September 25, 2006
Ultimate X steals No Surrender
By JASON CLEVETT -- SLAM! Wrestling
TNA's No Surrender pay per view offering was a mixed bag. Already there seems to be some Vince Russo influence with storylines involving wrestlers being slipped laxatives before wrestling, but matches like the X Division and tag team title bouts on the pay per view makes it easier to overlook those.
TNA seems to be in a middle-ground as their pay per views end up being worth seeing but no show as of late has been top to bottom spectacular. Still they have had some good stories involved with feuds like Rhino vs. Christian, LAX vs. Styles & Daniels and The Naturals struggle which makes you invest more into the matches. No Surrender had its good points but when there were stupid things, wow were they stupid.
For the first time, the tag team championship was defended in an Ultimate X match. Champions LAX (Homicide and Hernandez) had their first Ultimate X match against the more experienced former champions A.J. Styles and Christopher Daniels, but it didn't show. The two teams spent a good portion of the match trying to soften each other up before going to the cables. Homicide tried to get an advantage by bringing a ladder into the ring to retrieve the belt, but Styles pulled him down and whipped him to the ropes, sending the ladder crashing into his face. The challengers then crotched Hernandez on the ladder.
The first huge spot off of the cables saw Homicide wrapped around the X and Styles hanging from it delivering knee strikes to try and knock him down. Homicide grabbed Styles' head and took him crashing down to the mat with an ace crusher. Things moved back to the ring with a number of high-impact moves, including a Daniels hitting Hernandez with a Uranage, Styles hitting a frog splah, Daniels hitting the Best Moonsault Ever and Styles hitting the spinaltap. Konnan on the outside set up a table for his team but it backfired as after several back and forth teases Styles hit the Styles Clash on Homicide off the apron through the table. Konnan hit Styles on the outside with the slapjack and then tried to hit Daniels with a kendo stick while he was scaling the scaffolding. Daniels stood on the top of the scaffold and dove to the centre of the cables, snagging the belts to regain the titles.
Jeff Jarrett and Samoa Joe had the unenviable task of trying to follow the Ultimate X match. The Non-title bout was a "Fans revenge" match which had 18 "fans" at ringside with leather straps to whip Jarrett when he exited the ring. The NWA champion Jarrett came prepared as he wore several layers of clothes but it did not take long for Jarrett to lose the layers. Joe dominated early in the match but Jarrett took control when he stole a strap from a fan and started beating Joe with it. Joe kicked out of a flying bodypress and took control with a flurry of punches and a back senton. Jarrett retreated and was whipped by fans outside. Jarrett took control again in the ring and tried to tie Joe to the ropes with a strap but Joe used it to tie Jarrett and allow fans to run into the ring and take shots. Jarrett slipped out of the ring and grabbed his guitar but was locked in the choke, reaching the ropes. Jarrett hit the stroke on the guitar and only got a two count. Jarrett tried to repeat the stroke from the top but Joe hit a enziguri and the musclebuster to score the clean pin. He then took the NWA title and headed up the ramp.
Jim Cornette then hit the ring to announce TNA going primetime and announce Kurt Angle joining the company to close the show.
The next TNA pay per view is Bound For Glory on October 22nd from Detroit.
TNA No Surrender 2006 Results
Match 1: Eric Young vs. A-l
Eric Young has so much charisma, he is going to be a huge star. A fun opening match that pitted A-l's power against his former Team Canada stablemate's speed. Young used the fans rallying behind him with a "Don't fire Eric" chant to reverse a tombstone into a wheelbarrow and hit a neckbreaker for the win. Not a great match but Young is entertaining to watch.
Winner: Eric Young in 7:00
Match 2: Petey Williams vs. Jay Lethal
The cross-promotion with Jackass 2 continued. I hope they got a good payday from this, as while Lethal, Sonjay and Sabin are good in the role it's pointless and pretty dumb. Lethal was nowhere to be found at entrance, and the cameras showed the Jackass trio playing video games until Jerry Lynn showed up and yelled at them. Williams was drinking a bottle of water, which was laced with laxatives. He began showing more and more discomfort and couldn't follow up on moves as the crowd chanted "Hold it in." Williams couldn't hit the Canadian Destroyer due to his discomfort and was rolled up for the three count. He promptly fled the ring immediately after. This could have been a great match but was a joke.
Winner: Jay Lethal in 8:00.
Winner: Abyss at 12:00.