Saturday 23 September 2017

ECW One Night Stand 2006 Review

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Hello and welcome to another edition of Seanomaniac Wrestling Reviews, the only wrestling review series on the internet that regularly goes on hiatus more times than Berserk! (A shiny trophy to the man who gets said reference). You never forget your first time, somebody should have reminded WWE of this as they had the bright idea of doing a second ECW One Night Stand despite the feeling of everyone being that the original was so special you could simply not top it. However, Vincent Kennedy Mcmahon knows better than all so here we are for ECW’s One Night Stand of 2006. ECW was waging war with Raw so we have a few different brand vs brand matches, the biggest coming in the form of Rey Mysterio defending against Sabu. The main event of this show is RVD cashing in his money in the bank contract for the chance of being champion as he challenges John Cena. It may not be the original but can it still be good? Let’s find out!

Opening Segment

Heyman opens up the show, the fans eat up the appearance of their messiah. Heyman thanks the fans, the fans thank Heyman. We have a whole beautiful moment going like the old times, Heyman hypes up the show and the new show on Sci-Fi. The old TNN intro plays over while we get set for the first match of the night, nostalgia is firing on all cylinders as we look back on the many storied rivalries of Extreme Championship Wrestling. I am then tormented by Drowning Pool (If there was ever a song that I wish WWE lost the rights too).

Tazz vs Jerry Lawler

The feud from 2000 that made Tazz a joke in WWF is back with Tazz as the hero this time around while Lawler is playing himself with his real-life thoughts on the company. This wouldn’t be the first time Lawler would be in ECW though, having appeared on pay per view for the company back in 1997. Lawler is in full heel mode, Lawler slaps the shit out of Joey Styles before the match.

Lawler pulls down the strap, Styles jumps Lawler as Lawler is a joke and a dickhead. Lawler looks for a piledriver, Tazz saves Styles with a Tazzmission and this match is over as Lawler has been choked out just like that. Perfect start everything you could want from this match and we got to see heel Lawler in the ring which had not been seen in over ten years in the WWE.

Winner: Tazz over Jerry Lawler via Tazzmission!

Show Joins ECW

Big Show joined ECW after turning on Raw in a battle royal, this took place at a special event where ECW and Raw went to war. Tazz joins Styles on commentary for the rest of the night.

Randy Orton vs Kurt Angle

Angle joined ECW as was welcomed by the fans, both in a kayfabe sense and behind the scenes, Angle vs Tazz in their heydays would have been phenomenal. Orton and Angle had issues going back to Wrestlemania, Angle was side-tracked with Henry before Orton made his mark and decided to take out Angle on an episode of Raw.

Orton keeps away from Angle, Angle goes for a double leg takedown with Orton squirming his way to the ropes. Side headlock takedown by Angle, shoulder block and another takedown by Angle. Orton rolls to the floor again, takedown by Angle. Angle paintbrushes Orton, Angle drives his forearms into Orton. Angle takes down Orton like child’s play, Orton grabs the ropes. Angle is begging Orton to apply a hold, side headlock by Orton with Angle mocking Orton. Back suplex by Angle, Angle runs shoulder first into the ringpost. Forearms and stomps by Orton, uppercuts by Orton. Angle tosses Orton to the mat, back elbow by Orton. Two for Orton, hard Irish whip by The Legend Killer.

Knees to the back of the head, Orton tries a reverse chinlock but Angle counters with ease. Orton bites and elbows his way out, choke by Orton. Angle fires up, Orton headbutts to avoid a belly to belly suplex. Orton misses Angle in the corner for a splash, German suplex by Angle. Uppercut war, forearm to the back by Angle. Short-arm clothesline, German suplexes by Angle. Orton reverses the angle slam for an armdrag, dropkick by Orton for two. German suplex by Angle, Angle Slam for two. Orton reverses the ankle lock, Orton neckbreaker for two. Orton measures, Angle blocks but eats an elbow. Orton is on the top rope, crossbody with Angle rolling through for two. Clothesline by Orton, Angle is rolled up for two before Angle trips Orton and locks in The Ankle Lock, Orton taps!!!

Good match, crowd hated Orton so everything Angle did got a major reaction. Angle was a phenomenal talent despite the addictions and problems he had at the time, they had some good chemistry and the false-finishes were good. Angle as a wrestling machine shooter type character would have been awesome, such a shame that Angle would make one more appearance on pay per view and that would be the end for The Olympic Hero.

Winner: Kurt Angle over Randy Orton via Ankle Lock!

The FBI W/ Big Guido vs Super Crazy & Tajiri

The former rivals Super Crazy and Tajiri team up to take on Little Guido and Tony Mamaluke. Tajiri is back for one night only while Little Guido and Super Crazy were part of Smackdown’s cruiserweight division. Mamaluke and Super Crazy begin the match, Super Crazy and Mamaluke trade wrestling holds before Tajiri kicks the face in of Mamaluke. Front chancery by Super Crazy, crowd is going nuts for Tajiri. More nice wrestling between the two before a dropkick by Super Crazy. Hiptoss by Super Crazy, hiptoss and short-arm scissors by Mamaluke. Super Crazy muscles up Mamaluke for a huge slam, flapjack facebuster by Super Crazy. Standing moonsault for two, tag to Guido and Tajiri. Guido avoids the kicks at first before Tajiri decimates Guido.

Tilt-a-whirl into a Fujiwara armbar by Guido, Tajiri makes it to the ropes. Tequila Sunrise by Tajiri, Guido is placed in the tree of woe. Super Crazy has Mamaluke set-up for double low dropkicks. Two for Tajiri, tag to Super Crazy. Mamaluke saves Guido from moonsaults, Asai moonsault by Super Crazy. Big Guido pulls Super Crazy to the floor, Little Guido takes control. Big Guido throws Super Crazy into the ring, Tajiri saves Super Crazy from being pinned. Flapjack by Super Crazy for two, Mamaluke stretches Super Crazy with a camel clutch. Guido nails a middle rope dropkick, Tajiri kicks down Mamalukes and Guido.

Guido attacks Tajiri on the apron, Guido eats a flapjack. Tajiri is on the ring, spinning heel kick with Mamaluke saving Guido. Black Widow by Tajiri, Guido saves Mamaluke. Handspring Back Elbow by Tajiri, superkick by Tajiri with Mamaluke saving the match once more. Double Tarantula spot which was done cleverly with Big Guido being kicked to death. A dropkick floors Big Guido, clotheslines by The FBI. Guido kicks Super Crazy into the crowd, FBI nail Tajiri with a double fisherman buster for the ring. Big Show is not happy about this and Big Show destroys everyone in the ring.

All signs pointed to Tajiri and Super Crazy going over, I am shocked that The FBI walked away with the win, I suppose Tajiri was the only man not under contract for the match so it made sense for Tajiri to do the job. Anyways, the first section of the match was rather boring but once they got down to their signature spots and everything that was fun about their matches, it was fun t watch.

Winners: The FBI over Super Crazy & Tajiri via Double Fisherman Buster!

(WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match) Rey Mysterio © vs Sabu

In what should be a dream match in many ways, it’s Rey Mysterio against Sabu. Both men leave down their chairs to begin the match, drop toehold by Mysterio. Hammerlock by Sabu, they reset with Sabu not happy about something. Both men throw chairs, back drop by Sabu. Air Sabu with help from a chair, Mysterio is drop toeholded into the chair. Mysterio nails a leaping hurricanrana, Sabu avoids The 619 with a low dropkick. Chair to the head by Sabu, Sabu sets up a table between the ring apron and the guard rail. Mysterio is placed on the table, Sabu places the chair. Mysterio dodges and Sabu hits his face off the guard rail. Moonsault by Mysterio for two, Mysterio is on the apron and gets caught by Sabu. Sabu nails a guillotine leg drop for two.

