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The Wrestling Bazaar: NWA/TNA Weekly PPV #6

October 22, 2010 | Posted by Nick Bazar
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The Wrestling Bazaar: NWA/TNA Weekly PPV #6  

It took until the sixth show for TNA management to realize they could no longer afford running larger-sized arenas. PPV #6 is the first show in what would eventually become known as the TNA Asylum. The look of the show is noticeably worse with a much smaller crowd and poor lighting. While that would be fixed for the better in the coming weeks, you could tell by the presentation that TNA was having financial woes.

July 24, 2002- The Asylum in Nashville, Tennessee

We open the show with Jeff Jarrett in the ring, attacking security with a chair. His silence will not only be deafening, it will be raw violence. Ken Shamrock better come out right now with his championship. It rightfully belongs to Jarrett.

In the back, security tries to restrain Shamrock, but he fights through. Bob Armstrong and one of the Harris Twins let him pass. Shamrock locks them, along with all the security, in his locker room. He instructs British powerhouse Ian Harrison to watch the door. Tonight, Shamrock is the boss.

Back to the ring, Bill Behrens meets with Jarrett. Starting tonight, Jarrett is suspended for 60 days and he has two options: 1) leave like a gentleman or 2) have security take him out. Jarrett smacks Behrens over the head with a steel chair. Shamrock runs in and takes it to Jarrett. Monty Brown and Apolo come in and retrain Shamrock. Jarrett takes the opportunity to whack Shamrock with the chair. Brian Lawler and K-Krush come to Jarrett’s side while Brown and Apolo check on Shamrock.

At ringside, Mike Tenay, Don West and Ed Ferrara discuss what just happened and run down tonight’s card.

Match One: Amazing Red vs. Low-Ki
This is Red’s TNA debut. Ki goes low with a quick kick to the leg and Red comes back with one of his own. Red ducks a clothesline and hits two armdrags and a dropkick that sends Ki to the outside. Red follows up with a rana off the apron. Back in, Red clubs and makes Ki miss on a charge. He gets two kicks to the back for two. Ki charges in the corner but runs into a boot and allows Red to hit a neckbreaker off the middle rope for two. Red tries for a rana but Ki flips him off and connects with a rolling kick that sends him into the ropes. He follows with a bodyslam and an elbow drop for two. Ki applies a standing facelock and hits with a springboard kick for two. He connects with a nice double under-hook suplex and rolls through with a reverse full-nelson. Cover gets two. Back up, Ki connects with an uppercut and chops in the corner. Red climbs to the top but gets knocked to a seated position. Ki goes up to him and hangs him with a dragon sleeper. Cover gets two. Ki gets in some knee lifts and powers Red into the corner. Red kicks him away and covers for two. He follows with some kicks but Ki catches one and flips him over. Ki knocks Red’s bandana off with a kick but gets tripped up allowing Red to connect with a standing shooting star press for two. Back up, Red chops Ki a bit and hits with a Code Red for two. he ducks a clothesline and hits with a tilt-a-whirl DDT for two more. He goes for another but Ki blocks it and unloads with strikes. He misses two stomps on the mat and runs into a boot in the corner. Red charges with a splash but Ki ducks it. He can’t duck a Red spin kick, which he nails. Red goes up top and misses with a corkscrew moonsault, the InfraRed. Ki comes back with a cartwheel kick in the corner and hits with the Ki Crusher ’99 for the win.
Winner: Low Ki in 7:00
Rating: **1/2 (Good little match that introduced the TNA audience to what would eventually become a big part of the X-Division in Red. A nice win for Ki coming off a loss last week to Styles.)

In the back, Jeff Jarrett tries to get past Ian Harrison, who he calls “Joe Steroids.” Harrison doesn’t back off.

Before our next match, Cassidy O’Reilly of the Hot Shots gets on the mic. They are pricks, they are proud and they are protruding.

We then get an interview Goldilocks had with James Storm and Chris Harris earlier today. The Hot Shots were the ones who attacked them during the tag team tournament. Harris berates Storm on his cowboy gimmick and begs him not to bring his cap guns with him tonight.

