June 25, 2006
Phenomenal A.J. still stylin' in TNA
By TIM BAINES - Ottawa Sun
At the age of 28, A.J. Styles has already been a champion many times over. Tag titles. X-Division titles. World titles. But don't think for the moment the guy they call Phenomenal will take his foot off the throttle.
Not when he steps into a TNA ring. And certainly not when he appears in Ottawa on Thursday at Battle in the Capital at the Capital Music Hall (the show, presented by Universal Wrestling Alliance, also features TNA star Bobby Roode and The Original Sinn and you've got to be 19 years or older to get in).
Styles will battle Samoa Joe -- a main event in any building.
"I know Samoa Joe," said Styles over the phone earlier this week. "I know something great is about to happen when we're in the ring together. Small show or big show, we only know one speed and that's 100 mph."
It was a big moment among many big moments for Styles.
"It was great," he said. "The crowd really popped. Christopher and I know each other well. We've had nearly 60 matches (against each other).
Styles says he hasn't changed with his success.
"I consider myself lucky to be in this business," he said. "Maybe some people would get overwhelmed by it, but I'm still humble.
"In the ring, I'm A.J. Styles ... and A.J. Styles is more cocky than Allen Jones (his real name)."
Styles, a born-again Christian, is a big believer in TNA.
"We're so much cleaner, it's wrestling that kids can watch," he said. "I believe that wrestling is wrestling. Let wrestlers wrestle.
"I don't understand why (WWE) does some things. Why would they release people like Gail Kim, a great women's wrestler? Why do they bring in beautiful women who can't wrestle worth a flip?"
"We need those recognized faces," he said.
"Sting could have gone anywhere. He really is an awesome guy. He doesn't think he's better than anyone."
- Christian Cage lost his NWA world title at Slammiversary, with Jeff Jarrett taking the strap during a King of the Mountain match also featuring Sting, Abyss and Ron Killings. Other matches: Team 3D beat The James Gang in a Bingo Hall Brawl; Rhino defeated Team Canada (Roode and Scott D'Amore); Senshi won the X-Division ranking match over Sonjay Dutt, Petey Williams, Jay Lethal, Alex Shelley and Shark Boy; Kevin Nash beat Chris Sabin; and Samoa Joe beat Scott Steiner. Jim Cornette was also identified as the new "face of TNA." The betting is that Jarrett doesn't hold the title for long. Senshi won the X-Division title indirectly over Samoa Joe on Impact.
- Here's the lineup for tonight's WWE Vengeance pay-per-view: RVD vs. Edge; DX vs. The Spirit Squad; John Cena vs. Sabu (Extreme Lumberjack match); Kurt Angle vs. Randy Orton; Kane vs. "Kane"; Eugene vs. Umaga; and Carlito vs. Johnny Nitro vs. Shelton Benjamin.
- I don't know if the D-Generation X reunion will be fleeting, but Monday Night RAW was a night of juvenile humour -- with midgets, slime and some (almost) bare butts -- but it was great. It would be a mistake to not take this DX thing and run with it for awhile. An X Pac appearance wouldn't hurt, either.
- I've complained at length about WWE not using Metallica's Enter Sandman as entrance music for The Sandman. Now one reader tells me the cost to use the music was $10 million, another tells me it was $13 million. With no factual basis to dispute the numbers, my guess is that number is nowhere near that. Not even close.
- NBC's Saturday Night Main Event will air at 8 p.m. on July 15.
- About 700 fans were on hand for a Top Rope Championship Wrestling card last Saturday at the Little Mountain Sportsplex in Winnipeg. Here are the results: Zack Mercury and Jon Cutler beat The Big Sexy Beasts (AJ Sanchez and Kevy Chevy); Gibby Guererro beat Ryan Wood in a loser leaves town match; Darren Dalton was disqualified for pummeling 17-year-old rookie Gord Solie Jr.; Brian Jewel and Dalton fought to a no contest; The Axe beat Moses Luke and Beautiful Bobby Jay, with help from The Honky Tonk Man and his guitar, beat TJ Bratt in a no-disqualification match.