15 July 2007
Comments by Sassy in
X Division Elimination Match
Participants in order of appearance:
Daniels aka The Fallen Angel, Jay Lethal aka Black Machismo, Puma, Homicide,
Sonjay Dutt, Petey Williams, Shark Boy, Elix Skipper, Kaz,
Although the match was
geared to bring Triple X back into action, I was disappointed Petey Williams
didnít get more time in the ring. Homicide
was new to this type of competition. He has not had a lot of exposure in
wrestling type situations. His work
with LAX was more brawl than skill. Lethal kept everyone on the edge of their seats.
Kaz and Sonjay are veterans of the X Division and it showed. Both are
talented wrestlers and make the most of any match.
Puma and Elix have not been active in TNA for quite some time.
It will be interesting to see where Triple X goes from here. X Division matches are wrestling entertainment at
Borash interviews Team 3D. Brother
Devon says more than we have ever heard since Team 3D made it into TNA.
Problems arise between the brothers when Devon lets it be known he will
win the match. According to Brother
Ray, Devon will not be winning; Brother Ray will be the holder of the gold at
the end of their match.
Voodoo Kin Mafia (BG & Kip James) & Roxxi Laveaux vs. Basham & Damaja with Christy Hemme & Lance Hoyt
This was announced as an
official grudge match that involves VKM, Christy and Lance.
BG does that great announcing before the match and introduces the newest
member of VKM, Roxxi Laveaux who stares down Christy.
BG and Damaja start the match. BG
takes care of Damaja and Basham who sneaks into the ring, and takes Lance off
the ring apron. Tags are made and
Kip and Basham are wearing each other down.
Basham misses a drop kick allowing Kip to get in a good arm drag before
Lance gets involved. Christy
manages to get into the ring to slap Kip. Roxxi
comes to his aid but is headed off the referee.
BG ends up outside with Lance and takes a dive into the guardrail.
Basham gets a two count before tagging in Damaja.
It then takes two as Basham and Damaja keep him away from the tag to Kip.
Basham does a great dive from the top, but BG rolls out of the way.
BG makes the tag after Basham tags in Damaja.
Kip gets Basham out of the ring, but is blindsided by Basham with a high
kick. BG goes outside to handle Damaja taking the refereeís
attention with him. Lance helps
himself to a chair at ringside, slides it into the ring and follows.
Kip finds the chair and picks it up just in time to get smacked in the
face courtesy of the chair and Lanceís foot.
Kip manages to avoid a three count causing Lance to again show up on the
ring apron to draw the refereeís attention.
BG finds the chair and uses it to ensure that Kip will score a victory.
VKM gets the win much to Christyís dismay.
She sends Lance into the ring where he meets BG who kindly shows him the
way back out to the floor. Christy
decides she will handle the boys and goes into the ring after Kip.
Kip obligingly holds her in order for Roxxi to give Christy a body slam.
Christy is carried out by Lance.
Jeremy Borash interviews
Kurt Angle holding his championship belts in his dress suit obviously unhappy
that Samoa Joe doesnít ďhave his backĒ.
This is a Rhino personal
issue match involving Rhinoís problems with alcohol. Before the match gets underway, Miss Jackie decides to hassle
the referee. She is promptly told
to leave ringside. Rhino goes
outside the ring in order to get his hands on Storm.
It doesnít take long before the two end up in the audience with Rhino
dominating Storm. Rhino stops to
get in with his fans and stands. Audience
reaction is appropriate for an adored wrestler.
Storm then meets a wall courtesy of a Rhino toss. Rhino has a beer bottle
in hand before deciding against hitting Storm with it and tosses the bottle into
the crowd. Storm gets in a punch
when the referee takes a chair away from Rhino, they get into the ring and the
bell is rung. Rhino makes the
mistake of getting up on the ropes and is shoved off the turnbuckle to the
floor. Storm goes out after him,
shoves him into the guardrail and tosses him back into the ring.
