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TNA: Kash & Styles clash in streetfight.
By JASON CLEVETT - SLAM! Wrestling


You know the official announcement of TNA cutting back from two dates a week to one plus a monthly pay per view had to be weighing on the minds of the talent, despite the writing being on the wall. Despite this, the talent put in a lot of effort tonight as if saying “If we only have three weekly shows left, lets make sure they don’t forget about us come November.”

Match 1:Hangmans Horror – Raven vs. Sonjay Dutt.

Sabu was injured at the Ballpark Brawl in Buffalo on the weekend and was thus pulled from the heavily advertised rematch against Raven. Dutt made the most of the opportunity, holding his own against the veteran Raven. They describe the rules as the first person to lock a dog collar on their opponent and hang them over the rope until they are incapacitated is the winner. That wacky TNA is always so easy to follow! Two men shrowded in dark robes watched from the entrance as Raven came back and pulled a table out from under the ring and tried to powerbomb Dutt, only to be hurricanranad. Dutt trapped Raven mid ring with two collars and went to town with a trash can, before trying to put Raven through the table, but its reversed and Dutt goes crashing through. Raven heads out to grab him and Dutt pulls a page out of Sheik’s book with a fireball, before hanging a blinded Raven over the top rope for the win.

Winner: Sonjay Dutt.

Mike Tenay with a “earlier today” sit down with Jeff “Defend the what now?” Jarrett called Monty Brown a “AA Ball Player not a Major Leaguer.”

Backstage and all of Team Canada, who ALL NEED MORE AIRTIME… As talented as he is there is more to TC then Petey Williams dagnabbit! Despite being banned, Coach D’Amore promises that he will be there to watch his man defend the belt. Lets all belt out Oh Canada now!

Match 2: X-Division Championship – Petey Williams vs. Chris Sabin.

A great back and fourth match, as expected by two great talents. Sabin takes control late in the match with a brutal powerbomb into the corner, bouncing William’s head of the turnbuckle. D’Amore defies Russo and interferes as Sabin heads up top, and the referee is distracted from the outside as Sabin hits the cradle shock, for no count. Bobby Rude sneaks in and kills Sabin with a clothesline, allowing him to stagger into the Canadian Destroyer for a successful defense of the Canadian X-Division Championship!

Winner:… and still X-Division Champion. Petey Williams.

Jawing occurs with Dusty, Russo, D’Amore, a Trained Parrot, a midget with spots painted on it, and 3LK

Backstage Michael Shane feels up Kazarian. No, I am not kidding, he talks about how handsome he is, how great his hair feels… then something about picking up chicks. They are closer then Mary Kate and Ashley, and Nick and Jessica! (I think Kazarian’s the Jessica.) and next week they will defeat Psychosis and L A Park. Sadly we can’t come up with as clever a name for the new ambiguously gay duo like we did for “Chuckabilly.” Big Vito searches for David Young, because he has family business. I was half expecting the former Co-Holders of the X-title to come back and break out in “We Are Family.”

Match 3: Best of 3 Series: XXX vs. AMW.

See this is how a series should be done, hear me playa? The match built on last weeks match, and Daniels’ shoulder was taped, which AMW worked on most of the match. Daniels and Harris and attempted the Angles Wings, but Storm broke it up. Daniels clotheslined Harris in the corner and mounted him, but Storm pulled his arm down across the ropes. Harris tried the spear, but Elix tripped him up and Daniels rolls him up for the win.

Winners: Triple-X

Hudson interviewed Monty Brown, who talked, forcing me to ignore the segment. Kid Kash broke in talking about the politics in TNA and that he and Dallas had Brown’s back. Apparently the Alpha Male hunts alone. Isn’t that risky? I swear I read in huntung guides to always travel with a partner.

Match 4: Ron “The Truth” Killings vs. Monty “The Alphabet” Brown.

I freely admit calling Brown “The Alphabet” isn’t clever. The two men brawl, then brawl some more before Brown hits a powerbomb, and is shocked when Killings kicks out. The Truth came back with the ax kick but Kash pulled out the referee. Styles to the rescue, and amidst it all theres a POUUUNNNCCCEEEE.

Winner: Monty Brown.

More Dusty/Russo BS. It’s like the Diva Search but less interesting and no ice cream. Maybe Russo and Rhodes should settle the score in a battle of old fashioned dodgeball!

Match 5: NWA Tag Team Titles: The Naturals vs. 3LK.

Oh you didn’t know? B-Jiggle brings back his old New Age Outlaws shtick to get the crowd going. A surprisingly good tag match, even Konnan who hasn’t seemed motivated in years was working hard. I get worried as it looks like the Krew is going to grab the belts when Jesse James sets up the pumphandle but James reverses. D’Amoreterference… again, but he accidentally hits James. More Dusty as the big man stands behind D’Amore and steals the hockey stick, deliverin some plundah shots to D’Amore and Johnny Devine. hits the ring, grabs the hockey stick and nails Stevens in the back for a DQ.

Winners:... and still NWA Tag Team Champions: The Naturals via DQ.

Hudson with Team Goldilocks, who are looking thrilled to be there. Desire shows up to demand the return of Sony Siaki, but Goldi makes a offer – Siaki’s contract vs. Desire’s. Goldilocks asks who Trinity will get to wrestle the match and Trinity gets all catty and says “That’s none of your business.” Um, wouldn’t it be her business? She made the match. Goldilocks talks down to an arriving Abyss, calling him a masked janitor and fueling the rage that burns inside him like a… burning rage!

David Young and Vito brawled to ringside, Chris Vaughn of the black shirt security goes nuts on Vito.

Match 6: X-Division Street Fight: AJ Styles vs. Kid Kash.

Leading up the match the show was good, so Styles didn’t need to save it but he and Kash still put on a hell of a match. Kash got into a fight with a fan on the way to the ring, ripping off the guys shirt and wiping himself with it. Security had to restrain the fan. The two brawl in the ring and to ringside, where Kash tries to whip Styles into the barricade and he slides under it and hits an enziguri and a springboard dive. The two fight through the crowd and a table is set up. They brawl to the upper area of the arena and continually tease falling through the table, which is awesome on so many levels. Styles teased DDT’ing Kash off the balcony through a table, Kash fought out and the two traded fists before plummeting off through the table. Crowd chants “TNA” while I chant less family-friendly things. They head back to ringside, and Styles tries for the Clash but Kash reverses and hits a rana for a close 2 count. Styles hit a German and a wheelbarrow suplex for a two count. Another suplex reversed and a frog splash by Kash gets a close 2. … A second rana attempt but AJ blocks and tries to lock in the Styles Clash. Dallas hits the ring, Styles punches him off, and ends things with a sit down on a roll up. A roll up????

Winner: AJ Styles.

It wouldn’t be TNA without a nightly brawl and all..that..jazz. It starts with a beatdown, Killings with the save, Brown with the pounce on Killings, Jeff Hardy to the rescue, AJ gets pounced and Hardy takes everyone out as it fades to black.

A solid effort, but it still leaves something to be desired. Too much Dusty/Russo crap. As much as I will miss watching regularly on Wednesday nights, at times it feels like I am paying 10 bucks for what I wouldn’t enjoy on free TV. It will be interesting to see how the transition to a monthly show goes.

Jason Clevett is from Calgary, Alberta.