TNA Presents

TNA Presents

Bound for Glory

Broadcast from Gwinnett Center, Atlanta, Georgia

October 14, 2007

by Sassy

Comments by Sassy in italics.

Before this pay per view began, there were reports all over the Internet regarding a meeting certain wrestlers were calling with Dixie Carter before the show to usurp Jeff Jarrett’s power in the TNA wrestling world. The main player named in this fiasco was none other than Kurt Angle.  Whether truth or rumor, it slapped a big damper on this pay per view for me before it started.  I for one am tired of Kurt Angle and his wife and the storylines that appear to revolve strictly around the two of them. Jeff Jarrett made TNA and to pretend he did not just won’t cut it for the die-hard TNA fans. We all know Jarrett made a terrible mistake in hiring Adam Jones. So give Jarrett twenty lashes with a wet noodle and pray he learned his lesson. Kurt should consider packing his stuff and either heading off to MMA OR he could put together his own wrestling show.

On to the show…

Ringside announcers: Mike Tenay and Don West

Ring announcer: David  Penzer

Interviews: Jeremy Borash and Crystal Loutham

Number One Contender Match for Tag Team Championship Shot

Ultimate X Match

Primetime Elix Skipper & Senshi, XXX

Vs.

Homicide & Hernandez, Latin American Exchange

Skipper and Senshi immediately go for the climb but are brought back to the mat by Homicide and Hernandez. Senshi is out on the floor courtesy of Hernandez and after some crossing to the ropes and back, Homicide takes down Skipper with an elbow. Hernandez is out on the floor with Senshi and delivers a loud hard chop that sends Senshi into the guardrail. Homicide is pummeling Skipper in the corner with a series of fists that keeps him against the ring post. Homicide gives Skipper a breather as he goes across to Senshi, who is now on the apron, but Senshi brings up a boot to nail Homicide in the head. Skipper catches him with another boot as Homicide comes back to the center of the ring. Skipper comes off the ropes, Homicide steps aside and Skipper is met by Hernandez who flies over the ropes to deliver a shoulder block that sends Skipper back to the mat.  Homicide flips Skipper into Hernandez who catches Skipper and sends him back again to the mat this time by way of a belly-to-belly suplex. Skipper is sent into a ring post where he is hit by Homicide and then Hernandez. Senshi flies into the ring to nail Hernandez in the back of the head with an elbow sending Hernandez down to the mat. Homicide is on his way to the top but when Homicide gets to the rope, Skipper grabs him by the foot to bring him back down to the mat. Senshi comes across the ring to smash into Homicide, then picks up Homicide and slams him to the mat. Senshi and Skipper work the double team on Homicide, sending him into the ropes.  Skipper catches him and delivers a DDT. Hernandez is back to his feet and Senshi delivers a kick to the midsection, then a boot to the head not once but twice. The third time Senshi’s foot comes up, Hernandez catches his leg and flips Senshi high in the air and sends him crashing to the mat. Skipper takes the opportunity to start up the steel but Skipper barely makes it on the rope before Hernandez brings him back down to the mat then picks him up and drops him hard on his shoulder before sending him back to the mat. Homicide picks Skipper up and leans him against a ring post before turning Skipper over to Hernandez. Homicide goes back to the climb as Hernandez delivers a series of kicks to Skipper keeping him against the ring post. Homicide is up on the ropes but Senshi is back to his feet and he races to make the climb before Homicide can get to the X. Senshi makes it to Homicide and sends him crashing to the mat. Hernandez turns his attention to Senshi who is hanging from the ropes and makes a grab for his legs, bringing him back down to the mat. Hernandez catches Senshi in the back with a forearm then sends him rolling out of the ring. Hernandez brings Senshi back up on the apron to continue pounding him as Homicide heads for the steel structure but Skipper is back to his feet and they meet in the ring before Homicide can make the climb. Skipper and Homicide exchange blows across the ring from Hernandez and Senshi who are trying to take each other down. Skipper has Homicide down on the mat and is delivering boots to the body while Senshi sends a boot to Hernandez’s skull. Skipper continues to work on Homicide as Senshi, who is still standing on the apron, manages to get Hernandez in a chokehold and uses the ropes for leverage to keep him there. Skipper sends Homicide off the ropes, but Homicide comes charging back and takes Skipper down to the mat. Homicide off the ropes again, but Skipper is ready and he sends Homicide to the mat with a belly-to-belly suplex. Hernandez is back to his feet and he delivers a blow to Skipper’s back, taking him down. Hernandez picks Skipper back up and delivers a chop before Senshi arrives to break it up. Senshi shows the audience that he is good at boxing as he works on Hernandez’s head and face. Senshi goes across the ring, into the ropes and Hernandez meets him with a full shoulder block sending Senshi back down. Senshi is back out on the floor, Homicide is back on his feet.  Homicide hits the ropes, goes across the ring and hits Senshi with a suicide dive through the ropes. Homicide is on his feet and then standing on the announcer’s table to celebrate. Skipper is heading back up for the climb and Hernandez has his eye on him. Hernandez lets Skipper get to the ropes before pulling him back down to the mat. Hernandez grabs the flag he carried into the ring and uses it on Skipper’s neck to sling him across the ring. Tenay tells the audience that Homicide has smashed Senshi’s hand into the announcer’s table. Hernandez, the only one left in the ring, goes for the climb. He makes it to the rope and leaps across, grabbing the ropes and landing close to the X. Homicide is back in the ring and Senshi is trying to make his way back into the ring. Skipper attempts to swat Hernandez down but doesn’t get the job done. Homicide is out on the ring apron trying to keep Senshi on the floor but Skipper climbs up on the turnbuckle and nails Hernandez in the back with a dropkick. Hernandez is back on the mat with Skipper while Homicide and Senshi are dueling it out on the ring apron. Senshi skips the climbing this time by standing on the turnbuckle and leaping across to grab the ropes. Homicide and Skipper are duking it out but Hernandez grabs Senshi and pulls him from the ropes then takes him all the way to the mat with a power bomb. In the meantime, Skipper and Homicide have made their way up the steel structure and are continuing their battle at the top of the steel ladder. Skipper is higher up and is able to make more decisive hits and Homicide slips back down as Skipper goes up to the top of the steel structure. Skipper is standing on the top looking around and decides to dive off with a cross body block directly into Hernandez who is standing in the ring. Nobody is left standing in the ring. Homicide is back to his feet and he goes for the climb. Skipper is making it back to his feet on the opposite side of the ring. Homicide is on the rope at the top and Skipper is right behind him coming up the steel structure. Both men are now on the ropes, legs and arms wrapped, but they attempt a simultaneous neck breaker, which sends both men to the mat. The referee comes into the ring to check on them as the camera shows an instant replay of the move. Hernandez is on his knees making his way across the ring to check on Homicide and Senshi is on the mat on the other side of the ring. Hernandez is back to his feet first and he heads for Homicide urging him to get up and make the climb. Homicide goes up the structure with Hernandez running interference in the ring. Hernandez is unable to stay on his feet and that leaves an opening for Senshi to go up the structure after Homicide. Senshi and Homicide are on the top turnbuckle area fighting it out but Homicide sends Senshi face first into the steel. Homicide is sent backwards by Senshi and his hanging from the top rope.  Senshi hits a helpless Homicide with the warrior’s way and all four men are down on the mat again. Hernandez is back to his feet and he sends Senshi flying over his head and to the mat. Senshi goes out of the ring onto the floor. Hernandez is waiting for Skipper to get to his feet but he decides to go for the suicide dive through the ropes to hit Senshi. Skipper heads Hernandez off with a boot then tries to take him down but Hernandez throws Skipper to the mat. Hernandez picks up Skipper and sets him up for the border toss and he tosses him. Skipper is sent over the ropes and into Senshi and Homicide on the floor. Hernandez is on his feet in the ring, stops to take off his shirt, then he heads up the steel structure. Hernandez is on the ropes heading for the X.  Homicide rolls back into the ring. Hernandez gets to the X, unhooks it and hands it to Homicide waiting below. The winners of the Number One Contenders match are Homicide and Hernandez of LAX.

Winners:  Homicide & Hernandez, Latin American Exchange

I was so wrapped up in this match I forgot there were other matches to follow.  Hernandez and Homicide are simply fantastic in this match.  Senshi and Skipper held their own and did a marvelous job but I was rooting for LAX in this one. Hernandez continues to surprise me with his agility and ability in the ring. Equally surprising is the fact that LAX waltzed around the outside of the ring like they had never been in such a grueling match. The audience loved the match and praised the participants. A lot of highflying action that made me wonder how many ice packs the guys were going to need when it was over. Great match and a great win for LAX.

A film clip showing Kurt Angle arriving at the arena and Mrs. Angle coming in separately. Kevin Nash enters the arena alone as well. Mrs. Angle's dress is not flattering -- especially from the back.

Crystal is backstage with Christian Cage, Tomko and AJ Styles. When Tomko attempts to answer a question, Christian grabs the mic to complain about the Fight for the Right match. Christian believes he should be the number one contender and he asks AJ if he knows why Christian is not the number one contender. AJ says “because of Samoa Joe” which is the correct answer.  AJ is proud of himself for getting the answer right. Christian tells Joe he’s going to take him out and then get himself into the Fight for the Right tournament so that he can be the number one contender. Crystal reminds AJ that they are in his hometown and he has a tag team championship match.  AJ tells everyone how excited he is to be there and then proceeds to talk to all of his family via the mic and the camera. Tomko is getting ready to lose his temper as he stands behind AJ. He shoves AJ out of the way and takes the mic to remind Team Pacman that they will be in a wrestling ring, not an NFL field and the ring is Tomko’s world. Tomko reminds AJ they have had their little talk and he doesn’t want to let Tomko down tonight. AJ says he won’t let anybody down.  He is in his hometown.  As Tomko drags AJ away, AJ is still trying to talk to all of his friends and family.

Fight for the Right

First Step

16 wrestlers start outside the ring.

The first 8 wrestlers to enter the ring advance to the 8 man over the top rope battle royal.

Two wrestlers left in the ring and it becomes a one-fall match to determine the winner.

Jimmy Rave, partners with Lance Hoyt

Vs.

Lance Hoyt, partners with Jimmy Rave

Vs.

Havok

Vs.

Shark Boy

Vs.

Petey Williams

Vs.

Kaz

Vs.

Alex Shelley, Motor City Machineguns

Vs.

Chris Sabin, Motor City Machineguns

Vs.

The Guru Sonjay Dutt

Vs.

Kip James, Voodoo Kin Mafia

Vs.

BG James, Voodoo Kin Mafia

Vs.

Cowboy James Storm

Vs.

Showtime Eric Young

Vs.

Robert Roode

Vs.

Wildcat Chris Harris

Vs.

Junior Fatu

There is no way I am going to try to keep up with the action outside of the ring. It’s a free for all brawl on the floor.

Second Step

Eight man battle royal by order of entering the ring

Junior Fatu

Vs.

Kaz

Kaz takes Roode down to the mat by way of the top turnbuckle

Vs.

Robert Roode

Vs.

Alex Shelley

Vs.

Eric Young

Eric was picked up by Lance Hoyt on the ring apron and managed to send himself into the ring

Vs.

Chris Sabin

Vs.

Lance Hoyt

Vs.

Cowboy James Storm

As Kip James and Wildcat Chris Harris battle it out on the ring apron to be the final entrant into the battle royal, Cowboy James Storm who has been avoiding the battle manages to sneak into the ring and take the place of the final entrant leaving Chris Harris out of the match.

Cowboy James Storm eliminated by Eric Young

as the bell rang. Eric is left holding Storm’s bottle of beer, which he offers to Fatu. Fatu takes the beer to the delight of the audience, then tosses it out of the ring and pats his behind. Eric joins in and pats Fatu’s behind but that wasn’t what Fatu had in mind. Lance Hoyt is the recipient of the stink face. Eric is lucky enough to hide behind Lance.

Junior Fatu eliminated by the six men left in the ring.

Chris Sabin eliminated by Kaz

Kaz eliminated by Robert Roode

Lance Hoyt eliminated by Robert Roode

Alex Shelley eliminated when Robert Roode throws Eric Young into Shelley.

Final Match

Last Step

Showtime Eric Young

Vs.

Robert Roode

It starts out as a shoving match before Eric cuts loose on Roode with a series of fists.  Eric sends Roode into the ring post and goes after him, but Roode cuts him off with a pair of boots to the face. Roode goes for a body slam but Eric lands on top going for the pin and gets a two count. Eric goes for the roll up, and gets another two count before Roode powers out. Both men back on their feet, Roode takes Eric down with a clothesline. Roode sets Eric up on the top turnbuckle. As Roode climbs up, Eric sends a series of elbows that sends Roode crashing to the mat. Eric flies off the top turnbuckle for a moonsault, but Roode rolls out of the way and Eric hits the mat. Roode delivers a kick to Eric’s midsection, and tries to set him up, Eric flips Roode and goes for the roll up, gets the three count and the win.  Eric Young has the number one spot in the upcoming tournament.

Winner:  Showtime Eric Young

Roode manages to have a temper tantrum in the middle of the ring.  The crowd celebrates with Eric who is outside the ring going around getting affirmation from the fans. Good job by both men during the 16, 8 and finally the two-man match. I’m glad Eric is in the driver’s seat right now.  He’s worked hard for it.  I was disappointed that Chris Harris and James Storm were out so early. Everyone in the match worked hard for the audience.

We see a Pacman promo – I don’t know why except this was part of the deal with him joining TNA – to get to be in his hometown of Atlanta.  Sorry Atlanta, you can keep Jones.

Crystal is backstage with Ron “The Truth” Killings and Adam “Pacman” Jones, Team Pacman. The Truth does his trash talking to Tomko and AJ Styles. The Truth then goes on to tell Crystal that he has an announcement to make.  Since certain football organizations will not allow Jones to wrestle, they have had to get a fill in and he will be in the match tonight.  The Truth says the name of the new tag team partner is Consequences Creed.

You did all get that, right?  Truth or Consequences? The writers must have been up really late one night figuring that one out for us.

Pacman did his blah, blah, blah, and I didn’t understand enough of it to recap it.  Sorry Pacman fans.

To add insult to injury, we now have to listen to Kurt and the Mrs. arguing about Kurt’s behavior recently.

AJ Styles & Tomko won the No Surrender Tag Gauntlet in order to get the tag team championship match tonight.

TNA World Tag Team Championship Match

Tomko, from Jacksonville, FL

One half of the New Japan IWPG Tag Team Champions

&

The Phenomenal AJ Styles, from Gainesville, GA

Vs.

Team Pacman

The current TNA World Tag Team Champions

Ron “The Truth” Killings

&

Rasheed Lucius “Consequences” Creed

accompanied to the ring by Adam “Pacman” Jones

The match opens with AJ and Creed facing off in the ring. Lock up in the middle of the ring, Creed gets a wristlock on AJ. AJ with some fancy footwork and mat work turns the wristlock on Creed. Creed does some maneuvering of his own to turn the wristlock back on AJ. Creed has AJ in a headlock and AJ flips Creed over to the mat. Creed is against the ring post, AJ charges and jumps planting both feet on Creed’s chest and then back flips back to the mat. AJ charges again, Creed gets out of the way and AJ meets the top turnbuckle. AJ turns, Creed takes him down with an arm drag then shoves AJ back to the mat when AJ stands up.  AJ takes Creed down with head scissors while AJ is still on the mat. AJ sends Creed into the ropes, Creed comes off the ropes and sends AJ into the corner post. Creed comes across the ring and nails AJ with a forearm before bringing him back to the ring to deliver a knee to the head. AJ comes back at Creed and is immediately taken down with a clothesline. Creed goes for the cover and gets a two count. Creed swings at AJ, AJ ducks and sends Creed up in the air.  Creed lands on his feet behind AJ. Creed goes backwards and runs into Tomko who is standing in his corner outside the ring. Tomko does not look happy and Creed moves to get away from him, ducking a clothesline attempt by AJ.   Tomko wants tagged in and AJ gives him the tag. Tomko meets Creed in the middle of the ring.  Creed delivers a hard right to Tomko but it doesn’t have any effect. Creed comes off the ropes at Tomko, Tomko scoops Creed up but Creed manages to get away and tag in The Truth. Tomko meets The Truth with a boot to the abdomen then backs The Truth up against the ring post by delivering fists to the face. The Truth is down on the mat and Tomko continues with boots to the chest and abdomen. Tomko turns his back and The Truth goes up on the top turnbuckle. Tomko gets hit with a big dropkick from the top turnbuckle when he turns back around. The Truth is to his feet first and this time it’s The Truth delivering the fists to Tomko’s head. The Truth tries to send Tomko across the ring but Tomko gets the switch and sends The Truth into the ropes, off the ropes, The Truth duck Tomko’s clothesline and comes back to nail Tomko and send him to the mat. Both men are to their feet, Tomko grabs The Truth and sends him into the corner post then proceeds to pound on him with fists again. Tomko sends The Truth to the opposite corner post but The Truth grabs the top ropes and goes up and over Tomko, sending Tomko shoulder first into the ring post. The Truth ducks another Tomko clothesline and delivers a kick to Tomko’s head as Tomko comes back at him. The Truth tags in Creed and the double team starts as Creed and The Truth send Tomko into the ring post. Creed slingshots The Truth into Tomko.  As The Truth is leaving the ring, Creed charges at Tomko and is met with a boot to the face. Tomko tags in AJ but Creed tries to get out of Tomko’s grasp and Tomko drops to the mat to pound on Creed before turning him over to AJ. AJ picks up Creed but Creed manages to send several fists into AJ’s midsection to slow him down. Creed sends AJ into the ropes and drops to the mat.  AJ goes across and comes off the opposite ropes , Creed leapfrogs over AJ. AJ turns and leapfrogs over Creed, AJ drops to the mat, Creed comes off the ropes, AJ meets him with a dropkick. AJ gets Creed in a face lock but Creed works to elbow his way out. AJ delivers an elbow to the top of Creed’s head sending Creed down to one knee. AJ sends Creed across to the ropes, but Creed gets the switch and sends AJ into the ropes. AJ gets a knee to the back courtesy of The Truth as he hits the ropes. Creed then shows off his punching skills by playing AJ in the middle of the ring. AJ swings, Creed ducks out of the way and delivers a hit that sends AJ to the mat. Creed goes across the ring, steps on AJ’s back and delivers a elbow to the back of AJ. AJ is down and Creed tags in The Truth. AJ tries to get to Tomko for the tag but The Truth stops him then sends him to the mat with a face plant. The Truth sends AJ off the ropes, AJ comes off the ropes and ducks The Truth’s clothesline. AJ goes up in the air and hits the peleg sending The Truth to the mat. Both men are down and Tomko wants the tag.  AJ makes it to Tomko to get the tag, Tomko is in the ring and so is Creed. Tomko sends Creed to the mat then goes after The Truth. The Truth goes down and Tomko again turns his attention to Creed. Tomko picks Creed up and slams him into the ring post and punches him repeatedly in the face. The Truth gets his bearings and goes after Tomko, sending Tomko down. AJ is now in the ring trying to get The Truth away from Tomko. AJ delivers a back breaker to The Truth but Creed grabs AJ and they struggle back to Creed’s corner. Creed throws AJ over his head, sending AJ to the mat. Tomko is back on his feet and he catches Creed with a boot to the midsection before picking Creed up and sending him over to the mat. The Truth is back to his feet and he catches Tomko with a fist before Tomko delivers a series of elbows and forearms to The Truth. Tomko goes back against the ropes, but Jones pulls down on the ropes, sending Tomko over the top rope and to the floor. Tomko is now after Jones but Creed runs interference, getting caught in midair by Tomko. The Truth comes over the top rope sending Tomko and Creed to the floor. AJ is still in the ring but not yet to his feet. AJ gets back to his feet, shakes his head then springboards off the top rope into a high somersault before landing on The Truth, Creed and  Tomko on the floor. AJ is back on his feet and he picks up The Truth to send him back into the ring. AJ and The Truth are in the ring and Jones is on the ring apron. Jones pulls a handful of money out of his pocket but has his back to AJ.  AJ reaches and takes the handful of bills and The Truth comes up behind AJ to take him into a roll up pin. AJ’s shoulders are on the mat and dollar bills are flying everywhere.  Referee Earl Hebner is grabbing for the money and ignoring the action in right next to him in the ring. The Truth is yelling and Hebner is stuffing his pockets with the bills on the mat. Jones is back on the ring apron yelling at the Hebner, Hebner turns to make the count and The Truth gets a two count before AJ can break the hold. Jones is still screaming at Hebner, Tomko is back in the ring and as The Truth comes off the ropes, Tomko meets him with a boot to the face. AJ comes off the top rope to slam into The Truth. Tomko and AJ pick up The Truth deliver a corkscrew and Tomko covers for the pin and gets the three count. 

