May 14, 2005
Impact: Multiple men in match mayhem
By CHRIS SOKOL -- SLAM! Wrestling
Tito Ortiz in TNA? New contenders? More gold gauntlets?
There is a lot going on in TNA Wrestling, but before we get to that, I would like to apologize for my absence. The life of a wrestling journalist is a busy one, and with all that's going on in the wrestling world, how could it not be? Well, the Impact column is back for good, each and every week from here on out on SLAM! Wrestling.
With that being said, let's get caught up to speed. TNA's next PPV, Hard Justice, is this Sunday and is headlined by Jeff Jarrett vs. AJ Styles. Tito Ortiz is being thrown into the mix as a special ref, presumably to serve "Hard Justice", dare Jarrett try to cheat during the match.
On top of that, the Clockword House of Fun Match makes its return to PPV, as Raven goes up against Jeff Hardy. All that and much more this Sunday.
Before we can get there, however, we need to make our usual stop at the Impact Zone for some good old TNA action. TIto Ortiz is in the house, and 10 men will duke it out to get the last spot in the 20-man gauntlet match. Enough yammering, lets get on with the Impact!
We start things off with a recap of the Jeff Jarrett/AJ Styles Q & A session from last week. I smell a new champion, don't you?
Mike Tenay and Don West then pump us up for the PPV, not a bad card at all, I'll be watching.
Match One- Four Way Elimination Match- "The Charasmatic Enigma" Jeff Hardy vs "The Fallen Angel" Christopher Daniels vs "Showtime" Eric Young (w/Coach Scott D'Amore) vs "Primetime" Elix Skipper
Okay now; while all four men are tremendously talented, what's the point in having them face each other in an elimination match? There are three or four different storylines in one match. Try to ensure all the matches have some sort of relevance.
All four men brawl, with the fight quickly spilling to the floor. Hardy leaps onto Young and Skipper, followed by Daniels who takes them all out, diving out of the ring with a steel chair. The shameless shills continue as when Jeff Hardy is attacked by Raven, Don West describes the situation using a title of a CD, only for a graphic shilling that CD to pop up on the screen.
Elimination One Via Count Out - "The Charasmatic Enigma" Jeff Hardy
We come back from a commercial break and Daniels has cleaned house. Young and Skipper try numerous times to get back into the ring, but fail miserably as Daniels continues to send them off the ring apron to the floor. D'Amore climbs up on the apron and is hit as well. Skipper, finally hits the ring and goes to town on his former Triple X commrade. Young comes in and goes back and forth with Skipper before Prime Time hits the Play of the Day.
Elimination Two Via Pinfall- "Showtime" Eric Young
The clock shows the match is over, but Skipper still rolls up Daniels for the three count.
Elimination Three Via Pinfall- "The Fallen Angel" Christopher Daniels
A promo hyping the Chris Daniels/Shocker match is shown. Shocker is a tremendous lucha style wrestler, but he really hasn't shown his full ability yet. If he's going to advance, he needs to do it this Sunday.
Mike Tenay and Don West replay the conclusion to the Four-Way Elimination Match, saying that referee Mark "Slick" Johnson was overuled, and the match was declared a time limit draw.
A video package is shown hyping the Jeff Jarrett/AJ Styles match this Sunday. The video package contains clips of AJ training at a steel mill, as well as clips of Shane Douglas, Jerry Lynn, Jimmy Hart and Mike Tenay commentating on the match and Tito Ortiz's position within it.
A video package highlighting the AMW/Naturals feud is shown. This should be a good match this Sunday.
It's time for the Tito Ortiz interview! Ortiz says that if he was a wrestler, he'd be a mix of "Superfly" Jimmy Snuka and Tito Santana, as they were two of his favorites growing up. Ortiz says that Jarrett is beatable, and if he tries to bring the guitar into the ring, it's coming out of his hands real quick. Ortiz says that Dusty Rhodes asked him to bring Hard Justice to the match, and that's what he's going to do.
A video package highlighting the Raven/Jeff Hardy feud is shown. This should be another great match. Raven in my opinion, is one of the greatest wrestling minds in TNA. This should be very interesting.
Match Two- 10 Man Gauntlet Match For the Last Spot in the 20 Man Gauntlet for the Gold Match
The first two entrants are Michael Shane and Chris Sabin. Sabin comes in taped around the head after receving numerous superkicks last week. Both men go back and fort. Trinity hits the ring, followed by Traci Brooks. They go in and out, running out of the Impact Zone. Bobby Roode, Petey Williams and David Young are the next three entrants. Roode catches a superkick and is sent out to the floor. Trytan is next in and eliminates Shane, Young and Williams.
A-1 is next in, followed by Lancy Hoyt and Abyss. Hoyt is able to send Trytan out, and Apolo comes down as the last entrant. Apolo charges at Abyss, but Abyss moves out of the way and Apolo is gone. Abyss then hits Sabin with a flying forearm to eliminate him, leaving him and Hoyt to battle for the final entry slot.
Abyss dumps Hoyt out and both men battle it out on the floor. Abyss sends Hoyt into the steel guardrails before the fight spills back into the ring. Once inside, Hoyt mounts a big comeback. Hoyt comes off the middle rope and is caught with an Abyss chokeslam, but only a two count is mustered. Hoyt hits the moonsault, but he only gets a two count. The Naturals hit the ring, and are taken out by Hoyt. Hoyt then charges at Abyss, and Abyss hits him with the Black Hole Slam for the three count.
Winner Via Pinfall- Abyss
Impact did it's job hyping the Hard Justice PPV this week, which as I mentioned doesn't look half bad. TNA can be an awesome product if it wasn't the same old, same old. They need to continue innovating, and that doesn't necessarily mean adding gimmick matches everywhere. They need to use these "special" matches them in moderation. The cage match PPV was a flop and TNA needs to hope that Hard Justice bring them hard cash. In order to get that cash, however, they need to produce great wrestling.
Only time will tell TNA's fate. Good luck fellas. With that being said, I am going to send it over to Jason Clevett for TNA Hard Justice!
Chris Sokol is from Long Island, NY and will be spending next weekend with Greg Oliver and Steve Johnson at the Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame. Look for complete coverage and interviews right here on SLAM! Wrestling.