June 10, 2004
TNA: X-Division saves 'Jeff Jarrett Show'
By JASON CLEVETT -- SLAM! Wrestling
This week's episode of NWA-TNA was a classic showing of what is right and wrong with TNA. The show started off with Jeff Jarrett, centered around Jeff Jarrett, and had way too much Jeff Jarrett. On the other hand, AJ Styles and Frankie Kazarian put on a stellar 20+ minute X-division main event that reminded me of the reasons why I watch these shows. In addition, it was the PPV debut of the new six-sided ring, which brought up the question, how would the wrestlers fare in this new, different environment? The answer proved to be "pretty darn well."
Kid Kash is going to come down to my trailer park and kick the door down if I steal cable. We have to support Dallas’ 12 kids, afterall.
Ask yourself, what should the video package be about? Hyping tonights X-Division belt? The new ring? Impact? Nope, it’s Jarrett. Big shock. Raven is sitting in an empty arena, awaiting a response to his challenge to Sabu to meet him for a Empty Arena Match tonight!
The Red Carpet is rolled down to the ring and a band plays the NWA theme before the three time NWA Champion and current King of the Mountain… the Immortal… The Legend… the Absolute, be all and end all... Mr. Jeff Jarrett.
No, I am not kidding, that was the actual interest. Tenay says it was "In this very building and ring Jeff Jarrett won the NWA title." Um, Mike, you do see the six sides to the ring, as opposed to last week's four sides right? Tenay and West talk about Jarrett’s ego as he heads to the ring. Hostile crowd chants something but it can’t be heard over the trumpets. Jarrett rambles about being King of the Mountain before calling out Vince Russo. The more things change the more they stay the same. Russo puts a crown on Jarrett’s head and then gets into an argument about how TNA’s success is a team effort. "When you look at that TNA logo you see my blood, sweat and tears. There’s hasn’t been no team about this, this has been about me. I’ve sweated gallons of blood (?) climbed ladders, fallen off pedestals..." Russo replies "Don’t tell me that AJ Styles had nothing to do with it, AMW had nothing to do with it, Three Live Kru had nothing to do with it." One of those things is not like the others. It is now 15 minutes into the show, the action never stops in TNA. Jarrett tries to make Russo bow to him but 3LK breaks up the party. Awh, Killings and Konnan are wearing matching outfits. Killings throws down the challenge to Jarrett tonight for a Triple Jeopardy match. No clue what that is but I am sure it will be more over-stipulated crap.
Scott Hudson is with Elix Skipper, announcing that Skipper and "The Fallen Angel" Christopher Daniels won a poll to pick a contender for America’s Most Wanted’s tag titles on the nwatna.com website in a landslide. That isn’t a surprise, as the series of matches last year between Daniels/Skipper and AMW was awesome, culminating in a MOTY candidate in a steel cage. The bad news is that Daniels legitimately injured his shoulder last week in Japan during the Best of the Super Juniors tournament and will be out of action a month to six weeks. So it’s up to the NYC to take the belts, as Trinity is so kind to point out. Swinger reminds us that he (along with Simon "Pat Kenny" Diamond) beat AMW for the tag belts.
Video recap of AMW beating Kid Kash & Dallas on Impact to win the belts.
Match 1: NWA Tag Titles – AMW vs. NYC.
More than twenty minutes in and we finally get our first match. I wonder what the tag title win means for Harris’ push near the top? Things start off fast with James Storm and Glen Gilberti on the outside and Swinger and Harris inside. A Lou Thesz press takes down Swinger and he and rolls outside. Harris backdrops Storm over the top into a plancha on both challengers. Harris and Swinger end up in the ring and Harris goes shoulder-first into the post, re-injuring the exact same shoulder Raven hurt to take him out of the steel cage match against Jeff Jarrett two months ago. NYC immediately go to work on the arm, slamming it repeatedly into the post and working on it with armbars and legdrops. Harris tries a lariat and hurts the arm, and Glenn hits a DDT on it. Harris continues to fight through the pain, finally hitting a flying clothesline. Glen tries to prevent a tag to Harris hits a clothesline with the good arm and both men make the tag. The cowboy is on fire with punches and a big powerslam on Swinger, neckbreaker on Glen and a couple of hard kicks take down Swinger again for a two count. Chaos continues as Harris takes Swinger down with a full nelson slam. The numbers game is too much for Storm as Gilberti sets up an elbow but runs into a kick. Trinity climbs up but Desire shoves her off the top rope. Spear by Harris gets the three.
Winners: And Still NWA Tag Champions – America’s Most Wanted.
