PPV REPORTS 10/2 NWA-TNA PPV review: Waltman, Killings, Chris Rock
Oct 2, 2002 - 10:34:00 PM
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NWA-TNA PPV #15
October 2, 2002
Live from Nashville, Tenn.
By Mike Sempervive, Torch Team Contributor
Show opens with Mike Tenay announcing all 3 TNA titles will be on the line.
B.G. James & Syxx-Pac come out to a cut an in-ring promo. Road Dogg begins saying although they are wily veterans, TNA is a new day. Tells the "rump rangers" (Jarrett & Lawler) to bring their little buddy Skipper, and Mary Ann & The Professor for that matter (no comment from Tenay). Calls out Ron Killings saying although The Truth may be the future, he is the past and the present. Syxx then takes over and says while he thinks Lo-Ki is great, either James or Syxx should be the one facing The Truth. James then says that if Killings is the "suntanned superman" and that he & Syxx are "white kryptonite." Killings then comes to the rampway, and says although they may be have been the foundation, he's "relieved himself all over it." And as the crowd drills "The Truth" with "overrated" chants, Killings says that he only gives title shots to those "like him". (playing the race card, again) Syxx retorts with "I'm tired of you playing the race card, It's not 1967, and you're not Dolemite." (although it was a '70's movie at least it was recognition by Vince Russo that WE are the ones who are tired of the race card.) Jeff Jarrett then comes out and announces that Scott Hall "must be dealing with his personal demons" and hadn't shown up. Jarrett then says Hall screwed up the card and that the 6-man has been changed to a handicap match between Syxx & James against himself, Lawler, & Elix Skipper who attack the faces but are run off.
Tenay announces this is the first night for MediaCom & CableVision (read: New York)
Tenay says they will try to get Hall on the phone to explain where he is.
(1) Amazing Red defeated Shark Boy. Elix Skipper joins commentary complaining that he was taken out of the main event by Bob Armstrong. Skipper then says he "understands" what Killings has been talking about. (Boy did I talk way, way too soon when it came to Russo - shame on me for raising my expectations. I should know better.) Mortimer Plumtree is shown at the top of the ramp. Oh yeah, as this is going on, Shark Boy & Amazing Red go back and forth. Shark Boy throws Red out of the ring and dives out on top of Red with a plancha. Shark hits a suplex outside the ring. Red then takes over, goes back into the ring and then hits a suicide dive on Shark outside. Rolls him back, goes to the top rope but Shark recovers meets him on the ropes and hits a jackhammer variation. Shark Boy hits a flipping neck breaker off the 2nd rope (Dead Sea Drop) for a 2. Skipper asks what his wife will say when he doesn't come home with a main event cut of the money. Shark goes to pound on Red in the corner but instead starts biting Red because as Don West correctly pointed out "That's what a shark does, Mike." Shark then attempts another DSD but Red reverses it and hits the Infared (corkscrew plancha) and then the Red Star Press (standing shooting star) for the win. After the match, Skipper leaves the announce table attacks Red, and hits the Play of the Day on a security guard. Skipper then beats up all the security until Don Harris (who apparently must be some form of kryptonite himself) stops the attack. Very good match. The Shark's gimmick is one of the more refreshing things in wrestling and way over with the crowd.
Tenay gives special attention to NWA Main Event in Columbia, TN as the crawler rolls.
A video package of last week's X title match between Jerry Lynn & Ron Killings is shown, hyping up tonight's match between Killings & Lo-KI.
Goldy interviews Lo-Ki in the locker room by saying he heard Syxx loud and clear and he won't forget what he said. He then goes on to say Killings has always spited the X division, and to be ready for a new NWA champion. I swear Lo has stolen James Earl Jones voice box.
As the Maximos music plays, Ron Killings comes out instead. Says he "feels sorry" for Lo-Ki and that's why he offered him a title shot, but then asks if he's part of the "conspiracy" against him.
(2) Ron "The Truth" Killings defeated Lo-Ki to retain the NWA World title. Lo-Ki charges the ring, and is immediately jumped on by Killings. Lo-Ki comes back with a series of chops, a dropkick, and his series of stiff kicks. Killings rolls out to the floor. Killings takes control back on the floor with kicks and a whip into the rail. Lo-Ki then attempts a springboard from the gaurdrail, but is knocked on top of the fans by a Killings kick. The two brawl through the crowd up to the rampway. Killings runs an equipment box into look, and then rolls him back into the ring for a 2. Truth then goes for another pin attempt with his foot on the ropes and gets a 2. Killings then stomps Lo in the corner. Killings hits a scissors kick for a 2, as Mortimer Plumtree makes another appearance on the ramp. Killings continues to stay on the offense with a deathlock/stretch combo. Lo-Ki tries to comeback with chops, fails, but then hits a koppo kick for a 2. Lo hits some kicks, but Killings responds and locks on a double underhook camel clutch. Killings then goes for two covers with his feet on the ropes. Killings hits a running powerslam and gets another 2. West points out he has never seen Lo dominated like this before. Killings goes for a 360 but misses. Lo comes back with chops and a springboard kick to the head. Lo plays up the pain in his ribs and goes for a 2. Lo hits a flying forearm for another 2. Killings catches a bodypress attempt, falls into the ropes and locks on the dragon clutch. Killings takes back over and hits a Ki-Crusher of his own for a 2. Killings goes for a Truth or Consequences but Lo pushes Killings into the ropes and locks on a Dragon Clutch. Killings fights out, is pushed into the ropes and responds with a flying forearm. Killings goes up to the top, but is met by a kick by Lo. Lo takes Killings up to the top rope, but Killings turns it around and hits the True Convictions (a top rope X-Factor) for the win.
