CALDWELL'S IMPACT REPORT 4/5: Ongoing virtual time coverage of Spike TV show
Taped March 26 in Orlando, Florida
Report by James Caldwell, Torch columnist
Jim Cornette was in the ring for the company-wide meeting. He said some people are unclear of their roles at Lockdown. He then listed the Lockdown card. Five-man Xscape match for the X Division Title: Chris Sabin vs. Sonjay Dutt vs. Jay Lethal vs. Alex Shelley vs. Shark Boy. No Jerry Lynn in the title match this month. Robert Roode vs. Petey Williams. Jerry Lynn vs. Christopher Daniels, who wasn't in attendance. A very special challenge match: Senshi vs. Austin Starr with Mr. Backlund as special referee. Chris Harris vs. James Storm in a blindfold match. Gail Kim vs. Jackie Moore in a ladies cage match. What defines a "ladies" cage match? I'm sure TNA's Props and Sets department will have fun with that. LAX vs. Team 3D for the NWA Tag Titles in an electrified cage match. Main event: Lethal Lockdown match with Team Angle vs. Team Cage.
NWA CHAMPION CHRISTIAN CAGE DISCUSSES:
by Mike Johnson @ 4:27:00 PM on 4/12/2007
Cage said he enjoyed working with Rhino in TNA, particularly their cage match on the first primetime Impact. He said AJ Styles is showing a lot of personality and is finding himself now. He noted the recent Joe match. Cage said he'd love to wrestle the X-Division guys like Chris Sabin and Sonjay Dutt. He'd love to wrestle Jerry Lynn and Bobby Roode as well.
It's Electric! (Boogie Woogie Woogie): McNEILL previews TNA Lockdown 2007!
By Pat McNeill, Torch Columnist
Apr 13, 2007, 18:54
Jerry Lynn vs. Christopher Daniels (Steel Cage Match): Christopher Daniels is now the TNA version of Fake Sting, doing the Stinger's entire act, except for the face paint, in the hope of getting under the former champ's skin. Projection? It's a Jerry Lynn match on pay-per-view, so Jerry does the job again for Daniels.
TNA Lockdown Results (04/15/07)
Submitted by Lunchbox on Monday, April 16, 2007 at 3:16 AM EST
Video package of Christopher Daniels.
Jerry Lynn v. Christopher Daniels
Right hands by Lynn send Daniels into the corner.
Daniels battles back and sends Lynn into the cage.
Daniels off the ropes, tilt-a-whirl back breaker, one
count by Lynn. Reversal sends Lynn off the ropes,
missed clothesline, Lou Thesz Press. Daniels off the
ropes, back body drop. Boots to Daniels while he's
down. Reversal, Lynn into the corner, tries a
huracanrana, but gets a head scissors and sends
Daniels between the ropes and cage. Drop-kick while
Daniels is sandwiched. Lynn back over, Daniels snaps
Lynn's neck across the top rope. Running knee to
Lynn's back sending him into the cage door. Ground and
pound by Daniels. Rest hold with Daniels pulling
Lynn's neck back, rake to the eyes. Standing up, Lynn
off the ropes, clothesline. On the ground, Daniels
works on Lynn's arm before another rake to the eyes.
Chin wrench applied by Daniels. Lynn fights back,
elbows to Daniels. Into the corner, victory roll, two
count by Lynn. Huracanrana by Lynn. Drop-kick by
Lynn back into the cage door, Daniels takes the cable
from one of the camera men and wraps it around Lynn's
neck. Back drop suplex, moonsault from the middle
rope, two count by Daniels. Abdominal stretch applied
by Daniels. Stiff uppercut by Daniels, Daniels tries
to throw Lynn off the top, couldn't do it. Up top,
Lynn slips under and comes back for an inverted sunset
flip into a power bomb. Multiple turns off the ropes,
spinning back elbow and Lynn throws Daniels into the
cage. Corner mount, ten shots by Lynn. Huracanrana,
two count. Jaw breaker, scoop slam reversal, off the
ropes reversal roll. Missed the clothesline, DDT by
Lynn, two count. Daniels into the rope, Lynn charges
and a back body drop into the cage. Clothesline by
Daniels, two count. Daniels and Lynn with multiple
alternating fists. (Clubberin', clubberin',
clubberin'!) Off the ropes, Daniels gets a kick to the
midsection. Lynn tries a cradle piledriver, reversal
into a ura-nage. (Rock Bottom for you novices out
BME misses. (Wait ... rewind ... he missed?!) TKO by
Lynn, leg hook, two count. Daniels and Lynn up on the
top, Daniels with continual slams to the back of
Lynn's head off the cage. Reverse Russian leg sweep
brings them down. Two count by Daniels. Jerry Lynn
with an over the shoulder back to belly piledriver.
Two count. Boot to Lynn, Daniels up top, Lynn close
behind. Daniels attempts the Angel's Wings from the
top, blocked. Attempted cradle piledriver, blocked.
Lynn racked on the top rope. Last Rites, 1-2-3.
Christopher Daniels wins.
(Eval- Decent match, but very slow paced in the beginning. Took a few for it to get going. I'm glad to see Daniels win. Rating- ** 1/2)
TAKING A DEEP LOOK INTO TNA'S LOCKDOWN: THE POSITIVES, THE NEGATIVES, THE RUSSO CHANTS AND MUCH, MUCH MORE
by Mike Johnson @ 4:08:00 PM on 4/17/2007
LOCKDOWN'S NEGATIVES: The Lockdown concept, in my opinion, should be scaled back and utilized for just a few top matches. Jerry Lynn vs. Christopher Daniels, for example, didn't need to be in a cage. I know it does well for the company but sometimes, less is more.
