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11/20 NWA-TNA PPV review: Sempervive's detailed rundown

Nov 20, 2002 - 10:27:00 PM
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NWA-TNA Show #22
November 20, 2002
Live from Nashville, Tenn.
By Mike Sempervive, Torch Team Contributor


Show opens with Mike Tenay & Don West (in shiny blue shirt and tie) hyping tonight's show - with graphics

A Tenay sit down interview with Ron Killings. He says that he offered equal time to Jeff Jarrett, but he refused stating he was too focused on tonight's match. He also says that Mr. Wrestling III has not contacted him yet. Killings says that III is the last thing on his mind. He asks "Jeff who is willing to pay the bigger price?"

(1) Sonny Siaki & EZ Money defeated Divine Storm (Quiet Storm & Chris Divine w/ Miss Trinity). Basically an uneventful back and forth match with both teams looking decent. Miss Trinity playing the role of Lita when she was with Essa Rios was really the highlight. After about 7 minutes or so, Siaki hits the Siakalypse on Quiet Storm for the sudden finish.

The scroll rolls, the women dance, and Tenay hypes the NWA World title match. The lights then go down as the Church music hits.

Belladonna & The Sinister Minister Father James Vandenburg Mitchell comes out to cut a promo. He says "Tonight the whole world is taking notice... I'm here to tell the entire wrestling world that having control of the World tag team titles is not enough..my Disciples will take control of the World Heavyweight Championship."

(2) Malice (w/ Sinister Minister Mitchell & Belladonna) defeated Korey Williams. Malice hammers Korey Williams (better known, well at least known from the NWA Wildside tag team New South) from behind, knocking him outside the ring. Malice then sends Williams into the rail twice. He nails Williams with the steel on his armbands. Back in the ring, Malice misses a clothesline, Williams fires off a few shots, but Malice hits a chokeslam and gets the 3. After the match, Malice stomps Williams and dumps him to the floor.

The scroll rolls again, as Tenay hypes tonight's card.

(3) The Harris Brothers defeated The SAT to win a shot at the tag team titles. The SAT's go the attack early with high flying knocking the Harrises from the ring. The Harrises quickly come back by over powering them on the outside. The Harrises basically maintain the advantage for the rest of the match. The SAT's get in very little offense, and the SuperFly they attempted missed pretty bad. Don uses a plancha outside the ring onto both Maximo's. Back in the ring, the Harrises hit a H-Bomb on Jose for the win. The Harrises get a shot against Slash & Brian Lee next week.

The scroll rolls again, as Tenay hypes NWA Midwest on Saturday in Greys Lake, IL with Red, the SAT's, and Ace Steel.

Goldy interviews April in the back. When asked about being in the shower with Bruce she said "I wasn't in the shower with anybody" and that it must have been a production trick. She then says "No one understands me." Bruce then walks in and says "I'm a definitely a gay guy, Goldy" Lenny then walks in and says Bruce "isn't gay, he's as straight as an arrow." He then says "Give me the crown, you wanna-be homo." (So who was it again who said that Vince Russo had no place in the company?)

As B.G. James begins his pre-match schtick, disco music hits and out comes Lenny Lane. James then asks for the microphone back and says "This is for the politically correct, this won't be a gay bashing, this is me about to beat the hell out of a faggot." (Nice. What did Jerry Jarrett say about tempering what some of the wrestlers said? I guess as long as you don't use the Lord's name in vain, you're fine.)

(4) B.G. James defeated Lenny Lane. A surprisingly even match with Lenny being extra-gay, and James being extra-homophobic. (Interesting, considering James uses a humping pump-handle slam). Out of nowhere Bruce runs into the ring and jumps Lenny. He hits a piledriver on him. Brian Lawler then runs into the ring to jump Bruce. He and Bruce then begin to exchange punches, as James pins Lenny. Goldy then comes down to the ring, puts her arm around April, and they walk up the ramp.

