The Botterm Dollar: TNA Slammiversary 2006

THE INTRODUCTION

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TNA Slammiversary marks the one-year slammiversary of Samoa Joe debuting in TNA. Will he continue the Path of Rage 2006 by scoring an easy win over Scott Steiner? Or will Scott’s ego prevent him from putting over the guy who will carry pro wrestling into the next decade? Oh, and does anyone care about the King of the Mountain match enough to try and figure out the rules?

THE GOOD

Finally, a real blowoff match to a feud: Having Styles and Daniels win the tag team titles was a necessity, and I dare anyone to tell me otherwise. AMW are the best North American tag team of the past five years, but they’re at a critical point now. They can’t hold on to the tag titles any more, because there’s no one else to pair them up with. The Naturals aren’t ready and nobody else is taken even remotely seriously, so putting the belts on the team of Daniels and Styles made perfect sense.

Let’s start the war: I think TNA is to a point now where they see that WWE is trying to blow them out of the water with the new ECW brand, so they’re finally starting to take shots at the competition. In reality, WWE is not the competition, so as long as they continue to limit the focus of their barbs to ECW, they can make an impact. Everyone realizes that ECW is pure crap right now, but it’s good to see someone from a wrestling show taking shots at the pap that WWE is putting out.

THE BAD

What, you scared or something? This is not a hard concept to grasp, but we’ll go through it one more time for the benefit of those reading from the TNA offices. Samoa Joe is the best wrestler in North America right now, and he’s one of the best in the world. He’s incredibly over with the fans, he can work, and everyone wants to see him chasing for the World Title. So what you do, is you take other wrestlers, and you have Joe defeat them soundly. Easily, clean and in the middle of the ring. You don’t take Scott Steiner and have him get in the majority of the offense when facing Joe, okay? You take Joe, you have him kick the crap out of Steiner for about 10 minutes, and then you have him pin him. Steiner didn’t even sell the Kokina Klutch, and in the attempts to get himself over, Steiner forgot the very reason he was in the match to begin with: to get the future of the company to the next level so he can start drawing money as a REAL main event act.

Entrance music: Fellas, if you hire me, I will move to Orlando in six months, live there full-time and compose, record and produce all new entrance themes for your wrestlers. You have, without a doubt, the worst entrance music for your guys that I have ever heard. You give me a decent salary, and I will make your guys look like actual superstars coming to the ring, instead of having generic music. It will make all the difference in the world, people.

THE MVP

Jim Cornette: Jim Cornette has always been one of the top five promo guys in the history of the business, and having him out there as a figurehead for your company is a brilliant move. Even if Jim just reprises his character from Ring of Honor, it’ll be a huge boon for TNA and give them a little credibility with the hardcore fans. Cornette knows how to make the little things seem like big things, which is something that both WWE and TNA are missing.

THE MATCH RATINGS

James Gang vs. Team 3D: *
Bobby Roode/Scott D’Amore vs. Rhino: *1/2
Senshi vs. Shark Boy vs. Petey Williams vs. Sonjay Dutt vs. Alex Shelley: ***
Kevin Nash vs. Chris Sabin: **
AMW vs. Styles/Daniels: ***1/2
Samoa Joe vs. Scott Steiner: **
Christian vs. Jeff Jarrett vs. Sting vs. Abyss vs. Ron Killings: **

THE OVERALL SHOW RATING (OSR):: **

Last OSR: ECW One Night Stand 2006 (**1/2)