Written By: Bob Colling
National Wrestling Alliance/Total Non-Stop Action presents Weekly PPV #24
From: Nashville, Tennessee
A video highlighting the Roddy Piper/Vince Russo war of words is shown. The video constantly promotes the birth of Sports Entertainment Xtreme. We see footage of the dominance of the Harris Brothers and the heel turn by BG James. The video finishes off with Percy Pringle’s appearance.
NWA-TNA opening video
Mike Tenay and Don West welcome everyone to the show. The starts off with a match:
Opening Contest: Tony Mamaluke defeated Jason Cross: Early on, Cross manages to slam Mamaluke down while in a arm lock. Mamaluke misses a leg drop on the apron and is sent to the floor where Cross connects with a impressive corkscrew dive. Cross attempts a moonsault off the ring steps but Mamaluke reverses delivering a gut buster on the floor. Mamaluke misses a baseball slide in the corner and goes groin first into the ring post and suffers a dropkick from Cross. Cross with a brain buster for a near fall. Cross misses a somersault leg drop and Mamaluke chop blocks the leg of Cross. Mamaluke works on the leg of Cross for a few moments and takes Cross over with a German suplex for a near fall. Cross with a roll up out of a shin breaker attempt. Mamaluke with a quick dropkick to the left knee of Cross to regain control of the match. Cross with a nice kick to the head of Mamaluke and follows up with a leg drop avoiding a leg sweep. Mamaluke misses a dive in the corner and Cross leaps off the middle rope hitting a swinging neck breaker. Cross sets Mamaluke up for the Crossfire but Mamaluke shoves the referee into the ropes and crotches Cross on the top rope. Cross with a nice flipping under hook face buster and goes to the top again. Cross leaps off and connects with the Crossfire! Cross can not follow up as he is holding his injured leg. Mamaluke with a dragon screw leg whip and locks in the Sicilian Crab. Cross is forced to give up rather quickly. **½
BG James has appeared in front of the announcers table and tells Tenay and West to guard a guitar sitting on the announcers table. BG says that Jeff Jarrett will need the guitar to retain the title tonight. BG proceeds to have the Harris Brothers beat up Tony Mamaluke. Jason Cross suffers the same move and both men are sent to the floor. BG believes he has everyone’s attention and mentions that Vince Russo isn’t here tonight because he is recruiting new members for S.E.X. BG says that the army is going to grow. BG brings up DX and how he and Vince Russo helped make DX the best thing going at the time. BG is cut off by his father Bob Armstrong. Bob can’t believe that BG has thrown away tradition for Vince Russo. Bob wants to know what made BG go down the road with Vince Russo. BG says that the road he chose has brought him straight to the top. Bob isn’t going to play favorites for his son. Bob calls out Ron Killings to come out. Killings has a steel chair and steel chain. Bob announces that BG James will face Ron Killings in a chain match with a steel chair being attached in the middle of the chain. Their will be zero rules for the match. Bob tells the Harris Brothers to kiss his ass. Bob awards the Harris Brothers a NWA World Tag Team Championship match. However, Bob makes it seem like a punishment. BG charges the ramp and brawls with Ron Killings. Harris Brothers brawl with the New Church until security and referees run down to break up the fight.
Mike Tenay and Don West put over the recent tour of Jeff Jarrett defending the NWA World Championship all over Europe facing Sting, Lex Luger and Nathan Jones. Don West also goes over the matches scheduled to take place tonight.
Backstage, Goldylocks is with Jorge Estrada saying that Estrada “has lost his smile”. Estrada says that Jimmy Yang is too good for him working in Japan. Priscilla left him for Brian Lawler. Estrada is looking for a new direction in his career. Goldylocks asks Estrada if the Flying Elvises are dead, but Estrada just walks away.
Second Contest: Kid Kash defeated Jorge Estrada: Estrada is still wearing the ring gear for the Elvises. Early on, neither man is able to get a clear advantage until Kash works on the left arm of Estrada after blocking a arm drag attempt. Estrada knocks Kash to the floor and connects with a dangerous springboard twisting swanton bomb and gets a near fall back in the ring. Kash with a springboard somersault dive for a near fall. Kash throws Estrada down to the mat face first and gets a near fall, again. Kash with a scoop slam and a boot scrape. Estrada with a drop toe hold and a springboard leg drop. Estrada continues with a hip toss into a neck breaker for a near fall. Kash with a rather slow double springboard missile dropkick. Kash plants Estrada with a tornado DDT but only gets a two count. Both men trade a series of open hand chops until Kash spikes Estrada with a nice looking brain buster to pick up the win. *¼
After the match, Kash just simply walks to the back.
