TNA At Ringside: My Job Is On The Line

Welcome back to ringside everyone. Time Warner Cable put me in a bad mood on Sunday by not letting me rent TNA Sacrifice and doing the report. Quick explanation, channel 601 is the Wrestling PPV channel and I could not rent anything off that channel on Sunday Night. I could rent stuff off of other channels (but I didn’t want to see Boogeyman on 602) but not 601. So I called TWC and they said “TNA Sacrifice is not on our schedule.” Well damnit it was on my TV Guide and I wanted to rent it. So after some bickering they couldn’t do anything about it so I just hung up. Thanks Double M for the cover, I know it must have been tough to wacth AJ vs. Joe live.

Sacrifice Recap

I am still here with the quick recap though because I did watch the show on Torrent DVD.

*Chris Sabin, Sonjay Dutt, & Shark Boy defeat Simon Diamond, David Young, & Elix Skipper: Decent match but I really wish they would do something better with Skipper. He needs a full-blown heel turn not a “Team with heels to make a heel” turn.
*Alex Shelly defeats Shocker: Bad ending aside, I got what I expected. I hope this little spat goes no further. What happened to Shelley/Bentley vs. AMW? I had such high hopes for that feud.
*Abyss defeats Lance Hoyt: I told you it would be a good match and it was. They didn’t have high expectations coming in but the match left everyone happy. Hoyt lost no heat as it took two Black Hole Slams to beat him.
*3 Live Kru defeat Kip James & Monty Brown: So is BG turning or not? As of Sacrifice, No. So I spent 5 Months waiting for The New Age Outlaws to re-unite and I either have to wait longer or it’s not going to happen. SHANANIGANS!
*Christopher Daniels defeats Austin Aries: I liked what I saw out of Aries in this one. Maybe TNA should snatch him up before WWE ruins him. Daniels was Daniels and that’s not a bad thing.
*Jerry Lynn defeats Sean Waltman: Good match between the two as Waltman continues to impress me. I’m not sure I liked Waltman attacking Lynn after the match because that means it might not be over and it needs to be.
*Team Canada defeats The Naturals & America’s Most Wanted: TNA really needs to spice up the tag division. It’s till better than WWE’s tag division because the ½ of the champs aren’t losing to Buff Bagwell 2K5, but they need a new team to add to it.
*Samoa Joe defeats AJ Styles: I told you this match would rule.
*Jeff Jarrett & Rhino defeat Sabu & Raven: At least Rhino got the pin and not Jarrett. A good brawl and that’s what it was supposed to be.

Is My Job On The Line?

So Jeff Jarrett is going around claiming, “Come October, everyone’s job is on the line.” People have said that this little storyline has made TNA look “minor leagueish.” Somebody explain that concept to me. I personally think it is a very good storyline. It shows that come October, you better step your game up or be fired. TNA could further this storyline by hiring some more Ex-WWE talent. Charlie Haas could come in and Jarrett could go around saying “You see? If one is hired, one must be fired. Haas is just the first, there are more to come. Everyone better step it up a notch or I’ll see you Sunday at 7.” Which would of course imply Heat.

The tough part might be ending this storyline. The perfect way to end it is have AJ Styles come out and tell Jarrett what the Montreal Crowd told Shawn Michaels: “Shut The Fuck Up!” Then they have at it in a Loser Leaves TNA Match and AJ wins. Ok, so I’m dreaming. The other way to end it is to actually fire some workers. Get rid of Phi Delta Slam, Gowan, Fairplay, and David Young. Yes, they are all on the roster. Holy shit, you can listen to wrestlers themes on the TNA Roster Page. YOU ARE YOU ARE I AM I AM! That’s pretty cool.

Back on subject though. TNA doesn’t have to end this right away. Hell, they’ve drug out the James Saga for half a year now. They can drag out the Jarrett Saga.

