Written by: Bob Colling
National Wrestling Alliance/Total Non-Stop Action Weekly PPV #47
From: Nashville, TN
Outside, Kevin Northcut, the new TNA director of security, lets NWA-TNA World Champion Jeff Jarrett know that his actions won’t be tolerated anymore. Jarrett wants Northcut to tell the guys in the ivory tower to tell that to his face.
Backstage, Glen Gilbertti led a prayer with the SEX group about winning the title and for bringing Vince Russo back to the group.
Opening Contest: Damien, Johnny Swinger & Kid Romeo vs. CM Punk, Matt Stryker & Frankie Kazarian: Romeo and Stryker kick off the match with some basic wrestling. Stryker hits a nice spinning leg lariat on Romeo before tagging in Kazarian. Romeo hits a wheelbarrow bulldog on Kazarian for a near fall and tags in Swinger. Kazarian drops Swinger with a dropkick and a couple of arm drags. Punk gets tagged in and comes off the top with a strike across Swinger’s arm. Punk delivers a high knee in the corner but Swinger comes back with the Mood Swing for a two count! Punk counters a back suplex attempt and lands on top for a near fall. Damien makes his debut with Punk taking him down with headlocks. Swinger tags back in but Punk gets control with an arm drag. Stryker Thez Presses Swinger to deliver a series of right hands. Romeo knee lifts Stryker but is knocked off the apron. Swinger plants Stryker with a sit out power bomb for a two count!
Swinger atomic drops Stryker and Romeo hits a springboard clothesline for a near fall. Romeo works over Stryker with a clothesline in the corner but Stryker counters a monkey flip with an overhead suplex. Damien gets the tag and punches all three opponents. Damien hits a Perfect Plex but Stryker kicks out at two. Stryker nearly pins Damien with an inside cradle but Damien takes Matt over with a nice suplex for a near fall. Swinger works over Stryker in the corner with a series of strikes. Kazarian gets tagged in and drops Johnny with a few clotheslines. Kazarian hits a springboard back elbow for a two count.
Damien gets tagged back in but Kazarian hits a neck breaker/DDT combo on Damien and Swinger! Kazarian takes Swinger out with a dive over the top on the floor! Punk enters and kicks Romeo on the chest. Punk backdrops Damien over the top onto Swinger and Kazarian. Punk follows up with a dive to the floor as well! Romeo gets in on the dives and Stryker is left in the ring. Stryker takes everyone out with a springboard moonsault! Stryker and Swinger are in the ring with Swinger hitting the Swinger Stinger. Punk plants Swinger with the Gory Bomb! Romeo with the Kiss Goodnight on Punk. Stryker plants Romeo with a Death Valley Driver. Kazarian puts Damien away with the Wave of the Future to win the match. (***. Some fine action as it eventually got to the high spots that are usually expected. I had thought how the high spots hadn’t occurred and then they started to happen. The win by Kazarian may be an indication of their hopes for him moving forward.)
Backstage, Raven lets us know that Jarrett managed to get a number one contenders match without him in it. He believes TNA has been successful because of the path of destruction he has created.
Backstage, James Storm and Chris Harris shake hands. Storm wonders about Harris picking his partner for the match later tonight. Harris is going to pick his partner in the ring. They continue to tease the breakup of the team.
Before the next match, Sonny Siaki talks about the women getting excited to see him and wanting him to take his clothes off. He is tired of being treated like a piece of meat and being a pretty boy. He is the baddest son of a bitch in wrestling, period. He is now going to be the “Ace in your Face.” He isn’t afraid of Sandman and says that he is nothing to him. He will shove his cane up Sandman’s ass next time. Here comes Sandman but security comes out to prevent that from happening.
Second Contest: Sonny Siaki vs. The Vampire Warrior in a Hard Ten Match: Vampire Warrior is Gangrel. Siaki tries to attack before the bell but that doesn’t work. Warrior uses a trash can lid to get a quick point. Warrior follows up with a bulldog onto the lid on the floor. Warrior uses a trash can to get a four point lead. Warrior gets a 5-0 with an overhead suplex onto a trash can lid. Siaki uses a kendo stick and Warrior crashes through a table. Siaki kicks the trash can into Warrior’s head to get a 7-5 lead. Warrior plants Siaki with an Implant DDT but goes for a cover that means nothing in this match. Siaki wins after a swinging neck breaker off the apron through a table on the floor. (*. Some decent spots, but it’s just a crash course match.) After the match, Sandman enters and whacks Siaki with a kendo stick.
