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Talk Wrestling Online Newsletter - Issue 12 - May 18th 2003



Hey All,


Fresh off last night's Frontiers of Honor show from the FWA, featuring Ring of Honor stars (report next week), we're just a matter of hours away from Judgment Day tonight, which looks... weak, to say the least. But you never know with WWE these days... they may shock us. But probably not.


But nevertheless, with it being pay-per-view weekend, we have another cracking instalment of the newsletter, with news, views, reviews, and a quick overview of the PPV. So gather your family, friends and pets around the computer, and enjoy this week's TWO Newsletter.


Don’t forget to post your predictions for Judgment Day on the forums, the link is below in the TWO Sites News section.


- Mitchell Jones

TWO Newsletter Editor





TWO Site News



**Judgment Day Quiz and Chat TONIGHT**

As is our monthly tradition here at Talk Wrestling Online, we will be holding our monthly PPV Quiz and Chat night. And tonight is the final pay-per-view before the full-throttle pay-per-view split between the rosters: 'Judgment Day'. So in anticipation for the big event, so far promising action between HHH and Kevin Nash, as well as Brock Lesnar vs Big Show for the WWE championship, why not head over to TWO tonight at 8pm to enter our highly popular quiz. Then from 9pm until 1am, stay along for a good ol' chat about the PPV with all the TWO regulars. The more, the merrier. So pull up a chair, get your drinks ready, and join us for 5 hours of non-stop wrestling talk.


Judgment Day Quiz and Chat


Quiz: 8pm - 9pm

Chat: 9pm - 1am

Quiz Rules: http://www.talkwrestlingonline.com/Quiz/quiz.shtml

Chatroom: http://www.talkwrestlingonline.com/Chatrooms/chatrooms.shtml


**Judgment Day Prediction League**

Do you find that every month, you and your mates all predict the results of the upcoming PPV and you always get them right? Why not test yourself against the regulars at Talk Wrestling Online and see how well you do and how good you really are in the TWO US Scene WWE Prediction League. Every PPV, predict who will win what match, and by what method, and work your way up the league, and you could be crowned TWO Prediction League champion. Heaven knows we don't want Seabass crowned again :-D. So what have you got to lose?




Shameless Plug 1



Chance Meeting



Home of 'KSP' Kriss Sprules and Cade Sydal, two indy wrestlers who met, by chance, on the Extreme Warfare Revenge message boards and became a tag team, attempting to find glory in Australia. Well worth a look.



Forum Focus [ http://www.talkwrestlingonline.com/forum ]



Congratulations to this weeks mentions:


- "There are only 10 types of people in the world: Those who understand binary, and those who don't" (TVV - UK Forum)


- "He used to entertain me. Then again, so did He-Man." (Russ - US Forum)**


- "Also gotta find it lovely how Nash stinking the joint up every week, and still gets the super push, yet someone like Edge has 1 bad match within 10, and gets demoted. Love the politics." (Jungmuta - US Forum)


- "Benoit is not perfect. But then again, who is in the wrestling industry?" (Russ - US Forum)



Shameless Plug 2



WWE-X E-fed



Join Shane McMahon as you step into the shoes of your favourite WWE superstar, and roleplay him to the top of the WWE-X ladder.



Judgment Day - By Mitchell Jones



Live - Tonight


UK: Sky Sports 1 (Sky Digital Ch.401) @ 1am

US: Cable, DirecTV and Dish On Demand @ 8pm ET/5pm PT



- Mr America vs 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper

- WWE Championship: Brock Lesnar © vs Big Show

- World Championship: Triple H © vs Kevin Nash

- WWE Tag Titles - Ladder Match: Team Angle © vs Eddie Guerrero & ???

- Intercontinental Title - Battle Royal: Chris Jericho, Booker T, Christian, Goldust, Test, Lance Storm, RVD & Kane

- Womens Championship: Jazz © vs Trish Stratus vs Jackie vs Victoria

- Bikini Challenge: Sable vs Torrie Wilson

- La Resistance vs Scott Steiner & Test



US News - By HSM



*WWE News*


Booker T missed this weeks RAW after being taken ill last weekend. It appears he was suffering from pneumonia although he is still expected to appear in the IC title battle royal this weekend at Judgment Day.