Sacrifice Fallout

Boy was I shocked when Jarrett didn’t pin Raven at the PPV. TNA is giving Rhino a shot at the title now and it would seem as if he or Raven will walk into SpikeTV with the World Title. Digging deeper in my brain, I find this to be a good idea. Where could you see Rhino in the later stages of his WWE career? The B-Shows (No, not Smackdown.) So when people flip the channels on Saturday Night and see Rhino with the World Title they might say “I remember this guy, he’s World Champ now? Glad to see somebody is giving him a shot” or “This guy is a jobber, why is he the World Champ?” Then again, you’ll get that with any Federation Cast Off. If AJ Styles or Christopher Daniels is World Champion, people will say “Who is this guy? I HAVE NO DESIRE TO TALK TO DONOVAN!” I’m of course talking about the marks that don’t have Internet access and don’t read this column every week, you guys are cool. Just keep the belt off Jarrett until at least the New Year and I’ll be happy.

Ok, If TNA doesn’t pull the trigger on The New Age Outlaws either at or before Bound For Glory, somebody pull the trigger on me. Don’t take that serious. I am serious on not wanting to see this teased tension between 3LK and Kip egging them on. Sure 3LK hugged when they won, that doesn’t mean much to me. This is wrestling, were anyone can turn at anytime. Michaels shockingly turned Hogan about a month ago. Austin shockingly turned on the fans at WrestleMania 17. The biggest babyface can turn into the biggest heel with the right move. Turn BG, re-unite The Outlaws, give a fresh face to the TNA Tag Division, and give a familiar face to the Wrestling Tag Division.

What else happened at Sacrifice? Oh yeah, Styles and Joe rocked the building. I told you it would rule and it did. That’s all I have to say about that match. If you haven’t seen it, go check it out now.

Kazarian/Bentley

So Kazarian is out of WWE and Bentley may be out of TNA. Honestly, a switch would do both men good. Kazarian did nothing in WWE. He could come back to TNA and return to the X Division where he was a former champion. As for Bentley, he’s related to somebody that has some major pull backstage. That always helps. I would call it a fair trade and a good career move for both men.

I would of course love to see Kazarian and Bentley re-united and add some X Division to the tag team division but it doesn’t seem as if TNA and Bentley are going to stay together.

The E-Mail Bag

For those who say the TNA World Title never leaves Orlando, this E-Mail is for you

In the three years that TNA has had control of the NWA World’s Heavyweight Championship it has been defended a total of 94 times! It has been defended 10 times Internationally and 84 times in the United States (including 16 times for a NWA promotion/affiliate/associate) !

10 defenses Internationally
2x in Helsinki, Finland
1x in Glasgow, Scotland
1x in Manchester, England
1x in Belfast, Ireland
1x in Auckland, New Zealand
1x in Olsberg, Germany
1x in Mexico City, Mexico
1x in Rome, Italy
1x in Seoul, South Korea

84 defenses in the United States
43x in Tennessee (41x in Nashville, 1x in Johnson City, and 1x in Kingsport)
13x in Florida (9x in Orlando, 1x in Tampa, 1x in Brandon, 1x in Ocala, and 1x in Pinellas)
7x in Georgia (2x in Rome, 1x in Gainesville, 1x in Chickamauga, 1x in Columbus, and 1x in Canton)
3x in New Jersey (2x in Wayne, and 1x in Sussex)
3x in Alabama (1x in Irondale, 1x in Huntsville, and 1x in Dothan)
2x in Texas (1x Corpus Christi and 1x in Texas City)
2x in Puerto Rico (1x in Bayamon, and 1x in Caguas)
2x in Philadelphia, PA
1x in Norfolk, VA
1x in Cambridge, MA
1x in Inez, KY
1x in South Bend, IN
1x in Buffalo, NY
1x in Greenville, MS
1x in Newark, CA
1x in Glenville, WV
1x in Lenoir, NC

Just a side fact, here are the following NWA promotion/affiliate/associate stats:

4x for NWA Wildside (2x for NAWA, 1x for GCW, and 1x for PWE)
3x for NWA Florida
2x for NWA Cyberspace
1x for NWA Bluegrass
1x for NWA Southwest (53rd Anniversary Show)
1x for NWA New South
1x for NWA Mid Atlantic
1x for NWA Tri States
1x for NWA Wrestle Birmingham
1x for NWA Blue Ridge/Championship Wrestling

Here is a list of EVERY NWA World’s Heavyweight Championship match from the TNA era!

