Well Russo didn't. But I did enjoy seeing Sabu, as bad as the match was. His opponent (Malice) sells bumps and landings as bad as Annie on Tough Enough 2. (Sabu replaced Jarrett in the ladder match for the title match when Jarrett was kicked out of the building for beating people up or something...)
The Flying Elvis’(s?) get as much crowd reaction as Bischoff’s speech Monday, but that’s okay because it’s all about Chad! Here’s Chad holding his “Chad” sign in front of people trying to watch the match. Here’s Chad walking back and forth. Here’s Chad figuring out that NOBODY IS GOING TO STOP HIM from doing this. Here’s two more dorks with their signs! Meanwhile, Chad turns around and tries to start a “CHAD” chant and some dumbasses ACTUALLY START DOING IT! Finally, here’s somebody who probably is just an annoyed fan to tell Chad to move on. Chad moves to the stairs but keeps holding his sign while he flips off the guy from afar! CHAD IS GOD
Sign of the week refers to what “WWE” stands for…”We Waste Everybody’s (time).”
If JR was doing this broadcast, what are the odds we’d hear the line “Norman Smiley’s wife’s a hoss!”
Poor Jerry Lynn. He finally gets a good heel gimmick and finds himself in apparently the only arena in the world where people KNOW WHO HE IS AND REFUSE TO STOP CHEERING HIM.
I liked the first half of the show better than the second. For all the hype and (manufactured) talk about the "X" division, that sure wasn't a very good "X" championship match, and the crowd could've cared less.
Just one man's opinion, of course, but here are a few random thoughts on the 7/17 NWA-TNA, #5:
We start with Ken Shamrock telling Goldylocks to "Back off Bitch!", our first sign that this is not to be Goldylocks' night...speaking of signs, the "Nothing Without Athena" sign is back, along with its partner "Totally Needs Athena"; sorry guys, good to see you again, but no repeat winners for sign of the night.
Backstage Scott Hall and Jeff Jarrett are going at it...looks as if guardrails are the NWA-TNA equivalent of WWE's clangy poles...NWA VP Bill Behrens (hey, somebody finally untied him!) has Jarrett escorted out of the arena and informs Double J that he has forfeited his Number One Contender's Match against Malice..."What does this mean?", asks Don West...why it's a SWERVE, baby; it means that we're not going to see a match that's been billed all week; it means Russo's back in town!...BTW, if you're looking to read some real anti-Russo vitriol, be sure to Click Here to check out tomk's "NWA-TNA Workrate Report" on the DVDVR Message Board.
Father Frank Mitchell issues as open challage for a replacement to meet Malice in the Number One Contender Match (because, I guess, taking the contract without first beating someone up is just no fun)...out go the lights and my tv screen looks like the SlashWrestling home page (please come back CRZ!)...back come the lights and it's SABU! Yes! Sabu in a ladder match! "ECW!" "ECW!"...errr, I mean "TNA!" "TNA!"...BTW, good crowd again tonight, especially in terms of chanting...Sabu hits the double spring board from the chair to the ropes to connect with Malice out on the floor...later, in the ring, it looks as if Malice wanted to do a face-first flop after being sandwiched by Sabu into the ladder, but the chair was in the way so he ended up just dropping to his knees...Sabu from the top turnbuckle drop kicks the ladder while Malice is on it...Malice ends up going thru a table...if you're a Sabu fan (which I am) IMHO you should love this match...Sabu with the win at 13:21...and then it's Sabu's turn to go thru a table; "TNA!" "TNA!".
Mike Tenay: "Let's take it to Goldylocks in the back"...which, IMHO, sounds like a pretty good idea...back inside, AJ Styles passes Sabu on his way to the ring, and that's a pretty nasty sneer AJ throws Sabu's way...Jerry Lynn eventually joins AJ in the ring and the saga of the fighting Tag-Team Champs continues....oops, looks like Lynn hit the back of his head on the mic when he got knocked to the mat...I doubt if he meant to do that!