Sabu stomps all over Mysterio, Sabu goes to the floor for another table. Arabian facebuster for two, Sabu goes back to the table on the floor. Mysterio dropkicks Sabu onto the table, Mysterio nails Sabu with a springboard senton through the table. The referee immediately holds up the dreaded X symbol but Sabu looks to continue, two for Mysterio in the ring. Springboard leg drop by Mysterio for two, Mysterio misses a splash and moonsault with Sabu nailing a springboard leg lariat. Triple Jump Moonsault for two, Sabu is sat on a chair, Mysterio misses a springboard senton. Sabu whacks Mysterio with a chair to the head, Sabu leaps from the chair onto the top rope and drills Mysterio with a DDT. The medics are called out and we have a non-finish with both men unable to continue.

Such a lame ending to a match that could have been something special, I think they may have gone home early on account of Sabu’s injury. There is no denying that Sabu could not lift his arm and Nick Patrick certainly showed the dread “X” symbol to signal serious injury. Sabu, being the tough bastard that he is decided to gut it out but it makes for a poor ending to a championship match. If you are so high on Sabu, have him beat JBL I mean how many fans would love to see JBL beaten by Sabu?

No Winner!

Edge/Mick Foley/Lita vs Tommy Dreamer/Terry Funk/Beaulah McGillicutty

Mick Foley joined forces with Edge as they had the greatest hardcore match in history at Wrestlemania and there was simply nobody more hardcore than Edge in his eyes. Foley turned his back on Dreamer and his mentor Terry Funk, Foley cuts a great promo celebrating the alliance and Stephanie Mcmahon as a great leader of ECW. Lita opens her big mouth which brings out Beulah and we have ourselves an intergender six-man tag match.

Beulah and Lita are separated to begin, shoulder block by Dreamer on Edge. Takedown by Dreamer, they trade advantages before Dreamer watches as Edge tags in Foley. Funk and Foley reset the match, Foley gets the shit slapped out of him and Foley talks about leaving. Edge jumps Funk, Dreamer and Edge go to war while Funk and Foley get reacquainted. Dreamer wallops Edge with toys from his trashcan, Funk has Foley in the ring. Edge and Foley are waffled over and over, Dreamer baseball slides a trashcan into Foley’s face. Edge ducks a shot from Dreamer, Dreamer is taken down by Edge. Foley tees off on Funk, Edge has a ladder and Dreamer tastes it to the face. Edge places the ladder in the corner, Edge looks for a spear. Dreamer counters for a hiptoss into the ladder, Funk and Foley continue to wage war.

Funk has the ladder, Funk wears it on his head and takes down everything in his sight. Funk is climbing a ladder, Edge tips Funk off the ladder. Dreamer has Edge for the dreamer driver but Lita low blows Dreamer. Foley kicks Funk to the floor, Foley pulls out a huge barbed wire board. The board is dropped onto Dreamer’s head, Funk trips the two and the board falls onto Edge’s face. Foley is pummelled by Funk and Dreamer before being thrown into the barbed wire board. Funk decks Edge, Foley throws the board at Funk. Foley has more barbed wire which he wraps around his arm. Funk is bleeding everywhere with Foley driving more barbed wire into his eyes, Funk is a bloody mess. Foley boots Funk in the head, the doctors tend to a screaming and wailing Funk.

The fans scream for Sandman, Foley has a barbed wire bat. Dreamer is dismantled as Lita nails a leg drop with the baseball bat on Dreamer’s nuts. Foley has Socko, Socko to Beulah which leads to Dreamer brutalizing Foley. Foley recovers and applies Socko to Dreamer. Mandible Claw/Spear combination by the hardcore champions, Edge grabs Beulah by the hair. Funk is back with a barbed wire bat to make the save, Dreamer low blows Edge and Foley. Beulah is after Lita, Funk smashes Foley and Edge with the bat. Funk has fire, fire does not mean fun for Foley. Foley is smashed and knocked through a barbed wire board by Funk’s madness.

 Edge decks Funk who falls onto Foley and the board, Dreamer has Edge. Dreamer DDT on Edge, Dreamer has barbed wire. Crossface hold using the barbed wire, Lita saves her boyfriend. Beulah has had enough Lita is dragged to the mat and we have a catfight. The two brawl before Dreamer grabs Lita, Dreamer Driver on Lita which that bitch had coming! Dreamer and Beulah pose, Edge O Matic using barbed wire on Dreamer and Edge Spears the shit out of Beulah and pins her missionary style.

What a damn match that was! That had drama, history and a tonne of violence. Great on so many levels, Funk’s comeback, Edge’s douchebaggery, Lita’s cockiness, Dreamer’s redemption. There were simply so much parts to this match where you could say this was awesome, it was memorable and you would not forget it anytime soon. In summation, go watch this match because it is the second time that year that Foley and Edge have stolen the show.

Winners: Edge/Mick Foley/Lita over Beulah/Tommy Dreamer/Terry Funk via Spear!

Masato Tanaka vs Balls Mahoney

Former tag team partners going at it again, Tanaka was carving a huge name for himself in Japan after the closure of FMW with appearances in many independent promotions including Pro Wrestling Zero One. The two begin by feeling one another out before Tanaka drops a flying forearm which Balls counters with a powerslam. Balls jabs Tanaka, Tanaka sidesteps Balls. Tanaka nails a plancha to which Balls nails right hands on the floor. Balls whacks Tanaka with some beer, make it two cups of beers.

Tanaka sends Balls to the guard rail, running chair to the face is dodged, Balls whacks Tanaka. Tanaka drills Balls with a superplex, Balls stops Tanaka on the top rope. Superplex by Balls for two, the two grab chairs which leads to the inevitable. Star Wars with chairs, Balls wins the war with one chair shot and that’s all she wrote.

One of the worse filler matches I have seen in my time, I hope they paid Tanaka handsomely because I would not travel 15 hours on a plane for two superplexes and one chair shot. It was a whole load of nothing, you could have sent out Francine and Dawn Marie with a current Diva if you were going to give us this type of match.

Winner: Balls Mahoney over Masato Tanaka via Chair Shot!

Sandman and Eugene

Eugene comes out to tell of his love for ECW, it does not go well for Eugene as The Sandman interrupts and canes the life out of the young Eugene. Utterly pointless but there has been worse on this show.

(WWE Championship Match) John Cena © vs Rob Van Dam

RVD had a dream: To be WWE Champion. It looked like it was a sure fire thing in 2002 when RVD was the most over man from the alliance and there was hardly a hotter babyface on the Raw brand. RVD did not become champion and was moved over to Smackdown where nothing really materialized for one reason or another. RVD would be injured and side-lined for a number of months which would be for the best as RVD would return as popular as ever and win the money in the bank granting him a WWE Championship match whenever his heart desired. RVD chose to announce the match in advance, choosing his home and ECW One Night Stand as the venue for his championship match.

The stage is set, Cena tries to throw his shirt to the crowd but the crowd respond by throwing the shirt back to ringside. Four times the shirt comes back to Cena, a huge security guard gives Cena the double bird and tells him to go fuck himself. Quite the opening, sets the tone perfectly for this match. Lock-up, Cena pushes back RVD. Cena punches RVD in the corner, hard Irish whip and a fisherman high-angle suplex for two. Shoulder block by Cena, huge kick by RVD which leads to Cena powdering. Brawl between the two, RVD wins the war. Forearms to the face, powerslam by Cena for two. RVD is clotheslined to the floor, double axe handle by Cena off the top rope. Right hands by Cena, RVD nails a moonsault off the steel steps onto Cena. RVD is pushed off the guard rail and onto everyone in the crowd.

Cena punches RVD in the crowd, RVD takes control at the guard rail and delivers his corkscrew leg drop with Cena draped over the guard rail. Slingshot leg drop by RVD, RVD dropkicks a chair into the face of the champion. Two for RVD, Rolling Thunder on the chair. Two for RVD, Cena blocks the split legged moonsault with the chair. DDT on the chair by Cena, two for the champion. Cena wedges the chair in the middle turnbuckle and catapults RVD into the chair. Two for Cena, Cena begins to turn up the pressure. Huge spinning side slam, Cena nails The Five Knuckle Shuffle. Cena measures for an FU, RVD wriggles free and nails a corkscrew dropkick. RVD is powerbombed off the top rope by Cena, Cena rolls into a cover for two.

