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TNA NEWS: Five Years Ago Today - which Knockouts main-evented Impact?, plus "Prince" A.J., MCMG, LAX, Outlaws

Jan 10, 2013 - 11:03:27 AM
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Five years ago today, TNA Knockouts Awesome Kong (Kharma in WWE) and Gail Kim were in the main event of TNA Impact. In the match, Kong captured the Knockouts Title from Gail in a 10-minute match.

PWTorch editor Wade Keller wrote at the time: The women's title match wasn't their best in their series, but it was still good. At only ten minutes with a commercial break in the middle, it didn't have time to develop that "epic main event" they may have been going for. Still, nice to see a women's title match get the headline slot on a major cable prime time TV show. WWE has only done that twice in the modern day cable era.

Match Results

(1) Motor City Machineguns (Alex Shelley & Chris Sabin) beat Senshi (Low-Ki & Elix Skipper in 4:00. (*1/2)

(2) Judas Mesias (w/James Mitchell) beat Chris Harris. (1/4*)

(3) Petey Williams & Sonjay Dutt beat VKM (B.G. & Kip James w/Roxxi Laveaux). The former New Age Outlaws, who are now back in the WWE fold, argued over match strategy during this match. (*)

Kevin Nash explained to Samoa Joe that he turned on him at the PPV as a wake-up call.

(4) LAX (Homicide & Hernandez) beat Jimmy Rave & Lance Hoyt in 3:00. (3/4*)

(5) Tomko squashed Shark Boy in 2:00. (1/2*)

(6) Awesome Kong beat Gail Kim to capture the TNA Knockouts Title in 10:00. (**1/2)

***

SPOTLIGHT SEGMENT: "Prince" A.J. Styles Coronation

TNA followed up their Final Resolution PPV by focusing on A.J. Styles choosing to side with Team Angle instead of the Christian Coalition, as if the fate of the TNA World Hvt. Title was a relative afterthought. The show was built around Styles being coronated "Prince" A.J. Styles as a reward for his decision.

Christian, early in the show, vowed to get revenge on Styles for costing him the title at the PPV. He said he could live with him siding against him and with Angle, but not him costing him the World Title.

Styles spent the rest of the show hiding from Christian, including hiding under a table with Jeremy Borash and doing a "fart" bit with him, then dressing up as a pharaoh and trying to blend in with the public at the Universal Studios theme part. He successfully avoided Christian for 90 minutes, then headed to the ring for the Coronation.

Kurt Angle proudly coronated Prince A.J. Styles. Tenay interjected like a 12-year-old, "Yeah, the Prince of Backstabbers!" He crowned A.J., who then very proudly sat on a throne. The crowd chanted "You suck! You suck!" at Angle. He shot back, "I'm a 12-time World Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist, so you can all kiss my ass." Angle told Styles he was a genius in the way he hugged Christian before turning on him.

Christian's music interrupted. Cheer or not? Fans didn't know, given the mixed signals they're constantly sent regarding Christian's character. Christian said at the time Styles turned on him, he made him tapout to his own anklelock move. The crowd chanted, "You tapped out!" Christian said he'd deal with Kurt later, because now he wanted to address Prince A.J. He said he made his decision where his loyalties really lie. The crowd chanted "Princess A.J." They're quick.

Christian smiled and asked if he's ready to "man-up." Karen whispered a pep talk to Styles, then Styles said he's ready! Christian said, "That's being a man? She pulls your strings, you move your mouth. That's an interesting coincidence because I heard you give Karen four bucks and half a glass of Boots Farm and she uses her mouth." Karen was upset. Let the "slut" references that permeate TNA programs continue. A little of that goes a long way.

As Christian headed to the ring, Samoa Joe walked out onto the stage to his music. Christian stopped in his tracks and turned to watch Joe. Joe said, "This is all real adorable and all, but Kurt I've come here for my title shot." Styles told Joe to shut his mouth. He said he's not the champ, Kurt Angle is, which means "we call the shots, not you." Joe said, "Look who put on his big-boy voice today." Joe said he has no qualms smacking another man's "bitch" to get what he wants. "Bitch" was bleeped. There's more of the masochistic theme. Somebody needs therapy around there.

Christian said they need their asses kicked right here, right now. Jim Cornette walked out and said he got a raw deal on Sunday and deserves a rematch. He said he agrees with Joe that he should be a challenger for the World Hvt. Title. He called Styles a "royal pain in the butt," so he wants to see him get whooped. He booked a three-way dance - Styles vs. Christian vs. Joe - winner gets title shot at Against All Odds. However, if Styles won, he could trade his Against All Odds win in for giving Angle two months off from defending his title. That's all fine, but it's hard to tap into why Cornette would offer that. It seems arbitrary and generous.

On the bright side, they weaved a theme into the show with a payoff at the end that tied together some loose ends from the PPV and set up next week's TV main event. Styles was convincing in his role, although the childish dumb hick role he's cast in seems beneath him given his overall talent and potential. It's tough to see him "growing out of this" into a serious money player, but we'll see.

[Torch art credit Grant Gould (c) PWTorch.com]


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