Billy Gunn returned to the ring at the OVW TV taping on Saturday. Gunn teamed with Bradshaw and Faarooq against Mark Jindrak, Lance Cade & Rene Dupree. Gunn is expected to return to the active WWE roster in a few weeks, most likely on the Smackdown brand.


WWE has ended its online survey experiment. The company had put up various surveys at surveys.wwe.com, asking questions about the current product in hopes of improving it. The promotion says that the response was so high; they took down the surveys earlier than expected.


Kurt Angle is expected to return to action in around one month’s time, which is quite a feat when it was originally thought he would be out for up to a year.


Nathan Jones has been off of TV because the WWE doesn't want to change the storyline of his alliance with The Undertaker. While The Undertaker is healing from a recent surgery on his elbow, Nathan Jones waits to return, hopefully working on improving his ring skills. Speaking of the Undertaker he is said to be fully healed from his elbow surgery and is expected back very soon.


WWE Raw on Monday came in with a large 4.4 rating (6.7 share), off of hours of 4.3 and 4.5. That is an incredible .9 jump from last week's Raw rating.


Chavo Guerrero suffered a torn biceps injury during the Velocity taping this week and will likely need surgery. This will force him out of the Judgment Day PPV, where he and Eddie Guerrero are scheduled to face Team Angle in a WWE Tag Team Title Ladder match. At this point, it seems as if WWE will give Eddie another partner.


Stephanie McMahon has been pushing for a larger role on the TV broadcasts of Smackdown. In recent months, she has been the authority figure as the General Manager, but hasn't been that involved in too many storylines. She would like to work an angle with Sable once the Sable/Torrie Wilson program runs its course. No word on whether Vince McMahon has approved such a program


Officially, Jeff Hardy was terminated from his contract in WWE because he failed a second drug test. Apparently the door is open for his return if he was to clean himself up in rehab and demonstrated that he could stay clean. Although it was never announced publicly, the reason he was removed from house shows a few weeks before his release was because he was on suspension due to failing the first test. There are conflicting reports on whether or not he has a 90-day non-compete clause or if he will have to sit out of wrestling until his WWE contract expires entirely.


The Legion of Doom did not make a very good impression on WWE officials this week during there match on RAW. They were not impressed at Hawk totally no selling the finishing moves of Kane and RVD. If you watch closely on Raw, after Hawk was pinned he quickly got up after the 3 count and walked out the ring showing no effects at all. During the match officials in the back were heard to be shouting "sell, sell" as Hawk was taking the moves. Very few people in the WWE thought they put on a good show and it is unclear if they will receive another chance.


Sales for Torrie Wilson's Playboy edition have come in at around 1.02 million copies. The expectation was 800,000 sales, so the issue has done very well.


WWE.com is reporting that Bill Goldberg worked through the steel cage match with Christian with 3 dislocated bones in his right hand. Goldberg mentioned that the injury came from his extensive workout routine. He went on to say that the gloves he wears does help his injuries at times, but sometimes, bone's just pop out.


*NWA TNA News*


Sabu no-showed the NWA: TNA PPV this week. It is unknown why.


Very little other noteworthy news in TNA land this week I’m afraid.


In the results from this weeks PPV.

Chris Sabin defeated Jerry Lynn and The Amazing Red to capture the X-Division title.

Mike Sanders beat Mike Awesome in a Tables match.

Kid Kash pinned Ron Killings

Chris Harris beat David Young

Glen Gilberti beat Perry Saturn

XXX (Chris Daniels & Elix Skipper) defeated AJ Styles & D Lo Brown to retain the NWA Tag Titles.


*Indy News*


The WWA Reckoning PPV takes place in New Zealand next weekend and the scheduled line up is as follows.

