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TNA: Sinking into the Abyss
By DONNIE ABREU -- SLAM! Wrestling


Not even Abyss (pictured above) could stop Styles last night.

NWA TNA seems to be on a bit of a downward spiral of late. They have gotten away from what made them so special and are falling into main of the same traps that World Championship Wrestling did. Backstage politics and the desire to raise the profile of the company with the use of older talent has really taken away from the young gems. This week we didn\'t have to tolerate Sting or Lex, but there was another Dusty Rhodes sighting and of course another twenty minutes dedicated to the on-again off-again pay per view that will feature Hulk Hogan.

6 Man Tag : Raven\'s Clockwork Orange House Of Fun Match: The Red Shirt Security VS. Eric Watts, Sandman and Raven

TNA has managed to take one of their most promising and talented stars, Joe Legend and make him look like \"enhancement\" talent. The Red shirt security gimmick is not one that screams \"icon in the making\". This guy should be either leading his own faction or on his own showing what he can do.

Basic Clockwork Orange garbage match. Raven and Legend did most of the work in the ring, while all the other guys (who happen to suck) were outside sluggin\' and bladin\'.

The red shirts took Sandman out with a triple team powerbomb onto a stack of chairs. Ryan Wilson then tried to handcuff Watts to a ring post, but Raven cuffed them on either side of the post, trapping them outside the ring.

Watts\' main squeeze, Goldylocks ran out with a \"universal key\" and freed her man. She managed to withstand a choke hold from Ryan Wilson which begs the question...Why isn\'t she in this match instead of her powderpuff boyfriend?

Moments later, Raven connected with a DDT to win a rather slow and uneventful opener.

Winners: Watts, Hak and Scotty.

A pre-recorded interview with AJ Styles was shown. This guy is tremendous in the ring, but really needs to go to charisma school. He\'s trying, but he\'s not exactly a natural when it comes to cutting a promo.

Kid Kash VS. Shark Boy

This may have been the slowest starting X-Division match ever! They went about three or four minutes before exchanging a blow! It was just a bunch of standing switches and a fish out of water spot that the crowd farted on. Seen that movie. Kash jumped from the middle rope to the top while twisting into a spinning moonsault. He then hit the Money Maker (double underhook piledriver). This match had potential but just looked really sloppy.

Winner: Kid Kash

At the end of the match the K.I.D. tried taking Sharky\'s mask off. Black shirt security ran out to stop him, but Kash tossed them out. The black shirt team captain - Don Harris - then put a stop to the post match nonsense. Of course, it wasn\'t that long ago that Don and Ron were obsessed with The Shark\'s mask. Oh well.

Sonny Siaki and Ekmo Fatu (with Trinity) VS. The Gathering

This match was a squash of Raven\'s former back up and was used mainly to push Ekmo. Julio Dinero was taken out by Siaki and Fatu, but managed to make the hot tag to CM Punk. Punk showed some decent offence before being caught by a big Ekmo boot. Siaki was in the ring asking Trinity for a chair but for some reason she wouldn\'t give it to him. Punk and Dinero then came off the top with a double missle dropkick on Ekmo who stumbled over Siaki. A pile-on later and the babyfaces scored the upset, setting the stage for a Samoan break up.

Winners: The Gathering

David Young (with Glen Gilberti) VS. Chris Sabin

Young was in the corner asking with his head on the turnbuckle, when Sabin ran towards him with a sunset flip and scored a win in exactly four seconds! The fastest pin in TNA history. Gilberti then grabbed the mic and said that if Sabin was a real man, he\'d be wlling to restart the match. Sabin agreed.

When the match was restarted, Young dominated with his size and strength advantage. Sabin turned the tide with a quick flurry and rolled Young up with another sunset flip for a second pinfall.

Winner: Chris Sabin (twice)

Footage was then shown of Jimmy Hart giving a worked interview earlier this week on an American radio show. Jeff Jarrett ran into the studio and went after Hart. The Mouth was protected by a rotund radio announcer who Jarrett then slapped and rolled around on the floor with. Brutal.

Tenay then introduced Hart for an in-ring interview. He was supposed to give a big update on Hogan and the Bound For Glory pay per view. The news was that Hogan has taken the bandages off his knee and there will be an update soon. Jarrett interrupted.

Jarrett went after Hart with a leather belt, before being told by Mike Tenay to stop embarrassing TNA. Jarrett went after Tenay, but was attacked by Hart from behind. Jarrett clobbered Hart who was then saved by the former champion, AJ Styles. The rematch between these two will be on December the 3rd.