Winners and New TNA World Tag Team Champions

  The Phenomenal AJ Styles and Tomko.

The Truth and Creed did a good job in this match but AJ and Tomko not only worked well together, they appeared to dazzle the audience at times. AJ is still flying high and although Tomko doesn’t do a lot of high-risk maneuvers, his presence in the ring is just as noticeable. Not only am I grateful a non-wrestler who doesn’t even work in the ring is not carrying around the title belt, I’m glad AJ and Tomko are the new champions.

Jeremy Borash is backstage with Mrs. Angle telling her that Kurt can’t afford to lose the title. They walk past a room where Kevin Nash is talking to one of the new women wrestlers.  Mrs. Angle throws her out so she can talk to Nash. She wants Nash to talk to Kurt about the match tonight. Nash says he isn’t going to talk to Kurt because he won’t listen to him either. She nags Nash until he agrees to talk to Kurt.

TNA X Division Championship Match

“The Fallen Angel” Christopher Daniels, representing XXX

Vs.

“Black Machismo” Jay Lethal, from Elizabeth, NJ

Current TNA X Division Champion

Lethal has a mic to deliver a “Oh, Yeah!” to the audience.

The bell rings and the two lock up and push away from each other.  Another lock up and this time at the push back, Lethal slaps Daniels. Daniels comes back at him and Lethal applies a headlock. Daniels pulls Lethal’s hair and that gets the ref’s attention. Daniels takes Lethal back to the ropes and sends him across the ring into the ropes on the opposite side. Lethal comes off the ropes, Daniels drops down to the mat, Lethal comes off the opposite ropes and Daniels leapfrogs over Lethal. Lethal comes off the ropes again and runs his shoulder into Daniels. Daniels comes off the ropes and delivers a shoulder to lethal. Daniels plays the ceiling and Lethal plays the fans before Daniels delivers a fist sending Lethal to the mat. Lethal is against the ropes and Daniels goes after him with fists to the face and chops to the chest. Lethal goes across the ring and comes off the ropes, sliding under Daniels.  Lethal back to his feet, Daniels turns around and meets punches thrown by Lethal. Lethal tries to send Daniels across the ring, but Daniels gets the switch and Lethal hits the ropes.  Lethal comes off the ropes and greets the waiting Daniels with a kick to the skull. Daniels is against the ropes.  Lethal charges and slides under Daniels to the floor outside. Lethal comes back up on the ring apron and sends a shoulder into Daniels’ abdomen when Daniels reaches for him. Lethal comes over the top ropes and delivers a hurricanrana sending Daniels back down to the mat. Daniels rolls out of the ring, Lethal goes back against the ropes and hits Daniels with a suicide dive through the ropes. Daniels crashes into the guardrail and Lethal is still on his feet. Lethal waits for Daniels to get back to his feet before delivering a fist to the forehead and then a chop to the chest. Daniels retaliates with a thumb to the eye sending Lethal reeling. Daniels makes a grab for Lethal, Lethal executes a hip toss sending Daniels to the floor. Daniels rolls back into the ring as Lethal climbs up on the top turnbuckle. Lethal comes off the top turnbuckle hitting Daniels on top of the head and sending him back down to the canvas. Lethal goes for the pin but only gets a two count. Both men back to their feet, Lethal hits Daniels with a hard chop to the chest, then sends Daniels front first into the opposite ring post. Lethal hits Daniels with a clothesline sending him over the top rope to the floor outside the ring then comes over the top ropes to take Daniels back down to the floor with a frog splash. Lethal is immediately back on his feet. Daniels gets back to his feet and again Lethal unleashes a flurry of punches to Daniels’ face and head. Daniels gets Lethal off the floor and slams him back first into the guardrail. Daniels’ rips the padding off the top of the guardrail, picks Lethal up and drops him back first onto the guardrail. Lethal lands on the audience side of the rail and Daniels, after stopping to again talk to the ceiling, goes after him. Daniels drags Lethal back over the guardrail and onto the floor near the announcer’s table, then Daniels slides back into the ring to break up the ref’s count out count. Daniels picks Lethal up and rolls him into the ring. As Lethal gets to his feet, Daniels slams him across the back with a forearm. Daniels sends Lethal across the ring and into the ropes.  Lethal comes off the ropes and Daniels hits him with a back body drop sending him again down to the mat. Lethal gets to his feet and Daniels shoves him back down to the mat. Daniels picks Lethal up and sends him back to the mat with an over the shoulder suplex then stops to stand on Lethal. Daniels springboards off the top ropes, lands on Lethal’s back, then sets up Lethal for a face lock, pulling on Lethal’s face and neck until the ref makes Daniels break the hold. Lethal back to his feet and he is met with another fist from Daniels. Daniels picks Lethal up and sends him back first into a ring post. Daniels picks Lethal up but Lethal manages to bring Daniels down with shoulders to the mat in a roll up and Lethal gets a two count. Daniels takes a swing at Lethal, Lethal ducks out of the way and again goes for a roll up and again gets a two count. Both men back to their feet and Lethal unloads with fists to Daniels face and head. Lethal sends Daniels off the ropes, Daniels gets the switch and slings Lethal across, Lethal comes off the ropes and into Daniels boot. Daniels blatantly chokes Lethal then holds Lethal by the hair when the ref makes him break the chokehold.  The ref admonishes Daniels for the hair pulling. Daniels again picks Lethal up and slams him to the mat and tries for a pin, gets a two count.  Daniels picks Lethal up and delivers a shot to the back. Daniels picks Lethal up but Lethal manages to flip over and land on his feet behind Daniels. Daniels charges Lethal and Lethal hits him with an elbow to the top of the head. Lethal grabs the top ropes and takes Daniels down with a head scissors then hits him with a clothesline when he comes back at him. Lethal lands an other elbow to the top of Daniels’ head, then comes off the ropes and delivers a knee to the forehead, runs to the ropes, goes over the top and drops Daniels on the ropes while Lethal goes out to the floor. Lethal back in the ring and he sets Daniels up for the neck breaker, suplexes Daniels over the top, goes for a pin and gets a two count before Daniels gets his shoulder up. Lethal goes for a high kick and catches Daniels in the side of the head, sending him back to the mat. Lethal goes for a second kick but Daniels sidesteps the kick and lands a boot of his own into Lethal’s midsection. Daniels tries for the angels wings but Lethal gets out of it and goes for another roll up.  Lethal gets a two count. Lock up between the two but Lethal gets the upper hand and sends Daniels to the mat with a face plant. Again Lethal goes for the pin and gets a two count. Lethal first to his feet, he gets to Daniels and sends a chop to the chest, then sends Daniels across to the opposite ring post. Lethal goes after him but Daniels gets a shoulder down and sends Lethal over the top ropes and onto the ring apron. Lethal slams Daniels with a fist then goes for a springboard off the top rope but Daniels catches him and slams Lethal down to the mat.  Both men are down again in the middle of the ring. This time Daniels is first to his feet, he goes to the top turnbuckle and executes a moonsault, then goes for the cover.  Daniels gets a two count. Daniels is frustrated and pummels a downed Lethal with fists to the face and head before the ref gets involved and breaks it up. Daniels is now in the ref’s face. Daniels has Lethal around the neck but Lethal flips Daniels over. Both men to their feet , Daniels swings and Lethal ducks. Lethal takes Daniels into the ropes, but Daniels grabs the ropes and hangs on then uses elbow shots to get Lethal to release his hold. Daniels goes for the high kick but Lethal manages to shove it away and Daniels is back down on the mat. Lethal gets Daniels in a full nelson then sends him over his head in a suplex. Both men are down on the mat and the ref starts a count. Both men back to their feet after the ref’s count of four.  Lethal charges across the ring at Daniels but Daniels steps aside and Lethal runs into the ring post. Daniels sets Lethal up on the top turnbuckle, then goes up to take Lethal down to the mat. The maneuver doesn’t work and Daniels goes crashing to the canvas. Lethal goes up to the top and heads for Daniels to deliver an elbow but Daniels rolls out of the way and Lethal meets the mat. Daniels tries for a roll up and gets a two count before Lethal powers his way out. Daniels picks Lethal up by the hair and takes him to the corner post where he sends him face first into the top turnbuckle. Daniels again sets Lethal up on the top turnbuckle, gives him a hard slap to the face and once again climbs up to try to take Lethal down to the mat. Lethal comes back with punches to the ribs and abdomen of Daniels while Daniels punches back. Lethal comes off the top rope taking Daniels into the lethal combination. Lethal goes for the pin and gets the three count.

Winner: Black Machismo Jay Lethal

Retains the X Division Championship

I am a big fan of both Daniels and Lethal.  This was a tough match and I wouldn’t have wanted to try to pick the winner.  Daniels is exemplary in his ring performance but Lethal does an excellent job as a younger wrestler with less experience in ring than Daniels has.

Crystal is backstage with The Steiner Brothers who are facing Team 3D tonight. Scott immediately covers Crystal’s mouth so she can’t talk and then starts trash talking Team 3D.

2 Out of 3 Tables Match

Rick Steiner & Scott Steiner, The Steiner Brothers

originally from Detroit, MI, now residing in Atlanta, GA

Vs.

Brother Devon & Brother Ray, Team 3D, from New York City

Before the bell rings, Scott goes up the ramp to take out Team 3D and  Rick is right there with him. Scott sends Ray into the guardrail, then does it again. A fan hands Scott a beer.  He takes a drink and throws the rest of it on Ray. Still in the audience, Ray is trying to get away and Scott is right behind him. Another lock up in the aisle and Scott bounces Ray’s head off the top of the guardrail. Scott takes Ray further down the ramp and slams his head into another section of guardrail and then goes farther down and does it again.  Rick is in the ring and he has Devon down on the mat. Scott throws Ray into the ring and follows him in. Rick sends Devon across into the ropes and hits him with a clothesline as he comes off the ropes. Ray tries to clothesline Scott but Scott ducks under the clothesline, picks up Ray and slams him to the mat. Ray and Devon are out on the floor but Scott and Rick are in the ring. Ray throws his shirt to the crowd and yells at Devon. Ray and Devon start back up the ramp as if they are leaving the arena and Scott and Rick go out of the ring after them. A fan gets overenthusiastic and shoves Devon, which causes Devon to stop and do a stare down. Scott catches Devon with a fist and delivers Devon’s head to the top of the guardrail. Rick goes after Ray with punches.  Ray goes back toward the ring and toward a table on the floor with Rick hot on his trail. Rick hits Ray and knocks him over the guardrail and into the audience area. Farther back in the audience area, Scott has another beer. He takes a drink and spits beer into Devon’s face before throwing the rest of the glass of beer on Devon. Rick and Ray are still fighting in the midst of the fans but Scott and Devon are back at the ring apron. Rick picks up a trashcan and throws it at Ray and now Scott and Devon are back with Rick and Ray. Scott sends Devon headfirst into the guardrail, and then goes to work on Ray. Now Scott is in the audience with Ray and Rick is heading back to the ring with Devon but Rick stops to send Devon into a guardrail, then hits him with a trash can. Scott nails Ray with a steel chair, not once but twice, before sending him head first into the guardrail and then Scott sticks a trashcan on Ray’s head and torso before whamming on the trashcan. Scott follows Ray and gets him with the trashcan again as Ray is hanging on a section of guardrail. Rick has been busy working over Devon and Scott and Rick sling the members of Team 3D into each other. Devon falls back against the guardrail and Ray calls for a time out but Scott flips him off and hits him with a fist again, sending him over the guardrail and into the fans. Ray is down on the floor and Rick heads the other direction still working on Devon. Scott drags Ray back over the guardrail and nails him with a knee to the side of the head. All four men are heading in the direction of the ring but Devon is down. Rick leads Devon towards the ring, tossing him into this and that as they go along. Scott is back at ringside and has a table in hand.  Scott slides the table into the ring and Devon comes flying over the guardrail courtesy of Rick. Scott sends Ray into the guardrail outside of the ring. Scott enters the ring leaving Rick outside with Devon and Ray near the guardrails. Rick sends Devon into the guardrail and tables leaning against the guardrails and Ray wanders around looking confused. Ray rolls himself into the ring with Scott who has a table set up and waiting. Scott greets Ray with a boot to the back, then a boot to the abdomen. Scott continues to deliver boots to Ray who is leaning against the ring post. Rick is now in the ring and has brought Devon with him. Scott has Ray sitting on the top turnbuckle while Rick works over Devon next to the table. Devon still has fight left in him and he punches Rick then heads over to help Ray who now has Scott up on the ropes with him. Devon hits Scott in the back bringing him down from the ropes. Devon goes after Rick again but Rick gets a boot to Devon’s midsection slowing him down.  Ray is working on Scott on the opposite of the table in the ring. Ray manages to get Scott out of the ring and onto the floor. Rick is against the ropes, off the ropes, Ray and Devon hit the 3D and put Rick through the table. First fall: Team 3D. Ray and Devon don’t look very sturdy on their feet as the referees come in to remove the broken table from the ring. Scott is still out on the floor and Rick is still laying on the mat as Team 3D goes to work on them to try to get the second fall. Ray rolls Scott back into the ring and now Rick is out on the floor. Devon is choking Scott in the ring as Ray goes out and brings in another table to set up. Ray and Devon set up the table in the ring. Scott is up to his knees as Ray sets himself up on the top turnbuckle and Devon goes after Scott. Ray stops to showboat for the crowd and Scott punches Devon then elbows Ray in the crotch.  Scott tosses Devon out on the floor and goes to work on Ray who is still sitting on the top turnbuckle. Scott climbs up the ropes and delivers the frankensteiner to Ray sending him crashing through the table. Second fall: The Steiner Brothers. The refs are back in the ring clearing out the broken table. Ray is down on the mat and Scott goes outside to work on Devon. I can’t see where Rick has gone. Outside the ring, Devon lays Scott out with a fist, then picks him up and sends him back into the ring. Rick is down outside the ring and as he tries to get up, Devon sends him to the floor with a fist. Scott is now in the ring with Ray and Devon climbs back in the ring delivering a series of boot shots to the downed Scott.  Devon goes out on the apron and climbs the ropes to head butt Scott, but Scott rolls out of the way and Devon lands face first on the canvas. Scott is back to his feet and delivers a clothesline to Devon sending him down to the mat. Devon gets up again and feels another Scott Steiner clothesline. Scott sends Devon into the ropes, Devon hangs onto the ropes, and Ray delivers a low blow to Scott from behind. Ray takes off his belt and begins to beat Scott. Rick is trying to get to his feet outside of the ring and Ray takes a shot or two at Rick with the belt. Devon stands on Scott and uses the ropes to choke him with his boot. Scott is down in the ring, Rick is down outside the ring and Ray and Devon are standing in the ring. Devon and Ray clear out of the ring and go for a table. Devon slides the table into the ring and Ray grabs a steel chair. Devon is back in the ring and goes to work on Scott before setting up the table. Ray grabs another chair and is back at ringside. Ray takes two more steel chairs from under the ring. Devon is setting up the table inside the ring. Scott is still down but is trying to get to his feet. Devon grabs Scott to set him up on the table and Ray grabs a steel chair. One end of the table collapses and Devon heads back outside the ring leaving Ray to throw the broken table out of the ring. Devon brings in another table and they set it up in the ring. Scott is up to his knees and hanging onto the ropes, but Ray is there to take him back down with a fist. Ray and Devon again set Scott up on the table and then they each grab a steel chair. One of the refs enters the ring to try to stop them from using the chairs but Ray shoves the ref out of the way. Devon kicks at Rick who is trying to get back in the ring then climbs up the ropes with chair in hand. Ray sets a chair across Scott’s throat but The Motor City Machineguns are suddenly on the ring apron. As Ray comes toward them, they hop back down onto the floor. Scott rolls off the table and is back on his knees on the mat. Devon is over at the ropes arguing with Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin while Scott is trying to get to his feet. Ray is standing near Scott with steel chair in hand. Devon turns in time to see Scott is on his feet and swings the chair in his hand, Scott ducks, Devon hits the chair in Ray’s hand which then collides with Ray’s head. Ray goes down to the mat. Scott goes after Devon and Rick is making his way back into the ring. Rick is climbing the ropes and Scott has Devon sitting on his shoulders. Sabin and Shelley are backing up the entrance ramp watching the action in the ring. Rick comes off the top turnbuckle, catching Devon and sending him through the table.  Third fall and winners of the match: The Steiner Brothers, Rick and Scott with a little assist from the Motor City Machineguns, Chris Sabin and Alex Shelley.

Winners:  The Steiner Brothers

I like all four of these big bruisers in the ring. I’m certain the audience appreciated getting to see so much action up close and personal. All four men worked hard in this match and took some heavy blows.  Fortunately, the trashcans being thrown around were heavy plastic and not metal.

NOTE: It is my understanding that Chris Sabin and Alex Shelley worked a dark match before Bound for Glory.  I hear it was a good match.  I’m sorry the rest of us didn’t get a chance to see it. Sabin and Shelley are both such in ring wonders and the short amount of time they were in the Fight for the Right match didn’t give us an opportunity to see them work together.

JB is backstage with several of the TNA Women’s Gauntlet match, Talia, Angel, Shelley, and ODB. ODB takes the mic from JB OBD introduces Shelly Martinez and says that Shelley is advertising. She then introduces Talia Madison and says that Talia knows what she is. She then introduces, well not exactly, she says that she has no idea who or what that is – pointing to Angel Williams. The girls begin to argue and suddenly ODB is long gone. The girls turn around and suddenly they are gone, leaving JB standing next to Amazing Kong.  JB, who had just said they weren’t done with the interview, changes his mind and makes tracks away from Kong.

TNA Knockout Champion Gauntlet Match

Two women start the match and another enters every sixty seconds.  Elimination is over the ropes and landing on the floor.  When two women remain, there is a final match to decide who is the first TNA Women’s Champion.

Miss Brooks, from Manhattan, NY

Vs.

“The Pride of Tennessee” Miss Jackie Moore

Brooks and Jackie meet in the middle of the ring. Brooks tries trash talking but Jackie nails her with a fist. Brooks responds with a chop and Jackie answers with a chop of her own. Jackie has Brooks against the ropes and she delivers several fists to the head. Jackie attempts to sling Brooks across the ring but Brooks stops her and hits her with a knee in the midsection. Brooks off the ropes to deliver a boot to the side of Jackie’s head. Brooks charges Jackie, but Jackie turns and hits Brooks in the abdomen with a boot of her own. Jackie picks Brooks up and shows her boxing prowess by sending a series of punches to Brooks.  Brooks ducks under the last punch and grabs Jackie around the waist. Jackie responds with an elbow to Brooks head making her release her grip. Jackie runs Brooks into the ropes, but Brooks grabs the ropes and hangs on as Jackie slams forearms into her back trying to make her release her grip on the ropes.

Vs.

Shelly Martinez, from CA

Jackie has Brooks by the hair when Martinez enters the ring. Martinez attacks Jackie with forearms to the back and Jackie turns and grabs Martinez by the throat. Martinez fires back with forearms to Jackie’s head and neck. Brooks follows up with a forearm to Jackie’s back and then Martinez turns her attention to Brooks. Brooks ducks under the waiting forearm but gets caught by a boot to the midsection. Martinez turns Brooks around and takes her down with a neck breaker. Martinez comes across the ropes and sends Brooks back to the mat with a clothesline. Brooks rolls out onto the ring apron and Jackie is working on Martinez with fists to the forehead. Martinez turns in time to get slammed down by Brooks who has come off the top turnbuckle. Jackie sends a boot to Brooks’ head.

Vs.

Awesome Kong, 6’1” tall, weighing 272 3/8 lbs., from Tokyo, Japan

The action in the ring has stopped in order to see Kong’s entrance. Miss Jackie motions Kong into the ring. Martinez and Brooks don’t look so happy to see her. Kong enters the ring and Jackie waits to face Kong.  All three women attack Kong at once but she sends them all flying across the ring. She sends Martinez into the ropes but as she comes after her, Martinez gets a boot up and catches Kong in the midsection.

