Written by: Bob Colling
United Wrestling Federation/Total Non-Stop Action presents Buckle Up Tour Night 1
From: Emoiria, VA
Opening Contest: Shannon Moore vs. D’Lo Brown: A slow start to the contest as Moore quickly grabs the ropes whenever Brown gets any kind of advantage on him. Brown misses a spear in the corner and hits the ring post. Moore focuses on both Brown’s shoulder and his left knee. Moore attempts a moonsault but Brown rolls out of the way. Brown botches an elevated ace crusher but hits a spinning side slam. Moore blocks a top rope frog splash by getting his knees up! Moore nearly wins following a corkscrew dive off the middle rope. Brown wins the bout hitting the Sky High ten seconds later. (*1/4. A boring way to start off the first show for UWF-TNA. They just didn’t click very well together.)
Second Contest: Matt Hyson vs. Sonjay Dutt: These two are doing similar things that the opener did as Dutt is bailing whenever Hyson gets any offense going. Dutt cheap shots Hyson as they do a test of strength spot. That doesn’t last as Hyson dropkicks Dutt into a corner and stomps away on him several times. Dutt rams Hyson into the ring post after the referee accidentally prevented Hyson from hitting the Acid Drop. Dutt focuses on Hyson’s left am as he keeps control of the bout. Dutt leaps off the middle rope but is dropkicked in midair by Hyson. Hyson gets a near fall following a neck breaker and a clothesline. Hyson leaps off the top to take Dutt out with a cross body on the floor. Dutt comes back with a top rope hurricanrana but Hyson kicked out before three. Dutt signals for the 450 splash but misses. Hyson ends up rolling Dutt up and wins the match. (**. Another lackluster match since it was a rather basic match but towards the end they put together a few solid spots.)
Third Contest: Ron Killings vs. Sonny Siaki: Siaki attacked Killings on the floor after Killings talked some trash on the floor. Killings dropkicks Siaki to the floor after absorbing some offense. Siaki stopped Killings with a super kick in the corner. Siaki gets several near falls on Killings but can’t put the rapper away. Killings gets going with a spinning heel kick and the Flatliner. Shannon Moore comes out but is flipped into the ring by Killings. Moore low blows Killings and Siaki gets the win with a roll up! (*1/2. Well, it sets up Moore/Killings for the second night, but the match was just average at best. I’ve always felt that Siaki was extremely wasted by TNA.)
Fourth Contest: Abyss vs. Sabu: Al Snow is the special referee for this contest. Abyss controls Sabu early on in the contest with several overhand clubbing blows. Sabu dropkicks Abyss’s leg to get him down and to start his offense. They are on the floor where Abyss rams Sabu into the guard railing. Abyss punches the ring post on accident after Sabu moved out of the way. Sabu takes Abyss out with a double springboard dive over the top onto the floor. Abyss tosses Sabu head first into a chair set up in the corner. Sabu low blows Abyss with a chair and tosses it at Abyss. Sabu hits the triple jump moonsault but Abyss powers out at two. It seems like Al Snow is slow counting Sabu. Sabu hits the Arabian Facebuster but can’t put Abyss away. Snow shoves Sabu and Abyss hits the Black Hole Slam to win the match. (**1/2. A decent match that wasn’t overly hardcore, so it may not be all of what you would expect. They kept that to a minimum.) After the match, Sabu and Snow brawl with Sabu getting the better of Snow.
Fifth Contest: Diamonds In The Rough vs. the James Gang: Skipper takes Kip down with a head scissors early on but Kip works over him with several right hands. BG enters and causes Young to knock Skipper off the apron on accident. Skipper nails BG with a nice springboard spinning heel kick. BG is worked over for three minutes but is able to tag in Kip, who cleans house with jabs. Kip splashes Skipper in the corner but misses the Fameasser. Skipper sends Kip into the referee but only gets a two count on a cover attempt. Kip ducks a clothesline and hits the Fameasser to win the bout. (**. An average tag bout at best between these two teams. There just wasn’t much entertainment value to this one.)
Sixth Contest: NWA World Heavyweight Champion Jeff Jarrett vs. AJ Styles: Styles is getting the better of Jarrett early on with arm drags. Jarrett comes off the ropes and runs into a dropkick. Styles takes Jarrett out on the floor with a slingshot cross body! Jarrett gets control after sending AJ into the ring post and guard railing. Jarrett jabs Styles with a broom in the midsection. They return to the ring where Jarrett chokes Styles over the ropes. Jarrett locks in a figure four right in the middle of the ring! Styles reverses the hold but Jarrett quickly reaches the ropes to break the hold. Styles hits the Pele kick! Styles with a flurry of offense and hits a neck breaker for a two count. Styles plants Jarrett with a springboard reverse DDT but can’t keep the champ down long enough. Jarrett blocks a hurricanrana with a power bomb for a two count! Jarrett shoves Styles into the referee and low blows Styles. Jarrett grabs his guitar but Dave Hebner enters only to be punched out. Hermie Sadler comes in and stops Jarrett for using it. Wait, Shannon Moore comes down into the ring again and attacks Hermie! Styles goes for the Clash but Moore attacks Styles. The bell has sounded and Styles wins by disqualification. (***. A lame ending to the match with another referee bump and the Moore interference. The match started off slow but they picked up the pace and provided for some good stuff.) After the match, Hermie Sadler suspends Jeff Jarrett from the UWF. Moore will wrestle Ron Killings in a falls count anywhere match with Hermie being the referee.
Main Event: Team 3-D vs. NWA World Tag Team Champions America’s Most Wanted: Harris and Devon started off the match with Harris working over Devon with right hands but was quickly clotheslined down. Devon rams the champs into each other to get the advantage. Devon is double teamed in the corner seconds later, though. Well, that doesn’t last long as Devon clotheslines Storm in the corner. Ray is tagged in and controls Storm with a basic wrist hold. The champs are splashed by both Devon and Ray in the corner. AMW took a table from the ring and brought it backstage but were grabbed by Team 3-D. They return to the ring with the champs working over Team 3-D. Devon is worked over by AMW for several minutes as he is clotheslined by Harris on the apron after avoiding Storm in the corner. Devon is able to drive Storm down with a lifting reverse DDT. Ray tags in and cleans house. Storm pushes Devon off the top rope and Storm accidentally hits the referee for yet another referee bump. Devon hits Harris with a championship after taking it from Storm. Ray covers Harris and wins the match! Wait a second, a second referee comes out and says the titles can’t change hands because of the use of the championship. So, AMW wins by disqualification, I guess. (**. A dragged out match between these two and the constant referee bumps was just not necessary. I thought it was a disappointing main event.) After the match, they put Mike Sparks through a table.
A boring first show for the UWF. Every finish for the major matches seemed to involve a referee bump and the action just wasn’t overly exciting to me. The best match was Jarrett/Styles, but they have done better on pay per view, so there is no need to go out of your way to see this one.
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