Ken Shamrock wins vacant title in Gauntlet for the Gold on 06-19-02 in Huntsville, AL at The Von Braun Civic Center
defeats Malice to retain the title on 07-03-02 in Nashville, TN at The Municipal Auditorium
wrestles Takao Omori to a NC on 07-10-02 in Nashville, TN at The Municipal Auditorium
defeats Sabu to retain the title on 07-24-02 in Nashville, TN at The Fairgrounds Coliseum

Ron Killings defeats Ken Shamrock to win the title on 08-07-02 in Nashville, TN at The Fairgrounds Coliseum
defeats Monty Brown to retain the title on 08-21-02 in Nashville, TN at The Fairgrounds Coliseum
defeats Jerry Lynn to retain the title on 09-18-02 in Nashville, TN at The Fairgrounds Coliseum
defeats Low Ki to retain the title on 10-02-02 in Nashville, TN at The Fairgrounds Coliseum
defeats Curt Hennig to retain the title on 10-16-02 in Nashville, TN at The Fairgrounds Coliseum
defeats Curt Hennig to retain the title on 10-23-02 in Nashville, TN at The Fairgrounds Coliseum
defeats Shawn Hernandez to retain the title on 10-26-02 in Corpus Christi, TX at The Memorial Coliseum
defeats Scott Hall to retain the title on 10-30-02 in Nashville, TN at The Fairgrounds Coliseum

Jeff Jarrett defeats Ron Killings to win the title on 11-20-02 in Nashville, TN at The Fairgrounds Coliseum
defeats Ron Killings to retain the title on 11-27-02 in Nashville, TN at The Fairgrounds Coliseum
defeats Nathan Jones to retain the title on 12-06-2 in Glasgow, Scotland
loses to Sting & Lex Luger via DQ on 12-07-02 in Manchester, England
loses to Sting & Lex Luger via DQ on 12-08-02 in Belfast, Ireland
defeats Curt Hennig to retain the title on 12-11-02 in Nashville, TN at The Fairgrounds Coliseum
defeats Triple X to retain the title on 01-08-03 in Nashville, TN at The Fairgrounds Coliseum
wins Battle Royal to retain the title on 01-22-03 in Nashville, TN at The Fairgrounds Coliseum
defeats BG James to retain the title on 01-24-03 in Norfolk, VA
loses to Rod Steele via DQ on 01-25-03 in Pinellas, FL at The Pinellas Expo Center
defeats AJ Styles to retain the title on 02-19-03 in Nashville, TN at The Fairgrounds Coliseum
defeats D’lo Brown to retain the title on 04-02-03 in Nashville, TN at The Fairgrounds Coliseum
defeats Raven to retain the title on 04-30-03 in Nashville, TN at The Fairgrounds Coliseum
defeats Raven & Glen Gilberti to retain the title on 05-31-03 in Sussex, NJ at The High School Gymnasium
defeats Glen Gilberti to retain the title on 06-04-03 in Nashville, TN at The Fairgrounds Coliseum
defeats Sting to retain the title on 05-25-03 in Auckland, New Zealand at The North Shores Events Center