Rhino hit the back of his head when he hit the floor and Storm takes
advantage by working on his back and head.
Storm tosses Rhino over the top rope and goes out after him again.
Storm is not only in control; he spends the next few minutes of the match
proving it. Rhino makes a comeback
but Storm turns it around. Storm
goes out of the ring to bring in his trademark beer bottle.
The referee allows him to set it on the apron.
Storm goes to the top rope. Rhino
sup lexes Storm off the top, no pin, and a missed clothesline by Rhino sends the
referee to the mat. Another suplex
by Rhino and Storm goes for the beer bottle, nails Rhino in time for the referee
to count Rhino out. Rhinoís
forehead is bleeding. Storm goes
for a rope to tie Rhino to the ropes. If
you didnít see the end of this match, Iím not going to describe it.
All I will tell you is it involved a disabled Rhino being attacked by
Storm and Jackie and a lot of beer. It
is disgusting. And it lasted way
I donít get these
personal battle matches involving Rhino and I donít enjoy watching him get
annihilated in each and every match. Rhino
is not a high flyer but he is good in the ring and has amazing stamina.
Lately his matches have been: in
the audience for the cheers, in the ring for the bell, and ultimately getting
himself beaten to a bloody pulp. The
matches are all the same, only the opponents change.
Anyone just tuning in to TNA would think all Rhino could do is bleed.
He needs to be heading in a new direction that showcases his talent.
Miss Jackie gets involved in this one.
Jackie is a marvelous heel but she has tremendous ability in the ring.
Itís another case of wasted time and talent.
Storm is one of the roster members I donít recall actually do any
wrestling. It would be original to see the wrestling side of Storm with
less emphasis on the beer bottles and the chairs.
Sabin & Alex Shelley with Kevin Nash vs. Mr. Backlund & Jerry Lynne
Mr. Backlund spends the
first few moments of the match outside the ring with the fans.
He returns to the ring to lock up with Sabin.
They trade full nelson holds until they go into the turnbuckle.
Tags are made and Lynne and Shelley face each other. Shelley doesnít go for any traditional moves, but Lynne
keeps up with him. A rake to the
eyes and Sabin moves in on Lynne. Another
tag is made and Shelley is back in the ring with Sabin, both working on Lynne.
Lynne doesnít slow down and Shelley has to get back to tag in Sabin.
Again it takes two but Lynne takes them both down ending with a DDT on
Sabin. Sabin dropkicks Mr. Backlund
off the apron. Lynne is tossed to
the floor next to Nash but Nash keeps the referee busy.
Sabin breaks up Lynneís sunset flip on Shelley.
Nash and Mr. Backlund take turns distracting the referee, leaving Lynne
on his own. Mr. Backlund invites
himself into the battle throwing Sabin out of the ring before starting on
Shelley. Mr. Backlund removes
Shelley from the ring but Nash is waiting with a big boot to take out Lynne
behind the refereeís back. Sabin
and Shelley together pin Lynne and get the win.
intervention of Kevin Nash, Chris Sabin and Alex Shelley may have been hard
pressed to win a match against Jerry Lynne and Mr. Backlund.
Noting Lynneís tremendous efforts in each match I have watched, it may
have been difficult for Sabin and Shelley to take on Lynne alone.
Lynne is touted as the X Division Legend or the X Division Pioneer and he
lives up to the title hands down. Sabin
and Shelley show perfect teamwork whether fighting fair or playing dirty. They
werenít as great in this match as they have been in the past.
Mr. Backlund held his own. The
match was fast paced and kept me watching.
The camera flashes to
Jeremy Borash following Kurt Angle around the hallways backstage looking for
ďbackupĒ. He finds Jay Lethal
in the menís room and asks him to help him out.
When Lethal turns Angle down, Angle beats down Lethal using the sinks and
bathroom stalls as weapons.
Earlier in the day, Gail
Kim used a lip lock on Eric to get his attention away from Ms. Brooks.
