March 28, 2012
Ring ka King: RDX rule the ring
By BOB KAPUR - SLAM! Wrestling
This week on Ring ka King, Jeff Jarrett and RDX try to take control of the company by winning the World Cup match against Commissioner Jazzy Lahoria's team. Will India become part of "Planet Jarrett"? Let's head to the ring and find out!
Match 1: Jimmy Rave vs Pagal Parinda vs Zema Ion
Parinda surprised his opponents early on with some quick armdrags, but the two got on the same page and threw him out of the ring. Quick action early on, with Rave hitting an ugly uranage on Parinda on the apron, and then Ion nailing them both immediately afterwards with a somersault dive on the floor. Parina has a lot of aerials, though they sometimes look scary, like the flying headscissor takedown he hit on Ion from the top rope. Parinda tried to put Ion away with a superplex, but got thrown down to the floor instead. Rave then tried to attack a prone Ion, but instead he got pushed to the mat, and an Ion Splash (450 splash) kept him down for the three count. After the match, Sonjay Dutt came to the ring, wearing his golden wings, to badmouth the winners.
Winner: Zema Ion
Backstage, Team Lahoria met to strategize for the upcoming arm wrestling challenge that will decide which team has the advantage in the World Cup match (or in TNA parlance, a Lethal Lockdown match) against Jeff Jarrett’s RDX, with the winner getting control of the company. Mahabali Veera and Jwala expressed their mutual distrust, but Lahoria didn’t address that situation.
Up next, it was time for another Adonis Lock challenge. Adonis upped the challenge to 5 lakh rupees (about $10,000). He called in a ringside fan who clearly had no chance to succeed, and within seconds of locking on the move, knocked him out. The commentary was actually pretty funny here, but you have to understand Hindi to appreciate it. On his way to the back, Adonis attacked the camera man and locked him in as well. He then grabbed a mic and said that he would accept Mahabali Veera’s challenge, any time, any place.
Backstage, Jeff and RDX loved their chances in the arm wrestling challenge. Ram the interviewer let them know that if any RDX member lost his bout, then Jarrett would have to arm wrestle Jazzy Lahoria, and they laughed diabolically.
Elsewhere, Jwala explained why he was teaming up with Veera and the rest of Lahoria’s team in the World Cup. He explained that when he won the World Cup match, the powers that be would have no choice but to grant him a title shot.
Match 2: The Sheiks w/ Raisha, Dr. Nicholas Dinsmore & TNT vs The Bollywood Boyz, Barood & Romeo Rapta w/ Angelina Love
The Boyz and their partners worked well early on, but fell to some dirty tactics by the veteran villains. They isolated Rapta in their corner, and tagged in and out quickly to punish the lothario. He fought his way out of trouble and made the hot tag to Barood. Barood cleaned house, and soon the match turned into a pier six brawl. Barood had Sheik Bashir pinned, but the ref was distracted by Raisha on the apron. When Barood went to get the ref, the Sheiks pulled the switcheroo, and the fresh Sheik rolled up the roly poly Barood and stole the win. After the match, the women fought in the middle of the ring (the commentator actually made a “catfight” call, but it loses a bit in translation – somewhere, Joey Styles is weeping.
Winners: The Sheiks, Dr. Nicholas Dinsmore & TNT
Arm Wrestling Challenge
RDX made their way to the ring for the arm wrestling challenge. Their whipping boy lawyer, still wearing the neckbrace from last week, was with them. Then, Lahoria came to the ring with Bulldog Hart and Mahabali Veera. Ram explained that the challenge was the best 2 out of 3: first, Scott Steiner would take on Bulldog Hart, and then Sir Brutus Magnus would face Veera. If a tie-breaker would be necessary, Jarrett would face Lahoria. To make it fair, the ref cleared the ring of everyone but the competitors in each round. Steiner and Veera won their respective bouts cleanly, leading to Jarrett vs Lahoria. After some mind games by Jarrett (he was great throughout this segment), the match finally started. It looked like Lahoria had Jarrett in trouble, so Steiner jumped up on the apron to distract the ref. In the resulting confusion, Sonjay poured Jarrett a mouthful of water, Jarrett spit it into Lahoria’s face, and used the distraction to win the challenge. Jarrett then shoved Lahoria, setting a fight between both teams in motion. Team Lahoria cleared RDX out of the ring and the show ended.