The scroll rolls again, as Tenay hypes the silent auction that is taking place on the still being remodeled nwatna.com

(5) A.J. Styles (w/Mortimer Plumtree) defeated Jorge Estrada (w/Priscilla) & Crimson Dragon in a 3-way to decide who will get a shot at the NWA X title next week. Here are the highspots - Dragon is in a awful red outfit, with a silver mask, and pipe cleaner arms. The match begins with all 3 shadowing each other. Dragon locks Styles legs into a Indian deathlock on Estrada, he then simultaneously pulls down on Styles neck, while lifting up on Estrada's. Tenay wonders that with an open door policy "why would anyone wear a mask?" Styles hits a missile dropkick on Dragon who was being held by Estrada, Estrada then powerbombs him down for a 2. Dragon hits a suplex into a stunner for a 2. Estrada hits a double underhook powerbomb on Styles for a 2. Dragon piledrives Estrada for a 2, before it's broken up by Styles, who tries a pin of his own. Styles stalling brainbuster on Dragon for a 2. Styles goes for a piledriver but is backdropped, Dragon goes for the pin, but is broken up by Estrada. Styles hits a spinkick for a 2, but is broken up by Dragon with a dropkick. Estrada goes for a tornado DDT, but is crotched by Styles. Styles and Estrada then exchange punches, Estrada knocks Styles to the mat, but is then knocked to the arena floor by a Dragon kick. Estrada gets a 2 on Styles after bulldogging him on the floor. Back up both Styles & Estrada go for a clothesline but knock each other down. Dragon comes back into the ring with a double guillotine legdrop. He tries a pin on Estrada, but only gets a 2. He then tries to pin Styles, but again, only gets a 2. As Estrada rolls up Dragon, he Northern Lights a charging Styles, getting a 2 on both men. Estrada goes up top but gets crotched by Dragon, he then hits a super frakensteiner off the top for a 2, before Styles breaks it up. Styles then drags Estrada into the other corner and goes up top. He gets crotched by Dragon. Dragon then goes for a rana off the top on Styles, but Styles reverses it into a Styles Clash from the corner down on top of Estrada for the win, and the X title shot next week.

Tenay hypes the November 30 NWA Florida/IPW show with A.J. Styles, David Young, Curt Hennig vs. Syxx.

Goldylocks in the back with America's Most Wanted wondering what their plan is. Chris Harris say they have no plan, except to beat up Jim Mitchell. James Storm says that if Belladonna jumps on his back this week, he'll put her in the 8 Second Ride and hopefully break her neck. He then concludes with a variation of the AMW catchphrase "Sorry about your damn luck." A video package is then shown of last week's match set to the Disciples music.

(Just curious, why are there so many "Athena" signs in the crowd?)

(6) "Bulldozer" Brian Lee & Slash (w/Whatever he is Mitchell & Belladonna) defeated America's Most Wanted by DQ to retain the NWA World tag team titles. Match begins the way the last two have, a brawl on the floor. Storm on Slash, and Lee on Harris. All four make their way around to the announce table. And then away from it again. Lee & Harris make their way into the ring. After Harris ducks a Lee clothesline and goes into the ropes, Slash drills him with a chair. Lee gets a 2. Lee then pounds on Harris, hits a powerslam, and tags in Slash. Slash blocks a sunset flip attempt, but then Harris pulls him down for a 2. Slash then hits an inverted DDT for a 2. Slash then goes to work with chops in the corner, but are reversed by Harris. Slash quickly regains the advantage and tags in Lee. The two collide coming off the ropes, Lee tags in Slash again. Slash drops an elbow and gets a 2 before pounding on Harris in the corner again. Lee tagged back in, hits a big boot but Storm breaks up the count. Slash tagged back in. Bites Harris, and sets him up on the top buckle. Harris pushes Slash off, and hits a clothesline. Hot tags are made. Storm comes in like the proverbial "house of fire". Storm pounds on both heels. Storm hits a tornado inverted DDT (the Noose) out of the corner on Slash for a 2. Lee comes back into the ring and he and Storm exchange punches. Slash goes for a superplex on Harris, Storm gets underneath Slash and it turns into a superduperplex (I know, it's cheap) Slash then lays his arm over Harris for a 2. Storm pushes Lee off the top rope as he and Slash has Harris set up for a Doomsday Device, Storm rolls through on Slash for a 2. Harris hits a spear on Lee for a 2. Harris then clotheslines Lee outside the ring. As Harris looks at Slash & Storm fighting on the outside, Lee grabs the spike. Lee tries to hit Harris in the head with it, but Harris stops him. Storm then superkicks Lee, and picks up the spike. He starts to pound on Lee. The ref calls for the DQ. After the match Storm gives Belladonna the 8 second ride, and AMW buries the Church. The ref then takes the spike away from Harris. Harris then hits a perfect Catatonic on referee Andrew Thomas and pops the crowd. They then corner Mitchell in the ring, but security comes in. AMW then destroys security including Harris hitting one of them with a nasty chairshot.