Desire and Trinity brawl through the crowd, with Trinity getting the worst of it, until NYC save her and put her on a table. Trinity climbs to the balcony to fly but Kenny and Siaki make the save. Kash and Dallas say that they aren’t going after the tag titles, because the K.I.D. is being held down. Everyone is going to find out how easy it is to get some gold.
Raven is waiting in the "remote location" for Sabu. Sabu is in the locker room, looking at a picture of his uncle and trainer, the Original Sheik.
Match 2: Michael Shane vs. Chris Sabin.
This match stems from the X-Division match on Impact. Lots of history between Sabin and Shane, so this promises to be good. The two lock up and do some basic counter wrestling to start. Shane Douglas is apparently now a broadcaster, and Tenay requests he try and find out what is going on with Raven and Sabu. Chops abound before Sabin locks Shane in a headlock. Traci Brooks looks on and motivates Shane. Sabin rolls out of the corner and snaps off a 'rana, before leaping to the corner and flying to the floor. Douglas is in the small screen as Shane punches Sabin. Sabin flips into the ring, gets sent right back out, tries to take a page out of Shane’s cousin Shawn Michaels’ book by skinning the cat, and gets dropkicked in the face for his troubles. Shane goes to work with kneelifts and a clothesline for a two. Shane goes up and misses a senton. Sabin drops him with a running enziguri, getting two. Reversals by Shane and Sabin, Sabin hits the ropes and Traci trips him. Sabin respondes with a kiss, blocks a superkick, tries for the Future shock but Traci stops it. Shane shoves Sabin into Traci and superkicks him for the three. Really good match but too short.
Winner: Michael Shane.
Shane’s former mentor, Shane Douglas comes to talk to Raven in the "Remote Location." Raven says "It’s good you finally realize I retired you a long time ago and are now you have your funny little interviewer threads," before commenting how odd it is that Sabu and Raven have never gone at it one on one. The reason? "Sabu is terrified of me." If Sabu accepts the challenge, Raven will retire. "Welcome to the Terrordome, quote the Raven, nevermore."
Highlights of the four participants in the "Gut Check."
Sonjay Dutt talks to Sabu. But Sabu doesn’t talk! I am confused. David Young is interviewed about the gut check match and how he has to fight to keep his spot, because he is 0 and 53. He promises to win, and D-Ray staggers in asking about where the ring is. I do not like D-Ray at all.
Match 3: Gut Check Match: David Young vs. D-Ray 3000 vs. Sharkboy vs. Sonjay Dutt.
Shark and Sonjay kick it off and circle before locking up, Sonay hits the ropes and gets armdragged. Shark tags D-Ray and Sonjay takes him down with a headscissors. Young comes in and works over D-Ray, who has beaten him twice before. Small package by Ray gets a two count, as does a bodypress. Sharky tags in, hits Ray, and tags Sonjay. In a slightly less spectacular but still cool moment, the 8-man tag between Team-Canada and Team NWA last month is recreated when Sharkboy sunset-flip powerbombs D-Ray while Ray superplexes Sonjay. Sharkboy gets a two count. He and Ray climb up and jump, with Shark dropkicking Ray in midair. Dutt hits Shark with Ultimo Dragons backflip DDT and then rana’s Young into the ring. Deep Sea Driver by Sharkboy, who walks into a Young spinebuster. D-Ray breaks it up and eats one of his own for a two. Sonjay with a roll up on Young to make it 0 and 54.
Winner: Sonjay Dutt.
Scott Hudson interviews 3LK who explain the rules for the Triple Jeopardy Match… sort of. BG James sings Karen Carpenter…
6-Man Tag Match: Team Canada vs. Jerry Lynn, Hector Garza & Heavy Metal.
You can’t help but enjoy hearing "Oh Canada" played weekly on TNA. NWA can’t go wrong by signing more Canadian talent. Big brawl to start things off before Roode and Lynn go at it. Lynn chases D’Amore out of the ring, allowing for Team Canada to take over against Garza. The AAA guys have an advantage as the 6-sided ring originated in Mexico. In typical WCW fashion, Tenay and West talk about the main event rather then the action in the ring. Team Canada tries to whip the AAAs into each other but they leapfrog and nail the Canadians. Dual planchas by Metal and Garza on opposite sides of the rings. A very winded D’Amore staggers back to the ring but Lynn grabs him from behind and tosses him into the ring. Scott bails again allowing Roode to blindside Lynn. Tenay breaks down the 6-sided ring and the fact that there is only 12 feet between corners instead of 18 as Team Canada continues to work over Lynn. Lynn reverses the Canadian Destroyer Piledriver and both men make tags. Team XXX go after Roode and Young, sending Eric outside. A spinebuster on Roode by Metal as Garza moonsaults from the corner to the outside on Young. Canadabomb by Roode blocked into a northern lights for a two count. Lynn blocks a piledriver and slingshots Williams out of the ring. He goes after D’Amore but Petey cuts him off, D’Amore again uses the hockey stick on Metal, Roode fails his first attempt at the powerbomb but finally gets him up and plants him for the three count.