Puppet vs. TEO vs. Meatball (Three way midget hardcore match)

Midajah vs. Erica

Shane Douglas vs. Sabu

Chris Sabin vs. Jerry Lynn vs. Frankie Kazarian vs. Johnny Swinger

Rick Steiner vs. Joe E. Legend

Devon Storm vs. Konnan (Hardcore)

Jeff Jarrett vs. Sting (WWA vs. NWA Title Unification Bout)


Selected Indy Results:


Premier Wrestling Federation

Academy Hall - Pottstown, PA


The Christopher Street Connection defeated Fire & Ice (Brandon Blaze & Jason Pelligrini), Jack Victory versus Mafia went to a no-contest, Women's champion Alexis Laree defeated Simply Luscious, Joey Matthews defeated Danny Doring, Rockin Rebel, Josh Daniels and Guillotine Legrande defeated Rapid Fire Maldonado, Chi Chi Cruz, and Julio Dinero, Homicide defeated Ikuto Hidaka and Low Ki, Christopher Daniels defeated Justin Credible, TV Champion C.W. Anderson and Masato Tanaka wrestled to a 15-minute time-limit draw, PWF Champion Steve Corino defeated Chris Hamrick



Puerto Rico


Stefano d. Chris Divine, Jr Heavyweight Champion Noriega d. Tommy Diablo, Huracan Castillo d. Agente Bruno, Anarchy d. El Paparazzi in a Lumberjack Match, Intercontinental Champion Chicano d. Slash Venom in an Extreme Rules Match, Hardcore Champion Ricky Banderas d. Abyss, Apolo, Shane & Rey Gonzales d. Savio Vega, Miguel Perez & Konnan.


Independent Pro Wrestling

Oak Hill, WV

Jamie Bolen vs. T.J. Phillips was declared a time-limit draw, Scotty McKeever d. Gary Vandal, West Virginia Champion Kid Apollo d. Lance Erikson, The Big Guns d. The Batten Twins by DQ, Tracy Smothers d. Ricky Morton.


That’s all for this week, Catch you next time





UK News - By Goldy



Hi and welcome to this weeks TWO UK Scene news section. It's been a fairly quiet week on the UK front, possibly because there is a lot of UK events taking place this weekend. But I hope to make up for it in next weeks column!


WAW Wrestling - Lowestoft - 10.5.03

Hot Stuff def ' The Sexy Monkey' Robin Knightwing

Kharisma def Sweet Saraya by two falls to one

Zebra Kid and Thunder fought to a draw

Steve Quintain def Phil Powers for the WAW Cruiserweight title

Ricky Knight ( w/ Sweet Saraya) and Jake ' The Snake ' Roberts fought to a no contest.


DAM Promotions along with WAW have announced the first three matches for the charity show at the Holt Community Centre on Saturday May 24th. Tag team champions The Coalminers will be wrestling The UK Pitbulls and the team of Hot Stuff and Robin Knightwing. Also Ricky Knight will be against MTX and Sweet Saraya will have a rematch against Kharisma. For ticket details ring 07881 563621


wZw have announced a weekend training camp. The training is to be taken by the FWAs head trainer ' The Specialist' Mark Sloan and will be held at the wZw training centre in Newcastle Upon Tyne on the 13th and 14th of July. For more details email gary@wzuk.co.uk.


Doug Williams is having mixed fortunes in his matches for Pro Wrestling Noah. In his debut match for the company Doug was victorious teaming up with Bison Smith to defeat Scorpio and Fly Guy Cannon. On May 10th, Doug defeated Haruka Eigen in a singles match and continuing winning ways he and Yoshihiro defeated Takeshi Morishima and Naomichi Marufuji with Williams getting the pin on Marufuji. On the May 13th show Doug was part of a six man tag match which saw his team of Yoshihiro Takayama and Takashi Sugiura lose to the team of Takeshi Morishima, Takeshi Rikio and Naomichi Marufiji in front of a large crowd of 2,100 fans.


FCW are putting on their next show on Sunday May 25th 2003. This is the card so far:

Kevin O Neil vs Laken Xander

' High Impact' Sam Green and Morales vs ' Mr. Bad Attitude' Saul Adams and Damien Grant

A Star Athelete vs Spud

GBH vs Chris Devilin

' The Sensation Of The Nation' Rob Hunter vs Heavy Metal Maniac

Celt Kennedy vs Jack storm

Tickets are £5 each, for details of the show email woesmail@blueyonder.co.uk.