Vs.

ODB

Kong has Martinez trapped on the top turnbuckle, Jackie is getting to her feet and Brooks is still down on the mat. Kong hits Martinez and Brooks is up and after Jackie.  Jackie sends Brooks over the top rope and she goes to the floor.

Eliminated:  Miss Brooks by Jackie Moore

Eliminated:  Shelly Martinez by Awesome Kong

Jackie and Kong are in the ring and Jackie jumps up to attack Kong. Kong throws herself back into the ring post, smashing Jackie between herself and the post. Kong picks up Jackie and face plants her onto the mat. Kong picks Jackie up by the hair and throws her over the top rope.

Eliminated: Miss Jackie Moore by Awesome Kong

Kong now faces ODB in the center of the ring. The two women spend a few seconds sizing each other up before ODB sends huge right to Kong’s jaw. It doesn’t have any affect on Kong and ODB sends another right at Kong. Again, Kong does not budge and ODB attempts to pick up and body slam Kong. Kong has ODB by the throat.

Vs.

Angel Williams, from Ontario, Canada

Kong has ODB up in the air and drops her to the mat. Kong grabs ODB by the hair and Williams is in the ring and jumping on Kong’s back. ODB works on Kong’s midsection while Williams works on her head and neck area. Kong lets loose a nice right that sends ODB back across the ring then she grabs Williams by the head and flings her over and onto the floor. Kong tries take Williams down with a clothesline but Williams ducks under Kong’s arm and tries to plant a boot in Kong’s abdomen. Kong grabs her leg and Williams comes up off the floor to send her other boot to the side of Kong’s head. Williams and ODB take turns sending boots to Kong in an attempt to taker her off her feet. Kong is still standing. OBD and Williams attempt a double suplex but Kong suplexes the two of them instead.

Vs.

Christy Hemme, from Los Angeles, CA

Williams and ODB are both down on the mat. Christy is on the ring apron but as Kong approaches she thinks twice and starts to back away. Kong grabs her by the hair and drags her into the ring. Kong picks Christy up and holds her over her shoulders and then bends her like a pretzel before dropping her to the mat. Kong delivers a power bomb to Christy and now there are three women down on the mat.

Vs.

Gail Kim, from Tampa, FL

Gail enters the ring via the top turnbuckle and plants both feet of a nice dropkick on Kong on her way down.  Kong is staggered but still standing. Gail comes across the ring and nails Kong with a forearm and then continues to throw forearms into Kong’s chest, head and neck. Kong shoves Gail across the ring.  Christy is nowhere to be seen in the ring but I haven’t heard that she went over the top rope or that she has been eliminated. ODB and Williams are back on their feet and heading toward Kong.  They go after her again with boots. The two women have Kong by the arms and they drag her toward the center of the ring but Kong slings them together. Tenay announces that Christy Hemme is hurt and outside of the ring. Kong delivers clotheslines to ODB and Williams. The camera pans to Christy who is outside on the floor and not moving.

Eliminated: Christy Hemme by Awesome Kong

Gail is back to her feet, Kong notices and heads toward her. Gail ducks the clothesline that Kong throws up and then Gail tries for a hurricanrana but is caught by Kong. Kong tries to drop Gail over the top rope but Gail hangs on to the ropes. ODB is back on her feet, Williams is still down on the mat. ODB and Williams come up behind Kong and attempt to send her over the top rope. Kong hits the floor and Gail manages to stay in the match. (Hint: If you didn’t see it, Kong’s attire came undone during her drop over the top rope. The knockout match became X rated there for a second.)

Eliminated: Awesome Kong by ODB, Gail Kim and Angel Williams

Vs.

Talia Madison

Gail is down on the mat with Williams and ODB working her over. As Madison enters the ring, Williams breaks away to meet her in the center of the ring. Madison takes down Williams with a clothesline and ODB turns to meet Madison. Madison takes down ODB with a clothesline and head for Gail. Madison hits Gail with a dropkick, sending her down to the mat. Madison nails Williams in the back with a forearm, then grabs her and sends her across the ring.  Williams goes over the top rope but manages to land on the ring apron. Madison runs across the ring and takes a swing at Williams but Williams ducks and comes back with a shoulder block through the ropes to back Madison up. Williams grabs Madison by the neck and drops down catching Madison on the top rope. Gail and ODB charge Williams and send her down flat on the ring apron, then kick her off on the floor.

Eliminated: Angel Williams by Gail Kim and ODB

Gail hits ODB with a chop to the chest, ODB responds with a chop in return. Gail comes back with another chop and ODB comes back with a clothesline that sends Gail to the mat. Madison is still down on the mat. ODB is the only one standing in the ring. ODB steps on Gail and heads for Madison. ODB picks up Madison and throws her over her head into the center of the ring.

Vs.

Roxxi Laveaux

Roxxi is the last entrant in the gauntlet. ODB is still working on Madison and Gail is still down on the mat. ODB sends a forearm to Madison’s spine, and then ODB grabs Kim and sends her face first into the turnbuckle. West announces that ODB stands for “One Dirty Bitch”. Roxxi is in the ring and she grabs ODB by the hair and sending her down to the mat before going after Gail. ODB takes Roxxi down to the mat by her hair. Roxxi comes up off the mat to hit ODB with a forearm. Roxxi shoulder blocks ODB into the corner while Gail and Madison fight it out. Madison sends a forearm to Gail’s back, sending her to her knees on the mat. Roxxi is hitting ODB with forearms on her chest and back. Roxxi grabs ODB by the hair and sends her face first into the top turnbuckle. Madison attempts to send Gail into the ring post, but Gail gets the switch and sends Madison into the post where she proceeds to throw elbows and forearms. Roxxi is setting ODB up on the top turnbuckle and Gail comes across the ring to charge Madison who is still against the ring post. Madison throws up a boot to stop Gail but Gail grabs her foot and sends Madison over the top rope and onto the floor.

Eliminated: Talia Madison by Gail Kim

Roxxi sends a staggered ODB off the top turnbuckle and onto the floor.

Eliminated: ODB by Roxxi Laveaux

The two woman match begins with regular wrestling rules.

Match for TNA Knockout Championship

Gail Kim

Vs.

Roxxi Laveaux

Gail and Roxxi are nose to nose in the ring when the bell sounds.  Roxxi throws a forearm and Gail comes back with a forearm of her own. Roxxi sends another forearm Gail’s way and Gail responds with one of her own again. Roxxi takes a swing and connects with Gail, and then she sends Gail into the ropes.  Gail comes off the ropes; Roxxi catches her and throws her over her head to the mat. Roxxi goes for the cover and gets a two count before Gail gets a shoulder off the mat. Roxxi picks Gail up and sends her into the ring post. Roxxi charges Gail and Gail gets her knees up, sending Roxxi backward. Gail comes out of the corner and delivers the octopus submission. Roxxi goes down to one knee, then makes it back to her feet to stagger close enough to get a hand on the ropes. As Roxxi tries to get back to her feet, Gail goes up to the top turnbuckle and comes off with a double drop kick but Roxxi gets out of the way and Gail lands on the mat. Roxxi tries for a pin and gets another two count. Roxxi gets Gail up on her shoulders but Gail manages to slide down Roxxi’s back and gets a roll up.  Two count and Roxxi powers out. Gail goes up in the air, Roxxi sends her back to the mat with a power bomb, arches over and has Gail’s shoulders on the mat. She gets a two count before Gail gets out of the hold. Roxxi grabs Gail’s hair and Gail pushes her arms away, Roxxi takes a swing at Gail, Gail ducks under the swing. Gail picks Roxxi up, drops backwards onto the mat, goes for the pin and gets the win.

Winner: Gail Kim

TNA Knockout Champion.

Not only do we now have women’s wrestling – most of these women can wrestle – one of my favorite wrestlers is the champion. I was rooting for Gail and Jackie Moore because both of them deserved it. These two have worked hard in TNA and I was sorry when Jackie was eliminated. I was worried about Awesome Kong and ODB.  They are two tough women. Gail did a great job in the ring as she always does. Roxxi held her own but on a technical level, I believe Gail is the better wrestler.

JB is in the back with Nash who finds Kurt. Nash tries to talk to Kurt and Kurt not only doesn’t listen, he insults Nash all over the place. Nash tells Kurt he will not have his back tonight. Kurt tells Nash he can’t even get in the ring and he should be in the audience with the rest of the idiot fans. Nash throws a chair across the room after Kurt leaves.

Special Enforcer

Matt Morgan

“The Instant Classic Christian Cage”, from Tampa, FL, by way of Ontario, Canada

Vs.

“The Samoan Submission Machine” Samoa Joe, from American Samoa

The ref rings the bell with Christian still out on the floor. Christian takes his time coming up the stairs and into the ring. Joe is eyeing Matt and talking to him and finally steps outside the ring to get in Matt’s face. Christian makes his way into the ring while Joe is outside and is waiting when Joe returns. Joe stops to play the audience – and Christian – from the ring apron. Joe gets in the ring and Christian works his jaw muscles and motions around his waist to show that he will be the next champion. Joe takes a high kick at Christian and Christian backs out of the way. The two men lock up in the center of the ring, Christian tries to back Joe up in the ropes, Joe drops Christian on his face in the middle of the ring. The ref stops to check on Christian who is on his knees in the corner with his hand over his mouth and nose. The fans are all pro Joe and Christian isn’t liking the sounds of the “Joe” chants he is hearing. Start of a lock up again but Christian gets behind Joe and gets his arms around Joe’s waist. Joe swings Christian around and applies a wristlock then works it into a headlock. Christian walks Joe back into the ropes and tries to send him across but Joe drops down to one knee to stop the forward motion. Christian backs up against the ropes again and this time sends Joe across to the opposite side of the ring. Joe comes off the ropes and sends Christian to the mat with a powerful shoulder block. Lock up again in the center of the ring, Christian gets Joe back against a ring post. The ref makes them break it up and Joe puts his hands in the air to signal a clean break. Christian backs up but can’t resist slapping Joe across the face. Joe comes out of the corner and proceeds to give Christian numerous slaps before sending him into the ring post. Joe hits Christian with a high kick to the head and as Christian slides down to the floor, Joe plants a boot on Christian’s neck and stands on him. The ref tells Joe to break the hold and Joe rakes a boot across Christian’s forehead before he backs away. Once is not enough and Joe continues to rake the boot across Christian’s head as the ref starts a count. Joe goes across the ring, comes off the ropes and comes back to plant a boot in the side of Christian’s head but Christian manages to roll out of the way and Joe’s boot goes through the ropes. Christian is off the floor and he sends a series of chops to Joe’s chest, then fists and solid boots to Joe’s abdomen. Christian steps toward the center of the ring to the jeers of the audience and as he goes back across to nail Joe again, Joe hits Christian with an elbow. Joe goes up to the top turnbuckle and comes off to hit Christian with a leg drop, sending Christian to the mat. Joe delivers a chop to Christian’s back and a boot to his chest, then comes off the ropes, Christian stays down, Joe goes across to the opposite ropes, comes off and ducks Christian’s clothesline, comes off the opposite ropes again, Christian tries to leap over Joe but Joe catches him and sends him face first to the mat. Joe comes off the ropes again and delivers a frog splash to Christian. Christian rolls out on the ring apron. As Joe goes after Christian, Christian throws a shoulder block into Joe. As Joe turns his back, Christian goes up on the top turnbuckle.  Joe is back, turns Christian around, delivers a slap to the back, brings Christian down, delivers a shot to the chest, trots around the ring and delivers his boots to Christian’s chest. Christian is again down. Morgan is pacing outside the ring. Joe goes out on the ring apron to join Christian who is still trying to get to his feet. Joe looks like he’s going for a suplex but Christian has one foot inside the ropes and manages to block Joe. Christian sends shots to Joe’s chest and abdomen, and then rakes the eyes. Christian sends himself back and brings up a boot nailing Joe in the head and sends him to the floor. Joe lands on his feet and Christian climbs to the top turnbuckle, leaps high into the air and comes down on the guardrail, missing Joe in the process. Joe is back in the ring and he leaps through the ropes to take Christian back down to the floor in a suicide dive. Christian is back down on the floor and Joe stops to play the crowd. Joe comes back out on the floor, this time taking a chair from the crowd and setting up Christian, telling the audience to stay out of the way. Christian is now sitting in the chair and Joe goes back to the opposite side of the guardrail before taking a run and delivering a knee to the side of Christian’s head, taking down part of the guardrail in the process. Joe stops to get some high fives from audience members before he picks Christian up and attempts to sling him toward the ring. Christian gets the switch and Joe flies back first into the ring apron. Christian charges Joe, Joe swings Christian up in the air against the ropes, but Christian drops back down and delivers a DDT to Joe on the floor. Joe’s head misses the mat and hits the concrete – you could hear the smack of head on hard surface. Christian picks up Joe and rolls him back into the ring. Christian is back in the ring, stomping on Joe and keeping him on the mat. Joe is up to his knees; Christian leans him against the ropes and stands on him, choking Joe on the second rope. The ref makes Christian break the hold. Christian goes back after Joe but Joe is ready and nails Christian with elbows and fists. Joe comes of the ropes and Christian catches him with an elbow sending him to the mat. Christian goes for the pin and gets a one count. Christian gets his legs around Joe’s neck and drops down to the mat.  Joe manages to get to his feet with Christian on his shoulders. Christian counters by going after Joe’s eyes and Joe is forced to drop Christian back to the mat. Christian takes Joe to the mat with an inverted DDT and again goes for a cover. He gets a two count before Joe gets a shoulder up. Christian decides to climb back up on the top turnbuckle, goes for the frog splash and Joe manages to roll out of the way, Christian meets the mat. Both men are down in the ring. Both men are back to their knees and Joe throws a punch and connects with Christian’s jaw. We have an on the knees boxing match in the ring. Both men back to their feet and they throw punches and slaps at each other but Joe manages to get in a quick three slaps before sending Christian over the top rope. Christian lands on the ring apron and as he attempts to come back over after Joe, Joe delivers a high kick to the side of Christian’s head sending Christian to the floor. Christian gets back to his feet and backs right into Matt on the outside of the ring. As Christian backs away from Matt, Joe comes over the top ropes and takes Christian down to the floor again. Joe is back to his feet and he rolls Christian back into the ring, following him in. Joe sends Christian back down to the mat twice with clotheslines, and then sends him into the ring post.  As Joe charges, Christian gets an elbow up to nail Joe. Christian goes up to the second rope, springs off backward and misses Joe completely. Joe again stops to play the audience. Christian back to his feet and Joe charges across the ring to hit him with a clothesline. Christian is down on the mat again. Joe goes for the pin and gets a two count before Christian powers out. Joe picks up Christian and sets him on the top turnbuckle to set him up for the muscle buster. Christian sends forearms to Joe’s back and manages to back Joe up. Joe charges Christian and Christian leaps over Joe to land in the center of the ring. Joe goes for a chokehold, but Christian manages to turn the move around and tries to set up the unprettier. Joe sends Christian back into the ropes and as Christian comes off, Joe delivers a boot to Christian’s midsection then he picks Christian up and slams him into the top turnbuckle back first. Christian staggers back out into the ring and Joe delivers an inverted atomic drop before going into the ropes. Joe comes off the ropes and delivers a boot to Christian’s skull then delivers a big body drop to a downed Christian. Joe covers for the pin and gets a two count. Joe looks at the ref like he doesn’t know how to count to three. Christian is back against the ring post and Joe goes after him nailing him with forearms and fists to the back. Joe climbs up on the ropes intending to pound on Christian but Christian manages to send Joe to the floor with a power bomb and then goes for the pin – with both feet on the ropes. Joe manages to kick out of the hold and Christian gets a two count. Christian sends Joe against the ropes and tries for a roll up but Joe gets a switch and sends Christian over to get the clutch on Christian but Christian manages to break free and is on his feet delivering a boot to Joe before trying to catch his breath. Christian goes back to a still downed Joe but Joe brings up a boot and nails Christian in the head sending him reeling. Christian comes off the ropes, back at Joe and Joe catches him and power slams him to the mat. Joe goes for the cover and gets a two count. Christian is out on the apron and Joe is inside the ring. Both men are climbing up the ropes, exchanging blows as they climb. Joe delivers a head butt to Christian then shoves him back, sending Joe to the mat and Christian to the floor. As both men struggle to get to their feet, Tomko appears and makes his way down the ramp. Matt meets Tomko before he gets to the ring.  Tomko puts up his hands and turns semi away from Matt before delivering a sucker punch that sends Matt backward. Mat comes back with a fist of his own and we have a brawl on the floor. AJ Styles runs down the ramp toward the ring and goes up on the apron as Matt sends Tomko head first into the announcer’s table. AJ goes up to the top rope to springboard into the ring but Matt catches him and brings him down on the ropes before throwing him into Tomko. Tomko hangs on to AJ and Matt goes after a chair sitting next to the guardrail before chasing Tomko and AJ up the ramp and to the back. Joe is watching the action and Christian gets back in the ring behind Joe. Joe turns and Christian delivers a low blow with his foot. The ref is outside of the ring although I’m not sure why he’s still on the floor and not in the ring. The ref is back in the ring and Christian delivers the unprettier to Joe before going for the pin. Christian only gets a two count before Joe decisively powers out of the pin. Christian is on his feet looking shocked that Joe managed to avoid the pin and the audience is cheering for Joe. Christian gets Joe back up to his knees and then goes for the rear naked chokehold. Joe is back to his feet with Christian hanging on. Joe swings around and crashes into the ring post, catching Christian in the middle. Joe follows up with a kick to the head. Joe sets Christian up on the top turnbuckle again and goes for the muscle buster. Joe hits the muscle buster then follows up with the rear naked choke. Christian taps out. Samoa Joe wins the match by submission.

Winner:  Samoa Joe

Both of these men continue to work hard to please the fans and both of them were exhausted half way through the match. Yet they continued to pound each other into one great match. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I’m a big Christian fan.  But, then again, I’m a big Samoa Joe fan. As much as I love seeing the two of them square off, I’m a little frustrated that neither of them seem to be getting any closer to being an a match for the title. They work too hard and are too good at what they do to continue being sidelined in favor one particular wrestler who seems to be making his way to all of the big matches and all of the airtime. One other plus to this match was seeing Matt Morgan and wishing he was spending time in the ring versus standing behind, or in front of as the case may be, Jim Cornette.

We go to the back where JB is with Nash. Nash is going to talk to Sting. Nash finds Sting and tells him that this has gone too far and Sting agrees that it went too far when Kurt put his hands on Sting’s son. Sting asks Nash why he is protecting Kurt and Nash says Kurt is all he has, that it is as close as he will ever get to a main event again.  Sting says he is sorry, but game over.

I don’t know why Kevin Nash allowed himself to get mixed up in this storyline but the storyline has gone too far and it isn’t doing Kevin Nash any good to be a part of it.  If Nash can return to the ring that’s wonderful.  I’ve remember him as Diesel. If he can’t get back in the ring, then he needs to find a better storyline to work with.

The Monster’s Ball

Raven, from the Bowery

Vs.

Black Reign, From the Deepest Darkest Corners of His Mind

accompanied to the ring by Misty the Rat

Vs.

The War Machine Rhino, from Detroit, MI

Vs.

The Monster Abyss, 6’8”, 350 lbs.

I hate to keep repeating myself BUT LEAVE POOR MISTY IN THE BACK AWAY FROM THE NOISE, THE LIGHTS AND THE CROWDS! This time Black Reign is actually carrying her and her cage. All I can hope is that some smart person removes Misty and her cage from the outside ring area before she ends up getting crushed.

