SLAM! Sports SLAM! Wrestling
   Thu, May 20, 2004



News & Rumours
Bios
Obits
Canadian Hall of Fame
WrestleMania 30
WrestleMania 30 photos
Video
Movie Database
Minority Mat Report
Columnists
Features
Results Archive
PPV Reviews
SLAM! Wrestling store
On Facebook
On Twitter
Send Feedback




Photo Galleries

Raw in Chicago


Titans in Toronto VI


WWE Night of Champions


Legends of the Ring fan fest


Heroes & Legends IV fan fest


NXT Takeover: Fatal 4 Way


ROH All Star Extravaganza VI







SCOREBOARD
PHOTO GALLERY
VIDEO GALLERY
COMMENT





TNA: Killings slays Styles in 4-way
By JASON CLEVETT -- SLAM! Wrestling


This week's TNA broadcast represented the end of the road for a number of main feuds in the promotion. The best of three series between Sonjay Dutt & Amazing Red for a shot at the X-Title would come to an end, the final build towards next weeks World X-Cup heated up, and four men would square off to finally settle their dispute over the NWA championship. Oh, and I occasionally check the Flames score.

Frankie Kazarian reminds us that he is the coolest guy in the world, but stealing cable is NOT COOL!!!!!

The usual lengthy video package of events building up to tonight starts the show. Konnan and Vince Russo argue, prompting me to wonder why, when it is public knowledge that Konnan is trying to get to the WWE, is TNA still using him so prominently? It seems everyone is pissed at Russo, like Goldylocks. David Young lost on Explosion so that rematch happens this week, as well as the Deadly Draw match for the world title! All this plus X-Cup stuff and Big Dusty if ya weel!

Match 1: Bobby Rude vs. Jerry Lynn.

All TNA shows should start off with the Canadian national anthem. This is Rude’s chance to prove himself as some fans seem to think the rest of his team is “carrying” him. Some stipulations to this, as if Lynn wins he gets five minutes with coach Scott D’Amore, if Rude wins Lynn steps down from Team NWA. Lynn dominates early and sends Rude to the outside, taking him down with a springboard dropkick and a roll off the apron. Rude tries a superplex but Lynn punches out and bulldogs Rude from the top rope. Lynn chases D’Amore into the ring and hits Rude with a clothesline. Mike Tenay hypes Impact as Rude takes over wearing down Lynn. Every time Jerry tries to come back Rude derails him, including blocking a tornado DDT with a stun gun. A missed second rope legdrop opens the door for Lynn to come back with a series of clotheslines that fail to take Rude down until a springboard clothesline finally does. Coach D’Amore drags the referee out when a hurricanarana seems to have it done. Lynn ducks a flag shot and uses the hockey stick to hit a Russian legsweep for a near fall. Lynn reversed a powerbomb into the Cradle Piledriver to get his five minutes with D’Amore!

Winner: Jerry Lynn.

Match 2: Jerry Lynn vs. Scott D’Amore.

D’Amore looks confident as he strips down to shorts and a t-shirt. Tenay plugs D’Amore’s 10-year career as the clock counts down. No pinfalls for the match as Scott continues to beat on Lynn, softening him up for next week's World X-Cup! A overhead release suplex keeps Jerry down long enough for D’Amore to go for the hockey stick flag, which he drapes over Lynn’s shoulders. Apparently the Canadian Flag gives you SUPER POWERS as Lynn fights back and ducks a clothesline, hitting a headscissors, dropkick in the corner and a diving headbutt from the second buckle to Scott’s little hockey stick. Rude breaks up the cradle piledriver and Johnny Devine, Petey Williams and Eric Young come down and beat on Lynn until Team NWA makes the save.

Interview with Vince Russo about the main event. If James Storm, Kid Kash, Dallas, Sabu or 3 Live Krew interferes they will be fired on the spot.

Match 3: David Young vs. D-Ray 3000

Young has lost 38 matches in a row. Young is right, D-Ray looks like a goofy chia-pet. D-Ray 3000 tries to strike fast from the air, but gets caught in a powerslam for a two count. Running Liger bomb also gets a two count. Apparently David Young’s spinebuster is so devastating it can take you out for months, according to Don West. A small package by D-Ray 3000 almost makes it 39. D-Ray channels Tito Santana and hits a flying forearm for two. Young connects with the spinebuster as the camera shows Pat Kenny beating on Johnny Swinger & Glen Gilberti. Swinger crawls along the floor, distracting Young long enough for a roll up and loss number 39!

Winner: D-Ray 3000.

