Welcome to Falls Count Anywhere! My name
is Chris and there seems to be a lot of folks who like TNA…
too, am great in Danish.
I got in a little late and missed the first two segments,
though I did get to see Muhammad Hassan attack Chris Jericho
on tape. That was good stuff. Daivari is a real talent and
Hassan gets how to build heel heat, even if he’s not
a good worker.
that there was La Resistance, who won the tag team titles
at a house show this week to cover for Eugene’s injury,
and Maven beating Shelton, Hurricane and Rosie in a match
that wasn’t very good from what I’ve read. They
also announced a Steve Austin press conference. That should
be interesting as everyone is playing it close to the vest.
in as Randy Orton was in the ring doing his promo, calling
on HHH. Here’s the deal: Orton is sadly trapped in
a space that has killed many a career. He’s getting
the push as the new top babyface, but there’s another
guy who isn’t turned yet who is more over as a face
than he is. It happened to Lex Luger back in the day.
wasn’t a bad promo and when HHH came out, it got even
better. They exchanged words and then HHH just walked away.
Like an idiot, Orton followed and got nailed by HHH when
he started the turn to go backstage. Not a terrific segment,
but pretty good.
They did a lot of tension between Batista
and HHH, with Batista saying that he needed to talk to Bischoff
alone. They’re dragging it out too far. They need
to pull the trigger right quick or the fans will just crap
all over the turn when it finally happens.
They did an interview with Shawn Michaels
backstage and the Toronto Fans just destroyed him. They
kept talking about Toronto being Bizarro world, where the
heels get cheered. I thought that was Philly? Michaels then
took on Christian. Christian was the total face in the match
and he ended up doing the job to loud boos. This wasn’t
a bad little match either. Tyson Tomko interfered a little
and Edge tried for a Spear, but got tossed outside. After,
Edge destroyed Michaels. That made the crowd happy.
took on Viscera in a match that was pretty much made so
that Batista could look all strong by giving big Vis the
Spinebuster. Batista got a decent reaction, certainly more
positive than Randy Orton. Poor Randy. They then did a segment
where Batista said to HHH that ‘nobody likes a self-serving
ego-maniac.' No one but Vince and Stephanie, that is.
Benoit and Chris Jericho had a really good match, though
the crowd, faced with the problem of their two favorite
babyfaces, couldn’t decide who to cheer, so they stayed
quiet. The match was solid, with Benoit working hard and
Jericho doing all his best stuff, but it also seemed a touch
off from their regular levels.
for best in-ring segment of the year so far is Trish Stratus.
She got a good reaction coming out as Toronto’s own,
and then proceded to drop some of the most hilarious mic
work in ages. She’s been doing comedy for a while
now and she’s really good. She made fun of Lita, saying
that while she was rehabbing her knee, that any member of
the locker room should feel free to impregnate her. She
was so great here, much better than she usually is. Kane
came out and hesitated at first, but then let his demons
win and gave her a solid-looking chokeslam.
no way to treat a lady.
did a nice package about the history of Snitsky vs. Kane.
The match wasn’t good; it was a typical brawl and
they sold things too loosely to make them really seem important.
They had Kane set up Snitsky on the top of the ramp and
then Chokeslam him to the work area below. Kane, though,
went with him. This got some ‘Holy Sh*t’ reactions
from the crowd and was a strange way to go off the air.
Not the best RAW in a while. It was far
weaker than the last two weeks, and they are really in danger
of blowing the whole Batista/Orton thing. Still, the highlight
had to be Trish and I hope it’ll go far in getting
her a better set of challengers and give her a chance to
do some real mic work in the future.
SmackDown! last week did a 3.7. That’s really good
for the Thursday show, and the buzz is that it was an awful
show, though I wasn’t as down on it as others were.
There is a minor snap-back that’s been going on, but
I’m guessing that it’s not going to show in
house show receipts for a while.
Ric Flair went off on the Winnipeg crowd
that was heavily booing Shawn Michaels in their match. He
went off saying the Shawn was the best he’d ever been
in the ring with and that Bret Hart was just a Ric Flair
wanna-be. There is some question as to whether Flair had
just had enough or if he was told to go out and say it as
a way to punish the Canadian fans for their disloyalty to
the McMahon family following the Montreal Incident.
Evans, aka Blitzkreig II, injured himself doing a 630 splash
at a show in SoCal. He got a concussion after landing on
his head. He’s OK-ish, but’ll be out of action
for at least a couple of weeks.
The TNA promotion is in trouble financially, has had serious
problems with many of their wrestlers and they worked their
locker room, which is one of the things that killed WCW.
Still, I liked the result with their latest PPV.
They did a couple of pre-show matches, the
second of which I got to watch and was impressed with the
five minute Chris Candido win over Cassidy Reilly. Candido
is a great worker, and if he really has cleaned up and gotten
over his demons, he should be a great addition to the TNA
The PPV opener was Michael Shane, Frankie
Kazarian and Fallen Angel Christopher Daniels taking on
3Live Cru. Fallen Angel had his robe back. That’s
what made him my fave indy worker in 2000 and 2001. Lots
of great work in this one, especially from Kazarian. He
used a Yakuza Kick, which is my favorite Japanese maneuver.
Konnan, Killings and James are all fair to good workers,
but they were really outshone by the Three guys they were
in the ring with. By the way, I believe that Chris Daniels
is actually older than Batista (I think he’s 37).
Chris Daniels went to do a Split-legged Moonsault, but he
ended up hitting Kazarian. A Killing’s side-kick ended
it, giving the win to 3 Live Cru.