Goldylocks tries to interview Jasmin St Claire in the locker room, but Francine punks out Jasmin and leaves Jamin laid out under a running showerhead...back to the ring, K Krush is on the stick: "I've got something to get off my chest right now"...to be honest, I was hoping that Jasmin would be the one to get something off her chest, but such is life...K Krush continues his promo, stating that he has been kept down by the powers that be because "K Krush was going to become something they were afraid of"...I know there's a joke there, but I'm just too tired to find it...we get a "K Krush" chant; gee, is this crowd happy to be there or what?...K Krush gets the 1-2-3 over Norman Smiley at 3:21...I didn't hear the bell after this match; did I miss it, or did the timekeeper fall asleep?...K Krush then attempts to hang Norman Smiley with a belt over the top rope...the attempted lynching is broken up by Norman Smiley's wife...having seen Smiley do his "Big Wiggle", I would have bet good money that I would see a Mrs. Richard Simmons before I would see a Mrs Norman Smiley.
Goldylocks interviews Puppet, who is standing inside a trash can...Puppet says he has PMS: Pissed Midget Syndrome...Puppet offers to show Goldylocks his "cobra" later; Goldylocks thinks Puppet's "cobra" is more like a "garden snake"...Goldylocks comments that she can't wait for her singing career to take off so that she can drop this gig...BTW, if you're interested you can Click Here to access Goldylock's web site....I figure since Jeremy Borash plugged her site in his column last week, it's only right that I plug Goldylocks too....Goldylocks moves on to the Dupps, and Stan Dupps compliments Goldylocks on her lips...no, not the lips on her face...I told you this was not Goldylocks' night.
Time for the Flying Elvises!...well, two-thirds of them, anyway...Elix Skipper and Christopher Daniels are their opponents...Flying Elvis Sonny Siaki joins the announcers during the match to put himself over and his partner Jorge Estrada down...Don West to Siaki: "Are you watching the same match I am? Are you in the same match I'm watching?"...The Elvises get the win when Estrada pins Skipper at the 9:47 mark ...after the match the Dupps come out with the wood...Siaki leaves his partner Estrada in the ring to catch the three-on-one (yes, Fluff Dupp gets involved and she's got wood too) beatdown.
The cameras catch TEO in the cage with one of the TNA dancers...backstage Goldylocks interviews K Krush, who asks her "How about if I start slapping you around, Bitch?"...Yep, it just keeps going from bad to worse tonight for Goldylocks....Scott Hall jumps K Krush and lays him out....Scott Hall: "Two down, one to go."
Time for the Hardcore Midgets, Puppet against Meatball...Hey, the macaroni and cheese is the store brand from Krogers (I told you this show has a tight budget)....during the match we get Cheetos, a pie, Cheese Whiz, a watermelon, and man am I hungry...Puppet with the pin at 6:14....back to TEO in the cage, who is now assaulting the TNA dancer, as he grabs her top and takes off; which makes for a nice segue into the next match, Jasmin St Clair vs Francine....Jasmin still has her wet tee-shirt on...the bell rings and its a CATFIGHT! ECW-style! Pull that hair! Rip those clothes off! Into the ring comes the Blue Meanie, who we're told is Jasmin's boyfriend...the Blue Meanie hits the DDT on Francine...call it no-contest at 1:20...Francine gets stretchered out with Ed Ferrara as an escort.
Goldylocks attempts to interview Low Ki backstage, but Low Ki blows her off, mumbling "I don't want to talk now" and walking away...I think this was Goldylocks' best segment of the night...AJ Styles vs Low Ki for the X Division title...another great match IMHO, definitely the match of the night...AJ Styles retains with the pin at 10:34...kiss that belt AJ!...Jerry Lynn comes out and does a post-match beatdown of Styles....Lynn to Styles: "You will respect me!"...Ed Ferrara says it's about all about respect for the fourteen year veteran Jerry Lynn...hey, isn't this "respect" stuff The Undertaker's gimmick?
Mike Tenay tells us that next week's title match between Sabu and Ken Shamrock will be a ladder match with the NWA Title suspended above the ring, but with a twist: submissions will count...I guess ladder climbing isn't in Shamrock's contract.