NWA Tag Team Title Match : Simon Diamond and Johnny Swinger VS. 3 Live Kru (Ron Killings and BG James, accompanied by Konnan)

Konnan did his \"Yo! Yo! Yo! Yo! Lemme speak on this.\" And then took his spot in the corner like a good valet. B-Jizzle (oh how I hate typing that) started this match (so he could get beat down and make a hot tag to the only member of his team with any discernable talent). Former champions, America\'s Most Wanted, were watching from the ramp with interest. Killings got into this match earlier and showed off some impressive looking submissions. When it appeared the match might actually be decent, Killings tagged BG James to bring it right back down to a grinding stop. Swinger and Simon worked James\' left arm and used all the typical heel team tactics to keep Killings out of the ring. Killings finally got back into the match and took the champions out on his own. An Alabama Jam into Swinger\'s family jewels only managed to score a two count.

We then had a double pin with two different referees counting down a member of each team. Senior referee Rudy Charles came out and ruled that the titles would be held up. What? Again? Geez. Just restart the damn match.

Winners: I\'ll get back to you

X-Division Title #1 Contenders Match: Sonjay Dutt VS. Christopher Daniels VS. X

Hilarious moments to start the match as Daniels constantly tricked Dutt into attacking the huge masked man, X. Daniels then attacked X from behind and even use Dutt as a battering ram in Dutt\'s midsection. Dutt with an impressive flying headscissors take down on X that had two full revolutions. Sweet. Split legged moonsault by Daniels onto X on the outside! Daniels even managed to land on his feet. Yes, he is amazing. X showed his power with a double backdrop on both men. When Dutt and Daniels battled on the outside, the 260 pound muscleman flew from the ring with a somersault plancha. He took Daniels into the ring and snapped off a decent looking hurricanrana. Daniels then used an inverted Russian legsweep followed by THREE consecutive BME\'s (triple jump moonsault appropriately called the Best Moonsault Ever). X caught Daniels by the throat and connected with a spinning, sit-out Godzilla chokeslam! X was then surprised by the Orginal Playa from the Himalayas as he came off the top with a springboard into a small package for the massive upset win.

Winner: Sonjay Dutt

Raven then challenged both Kevin Northcutt and Joe Legend next week to a handicapped 2 on 1 bout. We were told that Wilson\'s arm was broken in the Clockwork Orange match. Raven warns them not to underestimate him as he is the man who put Jim Mitchell, Vampiro, Slash and Sinn out of wrestling.

Abyss (with Don Callis) Vs. AJ Styles (with nobody in his corner! FINALLY!)

These two have battled before in NWA Wildside and it was evident that they had some chemistry together. AJ started the match by clotheslining Abyss to the outside and then hitting a suicide 360 plancha onto the big man. Abyss got up and threw AJ into the ring, but the former champ caught himself and flung back into an Asai moonsault. When Abyss threw AJ into the guard rail, AJ slid underneath it, then hopped the rail and hit a hurricanrana! When the match finally got into the ring, the 6\'8Ó monster took over.

AJ was busted open when Abyss knocked him off the apron and onto the guard rail. In the ring, Styles reversed a powerbomb into a face jam. He then connected with a flying head scissors and a back kick. He attempted the missle dropkick but instead caught the ref. Styles with the springboard 360 splash. Callis tossed a chair into the ring which Abyss used to knock AJ out. The ref recovered but we only had a two count.

Abyss attempted a superplex, but instead was rolled over with a Sunset Flip powerbomb onto a chair. Two count. Abyss set a chair up in the corner and after several reversals, threw Styles into the chair head first. Backbreaker. Two count. Can anyone pin AJ Styles? Abyss took out a second ref with the Black Hole slam. Styles was throttled but AJ rolled through into a small package. 1-2-3. Operation: \"Push Styles against all odds no matter how unrealisticÓ continues.

Winner: AJ Styles

After the match Styles was attacked by the red shirts and Jarrett. The save was made by Raven, Jimmy Hart and Dusty Rhodes. Rhodes took the mic an announced next week\'s main event. The \"TNA Fan\'s Revenge\". It\'ll be Rhodes versus Jarrett in a Lumberjack match, where the lumberjacks will all have leather straps. The catch though is that the 10 armed men outside the ring will be Jimmy Hart and 9 TNA fans. Jarrett is livid and I smell plants. As a dedicated TNA fan, I\'d like to exact some revenge on someone for a slow and uninspiring week of \"action\". Where\'s my leather strap?

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!