RVD lifts Cena onto the top rope, Cena spills to the floor. RVD dropkicks Cena off the barricade, RVD pulls out a table. Cena trips RVD for an STFU, RVD reaches the ropes. Cena has words with the referee, Cena clotheslines the referee. Cena crotches RVD on the top rope, superplex off the middle rope. Cena rolls out to the floor and grabs the steel steps, RVD is taken down by the steel steps. Cena calls for a referee, two for Cena. Cena looks for an FU, RVD is thrown to the floor by Cena while a man appears with a motorcycle helmet. Spear through the table and it is Edge, Edge has destroyed Cena. RVD rolls into the ring, surveys the scene and decides it is time for a Five Star Frog Splash. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, WE HAVE A NEW CHAMPION IN RVD!

The atmosphere for this match was simply brilliant, WWE would not capture anything so one sided until CM Punk’s championship win in Chicago. You know what made this great? Cena, Cena took everything that was thrown at him and played it up, changed up his moves when they said same old shit. Started to break rules, decked the referee, powdered like the heel. Cena did everything to be the perfect pantomime villain, you could not do any better when it comes to this match. A clean win might have been a bit more special but to see someone you truly like win a world championship is a magical feeling. I thought Cena was great, I thought the crowd were tremendous, it was a great way to end the show.

Winner: RVD over John Cena via Five Star Frog Splash!

That was ECW’s One Night Stand of 2006, a good show but nothing compared to the original. The original was about ECW, if a WWE wrestler competed, it was because of their past affiliations to the brand. This had more of a WWE vibe to it with the likes of Edge and Orton, the card was also not as good as the original. No place for Sandman, Sabu in a disappointing match with Mysterio and no familiar faces like Storm, Credible, Jazz, Raven, Rhino etc. That being said, the show did not bore me, there were matches that I thought could have been produced better and segments that we could have gone without but still a very enjoyable show with two great matches in the six-person brawl and the main event. Stand-outs from this show are Edge, Foley and Cena. They brought it all on this night and you have a wonderful moment for RVD which makes me smile even more. Overall, a good show that just could not live up to the original, check it out if you want to see a fun show and RVD’s finest hour in WWE. Thanks for reading and remember: There’s always another night!

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WWE Judgement Day 2006 Review

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Hello and welcome to another edition of Seanomaniac Wrestling Reviews, the only wrestling review series on the internet that continues to stoop lower than racist remarks from WWE Champions! We are back and it’s been far too long (It’s what happens when college returns, everything goes down the drain as you feel you are always under the pressure). So, it’s time for WWE’s Judgement Day of 2006, the blue brand of Smackdown had a new top star in Rey Mysterio with his crowning moment coming at Wrestlemania. As you are aware, WWE’s product is most hot around Wrestlemania season with it continuing to deliver just after as momentum carries over. Smackdown struggles sometimes due to lack of star power but tonight we have the likes of Lashley, Khali, Finlay mixed in with Benoit, Booker T, Rey Mysterio and Undertaker so the potential is there, let’s see what happens!

Opening Promo

Images of all the top matches flash across the screen with a demonic voice speaking in the usual style of Judgement Day. Quotes linked to death and destruction, all leading to the all too familiar line of Judgement Day is upon us. Good stuff, JBL continues to be the biggest and most sadistic bully on the whole roster. Bonus as CM Punk’s theme is used as the theme for the show on the Network.

(WWE Tag Team Championship Match) MNM © W/ Melina vs Paul London & Brian Kendrick

MNM had been the premier tag team on Smackdown when there were no real tag teams on the roster, they had faced the likes of Charlie Haas, Hardcore Holly and lost the championships to Batista & Rey Mysterio before WWE put together London and Kendrick. The story going into the match is that MNM are on a losing streak against the challengers and it looks like it could be the challengers’ night. London and Nitro begin, Nitro pushes London to the corner. Another lock-up, side headlock by Nitro. Shoulder block by Nitro, MNM pose because they can and we reset again.

 Shoulder block by Nitro, London trips Nitro and a huge armdrag into an armbar by London. Tag to Kendrick, quick tag to London with the challengers working the arm of Nitro. Double shoulder block for two, Kendrick grabs the arm. Nitro yanks the hair and brings in Mercury. Hiptoss and dropkick by Kendrick for two, armdrag into armbar by Kendrick. Tag to London, double hiptoss and elbow. Mercury powders, Kendrick dives onto MNM with a hilo. London misses a crossbody on Mercury, tag to Nitro. Tag to Mercury, double gutbuster by the champions. Melina chokes London using her legs with Mercury distracting the referee. Reverse chinlock by Mercury, London fights out and both men bang heads.

Kendrick nails a springboard dropkick, clotheslines to both men. Flying forearm to Mercury, Nitro hotshots Kendrick. Snapshot to Kendrick, Kendrick is saved by London. Mercury bumps London to the floor, Kendrick is thrown to the floor. Mercury drops Kendrick across the ring apron, two for Nitro in the ring. Reverse chinlock by Nitro, Kendrick fights out with a small package but the referee was with Mercury. Mercury tags in, double legdrop by the champions. Delayed vertical suplex by Mercury for two, Kendrick is thrown to the floor and kicked by Melina. Mercury tosses Kendrick to his corner, tag to Nitro. Mounted punches by Nitro, another two-count for Nitro.

Tag to Mercury who applies a chinlock, Kendrick sends Nitro into Mercury and London is tagged into the match. Forearms all around, reverse spinning elbow. Corner forearms, Mercury blocks the forearm with a boot. MNM are double clotheslined, Oklahoma Roll for two. Mercury throws London to the apron, London dropsaults Nitro and moonsaults onto Mercury, Melina distracts the referee. MNM try the Rude/Warrior suplex finish but London kicks out, Kendrick helps out London. Kendrick dives onto nothing on the floor, Mercury eats a boot from London. Nitro has London on the apron, Mercury clotheslines Nitro onto Melina and with a victory roll into a jacknife cover, we have new champions.

London and Kendrick have that Rocker/Hardy Boyz vibe to them, they have a dynamic of daredevils who are explosive at every turn. They did a great job, the crowd was fired up for that match and what an opener to the show. I did love the team of MNM but just a year later, it looks like it could be the end of the team as it all falls apart. Could they do much more on the Smackdown brand? No, they had been battered by the new team in town and there was nobody else to work with. Overall, I am excited to see what becomes of London and Kendrick, they seemed like there was so much to be done with them based on this match and I feel sad for MNM as Mercury and Nitro may not have what it takes on their own to thrive in the company so the next few months may be a tough watch.

Winners: London & Kendrick over MNM via Victory Roll!

Chris Benoit vs Finlay

Are we back in 1998? I joke, I joke. Finlay debuted in the late half of 2005, bringing a wealth of experience from his years in Europe and WCW, they know each other well and they are two tough hard-hitting motherfuckers. This will be a good wrestling match, I assure you that at the least. Finlay cheated to beat Benoit in The King of The Ring, Benoit does not forgive or forget so Finlay has an ass-whipping coming his way.

Lock-up, Finlay backs Benoit into the corner. Clean break, lock-up with Benoit and Finlay trading control. They roll to the floor in their lock-up, Finlay has Benoit up against the barricade. They break and stare one another down, headbutt from Benoit. Benoit looks for a sharpshooter, Finlay wriggles free for an ankle lock variation. Benoit applies a sleeper, side headlock takedown by The Crippler. Finlay rolls through for a cover, two for Finlay. More intense staring, Finlay says Benoit poked the eye. Finlay jumps Benoit after hiding the referee, huge uppercut which leads to chops from Benoit. Finlay takes down Benoit with a trip, reverse chinlock by Finlay. Uppercut by Finlay, snapmare into a cover for two.

