Written By: Bob Colling
National Wrestling Alliance/Total Non-Stop Action presents Weekly PPV #16
From: Nashville, Tennessee
NWA-TNA opening video
Mike Tenay and Don West welcome everyone to NWA-TNA and they hype up what will be on the show. They recap what happened several weeks ago between Sonny Siaki and Jorge Estrada, which includes a video package on the situation. Tenay mentions that tonight Sonny Siaki will take on Jorge Estrada. TNA has a new split screen feature showing both wrestlers like WWE uses to promote matches. Another video airs promoting a tag team match which will see Jeff Jarrett and Bruce taking on BG James and Hermie Sadler. The video shows the important parts of the segment last week. Another video airs hyping up the NWA-TNA World Tag Team Championship match between Chris Harris/James Storm defending against Chris and Rick Michaels. They also promote AJ Styles challenging Syxx Pac for the NWA-TNA X-Division Championship. Lastly, Ron Killings will defend the NWA-TNA World Heavyweight Championship against Curt Hennig.
Backstage, Goldylocks is with Jorge Estrada. The microphone doesn’t work so it is very hard to hear for a few moments. Estrada says he has two huge announcements. Estrada introduces his Priscilla a young blonde. Lastly, Estrada will be looking for another Flying Elvis. At this time, Syxx Pac is seen leaving a locker room. Brian Lawler walks over and gets in Goldylocks face asking where his girlfriend. Lawler says that he will hold Goldylocks accountable if anything happens. At the end of the interview, April is seen opening the door that Syxx had just left. Uh oh.
Opening Contest: Brian Lawler defeated David Young: Lawler isn’t happy as he doesn’t know where April was, however before he enters the ring April makes her way down to the ring. April is heard saying he was putting makeup on. Lawler with the early advantage on Young with several right hands. Young comes back with several arm drags and a dropkick and proceeds to dropkick Lawler over the top to the floor. Lawler’s face goes right to the private area of April who is sitting in a chair at ringside. Lawler also tries to leap into the ring but purposely messes up to the delight of the crowd. Young always rolled Lawler up for the win. Lawler regains composure by hitting Young with a super kick. Lawler continues with a standing fist drop and drives Young down with a full nelson slam but doesn’t go for the cover. Lawler low blows Young behind the referees back to keep the advantage. Young blocks a pile driver with a double leg front slam and with three DDT’s but Lawler kicks out. Young attempts a top rope moonsault but Lawler moves. Lawler takes his time and gets his goggles from April. Lawler gets to the top rope but misses the Hip Hop Drop. Young gets distracted by April as he is on the middle rope. Lawler plants Young with a reverse DDT from the middle rope to win the match. *1/2
After the match, Lawler poses in the ring with April while still being abusive.
A video promoting the feud between Sonny Siaki and Jerry Lynn is shown. The feud started when Siaki screwed Lynn in a match against Killings several weeks ago. The attack two weeks ago is also shown where he and AJ Styles beat Lynn up backstage. Siaki injuring Lynn last week is also shown.
Jerry Lynn limps down to the ring as he is going to address the fans. Lynn will give the benefit of the doubt for Siaki saying that he holds himself responsibility for the injury. Lynn says that next week he won’t be held responsible. Lynn continues by saying he has taken care of people like Siaki for the past fourteen years. Lynn also says that Siaki is everything wrong with this business saying that Siaki has “earned nothing in this business”. Lynn is going to give Siaki a reality check and that will happen next week. Lynn says that Siaki will have a new found respect for the business and for Jerry Lynn. Sonny Siaki’s music hits and Siaki shows up at the top of the entrance ramp. Siaki says that he doesn’t respect anyone and that he will not be a mid-carder for the next fifteen years. Siaki will start at the top and will finish at the top. Lynn says that after life, comes death. Siaki runs down to the ring and works on the injured right knee of Lynn. Ace Steel, Derek Wylde, David Young and Norman Smiley run down pulling Siaki off. Lynn attacks Siaki as the wrestlers and security try to hold them away from each other. Jorge Estrada and Bob Armstrong run down to the ring as well. Siaki is shoved to the floor by Don Harris.
