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Since: 26.2.04
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Shannon Moore defeated Mark Haskins
Mickie James defeated Angelina Love
Kazarian beat Chris Sabin in an X Division Match
Beer Money |(w/Ric Flair) successfully defended the titles against Douglas Williams & Brutus Magnus
Matt Morgan & Rob Terry beat Jeff Jarrett & The Pope
Mr. Anderson & Rob Van Dam bested The Hardy Boys

After hearing glowing reports of how different TNA house shows are to their TV product, I decided at the last minute to give this one a go.

It was an enjoyable event, with the X Division Title match being my pick for match of the night. It was good to see Flair there considering the money issues/tantrum fiasco in Dublin. He said a few words on the mic before the tag title match and called some fan in the crowd a 'wanker' a few times. Families in the audience didn't know what to make of that one.

I've read reports that there were about 6,000 in attendance and that seems about right. No doubt about it, this was a lively crowd who were into the action for the most part. Jeremy Borash did a great job on the mic between matches, keeping the crowd hot. Jeff Hardy probably got the biggest pop of the night. He is much more over than the champion, Anderson.

The sad thing was that the crowd clearly wanted to have a reason to cheer for the Hardys, but the brothers spent the match playing the time-stalling, cowardly heels. It has been said before, but so many wrestlers are miscast in their face/heel roles.

I'd certainly recommend the TNA house shows. It's just a shame that we can't see a similar product on TV.

Did any other Brit posters catch one of these shows. Amos?


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The Hardys? Playing the chickenshit stall-for-time heels?

THE HARDYS?! Yeah, they're miscast in that role, all right. Not that Matt's as skinny as he used to be, to put it mildly.



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Who the heck is Mark Haskins? Is he any good? Strange to have Terry teaming with Morgan. Samoa Joe doesn't go on this tour but Shannon Moore does? I guess he's there to babysit Matt and Jeff.


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Haskins is a UK wrestler who's done tours of Dragon Gate. People seem to speak positively of him. TNA used him on the tour as a local fill in for Alex Shelley but didn't appear to have a relationship with him before.



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    Originally posted by griff

    I've read reports that there were about 6,000 in attendance and that seems about right.


I saw a TNA house show in Coventry a few years ago in a venue that wasn't full and only held about 2500 in the first place. I have friends who are very casual wrestling fans who bought tickets to this UK tour just because it was called the 'Woooo' tour.

So as bad as some of the results of Hogan/Bischoff/Flair in TNA have been, it seems like they've at least raised TNA's profile in some way.
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