Mick Foley is out! He talks a little bit about the upcoming Sacrifice PPV, but what's really on his mind is a DVD he has showing "disturbing" happenings in Nashville, involving Jeff Jarrett. Oh boy!
In the MEM's locker room, it's just Booker T, Kevin Nash, and Scott Steiner. Steiner says that he's in charge tonight -- Kurt Angle is in Hollywood, filming a movie -- and Steiner deserves it -- why, he graduated hakuna matata from the University of Michigan!
Nash says that Jenna Morasca has agreed to underwrite the Mafia -- as long as Sharmelle is exiled. Booker takes considerable umbrage; Scott says he'll take care of it. (They show more stuff throughout the show; suffice it to say that Steiner fails to "take care of it." Man, I get the sinking feeling we're leading up to a Morasca/Sharmelle match.)
Jeremy Borash and Mick Foley are doing Mr. Furley impressions when Eric young comes in and demands more opportunities! Foley books him into a match with...Samoa Joe!
Chris Sabin vs. Christopher Daniels: Don West continues to insist that Daniels and Suicide are one and the same, especially when we see Daniels hit that STO that we saw Suicide use last week. Lethal Consequences seem suspicious as well, watching from the ramp. Sabin hits some nice moves, including the Hesitation Dropkick, but Daniels puts him away with the Best Moonsault Ever.
Back in Foley's office, Foley and "Slick" Johnson compare war wounds. Foley's looking for a ref to do his bidding and settles on the "slightly shady" Earl Hebner -- no matter what, Hebner is not to DQ Samoa Joe in his match with Eric Young. That's what EY gets for barging in!
Angelina Love is backstage and confirms that it was Cute Kip she was talking to last week -- here he is! He's got a stretcher match tonight with Awesome Kong! (?!?!)
They show some of that DVD footage, and it's Jarrett hanging out with some little girls who I assume are his daughters. I don't know for sure, I FFWDed.
Samoa Joe vs. Eric Young: Short match -- they have a little back-and-forth until Joe throws a chair into Young's face and then reverses an attempted EY rollup into the Coquina Clutch. Hebner raises Young's arm three times but he's out. (We don't see three full arm-raises and drops very often!) Joe leaves -- taking Eric with him! the most dangerous game
Huh, Joe throws EY into the trunk of a car and then the car drives off. Who's the driver? I think kidnapping Eric Young puts you into tweenerhood, at least.
Lauren is accompanying Taylor Wilde on her date with her "secret admirer" -- it turns out to be a setup from Daffney, who is PO'd because Wilde got her into this thing with the Beautiful People and then didn't come out to save her when the BP's were cutting Daffney's hair. She beats down Wilde until Lauren chases her off with a broken drink glass (!). Looks like Wilde is the second participant in the Knockout Monster's Ball -- odd choice.
Awesome Kong vs. Cute Kip: Don West says that Spike TV has waived their "no man-on-women violence" rule because they realize how out-of-control Kong is. Is Kong wearing more makeup than usual? Anyway -- Kip goozles Kong but Saeed slides in for the low blow -- Kong goes for the steel chair and CRACKS Kip in the head. Crowd: "One More Time!" Kong: "OK!" CRACK! Kong folds the chair around the prostrate Kip's head -- SPLASH! She doesn't even wait for the crowd to chant -- here's one more! Kip is dead and gets taken out on the stretcher.
I wish there was an Awesomebomb in there, but still -- Kip's best TNA match yet.
Team 3D are in back putting over the tournament -- OHHH the British Invasion beats them down, using both the Feast or Fired suitcases! (I sense a case-on-a-pole match when Hernandez comes back.) As 3D are lying on the ground, Abdul Bashir and Kiyoshi (in suits!) walk through, surveying the damage.
