TV REPORTS 10/15 TNA Impact review: Caldwell's review of Monty Brown, Raven, Jeff Hardy
Oct 15, 2004 - 11:56:00 PM
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By James Caldwell, Torch Team Contributor
TNA Impact Review
October 15, 2004
Taped October 12, 2004 in Orlando, FL at Universal Studios
Aired on Fox Sports Net
Report by James Caldwell, Torch Team Contributor
- We open with a clip from last week when Team Canada made their presence known in the tag team division, by attacking Triple X and AMW. The result? Team Canada vs. Christopher Daniels & James Storm tonight on Impact for the Tag Titles.
- We also saw some comments from the Living Legend, Larry Zybzsko, who berated Dusty Rhodes for sabotaging the company and the TNA Title. We saw Rhodes' comments that he will do whatever he wants, whenever he wants to do it.
- Leading into tonight's main event, we saw how Monty Brown and Jeff Hardy won their respective matches last week to face each other for the #1 TNA Title Contender spot.
- Mike Tenay and Don West welcomed us to the Impact Zone to introduce the opening match, which should be the main event, Monty Brown vs. Jeff Hardy.
(1) Jeff Hardy defeated Monty Brown at 9:16 in the Final #1 Contender Match. Monty Brown entered the ring first to a mixed crowd response. Jeff Hardy danced to the ring to the screams of the girls in the Impact Zone. The bell sounded leading to the initial lock up in this fifteen minute time limit bout. Brown and Hardy tried to feel each other out with Hardy landing a slap to the chest. Brown shook it off, smiled, and went back for a lock up. Brown with a knee to the gut then a kick to the head. Brown landed forearms to the side of the head, then a snap mare take over, sending the extra springy ring into spasms. Brown locked in a side head submission then rolled up Hardy for a two count only. Brown shook off defensive right hands and landed clubbing blows to the back. Brown with a punch to the face and shoulder thrusts at 2:00. We saw Abyss standing atop the arena, staring down at the action. After an elbow from Brown, we saw another interested party, Raven, standing atop the arena. Off to commercial we went...
Back from the break, we saw Monty Brown stumbling around the outside. Hardy tossed Brown into the ring and landed right hands to the face. Brown ducked a clothesline and in slow motion, slapped on a sleeper hold. Brown took an elbow to the gut, causing a release of the hold. Hardy with a jawbreaker then a flying toss, sending Brown to the mat. Hardy scored a backwards kick to the face then a double foot kick in the corner. Hardy locked in a sleeper hold, but Brown turned it into a side back drop suplex. Brown followed with a second back drop suplex then picked up Hardy for a third, but Hardy flipped out and scored the Twist of Fate in the middle of the ring. Hardy with the cover, but only scored a two count. Brown scored an elbow, then went for another elbow, but smashed the referee in the face. The ref went down and so did Brown following a suplex. Hardy went up top and scored a Swanton Bomnb. Hardy made the cover, but the referee was still down and out. Abyss entered the ring and picked up Hardy. Abyss with the Black Hole Slam on Hardy. Brown and Abyss went toe to toe. Brown with the Pounce on Abyss in the middle of the ring! Abyss rolled out of the ring. Brown picked up Hardy for a suplex, but Raven entered the ring and smashed Brown with a steel chair. Raven with a DDT on Brown. Hardy scored a Twist of Fate on Brown and made the cover. The ref made his miraculous recovery and counted the three count, albeit a three count that Brown appeared to kick out of. Hardy wins the Title Shot at Victory Road.
Match View: Another disaster in the making? If Jarrett vs. Hardy I is any indication, Victory Road's main event will be a complete flop. Aside from the poor decision as to who should come out the victor, I thought both men were decent in the ring. Brown still has trouble making his offense look believable, but Hardy helped out by not over-selling, and not under-selling. Decent match, albeit not anything special or something to show wrestling students.
- Shane Douglas was in the back with Dusty Rhodes to comment on Jeff Hardy. Rhodes said his work was done with Hardy. Vince Russo entered the scene and told Rhodes to listen to him. Rhodes said, "I run the show around here." Rhodes said, "Zbyzsko is a company stooge who is trying to run me out of town." Rhodes suggested a vote as to who should be running the company. Russo asked Rhodes if he thought he could do better. Rhodes said he knows he could do a better job as Director of Authority. Russo said that at Victory Road, the people will vote for whom they feel should be the DOA.