Brian Lawler has his goggles back, and we get another promo where he rags on his father Jerry Lawler..."Jerry's Kid" chants...this crowd definitely had their chants down...can't wait to see the payoff to this father-son feud...just my opinion, but Brian's facial expressions could rival William Regal's...K Krush does a run-in during the match, but three shots from Scott Hall later and K Krush is over the ropes and out of the ring....Scott Hall with the pinfall at 8:20...post match K Krush is back and he and Lawler do the two-on-one to Hall....now it's Hall's turn to get hung by K Krush by a belt over the ropes...yep, two lynchings in one night; can't beat that...Don West: "Are we going to go thru this all over again?"...funny, that's what I was thinking, as this whole ending had a deja vu feel to it, as we again see Scott Hall being taken away on a stretcher only to get worked over by Jeff Jarrett, who had snuck back into the arena disguised as an EMT.
Sign of the night: "Brian Christopher Steals My Cloths"....Second Place: "We Waste Everyone's Time....Honorable Mention: "We Came To See The Wiggle"....BTW, good to see the signs back this week!
IMHO, probably the best show yet. No Alicia. No Bobcat. No fat guy tied up with "FU" across his stomach. No blatant jobbers. No run-in no-contests (well, except for the catfight, but obviously that doesn't count). The in-ring action was superb. Again, just my opinion, but unless you're Goldylocks, this was a great overall show. It'll be interesting to see if it continues from here.
Originally posted by Mild Mannered MadmanFor what its worth, the past two shows Sabu's done here, he's been much cleaner and smoother in the ring. When he wrestled Jerry Lynn, Lynn actually blew a spot, Sabu didn't.
Be careful there. According to Lance Storm, those guys blow spots intentionally just to get the crows to boo or chant "You f*cked up!" That's not to say that they NEVER mess up, but I'd put more money on the former scenario.
WyldeWolf1 The Man of 1,007 holds, making him 3 holds better than Chris Jericho!
Actually, I hate Sabu. Always have and always will. But, I'lll give him credit, his match last night was pretty good. I could tell Malice was a little on the underexperienced side when it came to taking those big bumps.
I thought last night's was the the worst one yet. But, ScottHall/Brian Lawler, K-Krush/Norman Freakin' Smiley. The reason to watch these shows are Jeff Jarrett, K-Krush, Brian Lawler and Hall. Also, throw in Jerry Lynn, the X-Division, Flying Elvises, AJ Styles (who I'm not so keen on STILL) and you have a crappy show turning good. I wasn't as impressed by Styles/Loki this time around, but oh, well.
Also, if you have a chance to get the TNA tapes and you want to see one of THE best promos I've ever seen, you GOTTA' see Lawler's promo from last night. They guy was frickin' ON. Other than that, I've noticed how, for a 44-45 year old man, Hall sure as hell doesn't bump or wrestle like one. I mean he ain't the greatest, but he ain't bad.
An open letter to Andrew Gilkison from me: Sir, I am no longer pleased with your product and thus will not read it. I am the consumer and your product is not living up to my expectations. I could open up an Andrew Gilkison message board and cry about it, but that's a waste of my time. In the meantime, I would suggest you work on improving your product. Thank you.
Watching RAW and Smackdown doesn't cost anymore than your posts do. And so, like a good consumer, I'm tuning you out.
I like Sabu, but a "really big surprise" should be a lot bigger than that. I thought it might be Flair! Think about it: former NWA champ, zilch to do in WWE right now, who the hell knows about his contract situation.
¡Azúcar, flores y muchos colores! Estos fueron los ingredientes elegidos para crear a la niñita perfecta. Pero el profesor Utonio agrego accidentalmente otro ingrediente a la formula: ¡la sustancia X! Y así nacieron, ¡las Chicas Superpoderosas! ¡Con sus ultra súper poderes, Bombón, Burbuja y Bellota dedican su vida a combatir el crimen y las fuerzas del mal!
Any "match" that ends with Jonathan Coachman's pants around his ankles is NOT A WRESTLEMANIA MATCH. This is the first time that she's actually had a pre-set match at Mania, as the "Cat Fight" (rolls eyes)