February 6, 2012
Matt Morgan wins Ring ka King Championship
By BOB KAPUR - SLAM! Wrestling
Week 2 of Ring ka King, TNA Wrestling's Indian company saw Matt Morgan win the tournament to crown the promotion's first Heavyweight Championship, the debut of the Knockouts in India, and a number of faces - both new and familiar - make in-ring appearances. Aao mere yaro (Come, my friends), let's check out what happened.
Episode 3 – Feb 4, 2012
The show started off with Goodwill Ambassador Harbhajan Singh (the cricket star) and Commissioner Jazzy Lahoria giving a pep talk to the Indian stars of the show. They were interrupted by Sir Brutus Magnus, Sonjay Dutt, and Scott Steiner who told the locals that their quest to take over the company for “the boss” will come to fruition. Funny moment where Steiner calls Lahoria “white trash”.
Match One: Scott Steiner w/ Magnus vs Mahabali Veera – Heavyweight Championship tournament semi-finals
On the way to the ring, Steiner reached over the barricade and started physically assaulting some fans - crazy. Veera got the upper hand early on, actually getting the better of Steiner with some shoulder blocks. But Steiner had the experience edge, and when Veera tried to pull him back into the ring, Steiner snapped his neck on the top rope before taking over. The Indian Superman came back to life, hitting Steiner with some high impact slams and suplexes. But ultimately, Steiner dropped Veera with a face-busting DDT to get the pin and a berth in the finals.
Winner: Scott Steiner
Backstage, Ram is with one half of the upcoming six-man tag match, Zema Ion, Jimmy Rave, and Roscoe Jackson (a trimmed down Trevor Murdoch)
Match Two: “The Outlaw” Isaiah Cash, Hollywood and Broadway vs Zema Ion, Jimmy Rave, and Roscoe Jackson
Cash is Luke Gallows/Festus doing a biker gimmick, while Broadway and Hollywood are James "Nunzio/Guido" Maritato and Joey Ryan, respectively. It’s neat to see these guys back in the ring again after not having them on TV in North America for some time. The cruiserweights started off really fast with some dazzling moves. Eventually, Cash and Jackson got tagged in and they just start a-pummelin’ each other. A nice big springboard dive over the top by Rave onto Broadway. Ion escaped a rollup attempt by Hollywood, and then hit the would-be movie star with a big DDT which left him prone for a 450 splash, after which he pinned him. After the match, Cash attacked and laid out all three of his opponents. He warned the entire roster not to mess with him, his bike or his colours. When Hollywood and Broadway tried to celebrate with him, he laid them out as well. This guy is a bad dude.
Winners: Zema Ion, Jimmy Rave, and Roscoe Jackson
Next came a sequence of backstage interviews. Matt Morgan warned everyone on the roster that he was the most dominant force in the company. Elsewhere, a mysterious man named Jwala said he would be debuting soon - the big scar on his face would seem to suggest he's been through some wars. And finally, Chavo Guerrero said he would be calling in a partner with a family pedigree equal to his in order to battle the Sheiks who attacked him last week. According to international reports, there was supposed to be another Adonis Lock challenge sequence in here, but it didn't air.
Match Three: Sonjay Dutt w/ Steiner and Magnus vs Matt Morgan – Heavyweight Championship tournament semi-finals
Dutt started off defensively, rolling away every time Morgan came near him. Not as smart was his attempt to out-muscle Morgan, and soon the giant gained control. Magnus got caught trying to interfere, so the ref sent both him and Steiner back to the locker room. Morgan's aggressiveness cost him, when he tried for a Carbon Footprint in the corner, but Dutt moved out of the way, and the big man jammed his knee. Though Dutt worked on the knee, he couldn't keep Morgan grounded, and he fell victim to an overhead slam, a chokeslam, and a Carbon Footprint, which kept him down for three.
Winner: Matt Morgan
After the match, Steiner came to the ring, and the two tournament finalists stared each other down in the middle of the ring to end the show.