As Killings takes the mic after the match, a man dressed in all white sweats including a pointy hooded sweatshirt and white mask comes out to attack Killings and leaves him laying. No security rushes to Killings defense. No mention is made by Tenay & West about the fact it looks like a Klan member. And we finally have a gimmick that rivals Russo gifts like Key, the drug dealer. (This is the first card that has been aired in the New York market -- no excuse for this. None. Especially considering that Killings is a heel.)
Tenay gives attention to NWA Tri-State & the 54th Anniversary show.
(3) In a #1 contenders match for the tag titles, The Maximos defeated The Flying Elvises. During the match, Plumtree is shown again at the top of the ramp scouting. I will fully admit to not possessing the speed typing skills to cover every move that these four pulled off. But suffice to say, this match was damn good with all the high flying and innovative moves being crisply hit. The end came when Sonny Siaki (who had come out on the ramp mid-match) ran up to the apron to taunt Estrada with a mock tag. Estrada who had just hit the "All Shook Up" (a good looking hiptoss into a neckbreaker) on Jose. Joel then lifted Estrada onto his shoulders and Jose hit the "Maximo Explosion" (top rope DDT) for the win.
As Goldy tries to interview Siaki who is coming back through the curtain, Jerry Lynn attacks him. A.J. Styles plays innocent heel by "holding" Lynn back as Siaki takes free shots on him. Siaki then throws Lynn into an equipment box. Styles jumps on top of the box and "yells" at Siaki saying he should be happy "Bullet Bob" Armstrong hadn't seen the attack.
(4) Sonny Siaki defeated David Young. West & Tenay make reference to the fact that the last time Young was seen, he was involved in a story with his valet Bobcat. After some back and forth, Siaki hits a one man 3D and goes for back to back 2's. Siaki sets Young up in the tree of woe and drills Young with two shoulderblocks and then a 2 count. Young reverses a front headlock into a Northern Lights for a 2. Tenay hypes the fact that without Bobcat, Young is more focused. Siaki hits a somersault into a legdrop for a 2. After chops by both men, Siaki reverses a Young belly to-belly attempt into one of his own into the corner. Young hits a spinebuster (which he is the self-proclaimed master of, according to Tenay) but fails to go for the pin. Young goes for a moonsault, misses, and Siaki hits the Money Clip for the win. So mutch for the focus.
Tenay gives special attention to NWA action in Parkersburg, WV and the Anniversary show in Corpus Christi, TX.
A very strong video package -- complete with dramatic music -- is shown of last week's NWA tag titles tables match between Storm & Harris and Ron Harris & Brian Lee. That segues into a Goldy interview with Ron Harris who says he'll be teaming with The Aussie Ashley Hudson. Ron then says he hopes his brother remembers the "pact" they made last week, as Goldy attempts to ask him what it was, he says "shut up, bitch -- and keep that camera right there I'm tired of that MTV shit." As the camera stops moving, the interview ends.
(5) Cowboy James Storm & Wildcat Chris Harris defeated Ron Harris & Ashley Hudson to retain the NWA tag team titles. Nothing real special of note in this match. Hudson was on the receiving end most of the time when he was in the match. Storm & Wildcat were in control early, Ron & Hudson took in the middle until Hudson missed a springboard dive and Wildcat gets the hot tag clearing the ring and hits windup Rock bottom for a 2. Ron Harris then accidentally kicks Hudson with a big boot and Wildcat gets the pin. Ron & Hudson then argue in the ring and Ron attacks his partner with a chokeslam. Ron then went and throws down Jeremy Borash, takes his chair and brains Wildcat & Hudson with it. Security runs in, gets thrown around until Don comes in and clears his brother from the ring. (WWE teams take note: Storm & Harris may not be the next coming of the Midnight Express but it's nice to see a tag team actually work together.)
Goldy tries to ask Lynn about his condition but is politely asked to leave by Estrada who is checking on him, along with Yang. Lynn is selling the neck.