LOCKDOWN: IN THE MIDDLE: Jerry Lynn vs. Christopher Daniels as a match was just kind of there. It never really clicked into second gear and the crowd seemed let down when they teased doing a big move off the ropes but then didn't do it. If the match was designed to give Daniels' new heel persona some ring time to establish it, they accomplished that goal, but for someone who knows what these guys can do, my expectations weren't met because the match was OK, but not the spectacular bout one might hope for.
4/21 UWF Results from Harrisonburg, VA
I went to a 4/21 UWF show in Harrisonburg, VA here are the results if you want to post them...
3) Jerry Lynn d. Austin Starr in what I thought was the best match of the night
TNA IMPACT REPORT: THE FIRST KURT ANGLE VS. STING MATCH IS SPOILED AND MORE
by Richard Trionfo @ 4:59:00 PM on 4/27/2007
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Impact Report for April 26, 2007
Match Number Two: Petey Williams and Jerry Lynn versus Sonjay Dutt and Jay Lethal versus Alex Shelley and Kaz versus Senshi and Shark Boy versus and in a Sabin Suicide Stampede Match to determine the opponents for the X Division Title Match at Sacrifice
Shark Boy and Kaz start things off and Shark Boy with a side head lock and hammer lock, but Kaz with an elbow and enzuigiri. Kaz misses a springboard leg drop and with Kaz’s rear end weakened, that allows Shark Boy to take a bite out of Kaz.
Meanwhile, Chris Sabin comes to ringside and watches the match.
Petey Williams is tagged in and he hits a slingshot gutbuster on Kaz and then he sets up for the Canadian Destroyer but Alex Shelley rolls in and spits water in Williams’s face. Williams goes after Shelley and grabs him by the head and Shelley asks the referee if that is a tag and the ref tells him that it is a legal tag. Shelley rolls in and then he tells Kaz to lie down so Shelley can get the three count. Everyone realizes what is going on and they break up the cover. Shelley slaps Dutt and the ref says that is a tag. Dutt with a slingshot head scissors to Kaz followed by an STO neckbreaker on Shelley. Dutt with a face buster and neck breaker to Kaz followed by a springboard moonsault for a two count on Kaz after Shelley pokes Dutt in the eyes. Dutt with a sunset flip on Shelley but Shelley rolls through and he kicks Dutt in the head. Williams comes in and Shelley catches Williams but when he tries to slam Williams, Petey counters and hits a side Russian leg sweep. Williams works on the arm and Senshi comes in and he hits a back kick. Lethal comes in and he avoids a clothesline and hits a suicide dive on Shelley on the floor. Kaz with a missile drop kick on Senshi. Shark Boy comes in and he hits a jawbreaker on Kaz. Jerry Lynn sneaks into the ring and he bits Shark Boy in the rear end. Lynn with a TKO to Shark Boy. Kaz sends Lynn to the apron and then Lynn tries for a slingshot move and hits a leg drop on Kaz and Lynn goes to the floor. Senshi with a double jump cross body onto everyone on the floor.
Meanwhile, back in the ring, Dutt hits an Asai DDT on Kaz and Lethal with the elbow drop from the top turnbuckle for the three count.
Winners: Sonjay Dutt and Jay Lethal
After the match, Lethal celebrates in the ring while Dutt yells at Lethal. Kevin Nash comes to the ring and he raises Lethal’s hand. Dutt leaves the ring.
May UWF Matches
Mike Johnson @ 11:47:00 AM on 5/1/2007
TNA star Scott Steiner was in Talladega this past Friday taking in NASCAR activities with UWF president Hermie Sadler and Sadler's brother Elliott. Steiner will be headlining the 6/8 Hardcore War event in Philadelphia, which is expected to see Rick and cott
Steiner vs. Team 3D. Steve Corino vs. Dustin Rhodes in a Bullrope match is also scheduled for Hardcore War.
Friday 5/11 in Mooresville (near Charlotte), NC at the Lake Norman High School:
*A "Tribute to Ric Flair and Dusty Rhodes" (I have heard Dustin Rhodes and David Flair will be in attendance for the ceremony)
*James Storm & Jackie Moore vs. Chris Harris & Gail Kim in a mixed tag bout
*Jerry Lynn vs. Raven
*The former Rikishi & D'Lo Brown vs. The Diamonds in the Rough
*Team Macktion vs. Steve Corino and CW Anderson
UWF announced this week that the bell time for the 5/11 event has been moved to 8 PM to allow for ringside "Ultimate Experience" ticket holders to have more time for their pre-show free autograph and photo sessions with the roster.
Saturday 5/12 in Greensboro, NC at the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club:
*The UWF debut of Sgt. Slaughter, returning to his old Mid-Atlantic stomping grounds.
*Steve Corino vs. Ric Converse
*Also announced are James Storm, Chris Harris, 'Kishi, Gail Kim, Dustin Rhodes, Jerry Lynn, Raven and D'Lo Brown.For ticket information and UWF DVD information, visit www.UWFUSA.com.
5/11 UWF IN CHARLOTTE, NC LIVE REPORT:
by Chuck Fiello Jr. @ 12:26:00 AM on 5/12/2007
Tonight I attended the UWF show in Mooresville, NC at the Lake Norman High School. I have to say, that it was my first non WWE or WCW show in possibly 12 years so I did not have much expectations going in. I will say that I left very impressed and a bigger fan of the company. I will break this down by the matches (with limited action play by play) and explain how the whole evening went.