Match Two: The Hot Shots vs. James Storm/Chris Harris
Tenay refers to Storm and Harris as the Rodney Dangerfield of the tag team division- they get no respect. Storm and Harris attack the Hot Shots on the outside. Inside, Storm ducks a Reilly clothesline and hits with a spinebuster. Harris tags in as Storm hits with a headscissors. Harris comes in with a spear. Stevens tags in but falls to a delayed vertical suplex for two. Harris sends Stevens into the turnbuckle and follows with a nice overhead suplex. Storm tags in but gets knocked to the outside where Reilly drops him on the barricade. Back in, Stevens covers for two. He hits a dropkick and gets two more. Reilly tags in and they connect with a double dropkick for two. Another cover gets two. Storm comes back with strikes but Reilly connects with a springing back elbow. He hits a split legged moonsault for two. Another cover gets two. Reilly chokes Storm on the top rope and tags in Stevens. They hit a Hot Shot Drop on the ropes and Stevens goes for a moonsault. Storm starts to roll out of the way but Stevens still kind of connects on his back. Harris tags in and unloads on Stevens with strikes and hits a nice bulldog. Reilly comes in and falls to a Thesz Press. He continues with a double clothesline on both. Storm comes in and hits a reverse tornado DDT on Reilly. On another corner, Stevens goes for his own tornado DDT on Harris but he reverses into a northern lights suplex for the win.
Winner: James Storm/Chris Harris in 5:00
Rating: *3/4 (Nothing special. It sure didn’t seem like Storm and Harris would amount to much given their sparse booking early on. They had something a couple weeks ago after being laid out backstage, but the payoff tonight was rather underwhelming.)

Post-match, the Hot Shots attack James Storm and Chris Harris with Storm’s cap guns.

In the back, a trainer checks on Ken Shamrock. Shamrock springs to life and demands to know where Jeff Jarrett is.

Match Three: Apolo vs. Brian Lawler
Crowd chants, “Jerry’s Kid!” Lock-up to start and Apolo transitions into a standing wristlock. Lawler bodyslams his way out and mocks the crowd. Apolo regroups and applies a standing headlock. Lawler fights it off but falls to a shoulderblock then a double under-hook suplex. Lock-up and Lawler powers Apolo into the corner. Apolo switches and gets in some chops. He floats over in the opposite corner and connects with a nice sitout spinebuster for two. Lawler comes back with a boot out of the corner and chokes him with his necklace. He chokes Apolo again across the middle rope then slaps him from the outside. Back in, Lawler tries for a suplex but Apolo reverses into one of his own. Apolo goes for a splash on the mat but Lawler gets his knees up. Lawler heads to the middle rope and comes down with a dropkick for two. He slows things down with a reverse chinlock. Apolo eventually elbows out but Lawler rakes his eyes. They both duck clotheslines but Apolo ends up connecting. He follows with a back elbow and a bodyslam. A leg drop gets him two. Apolo ducks some clotheslines and hits with a superkick. He attempts a TKO but Lawler reverses into an inverted DDT. Lawler’s mouth is busted. He beats down on Apolo and dances. After a neckbreaker, he continues to dance. From behind, Apolo rolls him up for the win.
Winner: Apolo in 7:00
Rating: *3/4 (Yup, I still cannot stand Lawler. How can they expect anyone to take him seriously as a heel if he continues to hold on to his Too Cool dancing gimmick?)

Post-match, Don West tries to cheer Brian Lawler up but ends up getting choked.

In the ring, Jeremy Borash introduces K-Krush and we get a highlight video of his recent actions. First and foremost, his name is the Truth. K-Krush is no longer. He will be a puppet no longer. He will not abide by the rules “they” set for him. From now on, it’s all about the Truth. He knows what it’s like to be held down, just like Allen Iverson, Mike Tyson and OJ Simpson…

Which brings out Monty Brown. Poor, poor oppressed one. We have all heard enough, my brother. Let’s talk about making and creating opportunities. Brown has been in two Super Bowls. He left his football career to make a name for himself in the NWA. “They” helped him make that come true. The truth is that maybe, Truth ain’t all that. Truth doesn’t have a problem with Brown. That said, why doesn’t he step his sell-out, Uncle Tom ass out of the ring. Brown attacks and ends it with an Alphabomb. So I guess 2010 isn’t the first time “They” were mentioned in TNA.

We get a video package detailing the Jerry Lynn/AJ Styles feud. This time around, all the cursing was bleeped out.

Earlier today, Mike Tenay had a sit-down interview with the NWA World Tag Team Champions. Styles now understands where Lynn was coming from. Lynn remembers back to when he was in Styles’ shoes, and he now appreciates him. Tonight, they will be on the same page against the Flying Elvises.