Slaps by Finlay, slaps from Benoit. Finlay begs off, knees by Benoit. Knees to the head and chops by Benoit, Benoit applies a reverse chinlock. Finlay is caught in a crucifix for two, Benoit continues punching and chopping Finlay. Eye poke by Finlay and a huge short-arm clothesline for two, elbows by Finlay. Finlay wrenches on Benoit’s shoulders, Finlay chokes Benoit with a straight-jacket like submission. Benoit shakes off Finlay but misses the elbow drop, Finlay covers for two. Finlay misses a clothesline, Benoit goes for the German suplexes. Three from Benoit, Benoit calls for the headbutt. Finlay dodges, dragon screw from Benoit who looks for a sharpshooter. Finlay kicks Benoit in the face, Finlay has a chair. Benoit baseball slides the chair into Finlay’s face, Benoit is on the top rope again.

Diving Headbutt connects, two for Benoit. Finlay reverses an Irish whip and clotheslines Benoit in the back of the head by Finlay, two for Finlay. Finlay begins to work the neck of Benoit, uppercut by Finlay. Stomp to the gut and huge splash by Finlay for two, elbow drop by Finlay. Make it two, reverse chinlock from Finlay. Hammerlock dragon sleeper by Finlay, Benoit fights out before a clubbing blow floors The Rabid Wolverine. Another clothesline to the head, kicks from Finlay. Benoit forearms back into the match, Finlay grabs the arm and wears down Benoit. Knee to the head by Finlay, Finlay shoulder thrusts Benoit who falls to the mat.

Clothesline, Finlay applies a nerve hold to Benoit. Benoit escapes a scoop slam for German suplexes, Finlay headbutts his way out of a third. Enzuigiri by Benoit, Finlay has the shillelagh but Benoit German suplexes Finlay on the floor. Finlay makes it to the apron at eight, Three Amigos by Benoit. Benoit is on the apron, Finlay knocks Benoit to the floor. Finlay sends Benoit shoulder first into the ringpost, Finlay grabs Benoit who was playing possum. Crossface attempt, Benoit catches Finlay and Finlay taps within seconds.

This match delivered, it was hard-hitting and layered with many fun elements. Masterful performance from Finlay as the bully, Finlay was so cocky and in control which led to some great moments like when Benoit slapped the bejesus out of Finlay and Finlay begging for mercy. Loved the stare-down and the neck work from Finlay, finish came out of nothing and it seemed just perfect for the match. Benoit continues to deliver night after night while Finlay is another solid addition to the roster who will deliver when asked upon, good stuff from these two veterans.

Winner: Chris Benoit over Finlay via Crippler Crossface!

Jillian Hall vs Melina

Jillian was fired by JBL which led to the face turn with Melina teasing and mocking Jillian for being fired, they had a catfight and now, we have this match. Nitro is ejected within seconds, Jillian nails Melina with a Lou Thesz Press. Hair-pull and stiff kicks to the spine, snap-over neckbreaker. Melina rolls to the floor, Jillian bounces Melina’s head off the barricade. Melina kicks Jillian into the steel steps, knees to the head by Melina. Hair-pull mat slam and boots to the head by Melina, another snapmare into a bodyscissors with a rear-naked choke. Jillian fights out before eating a running hair-pull slam for two, Melina kicks the ribs of Jillian. Choke using the middle rope, double knees to the ribs. Jillian blocks a middle rope elbow with knees, flying chop from Jillian. Jillian rolls up Melina despite Melina’s hand being on the rope.

Yeah, it was there and went as well as you could hope for it to go on this night. I do not see the point of Melina getting her hands on the ropes, it should have been a clean job if the plans were for Melina and Nitro to go to the Raw Brand. Just seems unnecessary to have her grab the ropes, can you tell I am looking for ways to stretch this paragraph out? Yeah, it was a waste of time in the grand scheme of things and to top it all off, it looked like Krystal was going to face Melina.

Winner: Jillian over Melina via Victory Roll!

JBL Promo

Mr. America JBL is here to end the dreams of Rey Mysterio, JBL’s time as JBL mocks Mysterio and all Latino fans who support Mysterio. JBL notices Chavo Guerrero, JBL insults Chavo while Chavo says that Mysterio will whoop JBL. How many times are they going to exploit Eddie, it is almost a joke and it has only been a few months.

(WWE Cruiserweight Championship Match) Gregory Helms © vs Super Crazy

Helms would be the last serious champion for this division, Helms won the championship at The Royal Rumble which led to Helms jumping ship from Raw to Smackdown. Super Crazy was by far the most over cruiserweight on Smackdown so it makes sense to use Crazy in this way. The match begins with Crazy outwrestling Helms with pin attempts, drop toeholds and a La Magistral follow for Helms. Clothesline by Super Crazy, referee stops the dive. Super Crazy dives over the referee, two for the challenger. Ten punches by Super Crazy, stungun by Helms. Neckbreaker by Helms for two, Helms uses a submission similar to a crossface. Super Crazy fights out before a clothesline ends that fun, clubbing blows on the apron by Helms.

Suplex by Super Crazy, knees to the heads by Helms. Reverse chinlock by Helms, Super Crazy escapes for a roll-up, two for the challenger. Knee by Helms, Super Crazy dodges an elbow. Right hands by Super Crazy, tilt-a-whirl backbreaker and dropkick by Crazy followed by a standing moonsault for two. Helms elevates Super Crazy to the apron, missile dropkick by Super Crazy for two. Super Crazy misses his Moonsault, Super Crazy ducks the shining wizard and nails a spinning heel kick for two. Neckbreaker by Helms, roll-up for two. Super Crazy pushes Helms to the corner, over the castle by Helms for two. Super Crazy fights back, Helms eats the turnbuckle but Helms powerbombs Super Crazy and uses the ropes for the win.

That seemed like a rough match, crowd was very quiet for the majority of the match. It is a shame as both man are talented but the card is just in a rut at this point. Following the women’s match was always going to be rough, let’s just move onto the next match!

Winner: Gregory Helms over Super Crazy via Powerbomb!

MNM Are No More!

Melina and Nitro complain about how they lost their matches, Melina with an actual reasonable complaint which Long ignores, Melina slaps Long and Long decides to fire both which would lead to the two joining Raw like I remember which makes Melina not jobbing clean and the altercation with Krystal even more pointless.

Mark Henry vs Kurt Angle

Kurt Angle and Mark Henry had faced one another at Royal Rumble for the championship with Angle defeating Henry in Henry’s first pay per view match back in the WWE after many months off. Things did not get better for Henry as Henry would lose to Undertaker at Wrestlemania. Here we are at Judgement Day and Henry finds himself fighting Angle once more. Angle had a strange end to the year, Angle was arguably super over as a heel on Raw so they switched him to Smackdown where he was champion before dropping it to Mysterio.

Angle has injured ribs, Angle stomps the legs of Henry. Middle rope hilo by Angle for two, front chancery by Angle. Angle tries a sunset flip, Henry misses a hip splash. Angle kicks Henry to the floor, Angle wants a German suplex through the table. Henry shakes off Angle, Angle trips Henry in the ring and works the leg. Henry shakes off Angle and nails a clothesline, headbutt by Henry. Henry goes to the ribs of Angle, Henry steps all over Angle’s ribs. Camel clutch-like hold by Henry, Henry drops his weight on Angle’s back. Angle fights back with right hands, Henry catches Angle but Angle counters for a huge DDT. Two for Angle, headbutt by Henry.

 German suplex by Angle, the straps are down. Angle wants The Angle Slam, it connects for two. Clothesline by Henry, World’s Strongest Slam for two. Right hands by Henry, another slam attempt. Angle wriggles free for an Ankle Lock, Henry pulls off Angle, Angle is on the floor. Angle is laid across the table, Henry rolls off the table. Henry squishes Angle against the ringpost, Henry rolls into the ring and Henry wins by count-out.

Wow, that is a finish that I did not expect, that helped neither man like that was completely useless to both men in the long-run. Angle does not exactly look gutsy in the performance while Henry does not come off as a monster which would be the best outcome for both men. The best part of the match comes after as Angle snaps with a chair and attempts to break Henry’s ankle. Angle also hurls Henry through the announce table which was the only part worth watching about this match.

Winner: Mark Henry over Kurt Angle via Count-Out!