The show started 30 minutes late due to a problem with one of the trucks breaking down on the interstate (well, actually bell time was the same as advertised, it was the opening of the doors that was late). At 6:30, those with Ultimate Experience tickets were allowed in and let me just say this, if you are a wrestling fan and have the money, its well worth the $50. I bought a shirt for my son who did not attend with me and every one of the guys and girls signed it without hesitation. The wrestlers all sat around the ring and you could talk to them and get them to sign stuff for you. They all seemed very friendly to talk with, even I was feeling like a kid when I got to talk to Jerry Lynn for a bit about his match being added to the pay per view Sunday night.
I also got a laugh when a guy handed Raven a Steve Corino picture and Raven signed it "CORINO" across his stomach, which also got a big laugh out of Steve Corino and CW Anderson sitting beside him on the ring apron. I must say though, to watch Daffney on TV (well, I was a fan of her work in WCW) and Gail Kim on TV does not do them as much justice as seeing them in person. After two sets of wrestlers came out, the rest of the crowd entered about 7:30 and at 8pm exactly, the bell rang.
Match Number 4 - Raven against Jerry Lynn. I have to admit, this was the other main match I really had to see as a former casual fan of ECW. This match did not have ECW style written on it as many might think but it did however work for me as a fan. Raven's work on the microphone (when it worked right for him) was priceless and Jerry Lynn was working well with his comments and the crowd to build it up. This match was in my opinion, a very technical match that took place almost as much outside the ring as inside (I didn't say it was all technical, just a lot of it). Raven would end up winning the match with an Evenflow DDT but also stuck around long enough for Lynn to regain his composure and return the favor. As I said, some fans may have been hoping for an ECW, all out hardcore bout but I was happy with what they did, they told a good story.
5/12 UWF Results from Greensboro, NC
Jerry Lynn pinned CW Anderson
The Power of Three: McNEILL previews TNA Sacrifice 2007!
By Pat McNeill, Torch Columnist
May 12, 2007, 14:05
Alex Shelley vs. Jerry Lynn vs. Senshi vs. Tiger Mask IV: The NWA World Junior Heavyweight Whatever Champion flew in from New Japan to work the opening match of a second tier pay-per-view. Do YOU want to tell Mr. Yamazaki he's not winning? Didn't think so. Projection? Tiger Mask scores the fall over designated jobber Jerry Lynn to get our evening off to a hot start.
TNA SACRIFICE PPV PREVIEW
by Richard Trionfo @ 12:52:00 PM on 5/13/2007
X Division Title Match: Chris Sabin versus Sonjay Dutt versus ‘Black Machismo’ Jay Lethal
The X Division title is on the line and the three participants in this match are the top three names in the division at this time. This match features three of the four members of Team USA in the World X Cup from last year, but things have obviously changed for these three men. The hey day of the X Division saw Triple Threat matches featuring Samoa Joe, Christopher Daniels, and A.J. Styles. While those three men are no longer in the X Division, these three men have tried their best to restore some of the glory to the division that made it the must see aspect of the company. Since the departure of those three from a position of prominence in the division, the X Division has undergone a bit of a facelift. Over the last few months, Kevin Nash has attempted to ‘rejuvenate’ the X Division with the implementation of the Paparazzi Championship Series and ‘Paparazzi Idol’. While the emphasis of those segments was on secondary aspects of the wrestlers, this match will showcase the talents of the three participants. There is an interesting mix of personalities in this match. You have the champion who has been involved in matches with Jerry Lynn where he attempted to mock his opponent’s age by utilizing a walker. One of Sabin’s opponents has fully adopted Nash’s suggestion to change his character and Jay Lethal has turned himself into a new version of Randy Savage with the ‘Black Machismo’ gimmick. The other challenger appears to be getting the scraps of Nash’s ideas and he is growing tired of Nash’s attempts to give him lesser gimmicks while Nash focuses on Jay Lethal. Will Chris Sabin continue his run atop the X Division? Will Jay Lethal be able to snap into the X Division title on Sunday or will it be Sonjay Dutt who gets his hand raised on Sunday?
Chris Sabin is a four time X Division champion and currently holds the title. He defeated Christopher Daniels at Final Resolution in a Triple Threat match that also featured Jerry Lynn. Over the last year, Chris Sabin has shown a change in his personality that has seen Sabin sit atop the X Division since the ‘Big Three’ moved on. The change in Sabin occurred gradually during the World X Cup and got more pronounced as Jerry Lynn tried to reign in the man from Hell, Michigan . After a period when he was influenced by the movie Jackass Number Two, he gave up on the fans and decided to go his own way. Over the last few months, Sabin was feuding with the man who many considered to be his mentor, Jerry Lynn. Sabin did his best to get under Lynn ’s skin by mocking the fact that Jerry is a veteran and older than Sabin. Now that Sabin is done with Lynn at this time, he can set his sights on his former Team USA members who he will be facing on Sunday.
Sabin was known for his high impact maneuvers when he was a fan favorite, but since he has changed his ways Sabin has perfected the heel persona. When there appears to be a time for Sabin to hit a plancha or a move from the top turnbuckle, he will tease the move and then he will hit a basic move. While it might frustrate the fans who want to see that crazy move from their X Division wrestlers, it is the perfect way to get the fans to hate him. In addition to being the X Division champion, Sabin has been teaming with Alex Shelley as part of the Murder City Machine Guns. If Sabin should relinquish the X Division title, I think he might have a good shot at the World Tag Titles because of the way that they work together. Will Chris Sabin be able to hold on to the X Division title in another Triple Threat Match or will the familiarity that his opponents have with him be a factor to get the belt from around his waist?