Match Four: NWA World Tag Team Championship- AJ Styles/Jerry Lynn© vs. Jorge Estrada/Jimmy Yang
Sonny Siaki in on commentary. Lynn and Estrada start with a lock-up. They trade wristlocks and Lynn gets the advantage with an armdrag. Lynn with a go-behind and they trade standing switches. Estrada elbows out and hits a sidewalk slam. He misses a springboard moonsault and Lynn applies a Gory Special with an airplane spine. Estrada escapes and gets a headscissors. Lynn with a go-behind and a tilt-a-whirl headscissors. Lynn stomps in the corner and tags in Styles. They hit a double flapjack then a combination dropkick/leg drop for two. Estrada counters a bodyslam with a go-behind but ends up falling to a spinning kick by Styles for two. In the corner, Styles chops. In the opposite corner, Estrada goes for a float over which is momentarily blocked but quickly turned into a headscissors takeover, landing Styles on the middle turnbuckle face-first. Estrada hits a bodyslam and tags in Yang. He dodges a dropkick and unloads with stomps. Styles gets in his rana off the mat but Yang applies a standing headlock. Styles comes back with a suplex for two. Lynn tags in and they hit a combination drop toe hold/somersault splash for two. Lynn slugs in the corner and hits a nice snapmare takeover followed by a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for two. Styles tags in and tries for a tombstone which gets countered. Styles reverses that into a rana and hits a flying forearm in the corner. He leaps to the top rope in one jump and comes down with a crossbody but catches a knee on the way down. Yang throws Styles outside where he confronts Estrada. Siaki clotheslines Styles behind the refs back and rolls him back in. Yang hits a side Russian legsweep and applies an armbar. He moonsaults off of Styles’ chest in the corner and connects with shoulderblocks. He tags in Estrada who hits a suplex for two. Estrada drops knees for another two count. They trade blows but Styles misses a discus clothesline which allows Estrada to hit a Side Effect for two. Yang tags in and hangs Styles across the top rope. He does it a second time for a two count. Estrada comes back in with a springboard moonsault for two. Styles gets a small package for two. Estrada comes back with a clothesline and a nice spinebuster for two. He drops another knee and connects with a suplex. Yang comes in with a splash for two. He applies an abdominal stretch and uses Estrada for leverage. Styles elbows out and hits his springboard moonsault/inverted DDT. Estrada cuts off the tag attempt and goes off on Styles without tagging in. Yang tags in and slugs in the corner. Estrada back in and continues with the strikes in the corner. He presses his foot against the throat but Styles tries to mount a comeback with strikes of his own. He misses a dropkick and Estrada covers for two. Yang back in and continues working over the abdomen. Styles misses an enzuigiri but catches him on the way back, busting Yang’s nose. Lynn finally tags in and unloads on both Elvises with lariats. He back body drops Yang and hits a nice sunset flip in the corner on Estrada for two. He dropkicks Yang sending him to the outside and follows with a slingshot plancha to Yang. Estrada hits a springboard moonsault to the outside on Lynn. Styles goes for a flip over the top but lands on Lynn instead, busting him open. Back in, the Elvises hit a splash and leg drop simultaneously off the top as Lynn is covered in blood on the outside. They hit a double shoulderbreaker. Lynn tries to make the save but the Elvises stop him at the apron. Styles is able to hit a neckbreaker on Estrada and a discus clothesline on Yang. Lynn finally regroups and hits a guillotine leg drop on Estrada for the win as Styles was about to hit a Spiral Tap on Yang.
Winner: AJ Styles/Jerry Lynn in 16:00 to retain the NWA World Tag Team Championship
Rating: ***1/2 (Really fun match with Styles taking a good beating. The ending continues the Styles/Lynn feud which seemed to be resolved during the pre-match interview. Nice bladejob by Lynn at the end there too.)

Post-match, AJ Styles storms off, angry that Jerry Lynn stole the pin from him.

Next we get the debut of the Disco Inferno. He sits on a couch on the ramp as he runs down a list of his accomplishments. There is nothing more he can do in this business, so why is he here in a hick town like Tennessee? He is here to provide wisdom to those willing to listen. He hopes to teach Ken Shamrock what a personality is and help Jerry Lynn look younger with cosmetic surgery. Life is like a giant disco ball and with his mind and mouth, he will provide that magnificent ray of light that will lead us to hope. Jerry Springer and Montel Williams watch out, because next week he is debuting the greatest talk show of all time, Jive Talkin’.

In the back, Ian Harrison tells Ken Shamrock that Jeff Jarrett has been looking for him.

Match Five: Simon Diamond/Johnny Swinger vs. Monty Brown/Elix Skipper
Diamond and Skipper start with a handshake but Diamond slaps him. Skipper comes back with a back kick and they trade blows. Skipper gets in another kick and a rana for two. Diamond ducks a clothesline but goes down to a roll-up for two. Swinger runs in and runs into a Brown clothesline. Brown continues with strikes and teams up with Skipper to hit double dropkicks on Diamond. Skipper blocks a Diamond dropkick but gets taken down from behind by Swinger. Swinger tags in and they hit a mat slam for two. Back up, Swinger hits a cobra clutch takedown for two more. He gets sent into the corner but goes for a crossbody off the second rope. Skipper matrix’s it but runs into a Diamond clothesline. Diamond tags in and hits the Simon Series for two. Swinger tags in then tags back out. Skipper runs into double boots and a double face plant for two. Swinger back in and he puts the boots to Skipper in the corner. Skipper dodges a splash and Diamond accidently clotheslines Swinger form the apron. Diamond goes down to a Skipper superkick. He follows with a north lights suplex and tags in Brown as Swinger tags in Diamond. Brown comes in and unloads on Diamond. He hits a nice powerslam and takes Swinger out with a press slam across Diamond for two. Skipper in after Swinger but falls to a double team DDT. Diamond and Swinger run the ropes but Swinger gets taken out by Skipper on the outside while Diamond runs into an Alphabomb to end it.
Winner: Monty Brown/Elix Skipper in 6:00
Rating: *1/4 (I expected better; that was really bad. Totally unorganized and with no flow whatsoever.)