Young just watches as Kenny whips the NYC. Trinity leaps off the top and misses, resulting in some whipping for her too. The numbers are too much for Kenny as the NYC take over. Continuing the stupid Irish theme, Kenny has his mouth washed out with Irish Springs soap.

World X-Cup Preview. ORDER THIS SHOW! Prove Canadians = Ratings.

Speaking of which, Team Canada is interviewed. Devine and Petey Williams are incredibly charismatic for a couple of midgets. (I really hope Devine isn’t reading this.)

Match 4: X-Cup Preview Six-Man. Team Japan (Nosawa, Hijikada & Hirai Jr.) vs. Team Mexico (Abysmo Negro, Mr. Aguillera & Heavy Metal.)

More X-Divisiony goodness that has too much happening to fast to really describe properly. A solid preview for next week sees Hirai accidentally hit Nosawa while Team Mexico piled on Hijikada for the win. Can Team Mexico remain undefeated in the X-Cup? Find out next week.

Winners: Team Mexico

Goldylocks & Abyss come out and Goldy acts psycho, badly. She disses Don West and they get into a verbal, well, battle isn’t really the word to use. Erik Watts shows up and brawls with Abyss… again.

Preview for Dutt vs. Red in the final Best-of-Three Series match.

Match 5: Sonjay Dutt vs. Amazing Red.

Your X-Division Champ Frankie Kazarian joins the commentary team for this, the final match in the best of three series to get a shot at his belt. Frankie is too cool for commentary, however, and after about a minute quits to concentrate on the match. The match kicks off fast with Dutt running the ropes, ducking and leaping around Red before being tossed to the outside. Red takes flight over the top rope but Dutt is too far away and Red lands half on his feet and into Sonjay. A whip towards the post and Sonjay does a 619 under the ropes to knock Red down. Lots more flying which works well. Often times when it’s two high-flyers it ends up being a disaster but this match flows well and is pretty crisp. Except for the double-jump sommersault plancha from Dutt which misses Red. Maybe they need to not do any more of those this show. The two trade kicks a few times before simultaneously taking each other out with kicks and then clotheslines that cause both guys to turn the other inside out. A top rope hurricanrana is blocked by Dutt for a superbomb and a two count. Red retaliates moments later with a modified superbomb of his own. Dutt kicks Red’s leg out from under his leg and hits Red’s own standing shooting star for a two count. A slam sets up the hindu press, Red moves, Dutt rolls through and lands on his feet into a Red fireman’s slam and a standing SSP of his own! Red jumps off the top with the red alert and finally gets the pin. Out of the series they saved the best for last as that was an action-filled, edge-of-your-seat match!

Winner: Amazing Red.

Kazarian congratulates Red and bows to him, before getting in his face. He turns and Red dropkicks him over the top rope and holds up Kazarian’s belt.

Video Package to build excrem, er, excitement for Dusty & Storm vs. Dallas & Kash.

Interview with 'DustStorm' and Dusty actually cuts a hell of a promo, more understandable than usual. He talks about how he made the NWA and the Bunkhouse Brawl. A mudhole is gonna be stomped baby, if you wheel!!

Match 6: Bunkhouse Brawl – Dusty Rhodes & James Storm vs. Kid Kash & Dallas.

The tag belts aren’t on the line here. Dusty wears Jeans and a Shirt, thank god. Stalling to start… then more stalling. Followed by stalling. The crowd is hot but after the last few matches this is just killing me. Rhodes & Kash finally lock up and Kash smacks Dusty. Rhodes sneaks up on Kash and a Bionic Elbow sends him out of the ring. I check the hockey score, 2-1 Calgary. Dallas and Dusty square off and Rhodes grabs a headlock and tags in Storm and business starts to pick up a bit. The tag champs go after Storm’s leg and Kash locks in a figure-four. Storm drags himself to the corner and tags Dusty but the referee misses it and doesn’t permit it. I thought bunkhouse brawls were supposed to be anything goes matches not regular tags. And just as I say that a garbage can comes into play, as Storm hits Dallas with it and then catches Kash in mid springboard with it. A tornado inverted DDT gets a two before Kash breaks it up with the lead pipe. Dusty elbows Kash onto the table and tries to choose between his boot and the pipe. He tosses the cowboy boot to Storm, who puts it on and superkicks Dallas for the win.

Winners: James Storm & Dusty Rhodes.

Monty Brown cuts a “Promo.” By promo I mean “Lots of enthusiasm but can’t talk worth a damn and makes no sense.” Not as bad as the horrible promo two weeks ago but still really…bad.

Tenay and West hype nwatna.com, Impact, the training camp, and next Wednesday’s World X-Cup. Japan! Mexico! NWA! CANADA! Did I mention Canada? 16-Man Gauntlet, Ladder Match, Tag Matches, Ultimate X and much more.