Scottish Championship Wrestling's Summer Spirit show comes from Greenock Town Hall on July 19th. Tickets for SCW's Summer Spirit have now gone on sale, prices are the same as the Golden Harvest show and all information can be found on the Scottish Championship Wrestling website, http://www.scottishcw.com All your SCW favourites will be on show, plus you will see the first defence by SCW Scottish Heavyweight Champion, Conscience. This will also be your first opportunity to see the belt for the aforementioned title.


Tickets for the FWAs June 22nd show taking place at the Broxbourne Civic Hall will be on sale next week. The show will be called Vendetta 2003. Doug Williams is set to return and defend the FWA Heavyweight title.


If you haven't yet had chance to see the American Dragon in this country there's still opportunity to watch him wrestle for All Star Promotions on May 28th at the Woodville Hall, Gravesend (box office - 01474 337774) and on June the 10th at the Fairfields Halls, Croydon (box office - 020 8688929). Dragon, who is the current All Star World Heavy-Middleweight champion, will also be headlining events at Butlins Centres until the middle of June having a series of matches against Jonny Storm.


Thats it for this week. By the time you read this, I should be returning from the FWA Frontier Of Honour show! I will see you all next week with lots more UK news and show results. Thank you all for reading.



International News - By Fujiwara



Results: There aren’t many things to report on the result side of things this week but here we go


NOAH 5/11

1. Mitsuo Momota beat Haruka Eigen in 8:20 with a horizontal cradle.

2. Takeshi Rikio defeated Tommy Drake in 8:28 with a short lariat.

3. Makoto Hashi, Yoshinobu Kanemaru, & Takashi Sugiura beat KENTA, Tsuyoshi Kikuchi, & Kotaro Suzuki in 18:48 when Hashi used the Gory Driver on Suzuki.

4. Yoshihiro Takayama & Doug Williams defeated Naomichi Marufuji & Takeshi Morishima in 14:16 when Williams used a German suplex hold on Marufuji.

5. Jun Akiyama & Akitoshi Saito battled Tamon Honda & Jun Izumida to a no contest in 5:41 when Izumida walked out on Honda.

6. Scorpio & Bison Smith beat Masao Inoue & Kenta Kobashi in 12:44 when Scorpio used a 450 Splash on Inoue.

7. Daisuke Ikeda, Naoki Sano, & Akira Taue defeated Kishin Kawabata, Mitsuharu Misawa, & Yoshinari Ogawa in 21:46 when Ikeda used an Ikeda Armlock Version 1 on Kawabata.


NOAH 5/13

1. Haruka Eigen beat Mitsuo Momota in 7:36 with a backslide.

2. Naoki Sano defeated Masashi Aoyagi in 9:17 with a Northern Lights Bomb.

3. Daisuke Ikeda & Kotaro Suzuki beat Makoto Hashi & Yoshinobu Kanemaru in 12:31 when Ikeda used a Death Valley Bomb on Hashi.

4. Mitsuharu Misawa & Yoshinari Ogawa defeated Masao Inoue & Jun Izumida in 14:36 when Misawa used a running elbow smash on Izumida.

5. Takeshi Rikimaru (Naomichi Marufuji, Takeshi Morishima, & Takeshi Rikio) beat Takashi Sugiura, Yoshihiro Takayama, & Doug Williams in 18:43 when Marufuji used a huracarana on Sugiura.

6. Jun Akiyama & Akitoshi Saito defeated Kishin Kawabata & Akira Taue in 13:59 when Akiyama used an Exploder on Kawabata.

7. Tamon Honda, KENTA, & Kenta Kobashi beat Tommy Drake, Scorpio, & Bison Smith in 24:51 when Honda used the rolling Olympic Hell on Drake.