Winners; Team Canada.
Ok, I get that Team Canada are evil sneaky heels but does EVERY win have to result from that damn stick? Lynn attacks D’Amore and sets up the piledriver but Petey makes the save.
More airtime for Jeff Jarrett to come, but first what happened between Sonjay Dutt and Raven! Dutt has a message from Sabu, saying there will be no match because Raven knows about the promise. Raven responds with a message of his own, a slap across the face then hits Raven with a garbage can. Raven hits a low blow, beats up on Dutt and DDTs him. Out come the handcuffs and he locks him to the ropes and then makes the oh so politically correct statement "I forgot your turban, Sonjay!" and put a coleander on his head. Sabu comes to the "Remote location" to help his fellow Bombay native.
Now Jarrett, who has to face Three Live Kru in three different matches… kill me now. Of course, it’s non title. A strap match, a trailer park match, and ghetto justice. And you thought "King of the Mountain" was complicated.
Triple Jeopardy match: Jeff Jarrett vs. 3LK.
Match A) Jeff Jarrett vs. "Future WWE Commentator" Konnan – Barrio Strap Match.
Whip your opponent ten times and you win the match. Konnan right off the bat is up three nothing, but Jarrett evens it up after a clothjesline. A whip off the ropes and the sommersault clothesline followed by a sloppy X-factor. 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 send Jarrett to the floor. Konnan follows him and gets sent face first into the steps and gets up to 7. Jarrett reaches into his shorts and pulls out something small and white… oh it’s a bag of powder. A blinded Konnan can only lie there as he is whipped 8, 9 and 10… and 11, 12 and 13… and a choke. That sneaky Jarrett is such a cheater!
Winner: Jeff Jarrett.
Match B) Jeff Jarrett vs. B-Jizzle. Trailer Park Trash Match
Anything you can bring from the trailer park you can use. I bet this match ends with a guitar shot, but since that isn’t a trailer park item the win doesn’t count. BG James beats on Jarret early on but Jeff comes back with more fighty stuff. It’s a falls count anywhere match. Mensa? Is watching from the stage as James tosses weapons into the ring. The garbage can is used a bit as a I get more and more bored. Jarrett ends up on top of the announce table, and punches Jarrett off it. Jeff sidesteps a leap, James hits the barricade, and then gets stroked into it for win # 2.
Winner: Jeff Jarrett.
Match C) Jeff Jarrett vs. The Truth Ron Killings. Ghetto Justice Match
Heavy D gets Jarrett into the ring as The Truth (the truth is he is the only talented member) hits the ring with a guitar. Jarrett immediately goes after him but Ron is a house a fire with a flying forearm and a powerslam. Truth ducks, flips and jives around Jarrett’s offense and gets a two count after a leg lariat. He goes up top by Jarrett crotches him and the oh so original garbage can again comes into play. West is wearing Black tonight, for the record, and looks almost normal. The trash can lid takes down Killings. Jarrett misses a back elbow but locks in a sleeperhold. Killing sends him to the ropes, misses a side kick and gets sleepered again. Killings fights out and both guys are down. Truth blocks punches and hits rights of his own followed by a sit out spinebuster. A suplex into a sit-out slam and Truth prepares to put the champ away. Jeff sidesteps a second rope axe-kick and grabs the guitar. Jarrett blasts the referee with it, Killings rolls up Jarrett and a second referee counts the pin.
Winner: Ron "The Truth" Killings
Goldilocks video. I am slowly going crazy 123456switch… slowly going crazy am I 654321 switch.
Apparently SEAN WALTMAN IS BACK IN TNA!!!!... wait that’s not why the crowd is chanting "1 2 3?" I guess not, they are mocking Double-J for being pinned.
Hype time. Next week, Team NWA vs. Team Canada in a Flag Match, The New York Connection vs. Pat Kenny & Sonny Siaki in an ultimate humiliation match. AMW defend against Monty Brown and Abyss. Now lets relive Impact in Orlando!!!!! We no get that up here in Canada. Haven’t had enough Jarrett? Have no fear, he’s grabs the mike and says that he will be there in Orlando on Friday. Also, are you down with the Brown? Cuz D-Lo is coming back soon.