The match opens with Robert and Eric.
When Eric tries for a pin, Ms. Brooks interferes, but catches Robert with
the elbow meant for Eric. Enter Gail to the rescue of Eric. Eric stops to give Ms. Brooks a kiss, Robert heads for Eric,
but he gets out of the way and nearly takes out Ms. Brooks.
Gail dropkicks Ms. Brooks into Robert and Eric goes for the pin.
Gail simultaneously pins Ms. Brooks but no one gets a three count.
Robert goes outside of the ring and Eric does a suicide dive to take him
out. Ms. Brooks goes out of the
ring to help Robert, but Gail goes up to the top turnbuckle and dives on Ms.
Brooks. Eric and Gail are back in
the ring first with audience approval. Gail
and Ms. Brooks are in the ring. Ms.
Brooks uses a knee on Gail and tags in Robert who has no qualms about taking on
Gail. Gail gives him a forearm,
knocking him backward and Eric gets the tag.
Eric shows us some fast paced maneuvers before Ms. Brooks grabs Ericís
leg and take him down. A wishbone
on the corner post and Eric appears to be down for the count.
Roode tries for a pin but Eric gets his shoulder up.
Roode tags in Ms. Brooks who tries to pin Eric before tagging Roode back
into the match. Roode gets a two
count on Eric after a body slam but he tags in Ms. Brooks. Eric gets his hands on Ms. Brooks but Roode gets the tag and
saves her. Roode goes up on the
second rope and does a dive on Eric. He
still does not get a pin. Ms. Brook
gets tagged back in and Eric takes her down.
Roode tries the two on one, but Gailís impressive hurricane ranna takes
Roode down. Gail goes up to the top
and Roode catches her on the way down. Eric
comes in and gives Roode a DDT before Ms. Brooks shoves Eric out of the ring.
Gail delivers a drop kick to Ms. Brooks from the top rope.
Roode tries to stop the pin, but Gail sees him coming, delivers a drop
toehold and he lands on Ms. Brooks. He
tries again with an elbow. Again
Gail gets out of the way and Ms. Brooks takes the hit.
Gail tries for the pin but Roode gets Gail by the hair. A double drop kick by Gail and Eric sends Roode back out to
the floor and Gail gets the win. Roode
regales us with one of his famous temper tantrums and Ms. Brooks is left alone
in the ring with Roode. Eric comes
back into the ring to de-pants Roode.
Eric Young has been a
favorite of mine simply through his shenanigans since he broke with Team Canada.
If he wasnít a wrestler, he could be a comedian.
He is talented in the ring. Roode
can be a wrestler but his character isnít allowing him much in the way of
wrestle time. Gail Kim may not be a
large girl, but she can and does fly. I
like her lack of pulling hair and screaming style.
Sheís a serious worker and while the male audience may appreciate her
outfits, the general audience appreciates her abilities.
Miss Brooks has not been a ďwrestlerĒ but she makes a bad girl look
like it isnít hard work.
This match gave us a chance to see Eric and Gail do what got them hired.
And itís a good thing for Roode he has a nice backside!
We again are in the back
with Kurt Angle and Jeremy Borash. Christian
Cage has just finished telling Tomko and AJ Styles how great Christian is when
Kurt interrupts to ask Christian if he can borrow Tomko or A.J. to watch his
back. Christian turns Angle down.
Unfortunately for Sonjay Dutt, he is the next person in Angleís sights
and he pays the price as Angle does a beat down on the smiling happy Sonjay.
Iím hoping Angle has a good dry cleanerÖheís certainly sweating
up that nice jacket he is wearing.
The match opens with
Christian shoving the Wildcat back. Wildcat
comes right back at him with an arm lock and these two are wrestling!
Some nice rope action and Christian looks a little confused.
The Wildcat plays a few loud chops off of Christianís chest and when
the Wildcat holds Christian up on the air, the hang time is impressive.
The Wildcat goes for the pin but Christian gets out of the pin and heads
out of the ring with the Wildcat hot on his trail.