Backstage, Goldylocks goes into a room where Scott Armstrong is with his father Bob Armstrong who is talking on the phone. Goldylocks wants to know who Bob was talking to. Bob simply walks away as Scott goes to talk to Ron.
Third Contest: Divine Storm defeated America‘s Most Wanted: Harris and Chris Divine started the match off. They traded several wrist locks early on and also traded a few sleeper holds. Harris with a clothesline as Divine came off the ropes and Storm tagged in. Storm works on James Storm with a series off boots but James comes back with a few right hands to the midsection. James takes Quiet over with a hurricanrana but Quiet takes James over with a head scissors. James with a boot to the side of Quiet’s head. James backdrops Divine onto Quiet on the floor and both AMW members dive onto their opponents on the floor. Trinity with her weekly spot taking everyone out with a top rope moonsault. Storm with missile dropkick on Quiet and a double clothesline on Quiet as well. Harris drives Quiet down with a delayed vertical suplex. Quiet with a rolling elbow to stop Harris momentum. Divine with a weak back suplex on Harris for a near fall. Divine with a side Russian leg sweep for another near fall on Harris. Quiet comes off ropes and plants Harris with a running stunner. Divine goes to the top rope but is shoved off by Harris. Harris with a spear on Quiet and tags in James. James with a series of forearms on Quiet. James with a whiplash slam on Quiet and a super kick on Divine as he leapt off the top rope. AMW with a double team slam on Quiet. Harris with a tilt a whirl power slam on Divine which gets a two count. AMW go for the Death Sentence but Trinity rolls in as Quiet distracts the referee. Trinity low blows James Storm and Divine manages to pin James Storm to win the match. *½
Outside the building, Scott Armstrong is talking to BG James who is smoking. Scott is trying to talk some sense into BG but BG just doesn’t care. BG says that he paved his own road and leaves his brother.
A video highlighting the attack by AJ Styles on Amazing Red last week. The video also puts over Amazing Red’s talent.
Fourth Contest: Amazing Red defeated AJ Styles: Red attacks Styles before the bell with several right hands but Styles shoves Red away. Red with a standing shooting star press to the back of Styles. Red with a kick right to the face of Styles and hits the 718 and dropkicks Styles to the floor. Red goes for a slingshot cross body but is caught and Styles connects with a backbreaker. Styles gets a two count back in the ring. Styles drives Red down with a backbreaker and a gut buster to control the contest. Styles with a vicious discus clothesline for a two count. Styles locks in a chin lock and delivers several shots to the face. Styles reverses a move by Red and goes for the Styles Clash but Red blocks it. Styles blocks a tornado DDT driving Red down with a suplex which gets a two count. Styles sends Red to the floor where Mortimer Plumtree kicks Red several times. Red is sent back into the ring and Styles gets a two count. Red slides to the floor and takes Plumtree down with a head scissors takedown. Styles drops Red chest first across the ring apron and grabs the ring steps. Styles blocks a DDT attempt and drops Red face first onto the ring steps. Styles rolls into the ring and gets a two count. Styles scoop slams Red down and connects with a standing Swanton Bomb for a near fall. Red with a snap hurricanrana but only gets a two count. Styles with a reverse DDT and gets a two count. Styles with a submission move with a reverse chin lock rolling over onto his stomach but Red doesn’t give up. Red with the Code Red but only gets a near fall! Red with several right hands but runs into a big boot from Styles. Styles with a sit down power bomb but only gets a near fall. Styles goes for the Spiral Tap but Red crotches him on the top. Red sets Styles up for a hurricanrana but Styles nearly reverses into the Styles Clash but Red gets out of it and connects with a nice kick to the head of Styles. Red goes back to the top and attempts a superplex but Styles stops Red and signals for a Styles Clash. Red blocks and drives Styles off the TOP with a hurricanrana that has Styles land face first on the mat. Red covers and picks up the upset win! ***
After the match, Amazing Red celebrates his win up the ramp as Styles and Plumtree are left shocked in the ring.
Fifth Contest: The New Church defeated Harris Brothers to retain the NWA-TNA World Tag Team Championships: All four men brawl before the bell. AJ Styles joins the announcing team for the match. All four men are just trading right hands in the ring until they go to the floor where Slash dives onto Don off the top to the floor. They brawl into the crowd and hit each other with chairs and whatnot. Slash and Ron are battling in the ring where Ron drives Slash down with a sit down spine buster. Harris Brothers with a double vertical suplex on Brian Lee (which Don West calls the H-Bomb, incorrect). Slash with the Slash and Burn on Ron Harris as Lee clotheslines Don several times. BG James enters the ring and hits Slash with a steel chair. Ron covers Slash and apparently wins the tag team titles. Percy Pringle makes his way down to the ring and tells the referee about what happened and that BG James is underneath the ring. BG James is spotted and the match decision is reversed. *
After the match, James Mitchell says that Percy Pringle has no reason to be messing with their business. Everyone proceed to go after Percy Pringle but AMW come back out and hit’s the Harris Brothers with steel chairs. New Church suffer the same fate.
