The Wrestling Bazaar: NWA/TNA Weekly PPV #16
Posted by Nick Bazar on 05.27.2011
Curt Hennig challenges Ron Killings for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship.
October 16, 2002- The Asylum in Nashville, Tennessee
At ringside, Mike Tenay and Don West pitch it to a series of hype videos for tonight’s matches.
In the back, Goldilocks is with Jorge Estrada. I can’t hear anything they’re saying. Audio comes in as Estrada welcomes his new valet, Priscilla. As he speaks, Syxx Pac quietly leaves an office in the background. Estrada will be hosting auditions to find a new Elvis. Brian Lawler steps in looking for April. If anything happens, he will hold Goldilocks responsible. In the background, the office door opens again and it’s April.
Match One: David Young vs. Brian Lawler
April meets up with Lawler on the ramp and Lawler makes her sit at ringside for the match. Lawler transfers his pre-match anger to the opening minutes of the match, dominating Young easily. Soon enough, he directs his attention to April, allowing Young to get a few shots in. They go back and forth with Lawler taking back control with the Stroke. His constant pandering comes back to bite him as he takes far too long to hit a powerbomb and ends up having it countered into a reverse electric chair. The pandering costs him again on a Hip Hop Drop attempt. Young sees an opening and heads to the top but April distracts him, allowing Lawler to hit an inverted DDT off the ropes for the win. Winner: Brian Lawler in 6:00 Rating: * (Nothing to see here. Lawler pays attention to everything but his opponent, and it allows them to make comebacks. That’s typically the story of every one of his matches.)
We get a video highlighting the Sonny Siaki/Jerry Lynn feud. It sets up an in-ring Jerry Lynn promo, who heads to the ring with a limp. Lynn will hold all responsibility for re-injuring his knee last week. He won’t take responsibility for what he does to Siaki next week though. Lynn has heard Siaki’s rap before- he is exactly what’s wrong with this business today. Siaki has earned nothing, but wants everything. Lynn will be his reality check. Sonny Siaki comes out. Unlike Lynn, Siaki won’t be a mid-carder for 15 years. Siaki is life. Lynn reminds Siaki that after life comes death, and they brawl in the ring. Siaki targets the knee and a bunch of X-Division guys and security try to separate them.
Earlier today, Mike Tenay had a sit-down interview with Syxx Pac. Syxx puts over the X-Division as extreme and exciting. It’s the cream of the crop in wrestling today. He is not here to recreate the nWo or DX. He is here because he is a professional wrestler, not a sports entertainer. Syxx will prove he is the X-Division Champion tonight.
Match Two: Sonny Siaki vs. Jorge Estrada
They’ve been building to this match for quite some time now, but I think they waited too long. Especially considering Siaki is in a program with Lynn now. Estrada starts off strong hitting a bunch of springboard stuff but Siaki takes control with a belly-to-belly suplex to the outside. Siaki continues with a nice fallaway pumphandle slam on the floor before giving Estrada a small opening off a missed legdrop back inside. Estrada hits a tornado DDT off the ropes but can’t make the cover. He suddenly gets his second wind and attacks with a surge of offense until falling to a big Siaki clothesline. Siaki heads outside for a quick breather and eggs Estrada on to try for a high risk move. He does, and Siaki moves out of the way. Back inside, Siaki hits the Siakalypse for the win. Winner: Sonny Siaki in 5:00 Rating: *3/4 (Heatless. Shame too, because the crowd was hot for the Siaki/Estrada feud some weeks ago, but it died down when TNA stopped paying it any attention. Estrada is without direction at this point, and it doesn’t make him look very intimidating when his valet is taller than him.)
Post-match, Jerry Lynn runs out and brawls with Sonny Siaki again. More security.
Match Three: Derek Wylde vs. Ace Steel
Steel has this crazy intensity about him, almost Brian Pillman-like. He is accompanied by Mortimer Plumtree. Wylde tries to show off his stuff in the beginning, but none of it is very fluid. He takes one too many risks and Steel eventually smarts up to it, catching him in midair coming off the top. Steel takes over from there, hitting a superplex and eventually a gory neckbreaker he calls the Twist of Cain for the win. Winner: Ace Steel in 4:00 Rating: * (Steel didn’t do much, and almost botched his finisher. While he was far more impressive last week, his character has more direction this week with Plumtree at his side.)