Sonjay Dutt is the forgotten participant in this match. Dutt is one of the members of the X Division who has shown a lot of promise but for some reason they are not getting the chance at the top or they are simply forgotten in the mix when the other parts of the company are considered. Sonjay is one of the X Division wrestlers who emphasize the high impact moves over the mat wrestling but he is not a fish out of water when a mat style is required. Sonjay has been consistent in the ring and has shown that he is able to put on good matches. Last year he was a member of Team USA in the World X Cup with Chris Sabin, Jay Lethal, and Alex Shelley. After the World X Cup ended, Dutt and Lethal formed a tag team that saw some success in the ring. Dutt was one of the participants in the Paparazzi Championship Series that was created by Kevin Nash and despite not winning it, Nash decided to help guide Dutt’s career along with Lethal. While Lethal has been given the ‘Black Machismo’ gimmick, Dutt has been given Nash’s leftovers. Over the last few weeks, Dutt has showed some signs that he is frustrated with the way that Lethal is being treated at his expense. It would appear that Dutt might be on his way to a heel turn if you look at his recent behavior. Will Sonjay Dutt be able to move out of Kevin Nash’s big shadow with a victory on Sunday night?
The final man in this match is a blast from the past because Jay Lethal has fully adapted to the character of ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage. Jay Lethal made quite and impact upon his arrival in TNA with a solid match against Samoa Joe on Impact that gave the fans a good idea of what to expect from the man from Elizabeth , New Jersey . Jay Lethal has not been given the chance to show what he can do during his time in TNA, but since the start of the Paparazzi Championship Series, he has been guided by Kevin Nash. Based on his imitation of Randy Savage during the ‘Paparazzi Idol’ segment, Kevin Nash has helped to take Lethal to the next level. In addition to talking and dressing like Randy Savage, Lethal has adopted many of Savage’s moves in the ring including the top rope elbow drop. While Lethal has had a lot of success with the ‘Black Machismo’ gimmick, but once the novelty runs out will Lethal be able to achieve this type of success on his own or will he be remembered as ‘that guy who could imitate Randy Savage’? Lethal has so much raw talent that he should be able to have a long run in the X Division. If Lethal does get a chance to win the title on Sunday, will we see the return of the ‘gingerly placed knee’ that the last incarnation of Randy Savage in TNA provided for the wrestling lexicon? Will Lethal feel the ‘pomp’ on Sunday and win the X Division title or will his ‘circumstance’ be that he will continue to toil somewhere in the middle of the X Division? Since he is embracing all that is Randy Savage, will the fans shower him with streamers with Slim Jims attacked to the end?
The match will start off with Sabin being double teamed by Lethal and Dutt after Sabin angers both of them. Sabin will be the whipping boy at the start of the match as Lethal and Dutt work together and appear to turn the match into a handicap match. Sabin will do what he can to get Lethal and Dutt into the ring to face each other and see how jealous Dutt is of Lethal and his success. Things will start off with a scientific exchange between the two but it will slowly break down where Dutt’s jealousy finally comes to the surface and he will finally snap and attack Lethal. Sabin will be standing on the apron enjoying what is happening in the ring. Kevin Nash will make an appearance to try to figure out what Dutt is doing and why he is turning on Lethal. Dutt will tell Nash to leave the ring and he is his own man and will not be second banana to a man who is trying to steal a gimmick from Randy Savage. Lethal will try to attack Dutt but Dutt will hit a spinebuster and then shake the ropes before Sabin comes in and throws Dutt out of the ring. Sabin will think that he has the match wrapped up but his cockiness will be his downfall. Lethal will work over Sabin and have Sabin down and he will look to the top turnbuckle for the elbow drop, but instead he will unveil the Black Machismo ‘Gingerly Placed Knee’ but Sabin will kick out. Lethal will then slam Sabin one more time and he will go up top for the elbow drop and will hit it. Instead of going for the immediate cover, he hesitates and that will allow for Dutt to come into the ring and get the three count with a rollup on Lethal.
Prediction: Sonjay Dutt
Jerry Lynn versus Senshi versus Tiger Mask versus Alex Shelley
This match could be considered the ‘we have some X Division guys and need to put them in a match’ match. This month’s version has an extra added dimension with Japanese wrestling star Tiger Mask IV as a part of the match. This match features the past, present, and future of the X Division as well as a wrestling icon who has transformed the light heavyweight division for decades. Two of these men were among the innovators of the X Division when Total Nonstop Action Wrestling started five years ago while Alex Shelley has been a mainstay in the X Division during his time in the company. Tiger Mask makes his first appearance on a TNA pay per view this Sunday but with the tradition of the Tiger Mask character, he should fit right in with these three men in the six sided ring. Two of these men have held the X Division title and Senshi was the man who took the title from Samoa Joe last year before losing it to Chris Sabin at Bound for Glory. The three regular TNA contracted wrestlers are hovering around the X Division title picture but they seem to be just short of that point right now. Will a victory by one of these three mean that they will be a future contender for the X Division title? What happens if Tiger Mask wins the match? Will he get a title match before returning to Japan?