NOAH 5/14

1. Mitsuo Momota beat Haruka Eigen in 6:58 with a cradle cutback.

2. Takashi Sugiura defeated Kotaro Suzuki in 10:48 with an Olympic Slam.

3. Naoki Sano & Akira Taue beat Tommy Drake & Scorpio in 11:59 when Sano used a Northern Lights Bomb on Drake.

4. Bison Smith, Yoshihiro Takayama, & Doug Williams defeated Takeshi Rikimaru (Naomichi Marufuji, Takeshi Morishima, & Takeshi Rikio) in 15:23 when Smith used the Bisontennial on Marufuji.

5. Yuji Nagata beat Masao Inoue in 13:46 with a backdrop suplex hold.

6. Daisuke Ikeda & Jun Izumida battled Mitsuharu Misawa & Yoshinari Ogawa to a no contest in 12:26 when Scorpio & Bison Smith ran in.

7. Captain’s Fall Elimination Match: STERNNESS (Jun Akiyama, Makoto Hashi, Yoshinobu Kanemaru, & Akitoshi Saito © defeated Burning (Tamon Honda ©, KENTA, Tsuyoshi Kikuchi, & Kenta Kobashi) in 35:56. Hashi used a jackknife hold on Kikuchi at 3:05. KENTA used a Busaiku knee kick on Hashi at 13:46. Saito used the Sickle of Death on Honda at 35:56.



1. Masayuki Kono beat Taichi Ishikari in 6:14 with a Lion Tamer.

2. Hideki Hosaka defeated Kazushi Miyamoto in 7:16 with a cradle while having his feet on the ropes.

3. Ryuji Hijikata & Shigeo Okumura beat Nobutaka Araya & Nobukazu Hirai in 18:22 when Hijikata used the Hiji Clutch on Hirai.

4. THE APEMAN KiKi & Jun Kasai defeated Gran Hamada & Fugofugo Kameji (Fugofugo Yumeji) in 13:57 when Kasai used the Pearl Harbor Splash on Kameji.

5. Keiji Muto & Kaoru Uno beat THE APEMAN 200% (Yoji Anjo) & 728% Machine in 14:14 when Uno used a la magistral on 200%.

6. BAPE STA!! Tag Tournament - Final: THE APEMAN (Jimmy Yang) & Satoshi Kojima defeated Arashi & Kendo KaShin in 19:04 when THE APEMAN used the Yang Time on KaShin.



1. Taichi Ishikari beat Masayuki Kono in 7:25 with a face stomp.

2. Command Bolshoi & noki-A defeated THE APEWOMAN & baby A in 17:20 when noki-A used a noki-an backbreaker on baby A.

3. Gran Hamada & Shigeo Okumura beat Nobukazu Hirai & Hideki Hosaka in 13:29 when Okumura used a single-leg horizontal cradle on Hosaka.

4. Tomoaki Honma & Kazushi Miyamoto defeated Gran Naniwa & Jun Kasai in 14:32 when Honma used a running elbow smash on Naniwa.

5. Yoji Anjo, Nobutaka Araya, & Masa Fuchi beat Arashi, Ryuji Hijikata, & Kendo KaShin in 18:45 when Araya used a moonsault press on Hijikata.

6. THE APEMAN NIGO (Kaoru Uno), Keiji Muto, & TAKA Michinoku defeated THE APEMAN (Jimmy Yang), Great Kosuke (Satoshi Kojima), & Great Sasuke in 19:35 when Muto used the Shining Wizard on THE APEMAN.




NJPW: Masa Chono went to see a doctor after the 5/2 dome show to find out the extent of his injury. He suffered cross ligament damage and he should take 2 months off to heal up, but Chono said that he isn’t feeling any pain and wants to come back by the 5/30 show in Takamatsu.


NOAH: Pro Wrestling NOAH have announced that they are to create a new title. The Jr Heavyweight tag team titles are to be awarded to the winner of a tournement for them. Yugi Nagata has stated that he will be working many more shows for NOAH in the future


Zero - 1: Their first TV show on 5/10 in Japan did a 3.6 rating. This could be considered an upset as shows of this magnitude can do anywhere in the region of 6.0 to 8.0.