British Invasion vs. Amazing Red & Suicide: This is a Team 3D Tournament match; winner will take on Beer Money in the finals. I am rooting for the British Invasion because they rule. Fun match, although Red doesn't get to do as much of the flippy-flippy as he did against MCMG. Speaking of whom -- Sabin and Shelley are down to ruin things for Suicide, kicking him in the face and allowing Doug Williams to hit a HUUUGE kneedrop off the top rope -- Mike Tenay says that's the "Bombs Away" kneedrop, and that's it for Suicide.
So Beer Money vs. British Invasion is next to see who takes on Team 3D -- after the attack on 3D by the Brits, I wouldn't be surprised if they're the ones to move on.
The MCMG -- since they're already out here and all -- kill Red with a sort of Dominator/cutter combo, and then attack Suicide. Lethal Consequences are out for the save -- no, THEY go after Suicide, too! They're going to unmask him! Lethal's pulling the mask off -- NO, he's interrupted by DANIELS, coming down the ramp! We are baffled! Don West is convinced that the Daniels is STILL the guy in the Suicide suit -- "Who's this guy impersonating Daniels?" Ha ha!
Daniels and Suicide chase off MCMG and Lethal Consequences (with Suicide hitting Kaz's patented front pump dropkick, hmm), and shake hands. Daniels: "You owe me one!" This is going to turn into a six-man three-team tag at Sacrifice, right? Because that could rule pretty hard.
No Limit vs. Kevin Nash: Wow, Nash killed them pretty bad. Hopefully they're going back to Japan and this was their exit interview, because it'd be hard to see them as a threat after this. This is what "local jobbers" are for.
Booker T vs. Jethro Holliday: This is an "I Quit" match, Booker's warm-up for his "I Quit" match at Sacrifice. Holliday actually holds his own for awhile but finally admits "I'm done" after a chairshot and the axe kick. I continue not caring about Holliday, sorry.
Mick Foley is back out and here's more DVD footage -- oh surprise Foley attacked JJ in Nashville. Lengthy beatdown ensues, ensuring that Jarrett will be the final entrant in the Sacrifice main event.
Closeup on Foley -- fade to black -- and that's that.
(edited by Karlos the Jackal on 15.5.09 0139) Last 5 movies seen: Last Chance Harvey *** - Doubt **** - Burn After Reading n/a - The Princess Bride n/a - Quantum of Solace ***
I think my favorite part of that utterly pointless beatdown by Foley (aside from the always entertaining clangy poles!!) was how almost all of it was out of frame, so you had barely any idea what was actually going on. We got to see some really great footage of the Asylum walls and Jeff Jarrett's shoes.
I am torn on the Kip/Kong match. On one hand it was nice to see Kip get his ass kicked on the other hand, it was done by a woman. I do re-iterate my Kong is a division killer point of view. Hopefully, it will stay in the Knockout division. The rest of the show was ok. I am interested to see if they will go all the way with the Monster Ball's match with Daffney/Taylor. It was nice that they remembered they were friends and giving Daff a reason to go after Taylor.
Originally posted by Karlos the JackalAwesome Kong vs. Cute Kip: Don West says that Spike TV has waived their "no man-on-women violence" rule because they realize how out-of-control Kong is. Is Kong wearing more makeup than usual? Anyway -- Kip goozles Kong but Saeed slides in for the low blow -- Kong goes for the steel chair and CRACKS Kip in the head. Crowd: "One More Time!" Kong: "OK!" CRACK! Kong folds the chair around the prostrate Kip's head -- SPLASH! She doesn't even wait for the crowd to chant -- here's one more! Kip is dead and gets taken out on the stretcher.
I wish there was an Awesomebomb in there, but still -- Kip's best TNA match yet.
I'd like to nominate this as a five star match. Hopefully this is the end of Kip on TV.
Did Kong seriously yell OK to the crowd? Is she still a heel, or does the crowd seriously s*it on Kip? I'm gonna have to check out the replay on Saturday now.
Kong's definitely a face, ever since the Beautiful People feud started. There was no outright face turn, though, but that villainous mega-heel Don West is against her, so that's all the proof you need right there. I'm mostly fine with that, although Raisha Saed is...weird as a face, and the sooner they get rid of that character and just let her be someone else (Cheerleader Melissa or whatever), the better.