Episode 4 – Feb 5, 2012
Match One: “The Future Legend” Alyssa Flash vs. Mickie James
Great to see Flash (Cheerleader Melissa) back on TV - she's too good to not have a big league contract, hopefully this will pave the way for a return to regular North American TV. This match was far better than most matches that are shown on TV on a weekly basis - partly because they were given enough time to make the match interesting. Flash got the early advantage, but soon James knocked her silly with a running low dropkick to the face. Flash caught Mickie heading to the top, and slammed her down hard to the mat. There, she ramped things up, draping Mickie’s neck over the bottom rope and then stepping on her head to choke her. After that, Flash tied her up with a sweet looking wheelbarrow leglock crab, but Mickie was able to get to the ropes. James fired up, and after a couple of big clotheslines, headed back to the top for a super Thesz Press, but surprisingly only for a two-count. Flash hit a big Samoan Drop for two. She tried for another, but James blocked it, and hit a jumping DDT for the pin. Really good match.
Winner: Mickie James
Next up was the official weigh-ins for tonight’s Heavyweight Championship tournament finals. Steiner was hilarious, boasting about his 24.5 inch biceps throughout. After Morgan's stats were announced, he posed for the crowd, but was shoved hard by Steiner from behind. Referees and judges had to separate the two before things escalated further.
Backstage, the Bollywood Boys said that they were looking forward to dancing to the ring, Bollywood style, when they compete in the Tag Team Championship tournament.
Match Two: The Sheiks v/ Raisha Saeed vs Chavo Guerrrero and Bulldog Hart (Harry Smith)
As promised, Chavo’s partner was another member of a famous wrestling family in Hart, who looks bigger and better than he did while in WWE. Hart used his strength to toss around the Sheiks and he nearly got a quick pin in the opening seconds. Chavo fared well too, sending the Sheiks to the floor. There, they got into the faces of the fans, including tearing up the sign held up by a midget who was petitioning to get a tryout with the company. The little guy didn’t take too kindly to this, so he hopped the barricade and ran into the ring to challenge the Sheiks - security finally grabbed him and carried him out of the building. The comic distraction didn't faze the Sheiks, and they went back to punishing Chavo. A huge dropkick by Chavo buys him enough time to tag in Hart who took over in dominant fashion. He hit Abdul with a powerbomb, and Chavo immediately followed that up with a frog splash to get the pin.
Winners: Chavo Guerrero and Bulldog Hart
Backstage, the Pathane Pathe, an Indian tag team – think of two Indian guys who look like Big Bully Busick – said that they will be entering the Tag Team Championship tournament.
Match Three: Scottt Steiner w/ Sir Brutus Magnus and Sonjay Dutt vs Matt Morgan – Heavyweight Championship Tournament finals
The crowd was hot for this one, from Jeremy Borash's in-ring introductions. An early test of strength got broken up when Sonjay Dutt tried to interfere from the outside. To prevent such shenanigans, Commissioner Jazzy Lahoria called out some of the Indian wrestlers on the roster to even things up. Not having to worry about the guys on the floor allowed Morgan to take over, smashing Steiner with a big discus clothesline. A low blow later, though, and Steiner took over once again, landing his pushup elbow and a belly-to-belly suplex. Steiner hit a number of stomps and smashes, but then ate a boot when going for a big clothesline in the corner. Morgan caught his second wind, and avalanched Steiner before hitting a side slam. Another discus clothesline attempt got caught, and Steiner dropped him with a facebuster DDT. He then clamped on the Steiner Recliner, but Morgan’s reach allowed him to grab the ropes to break the hold. Morgan blocked a suplex attempt, bounced off the ropes and hit a huge Carbon Footprint that put Steiner down for the three, earning him the title.
Winner, and new Ring ka King Champion: Matt Morgan
After the match, Morgan thanked the crowd - in Hindi! - and then he and the Indian wrestlers celebrated the title win.Bob Kapur is suffering from a Super Bowl chicken wing overdose. Send him some Pepto Bismol coupons at firstname.lastname@example.org.