Earlier in the day, Mike Tenay sat down with Syxx Pac. Tenay mentions Pac’s matches in the GWF with Jerry Lynn. Tenay says that Pac was “the X-Division before the X-Division existed”. Pac says that the division is extreme, and exciting. Pac puts over Jerry Lynn as a great wrestler. Tenay asks Pac if he thinks he can have the same success in TNA as he had in WCW and WWF. Pac doesn’t really answer the question. Instead he says people will not be able to recreate the New World Order or DX. Pac says that he felt bad for the comments made about Low Ki a few weeks ago. Pac says that AJ Styles will get his attempt to get respect tonight. Pac will prove that he is the NWA-TNA X-Division Champion.
Second Contest: Sonny Siaki defeated Jorge Estrada in a grudge match: Estrada with a head scissors takedown and a springboard leg drop to the back of Siaki who was hunched over. Estrada with a slingshot split legged moonsault for a near fall. Siaki takes Estrada over with a release overhead belly to belly suplex sending Estrada to the floor. Siaki with a pump handle overhead slam on the floor! Siaki misses the Flip Mode but drops Estrada with a ace crusher for a near fall. Estrada comes back with a tornado DDT off the middle rope. Estrada with a dropkick, head scissors take down, rolling fireman’s carry and a springboard moonsault for a near fall. Siaki stops Estrada with a lariat for a near fall. Estrada with a modified Rock Bottom but only gets a near fall. Estrada leaps off the top to the floor but misses a dive and hits the guard railing. Siaki hits the Money Clip to win the match. **
After the match, Siaki taunts the fans as he heads to the back. Jerry Lynn attacks Siaki from behind with a spear and mounts Siaki hitting Siaki with several right hands. Another pull apart brawl between Lynn and Siaki.
Some girl dances in a cage as Mike Tenay promotes some shows.
Third Contest: Ace Steel defeated Derek Wylde: Wylde takes Steel down with a hurricanrana as that was the first move that wasn’t a hip toss or wrist lock. Wylde botches a hurricanrana from the apron to the floor. Steel backdrops Wylde up against the ropes but Wylde takes Steel down with a head scissors on the floor. Back in the ring, Steel crotches Wylde on the middle turnbuckle and connects with a running dropkick. Steel follows up with a superplex off the top and drives Wylde down with several double under hook face busters onto his knee. Steel follows up with the Twist of Pain to pick up the fairly easy win. *
After the match, Steel and Mortimer Plumtree celebrate their victory in the ring.
Some girl dances in a cage as Mike Tenay promotes some shows.
Before the next match, BG James does something similar to what he use to do in the WWE for several years. BG also cuts a promo saying that he will be proving himself right tonight when they beat Jarrett and Bruce. BG is coming for Jarrett while Sadler will be going after Bruce. Jarrett says that he was at the race this past Saturday. Apparently, the race didn’t go so well for Sadler. Jarrett says Sadler will be cast in a new movie “The Last and Furious”.