Despite my crack about Don above, West actually had some good lines last night (especially in regard to the Jarrett home movies). I did something of a spit-take when he compared watching them to waterboarding. "Who's this guy impersonating Daniels?" was another gem. I'm not saying he's great by any stretch of the imagination, but at least he's got a perspective now and isn't just mindlessly parroting whatever Tenay says, but louder.
I was really glad it was Daffney who met Taylor, instead of a ridiculous "secret admirer" romance storyline, plus it justified the Monster's Ball at Sacrifice with twenty seconds of Daffney talking.
As is probably obvious, I liked a lot of small moments from last night's show, but the wrestling was sub-par, for the most part, outside of the tag match. I fast-forwarded through the Booker/Outlaw match (because, really, who cares?) and Nash/No Limit (see Booker/Outlaw). I'm wondering if Joe is going to be brainwashing Eric Young to be part of the Nation of Violence, but that just makes me sad because almost nothing bores me faster than EY doing just about anything. I used to find him amusing during his "Scared of my own pyro" days, but he's been useless since then and I can't see him as a scary bad-ass no matter how many facial tattoos Joe might put on him.
"Never piss off a hawk with a blowgun" - Conan O'Brien
Originally posted by OliverDid Kong seriously yell OK to the crowd?
Heh, no, just metaphorically. She was clearly responding/playing to the crowd, though.
Originally posted by GodEatGodKong's definitely a face, ever since the Beautiful People feud started. There was no outright face turn, though, but that villainous mega-heel Don West is against her, so that's all the proof you need right there. I'm mostly fine with that, although Raisha Saed is...weird as a face, and the sooner they get rid of that character and just let her be someone else (Cheerleader Melissa or whatever), the better.
Yeah, the nature of Kong's facehood -- no actual turn, continued Saeed presence -- is, I suspect, purposeful -- they can shift Kong back to the heel side pretty effortlessly with an Awesomebomb on Wilde (or Stock or Hamada or whoever).
Another option would be for Kong to stay face awhile and feud with Daffney after Daff wins the Monster's Ball. Or, hey, Kong turns heel by killing Lauren, leading to Abyss siccing Daffney on Kong -- we'd have no idea who was the face and who was the heel! Shades of grey!
Last 5 movies seen: Last Chance Harvey *** - Doubt **** - Burn After Reading n/a - The Princess Bride n/a - Quantum of Solace ***
That backstage attack on 3D was monumentally bad. Like, I thought I was watching a pro wrestling parody there. First it was Bubba gently falling to the floor like he was an old man wading into a warm bath, then it was the lamest briefcase shot of all time on Bubba, which he sold by screaming like he was shot. Yikes.
I said it last week but this Suicide storyline is just gold all around. Almost all of West's best lines are coming from this angle.
The matches weren't GREAT but I thought on paper it looks like a card that should have been a good television lineup. So any lack of good wrestling I blame on the wrestlers this week and not the bookers. Although Nash and Booker's matches should have been at the beginning of the show, not the end.
I'm hoping British Invasion wins as well. If they really want to promote the Team 3D Invitational as a tournament that will show off new talent then the new team should win. Beer Money will get plenty of shots at the title later.
Steiner is hilarious. His plan to get Sharmell and Jenna to work things out was so stupid I thought it might work. They should make him like Michael Scott. Abyss would like that.
TNA has been consistently interesting. I've been noticing the slow build and subtle build on a majority of storylines. The who is Suicide angle, Foley's craziness, who's the mystery driver of the Humm...uh black limo. Even the dynamic of Abyss, Lauren, Daffney, and Stevie is growing many layers and involving others in a smart way. I'm seeing what they did thar, TNA is stepping it up story wise. I'm more interested in Impact than RAW right now.
2004 looks to be a big, big transition year for the WWE... wrestlers like Randy Orton, Eddie Guerrero, Chris Benoit, John Cena, and Edge (among others) are likely going to be given big-time main event pushes throughout the year.