The scroll rolls again, the girls dance again, and Tenay & West hype the last match.

A video package is then shown of last week's match between Red & Jimmy Yang. That goes into a sit-down interview of Tenay & Red. Tenay asks Red about his past. He says he's from Brooklyn, was trained by Mikey Whipwreck, and his influences were Hulk Hogan, Rey Mysterio Jr., and tapes he saw from Japan. He gives credit to his cousins, the Maximo's and Kid Kash. He says he's ready for the X title match tonight. (Red was extremely soft spoken, seemed nervous, and needed to be pushed along by Tenay.) It is then thrown to Goldy in the back with Jerry Lynn who says that Red reminds him a lot of him. He credits his toughness and his attitude.

(7) Jerry Lynn defeated The Amazing Red to retain the NWA X division title. Shadow and back and forth moves to start the match ending in a respect pause. More back and forth, ending with Red getting a 2. Red hits a rana, goes after Lynn but Lynn hits a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for a 2. Lynn locks on a surfboard, releases it, and starts to pound on Red. Whips him off the ropes but Red gets a spinning headscissors, and then enzuigiri's Lynn outside the ring. Red goes for a dive outside. Lynn catches Red and drives him upside down into the apron. Back in the ring, Lynn gets a 2 after an over the knee stomachbreaker. Lynn then locks on a bow and arrow but lets go. Red gets a rollup for a 2. Lynn whips Red frontwards into the buckle, Red tries to leap over Lynn, but Lynn catches him. Red then turns it into a tornado DDT. As Lynn lays against the top turnbuckle, Red runs up Lynn's back and kicks him in the back of the head. Lynn bails outside. Red hits a gorgeous suicide flip outside onto Lynn. Back in the ring, Red gets a 2. Red hits a 718 (yes, a 619) He tries to springboard rana onto Lynn but Lynn catches him. Red then turns the move into a sunset flip powerbomb for a 2. Red then pounds on Lynn in the corner, whips him into the other corner, where he is met by an elbow. Lynn goes to the 2nd rope, but Red hits a spin kick. Red hits a top rope rana, but Lynn rolls through for a 2. Lynn goes for a cradle piledriver, but Red blocks it, he tries to reverse Lynn into a sunset flip powerbomb, but Lynnflips him back over and hits a powerbomb of his own. (Red landed right on top of his head.) Lynn sits Red on the top turnbuckle, but Red shoves him off and hits a jump swing DDT for a 2. Red then tries to go up top but is crotched. Lynn then tries to powerbomb Red out of the corner, but gets rana'd for a 2. Red then goes up to the top, but Lynn cuts him off. Lynn hits a sick looking cradle piledriver off of the 2nd rope for the win. After the match, the two shake hands.

Time for Don West to put it in to hype mode. Next week: The New Church vs. Curt Hennig & Syxx-Pac for the tag team titles. Jerry Lynn vs. A.J. Styles for the X title, and Bruce vs. Brian Lawler.

Video packages are then shown of World Champion Ron "The Truth" Killings and Jeff Jarrett to hype the upcoming match. JB announces the competitors as if it were a boxing match, with both in the ring, Scott Armstrong's instructions, etc. If Killings is DQ'd or counted out, Jarrett wins the title.