"Mr. TNA" AJ Styles chats with Scott Hudson about getting the belt. Highlight video of the main event of Impact, which Styles won with a Styles clash on Michael Shane. Styles says "It’s my choice to come back to where there is no limits, where AJ Styles was born." Kazarian replies "This is a new X-Division, and I am still cooler then AJ Styles."
X-Division Championship: Frankie Kazarian vs. AJ Styles.
The last time these two faced, Styles nearly killed Frankie with the styles clash when Frankie didn’t land face first. It was a move that made many on the SLAM! staff cringe. It’s a huge change for Frankie to prove himself against one of the greatest of the X-Division. Styles is announced as "The only Two Time triple crown winner." The crowd absolutely loves Styles, btw. Apparently, he is just "Kazarian" now, like "Goldberg" or "Cher."
Lock up and they end up in the corner. Styles makes Kazarian know that he is there and they circle again. Styles with a go behind takedown into a facelock, reversed into a armbar. Styles gets to his knees and grabs the ropes, Kazarian doesn’t break so Styles shoves him across the ring. Tenay brings up that you can springboard from any angle in the six-sided ring. More back and forth arm worky goodness. Styles backflips out of a armbar, legsweeps and gets a two count, and a double kip-up and the two circle again. Styles kicks him in the leg twice, hobbling the champion. A shoulderblock and Styles hits the ropes and runs up Kazarian’s back and head, humiliating him. Things start to pick up with some leapfrogs by Styles but the champ slides to the floor to break up the momentum. Styles flips him into the ring into a Styles clash attempt, Kazarian grabs the ropes but AJ powerbombs him. A back elbow by Kazarian, who hits the ropes and runs into a Styles dropkick. Kazarian with a legsweep, hits the ropes and Styles does the kip up 'rana, sending Frankie outside. Styles tries a plancha, Frankie slides into the ring and hits a slingshot DDT onto the apron! OUCH! That gets a two count.
Kazarian gets the advantage for the first time with a snap suplex and right hands. Styles with a sunset flip into a powerbomb attempt reversed into a nastry neckbreaker by Kazarian. A slam sets up a springboard legdrop and Styles rolls outside. Frankie works AJ over outside and rolls him in, but AJ comes back with punches, chops, and a stinger splash. A second one misses and Kazarian dropkicks AJ out of his boots. Frankie with a snapmare and reverse chinlock. Outside Kazarian hammers away at Styles and sends him chest first into the apron. Every time Styles tries something Kazarian counters. Kazarian tries to slingshot in but gets hung up on the top ropes. They battle for the advantage at the buckles, Styles SUPLERPEXES KAZARIAN TO THE FLOOR!!! Holy you know what! AJ was on the apron but Kazarian was on the buckles, so I guess technically it wasn’t a superplex but still... wow. Both men finally crawl into the ring and trade forearms, till AJ hits a flurry of them and a suplex neckbreaker for a two count. Kazarian tries for the fave of the future, Styles reverses out and hits a backflip kick. Styles clash set up and West recalls the bad Clash as Kazarian reverses into a victory roll that looks like a three but is apparently only a two. A stiff superkick gets a two on AJ. Kazarian goes up top for the 'rana, Styles blocks, sets up the Styles Clash off the top, Kazarian fights out, Wave of the Future only gets a two count! Kazarian adds insult to injury setting up the Styles clash of his own, AJ fights out and hits the discus clothesline. He doesn’t have it in him to cover. Styles heads up top but Kazarian kicks him and climbs up for the wave of the future, Styles shoves him down to the mat. Spiral Tap barely hits Kazarian, and Frankie gets his shoulder up at two, but the bell rings. Referee Mike Posey hands Styles the belt and Styles is announced champion. The crowd didn’t react at all to the finish because it was obvious Kazarian got his shoulder up.
Winner: And NEW X-Division Champion AJ Styles.
Dallas attacks AJ, who fights out and heads up the ramp only to get blindsided by Kid Kash. The new Two Dudes with Attitudes (Thanks Jaya) work over Styles and Kash walks around with the X-belt.
Two years ago when TNA started, Jeff Jarrett was feuding with Ron Killings over the NWA title, AJ Styles was the cornerstone of the X-Division and America’s Most Wanted were the hottest tag team. Fast forward and Jarrett is feuding with Killings… Styles is in the X-division… and AMW are the tag champs. The more things change, the more they stay the same.
Jason Clevett is from Calgary, Alberta and is not going to use a corny line like "Home of the real Stanley Cup Champions." Nope, not at all. He also isn’t going to suggest you visit is livejournal at www.livejournal.com/~slamjay.