Black Reign has never been in a Monster’s Ball Match before. Raven, Rhino and Abyss have. Rhino hits the ring and proceeds to throw punches at Raven and Black Reign before Abyss is introduced. Rhino sends both men to the mat and then goes into the ropes. When Rhino comes off the ropes he is greeted by Black Reign’s boot and now he is down on the mat. Raven and Black Reign deliver numerous boot shots to Rhino as Abyss enters the arena. Abyss enters the ring and is met by Raven who Abyss sends down with a clothesline. Black Reign comes after Abyss and Abyss greets Black Reign with a fist. Raven is back up and gets a fist from Abyss and then it’s punches alternately to Raven and Black Reign by Abyss. Abyss sends Raven into the ropes, Raven comes off and gets a boot to the face delivered by Abyss. Abyss sends Black Reign in the ropes, Black Reign comes off the ropes, duck under the Abyss clothesline, turns and delivers a boot to Abyss’s midsection. Black Reign tries to set Abyss up but Abyss throws Black Reign over his head and onto the mat. Raven has picked up a kendo stick and he slams it into Abyss’s skull, sending Abyss crashing down to the canvas. Rhino is outside the ring and he picks up a grocery cart and slams it into Raven. Rhino then throws the cart over the top rope and into the ring. Black Reign is back in the ring and he reaches through the ropes for Rhino, but Rhino smashes a metal trashcan lid into Black Reign, sending him down to his knees. Raven then attempts the same move and gets the same smack courtesy of Rhino. Rhino is back in the ring and he continues to pound on Black Reign with the can lid. Raven is back to his feet and he delivers a blow to Rhino’s back making him release his hold on the lid. Raven sends Rhino across the ring and into the ropes. Rhino comes off the ropes, stops Raven, sends Raven into the ropes and takes him down with a drop toehold. Rhino is the only on in the ring on his feet and he grabs the shopping cart. Black Reign is back to his feet, Rhino drives the cart into Black Reign, smashing him against a ring post. Rhino picks up a metal trashcan, Raven is back to his feet, Rhino delivers a blow to Raven’s skull with the trashcan. Rhino sets the now dented trashcan in front of Black Reign who is still against the ring post. Rhino stops to deliver a boot to Raven before picking up a golf club. Rhino uses the golf club to send the trashcan into Black Reign’s crotch. Rhino is still the only one on his feet. Rhino has his hands on the cart again and as Black Reign tries to get up on the ring apron, Rhino hits him with the cart and sends him crashing to the floor. Raven has gotten back to his feet and he charges at Rhino.  Rhino turns and Raven goes into the cart.  Literally into the cart. Abyss is back on his feet and he and Rhino stand toe to toe in the middle of the ring.  Rhino lets loose with the first hard right and Abyss follows up with one of his own.  The two slug it out in the center of the ring with Raven down in the ring and Black Reign somewhere outside the ring. Abyss sends a knee to Rhino’s midsection, then sends him into the ring post. As Abyss charges at Rhino, Rhino comes out of the corner with an elbow to stop Abyss. Rhino reels back to the opposite ring post and Rhino comes across to send Abyss over the top rope out to the floor with a clothesline. Rhino stops to work the crowd and is caught by Raven who has again made it back to his feet. Raven throws a punch at Rhino, Rhino delivers a kick to the abdomen and sends Raven across the ring and between the ropes to the floor. Rhino makes his way down to the floor – I think he was the only one left in the ring – and takes his trusty trashcan lid with him. He slams the lid into Raven, not once but twice. We then see Abyss and Black Reign fighting their way up the entrance ramp. Abyss sends Black Reign head first into the top of the guardrail. Raven and Rhino appear to be fighting their way up the ramp on the opposite side of the arena. Black Reign gets the upper hand with Rhino and pummels him repeatedly with fists before sending him into the guardrail. Rhino, on the opposite side of the arena has just send Raven crashing shoulder first into the guardrail. Rhino is now exchanging blows with Black Reign and Abyss is going up the ramp toward where the ref is now standing. Abyss is now up by the monitors and we see Black Reign on the floor in front of a guardrail. Rhino is now up on the stage area by the monitor and West tells us that Rhino has sent Abyss to the floor on his way up to the stage area. Rhino turns around as he crosses the entrance ramp and looks as though he is preparing to execute the Gore, GOre, GORE! Abyss is getting back to his feet under the monitor. Rhino changes his position and moves farther up and back but again looks as though he will be sending a gore someone’s way soon. Rhino charges, Abyss gets out of the way and Rhino goes crashing through a wall and to the floor below. Rhino is down and Raven and Black Reign have Abyss by the hair. They are still in the audience area and Black Reign heads up a flight of stairs. The camera pans to Rhino who is still down on the floor where he landed just a few minutes ago in a gore attempt. Raven has Abyss at the bottom of the stair area and is working him over near a table. Raven has beat down Abyss and set him up on the table. Raven goes up the stairs after Black Reign and meets him at the top. We now note that Raven has suffered a head cut and is bleeding. Raven motions Black Reign to follow him to the ledge over the table where Abyss is lying and then Raven tells Black Reign to dive off the balcony. Black Reign starts to put a leg over the balcony railing but he doesn’t move fast enough for Raven. Raven shoves Black Reign away from the balcony sending him over the area of the steps. It is interesting to note that some members of the crowd actually put hands out to try to protect Black Reign from falling. Raven climbs over the balcony railing and stands on the edge for a split second before diving down with an elbow on top of Abyss and the table. Raven lands on Abyss, breaking the table, which sends both men to the floor. Raven grabs his wrist area and we can’t tell if he injured his wrist or his elbow in the fall. West says it is Raven’s wrist but it appeared to me that he might have damaged his elbow in the deliberate dive. The ref is there to check on Abyss and Raven but Black Reign has picked Abyss up and, with typical Black Reign screams, half drags and half carries Abyss back toward the ring. Black Reign is bleeding from the head. Black Reign manages to get Abyss back to the ring area and rolls him into the ring. Black Reign follows Abyss in and goes for the cover. Black Reign gets a two count but is pulled out of the ring by Raven who has made his way back to the ring area. Raven goes in and attempts to cover Abyss. He gets a two count and is pulled out of the ring by Black Reign. Now Raven and Black Reign are battling outside of the ring. Raven makes his way back into the ring and Black Reign grabs Raven’s leg and drags him back outside. Raven is back into the ring, Abyss is attempting to get to his feet, Black Reign is up on the ring apron but he manages to get past Raven and into the ring. Black Reign gets Raven set up in the ropes, backs up and delivers a kick to Raven’s crotch. Abyss has made it to his feet and has his little black bag in hand. Black Reign delivers a kick to Abyss’s midsection and sends Abyss to the mat with a face plant. Rhino has managed to make it back to ringside and is now entering the ring. Rhino manages to be the first one to his feet and again he appears to be setting someone up for the gore. Black Reign is in Rhino’s sights but Black Reign has managed to get his hands on the weapon he always brings to the ring.  Rhino manages to hit Black Reign with the gore avoiding the weapon Black Reign has in his hand. Raven is back up to his feet and he delivers a boot to Rhino’s skull. Rhino goes out of the ring. Raven now has a kendo stick and he nails Abyss in the head. Black Reign is outside the ring on the floor, along with Rhino. Raven now has Abyss’s black bag.  James Mitchell runs down the entrance ramp and to the ring. With a different black bag. Raven has dumped the tacks that were in the bag he already had on the mat and he takes the second black bag from Mitchell. Mitchell is yelling at Raven to finishing him – meaning to finish Abyss. Raven delivers a kick to a still downed Abyss and dumps the contents of the second bag, which is full of broken glass. Raven takes his foot to pulverize the glass and mix it in with the tacks on the mat. Abyss is up to his knees, but Raven picks him up by the hair with the intention of slamming him onto the glass and tacks on the floor. Raven sets Abyss up for the Raven effect DDT but Abyss turns the tide and sends Raven into the glass and tacks with a black hole slam. Raven is bleeding from the head and is now laying in a sea of glass and tacks. Abyss goes for the pin and gets the three count and the win. Abyss is standing in the ring with the crowd roaring approval and Mitchell is at the top of the entrance ramp looking as angry and as evil as ever. We didn’t get a camera shot of Raven’s back and they have been a good thing. It was bad enough to land in the tacks and glass but then to have Abyss laying across you for the pin would have been extremely uncomfortable.

Winner: The Monster Abyss

I have to admit I was waiting for this match. Four of my favorite wrestlers trying to top each other in a hardcore match was too good to be true. This is the type of match I always envision for Raven and he looks right at home as he enters the arena with his grocery cart full of weapons. I said during an iMPACT recently that Raven is looking good and he didn’t disappoint the fans during this match. Again, Black Reign has gotten over some of the mechanized motion this character began with and is looking better and better in the ring. Rhino should be at home in one of these matches as well but he did spend some out time on the floor after going through the barrier. Abyss was at the top of his game and this was his first win in a Monster’s Ball match. Again there was no reason for anyone to be disappointed.  All of these men worked hard, took some extremely hard knocks, and pleased their fans.

As thrilled as I am with the win by Abyss, everyone will have to excuse the big crocodile tears I am shedding because I was so in hopes that Judas Mesias would make it back for this match even though I was fairly certain he would not.  Tossing out another “Hope You Are Getting Better Judas Mesias” his direction.

Tale of the Tape

Sting                                                                                        Kurt Angle

6’3”                              Height                                                 6’1”

245                              Weight                                                 235

21                                Years Pro                                          9

Kurt Angle won his Olympic Gold Medal in Atlanta, GA

Sting worked in Atlanta when he was with WCW

TNA Heavyweight Championship Match

Senior official, Rudy Charles acting referee

The Icon Sting, weighing 245 lbs, residing in Venice Beach, CA

Vs.

Kurt Angle, weighing 235 lbs., from Pittsburgh, PA

Current TNA Heavyweight Champion

The crowd is pro Sting from his entrance. Kurt does his best to get Sting to lock up near the ropes but Sting doesn’t fall for the ploy. The two lock up close to the center of the ring, Sting backs Kurt into the ropes, the ref calls for the break. Sting breaks clean. The two lock up again in the center of the ring and this time Kurt gets his arms around Sting’s waist. Sting swings around and has Kurt by the waist. Kurt panics and goes for the ropes, causing the ref to call for the break. Sting again breaks clean. The two lock up again, Kurt maneuvers a wristlock and brings Sting down to the mat. Sting is back to his feet and Kurt twists the arm over again. Sting manages a switch and puts Kurt in a wristlock sending Kurt down on one knee. Sting applies pressure and every time Kurt tries to get to his feet, he ends up back down on his knees. Kurt makes it to his feet and again heads for the ropes causing the ref to call for a break. Sting again breaks clean. The two again lock up in the center of the ring. Sting gets Kurt in a headlock and then flips Kurt over onto the mat. Kurt gets his legs around Sting’s neck and takes him back in a head scissors. Sting kicks out. Both men back to their feet. Another lockup and this time Kurt gets the side headlock on Sting. Sting backs Kurt into the ropes, sends him across to the ropes on the opposite side of the ring. Kurt comes off the ropes and takes Sting down with a shoulder block. Kurt comes off the ropes again and Sting stays down on the mat. Kurt goes over Sting to the ropes on the opposite side, comes off the ropes and Sting slams Kurt to the mat with a high hip toss. Kurt goes out of the ring onto the floor, holding his back. The two men circle each other in the ring but this time instead of locking up, Kurt delivers a boot to Sting’s midsection, then hits Sting with an European uppercut, sending him back into the ropes. Kurt delivers two chops to Sting’s chest before Sting slams Kurt into the corner post and goes to work on him with a boot and then fists. Sting climbs up on the second rope and proceeds to beat on Kurt’s head with repeated fists. Sting is still standing on the ropes and Kurt is sitting on the mat. If you believe the crowd count, it was ten straight punches to the top of Kurt’s head delivered courtesy of Sting. Sting plays the crowd standing on the ropes before coming back down to the mat. Sting picks up Kurt to sling him across the ring, Kurt gets the switch but Sting is thinking fast and shakes Kurt off. Kurt comes back at Sting to deliver a kick to the abdomen and a quick European uppercut sending Sting backward. Kurt tries to send Sting off the ropes, Sting reverses it and sends Kurt across instead. Kurt comes off the ropes, Sting goes for the drop kick, but Kurt stops himself with the ropes, Sting misses and goes down on the mat. Kurt makes a grab for Sting’s ankle, Sting kicks Kurt back and Kurt is down on the mat. Both men to their feet, Kurt heads at Sting with a clothesline, Sting ducks under the clothesline and this time delivers a drop kick sending Kurt crashing to the canvas. Sting comes after Kurt and sends him over the top rope with a clothesline. Sting takes the time to work the crowd again and the crowd is more than willing to voice their approval of Sting standing alone in the ring. Sting goes out to the floor, grabs Kurt and throws him into the guardrail surrounding the crowd. Sting walks Kurt to the opposite side of the ring and sends him into that guardrail. Sting takes Kurt to the announcer’s table and slams his head onto the table sending Kurt fully up on the announcer’s table and next to the championship belt. Sting rolls back into the ring to break the ref’s count before heading back to Kurt. Sting rolls Kurt back into the ring. As Sting approaches Kurt, Kurt delivers a foot to Sting’ s midsection, another uppercut, sends Sting into the opposite corner post and then charges. Sting steps out of the way and Kurt runs shoulder first into the ring post. Sting tries to set Kurt up for a neck breaker, but Kurt rakes Sting’s eyes and Sting releases the hold. Kurt delivers a belly to belly suplex sending Sting down to the mat. Both men are down and the ref starts a count. Kurt is back to his knees at three and then back on his feet. Sting is still down on the mat. Kurt grabs Sting by the hair, picks him up and delivers a back breaker. Kurt goes for the pin and gets a two count before Sting powers out. He tries again and again gets a two count before Sting gets a shoulder up. Kurt backs Sting into a ring post, delivers an uppercut, then sends a series of hard rights taking Sting down to the canvas. Kurt continues with boot shots to Sting after he is down and the ref is counting for Kurt to break it up. Kurt continues his assault by standing on Sting’s throat and using the ropes to create more pressure. The ref finally gets Kurt to break the hold. Kurt picks Sting up and sends him over his head onto the mat. Kurt tries for the pin again and again gets a two count. Kurt gets his legs around Sting’s waist and applies pressure with a body scissors. While Sting is down, Kurt works on Sting’s face making the ref step in to get Kurt to stop what he is doing. Sting manages to get a grip on Kurt’s leg and works his way out of the hold. Both men are back on their feet and Kurt has Sting in a side headlock. Sting sends elbows into Kurt’s midsection to break the hold. Sting goes into the ropes and is caught in a belly to belly suplex as he comes off the ropes. Kurt picks Sting up by the hair, sends him over into a sitting position on the mat and works on Sting’s neck and head area. Sting is working to get back to his feet and he makes it but Kurt still has a chokehold applied. Once again Sting sends elbows into Kurt’s abdomen to make him break the hold. Sting tries to send Kurt into the ropes, Kurt gets the switch and sends Sting to the ropes. Sting comes off the ropes, ducks under Kurt’s clothesline, comes off the opposite ropes and both men hit a clothesline sending them both down to the mat. The ref checks on both men before again starting a count. At the count of six, both men are struggling to get to their feet. Kurt sends a fist to Sting’s face, Sting counters with a fist of his own. We have a slugging match in the center of the ring before Sting gets the upper hand and pummels Kurt with right hands. Kurt swings, Sting ducks under, Sting sends a boot to Kurt’s upper body, delivers a chop and sends Kurt to the mat with a clothesline. Sting goes back against the ropes, comes off and takes Kurt down with another clothesline. Sting hits another clothesline. Kurt is back up and he kicks Sting in the stomach, delivers an uppercut, comes off the ropes and Sting catches Kurt in midair delivering a spine buster before going for the cover. Sting gets a two count. Kurt is up against the ring post, Sting goes for the stinger splash and connects. Kurt is still standing but turns around and Sting again goes for the splash, hitting Kurt once again. Sting comes off the ropes and sends Kurt to the mat with a face plant. Sting goes outside on the ring apron and climbs up to the top turnbuckle, Kurt is back to his feet, Kurt goes up the ropes and suplexes Sting back down to the mat. Kurt goes for the pin and gets a two count. Kurt is on his feet and tries to take Sting up for the Olympic slam, but Sting gets it turned around and tries for a pin. Sting gets a two count with the roll up. Sting takes a swing at Kurt, Kurt ducks under and grabs Sting around the waist. This time Kurt manages to hang on and delivers three German suplexes before he releases his hold. Kurt again tries for the cover but only gets a two count. Kurt is back to his feet and he goes for the ankle lock. Sting manages to roll over onto his back and Sting is suddenly back on his feet going for the scorpion. Sting gets the scorpion locked in and the ref is down on the mat asking Kurt if he wants to submit. Kurt’s arm is up in the air as if to tap when Mrs. Angle runs down the ramp and up to the ring apron. Sting releases the hold to face her. The ref is out of the ring to handle the Mrs. leaving Sting and a downed Kurt in the ring. As the ref is busy outside, Nash appears on the opposite side of the ring. Security is coming down the ramp after Kurt’s wife as Nash swings Sting around and delivers a clothesline. Nash rolls out of the ring. Kurt picks up Sting, delivers an Olympic slam and then Kurt realizes there is no ref in the ring because he is busy with the Security team and Kurt’s wife. Kurt yells for the ref, the ref is back in the ring,  Kurt goes for the cover and gets two count before Sting gets his shoulder off the mat. Kurt takes time to yell at the ref for the two count. Nash is now standing at ringside. Kurt picks up Sting again, sits him up on the top turnbuckle, climbs up after him and appears to try for a suplex off the ropes. Sting fights back with fists and blows to Kurt’s body. Sting slams his forearms into Kurt’s head and Kurt is back on the mat. Sting goes for a frog splash but Kurt gets his knees up. Again Kurt goes for a cover and again Kurt only gets a two count. Kurt is back on his feet, he picks Sting up, delivers a front slam and goes out on the ring apron to climb to the top turnbuckle. Kurt summersaults over to land on Sting’s chest and then goes for the pin. Kurt gets a two count and Sting manages to get a shoulder up off the mat. Kurt again goes for the ankle lock with Sting in the middle of the ring. Sting looks up and sees Nash at ringside, holding onto the second rope. Sting rolls over and sends Kurt into Nash, Kurt going to the mat and Nash going to the floor. Kurt takes a swing at Sting, Sting ducks and Kurt knocks down the ref instead. Sting sends Kurt to the mat with a scorpion death drop and waves for a ref to come from the back since Charles is still down. Sting makes the cover and ref Andrew Thomas runs from the back to climb into the ring. Thomas counts to two before Nash pulls him out of the ring and punches him out with a right hand. Nash, still holding his head, climbs into the ring, grabs Sting by the hair and delivers a right hand to Sting’s head. Nash has Sting against the ring post and he send big elbows to Sting’s face and chest and then knees to Sting’s midsection. Kurt is back on his feet. Nash and Kurt send Sting across the ring into the ropes to set him up for a double clothesline. Sting ducks under the clothesline, goes into the ropes on the opposite side and comes off to take down Nash and Kurt with a double clothesline of his own. Sting heads toward Nash and pummels him with a right hand before turning to Kurt. Kurt delivers a low blow to Sting. Nash is back standing on the floor outside the ring and Kurt has found  Sting’s baseball bat. Kurt turns to take Sting out with the bat but Sting stops him and takes the bat away. Sting proceeds to beat Kurt with the bat, abdomen and back, then with a shot to the head that sends Kurt down to the mat. Nash is back up on the apron and trying to get back into the ring but Sting bounces the ropes and stops Nash before laying into Nash with the bat and sending him down to the mat. Sting drops the bat on the ring apron and goes after Kurt. Sting and Angle are both bleeding from the forehead but Sting hits the scorpion death drop, ref Charles is back in the ring, Sting has the cover and he gets the three count, the win and the title. Sting is now the TNA Heavyweight Champion. The audience is on their feet and Sting, with the exception of the blood running down his face, appears to be well aware that he is now the Champion.

Winner: Sting

New TNA World Heavyweight Champion

I hate to say this but Olympic gold medals don’t mean much to professional wrestlers who have worked hard to get to where they are in the pro wrestling business. It took the match down several pegs by having Mrs. Angle show up at ringside.  Waste of time, waste of energy, and it did nothing for the match. Kevin Nash showing up wasn’t done in the best of taste, but it beat having the Mrs. prancing up and down the entrance ramp. Sting was a great competitor in this match in spite of rumors that he is planning to retire. He worked hard and the fans appreciated his talent. Kurt did a good job in the ring but the outside interference didn’t do anything for Kurt’s credibility as a pro wrestler. I’m not used to seeing Sting bleed and it looked like he was losing quite a bit of blood. I haven’t seen anything to indicate that he was badly injured but it didn’t look good on the big screen.  I’d like to think Sting will have a nice long title run with opponents other than Kurt Angle. I can think of enough wrestlers in TNA that deserve to be in the ring for the title. Keeping Kurt Angle in the gold circle can only start to wear on fans after awhile.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TNA Presents

TNA Presents

Bound for Glory

Broadcast from Gwinnett Center, Atlanta, Georgia

October 14, 2007

by Sassy

Comments by Sassy in italics.