AJ Styles defeats Jeff Jarrett & Raven to win the title on 06-11-03 in Nashville, TN at The Fairgrounds Coliseum
defeats Kid Kash to retain the title on 06-13-3 in Gainesville, GA at The Georgia Mountain Center
wrestles Paul London to a draw on 06-14-03 in Cambridge, MA at The National Guard Armory
defeats Chris Sabin to retain the title on 06-28-03 in Philadelphia, PA at The Murphy Recreation Center
defeats Frankie Kazarian to retain the title on 07-02-03 in Nashville, TN at The Fairgrounds Coliseum
defeats D’lo Brown to retain the title on 07-09-03 in Nashville, TN at The Fairgrounds Coliseum
defeats Jimmy Rave to retain the title on 07-20-03 in Philadelphia, PA at The Viking Hall
defeats D’lo Brown to retain the title on 07-23-03 in Nashville, TN at The Fairgrounds Coliseum
defeats Chance Prophet on 08-02-03 in Inez, Kentucky at The Martin Country Fairgrounds Coliseum
defeats D’lo Brown to retain the title on 08-06-03 in Nashville, TN at The Fairgrounds Coliseum
defeats Low Ki to retain the title on 08-13-03 in Nashville, TN at The Fairgrounds Coliseum
loses to Sharkboy via DQ on 08-15-03 in South Bend, IN at ZB Falcons
defeats Cru Jones to retain the title on 08-22-03 in Texas City, TX at The Nessler Civic Center
defeats Kid Kash to retain the title on 08-24-03 in Buffalo, NY at The Frontier Chevrolet Ballpark
defeats Raven to retain the title on 08-27-03 in Nashville, TN at The Fairgrounds Coliseum
defeats Kid Kash to retain the title on 08-30-03 in Helsinki, Finland at The Kulttuuritalo
defeats Terry Ray Gordy Jr. to retain the title on 09-13-03 in Rome, GA at Dillard’s Music Park
defeats Jerry Lynn to retain the title on 09-17-03 in Nashville, TN at The Fairgrounds Coliseum
defeats Jonny Storm to retain the title on 09-27-03 in Helsinki, Finland at The Helsinki Arena
defeats Dusty Rhodes to retain the title on 10-08-03 in Nashville, TN at The Fairgrounds Coliseum
defeats Terry Ray Gordy Jr. to retain the title on 10-11-03 in Rome, GA at Dillard’s Music Park
defeats Michael Havoc to retain the title on 10-18-03 in Olsberg, Germany at The Kur und Konzerthalle

Jeff Jarrett defeats AJ Styles to win the title on 10-22-03 in Nashville, TN at The Fairgrounds Coliseum
defeats AJ Styles to retain the title on 12-03-03 in Nashville, TN at The Fairgrounds Coliseum
defeats Dory Funk Jr. to retain the title on 01-24-04 in Ocala, FL at The Skatemania Arena
defeats Ricky Murdoch to retain the title on 01-30-04 in Greenville, MS at The Convention Center
defeats Dustin Rhodes to retain the title on 02-04-04 in Nashville, TN at The Fairgrounds Coliseum
defeats Jason Styles to retain the title on 02-27-04 in Newark, CA at The City Park Pavilion
defeats Chris Harris to retain the title on 03-06-04 in Johnson City, TN at The State University Gymnasium
defeats Chris Harris to retain the title on 03-14-04 in Nashville, TN at The Fairgrounds Coliseum
defeats Latin Lover to retain the title on 03-21-04 in Mexico City, Mexico at The Torero de Cautro Caminos

AJ Styles defeats Jeff Jarrett to win the title on 04-21-04 in Nashville, TN at The Fairgrounds Coliseum
defeats Ron Killings to retain the title on 04-28-04 in Nashville, TN at The Fairgrounds Coliseum
defeats Raven to retain the title on 05-05-04 in Nashville, TN at The Fairgrounds Coliseum
defeats Chris Harris to retain the title on 05-12-04 in Nashville, TN at The Fairgrounds Coliseum

Ron Killings wins Deadly Draw to win the title on 05-19-04 in Nashville, TN at The Fairgrounds Coliseum

