March 4, 2004
TNA: Harris' push continues
By JAYA ROOPANSINGH -- SLAM! Wrestling
In all honesty I haven't watched TNA since the last time I did a review on it. I have kept in touch with what's going on and I have to say, it just keeps getting better and better. This time around there was less talk and more action. Unfortunately there was so much action I couldn't write it all down fast enough!
The part I noticed most was this time around there were NO DANCING BIMBOS!!!!! To my wondering surprise I was actually watching a WRESTLING show. They even had more then three matches and NO COMMERCIALS AT A PPV!!! Wow!!! That sounds like.... that sounds like the way wrestling used to be.
The show starts with what happened last week between Jeff Jarrett and Chris Harris and Russo's involvement. I must admit, the management fighting with each other angle is so overdone but for some reason, NWA TNA still keeps it fresh and entertaining. Maybe because they don't play them like cowards who are afraid to speak up in front of each other and they play them for the creative brilliance that they are. Mostly they play them fair to talent (somewhat) like the way the late Jack Tunney and the late great Gorilla Monsoon were.
Chris Harris runs Russo's gauntlet.
Harris VS Kevin Northcutt
Lock up, armbar wrist lock. Whip to the corner, Harris goes off the ropes and slams Northcutt down. It was a slow pace by Northcutt until Harris picks it up but Northcutt uses it to throw Harris out to the floor. Harris slams Northcutt's head into a chair, which gets caught around his neck. Harris then tosses Northcutt into the steel post with the chair around his neck! Inside, Northcutt regains control. Sleeper head lock applied but Harris elbows out. Harris goes off the rope into a vertical suplex. High cross body on Northcutt, pump handle slam by Northcutt but it's blocked and Harris gets a spear and a two count. They exchange trying to slam each other but instead get steady reversals. Harris finally gets a slam and a win.
Winner: Number one contender for the belt, Chris Harris.
They go to the back with an interview with Simon Diamond, D-Lo Brown, Ron 'The Truth' Killings and Konnan. They all basically talk about how they've been screwed and held back in other organizations (mainly the WWE) and that they were going to show what they can really do. Diamond had some words for Johnny Swinger about turning his back on him.
10-Man tag action. Diamond leads his team (as above) VS. Swinger's team of Michael Shane, Glenn Gilberti, Kid Kash and David Young.
This match was so awesome and out of control that I almost broke my pen! Young and D-lo start things off but a quick tag to Shane is made. That brings Konnan in to get some revenge. Kick to the gut by Shane, head lock, to the ropes, leap frog and Konnan hits a big clothesline. Poke to Konnan's eyes and Shane goes to the top rope but gets caught and takes a nasty spill to the floor after stratteling the top rope for a while. Young comes in, face-buster. Sends Konnan to the corner, who goes for a move from the top but only gets a two count. Swinger comes in and a fast tag to Diamond happens. Swinger looks at Diamond's eyes and makes a quick tag right back out to Glen. Deep arm-drag, and Glen puts him in the corner and works him over. After he's got Diamond on the matt helpless then Swinger gets in and picks up the pieces. Pandemonium breaks. Shane in, off the top and a MISS. Truth is now in, Young and Kid Kash in and get a double drop kick from Killings.
At this point I missed a few stuff and have no idea who's legal. Diamond does his series of suplexes to Young, Shane breaks the count but turns his back on Diamond takes Shane out, everyone hits their move on someone, Diamond sends Young into the ropes and superkick. Three count. After the match, they manage to get a triple team on Diamond until Insane Clown Posse comes out to the rescue.
Winners: Team Diamond
Frankie Kazarrian (I hope that's right) does a backstage monologue about why he's so upset that he's not on Team NWA for the X Cup and why he's upset with Jerry Lynn.
Frankie VS Lynn
Lock up, sleeper. Lynn gets him down for a early pin and a two count. Sleeper out to the ropes, Lynn gives a baseball slide through the ropes and hits a giatine leg drop. On the outside into the barricades. Hey I miss those barricades. The one's the WWE owns makes their relationship gap between them and the fans seem bigger.
In the ring, Frankie's attacking Lynn's shoulder that Petey, from Team Canada, injured last week. Frankie gets a high kick and another two count. Cross Arm bar submission on Lynn. Frankie lets go and tells Tenay that he belongs in the Cup tournament. Lynn gets a clothesline with his good arm, ddt and another two count. Frankie goes for head scissors take down or a hurriconrana but gets powerbombed. They do an exchange of trying to hit the ddt. Lynn finally gets one but Frankie holds the rope and Lynn goes down. Cradle bridge pin by Frankie for the three count.
Raven comes out and does a stare down with Frankie and then DDT's him. He says he's been waiting to long for a title shot and it's about time he got his. It's been a long time but I finally heard those magic words, "What about me? What about Raven?" and "Quoth the Raven, nevermore." The Naturals come out and beat up Raven. The lights go out and when they come back on... SABU!!! He comes to Raven's aid and chases them away.