(King Of The Ring Final Match) Booker T W/ Sharmell vs Bobby Lashley

Since the introduction of Sharmell to the WWE as the manipulative wife of Booker T, Booker T has been on a roll. Character-wise Booker T has never ever been stronger with Sharmell being a heat magnet while Booker is in the early stages of his King gimmick referring to his opponents as subjects even now. The King Of The Ring was always a fun concept with The Money In The Bank being the more up to date version with the idea of the winner always going onto bigger things, sad to see the tournament as no longer a pay per view.

Lashley shoves down Booker to begin, Lashley locks-up and has Booker in the corner. Lashley pummels Booker with right hands, corner clothesline. Suplex for two, clotheslines and arm-wringer by Lashley. Booker chops his way into the match, Lashley outpowers Booker and covers for two. Eye poke by Booker, right hands and chops by Booker. Hard Irish whip has no effect on Lashley, clotheslines and huge pick-up slam. Lashley misses a shoulder block and hits the ringpost, Booker works the arm. Lashley fights out and avoids a scissors kick with a huge clothesline. Lashley hammers Booker, forearm to the face. Inverted atomic drop followed by a clothesline, Sharmell is on the apron. Huge kick by Booker, Lashley shakes it off for a belly to belly suplex.

Sharmell grabs the leg of Lashley, Harlem Sidekick by Booker. Book-End for two, Lashley powers out of the pin. Lashley catches Booker for a running powerslam, Booker kicks out at two. Corner clothesline, huge Harlem Sidekick by Booker. Scissors Kick to Lashley, Lashley kicks out at two again! Spear by Lashley, Lashley calls for the finish. Sharmell distracts the referee, Finlay comes out and nails Lashley with The Shillelagh. Scissors Kick and we have a King in King Booker!

They kept it short which was a good idea based on Lashley’s inexperience. Such an awkward push for Lashley though, they go through phases of making him looked unbeatable and then he is tossed aside by Kane and Show in the rumble or JBL will wipe the floor with him. Anyways, this would be the beginning of Booker’s best run in the company, happy for him as a performer and the match was enjoyable as it went at an electrifying pace.

Winner: Booker T over Bobby Lashley via Shenanigans!

The Great Khali W/ Daivari vs The Undertaker

Mark Henry was being decimated by Undertaker when all of a sudden, Khali appeared on Smackdown. Towering over Taker, Khali destroyed The Deadman announcing his arrival in the WWE. Just like so many before him, Khali now awaits to do proper battle with the legendary Undertaker. However, something is different this time, Khali does not fear The Deadman. Kamala, Diesel, Heidenreich, Giant Gonzalez, they all feared for their lives when The Deadman entered the arena but now, Khali does not stutter, does not stumble. This is two monsters doing battle in the middle of the ring.

The match begins with a stare-down, Taker uses his speed to pummel Khali but Khali shuts down Taker with one hand. Taker begins to punish Khali, Khali hurls Taker to the floor again. Taker has a look on his face as if to say “Are you serious, is this really happening?” Khali is hot-shotted by Taker, right hands by Taker. Boot by Taker with no effect, Taker is thinking old school. Khali hurls Taker off the top rope, Khali chokes Taker with his boot. Hard Irish whip and clothesline by Khali, Taker is on the floor. Taker elbows back at Khali, Khali Irish whips Taker over the steel steps. Daivari gets some cheap shots in behind the referee’s back, scoop slam by Khali.

Khali calls for his huge brain chop, Taker sets-up and eats the huge chop to the skull. Khali pins with one boot on Taker, two count for Khali. Taker sets-up but Taker is staggering, the strength is no longer there. Taker punches but Khali shakes it all off, a headbutt does not work. Taker wants old school, it connects. Jabs by Taker, clothesline does not take down Khali. Khali is all tied up in the ropes, huge right hands by Taker. Daivari frees Khali, Taker wants a chokeslam. Khali battles out, big boot by Khali. Huge Chop by Khali, Taker is booted in the face and with one boot over The Deadman, Khali wins the match.

A very effective way to put someone over, Khali destroyed The Deadman. That does not happen ever so in that sense, it was a great success. The match as a whole was pretty poor, Taker carried Khali is every way imaginable. Khali looked so sluggish and slow, you would swear he was in 50s wrestling one of those comedy style matches that you see from time to time.

Winner: Great Khali over The Undertaker via Brain Chop!

(WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match) Rey Mysterio © vs JBL

Mysterio did the impossible at Wrestlemania winning the world championship, Mysterio faces his first challenger in the form of the ultimate bully JBL. The story they are telling for this match is that Mysterio will take on everyone with JBL using that phrase to screw over Mysterio. Mysterio was squashed by Henry and Khali which made the championship look weak and it’s not looking good for Mysterio.

JBL shoves down Mysterio, Mysterio keeps coming for more. JBL backs up, JBL shoves down Mysterio again. Side headlock by Mysterio, JBL places Mysterio on the top rope and talks trash. Mysterio slaps JBL hard, JBL kicks down Mysterio. JBL pummels Mysterio in the corner, Mysterio drop toeholds JBL into the rope. JBL powders, baseball slide by Mysterio. Apron senton by Mysterio, diving press for two. Low dropkick for two, leg drop for two. Shoulder thrusts by Mysterio, ten punches in the corner. Foot choke by Mysterio, dropkick to the nuts by Mysterio. JBL screams while Mysterio channels his inner Latino Heat.

JBL is dropkicked to the floor, Mysterio eats a boot on the floor. Mysterio is thrown into the steel steps, JBL continues to punish Mysterio on the floor before showing Mysterio’s wife the bloody knuckles. JBL looks for the three amigos, Mysterio is hung-up on the top rope. JBL mocks Latino Heat, JBL threatens to punch Mysterio’s wife. Fallaway Slam on the floor, two for the challenger. JBL slaps the shit out of Mysterio, short-arm clotheslines by JBL. Mysterio’s white mask is now covered in blood due to a cut above his eye, great shots of his wife showing concern. Boot and two for JBL, Mysterio fights back before an eye poke by JBL. Sleeper by JBL, huge blows to the open cut on Mysterio.

JBL covers for two, JBL cannot believe his eyes. JBL has Mysterio on the top rope, Mysterio blocks the super back suplex. JBL is knocked off, moonsault for two. Springboard crossbody and kick to the head for two, JBL reverses the bronco buster with a boot to the groin. Mysterio counters a powerbomb for a drop toehold, 619 but JBL uses the referee as a shield from the west coast pop. Powerbomb by JBL, JBL screams for a referee. 1…2.. Mysterio kicks out! JBL decks the referee and grabs a chair, Mysterio kicks the chair into JBL’s face. 619 and a Frog Splash by Mysterio for the win!

A good main event to close the show, I have said before that JBL had become one of my favourites in the ring after the championship was no longer around his waist. JBL was the perfect opponent to put someone over as champion, JBL had now done the task for Cena, Batista and Mysterio. Crowd were super into Mysterio which is great despite the company’s booking of the champion. A lot of little touches were nice, Mysterio’s white mask stained with blood was a great visual as well as JBL mocking Eddie and getting in the face of Mysterio’s wife.

Winner: Rey Mysterio over JBL via Frog Splash!

That was WWE’s Judgment Day of 2006, an average show if I am being honest. Things started out hot, London and Kendrick were fresh and exciting, bursting with potential and had enough energy between them to power the building. The physicality of Benoit and Finlay was awesome, two tough men battling it out in what seemed like a legitimate bout. Things slowed tremendously after that with the women’s match, Super Crazy vs Helms and a boring Angle vs Henry match with Taker and Khali not being better by much. The main event was entertaining and it was a good start to Mysterio’s reign. I wish there was less emphasis on Eddie with everyone chanting Mysterio instead of Eddie, it is like chanting ECW for ECW Wrestlers, it just seems bizarre to me. Thanks for reading and remember: There’s always another night!