Jerry Lynn is called the ‘Pioneer of the X Division’ and was one of the men who helped to build that division to the point where it was headlining a pay per view in 2005. While Jerry was not a full time wrestler during the time that TNA has been in Orlando , he has been an important part of the division behind the scenes as a mentor to the young stars of the division. Before returning to the ring on a regular basis, Lynn was the man behind Team USA in the World X Cup and was a mentor to Chris Sabin. It was Sabin who caused Lynn to return to the ring because Sabin was not showing the respect that Lynn felt the X Division wrestlers needed to give to the other wrestlers. Despite being one of the older members of the TNA roster, Lynn has shown that he can still match move for move with the younger members of the X Division. Lynn recently had a few shots at Chris Sabin’s X Division title but fell short in those matches. Lynn relies more on the mat based style but if it is necessary, he will hit a ‘typical’ X Division move. One thing that Jerry Lynn is able to do in the ring is help to elevate his opponent as much as have a strong match and with a potential star in the making in this match, it will be interesting to see what he does in the ring with Alex Shelley. A solid performance in this match might bring Lynn back into the X Division title picture. Will Lynn get to hit the cradle piledriver tonight or will he fall short like he did against Chris Sabin?
Senshi is another man who was instrumental in the early success of the X Division in TNA when he was wrestling as Low Ki. After taking some time away from the company to work elsewhere, Senshi made his return last year against Christopher Daniels. Senshi was the man to win the X Division title from Samoa Joe thanks to interference by Scott Steiner and he held the title until he lost it to Chris Sabin at last year’s Bound for Glory. Senshi then became part of the Paparazzi Championship Series which was a bit surprising because of the way that Senshi considers the honor and integrity of wrestling; and the Kevin Nash segment were not that honorable. After the PCS, Senshi started a feud with Austin Starr that also included Bob Backlund, which led to a number of matches where Bob Backlund was an integral part. Now that Senshi has moved on, it is time for him to start to work back to the top of the X Division ladder and challenge for the title one more time. Senshi utilizes martial arts within his wrestling style better than anyone on the TNA roster and is one of the stiffer workers in the company. When Senshi unleashes one of his kicks, the people in the back of the bleachers feel it. Will the Warrior be able to fight off three quality opponents on Sunday night and if so, will he get a shot at the X Division title?
Tiger Mask IV is the latest in line of one of the most dynamic wrestlers from Japan who in an earlier incarnation had a classic feud in the United States with the Dynamite Kid. This Tiger Mask was trained by the original Tiger Mask as well as the Great Sasuke and made his debut in 1995. He worked for many of the companies in Japan and has held numerous junior heavyweight titles in Japan , including the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title. In addition to the titles he won, he is a Best of Super Juniors Tournament winner, which is one of the top junior heavyweight tournaments in the world that is run by New Japan Wrestling. Tiger Mask is currently a member of the New Japan roster and joins the likes of Hiroshi Tanahashi, Jushin Liger, Minoru, and Hirooki Goto who have appeared in TNA from that company. Tiger Mask IV recently lost the NWA Junior Heavyweight Title, but he remains one of the top junior heavyweight wrestlers in the world. Will Tiger Mask be able to hold off three top opponents as he enters the six sided ring of TNA for the first time? [Information on Tiger Mask comes from puroresofan.com]
Alex Shelley is one of the most underrated talents in TNA and shows that there is more to making an impact than hitting the spectacular move that gets the crowd to chant. Shelley is one of the wrestlers who can elicit a reaction for the smallest thing whether it be doing a barrel roll in the ring to spit water into the face of an opponent or the way that he reacts to moves in the ring while standing on the apron. Shelley has had a few runs with this company and each time he appears to be ready to get that shot at the title, he is passed over by someone else. Shelley is not the typical X Division wrestler because he utilizes a more European style in the ring and does not depend on the high impact maneuvers in his match, but he is not going to ignore those moves completely during the course of a match. After a brief run at the end of 2005 with Roderick Strong and (at the time) Austin Aries, he branched out on his own and started ‘Paparazzi Productions’ where he would be a cameraman for hire for the likes of Jeff Jarrett and James Mitchell to film their dirty work. Shelley then joined up with Kevin Nash and that started a resurgence for his character, but it was not translated in the ring with a run at the X Division Title. Now that Shelley is not completely under the Kevin Nash ‘umbrella’, he has shown that he is one of the top talents in the division. In addition to his singles work, Shelley has been teaming with current X Division champion Chris Sabin as one-half of the Murder City Machine Guns. If Chris Sabin should lose the X Division title, I think that we could see tag team gold around the waist of Mr. Shelley in the near future because their team is the closest thing to the teams like the Midnight Express and Fantastics Express where you have two men working together and there is no clash of egos in the ring. Will Alex Shelley show his three opponents on Sunday that ‘he’s too smart’ for them or will his cocky attitude make him the crash dummy for his opponents? Will this match be the springboard for a title run either in the X Division or tag team division?
This match will start off with Tiger Mask and Lynn in the ring, but Shelley will want to get in there so everyone will gang up on Shelley. After that early flurry, Shelley will return to the apron where he will watch the first few minutes of the match. The early portion of this match will see all four men try to get an advantage but nobody will gain control of the match since all four men are evenly matched. Alex Shelley will use illegal means to gain an advantage on Jerry Lynn and he will take control of the match until Senshi is tagged in. Senshi will work over Shelley with kicks and chops so Shelley will tag in Tiger Mask. Before Senshi and Tiger Mask square off, Shelley will come in the ring and assume the crane position only to be kicked by both men. Senshi and Tiger Mask will then exchange a series of kicks and chops that will get the crowd going. We will see a sequence where all four men will try to hit their finishers but nobody will get the three count. This will lead to Tiger Mask and Lynn in the ring, but Shelley will come in and he will throw Tiger Mask out of the ring. Bob Backlund will come out and that will distract Shelley enough to allow Jerry Lynn to hit the Cradle Piledriver, but Senshi will drop kick Lynn into the corner and Senshi will get the three count.
