November 7, 2004
Big Victory in cards for TNA
By TIM BAINES - Ottawa Sun
To say Jeff Jarrett is anxious to get on with tonight's first three-hour TNA pay-per-view, Victory Road, would be an understatement. He's antsy, excited, a bit giddy ... and tired after working so hard to put together what looks like an exceptional show.
"Am I nervous? Hell, yes," said Jarrett the other day. "TNA started in June of 2002 and like any startup business, it's been a battle.
"We've crawled, we've walked and now we hope to get up and running with our first three-hour event.
"It's like any good sports team or great movie. It's a great mix of veterans and great young athletes."
"We've got AJ Styles ... he's called The Phenomenal One. They say pound for pound he may be the best athlete in pro wrestling. And he's facing (Canadian) Petey Williams. This will be a match for the ages.
"We've got Alpha Male Monte Brown, a former NFLer. He's one of those guys who don't come along very often. He's very gifted.
"We've got the X-Division Gauntlet Match. That will blow viewers away. X Division is not about weight limits ... it's about no limits.
So far TNA has enjoyed limited exposure in Canada. While weekly pay-per-views are available, ESPN Classic Canada is the only network to air TNA shows -- old ones at that.
"I've been across Canada many times," said Jarrett. "Canadians are very educated about our business. They respect a hard-working product.
"Other organizations may concentrate more on backstage skits, but we truly strive to have all our storylines culminate in the ring."
These guys aren't a bunch of jabrones. They're good. Damn good -- a well-kept secret that may not be a secret much longer. Do yourself a favour ... tune in.
Here's the card for the 8 p.m. pay-per-view: A ladder match with Jarrett (with Hall) vs. Hardy (with Nash); Williams vs. Styles; America's Most Wanted vs. Triple X; Team Canada vs. 3 Live Kru; Monsters Ball Match with Raven vs. Abyss vs. Brown; X Division Gauntlet Match; Kid Kash, Dallas and The Naturals vs. Ron "The Truth" Killings, Johnny B. Badd, Erik Watts and Empire Saint Pat Kenney; a lucha libre minis contest with Piratita Morgan vs. Mascarita Sagrada; and Piper's Pit with a mystery guest.
- WWE cut 10 wrestlers: Billy Gunn, A-Train, Test, Johnny Stamboli, Jazz, Rodney Mack, Chuck Palumbo, Gail Kim, Nidia and Rico. Dean Simon, Muhammad Hassan and Khosrow Daivari debuted on RAW. Viscera also appeared as Christian's "one-night problem solver."
- There were less than 6,500 fans at RAW in Peoria, Ill. Ottawa can do better. I asked readers to e-mail WWE last week ... and only about a dozen were sent. E-mail WWE at: email@example.com ... the only way WWE will bring another TV show to Ottawa is if you let them know you want one here.
- La Resistance won the tag straps from Chris Benoit and Edge, who spent much of his time plugging his book, Adam Copeland on Edge.
- Thanks to KOCH International, I've got several Summer Slam DVDs (each autographed by Batista), as well as Chris Benoit Hard Knocks DVDs (autographed by Benoit) to give away. Just tell me one of Benoit's nicknames. The contest is open to residents of Ontario only and, if you win, you must be able to pick up your DVD at the Ottawa Sun's front desk. They will not be mailed out. Mark your e-mails "Wrestling DVD Contest," then send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. One entry per household. Winners will be randomly chosen from all correct answers. Deadline is Nov. 8.
- Universal Wrestling Alliance's Paving the Road on Nov. 13, 8 p.m., at the Battleground Academy, 200 Lees Ave. in Ottawa will feature Raven vs. Abyss in the main event, a Clockwork Orange House of Fun match. Visit universalwrestlingalliance.com for details.