Jeff Jarrett wins King of the Mountain to win the title on 06-02-04 in Nashville, TN at The Fairgrounds Coliseum
wrestles Ron Killings to a NC on 06-23-04 in Nashville, TN at The Fairgrounds Coliseum
wins Gauntlet Match to retain the title on 07-07-04 in Nashville, TN at The Fairgrounds Coliseum
defeats Jeff Hardy to retain the title on 09-08-04 in Nashville, TN at The Fairgrounds Coliseum
defeats Shane to retain the title on 10-16-04 in Bayamon, Puerto Rico at The Juan Lobriel Stadium
defeats Jeff Hardy to retain the title on 10-26-04 in Orlando, FL at Universal Studios Soundstage 21
defeats Jeff Hardy to retain the title on 11-07-04 in Orlando, FL at Universal Studios Soundstage 21
defeats Monty Brown to retain the title on 11-23-04 in Orlando, FL at Universal Studios Soundstage 21
defeats Monty Brown to retain the title on 01-16-05 in Orlando, FL at Universal Studios Soundstage 21
defeats AJ Styles to retain the title on 01-22-05 in Seoul, South Korea at The Jam-Shil Indoor Stadium
defeats Tully Blanchard to retain the title on 01-29-05 in Tampa, FL at The Doubletree Hotel
defeats Ron Killings to retain the title on 02-05-05 in Wayne, NJ at The PAL Athletic Building
defeats Kevin Nash to retain the title on 02-13-05 in Orlando, FL at Universal Studios Soundstage 21
defeats Elix Skipper to retain the title on 02-20-05 in Chickamauga, GA at The Covenant Life Worship Center
defeats Rocky Reynolds to retain the title on 02-26-05 in Glenville, WV at Glenville State College
defeats Diamond Dallas Page to retain the title on 03-13-05 in Orlando, FL at Universal Studios Soundstage 21
defeats BG James to retain the title on 04-08-05 in Irondale, AL at The Zamora Shrine Temple
defeats Dusty Rhodes to retain the title on 04-09-05 in Lenoir, NC at The Mulberry Recreation Center
defeats Ray Gonzales to retain the title on 04-16-05 in Caguas, Puerto Rico at The Yldefonso Morales Stadium
defeats Slyk Wagner Brown to retain the title on 04-30-05 in Wayne, NJ at The PAL Athletic Building

AJ Styles defeats Jeff Jarrett to win the title on 05-15-05 in Orlando, FL at Universal Studios Soundstage 21
defeats David Young to retain the title on 05-21-05 in Columbus, GA at The Sports Arena
defeats Josh Cody to retain the title on 05-28-05 in Kingsport, TN at The National Guard Armory
defeats Petey Williams to retain the title on 06-04-05 in Rome, Italy
defeats Lex Lovett to retain the title on 06-10-05 in Brandon, FL at The Brandon All Stars Arena
defeats Elix Skipper to retain the title on 06-12-05 in Dothan, AL at The Civic Center

Raven wins King of the Mountain II to win the title on 06-19-05 in Orlando, FL at Universal Studios Soundstage 21
defeats Rainman to retain the title on 07-08-05 in Canton, GA at The National Guard Armory
defeats Abyss to retain the title on 07-17-05 in Orlando, FL at Universal Studios Soundstage 21

World’s Heavyweight Champion Raven defends the title tonight in Irondale, Alabama against former 7x World Tag Team Champion BG James for NWA Wrestle Birmingham! 8-12-05

So there you go, the TNA World Title has left Orlando more than once. So stop complaining.

The C-Cup

Yeah, nobody would admit to liking Hockey. I don’t blame you. I blame Canada.

*Who Should be The Champ? Tell me who the World Champion should be going into SpikeTV for TNA. Back it up with a good reason too.

The End

That’s it for this week. Enjoy your weekend everyone. Drop me a line at AMPLine4Life@aol.com and join me next time At Ringside.

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