TNA News: Official line-up and order of matches for tonight's Sacrifice PPV
By James Caldwell, PWTorch columnist
May 13, 2007, 15:00
TNAWrestling.com posted the official line-up for tonight's Sacrifice PPV in order of appearance on the show. Samoa Joe vs. A.J. Styles is in the semi-main event slot. Jeff Jarrett's match against Robert Roode is second on the card.
(1) X Division Title match: Chris Sabin vs. Jay Lethal vs. Sonjay Dutt
(2) Jeff Jarrett vs. Robert Roode
(3) Rhino vs. Christopher Daniels
(4) VKM vs. Basham & Damaja
(5) Chris Harris vs. James Storm in a Texas Death match
(6) Jerry Lynn vs. Alex Shelley vs. Tiger Mask vs. Senshi
(7) Team 3D vs. LAX vs. Scott Steiner & Tomko for the TNA Tag Titles.
(8) A.J. Styles vs. Samoa Joe
(9) Christian Cage vs. Sting vs. Kurt Angle for the TNA World Hvt. Title.
Sacrifice PPV results
Jerry Lynn vs. Senshi vs. Alex Shelley vs. Tiger Mask
[Note: Match recap courtesy www.wrestlemag.com due to technical difficulties. Thanks guys!]
Senshi and Lynn started out. They exchanged holds and takedowns before Senshi missed a foot stomp coming out of a sunset flip. Senshi locked in a cross armbar but Shelley blind tagged himself in and worked over Lynn?s arm. Lynn reserved things around and started to work Shelley?s arm before tagging out to Tiger Mask. Shelley tagged straight out, meaning we have Senshi vs Tiger Mask in there.
After some jockeying for position, Tiger Mask hit a dropkick. Lynn tagged back in and took TM down. Shelley tagged himself back in but Lynn then tagged TM back in. Shelley hit TM with a stunner of sorts but TM got right back into it with a standing moonsault for a two count. TM landed a kick to the head and hit a double underhook suplex from the top rope on Shelley. Senshi got tagged him and hit a springboard kick to TM. Shelley then kicked Senshi in the face before Senshi responded with a kick to the back of the head. We?re entering spotfest territory now.
Lynn hit a springboard dropkick to Shelley on the outside as Senshi chopped the hell out of TM. TM went for a tiger suplex but it was blocked. They did a cool looking three way sunset flip spot before Lynn hit TM with a TKO. Shelley kicked Lynn in the head but missed a follow up. Lynn went to the ropes but was hit by a somersaulting Senshi. Lynn went for a cradle piledriver from the top but TM blocked it. Shelley then superkicked Lynn. He hit a hurricanrana off the top but Lynn rolled through and got the pin on Shelley.
Winner: Jerry Lynn.
Shelley attacked Lynn. Lynn took him down with a Lou Thesz press until Chris Sabin hit the ring and they laid out Lynn. Bob Backlund made the save and took out both Sabin and Shelley.
Another really good match. Short but they packed as much as they could into it. I really don't think Shelley and Sabin, who are on the cusp of tag greatness, should be humbled by Bob Backlund, but that's my only criticism of an otherwise good segment.
TNA SACRIFICE PPV Review
May 13, 2007
From Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida
By: James Caldwell, Torch columnist
WINNER: Lynn in 12:00. The obvious man to take the fall after a nice four-way match. A bunch of spots, some that didn't mean much at the end of the match, but good energy for the time allotted. (**1/2)
SACRIFICE PPV ROUNDTABLE REVIEWS 5/12: Mitchell, McNeill, Caldwell rate and review
May 14, 2007, 00:46
Bruce Mitchell, Torch columnist (7.5)
I previewed this show in the VIP Audio section and I didn’t expect much. I couldn’t have been more wrong. This was one of those good TNA pay-per-views, you know, the ones where the wrestlers take over from the rushed, careless bookers to make the show. The match between Black Machismo, Sonjay Dutt and Chris Sabin was really good - a cut above the usual all-action TNA openers. Jeff Jarrett might have fooled a lot more people with his job to Robert Roode if his music hadn't been played instead of Roode’s after the match. Good work there, though.
James Storm and Chris Harris’s Texas Death Match was one hell of a lot better than I expected. They bled buckets and could have ended it after that brutal spear down through the table. Alex Shelley, Senshi, and Jerry Lynn didn’t need the fourth Xerox of Tiger Mask to have a very good match. It helped a lot that they saved the Mr. Backlund nonsense for after the serious stuff.
LIVE THOUGHTS FROM THE TNA SACRIFICE PPV
by Richard Trionfo @ 1:07:00 PM on 5/14/2007
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There are many people who criticize some parts of the Orlando crowd for the way that they act during the shows and I make sure to point out that it is not the entire crowd that acts that way. I do not know why some people were chanting ‘Same Old S***’ when Jerry Lynn attempted the Cradle Piledriver during the four way match. The Cradle Piledriver is his finisher so he is obviously going to use it on multiple occasions.