A video promoting the feud between Jerry Lynn and Sonny Siaki is shown.
Mike Tenay had a sit down interview with Sonny Siaki earlier today and asks him about the lack of respect. Siaki mentions the has been in the business for four years and he hears that all the time. Siaki should respect the old guys, but he doesn’t care. The fans have came to see him become the X-Division Champion. Siaki has waited a long time for his moment. Siaki has put Lynn out for two weeks and he is going to “make his belt, my belt… the end.”
Sixth Contest: Sonny Siaki defeated Jerry Lynn to win the NWA-TNA X-Division Championship: Slow start to the match as they traded headlocks and go behinds for first few moments. Lynn with a crucifix pin attempt which gets a two count. Lynn with several drop toe holds and follows up with a cradle pin but Siaki kicks out. The referee blocks Lynn’s punch and allows Siaki to hit Lynn. Siaki sends Lynn to the floor, but Lynn lands on his feet. Siaki goes to the floor but Lynn comes back in. Lynn with a springboard dropkick sending Siaki off the apron down to the floor. Lynn with right hands on the floor and sends Siaki head first onto the announcers table. Siaki rams Lynn head first into the ring apron. Lynn trips Siaki on the apron and connects with a slingshot leg drop on the apron for a near fall. Siaki blocks a suplex and drops Lynn throat first across the top rope which gets Siaki a two count. Siaki with a short arm clothesline for yet another near fall. Siaki with a knee to the midsection but Lynn comes back with a roll up out of the corner for a near fall. Siaki with a low blow and super kick after shoving the referee. Siaki gets a two count following the move. Siaki sends Lynn to the floor and rams Lynn face first onto the X-Division Championship. Siaki rams Lynn head first onto the ring steps. Lynn sends Siaki head first into the guard railing. Lynn with a backdrop sending Siaki hard to the floor. Siaki sends Lynn face first into the guard railing a couple of times. Siaki gets a two count back in the ring. Lynn blocks a scoop slam driving Siaki down with a reverse DDT. They trade a series of right hands with Lynn getting the better of the battle. Lynn with several clotheslines and a sit out power bomb which nearly gets him a three count. Lynn spikes Siaki with a tornado DDT for a near fall. Siaki plants Lynn with a scoop slam into a ace crusher which only gets him a two count. Referee bump in the corner so the referee didn’t see Lynn roll Siaki up. Lynn blocks Siaki’s finisher and drives Siaki down with the cradle pile driver but the referee isn’t able to make the count. Lynn with a side slam and goes to the top rope. A woman gets on the apron and crotches Lynn on the top rope. Siaki with a top rope Siakalypse and picks up the win and title! **¼
After the match, Siaki celebrates his title win.
Seventh Contest: Ron Killings defeated BG James in a chairs and chains match: BG tries to get out of the match but is met with a leaping forearm shot from Killings. BG with a few right hands to start the match. BG wraps the chain around his fist and delivers a shot. BG grabs the chair and tries to set it up. Killings goes to the top rope and dropkicks the chair into the face of BG for a two count. Killings with a scissors kick that drives BG head first onto the chair and Killings gets a another near fall. Killings places the chair onto BG and leaps off the top but misses a moonsault and lands on the steel chair. BG rams the chair into the side of Killings and bridges the chair between the middle and top turnbuckle. BG with several more blows. Killings yanks on the chain and BG goes head first into the turnbuckle which gets Killings a near fall. They no longer have the chain attached. BG tries the pump handle slam but Killings reverses and hit’s a sit out front suplex driving BG onto the chair and picks up the win. *
After the match, Killings places the chair on top of BG and goes to the top rope signaling for the 450 splash. Bob Armstrong runs down and prevents Killings from doing the move. Armstrong raises Killings hand. BG goes to hit Killings but Killings moves and BG hits his father with the chair. BG hits Killings but looks upset at the fact that he hit his father. Scott Armstrong and Jeremy Borash check on Bob Armstrong.
Mike Tenay and Don West talk about the main event and Don West hypes up next weeks show.
A video going over the history between Curt Hennig and Jeff Jarrett is shown.
