:  Michael Shane vs. Chris Sabin vs. Christopher Daniels.

The match was unique in that it is rare you see a three-way match with all heels.  As expected this was an outstanding match featuring three of the more exciting current TNA stars.  Shane took another page out of his cousin HBK's playbook as Sabin pulled his tights down as he tried to flee the ring.  Shane Douglas watched the match scouting, someone and wearing a Manitoba Bison's shirt.  The match was an excellent example of why I love the X-Division with a lot of great spots and solid wrestling.  The crowd chanted "TNA" when Shane back suplexed Sabin off the top while Sabin superplexed Daniels, when Daneils hit a sommersault plancha on Shane and when Sabin followed up with a top rope press that got an insane amount of hair.  Shane pulled the refree out of the ring to prevent the count on the Future Shock.  Daniels was officially out of the match as Shane and Sabin traded counters until Michael shoved the referee into Sabin, and then superkicked the challenger for the pin.

Winner:... and still X-Division Champion.  Michael Shane.

James Mitchell cut a promo.  Apparently long ago before TNA, Raven did something to Mitchell that caused him pain.  The lowest circle of hell belongs to those who betray their friends.

Then we had Jimmy Hart out to address the rumors floating around TNA.  With the death of WCW I hoped I would never again have to hear the God-Awful "American Made" theme but it has been reborn in TNA.  Basically, Hogan is signed, and Bound For Glory is rescheduled.  Hart wanted to ask Jarrett about Bash at the Beach, simply wanting to know why.  Jarrett came out and responded with a right hand and then whipped Hart with his belt, until Styles made the save.

Another interview, as Hudson talked to the retaining tag champs.  Gilberti introduced The Naturals as his mystery team against AMW

Dog Collar Match: Johnny Polo vs. Wolfie D.

Otherwise known as Raven vs. Slash.  Slash was busted open when Raven used the chain to pull him into the post repeatedly.  A fun brawl that saw a cool spot where Raven set up the chain in a pulley set-up around the post and pulled Slash into the turnbuckles.  The inevitable DDT won the match for Raven, followed of course by a brawl with Vampiro and the save by the Gathering, angering Raven who doesn't want their help.

Winner: Raven

In the back, we see Don's fabulous new hair!!!!  He promised to reschedule the big PPV ASAP, that he didn't care about Jerry Lynn and D-Lo leaving (I do!  I love those guys!) and seemed intrigued by the return of Goldylocks.

The Naturals vs. America's Most Wanted

The Naturals are Andy Douglas and Chase Stevens.  Apparently these teams have faced on Xplosion in the past.  Another good match in a series of them, but the matches were short last night.  The old "manager trips up the wrestler and holds the leg" seemed to get the pin for the Natchs but Erik Watts restarted. More bad camerawork as they completely missed Harris spearing Douglas.  A brawl broke out at ringside with Storm, Watts, Sico and young as Harris hit a top rope bodypress on Stevens for the pin.  After the match Red Shirt Security attacked Watts until Don Harris made the save.

Winners: America's Most Wanted

Don West plugged the new TNA DVD's before Raven interrupted.  One of the things I like about TNA is their appreciation of history, and it continued as Raven talked about Greg Valentine and Roddy Piper had a violent dog collar match 20 years ago.  Now from the mind that brought us the Clockwork Orange House of Fun match comes the Dream Blood Gallows of Retribution Match (or DBGORM).  Next week, Raven and Vampiro in said match, with dog collars and chains in each corner.  The first man to put his opponent in a dog collar, throw him over the top and hang him to unconciousness wins.

Hudson then interviewed AJ Styles in the back.  Styles criticizes Russo for being stupid.  Siaki & Co come out and let AJ know they are behind him.  AJ told them to stay out of his way.

NWA World Championship: AJ Styles vs. Jeff Jarrett.

My prediction for this match was for Russo to come back and turn on Styles, aligning with Jarrett.  Although only about 13 minutes, the match was absolutely awesome as Styles and Jarrett blended their styles into a hell of a match.  Jarrett threw chairs into the ring, and Callis and Watts both came down to calm both men down.  Throughout the match TNA showed various wrestlers like Abyss and AMW watching from the arena.  The asylum fans were firmly behind Styles, chanting his name throughout the match.  Early on Styles dropped Jarrett onto the barricade and then did a sommersault senton over the top rope and barricade onto Jarrett.  A sick looking spot saw AJ try a springboard, Jarret shake the ropes and AJ land on his gut and flip with a thud to the mat.  Siaki showed up at ringside but Watts refused to let him to the ring.  Dusty Rhodes went after Sonny and dragged him out of the arena with a bullrope.  This brought out the cheating side of Double-J who used a chair on Styles for a two count.  Styles put Jarret's head through the opening of the chair but missed a legdrop off the top.  The Stroke on the chair again lead to only a two count. 

Jarrett grabbed the title despite Watt's protests, blasted the champion with it and then threw it at Watts, covering for the inevitable pin, ending a great match and causing me to throw things at the screen.  They shouldn't have had a guy kick out of a belt shot in the tag match when it was the finish of this one.  Unfortunately Styles quickly became an afterthought.   Callis seemed ecstatic at the title win.  As Jarrett celebrated, Jimmy Hart appeared on the screen, promising that next week Jarrett will lose a pint of blood as he is bringing back a monster he used to manage.

BRING ON MENG!!!!

What?  They always called him a monster.

Jason Clevett is the Worlds biggest AJ Styles fan.  AJ was robbed, and he hates Jarrett for robbing Styles of his rightful belt.