Written by: Bob Colling
National Wrestling Alliance/Total Non-Stop Action presents Weekly PPV #93
From: Nashville, TN
Ron Killings comes to ringside and demands Mike Tenay get into the ring with Konnan and BG James. Vince Russo comes out and says that they need to knock it of and they are not going to start the show off this way. Russo says that AJ Styles is still the champion. Konnan is pissed that Russo has been protecting Styles. Konnan is tired of Russo screwing with 3LK. Russo refreshes Konnan’s memory about the referee getting hurt and the three of them decided to restart to the match and they are sticking to that decision. BG chimes in and says they didn’t come out here to fight. James thinks that Russo could be right for once. James they can’t change the past, but they can change the future. James wants one favor and that’s a rematch between Styles and Killings. James knows that they need to do brown nosing to get anything done around here.
Monty Brown makes his way out and doesn’t want his name mentioned, but James notes that nobody said his name. Brown has a name and a title. He is the Alpha Male and that’s both his name and title. James tells Brown that he had a his shot in the NFL and he fumbled that career. James asks how Brown thinks he has the balls to challenge for the NWA World Championship. Brown tells James he played defense and never fumbled the ball. Brown would rather show James who he has beaten rather than tell him. Brown proceeds to brawl with all three men. Security runs out and keeps them apart in the ring. Killings is getting in Russo’s face demanding a rematch. Russo says he has had enough of this. Russo says he’s been bullied for the last time tonight. Russo tells them they have thirty minutes to leave the arena and he’s telling them to do that, not asking them.
Backstage, Scott Hudson interviews Raven. Raven promises to become champion and see his destiny come true. Raven says that Russo can’t stop him from hurting people and winning the title. Raven lists the guys he’s taken out and he’s going to add Styles to that list. Raven will hit the Raven Effect on Styles.
Prior to the first match, NWA X-Division Champion Frankie Kazarian comes out and sits on a chair to watch the match.
Opening Contest: Amazing Red vs. Sonjay Dutt in match one of a best of three series: Dutt controls Red with a wrist lock briefly and they have a standoff. Dutt gets a rollup on Red, but only gets a two count. Red keeps Dutt on the mat with a wrist lock. Dutt controls Red on the mat with a knee lock and switches to a modified STF. Red puts a leg lock on Dutt, but Dutt reaches the ropes quickly. Red takes Dutt down to the mat with a side headlock. They have a standoff with Dutt clapping for Red. Dutt takes Red down to the mat and they trade a few go behinds. Dutt leg sweeps Red to the mat, but Red gets a head scissors on Dutt. They continue to focus on a mat based wrestling match. They trade arm drags and leg sweeps leading to another standoff. Dutt head scissors Red into the corner. Dutt delivers a double knee to the chest in the corner. Dutt chops Red a few times followed by a clothesline. Dutt uppercuts Red in the corner and runs into a boot. Red tries for a tornado DDT, but Dutt lost his footing and fell backwards for an awkward move. Red delivers a neckbreaker for a two count. Red misses a standing shooting star press. Dutt takes Red over with a snap suplex and a springboard moonsault for a two count.
Dutt uppercuts Red on the top turnbuckle, but Red gets out of a muscle buster and kicks Dutt on the side of the head. Red heads to the top rope and misses an elbow drop. Dutt delivers a dragon screw leg whip and gets a rollup on Red to win the match. (**. A disappointing start to the best of three series. I don’t think anyone wanted to see these guys wrestle a mat based contest and instead wanted some high risk moves. I’d be shocked iff Dutt ended winning the series to challenge Kazarian.)
Backstage, Scott Hudson is with Michael Shane. Hudson asks where Traci is at. Shane tells Hudson they parted ways earlier this week. Shane hasn’t needed Douglas and Traci prior to this. Shane says it is time for the old man to step aside for the younger guys. Douglas sunset is falling and his is rising. Shane promises to take Douglas down and leaves the scene to take care of an old man.
Shane Douglas is talking over the speakers while Michael Shane stood in the ring. Douglas is more than willing to show Michael where Traci is at. Douglas reveals that Traci is in his corner now.