- The voice over man let us know that Shark Boy, Amazing Red, Chad Collier of the Elite Guard, and Sonjay Dutt have been added to the X Division Gauntlet match at Victory Road.
(2) Petey Williams (w/Scott D'Amore) defeated Jason Pocarro at 1:18 in a Non Title X Division Match. Petey opened up with right hands on Pocaro. Pocaro fought back with a series of drop kicks. Petey countered with a leg whip, sending Pocaro to the outside where Scott D'Amore landed a knock down punch. D'Amore sent Pocaro back into the ring. Petey set up for the Canadian Destroyer, but called an audible and scored the Styles Clash on Pocaro. Petey with the cover for the win.
After the match, Petey pulled out A.J. Styles' ring jacket and pute it on to mock Styles. Styles entered the Impact Zone and went to work on Petey. Styles sent Petey to the outside then scored an over the top rope flip splash on Petey and D'Amore. Styles took back his ring jacket as Petey scampered to the outside to recover with D'Amore.
Match View: Petey showed some charisma in the ring on a lesser challenger. Pocaro had the look of a potentially decent wrestler, and not just a green, fresh out of training, guy. Nice closing storyline development to add some new heat to the feud. Good build up towards Victory Road.
(3) 3 Live Kru (Ron Killings & B.G. James & Konan) defeated Eric Stevens & John Thadeio & Snyder Nate Webb at 0:54. After James tried to bring back the New Age Outlaws intro, the three team jobbers with two of the worst names in the history of wrestling, jumped 3 Live Kru, bringing the match to its beginning. 3 Live Kru knocked down each of the jobbers leading to Konan landing a pancake slam on Webb. Killings with a crotch drop on Webb with James and Konan holding Webb open. A double team pancake slam on Thadeio led to the pin and the win for 3 Live Kru.
Match View: Nothing to this match. I'm not sure what purpose 3 Live Kru serves in the company anymore. They aren't really involved in the Tag Team Division and none of their members are key figures in the Singles picture. They need to define a purpose for themselves or else, they're simply filler.
- Jeff Jarrett was in the back with Shane Douglas. Jarrett didn't even want to know what Hardy was up to, whether it be a Paint your Face Clown Match or Stand Under a Dark Light Match. Jarrett said he was going to take TNA's resident freak and tear him apart at Victory Road. Jarrett claimed that the Outsiders were split with Scott Hall on his side, while Kevin Nash was on the other side. Jarrett warned Nash that TNA is his world.
Six Points of Impact with Jeff Hammonds: Hammonds was GNC Show of Strength Convention involving TNA. Hammonds recounted the six important factors that are involved in Victory Road. #1: First ever Sunday PPV. #2: The effect of the Outsiders. #3: In the Pit with Roddy Piper and his special guest. #4: X Division involving Petey Williams vs. A.J. Styles and the Gauntlet. #5: Dusty Rhodes & Vince Russo's cohesion. #6: TNA Title Match - Jarrett vs. Hardy.
- Brian Gamble came out to face Abyss in our fourth match of the night. Instead of having a match, Raven entered the Impact Zone and clocked Gamble with a chair shot. Raven took the mic and entered the ring. Raven said he should be NWA Champion, and he will be NWA Champion. Raven told Jarrett to fear him because he's going to crawl inside his skull, spit in his lungs, and stick forks in his brain. Raven continued with the biology lesson then was interrupted by Monty Brown. Brown delivered right hands to Raven's back. Abyss ran in and went to work on Brown. Brown decked Raven then decked Abyss. Raven went for a super kick on Brown, but missed and nailed Abyss. Abyss no sold it and landed the Black Hole Slam on Brown. Abyss posed in front of Raven then took a right hand. Raven landed two right hands, then took a boot to the face. Security finally hit the ring to separate the two heavyweights. Brown re-entered the picture and splashed Raven in the corner. Brown and Abyss went at it amongst security.