Earlier in the day, Mike Tenay sat down with Raven. He puts over his feuds with Dreamer and Sandman as being the best ever. How WCW paid him thousands of dollars to sit in the front row of wrestling shows. He’d rather quit WCW than be abused by Eric Bischoff. He believes he was shit on while in WWF. Tenay notes that the Raven/Jarrett pay per view was the highest viewed pay per view in TNA history. Raven thinks that Jeff Jarrett headlining the company is embarrassing. He admits he is a little paranoid but tells Jarrett that he can’t be stopped.
Backstage, the Harris Brothers are talking with Elix Skipper. Don Harris says he isn’t going to team with someone someone like Ron Killings. Skipper is confused but Don clarifies by saying he wouldn’t team with someone who throws the race card out there all the time.
Third Contest: Ron Killings vs. David Young & Tracy: Don Harris is supposed to partners with Killings, but he isn’t there because he is a heel. Late in the match, Killings hits a spinning heel kick and catches Tracy from off the top to hit a power bomb! Miss Veronica comes in to check on Tracy while Killings hits a Stunner on Young but can’t get a win. Killings hits a front slam on Young while the referee is distracted by Desire. Veronica runs over and low blows Killings. Young hits the spine buster and wins the match. (DUD. All of that to protect Killings on a loss? That was just bad.)
Backstage, Jeff Jarrett says it would be a complete disgrace if Glen Gilbertti won the championship tonight.
Backstage, Erik Watts promised to stop screwing with Goldylocks as long as he was still able to screw her. She didn’t like that much and stormed off.
In the ring, Chris Harris makes his decision on a partner. After a brief tease, Harris chooses his partner James Storm over Chris Sabin. Sabin came into the ring but was sent to the floor by AMW.
Fourth Contest: America’s Most Wanted vs. BG James & Konnan: James and Konnan work over AMW before the bell. Storm dropkicks Konnan to the floor and James is tossed over the top to the floor. Storm catapults off of Harris back to take them out with a dive. Harris hits a slingshot cross body to the floor as well. Konnan dropkicks Harris knee to allow James to get control of the match. Harris fights back with left hands but James works over Harris with some jabs and a knee drop for a two count. Konnan gets tagged in and locks in a submission on Harris but Storm breaks it up. Konnan and Harris collide in the middle of the ring. James and Storm get the tags with Storm hitting a spinning heel kick and hurricanrana on James and Konnan respectively. Storm runs over James and Konnan with a clothesline. Konnan hits a back suplex on Harris. Konnan connects with a rolling thunder clothesline on Storm but Harris counters with a spear for a near win. Konnan hits a reverse neck breaker on Harris. Storm gets out of a slam by James and hits a super kick for a two count! Konnan dropkicks Harris after getting out of a rollup.
On the floor, Storm gets distracted by Christopher Daniels who was at the announce table. Konnan hits a face buster on Harris but here come the Harris Brothers to attack Konnan and hit the H-Bomb. Harris covers and pins Konnan. (*. Not a good match and the constant interference is getting frustrating.)
In the ring, Goldylocks is with Kid Kash who throws a couple of insults towards her. Kash blames Trinity for losing the NWA-TNA X-Division Championship. Trinity refuses to kiss his ass so he grabs her by the throat. Goldylocks got involved and Kash claims they are in a lesbian relationship. Kash slaps Godlylocks and here comes Erik Watts. Watts enters and power bombs Kash before sending him over the top to the floor. Kash knocks Watts down on the floor but Watts gets up to hit a choke slam. Goldylocks and Trinity leave with Watts.
Backstage, Mike Sanders tells Glen Gilbertti to bring the gold back to SEX.
Backstage, D’Lo Brown and AJ Styles promise to tear the house down in their upcoming match.