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Sunday 3 September 2017

TNA Final Resolution 2006 Review

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Hello and welcome to another fourth-wall breaking edition of Seanomaniac Wrestling Reviews, the only wrestling review series on the internet that has a worse reputation that Sexy Star! I know, it’s been a while. A long time since I have looked at TNA, I got so caught up in WWE with Cena at the helm and the fall of WCW, it led to some neglect on Jarrett’s promotion. Well, have no fear as I return with TNA’s Final Resolution 2006. The big talking point of this night is that Sting is back! Sting is in Christian Cage’s corner to battle Monty Brown and Jeff Jarrett. We also have Team 3D and AMW slugging it out for the tag team championships and Raven continues to be tested by the ghosts of his past. Will it kick ass? Let’s find out!

Opening Promo

Brown and Jarrett talk shit about Sting, Sting is too old. Sting will be destroyed by Jarrett and Brown, we get glimpses of Sting. You have babyfaces like Sabin, Styles, Dutt and Christian talking about The Icon Sting.

Austin Aries/Alex Shelley/Roderick Strong vs Matt Bentley/Sonjay Dutt/Chris Sabin

ROH stars Strong and Aries are in the corner of Shelley while we have the backbone of the X Division in Sabin, Dutt and Bentley who surprises me with his popularity. This is going to be your fast-paced flippy-insane match. Shelley and Sabin start, Shelley rake Sabin. Sabin leapfrogs Shelley, kick to the face. Arm drag, snapmare and dropkick to the back of the head. Sabin tags Dutt, tag team moonsault for two. Shelley bites Dutt, tag to Strong. Armdrag by Dutt, make it two. Armbar from Dutt, tag to Bentley.

Rights by Bentley, more arm drags from Bentley. Strong stomps on Bentley’s toes, Aries is in the match. Aries is pounded by the heels, exploder suplex by Bentley for two. Tag to Dutt, Aries elevates Dutt to the apron. Dutt looks for the sprinkler, Strong crotches Dutt. Triple team neckbreaker/double stomp combination for two. Dave Hebnar is in the crowd for some reason, butterfly suplex by Strong for two. Tag to Aries, back rake from Aries. Back suplex for two, Dutt eats kicks to the ribs. Strong throws Dutt to the floor, Strong stomps Dutt and here comes Jerry Lynn watching the match. Sick Kick by Strong, slingshot hilo by Shelley. Rings of Saturn from Shelley, kick to the head by Shelley. Tag to Strong, Dutt is lifted into the air and smacked to the ground.

Strong forearms Dutt down, DDT by Dutt. Sabin gets the tag, superkick for Shelley. Hurricanrana, boot in the corner. Shelley is in the tree of woe, baseball dropkicks. Aries is tripped into Shelley, Sabin nails a spinning DDT on Strong. Enzuigiri for Shelley, Shelley escapes the cradle shock. Enzuigiri again by Sabin, Bentley nails an elbow drop for two. Backbreaker by Strong on Bentley, Dutt nails Strong with an Asai DDT. Aries pushes Dutt off the top rope, Sabin pushes Aries to the floor. Sabin nails Aries with a suicide dive, Shelley and Bentley square off.

Complete shot by Bentley, Strong Sick Kicks Bentley. Traci Brooks argues with Strong, Bentley Superkicks Strong to save Traci but out of nowhere, comes Shelley with a roll-up and a handful of tights, Shelley sneaks out of the ring after victory is assured.

Decent match, not the fast-paced madness I expected from these six, it was tame for them when you think about the whole thing. It was your standard TNA X Division match though, it is hard to even call it anything different as I am sure I have seen this type of match hundreds of times while covering these TNA pay per views.

Winners: Team Shelley over Team Sabin via Handful of Tights!

Diamonds In The Rough W/ Simon Diamond vs The James Gang

The appeal of this match is The New Age Outlaws are finally back together after months and months of teasing. BG James and Kip James joined forces as Konnan kicked the two out of The 3-Live Kru. Konnan had distrusted Kip from the beginning but Kip had proved to be good and not rotten like Konnan has assumed. So, we have The Diamonds in The Rough as cannon-fodder. Skipper shoulder blocks and keylocks BG, side headlock and another shoulder block. Knee by Skipper, BG ducks and nails his jabs. Knee drop for two, Skipper bridges out of the cover and we have a tag to Kip James.

Young and Kip lock-up, clean break from Kip. Side headlock by Kip, shoulder block and neither man go down. Young eats a kick to the head and a right hand, Japanese arm drag by Kip. BG clotheslines Skipper and Young to the floor while Diamond screams encouragement at the two. Skipper and Young bang heads, Diamond distracts Kip. Skipper misses his cue (Yes, the streak lives) and BG waffles Skipper which leads to a spinebuster from Young.

Snapmare and kick by Skipper, Skipper talks trash before covering for two. Tag to Young, drop toehold and dropkick combination for two. Scoop slam, Young misses a moonsault. Tag to Kip James, right hands all around. Powerslam to Young, Diamond is decked by Kip. Kip misses a stinger splash, slingshot clothesline by Skipper for two. Young throws BG to the floor, Skipper looks for the play of the day, Kip James counters for The One and Only, The James Gang win.

Crowd was dead once the match started, BG sells his ass off like usual which is a plus but this match meant nothing. It was just there to fill time, I cannot say much more about it, I am struggling for words. This is such a slow start to a TNA pay per view, I am not used to this kind of thing.

Winners: The James Gang over The Diamonds in The Rough via One & Only!

Hiroshi Tanahashi vs AJ Styles

Sweet Jesus, it is Hiroshi Tanahashi. The Ace of The Universe, the man who would lift NJPW out of the slum that Inokism put the company in, there are few better than this man. Tanahashi had been building his reputation in NJPW and also in Noah after facing the likes of Kobashi and Takeshi Rikio.

Anyways, enough of me orgasming over Tanahashi, this should be awesome. Lock-up, armwringer but Styles has a hammerlock. Mule kick and armdrag by Tanahashi, Styles arm drags back. Fujiwara armbar by Tanahashi, elbows by Styles. Dropkick from Styles, Tanahashi avoids a tope with Styles taunting in the ring. Tanahashi takes a breather, war of elbows and chops with Styles slamming Tanahashi. Knee drop for two, elbows by Tanahashi and a huge German suplex. Shoulder block and sentons for two, abdominal stretch by Tanahashi. Sleeper by Tanahashi, transition into the Dragon Sleeper. Styles is swung around before a swing using The Dragon Sleeper into a final cut. Two for Tanahashi, scoop slam by Tanahashi. Styles dodges an elbow, enzuigiri from Styles.

Clotheslines by Styles, Tanahashi ducks a clothesline and places Styles on the apron. Styles counters for a Phenomenal Forearm, suplex into a neckbreaker for two by Styles. Tanahashi boots away Styles, Styles elbows Tanahashi. Tanahashi has Styles for a huge full-nelson slam, two for Tanahashi. Tanahashi has a sleeper, enzuigiri and slingblade by Tanahashi. Two for Tanahashi, Tanahashi places Styles on the top rope. Headbutts by Tanahashi, Styles floats over on the back suplex. Both men crash with a thud, Styles blocks the dragon suplex. Shannon Moore hits Tanahashi with the plaque. Styles knocks out Moore with a kick and Styles wins with a Styles Clash.

Bullshit, Styles’ body language at the end of the match says it all. That was such a garbage end, Tanahashi was such a huge star even at that time and a clean win for Styles would do great things even when Styles had already accomplished so much in his TNA career. You could also have had Tanahashi go over Styles and make more of Tanahashi in TNA but that was the worst decision they could have made with Shannon Moore. Shannon fucking Moore’s feud is more important than a clean finish to Styles and Tanahashi? Fuck right off!

Winner: AJ Styles over Hiroshi Tanahashi via Styles Clash!

Raven vs Sean Waltman

One of the more engrossing storylines in TNA at the time, Raven won the world championship. Zbyszko was not happy with the rebel Raven as champion, Raven lost the championship under dubious circumstances, Zbyszko as commissioner did not allow Raven a rematch. Zbyszko continues to screw Raven by bringing up ghosts from Raven’s past, this is do or die for Raven as Raven will be fired if he loses this match. Waltman comes out which is funny as these two had battle before on pay per view when Jeff Hardy no showed a pay per view and Waltman was announced as the replacement. Waltman also had a feud with Jerry Lynn cut short, no idea why though.

