Torch Today OCT. 30 IN HISTORY: Wed. Night TNA PPV 11 years ago features Hall vs. R-Truth, Styles X Division Title defense, Hennig, more
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This Day In Wrestling History - October 30
Date: October 30, 2002 (11 years ago)
Feature: TNA's Wednesday Night PPV 11 years ago featured an interesting match-up of Ron Killings (now R-Truth in WWE) vs. Scott Hall, plus A.J. Styles vs. Amazing Red for the X Division Title in the main event and Jeff Jarrett vs. Curt Hennig.
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NWA-TNA PPV #19
OCTOBER 30, 2002
NASHVILLE, TENN. AT THE FAIRGROUNDS
REPORT BY WADE KELLER, PWTORCH EDITOR
After panning the crowd for fan signs (including "Everybody dressed up for Halloween tonight and they're all dressed as hillbillies"), they went right to the ring without formal introductions.
(1) Kid Kash pinned Tony Mamaluke at 9:33 with a double-underhook suplex. One of Kash's better TNA matches. Well-paced, believable, good near falls near the end. Good opener. (**3/4)
At ringside, Mike Tenay and Don West previewed the rest of the event. A pretaped interview with Tenay and Scott Hall aired. Hall said he likes the outlaw renegade spirit of TNA. He said the rest of the wrestlers are maybe "too stupid to quit," wanting to take on the big companies. Tenay said Hall's resume is impressive, but he hasn't won the World Title yet. He said tonight he gets his shot. "I'd be lying if I said I didn't want it," Hall said. He added that he is impressed with Killings's talent, but he's going to find out later he's not as good as he thinks he is. Nice segment. The sitdown interview is a good way to present hype for matches in a "sports-like" fashion that isn't seen on WWE TV. Hall did a really cool job putting over the company.
Ron "The Truth" Killings came out and ripped on hillbillies before the match and said he doesn't believe the rumors that Jeff Jarrett is Mr. Wrestling III. He called for Hall to come out. Hall came out and told Truth that Jarrett is playing him like "Ricky Ricardo's bongo drums." He said he shouldn't be worried about Mr. Wrestling, he should be worried about him.
(2) Ron "The Truth" Killings pinned Scott Hall at 6:40. Mr. Wrestling III interfered at the end. Hall beat him up and unmasked him, but he fled before his face could be seen. Killings then finished off Hall with a forward suplex. A passable short title match, but not one that's going to help him get over as a star who has "must-see matches."
They ran a video feature on Curt Hennig, but the audio was muted, so they cut it off early.
Jeff Jarrett came to the ring and said he is glad the NWA is making him go through a tournament to earn a title shot since he didn't want anything handed to him. He put a bounty on Mr. Wrestling III's head (could this storyline be any more old-school and Southern?). Hennig came out and mocked Jarrett's past gimmicks as Double J and Chosen One. He rambled about Mr. Wrestling III, barely keeping his train of thought. He said he thinks its suspicious Jarrett and III are never in the same place at the same time. Whatever.
(3) James Storm & Chris Harris beat Hotshots and Rick & Chris Michaels to retain the NWA Tag Titles at 6:20. Some good highspots and bumps. (**)
After the finish, the lights went out. When they came back on, Brian Lee and Slash were beating up the heels. They showed Jim Mitchell watching and smiling from the stage. He said evil has returned. Lee chokeslammed Storm off the balcony backstage and then crushed Chris Harris through a table. Good promo from Mitchell; creepy as always.
A sitdown interview aired with Bob Armstrong and Don Harris. Armstrong announced that champs can now lose belts on a DQ and that Harris would be a special enforcer ref. He announced the eight-man tourney to earn a title shot, also... Tenay announced Syxx-Pac was too injured to wrestle.
(4) B.G. James pinned Ron Harris at 5:34 with a roll-up. Not much to it, but okay. During the match, they showed Jarrett beating up and bloodying Hennig. Don was special ref, but Armstrong fired him for supposedly favoring his brother during the match. (*)
(5) Ace Steel & Bruce (w/Mortimer Plumtree) beat Jorge Estrada & Priscilla at 5:52. (*1/2)
(6) Jeff Jarrett pinned Curt Hennig at 1:10. Hennig was too injured from the attack to fight. (NR)
Jerry Lynn told Goldy he will beat Siaki and then move on to earn an NWA Hvt. Title shot.
(7) Sonny Siaki pinned Jerry Lynn at 14:58 with his feet on the ropes. Well-paced, told a story. (***1/2)
Lawler told Goldy that he and April were deeply in love, then kissed her. April looked bored.
(8) A.J. Styles pinned Amazing Red to retain the X Title at 12:35. This was Red's best singles match to date. Styles keeps getting better all-around. (***1/2)
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