Fifth Contest: D’Lo Brown vs. AJ Styles in a number one contenders match: They shake hands to show respect. Brown runs over Styles with a shoulder block in opening moment but Styles comes back with a quick hurricanrana. Brown knocks AJ down with a right hand and they have a standoff. Styles hammers away on Brown several times and counters a side slam with a rollup but Brown gets out to deliver a dropkick. Styles avoids a splash in the corner and hits an inverted DDT for a near fall. Styles blocks a backdrop attempt and goes for the Styles Clash but Brown gets out of it and knocks AJ off his feet. Brown hits a nice springboard moonsault off the top rope! Styles ducks a clothesline to hit a super kick and hits a springboard dropkick to send Brown to the floor. Styles dives to the floor but Brown catches him and backdrops AJ onto the ramp! Brown goes to the top and hits a frog splash onto the floor!
Raven appears at ringside and has a chair with him. Brown goes for the cover but Styles gets his foot on the bottom rope. Styles nails Brown with a Pele Kick! Styles goes for a tornado DDT but Brown counters that and AJ leaps off the middle rope only to be met with a diamond cutter for a near fall! Brown heads to the top but Styles crotches him on the top. AJ gets on the top but Brown hits the Sky High from off the top rope! Julio Dinero pulls the referee out and Raven whacks Brown with the steel chair! Styles gets up and hits a springboard 450 splash but only gets a near fall. Styles goes for the Styles Clash and hits it on the chair for the win! (***. A good match with Brown giving his best effort and delivering moves I had not expected he could pull off. They did a good job of stealing the show, though it wasn’t hard.) After the match, Raven whacks AJ Styles over the head with the steel chair.
Main Event: NWA-TNA World Heavyweight Champion Jeff Jarrett vs. Glen Gilbertti: They lockup but neither man gets an advantage. Gilbertti trips Jarrett and taunts the fans. Gilbertti follows up with a hip toss and a few arm drags. Glen slaps Jarrett and continues to have control with strikes and stomps. Jarrett spears Gilbertti to the floor and sends Gilbertti into a chair. Jarrett sends Gilbertti into the guard railing a couple of times. Mike Sanders comes out and helps out Gilbertti. Jarrett is sent face first into the ring post. Glen sends Jarrett into the guard railing chest first and face first into a platform for the camera guy. Gilbertti dropkicks Jarrett’s knee and stomps away on the injured leg. Glen focuses his attack on Jarrett’s knee. Gilbertti tries to get a submission with a spinning toe hold but Jarrett fights out of it. Jeff gets up and goes for a figure four but Gilbertti counters and has the ankle lock locked in! Jarrett gets to the bottom rope after a couple of moments of a struggle.
Gilbertti hits a side Russian leg sweep as wrestlers are watching the match out in the arena. Jarrett takes Gilbertti down and locks in the figure four! Gilbertti rolls over to reverse it but Jarrett won’t give in and instead reaches the bottom rope. Jarrett plants Gilbertti with a DDT. Jeff hammers away on Gilbertti and Jarrett hits a double arm DDT for a two count. Jarrett nearly wins after a kick to the side of his head. Jarrett hits a top rope cross body but Gilbertti rolls through for a near fall. Gilbertti hits the Chartbuster but Jarrett kicks out before three! Gilbertti grabs a chair and folds Jarrett’s foot inside the chair before stomping onto the chair. Jarrett hits the Chartbuster throat first across the chair but Gilbertti kicks out! Gilbertti hits the Stroke on Jarrett but only gets a two count on the cover! Jarrett power bombs Gilbertti out of the corner but can’t quickly follow up. Jarrett runs into an elbow but Glen is sent into the referee and they collide in the middle of the ring.
Vince Russo comes out with a bat and whacks Gilbertti over the back! Jarrett hits the Stroke on Gilbertti and wins the match! (**1/2. A fine brawl and an interesting swerve by Russo by seemingly screwing over the own group he formed. This one lacked any crowd heat and makes me think people just didn’t buy into Gilbertti.)
The opener, Brown/Styles and the main event were all fine matches. The other stuff just wasn’t interesting nor entertaining. I’m curious as to why Russo would apparently turn baby face on his own group. I suppose that means it was a successful swerve, for once. An average show from TNA this week.
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