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Ring ka King: Tournament time - top tag teams take to TV
By BOB KAPUR - SLAM! Wrestling


This week on Ring ka King, eight tag teams compete in the Tag Team Championship tournament, a number one contender for Matt Morgan’s heavyweight championship is determined, a new singles wrestler makes his debut, and the mysterious “boss” teases bringing in someone else. That’s a lot to get through in two hour-long episodes, so let’s get to it!

Saturday, February 11

Saturday’s episode started off with the eight teams coming to the ring. Not surprisingly with this much humanity in the ring, things soon became chaotic, and eventually bodies started spilling out of the ring and to the floor. Zema Ion ended things by landing a twisting corkscrew moonsault from the top rope, taking out everybody to the delight of the crowd.

Jwala – an intense psychopath – went up to RkK commissioner Jazzy Lahoria and demanded a title shot against Morgan. Lahoria refused, telling Jwala he would have to stand in line, because tonight, Roscoe Jackson and Isaiah Cash would be fighting for the number one contendership.

Match One: Jwala vs TNT

Wow, a real throwback tonight, as Savio Vega resurrects TNA, a face-painted martial artist. The Indian crowd was behind Jwala because he’s a fellow countryman, even though it wasn’t clear if he was supposed to be a babyface or not. TNT hit a nice spinkick in the corner, and then followed that up with chops. He missed a flying splash in the corner, and then Jwala put him down with some stomps and arm smashes – very basic offense. TNT tried to comeback, but missed another big spin kick. After softening him up with a slam, Jwala put on the Indian spike, leaving TNT prone for the pin. After the match, Jwala took the mic and warned the locker room that it was his time, and if they didn’t know who he was, they soon would.

Winner: Jwala

Backstage, Sonjay Dutt begged forgiveness from the boss, who was on the phone, for failing to deliver on the plan to win the championship. He and Magnus pleaded for the boss not to send “it”, while Steiner ranted behind them, saying he hated Indians.

Match Two: The Sheiks w/ Raisha Saeed vs Pathani Pathhe– Tag Team Championship tournament match

The Pathhe’s entrance music features car horns and tire squeals; fitting, as the commentators explained that they were truck drivers who only recently got into wrestling. The Sheiks used some classic strategy, keeping one Pathhe down in their corner, using quick tags to keep a fresh man in the ring. Eventually, Pa Pa Pathhe tagged in the bigger Guru, and he took over. He had one of the Sheiks covered, but Raisha climbed to the apron, distracting the ref. With his back turned, the Sheiks pulled the switcheroo, and when the Pathhe tried again for the cover, he was rolled up for the pin.

Winners: The Sheiks

Backstage, Roscoe Jackson and Isaiah Cash exchanged promos, both promising to win their match for the number one contendership.

Match Three: Sonjay Dutt and Sir Brutus Magnus vs Jimmy Rave and Zema Ion – Tag Team Championship tournament match

Rave and Dutt started this one off, with Rave getting the better of things. Dutt tried to beg off, even going so far as to kiss Rave’s boot, but to no end. Magnus didn’t have any better luck against Ion, eating a huge dropkick among other moves. Rave’s exuberance cost him, though, and he ate a boot when charging in for an attack. After absorbing some punishment, he dazzled his way out of trouble and made the tag. But Dutt and Magnus were too tricky, and a sweet double-team move got them the win. After the match, their partner in crime, Scott Steiner, joined them for a celebration in the ring to end the show.

Winners: Sonjay Dutt and Sir Brutus Magnus

Sunday, February 12

Match One: Bollywood Boys vs The Mumbai Cats – Tag Team Championship tournament match

Forget the Undertaker or Brodus Clay, the Boys have the best entrance in wrestling right now, with a bevy of dancing girls accompanying them to the ring. Some funny commentary here, stealing some classic Heenan-Monsoon interplay, albeit in Hindi. One of the Boys hurt his shoulder by running into the corner, not expecting the feline-fast reflexes of a Cat who moved out of the way. A Cat-astrophic miscommunication gets him free, though, and the other Boy takes control. A double-superkick by the Boys put a Cat down for the three.

Winnners: The Bollywood Boys

Backstage, Matt Morgan said that he doesn’t care who wins the next match – regardless if it’s Jackson or Cash, he’ll successfully defend the Heavyweight Championship.

Match Two: Roscoe Jackson vs “Outlaw” Isaiah Cash – Number One Contendership

As he was coming to the ring, Jackson was sneak-attacked by Jwala, who’s still upset that he wasn’t being given an opportunity to fight for a title shot. Jackson stood his ground and ran Jwala away, only to get caught in the face with a boot by Cash. In the ring, Cash hit a huge back body drop, and kept Jackson down with a series of elbows. A headlock weakened the cowboy even more, but he was able to roll out of the way of a big running splash. He fired up, and hit some big clotheslines and a big boot to down Cash. A beautiful belly-to-back suplex and a running cross body weren’t enough for Jackson to get the win, and after missing a clothesline, he walked into a double-arm chokeslam that put him down for good.

Winner, and new number one contender: Isaiah Cash

Backstage, “the boss” – who sounded exactly like Jeff Jarrett – told Magnus, Dutt and Steiner that they had better continue their winning ways, or else he would send “it”. They seemed frightened by the possibility.

Elsewhere, commissioner Jazzy Lahoria was interrupted by a mini man who demanded to be made part of the roster, to the amusement of Lahoria.

The American Adonis, accompanied with his translator Shera, challenged anyone in the building to accept his Adonis Lock challenge. The “Indian Superman” Mahabali Veera came to the ring and accepted the challenge. There must have been an edit job here, because by the time he go to the ring, there was a laid out body lying face-down at the boots of Adonis. Veera accepted the challenge, and promised that when he broke the hold and won the money, he would distribute it to the crowd. Adonis left the ring, with Shera explaining that Adonis only accepts one challenge a night (apparently, whether it’s shown on TV or not).

A short vignette aired for the high-flying, acrobatic Pagal Parvinda who will be debuting soon.

Match Three: Broadway and Hollywood vs Chavo Guerrero and Bulldog Hart – Tag Team Championship tournament match

The team of Hart and Guerrero gelled early, as they used their combination of speed and strength to stun their opponents. Some shady tactics got Hollywood and Broadway into control, and they isolated Chavo, working him over with submission attempts and high-impact moves, including a Sicilian Slice. Chavo escaped trouble with a big spinning DDT on Broadway, and made the hot tag to Hart. He easily dispatched of Broadway, leaving Hollywood prone to a powerbomb/frog-splash combination to end things.

Winners: Chavo Guerrero Jr. and Bulldog Hart

Bob Kapur is still single, ladies. E-mail him your valentines at bobkapur@hotmail.com.