Second Contest: Shane Douglas vs. Michael Shane: Douglas jabs Michael a few times followed by a backdrop and clotheslines Michael over the top to the floor. Douglas hits a slingshot crossbody to the floor. Michael begs off on the floor and hides behind Traci briefly. Douglas rams Michael groin first into the ring post. Douglas rams Michael into the guard railing and rolls Michael into the ring. Michael drops Douglas over the top rope and they roll into the ring. Michael kicks Douglas in the corner a few times. Michael sends Douglas into the corner, but Douglas hits a rolling neck snap for a two count. Douglas can’t hit a press slam and Michael hits an arm breaker. Michael hammers away on Douglas on the mat. Michael gets a two count on a cover attempt. Michael presses onto Douglas arm over the top rope. Douglas misses a spear and hits the ring post shoulder first. Michael keeps an arm lock on Douglas, but doesn’t get a submission. Douglas scoop slams Shane and misses an elbow drop. Michael keeps control with an arm bar on the mat. Michael knee lifts Douglas and delivers a scoop slam. Michael heads to the top rope, but Traci gets involved on the apron. Michael climbs to the top ands misses an elbow drop. Douglas elbows Shane followed by a forearm shot. Douglas takes Michael over with a series of suplexs and a delayed vertical suplex for a two count. Douglas kicks Michael and tries for a belly to belly suplex. Michael elbows free and delivers a flatliner. Michael runs the ropes and is met with a snap powerslam. Douglas tries for a cover, but Michael kicks out at two. Douglas dropkicks Michael and delivers a chain shot to Michael. Douglas has the cover and wins the match. (*1/2. So, it looks like Traci was trying to help Michael, but that backfired. The action was better than expected. I’m not sure the benefit of having Douglas go over here.) After the match, Douglas spanks Traci, but Traci ends up hitting Douglas with her cast. Traci has her belt and chokes Douglas with it. Michael superkicks Douglas to leave Douglas laying. Michael whips Douglas with the belt a few times.
Backstage, Scott Hudson interviews Team Canada. D’Amore says that Team Canada is a winner. They are all sporting new jackets. D’Amore says that Jerry Lynn and his team got lucky against Team AAA last week. They proceed to sing the national anthem. 3LK enter the scene and say they are leaving the arena before insulting D’Amore.
Third Contest: Jerry Lynn, Elix Skipper, Chris Sabin & Christopher Daniels vs. Petey Williams, Johnny Devine, Eric Young & Bobby Roode: Daniels and Williams start the match. They trade headlocks until Daniels chops Williams. Williams boots Daniels in the corner. Daniels is arm dragged out of the corner and Williams dropkicks Daniels. Williams kicks Daniels, but Daniels delivers a kick to the head. Skipper tags into the match and hits a powerslam on Williams. Daniels atomic drops Williams and Skipper delivers a DDT followed by a heel kick. Skipper goes for a cover, but Young nails Skipper with a forearm shot. Skipper kicks Devine on the back for a two count. Lynn tags into the match and kicks Devine in the ribs. Lynn stomps on Devine in the corner, but is rammed into the corner chest first. Williams beats on Lynn with stomps as well. Williams takes Lynn over with a hurricanrana. Williams connects with a side Russian leg sweep on Lynn and tags in Devine. Devine hits a top rope crossbody for a near fall on Lynn. Devine takes Lynn over with a snap suplex and leaps off the top hitting a moonsault for a near fall.
Young enters and delivers a backbreaker to Lynn for a two count. Lynn fights back with right hands, but a knee lift stops him. Young flips in the corner and ducks a clothesline. Young tries to slide into the ring from the apron, but Lynn connects with a leg drop. Roode tags in and elbow drops Lynn several times and taunts the guys in the corner. Roode rams Lynn in the corner and delivers stomps to maintain control. Roode takes Lynn over with a double under hook suplex for a near fall. Williams tags in and kicks Lynn in the ribs to maintain control of the contest. Lynn hits a driver on Williams for a two count. Sabin and Young are tagged in with Sabin cleaning house. Sabin heel kicks Roode, but Young gets control before running into a kick. Sabin plants Young with a springboard tornado DDT. Sabin powerbombs Devine coming off the ropes. Sabin drops Young face first to the mat for a near fall. Sabin heads to the top rope, but Roode cuts Sabin off. There is a Tower of Doom spot in the corner taking everyone out. Williams and Devine try to suplex Lynn, but Lynn counters with a double DDT. Young drops Lynn over the top rope throat first. Young sends Lynn to the floor. Sabin springboard dropkicks Young to the floor. Williams spikes Sabin with the Canadian Destroyer. Skipper drops Williams with a spinebuster. Devine pummels Skipper with strikes, but Daniels headbutts Devine on the middle rope and hits a reverse hurricanrana! Daniels clotheslines Devine and himself to the floor. Skipper tries for the Play of the Day, but Roode counters with a powerbomb, but Lynn breaks the cover. Lynn has a rollup on Roode. The referee is out of position. D’Amore distracts Lynn to make the save. Lynn tries for the cradle piledriver, but D’Amore hits Lynn with the Canadian flag allowing Roode to pin Lynn. (***1/2. I enjoyed that quite a bit as they kept a fast pace and the crowd was digging the action throughout. The finish is cheap, but D’Amore and his crew are new heels and it adds to their heat leading into the X-Cup episode in a few weeks. I was quite impressed by Devine here and it may be one of the best showings I’ve seen out of him thus far.)