Before this pay per view began, there were reports all over the Internet regarding a meeting certain wrestlers were calling with Dixie Carter before the show to usurp Jeff Jarrett’s power in the TNA wrestling world. The main player named in this fiasco was none other than Kurt Angle.  Whether truth or rumor, it slapped a big damper on this pay per view for me before it started.  I for one am tired of Kurt Angle and his wife and the storylines that appear to revolve strictly around the two of them. Jeff Jarrett made TNA and to pretend he did not just won’t cut it for the die-hard TNA fans. We all know Jarrett made a terrible mistake in hiring Adam Jones. So give Jarrett twenty lashes with a wet noodle and pray he learned his lesson. Kurt should consider packing his stuff and either heading off to MMA OR he could put together his own wrestling show.

On to the show…

Ringside announcers: Mike Tenay and Don West

Ring announcer: David  Penzer

Interviews: Jeremy Borash and Crystal Loutham

Number One Contender Match for Tag Team Championship Shot

Ultimate X Match

Primetime Elix Skipper & Senshi, XXX

Vs.

Homicide & Hernandez, Latin American Exchange

Skipper and Senshi immediately go for the climb but are brought back to the mat by Homicide and Hernandez. Senshi is out on the floor courtesy of Hernandez and after some crossing to the ropes and back, Homicide takes down Skipper with an elbow. Hernandez is out on the floor with Senshi and delivers a loud hard chop that sends Senshi into the guardrail. Homicide is pummeling Skipper in the corner with a series of fists that keeps him against the ring post. Homicide gives Skipper a breather as he goes across to Senshi, who is now on the apron, but Senshi brings up a boot to nail Homicide in the head. Skipper catches him with another boot as Homicide comes back to the center of the ring. Skipper comes off the ropes, Homicide steps aside and Skipper is met by Hernandez who flies over the ropes to deliver a shoulder block that sends Skipper back to the mat.  Homicide flips Skipper into Hernandez who catches Skipper and sends him back again to the mat this time by way of a belly-to-belly suplex. Skipper is sent into a ring post where he is hit by Homicide and then Hernandez. Senshi flies into the ring to nail Hernandez in the back of the head with an elbow sending Hernandez down to the mat. Homicide is on his way to the top but when Homicide gets to the rope, Skipper grabs him by the foot to bring him back down to the mat. Senshi comes across the ring to smash into Homicide, then picks up Homicide and slams him to the mat. Senshi and Skipper work the double team on Homicide, sending him into the ropes.  Skipper catches him and delivers a DDT. Hernandez is back to his feet and Senshi delivers a kick to the midsection, then a boot to the head not once but twice. The third time Senshi’s foot comes up, Hernandez catches his leg and flips Senshi high in the air and sends him crashing to the mat. Skipper takes the opportunity to start up the steel but Skipper barely makes it on the rope before Hernandez brings him back down to the mat then picks him up and drops him hard on his shoulder before sending him back to the mat. Homicide picks Skipper up and leans him against a ring post before turning Skipper over to Hernandez. Homicide goes back to the climb as Hernandez delivers a series of kicks to Skipper keeping him against the ring post. Homicide is up on the ropes but Senshi is back to his feet and he races to make the climb before Homicide can get to the X. Senshi makes it to Homicide and sends him crashing to the mat. Hernandez turns his attention to Senshi who is hanging from the ropes and makes a grab for his legs, bringing him back down to the mat. Hernandez catches Senshi in the back with a forearm then sends him rolling out of the ring. Hernandez brings Senshi back up on the apron to continue pounding him as Homicide heads for the steel structure but Skipper is back to his feet and they meet in the ring before Homicide can make the climb. Skipper and Homicide exchange blows across the ring from Hernandez and Senshi who are trying to take each other down. Skipper has Homicide down on the mat and is delivering boots to the body while Senshi sends a boot to Hernandez’s skull. Skipper continues to work on Homicide as Senshi, who is still standing on the apron, manages to get Hernandez in a chokehold and uses the ropes for leverage to keep him there. Skipper sends Homicide off the ropes, but Homicide comes charging back and takes Skipper down to the mat. Homicide off the ropes again, but Skipper is ready and he sends Homicide to the mat with a belly-to-belly suplex. Hernandez is back to his feet and he delivers a blow to Skipper’s back, taking him down. Hernandez picks Skipper back up and delivers a chop before Senshi arrives to break it up. Senshi shows the audience that he is good at boxing as he works on Hernandez’s head and face. Senshi goes across the ring, into the ropes and Hernandez meets him with a full shoulder block sending Senshi back down. Senshi is back out on the floor, Homicide is back on his feet.  Homicide hits the ropes, goes across the ring and hits Senshi with a suicide dive through the ropes. Homicide is on his feet and then standing on the announcer’s table to celebrate. Skipper is heading back up for the climb and Hernandez has his eye on him. Hernandez lets Skipper get to the ropes before pulling him back down to the mat. Hernandez grabs the flag he carried into the ring and uses it on Skipper’s neck to sling him across the ring. Tenay tells the audience that Homicide has smashed Senshi’s hand into the announcer’s table. Hernandez, the only one left in the ring, goes for the climb. He makes it to the rope and leaps across, grabbing the ropes and landing close to the X. Homicide is back in the ring and Senshi is trying to make his way back into the ring. Skipper attempts to swat Hernandez down but doesn’t get the job done. Homicide is out on the ring apron trying to keep Senshi on the floor but Skipper climbs up on the turnbuckle and nails Hernandez in the back with a dropkick. Hernandez is back on the mat with Skipper while Homicide and Senshi are dueling it out on the ring apron. Senshi skips the climbing this time by standing on the turnbuckle and leaping across to grab the ropes. Homicide and Skipper are duking it out but Hernandez grabs Senshi and pulls him from the ropes then takes him all the way to the mat with a power bomb. In the meantime, Skipper and Homicide have made their way up the steel structure and are continuing their battle at the top of the steel ladder. Skipper is higher up and is able to make more decisive hits and Homicide slips back down as Skipper goes up to the top of the steel structure. Skipper is standing on the top looking around and decides to dive off with a cross body block directly into Hernandez who is standing in the ring. Nobody is left standing in the ring. Homicide is back to his feet and he goes for the climb. Skipper is making it back to his feet on the opposite side of the ring. Homicide is on the rope at the top and Skipper is right behind him coming up the steel structure. Both men are now on the ropes, legs and arms wrapped, but they attempt a simultaneous neck breaker, which sends both men to the mat. The referee comes into the ring to check on them as the camera shows an instant replay of the move. Hernandez is on his knees making his way across the ring to check on Homicide and Senshi is on the mat on the other side of the ring. Hernandez is back to his feet first and he heads for Homicide urging him to get up and make the climb. Homicide goes up the structure with Hernandez running interference in the ring. Hernandez is unable to stay on his feet and that leaves an opening for Senshi to go up the structure after Homicide. Senshi and Homicide are on the top turnbuckle area fighting it out but Homicide sends Senshi face first into the steel. Homicide is sent backwards by Senshi and his hanging from the top rope.  Senshi hits a helpless Homicide with the warrior’s way and all four men are down on the mat again. Hernandez is back to his feet and he sends Senshi flying over his head and to the mat. Senshi goes out of the ring onto the floor. Hernandez is waiting for Skipper to get to his feet but he decides to go for the suicide dive through the ropes to hit Senshi. Skipper heads Hernandez off with a boot then tries to take him down but Hernandez throws Skipper to the mat. Hernandez picks up Skipper and sets him up for the border toss and he tosses him. Skipper is sent over the ropes and into Senshi and Homicide on the floor. Hernandez is on his feet in the ring, stops to take off his shirt, then he heads up the steel structure. Hernandez is on the ropes heading for the X.  Homicide rolls back into the ring. Hernandez gets to the X, unhooks it and hands it to Homicide waiting below. The winners of the Number One Contenders match are Homicide and Hernandez of LAX.

Winners:  Homicide & Hernandez, Latin American Exchange

I was so wrapped up in this match I forgot there were other matches to follow.  Hernandez and Homicide are simply fantastic in this match.  Senshi and Skipper held their own and did a marvelous job but I was rooting for LAX in this one. Hernandez continues to surprise me with his agility and ability in the ring. Equally surprising is the fact that LAX waltzed around the outside of the ring like they had never been in such a grueling match. The audience loved the match and praised the participants. A lot of highflying action that made me wonder how many ice packs the guys were going to need when it was over. Great match and a great win for LAX.

A film clip showing Kurt Angle arriving at the arena and Mrs. Angle coming in separately. Kevin Nash enters the arena alone as well. Mrs. Angle's dress is not flattering -- especially from the back.

Crystal is backstage with Christian Cage, Tomko and AJ Styles. When Tomko attempts to answer a question, Christian grabs the mic to complain about the Fight for the Right match. Christian believes he should be the number one contender and he asks AJ if he knows why Christian is not the number one contender. AJ says “because of Samoa Joe” which is the correct answer.  AJ is proud of himself for getting the answer right. Christian tells Joe he’s going to take him out and then get himself into the Fight for the Right tournament so that he can be the number one contender. Crystal reminds AJ that they are in his hometown and he has a tag team championship match.  AJ tells everyone how excited he is to be there and then proceeds to talk to all of his family via the mic and the camera. Tomko is getting ready to lose his temper as he stands behind AJ. He shoves AJ out of the way and takes the mic to remind Team Pacman that they will be in a wrestling ring, not an NFL field and the ring is Tomko’s world. Tomko reminds AJ they have had their little talk and he doesn’t want to let Tomko down tonight. AJ says he won’t let anybody down.  He is in his hometown.  As Tomko drags AJ away, AJ is still trying to talk to all of his friends and family.

Fight for the Right

First Step

16 wrestlers start outside the ring.

The first 8 wrestlers to enter the ring advance to the 8 man over the top rope battle royal.

Two wrestlers left in the ring and it becomes a one-fall match to determine the winner.

Jimmy Rave, partners with Lance Hoyt

Vs.

Lance Hoyt, partners with Jimmy Rave

Vs.

Havok

Vs.

Shark Boy

Vs.

Petey Williams

Vs.

Kaz

Vs.

Alex Shelley, Motor City Machineguns

Vs.

Chris Sabin, Motor City Machineguns

Vs.

The Guru Sonjay Dutt

Vs.

Kip James, Voodoo Kin Mafia

Vs.

BG James, Voodoo Kin Mafia

Vs.

Cowboy James Storm

Vs.

Showtime Eric Young

Vs.

Robert Roode

Vs.

Wildcat Chris Harris

Vs.

Junior Fatu

There is no way I am going to try to keep up with the action outside of the ring. It’s a free for all brawl on the floor.

Second Step

Eight man battle royal by order of entering the ring

Junior Fatu

Vs.

Kaz

Kaz takes Roode down to the mat by way of the top turnbuckle

Vs.

Robert Roode

Vs.

Alex Shelley

Vs.

Eric Young

Eric was picked up by Lance Hoyt on the ring apron and managed to send himself into the ring

Vs.

Chris Sabin

Vs.

Lance Hoyt

Vs.

Cowboy James Storm

As Kip James and Wildcat Chris Harris battle it out on the ring apron to be the final entrant into the battle royal, Cowboy James Storm who has been avoiding the battle manages to sneak into the ring and take the place of the final entrant leaving Chris Harris out of the match.

Cowboy James Storm eliminated by Eric Young

as the bell rang. Eric is left holding Storm’s bottle of beer, which he offers to Fatu. Fatu takes the beer to the delight of the audience, then tosses it out of the ring and pats his behind. Eric joins in and pats Fatu’s behind but that wasn’t what Fatu had in mind. Lance Hoyt is the recipient of the stink face. Eric is lucky enough to hide behind Lance.

Junior Fatu eliminated by the six men left in the ring.

Chris Sabin eliminated by Kaz

Kaz eliminated by Robert Roode

Lance Hoyt eliminated by Robert Roode

Alex Shelley eliminated when Robert Roode throws Eric Young into Shelley.

Final Match

Last Step

Showtime Eric Young

Vs.

Robert Roode

It starts out as a shoving match before Eric cuts loose on Roode with a series of fists.  Eric sends Roode into the ring post and goes after him, but Roode cuts him off with a pair of boots to the face. Roode goes for a body slam but Eric lands on top going for the pin and gets a two count. Eric goes for the roll up, and gets another two count before Roode powers out. Both men back on their feet, Roode takes Eric down with a clothesline. Roode sets Eric up on the top turnbuckle. As Roode climbs up, Eric sends a series of elbows that sends Roode crashing to the mat. Eric flies off the top turnbuckle for a moonsault, but Roode rolls out of the way and Eric hits the mat. Roode delivers a kick to Eric’s midsection, and tries to set him up, Eric flips Roode and goes for the roll up, gets the three count and the win.  Eric Young has the number one spot in the upcoming tournament.

Winner:  Showtime Eric Young

Roode manages to have a temper tantrum in the middle of the ring.  The crowd celebrates with Eric who is outside the ring going around getting affirmation from the fans. Good job by both men during the 16, 8 and finally the two-man match. I’m glad Eric is in the driver’s seat right now.  He’s worked hard for it.  I was disappointed that Chris Harris and James Storm were out so early. Everyone in the match worked hard for the audience.

We see a Pacman promo – I don’t know why except this was part of the deal with him joining TNA – to get to be in his hometown of Atlanta.  Sorry Atlanta, you can keep Jones.

Crystal is backstage with Ron “The Truth” Killings and Adam “Pacman” Jones, Team Pacman. The Truth does his trash talking to Tomko and AJ Styles. The Truth then goes on to tell Crystal that he has an announcement to make.  Since certain football organizations will not allow Jones to wrestle, they have had to get a fill in and he will be in the match tonight.  The Truth says the name of the new tag team partner is Consequences Creed.

You did all get that, right?  Truth or Consequences? The writers must have been up really late one night figuring that one out for us.

Pacman did his blah, blah, blah, and I didn’t understand enough of it to recap it.  Sorry Pacman fans.

To add insult to injury, we now have to listen to Kurt and the Mrs. arguing about Kurt’s behavior recently.

AJ Styles & Tomko won the No Surrender Tag Gauntlet in order to get the tag team championship match tonight.

TNA World Tag Team Championship Match

Tomko, from Jacksonville, FL

One half of the New Japan IWPG Tag Team Champions

&

The Phenomenal AJ Styles, from Gainesville, GA

Vs.

Team Pacman

The current TNA World Tag Team Champions

Ron “The Truth” Killings

&

Rasheed Lucius “Consequences” Creed

accompanied to the ring by Adam “Pacman” Jones

The match opens with AJ and Creed facing off in the ring. Lock up in the middle of the ring, Creed gets a wristlock on AJ. AJ with some fancy footwork and mat work turns the wristlock on Creed. Creed does some maneuvering of his own to turn the wristlock back on AJ. Creed has AJ in a headlock and AJ flips Creed over to the mat. Creed is against the ring post, AJ charges and jumps planting both feet on Creed’s chest and then back flips back to the mat. AJ charges again, Creed gets out of the way and AJ meets the top turnbuckle. AJ turns, Creed takes him down with an arm drag then shoves AJ back to the mat when AJ stands up.  AJ takes Creed down with head scissors while AJ is still on the mat. AJ sends Creed into the ropes, Creed comes off the ropes and sends AJ into the corner post. Creed comes across the ring and nails AJ with a forearm before bringing him back to the ring to deliver a knee to the head. AJ comes back at Creed and is immediately taken down with a clothesline. Creed goes for the cover and gets a two count. Creed swings at AJ, AJ ducks and sends Creed up in the air.  Creed lands on his feet behind AJ. Creed goes backwards and runs into Tomko who is standing in his corner outside the ring. Tomko does not look happy and Creed moves to get away from him, ducking a clothesline attempt by AJ.   Tomko wants tagged in and AJ gives him the tag. Tomko meets Creed in the middle of the ring.  Creed delivers a hard right to Tomko but it doesn’t have any effect. Creed comes off the ropes at Tomko, Tomko scoops Creed up but Creed manages to get away and tag in The Truth. Tomko meets The Truth with a boot to the abdomen then backs The Truth up against the ring post by delivering fists to the face. The Truth is down on the mat and Tomko continues with boots to the chest and abdomen. Tomko turns his back and The Truth goes up on the top turnbuckle. Tomko gets hit with a big dropkick from the top turnbuckle when he turns back around. The Truth is to his feet first and this time it’s The Truth delivering the fists to Tomko’s head. The Truth tries to send Tomko across the ring but Tomko gets the switch and sends The Truth into the ropes, off the ropes, The Truth duck Tomko’s clothesline and comes back to nail Tomko and send him to the mat. Both men are to their feet, Tomko grabs The Truth and sends him into the corner post then proceeds to pound on him with fists again. Tomko sends The Truth to the opposite corner post but The Truth grabs the top ropes and goes up and over Tomko, sending Tomko shoulder first into the ring post. The Truth ducks another Tomko clothesline and delivers a kick to Tomko’s head as Tomko comes back at him. The Truth tags in Creed and the double team starts as Creed and The Truth send Tomko into the ring post. Creed slingshots The Truth into Tomko.  As The Truth is leaving the ring, Creed charges at Tomko and is met with a boot to the face. Tomko tags in AJ but Creed tries to get out of Tomko’s grasp and Tomko drops to the mat to pound on Creed before turning him over to AJ. AJ picks up Creed but Creed manages to send several fists into AJ’s midsection to slow him down. Creed sends AJ into the ropes and drops to the mat.  AJ goes across and comes off the opposite ropes , Creed leapfrogs over AJ. AJ turns and leapfrogs over Creed, AJ drops to the mat, Creed comes off the ropes, AJ meets him with a dropkick. AJ gets Creed in a face lock but Creed works to elbow his way out. AJ delivers an elbow to the top of Creed’s head sending Creed down to one knee. AJ sends Creed across to the ropes, but Creed gets the switch and sends AJ into the ropes. AJ gets a knee to the back courtesy of The Truth as he hits the ropes. Creed then shows off his punching skills by playing AJ in the middle of the ring. AJ swings, Creed ducks out of the way and delivers a hit that sends AJ to the mat. Creed goes across the ring, steps on AJ’s back and delivers a elbow to the back of AJ. AJ is down and Creed tags in The Truth. AJ tries to get to Tomko for the tag but The Truth stops him then sends him to the mat with a face plant. The Truth sends AJ off the ropes, AJ comes off the ropes and ducks The Truth’s clothesline. AJ goes up in the air and hits the peleg sending The Truth to the mat. Both men are down and Tomko wants the tag.  AJ makes it to Tomko to get the tag, Tomko is in the ring and so is Creed. Tomko sends Creed to the mat then goes after The Truth. The Truth goes down and Tomko again turns his attention to Creed. Tomko picks Creed up and slams him into the ring post and punches him repeatedly in the face. The Truth gets his bearings and goes after Tomko, sending Tomko down. AJ is now in the ring trying to get The Truth away from Tomko. AJ delivers a back breaker to The Truth but Creed grabs AJ and they struggle back to Creed’s corner. Creed throws AJ over his head, sending AJ to the mat. Tomko is back on his feet and he catches Creed with a boot to the midsection before picking Creed up and sending him over to the mat. The Truth is back to his feet and he catches Tomko with a fist before Tomko delivers a series of elbows and forearms to The Truth. Tomko goes back against the ropes, but Jones pulls down on the ropes, sending Tomko over the top rope and to the floor. Tomko is now after Jones but Creed runs interference, getting caught in midair by Tomko. The Truth comes over the top rope sending Tomko and Creed to the floor. AJ is still in the ring but not yet to his feet. AJ gets back to his feet, shakes his head then springboards off the top rope into a high somersault before landing on The Truth, Creed and  Tomko on the floor. AJ is back on his feet and he picks up The Truth to send him back into the ring. AJ and The Truth are in the ring and Jones is on the ring apron. Jones pulls a handful of money out of his pocket but has his back to AJ.  AJ reaches and takes the handful of bills and The Truth comes up behind AJ to take him into a roll up pin. AJ’s shoulders are on the mat and dollar bills are flying everywhere.  Referee Earl Hebner is grabbing for the money and ignoring the action in right next to him in the ring. The Truth is yelling and Hebner is stuffing his pockets with the bills on the mat. Jones is back on the ring apron yelling at the Hebner, Hebner turns to make the count and The Truth gets a two count before AJ can break the hold. Jones is still screaming at Hebner, Tomko is back in the ring and as The Truth comes off the ropes, Tomko meets him with a boot to the face. AJ comes off the top rope to slam into The Truth. Tomko and AJ pick up The Truth deliver a corkscrew and Tomko covers for the pin and gets the three count. 