Fourth Contest: BG James/Hermie Sadler defeated Jeff Jarrett/Bruce: Jarrett and BG start the match off with Jarrett working on BG with several right hands and a hip toss takedown. BG knocks Jarrett down with a flying forearm smash and a dropkick to the back of Jarrett for a near fall. Bruce gets tagged in and does some rather interesting taunts. Sadler gets tagged in and is taken down by Bruce, twice. Bruce continues his offense with a arm drag, but Sadler comes back with a hip toss. BG tags himself in and Bruce backs over Sadler who was on all fours. BG goes for the pump handle slam, but Bruce likes it! Jarrett hits BG and Bruce regains control stomping away on BG. Jarrett enters and nails BG with a kick to the back of the head for a near fall. Jarrett tags Bruce back in who stomps away on BG and chokes BG in the corner. Jarrett and Bruce stomp on BG in the corner. BG ducks a clothesline and delivers several jabs and right hands to Jarrett and Bruce. BG with a knee drop coming off the ropes on Jarrett for a near fall. Sadler enters and takes Bruce down with a snap suplex. Sadler with a clothesline on Bruce as BG and Jarrett brawl to the back. Sadler with a back body drop on Bruce for a near fall. Lawler shows up with a trash can and hits BG over the head on the entrance ramp. Bruce with a back suplex on Sadler as Lawler and Jarrett work on BG. Jarrett hits BG with the trash can. Sadler blocks a sunset flip attempt from Bruce to roll Bruce up to win the match. *1/2
After the match, Sadler checks on BG James at the top of the entrance ramp. Bruce and Jarrett are not happy in the ring. Jarrett is yelling at Bruce in the ring. Bruce hugs Jarrett but Jarrett low blows Bruce and drops Bruce with the Stroke. Jarrett leaves the ring as Bruce is left laying in the ring
Some girl dances in a cage as Mike Tenay promotes some shows.
Fifth Contest: Ron Harris defeated Norman Smiley: A few moments into the match, Smiley dropkicks the knee of Harris and attempts the Big Wiggle, but Harris elbows out of that. Harris nails Smiley with a big boot. Smiley continues to work on the knee of Harris but doesn’t really affect Harris. Smiley with a clothesline and a swinging scoop slam. Smiley follows up with the Big Wiggle. Harris becomes furious and delivers a big boot and follows up with several running clotheslines in the corner. Harris plants Smiley with a side slam and gets a near fall. Harris quickly hit’s a cobra clutch slam and picks up the win. *
After the match, Harris beats down Smiley. However, Smiley comes back with several forearm shots and is screaming like a psycho. Smiley begins to choke Harris until Don Harris runs down to stop the beating. Don Harris and Ron Harris trade shoves and get in each others faces.
Some girl dances in a cage as Mike Tenay promotes some shows.
Sixth Contest: Chris Harris/James Storm defeated Chris Michaels/Rick Michaels to retain the NWA-TNA World Tag Team Championships: Storm and Rick start the match off with Storm knocking Rick down with a shoulder block. Chris enters after Rick bails to the floor. Storm backdrops Chris over the top on Rick. Harris enters and elevates Storm over the top onto Chris and Rick on the floor. Harris also leaps over the top connecting with a cross body on the floor. Harris backdrops Chris down and tags in Storm. Rick delivers a knee to the back of Storm and sends Storm into the guard railing. The challengers control Storm for several moments. Chris hits Storm with a standing leg lariat for a near win. Storm takes Rick down with a hurricanrana and manages to tag in Harris. Harris cleans house with clotheslines taking both opponents down. Harris drives Rick down with a running bulldog as well. Harris leaps off the top connecting with a cross body on Chris getting a near fall. Storm drives Rick down with the Eye of the Storm but the referee is distracted. Chris leaps off the top and connects with a leg drop on Storm. Rick goes for the cover but Storm manages to kick out. Harris clotheslines Chris off the apron on the announcers table. Storm connects with a super kick on Rick and gets a near fall. Chris shoves Storm off the top onto the guard railing. Rick with the Double Shot on Harris and Chris leaps off the top hitting a elbow drop but only gets a near fall. Harris manages to hit Chris with the Catatonic and picks up the win for his team. *1/2
After the match, the Hot shots run down to the ring and attack the champions. Chris and Rick Michaels also return to the ring and help beat down the champions. Several officials enter the ring trying to break up the beat down but are unable to. All four men beat down on security before leaving the ring.