Backstage, Scott Hudson is at Vince Russo’s personal locker room where all of his stuff is on the ground. Hudson is suggesting that 3LK may have done this. Kid Kash enters the scene and says it wasn’t 3LK. Kash isn’t going to stooge someone. But, Kash says it was James Storm. Kash calls him an idiot. Kash doesn’t like Storm and says the next time he sees Storm he’ll kick his ass like a government mule. Naturally, Storm enters the scene and chases Kash off. Kash runs around ringside and into the crowd. Kash slides into the ring and dropkicks Storm. Storm clotheslines Kash, but Dallas enters the ring and helps Kash. Storm ducks a double clothesline and slides to the floor taunting Kash.
Fourth Contest: Desire vs. Trinity: The referee ejects the ladies partners from ringside. Desire tosses Trinity with a hip toss across the ring. Desire kicks Trinity followed by a clothesline. Desire tells Siaki that she’s fine, but Siaki looks worried. Trinity decks Desire from behind and snapmares Desire to the mat. Desire stops Trinity on the middle rope and shoves Trinity to the floor. Trinity pulls Desire to the floor and eye rakes her. Trinity drives Desire back first into the apron. Trinity puts a surfboard on Desire on the floor. Trinity sends Desire into the guard railing back first and manages a two count in the ring. Desire fights back with right hands and a clothesline to knock Trinity down. Trinity hides behind the referee and kicks Desire from behind leading to a rollup for the win. (1/2*. There was nothing to see here.) After the match, Trinity attacks Desire with punches and hits a top rope moonsault. Trinity grabs a chair and threatens the referee. Trinity puts the chair on Desire’s back, and Desire is acting like she can’t move. Sonny Siaki runs into the ring and makes the save.
Backsrage, Glen Gilbertti and Johnny Swinger are attacking Pat Kenney. They are sending Kenney into a cage. Gilbertti and Swinger dump beer onto Kenney. They also dump green slim onto Kenney. Security finally enters the scene to back them off.
Backstage, Scott Hudson is with Erik Watts for an interview. Watts tells Hudson that he has nothing because of Goldylocks. Watts has had to shower at a truck stop. Watts has been staying with friends and been looking for a job. Watts appreciates getting his job back with TNA. Watts warns Abyss to never stick his nose into a domestic dispute. Watts says Goldy stole his heart and then his money. Watts will take care of her whether Abyss is in the way or not.
Fifth Contest: Abyss vs. Erik Watts: Watts comes into the ring from behind and beats on Abyss with a baseball bat. Abyss ducks a head shot and kicks Watts in the gut. Abyss tries to use the bat, but the referee takes it away. Watts hammers away on Abyss in the corner followed by stomps. Abyss misses a splash in the corner and Watts continues to delivers right hands. Watts avoids an atomic drop and clotheslines Abyss over the top to the floor. Watts continues to hammer away on Abyss outside the ring. Watts sends Abyss into the railing, but Abyss drops Watts over the railing chest first. Watts kicks Abyss a few times in the corner, but Abyss continues to choke Watts. Abyss splashes Watts in the corner followed by a clothesline to cause Watts to be upside down on the apron. Abyss kicks Watts a few times to knock Watts to the floor. Abyss knee lifts Watts on the floor and chokes Watts. Abyss chops Watts a few times and chokes Watts in the corner. Abyss continues to deliver strikes to the back to control Watts. Abyss tries for the Shock Treatment, but Watts breaks free. Abyss tries for a chokeslam, but Watts breaks free with elbow strikes. Watts ducks a clothesline and tries for a chokeslam only to settle for a big boot. Watts leaps off the top to hit a leaping clothesline. Watts has grabbed the baseball bat again, but Goldylocks comes down to the ring. Goldy tries to pull the bat away. Abyss takes advantage with the Black Hole Slam and wins the match. (*. Watts actually had a couple of bright spots, but this was lackluster and uninteresting match.) After the match, Goldy says that Watts got what he deserved for how he treated her. Goldy sticks a dollar into Watts match so that Watts can have dinner. Watts grabs her by the throat, but Abyss makes the save and beats on Watts. Abyss has a chain and chokes Watts over the middle rope. Abyss takes care of security trying to help. Watts gets up and hits Abyss with the bat before clotheslining Abyss over the top to the floor.