Winners and New TNA World Tag Team Champions

  The Phenomenal AJ Styles and Tomko.

The Truth and Creed did a good job in this match but AJ and Tomko not only worked well together, they appeared to dazzle the audience at times. AJ is still flying high and although Tomko doesn’t do a lot of high-risk maneuvers, his presence in the ring is just as noticeable. Not only am I grateful a non-wrestler who doesn’t even work in the ring is not carrying around the title belt, I’m glad AJ and Tomko are the new champions.

Jeremy Borash is backstage with Mrs. Angle telling her that Kurt can’t afford to lose the title. They walk past a room where Kevin Nash is talking to one of the new women wrestlers.  Mrs. Angle throws her out so she can talk to Nash. She wants Nash to talk to Kurt about the match tonight. Nash says he isn’t going to talk to Kurt because he won’t listen to him either. She nags Nash until he agrees to talk to Kurt.

TNA X Division Championship Match

“The Fallen Angel” Christopher Daniels, representing XXX

Vs.

“Black Machismo” Jay Lethal, from Elizabeth, NJ

Current TNA X Division Champion

Lethal has a mic to deliver a “Oh, Yeah!” to the audience.

The bell rings and the two lock up and push away from each other.  Another lock up and this time at the push back, Lethal slaps Daniels. Daniels comes back at him and Lethal applies a headlock. Daniels pulls Lethal’s hair and that gets the ref’s attention. Daniels takes Lethal back to the ropes and sends him across the ring into the ropes on the opposite side. Lethal comes off the ropes, Daniels drops down to the mat, Lethal comes off the opposite ropes and Daniels leapfrogs over Lethal. Lethal comes off the ropes again and runs his shoulder into Daniels. Daniels comes off the ropes and delivers a shoulder to lethal. Daniels plays the ceiling and Lethal plays the fans before Daniels delivers a fist sending Lethal to the mat. Lethal is against the ropes and Daniels goes after him with fists to the face and chops to the chest. Lethal goes across the ring and comes off the ropes, sliding under Daniels.  Lethal back to his feet, Daniels turns around and meets punches thrown by Lethal. Lethal tries to send Daniels across the ring, but Daniels gets the switch and Lethal hits the ropes.  Lethal comes off the ropes and greets the waiting Daniels with a kick to the skull. Daniels is against the ropes.  Lethal charges and slides under Daniels to the floor outside. Lethal comes back up on the ring apron and sends a shoulder into Daniels’ abdomen when Daniels reaches for him. Lethal comes over the top ropes and delivers a hurricanrana sending Daniels back down to the mat. Daniels rolls out of the ring, Lethal goes back against the ropes and hits Daniels with a suicide dive through the ropes. Daniels crashes into the guardrail and Lethal is still on his feet. Lethal waits for Daniels to get back to his feet before delivering a fist to the forehead and then a chop to the chest. Daniels retaliates with a thumb to the eye sending Lethal reeling. Daniels makes a grab for Lethal, Lethal executes a hip toss sending Daniels to the floor. Daniels rolls back into the ring as Lethal climbs up on the top turnbuckle. Lethal comes off the top turnbuckle hitting Daniels on top of the head and sending him back down to the canvas. Lethal goes for the pin but only gets a two count. Both men back to their feet, Lethal hits Daniels with a hard chop to the chest, then sends Daniels front first into the opposite ring post. Lethal hits Daniels with a clothesline sending him over the top rope to the floor outside the ring then comes over the top ropes to take Daniels back down to the floor with a frog splash. Lethal is immediately back on his feet. Daniels gets back to his feet and again Lethal unleashes a flurry of punches to Daniels’ face and head. Daniels gets Lethal off the floor and slams him back first into the guardrail. Daniels’ rips the padding off the top of the guardrail, picks Lethal up and drops him back first onto the guardrail. Lethal lands on the audience side of the rail and Daniels, after stopping to again talk to the ceiling, goes after him. Daniels drags Lethal back over the guardrail and onto the floor near the announcer’s table, then Daniels slides back into the ring to break up the ref’s count out count. Daniels picks Lethal up and rolls him into the ring. As Lethal gets to his feet, Daniels slams him across the back with a forearm. Daniels sends Lethal across the ring and into the ropes.  Lethal comes off the ropes and Daniels hits him with a back body drop sending him again down to the mat. Lethal gets to his feet and Daniels shoves him back down to the mat. Daniels picks Lethal up and sends him back to the mat with an over the shoulder suplex then stops to stand on Lethal. Daniels springboards off the top ropes, lands on Lethal’s back, then sets up Lethal for a face lock, pulling on Lethal’s face and neck until the ref makes Daniels break the hold. Lethal back to his feet and he is met with another fist from Daniels. Daniels picks Lethal up and sends him back first into a ring post. Daniels picks Lethal up but Lethal manages to bring Daniels down with shoulders to the mat in a roll up and Lethal gets a two count. Daniels takes a swing at Lethal, Lethal ducks out of the way and again goes for a roll up and again gets a two count. Both men back to their feet and Lethal unloads with fists to Daniels face and head. Lethal sends Daniels off the ropes, Daniels gets the switch and slings Lethal across, Lethal comes off the ropes and into Daniels boot. Daniels blatantly chokes Lethal then holds Lethal by the hair when the ref makes him break the chokehold.  The ref admonishes Daniels for the hair pulling. Daniels again picks Lethal up and slams him to the mat and tries for a pin, gets a two count.  Daniels picks Lethal up and delivers a shot to the back. Daniels picks Lethal up but Lethal manages to flip over and land on his feet behind Daniels. Daniels charges Lethal and Lethal hits him with an elbow to the top of the head. Lethal grabs the top ropes and takes Daniels down with a head scissors then hits him with a clothesline when he comes back at him. Lethal lands an other elbow to the top of Daniels’ head, then comes off the ropes and delivers a knee to the forehead, runs to the ropes, goes over the top and drops Daniels on the ropes while Lethal goes out to the floor. Lethal back in the ring and he sets Daniels up for the neck breaker, suplexes Daniels over the top, goes for a pin and gets a two count before Daniels gets his shoulder up. Lethal goes for a high kick and catches Daniels in the side of the head, sending him back to the mat. Lethal goes for a second kick but Daniels sidesteps the kick and lands a boot of his own into Lethal’s midsection. Daniels tries for the angels wings but Lethal gets out of it and goes for another roll up.  Lethal gets a two count. Lock up between the two but Lethal gets the upper hand and sends Daniels to the mat with a face plant. Again Lethal goes for the pin and gets a two count. Lethal first to his feet, he gets to Daniels and sends a chop to the chest, then sends Daniels across to the opposite ring post. Lethal goes after him but Daniels gets a shoulder down and sends Lethal over the top ropes and onto the ring apron. Lethal slams Daniels with a fist then goes for a springboard off the top rope but Daniels catches him and slams Lethal down to the mat.  Both men are down again in the middle of the ring. This time Daniels is first to his feet, he goes to the top turnbuckle and executes a moonsault, then goes for the cover.  Daniels gets a two count. Daniels is frustrated and pummels a downed Lethal with fists to the face and head before the ref gets involved and breaks it up. Daniels is now in the ref’s face. Daniels has Lethal around the neck but Lethal flips Daniels over. Both men to their feet , Daniels swings and Lethal ducks. Lethal takes Daniels into the ropes, but Daniels grabs the ropes and hangs on then uses elbow shots to get Lethal to release his hold. Daniels goes for the high kick but Lethal manages to shove it away and Daniels is back down on the mat. Lethal gets Daniels in a full nelson then sends him over his head in a suplex. Both men are down on the mat and the ref starts a count. Both men back to their feet after the ref’s count of four.  Lethal charges across the ring at Daniels but Daniels steps aside and Lethal runs into the ring post. Daniels sets Lethal up on the top turnbuckle, then goes up to take Lethal down to the mat. The maneuver doesn’t work and Daniels goes crashing to the canvas. Lethal goes up to the top and heads for Daniels to deliver an elbow but Daniels rolls out of the way and Lethal meets the mat. Daniels tries for a roll up and gets a two count before Lethal powers his way out. Daniels picks Lethal up by the hair and takes him to the corner post where he sends him face first into the top turnbuckle. Daniels again sets Lethal up on the top turnbuckle, gives him a hard slap to the face and once again climbs up to try to take Lethal down to the mat. Lethal comes back with punches to the ribs and abdomen of Daniels while Daniels punches back. Lethal comes off the top rope taking Daniels into the lethal combination. Lethal goes for the pin and gets the three count.

Winner: Black Machismo Jay Lethal

Retains the X Division Championship

I am a big fan of both Daniels and Lethal.  This was a tough match and I wouldn’t have wanted to try to pick the winner.  Daniels is exemplary in his ring performance but Lethal does an excellent job as a younger wrestler with less experience in ring than Daniels has.

Crystal is backstage with The Steiner Brothers who are facing Team 3D tonight. Scott immediately covers Crystal’s mouth so she can’t talk and then starts trash talking Team 3D.

2 Out of 3 Tables Match

Rick Steiner & Scott Steiner, The Steiner Brothers

originally from Detroit, MI, now residing in Atlanta, GA

Vs.

Brother Devon & Brother Ray, Team 3D, from New York City

Before the bell rings, Scott goes up the ramp to take out Team 3D and  Rick is right there with him. Scott sends Ray into the guardrail, then does it again. A fan hands Scott a beer.  He takes a drink and throws the rest of it on Ray. Still in the audience, Ray is trying to get away and Scott is right behind him. Another lock up in the aisle and Scott bounces Ray’s head off the top of the guardrail. Scott takes Ray further down the ramp and slams his head into another section of guardrail and then goes farther down and does it again.  Rick is in the ring and he has Devon down on the mat. Scott throws Ray into the ring and follows him in. Rick sends Devon across into the ropes and hits him with a clothesline as he comes off the ropes. Ray tries to clothesline Scott but Scott ducks under the clothesline, picks up Ray and slams him to the mat. Ray and Devon are out on the floor but Scott and Rick are in the ring. Ray throws his shirt to the crowd and yells at Devon. Ray and Devon start back up the ramp as if they are leaving the arena and Scott and Rick go out of the ring after them. A fan gets overenthusiastic and shoves Devon, which causes Devon to stop and do a stare down. Scott catches Devon with a fist and delivers Devon’s head to the top of the guardrail. Rick goes after Ray with punches.  Ray goes back toward the ring and toward a table on the floor with Rick hot on his trail. Rick hits Ray and knocks him over the guardrail and into the audience area. Farther back in the audience area, Scott has another beer. He takes a drink and spits beer into Devon’s face before throwing the rest of the glass of beer on Devon. Rick and Ray are still fighting in the midst of the fans but Scott and Devon are back at the ring apron. Rick picks up a trashcan and throws it at Ray and now Scott and Devon are back with Rick and Ray. Scott sends Devon headfirst into the guardrail, and then goes to work on Ray. Now Scott is in the audience with Ray and Rick is heading back to the ring with Devon but Rick stops to send Devon into a guardrail, then hits him with a trash can. Scott nails Ray with a steel chair, not once but twice, before sending him head first into the guardrail and then Scott sticks a trashcan on Ray’s head and torso before whamming on the trashcan. Scott follows Ray and gets him with the trashcan again as Ray is hanging on a section of guardrail. Rick has been busy working over Devon and Scott and Rick sling the members of Team 3D into each other. Devon falls back against the guardrail and Ray calls for a time out but Scott flips him off and hits him with a fist again, sending him over the guardrail and into the fans. Ray is down on the floor and Rick heads the other direction still working on Devon. Scott drags Ray back over the guardrail and nails him with a knee to the side of the head. All four men are heading in the direction of the ring but Devon is down. Rick leads Devon towards the ring, tossing him into this and that as they go along. Scott is back at ringside and has a table in hand.  Scott slides the table into the ring and Devon comes flying over the guardrail courtesy of Rick. Scott sends Ray into the guardrail outside of the ring. Scott enters the ring leaving Rick outside with Devon and Ray near the guardrails. Rick sends Devon into the guardrail and tables leaning against the guardrails and Ray wanders around looking confused. Ray rolls himself into the ring with Scott who has a table set up and waiting. Scott greets Ray with a boot to the back, then a boot to the abdomen. Scott continues to deliver boots to Ray who is leaning against the ring post. Rick is now in the ring and has brought Devon with him. Scott has Ray sitting on the top turnbuckle while Rick works over Devon next to the table. Devon still has fight left in him and he punches Rick then heads over to help Ray who now has Scott up on the ropes with him. Devon hits Scott in the back bringing him down from the ropes. Devon goes after Rick again but Rick gets a boot to Devon’s midsection slowing him down.  Ray is working on Scott on the opposite of the table in the ring. Ray manages to get Scott out of the ring and onto the floor. Rick is against the ropes, off the ropes, Ray and Devon hit the 3D and put Rick through the table. First fall: Team 3D. Ray and Devon don’t look very sturdy on their feet as the referees come in to remove the broken table from the ring. Scott is still out on the floor and Rick is still laying on the mat as Team 3D goes to work on them to try to get the second fall. Ray rolls Scott back into the ring and now Rick is out on the floor. Devon is choking Scott in the ring as Ray goes out and brings in another table to set up. Ray and Devon set up the table in the ring. Scott is up to his knees as Ray sets himself up on the top turnbuckle and Devon goes after Scott. Ray stops to showboat for the crowd and Scott punches Devon then elbows Ray in the crotch.  Scott tosses Devon out on the floor and goes to work on Ray who is still sitting on the top turnbuckle. Scott climbs up the ropes and delivers the frankensteiner to Ray sending him crashing through the table. Second fall: The Steiner Brothers. The refs are back in the ring clearing out the broken table. Ray is down on the mat and Scott goes outside to work on Devon. I can’t see where Rick has gone. Outside the ring, Devon lays Scott out with a fist, then picks him up and sends him back into the ring. Rick is down outside the ring and as he tries to get up, Devon sends him to the floor with a fist. Scott is now in the ring with Ray and Devon climbs back in the ring delivering a series of boot shots to the downed Scott.  Devon goes out on the apron and climbs the ropes to head butt Scott, but Scott rolls out of the way and Devon lands face first on the canvas. Scott is back to his feet and delivers a clothesline to Devon sending him down to the mat. Devon gets up again and feels another Scott Steiner clothesline. Scott sends Devon into the ropes, Devon hangs onto the ropes, and Ray delivers a low blow to Scott from behind. Ray takes off his belt and begins to beat Scott. Rick is trying to get to his feet outside of the ring and Ray takes a shot or two at Rick with the belt. Devon stands on Scott and uses the ropes to choke him with his boot. Scott is down in the ring, Rick is down outside the ring and Ray and Devon are standing in the ring. Devon and Ray clear out of the ring and go for a table. Devon slides the table into the ring and Ray grabs a steel chair. Devon is back in the ring and goes to work on Scott before setting up the table. Ray grabs another chair and is back at ringside. Ray takes two more steel chairs from under the ring. Devon is setting up the table inside the ring. Scott is still down but is trying to get to his feet. Devon grabs Scott to set him up on the table and Ray grabs a steel chair. One end of the table collapses and Devon heads back outside the ring leaving Ray to throw the broken table out of the ring. Devon brings in another table and they set it up in the ring. Scott is up to his knees and hanging onto the ropes, but Ray is there to take him back down with a fist. Ray and Devon again set Scott up on the table and then they each grab a steel chair. One of the refs enters the ring to try to stop them from using the chairs but Ray shoves the ref out of the way. Devon kicks at Rick who is trying to get back in the ring then climbs up the ropes with chair in hand. Ray sets a chair across Scott’s throat but The Motor City Machineguns are suddenly on the ring apron. As Ray comes toward them, they hop back down onto the floor. Scott rolls off the table and is back on his knees on the mat. Devon is over at the ropes arguing with Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin while Scott is trying to get to his feet. Ray is standing near Scott with steel chair in hand. Devon turns in time to see Scott is on his feet and swings the chair in his hand, Scott ducks, Devon hits the chair in Ray’s hand which then collides with Ray’s head. Ray goes down to the mat. Scott goes after Devon and Rick is making his way back into the ring. Rick is climbing the ropes and Scott has Devon sitting on his shoulders. Sabin and Shelley are backing up the entrance ramp watching the action in the ring. Rick comes off the top turnbuckle, catching Devon and sending him through the table.  Third fall and winners of the match: The Steiner Brothers, Rick and Scott with a little assist from the Motor City Machineguns, Chris Sabin and Alex Shelley.

Winners:  The Steiner Brothers

I like all four of these big bruisers in the ring. I’m certain the audience appreciated getting to see so much action up close and personal. All four men worked hard in this match and took some heavy blows.  Fortunately, the trashcans being thrown around were heavy plastic and not metal.

NOTE: It is my understanding that Chris Sabin and Alex Shelley worked a dark match before Bound for Glory.  I hear it was a good match.  I’m sorry the rest of us didn’t get a chance to see it. Sabin and Shelley are both such in ring wonders and the short amount of time they were in the Fight for the Right match didn’t give us an opportunity to see them work together.

JB is backstage with several of the TNA Women’s Gauntlet match, Talia, Angel, Shelley, and ODB. ODB takes the mic from JB OBD introduces Shelly Martinez and says that Shelley is advertising. She then introduces Talia Madison and says that Talia knows what she is. She then introduces, well not exactly, she says that she has no idea who or what that is – pointing to Angel Williams. The girls begin to argue and suddenly ODB is long gone. The girls turn around and suddenly they are gone, leaving JB standing next to Amazing Kong.  JB, who had just said they weren’t done with the interview, changes his mind and makes tracks away from Kong.

TNA Knockout Champion Gauntlet Match

Two women start the match and another enters every sixty seconds.  Elimination is over the ropes and landing on the floor.  When two women remain, there is a final match to decide who is the first TNA Women’s Champion.

Miss Brooks, from Manhattan, NY

Vs.

“The Pride of Tennessee” Miss Jackie Moore

Brooks and Jackie meet in the middle of the ring. Brooks tries trash talking but Jackie nails her with a fist. Brooks responds with a chop and Jackie answers with a chop of her own. Jackie has Brooks against the ropes and she delivers several fists to the head. Jackie attempts to sling Brooks across the ring but Brooks stops her and hits her with a knee in the midsection. Brooks off the ropes to deliver a boot to the side of Jackie’s head. Brooks charges Jackie, but Jackie turns and hits Brooks in the abdomen with a boot of her own. Jackie picks Brooks up and shows her boxing prowess by sending a series of punches to Brooks.  Brooks ducks under the last punch and grabs Jackie around the waist. Jackie responds with an elbow to Brooks head making her release her grip. Jackie runs Brooks into the ropes, but Brooks grabs the ropes and hangs on as Jackie slams forearms into her back trying to make her release her grip on the ropes.

Vs.

Shelly Martinez, from CA

Jackie has Brooks by the hair when Martinez enters the ring. Martinez attacks Jackie with forearms to the back and Jackie turns and grabs Martinez by the throat. Martinez fires back with forearms to Jackie’s head and neck. Brooks follows up with a forearm to Jackie’s back and then Martinez turns her attention to Brooks. Brooks ducks under the waiting forearm but gets caught by a boot to the midsection. Martinez turns Brooks around and takes her down with a neck breaker. Martinez comes across the ropes and sends Brooks back to the mat with a clothesline. Brooks rolls out onto the ring apron and Jackie is working on Martinez with fists to the forehead. Martinez turns in time to get slammed down by Brooks who has come off the top turnbuckle. Jackie sends a boot to Brooks’ head.

Vs.

Awesome Kong, 6’1” tall, weighing 272 3/8 lbs., from Tokyo, Japan

The action in the ring has stopped in order to see Kong’s entrance. Miss Jackie motions Kong into the ring. Martinez and Brooks don’t look so happy to see her. Kong enters the ring and Jackie waits to face Kong.  All three women attack Kong at once but she sends them all flying across the ring. She sends Martinez into the ropes but as she comes after her, Martinez gets a boot up and catches Kong in the midsection.

Vs.

