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Tag teams featured on Ring ka King's second show
By BOB KAPUR - SLAM! Wrestling


Watching Ring ka King, TNA Wrestling's new Indian wrestling show, it's hard not to draw comparisons to its north American counterpart. While King is only two episodes in - Sunday night's broadcast followed Saturday's debut - the major difference seems to be in its simple booking where the matches are relatively simple stories, and wins and losses are meaningful - particularly where they're part of the heavyweight championship tournament.

Chavo Guerrero is one participant in the tournament, and the show kicked off with him coming to the ring after being introduced by the commissioner Jazzy Lahoria. Chavo said that by winning, he would be honouring the legacy of his family name. This seemed to irritate the team of Sheik Abdul Bashir (Shawn Daivari) and his brother Mufasa, as they came to the ring to attack. Fortunately, Chavo was ready for them, and he was able to get the better of the dastardly duo.

Backstage, Magnus told Scott Steiner and Sonjay Dutt that “the boss” told him that they would have to win their respective matches tonight.

Match 1: Scott Steiner vs Maxx B – tournament match

Maxx B has a mixed martial arts gimmick, even to the point of wearing MMA gloves. Steiner attacked from behind before Maxx could even remove his robe. Steiner was tremendous in playing the crowd, taunting them between stomps and punches. Steiner hit his signature moves, including a nice overhead belly-to-belly suplex, and his trademark push-ups after an elbow. He hit a nice elevated facebreaker, and then locked on the Steiner Recliner, to which Maxx B tapped out, but Steiner refused to break the hold, holding on until Maxx B passed out.

Winner: Scott Steiner

After the commercial break, it was shown that Maxx B had to get stretchered out. This prompted Commissioner Jazzy to tell his bodyguard that he was going to put Steiner on probation and fine him. The Sheiks came in and tried to intimidate Jazzy, but rather than back down, he told them he was putting them in the next match.

Match 2: Mumbai Cats vs the Sheiks w/ Raisha Saeed

The masked Cats used their quickness and unconventional offense, but it wasn’t long until the Sheiks took over. After an extended beat-down, Leopard was able to finally escape and tag his partner Puma. He wasn’t able to do much until a double-team assault by the Sheiks took him down. The Sheiks finished the match with a double arerial attack, simultaneously hitting a Cat with a legdrop and a Superfly splash off the top rope for the pin.

Winners: The Sheiks

Backstage, the Bollywood Boys (Canada’s Sihra brothers) announced that they would be entering the Tag Team Championship tournament. Their friend Mahabali Veera joined them at the end of their interview, and said that he was going to go through Scott Steiner en route to winning the Heavyweight Championship tournament.

Match 3: Sonjay Dutt vs Chavo Guerrero Jr. – tournament match

Good chain wrestling to start, with Chavo getting the edge. That lasted until he missed a dropkick, and then Sonjay pressed his advantage further on the outside. Chavo powered out of a headlock with a big suplex, but a low dropkick by Dutt stopped his comeback. Dutt went for a top rope attack, but was caught by a Chavo dropkick. Chavo hit a tilt-a-whirl head-scissors that dumped Dutt to the floor, and then followed that up by launching himself over the ropes onto Dutt. Back in the ring, Chavo used some spinning kicks to ground Dutt, and hit the Three Amigo suplexes. It looked like Chavo was going to put Dutt away, but he got distracted by the Sheiks who ran down to the ring. Dutt capitalized on the distraction by hitting a standing Sliced Bread for the pin.

Winner: Sonjay Dutt

Backstage, Brutus Magnus was on the phone and promised “the boss” that next week would see Steiner and Dutt win their respective semi-final matches, and guarantee that their faction would walk away with the championship.

The next episode sees the first Ring ka King Knockouts match, and the tournament semi-finals.

Bob Kapur doesn’t eat Indian food, as he’s allergic to curry. E-mail him your ironic observations at bobkapur@hotmail.com.