- Roddy Piper sat down to talk about the history of the Piper Pit, where there was no script, and everything just happened. Piper recounted his first Piper's Pit with Frankie Williams, a journeyman jobber. Piper said wrestlers started drawing straws to see who the unlucky wrestler would be who had to go on the Pit next. Not much to that.
(4) Bobby Roode & Eric Young defeated James Storm & Christoper Daniels (c) at 10:09 to capture the TNA Tag Team Titles. With non-participatory members of Team Canada, Triple X, and AMW barred from ringside on orders from Larry Zbyszko, this two on two battle began with Storm vs. Roode. The two enforcers played to the crowd to begin this thirty minute time limit match, then went at it with Roode scoring the early offense. Roode knocked down Storm then took a hard right hand to the face. Storm with a drop toe hold followed by a head scissors take down after a nice series of reversals. Daniels and Storm knocked Roode and Young out of the ring to the outside, sending us to commercial.
After our final commercial, we came back to see Daniels with an arm bar on Eric Young in the middle of the ring. We saw a clip from during the commercial when Zbyszko sent Scott D'Amore back to the backstage area. Back to live action where Daniels scored a dropkick on Young. Young claimed to be injured and the referee held Daniels back from further injuring Young. Young waited for Daniels to retreat, then hopped back to his feet and go on the offensive. Roode tagged in and choked Daniels. Roode slapped on a submission hold as the crowd tried to rally behind Daniels. Daniels broke the hold with elbows to the gut, then delivered right hands to the face. Daniels with a series of chops and punches then took a knee to the gut off the ropes. Roode clotheslined Storm off the apron then tagged in Young. Young scored a sidewalk slam back breaker then locked in a front facelock, wearing down Daniels. Storm rallied the crowd behind Daniels. Storm scored a tag, but the referee didn't see it and prevented Storm from re-entering the ring. Roode made his tag with the referee distracted, and the referee allowed it. Roode with a high arching suplex on Daniels. Roode landed an elbow to the chest then tagged in Young. Young with a top rope elbow drop then a cover, which Storm broke up. Roode held Daniels for Young to deliver a punch. Daniels ducked and Roode took the punch in the face. Daniels crawled over to his corner and made the tag as Roode tagged in. Storm with a knock down clothesline on Roode then a back body drop. Storm with a powerslam on Young. Storm with a nice huricanrana on Roode then a cover, but only for a two count. Young entered the ring and landed right hands to the face. Roode and Young scored a combination leg sweep and clothesline. Daniels broke up a pin attempt. Daniels sent Roode into Young's gut. Daniels with a modified Rock Bottom, then a Moonsault, but only for a two count. Storm entered the ring and a two on two brawle ensued. Storm went chest first into Daniels. Out of nowhere, Young scored a quick roll up on Storm and scored the pin for the win. Team Canada ran to the ring to celebrate with Young and Roode, who received the Tag Titles.
Match View: Team canada has more gold in the stable? I was hoping they wouldn't move the tag titles off the mixed tag teams, to possibly lead to some AMW vs. AMW or Triple X vs. Triple X battles. Now, the natural tag teams will probably reform and we won't have those intra-team battles. As for the match, a real nice battle that showcased why the Tag Team Division is better than the Heavyweight Division in TNA. Real good work from everyone involved.
- Shane Douglas was in the back, searching for Jeff Hardy. Hardy was standing on a ladder, pointing to himself, which Shane Douglas interpreted as a message to Jarrett for a possible Ladder Match at Victory Road. Wow, does Hardy not have a voice to say anything? Let's play sherades featuring Douglas and Hardy. Come on.
Closing Thought: Can Jeff Hardy please...please...please just open his mouth and cut a decent promo? Instead, it's mime time featuring Jeff Hardy and Shane Douglas. If you're in the #1 Contender spot, there's no way you can get away with not saying anything. It made Hardy vs. Jarrett Part I feel like a flop. If Hardy doesn't open his mouth to address Hardy or express his feelings for Part II, it will be another disaster. Here's to hoping that Hardy sheds the "clown gimmick" as Jarrett put it, and steps up to a more serious role as the #1 Contender.
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