ODB

Kong has Martinez trapped on the top turnbuckle, Jackie is getting to her feet and Brooks is still down on the mat. Kong hits Martinez and Brooks is up and after Jackie.  Jackie sends Brooks over the top rope and she goes to the floor.

Eliminated:  Miss Brooks by Jackie Moore

Eliminated:  Shelly Martinez by Awesome Kong

Jackie and Kong are in the ring and Jackie jumps up to attack Kong. Kong throws herself back into the ring post, smashing Jackie between herself and the post. Kong picks up Jackie and face plants her onto the mat. Kong picks Jackie up by the hair and throws her over the top rope.

Eliminated: Miss Jackie Moore by Awesome Kong

Kong now faces ODB in the center of the ring. The two women spend a few seconds sizing each other up before ODB sends huge right to Kong’s jaw. It doesn’t have any affect on Kong and ODB sends another right at Kong. Again, Kong does not budge and ODB attempts to pick up and body slam Kong. Kong has ODB by the throat.

Vs.

Angel Williams, from Ontario, Canada

Kong has ODB up in the air and drops her to the mat. Kong grabs ODB by the hair and Williams is in the ring and jumping on Kong’s back. ODB works on Kong’s midsection while Williams works on her head and neck area. Kong lets loose a nice right that sends ODB back across the ring then she grabs Williams by the head and flings her over and onto the floor. Kong tries take Williams down with a clothesline but Williams ducks under Kong’s arm and tries to plant a boot in Kong’s abdomen. Kong grabs her leg and Williams comes up off the floor to send her other boot to the side of Kong’s head. Williams and ODB take turns sending boots to Kong in an attempt to taker her off her feet. Kong is still standing. OBD and Williams attempt a double suplex but Kong suplexes the two of them instead.

Vs.

Christy Hemme, from Los Angeles, CA

Williams and ODB are both down on the mat. Christy is on the ring apron but as Kong approaches she thinks twice and starts to back away. Kong grabs her by the hair and drags her into the ring. Kong picks Christy up and holds her over her shoulders and then bends her like a pretzel before dropping her to the mat. Kong delivers a power bomb to Christy and now there are three women down on the mat.

Vs.

Gail Kim, from Tampa, FL

Gail enters the ring via the top turnbuckle and plants both feet of a nice dropkick on Kong on her way down.  Kong is staggered but still standing. Gail comes across the ring and nails Kong with a forearm and then continues to throw forearms into Kong’s chest, head and neck. Kong shoves Gail across the ring.  Christy is nowhere to be seen in the ring but I haven’t heard that she went over the top rope or that she has been eliminated. ODB and Williams are back on their feet and heading toward Kong.  They go after her again with boots. The two women have Kong by the arms and they drag her toward the center of the ring but Kong slings them together. Tenay announces that Christy Hemme is hurt and outside of the ring. Kong delivers clotheslines to ODB and Williams. The camera pans to Christy who is outside on the floor and not moving.

Eliminated: Christy Hemme by Awesome Kong

Gail is back to her feet, Kong notices and heads toward her. Gail ducks the clothesline that Kong throws up and then Gail tries for a hurricanrana but is caught by Kong. Kong tries to drop Gail over the top rope but Gail hangs on to the ropes. ODB is back on her feet, Williams is still down on the mat. ODB and Williams come up behind Kong and attempt to send her over the top rope. Kong hits the floor and Gail manages to stay in the match. (Hint: If you didn’t see it, Kong’s attire came undone during her drop over the top rope. The knockout match became X rated there for a second.)

Eliminated: Awesome Kong by ODB, Gail Kim and Angel Williams

Vs.

Talia Madison

Gail is down on the mat with Williams and ODB working her over. As Madison enters the ring, Williams breaks away to meet her in the center of the ring. Madison takes down Williams with a clothesline and ODB turns to meet Madison. Madison takes down ODB with a clothesline and head for Gail. Madison hits Gail with a dropkick, sending her down to the mat. Madison nails Williams in the back with a forearm, then grabs her and sends her across the ring.  Williams goes over the top rope but manages to land on the ring apron. Madison runs across the ring and takes a swing at Williams but Williams ducks and comes back with a shoulder block through the ropes to back Madison up. Williams grabs Madison by the neck and drops down catching Madison on the top rope. Gail and ODB charge Williams and send her down flat on the ring apron, then kick her off on the floor.

Eliminated: Angel Williams by Gail Kim and ODB

Gail hits ODB with a chop to the chest, ODB responds with a chop in return. Gail comes back with another chop and ODB comes back with a clothesline that sends Gail to the mat. Madison is still down on the mat. ODB is the only one standing in the ring. ODB steps on Gail and heads for Madison. ODB picks up Madison and throws her over her head into the center of the ring.

Vs.

Roxxi Laveaux

Roxxi is the last entrant in the gauntlet. ODB is still working on Madison and Gail is still down on the mat. ODB sends a forearm to Madison’s spine, and then ODB grabs Kim and sends her face first into the turnbuckle. West announces that ODB stands for “One Dirty Bitch”. Roxxi is in the ring and she grabs ODB by the hair and sending her down to the mat before going after Gail. ODB takes Roxxi down to the mat by her hair. Roxxi comes up off the mat to hit ODB with a forearm. Roxxi shoulder blocks ODB into the corner while Gail and Madison fight it out. Madison sends a forearm to Gail’s back, sending her to her knees on the mat. Roxxi is hitting ODB with forearms on her chest and back. Roxxi grabs ODB by the hair and sends her face first into the top turnbuckle. Madison attempts to send Gail into the ring post, but Gail gets the switch and sends Madison into the post where she proceeds to throw elbows and forearms. Roxxi is setting ODB up on the top turnbuckle and Gail comes across the ring to charge Madison who is still against the ring post. Madison throws up a boot to stop Gail but Gail grabs her foot and sends Madison over the top rope and onto the floor.

Eliminated: Talia Madison by Gail Kim

Roxxi sends a staggered ODB off the top turnbuckle and onto the floor.

Eliminated: ODB by Roxxi Laveaux

The two woman match begins with regular wrestling rules.

Match for TNA Knockout Championship

Gail Kim

Vs.

Roxxi Laveaux

Gail and Roxxi are nose to nose in the ring when the bell sounds.  Roxxi throws a forearm and Gail comes back with a forearm of her own. Roxxi sends another forearm Gail’s way and Gail responds with one of her own again. Roxxi takes a swing and connects with Gail, and then she sends Gail into the ropes.  Gail comes off the ropes; Roxxi catches her and throws her over her head to the mat. Roxxi goes for the cover and gets a two count before Gail gets a shoulder off the mat. Roxxi picks Gail up and sends her into the ring post. Roxxi charges Gail and Gail gets her knees up, sending Roxxi backward. Gail comes out of the corner and delivers the octopus submission. Roxxi goes down to one knee, then makes it back to her feet to stagger close enough to get a hand on the ropes. As Roxxi tries to get back to her feet, Gail goes up to the top turnbuckle and comes off with a double drop kick but Roxxi gets out of the way and Gail lands on the mat. Roxxi tries for a pin and gets another two count. Roxxi gets Gail up on her shoulders but Gail manages to slide down Roxxi’s back and gets a roll up.  Two count and Roxxi powers out. Gail goes up in the air, Roxxi sends her back to the mat with a power bomb, arches over and has Gail’s shoulders on the mat. She gets a two count before Gail gets out of the hold. Roxxi grabs Gail’s hair and Gail pushes her arms away, Roxxi takes a swing at Gail, Gail ducks under the swing. Gail picks Roxxi up, drops backwards onto the mat, goes for the pin and gets the win.

Winner: Gail Kim

TNA Knockout Champion.

Not only do we now have women’s wrestling – most of these women can wrestle – one of my favorite wrestlers is the champion. I was rooting for Gail and Jackie Moore because both of them deserved it. These two have worked hard in TNA and I was sorry when Jackie was eliminated. I was worried about Awesome Kong and ODB.  They are two tough women. Gail did a great job in the ring as she always does. Roxxi held her own but on a technical level, I believe Gail is the better wrestler.

JB is in the back with Nash who finds Kurt. Nash tries to talk to Kurt and Kurt not only doesn’t listen, he insults Nash all over the place. Nash tells Kurt he will not have his back tonight. Kurt tells Nash he can’t even get in the ring and he should be in the audience with the rest of the idiot fans. Nash throws a chair across the room after Kurt leaves.

Special Enforcer

Matt Morgan

“The Instant Classic Christian Cage”, from Tampa, FL, by way of Ontario, Canada

Vs.

“The Samoan Submission Machine” Samoa Joe, from American Samoa

The ref rings the bell with Christian still out on the floor. Christian takes his time coming up the stairs and into the ring. Joe is eyeing Matt and talking to him and finally steps outside the ring to get in Matt’s face. Christian makes his way into the ring while Joe is outside and is waiting when Joe returns. Joe stops to play the audience – and Christian – from the ring apron. Joe gets in the ring and Christian works his jaw muscles and motions around his waist to show that he will be the next champion. Joe takes a high kick at Christian and Christian backs out of the way. The two men lock up in the center of the ring, Christian tries to back Joe up in the ropes, Joe drops Christian on his face in the middle of the ring. The ref stops to check on Christian who is on his knees in the corner with his hand over his mouth and nose. The fans are all pro Joe and Christian isn’t liking the sounds of the “Joe” chants he is hearing. Start of a lock up again but Christian gets behind Joe and gets his arms around Joe’s waist. Joe swings Christian around and applies a wristlock then works it into a headlock. Christian walks Joe back into the ropes and tries to send him across but Joe drops down to one knee to stop the forward motion. Christian backs up against the ropes again and this time sends Joe across to the opposite side of the ring. Joe comes off the ropes and sends Christian to the mat with a powerful shoulder block. Lock up again in the center of the ring, Christian gets Joe back against a ring post. The ref makes them break it up and Joe puts his hands in the air to signal a clean break. Christian backs up but can’t resist slapping Joe across the face. Joe comes out of the corner and proceeds to give Christian numerous slaps before sending him into the ring post. Joe hits Christian with a high kick to the head and as Christian slides down to the floor, Joe plants a boot on Christian’s neck and stands on him. The ref tells Joe to break the hold and Joe rakes a boot across Christian’s forehead before he backs away. Once is not enough and Joe continues to rake the boot across Christian’s head as the ref starts a count. Joe goes across the ring, comes off the ropes and comes back to plant a boot in the side of Christian’s head but Christian manages to roll out of the way and Joe’s boot goes through the ropes. Christian is off the floor and he sends a series of chops to Joe’s chest, then fists and solid boots to Joe’s abdomen. Christian steps toward the center of the ring to the jeers of the audience and as he goes back across to nail Joe again, Joe hits Christian with an elbow. Joe goes up to the top turnbuckle and comes off to hit Christian with a leg drop, sending Christian to the mat. Joe delivers a chop to Christian’s back and a boot to his chest, then comes off the ropes, Christian stays down, Joe goes across to the opposite ropes, comes off and ducks Christian’s clothesline, comes off the opposite ropes again, Christian tries to leap over Joe but Joe catches him and sends him face first to the mat. Joe comes off the ropes again and delivers a frog splash to Christian. Christian rolls out on the ring apron. As Joe goes after Christian, Christian throws a shoulder block into Joe. As Joe turns his back, Christian goes up on the top turnbuckle.  Joe is back, turns Christian around, delivers a slap to the back, brings Christian down, delivers a shot to the chest, trots around the ring and delivers his boots to Christian’s chest. Christian is again down. Morgan is pacing outside the ring. Joe goes out on the ring apron to join Christian who is still trying to get to his feet. Joe looks like he’s going for a suplex but Christian has one foot inside the ropes and manages to block Joe. Christian sends shots to Joe’s chest and abdomen, and then rakes the eyes. Christian sends himself back and brings up a boot nailing Joe in the head and sends him to the floor. Joe lands on his feet and Christian climbs to the top turnbuckle, leaps high into the air and comes down on the guardrail, missing Joe in the process. Joe is back in the ring and he leaps through the ropes to take Christian back down to the floor in a suicide dive. Christian is back down on the floor and Joe stops to play the crowd. Joe comes back out on the floor, this time taking a chair from the crowd and setting up Christian, telling the audience to stay out of the way. Christian is now sitting in the chair and Joe goes back to the opposite side of the guardrail before taking a run and delivering a knee to the side of Christian’s head, taking down part of the guardrail in the process. Joe stops to get some high fives from audience members before he picks Christian up and attempts to sling him toward the ring. Christian gets the switch and Joe flies back first into the ring apron. Christian charges Joe, Joe swings Christian up in the air against the ropes, but Christian drops back down and delivers a DDT to Joe on the floor. Joe’s head misses the mat and hits the concrete – you could hear the smack of head on hard surface. Christian picks up Joe and rolls him back into the ring. Christian is back in the ring, stomping on Joe and keeping him on the mat. Joe is up to his knees; Christian leans him against the ropes and stands on him, choking Joe on the second rope. The ref makes Christian break the hold. Christian goes back after Joe but Joe is ready and nails Christian with elbows and fists. Joe comes of the ropes and Christian catches him with an elbow sending him to the mat. Christian goes for the pin and gets a one count. Christian gets his legs around Joe’s neck and drops down to the mat.  Joe manages to get to his feet with Christian on his shoulders. Christian counters by going after Joe’s eyes and Joe is forced to drop Christian back to the mat. Christian takes Joe to the mat with an inverted DDT and again goes for a cover. He gets a two count before Joe gets a shoulder up. Christian decides to climb back up on the top turnbuckle, goes for the frog splash and Joe manages to roll out of the way, Christian meets the mat. Both men are down in the ring. Both men are back to their knees and Joe throws a punch and connects with Christian’s jaw. We have an on the knees boxing match in the ring. Both men back to their feet and they throw punches and slaps at each other but Joe manages to get in a quick three slaps before sending Christian over the top rope. Christian lands on the ring apron and as he attempts to come back over after Joe, Joe delivers a high kick to the side of Christian’s head sending Christian to the floor. Christian gets back to his feet and backs right into Matt on the outside of the ring. As Christian backs away from Matt, Joe comes over the top ropes and takes Christian down to the floor again. Joe is back to his feet and he rolls Christian back into the ring, following him in. Joe sends Christian back down to the mat twice with clotheslines, and then sends him into the ring post.  As Joe charges, Christian gets an elbow up to nail Joe. Christian goes up to the second rope, springs off backward and misses Joe completely. Joe again stops to play the audience. Christian back to his feet and Joe charges across the ring to hit him with a clothesline. Christian is down on the mat again. Joe goes for the pin and gets a two count before Christian powers out. Joe picks up Christian and sets him on the top turnbuckle to set him up for the muscle buster. Christian sends forearms to Joe’s back and manages to back Joe up. Joe charges Christian and Christian leaps over Joe to land in the center of the ring. Joe goes for a chokehold, but Christian manages to turn the move around and tries to set up the unprettier. Joe sends Christian back into the ropes and as Christian comes off, Joe delivers a boot to Christian’s midsection then he picks Christian up and slams him into the top turnbuckle back first. Christian staggers back out into the ring and Joe delivers an inverted atomic drop before going into the ropes. Joe comes off the ropes and delivers a boot to Christian’s skull then delivers a big body drop to a downed Christian. Joe covers for the pin and gets a two count. Joe looks at the ref like he doesn’t know how to count to three. Christian is back against the ring post and Joe goes after him nailing him with forearms and fists to the back. Joe climbs up on the ropes intending to pound on Christian but Christian manages to send Joe to the floor with a power bomb and then goes for the pin – with both feet on the ropes. Joe manages to kick out of the hold and Christian gets a two count. Christian sends Joe against the ropes and tries for a roll up but Joe gets a switch and sends Christian over to get the clutch on Christian but Christian manages to break free and is on his feet delivering a boot to Joe before trying to catch his breath. Christian goes back to a still downed Joe but Joe brings up a boot and nails Christian in the head sending him reeling. Christian comes off the ropes, back at Joe and Joe catches him and power slams him to the mat. Joe goes for the cover and gets a two count. Christian is out on the apron and Joe is inside the ring. Both men are climbing up the ropes, exchanging blows as they climb. Joe delivers a head butt to Christian then shoves him back, sending Joe to the mat and Christian to the floor. As both men struggle to get to their feet, Tomko appears and makes his way down the ramp. Matt meets Tomko before he gets to the ring.  Tomko puts up his hands and turns semi away from Matt before delivering a sucker punch that sends Matt backward. Mat comes back with a fist of his own and we have a brawl on the floor. AJ Styles runs down the ramp toward the ring and goes up on the apron as Matt sends Tomko head first into the announcer’s table. AJ goes up to the top rope to springboard into the ring but Matt catches him and brings him down on the ropes before throwing him into Tomko. Tomko hangs on to AJ and Matt goes after a chair sitting next to the guardrail before chasing Tomko and AJ up the ramp and to the back. Joe is watching the action and Christian gets back in the ring behind Joe. Joe turns and Christian delivers a low blow with his foot. The ref is outside of the ring although I’m not sure why he’s still on the floor and not in the ring. The ref is back in the ring and Christian delivers the unprettier to Joe before going for the pin. Christian only gets a two count before Joe decisively powers out of the pin. Christian is on his feet looking shocked that Joe managed to avoid the pin and the audience is cheering for Joe. Christian gets Joe back up to his knees and then goes for the rear naked chokehold. Joe is back to his feet with Christian hanging on. Joe swings around and crashes into the ring post, catching Christian in the middle. Joe follows up with a kick to the head. Joe sets Christian up on the top turnbuckle again and goes for the muscle buster. Joe hits the muscle buster then follows up with the rear naked choke. Christian taps out. Samoa Joe wins the match by submission.

Winner:  Samoa Joe

Both of these men continue to work hard to please the fans and both of them were exhausted half way through the match. Yet they continued to pound each other into one great match. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I’m a big Christian fan.  But, then again, I’m a big Samoa Joe fan. As much as I love seeing the two of them square off, I’m a little frustrated that neither of them seem to be getting any closer to being an a match for the title. They work too hard and are too good at what they do to continue being sidelined in favor one particular wrestler who seems to be making his way to all of the big matches and all of the airtime. One other plus to this match was seeing Matt Morgan and wishing he was spending time in the ring versus standing behind, or in front of as the case may be, Jim Cornette.

We go to the back where JB is with Nash. Nash is going to talk to Sting. Nash finds Sting and tells him that this has gone too far and Sting agrees that it went too far when Kurt put his hands on Sting’s son. Sting asks Nash why he is protecting Kurt and Nash says Kurt is all he has, that it is as close as he will ever get to a main event again.  Sting says he is sorry, but game over.

I don’t know why Kevin Nash allowed himself to get mixed up in this storyline but the storyline has gone too far and it isn’t doing Kevin Nash any good to be a part of it.  If Nash can return to the ring that’s wonderful.  I’ve remember him as Diesel. If he can’t get back in the ring, then he needs to find a better storyline to work with.

The Monster’s Ball

Raven, from the Bowery

Vs.

Black Reign, From the Deepest Darkest Corners of His Mind

accompanied to the ring by Misty the Rat

Vs.

The War Machine Rhino, from Detroit, MI

Vs.

The Monster Abyss, 6’8”, 350 lbs.

I hate to keep repeating myself BUT LEAVE POOR MISTY IN THE BACK AWAY FROM THE NOISE, THE LIGHTS AND THE CROWDS! This time Black Reign is actually carrying her and her cage. All I can hope is that some smart person removes Misty and her cage from the outside ring area before she ends up getting crushed.