Lollipop is back in the cage this week. I miss her in wrestling, she’s purty.
Before our next match, BG James does his usual mic shtick. He will go through Jeff Jarrett like a hot knife through butter; Hermie Sadler will drive over Bruce, homo. The amount of redneck in this segment is almost suffocating. Jarrett grabs a mic and lets Sadler know that movie producers want him in their next film- The Last and The Furious.
Match Four: Bruce/Jeff Jarrett vs. BG James/Hermie Sadler
Sadler has been made to look impressive in his previous matches at the expense of actual wrestlers. I question TNA’s many attempts to try and prove that “NASCAR drivers are real athletes, dammit!” Tenay keeps mentioning how this tag match is about respect. Respect- that’s always been a buzz word in TNA. James handles Jarrett at the start, but Sadler wants in when Bruce makes the tag. Does it make me a bad fan that I enjoy watching Bruce paintbrush Sadler, the supposed babyface? Bruce continues to school Sadler until he manages to bust out a hiptoss and side headlock. James tags himself in and lets Bruce’s gyrating antics break up a pumphandle slam attempt. The heels take over from there until James eventually mounts a comeback on a series of jabs. Sadler steps in and takes Bruce out with a snap suplex while James brawls with Jarrett up the ramp. Brian Lawler appears on the stage and nails James with a trashcan. Meanwhile, Sadler very awkwardly rolls Bruce up for the win. Winner: BG James/Hermie Sadler in 7:00 Rating: * (When I say the finish was very awkward, I mean Bruce was dry humping Sadler on the rollup. Anyway, the stinkers continue. This was just barely “okay” during the heel’s isolation of James, and it just broke down soon afterward. Sadler gets another win over a TNA superstar.)
Post-match, Bruce tries to get frisky with Jeff Jarrett and ends up taking a Stroke onto his tiara.
Match Five: Norman Smiley vs. Ron Harris
After weeks of trying to find a tag partner that fits, Harris is thrown into singles action. If only he had an identical twin brother working for the same company. Smiley uses his dancing to distract Harris and get some offense in at the start. It doesn’t last long as Harris avoids the Big Wiggle and dominates. Smiley is the quicker of the two, so that helps him get back into it and eventually successfully perform the Big Wiggle. Harris has enough of it and puts him away with a big sidewalk slam and the Cobra Slam for the win. Winner: Ron Harris in 5:00 Rating: *3/4 (Fine for what it was, but still on par with the rest of the below-average stuff we’ve been treated to this week. It actually felt shorter than 5 minutes, so that’s something I guess.)
Post-match, Ron Harris unloads on Norman Smiley, only to awaken an inner range inside him. Smiley goes crazy on Harris and Don Harris has to break it up. The Harris Brothers stare each other down.
At ringside, Don West is back with the hard sell of next week’s show.
Earlier today, Mike Tenay had another sit-down interview, this time with Curt Hennig. The AWA was wrestling; it’s where Hennig first became a champion and learned the fundamentals of wrestling. He doesn’t see a whole lot of wrestling nowadays, but he does see it in NWA/TNA. He puts over NWA World Heavyweight Champion Ron Killings, but he has his eyes on that title.
Before our next match, Ron Killings has a few things to say. When will TNA officials grow a set of balls and show their faces? They are a bunch of punk ass cowards. Killings was told by the “board” that he would be able to give minority wrestlers the chance he was given. How long did that last? Tonight, Killings will prove to Curt Hennig that he is the Suntan Superman. Hennig’s music hits and he has an answer. Has Killings ever heard the word “respect”? No one likes Killings, and as far as he’s concerned, he can kiss his ass!
Post-match, Ron Killings ends the show with a rap.
The 411: TNA just cannot get on a roll. The thing is, as evidenced by last week’s show, they can produce good television. This week just wasn’t one of those shows. The first half meandered along at a snail’s pace with a bunch of below-average matches while the second half was hampered by the booking. How do you expect people to come back for more with an ending like that? At this point, they only had 2,000 or so viewers, why risk losing them? They had a good thing going with Killings as champion, but that main event did absolutely nothing for his credibility. The only parts of the show worth looking forward to are AJ Styles and Jeff Jarrett- TNA was in pretty rough shape at this point.