(8) Jeff Jarrett defeated Ron "The Truth" Killings to win the NWA World title. Killings begins the match with a headlock, Jarrett whips him off the ropes, and Killings knocks him down with a shoulderblock. Killings baits the crowd. Lock-up, Jarrett gets a headlock, shoulderblock, criss cross, Killings hits a dropkick. They go for the lock up again, but Killings kicks Jarrett in the gut. Killings hits a flying forearm and Jarrett bails outside and stalls. Back in the ring, Killings shoves Jarrett, and Jarrett explodes with fists, whips Killings off the ropes and hits a pretty dropkick. Jarrett places Killings on the ropes, and legdrops him. Jarrett pulls out the Double J/Fargo strut. After a reversal, Killings Flair kicks Jarrett in the crotch, and then begins to pound right hands on Jarrett. He looks as if he's going to whip Jarrett into the ropes but hits that move Kanyon used to finish with (sorry, I forgot the name). Killings continues the assault. Whips Jarrett into the ropes, as Jarrett attempts to flip over Killings, Killings catches him and hits a powerslam for a 2. They exchange punches. Killings gets a 2 after a axe kick to the back of Jarrett's head. Killings hits Jarrett with a left and a right. Jarrett whips Killings off the ropes, tries a kick, but Jarrett catches the leg, goes for an enzuigiri, but misses. Killings then locks on the figure four and Jarrett is almost counted out. Jarrett reverses it, but Killings reaches the ropes. Killings starts to pound on Jarrett again. Killings misses a clothesline and Jarrett hits a backdrop suplex putting both men down. Both are up at the count of 8. Jarrett blocks Killings punches, and reverse-whips him into the ropes. Killings tries for a rana, but Jarrett hits a powerbomb for a 2. Jarrett mounts Killings in the corner. Referee Armstrong gets hit with an elbow. As Jarrett checks on him, Killings goes outside to get a chair. Jarrett takes it away, and brains him. Armstrong is back on the job and counts 2. Jarrett goes for the Stroke, but is blocked by Killings. Jarrett then goes for a suplex, but Killings turns it around into a facebuster. Killings goes up to the top but Jarrett falls backwards into the ropes knocking him off. Jarrett then goes for the Stroke, but only gets a 2. Killings rolls outside the ring, but Jarrett follows him. He tries to whip Killings into the rail, but Killings reverses Jarrett into the ringpost. Jarrett gets busted wide open as Killings digs in right hands on Jarrett who is on the announce table. They then fight into the crowd where Jarrett hits him with a chair in the back. Killings gets the advantage back and lays Jarrett onto a table. Killings then goes to the top of an entrance way and splashes Jarrett through a table. Killings heads back to the ring. Jarrett gets up and runs back into the ring. Killings pounds on Jarrett's open cut. Jarrett fights back and the two exchange punches. Killings goes for a flying forearm, but Jarrett ducks and he hits Armstrong, who falls outside the ring. Jarrett & Killings then knock each other down. Both slowly try to make it to their feet. Mr. Wrestling III then runs into the ring holding a "Slap Nuts" guitar. He teases hitting Killings, then Jarrett. He then nails Killings with it. Jarrett makes the pin and we've got a new NWA World Heavyweight Champion. As Jarrett stands in the ring with arms extended, he turns around to see Mr. Wrestling III applauding him. Mr. Wrestling III unmasks and guess who stands before him? I'll let Mike Tenay tell you, "Oh shit! It's Vince Russo!" Jarrett stands there with a surprised look on his face as Russo leaves the ring, and the show ends.

Except for Red-Lynn, and Jarrett-Killings, a pretty weak show. In case you missed what I had in my column on Sunday, here you go - "PWTorch.com reader VHicks hit me off with what I missed on the show Wednesday. He also wrote this which could very well turn out to be prophetic: "There's no doubt in my mind that Russo wrote this show and the reason why is the April thing, B.G. James actually calling Jarrett's dad a pussy, and no long matches...I think Mr.Wrestling 3 is VINCE RUSSO. Why? Because Jerry Jarrett said he hasn't spoke to Vince Russo in 3 weeks. Well the last time Mr. Wrestling 3 was on T.V. was 3 weeks ago. Vince could have set this whole thing up so people would think it's Jeff, but in the end it will be Russo who helps Jeff win the title next week and revealing himself as Mr. Wrestling 3."

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