Winners, who have earned the advantage in the World Cup match: RDX
Match 1: Hollywood & Broadway vs The Pathani Pathhe
The Pathhe surprised the westerners with some co-ordinated double-team moves, in between their crazy dancing. But it didn’t take long before some cheating gave H&B the edge. They then used some double-team moves of their own to stop the Pathhe party. Eventually, the bigger Pathhe got tagged in, and he used his size to run over his opponents. A couple of battering rams put their opponents down, and the Pathhe got what must be considered an upset victory.
Winners: The Pathani Pathhe
Backstage, Jarrett gave a pep talk to RDX, telling them that their whole goal in India was to take control of the company and tonight’s World Cup match would be the culmination of that goal. Meanwhile, Jazzy Lahoria did the same for his team, though it was obvious that Jwala wasn’t ready to sing kum-ba-ya with the others just yet – his goal, he said, was to win, not for Lahoria, but rather to earn himself a title shot.
Ram interviewed Harbhajan Singh, who said that it would be his pleasure to kick RDX out of Ring ka King if they lost to Team Lahoria tonight.
Match 2: RDX vs Team Lahoria
Sonjay Dutt and Chavo Guerrero started things off for their respective teams for the first five minute battle. Chavo hit a nice dropkick to start things off, but a knee to the gut by Dutt slowed the momentum. The two exchanged moves, with Dutt nailing him with a nice spinning elbow, but eating a dropkick while going for a move off the top rope. Following that, Chavo hit the Three Amigos, but pins could only take place once all men have entered the ring. Instead, he just ground and pounded Dutt until the next RDX member, Scott Steiner, joined the fray. A series of big clotheslines later, and Chavo knew that the next minute, until one of his partners would even things up, would not be pleasant. Bulldog Hart was the next man in, and he and a recovered Chavo battered both RDX members. Brutus Magnus entered next, and again the numbers game gave his team the advantage. That is, until Matt Morgan entered the cage, immediately making an impact by lawn-darting Sonjay Dutt into the cage wall and smashing both Stener and Brutus with buckle smashes. The turncoat Deadly Danda came in next, and he bee-lined towards Matt Morgan, taking the genetic giant down thanks to the 4-on-3 edge. This would end, though, when Mahabali Veera entered, and he punished Dandy, sending the big man into the cage. With things all even, this allowed Chavo to scale the cage, and land on everyone else with a high cross body off the top – beautiful. Abyss was the last member of RDX, and he punished all of Lahoria’s soldiers for the minute, until Jwala was announced. Jwala made his way slowly to the ring, but was cut off on the way by Jeff Jarrett who offered him a bribe to join RDX – or at least not stand against them. To the horror of Jazzy Lahoria, Jwala took and pocketed the funds. But then he sucker-punched Jeff, and headed into the cage. With all 10 men entered, the match became a standard pinfall/submission affair. The psycho Jwala singlehandedly punished RDX, while everyone else exchanged power moves, like a side suplex by Hart on Abyss followed by a Chavo Frogsplash. Meanwhile, outside the ring, Jarrett knocked down Jazzy Lahoria, and then got some handcuffs and threw them up and into the cage where his boys used them to tie their opponents against the cage. With all of their opponents tied up, RDX delivered a beatdown onto all of them, pausing only to strike a group pose in the centre of the ring. The five RDX members then took turns attacking Jwala with Lahoria’s walking stick. This beat-down lasted for a couple of minutes before they put Jwala out of his misery and pinned him. After the match, Jarrett recovered his money from Jwala’s pocket and RDX taunted him, the fans, and Lahoria.
The show ended with RDX celebrating in the ring, the Team Lahoria members cuffed to the cage, and Harbhajan Singh looking unhappy with the outcome of the match.
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