Black Reign has never been in a Monster’s Ball Match before. Raven, Rhino and Abyss have. Rhino hits the ring and proceeds to throw punches at Raven and Black Reign before Abyss is introduced. Rhino sends both men to the mat and then goes into the ropes. When Rhino comes off the ropes he is greeted by Black Reign’s boot and now he is down on the mat. Raven and Black Reign deliver numerous boot shots to Rhino as Abyss enters the arena. Abyss enters the ring and is met by Raven who Abyss sends down with a clothesline. Black Reign comes after Abyss and Abyss greets Black Reign with a fist. Raven is back up and gets a fist from Abyss and then it’s punches alternately to Raven and Black Reign by Abyss. Abyss sends Raven into the ropes, Raven comes off and gets a boot to the face delivered by Abyss. Abyss sends Black Reign in the ropes, Black Reign comes off the ropes, duck under the Abyss clothesline, turns and delivers a boot to Abyss’s midsection. Black Reign tries to set Abyss up but Abyss throws Black Reign over his head and onto the mat. Raven has picked up a kendo stick and he slams it into Abyss’s skull, sending Abyss crashing down to the canvas. Rhino is outside the ring and he picks up a grocery cart and slams it into Raven. Rhino then throws the cart over the top rope and into the ring. Black Reign is back in the ring and he reaches through the ropes for Rhino, but Rhino smashes a metal trashcan lid into Black Reign, sending him down to his knees. Raven then attempts the same move and gets the same smack courtesy of Rhino. Rhino is back in the ring and he continues to pound on Black Reign with the can lid. Raven is back to his feet and he delivers a blow to Rhino’s back making him release his hold on the lid. Raven sends Rhino across the ring and into the ropes. Rhino comes off the ropes, stops Raven, sends Raven into the ropes and takes him down with a drop toehold. Rhino is the only on in the ring on his feet and he grabs the shopping cart. Black Reign is back to his feet, Rhino drives the cart into Black Reign, smashing him against a ring post. Rhino picks up a metal trashcan, Raven is back to his feet, Rhino delivers a blow to Raven’s skull with the trashcan. Rhino sets the now dented trashcan in front of Black Reign who is still against the ring post. Rhino stops to deliver a boot to Raven before picking up a golf club. Rhino uses the golf club to send the trashcan into Black Reign’s crotch. Rhino is still the only one on his feet. Rhino has his hands on the cart again and as Black Reign tries to get up on the ring apron, Rhino hits him with the cart and sends him crashing to the floor. Raven has gotten back to his feet and he charges at Rhino.  Rhino turns and Raven goes into the cart.  Literally into the cart. Abyss is back on his feet and he and Rhino stand toe to toe in the middle of the ring.  Rhino lets loose with the first hard right and Abyss follows up with one of his own.  The two slug it out in the center of the ring with Raven down in the ring and Black Reign somewhere outside the ring. Abyss sends a knee to Rhino’s midsection, then sends him into the ring post. As Abyss charges at Rhino, Rhino comes out of the corner with an elbow to stop Abyss. Rhino reels back to the opposite ring post and Rhino comes across to send Abyss over the top rope out to the floor with a clothesline. Rhino stops to work the crowd and is caught by Raven who has again made it back to his feet. Raven throws a punch at Rhino, Rhino delivers a kick to the abdomen and sends Raven across the ring and between the ropes to the floor. Rhino makes his way down to the floor – I think he was the only one left in the ring – and takes his trusty trashcan lid with him. He slams the lid into Raven, not once but twice. We then see Abyss and Black Reign fighting their way up the entrance ramp. Abyss sends Black Reign head first into the top of the guardrail. Raven and Rhino appear to be fighting their way up the ramp on the opposite side of the arena. Black Reign gets the upper hand with Rhino and pummels him repeatedly with fists before sending him into the guardrail. Rhino, on the opposite side of the arena has just send Raven crashing shoulder first into the guardrail. Rhino is now exchanging blows with Black Reign and Abyss is going up the ramp toward where the ref is now standing. Abyss is now up by the monitors and we see Black Reign on the floor in front of a guardrail. Rhino is now up on the stage area by the monitor and West tells us that Rhino has sent Abyss to the floor on his way up to the stage area. Rhino turns around as he crosses the entrance ramp and looks as though he is preparing to execute the Gore, GOre, GORE! Abyss is getting back to his feet under the monitor. Rhino changes his position and moves farther up and back but again looks as though he will be sending a gore someone’s way soon. Rhino charges, Abyss gets out of the way and Rhino goes crashing through a wall and to the floor below. Rhino is down and Raven and Black Reign have Abyss by the hair. They are still in the audience area and Black Reign heads up a flight of stairs. The camera pans to Rhino who is still down on the floor where he landed just a few minutes ago in a gore attempt. Raven has Abyss at the bottom of the stair area and is working him over near a table. Raven has beat down Abyss and set him up on the table. Raven goes up the stairs after Black Reign and meets him at the top. We now note that Raven has suffered a head cut and is bleeding. Raven motions Black Reign to follow him to the ledge over the table where Abyss is lying and then Raven tells Black Reign to dive off the balcony. Black Reign starts to put a leg over the balcony railing but he doesn’t move fast enough for Raven. Raven shoves Black Reign away from the balcony sending him over the area of the steps. It is interesting to note that some members of the crowd actually put hands out to try to protect Black Reign from falling. Raven climbs over the balcony railing and stands on the edge for a split second before diving down with an elbow on top of Abyss and the table. Raven lands on Abyss, breaking the table, which sends both men to the floor. Raven grabs his wrist area and we can’t tell if he injured his wrist or his elbow in the fall. West says it is Raven’s wrist but it appeared to me that he might have damaged his elbow in the deliberate dive. The ref is there to check on Abyss and Raven but Black Reign has picked Abyss up and, with typical Black Reign screams, half drags and half carries Abyss back toward the ring. Black Reign is bleeding from the head. Black Reign manages to get Abyss back to the ring area and rolls him into the ring. Black Reign follows Abyss in and goes for the cover. Black Reign gets a two count but is pulled out of the ring by Raven who has made his way back to the ring area. Raven goes in and attempts to cover Abyss. He gets a two count and is pulled out of the ring by Black Reign. Now Raven and Black Reign are battling outside of the ring. Raven makes his way back into the ring and Black Reign grabs Raven’s leg and drags him back outside. Raven is back into the ring, Abyss is attempting to get to his feet, Black Reign is up on the ring apron but he manages to get past Raven and into the ring. Black Reign gets Raven set up in the ropes, backs up and delivers a kick to Raven’s crotch. Abyss has made it to his feet and has his little black bag in hand. Black Reign delivers a kick to Abyss’s midsection and sends Abyss to the mat with a face plant. Rhino has managed to make it back to ringside and is now entering the ring. Rhino manages to be the first one to his feet and again he appears to be setting someone up for the gore. Black Reign is in Rhino’s sights but Black Reign has managed to get his hands on the weapon he always brings to the ring.  Rhino manages to hit Black Reign with the gore avoiding the weapon Black Reign has in his hand. Raven is back up to his feet and he delivers a boot to Rhino’s skull. Rhino goes out of the ring. Raven now has a kendo stick and he nails Abyss in the head. Black Reign is outside the ring on the floor, along with Rhino. Raven now has Abyss’s black bag.  James Mitchell runs down the entrance ramp and to the ring. With a different black bag. Raven has dumped the tacks that were in the bag he already had on the mat and he takes the second black bag from Mitchell. Mitchell is yelling at Raven to finishing him – meaning to finish Abyss. Raven delivers a kick to a still downed Abyss and dumps the contents of the second bag, which is full of broken glass. Raven takes his foot to pulverize the glass and mix it in with the tacks on the mat. Abyss is up to his knees, but Raven picks him up by the hair with the intention of slamming him onto the glass and tacks on the floor. Raven sets Abyss up for the Raven effect DDT but Abyss turns the tide and sends Raven into the glass and tacks with a black hole slam. Raven is bleeding from the head and is now laying in a sea of glass and tacks. Abyss goes for the pin and gets the three count and the win. Abyss is standing in the ring with the crowd roaring approval and Mitchell is at the top of the entrance ramp looking as angry and as evil as ever. We didn’t get a camera shot of Raven’s back and they have been a good thing. It was bad enough to land in the tacks and glass but then to have Abyss laying across you for the pin would have been extremely uncomfortable.

Winner: The Monster Abyss

I have to admit I was waiting for this match. Four of my favorite wrestlers trying to top each other in a hardcore match was too good to be true. This is the type of match I always envision for Raven and he looks right at home as he enters the arena with his grocery cart full of weapons. I said during an iMPACT recently that Raven is looking good and he didn’t disappoint the fans during this match. Again, Black Reign has gotten over some of the mechanized motion this character began with and is looking better and better in the ring. Rhino should be at home in one of these matches as well but he did spend some out time on the floor after going through the barrier. Abyss was at the top of his game and this was his first win in a Monster’s Ball match. Again there was no reason for anyone to be disappointed.  All of these men worked hard, took some extremely hard knocks, and pleased their fans.

As thrilled as I am with the win by Abyss, everyone will have to excuse the big crocodile tears I am shedding because I was so in hopes that Judas Mesias would make it back for this match even though I was fairly certain he would not.  Tossing out another “Hope You Are Getting Better Judas Mesias” his direction.

Tale of the Tape

Sting                                                                                        Kurt Angle

6’3”                              Height                                                 6’1”

245                              Weight                                                 235

21                                Years Pro                                          9

Kurt Angle won his Olympic Gold Medal in Atlanta, GA

Sting worked in Atlanta when he was with WCW

TNA Heavyweight Championship Match

Senior official, Rudy Charles acting referee

The Icon Sting, weighing 245 lbs, residing in Venice Beach, CA

Vs.

Kurt Angle, weighing 235 lbs., from Pittsburgh, PA

Current TNA Heavyweight Champion

The crowd is pro Sting from his entrance. Kurt does his best to get Sting to lock up near the ropes but Sting doesn’t fall for the ploy. The two lock up close to the center of the ring, Sting backs Kurt into the ropes, the ref calls for the break. Sting breaks clean. The two lock up again in the center of the ring and this time Kurt gets his arms around Sting’s waist. Sting swings around and has Kurt by the waist. Kurt panics and goes for the ropes, causing the ref to call for the break. Sting again breaks clean. The two lock up again, Kurt maneuvers a wristlock and brings Sting down to the mat. Sting is back to his feet and Kurt twists the arm over again. Sting manages a switch and puts Kurt in a wristlock sending Kurt down on one knee. Sting applies pressure and every time Kurt tries to get to his feet, he ends up back down on his knees. Kurt makes it to his feet and again heads for the ropes causing the ref to call for a break. Sting again breaks clean. The two again lock up in the center of the ring. Sting gets Kurt in a headlock and then flips Kurt over onto the mat. Kurt gets his legs around Sting’s neck and takes him back in a head scissors. Sting kicks out. Both men back to their feet. Another lockup and this time Kurt gets the side headlock on Sting. Sting backs Kurt into the ropes, sends him across to the ropes on the opposite side of the ring. Kurt comes off the ropes and takes Sting down with a shoulder block. Kurt comes off the ropes again and Sting stays down on the mat. Kurt goes over Sting to the ropes on the opposite side, comes off the ropes and Sting slams Kurt to the mat with a high hip toss. Kurt goes out of the ring onto the floor, holding his back. The two men circle each other in the ring but this time instead of locking up, Kurt delivers a boot to Sting’s midsection, then hits Sting with an European uppercut, sending him back into the ropes. Kurt delivers two chops to Sting’s chest before Sting slams Kurt into the corner post and goes to work on him with a boot and then fists. Sting climbs up on the second rope and proceeds to beat on Kurt’s head with repeated fists. Sting is still standing on the ropes and Kurt is sitting on the mat. If you believe the crowd count, it was ten straight punches to the top of Kurt’s head delivered courtesy of Sting. Sting plays the crowd standing on the ropes before coming back down to the mat. Sting picks up Kurt to sling him across the ring, Kurt gets the switch but Sting is thinking fast and shakes Kurt off. Kurt comes back at Sting to deliver a kick to the abdomen and a quick European uppercut sending Sting backward. Kurt tries to send Sting off the ropes, Sting reverses it and sends Kurt across instead. Kurt comes off the ropes, Sting goes for the drop kick, but Kurt stops himself with the ropes, Sting misses and goes down on the mat. Kurt makes a grab for Sting’s ankle, Sting kicks Kurt back and Kurt is down on the mat. Both men to their feet, Kurt heads at Sting with a clothesline, Sting ducks under the clothesline and this time delivers a drop kick sending Kurt crashing to the canvas. Sting comes after Kurt and sends him over the top rope with a clothesline. Sting takes the time to work the crowd again and the crowd is more than willing to voice their approval of Sting standing alone in the ring. Sting goes out to the floor, grabs Kurt and throws him into the guardrail surrounding the crowd. Sting walks Kurt to the opposite side of the ring and sends him into that guardrail. Sting takes Kurt to the announcer’s table and slams his head onto the table sending Kurt fully up on the announcer’s table and next to the championship belt. Sting rolls back into the ring to break the ref’s count before heading back to Kurt. Sting rolls Kurt back into the ring. As Sting approaches Kurt, Kurt delivers a foot to Sting’ s midsection, another uppercut, sends Sting into the opposite corner post and then charges. Sting steps out of the way and Kurt runs shoulder first into the ring post. Sting tries to set Kurt up for a neck breaker, but Kurt rakes Sting’s eyes and Sting releases the hold. Kurt delivers a belly to belly suplex sending Sting down to the mat. Both men are down and the ref starts a count. Kurt is back to his knees at three and then back on his feet. Sting is still down on the mat. Kurt grabs Sting by the hair, picks him up and delivers a back breaker. Kurt goes for the pin and gets a two count before Sting powers out. He tries again and again gets a two count before Sting gets a shoulder up. Kurt backs Sting into a ring post, delivers an uppercut, then sends a series of hard rights taking Sting down to the canvas. Kurt continues with boot shots to Sting after he is down and the ref is counting for Kurt to break it up. Kurt continues his assault by standing on Sting’s throat and using the ropes to create more pressure. The ref finally gets Kurt to break the hold. Kurt picks Sting up and sends him over his head onto the mat. Kurt tries for the pin again and again gets a two count. Kurt gets his legs around Sting’s waist and applies pressure with a body scissors. While Sting is down, Kurt works on Sting’s face making the ref step in to get Kurt to stop what he is doing. Sting manages to get a grip on Kurt’s leg and works his way out of the hold. Both men are back on their feet and Kurt has Sting in a side headlock. Sting sends elbows into Kurt’s midsection to break the hold. Sting goes into the ropes and is caught in a belly to belly suplex as he comes off the ropes. Kurt picks Sting up by the hair, sends him over into a sitting position on the mat and works on Sting’s neck and head area. Sting is working to get back to his feet and he makes it but Kurt still has a chokehold applied. Once again Sting sends elbows into Kurt’s abdomen to make him break the hold. Sting tries to send Kurt into the ropes, Kurt gets the switch and sends Sting to the ropes. Sting comes off the ropes, ducks under Kurt’s clothesline, comes off the opposite ropes and both men hit a clothesline sending them both down to the mat. The ref checks on both men before again starting a count. At the count of six, both men are struggling to get to their feet. Kurt sends a fist to Sting’s face, Sting counters with a fist of his own. We have a slugging match in the center of the ring before Sting gets the upper hand and pummels Kurt with right hands. Kurt swings, Sting ducks under, Sting sends a boot to Kurt’s upper body, delivers a chop and sends Kurt to the mat with a clothesline. Sting goes back against the ropes, comes off and takes Kurt down with another clothesline. Sting hits another clothesline. Kurt is back up and he kicks Sting in the stomach, delivers an uppercut, comes off the ropes and Sting catches Kurt in midair delivering a spine buster before going for the cover. Sting gets a two count. Kurt is up against the ring post, Sting goes for the stinger splash and connects. Kurt is still standing but turns around and Sting again goes for the splash, hitting Kurt once again. Sting comes off the ropes and sends Kurt to the mat with a face plant. Sting goes outside on the ring apron and climbs up to the top turnbuckle, Kurt is back to his feet, Kurt goes up the ropes and suplexes Sting back down to the mat. Kurt goes for the pin and gets a two count. Kurt is on his feet and tries to take Sting up for the Olympic slam, but Sting gets it turned around and tries for a pin. Sting gets a two count with the roll up. Sting takes a swing at Kurt, Kurt ducks under and grabs Sting around the waist. This time Kurt manages to hang on and delivers three German suplexes before he releases his hold. Kurt again tries for the cover but only gets a two count. Kurt is back to his feet and he goes for the ankle lock. Sting manages to roll over onto his back and Sting is suddenly back on his feet going for the scorpion. Sting gets the scorpion locked in and the ref is down on the mat asking Kurt if he wants to submit. Kurt’s arm is up in the air as if to tap when Mrs. Angle runs down the ramp and up to the ring apron. Sting releases the hold to face her. The ref is out of the ring to handle the Mrs. leaving Sting and a downed Kurt in the ring. As the ref is busy outside, Nash appears on the opposite side of the ring. Security is coming down the ramp after Kurt’s wife as Nash swings Sting around and delivers a clothesline. Nash rolls out of the ring. Kurt picks up Sting, delivers an Olympic slam and then Kurt realizes there is no ref in the ring because he is busy with the Security team and Kurt’s wife. Kurt yells for the ref, the ref is back in the ring,  Kurt goes for the cover and gets two count before Sting gets his shoulder off the mat. Kurt takes time to yell at the ref for the two count. Nash is now standing at ringside. Kurt picks up Sting again, sits him up on the top turnbuckle, climbs up after him and appears to try for a suplex off the ropes. Sting fights back with fists and blows to Kurt’s body. Sting slams his forearms into Kurt’s head and Kurt is back on the mat. Sting goes for a frog splash but Kurt gets his knees up. Again Kurt goes for a cover and again Kurt only gets a two count. Kurt is back on his feet, he picks Sting up, delivers a front slam and goes out on the ring apron to climb to the top turnbuckle. Kurt summersaults over to land on Sting’s chest and then goes for the pin. Kurt gets a two count and Sting manages to get a shoulder up off the mat. Kurt again goes for the ankle lock with Sting in the middle of the ring. Sting looks up and sees Nash at ringside, holding onto the second rope. Sting rolls over and sends Kurt into Nash, Kurt going to the mat and Nash going to the floor. Kurt takes a swing at Sting, Sting ducks and Kurt knocks down the ref instead. Sting sends Kurt to the mat with a scorpion death drop and waves for a ref to come from the back since Charles is still down. Sting makes the cover and ref Andrew Thomas runs from the back to climb into the ring. Thomas counts to two before Nash pulls him out of the ring and punches him out with a right hand. Nash, still holding his head, climbs into the ring, grabs Sting by the hair and delivers a right hand to Sting’s head. Nash has Sting against the ring post and he send big elbows to Sting’s face and chest and then knees to Sting’s midsection. Kurt is back on his feet. Nash and Kurt send Sting across the ring into the ropes to set him up for a double clothesline. Sting ducks under the clothesline, goes into the ropes on the opposite side and comes off to take down Nash and Kurt with a double clothesline of his own. Sting heads toward Nash and pummels him with a right hand before turning to Kurt. Kurt delivers a low blow to Sting. Nash is back standing on the floor outside the ring and Kurt has found  Sting’s baseball bat. Kurt turns to take Sting out with the bat but Sting stops him and takes the bat away. Sting proceeds to beat Kurt with the bat, abdomen and back, then with a shot to the head that sends Kurt down to the mat. Nash is back up on the apron and trying to get back into the ring but Sting bounces the ropes and stops Nash before laying into Nash with the bat and sending him down to the mat. Sting drops the bat on the ring apron and goes after Kurt. Sting and Angle are both bleeding from the forehead but Sting hits the scorpion death drop, ref Charles is back in the ring, Sting has the cover and he gets the three count, the win and the title. Sting is now the TNA Heavyweight Champion. The audience is on their feet and Sting, with the exception of the blood running down his face, appears to be well aware that he is now the Champion.

Winner: Sting

New TNA World Heavyweight Champion

I hate to say this but Olympic gold medals don’t mean much to professional wrestlers who have worked hard to get to where they are in the pro wrestling business. It took the match down several pegs by having Mrs. Angle show up at ringside.  Waste of time, waste of energy, and it did nothing for the match. Kevin Nash showing up wasn’t done in the best of taste, but it beat having the Mrs. prancing up and down the entrance ramp. Sting was a great competitor in this match in spite of rumors that he is planning to retire. He worked hard and the fans appreciated his talent. Kurt did a good job in the ring but the outside interference didn’t do anything for Kurt’s credibility as a pro wrestler. I’m not used to seeing Sting bleed and it looked like he was losing quite a bit of blood. I haven’t seen anything to indicate that he was badly injured but it didn’t look good on the big screen.  I’d like to think Sting will have a nice long title run with opponents other than Kurt Angle. I can think of enough wrestlers in TNA that deserve to be in the ring for the title. Keeping Kurt Angle in the gold circle can only start to wear on fans after awhile.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TNA NO SURRENDER / SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 9 / PLAY-BY-PLAY ANALYSIS AND COMMENTARY BY SASSY
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