Waltman cracks Raven with a trash can as Raven was distracted by Zbyszko, kendo stick shots by Waltman. Raven decks Waltman with a trash can lid, both men end up on the floor as Zbyszko talks trash to Raven. Raven is bleeding, no surprise there. Waltman topes onto Raven and Zbyszko’s security, Waltman rams Raven with a shopping trolley. Raven wallops Waltman with a trash can lid and pushes Waltman off the stage in the trolley. Raven grabs a table and a ladder, Raven clotheslines the referee by mistake. Even Flow DDT but there is no referee, Zbyszko comes in as referee. Ten punches by Raven, low blow by Waltman and an X-Factor. Two for Waltman, Raven is whipped with a belt.

Dave Hebnar is watching the match, Waltman misses the bronco buster. Zbyszko counts two for Raven, very slowly. Raven sets up a table and ladder, Raven drags Waltman up the ladder. Zbyszko distracts Raven, low blow by Waltman and an X-Factor off the ladder through a table. Zbyszko counts the three despite Raven’s foot on the rope, Raven loses the match.

Fun angle, the action in the ring not so much. Typical garbage style match from Raven, Raven gets colour seconds into the match. Waltman does not add much to the match, the fun comes with Zbyszko’s officiating. The finish is a little difficult to swallow too with there being no DQ throughout the match as weapons were allowed which means there would be no such thing as a rope break. How can there be rope breaks in a match with no rules?

Winner: Sean Waltman over Raven via Shenanigans!

Ron The Truth Killings Promo/ Raven leaves!

 Ron is interrupted by Konnan who is leading LAX, I guess Bobby Roode is not important at the minute. Zbyszko makes fun of Raven who is leaving the arena, Jackie Gayda is here. Gayda has massive breasts, I have no idea what this is about. That was weird, I assume Gayda was fired in storyline and we will see something happen soon enough.

Bobby Roode W/ Scott D’Amore vs Ron The Truth Killings

Killings had embarrassed Roode on two occasions, Roode wants revenge. Always felt that Killings was wasted in The 3-Live Kru, roll-up attempt by Killings for two. O’Connor roll for two, Roode powders to regain his composure. Drop toehold but Roode counters for a hammerlock. Side headlock by Killings, pin for two. Roode tries a backslide, side headlock by Roode. Sunset flip by Killings for two, multiple pin attempts by both for two. Roode thins about leaving, tope con hilo by Killings. Roode gains control as Killings is distracted by D’Amore which leads to Roode slamming Killings into the ringpost.

Roode beats down Killings in the ring, abdominal stretch by Roode. Roode uses D’Amore for leverage, roll-up by Killings for two. Knee by Roode for two, waistlock by Roode. Roode whips Killings to the corner, boot by Killings. Missile dropkick, Killings comes back with the Lie Detector. Roode is pushed into the corner, leg lariat by Killings. Two for Killings, Roode front suplexes Killings off the middle rope. Crossbody with Killings rolling through for two, Konnan is here. Killings spots Konnan, Roode nails his Lariat and this match is over.

It was fine, Team Canada had run its course in many ways. There was nothing more they could do, they have fought everyone, done every despicable act and lowered themselves to comedy when the time was right. The act was no longer fresh and the storyline of conflict between The 3-Live Kru was old months ago, we just have Killings as conflicted instead of BG James. Also, it is hilarious to think LAX originally had Apolo as a member.

Winner: Bobby Roode over Ron Killings via Lariat!

James Mitchell Promo

Mitchell owns the hell out of this promo calling Rhino out of his depth and unfocused due to his divorce and his daughter. Abyss is coming to town and it looks like it is curtains for The Man-Beast Rhino.

Rhino vs Abyss

Rhino had been fucked around mostly since joining TNA, Rhino had been champion for a cup of coffee and ran over by The Jarrett Train. Rhino is now fighting for the love of his family and his precious little daughter, Abyss was hired by Team Canada to take care of Rhino. The appeal of this match is Rhino is a tough bastard and might be nasty enough to wipe out Abyss.

Rhino runs down and pummels Abyss, the two trade blows. More rights by Rhino, clothesline by Rhino. Rhino clotheslines Abyss to the floor, plancha by Rhino. Abyss brawls back into the match, chairs. Rhino is cracked across the back, Rhino snapmares and dropkicks Abyss for two. Hard Irish whip by Abyss, Abyss wedges a chair in the middle rope. Rhino is sent head first into the chair, foot choke by Abyss. Neck vice by Abyss, Rhino fights out and nails a massive TKO. Corner spear and chair shot by Rhino, Abyss staggers around the ring.

Another chair shot, Rhino sets up for The Gore. Mitchell distracts Rhino, Abyss hits Rhino with a chain behind the referee’s back. Two for Abyss, Doomsday screams Mitchell. Spinebuster by Rhino for two, Rhino wants a Rhino Driver. Mitchell saves Abyss again, Rhino blocks a chokeslam with a low blow but Abyss nails The Black Hole Slam on the steel chairs.

Why did Abyss need to use the chain behind the referee’s back if there is constant interference and steel chair shots? No idea, it was mostly an average match. Neither man is known for lighting up the ring with their wrestling, this match reflects that statement.

Winner: Abyss over Rhino via Black Hole Slam!

Team 3D Promo

Bubba talks about great tag teams while putting over the fact that they have never been NWA tag team champions. D-Von puts a little sizzle on the steak at the end, best promo of the night so far.

(TNA/NWA Tag Team Championship Match) AMW © W/ Gail Kim vs Team 3D

AMW had laid out Team 3D when they came to TNA, Team 3D gained a measure of revenge when they defeated the champions in a tornado tag table match but this time, the championships are on the line. Lock-up with Devon and Storm, clean break. Storm takes the back, Devon takes down Storm. Side headlock by Storm, shoulder block by Storm. Devon nails a hiptoss and a dropkick, Storm and Devon have a stand-off. Harris cheap shots Devon, tag to Harris. Devon nails a double clothesline, Ray is in the match. Hiptoss, scoop slam and elbows, right hands to the head of Harris for two. Flying clothesline by Harris for two, lock-up with Ray pushing back Harris.

Both trade chops, Ray misses a middle rope senton. Storm comes in, clothesline and knee across the throat. Storm chokes Ray with his wristtape, tag to Harris. Ray elevates Harris to the floor, right hand to Storm. Tag to Devon, spinning elbow and neckbreaker for two. Spinebuster by Devon for two, Ray slams Storm. What’s Up Headbutt on Storm, Team 3D have a table but Storm tries a baseball slide. Storm is taken out by a table to the face, Harris nails the baseball slide though. Storm wants a powerbomb through the table, Ray saves Devon. Harris chokes Devon in the ring, tag to Storm who nails a knee drop and applies a reverse chinlock. Tag to Harris, Harris misses a corner spear while Devon takes down Storm.

 Tag to Ray, hiptoss and back body drop for the champions. Double clothesline and sidewalk slam for two, Ray is clubbed in the back by Storm. Harris nails Storm by mistake, DDT for two as Storm saves the titles. Harris suplexes Devon, Hart Attack by AMW on Ray for two. Double suplex on Devon, Devon recovers to stop a Death Sentence on Ray. Harris and Devon battle on the top rope, Ray clubs Harris. Dudley Doomsday Device for two, Ray throws Storm to the floor.

Storm has a chair, Harris is calling for Storm. Storm hits Harris by mistake, Reverse 3D for two. Storm Superkicks Devon, Ray pummels Storm. Storm kicks off Ray, Ray shoves Storm off the top rope through a table. Roll-up by Ray for two, Gail Kim is in the ring. Ray knocks the powder into the referee’s eyes, Gail’s eyes and Harris’s eyes. 3D and Team 3D win the match. Team Canada attack Team 3D and place Harris on Ray, the referee could not see and declare  AMW the champions.