They are soon back in the ring with the Wildcat showing us some fast
moves. Christian takes the Wildcat
through a wishbone on the corner ring post and Christian is up to the top rope
He comes down and lands on the Wildcat but doesnít get the pin.
Christian tosses the Wildcat out on the floor into the guardrail. Christian goes for a chair, but the referee intervenes.
The Wildcat throws Christian over the steel steps and we are back to some
haphazard rope action. Christian slaps the Wildcat and the Wildcat returns the favor
by offering up a bulldog. A nice
flying clothesline by the Wildcat takes Christian back down to the mat.
Christian tosses the Wildcat out of the ring but the Wildcat lands on his
feet. Christian is busy playing to
the crowd and doesnít see the Wildcat re enter the ring and go to the top
rope. Christian goes after the
Wildcat, the Wildcat shoves Christian off to the mat and dives to go for a pin
with a two count. Christian tries to pin the Wildcat by using the ropes, but
canít hold him. They are both up
on the second ropes, as they come off the rope, the Wildcat lands on his face.
Wildcat uses Christianís patent move and nearly gets the pin.
Both men look tired but the Wildcat spears Christian and gets another two
count. Christian uses the same move
the Wildcat tried and he does not get the pin.
Christian then exposes the top turnbuckle and the Wildcat uses it to his
advantage by catapulting Christian. The
Wildcat still canít get a three count. Christian
sneaks in the use of a chair as the Wildcat goes out of the ring after him and
then uses a frog splash for the pin. Christian
gets a two count. The camera shows
us Dustin Rhodes at the top of the entrance ramp.
The Wildcat uses the distraction to go for a roll up but he canít get
past a two count. Christian motions
for Tomko to come to the ring from the other entrance ramp and the referee turns
his attention that direction. Dustin
Rhodes enters the ring and uses the Wildcatís handcuffs to knock the Wildcat
out. Christian uses a roll up to pin the Wildcat and gets the win.
Christian has spent
most of his TNA time running his mouth and cheating his way into titles and he
is good at it. I know Christian can be great.
Iíve watched him for years. The
Wildcat has some wrestling talent as a single.
Every time the Wildcat is in the ring I watch him improve. There were
some good camera angles in this match. Kudos to those brave souls with the
cameras. The Wildcatís leaps from the top rope were a little tentative but
right on the money. I like seeing Dustin Rhodes without all that gold stuff he
used to wear and canít wait to see him in action. This was a fantastic match.
Abyss not only has a
face under that mask, he can speak! Well,
he had a face under Sting makeup. Iím
still not sure what he looks like. Abyss and Tomko are close in size.
Sting still has the ability to keep the crowd roaring.
I am very much an AJ watcher. He
is one of those highflying athletes that makes you wonder how he does it.
This match was not as fast paced as some of the previous matches but
considering the size of two of the contestants it was an excellent match.
We are off again with the
camera in the back to follow Kurt Angle on his way to the ring still on a quest
for someone to watch his back. He
happens across Martyr and Havock and asks them to watch his back in the upcoming
match. The pair laughs at Angle
that creates another beat down for the naysayers.
This match was a
little confusing. It was for the
Tag Team championship. No, wait --
it was for the X Division championship.
No, wait -- it was the for the Heavy Weight championship. No, wait -- it
was for all three! Now we know why
Kurt Angle needed someone to watch his back. Samoa Joe entered the match with
Samoan music and fire dancers. That was a nice touch. During the introductions,
Joe seemed to be the crowd favorite. Angle
had a combo of boos and hurrahs. I
read somewhere people were getting tired of the Angle/Joe battles.
Joe is such an impressive athlete and Angle is a perfect foil.
No one has ever complained about Brothers Ray and Devon in a match. The four of them together made for a good if not great final
match. I was surprised that Scott
showed up. I had heard he wasnít
going to be back for some time.
I was not
disappointed with this pay per view event.
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