(6) In a ladder match for the X division title, Jerry Lynn defeated A.J. Styles to retain by reverse decision. Styles goes after the neck to begin the match. Styles brings the ladder into the ring and sets Lynn on top of it, and jumps over the ropes on top of him. Styles goes outside to get a chair, but gets knocked off the ring apron. Lynn then dropkicks the ladder into the chair Styles was holding on the floor. Lynn sets up the ladder in the corner goes for an irish whip, but is reversed into it. Styles goes for a tornado DDT off the ladder but is stopped. As Styles attempts to climb the ladder in the corner, Lynn springs off the top rope and hits a fantastic sunset flip powerbomb. Lynn stays on the attack as Mortimer Plumtree is shown peeking out from the entrance -- again -- taking notes. Styles then goes back on the offensive by hitting a DVD onto the ladder that was laying on the 2nd rope. Styles then hits a nasty springboard asai moonsault on top of Lynn. Styles goes for the belt, but is pulled off. Siaki comes halfway down the ramp. As Lynn goes for the belt, Styles hits a missile dropkick to knock Lynn off. Styles then takes the ladder and lays it between the ring and the guardrail. He attempts to backdrop Lynn outside on top of it but Lynn reverses it into a painful looking suplex onto the ladder. Lynn then brings the ladder back into the ring and goes for the belt, but Styles pushes the ladder over and Lynn into the ref. Styles brings a chair into the ring but Lynn blocks a shot and drives Styles face into the chair with a legdrop splitting him open. Scott Armstrong is still down. Lynn goes for the belt again, Styles attempts to catch Lynn to powerbomb him but Lynn reverses it into a huracanrana. Lynn makes another attempt but is backdrop suplexed off the ladder. Tenay continues to do a good job selling Lynn's neck, and Armstrong is still down. Styles then goes for the belt but Lynn climbs up the other side of the ladder. They exchange blows until Lynn hits a dangerous suplex off the top of the ladder. Lynn then tries to climb the ladder again, sees Styles leaping off the ropes behind him and the two meet in mid-air with double clotheslines. Lynn then goes to the top rope when Siaki tries to knock him off. Lynn kicks him off and dives on top of him outside the ring. Styles then takes the advantage with a springboard flip outside on top of Lynn, rolls back in and quickly climbs the ladder to win the title. After the match, Lynn attacks Siaki on the ring apron, but is quickly double teamed by both Styles & Siaki. The SAT's, Red, Elvises, & Red run down to clear the ring. Representative Armstrong comes down and says the X title is one of the most coveted titles in the NWA and orders a rematch for the title in another ladder match. He then gives the title back to Lynn. Good mic work by Armstrong. Better match by Lynn & Styles. Styles may not be able to talk on the mic, but did a very good job working the crowd as the arrogant jerk.
Hard sell time with Don West - who by the way is wearing a shiny red shirt. He announces that "Don't forget" Chris Rock will be filming part of his new movie on the show next week. And ... wait. The best comedian going today will be there next week, and they only give it 5 seconds. And I'm told not to forget although it hasn't been mentioned all night. Huh?! West also sells the return ladder match, Kid Kash, Tony Mamaluke, & Lo-Ki in a Iron man match and Harris & Storm vs. the Maximos.
Whatever happened to Scott Hall on the phone?
(7) B.G. James & Syxx defeated Brian Lawler & Jeff Jarrett. Tenay announces Lawler as the "most unfocused man in TNA". Before the match, BG cuts a promo on the ramp including Hall's "Hey Yo". Syxx then tells Lawler if he keeps treating April like a bitch he'll keep banging her behind the scenes (well that'll make her feel better), and if Lawler wins, he might let him watch. A full scale brawl breaks out outside the ring with Syxx going after Jarrett, and James with Lawler. Syxx and Jarrett make it back into the ring with the two exchanging shots until Jarrett tags out to Lawler. Syxx makes the tag to James. Lawler whips James against the ropes, gets kicked in the back by Jarrett, then is superkicked outside by Lawler. Lawler bites James on the forehead and then tags out to Jarrett who hits punches in the corner and an elbow off a whip into the ropes. Lawler is tagged back in and hits a bulldog out of the corner for a 2. Lawler goes for another bulldog but is pushed off and crotches himself in the other corner. Syxx & Jarrett get the hot tags. Syxx gets a sitdown powerbomb but is broken up by Lawler. Syxx hits a bronco buster on Jarrett and then hits a sloppy X-Factor on Lawler. Elix Skipper runs down and hits a X-Factor on Syxx leading to a 2 count. Jarrett who was the legal man comes back in and locks a sleeper on. As Syxx fights out of it, he is crotched on the top rope. Jarrett tags in Lawler. Syxx fights off a double team attempt and tags in James, who hits a double shake, rattle, and roll ending with a double headbutt. James then hits a pumphandle on Lawler for the win.
After the match, the heels attack Syxx & James. Red runs in to attack Skipper but is met with a clothesline. The Maximo Brothers then run in attack Skipper and hit him with the Spanish Fly. Jarrett then gets a chair and lays out James. The Truth then comes in the ring and helps the heels lay out everyone with Jarrett chairshots as the show ends.
Good show. Sort of. Unless it's The Truth (who is the "World" champion right?), no heavyweights should be in the main events of these shows. Chris Rock's appearance next week deserved much more attention -- he's a legit A-list celebrity with drawing power, and I won't even dignify the "Klu Klux Klan" angle with any more comments except to say it was real, real low.
Mike Sempervive also writes a Lounge Column every Sunday for PWTorch.com You can write to him at MSempervive@pwtorch.com.
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