Chris Sabin coming out to help Alex Shelley attack Jerry Lynn after the match was good. I hope if it continues while Sabin is the X Division champion, they will not have Shelley become jealous of Sabin being champion to force the team to break up. It was great to see the chest bump by Shelley and Sabin while they were beating up Lynn because it was so unexpected.
I would assume that they are going to tease or set up a Jerry Lynn and Bob Backlund versus Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin match.
I don’t know if it made it on the broadcast, but after Sabin and Shelley went to the back, they returned and they were reading Bob Backlund’s book, causing Backlund to chase them to the back.
FULL TNA IMPACT SPOILERS FROM TONIGHT IN ORLANDO
by Richard Trionfo @ 9:54:00 PM on 5/14/2007
Thanks to Richard Trionfo for calling in results from tonight's TNA taping.
TNA Impact for 5/17
- Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley defeated Tiger Mask IV & Jerry Lynn when Shelley pinned Tiger Mask. After the match, Shelley & Sabin attacked Lynn, bringing out Bob Backlund. Shelley & Sabin attacked Backlund, and Jay Lethal made the save.
LIVE THOUGHTS FROM LAST NIGHT'S TNA IMPACT TAPING
by Richard Trionfo @ 4:05:00 PM on 5/15/2007
Thoughts and Observations from the Impact and Xplosion Tapings
While I doubt it was recorded when Jerry Lynn, Jay Lethal, and Bob Backlund were in the ring -- Jerry Lynn did the Flair strut before doing a back bump like Flair does when he goes on one of his rant promos.
KELLER: Being cool matters and TNA falls short
By Wade Keller, Torch editor
May 16, 2007, 21:33
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Let's blunt. TNA is pushing a number of acts that aren't "cool." Petey Williams, Lance Hoyt, Team 3D, Kip James, Jeff Jarrett, Ron Killings, Jerry Lynn, Rhino, Robert Roode, Don West, and Mike Tenay jump out as the bottom tier of TNA in terms of the "cool factor." They either feel regional, dated, nerdy, out of touch, bland, or yesterday's news. In some cases, it's the fault of how they've been presented and booked. In other cases, it's a lost cause and even a reality TV make-over show couldn't make them seem cool to the 18-34 male wrestling fans who will dictate the fate of TNA's profitability and TV ratings.
5) Forget about 1990s star power; it's irrelevant. It's 2007, not 2001. Rhino's day as ECW Champion mean less than his days at WWE mid-carder, and neither means much in 2007. TNA wrestlers are being judged on what they do today. TNA is a mix of wrestlers getting a "who's that?" or "he's still wrestling?!" reaction. They should pick one of those two themes and run with it, and the obvious one is to feature more "who's that?" wrestlers and put them in a context where they are compelling to watch and become "today's stars." WWE has created a roster full of new stars since the Dudleys, New Age Outlaws, Jeff Jarrett, Raven, Sting, and the mid-card Rhino/Jerry Lynn/Jackie Moore types were on national cable during the Monday Night War era. Those older, pre-defined WWE castoffs and has-beens define down TNA's fresher assets.
Although an overhaul of the concept and roster might be the route many would suggest, these suggestions are about adjusting mid-course. It's about taking the concept they're promoting now with the talent they have and making the best of it. I managed to get through this without the obvious usual top suggestions of pushing the X Divison again, downplaying Jarrett, slowing down the pace of the booking, making the in-ring wrestling more credible and contemporary, and having clean finishes as the rule not the exception. Those all still apply, but being "more cool" would go a long way in and of itself. Then a little Backlund or Eric Young humor can be tension-breaker not a mood-definer.
TNA Impact TV report for May 17
By Larry Csonka
Jerry Lynn & Tiger Mask vs. Alex Shelley & Chris Sabin
JL and Sabin to begin things. Lock up and reversals, off the ropes and a shoulder block by JL. Monkey flip, Sabin lands on his feet and a dropkick by JL gets 2. Sabin slams JL to the corner, but he fights back and gets a RANA and arm drag. JL tags in Mask but Sabin runs and hugs Shelley’s crotch. GAYITY~! Shelley in and rights and kicks by Mask. Slammed to the corner, double team moves by JL and Mask, standing moonsault into a knee drop by Mask gets 2. Tilt a whirl back breaker by Mask gets 2. Forearm exchange by Shelley and Mask, Sabin in and a Dropkick/flatliner combo gets 2. JL kicked to the floor and Shelley goes to pull off the mask of Mask but he opts to toss him down. Mask escapes and gets a kick to Shelley, but Sabin in with a Cutter. JL in and an Overhead belly to belly by Shelley! Mask up top…MISSES a headbutt. Superkicks and the superkick/enziguri combo on Mask, and then the STO variant gets Shelley the pin. Shelly wins? YAY~!
Winner: Sabin and Shelley @ 4:05 via pin
-They beat down JL after the match, Sabin then nails Shelley by accident. Cradle pilerdriver try by JL but he eats a kick. Backlund is here and starts to clean house, but the Guns lays him out. Machismo is out to make the save for the guy making the save now and the faces survive.
TNA Announces Slammiversary Fanfest; Details
The following comes from TNAWrestling.com:
On the eve of "Slammiversary," one of the biggest Pay-Per-View events in TNA history, fans can meet their favorite stars at the "Slammiversary" InterAction Fanfest on Saturday, June 16 at the Music Valley Event Center in Nashville, starting at 11 a.m.
More than 40 TNA stars will come together for over four hours to participate in exclusive Q&A sessions, sign autographs, take pictures with fans and much more. Got something to say to the superstars of TNA? This is your chance to be heard.