That would have been a clever finish if Team 3D did not have their music play when they won or the fact that the announcers and the ring announcer saw Team 3D win the match. I am all for suspending my beliefs while watching wrestling but you are telling me that the ring announcer could not tell the referee who won the match? I was not a fan of all the false-finishes too, seems way too much like the main event scene in TNA and it does my nut in when TNA tries to make every match seem like a Wrestlemania calibre match. Finally, Bubba looks awful in a t shirt and jeans, might be at his heaviest here and it’s kind of a disgrace to be in that shape when you are trying to prove the WWE wrong.

Winners AMW over Team 3D via Shenanigans!

(TNA X-Division Championship Match) Samoa Joe © vs Christopher Daniels

This match was born out of a terrible face turn for Daniels, Daniels and Joe competed in an eight-man tag match which they won, Joe beat the piss out of cocky heel Daniels and instead of evoking sympathy, the place erupted which Daniels felt would happen and warned management against the move. Anyways, Daniels is back for revenge and out to win the championship.

Daniels dodges Joe to begin, Joe begins throwing kicks which Daniels dodges. Forearms before Joe uses knees to slow Daniels. Forearm by Daniels, high knee in the corner, Joe eats uppercuts and shots to the ribs. Arm drags, tilt-a-whirl headscissors. Hurricanrana and Joe is down, Joe dodges a leg lariat. Huge kicks from Joe, Joe chops Daniels in the corner. Daniels tries rolls-up for two, Joe catches Daniel for a surfboard style armbar. Daniels reaches the ropes, Daniels misses a springboard moonsault. Boot by Joe, Daniels is stomped in the corner. Chop, kick and knee drop combination for two, Joe continues to kick the back out of Daniels. More chops in the corner, Daniels tries forearms and dropkicks but Joe still stands. Powerslam by Joe, Daniels catches an oncoming Joe with a huge facebreaker.

STO by Daniels, split-legged moonsault for two. Joe is placed on the top rope, Daniels drops Joe with a death valley driver for two.  Joe powerbombs Daniels for two, Daniels takes down Joe before being caught in a triangle choke. Joe transitions to an STF, Daniels reaches the ropes. Joe goes for ten punches, Daniels wants a powerbomb but Joe nails a hurricanrana and delivers a sickening lariat for two. Uranage by Daniels, BME for two. Joe rolls to the floor, Joe blocks a split-legged moonsault. Daniels kicks Joe’s head off, slingshot elbow drop by Daniels. Daniels tries re-entering the ring but Joe boots Daniel to the floor. Daniels is placed on a chair at ringside, huge boot by Joe.

Daniels is bleeding, Joe elbows the shit out of that cut. AJ Styles has seen enough, motivating his friend Styles. Joe pounds away on Daniels, Daniels slaps back. Angel’s Wing attempt, huge enzuigiri by Joe. Knee in the corner, Joe has the set-up. Muscle Buster by Joe, Daniels reaches the rope before the Coquina Clutch. Joe has the chair, Joe wants a Muscle Buster on the chair. Joe plants Daniels, no DQ? Joe kicks Daniels in the head over and over, huge knees to the head. Styles throws in the towel, Styles saves Daniels from certain injury.

Now, that delivered. That is the first time I have said that about this pay per view, I liked the heart of Daniels throwing everything at Joe but Joe being too strong and systematically destroying The Fallen Angel. Daniels was tortured by Joe and Styles had to save his friend by throwing in the towel. Was not a huge fan of the Muscle Buster on the chair, that should have been a DQ, the refereeing on this show has been poor. However, that finish was great with Joe laying in those knees, Daniels sold it perfectly. Do not know where they are going as these guys have had a triple threat before, who will dethrone Joe? Either way, I am looking forward to all of it.

Winner: Samoa Joe over Christopher Daniels via TKO!

Monty Brown & Jeff Jarrett vs Christian Cage & Sting

It is all about Sting, Christian came to TNA and talked about winning the championship. Thought we were going there but we have a slight detour with Sting coming in which should have popped a huge rating I am sure for those in TNA.

Brown shoulder blocks Christian, Christian applies a roll-up for two. Brown clubs down Christian, tag to Double J. Jarrett whips Christian, Christian mocks Jarrett and drop toeholds Double J. Christian tags Sting, side headlock and shoulder block by Sting. Hiptoss by Sting and a dropkick, Jarrett powders. Brown talks strategy with the champion, the crowd chants you still got it at Sting. Jarrett pounds away at Sting, Sting is bounced off the turnbuckle. Sting facebusters Jarrett, Brown comes in for his own facebuster. Christian splashes Brown and Jarrett, ten punches by Christian. Gail Kim distracts the referee, Jarrett low blows Christian and Christian is tossed to the floor. Gail Kim nails Christian with a hurricanrana off the apron, Brown drops Christian on the guard rail.

Christian eats a backbreaker and a t-bone suplex, two for Brown. Tag to Jarrett, Jarrett misses big time but Brown punches down Christian. Front chancery by Jarrett, Brown distracts the referee so Sting’s tag is not seen. Brown and Jarrett drop Christian across the top rope, suplex by Christian for two. Brown has Christian on the apron, Christian bites off Brown. Frog Splash by Christian, Christian gets two and Jarrett pulls Sting off the apron. Christian looks for the tag and nobody is home, Brown throws down Christian. Jarrett has two chairs, they look for a conchairto. Christian DDTs both Brown and Jarrett. Hot-tag to Sting, Sting pounds everything in sight. Stinger Splashe for Jarrett, Brown clotheslines the referee by mistake.

Sting has Jarrett for The Scorpion Death Lock, Jarrett taps in the middle of the ring. Christian keeps away Brown before Brown slams Christian into Sting. Sting and Christian have words, Brown has the championship. Christian saves Sting from the championship, Brown is sent to the floor. Christian and Sting have words, Jarrett is on the top rope. Sting crotches Jarrett, Brown’s head is rammed into Jarrett’s balls. Team Canada are ringside, Sting and Christian lay out Team Canada. Christian dives onto Brown, Jarrett has the championship and Sting is waffled in the face. 1…….2……..Sting kicks out at two and a half!

Jarrett looks on in shock, Brown throws Christian in the ring. Sting is stomped by the two, Brown pummels Christian. Sting begins to shake off Jarrett’s punches, Sting throws bombs. Both miss splashes, Jarrett has his guitar but Sting has his bat. Sting destroys the guitar, Brown is on the floor. Bat to the ribs and a huge Scorpion Death Drop, Sting and Christian win the match.

Entertaining tag team match, much more drama here than the tag team championship match which is understandable, those in the main event would not want to be overshadowed by the champions. Sting was mad over, crazy to think that after 5 years since the death of WCW, Sting would still be as beloved. Very good tag team match with a classic feel, Jarrett could be great when he wanted to be in the ring. Not too much spotlight stealing, he knew that Sting was the man and Sting was allowed to do his thing, a good end to an otherwise poor night.

Winners: Sting & Christian over Brown & Jarrett via Scorpion Death Drop!

That was TNA’s Final Resolution of 2006, one of the poorer TNA shows I have had to review for this website. They say absence makes the heart grow fonder but it does not apply to this show sadly. I just found myself bored by most of the show or horribly disappointed, the likes of the X-Division opener, Raven’s match and the New Age Outlaws reunion had me thinking it is all so similar to everything I have seen from TNA. Raven being busted open is not new or using weapons, the story has me hooked though. How many times can I watch an X- Division multi-man match and pick them apart? They are all so similar, BG and Kip have wrestled the same match for years, they have it down to a tee.

Abyss and Rhino was disappointing for such a promising match, they are two big bears going at it, it should be stiff in all the right ways but it was so flat. Tanahashi and Styles could have been special yet I am watching Shannon Moore steal a plaque from Styles which upset Styles so much that it looks lie even he tried to distance himself from that trash by getting involved in the Joe vs Daniels storyline. Joe vs Daniels was great story-telling and Sting’s return was a hell of a lot of fun but this show was a tough sit-through at times with no life to a lot of the matches. Thanks for reading and remember: There’s always another night!

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