Rebooking TNA: Week 1, 2002
Join myself and a few of a buddies as we rebook Total Non-Stop Action from the beginning!
NWA-TNA opens up with a video promoting the history of the National Wrestling Alliance and a narrator says that today is a new beginning.
Mike Tenay and Don West are the commentary team for NWA-TNA and they are both extremely excited for the new beginning of the NWA with Total Non-Stop Action. Tenay introduces the NWA-TNA General Manager, Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat!
Ricky Steamboat comes down to the ring to a great ovation and has the NWA-TNA World Heavyweight Championship over his shoulder. Steamboat thanks everyone for coming out and for tuning in on pay per view. He is glad to be part of a new alternative and believes that the men in the back will provide some great action never before seen. Steamboat notes that tonight there will be four qualfying matches leading to a four way bout to crown the first NWA-TNA World Heavyweight Championship. Ricky says that the decision to pick the right eight guys was tough, as a lot of men have a good resume, but he feels he made the right decision. So, tonight will will see Sean O’Haire, Buff Bagwell, Ken Shamrock, Monty Brown, Jeff Jarrett, Ron Killings, Scott Hall, and Shane Douglas compete tonight! Once Ricky announces the names, Steve Corino’s music hits and the King of Old School is clearly not happy that his name is not on the list. Corino grabs the microphone from Steamboat and makes it clear that guys like Buff Bagwell and Sean O’Haire have no business being involved for the heavyweight championship. “Steamboat, I am a former ECW and AWA World Champion. What has O’Haire, Bagwell and the rookie Monty Brown ever done?” Steamboat has a rebuttle saying “Well Mr. Corino, they were able to wrestle outside of bingo halls and Monty Brown is a dual athlete.” Corino is upset with the response as the fans agree with Corino. Steve tells Steamboat that he will regret leaving him off the list and will make an impact in NWA-TNA to end the segment.
Opening Contest: Psicosis vs. AJ Styles: The veteran cruiserweight Psicosis and the young AJ Styles kicked off the action on the first NWA-TNA pay per view event. Psicosis showed that he hadn’t missed a step since his WCW days by hitting Styles with a tornado DDT off the middle rope, several spinning head scissors and a gullotine leg drop, but couldn’t pin Styles. AJ flew around the ring with a springboard forearm shot and the Spiral Tap. Late in the match, Psicosis attempted a top rope hurricanrana but Styles blocked it and finished Psicosis off with a middle rope Styles Clash!
A video promoting the debut of Low Ki next week is shown. During the brief video, clips from Japan are shown where Low Ki was seen kicking his opponents stiffly and a shot of Ki doing a double stomp off the top finished the video.
Backstage, Goldylocks is standing with the Sinister Minister in a dark locker room. Minister talks about his New Church competing in tag team action coming up next. He says that his men are going to be ripping the TNA roster apart and it all starts with America’s Most Wanted, Chris Harris and James Storm. “Boys, this isn’t a rodeo. You are walking into a terror zone. “ Minister also reveals that he has a surprise in store for the NWA-TNA World Heavyweight Championship tournament. When Minister is done talking, a light goes on to reveal a large man standing with his back to the camera and Minister laughs to close the scene.
Second Contest: America’s Most Wanted vs. The New Church: Vampiro and Slash are the members of the New Church. This was an all out brawl as all four men brawled on the floor for several minutes and the referee wasn’t able to keep order. Late in the match, AMW attempted the Death Sentence on Slash, but Vampiro shoved Harris off the top and he laned chest first across the guard railing. Vampiro proceeded to grab a spike out of his boot and nailed Storm right in the face with it. That allowed Slash to hit a jumpring reverse DDT and won the match. After the match, Vampiro and Slash taunt the crowd while standing over a bloodied James Storm.
Backstage, Goldylocks is standing with Buff Bagwell. Bagwell talks about how three years ago he broke his neck and thought he would never realize his dream of winning a heavyweight championship. Then, last year WCW went out of business. But now he sees NWA-TNA as the chance he has been waiting for. Tonight, Buff Bagwell is going to realize his dream of being a heavyweight champion.
Sinister Minster has remained in the ring and has a microphone. He says that he has a surprise for the wrestling world. He has acquried a great young talent, and says he is a man possessed. He introduces Sean O’Haire! O’Haire comes out wearing a black coat and has his hair over his face. O’Haire slowly walks to the ring and when he enters and shakes hands with Minister and has an evil look on his face as his opponent comes to the ring.