AJPW: Keiji Muto is considering taking some time off from the ring to concentrate on his duties as president of AJPW. He is starting preparations for Wrestle - 3 in the fall. I did not see why Muto should do any more of these shows as they have not helped the promotion and have not been particularly impressive thus far.




EMLL 5/13

1. Bracito de Oro & Shockercito beat Fire & Sombrita

2. Mogur & Reyes Veloz defeated Fantasma Jr. & Rayo Tapatio I

3. Angel Azteca/Pantera/Tigre Blanco beat Halcon Negro/Loco Max/Valentin Mayo

4. Brazo de Oro/Olimpico/Safari defeated Mr. Mexico/Nitro/Zumbido

5. Cien Caras/Gran Markus Jr./Mascara Ano Dos Mil beat Bestia Salvaje/Emilio Charles Jr./Pierroth Jr.

6. Universo Dos Mil defeated Mr. Niebla - Universo challenged Niebla for a re-match for the CMLL Heavyweight Title.


Other News: Ultimo Dragon vacated the NWA Middleweight title due to him signing with the WWE. A tournament will be held to find a new champ in the coming weeks.


That’s all from me in a relatively quiet week.



Flashback - By Dan



Hello people, its time to once again take a look back the into the murky past of the world of pro-wrestling and take a look at some of the wrestling events that have made and shaped the wrestling world today. Now when I was planning this little rant a few days ago, I was stuck about what to review, at first I thought about reviewing an event that has had huge impacts on the world of wrestling, but I thought I won’t bother. I’ll review NWA:TNA’s first PPV show. But really thinking about it, this show did make a pretty big impact in its own little way.


When WCW and ECW went out of business there was a large void in the wrestling landscape, a few companies tired to capitalise on that void, but with little success. However, nearly one year ago, the father and son duo of Jerry and Jeff Jarrett, along with some of the top names on the Indy circuit and an established brand name, threw their names into the hat of people trying to fill the gap in the wrestling business. The companies name is NWA: TNA, using the traditional brand name of the National Wrestling Alliance and giving it a bit of Total Non-Stop Action to try and appeal to a new generation of fan. Now I hear people yelling, “What’s the difference between them and the other promotions” well NWA TNA has the potential to be a very successful company if they can clinch a TV deal. I’m not saying it will ever be on the tier with WWE, but it has the potential to be a very good alternative. Anyway, as I said, it’s the NWA: TNA's first birthday in the coming month, so I thought it right to review a NWA: TNA show, and where else to start than the debut edition of NWA: TNA.


As this was the debut show, the NWA decided to crown a new NWA Champion, and while the NWA Championship had lost some credibility since the days of Dusty Rhodes and Ric Flair wearing the gold, it still was worth something, and the brains at TNA thought it right to have a 20-Man Battle Royal called “Gauntlet for the Gold”. The match was going to include the likes of Rick Steiner, Scott Hall, Ron Killings, Jeff Jarrett and Ken Shamrock plus many other guys, all battling for the gold. So in true Flashback style, lets have a look at the highlights and lowlights of the show.


We start off with a special ceremony type thing with some of the legends of the NWA, the likes of Harley Race, Dory Funk Jr and Ricky “Dragon” Steamboat, who also reveals that he will referee the match with the last 2 competitors of the “Gauntlet for the Gold” to crown a new NWA World Champion. Jeff Jarrett then comes to the stage, and starts by saying he thinks it’s a stupid idea that the NWA Championship should be fought for in a “Stupid Battle Royal”. With that in mind, the NWA representatives decided to let Mr. Jarrett have the first spot in the Battle Royal. Ken Shamrock then came out and gives his two cents about the match, and this finally led “The Bad Guy” Scott Hall make an appearance coming from the crowd in true Outsider style. He made the usual reference to winning the match, and becoming the NWA World Champion. Overall this segment worked really well, I’ll be honest it actually had me looking forward to the match.