They did this scavenger hunt thing with
Dusty Rhodes, Traci and Trinity. I was really uninterested
in it and every time it came on, I went for more oatmeal
in the kitchen.
Time Elix Skipper and Sonjay Dutt had a really good match.
I like Elix a lot and Dutt proved to me that he’s
the real deal in the Urban
Empire Wrestling DVD. Lots of smart flying by Dutt.
Elix did a great spot where Dutt was on the top rope, Elix
ran up and drop kicked him, sending Dutt to the outside.
That was dope!
managed to give Elix a Sunset Flip Powerbomb and also a
Swinging DDT for near-falls. He then missed the Hindu Press
and ended up in the Spinning Rock Bottom-like thingee which
gave Skipper the win. Really good match. These guys are
both tops in my book.
Kid Kash took on Dustin Rhodes. This wasn’t
on the level of the two openers, but Kash tried and Dustin
can work a little, if he’s motivated. Kash worked
Dustin’s knee, which was a smart idea, and they did
a good job with that. Dustin managed to get a Bulldog for
the win in a little over ten minutes. Not bad, but not too
good. It’s a solid meh.
Watts may have tried to commit suicide last week. He certainly
almost over-dosed, and there was speculation that this match
would not be happening. The Watts seem to be in danger of
becoming the Von Erichs, without all that success baggage.
Raven and Watts had a fairly OK brawl. Watts was fine as
a member of Techno Team 2000, but here, brawling like he
meant it, he was carried by Raven’s fantastic selling
and smart offence. Watts used the Powerbomb into the Corner,
which is one of the reasons I’ve always loved Kenta
Kobashi and Pro Wrestling Noah. Watts got the win after
one terrible Chokeslam and another far better one. I hope
he gets some help.
Roddy Piper is the special guest ref between Jeff Hardy
and Scott Hall. Piper searches Hall and they make a joke
about Hall being used to searches. My joke would have been
that this was the first time Hall had been searched without
a rubber glove. They do a lot of Hardy stuff, and Hall tries,
God bless him, he tries. Hall manages a Chokeslam, then
he tries to use Knux on Hardy, but Piper stops him and gives
him a poke to the eye! Sweet little segment that allows
Hardy to get the advantage and then hit the Swanton for
the pin. Then, in a move that no one knew anything about,
Abyss came back and gave Hardy the Torture Rack Bomb. Everyone
thought that he was going to the WWE, but he signed on Tuesday
and they worked this which annoyed a lot of the locker room
because they didn’t mention it. Nice stuff, though
the match was only OK.
know how it is with them "A" cards...
Monty Brown beat Kevin Nash and DDP. Nash
should be nowhere near a ring and DDP worked hard. Brown
is a decent worker and he’s going to be a star once
he realizes that he could be a big time heel in the WWE.
The rules stated that you could eliminate a guy by pinning
him, making him submit or by tossing him over the top rope.
This rule was made so that Nash didn’t have to lie
down for a pin. He’s an old guy who would be best
actually putting people over and he refuses. It was down
to DDP and Brown after Nash was tossed and they did their
thing and ended up with Monty pouncing DDP for the pin in
ten minutes or so. Better than it could have been.
Most Wanted best Team Canada for the Tag Team titles. This
was a top-notch tag team match that I’d say was slightly
better than the AJ Styles match from the last TNA PPV. The
guys work really hard and America’s Most Wanted might
have a real shot at next year’s tag team of the year.
The crowd loved this match. They did a neck vice and Coach
Scott D’Amore started singing Oh Canada! It was a
nice touch. Bobby Rude did a Full Nelson slam, which is
another great Japanese move that we don’t see enough
in US wrestling. America’s Most Wanted hit a Powerplex,
but only got a two out of it. Sadly, Young got hit by a
chair by one of his countrymen, leading to America’s
Most Wanted getting the pin. Fantastic match! Almost twenty
minutes of wrestling pleasure.
Ultimate X match was about as good as the big Cage Match
was last month. I’d say it might have been a bit better,
but they Cage had more memorable spots, while this had more
even flow. Chris Sabin is one of the five best lightweight
wrestlers in the US. AJ Styles is a heartbeat away from
the WWE making a big money offer to him. Petey Williams
is Canadian. The Ultimate X concept of having to climb up
and then go across the cables to get the belt is a strange
one, but they always use the top wrestlers and get really
good matches out of them. Petey does a great spot. Sabin
is on AJ’s shoulders and Petey grabs him and does
the Victory Roll (really, it’s called a rana) on Sabin.
Nice. Sabin hit a Running Powerbomb into the Corner.
finish was another good one. Sabin and Williams were both
grabbing for the belt, with Williams being upside down trying
to grab it. AJ then rockets off the ropes and across the
ring, grabbing the belt in mid-air and getting the win.
That was a risky spot, because if they blew it, there was
no good way to go to another finish. Great match, probably
the best Ultimate X match yet. Williams and Sabin should
be given so much credit, and AJ was his usual self.
Monty Brown took on Jeff Jarrett in a match
that played out well, though after Ultimate X and the Tag
match, there was no way they could get to that level. Double
J was in control of the match a lot, which isn’t unusual.
Lot’s of chair and guitar shots in this one. Brown
did hit his Alphabomb, but his pounce took out the ref.
Jarrett had to take a chokeslam, and that was followed by
Monty making like Sammy Sosa and nailing Jarrett with the
Guitar. JJ hit three strokes to get the pin.
Brown made Nash and DDP look reasonable on a PPV in 2005,
which is amazing. The lighter guys made this show memorable,
and the TNA philosophy seems to be working. Now if they
can just stay in business…
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