Seventh Contest: AJ Styles defeated Syxx-Pac by disqualification. Syxx Pac retains the NWA-TNA X-Division Championship: Mortimer Plumtree is with AJ Styles now. Styles kicks the hand of Pac away as he tries to shake hands with Styles. Pac with a the crotch chop as well to continue to taunt Styles. Styles with a arm drag takedown and Pac mock applauds Styles. Styles does the same move but Pac doesn’t applaud this time. Pac takes Styles down and slaps the back of Styles head. Styles delivers a shot to the chest of Pac as he was up against the ropes. Styles manages to take Pac down with a snap hurricanrana. Pac with several chops as Styles played to the crowd. Pac with a jumping back kick in the corner. Pac goes for the Bronco Buster but Plumtree pulls his client of the ring. Pac takes Styles down with a arm drag once Styles returns, but Styles bails to the floor. Styles is back dropped onto the apron but lands on his feet. Styles trips Pac up and drives him groin first into the ring post. Styles gets a near fall when he returns to the ring. Styles jumps onto the back of Pac who is hovered over the middle rope. Plumtree proceeds to choke Pac behind the referees back. Pac attempts to fight out of a chin lock but is driven down to the mat with a hair pull by Styles. Styles sends Pac through the middle rope to the floor where Plumtree continues to deliver cheap shots. Styles comes off the ropes and connects with a somersault dive onto Pac on the floor and gets a near fall back in the ring. Styles delivers a leg drop to the back of Pac’s head as he was hunched over. Styles misses the Spiral Tap off the top. Pac with a standing spin kick, twice. Pac also connects with a spinning heel kick and goes up top. Pac leaps off the top but is met with a dropkick in midair and Styles gets a near fall. Styles tries to go for the Bronco Buster but Pac pushes Styles over the top to the floor. Pac climbs to the top and leaps off connecting with a spinning back dive of sorts. Pac with a Northern lights suplex in the ring but only gets a two count. Pac avoids a discus lariat and Styles hit’s the referee. Pac blocks a power bomb attempt and connects with the X-Factor. Plumtree enters the ring and kicks Pac. Pac works on Styles as the referee tries to break it up. Pac this the Bronco Buster and delivers several right hands. Pac pushes the referee away and the referee calls for the bell. **1/4
After the match, Pac knocks the referee to the floor. Security enter the ring trying to hold Pac back as he goes towards Styles and Plumtree. Plumtree is arguing with Bill Behrens as they head to the backstage area.
Some girl dances in a cage as Mike Tenay hypes up some shows.
Don West gets ready to promote what will happen next week. Sonny Siaki will face Jerry Lynn. Brian Lawler will compete against BG James. Chris Harris and James Storm will defend the NWA-TNA Tag Team Championships. We will also see Jeff Jarrett, Ron Killings, Syxx-Pac and AJ Styles. Mike Tenay mentions his sit down interview with Curt Hennig.
We go to the interview from earlier in the day. Tenay mentions the AWA where Hennig competed in several years ago. Hennig mentions winning his first World Championship and Tag Team Championship with Scott Hall. Tenay mentions gold he held in WWF and WCW. Hennig doesn’t see wrestling the way he would like it, but does in TNA. Hennig was surprised the way the fans reacted to him last week. Hennig puts over Killings as a good wrestler. Hennig doesn’t see why he can’t have gold here in TNA.
Before the main event, Truth grabs a microphone and says “It is time for the Truth”. Killings wants to know when the TNA officials are going to show their faces and stop hiding behind their titles. Killings says he doesn’t hide behind his title. Killings says the officials are punk ass cowards. Killings is not happy with having to defend against a white wrestler. He wanted to give minority wrestlers the opportunity he hadn’t been given for several years. Killings says that he doesn’t duck anyone. Killings says that Hennig is the king of backstage politics. Killings tells the fans he isn’t overrated, but their mothers are. Killings calls out Hennig. Hennig comes out with a microphone. Hennig gives Killings some advice. Hennig mentions respect and tells Killings that no one likes him and says that Killings can kiss his ass.