Anyway, the first match of the night was The Flying Elvises (Jimmy Yang, Sonny Siaki, and Jorge Estrada) vs. Lo-Ki, A.J. Styles, and Jerry Lynn. All I can say is what an awesome match, this was the first time I had ever seen a lot of these guys wrestle, and it was pure excellence. This match was part of TNA’s new concept called the “X-Division” a division that is similar to the Light heavyweight and Cruiserweight Concepts, but there is no weight restriction. Well the match was excellent, and it was far superior “wrestling wise” than any of the WWE product at the time. The match wasn’t to long or to short; it was timed perfect, and with a feast of highflying action it got the crowd pumped well. This match was a solid opening bout and all men concerned performed excellently.


Next up Hollywood v. Teo, and yes you got it, it’s a midget match. Nothing very good here at all. In fact, it was a pretty dire form of entertainment. A short exchange of moves and a few minutes later, match is over and Hollywood gets the pin. Now, no disrespect to any athlete involved in this match, I just thought it was terribly booked and played out even worse. TNA will have to come up with better ideas than that is they even plan to get past the first show successfully.


Taking of crap, that’s what you get if you put Don West and Ed Ferrera in a ring to hype up the Miss TNA match for next weeks show. This segment is to be skipped by all cost; I’m not even going to touch on it.


Right folks, Richard and Rod Johnson vs. James Storm and Psychosis. I have only ever seen of one of the guys in this match and that’s Psychosis. As for the Johnson’s I had heard about them but I can’t say it was all good stuff. However I always enjoy watching new guys who I haven’t seen before, well sometimes I do. Didn’t really know what to expect when this match was lined up, and when the Johnson’s came down to the ring in the most pathetic ring attire I have seen, it reinforced my first thoughts about their gimmick (Get the tape and you will know what I mean). Anyway, the match. It was ok to a degree, it wasn’t the worst match I had seen but I couldn’t really get into it. Alicia Webb made an appearance in this match in a role, which seemed very similar to that of Stacy Keibler's WCW gimmick as Miss Hancock. The ending came with the assistance from the Johnson manager Mortimer Plumtree, as they got the victory.


Some promo is done with K-Krush (who is also known as Ron Killings) and Brian Lawler along with a NASCAR racing driver. Never really took notice of this segment.


Next match is another tag team match with Christian York and Joey Matthews vs. The Dupps. Again this match was a non-starter for me, I though it was boring, the in ring action wasn’t too bad, it just seemed to lack something.


Toby Keith, a Country and Western singer from what I am told, does a live performance which is stooped early as Jeff Jarrett break up the party and orders the Battle-Royal to start. TNA should have saved some money and just got Jeff Jarrett to sing instead. He could have done a encore of his performance from WWF Unforgiven 1998. I’m sure Jerry wouldn’t have been bothered: he booked Jarrett Junior into any available spot he could. Anyway, the moment I had been waiting for, the “Gauntlet for the Gold”. Who was I kidding, Battle Royals, Royal Rumbles, Gauntlet for the Gold whatever you wish to call them they all have one thing in common, yep they generally suck. And this looked to be no different. Jeff Jarrett was the first entrant, and his first opponent was Buff Bagwell who was eliminated soon after he came in. The third participant was Lash LeRoux and Jarrett eliminated him. Forth in is Norman Smiley who was also eliminated by Jeff Jarrett. The fifth competitor is Apollo, a big star in Puerto Rico’s IWA, and someone who I think Vince McMahon will have his eye on because he looks like standard Titan material. Anyway, Apollo manhandles Jarrett for 90 seconds until K-Krush (who is also known as Ron Killings and K-Kwick) comes running down and saves Jarrett. As Jarrett takes a break, K-Krush beats down Apollo. Killings and Jarrett work on Apollo as Slash makes his way to the ring along with Jim Mitchell. All the men battle it out with one another and Del Rios is the next entrant, Del Rios gets about a 2 second pop because he is made to look like Scott Steiner without the limp (please trust me, I’m not lying). Anyway Del Rios goes to work as another entrant makes his way down to the ring, this time its Justice, a slightly larger and less toned look-alike of Rhyno. Justice enters the rings and the two look-alikes battle it out with one another. Jarrett tries to eliminate Apollo with help from Slash and Killings but fails. Next in is Konnan who goes to work straight away with Justice. And just when you thought the spitting-image contest was over, former Hulk Hogan impersonator Alan Funk comes down to the ring as Bruce, along with Lenny Lane and Joel Gernter. All men in the ring battle out with one another and Rick Steiner makes an entrance dealing out “stiff” clothesline to one and all. He then eliminates both Slash and then Justice. The next entrant is another of Jim Mitchell’s Disciples named Malice, and WCW fans will know that Malice is former WCW Superstar 'The Wall'. Malice make his presence known early by dealing out chokeslams to both Bruce, Killings, Konnan and Del Rios, and then he eliminates all of them plus Rick Steiner, leaving himself, Apollo and Jeff Jarrett in the ring to welcome the next entrant who just happens to be, Scott Hall. Hall goes to work with Jarrett and Malice and Apollo fight one another. Hall hits the Razors Edge onto Jarrett and all four men continue to battle it out with each other, until Toby Keith (the music singer from earlier in the night) maks an appearance, suplexing Jarrett and then with assistance from Scott hall, tossing Jarrett over the top rope. Next entrant is Chris Harris who is followed quickly by Gangrel who hits a DDT onto Harris. Next entrant is Devon Storm also known as Crowbar, followed by Steve Corino. Ken Shamrock is next and is then followed by the final entrant who is Brian Christopher. There is a sudden surge of eliminations as Corino, Harris, Gangrel and Devon Storm are all eliminated by Lawler. Shamrock then eliminates Lawler and the final four are in the ring. Malice backdrops Apollo over the top rope, and does the same to Hall soon after. Ken Shamrock and Malice are the final two in the ring and it is now a NWA World Heavyweight title match with NWA rules as Ricky Steamboat enters the ring to referee the match.