Russo said Jarrett was not to wrestle at this show but Jarrett and Shane Douglas are shown in the parking lot "arriving" at the arena. Jarrett says that Russo is trying to make him collect ring rust and that he wasn't going to let it happen.
They show what happened with the X Cup last week and Petey Williams' big win.
Team NWA VS Team Japan - 3 on 3
I apologize that I couldn't get the names of the Japanese wrestlers. They were very good but I couldn't really catch them and I have no idea how it's spelled.
Dutt and Quisban (Hope that's right) start things off. VERY FAST. To the ropes, take down, gives hand slap to Sabin, Nosacua (Again, I think that's how it sounded) comes in. Into the ropes and a duck, and a drop kick to the corner. Kick to face and while they hold Sabin down Nosacua lays a drop kick into Sabin's face. Ebison and Skipper are in and there is a pin by Ebison but Skipper matrix/bridges out. Dutt into the ropes and hits a hurricanrona. Skipper in and Quinsban spring boards off the ropes into Skipper. Sabin and Dutt score a double drop kick. Sky twister press and an NWA double team and a pin.
Winner: Team NWA
Goldylocks is doing an interview but really Scott Hudson's trying to get out of it. Goldylocks is crazy because of what went down with Eric Watts.
They show what happened between AJ Styles and Abyss.
AJ VS Abyss - Pinfalls count anywhere
While AJ is making his way down, Abyss goes after him and they brawl on the floor into the stands. This really takes AJ out of his element and was kind of hard to see but AJ gets to a staircase and does a three-sixty off the balcony onto Abyss. They bring out a chair and at the bottom of the screen there is a inset of Shane Douglas finding out he's going to be Harris' next match in his gauntlet series. Back to the action AJ is all of a sudden blinded by some liquid thrown in his face. It's revealed that Jonny Fairplay and Lollipop are in the crowd and he threw a drink in AJ's face. They're both escorted out by security. AJ in ring with Abyss goes for slam, but Abyss is too heavy and ends up falling on AJ for a two count. Hard kick to Abyss and then AJ is tossed into the ref. If this was intentional it wasn't good because Abyss got his black-hole-slam and a pin on AJ with no ref to count. A second ref comes out and AJ kicks out at two.
Abyss pummels AJ hard until out of nowhere AJ comes back with fiery blows. However it only lasts a couple of seconds until Abyss gets one punch in that stops everything. Somehow AJ hits a German suplex on the mammoth and bridges into a pin. Two count only. Abyss is up first. Clothesline takes out second ref. AJ hits modified front face buster (one of his regular moves, but I don't know what he calls it). AJ goes for the pin and a third ref is down to the ring, but at the count of two Abyss kicks out. AJ gets a table. I don't know if they have a missed spot or whatever but it works out. Abyss is on the table and AJ punches him and the table just collapses on one side. AJ puts Abyss on the table anyway, with it slanting down and goes for another 360 of the top but the ref gets squashed in between. Sorry Earl but that ref bump rocked! They brawl until black shirt security and some boys from the back break it up because NWA ran out of referees!!!!
Winners: The fans. Losers: Every referee that couldn't make it out.
ICP does a backstage interview and challenges Kash, Swinger and Gilberti to a Dark Carnival Match. I have no idea what that is. If you do, e-mail me.
They go to Tenay and West who set up next weeks card. When they're talking about Team Canada, who should come out but Scott D'Amore leading his Canadian talent to the ring. They bring up America VS Canada and gets booed like you wouldn't believe. Team Mexico comes out but before they can really talk Teddy Hart slaps Juvi and a brawl begins.
They interview Harris with James Storm. He says he's ready and he's going for the title.
Jarrett comes out and says that he's a fighting champ. (One thing I love about NWA, just because you're a "bad" guy doesn't mean you all of a sudden can't wrestle or win a match or are afraid of other wrestlers.) He calls anyone out to come get some, including "Tiny", Borash and so forth. He starts to pick on Tenay and Harris comes down to get his match now. They brawl until Shane Douglas comes out and their match begins. Heavy D, Don Harris is the referee thanks to AJ and Abyss.
The Franchise VS Wildcat Harris
Douglas just picks up where Jarrett left off pummelling Harris in the corner. He gives him an inverted atomic drop. Harris goes to the top rope for a cross body. Into the ropes and Douglas is out to the floor. Jarrett has Heavy D distracted. Douglas knocks out Storm at ringside and then pulls a chain out of his pants. Goes for the KO but Harris ducks out. Heavy D distracted again and Storm is in for a super kick... he misses, Douglas turns around to punch Storm... but he misses, insiguri on Douglas and Harris rolls him up for the pin and the win. Jarrett is shocked and the Franchise team comes out. Russo comes out and says that he doesn't believe that Harris is ready because he constantly gets help from Storm. Harris convinces him otherwise and challenges Jeff to go right there and then. Jeff excepts and a brawl breaks out. Russo escapes and the rest try to break up the brawl. Show ends.
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Jaya Roopansingh is an intern at SLAM! Sports and SLAM! Wrestling and is very happy for the chance to spend her days writing about wrestling. Send her your feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org