Backstage, Scott Hudson is with Armando Contero and La Parka. Armando has a big announcement regarding the World Cup. It’s going to be on May 26th. Raven enters the scene and appreciates they are there to watch him win the championship. Raven attacks La Parka with a chair. Raven says nobody care about Mexico or Triple A. They care about him fulfilling his destiny.
James Storm comes out to the announcers table and challenges Kid Kash to a match next week.
Main Event: NWA World Champion AJ Styles vs. Raven: Styles has a hammerlock on Raven, but avoids a wild back elbow strike. Styles shoulder blocks Raven and they have a standoff. Raven backs Styles into a corner and delivers a few strikes. Styles takes Raven down with a dragon screw leg whip and drops several elbows onto the knee. Styles drives his knee onto Raven’s knee followed by kicks to the leg. Raven rolls to the floor to regroup. Styles knocks Raven off the apron and fakes a dive to the floor. Styles kicks Raven into the guard railing and continues with chops on the floor. Raven gains control with stomps, but Styles counters a dropkick with an Indian death lock. Raven manages to reach the ropes to break the hold. Styles misses a slingshot crossbody and crashes to the floor. Raven sends Styles into the railing head first. Raven staggers back into the ring and sends Styles shoulder first into the ring post. Raven does it again sending Styles through the middle rope into the ring post. Raven kicks Styles arm under the top rope. Styles trips Raven to the mat, but Raven locks in a cross arm bar. Styles manages to reach the ropes, but Raven continues to beat on the arm.
Raven drives Styles down to the mat by the arm. Raven locks in a chicken wing submission, but isn’t able to get a tap out. Raven knee drops Styles while he’s in a hammerlock, but Styles reaches the ropes again. Styles clotheslines Raven six times in a row. Raven blocks a jumping kick and continues with right hands. Styles counters a discus clothesline with a Rock Bottom. Raven yanks on Styles arm to gain control of the contest. Styles head scissors Raven and a standing hurricanrana for a two count. Raven yanks on Styles arm, but Styles fights back with right hands. Raven yanks Styles down to the mat by his arm. Raven tries for the Raven Effect, but Styles counters. Raven counters and takes Styles down with an arm bar. Raven continues with an elbow drop to the arm. Styles is able to reach the ropes to break the hold. Styles kicks Raven, but is sent to the floor with a drop toe hold. Raven slides a chair into the ring. Styles kicks Raven to the mat. Styles splashes Raven in the corner and Raven drops a pill bottle. Styles empties the bottle and it’s powder. Raven kicks the powder into Styles face and into his face, as well. Raven is blinded and drop toe holds the referee onto the steel chair.
Styles drop toe holds Raven onto the chair face first, but there’s no referee for the cover. Styles misses a springboard 450 splash attempt. Raven whacks Styles over the head with a chair, but the referee is still knocked out. La Parka makes his way out to taunt Raven. Parka plants Raven with a DDT and dances on the floor. Styles hits the Styles Clash and the referee suddenly recovers to count the three and Styles retains the title. (**1/4. It’s a decent main event, but it was a slow match for the most part. TNA doing the La Parka gimmick is just another example of them reusing something that was effective many years ago. Styles winning here doesn’t make him look all that strong since he had help to win. I’d say this was a disappointing match. At least 3LK didn’t get involved, which I was completely expecting to happen.)
La Parka enters the ring and unmasks to reveal that it is actually Chris Harris. Raven begs off against the ropes. Harris goes after Raven with strikes against the ropes. Raven boots Harris and they trade strikes. James Storm slides into the ring and helps Harris beat on Raven. The locker room empties to keep them apart.
Vince Russo comes out to the ring and tells Harris this is enough. Russo says that Harris is no different than Raven and that he’s out of line. Harris says this is about him and AJ Styles. Harris says Styles that he knows that Harris deserved to be in the cage match. Harris wants a championship match against Styles. Styles responds by saying that Harris only had to ask. Raven returns to the ring and the brawling continues, but everyone holds them apart. Harris vs. Styles takes place next week on PPV.
It’s an average show this week once again. The multi man match was really enjoyable and the crowd loved it. Everything else just felt really flat and dull for the most part. I usually have optimistic expectations, but it seems like every week I’m disappointed by match quality especially in the main events. So, I don’t want to be too excited for Harris vs. AJ next week.
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