For the most part Malice manhandles Shamrock, until Shamrock gains the advantage and locks Malice into an Ankle lock, but Malice gets to the ropes, as Ricky Steamboat tries to break the hold. Shamrock and Steamboat exchange words, giving Malice time to recover. Shamrock works on Malice’s knee, but Shamrock walks into a chokeslam attempt but reverses it into a suplex and scores the victory to capture the NWA World Championship belt. The Battle Royal wasn’t too bad at all, it proved to be entertaining and I enjoyed it very much. When it came to the final two competitors the match was very surprising, I enjoyed it very much and well fought match by both Shamrock and Malice. The show ends with altercation between Jeff Jarrett, Jackie Fargo, along with Toby Keith and Scott Hall, this leads to a match for next weeks show with Jeff Jarrett vs. Scott Hall. Match results: The Flying Elvises defeated Lo-Ki, A.J. Styles, and Jerry Lynn. Teo pinned Hollywood The Johnsons defeated James Storm and Psychosis The Dupps defeated Joey Matthews and Christian York, and Ken Shamrock won the Gauntlet for the Gold and NWA World Championship.


Overall: This was the debut show of NWA:TNA and it was very interesting indeed. The first match of the show was superb and really enjoyable. The rest of the show was pretty dire, up until the Battle Royal for the NWA Championship when the show picked up pace and became entertaining. On the production side, a lot of things were to be desired for as production was very poor, Jeremy Borash and Don West both could have done with more training as they slipped up on a number of occasions, but maybe that’s just first show nerves because I know that both Borash and Don West have improved since the debut show of NWA:TNA. On a more positive point, Mike Tenay is one of the greatest play-by-play guys in the world of pro-wrestling; he certainly held the TNA announce team together. Overall I think TNA’s first show served its purpose, it may not have been one of the best wrestling shows in the world, but it certainly had me wanting more. On a side note, NWA:TNA has slowly but surely improved in all directions, I know that its production values have improved and that shows have been much more interesting. With additions to the roster such as Raven, D-Lo Brown, Justin Credible and Perry Saturn TNA is growing increasingly more interesting week by week. The X-Division has made stars of people and also produced a number of “match of the year” candidates. On a personal note I hope NWA:TNA has an even more successful second year and maybe that TV deal is not to far away. Thanks one at all for reading this week's Flashback, I’ll be back in the near future.






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