Main Event: Ron Killings defeated Curt Hennig to retain the NWA-TNA World Heavyweight Championship: A rather slow start to the match as they lock up but nothing happens. Hennig takes Killings down with a go behind and locks in a front face lock. Killings reaches the bottom of the ropes to break the hold and has his back slapped by Hennig. They got to the floor where Killings backdrops Hennig onto the announcers table. Killings clotheslines Hennig over the railing into the crowd. Hennig hits Killings with a chair to the midsection and back. Killings apparently throws something into the eyes of Hennig but their wasn’t a clear view as to what it was. Killings drives Hennig down with a running power slam. Mortimer Plumtree, Ace Steel, Ron Harris and AJ Styles are watching the match at the top of the ramp way. Killings works on the knees of Hennig for a few moments. Killings ducks a clothesline and connects with a leg lariat. Hennig with a knee lift and goes to scoop slam but Killings legs hit the referee. Hennig instead goes for the Hennig Plex but the masked wrestler slides into the ring and beats up Ron Killings and Curt Hennig. BG James and Syxx Pac enter the ring to help Hennig. Ace Steel, AJ Styles and Ron Harris also come down and a massive brawl ensues. Bob Armstrong and Bill Behrens come down breaking up the fight. Armstrong clears the ring and says to restart the match. The match is restarted, and Killings flips out. Killings tosses Scott Armstrong across the ring and hits Jeremy Borash and Bob Armstrong. Killings has a chair and dares anyone to come towards him. Armstrong gives Killings the chance to fight to retain his belt or get counted out and lose it. Jeff Jarrett comes down and ducks a clothesline from Hennig on the apron and low blows Hennig. Hennig falls back into the ring and Killings covers Hennig to retain the title. *1/4
After the match, Killings raps insulting to the fans.
Evil Knows No Bounds, Evil Never will Rest, Evil Returns.
End of show
My Take: Judging by the first segment of the show this week, Syxx-Pac and Brian Lawler will be involved in a feud over Pac sleeping with Lawler’s girlfriend. That doesn’t really interest me. Lawler/Young didn’t continue anything nor did it really have any sort of meaning. Just a match to give Lawler a win as he will be involved in bigger feuds than David Young. The pull apart brawl between Jerry Lynn and Sonny Siaki was nicely done, I thought. The whole Lynn/Siaki feud has been booked fairly well in my opinion. Obviously Siaki had to go over Jorge Estrada as he is involved in a big program with Lynn while Estrada is just kind of there. Ace Steel gets a squash this week and I would have to think he is going to be getting a push in the X-Division. BG James/Hermie Sadler vs. Jarrett/Bruce was nothing special and didn’t really entertain me at all. Bruce is a great character and the fans do hate him. The attack on Bruce by Jarrett was just because Jarrett doesn’t like anyone, and not a face turn for Bruce in case someone was wondering. Refreshing to see Norman Smiley actually show a mean streak after his match with Ron Harris. I liked that a lot. Chris and Rick Michaels were better this week as compared to last week. However, they simply aren’t any good. Hopefully the Hot Shots get a lengthy program with the champions as I have liked their work in the short history of TNA. Syxx-Pac is really starting to act like a heel. Even the way he won the belt last week was a heel thing to do, but yet he is a face. His match with Styles was decent for what is was worth. The disqualification may have been a weak finish, but needed to continue the feud and not to a decisive winner is fine. Hennig/Killings seemingly went very quickly and honestly wasn’t any good. It turned into a huge clusterfuck with many wrestlers getting involved near the end. The finish was lame as well, their were at least ten guys at ringside and none of them saw Jarrett screw Hennig over? I don’t think so. One more thing this week, the final thing to pop up on the screen was the notice that the New Church will be returning in two weeks. Anyway, next week has Lynn/Siaki which I am looking forward to watch.
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