Scheduled to appear are "The Instant Classic" Christian Cage, Kurt Angle, "The War Machine" Rhino, Jeff Jarrett, World Tag Team Champions Team 3D, X Champion Chris Sabin, "The Samoan Submission Machine" Samoa Joe, Tomko, Robert Roode, Ms. Brooks, Eric Young, Kevin Nash, AJ Styles, "The Fallen Angel" Christopher Daniels, Raven and Serotonin, Petey Williams, "Cowboy" James Storm, "Wildcat" Chris Harris, the TNA Knockouts, The Latin American Xchange, Voodoo Kin Mafia, Lance Hoyt, Jerry Lynn, Senshi, "Black Machismo" Jay Lethal, Alex Shelley, Sonjay Dutt, as well as the reunited Steiner Brothers and Mike Tenay and Don West! The talent lineup is subject to change.
Tickets are $40 at www.ShopTNA.com or $50 at the door (if available). Tickets go on sale this Friday, May 25 at 11AM ET at ShopTNA.com. All tickets ordered in the first 48 hours will be receive a $5 early bird discount, cutting the price to $35!
Doors will open at 11 a.m. for ticket pickup and merchandise sales. The autograph signing will begin at 12 p.m. and end at 4 p.m.
Don't miss the event five years in the making, as TNA comes home to Nashville for "Slammiversary," live on Pay Per View June 17 at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium. Tickets for "Slammiversary" are on sale now at all Ticketmaster locations or online at www.ticketmaster.com
Mike Johnson @ 10:28:00 PM on 5/28/2007
*Robert Roode vs. Jerry Lynn. Roode and Ms. Brooks try to work over Lynn but Eric Young hits the ring with a chair. Roode shoves Brooks in the way as he escapes. Brooks tries to leave but Young brings her back into the ring. They tease giving Brooks a cradle piledriver but Jim Cornette comes out and declares there will be no violence against women in TNA. He says that if Brooks wants to get physically involved in other people's business, she can have a match with Gail Kim later on tonight.
*Gail Kim defeated Tracy Brooks. Robert Roode comes out after the match. Kim goes after Roode, but Brooks hit Kim from behind. Kim was laid out.
TNA HOLDING SLAMMIVERSARY PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY, TENNESSEE TITANS STAR TO APPEAR AT PPV
by Mike Johnson @ 12:19:00 PM on 5/31/2007
TNA will be holding a press conference today in Nashville, TN to formally announce next month's Slammiversary PPV with TNA President Dixie Carter and Jeff Jarrett both scheduled to appear and speak. Jerry Lynn and James Storm will also be in attendance. Former Tennessee Titans Tight end Frank Wycheck will also be in attendance at the conference, announcing his involvement in the PPV. Wycheck was one of the football players involved in the 2002 skirmish at ringside with Jarrett during the company's Wednesday night PPV era.
Add TNA X-Division champion Chris Sabin vs. Jay Lethal to the Slammiversary PPV as well.
TNA TO ANNOUNCE NFL-THEMED BOUT FOR SLAMMIVERSARY
by Mike Johnson @ 1:13:00 PM on 5/31/2007
PWInsider.com has confirmed that at today's Nashville, TN press conference TNA will announce a NFL-themed match that will feature football personalities for next month's Slammiversary PPV.
Jeff Jarrett, Jerry Lynn, and James Storm are scheduled to appear at the conference so it's most likely they will be involved in the bout. Former Tennessee Titan Frank Wycheck will also be at the conference and is taking part in the PPV.
FORMER TENNESSEE TITAN FRANK WYCHECK VS. JAMES STORM ADDED TO TNA SLAMMIVERSARY PPV, THE NFL STAR TNA NEGOTIATED TO FACE WYCHECK ORIGINALLY & MORE
by Mike Johnson @ 3:24:00 PM on 5/31/2007
TNA just ended its press conference in Nashville, TN for the Slammiversary PPV next month. It was announced during the conference that former Tennessee Titans Tightend Frank Wycheck will be wrestling James Storm in a singles bout at the PPV.
The company ran a physical angle, which will likely get press in the Nashville market during the conference. The TNA website reported that Wycheck (with the help of Jeff Jarrett) nailed Storm over the head with a guitar after having beer spit in his face.
Obviously the mainstream sports crossover idea was devised to get TNA some national attention as previous efforts using Major League Baseball stars David Eckstein and AJ Pierzynski (among others) have garnered the company mentions on ESPN and CNN, among other media outlets.
TNA originally had even grander plans for the angle. Earlier today, PWInsider.com reported that the promotion was poised to announce an NFL-themed bout for the PPV. According to sources outside of TNA, the company was in negotiations for Baltimore Ravens star Ray Lewis to come in and team with Storm against Wycheck and Jerry Lynn. The finalized deal with Lewis wasn't struck and he isn't expected to appear at the Slammiversary. WWE had negotiated with Lewis several years ago about doing a potential PPV bout but that deal was never completed either.
It's possible TNA could use the singles bout to lead to a bigger angle with Lewis or another NFL personality down the line, similar to their 2005 Basebrawl angles leading to additional appearances from other MLB personalities.
Wycheck was among a number of Tennessee Titans who got into a ringside skirmish with Jeff Jarrett during the promotion's 2002 Wednesday night PPV series. His Slammiversary appearance follows a number of NFL stars who have appeared in pro wrestling matches as special attractions in the past including Lawrence Taylor, Kevin Greene, and Reggie White.