Third Contest: Sean O’Haire vs. Buff Bagwell in a NWA-TNA World Championship Qualifier: Bagwell is clearly confused as to what has gotten into O’Haire. Bagwell tried to work over O’Haire but didn’t have any impact. O’Haire quickly gets on the offense with a gut wrench suplex and a nails Bagwell with a stiff clothesline. Bagwell fought back with a swinging neckbreaker and a jumping DDT but couldn’t get a three count. Late in the match, O’Haire avoided the Blockbuster and hit a Death Valley Driver before coming off the top rope to hit a swanton bomb for the win.
Backstage, Goldylocks interviewed Jerry Lynn. She wanted to know if Lynn could keep up with the young talent in TNA. Lynn is clearly offended by the question and says that he hasn’t lost a step. Goldylocks didn’t look convinced and Lynn warned her that next week, he was going to prove that he can still compete at a high level before storming off.
Fourth Contest: Ken Shamrock vs. Monty Brown in a NWA-TNA World Championship Qualifier: Brown used his size and strength advantage to pummel Shamrock early on, but the offense didn’t last. Shamrock avoided a splash in the corner and hit a nice German suplex for a near fall. Brown avoided the ankle lock and was able to plant Shamrock with a powerbomb but Ken powered out at two on the cover. Late in the match, Shamrcok avoided the Pounce with a drop toe hold and locked in the ankle lock to get the submission victory and advance!
Backstage, Goldylocks interviewed Jeff Jarrett. Jarrett tells Goldylocks to leave the scene because it’s his time to talk. Jarrett talks about being a WCW World Heavyweight Champion and says he knows what it takes to be at the top of the mountain. Tonight, he is facing off against a rejected rapper and is considering this a cake walk to the finals and the NWA-TNA World Heavyweight Championship will be his at the end of the night!
Fifth Contest: Ron Killings vs. Jeff Jarrett in a NWA-TNA World Championship Qualifier: Killings wasted no time taking Jarrett out with a slingshot crossbody to take him out during his entrance. Ron tossed Jarrett into the guard railing several times. Once they get into the ring, Jarrett low blows Killings and got the advantage. Jarrett’s offense notably consisted of a double axe handle off the top and a piledriver. Killings attempted a scissors kick late in the match, but missed it. Moments later, Jarrett was able to duck a spin kick and hit the Stroke to win the match.
Backstage, Goldylocks interviewed Shane Douglas. Douglas is excited tonight for two reasons. The first reason being that he gets his hands on Scott Hall, a man who has tried to derail his career for a decade and Douglas sees this as a chance to to get rid of Hall from the wrestling world. Secondly, Douglas knows how it feels to be an NWA World Champion and says that tonight he will reclaim his spot at the top. Before leaving, Douglas tells Goldylocks that he knows she wants to be Franchised. Douglas leaves while Goldylocks is disgusted at the thought.
Sixth Contest: Shane Douglas vs. Scott Hall in a NWA-TNA World Championship Qualifier: They start off the match trading right hands until Hall was able to drop Douglas with a discus clothesline. Douglas dropped Hall face first across the top turnbuckle and would nearly win the bout with a belly to belly suplex. Douglas was able to hit a top rope knee drop but Hall still kicked out. Late in the match, Douglas hit the Pittsburgh Plunge, but Hall’s legs were in the ropes to cause the break. Douglas believed he won the match and taunted the fans from the middle rope. Hall was able to get up and ended up hitting the Outsider’s Edge from the middle rope and won the bout!
A video promoting the debut of the Samoan Submission Machine, Samoa Joe is aired. Samoa Joe will be making his debut for NWA-TNA next week!
Ricky Steamboat comes out and is the special referee for the main event. He has the NWA-TNA World Heavyweight Championship with him.
Main Event: Scott Hall vs. Sean O’Haire vs. Jeff Jarrett vs. Ken Shamrock for the vacant NWA-TNA World Heavyweight Championship: All four men brawled inside and out of the ring. O’Haire almost won the championship after hitting a swinging side slam on Hall. Jarrrett came close to winning the gold after rolling Shamrock up to get out of an ankle lock. Shamrock stopped O’Haire from a swanton bomb and hit a middle rope belly to belly suplex but couldn’t get the pin fall. Hall hit the Outsider’s Edge on Jarrett and apparently had the match won, but Steve Corino came out and grabbed the championship from the ring announcer. Ricky Steamboat got distracted and began to yell at Corino to put the championship back. Corino is heard saying that the championship should be his. This distraction allows Jarrett to smash a guitar over the back of Hall’s head. Corino drops the belt and Steamboat turns around and counts the pin fall for Jarrett to win the championship!
Jeff Jarrett is handed the championship and taunts the fans while fans toss trash into the ring. O’Haire is on the floor whipping Shamrock with a strap and ends up choking him with the strap as he has snapped due to losing the match. Steve Corino stands on the ramp seemingly happy that he robbed Hall of the championship and Jarrett stands on the middle rope clutching the championship to close the show.