Mike Tenay had a sit down interview with Jeff Jarrett. Jarrett say that he has worked his entire life to get to this point to be the NWA World Champion. Jarrett puts over the title win as a dream. Tenay asks Jarrett about Sean Waltman refusal to work with Vince Russo. Jarrett calls that “ridiculous” and “acting like a coward”. Jarrett says that Waltman showed him that he didn’t want to be in TNA. Jarrett does the right thing and says he will not talk about Owen Hart on television. He does say that no one is responsible for the death of Owen Hart. Jarrett says that Piper is a old timer and puts over Piper’s time in the business. Tenay asks Jarrett about Vince Russo. Tenay asks Jarrett is if he is with Russo. Jarrett will answer Russo to his face “when the time is right”.
Main Event: Jeff Jarrett defeated Curt Hennig to retain the NWA-TNA World Heavyweight Championship: They trade go behinds with Hennig going into the ropes and after Jarrett refuses to let go Hennig spits in his face! Stand still after a side headlock takedown by Hennig, twice. Hennig with several chops in the corner but Jarrett comes back with a hip toss and a dropkick. They trade right hands with Jarrett going to town on Hennig on the floor. Jarrett hits Hennig with a chair a few times. Jarrett goes towards the guitar but doesn’t use it. Hennig takes Jarrett down and drops down onto the left knee of Jarrett. Hennig leaps onto the knee of Jarrett and wraps Jarrett’s leg around the ring post. Hennig places Jarrett in a Indian death lock and Jarrett is almost pinned because of the pain. Hennig nails Jarrett with a right hand and Jarrett almost gets counted out. Jarrett manages to get out of the hold with right hands. Jarrett with a atomic drop and a kick to the side of Hennig’s head. Jarrett kicks Hennig’s legs and Hennig falls to the mat. Jarrett catapults Hennig face first into the middle turnbuckle. Jarrett sends Hennig into a exposed top turnbuckle and the referee is knocked out as Hennig stumbled backwards. Jarrett grabs the guitar but places it back down. Jarrett goes for the Stroke but Hennig low blows Jarrett and goes for the Hennig Plex. Vince Russo comes to ringside and grabs the guitar and hits Hennig twice but the guitar doesn’t break. Jarrett covers Hennig and wins the match. *
After the match, Russo gives Jarrett the belt and gets right in his face. AJ Styles runs down to the ring and attacks Jarrett as the show goes off the air.
End of show.
My Take: A decent opening contest this week. Mamaluke doesn’t really appeal to me, but I must say that Jason Cross had a impressive first showing. The Crossfire finishing move is a great finishing move the X-Division and hopefully Cross is on future TNA shows.
Well, even with BG James now as a heel the fans don’t care about him. Their just isn’t any need for the guy as he doesn’t even look the way he did back in late 1990’s when the fans actually enjoyed his work. He is just a over weight guy trying to get a paycheck at this point.
I’d assume that Jorge Estrada is just a jobber at this point. He really didn’t look like he was giving his all and I hope that is part of the storyline and not him simply losing interest in a company that clearly doesn’t hold him in high regard. Kash and Estrada also didn’t have a good chemistry so that hurt the contest in my opinion.
It may seem odd, but I can’t get behind the tag team of Divine Storm for one simple reason. They are just way too small. Quiet Storm has be a midget, and don’t mean that in a mean way, it is just a opinion. Their size, or lack their of, really hurts their performance against bigger wrestlers. They should be placed in the X-Division where they could possibly fit in.
Red/Styles was a good match but seemed to be a slower pace than their previous match. I like that TNA puts Red as a underdog and I actually caught myself thinking how is Red going to pull this off as if he was facing someone much bigger than him. I think this shows that TNA has really pushed Styles well if I’m thinking that way, while watching a DVD of the event.
That Tag Team Championship match is something I would never want to watch again, nor speak of again.
Glad to see Sonny Siaki winning the X-Division Championship as he is one of the better heels going for TNA. Siaki should have won it clean though and not help from the mystery woman. Lynn isn’t hurt this way, but he wouldn’t have been hurt losing to Siaki clean either. Overall, the storyline between these two was done very well but the matches seemed to disappoint me and this week was the same thing. Hopefully Siaki gets a decent run to prove himself as the future of TNA.
To introduce a top heel stable and have them continually lose is not going to help that stable get over. In my opinion, even if BG James and the Harris Brothers suck they need to be dominating that way when the baby faces beat them it means something. However, now that they have lost again, when the baby faces beat them it will be more of a “ehh, they already did that” instead of “finally! They beat them!”.
Jarrett/Hennig would have been good about six years ago but at this point it just makes you wish it was 1996 or earlier. Russo botch of the guitar shot to finish the match was kind of a killer as well. I am very happy to see AJ Styles getting involved in what would appear to be a main event program with Jeff Jarrett. My only questions is… why would you have job to Amazing Red clean on the same show?
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