November 13, 2003
TNA: Styles pins Luger in lame finish
By DONNIE ABREU -- SLAM! Wrestling
I realize that I\'ve been MIA for a while now and if I was gone much longer I would have been the subject of a well written \"Where Are They Now?\" piece by Greg Oliver. Wanting to avoid that read, I decided to return from my honeymoon and return to the world of NWA-TNA. I\'ve been out of the loop for the last few weeks so if anything sounds a little disjointed, you\'ll understand why.
Tag Team Gauntlet for the Gold
Ekmo Fatu (formerly Jamal of 3 Count) was wearing a T-shirt that read \"In Memory Of Michael Lockwood\".
At the the end of the match, Ekmo actually hit a bonzai drop from the middle of the ropes on both Ron Killings and James Storm. When he tried it a second time he was dumped over the top.
The finish came when James Storm was distracted by David Young while Gilberti slid in the ring and knocked the Cowboy out with a chair shot. Killings followed with a sit out brain buster for the win. Lame match.
Winners: Ron Killings and the 3 Live Krew
Backstage Don Callis was interviewed by Scott Hudson and showed some sort of \"mind control\" over the 6\'6\" monster, Abyss.
The NWA Heavyweight champion Jeff Jarrett walked down to the ring to cut a typical heel promo. He threw Tenay out of the ring talking down to him like a child who was caught with his hand in the cookie jar. Jarrett then asked Don West to earn his pay check and hold the mic for the champion. Jarrett was asking where Hulk Hogan was and when he would be showing up in TNA. JJ then talked about this week\'s match where he would team up with TNA newbie Lex Luger against Sting and AJ Styles.
Raven (who has \"CRASH\" written across his stomach) interrupted and said that he is still here to fulfill his destiny. He got rid of the New Church, set free the Gathering, and now wants the NWA title. Jarrett said that Raven, like Styles was not able to compete on his level. Raven was then jumped by the red shirt security team who he was scheduled to face this week. The redshirts and JJ busted Raven open and left him laying.
Low Ki VS. Christopher Daniels
Toronto\'s own Tracy (the first member of Shane Douglas\' new \'Franchise\' faction) was scouting and taking notes while talking to someone on a cell phone.
This match was beautiful to watch. These two have such in-ring chemistry and history that just shines through. Great blend of aggressive onslaughts and sweet high spots. Daniels won it with a beautiful roll up.
Winner: Christopher Daniels
After the match, Daniels and Ki shook hands but then the mystery man \"X\", (who is actually Pierre Carl Ouellette under a hood) showed up and destroyed Daniels with his Package Piledriver, an absolutely sick move!
Chad Collyer VS. Sonjay Dutt
Winner: Sonjay Dutt
Predictably Dutt was jumped by X following his match.
Abyss (with Don Callis) VS. Don Harris (with Chris Vaughn)
After the match Chris Vaughn was dropped by Abyss with a sit out backbreaker. AJ Styles (seeking revenge from last week) went after Abyss and snapped off a springboard hurricanrana / clothesline combination that sent the big man to the floor.
The Red Shirt Security VS. Raven and a mystery partner
Raven was worked over before making the hot tag to the Sandman. Hak cleaned house with cane shots (I don\'t remember this being called a No-DQ match) while the ref looked on with confusion. Sandman seemed set to win when he was nailed from behind by Legend who had a chain in hand.
Winners: Red Shirts
Post match nonsense with the red shirts, Legend, Raven, The Gathering, Eric Watts and whoever else felt like jumping in. Watts then announced a Six-Man Clockwork Orange House Of Fun match for next week pitting Sandman, Raven and himself against the red shirts and Legend.
Sting and AJ Styles VS. Jeff Jarrett and Lex Luger
I feel bad for Styles in the ring with Slow, Slower and Slowest. Poor guy. This match was all show with very little go. It had a the stench of WCW Thunder all over it.
The match ended when Luger put Styles up in the rack, but took a baseball bat shot from the Stinger. AJ rolled up Luger and got the win. Wow, could we make the companies top babyfaces look ANY weaker?
Overall, this was a slow show that was somewhat difficult to watch in sports. The mainstream appeal of guys like Hogan, Luger and Sting may be legit and may in fact help TNA, but it should be tempered and thrown into the mid card or co-main events. Making crap like this the feature of the night really leaves a bad taste in your mouth.
Till next week............
Donnie Abreu has been a wrestling journalist for eight years and is the
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