Team NWA comes to ringside and Daniels cuts a promo on the other three teams. Christopher Daniels has always been a tremendous talker and this is no exception. I wonder if Daniels will get in trouble with his home company New Japan for calling All Japan “the most prestigious company in Japan today.” When it comes to the X-Division TNA invented it, perfected it, and next week will take back what is rightfully theirs. Hard to argue with that logic.

More talking, this time with Konnan and BG James. No hornswaggling tonight!

Video Promo for Deadly Draw match with comments from all four participants.

FLAMES WIN!!! FLAMES WIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I’m going out for a bit to cheer and hit my horn a lot. I’ll be back.

............

.........

Okay, I'm back. Um, what were we doing? Oh, right! Main event time!

Match 7: NWA Championship Deadly Draw Match. AJ Styles (Champion) vs. Chris Harris vs. Raven vs. Ron Killings.

The rules for this are Styles and drawer #2 start for five minutes. If there is no pinfall, it becomes a three-way for another five minutes, then potentially a four way to end things off. It’s elimination, and the last man standing is the champion.

Chris Harris draws #2 to start with the champion. Harris spears Styles right off the bat for a two count and dominates in the early going. A couple of backbreakers gets another two as does a delayed suplex. Styles finally takes down Harris with a backflip kick to the head. Styles punches away in the corner as the clock counts down, following up with a sitting dropkick for a two count. Harris catches a second rope bodypress and hits the catatonic but the bell rings so the referee stops counting. Odd.

Number 3 is Raven, who slides in and clotheslines Harris down as Styles rolls from the ring. Styles came back in and tried for a Styles Clash but Raven fought out. Styles fights out of a sleeper, Raven grabs it again, and Harris makes it a three-way sleeper, till Styles does a jawbreaker. Harris fights a suplex but Styles still gets him up and Raven covers Harris and gets a two. Styles sidesteps a superkick and it hits Harris with 30 seconds left.

Ron “The Truth” Killings heads to the ring to round out the match and goes fists a flyin'. Some fancy footwork allows him to avoid Raven’s offense and send him out of the ring with a kick, but Raven pulls him out when he tries to hit Styles with the axe kick. AIR STYLES with a shooting star press to the floor taking out all three men!!! Back in the ring and it is the only two men in the match who have held the NWA title going at it. Some more duck and move until a kick to the head by Styles gets a two. Raven grabs Styles’ foot to prevent a top rope move, Killings takes him up on his shoulders with AJ’s neck on his shoulders and drops down. Ow. Two count. Things slow down as Harris pounds away at Killings and locks in a sharpshooter. Raven punches at Harris but Styles trips him up and locks in a spinning toe hold ala Terry Funk. Raven kicks Styles off into Harris. Styles heads up top and Harris shoves him to the floor and sets up the Catatonic on Truth, only to have Raven block it. Styles and Killings end up in the ring in the corner. Killings tries for a hurricanrana off the top, Styles blocks for a styles clash, Killings fights and rolls out of it, Styles sunset flips him into the styles clash! Raven breaks up the pin. Styles and Raven trade blows, Raven sets up the clash on Raven and Jeff Jarrett comes to the ring and distracts Styles before blasting him with the guitar. Oh for crying out loud. Raven Effect DDT and Harris pulls Raven off and heads up top hitting a elbowdrop and Killings pulls referee Rudy Charles out. Truth goes up and hits a top rope axe kick and covers for the three count.

Winner: And NEW NWA Champion – Ron “The Truth” Killings.

So apparently this wasn’t an elimination match, despite Tenay and West talking like it was at the beginning. Russo hits the ring and takes the belt, teasing he is going to reverse the decision due to Jarrettference, but the decision stands. It’s Jarrett vs. Truth next week?

Really confusing ending there, as they spent months building Harris for the belt, only to toss it on Styles and then have him drop it to Killings. Ironically I think Styles had more title defenses in his brief five week run than Jarrett had in his seven-month reign. In the two-year history of TNA, there have been four champions with seven reigns, Ken Shamrock and two time champs Killings, Jarrett and Styles. I’m curious to see where things go from here because right now I am more confused than anything else. But hey, next week is the WORLD X CUP! GO CANADA! WIN THE CUP LIKE THE FLAMES WILL!!

I am so going to pay for that comment if the Flames don’t…


Visit the SLAM! Wrestling store!


  • Pre-order the new sequel, WrestleCrap: The Death of WCW

    Jason Clevett is from Calgary, Alberta. Check out his daily musings in his livejournal, www.livejournal.com/~slamjay. He can be reached at j_Clevett@hotmail.com