Post-match, Truth runs in and takes out Monty Brown with help from Elix Skipper. Man, Russo loves the “tag partners hate each other” thing huh?

In the back, Goldilocks is with the Dupps. They are angry that they have no match. Looking for a match, they bump into Goldilocks and try to feel her up. Bo then bumps into Ian Harrison who chases them off.

Match Six: Bo Dupp vs. Ian Harrison
The best way to describe Harrison? An older looking Rob Terry. Dupp clubs before Harrison can make it completely into the ring then slugs in the corner. Harrison turns it on him and pounds away. He tosses Dupp and hits a clothesline then a sitout bodyslam for two. Harrison attempts a vertical suplex but Dupp escapes and runs into a clothesline. back up, Dupp takes Harrison off his feet with a big boot and a big splash gets him two. Harrison comes back with a back suplex for two. a press slam sets up some Harrison stomps. In the corner, Dupp clubs away for a short while before getting hit with a few shoulderblocks. Dupp rakes the eyes, ducks a clothesline but goes down to a powerslam for two. Stan runs in and gets Bo disqualified.
Winner: Ian Harrison in 3:00 via Disqualification
Rating: ½* (If they had plans of making Harrison a monster, this was a very bad start. Dupp took him off his feet quite easily and didn’t seem to want to sell Harrison’s power moves.)

Post-match, Stan Dupp hits Ian Harrison over the head with a wooden board but he no-sells it.

In the back, Jeff Jarrett breaks into Ken Shamrock’s locker room and security pulls them apart.

Match Seven: NWA World Heavyweight Championship- Ladder/Submission Match- Ken Shamrock vs. Sabu
Sabu earned his match by beating Malice in a ladder match last week. Quick lock-up ends with a Shamrock knee. He misses a charge in the corner but catches a Sabu kick and connects with a clothesline. Shamrock goes for a legbar but Sabu reaches the ropes. Sabu gets a roll-up and gets a one count…in a ladder match. He transitions into a legbar but Shamrock counters into one of his own. Sabu reaches the ropes and gets in a leg lock. Shamrock escapes and tries for an armbar but Sabu blocks it. Back up, the lock-up and Shamrock gets in some knees. A snapmare sets up a Shamrock chinlock but Sabu reaches the ropes. Another lock-up and Sabu applies a standing headlock then takes him down with a clothesline. He gets in an armbar but Shamrock escapes and applies a legbar. Sabu breaks it up in the ropes. Back up, Sabu with some strikes and two springboard back kicks. He puts in another armbar but Shamrock fights out and stomps. He takes over in the corner and hits a side kick. Sabu rolls out and grabs the ladder but gets it rammed into his body with a Shamrock baseball slide. On the ramp, Shamrock sends Sabu into the dancers’ cage. Back at ringside, he drills his head into the ring post, busting him open. Sabu comes back by sending Shamrock into the barricade and sets up a table on the ramp. He places Shamrock on it and tries for a Triple Jump Moonsault but Shamrock moves and Sabu crashes through the table. Sabu is bleeding from the back, ala Hardcore Holly but not as graphic. In the ring, Shamrock sets up and climbs the ladder. The lights go out and Malice enters. He attacks Shamrock on top of the ladder and chokeslams him off. Malice grabs the belt and leaves to close the show.
Winner: No Contest in 10:00
Rating: **1/4 (Jerry Jarrett on this match: “The mix of Shamrock and Sabu is terrible because of the contrast in styles.” I didn’t think it was that bad, but the no-finish was really deflating. Tenay hinted that Malice was in cahoots with Jarrett in stealing the belt. Really? After having a show-ending brawl with him a couple weeks back?)

Are there any specific TNA Weekly PPVs you would like to see reviewed? If so, let me know down there in the comments section.

The 411: The arena was not the only thing different this week. The profanity was nowhere to be found and the sexual innuendo was much more reserved. Aside from the whole Jive Talkin’ thing, the stupidity was held to a minimum. You could tell they were still struggling to find their identity while the X-Division was the only thing keeping each show from being a total dud. This week was no different, even if it was an improvement over last week.
Final Score:  5.5   [ Not So Good ]  legend

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